"Conversations with the Ocean" is coming so so soon

This collaboration with Evelyn Elgie has been pretty immersive...

From the story-book rhythm to the extremely vulnerable revelations, this poetry gripped me from the first read. Evelyn's words occupy a space between safety and danger, between responsibility and overwhelm, between holding on and letting go. I was immediatey inspired to do it justice with bookarts.

This October, you can get your hands on a book that literally has to be submerged in water in order to be read. You can have that conversation with the water yourself, or you can select a copy that has already been submerged in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, or Great Lakes. "Conversations with the Ocean" is a drawstring bag that contains three "poster chapbooks": small booklets of poetry that unfold to show a larger illustration on their backs.   -B

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Hi, I'm Brianna Tosswill

What is the reading-feeling?

I definitely made up this word to try and express the goodness of simultaneous adventure and safety. The experience of education through entertainment. The mood that comes over you when you enter a library or brew a cup of tea on a winter afternoon. Allow me to feed (or cultivate) your love of the reading-feeling.

I'm not a writer, but I've been so lucky to collaborate with several super talented authors and poets.

When I work with another creative, which is often, we each bring our various skills to the table to try and make something more than the sum of our parts. You can click here to read about some of my awesome collaborators, and here if you think you might want to make a thing together in the future!