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Illuminated Press is a micro publisher that crafts books by hand. In an era that is increasingly digitized and automated, we foster connections to our physical world and to each other through tactile interactions with text and image. We give voice to a wide range of perspectives that explore the complexities of our social, political, and economic fabric. We aim to bring light amid darkness and uncertainty.

Illuminated Press was founded in 2014. Based in Trumansburg, NY.

Scout Frost

Scout Frost is an undergraduate writer and artist from Upstate New York who’s interested in everything creative. They currently study at Ithaca College, with plans to graduate in December 2023 with a B.A. in writing and a minor in art. Between classes and the studio, Scout helps other students out with their writing as a tutor in the Ithaca College Writing Center. Personal expression and social justice are important to everything Scout does. They’re dedicated to learning more about themselves and the world through each project, focusing on issues such as LGBT+ rights, economic inequality, antiracist allyship, and environmental justice.


The Team:


Laura Rowley: Publisher and Book Artist                                                             

Jay Barrett

Jay Barrett (he/him) studies writing, mathematics, and graphic design at Ithaca College. He’s interested in the grey area between genres, between art and language, and between meaning and abstraction. His hybrid nonfiction piece will be published in DIAGRAM Magazine next year.


Laura (she/they) studied book arts at Wells College (BA) and the University of Alabama (MFA). Illuminated Press is a project to explore and share artist's books, literature, and social change.

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