I am a Dallas-based English teacher who is passionate about words: reading them, writing them, and drawing them. In 2017, I began practicing handlettering as a relaxation technique. In August, I made it my professional goal for the school year to give daily book talks and provide more reading opportunities for my students. My two loves instantly collided. and I began literary lettering.
Through handlettering and typography, I aim to visually capture powerful lines from literature to encourage a new generation to read. Since schools seem to be moving away from fiction and poetry in favor of more practical texts for the workplace or standardized tests, I seek to celebrate that which could otherwise be forgotten or reserved for the intellectual elites: thought-provoking YA literature, diverse texts and writers, and “the classics” that still find a way into our modern culture.
This blog is dedicated to an artistic literary education. I’ll be sharing synopses and excerpts from books and poetry, as well as any personal adventures in literature and lettering.
I also create custom artwork, including watercolors and event chalkboards, and fan art (because I can’t stop nerding out to my favorite sci-fi/fantasy shows!). To see all of my work, find me on Instagram @nerdladydraws.
My passion projects:
- AlphaLit Books: Featuring influential and promising texts and writers through illustrated alphabet letters. See more on Instagram: #alphalitbooks
- Literary Whiteboard Lettering: Lettering quotes on my whiteboards to begin my classroom book talks. See more on Instagram: #literarywhiteboardlettering
- NoMoreThan150: A writing project I began in 2013 to practice brevity.