WHAT IT IS
Established in 2012 as Logan Square’s DIY bookmaker, Groundsman Publishing strives to deliver enthralling stories via quirky hand-bound paper packages. The bookbinding process is one of invention, discovery and raw beauty. Beeswax-infused hemp thread, cotton-based paper and acrylic sponge stencil exist as the lighthearted beginnings of a manufacturing process forged in sanguine sentiment. So please, snag your coffee, dear reader, and partake in our unique paints smudged twice over, our peculiar vernacular stitched into art, our handmade designs that embrace oddity. For how real life does feel when born of blemishes and bound in books.
Brian Lewis-Jones is a Chicago-based wordsmith, musician, and founder of Groundsman Publishing. "Parish, Parish," Brian's first independently-published work, exists as a combination of journalistic prose, interpersonal struggle, and eccentric psychedelia. A native Kansan, Brian is a former newspaper reporter who has won several awards for his writing, including a national Hearst Competition award and two Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
He currently serves on the board of directors for Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Chicago, and plays trombone and donkey jaw with the Americana band Bowl of Dust (bowlofdust.com). He is an avid cyclist, a good-natured outdoorsman, and an Eagle Scout. He is a romantic. He drinks too much. He did not score a single point on his basketball team in fifth grade.