Hiroki Araki-Kawaguchi is a good friend, poet and author I've known for about 18 years! We started collaborating on projects in 2015. Below you can see some illustrations from a collection of short stories he published in March. The Book of Kane and Margaret draws from Kiik's family's experience with internment in America during the 2nd world war. The book presents interrelated vignettes that paint a world without being rigid about the rules or characters, kind of like a dream. In each of these vignettes Kiik takes a genre, mood, or character, deconstructs it, and weaves it into life at the Gila Relocation Center in Arizona. The stories helped me understand how even though we tend to externalize, encapsulate, mummify these moments in history, they are really living inside everything if you look closely.
The illustrations below are for 5 of the stories in this collection. Each includes something a little fantastical: a cricket that feeds on memories, a cowboy who has to fit all his possessions into a suitcase, and a vampiric parasite that strikes at night. You can find the book here and here

This cover was created by the talented Matthew Revert! He's working on the cover for the next book too. 

Printing by FC2 press - Kiik won the prestigious FC2 grant for innovative fiction. 

"a wig"
"a wig"
"an hour"
"an hour"
Some alternate illustrations for the same stories.. 
"woods' rose, little hogweed, orange flameflower"
"woods' rose, little hogweed, orange flameflower"
"a wig"
"a wig"
The story "a suitcase" contains a beautiful description of the abalone shells collected over years, broken and embedded into a walkway. 
Upcoming poetry illustration project

Below you can see some experiments from an upcoming project I'm working on with Kiik - it's a collection of poems he's been developing for a number of years. There's a rhythm and form to the collection, as well some recurring themes including magic, identity, destruction. I'm playing with different illustration styles. There will be decorative elements that draw from the text, for example using tiny snails in "the coat," or Arnold's bulging eyeballs in "sleep story."  
inky illustration style
inky illustration style
decorative illustration style with snail flourishes
decorative illustration style with snail flourishes
inky illustration style
inky illustration style
inky illustration style
inky illustration style
decorative illustration style
decorative illustration style
decorative illustration style
decorative illustration style
decorative illustration style
decorative illustration style
decorative illustration style
decorative illustration style
inky illustration style
inky illustration style
decorative
decorative
inky
inky
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