Raleigh Nature: The Natural History of Raleigh by John Dancy-Jones
The Natural History of Raleigh contains 16 chapters and 30 illustrations that depict nature lore and potential nature adventures inside or near the Belt line. Written by Paper Plant publisher John Dancy-Jones, a Raleigh native and retired environmental educator. John worked on the book for nearly ten years and also ran a blog about it simultaneously. The book features waterways, aquatic life, rocks, Buckeye Trail, Greenway history, slopes of West Raleigh, North Hills, red clay, Walnut Creek, oaks, trees, animals, Dix Hills, Pigeon House Branch, Lassiter Mill history, Marsh Creek, Umstead Park, growing problems in the city and more.
The Paper Plant Press publishes broadsides, folders and chapbooks using hand-laid recycled paper and letterpress printing in conjunction with current desktop publishing technologies. Twenty published titles include award-winning alternative literature, a fine arts calendar, and a children's book. They “seek to present an alternative take on the publishing process, looking for non-academic, even non-literary influences, in a search for poetry as an oral art, in a belief that poetry is an essential and multifarious expression of life.” Currently it is based in Asheville, NC.
The Paper Plant, November 2018
8/12” x 11” stapled trade paper with hand-laid paper cover printed with block image and letterpress