🌳 About Shadow Lawn Press 🌳
William J. Birnes has a PhD in Linguistics and Medieval Literature, has been a Ford Foundation Scholar, National Endowment for the Humanities Post Doctoral Fellow, a grants-award judge for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Lily Foundation Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
At Columbia University's School of the Arts/School of Law, Birnes majored in entertainment law and theatrical production while he managed the Horace Mann Theater and theatrical workshop complex at Columbia University's Teacher's College. In Los Angeles, Birnes produced the showcase theatrical presentation for HBO and Showtime of "Twice Blessed" by Art Metrano and Cynthia Lee under the sponsorship of Barry Levinson and Mark Johnson in cooperation with Creative Artists, and also produced the showcase presentation of "Dr. Thrill" by John Kostner.
Nancy Birnes is a writer, editor, publisher, and a weekly podcast co-host on Future Theater. A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, she won the Samuel Shellabarger Award for Creative Writing and published her first novel, Cleaning House, with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 1980.
She co-founded Shadow Lawn Press in 1983 and Filament Books in 2003; was editor and publisher of UFO Magazine from 2003 until 2013. She is married to William J. Birnes and together they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.