Image of Shadow Lawn, the actual house, circa 1960.

A photo of William J. Birnes, publisher emeritus of Shadow Lawn Press, on his side porch the day of his post-wedding party in October, 1980.

William J. Birnes, publisher emeritus of Shadow Lawn Press, at his wedding party in 1980.
🌳 About Shadow Lawn Press 🌳

Shadow Lawn Press, founded in 1983, is an interactive multimedia publisher, a literary and theatrical rights agency, and editorial development company in trade, business, professional, reference, and mass market books. The company produces finished books, software, audio cassettes, and CD-Rom titles that are distributed by publishers under their own trademarks and the Shadow Lawn imprint.

William J. Birnes, cofounder

William J. Birnes has a PhD in Linguistics and Medieval Literature and has been a Ford Foundation Scholar, a 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 Hayfield Birnes, cofounder

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 four children and four grandchildren.