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Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin spent a good chunk of last spring selecting locations and writing the first edition of the recently released Wallpaper* City Guide to New Orleans, published by Phaidon Press. Wallpaper* is a magazine based in the U.K. that covers design, architecture, interiors, fashion, and art, and their series of travel guides aims to “offer the design-savvy traveller a pared-down, need-to-know checklist of a city’s most sophisticated venues and inspiring architecture.” Chris Waddington recently wrote about the guide on

Martin, a 29-year-old Wyoming native, directs Room 220, a website and reading series that is one of the best forums for tracking the New Orleans literary scene. A tart stylist, he casts a keen, newcomer’s eye on our venerable, multi-layered city, and while it would be unfair to make him a spokesman for all the young and talented people who have poured into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, it’s hard not to see him as part of the trend he elucidates in a brief introduction to his book: “The renewal of New Orleans following the floods triggered by Hurricane Katrina is a great, ongoing, American success story,” Martin writes. “The task has been messy and frequently heartbreaking, but it’s hard to argue that the city is not an enthralling place to be right now. Awash with an influx of bright-eyed, educated young people, it has lately become a hotbed for entrepreneurs and creatives looking to escape the high rents in cities such as New York and San Francisco.

Photographer Wade Griffith, who shot the New Orleans locations for the book, posted the images on his Flickr account (including a portrait of Room 220 friend and MelaNated writer L. Kasimu Harris, who Martin tapped for the “Insider’s Guide” section). You can pick up the Wallpaper* City Guide to New Orleans—which makes a great holiday gift!—at the Bayou St. John location of Maple Street Book Shop, as well as other fine local book retailers.


Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.


Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]