Chattanooga author Caleb Ludwick's debut collection of short stories, The First TIme She Fell, has been selected as a best of 2012 project by PRINT magazine, and has merited him an invitation to as a Visiting Writer to the Meacham writer's conference later this week.
The book is a collection of eight original stories set in Chattanooga, each of which inspired graphic designers from agencies in Boston, San Francisco, Birmingham, Philadelphia, Knoxville and Chattanooga to create a visual interpretations of the text. The stories, illustrations, type and design play, layouts and handmade illustrations were compiled into a single volume and, thanks to a MakeWork grant, published earlier this year.
PRINT magazine is a bimonthly publication that covers commercial, social and environmental design from every angle, featureing extraordinary projects from books to branding, exhibitions to street art. The December issue of the magazine will feature The First Time She Fell as a best project in the Southeast USA of 2012.
The book also earned Mr. Ludwick an invitation to be a visiting writer at the Meacham Writer's Conference, alongside Pushcart prize-nominated poet Sharan Strange and Stephen Covey, editor of the Georgia Review. The three Visiting Writers will hold a public reading from their works at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre; thanks to an endowment by the Meacham family, the reading will be free and open to the public.
Mr. Ludwick is known locally for developing brand strategies for Rock/Creek Outfitters, Local 191 and the Blue Plate, Stand, CreateHere, EPB, Mannington Commercial, Gaining Ground, Chattanooga FC, Easy Bistro, Glass House Collective, Chattanooga Mobile Market, GigTank, the Block and many other local organizations. Working with design agencies Widgets & Stone, Tubatomic, Area 203 and agencies in other cities, he has also written for the Food Network, HGTV, Sappi Paper, the International Human Rights Consortium and other clients. His design writing has been honored with awards from AIGA and One Show, and is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute's National Design Museum.