Hermon Joyner received his B.S. in Arts and Letters and his M.S. in Professional Writing from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Joyner has led a varied professional life as a musician, photographer, writer, poet, editor, and teacher. His photographs have been featured in more than 100 exhibitions across the United States over the last 25 years, including 12 solo exhibitions, as well as being published in several major photography magazines such as American Photo, Camera and Darkroom, and PHOTO Techniques. His poetry was once featured in a public radio program and has been published in literary journals.
Joyner’s book projects include being copyeditor and photographer for You Can Weave! Projects for Young Weavers, a book of weaving lessons written by his wife, Kathy Monaghan. Together, they also produced Visual Haiku, a limited edition, hand-bound artist book of his black-and-white photographs and Haiku poetry about Japanese gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
Kathy Monaghan is the author of You Can Weave! Projects for Young Weavers. Monaghan has a B.A. in Education from Eastern Washington University and an M.A. in Curriculum Development and Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Monaghan spent 14 years teaching art to students from K–12 in private and public schools, teaching textiles to college students and adult learners, and developing curriculum standards for art in elementary classrooms. As an elementary art specialist working in five schools and teaching off a cart, she developed a set of real-world lessons to teach weaving to young students. Her work has been published in Handwoven magazine.
Monaghan currently works as a communication and marketing specialist for Pendleton Woolen Mills and teaches weaving at Multnomah Art Center in Portland, Oregon. With her husband and co-author Hermon Joyner, she has produced a handbound artist book, Visual Haiku.
Most recently, Joyner and Monaghan are the authors of Focus on Photography, a high school photography textbook. Joyner currently teaches English composition at Portland State University.