Grand Rapids, Mich., June 8, 2020 – Acclaimed artist and poet Morgan Harper Nichols has signed an additional two-book contract with Zondervan. The first book in the contract, How Far You Have Come, will feature poetry, personal essays and original artwork with four-color spreads throughout and is scheduled to release in March 2021 through the Zondervan Gift division. A two-color trade book is slated to release in October 2021 through the Zondervan Books division. Nichols is represented by Mona Harper of Good Eye Management. World rights were acquired by Zondervan Gift Associate Acquisitions Editor Danielle Peterson and Zondervan Books Associate Publisher Stephanie Smith.
Nichols’ debut book, All Along You Were Blooming: Thoughts for Boundless Living (Zondervan Gift), is a collection of poetry and artwork that became an instant Wall Street Journal bestseller upon its release in January 2020.
“Morgan is an incredible observer and interpreter of the world around her,” said Laura Minchew, Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Children’s & Gift Books at Thomas Nelson. “All Along You Were Blooming was an acquisition that broke new ground and established Morgan as a unique voice in the space of modern poetry and art. It is a joy to continue to work with such a creative force and lovely person.”
Nichols’ work is inspired by real-life interactions and stories. In 2017 she started a project where she invites people to submit their stories to her website and she creates art as a response to their stories. She shares the inspired artwork daily and her popular Instagram account (@morganharpernichols) has become a loyal community of 1.3 million followers.
“In our content-saturated culture, readers are looking for true meaning-makers, and Morgan has a great gift for cutting through the noise to name what is good, true, and beautiful,” says Stephanie Smith, Associate Publisher at Zondervan Books.
As an artist, Nichols has collaborated with a wide range of brands including Coach, Adobe, LiveNation, Aerie and more. As a designer and author, her work has been available in many stores, including Anthropologie, Barnes and Noble and Target. She is on the board of directors at TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms).
Nichols is originally from Atlanta, Ga. and she and her husband Patrick currently reside with their son Jacob, in Orange County, Ca. where you can also find her studio and shop, Garden24. Zondervan is a world leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, Mich. For additional information, please visit www.zondervan.com
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