We believe in connection.

In pause.

In dialogue and resonance.

Elm Twig Press develops and publishes works that are rigorous, sensitive, and lasting.

Our mission is to fill a void in published works by entertaining the new, in all its forms. Elm Twig Press was launched in 2019 by Jan C. Almquist and AAJdesign.

The Sandman Brigade


The Sandman Brigade tells the story of a young girl, Maja, who can’t fall asleep. She is visited by a band of outlandish characters that cajole her into working with them as they go about their nocturnal duties. When Maja wakes up in the morning, she seems confused. Was it real, or a dream? Whatever the answer, she can’t wait to go to bed to find out.

Story by Shari Lloyd

Photography and design by Jan C. Almquist

32 pages, plus cover, plus jacket

21 black and white photos

The remarkable design of this book adds to the surreal nature of the story it tells. The use of monochrome, dreamlike photography gives the book an ambiguous visual texture that evokes the stories of Alice in Wonderland.

Roger Walton



Our first publication, AND AND is a sensitive exploration of an American granddaughter’s understanding of the Korean War and its direct effects on her mother and grandmother. It confronts the difficulty of heritage and how generations live its nuanced impact.

As a poetry and picture book, AND AND plays with how text affects visual interpretation and how supportive images influence meaning

Poems by Elaine Johanson

Photographs by Jan C. Almquist

Finely printed on premium acid free-paper, smythe sewn

44 pages, plus cover, plus book cover sheet

15 black and white images

5% of proceeds will go to the Natural Resources Defense Council for forest preservation.

Reading AND AND feels like trying to catch a hawk with your bare hands. The power of the poems and images refuses to be tamed or even stilled. Every moment seems too important to miss, a second away from an explosion of longing or violence. Elaine Johanson and Jan C. Almquist have created something truly exquisite with this collaboration.


Author and Senior Poetry Editor

at Guernica Magazine

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