Academic books are usually much more about content than form. In terms of design and format, they are at best serviceable, at worst plain and hard to use. But from the moment I first sent my query letter to editor Richard Morrison, asking, “Would you like to read a lush, sexy book about lesbian gardens?” University of Minnesota Press has been making my dreams come true. Richard’s own interest in gardens and poetry (did you know he has an MFA and is an accomplished garden photographer?) as well as Minnesota’s distinguished queer studies and landscape architecture lines appealed to me when I was choosing a publisher. Now, holding the finished book in my hands, everything from the texture of the paper to the eye-popping design to the typeface does justice to that first description, and to the stories I tell in the book of bold women artists expressing desire and creating relationships with one another through landscape art.