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What is MYTH?

Can Angels Fly?

Albuquerque Comi Con, January 19 - 21, 2019

Albuquerque Convention Center

Artist Alley Booth 572, located in the main center aisle






shell-fugueDet1TUCSON FESTIVAL of the BOOK

BOOTH #124

Saturday & Sunday, March 15-16, 2014

Come Visit Black Swan Editions-Booth #124 by OLD MAIN Building on Campus

Black Swan Editons, from Santa Fe, will have a table at the Tucson Festival of the Book.  See you there  !!!!!


SHELL FUGUE, painting detail on left
ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination
pages 154-156




Tucson - SATURDAY, March 15th Author Signings & Readings

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Booth #124
Author:   Steven Edwin Counsell
Genre:    Visionary Art & Poetry
Title:       ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Booth #124
Author:  Janet Eigner
Genre:   Poetry
Title:      What Lasts Is The Breath


Tucson - SUNDAY, March 16th Author Signings & Readings

10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Author's Pavilion
Author:   Janet Eigner
Genre:    Poetry
Title:      What Lasts Is The Breath

 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Booth #124
Author:  Steven Edwin Counsell
Genre:    Visionary Art & Poetry
Title:       ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination



detail of painting FIREY ANGEL from visionary art bookTaos, NM - Friends of D.H. Lawrance Book Sale
Saturday, October 19th, 2013 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Las Palomas Convention Center (Mable Dodge Lujan B&B)






detail of drawing from visionaryart book

Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16th
at the Albuquerque Hotel in Old Town Albuquerque
Black Swan Editions will feature some of our poets book in the Convention Bookstore

Stop by and see the great selection of books by New Mexico poets

End of Beginning 2, painting from the visionary art book titled, ILLUMINATIONSART LIBRARIES SOCIETY CONFERENCE, NA 
Pasadena CA
Saturday, April 27th to Sunday, 28th

Black Swan Editions will be an Exhibitor for two days and feature ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination and high quality art prints from this exquisite, award winning book. 


RIPE, watercolor paintingSOUTHWEST BOOK FIESTA, Albuquerque NM

  • May 10th to 12th, 2013
  • Albuquerque Convention Center, Albquerque NM
  • Exhibitor Table #46, by the Wine Garden
  • Black Swan Authors will read from their newest book on Sunday, May 12th from 10 am to noon


toysno2 edited-1    BOOK LAUNCH, READING & SIGNING, Santa Fe NM

  • Friday, December 7th 2012
  • 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • San Francisco Bar & Grill, 50 E. San Francisco Street, Santa Fe NM, 87501






  • Tuesday, February 26th 2013, at 6pm
  • Collected Works Bookstore & Coffee House
  • 202 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe NM




EGGS, graphite drawng, visionary viewDouble Winner in the 2012 NM - AZ Book Awards 

Black Swan Editions is thrilled to announce ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination has won in two categories:  Best Art Book and Best Book Cover Design. 





S H O R T   B O O K   R E V I E W

ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination

Steven E Counsell’s new book Illuminations The Geography of the Imagination pulls off that rarest of tricks, it re-imagines wonder. And it does this without wearing out its welcome in one, or even multiple readings or viewings. This powerful visionary imagery is neither generic nor squishy but tough minded and deeply felt. The lyrically metaphysical poetry brings music back to the imperative of necessary meaning. The subtle frisson between these two forms a true synesthesia; a blueprint perhaps to a new and desperately needed synthesis. To explore new worlds requires a new geography of the imagination.

         There is very little to compare this book to save perhaps the spirit of Blake filtered through the skill of Van Eyck, Dali or Escher. What is really afoot here is a new way of falling into our forgotten and deepest natures. To re-fire childhood without childishness, to look into the very center of mystery and know it’s three dimensional power but also its joy and its capacity to change perception. Make no mistake about it this book can change your life. If you allow this books lost kingdoms to enter, you may find yourself becoming a citizen of a larger world. This volume is literally grounded in an intense observation of nature both inner and outer. Music is everywhere and the pictures and poems have atmosphere, room to breathe in. This book may be a lovely way to discover your real home.




********Media Release, 2014*******


The Geography of the Imagination
by Steven Edwin Counsell


Have master drawing skills, lyrical poetry, and narrative purpose been hibernating?

            NO. They have not! We invite you to come up close and enjoy this new book where visionary art is blended seamlessly with poetry. In ILLUMINATIONS The Geography of the Imagination, by Steven Edwin Counsell, you will experience a jewel box of painting, drawing, and ideas presented with a Renaissance, even Flemish, technique. Each art work shows a mastery of drawing skill that has been absent far too long from many contemporary venues. ILLUMINATIONS will renew and deepen your appreciation for painting and drawing with real narrative purpose and poetry with substance. The books Introduction by Monika Wikman, Ph.D. Jungian Analyst and author from Tesuque NM, describes this book as entering an amazing new landscape. She states: “With Steven Counsell’s work doors open into the living imagination and invite us to walk through with him into its autonomous creative expressive landscape. And as we do so the living question arises - what land have we entered?”


            Accompanying each work of art is a poetic text with richness of language and meaning “drawn from the well of myth.” Through image and poetry a reader will enter a realm where forgotten dreams will be remembered. You will enter this book again and again to view, study, and imagine. Within this exquisite, transformative book you will come back to your true home.


Categories:     Mythical imagery, Symbolic/Surrealist Imagery, Poetry (word play), and Jungian Studies

ISBN:              987-0-9835023-0-2

Pub Date:       October 2012

Price:              Standard Book $50.00

                        Collector’s Edition $200.00 includes signed and numbered colophon in embossed slip case

Page Length:  208 pages

Trim Size:       9.25 inches by 13 inches

Binding:          Hard cover, fabric cover is embossed, binding is smyth sewn, acid free paper, varnished images, French fold dust jacket with foil stamping

Art:                 30 pastel or watercolor paintings with 50 color details, 27 black & white drawings with 7 b & w details                       

Publisher:        Black Swan Editions,  321 West Cordova Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 *** *** phone (505) 231-4043

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steven Edwin Counsell is a visionary artist and poet. He believes art must alter perception through myth, symbol, and archetype. Steven says: “It is far more interesting to be technically traditional and put your daring in the ideas or the depth of your feeling, or in the boundlessness of metaphor itself. Art must be transformation or it is merely interior decoration.” Steven E. Counsell is a guest speaker and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he sells his art and enjoys the enchanting southwest landscape.