We launched Bloomsday after continually crossing paths with people who longed to shape their stories into more enduring artifacts of their lived moments. Read more about Bloomsday in the Voyage Houston article.
Kate Martin Williams is a writer/owner at Bloomsday. She attended the University of Tennessee and earned a Master of Arts in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Tennessee. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rice University, and in a former life, she chilled her writerly bones on an ice rink as a competitive (but decidedly non-combative) figure skater and coach. Her writing life has led her to bear witness to the stories of activists, survivors, visionaries, and the everyday people who make a difference by living engaged lives. She lives in Houston with three ridiculously lovely children, ridiculously supportive husband, and their dog, Abigail, who’s just plain ridiculous.
Jessica Cole is a writer/owner at Bloomsday and has been musing about place and identity for as long as she can remember. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in International Relations/French, she attended the University of California at Davis, where she took classes in the Nature and Culture program and received her M.A. in English. An article about Oak Ridge National Labs led her to University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she wrote a novel for her doctoral dissertation (A Unified Theory of Love) that re-imagines a chapter of scientific history. Jessica has published articles, book chapters, short fiction, and Pushcart-nominated poems. She has taught writing at the college level in several cities, including as a writer-in-residence and a visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria. She has taught in several of the ProArts colleges in Boston and playground-hops with her wonderful six-year-old son.
Phuc Luu is Chief Creative Officer at Bloomsday. He came to Bloomsday by way of bumping into Kate Martin Williams in a coffee shop and renewing a friendship that also started in another coffee shop some ten years before. Although not a book designer by profession, he fell into the book publishing business because of the joy of helping to bring a beautiful book into the world and seeing it on a bookstore shelf, and especially seeing someone take it from the shelf to register. Speaking about books, being a theologian and philosopher by trade, he is working on is own book, a work of narrative non-fiction/theology/memoir called Jesus of the East. It is a story about how the West won the battle of how Jesus, the face of God, is portrayed in our world and the grave consequences for this victory. It is told through the eye of the Vietnam (American) War, stories of wounded-ness, and alternative theologies that seek to liberate and heal, rather than condemn and bring more hurt into an already broken world. For Bloomsday, Phuc has the infinite pleasure of working with two remarkable people in Kate and Jessica and producing the always irreverent F***ing Shakespeare podcast.