Writer, Researcher, Artist, & Librarian
Josh LaMore is a writer, researcher, artist, and librarian with an affinity for nature, history, travel, creative expression, and small-run / unique multimedia artist books. In 2014, LaMore received an American Academy of Poets award for his prose poem “Desert Flies”. That same year, he graduated valedictorian of Long Island University and became the National Collegiate Honors Council’s first Partners in the Parks Fellow with the National Park Service at Cedar Breaks National Monument in southwestern Utah.
In spring 2018, LaMore’s first non-fiction book, Beauty Beyond Telling: The Story of Cedar Breaks National Monument was published by National Park nonprofit, Zion National Park Forever Foundation. The book celebrates the splendor of Cedar Breaks and touches on nearly 165 million years of the area’s natural history and approximately 10,000 years of human habitation. The book received honorable mention from the Public Lands Alliance in 2019.
LaMore also graduated Summa Cum Laude with a master’s in Library Information Science from the Pratt Institute in the fall of 2018. During his time at Pratt, LaMore was a NYARC artist book and poster cataloging fellow at Museum of Modern Art and reinstated the Pratt Institute Libraries’ Picture File Collection. He also worked during this time for printmaker Hilary Lorenz’s international Moth Migration Project and as a research coordinator for Mariam Ghani’s full length multi-media film Dis-Ease, part of the Contagious Cities artist in residence program commissioned by London’s Wellcome Trust and internationally exhibited, including at the Museum of the City of New York exhibit, Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis.
In 2019, LaMore released the experimental music, poetry, and pictorial book, Window Sessions, which was written, performed, and photographed in collaboration with sounds and visuals from a dynamic range of environments across the United States and beyond to accompany LaMore’s acoustic songs of poetry. That same year, he became the administrative coordinator and communications specialist for the Office of Education Abroad at Hunter College, CUNY in New York City and began working with former national park service superintendent, Paul Roelandt in guiding colleges and universities through the process of establishing cooperative agreements with near-by national park sites and other public land, history, and cultural agencies to create paid experiential internship opportunities and future career paths for students. At the end of 2019, his long-form poetic prose poem “We That Fall Asleep” was published by Montana’s Riverfeet Press.
Currently, LaMore works for the National Park Service; Oxford University Press Biographer, Dorothy Helly; and as a content specialist for the museum design firm, Whirlwind Creative. LaMore continues writing thoroughly researched non-fiction and creating one-of-a-kind artist books, unique small-run print publications, and poetry assemblage sculptures using found objects, paint, photographs, and various printing (including letterpress) and binding techniques. A commissioned history book, Coming Home: The Story of Manteno Saint Joseph church and Our Lady Academy will be released in September, 2021. LaMore hopes to publish his graphic novel illustrated by Kelsey Gallagher, Breaklands in 2022.