Annabel (Levitt) Lee is the founder and proprietor of Vehicle Editions in New York, NY.
Publisher, editor, writer, educator, musician, mom, Annabel Lee is an innovative professional with extensive experience in publishing, medical editing and print production. An active member of a community of writers and publishers, she sits on the Board of Directors of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and was formerly Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of Center for Book Arts, New York.
A global thinker and excellent communicator with a broad-based knowledge, she is detail oriented with fine language skills, which contribute to her expertise as a grammarian and her ability to spot language flaws. She is also proficient in initiating projects, bringing endeavors to satisfactory conclusions, handling design and production, negotiating, managing staff, maintaining progress and quality control. She has traveled extensively, done French and German language translations and studied Italian, Spanish and Russian. She has exhibited as a collage artist and watercolorist and has taught workshops in book and paper crafts.
Vehicle Editions was founded in 1976 by Annabel Levitt. Annabel Lee (she married the Lee in 1988) brings diverse experience to her role as publisher. A printer (letterpress and offset), hand bookbinder, teacher of book crafts, bookkeeper, phototypesetter, monotype typesetter, hand typesetter and writer, Annabel has worked for many other publishers (including responsibilities as Managing Editor and as Production Manager) and she has worked extensively with art book publishers on behalf of European printers. The publisher thus has had full involvement with the artistic, technical, literary and business aspects of the company.
The authors of Vehicle Editions include Jayne Anne Phillips, Ted Berrigan, Christopher Knowles and Roberta Allen. Authors, artists, craftspeople and the publisher have worked in close association, collaborating on format, production and editorial decisions, to ensure that the format of each book reflects its contents.
The attempt has always been made that the book’s exterior be an expression of its interior. For this reason, Vehicle Editions do not often resemble each other. Editions range from 100 to 5,000 copies depending on production methods and intent. Vehicle Editions has employed commercial printers and binders for some titles, and for others all work was done by hand at the kitchen table.