I write, I dance,
I design

and I'm hungry for more.

Design Services

What I love to do

Graphic Design

I love layout. I design print publications and promotional materials, including literary journals, brochures, program booklets, posters, postcards, business cards and digital ads.

Book Design

As a writer, I love working with authors to create a distinctive cover and/or interior layout that evokes the essence of their writing.

Web Design

I love designing the visual concept for a new website. I focus on creating a unique logo mark and sensory experience using texture, color and typeface. I'm not a web developer; I install a Wordpress CMS and customize responsive themes.

Recent Projects

Websites, promotional materials, books and more

About Jai

Writer | Dancer | Designer

Photo by Scott Shaw

Photo by Scott Shaw

  • I’m a book nerd and language lover with an eye for visual composition.
  • I’m a dancer and performer with a sensitivity to texture and space.
  • I love layout. My X-Files fandom taught me (almost) everything I needed to know about Photoshop.
  • I’ve designed for nonprofits, universities, small businesses and individuals, including writers, dancers, artists, social workers, herbalists, healers, and queer and trans people.
  • I’m currently based in Philadelphia.

Are you interested in working together? I can’t wait to hear from you.

Email me with a description, your budget range and timeframe, and I’ll respond within 2-3 business days.

To learn more about my creative and critical writing, dance, video and performance work, visit the pages under Creative Projects.

Recent Testimonials

When I asked Jai to update my catalog it was because I realized I didn’t have time to do it myself and I trusted them to do it competently. I underestimated what a difference their work would make! When I received the updated file from them, I was blown away by the thoughtfulness, creativity and skill they had put into it. They went above and beyond what I asked and used their talent to create a much more professional and polished catalog than what I had before.
Robin MarkleFlaming IdolsPhiladelphia

Spaceholds & Placeholders

Essays on Dance, Design & Deconstruction


I’m a nonbinary alum, and I’m also Hollins

As a nonbinary alum of Hollins University, I spent many years not knowing how to talk about my alma mater. I don’t identify as a woman any longer, but I went to a women’s college. I would oscillate between diminishing the experience (“I went to a very, very small liberal arts college in Virginia; you’ve never heard of it”) or making awkward jokes (“I went to Hollins, back when I was a woman”).

The shame I felt confused me, because my years at Hollins were actually very formative and extremely important at the time. But now that Hollins has published their “policy on transgender issues,” I can’t continue to love a place that doesn’t respect us.

The policy requires that trans women undergo full medical, surgical and legal transition to be considered for admission, which is next to impossible for most 18 year olds. Trans men and transmasculine students who change their name legally (with the intent of identifying as male) run the risk of being expelled or “transferred” to another institution.

Hollins has the most restrictive policy among the “Seven Sisters” colleges in the United States, according to Vocativ. It creates a hostile environment for current nonbinary and trans students, and also masculine-presenting cis-women, on campus, and cultivates a culture of gender policing.

I believe that public conversation needs to move away from “who should or should not be allowed” at a women’s college, and toward questions of institutional access and privilege, toward discussions about the ways in which hetero-patriarchy, binary gender assumption and white supremacy are deeply embedded in systems of power, and toward loving compassion for nonbinary and trans youth today who are indeed “going places” and re-imagining our language, our world.

In addition, because I changed my name (and went through a legal name change process post-graduation), I can’t get my name changed on my transcripts or diploma. When I applied for an MFA program, I had to provide that school with transcripts showing my deadname. Hollins’ policy states that “The conferring of a Hollins undergraduate degree is limited to those who are women.” Is my degree no longer valid?

I have published two books and a short film that’s screened internationally. I’m queer, nonbinary and use they/them pronouns. I’m mixed race and the child of an immigrant. I’m broke. Will you celebrate people like me, Hollins, this Reunion weekend? #myhollins #alsohollins #stopgenderpolicingathollins

[Photo credit: Jai Arun Ravine, 2001]