A book design and production studio, Goosepen creates distinctive publications for museums, artists, publishers, and collectors. With the trust and partnership of many wonderful clients, Goosepen books have won state, regional, and national awards.

Our services are comprehensive: conceptualization of a book’s structure; acquisition of scholarly contributions; editing and proofreading; image rights management; indexing; reproductions (photography and scans); color corrections and image preparation; cover design, interior design, and typesetting; print management; distribution arrangements; and exhibition graphics.

Nathan W. Moehlmann
Principal/Creative Director

Nathan Moehlmann grew up in a house full of books—and remembers fondly his dad demonstrating "folio, quarto, octavo, 16mo," etc., until the sheet would fold no further. Nathan attended Lenoir-Rhyne College before graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University with a B.A. and M.A., respectively, in English literature. During a trip to visit family, he stopped off at the Catawba County Museum of History, in Newton, North Carolina, to see some field cameras—mahogany, leather bellows—that had belonged to his great-grandfather (and which he was not allowed to touch as a child). Small town. The director knew him through his grandmother. He said, "Come help me edit books." As assistant director of the Catawba County Historical Association, Nathan served half a decade as a graphic designer, photographer, promotional writer, and editor. The North Carolina Museums Council awarded him its 2006 scholarship to the Jekyll Island Management Institute, an intensive museums studies course arranged by the Southeastern Museums Conference. He founded Goosepen in 2007. He is a 2020 member of the Grolier Club of New York.

Brian D. Gallagher
Publications Director

For over sixteen years, Brian Gallagher was the senior curator of decorative arts at The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina, where he organized numerous exhibitions and published widely. Among his exhibition catalogues are Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries (2020), Walter Scott Lenox and American Belleek (2023), and The Delhom Service League: 50 Golden Years (2024). The last two publications were designed by Goosepen Studio & Press. Before joining the Mint, Brian was an assistant curator in the European sculpture and decorative arts department at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Prior to his museum career, he was a research librarian, working in turn for IBM, Salomon Brothers, and J.P. Morgan and Company. He has an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Bard Graduate Center, New York, in decorative arts, design history, and material culture, and an M.S. in library and information science from Drexel University, Philadelphia.

Hillary Brown
Editorial Director

Hillary Brown is a graduate of the University of Georgia and has been making books for around two decades. She has been editing since she was a teenager, spending her time caring about commas rather than learning how to do a proper keg stand. In both her day job as director of communications at the Georgia Museum of Art and as a freelancer, she has worked on books from start to finish: substantive editing to shape an author's ideas, polishing prose, making things accord with the Chicago Manual of Style, tracking down images and handling copyright, organizing materials for designers, print production, wholesale sales, and more. She has shepherded more than fifty books to completion, many of which have won awards from the American Alliance of Museums, the Southeastern Museums Conference, the College Art Association, the Southeastern College Art Conference, the Independent Publisher Book Awards, and more.

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“Let there be gall enough in thy ink, though thou write with a goosepen.”  —Twelfth Night


Goosepen Studio & Press
Nathan W. Moehlmann

Mail: PO Box 3275, Hickory, NC 28603
Place: 7 2nd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601