About The Adventures of Lion and Sloth

The Adventures of Lion and Sloth began as a place to showcase my poems and accompanying handmade projects.

I kept going to poetry readings where all anyone ever had for sale were poetry pamphlets and chapbooks. Pamphlets are great and lovely and cheap and nice to collect, but sometimes it's good to see some variety on the table.


SO, I've got it into my head that making Poetry Pets to go with my poems might be something fun to try! Each pet is tied to a poem I've written and comes with a hand-crafted copy of the poem that inspired it! On this site, you can check out my Poetry Pets, which are all handmade and available to buy in the store. You can also visit my writing blog to read some of my published poetry.

        aiko harman

Ps. I'd also like to give a huge thanks to Stuart who is the brains behind the operation & my first counsel on all artistic endeavors. Stuart does all the drawn art on the site, while I sort how to make his visions into something tangible. We're working on copies of Stuart's flip-notebooks now. These should be ready in the next couple months. Watch this space!



Aiko's (hopefully brief) Bio:

Aiko Harman is a Los Angeles native, currently living in Edinburgh, Scotland. During her undergraduate studies at UCLA, Aiko juggled 4 part-time jobs, while completing double bachelor degrees in English with a Creative Writing focus and Mass Communications with a specialization in Computing. She has recently completed an MSc in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to moving to Edinburgh, Aiko lived in Japan, teaching English to high school students with the JET Programme and spending time with her maternal Japanese family living there.

Her poetry is published in a handful of magazines, listed in complete on her blog. She is the winner of the 2009 Grierson Verse Prize and a recipient of the William Hunter Sharpe memorial scholarship in creative writing. She was a Poet in Residence at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009.

Aiko is versed in web design, and book typesetting, layout and design, having assisted in these facets previously on Westwind (UCLA's undergraduate literary journal) and currently on the Edinburgh Review and textualities.net. She is a member of the Forest Publications editorial team, focusing on publication funding, copy-editing and web maintenance. In her free time, Aiko likes to make artisan chapbooks, sew Poetry Pets, and bake far too many sweets for her own good.

Posted on 08.17.2009