Welcome to my online home for all things writing. I am Saxon Henry and I have been putting words on the page for most of my life, professionally for over two decades, and I can’t think of anything else I would want to do with my time and talents day-in and day-out.
I’m a storyteller. Whether I am writing creative essays about historical figures, blogging for clients, writing product descriptions for manufacturers in the design industry or working on my next book, I always have an eye to telling stories. If my content strategy services pique your interest, reach out to me so we can begin a dialogue about what’s possible.
Storytelling with Intention
I began my career as a storyteller early, developing a fascination with journalism in high school as I wrote for and helped to edit my high school newspaper. I completed my undergraduate work in poetry and during my graduate work, I studied the great writers who explored aesthetics. In almost every way, I feel at home with the written word.
I became a professional journalist in the early 2000s, eventually writing for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and a wide array of shelter publications and travel magazines such as Robb Report, Home Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Woman’s Day, Country Home, the Home & Design section of The Miami Herald, Elle Décor, Traditional Home, Coastal Living, Luxe, Latitudes, Delta Sky and Modernism. I was also a contributing editor to Modern Luxury’s MIAMI and Manhattan magazines and Interiors Magazine, my relationship with a number of these magazines continuing today. Current titles I’m writing for include MIAMI, Modern Farmhouse Style and Florida Design.
The international magazines in my portfolio include Aïshti, Elle Décor (India), Residence Magazine (The Netherlands), Casamica (Italy), Style: Living (Singapore) and Architectural Digest in Austria and Germany. I am still writing about design, architecture, travel and lifestyle, subjects that I welcome because they expand me every time I write something new about a person, a product, a venue or a subject. I am a contributing editor for many magazines, which includes my own columns for several regional publications. Click through for a better sampling of my journalism clips.
In 2009, the economic downturn that decimated the health of shelter publications forced me to add other revenue streams to my portfolio. As an early adopter, I began publishing articles about design online, learning a great deal about SEO in those early days writing for pay-per-click platforms about any number of subjects. I have turned that knowledge into one facet of my career—creating highly relevant content for clients’ websites and blogs, content that performs beautifully in search. As I tested and measured, I was able to broaden my knowledge of Google’s continual push to make its artificial intelligence smarter.
Thanks to Google’s continuing algorithm shifts, relevant and engaging content is being rewarded in search results with more vigor all the while. This means a high-quality writer’s skills are not simply necessary for entities wanting to thrive in the new internet environment, they are crucial. My career as a newspaper reporter, design journalist, author, essayist, playwright and poet enables me to offer my clients a clear advantage when it comes to creating online content. My services for entities in the home furnishings industry who are determined to get ahead in the crowded online marketplace include all angles of content strategy. To glean a fuller idea of my services, click through to my Content Strategy Page.
Proud to Be an Author
Being an author is an important designation to me so I am always working on the next book, my newest work-in-progress a collection of biographical essays about historical figures. My voracious reading habits and writing creatively enhance the quality of even the most mundane content I write.
If you ask me what I came into this world to do,
I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
This quote by Emile Zola pretty much sums up the level of passion I have for producing the highest-quality writing possible, which shows in my portfolio. Writers who have been in the business as long as I have have lived through a time of failing magazines and newspapers, cascading book sales, and dumbed-down web writing filled with SEO tricks. It is such a relief to now be able to publish my own books without endless dead-ends with agents and waiting years to see the content between two covers.
My books include Anywhere but Here that contains poems written over several decades, my passion for writing poetry explored at Vermont College under Tom Absher and at New York University, where I studied under William Packard, the late editor of The New York Quarterly.
I’ve also written a memoir titled Stranded on the Road to Promise, which is the story of finding my footing as a writer while simultaneously navigating the South Dakota and Alaskan reservations, two states in which I found myself challenged.
My architecture book Four Florida Moderns received excellent reviews. To read these and excerpts from the opening essay by Robert McCarter, click through to the book’s dedicated page.
What People Are Saying about Saxon Henry
“Saxon you have done it again – you bring everything to life so vividly!” —Pippa Roberts, Pippa Roberts Publicity and Communications, Hertfordshire, UK
“You are the best writer of descriptive narrative for inanimate objects I’ve ever read. You give things a soul through your words. You just do.” —Gerard McLean, author and cofounder Sharktooth Press
“You sprinkled some very amazing magic dust on our community. We loved having you and you were extremely highly rated. Love you in our world.” —Adam Japko, Founder and CEO Esteem Media and Design Bloggers Conference
“Your writing skills are indeed a blessing in the décor market, outstanding and a joy to read.” —Sandy Callahan, Barrymore Furniture
“We are definitely lucky to have you as part of the Global Lighting team. Looking forward to continued success and more growth with your assistance.”
—Pete Crisci, CFO Global Lighting