Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading expert on engraved social stationery and principle in her eponymous company, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC. Here she oversees the creation of bespoke hand engraved writing papers, note cards, monograms, ciphers, and ephemera. Collins authored The Complete Engraver a guide to monograms, crests, ciphers, seals, and the etiquette and history of social stationery. She has contributed to and been the subject of popular media such as PRINT, Town & CountryVeranda, VogueThe New York Times. At the dawn of the stationery-centric phase of her career, she was a guest on Martha Stewart TV talking about her favorite subject, hand-engraved stationery. Listen to an NPR interview with Mrs. Collins here.

In addition to her day job working with engraved stationery clients, Collins partners with local cultural institutions in her hometown New Orleans. With Antenna Gallery, she produces Letters Read the ongoing series of live events in which local actors interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and Louisiana communities. Listen to recent podcasts of some readings here.

The 2020 Season is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and LGBT+ Archives Program of Louisiana.

With another local cultural institution, Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses Collins presented Monograms, Tagging and Tattoos. She also makes time for lectures and presentations nationally, such as the monogram talk she gave to a highly engaged crowd at Type Directors Club in New York City.