Crafting effective, consistent messaging to help you meet your goals


You know your business or organization inside and out. But how does it look to potential clients, customers, and donors? Are you clearly communicating what you want to say? I help businesses and non-profit organizations promote their programs and products with effective and engaging written and graphic products.

What does this mean?

I work closely with clients to create everything from social media posts, websites, and newsletters to long-term communications plans and strategies based on your particular customers, audiences, and goals. From a single marketing postcard to an entire suite of materials, I can create whatever you need to promote your work!

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About me


My name is Bowen Close and I'm a freelance designer, writer, and strategic communications specialist. 

I have over 10 years of experience in writing, editing, grant writing, strategic communications planning, graphic design and materials production, and development of original recipes and culinary content. I love working with businesses and organizations to create effective, attractive materials that help them thrive. I specialize in sustainability, environmental justice, urban planning, agriculture, sustainable food systems, and food and beverage work, but my skills are versatile and I love diving into a new subject!

I have an undergraduate degree in Environmental Analysis - Policy from Pomona College and a Masters in Planning degree from the University of Southern California, and I completed professional culinary and baking programs at the New School of Cooking. From 2012-2017 I taught hands-on cooking classes with my business Bowen Appétit, and since 2007 I've written about food and cooking on my blog of the same name.

You can see my full resume on LinkedIn.

I currently live in beautiful West Seattle, Washington, with my husband and toddler son, but I have lived in Southern California, Oregon, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. I love to travel and have spent extensive time in Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, Southeast Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe.