Allen Crawford

Allen Crawford is the illustrator of Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself. He and his wife, Susan, are proprietors of the design/illustration studio Plankton Art Co. Their illustrations are on permanent display at the American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Orion, and Art in America. He lives in Mt. Holly, New Jersey.


  • Beautiful. . . . An ode to all the animals that have seen their numbers grow after gaining federal protection.

    —Los Angeles Times

  • As A Wild Promise reveals—through artist Allen Crawford’s beautiful renderings of over 80 animals, with text by the great Terry Tempest Williams—we have it in us to save the world, we just have to do it.

    —LitHub, A Best Nonfiction Book of Summer

  • Beautifully illustrated. . . . The artistry is amazing. . . .

    —Graphic Medicine

  • Inventive.

    —The Trentonian

  • The greatest enemy of life on Earth is not fossil fuel, but human hubris. In our eleventh hour, the art of Allen Crawford and the words of Terry Tempest Williams offer witness and warning. A Wild Promise celebrates the lives that have been saved by the Endangered Species Act, even as that half-century act itself is endangered. This gentle, strong book marks this moment of peril and promise. We can ignore, and thereby accept, the dark tsunami of extinction moving through sea and air and across the land faster than any previous wave. Or we can find the power of our humility and our wider kinship. We can reconnect our children and ourselves to the rest of nature. We can reverse the deepening loneliness of our species. We can turn the tide.

    —Richard Louv, author of Our Wild Calling and Last Child in the Woods