DENISE CLIFTON is founder of Tandemvines Media, a multimedia publishing company that specializes in working with authors and organizations to craft transformative narrative experiences. She is committed to creating stories that encourage people to explore, learn and share.

Denise leads writers, artists and organizations through the process of telling their own stories. She develops strategic storytelling for digital, video and print media, and she produces books in multiple formats – including iBooks, Kindle and print – as well as websites.

For her original projects, Denise is especially drawn to stories that teach her about the evolution of a place or a person through food, and she is passionate about using these compelling tales to help others connect to unique locales. While researching the restaurants featured in her visually rich book TABLES FROM THE RUBBLE, she learned about San Francisco’s Italian and Chinese immigrants, neighborhood development, and Prohibition history. She also learned some of the unique challenges faced by families who run businesses that span generations – as well as the stories behind focaccia, raw-fish salad, Green Goddess salad dressing and bloater toast.

Oh, and she ate very well – though admittedly she hasn’t tried the bloater toast. Yet.

Previously, Denise was an art director, project manager, designer and editor for almost 20 years at the Seattle Times, where she managed the newsroom’s special projects, led a department of designers and artists, and represented the newsroom’s design and content interests in product development for the company.

Denise has been recognized with multiple awards for her design and art direction, and provided art direction and project management for two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Seattle Times. She was a Stanford University Knight Fellow in 2004-05.

For more information about Denise’s current clients, projects and work experience, see her LinkedIn profile.



Phone: 415-390-6640

Snail mail: 505 Broadway E., No. 283, Seattle, WA, 98102 

CHRISTOPHER CELLARS is a Founding Partner and Creative Strategist for Tandemvines Publishing. He is a self-confessed tech geek always looking for the next big trend – or toy – to play with.  Chris spent 12 years in the retail book and music industry and literally placed thousands of books in people’s hands. He has spent another 15 years in educational development, making learning possible for everyone from tweens with robots to litigation lawyers with tight schedules. His specialties are operations, content development and bringing people together to achieve a vision. He currently is a Director for the University of Washington’s Continuum College.

For more information about Christopher’s work experience, see his LinkedIn profile. Email him at