The Author's Story

Carl'Drail Cannon is an author, business owner as well as a recent graduate from Kent State University.  He recently published his first children’s book “Oscar the Fox, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark'' which is getting rave reviews.  Not only did he write the book, he also published and illustrated the characters. 

He received his Bachelor's degree in architecture at Kent State University in 2018 and subsequently received a dual Masters of Architecture & Business Administration in July of 2020. As a child, Carl’Drail always had an interest in architecture and building which started out with Lincoln logs, Lego’s and other building blocks.  He was always reconfiguring the layout of his room and redesigning it which isn't a shock that he's in a field of design and Architecture.


He’s become a world traveler, where in 2017 he studied abroad in Florence Italy for a semester while sketching all over the city.  He also traveled to world renowned cities like Rome and Venice simultaneously learning the history of foreign and international architectural designers and having a lifetime of memorable moments. Carl’Drail has received numerous awards such as IIDA Foundation: John J. Nelson Sr. Legacy Scholarship Award, and AIA Honorably Mentioned along side his team member for Graphics & Presentation just to name a few.

As an avid business owner who is the Chief Officer of Operations and Chief Graphic Designer of SO’CUSTOM BOWS & Tiez which is a custom bow tie company located in Evanston, IL, He Utilized excel to manage financial account records and e-commerce profiles, maintained product marketing on various social media platforms, employed prior knowledge of 3D printing and laser cutting to create unique attachments to bowties and ties.

Carl’Drail loves traveling, songwriting, playing Piano, graphic design, writing as well as volunteering to help not for profit organizations that reach out for aid and assistance.  His goal is to create a well-balanced society where everyone has the same opportunities and he believes architecture is a huge part of that goal, because architecture focuses on the need of the people.