About Michelle Aldredge

Michelle Aldredge is an artist, writer, curator, and the founding editor of Gwarlingo, an online arts and culture journal. Her popular Gwarlingo Salon connects artists like DJ Spooky with New Hampshire audiences. In 2015 she was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine. She is a 2016 recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University, as well as fellowships from the Hambidge Center and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. Her writing and photography have appeared in RISD XYZ magazine, 2Paragraphs, Psychology Today, Born Journal, and other publications. In 2016 she and collaborator Corwin Levi will publish their first book Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. From 1999-2012 Michelle worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist retreat. She is regular arts & culture commentator for New Hampshire Public Radio, loves Southern barbecue, and traveling the world in search of mind-blowing art. Michelle offers one-on-one coaching sessions, workshops, and speaks to businesses, arts groups, and students about overcoming the psychological and practical barriers to producing your best work. (Read more here .) If you’d like to work with her one-on-one or hire her to speak at your school, business, or organization, please contact michelle (at) gwarlingo (dot) com.

John Stezaker & the Not-So-Perfect Marriage

By |06.14.16|

John Stezaker may be the most accomplished collage artist you've never heard of. Explore the haunting, humorous, and surreal work of this remix master.

The Sunday Poem: Nickole Brown’s “Fanny Says”

By |04.25.15|

Reading Nickole Brown’s new book of poems, Fanny Says, is like being introduced to someone you never want to let go, the kind of fierce, tender, acerbic, complicated woman who will snag you by your scruff and tell you what you don’t want to hear, and— in the next breath— what you need to hear. In this special Sunday Poem feature, writer Janlori Goldman introduces us to Nickole Brown's Fanny—a trash-talking, scrappy southerner, sure of all the right ways to do everything, from making potato salad (recipe included) to how to serve her a Pepsi.

DJ Spooky Launches Gwarlingo Salon with The Imaginary App

By |04.09.15|


On August 5, 2008 a new app called I Am Rich appeared in Apple’s App Store. The app, created by Armin Heinrich, cost $999.99 and was a “work of art with no hidden function at all.” Instead, the app’s icon, […]

The Sunday Poem: A Journey through Japan with Judy Halebsky

By |03.15.15|


This week’s Sunday Poem feature is a special guest column by writer Judy Halebsky.

Judy’s second book, Tree Line, was recently published by New Issues Poetry & Prose. (Hats off to the press for producing a beautifully designed book—I see far […]

Sylvan Esso: “Collaboration Should Make you Aware of your Own Strengths and Weaknesses”

By |02.15.15|

Here in Harrisville, New Hampshire, our general store is the center of community life—where locals go for a cup of coffee, to buy eggs, or to learn if the next Nor’easter will leave six or eighteen inches of snow. Occasionally, […]

The Sunday Poem: Tony Hoagland

By |11.29.14|


There Is No Word

There isn’t a word for walking out of the grocery store
with a gallon jug of milk in a plastic sack
that should have been bagged in double layers

—so that before you are […]

Art Meets the Monsters: Grimm’s Tales Through the Looking Glass

By |10.19.14|



Murder. Infanticide. Mutilation. Incest. While true love intermittently raises its pretty head, Grimm’s fairy tales are far darker than the Disneyfied versions so many of us know. And yet these folk tales, collected by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm […]

On Home Turf: A Creative Spaces Interview with Artist Angus McCullough

By |07.25.14|


Sometimes you have to leave home to discover surprises right in your own back yard. Such was the case with artist Angus McCullough, a Vermont-based artist I met this spring at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

The town of […]

The Gorgeous Nothings: The Envelope Poems of Emily Dickinson

By |07.18.14|


For Proust,” Susan Howe writes in her Preface to The Gorgeous Nothings, “a fragment is a morsel of time in its pure state; it hovers between a present that is immediate and a past that once had been present.”

The fragments […]

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The Sunday Poem: Lauren Camp’s The Dailiness

By |04.26.14|

The Dailiness by Lauren Camp from Edwin E. Smith, 2013
An Interview with Lauren Camp

Michelle Aldredge: I like the close attention you pay to daily encounters in your book. The image of “folding” appears again and again throughout the […]

The Sunday Poem: Jamaal May’s Hum

By |04.05.14|


“I don’t always go into a poem wanting to address a specific issue,” says Jamaal May. “I’m usually led by language and discover what’s nagging me through the process of arguing with a draft. The E.M. Forster adage, ‘How do […]

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Sonic Boom: Ted Apel & a New Generation of Artists Explore the Art of Sound

By |04.02.14|

A New Prize in Sound Art
“I feel that the genre of sound art itself might be limiting sound art’s potential,” says artist Ted Apel. “Many sound art shows have the theme of ‘Sound Art.’ Imagine a show of visual art with […]

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The Sunday Poem: Don Colburn’s Tomorrow Too-The Brenda Monologues

By |03.15.14|


Journalism and poetry have become for me two ways of reporting on the world, two means of truth-seeking and truth-telling,” says Don Colburn. “Neither holds a monopoly on what we glibly call the real world.”

Colburn came late to poetry during […]

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A Quest for the Quiet Mind: Can the Art World Make Room for Sincerity?

By |03.09.14|

In 2013 the online magazine 2Paragraphs asked a group of visual artists to write about the image that had “affected them most profoundly.” The question elicited some fascinating stories, from Goya’s influence on video and conceptual artist Karen Ostrom, to […]

The Sunday Poem: Lauren K. Alleyne’s Difficult Fruit

By |02.22.14|


Poetry is like ice-cream,” poet Lauren Alleyne recently told an interviewer when asked to compare poetry to a food. “It completes joy, but is also a natural remedy for heartache. You can enjoy it in all its flavors, and yet its […]

If Other Professions Were Paid Like Artists

By |02.19.14|

Everything is Free Now
This week a visual artist friend posted the following on her Facebook page:

“Just for the fun of it, I counted up how many times in 2014 I’ve been asked to do work for free, but […]

The Sunday Poem: C.D. Wright Explores Civil Rights in “One With Others”

By |02.08.14|

I first encountered C.D. Wright’s poetry through the back door of photography. Years ago, when I was studying contemporary artists working with 19th century photographic processes, I stumbled across Deborah Luster’s collaboration with C.D. Wright, titled One Big Self, in which […]

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The Perils of Being a Solo Artist: 11 Ways to Find the Support You Need

By |02.05.14|



I have a confession to make…Asking for help is tough for me. Ditto for collaborating.

Yes. I love people. I love being a connector and introducing creative folks to one another. I love great conversation about art and ideas. But when it […]

The Sunday Poem: Judith Taylor’s Sex Libris

By |02.02.14|


As the psychoanalysts Jung and Freud both observed, fairy tales frequently reveal more about a culture than its sophisticated literary texts. These are the stories we hear at a young, impressionable age. Whether we’re conscious of it or not, these […]

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Kill Me Now Abs & Conversation Lashes with Artist Rachelle Beaudoin

By |02.02.14|


On Thursday I attended the opening for Rachelle Beaudoin’s new show, Let’s Work it Out, at the Carroll House Gallery in Keene, New Hampshire. Rachelle investigates feminine iconography and identity in popular culture using humorous video, performance, and wearable art. The […]

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The Sunday Poem: Dean Young’s Bender

By |01.11.14|

Bender: New & Selected Poems
By Dean Young. Copper Canyon Press, 280 pages
Choosing a handful of poems from Dean Young’s collection Bender: New & Selected Poems was no easy task. Most poetry collections are hit and miss, but in Dean Young’s case I […]

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Skyscrapers: A Cure For Loneliness & Overconsumption? Judith Dupré on the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings

By |01.09.14|

Books Worth Reading
Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings
By Judith Dupré. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 176 pages

Architecture is the art form we spend the most time with in our daily lives, and yet it’s a medium that […]

Setting Creative Goals for the New Year? Let Fear Be Your Guide

By |01.05.14|

It’s the New Year, which means that many of us are taking stock of our personal habits, both good and bad, and resolving to do better.

But how many things on this year’s list of goals also appeared on our list […]

Crystal Bliss: What the Snow Photos of Doug + Mike Starn Teach Us about Originality

By |12.21.13|


How can something as seemingly straightforward as a snowflake be interpreted so differently? What do photographs of snow have to teach us about artistic originality?

Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and snowflakes have been on […]

The Sunday Poem: Patricia Fargnoli’s Winter

By |12.21.13|

When Pulitzer-Prize-winner Mary Oliver chose Patricia Fargnoli’s first book, Necessary Light, as the winner of The May Swenson Book Award, Fargnoli was 62 years old.

“I began writing poems in high school and had a few (terrible ones) published in the school […]