About Michelle Aldredge

I'm a writer, photographer, and the creator of Gwarlingo, a crowd-funded arts & culture journal that covers contemporary art, music, books, film, and the creative process. I’ve spent nearly 20 years as an arts enabler, helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I’ve also done time at an arts magazine, a library, and an art museum in Atlanta. For two years I cared for injured eagles, hawks, and owls at a raptor rehabilitation center in Vermont. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, consulting, and creative projects full-time. (You can check out my recent projects here.) I’ve appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, served as the judge for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Literary Prize, and received fellowships from the Hambidge Center and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. My writing and photography have appeared in RISD XYZ magazine, 2Paragraphs, Psychology Today, Born Journal, and other publications. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions, group workshops, and speak 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 me one-on-one or hire me to speak at your school, business, or organization, please contact me at michelle (at) gwarlingo (dot) com. -

New York City Lights

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MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit & the Whole Sweep of Trying

Anna Schuleit creating Room for Five, a collaborative project for the Eastman School of Music (Photo courtesy the artist) Welcome to the first installment of "Creative Spaces," a regular Gwarlingo series that will focus on the creative habits and work spaces of visual artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other [...]

Gwarlingo’s Pick of the Week: Bon Iver

For all of you Bon Iver fans who have been patiently waiting for new music, your wait is about to come to an end. Bon Iver's new self-titled album will be released on June 21st. In the March issue of Rolling Stone, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon offers a [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:10+00:00 05.17.11|Sounds|Comments Off on Gwarlingo’s Pick of the Week: Bon Iver

Gwarlingo’s Guide to Residency Programs

Leonard Bernstein working in a studio at The MacDowell Colony (Photo courtesy The MacDowell Colony)   What do Quentin Tarantino's Resevoir Dogs, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, and the musical Grey Gardens have in common? All of these works were created during a residency at [...]

Movie Barcodes

The use of color in cinema has been on my mind in recent days because of a site called Movie Barcode, which offers a new way of experiencing a film. Movie Barcode compresses every frame of a movie into a single image. While these images may be interesting in [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:12+00:00 03.28.11|Design, Greatest Hits, Images|Comments Off on Movie Barcodes

News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

A NEW SINATRA BIO: James Kaplan has just published a new biography on Frank Sinatra called Frank: The Voice. Geoffrey O'Brien has written a long review, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," in The New York Review of Books. Kaplan focuses on Sinatra's early days and tries to understand how this talented, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:14+00:00 03.22.11|News|Comments Off on News: Sinatra, The Strokes, Salman & More

Welcome to Gwarlingo

  My name is Michelle Aldredge. I am a writer, photographer, and the creator of Gwarlingo. Gwarlingo is an online community where artists and curious individuals can follow great visual art, music, film, performance, writing, and design, as well as discuss the rewards and challenges of the creative life. Its aim is [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:17+00:00 02.06.11|Welcome to Gwarlingo|1 Comment