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.

Gwarlingo Artists in the News: André Gregory & Cindy Kleine, Sam Green & Jem Cohen, & Joseph Keckler’s “I Am An Opera”

By |04.11.13|



Few things are as fulfilling as seeing a large, creative project finally reach completion. For many artists, finishing can be as difficult as starting. Artists often toil away for months, even years on a project with no reassurance that the […]

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The Sunday Poem : Marina Tsvetaeva – A Reading by Ilya Kaminsky & Jean Valentine

By |04.06.13|



“I am happy living simply/ like a clock, or a calendar,” Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva wrote in 1919.

Tsvetaeva’s life was anything but simple, for she had the misfortune of living through some of the most turbulent years in Russian history.

She married […]

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The Cleveland Art Scene: Be Prepared to Be Surprised

By |04.04.13|



As New York artists search for the next affordable, urban frontier in Bushwick and Queens, a renaissance of sorts is taking place in the most unlikely of cities: Cleveland, Ohio. Perhaps the city’s motto should be Cleveland: It’s Not What […]

The Sunday Poem : Michelle Bitting

By |03.23.13|


Today’s Sunday Poet was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Michelle Bitting was a dancer and chef before devoting herself to poetry. Her collection, Good Friday Kiss, was chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the 2007 DeNovo […]

Sonic Artist Bruce Odland: Money Makes Noise, A Water Tank Creates Art

By |03.21.13|



Is there a connection between noise and money?  Which sounds are healing to us as humans, and which are damaging? And what does an abandoned water tank in Colorado have in common with the Taj Mahal or a Gothic cathedral?

These […]

The Sunday Poem: Terrance Hayes

By |03.16.13|


“Language is just music without the full instrumentation,” says Terrance Hayes.

Music is a constant touchstone in Hayes’s poetry. “I’m chasing a kind of language that can be unburdened by people’s expectations. I think music is the primary model—how close […]

Boston Ballet & Jirí Kylián: Bring An Open Mind, Readiness for Adventure, & Time

By |03.14.13|



Last week the Boston Ballet kicked off its spring season at the Boston Opera House with three works by Czechoslovakian choreographer Jirí Kylián. Born in Prague, Kylián trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and the Prague Conservatory. His choreographic career started […]

The Sunday Poem : Kathryn Stripling Byer

By |03.09.13|


As a fellow Georgia native, Kathryn Stripling Byer’s poem about a young girl enduring Sunday church service in “a girdle and hose” and singing the hymn “Just As I Am” brought back memories.

Byer’s latest collection, Descent, is brimming with […]

“Naughty Nun” Mary Johnson on Existential Crisis & Mother Teresa

By |03.07.13|





When Mary Johnson left Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity after 20 years of service, she had to learn to pump her own gasoline, to use a microwave and ATM, and to make her own decisions. For […]

John Cage on Beginning

By |03.05.13|



Last night I came across this quote  in my friend’s office in Philadelphia. Creating art that resonates or impacting the world around you isn’t the result of ambitious ideas or flawless execution. It’s the result of doing.

Start. Now.

You can explore […]

The Sunday Poem : D. Nurkse’s “A Night in Brooklyn”

By |03.02.13|


D. Nurkse’s latest collection, A Night in Brooklyn, captures a Brooklyn of both the past and present in lyrical poems that are both intimate and political.

Here is Nurkse discussing his book with Andy Kuhn of the Katonah Poetry Series:

Why Design Matters: Imagining the Future of the Rockaway Waterfront

By |02.28.13|



A few months ago I shared Eve Mosher’s piece, High Water Line, a public art project in Manhattan and Brooklyn that brought the topic of climate change directly to the city’s residents.

Mosher’s inventive project showed what might happen if an […]

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The Sunday Poem: Brenda Shaughnessy

By |02.23.13|


Brenda Shaughnessy’s Our Andromeda had positive buzz in the literary community before it was even released by Cooper Canyon Press late last year, and the glowing reviews and accolades from publications like The New Yorker, the New York Times, Bookforum, […]

The Sunday Poem : G.C. Waldrep

By |02.16.13|



For a writer who has lived a fascinating, unconventional life, the poetry of G.C. Waldrep is remarkably devoid of ego.

While other writers with Waldrep’s life experience might be tempted to use their own story as window dressing, Waldrep never […]

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The Epiphany of Dance: Wim Wenders’ Stunning Farewell to Pina Bausch

By |02.14.13|



Timing is everything, particularly in the case of Wim Wenders’ film Pina.

Wenders, director of the critically acclaimed Wings of Desire and Buena Vista Social Club, first saw Pina Bausch’s Café Müller in 1985 when her dance company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, performed it in […]

The Sunday Poem : Patricia Spears Jones

By |02.09.13|



Patricia Spears Jones grew up in Arkansas, but moved to New York City in the 1970s. Painkiller is her third collection, and the book’s elegant, empathetic poems show her flair for capturing urban life, particularly New York’s metamorphosis over the past three […]

Ai Weiwei’s Little Black Book

By |02.06.13|



I didn’t expect a publication that has been touted as one of the “Best Art Books of 2012” to stand just six inches tall and contain only two photographs. But as Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s new book Weiwei-isms proves, small can […]

The Sunday Poem: Thomas Rain Crowe

By |02.02.13|


About The Laugharne Poems by Thomas Rain Crowe
“While visiting Wales for the first time in 1993, I immediately adopted a love for the culture and community, was fondly given the name of ‘Tierec’, and was given permission (in fact, the keys) by […]

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The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

By |01.31.13|



Last summer I was strolling through the galleries of the new Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, surrounded by the exquisite paintings of Matisse, Modigliani, Cézanne, when a small painting of Abraham Lincoln and his father building a log cabin caught my eye. A […]

The Sunday Poem : Paula Bohince

By |01.26.13|



“There’s movement in Bohince’s ­poems, but it’s gradual and subtle — an eye passing like Ken Burns’s camera over a still image, discovering new details,” writes Eric McHenry in today’s New York Times Book Review:

The nouns pile […]

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Envisioning the Future with Yo La Tengo, R. Buckminster Fuller, & Sam Green

By |01.23.13|



“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process—an integral function of the […]

The Sunday Poem : Evie Shockley

By |01.19.13|



“Evie Shockley seems to step to us wearing an alluring silk gown and steel-toe guerilla boots. She possesses that rare combination of grace and subversiveness.” This is poet Terrance Hayes commenting on Evie Shockley’s most recent book the new black.

I couldn’t agree […]

Soaring High: The Art of Auto-Giros, Rocket Planes, Airships, & Strange Aircraft

By |01.18.13|



It’s Friday and another week has almost come and gone without a mid-week post on Gwarlingo. Apologies to Gwarlingo readers for neglecting everyone but the poets the past 14 days. I’ve been traveling on business and working on […]

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The Sunday Poem : Erica Funkhouser

By |01.12.13|



“I think I don’t really know who I am, or what I think, or what I believe unless I’m in the process of writing,” says poet Erica Funkhouser. “That’s where all of my discovery takes place, that’s where […]

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The Sunday Poem : John Lane

By |01.06.13|



John Lane is a poet with the eye of a naturalist. Quarries. Cottonmouths in a creek. Civil War battlefields. Suburban lawns. These are the places he turns to for meaning.

Lane understands that our relationship to the environment is a symbiotic one […]

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