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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.

Tatzu Nishi Builds Christopher Columbus a Living Room in the Sky: Exclusive Photos

By |09.21.12|

 

 

Last week I featured Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus on my Don’t Miss List for September. Two New Hampshire friends, who were on their way to Manhattan this weekend, asked me to recommend the one thing they shouldn’t miss during their […]

15+ Books Worth Reading from Hello Hello Books in Rockland, Maine

By |09.19.12|

 

I do quite a bit of traveling for Gwarlingo these days and one of the best things about being on the road is discovering out-of-the way, independent bookshops. For me, walking into a deftly run, well-curated bookstore is almost as […]

The Sunday Poem : Joan Murray

By |09.15.12|

 

 

Today’s Sunday Poem is a special excerpt from poet Joan Murray’s project The Visitor: Poems from the Eastman House. The last time I saw Joan she was working on this series of poems at The MacDowell Colony. I asked Joan […]

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Art On the Radar : Gwarlingo’s Don’t-Miss List for September

By |09.14.12|

 

 
The invitations, event notices, emails, and review copies are pouring in. The fall arts season has officially arrived. If only I could clone myself, then perhaps, I’d have a chance of catching even a handful of these concerts, openings, and […]

The Complete Creative Part 1 : How “If-Only Syndrome” Derails Us As Artists

By |09.12.12|

 

 

When Gwarlingo readers give me feedback, I listen. You’ve been telling me that you’d like to see more articles about process and the challenges of being an artist. I’ve appreciated your emails and comments.

Today, I’m excited to launch a new […]

The Sunday Poem : Judith Kitchen

By |09.08.12|

 
 

 

(Note: Today’s Sunday Poem is part of Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series and is made possible by The Poetry Foundation This one is for all of the gardeners out there!)

 

By describing the relocation of the moles […]

An Exclusive Peek Inside Keith Haring’s New York City Studio

By |09.05.12|

 

 

On a recent trip to New York City, I had a chance to visit the studio of the late Keith Haring. The fifth-floor space, located on Broadway between Bleeker and Great Jones Street, is now home to the […]

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The Sunday Poem: Natalie Diaz

By |09.01.12|

 

 

New poetry publications have been piling up in my post office box, a sure sign that the fall book season is here. One of the best surprises that’s appeared in my mail in recent weeks is Copper Canyon’s When […]

Obsession & Empathy: Nan Goldin, Michael Chabon, & A Home for Indigent Bohemians

By |08.31.12|

 

Two weeks ago, artists and art lovers converged on the quiet town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, for a chance to meet some of the most talented contemporary artists working today. Each August the famed MacDowell Colony opens its doors to […]

The Sunday Poem : Hayden Carruth

By |08.19.12|

 

 

 

 

 
For Geof
 

I’m eighty-four now. Now I know what I

Should have done. After the war I should

Have stayed in the army. And now I’d be

A retired sergeant or captain with a pension

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Samein Priester on Fatherhood, Film, & Loss of His Wife, Artist Denyse Thomasos

By |08.17.12|

 

How do you learn to be a father, particularly when there are no fathers around to be an example?

This is the question at the heart of Samein Priester’s personal documentary 1st&4ever. The dilemma of fatherhood has taken on new significance […]

The Sunday Poem : Frank O’Hara

By |08.12.12|

 

Art critic and New York School poet Frank O’Hara studied piano at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1941 to 1944 and served in the South Pacific and Japan as a sonarman on the destroyer USS Nicholas during World […]

Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

By |08.08.12|

 

 

We gathered around André Gregory like children eagerly assembling around the librarian for story hour. André perched in a picture window inside Winsome Brown and Claude Arpels’ fashionable Tribeca apartment. Behind him, the sun was setting over the Hudson River. On the […]

The Sunday Poem : Merry Fortune

By |08.04.12|

 

 

 

 
God Quest
 

And when I have toilet paper I say thank you toilet paper god and when I
have food I say thank you food god. Clothes: thank the clothes’ god, shoes
and accessories- thank the same god. For […]

Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

By |08.03.12|

 

A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event was part of a reading series at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, an annual summer workshop at the […]

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The Sunday Poem : Jorge Carrera Andrade’s Micrograms

By |07.28.12|

 

 

“The images of Jorge Carrera Andrade are so extraordinarily clear, so connected to the primitive I imagine I am…participating in a vision already lost to the world. It is a place melancholy but grand.”      — William Carlos Williams

 

 

Largely overlooked by […]

Christian Marclay’s The Clock: Does the 24-Hour Artwork Live Up to the Hype?

By |07.27.12|

 

 

(NOTE: This review is from the summer of 2012. Marclay’s The Clock is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City through January 21, 2013, with a special 24-hour screening on New Year’s Eve. For more […]

The Sunday Poem : Adrienne Rich

By |07.21.12|

 

The Sunday Poem returns today after a two-week hiatus. Thanks to all of you who wrote and told me how much you missed receiving the Sunday Poem in your inbox. It only confirms what I suspected all along: that Gwarlingo […]

Why Kitty Wells Matters

By |07.17.12|

 

 

Country music legend Kitty Wells died Monday at her home in Madison, Tennessee, after suffering complications from a stroke. She was 92.

The music of Kitty Wells and other country artists played frequently on the turntable in our Georgia house. My grandmother, […]

Receipts, Email, Bread Tags, Styrofoam : Rachel Perry Welty Transforms Life’s Daily Clutter into Art

By |07.12.12|

 

 

 

(Note: All photographs can be viewed in a larger size by clicking on the image)

Every artist must work within certain limitations, and these limitations come in a variety of forms. It could be financial restraints, a lack of free time, […]

Ruin & Repetition: Margaret Lanzetta & Susan Briante’s Utopia Minus Project

By |07.07.12|

 

I’m excited to share this special expanded edition of Gwarlingo’s Sunday Poem series with you. The Utopia Minus Project is an art and poetry collaboration that has been in the works for nearly twelve months now.

Poet Susan Briante […]

Learning to Look : Whistler, Fireworks, and a New Way of Seeing

By |07.04.12|

 

I’ll never forget the first time I saw James McNeill Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold. I was still in high school when I stumbled across the painting in an art history book and was immediately stunned. I […]

Rajesh Parameswaran’s Dazzling Tales of Captivity & Freedom : I Am An Executioner

By |06.28.12|

 

 

If like me, you find most summer reading lists too beachy and lacking in inspiration, Rajesh Parameswaran’s I Am an Executioner: Love Stories is the perfect antidote. (After all, our brains don’t go on holiday just because […]

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The Sunday Poem : Kobayashi Issa Translated and Read by Robert Hass

By |06.23.12|

 

 

 

 

Translating haiku seems like a natural fit for Robert Hass, a United States Poet Laureate and recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for poetry. Hass says he likes poems that “get to […]

Artists Transform New York City’s Water Towers into Works of Art

By |06.22.12|

 

 
When you turn on the tap in your kitchen, do you ever think about where the water pouring out of your faucet comes from? Do you ever consider the fact that a simple thing like clean drinking water requires an […]

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