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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. -

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

  A ballerina by British street artist Banksy (Photo courtesy banksy.co.uk)   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 [...]

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

The front door of the late Keith Haring's New York City studio. These fish stickers were given to the artist by a friend. (Photo by Michelle Aldredge)     Keith Haring in front of his mural at the Walker Art Center (Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation) [...]

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

  Left to Right: Writer Ayelet Waldman, photographer Nan Goldin, and Pulitzer-Prize-Winner Michael Chabon (Photo © Joanna Eldredge Morrissey 2012. All rights reserved) 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 [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:37+00:00 08.31.12|Events, Images, News, Spaces|3 Comments

The Sunday Poem : Hayden Carruth

          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 Much bigger than social security. Instead All those years of [...]

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Being André Gregory : Before and After Dinner

  Self-portraits by actor and theatre director André Gregory (Photo courtesy Atlas Theatre Company)   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 [...]

Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

  Poet Matthew Zapruder and Fiction writer Amy Hempel after their reading at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute (Photo by Ryan Williams courtesy the Juniper Summer Writing Institute) A few weeks ago I had a chance to meet writers Matthew Zapruder and Amy Hempel for the first time. The event [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:43+00:00 08.03.12|Events, Greatest Hits, News, Process, Words|Comments Off on Amy Hempel & Matthew Zapruder : Lessons from the Writing Life

Why Kitty Wells Matters

    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, who grew up on a farm in the [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:48+00:00 07.17.12|News, Sounds|3 Comments

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

  Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in My Life (receipts), 2011. Pigmented ink print, edition of 3. 91.25 x 60 (Photo courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery)     Rachel Perry Welty, Lost in My Life (price tags), 2009. Pigmented ink print, edition of 3. 91.25 x [...]

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

    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 we do). Over the past week, I've been savoring the imaginative, moving stories [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:52+00:00 06.28.12|Books Worth Reading, Events, Interviews, Words|Comments Off on Rajesh Parameswaran’s Dazzling Tales of Captivity & Freedom : I Am An Executioner

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

    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 elaborate system of pipes, reservoirs, water tanks, [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:54+00:00 06.22.12|Greatest Hits, Images|Comments Off on Artists Transform New York City’s Water Towers into Works of Art

Listen to My Interview on NHPR

  A big thanks to Virginia Prescott, Taylor Quimby, and Rebecca Lavoie Flynn for another fun visit to the NHPR studios. Today's on-air discussion covered everything from Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, the Barnes Museum controversy, Japanese manhole cover designs, the Copenhagen Philharmonic's flashmob, and more. If you missed the segment you can [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:52:55+00:00 06.21.12|Events, News|Comments Off on Listen to My Interview on NHPR