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Barry UnderwoodVisual Artist
Cindy KleineFilmmaker & Artist
Matthew NorthridgeVisual Artist
Anna Schuleit HaberArtist
Anna has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco, Blue Mountain Center, The Hermitage, Yaddo, Banff, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and a visiting artist / guest lecturer at Brown University, MIT, Smith College, Harvard, The New School, Brandeis, University of Michigan, McGill, RISD, Boston University, Pratt, Bowdoin, and Syracuse University.
In 2006 she was named a MacArthur Fellow for work that has "conceptual clarity, compassion, and beauty".
Anna’s paintings have been shown at Coleman Burke Gallery in New York, the Rhodes Art Center, MA, the Brattleboro Museum, VT, Mousonturm, Frankfurt, and at the Chocolate Factory in New York in Here Rests Peggy, a set-design for Ivy Baldwin Dance in 2010.
Her new projects include The Voice Imitator , a creative collaboration with the composer Yotam Haber, of 104 paintings and 104 pieces for solo piano based on the short prose by Thomas Bernhard, as well as her second set-design for Ivy Baldwin Dance at New York Live Arts. She was invited to be the visiting artist for the 2012 Benson Forum on Creativity at the Eastman School of Music, creating a project together with four young composers, Room for Five, which premiered on April 17, 2012.
In early 2013 Anna was chosen as one of three finalists to submit designs for public art in downtown Beverly, Mass., as part of the National Endowment for the Arts, (NEA) Arts and Cultural District Public Art Competition, hosted by the city of Beverly, Montserrat College of Art and Beverly Main Streets.
In 2005 she completed a master’s degree in creative writing / book arts at Dartmouth. From 2005 to 2007 she was commissioned by the ICA Boston to develop a site-specific project, Intertidal, for the military ruins of Lovells Island in Boston Harbor. In 2007 she created Landlines, a large-scale project that brought dozens of children together with artists, telephones, and the general public, in the forest surrounding the MacDowell Colony. In 2010 she was the visiting artist at UMass Amherst and completed Just a Rumor, a site-specific project involving a face, a pond, and wild ducks.
What does she love about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo is my new favorite source for independent art reportage in and around New England."
Margaret LanzettaVisual Artist
Margaret Lanzetta’s most recent solo exhibition was Famous Ornament, at Youkubo Art Space in Tokyo. Upcoming solo exhibition will be at Heskin Contemporary, New York. Selected past venues include the Stockholm Independent Art Fair 2013 and Allegra La Viola Gallery, New York; Le Cube Gallery, Morocco and a ten year survey show at Cantor Gallery, Massachusetts. Earlier exhibitions include the ATP Gallery, London and the Queens Museum Biennial, New York. Honors include two Fulbright Awards: one to Germany and another to India/Syria; the British Academy Rome Prize, several MacDowell residencies, and a Public Commission for the New York subway system. Museum collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Fogg Museum, Harvard, and the Yale Art Gallery. Margaret currently lives and works in New York City.
What does she like about Gwarlingo? "It keeps my life full of new ideas and new ways of being in the world."
Denise IrisFilmmaker and media artist
Denise’s films have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art in NY, on PBS, and at many festivals at home and abroad. They are in Harvard University’s permanent collection.
Raised in Bucharest, Romania, Denise holds an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Brown University.
What does she love about Gwarlingo? "Well-written, substantive articles; the artists and work profiled are fascinating; reading it is inspiring."
Fred HerschJazz Pianist & Composer
He was nominated for two 2011 Grammy Awards for Alone at the Vanguard - for Best Jazz Album and Best Improvised Jazz Solo; these are his fourth and fifth nominations. His newest trio album is a 2-CD set Alive at the Vanguard and it has been garnering wide critical acclaim as one of his best releases in his 30-year recording career. It has been awarded the 2012 Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros in France and it was named one of the Best CDs of 2012 by Downbeat Magazine.
In addition to his more than three-dozen recordings as a leader/co-leader, his numerous awards include a 2003 Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship for composition, and a Grammy® nomination for Best Instrumental Composition, as well as four Grammy® nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance. Hersch has featured himself as either a solo performer or at the helm of varied small ensembles, which in addition to his trio, include a quintet, as well as his "Pocket Orchestra."
Hersch is considered to be the most prolific and celebrated solo jazz pianist of his generation. In 2006, Palmetto released the solo CD Fred Hersch in Amsterdam: Live at the Bimhuis and 2009 welcomed his eighth solo disc, Fred Hersch Plays Jobim, cited as one of the year's Top Ten jazz releases by NPR and the Wall Street Journal. Alone won the "Coup de Coeur" de l'Académie Charles Cros in France and 2011 also saw Hersch place 4th in the Downbeat Critic's Poll and win as Jazz Pianist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. He is nominated again in 2013 for Jazz Pianist of the Year.
Hersch’s career as a performer has been greatly enhanced by his composing activities, a vital part of nearly all of his live concerts and recordings. In 2003, Hersch created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman's poetry for two voices (Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry) and an instrumental octet; the work was presented in March 2005 in a sold-out performance at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall as part of a six-city US tour. More than 70 of his jazz compositions have been recorded by Hersch and by numerous other artists. His 2010 multi-media theatrical project My Coma Dreams is a full-evening work for actor/singer, 11 instrumentalists and animation/computer-generated imagery; it was based on dreams he retained after emerging from a 2-month coma in the summer of 2008. It has been performed in New York, New Jersey, San Francisco and Berlin.
He has been awarded a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from Chamber Music America, The National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and seven composition residencies at The MacDowell Colony. In addition to a wide variety of National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Studio 360 and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Hersch has also appeared on CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor. A committed educator, Hersch has taught at The New School and Manhattan School of Music, and conducted a Professional Training Workshop for Young Musicians at The Weill Institute at Carnegie Hall in 2008. He is currently on the Jazz Studies faculty of The New England Conservatory.
What does he like about Gwarlingo? "It's remarkable how frequently the Sunday Poems are both moving and intellectually surprising. Consistently top-notch."
Anna DibblePainter . Writer
What does she enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo is the thinking artist's door into aspects of the arts that would be impossible to find elsewhere without devoting a great deal of time to the project. Michelle does this for us - and what I really like about the blog is that her sensibilities and tastes coordinate well with mine (and many other people's too)."
Sheila CameronArtist. Writer. Person
What does she like about Gwarlingo? "I enjoy wallowing in the muck of the internet but when I need a break, Gwarlingo provides fresh, thoughtful and inspired content. It pierces the clutter and often provides a beacon on the dark days. So grateful to have found you!"
"Gwarlingo feels like a virtual artists' colony," says Hutton.
Suzi Banks BaumArtist. Writer. Mom
What does she love about Gwarlingo? "Your posts are founded in true delight and a high standard of excellence that I aspire to. I love your appetite, the variety of your offerings and your music choices especially. Visually stunning. Technically astute."
Rova ArtsSaxophone Quartet
Rova is one of the longest-standing groups in the music movement that has its roots in post-bop, free jazz, avant-rock, and 20th century new music, and draws inspiration from the visual arts and from the traditional and popular music styles of Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States.
In noting Rova's innovative role in developing the all-saxophone ensemble as "a regular and conceptually wide-ranging unit," The Penguin Guide to Jazz calls its music "a teeming cosmos of saxophone sounds"
Lisa DahlVisual Artist
"I'm amazed out how fully formed gwarlingo was from the very start," says Lisa, "and it hasn't stopped being one of the most well-rounded art websites I know of."
Elizabeth NonemakerComposer & Writer
"I love Gwarlingo," says Elizabeth. "I think the Sunday Poem is my favorite feature, but everything you write about is interesting, informative, and inspiring. I've shared both your posts and your selected artists with friends countless times. I think the fact that you have so many devoted followers (read: addicts) is a testament to the fact that we need not only new, but a continuous flow of, art in our lives!"
Irene OgrizekFreelance Writer & Photographer
Evie ShockleyPoet / Scholar
Deborah WatkinsPainter & Blogger
What does Deborah enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "I love this connection with other artists and the world. It is so inspiring to discover something new - a poem or a story or a piece of music that really resonates."
Karen Rand AndersonMixed Media Artist
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo provides wonderful inspiration and keeps me creatively sparked, while giving me fantastic educational art updates...it's eye and mind-opening, and always rewarding."
Lori LandauVisual Artist. Writer. Teacher
Landau has been published in a wide variety of magazines as well as online. Her art has been exhibited in several group and solo shows. Her concept-driven and interdisciplinary art spans a range of mediums.
Landau is certified to teach yoga and meditation, and her practice is fundamental to her inspiration.
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "The in-depth creativity, the connection to art, the fact that you cover artists that I've never heard of (that is an accomplishment). The fact that Gwarlingo is weekly (every day would overwhelm me, monthly wouldn't be enough). The intelligent and creative approach....There's a particular quality to the work that appeals to me."
Dog Art TodayDogs in Art
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "I love your in-depth look at the realities and struggles of living a creative life. I love that you don't bombard your readers with press releases or trends that you don't really care about. I love your thoughtfulness and attention to detail. And I think this is a great idea -- independently crowdsoucing Gwarlingo. I feel honored to be involved."
"Thank you for all you do on behalf of artists."
Robert HanlonPainter & Furniture Maker
What does Robert enjoy about Gwarlingo?
"Gwarlingo has opened my mind to poetry, which I generally have a hard time with...I read all of Caitlin Doyle's poems outloud to myself twice and couldn't speak for laughing so!"
"Hedgehog in the Fog I have watched three times and shared all over. Now when I walk in the woods he's everywhere!"
"I don't watch TV or go to movies. I go to Gwarlingo! (along with Humans of New York, Brain Pickings, Crashingly Beautiful and a few others who don't sell out to anyone but me!"
Mary JohnsonWriter. Teacher. Advocate
Mary serves as creative director of A Room of Her Own Foundation’s retreats for women writers, held at Georgia O’Keeffe’s former home at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.
Mary enjoys discussing life’s big questions wherever they’re asked, with groups large and small and with the kid on the corner. Her next book is about her spiritual journey after leaving the convent.
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo inspires me by connecting me to vibrant art and artists I might never meet otherwise. I'm intrigued by the creative process and I especially love Gwarlingo's "Complete Creative" series. I always come away from Gwarlingo with thoughts that sustain and challenge me and my work."
Nova Ren SumaWriter
For Rolf SchroeterUrban Sketcher, Illustrator, Architect, Sketch-Blog-Poet
"Since I reactivated my sketching, my relation to Berlin has changed from being the city I accidentally live in to become…not a 'hometown' but something I explore with continuing curiosity and that’s always challenging me. This hasn’t just happened by exploring the 'scenic parts of town' either, but mostly just around everyday Charlottenburg where I live."
This profile is a gift from an anonymous donor in appreciation of Rolf Schroeter.
Kimetha VanderveenVisual Artist
Don ColburnPoet & Journalist
During a mid-career Knight Fellowship at Stanford, he became interested in poetry. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and has published a book and three chapbooks of poems, most recently Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues. Among his writing honors: the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Finishing Line Press Poetry Prize and two residencies at The MacDowell Colony. He is a board member of Friends of William Stafford.
What does he enjoy about Gwarlingo? "I do not subscribe to many blogs, but Gwarlingo is the brilliant exception to that rule. I love its smart, unpretentious, inclusive, surprising, borderless, beautiful work. (Starting with its name!) Thank you, Michelle."
Joan MurrayPoet & Writer
What does she enjoy most about Gwarlingo? “As an artist, I need solitude—but also the fellowship and cross-fertilization of a creative community. Gwarlingo is that community on a large scale—opening my eyes to new art and ideas, supporting my process, and connecting me with my peers in a mutual audience.”
Carlene LarssonPassionate Creativity Appreciator & Designer
What does she enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "I landed on your website and two and a half hours later, after reading article after article, I emerged dazed, inspired, and heartened...feeling like no matter what was happening politically in our country, if we had this much amazing creativity going on in the world, there was hope for us yet."
"I love your writing, which captures and holds my attention as well as informs; the diversity of your subjects, which expands my viewpoint and my interests; the discrimination you bring to bear on your selection of artists (between the passion of your endorsement and the examples of their work, each one never fails to awe me); and finally, your emphasis on not only the art, but the process of creating it."
Mark GlovskyPhotography Collector
Rachel FallonVisual Artist & Maker
Rachel Fallon is a Visual Artist with a background in film and circus. Her practice relates to dissonance in familiar surroundings and explores the nature of protection and defense. Her settings are the home and the maternal experience. The gathering of objects, found and organic and their re-interpretation through use of traditional crafts, plays a large part in her work. She lives and works in Ireland.
What does she like about Gwarlingo? "It is a fabulous resource for seeing what is going on in the creative world. More personal and insightful than an e-flux, it has opened the door to other artists previously unknown to me who are now inspirations."
Anita Licis-RibakArtist . Art Photographer . Designer
Raised in Rīga, Latvia and the Russian Far Northeast, trained as an architect, fine artist and classical pianist, her artwork feeds and draws inspiration from this pot of varied cultural and personal experiences and education, and attempts to distill that which is ephemeral and at the same time universal in our experience of light, sound, time and place.
What does Anita enjoy about Gwarlingo? "After being subscribed to Gwarlingo for a number of months I've come to rely on the wonderful journey each of the thoroughly-researched and well-written articles takes me on. In these months I have visited artists' studios, read their letters, gotten lost in poems, and received huge inspiration - all without having to leave my studio! But what is probably most important, Gwarlingo has made me feel connected to my fellow artists, already accomplished and those just beginning on their journey, far and wide."
Leaf SeligmanWriter and Writing Guide
I try to do that via my own writing and also through my practice as a writing guide, working with both individuals and groups. To find out more, please visit my website, www.writingthatmatters.net
Roger KingWriter & Socio-Economist
Clara BurnsArtist. Poet. Philosopher
What does she like about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo provides in-depth introductions to a wide range of really interesting people & stuff - poetry, visual arts, artists, writers, photographers . . . an endless resource for high quality information & visual stimulation."
Maria LevitskyVisuelle Artista
What does she like about Gwarlingo? "I really enjoy the in-depth profiles, and discovering the work of artists and other creators. I also very much enjoy Michelle's careful, thoughtful and very knowedgeable writing on the arts. Thank you!"
Ryoju Jack LynchPoet & Monk
"There isn’t a condition or a context under which I make these paintings, nor is there a right or a wrong way to read them. I don’t see the need to explain every single element in each piece. There’s a framework I have developed and a language I use which can give the viewer enough scope to enter the paintings and enjoy them for themselves. Ideally I am happiest with the viewer being engaged enough to meet me half-way."
Amanda BucklowMediator. Artist. Writer
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "I like the quality of the writing and the images. It is so relaxing to read good English, carefully crafted and partnered with amazing images."
"I value the quirkiness, the 'curiosity in action' and the the balance of information with provocation to explore more."
"I like being introduced to interesting projects that I wouldn't see if not for Gwarlingo and I like the congruence of ideas and artists which is also broad and deep."
"I really like the fact that there are no adverts! it makes SUCH a difference to engaging with the web site. (See 'relaxing' above)"
Kim UchiyamaVisual Artist & Curator
A Room of Her Own FoundationWomen . Writers . Artists
Richard OslerPoet & Retired Money Manager
"Gwarlingo's range of topics keeps a place always open in my imagination," says Richard. "New poets like Natalie Diaz to [Eve Mosher] the artist who chalked out the high water levels for New York City. Please keep my imagination challenged! Artists remind us how far we can stretch our hands, hearts and minds to touch the untouchable, say the unsayable, paint the unpaintable."
Susan BakerVisual Artist
What does she like about Gwarlingo? "I love the Sunday poem especially. You give us a way to understand the poet's life and intentions in a way that isn't possible when a poem appears in a magazine by itself. I also like the fact that you write so well--- so clearly and carefully and grammatically. This may sound like a small aspect, but it matters a lot to me and probably gives everyone pleasure whether or not they think of it particularly. Also, the photographs you include are invariably interesting and well done."
Lily Cox-RichardVisual Artist
Marilyn RingerPoet & Arts Lover
Fran BeallorVisual Artist
Beallor exhibits nationwide. Her work, in a variety of media, is featured on YouTube, and in reviews, articles and radio interviews. Awards include an Elizabeth Greenshields Grant.
Beallor teaches art and portfolio preparation to all ages, and accepts commissions for murals, still lifes and portraits.
You can see a video profile of Fran and her artwork here.
What does Fran enjoy about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo is compelling to read, clear and articulate. I find the poetry inspiring, the articles illuminating, the art exciting. And Gwarlingo is visually stunning!"
Edra ZieskFiction Writer
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "It is the best arts newsletter I know. It has introduced me to artists in various disciplines I didn't know/know of previously. I look forward to every issue!"
Sarah TaylorArtist & Craftsperson
SadieKatie Creations features hand crafted quilts, aprons, pillows, bags, totes, and more. Sarah named her shop after her two grandmothers, whose creativity and imagination provide ongoing inspiration.
Mary DeVincentisVisual Artist
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "The elegant and inspiring Gwarlingo is a gem of a blog! Thoughtful and beautifully constructed, it is a treasure trove for anyone interested in the creative process and in creative work of the highest order."
Minnesota Prison Writing WorkshopWriters. Teachers. Activists
"Gwarlingo covers the arts with depth and integrity."
Jenny PiersonPoet . Teacher . Stargazer
What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "Gorgeous design, intriguing projects. Can't wait for Sunday poem. Everything you do is so interesting, colorful and alive!"
Diane MoserJazz Pianist & Composer
What do you like about Gwarlingo? "Reading Gwarlingo gives me inspiration, a sense of community, an opportunity to discover artists and their works as well as very cool places to visit. I love The Sunday Poem, it gives all of us a chance to slow down and just be in the moment."
Nina's NookUniquities and Un-Necessariums
"I love the Sunday poems," says Nina Rossi. " I love having access to an endlessly unfolding creative map. Though I don't always have time for the journey I need this entrance nearby to reassure my soul."
Charles DavidsonAuthor . Psychotherapist . Musician
He is editor of www.lifeturnings.com, an interactive blogging site dedicated to spirituality and the healing arts.
Cathy OstlereWriter & Poet
"The Gwarlingo site is like a precious island in the middle of an internet-garbage-heavy Sargasso Sea! I love it, need it, long for it. It is a work of art that celebrates art."
Carola BjorkArtist / Photographer
Part of statement…Not always so remarkable but still most important. Every day. The beautiful, small, horrible and often insignificant experiences that make us who we are, fascinates me. You see, choose and become. With no interruption. The constant change inspires me. I would suggest that change is movement and that it is in the "movement" that we are most true.
Vladimir KasnarPoet & Psychiatrist
David RossWriter . Musician . Curator
Sigrun HodneWriter and Art Critic
What do you like about Gwarlingo?
"Gwarlingo opens up for new connections, new inspiration, and new knowledge. The design of the site is elegant and very easy to read, it is a visual and intellectual treat."
Joyce SilverVisual Artist
What does Joyce enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "I like the fun, free-wheeling intimate feel of Gwarlingo. It's integrity and desire to do good is very special and warms my heart."
Marjorie PricePainter & Author
What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo? "It’s a treasure; it’s wise, extraordinary, surprising, nourishing and reassuring that we are not alone."
Erica FunkhouserWriter & Art Hunter
Karen MaahsIn Honor of All the Art Professors Who Welcome Students of All Ages
Mimi RabsonMusician . Composer . Teacher
What do you like about Gwarlingo?
"I've never gotten it with poetry. But now, thanks to you, I am starting to get it. And I can't wait for the Sunday Poem."
(Photo by Brit Woollard)
Ron WymanDocumentary Filmmaker
What do you like about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo is the vision of one person and it is clearly a work of passion. It connects and celebrates a collection of artists and cool people who are impacting not just their own communities but finding recognition globally. It is simply a blast to read!"
CC CairnsWriter . Teacher . Blogger
"A History of Feeling..." addresses many problems which exist in modern culture and societies—highlighting the existential crises endured by many as a consequence of corporate greed, social and economic policies of boom and bust—unemployment and its dehumanising effects—and the current political and military nightmare that still retains the name of the "American Dream."
What does CC enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "The art is eclectic, interesting, motivational and stimulating. What more can one ask for? From the perspective of a fellow writer, the poetry which I have read...certainly entices one back again and again; that is one of the reasons I have joined up as a member. An imperative site for all artists and one which appears to be well on the way up."
Beth IsackePoet and Arts Activist
My hair was long, and so was his./
We had braids in common but sometimes/
I wore mine up in a bun,/
Fastened with a smooth wooden stick,/
Shorter than a chopstick as a caution./
Eagle Scout that he was,/
He made them for me, by the half dozen,/
Bought hardware-store dowels,/
Cut and sanded them just so./
I've lost them when they fall out on a quiet surface/
Or split in half with the tensions held./
We've been parted more than thirty years and/
I'm down to the last, tender two.
(C) Beth Isacke, 2013
I am on the Board of Directors of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), my favorite nonprofit, and I am in my tenth year of singing with Resonance Women's Chorus of Boulder.
Sandra BenatoVisual Artist
Not Your Grandmother's LinenDecorotica Specialist
What does Maxine Shaw enjoy about Gwarlingo? "Simply put, I feel enthused by each selction Michelle Aldredge chooses to share. Enthused! During my first visit to Gwarlingo, I was motivated by every picture I saw and each article I read. You had me at Gwarlingo."
David MajzlinComposer and Producer
What does he like about Gwarlingo?
"The inspiration that comes from a fantastic group of talented individuals across multiple disciplines."
Francie AllenSculptor and Educator
Judy MyersWriter . Arts Lover
Elizabeth JacobsonPoet and Writer
Annie ZurbayWriter & Artist
What does she enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "I appreciate Gwarlingo's thought-provoking content, gorgeous and carefully-selected images and video, and the fact that the site clues me in to artists, films, etc. that I might not have otherwise encountered."
"I savor each Gwarlingo post the way I savor my favorite books or music--my membership is long overdue."
She loves the feel of Gwarlingo, the vibrancy and colors, the sense of artistic community, the aesthetics of the site, the Sunday poetry series.
Emily StedmanWatercolor Artist
Duane ThomasArtist & Gambler
Polly Lanning SparrowVisual Artist
What does she enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo is where I go for discovery and inspiration. I always look forward to reading fascinating, wise articles about the creative process, as well as learning about the work of such diverse and accomplished artists. It's indispensable—and helps keep me revved about my own studio practice."
Dudley ZoppVisual Artist
Wendy GalganPoet . Editor . Professor
"I really enjoy discovering new poets and revisiting old friends on Gwarlingo."
In Memory of Michael LoVermeTo the best photo student I ever had! From Michael Cirelli
This membership profile was a gift from photographer and filmmaker Michael Cirelli in honor of his student Michael LoVerme.
Mary Jo BalistreriMusician & Writer
What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo?"It peruses directions I might not have gone, encourages risk, and creativity. I feel encouraged and uplifted every time I read it."
Lisa SchlesingerPlaywright . Writer . Theatre Activist
What does Lisa appreciate most about Gwarlingo? "Gwarlingo links forms of art and literature in ways that make the art world bigger, more connected and collective, and more possible. Thank you for sharing your vision."
Lauren K. AlleynePoet
Alleyne is a Cave Canem graduate whose work has been awarded prizes such as a Lyric Iowa Poetry Prize, the Small Axe Literary prize, two Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes, among others. She has been published in several journals and anthologies, including Crab Orchard Review, Black Arts Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, Growing Up Girl and Gathering Ground. Her debut collection, Difficult Fruit, is forthcoming in Feb. 2014.
What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo?
"Gwarlingo is like catnip. Though that's not right, because catnip is one thing, while Gwarlingo is many things. What I like best about the site is Michelle's inerrant sense of what's interesting and important in a world where we're all drowning in tedious, irrelevant crud. Gwarlingo delights and instructs in equal measure. Even when, as rarely, it irritates, one learns something (about oneself and the subject matter) from that. And the range: from composers who've been dead for 500 years to living poets."
Doug DeWittVisual Artist
The outdoor events and actions work cause changes in the landscape that may be both subtle and dramatic. Materials on a site are manipulated and documented as they change over a specific period of time. When removed from the site they become artifacts of the event while the landscape continues to evolve.
Jarvis CheungIn Honor of Composer Angel Lam
Angel is one of the most talented young composers. She's able to bridge the East and the West with highly personal, creative and beautiful music along with stunning visuals, sound and story-telling. I know she has great taste. And I can see quickly this in Gwarlingo! Now I am glad that I have the opportunity to learn more.
To explore Angel Lam's music visit angellam.com.
Carla EspinozaWordsmith . Ghost-writer . Copywriter
"It doesn't have to be poetry, but it could be."
What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo?
"After 43 years in a career I loved but was very far from art, I retired. Today I want to be closer to art and creation and express my own and can see the value of Gwarlingo in helping me do that."
What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo?
"I am inspired by the stories of other artists, the honest advice, and exploration of the creative life."
Michael G. SmithPoet . Essayist . Chemist
"I enjoy the diversity of artists and art shared and profiled," says Michael. "Gwarlingo's format and beauty help link the world of artists in ways that feel seamless and natural, just like the world! And, of course, as a poet I look forward and love the Sunday poem -- a great way to start the day and week."
Elizabeth DuffyVisual Artist
Gail GreggVisual Artist and Writer
WanderWord PoetryRecreational Poetry
"It's inspiring to browse through and see all the variety of unique projects many artists are working on," says WanderWord's Susan Brennan. "Beyond huge institutions and organizations, it's a testament to the individual artist as a driving creative force."
Alessandra CentroneVisual Artist
"My art is a necessity, it comes from my way of living, reflecting on things and translating them into a visual form. A passionate way of living, often more inside of me, that uses art as a form of communication and expression of feelings. When I see a picture, when I experience a particular moment, I feel fulfillment, joy and melancholy, that moment too will pass and it will be inside of me. What a great opportunity for me to make it last forever, a special farewell to my life and to life, I stop that moment, its feelings, and it will live forever in my art."
Joan Rothchild Hardin in Honor of the Chiiori TrustPsychologist . Writer . Tile Artist
Gwarlingo offers a "thoughtful, insightful, informative, exciting, diversified, and comprehensive exploration of the creative process."
Christine DestrempesArtist Activist
Art for Water works collaboratively with public and private schools, colleges, universities, museums, galleries and community organizations to create professional art installations that inspire stewardship of a diminishing resource. Our work has been exhibited at the Peabody Essex Museum, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York Aquarium, Montshire Museum, as well as many other venues.
David PackerVisual Artist
What does he enjoy about Gwarlingo? "Everything! I especially like to be exposed to things that are completely new to me and outside my known interests."
Christopher (Kit) OsgoodWriter
Barbara RachkoVisual Artist & Author
What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo?
"Gwarlingo often presents good practical and actionable advice for artists. I have been a visual artist for nearly 30 years, yet I always learn something new from Michelle's posts. That's why Gwarlingo is on my short list of must-read sites."
Jeanne Missey OsgoodPoet/Puppeteer
Nina McKissockJettisoned into writing
Randy L. PurcellVisual Artist
I found this site, because a friend shared a link on Facebook. I love the articles I've read and the ability to get lost in so many great things. Looking forward to many more bits of information and inspiration.
Karen Rand Anderson
Mary Jo Balistreri
Suzi Banks Baum
Peter A. Blacksberg
Jarvis Cheung in Honor of Angel Lam
Sandro Del Rosario
Christine Destrempes of Art for Water
Dog Art Today
James L. Giddings
Andrew Sean Greer
Joan Rothchild Hardin in Honor of the Chiiori Trust
Irene Wittig Designs
J.M. Shaw Design
Rachel Fallon Kerskens
Eun Young Lee
Ryoju Jack Lynch
Nina Angela McKissock
Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
Gillian A. Nevers
Christopher (Kit) Osgood
Jeanne Missey Osgood
Randy L. Purcell
A Room of Her Own Foundation
Nina Rossi of Nina’s Nook
Dagmar Schröter in Honor of Rolf Schröter
Michael G. Smith
Polly Lanning Sparrow
Nova Ren Suma
Sarah Taylor of Sadie Katie Creations
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