The Members Page

The Members Page 2017-03-05T11:42:13+00:00

Gwarlingo members are artists, art-lovers, teachers, and organizations who support this site with their time, energy, and dollars. Donors who give $50 or more have their interactive profiles featured here. Click on a member’s name below to learn more about the individuals and organizations who make Gwarlingo possible and keep this site ad-free. If you or your organization would like to become a Gwarlingo member, click here to donate and to explore some one-of-a-kind rewards available only to Gwarlingo supporters.

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Rachel Perry

Artist
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Born in 1962 in Tokyo, Rachel Perry holds a BA from Connecticut College and a Diploma and Fifth Year Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her solo shows include, "What Do You Really Want?" at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, "Chiral Lines" and "Lost in My Life" at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; "Same Difference" at Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston; and her first solo museum show, "Rachel Perry Welty: 24/7" at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts; which then traveled to the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2012.

Perry has participated in group shows at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; The Drawing Center, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; and the Beatriz Esguerra Gallery, Bogota, Columbia.

Perry was honored with the both the Anne Stark and Kurt Locher Fellowship in 2015, and the Cathrine Boettcher Fellowship in 2011 in two of three residencies at the MacDowell Colony, and is a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Excellence in Drawing and Sculpture.

Perry's work is held in numerous museums and private collections around the world, and has been reviewed in many national and online publications, including Art in America, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Art on Paper, Harvard Business Review and Sculpture Magazine. Her four-page pictorial essay was published in Vogue in December 2011. She lives in and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts and Brooklyn, New York.
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Barry Underwood

Visual Artist
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Barry Underwood is an Ohio-based artist who explores the ecological and social history of place through cinematic installations and photographs. He received his Masters in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is represented by Johansson Projects in Oakland, California.



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Cindy Kleine

Filmmaker & Artist
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Cindy Kleine is a filmmaker and artist who lives and works in New York City. What does she enjoy most about Gwarlingo? "The feeling that someone I trust implicitly, who has amazing, discerning taste, is taking me on a journey and selecting for me the very things I want to see: the beauty of writing and imagery, the inspiration of incredible artists I would not otherwise be familiar with--each time I go there I know I will be surprised, delighted and awakened while sitting right at my desk. A rare and beautiful experience!"
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Matthew Northridge

Visual Artist
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Matthew Northridge is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.



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Anna Schuleit Haber

Artist
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Anna Schuleit Haber is a visual artist who studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and Rome. After graduating from art school in 1998 she worked on two site-specific installations: Habeas Corpus at the abandoned Northampton State Hospital (2000), and Bloom for the closing of the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (2003). From 2001 to 2004 she was a visiting artist at a psychiatric institution in Westborough, MA, that was being downsized and phased out, ending in another closure. During that time she also documented the closing of Medfield State Hospital.

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."

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Margaret Lanzetta

Visual Artist
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Margaret Lanzetta’s work draws inspiration from Buddhism, nature, Islamic architecture, industry and sixty’s pop culture. Partly schematic, partly metaphoric, the work incorporates systems of organic plant forms, and repetitive patterns extracted from architecture, industrial materials and various cultural sources. Patterns are deconstructed and printed in repeating combinations of color and scale using digital technology, painting and photography.

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.

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What does she like about Gwarlingo? "It keeps my life full of new ideas and new ways of being in the world."

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Denise Iris

Filmmaker and media artist
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Denise Iris makes work that playfully transforms everyday situations into heightened moments and imaginary worlds filled with wonder, offering a wry commentary on contemporary life. Hybrids that blur the lines between fiction, documentary, and poetic forms, they range from 1 minute cinematic haikus for personal screens to 1 hour theatrical works.

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."
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Fred Hersch

Jazz Pianist & Composer
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Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” 5-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists.

As a solo pianist (he was the first artist in the 75-year history of New York's legendary Village Vanguard to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist - his second featured run is documented on the 2011 release, Alone at the Vanguard); as leader of a widely praised trio whose Whirl found its way onto numerous 2010 best-recordings-of-the-year lists; and as the impetus behind the ambitious 2011 production, “My Coma Dreams,” a full-evening work for 11 instruments, actor/singer and animation/multimedia -- Hersch has fully lived up to the approbation of the New York Times who, in a featured Sunday Magazine article, praised him as “singular among the trailblazers of their art, a largely unsung innovator of this borderless, individualistic jazz – a jazz for the 21st century.”

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.
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Christopher Robinson

Writer
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Christopher Robinson is a writer, teacher and translator currently living in the wind. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Night Train, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Gwarlingo, Branch Magazine, Umbrella Factory, McSweeney’s Online, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Sante Fe Art Institute, the Djerassi Resident Artist program, the Lanesboro Arts Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has been a finalist for numerous prizes, including the Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Yale Younger Poets Prize.

What does he like about Gwarlingo? "It's remarkable how frequently the Sunday Poems are both moving and intellectually surprising. Consistently top-notch."
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Anna Dibble

Painter . Writer
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I am a painter and writer based in New England. My recent paintings - many with text - involve a staging of uncanny encounters between human and other animals. In these bar-counter or dinner table meetings, and strange family portraits, a sense of pathos mingles with gray humor. Parables for how we take ourselves too seriously, and equally - not seriously enough.



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)."
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Sheila Cameron

Artist. Writer. Person
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I am an artist, writer, person, TV and film producer, web personality, t-shirt snark artist and pop culture commentator. I am also a true believer in the power of technology to connect us with our humanity.

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!"
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Arlene Hutton

Playwright
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Arlene Hutton, an alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Dramatists Guild is best known for LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC (New York Drama League Best Play nomination). Her full-length plays have been presented Off- and Off-Off Broadway and throughout the world and are published by Dramatists Play Service. Hutton is a six-time Heideman finalist, three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, and recipient of the Lippman and Calloway Awards. She has been a faculty member at the Sewanee Writers Conference. Residencies include Blue Mountain Center, New Harmony Project, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.

"Gwarlingo feels like a virtual artists' colony," says Hutton.
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Suzi Banks Baum

Artist. Writer. Mom
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Suzi Banks Baum, artist, writer and full time mom, can be found creating community wherever she goes. While writing her first book, Laundry Line Divine: A Wild Soul Book for Mothers, Suzi discovered the vital voices of mothers who make art while raising children. Suzi is a theatre professional, group facilitator, and mixed media collage artist. You can see Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others at the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers March 1, 2014. Suzi published An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice in March 2013. Thiscollection of writing and art by women who are mothers, writers and artists is available on Amazon.

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."
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Rova Arts

Saxophone Quartet
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Rova Saxophone Quartet explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.



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"
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Lisa Dahl

Visual Artist
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Lisa Dahl is a mixed-media artist whose work addresses the suburban home and the American Dream. She lives and works in New York City.

"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."

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Elizabeth Nonemaker

Composer & Writer
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Elizabeth Nonemaker is a composer and writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. She writes music for concerts, films, and plays, and enjoys venturing out into the world to do weird things which may or may not later provide musical inspiration.

"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!"
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Irene Ogrizek

Freelance Writer & Photographer
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I have a website (www.irenespage.com) and do freelance photography. On my website you'll find articles on current social and political issues relating to healthcare, digital technology and education. I also review books, art exhibits and plays. I have a dual background -- in literature and the visual arts. My day job = teaching English literature at the CEGEP level in Montreal.
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Evie Shockley

Poet / Scholar
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Evie Shockley’s most recent book of poetry, the new black (Wesleyan), won the 2012 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry. She is also the author of a half-red sea (Carolina Wren P), two chapbooks, and a critical study, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa). Recipient of the 2012 Holmes National Poetry Prize, Shockley is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.



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Deborah Watkins

Painter & Blogger
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Deborah Watkins is a painter and blogger based in Clifden, County Galway in the West of Ireland. Deborah began her career as a potter, making decorative raku vessels for several years. She has been painting since 2008 and her work and interests are for the most part inspired by and rooted in landscape.

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."
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Karen Rand Anderson

Mixed Media Artist
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Karen Rand Anderson is a mixed-media artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. She combines sculptural constructions from heavy paper, sewn together with bronze and copper wire, with natural materials and appropriated objects. Her large-format works on paper often reference her sculptures, both visually and conceptually, posing visual questions regarding the nature of relationship— between natural elements, physical and emotional tension, and metaphor.



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."
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Lori Landau

Visual Artist. Writer. Teacher
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Writer, artist and photographer Lori Landau’s work explores the intimate connection between meditative and creative states.A longtime practicing yogi and meditator, Landau is inspired by the Buddhist concept of interconnectedness. A spiritual nomad at heart, her work symbolizes her exploration of sacred mystery.

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."
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Dog Art Today

Dogs in Art
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Dog Art Today is a website that celebrates dogs in art. Artist and writer Moira McLaughlin looks at the subject of dogs in contemporary art, photography, design, and literature. She also features stories about the history of dogs in art from the 5th century to today. She is fascinated by artists working with non-traditional muses a.k.a. dogs, and firmly believes that without dogs there would be no art. Dog Art Today is a place where readers have fun taking dog art seriously.

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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."
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Robert Hanlon

Painter & Furniture Maker
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Robert Hanlon is a painter and furniture designer/maker based in Essex, MA. He creates paintings and furniture from antique painted boards and door panels, using the colors and textures from two centuries of paint. He shows his work at the Walker Creek Gallery on Route 133 in Essex.

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!"

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Mary Johnson

Writer. Teacher. Advocate
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A nun no longer, Mary Johnson is a vibrant writer, teacher, and advocate. Her memoir about her twenty years with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, An Unquenchable Thirst, was named one of 2011’s best nonfiction books by Kirkus Review.



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."
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Nova Ren Suma

Writer
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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novel IMAGINARY GIRLS (Dutton, 2011) and the middle-grade novel DANI NOIR (Aladdin, 2009), which was recently reissued as FADE OUT (Simon Pulse, 2012). She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College, and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Millay Colony. Her new novel, 17 & GONE, is forthcoming March 21, 2013, from Dutton. She lives in New York City.
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For Rolf Schroeter

Urban Sketcher, Illustrator, Architect, Sketch-Blog-Poet
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Rolf Schroeter discusses the process of creating an urban sketch..."Although it’s only quick sketching there’s always this feeling of 'stepping outside of the moment.' You’re outside the movement and everybody else is in it. The drawing gives you a reason to stand and watch, a gesture that would not always be accepted socially without a sketchbook in hand. In this state my relation to the environment changes, because I am not heading towards anything – I try to let the sketching just 'happen.' I start to see things – and the relationship between things – that I would not have noticed before; if things go well, this might find its way into the sketch and be of some kind of common interest at the same time."



"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.

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Kimetha Vanderveen

Visual Artist
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Kimetha Vanderveen is a painter based in San Francisco, California. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Pollock-Krasner, and Cité Internationale des Arts in France.

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Don Colburn

Poet & Journalist
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Don Colburn is a writer in Portland, Oregon. A longtime reporter for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

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."
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Joan Murray

Poet & Writer
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Joan Murray is a Gwarlingo Sunday Poet, who also writes fiction, essay and plays. Trained as a visual artist, her narrative poems are known for their visual detail, emotional energy, and organic rhythms. She’s the author of books from Beacon, Norton and Wesleyan.

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.”

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Anne Gilman

Artist
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Anne Gilman is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.



What does she enjoy about Gwarlingo? "I love the focus on artists and their process - I find this particular useful to share with my grad students."

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Carlene Larsson

Passionate Creativity Appreciator & Designer
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Carlene Larsson, when she turned 60, vowed to put more creativity in her life...Gwarlingo gives me the inspiration and encouragement to take my own timid steps into creativity a little more boldly.

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."
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Mark Glovsky

Photography Collector
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Mark Glovsky has been a passionate collector of all images photographic for more than three decades. His interest evolved from taking photographs to addictive collecting of vernacular and fine art photographs after he realized that others did it much better.
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Rachel Fallon

Visual Artist & Maker
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Make Something from Nothing.

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."
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Anita Licis-Ribak

Artist . Art Photographer . Designer
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Anita L?cis-Ribak is an artist, photographer and designer based in Massachusetts.

Raised in R?ga, 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."
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Leaf Seligman

Writer and Writing Guide
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I try to make everything I write a love letter to the world. otherwise, why be in it? I am interested in what matters most, what connects us to that and what disconnects us. My goal is to foster connection with all being.

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
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Roger King

Writer & Socio-Economist
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Roger King is an English novelist and socio-economist. His fifth novel is Love and Fatigue in America
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Clara Burns

Artist. Poet. Philosopher
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Clara Burns is a poet, artist & translator. She started Curmudgeonly Press, an independent poetry press in Boulder, Colorado, to publish new & emerging poets' work, to develop arts & translation projects, & to offer unique inter-disciplinary events.

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."

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Maria Levitsky

Visuelle Artista
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Maria Levitsky is a photographic and mulitmedia artist based in New Orleans and New York City.

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!"
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Ryoju Jack Lynch

Poet & Monk
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Ryoju Jack Lynch is a poet living in New York City. He is also a Buddhist Monk.
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Gavin Lavelle

Painter
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Gavin Lavelle is a painter living and working in the West of Ireland.

"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."
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Amanda Bucklow

Mediator. Artist. Writer
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Amanda Bucklow is a commercial mediator. She uses her knowledge and practice of the arts in helping business people deal creatively with the undesirable consequences of doing business - disputes.The value of the arts in helping people solve problems has always been clear to Amanda. Storytelling in all its forms is the way people express deeply held values and how they make sense of events and experiences. Amanda is working to make that connection more relevant to more people.

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)"
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Kim Uchiyama

Visual Artist & Curator
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Uchiyama has received a New York Foundation For The Arts fellowship, and has been awarded artist fellowships at The MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The BAU Institute, Puglia, Italy. Uchiyama’s 2010 solo exhibition, “Archaeo” at Lohin Geduld Gallery, New York was reviewed by ARTNews, The Brooklyn Rail and The New Criterion. Other exhibitions have been reviewed by critic Lilly Wei for ARTNews, the New York Sun and Ken Johnson for the New York Times.
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A Room of Her Own Foundation

Women . Writers . Artists
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AROHO is a transformational collective that changes the lives of creative women by honoring our artistic excellence and moving us out of isolation to a rich and whole community.
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Peter Clark

Photographer
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Peter Clark is a photographer based in the Laurentides north of Montréal, Québec. His images explore the surreal in-between world of reflections - from lakes, ponds and wetlands in the Laurentides, and from store windows and glossy cars in Montréal. His aim is to capture natural images without significant post-production manipulation that transport the viewer into imaginary realities that transfix and astonish.
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Richard Osler

Poet & Retired Money Manager
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Richard Osler, 61, is a poet, former money manager, and poetry workshop facilitator. He works with poets and also leads poetry workshops in drug and alcohol recovery centres. To access his website for his poetry blog and upcoming workshops please go to recoveringwords.com. Richard lives in Duncan, B.C on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Richard's latest book of poems - Where the Water Lives - is available through his website.

"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."
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Susan Baker

Visual Artist
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Susan Baker is a mixed media artist working in New York City and Connecticut, working in paper, metal, wood, plastic, clay, textiles, and whatever else comes to hand.

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."
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Lily Cox-Richard

Visual Artist
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Lily Cox-Richard is a sculptor currently based in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Marilyn Ringer

Poet & Arts Lover
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Poet, art and nature lover, excellent cook. My chapbook, Island Aubade , was published by Finishing Line press in 2012. I live in Chico, California.
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Fran Beallor

Visual Artist
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Fran Beallor, NYC visual artist, is fascinated by the idea of creating still lifes that are not-so-still. She paints objects falling through space, and uses reflective surfaces to bring figures in surroundings into her not-so-still lifes. In her upcoming series, Beallor explores environmental issues: The effects of global warming on glaciers; marshland reclamation; and recycling.

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.

Above: Accidental Encounter 24" x 18" oil on board


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!"
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Edra Ziesk

Fiction Writer
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Edra Ziesk has published three novels - The Trespasser, A Cold Spring and Acceptable Losses - as well as many short stories, personal essays and reviews. She is a recipient of fellowships in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York where she is finishing a new novel.



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!"

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Sarah Taylor

Artist & Craftsperson
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Sarah Taylor is an artist/crafts-person whose mission is to create things that people will love enough to pass along to their children, grandchildren, or other loved ones. She is particularly interested in creating art in useful forms - getting art 'off the wall' and into people's hands. By making fine art accessible and usable, she hopes to encourage more individuals to own original artwork.



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.
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Mary DeVincentis

Visual Artist
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A man bending down to bite the earth, the shimmer of a tiny airplane sailing across a vast painterly sky, a solitary duck gliding across a rippling lake of brushstrokes and the contemplative image of an open hand holding a blossoming flower invite the viewer to pause and enter the timelessness of the moment. Through the translucent layering of watercolor paint on a grid of teabags to the expressive immediacy of ink on paper and paint on panel, Mary DeVincentis imbues her work with stillness and movement, mystery and celebration.

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."
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Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop

Writers. Teachers. Activists
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The Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop is a collective or writers dedicated to extending Minnesota's vibrant literary community to state prisons. For the mutual benefit of prisoners and MPWW members, we offer classes that include fiction writing, essay writing, poetry, spoken word, oral story telling, children’s literature, fantasy writing, and more.

"Gwarlingo covers the arts with depth and integrity."
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Jenny Pierson

Poet . Teacher . Stargazer
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Jenny walks around in a rich dream world, teaching poetry to retirees who teach her the richness of the creative spirit. A minx guides her work in paper making and book arts, along with forever struggles in poetry. The unjust inequalities in the human experience are primary concerns.

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!"
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Diane Moser

Jazz Pianist & Composer
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Diane Moser is a Jazz pianist/composer, who has been featured throughout the U.S. with jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, dance and theater. Her music runs the gamut of straight ahead Jazz to experimental, environmental and electronics. …The pianist has a complete and focused command of the instrument that allows her to blur the distinctions between the kinetic-energy of “outside” playing and the more lyrical propulsion of “inside” music. At the center of it all is a remarkable mastery of rhythmic dynamics.” Robert Bush, San Diego Reader, July 22, 2012

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."
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Nina's Nook

Uniquities and Un-Necessariums
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Nina's Nook is tiny, 5 foot wide art space in Turners Falls, Mass. Filled mostly with the handiwork of owner artist Nina Rossi, the Nook also reinvents itself each February for "Sensual>Sexual>Smut" a group erotic arts show. The Nook contains the largest collection of garden slug art and craft on the East Coast, and other unique items such as "Pocketwheels," handbags Nina fashions out of used tires from dog wheelchairs.

"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."

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Charles Davidson

Author . Psychotherapist . Musician
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Charles Davidson is a writer, minister, psychotherapist, and jazz musician offering illustrated presentations about Vincent van Gogh to a variety of audiences. His book Bone Dead and Rising: Vincent van Gogh and the Self Before God is a religious and psychological interpretation of the famous Dutch artist.

He is editor of www.lifeturnings.com, an interactive blogging site dedicated to spirituality and the healing arts.



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Cathy Ostlere

Writer & Poet
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Cathy Ostlere grew up in a Canadian Air Force family in Winnipeg. She recalls a childhood of making up stories while staring out the car window on long drives across the prairies. Quote above her desk: “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favourite book.” —Marcel Proust. She is the author of three books: the play, Lost: A Memoir, 2012 Governor General’s Literary Award nominee for Drama; Karma, a YA novel-in-verse; and her memoir, Lost. Cathy has three grown children and lives in Calgary.

"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."
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Carola Bjork

Artist / Photographer
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Carola Björk is a Swedish artist/photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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.
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Vladimir Kasnar

Poet & Psychiatrist
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New York City based Croatian/American, NY trained psychiatrist, lifelong life aficionado and late bloomer poet.

What does he like about Gwarlingo? "Maintained quality, seriousness and enthusiasm."
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David Ross

Writer . Musician . Curator
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David Ross is a writer, musician and curator. Formerly director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, SFMOMA, and the Boston ICA, he now chairs the MFA Art Practice program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
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Susan Saandholland

Artist
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Light, line, and out of the box experiments with pixels, paper and paint.

As a fan of Gwarlingo from its beginning, I appreciate the heartfelt path it is providing.



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Sigrun Hodne

Writer and Art Critic
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Sigrun has studied architecture in the UK - and art history, film, and literature in Norway. She has taught aesthetics and contemporary art theory in art schools and universities. Sigrun is based in Stavanger, Norway.

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."
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Joyce Silver

Visual Artist
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oyce Silver is a visual artist based in NYC and the Hamptons, NY. Her work exists on the border between realism and abstraction. The work is full of intense color, strong design and is flooded with a sense of light and joy.

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."
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Marjorie Price

Painter & Author
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A wandering spirit, Marjorie Price has lived in San Francisco, Paris, Rome, New York City and is currently catching her breath in Evanston Illinois. Her painting moves between representational and abstract. Her love of water and years as a synchronized swimmer prompted the current Bathers Series, expressing the joy, abandon and freedom one feels in another element. Her paintings have been exhibited in the U.S. and Europe.The years she lived in a remote and ancient hamlet in Brittany in the 1960’s changed the way she saw the world and inspired her memoir A Gift From Brittany (Gotham Books 2008).

What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo? "It’s a treasure; it’s wise, extraordinary, surprising, nourishing and reassuring that we are not alone."
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Erica Funkhouser

Writer & Art Hunter
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Erica Funkhouser is a poet who lives in Essex, MA and teaches poetry-writing at MIT. Her first book of poetry was published by Alice James Books in 1983 and she has since published four books with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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Karen Maahs

In Honor of All the Art Professors Who Welcome Students of All Ages
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Carroll University art student, Karen Maahs submitted this profile in honor of art teachers and professors everywhere. Thanks Karen!

Karen Maahs



"I love the inspiration that Gwarlingo provides on a weekly basis!" says Karen. "Thank you!"
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Cree Bruins

Artist
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Cree Bruins is a visual artist whose work includes installation, prints, drawing and video.
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Mimi Rabson

Musician . Composer . Teacher
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Mimi Rabson is a violinist and composer based in Boston. She has played and composed music in many genres including classical, jazz, rock, funk, fusion, Klezmer, Eastern European, Latin and "free". Currently she is composing music for an improvising orchestra. She has worked with the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Itzhak Perlman, Joel Grey, Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, among others. She is on the faculty at the Berklee College of Music.

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)
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Ron Wyman

Documentary Filmmaker
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Ron Wyman, founder of ZeroGravity Films, creates documentaries about politics, world culture and the arts. For the past several years he has been working extensively in Africa. He collaborates with talented people around the world in his productions, and especially is drawn to telling the stories of and celebrating survivors around the US and the globe. Music always plays a major role in his films.

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!"
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CC Cairns

Writer . Teacher . Blogger
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Scottish poet, CC Cairns has just finished the avant garde poem, "A History of Feeling: Dreams and Nightmares," an extended poem written in the Modernist tradition.

"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."
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Beth Isacke

Poet and Arts Activist
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Sticks

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.
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Sandra Benato

Visual Artist
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Sandra Benato lives and works in Puebla, Mexico. Her work is mixed media on paper using traditional materials and colors that reflect her environment.
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Not Your Grandmother's Linen

Decorotica Specialist
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Not Your Grandmother's Linen offers sophisticated erotic home decor and accessories. Using modern and historical sources for inspiration, my original designs range from Modest to Brazen, Vintage to Contemporary, Gay to Straight.

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."
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David Majzlin

Composer and Producer
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David Majzlin is an Emmy-nominated composer and music producer, who works in New York and Los Angeles. Some of his favorite projects have been about artists including "Herb and Dorothy" (about famous art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel), and "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel" (about the incomparable fashion editor and tastemaker, Diana Vreeland). Most of his work is in film and dance, though he enjoys using music to tell stories and create sonic environments across all mediums.

What does he like about Gwarlingo?

"The inspiration that comes from a fantastic group of talented individuals across multiple disciplines."
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Francie Allen

Sculptor and Educator
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I love to dance! As a sculptor, I enjoy creating figures that embody motion. The movements of dancers, martial artists and acrobats capture my imagination. I make mostly life-size figures that engage the viewer spatially. Using their unexpected placement and gesture to encourage emotional connection, I create the pieces in relation to the environment that they and the viewer both inhabit. I intend to cause a shift in the viewer’s bodily “sense of self.” Modeling in paper pulp pleases me; but I mainly use chicken wire for its transparent quality and for the speedy flexibility of construction it allows me.

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Judy Myers

Writer . Arts Lover
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Judy Myers is a writer and teacher who lives in Oakland, CA and is currently at work on the final edit of a collection of related short stories as well as the first draft of a novel set in West Oakland.
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Elizabeth Jacobson

Poet and Writer
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Elizabeth Jacobson's first book of poems, Her Knees Pulled In, was published in spring, 2012, by the independent small press Tres Chicas Books. She lives and works in New Mexico, and sometimes in Miami Beach.
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Annie Zurbay

Writer & Artist
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Annie Zurbay is a writer, mother and sometimes-artist living in Boulder, Colorado.

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."
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Joe Bills

Writer
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Laura Foley

Poet
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Laura Davies Foley lives with her partner and their three dogs in Pomfret Vermont. She's the author of The Glass Tree, a collection of poems meditating on her husband's death, her daughter's struggles with autism, her chaplaincy work in hospitals, prisons and with the homeless, and her (buddhist) contemplative practices.

She loves the feel of Gwarlingo, the vibrancy and colors, the sense of artistic community, the aesthetics of the site, the Sunday poetry series.
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Emily Stedman

Watercolor Artist
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Emily Stedman is a New York City based artist who paints colorful and erotic watercolor paintings of people interacting in imagined and real environments.
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Duane Thomas

Artist & Gambler
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Slaving away in the garret of my grandmother's farm house, completely out of touch with reality.



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Howard Mansfield

Writer
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Howard Mansfield sifts through the commonplace and the forgotten to discover stories that tell us about ourselves and our place in the world. He writes about history, architecture, and preservation. In The Same Ax, Twice he looked at how good restorations restore us. In The Bones of the Earth he showed how people still carry allegiances to the oldest landmarks—sticks and stones. In In the Memory House he examined how we choose our ancestors. And in Turn and Jump, he looked at how we experience time. His latest book is Dwelling in Possibility: Searching for the Soul of Shelter.

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Polly Lanning Sparrow

Visual Artist
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Polly Lanning Sparrow is a visual artist living and working in Austin, Texas. Trained as a painter, she is most interested in the discipline's relationship to physical space—in particular, a type of architectural abstraction. Her work has most recently been shown at Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas.

Sparrow Install



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."
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Dudley Zopp

Visual Artist
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Dudley Zopp is a painter based in Lincolnville, Maine. She is passionate about three things: painting, the natural world, and languages.

Green-Bowl-Dudley Zopp
Green Bowl | Oil on Linen | 24 x 20 ” | 2013
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Wendy Galgan

Poet . Editor . Professor
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Wendy Galgan is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. She is editor of Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters and Director of the Women's Poetry Initiative at St. Francis College.

"I really enjoy discovering new poets and revisiting old friends on Gwarlingo."
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In Memory of Michael LoVerme

To the best photo student I ever had! From Michael Cirelli
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The Michael LoVerme Memorial Foundation was founded in July of 2013 by friends and family members in the wake of Michael’s fatal motorcycle accident. Originally limited to a Memorial Race to fund a scholarship, the organization quickly grew into a full-fledged charitable foundation devoted to remembering Mike and continuing his legacy of service through charitable donations, community outreach and volunteer action. Learn more about the foundation here. You can read about Mike's life at this website.

This membership profile was a gift from photographer and filmmaker Michael Cirelli in honor of his student Michael LoVerme.
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Mary Jo Balistreri

Musician & Writer
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Mary Jo has two books of poetry, Joy in the Morning, and gathering the harvest published by Bellowing Ark Press. A chapbook, Best Brothers is forthcoming this spring, 2014.Mary Jo is a founding member of "Grace River Poets," an outreach for schools, women's shelters and churches. She is presently working toward a book of personal essays.

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."
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Lisa Schlesinger

Playwright . Writer . Theatre Activist
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Lisa Schlesinger is an international award winning playwright, writer, & theatre activist. Her stage and radio plays have been produced in numerous countries. Her plays and essays have been published in American Theatre Magazine, Performing Arts Journal, Theater Magazine, Best Monologues for Women by Women II, Out of Silence, The American Theatre Reader, and The New York Times.

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."
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Lauren K. Alleyne

Poet
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Lauren K. Alleyne hails from Trinidad and Tobago. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is currently the Poet-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Dubuque.

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.
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Judith Dupre

Writer
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Judith Dupre is passionate about the built environment. Few writers possess her breadth of experience in writing about history through the lens of a single building type, whether skyscrapers, bridges, memorials, or churches. She has written books about all these subjects, including Skyscrapers; Bridges; Churches, a New York Times bestseller; and Monuments: America’s History in Art and Memory. Above all, she seeks to engage and delight those who profess “not to know much” about architecture.
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Jeffrey Gross

Dilettantrepreneur
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Jeffrey Gross is a patented inventor and musician, as well as jester at the Court of Brooklyn, where he has lived since the Prehipstocene Epoch. He's never not been interested in everything. This has led him along some strange turnings: he's conducted an orchestra, he's driven a cab (though not at the same time). He now focuses mainly on patent ventures. He considers himself above all a mindful humanist.

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."
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Rampant Sisterhood

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Rampant Sisterhood is a body of work created by Suzi Banks Baum that stirs women artists and writers to engagewith their authentic voices online, promoting not only their own work, but by celebrating and highlightingthe work of other creatives, adding energy to the work of all. Based in the myth of Pandora and using cutting-edgesocial media tools, Rampant Sisterhood weaves light from the work of the many.
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Doug DeWitt

Visual Artist
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The found-object construction pieces are material mutations where harmony and regeneration exist only through decay. The horizontal work represents landscapes whose materials merge like memory fragments of specific places marking one's experience with the landscape instead of simply one's view of it.

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.

Doug DeWitt 1

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Jarvis Cheung

In Honor of Composer Angel Lam
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It was a chance encounter with composer Angel Lam's Facebook post that led me to join Gwarlingo.

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.



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Carla Espinoza

Wordsmith . Ghost-writer . Copywriter
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Specialized and personalized individual communication options from biographies to wedding vows. Professional business communications from advertising to policies and training manuals.

"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."
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Judy Dunn

Painter
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Judy Dunn is an oil painter with a studio in the old mill buildings of Lowell, MA. She finds her inspiration in the ordinary stuff of life. She paints still life paintings that don't follow the "rules" of still life. Her paintings create an ambiguous space where the viewer is not quite sure where they are or what they are looking at, inviting them to try and fill in the blanks, making the paintings a launching point for exploration.

What do you enjoy about Gwarlingo?

"I am inspired by the stories of other artists, the honest advice, and exploration of the creative life."
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In Memory of Noggin

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In Loving Memory of Noggin

Chamomile
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Michael G. Smith

Poet . Essayist . Chemist
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Michael G. Smith is a semi-retired chemist. His poems and essays speak to issues central to human life -- compassionate involvement with others, love of the natural world, and discovery and awakening through spiritual practice. His work has been published in many literary journals and anthologies, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Nimrod, the Santa Fe Literary Review, and Superstition Review. A chapbook, The Dark is Different in Reverse, was published by Bitterzoet Press in 2013. No Small Things, a book of poetry, was published by Tres Chicas Books in 2014. He lives in Santa Fe, NM.

"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."
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Elizabeth Duffy

Visual Artist
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Elizabeth Duffy is a visual artist who lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Gail Gregg

Visual Artist and Writer
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Gail Gregg likes to make things -- paintings, photographs, collage, relief sculpture. Her current projects including creating a gilded gyre of found objects -- and a series of "Bling" collage of images culled from luxury magazines. She also writes about the art world for ARTnews.
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WanderWord Poetry

Recreational Poetry
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WanderWord is collection of artists inventing interactive ways to share poetry. Using a mix of live performance, technology and anti-technology, we passionately offer audiences a dimensional, delicious poetic experience.

"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."

Poets at work at Mass MoCA's Solid Sound Festival

WanderWord poets at work at Mass MoCA's Solid Sound Festival

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Diane Lockward

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Diane Lockward is the author of three poetry books, most recently Temptation by Water. Her previous books are What Feeds Us, which received the 2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, and Eve's Red Dress. Her poems have been included in such anthologies as Poetry Daily: 360 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website and Garrison Keillor's Good Poems for Hard Times, and have been published in such journals as Harvard Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writers Almanac.



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Alessandra Centrone

Visual Artist
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Born and raised in Pordenone, northern Italy, after studies in law and architecture, Alessandra found her way into visual expression. The artist moved in 2008 to San Francisco, studying art and starting a art career. She is currently at the California College of the Arts.

"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."
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Joan Rothchild Hardin in Honor of the Chiiori Trust

Psychologist . Writer . Tile Artist
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This profile is in honor of the Chiiori Trust, a non-profit organization working to restore sustainable tourism and agriculture in the rural Iya Valley of Shikoku Island, Japan

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Frank Brookshire

Architect
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More than 30 years experience in exceptional architectural design and detail for new construction, additions and renovations of traditional New England and contemporary structures. Visit the Frank Brookshire website for more information about designs and services.

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Gwarlingo offers a "thoughtful, insightful, informative, exciting, diversified, and comprehensive exploration of the creative process."

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Christine Destrempes

Artist Activist
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Christine Destrempes is a painter and printmaker who founded and directs Art for Water, an initiative to raise awareness of the shrinking availability of clean water through the creation of public-participation art installations created by people of all ages and skill levels.

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.

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David Packer

Visual Artist
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David Packer is an artist who makes sculpture and drawing about industry and land and the place where they meet. He divides his time between New York and Long Island City, travels a lot, and likes to read contemporary fiction.

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."

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Christopher (Kit) Osgood

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From family in Ohio and Arizona In Honor of Christopher (Kit) Osgood for his book, This Remigius, which won the Gold Medal for Enduring Light Fiction from the 2015 Illumination Book Awards. Congratulations Kit!!
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Barbara Rachko

Visual Artist & Author
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Barbara Rachko is a prolific painter and photographer who divides her time between New York, NY and Alexandria, VA. She is represented by six galleries throughout the United States, exhibits nationally and internationally, and continues to win accolades, including a 2008 – 2009 Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation award, grants from the Templar Trust in Lichtenstein, and selection for Aljira’s Emerge 2000 business program for artists. Barbara recently published her first eBook, From Pilot to Painter, on Amazon, and was interviewed by Brainard Carey on Yale radio WYBC.

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."
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Jeanne Missey Osgood

Poet/Puppeteer
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Jeanne Missey Osgood is a puppeteer and poetry lover. She has created one-woman shows that are educational and entertaining to include recitation of poetry as well as conversations with her puppets about their lives. Her current puppet performances include Emily Dickinson, Rumi, and Granny Goodheart, the last of whom is an amalgamation of wise poets throughout the ages!
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Nina McKissock

Jettisoned into writing
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Nina Angela McKissock was peacefully working as a hospice nurse, keeping audible notes of questions and reflections on life on her hand-held Dictaphone. In a moment of madness, she began writing the forty stories. Two years later From Sun to Sun: A Hospice Nurse Reflects on the Art of Dying was birthed.

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Randy L. Purcell

Visual Artist
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I use a unique process of transferring ink from recycled magazine pages onto a thin layer of beeswax.

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