Since February I've had the pleasure and honor of getting to know Louis Zoellar Bickett II, an artist and lifelong Kentuckian. It's an incredible honor to have my piece about him, his struggle with ALS and his work with THE ARCHIVE up at Oxford American.
Endless thanks to Rebecca Gayle Howell, Phillip March Jones, Patsy Jones, LZB, Guy Mendes, Stuart Horodoner, Aaron Michael Skolnick, Julian Dalrymple and Matt Hill for helping make this happen.
Excited to finally have this collaborative piece with Allie Goolrick up at ArtsATL. Over the past few months we've spoken with an endless amount of sources to take a deeper look at Art on the Atlanta BeltLine.
I had the joy of speaking with Valley Maker's Austin Crane about songwriting, regionality and his relationship with the South for ArtsATL. He'll be performing tomorrow night at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta.
Hey team! So many wonderful things have been afoot. So many good things that I made you my favorite thing: a list. This one goes backwards in time, so make sure you're ready to time travel.
1. I wrote my first-ever visual art review! Read my review of It Can Howl, up at Atlanta Contemporary through August 7th, here!
5. Is that it? That might be it.
Hey world. So two things – both big things – in sequential order.
First and foremost, I'm really excited to share with the world that I'm joining Susannah Darrow and the team of ArtsATL as their new Executive Editor. Catherine Fox will be staying on with the board and will remain involved. You can read all about that here.
Secondly, today I've got a big thing up at the Bitter Southerner. Back in January I told Chuck about how I had lost my Southern accent. He told me to write about it. In May I started to and fell down a bit of a rabbit hole in the process. You can follow me down it and learn about all of the amazing work a man named Walt Wolfram and his team at the North Carolina Language and Life Project are up to. Also check out some incredible imagery from Dustin Chambers. This article has been a long time coming, and it's so wonderful to see it up and out in the world. Read it here.
In case you didn't know it, The Letters Festival is right around the corner, this year at Atlanta Contemporary. Creative Loafing gave me a chance to talk to masterminds Scott Daughtridge and Stephanie Dowda about their work on planning the festival with Kory Oliver, Rebecca Weaver and Jamie Jones! So excited to hang with Nick Sturm, Michael Kimball, Laura Theobald, Jac Jemc, Janaka Stucky, Amelia Gray, Amy McDaniel and so many other folks next week. (And to beat Jason Koo in ping-pong. Heh heh.) Read all about it here.
Hello and happy Halloween Friday! The other week Jen Soong of Root City Market rallied a bunch of female entrepreneurs at Edgar Allan's office to celebrate the release of designer Sarah Neuburger's "The Future is Female" print. It was amazing! So many wonderful people were there. I wrote about it, and now you can read about it, because the article is up on Medium.
My reading series, Transgression, which I co-curate for Deer Bear Wolf with John Carroll, will have its next installment at Phoenix Fest this weekend. We've gathered works from a bevy (like, over 25) different artists, writers, and audio designers into one empty space and have transformed it into the abandoned bunker of someone consumed by conspiracy theories. Check out this awesome write-up about the fest in Creative Loafing, and then go see it for yourself this Saturday.
Creative Loafing's Food Issue dropped this week – a whole lot of love was put into it by my dear friend [glitterbabe] Stephanie Dazey, the magazine's Food Editor. She brought me on board to pen a portrait of Master Cake Artist [and glitterbabe] Karen Portaleo. Karen totally blew me away not only with her endless talent, but with her generosity and kindness. This was such a dream of an article to write. Here's the final article up at Creative Loafing. (Sweet tooths should probably have some Betty Crocker at the ready, because you're going to want a slice of something after reading this.)
Hey! I'm super excited to announce that Transgression, Deer Bear Wolf's reading series which I co-Curate with John Carroll, was included in Creative Loafing's "Best of Atlanta 2015." We're super honored and excited for what's to come. Make sure to check out our next installation at Phoenix Fest! Read about our accolade here.
My dear friends Nicholas Tecosky, Myke Johns, and Matt DeBenedictis have been working their asses off to compile the best of what's been read on the Write Club Atlanta stage over the past four years into a book. The fruits of their labors, Tender Bloodsport Vol. 1, will be released this weekend at the Decatur Book Festival. It's been awesome working alongside this group of amazing gentlemen over the past four years, and I'm honored to have had the opportunity to gush about it at Creative Loafing Atlanta. Read all about it here.
As part of our effort to share the great stories the Wire Rope Exchange has published over the years with audiences outside of our own industry, we're publishing a series of backlogged articles on Medium. The results are really stunning! Yesterday we published this story by Evans Hood from our April 2014 issue. The story, much like the tower itself, really holds up. You can read it here.
It's damned hot out. So for their Rise & Shine series, I worked with the Bitter Southerner to pick 10 films to help us endure this heat until Autumn arrives. Take a peek. (If you've got films to add, tell 'em about it on instagram, twitter, and facebook with the tag #BSSouthernCinema.)