Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Kaetlyn Able, With Only Butterflies to Brood, 2018
Scratchboard Drawing and Mixed Acrylic Painting Media on Claybord
12" x 18"


I'm delighted to present in my new Artist Watch column at Escape Into Life the exceptional work of Kaetlyn Able, a Bozeman, Montana, artist who looks to old photographs and wildlife images for inspiration.

Kaetlyn's thematic ideas reference American and European folk tales, the history and mythology of the American West, and human connections to nature. Her experiences as a mother and as a breast cancer survivor have helped shape her most recent work.

Today's Artist Watch column features eight images of Kaetlyn's mixed-media work, her Artist Statement, which explains aspects of her artistic process, and a brief biography.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Thought for the Day

It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so.
~ Frank O'Hara

Quoted from Frank O'Hara, "Meditations in an Emergency" in Meditations in a Emergency (Grove/Atlantic, 1957; reissue 1996)

Frank O'Hara (1926-1966), American Writer, Poet, and Art Critic

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Thought for the Day

God comes to you disguised as your life.
Blessings often arrive as trouble.
~ Teddy Macker

Quoted from Teddy Macker, "A Poem for My Daughter" in Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems (Grayson Books, 2017), eds. Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R Wilson, page 113

Teddy Macker, Poet, Essayist, Short Story Writer, Translator; Lecturer, Creative Writing and Literature, University of California at Santa Barbara

Teddy Macker Profiles at Academy of American Poets, Orion Magazine, and White Cloud Press

Interview with Teddy Macker at Santa Barbara Independent

Friday, March 8, 2019

A Poem at Escape Into Life

Today is International Women's Day, and the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life is celebrating with poetry and gorgeous art by Artist Watch artist Pooja Campbell

The honored poets are Risa Denenberg, Rose Hunter, Angela Narciso Torres, Luisa A. Igloria. I am so pleased to note that I also share a bit of space with these wonderful writers. 

My poem "Free-Diving's Queen" is dedicated to Natalia Molchanova, a Russian champion free-diver and multiple world record holder who vanished on August 2, 2015, while teaching a free-diving course on an island near Ibiza, Spain. She was only 53 years old. In 2013, the extraordinary athlete became the only woman in her sport to break the 100-meter barrier.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Mortal | Ever-Living (Poem for Ash Wednesday)

Mortal | Ever-Living

Mark on our foreheads
the ancient sign

Out of the ashes
we each have come

from earth that yields
the bread we eat

to earth that receives
the wine we make

From life to death to life
we come

of dust to dust returned

Also see my "Prayer for Ash Wednesday", "Ash Wednesday", and "fear not the rub of ash".

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Thought for the Day

[. . .] only the arts are forced to justify their place
in our schools. We never demand [. . .] justification
from the sciences, from history, or from math.
~ Ellen Winner

Quoted from Monica Moses's Interview with Ellen Winner in American Craft, February/March 2019, pages 70-73

Ellen Winner, Ph.D. (Winner, a developmental research psychologist and professor at Boston College's Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, is the author, most recently, of the highly rated How Art Works: A Psychological Exploration (Oxford University Press, 2018). She directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which explores cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children, and adults.)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Thought for the Day

[. . .] a house without humans is a place you don't go, [. . .]
~ Hannah Craig

Quoted from Hannah Craig, "Abandoned House" in Poet Lore: A 2nd Century of New Writing, Fall/Winter 2018, page 55

Hannah Craig, Prizewinning Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Poet (Craig's debut collection is This History That Just Happened (Parlor Press, 2017), which won the New Measure Poetry Prize and is available online from the press and Amazon.)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday Short

Enjoy today's short, the poem video It Is Not, from Blank Verse Films. The poem used for the video, which was shot in New Mexico's desert, is by Valerie Martinez, who narrates.

Poet Valerie Martinez is the director of the history and literary arts program at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. She is also an educator, facilitator, and collaborative artist. Her collections include Each and Her (University of Arizona Press, 2010), And They Called It Horizon, Santa Fe Poems (Sunstone Press, 2010), World to World (UA Press, 2004), and Absence Luminescent (Four Way Books, 1999). On March 30, 2019, Martinez will participate in a panel discussion titled "The Art of Trauma" at the AWP Conference.

Valerie Martinez on FaceBook

Valerie Martinez Profile at Poetry Foundation

Thursday, February 21, 2019

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Julie Shelton Snyder, fuji-san is a girl, 2018
Silkscreen Monoprint
30" x 22"

© Julie Shelton Snyder


Today's new Artist Watch feature at the international online arts magazine Escape Into Life offers images of recent work by painter and printmaker Julie Shelton Snyder.

Julie, who was born in West Virginia and now makes her home in Brooklyn, New York, learned woodblock printmaking techniques in 2018 while an artist-in-residence in Japan. She aims to express in her work both the ineffable and the invisible, and views abstraction as her best means to do so.

Visit Artist Watch to see eight images of Julie's work and to read her Artist Statement and a brief biography. The column also includes Julie's social media sites.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Thought for the Day

Attending to life is an act of love.
~ Katie Rubinstein

Quoted in "Word for the Day", January 2, 2019,

Katie Rubinstein, Associate Director, A Network for Grateful Living