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Industry Arts
Occupation Poet, Artist, Educator, Designer
Location Illinois, United States
Introduction My poems have appeared in Dusie, Dogwood, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Moxie, Mind the Gap, the WTTW Chicago program "Arts Across Illinois" and other venues. I'm also an installation & book artist, a lecturer on typography & design, a proud mother and co-owner of an art studio. For many years I have been an activist for public art and the intelligent, apt use of form and language in public and private life. This space is for random thoughts and findings.
Interests writing, seeing, listening, teaching, rowing, laughing, baking, running, drawing, improving, relishing, sleeping, thinking, working, playing
Favorite Movies Anything with Joan and/or John Cusack, Gina McKee, Steve Martin, Ciarán Hinds, or Don Cheadle., , My fantasy movie would pair Janeane Garofalo and Alan Rickman in a screwball comedy. I'd also love to see Helen Mirren and Renee Zellweger together as outlaws. In the meantime, I love anything by: George Stevens, Alan Rudolph, Mira Nair, Joe Wright, Maggie (Bruen) Hames, Wes Anderson, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, John Duigan, Jane Campion
Favorite Music music that tells a story (sometimes melody alone is a story):, Jennifer Warnes, The Eagles, Dolly Parton, Roberta Flack, The Allman Brothers, Sun Volt, Wilco, John Hartford, Beck, Michael Nyman, early Michael Jackson, Shawn Colvin, The Four Tops, Martina McBride, Tracy Nelson, Patty Griffin, Jonathan Biss, Alison Krauss, Sara Evans, Terry Allen, Lucinda Williams, Miles Davis, The Del McCoury Band, Chicago, America, Paramore, Ben Folds, The Dixie Chicks, Roddy Ellis, The Odd Jobs, Carole King, Earth Wind & Fire, CSNY, Pure Prairie League, The Stylistics, Little Texas. I adore the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Favorite Books Too many poetry books to mention, but my favorite fiction authors include Nicole Krauss, Alice Munro, Willa Cather, Alice Walker, W. G. Sebald, Sarah Orne Jewett, Jeffrey Eugenides, Walker Percy, and William Trevor., I admire and often return to Landscape and Memory by Simon Schama., Anything by Doris Kearns Goodwin, I also enjoy parody: The Pooh Perplex by Frederick C. Crews is a very funny send-up of literary criticism . . . Favorite art books are Air Guitar by Dave Hickey, anything written by Suzi Gablik., Also exhibition catalogs of or books about the following artists/museums: Karen Shaw, JoAnna Johnson, Marcel Broodthaers, Frida Kahlo, Micheal Brakke, Barbara Kruger, Frank Gehry, Jenny Holzer, Patrick Dougherty, the Prado, Musee d'Orsay, the Frick Collection, really too many to mention.