Starr is an artist whose work is informed both by the long lineage of artists in her family and by the rich culture of the places that she has lived, mainly Washington DC and Brooklyn, NY. Starr’s primary mission as an artist, educator and scholar is to uplift the narratives and work of Black artists from the US both past and present. Working towards this end Starr has earned a BA from Roosevelt University, an MA in Museum Studies from Western Illinois and is currently a second year student in the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore in the MFA Community Arts program '19.
Alexis Avlamis (b. Athens, 1979) is a painter influenced by the Surrealist’s Automatism. His work juxtaposes existing visuals along with fabricated ones, leading to cosmographic landscapes. And that is exactly the spirit we attempted to mirror when we blended Alexis's 'Re-imagining Gulliver Travels' with John Van Kirk's story 'Tool Box for Table'. The result blew us away and is destined to become one of our Pushcart nominations.
Karen Kao is a published novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet. Her debut novel, The Dancing Girl and the Turtle (Linen Press 2017), is the first of four interlocking novels to be set in Shanghai. For more information on Karen and her work, please visit her website at www.inkstonepress.com
My name is Barry and I’m a little odd. One day, a couple years ago, I said to myself, “I’m gonna go to writing school and I’m going to learn to write and then I’m going to make my living as an author. Why not? I love to read. Can’t be that hard."
At the time, I was living in Alaska and didn’t care to leave because it was (still is) the best place. So, I checked the University of Alaska website to see if they had a writing program. 12 years prior, I had earned a BA inPhilosophy, so I was hoping they had a graduate program.They did. Something called an ‘MFA in Creative Writing’.
NUNUM Fall 2018 has left the alter and is already busy learning about the reality of parents, family and relationships. Come on in and meet Alexis, Anay, Catherine, John, Karen and Russell to find out how they blended it all into a life for our newlywed.
We couldn't be happier with this issue. Wicked writing, cool art and our first interview. That's right Jon Fox sat down and let us pry a few painting secrets out of him. We also launched our clothing brand with this issue, so check out this week's gear in the shop.
After I avoided hawking copper pots at Costco for eleven hours a day, I found my dream job as the sole, untrained receptionist at a garbage processing facility run by taciturn blue-collar men. As I pondered a list of prohibited items including hot ashes and dead animals, musing on the fact that I had the authority to accept cold ashes but not live animals, I finally admitted that my degree in creative writing would likely never make me a financially stable and deeply lauded author. And then I laughed at myself and felt happy again.
My writing students are on their last week of the semester. Usually, this would be cause for great celebration, but it so happens that in this last week the university requires a final project that is the culmination of our entire course. The projects are generally 10-12 pages long and worth many more points than their weekly papers. My students are busy applying all of the reading, research, discussions, and suggestions from their practice (read: homework exercises) from the past ten weeks, so understandably I’ve been answering many messages filled with questions and concerns.
To say that this is a fraught week for all of us is an understatement.
JON FOX is an artist out of Moncton, NB in Canada. Classically trained at NSCAD in Halifax, Jon’s worked in photo, film and ink but has always been a painter in our eyes. He’s had exhibitions, both solo and group all across Canada and also farther afield in Portugal, America and Japan. But now he’s back in Moncton and will have a new show opening up at the Apple Gallery tonight. (August 23, 2018).
NUNUM was lucky enough to get a sit down with Jon recently and we did our best to find out what’s behind some of things one of Canada’s most important painters does with canvas and colour.
Flash fiction is the belle of the ball, the flavour of the moment, the soup of the day and apparently well on its way to mainstream acceptance as a separate and unique form of writing. Recent articles in mainstream publications like O Magazine and MacLean’s had articles and pieces of flash as well, most literary journals now have separate submission categories for flash submissions and there are more and more flash only journals out there now.