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LeeAnn Adams

The 2016 Blue River Editors’ prize for creative nonfiction went to Chloe Livaudais’ essay “Lazy Eye.”  In her essay, our editors found a mixture of powerful storytelling and craft. Livaudais takes us into memory and, at the same time, weaves a sense of the present in an imperative second person voice. Chloe Livaudais kindly took some time to answer some questions for us.

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Ann Pancake, Strange As This Weather Has Been, novel, fiction, political, mountaintop removal mining, L. N. HolmesHey friends, my interview with Ann Pancake is up. We discuss fiction and mountaintop removal mining. Check it out!

“I think if you get the art right, the politics will come along naturally after it.” -Ann Pancake

Naturally Political: An Interview with Ann Pancake by L.N. Holmes

 

Artist Interview: John Holcroft


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
John Holcroft: “Rotherham, South Yorkshire, UK”


John Holcroft, passport, copyrighted,

Copyright John Holcroft


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
John Holcroft: “Illustrator”

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Artist Interview: M. Reed McCall

M. Reed McCall, author, Moose Tracks on the Road to Heaven, book, novel, ficiton, Mary Reed McCall, new book

Copyright M. Reed McCall


(Please note that I am adding the addition of colored text. My questions will be in red and the artist’s answers will be in purple.)


L.N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
M. Reed McCall: “I am originally from Rome, NY, which is about an hour east of Syracuse.”


L.N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
M. Reed McCall: “I am a writer–although I am also a high school English teacher, which requires its own kind of artistry, and I have been working with students (numbered in the thousands by now) for the past 26 years.”

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Artist Interview and Giveaway: Angela Scott

Angela Scott, Anyone?, Evolved Publishing, author, YA, Young Adult, books, novels

Copyright Angela Scott


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Angela Scott: “My hometown is Farmington, Utah, and I live on the benches of the Wasatch Mountains. I love it.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Angela Scott: “Writer. I love to write. I love all things artistic, but writing is probably the only artistic thing of which I’m half-decent, though I can draw a pretty mean-looking stick figure and I can finger paint like no other. ”

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Artist Interview: Kayla Hocker

Photo copyright Tyrone Combs of TC Photography. Kayla Hocker, dancer

Photo copyright Tyrone Combs of TC Photography.


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Kayla Hocker: “I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Prince Georges County, Maryland.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Kayla Hocker: “I am a youth dance instructor and performing artist.”

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Artist Interview: Emily Ramser

Emily Ramser, poet, writer

Copyright Emily Ramser


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”

Emily Ramser: “That’s kind of a hard question for me to answer because I consider myself to have two different hometowns, Sacramento, California and Wake Forest, North Carolina. I was born in California but lived in Wake Forest for a good portion of my life as well. They both hold claim to my heart and shaped me into who I am today.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”

Emily Ramser: “I suppose I would have to say writer or poet. I’m not sure I like to really define myself as anything because, to be honest, I’m not too sure who I am.”

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Artist Interview: Taylor Edwards

Taylor Edwards, dancer, choreographer, dance instructor

Copyright Taylor Edwards


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Taylor Edwards: “Ennice, North Carolina.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Taylor Edwards: “I’m a dancer, dance instructor, and choreographer.”

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Artist Interview: Chuck Marshall

Chuck Marshall, oil painter, artist

Copyright Chuck Marshall


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Chuck Marshall: “Umm, Wilmington Ohio.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Chuck Marshall: “Artist / Oil Painter”


Chuck Marshall, still life painting

Copyright Chuck Marshall

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Artist Interview: Tom Noblett

Copyright Tom Noblett/Tomino Pictures

Tom Noblett
Copyright Tom Noblett/Tomino Pictures

(All videos copyright Tomino Pictures and associates)


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Tom Noblett: “Hi! I’m from England. My hometown is St Helens which is close to Liverpool.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Tom Noblett: “My chosen artistic profession is filmmaking.”



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Artist Interview: John Carenen

Copyright John Carenen

John Carenen
Copyright John Carenen


 

L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
John Carenen: “My home town is Clinton, Iowa, an old Mississippi River town and the birthplace of Lillian Russell, the first sex symbol in the movies.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
John Carenen: “My artistic expression is words, fictional, novel-length.”

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Artist Interview: Yenthlyn Harmon

Yenthlyn Harmon Copyright Yenthlyn Harmon.

Yenthlyn Harmon
Copyright Yenthlyn Harmon.


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Yenthlyn Harmon: “Originally I’m from Oak Grove, KY. It’s a super small city near an Air Force Base.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Yenthlyn Harmon: “I’m actually trying to start my own business selling hand-sculpted jewelry and art. So basically, I’m a self-employed artist at this point. I’ve found I’m much happier working for myself because I know what I want, you know?”

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Artist Interview: Rowena Carenen


 

L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”

Rowena Carenen: “I don’t really have a hometown. I’ve moved all over the southeast, but I was born outside of Morganton, NC. I’ve lived in Roanoke, VA, Macon, GA, Dublin, GA, Simpsonville, SC, Hattiesburg, MS, Greenville, SC, and Winston-Salem, NC.”


 

L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”

Rowena Carenen: “I consider myself both a poet and an author advocate, and think of both as artistic. Poetry is what comes naturally to me. I think in phrases and lines, which makes any other form of writing difficult. As for the artistry of being an advocate, well, I only represent authors whose work speaks to me on some level and I use my creative juices to get those works into the hands of readers.”

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Artist Interview: Taylor Hayes

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Taylor Hayes/Copyright Taylor Hayes Art


L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Taylor Hayes: “My hometown is Roanoke, Virginia. It is about 2 hours north of where I currently live, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It’s not too far, but just far enough.”


L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Taylor Hayes: “
As a visual artist (visit Taylor Hayes’s official site), I work in mixed media, which basically means whenever I create a piece I use multiple mediums in overlapping layers. Sometimes those mediums are acrylic paint, pencil, pen, marker, collage, screen printing, you name it. I stick to 2-dimensional art for the most part and sometimes I play around with design but my main focus is on printmaking and painting.

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Artist Interview: Mark Marshall

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Mark Marshall/Copyright Mark Marshall Photography

As an attempt to support other artists — of any type — I will occasionally post some interviews of people who work in a particular artistic vocation. These interviews allow for a closer look into different artists’ lives and raises awareness for their talents. The first artist in this series is Mark Marshall, a professional photographer.

L. N. Holmes: “Where is your hometown?”
Mark Marshall: “Wherever I live. Okay, originally Wilmington, Ohio. To be even more specific, it was a wide spot in the road named New Antioch, Ohio.”

L. N. Holmes: “What is your chosen artistic profession?”
Mark Marshall: “My chosen artistic profession is photography and I generally do landscapes/ cityscapes but I also use the images I get to blend with scripture, poems, personal writings and quotes to express my views and outlooks on life.”

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