April 13, 2007
Paul Scheele, Co-founder of Learning Strategies Corporation and Developer of PhotoReading, 4-13-07
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March 30, 2007
Judith Martin, author of ‘No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice’ and Dr. Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer, Education Division, National Gallery of Art, 3-30-07
When Judith Martin is not hard at work as Miss Manners, rescuing American civilization—an ongoing task for which she received a National Humanities Medal—she can be found in Venice, Italy, happily steeped in the civilization of its glorious past and quirky present.
No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice, a witty romp in the company of such fellow Venetophiles as Lord Byron and Henry James, is her first travel book. In addition to twelve Miss Manners books and a history of American manners, Mrs. Martin is the author of two novels and a columnist for the United Feature Syndicate, the Microsoft Network and Child magazine.
Dr. Eric Denker received his Bachelors from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and his doctorate from the University of Virginia, writing on the American artist James McNeill Whistler. His dissertation was the subject of a book and an exhibition that he curated for the National Portrait Gallery in 1995, In Pursuit of the Butterfly: Portraits of James McNeill Whistler. In 1995 he also organized the exhibition Prints by Whistler and his Contemporaries at the National Gallery of Art.
Dr. Denker is the Senior Lecturer in the Education Division at the National Gallery of Art, where he has been since June 1978. From 1998 to 2006, he also has served as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active special exhibition schedule, including historical shows of John Singer Sargent drawings, James McNeill Whistler in Venice, Childe Hassam prints, and contemporary print exhibitions focusing on Wayne Thiebaud, Roy Lichtenstein, William T. Wiley, and Rupert Garcia.
Dr. Denker also serves in Washington as an Adjunct Professor at both Georgetown University and at Cornell University. He frequently lectures in Italy for the Smithsonian Institute and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and around the Washington area on Venice, Italian art, Dutch painting, French 19th-century art, and the history and techniques of printmaking.
February 02, 2007
Tony Eprile, Author and Educator, 2-2-07
Tony Eprile is the author of The Persistence of Memory, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and winner of the Koret Jewish Book Prize for 2005. His story collection, Temporary Sojourner & Other South African Stories, was also a New York Times Notable Book.
Mr. Eprile grew up in South Africa and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. He is Visiting Writer at The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop for the year 2006-07, and has taught writing and literature at Wesleyan, Northwestern, Brown, Bennington, Williams, and Skidmore. Mr. Eprile writes book reviews for the New York Times and San Diego Union-Tribune, and articles on the food of Southern Africa for Gourmet Magazine.
December 14, 2006
B.J. Adler, Executive Director, Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, and Carina Del Valle Schorski, Portfolio Gold Award Winner, Scholastic Writing Awards of 2005, 12-15-06
Founded in 1923 to provide guidance and support for the next generation of artists and writers, The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers provides resources nationwide to encourage, connect and empower creative youth—through event and online networking, workshops, scholarships and career exploration with alumni role models and industry mentors. The signature program of the Alliance is the Scholastic Art & Writing awards—a platform for creative expression for millions of students across the country as the Alliance brings outstanding visual art and writing created by teenagers to a national audience and encourages their creative journey and career development. In addition to awarding annual scholarships to top portfolio award recipients, the Alliance collaborates with colleges across the country that make an additional $1.5 million in financial aid available to award recipients with exceptional promise.
Since 1923, more than 13 million of America’s most talented junior high and high school students (grades 7-12) have participated in The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and 2.5 million have been recognized and shared in more than $25 million in cash awards and college scholarships. Some notable past recipients include: Andy Warhol, Robert Redford, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Maynard, Philip Pearlstein, Joyce Carol Oates and Bernard Malamud. Today, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards continue to fulfill its mission of providing a creative platform of expression for millions of students across the country.
B.J. Adler has been Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers since 1998. She brings to her position as Executive Director more than 20 years of experience as a leader in arts education. Ms. Adler began her career as a classroom teacher in Kansas City, MO, and later ran the Kansas City Chapter of Young Audiences. There, she was responsible for the creation of a program called Learning Through the Arts, combining the resources of the cultural and educational communities to bring the arts to students, and to harness the power of the arts in the teaching of other academic subjects. Ms. Adler was the Executive Director of Chamber Music America from 1982-1985 and Education Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from 1987-1992. Prior to accepting her current position with the Alliance she served as National Education Director of Young Audiences from 1992-1998. Ms. Adler has served as a consultant to a number of arts education organizations, including ArtsConnection, the 92nd Street Y, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Alliance for the Arts, and the New York Philharmonic. She is the author of a policy paper on the role of the arts in the New York City Public Schools.
December 08, 2006
Julie Shigekuni, Editor, Blue Mesa Review, and Associate Professor of English, University of New Mexico, 12-8-06
The Blue Mesa Review is a literary journal published by the creative writing department at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Blue Mesa Review was founded by UNM’s Rudolfo Anaya, Gene Frumkin, David Johnson, Patricia Clark Smith, and Lee Bartlett in 1981 as a way to bring national recognition to writers from the American Southwest. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Blue Mesa Review remains committed to publishing regional writers alongside nationally recognized artists and exceptionally talented newcomers. Distinguished by the multi-ethnic and diverse cultural heritage of its contributors, Blue Mesa Review strives to combine personal vision and aesthetics with a high degree of intellectual curiosity.
Upcoming issues will include an interview with Native American scholar and novelist Gerald Vizenor, and as part of BMR’s new translations section, renowned Chinese poet Ting Shu’s debut in English. Also featured will be the work of highly regarded poets Mary Ruefle and Hilda Raz and emerging poet Lauren Goodwin Slaughter. Fiction contributors include Jacob M. Appel, Dulcie Leimbach, and Anis Shivani. Nonfiction essays and book reviews round out every volume.
Julie Shigekuni has won several awards for her writing, including the PEN Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature, a Henfield award, and the Japanese American National Literary Award. Ms. Shigekuni’s first novel, A Bridge Between Us, was published by Doubleday/Anchor in 1996 and received favorable reviews in the New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and other major publications, and was translated into German, Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian. It was featured by Barnes & Noble Booksellers in their first Discover Great New Writers series and was selected as a finalist for that award.
In addition to her literary endeavors, Ms. Shigekuni is currently co-producing, directing, and writing a 60-minute video documentary. Manju Mammas and the An-Pan Brigade is the story of three Nisei Christian women and their nontraditional offspring. In Manju Mammas, Ms. Shigekuni explores how Christianity moved from a religion taken on for convenience to true belief in the Nisei women’s Fundamentalist offspring.
November 29, 2006
Jenny Lyn Bader, Playwright and Author, 12-1-06
Read the transcript of the ARTSCAPE interview with Jenny Lyn Bader
Jenny Lyn Bader is a playwright, author, and native New Yorker. Her plays include Manhattan Casanova — which just received its world premiere at Hudson Stage — and None of the Above, produced in New York by the theatre company New Georges and published in the collection Under Thirty: Plays for a New Generation (Vintage).
Ms. Bader has also written numerous one-act plays, including Worldness, commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival of New American Plays); The Fisherman’s Wife (HERE Arts Center); Miss America (New York International Fringe Festival, “Best of the Fringe” selection); and The Popcorn Sonata (Florida’s City Theatre), published in 2004: Best 10-Minute Plays (Smith & Kraus). Her work also appears in Heaven and Hell (Dramatists Play Service), Leading Women (Vintage), and other collections. Ms. Bader was a Lark Playwriting Fellow, nominated by Wendy Wasserstein. She has developed her plays at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, where she was invited to write for the 20th Century Project; at the Women’s Project Directors Forum, where she workshopped Memory Play starring Eli Wallach; and at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, where she won the Edith Oliver Award.
Her essays and whimsy have appeared in The New York Times “Week in Review” and in books such as Next: Young American Writers on the New Generation (Norton). With Bill Brazell, she co-authored the book He Meant, She Meant: The Definitive Male-Female Dictionary — What Men Think They’re Saying, What Women Really Mean (Warner). She wrote both seasons of the web drama Watercooler (MSN) and has written scripts for Warner Bros./Laura Ziskin Productions, NBC Studios, and HBO/Billy Crystal’s Face Productions.
A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, she has taught at the New School University and has been a guest artist at Barnard College. In December, her one-act cycle Out of Mind: 7 Short Plays with Some of the People Missing will be produced at NYU/Strasberg.
October 27, 2006
Professor Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program, The University of Iowa, 10-27-06
Christopher Merrill has published four collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water and Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak’s Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and four books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His work has been translated into 20 languages.
He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.
The principal design of the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa (IWP) is threefold: to introduce talented individuals to American life; to enable these individuals to take part in American university life; and to provide writers with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. Since 1967, over a thousand writers from more than 115 countries have attended the IWP at the University of Iowa. The project is designed for established and emerging creative writers — poets, fiction writers, dramatists, and non-fiction writers.
The University of Iowa is the nation’s premier center for creative writing. Giving and attending talks and readings, and meeting with well-known and emerging visiting American writers give the international writers broad exposure to currents in American literature. IWP also strives to give each writer the opportunity to present his or her work in a public forum. Televised and radio interviews with individuals and groups of writers are broadcast in the Iowa City and university communities.