Yesterday I wrote that I finished making my photo collages of sisters/poets Joanna C. Valente and Stephanie Valente. But I didn't give you much eye candy, did I? Allow me to tease you.
It can be pretty difficult to keep up with these updates when I have actual work to do! But, hey, here are six quickies about living the artist life in Brooklyn:
1. My Radio Free Brooklyn show is airing now!
Damn! My talk show, "The Badass Lady-Folk of Brooklyn," has finally premiered on Radio Free Brooklyn. Learn more about the show here and also like us on Facebook. Contact me if you'd like to appear on the show.
2. I have a chapbook coming out!
Dancing Girl Press of Chicago has very kindly accepted my chapbook, Ova, and will be releasing this collection of fiction and poetry in the spring of 2017. That's all I can say for now, except WHOO-HOO!!
3. I'm officially a Good Housekeeping writer.
I finally snagged my first Good Housekeeping byline and my essay has been rather popular (as it's been syndicated on Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Yahoo!, and MSN.) If you don't go "aww" when you read it, you'll definitely find yourself in the minority.
4. I'm a finalist for Artbridge's "Brownsville Matters."
Thanks to the curators at the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Arts Council for choosing my photo collages for ArtBridge's Brownsville Matters competition. Please come to the Langston Hughes Senior Center from 5-7 pm on Dec. 1st to cast your vote for your favorite entry. The winning submissions will get printed on a billboard-sized mesh covering for a fence at a local housing project in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood.
5. This is my favorite piece of fiction published in a while.
I've had several essays, poems, and short stories published in the past month alone, but the piece I'm proudest of as of late that's actually available online is "Naomi." Read it in Vanilla Sex Magazine.
6. My photo collages of the Valente sisters are DONE.
I had the pleasure of photographing sisters/poets Joanna Valente and Stephanie Valente in Greenpont, Brooklyn earlier this season. This weekend, I finished the photo collages featuring these beautiful, brilliant women. I'll be submitting a few to literary magazines in addition to publishing two on Quail Bell Magazine. The ones forthcoming on Quail Bell will be accompanied by poems written by the Valente sisters. I can't wait to see what they pen!
Happy Thanksgiving from Phoenix, Arizona! I'm stoked (and blessed) that I'm spending our country's annual celebration of genocide (yep, I went there) with my lil' sis and fellow artist, Helen Stoddard. Hope you're surrounded by your loved ones today, too. If you're raising your goblet to the Pilgrims—and, really, why should you?—raise your goblet to the people who make you feel wanted.
We're still angry (and sobbing) about the presidential election results, but my husband and I still made it out to a gorgeous wedding this weekend. David's cousin celebrated her nuptials at the incomparable National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2014, I had the pleasure of covering the landmark "Picturing Mary" exhibition there. I hadn't been since then. Still, you don't ever forget that double marble staircase. It's just as memorable as ever. Here's a photo from the NMWA website:
Congratulations to Ellie and John!
Remember when Focus Camera, a Brooklyn-based camera retailer, invited me to host a brief instructional video on how to make spooky camera collages? Oh, yeah, me, too!
By day, I am Christine Stoddard, a New York-based magazine writer. By night I am the founding editor of the bewitching Quail Bell Magazine and a Brooklyn bohème who adores art, magic, and revolution. Really, those two personas are not all that different—at least if you're paying attention. This is where I dream, dabble, and muse. From time to time, you'll find me promoting the fairy punk lifestyle, too. And why not? It's addictive. Learn more about me.