I’m thrilled to announce that a new collaboration has been released into the world of hybrid art and literature—poetry and paintings, the former by the lovely and talented GennaRose Nethercott, and the latter by yours truly.
GennaRose is the author of the highly acclaimed and stunning book of poems, The Lumberjack’s Dove, which was published by HarperCollins, and was selected by Louise Gluck for the National Poetry Series in 2018. A hearty cheers for all of this, but more importantly for me, GennaRose is a delightful, enthusiastic presence in Vermont, where I have crossed paths with her in literary and artistic circles over the past decade. We finally came together to collaborate on this exchange of art and poetry, for the series published by 7×7.la, who describe their project this way:
“Launched in 2015 to facilitate a new kind of interdisciplinary collaboration, each 7×7 invites one visual artist and one writer to engage in a two-week creative conversation. The format, inspired by Surrealist games of the early 20th century, challenges participants to improvise, in their respective disciplines, a spontaneous story that pushes into ever-wilder imaginative terrain. Every finished 7×7 is singular, unclassifiable, and wholly original.”
I loved this process, and the results are pretty dandy.
I’m thrilled to be published in the new Prompt Press book, Prompt 6, which is a collaborative collection of visual art responses to the prose poems of Francesca Abbate, designed by printmaker and bookmaker Rachel Kauff. I’m one of the six artists to respond to her work. You can view the responses here, but I recommend buying the book if you want to hold a beautiful handmade object d’art in your hands.
ALSO, I’m very pleased that Jennifer Colville, the editor extraordinaire, has published my graphic poem on their website. Check it out:
I’m honored to work with this musical genius. He’s putting out a new album this season, and he asked me to illustrate his songbook. So I did, of course! “Pay up” on kickstarter and you might just get some of my original artwork. I’ve included a sneak peeks (illustration above).
For those who follow my many art projects, check in on my collaboration with Christopher the Conquered. He is still writing songs and I am responding to them with drawings and paintings. I recently went to see him play in Iowa City, and was reminded how much of a storyteller he is on stage. Continue listening in to the 100 songs project, with Chris’s music and my art:
I have just embarked on a new collaborative adventure with my dear, musical genius friend from the Midwest, Christopher the Conquered. These are a few examples of the types of drawings I will be creating in response to his music. Here is what he has to say about the project:
“100 NEW SONGS, STARTING TODAY.
I am very excited to announce a new project I am undertaking, starting today, called Christopher the Conquered’s 100 Songs Project, in which I will write, record, and publish 100 songs over the course of the next year. Each song is based on individual fans of mine from around the world. I’ve always written from my own perspective; now I’m ready to look through the lens of others’ experiences.
Each song will be accompanied by an original illustration by visual artist Franky Frances Cannon, created in response to the composition.
I will release 2 songs per week on average, typically on Wednesdays. You can get notified of the new songs by “Following” me on Soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/ctconquered). I also would love for you to share songs you love using the hashtag: #100ConqueredSongs
The 100 Songs Project is made possible with support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council.”