I am a writer, artist, and filmmaker. I like to think I combine media to original and evolutionary effect.

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BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

I was born in Boston, and I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. I received a BFA in Filmmaking as a University Honors Scholar from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1988. I received an MFA in Critical Studies from California Institute of the Arts in 2006. My credentials emphasize scholarly analysis as artful expression, accentuating writing skills and creative thinking. I’ve been awarded grants from UCLA to take their studio art classes, 2003-2008. Art Institute of Pittsburgh approved financing my studies with best-selling author and groupie extraordinaire Pamela des Barres for her Writing Workshop, 2011. Completed the Pamela des Barres Writers Workshop in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Co-Founder and participant, riot grrrl writers workshop, 2013 – 2016.

I am the Co-Founder of Revolution Rising, a collective that included boys but had the same DIY artsy ethos as riot grrrl. Revolution Rising’s purpose was to provide access to and a space for the tools and creation of artmaking through grassroots fundraising (concerts and benefits, t-shirts, stickers, zines). My work with them financed one of my short films, the PXL documentary Good Enough To Eat, and several art exhibitions in Los Angeles.

My work as an art history instructor and creative writing professor have led to my being nominated by students as Outstanding Faculty at Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online, 2009, 2010, and when that award was discontinued in 2010, my continued success scores, outstanding student feedback, and top retention rates assured my continued employment. Recent awards from AiO include the Resource Management Award and the Initiative Award.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

What happens with my students when I am teaching or workshopping is what happens when I write or make art on my own: applied magic. It is a visitation from the muses, best to heed them and wise to listen to them! I approach my class with yielding discipline, intentional with my precisely organized syllabus yet open to the spontaneity of revelation. Encouraging discovery rather than asserting domination is my strategy. Creative applications of critical thinking are usually accomplished!

ART

I utilize most media, including acrylic, charcoal, collage, oil, pastel, pen/pencil/ink, watercolor, Polaroid instant pics, Nikon CoolPix, and iPhone6splus. I paint on centerfold photos from Playboy magazines, and on Victoria’s Secret catalogues. I do my own versions of panels from Betty and Veronica comics and the romance comics from the 1970’s, and glue original text onto posters of rock stars. My art has been exhibited, among other places, in NYC for S.A.S.; in Los Angeles for Revolution Rising, Art’s Building, Jr., The Art Gallery, The Punk Museum, and the Museum for Broken Relationships; in Pittsburgh at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Faculty Show; in Kentucky at Louisville Glassworks, LexArts City Gallery and at Mary Craik Gallery. My paintings have been purchased by private collectors. In 2017, I presented a Performance Powerpoint of my riot grrrl art, A Grrrl’s Diary, at the Museum of Pop Culture. Artists for Peace 2007 exhibit my work, as does the Women’s Action Network. Visual and written work have been selected for inclusion by the Kentucky Girlhood Projects 2007 and 2009. Represented since 2007 by WomenArts.

FILMS

My short films (16mm, video, and PXL) deal with rape, bulimia, patriarchy, and body image. They have been screened at the Los Angeles PXL Festival, the New York University Film Festival, and California Institute of the Arts. My films have also been showcased locally, at the coffeehouse Lou de Criss and art space Art’s Building Jr. Miranda July selected my ten-minute narrative film, Daybreak, for permanent inclusion in the Big Miss Moviola Chain Letter (aka Joanie 4 Jackie). Two of my short films were featured at the Grrrls On Film Festival at Loyola Marymount University in 2016. Daybreak housed at the Getty Research Institute via Joanie4Jackie collection, 2017.

My manifesto, Cinema Spontaneous, is demonstrated by four very short digital films. Crewless and unscripted, no editing, filtering, or altering, Spontaneous Cinema is about being ready, utilizing available light and subjects, batteries charged!

Concert footage includes bikini kill, Fugazi, Lucid Nation, Glitterbust.

TEXT

I write creative nonfiction, fiction, lyric essays, and poetry. I make zines, do it yourself mini-magazines of collage art and text. I have contributed to the zines riot grrrl Los Angeles, Revolution Rising, and TVI. My mom and I make zines together. I was interviewed by RE/Search! about my zine The Meat Hook.

Publication credits also include The Los Angeles Review, PRISM international, and Flyway Literary Review. My work has also been accepted by Poetry Motel and The Sun. Author Carole Giangrande selected my work for her podcast, “Words To Go,” which showcases emerging writers. I am the recipient of the Sweet Corn Literary Award, and awards from the National League of American Pen Women. Memoir selections accepted by Pamela Des Barres for her 2017 book, Let It Bleed: How To Write A Rockin’ Memoir.

My zines are held at Tulane University, and have been excerpted for scholarly treatises on Third Wave Feminism. Several of my zines are being permanently held at Duke University, and showcased in the Alien She traveling art exhibition.

VOLUNTEER

Segment producer and co-host for Feminist Magazine Radio on KPFK and Pacificia Radio, 90.7 in Southern California, streaming online. September, 2016 – present. Interviews with groupies, rock ‘n’ roll archivists, and vegan activists.

Contributing curator and writer to Women in the History of Art compendium on Facebook and Women in Art History on Instagram, November, 2016 – present.

CURRENTLY

Currently I am working on my apparently neverending novels, one of which began as my thesis in the form of a zine. A riot grrrl anthology memoir is in the works. My collection of short fiction was inspired by the myths and legends surrounding groupies and rock stars, as is much of my fine art. The treatment of animals, sea life, and winged critters is a theme in much of my work. I am also conducting two oral herstories for aural zines and a collage of voices: a mixtape with zine and music compilation about riot grrrl Los Angeles, and a mixtape with zine about groupies and rock stars. I’ve interviewed several notorious women about their rock & roll adventures as I develop my own thesis on feminism and rock & roll!

LINKS and promo

Artist First interview

Alien She

Artforum

Groupie Manifesto

Grrrls On Film

Grrrls Take Over

The Kentucky Girlhood Project

LA Weekly

Love Letter To A Feminist

The New York Times

Projectwomen.org

riot grrrl census

The Riot Grrrl Project

Saatchi Online

Tweets about Grrrls On Film, including my films, Daybreak and Quinn

Where Is She Now?

Women Crush Wednesday

Womenarts.org

Words To Go

WTH – Richard Hell

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