Singer-songwriter Irene Kelley has been singing and writing songs since her 1983 debut “Pennsylvania Is My Home.” Her latest album, the all-bluegrass “Pennsylvania Coal” was released in 2014. She’ll be appearing in Columbus with Six String Concerts on February 13.
Our talk ranged from how she writes and co-writes songs to how she got fired from her first singing gig.
From time to time, past Craft guests let me know what their current projects are. In this vein, I suggest that you check out Brad Henry’s latest project: the transfigure8 project, “an advanced technological mobile application… designed specifically for anyone who is interested in learning about transgender and gender non-conforming topics.”
They’re also seeking funding, so consider donating to help the project along. Good luck, Brad.
Victor Dandridge likes pixels. A lot. He has to when his medium involves building 8-bit characters based on old video games. But he has a surprise announcement during our talk about what he’ll be doing this year.
Image of Walter White by Columbus illustrator Dominic LaRiccia
I love reactions and dialogue, so I got some immensely talented folks into a recording studio and played some snippets from past Craft interviews for them to get their take on aspects of creativity. Specifically, Columbus illustrators Dominic LaRiccia and Drew Robinson from Spork Design and Ohio State University Associate Director of University Bands Scott A. Jones discussed quotations from Craft guests Neil Gaiman, Veronica Roth, and Vienna Teng. Wonder what makes someone creative tick? Listen here.
Before graduating from Dartmouth College and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, Matt Burgess grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens. His hometown has served as the location for both his first novel, Dogfight, A Love Story, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, and his latest novel, this January’s Uncle Janice. Matt Burgess will be a guest author with Thurber House on Wednesday, January 21 and you can BUY TICKETS.
One rainy Saturday during the Ohioana Book Festival, Harmony Evans sat down with Kayla, the Craft summer intern, and was interrupted mid-interview by a low rumble that shook the entire room. This romance author responded, “Hey, I try to make things exciting. What can I say?”
Evans keeps summer heat going with her romance novels, Loving Laney and When Morning Comes. Through her publishing company, Harlequin Kimani Romance, Evans has produced multiple novels including a series about the fictional celebrity Broward family. She was a double finalist in the 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and received Debut Author of the Year for the 2013 Romance Slam Jam Emma Awards. Evans is a member of Romance Writers of America and has a blog called, The Pink Heart Society. Evans writes at night and works in Internet marketing during the day. In the future, she wants to make her living in Paris, France, but for now, Evans is raising her 13-year-old daughter in Cleveland, Ohio. When this author is not cooking up spicy love plots, she is cooking and baking in the kitchen and enjoying other relaxing hobbies such as knitting, reading, and dancing.