Ellis Paul, who will perform on March 6 with Six String Concerts, knows how to get people to pay for his art.
Over 600 donors crowdfunded his most recent release Chasing Beauty to the tune of over $100,000, echoing the process he’s used for his last two albums.
All this crowdfunding and his interest in working in other media have changed him: “My social life was a lot different in the early days…There’s less drinking, less partying, less canoodling with people I barely know.” Listen in to hear more about Ellis Paul with the Craft spring intern, Tyler C.
NYT bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini, will visit Columbus’s Book Loft on March 9 for a reading and book signing, featuring her latest novel, Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule. This historical fiction re-imagines the relationship between Julia Grant, wife of Union general Ulysses S. Grant, and her slave, Madame Jule. Listen in to discover how Chiaverini created her characters and the odd relationship of US Grant to his in-laws.
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.