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Kolaj Fest Was Hot!

I went to New Orleans last month and participated in the first ever Kolaj Fest, organized by Ric Kasini Kadour and Christopher Byrne of Kolaj Magazine. The whole festival gathered almost 200 artists from around the world and offered talks, demos, parties, gallery walks, and a collage making space (run by me and my friend Jay Berrones). On top of all the collage activities, there were of course many hours of enjoying the New Orleans party vibe and historic neighborhoods. And though it was hot and humid as heck, all the venues (Cafe Istanbul, Antenna Gallery, Artisan Bar, etc.) were stone cold cool and it seems as if the general consensus among the festival-goers is that they will gladly be back for future Kolaj Fests.

Here are a bunch of photos from the four days of fun. A few awesome people I enjoyed spending time with but didn’t get photos of: Andrea Burgay, Nikola Janevski, Kike Congrains (from Peru!), Marlies Oakley (from Australia!), Alex Hood, John Hundt, Janina Anderson, Lybra Ray, Charles Wilkin, Clive Knights, Beth Guipe Hall, Baleigh Ann Kuhar, and Chelsea Dean. Also, big thanks to Laurie Kanyer, who put a lot of love and energy into this event…


At the collage making space, there were many collage all-stars at work. This is a beauty-in-progress by Ben DiNino. https://www.bendinino.com/


Janice McDonald lead a workshop on the first day. http://www.janicemcdonald.com/


New Portland pal Arthur Franklin (of Milk Bandits) and former Portlander (now Mexico City resident) Jay Berrones made the nights out wild and amazing.


The Kolaj Fest show at Antenna Gallery featured this amazing walls of Zach Collins collaborations. http://www.zachcollinsart.com/


#squad  (w/ Ric Kasini Kadour, Mighty Joe Castro, and Morgan Jesse Lappin)  http://mightyjoecastro.com/   http://www.morganlappin.com/



My collage, Savior, was at Antenna Gallery (next to a beautiful Aaron Beebe piece here)   https://www.antenna.works/flat-file-new-work-in-collage/


Seeing Danielle Krysa (The Jealous Curator) was one of the big highlights of the festival. So funny. So inspiring.   http://www.krysa.com/danielle/


The night Jay almost jumped in the Mississippi. Good thing Aaron Beebe talked him down.


Tourist photo with Ignatius J. Reilly.


A Collaboration with Chris Kurts! https://www.instagram.com/hugslice/ 


The amazing Allan Bealy multi-tasks at the collage making space.  http://allanbealy.blogspot.com/


The last day featured a collage swap of art made at the festival


My contribution to the collage swap, which was snagged by Daniel Lynds.  http://daniellynds.com/


Two of the collage GOATS: Aaron Beebe and Zach Collins  http://aaronbeebecollage.com/


It was great to meet Seattle artist Cheryl Chudyk (Stitch Pixie). She joined Arthur and a bunch of us for breakfast on the final day.   https://www.instagram.com/stitchpixie/


Smatterings That Turn to Spring

It’s been a super-fun month so far. First, AWP was a blast. I got to see a bunch of great friends and share a table with Adam Robinson, Mike Young, Bryan Coffelt, and Gabe Durham. I did a panel, a few readings, and even got to meet one of my next Future Tense authors for the first time: The fantastic May-Lan Tan, who came all the way over from the UK.

May-Lan and I work the "Magic Mammoth Future Genius" table.

May-Lan and I work the “Magic Mammoth Future Genius” table.

Richard Chiem, Adam Robinson, and Matthew Simmons

Richard Chiem, Adam Robinson, and Matthew Simmons

I also got to see another upcoming Future Tense writer, Chelsea Hodson!

That's not my hand. That's not my basketball.

That’s not my hand. That’s not my basketball.

After AWP weekend, I got to indulge in my collage-mania some more. I interviewed Seattle collage artist Jesse Treece for Nailed Magazine.

And then I got to meet the fantastic Cory Peeke at his Gallery 6 show in Portland. I also bought my first copy (of many) of Kolaj Magazine.

Holy shit, it's Cory Peeke!

Holy shit, it’s me with Cory Peeke!

I also had a couple of collages published on The NewerYork website, which is super cool. I have more collage work appearing elsewhere soonish but I have to be hush hush about it.

What else?

I was part of this cool story on Flavorwire about how to deal with bad reviews.

I was part of this cool book club for the Johns Hopkins University literary journal, Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review.

I’ve been doing a lot of work on the next three Future Tense releases: Scout Book chapbooks from the aforementioned May-Lan and Chelsea, as well as Jay Ponteri, who just won an Oregon Book Award for his last book, Wedlocked. These three books are so good. I can’t wait to show you.

I was also on a cool podcast talking about This Is Between Us, but it’s not up yet, so until next time… Happy first day of Spring!