Who writes here

We are arts journalists and art creators in cities (and towns) around America: Rich Copley, Dave Delcambre, Ashley Lindstrom, Joe Nickell, Bridgette Redman, Suzi Steffen, John Stoehr and Jennifer A. Smith.

John Stoehr is the editor of the New Haven Advocate, an alternative newsweekly in New Haven, Conn. He is an associate fellow at the Yale Journalism Initiative and a three-time fellow at the Arts Journalism Institutes of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a 2009 recipient of the Lilly Scholarships in Religion for Journalists and has a Master of Arts in English from the University of Cincinnati. His writing has appeared in The Forward, Religion Dispatches and The New Haven Review, among other publications. He has taught at Yale, Quinnipiac University and the College of Charleston (S.C.). He is a co-founder of Flyover: Art in the American Outback.

Suzi Steffen lives and writes in Eugene, Ore., with the gleam of Portland always shining in her eyes (even in the rainy winter). When she's not writing blog posts or assigning, editing and writing stories for the Eugene Weekly, where she's the performing and visual arts editor, Suzi teaches writing at a local community college and the U of Oregon and writes freelance arts, politics and food articles. She adored her time in New York for the 2007 NEA/Columbia University Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera and can't wait to get back to Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer A. Smith is a freelance writer living in Madison, Wis. Before making the leap to full-time freelancing in 2008, she spent seven years at Wisconsin Public Television working on Wisconsin's statewide arts and culture Web site, PortalWisconsin.org. She is an art history graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Smith was a 2007 Fellow of the NEA/USC Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater, where she had the pleasure of meeting fellow Flyover bloggers John, Joe and Bridgette.

Bridgette Redman is a freelance performing arts columnist and theater reviewer for the Lansing State Journal in Lansing, Michigan. She was a 2007 Fellow of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater. She is also a textbook editor and writer for the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute; the publisher of Book Help Web; a category lead for the book, newspaper, and magazine section of Epinions.com; a ghost writer; a freelance magazine writer; and a drama instructor for K-3 at a local Montessori school.

Joe Nickell lives in Missoula, Montana, where he spends his workdays editing the Entertainer, an arts and entertainment weekly published by the local daily paper. Joe has a life outside his job. He has a wife, DaLynn, an infant son, Julian, a dog named Jorge Delgado, cats named Annabelle and Oscar Jean, and some tropical fish. He enjoys hunting and fishing and skiing and hiking ... blah blah, Montana guy, blah blah ... and, oh yeah, he co-produces Rox, lauded as "the first television series broadcast on the Internet" (Time Magazine) and "the best TV show in America" (Wired Magazine). Joe's writing has been featured in the New York Times, Inside Arts, Business 2.0, Salon.com, Wired, Outside and a bunch of other magazines that wisely went bankrupt after Joe wrote for them. Joe's personal blog can be found here.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, and raised on a steady diet of movies, theater, crafts, stress-baking and other such diversions, Ashley Lindstrom continued to foster these interests throughout her years at Trinity University, where she majored in communication with focuses in journalism and film and minored in drama. Not at all encumbered by the fact that Lindstrom had portrayed an overtly sexual nun in the stage adaptation of Mariette in Ecstasy (and a total crazo in a re-imagining of Mac Wellman's Bad Penny, and then scored her directorial debut, Dojoji, with indie-rock), her local alt-weekly the San Antonio Current decided to bring her on as an associate editor after a year of freelance work. Obviously, they had no idea what they were getting into.

Dave Delcambre is an artist, freelance writer, and licensed architect based in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. Completing a year of graduate study at Bard College's Center for Curatorial Studies bolstered his writing chops and in addition to his day job in the architectural / urban design field, he now is also writing freelance arts criticism for the Independent Weekly, which is based in Durham.

Rich Copley is the culture writer for the Herald-Leader, the major daily in Lexington, Ky., the greatest city in America without a beach. He grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., graduated from Old Dominion University and previously wrote for the Augusta Chronicle and was a features editor for the Athens Banner-Herald, both in Georgia. In his spare time, Rich is a wannabe guitar player, husband and father of two brilliant kids. He also blogs at Copious Notes.

June 11, 2007 7:07 AM |

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