By Sandra Tyler, Editor-in-Chief
Happy New Year, as we usher in 2018 with a rich and varied inaugural edition of Volume VI. We anticipate continued and steady growth this year, as we extend our reach, now with art correspondents out in the field—I’m hoping to highlight especially out-of-the-way galleries representing surprising talents deserving to be spotlit. You may have noticed too, that when we feature artists we find through galleries, we are linking back to the galleries as well—our missions are very much aligned, albeit one in cybersphere, the other in the brick-and-mortar world.
With that, I want to welcome our newest correspondent, who will be covering LA: Emily Nimptsch is an arts and culture writer living in Los Angeles, California. Nimptsch has contributed to Menlo House, Time Out Los Angeles, SIXTY Hotels, LA Canvas, Culture Collide, Flaunt Magazine, Artillery, ArtSlant, Basic Magazine, Riot Material, and Venice Beach’s LA Louver Gallery blog. Look for our next art roundups in March, which will be a retrospective of highlights from the winter, artists, and exhibitions you may have missed.
And we’re already gearing up for our 2018 contests! This year categories will be poetry and photography, and our judges respectively are:
Joyce Peseroff: Her fifth book of poems, Know Thyself, was named a “must-read” by the 2016 Massachusetts Book Awards. She is the author of The Hardness Scale, A Dog in the Lifeboat, Mortal Education, and Eastern Mountain Time. She edited Robert Bly: When Sleepers Awake, The Ploughshares Poetry Reader, and Simply Lasting: Writers on Jane Kenyon. She has received fellowships from the University of Michigan, the NEA, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and won a Pushcart Prize. She has been Managing Editor, Associate Poetry Editor, and Contributing Editor for Ploughshares. She was Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she directed the MFA Program for its first four years.
Lauren Shaw: She was awarded her MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Presently, she is Associate Professor at Emerson College, where she has been teaching photography for thirty-six years. She is co-founder of New England Women in Photography, and was awarded the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award from the Santa Fe Center for Photography, 2004. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States and is in photographic collections at the Getty Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Fogg Museum, Harvard University, High Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Newark Museum, and the Library of Congress. Her exhibition and documentary video, Maine Women: Living on the Land, premiered at the Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, Maine, on August 7, 2005, and has traveled to ten venues throughout the United States since then.
Submissions will open in July and exact dates will be posted on our WTP competitions page, but for now poets and photographers, start thinking ahead!
Wishing you all a creative and healthy 2018.