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Babs Reingold/Artist Interview


Babs Reingold’s The Last Tree exhibit


A conversation with

Babs Reingold

& “The Last Tree”

With Dr. Midori Yoshimoto, Ph.D.

Artist Babs Reingold is about to complete her most ambitious project to date, which will be unveiled for a solo exhibition at the ISE Cultural Foundation Gallery in New York City this summer (May 4– June 28, 2013; reception May 10, artist talk May 22). The Last Tree will be a monumental installation of 193 tree stump sculptures encased in metal pails, placed in a grid formation to fill the gallery space. The number of stumps corresponds to that of the countries in the world, namely, those members of the United Nations. One large tree rises from the grid, as a symbol of the “last tree” which is in danger of its extinction from the earth. Accompanying video projections and sounds will caution the seriousness of environmental destruction by humanity.

tree headerLast January, the author (the curator of the exhibition) had an opportunity to visit Reingold’s studio in St. Petersburg, Florida, and was informed of the conceptual plan of The Last Tree. Several months later, the author also visited Reingolds’ studio in Bayonne, New Jersey, and saw the work in progress – “The Last Tree” and several prototypes of small stumps. Over the course of a year, the artist produced numerous stumps at a steady pace in preparation for the exhibition. During my most recent visit, I asked her about the project in detail, its background, inspirations, and her future aspirations. (For the artist’s brief biography, please see the bottom of this article.)


Midori Yoshimoto (Y hereafter):  This is one of your most ambitious projects to date, isn’t it? How long has it taken you to materialize this into a tangible project? 

Babs Reingold with her The Last Tree exhibit

Babs Reingold with her The Last Tree exhibit

Reingold (R hereafter): First off, I consider “The Last Tree” on par with an earlier installation called “Hung Out in the Projects.” That project had all the elements of “The Last Tree” plus a major scaffold for viewing. It was a bear to complete, much like The Last Tree. To the question of ‘how long’ on this installation, I heard Jared Diamond speak at USF Tampa in 2006 on the collapse of societies. It started me thinking about some kind of environmental installation, but tucked away as I worked on other projects. Poverty was the forefront of my work in that period and “The Last Tree” did not blossom as an idea until 2008. I did a small drawing of an installation idea in my sketchbook in October of that year. I must confess I had not read his book at that time, but I did later.

Y: You’re talking about anthropologist Jared Diamond’s book, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2005).  In your installation statement, you cite his words “What do you imagine the Easter Islander was thinking when he chopped down the last tree?” as the direct inspiration for this project. Have you been interested in environmental issues for long?

R: During Mr Diamond’s lecture; that statement about the ‘last tree’ obviously resonated in me. Before that lecture, I was always interested in the environment in practical ways: recycling, organic foods, sensitivity to the use of natural resources, conserving of nature in national parks, these types of interests. Katrina in 2005 really affected me and pushed the environment in the foreground of my thinking — its effect upon the poorer population of New Orleans, our government’s poor response. That disaster crystallized into my sphere of interest, which has always been how human beings interact within a context, within a framework of time… and circumstances. Aging, for example, and how it affects a woman’s identity and her sense of self. Poverty and its hold on an entire population in the richest country in the world. The environment became another concern as Katrina and then Jared Diamond’s lectures on the Collapse of Societies — his illumination of climate change and our failure to adapt to environmental issues as two of the primary concerns — they got the juices flowing.  “The Last Tree” installation, although directly related to our pressing environmental concerns, really harks back to my search of how mortals, me, you, interact within a given environment over time. Because, what is the environment? It’s nature and it’s humans and their interaction over time. “The Last Tree” is really a vision of a holocaust of sorts, humans destroying a vital part of themselves. When you think about it, the files of the stumps in the 193 pails, row upon row, resemble a historical battlefield where all that is visible are the rows of crosses silent over the graves.


Babs Reingold / The Last Tree


Y: Your analogy of “The Last Tree” to the holocaust and battlefield is striking. Now that you mentioned it, the installation does seem to resemble a graveyard as well. Is this work, then, intended as a cautionary requiem for the humanity, which has committed self-destructive acts in the past and will continue in the future?

R: Excellent insight. And to answer your question, in a word, yes.

Y: Although it’s not directly related to Diamond’s book, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico occurred after the publication of the book. How do you see a connection between the historical incident in the 19th century and the recent manmade disaster?

R: The connection between the two disasters, man and by man, I mean all of us, man is destroying himself, whether it’s scalping an island or fouling a Gulf. I had started the large drawing before the spill – toward the end of 2009, and finished early in 2010.  Ironically enough, in April of that year, I had a meeting with the director of the Tampa museum about “The Last Tree” project. It was a day or two after the oil spill and that topic, heavy on our minds, was a major player in our discussion. The oil spill confirmed my project and spurred me along.

Y: Previously, you’ve addressed the issue of poverty through your works, such as, “Hung Out in the Projects” (2010), shown at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Do they relate to your current interest in environmental issues?

R: All environmental issues relate to one another; they cannot be isolated. The Gulf spill is an example of another Jared Diamond statement: “By now the meaning of Easter Island … should be chillingly obvious. Easter Island is Earth writ small.” Let me enlarge upon what I said earlier:  The environment is what we exist in… and how we exist in it. How different is environmental destruction to the wreckage of humans trapped in a poverty situation? I have no trouble connecting the two. Both are enormous challenges that we — you, me, artists, writers, our schools, our religions, our legislators, our president, our Supreme Court, you name it  — we have to face these challenges. We are the richest nation in the world and our greed, our self-interest prevent obvious obstacles from being overcome. My installations address these obstacles, and hopefully, in some small way, move people to a deeper understanding and action. 

Y: I’ve witnessed some parts of your labor-intensive process of making each tree stump. You first stain silk organza with rust and teas, dry it, and, cut it into shapes, and sew those parts with strings and threads. Then, you stiffen the fabric and stuff them with human hair. When they are shaped like stumps, you embellish some patterns and details on them. As the result, they look like small creatures with lives of their own. How did you come up with an idea of making a tree stump out of hair and fabric?

R: Good, I get to talk about being an artist. Although we discuss issues vital to society, to me as an artist they are not intellectual, academic. They are visceral. They play around in my, what the psychologists call the unconscious mind. I do not want to invoke prehistoric Surrealist tenets here or poke into post-this-or-that theory, better to say, intuitive or instinctive reasoning or processes occur within me and are really not available to self-analysis. While objects evolve from these instinctive roots, the history of art comes into play… the sensibilities of artists, again over time, that all-important mark in our lives and past lives. Materials, patterns, colors come into being, formed from years of museum and gallery visits, of talking with other artists and looking at a lot of work. I think back to when President Obama said: “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” The remark was taken out of context, of course, and became controversial.  He prefaced that remark by saying that somebody helped you along the way, the American system helped you and allowed you to prosper – and so on. I feel the same way about my art career. I’ve worked very hard as an artist, but I know that all the artists around me, all the art before, has informed me, again, not in an academic or intellectual way, but underneath, sneaky almost.

From this vantage point, objects are formed, and yes, the process is real, whether a brush mark, a video image, a stitch on a fabric. Yet, before the real, the idea of marking a tree stump out of hair and fabric is an unfolding of my years of being an artist, of using stains on fabric to symbolize the scars on our skins, to using stuffed and stained fabric objects to hang from clotheslines to symbolize the wreckage of a human condition. For example, hair carries our DNA, which exists long after our death. The use of hair in The Last Tree installation exemplifies a human condition that exists even when an environment is destroyed.

Y: Hair creeps out many people. Do you intentionally want to repulse the audience?

R: Yes, I want to both repulse and attract. It’s the push and pull of hair that entices me, the ying-yang. Throughout history, hair has served as a mark of beauty, primarily with women, but also with men. It is a keepsake secreted into a locket or jewelry or pressed into a Bible or diary. Conversely, hair is repulsive. Consider the tendril on a dinner plate. What better than hair to represent a range of human conditions?


Detail from Question Of Beauty

Y: I heard that hair used to be considered precious before the modern age. Victorian women would save their own hair to make wigs, even jewelry, and mourning wreaths. Hair served as a tangible remembrance of someone. Somewhere along the modernization, we’ve lost the sense of considering hair precious, haven’t we? Is treating hair as one’s memento crucial to your work?


R: I am drawn to its polar opposition  the gorgeous head of hair equated to the wad plugging the drain.  It’s a way of exploring the attraction-repulsion dynamic in many ways, one of which is of the unsullied beauty and innocence of youth, and what enduring implies in this context. I’ve kept my own bounty of hair, collecting it on a daily basis since 1998. I began forming it into doodles each day beginning in 2005. It became a diary, calligraphy of hair loss and subsequently, a loss of beauty, and then with the forming of the doodles, an aesthetic transformation, a new kind of beauty. This use of hair  as beauty lost and found – has been a major thesis in my work over the past ten years or so. In one exhibit at the Jersey City Museum, I displayed a large triptych where a year’s worth of hair doodles  365 of them — were hand stitched over the same three blown-up photographs of me as an young child fading over time (see fig: Reingold_QuesOfBeauty). Women who had lost their hair through cancer treatments were deeply affected by the work, its capacity to transform hair loss into an aesthetic statement. I hope the use of hair as a symbol of humanity in the Last Tree installation has the same reaction with viewers.

Hair remains for me a most powerful medium, both metaphorically and literally. It contains our complete DNA and lives beyond our death. Adrian Piper in her piece “What will become of me,” has willed her hair (collected since 1985) to MOMA for this purpose.

Y: I was surprised to learn that you were primarily a painter until about 1995 when you encountered Eva Hesse’s work. Her wax-covered fabric hanging pieces are comparable to your “Hung Out to Dry” series, but yours have clearer social content, referencing to clotheslines ubiquitously found in the projects. Over the last eighteen years, how do you see your sculptural works developed, differently from Hesse’s, Louis Bourgeois, or even Mona Hatoum, all of whom you acknowledge as inspirations?

R: I should mention that it was not only Eva Hesse, but several other significant artists such as Ana Mendieta — she used many different mediums to focus on a variety of themes, feminism, life, death, and place. Petah Coyne is another. She was doing sculptural works with mud, sticks and wax. The mud and sticks pieces, her first big show in 1987 at the Sculpture Center, set her career in motion. I did not visit that show but saw her second show of wax chandeliers at Jack Shainman’s. It blew me away and I continue to follow her work. There are others  Tunga, an artist from Brazil. He experiments a lot with different mediums. Still another is Leonardo Drew, a sculptor who uses a 3-D grid projected from the wall in amazing ways. I realized all the work I was drawn to is sculptural or sculpture-like. These artists led me to rethink my direction and to experiment with a variety of materials. Eva Hesse was just the beginning. I believe I discovered her earlier than 1995, now that I think about it, coming upon her Fiberglas™ work just out of grad school.  The others you name, Mona Hatoum and Louis Bourgeois, continue to impact me. Earlier in grad school, Elizabeth Murray inspired me to think of objects jutting from the canvas. I started to experiment in 1989 with fiberglass and projecting objects from the canvas and objects on the floor. I believe all these influences, too numerous to mention, are simply that, influences. I don’t think my work looks like any of their work. After years of being immersed in the art world milieu, I believe all artists strive for a singular voice. Whether they succeed or not is up to history to judge.

Y: Critics might see the elements of Surrealism in your work, in a sense that inanimate objects take on animate quality. Do you place your work in the legacy of Surrealism?

R: As I previously indicated, I think an artist is in debt to former art movements. I don’t put my work into the legacy of Surrealism. Though there are elements of my work that may have the feeling of a surrealist influence – the biomorphic shapes, inanimate objects taking on animate qualities  the connection ends there. I don’t consider myself a Surrealist.

Babs Reingold, The Last Tree, Completed Install

Babs Reingold, The Last Tree, Completed Install

Y: You’ve mentioned the importance of balancing the poetic and theoretical in your work. In case of The Last Tree, if the theoretical comes from the underlying concept of the environmental destruction, does the poetic come from the visceral use of organic materials?

R: That question kind of throws me. I listen to other artists come forth with these lovely articulate statements and I say, ‘Boy, I wish I said that.’ What I see is a balance between the socio-political and formal or aesthetic makeup of the work. The environment places the issue in my sight, then that instinctive jumble within me starts working on it. I like your use of poetic for what I consider the latter musing — the instinctive workings. Perhaps a visceral gut reaction comes forth as a poetic quality. I hope in the end result that my work elicits passionate reactions and not just theoretical contemplation. 

Y: What are you thinking of creating next?

R: Two projects are in the works. One is “Hair Nests,” a continuation of the series on beauty and aging. It consists of twelve large drawings of trees each with a lone tree branch protruding from the drawing with one nest configured from a month of my hair loss. The nests will be larger than I originally anticipated for I’ve noticed more hair loss during a period in 2012 when I was ill. The second is “Luna Window,” which is part of my series on poverty. These are fabric ladder pieces set into crumbling windows, broadly stated, an attempt at escape from poverty. It is scheduled to open in September 2013 at AC Institute in Chelsea, NY.


Artist’s Biography:

Venezuela-born American Artist Babs Reingold creates alternate ambiguities with her wall art and installations. Current focuses are beauty, poverty and the environment.

Works from the “Beauty Series” are the more recent showings, including “I Have A Secret Wish,” University of Alabama’s Visual Arts Gallery and in 2011, the “Pulp” exhibit at Beta Pictoris Maus Contemporary Art, Birmingham AL. In Fall 2011, she created a special work for Miyako Yoshinaga Art Prospects in Chelsea for the “Till All is Green” Exhibition Benefit for Children Affected by the earthquake in Japan. Two works are in permanent museum collections, the Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, Florida, and Newark Art Museum. The latter was chosen after she exhibited in the New Jersey Arts Annual.

Her wall art and a major installation, “Hung Out In The Projects,” earned a 2010 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Poverty is personal and long-lived. Ms Reingold spent two-and-a-half years in a public housing project as a teenager. Her recent exhibits on this theme include the “Hung Out…” installation at the Morean Art Center, St. Petersburg; “Flesh Art,” Jersey City University, New Jersey; “Robes,” College of St Elizabeth, New Jersey, and “Media Mix: 4x” at Art Lot, Brooklyn, New York.

She has also exhibited during the past several years at the Art Center of Sarasota and Greene Gallery. Sarasota, Florida; Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, New Jersey; Middlesex College, Edison, New Jersey, The Studio at 620, St Petersburg. Solo shows include galleries in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Savannah, Buffalo, and St. Petersburg; museum shows in Jersey City, Buffalo, Tampa, and Newark. She has works in countless private collections, including Savannah College of Art and Design.

Among other awards are three from Whitney curator Barbara Haskell, a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and patron awards from Michael Auping and Doug Schultz while they were respectively Curator and Director of the Albright-Knox Art Museum. Among her curatorial activities, Ms Reingold co-curated with Grace Roselli, a show at Franklin Furnace in Manhattan, titled “Voyeur’s Delight,” which motivated religious picketing at the White House.

Ms Reingold received a MFA from SUNY-Buffalo and BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. She has studios in the greater New York area and St. Petersburg.


About the Author:

Midori Yoshimoto is associate professor of art history and gallery director at New Jersey City University, who specializes in post-1945 Japanese art and its global intersections. Her publications include: Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2005); entries in Yes Yoko Ono (Japan Society, 2000); an essay in Yayoi Kusama (Centre Pompidou, 2011); “From Space to Environment: The Origins of Kankyō and the Emergence of Intermedia Art in Japan” in College Art Association’s Art Journal (2008); and an essay in Gutai: “Splendid Playground” (Guggenheim, 2013). She guest-edited an issue on “Women and Fluxus” for the Women and Performance journal (Rutledge, 2009) and another special issue on “Expo ’70 and Japanese Art” for the Review of Japanese Culture and Society (Josai University, 2012). Yoshimoto has also served as a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art, New York since 2004.


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Jeanne Mackin Wins Fiction Award

SYRAC– USE, N.Y. — Writers Jeanne Mackin and Joseph E. Fahey and poet Jasmine Bailey are the winners of the 2014 CNY Book Awards in fiction, nonfiction and poetry, Jeanne Mackin.JPGrespectively. Marianne Angelillo received the 2014 People’s Choice Award. The winners were announced at a reception at La Casita Cultutral Center. This is the third year of the awards, sponsored by YMCA Downtown Writers Center.

Jeanne Mackin won for“The Beautiful American,” and Fahey won for “James K. McGuire: Boy Mayor and Irish Nationalist.”Bailey was recognized for“Alexandria.” Angelillo won for “Sharing My Stones.”
Three independent judges selected the finalists and winners in the individual categories. Here is the list of the finalists in each category:

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And the winners are…

International Feature Film Competition
Representing a wide variety of styles and genres, these works compete for the Festival’s highest honor, the Gold Hugo, a symbol of discovery.



A scene from “The President”

Gold Hugo, Best Film:The President” (Georgia, France, UK, Germany) Director: Mohsen Mahkmalbaf

Silver Hugo, Special Jury Prize:Refugiado” (Argentina, Colombia, France, Poland, Germany) Director: Diego Lerman

Silver Hugo, Best Director: “Timbuktu” (France, Mauritania) Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

Silver Hugo, Best Actor: Anton Yelchin, “Rudderless” (USA)

Silver Hugo, Best Actress: Geraldine Chaplin, “Sand Dollars” (Dominican Republic, Mexico)

Silver Hugo, Best Cinematography: John Christian Rosenlund, “1001 Grams” (Norway)

Silver Hugo for Best Screenplay: Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz (co-writer and co-directors), “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (Israel, France, Germany)

Gold Plaque for Best Art Direction: Mauro Radaelli, “Human Capital” (Italy)

Gold Plaque for Best Costume Design: Pia Myrdal and Anne-Dorthe Eskildsen, “Speed Walking” (Denmark)

Gold Plaque Special Mention for Originality: “The Owners” (Kazakhstan) Director: Adilkhan Yerzhanov

The International Feature Film Competition Jury includes Kathleen Turner (USA), Margarethe von Trotta (Germany); Ferzan Ozpetek (Italy); Giora Bejach (Israel); and Parviz Shahbazi (Iran).

New Directors Competition
This selection of first and second feature films receiving their U.S. premieres in Chicago celebrates the spirit of discovery and innovation upon which the Festival was founded.

The Gold Hugo goes to “Underdog” (Sweden), a modern take on class conflict that keeps its focus on its believable characters instead of highlighting the melodrama inherent in its narrative. When a young Swedish woman named Dino begins working for a successful Norwegian man named Steffen, the consistently genuine performances and Ronnie Sandahl’s mature handling of difficult themes allow the film to resonate. It is a film that both addresses specific cultural issues and yet feels simultaneously universal through its honesty. Director: Ronnie Sandahl.

The Silver Hugo goes to “Next to Her” (Israel), an accomplished portrait of sisterhood with striking performances conveying a difficult subject matter. Liron Ben-Shlush anchors the film with her stunning turn as Chelli, intimately capturing how responsibility can turn into codependency. Asaf Korman subtly portrays that the victims are not always who we think they are. Director: Asaf Korman.
The New Directors Competition Jury includes Anna Croneman (Sweden); Izza Génini (Morocco); Wieland Speck (Germany); and Brian Tallerico (USA). The New Directors Competition is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago.

The Roger Ebert Award
The Roger Ebert Award will be presented annually to an emerging filmmaker whose film presents a fresh and uncompromising vision. Films competing in the Festival’s New Directors Competition are eligible for this award.

The Roger Ebert Award goes to “La Tirisia” (Mexico), which instills empathy through its director’s strong sense of visual composition and handling of difficult themes. Setting his film in a surreal, sensual landscape in Oaxaca, Mexico, this subtle drama of two pregnant women transports viewers to a unique part of the world, but deals with universal human emotion at the same time. It’s the kind of unforgettable journey that only film can replicate. Director: Jorge Pérez Solano.

Docufest Competition
This selection of international documentaries competing for the Gold Hugo go beyond the headlines in telling those true stories that surprise, entertain and challenge us.

The Gold Hugo goes to “Echo of the Mountain” (Mexico). Through extremely intricate artistic works, a Huichol artist conveys the symbols and meanings of his own native culture—a traditional culture kept alive for thousands of years in the deep mountains of Mexico. Director Nicolás Echevarría follows artist Santos de la Torre for one year, as he elaborates his next mural. Rich aural and visual textures provide an intimate view of Santos and his world. Echevarría’s documentary conveys the hybrid complexity of the exchange between modern and traditional cultures still coexisting in our globalized present. Director: Nicolás Echevarría.

The Docufest Competition Jury includes Luisela Alvaray (USA), Peter Berggren (USA) and Clayton Brown (USA). The Docufest Competition is sponsored by Columbia College Chicago

OUT-Look Program/Q Hugo Award
Chosen from the Festival’s OUT-Look program, the winners of this award exhibit new artistic perspectives on sexuality and identity.

The Gold Q Hugo Film Award goes to “Xenia” (Greece) for confronting an unfriendly world with defiant gaiety. Director: Panos H. Koutras.

The Silver Q Hugo Film Award goes to “Something Must Break” (Sweden), for telling a brave, modern story about characters whose relations to gender and sexuality are hard to categorize but are lived with passion and guts. The jury looks forward to the unfolding career of this exciting filmmaker who presented this tale in such an uncompromising way. Director: Ester Martin Bergsmark.

The Q Hugo Film Award jury includes Mihai Chirilov (Romania), Nick Davis (USA), David Robinson (UK), and Brenda Webb (USA).

The Founder’s Award
The Founder’s Award is given to that one film or performance across all categories that captures the spirit of the Chicago International Film Festival for its unique and innovative approach to the art of the moving image. The 50th Chicago International Film Festival presented actor Michael Keaton with the Founder’s Award for his electrifying performance as an actor who hopes to revive his moribund career in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s daring comedy “Birdman.“To pick a single film or performance from this year’s incredibly strong lineup of more than 150 films was difficult, but an eagerly anticipated challenge – they all exemplify the Festival’s spirit of innovation and discovery. And yet, Michael Keaton’s performance in ‘Birdman’ moved me deeply; it confirmed that Keaton is not only one of our greatest American actors, but one whose work will soon be reevaluated and further appreciated,” said Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza.

The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann
Director: Felix Herngren

Chicago Award
The Chicago Award, presented to a Chicago or Illinois artist for the best feature or short film, goes to “The Alley Cat,” directed by Marie Ullrich, an exceptionally innovative and refreshing first feature representing the auspicious and exciting start of a promising filmmaking career. Bold, gritty, and full of energy, Ullrich’s film is a prime example of first-rate low-budget filmmaking, serving as an intriguing announcement of a new voice.

The Chicago Award jury includes Monica Long Ross (USA), Julian Antos (USA), and Malik Bader (USA).

Short Film Competition: Live Action
The Gold Hugo for Best Short Film goes to “Amazon” (Norway).  Marianne O. Ulrichsen’s “Amazon” finds its power in contrasting the small heartbreaks of childhood against the vast beauty of the Norwegian landscape. This coming of age story, involving shifting vulnerabilities and eventual connection between two young girls, pulses with life, buoyed by the human performances of its two young actors and the breathtaking cinematography of Annika Summerson. The lyrical short film captures and celebrates the undefined possibilities inherent in liminal spaces: those unscheduled afternoons, new meetings and open landscapes that lead to self-discovery. Director: Marianne O. Ulrichsen.

The Silver Hugo for Live Action Short is awarded to “In August” (USA). Through its beautiful cinematography and sincere performances, “In August” exquisitely captures the moment between a little girl realizing her world is changing forever and the change itself—the sublime before the storm. Director: Jenna Hasse.

The Gold Plaque for Best Student Short is awarded to “Skunk” (USA). Demonstrating instincts similar to early David Gordon Green or Debra Granik, “Skunk” masterfully teases the audience with the promise of a lazy summer day and the nightmare that other teens induce upon each other. The young actors’ nuanced performances wonderfully illustrate youthful humiliations via the conflicts of puberty—the bravado of boys who can’t yet control their bodies, and the retribution of a girl not interested in taking things lightly. Director: Annie Silverstein.

The Gold Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short goes to “Artun” (Iceland/Denmark), a pale yellow, Black Metal ode to that age when you feel like the dirtiest thing in the world because you’re still so clean. Director: Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

The Silver Plaque for Narrative/Live Action Short goes to “The Immaculates” (France). In this affecting document of tragedy, director Ronny Trocker weaves a quilt of 3D imagery, leading viewers through a disorienting landscape of retelling and remembrance. Director: Ronny Trocker.

The Gold Plaque for Best Experimental Short goes to “Prehistoric Cabaret” (France).  In this colonoscopic reverie, courtesy of the world’s most dangerous camera, we penetrate the cosmic mystery shrouded in secrets within the enigma at the very center of being (or at least through the center of our lovely hostess.) Life IS a cabaret.  Director: Bertrand Mandico.
A Special Mention goes to “Washingtonia” (Greece). With humor and heart, “Washingtonia”  exists in the space between narrative and free association, offering an absurdist urban myth that is somehow recognizable, even as it eludes definition. Director: Konstantina Kotzamani.

The Live Action Short Film Competition Jury includes Lindsay Bosch (USA), Susan Kerns (USA), and Spencer Parsons (USA).

Short Film Competition: Documentary
The Silver Hugo is awarded to “Love.Love.Love.” (Russia). Sandhya Daisy Sundaram’s “Love.Love.Love.” is a rotating treatise on the forms love takes in the lives of Russian women. In a beguiling series of deceptively compact tableaus, it evokes a universal hunt for romance and companionship from the dawn of birth to the twilight of old age.  We award “Love.Love.Love.” Best Documentary Short because, in rare form, it lives up to its title, and reflects invisible truths found in the combination of everyday moments. Director: Sandhya Daisy Sundaram.

A Gold Plaque – Special Jury Prize goes to “Ghost Train” (Australia). “Ghost Train” paints a vivid portrait of a man who is drawn to a cabaret dancer at a local haunted house. As he deals with his wife with Alzheimer’s and faces his own death, he finds solace in her vivacity and energy in a house dedicated to death. Through found footage, stunning black and white cinematography and borrowing the style of bygone horror films, “Ghost Train” leads the audience on an exploration of life, death and legacy. Directors: James Fleming and Kelly Hucker.

Special Mention to “A Paradise” (Cuba), a brief but compelling observation of a poor family in rural Cuba, and a discreet look into complex issues surrounding children living in poverty. Director: Jayisha Patel.

The Documentary Short Film Competition Jury includes Jack C. Newell (USA), Brian Ashby (USA), Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa (USA).

Short Film Competition: Animation
The Silver Hugo for Best Animated Short Film goes to “Coda” (Ireland). “Coda”’s elegantly simple visuals, minimal lines and solid patches of color, describe an urban nighttime world of disconnection and insularity. Here, the moment of dying is seen as a chance for re-evaluating the individual’s relationship to humanity and life itself. The jury recognizes this film for the challenging depth of its themes, and for the spare but powerful aesthetic which presents those themes with lyrical complexity. Director: Alan Holly.

The Gold Plaque-Special Jury Prize goes to “Symphony No. 42” (Hungary). The jury was hypnotized by the associative links between the domestic and the natural, and by the portrayal of animal exploitation as a farce. These nihilistic allegories functioned both as a dystopia and as an indictment of contemporary human activity. Director: Réka Bucsi.

The Silver Plaque is awarded to “Drifting” (USA), for its strange manipulation of time, and the notion of capturing the uncapturable, for no witness. A documented life critique. Director: Joel Benjamin.

A Special Mention goes to “Man on the Chair” (South Korea), for its poetic pastel beauty and its willingness to be calm and powerful at the same time. Director: Jeong Dahee.

The Animation Short Film Competition Jury includes Eric Patrick (USA), Timothy Brayton (USA), Chris Sullivan (USA).

101 Reykjavík

101 Reykjavík
Director: Baltasar Kormákur

INTERCOM Competition
One of the longest-running international competitions of its kind, INTERCOM honors a wide range of corporate-sponsored, educational and branded films.

The Gold Hugo goes to “The Art of the Pit Stop” (Germany) from Kemper Kommunikation GmbH. Truly living up to the spirit of INTERCOM and appropriately titled, “The Art of the Pit Stop” is a simple, poetic film that addresses the branded video with the highest level of cinematic achievement.

The INTERCOM Competition jury includes Dan Sutherland (USA), Susan Kerns (USA), and Ron Falzone (USA)

Special Awards
The 50th Chicago International Film Festival honored director Gina Prince-Bythewood with an Artistic Achievement Award and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw with an Emerging Artist Award during the Festival’s 18th Annual Black Perspectives Tribute on October 10.

Evening Hosts: Michigan Avenue Magazine and Sofitel; Lead Partner: Wintrust Community Banks; Evening Partners: Stella Artois, Casale del Giglio and Effen Vodka.

Led by Tourism Partner Illinois Office of Tourism and Presenting Partners Columbia College
Chicago, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include Official Airline: American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel: JW Marriott Chicago; Major Partner: Intersites, Wintrust Community Banks; Participating Partners: AARP, Allstate, Bloomberg, Casale del Giglio, Cultivate Studios, Netrix, Stella Artois; Platinum Media Sponsors: NCM Media Networks, Ingage Media, JC Decaux, Michigan Avenue Magazine.

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Cinema/Chicago, the presenting organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image.

The 50th Chicago International Film Festival runs October 9-23, 2014.

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Association of Illustrators 
Illustration Awards 2014

AOI Illustration Professional Award 2014
Geoff Grandfield

“The text was the key, I was keen to represent both the subject of Alexander as an extraordinary character and his world and the interpretation and staging that Mary Renault had made across the three novels in her trilogy. Her selection of events as known/recorded are dramatised in an increasingly powerful way vividly showing the increasingly epic scope of his short life. Each picture I made attempted to convey a narrative idea that would visually add to this approach.”  — G. G. 

The winning work from the AOI Illustration Awards 2014 is being exhibited at Somerset House’s Terrace Rooms from 10am – 6pm, everyday until Sunday 2nd November 2014. Admission is free.

Association of Illustrators
Somerset House, London, United Kingdom
London, England WC2R 1LA
United Kingdom

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A Daily Dose of Gurbo

Fans of surreal imagist/illustrator Walter Gurbo will be pleased to know you can view a new panel every day on the artist’s Facebook page. Walter has been contributing to Ragazine.CC for a few years now, but since we only publish every two months, you aren’t going to get your fix on a regular basis. So, make the most of it, and see what Walter has up his sleeve ….:

It’s a circus in there!

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A gathering of the tribe: Former (that is, mostly former) Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin staff got together for an afternoon picnic at a local park… some came from Buffalo and Potsdam. Others came from back in the day when hot type was still the norm and stories came in on teletype. It’s true. Thanks to Chris Tevyaw for sharing the pics.

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This One-On-One Poetry Workshop is for those interested in an in-depth series of email exchanges about their poems between themselves and the workshop leader, poet Arthur Vogelsang.  Each week for 7 weeks the workshop member submits a different poem which Vogelsang critiques in a 700-750-word email.  That week the member responds to the critique and Vogelsang responds to the member.  After 7 of these exchanges, one per week, in the 8th week the member writes a “conference letter” to Vogelsang, topics initiated by the member, then Vogelsang responds, and the member has an opportunity to respond again.

As each workshop member’s exchanges are done on an individual, private basis and there is no group interaction, all levels of writing are welcome, from beginners to poets with a publishing history and all of those between.  Application is free, but the workshop is not.  The next session is October 13 – December 5.  The application period is September 10 – 22.  Decision on admission by September 24.

Complete information about the workshop application process, fee policies, and workshop schedules is here:


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Framingham, MA

Gloria Mindock & the Červená Barva Press
Poetry Reading Series
Presents Flavia Cosma & Alan Britt
at the Červená Barva Press Studio
Date: Saturday, June 21st
Time: 7-9pm
Place: The Arts for the Armory, Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144

Admission $3.00. Refreshments will be served!

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Art & Transformation


Brazilian artist Duda Penteado launched his new tabletop book,  ARTISTIC REVOLUTION, ARTE & TRANSFORMAÇÃO, at Cultural-Conjunto Nacional bookstore in Sao Paulo. This comprehensive art historical text examines the artistic achievements of one of Brazil’s leading visual artists. Penteado, a multimedia artist, has lived and worked for over twenty years in both the United States and Brazil, creating a unique oeuvre  via various genres, including: performance, video,  installations, murals, sculptures and paintings.


Duda Penteado, Book Signing

Hundreds of people attended the book signing at Brazil's largest bookstore, BOOK STORE CULTURA – CONJUNTO NACIONAL (Avenida Paulista, 2073 – Bela Vista, Sao Paulo – SP, 01311-940). Here are photographs from the event.

In recent years, Penteado has devoted much of his work to important transcultural issues currently facing mankind: peace, globalization, poverty, tyranny, immigration, inequality, ethno-racism and other 21st Century geopolitical and socio-economic problems facing the Americas.  Penteado’s primary message is the affirmation of the transformative power of art, presenting  the concept of Artistic Symphony, a concept he defines within the new text.  The book culminates more than two years of work, collaborating with art critics and writers including: Katia Canton, Olivio Guedes, Oscar D ‘Ambrosio, Joao Eduardo Hidalgo, George Nelson Preston, Jose Rodeiro, Alejandro Anreus, Carlos Hernandez, Michael Foldes, Alan Britt, and others.   The book was released simultaneously with a corresponding website that will feature interviews, lectures, reviews and a special introduction to a new art project in the Amazon.

The book was launched with the support of the publishing company GRUPO REAÇÃO NATURAL (Rua Caiubi, 137 – Perdizes, São Paulo, Brazil – SP CEP 05010-000 (, and the assistance of  editorial-coordination by Maria Luiza Paiva (  Over the years, RAGAZINE.CC  has covered Penteado’s work and the activities of the We Are You Project. See more at:   and


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Fountain Street Fine Art presents

June 19 -Aug 3, 2014
Reception Saturday June 21, 5 – 7 PM
Poetry Reading Sunday June 22, 1-4 PM
Wed. June 25th at 7pm.,
160 Hollis St.
Framingham  MA  01702

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An Evening of Music & Poetry

William Musto Cultural Center Reading 5-10-14

Spirits of Cuba Favoring Jose Marti
Spirits of Cuba Favoring Jose Marti
Roberto Rosado
Roberto Rosado
Pierro Romano
Pierro Romano
The Musto Gallery
The Musto Gallery
Sal Talgiarino
Sal Talgiarino
Paul Sohar
Paul Sohar
Jacqueline Milena and Simon Mulligan
Jacqueline Milena and Simon Mulligan
Michael Foldes
Michael Foldes
Emcee Lucy Santiago and Poet Alan Britt
Emcee Lucy Santiago and Poet Alan Britt

All photographs by Sergio Villamizar

Saturday’s event at William Musto Cultural Center – Union City (N.J.) turned out to be a very special evening, indeed. Rain threatened, and there was drizzle in the air that for a moment required an umbrella or sidestep under an awning as an assemblage of poets and artists walked Union City’s streets in search of just the right Cuban restaurant for a late lunch and multiple espressos. Led by LaRuche Artists’ director and OASIS organizer Roberto Rosado, the group returned to the “recital hall” and gallery space to chat with guests and prepare for “work.”

Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the music and spoken word. If you didn’t make it, see you next time!

(Photo information can be seen by clicking on the “Information Icon” in the upper right corner of the photos.)

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Africa Speaks

“Come and Join the Conversation”

Meeting Mrs. Winnie Mandela

As a follow up to the articles we ran last year in Ragazine, the conference sponsored by the University of South Africa and Study Abroad to Africa (September-October, 2013) was a success with engaging speakers and the “Evolution/Revolution 2” exhibition by internationally renowned artist, Ben Jones.  The U.S. based group attended the conference and traveled extensively in South Africa.  Some members of the group were honored to meet Mrs. Winnie Mandela who autographed her new book  491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69 – Winnie Madikizela Mandela.

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to Egypt’s Albawtaka Review,

Winner of Two Grants from

The UNESCO IFPC and the British Council in Cairo

to produce audio books for the blind in Egypt and Libya, 2014

From over 1,500 submitted projects, the Albawtaka Review has won two grants from the UNESCO IFPC and the British Council in Cairo to translate a dozen stories from English to Arabic as audio books for the blind. The stories will be read in Arabic by 12 female Arab authors who will choose the stories they most want to read aloud. The stories deal with community and ethical themes and all feature women protagonists dealing with issues such as the question of abortion rights, cultural traditions, disease, racism, poverty, and other community hardships. These stories reflect a sustaining collection celebrating women’s struggles against misogyny and prejudice. Some stories to be translated include: Doris Lessing’s, “An Old Woman and Her Cat,” Margaret Atwood’s, “Giving Birth,” Louise Erdrich’s, “Fleur,” Nadine Gordimer’s, “The First Sense,” Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s, “Refuge in London,”and Melanie Rae Thon’s, “Letters in the Snow – for kind strangers and unborn children – for the ones lost and most beloved.” 

Despite the fact that there are estimated millions of blind people in Egypt and Libya, the Ministries of Culture do not currently acknowledge the needs of the blind in their plans for providing educational materials. With these books, visually-impaired youth will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the world’s most innovative fiction. The audio books will be distributed for free in Egypt and Libya for the benefit of the visually-impaired youth aged between 18 and 30 years old. Organizations endeavoring to cater to the welfare of the visually impaired have volunteered to accomplish this mission: the Egyptian Blind Association, Cairo; the Association of the Blind, Benghazi; and Taha Hussein Hall in Cairo University. A number of 5000 audio books (DVDs in MP3 format) will be made in Cairo by the Albawtaka Review while the 5000 copies allotted to Libya will be made in Tripoli.

Hala Salah Eldin, The Albawtaka Review editor and publisher, expressed gratitude not only for the grants, but also to the officials of all institutions working in the service of the blind in Egypt and Libya, and to the Blind Association in Cairo, The University of Cairo, and the Blind Association in Benghazi for their future cooperation. Eldin is hopeful that this project will encourage other institutions to organize funds and produce more books for the blind.

The Albawtaka Review is an Arabic independent nonprofit online quarterly concerned with translating contemporary English short fiction (

For more details on the grants and their recipients:

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DECEMBER 18, 2013


to Avery Irons,

winner of Ragazine.CC’s

“Speculative Fiction by People of Color” contest

for his original story

“The Chance”

Final Judge: Sheree Renée Thomas…


Thomas, is the author of “Shotgun Lullabies” and editor of “Dark Matter,” a collection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror produced by people of African descent. “Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora is a groundbreaking achievement by any measure and was the winner of the 2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology.”

Thomas had this to say of Irons’ story:

“…Your near-future story was a provocative, frightening, and moving work that explored a socio-economic problem – and its intergenerational impact – that is rarely discussed frankly in American society and is certainly not often explored in literature.  As I read your story, I came to feel deeply for the family you depicted and their struggle.  Your writing was clear, evocative, and riveting at times, with natural dialogue that read like truth.  The ending of the story was surprising and inspiring…”

“The Chance” will appear in the January-February 2014 issue of Ragazine.CC. Don’t miss it!

Runners up (stories to be published in Ragazine in 2014):

Ely Azur’s “Never. Give. You. Up.” (moving but creepy adopted monster/baby/zombie? And a disclaimer, don’t usually care for zombie tales, but this family’s attempt to adopt and become parents during a biological epidemic was compelling)

Lisa Bolekaja’s “Don’t Dig Too Deep,”  (spooky children’s lore), and

Sharon Warner’s “The Color of Time” (short and sweet microfiction).

Honorable Mentions for Imagination and Lore:

“Jacob and the Owl,” by Shawn Frazier

“Ruth’s Garden” by Kyla Philips

Honorable Mentions for exciting locations/settings:

(Dogon tribe /Africa), Sacha Webley

(Brazil),  Adanze Asante

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This was Ragazine’s first fiction contest and we received so many strong entries that I would seriously encourage all of you to send me work for subsequent issues. Our judge was also impressed with the quality of the work. We hope you will continue to read and submit to Ragazine. We are looking forward to doing more speculative and fantasy fiction in the future.

                                                             Joe Weil – fiction editor


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We are most thankful to all the writers who entered our Speculative Fiction by People of Color contest, and offer our sincere congratulations to the winner and runners up, whose stories were critiqued by our final judge, Sheree Renée Thomas.  We trust you’ll stay tuned to future issues and will look for these stories as they appear throughout 2014.

Our attempt to promote this underserved genre was our first publishing fundraising venture, and we look forward to many more contests celebrating various genres in the future. We appreciate the support and effort by the judge, Sheree Thomas, who skipped the work to rule dictum to help spread the word about the contest. Thanks, too, to the many publications, venues and people whose time and energy contributed to providing an opportunity for these writers to be heard.

— Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor

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Franklin Furnace Still on fire …

A Letter from Martha Wilson

Dear Franklin Furnace Aficionados,

We extend sincere thanks to those of you who have already renewed your memberships for 2013-14.  If you have not yet joined, please read about our upcoming programs below and follow this link to our online membership page:

In 1976 I saw a void in the art world: major institutions were not seeing that downtown artists were creating ephemeral works dealing with the social, political, economic and philosophical world — socially engaged art. Ever since, we’ve been keeping such art practice from falling between the cracks.

Now it is 2013, and climate change is upon us.  Many of us do our part — recycling bottles, cans and plastic bags; forgoing AC; buying local produce — although in light of our planet’s most calamitous problem, these steps feel ineffectual.  Regina Cornwell, an independent curator, proposed a city-wide exhibition by artists who wish to confront climate change; in the coming year, Franklin Furnace will launch her project, InClimate: Climate Change Solutions, Awareness and Action. This ambitious exhibition focuses on underserved urban communities and confronts global warming through art by calling upon artists, in collaboration with climate change experts, to find solutions and antidotes.  The participating artists are Lillian Ball, Lynn Cazabon, Billy X. Curmano, Agnes Denes, Alicia Grullon, Planetary One collaborative, and Andrea Polli.

Here are examples of some InClimate projects now underway:

• Mega Dunes: For the People of the Rockaways:  Internationally acclaimed artist Agnes Denes, who has been called “the mother of eco-art,” is producing a pilot for her Mega Dunes. This is InClimate’s only permanent work. InClimate has partnered with community organization Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to identify local adults and youth to plant salt-resistant trees and other vegetation on the pilot dune.  Denes’ project will contribute to the artistic heritage of the City of New York; build protection and resilience for the Rockaway residents and their homes, schools, businesses, places of worship and beaches which were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy; and be a catalyst for youth to consider careers as artists, landscape architects, oceanographers and more.

• Particle Falls is a night-time projection of cascading blue falls on an outdoor wall. Suddenly, disturbing blotches invade the soothing image. Media artist Andrea Polli’s project employs specialized technology to monitor, record, and make visible the amount of invisible CO2 and other pollutants in the air. More blotches appear when a jetliner flies overhead, less when a motorcycle passes nearby, so viewers can immediately grasp the reality of climate change.

EcoNet is a phytoremediation project which the Planetary One team of artists will create with children in a Brooklyn public school, P.S. 20, the Clinton Hill School, with which Franklin Furnace has partnered since 2006.  The students will help build mini-wetlands and place them in their schoolyard.  Specialized sensors in these tiny marshes monitor the process of the water’s decontamination. Indoors, a dynamically designed installation driven by sensor data allows viewers to experience results in a variety of media that chart the constantly changing process as the plants decontaminate water.

I believe artists can and should try to change the world with their work, and never get tired of seeing how artists engage with the real world.  I hope you will join Franklin Furnace in 2013-14, our 37th season, as we mount InClimate, and continue our three principal programs — the Franklin Furnace Fund, SEQuential ART for KIDS, and the Unwritten History Project.

Please click this link to be taken to Franklin Furnace’s 2013-14 Membership page:

Very truly yours,

Martha Wilson

Founding Director

Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc.
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place, #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506
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Martha Wilson, Founding Director
Harley Spiller, Deputy Director
Michael Katchen, Senior Archivist
Jenny Korns, Program Coordinator
Mary Suk, Financial Manager
Agustina Bullrich, Project Manager


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New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie and artists at the opening reception for “New Jersey Impressions”.

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“New Jersey Impressions

at Drumthwacket

By Dr. José Rodeiro
Art Editor

New Jersey Impressions,”  a highly perceptive, visually stunning collection of art works by 13 landscape artists representing “The Garden State” will be on display through July 21, 2014, at Drumthwacket Mansion, the official residence of Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey’s First Lady Mary Pat Christie.

Artists represented include W. Carl Burger, Califon, Hunterdon County; Myles Cavanaugh, Lambertville, Hunterdon County; Todd L.W. Doney, Gillette, “Great Swamp,” Morris County; Amy Evans, Califon, Hunterdon County; Julie Friedman, Randolph, Morris County;  Gary Godbee, Westfield, Union County; Jeff Gola, Moorestown, Burlington County; Maria Mijares, Plainfield, Somerset County; Nancy Ori, Berkeley Heights, Union County; Gerald Slota, Paterson, Passaic County; Stan Sperlak, Goshen, Cape May County; George Tice, Atlantic Highlands, Monmouth County, and  Tricia Zimic, Maplewood, Essex County.

The show provides a mix of imaginative studio pieces inspired by photographs and sketches, and an array of virtuoso plein-air works that reaffirm 21st Century Radical Postmodern “‘Re-Impressionist” tendencies.


Among the works is a vibrant 2012 oil painting by Todd L.W. Doney, Swamp, Oct. 18, 5:58 PM, (above) created near his home on the edge of the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge (   The opening reception  for the artists was hosted by Mrs. Christie, along with The Drumthwacket Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

The mansion is located at 354 Stockton Street, Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey.  The exhibit is open to the public any Wednesday in 2013 with the exception of November 27, and December 18 and 25 when it will be closed.  Reservations are necessary and visitors  need to schedule at least one week ahead.  For more information, go to


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Foldes reads from “Sandy Poems”; Devereaux painting to his left.
Richard D’Egidio photo.

Port Washington’s ART & POETRY Observance
of the First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy:
October 2-30, 2013

by Dr. José Rodeiro, ART Editor, Ragazine CC
 Christie Devereaux’s “Stormy Weather Series:
A Post-Sandy Reflection in Paint on the Forces of Nature”
In Collaboration with Michael Foldes reading
Chronicles of a Superstorm: “The Sandy Poems.”  

During October 5’s opening-reception (from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM) of Christie Devereaux’s art exhibition titled: “Stormy Weather Series: A Post-Sandy Reflection on the Forces of Nature,” the Port Washington Public Library (One Library Drive – Port Washington -NY 11050) presented a unique “artistic” collaboration between painter Christie Devereaux and poet Michael Foldes. The exhibition runs thru October 30, 2013, and is part of the national observance of the First Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

This distinctive visual-literary coalescing of “art-&-poetry” by two 21st Century masters sensitively and perceptively recalls the overwhelming catastrophe known as “Superstorm Sandy” that hit especially  hard New Jersey and New York on October 29-30, 2012, causing billions of dollars in damage and killing 285 people.

Together, Devereaux’s “Stormy Weather exhibit with her insightful illustrations for Foldes’s Chronicles of a Superstorm poetry collection, and his reading, represent the collective hallmarks of an extraordinary creative partnership whose thoughtful and thought-provoking “poetic-artistic” joint venture sheds light upon, as well as memorializes and commemorates, last fall’s overpowering tropical storm.

This artistic collaboration began in early November 2012, in the wake of the storm, when both artist began independently to put together their collections.  Deeply and directly affected by the storm (Devereaux’s mother’s home was inundated by the Atlantic Ocean),  she reexamined her emerging “Stormy Weather Series” as a post-Sandy reflection (in paint) on Nature’s power. Soon she was in contact with poet Michael Foldes regarding his emerging “Sandy Poems” that grew with Devereaux’s illustrations into a visual and literary benchmark, Chronicles of a Superstorm.

Sandy 1

We are the bottom of the sea
The City That Never Sleeps
Awakening from a bad dream
An Atlantis in the making
Neptune and Poseidon,
Thetis and Oceanus,
Aphrodite And Sedna,
Matsu and Mizu-Gami,
All the names of all the Gods We pray to,
and those we don’t,
Who like the air we breathe
And the water we drink
Flow in and out of our lives
Leaving behind detritus
Evidence of unyielding power
Even as their liquid arms
Clamp our granite columns
Fill our caverns with sea water
Order us about demanding
An acknowledgement
Not off how small and insignificant
We are, but of how great and true
And without prejudice they be.

Devereaux, a native of Brooklyn (NY), has always been drawn to the power of the sea as a source of inspiration for her paintings. Since 2007, she has unerringly directed her keen attention to every aspect of sea-storms (e.g., Her current show represents this fixation or singular focus on the intensity, energy and awe of storms that can be experienced while living in or near a seaside community. Many of the paintings on display will appear in their book as sublime and penetrating illustrations (or, in truth, as sacred “illuminations”).

For more of Devereaux’s work, see

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Paul Ballard, Ana López,Paolo Ruiz, N A’Yara Stein, Carment Doreal (front), David Brême, Morelia Flores, Anna Loiuse E. Fontaine (front), Sharl, Louise Carson, Jüri Talvet, Eva Halus, Flavia Cosma, Maria Caltabiano, Jeremiah Wall, Katherine Kretler

The Eighth Writers’ and Artists’ International Festival at Val-David, QC, Canada By Ana López  

Twice a year, the Writers’ and Artists’ Residence at Val-David, Quebec, Canada, celebrates its Writers’ and Artists’ Festival.  The Residence directed by Flavia Cosma opens its doors to receive poets, authors, musicians and visual artists from all over the world, and fills the forests of Val-David with poems, stories, arts and music.

The Eighth Writers’ and Artists’ Festival “The Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest,” took place  5 and 6 October, 2013, with the collaboration of L´Association des auteurs des Laurentides and with the support of the Municipality of Val-David.  The Festival started on Saturday with the work of the prestigious Estonian poet and scholar Jüri Talvet, followed by the poets Louise Carson (Saint-Lazare-de-Vaudreuil, Québec), N. A. Yara Stein (Estados Unidos), Ana López (Argentina), David Brême (Francia/ Montréal), Flavia Cosma (Val-David, Québec), Carmen Doreal (Deux Montagnes, Quebec), Paul Ruíz (Italia) and, the presentation virtual of  Luis Raúl Calvo (poet, compositor and interpreter from Argentina).

Flavia Cosma

A musical interlude was also provided by Jeremiah Wall, author and performer of Val-David, Quebec.

The day of Sunday the 6th October started with a conference sustained by the poet and editor Michel Mirolla “The new Guernica Press and the state of books publishing in XXI Century”, followed by Jüri Talvet, who presented his book about the Estonian poet Juhan Lliv and by Flavia Cosma, who spoke about Cervena Barva Press, a successful publishing venture out of Somerville, Massachusetts.

In the afternoon, Paul Ruíz presented a retrospective of the Canadian/Italian artist painter Rito Caltabiano, at 10 years from his death, followed by lectures by Diane Robert Dit Lafontaine (Montréal), Louis Philippe Hébert (Saint-Sauveur, Québec), Talleen Hacykyan (Montréal), Anna Louise Fontaine (Laurentides, Québec),  Connie Guzzo-McParland (Montreal/Italia), Eve Duhaime (Laurentides, QC), Roger Lauzon (Morin Heights, Québec), Eva Halus (Montréal), Maria Caltabiano (Montréal).

The Festival ended with an exuberant finale full of music and merriment realized by Sharl, musician and performer from Laurentides, Québec. During both days the spirit of the meetings emphasized the richness brought forth by the artists and writers from various cultures and countries, the sharing of experiences and creativity, and made possible the meeting of new friends in a fertile and cordial atmosphere. For the visual arts show we must mention the contribution of Rito Caltabiano, Morelia Flores, Carmen Doreal, Talleen Hacikyan, Eva Halus, Roger Lauzon, Paul Ballard, Anna Louise Fontaine and Sharl.

For me as an individual this gathering was like a gate opening towards the work of important artists and authors of the world, with whom we shared during two magical days the pleasure of poetry and of arts in a fraternal climate of friendship and kinship among persons from distant lands.

Ana López, writer Buenos Aires, Argentina Val-David, 9 October 2013.
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The Other 98% - Politics for the Rest of Us

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Good news for Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley. Baldori was awarded Best Director of a Documentary and Best Picture at the Chain NYC Film Festival for “Boogie Stomp! The Movie”.  “Boogie Stomp!” will screen at the 2013 Hell’s Half Mile Film & Music Festival in Bay City, MI, from September 26-29, 2013 and  the Kansas International Film Festival in Overland Park, KS, October 4-10, 2013. You can check out the trailer, and stream the 86-minute video, at or purchase at

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Poetry at the Gallery
WAYPI artist Jose Rodeiro reading the poetry of Duda Penteado, Alan Britt and Rafael Montañez Ortiz.

WE ARE YOU INTERNATIONAL’s  “CALIFORNIA EXHIBITION” at the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, California


On August 2-3, the Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, Calif., hosted a reception for the opening of the We Are You Project International traveling art exhibition. The reception Friday night, August 2, was followed on Saturday with a reading of poetry by We Are You Project poets. Poems of poets who could not be present were read by WAYPI artists.

More information about the exhibition

and the reading can be found at

Cristina Velazquez the MC of the poetry event
Cristina Velazquez, emcee of the poetry event.
Raul Villarreal with  Rochelle Leininger Ramos
Raul Villarreal with Rochelle Leininger Ramos.
In a back alley ...
Alan Britt (aka “El Britto”) organized the Poetry Recital and re-enactment of Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s WAY Poetry PROJECT (José Rodeiro, Gabriel Navar, and Charles Hayes).

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HERITAGE Exhibit at WBGO/Jazz88FM, Newark, NJ with artists represented by LaRuche Art LLC, Union City, NJ 07087


July 11, WBGO studio, Newark, NJ, Heritage exibit, celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a group exhibition curated by Robert Rosado, La Ruche Art, Director, presented by WBGO Jazz88. Artists included Jose Acosta, Laura Cueveas, Gerardo Castro, Alfredo Gomez Jr., Irelys Martinez, Jose Rodeiro and Isabell Villacis. Poetry by Mike Foldes. Piano by Elio Villafranca, and Mauricio Herrera on drums. All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO.


WBGO/Jazz88 studio, Newark, NJ, Heritage exibit, celebrating Hispanic Heritage with a group exhibition curated by Robert Rosado, La Ruche Art, Director. Artists include Jose Acosta, Laura Cueveas, Gerardo Castro, Alfredo Gomez Jr., Irelys Martinez, Jose Rodeiro and Isabell Villacis. Poetry at the opening reception by Mike Foldes. Jazz piano by Elio Villafranca, with Mauricio Herrera on drums. All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO. On exhibit now at WBGO gallery, Newark Public Radio, 54 Park Place Newark, NJ 07102. For hours and further information visit:  Thanks to all who helped make this a wonderful complement to the NJ PAC street fest taking place a block away!  All Photos courtesy of Vicki Fernandez and WBGO.

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Minotaur in Brooklyn!

 VOID SEED part of 2013’s amazing

Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival

Kylin O’Brien to perform with artist/minotaur Rob Andrews

at Collective Spectacle, Sunday, July 14, 8:30 p.m.

The Gowanus Ballroom

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Babs Reingold, The Last Tree, ISE, 555 Broadway, NYC, 5/10/13 Read the interview: Interview by Midori Yoshimoto

The Last Tree

Babs Reingold “The Last Tree” installation opening May 10, 2013, ISE Gallery, 555 Broadway, NYC

Photos by Panida “Panda” Suwannawisut

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Thanks to LOCUS Magazine, Online !

Good news from Locus about the Ragazine.CC fiction contest.

Be sure to check out their site:


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Ellen Jantzen wins

“Prix de la Photographie Paris”

Ellen Jantzen’s photo series “Transplanting Reality; Transcending Nature,” has won First Place in the prestigious French Photo Exhibition, PX3 for Fine Art Photography. Her  image “A Resonant Chill” will be on view at the exhibition in Paris. Opening reception is Wednesday July 10th at Espace Dupon, Paris. Jantzen, a frequent contributor and long-time supporter of Ragazine.CC, can be contacted at Her web site is

You can see other images in the series by Clicking Here.

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Art Stars Out for Nocturne Opening   


It might seem ironic that on one of the longest days of the year, an exhibition celebrating darkness and night opened at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ.  Nocturne, curated by Dr. Virginia Butera, art history professor at the college, includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and mixed media works by nineteen New Jersey and New York contemporary artists. The exhibit is on view now through September 22, 2013. An extensive overview of the exhibit and its place in the historical record by Dr. Butera is scheduled to appear in the July-August issue of Ragazine.CC. Don’t miss it.

For location, hours and directions:

Photos: 1) Virginia Fabbri Butera (curator), Christie Devereaux and Dr. Jose Rodeiro;  2)  Raul Villarreal and Rodeiro;   3) Leonard Merlo; 4)  Pasquale Cuppari; 5) Joyce Yamada

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The poets and presenters; photo by Christian Moraru, Toronto.
Art by Edmon Khalil from Sudan, living now in Sweden.

PALABRA EN EL MUNDO Revisited By Flavia Cosma

 The Seventh International Writers’ and Artists’ Festival at Val-David, Quebec Canada, “Palabra en el mundo” (Words in the World) came to an end on May 26th 2013 in the presence of distinguished artists, poets and writers from all over the world. The Festival is organized biannually by The International Writers’ and Artists’ Residency, Val-David, QC, Canada, and took place 25 and 26 May, 2013

The prestigious event counts with the support of the Council of Arts, Canada, the League of Canadian Poets, the Municipality of Val-David and the Association des Auteurs des Laurentides. As the Director of this Festival and a poet and cultural promoter myself, I consider that poetry has its own life, its own music and that one can enjoy poetry even in a different language, and even when one doesn’t speak the language in which we listen to it.

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Charles Hayes, USA. Photo by Christian Moraru, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Moreover we live here in Canada in a society totally multilingual, with immigrants who came her from around the world searching for a better life. But as anyone knows, the economical aspect is never enough. We have to find ways to express our spiritual and artistic aspirations and talents, and the Festival was a good answer for many writers and artists who have been born in another country and were feeling like foreigners in this wonderful country of ours.

From the very beginning the Festival started developing in an incredible manner. A combination of poetry, visual arts and other artistically expressions weaved themselves together as a natural extension. The Seventh Festival was the best festival ever for the quality of the presentations and as well as for the participation of a numerous public at large. We counted with the presence of writers and artists of an excellent level from Canada and from abroad as well as contemporary international artists of an incredible quality of expression.

It was like an immersion in a never ending fairy tale of poetry, stories and art works that although very different one from another, were harmonizing together extraordinarily. After the Festival the reaction of the participants and of the public was very encouraging. I’ll cite one comment at random:

For me as a poet the Festival at Val-David was a wonderful occasion to meet the other poets and artists from all over the world, to see and listen to their work and their reflections on poetry. What a variety of people there were: a true United Nations of artists. (Hugh Hazelton, poet, Montreal).

Very educational, professional and much appreciated by the public were the two Sunday morning conferences (May 26, 2013):

  1. Alan Britt, USA, “On modern tendencies in American poetry
  2. Patricia Tenorio, Brazil, “ On Ekphrasis (the verbal representation of a visual representation) in poetry, particularly in Brazilian poetry” 

The Eighth International Writers’ Festival Lyrical Wild Berries Harvest, a multilingual Poetry and Prose reading and Art Exhibition will take place on October 5th and October 6th, 2013. For more info and possible participations please write, and/or visit

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Steve Westlake has the inside track on the low down. As one of the few people with Total Access to the original National Police Gazette archives, he’s the man in demand when filmmakers need props for those ’30s mobsters to be reading in the barber chair when they get whacked…. Check it out here:   * * * * *

Imagining the AudienceViewing Positions in Artistic and Curatorial Practice

audiencHow do artists and curators imagine the audience in their work? How do they weave a picture of the individual viewer’s mental, physical, and emotional experience into the production of art events and what impact do these conceptions have on the finished artworks or exhibitions? Which new perspectives are useful in explaining the changes that have occurred in the art field and the concomitant new viewing positions?

These are some of the questions that are the basis for Imagining the Audience. This book focuses on the role that notions regarding the audience play in artistic and curatorial practice, in the development of concepts and ideas, as well as in the actual production of artworks and exhibitions. It is an attempt at circumscribing an approach to the audience within contemporary art that differs from audience education and communication, rather highlighting the experience of the individual viewer, which the artist and the curator carry with them throughout the creative process.

Contributors include:  Kader Attia , Lundahl & Seitl, Raimundas Malasauskas and Phil Collins, artists; Jacquelyn Davis, writer, art critic; Clarie Doherty, writer, curator; curators Magdalena Malm, Simon Njami, Johan Pousette, Joanna Warsza; and film theorist Annika Wik. Editors: Magdalena Malm och Annika Wik. The book is a collaboration between Swedish Exhibition Agency and Mobile Art Production and published by Art and Theory Publishing. 

For more information, contact Anna Eriksson: +46 70 647 00 68.

Imagining the Audience Viewing Positions in Artistic and Curatorial Practice 240 pp, English/Swedish, Softcover, Graphic Design: Sandra Praun ISBN 978-91-979985-5-0

* * * * * crossroads2013   * * * * * Todd Doney at the Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ  March 28 reception, 6-8 p.m. Runs through June 23. doney Todd L. W. Doney, assistant professor of art at County College of Morris (CCM), will be displaying his artwork at the Morris Museum in a solo exhibition. The exhibition, titled Nature Sublime: Landscape Painting by Todd L. W. Doney, features more than 20 of Doney’s works d. Doney’s artwork features a variety of landscapes inspired from his own backyard—the Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. See also: * * * * * PaintingPortal app for Art & Artists

Ed Marcus recently came up with a great idea for quick referencing classical works of art that are in the public domain, many of which were retrieved from or by the Yorck Project, hosted by WikiMedia. The app, which is available on iTunes for $6.99, allows i Pad users to quickly pull up high-resolution images of paintings by masters from Michelangelo to Monet. The app allows users to search and sort, zoom, save and much more. Puts  much of the world’s great museum collections at your fingertips.

For more information, see

* * * * * Where do you get your news? THE NEW AMERICAN DREAM  RADIO SHOW With hosts: Chuck Gregory in Fort Lauderdale & Mike Palecek in Duluth “The battle has to begin here.  In America. The only institution more powerful than the U.S. government is American civil society You have access to the Imperial Palace and the Emperor’s chambers. Empire’s conquests are being carried out in your name.” Arundhati Roy Go here to listen:   * * * * * Kielnhofer in Dubai dubai-art-design-architecture-sheikh-monk-guardians-of-time-sculpture-tower-hous-of-art-manfred-kielnhofer-kili   Kielnhofer’s sculptures are traveling the world, showing up in museums and exhibitions all over. With Art Dubai Week 2013, they made their journey to the United Arab Emirates capital, picking a new place to turn up each night of the event from March 20-25, 2013.  See where “The Guardians” will settle in: Photography by Jeany Gabrielczyk   * * * * *




Gabriel Navar


Galerie B Haasner - Mel Ramos



Galerie B Haasner - Gabe Navar


Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany “Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar: Teachers and Students” by José Rodeiro Ragazine Art Editor March 21 – April 27, 2013

Galerie B. Haasner (Wiesbaden, Germany) presents a memorable, visually titillating and thought-provoking spring exhibition that brings together two of California’s premier artists: Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar. In this German exhibit titled “Teachers & Students,” the Ramos/Navar “dynamic-duo” offers an insightful re-examination of their unique “mentor/mentee,” “teacher/student” relationship that juxtaposes Pop master Ramos with former pupil and Metaphorical Realist, Gabriel Navar.

Mel_Leta_&_Gabe_Jan_2013 Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany “Mel Ramos and Gabriel Navar: Teachers and Students” March 21 – April 27, 2013 See:

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Bye-Bye, MAP Stockholm
(Mobile Art Productions)
From the makers of MAP:
THANKS … All of us who have worked at MAP over the years will take our wealth of experiences from working here with us into a variety of new contexts. We wish you all a prosperous new year and hope to see you again in the future in different constellations. Thanks for the time we’ve had together! Best regards and warm wishes from all of MAP’s co-workers since 2007, brought to you by: Magdalena Malm, founder and artistic director until August 2012 Anna van der Vliet, acting director and curator Annika Wik, head of research
Access the archive here: 
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From PowerHouse Books:
Seven American Deaths and Disasters

In his first book published in 5 years, author Kenneth Goldsmith, brings us back to those moments in American history that have left an indelible impression on our memories. These were the occurrences that we recollect then ask, “Where were you when…?” These were the occasions when the collective human society’s reaction evolves as the facts unfolds and when the broadcast commentators are equally as confused, saddened, terrified, and impacted. In Seven American Deaths and Disasters the chilling first moments of the J.F.K. assassination, R.F.K. assassination, John Lennon assassination, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Columbine shootings, World Trade Center attacks, and Michael Jackson‘s death are recounted through radio transcripts.

Goldsmith is a conceptual poet and artist who has been invited to read at President Obama’s A Celebration of American Poetry at the White House. This spring The Museum of Modern Art appoints Kenneth Goldsmith as First Poet Laureate for their winter/spring 2013 term.

Following the book release in March 2013, Goldsmith will give his Laureate Lecture, followed by a book launch and reading from Seven American Deaths and Disasters at the MoMA.

Contact: powerHouse Books, 37  Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel 212 604 9074 x  118

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Cooperative Gallery 213/Two Rivers Photography Club
Announce Photo Competition winner
Tuscan Storm - Low Res

Greg Chiannis takes Best in Show for “Tuscan Storm”

The Cooperative Gallery 213 and the Two Rivers Photography Club  Memorial Exhibit is a tribute to the art embodied in the photography of Bob Johnston, a founding member of the gallery who died in 2010. Thirty one photographers entered the Competition in either Color or Black and White categories. Photographs were judged by Kirk and Leslie Van Zandbergen of Van Zandbergen Photography, guided by this sentiment from Bob Johnston’s artist’s statement: “For me, the successful photograph is one in which both the abstract elements and the subject matter of the image reinforce each other to provide an emotional experience for the viewer.”

The show runs Jan 4-26, 2013, 213 State St., Binghamton, NY 13905. 607-724-3462 or

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 Winter Solstice 2012 David Gittens & Friends offer a portal into 2013: And when you’re done watching tune in to  In gratitude to Stephanie Heidemann, Julian Douglas, Linda Maree, Michael Rutherford, Chinling Hsu, and many others in our Sarasota, FL community who made these videos possible.
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Kathmandu, Nepal
Priscila De Carvalho 
Work in Progress Report
 The wall is located in Jawalakhel Chowk, Kathmandu, Nepal


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The Siddhartha Arts Foundation (SAF)
 presents the 2nd Kathmandu International Art Fest
November 25 thru December 21, 2012

A total of 95 artists from 31 countries, are exhibiting at 15 venues around the Kathmandu Valley for a month. Festival sponsors include: The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands), Brazilian Embassy, USAID funded Hariyo Ban Program, Metropark, British Council, Siddhartha Art Gallery, US Embassy, Indian Embassy, Nepal Investment Bank, Habib Bank Ltd., ICTC, Samsung and Pashupati Paints.  

Priscila Carvalho and assistants work on her installation for the fest. 
Featured artworks will highlight our relationship with nature and anthropomorphic forces that have fueled a rapid changing of the climate. Although Nepal is not cited as a global polluter or a nation that is over exploiting her resources, its fragile and unique ecosystem (the Tibetan Plateau is the 3rd largest storage site of ice in the world) has been one of the first to suffer from rising temperatures and change in weather patterns.
Festival organizers write: “We feel responsible to raise a voice. Art has the power to heighten our sensitivity and to challenge the way we view complex situations, we believe the festival to be the perfect platform to promote meaningful dialogue on such issues of critical importance.”
Detail of Carvalho installation. 
Artworks will encompass: paintings, digital prints, photography, new media works, sculpture, installations and performing arts. A majority of the international artists will be exhibiting existing work, whereas all 21 of the Nepali artists will be creating new works for the Festival.
Participant Priscila De Carvalho was one of the Three “Hot” Brazilian Artists featured in Ragazine.CC:
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Laumeier Sculpture Park Receives Major Work by Ernest Trova as Gift from Estate of Grace Brod Falling Man/Study Represents Artist’s Mature Period

ST. LOUIS – Laumeier Sculpture Park has received a donation of Falling Man/Study (Wrapped Manscape Figure), 1984, a complex figurative work by American artist Ernest Trova (1927-2009). The life-size, stainless steel sculpture based on graphic works from 1967, is a gift to Laumeier from the Estate of Grace Brod. Brod was a long-time docent and Board member, who passed away in March 2012. Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the leading dedicated sculpture parks in the world. The largest visual arts organization in St. Louis County, Laumeier showcases more than 60 works of large-scale outdoor sculpture in a 105-acre County park open year-round. Photo courtesy Laumeier Sculpture Park

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Albert Watson Photography Exhibit
Albert Watson Photo
Hasted Kraeutler presents Cyclops, an exhibition of rare, unique vintage photographs by Albert Watson, beginning December 1, and running through January 19, 2013. If you can’t make the show at the Gallery in New York City, see the Albert Watson interview and galleries in Volume 6, Number 5, of Ragazine.CC:
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Colorado and Washington states vote to decriminalize marijuana for recreational use.
Old News: 
“American reformers seem to have no idea, at any time or in any connection, that the only remedy for wrong is right; that moral education, self-control, good manners, will save the world; and that legislation is not merely a broken reed, but a suffocating vapor. Further, an excess of legislation defeats its own ends. It makes the whole population criminals, and turns them all into policemen and spies… “
— Aleister Crowley
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Smithsonian To Honor Nam Jun Paik 
Film & Media Arts:  Gardening in the Age of the Moving Image

 Next month we will install 310 living plants in our gallery. An unruly mix of Warneckii, Aglaonema, Pathos, and Areca Palms, potting soil and planters will welcome visitors to our exhibition, Nam June Paik: Global Visionary. The plants are part of Paik’s groundbreaking installation titled TV Garden, on loan from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Paik’s garden also includes sixty-five Cathode Ray Tube televisions sets (CRTs), multiple video and audio amplifiers, speakers, cables, 2x4s, green paint, and the pioneering, single channel video Global Groove from 1973. But don’t get too distracted by the flickering green spectacle. There is a great deal more to this beneath the topsoil.


The subject of the exhibition is the artist Nam June Paik. He died in 2006 but his art and legacy continue to inspire generations. We speak very fondly of him around the museum. Our senior curator of media art, John Hanhardt, was a friend of the artist and worked with him for many years. In 2009 we acquired his complete estate archive, which helps shape the foundation of our Film and Media Arts program. Nam June Paik’s contributions as an artist cannot be overstated. He democratized technology and transformed video into an artist’s medium. He redefined art making globally.

Normally, we would not place living plants in our gallery space. Paik was constantly challenging those conventions. Trained as a musician and acting as a performance artist in the early 1960s, he was an important part of the Fluxus network, an international art movement that exploded various disciplines and sought to mash-up high and pop cultures. Fluxus founder George Maciunas authored a manifesto stating that, among a host of other goals, Fluxors aimed to “PURGE the world of dead art” and “promote living art”. In response and collaboration, Paik incessantly broke things, from musical scores and violins, to TV sets and robots. As an avant-garde artist, he mangled the mechanics of pianos, intervened in scores for performances, and manipulated the circuitry of CRTs. By doing so, Nam June Paik fused some humanity with our techno-cultural progress and changed the way we see art and ourselves. 

Visit the museum’s blog Eye Level for the full post, and mark your calendars to see Nam June Paik: Global Visionary, open December 13, 2012 — August 11, 2013.

Download the Paikbot:
Inspired by the “Flat Stanley Project” of the 1990s, you can download an image of PaikBot from the Smithsonian website, then print him out and take photos of him in interesting locations or (if you don’t feel like leaving the computer) digitally insert him into images.
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Carlos Chavez

Left to right. Ricardo Fonseca, We Are You Project; Jaime Vásquez, artist; Paul Baron, entrepreneur; Guillermo Chang, entrepreneur; Pablo Caviedes, curator; Gail Carrillo Smith, President & Manager of Impacto; assistant representative of Panama; Don Jaime Andrade, collector; Ximena Hidalgo, Impacto; Mar Verdugo, Impacto; Carlos Chávez, exhibitor; Susana Patiño,designer; Guido Remache, artist; and, Vanessa Smith, Vice president, Impacto.

Impact Gallery in Manhattan
Honors Carlos Chávez

Both in Perú and in the USA, in the 21st Century, Carlos Chávez is widely considered a great Latin American master in the art of painting. In his youth,  Chávez did rough sketches on napkins and other perishable found-surfaces. He obtained formal artistic training under esteemed Peruvian artist, Angel Chávez (who stressed the old masters). In 1982, C. Chávez arrived in New York City, where he frequented major galleries and museums, attentively absorbing contemporary art trends, while enhancing his growing “freedom-of-expression.” C. Chávez thereby forged a style that merged metaphorical imagery with Latin American Magic-Realism, Neo-Surrealism, Immanentism and Amnesis.

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Here is a link to George Pingeon’s Times Up bicycle generator article… The bikes are operating in NYC’s lower east side, recently devastated and without power in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy. In addition to charging batteries, Pingeon’s system stores energy in supercapacitor  modules in a modification of the storage battery system, and if things work out, will be going into production in the not-too-distant future…. * * * * *

Butterly wins 2012 Smithsonian art award

Kathy Butterly is the tenth annual winner of the museum’s contemporary artist award. Butterly was recognized by an independent panel of jurors as an inventive and independent sculptor whose work reflects the fading boundary between craft and contemporary art.

The jurors wrote in their decision: “Butterly’s voluptuous ceramic objects explode traditional conceptions of earthenware art through careful manipulation of the medium, resulting in unconventional forms, colors, and surfaces. Her small, nuanced, labor-intensive sculptures are richly communicative and wildly imaginative. Each enigmatic work balances between humor and horror, seduction and repulsion, abstraction and figuration. Butterly masterfully harnesses these tensions to transform the familiar into something new and strange. She stands out as one of the most innovative artists of her generation.”

Butterly’s recent solo exhibitions include at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Santa Monica, California, Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City, and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Butterly was born in 1963 in Amityville, New York. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts (1986) from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and earned a master’s degree in fine arts (1990) from the University of California, Davis. She is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery and the Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Jurors included Monica Amor, Maryland Institute College of Art; Ian Berry, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Irene Hoffman, Site Santa Fe; James Nares, artist; and Alma Ruiz, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Pictured: Kathy Butterly, Cool Spot, 2012, clay and glaze, 5 x 4 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches, Courtesy Shoshana Wayne Gallery and Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Photo by Alan Wiener. © Kathy Butterly

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For a unique reading experience… 

real: Pure Slush Vol. 3 is available now!

Upfront! Uptight! Up yours! Non-fiction from 31 writers who spill their guts! memoir / essays / creative non-fiction
Yes! Pure Slush’s first print anthology of
non-fiction is now available, for only US$13.00.Featuring stories about love and lust and food and tourists and drag queens and lead poisoning and throwing up, this unique collection will leave you with many answers and just as many questions … including, when’s the sequel?
Writers include Gessy Alvarez, Cheri Ause, Meghan K. Barnes, Layla Blackwell, Laura Bogart, John Wentworth Chapin, Rebecca Chekouras, James Claffey, Joanna Delooze, Mira Desai, Gloria Frym, S.H. Gall, Cinda Gibbon, Walter Giersbach, Jane Hammons, William Henderson, Gill Hoffs, Claire Ibarra, Joanna Jagoda, Maude Larke, Michael Gillan Maxwell, S.B. Phoenix, Matt Potter, Mark Rosenblum, Shane Simmons, D.M. Simone, Jonathan Slusher, Sharon Louise Stephenson, Thomas Sullivan, Susan Tepper and Diana J. Wynne.
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Is this an app which I see before me?

Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth reimagined for iPad

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London, 30 October 2012 – Cambridge University Press yesterday launched the Explore Shakespeare series at RADA, bringing Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to life on iPad in the most truly interactive and inspiring version ever made. These unique apps bring the latest technology together with 500 years of dramatic tradition and more than three decades of research and teaching experience. In so doing, they transform the plays for the 21st century while respecting the core values that make them classics.

Released worldwide and available for download on Apple’s App Store, the apps retail at £9.99 each and have been created by the world-famous Cambridge University Press and the BAFTA-nominated developer Agant. The first two titles, Romeo and Juliet: Explore Shakespeare and Macbeth: Explore Shakespeare, let you read, listen and interact with the characters and text. Cambridge University Press’s definitive versions of the text have been beautifully reimagined for iPad, with illuminating visuals, helpful commentary and a compelling audio performance.

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Binghamton, NY
Great time at the Orazio Salati Gallery Friday night on State St. in Binghamton, at a reading organized by Mario Moroni of the Romance Languages department at Binghamton University.  By the time the event began, the gallery was SRO.  An appreciative audience was privileged to hear poetry in Italian, English and the nearly extinct Ahtna language of the diminishing Alaskan tribe recited in the original and in translation by John Smelcer, one of the few surviving speakers of the language, and the only person alive who also reads and writes the language. If you’re wondering, it’s an exhibit of Brian Keeler paintings.
Poet Joe Weil engages with the moderator and event photographer
Mario Moroni (left) & John Smelcer
Salati Gallery Reading
Dennis McMicken
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Angel Spotted in Sao Paolo
Maria Oriente Photo
It could be “The Second Coming” of ART to Brazil. Gersony Silva‘s images remind one instantly of James Ensor (1860-1949) – The Entry of Christ into Brussels in 1888  (1889) [Getty Museum, L.A.).  Notice in Ensor’s title, the number 1888 is used; in numerology the number “8” is the number of God; the title has three “8s” with a one (“1”) in front of the three “8s,” suggesting three Gods in One: The Trinity!!   

Maria Oriente Photo

Eight is a lemniscate, an ancient Egyptian and Aegean symbol for infinity!  As a member of Brussel’s XX, Ensor was well-versed in numerology and other higher forms of mathematics,  In this light, between 1913 and 1930, Albert Einstein frequently visited Baron Ensor during various Brussels’s Solvay Conferences on Physics.  Once, Einstein even helped Ensor to move the enormous The Entry of Christ carrying it through the street in Brussels.

That “event” is comparable to Silva’s current Sao Paulo Articulations and Interventions.  Thus, Silva’s bizarre street-art has a direct relationship to Ensor and Einstein.

Iuri Oriente Photo

“The performance was very good!” said Silva. “I did one in my atelier, and another in Paulista avenue (it was an action). Some people participated and I am happy. On the street I talked about accessibility. I was with black clothes and white wings on the back, so I invited people to pass through the slit of a white tissue written acessibility, freedom, and told them that they could go because there was access there, and that in a lot of places that’s not so. I did that in some places the main avenue in Sao Paulo, where the sidewalk had access to disabled people. Some people were embarrassed, some  passed through tissue. It was amazing!”

Iuri Oriente Photo

Another artist fixated on angels is Ultra Violet – always insisting that she is an angel.  Meanwhile, Gersony Silva has sprouted wings as well. Ultimately, all that can be deduced from Silva’s enigmatic images is that she instantly needs to sojourn in New York or Brussels or Los Angeles for at least a decade, ASAP!!!   Especially because her dramatic images depict an agitated Brazil on the verge of a wild and dangerous ART revolution!!

– Dr. Jose Rodeiro 
Contributing Art Editor
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September 20th from 5-8pm in the Lemmerman Gallery at NJCU. Populous: Exploring the impact of people on the spaces they inhabit. Featuring the work of Kirk Bray and Daniel Brophy Curated by Michelle Mumoli September 20 – October 25 Opening reception: Thursday, September 20th 5-8pm Artist talk: Thursday, October 25th 6pm Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery Hepburn Hall Room 323 2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305 Also RSVP at our FaceBook invite:  

Kirk Bray and Daniel Brophy create a thorough artistic dialogue through their work relating to over-crowded landscapes and the residual manifestations of those forces brought on by the people who inhabit those areas.”

*Part of the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour

Curator, Michelle Mumoli – With a background in Film and Media from New Jersey City University, Michelle Mumoli has been curating art events for close to 10 years in the NY Tri-State Area, most recently under the guise of ‘Pop-UP Art’. She was awarded a Newark ArtStart Grant in 2005 for her video production workshops with Newark public school children and in 2007 worked as Associate Producer on a feature length documentary, which premiered to a sold out crowd at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She is now Assistant Director of the Not Yo Mama’s Fair alongside Founder/Artist Megan Gulick and independently curates art exhibitions throughout the New York Tri-State Area.

Arcadia Now Contemporary Art In Country September 13 – October 24, 2012 Artist talk: Saturday, October 13, 4pm Visual Arts Gallery 100 Culver Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07305 Gallery hours: Monday- Friday 11am-5pm and by appointment Special gallery hours: Saturday, October 13, 12-6pm* *Part of the Jersey City Artist Studio Tour Also RSVP at our FaceBook invite:

Arcadia Now invokes the idea of the pastoral past, and combines art in an ensemble vision of what that pastoral idea, or an idyllic place of remove, might look like in the present. Combining photography, painting, sculpture and video, the exhibition addresses issues of nature and human consequence on nature, beauty and banality, and the ideal and the real in both abstract and figurative terms. How do we “see” the country?

Curated by Tom McGlynn This exhibition was originally presented at the Christine Price Gallery of Castleton State College, VT, in April-May 2011.  Visit: for more information. * * * * *


Courtesy of CML:

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For Those Who Have Never Been To War

by DR Goff

I personally am grateful for the media exposure in Vietnam. It was a fucking un-winnable war. Another week of bombing Hanoi only would have killed more civilians. We won every battle I saw. That’s called a Pyrrhic victory. When you win every battle but lose the war. We won everything worth winning in the first six months in Afghanistan. Now 10 years later, we have more suicides in the ranks than KIAs. I wish the media were publishing the real daily effects of rotting bodies, both ours and theirs. The only winners are in the “defense industry.” The reality of war has already been masked by our government. W and now Obama forbid the pix of returning caskets at Andrews AFB. Your heroes W and Cheney never spent a day under fire nor has Black Elvis. Not them or the citizens (calling for more war) have smelled burning, mutilated bodies of our troops, as well as the enemy and children. I have, and so have the poor fuckers being sent back for tour after tour. I say let the media show the reality! Maybe then this fucking war will stop. I believe The Media are a bunch of pussies for not exposing the true cost of war. Just like Vietnam, after we leave, those Taliban assholes will again fuck over the civilians. The only difference will be that we’ve  pissed off another country and given the terrorists more propaganda ammo and made Halliburton and KBR a fortune. I’ve seen this movie before and didn’t buy this or Iraq from the beginning. Fuck War! Fight when you really need to. The military doesn’t necessarily mean defense.

Doug Goff was a wartime photographer in Vietnam.


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Occupy Kassel: Guardians of Time

By Manfred Kielnhofer 

The Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer are issued in the Documenta city Kassel. You can see the mystical sculptures on different public places in the Docuementa city for 100 days. Most of the images were made on Friedrichsplatz in the “Occupy Kassel” camp.  

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WE ARE YOU PROJECT INTERNATIONAL           “National Hispanic Heritage Celebration”

  September 9  to  October 4, 2012   Arts Guild New Jersey   1670 Irving Street Rahway, New Jersey 07065 Telephone:  732-381-7511

The opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Sunday, September 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and is open to all. Admission is Free and light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will take place at Arts Guild New Jersey galleries at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ.  Developed by We Are You Project, the exhibit reveals both prescient Latino concerns as  well as achievements, which are reflected in paintings, prints, and  mixed-media works by thirty-five prominent, contemporary Hispanic artists. The We Are You Project Website is . Arts Guild New Jersey is a non-profit center for the arts located in the downtown Arts District of Rahway. Arts Guild New Jersey:    or

 DORA SI HUGO, We Are You Artist

CARLOS CHÁVEZ’s Trabajadores de la tierra (top)2011, Oil on canvas, 14″ x 42″, Collection of the artist. HUGO MORALES’s DORA (above), 2010, Digital Image, 24″ x 18″, Collection of The Council on Hispanic Affairs (CHA).

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Art Flyer

Steve Poleskie just posted an edited version of a video recording his experiences as an artflyer in 1984…..a biplane pilot who ‘performed’ public art for anyone on the ground who could look up and see it …. Check out the You Tube Video…

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Poetry, roller blades and music:

'Stutter the Violins'

A short film on the struggle of structure and chaos.

Stutter the Violins‘ is a part of the full length film, The Shock Video. It is a byproduct of The Apple Juice, the epic poem of rollerblading. The Apple Juice is dedicated to Sean Cullen, creative of the infamous ‘The Apple’ film series and mastermind of NRICLOTH. The musical component of ‘Stutter the Violins’ has been featured in NO!R NEW  YORK‘s Ceremony of Innocence, December 2011. Love and a taste of The Apple Juice to BLK DNM, KOEK NYC, & I Roll NY.

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Suited with Steve, at Baikanor

Thumbs Up

A letter from U.S. Astronaut Sunita Williams

in anticipation of her next launch

from the Baikanor station

Hi, We arrived in Baikanor yesterday!  We are here two weeks early to check out our spacecraft and be in quarantine. Leaving AGAIN was difficult… life has been full of “maybe lasts” for me these last months… leaving Houston and Mike, leaving Boston, mom, dad, Dina, Gorby, Elsie and Thomas, and this last time leaving Star City and all my family there.  Sort of emotional, but I know I will see all these friends again! Change is good and means something else fun is around the corner.  Specifically, here in Baikanor we have been doing the fun things you see in the pictures above.  But first we were met by a group of kids at the airport sporting gold pompons – not sure what all that was about?!?  But certainly memorable.  Yesterday essentially all we had was dinner and a couple of review sessions about what we were going to do today at the suit up building, no. 254. Today we actually got in our space suits and in our space craft.   It is the last time we will see it without it’s protective covering until launch.  Next time we see it, she will be under her “glavni opticatal” so we won’t see her outsides until after we dock. “Suited with Steve” is me and my flight doc in the suit up room.  Check out our cool Nancy Sinatra boots! “Space Kennel” is us walking to the spacecraft with our little air conditioners.  Some people thought that was a lunchbox or a little travel kennel for Gorby.  Unfortunately it is only some additional air conditioning. “Outside the ship” is our crew before we got in for our “fit check”  Yes we FIT!!! “No-no squished” is our crew inside the vehicle from one of the 2 exterior windows in out descent compartment.  You can’t see Aki and can barely see Yuri.  I am farthest away so you can see me.  Close quarters but actually pretty comfortable! Some quick impressions were again, everything seems like a last for me.  Not sure why, but surely this time is different from being a backup. Saw some wild horses in the plains on our way to the suit up building – certainly is the wild, wild east out here. I feel really comfortable in my suit and in the spacecraft.  Maybe it is the test pilot in me that makes all this stuff seem very natural.  What is un-natural and uncomfortable for me still is talking to the many people and the press.  For some reason I get sort of chocked up.  Flying spacecraft is easier for me… Happy 4th of July everyone!!!!  Tomorrow is actually our flag raising ceremony.  I can’t think of a better place to be on this day for this event.  Tom Marshburn (our backup American) and I will raise the American flag here at the cosmonaut hotel.  Aki of course will raise the Japanese flag, Yuri and Roman will raise the Russian flag and Chris Hadfield will raise the Kazakh flag this time around, since he is backup.  Next time when he is prime he will raise his native Canadian flag. There is always a Kazakh flag raised here as we are in their country. Looking forward to it and will send more pictures! Take care, Suni (Letter and photos provided courtesy of Janez Vlachy, Slovenia.)

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Comfest 2012

Sci Fi meets Teen Fiction

Teen Fiction was working the crowd at Comfest 2012, when Columbus’ answer to Iron Man shows up. So who was the crowd favorite? (Harry Farkas Photo)

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From June 2 to October 21, The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento presents a major retrospective exhibition of works by acclaimed Pop Artist and Neo-neosurrealist Mel Ramos entitled MEL RAMOS: 50 YEARS OF SUPERHEROES, NUDES, AND OTHER POP DELIGHTS.   In this comprehensive and thorough Crocker Museum show, along with many sensational 2-D pieces on display; there are extraordinary, gorgeous, and amusing polychrome resin figurative-sculptures, depicting ravishing nude women juxtaposed with enormous commercial-products as props.

These intriguing and engrossing sculptures meet all of the criteria Marcel Duchamp set for “semi-readymades.”  For instance, a prime example of a semi-readymade is Duchamp’s Étant donnés (or “The Spanish Door”) wherein the nude figure of Alexina Teeny Matisse lies spreadeagle in a marsh holding-up a gas-lamp by a watermill within this ultimate semi-readymade Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau, 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas), 1944-1966.  In this Duchampian light, art historically, Ramos’s innovative, daring, and alluring 3-D female nude figures  belong within the cache or cohort of radical Postmodern  ground-breaking neo-neoclassical figurative sculptural trendsetters, such as Allen Jones, John De Andrea, Frank Gallo, Carole A. Feuerman, Jeff Koons, Yasumasa Morimura and other leading figurative-artists.

The Crocker Museum show is available for viewing from Tuesday through Sunday (10 am to 5 pm) except Thursdays when the museum remains open until 9 pm.  Simultaneous with The Crocker Museum show is a display of scores of his famed prints at Archival Gallery, 3223 Folsom Blvd.(Sacramento) that runs through July.

Concurrent with these two shows is the exhibit at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, which was just reviewed in the May-June 2012 issue of RAGAZINE (Volume 8, Number 3) in an article titled PAY IT FORWARD, pertaining to a joint exhibition that featured Ramos and his former student the Mexican-American painter Gabriel Navar.  Also, in that same issue of RAGAZINE (Vol. 8 – #3) is a short interview with Ramos conducted by Navar.

The Crocker Art Museum  216 O Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916.808.7000

* * * * * At Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba Jinsing Productions’ ingenious and powerful film is the first 21st Century documentation of politically-charged Pro-Latino activist poetry: Latino advocacy-poetry We Are You Project reading on You Tube  Click. * * * * * A Corner in Bushwick



Brazilian artist Priscila De Carvalho  took part getting ready for the Bushwick art festival by painting a mural on the wall of a building at Troutman and Nicholas in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York. While it was a work-in-progress when these photos were taken, the paint is most likely long-dry… have a look.

* * * * * Congratulations to Miya Ando, recipient of a 2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award! * * * * * Christie Devereaux

See more Devereaux work at:

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Maile Colbert

If you’re in San Francisco, join Maile for the Activating the Medium Festival, Dark Ecology, where she’s premiering her project Come Kingdom Come, with a video including haunting photography using a special drying technique by Olivia Block, and footage of movement artist Rafaela Salvador intertwined and effected in sync with the audio thanks to the amazing SpectralGl and artist Jesse Gilbert. (

Sunday, April 29, 2012
Andrea Polli (Albuquerque)
Andrea Williams (Oakland)
3pm : soundwalks : San Francisco : $10 
The Lab
2948 16th Street : San Francisco


San Francisco Art Institute : Lecture Hall
800 Chestnut Street : San Francisco

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Talking to Mahmood, Conversation with Fr. Dan Dwyer
SCTV Channel 17, You Tube: Talking to Mahmood

Talking to Mahmood Spend half an hour with Sienna College professor Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, as he conducts interviews with modern day thinkers on global ideas and events that matter. You Tube

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Bill Lavendar posted a link to Charles Bernstein’s essay on Facebook. The copyright permission at the bottom was an invitation to reprint it here …. Thanks to Bill. Thanks to Charles.

Against National

Poetry Month

As Such


by Charles Bernstein Author of My Way: Speeches and Poems

And they say If I would just sing lighter songs Better for me would it be, But not is this truthful; For sense remote Adduces worth and gives it Even if ignorant reading impairs it; But it’s my creed That these songs yield No value at the commencing Only later, when one earns it. —translated from Giraut de Bornelh (12th century) April is the cruelest month for poetry. As part of the spring ritual of National Poetry Month, poets are symbolically dragged into the public square in order to be humiliated with the claim that their product has not achieved sufficient market penetration and must be revived by the Artificial Resuscitation Foundation (ARF) lest the art form collapse from its own incompetence, irrelevance, and as a result of the general disinterest among the broad masses of the American People. The motto of ARF’s National Poetry Month is: “Poetry’s not so bad, really.” National Poetry Month is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, an organization that uses its mainstream status to exclude from its promotional activities much of the formally innovative and “otherstream” poetries that form the inchoate heart of the art of poetry. The Academy’s activities on behalf of National Poetry Month tend to focus on the most conventional of contemporary poetry; perhaps a more accurate name for the project might be National Mainstream Poetry Month. Then perhaps we could designate August as National Unpopular Poetry Month. Through its “safe poetry” free verse distribution program, the American Academy of Poetry’s major initiative for National Poetry Month is to give away millions of generic “poetry books” to random folks throughout the country. This program is intended to promote safe reading experiences and is based on ARF’s founding principle that safe poetry is the best prophylactic against aesthetic experience. Free poetry is never free, nor is free verse without patterns. Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Only an auctioneer admires all schools of art.” National Poetry month professes to an undifferentiated promotion for “all” poetry, as if supporting all poetry, any more than supporting all politics, you could support any. National Poetry Month is about making poetry safe for readers by promoting examples of the art form at its most bland and its most morally “positive.” The message is: Poetry is good for you. But, unfortunately, promoting poetry as if it were an “easy listening” station just reinforces the idea that poetry is culturally irrelevant and has done a disservice not only to poetry deemed too controversial or difficult to promote but also to the poetry it puts forward in this way. “Accessibility” has become a kind of Moral Imperative based on the condescending notion that readers are intellectually challenged, and mustn’t be presented with anything but Safe Poetry. As if poetry will turn people off to poetry. Poetry: Readers Wanted. The kind of poetry I want is not a happy art with uplifting messages and easy to understand emotions. I want a poetry that’s bad for you. Certainly not the kind of poetry that Volkswagen would be comfortable about putting in every new car it sells, which, believe it or not, is a 1999 feature of the Academy’s National Poetry Month program. The most desirable aim of the Academy’s National Poetry Month is to increase the sales of poetry books. But when I scan some of the principal corporate sponsors of the program of the past several years, I can’t help noting (actually I can but I prefer not to) that some are among the major institutions that work actively against the wider distribution of poetry. The large chain bookstores are no friends to the small presses and independent bookstores that are the principal supporters of all types of American poetry: they have driven many independents out of business and made it more difficult for most small presses (the site of the vast majority of poetry publishing) to get their books into retail outlets, since by and large these presses are excluded from the large chains. I also note this year that The New York Times is a major sponsor of National Poetry Month; but if the Times would take seriously the task of reviewing poetry books and readings, it would be doing a far greater service to poetry than advertising its support for National Poetry Month. The whole thing strikes me as analogous to cigarette makers sponsoring a free emphysema clinic. Indeed, part of the purpose of the Academy’s National Poetry Month appears to be to advertise National Poetry Month and its sponsors—thus, the Academy has taken out a series of newspapers ads that mention no poets and no poems but rather announce the existence of National Poetry Month with a prominent listing of its backers, who appear, in the end, to be sponsoring themselves. The path taken by the Academy’s National Poetry Month, and by such foundations as Lannan and the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, have been misguided because these organizations have decided to promote not poetry but the idea of poetry, and the idea of poetry too often has meant almost no poetry at all. Time and time again we hear the official spokespersons tell us they want to support projects that give speedy and efficient access to poetry and that the biggest obstacle to this access is, indeed, poetry, which may not provide the kind of easy reading required by such mandates. The solution: find poetry that most closely resembles the fast and easy reading experiences of most Americans under the slogans—Away with Difficulty! Make Poetry Palatable for the People! I think particularly of the five-year plan launched under the waving banners of Disguise the Acid Taste of the Aesthetic with NutriSweet Coating, which emphasized producing poetry in short sound bites, with MTV-type images to accompany them, so the People will not even know they are getting poetry. This is the genius of the new Literary Access programs: the more you dilute art, the more you appear to increase the access. But access to what? Not to anything that would give a reader or listener any strong sense that poetry matters, but rather access to a watered down version that lacks the cultural edge and the aesthetic sharpness of the best popular and mass culture. The only reason that poetry matters is that is has something different to offer, something slower on the uptake, maybe, but more intense for all that, and also something necessarily smaller in scale in terms of audience. Not better than mass culture but a crucial alternative to it.

The reinvention, the making of a poetry for our time, is the only thing that makes poetry matter. And that means, literally, making poetry matter, that is making poetry that intensifies the matter or materiality of poetry—acoustic, visual, syntactic, semantic. Poetry is very much alive when it finds ways of doing things in a media-saturated environment that only poetry can do, but very much dead when it just retreads the same old same old.

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As an alternative to National Poetry Month, I propose that we have an International Anti-Poetry month. As part of the activities, all verse in public places will be covered over—from the Statue of Liberty to the friezes on many of our government buildings. Poetry will be removed from radio and TV (just as it is during the other eleven months of the year). Parents will be asked not to read Mother Goose and other rimes to their children but only … fiction. Religious institutions will have to forego reading verse passages from the liturgy and only prose translations of the Bible will recited, with hymns strictly banned. Ministers in the Black churches will be kindly requested to stop preaching. Cats will be closed for the month by order of the Anti-Poetry Commission. Poetry readings will be replaced by self-help lectures. Love letters will have to be written only in expository paragraphs. Baseball will have to start its spring training in May. No vocal music will be played on the radio or sung in the concert halls. Children will have to stop playing all slapping and counting and singing games and stick to board games and football. As part of the campaign, the major daily newspapers will run full page ads with this text:

Go ahead, don’t read any poetry.

You won’t be able to understand it anyway: the best stuff is all over your head. And there aren’t even any commercials to liven up the action. Anyway, you’ll end up with a headache trying to figure out what the poems are saying because they are saying NOTHING. Who needs that. Better go to the movies.

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At the launching of the CHM Anthology in Bucharest, April 7, 2012:
Left: Actress Lidia Lazu (National Theatrum in Bucharest) presents poems published in the second Anthology; Right: Edith Uncu, translator for the Greek language, reads messages from CHM’s international contributors, including Prof. Don Riggs from Drexel University in Philadelphia, and poet Oscar Hahn from Santiago de Chile.

Daniel Dragomirescu, center, poet and actress Lidia Lazu (left); poet Tatiana Radulescu, contributor of CHM (behind Dragomirescu); poet Victoria Milescu (right), and two unidentified participants at the Launch. The group is seeking donations for their efforts to expand CHM’s multicultural literary programs. Multicultural Project, Dragomirescu Daniel-Florian, Str. N. Balcescu, no 77, bl 77, sc B, et 4, ap 32, 730131 VASLUI, ROMANIA / EUROPEAN UNION


Amy Tan On abuse … 

I am shaped by three generations of sexual abuse, but I am not victim to it. My grandmother, a widow with two children, was raped by a rich man and forced to become his 3rd concubine. Shortly after the baby from that rape was born, she killed herself. My mother's first husband would not allow her to leave the marriage. He raped her at gunpoint and had her jailed for running away. In the years before she could leave him, she had three abortions, Meanwhile, he raped school girls. When I was 15, I was counseled by a youth minister for reading Catcher in the Rye. He threw me on the bed and molested me, then said that I shouldn't read dirty books because it would make people believe I had a dirty mind. In my early 20s, when I was very ill, a gynecologist sexually abused me, and when the nurse walked in, shocked, she left when the doctor told her to. How could I accuse a youth minister who would say I had a dirty mind? How could I accuse a doctor who would say his abuse was normal medical procedure? The epilogue: The youth minister ran off with a teenager and when he returned with her, he was not charged with pedophilia or statutory rape. He simply lost his job. The gynecologist's long history of sexual abuse led one woman's husband to blow up his boat with him in it. He survived and eventually lost his job, then went to work as a doctor at a live porn theater. What has all of this done to me psychologically? I am not suicidal like my grandmother was. I don't live in constant rage as my mother did. But I do have hair-trigger reactions to religious self-righteousness that would decide whether a woman has a dirty mind in her own bedroom, that would force a woman to be vaginally probed --humiliated and punished--before she is permitted to have an abortion, even for rape. These mad men want to take us back to the days of my grandmother and mother, when women had no say. I write stories to give my grandmother and mother their say. "Tell the whole world," my mother said when I told her what I was writing. "All these years, no one knew what we suffered," she said, crying. "Tell the world what happened to us." I am joining millions who will vote, not just for Barack Obama, but with force and unity against the megalomaniacs who get off imagining what women do and should do in bed.

Reprinted in Ragazine with permission of the author.


Eric Marlow's Nest Egg, Photo by Charlie Einhorn, Innerart

Eric Marlo’s Recycled Chicken

Make Nice

My friend Eric Marlow created this Finger Lickin’ Good chicken out of recycled plastic ice-cream tasting spoons, drinking straws and a few plastic forks to shape the wings. An egg pops out of a hidden compartment below. For the past three decades, Eric has been creating art made from scrap he recycles, and he teaches that in numerous schools around the state. Check out more of Eric’s sculptures and jewelry, as well as the magnificent giant fiber flowers made by Gail Larned, his wife and partner, at:

Posted by Charlie Einhorn, Innerart, Columbus, Ohio



Ellen Jantzen at Spiritus Gallery

Point and Shoot at 70 MPH

Point & Shoot at 70 MPH were taken on a 6000 mile road trip from Missouri to California and back using a point and shoot camera. Ellen has captured the landscape while traveling at high speeds resulting in images that give you the feeling of motion and change.

More of the series and other good work at:

 Susan Spiritus Gallery


Lifted from Tamo Noonan’s facebook page … who lifted it from somewhere else …. who had the good sense to share it …..

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Time/December 2011, & Ragazine/October 2011


Bye-bye Freedom …

Where’s the Outrage?

If you’re more concerned about would-be terrorists than the existence of real freedoms, then you probably think the National Defense Authorization Bill going to Obama for his signature is going to put in place mechanisms to protect us from unimaginable threats. But now hear this: that brazen attempt to control Americans and limit individual freedom with the threat of mind control is no less than HUAC, Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, the Greek Military occupation, the North Korean super-leader mythos, 1984, Brave New World and Guantanamo wrapped into one. The greatest nation on earth imposing an order that would allow unlimited control of thought and action is completely against the so-called American Way, which is driving more and more citizens to their own extremes, left, right and center. If you oppose this limitation on your rights, if you don’t go along with the idea that your Congressmen, President and Military Leaders know more than YOU, Your Neighbor, Your Friends & Family, then speak out…. there’s something happening here, and it really isn’t good.

Read more at:

November 6, 2011, Zuccotti Park, NYC

Beautiful day for a protest. First time there. Surprised at how small the park really is. Remember The Mouse That Roared. This ragtag band of protesters takes the world stage. A half block away a platoon of cops with their mobile command post stands guard 24/7. It’s ominous. Many of the bedgraggled appear to have found a home after moving south from the streets of the East Village, which doesn’t make their argument less — or more — valid.


Zuccotti Park 11-6-11

A walk through the narrow aisles reveals signs of an earnest rebellion. Hand drawn, hand painted, craftspeople finding common ground. A friend in the neighborhood said she hasn’t been there yet, but wishes she could stand with them. Don’t know why she can’t, even for a few minutes on a day like this when the people and the press and police mingle momentarily at the foot of the island where a band of patriots have declared their independence. Let’s hope by the time you read this there’s still time.


DUMBO ARTS FEST, October 2011


Dumbo Arts Fest 10-11

Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass: take the A Train to High Street or find some other way. Get up early and avoid the crowds. Too much like a carnival after that, but early on there’s plenty to see, gallery space to gallery space, crib to crib, rolloff to rolloff. As for the Brooklyn Bridge, the crew making repairs is doing Cristo proud.


 SEPTEMBER 25, 2011  It's inevitable...

DON RUBEN Don Ruben, long time Ragazine supporter, contributor, and most importantly a personal friend of 40 years, passed away Sept. 15 after an 8-month battle with cancer. He fought to the end, interviewing Tamar Todd from the Drug Policy Alliance (interview is in Ragazine Vol 7 No 5 online now), before a serious relapse from which he never recovered. I last visited Don on June 4 with DR Goff at DR’s 64th b’day in Columbus. He was recovering from some serious radiation and chemo therapy and, while suffering measurably, continued working, with the assistance of his long-time partner Lelia Cady, to survive. He will certainly be missed by the hundreds of people he defended, most of them successfully, and the hundreds — or more likely thousands — more he knew and befriended.

The more bad news: Floods. Thoughts are with those affected by the recent flooding throughout the northeast, especially for what was lost and cannot be regained. The good news:  Politics editor Jim Palombo is on his way to Rhodes Forum 2011 in large part on behalf of Ragazine. If you would like to know more about, or comment on, the “Dialogue of Civilizations,” or the Campaign for an Informed Citizenry,, feel free to get in touch with Jim…


For New York Fashion Week, fashion photographer Gabrielle Revere captured top model Karlie Kloss, for a LIFE Magazine Special issue that was to be handed out at Lincoln Center 9/9/11. Want to know more?


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Ten Years & Counting …

Welcome Ragazine


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They say there are 8 million stories in the Naked City. Some days it seems like every one of those 8 million stories is being told in an independent magazine, on stage, in a zine on the web, in a TV show or movie theater, distributed on a broadsheet, voiced in a spoken word performance in a poetry bar, or even — emulating Speakers’ Corner in London — shouted out by someone standing on a soap box in Times Square. Not to be forgotten are the Mimes, whose actions speak louder than words. An artist acquaintance recently explained her paintings as an attempt to portray the noise she hears all around her every day, that anxiety-inducing clamor that seems almost sub-atomic, in that it carries on even when the screaming stops. This issue of Ragazine cuts through some of that noise, at the same time it contributes to it. Kind of like an air conditioner that cools the room you’re in, while it heats the air outside. A thermoelectric device that sparks a creative fire, even while you’re chilling out.

Now here’s this issue’s mix — in no particular order. It’s ALL GOOD…  Enjoy!

* Short Fiction: Jason Allen puts love on the block;

* Art: Hawk Alfredson takes a classical background and puts it to work in surreal explanations of an inner life. Find out what makes Hawk tick in an interview and gallery of some of his favorite work;

* Musician and Theremin master Eric Ross interviews himself on the extraordinary and groundbreaking video artistry of his late wife and long-time collaborator, Mary Ross;

* The We Are You Project International traveling art exhibit goes to Colorado, and takes along a few new artists;

* Photography: Mia Hanson spent years living in the Hotel Chelsea with her husband Hawk Alfredson; now the couple live in Washington Heights, and she’s still taking photographs of superstars. See what’s behind the lens in an interview with the photographer and a gallery of her images;

* Stephen Verona, filmmaker, photographer, artist, writer and world traveler. Verona can’t be accused of sitting still, unless it’s at one of his favorite restaurants. Next project: Compare and Contrast China, Then and Now!

* Contributing editor John Smelcer cuts to the quick with his take on “We Are Still Here,” or, “How American Indian Literature Re-visions the American Indian Experience in American History.” A must read for all “red-blooded Americans”.

* Poetry: A terrific mix of poets and reviews of poetry and poetry volumes.  Emil Fishcer reviews  Paul Sohar’s translation of In Contemporary Tense, the most recent collection from Sandor Kanyadi, considered by some to be Hungary’s greatest living poet. True to our mission of publishing both established and emerging talent, you’ll also find the poetry of Chloe Marisa, Daniel Rehinhold, Carlton Fisher and Dana Shishmanian.

* Books & Reviews: Something a little different here are capsule reviews of three chapbooks by Robert Joe Stout, and back to “normal” are studied reviews of four books, not all of which were published last week… Reviewers and books include: Kathryn Levy’s This Is For Life, by Jorge Rodriguez, who also reviews Micah Towery’s Whale of Desire. Matthew Ray examines ethics in The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran, by Sigrid Fry-Revere. and William Taylor Jr. reviews A. D. Winans’ In the Pink.

* Creative Nonfiction: “In Breathing Underwater,” Mark Montgomery marks the time he spent growing up,  trying to get to know his father, and staying alive.

* Columns: Jim Palombo takes a careful look at the Common Core curriculum and the direction of post-secondary education; Stephen Poleskie in his “Now and Then” has at it with an episodic look back at life in NYC in the ’60s; Mark Levy keeps himself awake with a Casual Observer‘s take on napping; and Bill Dixon goes to the edge reflecting on suicides he has known.  Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret, On Location” in France interviews artist Valentin Magaro. And Barbara Rosenthal reviews the work of Allison Berkoy.

* Music: Fred Roberts opens doors to other worlds with reviews of new music groups playing in Hamburg‘s underground. The piece includes a few lines from one of the more memorable tunes of the summer in Germany, one that got the group’s catchy video banned from YouTube. Not to worry, we’ve got the Vimeo Link.

* Memoir: Artist-Writer-Sailor and world traveler Helene Gaillet has provided Chapter 42 of her memoir, I Was A War Child.mother’s art gallery, and her private decision to secretly provide safe haven for a French Jew who eventually chose to go his own way.

* News, Haps, Snaps, Short Takes & Events: Check out these pages for updates on recent happenings and upcoming events. Updated at random, so don’t ignore….

* And don’t forget our illustrators, those artists and photographers whose works help tell our stories. Thanks as always to Walter Gurbo, Edmond Rinnooy-Kan, Jonathan Kelham, Angela White and Lynda Barretto.  For more about the editors who help bring you this zine every couple of months, see ABOUT US, where you’ll also find links to the websites of the artists who contribute to our “headers”. It’s a great group of people who work hard to make this an entertaining and visual treat.

* We’re running a Fall Fundraiser to keep our program in the air … Contribute if you can; want to if you can’t….

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Ten Years & Counting …

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The Old World Order


While many of us are watching the World Cup or enjoying the first real days of summer – or in the Southern Hemisphere anticipating the coming snow of winter in the mountains – the Old World Order appears again to be gaining ground. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central America, and in the United States itself … the list goes on. And on. One would think that peaceful co-existence would have made headway by now, in the broadest sense, but no one is holding his/her breath that will happen anytime soon – at least not without intervention by external forces – and we all know how effective that is. While the seemingly endless cycle of senseless human activity continues, there are a few people feverishly working outside the fray to understand the underlying cause of Conflict, and to artistically express both frustration with current events and wonder at the amazing accomplishments that come about despite the resistive drag of conflict on progress and harmony.

Whether or not you agree with this premise, we trust you’ll find the latest Ragazine.CC articles will provide grist for the mental mill where these and other ideas are constantly at play. From the photo essay and interview with “war” photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie, who provides an alternative view on Ukraine, to a review of the recently released “Writing of Blue Highways,” by John Smelcer, to the art of Robert Soffian, there’s just enough in this issue to keep you reading and on your toes until our next issue in September. Stay tuned…

Thanks for reading … and spread the word.
Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor


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From its start in 2004, Ragazine has been kept alive by editors and contributors of  a tremendous amount of excellent material without financial compensation. We want to change that, but the only way we can do it is with your help…  If you are in a position to — and care to donate, or become a sponsor, rest assured your contributions will be much appreciated and well spent on the basic costs of not just keeping Ragazine.CC alive, but also helping it grow. Thanks!


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Ten Years & Counting …

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Winter, Spring, Sum…


OK, the plan was to take the summer off and figure out what we’re going to do next, and how. Then all this stuff starts coming in that we didn’t expect and that couldn’t wait until September to be published. Time sensitive, and all… So “Voila!” Special Issue. Easy … and a very good collection it is, at that…

* Photo editor Chuck Haupt’s collection of images from England, where he’s been since January;

* Miklos Horvath’s Coverage of the European Parliament in Strasborg, it’s last gathering before elections in May;

* Columnist Bill Dixon’s first article since a brush with death last winter;

* An interview with historical fiction author Jeanne Mackin and review of her latest book, “The Beautiful American,” publishing date: June 2014;

* A review by Fred Roberts of Hamburg’s regional battle of the bands, where three out of four contenders moved on to the German “nationals”;

* Artist-Author-Aviator Steve Poleskie, who provides a worrisome answer to the question, “Do you know who’s in your cockpit?”

* A review of Marc Vincen’s recently published collection of poems, “Beautiful Rush,” by Larissa Shmaillo.

* A short triptych and photo essay by The Camel Saloon barkeep and high plains drifter Russell Streur on a trip to Wyoming.

* A bio on the late artist Pamela Brown Roberts, and the group organizing an exhibition of works by lesser known artists who “died too young;”

* And, reflections on the passing of time and life at end of an era, in the article “Kumaon is Dead, Long Live Kumaon,”  by batik artist and writer, Jonathan Evans.

As always,

Thanks for reading …

Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor

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SOS: It’s a Jungle Out There

(but we’re good with that)

If you haven’t seen Ragazine before, “Welcome.” If you have, then “Welcome back.” Either way, this issue’s collection of articles, images, poems, and stories won’t disappoint. From discourses on the politics of “Deep State,” to the art of Dorothea Rockburne and the photography of Ralph Gibson, to the poetry of John Smelcer illustrated by R. Crumb, to an exploration of the logging regions of Amazonian Brazil, to the “Moveable Feast” of Ernest Hemingway, there’s food for thought on every page.

As an independent e-zine, we compete with thousands of other zines, blogs and websites for your time and attention. And we really appreciate when we get it! Your page clicks, likes, tweets, retweets, pins and good old-fashioned word of mouth are key to growing Ragazine. And to keep us fueled for another ten years. We know not everyone is in a position to contribute financial support, but it’s an easy step, and free, to spread the word. You do that for us;  we’ll keep doing “this” for you.

As always,

Thanks for reading …
Mike Foldes, Founder/Managing Editor

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Ralph Gibson: The modern master of monochrome photography, shares his thoughts on the medium and one of its greatest tools, the Leica MONO camera, used to produce the images in his new book, aptly titled, “MONO.” With Mike Foldes.

Dorothea Rockburne: One of the foremost abstract artists of the 20th Century — and now the 21st — talks about her inspiration, motivation, and “the work”. With Charles Hayes; photographs by Guenter Knop.

John Cage:  This previously unpublished interview took place 30 years ago as part of a series Charles Hayes launched to identify key components of the creative processes, in particular factors inhibiting creative and artistic productivity. Cage and Rockburne were at Black Mountain College together in the ’50s, so it seemed purposeful to run her and Cage’s interviews “side by side” in the same issue.  With Charles Hayes.

Paul B. Roth:  Bitter Oleander Press stands as one of the guardians of independent book publishing. In an age when the small press industry and its plethora of startups struggles against giants of print and internet,  Roth’s The Bitter Oleander journal continues to weather the storm. With Alan Britt.   

On Location, France: Contributing editor Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret offers up two interviews, the first with Swiss-born artist Alexandra Navratil, and the second with Austrian Barbara Ellmerer.  See what’s happening in their parts of the world.


Amazonian Water World by Robert “Bob” Walker: As creative nonfiction editor Prof. Leslie Heywood writes in Submission Guidelines,  “Ragazine’s creative non-fiction section brings together the kind of writing I like most:  grounded, compelling first-person narration set in a concrete time and place that reflects thematically some way on the human relation to the natural world and the ways we’ve transformed that world, and in the process, transformed ourselves.”   Walker’s narrative on the effects of loggers and logging in Brazil’s Amazon region perfectly conforms to this ideal.



In the twin posts of this Politics edition, Jim Palombo presents a provocative premise in his “Deep State” article. This is accompanied by a commentary from Henry Giroux who has his own take on the “deep state” concern. Coming from somewhat different perspectives, the two pieces provide engaging and informative thoughts on what should be considered a most disturbing situation.

ART: Two Moveable Feasts

FOOD, ART & HEMINGWAY: Artist, writer and Hemingway scholar Raul Villarreal writes about Hemingway’s love of food and place, especially as it relates to his life in Cuba, and his love for Finca Vigia, the great writer’s retreat near Havana. Villarreal’s article is followed by a summary of “The Moveable Feast” exhibit at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J.,  curated by the author, Dr. Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph.D.  With galleries of art from the exhibit.


DARSHAN: Contributing music editor Fred Roberts reflects on the music and influence of “Darshan,” and the strange coincidence in meeting its creator, Patrick McMahon, in Cincinnati.
EVERLY BROTHERS: Music writer/Contributer Jeff Edstrom provides a 20-20 hindsight review of the unforgettable Everly Brothers reunion concert at Royal Albert Hall in London, in 1983.


Commented judge Sheree Renée Thomas on Speculative Fiction Contest runner-up Ely Azure’s “NEVER. GIVE. YOU. UP.”:  “Moving but creepy adopted monster/baby/zombie? (I) don’t usually care for zombie tales, but this family’s attempt to adopt and become parents during a biological epidemic was compelling.”

Award-winning author Paul West’s “Hurled Into Eternity” achieves stark reality in the dark world of life in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation.


John Smelcer’s poem, THE BOOK OF GENESIS, REVISED FOR AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY, appears with an illustration by R. Crumb from Crumb’s “The Book of Genesis Illustrated.” Smelcer’s poem “Genesis” has been taught in a course on genocide at the Open University of Israel. Completing the quadratic are poems from Adele Kenny, Dana Jaye Cadman and Martin Willitts, Jr.


Everyone needs a laugh, even though it might take a minute to figure out what’s funny. With this in mind, we trust you’ll enjoy the latest entry to our wry comedic offerings: Gou-gou World, the brainchild of artist Edmond Rinooy-Kan. Kan explains Gou-gou’s history best, and to start out, there’s a page with pix from Gou-gou’s latest adventures…

Walter Gurbo, whose Drawing Room panels appear on Ragazine’s Welcome Page, and sometimes appear on other pages, suggested a fund-raising contest where writers submit a flash fiction story to go along with one of his drawings.  The entry fee is just five bucks. Winner takes home a third of the entry fees received for that issue. Submission guidelines appear on the “WRITING ROOM” post. The first contest illustration appears here (and there):


And while you’re looking through various articles in the zine, you’ll likely run across two other illustrators: Jonathan Kelham and Lynda Barretto. Enjoy the hunt.


Photo editor Chuck Haupt’s “the PHOTOGRAPHY spot” features “City of Shadows,” photographs from the Sydney, Australia, police department during a period in the city’s history when “select” men and women under arrest were routinely allowed to help compose their own “mug shots.” More than 2500 of these “special photographs” were taken between 1910 and 1930, providing the grist for this most unusual historical record. … And there are more ….

Barbara Rosenthal reviews A Dirt Road Hangs from the Skypoems by Claudia Serea, and Cherise Wyneken reviews Jester, Grace Marie Graton’s latest book of poems. Miriam O’Neal reviews Mary Szybist’s award-winning IncarnadineDiana Manole explores the poems of Flavia Cosma in On Paths Known to No One; and Grayson Del Faro reviews the novel by Rick WhitakerAn HONEST GHOST.


Artist/Author/Professor Steve Poleskie joins Ragazine as the contributing columnist of “Now & Then,” reflections on his life and career in the worlds of art and academe. Join Poleskie as he writes in a most engaging style about NYC gangsters, Andy Warhol,  the Mercury Riders motorcycle gang, and more.

From the Edge: Bill Dixon allows recent life-changing experiences to color-in parts of his past, lending understanding to a father-son relationship perhaps stronger in retrospect than it was in life.

Galanty Tweets: The glib and popular sociologist shares recent reflections about life, love, hate and things between, in these, a collection of his recent favorite – and  favorited – tweets.

Casual Observer: Mark Levy was one of the first contributors (and pro bono legal adviser) to In this, Ragazine’s 2nd 10th Anniversary Issue, Levy cogitates on what a decade means, and brings it all to the table in his usual casual and empathetic fashion.

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Diamonds — and Not In the Rough:

As this issue’s cover attests, we’ve had a varied and colorful history graphically presented for the past five years by Ragazine‘s photography and contributing editor, Chuck Haupt. Chuck not only designs covers and edits “the PHOTOGRAPHY spot”, he also produces the art used in the email blasts we send out two or three times during the two months between issues.

A high-resolution poster of this issue’s “cover featuring covers” (V10N2) is our way of saying thanks for a contribution of US $30.00 or more. Includes shipping and handling in North America ($40.00 outside North America).

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Thanks for a Great Ten Years

This issue of Ragazine.CC is the first of our tenth year of online publishing. It contains a wealth of material from around the world. Literally. Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, the United States, Mexico…. We think that’s just one of the things that makes us a little bit different from the enormity of other online and print publications available today. The variety of material we publish reflects not only diversity of humanity, but also the diversity of interests of those people who inhabit the planet — and who work on or contribute to Ragazine. The family tree of our contributors runs along the right side of this page, on the About Us  page, and in the growing number of readers, known and unknown, to all of whom we owe a huge debt of Gratitude.

And while V10N1 begins our 10th year, watch for V10N2, the real anniversary issue (coming in March) that promises to offer one of the finest collections of material on the web. Eclectic content for a global audience …. Thanks for reading! 

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The final week of October marked the final days and passing of two notable characters of the 20th and 21st Centuries. As with all remarkable characters of any time and place, their names may not be remembered one hundred or two hundred years from now (I believe in this case they will), but the effects of their lives will be long felt. The two people of whom I write are Deborah Turbeville and Lou Reed. I never met either one of them, but I readily remember what I felt the first time I looked at one of Turbeville’s photographs that atypically captured a spectacular blend of sex and death – so mesmerizing I never forgot the images or her name. I got the same powerful impression when I first heard, then played and replayed Reed’s  “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” produced by Andy Warhol.  Couldn’t get enough of it then, and some days still can’t. Without a doubt, they left us with something that stirs the soul… and who could ask for more.

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What else? In the column to the left, you’ll find the standing Pages. Beneath them, the latest posts of all the stuff of which we’re made.

BRAZIL…. In a first-person essay by Brazilian-American artist-poet-filmmaker Duda Penteado, the artist DUDA09_Arte19 (2)explains the creation of an historical — and historic — mural in Sao Paolo.

In a separate piece examining Brazil’s contemporary art and culture, Professor Dinah P. Guimaraens posts a review of the country’s  transformation from a post-colonial agrarian society to a member of the global socio-politico-economic community. The concern being, what about the past, what about the people? What is happening in this transcultural event that many fear will change the face of the nation forever – and not necessarily for the better? Art editor Jose Rodeiro  provides an overview in News/Haps/Snaps of the ongoing exhibit of New Jersey landscapes at Drumthwacket, the New Jersey home of Governor and Mrs. Chris Christie.

Regular columnists humorist Galanty Miller, gay life writer Mircea Filimon and adventurer Bill Dixon are back with their various takes on life in earth’s ether, joined by JH Mae who brings us the ruralist’s view from New York state’s North Country.

Music editor Jeff Katz, taking a break from writing a book, takes aim at the annoying behavior of a free spirit run amok at a small-venue concert. Contributing music editor Fred Roberts, in   “Soundscene Europe ” and “World Out of Control,” gets behind Felix KubinMary Ocher and Gustav, and goes deeper into the black hearts of men with a timely retrospective of “Decoder,” the 1984 German film inspired by the writings of William S. Burroughs with an equally dark sound track by Soft Cell and Einstürzende Neubauten.

Politics editor Jim Palombo poses a series of rhetorical questions you can answer on your own time about where we as Americans are on the scales of justice, equality, and other civic concerns, including the degree of critical thinking that takes place – or doesn’t – in our everyday lives. He also points to several organizations that are currently at work trying to improve our civic understanding and public dialogue prospects.

On the literary side, poets Nicole Broadhurst and Teresa Sutton bear witness to events very often beyond their control; Alex Straaik blends fact and fiction reflecting on the whereabouts of a long-lost friend who took the other fork in the road; and Michel Collins takes us to a western desert where a team of young app2undofailures2©GN_2013anthropologists discovers how wide the divide between digital and analog. John Smelcer offers up two pieces, one a poem written years ago with Ted Hughes over a couple of drinks in an English pub, illustrated for this occasion by Micah Clarke, and a memoir recounting how his acquaintance with the famed Irish poet Seamus Heaney got off to a shaky start.

A raft of book reviews includes “Ekphrastia Gone Wild,” “The Natural History of Asphalt,” “Poised in Flight,” “Coffee House of Confessions” and “Strange Borderlands.” Thanks to Reviews editor Alan Britt for recruiting the able talents of Silvia ScheibliDavid FraserMiriam O’Neal and Boris Dralyuk.

On the visual side: An interview with Gabriel Navar, and galleries of recent work reflecting the worldwide obsession with smart phones, add another dimension to the West Coast art scene… Particularly gratifying:  Rod Serling, and “The Masks.”  Then there’s photographer Jennifer Georgescu, whose “Sand, Stones, Dead Leaves & Bone #13” is one of many images that swim in the river of nature’s chaos.  the Photography Spot features images from a new book by Belgian Photographer Marc Lagrange; contributing writer/photographer Ginger Liu interviews ex-rocker Andy Summers about his life on the road as a photographer; and from place to place you’ll find the work of Walter Gurbo, Lynda Barreto and Jonathan Kelham. Bottoms up!


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Speculative Fiction by People of Color Contest 

We are very thankful to the writers who entered our Speculative Fiction by People of Color contest, and offer our sincere congratulations to the winner and runners up, whose stories will be critiqued by our final judge, Sheree Renée Thomas, announced on or about December 1st, and will appear in Ragazine.CC in 2014.

Best wishes for the holidays, whatever holidays they might be in your part of the world.

Thanks for reading… spread the word.

— Mike F.

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Drawing Room. “Introvert.” Walter Gurbo.



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What to do “After the Fall”?

Our friend Nick Buglaj is in Idaho this week, trekking at 10,000 feet. Most of the rest of the world’s population  is living somewhere between sea level and, oh, maybe 1000′ above it. Max.  I didn’t get that figure from Wikipedia. I made it up. But from all I’ve learned over the years about population centers and their proximity to the sea, it’s true. So what do we all do when the seas begin to rise? Head inland, of course.  Which leads to the next question, how many humans can live on the head of a pin — or a Himalayan peak?

Forty years ago a couple of pals hiked Glacier National Park. There were still glaciers then. I was driving around this week with a business friend. We stopped for a brief look at Taughannock Falls in Tompkins County near Ithaca in upstate New York. Taughannock has the highest vertical drop of any water fall in the Northeast – at 215 feet, 33 feet higher than Niagara. The geological history map reports the area was under a mile of ice just a  hundred thousand years ago (or so). Goes to show the phenomenon of global warming is nothing new — it’s just accelerating now, helped along by humanity’s varying needs for power and light, without which this web site wouldn’t be possible. I’d like to be able to say, “Don’t worry about it,” but that’s not entirely true. Just have to consider the alternatives. That’s a bit of what journalist Tom Wilber does in his recap of President Obama’s visit in August to Binghamton University, and the controversy over fracking.

The cover of this issue perfectly meets the coming season. We had several choices to make and settled on Tom V9N5 COVER 1Bovo’s simple, yet elegant photograph depicting what happens to a leaf when it falls. In this series, the photographer gives leaves an afterlife worth  living. Some of the other choices were a collage by photo editor Chuck Haupt from the art works to be displayed at the Ponce, Puerto Rico, exhibition Past, Present, Pa’lante # 2, and a sunrise image taken by Cheryl Carter-Price in Maine that is part of the current exhibition at the  National Center for Atmospheric Research  (NCAR) in Boulder, CO.  All three pieces are excerpts from features that appear in this issue of Ragazine.CC. We hope and trust you’ll take the time to see and read who and what are behind their respective curtains.

Thanks to the many talented people whose contributions to Ragazine.CC  make worthwhile the effort to bring it all together, among them:  Poets Christopher Phelps, Dante Di Stefano, Edie Angelo  and Oliver Rice, and in translation by Flavia CosmaLuis Raul Calvo; steadfast columnists Mark Levy (Casual Observer), Jim Palombo (politics), Galanty Miller (Re-Tweets) and Bill Dixon (From the Edge); music reviewers Jeff Katz (music editor) and Fred Roberts V9N5 COVER 2(contributing editor, music); and,  creative nonfiction writers Jaron Serven and Cris Mazza.  Behind the curtains, Leslie Heywood (CNF editor), Joe Weil (fiction editor) and Emily Vogel (poetry editor). And where you find them, illustrator/cartoonists Walter Gurbo, Jonathan Kelham, Lynda Barreto and Benoit Jammes. Roberts, by the way, also contributed a review of “Berlin! Berlin!,” translations of Kurt Tucholsky’s “Dispatches from the Weimar Republic.” If you have any interest in politics and positions leading up to WWII, this should get you interested in reading these translations of Tucholsky’s heroic essays that led to him being driven out of pre-war Germany.

Other new books on review include “2057,” “Figures of My Century,” “Silvertone,” “Parabola Dreams” and “The Fellowship,” while contributing editor John Smelcer takes a critical look back at Jean Toomer’s “Cane.” Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret reviews artist Annette Messager’s  “La Tortures Volontaires,” a collection of images that explores “the frontiers between art and marketing.”  Behind the curtain: Books and Reviews editor Alan Britt, and the reviewers themselves: Smelcer, Abigail SmootMiriam O’Neal and Matthew Hoffman. 

The Past, Present, Pa’lante # 2 exhibit preview by contributing art editor Dr. Jose Rodeiro with an assist from photo archivist Christie Devereaux explains how the modern day La Ruche gallery in Union City, New Jersey, got it’s name, and provides brief bios of curator Robert Rosado and the many artists whose works are included in the exhibit in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome, so post them at will. Find an error? Let us know and Monique Gagnon or I will make it right…

Thanks for reading.

– Mike Foldes


 Thanks to all who entered Ragazine’s

Speculative Fiction by People of Color

writing contest. Winner and runners up

will be announced in December.












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Summer reading …

Take us to the beach (or Else)


And while you’re in Oakland

Check out the WAYPI

California Exhibition


 Mel Ramos, “Catwoman,” Lithograph, 2010

Click here: For the California Exhibition page


What’s Inside:

Pretoria, South Africa. September. Join the Conversation as artists, writers, politicians, diplomats and others congregate in Pretoria to discuss an agenda that could mean keeping humankind alive for another 1,000 years. Or more. Afro-American artist Ben Jones will exhibit his series, “Evolution, Revolution,” at this ground-breaking world gathering, and in this issue we present both an art critique of Jones’ work by art editor Jose Rodeiro, and Rodeiro’s interview with the artist with photos by Christie Devereaux.

Joao Pessoa, Brazil. July. With the best interests of the people in mind, politics editor Jim Palombo excerpts information from the upcoming program, “The Economy of the Workers” conference.  Jim comments on the concept of “work” from his own experience, and includes the program notes to provide the backdrop for a discussion that is mushrooming from the bottom up about differentials that experiments in Capitalism and Democracy must come to terms with in an increasingly globalized world.

Nocturnes On the matter of Darkness in Art. A studied overview and motif for the current show at the Therese A. Mahoney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J., by curator and art history professor Dr. Virginia Butera.

Music:  A unique presentation of recent work from New York musician David Gaita, with excerpts from the score of his Veterans’ Day Parade for String Quartet, and a video outtake of the piece performed by a string quartet at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, N.Y.

More Music: Fred Roberts from Germany on the Dream SyndicateJean-Paul Gavard-Perret from France, on Elainie LilliosPhotography: An interview with and gallery of photos by, our cover art photographer Dina Litovsky; and, the Photo Editor’s Choice, a selection of work from Chris Anthony.

Poets: Can’t live without them …  Kate Sweeney, Tim Suermondt & Hal Sirowitz

Fiction: Kevin Carey’s “Lucky Day” … when the sun shines…

Creative Nonfiction: Alex Holmes’ “114” … there’s no way like the highway…

Columns — holding up the house: Bill Dixon/From the Edge; Mircea Filimon/Gay Life; Mark Levy/Casual Observer; Galanty Miller’s Re-Tweets.

More Art: Shades of Phillipe Mohlitz — A trip to the studio/apartment/studio of artist-curator Gloria Duque, with Jorge Alberto Perez! It’s not easy to capture what  Gloria’s life and work is all about, but Jorge’s done a great job – and that’s why we asked if we could re-run his story, which first appeared in the newsletter of the Camera Club of New York. Seeing is believing.

Books & Reviews: Alan Britt and Abigail Smoot  review  Eclectic Coffee Spots in Puget Sound; Seven American Deaths and Disasters; Words the Interrupted Speak, and Flies and Monkeys.

For a short take on what’s going on in the world of medicine, check out the report on M Sedlof’s recent visit to the annual SAGES conference. SAGES is the acronym for Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. You did want to know more about that, right?

And, keep a keen eye out for Walter Gurbo, Bennoit Jammes, Jonathan Kelman and Lynda Barreto. They’re all in here somewhere.



The first Ragazine.CC Fundraiser-Writing Contest deadline is extended to September 20. The theme of this event, “Best Speculative Fiction by a Person of Color written in 2013,” is meant to bring attention to this under-served genre, and we trust you’ll find the winning entries provide fascinating encounters with other worlds.  Complete background on the contest, including its origins by fiction editor Joe Weil; a bio of the final judge, speculative fiction editor and author Sheree Renée Thomas; and, full contest guidelines, can be found on the “Contest” page.


Thanks for reading! 

— Mike Foldes



Fashion of the Future


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In this issue

Another side of the coin …

We sometimes hear about renaissance men, but it’s less often we can appreciate them in their lifetimes. So it is with great pleasure we profile George Nelson Preston, a New York City native son who traces his lineage farther back than almost any of us can to the 18th Century. A septuagentarian man who plays baseball with unabashed enthusiasm, who ceremonially and effectually presides over the Ghanian tribe to which he claims the deepest roots, whose studio on the lower east side of Manhattan in the ’60s hosted the greatest poets, artists and writers of the latter half of the 20th Century. And more… Preston has been called a National Treasure, and to know more about him, as you will discover in this in-depth profile by author-photographer Petra Richterova, will convince you of no less.

News from the sidelines, and inside baseball …

Music editor Jeff Katz is taking a sabbatical to write a book about the 1981 baseball season and strike …. Qualifications: Jeff not only is a baseball fan, but also mayor of Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has great access to research materials. And people who  really care about The Game. Fred Roberts, On Location in Germany, has picked up the ball, so to speak, with a look at a David Bowie redux exhibit on the artist-musician’s years in Berlin, and reviews of au courant European music groups.

no-worms-#15-susLynda Barreto, who contributed “The Litchfields” cartoon/illustrations for a couple of years a few years ago, is back with a new series she’s managed to produce between turns as a barrister in her café in Naples, FL.  She and Benoit Jammes join Walter Gurbo and Jonathan Kelham with illustrations on ‘gray pages’ and other suitable locations to inject a change of pace into our cyberpages.

Art …
Contributing art editor Jose Rodeiro , with photographer Christie Devereaux, take readers on another art odyssey, this time to ancient Greece and Rome and “Art of the Mediterranean.”  Midori Yoshimoto interviews artist Babs Reingold, whose latest series “The Last Tree” speaks to the unnatural decimation of the natural environment.

Photography …
An e-interview with Sebastian Łuczywo by photo editor Chuck Haupt reveals the passion that drove the Polish photographer to pursue his art and craft. Brent Williamson, aka Teknari, is back in Ragazine with Whatever Comes, a showcase of large images on tempered glass created using his own film and plates in a unique photographic process. Ellen Jantzen returns with a series titled Compressing Reality produced by blending a series of shots ‘taken in the moment,’ into a moment. Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy share their ultra-high resolution images of nature; unfortunately, you won’t be able to see them here as they and others do when properly presented, but you’ll certainly get the idea. Rounding out “photography” is “Photo Editor’s Choice,” vibrant images from some of Sweden’s top photographers.

Video …
Contributing editor Ginger LiuOn Location/LA, interviews videographers Enrico Tomaselli and Francesca Fini.  Video posts include works from FiniCecelia ChapmanSteve Johnson and Jeff Crouch. Tomaselli is project director of The Project 100×100=900, which celebrates the 50th anniversary in 2013 of Video Art. One hundred video artists from around the world are invited to participate; each will produce a video artwork inspired by one of the previous 100 years, with an international exhibit to follow.

Politics …
brics flags
Politics editor Jim Palombo extemporizes from his winter residence in San Miguel Allende on re-thinking Karl Marx. In this latest chapter of his ongoing analysis of “Is it Capitalism, or is it Democracy,” Palombo looks at the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), and how they relate to America’s economic, social and military presence in the modern world.

Literary …
Contributing editor (Latin in America) Lilvia Soto reviews Eulogy for a Brown Angel, by Lucha Corpi, “a murder mystery set against the background of the Chicano civil rights march of August 29, 1970.” Books editor Alan Britt reviews Lost Arts, by Leslie HeywoodRagazine‘s creative nonfiction editor. Britt writes that what you will find in Lost Arts is “a hands-on, often literal, bare-bones diction that is occasionally peppered with the right dose of metaphor.”

Poet and professor Silvia Scheibli reviews Duane Locke’s The First Decade, a collection of poems the reviewer describes as “a book that takes its readers day by day through the pantheistic, sacred landscape of the imagination into a new and exciting linguistic reality and also constructs a broader picture of the callous and inhumane treatment society perpetrates on itself through menial self-deceptions and unmistakable denials.”

John Smelcer,Tom Sorci, Dave BongaandTrudell Guerue  remember author/friend Michael Dorris. Dorris (1945-1997) was the award-winning author of numerous books, mostly about the Native American experience, including his popular novel, A Yellow Raft on Blue Water (1987).

In Sarah Odishoo‘s creative nonfiction  piece, “The Projectionist: Show Me,” the author grapples with the existential balancing acts of love and life. Thaddeaus Rutkowski, in his fiction piece “Out of Fashion,” examines reasons why one might not want to declare as an artiste.

On the poetry front,  poets Emily Vogel and Lisa Flowers take a look at each other’s work in two analytical essays that reflect each woman’s approach to her own poetics, as well as an understanding of the other’s. Reviews and analysis aside,  we trust you’ll appreciate and enjoy the work of poets Abby MurrayPaige Gittelman and Andy Doyle.

Holding up the roof …

columnsMark LevyCasual Observer: Comments on the anxiety created when you don’t know where your anti-anxiety pill has gone.

Mircea Filimon,Gay Life: Ponders the contradictory roles religion plays, and the influence it has, on being gay.

Bill DixonFrom the Edge: Delights in not sharing   oddities of the English language, preferring instead to keep a beer-drinking friend a friend. Dixon, by the way, recently underwent quadruple bypass surgery and isn’t back, yet, to his old habits… or haunts. That should be something to write about.

Scott “Galanty MillerRe-Tweets. The professor rants in short form about peeves, pecadilloes and personal favorites, among them, Sean Connery.

Fiction Contest …
Ragazine.CC ‘s fiction contest is under way! We are offering $1000.00 first place prize for the best speculative fiction story written by a person of color in 2013. Complete information on the contest, including its origin with fiction editor Joe Weil; a bio of the final judge, speculative fiction author Sheree Renée Thomas; and, contest guidelines, can be found on the “Contest” page.

Thanks for reading!
— Mike Foldes


Fear itself.
Fear itself.


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Yes, it’s a whistle.
Constant discoveries occasioned by simply moving forward make the effort, no matter how difficult, all worthwhile. We trust you’ll advance to the horizon with us by spending a little more time than usual reviewing the most diverse offerings we’ve ever assembled under ‘one cover.’
For starters, while putting together this issue, many of us were still burning off the energy created during the recent Ragazine/We Are You Project fundraiser at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. Photos and comments from the event appear at, and elsewhere here in Ragazine.
Fiction Contest:
With this issue, we bring aboard fiction editor Joe Weil, who is taking over for Metta Sama. When the idea of having a fiction contest was bobbing around, Joe suggested we make it a contest for “Speculative Fiction by People of Color,” and Metta suggested we get in touch with Sheree Renée Thomas, who we’re most pleased to say, agreed to be the final judge. Thomas’ bio, which reveals why she’s precisely the right person for the job, appears on the contest page along with Joe’s thoughts on the subject, competition rules and submission guidelines.
What’s inside:
An interview with artist Chuck Plosky, whose years in Tonala, Mexico, helped shape whistle sculptures, such as the one above. The interview, by Ragazine art editor José Rodeiro, includes galleries of Plosky’s work.
An interview with Brooklyn-born street artist RAE, whose recent show in London drew RAEve reviews. You may have seen some of RAE’s works around New York. See more in the gallery accompanying the interview.
Rodeiro doubles down in an interview with Dr. Deborah A. Sanders, a leading US supporter of this fall’s trail-blazing “Africa Speaks” global initiative in Pretoria, South Africa. The article includes a statement by American artist Ben Jones, whose “Evolution/Revolution 2” is to be featured at the initiative.
wide-ranging update from Zaira Rahman, on various subjects and conditions On Location in her native Pakistan. 
Kids Like Blues,” an interview with the popular program’s creator Jon Schwartz, by contributing editor Ginger Liu On Location in LA.
An article looking back at the influence of Politics on Art in 19th Century France, by Patrick Ferguson with an introductory comment by politics editor Jim Palombo.
A studied look at the influence of boarding schools on Amerindian literature by contributing editor John Smelcer, and Joseph Bruchac.
Multiple reviews selected or written by books editor Alan Britt, including two on the same collection, “Native American Classics,” Graphic Classics Series Volume 24. One is by Britt, the other by Dale Seeds, who aptly describes it as “a collection of Native American stories rendered in the graphic novel/comic book format (that) features a synthesis of Native American traditional stories transcribed on or before the 20th century with the work of contemporary comic/graphic novel artists.”
Music reviews and commentary by music editor Jeff Katz, contributor Jeff Edstrom and Jeff’s buddy in Berlin, Fred Roberts.
Poetry by Joel SoloncheTara Betts and Gerburg Garmann.
Fiction from Eric Schafer in Vietnam, and Rachel Guido deVries.
New columns by Bill Dixon (From the Edge) and Romanian ex-pat Mircea Filimon (Gay Life), as well as the continuing saga of Casual Observer Mark Levy and the Re-Tweets of Scott “Galanty” Miller.
Videos from Stephen Schweitzer, Eliane Lima, Jason Greendyke and Karina Wiciak.
Creative nonfiction from Rick Bailey,James Randolph Jordan and long time environmental activist Daniela Gioseffi.
Photography of Dance from German photographer Franziska Strauss; American Larry Hamill’s experiments in creating 3D images; Serbian Rina Vukobratovic’s photographic exploration of sources of emotion.
Look for illustrations by Walter Gurbo and Briton Jonathan Kelham; they could appear anywhere, anytime, and sometimes do. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!

Mike F.

Stairs of Life, Walter Gurbo’s Drawing Room



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On with the show!

 Let’s start with the anonymous aphorism, “Time stands still for no one,”  that familiar and inclusive declaration of the transitory nature of being. Simply put, 2012 is over, long live 2013…

Not too soon to say good-bye, either …. floods, fire, famine, war, wanton murder, plague… Six Horsemen, and an Apocalypse that didn’t happen.

So, on with the show, and a good one it is, including: John Smelcer‘s memoir of times shared with John Updike; images from the portfolio of Rahi Rezvani (cover image, above), accompanied by an interview with the photographer; poetry from Elizabeth AndersonTom BairJohn BellingerMolly Goldblatt, and an interview with poet David Ray.  Art content features a retrospective of the work of Mary-Ellen Campbell, and Jose Rodeiro’s Art History romp from Ireland to Italy and back again. Politics editor Jim Palombo mixes it up with art in an overview by Martin Rosenberg of Polish posters produced under Communist regimes.

Music Editor Jeff Katz provides his annual roundup of  the year’s 10 Best — meaning, most listened to music in 2012, not just FROM 2012 (Yes, there are seismic shifts in that list from year to year), and a review of Graham Parker‘s “Three Chords Good.”  Fred Roberts brings back Berlin, circa 1980s, and Eric Schafer chafes at those who disrespect Rolling Stones from days of yore.

Jonathan Evans recounts in “Legend of a Gone World” time spent with the inimitable Peter One, foremost photographer of  Moroccan kif culture, along with images from Peter’s 1975 postcard booklet, “The Kif Smoker.”Bill Dixon answers a wake up call in New Orleans’ Latin Quarter at dawn. Robert Scotellaro provides a couple of short takes on the fiction front. C. Goodison kicks with her story, “Wolf at the Door.”

Don’t miss regular features: Galanty Miller’s Re-Tweets; Mark Levy’s  Casual Observer, “Life’s a Gamble,”  and pictures from the wall of Walter Gurbo’s “Drawing Room.” Sci-Fi’s on the menu of  Alan Britt’s selections for review. If you want to find out what events may be happening in your part of the world, or elsewhere, have a look at our EVENTS page. And,  from time to time, check out short takes about our readers and contributors that appear in “News, Haps & Snaps.”

We regretfully say good-bye to Metta Sama, our fiction editor for the last few years, whose final selections for Ragazine appear this issue. She’s done a great job and we’ll miss her steadfast effort to identify the best new short fiction writing of the day as she moves on to more teaching, writing and the tribulations of making a real living.

Thanks for reading!

Mike F.


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“Ragazine is a collaboration of emerging and established artists, writers, poets, musicians, photographers, travelers and interested others, with a goal to promote an eclectic selection of subject matter to an international audience.”

You may have read that sentence before; it runs near the bottom of every Welcome page.

The zine that began eight years ago to share the art, poetry and photography of a small circle of friends now generates growing interest and increasing support from hundreds of contributors and thousands of readers around the world. You might say we’re reaching our target audience. Except for the fact that many in our target audience are themselves targets of another sort. For any number of reasons, from political or military repression, to ethnic and religious prejudice, to social norms and economic disparity, they are denied access to open forums where they can bring their ideas to light and flourish.

What better way, then, than to close out our eighth year of publication with a diverse  selection of material that reflects how we are dealing on myriad fronts with challenges  to human progress and enlightenment in the 21st Century. In early October, we published “The Levant Exhibition,”  a mid-issue post of one of many papers presented at a recent symposium in the United Arab Emirates examining “aspects associated with orientalist art creativity in Levant,” and dealing “with the most prominent features and historical eras related to orientalist arts,” including  “aesthetics, the approach and the printing techniques of the orientalist paintings.” The exhibit, borrowing heavily from the collection of Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, a member of the UAE supreme council and ruler of Sharjah, presents western artists’ perceptions of the region, principally in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Many of the images hearken back to what some might recall seeing as children in illustrated editions of The Arabian Nights – where, it seems, too many of us learned our history lessons. Mohammad Mahdy Hemaida’s paper was selected because it seemed more objective about the artwork, and carried fewer political undertones, than some of the other presentations.

The article remains live, residing in the current issue alongside an impressive scholarly review of three “Fertile Crescent” exhibitions in a cross-disciplinary art project on display now in Princeton and New Brunswick, New Jersey.  “Politics, Society and Sexuality in Middle Eastern Art,”  by professor Virginia Fabbri Butera, Ph. D., is an educated look at the art produced by women from or associated with cultures where the social and political fabric binds them in ways that deny opportunities to freely depict frustrations, realities, hopes and dreams. It’s unlikely this breakout exhibition will ever hang in the same halls as art of the Levant.

Some time ago we had the good fortune to connect with We Are You Project. WAYP is an international organization based in New Jersey publicizing contributions of Hispanics to American art, culture, education and the economy, and by their example fighting the anti-immigrant fervor that simmers today in this country. To this end, we’ve shared work of WAYP artists and poets, and have planned a joint Ragazine.CC and WAYP fundraiser at the Maysles Cinema in New York City(POSTPONED due to Sandy; Rain Dates to be announced). We hope you’ll join us.

For a clearer understanding of what many Hispanic-Americans feel and face living in America today, read Professor Lilvia Soto’s insightful message to a Latino audience on a U.S. college campus that holds as true today as it did when delivered in 2009. Then, continue on to her translation of Mexican poet Alberto Blanco’s poem, “The Undocumented.” Blanco, one of the most recognized contemporary  Latin American poets, received the Octavio Paz Poetry Award in 2001.

Photographer Karen Miranda, who lives in Queens, New York, collaborates with native communities and with her relatives as subjects of her photography projects. She has worked with the Mandaeans from Iraq and Iran living in Sweden and Detroit,  Waoranis in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andes Mountains, and for a brief period with the Mam in Guatemala. Her intimate portraits tell a tale of their own, but you’ll learn a bit more about her approach in our interview.

Tice Lerner’s debut exhibit last summer at the Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, N.Y., placed him prominently on the stage of photographers whose works embody both empathy and contrast with an outside world not of his subjects’ own making. Lerner, an engineer by training, captures neighborhood denizens in a once-thriving upstate city striving to remake itself. His photo on this month’s cover (above) is an invitation to see and know more about what makes him, and his approach to photography, unique.

Photographer Steve Bromberg has spent enough time in China to know his way around a bit more than most. His camera reveals a nation of contrasts as it struggles with change, and the scars that struggle leaves as the country transitions from an agrarian Communist to industrial Capitalist power.

Artist Stephanie Rond’s subtly provocative works focus largely on distrust. The “Dick and Jane,”  storybook-type illustrations incorporate clues to a world populated by wolves in men’s and boys’ clothing. Active in the Columbus, Ohio, arts community, Rond is also curator of the miniature s.Dot Gallery.

Jack Zipes discusses “Why Fairy Tales Stick,” with Ragazine contributing editor John Smelcer. Zipes, a foremost scholar of the fairy tale, postulates “that the most important stories in a culture become memes, “which evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins proposed in his book The Selfish Gene (1976)…” If you like fairy tales, or wonder where they come from and why some persist where others don’t, you’ll certainly remember this conversation.

In an artful essay, author and Nobel Prize for Literature runner-up Paul West wakes the unconscious mind with a literary foray into the writings of Samuel Beckett. West ventures to examine the short stories of Texts with a critic’s evincing eye and ear. Commenting on a passage in “Assumption,” he writes, “Something rippling evokes muscle and, as always in Beckett, a better mind than the mind on show makes the whole thing irresistible.” We trust you’re up to it.

Creative nonfiction editor Leslie Heywood says her selection for this issue, “The Sleep Scale,” commanded the rapt attention of other students in her class at Binghamton University when read aloud by its author Cecil Jordan. Read it to yourself. Read it aloud. Be advised: Not a cure for insomnia.

Fiction editor Metta Sama delivers a piece from Alison Meyers titled “Pest Control” that focuses on the continuing divides between haves and have nots, whites and people of color, the privileged and those who work for them.  Live a few snippets of their lives; see what the other sides see of each other. Reflect.

Poetry editor Emily Vogel provides selections from poets Phil Boiarski, Devin McMicken and Nicholas Wilsey.  Boiarski’s been writing and publishing for more than forty years; McMicken’s first public reading took place in early October. Wilsey DJs a poetry-focused radio show.

Alan Britt joins the Ragazine team as Books/Reviews editor. The Books section will move from a Page to a Post, which can be dated and saved for archiving. In his initial offering, Britt reviews three volumes from Split Oak Press, and includes Paul Sohar’s examination of The New Arcana by John Amen and Daniel Y. Harris. Find out more about Alan Britt in “About Us.”

Music editor Jeff Katz examines the “music listening and buying experience” as it relates to The Internet Radio Fairness Act. The bill aims to “lower the royalty rate that Internet radio stations like Pandora pay from over 50% of total revenues, to the less onerous 7ish% of revenues that satellite titans like SiriusXM pay, or even the cable rate of 15%.” Asks Katz, “It’s all about fairness, no?”  Also on Katz’s agenda: Reviews of Bob Dylan’s latest, Tempest, and The Once and Future Carpenter from the Avett Brothers.

Politics editor Jim Palombo discusses education and empowerment in the modern age, where the notion of a healthy society comes into play.  Under-education and a desensitized environment, Palombo contends, contribute to an “unhealthy state of affairs.”  Jumping from that to “Part II,” Palombo comments on what’s being said about the subject on the campaign trail to Election 2012. Add to that contributor Doug Bond’s satirical overview of the Last Minute October Surprises coming our way, and you have a wide-screen advantage over the next guy.

Casual Observer Mark Levy casts a jaundiced eye at too-real developments in high-def television technology; Galanty Miller begins his collection of Re-tweets with, “The richest man in the world has something in common with the poorest man in the world; they both want to be richer.”  And throughout, the illustrations of Nadja Asghar and Walter Gurbo.

Enjoy. As always, thanks for reading!

– Mike Foldes

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If you can’t make Money …

Make Art

If you can’t Make Money, Make Art. If you can’t Make Art, Make Money – and spend it on Art. The arts may not be able to lift everyone out of poverty, but they do have the power to lift the spirits of rich and poor alike. A good enough reason to keep our shoulders to the wheel.

What’s inside:

Karl Polanyi was one of the most influential economists and social thinkers of the last century. His work, widely read and recognized throughout the world, is largely unknown in the United States. When Politics Editor Jim Palombo discovered that Polanyi’s daughter, Prof. Kari Polanyi Levitt, is living in Canada, he reached out for an interview. Prof. Levitt, in her own teachings and writings, is carrying on her father’s legacy, and the two professors share that and some of their own critical thinking here.

Nikolai Buglaj is more interested in capturing the essence of an idea than in fame and fortune. In this regard, he has few peers. Art Editor Dr. José Rodeiro and artist Christie Devereaux interview Buglaj; and, in an accompanying article “The Artist Who Refuses to Show,” Rodeiro examines Buglaj’s work and its historical value as “art for art’s sake.”

Jeff Katz moves beyond the sound stage to share the joy of watching his autistic son Nate achieve a personal best with an art exhibit in Soho earlier this year. Katz’s memoir of that event is aptly titled, “Really, It Was A Miracle.” Elsewhere, Katz jumps back into his role as Ragazine’s music editor with a variety pack of short takes on old favorites and recent discoveries. Also on the music front, Eric Schafer, back in the States for some physical therapy and R&R after several years working in Viet Nam, writes up some of his own “I wish…” covers of favorite tunes from the not-so-olden days.

Photography features this issue include, as always, Chuck Haupt’s “The Photography Spot” – individual photos with explanations from the do-ers about motivation and origins. This post is about the resilience of boys, no matter where they come from. In addition, photographer Todd Smith takes us to the shore and more from the ’70s to today, in a “compare and contrast” visual essay about changing times.

Poetry: There’s plenty to choose from: Lauren Tursellino, Samantha Zighelboim, J. Barret Wolf and Simone Kearney; an interview with poet-author Klaus Gerken, publisher of the literary journal Ygdrasil; a review by Paul Sohar of poet Alan Britt’s Alone with the Terrible Universe; and a look back at the convergence of art, poetry and architecture at 1WTC Visitor Center the day the building became the tallest in NYC.

From author Christopher Panzner, an American in Paris, comes “A Tati Moment,” an entertaining oblique excerpted from his first collection titled SLOW. (In my mind, Georges Seurat paints Marcel Marceau or the Little Tramp.)

Sarah Silbert’s “Mondays Can Seem Like Sundays,” is a mother’s reflections on raising a family in rural Vermont. Silbert strives to maintain the will to preserve the events, large and small, that help her maintain her own identity, even while it further entwines with those of her loved ones.

If you didn’t get ’em while they’re hot, catch Galanty Miller‘s retweets, featuring the wit and wisdom of Prospero. For example, I think it’s unfair that it’s so hard for aging actresses in Hollywood to find good roles in the Transformers movies. And before you stop laughing, tune in to Mark Levy’s Casual Observer as he looks at life through a jaundiced eye. Kind of like Nadja, who did the illustration for Mark’s column. Or our friend Walter, here…

Happy autumnal equinox, and …

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V8N4 July-August 2012

"Consumption," M. Owczarek, V8N4/2012


We haven’t come a long way, baby

June 29/30, Endwell

Pick a topic. Any topic. Write about it without injecting yourself into it. Write about anything else, but not … You. Make a list: Politics, culture, art, war, peace, food, hunger… recognizing opposites begins to come easily, a cheap way to make the list longer with little extra effort. Stop there. Begin again. A month goes by. And then another. Openings, closings, travel for business, travel for fun, travel for no other reason than to get from there to somewhere else. Or here. “Outside the beltway.” “West of the Hudson…” In touch with realities. Each powerful word carries with it a visage, a comprehensive, multi-dimensional emotional package of what is (fill in the blank), for example, CULTURE: So much of what Politicians debate and the Media presents should go without saying. Yet it’s part of Our Culture to be zealously fractious.

So every couple of months the contributors and editors of Ragazine bring at least some of it back together under one e-cover.  We’re especially proud with this issue to provide the vehicle for reintroducing Walter Gurbo’s “Drawing Room” to a surreality-starved world.  Gurbo returns with Drawing Room after an hiatus that followed his 12-year tenure contributing panels to the village Voice. His work appeared in Ragazine simultaneously with a show at Anthony Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton last year. You can recap at:

Other recent additions to the crew – you already may have seen or read their work – include: Dr. José Rodeiro (Art); Monique Gagnon German (Copy Editor); Rhonda Branca (Flag Waver, until she has time for something more); Scott “Galanty” Miller (Columnist/re-Tweeter-ist)and Nadja Asghar (Illustrator). Metta Sama, our fiction editor for the past few years, is stepping down. She tried to quit once before, but we wouldn’t let her. Metta’s selections will run through the January-February 2013 issue. We wish her well in her new ventures, and the chances are good you’ll be hearing from or about her here again. Joe Weil will be picking up as fiction editor where Metta leaves off – with the March-April 2013 issue. Joe, a long-time Ragazine supporter, was poetry editor early on and we’re glad to have him back in this new role. You can read more about them all in About Us.

What in store with V8N4? Where to begin?

* An interview with Cuban artist Raul Villarreal, who co-authored a book with his father Rene Villarrealmajor domo at Ernest Hemingway‘s Finca Vigia estate outside Havana. Villarreal’s paintings embody the culture and sentiment of the disenfranchised who left the island nation after Fidel Castro rose to power. The article appears as Hemingway scholars recall the author on his birthday, July 21, 1899.

Poets Chelsie Malyszek; Alfred Corn; Melissa Schwalm and  Nicole Santalucia appear along with a review of Maria Mazziotti Gillan‘s forthcoming “The Place I Call Home” by poetry editor Emily Vogel.

* Politics editor James Palombo offers a snapshot of Harlem from a visit to the Maysles Theater for presentations of Stain – Changing Lives After Incarceration, and “OWS,” a series of shorts on the Occupy movement.

* On the side of Art, we have an interview with collage artist-photographer Marcin Owczarek, whose piece, “Consumption,” leads this page. Owczarek’s work intrigues and mystifies at once. And get ready for a leap of faith with José Rodeiro‘s exuberant review and analysis of Christie Devereaux’s latest show, which opened at The Treasure Room Gallery in New York at the end of June. Find out what drove Devereaux to make ART in an accompanying interview.

* The Fiction roster lists Rosebud Ben-Oni‘s short story, “As the Twig Is Bent,” and flash fiction from Hermine Pinson, “The Cat and Mouse and the Shoe.” Creative Nonfiction by Paul Sohar, “Worm Dialog,” recounts an endurance run on a trans-Atlantic flight with a fellow traveler who thinks he’s identified the leading actors in the space-time continuum.

Photography highlights include an interview with French photographer Pierre Corratge. Corratge practiced medicine for 30 years before turning his energies full time to the camera. Find opposite points of view in interviews and galleries from DJ Pierce and Dennis Maitland; and, find out what ticks in “the Photo Editor’s Choice,” selections by Chuck Haupt with “the story” behind each piece from the photographers.

* On the Humorous side, read what Mark Levy in Casual Observer has to say about “Bobs”, and be bitten by the satire of Galanty Miller‘s re-Tweets.

* Did someone say “Music“? If you’ve been following our friend Jeff Katz‘s articles, you know he has wide-ranging tastes and angles. This issue he sets up a bunch of friends to go toe-to-toe on “Beach Boys vs Beatles,” while Fred Roberts puts into words the rapture he felt listening to singer-songwriter Maia Vidal in a Barcelona bistro.

* Finally, a visit to Haiti to teach batik takes Jonathan and Beth Evans to Gonaives. There the travelers find themselves face-to-face with a culture unlike any other, as they bring their art to a community where it just might take root and grow.



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 − Mike Foldes


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Volume 8, Number 3, May-June 2012


Real Dreams

I’ve had some strange dreams lately, and not a few had to do with Ragazine. Indirectly, of course, but somewhere in those thoughts, twisted like brambles in a centurion hedge, the trail led back to the Rag. Because that’s where the creativity is. Look at the work represented in these cyberpages, most obviously, perhaps, the Art and Photography, because for those of us with eyes that can see, the visuals are an immediate challenge to fathom, if not believe. The Poetry, the Fiction, the Creative Nonfiction, Music Reviews, Political Commentary and other literary bytes are harder to comprehend; they have to be taken in word by word, line by line, page by page. Only by diving deeper into the heart of these ideas can one hope to grasp their meanings. Reading, however, takes time and concentration, two things too often in short supply. We trust this issue of Ragazine will awaken your inner self, derail the Daily You long enough for the Real You to resurface — without a slap in the head from Larry, Curly or Moe.

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Art-heavy, we are, and internationally so. Briton John Tierney‘s paintings have been likened to David Hockney and Edward Hopper, but he retains his own unique style in bringing scenes to life on canvas. In an interview, the retired criminology professor discusses his work,  ”nature vs nurture,” and whether he would  travel the same road the same way again.

“Three Hot Brazilian Artists” – Priscila De CarvalhoDuda Penteado and Gersony Silva – are introduced to Ragazine readers in an article by Dr. Jose Rodeiro that includes galleries showcasing the work of each. The artists and the article’s author have been instrumental in promoting WE ARE YOU Project International, furthering the cause of equal rights and immigration reform as it affects the growing Latino community in the United States (

Canadian Xavier Landry savages contemporary society with the same sharp wit as Lenny Bruce, only on canvas. In an interview, Landry explains how current events, fast food and historical personages figure into his world of Cabbage Patch Kids grown-up. Perhaps as fitting to say, “What Alice didn’t find when she fell down the rabbit hole….”

Danish-American artist Hanne H7L‘s surrealist imagery will teach you not to crack your knuckles. In an interview, H7L talks about her methods, her vision —  including the complex layering of photographic images in ghostly procession – and her artistic influences, among them Henry Buhl and Yoko Ono.

The curative power of art is found in an article from Rose Robin about the recently popularized Mexican fishing village of La Paz, Mexico. Development in La Paz has displaced many of the original residents. Robin organized Painting Pirates to give impoverished children a positive outlet in otherwise bleak lives, imbuing them and their families with hope for better days ahead.

Rounding out the this issue’s art assemblage is the work of Tuten Hiromi Sakurai, aka Tuten, whose vibrant expressionist paintings resonate wildly, at the same time they break with what we in the West might see as Japanese painting tradition.

Poetry editor Emily Vogel has selected the work of five poets for this issue:  Monique Gagnon German, Kathleen Keough, George Moore, Juan Soler and Barbara Sue Mink Spalding. Great coincidence that with so much poetry as National Poetry Month winds down, we’re also showcasing an Anti-Poetry-Month essay by Charles Bernstein on the News & Haps page. It’s a good bet this essay will appear yearly in April (somewhere) as surely as a letter to Virginia appears on editorial pages in newspapers across America at Christmas time.

Creative nonfiction editor Leslie Heywood brings to the fore thoughtful stories by Carol Sanford and Alexis Paige that explore finding the perfect “Now” in the perceived wilderness of rural America. Fiction from Beth Couture traces the path of curious girls and the risk one of them takes that carelessly puts a man’s life on the line. Fiction editorMetta Sama comments, “Hot damn! This is a great story. Creepy. Desperate. Sad. Honest. Familiar. Reminds me, in parts, of the wickedness Alice Munroe can write out.”

In our regular features, Politics editor Jim Palombo, who spent the winter in San Miguel Allende, points to environmental concerns that should be forefront (even if they’re not) at the upcoming G20 meeting in Mexico. Music editor and Cooperstown’s new mayor Jeff Katz reviews Blue CheerCWB and Bruce Springsteen’s  Wrecking Ball.  Casual Observer Mark Levy  returns with a positive take on getting older… sage advice on saving from a new Floridian. Welcome to illustrator Nadja Asghar, whose work appears as one of our rotating headers, and ‘inside’. Last but not least by any means, as you can see when you browse our pages, Photo editor Chuck Haupt has selected five memorable images with photographer statements for this issue’s the PHOTOGRAPHY Spot.

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 − Mike Foldes


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Volume 8, Number 2, March-April 2012


Party On

Let’s hope the worst is over with the GOP Presidential primaries. This is not a political statement. Just the sad fact that so much money is being wasted by also-rans. They’d likely win more votes by contributing the millions they receive in SuperPAC money to help satisfy global needs for food, clothing, education, shelter and medicine. Instead, in the relentless pursuit of a seat at the table with Really Big Poobas, the most resilient candidates settle for a sustained diet of rubber chicken dinners, the style and class of sweater vests, and vain efforts to seat themselves a little closer to their makers, both in heaven and on earth. Why are these losers still in the race? What did Newt do for that special someone in his life to contribute millions to a campaign going nowhere? What will happen to the treasure chests when the dust settles and it’s time to regroup until the next campaign? Go into treasury funds?

It’s a sad day for America when “freedom for all” gives way to parochial interests. But that’s what 2012 is shaping up to be. Now on to more satisfying things.

There’s a load of great stuff in this issue of Ragazine, including much better fiction than I offer, from professor and artist Steve Poleski;  creative nonfiction from Jennie Case exploring community gardens; the inimitable cityscapes in the photography of Martin Stavars; and an incredible look into Mumbai’s dhobhi ghat from Adeel Halim, street photographer extraordinaire, whose photograph of Mumbai’s open laundry tops the Welcome page .

Politics Editor Jim Palombo takes a more serious and encompassing look at the political scene in his “Primer to the Primaries – and Beyond.” With a clarifying review difficult to locate anywhere, Jim presents political, economic and social considerations which in turn affect concerns around the globe. This unusual piece will definitely speak to bettering your ideological acumen, which in these turbulent times, is something to be looking towards.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the death of author John GardnerJoel Gardner discusses his father’s work with contributing editor John Smelcer.  Poetry offerings include work from Claudia SereaAlan BrittCarol DineEvan Hansen, and poems from 14-year-old Carly Gove. We round things out with a meditation jointly composed by Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso and Smelcer, and illustrated by Micah Farritor.

Music editor Jeff Katz offers his usual eclectic mix of reviews and opinion turning his practiced eye on the Avett Brothers, the classics of the Jet Set, and his own favorite first tracks of debut albums.

Tara Dervla deconstructs the painting Hips Don’t Lie, from José Rodeiro, art professor at New Jersey City University;  contributing editor Miklós Horváth interviews the worldly performance and visual artist Murray Gaylard; and John Kelly exalts in The Art Museum, a recent release from Phaidon publishing. Indigenous art lovers will appreciate Images from Injalak, a project of the indigenous people of Australia working with Melbourne-based artist and printmaker Andrew Sinclair, with an informed introduction by Marguerite Brown, exhibition curator.

I can’t think of a better way to slide into spring and away from the cacophony of current events than to spend a little more time with us than usual. As for those of you in Southern Hemispheric temperate climes, it’s time for tea and honey.

Thanks for reading!

 − Mike Foldes



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Volume 8, Number 1, January-February 2012


Reader’s Challenge Issue

Fun Food For Thought

Civil society in America is evolving faster than anywhere else in the world. The Middle East, China, Africa, South America will catch up and possibly surpass us well before the end of this century in total economic output, but by then the rules of civil society will have changed dramatically. The economic and even political rules America and the world play by today have roots in the 19th Century. The developing world is doing what we have been doing for 150 years or more, and in some ways doing it better. But better is not going to be good enough. By the time the developing nations catch up, one would hope we will have further evolved into a society that breaks down barriers between humanity, technology and bureaucracy so that corporations — as governments — no longer are regarded as “persons”, but as constructs devised by people to realize human goals — and nothing more.

We hear a lot of complaints these days about what people don’t get in the way of intellectual stimulation from newspapers, magazines, or  television news shows.  “You give us twenty-two minutes and we’ll give you the world,” proclaims the most listened to station in the nation, and that’s great when you’re driving to work in the morning, but not if you want to begin to understand  the “Whys” and “Hows” behind the “Whats”.   Happily, and in a completely random fashion, this issue of Ragazine.CC brings together a banquet of food for thought about relational changes taking place in the biosphere.  We call it the “Reader’s Challenge Issue,” because you’re going to have to read a lot — and think about it —  to see how it all fits together.

A good starting point would be Eleanor Goldfield‘s article about the “Move to Amend” effort in Los Angeles that resolves that corporations should not enjoy “personhood”. Follow that with Scott “Galanty” Miller‘s piece based on his sociology class lectures − a discourse on how corporations, the internet, and technology in general, drain the individual of empathy, sympathy and, in turn, humanity, turning them, he laments, into “F**king A**holes”.

After these, you might want to dive into politics editor Jim Palombo‘s follow-up report on his visit as Ragazine envoy to the Rhodes Forum in Rhodes, Greece, where delegates from around the globe shared their world views on political, economic and social issues of the day. Jim also weighs in the OWS crowd. Not enough? Flay yourself further reading a moderated interview by Rosebud Magazine publisher and Binghamton University professor John Smelcer with Donald Pease, of Dartmouth University, and Robyn Wiegman of Duke University, as they discuss the present state and direction of American Studies.

Garnish this with dynamic portfolios from photographer Olaf Heine; the surrealistic comic bookish fine art of Fernando “Pulpo” Hereñu; fiction from Ann Bogle; Bengali poetry in the original and in translation from Masud Khan; poems by American poets Gail Fishman, Gillian Brall, Myron Ernst and Dwyer Jones; music reviewer Jeff Katz‘s annual TOP TEN Not-All-New picks from 2011; Mark Levy‘s “Casual Observer,” and more.

Just look inside to find it.

Thanks for reading!

− Mike Foldes


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Volume 7 Number 6, Nov-Dec 2011


Mr. Hyde, Dale Grimshaw

Occupying Wall Street

(This is not a potlatch)

The periodic redistribution of wealth by some Northwest Coast native American tribes is a great example of what was done at one time to ensure that everyone got an equal chance at a better life. Those “who have” were called upon to give much of it away. The same was expected of others in following years,  as they managed to amass material wealth. The honors went to those who gave away the most. What one accumulated was shared, a reminder we share the earth.  It was called potlatch.

The 99% sitting in at Zuccotti Park are not asking that the 1% give everything away; they’re asking for long-overdue reform of what is euphemistically called a profession, but which in Christ’s time would have been called something worse than “money changer”. It’s one thing to invest one’s own drachma in a venture, on-going or new, and another to skim the cream then spill the milk. That mark of greed coating the lip of the fat cats is a slap in the face to anyone who’s lost a job in the last five years, or who just graduated from college and can’t find one, or who’s working two or three jobs to make ends meet, where one used to be more than enough.

It’s too late to say that if all the money spent in the past ten years on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and misspent by investment banks and brokerages on Wall Street and other financial centers around the world, were invested more wisely in education, health care, infrastructure and the humanities, we wouldn’t be living in this sad state of affairs. And it hasn’t stopped, as shown by recent charges against former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, who allegedly bled MF Global of hundreds of millions of investors’ dollars. Since we are against the wall, it’s up to us — and the 1% in power who have a conscience — to help clean up the mess. Not the petty mess some point to as the “fault” of a group of urban campers, but the mess the financial and political ruling classes made tripping over themselves to feed at the brimming Wall Street trough. Photos from Occupy Wall Street appear here: ‎

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We’ve got another astounding issue covering subjects and events as diverse as the work of Dale Grimshaw, whose painting “Mr. Hyde” is the cover of this issue, to the overlooked beauty of the Pakistani countryside in a travel piece by Zaira R. Sheikh, to the photography and haiku of Sean Lotman.  If you like poetry, you’ll love the work of the five other poets in this issue, Lyn Lifshin, Bianca StoneEsta Fischer, Pamela Uschuk and Ann E. Michael. In the realm of creative nonfiction, Joe Weil writes of “Fishing in a Filthy River,” and its undertow of memories, while Kimberly Dark recounts her unique acquaintance with Greybeard, a down-to-earth neighbor in Hawaii.

Music editor Jeff Katz recounts the “Sad Journey of Gene Clark”; Beth Timmins, resident writer with Giffords Circus, gives a peek under skirt of the Big Top;  Mark Levy, back after taking a break during which he moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, from Binghamton, New York, delivers his “Casual Observer” column, and his “Feeding the Starving Artist” pro bono legal series with a look at the new Patent and Trademark law.

Politics editor Jim Palombo gives an overview of his preparations for the annual Rhodes Conference in Rhodes, Greece. Jim, as an envoy from Ragazine, was one of only a few Americans at the event, which he plans to report on in our January issue.

Maile Colbert‘s “Letter to the Editor” ponders capital punishment with subtle eloquence; Sridala Swami’s short short stories will stay with you much longer than the time it takes to read them. And don’t miss Anthony Haden-Guest’s cartoon panel,  hidden somewhere in the gray matter within these e-pages. If you’re looking for something to do, check out the Events page for ideas about places and events where you’re likely to find like-minded Ragazine readers.

Thanks for reading… And thanks especially for passing it on!

— Mike Foldes


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September-October 2011, Volume 7, Number 5

Big Apple Bites Back _ Walter Gurbo

Back to Basics

This issue’s cover art comes compliments of Walter Gurbo. If you were in New York back in the day, and read The Village Voice, you’ll remember Gurbo’s “Drawing Room”, superb panels of surrealistic images surrounded by sexed-up ads on the tabloid’s back cover. Always new. Always sure to stretch the imagination beyond the bounds of decorum. See for yourself in our recap of July’s retrospective at the Brunelli Gallery in Binghamton, New York.

Politics editor Jim Palombo interviews singer-songwriter Eleanor Goldfield, founder and lead singer in the band Rooftop Revolutionaries. Palombo explores and Goldfield explains with refreshing intellect how she reconciles making money and making change in a convulsing world.

John Smelcer offers an intriguing memoir of his acquaintance with Britain’s then poet laureate, Ted Hughes, and a subsequent friendship with Hughes’ and Sylvia Plath’s son,Nick. Smelcer includes a poem co-written by him and Ted Hughes as a bar “game” more enduring than darts.

Don Ruben, lawyer and long-time friend of Ragazine, interviews Drug Policy Alliance’s Tamar Todd on obstacles to legalizing medical marijuana nationwide, including conflicts with federal law in states that have already legalized it, and President Obama’s failure to follow through on pre-election hints he would work to decriminalize the herb.

Adding food for thought to the article on DPA, we’re pleased to offer the first of four panels contributed to Ragazine by noted author and cartoonist Anthony Haden-Guest.Subsequent panels will appear in the next few issues, where you will find them strategically placed to challenge your senses of self and humor.

Music editor Jeff Katz hooks up, so to speak, with Eilen Jewell, at the Oneonta Theater in Oneonta, New York, where the “turbocharged kewpie doll” and her band played in August to a country-loving crowd.

Welcome – in some cases, welcome back – to poets Hal SirowitzJohn Richard Smith,Laura Close; to poet-photographer Jeanpaul Ferro,  short fiction author Carlo Matos, and collage artist Joseph Bowman.  And if you have a few minutes more, check out the books and reviews, and Zaira Rahman’s Islamabad tripper’s diary.  Special thanks to Hala Salah Eldin Hussein who filed a story on the situation “on the ground” in Cairo, Egypt, that posted in mid-August.

Kudos to the editors and contributors who help bring Ragazine to the stage every couple of months,  and to the thousands of readers who give us the motivation to labor on again and again, year after year… We trust you’ll find plenty to enjoy!

Thanks for passing it on.

– Mike Foldes


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Welcome: July-August 2011, Vol. 7 No. 4


From the 9/11 obsessions of Ultra Violet

The Good, the Bad …

and the Way It Is
Who can forget Nine Eleven? It carries the same tune as Sarajevo did for the generation that lived through World War I, and as Pearl Harbor did for the generation that fought and lived through World War II. It’s historical significance as the start of the War on Terrorism is established, but the lessons learned are indeterminate. The recent art of Ultra Violet explores the cause and effect of Nine Eleven in a variety of media from drawings, to prints, paintings and sculptures. It’s serendipitous that our interview with Ultra is running in this issue, even as the 10th Anniversary of Nine Eleven looms. And ironic that one of the icons of the aesthetic nihilism endemic in the New York City art scene of the Sixties and Seventies is now among those who lead the chorus calling for acceptance and understanding from both sides of a widening gulf between the Ancient and Modern worlds, to help ensure nothing like Nine Eleven ever happens again.
Moving right along …
We think you’ll find this issue of Ragazine especially challenging throughout. Rebecca Young finds out for herself and shares with all, what goes into the factory-like food chain that puts meat and potatoes on the table at a price almost everyone in America can afford — but at what cost?
Join noted author Cris Mazza and interviewer Kristin Thiel as they discuss Mazza’s writing and her recently published book, “Various Men Who Knew Us as Girls,” a woman’s disturbing trek along a path of sexual abuse, and her attempt to climb out of the psychological hole it puts her into.
Artist Shawn Huckins explains in an interview the motivation behind his “Revolution Revolution … ” series, which we think you’ll find surrealistically amusing. Hungarian writer Miklòs Horvàth comments on the recent Gauguin exhibit at the Tate Modern in London, with an examination of why his art was not as well received in Belgium in 1889 as it is today. What a difference a century makes!
Rounding out the art bubble, in a somewhat unusual fashion, Leon Tan in our Politics section brings to the table the ongoing political and legal debate over “Darfunica,”  a painting by Nadia Plesner on the order of Picasso’s infamous “Guernica” that challenges the complacency of the civilized world in the face of constant depredation in the widely ignored African nation, Darfur. Louis Vuitton found it so offensive they instituted a lawsuit against its content.
On the literary front, we’re pleased to have the poetry of Jennifer Diskin, D. Alexander Mosner and Charlotte Lowe; an amusing “mystery” from Pedro Ponce; a short short story of awakening by Racquel Goodison, and our regulars are back: Jeff Katz’s top ten failed musical partnerships, and reviews of Bowl Soup and Vol. 2 of The Baseball Project; Mark Levy reflects on the simplicity of life in the Amazon, and he and Nick Andreadis look YouTube in the face.
As always, your comments are welcome and appreciated. You’ll need to sign in to comment, but don’t let that stop you! And if you like what you find, please let your friends know we’re here. Lots of Summer Reading “Inside”.
Thanks for reading.
— Mike Foldes



Welcome: May-June 2011, Vol. 7 No. 3


the less said, the better. Tempting it is to let the statement stand alone. But that would would be to overlook the hard work and contributions so many people have made along the way to get us to this May-June issue of Ragazine, and the start of the summer reading season. With that in mind, take us to the beach on your e-reader, tablet or laptop…

On the docket this time around:
  • An interview with NYC artist Karen Gunderson and a gallery of her black paintings;
    the photography of Slovenian photographer Janez Vlachy, whose photo is on this issue’s cover;
    an interview with veteran Hollywood Cartoonist Herb Moore, and an introduction to his new series, “Duffy MacTaggart, Scotland’s Greatest Golf Teacher”;
    A report from Pakistan by Zaira Rahman on the unsettling deaths and lynching of two boys in the wrong place at the wrong time, and their family’s quest for Justice;
    interviews with, and poetry from, acclaimed poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Lyn Lifshin, and additional poetry from Steve Oldford, Svea Barrett and Emily Kagan Trenchard;
    Chris Mackowski’s account of a winter trip to the barrens of his native Maine;
    fiction by John Palen and Eric Bennett;
    a video trailer for a film by Eliane Lima, and a profile of the filmmaker;
    and, all the regular sections: Music comment and reviews by Jeff Katz; free legal advice in “Feeding the Starving Artist” by Mark Levy, who also writes “Casual Observer”; the value of education in “Politics”, from editor Jim Palombo and contributor Frank Gaydos; and more…
We trust that lineup will float your boat, whatever shining sea you’re in. Enjoy!
And thanks for reading.
– Mike Foldes





Volume 7, No. 2.5

April 2011

© Guenter Knop

What in the World …

Earthquakes, tsunamis, meltdowns, no-fly zones … you’d think the world would be a better place, but hard as we try, there’s always something standing in the way.

Perhaps that’s why the articles in this interim issue of Ragazine, our first attempt after seven years of bi-monthly issues to produce a monthly, are as divergent as they are — our attempt to bring things together in the face of greater odds. And, as interesting (yeah, we know, that’s subjective. So here’s the Challenge: Read on, and decide for yourself).

Here’s what we’ve got: A street-level, local report from Egypt covering not menacing tanks or burning cars, but graffiti on the walls of Cairorecounting the effort and pronouncing the people’s victory over tyranny (Hala Salah Eldin Hussein); a Pakistani reviewer’s take on Dobi Ghat, a Bollywood indie film that took honors in film fests around the world for its look at the effects of caste on four main characters (Zaira Rahman); poetry by Martin Willitts, Jr.; Land Art installation by an American artist (Jody Joyner) working on the grounds ofSoekershof, a botanical paradise in southwest South Africa; life studies of women by a German-born artist (Guenter Knop) who makes his home in New York City; the translation of an excerpt from aRomanian novel, along with the original language text (Daniel Dragomirescu); an interview with the Alaskan writer some have called “a  modern-day Jack London” (John Smelcer); an interview with photographer Michael Eastman, whose unmatched images of Havana capture the color and life of the city and its history (as he does all of his subjects) with surreal accuracy; a look at Ghanathrough the eyes of two travelers (Roscoe Betsill & Steven Keith) who came back to the States with a far different understanding of the country than they went away with.

Speaking of understanding: An American ex-pat group is forming in San Miguel Allende, Mexico, to educate Americans in particular to what their real place is in this world…. Talk about an uphill climb.

As if that’s not enough, reach inside for Jeff Katz’s remembrance of singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye; book reviews; the foodie’s Kitchen Caravan; and thePHOTOGRAPHYspots (Albert Dorsa/translation page & Chuck Haupt/politics page).

Comments, by the way, are much appreciated. Don’t be shy. Let us have it, good, bad or indifferent. We thrive on feedback. And please, ”Pass it on ….”

Thanks for reading!







Volume 7, No. 2

February-March, 2011

“The Millinery Studio”, Acrylic on canvas, 14″ x 20″, 2010

Amy Kollar Anderson


So much to see, so little time …

Science Fiction turned to fact in February when an IBM supercomputer named “Watson”visited upon earth, defeating two heralded champions in a “Jeopardy” smack down decades in the making. We’re not running an article on this noteworthy event, but it says here Watson, named after the company’s founder Thomas J. Watson, will be among the finalists (if not the Chosen One) in Time‘s Person of the Year award selection come December. What makes this all the more special, in a way, is that Ragazine publishes from the Greater Binghamton area of Upstate New York — home of IBM (aka, International Business Machines), and once the stomping grounds of “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling. The area always has been culturally and socially influenced by a mixture of science fantasy and fiction. You might say, we’ll believe anything, even that a tsunami of peaceful revolution could irrigate the monarchies and dictatorships of the Arab world, re-making it as a cradle of shared prosperity and humanistic reason. So, let it be known, “Another King is dead. All hail the Thing.”

Of course, there comes a time in everyone’s life when a little fantasy will do you good. Sometimes even better. Fortunately for us, the talented Amy Kollar Anderson came to the rescue, as you’ll see from a thorough look at her work in the galleries embedded in these pages. And for those of you with short attention spans, check out Amy’s captivating time-lapse video that condenses 50 hours of painting into  less than three minutes, backed by the music of Dayton, Ohio, super-group Ape the Ghost.

The horizon doesn’t end there. Check out Ellen Janten‘s photographic essay “Losing Reality; Reality of Loss — 2011”, an exploration of the diaphanous layers between the free-standing worlds that separate life and memory. Internationally recognized architect and artist, Michael Jantzen, Ellen’s husband and model for many of the images in her work, shares his visions for The Sounds of the Sun Pavilion, a curvilinear approach to sustainable living in which solar energy powers a community where there’s literally music in the air.

Other visual delights include the work of John Dobbs, whose recent show at ACA Galleries in New York City closed in February, but you can get a taste of it here. Elizabeth Cohen returned from a recent trip to Gallup, New Mexico, with a packet of cell-phone photos, and an accompanying essay about an Old West indulged by sentiment and confused by age. If you can accept there is sometimes poetry in the subtlety of photographs, see Ida Musemic‘s images that appear following John F. Buckley‘s poem. And don’t be surprised if you find a few more images bringing color to otherwise gray pages in thePHOTOGRAPHYspot, strategically placed by photo editor Chuck Haupt.

Literary complements include short fiction by Ian Williams; an excerpt from R. J. Dent‘s recently published translation (with the French original) of  The Songs of Maldoror, fittingly accompanied by an other-worldly portrait of Salvador Dali by contributing photographer Valerie Brown; and poetry from some of the best emerging and established poets working today, including Buckley, Ann Clark, Micah Towery, Katie Hogan and Florence Weinberger.

Music editor Jeff Katz takes a look at the documentary “LennonNYC”, and sings praises for the library of great releases from Sundazed Music. And while you’re online, have a look at Jeff’s site, “Maybe Baby….”

Politics editor Jim Palombo and guest contributor Professor Randall Sheldenexamine the escalation of force used in the ongoing, increasingly costly (in both lives and money) drug war between the United States and Mexico, leaving even the most jaded among us to question, “Is it worth the price?”

In Feeding the Starving ArtistMark Levy, an intellectual property lawyer, providespro bono advice for wedding and events photographers to protect themselves and their clients against one another, and sometimes even from the guests. Levy, also Ragazine’s Casual Observer, offers his take on moving up to modern appliances — he’d take a washing machine over a washboard anytime.

If you, or someone you know, has work that will fit Ragazine’s eclectic collection of creative content, see and share our submission guidelines. We’re always looking for new artists, illustrators, writers, musicians, poets, travelers, thinkers and others, to collaborate with. It’s a great way to know, and get to know… Likewise, if you have events you’d like to publicize, share the news by adding a comment on the Events page. Keep it short and sweet: Time, Date, Place, Description, Contact Info; nothing more than 45 days in advance, please. As always, Comments are welcome on any or all of our pages; shed a little light while we stumble around in editorial darkness.

For those of us up North, Spring is on the way. For you south of the Equator, well, good luck with that, too!

Thanks for reading.



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Volume 7, No. 1

January 2011


Dancing with Dragons

Putting out a magazine is like dancing with dragons and letting go genies…. You struggle to pull things together without knowing what kind of animal you’ll deliver until the things – the issues — are out of the bottle. We’re doing our best to see that what you take the time to look at and read in Ragazine will add something measurably more memorable to your day than the daily dose of dumbed down pablum delivered by mainstream media to a mind-numbed populous.  Let us know if it’s not and we’ll kick ourselves in the shins, scream “Sakai,” and pay homage to the gods of wind feces (snow), until we get it right.

For those of you ready to dive in now, there’s plenty to break your fall:

The Ragazine cover this month is contributed by New York photographer Gabrielle Revere, whose work reveals the youth and beauty of a new generation. An interview with Revere shows she’s well aware not everyone in the world is so lucky. Our associated galleries include shots from her documentary series, “I only have eyes for you,” which captures the ice-cold irony of the beauty of children living in the midst of oft-neglected poverty.

Photographer Josephine Close explores the world of the psyche in the shadows, a journey into what lies within and beyond the visual field one sees through the camera’s eye, what evolves in the darkroom (or on the computer), and comes to life in the print. Close, in her own words, undertakes the pursuit in “… seeking to illuminate the magic in my life.”

On other fronts: A surreal love story from Stephen O’Connor/Fiction; Michael Parish’s Vignettes/Creative Nonfiction,, which CNF editor Leslie Heywood describes as a “series of vignettes on our strange contemporary relationship with the natural world.  There’s the poetry of John F. Buckley, Anne Babson and John Richard Smith; Jeff Katz’s unusually broad Top Ten music picks of 2010; Mark Levy’s eye on life as theCasual Observer, and his pro bono legal advice column for creative types in Feeding the Starving Artist.

From deep in the heart of Mexico, San Miguel Allende to be exact, politics editor Jim Palombo and guest contributor Horace Whittlesey comment on the effects of modern day prohibition and the unfulfilled promise of California’s recently defeated Proposition 19.

There’s more, of course, including illustrations, book reviews, a couple of events that caught our eyes, and more. … Such As —


Water, from Cecelia Chapman’s Video series

This is the first video we’ve run in Ragazine, but we’ll have more, soon. We are looking for original short videos (approx. 2 minutes) that have not been posted elsewhere, but we’ll sometimes take them if they have. They’ll run in a window on Ragazine, without redirects to other sites, but we will include the videographer’s site references with the piece. E-mail to, as attachments, with a still from the video.

So, while we close out 2010 dancing with dragons, and let the genie out of the bottle with VOLUME 7 Number 1, we wish you a healthy and progressive new year.

As always, thanks for reading.

— Mike Foldes

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Volume 6, No. 6

November-December 2010

©Aline Smithson

Arrangement #3

Aline Smithson: The Photographer’s Mother


The Art of Being Modern

Hello, again. Thanks for coming back. We know it’s not easy to take a few minutes out of a busy day for an “arts’ breather,’ but we’re glad you did.
The beauty of the web is also the spider at its center, that being people’s ability to spin whatever yarn they like and put it out in cyberspace. Everybody gets a shot. It used to be there were so few people with sites that it was a small community, many of whom knew one another, often righteously so. That community has grown so that now we’re not just a city, not just a nation, and each site has become one in a million. Or more likely, one in a few hundred million. The web, like the universe, is expanding exponentially, and it’s our challenge to keep up.
The New York Times newspaper is a great example of meeting that challenge. The gray lady may not be at her best these days, circulation and advertising revenue-wise, but she hasn’t lost her touch with news, features, reviews, opinion and leading edge journalism. Say what you want, but take a Sunday morning and afternoon off to read the Times cover to cover (if you can) and you’ll see what I mean. Don’t just take it for granted, because of the paper’s reputation, or because it’s been quoted from or talked about in news and movies since you were two. Read it once cover to cover and deny you’re less of a person than you were hours before when you picked it up — all two or three kilograms! (Sorry, tree people.)
I used to work for a newspaper conglomerate that published News Lite. The managers of the empire knew that busy people didn’t have time, and many didn’t have the interest — to read anything “in depth”. And in order to deliver bite-sized morsels of information people could digest, they peeled the onion until there was little left to eat. Reading theTimes on Sunday is like going to a farmer’s market in September. Two-page spreads on the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan, who too few Americans really know about, and fewer understand. Interviews with Centenarians who too often are passed over in favor of attention to youth culture. Articles on youth and growing up in America, the cost of education, and the more exorbitant costs of not having it. Political coverage by international correspondents who live and work close to the ground they cover. And, of course, so much more.No paper, of course, is perfect, and I’m in no position to tear wings from the dragon. But so much of what we see and hear on the web these days is a mirror of what the least-common-denominator print publishing offerings give us, that it’s a blessing the Times is still with us — and a sad fact of life that so many other great papers have died, not all of them with their boots on.
This issue of Ragazine has a lot to offer, too. We’re not just a Sunday read; we’re here two months at a time, and it’s OK to come back — again and again, we hope — until you’ve read us “cover to cover”.  Poetry, art, interviews, photography, fiction, creative non-fiction, music, reviews, travel and more, from around the world.

November-December 2010 brings you the photographic series by Aline Smithson, taken of her mother in a variety of poses, including the one at the top of this page; poems by Hannah Greenberg; Farsi poetry by ex-pat Iranian poet Ali Abdolrezaei in the original and in translation by Abol Froushan; an interview with Belgian-American artist Amy Swartelé; fiction by Paul Lisicky and Sarah Sarai; music columns byJeff Katz; a take on illegal immigration by politics editor Jim Palombo and guest writer Robert Murray Davis; a story of reconciliation with the harsh reality of a child’s death in creative non-fiction by James Benton; the Casual Observer followed byScott Hardin’s pane;our legal advice column for creative types, Feeding the Starving Artist; and, from Colorado, Art & About, where Jonathan Evans explores a bit of the blues.

There’s more, of course, but you’ll have to find it. And again, thanks for reading!






Volume 6, No. 5

September-October 2010

©Albert Watson

Taking the best shot yet

Welcome to another killer issue of

Photographer Albert Watson,  in an interview at his NYC studio, discusses aspects of his craft, the evolution of his career, the equipment he uses to produce his prints, and more.  Referred to byPhoto District News as “one of the most influential photographers of all time,” Watson generously allowed to reprint an extensive portfolio of images, many of which you’ll no doubt recognize from the covers and pages of Vogue, Rolling Stone and Harper’s Bazaar.  Showing no sign of slowing down, Watson has two book collections coming out this fall from PQ Blackwell publishing company, a solo show in Chelsea opening in October, and more than one project in the works.

Sara Ellison Lewis tells what it’s like for her to be a photo stylist in New York. Brookly-based sculptor Miya Ando explains what it means to her “to do good” in the world, a task that merely begins with making art. The cast and crew at Spool MFG, a gallery-performance space in Johnson City, New York, share part of their group’s latest production,Ampersand, a collage-like assemblage of history, poetry and art.

In Music, Jeff Katz reviews the latest musical offering from Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and looks back on 30 years of Paul Simon’s “One Trick Pony“. Jonathan Evansremembers Bob Marley a full 19 years after the reggae legend’s death. And, in Politics, San Miguel Allende, Mexico-based writer Lou Christine recounts his impressions of a 2007 trip to Havana that ring true even today.

On the literary front, there’s the Poetry of Emily Vogel, Tony Gruenewald, J.P. Smelcer and Rob Mustard; the Creative Non Fiction (CNF) of Marissa Fielstein, Fiction from  Mira Martin Parker and Jessie Carty; a book review of  Ted Greenwald’s 2008 volume “3″ by Kayleigh Wanzer, and the wry commentary of our Casual Observer Mark Levy. Levy also weighs in this month withShaun Vavra, offering legal advice in “Feeding the Starving Artist” — “Wait, Wasn’t That My Substantially Similar Idea?”

Rounding things out is the new strip from editorial cartoonist Jeff Hardin, whose first appearance in anchors the Casual Observer.

If all that’s not funky enough for you, we’ll just have to keep trying.




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