Editor’s Desk February 2017

Editor’s Desk February 2017

Jan. 31 / 17

“Wan February with weeping cheer,
Whose cold hand guides the youngling year
Down misty roads of mire and rime,
Before thy pale and fitful face
The shrill wind shifts the clouds apace
Through skies the morning scarce may climb.
Thine eyes are thick with heavy tears,
But lit with hopes that light the year’s.”
–  Algernon Charles Swinburne, A Year’s Carols: February

Hi there, the first month of 2017 has passed. February is here. There is so much to cover this month. I’m not sure if all of it can fit in!

Alright, Spectrum Indian Wells is coming next month, March 16-19, 2017. We have the reminders: 4 Heads Portal, Artexpo New York,  and AWP Conference & Bookfair.

Got some new music…speaking of that, last Friday I posted a segment called Cool. It was a spur of the moment thing. You try to come up with an idea, then bam, a great one pops up. This just happened. This segment will be posted at any time. I find something in art, photography, literature, film, music, fashion….and on and on.

Pat McGrath is this month’s Shadow Spotlight, fashion’s most influential make-up artists and an inspiration for being a Black Woman Pioneer. As you know, it’s Black History Month, so I’m going to pepper the site with lots influential African-Americans who shaped our past, present, and future.

I have two film reviews that I want to share with you, plus there will be an interesting Creative Close-Up post. Vancouver is the last stop for @ The Event. Lastly, we know Valentine’s Day will be here soon, so let’s celebrate by focusing on love…creatively.

Goodbye January, Hello February!


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Reflections: Living Life… Bonnie Mohr

Reflections: Living Life… Bonnie Mohr

Jan. 31 / 17

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Creative Close-Up: Helpful Articles In the Arts

Creative Close-Up: Helpful Articles In the Arts

Jan. 31. /17

Hello! Having a hard time with the wi-fi connection, but I’m pulling through it. You have seen past posts about the Arts Business Institute or ABI. Well for today’s Creative Close-Up, I’ve decided to put the some helpful articles. I hope they are beneficial to you. Here, take a look at these recent three……

cred: arts business institute

How to Deal With Difficult Customers


Artist & Maker Pricing Strategies 


What Sets Your Work Apart?


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Cool: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” Taylor Swift & Zayn

Cool: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” Taylor Swift & Zayn

Jan. 27 / 17

Afternoon! This is a segment is called Cool. Cool in what’s happening in art, film, music, books, you get the picture right? Well, the music video for the song, ‘I Don’t Wanna Live Forever’ by Taylor Swift and former One Direction member Zayn, has arrived. As some of you know the song is from the soundtrack for the upcoming film, Fifty Shades Darker. I’m sure the Swiftie fans are beyond excited. That goes for the fans of Zayn. The song and video are pretty cool. Check it out….


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Wednesday Scene: Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award

Wednesday Scene: Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award

Jan. 25 / 17

Hello, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything in fashion. I’m always searching or researching for any signs that might peak the interests of those who love fashion. I always think that fashion is another form of art and creativity. This right here is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door of fashion. The Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award is here. From what I read, this is for full-time, third-year undergraduate students in good academic standing with an accredited American college or university. To know more, keep reading……

from the council of fashion designers of america website

“As a designer, Ms. Claiborne did not care to be considered a trendsetter. She placed practical concerns over the glamour of the catwalks and the prestige of designer prices. Her arrival as a fashion brand was well-timed, catching the beginning of a great change in American society as women headed to the workplace in large numbers.” – Eric Wilson, New York Times, 2007


In 2009, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and Art Ortenberg, Liz Claiborne’s husband and business partner established the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award. This prestigious $25,000 design award invites undergraduate fashion students in their third year of study to create a Liz Claiborne signature fashion collection {or system} supported by a brand narrative, & element of sustainable design innovation. Up to three (3) Finalists will be invited to New York, to present their portfolios to a CFDA Member Selection Committee with the Liz Claiborne Scholarship Award to be announced in June 2017.

Liz Claiborne was both iconic and disruptive to her industry. At a time when many American designers were striving to create luxury, opulence, and exclusivity within their brands, Claiborne innovatively designed to fit the needs of her customer- re-coding sportswear into comfortable, versatile, affordable, styled fashion separates. As a holistic design and business thinker, Claiborne engaged in every phase of the creative process as well as production, merchandising, sales, and presentation- known best for presenting directly to clients- demonstrating how best to wear each season’s colors, shapes, and layers.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award is April 12th, 2017. Briefing + Guidelines for the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award can be found here. Completed applications must be submitted here.

Fashion students, if this is something that you want to do, then this is for you, but don’t delay. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, be always blessed.





















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Wednesday Scene: TZIPAC Wedding Photography Awards

Wednesday Scene: TZIPAC Wedding Photography Awards

Jan. 25 / 17

Good Morning creative peeps! Not a lot to post today. The TZIPA Wedding Photography Awards is an online juried photography exhibition. For info read on….


TZIPAC Wedding Photography Awards

TZIPAC announces a call to artists for an online-juried photography exhibition. Award Minimum is $500. Weddings are joyous occasions and it is always a privilege to capture beautiful memories for the loving couple. With so many beautiful moments and emotions, intricate and personalized details, not to mention breathtaking landscape backdrops, wedding photography presents endless opportunities to push the boundary of creativity. TZIPAC’s 2016 International Wedding Photography Awards aims to celebrate this creativity, and exploration of new and bold imagery from weddings, as well as stunning and timeless classic and photojournalistic wedding photography. $20 per entry. Deadline: January 31, 2017. More info. Contact: email

If you’re interested, please click on the sites above. You do have time, so don’t waste it!

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Weekend Scene: 2017 New Orleans Writing Retreat…..Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

Weekend Scene: 2017 New Orleans Writing Retreat…..Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

Jan. 21 / 2017

Hey…..if your planning on going to New Orleans and your itching to do some writing, this retreat is right for you…..

cred: awp (association of writers & writing program)

2017 New Orleans Writing Retreat (March 23-26, 2017) feat. Dipika Guha, Emily Nemens, Rita Banerjee, & Diana Norma Szokolyai – Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States


MAR 24 MAR 26, 2017


SCHOLARSHIP: None Available

CONTACT: Rita Banerjee

The 2017 Cambridge Writers’ Workshop New Orleans Writing Retreat will be held from March 24 to 26. The faculty includes writers Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, & other award-winning professors.

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop Spring in New Orleans Writing Retreat will take place from March 24-26, 2017. The retreat offers multi-genre workshops, as well as craft seminars and time to write. The faculty includes creative writers Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, & other award-winning writers. The cost of the retreat is $750, which includes tuition, lodging, a welcome dinner and a farewell brunch. Applications open at from December 1, 2016, to February 1, 2017. Due to limited seats, early applications are encouraged. Submit 5-10 pages of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction with a $5 application fee, a cover letter, and references to Visit for more information.


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Faculty Includes: Rita Banerjee (poetry, fiction), Diana Norma Szokolyai (poetry, nonfiction)



Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting


New Orleans
Louisiana, United States


Cambridge Writers’ Workshop

The Cambridge Writers’ Workshop (CWW) began as a creative writing community in Cambridge, MA. Formed by graduate students at Harvard University in 2008, the workshop was meant as a forum for fostering communities of dedicated writers and encouraging creative expression in the literary arts. The CWW was all-inclusive and was open to all emerging and established writers in the Cambridge and Boston area. Since 2008, the CWW has been run by directors Rita Banerjee and Diana Norma Szokolyai. Current Executive Board members include Gregory Crosby, Jonah Kruvant, Elissa Lewis, Viktor Pachas, Jessica Reidy, Kathleen Spivack, our managing interns Alex Carrigan and Emily Smith, and our interns Anna-Celestrya Carr, Erynn Porter, Anne Malin Ringwalt, and Shannon O. Sawyer. In 2011, the workshop expanded to include on-line creative writing courses and writing retreats. We have participated in the Mass Poetry Festival, Brooklyn Book Festival, Brooklyn Lit Crawl, Manhattan Lit Crawl, and the annual AWP Conference. All writers from novices to professionals, who are looking for a serious writing community, are welcome to join the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop.
















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Weekend Scene: 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair Updates

Weekend Scene: 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair Updates

Jan. 21 / 2017

Afternoon everyone. It’s a rainy day in my neck of the woods, but that’s not going to stop me from posting a few things today. I’m giving you an update on the 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair.

cred: awp (association of writers & writing programs

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2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair

Washington Convention Center
& Washington Marriott Marquis
February 8 – 11, 2017
Celebrating AWP’s 50th anniversary!

Key Dates

Materials to View/Download

Social Networking


Future Conference dates:

Tampa, Florida

  • March 7 – 10, 2018 | Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside

Portland, Oregon

  • March 27 – 30, 2019 | Oregon Convention Center

San Antonio, Texas

  • March 4 – 7, 2020 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

Kansas City, Missouri

  • March 3 – 6, 2021 | Kansas City Convention Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • March 23 – 26, 2022 | Pennsylvania Convention Center

Save the dates if you plan to go! Hopefully you may have a chance to attending this year’s conference.















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