The Power of Art as Witness: Call Me Down the Rain

The second Creative Thresholds issue in July was a very special one and perhaps one of the most important ones we’ve done. It was a series of poems dealing with attacks by Boko Haram in the city of Jos and other areas in northern Nigeria. The cycle of poems began when poet Laura M Kaminski (who grew up in northern Nigeria) posted “Call Me Down the Rain” on her Facebook page. Poet j. lewis responded with one of his own, beginningRead more

Happy Birthday to Creative Thresholds!

A big “Happy Birthday!” to arts and literary blog Creative Thresholds, which celebrated its first year at the end of last month. The anniversary issue was fantastic–poetry, collage, painting, drawing, and photography from an international cast of contributors. Swiss artist Verena Baumann enchants with painting, photography, and drawing. Check out Works by Verena Baumann. Prolific poet Bruce Covey shares a secret in Evidence that Ke$ha is a Key Factor in America’s Growth Economy. Anne-Martine Parent explores the possibilities of photography, specificallyRead more

Inspiration Here and Now

Sometimes it’s the little things. Today I did a poetry reading for the “Read, Write and Doodle” Guerrilla Artist Group youth art sessions at Mooresville Public Library. I’d been a little apprehensive when I’d been asked to do it, wondering if I’d have anything 12-18 year olds could connect with. At the end of the session, one of the girls, Aja, came up and handed me an illustration she’d made of one of the poems I’d read. I was completely surprised,Read more