About Indie Art South
I created Indie Art South after traveling the band circuit for a couple of years with my daughters who record and perform across the South as The Crazy Daysies.
Thoughts of retirement from freelancing loomed, but I knew I’d continue to write as long as I could. Sometimes I met musicians or visual artists I wanted to write about. Other times, I’d be inspired to write about books I’d read or how the creative process works on my end. On occasion, I write about how government policies impact artists and the arts in general.
I figured I could write anything related to the arts. I no longer have to convince an editor to publish a story–I can do it myself.
In the beginning I intended to focus on the indie artist market. As this site grew, I realized there were far more stories to write about the arts in general. Indie Art South is like my poetry—it’s purely a labor of love.
For those interested in my official background, here it is.
I’ve been a writer all my life, first working on the top state outdoor magazine in the nation and then serving as communications director for the SC Forestry Association. I also worked as a contract writer for the SC Natural Resources Dept., on Nongame and Endangered Species and special natural area projects.
As a freelancer, my work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and on websites such as the Pulitzer-winning Christian Science Monitor (print and online), Coastal Homes, Sky News, United Press International, and many others. For years I wrote a regular column for the nation’s oldest trade mag for writers, The Writer (print and online).
I authored two traditionally published books, Killing Earl (nonfiction/memoir) and A Poetry Break. My poetry book won the Florida Writer’s Association award for poetry and it was one of several books nominated by the Southeastern Booksellers Association as poetry book of the year.
Nonfiction anthologies containing my work include Faces of Freedom, The Writer’s Handbook, and textbooks.
I also edited an award-winning pharmaceutical journal for a decade, and I’ve provided content to criminal justice organizations. I served as writer-in-residence for a project created by a major teaching hospital.
My poetry is published in journals like the magazine published by the Florida Council of Teachers of English, and on Web sites and in magazines like Foliate Oak, Pif, ByLine and Fairfield Review. It’s included in anthologies like Letters to the World and in text materials created by educational publishers. I’ve done poems on TV, at live events and on public radio. A special moment for me was reading at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington for Florida Poets Arrive.
I was honored to serve as senior media analyst for The Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention held in Charleston, S.C. in 2010, and I composed a special poem in honor of that event and those who received the medal.
Causes I advocate for are the military, small businesses, at-risk youth, wise use and conservation of our natural resources, and government reform.
I speak to groups by invitation and do radio appearances about media and the news business, as well as writing.
Regarding your privacy
At present there are no ads on this site. The ‘i’ inside the circle in your address bar (if you’re using Google’s browser) is a designation I do not understand. I don’t track visitors, other than via the general stats tally WordPress provides. I decided not to pay extra to have that ‘i’ removed*. I view it as another obstacle tech giants have thrown at indie publishers. I don’t share your email address, should you provide one on a comment or feedback email, with anyone.
[*Update: Sept. 5, 2018: I paid to have the ‘i’ removed. We are hostages of tech titans now.]
Submissions and tips
Both are welcomed. Please use the contact form on this site. I do read all email as long as it involves a submission or news tip. All others are sent to the SPAM folder.
Need a speaker or talk show guest?
Please contact me by using the form on this site.
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