Our inaugural photo gallery exhibited photographs by Atlanta photographer and painter Marilyn Suriani, whose book "Dancing Naked in the Material World" turned heads in the early nineties. Here we see the wider scope of her work. (Click on photo above to see full portrait, taken by Billy Howard.)
"I think of my entire art practice as acts in a process of *trying to remember something*," writes John Sindelar. The materials for this series arose from trying to make paintings that were hard to see: images that, because of the glare of their surface, or the layers of wax paper, made you move around a lot in order to see them. This seemed appropriate for paintings about memory. Here is new work by John Sindelar.
Lincoln Clarkes and the "Heroines" Photographs
This wonderful photograph of the late Debbie Cook appeared in one of Lincoln Clarkes' Ellavon photogalleries, which showcased his epic "Heroines" project, portraits of women who live and work in Vancouver, BC's downtown eastside neighborhood. The first gallery appeared in the summer of 1998; Lincoln's project came to epitomise what Ellavon was about. We dismantled the galleries early in 2001, however, after an implausible controversy disrupted another Clarkes website project. Lincoln endured with his sweet generosity and his project intact. Anvil Press is publishing "Heroines: A Social Documentary" later this summer. See his CBC-NewsWorld interview.
AllMusic.com Director of Content Kristi Coulter was with Ellavon at the very beginning, her Letter from Ann Arbor being one of the ezine's most popular features. Ms. Coulter ruminated on singing and not singing, took in a Lori Carson show in Detroit, and took on bats in Ann Arbor. In an autumn column, Coulter noted that "if there is an opposite of a stalker, it’s me. I feel guilty about calling back people who’ve asked me to." We also enjoyed two pieces of her short fiction: "Sound of Music Night" and Normalcy. More recently, Coulter found a house for her hypothetical dog. Then a real dog to go with it: "My husband and I exchanged glances that said, so she's a self-entertaining dog. What's the problem? If she was going to be our dog, she might as well come equipped with her own neuroses," noted Coulter in the last column she wrote for us.
Damerell's "Rural Route Two" columns describe what happens when
writing gets in the way of not writing and how taking her
time is a fine summer activity. Her other columns include "Tilling
the Soil," "Candy,"
taking off for the
swimming lessons. She turns 40 in
her most recent column. Last autumn
left her rural life behind, and she now teaches at Monroe Community
in Rochester, New York. She has her own website.
Plan made her first appearance online here, with the publication of her
and versions of her two legendary perzines, "
The Ruins of an Autobiographical Novel, by John Glionna
In earlier chapters from John Glionna's autobiographical novel, the happy couple go shopping, apart. Later on they stop for some "Gas." How does John Glionna's antihero sleep? In Nights, it depends. In "Ready for Bowling," our man's wife, Betty Jean, meets the woman she was and the man she might want. "Obit" kicked off the book. Glionna writes for the Los Angeles Times.
Letters from the Bush, by Chris Basil
In his most recent missive from South America, Chris Basil tells the story of the waterpeople. His first "Letter from Guyana" described what some Canadian geologists have to do in order to find gold and diamonds. Basil is Vice President of Coast Mountain Geological Ltd. of Vanouver, BC.
Joseph Conte made his reputation writing about postmodern poetry and fiction. We're elated to have him as a columnist here on literary/cultural matters. In "The Rose is Obsolete" Conte imagines how our first great hypertext novelist might come to be. Conte's first essay for us looked at the new huge fictions -- especially those of Don Delillo -- systems of information not unlike cyberspace. Conte is Associate Professor of English at SUNY/Buffalo. His homepage.
The American Poetry Wars aren't over, according to Jonathan Mayhew, in his review of a fascinating new anthology. Mayhew's poem The History of Modern Poetry: From the 1890s to High Modernism arrived with nine convenient, brief chapters. His most recent, Late Ashbery, packs in parody with homage in one sweeping lyric. Ellavon asked Jonathan Mayhew to kick off our 1999 with a poem. We got two. Mayhew is a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas.
Jeanne d'Arc O'Day
"Buttergirl" is a fictional sketch by Jeanne d'Arc O'Day. O'Day holds degrees in both English and Nursing and lives in Buffalo, New York.
Diane Middlebrook's biography of Anne Sexton rescued that poet's reputation; Sexton became a poet/performance-artist of genius, not \some low-rent Plath with poor self-editing skills. What Middlebrook's next biography -- of the cross-dressing, lesbian jazz musician Billy Tipton -- does for *this* subject's posthumous reputation is an open question. "Ellavon" asks Middlebrook to explain the ethics of outing the dead. Visit Diane's website.
Kat's documentary about women who live and work in the downtown eastside neighborhood of Vancouver, BC, "Be My Junkie Shadow," premiered in that city recently to great interest and reviews. Read excerpts from the interviews that formed the basis of the docmentary here: Bernadette and Nicole and Denise. Here's Kat's page.
In 2000 Kosiancic released a mesmerizing debut CD, "Just Some Chick." One Vancouver newspaper has called her a "local hero." Click here to find out why and to listen to some music.
Ellavon interviews Paul Kurtz, who has spent a lifetime trying to explain to everybody that religious belief should be abandoned in favor of secular humanist ethics -- with less than complete success, obviously. He has fared a lot better in debunking crazy paranormal claims -- as cofounder of both the journal The Skeptical Inquirer and the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP -- pronounced "psi-cop," which annoys Kurtz's detractors to no end). The organization has a most wonderful website.
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Contributors retain copyright to work published in Ellavon. Other editorial material copyright 1998 - 2002 Ellavon: An Ezine of Basic Culture. Marilyn Suriani photo by Billy Howard; Kat Kosiancic photo by Leah Wiebe; Jeanne d'Arc O'Day photo by Maria Basil; Julie Damerell photo by one of her relatives or someone at Sears; Kristi Coulter photo by John Sindelar; Diane Middlebrook by Jerry Bauer; photo of Debbie Cook by Lincoln Clarkes; tracking down credit for Paul Kurtz photo. All other images by Ellavon.