Earlier this year Critical Read announced its first ever Critical Read Blogging Fellowship. We were grateful to receive applications from writers located across the United States and abroad. After a careful review, we selected seven writers for the program. Each of these writers has a unique point of view and range of interests. They will be contributing to Critical Read between November 2020 and June 2021. Each will be blogging in his or her own column, the titles and descriptions of which you can read below along with the writers’ biographies. I know that these writers will make a wonderful addition to our team, and I look forward to sharing their work with you.
- The Art of Thinking: explanatory articles on aesthetic philosophy by Alexander B. Joy
Alexander B. Joy holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lives and works in his native New Hampshire, where he spends his leisure time reading philosophy and writing haiku.
- Dicey: making meaning from casino art collections by Dawn-Michelle Baude
Senior Fulbright Fellow Dawn-Michelle Baude has published seven volumes of poetry, four communications books, and dozens of art reviews and monographs on both sides of the Atlantic. Her pieces have appeared in the digital and/or print formats of Vogue, Newsweek International, Huffington Post, ArtCritical, Art+Auction, and the Los Angeles Times.
- Art and Mind: writing at the intersection of art and psychology by Deborah Kostianovsky
Deborah Kostianovsky, M.D., M.L.A. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who has been in practice for thirty years, and recently transitioned to writing about art. She holds a masters of liberal arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on philosophy of aesthetics, art history, and comparative literature.
- Vanguard Voices: female jazz artists of the 1960s and 70s by Leena Mahan
Leena Mahan lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her writing has previously appeared in The Columbia Review and The Offing, and is forthcoming in Epiphany Magazine.
- In-Residence: women artists in landscapes of their own design by Caitlin Lorraine Johnson
Caitlin Lorraine Johnson’s writing has also appeared in Bookforum, The Adroit Journal, and the Leveler. She is currently based in Santa Fe.
- Ghost Lights: theater in the time of Covid-19 by Lindsay Lohr
Lindsay Lohr is a recent graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in communication. She is currently based out of Mesa, Arizona. On top of a passion for storytelling through written word, she also has a passion for all things theater: singing, dancing, and acting. When not writing or performing, you can find her lost on the beautiful trails throughout the American Southwest.
- Trains in the Basement: essays on time-bending, self-isolating, mask-wearing artists and their designs for living by Joe Hitchcock
Joe Hitchcock is your friendly neighborhood internet writer. Read more of his work via @heyjoehitchcock.