Q&A with Kuang, a young illustrator who travels the world

On Saturday, I awoke to a message from a friend of mine who said I needed to interview this wonderful, Taiwanese artist he knew right away. (He’s on the other side of the planet, so it was about 6 a.m. my time.) I was intrigued, so I got out of bed while everyone else was…

A conversation with jewelry maker Rachael Cross

St. Louis native Rachael Cross is the wonder woman behind Simply Chic Jewelry, a business she started in the mid-2010s. She is 100 percent a #girlboss if I’ve ever seen one. I’ve been following her journey of hand-forging her own jewelry for almost as long as she’s been doing it. She and I talked Saturday…

Artist Ethan Shantie on creativity, labels, and not sweating the small stuff

Even though Ethan Shantie has published a book of poetry, the 30-year-old doesn’t feel comfortable calling himself a poet. Instead, he refers to himself as an artist. And it makes sense: other than writing poetry, he can be found immersing himself in a myriad of other creative endeavors. He plays drums (and sometimes other instruments)…

Chatting with backpacker Andy Snipes

How do I explain Andy Snipes? He’s sarcastic, creative, and unpredictable. He is the most Aquarius-y Aquarius if there ever was such a mythical creature. He describes himself as “the love child of Napoleon Dynamite and Anna Nicole Smith,” which is honestly pretty spot on. The last time he and I saw each other, we…

An interview with photojournalist Stephen Swofford

Stephen Swofford and I met when we both worked at the Watertown Daily Times, a daily newspaper in Northern New York.  He is an incredibly talented photojournalist, and we actually got to cover a few assignments together, from a car crash to the unveiling of a pet food bank.  The 35-year-old is currently shooting news…

Texting with movie reviewer Carsen Greene

Carsen (the girl who introduced me to so many movies and books and TV shows that I will cherish for my lifetime; the first person to offer 16-year-old me a cigarette back in small-town New Mexico; the 25-year-old creative type who’s now pouring a little bit of her soul into each of her movie reviews;…

Q&A with tattoo artist Rhiannon Hensley

Rhiannon Hensley, 25, is a Montana native who recently went back to her roots. We met a lifetime ago (read: in, like, 2015) and became friends almost immediately. Now we’re basically purple-haired soul sisters who text each other every day even though we live in completely different parts of the country and haven’t seen each…