This week’s Featured Artist is Taylor Barnes, a Fibers MFA candidate at the University of North Texas. She works with concepts dealing with identity and displacement. She’s attended several Spiderweb showcases and loved being there to support local artists, buy zines, and mingle with friends new and old.
Matthew Sallack has been involved with Spiderweb almost from the beginning; he had his first art installation, a take on the Guess Who? board game, at a show in August of 2012. In addition to displaying art at the shows, Matthew has designed many of the Spiderweb zine covers, posters, and generally provided art where art is needed.
The Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted is more than just a twenty-first century rewrite of Gil Scott-Heron’s powerful 1970 poem, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised; it’s an urgent call to listen to the voices of our own generation, to bear witness to injustices, to dismantle our broken and corrupt systems, to put down our phones and connect, to take action.
Spiderweb Salon’s newest Songwriting Scholarship recipient, DFW-based artist Shelby Orr, seized the opportunity to try something she’s been wanting to do for a long time: record a track of Kitbashes, her rollicking and rocking musical project with co-creator, M.
During her first Spiderweb Salon set at this year’s Winter Formal, Anjelica Fraga had the crowd cheering with a timely poem for the #metoo era. We’re excited to bring you that poem, “Brown Girl,” as part of our feature series.
Today, we’re bringing you Machele Johnson’s poem, “The Warning.” Machele says, “[The poem was] born from a dark journal entry that was focusing on my bruised heart and body pains,” and certainly, the rawness of that journal entry is still present, albeit shaped into some beautifully rendered verse.
Spiderweb newcomer, Clent Roye Wyatt, grew “Turning Seasons” from a seed of nostalgia over the fall and winter of last year. We asked Clent what advice he’d like to bestow upon his fellow artists and creators, and he graced us with this incisive tidbit of wisdom: “Listen to everyone, but mostly yourself.”
Stacy Tompkins is one of those artists who amazes you in the range of her work. We love her colored pencil sketches as well as her sculptures, strange intricate works full of found objects and crafted with all manner of materials.
Spiderweb Salon is absolutely pleased to bring you the newest release from our Songwriting Scholarship, in collaboration with this month’s talented recipient Taylor Teachout and our dear friends from Shiny Sound Recording Studio!
This week, we are featuring our very own art editor, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam. She is quite an accomplished writer and an active member of the DFW literary community. She runs an her own annual event, a collaborative project called Art & Words, at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth.
Adam wrote “The Apple Skinner & The Elephant” around a year and a half ago while trying to say more with less. By focusing on clarity through an economy of language, Adam paints an evocative portrait of a mistreated circus elephant.
With three books on the way this year, there’s no doubt Paul Koniecki is a poetic powerhouse. Catch Paul co-hosting Meet Me With Curiosity this weekend (June 2) alongside mutual poetfriends Reverie Evolving and Alejandra Ramos Gómez at Kylde Warren Park in Dallas!
Marco Zavala is the gentle powerhouse behind much of the beautiful imagery accompanying our Features series, but he also contributes often to zines, workshops, and showcases as well. We don't know what we'd do without him!
We are excited to bring you Kelsey Cooley’s poem, “I’ve Left Myself on the Carpeted Stairs.” Kelsey remarks that her poems over the last year have emerged from her daily journaling, and indeed, “Carpeted Stairs” has the markings of deeply-felt confessional poetry.
Let us celebrate the fourth wonderful & worthy recipient of our Songwriting Scholarship project: Megan Storie! If you haven’t already heard Megan’s music, we think you absolutely should, which is why we invited her to come record a new song at Shiny Sound Recording Studio
Joe Duncan got involved with Spiderweb around 2013; the first show he attended was at Dan’s Silverleaf. He started participating in shows the following year, attending workshops and contributing to zines.
We’re pleased to welcome Megan J. Arlett to our features collection with her poem, The Cabin. Megan is relatively new to Texas and is currently working on her PhD at the University of North Texas for Literature and Creative Writing.
We’re excited for the chance to play host to a lovely poem by Trista Edwards who was inspired to write by an article describing painter’s pigments now lost to history or made rare by time. “Museum of the Rarest Colors” hails from a collection inspired by the loss of these colors.
Spiderweb Salon is thrilled to highlight the deeply talented Sethnicity and his poem from a collection from last year called New Moon Monolith. He describes this project as “an attempt to find truth in darkness of all kinds.”
Congrats to Axel Severs for being the most recent recipient of Shiny Sound Recording Studio & Spiderweb Salon’s Songwriting Scholarship. Through his project entitled Rosie, Axel gave our crew of musicians a chance to explore new territory in their musical repertoire with his post-rock inspired, found-sound jam.
Read a chilling excerpt of Denton-born-and-raised novelist Colin Winnette's new book THE JOB OF THE WASP, and catch him on his most recent tour through Denton at The Electronic Experiment III on Wednesday night!
Maureen Leak is a talented poet, playwright, artist, cook, and all-around-creative, and we’re lucky to have her as a collaborator here at Spiderweb Salon. In this feature, we are bringing you her poem in celebration of this collective of wonderful, creative weirdos.
For quite some time, we’ve known Charlie Moore to be a talented musician. There are countless reasons we were inspired to invite him into the studio as the newest recipient of the Spiderweb Salon + Shiny Sound Songwriting Scholarship, and this collaboration is everything this project was born to be: people creating beautiful music together.
Matthew Long has been involved with Spiderweb Salon since, in his estimation, the 3rd or 4th event, about five years ago. A hilarious member of the troupe Matthew the 3nius, Matthew has long made us laugh so hard our stomachs hurt. He’s also got a visual side as a rad watercolorist and designer.
We are thrilled to bring you Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi's beautiful, concrete poem, “impolite mythology.” Fatima wrote the poem a few years ago and turned it into its current snake shape when she decided to include it in her forthcoming chapbook, Moon Woman.
We are excited to feature Nate Logan’s poem, “We’re an American Band.” Nate wrote the poem over the course of last year as an exercise in crafting a longer poem. He says his routine is set for writing only one day a week which may be “blasphemy for some, but it works for [him].”