Articles

I have written about art, music, literature, education and social justice for publications, websites and blogs. Here a few of my favorites:

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“As Plain as Black and White: South African Photographer Michael Wyeth” (DC Scorpiongirl blog) South African photographer discusses his photo series that captures the patrons of an underground, mixed race nightclub during the brutal apartheid era.

Artist Alfredo “Libre” Gutierrez is Free” (DC Scorpiongirl blog) Q & A with innovative Mexican artist, Libre, whose unique artistic style depicts a narrative born of the streets of his native Tijuana and his chosen Mexico City.

Coffee

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Iceland’s Specialty Coffee Scene

“Drinking Local in Reykjavík” (Fresh Cup) A look at Iceland’s specialty coffee scene. In the capital city, local coffee businesses focus on sustainability, direct trade and quality.

Let’s Get Nerdy: 5 Questions about Coffee” (Paste) Talking coffee with the co-owner of Bellwether, which is a specialty coffee shop, whiskey club and co-working space for creative entrepreneurs in Denver.

5 Questions about Coffee with Southern Powerhouse Revelator Coffee” (Paste) Q&A about  Revelator’s specialty coffee and special brand of Southern hospitality.

Coffee Beans & Vinyl Records in Portland, Maine” (Paste) Q&A with Will Pratt, co-owner of Tandem Coffee, about Tandem’s relationship-driven supply chain, vinyl records and the local coffee culture.

Education

What Is the Purpose of Education?(Education Update) If you were to ask even a relatively small group of teachers, administrators, students, parents, community members, business leaders, and policymakers to address the question of purpose, how difficult do you think it would be to reach a consensus? You might have better luck asking, “What is the meaning of life?”

Making Content Connections Through Arts Integration” (Education Update) Dwindling school resources, as well as pressure to meet the demands of the No Child Left Behind Act, have led many schools to narrow the curriculum, leaving behind arts instruction. But, through carefully designed integrated curricula, educators can still provide students with arts education.

Challenging Content: Teaching Banned Books in the Classroom” (Education Update) Many educators argue that teaching young people content that offers a different or even critical view of society, the government, or religion helps students hone their close reading and thinking skills. This article looks at ways teachers can protect students’ right to read.

Fiction

“Road Trip” (Bohemia, p.43) Girl leaves home.

Of Matches & Men” (Words Apart)

Music

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Willona On Wax: Seattle Grunge & African Psych” (AudioFemme) In this monthly column I review new and vintage vinyl.

“All Fired Up: DJ Enferno Joined Madonna on Tour” (The University of Virginia Magazine) Commerce School grad Eric Jao, a.k.a. DJ Enferno, landed an opportunity of a lifetime while performing a set at a bar in Orlando. A former U.Va. classmate (whom I didn’t actually know), Jao greatly enhanced my clubbing experience at the University.

“Endless Possicobilities? Eastern Influences Expand Band’s Width of Jazz” (Northern Virginia magazine) Interview with Chinese jazz musician Coco Zhao, who was dubbed the “Boy Billie Holiday” after performing at a German jazz fest.

Willona on Wax: Heartbreak and Poetry”  (AudioFemme) Reviews of Ben Howard and Moss Icon vinyl.

Poetry

Untitled (queen)” (BlazeVOX) Published in Fall 2014 issue

Sustainability 

“Extra Credit” (USGBC+) The latest LEED points drive creativity in the way we approach new projects.

Travel

016“Take Five: Reykjavík’s Record Shops” (Paste) Reykjavík may be a small city on a small island, but its vinyl culture is huge. A look at the five top record shops.

“Baptism By Fire and Ice: My Journey to Iceland” Achieving a dream come true at the first annual Iceland Writers Retreat.

Made in Banff”  My experience doing a writing residency in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

“Road Trip: The Nature of Reston” (The Washington Post) A fun, quirky tour guide celebrating the history and culture of Reston, Virginia, which was one of the first planned communities in the nation.