Art Reviews for DCist

At The Hirshhorn’s Marcel Duchamp Exhibit, Viewing The Pieces Makes You Part Of The Art

From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy (The Box in a Valise) (De ou par Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy [Boîte-en-valise]), 1935–1941/1963. Photo courtesy Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
In a comprehensive new exhibition, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden traces the career of 20th century artist and provocateur Marcel Duchamp. Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection features the recent gift of more than 50 works of art that have been promised to the museum by Washingtonians Barbara and Aaron Levine.

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Summer Music Festivals Set Sights on Waste Diversion

Outside Lands in San Francisco. Photo courtesy Outside Lands

Summer music festivals bring out huge crowds of people who celebrate, revel and generate tons of waste. To make these multi-day events more sustainable, across the country, several festivals have committed to making waste diversion part of the package.

Several festivals across the country have committed to making waste diversion part of their events. Read the full article at Waste360.

Willona on Wax: Hozier & The Fugees

I love reviewing vinyl for AudioFemme. This month, I reviewed Hozier’s self-titled release and The Fugees’ re-release of The Score. Check out the reviews here.


hozier-album-coverThe first time I heard Hozier’s breakout (and Grammy-nominated) single, “Take Me to Church” I was sleeping. I woke as if from a beautiful dream, jumped out of bed and went to my computer. I needed to know what the song was before it slipped away.

Although I found out that the Irish singer/songwriter’s debut album was due out in the fall of 2014, I put off buying it because I was afraid I would be disappointed. I finally purchased the album on vinyl a couple of days ago, opened it, took a breath and listened.

I am not disappointed.

Read the full review.



The Score

“How many mics do you rip on the daily?”

FugeesThis is really happening. The Fugees’The Score is almost 20 years old, people. It’s a vintage classic.

When I went to buy the Hozier record, I came across this re-release in the crates. Let’s just say it wasn’t cheap, but as I debated whether or not to take it home I realized that I hadn’t heard the full album since my tape player died. So, I bought the record.

Read the full review.


Literary Happenings: New Short Story & Poem

I am excited about two recent publications!

Of Matches & Men (fiction)
My short story (4,500 words) was published in Issue 5 of Words Apart, a social-justice themed publication from Emerson College.

Leffler_-1968_WashingtonDC_MLK_riotsThursday, April 4, 1968. 7:05 p.m.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is shot in the neck as he stands on the balcony of Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thursday, April 4, 1968. 10:56 p.m. U Street, NW, Washington, DC.

A man standing in front of a drug store balls up a wad of paper.
He lights a match to the paper.
He throws it inside.

Thirty years later the fire was still burning and crackling through the air.

For Ángela, the young mother of an 11-year old boy, her only wish is to protect her son from that raging fire.


Untitled (queen) (poetry)
I published a poem in the fall issue of BlazeVOX.
Yippee! Read it here.

UVA Alumni Spotlight

I am very excited! I just published an essay about  my Writing with Willona series in the University of Virginia alumni e-newsletter. You can read “Writing Better Together”  here.

Writing Better Together

by  WILLONA M. SLOAN willona sloan_headshot

“I think what we need is more literature in bars.”

It felt like Andre Perry, co-founder of the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City, was speaking just to me. He wasn’t.

Perry was addressing the packed room of writers gathered at a literary conference in Washington, D.C., and espousing on the topic of literary community. “If you see a gap,” he said, “Then fill it.”  The lesson: build the community that you want to participate in.

Perry was right.

We did need more literature in bars.

Read the full article.