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October 26, 2012 - Mohawk Currents

Features Editor Bill Ackerbauer here, with just a quick word about this blog as we reach the end of its first week. The response has been terrific, and I look forward to working with anyone and everyone on the local arts scene to keep this blog current and worth a look from day to day.

One thing I would like to do with Mohawk Currents — to make it go beyond simple announcements for publicity — is to start publishing regular Q-and-A interviews/profiles with local artists about their work. If you would like to nominate a local artist for this feature, please drop me a line at and tell me how to get in touch with the person.

I thought I'd also wrap up the week by mentioning that this Sunday's Living section will feature my story about writer Richard Russo's new memoir. I interviewed Mr. Russo over the phone the other day, and had some interesting things to say about the book and how he feels about his hometown.

Russo is undoubtedly Gloversville's most famous literary son, and our conversation got me thinking about other natives of Fulton County who have moved away and become movers and shakers in creative circles. Here are a just a few folks who have flown the nest but are worthy of your attention:

Rachel Van Slyke, who grew up here and occasionally comes back to perform in upstate New York, is making a name for herself as a singer-songwriter in Nashville. She's on tour this month in Tennessee and the Carolinas. Check out her website here.

Joseph Campana, a graduate of Johnstown High School, teaches English at Rice University in Texas. "Natural Selections," his second book of poems, recently was published by the University of Iowa Press.

Mick Orlosky, also a native of Johnstown, is doing some excellent photography on the West Coast. Check out his photo-blog, Red Fishing Boat.


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