Monday, October 30, 2017
Monday, May 16, 2016
I'm quite pleased to announce that I have received my second Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Fiction! I'm so proud of my state and all they do for the arts!
In honor of this award, I am going to post pieces from my novel The Noon Siren, which I have been working on for a very long time. It's about a small town in upstate New York and the lives of seven characters brought together by a series of strange events, including the discovery of a skull in a wondrous enormous house on a hill, told from the voice of the town, my humble attempt to write in the vein of Richard Russo and Brian Doyle, because I love their work.
This is the strange and beautiful house where Stella and Lee find the skull. A photo I took a long time ago . . .
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
I play with words and images. I've always considered it play, even when I'm dead serious about what I'm trying to say or show. I love the process, and sometimes the process is just about seeing what might happen if . . . So these days I'm playing with photos, how two images can create something new. Sometimes I find images that play well together, like the one above. Seals on the beach in California and dead trees on a blue day in Chautauqua, New York. I would never have found this image if I didn't play, always trying something new, allowing myself the time to make mistakes.
An aside: My father, Kirk Willis, was an actor and director. The word play has been part of my life since my earliest memories.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
I'm playing with diptychs. How two images speak to each other. The person viewing them makes up a story, how they relate to each other. It's sort of what the fiction writer does, creating images and moments, not wanting, or even able, to put it all in, leaving room for the reader's imagination.