Artwork: Harmeet Singh & Rachna Singh
We are carrying the metaphor of gold with its attendant symbolism of prosperity into February and adding to it dollops of mint with its qualities of freshness, wisdom and personal strength.
The Mint & Gold Edition, as the names suggests, offers content that is fresh and fragrant with spice and all things nice. We have interesting and insightful interviews with award-winning novelist and mathematician, Manil Suri and novelist, environmentalist and Pulitzer finalist, Lydia Millet. Artists, James Loveless and Aditya Prasad add colour to the magazine. The Edition also features an eclectic mix of poetry, stories and creative non-fiction pieces by poets/writers from across the globe, We have a special article on the Jaipur Literature festival that concluded last week. Book/Film Reviews, podcasts and Visual Art entertain as well as inspire introspection. The Montage segment has a very special film 'Excelsior' , produced and directed by Bobby Miga. This film is an international collaborative Quarantine Art film that brings together 60 artists from 30 countries who dream across oceans and a global catastrophe
I am also delighted to inform our readers that we have put together The Wise Owl Haiku Renditions, a Chapbook of Haiku verse edited by Neena Singh, a haiku poet and Guest Editor of The Wise Owl & Alan Summers, an award-winning British poet of haiku. This Chapbook is available for download from our website. Check out our Publications page for the link.
The Interview: Lydia Millet
A Renowned Novelist & Environmentalist
The Wise Owl talks to Lydia Millet, an author and a passionate environmentalist. Lydia has written more than a dozen novels and story collections. Her novel, A Children's Bible was shortlisted for the National Book Award, her story collection Fight No More received an Award of Merit from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her collection Love in Infant Monkeys was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2010.
The Interview: Manil Suri
An Award-winning Novelist & Mathematician
The Wise Owl talks to Manil Suri, a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of The Big Bang of Numbers: How to Build the Universe Using Only Math, as well as three internationally acclaimed novels, The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva, and The City of Devi. His fiction has been longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award, PEN/Hemingway Award and the W. H. Smith Literary Award, among others.
The Interview: James Loveless
An Artist who excels in Western Art
The Wise Owl talks to James Loveless who was included in the 2022 Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and the 2022 Who's Who in America publication as a fine artist. He was the Second Place Winner in the ‘Fresh Off the Easel’ art competition hosted by Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas.
Tête à Tête: Aditya Shankar Prasad
A Watercolour Artist from India
The Wise Owl talks to Aditya Shankar Prasad, a Watercolour artist from Delhi (India) whose watercolours of Gautam Buddha have a calm serenity and delicacy that calls out to the very soul of the viewer. Aditya began painting Buddha when he visited Bodhgaya, the site of enlightenmnet of Gautam Buddha. .
Treat for the Soul
Podcast of Top Articles, Features, Poems and Stories
EXCELSIOR - An International Collaborative Quarantine Art Film, Presented by The Free Hand
As COVID spread across the globe in the winter of 2020, everyone’s lives were forever altered. So, too, was the world of making and collaborating. On March 15 2020, Bobby Miga (Executive Director of The Free Hand), put out a call for artists around the world to gather virtually in the process of making and reflecting within the pandemic. On April 1st, the CORONAVIRUS ARTISTIC RESPONSE INTERNATIONAL ONLINE COLLABORATIVE RESIDENCY commenced. Composed of more than 60 artists, from 30 countries, they created space to dream together across oceans, generations, and a global catastrophe. The residency brought together artists from all disciplines and provided a structure for collaborative making through the quarantine.
Bobby Miga is the Founding Director of thefreehand.org and Director/Producer of EXCELSIOR. He is a multi-disciplinary storyteller who focuses on immersive experiences and content. His approach to creativity has guided his career through a variety of industries; fashion, music, theater, events, and speaking. He teaches that the transformational power of creativity can awaken and breathe life not only into our content but ourselves, as well; taking both his clients and projects through a beautiful process of discovering, developing, and delivering their creativity in it's the highest form.
Danijela Nedeljkovic is a Painter and Mathematics Educator based in Serbia, created a series of 22 paintings inspired by the Director’s arc of the Excelsior Collaborations. Her expressive and imaginative creations illuminate the film with a gallery like feel providing pause between the scenes as they unfold. Her abstraction of form and use of color pulls the film through the questions and explorations of the pandemic and provide powerful transitioning structure.
The Wise Owl Publications
The Wise Owl Haiku Renditions
The Wise Owl Team has put together a Chapbook of Haiku verse, 'The Wise Owl Haiku Renditions.' The e-book is edited by Neena Singh & Alan Summers and is an offshoot of the The Wise Owl Haiku Zoom Event hosted by Neena Singh, haiku poet and Guest Editor of The Wise Owl.