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New Project – TLE’s Exquisite Fantastic!

November 1, 2019


For many years, we’ve dreamed of using the TLE space to create an original exquisite corpse-inspired collection. So, in honor of our 10th year, we’re doing it! Every two weeks, from November 2019 through March of 2020, through the Exquisite Fantastic project, we’ll feature the work a new Baltimore-area writer or artist has created in response to the one before them.

We asked one of our favorite Baltimore painters and previous TLE contributor, Gina Pierleoni, to create the work that would kick off our project. Her mission: to capture the TLE experience in and of itself — and open the doors of creativity to the writer who will follow her. We’re so pleased to share her gorgeous original work here tonight, and we invite you to follow along here and on our social media channels as we make new work all winter long!

Thank you, Gina!

Artist 1: Gina Pierleoni

Title:  Navigating Tendrils

Gina’s Inspiration:  The stuff of life: hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon, beauty  /  The words we say to ourselves and others  /  Birds nesting, fledging, holding on, letting go

Gina Pierleoni is a Baltimore based artist using portraiture to spark conversations about empathy and our common humanity.  Portrait painting demands curiosity, stillness and deep observation. Pierleoni’s mixed media portraits push past label and judgments, attempting to “de-separate” us.  These are real people, alive, changing, genuine and vulnerable.


August 2019 – Issue 39

August 20, 2019


We are pleased to share the work of the following artists and writers in the 39th issue of The Light Ekphrastic:

Melissa Penley Cormierskin; Wanderlust (art)

Edward Doyle-GillespieThe Calculus of Skinwalkers; When Tourists Come (poetry)

Leah Clare MichaelsMourning Dew; Myths & Messages (art)

Timothy NoheUntitled; 7 Sams (art)

Jane Sellman A Stitch in Time; All Winter (poetry)

JC SulzenkoI must bury sorrow; Recessional (poetry)

Contributor Bios – August 2019

May 2019 – Issue 38

May 19, 2019

We are pleased to share the work of the following artists and writers in the 38th issue of The Light Ekphrastic:

Devon Balwit Crawling Back; Feint & Parry (poetry)

Teresa Duggan – Concerned Gargoyle; Karman Line Constellations (art)

Melissa RendlenAfter the Funeral; Fishing on Lake Enterprise (poetry)

Brian A. SalmonsGreen Man; Accommodation Reflex (poetry)

Bonnie Schupp New Years Eve 2018; Memories (art)

Cullen WhisenhuntCrawling Back to Normal; Snapped Trunks, Wider Horizons (art)

Contributor Bios – May 2019

February 2019 – Issue 37

February 25, 2019

We are pleased to share the work of the following artists and writers in the 37th issue of The Light Ekphrastic:

Shirley J. Brewer – Soliloquy; Astronomy Lesson (poetry)

.chisaraokwu.A Blip & A Wrinkle; of adolescent love later in life (the lunar cycle) (poetry)

Edward Doyle-GillespieOn the Merits of a Gleaned Pomegranate; Aerial Act (poetry)

E. N. DuffieldCathedral; Spectre (poetry)

Sanzi KermesCobalt Blue; Si (art)

Katie FeildUltima Kid Mitts; 99tomorrows_loop (animation)

Howard MarkmanAnna; Astronomy Lesson (music)

Heather Moss Wild in the Tiles (poetry)

Nicole OstrowskiExcelancholy; Observation (art)

Simon PerchikUntitled (poetry)

Faith RevellHope Unmoored; In Our Falling Down (art)

Contributor Bios – February 2019

November 2018 – Issue 36

November 21, 2018

We are pleased to share the work of the following artists and writers in the 36th issue of The Light Ekphrastic:

Grace CampbellBreast Effects; Women…Turned into Red Birds (art)

Jack FisherUnderneath the Window; Head of a Girl (writing)

TS HidalgoThat’s a Mirror, Sir; Funeral Parlor (writing)

Bart O’ReillyLook for the Same; Castles we may walk to (art)

Lenett Nef’fahtiti Partlow-MyrickUntitled; Shell in the Nest (art)

Jessica PurdyThread of Memory; Lines Written in the Dark (writing)

Carly RichmondTextured Rain; Verdant Layers (art)

Lynn WhiteRaindrops; Green Dreams (writing)

Contributor Bios – November 2018

August 2018 – Issue 35

August 25, 2018

We are pleased to share the work of the following artists and writers in the 35th issue of The Light Ekphrastic:

Chanan Delivuk — untitled (i feel pretty); untitled (the ship captain) (art)

Teresa Duggan — Morning path at the cemetery; R.E.M Dream: Contrails as Songlines (art)

Cameron Lovejoy — Plane Insignificance; Goodbye Boat (poetry)

Erin Ouslander — Untitled; Dusk Tide (art)

Thomas Piekarski — Preening; The Ship Captain (poetry)

Lito Silva — Nossa Danca; The Roots of Love (art)

Maria Straw-Çinar — Nossa Danca; Roots of Love (poetry)

Patricia Wentzel — Aubade for Carol; Savory Pine, Rushing Water (poetry)

Contributor Bios

May 2018 – Issue 34

May 30, 2018

We are pleased to share the work of the following artists and writers in the 34th issue of The Light Ekphrastic:

Samir Atassi — What Fall Leaves (poetry)

Dean Baltesson Over the Days; There’s a Storm (poetry)

Devon BalwitYes; On the Bus (poetry)

Gaby Bedetti Untitled; Burning Leaf (art)

Jeni De La O — Here Are Beautiful Things; Let Me Answer You (poetry)

Marlayna Demond — Salt Stains; Cracked (art)

Juliette Goodwin — Embryo Moon; Wind Blower (art)

Kirsten Lapointe Kayak; A quiet comfort after the storm (art)

Kelly Lenox — Old Pond; Below Shakespeare Arch (poetry)

Timothy NoheSubtle Oscillations; OTB (art)

Meredith Purvis Pause (poetry)

Contributor Bios

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