Corwin Levi is a mixed-media artist, curator, illustrator, and attorney who investigates the limits of vision, experience, and memory by constructing maps of the unknown. He has had solo shows, participated in group shows, and curated exhibits across the country, and has been reviewed in publications such as the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and on Bloomberg TV. Levi has attended twenty different artist residencies, including the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Ucross Foundation for the Arts, the Millay Colony, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. He has also created public art, including a 175-foot-long mural in North Adams, Massachusetts, across from MASS MoCA. Corwin has a BA from Rice University, an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, and a JD from the University of Virginia. Based in Harrisville, New Hampshire, Levi draws inspiration from his travels and has lived in eighteen cities in twelve states.
Michelle Aldredge is a writer, curator, designer, and the founding editor of the online arts and culture blog Gwarlingo. For over twenty years she has focused on making the arts more accessible. Aldredge has been named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin Magazine, received the Wampler Professor of Art Fellowship at James Madison University for her work on appropriation in the arts, and been awarded artist residencies across the country. She has also been a visiting lecturer and speaker at numerous universities and institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Currier Museum of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, and Milk* ad agency. She has been a cultural commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio and is the creator of the Gwarlingo Salon, a live event series that connects contemporary artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in New Hampshire. For thirteen years Aldredge assisted artists at the MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist residency. She has worked in Atlanta at an arts magazine, a public library, and an art museum, and also cared for injured hawks, owls, and eagles at a raptor rehabilitation center in Vermont. She currently lives in the historic mill town of Harrisville, New Hampshire, where she runs a design studio and serves on Historic Harrisville’s Board of Trustees.
Neil Gaiman, long inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction, presents a bravura rendition of the Norse gods and their world from their origin though their upheaval in Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki—son of a giant—blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose, these gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.