Art Wire

A creative partnership between The Porch and OZ Arts Nashville.

Each year, our Art Wire Fellows (3-5 adults & 3-5 teens) are invited to experience a variety of performances in OZ Arts Nashville’s season and respond to each show in writing that is deeply engaged, personal, playful, questioning, and curious.
Composition of Original Literary Works
Informed by and in response to the presentations, Art Wire Fellows generate original writing that draws upon performance elements ranging from image to subject matter to thematic content. Selected writings are published online, and the season culminates in a community-based public reading. Want to see what the Art Wire fellows are writing? Check out the Art Wire website to see new pieces as well as an archive of original work from previous years. It’s an eclectic mix of literary voices and genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid forms, spoken word, and more.

our 2021-2022 fellows

Camden Andrade is a Sophomore in the Literary Arts conservatory at Nashville School of the Arts. From an early age, Camden loved to read. Wanting to create her own stories like in the books she had grown so attached to, she eventually began her own writing journey. In addition to loving writing, Camden has danced at DancEast for the last five years and draws in her free time.

Amy Barnes has words at a variety of publications. She’s a Fractured Lit associate editor, Gone Lawn co-editor and reads for Narratively, CRAFT, Taco Bell Quarterly, and The MacGuffin. Her first chapbook of flash fiction Mother Figures was published in 2021 and a full length collection Ambrotypes is forthcoming from Word West Press in 2022. A Midwestern by birth, she’s a Tennessean by transplant, living with her biggest inspirations: her kids, dogs, and husband.
Julia Creson. After graduating from Rhodes College in May with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, I moved to Nashville from my home, Memphis. My father died when I was fifteen; I searched endlessly for the meaning of life. In college I realized the search for meaning might be the meaning of life itself. My search led me to write my own stories, poems, and critical essays. I am applying to graduate schools to receive my Masters and PhD in critical theory to later become a published professor. English has become my meaning.
Rachel Ebio is a Marketer, Writer, and Dreamer from Birmingham, Alabama living in Nashville, Tennessee. She found her love for writing by filling up black and white composition notebooks with short stories at the age of 10. Rachel is currently working on her second non-credit fashion program through Parsons School of Design. Led by curiosity and spirituality, she aspires to answer the questions of the future through writing. She finds sanctuary in the written word.
Alethea Hall. While I have been doing graphic design for small businesses and nonprofits for 10 years, my first love is storytelling. I love creating comics and other works that marry or blur the line between visual art and writing. I’ve done work for April Gloaming Press, Parnassus Books, Left Bank Artists, and The Porch, among others.
Abram Hayes is a former Texan turned Nashvillian, the remnants of his former home still lingering in the form of a screwed-up temperature tolerance. When he isn’t writing, you can almost assuredly find him doing school, day-dreaming when he should be doing school, or maybe even rehearsing for a play. He is fond of history, and is currently slogging through high school.
Jacob Proctor is an actor, director, and movement artist with a decade’s worth of experience. As a Nashville native (unicorn?), he has watched the city’s outward architectonic evolution as well as the inward culture revolution firsthand. He has studied with the Queen’s Collage of Belfast, Belmont University, and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Valentina Quintero’s favorite color is orange--not the yucky orange, more like the color of the sunset--and her favorite number is 19. AP Calculus is kicking her butt so far, but her cousin said that it’s actually amazing so she’s waiting for that spark of delight that makes everything click. She has a step-father who gave her most of her sarcastic personality, even though her sarcasm sounds like she’s serious.
Ashlea Washington is a sophomore at Nashville School of The Arts. She began writing as an outlet, but she’s come to discover that writing is her passion. She writes what she feels and feels what she writes. She likes to think that she’s enigmatic and often tries to write in riddles and ambiguity. Ashlea gives thanks to her parents who have enabled her and believed in her all throughout her writing journey and is hopeful that she will continue to progress in her writing.
Sheerea Yu is a junior at University School of Nashville, and is most interested in exploring secret voices, unfamiliar voices, forgotten voices. She writes to perhaps put on a page what would otherwise be lost. Searching for her own voice and using it to amplify others’ voices is deeply important to her, because in this world so many are silenced.

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