An artist is about invention—seeing what others can't and putting it into something tangible. The ethereal becomes the real if the audience has the imagination or attention. The artist is about breaking through the threshold of convention. Such is Paisley Rekdal.
Rekdal is the author of several books, including a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir—which combines poetry, fiction, nonficiton, and photographer—and four books of poetry. She's also written a book of essays titled The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee.
There's a slew of awards left in her writing wake and even more appearances in reputable magazines, reviews, poetry series, and so on (find the list in her bio). Rekdal teaches at the University of Utah and is the director of the Creative Writing Program.
Additionally, Rekdal is the creator and editor of the community web history archive project called Mapping Salt Lake City.
The program's mission is to document "the city’s changes through art, critical and creative literature, personal maps, and multi-media projects." All people are invited to engage with and evolve this site by submitting their own contributions. At Mapping Salt Lake City, you can find long-form stories written by fellow wordsmiths getting equal play with quippy pioneer histories written by fifth graders. It's a gem, and a unique lens through which to see SLC.
For more information, visit Mapping Salt Lake City.
Photographer and award-winning journalist Austen Diamond specializes in creative portraiture, commercial photography and editorial photojournalism. For booking inquiries and to view his portfolio, go to www.AustenDiamond.com.