Phoenix Author James Sallis: 100 Creatives

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The author is a man of many talents.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 1. James Sallis.

Though James Sallis is a writer of carefully chosen words, he's also a man of many creative endeavors.

The Phoenix-based crime writer is well known for his novella Drive, which was adapted into the 2011 Ryan Gosling-starring action film, and his series of New Orleans-set Lew Griffin novels. But the 69-year-old Arkansas-born Tulane graduate also writes poetry, has reviewed books for The Washington Post and L.A. Times, has translated poetry from French (among other languages), is a musician (his band is called Three-Legged Dog), and teaches writing classes at Phoenix College.

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Lisa R. Chow of Arizona Dance Coalition: 100 Creatives

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Meet the Arizona Dance Coalition founder.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 2. Lisa R. Chow.

There's no such thing as an average day in the life of Lisa R. Chow.

The Mesa-based 54-year-old dancer and choreographer is always juggling a few projects for contemporary company Desert Dance Theatre, where she's artistic director and choreographer, Crossroads Performance Group, which she co-founded with her husband, and the Arizona Dance Coalition, which she serves as the president of and founded.

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Plastic Monsters of Phoenix: 100 Creatives

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Meet the creative team.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 3. Plastic Monsters.

Plastic Monsters are a package deal.

Alex Benson, Justin Humbert, and Scott Chaffee founded the Phoenix-based "collaborative, fluid video team." You can't have one without the others, and the trio of friends is always on the hunt for new collaborators. "Each of our projects ropes in our various other creative friends from all different fields -- design, illustration, sculpture, comedy. . ." Benson says. "So it's an ever-changing gaggle of passionate creatives making fun videos."

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Tempe Artist Amy Radcliffe: 100 Creatives

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Lori Radcliffe
Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 4. Amy Radcliffe.

Amy Radcliffe's creative pursuits aren't confined by media. The Tempe-based artist has gained an Instagram following for her quick captures of daily life (her handle's @amyrad), while her colorful portrait paintings have her busy with commissioned work. She takes to traditional canvas, letterpress paper, and pixels, constantly envisioning new projects.

"I'm always working on random pieces, mostly commissioned paintings, which are a blast, but the next big thing on the horizon involves a tattoo machine I'm currently saving up to purchase," the 25-year-old says. "I'm right in the middle of a letterpress piece that I'm particularly stoked about, hand-setting type for an old letter written by John Steinbeck."

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Phoenix Fashion Designer Cody Nathaniel Johnson: 100 Creatives

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Alexis Mancio
Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 5. Cody Nathaniel Johnson.

Though Cody Nathaniel Johnson's fashion designs look ultra-modern, his approach is steeped in tradition.

When he was a kid growing up on the Tohono O'odham reservation, Johnson's aunts Ruby Thomas and Dorina Garcia taught him how to hand sew horsehair baskets using a small needle, a thimble, and a single stand of horsehair. Looking back, the 26-year-old designer says the experience "taught me a lot of patience and craftsmanship that I put into my work all the time."

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Tempe Author Elizabeth Maria Naranjo: 100 Creatives

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Meet the author.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 6. Elizabeth Maria Naranjo.

Elizabeth Maria Naranjo's days revolve around reading, writing, and arithmetic.

The Tempe author tackles all of the above throughout the course of an average day, which starts out with taking her kids to school, then brewing coffee and putting on some music. After that, she begins bookmarking stories, essays, and blog posts for later reading, racking up at least 500 (count 'em) words in fiction writing, and then drafting or editing a piece of nonfiction, like an essay or blog post.

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Phoenix Storyteller Dan Hull: 100 Creatives

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Gabriel King
Meet the creative.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 7. Dan Hull.

"Storyteller. Comedian. Teacher. Monk. A Zen Cowboy livin' la vida loca in the Sonoran."

That just about sums up Dan Hull's deal in speed-dating style. But the 46-year-old storyteller's typically a bit more expressive, especially when spinning a yarn. He hosts a pair
of recurring shows, Yarnball and Storyline at Lawn Gnome and Space 55, respectively. And soon each series will be in full fall swing.


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Tempe Artist Kendra Sollars: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 8. Kendra Sollars.

It's difficult to describe Kendra Sollars in one word, but "multitalented" might work best.

The 27-year-old Tempe artist grew up a competitive synchronized swimmer and took her aquatic talents all the way to The Ohio State University, where her team won two national championships in 2009. From 2011 through 2012, she performed with Cirque deSoliel's O in Las Vegas.

Lately? She's been busy working with Lauren Strohacker on Animal Lands, their Contemporary Forum grant-winning project that brings imagery and video of native wildlife to urban spaces.

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Phoenix Artist Nic Wiesinger: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 9. Nic Wiesinger.

Nic Wiesinger's all over the map.

Sometimes they're maps the artist creates, and sometimes they're maps he traverses. "I live in Phoenix but teach at Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale," Wiesinger says. "I also help install the exhibitions at SMoCA every three months or so, so I spend lots of time moving back and forth between the West Valley and Scottsdale."

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Phoenix Photographer Rosalind Shipley: 100 Creatives

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Tilea Edwards
Meet the photographer.

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 10. Rosalind Shipley.

"I am either preparing for class, teaching, reading, or cooking."

Rosalind Shipley has a schedule and she's sticking to it. And for good reason. The 36-year-old Phoenix photographer graduated from ASU's master's of fine arts program in studio art in 2013, after studying photography and art history at Maryland Institute College of Art. Since then, she's kept busy in the classroom, teaching classes around the Valley.

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