Creative Memphis Podcast (general)
In this episode designer and muralist Kyle Taylor shares about makin’ a lot of shacket, how we affect the ones we love, and gettin’ Rowdy!


Suggested Episode - 048 with Eric "dem gams" Clausen

Billy "dreaming of DocMartens" Nation
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode081_KyleTaylor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

In this episode we respond to the recent announcement that Memphis College of Art has begun the process to close their doors. It plans to no longer accept students, but remain open and focused on it's current students while expecting to finally close around 2020.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode080-MCA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:51pm CDT

In this episode Jamond Bullock shares how he found sense in senseless color matching, how reading comics books lead him to performance painting, and about getting his start with a studio in a Starbucks.
Instagram | Twitter 


Suggested Episode - Episode #076 with Karen Golightly, Jamond Bullock, Robert Burns, and Jack Chambers

Billy "#3waystohookyouraudience" Nation
Elliot "Regional Branch Manager in Charge of Acquisitions and Client Retention in the Tennessee Valley (*breath) and Outlying Districts" Boyette -
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode079_JamondBullock.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44pm CDT

In this episode writer/director Craig Brewer tells us how Hustle and Flow is a spiritual successor to his film Poor and Hungry, how he pushed through the failure of his first filmmaking venture, and how his recent discovery of the Memphis comedy scene lead to the production of the upcoming web-series You Look Like…

Suggested Episode - Episode #065 with Ryan Watt

Billy "really really really really excited" Nation
Joey  "“or maybe it’s Joey or maybe it’s Joseph“ Carr
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode078_CraigBrewer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

In this episode Latoya Polk of Memphis Urban Laughs Comedy Festival goes off the rails about making autism funny, nurturing the Memphis comedy scene, and the good(?) ol’ days of sit-ins.

Suggested Episode - Episode #023 with Katrina Coleman

Billy "wholly erratical dramatical capital" Nation
Katrina “King of Memphis Comedy” Coleman
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode077_LatoyaPolk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm CDT

In this episode Karen Golightly, Jamond Bullock, Robert Burns, and Jack Chambers describe Memphis as a city of colors, the true identity of Banksy is revealed as a Memphian, and we pay homage to Brad Wells, a talented and collaborative Paint Memphis artist.
Paint Memphis 2017
Saturday, September 30 at 12 PM - 6 PM
Att 787 S Willett St Memphis, Tennessee

Suggested Episode - Episode 31 Birdcap and Nosey42

Billy "Still in recovery" Nation - cough cough, got the head cold
Eric "Dem Gams" Clausen - Website portfolioemail
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode076_PaintMemphis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:34pm CDT

In this episode Ned Canty general director and Michael Sakir music director both of Opera Memphis tell us how September is the perfect time for opera, how opera doesn't suck and has it's fair share of sex drugs and rock n roll.

Suggested Episode - Virginia Murphy of Playback Memphis

Billy "Unexpected traverser" Nation
Kim “Connected to all the things all the time” Morrison
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode075_NedCantyMichaelSakirOperaMemphis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

In this episode Victoria Jones of The CLTV talks about her passion to fight for representation of African American artists and how they are uplifting and empowering the city's Black community through thoughtful and creative interactions.
Who is The CLTV? The CLTV is an art organization dedicated to providing a platform to African American artists within the city. Through art based programming, workshops, and community building efforts we employ the use of creative expression as a vehicle to shift our culture towards positive growth, creativity, and strength. interview

Suggested Episode - 44 with Kenny Wayne

Billy "about to get away (with it)" Nation
Kenny “always doin somethin” Wayne
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode074_VictoriaJones.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

In this episode artist, curator, and budding spoonist, Joel Parsons explains why he likes to abuse roses, how he’s pioneering the local queer-arts scene, and how looking beyond Memphis creates a stronger arts community.
In this episode artist, curator, and budding spoonist, Joel Parsons explains why he likes to abuse roses, how he’s pioneering the local queer-arts scene, and how looking beyond Memphis creates a stronger arts community.
Billy "Dotting the T’s and crossing the I’s." Nation
Mary Jo "pink hair is not for pussies" Karimnia
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode073_JoelParsons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

And we're back with a very special release because today you’ll be hearing the very first podcast episode from the wonderful ladies over at Memphis Type History, Caitlin Horton and Rebecca Phillips. You may remember them from our previous conversation on Episode 41. Well the paintings, blog, and book are expanding into a weekly podcast where they’ll explore, in bite-sized chunks, the history behind many of Memphis’ iconic landmarks.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_EpisodeMTH.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

In this episode cinematographer Ryan Earl Parker shares about how his moving to New York just may make you see him more in Memphis, we hear behind the scenes tales from the gothic horror feature Sweet Sweet Lonely Girl, and we uncover just who’s bluffing in Memphis.

Suggested Episode - Episode38 with Melissa Sweazy

Billy "Fully-operational" Nation
Melissa "Easy peasy lemon-squeasy" Sweazy
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode072_RyanEarlParker.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:54pm CDT

In this episode with Dr. Stephanie Madden we learn about Memphis through social activism, Teaching PR in the age of “Fake News”, and we hear about Nerd Night. It’s like the Discovery Channel but with booze.
Nerd Nite Memphis
Dr. Stephanie Madden
Twitter |


Suggested Episode - Episode 29 Leah Keys | Spillit Memphis

Billy, "I’m pretty but tough like a diamond" Nation - Titus Apollonia Andromedon
Matt “sometimes known as a burrito” Ladner! -
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode071_StephanieMadden.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

In this episode photographer Aleks Antonio shares about coming from Panama and becoming a US citizen all while learning to tell a story through the camera lens; Those stories include haunting abandoned buildings and zombies attacking weddings.


Suggested Episode - Episode 2 - Joey Miller

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode070_AleksAntonio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

In this episode, we have Ed Harris of Omerta, and previously Piston Head, On A Dead Machine, and Surrender The Fall. He’s been in the music biz for over 17 years and Omerta is his foray into independence with no labels just artists that share the same passion about the music they create.


Community LIFT is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot residency program in Social Practice Art. Social practice art is a form of artwork that focuses on collaboration and outreach to individuals, communities, and institutions. The success of the artwork is based on the relationship built between the community, it’s members, and the artwork. The value of the artwork created resides, not only in the finished product, but in the experiences the participants have during the process and the creation of a stronger community.
The Residency Period is from June through August and the deadline to apply is April 30th 2017.Selected artists will be notified by May 21st and must be ready to start residency program by June 5th.

To apply interested applicants should contact Leni Stoeva at and specific instructions will be emailed to them. To find out more about the Soulsville Residency Program in Social Practice Art visit or on facebook.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode069_EdHarris.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14am CDT

In this episode, we have Ed Harris of Omerta, and previously Piston Head, On A Dead Machine, and Surrender The Fall. He’s been in the music biz for over 17 years and Omerta is his foray into independence with no labels just artists that share the same passion about the music they create.


Community LIFT is pleased to announce the launch of a pilot residency program in Social Practice Art. Social practice art is a form of artwork that focuses on collaboration and outreach to individuals, communities, and institutions. The success of the artwork is based on the relationship built between the community, it’s members, and the artwork. The value of the artwork created resides, not only in the finished product, but in the experiences the participants have during the process and the creation of a stronger community.
The Residency Period is from June through August and the deadline to apply is April 30th 2017.Selected artists will be notified by May 21st and must be ready to start residency program by June 5th.

To apply interested applicants should contact Leni Stoeva at and specific instructions will be emailed to them. To find out more about the Soulsville Residency Program in Social Practice Art visit or on facebook.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode069_EdHarris.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14am CDT

In this episode, we have singer/songwriter Chris Milam hot off the debut of his new album, Kids These Days. We chat about his Memphis gameplan, how he gives off a Paul Simon-Elvis vibe, and how Kids These Days is inspired by a cancelled wedding and couch-surfing into creating the album.
Suggested Episode - Episode28 Artistik Approach
Billy - Send in your reccomendations
Lisa Michaels - All artists are cannibals - Bono
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode068_ChrisMilam.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am CDT

In this episode, Diane Thornton shares her process of designing from condoms, her history as a speaker, social activist, model and artist, and encourages saying the word abortion; she does this, all while living with early onset Alzheimer's. This episode highly features the event Condomonium held by Choices.
Saturday, April 15th at 7 PM - 10 PM at Playhouse on the Square.
Get your tickets
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode067_DianeThornton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:44am CDT

Andrew and Billy discuss the robot uprising, you get to peek under the hood of our easter egg creation process, we Climbax to the MAX, and enjoy acts of random outtakes!

And we're back, sort of, I'm Billy Nation and this is episode 66 of the Creative Memphis Podcast. Season greetings and thank you for tuning in.

This is our 2016 holiday outtakes episode! At the end of every year we run an episode collecting clips from throughout the year that include bloopers, errant conversations, and workshopping Easter eggs.

Retired co-host Andrew Lebowtiz features heavily in addition to some featured guests behind the scenes conversations.

We'll still be on hiatus through the beginning of 2017, but I'll work at having a few afterthoughts from previous guests out in that mean time. Sadly, Schedule is still subject to randomness.

Thank you for tuning in this 2016 year, we will broadcast back to you in 2017.

Thank you so much. You are the reason this show continues. Your support, listening to episodes, and sharing with others passionate about Memphis and it’s creative scene helps boost the show, keep momentum, and ensure this project keeps rolling. Something that’s been mentioned in a few recent episodes this year is I’m engaged. Aaaand, because I’m CMP’s main operator these days our feature creative segments are going to take short hiatus so that I might both enjoy this upcoming holiday season, my wedding, honeymoon, and our first times as a newly married couple. But fear not, feature guest segments will be back in early-ish 2017!
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode066_Holiday_Outtakes_2016.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am CDT

Tommy chats a bit more on comedy and we muse on the viability of writing in a social media world. Brit doubles down on craft in Memphis, we dream over New York museums, and she reveals the formula for getting maker materials into boutique shops.

Suggested Episodes
Episode 61 - Tommy Kha
Episode 42 - Brit McDaniel

Thank you so much. You are the reason this show continues. Your support, listening to episodes, and sharing with others passionate about Memphis and it’s creative scene helps boost the show, keep momentum, and ensure this project keeps rolling. Something that’s been mentioned in a few recent episodes this year is I’m engaged. Aaaand, because I’m CMP’s main operator these days our feature creative segments are going to take short hiatus so that I might both enjoy this upcoming holiday season, my wedding, honeymoon, and our first times as a newly married couple. But fear not, feature guest segments will be back in early-ish 2017!

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Afterthoughts_KhaMcDaniel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:08am CDT

With Melissa we discuss food and restaurateur ideas, Matt cues into some more amazing Black Lodge stories, plus the crazy way he meet his fiance’, and Ryan continues to express the interesting and uncommon sides of this year’s Indie Memphis.

Suggested Episodes
Episode 38 (not 39) - Melissa Sweazy
Episode 62 - Matt Martin
Episode 65 - Ryan Watt

Thank you so much. You are the reason this show continues. Your support, listening to episodes, and sharing with others passionate about Memphis and it’s creative scene helps boost the show, keep momentum, and ensure this project keeps rolling.Something that’s been mentioned in a few recent episodes this year is I’m engaged. Aaaand, because I’m CMP’s main operator these days our feature creative segments are going to take short hiatus so that I might both enjoy this upcoming holiday season, my wedding, honeymoon, and our first times as a newly married couple. But fear not, feature guest segments will be back in early-ish 2017!

HOWEVER, this train keeps a rolling and you are still going to get content. This episode we have Afterthoughts from writer/director, Melissa Sweazy, Black Lodge Video magnet, Matt Martin, and Indie Memphis executive direction, Ryan Watt. Afterthoughts are often clips we’ve gathered from episodes after the main recording, but the track keeps going for a little while as we wind down with our guests.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Afterthoughts_SweazyMartinWatt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am CDT

Episode 65: Ryan Watt | Indie Memphis
In this episode executive director, Ryan Watt, rolls out what makes Indie Memphis a unique film festival, how his marketing past is expanding the Indie Memphis experience, and we pick several of this year’s films that you can’t miss.
For the 2nd year in a row, Creative Memphis Podcast is sponsoring the Indie Memphis poster competition which you can find Nov 1st through 3rd downtown at the Halloran Center and Nov 4th through 6th at Playhouse on the square. Voting for the People’s choice award will be open that entire time, so swing by and give these awesome designers some love.

 Suggested Episode - Episode 13 with Erik Jambor

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode065_RyanWatt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47pm CDT

Episode #064: Victor Sawyer, musician
In this episode musician and instructor Victor Sawyer tunes us in on how struggle motivated him to take a chance after putting in the time to become a master at the craft he was preparing for.

Suggested EpisodeEpisode 34 with Lisa Michaels musician and comedianne

Billy - "I'm far too busy" - Anonymous
Eso - "Embrace your inner Memphis" - Eso Tolson
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode064_VictorSawyer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59pm CDT

Episode #063: Crissy Clements, Broad Escape Rooms
In this episode Crissy Clements of Broad Escape Rooms clues us in on our melting planet, becoming a zombie, and coming up with ideas in the shower.
Until October 31st, you can go to to reserve your own escape room experience in "The Outbreak" and if you input the code "CREATIVE", get 10% off your booking.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode063_CrissyClements_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

Episode #062: Matt Martin, Black Lodge Video
In this episode Matthew Martin astounds us with his fervent passion for cinema and the Black Lodge family, and how he's working with Craig Brewer to turn the oldest library in Memphis into a world of pure imagination. PLUS the future of Black Lodge!!
Brewer and Black Lodge Pandemonium Cinema Showcase
The Roller Derby Picture Show
6:30pm on September 24th
Cossitt library, 33 Front Street

They Live!
In the Mouth of Madness
The Thing
Prince of Darkness
7:30pm on Sept 16th
Malco Summer Drive-In.
Movies start at dusk - $10 a person for the whole night!

Suggested Episode - Episode 26 with Mike McCarthy and the Time-Warp Drive-In!

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode062_MatthewMartin.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CDT

Episode #061: Tommy Kha, photographer
In this episode with photographer Tommy Kha we dig deep into recognition and reconciliation particularly with the people of his past, his hometown of Memphis, and graduating from Yale and somehow becoming a stand-up comedian.
He's already held the book signing for A Real Imitation, which we talk about in this episode, but until Sept 17th can run by Crosstown Arts to feast your eyes on Tommy's curated photography and video gallery titled, Anthology: Somewhere Not Here, which we also discuss.
 Anthology: Somewhere Not Here
August 19 through Sept 17, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Crosstown Arts - 422 N Cleveland St, Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Tommy Kha
Instagram | Twitter | Email
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode061_TommyKha.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Episode #060: Richard Douglas Jones, Black Nerd Power
Richard Douglas Jones discusses his comedic course from open mics to opening for Patti Labelle and beyond. He also covers his podcast, Black Nerd Power, which co-hosted by Markus, Kimber, and Richard. Each week they discuss the worlds of Sci & Fantasy from a black POV.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode60_RichardDouglasJones.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Episode #059: Josh Campbell & Sean Mosley, 2dudes
Josh and Sean are taking storytelling to a new level with a two-man show augmented with audience participation. Find tickets at #2dudes will be Friday, August 12th, 9pm at the Shelter on Van Buren.
Friday, August 12 at 9 PM - 10:30 PM
1221 Van Buren Ave, Oxford, Mississippi 38655
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode059_JoshSean.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Episode #058: Adam Farmer, Glitch | Tightening the Gap Between Art and Apology
In this episode we tap into the idea of controlled chaos with Adam Farmer, whose dual role of artist and curator involves a great deal of sacrifice, purposeful improvisation, and something he calls "strategic hoarding".
Also discussed were stories of extraterrestrial visitations at home, daily trips to the basketball court, and his monday through friday gig at a trucking company.
Get on over to to check out some of his work and be sure peel through the photo albums at to witness the transformation of a living room into a monthly collaborative art experience!
Untitled Part II (Encore)
Friday, July 22 at 6 PM
GLITCH - 2180 Cowden Ave., Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Suggested Episode - Episode 19 with Heather Pike former creative partner at Tart

Andrew "we have art in order not to die of the truth" - Friedrich Nietzsche
Billy "you can mimic the result but not the creativity" - Sonya Teclai

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode058_AdamFarmer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm CDT

Episode #057: Corkey Sinks, artist/designer
This episode artist and designer Corkey Sinks uncovers demonbabies, tagging turtles in the desert, and we ponder moon landing deniers. Something we missed in the episode is Corkey is the designer over at the Dixon, so when you see upcoming promos there you'll be seeing her good works. Corkey's big announcement is Walls Divide Press, a collaboration with her husband Jesse Butcher, bringing back the days of zines and creative publications.
Episode co-host Bryan Rollins
Twitter | Vimeo | Instagram | Pintrest
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode057_CorkeySinks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47pm CDT

Episode #056: Gil Worth, The OAM Network
This episode Gil Worth tells us how he started the OAM network, balances work and family life, and divulges a savvy Secret.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode056_GilWorth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18pm CDT

Episode #055: Cole Bradley, business anthropologist

This episode we had Cole Bradley, a business anthropologist, share about the hazards of west Texas, anarchy in California, and the perils and values of business anthropology.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode055_ColeBradley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm CDT

Episode #054: Angela Russell, Underground Art
This episode we had Angela Russell of Underground Art share her thoughts on running a longstanding creative biz in Memphis and in honor of everyone who has ever struggled with mental or emotional health, is a suicide survivor, has battled addiction Underground Art will be hosting Illuminated: Semicolon Tattoo Event Art to benefit the Memphis Crisis Center.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode054_AngelaRussell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:37pm CDT

Episode #053: Kurt Perschke, Red Ball Project
Through Red Ball Project sculptor Kurt Perschke views each city as an opportunity to provide citizens creative interaction. Memphians saw their space afresh as the project rolled through town. Catch our episode where Kurt shares on Red Ball, Memphis, and avoiding the law by hiding in plain sight.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode053_KurtPerschke.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:18pm CDT

Episode #052: Ziggy Mack, photography
Having risen from the night club photography scene , the stylish Ziggy Mack later examined rhythm and movement through fashion and ballet, but now explores powerful imagery of mermaids underwater. Ziggy puts an energetic spin on the traditional photographer all while documenting niche cultures.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode052_ZiggyMack.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:45pm CDT

Episode #051: Mary Jo Karimnia, Artist
Mary Jo Karimnia keeps active and fresh through her own work, volunteering, and running community focused support. A student of life and of others, Mary Jo has focused on growing her career by speaking up when some weren't and finding out how to practice the professional side of art through helping others.
Belongings 2: Re-purposed (link)
An open call exhibit - This second incarnation of the Belongings show continues in the spirit of community and the reuse and re-imagining of objects.
  • All artists are invited to participate by purchasing any object of inspiration from the Cleveland Street Flea Market at 438 N Cleveland to transform into (or use as inspiration for) a new work of art.
  • Deadline/drop-off is April 25 at 422 Cleveland.
  • The show opens April 29th and continues to May 14th.

Mary Jo Karimnia
Website | Instagram

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode051_MaryJoKarimnia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm CDT

Episode #050: Josh McLane | Memphis Comedy Festival
Known for music, comedy, and a powerful presence Josh McLane's unhinged style is set in contrast to his well known black tie guise. Blood, blow, and truth dominate this week as he shares the turning point of a life Josh now sees differently. Also, Memphis Comedy Festival starts this week. Get your tickets now!
March 31- April 3rd
Buy Tickets
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode050_JoshMcLane.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Episode #049: Alice & Mike, Five In One Social Club
Alice Laskey-Castle & C.Michael Andrews run Five in One Social Club! Their retail store features limited editions and one-of-a-kind pieces created by local and regional artists. Twice a week in their Clubhouse on Broad Ave they host creative workshops for small groups. Upcoming workshops include Luchador Masks, Glassblasting!, Pop-up Books, and Wine Bottle Glasses.
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode49_FiveInOne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am CDT

Episode #048: Eric Clausen, artist
A many varied soul, Eric Clausen has traveled the U.S. via bicycle, sampled science, vacated the desk job life, and plunged the depths of tandem drinking and drawing. Fascinated with how line creates form, he has brought a passion for illustration, painting, and art to the public. Time to sit back and get drawn in with Eric C.
Planet Nine: Displacement March 4 - April 11
Opening Night Friday, March 4at 6 PM at Marshall Arts
Saturday, March 12at 8 PM at Marshall Arts
Friday, March 18at 8 PM at Marshall Arts
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode048_EricClausen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:36pm CDT

Episode #047: Doug Gillon, Tuesday Show Comedy
Homegrown Doug Gillon trekked allover the world just to came back to Memphis and share great insights with you through comedy, Emceeing, and deft arts of marketing. Join Gillon skies as we move through China, the video game industry, our friend freelancing, and on to discovering new paths.
February 23rd, 8pm at the Brass Door
Tuesday Show is in Love with Rob Love, Mary Beth Poppins, Mark Brimble, and Nashville's Mary Jay Berger, Josh Wagner and Brad Sativa!
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode047_DougGillon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Episode #046: Haley Morris-Cafiero, Photography

In 2013 Haley Morris-Cafiero's public self portrait project, Wait Watchers, went viral appearing on Huffington Post, CBS News, and more. We learn how she morphed the viral reaction to her work back into the project, eventually making a nearly sold out book from that interaction.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode046_HaleyMorris-Cafiero.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:56am CDT

Episode #045: Barry Wolverton, author
Barry Wolverton has been helping to create books, documentary television, and online content until landing a deal with a publisher, Walden Pond Press. His first novel, Neversink, was about a Puffin, but this Wolverton is set to blow you away with book one of the Chronicles of the Black Tulip, The Vanishing Island.
Neversink on Harper-Collins
The Vanishing Island on Harper-Collins
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode045_BarryWolverton.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33pm CDT

Episode #044: Kenny Wayne, painter and producer
Kenny Wayne's journey has lead him down the path of surrealist expressionism and he touts a new form of digital collage comprised of the expertise he's gained along the way. Listen in and learn what it takes to be Kenny Wayne, painter, producer, Memphian.
Kenny Wayne Arts
IG | TW | FB
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode044_KennyWayne.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am CDT

Episode #043: Billy & Andrew | Holiday+Outtakes 2015

Billy & Andrew discuss people, movies, philosophy, psychology, the tragedy of humans, and STAR WARS. Heads up, Billy ranks episodes 1-7, sort of, barely (its more like a Venn diagram with elements of pie). Andrew's happy with his results for 2015 and shares insights for what's ahead in 2016. PLUS, OUTTAKES! Yaaaaay!

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode043_Holiday2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19pm CDT

Episode #042: Brit McDaniel | Paper & Clay
Brit McDaniel's Paper & Clay pottery evokes mid-century modern Scandinavian minimalism wrapped up in useful life style accessories. She advocates for raising the level of quality Memphis creatives are known for. Having taken her own winding road to find that path fuels Brit's drive for progress.
Memphis Indie Holiday Market
Saturday, December 12 at 11:00am - 5:00pm
Muddy's Grind House
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode042_BritMcDaniels.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:12pm CDT

Episode #041: Rebecca Phillips & Caitlin Horton, Memphis Type History
Memphis Type History started as illustrated paintings which lead to a successful Kickstarter which lead to a book deal, but that changes! Listen from the fabulous ladies of Memphis Type, Rebecca Phillips & Caitlin Horton, on that evolution and the serendipity there after. The typography of Memphis has a story to tell and so do Rebecca and Caitlin.
Memphis Type History
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Interested in collaborating with @MemphisType? email them at
Memphis Indie Holiday Market
Saturday, December 12at 11:00am - 5:00pm
Muddy's Grind House
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode041_MemphisTypeHistory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

Episode #040: Sean Mosley, Spillit storyteller / podcaster

Sean Mosley hails from Michigan, came to Memphis for family, and later discovered Spillit Memphis. Through stage storytelling he's grown in a way that's introduced a new perspective for his experiences in life. It's that opportunity to share a part of himself through storytelling and taking away that same element from others that can be a catalyst. Listen as Sean explains those moments.

Spillit Story Grand Slam 2015: M-E-M-P-H-I-S
Friday, November 20 at 7:00pm
Location: Crosstown Strip

Suggested episodes - Ep29 Leah Keys, Ep04 Josh Campbell

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode040_SeanMosley.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm CDT

Episode #039: Michelle Duckworth, illustrator

Michelle Duckworth's illustrations are often inspired by fairy tales, but she enjoys sharing those vignettes where you could imagine anything with a whimsical and slightly peculiar slant. We discuss her designing sets of Opera Memphis, classic client talk, and traversing artist markets in Memphis. Catch a ride and enjoy as she explains the adventure.

What is a Duckworth?
Facebook | Blogspot | Etsy

Wilderness Children
Nov 3 - 29, Memphis Botanic Gardens
Opening Reception: Nov 8th, 3-5pm

Suggested episode - Shane McDermott

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode039_MichelleDuckworth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:57pm CDT

Episode #038: Melissa Sweazy, Writer-Director

A homegrown dreamer that moved away in the midst of college times and other-than-Memphisly exploration, Melissa and family came back out of necessity, but found a different city. People were breathing life into their crazy ideas and that showed hope for making her dream of film making happen. Not in L.A., but in the big 901 instead. First "John's Farm" in 2013 and this year with "The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention" which you can catch at this year's Indie Memphis.

John's Farm: vimeo on demand
Dept of Signs be shown in the Hometowner Narrative #1 during Indie Memphis
Nov 4, 6 – 8 PM, at the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts

Suggested episode - Erik Jambor

Indie Memphis - tickets!
November 3rd - 10th

Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll.
This year's festival runs during the evenings of November 3rd through the 10th at Circuit Playhouse & Studio on the Square near in the Overton Square area as well as the brand new Halloran Center in Downtown Memphis right next to the Orpheum. You can go to for more details, tickets/passes, and a run down on this year's amazing selection of films.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode038_MelissaSweazy.mp3
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Episode #037: Jack Simon | BristerFest

Jack Simon has grown Bristerfest​ into a local celebration of family-friendly music, vendors, and artwork. This year's production is free to the public and we hope to see all of you there. Learn from Jack's magic board method to turn your cloudy thoughts and pull them into reality.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
October 10th, 11am - 6pm
Overton Square Tower Courtyard

EPK page | Brister Street Productions

Suggested episode - Marco Pave'


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode037_JackSimon.mp3
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Episode #036: Designer's Roundtable 1, Creative Works

We sat down with recent design grads Shelda Edwards and Jess Vandenberg along with CreativeWorks founder Josh Horton to discuss the realities of entering the working field as a designer in our very first designer’s roundtable. Join the conversation as we learn about having that academic rug pulled from underneath and figuring out how to swim on your own.

Shelda Edwards -
Jess Vandenberg -
Josh Horton -

Creative Works


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode036_DesignTable1_1.mp3
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Afterthoughts #001: Zandria Robinson

Zandria Robinson takes being a sociologist to a whole new level. Recently under pressure for speaking her mind, Dr. Zandria Robinson came onto the podcast in Sept 2014 and we recorded some extra time with her in the studio. Introducing Creative Memphis Podcast (CMP) Afterthoughts 001, the first bonus clip in our unscheduled series of extras to the podcast. Sit back and expand your horizons with Rhodes college's newest addition before she made that important step in her career.

Dr. Robinson’s book:
This Ain’t Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (New Directions in Southern Studies)

Dr. Robinson's blog:
The New South Negress 

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Afterthoughts001_ZandriaRobinson.mp3
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Episode #035: Funlola Coker, Sculptor (of tiny things)

Funlola Coker of Gnomeore Crafts is a maker of tiny things such as miniature foods, jewelry, and gnomes! Coming to the US from Lagos, Nigeria​ Funlola was attending Memphis College of Art​ when her parents surprised her with the potential for #citizenship in the United States​. Listen as she details citizenship, how her first year of full-time self employment has been progressing, and how she balances life with her toaster oven.

Instagram- OR @gnomeore_crafts
Etsy Shop  -

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode035_FunlolaCoker.mp3
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Episode #034: Lisa Michaels, musician/comedian

Lisa Michaels is a fabulous musician and comedian who explored Memphis in her past life, came back recently, and is making a splash. In this episode we discover her past, her transgender journey, phoenix like revival, and finding happiness in Memphis. Lisa knows how to make a grand entrance, capture your attention on stage, and create unique experiences you will treasure. Sit back and enjoy this revealing episode.

Don't be Afraid of the Comedy
8:15pm at the Hi-Tone

OUTloud Comedy Showcase and Open Mic
Aug 14 at MGLCC starting at nine fifteen

Night Works comedy show hosted by Katrina Coleman
Sept 4 at Theater Works starts at Midnight

Lady Parts Justice From V To Shining V at Ernestine & Hazel's
Sept 26

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode034_LisaMichaels.mp3
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Amanda blends her talents with the lens, psychology, and social media skills into Amanda Hill Photography, Memphis Bombshells, and Choose901. Now is the time and Memphis is the place for sure. We tackle nerdy social platform issues,  emerging tools, keeping yourself on track, savy skills to curate your feeds, great places to take a picture in Memphis, and pursuing the perfect cup of Joe.

Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Memphis Bombshells
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


Amanda Hill Photography
Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode033_AmandaHill.mp3
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Lauren Kennedy is executive director of Urban Arts Commission, a local non-profit responsible for helping the city manage public art projects. They enhance the cultural vibrancy of communities through the development of public art. They also celebrate diversity in everything they do.

Urban Arts Commission

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode032_LaurenKennedy.mp3
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Episode #031: Birdcap & Nosey42 | Street artists

Birdcap, Nosey42, and many others have been painting Memphis transforming our spaces into works of beauty as opposed to vacant properties. They came into the studio to chat about the journey from drawing nonstop to painting under bridges, yelling about people or life, running the letter game, and making a dream happen.

Birdcap FB

Memphis Brooks - Buggin' and Shurggin: A glitched history of gaming culture
June - September 2015

Paint Memphis ioby
Open july 18th. The wall starts at the Chelsea trailhead, at North Evergreen and Chelsea and goes west for .3 miles.

DIGITAL-ROCK | Bboy Jam | Hip-Hop Party | Gaming Tournament
Saturday, July 18, 5:00pm - 9:00pm at Memphis Brooks

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode031_BirdcapNosey.mp3
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Episode #030: Sarah Fleming, filmmaker

Sarah Fleming, connected to the core culture and music scene of Memphis, came onto the podcast and discussed civicly minded film making, being a new mom, past and current film projects, her grant from Indie Memphis and subsequent upcoming film, and bikes galore. All kinds of tidbits such as chasing grant money, running Live from Memphis, directing documentaries and more.

Cat and fish
Live From Memphis

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode030_SarahFleming.mp3
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Episode #029: Leah Keys, Spillit | Amurica Photo

The affable Leah Keys came by for Spillit pt 2 in 2015. Spillit is true, unscripted stories told in front of a live audience in Memphis, Tennessee. Today, you get the scoop on Spillit origins, naming, logo, and breakthroughs. Plus, Spillit Evolves with the Spillit  story station and Leah talks here first letting you know about the new initiative.

iTunes podcast

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode029_LeahKeys.mp3
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Episode #028: Artistik Approach | Alt Hip Hop

Siphen Sylve and Brandon "Eso" Tolson form Artistik Approach the rising alternative hip-hop duo you can find every third Thursday of the month at Artistik Lounge found at Minglewood Hall. "We're kinda like Take 6 meets the Fugees in the kitchen with Doug E. Fresh at Erykah Badu's house...but not really." The pair meet while taking classes at MCA and remained in Memphis after graduation because of ties that bind and the connection to Memphis formed during their time here. Siphen is director of public art at Urban Arts as well as her own illustration and Brandon does design for Choose901 plus runs his own freelance on the side. 


Siphen Sylve - saayes
Brandon Tolson - CoolUrbanHippie

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode028_ArtistikApproach.mp3
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Episode #027: Leni Stoeva | Creative Placemaker

Leni Stoeva is excited to be apart of the growing change in Soulsville of Memphis through her role as Creative Place Maker at Community Lift. Born in Bulgaria and raised in Memphis, TN, she works on programming art related events in the area as well as social and historical neighborhood activities in the soon to be music district that is Soulsville, USA.

Community Lift

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode027_LeniStoeva.mp3
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Episode #026: Mike McCarthy | Indie Film Maker

Fueled by sleek rockabilly  and driven by a love for comics, Elvis, and wrestling, Mike McCarthy is passionate about you, Memphis. Share in his zeal for drive-in movies, the Coliseum, and plans for a short film about fighting for survival in a dystopian future.

Time-Warp Drive In
The Roundhouse Revival - Coliseum Coalition - Facebook page
Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode026_MikeMcCarthy.mp3
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Episode #025: Shane McDermott, Illustrator | MCA

Hailing from parts beyond man Shane Mc Dermott, the last son of Krypton, has landed in Memphis with the goals of instructing art, creating personal stories, and protecting our fair city from the likes of the Legion of Doom. Shane has illustrated for the Commercial Appeal and McGraw Hill and is nearing the end of his M.F.A. whilst finalizing a graphic novel to be published after his masterful graduation. He also instructs at the Memphis College of Art; you'll get to hear about his evolution of  teaching,trying to move past perfection, and the potato he used to draw all the time. Comics, Star Wars, and more lies within.

Shane's Blog
Memphis College of Art

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode025_ShaneMcDermott.mp3
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Episode #024: Jerome Hardaway | Frago/developer

Former special forces and all truth, you won't get any bluff from Jerome Hardaway, developer and founder for Frago Memphis, a non-profit that that has a proactive approach to veterans transition back into civilian life. You might have heard about them. A force to be reckoned with, Jerome is a son of Memphis and has purposefully chosen to lend his expertise, drive, and goals for a better future in this city rather than leave. Obstacles in Jerome's world are meant to be surmounted.



Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode024_JeromeHardaway.mp3
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Episode #023: Katrina Coleman | Memphis Comedy Fest

Katrina Coleman, local comedian and Memphis Comedy Festival director took CMP by storm, during the ice storm, and this track goes off the rails. How shall we offend you? Let us count the ways, beer drama, kraut farts, toy surprises and so much more and so much worse. No subject unclaimed, no zeitgeist untapped. Unfiltered and uncensored creative content, right here, right now.

Memphis Comedy Fest - Festival Pass


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode023_KatrinaColeman.mp3
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Episode #022: Brian Wentzloff | Musistic

The many varied soul Brian Wentzloff came onto the podcast and we traverse several passions. Chiefly, Brian is a partner in Musistic, a simple to use plug-in that works across nearly all digital audio platforms allowing limitless creative audio collaboration. We also discuss crypto-currency, the alluring digital economy, Brian+friends 'entrepreneur's outlook' on their own podcast, LSSR, and what it was like going through the seed hatchery experience in Memphis.


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode022_BrianWentzloff.mp3
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Episode #021: Phillip Ashley Rix | Chocolatier

Phillip Ashley Rix came by to talk about his approachable luxuries at Phillip Ashley chocolates as well as his experiences away from and then back to Memphis. You'll hear about his process on chocolate-smithing, the clues behind some of the shop's creations, and, crafting the experience for customers. It's the branded chocolates that capture our imagination and show how Phillip Ashley is at the forefront of a sweet revolution.


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode021_PhillipAshley.mp3
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Episode #020: Jason Prater | Farmhouse

Farmhouse, the rising design powerhouse, sports the creative minds Ben Fant and Jason Prater. Jason came onto the podcast to chat Farmhouse, amazing clients, how to not get to close to your work, the no longer existent Commercial Appeal niche pubs department, and shares his amazing bourbon with the boys. Settle in for a fun time, but don't forget to head over to their website and check out their fantastic portfolio.


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode020_JasonPrater.mp3
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Episode #019: Heather Pike | Tart

Heather explains her part in Memphis' only combo gallery restaurant pastry coffee shop. Heather and Abby of Tart have created a collective space where Memphis lovers can enjoy amazing food and edgy artists. The kinds of artists Tart is interested in show casing appeal to visceral material that's a little bit bizarre and slightly troubling, but is not in your face. We also examine the ideas of working with a partner, changing expectations, and just how Tart maintains it's adaptability.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode019_HeatherPike.mp3
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Episode #018: Andrew & Billy | Outtakes 2014

This week's episode is laid back. Relaxed. Chill, like your ever freezing extremities. We southerners may not do well in the cold, so let Andrew and Billy serve you up some warm cheer. A retrospective on Creative Memphis in 2014, some 2015 tease, goofy laughs, IndieMemphis retrospective, a spot on David Lynch impression, yelling, singing, whistling, and some truly average beat boxing.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode018_Outtakes2014.mp3
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Episode #017: Dana James Mwangi | Cheers Creative

Dana made the jump from in-house designer to rouge freelance designer for hire and Cheers Creative has been soaring ever since. Dana's unique approach includes educating the client in design, the process being a team effort between designer and client, and finding the right fit for both client and designer. In this episode there is some bad clients chat, design shop talk, critique's in design classes, praising and shaming Adobe, doing work that makes sense, and working with the right people.

Cheers Creative
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Linkedin | Pintrest

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode017_DanaMwangi.mp3
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Episode #016: Ben Smith, chef

A one week introductory in Asian cuisine was enough to spark an intense interest that would later drive Ben Smith to open his own restaurant in the heart of Cooper-Young. The conversation with Ben ranged from his experience teaching at L'ecole Culinaire, his own learning experience, what it's like to live and work in Hawaii, and how he came to open a restaurant in Memphis. The people who make your food are not who you think they are.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode016_BenSmith.mp3
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Episode #015: Josh Horton | Creative Works

With a setup 10 years in the making Josh Horton, home grown designer from Memphis, brought massive talent from across the country to Memphis and dubbed the event Creative Works. Josh came to design through stages of exploration including medical practice, business development, and sound engineering. It was through sound engineering that he kept fueling the possibility for design, learned it was possible, left Memphis, and later came back to champion the celebration of Memphis and the catalyst that is creativity.

Twitter - @hieroglyph_co

Creative Works
Twitter - @cworksco

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode015_JoshHorton.mp3
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Episode #014: Todd Richardson | Crosstown Arts

Ground breaking for Crosstown Arts is coming up and Todd Richardson came onto the podcast to discuss. We learn about the past five years of development, future plans, some floor plans, and how it all came together. Surprising to hear just how well things went during planning phases from great reception, to partners with similar plans, and how having art history background worked in Todd's favor. Crosstown wants you to know that you too can be a part of this historic building, they will be looking for residents to help occupy what looks to be a premier culture center in Memphis.
Crosstown Events Calendar

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode014_ToddRichardson.mp3
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Episode #013: Erik Jambor | Indie Memphis

Erik Jambor is executive director of Indie Memphis. One of the city's core arts institutions, Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. In this episode Erik takes us behind the scenes, shares his passion for film creation, how he started a festival in Birmingham that continues today, the selection process for films, and how he became involved with Indie Memphis back in 1998. You'll hear previews for films coming to this year's festival, get the low down on other film initiatives that Indie Memphis takes part in, and why Erik's first films had Jawas in them. This year Indie Memphis will take place at Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theater, and Malco Studio on the Square. Indie Memphis is presented by Duncan-Williams.

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode013_ErikJambor.mp3
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Virginia Murphy explains the soul mending experience that is Playback Memphis. Playback Theatre is a unique collaboration — the audience shares a personal story or moment, then watches as Playback recreates that story with artistic shape and coherence. Playback brings stories to life and life to communities. Creative, heal thyself.

Playback Memphis

Playback Facebook

Playback Youtube

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode012_VirginiaMurphy.mp3
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Episode #011: Dr. Zandria Robinson, author and ethnographer

Zandria Robinson takes being a sociologist to a whole new level. She continues her conversation on the South by appearing on CMP and broadening horizons. Subjects include black southern heritage, the Ferguson riots, the southernization of America, commodetization of ideas, culture creators, and so much more. A podcast so heavy it's worthy of enjoying with some honey butter biscuits and crunchy potato tacos.

Dr. Robinson's book:
This Ain't Chicago: Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South (New Directions in Southern Studies)

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode011_ZandriaRobinson.mp3
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Episode #010: Billy Bicket, Blur | Memphis Punch

The benevolent Billy B came onto the podcast and we learned about how he's trying to change the world through creativity and setup a creative technologists conference, Blur. We also cover #venturecapital, the patron scene in Memphis, social movements, and we go in depth to see how a creative social activist develops over time.


Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode010_BillyBicket.mp3
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Episode #009: Shannon Cable | Shove It Designs

Awesome person and just a well rounded human being, Shannon Cable came onto the podcast and blew our minds with Buddhism, growing up in contrasting cultures, invention through necessity, the generation behind Shove It Designs, and skater culture in Memphis. Plus, we managed to once again debate the finer points of Basquiat, can't be tired of that yet.

Shove It Designs
Shove It Designs - Facebook
Shove It Designs - Twitter
Shove It Designs - Instagram

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode009_ShannonCable.mp3
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Episode #008: Leandra Urrutia, sculptor | MCA

Leandra Urrutia, accomplished drafter, sculptor, teacher, eternal student, and Memphis Roller Derby girl. All kinds of nuggets and recurring themes. Market yourself, no one else will. Never stop learning, constantly push to progress more. Respect those who teach or else we'll be without them. Also, being an artist, it takes a toll on the body, so be careful.
Saturday, August 9 at 6:00pm - 940 Early Maxwell Blvd, Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Leandra's website -

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode008_LeandraUrrutia.mp3
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Episode #007: Matt Ladner, developer | AIGA

Matt Ladner! Three designers get together and shockingly they talk design! Memphis design people, the changing scene and life of Memphis, water in video games, running in Memphis, Matt's time at Lockheed Martin, 'Millenials' turning around and producing the culture, and about just how different GEN NET(!) is.

Matt Ladner is Literally a Taco Salad
AIGA Tenn Show 2014

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode007_MattLadner.mp3
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Episode #006: Elizabeth Lemmonds, Forge | entrepreneur

Forge will be a uniquely Memphis mashup of arts space and fabrication shop. Part incubator, part gallery, part playground. A space for creation… and for inspiration. For collaboration and interdisciplinary innovation. Quite simply put, [they] plan to be our city’s most unique resource, fueling both economic and community growth.

What is Forge? - Maker space/art space meets fabrication shop where artists, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, engineers, all kinds of skills and talents can “Connect, Collaborate, and Create.",,

Photo credit: Lesley Young -

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode006_ElizabethLemmonds.mp3
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Episode #005: Marco Pavé, hip hop artist

Marco Pavé comes onto the podcast for in depth conversations about Memphis issues involving poverty, change, racism, social preservation, Gil Scott, and Churches+Beer. Born and raised in North Memphis where his life was affected by the culture and city around him Marco is responding in his own way towards the standards of Memphis today. Chasing his dreams and practicing for years on end have lead him to the current precipice where he's working hard to make something for himself in the city he loves. |

Marco Pavé - leading the new wave in Memphis Hip Hop.

"There is a rebirth brewing on the Memphis Hip Hop scene and Marco Pavé, is poised to lead the revival. This born and bred Memphis native is an amazing lyricist with a distinct style and charisma that appeals to the triple crown of rap enthusiasts: the purists, the radio lovers and the eclectic hipster. With a laid back demeanor that contradicts his energetic music and performance style."

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode005_MarcoPave.mp3
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Josh Campbell, Storyteller of Spillit Memphis talks about his history and growth towards storytelling, Memphis cultural growth, Memphis history, and the unnecessary divide between East Memphis and Midtown. You'll also get to hear about his controversial view on This American Life *gasp*.

  • Spillit is true, unscripted stories told in front of a live audience in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Spillit events are held quarterly and each event has a theme.
  • Stories last ten minutes and must have a beginning, a middle, an end, and some sort of moral to tie it together.
  • Some are hilarious, others contemplative, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and some reflective.
  • Anyone can tell a story! Themes are announced months in advance.
Heroes June 13th -
Identity Crisis June 20th -
Facebook -
Twitter -
iTunes -

Crosstown Arts -
Ryan Azada -
Leah Keys -
Spillit 2013 successfully Kickstarted campaign -
To Submit stories for Spillit EMAIL HERE -

The Moth -
George Dawes Green -

Spillit by Wendy Trenthem :You’ve Got Mail” -

Josh Campbell, storyteller -
...And Thar You Got Wax, A Drama Boy Encore.
Free Admission
Saturday, July 19 at 7:00pm - 8:40pm
Broad Ave Arts District - Water Pavillion

Maria Montesorri Memphis -
Maria Montesorri wikipedia -
This American Life -

Nashville TV show -
East Memphis -,_Memphis,_Tennessee

Our headphones -

Hog and hominy -
Second Line -
Restaurant Iris -
Bari -
Hattilo Theater -
Texas de Brazil -

Memphis Culture (50+ Initiatives) -
Metal Museum -
Memphis College of Art -

Yolo -
Tamp & Tap -
Chiwawa -

The Rainforest -

Hyphen Marketing -
Mayor’s Innovation Team -

An American Plague -

Ignite Memphis -
Spillit @ Ignite -
Undercurrent -
Emerge Memphis -
Forge -
Co-work -
Start Co. -
Dixon Gallery -
Food Truck Fridays -
Shelby Farms -
History -
Greenline -

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode004_JoshCampbell.mp3
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Holly Whitfield came on to the show to talk Memphis, blogging, her creative history, and as an added bonus this also happened to be the inaugural launch day of Creative Memphis Podcast so we talk podcast shop a bit as well. I Love Memphis Blog [operated by Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:] has done so much for our city by becoming a space where Memphians and Memphis visitors can go check out what's ahead for the weekend, restaurant buzz, social media photos from locals, contests that benefit various local non-profits, interviews with prominent Memphians, and of course where to get brunch in Memphis on a lazy Sunday. They also have their own podcast too! So to entertain you on your Memorial Day weekend while bouncing from fun event to fun event, won't you please tune in to hear a couple of podcasters talk Memphis and then digress, a lot.

*I Love Memphis stuff:*
Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:

Commercial Appeal:


Gary- meow

“I just saw Gaarrryy…”

Choose 901:

Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau:

*Local Beer:*
High Cotton:
Memphis Made:
Cooper Young Growler:

*Yay Memphis Podcasts!:*
I Love Memphis:
Poser Podcast:
Spillit Memphis:
Bottom Line:
The Prompt -

Memphis Roller Derby:

Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Podcast:

Overton Square Traffic:

*New York Restaurant Trip: *
The Chefs:
The Menu:

Rise of the Creative Class:
The Rainforest:

*Localeur: *

Judgmental Map of Memphis:

The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in Midtown Memphis -
The No-Frills Guide to Brunch in Downtown Memphis -

Blog posting tips

  • Take out the -ing & -ly / passive voice
  • Turn being verbs (was, is, be) find a way to turn it into an action verb. | Ex: "I was eating" -> "He ate"
  • Vary sentence length. A mix of short and long sentences. | Ex: "This morning i woke up and I wasn't really sure I was gonna have eggs, milk, or coffee. I thought about making some yougurt, but I was out of granola. I went with the coffee." - have contrast
  • Let your personal voice show, don't be stale. Don't write like you think you're supposed to sound.
  • Stand up and read your story outloud to analyze quality.


Josh Campbell

*Mark Twain Critique of Writing:*
“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief
sentences. That is the way to write English – it is the modern way and the
best way. Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in.
When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill
most of them – then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are
close together. They give strength when they are wide apart. An adjective
habit, or a wordy, diffuse, flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is
as hard to get rid of as any other vice.”

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode003_HollyWhitfield.mp3
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Episode #002: Joey Miller, freelance photographer

Joey Miller came on the podcast and we talked photography, don't do free work, famous photographers, Malcom Gladwell, beards, bacon, & Memphis. Tune in and learn about freelance photography, how to keep progressing in your work, and how equipment does not and does affect photographic skill.




Comics & Collectibles

Crazy People


Woody Allen news

“can you separate art from the artist”

Gregory Crewdson

porn indst going down

Terry Richardson

Yurgen Teller

Miko lim - olivia munn photos

Basquiat - Joey likes him. AL likes him as a marketer, not an artist.


Jimmy Tightpants

Lubitel 166 U

Nikon D3

Nikon D4

Nikon DF

Canon 1DX

Benton’s bacon


Home made bacon

bacon sauce

Epic Meal Time TurBaconEpic

The great maple heist

Malcom Gladwell’s book Outliers -  10K hours - “A thoughtful driven 10,000 hours.”

Road to Seeing by Dan Winters

The Golden Egg creative syndrome

Josh malahy

Don’t work for free

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode002_JoeyMiller.mp3
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Creative Memphis Podcast is an every other week talk-podcast with hosts Billy Nation and Andrew Lebowitz, featuring a guest from the Memphis creative scene. It's an hour-long conversation where the hosts explore the featured guest's history, body of work, and perspectives on creativity, all in relation to Memphis. Guests are varied and typically relate to the design field, culinary industry, photography, art or Memphis culture. For more information, go to or visit

Direct download: CreativeMemphis_Episode001.mp3
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