Current Books

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Guests: Athena Naylor, Alison Baitz, Lucy Kirkman Allen, and Orvokki Crosby
Host: Christopher Kardambikis
Recorded on March 31st, 2018
@ Current Books at Studio Two Three in Richmond, VA

Paper Cuts recorded live at Current Books Art Book Fair in Richmond, VA. We sat down with 4 participants of the book fair: Athena Naylor, Alison Baitz, Lucy Kirkman Allen, Orvokki Crosby.

Athena Naylor is an autobiographical cartoonist and illustrator currently based in D.C. (originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Included in her many interests are: perceptions of memory, everyday absurdity, and contemporary adaptations of historical events and stories. She earned a master’s degree in art history to explore the relationship between art history and comics, and her writing has been featured in DIRT magazine. You can most easily find updates on her current creative projects on instagram @athena.naylor.

Alison Baitz publishes her zines — On Flora, about plants, and Poetics, about words — under the name Saint Lydia. She co-founded The DC Art Book Fair and the Free Feminist Library. This fall she is starting library school and is really excited about it.

Lucy Kirkman Allen is a painter and curator living in Bavon, VA. She studied at the Cooper Union in New York, NY and was a Harriet Hale Woolley Scholar at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris, France. Allen has co-directed three artist-run gallery spaces: Studio DTFU (Dallas, TX), Serendipity: Williams House (Onemo, VA), and #FFFHEX (Mathews, VA), and co-founded Airprint Press, a publishing project dedicated to open access to artist books. She has exhibited her work at Homeland Security, New Age Drinks, Angstrom Gallery, the Dallas Biennial and Galleri Urbane. Her work and projects have been covered in publications such as Art in America, FDLuxe, Glasstire, /seconds, the Dallas Morning News, DMagazine and Lonny. 

Orvokki Crosby is the sole proprietor of The Concern Newsstand.  With a background in art, arts admin, and in buying & selling, she started the Newsstand in the fall of 2017 as a reaction to other independent & used bookstores closing in the Chapel Hill, NC area.  There were a lack of places to buy artist books, zines & interesting magazines.  With a concern for how people spend their time, she started the web store selling such inspiring things.  At the beginning of 2018 The Concern Newsstand got a long-term spot at Lump Gallery in Raleigh and continues to sell at events in and around the Triangle.