Art & Words 2020

The Art & Words Show may be different this year, but it will go on. I’m thrilled to have selected this year’s participants–ten writers and ten visual artists–and to have scheduled the show for Saturday September 26 from 6-9PM at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas.

However, the world may not be back to normal operations by then. In that case, rest assured, we will figure out an online option of some sort, working with the writers and artists to figure out the best solution.

For more info on how the show works, visit this page, but basically: ten visual artists and ten writers will use one another’s work as inspiration. The resulting twenty pairs of art & words will be on display at the gallery (or online) for one week following the opening reception.

Below, I present to you the writers and artists who will be part of 2020!


Michelle Muenzler, known at local science fiction and fantasy conventions as “The Cookie Lady”, writes things both dark and strange to counterbalance the sweetness of her baking. Her work is in numerous science fiction and fantasy magazines, and she takes immense joy in crinkling words like little foil puppets.

  • Jerri Bourrous (Nacogdoches, TX)

Jerri Bourrous is a graduate of the Masters of Creative writing program at Stephen F. Austin University where she currently teaches. She lives in Nacogodoches, Texas, with her two dogs.

  • Fakoyede Seun (Lagos, Nigeria)

Fakoyede Seun is a Nigerian writer and school teacher. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Sand Magazine, Slice Magazine, Bacopa Literary Review, and Vinyl Poetry.

Michael Stalcup is a Thai-American poet living as a missionary in Bangkok, Thailand with his wife and three young children. He learned poetry from good Hip-Hop, the Bible, and really old sonnets — and loves seeing visual arts and poetry join forces. You can find more of his work at

Matthew Pitt is Associate Professor of English at TCU and author of two story collections: These Are Our Demands, Midwest Book Award winner; and Attention Please Now, winner of the Autumn House Prize. Individually-wrapped stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His problematic poems appear exclusively in private notebooks.

Kelly Talbot has been an editor for Wiley, Macmillan, Oxford, Pearson Education, and other publishers. His writing has appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies. He divides his time between Indianapolis, Indiana, and Timisoara, Romania.

English is Layla Al-Bedawi’s third language, but she’s been dreaming in it for years. Her work has been featured in Winter Tangerine, Bayou Magazine, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and elsewhere. She is a co-founder of Fuente Collective, an organization focused on experimentation, collaboration, and hybridity in writing and other arts.

Deborah L. Davitt was raised in Nevada, but currently lives in Houston, Texas with her husband and son. Her poetry has received Rhysling, Dwarf Star, and Pushcart nominations and has appeared in Asimov’s and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. For more about her work, please see

  • Gayle Reaves-King (Fort Worth, TX)

Gayle Reaves-King has been writing since she could first hold a pencil. Her journalism awards include a share in the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Dallas Poets Community published her poetry chapbook Spectral Analysis, and her articles have appeared in regional and national magazines. The Texas native helps organize Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase, teaches journalism at UNT, and is working on her first nonfiction book.

JT Morse is a writer/photographer/editor with a passion for creative connection. Her work has been published by Interstellar Flight Magazine, Synkroniciti, ArtHouston, Nightmare Press, and other publications. She’s active with Writespace, Comicpalooza, and the SFPA. Morse loves to write beneath a hundred-year-old, ivy-covered oak at her ranch in Evergreen, TX.


Art & Words 2019

We’ve chosen the participants for this year’s Art & Words show, and it’s going to be such a beautiful show. I’m psyched as all hell.

For more info on how the show works, visit this page, but basically: eleven visual artists and eleven writers will use one another’s work as inspiration. All forty-four works (22 pairs!) of art & words will be on display at Art on the Boulevard from September 21 to September 27, with a reception and reading from 6-9PM on Saturday the 21st!

Below, I present to you the writers and artists who will be part of 2019!



Art & Words Show Success

The third annual Art & Words Show Reception, which I created and now coordinate, took place on Saturday, September 27, 2014, with the written and visual work from 13 writers and 13 artists. Each artist created a painting or sculpture in response to a story or poem. Each writer created a new story or poem in response to a visual work. This silent collaboration culminated in 52 original works of art & words, which will be on display until October 4 at Art on the Boulevard in Fort Worth, Texas. (With enough interest, Art on the Boulevard may extend the show one week.)

For rights’ sake, we can’t show you all of the written work, but to view the visual works from the show and read the work that was previously published online, take a look at the public PDF document: Art & Words 2014 — public document. It also has links to the writers’ websites.


At the reception, a live jazz band (Peter Brewer, Jake Dester, and Bruce Bond) also performed three literary-written collaborative compositions. It was a great night.


For more pictures from the event, visit my Facebook album:

For information on how to submit to next year’s show, visit the Art & Words page of this site: