PEN World Voices International Literature Festival Turns 10: A Review Of Year One

The PEN World Voices International Literature Festival Turns 10 this April.  

Robots and Smart Cars and Drones, Oh My!

Amazon Announces Drone Delivery By 2018

Shelly Xu Transforms The Mundane Into Art and High Fashion

Paper clips, plastic coffee stirrers, broken umbrellas, are just the tip of the iceberg of found objects that entrepreneur and fashion designer  Shelly Xu, uses to create art and high fashion.

Harlem School Helps Kids Find Their Place in The World

Abiezer Mendez, 23, takes a break from his full-time job as an analyst at JPMorgan Chase.  Sitting in a Brooklyn Bridge park on this sunny, yet chilly afternoon, he talks about how his high school, Cristo Rey in East Harlem, New York, transformed his life, and the lives of his triplet brother and sister.  Facing gang violence in the East Harlem projects where he and his family lived, his high school prepared him not only for college, but prepared him for an internship starting in ninth grade.  That discipline helped land Mendez  a full scholarship to Fordham University and a coveted position in one of world’s most successful banks.  He said Cristo Rey is not only a miracle but “a revolution.”

Abiezer Mendez, 2004 Cristo Rey Graduate. Analyst, JPMorgan Chase

Abiezer Mendez, 2004 Cristo Rey Graduate. Analyst, JPMorgan Chase

Emerging Artists and the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

Provincetown, MA

For an emerging artist or writer juggling many a day job to keep food on the table, a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA is pretty much heaven on earth.  A fellowship includes  a studio, an apartment, and a stipend for seven months.  The only requirement: create.  

.@SallieKrawcheck and The Hit #Women Have Taken On #Wall Street

Former President of Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division, and one of the most visible women on Wall Street, @SallieKrawcheck has set her sights on Washington, bank regulation, social media and sponsors, not mentors, to help women navigate their careers.

Former President of Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management division, and one of the most visible women on Wall Street, @SallieKrawcheck has set her sights on Washington, bank regulation, social media and sponsors, not mentors, to help women navigate their careers.


Corcoran Productions Congratulates Cynthia Wade’s Well-Deserved Second Oscar Nomination

The extremely talented and Oscar-winning director, Cynthia Wade, is nominated once again for best short documentary for her sublime film, Mondays at Racine.

OV Gallery: How To Survive In The Shanghai Art Scene

As winter approaches and darkness descends just after 4 p.m. and temperatures plummet into single digits, some people’s spirits can spiral into that proverbial black hole of winter doldrums.  Not so for Shanghai art curator, Rebecca Catching, Director, OV Gallery.  She sees winter as a plethora of possibilities.  “If we didn’t have winter, how could we appreciate the beautiful summer?” she said.

Urbavour: A Startup That Gets City Dwellers To Eat Healthy

You’ve worked hard all day.  You’re tired and have missed the Union Square Green Market. You want to eat healthy but you walk into your local deli or grocery store and once again, some bland take out will do the trick for another night.   But what if you knew that waiting for you at home was a bundle of organic groceries from the City’s green markets or local farms?  That is what Urbavour does.  A startup that gets city dwellers to eat healthy.