JAMES QUARLES & MATTHEW JOHNSON
James Quarles & Matthew Johnson will read at Mac's on Sunday, October 13th at 6 pm.
Born in White Plains, NY, and raised in New Rochelle and Stratford, Connecticut, Matthew Johnson now lives and studies as a graduate student in Greensboro, NC. Formerly a sports writer/editor for The Carolinian, USA Today College and The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY), Johnson’s poetry has been published in several magazines, including Maudlin House andThe Roanoke Review and has forthcoming work in The Westchester Review and Aethlon: A Journal of Sports Literature. His new collection is Shadow Folk and Soul Songs published by Kelsay Books.
James Quarles is a graphic designer, musician and poet.
From Pressure Magazine:
"Much of James’ art depicts a variety of famous, everyday, or imagined people. His crowd scenes, as seen in his poster for the Hessler Street Fair, are epic party collages filled with vibrantly detailed characters. On another level, James is skilled at crafting elegant, and soulful portraits with a psychedelic twist, including the likes of Prince, James Brown, and Tina Turner, as seen in his series “Notes from Black History” at the Shaker Heights Public Library. When illustrating any personality, James has a knack for capturing the spirit of his subjects with fun, aptitude, and reverence.
Evident with his wide array of art throughout “the Cleve” — how he lovingly refers to the city — James aims to keep his portfolio fresh and diverse at all times. He’s done sign design for The Cleveland Breakroom, a painted wall at B Side, and an art showcase at The Fairmount and Lava Lounge. James illustrated the children’s book The Adventures of Waly: The Day I Faced the Snake by Mary N. Oluonye and Waly Sene, and he’s currently finishing his own poetry book titled Born Blue." -- Dan Bernardi/Pressure Magazine