This interview with Janice Tuck Lively was conducted during the Spring of 2017 by Jet Fuel Review Editor Bree Scott.
Janice Tuck Lively was a visiting author at Lewis University in March 2017, alongside poet Elizabeth Powell. She read an excerpt from a story she had been working on at the time, including an emotionally intense passage about a mother supporting her child through childbirth.
I had the chance to catch up with Lively after the reading — I took a class of hers for one semester at Elmhurst College before transferring to Lewis University. To say that she had a hand increasing my interest in micro-fiction is an understatement, as I had strictly been a poet before meeting her for the first time.
There are few people I can think of that carry as much ambition as Chicago-based artist Damon Locks. Locks is a talented musician, visual artist, and teacher, who, over the past 30 years, has used these various avenues as a way to unleash his politically-driven, urban-influenced art upon the world.
One of Locks’ latest projects is a new album, Espiritu Zombi, from his band The Eternals, which released in August 2016. Other recent works from Locks include multiple projects with and alongside prolific artist/musician Rob Mazurek, the sound design work on a Chicago-based play, and an art project wherein Locks worked with 11 prisoners currently incarcerated in Stateville Correctional Center, located in Crest Hill, Illinois. The prisoners were asked to draw 100 frames of animation, later to be compiled into a fascinating short film called Freedom/Time.
Below is Locks’ bio, followed by our interview with him: