Artist Amelia Briggs exiled herself to a small Michigan town to figure out if she had the dedication to pursue a career in art. Now, she is the director of Nashville’s outpost of David Lusk Gallery, and she talks to fellow artist Alysha Irisari Malo, the co-founder of a new arts organization in Wedgewood-Houston. With CONVERGE, Alysha and her husband, Eric, are bringing neighbors and developers to the table together.
Erica Ciccarone is a writer of fiction and nonfiction living in Nashville. She is a regular contributor to Nashville Scene and Nashville Arts, including the Scene's renowned column Vodka Yonic. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and has published her fiction in Epiphany, ThisRecording, and H.O.W. Journal. She is the 2015 writer in residence at Seed Space, and blogs about art and culture in Nashville at NYCnash.