Poet, essayist, novelist, and National Public Radio correspondent Andrei Codrescu taught for 25 years at Louisiana State University and lived in New Orleans. His love letter, “Ten Reasons to Visit New Orleans,” is an intimate look at our 2011 convention city. “Let the Good Deeds Roll” by Paul Engleman is a survey of worthy Big Easy projects looking for volunteers.
Tony Fitzpatrick is enamored with New Orleans too, and his collages – including the cover art and personal reflections that accompany “My New Orleans” – testify to that. Fitzpatrick is also a playwright, former prizefighter, and poet. His work is in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.
Jim Zingarelli , a professor of art at Gordon College in Massachusetts, USA, sculpted the pieces illustrating this month’s Facts of the Matter and has offered to donate 50 percent of the sale of any of them to Rotary Foundation initiatives. Zingarelli has already supported hunger relief efforts in Honduras, Morocco, and South Africa through sales from this series, called Host and Hunger.
Craig Vetter talked to young Rotarian Andrew Kerr about why he left work in real estate lending for full-time community service. Vetter, who has written about everything from ice climbing, wing walking, and taking the stage at Chicago’s Second City, is working on a novel. His sports writing is featured in Out of the Noösphere, by the editors of Outside magazine.
Dongyun Lee illustrated Rotary Stories, “Saving Face,” about the work of Angelo Capozzi, as told to Stephen Yafa. Lee’s illustrations have appeared in GQ, Wired, Harvard Business Review, and Popular Mechanics, among other publications, and he has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators. His work has been exhibited in Seoul, Korea (where he was born), New York, London, and Los Angeles.