I first noticed R. Nicholas Kuszyk's spellbinding robots on an amazing mural outside the Bagel Store on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. I then was captivated by his work on canvas when I saw it at McCaig-Welles. Today we went over to Cinders Gallery -- one of my favorite spots anywhere -- just as he was getting ready for tonight's opening. It was great to meet the artist --who is as charming as his characters! The installation is stunning and beautifully executed. Entitled "Superconcious Futureritual," it continues at 103 Havemeyer through March 12th. (Later in the afternoon, I discovered a children's book of his at Spoonbill & Sugartown. Wow!)
Educator, writer and curator. Poetry Teacher of the Year, 1988, awarded by Poets House and NYC Board of Education. I co-authored three books back in the 90's -- two of which were cited as best Books for the Teen Age by the New York Public Library. (The Place I Call Home: Voices and Faces of Homeless Teens and Jerusalem Mosaic: Young Voices from the Holy City.) Both books have also been cited by the Library of Congress for their "strong and honest voice of the young adult." I also authored A to Z : The Book of Rap & Hip Hop Slang -- with entries that have since been cited by dozens of dictionaries.