POEM BY NICHOLE CHRISTIAN
PHOTO BY KELLY CRAIG
A poem by Nichole Christian, a new Culture Keeper contributor. Photograph by Kelly Craig. See Kelly’s previous Culture Keeper work here.
your heavy, hard things
the ones you wear
Nichole Christian is a writer, a passionate photographer, and a lover of all things creative. She is coauthor of Canvas Detroit, an award-winning look at some of the city’s top public artists. Her writing also appears in Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected “Portraits of Grief” from The New York Times; at Essay’d.org, an online arts journal; in The Detroit Anthology; and in Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood. Most days you can find her blending and exploring forms on Instagram. Strongbox is Nichole’s first published poem.
Kelly Craig (KC) grew up in the Akron/Cleveland area where at a young age she learned she had a penchant for travel and a passion for art and writing. In 2010, Kelly started her own photography business. She birthed and grew this business in the heart of Kansas City for seven years. In 2016, Kelly received her master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She is currently working from her home studio, both writing and making fine art. Through the business of all of this, Kelly continues to roam the earth in her family RV with her camera, affectionately named Rover. You can find more of her art, travels, and writing on Instagram and on Twitter.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY CAT NORMAN TAHIROVIĆ
Cat Norman Tahirović is particularly gifted at learning of the hidden treasures of her adopted home in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Here, she takes us on a stroll to one of them, in the newest installment in our roving View From Here series.
COLLABORATION BY KAMI L. RICE, OLIVIER PEYROUS, AND JC JOHNSON
Since part of our Culture Keeper team is based in France, it seems appropriate to bring you a Culture Keeper take on one of France’s biggest news stories in the waning weeks of 2018: the Gilets Jaunes (“Yellow Vests” or “Yellow Jackets”) movement that made it into foreign news outlets when the protests turned violent in Paris. We’re not a breaking news outlet by any stretch of the imagination, but we are in the business of offering a bit of cultural context where we can. Which is what we seek to do here as we experiment with a new-to-us storytelling format that we hope to perfect over time.
STORY BY JANE POTTHAST
In a holiday season full of the wonder of childhood delight mixed with the hopes and burdens of adults, our contributor Jane Potthast stumbles upon a favorite painting from childhood and wonders whether it holds something new for her now.
ARTICLE BY MIRTHE SMEETS
ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY SOLKO SCHALM
Before being translated to English for our Culture Keeper audience, Dutch journalist Mirthe Smeets’s interview with painter Solko Schalm was first published in Vers Beton, a Dutch online magazine focused on engaging the people of Rotterdam in understanding their city as it changes and develops. Rotterdam is the Netherlands’ second largest city and Europe’s largest port. Enjoy this interview with one of its artists!
STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAMI L. RICE
This week we’re joining the ranks of media outlets offering longer-read stories, because sometimes we all need a break from the sound-bite version of the world. So lean back, kick off your shoes, and tuck into this reminder of the less flashy ways the world’s countries interact with each other. No need to wait to be appointed as an ambassador, for you already are one.
STORY BY KORI WINTER
One recent Friday, Kori Winter Hutchinson, an American who has by now lived half her life in southeast London, was so struck by just how beautiful and fascinating her normal commute is that she made note of it. As a result, we all get to step inside this little slice of London life, and with Kori, we find hope there.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY TOBI AMOSUN
Physician Tobi Amosun takes us along on her recent trip to Florence, where her science knowledge helps us better understand just how magnificent an accomplishment Michelangelo’s David is.
I had dreamed for years of going to Italy with friends for my 40th birthday.
This past summer, that dream trip happened.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY NIHAB RAHMAN
Our View From Here series is back as Nihab Rahman takes us inside a little moment of Bangladeshi life.
Near Chowfol-Dondi Bridge in Khuruskhul, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Ziyaul Haque, 21 years old, repairs his five-year-old boat for its next destination, which is Sundarbans, the only mangrove forest in Bangladesh.