Brad Listi is like an evil, creative genius without the crazy hair. He may also not be particularly evil…or even ill-tempered. What is true is that through a potent combination of talent and force of will, Brad has brought forth into being a Los Angeles Times bestselling novel called Attention. Deficit. Disorder., as well as the well-known online culture magazine and literary community, The Nervous Breakdown. More recently, he has spun off TNB Books, an independent press specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction, publishing works by well-loved authors D.R. Haney and Lenore Zion, among others. He is also the razor sharp host of Other People, a twice-weekly podcast featuring in-depth, inappropriate interviews with today’s leading authors. You can read about his struggle in Issue 2 and…the “creative genius” part still stands.
Brad Listi’s Web Site
The Nervous Breakdown
Artist Jennifer Jesse Smith uses jewelry as her medium to combine myth with soul. From a young age, she adopted the life of an artist and has since followed her path, navigating through the beauty of both the triumphs and the struggles. Currently, she is working on pre production for Costume Designer Penny Rose and The Lone Ranger
film project, starring Johhny Depp. Her pieces have been worn by Colin Ferrell, Mickey Rourke, Holly Hunter, Margaret Cho and Billy Bob Thorton, to name a few. She has a BFA
in sculpture from The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago. Fascinated by how people draw strength and meaning from the way they wear their art, Jennifer Jesse Smith creates powerful pieces for people with passion. Read about her quest in Issue 2.
Jennifer Jesse Smith’s Web Site
Anyone who knows Bridget Johnson — AKA “the Green Girl” — will attest to her superhero status. She is an award winning businesswoman with a heart for sustainability and recycling. She is an artist. She is a philanthropist. She is passionately loyal to her family and friends. She cooks gourmet meals, lays tile, hangs drywall, and xeriscapes her backyard all with a child strapped to her back and before lunch. I don’t think she has slept in about 4 years. I have photo evidence that she can fly. She not only can drive a trash truck, but she is in love with one named Betsy. Read about her love affair in Issue 2.
Green Girl Recycling Web Site
If you could trace each trajectory leading from the creative soul of Nigerian-American entrepreneur, software engineer and poet, Uche Ogbuji, and illuminate them in light, you would have a supernova of genius on your hands. Not only has he already made a name for himself in the software world as an early (and well-published) adopter of XML, but he is now taking on the poetry world by storm. And as if that isn’t enough, he is also founding engineer at Zepheira. In his spare time, he coaches and plays soccer, snowboards and hones feats of martial artistry through the medium of American kenpo. Nigerian born, he now orbits near Boulder, CO with his amazing wife and four children. Uche Ogubji is poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown. His poems are a wild hip-hop ride through Igbo culture and Western classicism. Read about Uche’s literary jump start at “The Anthill” in Nsukka, Nigeria and more in Issue 2.
Uche Ogbuji’s Web Site
Photo: Anthony Camera
Megan DiLullo is the new, official resident Nonstrologer here at SCREE. Having studied extensively under the tutelage of one of her personalities, she not only has the pedigree for this most sacrosanct vocation, she is just enough off her meds to actually feel your pain and mine. And while she credits much of her training to her internship at the neighborhood toothless bar, I’m inclined to think she was born this way…which makes her nonstrolo-sense that much more endearing. Megan is also an editor for the Arts and Culture section at The Nervous Breakdown and is co-producer of both The Nervous Breakdown’s Literary Experience podcast and the TNB Spotlight podcast and does narration for both. In Issue 2, Megan DiLullo comes armed with her platinum wit and a shiny set of crystal balls.
Megan DiLullo on The Nervous Breakdown
Photo Credit: Mike Toman
Stand-up comedian Slade Ham has what appears to be quite possibly the coolest career of all time: he makes people laugh for a living. Scratch that. He makes people laugh for a living while drinking Irish whiskey sent to him for free by his fans. The result is high proof comedy so toxic it would send its listeners to rehab were it not so damned funny. And while it may look like he is leaning back and just taking it easy with the dudes at The Whiskey Brothers, what Slade is actually doing as producer is sheer genius. He is building on a career that has taken him to perform in 22 countries on four continents with calculated persistence–persistence in the face of odds that would have made a lesser man sink permanently into his bender-stained couch cushions with nary a scantily clad sorority nurse-in-training to care for him. Slade Ham is a dragon slaying Jedi ninja who happens to also have a grape slushee heart and a wickedly smart sense of humor. I also have it on good authority that he likes Prince. A lot.
Read about Slade’s climb here.
When I first met Kimberly M. Wetherell, she had just finished her first short film WHY WE WAX
— a hilarious documentary about the history of bikini waxing. The cover of this film sports a sexy close-up of a woman, naked except for an outrageous aquamarine merkin where her triangle under discussion should be. In this film, Kimberly artfully discusses everything from metrosexual shaping trends to Brazilians gone wrong, even going so far as to concoct an ancient Egyptian hair wax removal recipe in her kitchen involving eggshells and cat dung. My fascination turned into absolute giddiness when later on she sent me a batch of homemade, drunken marshmallows…presumably from the same kitchen. Were it legal in my state to do so, I would consider sending her a proposal of marriage.
Several international awards later, Kimberly Wetherell is now in full-swing production of her first full-feature film, LULLABY. LULLABY is a poignant drama about a Hidden Child of the Holocaust’s invented life and her family’s discovery of the truth. It is filled with lush imagery, imaginative drama, and hauntingly beautiful music. The film promises to be incredible, of course, but what we here at SCREE are obsessively honed in on is Kimberly’s journey to get there. Having grown her grass-roots movement from a packet of seeds, she has had to work hard to accomplish her dream. She has had to write the screenplay, raise the money, schmooze the right people, find and direct the talent, and produce this bad boy. In short, she is the real deal. Read more about writer/director/producer, Kimberly M. Wetherell in our first issue.
Interested in more on LULLABY?
Lullaby Home Page
Anthony Camera is the perfect cameo of a man on a mission. Armed with little more than a camera and a dream, Anthony continues to angle his way through the unmarked streets of professional photography. Along the way his work has made appearances in numerous galleries as well as in several publications–including Newsweek, Psychology Today,
to name a few. His particular style of environmental portraiture smacks of the untamed urban with forays into the wantonly warped rural. He has worked like the artist version of a 19th century coal miner with scurvy to get where he is today and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Not even for scurvy. We are pleased to showcase some of his work in this, our first issue of SCREE
Anthony Camera’s Web Site