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My Creative Life for Artists and Creators

My Creative Life for Artists and Creators

By Nancy Miller

My name is Nancy Miller, and I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Georgia. I'm interested in other artists and how they stay motivated and keep passionate about their own work. How they sell and market themselves. How do you balance your home, creative, and work-life? I will be documenting my own creative process in these podcasts. Thanks for listening!
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059 Caroline Hanlon, Illustrator

My Creative Life for Artists and CreatorsFeb 28, 2021

193 In Memory of Reema Zoumut, High School Art Teacher

193 In Memory of Reema Zoumut, High School Art Teacher

Hi Everyone, this was a very hard episode to record, but I wanted to talk about a former guest, Reema Zoumut, an art teacher I'd been fortunate to have met during my time as a teacher. Her students fondly referred to her as Mrs. Z. She taught animation, graphic design, and photography. She was also a guest on the podcast. A little over a year ago Reema passed away, and I wanted to say some words about having known her. She was so giving, and never expected anything in return. Just be a good teacher. If you had met her, you would have loved her too.

Thanks for listening!

Nov 26, 202313:35
192 Victoria Ying, Author and Illustrator
Nov 19, 202337:51
191 Kathryn Hodges, Librarian

191 Kathryn Hodges, Librarian

Hi Everyone, I spoke with my librarian friend, Kathryn Hodges to find out more about what young readers are interested in and how librarians get the books that they want to them.

Thank you for listening!

Nov 05, 202343:53
190 My Marketing Efforts for the Past Year
Oct 29, 202346:40
189 Michelle Rivera, Librarian

189 Michelle Rivera, Librarian

Hi Everyone, I spoke with Michelle Rivera, a school librarian, because they are key figures in getting the work of authors and illustrators of children's literature to young readers. I wanted to learn more about how that happens and what excites a librarian.

Thank you for listening!

Oct 22, 202326:53
188 Josh White, Illustrator
Oct 15, 202344:44
187 Jyn Hall, Children's Book Author
Oct 08, 202323:17
186 Budgeting and Income as a Freelance Illustrator
Oct 01, 202326:33
185 Cynthia Petrovits, Creator of Sneakermutt
Sep 24, 202354:50
184 Talk About Literary Agents
Sep 17, 202320:48
183 Caroline Hanlon, Illustrator
Sep 10, 202336:48
182 Janelle Washington, Paper-cut and Silhouette Artist
Sep 03, 202356:43
181 Julie Koon, Children's Book Author and Illustrator
Aug 27, 202343:34
180 Jerushia Graham, Printmaker and Book Artist

180 Jerushia Graham, Printmaker and Book Artist

Hi Everyone! My guest today is Jerushia Graham, printmaker and book artist. Here is more about Jerushia:

Jerushia Graham is an Atlanta-based artist who exhibits both nationally and internationally. She earned an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has taught for the Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, Kennesaw State, University of West Georgia, Spelman Museum, and various Arts Centers in the Atlanta area.

Additional resources from Jerushia:

Also, Steph Rue was the instructor that Anna will be taking classes with at Penland. She is also a member of the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective. She will be teaching paper bojagi using hanji.

Jerushia's Website

Jerushia's Instagram

Charleston Gallery with Jerushia's Work

Below you will find the links to the resources mentioned in the interview:

Other great resources worth mentioning: Helen Hiebert -

May Babcock - Arts Programs:
Arts and Craft Schools that offer papermaking and/or book arts classes:
**Some but not all Center for the Book locations teach book arts workshops -**

Names Mentioned in the interview: Miriam & Jerry Graham, my parents Virginia Howell, Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking DirectorAnna Doll, RCW Museum of Papermaking Education CuratorNasreen Khan, RCW Museum of Papermaking Postdoctoral FellowRobert Putnam, Former Jonesboro High Art TeacherLonnie Graham & Christina Roberts - Mentors from the Fabric Workshop and MuseumGlen Kaufman - Former Fiber Arts Professor (deceased) Richard Johnson - UGA Professor Emeritus of Art, 1st Papermaking/Book Arts Professor 

Thank you for listening!

Aug 20, 202355:31
179 - Deborah Miller, Art Slam Event
Aug 13, 202323:48
178 Mark Crilley, Comic Creator
Aug 06, 202339:56
177 Jennifer Smelker, Artist and Owner of Tandem for Two
Jul 30, 202353:48
176 - Robin Martéa, Illustrator and Fine Artist
Jul 23, 202325:17
175 - Cleonique Hilsaca, Children's Book Illustrator
Jul 16, 202324:39
174 - Melquea Smith, Children's Book Illustrator
Jul 09, 202337:05
173 SCBWI Conference Tips
Jul 02, 202335:17
172 Keely Parrack, Children's Book Author
Jun 25, 202340:55
171 Deborah Miller, Mixed Media Reclaimed Artist
Jun 18, 202337:37
171 Lina Callisto, Surface Designer
Jun 11, 202320:03
170 Carolyn Fraiser, Children's Book Author
Jun 04, 202338:23
169 Mika Kopanski, Instructor of Graphic Design and Visual Storytelling
May 28, 202340:31
168 Imposter Syndrome and Anxiety
May 21, 202316:15
167 Scott Boyd, Video Editor
May 14, 202350:59
166 Getting an MFA Pros and Cons
May 07, 202324:08
165 TeMika Grooms, Illustrator
Apr 30, 202332:57
164 Dr. Sarah Park Dahlen, Professor and Author
Apr 23, 202354:53
163 Laura Lacámara, Children's Book Author and Illustrator
Apr 16, 202344:58
162 Marsalis Eason, Photographer
Apr 09, 202358:07
161 Shirley Ng-Benitez, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator

161 Shirley Ng-Benitez, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator

 Hi Everyone, my special guest is Shirley Ng-Benitez, award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She was kind to share her experience of going out on sub with her manuscript and then to get the call that it had been acquired! Yeah!! Here is more about Shirley and her wonderful cause Awetober!

Shirley Ng-Benitez

I love art and I’m so grateful to be able to connect through it with others. I’m always experimenting with traditional media: watercolor, gouache, pencil, dip pen & ink, and recently painted & cut-paper collage. I’ve worked as a Professional Lettering Artist for American Greetings, was an art director, print manager, and designer for various design firms in Arizona and California, and then started, my design firm, creating logos, marketing materials, and product design for the health, technology, retail, food, toy, and publishing industries.

In ’09, I followed my dream to illustrate books for children, and have since had the honor of illustrating over 30. Compassion and connection are big goals in my work as I strive to create books that readers of all ages will find heart and hope—even when life throws a curveball. I live in the Bay Area, California with my family and two black cats, Miso & Luna, and am thrilled to be writing and illustrating for children. My debut author/illustrated picture book DOWN, THROUGH, UP by Quill Tree Books/Harper Collins, will be released in Spring ’24.

Visit Shirley's website:



On Post, she is also shirleysillos

Thank you for listening!

Apr 02, 202338:19
160 Lisa Lowe Stauffer, Children's Book Author
Mar 26, 202336:09
159 Charise Harper, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator
Mar 19, 202321:34
158 Taryn Cozzy, Creative Director
Mar 12, 202351:15
157 Amanda Bennett, Fibers Artist
Mar 05, 202329:56
156 Jill Burns, Surface Designer and Illustrator

156 Jill Burns, Surface Designer and Illustrator

Hi Everyone, my special guest is Jill Burns of Nestbox. Jill is a surface designer and illustrator who created work for HomeGoods, Trader Joe's, and Pistachio. We met through Elizabeth Silver's Surface Design Business Course. Jill has experience starting two successful creative businesses!

To see her work visit: 

or on Instagram

Thank you for listening!

Feb 26, 202336:13
154 Getting An Agent with Keith Lee and Broly Su
Feb 19, 202328:03
153 Benson Shum, Animator, Children's Book Author and Illustrator
Feb 12, 202332:00
152 Donald Sutton, Children's Book Author and Illustrator
Feb 05, 202342:04
151 Dannie Niu, Illustrator and Muralist
Jan 29, 202325:13
150 Samantha Cotterill, Children's Book Author and Illustrator
Jan 22, 202349:29
149 Keith Lee, Editorial Concepts and Being Agented
Jan 15, 202330:36
148 Melissa Miles, Children's Book Author
Jan 08, 202327:16
147 Robin Johnson, Tips on Applying for Jobs
Jan 01, 202319:41
146 Laura Alderson, Children's Book Illustrator
Dec 25, 202224:08
145.5 My Reflections On My Art Business
Dec 18, 202227:08
145 Artists Panel Marketing and Art Scams
Dec 11, 202249:53