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*The Oakland Press, February 4, 2014
"Art Center in Mount Clemens Highlights Michigan Artists"
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*Cloth, Paper, Scissors, January/February 2014  
Includes an essay I wrote about my struggle to call myself an artist. Illustrated with a full-page color photo of "The Importance of Ancestors," one of my mixed-media pieces. 
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*The Urbane Life, March 18, 2009  
"Michigan Fine Arts Competition at The BBAC"
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The Rust Belt Rising Almanac, Volume 1, Spring 2013
Photos of my artwork on pages 12 and 13.
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