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Gwendolyn Alley - Wordcamp Legs

Gwendolyn Alley – Wordcamp Legs (Photo credit: Randy Stewart)

The Art Predator is inspired by Coleridge’s definition of the aesthetic as that which engages the whole soul. She also experiences this definition as a taunt, an admonition, and a slogan. If she were the type to get a tattoo, these letters might appear in random places.

reading at Burning Man

The Art Predator shares her wide-ranging adventures in art, poetry, music, remodeling, cultural studies, Ventucky, food, wine, travel, camping, nature, and as a burning mom on a daily basis with as many illustrations (literal, visual, and auditory) as she can manage. Stay tuned. (Thanks to David Huang who took this image of the Art Predator performing at Burning Man!)

By way of background, the Art Predator blog developed out of a newspaper column. In addition to journalism, the Art Predator is a published poet and an exhibiting artist. For more about the Art Predator’s Artist Statement and CV, go here.

Go here to see some of the Art Predator’s Broadsides & Videos.

Go here to see a list of some Poetry Posts & Projects.

Go here to see the Art Predator’s Greatest Hits.

how to contact Art Predator

From 1996-2004, Gwendolyn Alley published three dozen poetry and art broadsides in ARTLIFE Limited Editions; several of these works are published also at  Alley has participated in the 3:15 experiment since 2001, and in 2007, she facilitated the Experiment . Many of her 3:15 Experiment poems can be found at

In August 2008, Gwendolyn Alley began creating videos which combine spoken word, sound, and image. Her video poem “Shishilop Project” was accepted by GuerrillaReads for its September issue.

Alley’s primary blog is the Art Predator:; she also participates in the collaborative experimental poetry site, The Orchid Room, and she has several other blogs as well on various topics in different states of development. Her youtube channel is

The eclectic Art Predator site includes many of Gwendolyn Alley’s ArtLife broadsides, 3:15 poems, an on-going collection of her own spoken word videos with music and images, as well as adventures in wine, travel, and song.

need someone like the Art Predator in your life? she’s looking for work! contact her: gwendolynalley (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

This page composed to a soundtrack provided by KCRW; this post by the Talking Heads from Little Creatures:

And she was drifting through the backyard
And she was taking off her dress
And she was moving very slowly
Rising up above the earth
Moving into the universe
Drifting this way and that
Not touching ground at all
Up above the yard


She was glad about it… no doubt about it
She isn’t sure where she’s gone
No time to think about what to tell them
No time to think about what she’s done
And she was

And she was looking at herself
And things were looking like a movie

She had a pleasant elevation
She’s moving out in all directions

38 Comments leave one →
  1. February 27, 2008 7:35 am

    Have a nice day !

  2. March 17, 2008 8:18 am

    Cool babanananas, am i aloud to say Coleridge was a musician but Byron was a Rockstar!

  3. tripnburn permalink
    April 14, 2008 9:44 am

    Loved your Blog – Nice poems…
    I would have apologized – but no apology is in order.
    I was just kidding in my “Critical Tits” post – It is a sense of Humor that only make me giggle to my self (I know it is not so funny) – It’s a Goof…
    Any way – Hope you were not offended by it.
    No – my wife was never to Burning Man (I wish we’ll make it in 2009 or 2010), But until then – I will keep Bullshitting on my Blog for a minor compensation…
    Take Care – Be Well – Keep in Touch -and- Keep the Faith…
    Trip N’ Burn… : – ]

  4. May 21, 2008 2:40 pm

    just read about you…wanted to get an idea ‘who’ the ‘art predator’ really is! thanks for all your comments!

  5. killingthemonkkey permalink
    May 29, 2008 5:04 am

    Hey! Said I’d leave a comment. Probably comment on a couple other things as well.

  6. June 6, 2008 2:38 pm

    Thank you for spotting me in your poem — I sound like an odd answer-machine, beeping periodically.

  7. tatoosandscars permalink
    July 17, 2008 1:20 am

    Hey AP!
    Thanks for leaving your story about your scar! I would love to hear more~ if it has affected in your life in any shape or form. Meanwhile, LOVE your blog- and the monkeys at Burning Man! i loved that piece (when i wasn’t getting creeped out by it).

  8. July 19, 2008 6:22 am

    I think I’ll like it here too. Look forward to visiting. Will bookmark you. Thanks for the note on my blog. G’night, Burning Mama.

  9. September 28, 2008 3:02 pm

    Hey! Thanks for the comment on my blog (the post about e.e.cummings). You performed at Burning Man? My brother just got back from Burning Man. I was planning to go but couldn’t due to work obligations. Any way, You have a pretty cool blog here.

  10. September 30, 2008 4:02 am

    yes in fact i instigated spoken word at b man many many years ago and then hosted for the following 2 years

    larry harvey didn’t think it’d fly but gave me the go-ahead…

  11. Jessica McBride permalink
    November 5, 2008 6:17 pm

    Thanks so much for checking out my class’ blog! Your’s is quite impressive and one that I’ll let my students know about so they too can explore your art! Take care

  12. onevisit permalink
    November 16, 2008 1:15 am

    Well, that is a prettier avatar. I could still see the shoes one as a book cover, it is a good attention absorber.

  13. November 16, 2008 4:32 am

    i liked the shoes as well…fits in with on the move! but this one works better in the grand scheme of things–people can relate better to a face of a person than to the shoes!

  14. November 30, 2008 8:52 pm

    Caught a link to your blog off of Alpha Inventions. I know you from somehwere but I just can’t recall where. Damn. Must be pre-senility setting in.

  15. December 1, 2008 5:18 am

    Rodger, you know me from one of my other blogs, where i quoted you and a carver story and came around to your blog a few times. i was happy to see you on alphainventions–it reminded me i needed to go visit your blog more often!

  16. grace permalink
    December 2, 2008 5:01 am

    Thanks for the comment on my blog picture. My parents lived in Greece for four years; I went as often as I could. I envy you…former teacher who gave up everything for a dream. Keep it up. You are lucky and truly living.

  17. December 2, 2008 5:11 am

    Hi! Thank you for your comment and concern on mumbai incident.
    You have a nice blog here. Keep up the good work.

  18. kat permalink
    December 4, 2008 3:12 pm

    Very nice site

  19. December 4, 2008 4:24 pm

    Hi, found you on can I add you to my BlogRing i’m working on ? http;//

  20. December 4, 2008 5:15 pm

    sure, jeph!

    thanks Grace! note exactly sure about the lucky part but i will agree i am doing my best to live life as fully as possible…

    thank you, dinesh; i’m glad you like my blog. from the news it seems like it’s still chaotic over there but calming down. i’m sure there’s a lot of anxiety still.

    thank you, kat! i will have to come round and check out your site–

    and visit every one else’s as well! it’s good for us to get out and read and comment on each other’s blogs, learn about the world through another’s eyes…thanks for checking out my world!

  21. December 6, 2008 12:48 am

    Ah-ha! Now I rememeber who you are. Yes, you found th Carver poem “Your Dog Dies” through my aptly-named blog … Carver’s Dog.

  22. Stan Kruslicky permalink
    December 13, 2008 5:54 pm

    Nice poetry! One year or another , I’m going to make it to burning man if it kills me!

  23. December 17, 2008 4:23 am

    Hi Gwendolyn!
    (love your name, and I have an Aunt Gwen, too. :-)

    Thanks for visiting my blog tonight. I love your fun and whimsical presentation and writing!

    Keep it up — we bloggers have to encourage each other, so I encourage you to keep sharing!
    Best wishes,
    Heidi Rafferty
    Harrodsburg, Kentucky

  24. Jose Luis G. Soler permalink
    January 24, 2009 4:46 am

    Dear new friend of

    Another great interview-podcast. This time a interesting gaialogue with Miriam Sagan

    Miriam Sagan is the author of over twenty books, including a memoir, Searching for a Mustard Seed : A Young Widow’s Unconventional Story (Winner best Memoir from Independent Publishers, 2004). Her poetry includes “Rag Trade”, “The Widow’s Coat”, and “The Art of Love”.
    In this interview she talks about literature as defiance, community, and her experience of writing in close relationship to Nature, among other topics…

    Warm regards

    Jose Luis G. Soler
    Production Assistant

  25. February 9, 2009 2:45 pm

    Saw these, thought of you.

  26. February 19, 2009 6:54 am

    I heard a rumor I was dangerous with words! No, no. Not me, though I’ve been known leave them about for people to trip over. Sorry about that. Can I shout you a beer?

  27. March 3, 2009 11:37 pm

    heck yeah, Brad! thanks!

  28. March 12, 2009 9:08 pm

    hi gwendolyn, thanks for stopping by…and even if paul was looking for an express lane, he probably knew that the greater the effort the better the effort’s result (smiley for paul) and nothing ventured, you know…

  29. March 30, 2009 10:39 am

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  30. autoterminal permalink
    May 20, 2009 6:31 am

    wow this girl is genius.

  31. August 19, 2009 11:34 am

    Found your site by following my nose – happy serendipity. Have bookmarked it to come back often and check it out.

  32. August 19, 2009 11:35 am

    Love the unicorn beastie you’ve put next to my post

  33. August 21, 2009 5:30 am

    Thank you for this site… it ‘s been insightful for my first Burning man this year… Good job… ;-) I will be giving massages at BM as gift, trying to figure out shelter for table ….running out of time… darn…, hope we can cross path …

  34. August 21, 2009 6:11 am

    Glad you’ve enjoyed the site, Elizabeth! Have you figured out where you will camp? I hope you’re close to Kidsville–please do come by! And I hope to find you too as well as your table! You’re welcome to set it up at our camp!

  35. August 29, 2009 9:51 am

    Hi!! Hows life going on.
    Hey! I want to tell you one thing; I’ve launched my personal website. Please visit once.

    Take care

  36. Daniela (the Brazilian) permalink
    October 14, 2009 11:55 pm

    We want to bike ride with you, please keep us updated. Lol Daniela

  37. September 22, 2010 4:05 pm

    Hi, nice to meet you !

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