Even as I was endeavoring to make The Writer’s Brush as comprehensive as possible, I realized I could never include every writer-artist, and acknowledged in the preface that “with new writer-artists appearing every day, this book was out of date the day it was published.” Little did I suspect, however, that within weeks of the book’s printing I would be inundated with a substantial list of writer-artists who had escaped my notice. These were writer-artists who not only weren’t among the 203 featured in the book, but hadn’t even been mentioned as “Among the Missing”—itself some 67 names long.
To partially remedy the omissions I included a number of them in The Writer’s Brush Exhibition, a show I curated with John Wronoski of Cambridge’s Lame Duck Books at New York’s Anita Shapolsky Gallery and which he reprised at his own Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge. Enormously enriched thanks to John, the show’s 190 paintings and drawings had works by such literary greats as Joseph Brodsky, John Ashbery, Andrei Bely, A.R. Ammons, Annie Dillard, Annie Proulx, Louise Gluck, and William J. Smith. For a complete list of writers represented in the show or to order the catalog, click on Exhibition above.
What follows is a list of writers who, post-publication, have been identified and, in most cases, but not all, confirmed as also being artists. Those who have been and who were recognized by inclusion in the exhibition have an asterisk next to their names. Hoping to make this site a resource for anyone interested in the subject of the writer-artist, I invite folks with names to add or with information about the writers or their artworks to contact me through the email on this site.
A.R. Ammons (Archie Randolph Ammons)*
Andrei Bely (Boris Nikolaevich Bugaev)*
Jorge Louis Borges*
(Frank) Gelett Burgess*
Ian Hamilton Finley
Jonathan Saffran Foer
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Iliazd (Ilia Zdanevich)
Jackson Mac Low
William J. Smith*
William T. Vollmann
* Signifies inclusion in the The Writer's Brush exhibition