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Introducing Shawty

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As many of you know, our beloved administrative coordinator Nick Forrest left us a couple weeks ago to study writing with the Iowa Summer Writers Workshop. We are happy to say that we have found a wonderful new Nick in the form of Mr. Daniel Wallace, artist, art gallery owner and very tall man (6’5”). So far, the biggest challenge we’ve encountered with Daniel is simply the name game. With a Dan already in the office, we’ve needed to get creative. Chauncey, Lewis and Bud were all thrown out. Daniel’s stature however inspired the nickname that has seemed to endure (thus far) – Shawty (yes, pronounced a la T-Pain.)

Let’s get to know more about Daniel, I mean, Shawty. Ask him your own questions in the comments!
What are you most excited about doing here with First Person Arts?
I am glad to be involved with a group of people who are making art a part of life. Art shouldn’t be held on high or set apart from the everyday. Art is life and should be celebrated.
What is your favorite memoir?
“The Motorcycle Diaries” That story is incredible.
What would the title of your memoir be and why?
“Daniel DeNunzio: Tightropes and Tribulations” As a kid my father developed alter egos for my brother and I, Daniel Denunzio and Brian Bonanzo. We were (are) traveling acrobats from the Slovenia. I think their story would be much more exciting than mine, although they do say truth is stranger than fiction.
What are your top three favorite films (documentary or otherwise)?

Bettlegeuse, The Royal Tenenbaums – and most recently- White Diamond by Werner Herzog
What do you do when you’re not at First Person Arts?
I run a gallery/ performance venue/ bookshop called Extra Extra in Fishtown with three other artists whom I met while living in Baltimore.
What is your go-to snack food?
Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Brazil Nuts, Pecans, Pistachios…the list goes on.
What’s the most random thing you found in your cubicle on your first day at work?
Four pennies inside a green foam earbud cover. No contest.
What’s your favorite viral video?
This was linked to me by a friend and I have spread it around since. Does that make it Viral?

Upcoming Events
  • StorySlam: Promotions (tickets on sale NOW)
  • Date: March 26, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Playground at the Adrienne
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street
  • StorySlam: Laws of Nature (tickets on sale 4/8/19)
  • Date: April 30, 2019
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Playground at the Adrienne
  • Location: 2030 Sansom Street