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Although he’s drawn complex fore-shortened images since early childhood, Lacey Stinson earned his Master’s in Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech in 1997.  He makes art against the background of the North Louisiana hills.  Previously known for his portraits & his regional oil-painted landscapes, he has recently begun to work once again in pencil.  His most recent efforts focus on bringing his art to a wider public by illustrating children’s books, designing poetry chapbooks, painting a public mural, & talking to groups of young students about art.  In these recent efforts, Stinson not only employs traditional methods; he also uses his considerable skill with computers to produce hybrid digital renderings.

Four years ago, he and long-time partner Debra Faircloth participated in the founding of UPPPS (Upper Parishes Prose & Poetry Society), an organization of rural North Louisiana writers & artists who met in a local gallery to share original works, to critique, & to encourage each other.

Although she is all but dissertation in English, Debra Faircloth has worked for the past 12 years as a domestic violence advocate. During those years she used her writing and presentation skills to secure grants for DART (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team). Her column on domestic violence has run in the Ruston Daily Leader for 4 years. After 30 years of writing functional prose, as one of the founders of UPPPS, Faircloth began writing creative prose once again.

Dancing Scots has produced two children’s books, one work of collected Louisiana short stories, has been the foundation for many wonderful drawings, and has partnered with Ponderosa Press to produce five poetry chapbooks.

Lacey Stinson :: artist, designer, painter

If I Were a Cat

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Stinson’s studio-home in the North Louisiana hill country celebrates his various interests--film noir, fossils, cooking rich pasta dishes, natural landscaping, &, of course, his rescued bottle-fed cat Pip.

Later, as an undergraduate and graduate student, I studied literature.  I read the best of the Southern writers.  I also immersed myself in folktales and early epics—Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Egil’s Saga, and more.

Currently, I work as community advocate for DART (Domestic Abuse Resistance Team) in Ruston, Louisiana.  In that capacity, I use my skill at telling stories to capture the attention of my audience.  I want to teach them about the dynamics of domestic violence and to motivate them to speak out against domestic violence in Louisiana.  I’m fortunate to have a long-running column in the Ruston Daily Leader giving voice to the local family violence movement.

When I recently compiled thirty years of short stories in one binder, I was surprised to see how my early fiction predicted my current work life.  Themes which appear again and again are the descent into mental illness or the multigenerational blight of domestic violence and its effects on individual families.

In the past six months I’ve fulfilled a lifelong ambition of writing children’s books.  Some of these stories simply encourage flights of imagination.  In If I Were a Cat for Only an Hour, a little girl imagines life from the point of view of her own kitten.  Others, however, are more serious in intent.  These works teach coping with various crises—the death of a grandmother, the loss of a parent—in a painless, palatable manner. In the eleven years in which I’ve worked with family violence victims, I’ve seen many injured children.  I know from first hand experience the power of a story in teaching children to maintain their personal safety.  In a story I can model healthy behavior in a manner both appealing and entertaining.  

The need for such children’s books is clear.  Louisiana is the most dangerous state in the nation for women and children.  At least four but perhaps as many as six children in every classroom in this state go home to domestic violence every day.  My goal is to exploit my narrative skill in order to enhance physical and emotional safety and perhaps even healing for children in Louisiana.

I grew up immersed in the South’s tradition of oral literature.  My earliest memories are memories of drowsing under the quilt frames while my mother and grandmother told and retold family myths and legends.

Debra Faircloth  ::  writer, editor, wordsmith

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