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Artist Interview

Dora Malech

April 12, 2013

Dora Malech embodies the spirit of Ode. She's a poet (author of Say So and Shore Ordered Ocean), artist, traveler, teacher, great friend, and she knows how to wear red lipstick in the morning. Those are only some of the reasons why she's the perfect woman to launch our Desert Poet Spring Collection. With her mastery of both language and the stuff of the heart, Dora will lead this Spring fashion show with her poetry, spirit, and beauty.

Meet our Desert Muse/Poet/Prophet: Dora Malech:

How did you get started?
Scribbling. Making believe.

What do you love about your job?
Getting to think big and feel deeply. Being surrounded by inspiring people of all ages.

Where do you find inspiration?
Language. Nature. Patterns. Color. Intimacy. Complications. Uncertainty.

Who is your role model?
My mother. Robert Coles. Emily Dickinson. Linda Hamilton in the second Terminator Movie.

What are your plans for the future?
Keep writing. Keep making art. Keep teaching. Keep enabling others to use their voices and think creatively. Keep building community.

"Shore Ordered Ocean" Dora Malech

What's your favorite line from a movie, song, or book?
And so live ever, or else swoon to death. –John Keats
See through me. See me through. –James Merrill

If you were a piece of clothing, what would it be and what color/pattern?
Something bright and tight.

What's the first line in a book about your life?
An epigraph by Basho:
I've hit the bottom / of my bag of discretion: / year's end.

What is your favorite word?
“Limn” (to outline, detail, describe, delineate; from Middle English limen — to illuminate, as a manuscript) and “liminal” (transitional, in-between; from Latin limin- —threshold.). I also like “glimmer,” “limb,” “limbic,” and “limerence.” But not lymph. Or limp.

Whatʼs the best advice youʼve ever gotten?
About work: The perfect is the enemy of the good.
About performing: Don’t get on stage and then act like you’re not supposed to be there.
About making art: Try again. Fail again. Fail better. --Samuel Beckett
About interpersonal stuff: Nobody’s thinking about you that hard. (Thanks, Mom.)

"Began & Begins" Dora Malech

What super power would you like to have?
The power to heal others physically and emotionally. And the power to rock spandex and a cape.

Who would you want to play you in a movie about yourself?
I’d like any movie about me to have an all-animal cast. I’d be played by Mishka, the dog that can say “I love you.”

What inspires you?
This photo is from an Iowa Youth Writing Project "poemics" (poetry+comics) workshop. The creativity of kids keeps me in contact with why creativity matters.

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Join us Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm for our Spring fashion show and readings from Dora Malech.