New Featured Artist : Bill Wolak

by on February 11, 2016 :: 0 comments

We here at Mad Swirl just can’t get enough of Bill Wolak’s symmetrical sweetness! This time around, he treats us to some splash of color and even allusions to nature – branches of trees, green leaves and flowers. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I can look at each piece time and time again and again and feel like …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 02.06.16

by on February 6, 2016 :: 0 comments

“I am getting so far out one day I won’t come back at all.” ~ William S. Burroughs ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Fish Goddess” (above) by our newest featured artist Maria Valentina Sheets. To view more of Maria’s mad-nificent canvases, aslong with our other featured artists, visit our Gallery at MadSwirl.com! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in …

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 02.03.16

by on February 6, 2016 :: 0 comments

Hello m’fellow Mad Ones. I am Reverend Brother Elder Swirl the 7th. You might remember me from the Dr. Googily-Eyes Healing Circus & Mad Swirlin’ Medicine Show (inciting the Rise of YES and the Fall of NO)… This past 1st Wednesday we gathered to give praises to the affirmative and damnation to the negative. Our good friend and brother in …

Chem Trails by Quinten Collier – a review

by on February 3, 2016 :: 0 comments

It is always a pleasure to see our Contributing Poets have their work published. Here is one worthy of note, published last Fall by Bobtimystic Books from Brooklyn, New York: Chem Trails (Collected Poems: 2008 – 2014) is a compilation of poetry by Quinten Collier, one of our Contributing Poets since 2010. Many of the poems in this volume first …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.30.16

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“Let us pretend that my mind is a taxi… and suddenly you are riding in it.” ~ David Bowie ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Eggs” (above) by our newest featured artist Maria Valentina Sheets. To view more of Maria’s mad-nificent canvases, aslong with our other featured artists, visit our Gallery at MadSwirl.com! ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.23.16

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“If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.” – Lord Byron ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Crown of Thorns” (above) by our newest featured artist Maria Valentina Sheets. To view more of Maria’s mad canvases, as well as our other featured artists, visit our Gallery at www.MadSwirl.com ••• The Poetry Forum ••• This last week in Mad Swirl’s …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.16.16

by on January 16, 2016 :: 0 comments

“If you find something to tell, tell it to your truest, though that make little to tell; the truer you speak, the more you will know to tell.” ~ Laura Riding ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Greggy” (above) by our newest featured artist Maria Valentina Sheets. To view more of Maria’s mad canvases, as well as our other featured artists, visit …

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.10.16

by on January 10, 2016 :: 0 comments

“I’ll paint you moments of gold, I’ll spin you Valentine evenings…” ~ David Bowie ••• The Mad Gallery ••• “Pig and Pearls” (above) by our newest featured artist Maria Valentina Sheets. Maria brings us a glorious glimpse at what we can only imagine is the visual representation of creation personified – the chaos in texture, in topic, in tones – is …

Notes of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 01.06.16

by on January 9, 2016 :: 0 comments

Oh what a night it was in the land of Swirl’n mic Mad-ness! This past 1st Wednesday Mad Swirl-abrated the new year at our new open mic home at The Underpass. Huge SHOUT-OUT to this month’s feature, Dallas Poet Jolee Davis. If you were there to taste the poetic stew she stirred up, then you know how MmmMmmMadlicious her set …

Mad Press : The Swirliverse Expands

by on January 8, 2016 :: 0 comments

In 1999, a Big Bang in the Swirl took place in a living room in Dallas. Three creative catalysts conspired to do something crazy; start a creative platform for artists of every ilk to place their work. These elemental individuals; Johnny O, Cheyenne Gallion and Lisa Carmen, published the first zine under the name of – Mad Swirl. Since that …