Authors, Poets

Nick Piombino

January 14, 2015

In the late ’60s, while a dramatic cultural shift was taking place across the United States, New York City was the home of a thriving poetry scene. And perhaps no one remembers the era better than Nick Piombino, a poet, essayist, artist and psychotherapist who studied poetry with William S. Burroughs, Ted Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer, performed with Patti Smith and was friends with Jackson Mac Low and Allen Ginsberg, with whom he spent an afternoon in jail as a result of a sit-in against the war in Vietnam. In the same year, 1967, he burned his draft card as a member of the Resistance group led by David Harris.

Born in New York City in 1942, Piombino studied English at the City College of New York before receiving a Masters degree in social work from Fordham University. In 1982, he completed his psychoanalytic training at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. Finding beauty in early works of psychoanalytic theory, Piombino incorporated aspects of psychoanalysis into his writing. Piombino’s first published poems appeared in 1965 in American Weave Literary Journal. Encouraged by Berrigan and Bernadette Mayer, Piombino gave his first poetry reading with Patti Smith at The Kitchen in 1973. He has had an ongoing private practice in psychoanalysis since 1985 at his office on West End Avenue.

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Authors, Bloggers, Poets

Dane Cobain

October 6, 2016
Author Dane Cobain

Author Dane Cobain started writing at the age of fourteen, progressing quickly from lyrics and music to journals, short stories, poetry and the first draft of an early novel. He studied creative writing at London’s Roehampton University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing before embarking on a career in social media marketing.

In 2013, Cobain launched SocialBookshelves.com, a website that soon became one of the top book blogs in the UK, and through this site, Cobain made the acquaintance of Jesse James Freeman, the former VP of Community Management at Booktrope Publishing. In 2015, Cobain’s debut novella, a supernatural thriller called No Rest for the Wicked, was released by Booktrope’s Forsaken imprint.

Cobain’s second book, a collection of poetry called Eyes Like Lighthouses When the Boats Come Home, was released by Booktrope Editions in March 2016, and this was followed by a novel called Former.ly in June of 2016 and a non-fiction work called Social Paranoia: How Consumers and Brands Can Stay Safe in a Connected World in August of 2016.

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Musicians

Dick Valentine

May 16, 2014

Start with a generous helping of garage rock. Add in a bit of punk and metal, plus a dash of disco. Top it off with a heaping spoonful of unrelenting masculinity and the end result is Electric Six, a six-piece band hailing from Detroit, Michigan that rose to fame in 2003 with the success of singles such as “Gay Bar” and “Danger! High Voltage,” which reached number two on the British charts.

Led by singer Dick Valentine, the band has recorded nine full-length albums, including their most recent release, Mustang, from October of 2013, and they are currently working on their tenth. In addition, they’ve also released a rarities album, Sexy Trash, and a live album, Absolute Pleasure

With a lineup currently consisting of Valentine (vocals), Da Ve (guitar), Johnny Na$hinal (Guitar), Smorgasbord (Bass), Tait Nucleus? (Keyboard) and Percussion World (Drums), Electric Six will be bringing their high-energy live shows to cities throughout the United States in June and Europe in November and December.

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Musicians

Donica Knight

December 30, 2015
Donica Knight

As a student at Auburn University in 2008 and 2009, Donica Knight would wait in line for hours for the student section gates to open for football games at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Even after leaving school to pursue a music career, Knight’s love of Auburn football remained strong, and in 2013, she wrote and recorded “Great To Be,” a celebration of the university’s rich football heritage.

In early 2016, the talented and charismatic singer and songwriter will release her debut EP, Can’t Buy a Southern Girl, which features an exciting blend of country, blues and gritty Southern rock inspired by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Patsy Cline, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Rolling Stones. A video for the album’s scorching first single, “Love Ain’t A Prize,” directed by veteran cinematographer Noel Maitland, was released online in September of 2015 and promptly earned airplay around the country and a position on the IndiMusic TV Top 21 Video Countdown. Donica’s success has led to a rigorous touring schedule throughout the southeast, during which she has performed more than 350 dates, opening for iconic acts including Hank Williams Jr., Luke Bryan, Kenny Rogers, The Band Perry and many more.

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Entrepreneurs

Jennifer Davis

May 19, 2015
Jennifer Davis Realtor

Since the end of the recession in 2009, business has been booming in Charleston, South Carolina. The economy throughout the city is prospering and the area around King Street in particular has become a bustling center of dining and shopping activity. As a result, Charleston is now being recognized nationally as a premiere tourist destination. And as the founder of Domicile Real Estate Brokerage, an innovative firm responsible for investing in under-utilized properties on King Street and placing a healthy portion of the street’s retail businesses in recent years, Jennifer Davis is at the forefront of this commercial and cultural renaissance. In addition to their work in the commercial sector, Davis and Domicile have a successful history of brokering grand historic houses — many of which also happen to be national monuments — in downtown Charleston.

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