Who Will Survive the Seven Questions?
Twice a month, we toss seven questions at one of our favorite artists, creators, makers, or innovators. It’s a chance for us to support people in our greater creative community—those who inspire us and intrigue us. Even better, it gives us yet another chance to talk whiskey!
stacey swann, author of “olympus, texas”
Stacey Swann’s debut novel Olympus, Texas (Doubleday) was a Good Morning America Book Club selection, an Indie Next pick, and was longlisted for The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Swann holds an MFA from Texas State University, and she was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, Electric Literature, Texas Highways, Epoch, and other journals. She splits her time between Austin and Lampasas, Texas….
Caren Kelleher of Gold Rush Vinyl
Caren Kelleher is the founder & CEO of Gold Rush Vinyl, a record pressing plant of Austin, Texas. Named one of the “Most Innovative Companies of 2020” by Fast Company, Gold Rush Vinyl brings fresh eyes to the old craft of vinyl production. Prior to starting Gold Rush Vinyl, Caren was the Head of Music App Partnerships at Google Play, after launching Google Music and its programs for independent musicians. Caren holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was recently recognized on the Forbes Next 1000 list of entrepreneurs changing Main Street, America. She is proud to sit on the board of governors for The Recording Academy’s Texas chapter and to serve as an advisor to Black Fret….
A multimedia artist based in Austin, Jiminai comes from humble origins in West Texas. He began drawing at an early age and thanks to positive influences throughout those early years, he’s continued drawing and pushing into new media including painting, digital illustration and large murals. Known for vibrant color palettes, he specializes in portraits that are simultaneously photorealistic & comic book-like. His works appreciate the human form while attempting to elevate them through fashion, color and design. In Jiminai’s mind, we’re all capable of being art ourselves—and this shows in his work….