Phoenix Author James Sallis: 100 Creatives

The author is a man of many talents.
The author is a man of many talents.
Courtesy of James Sallis

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 1. James Sallis.

Though James Sallis is a writer of carefully chosen words, he's also a man of many creative endeavors.

The Phoenix-based crime writer is well known for his novella Drive, which was adapted into the 2011 Ryan Gosling-starring action film, and his series of New Orleans-set Lew Griffin novels. But the 69-year-old Arkansas-born Tulane graduate also writes poetry, has reviewed books for The Washington Post and L.A. Times, has translated poetry from French (among other languages), is a musician (his band is called Three-Legged Dog), and teaches writing classes at Phoenix College.

See also: Lisa R. Chow of Arizona Dance Coalition: 100 Creatives

Sallis' latest book, 2013's Others of My Kind, was recently released in paperback. His spare, insightful prose details the life of a woman who was abducted as a child and revisits her trauma when she's asked to help another young woman whose had a similar experience.

What's next for Sallis? We're hoping for more of the same.

I came to Phoenix with dozens of boxes of books, no money, and (from New Orleans) a half-drowned car.

I make art because without it my life is a circle with no center.

I'm most productive when I have four projects coming due.

My inspiration wall is full of -- like everything else in the house -- books and musical instruments.

I've learned most from (as a critical-care respiratory therapist) being for years around the gravely ill and dying.

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Good work should always lead to more.

The Phoenix creative scene could use less sequestration and more interplay -- novelists and writers of every sort, poets, musicians, painters and sculptors all hanging out together.

 

Phoenix Author James Sallis: 100 Creatives

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream 33. Nathan Blackwell 32. Carley Conder 31. Ben Willis 30. Nicole Michieli 29. Brian Cresson 28. Tyson Krank 27. Mikey Estes 26. Anwar Newton 25. Sarah "Saza" Dimmick 24. Tato Caraveo 23. Jorge Torres 22. Laura Spalding Best 21. Shawnte Orion 20. Mike Olbinski 19. Christina You-Sun Park 18. Jon Arvizu 17. Anya Melkozernova 16. J.B. Snyder 15. Damon Dering 14. Rebekah Cancino 13. Liz Warren 12. Timothy Brennan 11. Mimi Jardine 10. Rosalind Shipley 9. Nic Wiesinger 8. Kendra Sollars 7. Dan Hull 6. Elizabeth Maria Naranjo 5. Cody Nathaniel Johnson 4. Amy Radcliffe 3. Plastic Monsters 2. Lisa R. Chow

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