100 Creatives

Phoenix Author James Sallis: 100 Creatives

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.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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