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Some artists spend a lifetime waiting for their big break. Others, like photographer Victoria Wall, try to create their own. Wall, who left Charleston for the Big Apple after graduating from CofC in 2005, has devised a clever way to get her work in front of the teeming masses and entertain them in the process. Each month, Wall selects one of her photographs, along with an uplifting quote from a known artist, to create a stylish postcard. She then mails the free cards to anyone who's signed up to receive them. Wall currently prints about a thousand postcards each month, 100 of which she mails, with the remainder going up around her neighborhood in Brooklyn and in nearby boroughs. If you're thinking this venture sounds too expensive for one starving artist, you're right. Fortunately, an outdoor cooling company named Intellicool, in Wall's hometown of Dallas, sponsors the project and all the costs associated with it. If you'd like to view some of Victoria's photography – bright, colorful, edgy scenes of youth and urban settings – check out her website at www.igobyvictoria.com. To get your own monthly postcard, send your name and mailing address to victoria@igobyvictoria.com. –Christy Robertson

Snakes on a Brain

The South Carolina Arts Commission last week made Mt. Pleasant author Scott Yarbrough the recipient of one of its annual Individual Artist Fellowship Awards for his short story "Enter the Snake Boy, Around Midnight." Each year the commission selects fellows through an anonymous application process, based on the recommendations of a panel of professional judges. The commission awards the grants in a number of categories, including poetry, acting, dancing, and visual arts. Yarbrough's grant award: a check for a cool $2,500. The story, he says, "is about a young man of mixed race growing up in north Florida who works for a reptile farm but absolutely hates snakes." The commission doesn't print the winning works, so this particular work remains unpublished, though Yarbrough's short stories have appeared in such literary journals as Iowa State University's Fly Way and Story South, where he recently became fiction editor. Yarbrough has been writing since he was a teen and is currently chair of the English Department at Charleston Southern University. As for the $2,500 grant money, Yarbrough plans to use it responsibly, "mostly to pay off a trip to Spain for a Hemingway conference." –CR

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