Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five



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“Untitled (Image Memories)” by Andrea Coates


“Holding Down What Remains of the Fort,” Jim Ross


“Jazz Hands” by Malcolm Corley


Andrea Coates received a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, a Bachelor of Art in Art Studio, and a Bachelor of Art in Integrated Strategic Communication from the University of Kentucky. Having spent most of her design career with nonprofits, she has worked with organizations like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Nine Network of Public Media, and Island Press at Washington University. She has earned two mid-America EMMY nominations for her illustrations with Nine’s PBS KIDs. Recent works have been featured in national publications and exhibitions, including LBIF’s National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, 2016 and 2017, juried by Carter E. Foster, Curator of Drawing, and Jane Panetta, Associate Curator of Drawing, the Whitney Museum of American Art. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


After retiring from a career in public health research in  early2015, Jim Ross resumed creative pursuits in hopes of resuscitating his long-neglected left brain. He’s since published 75 pieces of nonfiction, several poems, and over 200 photos in 80 journals in North America, Europe, and Asia. His publications include 1966, Bombay Gin, Columbia Journal, Entropy, Friends Journal, Gravel, Ilanot Review, Lunch Ticket, Kestrel, MAKE, Pif, The Atlantic, and Thin Air. He and his wife—parents of two health professionals and grandparents of four wee ones—split their time between Maryland and West Virginia.


At the age of three, Hempfield High School senior Malcolm Corley was diagnosed with PDD-NOS, a category of autism that no longer exists. At about the same time, he began to draw the sketches from the TV show, Blues Clues. His artistic talent has been nurtured throughout his time in school, where he has been blessed to work with excellent instructors. Highlights include receiving art awards in elementary and middle school, having two of his works chosen to hang in the Hempfield Administration building, and winning a gold medal for his oil painting, “Kiana.” He had two solo art shows in Lancaster, PA in 2017. A few years ago, Malcolm became obsessed with visiting a Dutch amusement park he’d seen online. Malcolm’s Tiles was established in the summer of 2015 to help him fund what seemed like an impossible dream. By January 2017, Malcolm had sold enough hand-drawn tiles to allow his sister and his mother to accompany him on a summer trip to Europe. He continues to sell his work online and at local craft shows. He has also been invited to be a recurring vendor at the National Autism Convention in State College. Eight of his portraits are slated for publication in Up the Staircase, a journal of poetry and art, in February, 2019.