Stephen Alcorn

Born in the United States, Stephen Alcorn spent his formative, teenage years in Florence, Italy, where he attended the Istituto Statale d'Arte, an experience that infused his work with an appreciation for history and a passion for experimentation in a multitude of mediums. Since then he has embraced an equally broad spectrum of themes and subjects, including the interpretation of literary classics, interpretation of poetry, nineteenth-century American history, and notably, the African-American experience -- resulting in a stream of award-winning projects for adult, young adult, and young readers alike. America at War is Alcorn's fifth collaboration with Lee Bennett Hopkins.

Mr. Alcorn lives with his wife, Sabina, and four cats in an eighteenth-century farmhouse in the heart of Cambridge, New York, surrounded by the pastoral farmland of Washington County. An overview of his work may be viewed at www.alcorngallery.com.
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Stephen Alcorn
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth

Q. What is your favorite movie?

A. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

Q. What were your previous occupations?

A. I have always been a visual artist. In recent years I have also become a (working) musician and songwriter... and author. The two disciplines have proven mutually beneficial, and complementary.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I do not have a single favorite. Among the many musicians that come to mind: Odetta, Dylan, The Beatles, Thelonious Monk, Nick Drake.

Q. What was/is your favorite job?

A. That of visual artist, musician and singer/songwriter, as they are the only ones I have ever really known.

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