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Nancy's Bookshelf: Michelle Ott & Anthony Peyton Porter

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Artist Michelle Ott grew up in Minnesota and holds a Master of Fine Arts for UC Berkely. A team member at The Bookstore in Chico, Calif., she is also the artist and resident at the Gateway Science Museum.

Ott creates Illustrations and handcut photographs that focus on the observations of our physical and social world. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally.

In her effort to recover encounters with strangers, which the COVID-19 pandemic has denied us, she has contacted the current occupants of her previous residences and created an illustrative collection of her past residences which she calls “Current Occupant.”

Also, former Chico News & Review columnist Anthony Peyton Porter reads his essay “Appreciation” and refers to the state (where Michelle Ott grew up) as “Minnesnowta”.

Nancy Wiegman has a master's degree in French linguistics from Indiana University and taught yoga and foreign languages at CSU Fresno and the College of Charleston before moving to Chico in 1990.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.