COMPOUND BUTTER, a stunning, sensual, on-actual-paper quarterly is about “Art Inspired by Food.” A delicious deep dive not only into food as such but all it connects with and, yes, inspires, COMPOUND BUTTER is Dragonwagon’s new absolute favorite periodical, not the least because it’s a little bit out there: for example, a musing on what writer Jiordan Castle will eat in the afterlife (Judgement City), an exploration of salty finger food, and the life (culinary and otherwise) of theme park journalist Carlye Wisel.
These appeared in the same issue (spring-summer 2020; the fantasy issue) as an in-depth profile of Dragonwagon, by Lola Milholland. Milholland’s interest in the way idealism shaped her subject made for a deeper-than-usual conversation.
SOUTHERN TRAVELER, the magazine for AAA (summer 2020),was put together before the coronavirus hit. Veteran travel and culinary writer Barbara Gibbs Ostmann did a “tank trip” story (a place worth visiting that was only one tank of gas away from where most readers lived) about Fayetteville, Arkansas, Crescent’s home since 2018.
Naturally Barb checked in with Crescent about where to eat!
An oasis in quarantine: couple offers stories to community. In this May 14, 2020, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette article by Becca Martin Brown, Crescent, with her husband Mark Graff, discuss their nightly read-alouds… as well as the journey that took them to an improbable late-life marriage and a home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
“This lentil soup is so good one nurse has eaten it for lunch every workday for 17 years”: the lentil soup referred to in this lead article in the Sunday, March 8, 2020, food section of the Washington Post, is Crescent’s Greek Lentil Soup with Spinach and Lemon, from the Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread.
Both she and Reid Branson, the Seattle nurse-supervisor so loyal to this soup, are featured in the story, beautifully written by Joe Yonan.
The “Myth of Me” series by artist Chad Maupin, of Big Bot Design/ Art Lab, features classic comic-book style renderings of heroes and heroines, with an accompanying bio.
Dragonwagon was his subject in December, 2019. The profile appeared in the annual Food and Drink Issue of Idle Class Magazine.
In addition, Dragonwagon was also a featured chef in the magazine’s “guilty pleasures” year-end round-up, in that same issue.
Named an Arkansas Star Chef, Crescent’s luscious Grand Marnier Sweet Potatoes) in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a food-section piece by Kelly Brant, on Thanksgiving side-dishes, 2019.
Local artists receive Artists 360 Grants: September 10, 2019, Artists 360, a program administered by the MidAmerica Arts Alliance, announces the annual grantees, fifteen in the professional category and five in the student category. Crescent is one of the former, in the Performing Arts category.
The project for which she was accepted: “Crescent Dragonwagon will focus on and further develop her first play, Until Just Moistened: A Not-Quite-One-Woman Show, with Crumbs. The play, accepted for and produced by the 2018 Arkansas New Play Festival, is the story of grieving, told in part through cornbread. A two-person play, including music by Bill Haymes (a Nashville-based professional singer-songwriter and friend), its themes of love, loss, grief, regeneration, friendship, resilience, rediscovery are both particular and universal.”
Click to learn more about Artists 360.
“Meet the One and Only Crescent Dragonwagon”, article, Austin 360. A food editor fan cooks and keeeps on cooking with Crescent.
The Uprising Spark: podcast interview (episode 12), August 2019. Crescent talks with Isabel Firecracker about living childfree — and why, though she initially wanted and planned to have children, she is very, very glad she didn’t.
“Crescent Dragonwagon: Do Not Meddle in the Affairs of Dragons…”, Refigural Book (print edition), 2018, lengthy interview with CD.
Wonder Woman of the High South profile, Citi-Scapes Magazine, December 2018. Short profile, and a seasonal recipe from CD.
“Swapping soup serves to keep this group of couples close“, Portland Press Herald, December 2018. A soup club, which often features recipes from Crescent’s Dairy Hollow House Soup & Bread: A Country Inn Cookbook.
Meeting a Mentor: An Interview with Crescent Dragonwagon, September, 2018, Food Channel
Until Just Moistened: A One-Woman Show, with Crumbs, June, 2018: Crescent’s first play, announced by TheatreSquared, which selected it as their workshop production for the 2018 Arkansas New Play Festival
“Crescent Dragonwagon is constantly writing…”, 2014, profile, Brattleboro Reformer.
The Splendid Table, 2015, American Public Media / NPR host Lynn Rosetto Kaspar interviews CD about her book Bean by Bean.
The Queen of Bean Cuisine, 2012, major, in-depth Boston Globe profile.
The World of Beans: On Point with Tom Ashbrook, 2012, in-depth 45-minute National Public Radio interview, featuring Crescent’s book Bean by Bean.
“If I were a bean, I would feel lucky to be planted in Crescent’s garden…” : 2012, CD’s Extra-Green Green Curry, in a review and story from Dowdy Corners Cookbook Club
Crescent Dragonwagon’s Gumbo Zeb, 2011, CD’s Gumbo, in a review and story from Dowdy Corners Cookbook Club
Dragonwagon in Tulsa, 2010, news about a talk CD gave
“Crescent-esque”, 2008, a profile of Crescent in Relish Magazine, featuring her vegetarian cooking.
A Misfit Who Fits In: Radical Finds Peace-and Success As An Innkeeper-in Small-town Arkansas, Chicago Tribune profile, 1992, just before Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s election as president.
Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture, detailed biography
cookstr.com, periodically updated profile / bio, focusing on Crescent’s culinary writing.
Smashwords, 2012, brief profile
Pinterest Books by Crescent Dragonwagon