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Author: Richard Modiano
Date: Spring 2021
From: AMASS(Vol. 25, Issue 4)
Publisher: Society For Popular Democracy
Document Type: Article
Length: 916 words
Lexile Measure: 1400L

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I was introduced to Laurie Steelink by our mutual friend V. Vale, editor and publisher of RE/Search at a RE/Search event held at Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center during my tenure there as executive director. But it wasn't until a few years later when I went to the opening of Gee Vaucher's show at Track 16 where I was dressed for the occasion in red and black neckerchief and IWW lapel pin that Laurie spotted the pin and asked, "Are you a Wobbly?"


"My grandfather Nick was a Wobbly!"

Of course, I knew who Nick Steelink was--a legendary fellow worker who did time in San Quentin for the cause of working class emancipation and was featured in the documentary, The Wobblies (1978). But I never connected Laurie with Nick; I knew her as the director of Track 16 Gallery in which position she served from 2002 to 2016--and as an artist in her own right.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Tucson, Laurie received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. In New York City she was archivist for the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection in New York, been part of Native American Indian marketplaces at the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, and was with the Santa Fe Indian Market...

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