Art Collaboration: SCENE & SAID by Mike Stanko and LS Bassen

Vernal by LS Bassen and Mike Stanko

The following collaboration works are from a 46-page hybrid collection titled SCENE & SAID, created by artists Mike Stanko and LS Bassen.


LS Bassen is a fiction editor for Prick of the Spindle and was a 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award Finalist. She recently won first place in the 2015 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest for her story Portrait of a Giant Squid. Her play, The End of Shakespeare & Co., was the winner of the 2009 Atlantic Pacific Press Drama Prize and she won a Mary Robert Rinehart Fellowship for German Sabbath, about the successful assassination of Adolf Hitler. She has been published in many print and online publications, including Kenyon Review and American Scholar. A produced and published playwright and author, Bassen is a native New Yorker and Vassar grad married for four decades and now living in Rhode Island. For more information about her work, visit

Mike Stanko is a lifelong Long Islander who began painting and showing his work over 20 years ago. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the tri-state area, including shows at the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton and the Empire State Building in New York City. Stanko has been interviewed many times and has donated his artwork to many causes over the years, including breast cancer walks, Art for ALS, and The Waterkeeper Alliance. He’s been commissioned to do album covers for Caroline Doctorow and Dan’s Papers of East Hampton featured him in an August 2013 cover story. For more information about Stanko’s work, visit

“Vernal” previously appeared in the OVS Magazine on April 18, 2013. “Fortunate Waterfall” previously appeared in the Journal of Compressed Creative Arts on August 29, 2013. For more information about the SCENE & SAID collection, read their interview with Two Cities here.