Photograph by Steven Higgs

Historical novelist James Alexander Thom shows some of his art work to The Bloomington Alternative's Alison Hamm. Thom's drawings, wood carvings and other works will be on display at the Wandering Turtle Art Gallery from Jan. 28 through March 18.

Welcome to the first installment of “Alternative Conversations,” a new Bloomington Alternative multimedia reporting project. As you will see with today’s story package on local authors, artists and activists James Alexander and Dark Rain Thom, this series explores the experiences, thoughts and environments of some of our community’s most dynamic and effective voices.

This and future chapters in this ongoing, online series will feature in-depth, thought-provoking stories of the caliber our readers have come to expect, enhanced with video recordings of the conversations and photo album chronicles of the experiences.

This edition, for example, features a conversation Alison Hamm had with James Alexander and Dark Rain Thom about art and writing, the American Indian, and our current state of affairs.

Links to "Alternative Conversations: the Thoms"