Ano Cinque Hicks

Profile Updated: April 19, 2009
Ano Cinque Hicks
Residing In: Atlanta, GA USA
Spouse/Partner: Ed Hall
Occupation: Computational Urbanist
Yes! Attending Reunion
What have you been up to since you graduated?

Since 1989, I've discovered that I never do anything in a direct path, and though I've had a number of experiences, I always seem to come into everything through the side door. I started using my middle name "Cinque" in the first year of college after spending time in Italy; my Italian friends preferred it since it's the same as their word for "five." So anybody who's been googling me under my high school name would be out of luck, but I'm easily found under "Cinque Hicks."

After majoring in Literature I went right into the publishing business. Several years in, I got restless and became a community organizer in Central and South Texas. Those were amazing experiences as I helped communities organize for more responsible bank lending in poor and moderate neighborhoods. (Well, now we all know how much that was really needed back then!)

Through it all, I always assumed I'd be a writer (fiction), but somewhere along the way I discovered visual art and design and fell in love. I opened my own graphic and media design business, rose with the heady dot com boom where I was being paid ridiculous sums just for sitting around sticking Post-its on a wall. Then I crashed with the dot-bust and went back into publishing with a 75% pay cut! Good times. Good times...

The upside of the crash was that I gained the time to continue exploring many facets of art and design. I moved to Atlanta where for the last 3 years I've been restoring a bungalow built in 1919 and learning this hard lesson: Just because something was built in ye olden days doesn't mean they knew what they were doing.

So for the last few years I've been running a book production business, working with publishers as clients, while finding fulfillment on the side as a curator and arts writer. (Most of the people who know me here know me as the art critic for Atlanta's alt weekly newspaper.)

I've recently gone back to school at Georgia Tech to prepare for the next chapter in my life. I have begun to use my previous skills and experience to work with cities to understand and improve their digital media infrastructures for the new economy, what some are calling the "creative economy."

Also, I've learned how to keep a plant alive! Life continues to be a pretty cool adventure.

Where else have you lived?

Paris, France
Boston, MA
New York City
Austin, TX
Atlanta, GA

How often do you get back home to "Dena"?

Every couple of years

Do you still see/talk to any of our classmates? Who?

So I met this dude at an art show I had curated here in Atlanta and we got along well. He calls me up a couple of days later and says, "Hey my ex-wife says she knows you!" "What? Who's your ex-wife?" "Ayanna McCalla!" So I've reconnected with Ayanna, who's a big time engineering professor here at GA Tech. Also, I keep meaning to contact Nick Blythe who apparently lives not too far from me. Also, every so often, I speak to Eric Powe who didn't graduate with us, but whom many of us have known since elementary school.

What did you always want to do that you still haven't done yet?

I always wanted to be truly fluent in a foreign language, preferably several. Alas, I only kinda sorta speak French. Badly. Also I can sorta kinda read some Arabic. A little. But now I'm obsessed with Brazil and determined to kinda sorta speak Portuguese before I die.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

So a few years ago, I thought about picking up the viola again, which I played in high school. Then I realized I was an adult and could actually play a sexier, slightly less nerdy instrument if I wanted to. So I picked up the cello and have been playing the cello a bit since then.

Do you have any Grand Kids?

Um... no.

Do you travel much? Where have you been?

Though I've lived in a lot of places, I rarely travel outside of fairly routine trips to California and some business travel to convention-y places like New York, Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia. I always seem to be in the middle of starting up a business or some other enterprise and can't get away. I've decided the next business I start will include travel as part of the deal.

Some of my favorite trips have been car trips across the southern tier of the U.S. Mississippi is phenomenal and my driving trip to West Texas and New Mexico was amazing. Surely one of the most spiritual places on earth.

How old do you feel?

Young at heart.

Do you have any grey hair yet?

I saw one last week. Then it went away.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

Get back to me on this one.

What are your memories of high school (i.e. secret crush, embarrassing moment, funniest thing you did in high school, favorite high school hang out, favorite teachers)?

This one, too.

What are your favorite things? (Drinks, Food, Movies, Books, Music, Sports, etc?

I read anything having to do with urban design and the history of the city (any city). Also, science, physics, politics. Ed Tufte's books are classics. Funny thing, I pretty much stopped reading fiction...

Who are some famous / interesting people you have met?

Excuse me? I AM "interesting people."

Any words of wisdom?


How did you hear about this website?

From Jill Hawkins on Facebook

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