Each year, professionals in the fields of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, composing, visual arts and theater meet, in subject juries, to select residents for the Millay Colony. The process is 100% anonymous—and we don’t release information about our juries until all decisions have been made for the coming year.
Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry, recently published by Wesleyan University Press. Her other books include The Marvelous Bones of Time(2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Her poetry can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, the Denver Quarterly, and the newly released Hudson Valley anthology Infiltration.
R. Erica Doyle earned a BA at Georgetown University, an MFA at The New School, and an MA at New York University. Her first collection of poetry, proxy (2013), was selected by poet Maggie Nelson for a Norma Farber First Book Award. Her work has been featured in the anthologies Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (2008), Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (2006), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (2001), and Best American Poetry (2001). Her honors include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and an Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry. Doyle lives in Brooklyn, where she facilitates Tongues Afire: A Free Creative Writing Workshop for Queer Women, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color.
Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade, his debut collection of poems from W.W. Norton’s Liveright imprint. He is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy, and contributing editor for The American Reader.
Born in New York City, Fitzgerald grew up in New Jersey and attended Boston College as an undergraduate, Boston University’s Editorial Institute for his MA and Columbia University’s School of the Arts for his MFA. He teaches creative writing and literature at Rutgers University, The New School and New York University. In August 2014, with poets Timothy Donnelly and Dorothea Laskyhe will direct The Ashbery Home School in Hudson, New York. He lives in the East Village in Manhattan.
A self-proclaimed “lingualisualist” rooted in the languages of sight and sound, Edwin Torres was born in the Bronx and is a longtime resident of New York City. He is a poet whose highly acclaimed performances and live shows combine vocal and physical improvisation and theater. He is the author of the collections Ameriscopia(2014), One Night: Poems For The Sleepy (2012), Yes Thing No Thing (2011), In the Function of External Circumstances (2010), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (2007), Please (2004), Onomalingua: noise songs and poetry(2002), The All-Union Day of the Shock Worker (2001), and Fractured Humorous(1999); the chapbooks Lung Poetry (1994), with photographs by Luigi Cazzaniga; and the self-published chapbooks I Hear Things People Haven’t Really Said (1992) andSandHomméNomadNo (1997). His recordings include Oceano Rise, Novo, and Holy Kid.
Claire Donato is the author of the not-novel novel Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), a full-length collection of poems. Recent writing has appeared in BOMB, Encyclopedia L-Z, Fanzine, Ninth Letter, Poetry Society of America, and PLINTH. She is a curator at Babycastles, a New York City-based DIY arts collective and gallery dedicated to building platforms for diversity in indie games culture, and works as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Architecture Writing and BFA Writing Programs at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She is currently collaborating on a game about swimming, and is writing a second novel about falling in love with plants on the Internet.
David Emmanuel was born and raised in Oklahoma. He then lived in Chicago where he went to school, worked a variety of jobs, and wrote. Currently, he lives in Providence, RI, where he recently joined Anomalous Press as an editor. His writing, both critical and creative, has appeared in How2, Court Green, With + Stand, and elsewhere.
Victor LaValle is the author of one story collection and three novels. His latest is The Devil in Silver. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He teaches creative writing in Columbia University’s MFA program.
Sejal Shah’s writing has been nominated for Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in various publications including Brevity, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, The Literary Review, and The Margins—as well as being featured in The Huffington Post. She has been awarded residencies or fellowships at Blue Mountain Center, Djerassi, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, The Millay Colony for the Arts, New York University, Ragdale, and the Sanskriti Foundation. She lives in Rochester, New York. www.sejal-shah.com.
Shruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Her work has been published in Agni, Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, and Five Points. In 2012, she was named Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow in the Creative Arts, and in addition to the Millay Colony, has been awarded a residency at Hedgebrook. A 2015 Kundiman Fiction Fellow, She holds an MFA in fiction from San Francisco State.
Quintan Ana Wikswo has long been active at the intersection of art and social justice. Her conceptually based interdisciplinary work integrates fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay with her original photographs, performance, and video. These projects surround occluded and obscured sites whose complex histories involve the intersection of gender, disability, queerness, and race, with a special focus on human rights aftermath issues Her more than 35 projects are published, performed, and exhibited internationally. Her several books include the acclaimed collection of photographs and stories The Hope Of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press); other work appears in magazines such as Tin House, Guernica, Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review, and Gulf Coast, and as well as in anthologies, artist books, and catalogues. Her projects have received multiple solo museum shows in New York City and Germany, including the Berlin Jewish Museum, and are presented in galleries, museum exhibitions and public collections throughout the United States and Europe. Her solo and collaborative live performance works are actively presented onstage, in museum exhibitions, and site-specific installation featuring live narration, video projection, and original scores by prominent composers.
A former human rights worker, she now uses salvaged government typewriters and cameras to navigate known, unknown, and occluded worlds, especially obscured sites where crimes against humanity have taken place. She holds fellowships from Creative Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and multiple residencies at Yaddo, including the Pollock-Krasner Residency. She lives in Brooklyn.
Non-Fiction Jury 2016
Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, The Common, The Southern California Review, Heart and Soul, Trace: Transcultural Styles and Ideas, and in the anthology Black Women’s Loving Expressions on the Men They Desire. She wrote a viewing guide to the documentary Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings. Her essay “Inheritance” was awarded the Creative Arts First Place Prize at the Jakobsen Conference in 2014 and she has received fellowships from the Millay Colony, The New York State Summer Writer’s Institute, The Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, The English Department at the University of Iowa, and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Currently, Bacote is the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa where she received her M.F.A.
Diana Cage writes extensively about sexuality and sexual culture as well as queer politics and social policy. She is the author of eight books, most recently the Lesbian Sex Bible (Quiver, 2014) and Mind Blowing Sex: A Woman’s Guide (Seal Press, 2012). Her work is often taught in universities and several of her books have been translated into other languages. Diana teaches in the Women and Gender Studies department at Hunter College, and formerly was editor of the groundbreaking sex magazine, On Our Backs and host of the Diana Cage Show on Sirius XM. Her work largely examines female sexuality, power, and experiences of sex and relationships. She lives in Brooklyn and received an MFA from San Francisco State University.
Visual Arts Jury 2016
Jane Fine is a graduate of Harvard University and the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and The National Endowment for the Arts. Jane has been invited to work at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Millay Colony, Golden Foundation and Yaddo.Jane had her first solo show in New York City at White Columns. Her work has been seen in solo and group shows nationally and internationally for over 20 years and is currently represented by Pierogi in Brooklyn, New York.Jane has lived and worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1986. Visit Jane’s website at www.janefine.net.
Art Jones is an image/sound manipulator working with film, digital video, audio and hybrid media. His films/videos, CD-ROMs, live audio/video mixes, and installations concern the inter-relationships between music, visual culture, history and power. His work makes extensive use of popular music and mainstream media as raw material to be sampled and re-combined in order to examine implicit meanings or suggest new ones. He has collaborated with musicians and artists including Soundlab, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Phillip Virus with Alec Empire, Teleseen, Amiri Baraka, Femmes with Fatal Breaks, and Anti-Pop Consortium. He lives and works in New York City.
Larry Krone is a visual and performing artist whose solo shows include Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn (2013), PSTL Gallery, St. Louis (2013), Contemporary Museum Baltimore’s project space (2011), The Museum of Contemporary Craft project space and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR (2007), and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2006). Group shows include Queer Threads at Leslie Lohman Gallery (2014), I’m not Like Everybody Else at Teapot Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2012), LOL: A decade of Antic Art at Contemporary Museum, Baltimore (2011), Stage II at The Project Gallery, New York (2009), and Five by Five at the Whitney Museum Philip Morris branch, New York (2002).
Larry’s performance work has been seen at art and music venues including Joe’s Pub, The Whitney Museum, and PS122 in New York. He can be seen performing his song “It’s Hard to Live” in the upcoming indie feature film “The Purple Onion”.
Larry also actively collaborates with other performers, designing and fabricating costumes and sets, and sometimes appearing in their productions. Credits include set and costumes for Neal Medlyn’s King (debuting at the Kitchen, New York 2014), Adrienne Truscott’s …Too Freedom…, costumes for and performing in Neal Medlyn’s Wicked Clown Love (both debuting at The Kitchen 2012), a featured costume in Adrienne Truscott’s ha: a solo (Danspace Project 2011), and contributions to the looks of Our Hit Parade hosts and various performers (Joe’s Pub 2010-2012). As House of Larréon, Larry is the exclusive designer of gowns and stage costumes for Bridget Everett for whose 2015 Comedy Central television special “Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder” Larry designed the stage costumes and served as the creative consultant for all wardrobe and set.
Larry is a 2014/15 Artist in Residence at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, a 2013 Millay Colony Fellow, a 2012 and 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2009 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Craft, a 2009 Artist in Residence at New Orleans’ Hot Iron Press letterpress and screen-printing studio, and was awarded the Peter S. Reed grant in 2006.
Catherine Pancake is an award-winning filmmaker and sound artist. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally in a wide variety of venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Academy of Fine Arts Prague and Big Screen Plaza, Herald Square NYC. Her awards include the Paul Robeson Independent Media Award, Jack Spadaro Documentary Award, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, the Silver Chris, and Edes Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her films have been broadcast in the U.S.A. and Great Britain (Sundance Channel, PBS, FreeSpeech TV, CommunityChannelUK) and are distributed by Bullfrog Films and the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Sound art releases can be found on Ehse Records and Recorded in Baltimore. Pancake completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2012. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Film and Media Arts Program. Pancake was recently commissioned by Goldsmiths at University of London to provide creative work for “Citizen Sense”, a 1.5M (EUR) multi-year project directed by Dr. Jennifer Gabrys. Catherine.Pancake(at)gmail.com
Playwriting Jury 2016
Fiona Templeton is a poet, performer and director. She is Artistic Director of the performance group The Relationship, including the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. Her book The Medead, the 6-part epic of Medea, came out in 2014 from Roof Books. Recent performances include The Medead at Roulette Brooklyn and Bodies of Memory at Tate Britain. Other books include Cells of Release (a collaboration with Amnesty International) and YOU—The City (an intimate citywide play for an audience of one), (both Roof Books), Delirium of Interpretations (Green Integer), Mum in Airdrie (Object Permanence), London (Sun & Moon). She lives in New York and London.
Normandy Raven Sherwood is a playwright, costumer and performer. Her plays include The Golden Veil, NUNKY GRUEL, the Necrophil and Tiny Hornets, and they have been presented many places in New York, including the The Kitchen, the Ontological Hysteric Theater, 13th St. Rep and Skidmore College. She is a Co-Artistic Director of the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) and has collaborated on all of this OBIE Award-winning theater collective’s shows since 2002 as writer, performer and costumer. These shows– What’s that on my HEAD!?!, Abacus Black, NTUSA’s Don Juan, Chautauqua! and The Golden Veil — have been presented in New York at venues like The Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, Performance Space 122 and the Chocolate Factory. The company’s recent work Chautauqua! toured the US to the Walker Arts Center, The ICA Boston and Vanderbilt University, among others. Upcoming playwriting projects include: FEATHER GATHERERS (workshop at Dixon Place, 2014 production at JACK) and Madame Lynch (with NTUSA). As a costumer, Normandy has designed productions by Mac Wellman, Jim Findlay, Young Jean Lee, Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Faye Driscoll (2009 Bessie Award for Costume Design) and more. She co-curates Little Theater @ Dixon Place and is a faculty member in New York University’s Expository Writing Program. She has been awarded residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and chashama. She earned her MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.
Composing Jury 2016
Composer Oren Boneh’s works have been performed and presented in various venues and concerts through many organizations of new music. Upcoming and recent engagements include commissions from Ensemble Pentaèdre, the Architek Percussion Quartet and Ciao Rhino and performances at the Soundstreams Emerging Composers Workshop (Toronto), Spaziomusica Festival (Italy), the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES), Contemporary Encounters with Ensemble Meitar (Israel), Ensemble Transmission (Montreal), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, CIRMMT Symposium, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast, UK), Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, International Summer Academy of Music (Germany), the PULSAR Festival at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen) and the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) National Conference. He has been Composer-In-Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts where he received an Edward T. Cone Fellowship, the Visby International Centre for Composers (Gotland, Sweden) and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, Nebraska). Oren currently lives in Dresden, Germany supported by a Fulbright grant. In 2016, he will begin as a PhD fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where he will work with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Ken Ueno and Cindy Cox. Oren has previously studied at McGill University, the Royal Danish Academy of Music and the University of Denver. His primary instructors have included Chris Malloy, William Hill, Hans Abrahamsen and Brian Cherney and he has participated in courses and masterclasses of Philippe Leroux, Mark Andre, Hector Parra, Ivan Fedele, Ofer Ben-Amots, Jan Jirisek, David Tcimpidis, Juliana Hodkinson, Niels Rosing-Schow and John Corigliano.
Saxophonist/clarinetist Debra Kreisberg performs, composes, arranges and records with the New York City-based Latin jazz ensemble, Los Mas Valientes and the award-winning klezmer ensembles, Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, with whom she has toured in the U.S., Canada and in Europe. She is also the leader of two new jazz projects, East Harlem Trio, and The Highliners Jazz Quintet and is a member of the brand-new Latin-jazz big band, Bronx Conexión, under the direction of percussionist/composer Victor Rendón. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a masters in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music, Debra has performed with renowned singer-songwriters Natalie Merchant, Jill Sobule and Rachelle Garniez; jazz luminaries Harvie S, Chuck Redd, Sheryl Bailey and Tommy Campbell; the Rochester Philharmonic; and the world-blues project Hazmat Modine. Debra freelances widely throughout New York City, and her playing and compositions have been heard on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Worldbeat, WBGO, SiriusXM Radio, Ebru TV’s Rhythm and Roots and on Showtime’s The L Word.