Millay Colony for the Arts Resident Bios Past Artists
Robert Costello, Sheree Renee Thomas, Jessica Sanders, Michele de la Vega, Becky Joye, Ian Gerson
Rob Costello, Fiction; Ithaca, NY - Rob Costello writes fiction for and about young people. He holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His short fiction for adults has appeared in Narrative, Eclectica, and Pindeldyboz. He has lectured and/or led workshops on the craft of writing for young people at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Symposium at Simmons College, and the SpringWrites Literary Festival of the Finger Lakes. He also co-teaches the annual Whole Novel Writing Workshop at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. He is at work on his debut young adult novel. Millay is his first residency at an artists’ colony. Find out more at: www.cloudbusterpress.com
Ian Gerson, Visual Arts; Far Rockaway, NY –Ian makes site-specific room-sized installations comprised of built structures, large paintings, and handmade and collected objects. Past projects include a temporary Travel Agency constructed in an empty Italian ice storefront in Williamsburg Brooklyn, a mock park ranger booth at a NYC public park, a museum dedicated to a forgotten history of Governors Island, and a recreation of the home and work of a fictional artist and sea-lover on Staten Island. Ian has shown throughout New York City, including the Bronx Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIR Gallery, LMCC's Art Center on Governors Island, Tomato House, and the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. Ian holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Becky Joye, Visual Arts; Raleigh, NC – Becky Joye’s work captures the imaginative curiosity of childhood and the universal desire for escape, thrill, and play as an adult. She invites the viewer to pause and inhabit the magical moments of beauty and wonder found in the spaces of our imaginations. Becky was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from The University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2003. Now she enjoys escaping to an invented world of color, pattern, and impracticable structures. She has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the Southeast and in 2013 was a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Artspace in Raleigh, NC. Her work is in the collections of Capital One, the City of Raleigh, Fidelity Investments, and UVA Hospital. In 2015 her work was published in New American Paintings South #118.
Jessica Sanders, Screen; Los Angeles, CA - -3rd Place: Austin American Statesman Essay Scholarship Contest, 1st Place: Veterans of Foreign Wars Essay Contest, 3rd Place: University Interscholastic League Essay Contest, 1st Place: Fine Arts Festival Essay Scholarship Contest, Accepted to Act One Screenwriting Program / Graduate.
Sheree Renee Thomas, Fiction; Seattle, WA - Sheree is the 2015 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, where she is teaching a Writing the Marvelous Real / magical realism course. She is the author of Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press) and is the award-winning editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and its sequel, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2001 and 2005 World Fantasy Awards). Sheree is an alumna of the Clarion West ’99 Science Fiction Writers Workshop in Seattle and has served as an awards juror for the Speculative Fiction Foundation, the Carl Brandon Society, and the James A. Tiptree Awards. A Cave Canem Poetry Fellow and New York Foundation of the Arts Fellow, Sheree was awarded the Lee Hope Award for Diverse Voices and the Ledig House / LEF Foundation Award for Fiction. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received Honorable Mention in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror (16th and 17th volumes). Her essays and book reviews appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, The Cascadia Subduction Zone, and numerous other publications. Her short stories and poems have appearred in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has new fiction forthcoming in Transition Magazine at the Hutchins Center of Harvard, in the anthologies Memphis Noir edited by Laureen Cantrell and Leonard Gill (Akashic Press) and An Alphabet of Embers edited by Rose Lemberg (Stone Bird Press), and an original graphic novel forthcoming from Rosarium Publishing.
Anthony Tognazzini, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY - Anthony’s recent work has appeared in Guernica, BOMB, Gigantic, Crazyhorse, Forklift Ohio, and TriQuarterly. His fiction collection, I Carry a Hammer in My Pocket for Occasions Such As These, is available from BOA Editions. He received a residency from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for summer 2014.
Michele de la Vega, Visual Arts; Seattle, WA –Michelle’s work as multidisciplinary artist includes installation, sculpture and mixed media. Her visual art practice spans 24 years and a 19-year career as a dance and performance artist. Michelle creates immersive environments that connect communities, illuminate voices and explore concepts that are personally and collectively relevant to the human experience. Her interest is in creating transformative experiences through the creative process and through exhibition, utilizing the devices of concept, relationship and thoughtful visual design. Michelle has developed a model that integrates specific community groups into the generative process of her installation projects, delving into authentic partnerships through creative exchange. Her process draws meaningful connections through community engagement, research, and artistic vision, weaving image, information and story into holistic, genuine artwork. She received her education from Otis Parsons in Los Angeles, CA, Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, and The South Seattle Community College Welding and Metal Fabrication Program.
Session 2: Elizabeth Moiser, Ed Peters, Erin KateRyan, Sam Krahn, Lena Takamori (not pictured, Joanne Mulcahy)
Session 1: Brian Cochran, Ed Peters, Erin Kate Ryan, Judith Levy, Elizabeth Moiser, Anjuli Rathod
Brian Cochran, Poetry; St. Louis, MI (1st session)-Brian lives and writes in St. Louis, Missouri, a few miles south of where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers collide. He is co-founder of the Sergio González Rodríguez School for Meta-Poetic Discourse, and sold his first poem, "The Theology of Mirror Vendors", to a wealthy friend for a million dollars. He is a former Breadloaf Scholar and happy member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. His less expensive work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Denver Quarterly, Cimmaron Review, Western Humanities Review, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Black Dirt, New Haven Review, UCity Review, Mississippi Review online and Ironwood (back in the day). He has new work on a studio door at the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Sam Krahn, Composer; Minneapolis, MN (2nd session)- Sam is a Minneapolis based guitarist, performer, composer, and teacher. His works have been performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Duo Gelland, Christina Baldwin, Lara Bolton, Benjamin Cold, Lux String Quartet, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Contemporary Music Workshop, the Anaphora Ensemble, and many others. He has received numerous commissions to compose new works for Ed Harrison of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Maraca Concerto), Duo Gelland (Resistance/Resonance), the Fidelio Trio (Trio), Harper College (Spring Dirge), Benjamin Cold (flux-mirror), and the Anaphora Contemporary Ensemble (String Quartet No. 1). He participated in the MATA Festival in New York City, the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, and the 70th annual Cheltenham Music Festival in England. He most recently received a grant from New Music USA for a new 35-minute work for saxophone and electronics.
Sam is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying with James Dillon. He also holds a M.Mus. in music composition from Roosevelt University where he studied with Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi, and a B.Mus. in classical guitar performance from Boston University. Sam is a classically trained and experienced guitarist. He has played in numerous rock bands, classical ensembles, improvisational groups, and as a soloist. Sam also continues to create new music with his improvisation trio, Sound Collision Alliance.
Judith G. Levy, Visual Arts; Lawrence, KS (1st session)– “I am a multidisciplinary artist, whose work explores history, culture and identity. I create videos, installations, two-dimensional work, public art and performance. My work blends fiction and fact to explore how formal and informal histories create understandings of both the past and the present. Humor and research are important aspects of my work, as I investigate omissions, fabrications and what exists in between-the-lines to confront challenging subjects such as racism, immigration, the treatment of native populations and LGBTQI issues in the context of American history and culture.
My work has been presented in solo exhibitions at venues including The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana University, and Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, Navta Schulz Gallery in Chicago, and the Paragraph Gallery in Kansas City. My public art has been shown in Indianapolis, Chicago and Kansas City, and I have been included in group exhibitions. In 2012, my short video, On The Seventh Day, was screened in seven national and international film festivals. My Missouri Bank Crossroads Artboards were on view during the fall of 2013 in Kansas City. My humorous and serious feature film, NV in KC: A Story About Artists and Envy in Kansas City premiered in Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas in 2013. I was awarded a Charlotte Street Fellowship and an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant in 2014 to attend Art Omi, a month-long international artist residency, where I created a site-specific installation, "Family Memoir" and a video documented performance piece,'Imposter". Recently my work was included in the group show, Loving After Lifetimes of All This at la Esquina in Kansas City, and this show will travel to the Benchspace Gallery in Ashville, North Carolina to be on exhibition until the end of May, 2015. Currently I am editing my short video about the nature of creativity, based on Carl Jung's ideas about the Shadow and television programs "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Bewitched".
Elizabeth Mosier, Non-fiction; St. Davids, PA - I am the author of The Playgroup (part of the Gemma Open Door novella series to promote adult literacy), the novel My Life as a Girl (Random House), and numerous short stories, reviews, articles and essays that have appeared most recently in Creative Nonfiction, Cleaver, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I’ve twice been named a Discipline Winner in Fiction by the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and have been awarded a fiction fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. My essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and selected as contest finalists by Narrative, Fourth Genre, and Writers at Work. At the Independence National Park Archaeology Lab, designated by Michele Obama as a Preserve America Steward, I have logged 920 hours of volunteer service as a lab technician.
Joanne B Mulcahy, Non-fiction; Portland, OR (2nd session)- For over two decades, I’ve documented and written about women’s lives while mining the truth of my own. Two biographies, Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island and Remedios: the Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz, trace the lives of indigenous women from Alaska and Mexico, respectively. My essays, which explore the meaning of stories, cross-cultural issues, and the legacy of Catholicism, appear in numerous journals and anthologies. These include The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West, Resurrecting Grace: Remembering Catholic Childhoods, and These United States. I’ve received fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program and the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, the New Letters nonfiction award, and grants from The British Council, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Oregon Council for the Humanities. I’ve held residencies at Caldera, The Espy Foundation, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and UCross.
I’ve taught creative nonfiction for 26 years at The Northwest Writing Institute, Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where I created and directed The Writing Culture Summer Institute and the Documentary Studies Certificate Program. Additionally, I’ve taught at the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking, in Mexico and Northern Ireland, in prisons, libraries, and numerous community settings.
Ed Peters, Visual Arts; Totowa, NJ - After completing an M.A. in political economy Ed Peters became a photographer. At first he worked as a freelancer and staff photographer for various publications, but in 1990 he relocated to Asia. While living there he photographed the plight of Burmese refugees and the pro democracy movement in Nepal. After returning to the United States he joined the photo agency, Impact Visuals. During the next several years he photographed various subjects. These include: famine in Somalia, war in Croatia , and the continuing AIDs crisis. It was also during this period that his work appeared in many venues and Ed was awarded a Gordon Parks award, and a New Jersey State Council On The Arts Fellowship.
In recent years Ed has focused on his personal work, was a finalist for the 2012 London Festival Of Photography's Street Photography Award and became a member of the collective, Street Photographers.
Anjuli Rathod, Visual Arts; Ridgewood, NY (1st session)– “I graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a BFA after being awarded a partial merit scholarship and the Drawing Breath Award. In 2008 I was selected to attend the New York Studio Program, operated by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design. In the past couple of years I participated in group shows at Family Business (Don't Be a Ham) and Con Artist ( Slap: Adhesives & Egos.) I was included in a book published by Exhumed Books and the accompanying book for the exhibition at Con Artist.”
Erin Kate Ryan, Fiction; Minneapolis, MN – Erin Kate Ryan's fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Conjunctions, and A cappella Zoo, and is forthcoming from Hayden's Ferry Review. She's received scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Edward Albee Foundation, and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, among others. She's been named a winner, finalist, or short-lister for a bunch of other stuff that doesn't matter so much since competition is anathema to art-making anyhow.
Lena Takamori, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY (2nd session)- Through a combination of sculpture, drawing and photography, my work explores the cognitive gap between understandability and believability. I use silhouettes and shadow play as a means to create figurative abstractions.
Artworks have been shown in New York City, Montreal, Japan and St. James Trinidad.
Wo Chan, Amanda Bauer, Muna Gurung, Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, John Elmquist
Amanda Bauer, Film Art; New York, NY – Ms. Bauer is an accomplished photographer, graphic designer and filmmaker of American origin. She holds a BFA in Photography from California State University, San Jose, and is a graduate of the School of the International Center of Photography, New York. Amanda is currently in the post-production phase of a documentary film featuring her grandfather—a quirky, sharp-minded, ninety-something year old man who reluctantly shares his experiences of life in a small Midwestern farming community. Amanda lives in NYC with her cactus, Spike Lee.
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Mixed Media; Rowan is Japanese, British, Chinese, American, a fiction writer, an illustrator, and a list-maker. She has a BA from Columbia, an MFA from the UW-Madison, and too many cardigans. This year Rowan will be focusing on a novel about a Japanese-American artist in 1970s Manhattan and the biracial son whom she abandons.
Wo Chan, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – "Wo Chan is a queer Chinese poet and performance artist. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary, Wo’s work has been published in cream city review, BARZAHK, and VYM Magazine. As a member of Brooklyn-based drag alliance, Switch n' Play, Wo has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a 2015 Asian American Writers Workshop Margins Fellow."
John Elmquist, Composer; Chicago, IL – “The creative activity with which I have been the most concerned over the last 15 years has been my ensemble "HardArt groop" (hardartgroop.com) which serves as a vehicle for performing my compositions. The group has presented dozens of concerts and produced several recordings. I was the 2011 winner of the "Rapido" composition competition held by the Atlanta Chamber Players.
"I am currently on the faculties of the Merit School of Music and the Chicago High School for the Arts where I teach composition, theory, bass and keyboard. I am also the Music Director at Ebenezer Lutheran Church and play various gigs on upright and electric bass. I received my DMA in Composition from University of Memphis and Masters in Piano Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University.”
Muna Gurung, Fiction; New York, NY – Ms. Gurung is a writer and educator from Kathmandu. Her fiction and translated works have appeared in Words Without Borders, HimanSouthasian, VelaMag and Lalit. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a teaching fellow. Muna currently directs a high school writing center in NYC, where her students help her discover America through activities such as eating an entire packet of “Sour Patch Kids” while writing about the flavour blue. In Kathmandu, she runs writing workshops through KathaSatha, an organisation she founded that fosters a public writing and storytelling culture in Nepal. Muna is a 2015 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop.
Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz, Visual Arts; Charlottesville, VA – Ms. Mumtaz is an American artist best known for her multimedia drawing practice. She earned a BA in visual art from Yale University (2004) and an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts (2008), which she attended on a teaching fellowship. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including grants and fellowships from the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program (2015), the Mid Atlantic Art Foundation (2014), the New York Foundation for the Arts (2009) and the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies (2006-8). She has been an artist-in-residence at Cill Rialaig in County Kerry, Ireland (2015), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2014), the Santa Fe Art Institute (2013, 2011), the Ucross Foundation (2010) and Dieu Donné (2008-9).
Pheobus Mumtaz’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including solo presentations at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai (2014), Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York (2014, 2012, 2009); La Caja Blanca, Palma (2012) and Bellwether, New York (2009). She has also participated in curated group exhibitions at institutions including the Weatherspoon Art Museum (2014), the Tufts University Art Gallery (2013), White Columns, New York (2011) and the International Print Center, New York (2010). Her work has been reviewed in Modern Painters, Art in America and the New York Times. She has taught in numerous university art programs and is currently based at the University of Virginia.
Huong Ngo, Mira Mattar, Ushio Torikai, Andrew Gorin, James Robert Southard, Victoria Hanks
Andrew Gorin, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Mr. Gorin is a poet based in Brooklyn. Recent work has appeared in Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Prelude, and IO. He studies modern and contemporary poetry and theory at NYU.
Victoria Hanks, Visual Arts; Glen Ridge, NJ – “I hold a BFA from Montclair State University and an MFA from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. As well, I studied with Angiola Churchill, NYU in Venice, Italy. I was selected for a residency at Vermont Studio School (1997) by Monmouth University when I was an adjunct instructor there. I have adjunct taught drawing, painting, art appreciation and art history at Montclair State University, Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College (1997-99). As well, I received the Graduate Award at University of Hartford for a work on paper during my MFA studies (1995-96). Also, I received a fellowship from the Midlantic Arts Council, NJ Council of the Arts (2000). I have participated in numerous exhibits nationally and internationally and also co-curated group shows in Venice, Italy and New York, NY. In addition, I ran a pop up gallery in Montclair, NJ showcasing my work and that of several other artists for several months (2012).”
Mira Mattar, Fiction; London, UK –Ms. Mattar writes experimental fiction and poetry and is a contributing editor at Mute. Her most recent work was published in Very Small Kitchen. She recently received fellowships from The Treignac Project and The Edward F. Albee Foundation. She lives in south east London.
Huong Ngo, Visual Arts; Chicago, IL –Huong Ngo is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Hong Kong and based in the US and France. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied art & technology and began a performance-based practice, she was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (New York, NY) and a recent resident at the Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France) where she began research on the anti-colonial leader and proto-feminist Nguyen Thi Minh Khai at the Archives Nationale d'Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence. Ngô recommenced this project while in residence at Latitude (Chicago, IL) specifically by examining the relationships among visual technologies, acts of translation, and gestures of resistance. She is continuing this project while in residence at Millay Colony, and in Vietnam, for which she recently received the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Grant. She will present a solo project at The Franklin (Chicago, IL) in 2016.
James Robert Southard, Visual Arts; Lexington, KY - After receiving his BFA from University of Louisville in 2005, James Robert Southard worked for years as a freelance photojournalist and artist. In 2008 he left for Pittsburgh for graduate school in Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating in 2011 he was invited to international exhibitions such as the Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Hel’Pitts’Sinki’Burgh in Finland, Camaguey Cuba’s 5th International Video Art Fest and he has participated in the Internet Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in Venice Italy. After receiving his MFA in 2011, James taught as a photography professor at University of Louisville, Kentucky School of Art and Carnegie Mellon University as a professor of fine arts. In the winter and spring of 2012, James continued his series Tooth and Nail with the collaboration of the city of Seoul, Korea at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon. Soon after he took his project to Maine where he was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, then later at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, Yaddo Retreat in New York, Vermont Studio Center and Camaguey, Cuba. He has since returned to academia by teaching photography at the University of Kentucky.
Ushio Torikai, Composer; Mount Vernon, NY – “I am a self-taught 62 years old Japanese immigrant woman composer. I have researched in musical fields including European classical music, traditional Japanese music, ancient Japanese and Asian music and computer/electronics music for my life long journey to learn about myself, discover my music (if there is any) and explore the world and human society through music which I am able to relate closest with. I have been blessed to have opportunities to compose works in instrumentation, ranging from Western orchestral instruments to traditional Japanese ones; computer/electronics to reconstructed ancient Asian instruments; and Western Choir to Japanese Buddhist monks’ chants. I also had opportunities to collaborate with wonderful people in other artistic fields, such as theater, dance and visual arts. I felt very lucky to have relate myself to music, including when I saw a brightest and happiest body expressions by a heavily disabled person who could make one sound out of an instrument after our one hour collaborative effort and when I learned so very deeply about incredible “positivity” of humankind: the fundamental human desire to hear new sounds and unheard music through reconstruction and reintroduction of the kugo, an ancient Asian angular harp whose origins can be traced back more than three millennia and had been unused for over 1200 years in Japan.”
Joanne Pottlitzer, Ayse Papatya Bucak, E.C Maxe Crandell, Jason Livingston, Samantha Fields, Anna Webber (not pictured, Yolanda Franklin)
Ayse Papatya Bucak, Fiction; Delray Beach, FL – “My short fiction was selected for the 2014 Pushcart Prize and the 2013 O.Henry Prize Stories. Recent stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Witness, The Normal School and Prairie Schooner.”
EC Maxe Crandell, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY (1st session)– Maxe is the author of the chapbooks Together Men Make Paradigms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs) and Emoji for Cher Heart (belladonna* chaplet). Together Men Make Paradigms premiered at Dixon Place with an all poet and activist cast and was a finalist for the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award. Maxe is the recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship and the Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship.
Samantha Fields, Visual Arts; Brockton, MA - Samantha grew up in Brockton just south of Boston; She continues to live and work in the Boston area. Her work has been deeply impacted by these roots, and is expressed through her choices of materials and content. She graduated from MFA program The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2005 and received her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts College of Art, in 1996 and now is adjunct faculty at Mass Art. Samantha has received past funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, International Fiber Collaborative, The Artist Resource Trust, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Deborah Dluhy SMFA Travel Grant. She has also found support for her work through residencies at The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson ,VT and most recently this year at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE.
Over the past18 years She has been showing regularly, in galleries, museums and alternative spaces. Having solo exhibitions at: Jewett Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA, N.K. Gallery, Boston, MA, Frame 301, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, and Babson College, Wellesley, MA
Samantha has also had work included in numerous group exhibitions: American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA, Carpenter Center for the Visual Art at, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA ArtPark, Soho, NY, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, VA, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center, Dowell, MD, Montserrat Gallery, Beverly, MA, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MIArt League, Long Island, NY, Maxwell Mays Gallery, Providence, RI, Bridge Art Fair, Miami, FL, DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, Mills Gallery, Boston MA, New Art Center, Newton, MA, The Contemporary Artist Center, North Adams, MA, Cistetercian Palace Monastery, Lubiaz, Poland
Yolanda J. Franklin, Poetry; Tallahassee, FL (2nd session)- Yolanda’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in PMS:poemmemoirstory, Sugar House Review, Crab Orchard Review’s American South Issue, The Hoot & Howl of the Owl Anthology of Hurston Wright Writers’ Week, SPECS: Journal of Arts & Culture’s Kaleidoscopic Points Issue. Her awards include a 2012 Cave Canem fellowship, the 2013 Florida State University English Graduate Student Kingsbury Award, and several scholarships, including a summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Indiana Writer’s Week, and Colrain Poetry Manuscript Workshop. Her collection of poems, Nylons & Vinyl, was a finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Award. She is a graduate of Lesley University's MFA Writing Program and is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University.
Jason Livingston, Visual Arts; Iowa City, IA - Jason is a film and video maker currently teaching at the University of Iowa. His work has received awards and been programmed at many festivals and venues, including Rotterdam, Anthology Film Archives, the Austrian Museum, Media City, Margaret Mead and more.
Under Foot & Overstory, winner of a Jury Prize from the New York Underground Film Festival, can be rented from the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Some of his recent video work can be seen as part of ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009, a 5-DVD Anthology distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. He is also a recipient of a New York State Council of the Arts Individual Artist Grant for his work-in-progress, INTERSTATE.
Joanne Pottlitzer, Non-fiction; New York, NY – Joanne is a freelance writer, theatre director, translator, has produced many Latin American plays and concerts in New York and is the winner of two Obie Awards. In 1967 she founded TOLA (Theatre of Latin America, Inc.), a New York-based nonprofit arts organization that pioneered artistic exchange between the US and Latin America. During 15 years as TOLA’s artistic director, Joanne traveled frequently to Latin America to develop arts exchange programs and build a Latin American theatre library of more than 3,000 volumes. In 2002 the TOLA Collection was acquired by the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. In 1979 TOLA produced the first Theatre in the Americas Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., La Mama in New York, and the O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. The award-winning festival brought together 200 theatre people from Latin America, the U.S. and Canada. She has directed plays in New York, Los Angeles, Tucson, and Santiago de Chile; she has translated Latin American plays and screenplays into English for production, publication, and distribution; she has written widely on aspects of Latin American theatre and art. Her writing credits include her plays Paper Wings about Frida Kahlo and Kate’s Place; her book, Hispanic Theatre in the United States and Puerto Rico published by the Ford Foundation; her English translation of Book of the Ocean, a book of verse by Enrique Juncosa published by Dador Press in Málaga; her English translation of the screenplay El Topo by Alejandro Jodorowsky published by Douglas Books in New York. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, TDR, American Theatre, Performing Arts Journal, Yale University’s Theater magazine, and Review. Her most recent articles include “Augusto Boal (1931-2009),” commissioned and published by Theater in 2010, three articles commissioned and published by the Edinburgh International Festival, “A Serious Man of the Theatre,” “Forgetting Filled with Memory,” and “Infinite Shades of Grey,” in 2010, 2012 and 2013, respectively. An updated version of “Forgetting Filled with Memory” was also published by Theater in February 2013.
In addition to her producing and writing awards, Joanne has received two senior Fulbrights to Chile (one to direct Terrence McNally’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune; the other to begin researching her book, Symbols of Resistance: The Legacy of Artists under Pinochet, about the influence of artists on the political process) and two NEA translation grants, to translate into English Mario Vargas Llosa’s play, Kathie and the Hippopotamus, and José Triana’s play Common Words. Her translation of Triana’s play will be published in December 2013 by The Mercurian: A Theatrical Translation Review. In 2004 she was awarded a four-week writing residency by the Rockefeller Foundation to work on Symbols of Resistance in Bellagio, Italy. Since that time she has also received support for that project from the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Institute. In 2001 she received an award from the Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations “acknowledging and in appreciation of contributions toward restoring in Chile.” She has taught courses on Latin American theater at Yale’s School of Drama, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and playwriting at Ohio University’s School of Theater. In 2013 she was in residence at Brown University (on a Fitt Artist-in-Residence Grant) and at VCCA to work on her book, Symbols of Resistance, and to develop a theatre piece based on the book. In 2014 she was in residence at the MacDowell Colony and again at VCCA to continue working on those projects.
Anna Webber, Composer; Brooklyn, NY - Saxophonist, flutist, and composer Anna Webber is an integral part of a new wave of the Brooklyn avant-garde jazz scene. According to critics, her music “...taps the useful frictions between contemporary classical music and modern jazz.” (Nate Chinen, NYT). Her new trio album, SIMPLE, which features Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck, was released on September 16th 2014 on Skirl Records. Webber also leads a septet called ‘Percussive Mechanics’, and is a member of the trio ‘Jagged Spheres’ along with drummer Devin Gray and pianist Elias Stemeseder. In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop, and in 2010 won the Prix François-Marcaurelle at the Montreal OFF Jazz Festival. Webber is originally from British Columbia, Canada.
Peter Gil-Sheridan, Danez Smith, Melissa McCutcheon, Danniel Schoonebeek, Kara Crombie, David Werfelmann
Kara Crombie, Visual Arts; Philadelphia, PA – “I am a multi-media video and animation artist working in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2001 I have completed several projects that were exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, The Painted Bride, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial and Vox Populi Gallery. In 2007 I was selected to be a member of Vox Populi, an artist-run gallery and collective in Philadelphia. I was selected as Wind Challenge artist in 2008 and was awarded a grant to exhibit my work at the Fleisher Art Memorial. In 2010 I was awarded a Pew Fellowship in Arts for my work in video and animation. This fellowship awarded me a $60,000 grant and professional support for my art career. I received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2011 and completed a residency there in the winter of 2011-2012. I was awarded a Headlands Center for the Arts Fellowship in 2013 and participated in the residency program there this past summer. In 2014 I was a recipient of the Cloud Prize for Artists in Philadelphia.
Since 2009 I have completed a series of mixed-media animations, collectively titled “Aloof Hills”. These animations have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and film festivals internationally. Some of these venues include Vox Populi Gallery (2009, 2010, 2011), The Tate Modern, London (2012), London Zero Fest (2012), Art Space, New Haven, CT (2013), Aux Space, Philadelphia, (2013), and The 7th Annual Philadelphia Independent Film Festival (2014). The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts commissioned my multi-media online project, Suffering Heroes, in 2013. In 2014 the collective “Aloof Hills” series was short-listed in the top ten by the Online American Film Awards and is currently under consideration. In the past year I was also one of four artists selected to participate in Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia, a project organized by The Penn Institute for Urban Research and funded by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.”
Peter Gil-Sheridan, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY - Peter’s play, Ritu Comes Home, originally commissioned by InterAct in Philadelphia as part of their 20/20 Commission program had its world premiere there in June. Other plays include Cockfight written at Soho Rep and developed at PlayPenn. What May Fall, commissioned by the Guthrie and performed there. Topsy Turvy Mouse was produced by the Cherry Lane and Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and was the winner of The Smith Prize awarded by the National New Play Network for outstanding political work. Other work developed by the Lark’s Playground, New York Theatre Workshop, Queens Theatre. Residencies include the Jerome Fellowship in Minneapolis, The Sundance Institute, The Millay Colony, The Ucross Foundation, Tofte Lake. Most recently, Peter was a member of I73, Page 73’s weekly writing group in New York and performed his first solo piece People Tell Me Things at Ars Nova’s ANTFest. This Fall he will be in residence at San Juan College in Farmington, New Mexico where he will create a devised piece with community members and students followed by another residency at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. MFA: Iowa, BA: Fordham.
Melissa McCutcheon, Visual Arts; Washington, D.C. – “Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, I work as a painter utilizing oil as my primary medium as well as mixed water based media and graphite on paper. I have exhibited my work in a variety of solo and group exhibitions since 2000 in such cities as New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., Seattle, WA, Baltimore, MD, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Medellin, Colombia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have participated in a variety of artist’s residency programs including Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain, Djerassi Resident Artist's Program, The Ragdale Foundation, Foundation Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands, The Ucross Foundation, The Jentel Foundation, The Corporation of Yaddo, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation and Casa Tres Patios, Medellin, Colombia.
I received my Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis and serve as a faculty member at The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland and as a faculty member and undergraduate advisor for the Fine Arts department at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.”
Danniel Schoonebeek, Poetry; Oneonta, NY - Danniel’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published in 2014 by Yes Yes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, was published by Poor Claudia in 2013, and an EP of recorded poems, Trench Mouth, is available from Black Cake Records. His work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, Indiana Review, jubilat, and elsewhere.
A recipient of fellowships and awards from Poets House, the Juniper Institute, Summer Literary Seminars, Oregon State University, and Poetry Foundation, Schoonebeek writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series, and edits the PEN Poetry Series. In 2015, Poor Claudia will release his second book, a travelogue called C’est la guerre.
Danez Smith, Poetry; St. Paul, MN - Danez is the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from Poetry Magazine & The Poetry Foundation. He is also a 2014 McKnight Foundation/Loft Literary Center Poetry Fellow, chosen by Nikky Finney. A Cave Canem & VONA fellow, Danez is the author of [insert] Boy (forthcoming, YesYes Books) & the chapbook hands on ya knees (Penmanship books, 2013). He was featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Emerging Poets Series by Patricia Smith and the winner of the 2014 Paris-American Reading Prize. His writing has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review & elsewhere. In the last year, Danez was a finalist for poetry awards from the Indiana Review, Rattle, Two Sylvias Press, and Narrative Magazine. Danez is a founding member of the multi-genre, multicultural Dark Noise Collective.
In Poetry Slam, he is a 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, the reigning 2-time Rustbelt Individual Champion & was on 2014 Championship Team Sad Boy Supper Club. In 2014, he was the Festival Director for the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. He holds a BA from UW-Madison where he was a First Wave Urban Arts Scholar. He was born in St. Paul, MN.
David Werfelmann, Composer; Appleton, WI - David is an award-winning American composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music whose works are widely performed and recorded by ensembles and soloists throughout the US, including, among many other professional and academic ensembles, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His music is heard frequently at conferences and festivals, such as the NOW HEAR Festival, several North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States convention, the CSU Fullerton New Music Festival, the Berkeley Arts Festival, and the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.
Musicians including Kim Reese, Sara Kind, Andrew Harrison, Alex Sellers, Rafael Liebich, the Madera Quartet, the HOCKET piano duo, and the Hear Now Ensemble have commissioned works by David and frequently perform his music on solo and chamber concerts. Additionally, his works have been broadcasted by the public radio stations of Los Angeles (KUSC), Wisconsin (WPR), and New York (WCNY), and by the online radio station Kinetics Radio. David has received music degrees from USC (DMA), Indiana University (MM), and Lawrence University (BM) and is also an active percussionist and committed educator.
Robert Plowman, Andrea Brachfield, Claire Kiechel, Tonya Gregg, Browyn Haslam
Andrea Brachfield, Composer; Jersey City, NY – “I received the “Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Student” from Jazz Interactions, the “Latin New York Music Award” twice for outstanding flutist, the“Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award” from Latin Jazz USA, the “Tribute to Women in Salsa” from Salsation Productions, the “Pionero Award” for my contribution to Latin music from Mario Torres Productions, the “Tribute to the Charanga Flutes” given by the Charanga Legends USA organization, the “Official Hall of Fame Artist” by Salsamagazine.com Salsa Awards and was nominated as “Best Latin Jazz Flutist” by Chip Boaz from the Latin Jazz Corner. The highlights of my career include performing with Hubert Laws and David "Fathead" Newman at the Cape May Jazz Festival in 2005 and being invited by Chucho Valdez to perform at the Havana Jazz Festival every year since 2003.I also opened with my group for Chick Corea in Caracas, Venezuela in 1982 and performed at Madison Square Garden with Charanga America in 1978. I am the first woman to play Charanga music in the United States having recorded and played with Charanga '76. I am currently a member of Wallace Roney's "Universe Orchestra" playing the long lost music of Wayne Shorter composed for Miles Davis.”
Tonya Gregg, Visual Arts; Hopkins, South Carolina - As a 2012 701 CCA Prize Finalist, Tonya’s work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast and beyond, including in New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Chicago, and Germany. She was the first full-time undergraduate art student to be featured in New American Paintings. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY; the show provided an overview of four different series of paintings created since the late 1990s. Highlights from Gregg's career also include a solo exhibition at Houston's Lawndale Art Center, three large community art murals in Nicaragua, a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission and several residencies including the Kaiserslautern Artists Association Wollmagazin studio complex in Germany and the Banff Centre in Canada. Gregg holds a BFA in painting and MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her MFA is from the University of Chicago.
Browyn Haslam, Poetry; Quebec, Canada – “Some of the anagrammatic translations from the project proposed have been previously published in the journals The Capilano Review (3:5-10) and Matrix (85:30-31), and in the collection Orisont: 8 poets from Montreal (2014). These translations were presented in Toronto to the Contemporary Poetry Reading group in June 2014 (University of Toronto), and at an early stage at a conference at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in May 2010 in Paris and at an evening reading. My own poems have appeared in Dandelion (35.1:74-75), Last Supper (1:12) and NoD (10:8) and in various chapbooks from No press (Calgary, Alberta). I was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to work on my current project in 2014.”
As a more conventional translator, I contributed to Aufgabe (12:65-70) on Québécois poetry and to a dossier in The Capilano Review (3-20:62-69). I participated in the talks and readings surrounding the publication of the former in New York in 2013. A play that I translated from French to English, A (micro) history of world economics, danced, opened off-Broadway in October 2013 (La Mama, NYC, NY). In Montreal, I work as a freelance translator as well as part-time at a bike shop and cycle tour company. I hold a B.A. (hons) and B.Sc. from the University of Calgary (both 2008) and an MA from l’Université de Montréal (2013). With Lianne Moyes, I helped edit a special issue of Open Letter on the work of the Montréal novelist Gail Scott.”
David Jacobs, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “Raised in Los Angeles, I received a BFA from the University of Southern California in 2009. My art examines multicultural discernment and displays autobiographical tendencies. In 2011, I relocated to New York City, where I received an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. Working in various media, mainly, painting, sculpture, and installation.
I have exhibited in several cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, and Chiang Mai. Recently I have had work exhibited in the publication New American Paintings, participated in the Nurture Art Benefit, and participated as a visiting artist at Chiang Mai University, Thailand.”
Claire Kiechel, Playwright; New York, NY - Claire is a playwright and theater maker living in New York. Her plays include: Umma Lappa Soon (Colt Coeur’s 2013 Play Hotel series; Naked Angels reading; nominated for The Kilroy’s The List); Some Dark Places of the Earth (semi-finalist, O'Neill National Playwriting Conference); Wolf Play (winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Festival Short Play Festival, published by Samuel French); Well, What Do You Want (to See)? (performed and written with Diane Exavier at Bowery Poetry Club); Play/Date (co-written, produced by 3LD); St. Vitus' Dance (finalist, Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop); Norway (Crashbox Theater Company reading, developed at the 2012 Orchard Project); Be Careful of Words (devised with Helikon Rep); Whale Song Or: Learning to Live with Mobyphobia (FringeNYC 2011, upcoming NYC Tongue In Cheek production).
Readings and productions of her plays have been held at the LaMaMa, the Kraine, Brick Theater, Theaterlab, Bowery Poetry Club, and the Beckett Theater. She is a member of the Pipeline Playlab class of 2015. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA in playwriting from the New School for Drama.
Robert Plowman, Playwright; Halifax, Canada - Robert is a playwright and collaborative theatre artist, whose work has been presented across the United States and Canada. His plays include: Radium City, Open Theatre Kitchen, The Common: for as long as you have so far, folkloremobile, The Matador, and The Route 19 Choir of Dead Babies Invites You to Visit “The Fountain of Youth” Museum & Giftshop.
Robert’s play Radium City was published in the New Canadian Drama anthology series; his short play Welcome to Burger Heaven! is collected in Tesseract Theatre’s 2013–2014 Curtain Openers; and The Missing Link appears in the fall 2014 issue of Southern Theatre Magazine. His work has been developed at the MacDowell Colony, the Playwrights Theatre Centre Colony, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and he is the winner of the 2014 Getchell New Play Award. He holds an MFA in Playwriting as a member of the Playwright’s Lab at Hollins University.