Millay Colony for the Arts Resident Bios Past Artists
Robbie Beahrs, Composer; Oakland, CA – Robbie is an Oakland-based composer, sound artist, and music ethnographer. As part of his master’s degree in ethnomusicology at U.C. Berkeley, he studied nomadic music/sound-making practices in Siberia and Inner Asia, with a particular focus on timbre, circulation, pedagogy, and the voice. Robbie actively composes music, performs live sound for theater/dance, lectures, and gives workshops in Tuvan throat-singing and extended vocal techniques. Recent works of his have been performed at the Bang on a Can summer festival (North Adams, MA), Z Space with performance maker Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior (San Francisco, CA), and Dock 11 with choreographer Sara Shelton Mann (Berlin, Germany). His recent bi-coastal ensemble project is called Import/Export in collaboration with Brian Ellingsen (double bass) and Ed Garcia (Sundanese percussion) from New York and San Francisco.
Graeme Bezanson, Poetry; NY, NY - I received an MFA in poetry from the New School in 2007. I am a founder and editor-at-large of Coldfront Magazine, an online journal of essays and poetry reviews. I have been the poetry editor of LIT, a nationally-distributed, semi-annual literary magazine based out of New York City. In 2011, I was a writer-in-residence at Seattle's Pilot Books.
My poems have appeared, online or in print, in venues such as Verse, Washington Square, The Laurel Review, Small Spiral Notebook, Failbetter, Spinning Jenny, MiPoesias, EOAGH, Coconut, Agriculture Reader, Horse Less Review, and Everyday Genius.
Nikia Chaney, Poetry; Rialto, CA – “I am the author of two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (Orange Monkey Publishing) and ladies, please (Dancing Girls Press) both forthcoming in 2013. My poetry has been published in 21 journals including the Portland Review, Saranac Review, 491, Pearl, and the Sugar House Review, and I have poetry forthcoming in the Iowa Review and the New York Quarterly. I am also the recipient of a grant from Cave Canem Foundation. Recently my poem, “the fish” was chosen by Nikki Giovanni as the winner of the 2012 Enizagam Poetry Prize. My manuscript, thump, was a finalist for the 2012 Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize, as well.
I am a founding editor of shufpoetry, an online journal for experimental poetry, and an associate editor for Inlandia: A Literary Journal, a journal for regional literature. I teach at San Bernardino Valley College. I have two MFA’s in Creative Writing. One from Antioch University, Los Angeles and another from California State University, San Bernardino. I heard about Millay Colony for the Arts through Cave Canem.”
Douglas Degges, Visual Arts; Poughkeepsie, NY - Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Douglas Degges graduated with a BA from Rhodes College in 2009 and a MFA from the University of Iowa in 2012. He recently received the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship and the Paul Weber award from the University of Iowa. His work has been exhibited at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, Concordia University in Seward, NE, Material Art Space in Memphis, TN, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, and Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He currently works as an artist assistant to Thomas Nozkowksi, Joyce Robins, Catherine Murphy, and Harry Roseman in Poughkeepsie and High Falls, NY.
David Emanuel, Fiction; Providence, RI – David 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.
Clara Hunter Latham, Composer; Brooklyn, NY- Clara is a Brooklyn based composer, performer and writer. Her compositions have been performed widely by groups including the Talea Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Either/Or, and the International Centempoary Ensemble. As a performer, she fronts the psychedelic karut punk band, Starring, on Northern Spy records. She ahs also played with chamber pop band the Gongs. She is currently working on a chamber opera based on the psychoanalytic treatment of Bertha Pappenheim, to be premiered in 2014 in Switzerland. Clara is urrently a doctoral candidate in composition and musicology at NYU.
Kasia Nikhamina, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY - Kasia’s first play, REDBEARD & DOMICELLA, directed by Michael Rau, was presented in the Too Soon Festival at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in June 2010. Her one-act, TWO MEN BE IN THE PARK, was presented in a series of plays that imagined Central Park in different decades. The May 2010 production was directed by Darragh Martin (The Invisible Company). Her work has been regularly performed at Hearth Gods, a reading series at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village. Since November 2007, she has been writing the creative prose blog, THE MAYOR’SHOTEL,(www.TheMayorsHotel.com). Kasia Nikhamina was a resident at Millay Colony for the Arts in September 2012, working on her second play, NIXON OUT OF OFFICE. She is currently seeking development/production opportunities for NIXON, while writing her third play, THE PÍCARO DIARIES, and essays about her travels to India, Alaska, and Russia.
Kasia received the Philolexian Prize for her novella, QUIXOTA, from Columbia University, where she earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society in 2007. As a senior at Columbia, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Columbia Review and as the Managing Editor of The Birch, the undergraduate journal of Eastern European and Eurasian culture. Prior to that, she served on the editorial board of both magazines. She spent junior year at the Russian State Humanities University in Moscow. She has published poems and stories in Rattapallax, The Brooklyn Review, The Columbia Review, The Birch, and Poetry in Performance. She attended Stuyvesant High School, where she directed Open Mics, co-edited Caliper, and contributed to various student publications. She was born in Kalisz, Poland, in 1985. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1990.
Randon Billings Noble, Non-fiction; Washington, D.C. - Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. After graduating with high honors from the University of Michigan (where she won a Hopwood award in 1994), she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from New York University in 2001. She was a full-time writing instructor at American University from 2001 to 2009, taught at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland from 2009 to 2010, and currently writes while raising her two-year-old twins.
She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (fully funded by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation), and a resident at Wildacres and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2013 she was named a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow to attend a residency at The Millay Colony for the Arts.
Published in the Modern Love column of The New York Times; The Massachusetts Review; Passages North; Propeller Quarterly; Superstition Review; The Millions; Virginia Quarterly Review’s blog, Brain, Child online; r.kv.r.y. quarterly; Sweet: A Literary Confection; Rain Taxi Review of Books and elsewhere, she is currently working on a collection of essays that explore different ways of being haunted.
Annita Sawyer, Non-fiction; North Branford, CT – “I'm a psychologist, a member of the clinical faculty of Yale School of Medicine, in full-time practice for over thirty years. I’ve recently completed a memoir: Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass. My first writers’ conference, in 2003, was a gift for my sixtieth birthday. Since then I have attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Phillip Lopate’s workshop at Skidmore multiple times. Awards include residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, VCCA, and the MacDowell Colony. I attended the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as a Bernard O’Keefe scholar in nonfiction.
My first work appeared in The Healing Muse in 2008. Additional pieces have appeared in The MacGuffin, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Healing Muse 11, The Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, The Common, Persimmon Tree and others. Susan Orlean selected my essay, “The Crazy One,” for the 2012 Bellevue Literary Review Burns Archive nonfiction prize.”
Melisa Tien, Playwright; NY, NY - Melisa's plays have been developed and/or produced in New York City: We Play for the Gods (Cherry Lane), Jackson Heights 3AM (Queens Theatre), Refrain (Wild Project), Familium Vulgare (Rising Circle/Theatre Row, New Dramatists, Subjective/Under St. Marks Theatre), Underdogs and Hi-Profile (NY Madness/Primary Stages Studios), Daughter of Heaven (Theater for the New City, Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center), Ginger (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Secret Life of the Office Worker (Theater at Riverside Church), Yes, Madly (Second Stage), The Hiding Place (59E59), Azad Nazem [Free Verse] (Manhattan Rep), and Odyssey (The Tank/Collective Unconscious); in Garden City, NY: Hindsight (Adelphi University); in Baton Rouge, LA: Hindsight (Hatcher Theater); in Aspen, CO: The Hiding Place (Theater Masters/Black Box); and in Mumbai, India: Daughter of Heaven (Mumbai University). She has presented work at the Women Playwrights International Conference and the Great Plains Theatre Conference co-founded by Edward Albee; she was a 2007 Winner of the Theater Masters MFA Playwright Award and a recipient of a 2011 residency at Byrdcliffe; and she has taught playwriting to kids via 52nd Street Project, Q Up, and Center for Talented Youth, and to undergraduates and grad students via Columbia University. Melisa holds a BA in English from UCLA, an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, and a Culinary Diploma from the French Culinary Institute. She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab.
Den Afrasiabi, Hoa Nguyen, Ken Hill, Jen Mazza, Paul Rusconi, Cindy St. John, Jennie Thwing (not pictured)
Dena Afrasiabi, Fiction; Austin, TX – Dena’s fiction has been published in Kartika Review and Enizagam and is forthcoming in the anthology Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers (University of Arkansas Press). She earned an MFA in fiction from Rutgers-Newark University and is currently working on her PhD. at the University of Texas at Austin. She is co-editor of the online literary magazine, Elsewhere.
Ken Hill, Visual Arts; Bound Brook, NJ – “I studied painting at the Tyler School of Art of Temple University and was awarded the J. Arthur Khuen-Kryk award upon graduation. I have worked as a conservation technician at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and have served as an art teacher in public schools in Pennsylvania and Arizona. I am currently enrolled in the MFA program at Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts where I was awarded the Frank P. and Lilly A. Novak Scholarship.
My work has been included in numerous juried and invitational exhibitions including exhibitions at the Tyler School of Art, Arizona State University, Shippensburg University, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. An artist statement and image were published in conjunction with the Tallahassee International Juried Exhibition at the Florida State Museum of Fine Art. Recently, I had a solo show at Atlas Fine Art Services in Tucson, Arizona. The exhibition was reviewed in the Tucson Weekly.”
Cindy St. John, Poetry; Austin, EX - Cindy is the author of three chapbooks: Be the Heat (Slash Pine Press), City Poems (Effing Press), and People Who Are In Love Will Read This Book Differently (Dancing Girl Press). Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including the Southern Review, H_NGM_N, No Tell Motel, Peaches & Bats, and Cimarron Review. She holds an M.F.A. from Western Michigan University.
In addition to writing, Cindy publishes a letterpress poetry and art collaboration called Headlamp (www.theheadlamp.org). She teaches literature and creative writing to teenagers in a public school; she also runs a visiting author series and publishes a literary magazine with the students. She lives in Austin, TX, where she co-hosts a visiting poet reading series at a local art gallery.
Jen Mazza, Visual Arts; NY, NY - Jen received her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has exhibited in solo shows at the Jersey City Museum, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, and Stephan Stoyanov Gallery in NY, as well as in multiple group exhibitions which include: Komposition des Zufalls at Galerie Edgar Frei (Bern, Switzerland), Personal Effects at Gallery Affero (Newark, NJ), and Small is Beautiful at Flowers Gallery in New York. Honors include residencies at Yaddo, The Millay Colony, VCCA and Jentel. Mazza was also chosen as Artist in Residence at the Newark Museum in 2008. Her work has been reviewed in the NY Times, the NJ Star Ledger and Hyperallergic among other publications.
Hoa Nguyen, Poetry; Toronto, ON - Hoa is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Your Ancient See Through (Sub Press, 2001), Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey, 2009) and As Long As Trees Last (Wave, 2012). Hoa’s poems have appeared in numerous journals including, most recently, The Baffler and Spoon River Review. Her essays and poems have been included in the anthologies Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa, 2010), The Best of Fence (Fence Books, 2009) and Black Dog, Black Night (Milkweed, 2008) among many others.
Since 1994, after earning her MFA in Poetics from New College of California in San Francisco, Hoa Nguyen has taught poetry and poetics in a variety of settings including for the federal program WritersCorps, in cyberspace for New York City’s Teachers & Writers Collaborative, for the City of Austin, privately for fourteen years, and as a visiting poet lecturing, performing, and conducting creative writing workshops for universities, conferences and literary organizations. Currently, she teaches poetics for Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.
Paul Rusconi, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY - Paul received his MFA in creative writing from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas/Austin and received his B.A. in English from Northwestern University. His fiction has been published on Amazon.com and in the Irish literary journal, Southword. Awards include a three-year Michener Fellowship, the Pen/Amazon.com Short Story Award (finalist), and the Sean O’Faolain Short Story Award (finalist). His plays have been developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), WordBridge (Florida), the Miranda Theatre Company (NYC), and the Key West Theatre Fest. Cape Cod Souvenirs was produced at Altered Stages (NYC). These Two Couples Went to Italy won the Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and is published by Dramatic Publishing. He was waitlisted for a residency at Yaddo in 2011, and was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is a proud member of the Vinegar Tom Players (David Adjmi, Artistic Director)
Jennie Thwing, Visual Arts; Glassboro, NJ - "I am a Philadelphia-based artist and film maker. I have exhibited my work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Creative Alliance in Baltimore, the Center for Art and Visual Culture in Baltimore, the Fondazione Mudima per l'Arte Contemporanea in Milan, the Independent Museum of Contemporary Art (IMCA) in Cyprus, The New York Studio Gallery and Soho 20 in New York and was recently chosen as a New Courtland Fellow and a 2009 semifinalist for the PEW Foundation grant.
Using video, installation, and animation I create imaginary narratives that reference my history, ideology, social context, family mythologies and dreams. The subject matter ranges from miniature animated dioramas to historical reenactments. All of my work involves the anthropomorphism of nature, refuse and human environments.
Rick Burkhardt, Composer; Brooklyn, NY – “I have worked in the field of contemporary music for 20 years (Masters and PhD, Music Composition, from University of California, San Diego, Bachelors in Music Composition from University of Illinois). Works of mine have been performed in over 40 US cities as well as in Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan, including performances at the Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, and Acht Brücken festivals, and a portrait concert at the Now Here This festival. I have presented my music / theater works in the world of theater as well. My hybrid music / theater piece “Great Hymn of Thanksgiving / Conversation Storm” won Best Performance awards at the San Francisco Fringe Festival 2007 and the New York FRIGID Festival 2008. In 2010 I won a Village Voice Obie award for the full-length music theater piece “Three Pianos,” composed by me, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy, based on Franz Schubert's “Winterreise.” In 2011 I was listed by Time Out New York as one of five “Off-off-Broadway innovators to watch.” I have received commissions and performances from ensembles such as Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Ascolta, sfSound, Toca Loca, Ensemble Chronophonie, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Wet Ink, Cadillac Moon, Red Fish Blue Fish, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Mark Menzies, hand/werk, and Second Wind Theater. My work has been supported by grants from the Jerome Foundation, Meet the Composer, the American Composers' Forum, the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, the Boswil Foundation, the Puffin foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others.
Lydia Conklin, Fiction; East Sandwich, MA - Lydia is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, the Astraea Foundation, the Sitka Center and Harvard University. Her fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, New Letters, The New Orleans Review and elsewhere. She has drawn graphic fiction for Gulf Coast, Salt Hill and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Jen Hofer, Poetry; Los Angles, CA –Jen is a Los Angeles-based poet, translator, social justice interpreter, teacher, knitter, book-maker, public letter-writer, urban cyclist, and co-founder of the language justice and literary activism collaborative Antena. Her translation of Negro marfil by Mexican poet Myriam Moscona, published as Ivory Black by Les Figues Press in 2011, won the 2012 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2012 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Her other translations include the homemade chapbook En las maravillas/In Wonder (Libros Antena/Antena Books, 2012); sexoPUROsexoVELOZ and Septiembre, a translation from Dolores Dorantes by Dolores Dorantes (Counterpath Press and Kenning Editions, 2008); lip wolf, a translation of lobo de labio by Laura Solórzano (Action Books, 2007); and Sin puertas visibles: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women (Ediciones Sin Nombre and University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003), which won the 2004 Eugene M. Kayden Translation Award.
Patte Loper, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY - I live and work in Brooklyn, NY and Boston, MA, Residency awards include LMCC’s Swing Space Building 110 on Governor’s Island (current), and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Recent solo shows have included Lyons Weir Gallery, NY, NY, Massimo Carasi Gallery in Milan, Platform Gallery in Seattle, and Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston. I have participated in group exhibitions at many venues, including the ISE Foundation, Caren Golden Gallery, Nancy Margolis Gallery and the McNeil Art Space in New York, Columbia College in Chicago, Engholm Engelhorn Galerie in Vienna, Austria, and the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico.
My work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Flash Art (Italian edition), The Seattle Times, Time Out Chicago, Artnet, New American Paintings, The Boston Globe, and The Seattle Post Intelligencer. Her work is in the collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, The Hirschhorn Museum, and the Rene di Rosa Foundation, among others. I am currently full time regular and graduate faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.”
Rachel May, Non-fiction; Kingston, RI – “My book of profiles of modern quilters is under contract with Storey Publishing (Workman) (projected release Fall 2013), and my writing has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and awarded the William Allen Creative Nonfiction Award, Literal Latte’s Short Shorts Award, the Geraldine McLoud Commendation for Fiction, and noted in over a dozen other contests including the James Jones First Novel Fellowship and Black Lawrence Press’ book awards. My work has been recently published or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Green Mountains Review (two stories), Meridian, Nimrod, Night Train, Fugue, Harpur Palate, Memoir(and), 1913, Sleepingfish, EOAGH, The Journal, The Literary Review, and other journals. My collaborative chapbook, I: NE, Iterations of the Junco, was published by Small Fires Press.
Gabriel Pionkowski, Visual Arts; Madison,WI - Gabriel earned an BA in Art Education from Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS in 2009, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. In addition to his residency at the Millay Colony he was also a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012, and will be a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA later this year. Recent exhibitions include Stretching Painting, curated by Veronica Roberts at Galerie Lelong, New York, NY, and the 2013 Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
John Pluecker, Poetry; Houston, TX - John is a writer, interpreter, educator and translator. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production and has appeared in journals and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico, including Mandorla, Aufgabe, eleven eleven, Third Text, Animal Shelter, HTMLGiant and Literal. In addition, he has worked with video, improvisational performance with experimental steel guitar musicians, installation at Project Row Houses and at the boundaries of visual art and poetry. He has published more than five books in translation from the Spanish, including essays by Marta Lamas, a leading Mexican feminist; short stories by Ciudad Juárez writer Rosario Sanmiguel; and a detective novel by Martín Solares. With a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. in Spanish from the University of Houston and an M.A. in Writing from UC San Diego, John has taught in numerous contexts, from alternative schools to art spaces to universities. Currently, he is translating poetry by Abigael Bohórquez, Omar Pimienta and other contemporary Mexican poets. He has two chapbooks, Routes into Texas (DIY, 2010) and Undone (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011). A third chapbook, Killing Current, will be published by Mouthfeel Press in 2012.
Monica Byrne, Playwright; Durham, NC - Monica is a playwright whose work has been read, developed, and produced at Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, Manbites Dog Theater, Common Ground Theater, Carrboro Arts Center, Durham County Library, Ravenclaw Salon, the Elsewhere Collaborative (Greensboro, NC), Pinky Swear Productions (Washington, DC), and Backdoor Stage (Portland, OR). In 2011 she was a finalist for an EST/Sloan Commission for her play Nightwork. She is a graduate of the Dirty South Improv Training Program, the Clarion Workshop, and has published in HowlRound: The Journal of the New American Play Institute (“The Black Box” and “Everything We Plant Grows,”), The Independent Weekly, Gargoyle, Wellesley Magazine, Atomica, Shimmer and Electric Velocipede.
In 2008 she was awarded the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship for research in Ethiopia, India and the South Pacific for a debut novel, for which she received three offers of representation and is currently finishing. She has also received grants from the Vermont Studio Center, La Muse Inn Artist Retreat, and the Durham Arts Council. She holds degrees in biochemistry from Wellesley College and MIT, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She is currently the Playwright-in-Residence at Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, and is working on a commission for LGP.
Caroline Clerc, Photography; Los Angeles, CA - Caroline is a Los Angeles based artist working in photography. She received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts from San Francisco State University. Her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles at Track 16 Gallery, PØST, Miller Durazo, Frumkin/Duval Gallery, The Brewery, LMan Gallery, City of Brea Art Gallery, Long Beach City College Art Gallery and in San Francisco at Refusalon with video screenings in New York and California. Caroline Clerc has participated in a one-month residency program, Obracadobra, in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Caroline is faculty at the USC Roski School of Fine Arts and Area Head of Intermedia, a program for the study of video, digital photography, internet and new media theory.
LaTasha N. Diggs, Poetry; NY, NY – LaTasha is the the author of the three chapbooks. Her work has been published in Rattapallax. Black Renaissance, Noir & Ploughshares to name a few. She has received several awards, residencies for her interdisciplinary work, including Cave Canem, VCCA & New York Foundation for the Arts among others. As an independent curator and director, LaTasha co-presented and directed literary/musical events at BAM café, Symphony Space & Lincoln Center Out of Doors among other venues. A native of Harlem, LaTasha’s first poetry collection TwERK, is forthcoming from Belladonna Books.
Anthony Gatto, Composer; Brooklyn, NY - Anthony has developed collaborative works and concert music with many artists and ensembles across the US, Europe and Asia – including works for film, theater, dance, and opera. Studying with Ornette Coleman was formative in questioning possibilities; he later completed a doctorate at the Yale School of Music in 2001. Recent works include "el fin fa tutto" commissioned by string octet Hutchins East Consort, premiered at The Tank, NY, "Plastic Facts" for New Thread Saxophone Quartet, premiered at the 35th International Saxophone Symposium (2012) and "Portrait of Eva Hesse (palindrone)" performed on the 2011 Bang on a Can Festival by 16 percussionists.
Other recent commissions include The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (The Sheltering Sky), the Walker Art Center (The Making of Americans, an opera based on the novel by Gertrude Stein), Ethel and guitarist Mark Stewart (Black Dog/Lucky Dog), the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet (Unbreak My Heart), MATA Festival/guitarist Michael Nicollela (Because a Pony (for John Lennon)), an evening-length dance theater work by Rebecca Pappas and Dancers (Monster), and the Minnesota Orchestra (Summer Hockets). His honors and awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Berlin, fellowships from the Bush and McKnight Foundations, respectively, and awards from the Jerome Foundation, Meet The Composer, Inc., City University of New York Professional Staff Congress Research Awards, three Yaddo fellowship awards, and an Aaron Copland Residency Award.
Joesph Harrington, Poetry; Lawrence, Kansas - Joesph is the author of Things Come On (an amneoir) (Wesleyan Poetry 2011), a mixed-genre work relating the twinned narratives of the Watergate scandal and his mother's cancer. Things Come On was chosen by National Book Award winner Camille Dungy as a Rumpus magazine Poetry Book Club selection. Harrington is also the author of he chapbook Earth Day Suite (Beard of Bees Press 2010 - available as free PDF) and the critical study Poetry and the Public: The Social Form of Modern US Poetics (Wesleyan UP 2002), excerpts from which appeared in Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader (Illinois UP 2009). His creative work has appeared in Hotel Amerika, BathHouse, 1913: a journal of forms, No Tell Motel, With+Stand, Otoliths, Fact-Simile, and P-Queue, among others; and he has published articles on modernism, political philosophy, and the cultural history of poetry in journals such as Jacket2, American Literary History, and American Literature.
Harrington was Walt Whitman Chair of American Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, in 2005, under the auspices of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program; he also was a Mayers Fellow at the Huntington Library and has held both research and creative work fellowships from the Hall Center for the Humanities. Harrington is Professor of English at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence.
Carey McKenzie, Screen; Cape Town, South Africa - Carey grew up in Cape Town and studied English at Cambridge and filmmaking at NYU grad. Her thesis film HEARTSPACE screened at festivals including Cinequest, Clermont-Ferrand and FESPACO.
ORIGINAL CHILD BOMB, a feature documentary about nuclear weapons, premiered at Tribeca 2004, won the grand jury prize at Silverdocs and the Bologna Human Rights Nights. Other festivals include Seattle, Florida, Hawaii, Copenhagen, Geneva, Seoul, Belgrade, Hiroshima, MOMA and the Japan Society in New York. An associated short film B is for BOMB won the Cannes 2006 Short Film Corner competition.
Carey is currently in post on her first feature, BLACK SOUTH-EASTER, about a township cop who takes on the Triad and police corruption in Cape Town. She is a prolific screenwriter with three other scripts at different stages of development.
Gina Occhiogrosso, Painting; Troy, NY – Gina’s national group exhibition experience includes group exhibitions at The Painting Center, Brenda Taylor Gallery and Lana Santorelli Gallery in NYC, MIA Miami International Airport Gallery, and Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY. S he has had several one-person shows at such places as Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson, NY, Saratoga Arts Council Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY Amrose Sable Gallery, Albany, NY, Lake George Project for the Arts, and Yates Gallery at Siena College. Her work may be viewed in the Pierogi Flat Files, in Brooklyn, NY, and through registries such as The Drawing Center and Nurture Art.
In 2010 she was included in the project, The Other End of the Line, a project developed by artist Francis Cape and created for The High Line in Chelsea, NY. Her video was included in a mobile home trailer (stationed at the beginning of the High Line at Gansevoort Plaza), which contained an exhibition of work by numerous artists and was curated by Ian Berry, curator for The Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College. Cape’s project, including Occhiogrosso’s piece “Homework,” was reviewed in The Brooklyn Rail. Gina has received three fellowships to attend the following residencies; Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Inc (VCCA), and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and The Millay Colony for the Arts.
Lily Cox-Richard, Davy Knittle, Tim Kinsella, Jonathan Sokol, Metta Sama, Lisa Russell
Lily Cox-Richard, Sculpture/installation; Ann Arbor, MI - Lily is a sculptor currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and in solo exhibitions at the Old Public Museum, Grand Rapids, MI; The Poor Farm, Manawa, WI; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX; Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA; Civilian Art Projects, Washington DC; and The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN.
Tim Kinsella, Fiction; Tim Kinsella, Fiction; Chicago, IL – “My first novel, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense (Featherproof Books 2011) was named among the Best Chicago Books of 2011 by CBS Chicago, praised by Lit Stack and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and listed on Flavorpill’s Most Exciting New Books. I have an MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my essays and reviews have appeared in The Chicago Reader, Stop Smiling, and many other smaller publications. Since forming in 1996, my band Joan of Arc has released more than two-dozen records, all of them connected, but each utilizing different strategies and means. We continue to tour internationally on a regular basis, often performing in unique spaces including museums, galleries, film festivals, and recently in London, even at a philosophy conference, “How Performance Thinks.” In 2006 I wrote and directed a feature film, Orchard Vale, which was the Opening Night feature for the Chicago Underground Film Festival and later screened in Berlin and Tokyo. Short films of mine have premiered at San Francisco’s Frameline Film Festival and The Movieside Film Festival. An installation of mine, “A Parading Maze,” was exhibited at The Brown Gallery, London in 2009. My work has been covered by The New York Times, The Village Voice, National Public Radio and countless others.”
Davy Knittle, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – “The awards I have received for my poetic work include a 2011-2012 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship,a 2011 Full Tuition Scholarship in Poetry from the New York State Summer Writers Institute and twice, the Reed Prize from Wesleyan University for Best Poem or Group of Poems, which I received in 2009 and 2011. I have also received several research grants to further poetic projects, in addition to the Watson Fellowship. These have included a Davenport Study Grant from Wesleyan’s Public Affairs Center in 2010 and twice, an Olin Fellowship from Wesleyan’s Department of English in 2009 and 2010. My work has appeared in 580 Split, Jai-alai, Swink, The Fiddleback, RadiusNatural Bridge, and South Jersey Underground, among others.”
Lisa Russell, Painting; Braintree, MA – “Since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art, BFA Painting1983, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, MFA Painting 1993, I’ve exhibited in over 200 national and international exhibitions, both invitational and juried, at museums and commercial galleries. Most of the juried competitions were judged by museum curators. A recent solo exhibit was at the Warwick Museum of Art, RI., an invitational exhibition Between 1 and 1 at the Galerie Vclava Spaly, Prague Czech Republic, and a juried exhibition Off The Wall at the Danforth Museum, Framingham MA.
I recently completed a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, granted fellowship from the Dedalus Foundation, founded by Robert Motherwell to foster public understanding of modern art and modernism. Currently I’m professor of painting at Rhode Island.”
Metta Sama, Fiction; Baton Rouge, LA – “I am a poet, photographer, and prose writer. My first collection of poems, South of Here (New Issues Press 2005) was published under my legal name, Lydia Melvin. My second collection, Nocturne Trio (YesYes Books 2012), is a series of tiny poems accompanied by the visual art of Mihret Dawit and presented as a web-book. My fiction, poems, book reviews, creative non-fiction, & photography have appeared in bluestem, Caketrain, Drunken Boat, The Drunken Boat, Pebble Lake Review, Ploughshares, Toe Good Poetry, among other journals. My critical scholarship on the work of Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Terrance Hayes, and Dionne Brand has appeared in numerous anthologies. Currently I am the Visiting Assistant Professor of the MFA program at LSU and have previously been Visiting Assistant Professor of English—Creative Writing at DePauw University. I am a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and the recipient of fellowships to attend workshops at Cave Canem, VSC, VCCA, Provincetown, Juniper Writers Workshop, Squaw Valley Writers, and the Summer Literary Seminars in Athens.
Jonathan Sokol, Composer; Olmstead, OH – Jonathan is continually stretching his musical imagination with artistic collaborators, especially those in modern dance and experimental film. He has been recognized as a finalist in the 2013 MATA Festival Competition (2012); with an invitation to the SANDWICH artist residency in Kyoto, Japan (2012); with an Honorable Mention in the 32nd annual ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize (2012); with an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2010) and ASCAPlus Award (2010, 2011); with the 2nd annual MAYO Composition Contest (2010); with a Susan and Ford Schumann Scholarship for the Aspen Music Festival and School (2007); and with the 8th annual NEC/BMOP ConNECtion competition (2005) among others.
Jonathan holds his Doctorate in composition from Indiana University, his Masters from New England Conservatory, and his Bachelors from Baldwin-Wallace University. He teaches composition, trombone, and piano through the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department, and has taught music theory and music appreciation at Defiance College.”
Alex Mar, Adam Keleman, Patrick Downes, Gessy Alverez, Sophia Lin, Kate Hers, Larry Krone
Gessy Alvarez, Fiction; Maywood, NJ - Gessy grew up in New York City and New Jersey. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 2010. She’s taught fiction in the New York City public school system and at Columbia University Medical Center. Her fiction and poetry has appeared in Thrice Fiction, Bartleby Snopes, Camroc Press Review, Black Heart Magazine, Connotation Press, Pank and other publications. She is currently working on her first novel.
Patrick Downes, Fiction; Motpelier, VT – Patrick is at work on a diptych of novellas and a young adult novel. He also writes regularly for Woodwork. In addition, Patrick designs and builds custom furniture. His written work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in a number of journals.
kate hers, Mixed Media; kate hers is a visual artist and cultural producer who works in the field of social art practice. Her work seeks to rethink and reshape notions of transnational and cultural identity, often through different modes of communication and public/private interventions. Her projects manifest often in multiple mediums including: performance, sound, drawing, video, internet blogging, installation, and in commodities such as food products, posters, zines, flash cards, and games. She has shown widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America in such spaces as: Atelierhof Kreuzberg (Berlin), Asian Pacific American Film Festival (Los Angeles), Art Laboratory-Berlin, Kunstverein-Hildesheim, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (Berlin), Maryland Art Place (Baltimore), National Museum Women in the Arts (Washington DC), pkm gallery (Seoul), Loop Gallery (Seoul), Kyunghee Museum of Art (Seoul), Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester), and Ex Teresa Art Actual (Mexico City). A transnational Korean-American, born in Seoul and raised in Detroit, hers speaks broken Korean. In 2011, she founded the non-profit USArtBerlin in Germany, where often she lives and works, speaking German with an American accent.
Adam Keleman, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY - Adam is a filmmaker and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has shown at the SXSW Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, Brooklyn Int’l Film Festival, and Anthology Film Archives. His film Long Days received a 2011 Jerome Foundation Film/Video grant and won the Hammer to Nail Short Film Contest. He has written for SOMA Magazine, AOL Moviefone, SLANT, Little Joe and ARTISTdirect. He currently works in freelance film production, and is developing two feature film projects and a TV pilot."
Larry Krone, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Larry 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 Not-so-Common 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 is also actively collaborating with other performers, designing and fabricating costumes and sets, and sometimes appearing in their productions. Credits include set and costumes for Adrienne Truscott’s …Too Freedom…, costumes for and performing in Neal Medlyn’s Wicked Clown Love (both at The Kitchen 2012), a featured costume in Adrienne Truscott’s ha: a solo (Danspace Project 2011), contributions to the looks of Our Hit Parade hosts and various performers (Joe’s Pub 2010-2012), and, as House of Larréon, exclusive designer of gowns and stage costumes for Bridget Everett.
“Look Book,” a limited edition art book documenting Larry's costume work since 1997 will be released this fall.
Sophia Lin, Fiction; New York, NY - Sophia Lin was born in Princeton, NJ. She earned her BA in English and East Asian Studies, magna cum laude, from Brown University. She has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and has received the Defilippis-Rosselli Scholarship to attend the 2013 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. In the fall, she will be a first-year student at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
Alex Mar, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Alex is a writer, filmmaker, and native New Yorker. A graduate of Harvard University (magna cum laude) and a recipient of the Stichting De Ateliers international artists fellowship (The Netherlands), she draws on a background in journalism, production, and filmmaking. Previously a producer for MTV News and an editor for Rolling Stone, she has contributed to New York Magazine, Slate, Artforum, Bookforum, and others, and been a guest correspondent for CBS, MSNBC, the BBC and National Public Radio. Her first feature, the documentary AMERICAN MYSTIC – charting the practices of a witch, a Lakota Sioux sundancer and a young Spiritualist medium – premiered in competition in the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and was released by Kino Lorber in 2011. She recently co-produced the documentary ME AT THE ZOO (executive-produced by Michael Stipe of R.E.M.), which premiered at Sundance 2012 and has been distributed by HBO Films. She is currently at work on a non-fiction book about present-day American witchcraft, due in fall 2013 to publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Mar was a 2012 Yaddo Artist-in-Residence, as well as a 2012 MacDowell Fellow.