Millay Colony for the Arts Resident Bios Past Artists


June, 2015

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

May, 2015

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

April, 2015

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 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.