Millay Colony for the Arts Resident Bios Past Artists
Orlando Jacinto Garcia, J McDonald, Irina Arnaut, Normandy Raven Sherwood, Mark Labowskie, Jeanne Larsen
Irina Arnaut, Visual Arts; Sunnyside, NY – Irina Arnaut is an artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Her films feature women engaged in fantastical situations and bizarre relationships, with a bent toward physical comedy. Her experimental narrative films are strongly influenced by performance and video art as well as contemporary dance and theater. She received her MFA from Bard College in 2012. Arnaut has exhibited widely in New York and throughout the United States, and her work has been highlighted in Art F City, The White Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Contemporary Art Daily.
Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Composer; Miami, FL - Through more than one hundred and fifty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as "time suspended- haunting sonic explorations" qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions including the Rockefeller, Fulbright, Dutka, Civitella Ranieri, Bogliasco, and Cintas Foundations, the State of Florida, the MacDowell and Millay Colony, and the Ariel, Noise International, Matiz Rangel, Nuevas Resonancias, Salvatore Martirano, and Bloch International Competitions. Most recently he has been the recipient of 3 Latin Grammy nominations in the best Contemporary Classical Composition Category (2009-11). With performances around the world, his works are recorded on New Albion, O.O. Discs, CRI /New World, Albany, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti, VDM, Capstone, Innova, CNMAS, Opus One and Toccata Classics, and available from Kallisti Music Press.
Garcia is the founder and director of the NODUS Ensemble and the Miami Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music as well as several international festivals including the New Music Miami ISCM Festival. A dedicated educator, he is Professor of Composition for the School of Music and Composer in Residence for the CARTA Miami Beach Urban Studios at Florida International University in Miami. For more information visit http://www.orlandojacintogarcia.com
Mark Labowskie, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY - Mark was born and raised and Philadelphia and studied English at Columbia University. After graduation, I spent two years living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea, writing a few non-fiction pieces on the side for a magazine published by a Buddhist temple. After Korea, I had a number of odd jobs in the New York and Philadelphia areas, including shepherding a wild group of Hasidic third-grade boys at a yeshiva in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I earned my MFA from Rutgers-Newark University, where I received a full tuition remission and teaching assistantship that provided me with a living wage for my two years in the program. I taught one section of composition each semester in graduate school, and at the moment I am continuing to teach several sections of composition at Rutgers while also working as a personal assistant to the non-fiction writer and NYU journalism professor Suketu Mehta.
At Rutgers, I studied fiction with Akhil Sharma, Alice Elliott Dark, Tayari Jones, and Jayne Anne Phillips, who was my thesis advisor (I also studied creative non-fiction with the historian James Goodman).
Jeanne Larsen, Poetry; Roanoke, VA - Jeanne Larsen’s three novels, Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, and Manchu Palaces were all re-issued in 2009. Her e-novel Sally Paradiso came out in 2009 and her latest book, Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems), was published in fall of 2010. Her first collection, James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita: a Book of Poems, was the winner of the annual AWP awards series. She has also published two books of translations, Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China, and Brocade River Poems: Selected Works of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao; 36 new translations appeared in the fall of 2013, in the anthology Jade Mirror: Women Poets of China.
Her poetry and prose appear regularly in various literary journals. The recipient of grants and awards in various genres from the NEA, the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, and others, she lives in Roanoke County, Virginia, and teaches at Hollins University, where she is director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.
J McDonald, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “I have recently received residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park as a Jerome Fellow, the Artplace America Environmental Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Taliesin Artist in Residency Program, and at the Blue Mountain Center. Internationally I have had residencies with the NKA Foundation in Abetenim, Ghana, and the ARTerial Network in Bamako, Mali. I received a grant from the Awesome Foundation NYC, and have exhibited in numerous group shows in Brooklyn, NY, where I am based.”
Normandy Raven Sherwood, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY - Normandy is a playwright, costumer and performer. Her plays include The Golden Veil, NUNKY GRUEL, the Necrophil and Tiny Hornets, and they have been presented many places in New York, including the The Kitchen, the Ontological Hysteric Theater, 13th St. Rep and Skidmore College. She is a Co-Artistic Director of the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) and has collaborated on all of this OBIE Award-winning theater collective's shows since 2002 as writer, performer and costumer. These shows-- What's that on my HEAD!?!, Abacus Black, NTUSA's Don Juan, Chautauqua! and The Golden Veil -- have been presented in New York at venues like The Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, Performance Space 122 and the Chocolate Factory. The company's recent work Chautauqua! toured the US to the Walker Arts Center, The ICA Boston and Vanderbilt University, among others. Upcoming playwriting projects include: FEATHER GATHERERS (workshop at Dixon Place, 2014 production at JACK) and Madame Lynch (with NTUSA). As a costumer, Normandy has designed productions by Mac Wellman, Jim Findlay, Young Jean Lee, Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Faye Driscoll (2009 Bessie Award for Costume Design) and more. She co-curates Little Theater @ Dixon Place and is a faculty member in New York University’s Expository Writing Program. She has been awarded residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and chashama. She earned her MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.
Oren Boneh, Dong Li, Trish Harnetiaux, Erin Sickler, Catina Bacote, Anke Becker
Catina Bacote, Non-fiction; Iowa City, Iowa - Catina is a Dean’s Graduate Fellow in the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. In 2012 she was awarded a fellowship to attend the New York State Writer’s Summer Institute. Her essays and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, The Common, Heart and Soul, Trace: Transcultural Styles and Ideas, and in the anthology Black Women’s Loving Expressions on the Men They Desire. Last winter, she presented her work at The Bedell NonfictioNow Conference in Melbourne, Australia and in the spring she proposed and moderated the panel Writers Transforming Moral and Ethical Concerns into Art at a World Languages Conference at the University of Iowa. She is writing her first book and has received research grants from the English Department at the University of Iowa and the Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students. Bacote teaches literature and writing at the University of Iowa and is an editorial assistant at The Iowa Review.
Anke Becker, Visual Arts; Berlin, Germany - Since 2012, Anke has curated ECONOMICWORDS, ongoing visual poetry project about the concealed beauty behind the everyday news of the world of finances and economy, www.economicwords.com Anke is also founder & curator of the international art-project / exhibition series ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS, www.anonyme-zeichner.de
She is also a founder and member of DAMENSALON BERLIN women’s artist-network and monthly salon with special guests, www.damensalon.net
Oren Boneh, Composer; Montreal, Quebec - Oren’s works have been performed and presented in various venues and concerts including the 2013 Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast, UK), the 2013 Electroacoustic Barn Dance the 2013 Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance Spring Concert, the International Summer Academy of Music (Germany), the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen), California Summer Music, the 2013 Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) National Conference, the Manhattan School of Music, the Colorado Composer’s Concert, and various others. He has been composer in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers (Gotland, Sweden) and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, Nebraska).
Oren actively collaborates with performers through commissions and general projects and firmly believes in the importance of composer-performer collaboration. He has written numerous pieces for individuals and ensembles and has several upcoming projects including commissions from the Montreal-based Architek Percussion Quartet, the duo of the Current Resonance Project as well as a collaboration with Danish accordionist, Rasmus Kjøller, to be performed in Toronto in 2014. He was also chosen as the winner of the 2012 Playground Student Commission and was a national finalist/Region VII winner of the 2012 SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition. Boneh is currently a student at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University pursuing a Masters of Music degree in Composition. There, he studies with Brian Cherney. In 2011, he studied in Copenhagen at the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Hans Abrahamsen, Juliana Hodkinson and Niels Rosing-Schow. He received his Bachelors of Music in Composition from the University of Denver where he studied with Dr. Chris Malloy and William Hill. He has participated in masterclasses with John Corigliano and Jexper Holmen and has studied additionally with Ofer Ben-Amots, Jan Jirisek and David Tcimpidis.
Trish Harnetiaux, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY – Trish’s work has been performed and developed at Soho Rep, The Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, The 13th Street Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Ohio Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, and The New Jersey Rep. Her latest full-length play, HOW TO GET INTO BUILDINGS, was written in the 2011/2012 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Recently, she adapted Shirley Jackson’s novel The Bird’s Nest for the stage, it’s currently titled YOUR PRETTY LITTLE WORLD. Other plays include WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROOM, THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LOUDEN TASER, A GOPHER IN THE NINTH WARD, STRAIGHT ON TIL MORNING (Broadway Play Publishing) and IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO. Short plays have been published in Post Road Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, and Smith & Kraus.
In 2008, Harnetiaux received her MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. She has been a two-time fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and The Corporation of Yaddo. Harnetiaux has been a recipient of the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award and a finalist for the Kesselring Prize, the Heideman Award and the 2011 SLS Fiction Fellowship. In 2011, she co-created the production company Steel Drum in Space and co-wrote/co-directed the short film YOU SHOULD BE A BETTER FRIEND. Steel Drum in Space continues to make tiny movies about things like unemployed astronauts, space cars and robot cats. More information can be found at trishharnetiaux.com Her tiny movies can be found at steeldruminspace.com
Dong Li, Poetry; Hamilton, NY – Dong Li’s honors include Henry Luce Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, twice) fellowships as well as the inaugural Edwin Honig Memorial, Kim Ann Arstark Memorial, The William and Alethe Weston Fine Arts poetry awards. Born and raised in the People’s Republic of China, Li has degrees from Deep Springs College and Brown University. He is currently the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University for the academic year 2013-2014. His work has appeared in Conjunctions and comma, poetry.
Erin Sickler, Non-fiction; Brooklyn, NY – Erin is an artist, writer, and art organizer. She received her BA in Art and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College in 2001 and earned her MA through the interdisciplinary Draper Program in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU in 2007. Her thesis on Documenta 11 addressed themes of documentary film, political representation, and difference. Since 2007, she has worked as a curator while continuing to participate in collective artistic and political experiments. She has held positions at PS1/MoMA and the Queens Museum of Art before becoming Gallery Director for 601Artspace in 2009. As an independent curator from 2009-2013, she has mounted numerous exhibitions and projects throughout New York City, as a curator and, sometimes, collaborating artist. In 2015, she will produce Fractious Atlas, a series of projects and initiatives to support interdisciplinary artist-driven culture on the island of Tasmania, Australia. From 2008 to 2012, she was US Listings editor for the Swiss art magazine Kunst Bulletin. In 2010, she was a Fellow at the Smithsonian’s Latino Center in Washington, D.C. Her essays on art and alternative economies have appeared in catalogs as well as in Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, various art blogs, and the academic journals Anamesa, October, and Rethinking Marxism. Her poetry has been published in The Brooklyn Rail and as part of artist Freya Powell’s collection The Mnemosyne Atlas 2012. She completed her first residency this year at the Broken Hill Art Exchange in Broken Hill, Australia.
Spencer Everett, Karla Wozniak, Michael Dauro, Matt Barnson, Alyse Knorr, Sophie Lee, Tereza Swanda (not pictured)
Matthew Barnson, Composer; Dublin, Ireland - Matthew composes for orchestras, choirs, string quartets, voices, chamber ensembles, dancers, and computers. Recently, his music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Academy of Music, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, ISCM World Music Days, MATA, Wigmore Hall, Aspen, the San Francisco War Memorial, and other venues throughout the United States and Europe. His work has been recognized with awards and commissions from the Barlow Endowment, the Aaron Copland House, NewMusicUSA, the Jerome Foundation, Yale University, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others and in addition to residencies at a number of artist colonies in the United States and abroad. He studied at Eastman, the University of Pennsylvania, IRCAM, and Yale with Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, Augusta Read Thomas, Martin Bresnick, Ezra Laderman, Ingram Marshall, and David Lang. Studies with Wolfgang Rihm at Acanthes were brief but important and influential. Large-scale works have been commissioned by, and performed in recent seasons by Third Coast Percussion, the Yale School of Music, the JACK Quartet, and Volti.
Barnson teaches composition, electronic music, theory and the history of music after 1945 and has taught at Yale College, chaired the composition and theory department at New York’s Third Street Music School Settlement, and currently serves as an assistant professor of composition at Trinity College Dublin. Important engagements on the horizon include the premiere of a new string orchestra work with Yale at Carnegie Hall and a new dance work to be premiered in June at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. A recording by the Arditti and JACK Quartets of Barnson’s string quartets will be released on Tzadik this summer.
Michael Luis Dauro, Poetry; Bloomington, IN - Michael was born in Long Island, N.Y. He received his MFA from Indiana University and continues to live in Bloomington where he works, writes and tutors at an after-school program. He is also a mentor with PEN’s Prison Writing Mentorship Program. His work has appeared in At Length, Poets Weave, La Fovea, and is forthcoming in Toe Good Poetry.
Michael was recently named a finalist for the 2013 Ruth Lily Poetry Fellowship. He is also a CantoMundo Fellow. While in graduate school, Michael served as the Genre Editor of Poetry for the Indiana Review and will be the Guest Editor at Toe Good Poetry for 2014.
Spencer Everett, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY - Spencer is the recipient of the 2011 Hyman Brown award from Brooklyn College, where he graduated last spring with an MFA in poetry. He continues to teach composition in Brooklyn College’s English department. His poems and reviews have been featured or are forthcoming in iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Flying Object’s It’s My Decision, and The Faster Times. He is co-curator of Copula, a Brooklyn-based reading series featuring innovative poetry and multimedia art.
Alyse Knorr, Poetry; Anchorage, AK – “I am the author of Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013), a novel-in-verse exploring the lesbian lyric love poem set against the backdrop of the deep American South. I received my MFA from George Mason University. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in more than 50 national literary journals, including Drunken Boat, RHINO, Puerto Del Sol, and The Southern Poetry Anthology. I co-founded and co-edit the inclusive feminist press Gazing Grain Press and serve as a term instructor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
"I have completed an artist's residency at Vermont Studio Center, participated in numerous gallery shows and cross-disciplinary artist's collaborations, and given readings and panels across the United States, including at the 2013 AWP conference."
Sophie Lee, Visual Arts; Los Angeles, CA – “Since graduating from the University of California, Irvine, with an MFA in 2011, I have been very fortunate to have had two solo exhibitions at the well respected artist run gallery, Commonwealth and Council. Additionally, I have participated in group shows at The Armory Center for the Arts, Beacon Arts Building, Human Resources, and Las Cienegas Art Projects. All of the above galleries are located in Los Angeles.
"I received the Resident Fees Graduate Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine between 2008-2011. I was a nominee for the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture in 2010, and received the Mills College Scholarship between 2002- 2003.”
Tereza Swanda, Visual Arts; Swampscott, MA – “I have shown my series, Bodies Form, To/From Mothering Alphabet, at the Center on Contemporary Art where the series won first prize in the 2010 Annual Exhibition, Memory Upgrade. I have exhibited nationally and internationally at Pradelna Bohnice in Prague, at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Berliner Kunstprojekt in Berlin, at the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, IN, at 450 Broadway Gallery in New York City, and online in Storyscale Journal. My work has been published this year in the Yakima Herald, in the article by Pat Muir “10x10x10 Tieton: Mighty Tieton’s small art exhibit keeps getting bigger,” where one of my soaps won the Juror’s Award. My artwork was also published in the Statesman Journal in the article, “Open Hearts Out of Africa,” by Ron Cowan and a number of times in the NY Arts/Berliner Kunst magazine. I have installed site-specific work, Bodies Reform, in the Bakalar and Paine Galleries of Masssachusetts College of Art and Design as well as at Chemeketa Community College Art Gallery in Through the Eyes of Strangers, artists visit South Africa. I received my M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts and I hold two BFAs, one in Painting and the other in Sculpture both from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
"Residencies and workshops are a continuous part of my artistic development as I greatly appreciate the dialogue with other artists and professionals. This year I have attended a Ceramic Residency in the Czech Republic. I attend workshops with the artistic duo, Rosenclaire, (Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky,) in Italy since 2000. I have participated in The Everyday in Contemporary Art and Practice at UC Berkeley in 2009 and was part of the Visual Art and Cultural Exchange Workshop at Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 2004.”
Karla Wozniak, Visual Arts; Knoxville, TN – Karla is a native of Berkeley, CA, received her MFA from the Yale School of Art. Her recent solo exhibitions include This Weather Is Cosmic, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Magic Mountain, Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont, Burlington; and Significant Landscapes, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Recent group exhibitions include LIFE AND TIMES: Contemporary Notions of Place, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA; and Bronx Calling, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY. In 2013 she curated The Sacred and Profane Love Machine at Ortega y Gasset Projects, in Queens and in 2012 she co-curated the exhibition Mark, Wipe, Scrape, Shape, at SPACESHIFTER, Brooklyn, NY with the Artist Sangram Majumdar.
Wozniak’s distinctions include a UCross Fellowship (2012), a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (2011); participation in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program (2011); participation in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program (2009-10); and MacDowell Colony Fellowships (2007, 2005). Her work has been featured in a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Village Voice, Art Ldt. Magazine and The Huffington Post, among others. Wozniak is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Josie Sigler, Dickson Lam, Galen Cheney, Meredith Nickel, Carmen Machado, Samuel Ace
Samuel Ace, Poetry; Tuscon, AZ - Samuel Ace is the author of three collections of poetry: NORMAL SEX, HOME IN THREE DAYS, DON'T WASH., and most recently STEALTH, co-authored with poet Maureen Seaton (Chax Press). He is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, two-time finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry. He was also a 2012 finalist for the National Poetry Series. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in or is forthcoming from, Ploughshares, Eoagh, Spiral Orb, Kenyon Review, Rhino, 3:am, Versal, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Pear Noir!, The Volta, Mandorla and others. He lives in Tucson, AZ and Truth or Consequences, NM.
Galen Cheney, Visual Arts; Middlesex, Vermont - Chaney has been painting professionally for more than 20 years. After receiving her MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, she lived in Italy then criss-crossed her way across the US doing a variety of jobs, from magazine editor to bronze foundry carver to teacher, custom framer, and massage therapist, all the while continuing to paint. She has received numerous awards and fellowships for her painting, including a nomination for a 2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, three full fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, and a publication award from Open Studios Press.
Galen has exhibited her work in Florence, Italy, Montreal, and throughout the U.S. Recent exhibitions of 2012-13 include Helen Day Art Center, BCA Center, and the Fleming Museum, all in Vermont; Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, in Cornish, N.H.; and The Painting Center in New York City. In 2014 she has solo exhibitions scheduled for the Alliance of Visual Arts in Lebanon, NH, the Vermont Supreme Court, Vermont Studio Center, and Green Mountain College.
Dickson Lam, Non-fiction; Houston, TX – ‘I am a nonfiction MFA candidate at the University of Houston. I also hold an MFA degree in fiction from Rutgers-Newark University.
“My work can be found in The Rumpus, the Kartika Review and The Review Review. I have received a Napa Valley Writers’ Conference Scholarship (2011), placed in the Writers at Work Nonfiction Contest (2nd Place, 2008) and also The Ledge Magazine Fiction Competition (Semi-Finalist, 2008).”
Carmen Machado, Fiction; Philadelphia, PA - “I'm a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in AGNI, The American Reader, Tin House's Open Bar, Five Chapters, Best Women's Erotica 2012, VICE, The Paris Review Daily, The Hairpin, The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other publications. I was the recipient of the 2011 Richard Yates Short Story Prize, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012.”
Meredith Nickie, Visual Arts; New York, NY - Nickie is a Vincentian-Canadian artist based in New York who works in sculpture, installation and photography. Her diverse projects challenge conventional ideas of structure, taste and progress in representations of race and class framed by the enduring legacies of culture and capital.
Nickie completed the Whitney Museum ISP, earned a MFA from Cornell University, and a BFA from York University. She was a DAAD Fellow in Berlin at the Universität der Künst, and a Jackie McLean Fellow at the University of Hartford. Nickie has held residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Her work has recently been exhibited in New York at Art in General, Sculpture Center, Winkleman Gallery, PS122, and Rush Arts Gallery; in addition to IDEA Space at Colorado College, Colorado Springs; Galerie Circa, Montreal; A Space Gallery, Toronto; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia; Artspace, New Haven; The John and June Allcott Gallery, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and the 2010 Sculpture Biennial at the Evergreen Museum, Baltimore.
Josie Sigler, Fiction; Portland, OR - Josie Sigler was born Downriver Detroit and grew up in the Midwest. Her chapbook, Calamity, was the winner of the Proem Press Award, published in 2009. Her first full-length book of poems, living must bury, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books in 2010. Her collection of stories, The Galaxie and Other Rides, was selected for the Ruby Pickens Tartt First Fiction Award and published by Livingston Press in 2012. Other recent awards include the Barthelme Prize for “The Compartment” selected by Ander Monson; first place in the Fugue Magazine Annual Writing Contest for “The Watcher in the Woods” selected by Pam Houston; the Prism International Fiction Prize for “Ms. Pacman”; and first place in the Story Quarterly Short Fiction Competition for “My Catholic Boyfriend” selected by Karen Russell. Josie was the recipient of a 2011 PEN Northwest Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, which affords a writer the opportunity to work on a remote homestead near the Rogue River in southern Oregon’s Klamath Mountains. She recently accepted a job teaching writing and literature at University of Rhode Island in Kingston. She is currently working on a novel and a new book of poetry.
April Group Residency; Sacred Hostess: Kristi Sword, Roberto Carlos Lange, Nadia Hironaka, Matthew Suib. Not pictured, Jena Osman
Makalani Bandele, Rachel Ostrow, Deborah Salomon, Emily Witt, Adam Klein, Gilbert Hsiao
Makalani Bandele, Poetry; Louisville, KY – “I grew up "a fly in the milk' in the suburbs of Louisville, KY. I narrowly escaped from the parochial school system there. In fact, I attended Catholic school from elementary through college. It is a long and complicated story, but after college I ended up in North Carolina, went to Divinity school, and became an ordained Baptist minister, eventually pastoring two churches in North Carolina before becoming a writer, musician, and freelance instructor of Literature and Creative Writing. I am a member of the Affrilachian Poets, a group of writers of color founded by Frank X Walker that live or have their roots in the region of Appalachia. I have been the recipient of an Ernest Sandeen Poetry Prize, a Literary LEO 1st Prize in Poetry, and a fellowship from Cave Canem Foundation. I have been nominated for a Pushcart Award in 2012 and 2013. My poems can be read in a wide variety of literary magazines and journals, both in print and online. Just to name a few: Prime Number Magazine, Barely South Review, The New Sound, African-American Review, Louisville Review, Black Arts Quarterly, Platte Valley Review, and Sou’wester. Hellfightin’, published by Willow Books, is my first full-length volume of poetry.”
Gilbert Hsiao, Visual Arts; Jersey City, NJ – “My work has been seen in venues such as PS 1, Mass MOCA, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, White Columns, and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporia Arts, and I am represented in collections such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Swope Museum of Art, and the Progressive Art Corporation as well as in numerous private collections. I have shown work in commercial and public galleries in New York as well as internationally in countries such as Germany, France, Holland, Italy, Croatia, Thailand, Mexico, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Brazil. I am currently represented by Minus Space in New York City, and dr julius | austullengen projekten in Berlin, Germany.
“I received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2008, which was used to spend time to paint and to meet other artists working in a similar vein Germany, where I lived for four years. Upon returning from Germany in 2012, I was awarded a yearlong residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space program, with studios in Brooklyn, New York, which enabled me to explore several new directions that I had been thinking about for a number of years. A desire to expand beyond the scale of my panel paintings resulted in my first wall paintings. These wall paintings led to my creation of whole room environments lit by ultraviolet light. Further explorations with ultraviolet lighting led to pieces painted on recycled record albums, spun on old record players. Articles and reviews about my work have appeared in such publications as Art News, The Village Voice, Arts Houston, Houston Press, Hartford Courant and The New York Sun."
Adam Klein, Fiction; Castroville, CA – Adam received his MFA from The New School in 2009 and is an Assistant Professor of English at The American University of Afghanistan. Dzanc Books will publish his anthology: "The Gifts Of The State: New Afghan Writing" at the end of 2013. He is the author of High Risk's Lambda Book Award-nominee, "The Medicine Burns" and Serpent's Tail published his novel, "Tiny Ladies" in 2003. "A Hardship Post" appeared January 2012 in "Fourteen Hills" and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Recently, he has published in the "New York Times At War Blogs" and an essay, "The Unnameable Poor In India and Bangladesh" in openDemocracy. He is also the author of the artist monograph, "Jerome: After the Pageant," and the singer/ songwriter for the band, "The Size Queens." His work has appeared in "Bomb," "Best American Gay Fiction" (Little, Brown), "Men on Men" (Penguin/ Plume), MIT's "Performance Art Journal," "San Francisco Camerawork," and other journals and websites. His interdisciplinary piece, "Appetite for Redaction" was featured on the November 2011 "Electric Literature" blog and The Size Queens' Valentine's Day video diptych, "Old Skin" and "Affirmations for A Blow Up Doll" are available online at the Ninth Letter blog site.
His most recent song cycle/ video "Consumption Work: Tammy, Cybertariat, At The Aral Sea" was premiered on Election Day, November 6th 2012
Rachel Ostrow, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY - Rachel is a Brooklyn based painter and printmaker raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University (1999), a Post-Baccalaureate Degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2002), and an MFA in painting from Hunter College (2008). She was awarded the Tom Woods award from Hunter College(2008), a printmaking residency at the Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY (2010), and residency at the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency, Joshua Tree, CA (2012). She has exhibited in Barcelona, Spain, Aix-en-Provence, France, Buffalo, NY, Joshua Tree, CA and New York City, NY. She currently (through October 9th) has an exhibition up at Gridspace gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
Deborah Salomon, Composer; Santa Rosa, CA – Deobrah attended Philadelphia College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute and received a BFA from URI. She was included in Andrea Schwartz Gallery, S.F.CA, SFMOMA Artist Gallery, S.F.CA., Drawing Center Viewing Program, NY,NY., and Kala Art Institute Print Gallery, Berkeley, CA. Attended Vermont Studio Center, 2010 and awarded Dedalus Foundation Full fellowship award. 2013 commission "Imagery Wine Label", due out in 2014. 2012 "Neiman Marcus permanent collect", Walnut Creek,CA.
Emily Witt, Non-fiction; Brooklyn, NY – “I have written articles, essays, and reviews for The New York Times, n+1, The Nation, The New Republic, Elle, New York, The London Review of Books and many other publications. I have also worked as a staff writer at The New York Observer and the Miami New Times, where I was a finalist for a Livingston Award and received an honorable mention for the White House Correspondents’ Association Edgar A. Poe award. My writing has been included in Best American Travel Writing and Say What You Mean: The n+1 Anthology.
“I have a BA from Brown University, Master’s degrees from Cambridge and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and I was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship to Mozambique.”