ARTISTS 2012

Artists-in-Residence

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November: Prageeta Sharma, Nova Ren Sum, Emily Hass, Po’Sim Sambath, Teresa Carmody, Frederick Ramade, Lindsey Packer, Weston Minissali

Teresa Carmody, Fiction; LA, CA – Teresa is the author of Requiem (Les Figues Press, 2005), and two chapbooks: Eye Hole Adore (PS Books, 2008), and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions, 2009). Other work has appeared in various publications, including Bombay Gin, Fold Appropriate Text, Luvina, American Book Review, emohippus greeting cards 1-3 and more. She was one of the organizers of the original Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington, and co-organizer (with Matias Viegener and Christine Wertheim) of Feminaissance, a colloquium on women, experiments and writing at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Her recent work includes Explanation as Composition, a collaborative audio project with Harold Abramowitz, Amanda Ackerman, Kate Durbin, and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum.
She is cofounder and co-director (with Vanessa Place) of Les Figues Press, hailed by critic Terry Castle as “an elegant vessel for experimental writing of an extraordinarily assured and ingenious sort.” She currently teaches at California Institute for the Arts.

Emily Hass, Visual Arts; New York NY – Emily Hass was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and lives and works in New York.  She has been awarded grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2012), the McCloy Fellowship in Art (2009) and residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation (2013, 2010) and the Millay Colony for the Arts (2012).                                                            Selections from her series Altonaer Strasse were included in the 2011 Heimatkunde exhibition at the Jewish Museum Berlin and are now part of the museum’s permanent collection.  Her work has been reviewed in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, featured in Der Tagesspiegel, Design Observer and on NPR’s Berlin Stories. She has graduate degrees in psychology and design from Harvard University.

Weston Minissali, Composer; Rosendale, NY – “I studied music composition at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music from 2007-2010. My teachers included Joel Thome, Suzanne Farrin and Du Yun. I was able to graduate with honors in three years. Currently, I am an active composer and synthesizer player living in Brooklyn, NY. My projects include VaVatican, Yolt, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Trumpet Trumpet Synthesizer and Grammy Award wining Orchestra of Our Time. With these ensembles I have toured extensively throughout the US and Canada.
Together, with 9 like-minded avant garde improvisers and composers, I am a founding member of a collective, record label and website called Prom Night Records. Since its inception earlier this year, we have recorded, released, promoted and showcased 6 full-length albums.”

Lindsay Packer, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Lindsay is a New York-based artist whose work ranges from collage to installation and writing. She received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA in Textiles with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2002, Packer was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to India in Installation Art and has traveled extensively in India studying site-specific ephemeral imagery in sacred and secular contexts. She has participated in numerous group shows in Seattle, Chicago, Raleigh, New York and New Delhi including the 2009-10 Pollock-Krasner Fellows Exhibition at the Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock, NY and the Site Specifics ’08 at the Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY. In 2008 she had a solo show at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch. Packer has been artist in residence at Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi, India, Platte Clove Catskill Center Nature Preserve, Platte Clove, NY, the Margo-Gelb Shack, Provincetown, MA, and Acadia National Park’s Schoodic Education and Research Center, Winter Harbor, ME. She was a 2010 Pollock-Krasner Fellow at the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, Woodstock, NY and a 2011 Karen Shea Silverman Fellow at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

Frédéric Ramade, Visual Arts; Paris, France –  Frédéric is a filmmaker and artist.  He pursues research which is situated at the margins of documentary and fiction, and questions the questions of representation and identity. His medium-length film “Ode Pavillonnaire,” a bittersweet reflection on life in a French suburb of tract homes, was featured in many festivals including: Entrevues (Belfort),  Hors-Pistes (Paris), Paris-Berlin, Courtisane (Ghent, Belgium), as well as at the French  Cultural Center in New York.  The film was also shown on the second national channel France 2, and enjoyed a warm critical reception upon its theatrical release.   A book was made of the film as well as an exhibition entitled “Confort moderne” at the Pôle Image in Rouen.
In addition to his research activities, Frédéric Ramade makes many documentary programs  for the french cultural channel Arte on artistic subjects like:
He also teaches film at the University of Paris 7 Denis Diderot.

Po’ Sim Sambath, Visual Arts; 2011 BALZAC : exhausted workers absorbed by an amazing pulling down. Staring at them, partially destroyed apartments & wallpapers shreds.
Mélanie Rio Gallery, Electoshield, guest artist, September-October 12.
2010  STANDING BODIES : amateur soccer players are training at night in a stadium. Drowned in darkness, the perspirants bodies, whose features are emphasized by the tight spectral light, show both the fragility and the braveness of these men.
In situ exposure at La Courneuve town, Summer 2010.
Sports Factory exposure, gare Saint Sauveur in Lille, Lille 3000, May-September 12
2009  LOIN, CHEZ NOUS : an ephemeral beach set among residential towers in the Paris suburbs. During the summer time, the mundane local residents are transformed into vacationers. The nearly naked bodies are exposed to the eyes of all, reflecting an awkard changing in the social gestures inside the city.
Bourse du Talent #42 Spécial mention, 2010
Exposure to Blibliothèque Nationale de France, December10 – February11
Acquisition of photographs by the funds BNF, 2011

Prageeta Sharma, Poetry; Missoula, MT – Prageeta is the author of Bliss to Fill (Subpress Collective, 2000), The Opening Question (Fence Books, 2004, winner of the 2004 Fence Modern Poets Prize) and Infamous Landscapes (Fence Books, 2007). Sharma’s poems and writing have appeared in Art Asia Pacific, Bomb, Boston Review, Fence, Indiana Review, The Literary Review, Vanitas, Women’s Review of Books and other journals. She is the recipient of the 2010 Howard Foundation Grant. She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing program at University of Montana.

Nova Ren Suma, Fiction; NY, NY – “I’m the author of Imaginary Girls, a young adult novel published in the summer of 2011 by Dutton/Penguin, which garnered four starred reviews, including Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and praise from The Los Angeles Times. Imaginary Girls was also published in Australia this summer by Pier 9/Murdoch Books. I hold an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, and was a fiction fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. I’ve been awarded residencies from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and I will be a resident artist at Djerassi this spring. My next novel is forthcoming from Dutton in 2013.”

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October: Cole Anders/Diana George, Shanti Grumbine, Molly Reid, Mark Cannariato, Cody Carvel, Jamie Townsend

Diana George/ Cole Anders, Fiction; Seattle, WA – “I have published fiction in 3rd Bed, Post Road, Denver Quarterly, and Chicago Review, as well as the chapbook Disciplines (Noemi Press). I have been awarded an NEA for fiction. I have an MFA from Brown University, and am currently working on a PhD in English literature at Brandeis University.  My fiction has kept the name I too once had, Diana George, though I now live under two names, Cole Anders and Diana George.”

Mark Cannariato, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “Originally from Louisiana, where I have worked, exhibited, and studied, I also have roots in Florida. I received an MFA from the University of South Florida in 2008, and became highly involved in the beginnings of the West Tampa Center for the Arts. Upon receiving the Joan Mitchell sculptors and painters grant, I attended the Atlantic Center for the Arts working under the artist Rob Pruitt. I currently live and work in Brooklyn, NY and have exhibited in a variety of spaces here.”

Cody Carvel, Poetry; NY, NY – Cody Carvel was raised in Oklahoma and West Texas. He received a BA in English and African-American Studies from Harvard University and an MFA in Writing from the University of San Francisco in 2008. His work has appeared in Mirage #4 Period(ical), the Harvard Advocate, and Userlands (ed. Dennis Cooper). He is married to the famous playwright and director Julia Jarcho.

Shanti Grumbine, Visual Arts; Rhinebeck, NY – Shanti Grumbine received her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied at Simon’s Rock College of Bard. Select group exhibition venues include MagnanMetz Gallery, the Lower East Side Printshop, Paul Robeson Gallery at Rutgers University and IPCNY. Residencies and fellowships include the Vermont Studio Center, the Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, the Millay Colony and the A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship. She is working toward three solo exhibitions in 2013 at Mariboe Gallery, Hightstown, NJ, Muroff Kotler Gallery at SUNY Ulster, Stone Ridge, NY and A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. She currently lives and works in New Paltz, NY and New York City.

Molly Reid, Fiction; Portland, OR – Molly Reid’s stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary Review, Redivider, Indiana Review, and others. She was a Work-Study Scholar for the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. One of her flash pieces was chosen for NPR’s first Three-Minute Fiction contest.

Jamie Townsend, Poetry; East Kensington, PA – Jamie Townsend is organizer of the c/c reading series, and co-founder of con/crescent, a chapbook publisher & annual magazine focused on poetics, discursive essay, and creative non-fiction. He is author of the chapbooks STRAP/HALO (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs; 2011) Matryoshka (LRL Textile Editions; 2011), and THE DOME (Ixnay Press; 2011). His poetry and critical work has appeared in various publications including The Cultural Society, Gam, Wheelhouse, Volt, Elective Affinities, Jacket2, The Poetry Project Newsletter, & TRY.

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September 1st session: Kareri Nair, Ohad Matalon, Ziboukle Martinaityte, Jeneva Stone, Stephen Motika, Jen Silverman, Rebecca Wolff

Michael Forstrom, Fiction; Woodbridge, CT – “For a number of years I’ve juggled work, family, and writing. Most of my time goes to work and children, hence the proposal. I’d like to tip the scales, even if only slightly. My academic training is in modern European history and philosophy, though my interest is in literature, and for several years now I’ve been working as an archivist, responsible for literary archives and material, at the Beinecke Library at Yale. I’ve published short fiction and poetry, most recently with Phylum Press (2007).
I’ve been aware of the Millay Colony for years, possibly from colleagues who have applied for residencies in the past. I was encouraged to apply this year by my wife, poet Katie Yates.”

Zibuokle Martinaityte, Composer; New York, NY – Lithuanian-born Zibuokle is a composer on an international scale. Although primarily centralized in Europe, her activity is gaining momentum in the USA. In 2008, she was commissioned by MATA festival on their 10th anniversary premiering her piece “Polarities“ by The Knights Chamber Orchestra. In 2009 and 2011 she was awarded a fellowship for a residency at The MacDowell Colony for Artists in New Hampshire and was granted the award for residency at the Aaron Copland house in 2010. Her most recent activities include “Other Minds” Fellowship (San Francisco, CA) for the spring of 2011 and receiving the “Look&Listen” Composers Competition Prize (NYC) for the piece “Driving Force”.
Martinaityte studied composition at the Lithuanian Music Academy (BM, MA) with Bronius Kutavicius and Julius Juzeliunas. Since 1998 she has participated in numerous composition courses in Europe including Darmstadt New Music Summer Course, Centre Acanthes/Ircam, Royaumont, The 6th International Academy for New Composition and Audio Art, Stavanger and others studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Boguslaw Schaffer, Magnus Lindberg, Tristan Murail and Jonathan Harvey. Her music has been performed throughout Europe, The USA and Asia by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Canada), The Smith Quartet (UK), ERGO Ensemble (Canada), The Orchestra of Mons Royal Conservatoire (Belgium), The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and others. Her most current work for symphony orchestra “A Thousand Doors To The World” (2009) commissioned by the Lithuanian Radio on the occasion of “Vilnius – Culture Capital of Europe 2009” was broadcast by Euroradio in many European countries as well as Australia and the USA. It received the Lithuanian Composers Union Award as Best Orchestral Performance for 2009.

Ohad Matalon, Visual Arts; Tel Aviv, Israel – “Born in 1972 in Israel, and currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. Studied for M.F.A. and B.F.A at the Bezalel Academy of Art. My works have been shown internationally in various galleries and museums in London, New York, Hamburg, Rome, and Tapei. In Israel, my work was exhibited at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Herzeliya Museum of Art, and the Petach Tikva Museum of Art. In 2009, I participated in the Tel Aviv-Yaffo Biennial and in the 2nd Herzliya Bienniale, in which I exhibited the “Today” project.
My work has been acquired by many public institutions such as the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Haifa Museum of Art, Shpilman institute for photography Mishkenot Shaananim, and by many private collections in Israel and abroad. I have been granted the young artist prize by the Israel Ministry of Culture in 2006 and last year I won the Minister award. Teach artphotography at the Bezalel Academy of Art since 2002.”

Stephen Motika, Poetry; New York, NY – Stephen was born in Santa Monica, California. He is the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and the author of the poetry chapbooks, Arrival and At Mono (2007) and In the Madrones (2011). His first collection of poetry, Western Practice, will be published by Alice James Books in April 2012. Recent work has appeared in At Length, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Boog City Reader 4, and The Poetry Project Newsletter.
The Field, his collaboration with visual artist Dianna Frid, was on view at Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in December 2003. The recipient of 2010-2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, he holds a MFA from Brooklyn College. He is the program director at Poets House in New York City and publisher of Nightboat Books, a nonprofit press based in the Upper Delaware Valley.

Kaveri Nair, Visual Arts; New York, NY – “I received my MFA in Painting from RISD in 2007. Since then, my work has been exhibited in several group shows in New York City, where I live, including at Rachel Uffner gallery, The Notary Public, and Occasional Projects. In 2009 I was awarded a three month artists residency at Anderson Ranch Center for the Arts in Snowmass, CO, and in 2010, I was an artist in residence at Yaddo for 2 months.”

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. Three scenes of her new play, NIXON OUT OF OFFICE, were read at Hearth Gods in the past year. Since November 2007, she has been writing the creative prose blog, THE MAYOR’S HOTEL, (www.TheMayorsHotel.com). She has published poems and stories in Rattapallax, The Brooklyn Review, The Columbia Review, The Birch, and Poetry in Performance.
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 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.

Jen Silverman, Playwright; New York, NY –  Born in the US, Jen was raised in America, Europe and Asia. She received her BA from Brown University and recently received her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Her plays have been developed with New Georges in NYC where she is an Affiliated Artist, New York Stage & Film/ Powerhouse Theatre Company at Vassar College, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the hotINK International Festival (NYC), The Lark Playwrights Week and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Her work has been produced in the NYC International Fringe Festival, in the Source Festival in DC, in New Mexico, Seattle, and LA, and her short play The Education of Macoloco won the 2009 Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Play Festival and was published by Samuel French. Her play CRANE STORY opened off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre September 2011.
Jen was a 2009 playwright in residence at the Hedgebrook International Women’s Writers Residency, the recipient of the 2010 Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, a 2011 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and a 2011 finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She was an invited member of the US delegation for a China/America Writers Exchange in China in summer 2011, and the 2011 recipient of a new play commission from InterAct Theatre and the National New Play Network.

Jeneva Stone, Non-fiction; Bethesda, MD – Jeneva holds an MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and PhD in Renaissance literature from Columbia University. She has also been the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities. In recent years, she has been an active volunteer for Alice James Books, as a fundraiser, reading organizer, and public relations helper. Her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Collagist, Poetry International, and Poet Lore. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Colorado Review, Pleiades, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, Literary Mama, and others. In 2007, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for poetry. Jeneva lives in Bethesda, Maryland where she is invited to read from her work regularly and has judged the occasional contest.

Jeanne Williamson, Visual Arts; Natick, MA – “I have a BFA in Fibers from Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), and also a MSAEd in Art Education from Massachusetts College of Art. Besides creating my mixed media artwork, I also do freelance web design, I wrote The Uncommon Quilter, a how-to crafts book, in 2007and I’m about to write a second book.
I’ve had solo shows at Providence College in Providence, RI, and also at the Danforth Museum of Art, in Framingham, MA. I’ve also been in numerous two-person, invitational and juried shows in the past 20+ years. My work has been published in many books and magazines too. And, while I’m not quilting my work anymore, when I was, I won the Quilt National 2005, Best of Show, award, at The Dairy Barn in Athens, OH.

Rebecca Wolff, Fiction; Hudson, NY – Rebecca is the author of three books of poems (Manderley, Figment, and The King) and the novel The Beginners (Riverhead Books, 2011). She is the editor of Fence and Fence Books and the publisher of the Constant Critic.

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August: John McMannus, Theresa Coulter, Alta Ifland, So Yoon Lym, Taro Hattori, Karen Correa

Karen Correa, Composer; Oakland, CA. –“Primarily a bassist, singer and songwriter but trained classically as a violist, I have spent the past 15 years leaping between the worlds of popular and traditional music, creating and performing works that are informed and inspired by both. I have worked as a session musician and touring sideman for successful international artists and I have also played as part of traditional (New York Repertory Orchestra) and experimental (New York’s beloved Anti-Social Music) ensembles.”
My main project from 2004-2010 was a New York City based rock band that I led as singer, songwriter, and bassist. We toured the US and Europe with some successful (and some say legendary) bands, released three albums and engaged in many fruitful collaborations with other musicians, animators, artists and filmmakers. Our last record, released in 2010, was very well received. One track was licensed by MTV for its popular show “World of Jenks”, another song was used by IFC’s “Dinner with the Band”, and yet another accompanied the Levi’s UK spring/summer collection online. Since ending that project, I have split my time between touring professionally as a bassist for a Swedish artist and working on music for a new solo project that will conjure up landscapes both organic and digital.”

Theresa Coulter, Non-fiction; NY, NY – “I’m a scrapper, curious and entrepreneurial in spirit. My imagination sometimes gets me in trouble. I’ll try anything once, except drugs and egg salad. I believe that to walk in creativity, we must act with courage, utter resolve, consuming passion and be absolute and unrelenting in our search for the truth.
I work as a freelance writer in New York City and have written scripts for Tina Fey and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, only one of whom remarked, “This girl is funny.” I have been a Ledig House International Fellow and a resident at Hedgebrook and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. My memoir Something Pretty Inside is currently in auction and my screenplay Survived By is a finalist in the Austin Film Festival.  I am represented by Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.”

Taro Hattori, Visual Arts; Oakland, CA – “I am a native of Japan and currently live in Oakland, CA. I received my M.F.A in Time Arts/Video from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my BA in Clinical Psychology from Sophia University, Tokyo. I have taught at Stanford University and California College of the Arts. I have been awarded residency fellowships from Headlands Center for the Arts (2009), Vermont Studio Center (2010), McColl Center for Visual Art (2008), Kuandu Museum of Fine Art (2008), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2004) Taipei Artist Village (2004) and Kala Art Institute (2002). I have received grants or awards from West Prize (2011), Center for Cultural Innovation (2010), The Nomura Cultural Foundation (2009) and The Leah Middlebrook & Norio Sugano Fellowship.”
My work has been exhibited at numerous venues such as Black Square Gallery in Miami; Swarm Gallery, Oakland; Contemporary Art Gallery in Opole, Poland; LMAN Gallery, Los Angeles; San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago; The Asian American Arts Centre, NURTUREart, NYC and Ssamzie Space, Seoul. A review of my artistic and curatorial work appeared on Art in America, Art Forum, New York Times, Modern Painters, Flash Art, Miami New Times, etc.”

Alta Ifland, Fiction; Santa Cruz, CA – “I was born in Romania and emigrated to the United States in 1991. After teaching French for several years, I left academia, switched from French (my second language) to English (my third language) and started to work as a full-time writer, literary translator and book reviewer. I currently live in Northern California.
I am the author of two collections of short stories: Elegy for a Fabulous World (Ninebark Press, 2009)—which was a finalist for the 2010 Northern California Book Award—and Death-in-a-Box (Subito Press, 2011)—which won the 2010 Subito prize in fiction; and two collections of prose poems: Voix de Glace/Voice of Ice (Les Figues Press, 2007)—written in French and translated by myself into English, winner of the 2008 French prize Louis Guillaume—and The Snail’s Song (forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil). In 2010 I was a fellow in fiction at the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference.”

So Yoon Lyn, Visual Arts; North Haledon, NJ – “I was born in Seoul, ROK in 1967. I received my BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989 and my MFA in Painting from Columbia University in 1991. Since then, I have lived and worked in New Jersey.
I was recently awarded a solo exhibition at the Target Gallery in Alexandria, VA (August-September 20110. I am currently working on new paintings for my 4th solo exhibition this year at the Korn Gallery at Drew University in Madison, NJ (October-November 2011). I have 2 upcoming solo exhibitions scheduled in 2012 at the Hall of Fame Gallery at Bronx Community College in Bronx, NY (April 2012) and am working on new prints as part of my Lower East Side Printshop Artist Keyholder Residency (April 2011-April 2012). I will have a solo exhibtion of my printwork at the Passaic County Community College Art Galleries in Pateron, NJ in May 2012.”

John McMannus, Fiction; Norfolk, VA –“I’m the author of three books of fiction: the novel Bitter Milk (2005) and the short story collections Born on a Train (2003) and Stop Breakin Down (2000), all available from Picador USA. Chapters of my novel-in-progress The Cultivationists have appeared in American Short Fiction and in Grist: A Journal for Writers. In 2000 I became the youngest-ever winner of the Whiting Writers’ Award following the publication of Stop Breakin Down. For that collection I also received the Fellowship of Southern Writers’ New Writing Award, whose award citation by George Garrett said I have “the desire and the ability to push his language toward a similar extreme and to transform it radically, as Cormac McCarthy and, before him, William Faulkner have done.
My fiction and non-fiction have been published in (in addition to the journals above) Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, The Oxford American, Tin House, StorySouth, Columbia, Paraphilia, and Night Train, as well as the fiction anthologies Surreal South ’09, Surreal South ’11, and Degrees of Elevation. I’ve been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies including the Camargo Foundation Fellowship in Cassis, France, the Brown Foundation Fellowship at the Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France, the writers’ fellowship at Fundación Valparaiso in Mojácar, Spain, the 2010 Granville Hicks Residency at the Corporation of Yaddo, the Caldera Arts Residency, and the James A. Michener fellowship in fiction and screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, where I earned my MFA in 2004. I’m a professor of creative writing in the MFA creative writing program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and I also teach in the low-residency MFA program at Goddard College in Vermont.”

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July: Vithya Truong, Kenneth Calhoun, Mark Joshua Epstein, Young Hwa Kang, Maria Damon, Catherine Taylor, Brenda Coultas

Kenneth Calhoun, Fiction; Boston, MA –  “I am a fiction writer and graphic designer currently residing in Boston, where I serve as chair of the Department of Art and Graphic Design at Lasell College. My interest in visual, interactive and traditional storytelling is informed by formal studies in creative writing (MFA from Emerson College) and many years of professional work as a creative director and designer. Though I enjoy working with sound, video, interactivity and design, literary fiction is my first love, and the mode of expression most responsive to my imagination and formalistic schemes. I am applying to Millay Colony, which I learned about from writer and artist friends, as a fiction writer.
Over the last few years my fiction efforts have gained momentum. Stories have appeared in Tin House, The Paris Review, Fence Magazine, Fiction International, The Colorado Review, Quick Fiction, The St. Petersburg Review and other publications. A recent story, titled “Nightblooming,” was recognized with a PEN/O. Henry Prize in 2011 and was selected by Amy Hempel to appear in New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best in 2010. Other awards include the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction and first prize in the Summer Literary Seminars/Fence Magazine Fiction Contest. I am currently completing a novel-in-stories about an insomnia epidemic.”

Brenda Coultas, Poetry; New York, NY – Brenda  is the author of The Marvelous Bones of Time (2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. A Handmade Museum won the Norma Farber Award from The Poetry Society of America, and a Greenwall Fund publishing grant from the Academy of American Poets. Since coming to New York City in 1994, she has served as program assistant and series curator at the Poetry Project in NYC, and along with Eleni Sikelianos, she edited the Poetry Project Newsletter. Coultas has taught at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and at the Study Abroad on The Bowery poetry program at Bowery Arts and Science, and the Poetry Project, and as aVisiting Distinguished Writer at Long Island University in New York City. Her writing can be found in many publications including: Conjunctions, Brooklyn Rail, Trickhouse, and the Denver Review. Other books include Early Films (Rodent Press) and A Summer Newsreel (Second Story Press). She received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) fellow in 2005 and a LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) artist-in-residence in 2007.

Maria Damon, Poetry; Minneapolis, MN – “I grew up in the Boston area in an intensely charged era of cultural and political challenges (the 1960s and early 70s), and in a household in which, for all its otherwise Victorian strictures, intellectual freedom and linguistic whimsy were hands-off realms of adventure and exploration. Language became both a private passion, a realm of internal freedom, and also a way to connect with others, be it immediate family members or the intriguing literary countercultures and subcultures proliferating at the time. I broke family tradition by attending the then-new, “experimental” Hampshire College rather than the Ivies, continued the experimental trajectory by getting my doctorate (1988) in Modern Thought and Literature, a small, interdisciplinary program at Stanford University, and have been teaching poetry and poetics at the University of Minnesota since then. “
As a poetry scholar, I have published extensively on poetry subcultures, “outsider” poetries, and the poetry and poetics of ethnic, racial and sexual minorities in the twentieth-century US. My two single-authored books focus on the ways in which minoritized subjects create themselves anew in continuing experiments with language; my co-edited anthology, Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader, brought together classic and contemporary essays on poetry and the social. As a poet, my practice looks somewhat like that of my subjects. Collaborating on a series of digital and print booklength poems with DIY cultural anarchist poet and publisher mIEKAL aND encouraged me to understand my textile practices as forms of visual poetry. For the last several years, a series of residencies (two with the Electronic Book Review’s Electronic Text + Textile Project in Riga and Basel, one at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Advanced Study, and one at the Banff Centre for the Arts) has enabled me to produce and then publish my “x-stitch vispos” in online journals and blogs, print anthologies, and a chapbook, meshwards, under the Dusie Kollektiv imprint–as well as participating in national and international exhibits both online and in real space/time. While there are several brilliant poets who work across the text/textile continuum, particularly Cecilia Vicuña, Jen Bervin, Jill Magi and Jessica Smith, my cross-stitch visual poems appear to inhabit a niche of their own.”

Mark Joshua Epstein, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “I have participated in residencies at MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, Jentel Foundation in Wyoming, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska, and the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, Yukon, Canada, amongst others.
My work has recently been exhibited at Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, Nurtureart, Brooklyn, TrueSilver Union Gallery, San Francisco, Vane Gallery, Newcastle, UK, Boston Center for the Arts, Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University, NJ, The Hex Gallery, London, UK and Limoncello Gallery, London UK.”

Young Hwa Kang, Composer; Gwanak, Seoul, Korea – “I was born in Seoul, Korea. I have received M.A and B.A at Seoul National University, and studied Eastern philosophy at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. I have been teaching Korean Classical Music Composition Technique at several colleges. From 2003 to 2004, I participated in Creation Contents Project using Korean traditional music which had been supported by Korea Culture & Content Agency and Arts Council Korea 2010 on Interdisciplinary art.
I have worked on a project dealing with climate change issue with many artists from diversified fields at 23rd Chuncheon International Mime Festival, one of the world’s most renowned mime festivals, this year. Although the issue was thought of a heavy subject, I could achieve a very insightful realization through the project. Also, I have participated in various social activities for teenagers from neglected classes run by SIDANCE(Seoul International Dance Festival).”

Catherine Taylor, Non-fiction; Ithaca, NY – Catherine  is the author of Apart, a mixed-genre memoir and political history of South Africa forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2012. Her first book was Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam) a book Library Journal described as a “blend of scholarship, exposé, and storytelling that is likely to become a classic.” Taylor worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary film projects in New York City including “The Exiles” which won an Emmy award for historical programming, and she was a Co-Founder and Producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Taylor is a Founding Editor of Essay Press, an independent press dedicated to publishing innovative essays in book form, for which she has received numerous grants.
Her own essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in many literary journals including The Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, The Laurel Review, Xantippe, Postmodern Culture, Witness, and Jacket2. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she was a finalist for the 2011 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, and she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Taylor received a B.A. from Cornell University and Ph.D. from Duke University. She currently teaches in the Writing Department at Ithaca College.

Vithya Truong, Visual Arts; New York, NY – “I graduated from the New York Academy of art, MFA, in 2007, and I completed my BS, from Northern Illinois University, in business, in 1991. Here is a list of my past exhibitions: Personal Agenda, 8/6-9/4/2010, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY; Tomer Aluf, David Hornung, & Vithya Truong, 6/29-7/31/2010, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY; Summer Exhibition (4th), 6/9-7/31/2010, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY; Take Home a Nude 2009, 10/7/2009, Sotheby’s, New York, NY; Summer Exhibition (3rd), 6/3-8/2/2009, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY; Small is Beautiful, 11/21-12/20/2008, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY; Take Home a Nude 2008, 4/16/2008, Phillip de Pury, New York, NY; Small is Beautiful, 11/30-12/22/2007, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY; Three Emerging Artists, 8/1-8/31/2007, Flowers Gallery, New York, NY; Summer Exhibition (1st), 6/7-7/18/2007, New York Academy of Art, New York, NY”

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June: Emily Abendroth, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Camille Acker, Michael Borowski, Isabelle di Mullenbeim, Michael Askin, LeVan Hawkins

Emily Abendroth, Poetry; Philadelphia, PA – Emily: is a writer and artist currently residing in Philadelphia, where she co-curates the Moles not Molar Reading & Performance Series (a monthly series featuring innovative and experimental writers in both poetry and fiction, as well as occasional filmmakers, musicians, & puppeteers who employ exciting textual strategies within their work). She regularly teaches literature, critical theory and creative writing to students of all ages and has recently led courses in Experimental Writing, World Literature, 20th Century Poetics, and Contemporary Criticism at Bard College, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, UC Berkeley and Temple University. Recent work of hers can be found in the journals Jacket2, Eco-poetics, Digital Artifact, Encyclopedia, How2, Pocket Myths, Horseless Review, Never on Time, and in the forthcoming anthology, Postmodern Pastoral.
She recently completed a broadside and related web-based collaboration with TapRoot Editions called Property : None / Property : Undone as part of TapRoot’s ongoing project/series The American Prisons Complex. Her chapbook, Exclosures {#1-7}, is forthcoming from Albion Press this winter. Toward Eadward Forward was released by horseless press in 2008 and a chunky excerpt from her book-length work in progress, “Muzzle Blast Dander,” is featured in Refuge/Refugee (Volume 3 of the ChainLinks book series). She was Artist in Residence for the Colima Project in El Salvador (and administered through San Francisco State University) in the summer of 2010 and was awarded a residency at the Nebraska Art Farm in the summer of 2011. She has performed in reading series across the nation and participated in both individual and group presentations of work at spaces/events such as the Institute for Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), The MIX NYC: Gay & Lesbian Experimental Film Festival (New York) and Chicago Calling: A 24-hour Arts Festival (Chicago).

Camille Acker, Fiction; Las Cruces, NM – “Currently, I am in my last year of my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at New Mexico State University. In 2010, I received the Kevin McIlvoy Fellowship at New Mexico State. One of my short stories was a Finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters competition in 2008 and I was honored as the winner of the Unpublished Writer’s Award by Go On Girl! Bookclub in 2005.
Since 2007, I have been selected to attend a number of workshops around the country. In 2007, I was an attendee of the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Writer’s Week in Washington, DC. The following year, I attended Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) in San Francisco and Callaloo Writers’ Workshop in St. Louis, Missouri. I returned to VONA the following year, and this past summer of 2011, I attended a workshop at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts.”

Michael Ashkin, Visual Arts; Ithaca, NY After studying Middle East languages and cultures and receiving a Masters Degree from Columbia he worked on Wall Street for eight years before choosing to become an artist.  He received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1993 and moved to New York City.  Since then he has shown extensively nationally and internationally including the Whitney Biennial (1997), Greater New York (2000), Documenta 11 (2002), and Vienna Secesion (2009).  He was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Fellowship (1997) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009).  He has been awarded residencies at the Lannan Foundation (2000) and MacDowell Colony (2011, 2012). He teaches at Cornell University where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Art.

Michael Borowski, Visual Arts; Albuquerque, NM – Michael is an artist, educator and organizer. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan and his BFA from the University of New Mexico. He is currently a lecturer at the University of New Mexico. He has participated in residencies at Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Arcosanti (Arcosanti, AZ), and worked as a guest editor for EuroArt in Istanbul, Turkey.

Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY  – Rachel is a poet and a photographer. A Cave Canem Fellow, she received the MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and the MA in English Literature from the University of Delaware. Griffiths is the recipient of numerous fellowships including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, Cave Canem Foundation, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and others. Recently, she was featured in O Magazine in their first ever poetry issue. Her literary work has appeared in Callaloo, Indiana Review, Muzzle Magazine, Poetry Foundation, Crab Orchard Review, North American Review, and many others. Her visual work has been exhibited nationally and has appeared in Mosaic, RATTLE, Writer’s Chronicle, Tidal Basin Review, Poetry Society of America (online special feature), and elsewhere. Currently, Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

LeVan D. Hawkins, Fiction; Robbins, IL –  LeVan describes himself as “an artist striving towards the truth” and” as a bridge between races, sexualities, religions, believers and non-believers.” His prose has appeared in such publications as the LA Times, LA Weekly,  LA & SF Frontiers, Sante Fe Reporter (NM), Sacramento News and Review (CA) and Dreaming In Color Living In Black And White: Our Own Stories of Growing Up Black in America (Simon & Shuster). His poetry has appeared in publications such as Spillway 10, Voices from Leimert Park, Best of Austin International Poetry Festival, and City of Los Angeles African Heritage Month Cultural Guide. Among the venues where he has read and performed are UCLA, USC, UCLA Hammer Museum, Disney Hall Redcat Theater (L.A.), Beyond Baroque Literary Center (L.A.), Henry Miller Library (Big Sur, CA), Dixon Place Theater (NYC), UC Santa Barbara, New York International Fringe Festival, Dartmouth College, Links Hall (Chicago), & The Cali (ie) Hip Hop Theatre Festival at UC–Riverside.
In June of 2011, he graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University at Los Angeles. In 2010, he received a Scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony in Provincetown, MA and is a 2006 & 2011 fellow at Renaissance House of the Dorothy West and Helene Johnson Foundation for Artists in Need at Oak Bluffs MA.

Isabelle de Mullenbeim, Composer; Paris, France – Born in Strasbourg in 1968, she lives and works as sound engineer in Paris. She studied at the Institute of Visuals Arts, in cinema art department, in Orleans and at the Sorbonne-Paris IV in musicology department. In 1999, she participated to a summer university about voice at IRCAM and took course about concrete music at GRM. She composes with her recordings. She plays with this material like a sculptor or a painter, and sometimes, adds her voice to it. Her artistic research is about memories of sounds, recall of events, and daily sounds, which are re-listened always at the present day, to shape a new interpretation.                                          Performances: 1997 « Le drame des constructeurs » (Paris), 1999 « Chantonnement » (Immersion festival Melbourne), 2008-2009 « Scories » with Carole Arcega filmmaker (Paris, Rouen), « Être(s) » with Claude Bagoë filmmaker (Paris), 2011 « Au fond d’un verre de saké » with Yumi Fujitani dance (Paris), 2012 « Portrait 1 » (workshop about radio art, Madrid, Rabat), « Scories sound only » (Paris), « Nommez le titre » with Yumi Fujitani dancer (Paris).

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May: Maud Casey, Alex Weiser, Masha Tupitsyn, Gregory Hayes, Jaimie Karnes, Jennifer Yorke, Lacy M. Johnson

Maud Casey, Fiction; Washington, D.C. – “My most recent novel, Genealogy (HarperCollins), was published in May 2006. Genealogy was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice book. Excerpts from the novel appeared in Sonora Review, Prairie Schooner (“Firefly Flash” received the Jane Geske Award for work published in Prairie Schooner in 2006) and oldhag.com. My first novel, The Shape of Things to Come (William Morrow/HarperCollins) was published in 2001 and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. My second book, a short story collection called Drastic (William Morrow/HarperCollins), was published in 2002 and included two stories that received Pushcart Prize Special Mentions in 1997 and 2003. Stories from that collection were previously published in The Threepenny Review, The Georgia Review, Confrontation, The Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, and Beloit Fiction Journal. My essay, “A Better Place to Live,” originally published in the anthology Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (William Morrow/HarperCollins, 2001), was selected for inclusion in Out of Her Mind: Women Writers on Madness (The Modern Library, 2003), which includes writing by Sylvia Plath, Dorothea Dix, and Janet Frame. My essay, “The Rise From the Earth (So Far)” was published in Maybe Baby (HarperCollins), an anthology edited by Lori Leibovitch, and appeared in Salon in April 2006. The essay was a Salon Editor’s Pick for 2006.
Based on material from my novel-in-progress, The Man Who Walked Away, I have received residencies to the Fundacion Valparaiso, Ledig House, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, The MacDowell Colony, and Château de Lavigny. Also based on material from this novel, I have received a University of Maryland Creative and Performing Arts Award, a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship, and the Calvino Prize. Excerpts have been published in Five Chapters, The American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, The Normal School, The Drum, and Bellevue Literary Review (this excerpt was named one of the “100 Distinguished Stories” in Best American Short Stories).”

Gregory Hayes, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Gregory was born in Buffalo, New York, 1980. He is an alumnus of the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, where he was named Most Distinguished Artist, and of the State University of New York. He received his MFA in Painting from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College where he studied with Vito Acconci. Hayes is featured in the 2011 North American Graduate Art Survey and recently had a solo exhibition at RULE Gallery in Denver, CO. Hayes also received a 2011 Professional-Development Honorable Mention in the Visual Arts from the College Art Association and was selected to be the resident artist at the Fire Island Pines Art Project in New York.

Lacy M. Johnson, Non-fiction; Overland Park, KS  – “Before earning a PhD from University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program, I worked as a cashier at WalMart, sold steaks door-to-door, and puppeteered with a traveling children’s museum. More recently, I’ve taught writing to just about everyone under the sun—from graduate students at top-tier research institutions to women recovering from substance abuse; from teenagers in their first year at a small, Baptist college to bilingual second-graders in Houston’s East End. I’ve received grants and fellowships from the Kansas Arts Commission, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. My first book of nonfiction, a memoir about race, class and gender in the rural Midwest, will be published by the University of Iowa Press in March, 2012. My poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Sentence, TriQuarterly Online, Memoir (and), Gulf Coast and elsewhere. I’m also a mom to two young children: Hazel, who will be five in December; and Owen, who turns one November 10. I’ve taken this year off of teaching to care for them full time and work on a second book of nonfiction.

Jaime Karnes, Fiction; South Burlington, VT – Jamie, originally from Burlington, VT, teaches fiction writing at Gotham Writers’ Workshop and English Literature in New Jersey. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in GRANTA, The Adirondack Review, Etude Magazine, Storyglossia, Staccato Fiction, and Fiction365 among others. She received 2011 summer fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Masha Tupitsyn, Fiction; NY, NY Masha is the author of LACONIA: 1,200 Tweets on Film (ZerO Books, 2011), Beauty Talk & Monsters, a collection of film-based stories (Semiotext(e) Press, 2007), and co-editor of the anthology Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights, 2009), which was voted one of the best film books of 2009 by Dennis Cooper, January Magazine, Shelf Awareness, and Chicago’s New City. She is currently working on a new book of essays on film, Screen to Screen, and Love Dog: A Year in Love, a blog project which is being published by Penny-Ante Editions in 2012. She is also working on a book about John Cusack called Star Notes: John Cusack and The Politics of Acting. Her fiction and criticism has appeared in the anthologies Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology (2011), Wreckage of Reason: XXperimental Women Writers Writing in the 21st Century (2008) and the Encyclopedia Project Volume II, F-K (2010), as well as Two Serious Ladies, the poet Ali Liebegott’s Faggot Dinosaur, Keyframe, Specter Magazine, BOMB Blog, Boing Boing, Indiewire’s Press Play, Venus Magazine, Bookforum, Fence, The Rumpus, 2nd Floor Projects, Animal Shelter, The Fanzine, Make/Shift, NYFA, Vertebrae, and San Francisco’s KQED’s The Writer’s Block. She regularly contributes video essays on film and culture to Ryeberg Curated Video http://www.ryeberg.com/curated-videos/lost-highway/, which features writers like Mary Gaitskill and Sheila Heti. In 2011, she wrote a radio play for Performa 11, Time for Nothing, the New Visual Art Performance Biennial in conjunction with Frieze Magazine.

Alex Weiser, Composer; NY, NY – “I studied composition at Yale University. My music has been performed at festivals around the world including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival New Music Workshop, HighSCORE festival in Pavia Italy, June in Buffalo, and the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. At school and festivals I have studied with teachers including Martin Bresnick, Paul Alan Levi, Michael Klingbeil, Chris Theofanidis, Ingram Marshall, Kathryn Alexander, Michel Merlet, David Lang, David Felder, Bernard Rands, Amy Kirsten, and Giovanni Albini.
My music has been commissioned and premiered by professional ensembles including the JACK quartet, Argento New Music Project, Fifth House Ensemble, New Triad, Sinopia Quartet, and the Metapraxis Ensemble. My composition, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” was the winner of the 2011 Iowa State University Carillon Competition award and was performed by international carillon virtuoso Arie Abbenes as a part of ISU’s 2011 carillon festival.”

Jennifer Yorke, Visual Arts; Chicago, IL – Jennifer is an artist who works with installation, drawing, print, photography and bookbinding. Jennifer’s work is an examination of the slippage between the public and private self, and is held in collections at the Auckland Gallery of Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Huntsville Museum of Art and other institutions. Her work is included in two recent books, William Fick and Elizabeth Grabowski’s Printmaking (Prentice Hall); and Joann Moser’s essay “Digital Déjà Vu”, a part of Printed on Paper: The Techniques, History and Conservation of Printed Media (Northumbria University).
Yorke graduated from Carleton College cum laude and with Distinction (honors) in Studio Art, and holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she held a Graduate Trustee Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include Pieces of 9: Reframing the Collection at the California State University-Long Beach Art Museum; Body Politic, Northern Illinois University Art Museum; a juried solo exhibition at the Phoenix Gallery, Chelsea, New York City; and several New Prints exhibitions at the International Print Center New York.

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April: Donna Stonecipher, Joshua Caleb Weibley, Kendra DeColo, Karen Lepri, Evan Allgood, Frances Rabkin, Ariel Dunitz-Johnson

Evan Allgood, Screen; Milledgeville, Georgia – Evan is a screenwriter and playwright based near Washington, DC. He received an MFA in Scriptwriting from Georgia College & State University in 2011, and his feature comedy ‘Do & Dave has since been named a finalist in the 2011 Atlanta Film Festival and 2011 Fresh Voices screenwriting competitions. His short play The Gift of Rift won Best in Snow at the 2012 Snowdance 10-Minute Comedy Festival and is one of the winning plays at the Lakeshore Players’ 8th Annual Ten-Minute Play Contest, and his plays have been produced in Queens, Racine, Portland, and parts in between. Unless the launch date has been pushed back again, he currently writes for the online literary magazine Trop (tropmag.com).

Kendra DeColo, Poetry; Nashville, TN – Kendra is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University’s MFA program in Poetry where she served as head poetry editor and founding editor of Nashville Review. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, CALYX, and Printer’s Devil Review, among others. She is the recipient of a work-study scholarship at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, an Academy of American Poets Prize, selected by Mary Kinzie, and was a finalist in Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest: Poems of Provocation and Witness, selected by Jan Beatty. Originally from Boston, DeColo has taught writing workshops in prisons, homeless shelters, hospitals, and public schools.

Ariel Dunitz-Johnson, Visual Arts; San Francisco, CA – (b. 1980) Ariel Dunitz-Johnson is a visual artist based in San Francisco.  She honed her craft while studying illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York City.  She has shown her work in both group and solo shows at numerous local galleries and artistic venues, such as The Common, The Seventh Heart, The Lexington Club and at the RADAR reading series. She recently participated in a group gallery exhibition for Pacific Standard Time, a city wide art initiative of the Getty Research Institute, that focuses on postwar art in Los Angeles.  Her work specializes in pen and ink portraiture and she has had the pleasure of working with several iconic San Francisco figures on commissioned projects.
Ariel’s work recently appeared in the cutting-edge San Francisco-based web magazine, The Bold Italic. Her illustrations for the article, The Lez Look Book, received much praise and even being recognized on NPR’s Twitter.  She is currently working as the Illustrator and Creative Director for Michelle Tea’s upcoming movie project, Valencia: The Movie(s), for which she will be illustrating 21 different representations of the lead character as well as other illustrations and promotional materials for the film.

Karen Lepri, Poetry; Wellfleet, MA –Karen Lepri holds an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University. Her poems, translations, & reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in 1913, 6×6, Beloit Poetry Journal, Boston Review, Best New Poets, Chicago Review, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, Horse Less Review, Lana Turner, Mandorla, & TYPO, among others, & online at Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. She is the author of the poetry chapbook Fig. I published in 2012 by Horse Less Press. Lepri was the recipient of the American Academy of Poets, Weston, & Frances Mason Harris awards for poetry.

Francis Rabkin, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY – “I am a playwright and poet from Chicago, living in Brooklyn. I studied at Wesleyan University with the poet Elizabeth Willis. In 2008, I graduated with high honors in English, and was awarded the Dorchester Prize for the best English department thesis and the Wesleyan Student Poet Award. In 2004, I founded a youth theater company in Chicago, The Backyard Theater. Each summer I wrote and/or directed an original play with the company, comprised of high school and college-aged artists. The plays were produced through micro-fundraising, incorporated original live music, shadow puppetry, and were staged in nontraditional site-specific venues like backyards and a gymnastics studio. After four summers dedicated to the Backyard theater, I moved to Philadelphia where I directed a production of “Collecting Dust” at a warehouse arts space, Cha-Cha ’Razzi in 2009. In 2010, I moved to Brooklyn to pursue theater in earnest and to participate in a creative queer community. I have attended residencies at Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program (where I was awarded the Aimee Grunberger Memorial Award) in 2009, and The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY, in the spring of 2011. For my acting debut, I appeared as “Dust” in Casey Llewellyn’s play “The Quiet Way” at Dixon Place as part of the 2011 HOT Festival.

Donna Stonecipher, Poetry; Seattle, WA – Donna Stonecipher was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up there and in Tehran, Iran. Her first book, The Reservoir, won the Contemporary Poetry Series competition and was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2002, and her second book, Souvenir de Constantinople, which explores the lure of the “exotic” and its effects, was published by Instance Press in 2007. Her third book, The Cosmopolitan, which engages with the phenomenon of voluntary exile, won the 2007 National Poetry Series, selected by John Yau, and was published in 2008 by Coffee House Press. Individual poems have been published in anthologies and many journals, among them New American Writing, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, and Coconut. Her poems have been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Czech. She is fluent in French and German, and her translations of French and German poets appear in many journals, including Circumference, Action Yes, LIT, Two Lines, and Mantis, and in the anthologies New European Poets (Graywolf) and Burning City (Action Books). She currently works as an editor and translator in Berlin, and teaches poetry via the University of Georgia’s distance learning program.

Joshua Caleb Weibley, Visual Arts; Chelmsford, MA – Joshua was born in 1986 in Peabody, Massachusetts to a Congregationalist minister and his wife. From that point and through high school he was largely self-taught and disciplined until being accepted into The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2005. Since graduating his work has been presented in various venues including: NP Contemporary Art Center, Envoy Gallery, Charlie Horse Gallery, PACS Gallery, Artists’ Space, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, La Mama Galleria, and The Washington Post Conference Center. His work is included in the Drawing Center’s Viewing Program.”