RECENT ARTISTS

November, 2015

Aaron Haba, Sam Creely, Malika Booker, HeeKwang Kim, Valarie Van Styck, Aaron Jafferis

Malika Booker

London, UK – Malika Booker is a British writer, poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Her poems are widely published in anthologies and journals including: The African Caribbean Folio (RaedleafPoetry India, 2015), Bayou Magazine (Issue 60, 2013) Ten New Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010), The India International Journal 2005, The Penguin Anthology of Black British Writing (Penguin, 2000), and Bittersweet Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Woman’s Press, 1998). She has represented British writing internationally, both independently and with The British Council in: Slovenia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Russia, and Azerbaijan and was Hampton Court Palace’s Writer in Residence in 2004…. more »

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Sam Creely

Brooklyn, NY – Sam is a writer and a theatre artist based in Brooklyn. He writes very short stories and every so often directs very long plays.

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Aaron Haba

Camano Island, WA – Born in NJ in 1967 Aaron grew up in a diverse family of artists, teachers and poets. The practice of exploring one’s creativity was part of daily life and a way to cope with the anxieties of the time; the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the proliferation of nuclear arms and power. It was a time of protest marches, experimental theater and thought provoking exhibitions.The other side of his childhood was spent in rural northwest Washington, a world away from the chaos that was the NY metropolitan area at that time. Here he tended… more »

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Aaron Jafferis

New Haven, CT – “I am a hip-hop playwright. Honors include a Creative Capital Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Sundance Institute / Time Warner Fellowship, NEFA National Theatre Project Grant, two MacDowell Fellowships, Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, Barbour Playwright’s Award, NYMF Most Promising New Musical Award, and The Dramatist’s “50 To Watch.” Stuck Elevator (music by Byron Au Yong, direction by Chay Yew) premiered at the American Conservatory Theatre in 2013, where it won two San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including best original musical, and was named “high point of the theatrical year” by the San… more »

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HeeKwang Kim

Namyangju, South Korea – HeeKwang was born in Seoul, South Korea. Staying in the USA from 2007 to 2015, she received her BFA Degree in Painting and Drawing from SUNY Purchase College in 2009 and completed MFA Studio Art Program at CUNY Hunter College last year. In the beginning of 2013, she had the Exchange Program of MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in London. While studying at Hunter College, she was awarded the Kossak Graduate Painting Grant and the Exchange Program Grant from the school. Currently she lives and works in South Korea.

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Valarie Van Styck

Whippany, NJ – “I grew up in Hawaii, until I was four, and still remember the light and the colors it produced. At which point we moved to Detroit, where I was raise amidst quite a different palette. Formalistically, contextually, as well as materialistically, this provided a rather interesting perspective.”

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October, 2015

Robert Costello, Sheree Renee Thomas, Jessica Sanders, Michele de la Vega, Becky Joye, Ian Gerson

Rob Costello

Ithaca, NY – Rob Costello writes fiction for and about young people. He holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His short fiction for adults has appeared in Narrative, Eclectica, and Pindeldyboz. He has lectured and/or led workshops on the craft of writing for young people at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Symposium at Simmons College, and the SpringWrites Literary Festival of the Finger Lakes. He also co-teaches the annual Whole Novel Writing Workshop at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. He… more »

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Michele de la Vega

Seattle, WA –Michelle’s work as multidisciplinary artist includes installation, sculpture and mixed media. Her visual art practice spans 24 years and a 19-year career as a dance and performance artist.  Michelle creates immersive environments that connect communities, illuminate voices and explore concepts that are personally and collectively relevant to the human experience. Her interest is in creating transformative experiences through the creative process and through exhibition, utilizing the devices of concept, relationship and thoughtful visual design. Michelle has developed a model that integrates specific community groups into the generative process of her installation projects, delving into authentic partnerships through creative… more »

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Ian Gerson

Far Rockaway, NY –Ian makes site-specific room-sized installations comprised of built structures, large paintings, and handmade and collected objects. Past projects include a temporary Travel Agency constructed in an empty Italian ice storefront in Williamsburg Brooklyn, a mock park ranger booth at a NYC public park, a museum dedicated to a forgotten history of Governors Island, and a recreation of the home and work of a fictional artist and sea-lover on Staten Island. Ian has shown throughout New York City, including the Bronx Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIR Gallery, LMCC’s Art Center on Governors Island, Tomato House, and the Newhouse… more »

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Becky Joye

Raleigh, NC – Becky Joye’s work captures the imaginative curiosity of childhood and the universal desire for escape, thrill, and play as an adult. She invites the viewer to pause and inhabit the magical moments of beauty and wonder found in the spaces of our imaginations. Becky was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from The University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2003. Now she enjoys escaping to an invented world of color, pattern, and impracticable structures. She has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the Southeast and in 2013 was… more »

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Jessica Sanders

Los Angeles, CA – -3rd Place: Austin American Statesman Essay Scholarship Contest, 1st Place: Veterans of Foreign Wars Essay Contest, 3rd Place: University Interscholastic League Essay Contest, 1st Place: Fine Arts Festival Essay Scholarship Contest, Accepted to Act One Screenwriting Program / Graduate.

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Sheree Renee Thomas

Seattle, WA –  Sheree is the 2015 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, where she is teaching a Writing the Marvelous Real / magical realism course. She is the author of Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press) and is the award-winning editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and its sequel, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2001 and 2005 World Fantasy Awards). Sheree is an alumna of the Clarion West ’99 Science Fiction Writers Workshop in Seattle and has served… more »

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Anthony Tognazzini

Brooklyn, NY – Anthony’s recent work has appeared in Guernica, BOMB, Gigantic, Crazyhorse, Forklift Ohio, and TriQuarterly. His fiction collection, I Carry a Hammer in My Pocket for Occasions Such As These, is available from BOA Editions. He received a residency from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for summer 2014.

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September, 2015

Session 1: Brian Cochran, Ed Peters, Erin Kate Ryan, Judith Levy, Elizabeth Moiser, Anjuli Rathod

Session 2: Elizabeth Moiser, Ed Peters, Erin KateRyan, Sam Krahn, Lena Takamori (not pictured, Joanne Mulcahy)

Brian Cochran

St. Louis, MI (1st session)-Brian lives and writes in St. Louis, Missouri, a few miles south of where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers collide.  He is co-founder of the Sergio González Rodríguez School for Meta-Poetic Discourse, and sold his first poem, “The Theology of Mirror Vendors”, to a wealthy friend for a million dollars. He is a former Breadloaf Scholar and happy member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.  His less expensive work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Denver Quarterly, Cimmaron Review, Western Humanities Review, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Black Dirt, New Haven Review, UCity… more »

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Sam Krahn

Minneapolis, MN (2nd session)- Sam is a Minneapolis based guitarist, performer, composer, and teacher. His works have been performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Duo Gelland, Christina Baldwin, Lara Bolton, Benjamin Cold, Lux String Quartet, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Contemporary Music Workshop, the Anaphora Ensemble, and many others. He has received numerous commissions to compose new works for Ed Harrison of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Maraca Concerto), Duo Gelland (Resistance/Resonance), the Fidelio Trio (Trio), Harper College (Spring Dirge), Benjamin Cold (flux-mirror), and the Anaphora Contemporary Ensemble (String Quartet No. 1). He participated in the… more »

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Judith G. Levy

Lawrence, KS  (1st session)– “I am a multidisciplinary artist, whose work explores history, culture and identity. I create videos, installations, two-dimensional work, public art and performance. My work blends fiction and fact to explore how formal and informal histories create understandings of both the past and the present. Humor and research are important aspects of my work, as I investigate omissions, fabrications and what exists in between-the-lines to confront challenging subjects such as racism, immigration, the treatment of native populations and LGBTQI issues in the context of American history and culture.
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Elizabeth Mosier

St. Davids, PA – I am the author of The Playgroup (part of the Gemma Open Door novella series to promote adult literacy), the novel My Life as a Girl (Random House), and numerous short stories, reviews, articles and essays that have appeared most recently in Creative Nonfiction, Cleaver, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I’ve twice been named a Discipline Winner in Fiction by the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and have been awarded a fiction fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. My essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and selected as contest finalists by Narrative, Fourth… more »

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Joanne B Mulcahy

Portland, OR (2nd session)- For over two decades, I’ve documented and written about women’s lives while mining the truth of my own. Two biographies, Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island and Remedios: the Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz, trace the lives of indigenous women from Alaska and Mexico, respectively. My essays, which explore the meaning of stories, cross-cultural issues, and the legacy of Catholicism, appear in numerous journals and anthologies. These include The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West, Resurrecting Grace: Remembering Catholic Childhoods, and These United States. I’ve received fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar… more »

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Ed Peters

Totowa, NJ – After completing an M.A. in political economy Ed Peters became a photographer. At first he worked as a freelancer and staff photographer for various publications, but in 1990 he relocated to Asia. While living there he photographed the plight of Burmese refugees and the pro democracy movement in Nepal. After returning to the United States he joined the photo agency, Impact Visuals. During the next several years he photographed various subjects. These include: famine in Somalia, war in Croatia , and the continuing AIDs crisis. It was also during this period that his work appeared in many… more »

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Anjuli Rathod

Ridgewood, NY (1st session)– “I graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a BFA after being awarded a partial merit scholarship and the Drawing Breath Award. In 2008 I was selected to attend the New York Studio Program, operated by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design. In the past couple of years I participated in group shows at Family Business (Don’t Be a Ham) and Con Artist ( Slap: Adhesives & Egos.) I was included in a book published by Exhumed Books and the accompanying book for the exhibition at Con Artist.”

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Erin Kate Ryan

Minneapolis, MN – Erin Kate Ryan’s fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Conjunctions, and A cappella Zoo, and is forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review. She’s received scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Edward Albee Foundation, and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, among others. She’s been named a winner, finalist, or short-lister for a bunch of other stuff that doesn’t matter so much since competition is anathema to art-making anyhow.

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Lena Takamori

Brooklyn, NY (2nd session)- Through a combination of sculpture, drawing and photography, my work explores the cognitive gap between understandability and  believability.  I use silhouettes and shadow play as a means to create figurative abstractions.  
   Artworks have been shown in New York City, Montreal, Japan and St. James Trinidad. 

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August, 2015

Wo Chan, Amanda Bauer, Muna Gurung, Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, John Elmquist

Amanda Bauer

New York, NY – Ms. Bauer is an accomplished photographer, graphic designer and filmmaker of American origin. She holds a BFA in Photography from California State University, San Jose, and is a graduate of the School of the International Center of Photography, New York. Amanda is currently in the post-production phase of a documentary film featuring her grandfather—a quirky, sharp-minded, ninety-something year old man who reluctantly shares his experiences of life in a small Midwestern farming community. Amanda lives in NYC with her cactus, Spike Lee.

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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

Rowan is Japanese, British, Chinese, American, a fiction writer, an illustrator, and a list-maker. She has a BA from Columbia, an MFA from the UW-Madison, and too many cardigans. This year Rowan will be focusing on a novel about a Japanese-American artist in 1970s Manhattan and the biracial son whom she abandons.

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Wo Chan

Brooklyn, NY – “Wo Chan is a queer Chinese poet and performance artist. A recipient of fellowships from Poets House, Kundiman, and Lambda Literary, Wo’s work has been published in cream city review, BARZAHK, and VYM Magazine. As a member of Brooklyn-based drag alliance, Switch n’ Play, Wo has performed at venues including Brooklyn Pride, The Trevor Project, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a 2015 Asian American Writers Workshop Margins Fellow.”

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John Elmquist

Chicago, IL – “The creative activity with which I have been the most concerned over the last 15 years has been my ensemble “HardArt groop” (hardartgroop.com) which serves as a vehicle for performing my compositions. The group has presented dozens of concerts and produced several recordings. I was the 2011 winner of the “Rapido” composition competition held by the Atlanta Chamber Players.
     “I am currently on the faculties of the Merit School of Music and the Chicago High School for the Arts where I teach composition, theory, bass and keyboard. I am also the Music Director at… more »

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Muna Gurung

New York, NY – Ms. Gurung is a writer and educator from Kathmandu. Her fiction and translated works have appeared in Words Without Borders, HimanSouthasian, VelaMag and Lalit. She received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was a teaching fellow. Muna currently directs a high school writing center in NYC, where her students help her discover America through activities such as eating an entire packet of “Sour Patch Kids” while writing about the flavour blue. In Kathmandu, she runs writing workshops through KathaSatha, an organisation she founded that fosters a public writing and storytelling culture in Nepal. Muna is… more »

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Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz

Charlottesville, VA – Ms. Mumtaz is an American artist best known for her multimedia drawing practice. She earned a BA in visual art from Yale University (2004) and an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts (2008), which she attended on a teaching fellowship. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including grants and fellowships from the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program (2015), the Mid Atlantic Art Foundation (2014), the New York Foundation for the Arts (2009) and the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies (2006-8). She has been an artist-in-residence at Cill Rialaig in County Kerry, Ireland… more »

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This is another bio I am using for my more recent residence. If there’s too much info to fit into the little home window, it will be clipped to show less.

In theory, it could go on for a very long time. But eventually, it would need to stop, for all of our sakes.

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July, 2015

Huong Ngo, Mira Mattar, Ushio Torikai, Andrew Gorin, James Robert Southard, Victoria Hanks

Andrew Gorin

Brooklyn, NY – Mr. Gorin is a poet based in Brooklyn. Recent work has appeared in Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Prelude, and IO. He studies modern and contemporary poetry and theory at NYU.

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Victoria Hanks

Glen Ridge, NJ – “I hold a BFA from Montclair State University and an MFA from Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. As well, I studied with Angiola Churchill, NYU in Venice, Italy. I was selected for a residency at Vermont Studio School (1997) by Monmouth University when I was an adjunct instructor there. I have adjunct taught drawing, painting, art appreciation and art history at Montclair State University, Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College (1997-99). As well, I received the Graduate Award at University of Hartford for a work on paper during my MFA studies (1995-96). Also, I received… more »

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Mira Mattar

London, UK –Ms. Mattar writes experimental fiction and poetry and is a contributing editor at Mute. Her most recent work was published in Very Small Kitchen. She recently received fellowships from The Treignac Project and The Edward F. Albee Foundation. She lives in south east London.

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Huong Ngo

Chicago, IL –Huong Ngo is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Hong Kong and based in the US and France. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she studied art & technology and began a performance-based practice, she was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program (New York, NY) and a recent resident at the Camargo Foundation (Cassis, France) where she began research on the anti-colonial leader and proto-feminist Nguyen Thi Minh Khai at the Archives Nationale d’Outre Mer in Aix-en-Provence. Ngô recommenced this project while in residence at Latitude (Chicago, IL) specifically by examining… more »

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James Robert Southard

Lexington, KY – After receiving his BFA from University of Louisville in 2005, James Robert Southard worked for years as a freelance photojournalist and artist. In 2008 he left for Pittsburgh for graduate school in Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating in 2011 he was invited to international exhibitions such as the Moscow Biennale for Young Art, Hel’Pitts’Sinki’Burgh in Finland, Camaguey Cuba’s 5th International Video Art Fest and he has participated in the Internet Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale in Venice Italy. After receiving his MFA in 2011, James taught as a photography professor at University of… more »

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Ushio Torikai

Mount Vernon, NY – “I am a self-taught 62 years old Japanese immigrant woman composer. I have researched in musical fields including European classical music, traditional Japanese music, ancient Japanese and Asian music and computer/electronics music for my life long journey to learn about myself, discover my music (if there is any) and explore the world and human society through music which I am able to relate closest with. I have been blessed to have opportunities to compose works in instrumentation, ranging from Western orchestral instruments to traditional Japanese ones; computer/electronics to reconstructed ancient Asian instruments; and Western Choir to… more »

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June, 2015

Joanne Pottlitzer, Ayse Papatya Bucak, E.C Maxe Crandell, Jason Livingston, Samantha Fields, Anna Webber (not pictured, Yolanda Franklin)

Ayse Papatya Bucak

Delray Beach, FL – “My short fiction was selected for the 2014 Pushcart Prize and the 2013 O.Henry Prize Stories. Recent stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Witness, The Normal School and Prairie Schooner.” 

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EC Maxe Crandell

Brooklyn, NY (1st session)– Maxe is the author of the chapbooks Together Men Make Paradigms (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs) and Emoji for Cher Heart (belladonna* chaplet). Together Men Make Paradigms premiered at Dixon Place with an all poet and activist cast and was a finalist for the 2014 Leslie Scalapino Award. Maxe is the recipient of the Poetry Project’s Emerge-Surface-Be Fellowship and the Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship.   

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Samantha Fields

Brockton, MA – Samantha grew up in Brockton just south of Boston; She continues to live and work in the Boston area. Her work has been deeply impacted by these roots, and is expressed through her choices of materials and content. She graduated from MFA program The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2005 and received her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts College of Art, in 1996 and now is adjunct faculty at Mass Art. Samantha has received past funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, International Fiber Collaborative, The Artist Resource Trust, Berkshire Taconic Community… more »

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Yolanda J. Franklin

Tallahassee, FL (2nd session)- Yolanda’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in PMS:poemmemoirstory, Sugar House Review, Crab Orchard Review’s American South Issue, The Hoot & Howl of the Owl Anthology of Hurston Wright Writers’ Week, SPECS: Journal of Arts & Culture’s Kaleidoscopic Points Issue. Her awards include a 2012 Cave Canem fellowship, the 2013 Florida State University English Graduate Student Kingsbury Award, and several scholarships, including a summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Indiana Writer’s Week, and Colrain Poetry Manuscript Workshop. Her collection of poems, Nylons & Vinyl, was a finalist for the 2013 Crab Orchard Series… more »

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Jason Livingston

Iowa City, IA – Jason is a film and video maker currently teaching at the University of Iowa. His work has received awards and been programmed at many festivals and venues, including Rotterdam, Anthology Film Archives, the Austrian Museum, Media City, Margaret Mead and more.      
Under Foot & Overstory, winner of a Jury Prize from the New York Underground Film Festival, can be rented from the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre. Some of his recent video work can be seen as part of ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009, a 5-DVD Anthology distributed… more »

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Joanne Pottlitzer

New York, NY – Joanne is a freelance writer, theatre director, translator, has produced many Latin American plays and concerts in New York and is the winner of two Obie Awards. In 1967 she founded TOLA (Theatre of Latin America, Inc.), a New York-based nonprofit arts organization that pioneered artistic exchange between the US and Latin America. During 15 years as TOLA’s artistic director, Joanne traveled frequently to Latin America to develop arts exchange programs and build a Latin American theatre library of more than 3,000 volumes. In 2002 the TOLA Collection was acquired by the Lincoln Center Library for… more »

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Anna Webber

Brooklyn, NY – Saxophonist, flutist, and composer Anna Webber is an integral part of a new wave of the Brooklyn avant-garde jazz scene. According to critics, her music “…taps the useful frictions between contemporary classical music and modern jazz.” (Nate Chinen, NYT). Her new trio album, SIMPLE, which features Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck, was released on September 16th 2014 on Skirl Records. Webber also leads a septet called ‘Percussive Mechanics’, and is a member of the trio ‘Jagged Spheres’ along with drummer Devin Gray and pianist Elias Stemeseder. In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize… more »

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May, 2015

Peter Gil-Sheridan, Danez Smith, Melissa McCutcheon, Danniel Schoonebeek, Kara Crombie, David Werfelmann

Kara Crombie

Philadelphia, PA – “I am a multi-media video and animation artist working in Philadelphia, PA. Since 2001 I have completed several projects that were exhibited at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Fleisher Ollman Gallery, The Painted Bride, Pageant Soloveev Gallery, Fleisher Art Memorial and Vox Populi Gallery. In 2007 I was selected to be a member of Vox Populi, an artist-run gallery and collective in Philadelphia. I was selected as Wind Challenge artist in 2008 and was awarded a grant to exhibit my work at the Fleisher Art Memorial. In 2010 I was awarded a Pew… more »

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Peter Gil-Sheridan

Brooklyn, NY – Peter’s play, Ritu Comes Home, originally commissioned by InterAct in Philadelphia as part of their 20/20 Commission program had its world premiere there in June. Other plays include Cockfight written at Soho Rep and developed at PlayPenn. What May Fall, commissioned by the Guthrie and performed there. Topsy Turvy Mouse was produced by the Cherry Lane and Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and was the winner of The Smith Prize awarded by the National New Play Network for outstanding political work. Other work developed by the Lark’s Playground, New York Theatre Workshop, Queens Theatre. Residencies include the Jerome… more »

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Melissa McCutcheon

Washington, D.C. – “Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, I work as a painter utilizing oil as my primary medium as well as mixed water based media and graphite on paper. I have exhibited my work in a variety of solo and group exhibitions since 2000 in such cities as New York, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Newark, NJ, Chicago, IL, Washington, D.C., Seattle, WA, Baltimore, MD, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Medellin, Colombia and Buenos Aires, Argentina. I have participated in a variety of artist’s residency programs including Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain, Djerassi Resident Artist’s Program, The Ragdale Foundation, Foundation Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands,… more »

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Danniel Schoonebeek

Oneonta, NY – Danniel’s first book of poems, American Barricade, was published in 2014 by Yes Yes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, was published by Poor Claudia in 2013, and an EP of recorded poems, Trench Mouth, is available from Black Cake Records. His work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, Indiana Review, jubilat, and elsewhere.
     A recipient of fellowships and awards from Poets House, the Juniper Institute, Summer Literary Seminars, Oregon State University, and Poetry Foundation, Schoonebeek writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series,… more »

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Danez Smith

St. Paul, MN – Danez is the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from Poetry Magazine & The Poetry Foundation. He is also a 2014 McKnight Foundation/Loft Literary Center Poetry Fellow, chosen by Nikky Finney. A Cave Canem & VONA fellow, Danez is the author of [insert] Boy (forthcoming, YesYes Books) & the chapbook hands on ya knees (Penmanship books, 2013). He was featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Emerging Poets Series by Patricia Smith and the winner of the 2014 Paris-American Reading Prize. His writing has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry… more »

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David Werfelmann

Appleton, WI – David is an award-winning American composer of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music whose works are widely performed and recorded by ensembles and soloists throughout the US, including, among many other professional and academic ensembles, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. His music is heard frequently at conferences and festivals, such as the NOW HEAR Festival, several North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, the Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States convention, the CSU Fullerton New Music Festival, the Berkeley Arts Festival, and the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.
     Musicians including Kim Reese, Sara Kind, Andrew Harrison,… more »

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April, 2015

Robert Plowman, Andrea Brachfield, Claire Kiechel, Tonya Gregg, Browyn Haslam

Andrea Brachfield

Jersey City, NY

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Tonya Gregg

Hopkins, South Carolina – As a 2012 701 CCA Prize Finalist, Tonya’s work has been exhibited throughout the Southeast and beyond, including in New York, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Chicago, and Germany. She was the first full-time undergraduate art student to be featured in New American Paintings. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY; the show provided an overview of four different series of paintings created since the late 1990s. Highlights from Gregg’s career also include a solo exhibition at Houston’s Lawndale Art Center, three large community art murals in Nicaragua, a grant from the South… more »

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Browyn Haslam

Quebec, Canada – “Some of the anagrammatic translations from the project proposed have been previously published in the journals The Capilano Review (3:5-10) and Matrix (85:30-31), and in the collection Orisont: 8 poets from Montreal (2014). These translations were presented in Toronto to the Contemporary Poetry Reading group in June 2014 (University of Toronto), and at an early stage at a conference at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in May 2010 in Paris and at an evening reading. My own poems have appeared in Dandelion (35.1:74-75), Last Supper (1:12) and NoD (10:8) and in various chapbooks from No… more »

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David Jacobs

Brooklyn, NY – “Raised in Los Angeles, I received a BFA from the University of Southern California in 2009. My art examines multicultural discernment and displays autobiographical tendencies. In 2011, I relocated to New York City, where I received an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. Working in various media, mainly, painting, sculpture, and installation.
I have exhibited in several cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Singapore, and Chiang Mai. Recently I have had work exhibited in the publication New American Paintings, participated in the Nurture Art Benefit, and participated as a visiting artist… more »

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Claire Kiechel

New York, NY – Claire is a playwright and theater maker living in New York. Her plays include: Umma Lappa Soon (Colt Coeur’s 2013 Play Hotel series; Naked Angels reading; nominated for The Kilroy’s The List); Some Dark Places of the Earth (semi-finalist, O’Neill National Playwriting Conference); Wolf Play (winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Festival Short Play Festival, published by Samuel French); Well, What Do You Want (to See)? (performed and written with Diane Exavier at Bowery Poetry Club); Play/Date (co-written, produced by 3LD); St. Vitus’ Dance (finalist, Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop); Norway (Crashbox Theater Company… more »

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Robert Plowman

Halifax, Canada – Robert is a playwright and collaborative theatre artist, whose work has been presented across the United States and Canada. His plays include: Radium City, Open Theatre Kitchen, The Common: for as long as you have so far, folkloremobile, The Matador, and The Route 19 Choir of Dead Babies Invites You to Visit “The Fountain of Youth” Museum & Giftshop.
     Robert’s play Radium City was published in the New Canadian Drama anthology series; his short play Welcome to Burger Heaven! is collected in Tesseract Theatre’s 2013–2014 Curtain Openers; and The Missing Link appears in the… more »

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