November: Reiko Yamado, Melissa Sandor, Noah Simblist, Jean Day, Kimberly Elkins, Damian Van Denburgh
Jean Day, Poetry; Berkley, CA — Jean Day’s publications include eight books of poetry, the most recent of which are Enthusiasm: Odes & Otium (Adventures in Poetry, 2006) and the chapbook Daydream (The Eponym) (Belladonna, 2008). Her work has also appeared in a number of anthologies, among them The Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner, 2004), Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (Talisman House, 1998), From the Other Side of This Century: A New American Poetry, 1960-1990 (Sun & Moon, 1993), and In the American Tree (National Poetry Foundation, 1986). She is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the Fund for Poetry and has enjoyed a writer’s residency at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Recent poems can be found in Van Gogh’s Ear and Sal Mimeo. She has spent much of the past three decades working for literary publishers in the San Francisco Bay Area, first as director of Small Press Distribution and currently as associate editor of Representations, an interdisciplinary humanities journal published by the University of California Press.
Damian Van Denburgh, Non-fiction; New York, NY — After twenty-two years in the animation industry, Damian is finally pursuing his first ambition and writing a book (and it has nothing to do with animation). He’s also completing his undergraduate degree, which he’d started and abandoned twenty-five years ago, not long after one of his writing teachers, William Kennedy, told him that he should start writing a book.
Kimberly Elkins, Fiction; New York, NY — Kimberly grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia, and received a B.A. in English from Duke University, and an MFA in Fiction from Florida State University. She is now a resident of New York City, where she’s also had three plays produced. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Best New American Voices 2004, The Village Voice, Glamour, Prevention Magazine the McGraw-Hill college literature textbook, “Arguing Through Literature,” and a personal essay is upcoming in Maisonneuve. Kimberly was a 2004 Finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and won the 2008 Summer Literary Seminar nonfiction competition, for which she gave a reading at the Mayakovskay Library in St Petersburg, Russia. She has received fellowships from The Edward Albee Foundation, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Wesleyan Writers Conference, and specifically for research on her historical novel, “What Is Visible,” was the recipient of the 2007 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship at The American Antiquarian Society, and a joint research fellowship from the Houghton Library at Harvard, the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe and the Massachusetts Historical Society (the New England Consortium Fellowship). This year, she’s had residencies at The Millay Colony and Blue Mountain Center, and will be the Writer in Residence for the Kerouac Project, living in Jack Kerouac’s Florida home, March-May 2009.
Noah Simblist, Visual Arts; Dallas, Texas — Noah Simblist is an artist and writer living in Dallas, TX. His work explores iconography that deals with the political role of the artist, the concept of forgiveness, Christian Zionism and the idea of home in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. An Assistant Professor of Art at SMU, he won the 2007 Moss/Chumley award and is a regular contributor to ART LIES and Art Papers magazines as well as Glasstire.com and Zerodegreesart.com. Recent projects include co-editing issue #56 of Art Lies magazine around the theme of collectivism as well as “Collecting and Collectivity,” a series of lectures, panel discussions and exhibitions that questioned the relationship between radicality and the market in the contemporary avant-garde.
Reiko Yamada, Composer; Everett, MA — A native of Hiroshima, Japan, Reiko holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition from the Berklee College of Music and a Master’s degree in Classical Composition from Boston University. Her compositions include solo, chamber, choral and orchestral music, as well as collaborative projects with jazz musicians and dancers. She is the founder (2005) and artistic director of the JYUGOYA Ensemble, which she led on successful three-city tour in Japan in the summer 2008, presenting a program consisting entirely of her original compositions. The tour’s main sponsors include the Hiroshima Opera and Music Promotion Committee and the Japan-America Society, the Black Ships Festival of Rhode Island. Her works have also been performed on such major stages as the Boston Symphony Hall, Pickman Hall, Berklee Performance Center and Tsai Performance Center as well as in Europe. Yamada has been an Artist in Residence at Wildacres (NC), the Helene Warlitzer Foundation (NM) and the Millay Colony for the Arts (NY). She has been a student of Vuk Kulnovich, Theodore Antoniou, Samuel Headrick and Lukas Foss among others.
October: Rachel Carpenter, Carla Cantrelle, Timothy Brown, Suzanne Onodera, Christian Nagler, Sejal Shah
Timothy Brown, Composer; Glendale, CO –Timothy received his undergraduate musical training at the State University of New York College at Fredonia. He holds the M.A. from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, where he studied music education and vocal performance. In addition, he holds the doctoral degree in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Northern Colorado, where his dissertation was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation. Dr. Brown has studied privately with composer John Corigliano. His compositions span a variety of media and styles, ranging from full orchestral works to unaccompanied choral pieces and chamber works. He is an experienced choral conductor and editor. His CD Infinity was released in 2005 on Capstone Records, and Songs of Light, Songs of Shadows was released in 2006. In 2007, excerpts from his song cycle for chamber ensemble, In Flanders Fields, were released on a compilation by Studio 251/Beauport Music Press. He was named a recipient of ASCAP PLUS Awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Also in 2006, was awarded the Lois Bailey Glenn Award for Teaching Excellence by the National Music Foundation for the teaching of American music.
Carla Cantrelle, Fiction; NY, NY – Carla has a wide-ranging career as a novelist, playwright, actor, and trapeze artist. She has published over twenty books for children and teenagers, ranging from best-selling mass-market series fiction (often as a ghostwriter) to literary hardcovers exploring serious issues to graphic novels set in different historical time periods. Her books have been translated into multiple languages, several of her books have been included as part of the Accelerated Readers Program, and her two most recent hardcovers for Young Adults, THICKER THAN WATER and SILENT ECHOES were selected by the New York Public Library for their competitive “Books for the Teen Age” list. She has been published by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Razorbill/Penguin, First-Second Books, DisneyPress, Bantam Books, Lyric Publishing, Twenty-First Century Books and Scholastic. She has been a participant in the Breadloaf Writers Conference and the Zoetrope All-Story Writers Conference and was a finalist for the Chesterfield Film Fellowship based on her short fiction.
Her plays have received rave reviews and broke box office records at several juried festivals. She has adapted her work for WBAI’s Arts in the Evening and enjoyed a residency at 78th Street TheaterLab to develop her short piece, TRAPEZE into a full-length play, LOOKING UP, which was then presented at the prestigious Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe and in New York at Theater for the New City. Her adaptation of Angela Carter’s NIGHTS AT THE CIRCUS was a Special Event at FringeNYC 2006 and a finalist for the prestigious O’Neil Playwrights Conference. She was commissioned by the Ellis Island Foundation for the 2005-2006 season (REMEMBER THE DREAM) and by Vital Children’s Theater (MY NEW YORK, Nov. 2006-Jan. 2007), currently touring schools. She has received grants from the Gadsby Fund, The Field, and the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts for her theatrical work. She was also co-producer of the long-running aerial variety show, ABOVE THE BELT, at The Zipper Theater. Her unique approach to trapeze has been highlighted twice in Spectacle (the circus trade magazine).
Rachel Carpenter, Fiction; NY, NY (Alumni) – Rachel was born and raised in Philadelphia; BA, Johns Hopkins, 1990, MFA, University of Maryland, 1995. Freelance copyeditor, segueing back to Philly after 10 years in New York City. Before that, time in Central Europe. Have had stories in Ploughshares, One Story, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Subtropics, Atlantic Unbound, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Quarterly,and read on the BBC World Service’s Short Story; have had essays in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and read on NPR’s Anthem. Entries in The Future Dictionary of America (McSweeney’s Books, 2004). Previous colonies in reverse chronological order: Djerassi, Wurlitzer, Millay, Vermont Studio Center.
Christian Nagler, Fiction; San Francisco, CA – Christian lives in San Francisco where he writes and teaches fiction and directs a community art and oral history project through San Francisco State University in El Salvador. He has translated the works of the Salvadoran writers Alberto Masferrer and Miguel Angel Espino. He holds an MFA from Brown University, where he received the James Assatly award for fiction, and the Michael Harper Prize. Most recently his work has been published in Encyclopedia. He works with the choreographer Anna Halprin, and with the Nonsite Collective of writers and activists. He is working on his first novel.
Suzanne Onodera, Visual Arts; Richmond, CA – Suzanne’s paintings explore her fascination with nature and atmosphere depicting imagined landscapes that exist between the meditative and the apocalyptic, simultaneously evoking the sublime and
Onodera attended the California College of the Arts (BFA ,Painting, 1989) and the School of the Chicago Art Institute. She has been a recipient of several artist in residence fellowships in Vermont, Oregon, Maine and New York. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and more recently her work has been published in a widely recognized anthology of Asian American Women writers, poets and visual artists, Cheers to Muses. A Native Californian, Suzanne currently resides in Richmond, California. She has served as vice chair (2006-2007) for the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission where she worked with arts non-profit organizations and the community, bringing art and culture to the underserved districts in Richmond. Her work resides in collections both corporate and private throughout the United States and is affiliated with the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, CA., Tang Gallery in Bisbee, AZ. and Joyce Gordon Gallery in Oakland, CA.
Sejal Shah, Fiction; Sejal is a fiction writer, poet, essayist, and teacher of writing. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY. Her fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in various journals including The Massachusetts Review, Indiana Review, Pleiades, Meridians, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Catamaran, and Hanging Loose, and the anthologies Under Her Skin (Seal Press) and Contours of the Heart: South Asians Map North America (winner of a 1997 National Book Award). She has been awarded fellowships from Blue Mountain Center, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the New York State Council for the Arts. She is also the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Sejal holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Currently, she lives in New York City, where she is Assistant Professor of English at Marymount Manhattan College.
September: Jeanne Larsen, Paz de la Calzada, Peter Barrickman, Michael Kaye, Caterina De Re and, in the wheelbarrow, Diane O’Leary
Peter Barrickman, Visual Arts; Milwaukee, WI—Peter’s work embraces a variety of mediums and concerns narrative in a condition of assembly and simultaneous collapse. His videos, sculptures and paintings have been shown in North America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. A diary of his television watching experiment from the late 1990’s was recently published by Selfless Groceries. He is currently working on a film version of a previously staged piece entitled “Wooooooo Whoooooooooooooooo”, with performance group Epklatchemeral.
Peter received a fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000, a Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship in 2003 and he was an artist in residence in Centraltrak at UT Dallas during 2008. His work has been reviewed in Art Papers and Street Cave. He holds an MFA from The Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College, NY.
Paz de la Calzada, Visual Arts; San Francisco, CA—Paz is a native of Madrid, Spain, and a multidisciplinary artist working in drawing, sculpture and installation. She came to the Bay Area in 2003 after being accepted as an artist-in residence at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. In 2004 she began a residency at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley.
She studied Fine Arts both in Spain and Mexico. She lived for 4 years in Mexico City and completed her Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the UNAM. Her stay in Mexico had a major impact on her vision and artwork, and traces of this period echo in her work today.
Paz de la Calzada has exhibited her work in Europe and Mexico and it is included in public and private collections of contemporary art in Spain, Mexico, and the US.
Her current work is informed by daily interactions around her home in San Francisco’s Mission District. The artifacts she encounters on the streets are inspirational materials that are occasionally incorporated into her works of art.
Michael Kaye, Non-fiction; Fresno, CA—Michael is a writer, monologist, and teacher, whose work has garnered press in Rolling Stone, Billboard, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Times. His memoir has been published in Shammas, and his journalism has appeared in SFWeekly, BAM, The Fresno Bee, and KADE. He has performed his memoir stories at venues in New York City, including Joe’s Pub, the Knitting Factory, Dixon Place, the Comic Strip Live, the Comedy Cellar, and Gotham Comedy Club.
A former editor in chief, he taught writing for Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York for four years before starting his own practice as a writing coach. He has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Julia and David White Colony, Ragdale, and the WUJS-Arad Arts Program in Israel. He received the President’s Undergraduate Fellowship for his film work while at U.C. Berkeley, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors.
Jeanne Larsen, Poetry; Roanoke, VA—”I write in various genres, but it’s all one art. I’ve published a book of poetry (James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita, University Press of Virginia) & a poem sequence in an art book (These Gardens, limited edition privately printed), as well as three novels set in China (Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, Manchu Palaces, all from Henry Holt) & two books of translated poems (Brocade River Poems: Selected Work of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao, Princeton U.P.; Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China, BOA Editions, Ltd.). My poetry & prose appear regularly in such venues as Hunger Mountain, Georgia Review, Pleiades, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, 1913, Greensboro Review, Sewanee Review, Mississippi Review, Fourth Genre, & the on-line version of Tricycle: the Buddhist Review.
“I’ve received residency fellowships from the Eastern Frontier Society (on Norton Island, Maine), the Byrdcliffe colony outside Woodstock, & the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Grants & awards have come to me from the NEA (poetry translation), AWP (my first book of poems), the Bread Loaf Writers Conference (fiction), the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission (creative nonfiction), the Virginia Commission for the Arts (fiction), the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (fiction), &, back in my student days, the Academy of American Poets. Education: B.A., Oberlin (Religion & English); M.A., Hollins (Creative Writing), Ph. D., University of Iowa (Comparative Literature), along with several post-doc seminars through the NEH & The School for Criticism & Theory.
“I teach Creative Writing & literature at Hollins Univeristy, & just finished a stint as director of the M.F.A. program there. As a practicing Buddhist with some skill in reading literary Chinese, I have the background I need for the poem sequence described in my artist’s statement. I grew up on Army posts in the U.S. & Germany, later lived in Taiwan & Japan, & am settled with my husband in Virginia’s Roanoke Valley, between the Blue Ridge & the Appalachian highlands.”
Diane O’Leary, Poetry; West Chester, PA—Diane holds a B.Mus. in Music Composition from Peabody Conservatory, an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Sydney, with a dissertation on Plato’s literary methods. She was a finalist in the first Frost Foundation Poetry Competition, winner of a Saltonstall Foundation Grant in Poetry and two Vogelstein Foundation Grants (one in poetry, one in Creative Nonfiction). In 2003 Diane was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and in 2005 she was the Mills Fellow at the Santa Fe Art Institute. During her residency at the Millay Colony in September 2008 she will be at work on her second collection of poems, What Jane Sees.
Diane’s poetry is an unusual hybrid of elements. With a background in academic philosophy, she favors poetry as a more intimate route of basic human questioning. With a background in music, she aims for a sort of verbal fluidity that defies the medium of words. Diane works creatively with form, reaching for the union of form and content so readily mastered by Millay.
Caterina De Re, Composer; Seattle, WA—Caterina is a composer, sound gather, video and multi-media artist, documentarian, performance artist, vocalist and pilgrim. Breathing through each unique space, moment and community, she integrates meditative practices and art.
Having lived and worked in Australia, Asia, Europe as well as North America, she is no stranger to travel and at home in cross-cultural contexts. Her collaborative ventures consider multiple nuances of culture, beings, environment and performative action. As a pilgrim she sonically and visually mapped power places while en route India, Tibet and Nepal. This rich reservoir has formed the basis of many installations, exhibitions, performances and compositions. Over the years “pilgrimage” has evolved as a recurring artistic theme in her life work and community interaction. But so too has life’s connection to birds, the incarcerated, writing, being with elders, native plants, ongoing language study, stitching and sitting still.
Caterina’s multi-cultural interests took flight in the 80s when she participated in multi-lingual community theater projects and worked for SBS TV (Australia’s cross-cultural government broadcaster). After a pivotal meeting with Fluxus artist Ben Vautier in France, she moved to Germany in the 90s. There she collaborated with one of Germany’s most uncompromising sound artists according to the BBC’s John Peel—Strafe FR. In 1999 she met Pauline Oliveros who instigated numerous collaborations involving improvisations in multiple locations, live performance and video opera. In 2004 Caterina became the first certified Australian teacher of Deep Listening—the art practice of Oliveros.
She joyfully enters into unusual collaborations—like improvising with feathered species at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh and the Tropical Aviary in Manhattan. Bird art continues to expand and recently she performed with the Butoh master, Kudo Taketeru, in Stray Birds. Caterina has been noted for transforming unique industrial spaces into multimedia community events that use an uncanny mix of personal pilgrimage, vocal offerings, local history, and love of birds.
Being a supporter of broader community interests, she regularly visits a meditation group for incarcerated men. Caterina continues to study and perform sacred Tibetan lama dance and music in its traditional context. She believes integrative medicine is complimentary to art and she is also a student of Qigong.
Caterina is a graduate from the Australian Centre for Arts and Technology and holds a MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from RPI, New York. Both graduate studies investigated Tibetan Buddhism together with voice and art in contemporary contexts.
August: Jennifer Sears, Gregory Moss, Rachel Meuler, Darren McManus, Barbara de la Cuesta, Koji Nakano
Barbara de la Cuesta, Fiction; Beachwood, NJ – Barbara has lived in Colombia and Venezuela. She has taught Spanish and is currently teaching English as a Second Language at the Ocean County College. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Non Fiction from Lesley College in Massachusetts, 1989. She has published a long poem, If there Weren’t So Many of Them, BirchBrook Press, Delhi, N.Y. l990; and Westerly, Professional Publishing Co., Dallas TX, l994, a work of non fiction in the field of arts therapy; as well as stories in the California Quarterly, and the Texas Review. Her first novel, The Gold Mine, was published in l988, by the Latin American Literary Review Press. She has received a fiction fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and from The New Jersey Council on the Arts, as well as a Geraldine Dodge fellowship to the Virginia Center, in 2002. Most recently she won a fiction award for a novel, The Spanish Teacher, from the Gival Press. The novel was published in the summer of 2007.
Darren McManus, Visual Arts; New Jersey – Darren was born in 1976 in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1998, he completed his B.F.A. from the University of Hartford / Hartford Art School in Connecticut. He earned an M.F.A. in Painting in 2004 from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Recent residencies include: The Cooper Union Drawing & Painting Residency (NY) in ‘06; The Artists’ Enclave at I-Park Residency (CT) in ‘07; and The Millay Colony for the Arts (NY) in August, 2008.
Recent exhibitions of note include: Existential Artworks (2 person show) at The Dead Cat Gallery in Providence, RI; W.O.P. at the Brewery Project in Los Angeles, CA; The New Jersey Arts Annual at the Noyes Art Museum in Oceanville, NJ; As Careers Unfold at the North American corporate headquarters of Daimler Chrysler in Southfield, MI; and The Cooper Union Drawing & Painting Residency Exhibition at The Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY.
McManus’ paintings are included in the curated corporate collections of Daimler Chrysler, Mercedes Benz and HighMoon Studios (an off-shoot of Sega.) Additionally, his work can be found in the recently released hard cover series, Best of National Artists and Artisanspublished by Kennedy Publications, Inc.
He is currently a studio artist / adjunct professor living in Lambertville, New Jersey.
Rachel Meuler, Visual Arts; New York, NY – Rachel received her BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1999, and her MFA in Sculpture from Purchase College, State University of New York in 2001. She recently had several works represented in conjunction with the exhibition Hybrids & Other Sorts at BECA Gallery in New Orleans, was awarded ‘Best in Show’ in the exhibition Trans at Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston, received a fellowship from Skidmore College, and was an artist in residence at the Abrons Art Center of the Henry Street Settlement. Her work is included in several slide registries, including The Drawing Center, and has been featured in the second and third editions of Perfect8Magazine, along with “Weekly Featured Art” of MYARTSPACE.com and the “Tips & Picks” section of NY Arts Magazine. Meuler’s work has encompassed sculpture and installation, costume-oriented performance art, and a recent focus on painting and works on paper. She consistently applies eccentric whimsy to the figure exploring issues of psychology, identity, evolution, and the dynamic relationship between the self and the other.
Gregory Moss, Playwright; Providence, R.I. – Gregory is a playwright, performer and director from Cambridge, MA. He is an MFA student at Brown University’s Playwriting Program, and he runs Independent Submarine Productions, a DIY production company dedicated to presenting challenging artistic content in various media. Gregory is a recipient of the Lucile Lortel Playwriting Fellowship for 2006-2007. He received the Denis Johnston Playwriting Prize for Baton Rouge and The Minotaur; the Colin Armstrong Poetry Prize; and a Firehouse Award for Contributions to the Performing Arts in New England. Recent productions include Play Viewed From A Distance at The Empty Space Theater in Seattle; The Accident at Theatre Limina’s Double Vision Festival in Minneapolis; No One Remembers When as part of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festiva; The Amazon; An Adventure Story For Men at the A.R.T. in Cambridge; House of Gold, produced as part of Brown University’s New Play Festival; and The Argument produced at The Hangar Theatre. Upcoming productions include 1000 Proms at Perishable Theater in Providence and sixsixsixat The A.R.T.’s Zero Arrow Theater in Cambridge, MA. Gregory is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.
Koji Nakano, Composer; Boston, MA – As a composer and an educator, Mr. Nakano’s musical activities has included community service and outreach to help bridge Western and Eastern musical cultures together. In addition to being the first recipient of the Toru Takemitsu Award in Composition from the Japan Society of Boston, Mr. Nakano has also received composition awards, fellowships and grants from the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, the Asian Cultural Council, the Tanglewood Music Center (Margaret Lee Croft Fellowship), Meet the Composer (Global Connections Grant), the Composers Conference at Wellesley College, the MacDowell Colony (National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship), the Corporation of Yaddo, the Millay Colony for the Arts (James and Stephania Mcclennen Fellowship), the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Ragdale Foundation (William and Solange Brown Fellowship for New Musical Composition), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (CSG Fellowship), the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Kimmel Harding Nelson Award), the American Music Center(4), the American Composers Forum, ASCAP(8), the Atlantic Center for the Arts(Coca-Cola Foundation Fellowship), the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, the New School University, the New England Conservatory and the University of California at San Diego (Gluck Composition Fellowship). Mr. Nakano received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with the highest honors in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied with Lee Hyla and John Harbison. Later, he studied with Dutch composer Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam and at the Royal Conservatory of Hague as the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program Artist. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied with Chinary Ung. Mr. Nakano is a member of the American Music Center, the College Music Society and ASCAP.
Jennifer Sears, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY – Jennifer Sears has published work in So to Speak, Ninth Letter, Fence, The Boston Globe, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood and was listed in the Notable Writing of 2006 in Dave Eggers’ anthology Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007. She has received awards from the Barbara Deming Memorial/Money for Women Fund, the Reynolds Price Fiction Contest, Summer Literary Seminars, New Millennium, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and George Mason University. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program, she teaches English for New York City College of Technology and belly dance at New York University and the Graduate Center.
July: Gary Schwartz, Kelly Parr, Mei NG, T Cooper, Nathan Hoks, Oona Stern
T Cooper, Fiction; New York, NY – T’s second (and most recent) novel, Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes(Dutton hardcover 2006; Plume/Penguin paperback 2007), was a four-time Los Angeles Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, and was also chosen as a “Best Book of the Year” by The Austin Chronicle and The Believermagazine. It was a nominee for a 2006 Edward Lewis Wallant Award and the pick of the 2006 Houston Jewish Arts Festival, as well as selected for the Borders “Original Voices” program. Cooper’s first novel, Some of the Parts (Akashic Books 2002), was a selection of the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” program, as well as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. It was translated into Italian and Turkish editions. Cooper is also the editor of a politically-minded anthology of original stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States with Huge Chunks Missing (Akashic Books 2006), chosen as a best book of summer ’06 by The Los Angeles Times and The Village Voice.
Cooper has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony (2003 & 2004) and Ledig House International (2007). Short fiction and non-fiction writing has appeared in a variety of publications, most recently including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Times Style Magazine, The Believer, Poets & Writers, Punk Planet, and Out magazine, in addition to various literary magazines and anthologies. Cooper holds an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University (2000), and a B.A. in English literature from Middlebury College (1994).
Nathan Hoks, Poetry; Sommerville, MA – Nathan’s poems and translations have recently appeared in Crazyhorse, eXchanges, Pilot Magazine, The Burnside Review, Court Green and CutBank. He has received residencies and fellowships from the University of Iowa, the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Iowa. Hoks lives and teaches in the Boston area.
Mei Ng, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY – Mei is a New York based writer. Her first novel, Eating Chinese Food Naked has been translated into five languages. She has received fellowship residencies from Hedgebrook, Anderson Center, The Millay Colony for the Arts (’94 & ’08) and Yaddo. Ng is currently working on her second novel, Hitting White Men, a tale of laundry and dungeons, mothers and spanking and ultimately, the allure of the messy, the strange and the revolting.
Kelly Parr, Visual Arts; New York, NY – Kelly received her BA at the University of California, Davis and her MFA from Yale University School of Art.
Parr often uses anonymous portraits from mass media to explore the means of production and consumption of each image. Selected solo and group exhibitions include White Columns, New York; CCNOA (Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art), Brussels; Eugene Binder Gallery, Marfa, TX; Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; Bad Taste, Reykjavík, Iceland; Reykjavík Art Museum; the Fine Art Center Gallery at Wartburg College, Waverly, IA; Momenta Art, Brooklyn NY.
Gary Schwartz, Visual Arts; Forest Hills, NY – Gary received his BFA at the School of Visual Arts in media arts. Working as an art director in advertising, he designed print & TV spots for Fortunoff, Manischewitz, and Bic. In the mid-1980’s he left advertising to pursue painting. Employed at the information desks of both MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Schwartz read every book on photorealism. Using his hometown of Coney Island as inspiration, he began a series of large watercolors depicting the “Bench People” of Brighton Beach. The work lead to several shows, including the Prince Street Gallery, Claudia Carr, 92nd Street Y and Michael Ingbar Gallery for architectural art. Schwartz is also a widely commissioned children’s portraitist. His portraits are in private collections throughout New York City, Connecticut and Boca Raton.
Gary Schwartz has also been an art educator for the past thirteen years, now teaching at Claremont Preparatory School.
Oona Stern, Visual Arts; New York, NY – Oona has been exhibiting her architectural installations internationally since receiving her MFA from The School of Visual Arts in the late ‘90’s. She has had solo shows at Galerie Reinhard Hauff in Stuttgart, Diaz Contemporary in Toronto, White Columns and Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York City. She has been shown at Feature Inc, Von Lintel Gallery, Sara Meltzer Gallery, The Drawing Center, and the Islip Art Museum, as well as university venues including the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, The University of Rhode Island, and The University of Alabama. Recent public installations have included “the sound of grass growing,” at the Bloomberg headquarters in NY, and “reSurfacing”, a street intervention ongoing since 2005 at the parking kiosk under the Zigfield marquee on 54th ST, NYC. “deDomination” will be installed int the NYC subway in 2008.
Stern received Pollock-Krasner grants in 1999 and 2002, a NYFA Fellowship in 2003, an Artists’ Space Independent Project Grant in 2005 , and Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grants in 2005 and 2008. Residencies have included the Edward Albee Foundation, Dieu Donné Papermill, and the LMCC Workspace at 120 Broadway, NYC. In 2008, she was awarded an Antarctic Artists’ and Writers’ Program residency by the National Science Foundation. Stern has taught or lectured at several colleges and universities, including Middlebury College, VT, Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, and the University of Rhode Island. Stern lives and works in New York City.
June: Sue O’Donnell, Jennifer Haley, David Bratton, Katie Murken, Peter Gil-Sheridan, Magalie Guérin
David Bratton, Visual Arts; Long Island City, NY – David is an artist living and working in Long Island City, NY. He moved to New York in January 2005 after graduating from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia with a B.F.A. in Sculpture. Since then he has switched his focus to two-dimensional works. David was recently a resident artist at the Vermont Studio Center and after his residency at Millay Colony, will continue his residency summer at the Santa Fe Art Institute during July and August. His drawing, “Horse and Rider” was recently accepted into the 22nd International Juried Show at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. David has also been a Teaching Artist for the Joan Mitchell Foundation since January 2006.
Peter Gil-Sheridan, Playwright; Minneapolis, MN—Peter is a writer and director whose play Topsy Turvy Mouse has been developed by The Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project, The Sundance Institute, The Ucross Foundation and was named the winner of the Smith Prize, awarded by the National New Play Network for outstanding political work. The play was recently produced by Borderlands Theatre in Tucson. His other work has been seen/developed at the New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark Theatre, The Kennedy Center, the New York International Fringe Festival, The University of Colorado at Boulder, A Theatre Group of Silverton, Colorado, The Toy Box Theatre, the figments, Working for Tips Productions, Riverside Theatre of Iowa City, and Prospect Theatre Company. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s Playwright’s Workshop, he is now an adjunct faculty member at Fordham University where he often guest directs and mentors young directors. Currently, Peter is in-residence on a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis and has recently been commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre.
Magalie Guérin, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY—Magalie was born in Montreal, Canada in 1973. Since moving to New York in 2000, her work (drawings) has been shown in various galleries across the United States and is now represented by MillerBlock gallery in Boston, MA. She is the recipient of residency awards from Jentel (2005) and KHN Center For The Arts (2006). Guérin was director of GV/AS gallery in Brooklyn from 2002-2004.
Jennifer Haley, Poetry; N. Hollywood, CA—Jennifer is a Los Angeles-based playwright whose plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Gingerbreadhouse, and Dreampuffs of War. Her work has been presented and developed at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival of New American Plays, Summer Play Festival and hotINK in New York City, Brown/Trinity Rep Playwright’s Repertory Theatre in Providence, Annex Theatre in Seattle, and Refraction Arts at the Blue Theater in Austin. Ms. Haley holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, where she was awarded the Joelson Prize in Creative Writing and the Weston Award for Drama. She is a 2008 resident of the MacDowell Colony and Millay Colony for the Arts, and will be developing a new play this summer at PlayPenn in Philadelphia.
Katie Murken, Visual Arts; Philadelphia, PA—Katie is a visual artist with interdisciplinary interests. Through book works and installed environments she creates new contexts for viewing and experiencing art. Murken received her Masters of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in 2005, where she earned a degree in book arts and printmaking. She was awarded The Elizabeth C. Robert’s Prize for Graduate Study and the Mr. Harry Eaby/Piccari Press Scholarship. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania State University in 2001, with honors in Visual Art from the Schreyer Honors College. In 2003, Murken traveled to Italy for a four-week artist’s residency at the Scuola Grafica di Internazionale in Venice, where she created a one-of-a-kind artists’ book. In 2007, Murken was invited to create a site-specific, media-based installation for Greenmachine, a project sponsored by InLiquid.com, at The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia, PA. She has exhibited her work at The Visual Arts Society of Texas, where she was awarded the Jack and Evelyn Miller Award and the Connoisseur Brush Award. Murken received the Purchase Award during the Book/ Paper/ Scissors artists’ book fair at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2007, and her artists’ book, For She is Time, is now included in the Special Collections Department of Temple University Libraries in Philadelphia, PA. Recently, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, PA, selected Murken for a Career Development Fellowship. Murken is currently a full-time Lecturer and the Dean’s Appointment for 2D Foundations at the Tyler School of Art.
Sue O’Donnell, Visual Arts; Bloomsburg, PA—Sue is a visual artist whose work combines experimental book arts, graphic design, and conceptual narratives. Her constructions reveal secrets and life events that search out and map connections and paths that explore the concepts of truth, memory, evolving emotions and models of certainty. O’Donnell earned her MFA degree in Visual Arts at Purchase College in 2002 after having worked for many years as a freelance designer and digital consultant for CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY. She recently joined the faculty at Bloomsburg University where she teaches digital art and design fundamentals. Her past teaching experience includes Southeastern Louisiana University, Purchase College, and Manhattanville College. O’Donnell brings with her a wide range of life experiences that informs her work and teaching philosophy. Along with a national exhibition record, she is the recipient of numerous artist residencies, grants, and awards. She designed and published a book of poetry I Call Across Time, and was recently invited to participate in a book arts portfolio collaborative in Buffalo, NY. She currently lives and works in Bloomsburg, PA.
May: Zonde Zinke, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Lynn Gumert, Naoe Suzuki, Allison Carter, Dennis McLeod
Allison Carter, Poetry; Los Angeles, CA—Allison is an LA based designer and writer. She teaches a workshop in hybrid forms at California Institute of the Arts. Her first book, A Fixed, Formal Arrangement, is forthcoming from Les Figues Press in 2008. Her work has otherwise been published in P-Queue, 5_Trope, Fence, 3rd Bed, and other journals.
Lynn Gumert, Composer; Highland Park, NJ—”I earned my masters and doctorate in music composition from Indiana University-Bloomington, where I studied with Claude Baker, Eugene O’Brien, and Don Freund. I have participated in master classes with Ellen Taafe Zwilich, Shulamit Ran, and Ladislav Kubik. My compositions have been performed by the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C., at the Festival of Women Composers International, at Society of Composers Regional Conferences, at the Midwest Composers Symposium in Oberlin, and at the Seventh International Alliance of Women in Music Concert. I was awarded an orchestral reading session by the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic and a broadcast on the nationally syndicated public radio program Harmonia. I have received commissions for vocal, choral, and guitar compositions.
I am Artistic Director of and performer with Zorzal Music Ensemble and have presented lecture-recitals on aspects of colonial-period Latin American music at the College Music Society International Conference in Costa Rica and at the Seventh International Festival of Women Composers in Pittsburgh. Over the past 20 years, I have performed traditional Latin American music at the Smithsonian and at various locations in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Costa Rica. I am currently Artistic and Musical Director and Conductor of the Highland Park Recorder Society/Garden State Sinfonia.”
Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Poetry; New York, NY—Khalil was born in Detroit and raised in Florida. He is the author of 19 Names For Our Band (Fence Books, 2008). His poetry, fiction, and photography have appeared in Boston Review, NOON, Canarium, Encyclopedia, Court Green, and Aufgabe among others. His awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Ucross Foundation. A graduate of Bard College and Brown University; he lives in New York
Dennis McLeod, Visual Arts; Glen Ellen, CA—Dennis is a painter living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a graduate of Virginia Art Institute and earned his BFA degree from California College of the Arts in Oakland, California in 1980. Most recently his work was included in the exhibition “Rembrandt to Thiebaud: A decade of collecting works on paper” show at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.
His travels to India, Japan, Morocco, among other places has been a great source of inspiration in his work. Over the last several years his work has centered around the use of line and drips as well as other forms of mark-making to create meditative abstractions which examine the fundamental ideas behind chaos theory, order and repetition. Working with a pared down, mostly monochromatic palette, McLeod focuses on the physicality of his technique building layer upon layer to create an almost tangible perception of space and volume. Dennis McLeod is represented by Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA.
Naoe Suzuki, Visual Arts; Newtonville, MA—Naoe has worked in various artistic mediums including installation, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, video and performance art. Over the last seven years, Suzuki has been focusing on drawings. Specifically, she creates precise and psychologically charged drawings in mineral pigments and graphite using imagery from the history of art, medical and scientific literature, plant life, animals, and fashion.
Her recent exhibitions include: Drawn to Gravity at Grand Central Art Center at California State University Fullerton; Annual Exhibition at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA; Fractured Fairytales at the Asian American Art Center, New York, NY; Subjective Reality at Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art in Boston, MA. She has also exhibited at Studio Soto in Boston; Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts; San Francisco Public Library; Albany International Airport Gallery in New York; AREA Space in Toronto, Canada. Her drawings are currently being included in the Boston Drawing Project at Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston. Her video and performance works have been shown at ARC Gallery in Chicago and the Institute of Contemporary Art Theater in Boston. Her drawings are published in New American Paintings, Vol. 74 this year.
She was awarded residency fellowships from Jentel, Wyoming; Blue Mountain Center, New York; Millay Colony for the Arts, New York; MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire; Centrum, Washington; and Vermont Studio Center, Vermont. She received the Artist Grant in Drawing/Printmaking/Artist’s Book from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2006), Artists’ Resource Fund from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The Blanche E. Colman Award from Mellon Trust of New England, and The Artist Grant in Sculpture/Installation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2001). Naoe was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1967. She has lived in the United States since 1986. She holds an M.F.A. in Studio for Interrelated Media from Massachusetts College of Art.
Zonde Zinke, Fiction; Knoxville, TN—”I was born in New York City in 1974 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997. I spent close to a decade in community service, working as a child advocate, a homeless shelter case manager, a domestic violence counselor and a progressive services support provider for people with mental disabilities. I began writing in 2001 and am grateful for support from The Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University, The University of Tennessee, The Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation and The Jerome Foundation. I’ve won a John C. Hodges short-story prize and am currently working on a collection of short stories. In the fall of 2008, I will begin a PhD program in Creative Writing at the University of Tennessee. I live in Knoxville, TN with my partner, also a writer, Otis Haschemeyer, and our good old dog, Zuka.”
April: Katherine Arnoldi, Kevin Grauke, Bjork Viggosdottir, Caroline Mallonée, Molly Springfield, D.A. Powell
Katherine Arnoldi, Fiction; Vestal, NY—Ms. Arnoldi’s graphic novel, The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom, (Hyperion 1998), was awarded a New York Foundation of the Arts Award in Drawing, two American Library Association Awards, was nominated for the Will Eisner and the Harvey Awards in the Graphic Novel and was named one of the top ten books of the year by Entertainment Weekly. She won the Juniper Prize and the University of Massachusetts Press published her collection of short stories, All Things Are Labor in 2007. Katherine Arnoldi has been awarded the New York Foundation of the Arts Award in Fiction, the DeJur Award and the Henfield Transatlantic Fiction Award.
Kevin Grauke, Fiction; Philadelphia, PA—”I was born and raised in Texas, but I’ve lived in Philadelphia with my wife and two children (4 1/2–year-old girl, 3-year-old boy) for almost four years now. A tenure-track job at La Salle University compelled me to leave my home state, which I’d returned to in order to write my dissertation after finishing my coursework at SUNY Buffalo. In addition to the PhD, which I earned in 2003, I also have an MFA in fiction writing from Texas State University. My stories have appeared in (or will soon appear in) such journals as The Southern Review, StoryQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Quarterly West, Blue Mesa Review, and South Dakota Review, to name just a few. I’ve also published a book chapter and an essay on the representation of suicide in 19th-Century American fiction (the subject of my cheery dissertation).”
Caroline Mallonée, Composing; New York, NY—Dr. Mallonee is a New York-based composer who has written solo, chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music as well as electroacoustic music, opera, and music for film. She was born in Baltimore, where she studied violin, flute and piano in the Preparatory Department of the Peabody Conservatory. She did her undergraduate work at Harvard University, earned a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music and a Ph.D. from Duke University, where she studied with Scott Lindroth and Steve Jaffe. She lived in the Netherlands from 2004-2005, where she held a Fulbright Fellowship for study with Louis Andriessen at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag.
Dr. Mallonée’s compositions have been played by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Da Capo Chamber Players, counter)induction, the Contemporary Music Forum, the Women Composer’s Orchestra, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Virginia Pops Symphony, Non Sequitur, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, the Ciompi, Alexander, Del Sol and Mendelssohn String Quartets and American Opera Projects. Her music has been heard at Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall), Symphony Space, Tenri Cultural Center and Tonic in New York City, as well as at the Nieuwmuziekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., on the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, on the New Music New Haven series and at the Long Leaf Opera Festival. Her music has been performed in the U.S., the Netherlands, Wales, England, Italy and Mexico, and has been broadcast several times over National Public Radio on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.” Some of her choral music will be published by Boosey & Hawkes this year.
Dr. Mallonée has been on the faculty of The Walden School for young composers in Dublin, New Hampshire since 1998 as Director of Composer Forums, directs the female choir, and is the Assistant Academic Dean. Dr. Mallonée is the violinist in pulsoptional, a band of composers based in Durham, NC as well as in Glissando bin Laden and His Musichideen, an experimental improv band based in New York City.
D. A. (Doug) Powell, Poetry; San Francisco, CA—Mr. Powell is the author of Tea, Lunch and Cocktails. The latter was a finalist for the Lambda and the National Book Critics’ Circle Awards. Powell’s honors have included fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the James Michener Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America and an Academy of American Poets Prize. His recent poems appear in Kenyon Review, New Orleans Review, Poetry, New England Review and Virginia Quarterly Review. Powell teaches in the English Department at University of San Francisco.
Molly Springfield, Visual Arts; Washington, DC—Ms. Springfield is an artist who makes drawings and installations based on textual artifacts. Balancing a deadpan, ironic sensibility with historical homage, her work addresses oppositions between reproduction and originality, reading and seeing, technology and labor, memory and nostalgia, digital and analog, and pencil and print. Molly’s current projects include an ongoing series of drawings of photocopies of printed texts; a mixed-media project based on the life and writings of the 19th-century photography visionary William Henry Fox Talbot; an investigation into how handwritten marginalia reveals relationships between readers and books; and a visual “translation” of the first fifty pages of Swann’s Way in the form of drawings made from every existing English edition of Proust’s novel.
Ms. Springfield was born in 1977, received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004, and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2006. Springfield has had recent solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.. Her work has been reviewed and featured in many publications including Artforum, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Drain Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Ms. Springfield has also published her own writing in the College Art Association News and NY Arts Magazine. She is based in Washington, D.C., where she has been on the faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the George Washington University.
Bjork Viggosdotter, Visual Arts; Iceland—”I work with beauty and stories in my art. I like to use combination of different media in my works to encourage the audience use all their senses in viewing my work. I try to do installation that touches you and let you experience something visual and make sound that goes in to your memory. My world of visual poetry, sound, colours and emotions. I try to make art that makes your eyes hungry and your heart sad. Fill some people heads and make others mad. I love to do art and I also love art. Like to blend together print, photographs, sculptures, music -compostion- recordings-, video, film, dance and everything that makes my artwork work. I play base, keyboard, harp, flute, mellodica and all small instruments. I sing and dance. I make my own music mostly for my art exhibitions. I always have a clear vision of how my artwork should look like and what I want people to experience in my art. I would like to travel and exhibit my art all over the world. And that is what I’m going to do the next months. I have a studio in Reykjavík. I work as an visual artist and an art teacher now in Iceland.”