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November: Mark Cannariato, Caroline Sulzer, Koji Nakano, David Agasi, Caitlin Scholl, Peter Iannarelli

David Agasi, Visual Arts; Sagamihara, Japan – “My last show was a Tokyo collaboration with French artist Virginie Aussedat at GENGETSU in the spring of 2008.  SInce 2002 I have been involved in several group shows and have had seven solo exhibitions in Japan.  My photography has been featured in Metropolis (Tokyo), Zilla (Germany), Alternative Press (USA) and Cafe Review (USA).  Late last year my photography was shown prominently on NYC’s website.  My photographs are analog, thus, they are real photographs.”

Mark Cannariato, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Born and raised in rural southeast Louisiana, Mark started studying art at Louisiana State University.  His interest in large format photography and painting steered his work towards large projects in New Orleans and Havana.  Spending much of his time in the Caribbean and the southern US his interest in sculpture started to form.  This brought him to grad school at the University of South Florida where he began working with installations.  Projects included sound installations influenced and recorded during time spent in Westmoreland parish Jamaica.  He also worked with many Cuban artists amongst the early stages of the West Tampa Center for the Arts.  After receiving his MFA he relocated to Brooklyn, New York where he works now in Gowanus.

Peter Iannarelli, Visual Arts; Beacon, NY – Peter is a sculptor and installation artist, who has exhibited his work nationally and including the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, NY, University Art Museum at Albany, NY, and the Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon. In 2007, 2008, and 2009 he served as the Visiting Artist at Dia:Beacon. Most recently his work became part of the permanent collection at the Samual Dorsky Museum of Art SUNY New Paltz.

Koji Nakano, Composer; Boston, MA – Koji received his Bachelor Degree in composition with distinction, and Master’s degrees in composition with academic honors and distinction, Pi Kappa Lambda, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  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.  Koji received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at San Diego.

Koji has composed more than forty works, including solo pieces, chamber works, symphonic movements, operas, and concerti for piano and violin. In 2007, his Time Song II: Howling through Time for female singer, flutist and percussionist was premiered at the Asia Society in NYC in the concert Four Generations of Asian Composers.  In 2008, his portrait concert Innovation and Tradition was presented at Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC, Musicasa Hall in Tokyo, as well as at Georgia State University as part of the College Music Society’s Fiftieth-First National Conference.  In 2009, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna gave the world premiere of his Scattered Clouds/Dramatic Sky for flute, bass clarinet, viola and violoncello as part of KOFOMI (“Composers Forum in Mittersill”) in Austria.

Caitlin Scholl, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Caitlin received her BA from the University of Vermont in 2006. Her studies were concentrated mostly in environmental studies and writing (eco-psychology, eco-fiction). Since then she’s studied at Naropa University’s Creative Writing MFA Program with the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, and her first novel, Mocemove, Na Vanua (The Land Abiding) was published in 2006. Originally hailing from the deep forests & river bends of the Adirondack Park in northern New York State, Caitlin now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Also a teacher, she spends her time with children, who are, in her opinion, the most creative beings of all.

Caroline Sulzer, Fiction; Surry, Maine – “I was born in New York to German parents, and much of my childhood was spent moving between the home my parents were struggling to leave behind and the home they were struggling to establish.  This straddling of two countries, languages and cultures has shaped my writing in ways that I’m still beginning to understand.  After moving about extensively in my twenties and thirties, I settled in Maine, where I’ve lived now for just over a decade with my husband and my two children, ages 9 and 12.

“I studied literature and writing in college (majoring in German and English), graduating Magna cum Laude and with several writing awards.  I went on to do graduate work in both comparative literature (M. A.), writing (M.F.A.) and psychology (Ph.D.). I have worked as a teacher, freelance researcher and writer, and as a therapist.  I have published poetry in various journals and my first novel, In the Disappearing Water, was published in February 2009.  My poetry has appeared in Calyx, Delaware Valley Poets Anthology, Puckerbrush Review and other publications.”


October: Darren Floyd, Sabeen Raja, Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Nora Maynard, Melissa Sandor, Thomas Smith

Darren Floyd, Film Art; Brooklyn, NY – Darren is an motion picture artist who works with 16mm film, video, and zines.  His films and videos have used portraiture, letter writing, collaboration, and improvisation as structural elements in experimental narrative films. He is currently working on a film project of supernatural self-portraits that combine landscape cinematography and direct-address narration to trace a narrative and emotional arc.  Darren has been invited to Cornell University as an Artist-In-Residence beginning in the fall of 2009, where he will be working on a public art motion portraiture project.
Darren holds a MFA in Film and Media Art from Temple University and a BA in Women’s Studies from The College of Wooster.

Nora Maynard, Fiction; New York, NY—Nora is a novelist, short story writer, essayist, photographer, and food-and-drinks columnist and instructor. She was born in London, Ontario, Canada, and received a B.A. from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. After graduation, she worked in publishing in Toronto and New York as an editor and literary publicist. Her short stories, essays, and photo-essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Killing the Buddha, The Rambler, Apartment Therapy, CHOW, and other publications. She been awarded fiction fellowships from the Ucross Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Artists’ Enclave at I-Park. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress, BURNT HILL ROAD, won the Bronx Writers’ Center/Bronx Council on the Arts “Chapter One” Competition in 2007.

Sabeen Raja, Visual Arts; Ashburn, VA – Sabeen was born in Lahore, Pakistan, received her BFA in Miniature Painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, and her MFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, U.S. She has had several solo exhibitions, including It’s a Small World, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. (2004); Sabeen Raja, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia (2005); and Sabeen Raja: New Miniature Paintings, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C., U.S. (2005). Her work has also been included in group exhibitions such as Paperchase, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne (2005); Twocubes, Sherman Galleries, Sydney, Australia (2006) and Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, The Proposition, New York (2006). In 2003 she was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. She has had residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Djerassi, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Yaddo. Raja lives and works in Virginia, U.S.

Melissa Sandor, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY — Melissa Sandor was born in Buffalo, New York. She received her BA from SUNY at Buffalo and has completed graduate studies at Pratt Institute and Queens College, CUNY. In addition to being a fiction writer, she was worked for the past 16 years as a writer for artists and non-profit arts organizations including BOMB Magazine, Meredith Monk, New York City Ballet, New York Stage & Film, Queens Council on the Arts and many others. Her writing has appeared in BOMB, Buffalo Spree and ArtVoice magazines. She has been a teaching artist in private schools in NYC and NJ. Sandor is currently working on a novella.

Thomas Smith, Composer; Milmont, PA – Thomas holds a degree from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where he studied with Peter Segal.  As a founding member of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Trio he has recorded two CDs of Latin American music and toured the Mid-Atlantic states as a roster artist for the Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour program. Abroad, the Philly Guitar Trio was the featured ensemble for the 1998 Festival  Internacional de Guitarra de Puerto Rico and for the Third Encuentro Internacional de Guitarra Panamá 1999. In the Philadelphia area the Trio appeared on television and performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Opening Celebration. Through the Appel Farm Center for the Arts, Thomas conceived and presented a residency series of assemblies aimed at introducing Southern New Jersey public school students to the classical guitar.   His arrangements of William Grant Still’s Here’s One and Danzas de Panamá have been published by the Theodore Presser Company and William Grant Still Music, respectively.


September: Kat Smith, Paul David Young, Amy Albreacht, seated, E. Tracy Grinnell, Paul Burn, Sarah Gamble

Amy Albreacht, Visual Arts; NY, NY –  Amy is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She makes objects that are surrogates for natural environments. Despite their artificial materials and geometric constructions, the structures feel organic. Many of her works mechanically expand and contract which is a nod to the life cycle of all natural things and to the constraints of urban, apartment living. She has an MFA from Yale and a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She has exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, the Netherlands and has most recently shown at the International Print Center of New York as part of the collective Holding, Her Shape Collects. In 2006 she created a site-specific work for the Geumgang Nature Art Biennale in Gongju, South Korea.

Paul Burn, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “Working primarily in sculpture with some video and performance, my work is concerned with providing an interface for humans with the natural sublime. My solo show at Munson-Wilson Gallery in San Francisco, 2004, featured a drinking fountain with water that smelled like the forest floor, a performance where I transported people in a darkened, womb-like enclosure to see the full moon, and a replica of Carlsbad Caverns. In 2005, at the Explorers Club in NYC I created a night sky simulating the Northern Lights, and I partnered with Greenpeace and created a glacier-like kiosk to show my documentary on their “Project Thin Ice”. In 2006 I received a Canadian Climate Counsel Artist research Grant to created a 3D model of now gone iceberg. I have co-written ordinances limiting light pollution with rural municipalities as a way of trying to preserve the sublimity of the night sky. Some of the places I have exhibited: Jack Tilton Gallery, Flux Factory, Bohen Foundation, Swiss Institute, Socrates Sculpture Park, American Fine Arts, Stamford Art Museum, Parrish Art Museum, and Johnson Museum. Cornell University Artist in Residence, Faber Birren Color Grant, MFA UIC (Chicago) 2005, Navona Fellowship.”

Sarah Gamble, Visual Arts; Philadelphia, PA – Sarah received her BFA from the Corcoran School of Art in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions and is represented by Pageant: Sloveev Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has most recently been exhibited at PS122 Gallery, New York, NY; Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY; Pageant Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Lump Gallery/Projects, Raleigh, NC; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE ; The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg PA; and is included in Philagrafika’s Invitational Portfolio, Philadelphia PA and the Viewing Program at The Drawing Center in New York, NY. She has participated in artist’s residencies at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT where she received a full fellowship. Gamble recently received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for work on paper. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.

E. Tracy Grinnell, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – E. Tracy is the author of Helen: A Fugue (Belladonna Books Elder Series #1 with Leslie Scalapino, 2008), Some Clear Souvenir (O Books 2006) and Music or Forgetting (O Books 2001), as well as the limited edition chapbooks Leukadia (Trafficker Press, 2008), Humoresque (Dusi/e-chap kollectiv, 2008), Hell and Lower Evil (Lyre Lyre Pants on Fire Press, 2008), Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson (gong chapbooks, 2006), Of the Frame (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2004), and Harmonics (Melodeon Poetry Systems, 2000). She is the founding editor of Litmus Press and its annual journal of poetry and translation, Aufgabe. She lives, writes and teaches in Brooklyn, New York.

Kat Smith, Film Art; Santa Monica – Kat Smith’s first spec sale, Into the Land of Nod, was set in Belle Glade, Florida, where 10,000 Jamaicans are imported every year to cut sugar cane.  The script was picked up by Warner Brothers for producer Wendy Finerman (Forest Gump), with Robin Wright Penn attached to star.  More recently, Ms. Wright-Penn has served as Executive Producer on the project. Also at Warners, Kat wrote the American adaptation of Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! for Mark Rosenberg and Paula Weinstein of Spring Creek Productions (Recount, Fabulous Baker Boys).  Other works-for-hire include a Jean Seberg biopic for Jodie Foster to produce/star; The Lady’s Transgression, based on the story of a 16th century Hungarian countess who was tried for the murder of 650 handmaidens in her court.  Rafaella DeLaurentis commissioned the script for Universal Pictures.  For Starz/Encore cable, Kat wrote a script based on the true story of a piano tuner in Evanston, Illinois who brought a ground-breaking lawsuit against the American gun industry after losing a son to gang violence, and for Fox/FX (Rudy Langlais, Norman Stephens, producers; Jeremiah Chechik, director).

Paul David Young, Playwright; New York, NY – Paul won the 2009 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and was runner-up for the Kendeda Fellowship of the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta.  His play Times and Places was performed in Icelandic in Reykjavik and in English in the La Mama E.T.C. “Experiments” reading series.  Primary Stages held a reading of his play No One But You in 2007.  His play David & Ira will be produced in New York in 2009.  His play Aporia was given a public reading at the Living Theatre in December 2008, won third in the New Works of Merit International Playwriting Competition, and was presented in a reading in April 2009 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, where it was a finalist for the Cauble Short Play Award.  Waking Up With Strangers was produced at the Kraine Theater, New York, June/July, 2009.  A collaborative performance/installation piece, Balcony Scene, was produced at the New York art gallery LMAK Projects in December 2008.  He graduated from Yale College, Columbia Law School, and The New School for Drama, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany.  He has studied with Christopher Shinn, Michael Weller, Frank Pugliese, and Edward Allan Baker, among others.  His theater commentary includes “Advanced Forms of Emptiness: Handke and Jelinek in Berlin,” and “Performing the Novel: Elevator Repair Service Reads The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner,” both in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press).  He was co-curator of “Perverted by Theater,” an art exhibition about the intersection of visual art and theater at apexart, New York, October – December 2008.


August: Giovanna Cecchetti, Joseph Kim, Sujin Lee, Bruce Snider, Kirsten Stolle, Jen-Kuang Chang

Giovanna Cecchetti, Visual Arts; Paterson, NJ – Giovanna was born in Suffern, New York. Cecchetti initially studied art at SUNY Rockland under Edgar and David Levy, whose influence brought her to NYC to study with Larry Rivers and Elaine deKooning at Parsons School of Design in 1973. She received an MFA from William Paterson University where she presently teaches contemporary color theory and 2-D design as an adjunct professor.  In 2006, Cecchetti received a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She is also a 2003 recipient of the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper Residency Fellowship, as well as a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation funded residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2004. Cecchetti’s work is included in national and international collections, both public and private.

Jen-Kuang Chang, Composer; Lincoln, NE – Jen-Kuang, a native of Taiwan, is working on the acoustic composition, electro-acoustic, and audiovisual as expressive agents.  Mr. Chang is the recipient of the Music Omi International Musicians Residency Award and the CLIC Foundation Digital Art International Contest Award.  His “Chakra” was named the Second Prize winner of the JIMS “Stadtpfeifer” International Composition Contest for Improvised Chamber Music in Salzburg and was selected for the SCI Journal of Music Scores.  His works have been selected for inclusion in the Spark Festival, Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, SCI National Conference, SCI Student National Conference, NACUSA National Conference, the Summer Studies for Jazz & Improvised Music Salzburg, the Sonoimágenes International Acousmatic and Multimedia Festival in Buenos Aires, CYNETart Festival in Germany, FONLAD Digital Arts Festival in Portugal, the ElectroMediaWorks Festival in Athens, the Expo Brighton 2008 in the United Kingdom, the Signal and Noise Festival in Vancouver, the International Les Instants Vidéo Festival in France, the Canariasmediafest in Spain, the FIAD Festival Internacional de Arte Digital in El Salvador, the Australasian Computer Music Conference in Sydney, the FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, the ASTAS ROMAS 404 International Electronic Art Festival, and Visionaria International Toscana Videofestival 2008 in Italy.

Joesph Kim, Screen; San Francisco, CA –  “A little about me: I was born and raised in San Francisco, in whose summer Mark Twain said he spent the “coldest winter.”  Except now it’s starting to get very hot in the summers.  Global warming, eek!  I moved around some after high school, spent a year in Hawaii and a several years in San Diego.  In 2000, I took my first stab at screenwriting when I enrolled in a one-year online program offered by UCLA.  Quite an eye-opening experience.  But several unproductive years went by when I got mired in the daily grind — work, nonsense, etc.  I decided I better get serious, so I dropped everything and went back to school and got an MFA in creative writing.  If I’ve learned anything it’s that the battle is with yourself — to stay the course, to permit yourself to dream, to feel free enough to make the unexpected discovery, to not censor yourself, to relax, to basically fire away trusting in the process.”

Sujin Lee, Visual Arts; Sunnyside, NY – Sujin holds a BFA and an MFA in Studio Art and an MA in Performance Studies.  She was awarded with the Emerge fellowship program at Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, Artist in the Marketplace fellowship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sidney Kahn Summer Institute residency at The Kitchen, and Jack Goodman Award for Art and Technology at New York University.  Lee’s works were presented at The Soap Factory, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Maryland Institute College of Art, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research at the Judson Church and many other venues, nationally and internationally.

Bruce Snider, Poetry; San Francisco, CA – Bruce is the author of The Year We Studied Women, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in poetry from the University of Wisconsin Press. Originally from Indiana, he lived for several years in Austin, Texas, where he was a James A. Michener Fellow in poetry and playwriting at the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers.  His poetry and non-fiction have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Southern Review, PN Review, Ploughshares and Prairie Schooner. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University, he lives in San Francisco.

Kirsten Stolle, Visual Arts; San Francisco, CA – Kirsten was born in Newton, MA and received her BA from Framingham State College in 1989. She also completed studies at Kensington College, London, England and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA.  Stolle’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN as well several corporate collections. Select solo exhibitions include Butters Gallery, Portland, OR; Trillium Press, Brisbane, CA; Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT and Markel Fine Arts, NYC. Stolle has also been included in New American Paintings (2005)  and Eleven Eleven Journal of Literature and Art (2008). In 2009, Stolle was awarded the highly competitive San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant for Individual Artists.  The grant will be used to support the development of her project “Anatomy of a Future Forest”, a visual arts and educational project that explores future ecological scenarios within the context of global warming and other environmental impacts. The project will culminate in an exhibition at Dolby Chadwick Gallery in 2010.


July: Graham Foust, Selena Kimball, Rebecca Lehman, Mauro Zamora (seated), Sarah Madsen, Thomas Martin

Graham Foust, Poetry; Oakland, CA –  “I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1970 and raised in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; I wrote As in Every Deafness (Flood Editions, 2003), Leave the Room to Itself (Ahsahta Press, 2003), Necessary Stranger (Flood Editions, 2007), and A Mouth in California (Flood Editions, forthcoming). I teach in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Saint Mary’s College of California.

“I have three degrees from three different institutions of higher learning; I am married; I have no pets.  Some of my poems have been translated into Dutch; I’ve published critical essays on Wallace Stevens, Jack Spicer, Willie Nelson, Lisa Jarnot, and Frederick Seidel; I enjoy karaoke, reading the dictionary, and cooking my own meals.”

Selena Kimball, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Selena is a visual artist working in a variety of media: film, painting, collage and photography. Her work knits the historical past and cultural present, investigating archival images that have shaped collective memory. Her long-time artistic collaborators include visual anthropologist Alyssa Grossman, and the writer and art historian Agnieszka Taborska. Her work can be seen in the recently published collage novel  The Sleeping Life of Leonora de La Cruz, Agnieszka Taborska and Selena Kimball  (Gdañsk: s³owo/obraz teryrtoria, 2004, New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 2007,  Paris: Édition Interférences, 2007). She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Kimball lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Rebecca Lehman, Poetry; Tallahassee, FL – Rebecca has poems published, or forthcoming, in Tin House, Indiana Review, Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Rattle, Makeout Creek, Parcel, and Paper Street, among other journals.  She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded a Maytag Fellowship.  She is currently a PhD student at Florida State University, specializing in poetry and critical theory.

Sarah Madsen, Fiction; Providence, RI – Sarah lives sometimes in Providence, RI, and sometimes in rural Washington State, where she was also born and raised, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Range.  She has been a writer in residence at Hedgebrook and Millay, the recipient of a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Merit Award, and a Pushcart Prize Nominee.  For her fiction, she has also received the John Hawkes Prize, the Francis Mason Harris Award, and the Weston Award.  She earned an MFA from Brown University in 2006, where she was a Peter Kaplan Memorial Fellow.  Her work has appeared in journals such as Quarterly West, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Encyclopedia.

Thomas Martin, Visual Arts; Bronx, NY – “For me, drawing is a strategy with which to mediate between (and moderate) various disparate forces at work in my life and art. Simultaneously, it is a simulator, a testing ground for an Unknown proposition. Two primary series, Q and FT, feed in and feed off one another and are supplemented by a series of peripheral documents- notebooks and informal tests-, which are meant to refine, prove and/or discredit the system(s) at work.

“My primary medium is drawing. I was born in southern New Jersey and grew up in New Jersey and Florida. I received my MFA from Montclair State University in 2006 and my BFA from the Ringling College of Art in Sarasota, FL in 2003. While at Ringling, in the summer 2002, I attended the Yale Summer School of Art & Music in Norfolk, CT. I live and work in Bronx, NY.”

Mauro Zamora, Visual Arts; Philadelphia, PA – Mauro received his M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia in 2004, and a Certificate in Painting from the Academy in 1999. Recent solo exhibits include Solo Series at the Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, Pa.; Border Crossing at Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia; Converge at Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia; and Fleisher Challenge, at the Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia. His work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Woodmere Art Museum, and Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York City, to name a few. He was awarded the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2008.


June: Janet Jieru Chen, Rick Lewis, Christine Evans, Jarod Rosello, Jennifer (Rose) Levonian, Ryan Black

Ryan Black, Poetry; Jackson Heights, NY – Ryan has published previously in AGNI Online, LUNA, TriQuarterly, The Saint Ann’s Review, and elsewhere. He also published a limited edition broadside for The Center For Book Arts in New York City. In 2004, Ryan received his MFA in poetry from New York University.  Currently, he lives in Jackson Heights, NY, and teaches at Queens College/CUNY.

Janet Jieru Chen, Composer; Durham, NC –  A native of Taiwan, Janet Jie-ru Chen holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Taipei National University of the Arts, under the instruction of Dr. Shyhji Pan-Chew. Her compositions have been performed by groups, such as the Luxembourg Sinfonietta (Luxembourg), the Orchestre National de Lorraine (France), the Présence Contemporaine (France), the Kochi Ensemble (Japan), the Alarm Will Sound (USA), the Eighth Blackbird (USA) and the Banff Chamber Ensemble (Canada). Ms. Chen has won several prizes including ISCM-ACL Young Composers Awards, William Klenz Prize, Tzu-chi Artistic Scholarship, Shi-an Artistic Creation Prize on music, and the nomination for 2007 Taiwan President’s Awards for Young Creation. She has also received scholarships to attend international music festivals including the International Music Courses in Darmstadt (2008), the Composers Conference at Wellesley (2007), the International Gaudeamus Music Week (2005), the Acanthes Music Festival (2003, 2005) and the Banff Summer Arts Festival (2003).  She was selected as a representative of Taiwan for the 2007 and 2005 ACL Young Composers Awards. In 2004, she was selected as a member of “National Taiwan Young Composer’s Project” by the National Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan. Her piece, A Stream of Clouds, has been awarded as one of the best three compositions for the 2003 National Young Composer Project. Her string quartet “Tranquility after Rain” is not only credited as “2002 Young Voice From Taiwan “by the National Council for Cultural Affairs of Taiwan but also received its New York premiere in 2003.

Christine Evans, Playwright; Providence, RI – Christine is an internationally produced Australian playwright now based in the U.S. Her plays have been developed and produced at venues including the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), the New Vic (London), RADA (London), Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney), the Adelaide International Festival of the Arts, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, hotINK International Festival of Play Readings, Magic Theatre, Perishable Theatre, Bricolage, Synchronicity, New Jersey Rep, Kitchen Dog Theatre, Providence Black Rep, Theater Simple, Crowded Fire and Cutting Ball Theater.  Ms. Evans’ honors include a Fulbright Award, two MacDowell Colony Fellowships and Perishable’s Women’s Playwriting Award (2000 and 2001).  Her most recent play, Trojan Barbie, premiered at the A.R.T. in 2009 and will be published in Theatre Forum # 35 (June 2009). Trojan Barbie received the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (2007), the Playwrights Theatre Award (2009) and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship (2009). Ms. Evans is a 2008-2010 Lab Member of the Women’s Project (NYC).  She holds an MFA and Ph.D. from Brown and teaches playwriting at Harvard.

Jennifer Levonian, Visual Arts; Philadelphia, PA – “I am a Philadelphia-based artist working in cut-paper animation and painting. I received my MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. In recent years, I have shown my work in group and solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Houston, and Washington, D.C. My animations have been screened around the U.S. and in Germany and the United Kingdom. I attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007 and the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 2008.”

Rick Lewis, Visual Arts; New Paltz, NY – Rick was born in Texas and grew up in the Gulf of Mexico Coastal region. Rick received a B.S. in Graphic Design at  Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas. His influences range from among others Joan Miro, Antoni Tapies, Paul Klee, Alberto Burri, Texan visionary painter Forrest Bess, Far Eastern calligraphy, and the philosophy of the Far East. Mr. Lewis has exhibited in Hong Kong, Indonesia, New York, and Texas. He has received numerous awards including a Carol Cook Foundation Arts award for excellence in painting. His artist in residency awards include the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY, the Millay Colony Residency in Austerlitz, NY and The Bali Purnati Center for the Arts in Bali, Indonesia. He has been invited to Yogyakarta, Indonesia for a residency and exhibition in Spring 2010. His work belongs to numerous public and private collections throughout the world, and has appeared in international periodicals and publications.

Jarod Rosello, Fiction; State College, PA – Jarod was born and raised in Miami, FL and feels more and more Cuban the older he gets. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida International University when he wanted to be a psychologist. That didn’t quite work out, and now he is one year away from completing his M.F.A. in creative writing at Penn State University. He used to teach history at a public high school in Miami and really loved it. He also used to be a manager at a comic shop and really loved it. He is trying to find a way to combine those two professions into one awesome job. Currently, Jarod teaches composition and creative writing courses at Penn State and is a very slow fiction reviewer for Sotto Voce Magazine. Jarod’s fiction has appeared in Sonora Review, Cause & Effect, Neon, the delinquent, and Gulf Stream. In addition to writing stories, Jarod also self-publishes his own comic books that can be found at and at finer comic shops around the country. He is happy to engage anyone in a conversation about comics. Just ask. Jarod has been awarded artist residencies at Millay Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and The Edward Albee Foundation, and was the recipient of the 2006 FIU Literary Award for Fiction and the 2009 Toby Thompson Award for Creative Nonfiction. Jarod currently lives in State College, Pennsylvania with his wife and dog. But as soon as he graduates, he is moving back to South Florida (with or without a job!) and will never live far from the ocean again.


May: Molly Larkey, S Whitney Holmes, Laura Andel, Mark Read, Nicholas Boggs, Chris Kardambikis

Laura Andel, Composer; New York, NY-  Composer Laura Andel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After living and working in her native Buenos Aires, and for several years in Boston, Ms. Andel moved to New York City in 2000, where she currently resides. She has performed her music in New York, Boston, Berlin, Caracas, Buenos Aires, and other cities. One of Andel’s passions is the sound generated by large ensembles comprised of unusual combinations of instruments. For this purpose, she creates her own ensembles to perform her instrument-specific compositions. Ms. Andel’s recent music commissions include a commission by The Kitchen, a commission by the Festival of New Trumpet Music with funds from the Greenwall Foundation, and a Bronx River Art Center commission with funds from the New York State Music Fund/Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Two new commissions will be premiered on October 17, 2009 at Brecht Forum in New York City.

Laura Andel has been a composer in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, MacDowell Colony, Sacatar Foundation, Yaddo Artist Colony, Valparaiso Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and Ucross Foundation. Ms. Andel has also received several grants and awards for her work, among some of them are the Aaron Copland Fund Awards Recording Grant, a Music Composition Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, grants from the Senate for Culture of the City of Berlin, and the BMI Foundation-Jerry Harrington Jazz Composers Award. Her recordings include SomnambulisT and In::Tension:.. Ms. Andel’s extended works Doble Mano and Apsides are currently in the process of being published.

Nicholas Boggs, Fiction; Washington, D.C.-  Nicholas grew up in Washington, D.C. and received his B.A. in English from Yale, his Ph.D. in English from Columbia, and most recently, his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University.  From 2005-2006, he was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University.  For his fiction writing, he has been awarded a 2008 Artist’s Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts as well as residencies at the Blue Mountain Center, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts (the latter as a Cafritz Foundation Fellow).  His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in James Baldwin Now (NYU Press), Callaloo,and African American Review, and he is currently writing a novel and a non-fiction book about James Baldwin.  At Millay, he’ll be working on a second draft of the novel.

S. Whitney Holmes, Poetry; Tuscaloosa, AL-  S. Whitney was born and raised in north-central West Virginia.  In the spring of 2009, she successfully defended her M.F.A. thesis in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Alabama, where she was a Teaching Writing Fellow and served as Poetry Editor for Black Warrior Review.  Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Third Coast, The Laurel Review, Cave Wall, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere.

Christopher Kardambikis, Visual Arts; Pittsburgh, PA- Christopher has studied at the Lamar Dodd School of Art in Cortona, Italy, the Carnegie Mellon University Inquiry and Vision Program in Sparta, Greece and holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Kardambikis is the co-director of Encyclopedia Destructica, a self-published and hand made book operation that presents sketchbook and journal work from artists and writers.  He was awarded Full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center and was a recipient of the Sprout Seed Award, PA Partners in the Arts Award, and is a resident artist at the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts. He has exhibited his drawings, paintings, and books locally in Pittsburgh, nationally, and internationally at Otterndorf, Germany and Cortona, Italy.

Molly Larkey, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Molly received a MFA from Rutgers University, New Jersey and a BA from Columbia University, New York. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; PS1, New York; Samson Projects, Boston; and Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica; among others.

Larkey playfully incorporates elements of formalist abstraction with symbolism. Constructed from a variety of materials, Larkey gives her sculpture a rainbow treatment of brightly coloured paint, each rough hewn component compiling as a topsy-turvy monument, inciting both Modernist art history and hippie psychedelia. With her theatrical assemblages, Larkey frames these disparate ideas as humorously dysfunctional; relating the dynamics of power with the festivity of grass roots endeavour. – The Saatchi Gallery

Mark Read, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY-  “I was born in Connecticut, grew up in Maine, went to a boarding school in Massachusettes (Northfield Mt. Hermon School), and a college in upstate New York (Hamilton College, class of 1992, B.A. in Religious Studies).  I went to Bread and Puppet in Glover Vermont and it changed my life.  I received an MA in Media Studies from the New School in 2002.  I went to Seattle in 1999 during the WTO protests as a member of Paper Tiger Television, setting up the first Indymedia center, and producing the series “Showdown in Seattle.”

“I am currently an adjunct professor of Media Studies at New York University, where I teach a course on Video Activism.  I also work as outreach and development director at Deep Dish TV, where I am currently coordinating a screening series called “DIY Media:  Movement Perspectives on Critical Moments.”  When I am not working on film and social change, I am writing and curating a reading series with the Brooklyn Rail called “RantRhapsody.””


April: Jay Muhlin, Laurie Stone, Brett Goodroad, Kristen-Paige Madonia, Douglas Boyce, Susan Kim Campbell

Douglas Boyce, Composer; Alexandria, VA – Douglas was born in New York City in 1970.  After performing with various punk rock bands, he attended Williams College, receiving a BA degree in Physics and Music, with honors, in 1992.  He holds an MM from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.  His work, Palimpsest: A Composition of Maps, commissioned by Concert Artists’ Guild for violinist Asmira Woodward-Page, was recently premiered at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall.  His work, Song of Rain and Wind, was commissioned by Catholic University as part of the Songs of the Forgotten War project.  His work La Guerra de la Drìada has been published in the forthcoming ‘Society of Composers, Inc. Journal of Music Scores’, and his work, Quintet l’Homme Armé, was a winner in the 2005 League of Composers/ISCM Composers Competition.  Recently, his work, 102nd & Amsterdam, for string trio won the 2006 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, and is slated for a CD release by SCI/Capstone Records in Spring of 2009.  He is Associate Professor of Music at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and is a founding member of the New York new music collective counter)induction.  Current projects include a new work for the SUNY Stony Brook Contemporary Players, a sonata for viola and piano for violist Jessica Meyer, and ‘The Instances’, a work for guitar and string quartet commissioned by Marco Cappelli, and slated for release on Mode Records.

Susan Kim Campbell, Non-fiction; Marina del Rey, CA – Susan was born in Palo Alto, California, and holds a B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University.  Prior to her life as a writer, she led a varied career at the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Program, MSNBC, PBS and

At the Millay Colony for the Arts, Susan worked on a memoir about her Korean mother, a former Catholic nun in Taegu, South Korea; the white American father her mother married and raised a family with in northern California; and the biological father in Korea Susan discovered after her mother’s death.

Susan is delighted to also be at work on a collection of short stories.  Her fiction is about American children and immigrant parents, siblings, lovers, family both near and far.  It speaks to a generation born and raised in the United States.  Loss is a theme, but as in life, humor is key.

Susan’s fiction and nonfiction have received honors from:  “Glimmer Train,” the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, Writers at Work/“Quarterly West,” and Random House.  She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2009 and Hedgebrook in 2007.

Brett Goodroad, Visual Arts; San Francisco, CA:  Brett received his M.F.A. in painting from San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 and his B.F.A. from Montana State University in 2002. He has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Italy, London, San Francisco and Southern California. He has been awarded residencies in Vermont and Italy. He’s been a guest artist and lecturer at Eastern Oregon University and U.C. Long Beach. He currently volunteers with the non-profit Art Seed in San Francisco teaching underprivileged kids how to paint.

Kristen-Paige Madonia, Fiction; Charlottesville, VA – Kristen-Paige Madonia was raised in southern Virginia where she received her BA from James Madison University.  Her fiction has been published in “Sycamore Review”, “Inkwell”, “The South Dakota Review”, and “Pearl”, and she recently has been awarded writing residencies with Millay Colony for the Arts and The Studios of Key West.  She holds an MFA from California State University, Long Beach where she taught creative writing and was awarded the Best Thesis Award for the College of Liberal Arts.  Madonia received the Marianne Russo Fellowship to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and advanced fiction workshop with Robert Stone in 2008, and she is also the recipient of the James I. Murashige Jr. Memorial Scholarship for Fiction, the Ronald Foote Scholarship Award for Short Fiction, and the 2005 Literary Women Festival of Authors Fellowship.

Kristen-Paige currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia where she teaches creative writing and is at work on her second book, a novel that explores the ever-changing definition of the modern American family, the complexities of interracial relationships, and the effects of the Iraq war on small towns in the United States.

Jay Muhlin, Visual Arts; Astoria, NY – “My personal work often focuses on loss and healing. I am interested in Photography and Artists Books. I use the descriptive qualities of photography to explore an environment and reveal emotional truth in the everyday.
I live in New York City and received my BFA in Photography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1999. My photographs have been published in various publications worldwide and have also been featured in the books, Five Flights Up and Other New York Apartment Stories, by Toni Schlesinger, and Saturday Night, Sunday Morning: Playing and Praying in Black Culture, edited by Deborah Willis, both 2006. In 2007 I was an artist-in-residence at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. My first long-term book project Half life: A Portrait of Lauren was published in 2008. It documents the life and suicide of a close friend and my relationship to her. That project is comprised of photographs and collected writings that Lauren and I shared throughout the six years we knew each other, and photographs and documents created after her death. It was shown at the “21st Annual Book Fair Center for Independent Book Publishers” and “NY Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair” and belongs to various private collections.”

Laurie Stone, Non-fiction; Scottsdale, AZ – Laurie Stone is author of the novel Starting with Serge (Doubleday), the memoir collection Close to the Bone (Grove), and Laughing in the Dark (Ecco), a collection of her writing on comic performance. A longtime writer for the Village Voice (1975-99), she has been theater critic for ‘The Nation’, critic-at-large on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air, a member of The Bat Theater Company, and a regular writer for ‘Ms’., ‘New York Woman’, and ‘Viva’. She has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Kittredge Foundation, Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Saltonstall Art Colony, Djerassi Foundation for the Arts, Poets & Writers, and in 1996 she won the Nona Balakian prize in excellence in criticism from the National Book Critics Circle. She has published numerous memoir essays in such publications as ‘Ms.’, ‘TriQuarterly’, ‘The Literary Review’, ‘Threepenny Review’, ‘Speakeasy’, and ‘Creative Nonfiction’. Her short fiction and nonfiction appears in the anthologies The Face in the Mirror (2009), Writers at Work (2008) The Other Woman (2007), Best New Writing of 2007, It’s So You: 35 Women Write About Personal Expression Through Fashion and Style (2007), Full Frontal Fiction (Crown, 2000) and Money, Honey (Deutscher Tashenbuch Verlag, 2000). Her reviews can be seen in the ‘L.A. Times’, ‘The Washington Post’, ‘The Chicago Tribune’, and ‘Newsday’. She has given readings in dozens of venues, including The 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, The Poetry Project, Barnes & Noble, KGB, The National Arts Club, and The New School. She has served as writer-in-residence at Pratt Institute, Old Dominion University, Thurber House, and Muhlenberg College. She has been a member of the faculty of Antioch University’s Masters in Creative Writing Program, taught in the Graduate Theater Department of Sarah Lawrence, been a member of the faculty at Ohio State University, Fordham University, Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Writers’ Conference, and taught at the Paris Writers Workshop and the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.  She has had short residencies and given workshops at many other universities, including Yale University, CalArts, Trinity College, The University of North Texas, ArtCenter in Pasadena, Mills College, Indiana University, University of Connecticut, and School of the Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1993 and 2001 she received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts in the category of Nonfiction Literature. She served on the Board of the National Book Critics Circle and as a core faculty member of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA in creative writing. She recently did residencies at Yaddo, Saltonstall, Ragdale, Djerassi, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She participated in “Novel: An Installation,” living in a house designed by the architecture firm Salazar Davis and working on a novel in Flux Factory’s gallery space. She was recently included in the “Living Writers Series” at Muhlenberg College. She is currently at work on My Life as an Animal, a Memoir in Stories and Unmarked Trail: a Romance in Stories and a Guide to Setting up a Writing Partnership in collaboration with Richard Toon.

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