November: Bill Lohre, Ruiyan Xu, Bruce Trinkley, Shelby Donnellt, Andrew Boyd
Shelby Donnelly, Visual Arts; Philadelphia, PA – Shelby grew up in Rockford, Illinois. Shelby holds a B.F.A in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis (2002) and a M.F.A degree from Tyler School of Art, Temple (2008). Currently, she lives and works in Philadelphia where she has exhibited at notable institutions such as the Ice Box, City Hall, and the Abington Art Center. Curators such as James Rondoe of the Art Institute of Chicago and Sabina Ott of the Sculpture Center in New York have curated and awarded her artwork. Shelby is apart of the Port Richmond studio collective where artists create and exhibit art in a former textile warehouse. In 2012 she will live in Paris, France for a four-month artist residency at the Cite de Internationale, awarded to her by Washington University in St. Louis. Miss Donnelly primarily works with found and printed fabrics that are sewn into two-dimensional and three-dimensional collages. The work engages in formal conversations using image and contextual fragmentation that investigate a singular moment in time.
Bill Lohre, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Artist Statement: “My work is a synthesis of freedom and expression. To allow my thoughts to derail, dive, swim, and leap. To bring something new and foreign into this world and expose it to light so it can live. I want to feed the hungry eye and capture the wild mind. I feel inclined to introduce you to my confusion, build with my chaos, break it down, and then reassemble it with precise organization. Regardless of form, I want to create things I’ve never seen before.
“One of the inevitable elements in my work process involves patient reflection. I reflect/obsess on inescapable media trends like I-products, flat screens, and segways; behavioral patterns like screen staring, texting, twittering or skyping, corruption like stealing and selling a liver or kidney. Our increasing dependency on technology and medicine scares me and yet I eagerly await the newest and latest. New Media fascinates and empowers us, while our dependencies become increasingly frightening. I want this work to invoke some of that fear. I feel commenting on our need to adapt within rapidly changing times is both necessary and appropriate.”
Bruce Trinkley, Composer; State College, PA – Bruce is Professor Emeritus of Music at Penn State University where he taught composition, orchestration and opera literature and conducted the Penn State Glee Club for thirty-five years. He led the Glee Club on concert tours throughout the United States and to England, Wales, Trinidad and Tobago and France. He received degrees in composition from Columbia University where he studied with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson and Charles Wuorinen. He has composed incidental music, songs and choruses for theatre and dance productions at Penn State and has written extensively for choral ensembles.
Professor Trinkley’s music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia and China. Recent works include The Last Voyage of Captain Meriwether Lewis, a cantata for men’s voices; and One Life: The Rachel Carson Project, a multi-media work for women’s chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble. York: the Voice of Freedom, a full-length opera about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was premiered by the Penn State Opera Theatre in 2002 and was filmed by WPSX for broadcast on PBS stations. He and his writing collaborator, Jason Charnesky, have also written two operas for young people, The Prairie Dog That Met the President and Chicken Little. Their most recent operas are Baby Shower and Buzz and Bud.
Suzanne Wise, Poetry; NY, NY – Suzanne has published one book of poetry, The Kingdom of the Subjunctive (Alice James Books). Her poetry has been anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books) and American Poetry: the Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon). Her poems have also appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Guernica.com, EOAGH, Fence, Boston Review, Volt, Denver Quarterly, Tikkun, Pierogi Press, and elsewhere. An essay on C.D. Wright is forthcoming in the next volume of American Women Poets of the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (Wesleyan University Press) edited by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell. She has been awarded residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Ruiyan Xu, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY – Ruiyan was born in Shanghai and moved to the United States at the age of ten. She graduated from Brown University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She works as a web producer for the award-winning PBS documentary series POV. Her first novel, The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press (U.S.), Bloomsbury (U.K.), and Piemmi (Italy).
Ruiyan has been a recipient of the Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Award from Hedgebrook and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers. She has attended residencies at Hedgebrook (WA), the Espy Foundation (WA), the Anderson Center (MN), Jentel (WY), and Ragdale (IL). She has been accepted for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the KHN Center for the Arts (MO), and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (NY). She has been a member of a New York City-based writer’s group since 2002, and she is a mentor with Girls Write Now, which serves underserved or at-risk high school girls interested in writing.
October: Tom Coash, Mark Barr, Nina Herzog, Brea Souders, Curtis McDowell, Mattie Brickman
Mark Barr, Fiction; Austin, TX – Mark grew up in central Arkansas before settling in Austin, Texas, where he likes to build things and bake. His short stories have appeared in the Wisconsin Review, Optic, Twice Removed, and other journals. His work has been included in the anthology Don’t Abuse the Muse (2004), and forthcoming in The Austin Anthology: Emerging Writers of Central Texas (2010). He has received fellowships from the Jentel Arts Residency, the Blue Mountain Center, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and the I-Park Artists’ Enclave. He is working on a novel.
Lisa Borders, Fiction; Somerville, MA – Lisa’s first novel, Cloud Cuckoo Land, was chosen by Pat Conroy as the winner of River City Publishing’s Fred Bonnie Award for Best First Novel and was published in 2002. Cloud Cuckoo Land received fiction honors in the 2003 Massachusetts Book Awards, and was a finalist for both the Foreword Fiction Book of the Year and the Independent Publisher (IPPY) awards. Her second novel, The Fifty-First State, is represented by Svetlana Katz at Janklow & Nesbit. Lisa has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her short stories have appeared in Kalliope, Washington Square, Black Warrior Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, CrossConnect and other journals. Her essay “Enchanted Night” was published in Don’t You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes (Simon & Schuster, 2007). Lisa has been awarded grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Somerville Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Hedgebrook and the Blue Mountain Center. She holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an M.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University in Philadelphia. She teaches at Grub Street, Boston’s independent writing center, and lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Mattie Brickman, Playwright; NY, NY – As a playwright, Mattie’s productions include STARBOX, American Catnip, The Imaginary Audience, If Found Please Return to Charles Darwin, The Redundant Colon (also performed), Civil War, Bill Clinton Goes to the Bathroom (or It Might As Well Be Spring) (also directed), and Max Out Loud, a children’s musical adapted from books by Maira Kalman. Mattie is a 2010-2011 Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm and an associate artist of art.party.theater.company. She has been the playwright-in-residence at New York Stage & Film and at The O’Neill at Yale in Provincetown, MA. Her work has also been developed at The Lark. She is currently working on a commission from Vassar College and the upcoming show for art.party. As a journalist, Mattie wrote for Money magazine, The Santa Barbara Independent, and The Montecito Journal. Mattie holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from The Yale School of Drama (Eugene O’Neill Scholarship) and a B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She trained in ballet and modern dance and was Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company at Princeton. Mattie is from Santa Barbara, CA.
Tom Coash, Playwright; New Haven, CT – A New Haven, Ct. playwright and director, Mr. Coash also worked as the Director of New Play Development at Stageworks/Hudson for the last four years. Prior to New Haven, he spent three years in Bermuda and four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Coash was a Co-founder of the Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, VA and has worked for such theatres as the Manhattan Theatre Club and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Coash has won numerous playwriting awards including Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Hammerstein Award, The Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Award, and a Jerome Playwriting Fellowship. His plays have been produced at such theatres as the InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, and many more. Coash was the recipient of a 2007 CT. State Artist Fellowship. He is currently working on new plays commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and The InterAct Theatre. His new play VEILS was recently a featured play at the 2009 Seven Devils Playwriting Conference.
Nina Herzog, Non-fiction; Brooklyn, NY – “Born in Zagreb and fluent in Croatian, I have an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from NYU and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College. I was a contributing writer at POZ Magazine, for which I wrote book reviews, conducted interviews and wrote general interest pieces. I was managing editor of Global City Review and co-editor of its International Issue. I have published reviews, fiction and non-fiction in Global City Review, fiction in Evergreen Chronicles and XXX Fruit, and parts of my memoir are forthcoming in The Great River Review and The Reader. A chapter of this book was selected for the Dixon Place 2005 HOT! Festival in New York City. I was a guest at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. In 2009, I was short-listed for the X. J. Kennedy Prize in Creative Nonfiction.”
Curtis McDowell, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Born to the Midwest in 1972. Raised and schooled in Des Moines, Iowa. Earned a degree in engineering from Iowa State University before moving to the Pacific NorthWest in 1997. Worked with underprivileged youth while training at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington, including a two year intensive atelier from 2005 to 2007. Transplanted in New York City, receiving an MFA at New York Academy of Art in 2009. Returned as a visiting critic. Currently showing work in juried exhibitions, small galleries, and auctions, including Sothebys. Millay Colony will be the first experience of an artist residency.
Brea Souders, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Brea was born in rural Maryland, and was raised on several acres of woods by an artist and a physicist. She studied photography and art history at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and moved to New York City in 2005, where she currently resides. Her work has been exhibited nationally at institutions such as Abrons Arts Center, NYC; Jack the Pelican Presents, NYC; Affirmation Arts, NYC; the American University Museum / Katzen Art Center, Washington, D.C; and the University of Toledo, Center for Visual Arts, OH. She has exhibited her work internationally at the PhotoIreland Festival in Dublin; the Singapore International Photography Festival; and IUAV College of Art and Design in Venice, Italy. Her work has been supported by CAMAC – Centre d’art Marnay, in conjunction with The Fondation Ténot, France; The Millay Colony of the Arts, Austerlitz, NY; and The Camera Club of New York, NYC.
September: Julie Thor Fryd, A. Raymond Johnson, Ephraim Russell, Gabrielle Soraci, Andrea Liu, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti
Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Visual Arts; Bangkok, Thailand – Sarawut Chutiwongpeti was born in Thailand and graduated from the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Chulalongkorn University in 1996. His work revolves around revealing the unexplored facets of experience and the exploration of the phenomenon of cross-interdisciplinary art and culture. What are the thoughts, doubts, fears, uncertainties, and reflections that we have and experience as we head towards the new material and immaterial territories, which we are to inhabit in the future? Sarawut searches for answers that can help reverse the subordination and objective materialism, which are prevalent in today’s society. His art has been shown in countries throughout the world, including Germany and the United States. He recently presented an installation for the 17th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit at the Watermill Center in New York.
Julie Thor Fryd, Playwright; Copenhagen, Denmark – “I received my training as a dramatist at the Danish Independent Youth Foundation & have since received several grants and scholarships from the Danish Council of Literature. I’ve produced two published plays in Denmark and supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, ‘Room’ and Vaccum-packed People’. I’ve also had residencies at Djerassi Center in CA and Fundation Valparaiso in Spain. A common feature of my work is that the stories often take place in an absurb, surrealist and poetic universe, with nonetheless, a clear storyline.
A. Raymond Johnson, Fiction; Chicago, IL – A. Raymond has been telling stories all his life but decided he would call himself a writer after completing National Novel Writing Month in 2002. He received an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and was awarded residency fellowships from the Radgale Foundation in 2008 and 2009. He blogs about pop culture for I Fry Mine in Butter and Popnography and has been published in Out Magazine and Ugly Cousin. His fiction focuses on human relationships to bodies, our own and each other’s, and the constructs of identity around individuals and communities, specifically regarding issues of gender, sexuality, cultural upbringing, and geographic location. A native Southerner, his home base has been Chicago for 15 years.
Andrea Liu, Non-fiction; NY, NY – Andrea is a visual art and dance critic who writes about the juncture between modernism and postmodernism, dematerialized post-studio art, and the historical revisionism of minimalism into a formalist aesthetic. She was a recipient of the Museum of Fine Arts at Houston CORE Critical Studies Fellowship (‘07-’08), Atlantic Center for the Arts Writers’ Residency (‘07), Wildacres Writer’s Resident (’07), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Criticism Fellow (’06), Chez Bushwick Commissioned Writer (’06), New Museum Nightschool Core Participant organized by Anton Vidokle (‘08-‘09), Ox-Bow Artist Resident (’10), and Vermont Studio Center Visual Art Criticism Residency (‘10). She has written for New York Arts Magazine, ArtUS, galeria perdida, Postmodern Culture, Movement Research Journal, and has written catalogue essays for Goldrausch Kunstlerinnenprojekt Berlin. She has upcoming book chapter contributions to Infinite Instances: Studies and Images of Time (Mark Batty Publishers) and The Swedish Dance History. She has given talks at Sculpture Center (‘09), Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center (’09), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Archetime Conference (’09), Society for Dance History Scholars Banff Centre conference (’06), Triangle Arts Workshop in DUMBO (’08), No Longer Empty on Governor’s Island (‘10) and Bruce High Quality Foundation (‘10). She is founder of Baudrillard Camp and Foucault Lab. She was a literature major (BA) at Yale and thereafter studied literary criticism at Centre Parisen d’Etudes Critiques in Paris, France.
Ephraim Russell, Visual Arts; Philidelphia, PA – Ephraim is a visual artist living and working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a faculty member in the Department Art and Art History at Drexel University and exhibits his work nationally and internationally. Exhibit venues have included: Vertex List, Brooklyn, NY; The Greestone Gallery, Lincoln University, United Kingdom; The Fleisher Art Memorial, Moore College of Art and Design, and St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia; King County Art Gallery, Consolidated Works Contemporary Art Center, and James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA; Tacoma Art Museum in Tacoma, WA; and The District of Columbia Arts Center and Arlington Arts Center in Washington D.C. His work has been reviewed in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, The Seattle Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Seattle Weekly among others. Russell has taught at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA and at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. His professional experience also includes a position as the director for Foster White Gallery in Kirkland, WA and a directorial position at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. Russell received A Philadelphia Council on the Arts Individual Fellowship for Sculpture/Installation in 2006 and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. His next scheduled solo exhibition will be held at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE in 2011.
Gabriella Soraci, Visual Arts; Eugene, OR – Gabriella earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California in 2007, receiving the Fay Nelson Award from the combined visual arts faculty upon graduation. Since then her paintings have been exhibited nationwide, including a solo exhibit at the Red Mountain Gallery at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, a two person exhibit at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, and a three person exhibit at North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. Juried shows include the Bowery Gallery in New York City(Juror, Rackstraw Downes), Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Art Center of New Jersey ( Juror, Adelina Vlas), The 2008 Tallahassee International at Florida State University, First Street Gallery in New York City (Juror, Gregory Amenoff), and Prince Street Gallery in New York City (Juror, Irving Sandler), as well as others. Artist residencies include the Millay Colony for the Arts (2010), the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (2010 – Awarded), the Ucross Foundation (2009), the Hambidge Center for the Arts (2008), and the Vermont Studio Center (2008). Gabriella will be the featured artist at the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, in fall of 2011. She currently teaches courses in drawing and painting as an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and Lane Community College, both in Eugene, Oregon, where she maintains an ongoing studio practice. To see her paintings please visit www.gabriellasoraci.com.
August: Standing: Tisa Bryant, Gary Eldon Peter, Ryan Schroeder, Paolo Javier, Barrett Watten; Seated: Lulu Sylbert, Mia Feuer
Tisa Bryant, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Tisa was born on an Arizona air force base in wartime, and raised in Massachusetts. Her first book, Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), is a collection of original fiction-essays that remix Eurocentric film, literature and visual arts narratives to zoom in on the black presences operating within them. An excerpt of her novella, [the curator], was recently published by Belladonna Books in 2009. Bryant is co-editor of War Diaries, an anthology of black gay men’s desire and survival, published by AIDS Project Los Angeles Summer 2010, and co-editor/publisher of The Encyclopedia Project’s Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K, forthcoming Fall 2010. She is also author of a chapbook, Tzimmes, recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Fellowship from Naropa University, and was a seven-year member of the African-diasporic literary activist group, The Dark Room Collective. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in 1913, Animal Shelter and Mixed Blood. She teaches fiction and hybrid forms in the MFA Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts.
Mia Feuer, Visual Arts; Washington, DC – Mia was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and her MFA in 2009, from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mia has received numerous travel/research, production and creation grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and The Lila Acheson Readers Digest Foundation. In 2007, supported by The Winnipeg Arts Council, she traveled to Palestine to facilitate sculptural workshops in the West Bank with Palestinian children. She has received a full two month fellowship at Vermont Studio Center, a two month fellowship at Seven Below Arts Initiative in Burlington, VT and has been invited to participate in a Millay Colony for the Arts residency in 2010 and a residency with Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in 2011. Solo Exhibitions include Outworks Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada in 2006, FLUXspace, in Philadelphia, PA and Dorfman Projects, NY, NY in 2009. In 2010, Mia will be showing solo exhibitions at Transformer Gallery, Washington DC, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA, The Firehouse Gallery in Burlington VT and The Contemporary Arts Center of Atlanta, Atlanta GA. Mia currently lives and works in Washington, DC and teaches sculpture at George Mason University and American University.
Paolo Javier, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Paolo is the 2010-13 Queens Borough Poet Laureate. He is the author of Megton Gasgan Krakooom (Cy Gist Press, forthcoming, 2010), The Feeling Is Actual (creature press, 2010), LMFAO (OMG!, 2008), Goldfish Kisses (Sona Books, 2007), 60 lv bo(e)mbs (O Books, 2005), and the time at the end of this writing (Ahadada, 2004), which received a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award. A Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer-in-Residence, Javier has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor in Poetry at the University of Miami. His interdisciplinary works of poetry, sound, comics, and film were recently performed at the BABEL Exhibit at Space 37, Performance Space 122, and the Page Turner Festival at Powerhouse Books. Javier publishes 2nd Avenue Poetry, a tiny press of innovative language art, and lives with his wife in Queens.
Gary Eldon Peter, Fiction; St. Paul, MN – Gary’s short stories have appeared in Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, River Oak Review, Evergreen Chronicles, Orchid: A Literary Review, Blithe House Quarterly, and other publications. His awards include a Loft Mentor Series Award, a McKnight Foundation Artist fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and two SASE/Jerome Foundation fellowships. He has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Hambidge Center. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked as a lawyer in private practice and in the legal publishing field. Currently a faculty member in the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development, he teaches courses in law and popular culture, American Literature, as well as a multidisciplinary, team-taught course about food. He is working on revising two book-length projects: Oranges, a collection of short fiction, and Carl Paulsen, a young adult novel.
Ryan Schroeder, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Ryan received his BFA from Drake University in 2001 and has continued his artistic training with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky in Italy and the USA.
In the past two years he has been awarded fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Marsyas Fund for Visual Artists, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and several other notable institutions. In this period his work has also been favorably reviewed by The New York Times and featured in two distinct exhibition catalogues.
Recent exhibitions include Nothing to See/Hear, a solo exhibition of new works at Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ; Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art’s Peekskill Project 2008 and Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning’s Jamaica Flux: Workspaces and Windows 2007.
Lulu Sylbert, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY – “I do not have what would be considered a conventional résumé. I attended the University of California at Berkeley and Barnard College. I traveled extensively and had numerous diverse jobs. In 2005, I gained representation by The Wylie Agency in NYC for my first novel, “Greedy Street,” which I am currently finishing and editing. I was fortunate enough to spend October and November of 2008 at The MacDowell Colony. In January-February of 2009 I went to The Corporation of Yaddo, and in August of 2009 I was at The Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.
I live in Brooklyn and am a freelance writer and editor. I recently helped to write a lecture series to be given across the country by the music producer Phil Ramone, and wrote, directed and produced a short documentary called “No Coward.””
Barrett Watten, Poetry; Bloomfield, MI – Barrett Watten is known as a “language-centered” poet and critic of modern and contemporary cultures. A collected poems, Frame: 1971–1990, appeared from Sun & Moon in 1997; Bad History, a nonnarrative prose poem “including history,” was published by Atelos in 1998; and Progress/ Under Erasure, a combined edition of two long poems, came out from Green Integer in 2004. He collaborated on two multi¬authored experimental works: Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union (Mercury House, 1992) and The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975–80, which began serial publication in November 2006 and will be completed in fall 2010. He edited the language-centered magazine This in the 1970s and co-edited Poetics Journal with Lyn Hejinian in the 1980s. His work has been translated into numerous languages, and he has read his poetry throughout the United States and Europe. His book-length series Plasma/Parallèles/“X” appeared in French translation by Martin Richet from Le Quartanier (Montreal) in 2007.
His most recent critical study The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics (Wes¬leyan University Press, 2003), received the René Wellek Prize in 2004; Total Syntax was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 1985. With Carrie No¬land, he co-edited Diasporic Avant-Gardes: Experimental Poetics and Cultural Displacement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Wesleyan University Press will publish a combined print/digital Guide to Poetics Journal and Poetics Journal Digital Archive in 2011. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Universität Tübingen, Germany, in 2005, and is currently Professor of English at Wayne State University, Detroit.
July: Zachary Harris, Dawn Kasper, Melissa Buzzeo, Robert Gluck, Michael Gellatly, Jen Wang
Melissa Buzzeo, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Melissa is the author of What Began Us (Leon Works, 2007), Face (Bookthug, 2009) and For Want and Sound (forthcoming in 2012 from Les Figues Press). She is just completing her newest manuscript—a sea wreck in language —The Devastation, a book of mourning, impoverishment and debris. At present she tries for, make and home in Brooklyn.
Michael Gellatly, Visual Arts; Sharon, CT – “My place and work is in the studio, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom. It’s forms grow out of appetites. With a buffet of pigment, rich in rings, smears, blobs, and tubular arabesques, I paint my abstractions as though a realism, and the realism, amorphic forms built from images of lingerie-clad gourds, as though an abstraction – inseparable, until the painting rises from the picture plain as a truth. Within this bilingual fabric, I often paint Turnbuckles or Coasters – geometric composites that temp a visual binding of the elements, a suggestive lock without key, that plays as mystery’s architecture.
“Elements of nature are taking part, not for purpose of place, but for it’s presence – that marvelous giver and taker! This is the New Landscape of good and evil, the Yin Yang of the scenic overlook, the lawlessness in the serenity of the expression, all in it’s funkiest jewelry and lack of refinement. The arena for this truth is between the intimate and the conflicting, between pigment and marking, sensations within the life of lines, the poetry inherent in viscosity of mediums, flesh and blood, and the pictoral mechanics that produce my makeup. There’s transparency involved. The realism acting as the known, while the abstraction runs allusive, while the line maps the landscape, charts the head, and runs its course.”
Robert Glück, Fiction; San Francisco, CA – Robert is the author of nine books of poetry and fiction, including two novels, Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist and a book of stories, Denny Smith. Gluck edited, along with Camille Roy, Mary Berger and Gail Scott, the anthology Biting The Error: Writers on Narrative. Glück was Co-Director of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center, Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State, and Associate Editor at Lapis Press. His poetry and fiction have been published in the New Directions Anthology, City Lights Anthologies, Best New Gay Fiction1988 and 1996,The Norton Anthology of World Literature, Best American Erotica 1996 and 2005, and The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction. His critical articles appeared in artforum international, Aperture, Poetics Journal, and Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors, and he prefaced Between Life and Death, a book on the paintings of Frank Moore. Last year he and artist Dean Smith completed the film Aliengnosis. Gluck teaches at San Francisco State University.
Zachary Harris, Poetry; Ithaca, NY – Zachary was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MFA in Poetry from Cornell University. His work has appeared in Pleiades, West Branch, Bat City Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals. Honors include a fellowship from the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at Cornell, and forthcoming residencies at the Millay and MacDowell Colonies. He is a Gemini who enjoys long walks in inclement weather, watching music videos, cooking, and tending to the spirit of Larry Levis.
Dawn Kasper, Visual Arts; Los Angeles, CA – Dawn Kasper is a Los Angeles based performance and mixed media artist, actively exploring the connections in the woven web of questions that fuel the quest for answers into the meaning of life and death. She has performed at the Migros Museum Für Genenwartskunst in Zurich, Switzerland; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Art Basel Art Positions Miami Beach, Miami Florida; LISTE Young Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland; Leo Koenig in New York; shown video at Art in General, New York; Copy Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; exhibited at Newman Popiashvili Gallery, New York; Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles; Anna Helwing Gallery Los Angeles; Circus Gallery, Los Angeles.
Jen Wang, Composer; Richmond, CA – Jen writes music that ranges from patient, single-minded sonic explorations to elaborate games with fractured, transformed musical narratives, influenced by her study of tai chi and Deep Listening, her love of Jorge Luis Borges and science fiction, and her pursuit of strange and compelling sounds.
Jen’s work has been featured at the Wellesley Composers Conference (The Garden of Forking Paths, conducted by James Baker), the International Computer Music Conference (Spaces Between, performed by Onix Ensamble), the Bang On A Can Summer Institute (The Memory Gardens, conducted by Brad Lubman), the California EAR Unit Residency at Arcosanti (This Empty and Luminous Room, performed by the California EAR Unit), the Music ’03 and ’04 festivals, and the SPARK Festival (velocity).
Upcoming projects include a theater work for synthetic vocalization equipment in collaboration with actor/vocalist Caitlin Marshall, and a work for orchestra. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and Carleton College (B.A.), she is currently pursuing her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, studying with Edmund Campion and Ken Ueno.
June: Christopher Domenick, Nate Boyce, Leslie Shows, Lisa Hadley, Lila Zemborain, Martin Hennessy, Judith Goldman
Nate Boyce, Visual Arts; San Francisco – Nate is a visual artist and musician whose work explores the liminal regions of perception through audio/visual abstraction. Often dealing with serial and permutative structures in relation to intuitively developed abstractions, his work brings the conceptual methodologies of structural film to an exploration of psychedelia. He has performed and exhibited his audio/visual work at venues throughout the world including the New York Underground Film Festival, Wattis Institute, Deitch Projects, Issue Project Room, Bemis Center For Contemporary Art and The Exploratorium.
Chris Domenick, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Chris Domenick is a visual artist that explores the intersections of perceptual, allegorical, and psychological phenomenon via traditional methods of representation. He creates works that skirt the edge of personal familiarity, but are perpetually threatened by alien shapes, figures, and textures. His work evolves from an accumulation of gestures and responses to create a visual atmosphere that engages themes of the sublime, decoration, pollution, the triumph of painting, and personal memory. Based primarily in drawing, his work includes sculpture, installation, and performance.
He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2006. He has held solo exhibitions at Jack the Pelican Presents and WORK Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. He work has been been included in group exhibitions including the Queens Museum of Art, Capricious Space (Brooklyn, NY), MassMOCA, and The Wassaic Project Summer Festival. He has won fellowships from The Millay Colony, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and The Oxbow Center. Chris Domenick lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Judith Goldman, Poetry; Chicago, IL – “My first book of poetry, Vocoder (Roof 2001), received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and a positive reviewed in Boston Review and was given a “Book of the Year” award by Small Press Traffic in 2002. My second book, DeathStar/Rico-chet (O Books 2006), received a boxed review in Publishers Weekly and a review in Rain Taxi. I am currently finishing a third collection, l.b.; or, catenaries, to be published by Krupskaya in Spring 2010. My work has been anthologized in: An Anthology of New (American) Poets (Talisman 1996); Enough (O Books 2003); Bay Poetics (Faux Press 2005); The &Now Awards in Innovative Writing (&Now 2009); and Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing (Make Now Books 2010). It has also recently appeared in a number of print and online journals, including: Moonlit, Sous Rature, onedit, Parameter, 580 Split, Model Homes, cannot exist, and fascicle.
In 2007, I earned my Ph.D. in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. I am currently a Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago, where I teach in the arts humanities core program and in the Creative Writing Department.”
Lisa Van Orman Hadley, Fiction; Sommerville, MA – Lisa graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers in 2009. She won first place in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Short Fiction Contest in 2003. Her work has also appeared in Conclave: A Journal of Character, Soon Quarterly, and Opium. She grew up in Florida and Utah and now lives in Boston with her husband and one-eyed cat. She is working on a novel in stories.
Martin Hennessey, Composer; New York, NY – New York City Opera’s Vox Series presented Martin’s opera, A Letter to East 11th Street (libretto: Mark Campbell), with conductor George Manahan, and his Four Ben Jonson Songs won grand prize at the San Francisco Song Festival. He has been honored with awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, two grants from the American Music Center, and two commissions from The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS. His music has been presented by the New York Festival of Song, American Opera Projects, the Guggenheim Works and Process Series, the Harvard Ballet Company, Positive Music and Dancers Responding to AIDS. Recent premieres include Suite for Suzanne at Strathmore Hall at Weill Recital Hall. A compact disc featuring seven of his songs can be found on Newport Classic, and his William Bronk settings are included on Albany’s Drifts and Shadows: American Song for the New Millenium.
Martin has toured throughout the world with the Bel Canto Trio and the Ambassadors of Opera. He also held a two year conducting/coaching fellowship at Juilliard’s American Opera Center and he has served on the faculties of Carlo Bergonzi’s Bel Canto Seminar in Busseto, Italy, Joan Dornemann’s Opera Training Institute in North Carolina and the Resonanz Festival in Albany, NY, as well as teaching at Bennington College in Vermont. He attended the Foreign Service School at Georgetown University and later earned a degree in English magna cum laude at Columbia University. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Leslie Shows, Visual Arts; San Francisco, CA – Leslie’s collage and mixed media works depict multiple scales of time and space in the landscape, connecting material, geological and meteorological processes to history, the human body, and landscape painting itself. She has had solo shows with Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Her work is currently on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s 75th Anniversary Show, and has also been shown at the Orange County Museum of Art, the Oakland Art Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Shows has been the recipient of an SFMOMA SECA award, a Eureka Fellowship, an Artadia Award, and the Tournesol Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, and has published two books of her work, Heap of Elements, through Headlands Center for the Arts, and Black Icebergs, from Hassla.
Lila Zemborain, Poetry; New York, NY – Lila is an Argentine poet and critic who lives in New York since 1985. She is the author of the poetry collections, Abrete sésamo debajo del agua (Buenos Aires, Ultimo Reino, 1993), Usted (Buenos Aires, Ultimo Reino, 1998), Guardianes del secreto (Buenos Aires. Tsé-Tsé, 2002) / Guardians of the Secret (Las Cruces: Noemi Press, 20009), Malvas orquídeas del mar (Buenos Aires: Tsé-Tsé, 2004) / Mauve Sea-Orchids (New York: Belladonna Books, 2007), Rasgado (Buenos Aires: Tsé-Tsé, 2006), La couleur de l.’eau (Paris: Virginie Boissiere, 2008), a collaboration with visual artist Martin Reyna, and the chapbooks Ardores (Buenos Aires, 1989), and Pampa (New York: Belladona Books, 2001). She has been included in the anthologies Mujeres mirando al sur. Poetas sudamericanas en USA (Madrid: Editorial Torremozas, 2004) and Final de entrega. Antología de poet@s contra la violencia de género (Córdoba-España: Colectivo Ediciones, 2006). Her work, translated by Rosa Alcalá or Mónica de la Torre has appeared in the anthologies The Light of City and Sea. An Anthology of Suffolk County Poetry (Sound Beach, NY: Street Press, 2006), Corresponding Voices (Syracuse: Point of Contact Productions, 2002), in the art catalogues Alessandro Twombly (Brussels: Alain Noirhomme, 2007), Heidi McFall (New York: Aninna Nosei, 2005), and in publications such as Ecopoetics, Rattapallax, The Brooklyn Rail, A Gathering of the Tribes, The Poetry Project Newsletter and Mandorla.. She has authored the book-length essay Gabriela Mistral. Una mujer sin rostro (Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2002). She has been the director and editor of the Rebel Road Series (2000-2006), and since 2004 she curates the KJCC Poetry Series at New York University. In Fall 2009, she was appointed as Director of the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University. In 2006 she taught at Naropa University, Summer Writing Program. She is John Simon Guggenheim fellow (2007).
May: Stuart Spencer, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Ted Poltzecker, Laura Silver, Suzanne Sorkin, Warren MacMillan
Warren MacMillan, Visual Arts; Troy, NY – Warren was born 1969 Escondido, CA. He received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from University at Albany and his B.A. in Art from San Francisco State University. He currently lives and works in Troy, NY.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Non-fiction; Cambridge, MA – Alexandria received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2005 and her MFA from Emerson College in 2009. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Bellingham Review, Minnetonka Review, and Connecticut Review, among other publications. In 2009 she won the Bellingham Review/Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize and the Gulf Coast Barthelme Prize. She was the 2010 Alice Hayes Fellow at the Ragdale Foundation, an arts colony in Illinois.
In addition to her creative work, she writes academically on the cultural implications of the death penalty, and has presented papers at the annual conferences of the Law & Society Association and the Association for the Study of Law, Culture & the Humanities.
She is writing a memoir about her experience with a Louisiana death penalty case. Adapted excerpts from the memoir are forthcoming from Fourth Genre and Bellingham Review.
Ted Piltzecker, Composer; Demarest, NJ – The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts have awarded grants to Ted in both performance and composition. His works have been aired on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “Arts National” and performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Ensemble at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Ted has held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, William Paterson University and the Manhattan School of Music. He is an associate professor at the Purchase Conservatory of Music, State University of New York, and chair of the Studio Composition Department. Details about his work, as well as photos, audio and video, may be found on his website – TedVibes. Com.
Ted appears as a featured soloist in percussion and jazz festivals around the world (Hannover’s Deutsches Percussion Symposium, London’s Percussive Arts Society UK, Brazil’s Ritmos da Terra, New Mexico Jazz Festival, the Primer Festival Percusión Patagonia, Argentina, the IX Festival International de Percusión in Puerto Rico, Arkansas Jazz Festival, the 1st Encontro Internacional de Percussåo in Tatui, Brazil, and the Festival Internacional de Percusiones in Monterrey, Mexico, Gibsons, BC Jazz Festival, Nürnberg Jazz Circus). His appearances with orchestras have variously spotlighted Ted as a performer, composer, and conductor and include the Tucson Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and the Regina Symphony. European engagements as a jazz headliner include the esteemed UMO Jazz Orchestra in Helsinki (guest soloist/composer) and several tours of German clubs and concert halls. 2008 concerts in Tokyo, Japan include appearances with pianist Jonathan Katz, bassist Daiki Yasukagawi, and with the percussion duo Chris and Shoko. His diverse performing interests have integrated tours with the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble, appearances at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York with organist Dorothy Papadakos, and chamber music concerts with classical cellist, Yehuda Hanani, bandoneónist Hector Del Curto, and gadulka (Bulgarian violin) artist Nikolay Kolev. Ted is a graduate of the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music.
Laura Silver, Non-fiction; Brooklyn, NY – Laura tells stories in words, walking tours, audio and websites. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, McSweeney’s — and on the streets of New York. She has led poetry walks of Central Park, tours of United Nations headquarters and bike rides to little-known urban attractions. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Lilly Foundation, the National Press Foundation, the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and the Banff New Media Institute where she will be a peer advisor for the Almost Perfect digital storytelling residency in June 2010. Laura’s has taught writing – and learned from her students — at Brooklyn College, the University of Virginia, the Creative Center and New York City public schools.
Suzanne Sorkin, Composer; Wynnewood, PA – Suzanne is active as a composer and educator. She has received awards and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, Chamber Music Now, Violin Futura, Third Millennium Ensemble, counter)induction, ASCAP, and others. Her work has been programmed on Piano Spheres in Los Angeles, Washington Square Contemporary Music Society in New York City, Denison University New Music Festival, Chamber Music Quad Cities, Florida State University Festival of New Music, and Vassar Modfest. She has written for ensembles including the Mannes Trio, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Third Angle, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. She has been a composition fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Ernest Bloch Composers Symposium, the Advanced Masterclasses in Composition at the Aspen Music Festival, and the Oregon Bach Composers Symposium. Residencies awarded to her include Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation, Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, ART342, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She received her Ph.D. in composition from the University of Chicago through the support of a four-year Century Fellowship in the Humanities. In Fall 2005, Suzanne Sorkin joined the faculty at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia as Assistant Professor of Music where she teaches music composition and theory.
Stuart Spencer, Playwright; NY, NY – Stuart’s play Resident Alien was originally produced at the Humana Festival of New Plays, and has had numerous productions in regional theatres across the country. A three- play anthology (Plays By Stuart Spencer) is published by Broadway Play Publishing. Other plays include Blue Stars (published in the Best American Short Plays of 1993-94), Painted From Memory (seen at New York Stage & Film in June 2004) and Alabaster City, commissioned by South Coast Rep.
His playwriting textbook, The Playwright’s Guidebook, was published by Farrar Straus & Giroux in 2002 and has sold over 20,000 copies. Edward Albee describes the book as ‘indispensable’.
Spencer also teaches playwriting and dramaturgy at Sarah Lawrence College, and in private workshops.
April: James Scott, Mylinh Thi Chau, Corwin Levi, Mark So, Catherine Jones, Carol Rubenstein
Mylinh T. Chau, Visual Arts; West Palm Beach, Florida- Mylinh Chau was born in the year of the buffalo in West Palm Beach, Florida and earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in painting with a minor in culture and politics at The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Her project-to-project studio practice encompasses drawing, painting, animation, sculptural, installation, video, and book works. In pursuit of her artistic vision, Chau has followed lobster diving expeditions in the depths of the South China Sea, lived on an organic farm in rural Japan with an I Ching master, explored emerald terraced rice paddies with Black Hmong villagers, and collaborated with The Vietnam National Puppetry Theatre. She studied at The Center for Art & Culture in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2005. In 2007, she received the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Travel Fellowship, providing Chau the opportunity to travel for research to Vietnam and Japan for her ongoing project entitled “The Next Asian Tiger”. Mylinh Chau’s work can be viewed at her website, www.mylinhchau.com.
Catherine Jones, Fiction; Missoula, MT – Catherine is a fiction writer and screenwriter. She has worked most recently with Full Glass Films and director Danny Leiner, adapting the manuscript of her novel, The Ceremony, into a feature-length screenplay. An earlier version of the same manuscript was a finalist for the Dana Award in the Novel. Catherine’s short fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review. She received an MFA in creative writing from University of Montana. Born in Florida, she lives in Montana with her husband, novelist Michael FitzGerald, and their two young sons.
Corwin Levi, Visual Arts; Washington DC – Corwin is a visual artist who spent his time at the Millay Colony drawing cloud monsters, making tiny bouquets appear, and exploring terrariums in the forest’s discarded bottles. He marvels at synaesthesia, the view of the constellations from Austerlitz, and how many times the letter “i” can be squeezed into shine. In pursuit of such interests, Corwin uses a variety of media including paintings, drawings, children’s books, sculpture, and video. He has a BA from Rice University and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art. Corwin’s continuing work can be seen at his website, www.radiosebastian.com.
Carol Rubenstein, Poetry; Ithaca, NY – Carol was born 11 August 1934 in NYC and attended Bennington College, Bennington, VT, 1955, 1969 (BA) and Johns Hopkins University, 1970, The Writing Seminars (MA). Originally a dancer (Paul Taylor Dance Company during 1954-57), she continued in poetry, and was Resident Poet at the 212 Intermedia Workshop, Woodstock, NY and Member, St. Mark’s Poetry Series Committee, NYC (1966-67). In 1971 she initiated a project to collect and translate oral poetry in Sarawak, E. Malaysia, Borneo, and received grants from the Ford Foundation (1971-74, 1976); Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation (1978); and the National Endowment for the Arts in Literary Translation (1984). For her own poems she received grants from the Eben Demarest Foundation (1979) and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts for Poetry (2004). Between 1977 and 1998 she received thirteen art colony residencies.
Publications (1975 – 2004) include Poems of Indigenous Peoples of Sarawak: Some of the Songs and Chants, Parts 1 & 2, Special Monograph No. 2, Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol. 21 (No. 42) (Sarawak, Malaysia, 1975); The Honey Tree Song: Poems and Chants of Sarawak Dayaks (Ohio University Press, Athens, 1985); The Nightbird Sings (Graham Brash, Tynron Press, Singapore and Scotland, 1990); and an art book, The Real Pond (Unbound Art, Ithaca, NY (1998). Her own poems appeared in The Bookpress, Ithaca, NY (1999-2004). Both translations and poems were earlier in Poetry World, Alcheringa, Hand Book, New Directions, Boss, Ms., Contact II, and Word Singer.
James Scott, Fiction; Newtonville, MA – James has published fiction in One Story, American Short Fiction, Quick Fiction, Memorious, flatmancrooked, and other journals. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best New American Voices anthology. He has won scholarships and fellowships to the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Wesleyan Writers’ Conference and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He earned his MFA from Emerson College, where he won the Presidential Award and served as the fiction editor of Redivider. Currently, he teaches fiction workshops at the Grub Street Writing Center.
Mark So, Composer; Los Angeles, CA – Mark So grew up in Syracuse and has lived in Los Angeles for the past ten years. He has written hundreds of pieces exploring the nuances of ordinary situations, including a vast cycle of work around the poetry of John Ashbery, and performs frequently in works from the experimental tradition. He has published a book, BANGS, chronicling Manfred Werder’s ongoing performance of So’s piece BANGS [to Manfred Werder].