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November: Charlotte Holmes, Louisa Armbrust, Evan Johnson, Elizabeth Lara, Sheba Karim, Beka Goedde

Louisa Armbrust, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “I was born in Ottawa, Canada and grew up in Denver, Colorado. I currently live in Brooklyn. Awards include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency (2011), Artist in Residence at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center, New York (2010-2011),Full Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center (2006), 2005 Biennial Blow Out Denver, and Honorable Mention at the Rocky Mountain Biennial 2004. My work has been shown at museums and galleries including the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, the Hofstra Museum, Hempstead, NY, the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, and Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia among others. My work has been reviewed in The NewYork Times, The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and Boulder Daily Camera. I received an MA from Goldsmiths College, University of London.”

Beka Goedde, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY  – “I was born and raised in Seattle, WA. I moved to New York at age 17 to attend Barnard College, and completed a self-designed combined major in Behavioral Neuroscience and Philosophy in 2004. While in school, I also trained in the LeRoy Neiman Print Center at Columbia University, working with master printers on projects for artists, including artist Kiki Smith. When I finished my degree, I took leave of the Neiman Print Center, and become a studio assistant to Kiki Smith in New York, with whom I have worked since.
In 2007, Christina Ray asked to represent me at her gallery and project space in New York, Glowlab (now called Christina Ray), and I have since held two solo exhibitions with the gallery. I have also been included in over 25 group shows since 2004, including at Cheim & Read (NY), International Print Center New York, and upcoming at Gowanus Studio Space (Brooklyn, NY). In 2009, I began a collaborative screenprinting company E for Effort with artist Rachel Ostrow, and we show and sell our wares with Artware Editions (NY). Earlier this year I was awarded a grant and studio residency in papermaking at the Women’s Studio Workshop (NY). I also began studying movement and performance with choreographer and performer Daria Fain and her project Prosodic Body. This upcoming summer I will participate in a thesis exhibition as the culmination of my graduate studies with the 3-year, low-residence, Bard (summer) MFA program.”

Charlotte Holmes, Fiction; State College, PA – “I’m an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State University. My stories have appeared in many journals, including The Antioch Review, Grand Street, STORY, The New Yorker, Epoch, and New Letters, and have been cited for excellence in Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology, as well as included in New Stories from the South. I’ve published one collection, Gifts and Other Stories. I’ve received awards from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, the Writers’ Exchange project sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc., and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a residency from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship in Fiction and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship.
I live in State College, Pennsylvania with one husband, two dachshunds, and two cats.”

Charlotte Holmes, Fiction; State College, PA – “I’m an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State University. My stories have appeared in many journals, including The Antioch Review, Grand Street, STORY, The New Yorker, Epoch, and New Letters, and have been cited for excellence in Best American Stories and the O. Henry Prize Stories Anthology, as well as included in New Stories from the South. I’ve published one collection, Gifts and Other Stories. I’ve received awards from the Pennsylvania Arts Council, the Writers’ Exchange project sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc., and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a residency from the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship in Fiction and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship.
I live in State College, Pennsylvania with one husband, two dachshunds, and two cats.”

Evan Johnson, Composer; Arlington, MA – Evan received his Ph.D. in composition from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with David Felder as a Presidential Fellow; other teachers include Johannes Schöllhorn, Chaya Czernowin, Richard Barrett and Brian Ferneyhough. A summa cum laude graduate from Yale University in 2002, Johnson has been invited to numerous composition seminars and festivals in the USA, Canada and Europe. He has received awards from the BMI and the Concert Artists Guild (2009 Carlos Surinach Commission), the Rhode Island Foundation (2008 Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship in Composition), ASCAP (2008 Morton Gould Young Composers’ Award), the Ensemblia Festival (Shortlist 2007), the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts (2007 Fellow), Columbia University (2006 Joseph H. Bearns Prize), Society for New Music (2003 Brian M. Israel Prize), the New York Art Ensemble (Young Composers’ Competition 2001), Broadcast Music, Inc. (a 2000 BMI Student Composer Award and Carlos Surinach Prize), the Washington Conservatory of Music (the 1997 Sotireos Vlahopoulos Young Composer’s Prize), and Yale University (the Joseph Lentilhon Selden Memorial Award, the Abraham Beekman Cox Prize, and the Friends of Music Prize for his orchestral work Horizontals White over Dark).

Sheba Karim, Fiction; NY, NY –  Sheba was born and raised in upstate New York. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law. After working as a lawyer for a South Asian battered women’s project, she left the law to pursue writing and graduated with a MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop in 2007, where she was a Dean’s Graduate Fellow.
Her fiction has been published 580 Split, Asia Literary Review, Barn Owl Review, DesiLit, EGO, Kartika Review, Shenandoah, Time Out Delhi, as well as in the anthologies Electric Feather and Growing Up Girl. Two of her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her young adult novel, Skunk Girl, was published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux in March 2008. She was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar based in New Delhi. She is currently living in India, working on her next novel.

Elizabeth Lara, Poetry; NY, NY – “Since 2002, I have been studying with the poet Sharon Dolin, and for the last six years, I have participated in her private workshops. In my other life, I was a French teacher, briefly; an ESL teacher, for many years; and an editor at the United Nations from 1996 to 2007, where I continue to work as needed. I occasionally give readings at the Cornelia Street Café in New York (Po’Jazz), and have also read at Calypso Muse (organized by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor), and at Potters House in Washington, D.C. I have attended AWP conferences and participated in workshops at Summer Solstice (Pine Manor College), Frost Place, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Center.
I have been published in a few places: (a) online (The Rose & Thorn, Summer 2008, nominated for a Pushcart Prize; Persimmon Tree, Fall 2008; damselfly press, January 2010) and (b) print (Equinox, Booksmyth Press, Shelburne Falls, MA, 2008; and Reflections 2009, a publication of the United Nations writers group).”


October, Front: Alexis Clements, Lauren Scanlon, Jarod Buckhiester, Back: Christopher Momenee, Erin Thurlow, Nancy Coughlin

Jarod Buckhiester, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Mr. Buckhiester’s drawings and works in porcelain take on a remarkable presence in their execution. The beauty and meticulousness of his craft and draftsmanship is counterbalanced by a content that conveys a humble quietness verging on menace. Allusions to characters and events from a narrative past are conveyed through the figuration, architecture, and icons from a shadowy popular culture of small town America. People are both characters and mute bodies. The bodies are in turn both objectified and yet made intimate or familiar enough to generate empathy. It is intimate and yet deceptively powerful stuff. Recently, Jared has begun to take the subject matter of these pieces and express it in new and more immediate materials. His curiosity and need to move forward from what he knows keeps him on a steady path of investigation.
Jared Buckhiester grew up in a Southern Baptist community in Dahlonega Georgia and moved to New York City in 1995. He Graduated from Pratt Institute in 1999 and is currently completing an MFA at Bard College.

Alexis Clements, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY – Alexis is a writer, performer, and pamphleteer currently based in New York City. An alumna of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, a former fellow of the Dramatists Guild of America, recipient of two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants, and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, she writes plays, short stories, articles, and reviews, and is the founder of New Acquisition. Her work has been produced and published in both the US and the UK. Recent theatrical productions include: Conversation (Philadelphia, PA), Place ReImagined (New York, NY); Your Own Personal Apocalypse (New York, NY); The Interview (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, UK); Causality (Wheeling, WV); Three Choices (Chesterfield, UK); Pieces (Washington, DC, & Iowa City, IA); Class and The Great American Novel (Washington, DC); Finding Words and Unfettered (Kansas City, MO).
Alexis is the co-editor of the two-volume anthology of plays, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance piece, Conversation. Her plays, Pieces and Three Choices, have been published by KNOCK. Her short stories have appeared in a handful of literary magazines and collections, including two different anthologies published by Route (UK), Bonne Route and Ideas Above Our Station, and also in the Guardian. Her articles and reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as The Brooklyn Rail, Nature, Aesthetica, and Travel New England. She regularly writes about theater and performance art for The L Magazine. She has a M.Sc. in Philosophy & History of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Emerson College.

Nancy Coughlin, Non-fiction; Butte, MT – “My short stories and essays have been published in various small magazines throughout the years, as well as in Playgirl and Redbook. I won second place in Redbook’s Second Annual Young Writer’s Contest. I was awarded a yearlong literary fellowship at The Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute. I earned a Bachelor’s (summa cum laude, phi beta kappa) and a Master’s Degree in creative writing from the University of Denver. I wrote a series of educational children’s stories that were used throughout the New York public school system. For several years during my teens and twenties, I could hardly go a day without being labeled “promising.””

Lauren Scanlon, Visual Arts; Altoona, PA  – Lauren earned an MFA in Printmaking from The Ohio State University in 2007. For the past several years her work has explored the implications of personal and social narratives. Lauren actively exhibits nationally and has has been an artist in residence at Penland School of Craft and Vermont Studio Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Penn State Altoona.

Erin Thurlow, Visual Arts; Vancouver, BC – Erin received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from Rutgers University. He has been in many group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Canada.
In 2010 he participated in the Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency in Florida, and had a solo exhibition of his work at Mercer Union in Toronto, ON. He also received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council. In 2011 he will have a solo exhibition at Public Space 1 in Iowa City.


September: Dale Klein, Kim Church, Sarah Cornwell, Qian Li,Jason Gray Platt, Mark Tardi, Martha Oatis

Kim Church, Fiction; Raleigh, NC – Kim is a fiction writer whose work appears in Painted Bride Quarterly, Shenandoah, Mississippi Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Northern Lights, Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton), The Great Books Foundation Short Story Omnibus, and other publications. Her short story “Bullet” was translated into Farsi as the title story in the 2009 anthology Golouleh. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Kim has received writing fellowships in fiction from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. She is at work on her second novel, Mill Mothers’ Song, set during the Gastonia textile workers’ strike of 1929.
Born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina, Kim earned her English degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She practices law in Raleigh, where she lives with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski.

Sarah Cornwell, Fiction; Pittsburgh, PA – Sarah’s stories have appeared in Mid-American Review, Gulf Coast, Hunger Mountain, StoryQuarterly Online, and other magazines. She is the winner of the 2010 Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship and the 2008 Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, a finalist for the 2009 Keene Prize for Literature, and a nominee for the 2010 Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin.

Dale Klein, Visual Arts; Cambridge, MA – Dale was born in Buffalo, NY and has spent most of her life in Upstate New York. After 25 years as a Clinical Social Worker, she received her Bachelors Degree in Studio Art in 2006 and her MFA from Rutgers in 2010. She is now living and working in Boston. Dale is a painter and printmaker whose interest is in the post-industrial landscape of the Northeast United States as a microcosm of what is happening to our country and most of the developed world. She is interested in the concept of entropy and how it affects contemporary life. Working on boundary of abstraction and realism, she transforms her world in order to delve into it deeper emotionally and let the viewer bring his or her preconceptions to it.
Dale has exhibited in group shows throughout the US and has had a two-person show in Rochester, NY. She has won a number of awards and scholarships, including two scholarships at Rutgers and several prizes in juried shows. Dan Bischoff, of the Newark Star Ledger called Dale’s work “stunning.” Dale has also been chosen to participate in two juried portfolios, the Syracuse University MFA portfolio and the Purdue University “Disguise” portfolio. Dale has been awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center and has received an Artists Grant.

Qian Li, Composer; Philadelphia, PA – Qian studied with Gerald Levinson at Swarthmore College, from which he received a Lang Opportunity Scholarship for community service. His chamber piece, Six Ways, was featured at the Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium in 2009. He has collaborated with the choreographer Gregory Holt in shows including the Community Education Center’s New Edge Series in Philadelphia. His current project for gamelan and taiko at the Asian Arts Initiative is funded by a Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant. Qian is also forming a peer feedback group for multidisciplinary artists and a queer artists of color backcountry intentional community.

Martha Oatis, Poetry; Jamaica Plain, MA –  Martha is the author of from Two Percept (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs) and several other works-in-progress. Poems and drawings have appeared most recently in Try! Magazine, EAOUGH, Aufgabe, and Mar con Soroche. She has recently read at the Poetry Project, Zinc Bar, Uncalled For, and Segueway. An audiorecording of Metaphysics continued is available on PennSound. She lives in Massachusetts now, where for the last three years she has been on virtual retreat while becoming a physician of chinese medicine. Before that she taught poetry workshops for teens in New York City and volunteered at the Poetry Project. Stay tuned for The Oatis Machinery Broadsides Project, a new publishing endeavor.

Jason Gray Platt, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY –  Jason’s work has been produced and developed around the country by Vassar College, Clubbed Thumb, Abingdon Theatre Company, Columbia University, The Inkwell, The Inconvenience, and Samuel French. At Vassar he was awarded the Marilyn Swartz Seven award for best play in 2005, and the Molly Thacher Kazan Memorial Prize for distinction in the theater arts in 2006. He was also the runner-up for the 2007 Princess Grace Award in playwriting and a finalist for the 2009 and 2010 O’Neill Conference. Originally from Arizona, Jason now lives in Brooklyn and recently received his MFA in playwriting from Columbia, where he studied with Charles Mee.

Mark Tardi, Poetry; Chicago, IL – Mark’s first book, Euclid Shudders, was a finalist for the 2003 National Poetry Series and was published by Litmus Press. Other work has appeared in the anthologies The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Millenium (Cracked Slab) and Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (Moonrise), as well as the chapbooks Airport music (Bronze Skull) and Part First–––––Chopin’s Feet (g o n g). Since 2008 he has been a lecturer in American literature and culture at the University of Lodz in Poland.
He has been the recipient of the Peter Kaplan Memorial Fellowship from Brown University, a Djerassi Artist Fellowship, and a Fulbright senior lecturer grant. He currently serves on the editorial board of the international literary journal Aufgabe, where his project on Polish poet Miron Bialoszewski and contemporary Polish poetry has just been released. He previously served as an editor at Dalkey Archive Press.


August: Front: Claire Donato, Ching-In Chen, Cristian Flores Garcia, Back: Fiona Templeton, Diane Moser, Carl Fererro

Ching-In Chen, Poetry; San Francisco, CA –  Ching-In is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009). The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman and Lambda Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. She has been published in journals including Quarterly West, Water~Stone Review, Diagram, Rio Grande Review, BorderSenses, and Chroma. She is a co-editor of Here is a Pen: an anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009). She has been awarded residencies at Soul Mountain Retreat, Vermont Studio Center and Paden Institute, and scholarships from the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation and the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She has performed on stages and in communities across the continent, ranging from your local community center to the Los Angeles Times Book Festival.
A community organizer, Chen has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, Riverside and Boston. She is also a co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, forthcoming from South End Press in 2011, and is a member of the Save Our Chinatown Committee, a grassroots organization focused on the preservation of the archaelogical heritage of Riverside Chinatown.

Claire Donato, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY –  Claire is the author of Someone Else’s Body (Cannibal Books). Her poetry and prose has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Octopus, and Action Yes. She holds an MFA from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. She was also recently named a finalist for several prizes, including the &Now/Lake Forest College Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency, Switchback Books’ Gatewood Prize, the Bordighera Bilingual Book Prize, and the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Competition. Claire is a member of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) and currently teaches at Eugene Lang College (The New School). Her hometown is Pittsburgh, PA.

Carl Ferrero, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “Since completing my MFA at Brooklyn College in 2006, I have participated in numerous exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Italy and Berlin. I was selected to participate in the 2010 Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum, and my work will be exhibited in the first Bronx Biennial. I have had solo exhibitions at Envoy Enterprises, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts and at Spike Gallery. My work has been included in “Lost Horizon,” at Exile, Berlin; “Alternative Histories” at Exit Art; “The Mind/Body Problem,” at Artists Space; “Aporia” at the Elizabeth Foundation Gallery and at LACE, Los Angeles; “Artist As Publisher,” at the Center for Book Arts; “Intercourse” at Platform Gallery in Seattle; “Metaphysics of Youth” in Pescara, Italy, and “Arte 3” in Terni, Italy. My videos have been screened at Galapagos Art Space, Littlefield and Monkey Town in Brooklyn, and at Dixon Place, the Tank and Envoy Enterprises in New York City.
My artwork has been included in several publications, including “Drawings On Writing,” published by J&L books; “No Milk Today,” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” edited by Billy Miller; “Red Square,” published by Feature Inc., and “The Underminer”, by Mike Albo, published by Bloomsbury USA. I have taught Basic Design at Brooklyn College, and I have been a visiting artist at SMFA, Parsons, Columbia and Artist in Residence at Wilson College. My writing on the artist Joan Snyder appeared in the Spring 2006 issue of Rutgers University Magazine.

Cristian Flores Garcia, Poetry; Hemet, CA – “I grew up in a working family where education was important but never a priority, being the first one to attend college and graduate in a family of many generations of hard working native Indians from Mexico.  I attended college because I wanted to escape the confinements of home, not really knowing what I wanted to make of myself.  It wasn’t until my last year in university that I discovered creative writing.  I dropped all classes I was taking and switched and enrolled into every class I could in the creative writing department.  I chose to become a writer even though I knew it would be a true challenge, I fell in love with the literature my professors were teaching me and I am determined to learn, to grow, and contribute to the world literature with my small grain of writing.”
Past awards have included published poems in several periodicals as well as a fellowship at MacDowell Colony as well as a Canto Mundo Fellow.

Diane Moser, Composer; Upper Montclair, NJ  – Diane has been a featured performer and composer throughout the US with jazz ensembles, big bands, orchestra, chamber music ensembles, dance companies, and theater companies since 1975 including Frank Bennett, Jane Ira Bloom, Kenny Berger, Jackie Cain, Richie Cole, Mark Dresser, Joe Daly,Marty Ehrlich, Akua Dixon, Ken Filiano, Satoko Fujii, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Calvin Hill, Mike Holober, Tim Horner, Howard Johnson, Sy Johnson, Oliver Lake, Adam Lane, Mike Lee, Tina Marsh, Andy McKee, Bill Mobley ,Pete McGuiness, Charles McPherson, Chico Mendoza, Kevin Norton, Frank Perowsky, Prasana, Bernard Purdy, Rufus Reid, J.C. Sanford, Joey Sellers, Lisa Sokolov, Marvin Stamm, Michael Jefrey Stevens, Rory Stewart, Yale Strom, Natsuki Tamura, Sue Terry, Walter Thompson, Melissa Walker, Matt Wilson, David Wohl, Bill Zavatsky, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Tri-City Symphony, the Drifters, Babs Case and Co, California Ballet, A.Ludwig Co and many others.. Since 1996 she has been the director/contributing composer/ pianist for her 17 piece big band Diane Moser’s Composers Big Band presenting the compositions of it’s resident composers and compositions of over 100 composers and performers. She also has several other regularly performing groups that she composes for: the Diane Moser Quintet, Duo with bassist Mark Dresser and the Inside/Out Trio.

Fiona Templeton, Playwright; New York, NY – “ I have been working in theatre and poetry for over 30 years, and am director of the New York based performance group The Relationship. Like my own work, the company specializes in performance that is site-specific, that explores the relationship with the audience, and that takes on innovative approaches to language. Productions recently include: sections from my performance epic The Medead on Governor’s Island, New York Harbor and at Glasgow Tramway; L’Ile, a staging of the dreams of the people of Lille, France, in the places dreamed of; GOING (with Coming), a recreated 1970s piece by the Theatre of Mistakes, of which I was a core member.
“I’ve published 12 books including YOU-The City (an intimate Manhattanwide play for an audience of one)(Roof Books), Cells of Release (Roof Books), Delirium of Interpretations (Green Integer), Elements of Performance Art. I received the 2003 theatre award from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, 3 NYFA fellowships in both performance and playwriting, and 2 from the NEA in both poetry and new genres. I was Senior Writer Fellow at Cambridge University 96-7. I teach at Brunel University, London.”


July: Julia Dault, Heidi Jensen, James Blanchy, Harriet Clark, Catherine Wagner, Evie Shockley, Kevin Vaugh

James Blachly, Composer; New York, NY –James has been hailed by Chamber Music America as “vigorous and assured.”  He has been commissioned by the Academy of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard, and the Weill Music Institute twice, and has completed more than twenty commissioned works with performances at Carnegie Hall, major music festivals, and concert halls across the U.S. as well as internationally.  He is the founder of Sheep Island Ensemble, a group that performs his own music and other contemporary music in many different ensemble types and configurations.

Harriet Clark, Fiction; San Francisco, CA – “I am currently a Jones Lecturer in Creative Writing at Stanford University, where I was previously a Wallace Stegner Fiction Fellow. I have received fellowships and scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and the Truman Capote Foundation.”

Julia Dault, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Julia Dault is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her recent group exhibitions include “Everything Must Go” at Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York; “Making Is Thinking” at Witte de With, Rotterdam (both 2011); and “Substance Abuse” at Leo Koenig Projekte, New York (2010). She presented “Total Picture Control,” a solo exhibition, at Blackston Gallery, New York (2010). She is on the faculty of the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, the New School for Design, in New York.

Heidi Jensen, Visual Arts; Jacksonville Beach, FL – Heidi is an Associate Professor of Art at Ball State University in Indiana. Her  current work explores modes of drawing and probes issues regarding biology and  function. Drawn forms, which have potential origins in man-made or natural  worlds, are rendered descriptively for the inspection of the viewer. She has exhibited throughout the United States. Recent exhibitions include “Drawing Discourse” at the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery at the University of North Carolina Asheville, “Delineate: an Invitational Exhibition of Drawings” at the McMaster Gallery, University of South Carolina, and “Identity” at the Roy C. Moore Gallery, Gainesville, GA.
Ms. Jensen is a fellow of several residency programs, including La Napoule Foundation in France, the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her portfolio is included in the Artist Registry of the Drawing Center.

Evie Shockley, Poetry; Fairfield, NJ – Evie is the author of *the new black* (Wesleyan, forthcoming 2011) and *a half-red sea* (Carolina Wren Press, 2006), as well as two chapbooks. Her poetry has also appeared widely in journals and anthologies. She is a co-editor of the literary journal *jubilat.* She is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem (1997-99).
Shockley is also a poetry scholar and critic, whose reviews and articles have appeared or are forthcoming in *Callaloo,* *Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of African American Poetry,* *Talisman,* and *Center: A Journal of the Literary Arts.* Her book-length study, *Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry,* is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. She teaches African American literature and creative writing at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Kevin Vaughn, Poetry; Athens, GA – Kevin is a doctoral student in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Georgia. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and is a graduate fellow of the Cave Canem Foundation. His work has appeared in Mississippi Review and Mythium Literary Journal among others and has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies: The “The Chemistry of Color” and “Bloodlines: Poems about Murder.” A former Fulbright Research Fellow to Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland, he is currently at work on his dissertation: “Far Beyond the Stars” and a translation of the sonnets of the Polish national poet, Adam Mickiewicz. Kevin has been the recipient of many residencies including the Montana Artists Refuge, the Performing Artists Forum in Picardie, France and was recently the University of Georgia Marine Insititute’s Kilgo, Sapelo Island Writer-in-Residence.


June: Jesse McClosky, Lydia Paar, Casey Llewellyn, Amanda Davidson, Abeer Hoque, Dustin London, Liz Ainslie

Liz Ainslie, Visual Arts; Brooklyn NY – Liz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2004, where she was awarded a Project Completion Grant and the Rome Art and Culture Award. She received her BFA with honors from Alfred University in 2001.
Ainslie’s work has been included in shows at A.M. Richard Fine Art, Rabbitholestudio and A.I.R. gallery in Brooklyn, Ice Box Project Space in Philadelphia, and Artjail and Spazio 522 in Manhattan. In 2009 she had a solo show at Creon Gallery in Manhattan. Her work has been reviewed in the ArtCal Zine, and the blogs of Hrag Vartanian and Otino Corsano. Her work can be found in the Pierogi Flat files, The Irving Sandler Artist File at Artists Space and the Nurture Art Registry.

Amanda Davidson, Fiction; San Francisco, CA – “I am a writer, editor, and multi-media artist based in San Francisco. In 2009, I was awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Art Farm Nebraska. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University, where I received the Graduate Award for Distinguished Achievement. My BA is from the University of California, Berkeley. My fiction, plays, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Encyclopedia: Vol. F-K, Paul Revere’s Horse, Viz. InterArts Event, Famous Magazine, The Capilano Review, Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing. My nonfiction features and book reviews have appeared in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Girlfriends Magazine, and elsewhere.
As a multi-media artist, I have presented performance art, collaborative sound projects, videos, and experimental plays at venues including the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Small Press Traffic, New Langton Arts, and Artists’ Television Access. I am a founding editor of, an online publication dedicated to exploring ways that digital culture influences narrative across disciplines. By trade, I teach composition and creative writing at the Academy of Art University, and work part time as a publicist at Headlands Center for the Arts, an artist residency program in Sausalito.”

Abeer Hoque, Fiction; Dhaka Bangladesh  – Abeer was born in Nigeria to Bangladeshi parents, and moved to America when she was in high school. She has BS and MA degrees from the Wharton School of Business, and an MFA in Writing (nonfiction and poetry) from the University of San Francisco. Her first book, a memoir called Olive Witch won the 2005 Tanenbaum Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her second is a novel in stories called The Lovers and the Leavers and was funded by a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship for fiction and photography in Bangladesh and India. She is currently working on her third book, Memory Alone, a novel about memory loss and identity.
Her writing and photography has been published in ZYZZYVA,, SomaLit, Farafina (Nigeria), 580 Split, Swink, DesiLit, Ego Mag, Outlook Traveller (India), the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Switchback, Femina India, XConnect, SNReview, the Daily Star (Bangladesh), Drunken Boat, Farallon Review, and KQED Writers Block, among others. Other accomplishments include a 2002 merit scholarship for the SLS residency in St. Petersburg, Russia, a 2009 fellowship in creative nonfiction at Saltonstall Arts Colony, and a highly commended win in the 2009 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Contest. She has held two solo photography exhibitions in Dhaka, Bangladesh. See more at

Casey Llewellyn, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY – Casey is a theater artist working in Brooklyn, NY whose work interrogates identity and form. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a B.A. in theatre where she directed an original adaptation of Chris Kraus’ I Love Dick and The Vagina Monologues and Beyond, a movement-based interpretation of the well-known text. For this production, she facilitated a writing process in which participants created new monologues focusing on the experiences of queer and trans people. She has performed in and written for David Neumann’s work at Barnard College and was seen last year at The Tank in All you need is one good idea, son, choreographed by Yve Laris Cohen. She participated in the Pataphysics Week-long Silent Playwriting Retreat with Erik Ehn, and an except of her play, The Quiet Way, was presented, featuring David Neumann and Jules Skloot, as part of the LITTLE THEATRE series at Dixon Place. She is currently collaborating with poet Claudia Rankine on a Existing Conditions, three interconnected one acts exploring race, gender, and nation building.
As a stage manager, she has worked on Lee Breuer’s Summa Dramatica and Porco Morto, The Foundry Theatre’s The Provenance of Beauty, David Greenspan’s The Myopia and Plays produced by The Foundry Theatre, and Object Collection’s The Geometry. She is also the assistant director of their experimental opera, Innova, premiering this spring at Abron’s Art Center. She is the assistant editor of PLAY A JOURNAL OF PLAYS.

Dustin London, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Dustin is a visual artist working primarily in painting and drawing.  Through a spare vocabulary of idiosyncratic material and visual elements, he explores the art object as an intimate yet impermanent experience.  He received his BFA from Michigan State University and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.  His work has received numerous awards and has been exhibited nationally in venues such as, The Institute of contemporary Art in Philadelphia, The College of New Jersey, and The University of Pennsylvania.  He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Jesse McCloskey, Visual Arts; NY, NY –  “I am originally from Massachusetts where I received a B.F.A. in Painting from the Swain School of Design in New Bedford. I received my M.F.A. in Painting from Parsons School of Design in New York. I am an Alumni of Yaddo Artist residency from 2001 and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2005. Since that time I have exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in galleries such as the Islip Art Museum, White Box gallery, the Christopher Henry Gallery, and in “Shimmering Light Across American Culture” from the collection of Susan Brynteson at The Grolier Club NY in 2008 featuring Yaddo artists. Most recently my work hung in “The Antidote”, a group show at Claire Oliver Fine Art gallery in NY in 2010.
My next solo exhibition opens at Claire Oliver Fine Art at 513 West 26th Street in New York on January 6th 2011. A profile of my work will be featured in Zink magazine coming out this winter. My choice of months is first July, then August, then September. I heard about Millay through my representative, Claire Oliver.”

Lydia Paar, Fiction; Arizona – Lydia is an MA candidate at Northern Arizona University,  and managing editor of Thin Air Magazine. She has been published twice in Alligator Juniper Magazine and was a finalist in this year’s Gulf Coast Prize Contest (for fiction). Other awards include: a Summer Literary Seminars Fiction Contest Merit Fellowship, an Arizona Commission on the Arts Grant, the Frederick and Francis Sommer Fellowship recipient, the Dorothy Ruth Ellis Writing Scholarship recipient, the Arizona Silver Scholarship recipient, and placing as a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Spring 2007 Short Story Award for New Writers.
Lydia is from Portland, Oregon, and currently makes her home in Arizona.


May: Val Britton, Caedra Scott-Flaherty, Gretchen Henderson, Meredith Holch, Brian Dunn, John Colpitts

Val Britton, Visual Arts; San Francisco, CA – “I received my B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and my M.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Exhibited both nationally and internationally, my work is held in several public collections including the New York Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, the Library of Congress, the Alameda County Art Collection and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. I have recently exhibited at Johansson Projects in Oakland, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Upcoming exhibitions include the Katonah Museum of Art, Wright State University, and the Nicolaysen Art Museum.
My work has been featured in New American Paintings, Sleek Magazine (Berlin), Invisible City (Melbourne), Artweek, and The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography by Katharine Harmon. I have been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Jentel Artist Residency Program, the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Recology (formerly SF Recycling & Disposal), and I received a 2009-10 Fellowship from Kala Art Institute. I am the recipient of a 2010 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Currently, I live and work in San Francisco, California.”

John Colpitts, Composer; Brooklyn, NY – In 1997 John Colpitts founded the experimental rock band Oneida in Brooklyn, NY. Since the founding of the band, Oneida has released upwards of 20 recordings and has toured North America and Europe extensively. In 2007 Colpitts began working closely with the Japanese group The Boredoms and has traveled throughout the US, Japan and the UK to perform their composition Boadrum. In 2010 he recorded his first solo album and founded the drum ensemble Man Forever which combines carefully tuned drum kits with aggressive and powerful ensemble playing. He has also recorded and performed with Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, White Hills, Soldiers of Fortune, Jah Division, People of the North and many other experimental ensembles. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Brian Dunn, Visual Arts; Washington, D.C. – Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Brian Dunn now lives and works in Washington, DC. Since receiving his BFA from Boston University’s College of Arts in 2004, Brian has exhibited in Boston, MA, Milwaukee, WI, Woodstock, NY and New York, NY. In 2008 Brian Received a Pollock- Krasner award to attend the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony’s summer residency. In addition to painting, Brian has created artist books, sculpture, collages and beat cassettes. In October of 2010 Brian worked with long time collaborator Paul Koneazny to present a hazy, 8-bit inspired installation of paintings, sculptures and curated debris at Chashama gallery space in midtown Manhattan.

Gretchen E. Henderson, Non-fiction; Baltimore, MD – Gretchen is the author of three forthcoming books, including a hybrid novel entitled Galerie de Difformité (&NOW Books, Fall 2011), a performative essay entitled On Marvellous Things Heard (Green Lantern Press, Fall 2011), and interwoven fictions entitled The House Enters the Street (Starcherone Books, Spring 2012). A chapbook of her poems, Wreckage: By Land & By Sea, also is forthcoming (dancing girl press, Spring 2011). In 2010, Gretchen received the Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer’s Residency from Lake Forest College and was a Peter Taylor Fellow in Nonfiction at the Kenyon Review Writer’s Workshop. Her work has been shortlisted for the AWP Award Series in the Novel, the Pushcart Prize in poetry, and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. Gretchen’s cross-genre work has appeared in over two dozen journals, including The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, The Southern Review, Denver Quarterly, Witness, Notre Dame Review, Black Warrior Review, New American Writing, American Letters & Commentary, Exquisite Corpse Annual, The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, and elsewhere. She is an Affiliated Scholar in English and Art History at Kenyon College.

Meredith Holch, Visual Arts; East Hardwick, VT – Meredith is a filmmaker, writer, producer, director and animator, whose work focuses on current issues of social justice. She specializes in animation. Holch’s work has been broadcast on PBS and has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC, the National Art Gallery, DC, the Exploratorium, S.F., The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY, as well as at numerous international film festivals, art galleries, and community spaces. She has taught video production and animation for over a decade, from the New School University, NY and Burlington College, VT, to inner city youth in the Bronx, and indigenous students in the mountains of Mexico.  Holch graduated Magna cum Laude from Duke University, and holds an MFA in film and video from Bard College, NY. She has received multiple grants from the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the LEF Moving Image Fund. She is a two-time MacDowell Arts Colony Fellow, and a Jentel Colony resident. She is a Vermont Arts Council Juried Artist and Registered Arts Education instructor. Her most recent film “Neighbors,” won the James Goldstone Vermont Film Commission Award at the the 2009 Vermont International Film Festival. She now lives in East Hardwick, VT, where she screens her work in venues ranging from schools and public libraries to the sides of old barns.

Caedra Scott-Flaherty, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY  – “After studying creative writing and dance at a magnet school in Rochester, New York, I went on to study (again) creative writing and dance at Brown University. After graduating, I served two years as an AmeriCorps member in North Carolina, developing literacy programs for the Durham Public Schools. I put myself through NYU’s graduate school by working in group homes, pediatric hospitals, and juvenile detention centers as a creative writing teacher. Currently, I work as a adjunct writing instructor and a yoga instructor.
In 2008, I won the Rick Rofihe award for short fiction and was published in Open City. In 2009, I was published in One Story, and was selected as a Brooklyn Book Festival 2010 author. I am at work on a collection of short stories and a novel. Meditation and yoga are an integral part of my creative process.”


April: Janice Jakielski, Kate Vida, Adam Baran, Celina Su, Tom Zoellner, Annie Baker

Annie Baker, Playwright; Brooklyn, NY – Annie grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), BODY AWARENESS (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright), THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES (commission for Soho Rep) and NOCTURAMA. Her work has also been developed and produced at the Bush Theatre in London, New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Soho Rep, the Orchard Project, the Ontological-Hysteric, Ars Nova, the Huntington, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Theatre Artaud/Z-Space, the Magic Theater, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah and Ucross, Wyoming.

Annie is a member of New Dramatists, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and EST, and she is an alumna of Youngblood, Ars Nova’s Play Group and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Recent honors include an OBIE Award, a Drama Desk nomination, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Lilly Award, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and commissions from Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons. An published anthology of her work, THE VERMONT PLAYS, is forthcoming from TCG in 2011. MFA, Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College.

Adam Baran, Screen; NY, NY – Adam Baran is a NYC-based writer/director with a passion for telling queer stories in unique, risk-taking ways. His short films Jinx! and Love and Deaf screened at LGBT film festivals worldwide, and aired on the IFC Channel and Here! TV, respectively. Love and Deaf was released on gay DVD short film collections in the US and Europe. In 2009, Adam wrote the daily web comedy MTV Detox for That same year, he finished the feature script Jackpot, which was selected for the 2010 Outfest Screenwriting Lab and performed as a staged reading during the festival. He also wrote the upcoming webseries The Great Cock Hunt, which is being produced and directed by Jon Marcus (Party Monster) and executive produced by Rose Troche (The L Word). Adam became a contributing editor at BUTT Magazine in 2007 and was the online editor of from 2008-2011. Adam also co-curates the monthly film series Queer/Art/Film with director Ira Sachs at the IFC Center in New York.

Janice Jakielski, Visual Arts; Janice was born in Maytown, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from the New York State College of Art and Design at Alfred University in 2000 and her MFA in 2008 from the Department of Ceramics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has spent the last year as a fellow at the Roswell Artist in Residency program in New Mexico. Previously Jakielski was a visiting professor at Colorado State University and Metro State College of Art and Design.

Recent Exhibitions include; Cutting Edge: Celebration of Fibers at the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Far From Near at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico (solo, Fancy/Free at the Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania (solo) and I Love My Love With a J at the Anderson Ranch, Gideon Gartner Gallery, Snowmass, Colorado (solo).

Celina Su, Non-fiction; New York NY – “I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York, where I received the Whiting Award for Excellence in Teaching. My research focuses on civil society and the cultural politics of education and health policy. I am also a co-founder of the Burmese Refugee Project. Using a participatory model of community development, the Project helps around 200 Shan refugees in northwest Thailand access education, health, and legal services. For the past decade or so, I have been conducting extensive fieldwork in the United States, Asia, and Latin America, mostly for research and development work. My creative writing reflects my attempts to transcribe the fragmented voices of those who have haunted me most.

I am the author of Streetwise for Book Smarts: Grassroots Organizing and Education Reform in the Bronx (Cornell University Press, 2009) and co-author of Our Schools Suck: Young People Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education (New York University Press, 2009). In addition to academic journals, my shorter pieces have appeared in Boston Review, XCP: Cross-Cultural Poetics, Aufgabe, and other publications. I received an English and economics B.A. Honors from Wesleyan University and an Urban Studies Ph.D. from MIT. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil and currently live on the border of Chinatown and the Lower East Side.”

Kate Vida, Visual Arts; Greenwich, CT – Kate Vida is an interdisciplinary artist based in Connecticut and New York City. Her wearable forms exaggerate and amplify relationships between what the body can do and what the forms enable (or deny) the body to attempt. She received her MFA from Yale University in Painting and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has performed at The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven and Mass MoCA, North Adams. Vida recently apprenticed at The Budapest Puppet Theater in Budapest, Hungary where she learned traditional mask construction techniques.

Tom Zoellner, Non-fiction; NY, NY – “I am now at work on a project entitled Train: A Biography to be published by Viking/Penguin. My previous books include The Heartless Stone(St. Martin’s Press), named a Notable Book of 2006 by the American Library Association and Uranium: War, Energy and the Rock That Shaped the World (Viking/Penguin) named a Best Book by Library Journal, as well as a Best Science Book of 2009 by New Scientist magazine. I was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last April in connection with this book.

In addition, I co-wrote An Ordinary Man (Viking/Penguin), the autobiography of Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was also recounted in the film Hotel Rwanda. This book was a New York Times bestseller in hardcover and paperback, and has been translated into thirteen languages. I have also delivered lectures on ethics and the craft of writing at Stanford University, Ohio University, Penn, UCLA, Colgate and the University of Arizona.”

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