David Adjmi, Playwriting, Los Angeles, CA – David’s play Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep. The play won 3 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Best Play. Marie Antoinette received a New York premiere at Soho Rep and was produced at Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth and other theaters in the U.S. and Europe this past season. 3C received its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in June 2012, and was dubbed “revelatory” by the Times and “the most divisive and controversial play of the season” by the New York Post. 3C was selected as one of the Top Ten plays of 2012 by the Post, Time Out and the Advocate. Elective Affinities premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and received a sold out U.S. premiere at Soho Rep starring Zoe Caldwell (Top 10 of the year in Time Out New York, New Yorker.) Other plays include Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep Studio Series), and Strange Attractors (Empty Space.)
David currently holds commissions from Lincoln Center, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, the Royal Court (UK), and the Center Theatre Group. He was awarded a Mellon Foundation grant, the Guggenheim, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kesselring Prize for Drama, the Steinberg Playwright Award (the “Mimi”), McKnight and Jerome fellowships, the Fadiman Prize from CTG, and the Bush Artists Fellowship, among others. He is the recipient of residencies from the American Academy of Rome, the Bogliasco Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, UCross and others. He has served on panels for the Luminato Festival, NEA, and the McKnight Foundation. He has taught at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Rutgers University, Primary Stages, NYU, Mark Taper Forum, CalArts, Southampton Writers Conference, and the University of Rochester. A collection of David’s work, Stunning and Other Plays, is published by TCG, and his work is included in The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays. David’s memoir Save Us, Superman! is forthcoming from HarperCollins, and a second play collection, 1789 / 1978 will be published by TCG in 2016.
Vanessa Banigo, Victoria Island, Lagos – Vanessa Walters is a writer and playwright from London, UK but has been based in Lagos with her family for the past five years.
Her previous published works are two young adult novels, Rude Girls (1998, PanMacmillan), Best Things in Life (2000, Pan Macmillan) and a collection of fiction/non-fiction writings based on the African Caribbean history of West London, Smoke! Othello! (2008, RBKC).
Vanessa has also had the following plays staged in the UK. Cold World (2003, Chickenshed Theatre), Caribbean Kitchen (2004, Birmingham Rep), Doubletake (2006, Red Earth Theatre), Michael X (2008, Tabernacle Theatre, 2009 Rich Mix Theatre, 2010 Albany Theatre). She attended the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, The Eclipse Theatre Programme and the Arista Scribes Screenwriting Programme. She has taught creative writing to teens at the Arvon Foundation.
Vanessa has an LLB in Law and French Law from universities of University College London and Paris-Assas. She has a media background having worked as a journalist for many years and written for The Guardian, The Voice, New Statesman, Financial Times among others and also hosted a UK daytime radio show on Colourful Radio and appeared as an arts reviewer and social commentator variously across several platforms. In Nigeria she has edited a popular women’s monthly, Genevieve Magazine (2010-2012) and currently works as a media consultant for The Guardian Nigeria.
Elliat Graney-Saucke, Visual Arts; Seattle, WA – Elliat is a media artist, event manager, cultural researcher, documentarian, network enthusiast, curator, heritage innovator and storyteller. Based in Seattle, WA, she has recently returned from 6 years in Berlin, Germany, in order to complete production on her feature documentary “Boys on the Inside,” about ‘boy’ identity in women’s prisons. She is also currently working on a multi-media research project with the National Performance Network as well as pre-production for her third feature “Art Heart: Children of Riot Grrrl,” about coming of age in queercore/riot grrrl subculture. Currently on the steering committees of Seattle Documentary Association, Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT), Next Generation National Arts Network and the Women’s Working Group, she is actively involved in intergenerational knowledge exchange and next generation arts leadership that is artist-centered.
Lily Morris, Visual Arts; Hudson, NY – Lily Morris attended Studio Art Centers International in Florence Italy in 2007 and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009. Through a consistent study of classic portraiture, she has investigated themes such as, identity through social media, collective agreements and “trending”, as well as the contemporary state of the American dream
“I’m interested in the fragility and delusion of online identities.
Online, it’s easy for fantasy and reality, commercial ads and real life, products and people to be virtually undistinguishable “ .
Lily’s shows include “emergence” at A Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard, “The Event” at Unit One in the 798 District of Beijing. Most recently participating in group shows such as “Sound Source” at Moma’s PS1 “The Young Collectors Exhibition” at Leila Heller Gallery, “Culture Fix” at Superchief Gallery and “IT’S ALL GOOD!! Apocalypse now” at Brooklyn’s Sideshow Gallery. She currently lives and works in Hudson NY.
Frauke Schlitz, Visual Arts; Stuttgart, Germany – In 1992 Schlitz graduated from University of Arts, Berlin. She has taught art at several German and European art schools. She was an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart (2000-2006) and was teaching as lecturer of fine arts at the University of Educational Science Weingarten (2012-2015), as Visiting Artist at the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milano (2006) and at Haute Ecole des Arts et de Design in Geneve (2008). In 2014 she received her B.Sc. in Psychology at Fernuniversität Hagen.
Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at museums, art galleries and art institutions nationally and internationally. Including shows in Berlin (oqbo gallery, Berlinische Galerie, Gallery of the University of Arts, Galerie Soma, Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Panzerhalle, Projektraum Kunst Quartier Bethanien), in Stuttgart (Kunstverein Gästezimmer, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Kunstbezirk), in Karlsruhe (Städtische Galerie), in Ulm (Museum Ulm) and Italy (Galleria Formentini, Milano), Czech Republic (Biennial of Drawing, Pilsen) and Luxembourg (Konschthaus beim Engel). Upcoming two person and solo shows in 2017 are at ART 3 Gallery, NYC and at Galerie Oberwelt in Stuttagrt.
Her work is represented in USA by ART3 Gallery New York www.art-3gallery.com/ Further information www.fraukeschlitz.de
Eric Strauss, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – In 1987 Strauss graduated from Brooklyn college, CUNY with an M.F.A. degree in painting and drawing. In 1986 he also earned an M.S. in Interior Design/architectural studies from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Strauss also holds an A.A.S. degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Eric received a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work in 1982 from SUNY Stony Brook. He also completed analytic training at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York. Strauss is trained as a celebrant and officiates at weddings and funerals.
Most recently Eric was the Principal at the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan. He also served as Assistant Principal at Brooklyn Technical High School, Brooklyn, New York. Strauss taught as a fine arts teacher in the Department of Education, City of New York. As well he taught for over a decade at The New York School of Interior Design. He has also taught art and design at Brookdale Community College, Kean University of New Jersey and since 1983 at Parsons School of Design, New York
Strauss has attended many artist residencies. He is currently an artist in residence at Chashama Art Organization and has a studio at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. In 2014, he received a Fulbright to pursue studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eric has also been an artist in residence at Soaring Gardens in Pennsylvania, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony in Woodstock, Ragdale in Illinois, Wellspring Artist Residency, Saltenstall, Skidmore College the Cummington Community of the Arts among others. Strauss has attended a number of NEH Fellowships and traveled to Korea with the Korea Society and to China through the China Institute.
Strauss has exhibited extensively, most recently at the Salazar And Burch Gallery in Manhattan, Chashama Open Studio, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition and other galleries.
His work interweaves his training in traditional drawing and painting as well as his studies in design and architecture.
Rachel Glazer, Fiction; Northhampton, MA – “I am the author of the novel “Paulina & Fran,” the poetry collection “MOODS,” and the story collection “Pee On Water.” For years I’ve taught Creative Writing at Flying Object (a now defunct nonprofit literature center/art gallery/letterpress studio) and the Smith College Summer Program for Young Writers.
My fiction has appeared in the New York Tyrant, American Short Fiction, (among others), and in the anthologies “New American Stories,” and “30 Under 30.” My work has been translated into Korean, Spanish and Hebrew.”
Akihito Izumi, Kobe City, Japan – “In 2015, 2 of my paintings were selected and exhibited in Quay Arts Open 2015. I did solo exhibition as an independent artist in Gekkosou Art Material Shop, in Ginza, Tokyo in 2014. From 1989 to 2014, I was a freelance illustrator and cartoonist while I worked for The Overseas Human Resources and Industry Development Association in Japan. As a freelance illustrator, cartoonist, many works were used on the commercial magazines including “Midnight 3000” (Magazine House, Ltd. “Comic Ale!” 1997). “In 2014/15,I studied MA Fine Arts at Arts University Bournemouth in UK and started to pursue my career as an fine artist while being active also as an illustrator. In 2017 I am going to do solo exhibition in Gallery Shimada, Kobe, Japan.”
Steven Landis, Composing; Kansas City, MO – As a composer and double bassist, Steven Landis works with many mediums including solo instrumental, mixed chamber groups, large ensembles, digital and mixed media, as well as film and theater. Steven is a DMA candidate in Composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory where he has studied composition with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and James Mobberley and double bass with Jeffery Kail.
Steven earned an MM in Composition from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, as well as an MM in Double Bass Performance and a BM in Composition from The University of Florida. He has studied composition with Mark Engebretson, Alejandro Rutty, Paul Richards, and James Paul Sain. Steven is the bassist for the North Carolina New Music Ensemble, COLLAPSS. www.slandismusic.com
Ann Lewinson, Fiction; NY, NY – Ann Lewinson’s fiction has appeared in Agni, Glass Tesseract, Hayden’s Ferry Review, In Tandem, Karamu, Out of Line, Pangolin Papers and MoMA PS1’s Special Projects Writers’ Series; her novella Still Life with Meredith is forthcoming. A 2014 fellow at the Edward F. Albee Foundation, she has also had residencies at 33 Officina Creativa in Italy, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Catwalk and the Vermont Studio Center. A freelance journalist and former film critic for the Boston Phoenix, Hartford Advocate, Kansas City Star and other newspapers, she has taught film criticism in the MFA program at Western Connecticut State University and in the English department at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn. Through the New York Writers Coalition she has lead writers’ workshops for the formerly homeless and adults with autism and other disabilities.
Carol A. O’Neill, Fair Haven, NJ – Carol is a native of New Jersey. Her formal art education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Master of Fine Arts Degree from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her interest in Early Renaissance and Medieval panel paintings has led her to study and apply the egg tempera medium. She continued her education by attending workshops in the United States and Europe including the techniques of Russian Icon painting.
Drawing is the very essence of her work. She has been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country and has received a number of awards for her work includng a New Jersey State Council On The Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for her drawings.
Carol’s paintings and drawings are studies of plant life from seeds to worn leaves, a reflection on a passing season, the transformation of nature and a meditation on the cycles of all life. She has exhibited her drawings and egg tempera paintings in the United States, Canada and Belgium.
Catherine Sasanov, Poetry; Jamaica Plains, MA – I am the author of the poetry collections, Traditions of Bread and Violence (Four Way Books), All the Blood Tethers (Northeastern University Press), and, most recently, Had Slaves (Sentence Book Award, Firewheel Editions). I am also the librettist for Las Horas de Belén: A Book of Hours, a bi-national (U.S.-Mexico) theater collaboration commissioned by Mabou Mines Theater Company. I have been fortunate to have had my work funded at times by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. Besides the Millay Colony, I’ve held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Blue Mountain Center, the Sundance Theater Lab, and Bellagio, among others. I am currently the 2016 Robert and Charlotte Baron Creative Artists Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society.
I am currently working on my fourth book of poems, Markd Y (Archives & Invocations). The work comes out of a four year journey – through archives, museums, libraries, antiquarian bookstores, landscapes, and historic homes – searching for traces of an unnamed woman branded Y, sent from Barbados to be sold in Kittery, Maine, in 1719. I explore the second life she’s been forced to live out in the archive. Poems from Markd Y (including an interview about the work and an essay/meditation, “In Search of the Woman Markd Y”) can be found in the online journals, Poor Yorick and Common-place. A section of the book titled “The Ghost in the Text,” is forthcoming in Skidrow Penthouse.
This is my third residency at the Millay Colony, having previously resided here gratefully in 2002 and 2005.
September, 1st Session: Kavita Das, Kathryn Savage, Antonio Breitenfeld, Barbara De Pirro, Liza Birkenmeier, Ana Weider-Blank
September, 2nd Session: Wei Tchou, Antonio Breitenfeld, Barbara De Pirro, Peter Murphy, John Kelly, Ana Weider-Blank
Liza Birkenmeier, Playwriting; Brooklyn, NY (1st Session) – Liza is a member of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and is currently collaborating with Daniella Topol and Sheila Callaghan on an interactive piece about water that will premiere in 2017 as a co-production of New Georges and 3LD. Her piece TRAGEDY IN SPADES: A CRIME DOCUMENTARY (a collaboration with director Katherine Brook) will premiere this spring at University Settlement, where she is an artist-in-residence. Her play RADIO ISLAND was recently named one of the two finalists for the inaugural Philip Seymour Hoffman Relentless Award. Her work has been seen or heard at Ars Nova, The Working Theater, BAX, The San Diego Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, The Catch Series, Prelude NYC, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, The Invisible Dog, New Georges, The San Francisco Playhouse, and the Classic Coin Laundry. She is a recent MacDowell Colony fellow and member of Ars Nova’s Play Group. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist. She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis and her MFA from Carnegie Mellon.
Antonio Breitenfeld de Sa-Dantes, Composing; Graz, Austria – “Currently I am the Young Composer in Residence for 2016 in Casa da Música Oporto, Portugal. This entitles the commission of a new piece for orchestra to be premiered by Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, conducted by Baldur Brönnimann on the 18th of June 2016; a new piece for the chamber music Trio Perspective (Oboe, Bassoon, Piano) to be premiered the 4th of October 2016 and a new piece for ensemble to be played by Remix Ensemble, conducted by Peter Rundel on the 1st of November 2016. I am also currently working as a composer and performer in the latest musical choreography “suspensão” by the renowned Portuguese choreographer Clara Andermatt to be premiered on the 12th of March in Viseu, Portugal.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Composition (studies with Beat Furrer) and a Bachelor of Arts in Orchestra Conducting by the Kunstuniversität Graz in Austria. My pieces have been performed in the Minoritensaal, Stefaniensaal and in the music festival Musikprotokoll in Graz, in CCB in Lisbon, to mention but a few. My composition “Cantos” was awarded the 2nd Prize in the Styria Cantat Choir Competition in 2014 and was subsequently edited in the 7th part of the Styria Cantat collection of contemporary choir a cappella music.”
Kavita Das, Non-Fiction; NY, NY –(1st Session) “I worked in the social change sector for fifteen years on issues ranging from homelessness to public health disparities to most recently, racial justice and I now focus on writing about culture, race, social change, feminism, and their intersections. I’m a contributor to NBC News Asian America, The Rumpus, and The Aerogram and my work has been published in The Atlantic, VIDA, McSweeney’s, Apogee Journal, Guernica, xoJane, The Margins, Quartz, The Feminist Wire, Colorlines, The Sun, and elsewhere. Recently, I was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 New Delta Review Ryan R. Gibbs Award for Flash Fiction. I’m also at work on a biography about Grammy-nominated Hindustani singer, Lakshmi Shankar, who helped bring Indian music to the West, to be published by Harper Collins India. While this would be my first writing residency, I was selected to attend the Tin House Summer Writing Workshop for fiction (2015) and for nonfiction (2013, 2014).”
Barbara De Pirro, Visual Arts; Allyn, WA – Barbara De Pirro creates environmental, mixed media sculptures and installations. Her observations of nature have triggered a profound admiration for its brilliance, resilience and its vulnerability. With each project she strives to create a sense of wonder; enticing the viewer to turn that vision outwards into the natural world, nurturing an appreciation, an understanding of that interconnection and encouraging a sense of protection.
De Pirro’s artwork has been commissioned and exhibited in Museums, Sculpture Parks, Art Organizations, Biennials, Art Centers, Galleries and Public Spaces. This list includes Museum of Northwest Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, Schack Art Center, Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Method Gallery, Bellevue Biennial, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks & Recreation and Tacoma Arts. She is also a member of Northwest Designer Craftsman and Surface Design Association. In 2010 she received a GAP Grant which helped fund her installation projects that year. Additionally De Pirro’s artwork has been published in multiple publications; including ‘TextileArt Around the World’, ‘Green Art: Trees, Leaves and Roots’, ‘Fibre Artist Interview #103’- World of Threads, ‘Profusion’-Fiber Art Now, ‘Mixing Invasive Media to Create Environmental Awareness’-Surface Design Association, etc.
John Kelly, Non-Fiction; NY, NY (2nd Session) – John is a performance and visual artist. His performance works range in scale from solo to larger ensemble, and stem from autobiographical, cultural, and political issues. Subjects have included the Berlin Wall, the Troubadours, the AIDS epidemic, Mythology, Expressionistic Film, and character studies based on Egon Schiele, Caravaggio, Antonin Artaud, Joni Mitchell, and Jean Cocteau, as well as other character studies based on the nature of creative genius. These works have been performed at The Kitchen, Lincoln Center, the Warhol Museum, the Whitney Museum, PS 122, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, and London’s Tate Modern, among other venues. Over the course of his four-decade-long career he has created over 30 group and solo performance works, including such benchmark works as ‘Pass The Blutwurst, Bitte’ (1986) and ‘Find My Way Home (1988), both of which received NEA American Masterpieces Dance Awards (for their 2010 & 2011 reconstructions). More recent works include ‘Escape Artist Redux’ at Bard Live Arts in 2014, and ‘Love of a Poet’ with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2015.
Other awards include: 2 Bessie Awards; 2 Obie Awards; a CalArts Alpert Award; a Visual AIDS Vanguard Award; and the Ethyl Eichelberger Award. Fellowships include: The American Academy in Rome; The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard; The Guggenheim Foundation; The Sundance Theatre Institute; Art Matters, Inc., and a 2013 USA Artists Fellowship. He was recently an Armory Artist in Residence at the Park Avenue Armory, and a Visiting Artist in Residence a Bard College. His visual artwork has been exhibited at Alexander Gray Associates, NY; MOMA; the List Visual Art Center at MIT; ICA, Philadelphia; The New Museum; PS 1; Art In General; MACRO, Roma; Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Firenze; the Coreana Art Museum, Soeul, Korea; and the Howl Art Gallery, NY. He is currently working on a graphic novel ‘A Friend Gave Me A Book’, an hour-long 4-chanel video installation ‘Escape Artist Redux’, and is about to release his first solo recording ‘Beauty Kills Me’ on the Strange Troubadours label.
Peter Murphy, Poetry; Ventnor City, NJ (2nd Session) – Peter was born in Wales and grew up in New York City where he operated heavy equipment, managed a nightclub and drove a cab. He is the author of seven books and chapbooks including Stubborn Child, a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize. His recent essays and poems appear in The Common, Diode, Guernica, The Hawaii Pacific Review, The Lindenwood Review, Mead, The New Welsh Reader, Passager, Rattle and Rhino.
He has received fellowships and awards for writing and teaching from The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Yaddo and the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. He is the founder of Murphy Writing of Stockton University which includes the Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway and other programs for poets, writers and teachers in the U.S. and abroad.
Kathryn Savage, Fiction; Minneapolis, MN (1st Session) – “My writing can be found in the Guardian, Poets & Writers Magazine, the Village Voice, and the anthology The Best Small Fictions of 2015. I’ve received fellowships and support from the Vermont Studio Center, Ucross Foundation, and multiple scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. I studied creative writing at The New School, hold an MFA from Bennington College, and am currently a program manager at The Loft Literary Center.”
Erin Somers, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY (Virtual Residency) – “I have published nine short stories, over a dozen essays, and several humor pieces both in print and online. My stories have been published or are forthcoming in the Cincinnati Review, Tin House online, Green Mountains Review, One Teen Story, Gigantic, Slice Magazine, and elsewhere. My essays have appeared in Ploughshares online and Literary Hub. My humor writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Rumpus, The Hairpin, and elsewhere.
My story “Don’t Quote Me On This” won Gigantic’s 2014 fiction prize, selected by Adam Wilson. In 2013, my story “The Melt” won Green Mountains Review’s Neil Shepard Fiction Prize selected by Josip Novakovich. I was a finalist for both the Kathy Fish Fellowship from Smokelong Quarterly and the Robert and Adele Schiff Award for Prose from the Cincinnati Review. I have attended the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences in 2011 and 2012 respectively. I hold an MFA from the University of New Hampshire.”
Wei Tchou, Fiction; NY, NY (2nd Session) – Wei Tchou is a member of the editorial staff of The New Yorker. She is working on a book about ferns.
Ana Wieder-Blank, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Ana Wieder-Blank is a contemporary artist working in painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. She uses narratives from the old testament, Greek, Hindu, and Mexican mythology (as well as myth from other cultures) fairy tales and folklore to create contemporary feminist political allegory. In her work she has tackled issues from rape and consent, police brutality, environmental catastrophe and more. She is constantly questioning constructs of gender, ability and disability, size, and race. She approaches her work with a distinctly queer perspective.
Ana has had two solo shows at Honey Ramka Gallery in Bushwick. Women of Song was reviewed very positively in the Brooklyn Rail, Strange Friends was reviewed by James Kalm of Rough Cuts. She has also been reviewed by hyperallergic, two coats of paint, and more. Ana has had multiple group shows at Regina Rex Gallery, Novella Gallery, Skirball Center, and more.
Ana has attended residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Haystack School of Arts and Crafts, Abruzzo Artists Residency in Abruzzo Italy, and the Millay Colony.
AUGUST Residents: Jen Hyde, Vt Hung, Valentina Homem, Charif Shanahan, Jaye Schlesinger, Saad Haddad
Saad Haddad, Composing, Northridge, CA – “My compositions have been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Columbus Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, the USC Thornton Symphony, the Sonus and Argus Quartets, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, the Ariose Singers, and the Hollywood Master Chorale, among others. Recent professional accolades include a grant from the Jerome Fund for New Music (2015), an ASCAP Young Composer Award (2015), 1st place in the Vancouver Chamber Choir Young Composers’ Contest (2015), the Gena Raps Piano Trio Chamber Prize (2015), the BMI Student Composer Award (2014), and the Copland House Residency Award (2014). Residencies that I have participated in include the Milwaukee Symphony Composer Institute (2015), the Columbus Symphony Earshot Readings (2015), the Electroacoustic Barn Dance (2015), the Copland House (2014), and the Underwood New Music Readings (2013).
Highlights from the 2015–16 season include the premiere of Manarah (orchestra and live electronics) by the American Composers Orchestra in Carnegie Hall as well as performances of Kaman Fantasy (version for orchestra) by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Other premieres this season include Takht (sinfonietta) by the New Juilliard Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall, Thulathi (piano trio) in Alice Tully Hall, Nekavim (2 percussionists, live electronics and dance), and Shifting Sands (version for trumpet and live electronics). I am finishing the last year of the Master of Music—Composition degree at the Juilliard School with composer John Corigliano. I earned my Bachelors in Music—Composer at the University of Southern California. My works are published through DIB PRESS, which I founded in 2013 to print and distribute my own compositions.”
Valentina Homem, Visual Arts; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – “I am a Brazilian artist working primarily with documentary making for almost fifteen years. During the course of the last four years I have been developing my work as a visual artist and performer, mainly through my individual investigation on the intersection between documentary and performance. In 2002 I wrote, produced, directed and edited Granny, an experimental documentary that was part of the official selection of several international film festivals and won a prize at Zemos98 festival in Seville in 2004. Between 2005 and 2010 I wrote, directed and edited: Speak Up!, Landscaping, With a Camera, The Power of Body Movements and New Order, all of which were screened in international festivals and conferences around the world. Between 2007 and 2011, I worked as producer and director of second unity for several feature documentaries and TV Series (Discovery Channel, BBC, Telesur, TVN Chile). Since 2013 I integrate the art collective Bota Na Roda based in Rio de Janeiro. In 2013 my four channel video installation The Tale of the Void was showed in Philadelphia and Rio de Janeiro. In 2014 I performed as an actress in Right Song, Wrong Chord, by Ugandan filmmaker Judith Adong and as a dancer and creative collaborator in The Forest, by Helian Zhang. In the same year I completed my first narrative short Brócolis. In 2015 I was invited as a resident at the International Theater Festival FITEI (Porto, Portugal), where I created and presented the solo performance Is The Transformation in Fact Silent?. I am now working on the post-production of the short documentary Abigail and on the development of my first feature film Last Dance For Grandma In Three Acts.”
Vt Hung,Fiction; New York, NY – Vt Hung is a Vietnamese American fiction writer who was born in Dorchester, MA. His parents are boat people who, with his godparents, opened the first Vietnamese grocery store in Boston. A Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and a Kundiman Fiction Fellow, he attended Boston and Randolph Public Schools, Boston College High School, Boston College, and the Lynch School of Education. In the fall, he will begin his M.F.A. in creative writing at Syracuse University.
Jen Hyde, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Jen is a native Californian, poet, visual artist, living in Brooklyn, New York. The author of the author of Hua Shi Hua (华画诗) Drawings & Poems from China, forthcoming from Ahsahta Press, Jen is currently at work on her second book, in which she is investigating her experience with invisibility as a biracial woman and adult living with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect for which advanced medical research is approximately as old as she is. Because of this, the body of her research is also her body. Jen is interested in making the people who manufactured her bovine heart valve visible. Many of them, like her own mother, are first generation Americans, trained as seamstresses, and accomplished people in many rich, wonderful ways. In writing this book, Jen hopes to create new space for people like herself and the folks she encounters to share their own stories whether they be about medical anomalies, the immigrant or first generation experience, or encounters with other advanced manufacturing technologies. Stories, she believes, are places where we can intimately know strangers and develop deep respect for people whose experiences might be entirely different than our own. In this way, stories are also much like advanced medical research because they can expand us.
Jen holds a BFA in creative writing from Pratt Institute and an MFA in poetry from New York University. She is the recipient of fellowships from NYU Shanghai, Ithaca College, and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop where she is currently a Margins fellow. Her poems and essays can be found or are forthcoming in The Volta, Drunken Boat, and Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
Charif Shanahan, Poetry; Bronx, NY – “I am the author of Into Each Room We Enter Without Knowing (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Prize. My poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous journals, including Apogee, Barrow Street, Boston Review, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Literary Hub, The Manhattanville Review, The New Republic, Phantom Books, and Prairie Schooner. My translations from Italian and German have appeared in A Public Space, Circumference, and RHINO Poetry, among other publications, and have been performed by the Vienna Art Orchestra. I am the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and twice a semi-finalist for the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, I hold degrees from Princeton University, Dartmouth College, and New York University, where I earned my MFA. Formerly Programs Director of the Poetry Society of America, I am poetry editor of Psychology Tomorrow Magazine and a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Morocco.”
Jaye Schlesinger, Visual Arts; Ypsianti, MI – “I have worked as a medical illustrator, drawing professor, graphic artist, museum exhibit designer, furniture maker, and now am a full-time artist, specializing in oil paintings. My educational background includes a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, an MFA in painting from the University of Michigan, as well as an MFA in Medical Illustration from the University of Michigan. My work has been described as “contemplative pop art meets a meticulous photorealism.
I have exhibited extensively and have won numerous awards, including a Pollock/Krasner Foundation grant in 2007, and was elected as a Master Pastelist by the Pastel Society of America in 2008. Other recent awards include ‘First Place’ at the Great Lakes Small Works Show at the Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI, in 2013, ‘Best of Show’ at the Annual All Media Show at the Ann Arbor Art Center, in 2012, ‘First Place’ at the Great Lakes Small Works Show at the Riverside Art Center, Ypsilanti, MI, in 2011, and ‘Purchase Award’ at the Pastel Society of America 37th Annual Exhibition, New York, NY, in 2009. Recent solo exhibits include “Defying Ordinary” at Art Space Vincennes in Vincennes, IN, “Thank You For Shopping Here” at River Gallery in Chelsea, MI in 2010 and “In Praise of Physical Labor” at the University of Michigan in 2009. My work has been published in The Artists’ Magazine, The Pastel Journal, Strokes of Genius 2 & 3 (Rachel Wolf, NorthLight Books), Pure Color: The Best of Pastel (Bloomfield/Markle, North Light Books) and many other publications.
I have been awarded artist-in-residencies at Ucross Foundation (Clearmont, WY), Blue Mountain Center (Blue Mountain Lake, NY), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA), Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (Red Wing, MN), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (Saratoga, WY), Jentel Foundation (Banner, WY) and Hall Farm Center (Townshend, VT). Gallery representation includes Water Street Gallery in Douglas, MI and J-Go Gallery in Park City, UT.”
JULY Residents: Toby Altman, Patrick Shaw, Allisaon Spence, Susan Steinberg, Sarah Williams, (not pictured) Eva Nokolova
Toby Altman, Poetry; Chicago, IL – “I am the author of four chapbooks, including recently Tender Industrial Fabric (Greying Ghost, 2015) and Same Difference (Shirt Pocket Press, 2015). My poems can or will be found in Best American Experimental Writing, 2014, The Black Warrior Review, The Cream City Review, Diagram, The Laurel Review, and other journals and anthologies. With the book artist Liana Katz, I cofounded and co-edit Damask, a micro-press dedicated to building innovative hand-made chapbooks. With the poet Alix Anne Shaw, I co-curate the Absinthe and Zygote reading series, which experiments with and critiques the format of the poetry reading. My first book manuscript Arcadia, Indiana (a tragedy) was recently a semi-finalist for the Noemi Book Prize; in 2015, I was a semi-finalist for the Boston Review/92nd Street Y Discovery Prize. My second book project, Discipline Park, currently in progress, excessively and obsessively documents the demolition of Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago.
I am currently a PhD candidate in English at Northwestern University in Chicago, where I am completing a dissertation titled “Text out of Joint: Toward a Diachronic Poetics.” My research links Renaissance and Avant-Garde poetry and poetics to develop innovative methods for performing literary research across the usual boundaries of historical periodization.”
Eva Nikolova, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Eva is a Bulgarian‐born visual artist, living and working in Northern Manhattan. She holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Southern Illinois University and a MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University, Bloomington. She works primarily in drawing, printmaking, hand‐drawn animation and cameraless photography exploring themes of memory and identity in relation to a sense of place.
Nikolova’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in numerous public and private collections. She is the recipient of over fifteen fellowships, scholarships, grants and awards including the following in 2015: Kimmel Harding Art Center residency, LMCC SPARC residency, Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF grant.
Patrick Shaw, Playwriting; Austin, TX – “I’m an Austin-based playwright, actor, and dancer and have developed work at Great Plains Theatre Conference, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Norm’s Fish Camp at Tofte Lake. I recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MFA in Playwriting and won an Austin Critic’s Table Award for outstanding student work. Before grad school, I lived in New York City where I produced my first plays with a company I helped found, FullStop Collective. Over the years, I’ve collaborated as a performer with with Spessard Dance, Bakerloo Theatre Project, The Duplicates, Underbelly, and Paper Chairs. Teaching is also a big part of my work. I used to work for the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and currently teach part-time at Southwestern University. I will be lead faculty this summer for the Rude Mechs’s theater program, Off Center Teens.”
Allison Spence, Visual Arts; Washington, D.C. – Allison is a painter and writer currently living in Washington D.C. She received her BFA from University of Florida and her MFA from University of California, San Diego. Spence has exhibited nationally most recently including solo exhibits at Hamiltonian Artists, DC (2015, 2016) and curated group exhibits at Kavichnina Contemporary, FL (2014), Curious Matter, NJ (2014), and San Diego Museum of Art, CA (2013). Her most recent writing was published in [out of nothing] (April 2015).
Spence is a recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and is a 2014-16 Hamiltonian Fellow. At the time of the writing of this bio she is researching clonal organisms (current), teratomas (always), and the relationship between John Singleton Copley’s Watson and the Shark and stomach eversion (for the moment).
Susan Steinberg, Fiction; San Francisco, CA – “I am the author of the story collections Spectacle (Graywolf, 2013), Hydroplane (FC2, 2006), and The End of Free Love (FC2, 203). My stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, and other literary journals, and I have been the recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, and a National Magazine Award. I have held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ledig House, and the Vermont Studio Center. I earned a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA in English from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am Professor of English at the University of San Francisco.”
Sarah Williams, Visual Arts; Springfield, -– “My educational background in art draws from two very different experiences. I first earned my BFA in studio art from William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri where I received a formal art education. In 2009, I graduated with an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in Denton, a school I selected for its conceptually based program. I currently am an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Missouri State University in Springfield.
My dedication to my studio practice can be seen in my exhibition record and participation in several recent residencies. Within the calendar year of 2015, I’ve had a number of exhibitions including two solo shows, and had work displayed in five group exhibitions ranging from museum settings, to commercial galleries to alternative spaces. My work has been shown in cities such as Houston, Los Angeles, New York City and Dallas. In the summer of 2015, I was awarded a month long residency at the Willapa Bay Artist in Residence Program and have also been a resident at Ucross Foundation Artist Residency Program in Clearmont, WY. Missouri State University has granted my requests for travel grants to attend my opening exhibitions and deliver gallery talks as well as granted me a Summer Faculty Fellowship during the summer of 2015 to pursue my research. My work was recently published in the 2015 No. 119 edition of New American Paintings.”
JUNE Residents, 1st session:Renee Angle, John Norris, Miranda Mellis, Isa Heshko, Erica Cavanagh, Michael Harrison
JUNE Residents, 2nd session:Tricia Keightley, Isa Leshko, Erica Cavanagh, Michael Harrison, Miranda Mellis, Monica Ong Reed, Adrian Shirk
Renee Angle, Poetry; Tucson, AZ (1st session)– “My writing has been published in Entropy Magazine, Western Humanities Review, The Volta’s Heir Apparent, Diagram, Practice New Art + Writing, Sonora Review, EOAGH, I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figue, 2011), and in the chapbook Lucy Design in the Papal Flea (dancing girl press). I work and teach at the University of Arizona Poetry Center.”
Erica Cavanagh, Non Fiction; Harrisonburg, VA – Erica holds an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago and an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She is the recipient of the The Missouri Review’s Editors’ Prize, the University of Chicago’s Ruth Murray Prize, and a Pushcart nomination. Her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, North American Review, The Wilson Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, Gastronomica, Off Assignment, Contrappasso, and elsewhere. Samples of her writing and photography can be found at ericacavanagh.com.
She teaches nonfiction writing, African American literature, and food studies at James Madison University.
Michael Harrison, Composing; Yonkers, NY – Through his expertise in “just intonation” tunings and Indian ragas, composer/pianist Michael Harrison has created “a new harmonic world…of vibrant sound” (The New York Times). He has collaborated or performed with Grammy-winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth, filmmaker Bill Morrison, cellist Maya Beiser, Kronos Quartet, JACK Quartet, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, Contemporaneous, and his teachers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and master Indian vocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan. His compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM Next Wave Festival, MoMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, Centre Pompidou, Stuttgart Ballet, United Nations, Bang on a Can, Spoleto, Ojai, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Sundance and other film festivals throughout the world. Revelation (2007) and Time Loops (2012), his CDs on Bang on a Can’s Cantaloupe Music label, were chosen by The New York Times, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, and NPR among the Best Classical Recordings of the Year. Other recordings of Harrison’s music have been released on New Albion Records, Important Records, Fortuna Records, and a new extended work for violinist Mari Kimura will be released on New World Records in 2016. Harrison is a visiting professor at RISD and a protégé of composer La Monte Young. Recent awards include the American Composers Forum Artist Delegation to the Havana Contemporary Music Festival, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, two Classical Recording Foundation Awards, IBLA Foundation Grand Prize, University of Oregon Distinguished Alumnus of 2014, Manhattan School of Music President’s Award, and residencies at the American Academy in Rome, Yaddo, MASS MoCA, Banff Centre, Bogliasco Foundation, Atlantic Music Festival, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Ucross Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, where he serves on the Fellows Executive Committee.
Tricia Keightley, Visual Arts, Brooklyn, NY (2nd session) – “I am a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. After studies at Parsons School of Design and the San Francisco Art Institute, I have exhibited in the United States and internationally in solo and group shows. My paintings are engineered abstractions comprised of imagined mechanical elements.
I have been the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and a Mac Dowell Colony Residency. Most recently, I received a 2012 commission from New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts for Transit program for a piece at the Hunters Point #7 Subway station.
Isa Leshko, Visual Arts; Salem, MA– Isa Leshko is an artist whose work focuses on themes relating to animal rights, aging, and mortality. She has exhibited her work widely in the United States, including shows at 516 Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Center for Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. Her prints are in numerous private and public collections including the Boston Public Library, Fidelity Investments, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In addition, she has received fellowships from the Culture & Animals Foundation, the Houston Center for Photography, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography.
Isa’s first book based on her acclaimed Elderly Animals project will be published by University of Chicago Press in 2018. Her images also have been published in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Miranda Mellis, Fiction; Olympia, WA – Miranda is the author of “Demystifications” (forthcoming, Solid Objects 2016); “The Quarry” (Trafficker Press, 2013); “The Spokes” (Solid Objects, 2012); “None of This Is Real” (Sidebrow Press, 2012); “Materialisms” (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2009); and “The Revisionist” (Calamari Press, 2007). She is the co-author of a book of dialogues called “24/48/72/96/120” collaboratively written with Emily Abendroth, forthcoming in 2016. She has received an NEH and the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction. In 2014 she was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. She teaches at The Evergreen State College.
John Norris, Visual Arts; Jonesboro, AR (1st session) – John Harlan Norris is a painter and Associate Professor of Art at Arkansas State University. His current body of work features a series of portraits in which the subjects are obscured by the signifiers of the roles they assume in their daily lives. Norris has exhibited throughout the country at venues including Plus Gallery (Denver, CO), Greg Thompson Fine Art (Little Rock, AR), 21C Museum Hotel (Bentonville, AR), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Contemporary Arts Center Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV), The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit, NJ), David Lusk Gallery (Memphis, TN), Arkansas Arts Center (Little Rock, AR), Florida State Museum of Fine Arts (Tallahassee, FL), The Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA) and others. In 2014 he was an artist resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and in 2012 he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council.
Monica Ong, Poetry; Trumbull, CT (2nd session) – Monica is the author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry. An MFA graduate in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design and Kundiman poetry fellow, her work has been published in journals including the Drunken Boat, Glassworks Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, and the Seneca Review.
Ong’s visual poetry is often derived from narrative art installations. Recent exhibitions include Philalalia: Ink & Print (Temple Contemporary Gallery, 2015), as part of a festival of handmade books and art; The Fearsome BMI: Women Artists and the Body (Institute of Women and Art, Rutgers University, 2014); Critical Condition: When Silence Speaks (Parachute Factory, Yale University, 2011) which Ong curated; and See You on the Flip Side! (AC Institute, NYC, 2011).
Adrian Shirk, Non Fiction; Yonkers, NY (2nd session) – Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (forthcoming, Counterpoint Press), narrative essays on American women prophets and spiritual icons. Shirk was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since lived in New York and Wyoming. She’s a columnist at Catapult, where she writes about the hidden histories of otherwise unremarkable buildings. Her writing is interested in preserving and cultivating palimpsest, in a wide variety of spheres: religion, gender, cities, family, built space. Her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, The Morning News, Atlas Obscura, Airship Daily and Wilder Quarterly, among others, and she has produced radio stories for Wyoming Public Media and Pop Up Archive. She teaches women’s studies, English, and creative writing at Pratt Institute, and lives on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers with her husband, Sweeney, and Quentin the cat.
MAY RESIDENTS: Colleen McCubbin Stepanic, Andrew Nurkin, Shira Erlichman, Ching Chu-Hu, Toru Hayashi, Celine Song
Ching Chu-Hu, Composing; Newark, OH – Ching Chu-Hu’s music has been performed in the United States, England, Germany, Russia, Austria, China, Taiwan, and Australia, and reviews have described his music as “incredible” and “deeply moving.” Honors have included composer-in-residence at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and guest composer at the American Music Week Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been a composition fellow at the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Banff Centre for the Arts and The Milay Colony. He has received performances in various national and international festivals and concerts, including the Alternativa Festival (Center “DOM”) in Moscow. Other honors include being named the 2014-15 Aaron Copland Fellow at MacDowell, winner of the 2nd Annual Secret Opera competition, Fifteen Minutes of Fame Competition, the SCI/ASCAP Student Commission Competition, MTNA, among others.
Recent commissions include works for the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, the Granville (Ohio) Bicentennial Committee, the University of Iowa School of Music’s Centennial celebration, the Greater Columbus Community Orchestra, the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Children’s Choir and the Chamber Music Connection, string duo Low and Lower, Western Springs Suzuki Talent Education Program’s 30th Anniversary Concert in Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall as well as Newark Granville Youth Symphony’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts performance, marimbist Mayumi Hama and pianist Minju Choi. Upcoming premieres include commissioned work for opening University of Iowa Symphony concerts at the recently completed Hancher Auditorium and School of Music Voxman Music Building.
He was the first recipient of the Bayley-Bowen Fellowship, Denison University’s first endowed fellowship for a junior faculty member. Ching-chu Hu is the Richard Luicer Endowed Professor and Professor of Music at Denison University. More information can be found at: www.chingchuhu.com.
Shira Erlichman, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Shira is a writer, musician, and visual artist. A three time Pushcart Prize nominee, her work can be found in The Huffington Post, PBS, BuzzFeed Reader, Bitch, Bust, The Massachusetts Review and Winter Tangerine Review, among others. She was awarded a James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center. As a musician she’s shared stages with TuNe-YaRdS, Mirah and CocoRosie. Her album Subtle Creature is forthcoming in August 2016. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and their orange cat. Learn more at www.shirae.com.
Toru Hayashi, Vistual Arts; New York, NY – To achieve my dream of becoming a mathematician since I was my hight school years. I studied mathematics at collage in Sapporo, Japan. During studying the theory of numeric combination and permutation I had found similarity between mathematics and art, which led me to aspire to create an artificial language of my own. I began it by combining word with word randomly or erasing a specific letter from a sentence—I later learned this was similar to Oulipo. This experience and desire to create a new language gave me an impetus to look into the possibility in contemporary art, and I eventually decided to move to Brooklyn to become an artist in 1990. Since then I have lived and worked in New York. My main medium is drawing.
Colleen McCubbin Stepanic, Visual Arts; Springfield, PA – “My most relevant professional accomplishments include a number of grants, residencies, and solo exhibitions. Most recently I was accepted into the Vermont Studio Center Residency and the Joan Mitchell Center Artist Residency Program in New Orleans. Both residencies are scheduled to take place in 2016. In January 2015 I participated in the Arrowmont Pentaculum: Five Medium, One Forum at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. In addition I have participated in the International Artist’s Residency in Budapest, Hungary, Soaring Gardens Artist’s Residency, Ora Lerman Foundation, Laceyville, PA and two National Parks Residencies, one in Maine and one in New Mexico. I was a 2011 Fleisher Wind Challenge Award winner as well as being awarded the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant in 2003.
I have had 13 solo exhibitions since 2003 in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arizona, New York, Ohio, and Cameroon. I also participated in more that 27 group exhibitions, many of which were curated shows in which several of my works were included, as well as 18 juried exhibitions. My work has been featured in exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston. I have been included in exhibitions at The LaGrange Art Museum in LaGrange, Georgia, The Susquehanna Museum of Art in Harrisburg, PA, and the Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio. My work has been shown repeatedly in many states including, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Washington D.C. and New York.”
Andrew Nurkin, Poetry, Lambertvile, NJ – “My work has appeared previously in North American Review, The Believer, Drunken Boat, The Massachusetts Review, Cimarron Review, FIELD, and elsewhere. Recognitions include the Solstice Prize for Poetry, the Algonquin Books Poetry Award, Terry Welby Tyler Jr. Poetry Prize, and three Pushcart nominations. My first manuscript has been a finalist for the New Issues Poetry Prize the Colorado Prize, and the Four Way Books Intro Award.
I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and hold a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. Originally from Atlanta, I live in New Jersey, where I direct a public interest nonprofit and teach writing to college-enrolled students at the Garden State Correctional Facility.”
Celine Song, Playwriting, NY, NY – Celine is a member of the Public Theater’s 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group, a member of Ars Nova’s 2014-2015 Play Group, a 2016 resident of the Millay Colony for the arts, an IATI Theater 2015 Cimientos Playwright, a 2014 resident at Yaddo, a 2014 & 2016 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab Playwright, and a 2012 Edward F. Albee Foundation Writing Fellow. Her plays include The Feast (MAP Theater in Seattle, New Court Theatre in LA, Shelterbelt Theater in Omaha), Family (Signature Theater, Potomac Theater), and Tom & Eliza (Ars Nova, JACK). She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia.
APRIL RESIDENTS: Anna March, Keith Wilson, Ben Irwin, Elizabeth Riggle, Racquel Goodison, Roeya Amigh
Roeya Amigh, Visual Arts; Brookline, MA – Roeya is an Iranian artist who earned a BFA and MFA in Tehran before completing a Master’s in Fine Arts degree in 2012 at Boston University. She is motivated to make work that resembles the set of a play or a synthetic epic. Her work intersects her identity as an Iranian woman in relation to society’s constructs and mythologies. She let the world around her including the unexpected moments to become a story telling through the mythology. This forms a body of work in which numerous interpretations and outcomes are evoked.
Racquel Goodison, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY – “I have been a resident at Yaddo and the Saltonstall Arts Colony. I have also been a recipient of the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writer’s Grant and a scholarship to the Fine Arts Works Center. Last summer, I was selected to participate in Callaloo’s fiction workshop at Brown University, where I was one of two fiction writers selected to read during the closing ceremony. Within the last few years, my stories, poems, and creative nonfiction have been nominated for the Pushcart and, last year, my chapbook, Skin, was selected as a 2013 Goldline Press Fiction Chapbook finalist and, ultimately, won the 2013 Creative Justice Press Fiction Chapbook Competition.
Ben Irwin, Composing; Palo Alto, CA – Ben is a composer and clarinetist. His compositional interests include polyrhythm, experimental harmonies and scales, and microtonality. He has collaborated with the Clocks in Motion Percussion Ensemble, the Haiku Music Collective, pianist Jeff Gibbens, the Ottawa New Music Creators, the Empyrean Ensemble, abstract animator Jean Detheux, and graduate improvisation ensembles at UC Berkeley and Mills College. Ben has been composer-in-residence at Ucross, Brush Creek, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, I-Park, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. He has been a composition fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference and the Domaine Forget, Ostrava Days, SICPP, MusicX, and soundSCAPE festivals. Ben holds a Ph.D. in composition and theory from the University of California at Davis, master’s degrees in composition and clarinet performance from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota
Anna March, Non Fiction; Los Angeles, CA – “I am an active essay writer, publishing in venues such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, VQR, Tin House and regularly in Salon and The Rumpus. I have written on topics including breasts, Pope Francis and sexism in the Catholic Church and its impact on women globally, rape and women’s agency, the patriarchal uses of violence against women on screen, child support, feminist response to transgender women, H. Clinton and missing girls.
Though I am a lifelong learner, I dropped out of high school at 17 and only briefly attended community college before finally dropping out for financial reasons and to work for Sarah Brady on gun control. I’ve been fortunate to have interesting activist work my whole life — I’ve worked for the DC rape crisis center, helped start RAINN, ran a literary arts center in the 90’s, working in women’s international human rights, for public radio and for organized labor, but I’ve never had the ability to try many creative, educational or artistic opportunities. I am just beginning to apply for residencies. My completed novel and memoir are both headed out on submission to editors via my agent. I am a lifelong feminist activist and my work informs my writing and vice versa. I work with a wide variety of non-profit organizations including serving as a committee co-chair with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, as an activist donor with Third Wave and as co-founder of Lulu, a fund for racial and gender justice. I am an editorial advisor to the literary magazine Literary Orphans. I lead a nationwide event series that benefits PEN America’s Writer’s Emergency Fund, run a volunteer literary events hosting group, LITFOLKS and regularly appear on panels at AWP and BinderCon and similar literary conferences.”
Elizabeth Ann Riggle, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “I am a visual artist living and working in New York City. Born and raised in Detroit, my family relocated to Chicago in 1972. I received my training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1975-1982. I remained in Chicago, working seasonally on the railroad to support my studio practice, and began to show my work in group exhibitions at N.A.M.E. Gallery, Randolph St Gallery, and West Hubbard St. Gallery. After being included in Unknown Chicago Painters at Gallery 400 at Chicago Circle Campus of the University of Illinois in 1985, I received positive mention in the New Art Examiner in a feature article and the following year in a review, both by James Yood, in The New Art Examiner. In 1988 I received support in the form of an individual artist fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council and an Artist Space/artist Grant for exhibitions occurring in New York City, where I had been curated into a program called Windows on White, in lower Manhattan. In 1990, I was invited to become a member of the exhibition committee of Randolph St. Gallery, then under the direction of Peter Taub, and in 1991 developed a series of consecutive exhibitions exploring labor issues through the respective prisms of the history of organized history from the perspective of anonymity within older craft constructs and current ideas about art production. The three exhibitions were produced under the title Looking at Labor: Lost and Found (Part I), What Price Beauty (Part II), and Divisions (Part III).
Since moving to New York in the late nineties, I have been supporting my practice working in Museums as a preparator and as a mount maker, and have been employed at the Museum of Modern Art as such since 2000.”
Keith Wilson, Poetry; Chicago, IL – “My professional accomplishments include the following: I am a Callaloo and graduated Cave Canem fellow, have received three Bread Loaf scholarships, and recipient of a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellowship. I hold an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University. I have had my poetry published in 2 chapbooks: Generation Oz through Finishing Line Press and Kinder Meal through Imaginary Friend Press.
My poem “Blackberry Harvest, was nominated for a Pushcart in 2010 and my poem Rules of Prejudice was nominated for a Best of the Net award in 2011. My poems have appeared in a number of anthologies including the new collection White Space, and in a number of journals including American Letters & Commentary, 32 Poems, Anti-, Muzzle, Peregrine, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Fogged Clarity, Drunken Boat, Vinyl, Kinfolks Quarterly, Toe Good, and Plain Spoke. I am currently working with the Adler Planetarium on a series of poems which will be performed in cooperation with the museum.”