Mariam Bazeed, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY– Born to Egyptian parents in Kuwait. Mariam Bazeed began her life a statistic of economic expatriation in the Persian Gulf.
A writer of prose, poetry, and thinly-disguised memoir, Mariam is currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at Hunter College, where she is at work on her first novel-ish.
Mariam makes her living, as it were, as an editor and a commercial and literary translator. In addition she is a performance artist, singer of old Arabic songs, curator, and cook. She has been the recipient of the Hedgebrook Women’s Writing Residency, the Marble House Writing Residency, the Helix Performance Network’s NEEDING IT fellowship at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and has been a featured poet at the Bowery Poetry Club. Mariam’s first play, PEACE CAMP ORG, debuted in a workshop performance at La Mama Theater in New York City. She was recently accepted into the 2017 class of the Hemispheric Institute’s EmergeNYC fellowship for performance and politics.
In her writing Mariam is concerned with themes of migration, death, death, also death, sickness, death, and the estrangements particular to love and family.
Ryan Chapman, Fiction; Kingston, NY– Ryan Chapman lives in Kingston, New York. He has written for NewYorker.com, GQ.com, The Brooklyn Rail, The Believer, Bookforum, Guernica, BOMB, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He is the author of the illustrated book Conversation Sparks (Chronicle) and his novel Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster) will be published May 2019.
Dara Engler, Visual Arts, Traumansburg, NY– Dara received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of New Hampshire and her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, followed by a recipient group show at the Cue Art Foundation in New York, NY. Dara has been included in New American Paintings and Manifest’s International Drawing Annual, received a fellowship to attend the Vermont Studio Center residency, was recently included in a pop-up show at First Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY, and has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Gatewood Gallery at the University of North Carolina, in Greensboro. She teaches painting and drawing at Ithaca College.
Cameron Meade, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY– “In May 2018, I will graduate with an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pratt Institute. I currently work as an artist assistant in the studios of Derrick Adams, Ellen Harvey, and Stanley Whitney. In the fall of 2017 I interned at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.”
Catherine Moore, Non-Fiction; Fayetteville, WV– Catherine Venable Moore is a nonfiction writer based in Ansted, West Virginia. Before returning home to the Mountain State, she studied writing at Harvard University and the University of Montana. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Oxford American, VICE, and other outlets. Her current projects include two works of narrative nonfiction set in Appalachia, to be published by Random House.
Aaron Carroll Hodges, Composing, Brooklyn, NY– Aaron grew up in a military family in the Southern United States. He holds a degree in acting from the Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City and is a self-taught musician. Currently he records and performs music under the monikers Kin Hana and Longshoreman of which he has released one album and an EP through his small record label, Black Meadow. Prior to this he was the singer-songwriter for the two-piece band Holy Spirits who toured nationally and released two EPs. He has performed as an actor throughout NYC and toured nationally and internationally as a dancer for experimental choreographer Dean Moss.
Michael Harrison, Composing; Yonkers, NY– Composer/pianist Michael Harrison’s works are a blend of Western musical traditions with those of North Indian classical music, forging an entirely new approach to composition through tunings and methodologies that employ and extend the ancient concept of “just intonation.” Time Loops, Harrison’s album with cellist Maya Beiser, on Bang on a Can’s Cantaloupe Music label, was selected in NPR’s Top 10 Classical Albums of 2012.His extended work for just intonation piano, Revelation: Music in Pure Intonation, was chosen by The New York Times, The Boston Globeand TimeOut New Yorkas one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2007. Recent commissions include Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, Alarm Will Sound, Cello Octet Amsterdam, Del Sol Quartet, Contemporaneous, Clarice Jensen, Mari Kimura, and The Young People’s Chorus of NYC. Just Ancient Loops, Harrison’s collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison and Maya Beiser, included a six-month looping-program and performance at the New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and performances at BAM Next Wave Festival, the Louvre, Ojai Music Festival, Big Ears Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, M.I.T., Sundance, and dozens of film festivals throughout the world. Upcoming engagements include a solo concert at Muziekgebouwin Amsterdam, a premiere by Alarm Will Sound in St. Louis, and a new version of Just Ancient Loopsfor Cello Octet Amsterdam. Previous performances include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Spoleto Festival USA, MASS MoCA, Park Avenue Armory, United Nations, National Sawdust, The Kitchen, Klavier Festival Ruhr in Germany, Quattro Pianoforti in Rome, American Academy in Rome, and the Havana Contemporary Music Festival. Recent awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, New Music USA commission, American Composers Forum Competition, Aaron Copland Recording Grant, Classical Recording Foundation Award, and fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, Dia Art Foundation, Yaddo, MacDowell, and Millay.
Michelle Hamer, Visual Arts; Collingwood, Victoria– Michelle Hamer is a visual artist with a background in architecture. Her hand-stitched and drawn pixelated works on (& through) perforated plastic are based on her own photographs and exploration of language within ‘everyday’ environments. She has had 21 solo shows and been in numerous group and prize shows locally and internationally over the past 12.5 years including the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) & TarraWarra Museum of Art. Her first survey show was held at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery (2018). Her work is currently being shown as part of this This Wild Song at TownHall Gallery, Melbourne and is in the upcoming shows ‘Craftivism’ Shepparton Art Museum (2018) and ‘Analogue in a Digital World’ RMIT Gallery (2018).
Hamer was a winner of the inaugural Architecture in Tapestry Prize in 2015. She has received project grants from the Australia Council (x6), Arts Victoria (x1) and City of Melbourne (x2) and undertaken a residency at The Australian Tapestry Workshop. Her work has been featured in print and online publications including The Atlantic (USA); ‘Embroidery UK’; Stephen Banham’s ‘Characters’; Gestalten Press’ (2014) Imagine Architecture’; Thames & Hudson’s (2015) ‘The Craft Handbook’ and their upcoming ‘The Word is Art’ (2018) through MoCA London. Her works are in public collections including the NGV; Artbank; City of Melbourne and private collections in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, New York, Chicago, Beijing, Los Angeles, London, Oslo & Auckland.
Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Playwriting, Bronx, NY– Gethsemane is a poet-turned-playwright from Washington, D.C. For her play HEIFER, she is a 2016 Semi-Finalist for the Rising Circle INK TANK , a 2016 Finalist for the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, and a 2017 Finalist for SPACE on Ryder Farm. Gethsemane is also a 2016 Grant Recipient from the Puffin Foundation, which supported her residency with JAW Magic Time at Judson Memorial Church in July 2016. Gethsemane’s short play, The Falling Man received a production in The Fire This Time Festival in 2018. Previously, she was a recipient of a Dean’s Fellowship in Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland. Her writing and performance has been featured in Jaggery, Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Art Inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler, Atlanta Black Star, and The Washington Post. She is currently completing her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University, where she is the Dean’s Fellow. She teaches at Barnard College and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
Jennifer McCandless, Visual Arts; Burlington, VT– Jennifer received her BFA in Sculpture from Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design and her MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught Ceramics and Sculpture at Wayne State University and The Loomis Chaffee School. She is currently Art Department Chair, Curator and Director of the Mercy Gallery and a Nichols Fellow in Art at Loomis Chaffee in CT. Jennifer has exhibited nationally and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant, The Palmer Fellowship 2011-2015 and the Skowhegan Fellowship. Her extensive exhibition history includes shows at the National Sculpture Society, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, The Lemberg Gallery, the Housatanic Museum, the John Sly Ely Museum, the Elmhurst Art Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, The Frederick Meijer Museum of Sculpture and in 2018, her work will be featured in Fahrenheit 2018 at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. She has also exhibited in the Miami (X Contemporary)and NYC (Superfine) art fairs 2015-17.
Jen Palmares Meadows, Non-Ficiton; Folsom, CA – Jen Palmares Meadows essays from northern California. Her writing has appeared in Literary Hub, The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, Brevity, Denver Quarterly, Hobart, The Los Angeles Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Quarter After Eight,and elsewhere. Her work has been performed at San Francisco Lit Crawl, Mr. Bear’s Violet Hour Saloon, Intersection for the Arts, and Now Hear This: A Story and Music Series. She was also a participant of San Francisco’s Intergenerational Writers Lab (IWL), a multidisciplinary, experimental writers’ workshop and program of Kearny Street Workshop, Intersection for the Arts, and AMATE: Women Painting Stories.She is currently completing Betting On Brown, a hybrid collection of gambling essays. Visit her at jenpalmaresmeadows.com.
Allison Lynn, Fiction; Indianapolis, IN–Allison has published two novels, The Exiles (Little A/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and Now You See It (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster), and has also written essays, articles and reviews for publications that include The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Sun-Times, PEOPLE magazines, Post Road, the Believer logger, Ploughshares online, and various anthologies. Her work has won awards from the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Pirates’s Alley Faulkner Society, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She teaches in the MFA program at Butler University, and has previously taught at Lehigh, DePauw, New York University. She holds an M.F.A from NYU.
August Residents: Mattina Blue, Marike van Dijk, Thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones, Madison McCartha, Paolo Aroa, Claire Luchette
Paolo Arao, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Paolo Arao (b. Manila, Philippines) received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University (1999) and was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (2000). He has shown his work in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has presented solo exhibitions at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis, MN (2010) and Jeff Bailey Gallery in NYC (2008, 2006, 2004). He will present work in two upcoming two-person exhibitions at c2c project space in San Francisco, CA (March) and Mother Gallery in Beacon, NY (June.) He has been awarded residencies at The Vermont Studio Center (2018) and the Fire Island Artist Residency (2016). And he was a recipient of an Artist Fellowship in Drawing from The New York Foundation for the Arts (2005). His work will be published in forthcoming issues of New American Paintings (2018), Maake Magazine (2018) and Esopus (2018). He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Mattina Blue, Visual Arts; Belfast, ME – “I am a visual artist whose work stands on nearly three decades of dedication to photographic and meditational practices. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology (painting and sculpture) and Hampshire College (film and photography), my work has been commissioned, published, collected, and exhibited for twenty five years. My images have graced the covers of a few dozen books and magazines; I’m the recipient of two artist grants from the state of Maine; I am the author of three published books; I’ve created two Percent-For-Art public projects. Throughout the year, I teach creative watercolor painting in classes around the world and out at sea. For the past 22 years, I’ve lived and worked in a reconstructed barn on the coast of Maine.”
Marike van Dijk, Composing; Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Dutch jazz saxophonist and composer Marike van Dijk divides her time working and living between Brooklyn and Amsterdam. Her most recent project features a collaboration between herself and 2 singer-songwriters; Jeff Taylor from New Jersey (USA) and Katell Keineg from Cardiff (UK). Marike wrote arrangements of their songs to be performed and recorded with her large group The Stereography Project. This ‘chamber jazz ensemble’ was also featured on her last album, called The Stereography Project (BJU records, 2015).
With The Stereography Project, she made her debut as a composer, moving away from purely focusing on being a soloist.
During her studies in New York, she started working on several interdisciplinary projects; she worked with an improvisational dance company called the Lovelies and composed for Andy Cavatorta’s instruments.
Her latest endeavors include a new trio called Laika Into Orbit(piano/cello/sax) performing live music with film and composing a score for a Frisian children’s movie.
Ms. van Dijk is currently part of faculty at Hochschüle Osnabruck, Institut Für Musik.
Claire Luchette, Fiction; Willowbrook, IL – I’m a writer from Chicago. My fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and Iowa Review, and my non-fiction has appeared in Travel+Leisure, ELLE, and O, the Oprah Magazine. I hold an MFA in Fiction from the University of Oregon, and I’ve received fellowships and support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.”
Madison McCartha, Poetry; Milwaukee, WI – Madison McCartha is a black poet and performance artist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, DREGINALD, Full-Stop, The Journal, jubilat, Yalobusha Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He has served as the Design Editor for Cream City Review, and became the Poetry Editor for Storm Cellar. Madison is based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and holds an MFA from the University of Notre Dame.
Thandiwe Dee Watts-Jones, Non-Fiction; New Rochelle, NY – “I am an African-American creative non-fiction writer, psychologist and family therapist. My writing is focused on healing, illuminating the relational impact of oppressive systems and the cultural and spiritual resources that empower and nurture the marginalized. My published essays include “Belonging.” Spring 2018. Solstice Literary Magazine; “The Castle.” 2014. Dismantle: An Anthology of Writing from the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop; “Why Can’t I Find Something that Looks Like Me?” 2011, New York Times; “Crowded House.” 2008. New York Times, and “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” 2001. (Eds.) Levine, J and Markman, H., San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. I am a 2015 graduate of Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine’s MFA Program, and have been awarded residencies at Ragdale, 2010 and 2016, VONA, 2010 and 2012, and Renaissance House in 2011.”
July Residents: Rick Burkhardt, Jessica Lanay Moore, Matthew Broaddus, Jeannine Ouellette, Kelly Popoff. Front Row: Mia King, Omid Shekari
Matthew Broaddus, Poetry; Blacksburg, VA – I am a Cave Canem graduate fellow and author of a chapbook, Space Station (Letter [r] Press, 2018). My poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Black Warrior Review, The Offing, Foundry, and NightBlock. I received an MFA in Poetry from NYU’s Creative Writing Program, where I was a Writers in the Public Schools Fellow. I am a former Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and winner of the Beau J. Boudreaux Poetry Award from the University of Southern California.
Rick Burkhardt, Composing; Brooklyn, NY– “I have worked in the field of contemporary music for 25 years (Masters and PhD, Music Composition, from University of California, San Diego, Bachelors in Music Composition from University of Illinois). Additionally, I’ve been working in New York theater, with an emphasis on the intersection of experimental music and theater, since 2009, and I have an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University. Works of mine have been performed in over 40 US cities as well as in Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Taiwan, including performances at the Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, Wien Modern, and Acht Brücken festivals, and a portrait concert at the Now Here This festival. I am committed to presenting my music / theater works in the world of theater as well as in the world of music. My hybrid music / theater piece “Great Hymn of Thanksgiving / Conversation Storm” won Best Performance awards at the San Francisco Fringe Festival 2007 and the New York FRIGID Festival 2008. In 2010 I won a Village Voice Obie award for the full-length music theater piece “Three Pianos,” composed by me, Alec Duffy, and Dave Malloy, based on Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise.” In 2011 I was listed by Time Out New York as one of five “Off-off-Broadway innovators to watch.”
I have received commissions and performances from ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Ensemble Surplus, Ensemble Ascolta, sfSound, Toca Loca, Ensemble Chronophonie, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, Wet Ink, Cadillac Moon, Red Fish Blue Fish, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, Mark Menzies, hand/werk, and Second Wind Theater. My work has been supported by grants from the Jerome Foundation, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, the American Composers’ Forum, the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, the Boswil Foundation, the Puffin foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. CD recordings of my work have been released by Wet Ink, Janos Negyesy, and Rhonda Taylor (who recorded and released my complete works for saxophone in 2009). The script to “Conversation Storm” was published in the anthology “Plays and Playwrights 2009” by The New York Theatre Experience. Texts to my pieces have been published as poems in the journals “Mirage: A Periodical” and “Cannot Exist.”
Mia Kang, Poetry; New Haven, CT – Mia Kang writes poems and other perversions. Named the 2017 winner of Boston Review’s Annual Poetry Contest by Mónica de la Torre, her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Poetry, Washington Square Review, Narrative
Magazine, and PEN America. A Brooklyn Poets Fellow and runner-up for the 2017
Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest, she is a recipient of the Academy of American
Poets’ 2016 Catalina Páez and Seumas MacManus Award, among others. Mia is a PhD
student in the history of art at Yale University, where she studies contemporary art, constitutive outsides, and impasse.
Jessica Lanay Moore, Poetry; Pittsburgh, PA – Jessica Lanay is a poet, short fiction, and art writer. Her creative work focuses on architectures of interiority, escapism, history of psychoanalysis, and southern culture. Her poetry has appeared in Sugar House Review, Fugue, A Bad Penny Review, The COMMON, Prairie Schooner, and Indiana Review. Her short fiction was most recently published in Tahoma Literary Review, and Black Candies. A short autobiographical essay was also published in Salt Hill Journal. Her art writing can be found in BOMB and ArtSlant. She is a Callaloo, Cave Canem, and Kimbilio Fellow. She is a 2018 recipient of a Millay Colony Residency. Lanay’s academic work focuses on Black Critical Studies, Art History, and Literature; she recently presented at the 2017 Kristeva Conference at the University of Pittsburgh and the 2018 Northeastern Modern Language Association Conference on extralinguistic ontologies of Blackness.
Jeannine OuelIette, Fiction; Minneapolis, MN – Jeannine Ouellette serves as nonfiction editor for Orison Books. Her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines and literary journals including Narrative, Masters Review, Penn Review, Past Ten, december, The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg, and Nowhere, as well as several anthologies, including the 2017 Nowhere Print Annual, Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives, and Feminist Parenting. She is a recent prizewinner or finalist in the Iowa Review Awards, Narrative Story Prize, Masters Review Short Story Contest, Proximity Essay Awards, and the Curt Johnson Fiction Awards. Jeannine teaches writing through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop, AWP’s Writer to Writer Program, and independently through Elephant Rock. She recently completed her first novel.
Kelly Popoff, Visual Arts; Greenfield, MA – “I was born in Akron, Ohio and live and work in Greenfield, MA. My last solo show, O Children, was at Herter Gallery, The University of Massachusetts, in 2016. Last year I was also included in Works on Paper, 2016 at the Long Beach Island Foundation, curated by Carter Foster, the Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of Art, and Open Call NNE (North-Northeast) 2016 at the Brattleboro Museum of Art, curated by Richard Klein of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
This past year I have also received the following awards: a full fellowship (The Artist’s Resource Trust Fellowship and Residency) to the Vermont Studio Center; the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Artist Grant, a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and a Finalist Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Painting.”
Omid Shekari, Visual Arts; Amherst, MA – Omid was born in Tehran in 1986 and lives and works in Amherst, MA. He has participated in several exhibitions, including solo shows at NADA Fair, New York City; Ohio State University, Mansfield; Marginal Utility Gallery, Philadelphia (2017); and group shows in Wind Challenge at Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia; Summer Installation, Pennsylvania Academy Museum, Philadelphia (2017); American University, Washington D.C.; Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, (2016) among others.
He has been a resident at Ox-Bow, Michigan (2015), the 24th Process – Space Art Festival in Bulgaria (2015), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2016), and OMI International Art Center, NY (2017). His Work is in the collection of OMI International Art Center, PAFA Museum, Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Woodmere Art Museum. Omid teaches at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
June 1st Session: Baris Gorturk, Sofi Thanhauser, Djola Branner, Andrew Conklin, Lesielann Hobayan, Luba Drozd
June, 2nd Session: Back: Djola Branner, Maya Ciarrocchi, Rami Karim, Baris Gokturk, Front: Andrew Conklin, Leslieann Hobayan, Sofi Thanhauser
Djola Branner, Playwriting; South Hadley, MA – Djola is co-founder of the award-winning group Pomo Afro Homos (Postmodern African American Homosexuals). It toured nationally and internationally with their shows Fierce Love: Stories From Black Gay Life and Dark Fruit, performing in venues as varied as college cafeterias and the Lincoln Center. Branner has written and performed original roles in sash & trim, the house that crack built, Homos in the House, Sweet Sadie and Mighty Real: A Tribute to Sylvester. His interdisciplinary plays/performances has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Creative Capital, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome, McKnight and Bush Foundations, and been anthologized in numerous publications including Black Gay Genius, Colored Contradictions, Staging Gay Lives and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Lesbian and Gay Black Writers. His first book of collected plays, sash & trim and other plays, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 2014.
Branner is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he earned an MA in Creative Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama where he earned an MFA in Playwriting. He has taught dance, acting and dramatic writing for more than thirty years in community and academic settings including City College of San Francisco, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Macalester College, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and is currently full professor of theatre at Hampshire College where he teaches playwriting and performance. He is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.
Maya Ciarrocchi, Visual Arts; Bronx, NY – Maya Ciarrocchi is a Bronx-based interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and in New York at: Abrons Arts Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Gibney Dance, Jack, Kinescope Gallery, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, and Smack Mellon. She has received residencies from the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Millay Colony, and the UCross Foundation as well as a Film/Video grant from the Jerome Foundation and funding from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. Her social practice project Gender/Power, which she co-directs with her collaborative partner Kris Grey, has received support from The Franklin Furnace Fund and the MAP Fund. In addition to her art-making practice, Ciarrocchi has created award winning projection designs for dance and theater including the Tony-award winning musical The Band’s Visit, currently running on Broadway. Ciarrocchi earned an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, and a BFA from SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY.
Andrew Conklin, Composing; Philadelphia, PA – Andrew Conklin is a composer, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist who makes music that engages both with American vernacular idioms and contemporary classical practices. His work has received critical acclaim in blogs such as Pitchfork and The Line of Best Fit, and has been supported by grants from sources such as the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Additional recognition has come from festivals including the Florida State University Biennial New Music Festival, the Society of Composers National Conference, the Lake George Music Festival, and New Music on the Point. An active performer, Andrew has toured throughout the United States and Europe as a guitarist and bassist with indie rock bands, bluegrass groups, and improvising ensembles. As a composer, he has enjoyed fruitful partnerships with musicians from some of today’s most inquisitive new music ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Mise-En, Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Connect, Tala Rasa Percussion, and the Calidore String Quartet. Andrew held teaching positions at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and Stony Brook University before joining the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific as Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory.
Luba Drozd, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Luba creates synthetic architectural environments that gesture to the ties between micro and macro via their simultaneity of violence within space. Her immersive installations underline the absurdity, and further—the brutality — of the current systems of control via constructed architectural interventions that reorient space with video, sonic vibrations and nonintrusive materials such as vellum and acetate.
Born in Ukraine and currently working in Brooklyn, NY, she earned a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Bard College. Her work has been exhibited at the Bronx Museum, LUBOV Gallery, Jamaica Center for Arts and Language, Carver Center Gallery, Ukrainian Museum in New York, Apexart, BRIC, Smack Mellon, Anthology Film Archives, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center and Art in General. She is the recipient of a MASS MoCA Visiting Artist Residency, Eastern State Historic Site grant for new work, BRIC Media Arts Fellowship and the Bronx Museum AIM fellowship.
Baris Gokturk, Visual Arts; NY, NY – Baris is a Turkish Puerto Rican artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He currently teaches at John Hopkins University, Pace University and Hunter College where he has got his MFA. He is the recipient of Tony Smith Award and Graf Travel Grant from Hunter College. He has shown his work internationally in US, Germany, Spain, France, Korea, Turkey and Puerto Rico. Baris recently was an ApexArt fellow in Seoul, Korea and a participant in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibitios include La Catedral, Puerto Rico, 2016, The Coolest Most Memorable Historical Moments, Novella Gallery, New York, 2015, and Sonra, RH+ Gallery, Istanbul, 2012.
n From 2011-2015, he ran with a group of artists a gallery and project space called Heliopolis in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the co-founder of AroundAbout, a curatorial project in the form of a podcast and Junte, an arts and culture project in Puerto Rico. Junte has recently participated in SkowheganPERFORMS at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York and at Mecanismos, MECA Art Fair, curated by Carla Acevedos-Yates in San Juan, both in 2017. Baris Gokturk has contributed articles to Istanbul based bilingual art magazine RHsanat and the monthly political Post-Express since 2005.
Leslieann Hobayan, Poetry, Bridgewater, NJ – Leslieann Hobayan is a poet-writer, devoted yogi, and a member of VONA, a community dedicated to writers of color. Nominated for a Pushcart, her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Rigorous, Barely South Review, Generations Literary Journal,The New York Quarterly, Phati’tude, Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina-American Writers, and Pinoy Poetics. She has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship for Poetry at the Vermont Studio Center, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation writing fellowship for a residency at Millay Colony for the Arts, and an artist grant for the Bread Loaf Orion Environmental Writers Conference. Her collaborative art installation (with woodturner artist Michael Badger), Cartography of Water: Home, Memory, & Identity in the Diaspora, which explored the fluidity of home and its temporal and spatial locations, was on exhibit at Vermont Studio Center in April 2017. Currently teaching at Rutgers University, she has served as a writing mentor for youth at Urban Word NYC and has taught creative writing at UC-Santa Cruz and Montclair State University. She is at work on a collection of poems as well as a collection of essays.
Rami Karim, Poetry, Brooklyn, NY – Rami Karim is the author of Smile & Nod (Wendy’s Subway, 2018). Their work has appeared in The Brooklyn Review, Apogee, Makhzin, The Margins, and Tagvverk, among others. Rami graduated from the Creative Writing MFA at Brooklyn College in 2017, where they received the Rose Goldstein, Himan Brown, and Carole Lainoff awards in writing. Rami is a 2017-18 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a writing instructor at the City University of New York and a 2018 artist-in-residence at Cité international des arts in Paris.
Sofia Thanhauser.Non-Fiction, Brooklyn, NY – Sofi received her MFA in Creative Writing and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and her BA in American History from Columbia University. She currently teaches The Graphic Novel, Pre-College Creative Writing, and Saturday Writing School at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She has received residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the UCross Foundation, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. She is currently at work on her first book.
APRIL RESIDENTS:Joshua Marques, Emji Spero, Alma Levy, Eiren Caffall, Becky Brown, Sarah Einspanier
Becky Brown, Visual Arts; Bronx, NY– Becky Brown was born in Manhattan, moved to Brooklyn and currently lives in the Bronx. She received her MFA in painting from Hunter College and her BA (with a double major in Visual Arts and English) from Brown University. Her recent two-person exhibition “Cognition-Stroll,” with Annette Cords, at Project: ARTspace (NYC) featured a collaboratively-designed wallpaper, a publication on universal language and a panel discussion titled “Collage City” with fellow artist Lisa Sigal, experimental radio DJ Gaylord Fields and scholar of global studies and urban planning Laura Y. Liu. Also this summer, she co-organized the group show “King of the Cockroaches” with three fellow artists, including installments in North Carolina and New York City. It explored archeology, preservation and various ways of using found material, and included several evenings of live performance, video and music. Other recent activities include the solo exhibition “Yes You” at UNC’s Allcott Gallery, with an accompanying lecture/performance; her selection for The Drawing Center’s (NYC) two-year program Open Sessions; two site-specific installations “Stuy Town Classic Kitchen” (Brooklyn) and “Personal Effects” (Federal Hall National Memorial, NYC); and her solo exhibition “Obvious Oblivious” at Dixon Place (NYC), accompanied by a reading of her poems. Her solo installation “No, said the Fruit Bowl” in the kitchen of an abandoned 19th century house on Governors Island (NYC), was described by Ken Johnson in his New York Times review as “machines vomiting as if in a bulimic’s nightmare.”
Becky’s work has also been exhibited in New York City at venues including The Drawing Center, NARS Foundation, Kunstalle Galapagos, Louis B. James Gallery, Industry City, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Small Black Door, the LeRoy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University and the National Academy Museum. She has exhibited nationally at Fort Gondo Complex for the Arts, St. Louis, MO (solo exhibition); YoungArts Foundation, Miami, FL; Mary Sky, Burlington, VT and the Poor Farm Experiment (Manawa, WI) (among others) and internationally at Religare Arts Initiative (Delhi, India); the MASC Foundation (Vienna, Austria) and Cleopatra’s Berlin (among others). She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, Saltonstall Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, I-Park Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Her art criticism has been published in Art in America and The Brooklyn Rail. She was the 2016-17 Visiting Resident Artist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and has also taught at Hunter College and Brown University.
Eiren Caffall, Non-Fiction; Chicago, IL– Eiren Caffall is a writer and musician based in Chicago, born in New York, and raised in New England. She has been the recipient of a Social Justice News Nexus fellowship in environmental journalismat Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and aFrontline: Environmental Reportageresidency at The Banff Centre for the Arts, studying with Naomi Klein. She taught creative writing for The Chicago Humanities Festival and was awarded a Hedgebrook residency. Her work on loss and nature, glaciers and extinction has appeared in The Rumpus, The Chicago Reader,Tikkun Daily, The Nervous Breakdown,The Manifest Station,Punk Planet, the book The Time After, and the forthcoming collection 21/21Chicago.She lives in the Logan Square neighborhood with her husband and son.
Sarah Einspanier, Playwriting; Brooklyn, NY – Sarah Einspanier is a playwright from Dallas, TX. Her plays include The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project with Sheila Callaghan, Pipeline Theatre Company’s Play Lab, Honorable Mention 2016 Kilroys List, Finalist for Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers), I LOVE SEAN (upcoming reading with New York Theatre Workshop, showings at Cherry Lane, UMASS New Play Lab, Dixon Place, and Cloud City, Honorable Mention 2016 Kilroys List), and House Plant (developed as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writer’s Group and as a Horton Foote Scholar at Sewanee Writers’ Conference with Naomi Iizuka and Ken Weitzman). She is a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, the New Georges Jam, and RADY&BLOOM collective playmaking. Residencies with Erik Ehn (Texas Silent Retreat), SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Stratford New Works Lab. Short play commission from Clubbed Thumb. Currently working on NATURE WHATEVER, a play about ten to twenty five incoming college freshman going on a hike, as part of a New Georges Special *Water* Residency (showings at 3LD, June 2017). BA: Northwestern University.
Joshua Marques, Composing; Wilmington, NC – Joshua Marquez (b. 1990) is a Filipino-American composer and activist whose award-winning music explores the liminal space between tone and noise as a means to investigate the complexities and duality of Asian American identity. Searing a sonic imprint of cultural identity, his tranquil investigations of the noise spectrum represent the internal conflicts of multiculturalism and the struggles of alienation and assimilation through the fusion and fission of disparate timbres. Hailed as “cutting-edge” (The Gazette), “haunting” (The Daily Iowan), and “creepy” (Fanfare Magazine), Marquez’s polemic deconstruction of sound is consumed by ever-evolving rituals of disintegrated perspectives from a postcolonial lens.
Marquez’s music has been performed and recorded, internationally, by ensembles and musicians such as the JACK Quartet, Brno Philharmonic, Carmine Marcello Rizzi (violin), Iwona Glinka(flute), Akropolis Reed Quintet, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, University of Iowa Center for New Music, Gate City Camerata, Quintet Sirocco, and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.
His work has been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency as an Arts Fellow, a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency as a CSG Fellow, a Brush Creek Artist Residency, a Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, a 2016 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition Prize, a 2013 Stony Brook Premieres! First Prize, a North Carolina Arts Council Grant, an Iowa Social Justice Grant, and an Iowa Arts Across Borders Grant in addition to other honors.
Recent performances include the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYC), the National Student Electronic Music Event (GA), Birmingham New Music Festival (AL), Brave New Works(CA), Fulcrum Point New Music (IL), SCI Concerts, Stony Brook Premieres! (NYC), Circuit Bridges (NYC), John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium (NM), An Art Artistry (GR), Electroacoustic Music Festival Ecos Urbanos (MX), and the International Ferienkruse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (DE) in venues such as Symphony Space (NYC), Abron Arts Center (NYC), the Englert Theatre(IA), Open House Chicago (IL), Detroit Opera House (MI), Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), the Canada International Film Festival, and the Utopia Film Festival (MD), among others.
Marquez’s research was featured at the 2015 Humpback Whale World Congress in Sainte-Marie, Madagascar. Recordings of Marquez’s music have been released on ABLAZE Records (USA), RMN Classical Records (UK), Sarton Records (PL), and E.M.P.i.R.E.S Records (USA). Joshua is currently the composer for the upcoming video game, The Girl Who Sees, which explores Filipino culture and history against the backdrop of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during WWII.
Marquez holds a PhD in composition from the University of Iowa in addition to an MM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Joshua is currently the Artistic Director for the interdisciplinary arts nonprofit, GRIT Collaborative. Marquez serves as a Resident Composer for the Saint Mary’s College Summer Composition Intensive in Notre Dame, IN (2013-2018), having previously taught at the University of Iowa and the Preucil School of Music.
Alma Leiva, Visual Arts; Miami, FL – Honduran born visual artist Alma Leiva received a BFA from New World School of the Arts in 2007 and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011.
She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in venues such as The Invisible Dog Art Center, Brooklyn, NY; Hasted Kraeutler, New York, NY; Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA; The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA; Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; David Castillo Gallery and The Museum of Art and Design, Miami, FL; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Palz, NY; The Zuccaire Gallery, Stony Brook, NY; The Snite Museum of Art, South Bend, IN; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York; Balzer Projects, Basel, Switzerland; Positions, Berlin, Germany and Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica among others.
She has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; (2011, 2018), Arteles, Haukijärvi, Finland; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL (2012, 2014); The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; Byrdcliffe Guild, Woodstock, NY; The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY. Leiva’s work is in private and public collections including The University of West Florida, The Center for Photography at Woodstock and Smith College Museum of Art.
Her work has been featured in numerous publications including Time Magazine’s Lightbox, Photo District News, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, Miami New Times, El Nuevo Herald, The Miami Herald, ArtPulse Magazine, Art Nexus and The Washington Post.
She has received grants and fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, College Art Association, The Beth Block Foundation, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, S. Moody Foundation, Miami Dade-County, South Florida Cultural Consortium and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, to name a few. Leiva is represented by balzer projects in Basel, Switzerland and works between the United States and Honduras.
Emji Spero, Poetry, Oakland, CA – Emji Spero is a poet and performance artist living in Oakland, California. They are a graduate of the Mills College MFA in Book Art and Creative Writing and are a co-founder and editor at Timeless, Infinite Light, an Oakland-based small press. Their first book almost any shit will do was published both as a trade paperback and as a limited-edition artist book. It was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in Transgender Nonfiction and CAConrad’s Sexiest Poetry Award. It was featured in an interview with Gabriel Ojeda-Sague for Jacket2 and PennSound and has been reviewed in Los Angeles Review, Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, The Portable Boog Reader, and Volta Blog. Spero has been a writer-in-residence at Aggregate Space Gallery, KALA Art Institute, E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore, and Real Time and Space , and their installation and performance work has been exhibited at galleries such as Johansson Projects, MOMA PS1, The Bureau of Poetic Research, Exploded View Gallery and Microcinema, CounterPulse, Real Time and Space, and LoBot Gallery, among others.
Currently, Spero is working on a new manuscript, Exhaustion: A Retching. Excerpts from this work have been published in Armed Cell, Eleven Eleven, Elderly Magazine, Open House, and Connection/Exhaustion (a chapbook with Joel Gregory, 2016). Selections from it have been anthologized in It’s night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny in Oakland (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2014). Recently, Spero participated in For Opacity: Visceral Poetics Now, a symposium on the poetics of healing, and this Spring, they read at the Poetry Project in New York.
MAY RESIDENTS: Mara Baldwin, Elizabeth Shores, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Thirii Myint, Maggie Mitchell, Sean Harold
Mara Baldwin, Visual Arts; Ithaca, NY– Mara received her MFA from the California College of the Arts (2010) and her BFA from Wesleyan University (2006). Her work has shown at the Johnson Art Museum (Cornell University), Facebook Manhattan, PLAySPACE, the San Francisco Arts Commission, SOMArts, UC Berkeley, Triple Base Gallery, Root Division, Capricious/Company Gallery, and Corners Gallery. Her accolades include the Murphy Cadogan Award, an SFMoMA SECA nomination, and residencies with the Vermont Studio Center, Saltonstall Foundation, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Mara is the Director of the Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College and maintains her studio in Ithaca,
Sean Harold, Composing, NY, NY– Sean Harold is a composer and guitarist working in NY and CT. As a composer, his pieces seek to create a distinct new language through a constantly evolving dialogue with the past. His materials, often drawn from the Western canon, are filtered through the voice of an unreliable narrator so that his compositions unfold like half-forgotten memories.
As a performer, Sean focuses on the electric guitar and the ways in which its timbrel palette can be expanded while working within the context of concert music. Many of his recent pieces have also revolved around collaboration, including works with choreographer Thierry Niang, artist Emma Sulkowicz, and illustrator Yoko Furusho.
Sean holds doctoral and master’s degrees in composition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and SUNY Purchase respectively, as well as a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance from Western Connecticut State University.
Danielle, Lazarin, Fiction; NY, NY– “My debut collection of short stories, BACK TALK, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in February, 2018. My fiction can be found in The Southern Review, Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Glimmer Train, Five Chapters, Boston Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, and Copper Nickel. I received my MFA from the University of Michigan, where my stories and essays won Hopwood Awards. I have also received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance.”
Maggie Mitchell, Fiction; Decatur, GA– “Pretty Is, my debut novel, was published in 2015 by Henry Holt, and simultaneously released in the UK by Orion. It was translated into German, Dutch, French, and Romanian, excerpted in Guernica, and published in paperback by Picador. I’ve also published short stories in a number of literary magazines, including New Ohio Review, American Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, Southern Indiana Review, and others. My story “It Would Be Different If” is anthologized in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, edited by Michael Meyer.
In 2016, I was a finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction. I have been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. I currently teach English and Creative Writing at the University of West Georgia.”
Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Non-Fiction; Denver, Co– Thirii is the author of The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, A Haven, forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2018. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Black Warrior Review, The Kenyon Review Online, Caketrain, Sleepingfish, The Collagist, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, and has been translated into and published in Burmese and Lithuanian. Her short story “The City of My Mother’s Girlhood” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her short story “Love, Blue Glass, the Sky, Mine” was the fiction winner for Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net 2016 Anthology.
She is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Spain, a residency from Hedgebrook, and fellowships from Tin House and Summer Literary Seminars. She received a BA in Literary Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Prose from the University of Notre Dame. She is currently pursing a PhD in English-Creative Writing from the University of Denver, and serves as the Reviews, Interviews, and Translations editor of the Denver Quarterly.
Elizabeth Shores, Visual Arts; Philadelphia, PA– “My research has been shown in recent exhibitions at SITE Santa Fe, SOMA (DF), Torrance Art Museum, Tamarind Institute, Peters Projects, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC) University of California San Diego, Columbia College Chicago, University of Iowa Museum of Art, University of Texas El Paso, and Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo. I have published and/or presented my research at Arizona State University, New York University, School of Visual Arts, Zayed University, International Balloon Museum, University of New Mexico, and the New Mexico State Capitol. I have completed residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art (MI), University of Texas at El Paso, and the Worm Farm Institute (WI). My work can be found in the collections of Rutgers University, the University of Iowa, and the Nevada Museum of Art.”
Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Poetry; Santa Barbara, CA– “I am a poet, scholar, and country singer, the author of Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books 2017), Advice for Lovers (City Lights 2012), gowanus atropolis (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life & Work of kari edwards (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). Recent chapbooks include COME CORRECT (500places 2017) and Having an Elk with You (forthcoming Krupskaya 2017). I also sing with the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits and am the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the bands Juan & the Pines (NYC) and The Western Skyline (Oakland). I currently live in Santa Barbara, where I am researching and editing a book on the Mescalero Apache female initiation ceremony (forthcoming from the University of New Mexico Press, 2018-2019) with my grandmother Inés Talamantez, a Mescalero-Lipan Apache and Professor of Native American Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
I have a PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. My scholarly dissertation, Rhyme and the Poetics of Authority (2014, director linguist Dr. Kristin Hanson) is a cross-genre, trans-linguistic study on the formal and epistemological effects of end rhyme in poetic verse. I have taught writing and literature at many universities, including NYU, the New School, and Pratt Institute. I have been awarded residencies at the Montalvo Arts Center (2016-2019) and the Corporation of Yaddo (spring 2018). I have been invited to read and perform my poetry and music at several international literature festivals, in Brazil, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, and elsewhere. I was recently featured in a book of Native American poets called Tending the Fire: Native Voices and Portraits (Universityo if Nw Mexico Press 2017). My work will also be included in the Best American Experimental Writing 2018 (ed. Myung Mi Kim, forthcoming Wesleyan University Press).”