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).”