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June Residents/1st session: Andrew Neumann, Johanna Breiding, Ken Urban, Minal Hajratwala, Timo Vollbrecht, Christopher Rose

June Residents/2nd session: Jacqueline Goldfinger, Christopher Rose, Marjorie Gabrielle Celona, Johanna Breiding, Julia Betts, Timo Vollbrecht

Julia Betts, Visual Arts; Pittsburgh, PA– “I am a 2017 Sculpture MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). My studies at the Rhode Island School of Design focused in sculpture, installation, and performance. Since graduating, I have participated in multiple group exhibitions at venues including Microscope Gallery (New York, NY), Flux Factory (New York, NY), and Reart Show (New York, NY). In addition, I have a record of solo exhibitions at venues such as Second Sight Studio (Columbus, OH) and Unsmoke Systems (Pittsburgh, PA). I have also completed artist-in-residence programs at Second Sight Studio (OH) and Bunker Projects (PA). Lastly, I have been recognized with a multitude of awards including the Peripheral Vision Publication Fellowship, the RISD Fellowship Award, the University of Pittsburgh Department of Studio Arts Achievement Award, and the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh Marianne Kor Award.

Johanna Breiding, Visual Arts; Los Angeles, CA – Johanna was raised in the Swiss Alps by nuns. They are a photographer, video and installation artist that intersect analog and digital technologies to archive queer narratives and underrepresented voices. Through collaboration, social realism and poetics Breiding depicts the importance of historical events, political movement and experiential pathos. They attended Scripps College, the Glasgow School of Art and received their Masters from CalArts, where they worked very closely with mentor Allan Sekula. They have exhibited work at art venues and museums including Photo LA (Los Angeles), LAXART (Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Ochi Projects (Los Angeles), Elga Wimmer Gallery (New York), the Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley) and the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland). They are a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant, a 2011 DAAD Artist Grant and have attended numerous residencies including Summer Forum (2015) and Shandaken, Storm King Art Center (2018). Johanna Breiding currently lives and works in Los Angeles where they have been teaching at SFAI, CalArts and Scripps College.

Marjorie Gabrielle Celona, Fiction; Eugene, OR – Marjorie Celona was born in Victoria, B.C., and educated at the University of Victoria and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first novel, Y, was about a genderqueer misfit, abandoned on the day she was born, who goes on a quest to find her birth mother. Published in 2013 in eight countries, Y was enthusiastically reviewed by The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Guardian, and won France’s Grand Prix Littéraire de l’Héroïne for Best Foreign Novel. Marjorie’s second novel, How a Woman Becomes a Lake, is forthcoming in 2020 from Penguin Random House Canada, Little, Brown, UK, and Malpaso Ediciones (Spain). How a Woman Becomes a Lake is the story of a woman named Vera Gusev, who takes her dog for a walk during a snowstorm at a popular recreational area called Squire Point on New Year’s Day of 1986 and never returns. Seven characters tell the story of her disappearance, from the day she goes missing to the present day: the rookie policeman investigating the case; Vera’s husband; a father and his two little boys who were at Squire Point the same day she disappeared; their mother; and Vera herself. Over the course of the book, it becomes clear that some of the characters are telling the truth, and others—not always. Marjorie’s short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, The Sunday Times, and elsewhere. Honors and awards include an O. Henry Award, the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship at Colgate University, residencies at the Mineral School, the Writers OMI at Ledig House, and Hawthornden Castle, and grants from the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2015, Marjorie joined the MFA faculty in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon.

Jacqueline Goldfinger, Playwriting; Philadelphia, PA – Jacqueline is a playwright, dramaturg, and co-Founder of The Foundry @ PlayPenn. She grew up in the rural South and prefers all things fried. You can read her work on the New Play Exchange. She is an Afffiliated Artist at New Georges and the Lark Playwright’s Center in New York. She is a member of the writers’ labs at Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia and The Barrow Group in New York. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She’s been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize, and was a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards. Her plays have been developed by theaters including: New Georges, The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, Florida Studio Theatre, Westport Playhouse, and Kansas City Rep. Her plays have been produced by theaters including: Perseverance Theatre, Capital Stage, Azuka Theatre, Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. Her plays are published by Yale Press, Samuel French, Playscripts, and others. Her work has been supported by Yaddo, NEA, Audrey Residency, TThe Drama League, Emerson Stage, PlayPenn, Sewanee Writers Conference, and The Mitten Lab, among others. She teaches undergraduate playwriting at University of Pennsylvania and in the MFA Playwriting Program at Temple University. She sits on the Boards of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and The Directors Gathering. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Minal Hajratwala, Poetry; Pleasanton, CA – Minal is the author of Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents (winner of four nonfiction awards), Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment (poetry), and the Moon Fiji travel guide (forthcoming 2019); editor of Out! Stories from the New Queer India (anthology); co-founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective; and a writing coach who founded Write Like a Unicorn.

Andrew Neumann, Visual Arts; Boston, MA – Andrew Neumann is a Boston-based artist who works in a variety of media, including sculpture, film and video installation, and electronic/interactive music. In 2004 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has recently had one-person shows at bitforms Gallery in Seoul, Korea, the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, bitforms Gallery, NYC, and a solo show for the Boston Cyberarts Festival. His original artistic output consisted of single channel videos and films. He then moved on to integrate a variety of electronic and digital technologies into his 3D and sculptural work. In addition to this, he has been building electronic musical interfaces, and is very active in electro-acoustic improvisation. His music is available on Sublingual Records. His single channel videos have been shown on PBS, The Worldwide Video Festival, Artist Space, and elsewhere. He has had solo music/video performances at Experimental Intermedia and Roulette, both in NYC. During 2001 he was an Artist in Residence at the iEAR Studio at Rensalear Polytech Institute and at the Visual Studies Workshop. He has also had residencies at The MacDowell Colony (2000), YADDO (1999, ’03), Ucross Foundation (1998), Steim (1999) , Atlantic Center for the Arts (2001), Art/OMI (2000), and the Experimental Television Center (1982, ’87).

Christopher Rose, Poetry, Eugene, OR – Christopher is originally from Seattle, Washington. His poems have appeared or upcoming in Crabfat, Chelsea Station, Fjords Review, The Pariahs Anthology, Yellow Chair Review, TAYO Literary Magazine, The Hawaii Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choice, Cha Literary Journal, Vinyl Review , Freezeray, and others. He is a Cave Canem fellow and VONA alum, and he’s received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Jade-Midway/APANO Placemaking Project and the Oregon Arts Commission. He currently teaches creative writing, composition, African American Literature and Science Fiction at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon.

Ken Urban, Playwriting; New York, NY – “My recent productions include A Guide for the Homesick, which received its world premiere at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston (directed by Colman Domingo). It won numerous accolades including the Independent Reviewers of New England’s Award for Best New Script. The play will be produced in London at Trafalgar Studios in the West End beginning October 2018. In May 2018, The Remains received its world premiere at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC (directed by Artistic Director David Muse). The first major play about gay divorce, critics called it “meticulously crafted” (Washington Post) and “a landmark play” (DC Metro Theater Arts). In February 2017, Nibbler was produced by The Amoralists and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York (directed by Benjamin Kamine) receiving strong notices in the New York Times and the Huffington Post. A Guide for the Homesick will be published by Dramatists Play Service this fall. DPS has previously published my plays Nibbler, Sense of an Ending, The Happy Sad, The Correspondent, The Private Lives of Eskimos and The Awake. I am currently working with Oberon Books in the UK to publish the first major collection of my plays. I recently completed a TV pilot The Art of Listening and it was optioned by ITV Studios and David Oyelowo’s production company Yoruba Saxon. Recent awards include the Weissberger Playwriting Award, New York Foundation for the Arts, Headlands Artist Residency, Djerassi Artist Residency, Dramatist Guild Fellowship, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship. I am a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists and an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. “

Timo Vollbrecht, Composing; Brooklyn, NY – “I am Brooklyn-based composer, performer, bandleader, and scholar from Germany, who works at the intersection of jazz, new music, post-rock, songwriting, and noise. I hold a BA in Jazz Performance from the Berlin University of the Arts and an MM in Jazz Composition from NYU, where I studied with Julia Wolfe and where I am currently on music faculty as well as in the doctoral program. I have released 14 records, toured over 30 countries on 5 continents, appeared at major festivals, and performed at the Village Vanguard, Alice Tully Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. I have worked with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Werner, Stefon Harris, Randy Brecker, and others. I am signed by Berthold Records, I have composed for contemporary dance and my recent string quartet was premiered by the JACK Quartet in New York.”

MAY RESIDENTS: Anne Arden McDonald, Max Adrian, Laura Kraftowitz, Molly Lanzarotta, Tim O’Connor, John Frantzen

Max Adrian, Visual Arts; Lees Summit, MO – Max Adrian is a visual artist whose soft-sculptural practice playfully considers queer ideas of sexuality and identity through Craft. Adrian holds a BFA in Fiber and Creative Writing from the Kansas City Art Institute. He was awarded a 2015 Windgate Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design for his proposal of an intensive study of theatre design and puppetry among such places as Chicago, Prague, and India. His practice has since received support from other organizations including the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York, NY) and the Greater Columbus Arts Council (Columbus, OH).
Adrian’s recent exhibition history includes shows at galleries such as Roy G Biv (Columbus, OH), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA), Bunker Center for the Arts (Kansas City, MO), MINT Gallery (Atlanta, GA), and Arkansas Art Center (Little Rock, AR). Forthcoming shows include solo exhibitions at the Yeiser Art Center (Paducah, KY) and the Curfman Gallery at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO). He has participated in a variety of residencies across the United States including the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), and Lighthouse Works (Fishers Island, NY). In the fall of 2019, he will be pursuing his MFA in Fibers and Material Studies from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Adrian is currently based in Columbus, Ohio.

John Frantzen, Composing; Maquoketa, Iowa – John is a composer whose dynamic and distinctive style has earned high praise from audiences throughout the United States and abroad. Performed at esteemed venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Memorial, Jordan Hall, China’s Shanxi Television Station Concert Hall and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Frantzen’s commission highlights include the Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Manhattan School of Music, Oakwood Chamber Players, New York City’s Corpus Christi Choir, South Shore Conservatory and the Nashua Chamber Orchestra. Under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Philadelphia Orchestra commissioned John to co-orchestrate and arrange the music for their performance with the 400-member Papal Choir during the Papal Mass on Benjamin Parkway. Frantzen’s collaborations with directors, visual artists, and choreographers include Suavecita premiered at the New York International Latino Film Festival and Subtone premiered at New York’s Symphony Space. Multi-media art exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Figge Art Museum, State Historical Museum of Iowa, and the Dubuque Museum of Art featured his music and sound design. An advocate for contemporary chamber music, John was a founding member of Synchromy, a Los Angeles based composers’ collective, organizing and curating performances at many of the city’s vibrant concert venues. Frantzen’s honors and awards include prizes in the 2nd International Frank Ticheli Composition Competition, the Penfield Music Commission Project, sixteen ASCAPlus Awards since 2001, special mention in the Ridgewood Symphony Fanfare Competition, and finalist in the G. Schirmer Young American’s Band Competition. The American Composer Forum, the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts awarded grants for several of his multi-media projects. John’s music has been broadcast on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ETWN, and several pubic radio stations. Over the past two years his orchestra work Beyond a Wild Dream was featured four times on Performance Today, America’s most popular classical music program. While music director with the Chicago Folks Operetta, John conducted the American premiere of the Leo Fall’s operetta, The Rose of Stambul. The Naxos Classical Music Label released a recording of the Chicago Folks Operetta production of The Rose of Stambul conducted by Frantzen in 2013. John completed graduate studies in composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Published by Manhattan Beach Music, Theodore Presser, Murphy Music Press and ECS Publishing he currently resides in Chicago where he operates his own music production company Frantzen MusicPress.

Laura Kraftowitz, Non-Fiction; Detroit, MI – Laura is a Daniel Keyes Scholar in Creative Writing at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her writing and work have been featured in NPR,, Reuters, Peace Under Fire, The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and The Stranger, as well as documentaries including The Killing Zone and Rachel. She has been a writer-in-residence at The Ragdale Foundation and the Blue Mountain Center. Her first manuscript, Birthright, a memoir about her transformation from a Jewish American college dropout to a human rights activist in the Gaza Strip, is represented by Susanna Lea Associates.
Before turning to writing, Laura spent over a decade advocating for a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians. She was a Program Coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement, which deploys nonviolence against military occupation, and the Right To Enter Campaign, which lobbies for freedom of movement. She is currently collaborating with the International Cities of Refuge Network to found the City of Asylum/Detroit, a save haven for writers at risk.

Molly Lanzarotta, Fiction; Hyde Park, MA –Molly is making it all up. She writes short stories, flash fiction, short plays, and poetry. She composes narratives using darts and binoculars. Her work has been published in literary journals including Cimarron Review, Carolina Quarterly, Southeast Review, and in the books “Brevity and Echo” and “What If?” Two of her stories were finalists in the “World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest” sponsored by the Southeast Review.
Molly is grateful to have been awarded residencies with the Millay Colony for the Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Outer Cape Artists in Residence Consortium, and the Noepe Center for Literary Arts. She is a member of the Writers Room of Boston. One of the poems Molly wrote while a resident at the Millay Colony has been accepted for publication by The Rumpus.

Anne Arden McDonald, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Anne’s work has been exhibited widely: in the past 30 years, she has had 44 solo exhibitions in 10 countries (about 230 total shows in 14 countries) and has been published in over 215 places in 20 countries, including in Aperture, European Photography, and Eyemazing Magazines. Her work is in the collections of 6 major museums, including The Houston MFA, The Denver Art Museum, The Detroit Institute of Art and the Bibliothque Nationale in Paris. She has lived for 1 month each year for the past 3 years at Byrdcliffe, and was given a grant of studio space from the Sharpe Foundation. She taught for 6 years at Parsons School of Design in New York, and has lectured about topics such as staged photography, self portraiture, Czech and Slovak photography, alternative photography, and her own work.

Tim O’Connor, Screenwriting; Brooklyn, NY – Tim is a filmmaker based in New York City. He grew up in West Windsor, New Jersey, attended Vassar College and received an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University in 2017.
Since then, he has worked professionally on true crime television shows as an associate producer, writer and 2nd Unit Director. His first feature film, THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, will be released on NoBudge in May, 2019.

APRIL RESIDENTS: Pik-Shuen Fung, Jayoung Yoon, Kevin Wilt, Emma Eisenberg, Joshua Lantzy, Amanda Ajamfar

Amanda Ajamfar, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY – Amanda Ajamfar is a short story writer currently living in Brooklyn. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (2019 Margins Fellow). Her work can be found at Paper Darts and in the Colorado Review.

Emma Copley Eisenberg, Non-Fiction; Philadelphia, PA – Emma Copley Eisenberg’s fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Granta, McSweeney’s, VQR, American Short Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of Books, AGNI, and others. She lives in Philadelphia where she co-directs the community literary hub Blue Stoop. Her first book, The Third Rainbow Girl, will be published by Hachette Books in January 2020.

Pik-Shuen Fung, Non-Fiction; New York, NY – Pik-Shuen Fung is a writer and artist from Hong Kong and Vancouver. She is a 2018-19 Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, a 2019 Kundiman Fiction Fellow, and a 2017 Metatron Prize finalist. Her writing has appeared in The Margins and Ricepaper Magazine, and her artwork has been exhibited at the Newark Museum, the Katonah Museum, The Frank Institute at CR10, The Secret Theatre, and Beverly’s. She has an MFA in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Visual Art from Brown University. As a writer, she is drawn to experimental forms, and her prose traverses family history, maternal lineage, and the experience of love and loss in the Chinese diaspora.

Joshua Lantzy, Visual Arts; Chicago, IL – Joshua Lantzy is a multidisciplinary maker living in Chicago, IL. His professional work includes photography, drawing, animation, sculpture, public art, and sound. His longtime project, the Carnival of Amateurs, is an ongoing collection of objects, images, and dialogs that together weave a story, connecting the physical world around us to the intellectual and emotional realms within. Joshua studied photography at the University of Virginia, earning his bachelor’s degree in studio art in 2003, and went on to receive his masters degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010, where his degree project focused on articulating the creative process and the space of the amateur.

Jayoung Yoon, Visual Arts; Beacon, NY –Jayoung Yoon’s work draws upon the mind-matter phenomenon, exploring thought systems, perception and body sensations. The primary medium in her work is human hair, a material that is intimately corporeal, tactile, and a symbol of remembrance, has become her visual nexus for the intersection between the body and mind. Yoon’s work has been exhibited extensively, including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY; San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA; New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA; Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE; Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY; Marc Straus gallery, NYC; Here Arts Center, NYC; Coreana Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea, and Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea. She was awarded the Ora Schneider Regional Residency Grant, the BRIC Media Arts fellowship, and the Franklin Furnace Fund. She has attended residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing space, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Sculpture Space, Vermont Studio Center, I-Park, and Saltonstall Foundation, among others. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Hyperallergic, The Village Voice, Artnet News, and Surface Design Journal. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and her BFA from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.

Kevin Wilt, Composing; Boynton, Florida – Kevin composes music for a variety of ensembles that balances sophistication with accessibility, and experimentation with solid craftsmanship. Composer John Corigliano praised his expert orchestration and beautiful writing, while the Bloomington Herald wrote, “[his music] has a keen sense of mood and tonal balance.” Kevin recently composed Running on Rooftops for Michael Francis and The Florida Orchestra in honor of their 50th anniversary season. He won the Fresh Squeezed Opera Call for Scores with his chamber opera, Prix Fixe, and the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble Composer Search. He was awarded a grant by the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association to create Urban Impressions, a multi-movement work for large wind ensemble. He was a finalist for the ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennel Prize, the Symphony Number One Call for Scores III, the Hartford Opera Theater Call for Scores, and the American Prize in both the band and chamber music categories. Recent performances include those by the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra, the Boston New Music Initiative, Fifth House Ensemble, the h2 Quartet, Project Fusion, the Apollo Fund, SHUFFLE Concert, the Mexico City Woodwind Quintet, ensembles at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, the University of Texas at Austin, Florida State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Oklahoma, Michigan State University, Kennesaw State University, as well as a reading by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Leonard Slatkin. He is an Assistant Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. His works are published by Whistling Vine Music and Murphy Music Press.

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