Amanda Ajamfar (Fatemi), 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.