September Residents (1st Session): Marissa Cherry, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Jordan Kisner, Lucas Iberico Lozada,Amy Vensel, Bonnie Chau, Zahida Rahemtulla
September Residents (2nd Session): Lucas Iberico Lozada, Amy Vensel, Christina Riveria Cogswell, Nathan Margoni, Jordan Kisner, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter
Marisa Cherry, Poetry; Ponoma, CA – (1st session) Marisa is an emerging writer and artist based in the Los Angeles area. She received her B.A. in Media Studies with a concentration in Critical Studies from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. Though she primarily works in poetry, having studied with poets such as Claudia Rankine and Danez Smith, her degree program influenced her interest in diverse mediums. Current work revolves around themes of grief, motherhood, family, home, bodies, and nature.
Bonnie Chau, Fiction; Brooklyn, NY – (1st session) Bonnie is the author of the short story collection All Roads Lead to Blood. Her writing has appeared in Flaunt, The Offing, Joyland, Two Lines, Fence, and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in fiction and translation from Columbia University, and has received fellowships from Kundiman, the American Literary Translators Association, and Vermont Studio Center. She is from Southern California where she ran writing programs at the nonprofit 826LA, and currently teaches translation at Columbia University, works at an independent bookstore in Brooklyn, and is associate web editor at Poets & Writers.
Christina Rivera Cogswell, Edwards, CO-(2nd session)- “Here’s how I found the Millay Colony. I opened up my first book by Carole Maso and on page one, fell apart. You know how it is: literary love at first sight. In obsession, I googled until I found a link to Carole’s master class at the Millay Colony on Instagram. I saw the barn and fell in love for the second time in one day. Thus, here I am. I have since learned the Millay Colony is of literary-celebrity status.”
Jordan Kisner, Non-Fiction; Ridgewood, NY – Jordan is an essayist and cultural critic whose writing has appeared in n+1, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian Long-Read, The American Scholar, The New Republic, New York Magazine, and others. In fall 2016, she toured with Pop-Up Magazine. Her essay “Thin Places” was included in Best American Essays 2016, and she has also been awarded a Pushcart Prize. Her first book is forthcoming from Farrar Strauss & Giroux in 2020. Jordan is also the founder and director of the arts collective The Bellwether and a mentor-editor for The Op-Ed Project, which advances women and minority voices in public discourse.
Lucas Iberico Lozada, Fiction; Philadelphia, PA – Lucas is a writer and editor. His writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Dissent, Ploughshares, The Nation, Vanity Fair, Bennington Review, and Popula, where he was an associate editor.
Born in North Carolina to Peruvian immigrants, he has reported stories from tribal lands in New Mexico, illegal gold mines in Peru, textile sweatshops in Brazil, an ICE detention center in Pennsylvania, and the New York Stock Exchange.
He has been awarded fellowships by Yale University and Temple University, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2019.
He is at work on a novel.
Nathan Margoni, Benton Harbor, MI– (1st session) “My paintings and sculptures have been exhibited nationally, including at Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, CA, (curated by Trenton Doyle Hancock), Carl Berg Projects in Los Angeles, CA, the South Bend Art Museum in South Bend, IN, and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, MI. I have attended several artist residencies, including Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and Kaus Australis (Rotterdam, NL). My paintings have been published in New American Paintings #131 Midwest and the Los Angeles Times. “
Zahida Rahemtulla, Playwriting; Barnaby, BC– (1st session) Zahida is an emerging writer of fiction and theatre. She studied Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at New York University in New York and Abu Dhabi. She is currently a playwright in residence at the Arts Club Theatre Company’s Emerging Playwrights’ Unit, where she has just started writing her second play. Her first play, The Wrong Bashir, was a national finalist for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre’s MSG Lab and Theatre BC’s 2019 Canadian Playwriting Competition. She’s also at work on a collection of short fiction and a humour novel for kids. Zahida is a graduate of the SFU Writer’s Studio and has been a resident at the Banff Centre in Alberta and Millay Colony for the Arts in New York.
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Albany, NY – Alisa is a mixed media visual artist working in Upstate New York. Sikelianos-Carter has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Millay Colony for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Wassaic Project and Yaddo. Her recent exhibitions include a group show at The Tang Teaching Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY and a forthcoming group show at The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls, NY. She earned her BA and MA from SUNY Albany in Drawing and Painting.
Amy Vensel, Visual Arts; Las Cruces, CA –Amy Vensel, Visual Arts; Las Cruces, NM – Amy is an American painter based in the desert borderlands of New Mexico. Her meticulous process involves the layering of acrylic polymer and pigment to create luminous paintings that echo the backlit screens of today’s digital landscape. Vensel’s work has been exhibited at the New Britain Museum of American Art (Connecticut), the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (California), the Mattatuck Museum (Connecticut), Saarländisches Künstlerhaus (Germany), PARK (Netherlands), Trestle Gallery (New York), ESXLA (California), Real Art Ways (Connecticut), and Giampietro Gallery (Connecticut). Vensel is a graduate of Syracuse University and studied at the Silvermine School of Art. She is the recipient of an Artist Resource Trust Fund grant, a Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation award, and a Vermont Studio Center artist grant. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, been reviewed in Art New England, and is included in the book, “PARK 2016-2018,” published by The Platform for Visual Arts, the Netherlands.
August Residents: Back: Judd Schiffman, Edward Porter, Jennifer Farmer, Zena Agha, Front: Yuxi Lin, Stephanie Mei Huang, Meg Stein
Zena Agha, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Zena Agha is a Palestinian-Iraqi writer and poet from London. Her work explores immigration, war and life in the diaspora. Zena’s poems have been translated and published internationally and she has performed at universities and festivals around the US, UK and France.
Media credits include the BBC World Service, BBC Arabic, NPR, El País, The Independent, The Nation and The Economist.and she has delivered two TEDx talks, both under the banner of identity. Zena’s short film ‘Little Jerusalem’ was officially selected for the Miami Independent Film Festival and the Boston Palestine Film Festival. Shortlisted for the London Mayor’s Young Person’s Peace Prize, Zena previously worked at the Iraqi Embassy in France, the Palestinian delegation at UNESCO, the UK Houses of Parliament and Operation Black Vote.
Zena is currently the US Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka; The Palestinian Policy Network and a Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers Workshop. She lives in New York City.
Jennifer Farmer, Playwriting; London, UK – A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and an honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, I am an African-American dramatist and live art performer who has lived and worked in London since 1998 and who writes extensively with/for marginalised communities and under-represented voices. My work includes Bulletproof Soul (Birmingham Rep, 2007; short-listed for the 2008 Brian Way Award), Truth or Dare (Belgrade Theatre, 2012 and 2017), terra firma (Hackney WickED Festival, 2012), Waltzing Tomatoes (Ithaca Gallery, USA, 2013 and international festivals), City Final (site-specific, Belgrade Theatre, 2018) and Between Constellations (semi-finalist Pittsburgh Festival Opera Fight for the Right competition, July 2018 and Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre, London, August 2018). My plays are published by Oberon Books, Josef Weinberger Plays, Samuel French, the International Centre for Women Playwrights and BRAND literary magazine.
Though still primarily a dramatist, in the last 7 years, my work has broadened to include live art performance and artist’s films. My current projects include an opera installation piece exploring inherited trauma, as well as a new play about how systemic medical racial bias impacts Black women’s experience of childbirth. I am a recipient of a 2017 Opera Awards Foundation bursary and is a 2018 Katrina Naomi Writer-in-Residence at Brisons Veor, Cornwall. I am a founding member of Mosaic Opera Collective, a group of leading artists and practitioners of colour from a wide range of disciplines dedicated to reinvigorating opera just as much as they celebrate it. Currently an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths College and Central School of Speech and Drama, I have been a lecturer at Kingston University, the University of Greenwich and London South Bank University and have facilitated workshops some of the UK’s leading theatres and arts/culture organizations, including Soho Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Royal Court Theatre and the Victoria and Albert Museum. I am represented by Matt Connell at Berlin Associates.
Stephanie Mei Huang, Visual Arts; LA, CA – Stephanie is a Los Angeles-based interdisciplinary artist currently completing her MFA in Art at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work concerns itself with critical scripts of notions around authority, expansionism, and displacement. She examines the American West as a repository of all discourses as products of modern diasporas. She is the recipient of a Getty Foundation grant and has taught at non-profits such as the Marfa Studio of Arts and Venice Arts.
Yuxi Lin, Poetry; Brooklyn, NY – Yuxi is a Chinese American poet, AAWW Margins Fellow, and winner of the Breakout 8 Writers Prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, The Washington Post, The Southern Review, Epiphany, The Electric Literature, Cosmonauts Avenue, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College and received her MFA from New York University, where she was a Lillian Vernon Fellow. She lives and teaches in New York.
Edward Porter, Fiction; Richmond, CA – My short fiction has been published in places such as Glimmer Train, The Hudson Review, The Gettysburg Review, Colorado Review, Catamaran, Barrelhouse, Best New American Voices, and the rebooted literature anthologies Winesburg, Indiana, and My Name Was Never Frankenstein. I am a former Stegner Fellow and Madison Fellow, and my work has been supported by the MacDowell and Yaddo residencies, the Bread Loaf and Sewanee conferences, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. I hold an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a PhD from the University of Houston. Currently I am a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where I teach fiction and creative nonfiction.
Judd Schiffman, Visual Arts; Providence, RI – Judd is a Providence, Rhode Island based artist working primarily in ceramics. He has lectured at Harvard University Ceramics and Brown University Hillel and participated in residencies at the Zentrum Fur Keramiks in Berlin, Germany and Arch Contemporary in Tiverton, Rhode Island. Schiffman received his MFA from the University of Colorado in 2015, and his BA from Prescott College in 2007. Schiffman’s work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR, Boulder, CO, Beacon, NY, Providence, RI, Fall River, MA, and Berlin, Germany. In 2016, he received an emerging artists award from the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts. Schiffman is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Providence College.
Meg Stein, Visual Arts; Durham, NC – “I am a visual artist based in Durham, NC. Using sculpture and mixed media, I work to mutate the aesthetics and symbols of femininity. I have exhibited my work at VICTORI + MO, Garis & Hahn, A.I.R. Gallery, Westbeth Gallery, Vox Populi, the Governors Island Art Fair, Greenhill Gallery, the Neon Heater, and the Spartanburg Museum of Art, among others. I have been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, The Hambidge Center, Haystack, PLAYA, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I received the Garland Fellowship from the Hambidge Center, and the Ella Pratt Emerging Artist Grant. Most recently, I was selected as the North Carolina Fellow for South Arts. I also run Dirty White Matter, a community-based project that uses group discussion + art to confront whiteness and increase accountability. More info at megstein.com.”
July Residents: Ladee Hubbard, Anthony Ragucci, Aurora Masum-Javed, Tara Kutz, Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Amy Lyons. Above: Faye Chiao, Kristin Sztyk
Faye Chiao, Composing; NY, NY – “I am an award-winning composer of musical theater, opera and concert music. I have been honored with The Presser Music Award from The Presser Foundation, the Libby Larsen Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music, and grants from The Puffin Foundation and OPERA America. My original family musical, “Baba Yaga and the Firebird” is currently in development with New Victory Theater’s Labworks. My original family opera “Katie” has been commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera and will premiere in January 2020. For the 2017/2018 season, I served as Composer-In-Residence with the Boston Chamber Symphony and St. David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore. My musical “Rhyme & Punishment” was presented by Off-Broadway’s Playwrights Realm and produced by American Dream Theater in Virginia Beach. My ten-minute musical “The Clinic” was commissioned and presented by Off-Broadway’s Prospect Theater at the Times Building, NY. My narrative children’s symphony “Banding Together” was premiered this spring, with Boston Chamber Symphony. My works have been commissioned by Houston Grant Opera, Boston Chamber Symphony, Pittsburgh Festival Opera, and Lunar Ensemble. I holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.”
Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Playwriting; Brooklyn, NY – Tasha is a playwright, lyricist and director. Her plays include I Now Pronounce (Humana Festival of New American Plays, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Same Time, Same Place (Actors Theater of Louisville PTC), Piece Of (Northern Stage New Works Now), Whip It Up! With Wendy! (AFO Solo Collective Residency) and Pal (developed at Sun Valley Center for the Arts and New Georges). Her musical Fountain of You (with composer Faye Chiao) has upcoming workshops at The Tank and Zeiders American Dream Theater.
Tasha is a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a Puffin Foundation Grant and two Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residencies. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member the BMI Advanced Workshop, a member of Directors Lab West, Director of New Play Development at Project Y Theatre, and an alumna of the Ars Nova Playgroup and Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group.
Tasha’s directing credits include EST, Brooklyn Museum, InViolet Theater, Pipeline Theater Company, The Tank, The Flea, The Brick, Dixon Place, Columbia and NYU Graduate Playwriting, Crashbox Theater, the New York Fringe Festival and the Fire This Time Festival. Teaching credits include NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing and Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Primary Stages / ESPA and Curious New Voices Festival (Master Playwright). Tasha’s plays are published by Playscripts and Smith & Krauss, and her writing has appeared in Dramatist Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Huffington Post. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and is a proud 52nd Project Volunteer.
Ladee Hubbard, Ficiton; New Orleans, LA – “I am a writer and mother of three who lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. I received a BA from Princeton University, a MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, a PhD in Folklore and Mythology from the University of California at Los Angeles and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. My first novel, The Talented Ribkins was published in August 2017. The Talented Ribkins was one of the Kirkus Review Best Books of 2017 and received the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. It was a finalist for the VCU-Cabell Debut Fiction Award, the Crook’s Corner Award for Debut Southern Fiction and is currently one of three nominees for the 2018 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for the Debut Novel. In addition to my novel I have published short fiction and nonfiction in many literary journals and periodicals including Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, Callaloo and The Times Literary Supplement. I am a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and have received fellowships from, among others, Sewanee Writers Conference, Art Omi, the Sacatar Foundation, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. “
Tara Kutz, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – “I am a filmmaker and production coordinator currently based in New York City, where I work with award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson, Sam Green, Matt Wolf, Peter Sillen and others at C41 Media. I completed my graduate studies at The New School, where I received a Master’s Degree in Media Studies and a graduate certificate in Documentary Media. In 2014 I filmed, directed and edited a short documentary film titled The Curator, which premiered at the Truth Be Told documentary film festival. Prior to attending The New School, I worked in video production, online organizing and social media strategy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. My video work has been seen on MSNBC, The O’Reilly Factor, Showbiz Tonight, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBC, and more.”
Amy Lyons, Non-Fiction; Cemtreville, VA – “As a journalist, I have written for LA Weekly, Backstage, ThinkProgress, and Washington City Paper. I am currently taking a break from journalism to work on my MFA.
Prior to my MFA studies, I workshopped stories and essays with the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Cheryl Strayed, Kathy Fish, Tin House, and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where I was nominated in 2015 for the Kirkwood Literary Prize in fiction. “
Aurora Masum-Javed, Poetry; Washington, D.C. – Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet and educator. After teaching for many years, she moved to Ithaca to complete her MFA in Poetry at Cornell University where she later became a lecturer. Her work can be found in Frontier, Winter Tangerine, Nimrod, Black Warrior Review, Callaloo, Aster(ix), Jaggery, and So To Speak. She was recently the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at the Stadler Center and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Caldera Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Kundiman, Callaloo, Squaw Valley, Pink Door, and BOAAT. This fall, she will be the Hub City Writer-in-Residence in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She’s currently working on her first manuscript, which focuses heavily on daughterhood.
Anthony Racucci, Visual Arts; Melrose, MA – “I am from the greater Boston area in Massachusetts and attended The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I completed my BFA in Painting/ 2D Studies in 2004. My BFA degree entailed intensive coursework in the formal and theoretical aspects of painting, drawing, printmaking and digital media. In my final year I was awarded the position of Foundation Fellow. After completion of my BFA in 2004 I attended Indiana University Bloomington and completed my MFA in Painting in 2006. In addition to my studio work in painting I began incorporating video into my work and took a Video Art course. At that time I was invited by the professor and video artist Arthur Lou to contribute to a piece of his entitled Elements. The work was featured in Fotofest in Houston and the Society of Contemporary Photography in Kansas City in 2006. Since graduating in 2006, I have spent the majority of the past decade living and working in Asia. From 2007-2013 I lived in Seoul, South Korea, and 2014-present in Beijing, China. While in Korea I taught communication classes at Myeongji College. In Beijing I teach the same course at the Central University of Finance and economics. Maintaining a consistent studio practice and exhibiting regularly while educating University Students has allowed me to absorb and develop an intimate relationship with these foreign cultures. My work during this time has been shown various galleries in China, Korea, Australia, Canada and the United States. My most recent animation, The Cabinet of Johnny Paintstroke has been selected for two festivals this year, the iChill Manila Film Festival in the Philippines, as well as the South African Horrorfest in Cape Town.”
Kristin Sztyk, Visual Arts; Brooklyn, NY – Kristin Sztyk is an emerging nonfiction filmmaker based in New York. Born to immigrant parents, Kristin’s first film RAUL, a personal film about her father and the American Dream, premiered at the DOC NYC film festival in November 2017. Her work continues to be rooted in personal narratives about identity, relationships, and the places and spaces she occupies. She is currently working with an organization called Human Rights First to develop a web-based documentary series on refugees. She holds a BA degree in history and international studies from Drew University, a certificate in Global Studies from NYU, and will receive her Media Arts masters from The New School in December 2018.
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 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, Salon.com, 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. www.timooconnor.com
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.