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June Residents: Tom Nazziola, Kyle Sanna, Basta Winograd, Sabrina Fuch Abrams

Sabrina Fuchs Abrams, Non-Fiction; Tenafly, NJ: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams is Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at the State University of New York, Empire State College. She is the author of Mary McCarthy: Gender, Politics and the Postwar Intellectual and editor of Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers and Literature of New York. She is founder and chair of the Mary McCarthy Society of the American Literature Association and is guest editor of the Mary McCarthy special issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her research interests include women intellectuals, American women writers, and women’s
humor. She has been Book Review Editor of Studies in American Humor since 2018. She received an NEH grant to pursue work on her current book project, The Politics of Humor: New York Women of Wit, which includes a chapter on the subversive satire that Millay wrote under
the pseudonym of Nancy Boyd. It is an inspiration to live and work among the environs of Millay as muse.

Tom Nazziola, Composing; Tom’s River, NJ: Tom Nazziola’s music has been featured on virtually every medium in the world of composition. From “live film music” to choral and orchestral pieces, his work has been performed in France, Ireland, Slovenia, Guatemala, Croatia and throughout the United States — as well as broadcast nationally and internationally on radio and television. His music has been performed by several ensembles including: Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Bang on a Can, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, VocalEssence, New York University Percussion Ensemble, Cantori NY, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony among others His highly praised film score for “The Golem” was featured on John Schaefer’s “New Sounds” (WNYC); his compositions have also been aired on NBC, ABC, ESPN, BET, and CBS. His music has supported national ad campaigns, documentaries, and news programs with a recognizable client list including: Staples, Subway, Special Olympics, Dexter, Fox College Sports, NFL Network, ABC’s Primetime Medical Mysteries, and CBS News. In addition to composing, he is also the musical director and orchestrator for The BQE Project, a celebrated New York-based chamber ensemble known for its original compositions performed live-to-film.

Nazziola’s orchestrations have also found an audience. He is responsible for orchestrating music for the U.S. Open; he was also hired to orchestrate Edward MacDowell’s “Woodland Sketches” for a performance by the New York Philharmonic with guest artist Garrison Keillor. He has served as head orchestrator and conductor for Broadway Asia International’s “Race for Love,” which premiered in Huairou, China.

Tom has been commissioned by the American Composer’s Forum, VocalEssence, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Cantori NY, Museum of the Moving Image and the New Jersey Youth Symphony (first commissioned composer by this organization) among others. He has received numerous awards, including the Samuel Adler Grand Prize (2020), Winner of the 2016 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest for Large Percussion Ensemble and 2009 Bistro Award (for arranging). His music has been featured on several radio stations across the country including: NPR, WNYC, WWUH, WJFF, and WCAL.

Tom is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds a masters degree in composition from Brooklyn College and a PhD in composition from Rutgers University. He also studied composition and orchestration at the Juilliard School and at the Mannes School of Music.

Kyle Sanna, Composing; Brooklyn, NY: Hailed by The New Yorker as a “first-rate, versatile musician”, Kyle Sanna has been active as a composer, guitarist, and improviser in New York City since 2000. His compositions have been performed at the Bach House in Eisenach, Germany, the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman, Sydney’s ABC studios, the National Recital Hall in Taipei, Carnegie Hall, and points between.

“Unconventionally beautiful” is how WNYC’s New Sounds and Sound Check host John Schaefer described his music. His “ruminative and shape-shifting” (San Francisco Chronicle) work for string quartet, Sequence for Minor White, won First Prize in the 2018 Charlotte New Music Festival Composition Competition. He was a Finalist in the 2019 Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Call for Scores and in Texas A&M University’s Fresh Minds Festival. Other festival acceptances include the International Symposium on Electronic Art, The Oregon Bach Festival, and Art Basel Miami Beach.

Kyle Sanna has arranged music for Bela Fleck, Jan Vogler, Anne-Sofie Von Otter, Martin Hayes, and for Yo-Yo Ma on two Grammy Award-winning albums. He studied jazz at the University of Oregon and composition at the Université Lumière Lyon II in France. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Basia Winograd, Fiction; Jackson Heights, NY: Basia is a Queens-based teacher, filmmaker, and writer. She holds MFAs in Creative Writing from Hunter College, and in Film Directing from Columbia University. In 2019, Basia was the Crossfield Fellow at the Cuttyhunk Writers Residency, as well as a 2019 Queens Arts Council New Works Grantee. She was awarded a Vermont Studio Center Merit Grant, and will be spending two weeks at the VMC residency in January 2020. In years past, Basia has been Fulbright Teaching Fellow, a Hertog Fellow, and a New York State Women in Film and Television Fellow. Since 2016, Basia has taught Introduction to Creative Writing and Fiction I to undergraduates at Hunter College. The most gratifying moments in her process as an artist come when the disciplines she works in inform one another; when a craft conversation her students helps her move past a creative obstacle in her writing, or when her video work with psychoanalysts on issues of race, language and culture inform her understanding of a character in her novel.

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