Poetry Jury 2010
Rachel Levitsky’s book NEIGHBOR, will be out from Ugly Duckling Press in Spring, 2009. She is also the author of Under the Sun(Futurepoem, 2003,) Dearly (a+bend, 1999), Dearly 356, and Cartographies of Error (Leroy, 1999). Levitsky writes poetry plays, three of which (one with Camille Roy) have been performed in New York and San Francisco. Her work is published in magazines such as The Recluse, Sentence, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Global City, The Hat, Skanky Possum, Lungfull! and the anthologies Boog City(vol. I & II), Bowery Women, and 19 Lines: A Drawing Center Writing Anthology. Her work has been translated into Icelandic, French and Japanese. Online poetry and critical essays can be found on such sites as Narrativity, Duration Press, How2, and Web Conjunctions. She has taught poetry workshops at Woodland Pattern, Naropa University, Poets House, the Poetry Project and the Pratt Institute. She is the founder and co-director of Belladonna*, an event and publication series of feminist avant-garde poetics. Currently she serves as the CPW Fellow in Poetics & Poetic Practice at the University of Pennsylvania.
Tomás Urayoán Noel is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is the author of Boringkén (Callejón/La Tertulia, 2008) and Kool Logic/La lógica kool (Bilingual Press), which was named a Book of the Year for 2006 by El Nuevo Día, Puerto Rico’s leading newspaper. (The books are supplemented by a performance CD and DVD respectively, both featuring music by composer Monxo López.) His poetry has been published in various anthologies of Puerto Rican and Latino/a writing, and his articles, reviews, and translations of Latin(o/a) American poets have recently appeared in Centro Journal, Bomb, and Mandorla. He is co-founder and literary director of the South Bronx arts organization and collective Spanic Attack, with whom he has been performing since 2003. He currently divides his time between the Bronx and Albany, NY, and is Assistant Professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY.
As a translator, Matvei Yankelevich has published a little bit in journals including Circumference, Harpers, New American Writing, and The New Yorker. His translation of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook, 2007) has received praise from the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The New York Times, and elsewhere. He is a co-translator of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism(2006). His translation of Vladimir Mayakovsky’s poem “Cloud in Pants” is included in Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2008). He is the author of a long poem, The Present Work (Palm Press, 2006) and his writing has appeared in Boston Review, Damn the Caesars, Fence, Open City, etc. He teaches Russian Lit. at Hunter College and edits the Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse.
Fiction/Non Fiction Jury 2010
Donald Breckenridge is the Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, Editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006) and co-editor of the Intranslation web site. In addition, he is the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998), and the novel 6/2/95 (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). His novel This Young Girl Passingis forthcoming from Autonomedia and his novel YOU ARE HERE is out now on Starcherone Books.
Wesley Brown is the author of three published novels, Tragic Magic, Darktown Strutters, Push Comes to Shove, three produced plays, Boogie Woogie and Booker T, Life During Wartime, A Prophet Among Them, co-editor of the multicultural anthologies, Imagining America (fiction), Visions of America (non-fiction), editor of the Teachers & Writers Guide to Frederick Douglass and wrote the narration for a segment of the PBS documentary, W.E.B. DUBOIS: A Biography in Four Voices. He is Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, currently teaches literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and lives in Spencertown, New York.
T Cooper was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Middlebury College in Vermont, and then taught high school English in New Orleans before immigrating to New York City in 1996. T earned an MFA from Columbia University in 2001, and in addition to his novels, T’s work has appeared in a variety of publications and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, and Out, among many others.
T Cooper is the author of the novels Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes(Plume paperback, 2007; Dutton
hardcover, 2006), and Some of the Parts (Akashic Books, 2002), as well as co-editor of an anthology of original stories entitled A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing (Akashic, 2006). His most recent book is a graphic novel entitled The Beaufort Diaries, forthcoming from Melville House in July 2010.
Laird Hunt is the author of Indiana, Indiana, The Exquisite and Ray of the Star. A graduate of Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics, he is currently on faculty in the University of Denver’s Creative Writing Program.
Alissa Quart is the author of two non-fiction books, Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books, 2003) and Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child (Penguin Press, 2006). She is currently working on her third book, about the effect of subcultures on the mainstream, for Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her books have been translated into eight languages. She is a contributing writer to Mother Jonesas well as Columbia Journalism Review, where she writes a media column. She also writes for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and many other publications. In addition, she teaches at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Deborah Poe is assistant professor of English at Pace University and fiction editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. She is the author of the poetry collections Elements (Stockport Flats Press 2010) and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008). She has received various literary awards including several Pushcart Prize nominations for her poetry and the Thayer Fellowship of the Arts (2008) for her poetry and fiction.
Deborah’s writing is forthcoming or has appeared in Colorado Review, Sidebrow, Ploughshares, Filter Literary Journal, Denver Quarterly, Copper Nickel and other journals as well as in the anthologies Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press 2007), A Sing Economy (Flim Forum 2008) and A Generation Defining Itself: In Our Own Words (MWE 2010). Deborah is also co-editor of the short fiction anthology, provisionally entitled Between Worlds, with her colleague Ama Wattley.
Visual Arts Jury 2010
Nicholas Kahn was born in New York City in 1964 and now divides his time between Hudson, N.Y. and Brooklyn, New York. Nicholas Kahn & Richard Selesnick have been collaborating for over fifteen years on panoramic photographs, sculpture, video, painting, documentation and writing that blur the line between history and fiction in often unsettling ways. The worlds they sometimes inhabit include 1945 Siberia; 1936 Devon, England; Scotland sometime in the future after an apocalypse; and the Near East in a time between the wars and now.
During the filming of The Apollo Prophecies, Kahn had a very vivid dream that he was on the moon driving the lunar rover but was running out of oxygen quickly and had to return. He still maintains the rocks he returned with are from the moon.
Kahn & Selesnick’s work is in public and private collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C, the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Numerous solo exhibitions of their work have included shows at the Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, Focus Gallery London, Carl Hammer Gallery Chicago and Pepper Gallery Boston, MA. Their artists’ books include The Apollo Prophecies and City of Salt, both from Aperture Press.
Selena Kimball is a visual artist working in a variety of media: film, painting, collage and photography. Her work knits the historical past and cultural present, investigating archival images that have shaped collective memory. Her long-time artistic collaborators include visual anthropologist Alyssa Grossman, and the writer and art historian Agnieszka Taborska. Her work can be seen in the recently published collage novel The Sleeping Life of Leonora de La Cruz, Agnieszka Taborska and Selena Kimball (Gdañsk: s³owo/obraz teryrtoria, 2004, New York: Midmarch Arts Press, 2007, Paris: Édition Interférences, 2007). She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally. Kimball lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Martha Schwendener is a writer and musician living in Brooklyn, NY. Her art criticism and essays have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Bookforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Nextbook.com, and The Village Voice. Her fiction has appeared in Fiction and KGB Bar Lit Magazine. She was a founding member of experimental music group Bowery Electric and released a solo electronic album as Echostar (Sola, Instinct / Knitting Factory, 2003). She holds a BA in Art History from Columbia University, studied in the Ph.D. Program in Art History at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York and was the recipient of a James A. Michener Fellowship while in the MA program in Creative Writing at The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee at PS 122 and Socrates Sculpture Park; a contributor to The Review Panel and CUE Art Foundation Roundtable; Critic in Residence at Art Omi (Summer 2008); Guest Critic, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Pratt Institute and Hunter College MFA Program. She teaches Art History and Writing in the Art Administration Masters Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). Recent publications include the essays “What Crisis? Some Promising Futures for Art Criticism” in The Village Voice, “Notes on Landscape/Painting/Photography/the Sublime” in Cameron Martin: Analogue (GHava Press, 2009) and “Notes on Function” in the exhibition catalog for Return to Function (May 2009) produced by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Christopher Stackhouse is a writer, curator, and visual artist. He has worked in several media and disciplines including film and video, music recording, theater, painting and drawing. He is the author of one published collection of poems, Slip (Corollary Press, 2005); and is co-author of a image-text collaboration with author/translator/professor John Keene, Seismosis (1913 press, 2006), which features Stackhouse’s drawings in dialogue with Keene’s texts. His visual art has been exhibited in galleries and exhibition spaces, including Wilmer Jennings Gallery (NYC) and White Box: The Annex (NYC). He is a Cave Canem Writer Fellow; a 2005 Fellow in Poetry, New York Foundation for the Arts, was a panel/juror for the 2007 Fellowship in Poetry, New York Foundation for the Arts, and a Bard College, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, MFA in Writing candidate, 2009. He will present a talk as a Visiting Artist to both writers and visual artists at The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s 2007-2008 Workspace Artists-in-Residence program in March 2008. A forthcoming essay on form and experimentation in poetry will be published by the Academy of American Poets, in their print magazine American Poet, in the spring 2008 issue.
Playwriting Jury 2010
Kara Lee Corthron’s play Like a Cow or an Elephant was awarded the 2007 Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights and was produced at the DePaul Theatre School in Chicago in May. Kara recently received the 2007 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights for her play Wild Black-Eyed Susans. She is a recipient of a 2007-2008 EST/Sloan Commission. She was also the winner of the 2006 New Professional Theatre Writer’s Award, was nominated for the 2007 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, is a three-time recipient of Lincoln Center’s Lecomte du Nouy Foundation Award, and was a semi-finalist for the 2007 Sundance Theatre Lab. Kara’s plays have been developed with CenterStage (Baltimore), Circle East, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Voice & Vision, and Julliard. Her one-act, Cave Krewe, was produced in October at Manhattan Theatre Source and will be published in Book of Estrogenius 2006, to be released next fall. Kara is a 2006 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at the Julliard School. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Blue Roses Theatre Company.
Kevin Cunningham is an award-winning writer, director, designer, producer, inventor and entrepreneur based in New York City. He is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater Group and led the company’s recovery from its destruction in the 9/11/01 attacks to a new home in Lower Manhattan.
Since 1994 Cunningham has focused on the creation of his own large-scale, live, multimedia performance/installation works and on the development of affordable intuitive technology for multiplexing and seamless multi media interaction. Works include: House of Bugs(Ontological Theater), The Realism of Simple Machines (La Mama), Automatic Earth (Signature Theater), Kampuchea/Loisaida (3LD Desbrosses Street), Accidental Records (Venice Biennale, 9th Annual Architecture Exhibit), and Degeneracy, Losing Something (2007 Hewes Design Award) and A Line of You at 3LD Art & Technology Center. He just completed designing and directing 3-Legged Dog’s hit multi-media performance/installation of Chuck Mee’s Fire Island which ran to sold out houses in the spring of 2008. He is completing work on a series of multi-layered interactive 3D video installations using the new Eyeliner 3D video projection technology and has begun a new collaboration with Chuck Mee: Fêtes de la Nuit (Paris Orgy). The HD video portion of which will be filmed in Paris. The work will premier at 3LD in the spring of 2010.
Awards and honors include the 2007 American Theater Wing Hewes Design Award for Production Design of Losing Something, residencies at the Edward Albee Foundation’s Barn and The Rockefeller Study And Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy as well as numerous grants and awards. Cunningham frequently contributes to seminars, symposia and selection committees including the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Edward Albee Foundation (8 years), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and various foundations, artists retreats and service organization committees.
A 1995 graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Film, Krista Whetstone has written and directed many films including William, the story of sexual harassment in an office, told from the harasser’s point of view. William was shown at many festivals, both in the US and abroad, and had many non-festival screenings as well—at Anthology Film Archives in New York and at various museums, including the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut. On Television, William was seen on American Playhouse (PBS), Channel 4 in England and on Canal+ in France. Whetstone’s writing has been showcased through staged readings at The Nuyorican’s Poet’s Café in New York City and at Columbia University. In 1995, she won the Director’s Guild of America’s prize for Best Female Student Filmmaker.
Composing Jury 2010
Composer Laura Andel was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After living and working in her native Buenos Aires, and for several years in Boston, Ms. Andel moved to New York City in 2000, where she currently resides. She has performed her music in New York, Boston, Berlin, Caracas, Buenos Aires, and other cities. One of Andel’s passions is the sound generated by large ensembles comprised of unusual combinations of instruments. For this purpose, she creates her own ensembles to perform her instrument-specific compositions. Ms. Andel’s recent music commissions include a commission by The Kitchen, a commission by the Festival of New Trumpet Music with funds from the Greenwall Foundation, and a Bronx River Art Center commission with funds from the New York State Music Fund/Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Two new commissions will be premiered on October 17, 2009 at Brecht Forum in New York City.
Laura Andel has been a composer in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, MacDowell Colony, Sacatar Foundation, Yaddo Artist Colony, Valparaiso Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, and Ucross Foundation. Ms. Andel has also received several grants and awards for her work, among some of them are the Aaron Copland Fund Awards Recording Grant, a Music Composition Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, grants from the Senate for Culture of the City of Berlin, and the BMI Foundation-Jerry Harrington Jazz Composers Award. Her recordings include SomnambulisT and In::Tension:.. Ms. Andel’s extended works Doble Mano and Apsides are currently in the process of being published.
Nick Brooke mixes musical sampling, lipsynching, and theater into a new genre. In his works, vocalists and actors are trained to mimic sampled collages of sound effects, pop songs, and musical ephemera, blurring the line between recording and live performance. His works have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe, and featured at the Spoleto Festival and the MATA Series. His work Tone Test was premiered at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2004. He has received awards and residencies from the Guggenheim Foundation, ASCAP, the Rockefeller Foundation, Djerassi, and the MacDowell Colony. Brooke’s instrumental works have been performed by the Paul Dresher Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, Toronto’s Continuum New Music, the Nash Ensemble of London, Orchestra 2001, Dan Druckman, and New York’s Gamelan Son of Lion. During a two-year Shansi Fellowship to Central Java, he studied gamelan and collaborated on musical projects with Javanese composers, dancers, and visual artists. He holds degrees in music composition and philosophy from Oberlin, and a Ph.D from Princeton. He teaches at Bennington College.
Composer Koji Nakano’s works reflect the relationship between beauty, form and imperfection through the formality of music. As a composer and an educator, Mr. Nakano’s musical activities have included community service and outreach to help bridge Eastern and Western musical cultures. Mr. Nakano’s compositions have premiered in Aspen, Bowdoin, Buffalo, as well as at Tanglewood, Round Top, Algoma Fall and Vancouver music festivals. In New York City, his compositions have been performed at Merkin, Weill, and Cami Halls; in Boston at Jordan Hall; in Tokyo at Triphony and Musicasa Halls; in Vancouver at Scotiabank Dance Centre; in Brussels at Maene Piano Salon and in the Netherlands at Arnold Schoenberg Hall.
In addition to being the recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, Mr. Nakano has also received the Japanese Government Artist Fellowship from the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, the Rockefeller Foundation (2009 Bellagio Center residency), the Margaret Lee Croft Fellowship from Tanglewood Music Center, the Global Connections Grant from Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. At New England Conservatory, he was the winner of composition competitions for the Honors Brass Quintet in 1998 and the Commencement Composition in 1997 and 1999. Mr. Nakano is the first recipient of the Japan Society of Boston’s Toru Takemitsu Award in Composition awarded annually to the most talented young composer in the Boston area.
In the spring of 2008, Mr. Nakano was Composer in Residence for the Japanese Spring Festival at the United Nations International School Theater in New York City. He also served as one of resident composers of the Thailand International Composition Festival in Bangsaen, Thailand in 2008. In 2009, Mr. Nakano will be a visiting composer at California State University at San Bernardino, Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia, and at Payap, Burapha, Rangsit, and Silpakorn Universities in Thailand.