Poetry Jury 2012
Mairéad Byrne emigrated from Ireland to the United States in 1994, for poetry. On the plane over, she read about the Internet for the first time. Diversity of poetic cultures, and connectivity, have defined her life ever since. She earned a MA in American Poetry (1996), and a PhD in Theory & Cultural Studies (2001) from Purdue University—home of the first Computer Science Department in the US! Her poetry collections include The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius 2010), Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), and Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey 2003). She has taught at Purdue University, Ithaca College, the University of Mississippi, and Marshall County Correctional Facility in Holly Springs. Since coming to RISD in 2002, she has designed and taught courses in Sound Poetry, Visual Poetry, Contemporary Poetry, Metaphor, the Irish Comic Tradition, Writing as Art + Design, and poetry workshops at three levels.
E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of Helen: A Fugue (Belladonna Elder Series #1, 2008), Some Clear Souvenir (O Books, 2006), and Music or Forgetting (O Books, 2001), as well as the limited edition chapbooks Mirrorly, A Window (flynpyntar, 2009), Leukadia(Trafficker Press, 2008), Hell and Lower Evil (Lyre Lyre Pants on Fire, 2008), Humoresque (Blood Pudding/Dusie #3, 2008), Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson (gong chapbooks, 2006),Of the Frame (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2004), and Harmonics(Melodeon Poetry Systems, 2000). She is the founding editor of Litmus Press and Aufgabe, and she lives in Brooklyn.
Paolo Javier is the 2010-13 Queens Borough Poet Laureate. He is the author of Megton Gasgan Krakooom (Cy Gist Press, forthcoming, 2010), The Feeling Is Actual (creature press, 2010), LMFAO (OMG!, 2008), Goldfish Kisses (Sona Books, 2007), 60 lv bo(e)mbs (O Books, 2005), and the time at the end of this writing (Ahadada, 2004), which received a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year Award. A Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Writer-in-Residence, Javier has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor in Poetry at the University of Miami. His interdisciplinary works of poetry, sound, comics, and film were recently performed at the BABEL Exhibit at Space 37, Performance Space 122, and the Page Turner Festival at Powerhouse Books. Javier publishes 2nd Avenue Poetry, a tiny press of innovative language art, and lives with his wife in Queens.
Tracie Morris is an multidisciplinary poet, performer and scholar and works extensively as a sound artist, writer, bandleader and actor. Her installations have been presented at the Whitney Biennial, Ronald Feldman Gallery, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and the New Museum. She holds an MFA in poetry from Hunter College and a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute. Her poetry book, TDL: To Do w/ John (2012) is published by Zasterle Press. Rhyme Scheme, a longer poetic manuscript is published by Chax Press for publication in 2012. She is also developing two audio projects: The Tracie Morris Bandand sharpmorris, a collaboration with composer Elliott Sharp.
Fiction Jury 2012
Amanda Davidson writes, teaches, and makes performances. Her work has appeared in Encyclopedia Vol. F-K, Baby, Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer GIrl Writing, Instant City and elsewhere. Through fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and Art Farm Nebraska, she recently completed The Writings: A Novel, her first book-length manuscript, and is currently working on a collection of short stories. Recent short plays include Flesh Tableaux at the &Now Festival of New Writing and The Empty Chair Technique at Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Learn more atpartedinthemiddle.wordpress.com.
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.
Ira Sher has two novels: Singer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009) and Gentlemen of Space (Free Press, 2003). His short stories have appeared in venues including Chicago Review, Fence, The Gettysburg Review and This American Life, and have been frequently anthologized. He lives in Athens, NY.
Christopher Sorrentino is the author of five books, includingTrance, a National Book Award Finalist for fiction, and the recently published Death Wish. His writing has appeared in A Public Space, BOMB, BookForum, Conjunctions, Esquire, Fence, Granta, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, Open City, Playboy, Tin House, and many other publications. Sorrentino has taught at the New School, Columbia University, the 92nd Street Y, and elsewhere. Most recently, he was at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he was Writer-in-Residence.
Ruiyan Xu was born in Shanghai and moved to the United States at the age of ten. She graduated from Brown University and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She works as a web producer for the award-winning PBS documentary series POV. Her first novel, The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press (U.S.), Bloomsbury (U.K.), and Piemmi (Italy).
Ruiyan has been a recipient of the Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Award from Hedgebrook and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Writers. She has attended residencies at Hedgebrook (WA), the Espy Foundation (WA), the Anderson Center (MN), Jentel (WY), and Ragdale (IL). She has been accepted for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the KHN Center for the Arts (MO), and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (NY). She has been a member of a New York City-based writer’s group since 2002, and she is a mentor with Girls Write Now, which serves underserved or at-risk high school girls interested in writing.
Non-Fiction Jury 2012
Abeer Hoque was born in Nigeria to Bangladeshi parents, and moved to America when she was in high school. She has BS and MA degrees from the Wharton School of Business, and an MFA in Writing (nonfiction and poetry) from the University of San Francisco. Her first book, a memoir calledOlive Witch, won the 2005 Tanenbaum Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her second is a novel in stories called The Lovers and the Leavers and was funded by a 2007 Fulbright Scholarship for fiction and photography in Bangladesh and India. She is currently working on her third book, Memory Alone, a novel about memory loss and identity.
Her writing and photography has been published in ZYZZYVA, Nerve.com, SomaLit, Farafina (Nigeria), 580 Split, Swink, DesiLit, Ego Mag, Outlook Traveller (India), the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Switchback, Femina India, XConnect, SNReview, the Daily Star(Bangladesh), Drunken Boat, Farallon Review, and KQED Writers Block, among others. Other accomplishments include a 2002 merit scholarship for the SLS residency in St. Petersburg, Russia, a 2009 fellowship in creative nonfiction at Saltonstall Arts Colony, and a highly commended win in the 2009 Commonwealth Broadcasting Association’s Short Story Contest. She has held two solo photography exhibitions in Dhaka, Bangladesh. See more atolivewitch.com.
Kristin Prevallet was the Fall 2011 writer-in-residence at Spalding University and teaches workshops on Trance Poetics through the Center for Mindbody Studies. Recipient of a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry, she is the author of four books including I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press) and she edited and introduced the critical edition of Helen Adam’s work, A Helen Adam Reader (National Poetry Foundation). She is a member of the Belladonna Collaborative and works as a hypnotherapist in Manhattan.
Visual Arts Jury 2012
Julia Dault is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her recent group exhibitions include “Everything Must Go” at Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York; “Making Is Thinking” at Witte de With, Rotterdam (both 2011); and “Substance Abuse” at Leo Koenig Projekte, New York (2010). She presented “Total Picture Control,” a solo exhibition, at Blackston Gallery, New York (2010). She is on the faculty of the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, the New School for Design, in New York.
Sujin Lee is an interdisciplinary artist working with text, video and performance, exploring the way in which different cultural and linguistic systems affect the performative act of language. Her work was included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Art, Aljira: Contemporary Art Center, ArtStays International Contemporary Art Festival 9, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, The Soap Factory and most recently, the 3rd Off and Free International Film Festival. Lee has been awarded residencies from the Sidney Kahn Summer Institute at The Kitchen, Millay Colony of the Arts and Blue Mountain Center. Her writing on Korean-American artist, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha is to be published in 2012, in South Korea. http://www.sujinlee.org
Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. He is the author of The Widening Circle: Consequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and has contributed to books and monographs on many artists including Henri Matisse, Alighiero Boetti, and Gillian Wearing as well as to the internationally renowned Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon Press, 2002) and its recent sequel,Vitamin P2 (Phaidon Press, 2011). His most recent publications of poetry are Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail, 2009) and 12 Abandoned Poems (Kilmog Press, 2010).
Shelly Silver is a New York based artist utilizing video, film and photography. Her work, which spans a wide range of subject matter and genres, explores the personal and societal relations that connect and restrict us; the indirect routes of pleasure and desire; the stories that are told about us and the stories we construct about ourselves.
She has been exhibited widely throughout the US, Europe and Asia at venues such as MoMA, the ICP, MoCA, The Yokohama Museum, The Pompidou Center, The Kyoto Museum, the London ICA, The London, Singapore, New York, Moscow and Berlin Film Festivals. Silver has received numerous fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation and Anonymous was a Woman. Broadcasts include BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, Atenor/Spain.
Kate Vida is an interdisciplinary artist based in Connecticut and New York City. Her wearable forms exaggerate and amplify relationships between what the body can do and what the forms enable (or deny) the body to attempt. She received her MFA from Yale University in Painting and her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She has performed at The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven and Mass MoCA, North Adams. Vida recently apprenticed at The Budapest Puppet Theater in Budapest, Hungary where she learned traditional mask construction techniques.
Playwriting Jury 2012
Casey Llewellyn is a theater artist working in Brooklyn, NY whose work interrogates identity and form. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University with a B.A. in theatre where she directed an original adaptation of Chris Kraus’ I Love Dick and The Vagina Monologues and Beyond, a movement-based interpretation of the well-known text. For this production, she facilitated a writing process in which participants created new monologues focusing on the experiences of queer and trans people. She has performed in and written for David Neumann’s work at Barnard College and was seen last year at The Tank in All you need is one good idea, son, choreographed by Yve Laris Cohen. She participated in the Pataphysics Week-long Silent Playwriting Retreat with Erik Ehn, and an except of her play, The Quiet Way, was presented, featuring David Neumann and Jules Skloot, as part of the LITTLE THEATRE series at Dixon Place. She is currently collaborating with poet Claudia Rankine on Existing Conditions, three interconnected one acts exploring race, gender, and nation building.
As a stage manager, she has worked on Lee Breuer’s Summa Dramatica and Porco Morto, The Foundry Theatre’s The Provenance of Beauty, David Greenspan’s The Myopia and Plays produced by The Foundry Theatre, and Object Collection’s The Geometry. She is also the assistant director of their experimental opera, Innova, premiering this spring at Abron’s Art Center. She is the assistant editor of PLAY A JOURNAL OF PLAYS.
Morgan Von Prelle Pecelli is a curator, producer, anthropologist and performing artist who has been working in New York City’s contemporary performance sector since 1999. She is currently the Director of Development for Performance Space 122, now celebrating its 30th year (ps122.org). She has also served for two years (10 & 09) as a Prelude co-curator (preludenyc.org) and before that for a year as the 08 Dramaturg. She was Artistic and Development Director for Emerging Artists at 3LD Art & Technology Center from 2007-2008. She is on the Board of Directors of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater where she was the Managing and Programming Director from 2004-2006. In 2005, she started the Ontological-Hysteric Incubator, through which she curated and produced festivals and residencies in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Since 2002, she has also operated as The Lost Notebook, an entity dedicated to advocating on behalf of and supporting artists working in the contemporary sector (lostnotebook.org). She has worked as a performer, butoh dancer, dramaturg, production manager and designer in New York City and internationally. She is also completing her PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University.
Composing Jury 2012
In 1997 John Colpitts founded the experimental rock band Oneida in Brooklyn, NY. Since the founding of the band, Oneida has released upwards of 20 recordings and has toured North America and Europe extensively. In 2007 Colpitts began working closely with the Japanese group The Boredoms and has traveled throughout the US, Japan and the UK to perform their composition Boadrum. In 2010 he recorded his first solo album and founded the drum ensemble Man Forever which combines carefully tuned drum kits with aggressive and powerful ensemble playing. He has also recorded and performed with Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, White Hills, Soldiers of Fortune, Jah Division, People of the North and many other experimental ensembles. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Serena Jost is a Swiss-American singer-songwriter and cellist. Her debut CD, Closer Than Far, was produced by Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson) and released to a sold-out house at Joe’s Pub. She is currently in the studio recording her new album, A Bird Will Sing, with Producer Anton Fier (Golden Palaminos).
Time Out NY lauded Serena’s premiere album and noted: “Jost writes gently eccentric songs and sings them in an elegant alto, often accompanying herself on cello, but it isn’t quite right to call her a singer-songwriter. The term art song—normally tied to 19th-century concert music—usefully characterizes Jost’s carefully arranged pieces and succinct lyrics, neither quite rock nor folk…” Serena’s music has been compared to 70s English folk artists like Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention—and also to the Canadian artist Jane Siberry—but is still entirely her own, “seamlessly merging classical and pop melodies” (Lucidculture).
Serena has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and performed at seminal NYC venues such as Joe’s Pub, The Living Room, Barbès, Tonic, PS122, PS1, St. Mark’s Church and The Kitchen. She has also composed live performance accompaniment for numerous dancers, including Douglas Dunn and Kathryn Sanders (Wally Cardona), and poets Anne Waldman and Eleni Sikelianos, and produced a collaborative CD with poet Dan Machlin (Immanent Audio). She is an original member of Rasputina, the well-corseted cello group, and is one-half of the DJ Duo scratch ‘n sniff.