Poetry Jury 2015
Maria Damon has published extensively on poetry subcultures, “outsider” poetries, and the poetry and poetics of ethnic, racial and sexual minorities in the twentieth-century US. She is the author of scholarly books, including Post-literary ‘America’: From Bagel Shop Jazz to Micropoetries (University of Iowa Press, 2011); Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader, which she co-authored with Ira Livingston (Illinois University Press, 2009); and The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry (University of Minnesota Press, 1993). Her poetic work includes Literature Nation, the first book-length hypertext poem on the Internet (Potes & Poets Press, 2003), which she co-authored with frequent collaborator mIEKAL aND in 1998. She is also a widely exhibiting text/textile artist. Ms. Damon is Chair of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt University. She received a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and a B.A. degree from Hampshire College in Humanities and Arts. She currently resides in Brooklyn.
R. Erica Doyle earned a BA at Georgetown University, an MFA at The New School, and an MA at New York University. Her first collection of poetry, proxy (2013), was selected by poet Maggie Nelson for a Norma Farber First Book Award. Her work has been featured in the anthologies Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (2008), Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (2006), Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (2001), and Best American Poetry (2001). Her honors include fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and an Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry.
Doyle lives in Brooklyn, where she facilitates Tongues Afire: A Free Creative Writing Workshop for Queer Women, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color.
Detroit native Tyehimba Jess’ first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” Jess, a Cave Canem and NYU Alumni, received a 2004 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and was a 2004-2005 Winter Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Jess is also a veteran of the 2000 and 2001 Green Mill Poetry Slam Team, and won a 2000-2001 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award, and a 2006 Whiting Fellowship. He exhibited his poetry at the 2011 TedX Nashville Conference. Wave Press will publish his next book of fiction and poetry, Olio, in 2016. Jess is Associate Professor of English at College of Staten Island.
Jess’ fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies such as Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, Beyond The Frontier: African American Poetry for the Twenty-First Century, Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Power Lines: Ten Years of Poetry from Chicago’s Guild Complex, Slam: The Art of Performance Poetry. His poetry has appeared in journals such as American Poetry Review, Brilliant Corners, Ploughshares, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas, Mosaic, American Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Nashville Review and 580 Split.
Anna Moschovakis’s most recent books are You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and Commentary, a co-translation with Christine Schwartz Hartley of Marcelle Sauvageot’s 1930 discursive feminist memoir. A freelance editor and book designer, she teaches in the Writing BFA and MFA programs at Pratt Institute and is a core faculty member of Bard College’s interdisciplinary Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. She is also a longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, for which she edits several books a year and heads up the Dossier Series of investigative texts.
Fiction Jury 2015
Kenneth Calhoun has had stories published in The Paris Review, Tin House and the 2011 Pen/O. Henr y Prize Collection, among others. He has been awarded the Italo Calvino Prize for Fabulist Fiction and the Summer Literary Seminars/Fence Magazine fiction contest. He lives in Boston, where he is a graphic design professor at Lasell College. His first novel, BLACK MOON, was published in 2015 by Hogarth.
Claire Donato is the author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a novel, and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016), a forthcoming collection of poems. Recent writing across genres has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Aufgabe, Ninth Letter, BOMB, Black Warrior Review, PEN America, Encyclopedia L-Z, and The Organism for Poetic Research’s PELT. With Jeff T. Johnson, she collaborates on Atelier Spatial America, a speculative architecture and design firm that rose from the collapsed structure of Special America, a critical performance intervention that took place from 2008-2015. Claire received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is at work on a second novel and teaches in the Architecture Writing and Creative Writing Programs at Pratt Institute. Her website is somanytumbleweeds.com.
Carmen Maria Machado is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, AGNI, The Fairy Tale Review, Tin House’s Open Bar, NPR, The American Reader, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Her stories have been reprinted in several anthologies, including Year’s Best Weird Fiction and Best Women’s Erotica. She has received the Richard Yates Short Story Prize, the CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Creative Writing, and the Michener-Copernicus Fellowship, and is currently nominated for a Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Philadelphia with her partner.
Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels The Pink Institution, The Meat and Spirit Plan and the forthcoming, Slab, all published by Coffee House Press. She is also the author of Tiger Goes to the Dogs, a limited edition letterpress project published by Nor By Press. She teaches, lectures, and publishes widely and is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.
Max Winter is a poet and critic, and the managing editor of the IndieWire blog Press Play. He has published reviews in The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, Time Out New York, Bookforum, and other publications. His first book of poems, The Pictures, was published by Tarpaulin Sky Press. He co-edits the press Solid Objects, and he is a Poetry Editor of Fence.
Non-Fiction Jury 2015
Catina Bacote’s nonfiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, The Common, The Southern California Review, Heart and Soul, Trace: Transcultural Styles and Ideas, and in the anthology Black Women’s Loving Expressions on the Men They Desire. She wrote a viewing guide to the documentary Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings. Her essay “Inheritance” was awarded the Creative Arts First Place Prize at the Jakobsen Conference in 2014 and she has received fellowships from the Millay Colony, The New York State Summer Writer’s Institute, The Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, The English Department at the University of Iowa, and The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Currently, Bacote is the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction at the University of Iowa where she received her M.F.A.
Diana Cage writes extensively about sexuality and sexual culture as well as queer politics and social policy. She is the author of eight books, most recently the Lesbian Sex Bible (Quiver, 2014) and Mind Blowing Sex: A Woman’s Guide (Seal Press, 2012). Her work is often taught in universities and several of her books have been translated into other languages. Diana teaches in the Women and Gender Studies department at Hunter College, and formerly was editor of the groundbreaking sex magazine, On Our Backs and host of the Diana Cage Show on Sirius XM. Her work largely examines female sexuality, power, and experiences of sex and relationships. She lives in Brooklyn and received an MFA from San Francisco State University.
Visual Arts Jury 2015
Ariel Goldberg’s first book of poetry, The Photographer, is forthcoming by Roof Books in Spring 2015. Ariel is completing the book length essay The Estrangement Principle as a research fellow at the New York Public Library’s Wertheim Study. Publications include the chapbooks Picture Cameras (NoNo Press, 2010) and The Photographer without a Camera (Trafficker Press, 2011). They are the recipient of a Franklin Furnace Fund grant for a series of performances and slideshows and have been an artist in resident at Headland’s Center for the Arts, The Invisible Dog, n/a gallery, Residencias Artísticas Intercambios and SOMA, Mexico City. Ariel is a curator at The Poetry Project and teaches at Pratt Institute and Parsons.
Larry Krone is a visual and performing artist whose solo shows include Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn (2013), PSTL Gallery, St. Louis (2013), Contemporary Museum Baltimore’s project space (2011), The Museum of Contemporary Craft project space and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR (2007), and Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2006). Group shows include Queer Threads at Leslie Lohman Gallery (2014), I’m not Like Everybody Else at Teapot Gallery, Cologne, Germany (2012), LOL: A decade of Antic Art at Contemporary Museum, Baltimore (2011), Stage II at The Project Gallery, New York (2009), and Five by Five at the Whitney Museum Philip Morris branch, New York (2002).
Larry’s performance work has been seen at venues including Joe’s Pub, The Whitney Museum, and PS122 in NY. He can be seen performing his song “It’s Hard to Live” in the indie feature film “The Purple Onion”.
Larry also actively collaborates with other performers, designing and fabricating costumes and sets, and sometimes appearing in their productions. Credits include set and costumes for Neal Medlyn’s King (debuting at the Kitchen, New York 2014), Adrienne Truscott’s …Too Freedom…, costumes for and performing in Neal Medlyn’s Wicked Clown Love (both debuting at The Kitchen 2012), a featured costume in Adrienne Truscott’s ha: a solo (Danspace Project 2011), and contributions to the looks of Our Hit Parade hosts and various performers (Joe’s Pub 2010-2012). As House of Larréon, Larry is the exclusive designer of gowns and stage costumes for Bridget Everett for whose 2015 Comedy Central television special “Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder” Larry designed the stage costumes and served as the creative consultant for all wardrobe and set.
Larry is a 2014/15 Artist in Residence at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, a 2013 Millay Colony Fellow, a 2012 and 2011 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2009 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Craft, a 2009 Artist in Residence at New Orleans’ Hot Iron Press letterpress and screen-printing studio, and was awarded the Peter S. Reed grant in 2006.
Jane Fine is a graduate of Harvard University and the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and The National Endowment for the Arts. Jane has been invited to work at the Cité Internationale des Artes in Paris, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Millay Colony, Golden Foundation and Yaddo.Jane had her first solo show in New York City at White Columns. Her work has been seen in solo and group shows nationally and internationally for over 20 years and is currently represented by Pierogi in Brooklyn, New York.Jane has lived and worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1986. Visit Jane’s website at www.janefine.net.
Playwriting Jury 2015
Jen Silverman is a New York based playwright whose work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb (Phoebe in Winter), regionally at InterAct (The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane), and commissioned and produced by Playwrights Horizons Theatre School/ NYU (That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her). The Roommate was selected for the 2015 Humana Festival and will be produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
She is an affiliated artist with New Georges, Ars Nova, The Playwrights Realm, The Lark, and Youngblood/EST. She is a two-time MacDowell Fellow and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NY Stage & Film/ Powerhouse, Williamstown, Playpenn, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, New York Theatre Workshop, FUSION Theatre Co (New Mexico) and The New Harmony Project. Her play THE HUNTERS was selected for the 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage). Her play STILL won the 2013 Yale Drama Series Award, and received a reading at Lincoln Center. She is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, an New York Foundation for the Arts grant, and a Leah Ryan / Lilly Award for her play THE MOORS. Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard. More information: www.jensilverman.com
Fiona Templeton is a poet, performer and director. She is Artistic Director of the performance group The Relationship, including the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers. Her book The Medead, the 6-part epic of Medea, came out in 2014 from Roof Books. Recent performances include The Medead at Roulette Brooklyn and Bodies of Memory at Tate Britain. Other books include Cells of Release (a collaboration with Amnesty International) and YOU—The City (an intimate citywide play for an audience of one), (both Roof Books), Delirium of Interpretations (Green Integer), Mum in Airdrie (Object Permanence), London (Sun & Moon). She lives in New York and London.
Composing Jury 2015
Brooklyn, NY native and composer Anthony Gatto has developed collaborative works and concert music with many artists and ensembles across the US, Europe and Asia – including works for film, theater, dance, and opera. Studying with Ornette Coleman was formative in questioning possibilities; he later completed a doctorate at the Yale School of Music. Recent commissions include WISE BLOOD, an opera based on the novel by Flannery O’Connor, co-commissioned by the Walker Art Center and the Soap Factory to premiere June 2015 in Minneapolis.
Saxophonist/clarinetist Debra Kreisberg performs, composes, arranges and records with the New York City-based Latin jazz ensemble, Los Mas Valientes and the award-winning klezmer ensembles, Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, with whom she has toured in the U.S., Canada and in Europe. She is also the leader of two new jazz projects, East Harlem Trio, and The Highliners Jazz Quintet and is a member of the brand-new Latin-jazz big band, Bronx Conexión, under the direction of percussionist/composer Victor Rendón. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a masters in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music, Debra has performed with renowned singer-songwriters Natalie Merchant, Jill Sobule and Rachelle Garniez; jazz luminaries Harvie S, Chuck Redd, Sheryl Bailey and Tommy Campbell; the Rochester Philharmonic; and the world-blues project Hazmat Modine. Debra freelances widely throughout New York City, and her playing and compositions have been heard on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Worldbeat, WBGO, SiriusXM Radio, Ebru TV’s Rhythm and Roots and on Showtime’s The L Word.