Brenda Coultas is the author of The Tatters, a collection of poetry, recently published by Wesleyan University Press. Her other books include The Marvelous Bones of Time(2008) and A Handmade Museum (2003) from Coffee House Press. She has received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship (NYFA) and a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency (LMCC). Her poetry can be found in The Brooklyn Rail, the Denver Quarterly, and the newly released Hudson Valley anthology Infiltration.
Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist. She is the author of three books of poems and three chapbooks, including most recently, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015) and Good Stock Strange Blood(forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2017). She is currently at work on a memoir. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and other magazines.
Martin is also a co-founder of the Black Took Collective, an experimental performance art/poetry group of three, and a member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, a global arts collective. She has been awarded the 2015 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry and a 2016 Investing in Professional Artists Grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. Martin is Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh and Co-director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.
Timothy Liu is the author of ten books of poems, including the forthcoming Don’t Go Back To Sleep (Saturnalia Books, 2014) and Let It Ride (Sation Hill, 2015). With poems translated into many languages, Liu’s journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Liu is a Professor of English at William Paterson University and lives with his husband in Manhattan.
David Emmanuel was born and raised in Oklahoma. He then lived in Chicago where he went to school, worked a variety of jobs, and wrote. Currently, he lives in Providence, RI, where he recently joined Anomalous Press as an editor. His writing, both critical and creative, has appeared in How2, Court Green, With + Stand, and elsewhere.
Racquel Goodison has been a recipient of the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writer’s Grant and a scholarship to the Fine Arts Works Center. Her stories, poems, and creative nonfiction have been nominated for the Pushcart and can be found in various journals online and in print. She resides in Brooklyn, teaches at the City University of New York, and is working on a collection of short stories about unruly Jamaican girlhood, a topic she knows intimately.
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, named an Indie Next Pick; one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by Buzzfeed, BookRiot, and the Huffington Post; a must-read for May by Goodreads, Audible.com, Entertainment Weekly, Real Simple and People; long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize and a finalist for a New England Book Award; and one of the 10 best books of the year so far by Entertainment Weekly. It was published May 16th in the US and May 18th in the UK, to be followed by the Netherlands, Turkey, Korea, Taiwan, Spain, Greece, and France. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, and Yaddo, and a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich lives in Boston, where she teaches at Grub Street and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Sequoia Nagamatsu is the author of the Japanese folklore and pop culture inspired story collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone. His work has appeared widely in publications such as Conjunctions, Black Warrior Review, Fairy Tale Review, Zyzzyva, Lightspeed Magazine, Tin House online, and One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. He is the managing editor of Psychopomp Magazine, an online quarterly devoted to innovative prose, and an assistant professor of creative writing at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota.
Quintan Ana Wikswo has long been active at the intersection of art and social justice. Her conceptually based interdisciplinary work integrates fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay with her original photographs, performance, and video. These projects surround occluded and obscured sites whose complex histories involve the intersection of gender, disability, queerness, and race, with a special focus on human rights aftermath issues Her more than 35 projects are published, performed, and exhibited internationally. Her several books include the acclaimed collection of photographs and stories The Hope Of Floating Has Carried Us This Far (Coffee House Press); other work appears in magazines such as Tin House, Guernica, Conjunctions, the Kenyon Review, and Gulf Coast, and as well as in anthologies, artist books, and catalogues. Her projects have received multiple solo museum shows in New York City and Germany, including the Berlin Jewish Museum, and are presented in galleries, museum exhibitions and public collections throughout the United States and Europe. Her solo and collaborative live performance works are actively presented onstage, in museum exhibitions, and site-specific installation featuring live narration, video projection, and original scores by prominent composers.
Non-Fiction Jury 2017
Victorio Reyes Asili is an activist and artist living in Albany, NY. Victorio holds an MFA in creative writing from The Vermont College of Fine Arts and is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University at Albany. He was featured in the anthology of emerging writers: Chorus, published by MTV Books. Additionally, his poems are forthcoming or have been published in the Acentos Review, The Mandala Journal, Pilgrimage Magazine, Mobius, Word Riot, The Pine Hills Review, and the anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop. In 2014, Reyes served on a panel entitled “Uncovering Hip Hop Poetry” at the AWP Conference, and he will be presenting on two panels at the 2017 conference: “A World Turned Upside Down–Hamilton, An American Musical” and “The Written Orality of Hip Hop Lyricism.” Reyes Asili is also an essayist and has published work discussing activism and literature, exploring the writings of Adrienne Rich, Justin Torres, and Frantz Fanon. His essays can be found at Awst Press and She Breathes. Blending his writing and activism, Reyes Asili served as the executive director of The Social Justice Center of Albany for 11 years.
Adrian Shirk is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy (Counterpoint Press, 2017), a hybrid-memoir exploring American women prophets and their theologies. Shirk was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since lived in New York and Wyoming. She’s a columnist at Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, among others. Currently, she teaches in Pratt Institute’s BFA Creative Writing Program, and lives on the border of the Bronx and Yonkers with her husband, Sweeney, and Quentin the cat.
Playwriting Jury 2017
Maxe Crandall is the author of the chapbook Emoji for Cher Heart (belladonna*, 2015) and the play Together Men Make Paradigms (Yo-Yo Labs 2014) which was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award. Maxe’s art and writing about art were featured alongside the exhibitions Bring Your Own Body and Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, the Poetry Project, the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Maxe is a lecturer in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Stanford University and splits his time between Berkeley and Brooklyn. His first book, The Nancy Reagan Collection, is forthcoming from Futurepoem.
Normandy Raven Sherwood is a playwright, costumer and performer. Her plays include The Golden Veil, NUNKY GRUEL, the Necrophil and Tiny Hornets, and they have been presented many places in New York, including the The Kitchen, the Ontological Hysteric Theater, 13th St. Rep and Skidmore College. She is a Co-Artistic Director of the National Theater of the United States of America (NTUSA) and has collaborated on all of this OBIE Award-winning theater collective’s shows since 2002 as writer, performer and costumer. These shows– What’s that on my HEAD!?!, Abacus Black, NTUSA’s Don Juan, Chautauqua! and The Golden Veil — have been presented in New York at venues like The Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater, Performance Space 122 and the Chocolate Factory. The company’s recent work Chautauqua! toured the US to the Walker Arts Center, The ICA Boston and Vanderbilt University, among others. Upcoming playwriting projects include: FEATHER GATHERERS (workshop at Dixon Place, 2014 production at JACK) and Madame Lynch (with NTUSA). As a costumer, Normandy has designed productions by Mac Wellman, Jim Findlay, Young Jean Lee, Tina Satter/Half Straddle, Faye Driscoll (2009 Bessie Award for Costume Design) and more. She co-curates Little Theater @ Dixon Place and is a faculty member in New York University’s Expository Writing Program. She has been awarded residencies from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and chashama. She earned her MFA in Playwriting at Brooklyn College.
Visual Arts Jury 2017
Stephanie Dinkins is an artist and professor at Stony Brook University interested in creating platforms for ongoing dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, aging and our future histories. She is particularly driven to work with communities of color to develop deep-rooted AI literacy and co-create more culturally inclusive equitable artificial intelligence. Her art is exhibited internationally at a broad spectrum of community, private and institutional venues by design. She is the 2016/17 Artist-in-Residence at NEW INC, a cultural incubator supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology.
Dinkins holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is also an alumna of the International Center of Photography, the Independent Studies Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Artist in the Marketplace Program of the Bronx Museum of Art. Her work is exhibited at a broad spectrum of public, private and institutional venues – including, Institute of Contemporary Art Dunaujvaros, Hungary; Herning Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Spelman College Museum of Fine Art; Contemporary Art Museum Houston; Wave Hill, Studio Museum in Harlem; Spedition Bremen; and the corner of Putnam and Malcolm X Blvd, Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – by design. She has received grants from Harvestworks, Puffin Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding and Lef Foundation. Past residencies include the Whitney Independent Study Program; Aim Program, Bronx Museum of Art; Santa Fe Art Institute, Art/Omi, Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art, Czech Republic and Blue Mountain Center, NY. Professor Dinkins teaches video and emerging media at Stony Brook University.
Art Jones is an image/sound manipulator working with film, digital video, audio and hybrid media. His films/videos, CD-ROMs, live audio/video mixes, and installations concern the inter-relationships between music, visual culture, history and power. His work makes extensive use of popular music and mainstream media as raw material to be sampled and re-combined in order to examine implicit meanings or suggest new ones. He has collaborated with musicians and artists including Soundlab, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Phillip Virus with Alec Empire, Teleseen, Amiri Baraka, Femmes with Fatal Breaks, and Anti-Pop Consortium. He lives and works in New York City.
Isa Leshko is an artist whose work examines themes relating to animal rights, aging, and mortality. She has exhibited her work widely in the United States, including shows at 516 Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Center for Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. Her prints are in numerous private and public collections including the Boston Public Library, Fidelity Investments, the Harry Ransom Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In addition, she has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, the Culture & Animals Foundation, the Houston Center for Photography, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. Isa’s first book based on her acclaimed Elderly Animals project will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2018. Her images also have been published in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Anjuli Rathod lives and works in Queens, New York. She received a BFA from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and attended the AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program. She has participated in residencies at The Millay Colony of the Arts, the Studios at MASS MoCA and the Shandanken Project. She co-founded Selena, an artist-run space in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in Lumina Journal, Hyperallergic, Create! Magazine, and Canadian Art. Recent exhibitions include Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, Project Pangée in Montreal, and Knockdown Center in Queens.
Composer Oren Boneh’s works have been performed and presented in various venues and concerts through many organizations of new music. Upcoming and recent engagements include commissions from Vertixe Sonora, Ensemble Divertimento, Ensemble Meitar, Ensemble Regards, Ensemble Pentaèdre, Ciao Rhino, the Playground, Ensemble Transmission, Architek Percussion, Mythos, and the Nebula Ensemble and performances in festivals such as Festival Mixtur (Spain), Spaziomusica Festival (Italy), Soundstreams Emerging Composer Workshop, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium (TIES), ExperimentalStudio Matrix 2015, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, CIRMMT Symposium, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast, UK), Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, International Summer Academy of Music (Germany), PULSAR Festival (Copenhagen), California Summer Music Festival, Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) National Conference, the Playground Ensemble’s Colorado Composer’s Concerts, and various others. He has been Composer-In-Residence at the Millay Colony for the Arts where he received an Edward T. Cone Fellowship, the Visby International Centre for Composers (Gotland, Sweden) and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, Nebraska). Supported by a Fulbright fellowship during the 2015-16 year, Oren was based in Dresden, Germany and studied with composers such as Mark Andre and Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf. Oren is currently a PhD fellow in composition at the University of California, Berkeley where he works with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion and Ken Ueno. Oren also holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Denver and has studied additionally at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Ching-chu Hu studied at Yale University, Freiburg Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany, The University of Iowa, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition. His composition teachers included William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Daugherty, Leslie Bassett, Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, David Gompper and Richard Hervig. His conducting teachers included Alastair Neale, David Stern, and James Dixon. He also studied piano with Donald Currier, Stéphane Lemelin, and Logan Skelton and bass with Diana Gannett and Eldon Oberecht. Honors have included composer-in-residence at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and guest composer at the American Music Week Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been a composition fellow at the Aspen and Bowdoin Music Festivals, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has received performances in various national and international festivals and concerts, including the Alternativa Festival (Center “DOM”) in Moscow and Wigmore Hall in London, England. He wrote the score for The Life and Times of Jimmy B., which was awarded a Directors Guild of America’s East Coast Filmmaker Award. He was the first recipient of the Bayley-Bowen Fellowship, Denison University’s first endowed fellowship for a junior faculty member.