August, 2010

Standing: Tisa Bryant, Gary Eldon Peter, Ryan Schroeder, Paolo Javier, Barrett Watten; Seated: Lulu Sylbert, Mia Feuer

Tisa Bryant

Brooklyn, NY – Tisa was born on an Arizona air force base in wartime, and raised in Massachusetts.  Her first book, Unexplained Presence (Leon Works, 2007), is a collection of original fiction-essays that remix Eurocentric film, literature and visual arts narratives to zoom in on the black presences operating within them.  An excerpt of her novella, [the curator], was recently published by Belladonna Books in 2009. Bryant is co-editor of War Diaries, an anthology of black gay men’s desire and survival, published by AIDS Project Los Angeles Summer 2010, and co-editor/publisher of The Encyclopedia Project’s Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K, forthcoming… more »

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Mia Feuer

Washington, DC – Mia was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2004 and her MFA in 2009, from the Department of Sculpture and Extended Media at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Mia has received numerous travel/research, production and creation grants from the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba and The Lila Acheson Readers Digest Foundation.  In 2007, supported by The Winnipeg Arts Council, she traveled to Palestine to facilitate sculptural workshops in the West Bank with Palestinian children.  She has received… more »

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Paolo Javier

Brooklyn, NY – Paolo 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… more »

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Gary Eldon Peter

St. Paul, MN – Gary\’s short stories have appeared in Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, River Oak Review, Evergreen Chronicles, Orchid: A Literary Review, Blithe House Quarterly, and other publications. His awards include a Loft Mentor Series Award, a McKnight Foundation Artist fellowship, two Minnesota State Arts Board grants, and two SASE/Jerome Foundation fellowships. He has held residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Hambidge Center. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked as a lawyer… more »

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Ryan Schroeder

Brooklyn, NY – Ryan received his BFA from Drake University in 2001 and has continued his artistic training with Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky in Italy and the USA.
In the past two years he has been awarded fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Marsyas Fund for Visual Artists, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and several other notable institutions. In this period his work has also been favorably reviewed by The New York Times and featured in two distinct exhibition catalogues.

Recent exhibitions… more »

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Lulu Sylbert

Brooklyn, NY –  “I do not have what would be considered a conventional résumé. I attended the University of California at Berkeley and Barnard College. I traveled extensively and had numerous diverse jobs. In 2005, I gained representation by The Wylie Agency in NYC for my first novel, “Greedy Street,” which I am currently finishing and editing. I was fortunate enough to spend October and November of 2008 at The MacDowell Colony. In January-February of 2009 I went to The Corporation of Yaddo, and in August of 2009 I was at The Ucross Foundation in Wyoming.

I live… more »

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Barrett Watten

Bloomfield, MI – Barrett Watten is known as a “language-centered” poet and critic of modern and contemporary cultures. A collected poems, Frame: 1971–1990, appeared from Sun & Moon in 1997; Bad History, a nonnarrative prose poem “including history,” was published by Atelos in 1998; and Progress/ Under Erasure, a combined edition of two long poems, came out from Green Integer in 2004. He collaborated on two multi¬authored experimental works: Leningrad: American Writers in the Soviet Union (Mercury House, 1992) and The Grand Piano: An Experiment in Collective Autobiography, San Francisco, 1975–80, which began serial publication in November 2006 and will… more »

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