September, 2013

Session 1: Robbie Beahrs, Nikia Chaney, Melisa Tien, Randon Noble, Annita Sawyers

Session 2: Robbie Beahrs, David Emanuel, Graeme Bezanson, Clara Hunter Latham, Kasia Nikhamina, Douglas Deggers

Robbie Beahrs

Oakland, CA – Robbie is an Oakland-based composer, sound artist, and music ethnographer. As part of his master’s degree in ethnomusicology at U.C. Berkeley, he studied nomadic music/sound-making practices in Siberia and Inner Asia, with a particular focus on timbre, circulation, pedagogy, and the voice. Robbie actively composes music, performs live sound for theater/dance, lectures, and gives workshops in Tuvan throat-singing and extended vocal techniques. Recent works of his have been performed at the Bang on a Can summer festival (North Adams, MA), Z Space with performance maker Jesse Hewit/Strong Behavior (San Francisco, CA), and Dock 11 with choreographer Sara… more »

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Graeme Bezanson

NY, NY – I received an MFA in poetry from the New School in 2007. I am a founder and editor-at-large of Coldfront Magazine, an online journal of essays and poetry reviews. I have been the poetry editor of LIT, a nationally-distributed, semi-annual literary magazine based out of New York City. In 2011, I was a writer-in-residence at Seattle’s Pilot Books.
     My poems have appeared, online or in print, in venues such as Verse, Washington Square, The Laurel Review, Small Spiral Notebook, Failbetter, Spinning Jenny, MiPoesias, EOAGH, Coconut, Agriculture Reader, Horse Less Review, and Everyday Genius.

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Nikia Chaney

Rialto, CA – “I am the author of two chapbooks, Sis Fuss (Orange Monkey Publishing) and ladies, please (Dancing Girls Press) both forthcoming in 2013. My poetry has been published in 21 journals including the Portland Review, Saranac Review, 491, Pearl, and the Sugar House Review, and I have poetry forthcoming in the Iowa Review and the New York Quarterly. I am also the recipient of a grant from Cave Canem Foundation. Recently my poem, “the fish” was chosen by Nikki Giovanni as the winner of the 2012 Enizagam Poetry Prize. My manuscript, thump, was a finalist for the 2012… more »

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Douglas Degges

Poughkeepsie, NY – Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Douglas Degges graduated with a BA from Rhodes College in 2009 and a MFA from the University of Iowa in 2012. He recently received the Mildred Pelzer Lynch Fellowship and the Paul Weber award from the University of Iowa. His work has been exhibited at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, Concordia University in Seward, NE, Material Art Space in Memphis, TN, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Cornell College in Mount Vernon, IA, and Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. He currently works as an artist assistant to Thomas Nozkowksi, Joyce Robins, Catherine… more »

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David Emanuel

Providence, RI – David 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.

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Clara Hunter Latham

Brooklyn, NY- Clara is a Brooklyn based composer, performer and writer.  Her compositions have been performed widely by groups including the Talea Ensemble, Argento Ensemble, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Either/Or, and the International Centempoary Ensemble.  As a performer, she fronts the psychedelic karut punk band, Starring, on Northern Spy records.  She ahs also played with chamber pop band the Gongs.  She is currently working on a chamber opera based on the psychoanalytic treatment of Bertha Pappenheim, to be premiered in 2014 in Switzerland.  Clara is urrently a doctoral candidate in composition and musicology at NYU.

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Kasia Nikhamina

Brooklyn, NY – Kasia’s first play, REDBEARD & DOMICELLA, directed by Michael Rau, was presented in the Too Soon Festival at The Brick Theater in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in June 2010. Her one-act, TWO MEN BE IN THE PARK, was presented in a series of plays that imagined Central Park in different decades. The May 2010 production was directed by Darragh Martin (The Invisible Company). Her work has been regularly performed at Hearth Gods, a reading series at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village. Since November 2007, she has been writing the creative prose blog, THE MAYOR’SHOTEL,( Kasia Nikhamina… more »

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Randon Billings Noble

Washington, D.C. – Randon Billings Noble is an essayist. After graduating with high honors from the University of Michigan (where she won a Hopwood award in 1994), she earned her MFA in Creative Writing from New York University in 2001.  She was a full-time writing instructor at American University from 2001 to 2009, taught at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland from 2009 to 2010, and currently writes while raising her two-year-old twins. 
     She has been a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (fully funded by the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation), and a resident at Wildacres… more »

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Annita Sawyer

North Branford, CT – “I’m a psychologist, a member of the clinical faculty of Yale School of Medicine, in full-time practice for over thirty years. I’ve recently completed a memoir: Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass. My first writers’ conference, in 2003, was a gift for my sixtieth birthday. Since then I have attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Phillip Lopate’s workshop at Skidmore multiple times. Awards include residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, VCCA, and the MacDowell Colony. I attended the 2012 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as a Bernard O’Keefe scholar in nonfiction.
     My first work appeared in… more »

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Melisa Tien

NY, NY – Melisa’s plays have been developed and/or produced in New York City: We Play for the Gods (Cherry Lane), Jackson Heights 3AM (Queens Theatre), Refrain (Wild Project), Familium Vulgare (Rising Circle/Theatre Row, New Dramatists, Subjective/Under St. Marks Theatre), Underdogs and Hi-Profile (NY Madness/Primary Stages Studios), Daughter of Heaven (Theater for the New City, Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center), Ginger (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Secret Life of the Office Worker (Theater at Riverside Church), Yes, Madly (Second Stage), The Hiding Place (59E59), Azad Nazem [Free Verse] (Manhattan Rep), and Odyssey (The Tank/Collective Unconscious); in Garden City, NY: Hindsight (Adelphi… more »

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