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November, 2013

Chris Robinson, Cathy Earnst, Denise Kumani, Shruti Swamy, Thomas Cummins, Jackie Branson, Margaret Whithers

Jackie Branson

Pawling, NY – Jackie Branson holds a BFA from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied printmaking and drawing, and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied printmaking, digital media, and sculpture. She has studied art at the Instituto Internazionale dell Arte in the city of Perugia, located in central Italy, and studied advanced digital media at the Gnomon School in Hollywood, California. She has held artist’s scholarships at the Chautauqua Institute and the Vermont Studio Center and fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sculpture Space and the Millay Colony.  Her work has… more »

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Thomas Cummins

San Antonio, TX – Thomas is a photographer and painter based out of his hometown of San Antonio, Texas. His photographs of architecture capture vast empty spaces and disclose how individuals define themselves throughout surrounding social structures. After receiving his Masters of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography and Critical Theory, Mr. Cummins returned to his hometown to work on large format lightbox photography with a grant from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. He has also received grants and fellowships from ArtPace, the Cultural Collaborative, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Byrdcliffe, Baie Sainte-Marie Residency, the Pollock-Krasner… more »

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Cathy Earnst

Chicago, IL – “My plays include ANOTHER BONE, “Disappearing,” SIGHTINGS OF SADAAM, THE MONEY MUSICAL (book, lyrics, & music). In September, I will be Artist-in-Residence at The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony working on RICH LIKE ME, a play that takes place in Chicago in the 1890s. I earned an MA at The Writers’ Program, from The University of Illinois Chicago. I am a Senior Network Playwright for 2012 and 2013 at Chicago Dramatists and the 2013 Emerging Playwright at Triton College in River Grove, IL.”

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Denis Kumani Gantt

Joppa, MD – Denise’s plays and performance pieces include meditations/from the ash, winner of the Artscape 1997 Best Play Contest and voted Best New Play by the Baltimore Alternative; Three Stories to the Ground, written with Gabriel Shanks and winner of the Theatre Project Outstanding Vision In Theatre Award; anatomy/lessons selected as part of Penumbra Theater’s Cornerstone Project; Communion written with actress Vanessa Thomas for Washington, DC’s Horizons Theater, Testament, a play inspired by Antigone performed by the Village of Arts and Humanities in 2006; and the work-in-progress, The Gift, which received a staged reading as part of ACT’s Central… more »

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Chris Robinson

Federal Way, WA – Chris is a writer, teacher and translator currently living in the wind. He earned his MA in poetry from Boston University and his MFA from Hunter College. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Night Train, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Branch Magazine, Chiron Review, Umbrella Factory, McSweeney’s Online, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Sante Fe Art Institute, the Djerassi Resident Artist program, the Lanesboro Arts Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has been a finalist for numerous prizes,… more »

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Shruti Swamy

San Francisco, CA – Shruti Swamy lives and writes in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. Her work has been published in Black Warrior Review, New American Writing, The Kartika Review, and elsewhere. In 2012, she completed her M.F.A in Fiction at San Francisco State, was named Vassar College’s 50th W.K. Rose Fellow in the Creative Arts. 

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Margaret Withers

Brooklyn, NY – Margaret was born in Austin, Texas in 1965. Her father worked in the oil industry and because of the nature of the work they moved frequently, Withers’ dealt with this constant change by casting herself as both playwright and lead actor in countless fictions. She attended Texas A&M University where she received a BA in Literature. She moved to Colorado in 1991 and worked primarily in hand-built porcelain. In 1998 she started a series of mixed-media oil paintings with cast porcelain heads pushed into the canvas. In 2004 she attended CU Boulder’s MFA program but did not… more »

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