Sunnyside, NY – Irina Arnaut is an artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Her films feature women engaged in fantastical situations and bizarre relationships, with a bent toward physical comedy. Her experimental narrative films are strongly influenced by performance and video art as well as contemporary dance and theater. She received her MFA from Bard College in 2012. Arnaut has exhibited widely in New York and throughout the United States, and her work has been highlighted in Art F City, The White Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Contemporary Art Daily.
Orlando Jacinto Garcia
Miami, FL – Through more than one hundred and fifty works composed for a wide range of performance genres, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and cultural institutions including the Rockefeller,… more »
Brooklyn, NY – Mark Labowskie received his MFA in fiction from Rutgers-Newark in 2013. His first published story recently appeared in Sou’wester and another one is forthcoming in Fence. He received first place in the 2014 Summer Literary Seminars fiction contest, judged by Aimee Bender, and will receive a full scholarship to SLS’s Nairobi conference. In the fall, he will begin a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He is an extremely recent transplant to the Bay Area.
Roanoke, VA – Jeanne Larsen’s three novels, Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, and Manchu Palaces were all re-issued in 2009. Her e-novel Sally Paradiso came out in 2009 and her latest book, Why We Make Gardens (& Other Poems), was published in fall of 2010. Her first collection, James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita: a Book of Poems, was the winner of the annual AWP awards series. She has also published two books of translations, Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women’s Poems from Tang China, and Brocade River Poems: Selected Works of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao; 36 new translations… more »
Brooklyn, NY – “I have recently received residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park as a Jerome Fellow, the Artplace America Environmental Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Visual Art, the Taliesin Artist in Residency Program, and at the Blue Mountain Center. Internationally I have had residencies with the NKA Foundation in Abetenim, Ghana, and the ARTerial Network in Bamako, Mali. I received a grant from the Awesome Foundation NYC, and have exhibited in numerous group shows in Brooklyn, NY, where I am based.”
Normandy Raven Sherwood
Brooklyn, NY – Normandy 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 –… more »