St. Louis, MI (1st session)-Brian lives and writes in St. Louis, Missouri, a few miles south of where the Missouri and Mississippi rivers collide. He is co-founder of the Sergio González Rodríguez School for Meta-Poetic Discourse, and sold his first poem, “The Theology of Mirror Vendors”, to a wealthy friend for a million dollars. He is a former Breadloaf Scholar and happy member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. His less expensive work has appeared in Ninth Letter, Denver Quarterly, Cimmaron Review, Western Humanities Review, River Styx, Southern Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Black Dirt, New Haven Review, UCity… more »
Minneapolis, MN (2nd session)- Sam is a Minneapolis based guitarist, performer, composer, and teacher. His works have been performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Duo Gelland, Christina Baldwin, Lara Bolton, Benjamin Cold, Lux String Quartet, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Contemporary Music Workshop, the Anaphora Ensemble, and many others. He has received numerous commissions to compose new works for Ed Harrison of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Maraca Concerto), Duo Gelland (Resistance/Resonance), the Fidelio Trio (Trio), Harper College (Spring Dirge), Benjamin Cold (flux-mirror), and the Anaphora Contemporary Ensemble (String Quartet No. 1). He participated in the… more »
Judith G. Levy
Lawrence, KS (1st session)– “I am a multidisciplinary artist, whose work explores history, culture and identity. I create videos, installations, two-dimensional work, public art and performance. My work blends fiction and fact to explore how formal and informal histories create understandings of both the past and the present. Humor and research are important aspects of my work, as I investigate omissions, fabrications and what exists in between-the-lines to confront challenging subjects such as racism, immigration, the treatment of native populations and LGBTQI issues in the context of American history and culture.
My work has been presented in… more »
St. Davids, PA – I am the author of The Playgroup (part of the Gemma Open Door novella series to promote adult literacy), the novel My Life as a Girl (Random House), and numerous short stories, reviews, articles and essays that have appeared most recently in Creative Nonfiction, Cleaver, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I’ve twice been named a Discipline Winner in Fiction by the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, and have been awarded a fiction fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. My essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and selected as contest finalists by Narrative, Fourth… more »
Joanne B Mulcahy
Portland, OR (2nd session)- For over two decades, I’ve documented and written about women’s lives while mining the truth of my own. Two biographies, Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island and Remedios: the Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz, trace the lives of indigenous women from Alaska and Mexico, respectively. My essays, which explore the meaning of stories, cross-cultural issues, and the legacy of Catholicism, appear in numerous journals and anthologies. These include The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West, Resurrecting Grace: Remembering Catholic Childhoods, and These United States. I’ve received fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar… more »
Totowa, NJ – After completing an M.A. in political economy Ed Peters became a photographer. At first he worked as a freelancer and staff photographer for various publications, but in 1990 he relocated to Asia. While living there he photographed the plight of Burmese refugees and the pro democracy movement in Nepal. After returning to the United States he joined the photo agency, Impact Visuals. During the next several years he photographed various subjects. These include: famine in Somalia, war in Croatia , and the continuing AIDs crisis. It was also during this period that his work appeared in many… more »
Ridgewood, NY (1st session)– “I graduated from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a BFA after being awarded a partial merit scholarship and the Drawing Breath Award. In 2008 I was selected to attend the New York Studio Program, operated by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design. In the past couple of years I participated in group shows at Family Business (Don’t Be a Ham) and Con Artist ( Slap: Adhesives & Egos.) I was included in a book published by Exhumed Books and the accompanying book for the exhibition at Con Artist.”
Erin Kate Ryan
Minneapolis, MN – Erin Kate Ryan’s fiction has been published by Glimmer Train, Conjunctions, and A cappella Zoo, and is forthcoming from Hayden’s Ferry Review. She’s received scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Edward Albee Foundation, and Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, among others. She’s been named a winner, finalist, or short-lister for a bunch of other stuff that doesn’t matter so much since competition is anathema to art-making anyhow.
Brooklyn, NY (2nd session)- Through a combination of sculpture, drawing and photography, my work explores the cognitive gap between understandability and believability. I use silhouettes and shadow play as a means to create figurative abstractions.
Artworks have been shown in New York City, Montreal, Japan and St. James Trinidad.