October, 2015

Robert Costello, Sheree Renee Thomas, Jessica Sanders, Michele de la Vega, Becky Joye, Ian Gerson

Rob Costello

Ithaca, NY – Rob Costello writes fiction for and about young people. He holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His short fiction for adults has appeared in Narrative, Eclectica, and Pindeldyboz. He has lectured and/or led workshops on the craft of writing for young people at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Symposium at Simmons College, and the SpringWrites Literary Festival of the Finger Lakes. He also co-teaches the annual Whole Novel Writing Workshop at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. He… more »

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Michele de la Vega

Seattle, WA –Michelle’s work as multidisciplinary artist includes installation, sculpture and mixed media. Her visual art practice spans 24 years and a 19-year career as a dance and performance artist.  Michelle creates immersive environments that connect communities, illuminate voices and explore concepts that are personally and collectively relevant to the human experience. Her interest is in creating transformative experiences through the creative process and through exhibition, utilizing the devices of concept, relationship and thoughtful visual design. Michelle has developed a model that integrates specific community groups into the generative process of her installation projects, delving into authentic partnerships through creative… more »

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Ian Gerson

Far Rockaway, NY –Ian makes site-specific room-sized installations comprised of built structures, large paintings, and handmade and collected objects. Past projects include a temporary Travel Agency constructed in an empty Italian ice storefront in Williamsburg Brooklyn, a mock park ranger booth at a NYC public park, a museum dedicated to a forgotten history of Governors Island, and a recreation of the home and work of a fictional artist and sea-lover on Staten Island. Ian has shown throughout New York City, including the Bronx Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIR Gallery, LMCC’s Art Center on Governors Island, Tomato House, and the Newhouse… more »

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Becky Joye

Raleigh, NC – Becky Joye’s work captures the imaginative curiosity of childhood and the universal desire for escape, thrill, and play as an adult. She invites the viewer to pause and inhabit the magical moments of beauty and wonder found in the spaces of our imaginations. Becky was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from The University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2003. Now she enjoys escaping to an invented world of color, pattern, and impracticable structures. She has exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the Southeast and in 2013 was… more »

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Jessica Sanders

Los Angeles, CA – -3rd Place: Austin American Statesman Essay Scholarship Contest, 1st Place: Veterans of Foreign Wars Essay Contest, 3rd Place: University Interscholastic League Essay Contest, 1st Place: Fine Arts Festival Essay Scholarship Contest, Accepted to Act One Screenwriting Program / Graduate.

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Sheree Renee Thomas

Seattle, WA –  Sheree is the 2015 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College, where she is teaching a Writing the Marvelous Real / magical realism course. She is the author of Shotgun Lullabies: Stories & Poems (Aqueduct Press) and is the award-winning editor of the groundbreaking anthology, Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and its sequel, Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2001 and 2005 World Fantasy Awards). Sheree is an alumna of the Clarion West ’99 Science Fiction Writers Workshop in Seattle and has served… more »

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Anthony Tognazzini

Brooklyn, NY – Anthony’s recent work has appeared in Guernica, BOMB, Gigantic, Crazyhorse, Forklift Ohio, and TriQuarterly. His fiction collection, I Carry a Hammer in My Pocket for Occasions Such As These, is available from BOA Editions. He received a residency from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for summer 2014.

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