Aaron Haba, Sam Creely, Malika Booker, HeeKwang Kim, Valarie Van Styck, Aaron Jafferis

Malika Booker

London, UK – Malika Booker is a British writer, poet and multi-disciplinary artist of Guyanese and Grenadian Parentage. Her poems are widely published in anthologies and journals including: The African Caribbean Folio (RaedleafPoetry India, 2015), Bayou Magazine (Issue 60, 2013) Ten New Poets (Bloodaxe, 2010), The India International Journal 2005, The Penguin Anthology of Black British Writing (Penguin, 2000), and Bittersweet Contemporary Black Women’s Poetry (The Woman’s Press, 1998). She has represented British writing internationally, both independently and with The British Council in: Slovenia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Russia, and Azerbaijan and was Hampton Court Palace’s Writer in Residence in 2004…. more »

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Sam Creely

Brooklyn, NY – Sam is a writer and a theatre artist based in Brooklyn. He writes very short stories and every so often directs very long plays.

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Aaron Haba

Camano Island, WA – Born in NJ in 1967 Aaron grew up in a diverse family of artists, teachers and poets. The practice of exploring one’s creativity was part of daily life and a way to cope with the anxieties of the time; the end of the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the proliferation of nuclear arms and power. It was a time of protest marches, experimental theater and thought provoking exhibitions.The other side of his childhood was spent in rural northwest Washington, a world away from the chaos that was the NY metropolitan area at that time. Here he tended… more »

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Aaron Jafferis

New Haven, CT – “I am a hip-hop playwright. Honors include a Creative Capital Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Sundance Institute / Time Warner Fellowship, NEFA National Theatre Project Grant, two MacDowell Fellowships, Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, Barbour Playwright’s Award, NYMF Most Promising New Musical Award, and The Dramatist’s “50 To Watch.” Stuck Elevator (music by Byron Au Yong, direction by Chay Yew) premiered at the American Conservatory Theatre in 2013, where it won two San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, including best original musical, and was named “high point of the theatrical year” by the San… more »

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HeeKwang Kim

Namyangju, South Korea – HeeKwang was born in Seoul, South Korea. Staying in the USA from 2007 to 2015, she received her BFA Degree in Painting and Drawing from SUNY Purchase College in 2009 and completed MFA Studio Art Program at CUNY Hunter College last year. In the beginning of 2013, she had the Exchange Program of MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in London. While studying at Hunter College, she was awarded the Kossak Graduate Painting Grant and the Exchange Program Grant from the school. Currently she lives and works in South Korea.

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Valarie Van Styck

Whippany, NJ – “I grew up in Hawaii, until I was four, and still remember the light and the colors it produced. At which point we moved to Detroit, where I was raise amidst quite a different palette. Formalistically, contextually, as well as materialistically, this provided a rather interesting perspective.”

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