Contributors - S/S 2020
Calvin Baker is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Naming the New World, Once Two Heroes, Dominion and Grace. He has taught at Yale University, Columbia University, and the University of Leipzig, Germany. A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America is out today.
Wednesday Black is the author of the fabulist and somewhat erotic novella, “How to Train Your Virgin,” which was featured in The Guggenheim Museum’s After Dark Series, “Conversations with Artists and Writers” at which Wednesday was the first to ever read smut. She is the alter ego of Leia Menlove, whose non-erotic fiction, essays and poems have appeared in The Harvard Review, Fiction Magazine (CUNY), Catapult, Narratively, Guernica Arts and Letters, Joyland Magazine, and more.
Janet Bruesselbach was raised by scientists in California in the 1980s. She attended RISD for a BFA in Illustration (2006), and the New York Academy of Art for an MFA in figurative painting (2009). She operates from a position of comfortably privileged eccentricity in New York City.
Camille Claudel is a pen name. She is an American writer known for her short literary erotica. She lives in relative obscurity, gaining recognition for the originality and quality of her work. The subject of many dreams and nightmares, Claudel is known for her depiction of depraved but lovable characters in short stories such as The King and The Pet.
Douglas Anthony Cooper
Douglas Anthony Cooper is a Canadian novelist and photographer based in Italy. His writing and photography have appeared in New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, and the New York Times; and his travel photography was the subject of a feature in Photo District News. Cooper’s photo exhibition in Rome—to coincide with the Italian publication of his latest novel, Afasia—has been delayed by the virus. The work scheduled to be shown, “Selfies, Watermarks, Despair,” can be seen at www.dys.format.com.
Allison Grimaldi Donahue
Allison Grimaldi Donahue is the author of poetry collections On Endings (Delere Press) and Body to Mineral (Publication Studio Vancouver). Her translation of Vito Bonito’s Soffiati Via is forthcoming from Fomite Press. Her work has appeared in places like Words Without Borders, Tripwire, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, The Literary Review, FlashArt, Nero, and LARB. She is currently translating Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto. She teaches creative writing at John Cabot University in Rome.
Jingze Du (born 1995, Yantai, China) moved to Dublin when he was thirteen years old. He later earned his BA at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin (2017) and his MA from the Royal College of Art, London (2019). He had a solo exhibition at Sol Art Gallery, Dublin (2019) and has presented work in group exhibitions in London and Dublin since 2016. He has a current exhibition at Steve Turner Gallery in Los Angeles.
N.F Gregg is a writer who lives in Seattle.
Originally from Chicago, Clare Grill (born 1979) lives and works in Queens, NY. She received her MFA from the Pratt Institute in 2005, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her current show at Derek Eller Gallery can be viewed online through July 12.
Kelly Heaton (b. 1972) is a mixed media artist and engineer who believes that electricity is the most important creative medium of our time. Artist Statement: My practice deals with technology and nature. When COVID-19 sent humanity into quarantine, I was making sculptures and printed circuit tableaux involving electronic songbirds. For my Perroquets and Canaries series, I put birds in cages to express our collective isolation, restricted mobility, and diminished opportunity. We are living as caged birds, like canaries in the coal mine. I found suitable photographs from canary enthusiasts who breed for aesthetic perfection, and I was especially taken with a bent mutation variety that I used to depict possessiveness, bloodlines, and trauma, as seen in my image "YOUR.” The circuit diagrams that confine each bird are designs for functioning electronics, inspired by a decades-old schematic known as the canary doorbell. When electrified, these circuits produce strangely life-like sounds. In this video, you can listen to some of my songbird circuits that double as cages in this coronavirus series.
Todd Hido (born in Kent, Ohio, 1968) wanders endlessly, taking lengthy road trips in search of imagery that connects with his own memories. Through his unique landscape process and signature color palette, Hido alludes to the quiet and mysterious side of suburban America—where uniform communities provide for a stable façade—implying the instability that often lies behind the walls. His photographs are in many private and public collections, including the Getty, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art; MoMA: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Notably, Pier 24 Photography holds the archive of all his published works. He has published more than a dozen books, including the award-winning monographs by Nazraeli Press, House Hunting (2001) and Excerpts from Silver Meadows (2013), as well as the innovative B-Sides Box Set that function as a companion piece. His Aperture titles include Todd Hido on Landscapes, Interiors, and the Nude (2014), part of The Photography Workshop series, and the mid-career survey Intimate Distance: Twenty-Five Years of Photographs, A Chronological Album (2016). His latest book, Bright Black World, was released by Nazraeli in the Fall of 2018.
A former foreign service officer, Mark Jacobs has published 129 stories in magazines including The Atlantic, Playboy, The Baffler, The Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review. His story “How Birds Communicate” won The Iowa Review fiction prize. He has stories forthcoming in several magazines including The Hudson Review. His story “Dream State” won the Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Kafka Prize. His five books include A Handful of Kings, published by Simon and Shuster, and Stone Cowboy, by Soho Press, which won the Maria Thomas Award. His website can be found at www.markjacobsauthor.com. His stories, “Old School” and "Rent Check" have previously appeared in Evergreen.
Lisa Kereszi is a photographer whose work is in the collections of the Met, the Whitney, and the Getty, among many other museums. She shows at Yancey Richardson Gallery in NYC, and her books include Governors Island, Fantasies, Fun and Games, Joe’s Junk Yard, and an artist's book, The More I Learn About Women. She is based near New Haven, CT, where she teaches, parents and collects flotsam and jetsam along the shoreline.
Byron Kim, born in 1961, is a Senior Critic at Yale University. He received a BA from Yale University in 1983 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1986. Like the artists whom he admires, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and Agnes Martin, Byron Kim works in an area one might call the abstract sublime. His work sits at the threshold between abstraction and representation, between conceptualism and pure painting.
Hannah Lowe has published two full collections of poetry with Bloodaxe - Chick (2013) and Chan. In 2014, she was named as one of 20 Next Generation British poets. She has also published four chapbooks, most recently The Neighbourhood (2019), and a family memoir, Long Time No See (2015). The poems featured are from her forthcoming third collection, The Kids.
Medrie MacPhee was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and has resided in New York City since 1976. She received a B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited in over thirty solo and seventy group exhibitions, in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and is represented in various private and public collections in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including: the National Gallery of Canada; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Edmonton Art Gallery; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; and the Asheville Art Museum, NC. MacPhee is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Grant, The Anonymous was a Woman Grant, Pollock Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Grants, the Elizabeth Greenshields Award, and Canada Council Established-Artist Grants. In New York she is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. She is The Sherri Burt Hennessey Artist in Residence at Bard College.
Sue McNally is a painter living and working in Rhode Island and rural south east Utah. Spending much of her time exploring and examining natural and rural landscape, she makes paintings about the landscape. Sue has been traveling the United States by car two months of each year, since 1990, developing a direct and personal relationship with the American landscape. She is currently working on This Land Is My Land, 50 large scale paintings, each representing one of the 50 United States. Sue holds an M.F.A. from The Savannah College of Art and Design and has been a resident artist at McCanna House/North Dakota Museum of Art, Carrizozo AIR, Crater Lake National Park, Two Coats of Paint, Ucross Foundation, Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center. Collections include Tamarind Institute Archive, RISD Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Newport Art Museum, Wellington Management Corporate Art Collection, Fidelity Investment Corporate Collection and numerous private collections.
James Midgley has published poems in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Magma, Poetry Review, and The Rialto, and in a number of anthologies. In 2008 he received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors. He completed his PhD at the University of East Anglia in 2017.
John Paul Morabito
Transdisciplinary weaver John Paul Morabito engages queerness, ethnicity, and the sacred through the medium of tapestry reimagined in the digital age. They have exhibited internationally including the Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou City, China; CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA; Fresh Window Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Dorksy Gallery Curatorial Projects, Long Island City, NY; Document, Chicago, IL; The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, NC; and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI.
Yasmin Nair is a writer, academic, and activist based in Chicago, a co-founder of the radical queer editorial collective Against Equality, editor-at-large at Current Affairs and a member of Gender JUST Chicago. Her work can be found at yasminnair.net. Her Manifesto appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Evergreen.
Heather M. O'Brien
Heather M. O’Brien is an artist living and working in Beirut, Lebanon. She recieved an MFA from CalArts and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at The American University of Beirut. Her work has been exhibited at San Francisco Camerawork, The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine, Sursock Museum Beirut, The International Center of Photography, Photographic Center Northwest, and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Los Angeles, among others. She has been awarded residencies with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Marble House Project, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, and The Santa Fe Art Institute. Her practice aims to uncover how history and movement impact domestic imagination––what makes shelter, a home? O’Brien's upcoming book project, like the delayed rays of a star, aims to offer another gaze on Beirut and will be released later this year, published by Seaton Street Press and printed by Conveyor Studio.
Ju-Hyun Park is a writer of the Korean diaspora. They live in unceded Lenape lands called Brooklyn. Their work has previously appeared in The Fader, Public Radio International, and Out of Print.
James Reidel has published poems in many journals and has published two collections of verse. He is also the author of the biography of the American poet Weldon Kees, Vanishing Act (2003) and the forthcoming Manon’ World, about Manon Gropius, the daughter of Walter Gropius, Alma Mahler, and Franz Werfel.
Christian Roberts is a NY based poet & artist. He last published in the 1990s in magazines such as Free Lunch, Gas, and Blade in the UK, which was edited by the poet Jane Holland.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong was published by Eyewear in June 2015. His band Human Shields released the album "Somebody's Hometown" in 2015 and the EP "Défense de jouer" in 2016.
Gary J. Shipley
Gary J. Shipley is the author of ten books, most recently 30 Fake Beheadings, selected by Richard Siken for Spork Press. He has published in Gargoyle, Action Yes, Sleepingfish, The Black Herald, Funhouse, Lit Hub, Vice, and many others. More information can be found at Thek Prosthetics.
Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny. In 2015, she wrote the New York Times Opinion series Going Off. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, GQ, Playboy, Harper's, Washington Post, Esquire, Tin House Open Bar, Paris Review Daily, Wall Street Journal, Southern Review, Harper's Bazaar, BBC, and many other publications. She is the recipient of awards from A Room of Her Own Foundation, Yaddo, the Steinbeck Fellowship, and elsewhere.
Laurie Stone is author most recently of My Life as an Animal, Stories. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. She has published numerous stories in such publications as N + 1, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in "Novel: An Installation," writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory's gallery space. She is at work on Postcards from the Thing that is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives. Her website is: lauriestonewriter.com.
Karolina Ursula Urbaniak
Karolina Ursula Urbaniak is a multimedia artist and co-founder of Infinity Land Press. Urbaniak’s published works include Altered Balance – A Tribute to Coil, The Void Ratio and Death Mort Tod - A European Book of the Dead. Her recent multimedia projects include On The New Revelations of Being, an audio/visual installation inspired by the work of Antonin Artaud and film Sandmann, exhibited during The Uncanny: A Centenary at the Sigmund Freud Museum in 2019. She lives and works in London.
Visual artist Betsy Weis is based in New York City, but her work takes her to natural landscapes near and far in order to photograph weather, light, and other fundamental elements in nature. She has spent time in residency programs in Finland as well as Saginaw, Michigan, and exhibits her work in New York, California, and Europe. Her most recent exhibition was at Russell Janis in Brooklyn, NY.
Francine Wang lives in Singapore. Through the visual arts and writing, she explores the human experience, and the emotion that runs as its undercurrent.
Alexis N. Wright
Alexis N. Wright is a New York-based writer and alumnus of the hacker scene. Her work explores topics in technology, sexuality, and trauma.