Contributors - F/W 2022 - 2023
Indira A. Abiskaroon
Indira A. Abiskaroon is an art historian based in New York City, where she works as the Curatorial Assistant of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She is a first-generation American born to a Coptic-Egyptian father and an Indo-Guyanese mother. Abiskaroon lives in Manhattan with her partner and their dog.
Yasmeen Abdullah Ahmad
Yasmeen Abdullah Ahmad is a Sudanese artist based in Khartoum. She earned her BA in painting from the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the Sudan University of Science and Technology (SUST) in 2014. Inspired by the works of Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, her work explores emotional links between poetry and painting; her depictions of domesticity and the quotidian are infiltrated by the surreal and flooded by an overall atmosphere of otherworldliness. Yasmeen’s work has been shown at the Mojo Gallery in Khartoum and elsewhere.
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892–1927), born in Tokyo, Japan, was the author of more than 350 works of fiction and nonfiction, including Rashōmon, The Spider's Thread, Kappa, and In a Grove. Japan’s premier literary award for emerging writers, the Akutagawa Prize, is named after him.
Amber Atiya, a supportive housing and women’s rights advocate, is a multidisciplinary poet from Brooklyn. Dig on her poems in the Soul Sister Revue Poetry Compilation, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. Her visual and text-based art/objects have been exhibited at the Knockdown Center, Bessie’s Brooklyn, and Pace University. A 2021 recipient of the Oscar Williams and Gene Derwood Award, she is a member of a women of color arts collective celebrating twenty years in 2022. Her chapbook, the fierce bums of doo-wop, was published by Argos Books.
Larissa Babij is a Ukrainian-American writer, translator and movement artist based in Kyiv, Ukraine since 2005. Her writing has appeared in The Evergreen Review, the Odessa Review, Entropy, and other publications. She writes about life in Ukraine in the midst of war at a Kind of Refugee.
Richard Barnes is a New York–based artist and photographer. For his series “Murmur,” which he produced over the course of two years, he photographed hundreds of thousands of migrating starlings in the skies above Rome as they coalesced in formations known as murmurations. Barnes’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions that include the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh; Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI; and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. His photographs are held in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum in New York; SFMOMA; LACMA; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Barnes was the recipient of the Rome Prize in 2005, and in 2006 his work was featured in the Whitney Biennial and awarded the Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Photography. His monograph, Animal Logic, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009.
Mariam Bazeed is a multi–award winning Egyptian immigrant, poet, playwright, performance artist, stage actor, editor, educator, curator, and cook, living in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and pantry lists, their work across genres is published in print and online, and their plays have been performed in festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. Their first play, peace camp org, an autobiographical, queer, anti-Zionist musical(ish) comedy about summer camp, is published by Oberon Books, UK, and won the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award for creative promise in 2021. Mariam is currently at work on their third full-length play, faggy faafi Cairo boy, and on their debut novel, The Boy Made of Air. To procrastinate from facing the blank page, Mariam curates and runs a monthly(ish) world-music salon and open mic in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.
Braudie Blais-Billie is a Brooklyn-based writer hailing from the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Hollywood Reservation. She’s a second-year MFA candidate in fiction at Columbia University.
Luke Dani Blue
Luke Dani Blue’s stories have won awards from major literary magazines and been listed in The Best American Short Stories. Originally from Michigan, Luke (they/them) is a two-time college dropout with an MFA in fiction who resides most reliably on the internet. They are also an astrologer. This is their first book.
Los Angeles–based artist Diedrick Brackens (b. 1989, Mexia, TX) received a BFA from University of North Texas, Denton and an MFA from California College of the Arts, Oakland. He is best known for his woven works that explore allegory through autobiography, African American and queer identity, and American history. Drawing from African and African American literature, poetry, and folklore, he employs techniques from West Africa, the American South, and Europe to depict male tenderness while alluding to complicated histories of labor and migration. Diedrick has exhibited widely with solo exhibitions at the Mint Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art, New Museum, Ulrich Museum of Art, and Sewanee University Art Gallery.
Sarah Bridgins is the author of the poetry collection Death and Exes, winner of the Sexton Prize and published by Eyewear Books (2022). Her work has appeared in Tin House, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Joyland, Entropy, Fanzine, and Big Lucks, among other journals. She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the cofounder of the Ditmas Lit reading series in Brooklyn.
Gabe Brown holds a BFA from Cooper Union, was the recipient of a fellowship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her MFA in painting from the University of California, Davis. Brown was also a recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in painting, and a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award. She has been a Resident Fellow at the Saltonstall Foundation, Anderson Center at Tower View, and Women’s Studio Workshop. Her work has been exhibited nationally and is included in both public and private collections. She lives and paints on a farm in the Hudson Valley.
Nyame Oulynji Brown is an Afrofuturist artist working across a multitude of mediums. Brown received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Yale School of Art and Architecture. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, the Richard Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award, and a site-specific commission for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. He participated in Theaster Gates’s Black Artist Retreat in Chicago, and residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.
Holly Burdorff’s work recently appeared in Cherry Tree, DIAGRAM, Wax Nine, and Peatsmoke. She earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Alabama and currently lives near Cleveland.
Michelle Chen was born in Singapore and spent her early years in China before immigrating to New York City at the age of four. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Bat City Review, Rattle, and elsewhere, and she has attended Girls in Icy Fjords, the Juniper Institute for Young Writers, and the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio with the support of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She is currently a senior at Stony Brook University.
Ryan Choi is the author of the forthcoming books Three Demons: A Study on Sanki Saito’s Haiku and In Dreams: The Very Short Works of Ryunosuke Akutagawa. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper’s, the Nation, the New Criterion, the New Republic, and elsewhere. Choi lives in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, where he was born and raised.
Skye C. Cleary
Skye C. Cleary, PhD MBA is a philosopher and writer. She teaches at Columbia University and the City University of New York, and is the author of How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment, Existentialism and Romantic Love and co-editor of How to Live a Good Life. Cleary’s writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Aeon, The Times Literary Supplement, TED-Ed, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other outlets. She won the 2017 New Philosopher Writers’ Award and was a 2021 MacDowell Fellow. She is an Australian living in New York City.
Alexa is an adjunct and artist in Brooklyn interested in the occult, mysticism, Korean shamanism, the gelatinous, and sound (or) screaming with little regard for disciplinary borders. She has written on the impossibility of language in Asian American literature and late-Medieval mystical texts and continues this work refracted through a variety of sonic and textual approaches.
Laura Collins has earned a master of fine arts in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also holds a master of arts degree in new media and a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies from DePaul University. She earned a bachelor of fine and applied arts in painting from the University of Illinois.
Chris Costan has had solo exhibitions at Germans Van Eck Gallery, Windows on White Street, Avenue B Gallery, F.A.O. Gallery, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Arts (all in New York); Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA); and Peter Miller Gallery (Chicago). She has been awarded grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, NYFA, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in ARTnews, Artforum, Flash Art, New York magazine, and other publications. Costan lives in New York City and spends time in the Hudson Valley.
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs
Born in Wonju, Republic of Korea, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is the author of Interrogation Room (White Pine Press, 2018); Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press, 2007), winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize; and the chapbooks Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press, 2015) and Necro Citizens (German/English edition, hochroth Verlag, 2019). Interrogation Room received mention in the New York Times, was praised by World Literature Today for “a vigorous restlessness,” and won the Association of Asian American Studies Award in Creative Writing: Poetry. She also co-translates Sámi poetry with poet-scholar Johanna Domokos, and their translation of Niillas Holmberg’s Juolgevuođđu is forthcoming as Underfoot in fall 2022 from White Pine Press. Kwon Dobbs has received grants and awards for her writing, most recently a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship and a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and published work in Crazyhorse, the Massachusetts Review, Poetry International, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She is Professor of English at St. Olaf College and senior poetry editor at AGNI.
Marguerite Duras (1914–1996) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, and filmmaker, and a leading figure in postwar French arts and culture. She was born and came of age in French Indochina in what is now Saigon, and at seventeen went to her parents’ native France to study at the Sorbonne. Before long she became a fixture in the French Communist Party and active in the French Resistance; she remained committed to left-wing causes throughout her life. Duras’s career in the arts spanned nearly five decades, but was beset by troubles that plagued her from childhood: her father’s early death, the family’s impoverishment, domestic strife, and later in life, her notorious alcoholism. Her work, though often bleak and unsettling, is also characterized by delicacy, restraint, and a marked interest in human sexuality. The latter occasioned a sometime-sensationalism in the popular press, and never more so than with her 1984 Prix Goncourt–winning novel The Lover. Duras also courted controversy for her treatment of the aftermath of the nuclear bombs in the Academy Award–nominated screenplay for “Hiroshima mon amour” (1959). Such phenomena, however, stood in contrast to the work itself, which was hardly prurient: as her career developed, Duras’s style became increasingly abstract and experimental, celebrated as much for its mastery of dialogue as for what was left unsaid.
Rodney Ewing (b. 1964, Baton Rouge) received a BFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and an MFA from West Virginia University. Ewing is a grantee of the San Francisco Art Commission Individual Artist Grant (2016-2020). His multi-media works that re-examine human history, cultural conditions, and trauma, have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including at the University of San Francisco, at Rena Bransten Gallery, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Museum of Modern Art (all in San Francisco); Jack Shainman Gallery, NY; and The Drawing Center, NY.
Olia Fedorova (b. 1994, Kharkiv, Ukraine) is a conceptual artist working in performance, intervention, photography, video, and text. Since she graduated from Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts (KSADA) in 2016, she has been the recipient of awards at festivals that include Non Stop Media VIII, Kharkiv; Nathan Altman Contemporary Art competition, Vinnytsya (winner 2017); Young Ukrainian Artists (MUHi), Kyiv; and the Second Biennale of Young Art, Kharkiv, 2019. Olia has had solo exhibitions in Kharkiv, Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Turin (Italy), and participated in projects throughout Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Argentina, Japan, and the US. She currently lives and works in Graz, Austria.
Eduardo Halfon is the author of The Polish Boxer, Monastery, Mourning, and Canción. He is the recipient of the Guatemalan National Prize in Literature, Roger Caillois Prize, José María de Pereda Prize for the Short Novel, International Latino Book Award, and Edward Lewis Wallant Award, among other honors. A citizen of Guatemala and Spain, Halfon was born in Guatemala City, attended school in Florida and North Carolina, and has lived in Nebraska, Spain, Paris, and Berlin.
Nancy Hightower has taught Writing about Art at the University of Colorado, as well as Writing in the Art and Design Professions at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her photography has been published in Epiphany, Cobra Milk, and Cagibi. Her prints can be found at https://nancyhigh.picfair.com/
Yma Johnson is a first-generation Sierra Leonean immigrant who began her writing career in 1996 as a journalist and editor in Puerto Rico. She won first place in the 2012 Current Magazine Fiction Contest and was listed as an honorable mention in the 2014 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Contest. Her work was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Yma taught rhetoric and composition at Eastern Michigan University and co-facilitated an ongoing poetry workshop in a women’s prison. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmonauts Avenue and The St. Petersburg Review. Yma’s stories have also been anthologized in Cthulhu Lies Dreaming published by Ghostwoods Press (2016) and in the Experimental Encyclopedia, Vol. III, L–Z by Publication Studio House (2017). She earned an MA in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University in 2019 and was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Student in Creative Writing for her science fiction work-in-progress. In 2020, she was a semifinalist in the Sundress Publications Manuscript Contest.
George Kalogeris’s most recent book of poems is Winthropos (LSU, 2021). He is also the author of Guide to Greece (LSU); a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos; and poems based on the notebooks of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets. His poems and translations have been anthologized in Joining Music with Reason, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser, 2010). He is the winner of the James Dickey Poetry Prize.
Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion, the essay collection Brown Album, and the memoir Sick. A journalist and professor, she is a senior editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books and contributing editor for Evergreen.
Maddie Kim is a PhD student in English at UC Berkeley. Her writing has appeared in the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Journal, They Rise Like a Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets, and elsewhere.
Kiprop Kimutai is a Kenyan writer whose fiction has appeared in Kwani? Trust, Jalada, PBQ, No Tokens, Prufrock, Kachifo, New Internationalist and Acre Books. He was a 2019 Baldwin fellow and is currently writing his novel and a collection of stories set in Donholm, Nairobi. Find him on his Twitter handle: @Tirobon
Iryna Kostyshina is a visual artist, graphic designer and an author of critical articles based in Kyiv, Ukraine. She combines visual research and activism in her practice. Iryna’s texts have been published in Korydor, Dwutygodnik.PL, Telegraf.Design and Bird In Flight. She also worked as a volunteer translator for Euromaidan press in 2014.
>Nina Kuo creates artworks with fictional and historical references in an individual modern language. She works in painting, sculpture, multi-media, and montage and has been branching out in art installation, animation, videos, and book design.
Syowia Kyambi’s approach takes aim at the politics of the time and its legacy: what is remembered, what is archived, and how we may see the world anew. Syowia is the recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2017) and an Art in Global Health grant from the Wellcome Trust (United Kingdom, 2013). Her work is in the permanent collections of Kouvola Art Museum, Finland; the Sindika Dokolo Foundation; and the Nairobi National Museum (commission, 2007). She is represented in the Pavilion of Kenya at the 2022 Biennale di Venezia. Information about “Kaspale’s Archive Intrusion” can be found here.
Giancarlo Calaméo LaGuerta
Giancarlo Calaméo LaGuerta (b. 1993, Gaborone, Botswana) is a multidisciplinary self-taught artist who works primarily in portraiture. Employing abstraction and surrealism through photography, collage, drawing, and digital media, his subjects show pain through rage, sorrow, or hysteria. Giancarlo is based in Gaborone where he continues to hone his craft.
Lyne Lapointe was born in Montréal and lives and works in Mansonville, Québec. By the early 80’s, she was recognized as one of the most promising Canadian artists of her generation. From 1983 to 1994 she created a groundbreaking series of site-specific works with critic Martha Fleming, transforming abandoned spaces into ephemeral personal memoirs, culminating with a large-scale installation at the 22nd Bienal de São Paulo. Lapointe has shown at MoMA PS1; New Museum, NY; National Gallery of Canada; and had a mid-career survey at Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. Her work is in major collections, including Brown University Art Museum; MIT List Visual Arts Center; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; National Gallery of Canada; and Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec.
Oleksandr Lebediev (b.1976) is an artist, dancer, member of TanzLaboratorium, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. During the Russo-Ukrainian war (2014-ongoing) his interests have shifted from mainstream contemporary art to reflections on the Communist ideological foundations of the Ukrainian state and society.
Spencer Lee-Lenfield has previously published poetry and poetry translations in Guernica and Colorado Review, and is an assistant editor at The Yale Review.
Dong Li is a multilingual poet and translates from the Chinese, English, French, and German. His debut collection of poetry, The Orange Tree, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2023 as the inaugural winner of the Phoenix Emerging Poet Book Prize.
Elisa McAtee is a recent college graduate living in Los Angeles. She is half Korean. Her primary research interest is western classical reception in Asian American literature.
David Mills holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and NYU. He has published four collections: Boneyarn, The Dream Detective, The Sudden Country, and After Mistic. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Jubilat, Callaloo, the Common, Worcester Review, Taint Taint Taint, Rattapallax, and Fence. He has received fellowships from NYFA, Breadloaf, the Lannan Foundation, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Washington College, the American Antiquarian Society, and a Flushing Town Hall Grant. He lived in Langston Hughes’s landmark home and was a recipient of the Langston Hughes Society Award. He wrote the audio script for the Whitney Museum exhibition Reflections in Black:100 Years of Black Photography. The Juilliard School of Drama commissioned his play The Serpent and the Dove. He has recorded his poetry on ESPN and RCA Records, and had a poem displayed at the Venice Biennale.
Barbara Molinard (1921–1986) wrote and wrote, but published only one book in her lifetime. Everything she wrote, she immediately tore up; it was only through the relentless urging from her husband, the filmmaker Patrice Molinard, and her friend Marguerite Duras, that she finally handed over a single collection of stories, Viens, to Editions Mercure de France in 1969.
Julie Moon is a Korean writer, translator, and teacher. A graduate of Columbia University's MFA in nonfiction writing and literary translation, she has work in Public Books, Arkansas International, the Missouri Review, Catapult, and more. Her debut essay collection, Mouth Garden, was a semifinalist in the 2021 Essay Press Book Contest.
Jacob Nader is a visual artist and one-time novelist who holds an MFA in sculpture. He wrote his first book, A Lantern in the Shade, in just a few short weeks while living in the SWANA region—but the story languished in his head for umpteen years before. Jacob has collaborated internationally as an artist-in-residence with HANGAR Center of Artistic Research and La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón. His drawings have often been described as “idiosyncratic” and he still can’t decide if that’s a compliment or total dis. He continues to make them anyhow.
Chinonso Nzeh is Igbo, and his works have appeared in Isele Magazine, Black Boy Review, and elsewhere. He thinks of storytelling as a way to comprehend the world’s wonder. When he’s not writing, he’s reading or listening to old-skool music. He hopes to dump his law degree and become a writing professor.
Jacqueline Ogega, PhD. is the author of Home Is Us, a memoir that captures a stunning life story of overcoming adversity through personal agency and collective resilience. She is also the author of Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding, with Palgrave Macmillan. Senior Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) at World Vision, she leads a team of technical experts in GESI integration. She cofounded Mpanzi, a nonprofit organization that supports the empowerment of women and girls in rural villages in Kenya. Dr. Ogega earned her PhD in peace and conflict studies from the University of Bradford in the UK and holds an MA in gender and development studies and a BA in education. A survivor of gender-based violence, she believes in individual agency, societal resilience, and equity of systems as essential and achievable pathways to lasting, transformative change.
Bayo Ojikutu is a creative writer currently based in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed novels Free Burning and 47th Street Black. Ojikutu's work has been recognized by the Washington Prize for Fiction and the Pushcart Prize, among other notaries. His essays and short stories have been anthologized widely. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ojikutu has taught courses including creative writing, literature, film studies, and the business of publishing at DePaul University, the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, and other institutions for many years.
Amy Jean Porter
Amy Jean Porter is an artist and naturalist based in Connecticut. She is interested in how nature and its patterns influence and intercept daily life and human culture. Her drawings and installations have been shown in solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris, and featured in publications such as Cabinet, Lucky Peach, McSweeney's, and the Awl. She is the illustrator of the natural-history books Fungipedia, Florapedia, and Insectpedia (Princeton University Press).
Kevin C. Pyle
Kevin C. Pyle is the author/illustrator of numerous graphic novels and non-fiction comics. He also makes art, videos and performances that grow out of the practice of drawing and visual story-telling. Kevin is currently producing graphic essays, prose, and large drawings that explore the intersection of art, mortality, landscape and disappearance. His graphic essays can be seen frequently in the L.A. Times and World War 3 illustrated.
Emma Ramadan is a literary translator based in Providence, RI. She is the recipient of the PEN Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, an NEA Translation Fellowship, and a Fulbright. Her translations include Anne Garréta’s Sphinx, Virginie Despentes’s Pretty Things, and Abdellah Taïa’s A Country for Dying.
Amani Rohana has a MA degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in International Security and Diplomacy and a second MA in Cultural Anthropology from Haifa University.
Jason Schwartz was born in New York and lives in Florida. The author of John the Posthumous (OR Books, 2013) and A German Picturesque (Knopf, 1998), his work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, New York Tyrant, The Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Unsaid, and other publications.
Richard Schwamb, born in Santa Monica, California, lives and works in New York City. He attended UCLA and Art Center College in Los Angeles, and has exhibited at various locations around New York including ArtHelix, Fun, the Thermal Dynamic Reading Project at Tonic, and Jacobson Howard Gallery, where he participated in “Art Jam (Beautiful Burnout)”, a loose, international collaborative of members from Tomato, Underworld, and friends. His work has appeared in Idea Magazine (Japan) No. 337, “Tomato: Underworld ‘formgiving’,” a special issue by John Warwicker. His article “Fast Women” about Chicks on Speed (under the byline “William Tell”) appeared in ArtByte, July-August 2000.
Erik Sellstrom is a photographer living in Detroit. He began his photographic work in Toronto while pursuing a PhD in Eastern Christian studies at Trinity College of the University of Toronto in 2016. Erik holds an MA in Irish history from the Queen’s University of Belfast. Erik is active in Detroit’s film photography community and leads workshops teaching the art of street photography.
Fatma Shanan (b. 1986) was born and raised in Julis, a Druze village in Northern Israel. Her paintings are based on scenes she stages with people and objects from her own life. Shanan was awarded the 2016 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative Realist Art by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, followed by a solo exhibition. She has exhibited her work at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy; the Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem; the Israel Museum; Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris; Art Cologne; and the Armory Show, NY. Shanan lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Coyote Shook is a cartoonist and PhD student in American studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where they use comics to examine intersections of critical disability studies and the environment. Their creative work seeks to use speculative nonfiction as a crip storytelling method. They received their MA in gender studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and their MS in education at Fordham University.
Judith Simonian has shown her work at venues that include the New Museum, NY; MoMA PS1, NY; San Francisco Museum of Art; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Her work is in the permanent collections of Kaufman & Broad S.A., Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Orange County Museum of Art; Fresno Art Museum; Hammer Museum, LA; among others. Her twelve-year survey exhibition is on view at 1 GAP Gallery, Brooklyn, NY through January 9, 2023.
After dropping out of Rhode Island School of Design at age nineteen, Julie Speed (b. 1951, Chicago) spent her twenties moving around the U.S. and Canada working pick-up jobs (house painter, horse trainer, ad writer, farm worker, etc.) until moving to Texas in 1978, where she settled down and taught herself to paint. In 2006, she moved to Marfa, where, in her words, “I keep hours just like a real job, only longer, and in my spare time I drink tequila and garden.”
Kali Spitzer is a photographer of the Kaska Dena, Daylu, from the Kaska Territory, Yukon. She studied photography at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Santa Fe Community College. Her work has been exhibited widely, most recently at National Geographic Museum and the Heard Museum, and embraces the stories of contemporary BIPOC, queer, and trans bodies. Her collaborative process is informed by the desire to rewrite the visual histories of Indigenous bodies beyond a colonial lens. Kali is a recipient of a 2017 REVEAL Indigenous Art Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
Whiting Tennis was born in Hampton, Virginia, the second son of an Episcopalian Minister. He was raised in Buffalo and attended high school and college in Seattle, earning a BFA from the University of Washington. He lived in New York City from 1990 to 2004, before returning to the Northwest. He has received various national art-making awards and has work in several American collegiate museum collections. He is currently represented by Derek Eller, NYC, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, and Russo Lee in Portland, OR.
KimSu Theiler is a visual artist based in New York City. She has exhibited film, video, and media installation work internationally including the Rotterdam Film Festival (Netherlands), Gwangju Biennial (Korea), Museum of Modern Art (United States), and the Toronto Film Festival (Canada). She has received grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York State Council on the Arts Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds, the John Cage Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, the Jack Smith Artist Award and the F/VA Artist Mentor Project Grant. Her artist residencies include the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea) and The Art Studios at Rådhuset-Oslo (Norway).
Rebecca Weisman is a US-based conceptual artist working at the intersection of moving image and sculpture. Her work explores memory, reenactment, and the real, as well as the body and its messy relationship to the unconscious. She has twenty years of experience producing time-based installations and films in unlikely locations as well as for more traditional gallery settings. She has shown work nationally and internationally, published articles on art and philosophy, and taught courses in video art, installation, and conceptual art. She holds a BA from Reed College and an MFA from Goddard College. She lives and works in Vermont.
Cassandra Whitaker (they/them) is a trans writer from rural Virginia. Their work has been published in the Comstock Review, Barrelhouse, the Rumpus, Fourteen Hills, Kitchen Table Quarterly, the Daily Drunk, and the Little Patuxent Review, among other places. They are a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
David Wills is the author of books on William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Hunter S. Thompson. He has written for Lit Hub, Quillette, Salon, and The Millions, as well as the US Library of Congress, the Dutch government, and the Allen Ginsberg Estate.
Mie Yim (b. 1963, S. Korea) received a BFA in painting from Philadelphia College of Art and spent a year studying abroad at Tyler School of Art, Rome. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Brattleboro Museum; Villa Magdalena (San Sebastian, Spain); Lehmann Maupin, NY; Michael Steinberg Gallery, NY; and Gallery in Arco (Turin, Italy). Her work has been exhibited in group shows at the Drawing Center; Feature; Ise Cultural Foundation; Mitchell Algus Gallery; BRIC; Mark Borghi Gallery (all in New York); Weatherspoon Art Museum; Marcia Wood Gallery (Atlanta); and the Arts Center at Western Connecticut University. Mie is a recipient of grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Artist in the Market Place, Bronx Museum. She lives and paints in New York.
Ecem Yucel (she/her) is an Ottawa-based Turkish writer, poet, and PhD candidate in translation studies. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Salamander Magazine, Stanchion, Idle Ink, Kissing Dynamite, Autofocus, The Daily Drunk, Celestite Poetry, Selcouth Station, and more. Find her at www.ecemyucel.com or on Twitter @TheEcemYucel.
Mykhailo Ziatin, Ukrainian philosopher. Born in 1983 in Kropivnytsky, Ukraine (former Kirovograd, USSR). Was engaged into Russian literature during 2000’s: poems and novels published in magazines Babylon (Moscow, Russia), Vosdukh (Moscow, Russia), Union of Writers (Kharkiv, Ukraine). Currently is an independent researcher and public educator (public study group “Math Without End”, Kyiv, Ukraine). Main research interests: philosophy of politics and history, origins and political dimension of logic.