Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi poet, novelist, translator, and scholar. He has published four novels and two collections of poetry. His translations include the works of Mahmoud Darwish, Saadi Youssef, and Sargon Boulous. He is associate professor of Arabic Literature at New York University.
Ibtisam Azem is a Palestinian short story writer, novelist, and journalist, based in New York. She has published two novels in Arabic, The Sleep Thief and The Book of Disappearance, which was translated into English and published by Syracuse University Press in 2019. She is a senior correspondent for Al-Araby Al-Jadeed daily at the United Nations in New York.
Tara Bergin was born and grew up in Co. Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of two books published by Carcanet Press, This is Yarrow (2013) and The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx (2017), which was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Tara lectures part-time at Newcastle University (U.K).
Caroline Caldwell is a Brooklyn based artist, writer and curator who co-founded Art in Ad Places, a guerilla project that replaces public advertisements with artwork. Caroline has assisted some of the world's top street artists, including Swoon, Faile, Martha Cooper, Beau Stanton, and many more. She made her curatorial debut last summer with “Blood Money,” a show that showcased visual art by sex workers hung through bondage on their actual clients.
Paul Chan was born in Hong Kong and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and an MFA from Bard College in 2002. From the outset of his career, Chan has worked simultaneously as a political activist and an artist. He is known for varied practices that range from animated video projections to charcoal drawings, public performances, and haunting pneumatic sculptures—and for founding the experimental publishing house Badlands Unlimited in 2010.
Lonely Christopher is the author of the poetry collections Death & Disaster Series, The Resignation, and In a January Would (forthcoming 2020 from Roof Books). He also wrote the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse and the novel THERE. His plays have been presented in Canada, China, and the United States. His film credits include several international shorts and the feature MOM, which he wrote and directed. He works for homeless queer youth and lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at lonelychristopher.com.
Lionel Cruet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and lives and works between New York and San Juan. He uses multiple mediums, including experimental digital printing processes, performance and audiovisual installations to confront issues of economics, geopolitics and technology. His works have been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Everson Museum of Art Syracuse, NY, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, and Universidad de Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico.
Elizabeth Duffy is a visual artist who is currently working on a project unbraiding colonial rugs. Her installations explore place and its particularities by revealing embedded patterns and histories. As stages for controllable worlds, her installations fuse patterns of security with imagery from our surveillance culture. The banality of waiting rooms and furniture showrooms and the mythic intimacy of historic house museums inform her works. Duffy has exhibited widely including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the RISD Museum and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art.
Joy Episalla is a New York based interdisciplinary artist whose work pushes photography and the moving image into the territory of sculpture. Since the 1980s, Episalla has exhibited widely in the United States and in Europe including solo exhibitions at Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris; International Center of Photography, New York; Participant, Inc., New York, among others. Group exhibitions include Beeler Gallery Columbus College of Art; Greater New York, MoMA/PS1; Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris, Centrale for Contemporary Art Belgium, Artists Space, New York; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. She is the recipient of a 2003 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Episalla is a founding member of the queer art collective fierce pussy. This past fall her work was included in arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified: Chapter Five at the ICA in Philadelphia. In October 2020, Episalla’s work will be included in exhibitions at Centre Pompidou and Praz-Delavallade in Paris.
José García Escobar
José García Escobar is a journalist, fiction writer, translator, and former Fulbright scholar from Guatemala. He got his MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. His writing has appeared in The Evergreen Review, Guernica, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He’s Asymptote’s Editor-at-Large for the Central American region. He currently works as a journalist in Agencia Ocote. His story, “Tio Jorge,” appears in the Winter 2017 issue of Evergreen.
Belén Fernández, a contributing editor at Jacobin, graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. She frequently writes for Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, and Jacobin, and is the author of Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World, and The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work.
Cat Fitzpatrick is the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers University- Newark. She wrote the book of poems Glamourpuss (Topside Press), a poem from which was nominated for a Pushcart prize, and co-edited the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Transgender Writers, which won the ALA Stonewall award for Literature. She is currently working on a verse novel in Onegin stanzas about trans women in Brooklyn making terrible choices. This is a topic she knows a fair bit about.
Suzanne Gardinier is the author of 12 books, including post recently Amérika: The Post-Election Malas (2017) & Notes from Havana (2016). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Manhattan. www.fruitfulplace.com
Joy Garnett is an artist in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been shown at the FLAG Art Foundation, MoMA–PS1, the James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She is working on The Bee Kingdom, an illustrated family memoir of Egypt. She is the art editor of Evergreen.
Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, composer, performer, singer, writer, educator and advocate who has lived in New York for over twenty years. He is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. His work has been presented in venues and festival such as Festival D’Automne, Centre National du Danse, Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz, Fringe Arts, Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, TBA/PICA, MCA Chicago, American Realness, the Chocolate Factory and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, a Foundation for Contemporary Art award and four NY Dance and Performance Bessies. Recent work includes This Bridge Called My Ass, a group piece that bends tropes of Latinidad, Cela nous concerne tous (This concerns all of us), a commission for Ballet de Lorraine, and the solo Unsustainable Solutions: Duet with my Dead Dad. He performs SADONNA, where he turns Madonna’s upbeat songs into sad anthems. He runs LANDING, an educational initiative at Gibney. His book, When You Rise Up, is available from 53rd State Press and his essay, “Does abstraction belong to white people,” was published by BOMB online. He is a Feldenkrais Method practitioner. www.miguelgutierrez.org
Alle C. Hall
Alle C. Hall’s work appears in Tupelo Quarterly, Creative Nonfiction Magazine, Brevity (blog), Lite
Claim to fame: interviewed Leonard Nimoy. “He was a bit of a pill; disappointing.”
David Humphrey is a New York artist who has shown nationally and internationally. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize among other awards. An anthology of his art writing, Blind Handshake, was published by Periscope Publishing in 2010. He teaches in the MFA program at Columbia and is represented by the Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, NY.
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 story, “Old School,” appears in the 2018 issue of Evergreen.
William Jamieson is a PhD candidate in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. His work is concerned with the integration of political geography and literary theory through critical creative writing methods to enhance our understanding of how space is ‘read’ and ‘written’ by capital. His project concerns dynamics of land reclamation in Singapore and sand extraction across Southeast Asia. His fiction has appeared in Ambit, and his writing has appeared in Failed Architecture. His fiction pamphlet, Thirst for Sand, was published by Goldsmiths Press.
George Kalogeris’s most recent book of poems is Guide to Greece, (Louisiana State University, 2018). He is also the author of a book of paired poems in translation, Dialogos (Antilever, 2012), and of a book of poems based on the notebooks of Albert Camus, Camus: Carnets (Pressed Wafer, 2006). His poems and translations have been anthologized in Joining Music with Reason, chosen by Christopher Ricks (Waywiser, 2010). He is the recipient of the James Dickey Prize for Poetry. He teaches English Literature and Classics in Translation at Suffolk University.
Tunisian-born, US-based documentary photographer Amira Karaoud is a graduate of the Visual Journalism and Documentary Practice program at the International Center of Photography in New York City. Her work focuses on human rights issues, particularly women’s rights. Karaoud photographed are the 2011 Tunisian Revolution (also known as the Jasmine Revolution), and the Libyan refugee crisis. Her latest work revolves around Arab women and the question of identity in the Diaspora.
Charles Lim Yi Yong
Charles Lim Yi Yong (b 1973, Singapore) studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London. A former competitive sailor, Lim's practice stems from his bodily engagement with the natural world, mediated and informed by field research and experimentation in various media. Since 2005 he has developed a body of work entitled SEA STATE that explores Singapore's political, biophysical and psychic contours through the visible and invisible lenses of the sea. Lim has participated in numerous institutional and international exhibitions, including Documenta 11, Manifesta, Shanghai Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Aichi Triennale, EVA international and the Singapore Biennale. In 2015 Charles represented Singapore in the Venice Biennale. His film works have travelled to Rotterdam, Beijing, Tribeca, The Lincoln Centre and notably won a "Special Mention" award at the Venice Film Festival. Charles is married to filmmaker Li Lin Wee and windsurfs and SUPs in his spare time.
Brooklyn artist and writer Shelley Marlow received an Acker Award for Excellence in Avant-Garde Writing for her novel Two Augusts In a Row In a Row, (Publication Studio 2015; 2017), which, in a review for BOMB Magazine, Kevin Killian called “a book in which ‘magick’ works in oracular turns... a bildungsroman, an anecdotal history of both performance art and recent pathways of gender subversion, it’s travel writing, porn, commedia dell’arte, epic poetry, postmodernism à la Bertha Harris’s Lover, etiquette guide, closet drama, reportage. And it has that strangely old-fashioned thing—charm, a spell.” Marlow’s ink-on-rice paper drawings are from a series that navigates her journey through aggression, trauma, absence, and longing. Her series of melted watercolor pieces are drawn from her first novel, Lesbians of Arabia.
Alexandra O'Hara is a writer from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. She’s written for Aurore Magazine and currently lives in Brooklyn.
R. Orion Martin
R. Orion Martin is a Brooklyn-based translator and writer, and the founder of the comics publisher Paradise Systems.
Brontez Purnell hails from Triana, Alabama, and has been publishing, performing, and curating in the San Francisco Bay Area for over seventeen years. He is the creator of the fanzine, Fag School, frontman for the band the Younger Lovers, the founder and choreographer of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, and was a dancer for the Oakland-based electroclash band, Gravy Train!!!!. He is the author of The Cruising Diaries (2014), Johnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger (2015), and the Whiting Award winning novel Since I Laid My Burden Down (2017).
Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE, one of Singapore’s most recognized theater companies. He was also an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra, a Malay-language theater company, as well as an Associate Playwright with The Necessary Stage. His published works include three collections of poetry, One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia and The Invisible Manuscript, a collection of short stories, Corridor, a collection of flash fiction, Malay Sketches, two collections of plays as well as the published play Cooling Off Day. He has also translated two novels, The Tower by Isa Kamari and The Widower by Mohamed Latiff, Mohamed from Malay into English.
Ann Shelton (MFA, UBC, Canada) was born in New Zealand. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki hosted Shelton’s mid-career review exhibition Dark Matter: Ann Shelton (Nov 2016), curated by Zara Stanhope (now QUGOMA) and toured the exhibition to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (Dec 2017). In April 2019, Shelton presented the project jane says in New York, her first solo exhibition in the US, at Denny Dimin Gallery in Tribeca. Shelton’s work has been shown widely internationally and extensively throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Her works are included in numerous public and private collections throughout Aotearoa and the US. Shelton is outgoing Associate Professor in Photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, and as of November 2019 becomes an Honorary Research Fellow, focusing on her artistic practice full-time.
Bishakh’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, We're Still Here (The first all-trans comics anthology), The Other Side: An Anthology of Queer Paranormal Romance Comics, Beyond, vol. 2 (The Queer Post-Apocalyptic & Urban Fantasy Comics Anthology), The Strumpet, The Boston Review, Black Warrior Review, VICE, The Brooklyn Rail, Buzzfeed, Ink Brick, The Huffington Post, The Graphic Canon vol. 3 and Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream. She received the Xeric grant in 2003 for her comics collection Angel. Her debut graphic novel Apsara Engine is out in April 2020 from The Feminist Press and her graphic memoir Spellbound will be published by Street Noise Books in August 2020.
Laurie Stone is author of five books, most recently Everything is Personal, Notes on Now (Scuppernong Editions, January 2020) and My Life as an Animal, Stories (Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Press, 2016). 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, Waxwing, Tin House, Electric Lit, Fence, Open City, Your impossible Voice, and Creative Nonfiction. Her next book will be Postcards from the Thing that is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives.
Alan Turnbull trained at Newcastle University and Chelsea School of Art. He works principally in painting, printmaking, often making use of literary themes. He has exhibited work in London, St Petersburg, Atlanta, Budapest and a number of other European cities. The starting points for the painting Marat/Sade were monochrome photographs from various theatrical performances of the play along with a reading of a translation of Peter Weiss’s text.
Natascha Elena Uhlmann
Natascha Elena Uhlmann is a writer and immigrant rights activist from Sonora, Mexico. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Truthout, ReWire.News, and Teen Vogue. She is also the editor and translator of President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s book, A New Hope for Mexico.
Larry Weisman writes in Hebrew and English. He has published two books of poetry. Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1959, he immigrated with his family to Israel at the age of 7. He lives with his wife and two children in Ramat Gan, and works as an architect.
Zhai Yanjun leads a leisurely life on the outskirts of a small city, and supports himself by drawing.