Contributors - F/W 2021
Doreen Baingana’s story collection, Tropical Fish, won the AWP Grace Paley Short Fiction Prize in 2003 and the Commonwealth First Book Prize, Africa Region in 2006. Two stories in it were finalists for the Caine Prize, and the title story has been performed several times in Kampala, Uganda, and at the AfriCologne Theatre Festival. Other awards include a Miles Morland Scholarship for African Writers in 2014, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency in 2017, and in 2021, a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a 3rd nomination for the Caine Prize. She has also published two children’s books, as well as fiction and essays in journals including Agni, African American Review, Callaloo, Chelsea, Glimmer Train, The Guardian, UK, Transition, Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Chimurenga, Kwani? and Ibua. She co-founded and runs the Mawazo Africa Writing Institute, based in Entebbe, Uganda.
Chris Campanioni is the author of A and B and Also Nothing (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2020), a re-writing of Henry James’s The American and Gertrude Stein’s "Americans," which merges theory, fiction, and autobiography. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize and an International Latino Book Award. Recent work has appeared in BOMB, Catapult, Denver Quarterly, American Poetry Review, and Nat. Brut, and has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese.
Comfort Cat resides on Staten Island with their cat, Jack. They have what they lovingly refer to as a "macaroni necklace" of a career, which consists of teaching private music lessons, writing and performing original songs, playing various instruments with friends, cat sitting, and delivering packages. She alternates between they, she, and it, depending on mood. You can support Comfort Cat's art on Patreon by going to patreon.com/comfortcat and/or sign up to her list at tinyletter.com/comfortcat.
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is yhchang.com is Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge. In July 2021, a show of their work opened at Tate Modern, London. In November 2021, for the opening of M+ Hong Kong, they’re presenting a major project, CRUCIFIED TVS.
Sergio Chejfec is an Argentine writer of narrative and essays who lives in New York City. He teaches at NYU in the Creative Writing in Spanish MFA Program. He has published several books, including novels, essays, and short stories. Some of them have been translated Into English: Notes toward a Pamphlet, Ugly Duckling Presse, New York, 2020; The Incompletes, Open Letter, Rochester, 2019; Baroni, A Journey, Almost Island, New Delhi, 2017; The Dark, Open Letter, 2013; The Planets, 2012; My Two Worlds, Open Letter, 2011.
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.
William Downs (born Greenville, SC) has had recent solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia in Atlanta, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Derek Eller Gallery, NY. His work was featured in the 2021 Atlanta Biennial at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Albany Museum in Albany, GA and The African American Museum of Art in Philadelphia. He is a recipient of the MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant (2019) and Artadia Award (2018).
Cat Fitzpatrick is the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers University- Newark and the Editrix at LittlePuss Press. She wrote the book of poems Glamourpuss (Topside Press) and co-edited the anthology Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction & Fantasy from Transgender Writers, which won the ALA Stonewall award for Literature. Her verse novel The Call-Out is forthcoming from Seven Stories Press.
Suzanne Gardinier is the author of 12 books, including most recently Amérika: The Post-Election Malas (2017) & Notes from Havana (2016). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Manhattan.
Joy Garnett is an artist and writer from New York. She lives in Los Angeles where she’s writing a family memoir of Egypt. “Life Drawing” is an excerpt of that work in progress. She is the art editor of Evergreen.
Stanley Gazemba’s breakthrough novel The Stone Hills of Maragoli, published in the USA as Forbidden Fruit (The Mantle Press), won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 2003. He is also the author of the short story collection Dog Meat Samosa (Regal House Publishing, 2019), the novel Khama (The Mantle, 2020), which was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, and Callused Hands, among other novels. His upcoming novel, Footprints in the Sand, will be published in Sweden in 2021. In addition, he has written several children’s books, of which A Scare in the Village (OUP, 2005) won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize.
A prolific writer, Stanley’s articles and stories have appeared in several international publications including The New York Times, ‘A’ is for Ancestors (the Caine Prize Anthology), World Literature Today, and The East African magazine. Stanley lives in Nairobi and his short story “Talking Money” was recently published in Africa39, a Hay Festival publication which was released in 2014. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, Africa39 features a collection of 39 short stories by some of Africa’s leading contemporary authors. Stanley is also in the process of working on an array of creative literary projects.
Andrew Haas is a private studio artist working in Brooklyn, New York.
Carla Jay Harris
Carla Jay Harris was born in Indianapolis and received her MFA from UCLA in 2015. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues that include the California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Museum of Fine Arts Sherbrooke, Quebec; Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; and Paris Photo, Grand Palais Ephèmere, Paris. Her solo exhibition, A Season in the Wilderness, took place at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles from September 4 through October 30, 2021. Harris and lives and works in Los Angeles.
Patrick Hipp is the author of two novellas—All The World Is Lost and The So-So Gatsby—as well as short fiction published on two continents and the occasional non-fiction essay, like the one you just read and "Fuck You, I'm Not A Millennial." He lives in Brooklyn, where he alternates between being a character from Cocktail (the novel) and one from High Fidelity (the movie) and is at work on the third novel in his "Occupational Trilogy," about bartending.
A former foreign service officer, Mark Jacobs has published more than 170 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”, "Rent Check", "Exceptionalism Redux", and "Korkak" have previously appeared in Evergreen.
Miracle Jones is from Texas. He is a very private person.
Robin Kahn is a feminist artist, an author of self-published books, an editor of anthologies, a curator and a founding member of several public art collectives. Intertwined with a 30-year practice of painting and object-making is the artist’s ongoing development of inventive collaborative projects that stimulate and engage public participation.
Adam Klein is the author of the story collection, The Medicine Burns (High Risk Books); the novel, Tiny Ladies (Serpent's Tail); the D.A.P. artist monograph Jerome: After the Pageant. He edited The Gifts of the State: New Writing from Afghanistan (Dzanc Books). His work has appeared in Bomb, Pank, Hobart, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He earned his MFA at The New School and has been a resident at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross, and elsewhere.
Aaron Landsman makes performances, poems, essays ,and stories; recent and upcoming publications include The Wax Paper, Hobart, Painted Bride Quarterly, Fat Coyote Review, and River Teeth. His book The City We Make Together, co-authored with Mallory Catlett, comes out with The University of Iowa Press in 2022. He lives in New York City.
Maxi Magnano is a photographer who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Born in 1989, he grew up in a suburban setting an hour away from the city and specializes in urban and suburban landscape photography. Through a quiet but incisive and detailed observation of the changing South American landscape of Buenos Aires and its surroundings, his 35mm photographs guide the viewer through a seemingly abandoned world. He usually self-publishes and distributes his work in limited edition zines. His work can also be viewed here.
Eric Margolis is a writer and translator based in Nagoya, Japan. He translates novels, memoirs, short fiction, and poetry, and his writing has been published in The New York Times, The Japan Times, Vox, Eclectica Magazine, River River, and more.
Robert(a) Marshall’s biography of Carlos Castaneda, American Trickster, is due out from University of California Press in 2022. Their novel, A Separate Reality, was published by Carroll & Graf in 2006. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salon, the Kenyon Review Online, the Barcelona Review, the Michigan Quarterly, and numerous other publications. They are the recipient of the Hazel Rowley Prize from BIO, the Biographers International Organization. Their paintings, drawings, and photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Chiseche Salome Mibenge
Chiseche Salome Mibenge is the author of Sex and International Tribunals: The Erasure of Gender from the War Narrative (Penn Press) and a co-editor of the book series, Human Rights Interventions (Palgrave Macmillan). Her stories have been published in Columbia Journal, LARB PubLab and Taint Taint Taint. She is at work on a story collection, The Protected Party. A human rights educator, she works remotely, alternating between her two hometowns, the Bronx and Lusaka.
Megan Milks is the author of the novel Margaret and the Mystery of the Missing Body and Slug and Other Stories, both published this fall by Feminist Press. Their personal history of early online fandom, Tori Amos Bootleg Webring, is recently out from Instar Books as part of the "Remember the Internet" series.
James Harrison Monaco
James Harrison Monaco is a translator of Spanish and Italian to English, as well as a writer, storyteller, performer, and composer. His translations include Chilean playwright Leonardo González’ Maids for a New York production in 2018, this Sergio Chejfec story, and various poetic translations for performance. His theatrical works have been presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr, and many others. He’s one half of music and storytelling duo Jerome & James.
Anton Munar was born in Copenhagen in 1997 where he also lives and works. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Munar’s primary medium is painting, but he occasionally works with clay and video. His personal mythological universe and poetic narratives come to life through dramatic and color-intense compositions.
Chuck Nanney (b. 1958, Memphis, TN, lives and works in Oakland, CA) has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe starting in the early 1980's with recent solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, and Jenny's, Los Angeles. Prior solo shows include Debs & Co., New York; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris; among others.
Joan Nelson (b. 1958, California) lives and works in upstate New York. Her work has been exhibited widely at venues that include the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Guggenheim Museum, NY; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among many others. Nelson received her BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Simon Norfolk is an award winning landscape photographer whose work has probed and stretched the meaning of the “battlefield” for over twenty years. He has photographed war-zones and refugee crises, the supercomputers used to design military systems, and the test launching of nuclear missiles. He has produced four monographs of his work including Afghanistan: Chronotopia (2002) published in five languages; For Most Of It I Have No Words (1998) about the landscapes of genocide; and Bleed (2005) about the war in Bosnia. His most recent book is Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan (2011).
Brian Ormond & Christian Nicolay
During the last 18 months Brian Ormond & Christian Nicolay discussed different ideas on how they could collaborate together. They decided to create a digital exchange adapting to the oscillating times and border closure brought on by the global pandemic. The artists residing in Los Angeles and Vancouver respectively have never met but hope someday soon to work together in the same location.
Daniele Pantano is a Swiss poet, essayist, and literary translator. He has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and literary translations, and his poems have been translated into a dozen languages. He is Associate Professor (Reader) in Creative Writing and Program Leader for the MA Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln.
Amelia Saddington is an artist based in New York City. She received an MFA from Columbia University, New York and BA from Concordia University, Montreal. Her work has been presented at venues including Know More Games, New York; the Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin. While painting is her primary medium, she has also been involved with music, playing in bands such as Et At It, Remote Burial, and most recently, a solo project called Open Topic.
A sense of displacement pervades the work of self-trained artist Uman (b. 1980). Uman emigrated from Somalia by way of Denmark in her twenties, and for the past several years has lived and worked in rural upstate New York. She has had solo shows at White Columns, NY (2015); Louis B. James Gallery, New York (2016); Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris (2017), Fierman, NY (2019 and 2021); and at the Outsider Art Fairs in New York and Paris and 1-54 Fair for Contemporary African Art, NY. She has been included in group shows at Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2020), Karma, NY (2020) and Nicola Vassell, NY (2021). Her work, whether painting, collage or sculpture, acts as a meeting point between her past and present: Somalia at the dawn of war, the vibrancy of Kenya, and the seasons of upstate New York.
War rugs are traditional Persian or Oriental rugs featuring martial images, such as helicopters, tanks, guns, etc. They come from, primarily, Afghanistan and were first woven around 1980, when Soviet forces occupied much of the country. Created by artist Kevin Sudeith, WarRug.com has been curating examples from the region since the mid 1990s.