Contributors - F/W 2023 - 2024
Younis B. Azeem
Younis B. Azeem was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School that he attended as a Fulbright Scholar, and currently teaches Writing at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan.
Latifa Zafar Attaii
Born in 1994 in Ghazni, Afghanistan, Latifa Zafar Attaii’s journey took her from Quetta, Pakistan, where she lived as a refugee, to pursuing fine arts at Kabul University. She was awarded the UMISAA scholarship and continued her artistic endeavors at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, graduating from the School of Visual Arts and Design in 2017. Latifa has showcased her work in numerous global exhibitions, from China and Switzerland to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, and Pakistan. She was the second-prize winner for the Allegro Art Prize 2021. She currently resides and works in Tehran.
Stephen Beachy is the author of the novels Glory Hole, boneyard, The Whistling Song, and Distortion, the twin novellas Some Phantom and No Time Flat, and the Amish sci-fi series that begins with Zeke Yoder vs. the Singularity. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in BOMB, The Chicago Review, the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine, and elsewhere. He is the prose editor of the journal Your Impossible Voice, teaches at the University of San Francisco, and lives in San Diego.
Felix Beaudry (b. 1996, Berkeley, CA) employs industrial knit fabric as an extension of his subjects’ skin to explore intersections of the individual and familial in the geographical and identity-based communities they inhabit. His recent solo exhibitions were held at SITUATIONS (NY) and Tatjana Pieters (Ghent, Belgium). His work has been incuded in group exhibitions at Marianne Boesky Gallery (NY), New Discretions at Foreland (Catskill, NY), Golestani Gallery (Dusseldorf, Germany), and the RISD Museum (Providence, RI). Felix lives and works in Kingston, NY.
Anna Lena Phillips Bell
Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the Vassar Miller Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Smaller Songs, from St Brigid Press. Bell’s artist’s books have been selected for exhibitions at Abecedarian Gallery and Asheville Bookworks. She teaches in the creative writing department at UNC Wilmington and is the editor of Ecotone.
Carmen Boullosa is the author of twenty books, including most recently The Book of Eve (Deep Vellum Press; translated by Samantha Schnee), poetry collections, plays, and essays. She is the recipient of many literary awards including the Jorge Ibargüengoitia Prize and the Casa de América Poesía Americana Prize. She is a Distinguished Lecturer at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. She splits her time between Coyoacán in Mexico City and Brooklyn.
Michael Paul Britto
Michael Paul Britto is a visionary artist who pushes the boundaries of contemporary art. His diverse body of work spans mediums that include video, installation, and performance to explore identity, power, and representation. Through his thought-provoking creations, Britto challenges social norms and cultural constructs while addressing issues of race, gender, and sexuality. His work is characterized by its boldness, vibrant colors, striking imagery, and keen storytelling, and has been exhibited globally, earning him critical acclaim and establishing him as a significant voice that inspires and provokes through artistic expression to foster dialogue and change.
Elizabeth Brus is a writer and recovering teacher. You can find her work in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Fiction International, The Normal School, The Belladonna Comedy, and elsewhere. Returning to writing after a long hiatus, Elizabeth worked as a teacher for almost fifteen years and still side-hustles as a tutor and curriculum writer. She served with the United States Peace Corps in Lesotho from 2005–07 and lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
Jerome Charyn is the author of more than fifty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Ravage & Son (forthcoming from Bellevue Literary Press in August 2023); Sergeant Salinger; Cesare: A Novel of War-Torn Berlin; In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence and Song; Jerzy: A Novel; and A Loaded Gun: Emily Dickinson for the 21st Century. Among other honors, his work has been longlisted for the PEN Award for Biography, shortlisted for the Phi Beta Kappa Christian Gauss Award, and selected as a finalist for the Firecracker Award and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Charyn has also been named a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York.
Zimbabwean poet Mbizo Chirasha has contributed work to more than five hundred places online and in print, including Four Spaces (Greece), Demer Press (Holland), World Poetry Almanac (Taiwan), Cultural Daily (USA), One ghana One Voice (Ghana), Poesia de -Medellin (Colombia), gramnet (Scotland) Monk Arts and Soul Mag (UK), Bezine.Com (USA), FamAsiaMag (UK), Blackwell Pamphlet of Poetry (Oxford school of poetry), Ditch Poetry (Canada), WordCityliteraryJournal (Canada, global), Ovi Mag (Finland), DiogenPlus (Turkey), Ink Sweat and Tears (UK), The Poet Mag (UK), Spill Words (USA), Litnet (South Africa), Slipnet literary journal (SouthAfrica), Sentinel (UK), Poetry London (UK), Poesis.si (Slovenia), Atunis galatika (Belgium), New Coin (South Africa), Ihraf Publishes (USA), Diasporan online (Spain), Poetry Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Zimbolicious (Zimbabwe), the Zimbabwean (Zimbabwe) and more. Chirasha works as a Live Literature Producer, Creative Interventionist (NGOs), Anthologist, Literary Arts Activism Diplomatie, Writivism Projects Curator, Editor at Large, African Writing Associate, Visiting Writer, and Poet in Residence.
Veronica Cross is a visual artist, writer, DJ/radio host, independent curator, and material culture specialist. Her studio practice includes painting, video/film, photography, assemblage, and installation, and explores femme expression, healing, communion, memory, and the potentialities of found objects. Cross studied at the School of Visual Arts, SUNY Empire College’s Studio Semester Program, and more, later earning her BA in studio art & entrepreneurial studies with an art history minor at the University of Southern Maine and her MFA in visual art at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of The Second Story Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
David Daniel’s book, Seven-Star Bird, won the Larry Levis Reading Prize for the best first or second poetry book of the year, and his most recent book, Ornaments, inspired poet Tom Sleigh to write, “No one in any generation is writing poems like these: smart, visceral, and immensely pleasurable to read.” He has just completed a new collection, “What Love Is,” which is where the poems here come from. Daniel was the poetry editor of Ploughshares for more than a decade while teaching at Emerson College. He is also the creator and producer of FDU’s WAMFest: The Words, Art, and Music Festival. WAMFest has been celebrated for its progressive arts programming by the National Endowment for the Arts, and has featured Bruce Springsteen, Robert Pinsky, Chuck D, Rosanne Cash, Talib Kweli, Neil Gaiman, and dozens of the most important artists and writers of our time.
John Darcy is an army veteran from Madison, Wisconsin. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Prairie Schooner, the Georgia Review, X-R-A-Y, and The Best Stories by Emerging Writers Anthology, among others. A prose editor at Noemi Press, he lives in Los Angeles.
Victor Ehikhamenor is a Nigerian American artist and writer known for vibrant works that engage African cultural heritage and the postcolonial politics of his native Nigeria. Ehikhamenor received his BA in English from Ambrose Alli University, and his MFA in fiction from University of Maryland. He was a National Artist in Residence at the Neon Museum, Las Vegas (2020), and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow (2016); he has received awards and fellowships from organizations that include Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Nirox Foundation, and the Norman Mailer Center. Ehikhamenor’s work has been shown internationally and was part of the Nigerian Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the 5th Mediations Biennale, Poznan (2016) the 12th Dak’art Biennale (2016), and Biennale Jogja XIII (2015). He lives between Lagos and the United States.
Seth D. Ellison
Seth D. Ellison (b.1984) is a Philadelphia-based painter and multimedia artist. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia and lived mainly in the southern United States before moving to Philadelphia to attend graduate school. Seth received his BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and his MFA from University of the Arts, Philadelphia. His formative years were spent drawing compulsively in preparation for a career as an animator, which deeply influenced the paintings he makes today. Seth's work has been exhibited widely, including in New York, Brooklyn, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
Azmi Mert Erdem
Azmi Mert Erdem is a New York-based Turkish-American multidisciplinary artist working with video, photography, performance, and installation. Mert received his BA in Film and Television from Istanbul Bilgi University and attended the One Year Filmmaking Program at New York Film Academy. He received his MA in Liberal Studies from CUNY Graduate Center, where he focused on film studies and LGBTQIA+ representation in the cinema of Turkey. His work has been exhibited in New York, Istanbul, and Tongyeong, and his award-winning short films have been featured in festivals internationally. Transient Exposures is an ongoing exploration of embodied affect through photography and movement.
Nancy Evans graduated with a BA in sculpture from University of California, Berkeley in 1972. In 1981, after a decade in San Francisco, she moved to Los Angeles where continues to live and work. Evans is one of thirty-nine artists in Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living (October 1–December 31, 2023), the Hammer Museum’s sixth biennial exhibition featuring artists that work in the greater Los Angeles area.
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 in Los Angeles and the art director of Evergreen Review.
David Gilbert is an artist based in Los Angeles. Gilbert stages vignettes in the studio, and the resulting photographs capture a studied airiness and grace alongside moments of true spontaneity and accident. In the February 2019 issue of Artforum, Wayne Koestenbaum wrote Gilbert is “a photographer whose beat is the afterlife as it takes place now, in this studio, this room, among these bedclothes and paint stains and wigs and strings” in a feature about his work. He is represented by Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles; Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York; and Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco.
Sean Gill is a Primetime Emmy–nominated writer and filmmaker who won Michigan Quarterly Review’s 2020 Lawrence Prize, Pleiades’ 2019 Gail B. Crump Prize, and the Cincinnati Review’s 2018 Robert and Adele Schiff Award. He has studied with Werner Herzog, documented public defenders for National Geographic, and currently video edits for Netflix’s Queer Eye. Other recent work has been published in the Iowa Review, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Threepenny Review, and ZYZZYVA.
Richard Goldstein is the former executive editor of The Village Voice and the author of Another Little Piece of My Heart: My Life of Rock and Revolution in the 1960s. He lives in Manhattan with his demilitarized sweetie and their dog.
Jeffrey Gray is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in the Yale Review, TriQuarterly, Fjords, American Poetry Review, and other journals. He is the author of Mastery’s End: Travel and Postwar American Poetry (University of Georgia Press) and the English translator of Rodrigo Rey Rosa’s novels The African Shore (Yale University Press) and Chaos, a Fable (Amazon Crossing). He is also editor or co-editor of several anthologies, including The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry and the Companion to American Poetry (Wiley Blackwell).
Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. Among other books, he is the author of Until the Last Dog Dies (Night Shade/Skyhorse), a darkly satirical novel, and Chameleo: A Strange but True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction and Homeland Security (OR Books), which Flavorwire called “by many miles the weirdest and funniest book [of the year].” His most recent books include Operation Mindfuck: QAnon & the Cult of Donald Trump (OR Books) and the novel Dead Monkey Rum (Planet Bizarro Press). His first short story collection, Cryptopolis & Other Stories, is scheduled to be published by Lethe Press in January of 2024. His website is Cryptoscatology.com.
Bibbe Hansen is a veteran of Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory and the 1960’s NY experimental theater and film underground. She is the daughter of Fluxus and Happenings artist Al Hansen, and the mother of visual artist Channing Hansen, pop musician Beck, and poet Rain Whittaker. She lives in Hudson, New York.
Glenn Hardy Jr.
Glenn Hardy Jr. (b. 1995) is a self-taught artist born in Washington, DC, and raised in Waldorf, Maryland. He is a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, MD. He is known for paintings of black life liberated from the burdens of racial stereotypes and conflict. Figures and scenes are idealized, as Hardy depicts a world of black figures existing in comfort, in moments of relaxation, enjoyment, even triumph, free from the realities of existence as a marginalized minority in America. Hardy’s works are chronicles of lives lived black - black talents, black comfort, and black voice. In a style influenced by Kerry James Marshall and Ernie Barnes, Hardy’s work seeks to subvert, transcend, and ultimately replace stereotypical, negative depictions of American black life. Hardy is based in Waldorf, MD and is represented by Charlie James Gallery.
Pippa Healy is an artist based in London. She studied photography at Central Saint Martins and University of Westminster and received an MA in printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts. Healy works with both analog and digital photography as well as screen printing and photopolymer. Her diaristic practice is concerned with themes of loss, longing, violence, and grief. Her handmade zines are in the collections of the Tate, Martin Parr Foundation, and Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Gaston Zvi Ickowicz
Gaston Zvi Ickowicz (b. 1974, Buenos Aires) immigrated to Israel in 1980. Ickowicz graduated from Musrara School of Photography and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. His solo and group shows include Magazine III, Jaffa; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art; The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the MACRO, Rome; and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. “Whirlwind” was created in a series of visits to the northern part of the “Gaza Envelope” between March and October 2018. Tens of thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in “marches of return” near the fence, releasing kites and balloons carrying flammable materials. Ickowicz began photographing lands that had been set on fire by these burning kites near the kibbutzim Or Haner and Gvar’am, and the ruins of the Palestinian villages of Simsim, Najd, and Al-Mansurah. The fire destroyed vegetation surrounding the rubble of the Palestinian villages, giving them new visibility.
Mark Jacobs has published more than 175 stories in magazines including The Atlantic, Playboy, The Baffler, The Hudson Review, The Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. Stories of his have won the Iowa Review Prize, the Eyster Prize, and the Kafka Prize from the Dr. T. J. Eckleburg Review. His five books include A Handful of Kings, published by Simon and Shuster, and Stone Cowboy, by Soho Press. His website can be found at www.markjacobsauthor.com.
Elisabeth Jaquette is a translator from the Arabic and the Executive Director of the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).
Case Jernigan is an experimental animator, narrative game-maker, and educator. He makes work about panic, illness, nostalgia, and repressed bro culture. He shapes vulnerable worlds and values play. He’s been an artist in residence at Sharpe-Walentas and the Center for Book Arts, screened at Hotdocs and Hollyshorts, and shown paper-works across the US. He recently completed an animated documentary shorts series with Closer Productions about soccer fans. He’s currently building a stop-motion autobiographical video game about art.
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson
Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson (b. 1963, Reykjavik) holds a BFA and MFA from Kent State University, where she also studied architecture. Notable exhibitions include Tibor de Nagy, NY; Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati; Tang Museum, Skidmore College; Reykjavik Art Museum; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University; MOCA Cleveland; and Turpentine Gallery, Reykjavik. She is the recipient of an award from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.
Rasha Al Jundi
Rasha Al Jundi (b. 1984) is a Palestinian documentary photographer and visual storyteller. She grew up in the UAE, after which she moved to Lebanon to pursue higher education. During her seven-year stay in the country, she volunteered with the Lebanese Red Cross and worked with a local NGO coordinating rural development programs. Between 2009 and 2021, she worked with several civil society organizations in the Near East and Africa. Her work generally follows a social documentary pathway. Rasha is the 2022 Ian Parry grant recipient and a graduate from the International Center for Photography (ICP), New York. You can follow her on her website and on Instagram: @rashaa_jv
Virginia Katz is a process-based conceptual painter. Her landscape reliefs extend the traditional genre of two-dimensional landscape painting into three dimensions, reflecting our environment’s states of flux, upheaval, and regeneration. Katz’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Riverside Art Museum, and numerous other public and private collections. Her work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and LA Weekly. She lives in Irvine, California.
Tatana Kellner (b. Czech Republic) is a visual artist who tackles social issues through printmaking, paper making, drawing, photography, installation, and artists’ books. Her work has been exhibited in the US and internationally, including at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), University Art Museum (Albany), Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz), Hunterdon Art Museum (Clinton, NJ), Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota), Kentler International Drawing Space (Brooklyn), New York Public Library, and Art Alive Gallery (New Delhi). Kellner has received numerous awards, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship.
Lebohang Kganye (b. 1990, Katlehong, South Africa) lives and works in Johannesburg. She obtained a Diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg and is currently completing her MFA at Witwatersrand University. Kganye was one of three artists selected to represent South Africa in the 59th Venice Biennale. Her solo exhibition of newly commissioned works, Shall you Return Everything, but the Burden, was recently presented at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne (2023). Notable awards include the Camera Austria Award (2019) and the Foam Paul Huf Award (2022). Her first survey exhibition in Europe, Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home, was held at Foam, Amsterdam.
John Brian King
John Brian King (b. Los Angeles) is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker.
Andia Kisia is a writer of fiction and theatre. Her plays include The Roosting, which premiered at the Phoenix Theatre in Nairobi and The Visit, which was adapted from radio. The Visit was published in the anthology African Women Playwrights (University of Illinois Press, 2008). Andia has been a writer in residence at the Royal Court Theatre’s international playwriting residency and at the Sundance Institute’s theatre lab. Her radio plays have been broadcast on the BBC World Service and her writing has appeared most often in the journal Kwani?
Gregory Klassen is a visual artist. He received a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and continued his training in painting and drawing under Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. Gregory's work has been exhibited nationally and in Europe, including the Rosenberg Gallery in Zurich. A major exhibition, Perishable Atlas, was staged at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Institute of Visual Arts, and most recently at eyes never sleep in New York. He resides in Wisconsin and enjoys restoring vintage motorcycles.
Tidawhitney Lek (b. 1992) is a Cambodian-American painter from Long Beach, California. Her work plays with the experiences of first-generation Asian Americans born to immigrant parents. Her bright and somber paintings present nuances of domesticity, figures and hands interacting with Southeast-Asian elements that echo through mundane objects. Lek graduated with her BFA from Cal State University, Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited at Sow & Tailor, Long Beach Museum of Art, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, The Armory, K11 MUSEA, and most recently in the Hammer Museum biennial, Made in L.A. 2023: Acts of Living. Lek lives and works in Los Angeles. @tidawhitney
Xingze Li has had solo and two-person exhibitions in New York City at venues including Ortega y Gasset Projects, Tutu Gallery, and Hunter East Harlem Gallery. Recent group exhibitions have taken place at the Cathouse Proper and Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York City, Little Berlin in Philadelphia, and Carlsberg Byens Galleri & Kunstsalon in Copenhagen. His work will be included in a two-person exhibition at Yi Gallery in Industry City this March.
LoVid’s work has been presented at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY), Brookfield Arts (Brookfield, CT), RYAN LEE Gallery (NY), Postmasters Gallery (NY), Art Blocks Curated (artblocks.io/), bitforms Gallery (NY), Marquee Projects (Bellport, NY), Honor Fraser Gallery (Los Angeles), And/Or Gallery (Pasadena), Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery (NY), Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), Anthology Film Archives (NY), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY), The Jewish Museum (NY), MoMA, The Kitchen (NY), Daejeon Museum of Art (South Korea), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), Netherland Media Art Institute (Amsterdam), and New Museum (NY). Their projects have received support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Graham Foundation, CUE Art Foundation, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Wave Farm, Rhizome, Franklin Furnace, Turbulence.org, NYFA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Experimental TV Center, NYSCA, and The Greenwall Foundation. LoVid’s videos are distributed by EAI and their work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum, The Parrish Museum, and The Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation.
Mina Manchester is a Scandinavian-American writer chasing the sun in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Sewanee School of Letters, her writing is featured in Electric Literature, HuffPost, Columbia Journal, The Normal School, and Inscape. Her work was chosen as a Finalist for The Pinch Literary Award, Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction, the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Award and nominated for the UCLA James Kirkwood Prize.
Eric Margolis is a writer and translator from Japanese working in Tokyo and Nagoya. His writing and translations have been published in the New York Times, Japan Times, Foreign Policy, Vox, Slate, the New Republic, Metropolis Magazine, Eclectica Magazine, and more. You can follow his work on Twitter @ericdmargolis.
Ru Marshall’s novel, A Separate Reality, was released by Carroll & Graf in 2006. They have twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and their writing has appeared in Salon, Evergreen Review, N + 1 online, the Kenyon Review, Barcelona Review, Another Chicago Magazine and numerous other publications. Their artwork has been exhibited at Participant Inc,, Baxter Street, Studio 10 Gallery, Art in General, White Columns, Cathouse Proper and at other venues in the U.S. and Europe. American Trickster, their biography of Carlos Castaneda, has been optioned for film/TV by Hybrid Cinema and Better Tomorrow Films.
Orion Martin is the translator of Night Bus by Zuo Ma, and founder of Paradise Systems.
Derrick Martin-Campbell is a writer from Portland, OR. His writing has appeared in Joyland Magazine, Necessary Fiction, PANK, Blunderbuss, and other fine places. Read more of his work here.
A resident of the Bronx, poet Wayne Moreland is a Professor of English at Queens College of the City of New York.
Sandile Ngidi grew up at Amahlongwa on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast of Durban where his family still lives. He is currently writing his MA thesis on eminent Zulu poet, freedom fighter and Pan Africanist thinker, Mazisi Kunene. Ngidi is a literary historian, poet, Zulu-English literary translator, critic, journalist, brand communication specialist and dramatist. His work has appeared in publications that include Umafrika, Natal Witness Echo, City Press, Mail & Guardian, Aljazeera, The Guardian, Johannesburg Review of Books and The Punch Magazine.
Ashunda is a Black feminist multidisciplinary artist with creative work that encompasses film, poetry, arkiving, and her own theoretical frameworks. Her art is preoccupied with ancestral inheritance, Black womxnhood as a freedom site, futuristic maroon expressions, and fugitivity. She has written, directed, and produced several short films, including her most recent multi-award winning cinematic project MINO: A Diasporic Myth, now streaming on kweliTV. A California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow, Ashunda’s art has been supported by Cave Canem, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, Community of Writers, Brooklyn Poets, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Her writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Obsidian, Taint Taint Taint, Rootwork Journal, Fence, EcoTheo Review, and other noteworthy literary publications. A country blk girl at heart, Ashunda loves hot water cornbread, the ocean, obscure cinema, and star Sirius.
Monica Nouwens is a fellow of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and attended the California Institute of Arts (CalArts). Nouwens is noted for her intimate and provocative portraits set amidst continously synthetic Los Angeles landscapes of opulence and rejuvenation. Her practice, rooted in activism, is fundamentally collaborative. Her projects include one-person shows at the Netherlands Photomuseum, Photography Museum Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, and Rainbow in Spanish, Los Angeles. She has taught at the University of California, Irvine; Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc); Universidad de Monterrey; CalArts; and Canadian Center for Architecture. Nouwens is a recipient of the Graham Foundation Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Award.
Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu
Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu is a poet, essayist, reporter, and lawyer from Nigeria with by-lines in several international publications. She is currently Managing Editor at HumAngle Media. She is a 2018 writer-in-residence at Ebedi Writers Residency and a 2022 Storify Africa Fellow. Her work examines the human cost of terrorism and insurgencies, as they relate to transitional justice issues, migration, and displacement.
Sanya Osha is the author of several books including Postethnophilosophy (2011), a work of philosophy; two novels, Dust, Spittle and Wind (2011) and An Underground Colony of Summer Bees (2012); and Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Shadow (Expanded Edition) (2021), an academic study; among other publications. He works at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA), University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Jingwei Qiu is a multimedia artist whose practice includes film, sculpture, and photography. He has exhibited widely throughout the US and in China at venues including the Chinese Cultural Center (San Francisco), Residency Unlimited (NY), Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), Unicorn Space (Beijing), Bedford Gallery (Walnut Creek, CA), Hartnell College Gallery, (Salinas, CA) and Sonoma County Museum.
I am not telling only my own story, I am telling the stories of all the lugubrious Afghan women.
Jenny Rask is a Lebanese-American visual artist from Portland, Oregon. After completing a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon, she worked as a self-taught graphic designer. She relocated to New York City after winning a design award at twenty-one, establishing herself as a motion-graphics designer at MTV. Vibrant NYC life and daily exposure to street style deeply influenced Jenny’s design and artwork. Trash piles on city sidewalks sparked a deep fascination for the subtle beauty found in discarded objects and their forms. After relocating to Los Angeles, Jenny maintained her art practice while raising three children. Inspired by the mundane aspects of domestic life, she photographed masses of family laundry and arranged sculptures made from household items, which influenced her to work in fiber and assemblage. In 2017 she had her first solo exhibition, Colors of Inanimacy, at The Lodge, Los Angeles. Jenny completed an MFA in sculpture at CSULB in 2020, and has been included in several group exhibitions in California and New York.
Anastacia-Renee is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDx speaker and podcaster. She is the author of (v.) (Black Ocean), Forget It (Black Radish), Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere, and Side Notes from the Archivist forthcoming from Amistad (an imprint of HarperCollins). Renee was selected by NBC News as part of the list of “Queer Artists of Color Dominate 2021’s Must-See LGBTQ Art Shows.” She was a former Seattle Civic Poet (2017–19), Hugo House Poet-in-Residence (2015–17) and Arc Artist Fellow (2020). Her work has been published widely.
Jessica Lee Richardson (Jess/she/her) is an associate professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is the author of It Had Been Planned and There Were Guides (FC2). Her work has been honored at The Short Form, Zoetrope, Short Fiction, the National Society of Arts and Letters, PEN America, and won the Grindstone International Novel Prize. Stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Commuter at Electric Lit, Gulf Coast, New Delta Review, Propagule, Slice, and other places.
Scarlett Rouge received her BFA from CalArts and splits her time between Los Angeles, Paris, and Torino. Her interdisciplinary work echoes her nomadic life. In all her work, Rouge remains driven by an intuitive need to reconnect Spirit to Matter, and views the artist’s function as a form of a modern day shaman. Rouge’s performance career began at the age of four as a member of the pop-punk band The Visiting Kids produced by Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh. Currently she performs with LAVASCAR, alongside her mother Michele Lamy and artist Nico Vascellari. Her solo exhibitions include The Lodge, Antebellum Gallery (both in LA); Ghost Space, Casa Del Pingone (both in Torino); and Lamyland’s Bargenale, 2015 Venice Biennale. Recent group exhibitions include Carpenter’s Workshop, LA; Youn Galerie, Montreal; Fresh Winds Biennale, Iceland; and Giardini della Reggia di Venaria Reale, Torino.
Walker Rutter-Bowman received his MFA from Syracuse University. He has received fellowships from the Edward Albee Foundation and the Ucross Foundation. His work has been published in Tin House Online, Joyland, Nashville Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Dean Sameshima lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. His work explores the history of gay male histories, subcultures, and pleasure through the lens of documentary photography, painting, video, and installation. He received his MFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has participated in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally, including solo exhibitions at O-Town House and Gavlak Gallery (both in Los Angeles), Peres Projects, Berlin, and She Works Flexible Gallery, Houston. Group shows include History of Sexuality at Museu de Arte (MASP), São Paulo, Art/AIDS, America at the Bronx Museum, and Naming Rights, Thomas Dane Gallery, London.
Larissa Sansour was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine. Working mainly with film, she also produces installations, photographs, and sculptures. Central to her work is the dialectics between myth and historical narrative. Sansour has shown in film festivals and museums worldwide, including the Tate Modern, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and the Istanbul Biennial; she represented Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennial. In 2020, she was the co-recipient of the prestigious Jarman Award. Her recent solo exhibitions include Whitworth Gallery, Manchester; KINDL, Berlin; Copenhagen Contemporary; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Bildmuseet, Umeå; and Dar El-Nimer, Beirut. Sansour lives and works in London.
Svetlana Satchkova is a NYC-based writer and journalist. Raised in Moscow, she published three novels in her native Russian and writes in English as her second language. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College, where she was a Truman Capote fellow and won the Himan Brown Award, and a BA in philosophy from New York University. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Rumpus, Catapult, Meduza, and the Independent. Svetlana is completing her first novel in English, a family drama with an explosive ending that seeks to evoke the upside-down, post-truth climate of Putin’s Russia.
Samantha Schnee is the founding editor of Words Without Borders. She is the translator of Carmen Boullosa’s latest book, The Book of Eve. Her translation of Boullosa’s Texas: The Great Theft was shortlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize. She currently serves as secretary of the American Literary Translators Association.
Phil Shaw is a cross-disciplinary artist, art director, and content creator. He received his BFA from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI before relocating to New York where he worked alongside his mentor, legendary photographer Steven Klein. In 2016, he cofounded No Ceilings Entertainment with Dennis Jauch and Kim Willecke. Handling visuals for the creative collective, his aesthetic remains a cornerstone of its myriad projects.
Stewart Shaw is a librarian, poet, writer, and author of the chapbook The House of Men. His poems have been published in Taint Taint Taint, African American Review, Imagoes: a Queer Anthology, Split This Rock- poems of resistance, Serendipity, and others, as well as having short stories in Mighty Real: An Anthology of African American Same Gender Loving Writing and African Voices. He is a Pushcart-nominated poet and a Cave Canem poetry fellow.
Adania Shibli (1974, Palestine) has been writing novels, plays, short stories and narrative essays, which were published in various anthologies, art books, and literary and cultural magazines in different languages. Her latest novel Minor Detail was published in the U.S. by New Directions in 2020, in a translation by Elisabeth Jaquette, and has been translated into many languages, most recently into German (published by Berenberg Verlag). Minor Detail was a finalist for the National Book Award and longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize.
Monika Sosnowski is a Polish-American visual artist based in New York. Born in Detroit, she grew up in Poland and the US. The duality of this experience has strongly influenced her artistic sensibility. Her subject matter is the everyday wonder evoked through landscape, still life, and portraiture. Themes of loss, the fleeting, fickleness of memory, patterns of chance, possibilities of fate, and a fragmented self echo throughout. Desiring coherence she looks for traces—presence in absence and absence in presence; the in-between and the beauty it reveals.
Jefferey Spivey is a Des Moines, Iowa-based author and copywriter. His forthcoming short story collection, The Birthright of Sons, won the 2023 Iron Horse Book Prize and will be published by Texas Tech University Press in January 2024. He was also a 2022 de Groot Foundation COURAGE TO WRITE grant recipient. His short stories have appeared in Punt Volat, A Gathering of the Tribes, Typehouse, decomp, and Havik.
Matthew Stadler is the author of Allan Stein, Landscape: Memory, The Dissolution of Nicholas Dee, and The Sex Offender. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and Ingram-Merrill fellowships, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a United States Artists fellowship in the inaugural round. He edits the Fellow Travelers series of books and is founder and editor of The GOAT PoL. He lives in Seattle.
A Guggenheim fellow and the author of twenty-one books of poetry and prose including a memoir, a biography, and a book of translation from the Nuer, Terese Svoboda has won the Bobst Prize in fiction, the Iowa Poetry Prize, an NEH translation grant, the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, a Jerome Foundation video prize, the O. Henry Award for the short story, and a Pushcart Prize for the essay. Her eighth book of fiction, Dog on Fire, has just been published. Forthcoming is the novel Roxy and Coco, and a story collection, The Long Swim.
Mohsin Taasha (BFA, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore) is a visual artist from Afghanistan, based in Nice. His paintings, drawings, videos, and installations have been exhibited widely, including at Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt (Paris); Documenta 13 (Kassel); the 56th Venice Biennale; NordArt (Büdelsdorf); Mucem (Marseille); Kunstmuseum Thun; and artgenève. Taasha produced the multimedia series “Rebirth of the Reds” following the 2016 Deh Mazang suicide bombings in Kabul, to which he lost many of his friends. A painting component comprised of forty pieces in four parts narrates the history and culture of the Hazara People.
Ojo Taiye is a Nigerian eco-artist and writer who uses poetry as a handy tool to hide his frustration with society. His practice is collaborative and often draws from personal experience or interpretation of climate change, homelessness, migration, as well as a breadth of transversal issues ranging from racism and black identity to mental health. His current project explores neocolonialism, institutionalized violence, and ecological trauma in the oil-rich, polluted Niger delta. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Narrative Magazine, Mycelia, The Spectacle, Salamander, Consequence, Stinging Fly, Rattle, Cincinnati Review, Banshee, Willow Springs, Lambda Literary, Fiddlehead, Puritan, Frontier Poetry, Notre Dame Review, and Strange Horizon. Taiye worked on the Future(s) 2021 with Catalyst Arts and Belfast Photo Festival; 2021 Sustrans Black History Month Art Project; 2021–22 Scene Stirling COP26 Climate Commission; and switch art project 2022.
Eric Tenorio (b. 1989) is a queer Filipino American whose photographs explore themes of isolation and physical connection through self-portraiture and portraits of queer men. He currently lives and works in the Inland Empire of Southern California.
Barbara Earl Thomas
Barbara Earl Thomas is a Seattle-based artist whose career spans thirty-five years. She is known for large-scale installations that employ light as the animating force. Her tension-filled paper cuts and prints draw on mythology and history to create narratives that challenge the stories we tell ourselves about who we are as Americans. Her solo exhibition, Barbara Earl Thomas: The Illuminated Body, organized by the Chrysler Museum of Art (February 24 –August 20, 2023), is currently at the Wichita Museum of Art (October 8, 2023 – January 14, 2024), and will travel to University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery (February 17 – May 21, 2024). Thomas’s works are included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Chrysler Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Microsoft.
Duncan Tonatiuh (toh-nah-tee-YOU) is an award-winning author-illustrator whose accolades include the Pura Belpré Medal, the Sibert Medal and The New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book Award. Duncan is both Mexican and American. He grew up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and graduated from Parsons School of Design and Eugene Lang College in New York City. His artwork is inspired by Mesoamerican art, particularly that of the Mixtec codices. His aim is to create images and stories that honor the past, but that are relevant to people, especially children, nowadays.
VIZIE pursued art from an early age. Together with his brother NEKST, he helped bring the Houston graffiti scene to prominence in the late ’90s and 2000s. In addition to his graffiti career, VIZIE’s practice includes printmaking, photography, illustration, and painting, with projects in zine-making, large-scale murals, as well as commercial work. His projects have taken him to many cities in the US and abroad, with long stops in Kansas City, San Francisco, Oakland, Chicago, and eventually New York, where he has lived and worked for the past fourteen years.
Feiyi Wen (b. 1990) is a visual artist and researcher who lives and works in London. Her practice includes photography, moving image, printmaking, artist’s books, sound, and poetry. She holds an MA in photography from the Royal College of Art and received her practice-led PhD in fine art from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Feiyi has exhibited and worked with cultural organizations such as Tate Britain, Magnum Photos, Photo Shanghai, Photo London, Photo Oxford, and Brighton Photo Fringe, among others. Her recent publications are held at the Tate Library and the British Library.
Alexander Richard Wilson
Alexander Richard Wilson (b. 1993, St. Louis, MO) attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Their graphic painting engages the spaces and depths of the American landscape and psyche, and all the sensations of a queer black body living in Colorado. Their work has been exhibited at A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art (Trinidad, CO), Friend of a Friend / FOAF (Denver), Lucky Lab Gallery (Littleton, CO), Compound Yellow (Chicago), O'Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University (River Forest, IL), De Boer Gallery (Los Angeles), and SWAB Barcelona Art Fair. Wilson lives and works in Denver. His work is in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art.
New Orleans–based artist Erik Winkowski (b. 1983, NYC) treats video like collage, cutting up, painting over, and remixing scenes from everyday life in playful, unexpected ways. After earning his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2006, where he studied animation and design, he worked for several years as a motion designer creating computer animations by day and paintings by night. In an effort to fuse his handmade work with his digital work, he started his Video Sketchbook on Instagram in 2018. Over the course of a year he posted a new video each day and developed innovative animation techniques that integrated the colorful exuberance of his paintings with the hypnotic quality of his video work. He continues to experiment, pioneering new techniques in animation that can be seen in his collaborations with Gucci, Prada, Hermès, and the New York Times.
Carson Wolfe (they/she) is a Mancunian poet and queer parent. Their debut poetry pamphlet Boy(ish) Vest was praised by Dr. Kim Moore as an “unforgettable, wild, risk-taking roller-coaster of a book.” In 2021, they were an Aurora Prize Winner and a Button Video Contest winner. Their poetry has appeared in Button Poetry, Rattle, Fourteen Poems, and the Penn Review. They live in Manchester with their wife and three children.
A poet from Boston, Massachusetts, Lily Wood is currently a student at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School studying poetry. Her work has previously appeared in 11 and ½ Literary Journal. She fluctuates between Boston and New York City.
Can Xue (pseudonym for Deng Xiaohua) grew up in Hunan Province, and subsequently lived for a number of years in Beijing. Now living in Xishuangbanna in southwestern China’s Yunnan Province, Can Xue has been at the forefront of experimental writing in China since 1983. She has written several novels and numerous short stories, and has been translated into a number of languages. She has won or been longlisted for literary awards in the west. I Live in the Slums was longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize.
Frank WANG Yefeng
Frank WANG Yefeng’s works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally, including the BRIC Biennial (SH, CN), the OCAT Biennial (SZ, CN), City Project of the 14th Shanghai Biennale, Smack Mellon, The Armory Show, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, and the Jeju Museum of Contemporary Art. He has been awarded residencies and fellowships at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) (NY, USA), New York Art Residency & Studios (NARS) Foundation (NY, USA), the Asia Art Archive in America, MacDowell, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Reggie Scott Young
Reggie Scott Young is the author of the poetry collection Yardbirds Squawking at the Moon (Louisiana Literature Press, 2015). His poems, short stories, and creative essays have appeared in African American Review, Louisiana Literature, Another Chicago Magazine, Taint Taint Taint Literary Magazine, and elsewhere. A community poet in Chicago during his youth, Young now lives in San Antonio where he organizes literary events for the Carver Library on the city’s much neglected East Side. He is the recipient of an individual artists grant from San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture for a speculative poetry project titled Searching for Robert Johnson at the Alamodome.
Cherrie Yu has exhibited her work at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Trestle Gallery, the Contemporary Calgary Museum, the Kala Art Institute, and the Chengdu Times Museum in Chengdu, China. She has been a visiting artist at Emory University’s anthropology department and a teaching artist at UNC Charlotte. She has been a resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program, and participated in the 2023 Fall Movement Series at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn.
Izumi Ueda Yuu
Izumi Ueda Yuu is a Japanese-born visual artist who lives and works in Lisbon. She developed the series “Ocean is There” after relocating to Estoril during the COVID pandemic (2020–22). Yuu attended Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo and received her BFA in sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art. Yuu was a 2019 finalist for the Luxembourg Art Prize and has had solo exhibitions at Museu do Oriente and Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes, both in Lisbon. She is a two-time recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council grant for individual artists and has been an artist in residence at Foundation OBRAS (Portugal), OBRAS-Holland, Atelier Outotsu (Osaka), and Awagami Factory (Yoshinogawa).
Chen Zeping and Karen Gernant
Chen Zeping, who was professor emeritus of Chinese linguistics at Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China, and Karen Gernant, professor emerita of Chinese history at Southern Oregon University, have collaborated in translating contemporary Chinese fiction for more than twenty years. Seven of their book-length translations of Can Xue’s works have been published. They have also published translations of works by Zhang Kangkang, Alai, Zhang Yihe, Zhu Wenying, and many others.