Contributors - S/S 2020
Camille Claudel is a pen name. She is an American writer known for her short literary erotica. She lives in relative obscurity, gaining recognition for the originality and quality of her work. The subject of many dreams and nightmares, Claudel is known for her depiction of depraved but lovable characters in short stories such as The King and The Pet.
Douglas Anthony Cooper
Douglas Anthony Cooper is a Canadian novelist and photographer based in Italy. His writing and photography have appeared in New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, and the New York Times; and his travel photography was the subject of a feature in Photo District News. Cooper’s photo exhibition in Rome—to coincide with the Italian publication of his latest novel, Afasia—has been delayed by the virus. The work scheduled to be shown, “Selfies, Watermarks, Despair,” can be seen at www.dys.format.com.
Allison Grimaldi Donahue
Allison Grimaldi Donahue is the author of poetry collections On Endings (Delere Press) and Body to Mineral (Publication Studio Vancouver). Her translation of Vito Bonito’s Soffiati Via is forthcoming from Fomite Press. Her work has appeared in places like Words Without Borders, Tripwire, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB, The Literary Review, FlashArt, Nero, and LARB. She is currently translating Carla Lonzi’s Autoritratto. She teaches creative writing at John Cabot University in Rome.
N.F Gregg is a writer who lives in Seattle.
Kelly Heaton (b. 1972) is a mixed media artist and engineer who believes that electricity is the most important creative medium of our time. Artist Statement: My practice deals with technology and nature. When COVID-19 sent humanity into quarantine, I was making sculptures and printed circuit tableaux involving electronic songbirds. For my Perroquets and Canaries series, I put birds in cages to express our collective isolation, restricted mobility, and diminished opportunity. We are living as caged birds, like canaries in the coal mine. I found suitable photographs from canary enthusiasts who breed for aesthetic perfection, and I was especially taken with a bent mutation variety that I used to depict possessiveness, bloodlines, and trauma, as seen in my image "YOUR.” The circuit diagrams that confine each bird are designs for functioning electronics, inspired by a decades-old schematic known as the canary doorbell. When electrified, these circuits produce strangely life-like sounds. In this video, you can listen to some of my songbird circuits that double as cages in this coronavirus series.
Medrie MacPhee was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and has resided in New York City since 1976. She received a B.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited in over thirty solo and seventy group exhibitions, in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and is represented in various private and public collections in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including: the National Gallery of Canada; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; the Art Gallery of Ontario; the Edmonton Art Gallery; the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; and the Asheville Art Museum, NC. MacPhee is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Grant, The Anonymous was a Woman Grant, Pollock Krasner Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Grants, the Elizabeth Greenshields Award, and Canada Council Established-Artist Grants. In New York she is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. She is The Sherri Burt Hennessey Artist in Residence at Bard College.
Yasmin Nair is a writer, academic, and activist based in Chicago, a co-founder of the radical queer editorial collective Against Equality, editor-at-large at Current Affairs and a member of Gender JUST Chicago. Her work can be found at yasminnair.net. Her Manifesto appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Evergreen.
Heather M. O'Brien
Heather M. O’Brien is an artist living and working in Beirut, Lebanon. She recieved an MFA from CalArts and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts and Art History at The American University of Beirut. Her work has been exhibited at San Francisco Camerawork, The University Art Galleries at UC Irvine, Sursock Museum Beirut, The International Center of Photography, Photographic Center Northwest, and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Los Angeles, among others. She has been awarded residencies with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Marble House Project, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, and The Santa Fe Art Institute. Her practice aims to uncover how history and movement impact domestic imagination––what makes shelter, a home? O’Brien's upcoming book project, like the delayed rays of a star, aims to offer another gaze on Beirut and will be released later this year, published by Seaton Street Press and printed by Conveyor Studio.
James Reidel has published poems in many journals and has published two collections of verse. He is also the author of the biography of the American poet Weldon Kees, Vanishing Act (2003) and the forthcoming Manon’ World, about Manon Gropius, the daughter of Walter Gropius, Alma Mahler, and Franz Werfel.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong was published by Eyewear in June 2015. His band Human Shields released the album "Somebody's Hometown" in 2015 and the EP "Défense de jouer" in 2016.
Gary J. Shipley
Gary J. Shipley is the author of ten books, most recently 30 Fake Beheadings, selected by Richard Siken for Spork Press. He has published in Gargoyle, Action Yes, Sleepingfish, The Black Herald, Funhouse, Lit Hub, Vice, and many others. More information can be found at Thek Prosthetics.
Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who by Fire and Skinny. In 2015, she wrote the New York Times Opinion series Going Off. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares, GQ, Playboy, Harper's, Washington Post, Esquire, Tin House Open Bar, Paris Review Daily, Wall Street Journal, Southern Review, Harper's Bazaar, BBC, and many other publications. She is the recipient of awards from A Room of Her Own Foundation, Yaddo, the Steinbeck Fellowship, and elsewhere.
Karolina Ursula Urbaniak
Karolina Ursula Urbaniak is a multimedia artist and co-founder of Infinity Land Press. Urbaniak’s published works include Altered Balance – A Tribute to Coil, The Void Ratio and Death Mort Tod - A European Book of the Dead. Her recent multimedia projects include On The New Revelations of Being, an audio/visual installation inspired by the work of Antonin Artaud and film Sandmann, exhibited during The Uncanny: A Centenary at the Sigmund Freud Museum in 2019. She lives and works in London.
Visual artist Betsy Weis is based in New York City, but her work takes her to natural landscapes near and far in order to photograph weather, light, and other fundamental elements in nature. She has spent time in residency programs in Finland as well as Saginaw, Michigan, and exhibits her work in New York, California, and Europe. Her most recent exhibition was at Russell Janis in Brooklyn, NY.
Francine Wang lives in Singapore. Through the visual arts and writing, she explores the human experience, and the emotion that runs as its undercurrent.
Alexis N. Wright
Alexis N. Wright is a New York-based writer and alumnus of the hacker scene. Her work explores topics in technology, sexuality, and trauma.