Contributors - S/S 2022
Okechukwu Agu teaches English Language Arts at Our Lady of Lourdes, New York City. A graduate of Creative Writing from The New School, New York City, he writes creative fiction and academic non-fiction during his spare time. His works have appeared in the Research on Humanities and Social Sciences as well as the Scholars Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Lauriston Avery (b. 1968) in Norwich, Connecticut, studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1990. Avery’s work has been exhibited internationally since 2010 with recent solo and group exhibitions in Germany, New York and California. Avery currently lives and works in New York.
Uchenna Awoke lives and writes in Nsukka, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in Transition, Elsewhere Lit, Trestle Ties, Oyster River Pages and other places. He has received fellowships from MacDowell and the Vermont Studio Center in 2017 and 2019 respectively. He is working on his first novel The Liquid Eye of a Moon, a coming-of-age story and a contemporary tale of human tabooing.
Daniel Barnum’s poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming from West Branch, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Muzzle, Bat City Review, The Iowa Review, Salamander, Best New Poets 2020, and elsewhere. Their chapbook, Names for Animals, is available from Seven Kitchens Press. They live outside New Haven, Connecticut.
Larissa Babij is a Ukrainian-American writer, translator and movement artist. Her writing has appeared in The Odessa Review, Entropy, Springerin, and other publications. She has lived in Kyiv since 2005; since February 26, 2022, she has been living in Lviv, Ukraine.
Omar Berrada is a writer and curator. Recently, he published the poetry collection Clonal Hum and co-edited La Septième Porte, Ahmed Bouanani’s history of Moroccan cinema. He currently lives in New York and teaches at The Cooper Union.
Timothy Callaghan is an artist in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and his MFA from Kent State University, and currently teaches painting and drawing at Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville, Ohio. Callaghan is the recipient of a 2015 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at William Busta Gallery, Cleveland and has exhibited in group shows in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Elmhurst, Illinois. Callaghan is the author of One Painting a Day (Quarry Books 2013).
Tiffany Calvert’s paintings incorporate diverse technologies, including fresco, 3D modeling, and data manipulation. John Yau, in his Hyperallergic profile, compares their “improvisational riffs and fractured views” to de Kooning. Calvert’s work has been exhibited at the Lawrimore Project (Seattle, WA), E.TAY Gallery (NY), the Speed Museum (Louisville, KY), the Susquehanna Art Museum (PA), and Cadogan Contemporary (London, UK), among others. She teaches at the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville. She is a member of the Tiger Strikes Asteroid curatorial collective.
Sara Cheikh is a digital product designer based in Barcelona. She was born in the Saharawi refugee camps of Tindouf in Algeria. At the age of six, her father, an ex-political prisoner who was then working as a translator for MINURSO, a UN mission in charge of the conflict between Western Sahara and Morocco, managed to bring her and her siblings to Spain, where she has grown up. Aware of the luck she has had, Sara has always felt the moral duty to give voice to the more than two hundred thousand people who are still waiting in the refugee camps to return to the occupied Sahara. A duty that she fulfills in her first book Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Insha-Allah, where she recounts an epic journey through the desert while describing the Saharawi society, their struggle and stoic patience.
Karen Cheung is a writer and editor from Hong Kong. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Rumpus, This American Life, and others. She is the author of The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir, forthcoming from Random House in February 2022.
Corrie Clements is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada. She currently resides in central New York State with her kids, fur-babies, and beloved duck Donald. This is her first publication. She is currently working on a full-length memoir based on “The Traveling Sausage.” She would like to give a shout-out to her children and muses Ty, Ky, Caity-cat, Bella, and Jacob.
Award-winning editor and translator Raphael Cormack has a PhD in Egyptian theater from the University of Edinburgh. He has written on Arabic culture for the London Review of Books, Apollo Magazine, and elsewhere, and is co-editor of The Book of Khartoum and editor of The Book of Cairo (Comma Press, 2016; 2019). He is the author of Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring '20s (Saqi Books, W. W. Norton & Company, and AUC Press, 2021). He lives in Athens.
Michael Coughlan is a Los Angeles–based artist who has exhibited work nationally in LA, San Francisco, and New York, as well as internationally in Denmark, London, and Tokyo. Recent exhibitions include shows at Stalke Gallery in Kirke Saaby, Denmark, and RDFA Gallery in LA. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and was a resident artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Therese Eiben’s work has appeared in december magazine, The Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Writers Studio at 30 (Epiphany Editions), among other venues. In a previous century, she served as editor of Poets & Writers magazine, overseeing its redesign and editorial expansion. These days she writes and teaches in Hudson, NY.
James Esber uses a variety of media to disassemble and distort emotionally charged and often clichéd images of Americana. A 25-year survey of his work was held at the Clifford Gallery, Colgate University in 2014, and a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT (2011). He has had multiple one-person shows at PPOW (NY), Bernard Tolle (Boston), and Pierogi (New York; Leipzig), and his work has been featured at the Tang Museum, the Laguna Art Museum, and SITE Santa Fe. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is represented by Pierogi Gallery.
Alex Foster is an MFA student at New York University and fiction editor of Washington Square Review.
vangile gantsho is healer, poet and co-founder of impepho press. The author of two poetry collections red cotton (2018) and Undressing in Front of the Window (2015), she holds an MA, with distinction, from the University Currently Known as Rhodes (2016) – where she is currently a part-time lecturer – and is a graduate of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Academy (Pioneer Class). In 2018, she was named one of Mail& Guardian’s Top Young 200 South Africans. Her poetry has been published in various literary publications across the world. gantsho has shared her poetry on stages across three continents and has curated and produced programmes such as the impepho press Women of Words Online Poetry Festival (2020) 21 Days-21 Poets series (2020), a virtual World Poetry Day (2020), Human4Human (2014-2015), The State Theatre's Night of the Poets (2013), and Katz Cum out to Play (2009). As a teaching artist, she has worked with Bridges a Pan-Afrikan Arts Movement (Brooklyn NY), CUNY LaGuardia Community College (Queens NY), Mzansi Poetry Academy (Johannesburg), Educhange (Johannesburg) and Quarphix (Johannesburg). She continues to dedicate herself to creating and/or supporting spaces that encourage (black feminine) visibility and healing.
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.
V. Geetha is a feminist activist, translator, and the editorial director of Tara Books. She is the author of a number of books, including Undoing Impunity- Speech after Sexual Violence, and, together with S.V. Rajadurai, Towards a Non-Brahmin Millennium. She lives in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Masha Gessen is the author of twelve books, including Surviving Autocracy and The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, which won the National Book Award in 2017. Gessen has written about Russia, autocracy, LGBTQ+ rights, Vladimir Putin, and Donald Trump, among others, for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and the New York Times.
Elizabeth Glaessner was born in Palo Alto, California and grew up in Houston, Texas. Evocative forms in various states of becoming or undoing populate her surreal universe. Glaessner was awarded a postgraduate fellowship at the New York Academy of Art, a residency at GlogauAIR, Berlin, and a residency at the Leipzig International Art Programme. She has presented three solo exhibitions with P·P·O·W, New York, and has participated widely in group exhibitions. A solo exhibition of Glaessner’s work is on view at Le Consortium in Dijon, France through May 22, 2022.
Connor Harrison is a British writer based in Montreal. His work has appeared on Lit Hub, and in The Moth Magazine, Hinterland, and Review31, among others. He was shortlisted for the 2021 Poetry Wales Pamphlet Prize.
R. Nemo Hill
R. Nemo Hill’s most recent publications are When Men Bow Down, In No Man’s Ear, and Magellan’s Reveries, all from Dos Madres Press. Forthcoming is a first volume of excerpts from his Southeast Asian travel diaries, Just In Case It Isn’t There: Postcards from Elsewhere, 1988-2001. He is editor and publisher of EXOT BOOKS.
Phuong Anh Hoang
Phuong Anh Hoang is a Vietnamese writer and translator. She has translated a wide variety of texts, including Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel (Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul); Chris Beats Cancer (Chris Wark); The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling); Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Samin Nosrat); The Joy of Watercolor (Emma Block); and Jules Verne's fictions. Phuong Anh's debut novel was published in 2017. She is currently working on the new Vietnamese translation of Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë) and a fantasy novel of her own based on Wuxing (Five Phases). She is also an editor at Huy Hoang Books.
Scott Hug is an interdisciplinary artist working in New York. He is the founder of K48; an artist’s fanzine (2000-2010). His past work investigated politics, pop culture and media obsession. Currently he is working in social documentary photography and a forthcoming feature length film—The World is a Poem, about the physicist turned poet, Bern Porter—investigating themes of consumption, waste, and the Atomic Age.
Emmanuel Iduma is the author of A Stranger’s Pose, a travel memoir. His essays and art criticism have been published in Granta, the New York Review of Books, Aperture, n+1, Best American Travel Writing 2020, Artforum, and Art in America. His honors include an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, the inaugural Irving Sandler Award for New Voices in Art Criticism from AICA-USA, the C/O Berlin Talent Prize for Theory, and a Silvers Grant for Work in Progress. I Am Still With You, his memoir on the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war, is forthcoming from Algonquin (US), and William Collins (UK).
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.
Jeff Joyce was born in North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He moved to New York City in 1979 to study at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. His work was first shown at the East Village gallery Piezo Electric in the 1980s. Joyce has participated in exhibitions organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Harn Museum of Art, and the Weatherspoon Museum of Art. He lives and works in Connecticut.
Porochista Khakpour is the author of the novels Sons & Other Flammable Objects and The Last Illusion and the memoir Sick. She is a journalist, professor and contributing editor at Evergreen.
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
Lena Kurzel is a painter born in 2000 in Yuzhnoukrainsk, Mykolaiv Oblast, Ukraine. Until recently, she lived and worked in Kyiv, where she was enrolled as a 3rd year painting student at the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture. On the 10th day after the Russian attack on Ukraine, Kurzel fled to the Carpathians. She was forced to leave most of her work with art critic Natalia Dmitrenko. She writes: “Now a turning point has come in my life and I am trying to figure out what to do to continue working and living a normal life, because my past life, which was before the war, is now destroyed and I need to start all over again.”
Michelle Sierra Laffitte
Michelle Sierra Laffitte is a writer, journalist and editor based in New York. Her non-fiction work has appeared in magazines and outlets including Reuters.com, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, CNN, Expansión and MSNBC. She has an MFA in creative writing from The New School and and an MS in International Affairs from Columbia University. Born in Mexico City, she is working on a novel about gentrification in Manhattan. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo
Born in Havana, Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in biochemistry. He left Cuba in 2013 and came to the U.S., where he pursued his interest in writing. He is now the author of five books of fiction and the editor of the story anthology Cuba in Splinters. He will graduate this spring with a PhD. in comparative literature from Washington University in Saint Louis. His poetry podcast Noches en que Cuba no existió airs daily at midnight.
Laure A. Leber
Laure A. Leber is a Brooklyn-based photographer. See more of her work at www.laureleberphoto.com.
Sung Uni Lee
After Sung Uni Lee's first job at age twelve as a busy worker bee for her family’s dry-cleaning business, she’s since had gigs as a graphic designer, DJ, musician, photographer, illustrator, line cook, executive chef, health coach, recipe developer, culinary educator, kitchen designer, performance artist, healer, AirBnB host, writer, and so on. This affirmation from The Medicine Woman Inner Guidebook, Sung’s favorite tarot deck, is how she chooses to live her life: “I surrender to the greater good. Great spirit and I are one. The beauty I see, I will bring through me.”
Joanne Leow grew up in Singapore and lives as an uninvited guest on Treaty Six Territory and the homeland of the Métis. She is Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Her writing has been published in Brick, Catapult, The Goose, Isle, The Kindling, The Town Crier, and Ricepaper Magazine.
Juliette Losq (b. 1978, London) is an internationally exhibited, prizewinning artist. She studied at the University of the Arts London, the Royal Academy Schools, Newnham College (Cambridge), and the Courtauld Institute (London). Losq was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and the Guild of St George in 2020, and became a Royal West of England Academician in 2021. Losq’s work is included in the New Hall Women’s Art Collection, All Visual Arts, and the Saatchi Collection.
Chris Leslie-Hynan’s debut novel, Ride Around Shining, was published by Harper and nominated for the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. His short fiction has appeared in American Short Fiction, ZYZZYVA, Harvard Review and Epiphany. He grew up in Wisconsin and attended Carleton College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He lives in Brooklyn.
Yoojin Na is a writer and physician. She lives in Brooklyn.
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, a member of the editorial board of the The Anarchist Review of Books, and a member of Gender JUST Chicago. Her work can be found at www.yasminnair.com. Her Manifesto appeared in the Winter 2017 issue of Evergreen.
Alison Ojany is a Kenyan born writer and cancer survivor. Her fiction often uses a speculative lens to examine human absurdities, fears, insecurities, and hauntings. Her work draws on her plural Kenyan roots to engage with themes ranging from racial injustice to climate change. Her stories and poems have been published and translated in a variety of platforms in Europe and Africa, and Recent publications include Graded (2020, Lolwe) and Shape-shifters (2019, Jalada). Ojany is also the co-founder of arts for social change collective 5 Jordan, a collective committed to bringing African artists to the global stage across a variety of media. She is currently finalising her first novel. Find out more about her at https://alisonojany.com
Dane Patterson is a visual artist and musician living in San Antonio. His work has been shown internationally with solo shows in New York, Paris, and Singapore. Patterson received a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship grant in 2009, and a MacDowell Fellowship in 2010. His work has been included in VICE, n+1, and Hi-Fructose. He holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and a BFA from Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN.
Dale Peck is the author of twelve books, including the novels Martin and John and Greenville, the essay collection Hatchet Jobs, and the memoir Visions and Revisions. He is the editor-in-chief of Evergreen.
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Genesis P-Orridge (1950-2020) was born in Manchester, England, and died in New York City. A performance artist and musician, they were the lead vocalist of the legendary band “Throbbing Gristle”, pioneers of industrial music.
Polar Noire is partly dedicated to post-new-romantic pre-polarism. Visual art includes paintings as well as film photography and darkroom prints. Polar Noire probably lives on the same planet as most people reading this and has graduated from a university. Apart from any awards Polar Noire is not even dead yet.
Christopher Panzner is an American artist originally from East Islip (Long Island), New York. The Illustrated "On the Road" is his fourth illustrated book. In addition to having illustrated a number of poetry books, he recently illustrated a box set of 75 poems by Michael Foldes, titled Endgame (2020). He lives and works in Paris with his French wife, Sophie, and two children, Emma and Maximilien. He is currently working on an animated feature film, The Illustrated "Night of the Living Dead."
Vijay Prashad is director of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, chief correspondent for Globetrotter, and editor at LeftWord Books. His most recent book is co-edited with Brinda Karat, Delhi’s Agony: Essays on the February 2020 Communal Violence (New Delhi: LeftWord Books, 2021).
Cindy Rehm is a Los Angeles–based artist and educator. She serves as co-facilitator of the Cixous Reading Group, and is cofounder of the feminist-centered projects Craftswoman House and Feminist Love Letters. She is the founder and former director of spare room, a DIY installation space in Baltimore, MD. In 2021, she launched Hexentexte, a collaborative project at the intersection of image, text, and the body.
Alfian Sa’at is the Resident Playwright of Wild Rice. His published works include poetry collections: One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia, and The Invisible Manuscript; short story collections: Corridor and Malay Sketches; and three collections of plays. His works have been translated into German, Chinese, and Japanese.
Margarita Shalina is Russian-American. She is a writer and translator who lives in New York.
Born in 1978 in the village of Dilalpur, Bangladesh, Md Sharif Uddin arrived in Singapore in 2008. He currently works as a Safety Coordinator in a construction company. Sharif's short stories and poems have been published in Singapore and Bangladesh. His memoir Stranger to Myself is the winner in the nonfiction category in the Singapore Book Awards in 2018. His second volume of nonfiction, Stranger to My World, has just been published by Landmark Books in Singapore.
Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson
Sölvi Björn Sigurðsson is the author of seven novels, six poetry collections, a number of non-fiction works, and has translated Keats, Rimbaud, Shakespeare, and others into Icelandic. He won the Icelandic Literary Prize in 2020 for his novel Selta (“Salt”). His works have been translated into English, Swedish, and Danish.
Shams Sirry is an Egyptian historian, writer, and pedagogue.
Emma Smith-Stevens is the author of a novel, The Australian (Dzanc). Her writing has also appeared in BOMB; Catapult; Literary Hub; the NYT-bestselling, Lambda award–winning anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture (ed. Roxane Gay, Harper Collins); and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and is writing a memoir.
Burhan Sönmez is a Kurdish prize-winning novelist from Turkey. He is the President of PEN International, elected at the Centennial Congress in 2021. He is the author of North, Sins and Innocents, Istanbul Istanbul, Labyrinth, and Stone and Shadow.
Laurie Stone’s Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing that Is Happening, a collection of hybrid feminist narratives, will be released this spring from Dottir Press. The author of many books, 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, Tin House, Evergreen Review, Fence, Open City, Threepenny Review, and Creative Nonfiction. In 2005, she participated in “Novel: An Installation,” writing a book and living in a house designed by architects Salazar/Davis in the Flux Factory’s gallery space. Her website is lauriestonewriter.com.
John Strausbaugh’s books of history and cultural commentary include City of Sedition, about New York during the Civil War; The Village, a history of Greenwich Village; Black Like You, a study of blackface in American culture; and Rock ’Til You Drop: The Decline from Rebellion to Nostalgia. He is a former editor of the weekly New York Press, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the National Review, the Wilson Quarterly, and other venues.
Chinyere Evelyn Uku
Chinyere Evelyn Uku graduated from Howard University in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture, and has worked as an interior designer in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2018 she joined Quramo Publishing, a prominent publishing house in Victoria Island, Lagos, as an editor. She has written across social media platforms and for magazines such as Mosaic and About Place Journal, both based in New York.
Khairulddin Wahab’s (b. 1990, Singapore) paintings weave narratives drawn from material culture, environmental history, and post-colonialism in Singapore and Southeast Asia. He graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts (2014) and has exhibited in local and international exhibitions, including Biennale Jogja 2019, S.E.A. Focus, and State of Motion 2018. He was the winner of the 2018 UOB Painting of The Year award and recipient of the 2014 Winston Oh Travel Research Grant.
Patrick Walsh was born in Queens. After college, he served as an infantry officer in the 25th Infantry Division. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Chronogram, and War, Literature & the Arts, as well as in venues abroad, such as The Malahat Review, Poetry New Zealand, Quadrant, and THE SHOp. A senior writer at Scene4 Magazine, he writes a monthly column.
Maggie Wang studies at the University of Oxford. Her writing has appeared or will appear in Harvard Review, Poetry Wales, Versopolis Review, and elsewhere. She is a Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critic and a Barbican Young Poet.
McKenzie Wark is an essayist and philosopher. Her most recent book is Philosophy for Spiders: On the Low Theory of Kathy Acker (Duke University Press, 2021). She is professor of culture and media at The New School and director of the Gender Studies Program there.