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.
S. Anand is a poet, translator and raga musician. He is better known as the publisher of Navayana, where, over the years, he has collaborated with several authors and artists to broadcast the ideas of B. R. Ambedkar, the militant philosopher of equality and author of the revolutionary "Annihilation of Caste." Anand lives in Delhi.
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.
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.
Felipe Baeza (b. Guanajuato, Mexico) is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Baeza's practice is equal parts confrontation of violent pasts and a tribute to people whose sense of personhood is constantly litigated and defined by those in power. Baeza's recent exhibitions include The Milk of Dreams, 59th Venice Biennale, Venice (2022); Prospect 5. New Orleans: Yesterday We Said Tomorrow, New Orleans (2021); and Unruly Suspension, Maureen Paley, London (2021). Baeza received a BFA from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale University.
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.
Zaure Batayeva (1969), a graduate of Almaty State University and Indiana University, is a critic and fiction writer. Best known in Kazakhstan for her contributions to cultural and literary criticism, Batayeva has also written short stories. Currently she is working on a novel. Though bilingual, Batayeva prefers writing in Kazakh.
Mariam Bazeed is a multi–award winning Egyptian immigrant, poet, playwright, performance artist, stage actor, editor, educator, curator, and cook, living in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and pantry lists, their work across genres is published in print and online, and their plays have been performed in festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. Their first play, peace camp org, an autobiographical, queer, anti-Zionist musical(ish) comedy about summer camp, is published by Oberon Books, UK, and won the Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award for creative promise in 2021. Mariam is currently at work on their third full-length play, faggy faafi Cairo boy, and on their debut novel, The Boy Made of Air. To procrastinate from facing the blank page, Mariam curates and runs a monthly(ish) world-music salon and open mic in Brooklyn, and is a slow student of Arabic music.
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.
Barry Blinderman is a writer, lecturer, and recording artist. From 1980 to 1987 he directed Semaphore Gallery in New York, where he championed the work of Martin Wong, Nancy Dwyer, Ellen Berkenblit, Keith Haring, Tseng Kwong Chi, and other artists emerging at that time. As director of University Galleries of Illinois State University from 1987 to 2018, he curated the first traveling U.S. museum exhibitions for David Wojnarowicz, Michelle Grabner, Walter Robinson, Keith Haring, Jane Dickson, and many others. His interviews and essays on artists from Andy Warhol and Robert Longo to Steve Reich and Danica Phelps have been published internationally in museum catalogues, anthologies, and art magazines. He resides in Los Angeles where he is writing a memoir entitled The Curator’s Tale.
Nyame Oulynji Brown is an Afrofuturist artist working across a multitude of mediums. Brown received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from Yale School of Art and Architecture. He is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Award, the Richard Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award, and a site-specific commission for the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. He participated in Theaster Gates’s Black Artist Retreat in Chicago, and residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans.
Carol Bruns makes drawings and sculpture in Brooklyn, New York. Her work focuses on the human experience in its multiplicity and depth, and her forms weave together European Expressionism, Jungian archetypes, world-wide indigenous art, and folk art. She first showed at the OK Harris Gallery in Soho in 1975, and most recently at Sculpture Space, SRO Gallery, and Zurcher Gallery (2022). Ms. Bruns also writes reviews and essays, most recently for dArt International and ArtCritical.
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).
Monique-Adelle Callahan D.
Monique-Adelle Callahan D. is associate professor of English at Emmanuel College. She is the author of Between the Lines: Literary Transnationalism and African American Poetics. Her poems and translations appear in a number of journals and anthologies, including Beloit Poetry Journal, Transition Magazine, Tupelo Quarterly, Obsidian, and Bayou Magazine. Her poetry collection Anonymous was winner of Jacar Press’s New Voices Award.
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.
Mbizo Chirasha is the author of A Letter to the President and Pilgrims of Zame, co-author of Whispering Woes of Ganges and Zambezi, and co-editor of Street Voices Poetry and Corpses of Unity. Chirasha is associate editor at Diaspora(n) online, chief editor at Time of the Poet Republic, founding editor at WomaWords Literary Press, publisher at Brave Voices Poetry, and curator at Africa Writers Caravan. He has also been a UNESCO-RILA Affiliate Artist at University of Glasgow, 2020 Poet in Residence Fictional Café, 2019 African Fellow at IHRAF, project curator and co-editor of the Second Name of Earth is Peace (Poetry Voices Against WAR Anthology), and a contributing essayist for Monk Arts and Soul Magazine. Poetry and writings appear in FemAsia Magazine, Wrath-Bearing Tree, Ink Sweat and Tears Journal, One Ghana World Poetry Almanac, Demer Press, Atunis Galaxy, One Magazine, Ofi Press, IHRAF Publishes, The Poet a Day, Bezine.Com, Sentinel UK, Oxford School of Poetry Pamphlet, Africa Crayons, PulpitMagazine, Poetry Pacific, Zimbolicious, Best New Poets, Poetry Bulawayo, Gramnet, Diogen Plus, Poeisis.si, Festival de Poesia Medellin, and elsewhere.
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.
Douglas Collura lives in Manhattan and is the author of the book Things I Can Fit My Whole Head Into, which was a finalist for the 2007 Paterson Poetry Prize. He won first prize in the 2008 Missouri Review Audio/Video Competition in Poetry and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2019 and 2021.
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.
Martine Le Coz
Martine Le Coz is a novelist, poet and artist from Amboise, central France. Her historical novel Céleste won the Prix Renaudot in 2001. Her work with artists of the Mithila region since 2012 has led to three books: Mithila, l’honneur des femmes (Mithila: Women’s Honour, 2013), Les Filles de Krishna prennent la parole (Krishna’s Daughters Speak Up, 2016), and a set of oracle cards (drawings and text) called Sept Saris (Seven Saris, 2018). She is the author of The King of the Mountain.
Preston DeGarmo is a writer/screenwriter based in New York, currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia.
Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean-American author, born in Argentina. Since writing his legendary essay “How to Read Donald Duck,” he has built up an impressive body of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, translated into more than fifty languages. His plays, including “Death and the Maiden,” have been staged in over one hundred countries. Among his most recent books are the novels Cautivos and The Compensation Bureau, the children’s story The Rabbits’ Rebellion, and Voices from the Other Side of Death (Arte Público Press), from which “Reprieve” is excerpted.
Marguerite Duras (1914–1996) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, and filmmaker, and a leading figure in postwar French arts and culture. She was born and came of age in French Indochina in what is now Saigon, and at seventeen went to her parents’ native France to study at the Sorbonne. Before long she became a fixture in the French Communist Party and active in the French Resistance; she remained committed to left-wing causes throughout her life. Duras’s career in the arts spanned nearly five decades, but was beset by troubles that plagued her from childhood: her father’s early death, the family’s impoverishment, domestic strife, and later in life, her notorious alcoholism. Her work, though often bleak and unsettling, is also characterized by delicacy, restraint, and a marked interest in human sexuality. The latter occasioned a sometime-sensationalism in the popular press, and never more so than with her 1984 Prix Goncourt–winning novel The Lover. Duras also courted controversy for her treatment of the aftermath of the nuclear bombs in the Academy Award–nominated screenplay for “Hiroshima mon amour” (1959). Such phenomena, however, stood in contrast to the work itself, which was hardly prurient: as her career developed, Duras’s style became increasingly abstract and experimental, celebrated as much for its mastery of dialogue as for what was left unsaid.
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.
Rodney Ewing (b. 1964, Baton Rouge) received a BFA from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and an MFA from West Virginia University. Ewing is a grantee of the San Francisco Art Commission Individual Artist Grant (2016-2020). His multi-media works that re-examine human history, cultural conditions, and trauma, have been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including at the University of San Francisco, at Rena Bransten Gallery, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Museum of Modern Art (all in San Francisco); Jack Shainman Gallery, NY; and The Drawing Center, NY.
Roya Farassat is an Iranian-American visual artist living in New York. Her abstract and figurative work includes drawings, paintings, and sculptures. She received her BFA from Parsons School of Design and has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Farassat was nominated for the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize and the MOP Foundation Contemporary Art Prize, and awarded residencies from Henry Street Settlement and the Makor/Steinhardt Center. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Brooklyn Rail, the Boston Globe, Artcritical, Art Radar, Hyperallergic, W Magazine, and Flaunt.
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.
Gauri Gill (b. 1970, Chandigarh, India) earned BFAs from the College of Art, New Delhi and Parsons School of Design; and her MFA from Stanford University. She has exhibited internationally, including at the 58th Venice Biennale; Museum Tinguely, Basel; MoMA PS1, NY; Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel; Kochi Biennale 2016; 7th Moscow Biennale; and Wiener Library and Whitechapel Gallery, London. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Tate London; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC;, and Fotomuseum, Winterthur. She was awarded the Grange Prize, Canada’s foremost award for photography.
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.
Alena Grom was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. In 2014, she was forced to leave her hometown due to military events in the Donbass. With the full-scale invasion by Russia, in February 2022 Alena became a refugee for the second time, leaving her home in the city of Bucha where she had lived for five years. Alena works at the intersection of social reporting and conceptual photography, has exhibited her work internationally, and won numerous competitions. Her mission is to document the lives of those living in a military zone, to inform the world about the complexities of their lives, the tragedy of war, and ultimately, their faith in life.
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.
Samuel Kọ́láwọlé was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria. His work has appeared in AGNI, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, The Hopkins Review, Gulf Coast, and Washington Square Review, amongst other literary journals.
His fiction has been supported with fellowships, residencies, and scholarships from the Norman Mailer Center, University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, Columbus State University’s Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians, Clarion West Writers Workshop, Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, and Island Institute.
Kọ́láwọlé studied at the University of Ibadan and holds an MA in Creative Writing with distinction from Rhodes University, South Africa. A graduate of the MFA in Writing and Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, he returned to VCFA to join the faculty of the low-residency MFA program. He is completing his PhD at Georgia State University, and will be joining the English Department at Penn State University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Fiction in fall 2022. His novel is forthcoming from Amistad/Harper Collins.
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
Regan Kramer is a bilingual and bicultural translator who divides her time between Paris and New York. Her translations include Olivier Bourdeaut’s Waiting for Bojangles (2019).
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.
Lyne Lapointe was born in Montréal and lives and works in Mansonville, Québec. By the early 80’s, she was recognized as one of the most promising Canadian artists of her generation. From 1983 to 1994 she created a groundbreaking series of site-specific works with critic Martha Fleming, transforming abandoned spaces into ephemeral personal memoirs, culminating with a large-scale installation at the 22nd Bienal de São Paulo. Lapointe has shown at MoMA PS1; New Museum, NY; National Gallery of Canada; and had a mid-career survey at Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. Her work is in major collections, including Brown University Art Museum; MIT List Visual Arts Center; Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal; National Gallery of Canada; and Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec.
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.
Shimrit Lee is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of visual culture, performance, and critical security studies. Her research interests relate to the cultural production of security narratives in Israel and the U.S. She teaches at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. The Decolonize series is edited by the founder and editor of Warscapes magazine, Bhakti Shringarpure.
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.
Ayagul Mantay (1983), a graduate of RUDN University in Moscow, is a blogger and fiction writer. She has published two collections of short stories in Kazakhstan and is a frequent contributor to literary magazines. Mantay writes in Kazakh.
Maher Massoud holds a Masters in Western Philosophy from Damascus University. Until 2017, he was a professor at the French Institute of the Near East (IFPO) in Beirut. In 2016 he won the EU’s Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press and in 2017 the Hussein al-Aoudat Prize for Arab Press. He is a guest researcher at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin, where he works on “Tyranny and Sectarianism in Syria.”
David Mills holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College and NYU. He has published four collections: Boneyarn, The Dream Detective, The Sudden Country, and After Mistic. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, Crab Orchard Review, Jubilat, Callaloo, the Common, Worcester Review, Taint Taint Taint, Rattapallax, and Fence. He has received fellowships from NYFA, Breadloaf, the Lannan Foundation, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, Washington College, the American Antiquarian Society, and a Flushing Town Hall Grant. He lived in Langston Hughes’s landmark home and was a recipient of the Langston Hughes Society Award. He wrote the audio script for the Whitney Museum exhibition Reflections in Black:100 Years of Black Photography. The Juilliard School of Drama commissioned his play The Serpent and the Dove. He has recorded his poetry on ESPN and RCA Records, and had a poem displayed at the Venice Biennale.
A writer from Zimbabwe, Chris Mlalazi is the author of the three novels—Running With Mother (2012) which has been translated into German, Italian, and Spanish; They Are Coming (2014); and The Border Jumper (2019)—and the short story collection Dancing With Life: Tales From the Township (2008). He is the co-winner of the 2008 Oxfam/Novib PEN Award for Freedom of Expression for the play The Crocodile of Zambezi, and an alumni of the Caine Prize Workshop, the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program (IWP), the Feuchtwanger fellowship (USA), Nordik-Africa Institute (Sweden), Hannah-Ardent Scholarship (Germany), and Casa Refugio (Mexico City). He makes his home in Mexico City.
Barbara Molinard (1921–1986) wrote and wrote, but published only one book in her lifetime. Everything she wrote, she immediately tore up; it was only through the relentless urging from her husband, the filmmaker Patrice Molinard, and her friend Marguerite Duras, that she finally handed over a single collection of stories, Viens, to Editions Mercure de France in 1969.
Rhea Myers is an artist, hacker, and writer originally from the UK and now based in British Columbia, Canada. Her work places technology and culture in mutual interrogation to produce new ways of seeing the world as it unfolds around us.
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
Robert Okaji is a half-Japanese writer living in Indiana. He holds a BA in history, and once owned a bookstore. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Threepenny Review, Crannōg, Vox Populi, North Dakota Quarterly, Boston Review, The Night Heron Barks, Wildness, Indianapolis Review, and elsewhere.
Helen O’Leary (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) is an artist based in New York. Her many awards include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pollock-Krasner awards, the Joan Mitchell Award, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. She has exhibited widely at venues that include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NY; the American Academy in Rome; the National Gallery of Art, Ireland; and the National Portrait Gallery, Limerick, Ireland. More info here.
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.
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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.
Jacob Nader is a visual artist and one-time novelist who holds an MFA in sculpture. He wrote his first book, A Lantern in the Shade, in just a few short weeks while living in the SWANA region—but the story languished in his head for umpteen years before. Jacob has collaborated internationally as an artist-in-residence with HANGAR Center of Artistic Research and La Escuela de Diseño de Altos de Chavón. His drawings have often been described as “idiosyncratic” and he still can’t decide if that’s a compliment or total dis. He continues to make them anyhow.
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).
Emma Ramadan is a literary translator based in Providence, RI. She is the recipient of the PEN Translation Prize, the Albertine Prize, an NEA Translation Fellowship, and a Fulbright. Her translations include Anne Garréta’s Sphinx, Virginie Despentes’s Pretty Things, and Abdellah Taïa’s A Country for Dying.
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.
Amani Rohana has a MA degree in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in International Security and Diplomacy and a second MA in Cultural Anthropology from Haifa University.
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.
Eslam Abd El Salam
Eslam Abd El Salam is a visual artist in Cairo, Egypt. His photographs explore synchronicity, imaginary narratives, loss, and domesticity, and weave together the personal and the collective. Eslam’s long-term project, started at the Curfew Tower Residency in Northern Ireland, will be exhibited in Heart of the Glens Festival (Cushendall, Northern Ireland) and the Mesnographies photography festival (Les Mesnuls, France) in August and September 2022, respectively.
Lincoln Schatz is a contemporary artist and environmentalist living in Chicago. His photography, video, and new media works are driven by chance and memory. He uses custom-built software to employ generative compositional strategies in order to explore his subjects over an extended period of time. Schatz has dedicated the last six years to nature photography: Lake Michigan for the Lake Series, the redwood forests of California and Oregon, and the deserts and mountains of the United States. His works have been exhibited internationally at venues that include the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC), bitforms gallery (NY; Seoul), Sundance Film Festival (Utah), Catharine Clark Gallery (San Francisco), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.
Jacques Servin wrote two books of mischievous fiction before one bit of mischief morphed into the Yes Men. For 25 years he designed actions, wrote movies and videos, and tried to figure out how change happens. He is now at work on a memoir about coping with his mother’s dementia.
Margarita Shalina is Russian-American. She is a writer and translator who lives in New York.
Fatma Shanan (b. 1986) was born and raised in Julis, a Druze village in Northern Israel. Her paintings are based on scenes she stages with people and objects from her own life. Shanan was awarded the 2016 Haim Shiff Prize for Figurative Realist Art by the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, followed by a solo exhibition. She has exhibited her work at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin; Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa, Italy; the Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem; the Israel Museum; Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv; Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris; Art Cologne; and the Armory Show, NY. Shanan lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Karen Schifano lives and works in NYC. She received a BA in art history from Swarthmore College, an MFA from Hunter College, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She has exhibited widely in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. Solo venues include Tobey Fine Arts, Melville House, and Wagner College. Group exhibition venues include DC Moore Gallery, Deanna Evans Fine Art, Minus Space/MoMA PS1, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Alfred University, and CB1 Gallery. Karen is a member of American Abstract Artists.
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.
Wendy Small received a BFA in Painting from the School of Visual Arts. She began working exclusively with the photogram process in 2002. Exhibitions include Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC), Sears-Peyton Gallery (NYC), Von Lintel Gallery (LA), and Huxley-Parlour Gallery (London). Her work is included in the collections of New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Cleveland Institute of Art, among others. Small spent two summers at the Vermont Studio Center residency and has participated in AIPAD, NADA, Pulse, and Photo LA. She lives and works in New York City.
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.
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.
Linda Stojak (b. 1955) received her MFA from Pratt Institute, and has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, a Leeway Grant, a Distinguished Achievement Award from Arcadia University, and a residency in Toblach, Italy. Her work has been reviewed and discussed in numerous publications including the New York Times, Artforum, Riot Material, Art in America, and ARTnews; and is represented in over 300 private collections, as well as in public collections including the University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Seattle University, and the Harn Museum of Art. She lives and works in Philadelphia.
Laurie Stone is author most recently of Streaming Now: Postcards from the Thing That Is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives. Other recent publications include Everything Is Personal, Notes on Now and My Life as an Animal, Stories. She was a longtime writer for the Village Voice, theater critic for The Nation, and critic-at-large on Fresh Air. Her website is lauriestonewriter.com.
Vincent Stracquadanio (b. New York, NY) is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Stracquadanio’s work depicts moments of transformation and magic. The rich patterning of his spaces is dense with visual surprise and references that collapse and expand hierarchies between foreground and background, form and formlessness, clarity and confusion. He was a nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant, and is currently a museum educator at the Jewish Museum and an adjunct professor at Fordham University. Stracquadanio earned his MFA from the Yale School of Art and is represented by Good Naked Gallery, NYC.
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.
Altoon Sultan was born in Brooklyn not far from Coney Island. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College where she studied with Philip Pearlstein and Lois Dodd. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions including at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Philbrook Museum of Art, Hood Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and it is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Fleming Museum of Art. Altoon is represented by Chris Sharp Gallery, LA.
Whiting Tennis was born in Hampton, Virginia, the second son of an Episcopalian Minister. He was raised in Buffalo and attended high school and college in Seattle, earning a BFA from the University of Washington. He lived in New York City from 1990 to 2004, before returning to the Northwest. He has received various national art-making awards and has work in several American collegiate museum collections. He is currently represented by Derek Eller, NYC, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, and Russo Lee in Portland, OR.
Heather Treseler is the author of Parturition (2020), which received the Munster Literature Centre’s international chapbook award. Her work appears in the American Scholar, Harvard Review, and the Iowa Review, among other journals, and her poem “Wildlife” won the 2021 Yeats Poetry Prize. She is a resident scholar at the Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center.
Victoria Udondian received a BA in painting from the University of Uyo, Nigeria, an MFA from Columbia University, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at venues that include the inaugural Nigerian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial; Fisher Landau Center for Art, NY; Children’s Museum of Manhattan; National Museum Lagos and Lokoja; and Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. She has completed residencies at Instituto Sacatar, Bahia; MASS MoCA; Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown; Fondazione di Venezia, Venice; and Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg. She lives and works in Lagos and New York.
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.
Cassandra Whitaker (they/them) is a trans writer from rural Virginia. Their work has been published in the Comstock Review, Barrelhouse, the Rumpus, Fourteen Hills, Kitchen Table Quarterly, the Daily Drunk, and the Little Patuxent Review, among other places. They are a member of the National Book Critics Circle.