Contributors - F/W 2020
In Hindi and English, Ankita Anand works with poetry, prose, performance, and journalism, curious to see what emerges at the intersections. Based in Delhi but traveling beyond for her work, she has facilitated writing, reporting, and theater workshops for people of different age groups, nationalities, and backgrounds. She loves to collaborate and is currently working with a podcast producer and a filmmaker on new projects.
Stephen Andrews was born in 1956 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Over the last thirty-five years he has exhibited his work in Canada, the U.S., Brazil, Scotland, France and Japan. He is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Belkin Art Gallery, the Schwartz Collection, Harvard, as well as many private collections. His work deals with memory, identity, technology and their representations in various media including drawing, painting animation, ceramics, film and recently dance.
Gina Apostol's fourth novel, Insurrecto, was named by Publishers' Weekly one of the Ten Best Books of 2018, an Editor's Choice of the NYT, and shortlisted for the Dayton Prize. She lives in New York City and western Massachusetts and grew up in Tacloban, Leyte, in the Philippines. Her essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Foreign Policy, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, and others. She teaches at the Fieldston School in New York City.
Roy Vadíl Aragon
Roy Vadíl Aragon is a fictionist and poet who writes mostly in Ilokano language. Besides writing, he edits and designs books, works as a freelance translator-editor, maintains the food blog Pinakbet Republic, and administers the widely popular Ilokano Food page in Facebook.
Charlotte Baker just graduated high school as part of The Brearley School’s class of 2020 and will start college at Harvard this fall. For the past three months, she has been working with the Brooklyn-based non-profit Rethink Food. She fills her free time with drawing and painting, and her work can be seen at charlotteskye.art.
David Barthold is a printmaker, painter and sculptor active at Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn. A native New Yorker, Barthold studied printmaking with Ruth Leaf, and later Stanley William Hayter in Paris. He is currently employed as a teacher at Union Square Academy in Manhattan.
Sacha Baumann is an artist, curator, publisher, and art business consultant living and working in downtown Los Angeles. In her collage, she extracts found images, placing them in a new context, manipulating tone and intention and creating new narratives. She uses self-imposed restrictions, in part a nod to her education and work as a consultant, concentrating on problem solving. Restrictions become opportunities for new creations.
Mariam Bazeed [they/them] is a nonbinary Egyptian immigrant, writer, performer, and cook living in a rent-stabilized apartment in Brooklyn. An alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays, Mariam received an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in 2018.
Kristopher Biernat is a writer and artist from Florida. He is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection "flowers.phantasmagoria.light", and the founder of Dink Press. He is in love.
Jean Marie Casbarian
Jean Marie Casbarian is a visual artist born to an Armenian father and a German mother on a military weapons base in Aberdeen, Maryland. Over the course of her nomadic lifestyle she has lived lives across the US, in Chicago, California, Colorado, Massachusetts and New York. Her creative practice rests in the reinterpretation of imagined space and memory, and the loss and longing that occur in attempting to reconstruct them.
Ajit Chauhan lives in the sanctuary city of San Francisco. He works at Creativity Explored, reads a lot, listens to music, plays with cats, and practices tai chi. He is part of a small collective of poets and painters called Right Window Gallery.
Margaret Curtis received her BA from Duke University. Her work has been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum (NY), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH), among others. She was featured in the Bad Girls exhibition curated by Marcia Tucker at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY. Reviews of her work have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Art in America, ARTnews, Modern Painters, and New Art Examiner, among others. She lives and works in Tryon, North Carolina.
Tony D’Arpino is an American poet living in Europe. He lived for many years on the Big Island of Hawai'i and in San Francisco. His latest book of poetry is Floating Harbour (Redcliffe Press, UK). Recent work has appeared in Poetry Salzburg, Raceme, Molly Bloom, and The Glasgow Review of Books.
Tania De Rozario
Tania De Rozario is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Tender Delirium (Math Paper Press, 2013) and Somewhere Else, Another You (Math Paper Press, 2018). Born in Singapore, she lives and works on the traditional unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, colonially known as Vancouver.
Belén Fernández, a contributing editor at Jacobin, graduated from Columbia with a BA in political science. She frequently writes for Al Jazeera, Middle East Eye, and Jacobin, and is the author of a memoir, Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World (OR Books), and The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work (Verso).
Parastou Forouhar is an Iranian artist who lives and works in Frankfurt, Germany. Her work responds critically to the political and religious fundamentalism that has shaped and defined contemporary Iran. Forouhar processes experiences of loss, pain, and state-sanctioned violence through a range of media that includes site-specific installation, animation, drawing, and photography, using culturally specific motifs from traditions such as Islamic calligraphy and Persian miniature painting. She has exhibited around the world including in Iran, Germany, Russia, Turkey, England, and the United States.
Sarah Fonseca is a self-taught writer from the Georgia foothills living in Brooklyn, New York. A film critic by day, her work can be read in Condé Nast’s them., cléo: a journal of film and feminism, Field of Vision, IndieWire, Sissy Screens, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other domestic and international screen culture publications. "Women Indoors" is her fifth short story. Fonseca is currently working on a monograph of the series Ratched, to be self-published in summer 2021.
Suzanne Gardinier is the author of 12 books, including most recently Amérika: The Post-Election Malas (2017) & Notes from Havana (2016). She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Manhattan.
Joy Garnett is an artist and writer from New York. She lives in the High Desert of Nevada where she’s writing a family memoir of Egypt. Her work has been shown at the FLAG Art Foundation, MoMA–PS1, the James Gallery at CUNY Graduate Center, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. She is the art editor of Evergreen.
Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the Department of English at California State University – Long Beach. Among other books, he is 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 [year’s] weirdest and funniest book.”
Mohammad Hakima is an NYC-based author of Fiction. He moved to the United States in August of 1998 from Tehran, Iran. His fiction has been published in Somorgujo magazine in Mexico and in The Capra Review. His stories have received support from Vermont Studio Center, and they have been twice a Finalist and once Shortlisted for the William Wisdom Faulkner prize. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is currently at work on his debut novel.
Caoimhe Harlock (pronounced “Keeva”) is a trans girl from the Gothic South who writes stories and trashy comix, mostly about sad and depraved trans women. She’s a grad student with fancy degrees in historically outmoded subjects and sometimes gets up to witchy things. The best way to keep up with her work is by following her on Instagram, Twitter, or her website. She currently lives in Durham, NC with her partner, some dogs and cats, and an altar to the Goddess Hecate.
Florian Heinke is a German painter. He became known for his internationally exhibited black paintings. His two published books, Myth & Truth and Paradise Overdosed, were created as a catalogue raisonné. In terms of content, his work can be described with his aphorism “Paradise Overdosed.” It stands for the failure of man as being-human in the abused paradise. This complex is symbolized by the horned hummingbird, which is both a recurring image element and logo of his company.
Kathleen Hellen’s collection Umberto’s Night won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House prize for poetry in 2012. Hellen’s honors include the Thomas Merton poetry prize and prizes from the H.O.W. Journal and Washington Square Review, as well as individual artist awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. Featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, her poems have appeared in American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Diode Poetry Journal, jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, New American Writing, New Letters, North American Review, Poetry East, and West Branch, among others. Her latest poetry collection is The Only Country Was the Color of My Skin.
Joy Ho (she/they) is an illustrator and cartoonist. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, they’ve illustrated and designed for several organizations such as New Naratif, NPR, The Substation, Mynah Magazine, the National Museum of Singapore, and The Moon bookstore & café. Their work has been recognized by the Will Eisner scholarship and the Society of Illustrators in the US. They organize and design for Queer ZineFest, and recently collaborated with migrant poets for Our Pandemic, a series pairing illustrators and poets on life under lockdown during COVID. (twitter & instagram: @feever_dreem) https://www.joyho.art/
Elizabeth Ibarra (b. 1986) was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and now lives in Los Angeles. Ibarra has been inspired by the connectivity and simplicity of images and cosmology. Her creative explorations take form in painting, works on paper, mixed media sculptures and assemblages of tree branches she calls "Sunday Findings." Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY (2020), and a group exhibition at Cirrus Gallery, LA (2019). She is represented by The Pit, Los Angeles, CA and Rental Gallery, East Hampton, NY.
Matt Lambert is a filmmaker, photographer and creative director working between Berlin, London, Paris and LA. He is also the artistic director of Singular Arts Group — an artist management company representing Mykki Blanco, Patrick Wolf and Finn Ronsdorf — as well as the co-founder of queer, xxx content-studio, Vitium.
Tucker Landesman is a researcher and writer based in Berlin, Germany.
Brendan Lott is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He likes hard-edged painting, heavy metal and baseball. He stays home most of the time.
Marcia Lyons is an interdisciplinary artist whose work draws on techniques and strategies of many different art forms and traditions. Lyons gained recognition in the New York art scene during a wave of public actions loosely referred to as “Bitch Art.” Her Night Swim series (2019-20) fuses site with performance while inhabiting the live-worlds and traditions of film, photography, and dramaturgy. Melding site with her own body, the underwater night work begins to reveal an internal logic rooted in classical baroque painting and light.
Charles March III
Charles J. March III is an asexual, neurodivergent Navy hospital corpsman veteran who is currently trying to live an eclectic life with an interesting array of recovering creatures in Orange County, CA. His various works have appeared in or are forthcoming from Atlas Obscura, the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Lalitamba, 3:AM Magazine, Harbinger Asylum, McSweeney’s, Free State Review, Fleas on the Dog, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, BlazeVOX, Blood Tree Literature (prize), Bareknuckle Poet, The Beatnik Cowboy, Points in Case, Stinkwaves, The Writing Disorder, Literary Orphans, Otoliths, Oddball Magazine, et al. Links to his pieces can be found on LinkedIn and SoundCloud.
China Marks hacks industrial zig-zag sewing machines, a computerized embroidery machine, and CAD software in order to draw with them. Her drawings are not planned in advance, but take shape over however long it takes to make them. They function to seduce, to surprise and delight, and to bear witness. She lives and works in Long Island City.
Howard Meister’s art furniture has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries internationally since 1980. That work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The V&A, and The Musée des Arts Décoratif. His work in digital photography, begun in 1996, has been exhibited only sparingly and remains largely unseen, a condition he would very much like to remedy.
Amado Anthony G. Mendoza III
Amado Anthony G. Mendoza III teaches courses on Southeast Asian literature and creative writing at the Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature, University of the Philippines Diliman. He is the author of the novel Aklat ng mga Naiwan (Book of the Damned) (Balangiga, 2018) and co-edited and co-translated an upcoming volume of Wiji Thukul’s poems titled Balada ng Bala (The Ballad of a Bullet) (Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, 2020).
Paula Mendoza earned her BA in English at the University of Texas and her MFA in Poetry at the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Utah. She is the recipient of the Yalobusha Review Poetry Award, the Hopwood Award in Poetry, and the Michael R. Gutterman Award in Poetry. Hyphenated, she's Filipino-Canadian. Regionally, an Austinite. Mostly, her home's in words. She lives and writes in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Jason Middlebrook is best known for the carved tree trunks he uses as canvases that reference major abstractionists of the 20th century. He has had solo exhibitions at the New Museum (NY), MASS MoCA, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He lives and works in Hudson, NY.
Kimo Nelson was born in Honolulu and grew up moving between the US, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and was an artist-in-residence at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY. He has exhibited at venues that include Danese/Corey Gallery (NY), 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel (NY),Projekt722 (Brooklyn, NY), Disjecta (Portland, OR), and Chase Young Gallery (Boston, MA). Kimo lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Nazanin Noroozi uses printmaking, moving images and alternative photography to explore collective memory, displacement and diaspora. Her work has been exhibited widely in Iran and the United States, and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYFA, MASS MoCA, and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Nazanin is Editor-at-Large at Kaarnamaa: Journal of Art History and Criticism.
Christopher Panzner is an American artist/writer/producer living and working in France. In 2006, he worked on the animated movies: double-Oscar-nominated The Triplets of Belleville; Venice Film Festival selection The Dog, the General and the Pigeons; and Blackmor’s Treasure, all part of an eight-film retrospective of contemporary French animation at MOMA called "Grand Illusions: The Best of Recent French Animation." He has illustrated four books: Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche, Hunger by Knut Hamsun, Dispatches by Michael Herr, and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
Based in Singapore, Shirin Rafie is a freelance illustrator and the co-founder of Wild Dot (@wildd.sg). She enjoys creating light-hearted and colorful artworks for people, whether for educational tabletop games, or explainers on the Singapore political scene. At Wild Dot, she experiments with creating natural art materials by researching flora and horticultural waste that can be found within Southeast Asia and Singapore. https://wildd.myportfolio.com/
Huston Ripley creates intimate drawings and large-scale paintings and murals. His intricate, figural imagery suggests various iconographies and conveys the spirit or idea of transcendence. He shows with Owen James Gallery in New York City and The Drawing Room in Philadelphia.
Quinn Roberts is a writer from New England. He is at work on his first novel.
Jason Schwartz was born in New York and lives in Florida. The author of John the Posthumous (OR Books, 2013) and A German Picturesque (Knopf, 1998), his work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Antioch Review, Conjunctions, New York Tyrant, The Quarterly, StoryQuarterly, Unsaid, and other publications.
Steve Stern is the author of several novels and story collections, including Lazar Malkin Enters Heaven, which won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award, and The Wedding Jester, which won the National Jewish Book Award. His most recent novel is The Pinch.
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a writer, educator, and activist based in San Francisco. His work has been published in AGNI, Joyland, Drunken Boat, and The North American Review. He has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, Lambda Literary, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received his MFA from Bennington College and has taught at Columbia University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts College of Art. Ricco is a board member of Kundiman, a national literary organization dedicated to Asian American literature.
Katherine Barrett Swett
Katherine Barrett Swett lives in New York City. She received a PhD in American Literature from Columbia University. Her poems have been published in various journals including The Lyric, Rattle, Mezzo Cammin, The Raintown Review, Softblow, and Measure. Erica Dawson selected Swett’s collection, Voice Message, (Autumn House Press 2020) for the 2019 Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, Twenty-One, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.
Jackie Wang is a scholar, poet, multimedia artist and Assistant Professor of Culture and Media Studies at The New School’s Eugene Lang College. She is the author of Carceral Capitalism (2018), a book on the racial, economic, political, legal, and technological dimensions of the U.S. carceral state. In addition to her scholarship, her creative work includes the forthcoming poetry collection, The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void (Nightboat Books, 2021) and the experimental essay collection Alien Daughters Walk Into the Sun (Semiotexte, 2021).
Among Edmund White’s many acclaimed books are A Boy’s Own Story, The Joy of Gay Sex, Genet: a Biography, and The Unpunished Vice: a Life of Reading. His most recent novel is A Saint From Texas, published this year by Bloomsbury.