Contributors - F/W 2021
Doreen Baingana’s story collection, Tropical Fish, won the AWP Grace Paley Short Fiction Prize in 2003 and the Commonwealth First Book Prize, Africa Region in 2006. Two stories in it were finalists for the Caine Prize, and the title story has been performed several times in Kampala, Uganda, and at the AfriCologne Theatre Festival. Other awards include a Miles Morland Scholarship for African Writers in 2014, a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency in 2017, and in 2021, a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant and a 3rd nomination for the Caine Prize. She has also published two children’s books, as well as fiction and essays in journals including Agni, African American Review, Callaloo, Chelsea, Glimmer Train, The Guardian, UK, Transition, Caravan: A Journal of Politics and Culture, Chimurenga, Kwani? and Ibua. She co-founded and runs the Mawazo Africa Writing Institute, based in Entebbe, Uganda.
Chris Campanioni is the author of A and B and Also Nothing (Otis Books | Seismicity Editions, 2020), a re-writing of Henry James’s The American and Gertrude Stein’s "Americans," which merges theory, fiction, and autobiography. He is the recipient of an Academy of American Poets College Prize and an International Latino Book Award. Recent work has appeared in BOMB, Catapult, Denver Quarterly, American Poetry Review, and Nat. Brut, and has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese.
Comfort Cat resides on Staten Island with their cat, Jack. They have what they lovingly refer to as a "macaroni necklace" of a career, which consists of teaching private music lessons, writing and performing original songs, playing various instruments with friends, cat sitting, and delivering packages. She alternates between they, she, and it, depending on mood. You can support Comfort Cat's art on Patreon by going to patreon.com/comfortcat and/or sign up to her list at tinyletter.com/comfortcat.
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is yhchang.com is Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge. In July 2021, a show of their work opened at Tate Modern, London. In November 2021, for the opening of M+ Hong Kong, they’re presenting a major project, CRUCIFIED TVS.
Sergio Chejfec is an Argentine writer of narrative and essays who lives in New York City. He teaches at NYU in the Creative Writing in Spanish MFA Program. He has published several books, including novels, essays, and short stories. Some of them have been translated Into English: Notes toward a Pamphlet, Ugly Duckling Presse, New York, 2020; The Incompletes, Open Letter, Rochester, 2019; Baroni, A Journey, Almost Island, New Delhi, 2017; The Dark, Open Letter, 2013; The Planets, 2012; My Two Worlds, Open Letter, 2011.
Douglas Anthony Cooper
Douglas Anthony Cooper is a Canadian novelist and photographer based in Italy. His writing and photography have appeared in New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, and the New York Times; and his travel photography was the subject of a feature in Photo District News.
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.
Stanley Gazemba’s breakthrough novel The Stone Hills of Maragoli, published in the USA as Forbidden Fruit (The Mantle Press), won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature in 2003. He is also the author of the short story collection Dog Meat Samosa (Regal House Publishing, 2019), the novel Khama (The Mantle, 2020), which was shortlisted for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, and Callused Hands, among other novels. His upcoming novel, Footprints in the Sand, will be published in Sweden in 2021. In addition, he has written several children’s books, of which A Scare in the Village (OUP, 2005) won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize.
A prolific writer, Stanley’s articles and stories have appeared in several international publications including The New York Times, ‘A’ is for Ancestors (the Caine Prize Anthology), World Literature Today, and The East African magazine. Stanley lives in Nairobi and his short story “Talking Money” was recently published in Africa39, a Hay Festival publication which was released in 2014. Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, Africa39 features a collection of 39 short stories by some of Africa’s leading contemporary authors. Stanley is also in the process of working on an array of creative literary projects.
Carla Jay Harris
Carla Jay Harris was born in Indianapolis and received her MFA from UCLA in 2015. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues that include the California African American Museum, Los Angeles; Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; Museum of Fine Arts Sherbrooke, Quebec; Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; and Paris Photo, Grand Palais Ephèmere, Paris. Her solo exhibition, A Season in the Wilderness, took place at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles from September 4 through October 30, 2021. Harris and lives and works in Los Angeles.
Patrick Hipp is the author of two novellas—All The World Is Lost and The So-So Gatsby—as well as short fiction published on two continents and the occasional non-fiction essay, like the one you just read and "Fuck You, I'm Not A Millennial." He lives in Brooklyn, where he alternates between being a character from Cocktail (the novel) and one from High Fidelity (the movie) and is at work on the third novel in his "Occupational Trilogy," about bartending.
A former foreign service officer, Mark Jacobs has published more than 170 stories in magazines including The Atlantic, Playboy, The Baffler, The Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review. His story “How Birds Communicate” won The Iowa Review fiction prize. He has stories forthcoming in several magazines including The Hudson Review. His story “Dream State” won the Dr. T.J. Eckleburg Kafka Prize. His five books include A Handful of Kings, published by Simon and Shuster, and Stone Cowboy, by Soho Press, which won the Maria Thomas Award. His website can be found at www.markjacobsauthor.com. His stories, “Old School”, "Rent Check", "Exceptionalism Redux", and "Korkak" have previously appeared in Evergreen.
Miracle Jones is from Texas. He is a very private person.
Adam Klein is the author of the story collection, The Medicine Burns (High Risk Books); the novel, Tiny Ladies (Serpent's Tail); the D.A.P. artist monograph Jerome: After the Pageant. He edited The Gifts of the State: New Writing from Afghanistan (Dzanc Books). His work has appeared in Bomb, Pank, Hobart, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He earned his MFA at The New School and has been a resident at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ucross, and elsewhere.
Eric Margolis is a writer and translator based in Nagoya, Japan. He translates novels, memoirs, short fiction, and poetry, and his writing has been published in The New York Times, The Japan Times, Vox, Eclectica Magazine, River River, and more.
James Harrison Monaco
James Harrison Monaco is a translator of Spanish and Italian to English, as well as a writer, storyteller, performer, and composer. His translations include Chilean playwright Leonardo González’ Maids for a New York production in 2018, this Sergio Chejfec story, and various poetic translations for performance. His theatrical works have been presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr, and many others. He’s one half of music and storytelling duo Jerome & James.
Robert(a) Marshall’s biography of Carlos Castaneda, American Trickster, is due out from University of California Press in 2022. Their novel, A Separate Reality, was published by Carroll & Graf in 2006. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in Salon, the Kenyon Review Online, the Barcelona Review, the Michigan Quarterly, and numerous other publications. They are the recipient of the Hazel Rowley Prize from BIO, the Biographers International Organization. Their paintings, drawings, and photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Anton Munar was born in Copenhagen in 1997 where he also lives and works. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. Munar’s primary medium is painting, but he occasionally works with clay and video. His personal mythological universe and poetic narratives come to life through dramatic and color-intense compositions.
Chuck Nanney (b. 1958, Memphis, TN, lives and works in Oakland, CA) has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe starting in the early 1980's with recent solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, and Jenny's, Los Angeles. Prior solo shows include Debs & Co., New York; Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris; among others.
Joan Nelson (b. 1958, California) lives and works in upstate New York. Her work has been exhibited widely at venues that include the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Guggenheim Museum, NY; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among many others. Nelson received her BFA from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
Simon Norfolk is an award winning landscape photographer whose work has probed and stretched the meaning of the “battlefield” for over twenty years. He has photographed war-zones and refugee crises, the supercomputers used to design military systems, and the test launching of nuclear missiles. He has produced four monographs of his work including Afghanistan: Chronotopia (2002) published in five languages; For Most Of It I Have No Words (1998) about the landscapes of genocide; and Bleed (2005) about the war in Bosnia. His most recent book is Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from the War in Afghanistan (2011).
Brian Ormond & Christian Nicolay
During the last 18 months Brian Ormond & Christian Nicolay discussed different ideas on how they could collaborate together. They decided to create a digital exchange adapting to the oscillating times and border closure brought on by the global pandemic. The artists residing in Los Angeles and Vancouver respectively have never met but hope someday soon to work together in the same location.
Daniele Pantano is a Swiss poet, essayist, and literary translator. He has published over twenty volumes of poetry, essays, and literary translations, and his poems have been translated into a dozen languages. He is Associate Professor (Reader) in Creative Writing and Program Leader for the MA Creative Writing at the University of Lincoln.
Amelia Saddington is an artist based in New York City. She received an MFA from Columbia University, New York and BA from Concordia University, Montreal. Her work has been presented at venues including Know More Games, New York; the Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; and Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin. While painting is her primary medium, she has also been involved with music, playing in bands such as Et At It, Remote Burial, and most recently, a solo project called Open Topic.
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.
War rugs are traditional Persian or Oriental rugs featuring martial images, such as helicopters, tanks, guns, etc. They come from, primarily, Afghanistan and were first woven around 1980, when Soviet forces occupied much of the country. Created by artist Kevin Sudeith, WarRug.com has been curating examples from the region since the mid 1990s.