Contributors - S/S 2021
Himat Mohammed Ali
Himat Mohammed Ali was born in Kirkuk (Kurdistan), Iraq, 1960. Al Mutanabbi Street is a series of 12 hand-made artist books that embody the destruction of Baghdad’s famed eponymous book-market. Himat has shown his work in numerous solo exhibitions in France, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, and throughout the Arab world. He has published over 30 works in collaboration with Adonis and André Velter, and a collective artist book, Letters to Ishtar, with seven Arab and French poets: Adonis, Bernard Noel, Sadi Youssef, Muhammad Bennis, Qasim Haddad, Michel Butor, and Abdul Munim Ramadan.
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.
Matt Bollinger has been exhibited in solo shows in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Recent museum exhibitions have been at the South Bend Museum of Art (2020), the Schneider Museum (2018) and Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne Métropole (2016). He is represented by Zürcher Gallery and mother’s tankstation and lives and works in New York State.
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.
Steve DiBenedetto was born in the Bronx, New York in 1958 and is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Painting, and the Tiffany Foundation Award. He regularly shows his work in New York and around the globe, including the exhibition Remote Viewing at the Whitney Museum (NY) and a survey show at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Trained in sculpture, painting, drawing, jewelry, and textile conservation, Elizabeth Duffy is a multidisciplinary artist whose compulsive process and love of material culture drive her to mine the revelatory in the ordinary. Her recent work examines the intersection of domestic life and surveillance. Her work is influenced by feminist art, an itinerant way of life, and looking at the overlooked.
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 Los Angeles where she’s writing a family memoir of Egypt. 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.”
Weldon Kees (1914–1955?) published three books of verse during a career spent in New York and San Francisco. Ever since his car was found near the Golden Gate Bridge in July 1955, his work as a poet, painter, playwright, musician, and filmmaker continues to be recognized and rediscovered. For more writing by Weldon Kees: https://www.beatdom.com/layover-an-attempt-to-keep-a-journal-by-weldon-kees/.
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.
Devi S. Laskar
Devi S. Laskar is the author of The Atlas of Reds and Blues, winner of the 7th annual Crook’s Corner Book Prize (2020) for best debut novel set in the South, and winner of the 2020 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., she now lives in California with her family.
Thomas March is a poet, performer, and essayist. His collection Aftermath (2018) was selected by Joan Larkin for The Word Works Hilary Tham Capital Collection. His work has appeared in The Account, The Adroit Journal, OUT, and RHINO, among others. He is also the host of Poetry/Cabaret, a Broadway World Cabaret Award-nominated “variety salon.”
Across drawing, painting and video, Christina McPhee’s topographies set in motion kinetic ecologies, pre-linguistic writing, and a sense of place. Her work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, International Center of Photography (NY), the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Thresholds New Media Collection, Scotland. Her 2021 exhibitions include Otherwise/Revival at Bridge Projects, LA. IG: @xtinamcphee
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).
Marilyn Mugot is a photographer who hails from the Paris suburbs where she began drawing at an early age. Having joined a school of graphic design at the end of her adolescence, she soon found her love of photography supplanting her passion for drawing. She is passionate about cinema, and photography is a means for her to realise her own scenarios with atmospheres she invents and imagines. Her ethereal and saturated landscapes diverge from the everyday, constructing an entirely different reality.
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.
Born in Durban in 1936, he died in Johannesburg in 2010, after an illustrious career as a print journalist, broadcaster, literary critic, novelist and writer across varied genres. His debut novel, Mating Birds, won the Macmillan International Pen Prize and featured in the New York Times’s list of 100 best books published in 1986.
Alongside journalists such as Can Themba, Bloke Modisane, Henry Nxumalo, Todd Matshikiza, Nat Nakasa, Es’kia Mphahlele and Casey Motsisi, he was part of a short-lived 50s black urban political and cultural renaissance in apartheid South Africa. In 1958 he assisted in the production of Athol Fugard’s play, No Good Friday, at the Bantu Men’s Social Centre in Johannesburg. In 1959, together with fellow Drum writer Bloke Modisane and American filmmaker Lionel Rogosin, he cowrote the script for Come Back Africa, featuring among others, Can Themba and Miriam Makeba. In 1971, his radio play, We Can’t All Be Martin Luther King, was broadcast on BBC Radio.
Lewis Nkosi wrote thunderously and fought a damn good fight for black people’s dignity in Africa and the African diaspora. After leaving South Africa in 1960 on a Nieman Fellowship Scholarship to study journalism at Harvard University on a one-way exit permit, he became one of the finest, most enduring and unforgettable critics of his generation.
Ju-Hyun Park is a writer of the Korean diaspora. They live in unceded Lenape lands called Brooklyn. Their work has previously appeared in The Fader, Public Radio International, Out of Print, and the S/S 2020 issue of The Evergreen Review.
James Reidel is a poet and the biographer of Weldon Kees. His next book is Manon’s World: Hauntology of a Daughter in the Triangle of Alma Mahler, Walter Gropius, and Franz Werfel.
Janet Remmington is a writer, researcher, and publisher. Born and raised in Johannesburg, she studied in Cape Town, London, Oxford, and York. Prior to the pandemic, she travelled widely. She has published creative and academic work in a range of venues. She was co-editor of Sol Plaatje’s Native Life in South Africa: Past and Present, which was awarded best edited collection by South Africa’s National Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences (2018). She is working on a book that surfaces and explores under-recognized literary histories of black South African travel and writing (1850–Present)
Karin Roffman is the author of two books: The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery's Early Life (FSG, 2017), named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books; and From the Modernist Annex (2010), winner of Alabama University Press's Manuscript Prize. She is the Primary Investigator on "John Ashbery's Nest" (2019). Currently Associate Director of Public Humanities at Yale, she is finishing full biographies of John Ashbery and the painter Jane Freilicher.
Larry Siems is a writer and human rights activist whose books include Between the Lines: Letters Between Undocumented Mexican and Central American Immigrants and Their Families and Friends and The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America’s Post-9/11 Torture Program. He is the chief of staff of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and a previous director of Freedom to Write programs at PEN. He is also Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s literary collaborator and editor.
Susan Silas is a visual artist. She is interested in the way history intersects the personal and in how identity is formed. Her work examines the meaning of embodiment, the index in representation, and the evolution of our understanding of the self. She focuses on the aging body, gender roles, the fragility of sentient being and the potential outcome of the creation of idealized selves through new technologies.
Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Mohamedou Ould Slahi was born in Rosso, Mauritania, the ninth of twelve children of a camel herder. His family moved to the capital of Nouakchott when he was a child, where he attended school and earned a scholarship to study electrical engineering in Germany. In 2001, he was living and working in Mauritania when he was renditioned to Jordan without trial, beginning an ordeal that he would chronicle in Guantánamo Diary. The manuscript, which he wrote in his isolation cell in Guantánamo Bay, remained classified for almost eight years and was finally released, with substantial redactions, in 2013. After fifteen years of detention, Mohamedou was released on October 17th, 2016 to Mauritania. The following year he published a “restored edition” of Guantánamo Diary, and in February 2021 his first novel, The Actual True Story of Ahmed and Zarga.
Julia Solis organizes events in abandoned spaces and sometimes photographs these for publications or exhibitions. Her most recent book is Capsule Out Of Time on dioramas of decay in West Virginia. More of her work can be found at darkpassage.com / @sunkenpalace
Laurie Stone is author of five books, most recently Everything is Personal, Notes on Now (Scuppernong Editions, January 2020) and My Life as an Animal, Stories (Northwestern University Press/Triquarterly Press, 2016). 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, Waxwing, Tin House, Electric Lit, Fence, Open City, Your impossible Voice, and Creative Nonfiction. Her next book will be Postcards from the Thing that is Happening, a collage of hybrid narratives. .
Celina Su’s writing includes a book of poetry, Landia, as well as two chapbooks, three books on civil society and social policy, and pieces in the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and elsewhere. She is the Gittell Chair in Urban Studies at the City University of New York.
Seattle-based artist Moses Sun creates analog, digital, and mixed media art. Sun draws much of his inspiration from his southern upbringing along with Black, African, Asian, and Latinx diasporas. He blends these influences into abstract meditative constellations of movement expressed on paper, wood, and large scale murals. Sun’s work has been shown in both solo and group shows in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Nathan Tempey is a writer. His work has appeared in Vice, The Outline, the New York Daily News, Gothamist, and elsewhere. Raised in Saginaw, Michigan, he now lives in New York City. Nathan also works as a criminal defense investigator.
Tromarama is an art collective founded in 2006 by Febie Babyrose, Herbert Hans and Ruddy Hatumena. Engaging with the notion of hyperreality in the digital age, their projects explore the interrelationship between the virtual and the physical world. Their works often combine video, installations, computer programming and public participation depicting the influence of digital media on the society perception towards their surroundings. They live and work between Jakarta and Bandung.
Ken Weaver is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings, drawings and photography focus on trauma in all of its manifestations. Weaver’s Dreamweapon series is an attempt to pull back the flesh, exposing the brutal underbelly of today's psychotic/neurotic parts of American culture: the artist’s own American exorcism.
An award winning mid century photographer and film director, Dan Wynn is known for his photographs of personalities, fashion, travel, and food. For more than forty-five years, virtually every prestigious magazine including Esquire, New York, Travel & Leisure, Seventeen, Time, Newsweek, Harper's Bazaar, Mccall's and Women's Day called upon him. His well-known covers appeared on record albums and international magazines and books (sometimes with himself as his model).
John Yau has two books forthcoming. Omnidawn will publish Genghis Chan on Drums and Lund Humphries will issue his monograph on the Chinese artist, Liu Xiaodong in the fall of 2021. He was the 2018 recipient of the Jackson Prize in poetry. He continues to live in New York City.