Gina Adams spent her early youth in the San Francisco Bay, and then her adolescent and early adult years in Maine. Gina’s formal education includes a BFA from the Maine College of Art and MFA from the University of Kansas, where she focused on Visual Art, Curatorial Practice and Critical Theory. Adam’s cross-media, hybrid studio work includes the reuse of antique quilts and broken treaties between the United States and Native American tribes, sculpture, ceramics, painting, printmaking and drawing. Her work is exhibited extensively throughout the US and resides in many public and private collections. The noted international art critic Lucy Lippard wrote the introduction on her artwork for her Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition Its Honor Is Here Pledged which launched her art career and body of work Broken Treaty Quilts into a new contemporary art arena in 2015. In 2016 she was SARF Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, and had Its Honor Is Hereby Pledged exhibitions in Boulder Colorado at Naropa University’s White Cube Gallery where she is a Faculty in Visual Arts. In the summer of 2017, Gina presented and exhibited at the AIW Conference at Goldsmiths College, University of London, England which will be followed by an exhibition at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art titled Monarch’s curated by Risa Puleo. 2018 brings many exciting opportunities for Gina including being Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College which includes a Solo exhibition, and several more.
Rosa Alcalá is the author of two books of poetry, Undocumentaries (2010) and The Lust of Unsentimental Waters (2012), both from Shearsman Books. Spit Temple: The Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), edited and translated by Alcalá, was runner-up for the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. She is also the recipient of a 2015 NEA Fellowship in Translation. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, and a PhD in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo
Amber Atiya is a multidisciplinary poet whose work incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual arts. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Boston Review, PEN America, Poets & Writers Blog, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and elsewhere. A proud native Brooklynite, she is a member of a women’s writing group that will be celebrating sixteen years in 2018. Her chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books) is currently in its second printing.
Caroline Bergvall is an artist, writer, and performer. Works across artforms, media, and languages. The recipient of many awards and commissions, her work frequently develops through exploring material traces, literary documents and linguistic detail, language and literary history, sites and histories, hidden or forgotten knowledges. Her sparse textual, spatial, and audio works often expose hidden or difficult historical/political events. A strong exponent of writing/reading methods adapted to contemporary audiovisual and contextual situations, fugitive and mobile contemporaneity, as well as multilingual identities. Projects alternate between books and printed matter, audio pieces, collaborative performances, site-specific installations. Based in London and Geneva. Most recent large-scale project: DRIFT (2013-2015). This has taken multiple forms in a range of environments, countries, and artforms. It explores narratives and mappings of travel, migrancy and disappearance, specifically old nordic maritime navigation, the politics and horrors of contemporary sea migrancy, Anglo Saxon sea poetry, being lost as sea in literal and allegorical ways, through contemporary, historical, archeaological means. Initially commissioned by Theatre du Grutli, Geneva 2012 as a collaborative performance involving voice, percussion, datawork. UK tour 2014 with Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, Swiss visual artist and programmer Thomas Köppel, Swiss dramaturg Michele Pralong. Solo show of graphic works and audio compositions at Callicoon Fine Art gallery (NY, Jan-Feb 2015). Texts, drawings and maps published as Drift by Nightboat Books, NY, 2014. Research funded through a Judith E Wilson Fellowship, University of Cambridge (2013-2014).
Reed Bye’s most recent publications are Addled Smoke Material: Collaborative Poems with Jack Collom 1972-2017 (2018), Fire for Thought (BlazeVOX, 2016), What’s This (Lunamopolis, 2016), and a cd of original songs, Broke Even (Fast Speaking Music, 2013). He has recently retired after many years on the faculty of the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University, where he taught poetry writing workshops and courses in classic and contemporary literary studies.
Julie Carr is an American poet who was awarded a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. She graduated from Barnard College with a BA in 1988, from New York University with an MFA in 1997, and from University of California, Berkeley with a Ph.D. in 2006. She teaches at University of Colorado. Carr’s creative works include Objects from a Borrowed Confession (Ahsahta, 2017), Think Tank (Solid Objects, 2015), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), winner of the 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and Mead, An Epithalamion (University of Georgia Press, 2004). She is also the author of Surface Tension: Ruptural Time and the Poetics of Desire in Late Victorian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2013), and the co-editor of Active Romanticism: The Radical Impulse in Nineteenth-Century and Contemporary Poetic Practice (University of Alabama Press, 2015). She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and The National Poetry Series. Her co-translations of Apollinaire and contemporary French poet, Leslie Kaplan have been published in Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere, and a chapbook of selections from Kaplan’s “Excess-The Factory” has recently been released by Commune Editions. Her work has been anthologized widely, including in Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology.
J’Lyn Chapman’s essays and prose poems have been published in Conjunctions, Fence, Sentence, and American Letters & Commentary, among other journals. Calamari Archive published the chapbook, Bear Stories, and in early 2016, they published the full-length collection, Beastlife. Her long essay, A Thing of Shreds and Patches, was a recipient of the Essay Press Chapbook Contest. Essay Press also published her pedagogy of conversation chapbook, The Form Our Curiosity Takes. She is Assistant Professor in the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.
Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer originally from Detroit, MI. She has premiered almost fifty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a yearlong investigation as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She has guest-edited special issues of Aster(ix) and Obsidian and contributed to Small Axe, Art21, The Third Rail and the recent anthologies Kitchen Table Translation and Walk Towards It. Her memoir in performance art, Swallow the Fish, was named by Entropy as a “Best Non Fiction Book of 2017.” Her forthcoming book, Experiments in Joy, engages race, performance, and collaboration. The aim of her work is to open up space.
Aisling Daly is a graduate of the MFA in Writing and Poetics at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and former Writing Fellow at the Writing Center and a Core Writing Seminar Instructor at Naropa University. Her writing is influenced by interests in traveling, nature, art, and horses. Daly moved to Colorado from Ireland and is enjoying her experience immensely. Currently, she is working on a manuscript inspired by a 2013 wildfire in the San Juan mountains.
Jill Darling is the author of (re)iteration(s), a geography of syntax, Solve For, and begin with may: a series of moments. She teaches writing in and around southeast Michigan. Regarding diversity: “I’m interested in the transcendence of the limits of human possibility, in a revolution in human thought and human activity. In acknowledging our connected humanity, we have to recognize our reliance upon, and reciprocal and symbiotic relationships with, other humans and species.”
Sarah Escue is a poet, visual artist, and editor. She is an MFA candidate at the Jack Kerouac School, and holds a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida. Her work appears or is forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, Dialogist, Permafrost Magazine, Lullwater Review, Atticus Review, Wildness, So To Speak, The Nottingham Review, and Rogue Agent, among others. Sarah is the Assistant Editor at The Adirondack Review and a contributing editor at BEATS. Her book Bruised Gospel is forthcoming from dancing girl press this spring.
Dani Ferrara is a poet, bandmate, philosopher, teacher, pseudo-scientist, & co-conspirator of collective.off. She received her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.
Megan Heise is a writer, performer, artist, and pedagogue based in Boulder, CO. Her creative work has been published in ink & coda and Antinomies, and her first chapbook, Quasar #6, was recently published by Eggtooth Editions. An alumna of the Creative Writing and Poetics MFA at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, she worked at the Naropa Writing Center, taught courses in writing and writing pedagogy, and is active in anti-racist social justice movements. Megan enjoys studying queer and feminist theories, and creating hybrid, “genre queer” works exploring a/sexuality, mental illness, repression and expression, and the emotional undercurrents of life.
Eugene Lim is the author of the novels Fog & Car (Ellipsis Press, 2008), The Strangers (Black Square Editions, 2013) and Dear Cyborgs (FSG, 2017). He works as a high school librarian, runs Ellipsis Press, and lives in Queens, NY.
Fred Moten teaches and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, and poetics. He is author of consent not to be a single being, In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Feel Trio, The Little Edges, The Service Porch and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and A Poetics of the Undercommons, and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? Moten works in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University.
John Pluecker is a writer, translator, interpreter, and artist. He frequently collaborates with artists, organizations, and communities; one example is the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena he co-founded with Jen Hofer in 2010. His work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics, and cross-border cultural production. He has translated numerous books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018) and Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016). His most recent chapbook is An Accompanying Text (She Works Flexible, 2015). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press. He is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshop.
Marthe Reed has published five books, most recently Nights Reading (Lavender Ink, 2014). Her poetry has been published in New American Writing, Golden Handcuffs Review, Entropy, New Orleans Review, HOW2, Fairy Tale Review, and The Offending Adam, among others. Reed lives in Syracuse, NY, and is co-publisher and managing editor for Black Radish Books. Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing in the Anthropocene, co-edited with Linda Russo (Wesleyan University Press), is forthcoming in 2018.
Sarah Richards Graba is a writer and teacher. She has lived in Colorado her whole life, though her DNA comes from all over the world. She currently teaches writing, research, literature, and multicultural foundations to counseling at Naropa University. She has been published for creative work, critical theory, book reviews, and interviews, and she has been on numerous publishing projects involving both digital design and letterpress.
Truong Tran is a visual artist and the author of The Book of Perceptions, placing the accents, dust and conscience, within the margin, four letter words, and a children’s book, Going Home Coming Home. The Book of Perceptions was a finalist for the Kiriyama Prize and placing the accents (Apogee Press, 1999) was a finalist for the Western States Prize for Poetry. dustand conscience (Apogee Press, 2002) was awarded the San Francisco State Poetry Center Prize. His honors include grants from The Fund for Poetry, The Creative Work Fund, The Cultural Equity Grant, and The California Arts Council Grant. Truong lives in San Francisco where he is currently teaching poetry at San Francisco State University and Mills College.
Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of the full-length collections Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017) and Houses (Horseless Press, 2015), as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel from Bloof Books (2016). Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Rail, LIT, jubilat, Apogee, Georgia Review, Witness, Denver Quarterly, Spoon River Review, and others. She was an editor for Bettering American Poetry Anthology 2015, a project promoting the work of marginalized writers. She lives in Wisconsin.
Kristiane Weeks-Rogers is a Hoosier with a passion for the arts, something that Indiana is not famous for. She’s dabbled in all writing forms, but poetry and creative nonfiction are her niches. She recently graduated with her MA in Poetry at Indiana University in South Bend with the Graduate Student Excellence Award in 2015, received her BA from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, and has since been writing about the ghosts who have followed her from the past landscapes. This path has led her to Colorado, where she is now attending Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics for the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics.
Garen Lavender Whitmore is a genderqueer poet from Upstate New York. They hold two degrees in writing: A BA from Ithaca College and an MFA from Naropa University. They have two poems coming out this year in Jona Fine’s anthology, Morning/Mourning. They are concerned with performative translation across media.
Tyrone Williams teaches literature and theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of several chapbooks and five books of poetry: c.c., On Spec, The Hero Project of the Century, Adventures of Pi, and Howell. A limited-edition art project, Trump l’oeil, was published by Hostile Books in 2017. A new book of poetry is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing, Inc. in fall 2018.
Karolina Zapal’s writing interests include expounding on multifarious voices of middle-class America. She’s also attentive to exploring her childhood in Poland, which was in the shadows of a dictatorship. These interests lead to her creative work: “Giving Voices” and “Polalka.” She graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2015, where she studied molecular and cellular biology and creative writing. She won the grand prize in the Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards in 2015. An Anselm Hollo Fellowship recipient, she received an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.