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Yanyi is a poet and critic. In 2018, he won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for his first book, The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press 2019). Currently, he is an associate editor at Foundry and an MFA candidate at New York University. He formerly served as Director of Technology and Design at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, senior editor at Nat. Brut, and curatorial assistant at The Poetry Project. He is the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers Workshop and Poets House. Find his recent work in VIDA, Reservoir, and Memorious.
Aria Aber was raised in Germany, where she was born to Afghan refugees. Her work can be found or is forthcoming from The Poetry Review, Best British Poetry, Narrative Magazine, Kenyon Review, and others. She holds an MFA from NYU and is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Ron Wallace poetry fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Her debut book HARD DAMAGE won the 2018 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and will be published in September 2019.
Celeste Byers is an artist and enthusiast of the existential from Ocean Beach in San Diego, California. Since graduating with a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design in 2012, she has been working as a freelance illustrator, muralist, and installation artist in the United States, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Australia. Her work is largely inspired by the natural world, inter-dimensional realities, and the subconscious mind, often conveying the mystical nature hidden in everyday life. She hopes to remind others of the magic and beauty of our universe.
Sarah Kinlaw is a composer, choreographer and artist focusing on empathic potential and agency developed by performance. Known for both solo works and directing shows with as many as two-hundred performers, Kinlaw dissects themes of power, memory, trauma and connection, resisting corporeal jurisdiction and the ways sociopolitics regulate our bodies. Her work has been featured throughout NYC in institutions like Pioneer Works, Mana Contemporary, National Sawdust, One Skylight Hanson, MoMA, Knockdown Center as well as throughout Europe. Kinlaw has been written about in The New York Times, Art In America, Huffington Post, Art Forum and Pitchfork, amongst others. She co-runs Otion Front Studio, a performance and community space in Bushwick, Brooklyn and was recently accepted as an artist in residence at MoMA PS1.
Kate Mohanty is an avant-garde saxophonist based in Brooklyn. Kate is an active member of Brooklyn's music scene, committed to the process of improvisation, especially in the live setting. Mohanty's debut solo recording, The Double Image, was released via cassette in April 2017. The Double Image was named to Avant Music News Best of 2017.
Mia Pinheiro is a multi-disciplinary artist who is from the New Bedford MA/Burlington, VT and currently lives in Mexico City. In June 2018 she exhibited mYto, a myth-making playground during her residency at LLORAR CDMX in Mexico City and in March 2018, she created the immersive fantasy Feast of Fictions while in residency at The Lab Program at Pandeo DF in Mexico City. She completed an intensive study with the choreographer Deborah Hay and was a cast member of the Royal Frog Ballet Surrealist Cabaret Autumn 2017 after teaching the intensive summer course The Body Ensouled: Intimacy of Place and Insight of Motion with Temenos VT. She has created a variety of collaborative movement pieces with unique location including the Winooski River, New City Gallerie, The Light Club Lamp Shop, The Hive, The Attic, Museu Contemporaneo Arte Oaxaca and Bosque Ciudad de Mexico. She has received a degree in contemporary dance and movement studies through the University of Vermont and has with studied with wide variety of talented choreographers including Erika Senft-Miller, Claire Byrne and Hannah Dennison. She is an alumni of Temenos Vermont's Course Creative Concept Development: Art as Alchemy. She has supplemented her studies through the completion of many workshops: 'Siente' at CASA San Augustin Etla in Oaxaca, MX by Laura Rios and Linda Austin, 'Figure/Ground' at Shelburne Farms Breeding Barn by Hannah Dennison, 'Taller Danza Africana' at AfrOaxaquena, MX by Karim Keita and 'MELT' at Movement Research, NY by Vicky Schick. She has often found herself as a assistant stage director, choreographer or roving performance artist.
Estefania Puerta's work delves into organic and inorganic materials to form new poetics of transformation and translation. She is interested in what is gained and lost in the process of making and the new worlds that can emerge from fickle metaphors. Her insistence on examining the folly of translation stems from her need to explore world making, border crossing, bodies that do not fit into societies/societies that do not fit into bodies, and creating a new language for those that have never felt like they could speak. Puerta works in various mediums such as sculpture, painting, writing, and performance and is deeply invested in the web created through working in multiple forms that does not have a fixed center or hierarchy. Estefania studied at the University of Vermont and received her MFA from Yale School of Art. She was born in Colombia and raised in Boston. She currently lives and works in Vermont.
Nicolás Ruiz estudió letras francesas y literatura comparada en la UNAM. Se dedica ahora
a planes confusos de dominación mundial a través de distintos medios electrónicos. Ha
escrito sobre cine, literatura, teatro, cómics y cultura popular un poco en todos lados.
Ahora mismo es editor, conductor y redactor para Código Espagueti y Noticieros Televisa
en la interminable Ciudad de México.
Nicolás Ruiz studied French Literature and Comparative Literature in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He now devotes his time to half-baked plans for world domination through different electronic media. He has written about film, literature, theater, comics, and popular culture more or less everywhere. At the moment he is editor, host, and copywriter for Código Espagueti and Noticieros Televisa in the interminable Mexico City.
Rachael Uhlir is an emerging artist playing with analog photography, soundscapes, and the color red. Her work reflects on themes of mediation of self concept, the power of touch, texture, and contemporary feminism. Previously Rachael taught English using photography at a public school in Manhattan. She has her Master's in Education from City College and was a New York City Teaching Fellow. Rachael is also the creator of Femmetography, an online social network for femme and non-binary photographers. She has shown her work alongside many notable current feminist artists including Marilyn Minter, Kate Gilmore, Lotte Karlsen, Anne Sherwood Pundyk and Go!Pushpops. Most importantly she believes that anything, done with heart, is an art.
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