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Artist Bios – May 15

ramsRam Brisueño‘s two –dimensional and sculptural pieces question scale and are organically layered with surface detail worked to heighten form and language creating unique iconography and meaning. His aesthetic is defined by both visual art and storytelling: a surreal perspective between material and myths at points of transformation that draws the viewer/ audience inward to a larger narrative, hidden memories and dreams. See more of his work here.

Cheryl Fair is a photographer/digital artist and filmmaker living in Baltimore MD. Her photographic style has been described as “Magical Realism” or “Colorful Photo-secessionist” Cheryl’s published work includes editorial photos for various newspapers and magazines, art photographs for exhibition in galleries, short experimental films, and music videos. See more of her work at

Kate_GillespieKate Gillespie‘s tagline is “a microbiologist getting her mojo on” when it comes to non-scientific endeavors. She once enjoyed the cultural arts from afar or simply envied  her artistic friends.  Currently completing a Marine Biotechnology Doctorate degree, this stress has allowed for her to channel into a creative blooming; including poetry, playwriting, and speculative short fiction.

Trish Hopkinson photoTrish Hopkinson has always loved words—in fact, her mother tells everyone she was born with a pen in her hand. She has two chapbooks Emissions and Pieced Into Treetops has been published in several anthologies and journals, including The Found Poetry ReviewChagrin River Review, and Reconnaissance Magazine. She is a project manager by profession and resides in Utah with her handsome husband and their two outstanding children. You can follow her poetry adventures at or on her Facebook page.

Avelino_Profile_redAvelino Maestas is a Baltimore-based photographer and writer who loves public transit and his two cats. You can find him exploring the streets of Charm City or hiking in the wilderness.

Janet Maher earned M.F.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a B.S. degree in Art Education from Southern Connecticut State College (now University), New Haven. She works in many disciplines and has taught a wide range of courses since 1997 at Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, where she is a tenured associate professor. Her prints, drawings, artist books, collages, assemblages and digital images are in many private and public collections. Her work has been shown in several states through national juried competitions and other opportunities. See more of her work at

annaMirAnna Mirzayan is a graduate student in the Midwest. She makes spaces for words and wonders if philosophy is a dying field. Her work has been published in Polaris, Carcinogenic Poetry and Black Heart Magazine (upcoming).

timsingletonTim Singleton is board co-chair of HoCoPoLitSo, the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society and co-publisher of Little Patuxent Review. He writes, teaches, and is a marketing consultant in Columbia, Maryland.

Patricia Wentzel is new to writing but not to art. After many years as a visual artist she took up poetry and prose in October 2014 following a long illness. Her poetry has been published in Medusa’s Kitchen, Brevities, Poetry Now and upcoming in Petite Hound Press. She thanks the Women’s Wisdom Art poetry circle and the Sacramento Poetry Center for their support.

BethWilliams (1)Beth Schabb Williams is an eclectic artist who has a BFA in Graphic Design and studied Metal Smithing, but her interests have evolved over the years towards collage, assemblage, and working with fabric. The color and pattern combinations in fabric and paper (especially magazines) are endless, exciting, and she loves to play with the tension they create. She is the staff member in charge of the art room at a non-traditional k-12 private school, where the students lead their own educational experience. She loves to inspire and mentor through her own passion for art.

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