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Contributor Bios – August 2019

Melissa Penley Cormier enjoys looking and inviting others to look closely. She earned an MFA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Intermedia and Digital Arts, and a BFA from Radford University in painting/drawing. Originally from Appalachia, she can now most often be found in or around Baltimore, Maryland. See more of her work at

Edward Doyle-Gillespie is a long-time Hampden (MD) resident. Holding a degree in History from George Washington University, and an MLA from JHU, he spent roughly ten years in the field of education. His writing has appeared in journals and books in US and other Western nations. He is the author of On the Later Addition of Sancho Panza.

Leah Clare Michaels is a Baltimore native, artist, activist, historian, and surfer. She received a B.A. in History with a focus in Classics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2012 and a M.F.A. in Intermedia and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2019.  Leah was raised as a social Catholic feminist. Her work is informed by a historical research practice and rooted in the space where social justice, art, and travel intersect. See more of her work at

Timothy Nohe is an artist, composer and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in civic life and public places. His work has been focused upon sustainability and place, and musical and video works for dance and live performance. Nohe has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues. He was the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the Australian – American Fulbright Commission, and was awarded the Commission’s 2011 Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant, which resulted in multiple exhibitions in the United States and Australia on view from 2012 – 2016. Nohe has been the recipient of five Maryland State Arts Council Awards, and a Creative Baltimore Award. A 2011 National Endowment for the Arts and William G. Baker Fund “Our Town Project – Creative Placemaking” grant supported his My Station North: Sounds Surrounding Us through the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. A 2015 Warnock Foundation grant recognized Nohe’s work as a “Social Innovator” in modeling urban forest stewardship. He was commissioned as an exhibiting artist for Light City 2017, Baltimore; the festival attracted 470,000 visitors. In November of 2017 he debuted a solo exhibition titled Voltage is Signal: Analog Video Works by Timothy Nohe at the Kohl Gallery at Washington College, Chestertown, MarylandNohe is the founding Director of the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Research in the Arts (CIRCA) and a tenured Professor of Visual Arts at UMBC. See more of his work at

Jane Sellman, a Baltimore native, is writer, editor, and writing tutor. She enjoys reading, crocheting incorrectly, feeding squirrels and birds, and did I mention, reading. Currently, she is on page 147 of Don Quixote and only has about 700 pages to go.

JC Sulzenko’s poems appeared on Arc’s Poem of the Year shortlist, in Vallum, Maple Tree Literary Supplement and online either under her own name or as A. Garnett Weiss, the pseudonym she uses for centos and found poetry. She won the Wind and Water Writing Contest and the WrEN award (Children’s poetry) earlier this year. In 2018, Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology(Mansfield Press), the Poet’s Pathway and County CollAboRaTive projects featured her work. Point Petre Publishing released her debut collection, South Shore Suite…POEMS, in 2017. In 2016 she curated the poetry in the exhibition and chapbook for Ekphrasis at Blizzmax GalleryJC has presented workshops for the Ottawa International Writers Festival, the Canadian Authors Association and the Ottawa Public Library, among others. She has published six books for children and families and co-authored two poetry chapbooks with Carol A. Stephen. She curates the Glebe Report’s “Poetry Quarter” and serves as a selector for Find more of her work at

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