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Artist Bios – August 2013

Chris Combs PicChris Combs currently lives in Georgia where it is too hot and humid to do anything “outdoorsy”, so he finds himself instead trying to fill composition notebooks with poetry and prose. Recently graduated with his Bachelor’s of Writing from Georgia Southern University, Chris finds interest in being a geographer, film buff, and lover of attractively organized bookshelves. His work has appeared in Prairie Wolf Press Review. But at twenty-four years old Chris hopes his emerging writing career will lead to more publications that allow him to use italics more in short bios such as this, instead of filler to make him look a lot cooler than he is.

image(1)Tim Galligan is a Colorado poet. He has taught writing in Baltimore and is a regular lecturer on poets, poetry, and publishing in Denver.

Captured by Gretchen Lee Carletta, PQR Photography.  May 24, 2012.Christine Green is a freelance writer and personal assistant in Western, NY.  She has been published in Story Bleed (Blog Nosh), Genesee Valley Parent, aaduna, the Democrat and Chronicle, the American Cancer Society’s Choose You Blog, and Naptime Notebook.  She has essays in Mother Muse: A Collection of Poetry & Prose Celebrating the Joys & Challenges of Motherhood as well as Motherly Musings. You can learn more about Christine at

NH_HATNels Hanson graduated from UC Santa Cruz and the U of Montana and has worked as a farmer, teacher, and contract writer/editor. His fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and two Pushcart Prize nominations. Stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Montreal Review, and other journals. Poems are in press at Stone Highway Review, Word Riot, Paper Scissors Literary Magazine, Oklahoma Review, Heavy Feather Review, Citron Review, Scintilla, Emerge Literary Journal, Apeiron Review, Ilanot Review, Drunk Monkeys, Prompt & Circumstance, The Light Ekphrastic, and Hoot & Hare Review. Hanson lives with his wife, Vicki, on the Central Coast of California.

IMG_5159Kat Johnson is an artist living and working in Bangor, Maine. She recently received her MFA in Intermedia from the University of Maine, where she is now employed. Johnson’s creative focus is on repetition – as duplication of imagery as well as gesture. She has been active in the artistic community both locally and otherwise, in both solo and group shows. Her work is currently on permanent display as the premier art piece featured in the newly renovated St. Joseph’s Hospital Demaso Lobby, in Bangor, Maine.

portrait_dkDina Karkar is a graphic designer living in Baltimore. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in studio art and later received her masters in publication and design from The University of Baltimore. After working in Austin, Texas for a few years she returned to Maryland, and is now a member of the UMBC creative services department. She loves purple and black (go Ravens), cheese, traveling, painting and going to concerts.

andym_jpAndy Mauery is an artist, teacher, and mom:  the order of that list differs from moment to moment.  Andy earned a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MFA from West Virginia University. She has been lucky enough to have residencies at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Vermont Studio Center, the Nyholm Fond, and Tesuque Glassworks.  Her international adventures include working and exhibiting in Peru and Denmark.  Andy is now an Associate Professor of Art and the Foundations Coordinator at The University of Maine.  Her website is

Carol in Orange Shirt 2An introvert by nature, Carol McGraw began to use her art as a means of self-expression at an early age.  Her work is fueled by a mix of intuition, emotion, past experiences, hopes and dreams.  One of Carol’s great passions is painting the figure from life.  She is known for her loose, spontaneous style which is complemented by her adventurous sense of color.   To learn more about Carol and her art, please visit

Tim Nohe is an artist and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in daily life and public places. His recent work has been realized in Intermedia works, sound scores for dance, improvisational concert works, and art focused on sustainability. Nohe is actively committed to collectivist work, and is a member of the International Corporation of Lost Structures, a Sydney-based creative collective, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Los Angeles. He is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including: the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF), The Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), and the College Art Association (CAA). Nohe was the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the Australian – American Fulbright Commission and an Australian-American Fulbright Commission Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant in 2011. Four Maryland State Arts Council awards have supported his work in the area of Media, New Genre and Installation/Sculpture. Nohe has also been recognized with a Creative Baltimore Award. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Nohe is also an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, and an Associate of the Centre for Media Arts Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

IMG_0892Lynne Parks is a self-taught photographer who has called Baltimore home since 2003. She collects found images in the marginal spaces of alleys, abandoned buildings, trash heaps, gutters, and salvage yards. The discarded, forgotten, and obsolete hold a particular fascination for her and she is interested in revealing the tensions inherent in deterioration. Lynne is a recipient of the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize.

meredith_hedMeredith Purvis, mild-mannered communications editor by day, kicks up her heels and dances down the night. She received her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore, and her poetry has been published in Journey Student Literary Magazine, Welter and the Little Patuxent Review. She is also an avid book binder and collector of all things small. Visit her blog at

Jordan Shelton is a graphic design major at CCBC Catonsville in Maryland. See more of his work at

MikeTagerMichael B. Tager is from Baltimore, MD where he is working for his MFA at the University of Baltimore. He primarily writes fiction and has been published most recently in Welter, The Realm Beyond and Fantastic Horror. You can read some of his work at

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