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Artist Bios – Nov.13

BioPhotoMichel Anderson is a photographer & artist currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He shows his work out frequently and is a regular contributor to the local art scene. To see more of his work visit his website www.PlayingShadows.com and photo blog www.ShadowsChaseMe.com.

Stephen Bradley engages with time-based media, sound performance/installation, and material culture in his art practice. He explores the boundaries of urban and suburban culture by collecting debris, sound, and images from the consumed and littered landscape. He has received solo commissions and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; Sonic Circuits VII: Walker Art Center; Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA); Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Blauschimmel Atelier, Oldenberg, Germany; Wave Hill, Bronx; and Hull Time-Based Arts, UK. An associate professor at UMBC, Bradley holds degrees in drawing and painting from the University of South Florida (B.F.A.), and in painting and electronic media from Florida State University (M.F.A.).

lindaLinda Crosfield grew up in the Kootenays, then lived in Ottawa, Windsor, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. She’s a member of the League of Canadian Poets and has been published in Room, The Minnesota Review, Labor, and The Antigonish Review, and in several anthologies, including: between sleeps—the 3:15 experiment 1993–2005; Rogue Stimulus; Use Your Words; and The Wild Weathers. She has four chapbooks: Ways to Get to Here; Generation Dance; Etiquette; and What’s Best For Us. In 2012 she was featured poet in The New Orphic Review. In 2013 UpDown Press and Bindery published Take a Chance, a miniature accordion book of one of her poems and Leaf Press published The Winter She Slept as a chapbook in their leaflet series. She lives in Ootischenia, at the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers in South East British Columbia where she writes poetry, produces handmade books through her imprint, Nose in Book Publishing, and occasionally makes small, square, mixed media collages that in some way illustrate a line or two from a poem. See more of her work at www.purplemountainpoems.blogspot.com.

Marlayna_headshotAfter graduating from UMBC, Marlayna Demond made the leap to become a freelance photographer, opening her own business focused on event, editorial, and lifestyle portraits. She also accepted a part-time position at Creative Services and is glad (despite the surreality) to be back walking around campus on a regular basis again. During school, Marlayna livened up her senior year playing Ultimate Frisbee. In her free time she likes going to concerts, traveling to different cities and exploring, or just catching up with friends at coffee shops. See more of her work at marlaynaphotography.com.

katiebiokatie feild currently lives in Bflat7, and is approximately Gflat7 in height. she is enamored with sounds and mappings, has visions of shiny musical things, and enjoys puzzling over packaging. her most recent obsessions include modular origami, paper balloons and animated gifs.  she loves love, and keeps hers in shape with her partner, timothy bracken, and their cat, birdie.

sylSylvia Fischbach-Braden is plorking (working + playing) on her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publication Arts at University of Baltimore. She has a book-filled rowhouse, two cats, a grown-up daughter and a supportive husband. She grew up in Indiana and has lived in Baltimore for thirty-odd years. She is a desultory gardener (lacking a plan; from Latin desultorious– leaping, pertaining to a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another).

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFitz Fitzgerald writes about things to do in Baltimore. Work of his has recently appeared in Artichoke Haircut, Everyday Genius, Espresso Ink, Boog City, Seltzer, and What Weekly.

VG.headshotVin Grabill has been creating and exhibiting works in video art formats since 1979. He received a BA degree in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 1971 and a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the MIT Center For Advanced Visual Studies in 1981. After teaching Video Art at the Massachusetts College of Art from 1984-1988, Grabill joined the faculty of the UMBC Department of Visual Arts in 1988 teaching Video Art and currntly serves as department chairperson. Grabill’s single channel video work and installation work utilizing video has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to individual projects, Grabill collaborates regularly with performing artists, choreographers, and poets in an attempt to find new solutions for the presentation of live arts utilizing live and recorded aspects of the video medium. Grabill has been active in community initiatives throughout his career. He co-founded and served as president of the Association of Maryland Area Media Artists, Inc (AMAMA), a non-profit membership organization that served the needs of independent media artists from 1989-1996. Grabill has also served on advisory panels with the Maryland State Arts Council and The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore. From 1994 – 1998, Grabill coordinated the educational mission of Baltimore Youth Television (BYTV), a program administered by the Maryland Institute College of Art designed to involve Baltimore City middle school children in video production. See more of his work here.

Grace Marie Grafton’s book, Jester, came out Nov, 2013 from Hip Pocket Press. Whimsy, Reticence and Laud/unruly sonnets, 2012, was published by Poetic Matrix Press.   Her book of prose poems, Other Clues, 2010, was published by Latitude Press (rawartpress.com).  Chrysanthemum Oratorio, 2010, a chapbook, was published by  Dancing Girl Press.  Her poetry won first prize in the Soul Making contest (PEN women, San Francisco), in the annual Bellingham Review contest, Honorable Mention from Anderbo and Sycamore Review, and was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Poems recently appear in Ambush Review, Anderbo, The Offending Adam, Theodate, and others.

me(5)Camille Guillot is the Associate Editor of the Aonian. She has a poem published in LEVELER, and upcoming poetry in Adroit, The Light Ekphrastic, Outrageous Fortune and Glass Mountain. She is from New Orleans.

Lois Marie Harrod’s 13th poetry collection, Fragments from the Biography of Nemesis, was published by Word Tech (Cherry Grove 2013). The Only Is won the 2012 Tennessee Chapbook Contest (Poems & Plays), and Brief Term, a collection of poems about teachers and teaching was published by Black Buzzard Press, 2011. Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook (Iowa State). She is widely published in literary journals and online ezines from American Poetry Review to Zone 3. She teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on www.loismarieharrod.com.

Lorraine Imwold is an artist from Catonsville, Md. She works mainly in printmaking and enjoys exploring and experiencing other mediums. Untrained, Lorraine seeks new and entertaining ways to inform her art, including partnerships and residencies, community projects and the occasional following a white rabbit to see where he leads. 

mjMia Jordan graduated from UMBC with a degree in visual arts, emphasis in photography, in the era before the interwebs. After college, she moved from photography to web design and programming. She likes rescuing cats, dreaming, saving the environment, reading books and seeing daylight.

Lyn Lifshin has written more than 125 books and edited 4 anthologies of women writers. Her poems have appeared in most poetry and literary magazines in the U.S.A, and her work has been included in virtually every major anthology of recent writing by women. She has given more than 700 readings across the U.S.A. and has appeared at Dartmouth and Skidmore colleges, Cornell University, the Shakespeare Library, Whitney Museum, and Huntington Library. Lyn Lifshin has also taught poetry and prose writing for many years at universities, colleges and high schools, and has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. Winner of numerous awards including the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off, Lyn is the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. For her absolute dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for managing to survive on her own apart from any major publishing house or academic institution, Lifshin has earned the distinction “Queen of the Small Presses.” She has been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey and Richard Eberhart, and Ed Sanders has seen her as “a modern Emily Dickinson.” See more of her work at www.lynlifshin.com.

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 www.carolmcgraw-art.com.

Robbi Nester is the author of a chapbook of yoga poems, Balance (White Violet 2012), accompanied by drawings of each pose. She has published poems, essays, reviews, and interviews in many journals and anthologies and is an executive editor on Slippage, a journal of science and the arts. Her collection of ekphrastic poems, Together, is awaiting publication. She is currently editing an anthology of poems, The Liberal Media Made Me Do It, inspired by stories and shows on NPR/PBS that will be published by Ninetoes Press. If you want to submit, please write to rknester@yahoo.com with the subject line NPR Poem and your name. Attach the poems as Word documents by February 28th 2014.

IMG_20131024_151048Crazy with gladness for the collaborative effort, Charlotte M. Porter lives in an old citrus hamlet in north central Florida. A published poet, she was a top finalist for the 2012 Rose Metal Press flash fiction chapbook contest. Her creative nonfiction, as Wanda Legend, is cited by New Pages. Recently Porter collaborated with poet Nancy Hastie on “Second Wink,” a chapbook of fables, and she is finishing a “Hem-nal,” a multi-media collaborative exhibit with artist Christy Sanford. Her photo was taken by Christopher D. Howard.

photo (12)Lyzzy Redd, better known as Alyssa Cokinis, is currently an undergraduate at the University of Iowa pursuing English/Creative Writing and Theatre Arts. She has just finished writing her first full-length novel and is working on the next. Her work will also be forthcoming in the Iowa Writers Living-Learning Community’s Ink, the university’s freshman literary magazine. In addition, she has been published in several online issues of Literati Quarterly. Lyzzy also serves as an administrator on LITERATIPOP, an art- and literature-inspired website to critique budding writers and help them to do the same, all under the influence of art forms playing together. She attempts to blog regularly at http://lyzzyredd.blogspot.com, but we all know how that goes.

repass headshotWilliam Repass hails from Los Alamos New Mexico. He recently graduated from Hendrix College with a degree in English. Besides writing poetry and film reviews for Film International Magazine, he occasionally composes 1-3 sentence biographies.

Francine Rubin- Author PhotoFrancine Rubin’s chapbook, Geometries, was published last year by Finishing Line Press. Her work has recently appeared in Border CrossingCoin Opera 2 (Sidekick Books), and Spiral Orb, and her poem “Sacagawea” was the third place winner in Calyx Press’ 2013 Flash Fiction contest.  A former dancer and ballet teacher, she now works as the Associate Director of the Learning Center at SUNY Purchase College, where she also teaches writing.  More poems and thoughts appear at http://francinerubin.tumblr.com.

portraitSteven H. Silberg is an image-influenced, material-based, cross-media artist with a background ranging
 from photography to book conservation. Working in image, video, and interactive installation, he
 engages each medium as a literalist. For him, the structure and process leading to the image is as important as the composition and content. By highlighting the construction of the image, Silberg allows his viewers to both engage the work aesthetically and engage with the technology creating it.

Between 1975-1988 Dvorah Telushkin worked as a personal assistant, editor, and translator for Isaac Bashevis Singer, the Yiddish writer who won the 1978 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her translations appeared in The New Yorker, and in collections of Mr. Singer’s stories published by Farrar Straus and Giroux. In 1997, she published her memoir, Master of Dreams, telling the story of her twelve-year apprenticeship with Mr. Singer. The book received wide critical attention, including a review in The New York Times. Telushkin has had a side career as a storyteller and performer of Jewish folklore and literature. She draws much of the materials from the classic Yiddish writers and mystics. She is currently completing her first novel, The Cry of the Loon. In addition, she has recently completed a one-woman show, In Search of the Perfect Pocketbook. Her show chronicles the trials and tribulations of finding the perfect bag. The pocketbooks she designed to meet her needs, trademarked “Yomí Bags”, accompany the show. Telushkin lives in New York City with her husband Joseph Telushkin, where they raised their four children.

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