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Contributor Bios – May 2018

Samir Atassi is an Arab-American poet who has been writing poems since he was 18. He received his B.A. In English from Kent State University and recently earned his MFA at Ashland University in summer 2014. He lives in Westlake, Ohio where he works as a restaurant manager.

Dean Baltesson is a poet and musician living in Victoria BC Canada. He is currently working on a volume of poetry entitled There Must be Words To Describe This. His poetry and can be found in a number of online and print literary journals or on his recent CD “Covering Ground.” See more of his work at deanbaltesson.com.

Devon Balwit is the author of six chapbooks and three longer collections of poetry. Her individual poems can be found in places such as: Peacock Review, Eclectica, The Ekphrastic Review, Punch-Drunk Press, Panoplyzine, Under a Warm Green Linden, taplit mag, Cordite, Rattle.

Gaby Bedetti teaches at Eastern Kentucky University. She carries a camera wherever she goes.

Jeni De La O is an Afro-Cuban poet and storyteller living in Detroit. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in many publications including Obsidian Review, Emerson Review, Gigantic Sequins, Rockvale Review, York Literary Review and Rigorous magazine. She is the founder of Relato:Detroit, the nations first bilingual community storytelling event, and the Detroit Poetry Reading Series, Poems in the Park.

Marlayna Demond is a photographer both for her alma mater and for her own business. While taking photographs professionally was always the dream, now, taking photos for herself & for creativity’s sake is always in the back of her mind. Marlayna can also be found exploring new cities, or just catching up with friends at coffee shops. See more of her work at marlaynaphotography.com.

Juliette Goodwin has been making art of one sort or another longer than she hasn’t. A thread that ties her work together regardless of medium is extreme observation. She observes things for a really long time and/or over and over again. Those absorptions result in art projects. See more of her work at juliette-goodwin.squarespace.com.

Kirsten H. Lapointe is an artist working in Baltimore. See more of her work here.

Kelly Lenox is the author of The Brightest Rock(2017) and founder of the Erase-Transform Poetry Project (erase-transform.ink). New poems appear in Timberline Review, EcoTheo ReviewCider Press Review.Her poems, prose and translations have also appeared online and in print in the U.K., Ireland, and Slovenia. Kelly holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a technical writer and editor for the National Institutes of Health. Find more of her work at kellylenox.com.

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 bakerartist.org/portfolios/timothy-nohe.

Meredith Purvis is a writer living in Baltimore.

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