January 20, 2016
Featured authors and artist
Rebecca Fishow’s fiction and illustrations have appeared or are forthcoming in Joyland, Necessary Fiction, The Believer Logger, Oblong, and other publications. She is a contributing editor at Cosmonauts Avenue and holds an MFA from Syracuse University, where she received the Joyce Carol Oates Award in Nonfiction and the Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellowship. She currently lives in Montreal.
Luisa A. Igloria is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she cooks with her family, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.
Arthur Plotnik is the author of eight books, including Spunk & Bite: A Writer’s Guide to Bold, Contemporary Style and two Book-of-the-Month Club selections: The Elements of Expression and The Elements of Editing. Among his many publications are award-winning fiction, essays, poetry, and biography. He studied under Philip Roth at the Iowa Writers Workshop and worked as editorial director for the American Library Association. A former columnist for The Writer magazine, he lives in a metamorphosing Chicago neighborhood. (Photo credit: Mary H. Phelan)
LiQin Tan has portrayed his inventive and autodidactic energy as an artist, educator and researcher for three decades while teaching in China, Canada, Singapore, and the U.S.A. He has pioneered the “Digital-Primitive” and “Digital Nature” concepts, which have won great acclaim and a number of awards from both American and international art scenes. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group shows. Tan is a co-director and a professor of art at Rutgers University-Camden. Tan’s art research since 2000 has focused mainly on the merging of conceptual animation, animation installation, interactive animation, and digital prints on rigid materials.
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Allison Merriweather is a dreamer and a visionary. Her highly charged instantly recognizable style has gained wide acclaim among the viewing public. Reality is rearranged and transformed in her mind into intensely personal visions which she then transfers to canvas with directness, freshness and a “passionate uniqueness” as one critic put it, obeying no rules but those of her imagination, Allison’s paintings possess a mysterious poetry. Above all she is a masterful storyteller, putting elements within our grasp and counting on the viewer to draw the correct conclusions. View more or her artwork at: http://www.allisonmerriweather.com/
Natcha W. is a Karen ethnic living on the Thai-Myanmar border. She is currently working as an interpreter for the International Rescue Committee.
Sharon Webster is a poet and visual artist. Everyone Lives Here, a book of poems and art, was published by Fomite Press in 2014. Prior to that, she self-published seven chapbooks of poems and appeared in journals. In her visual art, Webster creates engaging sculptural assemblages and paintings that reflect her love of form, intimacy, language, and the beauty of everyday things. Art critic, Christopher Faris, describes her work as “exhilaratingly abstract and surreal, yet poignantly expressive…images of the world as seen from within.” Webster taught Word and Image, Studio Art, and writing classes at Burlington College and Community College of Vermont for over a decade. She works with developmentally challenged adults through Home Base, Inc. and has for many years.