May 20, 2017
Featured authors and artist
Jordan Floyd is an undergraduate at Utah State University studying English and journalism. His essays have been featured in Bird’s Thumb and Sink Hollow. He also contributes to Salt Lake City Weekly magazine as a reporter.
Tyler Friend is the name of a genderqueer apricot enthusiast from Tennessee. Their chapbook Ampersonate is available from Choose the Sword Press, and his poems have recently appeared or will soon appear in Tin House, Love’s Executive Order, and others. She is currently pursuing an MFA in the inaugural class of VCFA’s Writing & Publishing program where she is focusing on poetry and choosing a preferred pronoun.
Loan Le is a fiction writer living in Brooklyn, New York. She works as an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books imprint. In July 2017, she will graduate with an MFA in fiction writing from Fairfield University, also her alma mater. She is at work on a short story collection called Look See Wonder. You can follow her Twitter account @loanloan or her blog writerloanle.me where she writes about books, publishing, and fiction writing.
James Warhola was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1955. A large influence during his childhood was his artistic family, especially his famous uncle, Pop artist Andy Warhol. From an early age of watching his uncle illustrate shoes, James wanted to be an illustrator. Like his uncle, he attended the famous Tam O’ Shanter art classes and graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1977. A move to New York City allowed him to hone his painting skills at the prestigious Art Students League and to freelance illustration and design work. He established himself as a highly sought after talent, illustrating over 300 book covers for the most popular writers of the day. He has since illustrated over 30 books, several of which he has written, as well. Warhola has been featured nationally on NPR’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, and Fresh Air. He splits his time between the Hudson Valley of New York and Baltimore, Maryland.
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Eduardo Ford was born in Argentina in 1970 in the little town of Concepcion. He left Concepcion for Africa when he was five and after two years in Libya, one in Benghazi, and one in Tripoli, moved to Belgium and lived in Brussels for nine years. Later on, he lived in Barcelona, Spain for three years and then moved back to South America and traveled to countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Colombia. After a few years in Buenos Aires, he settled in the United States in 2001. He originally took up painting in Belgium at the Institut St Luc in Brussels. His plastic arts education continued in Argentina and Ecuador, where he worked as an independent artist, and he has been working as an artist and professional photographer for the past ten years in Miami, Florida.
Monica Stewart is a mixed media artist and painter. She received her B.F.A. from Murray State University and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Studio Art & Design at the University of Louisville. Her work in painting often explores the world of small objects, particularly from nature. When painted, these objects take on a form of suspended animation, which allows for speculation about their respective past lives, making them more like relics or artifacts.
Donna Tucker studied art at Walla Walla and Moorpark College and worked with several private tutors, including renowned artist James Sturgeon from Thousand Oaks, CA. She has a lifetime of achievements ranging from many first place and Best of Show awards to having a portrait of Jack Nicklaus included in the P.G.A. Golfers Hall of Fame Museum. She received the honor twice of being one of the few selected with a perfect score in the American Juried Art Salon. She has sold her works internationally to many private collectors and has had private and public exhibits in various American cities including Palm Springs, Pasadena, Cerritos, Thousand Oaks, Westlake, and Bishop in California; Walla Walla, WA; Reno, NV; Boise, ID; and many others. She also paints murals for private homes, businesses, schools, and churches and recently finished one for Harrah’s Casino in Reno.