July 20, 2016
Featured authors and artist
Bruce Alford is a columnist, reviewer and creative writer. He has published fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry in journals such as the African American Review, Comstock Review, Imagination & Place Press and Louisiana Literature. His first collection, Terminal Switching was published in 2007 (Elk River Review Press). He received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Alabama and was an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of South Alabama from 2007-2011. Before working in academia, he was an inner-city missionary and journalist. He currently lives in Hammond, Louisiana. About the Manuscript: Alford’s Devotional and Guide to Poetry combines writing instruction, autobiography, devotional, and philosophy (based on the writings of Nietzsche and specifically on his philosophy of anti-pity). This book was his way of working through his mother’s death from cancer and his father’s death from West Nile virus two years earlier.
Ken Hohing’s photography has been widely exhibited both in the United States and abroad. His work represents a continuing desire to investigate many societal taboos associated with human behavior and our ever-increasing disconnect from nature. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University Camden, where he teaches the Photography program and leads International Studies tours abroad. Hohing is a graduate of Rutgers University, Department of Fine Arts where he specialized in photography and printmaking. He also studied visual sociology and photo design at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and the Gesamthochschule in Kassel, Germany.
Barry Maxwell is a 56-year-old native of Austin, Texas, and a creative writing student at UT. His publication credits include essays, poetry, fiction, and memoir in venues including PitheadChapel.com, UT’s Hothouse Literary Journal and The Liberator, and Austin Community College’s Rio Review. His work has been featured in the Northern Colorado Writers 2013 Pooled Ink Anthology, and in the 2014 Writing Texas Anthology from Lamar University Press. Barry, formerly one of Austin’s homeless, is also the founder of Street Lit and the Street Lit Authors Club, which provide books and creative writing workshops to Austin’s homeless community. You can contact Barry at StreetLit.org or BarryMaxwell.net.
Caitlin Hamilton Summie earned her MFA with Distinction from Colorado State University. Her short stories have been published in Puerto del Sol, Wisconsin Review, and Beloit Fiction Journal. In 2017, Fomite will publish her first book, a short story collection.
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A Best Small Fictions 2015 Winner, Dave Petraglia‘s writing and art has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Bartleby Snopes, Cheap Pop, Chicago Literati, Gambling the Aisle, Hayden’s Ferry, McSweeney’s, Necessary Fiction, New Pop Lit, North American Review, Per Contra, Pithead Chapel, Popular Science, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. His blog is at DrowningBook.com.
Cathryn Sugg is a professional fine artist and arts education specialist residing in Glasgow, Montana where she works as a liaison between the contemporary art world and rural North Eastern Montana. Cathryn has an extensive arts education background, which has included involvement with the Andre Agassi Foundation, The University of Las Vegas, Nevada, and The University of Montana. She earned her BFA from UNLV in 2006 and her MFA from UM in 2011, and she holds a secondary education teaching license. Acting as an independent contractor for school districts, she writes and presents continuing education curriculum which uses contemporary Native American artworks to address multiple disciplines and teach common core content standards simultaneously. She teaches children’s and adults’ fine art classes and workshops and lectures occasionally. When not acting as an educator, Cathryn maintains her own studio practice: working simultaneously on contemporary artworks that define her status as an emerging artist, and maintaining a thriving commercial practice as a consignment artist. She has had work exhibited in Seattle, WA., Troy, NY., and Las Vegas, NV and her artworks investigate themes related to region, role, and gender. In addition to nurturing her own artistic growth, she encourages the artistic endeavors of her three year old son, Rivers. You can track her course design work through her business site Artledge.org, or find her on Facebook under “ArtLEDge” or on Twitter @CathrynSugg.
Jason Tako is a plein air, landscape and wildlife artist working in a style that blends realism with painterly expression. Jason is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, a recipient of the Western Art Collector Magazine Editor’s Choice Award. His plein air work has also won numerous awards. Jason is a two-time First Place winner at Plein Air Camp Hill, as well as a First Place recipient in the Camp Hill Quick Draw competition. In Plein Air Easton, Jason has received numerous awards including the Best Architectural Award and the Vanishing Landscape Award. He has also received awards at Easels in Frederick, Mountain Maryland Plein Air and Plein Air Vermont. Jason’s work is exhibited in Highlands Art Gallery in Lambertville, NJ, Lord Nelson’s Gallery in Gettysburg, PA and Weiler House Fine Art in Fort Worth, TX. He exhibits annually at History Meets the Arts in Gettysburg, PA, The Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, SC and NatureWorks in Tulsa, OK. Jason has had editorial features in Plein Air Magazine and Western Art Collector.
A firm believer in painting from life, Jason likes to spend autumns in the West, hiking in the mountains of Colorado or Wyoming painting alpine lakes or aspens in full autumn bloom. With years of experience sketching wildlife in his native state of Minnesota, he is one of the few plein air artists who will paint animals from life. Jason’s art students describe him as a very passionate and generous teacher who has helped them reach new levels of seeing and painting. View more of his work on this website: JasonTako.com.
Two-time Pushcart Prize and Kentucky Poet Laureate nominee, Sheri L. Wright is the author of six books of poetry, including her latest, The Feast of Erasure. Wright’s work has appeared in numerous journals, such as Chiron, Clark Street Review and Earth’s Daughters. She has taught workshops for The Kentucky State Poetry Society, Women In Transition and in independent settings. From 2010-2012, she was the host of the literary radio show, From The Inkwell, live-streaming on CrescentHillRadio.com. Currently, she is the executive producer/director of the documentary film, Tracking Fire. Learn more about the Tracking Fire documentary at: TrackingFire.org.