April 20, 2018
Featured authors and artist
Urvashi Bahuguna’s debut poetry collection, Mudscope, was selected for the 2017 Emerging Poet’s Prize by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and will be published late 2018 by The Great Indian Poetry Collective. Her work has been recognized by a Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, a Sangam House fellowship, an Eclectica Spotlight Author Prize, a TOTO Award for Creative Writing, and a Wingword Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Orion, SOFTBLOW, The Nervous Breakdown, Eclectica Magazine, The Fourth River, Barely South Review, Kitaab, Jaggery, The Four Quarters Magazine and elsewhere. Her writing has been anthologised in Aquanauts (Sidekick Books, 2017), A Map Called Home (Kitaab, 2018) and Modern English Poetry by Younger Indians (Sahitya Akademi, 2018).
Kristian Brevik studied sculpture and evolutionary biology/ecology at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he began to combine artistic and scientific ways of knowing. Kristian currently researches insect evolution and genetics at the University of Vermont, studying the impacts of human activity on insects. He continues to walk the border between art and science.
Wendy Fontaine is a Pushcart-nominated writer whose work has appeared in Hippocampus Magazine, Passages North, Readers Digest, River Teeth, Compose Literary Journal and elsewhere. In 2015, she won the Tiferet Prize for Creative Nonfiction. She lives in Los Angeles and is currently seeking representation for her memoir, Leaves in the Fall.
Casey Lefante earned her MFA from the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, where she also taught freshman composition and ESL for two years. Her work has been published in Third Coast, Zone 3, Slush Pile, The Atlantis Now, and The Burlesque Press Variety Show, as well as in the anthology Monday Nights. In 2011, she was short-listed for the William Faulkner novel-in-progress award, and she is currently at work on a novel. She lives, writes, and teaches in New Orleans.
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Nathan Marcy is a wildlife biologist and self-taught artist. His interests in art and the natural world have always been inseparable. The paintings he makes are often inspired by animals he has encountered while working throughout the United States, or while wandering in the woods as a child. He chooses to avoid the charismatic megafauna that are a staple of wildlife painting, and instead seeks to illuminate the charisma of less celebrated species. He paints with a scientist’s precision, but also tries to imbue his animal subjects with an inner life. See more of his work at www.greatgrayart.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatGrayArt.
Lori Menna has 17 years experience as a graphic artist. She says: “I am inspired by the great mystery of life, fractals in nature and sacred geometry. I am drawn to the healing patterns of indigenous people. My ideas and visions come to me in mediation. My creativity is something that travels through me, it is a gift from the spirit world. I believe that all living things are connected and I live by that. I create when I am open receive a natural flow of spiritual and creative energy.”
Jeremy Siedt’s work explores the boundaries and potential of corrosive metals in painting. He captures the color and movement that occurs in the properties of individual metals during the process of corrosion. The metal is laid behind the canvas and stained by working from the front with different solutions, which brings the corrosive properties through the canvas. He continues to add depth with the use of pigments and other various mediums, including metal on the front of the canvas to further the depth and complexity of the image. Process is one of most important aspect of his creative method. Siedt’s vigorous, repetitive motions on both the front and back of the canvas act as an imprint and recording of the harsh interaction between destruction and rebirth. He is aware of the impermanence in these images that are painted and embraces this factor in his studio practice. This impermanence plays a very important role in the overall composition and atmosphere portrayed in the physical representation of the multi layered space of each painting. His calculated decisions are intertwined with spontaneous occurrences that juxtapose the ideas of color and composition, as well as the deterioration and preservation of contemporary painting.