Visiting Writers & Artists – 2015-16

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STEVE POWERS
April 2015

Stephen J. Powers is a New York City artist who at one time wrote graffiti in Philadelphia and New York under the name ESPO ("Exterior Surface Painting Outreach." In 2000 Powers gave up graffiti to become a full-time studio artist. His work has been shown at the prestigious Venice and Liverpool Biennials, as well as numerous shows at New York City's Deitch Gallery and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. His work has graced the cover of the art magazine Juxtapoz. Power’s most recent project is a mural project in Philadelphia about the complexities and rewards of relationships, titled A Love Letter for You, sponsored by a $260,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, and produced by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, with positive reviews from both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


MAJOR JACKSON
April 2015

Major Jackson is an American poet, professor and the author of three collections of poetry: HOLDING COMPANY (W.W. Norton, 2010) and HOOPS (W.W. Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry and LEAVING SATURN (University of Georgia, 2002), winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Award Circle. He is also a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and currently serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.

O, Miami Poetry Festivaql


SEAN SEXTON
April 2015

Sean Sexton is a Florida native who divides his time between taking care of a 600-acre cow-calf and seedstock operation and painting and writing. He is married to artist Sharon Sexton, and they live on the ranch with their two children in a house they built with their hands. He has kept journal-sketch books drawn from his life since 1973 and was awarded an Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the State of Florida in 2000-2001. He is the author of Waldo’s Mountain, Brief History of a Small Elevation (Waterview Press, 2001) about his grandfather, Waldo Sexton.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


DAISY FRIED
April 2015

Fried earned her undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College. Her writing career began with journalism positions with a few Philadelphia papers. She’d written poetry here and there for personal enjoyment over the years, but it was her experience writing under deadlines that encouraged her to produce  poetry on a consistent and professional level. Fried has written three collections of poetry: She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again (2006), and Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice (2013). Her journalistic and poetry endeavors have won her numerous respected awards, including the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize (1999), the National Book Critics Circle Award (2007), and the Poetry Editor’s Award (2009). She currently teaches in the Warren Wilson College Low-Residency MFA program and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


ANSLEY MOON
April 2015

Ansley Moon was born in India and raised in the Southern state of Georgia. She is the author of the poetry collection How to Bury the Dead (Black Coffee Press). Her poems have appeared in J Journal, PANK, Southern Women's Review and elsewhere. She holds an M.F.A from The New School and is the recipient of a Kundiman fellowship. She lives in Brooklyn, New York and works as a Teacher.


PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER
April 2015

Paul Holdengräber is the founder and director of LIVE from The New York Public Library which is celebrating in 2015 its 10th year with over 630 events so far. Over the past decade Holdengräber has spoken with everyone from Patti Smith to Zadie Smith, Ricky Jay to Jay-Z, Errol Morris to Jan Morris, Brian Eno to Jessye Norman, Anish Kapoor to Gilberto Gil, William Kentridge to Pete Townshend, Edwidge Danticat to Wes Anderson, Ed Ruscha to Matthew Barney, Javier Marias to Pico Iyer, Christopher Hitchens to Van Cliburn, Alexei Ratmansky to Ben Lerner, Thomas Struth to Rebecca Mead, Spike Lee to Elizabeth Gilbert, Werner Herzog to Mike Tyson.

Fashion Project, 4/10


KAY RYAN
April 2015

Kay Ryan grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. She received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UCLA. Ryan has published several collections of poetry, including The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2011; The Niagara River (2005); Say Uncle (2000); Elephant Rocks (1996); Flamingo Watching (1994), which was a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize; Strangely Marked Metal (1985); and Dragon Acts to Dragon Ends (1983).

O, Miami Poetry Festival


JAAMAL MAY
April 2015

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Silver Medal, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and was named one The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013. In 2014 Jamaal received several honors including the Spirit of Detroit Award, The J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, as well as fellowships from Rose O’Neil Literary House, Lannan Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. Recent work appears from NYTimes.com, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, and Ploughshares. Poems have also been anthologized in Please Excuse this Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation (Penguin), 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology (Pushcart Press), Best American Poetry 2014 (Scribner), and elsewhere. Jamaal is currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts with Tarfia Faizullah.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


MELANIE ALMEDER
April 2015

Melanie Almeder teaches creative writing and contemporary literature at Roanoke College. Her work appears widely.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


LISA PAPADEMETRIOU
April 2015

Lisa Papademetriou is the author of numerous books for young readers, including Sixth-Grade Glommers,Norks, and Me; How to Be a Girly Girl in Just Ten Days; the Accidentally Fabulous series; and, most recently, the Confectionately Yours series. Her books have been named among the Best of the Year by Family Fun Magazine, the New York Public Library, and Bank Street College, and have appeared on several state award lists, including the Texas Lone Star List. Lisa has worked in an editorial capacity for Scholastic, Alloy, HarperCollins, and Disney Press, and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.


NATHAN DEUEL
April 2015

Nathan Deuel is the author of Friday Was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East, an Amazon Best Book of the Month. He has written essays, reviews, and short fiction for The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, GQ, The Paris Review, and many others. He lives in Los Angeles, and teaches writing at UCLA Writing Programs and at the MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's University.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


CARLOS PINTADO
April 2015

Carlos Pintado (born 1974 in Cuba) is a Cuban–American writer, playwright and award-winning poet who immigrated to the United States in the early 90s. He received the prestigious 2014 Paz Prize for Poetry for his book "Nueve Monedas" awarded by the National Poetry Series and will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press in New York. His book Autorretrato en azul received the Sant Jordi's International Prize for Poetry and his El azar y los tesoros was one of the finalists for Adonais Prize in 2008. He also contributed to The exile Experience: a journey to freedom, coordinated by Cuban American music producer Emilio Estefan.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


ANNE-MARIE MACARI
April 2015

Winner of Five Points’ James Dickey Prize for Poetry, Macari has published widely in journals, including The American Poetry Review, GulfCoast, Bloomsbury Review, and Shenendoah. A graduate of Oberlin College, she holds an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence. Macari is on the core faculty at New England College Low residency MFA Program and the Prague Summer Workshops. She lives in New Jersey.

O, Miami Poetry Festival


BROOKE KING
May 2015

Brooke King served in the United States Army, deploying to Iraq in 2006 as a wheel vehicle mechanic, machine gunner, and recovery specialist. Her combat experience has led her to focus on the involvement of female soldiers, giving perspective and insight about how women have fought in combat and war. Her work has been published in the Sandhill Review and Press 53’s fiction war anthology Home of the Brave: Somewhere in the Sand with a forthcoming nonfiction publication with University Nebraska Press. Currently, Brooke is attending Sierra Nevada College’s Master of Fine Arts program and is working on her first novel.


ANDREW LUSTIG
May 2015

Lustig is a poet, performer and sometimes filmmaker. His Youtube Video, "I Am Jewish" brought a good deal of attention to the young writer.


BRIAN BLANCHFIELD
May 2015

Brian Blanchfield is the author of two books of poetry, Not Even Then (University of California Press, 2004) and A Several World (Nightboat Books, 2014), which received the 2014 James Laughlin Award and was named a longlist finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry. His collection of literary essays--autobiography and cultural close readings--is forthcoming from Nightboat early in 2015. An editor of Fence and the host of Speedway and Swan, a biweekly poetry and music program co-produced with the University of Arizona Poetry Center, he lives in Tucson.

Arts Salon, May 14, 2015


IDRA NOVEY
May 2015

Idra Novey is the author most recently of Clarice: The Visitor, a collection of poems and images in collaboration with the artist Erica Baum. Her debut novel Ways to Disappear is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2016. Earlier poetry collections include Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the 2011 National Poetry Series, and The Next Country, a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Book of the Year Award in poetry. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, the Leonard Lopate Show, in Slate, The Paris Review, A Public Space and Poetry. She’s received awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine, and the PEN Translation Fund. Her most recent translation is Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.

Arts Salon, May 21, 2015


PATRICK TENNANT
June 2015

Tennant is a Theatrical Lighting Designer. Hosted in partnership with SoBe Arts Institute, as they present,"Intelligent Systems - An Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Musical Ride through the Evolution of the Universe." Details and tickets at www.sobearts.org


ALEX MYERS
June 2015

Alex Myers is a writer, teacher, and speaker. Born and raised in Paris, Maine, Alex was raised as a girl (Alice) and left Maine to attend boarding school at Phillips Exeter Academy. At Exeter, Alex came out as transgender, returning his senior year as a man after attending for three years as a woman, and was the first transgender student in that Academy’s history. After Exeter, Alex earned his bachelor’s at Harvard University, studying Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and living in the Dudley Co-op. Alex was also the first openly transgender student at Harvard and worked to change the University’s nondiscrimination clause to include gender identity. Subsequent to earning a master’s degree in religion at Brown, Alex has pursued a career in teaching English at secondary schools. He completed his Master’s of Fine Arts in fiction writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he began his work on Revolutionary. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two cats.

TransArt Festival, June 14-16


JOE IPPOLITO
June 2015

Ippolito, a 45-year-old man of transgender experience, is an educator, clinician, filmmaker, activist, and writer. Born and raised in South Florida, he has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) from Chestnut Hill College. In 2010, Ippolito founded Gender Reel, the country’s only coast-to-coast film & performance art festival and production program dedicated to enhancing the visibility of trans and gender nonconforming people. His interest in film, and passion for trying new things, launched what he now considers a “second career.” Alongside 99 other amazing transgender activists, organizers and advocates, Joe was nominated into the 2015 Trans 100 list for his work in the community.

TransArt Festival, June 14-16


ANNABEL GUEREDRAT
June 2015

Choreographer, dancer, and performer of Martinique, Guérédrat studied at the Sorbonne, and is a Somatic Educator of the Movement in Body Mind Centering. She has also studied Sphota improvised music and has danced with the Orisha Company (Afro-Brazilian dance), as well as Pilates, yoga Iyengar & Ashtanga. Combined, these various techniques are integrated into her dance, creating movements and gestures that feel very personal and sensitive.

MADE, June 18, presented by DVCAI


FAITH ADIELE
June 2015

FAITH ADIELE is author of The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide To Lady Problems and Meeting Faith, which won the PEN Beyond Margins Award for memoir; writer/narrator/subject of My Journey Home, a PBS documentary about her mixed family; and editor of Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology. She teaches at VONA: Summer Workshops for Writers of Color, California College of the Arts (CCA) and The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She is completing TWINS, an epic family memoir. Visit her at http://adiele.com.

VONA, June 20-24


ELMAZ ABINADER
June 2015

Elmaz Abinader is a poet, memoirist, playwright and novelist. Her first memoir, Children of the Roojme, a Family’s Journey from Lebanon, chronicles three generations of immigrants battling dislocation and tradition. The poetry collection, In the Country of My Dreams… won the 2000 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry award. She was also awarded a Goldies Award for Literature, as well as two Drammies (Oregon’s Drama award) for her three-act one-woman show, Country of Origin. Elmaz most recently performed Country of Origin at the Kennedy Center and has toured several countries with this play and two others: Ramadan Moon and 32 Mohammeds. Elmaz’s work has been widely anthologized, most recently in The New Anthology of American Poetry, Vol. 3 and The Colors of Nature. Elmaz has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow to Egypt, taught for the Palestine Writing Workshop and a resident at the El Gouna Writing Residency on the Red Sea. Elmaz is one of the founders of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, (VONA/Voices), now in its 15th year providing workshops for writers of color.

VONA Breakfast Salon 6/29


CHINARY UNG
July 2015

Chinary Ung was the first American composer to win the highly coveted and international Grawemeyer Award (1989), sometimes called the Nobel prize for music composition. Among other honors, Ung has received awards from The Kennedy Center (Friedheim award), The American Academy of Arts and Letters, Asia Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Joyce Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

MSMF 2015


BERNARD RANDS
July 2015

Through a catalog of more than a hundred published works and many recordings, Bernard Rands is established as a major figure in contemporary music. His work Canti del Sole, premiered by Paul Sperry, Zubin Mehta, and the New York Philharmonic, won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize in Music. His large orchestral suites Le Tambourin, won the 1986 Kennedy Center Friedheim Award. His work Canti d'Amor, recorded by Chanticleer, won a Grammy award in 2000.

MSMF 2015


CARLA FORTE
July 2015

Carla Forte is a performer, writer and director. She has directed award-winning Video-Art works like Staring at the Ceiling, Interrupta, Assassins for One Night. Her cinematographic work includes the documentary The Holders Official Selection 32th Miami International Film Festival; Short films Imaginarium and Reset, selected for Cannes Film Festival's Court Metrage - Short Film Corner in 2012 and 2013, respectively; as well as the feature Urban Stories, Winner of Best Screenplay and Lucerne International Film Festival, Switzerland (2012), among many others.


MIA LEONIN
July 2015

Mia Leonin is the author of two poetry collections, Braid and Unraveling the Bed (Anhinga Press), and a memoir Havana and Other Missing Fathers (University of Arizona Press). Her poetry has been published inNew Letters, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, and others. She teaches creative writing at the University of Miami.


A. PAPATYA BUCAK
July 2015

A. Papatya Bucak has published stories, poems, and essays in a variety of literary magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Pank and The Fairy Tale Review. Her short story, “The History of Girls,” originally published in Witness, was selected for the 2013 PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories; and her short story, “Iconography,” originally published in The Iowa Review , was selected for the 2014 Pushcart Prize. She was the recipient of a 2005 Individual Artist’s Fellowship from the State of Florida, and has been a writer-in-residence at Hedgebrook Farm. She was born in Istanbul, Turkey.


SHERRILL MILNES
July 2015

Sherrill Milnes is universally acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation. With his powerful voice, commanding stage presence, and rugged handsomeness, he received the kind of adulation that is usually reserved for tenors. He sang over 650 performances at the Met, where he was honored with sixteen new productions, seven opening nights, and ten national telecasts. As a leading artist in all of the world’s great opera houses, Mr. Milnes performed and recorded with the likes of Domingo, Pavarotti, Caballé, Sutherland, Sills, Horne, Price, and Tebaldi. He is the winner of three Grammy Awards, and the most recorded American singer of his time. In 2008 he received the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement.

MSMF 2015


MICHAEL HEASTON
July 2015

Mr. Heaston is a collaborative pianist, vocal coach, and artistic administrator who principally divides his time between New York and Dallas. Maintaining active associations with The Dallas Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and The Metropolitan Opera, he has quickly established himself as one of the most versatile artists of his generation. He is the Director of the Young Artists Program and Head of Music Staff at The Glimmerglass Festival. Now in his fifth year of appointment, Mr. Heaston remains one of the youngest people to assume the directorship of any major training program to date.

MSMF 2015


ANDRES CARDENES
July 2015

Andrés Cárdenes is a Cuban-born violinist, violist, teacher, conductor, and concertmaster. He has performed and taught in a number of prominent positions, including his current professorship in violin at Carnegie Mellon University School of Music where he holds the Dorothy Richard Starling & Alexander Speyer Jr. Endowed Chair.(Wikipedia)

MSMF 2015


FRANKLIN COHEN
July 2015

Principal Clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976, Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the outstanding clarinetists of his generation. His playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant… with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.” He first gained international recognition and acclaim when, at the age of 22, he became the first clarinetist awarded First Prize at the International Munich Competition (the other first prize that year went to soprano Jessye Norman). Since then, Mr. Cohen has enjoyed an illustrious career as soloist, recitalist, recording and chamber artist, pedagogue and orchestral principal.

MSMF 2015


CARIDAD MORO
August 2015

Caridad Moro’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The Comstock Review, The Crab Orchard Review, MiPoesias, The Seattle Review, Slipstream, Spillway, CALYX, The Pedestal, Fifth Wednesday Review, The Lavender Review, As/Us: Women of the World Journal, This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching and others. She is the recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry, and twice nominated for a Pushcart prize. Her award winning chapbook Visionware is available from Finishing Line Press (WWW.Finishinglinepress.com). She resides in Miami, FL. (Stonecoastreview.com)


FERNANDO OLSZANSKI
August 2015

Fernando Olszanski was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is the author of the novel Rezos de marihuana (Marihuana Prayers); the book of short stories El orden natural de las cosas (The Natural Order of Things) which was awarded with the second place in the International Latino Book Award for Best Popular Fiction in 2011; the poetry collection Parte del polvo (Part of the Dust); and is also co-editor of the anthology América Nuestra, Anthology of Narrative in Spanish in the United States. As a visual artist, he has participated in exhibitions in the US, Japan, and Argentina. He is also chief editor of the Revista Consenso, of the Northeastern Illinois University. He holds a master's in education from Dominican University. He has lived in Scotland, Ecuador, Japan, and currently lives in Chicago..

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JOSE IGNACIO VALENZUELA
August 2015

José Ignacio Valenzuela ha desarrollado una vasta carrera como escritor y guionista de cine y televisión en Chile, México, Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos. Entre sus numerosos libros destacan El filo de tu piel, La Trilogía del Malamor, Salida de Emergencia, ¿De qué color es tu sombra?, La Mujer Infinita y la serie policial para jóvenes llamada Cuatro Ojos. El 2012 fue seleccionado por la revista About.com (del New York Times) como uno de los 10 mejores escritores latinoamericanos menores de 40 años. Para la televisión ha escrito más de dieciocho telenovelas, entre las cuales se cuentan La casa de al lado, Dama y obrero y Santa Diabla, que cosecharon altísimos niveles de audiencia y una gran variedad de premios internacionales. La serie de televisión Amores (2004), que creó y desarrolló, recibió una nominación de los Emmy 2005 por “Mejor guión”. La película Miente (2008), cuyo guión escribió, fue la representante de Puerto Rico en los premios Oscar 2009 en la categoría de Mejor película extranjera. En la actualidad divide su tiempo entre sus labores de escritor, la docencia, y las numerosas conferencias y seminarios que imparte en diferentes países de Latinoamérica.

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HERNAN VERA ALVAREZ
August 2015

Hernán Vera Álvarez, a veces simplemente Vera (Buenos Aires, 1977), es escritor y dibujante. Ha publicado el libro de cuentos Una extraña felicidad (llamada América) y el de comics ¡La gente no puede vivir sin problemas! Muchos de sus trabajos han aparecido en revistas y diarios de Estados Unidos y América Latina, entre ellos, El Nuevo Herald, Meansheets, Loft Magazine, El Sentinel, Nagari, Sea Latino, TintaFrescaUS, La Nación y Clarín. Vivió ocho años como un ilegal en los Estados Unidos donde trabajó en un astillero, en la cocina de un cabaret, en algunas discotecas, en la construcción.

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ALEXIS CAPUTO
August 2015

Bahamian-American, Alexis Caputo is an award winning Multidisciplinary Artist, (Poet, Writer, Dancer, Arts & Cultural Journalist, Visual Artist, Professor and Activist).   She is known for her Poetry & Spoken Word, Dance and Solo Performances based on cultural, human rights, social issues and poetic expressions, which have translated into various collaborative projects.  She is the author of the umbrella project AFRO DIARIES, a multidisciplinary, multicultural, inter-generational and international project.  Having produced work across genres, she is a commissioned Literary, Performance & Visual Artist.  Published journalism portfolios are on Arts & Culture for International Caribbean based news-houses the Guardian and Tribune, of Nassau, Bahamas, The Jamaica Gleaner and the U.S. based news-houses, The Miami Herald, South Florida Times, Miami New Times, The Miami Times, FlaVour Magazine and Black Art in America, where she served as a contributing writer with her own feature column Diaries of Black Art in America.

Breakfast Salon, 8/17


ADELE DINERSTEIN
August 2015

Adele Dinerstein has run the music program at the independent, progressive Park School in Baltimore for more than 20 years. Her groups have performed extensively in the Baltimore/D.C. area and participate in national festivals and competitions. Adele refers to her pedagogical method as “The Performing Brain” and it is informed by the relationship of music and neuroscience. She holds a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University (M.S.Ed. 2012) with a certificate in Mind, Brain, and Teaching. She was a presenter in an educational neuroscience session for Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) sharing her research on Music and Memory. A native New Yorker and trained pianist, Adele has a Bachelors of Music from Brooklyn College in Music Performance (Piano). Adele has conducted the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and occasionally freelances as an arranger and pianist.


MARC IRWIN
August 2015

Pianist, composer, arranger, and recording artist, Dr. Marc Irwin uses his diverse talents as a musician within the fields of contemporary, jazz, classical, theater, and world musics. Currently residing in the Baltimore/Washington, DC area. Marc Irwin is a native New Yorker who has played for and with a variety of top performers.


GASTON VIRKEL
August 2015

Gastón Virkel (Argentina, 1972) es escritor y guionista de cine y televisión. Ha obtenido numeroso premios a la creatividad en TV donde se ha desempañado en canales como MTV, Nickelodeon, Telemundo o Boomerang. “Cara a cara”, el cuento que integró la antología Viaje One Way fue incluido en una escena de “De rodillas”, su primera película. Actualmente escribe una novela de ficción basada en sus experiencias en TV. Tiene un hijo de 10 años con el que está desarrollando “Squirrel vs. Monster” un proyecto para niños.


FRANCESCA CRUZ
August 2015

Born and raised in South Florida of Cuban parents, Francesca Cruz began her entertainment career at the age of 12, studying theater, dance and later becoming a successful model. Her television work includes Telemundo’s celebrity game show, La Feria de la Alegria and music video program Onda Max, and was the youngest entertainment reporter on Telemundo’s highly acclaimed and Emmy award winning news show Occurio Asi. After working on television, she transferred her writing and production skills to print media where she was part of the creation and development of two national bi-monthly magazines, simultaneously published in English and Spanish. She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism and English Literature from Florida International University and her Masters degree in Anthropology under the respected program of el Museo Nacional de Antropología (ongoing). Her work has been published in Home & Design, Florida InsideOut, Nueva, Ventitantos, The Miami Herald, Coral Gables Living, Ocean Drive. She is currently the Senior Editor of Brickell magazine and Key Biscayne magazine.

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CHERYL KLEIN
August 2015

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., where she edits a wide range of books for children and young adults. The many award-winning titles she has edited include The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb; A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce; Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork; Shadowshaperby Daniel José Older; and The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. While at the Betsy, she will be revising her own nonfiction book for publication in the fall of 2016, under the title The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults. Please visit her website at www.cherylklein.com or follow her at @chavelaque.


CARLOS PINTADO
Sept 2015

Carlos Pintado (1974) is a Cuban–American writer, playwright and award-winning poet who immigrated to the United States in the early 90’s. His book Habitación a oscuras received the prestigious Sant Jordi's International Prize for Poetry, and his book El azar y los tesoros was one of the finalists for Spain's Adonais Prize. In 2014, Carlos Pintado was awarded with the Paz Prize for Poetry for his new book “Nueve Monedas/Nine coins” given by The National Poetry Series published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Books. Carlos Pintado’s published books are: La Seducción del Minotauro, Los bosques de Mortefontaine, Habitación a oscuras, Los Nombres de la noche, El Unicornio y otros poemas and Cuaderno del falso amor impure, Taubenschlag and “La sed del último que mira. He also contributed to the book: The exile Experience: a journey to freedom, coordinated by Emilio Estefan.Some of his works have been translated into English, Italian,German, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Italian. In 2010, the South Beach Music Ensemble released the "Quintet on Carlos Pintado Poems" a piano and string quintet based on his poems. Another collection of his poetry titled Tropical Rhymes (Rimas tropicales) had its World Premiere in San Francisco in 2011 by the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Carlos Pintado's "Idolos del sueño" (Dream eidolons) was turned into a piece for a soprano, clarinet, violin,


MARTIN GANDA
Sept 2015

Martin Ganda is an Zimbabwean author, as well as an authority on African Growth, Strategy and Investment. As President & Co-Founder of Seeds Of Africa Fund, Ganda heads a non-profit organization that financially supports intelligent, economically disadvantaged primary and secondary school students in Zimbabwe to achieve their academic dreams.


TIFFANY "HANAN" MADERA
Sept 2015

Tiffany “hanan” Madera is an interdisciplinary artist at the intersection of film, dance theatre and ethnographic scholarly writing in concert with her Contemporary Egyptian dance practice and intercultural and humanitarian arts entrepreneurship. She is renowned internationally for her emotive performances that embody the transformative and esoteric inter-dimensionality of spiritual movement arts rooted in feminist and postcolonial theory. Her work is activist, confronting and provocative. She holds a Master’s Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She directs the hanan arts cooperative, Mideastern Dance Exchange, 501c3 and produces, performs and teaches globally. Hanan's work centers on issues of Identity, embodiment, transformation, gender, trauma and healing. Hanan will be reading from her new memoir and dance project “Dancing My Mother’s Body” as well as sharing aspects of her film Havana Habibi, which documents a 13 year bellydance movement she co-created in Havana, Cuba.

Breakfast Salon 9.21.15


JOHNNY DIAZ
Sept 2015

Johnny Diaz is an American novelist and a journalist for the Sun Sentinel, where he writes local feature stories about South Florida. Diaz is the author of several  novels: Boston Boys Club, Miami Manhunt, Beantown Cubans, and Take the Lead. The television and film rights to Diaz' first three novels have been optioned by Open Road Integrated Media.

Orgullo 2015


X ALFONSO
Sept 2015

X (pronounced Equis) Alfonso is a Cuban hip hop and afro-rock musician who founded the Fábrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory—FAC). Part Miami Art Basel, part Williamsburg warehouse party, the FAC hosts viewings, performances and exhibitions of cinema, theatre, dance, music, literature, fashion, architecture, graphic design, photography, and the visual arts.

Breakfast Arts Salon, 9/28


E.E. CHARLTON-TRUJILLO
Sept 2015

Charlton-Trujillo garnered the Delacorte Dell Yearling Award in 2004 for Prizefighter En Mi Casa. What followed was: the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor, a Flamingnet Top Choice Award, a National Council for the Social Studies Notable Book and made the NYC Public Library Teenage List. Her third novel, Fat Angie, released through Candlewick in March 2013, won the American Library Association’s coveted Stonewall Award in 2014. Fat Angie was also the foundation for a unique book tour to empower at-risk youth via writing and discussion and the catalyst for the feature documentary At-Risk Summer. From that experience was launched a non-profit to bridge the gap between at-risk youth and artists called Never Counted Out.


IAN THORNTON
October 2015

Ian Thornton read Business Studies and German at Sheffield University. He has lived in a number of places including California, Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, London, and his native and beloved Yorkshire before moving to Toronto in 2009. His debut novel, The Great and Calamitous Tale of Johan Thoms (How One Man Scorched the Twentieth Century, but Didn’t Mean to) was published by Simon & Schuster in September 2013. Harper Collins will publish worldwide on June 28th this year to coincide with the centenary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the pivot of the novel. Translation deals have already been signed for Turkey and Poland and submissions have been made for twelve other languages. Negotiations with Hollywood for the film rights are on-going. The novel has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize of 2014.

Breakfast Arts Salon 10/7/15


KAREN SALYER MCELMURRAY
October 2015

Karen has an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Virginia, an MA in Creative Writing from Hollins University, and a PhD from the University of Georgia, where she studied American Literature and Fiction Writing. Her work has received numerous awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is frequently visiting writer and lecturer at a variety of programs and reading series.

Writers on the Bay Reading, 10/8/15


DANIT PELEG
October 2015

Danit Peleg is a Fashion Designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. For her graduate collection at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Danit successfully 3D printed the world's first fashion collection printed entirely using home printers. Her groundbreaking collection has captivated the attention of millions around the world. Danit is a long-time Maker and is also the founder of an after-school fashion course for girls aged 7-13 where she teaches arts, crafts, the basics for fashion design, and recently also 3D printing. Danit is always exploring new ways to create innovative textiles and to design fashion with new technologies.

Betsy Culture Happy Hour, 10/8/15


ELENA MEDEL
October 2015

Elena Medel (b. 1985) is one of the most talented and promising young writers in Spain today. She has published four books and a chapbook to date, two of which have won prestigious literary awards. At only 16 years old she won the ‘Andalucía Joven’ prize, awarded by the Junta of Andalusia, for her book Mi primer bikini / My First Bikini (DVD, 2002), and last year she won the XXVI Loewe International Poetry Prize, Spain’s most prestigious awards of its kind, for Chatterton, her most recent collection.

Escribe Aqui Reading 10/23/15


NEIL TOBIN
October 2015

Neil Tobin is a writer, actor, and magical performer based in Chicago. He is honored to be performing "Peter and the Werewolf," his original narration for Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," with Orchestra Miami this season under the baton of Elaine Rinaldi. An award-winning member of the Society of American Magicians and the Psychic Entertainers Association, he served as Magic Consultant for acclaimed productions of "The Addams Family" and "Barnum" at Chicago's Mercury Theater. His original solo theatre pieces include "Supernatural Chicago," which he presented every week in a (reputedly haunted) landmark building for a record-breaking 10-year run; and "Palace of the Occult," which will be making its world premiere on November 13—details at palaceoftheoccult.com.


KIMBERLY JOHNSON
Nov 2015

Kimberly Johnson is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Uncommon Prayer, and of translations of ancient poetry including Virgil’s Georgics. With her spouse, the poet Jay Hopler, she edited Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry. Her scholarly study of the poetic developments of post-Reformation poetry was published in 2014. Her poetry, translations, and scholarly essays have appeared widely in publications including The New Yorker, Slate, Ploughshares, and Modern Philology. Recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Utah Arts Council, and the Mellon Foundation, Johnson lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.


JAY HOPLER
Nov 2015

Jay Hopler’s poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in numerous magazines and journals including The Literary Review, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. Green Squall, his first book of poetry, won the 2005 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. His most recent book is Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (edited with Kimberly Johnson, Yale University Press, 2013). McSweeney’s will publish his second book of poetry, The Abridged History of Rainfall, in 2016. Also in 2016, Poetry International will publish as a portfolio his chapbook of translations, The Museum of Small Dark Things: 25 Poems of Georg Trakl. The recipient of numerous honors including fellowships and awards from the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the Lannan Foundation, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts & Letters/the American Academy in Rome, he is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida.


CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
Nov 2015

Christina Baker Kline is a novelist, nonfiction writer and editor. In addition to her NY Times best selling novel, Orphan Train, her novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water. She served as Writer-in-Residence at Fordham University from 2007 to 2011 and was the on-staff editor and writing coach at the social networking site SheWrites.com. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey with her family.


THANE ROSENBAUM
Nov 2015

Thane Rosenbaum is an essayist, law professor, and author of the novels, How Sweet It Is!, The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible. His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Haaretz,Huffington Post and Daily Beast, among other national publications.


BRIAN THORNTON
Nov 2015

Cellist, conductor and educator, Brian Thornton has performed in hundreds of venues from the White House in Washington, D.C., to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. As a soloist he has performed over 100 new works for solo cello and is a champion of modern composers.  He is the founder of the Lev Aronson Legacy Festival at SMU in Dallas, Texas, where Mr. Aronson taught for many years, an ongoing yearly festival that is dedicated to Mr. Aronson's teaching and philosophy of cello playing. Mr. Thornton teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music and performs with the Cleveland Orchestra.

JAHLit 2015


GERALD STERN
Nov 2015

Gerald Stern has been called an “American original,” “a sometimes comic, sometimes tragic visionary,” and, by his friend Stanley Kunitz, “thewilderness in American poetry.” Over dozens of books, and decades of teaching and activism, Stern has emerged as one of America’s most celebrated and irascible poets.

JAHLit 2015


HOLLI LEVITSKY
Nov 2015

Holli Levitsky is the founder and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Bellarmine Collage of Liberal Arts. She sits on the Executive Board of the Western Jewish Studies Association, the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Association, and the California State University, Long Beach Jewish Studies Program. In 2001-2002, Dr. Levitsky held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Literature in Poland, teaching “American Culture and the Holocaust” and “Literature of Jews in Poland” at the University of Warsaw and lecturing on her research at universities across Eastern Europe. In 2007, Poland’s Institute for National Remembrance invited her to testify on behalf of her research on Polish Jews during the Communist era. Levitsky has published in major peer-reviewed journals on these topics, and others, including POLIN: A Journal of Polish Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Her work on Polish and American Jewish writers appears in book chapters and other publications including reviews for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, American Jewish History, and Polish Journal for American Studies. Dr. Levitsky regularly offers lectures and conducts workshops on Holocaust pedagogy to secondary school and college educators.

JAHLit 2015


TIFFANY DOWD
Nov. 2015

Since 2009, President and Founder, Tiffany Dowd has exclusively managed luxury travel and lifestyle brands' social media marketing and online strategy. She is widely recognized as a social media influencer for luxury travel and luxury hotel expert on Twitter as @LuxeTiffany. Tiffany is also a travel writer for USA Today and various other luxury travel publications. She has been a global hotel expert for a Conde Nast publication for the past 11 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science in Business & Economics Journalism from Boston University.


ROSIE GORDON WALLACE
Nov 2015

Rosie Gordon-Wallace is Founder, Curator, and Director of Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator. Since 1996, Gordon-Wallace has initiated and produced transnational creative programs that redefine concepts of “diaspora” including the International Cultural Exchange program, the Caribbean Crossroads Series, the Artist-In-Residence program, an ongoing contemporary exhibitions program, and numerous community-based outreach projects. One might never have guessed that this licensed Medical Microbiologist and former Senior Consultant for Searle Pharmaceuticals from 1981 -1999 is now the founder and senior curator of Diaspora Vibe, one of the most talked about Caribbean art incubators in Miami and on the east coast.

Miami Int'l Book Fair


MADS TOLLING
Nov 2015

Mads Tolling, internationally renowned violinist and composer, is a two-time Grammy Award-Winner. As a former nine year member of both Turtle Island Quartet and bassist Stanley Clarke’s band, Mads has spent most his professional life touring internationally. Since 2007 Mads has lead his own group, Mads Tolling Quartet. “The Playmaker”released in the fall of 2009, features Stanley Clarke and jazz greats Russell Ferrante & Stefon Harris. A brand new MTQ album: “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty – Live at Yoshi’s” was released in May, 2012. Mads has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his recordings have received rave reviews in Downbeat Magazine, Strings Magazine, Washington Post & San Francisco Chronicle. He has performed with Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis, Kenny Barron & Paquito D’Rivera.


TANWI NANDINI ISLAM
Dec 2015

TANWI NANDINI ISLAM is a writer, multimedia artist, and founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a handcrafted natural perfume and skincare line. Her writing has appeared on Elle.com, Fashionista.com, and Billboard.com, and in the Feminist Wire, Open City, and Hyphen magazine. A graduate of Vassar College and Brooklyn College’s MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn. You can visit her website at www.tanwinandini.com.

Betsy Arts Salon 12/12


JENNIFER CODY EPSTEIN
Dec 2015

Jennifer Cody Epstein is the author of The Gods of Heavenly Punishment, winner of the 2014 APALA (Asian Pacific American Librarians Association) Honor Award, and the international bestseller The Painter from Shanghai, which has been translated into 16 languages. She has degrees from Amherst College, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Columbia University, where she earned her MFA in fiction and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Creative Writing. She has also worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok and New York, and written for The Wall Street Journal, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Self, Vogue, Mademoiselle and the NBC News networks.

Breakfast Arts Salon 12/18


NATALIE DIAZ
January 2016

Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Home School Miami, Jan 3-5, 2016


MIRA GONZALEZ
January 2016

Mira Gonzalez is an American poet from Los Angeles, California. Her first collection, I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together, was published by Spencer Madsen of Sorry House press on January 31, 2013. According to one source, she writes about "drugs, sex, loneliness, laziness, recklessness, self-loathing" in an "extremely humorous and warm manner." Filmmaker and screenwriter Lena Dunham wrote in The Guardian that Gonzalez's book I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together was one of her favorite books for 2014, and that it brings "experimental poetry into the internet age with dark, distinctly female riffs on ambition, depression and love." Gonzalez has been published in Vice, Hobart, and Muumuu House. Flavorwire named her one of "23 People Who Will Make You Care About Poetry in 2013.”

The Home School Miami Beach, Jan. 3-5, 2016


RENEE GLADMAN
January 2016

Born in Atlanta, poet, novelist, and publisher Renee Gladman earned a BA at Vassar College and an MA in poetics at the New College of California. Gladman, whose work has been associated with the New Narrative movement, composes prose and poetry that tests the potential of the sentence with mapmaking precision and curiosity. Author of the poetry collection A Picture-Feeling (2005), Gladman has also published several works of prose, including Event Factory (2010), The Activist (2003), Juice (2000), and Arlem (1994). She has edited Leon Works, an experimental prose chapbook series, as well as the Leroy chapbook series. Gladman lives in Massachusetts and teaches at Brown University.


STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ
January 2016

Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director / choreographer / media artist. He is the recipient of a 2004 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in addition to a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, “Bessie” for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography. Koplowitz is also the recipient of six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships from (1988-97). After living in New York City for 23 years, Koplowitz, in 2006, was appointed dean of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts, Los Angeles) where he currently resides. In addition to his role as dean, Koplowitz is on faculty and teaches advanced choreography and MFA seminar classes. He is a contributor to the first book on site-specific choreography, Site Dance, published by Florida University Press.


ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA
January 2016

Alejandro Zambra was born in Santiago de Chile in 1975. He is the author of two books of poems (Useless Bay, 1998, Moving, 2003), The Collection of Essays Not Read (2010), the storybook My Documents (2013) the "workbook" Facsimile (2014), and three novels, published by Editorial Anagrama simultaneously in Spain and Latin America and translated into more than ten languages: Bonsai (2006), The Private Life of Trees (2007), and Ways to return home (2011). Some of his short stories and articles have appeared in magazines such as Letras Libres, Chimera, Babelia, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harper's, McSweeney's, Tin House, Vice, The Virginia Quarterly Review and Rattapallax (United States). His work also appears in several anthologies published in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Germany and the United States.

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FRANKLIN COHEN
January 2016

Principal Clarinet of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1976, Franklin Cohen has distinguished himself as one of the outstanding clarinetists of his generation. His playing has been described as “hypnotic, impeccable, brilliant… with a vocal quality that would be the envy of any singer.” He first gained international recognition and acclaim when, at the age of 22, he became the first clarinetist awarded First Prize at the International Munich Competition (the other first prize that year went to soprano Jessye Norman). Since then, Mr. Cohen has enjoyed an illustrious career as soloist, recitalist, recording and chamber artist, pedagogue and orchestral principal.


AMIR KATZ
January 2016

Born in Israel in 1973, Amir Katz first began his piano studies with Hanna Shalgi at age eleven. At the age of fifteen, he was already playing with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. After winning several national competitions and receiving a scholarship from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and the Clairmont Award, Katz moved to Europe, supported by other fellowships, including a DAAD grant, to continue his studies. He performs in the most distinguished halls in Europe, Asia and North America, such as the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Lincoln Center New York. Additionally, he has given concerts at international music festivals, such as the Savannah Music Festival, the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, as well as the Oleg Kagan Musikfest Kreuth.

Miami Int'l Piano Fest


XIMENA GONZALEZ
January 2016

Ximena Gonzalez is a holistic health coach, television personality, author and frequent speaker on nutrition and fitness. For three years she hosted daily segments on nutrition & fitness on Telemundo’s morning show “Cada Día”. She has hosted and appeared on several other shows in the Latin media. She writes frequently on health and fitness; her work has appeared in many print and online publications. She has published several ebooks as well as the book Lose Weight in Nature in 12 Easy Steps. She is currently finalizing a book on wellness scheduled for publication in 2016. In her appearances and writing, Gonzalez often shares her first-hand experiences with the intense pressures and bullying women face to look a certain way. In addition to experiencing these demands as a television personality, she frequently works with celebrity clients and helps them to navigate these same pressures. A native of Colombia who lived in Miami for several years, Ximena currently resides in the Dominican Republic.

Fashion Project Bal Harbour Shops, 1/14/16


VANESSA BLAKESLEE
January 2016

Vanessa Blakeslee's debut short story collection, Train Shots (Burrow Press) is the winner of the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction. The book was also long-listed for the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and has been optioned for a feature film by producer/director Hannah Beth King. Vanessa's writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily,The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among many others. Finalist for the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, she has also been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Banff Centre, Ledig House, the Ragdale Foundation, and in 2013 received the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Vanessa earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, she is a longtime resident of Maitland, Florida.


THRITY UMRIGAR
January 2016

Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found and The Story Hour. She is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries. She is the Armington Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.


ANDREA ASSAF
February 2016

Andrea creates original performances – from page to stage, language to embodiment, political consciousness to poetic sensibility. Art2Action supports new work by women, artists of color, and GLBTQ-identified artists and allies, from devised theater, to interdisciplinary performances, to community-based arts and performative acts. Current projects include Eleven Reflections on September, a poetry and multi-media performance on Arab American experience, wars on/of terror, and the "constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty" that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. Also touring in 2012-13, Outside the Circle, a new play about sexuality and (dis)ability that she is co-creating with playwright-performer Samuel Valdez, directed by Dora Arreo.

Tigertail SpeakOut, 2/1-5/16


JUAN FELIPE HERRERA
February 2016

The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008), and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream (1999). In addition to publishing more than a dozen collections of poetry, Herrera has written short stories, young adult novels, and children’s literature. In 2015 he was named U.S. poet laureate.

O, Miami Reading 2/5/16


DAVID SCOTT KASTAN
February 2016

David Scott Kastan is a leader in the field of Renaissance literature and, particularly, a Shakespearean scholar. Kastan teaches at Yale University, and has written or edited numerous texts on Renaissance literature and the works of Shakespeare. Kastan is in Miami as part of the exhibition tour of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on view at Florida International University Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in February 2016.

Shakespeare First Folio at FIU, Feb. 2016


ALFRED CORN
February 2016

American author Alfred Corn has published ten books of poems, including Stake: Selected Poems, 1972-1992 (1999) and, most recently, Unions (2014). He has also published a novel, Part of His Story, a study of prosody The Poem’s Heartbeat, and two collections of critical essays, The Metamorphoses of Metaphor and Atlas: Selected Essays, 1989-2007. His second novel, Miranda’s Book, will be published in late 2014. As a graduate student in French literature, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study for a year in Paris. For his poetry, he has received Guggenheim, NEA, and NYFA fellowships, an Award in Literature from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, and the Dillon, Blumenthal, and Levinson Prizes from Poetry magazine.


ROLAND GREENE
February 2016

Roland Greene is The Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Greene's research and teaching are concerned with the early modern literatures of England, Latin Europe, and the transatlantic world, and with poetry and poetics from the Renaissance to the present. His most recent book is Five Words: Critical Semantics in the Age of Shakespeare and Cervantes (Chicago, 2013). Five Words proposes an understanding of early modern culture through the changes embodied in five words or concepts over the sixteenth century: in English, blood, invention, language, resistance, and world, and their counterparts in French, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Shakespeare First Folio at FIU, Feb. 2016


WILLIAM ALEXANDER
February 2016

William Alexander won the National Book Award for his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, and won the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. His other novels include Ghoulish Song, Ambassador, and Nomad. William studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at the Clarion workshop. He teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Like the protagonist of Nomad and Ambassador, William is a second generation Latino immigrant to the US.

Betsy Writers for Young Readers Program


EMANUELEE BEAN
February 2016

Emanuelee "Outspoken Bean" is a performance poet, compassionate mentor and dedicated educator. Bean travels the country performing his original works and inspiring young creative minds. He is a Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013 and, is ranked 11th at National Poetry Slam 2014 (both with Houston VIP). He started performing spoken-word in 2005. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached the University’s first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the title in their region and grabbed the 8th place ranking in the country at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI '08). Bean has also worked with the Harris County Department of Education, Houston’s Young Audiences: Arts for Learning and Texas Commission for the Arts, and Houston Grand Opera. He serves as the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project under Writers in the Schools' WITS Performance program.

Tigertail WordSpeak, 2/21-26/16


MICHAEL BERENBAUM
February 2016

Michael Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer, and teacher consulting in the conceptual development of museums and the development of historical films. He is director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust at the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) where he is also a Professor of Jewish Studies. In the past he has served as the Weinstein Gold Distinguished Visiting Professor at Chapman University, the Podlich Distinguished Visitor at Claremont-McKenna College, the Ida E. King Distinguished Professor of Holocaust Studies at Richard Stockton College for 1999–2000 and the Strassler Family Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust Studies at Clark University in 2000.

Holocaust Education Week, 2016


WILLIAM ARCHILA
March 2016

Born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, poet William Archila immigrated to the United States in 1980 to escape his native country’s civil war. He earned an MFA at the University of Oregon. His poems engage themes of social justice, brutality and identity. Archila is the author of the poetry collections The Art of Exile (2009), which won the Emerging Writer Fellowship Award from the Writer’s Center as well as the International Latino Book Award, and The Gravedigger’s Archaeology (2013), which won the Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. His poetry is also featured in the anthologies Another City: Writing from Los Angeles (2001) and New to North America: Writing by U.S. Immigrants, Their Children and Grandchildren (1997). Archila lives in Los Angeles.

FIU Writer's on the Bay Series


KATHLEEN SUPOVÉ
March 2016

In May 2012, Supové received the John Cage Award from ASCAP for “the artistry and passion with which she performs, commissions, records, and champions the music of our time.” Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist is, in today's world. Ms. Supové presents solo concerts under the title of THE EXPLODING PIANO. Recent and upcoming projects include recording the complete PIANO MINIATURES by Mohammed Fairouz; a performance at Southbank Centre, in London, of URBAN BIRDS by Arlene Sierra for the UK's New Music Biennial; a multi- composer commissioning project entitled DIGITAL DEBUSSY to be recorded for the Innova label in 2015; and a CD on the Starkland label.


EUGENIA ZUKERMAN
March 2016

Hailed by the press as “one of the finest flutists of our time,” Eugenia Zukerman is an internationally renowned recitalist and soloist, who also continues with a dramatic schedule as a writer, artistic director, television journalist, educator and internet entrepreneur. She studied English at Barnard College and received a B.M. from The Juilliard School where she studied with the renowned flutist Julius Baker. An Emmy nominated arts correspondent for more than 350 profiles of artists, musicians, theatre and dance on CBS TV NEWS' SUNDAY MORNING, Ms. Zukerman has appeared on a variety of other television programs, including PBS's Charlie Rose Show, CBS Morning Show, and NBC’s Today Show. Ms. Zukerman’s list of writing credits includes two novels, two non-fiction books, screenplays, and articles and book reviews in such prominent periodicals as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Esquire and Vogue.

Betsy Arts Salon, March 7, 2016


ROBERT GANT
March 2016

Robert Gant began acting in television commercials and joined the Screen Actors Guild at the age of ten in his home state of Florida. He attended undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania and law school at Georgetown University. While studying law, he never gave up on his true passion, acting, and performed in numerous theatrical productions. Interestingly, it was his career as an attorney that brought him to Los Angeles when he accepted a position with the world's largest law firm. In a twist of fate, the firm's Los Angeles office was closed soon after. Taking that as an omen, he made the decision to focus all of his time on acting. The decision was a good one. In 2001 Grant was cast in Showtime's hit television series, "Queer as Folk” and other popular television and independent movie productions. Gant was the recipient of a special civil rights award presented to him in New York's City Hall, and has been recognized for his efforts in philanthropy and outreach for the LGBT Elder community.


CHRIS MILLIS
March 2016

Chris Millis is a prize-winning novelist, screenwriter, producer, cartoonist, and best-selling celebrity collaborator. His first novel, Small Apartments (Anvil Press, 2001), won the 23rd Annual International 3-Day Novel Contest, which Playboy Magazine called "a coffee-fueled, plot-weaving, literary juggernaut." Canada's prestigious Globe and Mailsaid of Small Apartments: "brisk and compact ... surprisingly expansive thematic breadth, a thoughtful, silly yet serious study in goofy pathos. Millis holds a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Vermont and a B.A. in Studio Art from S.U.N.Y Buffalo State College. Along the way, Millis has worked as an art director, daily editorial cartoonist, editor, sportswriter, and hot dog vendor on the hardscrabble streets of Buffalo, NY.

Betsy Screenwriters' Workshop


SEBASTIÁN MARINÉ
March 2016

Sebastián Mariné was born in Granada in 1957. He studied Piano with Rafael Solis, Composition with Roman Alís and Anton Garcia Abril, and Conducting with Isidoro García and Enrique García Asensio Polo in the Madrid Royal Conservatory. At the same time, he graduated in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid. As a concert pianist, Mariné has given recitals throughout Spain, plus France, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Germany, etc., both as a duo piano solo instrumental and vocal performers. Since 1979, he is professor at the Madrid Royal Conservatory and the School of Music "Reina Sofía" since its founding in 1991. He has taught courses analysis for music teachers at the University of Alcalá de Henares and various Spanish and American conservatories.

FIU MBUS New Music Festival


JOANNA CARDENAS
March 2016

Joanna Cárdenas is Associate Editor at Viking Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she acquires and edits picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels. Among other projects, Joanna edited Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller, Archie the Daredevil Penguin by Andy Rash, and the upcoming Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. Joanna is a San Diego native and former bookseller. For more information, visit https://www.pinterest.com/jomariecardenas/or follow Joanna on Twitter @joannananamc. To learn more about Viking, please visit http://www.penguin.com/meet/publishers/vikingchildrensbooks/.


RICHARD BLANCO
March 2016

Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the Sea, One Today, and Boston Strong; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey. With Ruth Behar, he recently co-created Bridges to/from Cuba: Lifting the Emotional Embargo, a blog providing a cultural and artistic platform for sharing the real lives and complex emotional histories of thousands of Cubans across the globe. Blanco’s many honors include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Fresh Air. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode


JUDITH RITTER
March 2016

Judith Ritter is an award-winning independent radio and print journalist whose reports from Canada, China, India, Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S. cover travel, science and technology, business, entertainment and international development. Her stories have aired on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Canada International and World Vision Report. Her print stories have appeared in places such as The Globe and Mail, The National Post and The Boston Globe.


AUGUSTA READ THOMAS
March 2016

An award-winning composer, Augusta Read Thomas’s impressive body of works embodies unbridled passion and fierce poetry. The New Yorker Magazine called her "a true virtuoso composer." Championed by such luminaries as Barenboim, Rostropovich, Boulez, Eschenbach, Salonen, Maazel, Ozawa, and Knussen, she rose early to the top of her profession. An influential teacher at Eastman, Northwestern, Tanglewood, and Aspen Music Festival, she is only the16th person to be designated University Professor at The University of Chicago. Thomas was the longest-serving Mead Composer-in-Residence for Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez with the Chicago Symphony from 1997 through 2006, a residency that culminated in the premiere of Astral Canticle – one of two finalists for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Music. During her residency, Thomas not only premiered nine commissioned works, but was central toward establishing the thriving MusicNOW series.

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