Kevin Quirolo is a researcher at 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East, and plays an occasional bit part in grass roots organizations fighting gentrification and the prison industrial complex. In his spare time he reads copiously and writes sporadically.
Iris Ward Loughran is an artist, urbanist, and organizer. She graduated in 2012 from University of California San Diego, with a BA in Urban Studies and Planning and a Minor in Visual Arts. Her research on participatory planning and community engagement, coupled with her involvement in on-campus activism, inspired her to pursue a career as Community Organizer. After leaving the profession, she is now exploring various intersections of art and social justice. Iris currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where she is inspired by urban landscapes.
Find Iris online at http://www.irisloughran.com
Melissa Roelens is a hobbyist photographer, mother of two lovely girls, and newly discovered street art enthusiast.
Sam Mattacott is a UK-based artist working mainly with 3D animation tools, enamoured with the infinite possibilities that they enable. These tools have typically been set up to make work that mimics photographic reality, employing techniques to trick the eye into believing the image was shot on a camera. What’s interesting to Sam is when these tools are taken out of context, and the process is explored, outside of its assumed outcome; using the same techniques to make work that prods at the definition of ‘reality’ instead of trying to directly replicate it.
At the present time Kateryna Bortsova is a painter— she is also a graphic artist, scientist, participant of many international exhibitions, and prize-winner of a number of contests, including winning the silver medal at the “Factory of visual art”, New York, USA, winner of the 2015 Emirates Skywards Art of Travel competition, Dubai, UAE, and winner of the “Find Your Brilliance” contest, managed by Dell and Mashable, USA.
Her works are situated in private collections in Australia, Russia, Serbia, Macedonia, UK, USA and in collections at The City Gallery of Uzice, Serbia; Palazzo Sturm, Bassano del Grappa, Italy; The town hall of Xativa, Spain; Bodegas Terras Gauda, S. A. Spain; Tetovo Art museum, Macedonia; Bitola museum, Macedonia; Hungarian Electrographic Art Association, Hungary; Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle, Canada.
Jonathan Gilder is a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins, London with his BA in Fine Art. His practice involves the the use of everyday objects and craft-based techniques to create stories and installations that are both visually stimulating and complex. He enjoys a painstaking hand-crafted approach to producing artworks using methods such as large-scale hand embroidery. He is now looking to continue his explorations through new mediums, such as polymer clays, to combine with his sewing pieces.
Sleeper is a media artist, performer, and maker, whose work humorously ponders an end to capitalism and seriously considers alternative possibilities for picking up the pieces and moving forward. This is a process of oscillating between old and new technologies, between art historical references and various popular positions of political philosophers. Ultimately, this effort exploring technology, interdisciplinary collaboration and activist art is toward a practice where works hold up a sense of responsibility not only as statements loaded with critical and political ideals, but as objects and practices which impact our communities and everyday lives.
In addition to works released independently, Sleeper collaborates on avant-garde noise projects with Huw Webb, and designs technology for interactive installations and large scale instruments constructed with Audrey Lee Love as the duo Robot Vs. Future.
Sleeper holds an MFA from Simon Fraser University in Interdisciplinary Contemporary Art, his installations, books, and videos have shown in festivals and galleries internationally.
Laurie Elyse is an artist & designer creating wearable, functional, & decorative pieces. You can find her work in magazines, galleries, restaurants, studios, private collections, and charity auctions for the Grammy’s Foundation & MusiCares, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, and many more.
After attending The Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. she attended and graduated from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Starting out with creating and building highly conceptual lighting fixtures she now has a collection of jewelry as well as a fashion collection making her runway debut in 2008. Forming Laurie Elyse Design, LLC in 2007 Elyse continues to broaden her range even after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis after only months of her company being established. Most of her pieces are created from recycled materials and donated broken & used items from musicians of all genres.
Doug Cox got born and raised in Fresno, California. He is the author of The Last Decent Jukebox in America, and his poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Crab Orchard Review, Eclipse, La Fovea, New Madrid, Pacific Review, Propeller, and Suss. He recently moved back to his hometown where he teaches writing and hosts a local reading series.
Kristin Camitta Zimet is the author of a collection of poetry, Take in My Arms the Dark, and the Editor of The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review. Her poems are in numerous anthologies and hundreds of journals—most recently, Natural Bridge, Salamander, and Synaesthesia. She performs poetry at venues from theaters to arboretums. She is also a musician, photographer, naturalist, and Reiki therapist—and each part of herself reconfigures the other parts.
Brook Pearson is a poet, philosopher, and scholar who lives with his family in Vancouver, Canada and teaches at the University of British Columbia. He was born in 1972 in Prince Rupert in northern British Columbia. His poems have been published in Canadian Literature, The Goose, Repurposed, ArtAscent, The Wax Paper and EPIZOOTICS! zine.
Nathan Fabian is a video game developer who was recently a visualization researcher at a government lab. He lives with his family, 2 dogs, 2 turtles, 3 gold fish and cat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mariner Janes was born in Victoria, BC, and raised in East Vancouver. His books include The Monument Cycles (Talonbooks 2013), and blueprint, a chapbook. He has also been published in West Coast Line and the anthology The Revolving City from Anvil Press. While studying at SFU, he co-edited iamb magazine, a venue for new and emerging writers.
Ruth Sabath Rosenthal
Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is a New York City poet, well published in the U.S. and, also, internationally. She began writing in the year 2000, becoming accomplished early on. She’s been tutored by some fine poets privately, and in classes, primarily at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.
Ruth’s body of work includes poems published in a myriad of literary journals and poetry anthologies. (For details, see On the Web, In Anthologies, and In Journals.) In October 2006, Ibbetson Street Magazine nominated her poem ‘on yet another birthday’ for a Pushcart prize and several of her poems have won commendation in competitions: The Margaret Reid Poetry Contest for Traditional Verse (2008) and The Tom Howard Poetry Contest (2007). Additionally, Ruth is a featured poet on Poetrykit.org and Poetryvlog.
Ruth has authored 5 books of poetry: Finishing Line Press published her debut book — a chapbook titled Facing Home and Paragon Poetry Press, Inc., published the 4 full-length books: Facing Home and beyond, little but by no means small, Food: Nature vs Nurture and Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten.
Robin lives, works, and daydreams in East Dallas, Texas. She brings poem-making to youth shelters and community centers as a teaching artist for Writers In Neighborhoods & Schools (WINS), and serves as an online writing guide to homeschooled teens. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and public poetry projects including Anima Poetry, Friends Journal, Red River Review, Referential Magazine, the Pittsburgh Poetry Houses, the White Rock Zine Machine, and Gnarled Oak Literary, which recently nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, bindweed & crow poison: small poems of stray girls, fierce women, is available from Porkbelly Press and at Deep Vellum Books in Dallas. Find Robin online at robinsmithturner.tumblr.com.
Michael Coolen is a pianist, composer, actor, performance artist, and writer living in Oregon. He has been published in Ethnomusicology, Western Folklore, Oregon Humanities, 50wordstories Online, The Gold Man Review, Best Travel Stories, The Fable Online, Kalnya Language Press, Twisted Vine, Clementine Poetry Journal, Creative Writing Institute, Rats Ass Review, Solarwyrm Press, Synesthesia Magazine, Broken Plate Poetry Magazine, among others. He is a published composer, whose works have been performed widely, including at Carnegie Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Museum of Modern Art, and the Christie Gallery.