November 27, 2016
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Jill Magi for the use of her art for the Handmade/Homemade site (above)—“Tongues”, 2007.
Amber Atiya is a multidisciplinary poet whose work incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual art. She has received residencies and fellowships from Poets House and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her poems have appeared in various journals including PEN America, Boston Review, and Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, and is forthcoming in the inaugural Bettering American Poetry Anthology. A proud native Brooklynite, she is the author of the chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books, 2014) and is a member of a women’s writing group that will be celebrating 15 years in 2017.
Renée E. D’Aoust’s book Body of a Dancer (Etruscan Press) was a Foreword Reviews “Book of the Year” finalist. D’Aoust is the Managing Editor of Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, and she teaches online at North Idaho College and Casper College. Please visit www.reneedaoust.com and follow her @idahobuzzy where she tweets about her mini dachshund Tootsie.
Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. is the Managing Attorney of the Housing unit at Community Legal Services, a mother, writer, the creator of The AfroFuturist Affair, the co-creator of Black Quantum Futurism multimedia arts collective, and a founding member of Metropolarity Queer SciFi collective. In 2014 she independently published her first speculative fiction collection, Recurrence Plot (and Other Time Travel Tales), followed by an anthology of experimental essays from Black visionary writers called Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice Vol. I in 2015. As part of BQF Collective, Phillips was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at West Philadelphia Neighborhood Time Exchange, is a 2016 A Blade of Grass fellow, and has exhibited or performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Black Oak House Gallery, Temple Contemporary, Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago, WORM! Rotterdam, and more Phillips has work appearing in the book “Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late Capitalist Struggle” and “Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination” exhibition catalogue, and has had work published in the Temple University Political and Civil Rights Journal, Atlanta Black Star, and other publications.
Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections the last will be stone, too (Stockport Flats), Elements (Stockport Flats), and Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords), as well as a novella in verse, Hélène (Furniture Press). Her writing has appeared in journals like Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Colorado Review, Yellow Field, Touch the Donkey, and Jacket2. Her visual works—including video poems and handmade book objects—have been exhibited at Pace University (New York City), Casper College (Wyoming), Center for Book Arts (New York City), University of Arizona Poetry Center (Tucson), University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at Brodsky Gallery (Philadelphia), and ONN/OF “a light festival” (Seattle), as well as online with Bellingham Review, Elective Affinities, Peep/Show, Trickhouse, and The Volta. Associate professor of English at Pace University, Pleasantville, Deborah directs the creative writing program and founded and curates the annual Handmade/Homemade Exhibit. Her contribution for the 2017 exhibit features work by D.D. Baldwin, Renée D’Aoust, Marilyn McCabe, and Selah Saterstrom.
a rawlings’ performance practice seeks and interrogates relational empathy between bodies, be they human, more-than-human, other-than, non. Meditating on languages as inescapable lenses of human engagement, her methods over the past fifteen years have included sensual poetries, vocal and contact improvisation, theatre of the rural, and conversations with landscapes. As a writer-activist, rawlings’ literary output includes Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) and o w n (CUE BOOKS, 2015). Wide slumber received an Alcuin Award for Design; the book was adapted for stage production by VaVaVoom, Bedroom Community, and Valgeir Sigurðsson in 2014. She has also penned libretti for Davíð Brynjar Franzson (Longitude) and Gabrielle Herbst (Bodiless). rawlings is the recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada, 2009) and held the position of Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence (Australia, 2012). During the latter experience, she created Gibber, a digital publication showcasing sound and visual poetry from Australian bioregions. Written while undergoing breast-cancer treatment, rawlings’ work Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the 2013 Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights, and is forthcoming from Broken Dimanche Press and BookThug.
Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels Slab, The Meat and Spirit Plan and The Pink Institution. Her forthcoming collection of essays, Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics is forthcoming in 2017. She teaches and lectures across the United States, and is the editor of the Denver Quarterly.
Jared Stanley was born in Arizona, grew up in Northern California, and lives in Reno, Nevada. A poet, writer, and interdisciplinary artist, He is the author of three collections of poetry, Ears,The Weeds, and Book Made of Forest. Stanley has received Fellowships from the Center for Art + Environment and the Nevada Arts Council, and teaches writing and interdisciplinary art at Sierra Nevada College, where he co-directs the SNC Poetry Center. Recent collaborations include It Calls From the Creek,Surrender, and The Plain Sense of Things. jared-stanley.info
Kate Schapira is the author of six books of poetry–most recently Handbook For Hands That Alter As We Hold Them Out (Horse Less Press) and a collaboration with Erika Howsare, FILL: A Collection (Trembling Pillow Press). Her 11th chapbook-published-by-someone-else, Someone Is Here, appeared in 2015 with Projective Industries, and she also has a kitchen-table imprint for her own work, In Hand Books. She lives in Providence, RI, where she writes, teaches, runs the Publicly Complex Reading Series, and periodically offers Climate Anxiety Counseling.