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issue 16 |AUGUST|
Ellie Pourbohloul lives in Atlanta, Georgia and works at Emory University. She has a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology from UCLA and a Master's degree in Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She has received grants for her creative and academic work through organizations including the Fulbright program, Hambidge Creative Residency Program, Juniper Summer Writer's Institute, UCLA, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Program.
Meredith Blankinship's poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from NOÖ, H_NGM_N, Heavy Feather Review, Similar:Peaks::, GlitterMob, Sink Review, and Finery, among others. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and now lives in Atlanta, GA.
Miriam Karraker is in her final year in the MFA in creative writing at the University of Minnesota. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Gigantic Sequins, TAGVVERK, BOAAT, 3:AM Magazine, Full Stop, and DIAGRAM. She is a writer in residence at The White Page gallery in Minneapolis, these poems are works in progress for a larger project concerning process, community, and collaboration.
Heidi Gustafson—the painter for this project—is an artist and translator who lives and works in Bellingham, Washington. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She collaborates with research scientists to study the ritual use of mineral pigments, especially iron-based ochres. More about her work can be found online at earlyfutures.com, or on Instagram @heidilynnheidilynn.
Ashley Chambers—the canvas for this project—lives in NYC, where she is a Master of Divinity candidate at Union Theological Seminary. She received her MFA from the University of Alabama in 2015. She has been published in Prelude, The Seattle Review, Salt Hill Journal, and Sonora Review, among others. She was a finalist for the 2014 and 2015 Sawtooth Poetry Contests at Ahsahta Press, as well as finalist for Omnidawn’s 2015 1st/2nd Poetry Book Contest and CSU’s 2017 First Book Poetry Competition. She maintains a lively Instagram presence @bodyconference, and can also be found at ashleyelizabethchambers.com.
Lara Mimosa Montes is a writer based in New York and Minneapolis. She holds a PhD in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her poems and essays have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. She also teaches poetry at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and works as an editor for Triple Canopy. Her first book, The Somnambulist, is available from Horse Less Press. She was born in the Bronx.
PHOTO CREDIT Gerard Malanga
Mara Duvra is a visual artist whose work combines photography, poetry, video, sculpture, and her experience as an artist who reads, writes, and collects to create and arrange objects as text and text as objects / studying the malleable qualities of images and poetry to create installations that explore stillness and interiority to condense both voice and matter.