Daniel Kessel is a fiction writer and essayist who grew up in New Jersey and New York. A graduate of the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden, he was the recipient of an Interdisciplinary Fellowship for his research on the contemporary queer novel. His writing has appeared in PRISM International, Bending Genres, The Huffington Post, and other publications.
Ahimsa Timoteo BodhrĂĄn is a multimedia artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator. A Tulsa Artist Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he convened a Movement Research Studies Project, âDecolonial Design, Indigenous Choreography, and Multicorporeal Sovereignties: A Womanist/Queer/Trans Indigenous Movement Dialogue.â A Movement Research Artists of Color Council Core Member, he creates multimedia movement work with womanist/queer/trans Indigenous and people of color artists, educators, and organizers. BodhrĂĄn is author of the poetry/photography collections, ArchipiĂŠlagos; Antes y despuĂŠs del Bronx: Lenapehoking; and South Bronx Breathing Lessons. His visual art is exhibited in New York, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. BodhrĂĄn is editor of the international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought; and co-editor of the Native dance/movement/performance issue of Movement Research Performance Journal. Co-founder of the worldâs first transgender film festival, now known as the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, his work appears in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. He organized/moderated the first transgender people of color panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair, and organized the worldâs first transgender Arab roundtable dialogue for Sinister Wisdom. He has received scholarships/fellowships from CantoMundo, Macondo, the Radius of Arab American Writers, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, and Lambda Literary.
Leslie VonHolten writes about the connections between land and culture. Her work includes environmental science, art history, community history, literature, and undertold stories. Her art writing has been published in Pitch, Lawrence.com, and Ceramics Art + Perception, with new work forthcoming in The New Territory and Literary Landscapes. Sometimes she also curates a show or makes a zine. She lives in Kansas, where she mostly grew up.
Jeremiah Ariaz was raised in Kansas and is a Professor of Art at Louisiana State University. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research-based practice is focused on examining the constructs of American identity within personal, community, media, and political contexts. For his most recently completed project Louisiana Trail Riders, he was the recipient of a 2018 ATLAS grant, the Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the 2018 South Arts Finalist Prize and named the Louisiana State Fellow. The photographs have been exhibited nationally, and a monograph of the work is available from UL Press (2018). His current project, The Fourth Estate, is focused on small town newspaper offices and the critical role they play in our shared democracy.
Born in China and raised among artists, Hong received rigorous academic training in fine style Chinese ink painting at the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. After moving to the United States in 1996, she earned an MA at California State University, Sacramento in 2002, and an MFA from the University of California, Davis in 2004. Upon completing her graduate work, Hong continued painting in ink but also combined Chinese techniques and conventions with new materials like charcoal and larger formats. In 2000, She developed her own âHairâ style that resulted in aesthetically rich and intellectually compelling works. Hong has been living in Lawrence, Kansas with her family since finishing her MFA in 2004.
Thomas Agran was born in rural Kentucky, grew up in Ohio, and moved to Iowa to attend Grinnell College. Three years spent in the fields of a large organic vegetable farm in Grinnell helped forge a deep interest in the Midwestern landscape, its total transformation through agriculture, and the political, social, and environmental consequences of that change. Some of his paintings also explore the complicated nexus of food, agriculture, nostalgia, and marketing. Thomas studied at Indiana University for an MFA in painting, and has taught painting and drawing since 2011, currently at the University of Iowa. In addition to his studio work, Thomas has executed, managed, and mentored dozens of public mural projects â from private commissions to large municipal scale work in historically sensitive areas to community engaged and participatory mural and public art projects. Thomas currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa, with his daughter Nina.
Cory McKague is an American realist whoâs interests lie in the intersection of
technology and points of extraction amidst the rural landscape. They are a MFA candidate
at the University of Colorado, Boulder in sculpture + post studio practice where they are
researching untold stories of the west and the digital divide. They are an educator,
technologist and fabricator.
Arin Yoon (she/her) is a Korean American documentary photographer and visual artist based in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her work focuses on war and diaspora, families, women and issues of representation and identity. Arin is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women’s Media Foundation Fellow, and a We, Women Photo Artist. She is a member of Women Photograph, Diversify Photo and the Asian American Journalists Association. Her work has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Reuters, ProPublica, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Arin has exhibited at venues internationally, such as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul, South Korea and Photoville in New York. She has an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a BA in Political Science and a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.