Summer Newsletter 2012
This is the Summer 2012 issue of the official newsletter of Vermont College of Fine Arts. The VCFA Newsletter is a biannual publication whose mission is to engage, inform, and inspire a readership including alumni/ae, faculty, staff, students, and other friends; to strengthen the bonds within the VCFA community through personal, honest, and timely information; and to reflect VCFAâ€™s dedication to advancing the arts and supporting the artistic lives of its constituents.
Vermont College of Fine Arts is a national center for education in the arts, fostering the excellence of emerging and established artists and advancing the arts to create a more humane world.
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From our hilltop campus in Montpelier, Vermont, we seek to help shape the future of the arts worldwide by fostering the excellence of emerging and established artists. We recognize that the arts are central to the development of a creative and healthy society. We encourage our members to reach for the highest artistic standards as individuals and to share their talents with humanity.
Letter from the President
A Portrait of a Voyage
Amplifying the Unheard Voice
Culture, Contradictions, and the CoquĂ
Change by Design
VCFA Board of Trustees
Published by VCFA Editor-in-Chief: Lyn Chamberlin '10 Managing Editor: Suzanne Farrell Smith '10 Publication Design: Anthony Pagani Contributors: Erin Barker '11 Stephanie Friedman '10 Lauren Markham '10 Natalia Sarkissian '10 Pamela Taylor '12 Cover: MFA in Visual Art alumna Margaret Carsello Chiapetta with her winter 2012 graduate exhibition piece titled One Thousand Pound Cakes, One Thousand Hours. Photo by Neil Dixon
About Us Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) is a place where the creative expression of individuals is nurtured and a sense of community flourishes; a place where national and international leaders in the arts gather, teach, learn, and show and perform their work.
Awarding Master of Fine Arts degrees (MFAs) in a variety of fields of practice, VCFA offers student-centered graduate programs. Yet we have a singular mission: to provide a world-class graduate education in the fine arts. All our efforts are turned in this direction. Our commitment is reflected in the quality of our programs and the successes of our students.
Dear Friends, From the beginning, Vermont College of Fine Arts’ commitment has been to enlarge, deepen, and transform the lives of its students. To get there, we do something essential – we recognize that students come to VCFA with something we can’t give them. This issue of the Summer 2012 VCFA Newsletter celebrates the spark that ignites when you give people the time and space to chart a path based on what fuels them. You see it in the unfolding of our student’s semester plans, and also in the work our faculty do and in the lives our alumni lead. Take this example, and this issue is full of them: “Whenever I hear anything that I’ve written performed ... I’m speechless,” says Anna Chapman, MFA in Music Composition, ’14, about her live performance with the Callithumpian Consort at the Music Composition residency in February. During each semester, students compose for the guest ensemble, which then performs and records a portion of original student pieces. For Chapman, these presentations are in stark contrast to the computerized files she works with during the semester, which lack “humanness.” That personal interaction between musicians, composer, and music is at the heart of the residency. The VCFA ethos is one of constant motion, of harnessing the spark of potential, of giving it shape, pushing and testing it, and then setting it free. I hope that as you read these pages you will see something of yourself within them, and recognize the same vitality, hunger, and fearlessness, that was kindled during your time here. I hope that the impassioned conversations that carried you through four semesters of artistic immersion and the vibrant energy of each residency continue. And above all, I hope that your own work, like those in the profiles that follow, is deep and sustaining. With best regards,
Thomas Christopher Greene President
Letter from the President
A PORTRAIT OF A VOYAGE Visual Art Exhibitions at VCFA By Natalia Sarkissian '10 During the Vermont College of Fine Arts Visual Art residencies, students transform the campus, almost overnight, into buzzing gallery space. One student assembles sculpture he has shipped across country in discrete pieces, a second unfurls large photographs to hang near the tennis courts, while a third unpacks equipment for video. Two exhibition coordinators and several VCFA alumni assistants and facilities members prepare panels and lighting. Energetic, vibrant works in process by new and returning students are then installed in Alumni Hall. Each student’s work serves as the focal point for individual reviews and group critiques that catalyze future development. Alumni Hall, on the corner of College and East Main Streets, became an exhibition space for students in August 2011, representing an inspiring change in the VCFA MFA in Visual Art experience. Originally, new and returning student exhibitions were divided between Noble and College Hall classrooms. In the words of Exhibition Curator Robert O’Connor (a 2006 MFA-VA graduate), “Alumni Hall spurs our continuing students to think beyond their earlier possibilities. The area is large, an empty shell with good light and a high ceiling. Each student is assigned space. Before, they had to contend with lower ceilings and carpeting. And some work, because of its location, risked being overlooked.” Now, at any given time during the Alumni Hall Gallery
residency, small groups of students converge with local, national, and international artists and critical thinkers to engage in conversation under one roof. O’Connor says it’s galvanizing, adding that Alumni Hall has the potential to serve as an arts center/performance space year-round, not only for other VCFA MFA programs, but also for the larger communities of Montpelier and central Vermont. Meanwhile, the College Hall Gallery (formerly the T.W. Wood Art Gallery) is reserved for the assured and polished work of graduating students; here the art on view, according to the MFA in Visual Art program materials, testifies to the “transformative nature of the program in measurable terms.” It is also the springboard from which students synthesize their learning with their future artistic plans. A unique professional space, College Hall Gallery may be used according to the graduate students’ vision, but with the proviso that they arrange to show their work artistically and make certain
College Hall Gallery
unilateral decisions of a formal nature. “For example,” says O’Connor, “will artists’ statements be shown individually on the wall, or together in a book?” “The atmosphere in the two different exhibition areas is quite different,” says Lauren Bartone ’12, a recently minted Visual Art graduate. “My first residency, I brought work that was shiny on the outside but shaky on the inside. It was outwardly pretty because I wanted to show what I knew.” Wandering the College Hall Gallery, Bartone looks at the graduating students’ work with admiration. “I wondered how they got to that level. How they had gained so much confidence in two years.” O’Connor agrees. “The opening at the Gallery on Tuesday nights,” he says, “is always an incredible eye opener for new students.”
Bartone calls the work she exhibited during her middle residencies “messy” and all about “taking risks.” She was Lauren Bartone '12 intent on finding the right answers. “You’re in a place very far from the studio,” she says, “so you edit what you have for presentation. The work might be problematical but it’s the work you want feedback on.” Practical issues such as transportation led Bartone, a painter who lives many miles away, to abandon the traditional canvas and gravitate toward paper that she could easily roll. Later she painted on grocery bags, which she says wasn’t governed by practical reasons. Over the course of her journey, from semester exhibitions in Noble and College Halls, to the move to Alumni Hall last summer, and finally to the College Hall Gallery for her graduating exhibit, Bartone realized that finding the right answers wasn’t the important thing. “It’s finding the right questions,” she says. “And realizing that there are others out there asking the same questions. You join a larger, ongoing critical discussion when you go through an exhibition to see how others are framing their own inquiry. As a result you are less isolated.” In essence, she says, the final exhibition documents a shift. Says O’Connor, “The College Hall Gallery puts a real exclamation point on a student’s overall experience at Vermont College of Fine Arts.” 3
AMPLIFYING THE UNHEARD VOICE By Lauren Markham '10 Katie Bayerl, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults ’10, is one of those writers for whom, if you were to run a thread among her various jobs, volunteer gigs, studies, stories, and midnight epiphanies, you’d end up not with a tangled mess of string, but with a symmetrical web. In retrospect, everything fits. That thread, if we have to name it, is amplifying the unheard voice. Bayerl understood at a remarkably young age that there were severe inequities within the U.S. education system. As a teenager, Bayerl was “all fired up” about issues related to being a teen girl. She joined a female empowerment group on her high-school campus and founded a similar group for younger girls where they discussed questions of what it means to be a girl in society—issues of body image, exclusion, and lack of voice. Since then, she’s been a mentor for girls, a researcher of issues in urban education, a classroom teacher in Boston Public Schools, a nonprofit consultant, and a writer of stories for teens. Now, in what seems like a perfect synthesis of her passions and prior
experience, Bayerl is the Features Editor for Teen Voices, a magazine devoted to showcasing words and stories of teen girls. In 2006, after a particularly tumultuous year teaching and having experienced all too personally the systemic barriers she had studied, Bayerl became disillusioned and, in her own words, “heartbroken, really” about her ability to make a difference in the classroom. She took a leave of absence to reevaluate and to heal. Late one night, Bayerl saw on television a dramatized version of Laurie Halse Anderson’s young adult book Speak, a book she had loved and shared with many students. She experienced a kind of storybook revelation: “I love this book,” she thought. “Why am I not writing for teens?” This question is what brought Bayerl to VCFA’s MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, from which she graduated in 2010. While at VCFA, Bayerl, along with Varian Johnson ’09, launched a dynamic online conversation among faculty and students about the diversity deficit in the field of children’s writing. These conversations were “intense and provocative and rich.” Bayerl explains that while children of color represent over 40 percent of American children, only 7 percent of published children’s writers are people of color, and central characters of color appear in only 9 percent of stories for children and young adults. She wants to see these numbers shift. As part of their after-school journalism program, Teen Voices offers opportunities for young women of color to build their craft, be mentored by college-age women, and to write stories they care about—friendship, social media, menstruation, child labor. Most importantly, Teen Voices allows girls to develop their voices as writers.
“Who we are and where we’re from isn’t just a straightforward answer.” 4
Katie Bayerl, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults '10
In her own writing, Bayerl is committed to creating strong, diverse characters and stories that are relatable to the youth she’s taught and learned from over the years. She thinks very hard about the inherent questions and problems of writing stories that address experiences she hasn’t lived herself. “As a white woman who has had certain privileges, there are certain stories that it would be crossing power lines to tell.” But she also understands a particular responsibility to telling stories so often left out of the teen book narratives. “Who we are and where we’re from isn’t just a straightforward answer,” she says. The towns where she grew up and the middle schools in which she mentored, along with
the various cities and urban districts and classrooms in which she’s lived and worked, are all communities that have shaped her—and these “are not all white worlds,” she says. And, Bayerl points out, she’s only one writer anyway. “I can’t produce all the books that I’d love to see my students read. So why not try to bring up a diverse new generation of writers who can fill the shelves with their own stories?” That’s what Bayerl sees happening in youth writing organizations like Teen Voices. “And then,” she adds, “I can write the stories that are mine to write.” 5
MFA in Writing: Puerto Rico
CULTURE, CONTRADICTIONS, AND THE COQUÍ
By Pamela Taylor '12
In Old San Juan, everything feels familiar at first. Your cell phone works, your money works, there’s Wi-Fi and a Starbucks within walking distance of the hotel. Reminders of home. Yet, as soon as you leave your room, differences start to sink in. It begins on the narrow streets, lined by buildings with elaborate wrought-iron doorways and balconies, that possess an old-world, otherworldly feel. The smell of spices mixes with the sea air, and the sounds of Spanish blend seamlessly with those of English, turning a walk through Old San Juan into a distinctively Caribbean experience. As you step on cobblestones, where multitudes have stepped before, you absorb the history of Puerto Rico, its juxtaposition as a former Spanish colony and current American territory, and its European, African, and Taíno past peacefully co-existing as long as nobody talks about it. By the time you leave Old San Juan, you feel you know the island— full of culture and contradictions—and love it all the same. But really, to know Puerto Rico you have to travel ninety minutes away into the heart of the island—to the El Yunque National Forest. Here, the wireless signal is frequently disrupted by unseen storms on the other side of the mountain. The rainforest surrounds you, and it feels as though the world has grown smaller and vaster at the same time. Your eyes, forced to forget the bright pinks and butter yellows of the buildings in the old city, are now blind to every color except the lushness of green. All other sounds are drowned out by the coquí’s constant hum. The rainforest disorients you and makes you question everything you thought you knew about the place. You must work with your traveling companions to understand the island again. Together you hike for seven hours with the aid of walking sticks and an agile guide, taste the edible flora and fauna, climb up rusty ladders to see magnificent views of the Atlantic from twenty thousand feet up, crab-walk down lava rocks, and jump off bridges into the freshwater canal. Together you dance merengue, form a conga line, and stop to marvel at a coquí on the concrete floor, how such a big sound can come from such a tiny thing. And suddenly you realize how this experience has connected you to your fellow writers, to your own writing, and to this island. 7
CHANGE B Bethany Koby Tinkers with Craft and Commerce for the Greater Good
By Stephanie Friedman '10 Say the phrase “graphic design.” What comes to mind? Executives in a glass-paneled meeting room deciding which glossy image and bold logo would make for the slickest ad campaign? Or casually dressed people in an East London storefront tinkering with electronic odds and ends to create a musical instrument called a lumiphone? For MFA in Graphic Design faculty member Bethany Koby, the two scenes are all part of the same enterprise. “Ever since I can remember I have straddled what one could refer to as commercial work and social work,” she says. “For a long time I struggled to make sense of these two seemingly different worlds of design while at the same time working to make sense of these two different parts of myself.” What she finally discovered was that “both ways of working naturally fed into each other.” The skills she gained in the commercial arena, like “problem solving, strategic thinking, and multi-stakeholder challenges,” can be brought to bear in her work for community and social change, where she tackles “local issues and real, everyday problems hands-on.” 8
For the past five years, Koby has spent three days a week working for major corporate and nonprofit clients at the design firm Wolff Olins, and two days a week working on her own independent projects. As Koby puts it, “I like to describe it as being in and out of the system. One of the big questions is whether or not one can make more positive impact inside of the system or outside of the system, and so far I have been able to do both, which is a very exciting position to be in.” What excites Koby most these days is Technology Will Save Us (technologywillsaveus.org), “a labor of love as well as a for-profit business.” Through this “haberdashery” for electronics and its workshops, people learn to use, repair, and create with the technology that surrounds us every day, not passively relying on it, but actively understanding and engaging it. “The more we can make the experience enjoyable, the more we can encourage people to tinker, make, and question the role technology plays in their lives,” Koby explains. In this way, people gain the skills and habits of mind they need to live more sustainable, creative, and conscious lives.
BY DESIGN Koby believes that businesses can do more than just pursue profit and should never “encourage behaviors that are detrimental to society, the environment, and even to individuals themselves.” For Koby and her partners, Technology Will Save Us provides them the chance to “practice what they preach,” creating a business “where profit and purpose could continually grow in harmony.” Since they sell out of most of their DIY kits and products almost every two weeks, and the two workshops they host per month are always at least 75 percent full, it looks like they are well on their way to achieving that aim. Just as her design career has combined commercial and social projects, Koby hopes that Technology Will Save Us demonstrates how “businesses also have a huge opportunity to contribute and affect society and individuals in a very tangible way.”
A DIY kit that uses an extremely simple circuit and all of the components and materials you need to make your own solar powered Thirsty Plant detector.
LIVE PERFORMANCE Composing VCFA’s Newest MFA By Erin Barker '11
“Whenever I hear anything that I’ve written performed ... I’m speechless.” Anna Chapman says about her live reading with the Callithumpian Consort during the MFA in Music Composition Residency in February. During the semester, students compose for the guest ensemble, which then reads, performs, and records at least ten minutes of each student’s original work. For Chapman, the readings starkly contrast the computerized files she works with during the semester, which lack “humanness.” That personal interaction between musicians, composer, and music is at the heart of the residency. Just as musicians breathe life and soul into a piece of composed music, it is the people that create the heart of VCFA’s newest MFA program. The world’s first, and only, lowresidency program in Music Composition went live last August and now has seventeen students and six faculty members. During residencies packed with master classes, lectures, readings, and concerts, the College Hall chapel transforms into a recording studio, and the faculty lecture on topics as diverse as composing for television commercials to juxtaposition in Stravinsky’s work. As with any debut performance there are unique logistical challenges, including the need for recording space. Adapting the low-residency model to an artistic field typically taught in a conservatory setting can also be difficult. During the semester, advisors only have access to students’ score notations or computer generated files, but the award-winning composers who comprise the faculty make up for it with their dedication and talent. One faculty member looks at the work of a student who isn’t officially assigned to him, another willingly meets in person if geography allows. Program Director Carol Beatty is quick to point out that there is “a real compatibility” between music composition and the low-residency model because, historically, teaching composition has been a one-on-one discipline. This individual instruction is certainly what drew student Timothy Miller to the program. Seeking mentorship, he’d previously contacted numerous composers, but found that no one had the time, or permission, to teach students who were not enrolled in their respective universities. Miller says of VCFA, “This program was exactly what I was looking for. All of the benefits and training that are available through a PhD program without the research, coursework, and obligation there.”
For other students, VCFA’s Music Composition program offers a community of composers. “In Schenectady there’s not too much [music composition] going on, so I am kind of like a little island out here,” says Ariane Miyasaki. She maintains virtual contact with her classmates throughout the semester and relies on them for support. The interplay between music and composer adds depth and dimension to a live performance. Likewise, the interactions between students, faculty, and their respective music styles create vibrancy in the program. The faculty’s expertise spans everything from contemporary classical and jazz to scoring for media and electronic music. The students also come from drastically different musical backgrounds and skill levels, and compose in a wide variety of genres. The low student-to-faculty ratio allows students to dabble in other genres, and learn from master teachers outside their chosen genre. This wealth of diversity within the program is one of its hallmark attractions. Chapman loves listening to her classmates’ compositions in multiple genres, because she is still able to hear their distinct voices coming through the music. The same can be said of the MFA Program in Music Composition. It adds a vibrant diversity to the college, while still maintaining the signature voice of VCFA: individuality, quality instruction, and a strong community of talented faculty and students.
Molly Heron '11 â€œRe-imagining Plasticsâ€? series of 3D paintings
Class Notes 2012 - 1983
Candlewick Press chose current student Skila Brown’s Slickety Quick for the VCFA/Candlewick Press Winter 2012 Picture Book Scholarship and accepted the manuscript for upcoming publication. In addition, Candlewick asked to review her middle grade novel Caminar, which has also been accepted and will be published in spring 2014. (MFA-WCYA) Stephanie Coyne DeGhett had five sonnets published in Poetry East, a story called “Old Dime’s Last Show” in Southern Humanities Review, “Balsam” in The Missouri Review, and “Pescatore’s Contest” in the Spring 2012 edition of Confrontation. (MFA-W)
Journal Awards for Creative Nonfiction. (MFA-W) John Proctor had two essays accepted for publication: “I Was Young When I Left Home” in Defunct and “The Transfiguration of Señor Gato” in New Madrid. His essay “Over and Under” is also included in the forthcoming anthology Imagination & Place: Weather. (MFA-W)
Brian Cordell’s poem “Golden Gate” is forthcoming in the New Haven Review. (MFA-W) Sion Dayson has been invited to speak at the 22nd annual Paris Writers’ Workshop on the panel “Welcome to the 21st Century: How to Use Blogs and Social Media to Your Advantage.” PWW is a weeklong creative writing workshop in June. (MFA-W) Diana Gonsalves is now an Adjunct Professor at Burlington College, Champlain College, and an instructor at Burlington City Arts. (MFA-VA)
Lee Pendleton’s latest novel The German (written under the name Lee Thomas) has been named a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Bram Stoker Award, and was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by The Advocate magazine. (MFA-W) Michelle Pilar Hamill received an Honorable Mention in the AWP Intro
Molly Heron is showing her “Re-imagining Plastics” series of 3D paintings made from plastics recycled from Columbia science labs. The show runs from September through December 2012 at Columbia University’s Long Health Science Library. (MFA-VA) Gary Lawrence’s short story “Why I’m Here” was published by Short Story America as the Story of the Week. It remains acces-
sible in SSA’s contemporary library collection. “Why I’m Here” will also appear in Short Story America’s 2012 print anthology. (MFA-W) Cori McCarthy’s debut young adult novel, The Color of Rain, a sci-fi thriller, sold to Running Press for publication in Spring 2013. The novel is about girl who finds herself aboard a ship where girls are commodities and the vulnerable are trafficked into slavery. (MFA-WCYA) Brenda Nicholson was a contributing editor for the poetry anthology Birchsong released by The Blueline Press in February. Her poem “For Rumi” received an honorable mention in the International Sufi Association’s poetry contest. Another poem will appear at PoemCity 2012. (MFA-W) Karen Ristuben gave a presentation of “Just, one word...,” a multimedia performance lecture on marine plastics, plastics toxicity, and public health, at the National Marine Educators Conference in Anchorage in June 2012. (MFA-VA) Sumru Tekin is a 2011 Vermont Community Foundation Grant grantee. (MFA-VA) Melinda Thomsen’s poems “Aunt Ethel” and “Husband” are in the Fall 2011 issue of Big City Lit. Another poem, “Love Train,” is in the anthology Token Entry, edited by Gerry LaFemina. Her second chapbook, Field Rations, was published by Finishing Line Press. (MFA-W)
Harcourt’s Best American Mystery Stories. (MFA-W) Stephanie Friedman’s story “I Want the Copy that Dreams” has just been posted as part of the new “collections” issue of Blood Orange Review. This story was part of her application to VCFA. (MFA-W)
Dorothy Bendel’s chapbook Expatriate is now available from Finishing Line Press. (MFA-W) Emily Brisse’s critical thesis and graduate lecture were published this spring in Minnesota English Journal and The Writer’s Chronicle. She will present on placebased blogging at The Loft Literary Center’s Nature & Environmental Writing Conference. (MFA-W) Renee Couture attended a residency at Jentel in Wyoming where she completed a site-specific installation called Kindly Use using a series of twenty hand-painted signs along a four-mile stretch of Lower Piney Creek Road to explore land-use ethic practiced on ranch lands. (MFA-VA) Jason DeYoung has new fiction forthcoming in Corium Magazine and Syntax. His story “The Funeral Bill,” which originally appeared in the New Orleans Review, will be reprinted in the 2012 edition of Houghton Mifflin
Mikki (Michelle) Knudsen has two 2012 releases from Candlewick Press: The Princess of Trelian (sequel to her middle grade novel The Dragon of Trelian) in April, and the picture book Big Mean Mike (illustrated by Scott Magoon) in August. (MFA-WCYA) Caitlin Leffel’s essay “Learning to Adjust” won third place in The Writer magazine’s essay/ memoir contest, judged by Lee Gutkind. It will be published online this summer. (MFA-W) Linda Oatman High’s story “Nickel Mines Hardware” was shortlisted in England with The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. (MFA-WCYA) Celeste Provencher will have a selection of her poetry published in The Best of Clapboard House, an anthology due out October 2012. She teaches college writing at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA. (MFA-W) Cindy Short’s thesis project, The Roving Garden, is touring and planting in Los Angeles’s neglected urban spaces. She is teaching arts and community engagement in LA city
schools, and is going to the Cuban Bienal in May. She can be found at http:// cindyshort.net. (MFA-VA)
Nicholas Benson has several translations forthcoming: poems by Antonia Pozzi in InTranslation; the first part of Scipio Slataper’s novel My Karst in NER; and of Aldo Palazzeschi’s book of poetry The Arsonist from Otis Books/Seismicity in 2012/13. (MFA-W) Gwenda Bond announced that her debut novel, Blackwood, will be a September 2012 launch title for the new Strange Chemistry YA imprint of UK/US publisher Angry Robot. (MFA-WCYA)
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Nicolas Gadbois '09 “Pattern Language”
Renee Couture '10
Nicolas Gadbois is a finalist for the public art project at the University of New Mexico in Los Alamos. He is one of five and the final presentation is in June. Also, he was in a group show at GVG contemporary in Santa Fe titled Pattern Language in June. (MFA-VA)
Steven Simon '08, PLACE
L. Mylott Manning’s '09 700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together)
L. Mylott Manning’s performance piece, 700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together), took place from April 3-8, 2012 at 266 West 37th Street, New York City. Over the course of six days, Manning transformed the window front gallery space into a jungle of thread and fabric. Richard Moore’s piece “Homeward Bound” was published by the online journal Wilderness House Literary Review in March 2012. (MFA-W) Iris Rozencwajg published a poem called “After Buber I” in Improbable Worlds, an anthology of Texas and Louisiana 16
poets, edited by Martha Serpas and published by Mutabilis Press. (MFA-W)
sponsored by the National Association of Women Artists. (MFA-VA) ‘08
Shawn Stout is excited to announce her new middle grade series with Philomel (Penguin). Penelope Crumb, the first book in the series, is scheduled to release in August. (MFA-WCYA)
Liz Chang was selected as the 2012 Montgomery County Poet Laureate (in Pennsylvania). She will be featured in a reading and awards ceremony on April 21 at Musehouse in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. (MFA-W)
damali abrams exhibited at Rush Gallery and other spaces in NYC, as well as in Denver, Memphis, New Orleans, and Savannah. This year damali will exhibit at JCAL and Spattered Columns in NYC and The Emery Center in Maine. (MFA-VA) Debra L. Arter was awarded first place at the Art in ME competition in Boothbay, Maine, for her assemblage construction entitled “Day in and Day Out,” using scavenged linoleum flooring. Her piece “Hot Date” is part of HERstorically Speaking, a juried exhibition
Amanda Dillingham had a solo exhibit And Worms Will Never Harm Me at Blend Studios in Nashville, TN, April 2012. (MFA-VA) Linda Ganus’s solo exhibition titled Wunderwald: New Work by Linda Ganus ran March 30–April 14, 2012 at New Century Artists in NYC. (MFA-VA) ‘08 Leah Hackett’s first child, Andrew Arthur Zwart Hackett, was born November 20, 2011, in Chattanooga, TN. He weighed eight pounds thirteen ounces, and was twenty-one inches long. (MFA-VA)
Zachary Kopp published three collections of flash fiction and is singing and playing guitar in a band, Stepping Out Of Time. (MFA-W) Antonia Lake has had four poems selected for a book edited and published by Kathryn Jenson entitled Between Two Cities: the Hilltowns in Art and Poetry. It includes poems by Richard Wilbur and William Jay Smith, as well as seven other local writers; each poem is paired with a painting by a Hilltown artist. (MFA-W) Maria Driscoll McMahon, 2010 NYFA MARK alumnus and recent fellow in the Sculpture Space Residency program, Utica, NY, was featured in Skin Hides at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, until April 14th with her collective, 2x2. (MFA-V) Joan Seliger Sidney’s poem “Cousin” appeared in Jewish Currents, “Defiance” and “Pantoum for My Grandparents” in Caduceus, and “Chipmunk” in Long River Run. Joan presented “Voices from the Holocaust” at UConn’s annual Holocaust Convocation. She also won a Nielsen Fellowship to the
Vermont Studio Center for August 2012. (MFA-W) Steven Simon’s PLACE, the five steel benches presented at VCFA in July 2008, has been installed on the grounds of Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA, as part of the Sculpture on the Grounds Exhibition. (MFA-VA) Linda Smith will be attending a two-week artist residency at the Tyrone Art Center in Westminster, MD during the month of August 2012. (MFA-VA) Lauren Tivey continues to live and teach in China. Her chapbook, The Breakdown Atlas & Other Poems, was released by Big Table Publishing last summer. Her poems
have also appeared in Blue Lake Review, Deuce Coupe, Yellow Mama, and other publications. (MFA-W)
Paige Ackerson-Kiely’s second collection of poetry, My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer, was published by Ahsahta Press in March. (MFA-W) Kelly Bennett’s picture book, One Day I Went Rambling, arrived in bookstores May 15, 2012. Young Zane uses his imagination while playing in his neighborhood—a hubcap becomes a flying saucer’s crest, and an old wooden crate is Huck Finn’s trusty craft. (MFA-WCYA)
Debra L. Arter '08 Big Fish in the Federal Reserve Aquarium
Linda Ganus '08 Wunderwald #11
Miriam Glassman’s middle grade novel Call Me Oklahoma! will be published by Holiday House in spring 2013 with illustrations by the author. (MFA-WCYA) Nicole Gulotta recently launched the literary food blog Eat This Poem (www.eatthispoem.com), a collection of recipes inspired by poetry. In 2011 she contributed an article, “The Global Table,” to Remedy Quarterly. (MFA-W) Marsha Kroll is the first place winner of the 2012 John & Rose Petracca & Family Award from Philadelphia Poets. Her poems have recently appeared in publications such as The Aurorean, Mad Poets Review, Philadelphia Poets, The Prose Poem Project, and Whiskey Island Magazine. (MFA-W) Rachel Langille has three poems forthcoming in next issue of Louisiana Literature. (MFA-W) Christopher Maselli just finished writing 400 quests for the online video game MakaziVille (Wycliffe Bible Translation). His monthly solve-
it-yourself mysteries in Clubhouse Magazine were also renewed for another year. (MFA-WCYA) Patricia McInroy had a photo published in the February 2012 issue of The Sun Magazine. She also had work accepted to the Black Maria Film Festival and Experiments in Cinema. (MFA-VA) Kim Miller has a residency upcoming in summer 2012 at Compeung in Doi Saket, Thailand. She is currently teaching at both UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and is working on a new one-person performance. (MFA-VA) Erin E. Moulton’s second middle grade novel, Tracing Stars, was released on May 10, 2012 from Philomel. (MFA-WCYA) Rachel Reynolds is thrilled to be engaged to her sweetheart of thirteen years. She recently was interviewed by a local cable TV program, lectured to students at both Madonna and Oakland University, and exhibited work at Whitdel Arts, City Gallery and CCS, Detroit. (MFA-VA)
Rocco Scary has a show called The Garden Statement upcoming in September 2012 at Kean University, in Union, NJ. He also participated in several group shows, including Roadtrip: My America at the New Jersey Arts Guild and The Book as Memorial: Book Artists Respond to and Remember 9/11 at the Robert B. Hass Family Library at Yale University. (MFA-VA) Sherry Shahan is excited to announce the publication of a new Alaska-based adventure novel for middle grade readers, Ice Island (Random House/Delacorte Press). (MFA-WCYA) Marcus Smith was shortlisted for the UK’s Bridport Poetry Prize 2011, judged by Carol Ann Duffy, Britain’s poet laureate. Janice Wilson Stridick’s poem “Explaining the Urn on the Dining Room Cabinet” was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize, and her collection Unfinished Daughter was a finalist in Arts & Letters Prime Poetry Prize contest. (MFA-W)
Irene Abraham had a solo show entitled, Seeing is Believing, at the Waldorf College Art Gallery in Forest City, IA in February and March. The show, which dealt with issues of vision and meaning, was organized by Kristi Carlson, also an alumna of the class of 2006. (MFA-VA) Sarah Aronson is proud to announce the sale of her third novel, Be-
Jennifer Gennari’s first book, My Mixed-Up, Berry Blue Summer, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Books in spring 2012. The middle grade novel about pie and courage was her VCFA thesis. (MFA-WCYA) Jodi Hays will be showing work in Philadelphia this summer at Grizzly Grizzly. She also had a solo show curated by Sara Estes At Three Squared Gallery in Nashville in February. (MFA-VA) Robert O’Connor is the founder of FilmOneFest, the one-minute film festival that’s in its fourth year. The festival attracts submissions from around the world and has become a much-anticipated summer event on the Jersey Shore. (MFA-VA)
lieve, to Andrew Karre of Carolrhoda Lab for publication in fall 2013. Her second novel, Beyond Lucky, was recently named a VOYA Top Shelf Pick for Middle Grade Readers. (MFA-WCYA) Anne Bauer’s poetry chapbook Fine Absence won the Pavement Saw Press Award in 2011 and was published by Pavement Saw. (MFA-W) John Feodorov was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University in Washington State. (MFA-VA)
two novels she worked on while earning her MFA have been published; Weaving Magic and Stained Glass Summer are now available at all online bookstores. (MFA-WCYA)
Sybil Baker’s third book, Into This World, was released by Engine Books in May. (MFA-W) Jane Buchanan’s picture book, Seed Magic, illustrated by Charlotte Riley Webb, was released by Peachtree Publishers on April 1. (MFA-WCYA)
Kristyn Kusek Lewis’s debut novel, How Lucky You Are, will be published by Grand Central Publishing on September 4, 2012. (MFA-W) Alicia Potter’s picture book Mrs. Harkness and the Panda (Knopf ) tells of a socialite’s trek to China to bring the first panda to the US. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, it received stars in Booklist and School Library Journal. (MFA-WCYA)
William Duvall’s tenminute drama in verse, The Contents, about slaves shipping themselves north in packing crates, was performed at the Greensboro Cultural Center (NC) in February. (MFA-W) Mindy Hardwick is pleased to announce the
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Sarah Sullivan’s picture book, Passing the Music Down, has been selected as an NCTE 2012 Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts. (MFA-WCYA)
YA novels were recently published by WaterBrook/ Random House: Breath of Angel (June 2011) and Eye of the Sword (March 2012). (MFA-WCYA)
Mary Ting’s community art project on grief and mourning, Daffodil Ashes, was awarded a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Manhattan Community Art Fund 2012 grant. (MFA-VA)
Niya Sisk’s illustrated children’s book, Po’Bird: A Wingless Bird Determined to Fly, is now available on Amazon. Bragging Bantering Bawling (dedicated to Philip Graham) is now available on Kindle. Curly Red Stories, her online flash fiction journal, has a new platform. (MFA-W)
Kelly Bingham’s firstever picture book has been released. Z is for Moose is illustrated by Caldecott Award winning Paul O. Zelinsky. The book, written while Kelly was at VCFA, has earned five starred reviews. (MFA-WCYA) Two of Karyn Henley’s fantasy/adventure
Tony Van Witsen’s story “101 Ways of Hating Claire” will appear in the spring issue of Crosstimbers. (MFA-W)
Thomas Balazs’s short story collection, Omicron Ceti III, was released in
January 2012 by Aqueous Books. (MFA-W ‘03)
Dawn McDuffie’s new chapbook, Flag Day in Detroit, is now available from Adastra Press. Margaret McManis’s new contract with Pelican Press in Gretna, LA, is for
a bilingual picture book entitled, Ole, Cinco de Mayo, about a boy and his calf and a disastrous event during a Cinco de Mayo celebration at school. The book will be out in 2013. (MFA-WCYA)
Lisa Lynn Biggar’s story “Mediation” will be published in the winter 2013 issue of The Little Patuxent Review. The theme of that issue is Doubt. (MFA-W) Katherine Hastings’s first full-length collection of poems, Cloud Fire, will be released by Spuyten Duyvil (NYC) in the fall of 2012. She hosts a regular poetry program on NPR affiliate KRCB FM. (MFA-W)
Shelly Catterson’s stories are published in Matter Journal 14 and on the website for Red Claw Press. She finished her story collection (again) last autumn. She also went to Puerto Rico with some of you. She’s still reeling and dancing. (MFA-W) Barbara Lidfors ‘01 had three paintings recently exhibited at the Ederer Gallerie in Nuremberg, Germany. (MFA-VA) Barbara Stephens’s short story “The Debutante Bow” was published in Inkwell Journal. (MFA-W)
Barbara Lidfors '01
Two of Louella Bryant’s books are now available as e-books: Full Bloom Stories for Kindle from Amazon, and While in Darkness There is Light on the Dzanc website. (MFA-W) Carolyn Crimi received the 2012 Prairie State Award for her body of work, which made her “feel both proud and old.” (MFA-WCYA) David Ebenbach’s nonfiction guide, The Artist’s Torah, has been accepted for publication by Cascade Books, due out later this year. His second book of short stories, Into the Wilderness, won the Washington Writers Publishing House Prize and will be published in the fall of 2012. (MFA-W) Lynn Levin’s translation of Birds on the Kiswar Tree, a poetry collection by Peruvian poet Odi Gonzales, is forthcoming from Latin American Literary Review Press. Lynn’s fiction appears in The Rag, and her poems in Artful Dodge and Potomac Review. (MFA-W)
tinues to study modern and contemporary Italian literature. (MFA-VA)
Emily Bilman’s sonnet “The Stags” was accepted for publication by The London Magazine which also accepted her literary essay on T.S. Eliot. She read from her French book of poems, titled La rivière de soi, at the Geneva Book Fair on April 27. (MFA-W) Barbara Daniels’s chapbook Quinn and Marie was published by Casa de Cinco Hermanas Press. Her poetry has appeared recently in Mid-Atlantic Review, Solstice, and Challenges for the Delusional: Peter Murphy’s Prompts & the Poems They Inspired. (MFA-W) Elizabeth Dove had a solo show in Sofia, Bulgaria at the Lessedra Gallery in April 2012. Info can be found at elizabethdove.com. (MFA-VA) Gladys Goldberg’s poem
“We Never Saw London Again” is in the recent issue of US1 Worksheets, Volume 57. (MFA-W) Lynn Imperatore is continuing practice-led PhD research at University of the West of England in Bristol. She is presenting papers at two upcoming conferences: “Drawing Out/2012” in London and “Situating States of Mind 1700–2000” at Northumbria University. (MFA-VA) Alvin Knox is the poetry editor of 2nd and Church, a new journal focusing on Tennessee writers and writing. (MFA-W) Mary Seymour will participate in a special exhibit at the Archives of Ontario, titled Gifted: Donations from the Ontario Society of Artists. The ceremony will be attended by The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. (MFA-VA) Neela Vaswani’s You Have Given Me a Country won
Lory Lockwood translation of Birds on the Kiswar Tree, a poetry collection by Peruvian poet Odi Gonz Michael Steffen won the 2011 Brick Road Poetry Award. His third collection, Bad Behavior, will be published by Brick Road Press in November 2012. (MFA-W) Though not producing physical art at this time, Denise Traverso con-
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the 2011 American Book Award. She follows it with Same Sun Here, an epistolary YA novel published in Feb 2012 by Candlewick Press. Same Sun Here is the KidsNext #1 on the Indy Next Booksellerâ€™s list. (MFA-W)
Nash Hyon has had paintings included in several group shows, including: Crossroads, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT; Post Odyssey, Ridgefield Guild of Arts, CT: and Many Visions/ One Community at the Mattatuck Art Museum, Waterbury, CT, where one of her paintings became part of their permanent collection. (MFA-V) Melody Mansfieldâ€™s first short story collection will be published by Kitsune Books in 2013. Her work as Director of Creative Writing at Milken Community High School was recently lauded online by editor, Nicole Bouchard. (MFA-W)
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Bethany Bonner was part of the Collaborative Printmaking Exhibit at Hoxie Gallery in Westerly, RI, this April. (MFA-VA) Les Edgerton has published four books recently: Just Like That, The Perfect Crime, The Bitch (named #1 Thriller of 2011 by Preditors & Editors), and a short
story collection Gumbo YaYa, which includes an essay delivered at his graduation from VCFA. (MFA-W) Pamela Post-Ferrante gave her critical thesis talk on writing and healing; now her book, Writing and Healing: A Mindful Guide for Cancer Survivors, will be in bookstores at the end of May. (MFA-W)
Vincent Zandri has signed a seven-book, “very nice” deal with Thomas & Mercer for the re-publication of five of his in-print backlist titles, including the bestselling The Remains and two new novels, Blue Moonlight and Murder by Moonlight. (MFA-W)
Deborah Cornell recently had a two-person show of digital prints Navigating (storms in ) the Sea of Tranquility at NOCCA in New Orleans, in conjunction with the SGCI International Printmaking Conference in March. She also had a solo exhibition in September at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. (MFA-VA) Tom Edwards was accepted for training to become a Tour Guide at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonvile, AR. (MFA-VA ‘96)
Walter Butts’s Radio Time won the 2011 New England Book Festival
Award for poetry. Cathedral of Nervous Horses: Selected and New Poems is forthcoming from Hobblebush Books. (MFA-W)
Riki Moss has a forty-foot installation of The Paper Forest at the Winooski Welcome Center Gallery on view through the summer. She also exhibited illuminated sculpture at the Smithsonian Craft Show in April. (MFA-VA)
Nan Hass Feldman’s solo exhibition Dreaming East, Dreaming West was at the Fountain Street Fine Arts Gallery in Framingham, MA from March 17 to April 15, 2012. She is also
Deborah Cornell '96 Navigating (storms in ) the Sea of Tranquility
teaching a painting workshop in Skopelos, Greece, in June 2012. (MFA-VA) Fran Gardner has been selected as the July 2012 Artist-In-Residence at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, NM, in the National Park Service ArtistIn-Residence Program. She is a professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. (MFA-VA)
Michael Klein has new work in Tin House, Ploughshares, and Ocean State Review. His poetry book The Talking Day will be published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2013. States of Independence, a chapbook of short essays, won the BLOOM Chapbook prize, judged by Rigoberto González. (MFA-W) William Walsh is currently working on a PhD at Georgia State University and recently published his fifth book. He has work forthcoming in Barely South Review, Five Points, Floodwall, The James Dickey Review, Rattle, and Valparaiso Review. (MFA-W)
Matthew Goodman’s narrative history, Ahead of Time: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth’s Bisland’s HistoryMaking Race Around the World, will be published by Random House in February 2013. (MFA-W)
Diann Blakely has an essay about Liberian-American author Patricia Jabbeh Wesley in Long Leaf, and
two new poems from Rain in Our Door: Duets with Robert Johnson in the current issue of Stone Canoe, guestedited by Bruce Smith, a 2011 NBA and NBCC nominee. (MFA-W)
Eloise Klein Healy’s A Wild Surmise: New And Selected Poems And Recordings will be released by Red Hen Press. (MFA-W)
Abbie Lipschutz’s memoir, Child of the 20th Century: Growing up Jewish in Holland, Belgium, Palestine, Israel, America. And Texas, was published in August 2011 by Blue Thread Communications, an imprint of Jewish Currents Magazine. (MFA-W) Suzanne Rhodenbaugh is the editor of Sarah’s Civil War: the Edited Diary, 1859-1865, of Sarah Lois Wadley. It will be out in April or May. (MFA-W)
com, which contains poetry, articles, and paintings. (MFA-W)
Phyllis Barber’s memoir, How I Got Cultured, was recently chosen by thebrowser.com as one of the five best books written about Las Vegas. (MFA-W)
Nadell Fishman’s second poetry collection, At Work in the Bridal Industry, is now available through Amazon.com, at Montpelier’s Bear Pond Books, or by order through your local bookstore. (MFA-W) Valerie Wohlfeld has poems published or forthcoming in The Yale Review, The Antioch Review, New England Review, Poetry Review (London), Valparaiso Review, Ekphrasis, JAMA, Spillway, Border Crossing, and Off the Couch: Magazine of Psychoanalysis and Culture. (MFA-W) Nan Hass Feldman '93
One of Carole Borges’s poems appeared on-line in the January issue of In Other Words: Merida. (MFA-W) Thomas E. Kennedy’s Getting Lucky: New & Selected Stories is forthcoming from New American Press in 2012. He also has essays & stories in The Southern Review, South Carolina Review, Epoch, New Letters, Ecotone, and elsewhere. (MFA-W) Lynn Martin now has a website, poetlynn.
V C FA We l c o m e s New Academic Dean
Matthew Monk On July 1, 2012, Matthew Monk, founding faculty chair of the MFA in Graphic Design program at VCFA and former Professor of Graphic Design at RISD, became Academic Dean of Vermont College of Fine Arts, succeeding Gary Moore, who retired late last year. At RISD since 1993, Matt served as the interim department head of Graphic Design and developed a reputation as a leader among the faculty. In addition to his teaching, Matt has maintained a vibrant studio practice as a designer. His clients have included Yale University Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Deutsche Architektur-Museum of Frankfurt, Germany, and the National Gallery of Art. His work has won many of the most prestigious awards in the field. Matt is also an accomplished visual artist, and his paintings have been widely exhibited.
New MFA in Graphic Design Faculty Chair
Silas Munro Silas Munro, a member of the founding faculty of the MFA in Graphic Design Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, was elected to the position of Faculty Chair on July 1, 2012. Munro succeeds Matthew Monk, VCFAâ€™s recently appointed Academic Dean.
Munro holds a BFA in Graphic Design from RISD and an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts.
Based in New York City, Silas is currently the Design Director at Housing Works, a community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. A distinguished designer, Munro has a long and dynamic record as a critic, lecturer, and teacher of graphic design for noteworthy programs including those at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Art Center, Boston University, California Institute of Arts (CalArts), North Carolina State, Otis, RISD, the School of Visual Arts, and York University in Toronto. He was a Designer-In-Residence at North Carolina State and a Design Fellow at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. His critical work has appeared in GOOD, Novum, Otis Magazine, CalArts Pub, SpeakUp, and on the Walker Design Blog.
Graphic Design The MFA in Graphic Design program is excited to announce two new faculty members, Bethany Koby and Ziddi Msangi.
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is a designer, art director, and artist who creates brands, businesses, and experiences to help imagine a more positive and collaborative future. She is currently based in London, dividing her time between serving as Design Director at the international brand consultancy Wolff Olins and collaborating on participative design with art institutions, communities, and businesses. At Wolff Olins, Bethany has been an active contributor to brandled innovation projects that are redefining categories of business in new and more relevant ways. She co-curated and designed the exhibition Brand Next about new currencies, brands as platforms for action, and the new ways in which we interact with businesses. In 2009 she collaborated on the Dalston Mill, a windmill and public oven in the heart of Dalston in London, commissioned as a part of the Radical Nature show at the Barbican Cultural Center. She has also given workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Swiss Embassy. Outside of the UK, Bethany has pursued her commitment to international perspectives and experiences. She has led workshops at the social entrepreneurs school KaosPilot in Denmark and was invited to join Fabrica, Benettonâ€™s creative research and development hub in Northern Italy, where she worked on projects dealing with social space and design as a catalyst for change. Bethany holds a BFA in Communication Design with a concentration in Art History from RISD. She also recently completed a Masters in Responsibility and Business Practice at Bath University, specifically to inform and advance her work in art and design.Â As an educator, Koby has significant expertise in sustainability and environmental issues in design. Her work integrates the rigid world of corporate design with a tenacious commitment to experimentation.
is an educator who cares deeply about fostering his students’ progress as educated citizens while achieving the highest standards of professionalism and creativity. He has been a Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth for twelve years and holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His professional work focuses on graphic design for social-profit organizations. Clients include William McDonough & Partners, Charlottesville, Virginia; Onus Jazz Quintet; Brooklyn Arts Council; and Ngurudoto Lodge, Arusha, Tanzania. Ethnography and locating narratives in specific times and spaces have influenced how Ziddi teaches and designs. He actively seeks knowledge outside his field, making visual connections with what he learns and inviting his students into that process. Research into ethnography also informs his design practice. Most of his freelance projects have been framed by the idea of cultural interpretation. He finds continual challenges to his assumptions about the power of visual communication in the space between an author’s intended message and a viewer’s response to design work. Ziddi’s main concern lies in placing the narratives that form identities into a social, historical, and cultural context. He is interested in the liminal space that is created between what we understand our reality to be and the multiple narratives that form that perception. In his own words, “Glimmers of this threshold emerge and then are absorbed into the momentum of life. My goal is to suspend it long enough to see clearly.”
Music Composition Rick Baitz wrote the score for Dan Habib’s new documentary Who Cares About Kelsey?, which had its Vermont premiere on April 11 at the Burlington Hilton. “The film follows Kelsey through her senior year of high school as she faces emotional/behavioral challenges, difficult relationships, and an uncertain future. Along the way, a team of trusted adults meets with her weekly. With them she plans a future she might never have let herself picture a few years earlier. Who Cares About Kelsey? will make viewers reconsider the ‘problem kids’ in their own high schools and spark new conversations about an education revolution that’s about empowering, not overpowering, our most emotionally and behaviorally challenged youth.”
Tamar Diesendruck had three performances of Other Floods, commissioned by Volti, an a capella chamber chorus based in San Francisco, on May 4, 5, and 6 in Berkeley and Palo Alto, CA. Her recently released CD entitled the grief that does not speak (Centaur) includes four chamber pieces. She is currently working on a commission for the Damocles Trio at an artist residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY. Tempo Frieze, sound for video installation by Yu-Wen Wu, was part of a show at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, VT in March. 30
Jonathan Bailey Holland received a commission from the Radius Ensemble, funded by the Free For All Concert Fund, to compose a work celebrating diverse communities throughout the Greater Boston area. The work will be featured on one of the Radius Ensemble’s subscription concerts at the Longy School of Music, as well as free, public performances at the YWCA Central Square (in Cambridge), Boston’s Harriet Tubman House (part of the United South End Settlements), and the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. Jonathan is one of four composers commissioned by the Chicago Sinfonietta to contribute a movement to a new work celebrating Chicago’s architectural monuments. His movement will focus on Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall, located on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The entire work will be premiered in June of 2013. He was also commissioned by pianist Sarah Bob to compose a work for solo piano, to be premiered in spring 2013 on her New Gallery Concert Series. Jonathan’s “Halcyon Sun” was featured in a concert by the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra on April 3. The piece was originally commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the opening of the Freedom Center National Underground Railroad Museum and had its premiere in 2004.
Visual Art Ashley Hunt’s multi-channel video installation, “9 Scripts from a
Nation at War,” made in collaboration with Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Katya Sander, and David Thorne, will continue to be on display at the Museum of Modern Art through August 6, 2012. Ashley is included within the Los Angeles Biennial, “Made in L.A.,” at the Hammer Museum of Art, which opened June 1. He will be in residency at Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center, June 2012, with collaborator Taisha Paggett, as part of the exhibition “The Hairy Blob of History,” curated by Adelheid Mers.
Ashley Hunt “9 Scripts from a Nation at War”
Sowon Kwon will have a solo exhibition at Gallery Simon in Seoul,
Korea in the fall of 2012.
Carlos Motta’s We Who Feel Dif-
ferently, through Museum as Hub, appears at the New Museum in New York until August 5, 2012.
Ulrike Müller showed her col-
laborative project titled Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists at the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria from April to June. Drawings included contributions by VCFA alums Lisa Ulik and Linda Stillman, by current student Terrilynn Quick, and by faculty Michelle Dizon, Sowon Kwon, and Faith Wilding.
Dont Rhine “Five Protocols for the Sound of Freedom,”
Dont Rhine’s art collective, Ultra-red, presented a five-day event
as part of the performance program “A Survey is a Process of Listening,” organized by the Scottish experimental music and sound art organization Arika, at the 2012 Whitney Biennial in May. Joining Ultra-red for their participatory investigation into listening and the history of freedom struggles was jazz trombonist and AACM historian George Lewis, poet Fred Moten, Nuyorican playwright Nancy Nevárez, and members of New York’s genderqueer House|Ballroom community. Marie Shurkus’s catalogue essay, “Women’s Work: Performance as
Immaterial Labor,” was published in Feminist Art Workers: A History, edited by Cheri Gaulke and Laurel Klick (Los Angeles: Otis College of Art and Design, 2012). She presented her lecture “California Light: Movement in the Shadows of Post Structuralism” at the Getty Research Institute Consortium Seminar in March. Marie also participated in the reprise of Euginia Butler’s “The Kitchen Table” project at the College Art Association, February 2012 and presented on the “Performing Space: A Conversation” panel at the conference. Faith Wilding is participating in the annual Pembroke Feminist
Theory Seminar on the subject of “Consent” this year. She showed “Crocheted Environment” in the Dance/Draw exhibition at the ICA in Boston (September 2011–January 2012) and, with subRosa, “Feminist Matter(s): Propositions and Undoings” at the Pittsburgh Biennial (September–December 2011). Faith participated in the “Kitchen Table Talks” performances, organized by X-tra Magazine and the LA Art Girls, at the College Art Association conference in Los Angeles in February. Four color reproductions of her Embryoworlds series, a double spread of Warbodies, and a short statement appeared in Casualty, a special issue of The Massachussetts Review in 2011. She recently appeared in Perform, Repeat, Record and Entering the Picture: Judy Chicago, The Fresno Feminist Art Program, and The Collective Visions of Women Artists. Faith recently gave lectures and workshops at MIT, Parsons The New School for Design, and SUNY Purchase. She is also at work on a memoir.
Writing Mark Cox edited and introduced The Memory of Water, Jack Myers’s
posthumous poetry volume published by New Issues last year. Recently, he visited Ohio University, UTC’s Meacham Writers’ Conference, Claflin University’s 10th Annual Pedagogy Conference, and the University of Redlands. Poems and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Inlandia: A Literary Journey, Poemeleon, Poetry East, Crazyhorse 50th Anniversary Issue, Green Mountains Review 25th Anniversary Issue, Poetry Daily, Hunger Mountain, and Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees. Trinie Dalton has a new story col-
lection out called Baby Geisha (Two Dollar Radio). Abby Frucht’s essay “Friday, Tues-
day, Scarday, Wednesday” can be found soon in the Serving House Press anthology Surviving Ourselves. Her story “Choir Practice” will be Story of the Week in Narrative Magazine, announcing the publication of her new collection, The Bell at the End of a Rope, with Narrative Library. In April, she will serve as judge at the University of Wisconsin annual Literary Festival student literary competition. Jody Gladding reports that Milkweed Editions has just accepted her
new poetry manuscript, Translations from Bark Beetle, for publication early 2014. And her translation of The Severed Head: Capital Visions by Julia Kristeva is out from Columbia University Press (2012). Douglas Glover writes that his book Attack of
the Copula Spiders and Other Essays on Writing has just been published by Biblioasis. An interview about the book appeared in The Danforth Review, a Canadian online short story magazine. Doug’s new short stories include “A Paranormal Romance,” in The Literarian, published by The Center for Fiction in New York, and “Snow Days,” which he read on CBC Radio Canada Writes. Doug visited The Center for Fiction; videos can be found on YouTube. New nonfiction includes “The Future is Red in Tooth and Claw,” in Global Brief–World Affairs in the 21st Century, and “A Scrupulous Fidelity,” in The Brooklyn Rail. And, of course, Doug continues to publish Numéro Cinq.
Philip Graham’s travel memoir, The
Moon, Come to Earth: Dispatches from Lisbon, has been published in Portuguese translation by Editorial Presença, with a new title, Do Lado de Cá do Mar (On This Side of the Ocean). He traveled to Portugal as part of an International Travel Writing Conference in Matosinhos in April, and will return for the Dzanc Disquiet Literary Conference in Lisbon in July. Braided Worlds, the second volume of a memoir of Africa that began with Parallel Worlds (both co-written with his wife, the anthropologist Alma Gottlieb), will be published this summer by the University of Chicago Press. David Jauss’s “Salem Revisited,” a comprehensive, 20,000-word essay
about the controversial case of the West Memphis Three, will be published in September by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of PenguinGroup, in conjunction with their publication of Damien Echols: Life After Death, a collection of Damien’s death row writings that David helped to edit. “Blizzards,” a short story, is forthcoming in upstreet in July. Two essays (both originally delivered as lectures at VCFA) are forthcoming in The Writer’s Chronicle: “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Abstraction?” will appear in the May/Summer issue, and “Homo Sapiens vs. Homo Fictus” will appear sometime in 2013. “The Reverse Side: The Poetry of Stephen Dunn,” which appeared in Shenandoah last fall, will be reprinted in A Better Way To Be Alone: The Mind and Poetry of Stephen Dunn, edited by Laura McCullough (Syracuse University Press, 2013). Ellen Lesser’s short story, “Impound,” recently published in upstreet
7, has been nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Ellen looks forward to welcoming a strong contingent of alumni back to campus in August for the annual Postgraduate Writers’ Conference, for which she serves as director. Clint McCown has a new novel coming
out, Haints, in October from New Rivers Press. Three chapters of that book appeared in Hunger Mountain; another chapter is forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review. Richard Jackson’s poems appear in
Crab Orchard, American Literary Review, Brilliant Corners, Grist, Smartish Pace, Salon @165, Georgia Review, and Cutthroat. New essays are appearing in Cerise Press (Paris), Third Coast, and
Writing Continued... forthcoming in The Writer’s Chronicle. He is participating in a conference on Ecological Poetry in March in Slovenia/Italy, and reading from his translations at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco April 3. Other recent readings include Columbia College (Chicago), AWP Conference (panel on writers responding to global crises). He directs the Meacham Writers’ Workshops, a free conference, in Chattanooga. Sue William Silverman’s essay “Prepositioning John Travolta,” pub-
lished in Ninth Letter, was nominated by Pushcart’s Board of Contributing Editors for a Pushcart Prize. Nance Van Winckel recently had a show of photoems (text + pho-
tography) at the Robert Graves Gallery in Wenatchee, WA. A video and examples can be found at photoemsbynancevanwinckel.zenfolio. com. Also, two new books are coming out in 2013: a new collection of poems called Pacific Walkers (with University of Washington Press), and a book of linked stories called Boneland (with University of Oklahoma Press).
MFA in Writing alums: You’re invited to the Program’s winter residency in Puerto Rico. January 2-10, 2013 Join the MFA in Writing Program on our winter residency in Puerto Rico. Enjoy workshops, lectures, readings, visits with island writers and cultural excursions in both the colonial city of Old San Juan and the untouched beauty of the rainforest. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing for Children & Young Adults Bonnie Christensen’s Plant a Lit-
tle Seed was published by Roaring Brook Press in May, and I, Galileo was published by Knopf in June 2012. Bonnie wrote and illustrated both. Alan Cumyn’s young adult novel
Tilt was named among the top YA novels in the United States in 2011 by Kirkus Reviews and in Canada by Quill & Quire. Alan will be touring the Yukon in May with Tilt and with his Owen Skye middle grade novels as part of Canadian Children’s Book Week. Krishnaswami’s picture book Out of the Way! Out of the Way!, originally published by Tulika Books in India, releases next month in North America from Groundwood Books. The book has received a starred review from Kirkus. Uma
Martine Leavitt’s My Book of Life
by Angel, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, comes out in September 2012. Quattlebaum’s picture book Jo MacDonald Had a Garden (Dawn) was released in March. Mary
Schubert’s Monsieur Marceau, illustrated by Gerard DuBois and published by Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, will be out in early September 2012. Leda
The Spirit of Texas Reading Program is a new program that encourages dynamic interaction between libraries and authors/illustrators in Texas. The program recently announced Cynthia Leitich Smith as its featured author at the high-school level, for her Tantalize series.
Residency Notes During the April MFA in Graphic Design Residency, VCFA mounted an exciting new exhibition in Alumni Hall called “Post Gig: the Art of the Contemporary Music Poster.” Post Gig is a traveling exhibition of over 100 original music posters collected and curated by Clifford Stoltze, founder and creative director of Stoltze Design in Boston. The show has been exhibited in Boston, Richmond, Charlotte, Providence, Memphis, and St. Louis, and features original works by Modern Dog, Aesthetic Apparatus, Patent Pending, The Small Stakes, Seripop, Hammerpress, The Decoder Ring, Hatch Show Print, as well as Jager Di Paola Kemp Design of Burlington, VT, and many more. The Montpelier exhibit was organized and designed by VCFA Graphic Design Program founding faculty members Nikki Juen and Matthew Monk.
FEATURED EXHIBITION “American graphic design and music share a strong, historic, and mutually reinforcing bond. From the countless classic designs by Reid Miles for Blue Note Records jazz albums of the 1950s and 60s, to Milton Glaser’s iconic Bob Dylan poster of 1967, and Tibor Kalman’s influential designs of album covers and music videos for the Talking Heads in the 1980s, designers and musicians have performed in vibrant collaboration. Post Gig celebrates this link between design and music in poster form.”
Quote from Matthew Monk’s curatorial statement
Graphic Design Residency Guest Designers Jeanette Abbink joined the spring Graphic Design residency to discuss her amazing work at Dwell Magazine and the New York Times Magazine, as well as the writing and designing of her own book entitled 3D Typography. Abbink resides in New York and is the Founder and Art Director of Rational Beauty. She teaches part time at The New School in New York, and was formerly a Senior Designer for Esprit in San Francisco. Geoff Halber was the associate art director at The New School, senior designer for Winterhouse and Dwell, and designer for Planet Propaganda. He received a BA in Graphic Design and English from North Carolina State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Art. He’s served as a visiting critic at Srishti School of Art in Bangalore, India, and is a member of the design and architecture collaborative, Drift. He has also been the recipient of many national awards, including the Art Director’s Club Young Guns Award. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Amber Bravo.
Kyle Blue was the creative director at Dwell Magazine from 2007 to 2011. While at Dwell, he oversaw the design, production, and photography for both the print and online iterations of the magazine, including a redesign of the magazine in 2008. During his tenure, Dwell was a finalist in the Corporate and Institutional Achievement category from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards. Before Dwell, Blue worked as a senior designer at Apple, as a designer for Lucille Tenazas, and as a design fellow at the Walker Art Center. A native of North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina State University, he currently lives and works in Brooklyn, where he enjoys a mix of coffee and cycling. He is a regular contributor to Arkitip. Collectively, Geoff Halber and Kyle Blue make up ETC, or the Everything–Type–Company, a Brooklyn-based design studio that specializes in the design of identity, publishing, and interactive projects for clients working in culture and commerce. ETC’s design solutions capture the spirit of a project through the configuration of well-conceived ideas, a fluent visual language, and a high level of craftsmanship. Halber and Blue joined the spring Graphic Design residency to talk about their recent re-design of Spin Magazine. The first issue of their design of Spin was published in March 2012, and they will be designing the next six issues. 40
Visual Art Residency Artist-in-Residence Luis Jacob was born in Lima, Peru, and currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. As artist, curator, and writer, his diverse practice addresses issues of social interaction and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience. Recent solo exhibitions of Jacob’s work include A Finger in the Pie, A Foot in the Door, A Leg in Quicksand, Kunsthalle Lingen (2012); Pictures at an Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2011); Tableaux Vivants, Fonderie Darling, Montreal (2010); Without Persons, Art in General, New York (2010); 7 Pictures of Nothing Repeated Four Times, in Gratitude, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2009); and Habitat, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2008). Group exhibitions in which his work has been shown include Haunted: Contemporary Photography / Video / Performance, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Animism, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Dance with Camera, Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2009); If We Can’t Get It Together, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2008); and Documenta 12, Kassel (2007).
Music Composition Residency Musicians from the Callithumpian Consort were once again an ensemble-in-residence during the August 2012 MFA in Music Composition residency. Student music written during the preceding semester for string quartet, piano quintet, or any combination of that instrumentation was played and recorded at the residency. A percussion ensemble from the Callithumpian Consort was introduced in August; students had the opportunity to write for them. The Vermont Jazz Ensemble big band also performed student music.
Writing Residency Visiting Faculty in Fiction Past Chancellor of The Fellowship of Southern Writers, Richard Bausch currently serves as The Moss Chair of Excellence at The University of Memphis. A Georgia native, he is the author of eleven novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels Rebel Powers, In the Night Season, Hello to the Cannibals, Thanksgiving Night, and Peace, and the story collections Spirits, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Stories of Richard Bausch, Wives & Lovers: 3 Short Novels, and most recently Something Is Out There. His novel, The Last Good Time, was made into a featurelength motion picture directed by Bob Balaban. An acknowledged master of the short story form, Bausch’s work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper’s, The New Yorker, Playboy, The Southern Review, The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Pushcart Prize Stories. He has won two National Magazine Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lila-Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Writer’s Award, the Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2004 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and, for Peace, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.
Visiting Fiction Writer & Translator Maureen Freely was born in the US but grew up in Turkey, where her family still lives. She was educated at Radcliffe College and has spent most of her adult life in England. A professor at the University of Warwick, she writes frequently in the British press on feminism, family, and social policy, Turkish culture and politics, and contemporary writing. She is perhaps best known for her translations of five books by the Turkish novelist and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk, and for her campaigning journalism after he and many other writers, scholars, and activists were prosecuted for insulting Turkishness or the memory of Ataturk. Her sixth novel, Enlightenment, was published in 2008. Like her work in progress, it is set in Istanbul.
Kathleen Graber is the author of two collections of poetry, Correspondence (Saturnalia Books, 2006) and The Eternal City (Princeton University Press, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Poetry. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and an Amy Lowell Travelling Scholar. She is an Assistant Professor of English in the Creative Writing Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, and she divides her time between Richmond and her hometown of Wildwood, New Jersey.
Reader in Creative Nonfiction Michael Hemery teaches English near Cleveland, Ohio, earned his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and served as the nonfiction editor for Hunger Mountain. His book, No Permanent Scars (Silenced Press, 2011), illuminates an honest workingclass existence, offering both the sober realities of class discrimination and the humor and love of family. His individual essays have appeared in Drunken Boat, The Los Angeles Review, Lumina, New Plains Review, Passages North, The Portland Review, Post Road Magazine, Redivider, Slice, subTERRAIN, The Tusculum Review, and the book Fearless Confessions: A Writerâ€™s Guide to Memoir, by Sue William Silverman.
Writing Continued... Tomaž Šalamun will be one of several visiting writers in Slovenia this summer. Šalamun was born in Zagreb, but grew up in Koper, a coastal town in Slovenia south of Trieste, Italy. In 1966 he graduated in Art History from Ljubljana University. Šalamun, who won the Prešeren Prize in 2000, was the leading figure of the Slovenian poetic avant-garde in the 1960s and 1970s. In the early 1970s, he spent two years at Iowa in the International Writing Program, and he has lived on and off in the US since then. In 1996, he became Slovenian Cultural Attaché in New York. He has published thirty-four volumes of poetry in Slovenian. His work has also been translated into fifteen different languages, reaching a total of forty-five volumes, and he has been included in numerous anthologies. Šalamun is a former Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University in New York and has been visiting professor at the Universities of Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. Šalamun has also been in residence at DAAD Berlin, Bogliasco, Cité des Arts Paris, Yaddo, and MacDowell.
Writing for Children & Young Adults Residency Visiting Writer We welcomed Linda Sue Park to the WCYA Residency and the Alumni Mini-Rez. Park is the author of several novels and picture books, including A Single Shard, the 2002 Newbery Medal winner. She writes fiction and poetry for both adults and young readers. Her most recent titles are A Long Walk to the Water (a novel from Clarion Books), winner of the Jane Addams Peace Prize; Storm Warning, Book #9 in The 39 Clues series (Scholastic), and The Third Gift (picture book, Clarion). Park knows very well that she will never be able to read every good book ever written, but she keeps trying anyway. Visit her website at www.lindasuepark.com and her blog at lsparkreader. livejournal.com; follow her on Twitter @LindaSuePark.
New Faculty Members We welcomed two new faculty members in January: Matt de la Peña and April Lurie. Matt de la Peña is the author of four critically acclaimed young adult novels, Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and I Will Save You, as well as the picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). de la Peña received his MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. de la Peña currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He teaches creative writing at NYU and visits high schools and colleges throughout the country. April Lurie is the author of four novels: The Less-Dead; The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine; Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds; and Dancing in the Streets of Brooklyn. Her books have been chosen for such honors as: an ALA Rainbow List Selection, the KLIATT Editors’ Choice Best of the Year YA Fiction list, an ALAN’s Pick, a Teddy Award Finalist, a Texas Lone Star List Selection, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Please visit her at www.aprillurie.com.
5th Annual VCFA MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults Alumni Mini-Rez Held on campus each July, this popular event combines elements of an alumni reunion, professional networking event, and a shortened version of the traditional VCFA residency. Affectionately called the “mini-rez,” this weekend offers many benefits to our MFA-WCYA alumni/ae, including the chance to workshop a piece rigorously with a professional editor and a group of writing peers, get inside information on the business end of writing from established editors and agents in the field, and jumpstart their writing in a familiar and supportive environment. This year’s master class was run by author Linda Sue Park.
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Hunger Mountain is celebrating ten years of publishing excellent literature and art. Our anniversary issue, Labyrinths, is coming this fall! Along with our usual fare of delicious fiction, poetry, essays, and visual art, we’re featuring special anniversary content. We’ve asked past contributors and editors to take ten minutes to jot down a list of ten things. What ten things? We left that up to them. Ten most romantic songs, ten best pick-up lines, ten tricks your brother played when you were ten. Ten best meals. Ten best books. Ten things overheard at the grocery store. Ten favorite words. Ten of anything! We are sprinkling our next issue— with tens! Steve Almond’s top ten candy bars of all time? We know what they are. Ten great book suggestions from Laura van den Berg? Yep, we’ve got that, plus lists from Robin Black, Sascha Feinstein, Abby Frucht, Dorianne Laux, Sydney Lea, Howard Frank Mosher, Doug Ramspeck, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Sue William Silverman, Bruce Smith, and more.
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