June Readings & Open Studios
Thursday, June 28
Carmiel Banasky – Portland, OR
Carmiel Banasky is a writer and teacher from Portland, Oregon. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Glimmer Train, The Rumpus, Anderbo, Tottenville Review, and The Boy Bedlam Review. She earned her BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, and her MFA from Hunter College, where she also taught creative writing. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has also lived Mississippi, where she taught and worked in grassroots organizing. Currently, she’s hard at work on her first novel while attending writing residencies.
Rita Ciresi – Wesley Chapel, FL
Rita Ciresi is the author of four novels and two short-story collections. Her first story collection, Mother Rocket, won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for Short Fiction. Blue Italian, a novel concerning an interfaith marriage, was selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover New Writers Series.” Pink Slip, a novel about an office romance, won the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel and was a selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club. Sometimes I Dream in Italian, a collection of linked stories following the coming-of-age of two sisters, was a Book Sense 76 pick and a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize. Remind Me Again Why I Married You is a novel in alternating voices that explores what happens when a man who values his privacy marries a woman who is writing a tell-all novel. Bring Back My Body to Me is forthcoming as an e-book in 2012. She is professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of South Florida.
Marisa Handler – San Francisco, CA
Marisa Handler—writer, singer-songwriter, teacher, and speaker—is the author of the memoir Loyal to the Sky, which won a 2008 Nautilus Gold Award for world-changing books. Her essays, journalism, fiction, and poetry have appeared in The Sun, Tikkun, Orion, Salon.com, Alternet, the San Francisco Chronicle, Zeek, Witness, and other publications. She received her MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Fulbright scholar to India in Creative Writing. She teaches on several MFA programs in the Bay Area. Marisa has performed her music all over the country, and her first album, Dark Spoke, was released in 2007. She is currently at work on a novel and her second album. More, including interviews and music videos, at www.marisahandler.com
Agnés Hémery – Normandy, France
Born in 1951, Agnés Hémery has been making national and international exhibits for more than 30 years. She works and lives in Normandy, France. Agnés Hémery is known for her large Caravagesque pastels and her vibrant oil on canvas and mixed media on paper displayed in contemporary art galleries and museums, in Paris, in France and abroad, i.e. Glaerie d’Avignon in Montreal (2002-03), galerie des Talents in Switzerland (2003-04), Galerie GNG in Paris, Gallery Het Swandepand in Belgium (2005-06). The perfect adequation between Agnés Hémery powerful enigmatic work and vast historical places such as Abbayes, cloisters or priories, has naturally permitted large displays in prestigious sites such as Vivoin (Sarthe) 1989, Avranches (Manche) 1992, Le Thoronnet (Var) 1995, Salpetriére Paris (2001), Mont Saint Michel (2009), which are only examples. Agnés Hémery’s work is also presented in art fairs, such as Gand in Belgium (2003, 2004) and Geneva (2003). Representative catalogues of her work are available as well as two illustrated books she is the author of, “The Songs of Destiny” and “The Songs of Time.” Her work is supported by state institutions such as the Conseil General of la Manche, France, who organized large retrospectives of her work in 1992 and 1999.
Aimee Lee – Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Aimee Lee is an interdisciplinary artist who received her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. As a Fulbright fellow, she researched traditional Korean hand papermaking and allied crafts. In 2010 at Cleveland’s Morgan Conservatory, she built the first Korean papermaking studio in North America. She has exhibited internationally, and her artists’ books reside in collections that include the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, Museum of Modern Art Library, and Yale University Library. She has taught and lectured extensively while traveling as a resident artist.
Charles Lindsay – New York, NY
Charles Lindsay http://www.charleslindsay.com/ is the SETI Institute’s Artist in Residence http://www.seti.org/artist-in-residenceand a Guggenheim Fellow. His career path has been diverse, ranging from exploration geology in the Arctic to photojournalism in the jungles of southeast Asia. In the last decade he has dedicated himself to CARBON, an immersive installation that considers the evolution of consciousness and our place in the universe. His work includes unique carbon based still images, video, focused sound, and interactive sculptures built from salvaged space equipment. Lindsay is interested in the philosophical, environmental and aesthetic challenges facing humanity as our biology increasingly merges with technology. His work has appeared in numerous international magazines and venues and has been profiled on NPR, CNN and NHK Japan. He has published seven books of photographs, plays electric cello, and loves to fish.
Cobi Moules – Boston, MA
Cobi Moules currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a BFA from San Jose State University in 2004 and a MFA from The School of Museum of Fine Arts in 2010. He was recently awarded a SMFA Traveling Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell MFA Grant. His most recent exhibitions include “The Question of Drawing” at Ogunquit Museum of American Art, “Joan Mitchell Foundation 2010” at CUE, “Family Portrait” at Foster Gallery, “Queer Me: 2011 Art and Gender Politics NYC,” “Visibly Invisible” and “Hairy dudes and the moments before”, a solo show at Carroll and Sons Gallery.
Ellen Mueller – Tampa, FL
Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring the shared, everyday challenge of resisting change and maintaining control.
Mueller was raised in Fargo, ND and currently lives and works in Tampa, FL. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. Additionally, she has obtained training at Dell’Arte International and the Brave New Institute. Recently, she has been selected for residencies at Vermont Studio Center, The Pajama Factory, and Colorado State University-Pueblo. http://ellenmueller.com
Christopher Robinson – Federal Way, WA
Christopher Robinson is a writer, teacher and translator currently living in the wind. He earned his MA in poetry from Boston University, where he studied with Louise Glück and Derek Walcott, and his MFA from Hunter College where he studied with Tom Sleigh. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Alaska Quarterly Review, Night Train, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Chiron Review, Umbrella Factory, FlatmanCrooked, McSweeney’s Online, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Sante Fe Art Institute, the Lanesboro Arts Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has been a finalist for numerous prizes, including the Ruth Lilly Fellowship (in 2010 and 2011) and the Yale Younger Poets Prize (2012).
Vagner Whitehead – Ferndale, MI
Originally from Brazil, Detroit-based Vagner M. Whitehead has exhibited his work throughout the United States (AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, NM, NY, OR, TX, VA, VT, WI), abroad (Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Switzerland) and online, in solo and group exhibitions, in video and film festivals. Vagner was an artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation in 2002, a fellow at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in 2006, and a resident at Residencia Corazon in La Plata, Argentina in Summer 2010. Vagner earned a BFA (photography) from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 1995 and an MFA (creative photography and electronic inter-media) from the University of Florida – Gainesville in 2000. He is an Associate Professor of Art at Oakland University, where he heads its New Media specialization. In addition to teaching and making art, Vagner maintains two blogs that cover contemporary art, artists, and visual culture.