July Artists in Residence Open Studios

Painter, Marci Erspamer’s SFAI Studio

July Readings & Open Studios

Thursday, July 26

July Residents:

Kara Candito – Madison, WI
Kara Candito is the author of Taste of Cherry (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the 2008 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her work has appeared in such journals as Blackbird, AGNI, Prairie Schooner, The Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Sycamore Review, Nimrod, The Rumpus, Best New Poets 2007, and Diode. A recipient of scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, Candito is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville.

Kristina Marie Darling – Buffalo, NY
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of five books of poetry:  Night Songs (Gold Wake Press, 2010), Compendium (Cow Heavy Books, 2011), The Body is a Little Gilded Cage: A Story in Letters & Fragments (Gold Wake Press, 2011), Melancholia (An Essay) (Ravenna Press, 2012), and Palimpsest (Patasola Press, 2012). She has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Ragdale Foundation, as well as grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the Elizabeth George Foundation.  Recent poems appear in Third Coast, Spillway, Rhino, and Verse Daily. Kristina is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Poetics at SUNY-Buffalo.

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  

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.

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.

Sunghee Pae – Seoul, South Korea
Sunghee Pae received a BFA from Hongik University in Seoul, Korea and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design (2008). She participated in the mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists of New York Foundation for the Arts in 2009. She was a recipient of a full fellowship award to the Vermont Studio Center in 2008, and the Graduate Award of Excellence at Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. Her work redefines the urban landscape as an ideal place. Inspired by architectural designs in public spaces, she engages a constant duality that exists within modern society, most specifically through utopic and dystopic narratives. During Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Foundation in NYC, 2010, she worked on Urban Park, a site-specific installation encompassing her entire studio. The mixed media installation is architectural models, rendering urban public spaces.

Sam Taylor – Charlottesville, VA

Sam Taylor’s first book of poems, Body of the World, is available from Copper Canyon Press.  He is currently completing a second collection, poems from which have appeared in such magazineas as The New Republic, AGNI, The Hudson Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New Letters, Orion, and Poetry Daily.  He has received The Dobie Paisano Fellowship, a James Michener Fellowship, and fellowship residencies from Yaddo, the Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Djerassi. Born and raised in Miami, he has also lived in California, Texas, New Mexico, and Virginia, but recently moved to Wichita, Kansas to join the faculty of the MFA program at Wichita State University.

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