Volume 1 Issue 4
Transmission is made possible by these fine people.


Executive Editor
Janice Kidd

Managing Editor
Zoey Larsen

Visual Editor
Lora Robertson

Contributing Editor
Nathan Langston

Web Manager
Daniel Talsky

Architectural Editor
Ivan Himanen

Music Editor
Nick Jaina

Contributing Editor, NYC
Casey Kelbaugh

Contributing Editor, LA
Harmony Murphy

Homepage Design Credit: Ivan Himanen


Akmar Nijhof

Trying to catch time and sculpt it into space and motion.

Born in 1976, Akmar lives and works in Zandvoort/ Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her work embraces various materials and techniques, from sculpture and 3D animation to installations. She uses these mediums to imagine a story. The work is based on the fascination for objects and situations we all know. With her architecture and 3D film direction backgrounds, she explores site‐specific spaces, frozen animations, in a series called “dysfunctional objects”: installations that evoke or suggest new contexts that cause us to re‐think both the object and the place.

Newspaper Hat continues the trend of the artist for creating dysfunctional objects.



Amy King

Of her most recent book from Litmus Press, I Want to Make You Safe, John Ashbery described Amy King's poems as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” Safe was one of the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. King teaches English & Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and serves on the Executive board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Check her latest blog efforts at Boston Review, Poetry Magazine, and the Rumpus.

Daniel J Wilson

Daniel J Wilson is an artist and filmmaker working across multiple media.

His work has been exhibited internationally, including Bunkier Sztuki in Krakow, Broadway Media Center in Nottingham, The European Independent Film Festival in Paris, culturaDigital in Rio de Janeiro, the Copenhagen Art Festival, the DUMBO Arts Festival and MoMA PS1 in New York.

Wilson has recently completed residencies at SOMA in Mexico City and IMC Lab+Gallery in New York. His work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, the National Film Board of Canada, Grand NCE and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Daniel Talsky

Daniel Talsky wrote his first rap in second grade, and snuck into Chicago’s venerable Green Mill Jazz Club to win his first poetry slam at age nineteen. Ten years later he heard Southern rap duo Outkast on the radio, rapping about the aftermath of a divorce in the song “Miss Jackson” and realized rap could be incisive and illuminating. He's been rapping ever since. Daniel is the Web Director of Satellite Collective and has broken two vertebrae. He has sleep onset insomnia. anvilesquire.com

Elizabeth Spires

Elizabeth Spires is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Now the Green Blade Rises and The Wave Maker (W.W. Norton). She has also written six books for young readers, including The Mouse of Amherst, the tale of a white mouse who lives in Emily Dickinson's bedroom. Spires's poems have appeared recently, or are forthcoming, in American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Atlantic, Southwest Review, and New England Review. She lives in Baltimore and is a professor of English at Goucher College.

Emily Elbom

Emily Elbom grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and currently lives in Oregon, where she teaches technical writing for engineers while working on her own fiction. The final draft of her first novel is now ready to be snatched by clever agents and editors. A Midwestern Gothic set in North Dakota between 1929 and 1968, it pits prairie sensibilities and sinister situations against the golden age of patriotism, pin-up girls, and pulp paperbacks. Her work can also be found in the current online issue of Witness.

Ivan Himanen

Ivan Himanen is an architect, designer, and writer living in New York City. He received his B. Arch from The Cooper Union School of Architecture, studying under professors Ricardo Scofidio and Anthony Vidler. He has also worked for various firms and studios, including The Rockwell Group, H3HC, George Tsypin Opera Factory, and James Casebere. Independently, he is developing an architectural practice dedicated to collaboration and the spirit of making, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources including photography, dance, physics, and languages. His work has been recognized by the Park Slope Civic Council and Superfront.

J Barook

J. Barook's fiction, haiku, and articles have been published in a variety of books, journals, and newspapers including Narrative Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, and Witness. He works in conflict analysis and early warning.

Julie Upmeyer

Julie Upmeyer is an artist and initiator based in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in Detroit, USA, she graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA in ceramics and sculpture. After a three-year nomadic life--working in India, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Greece--she moved to Istanbul in 2006. There she continued her art practice, creating installations, sculptures, and performances, recently opening her first solo show.

For five years, she was the co-director and initiator of Caravansarai, an independent production space and artist residency in Istanbul. Now without a permanent physical location, the Caravansarai Collective has become nomadic, creating artwork, performances, and residency experiences throughout the world.


Janice Kidd

Janice Kidd has published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in Artful Dodge, Alaska Quarterly Review, Blue Mesa Review, andThe MacGuffin. She served as fiction editor for Third Coast Magazine. She currently serves as the Executive Editor of Transmission.

Kellie Wells

Kellie Wells is the author of a collection of short fiction, Compression Scars, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award, and two novels, Skin and Fat Girl, Terrestrial. She teaches in the MFA Programs at the University of Alabama and Pacific University.

Kevin Draper

Kevin Draper is an architect and writer working in Manhattan. He is the director of the Satellite Collective, an arts incubator with studios in New York and on Lake Michigan. His inspirations are deconstructivism and extreme sports.

Draper develops projections and visual works in collaboration with choreographers and composers . He has developed his technique to incorporate intense visual compositions with studied movement, ultimately arriving at large scale projections that create virtual architecture.

Kevin is committed to the return of the libretto form. His writing has been used for short film, dance, multimedia and song cycle forms. He engages the space between technology and optimism using short fiction and poetry. His piece in Issue #4 of Transmission narrates the breakdown and history of a New Orleans family in the moments of a house fire.

Draper holds degrees in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Tulane University, and an MBA from Notre Dame University. He is a member of the Tulane School of Architecture Board.

Kevin is currently a director for SAP, AG, advising on capital program planning and management. Clients include major competitors in financial services, retail and manufacturing, including Morgan Stanley, IBM, Nike, and Wal-Mart.

Lora Robertson

Lora Robertson is a Leica photographer and CEO of Lora Robertson Photography. She uses her platform as an artist to advocate for human rights issues, specifically gender identity and elevating the human spirit. Lora won Top Five Juror’s Pick by Tyler Green during ArtPrize 2012 for her work advocating human rights issues. In May 2014, Lora’s short film collaboration with composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone and dance and visual collaboration with choreographer Esmé Boyce performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her work as a board member of Dance in the Annex and as a judge for arts organizations helps keep artistic endeavors alive in West Michigan. www.lorarobertson.com

Marion McCready

Marion McCready lives in Argyll, Scotland. Her poetry pamphlet collection, Vintage Sea, was published by Calder Wood Press (2011). She won a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award in 2013 and won the Melita Hume Poetry Prize (2013). Her first full-length collection, Tree Language, will be published in May 2014 by Eyewear Publishing. Her website can be found at http://sorlil.wix.com/mmccready.

Nathan Langston

Nathan Langston is a poet, musician, and arts administrator living in Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the founding members of Satellite Collective and currently serves as a Contributing Editor for Transmission. Langston is also the Head Curator of Telephone: An International Arts Experiment, which has generated hundreds of original artworks across the globe. The final online, interactive exhibition of Telephone is projected to be complete in September of 2014.

Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina is a musician and writer living in New Orleans. He has composed music for ballet and modern dance; written feature film soundtracks; and released a handful of albums, most recently Primary Perception on Fluff and Gravy Records. He is currently finishing his first book, a collection of essays that will be published by Perfect Day in the fall.

Pedro Ponce

Pedro Ponce is the author of Stories After Goya, a chapbook of fictions inspired by Francisco Goya published recently by Tree Light Books. He is a 2012 NEA fellow in creative writing and an associate professor of English at St. Lawrence University.

Roy Scranton

Roy Scranton’s fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The Appendix, LIT, Prairie Schooner, Boston Review, Theory & Event, Contemporary Literature, and elsewhere. He edited and contributed to Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War (Da Capo, 2013), and is currently working on a short philosophical book titled Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene. He lives in New Jersey. He can be followed on twitter @royscranton.

Thomas Patterson

Thomas Patterson, a photojournalist and multimedia storyteller for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, specializes in projects for editorial, corporate, and non-profit clients, such as Nike, Mercy Corps, and the New York Times.

His work has received awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, Gannett Company, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. The USA TODAY project "Ghost Factories: Poison in the Ground" received the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Investigative Multimedia, the Digital Storytelling and Reporting Award from the Associated Press Media Editors, and the Barlett & Steele Award for Investigative Journalism.

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