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ISSUE 5 CONTRIBUTORS
Aaron Foley is a Detroit-based writer. A near-lifelong Detroit resident, his work has appeared in several local and national publications, including Jalopnik, CNN.com, Metro Times, MLive, Columbia Journalism Review, and more. He is one of several featured authors in A Detroit Anthology.
Of I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press), John Ashbery describes 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 Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011. King teaches Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College and works with VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Check her latest blog entries at Boston Review, Poetry Magazine & the Rumpus and follow her on Twitter @amyhappens.
Carrie LeZotte is the Executive Producer at One of Us Films (oneofusfilms.org), creating documentary
and educational media, and a founding partner of OICmovies.com, producing news for the Deaf in American Sign Language. She began writing, producing, and
directing in high school. She
appreciates sharp focus, field audio, and a steady breeze. When she’s not working, you'll probably find Carrie sailing on the Detroit River.
Casey Rocheteau has attended Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf in Sicily. Her first poetry collection, Knocked Up On Yes, was released on Sargent Press in 2012. Her second book of poetry, The Dozen, will be published on Sibling Rivalry Press in early 2016. She resides in the tundra north of Hamtramck & south of 8 Mile with a cat named after Omar Little, from The Wire.
Dunya Mikhail was born in Iraq in 1965 and came to the United States in mid-1990s for the sake of poetry and freedom of writing. She is the author ofThe Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard, in addition to editing a pamphlet of 15 Iraqi Poets. Her books in translation are published by New Directions. Her poetry has been translated by Elizabeth Winslow, Kareem James Abu-Zeid, and Elena Chiti. Her honors include Kresge fellowship (2013), Griffin shortlist (2006), and Human Rights Watch award (2001).
Genevieve G. Savage is an independent documentary filmmaker and broadcast producer who partnered with Detroit’s PBS affiliate, Detroit Public TV and the Detroit Institute of Arts to bring audiences the Emmy®-nominated one-hour documentary Detroit Art City: The Detroit Institute of Arts Story. Graduate of the PBS Producer’s Workshop (2011), Genevieve’s recent work with DPTV includes national productions for PBS series, including Need to Know and PBS Newshour, as well as multiple short-form pieces for local and regional broadcast. Previously, Genevieve served as co-producer on the DuPont-Columbia Award-winning documentary Beyond the Light Switch. Genevieve holds a MSc in Film, earned with Honors at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., and a BA in Art History.
Geri Alumit Zeldes
Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D., is a tenured associate professor and director of graduate studies in Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. She's received seven best paper awards from international communication associations, and her documentary films Arabs, Jews & the News (2009),The Death of an Imam (2010), The Kings of Flint, (2011), U.S. v. Narciso, Perez & the Press (2013), and Flint River Farm (2014) have enjoyed local and national PBS broadcasts and received awards including regional Emmys® and national Broadcast Education Association and RTDNA/Unity recognition. She also spoke at TEDxFlint (2010) and at TEDxMSU (2012) and is grant active.
Jane Hoehner is the Director of the Wayne State University Press, a scholarly and general-interest publisher of books, journals, and digital content. Hoehner is a native Detroiter and ardent supporter of literature, arts, and culture in the city. She serves on the board of the Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts and lives in the historic Lafayette Park neighborhood of Detroit.
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.
Draper 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.
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.
Visit Kevin’s website at kevindraper.co.uk
A summa cum laude graduate of the MFA program at Western Michigan University, Lisa Lenzo grew up in Highland Park and Detroit. Her second, linked story collection, Strange Love, was published by Wayne State University Press and chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2015. She is also the author of Within the Lighted City, winner of the 1997 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and published by the University of Iowa Press. Other awards include a Hemingway Days Festival Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award, and first prize for 2013 from the Georgetown Review.
Lynne Avadenka is the Artistic Director of Signal-Return. She has been an integral and involved member of the Detroit arts community for many years. Avadenka established her own press after graduating Wayne State University with a Master of Fine Arts Degree and creates limited edition works at Land Marks Press. She has received numerous awards including a Kresge Fellowship in 2009 and individual artist grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council on the Arts and Cultural Affairs. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally. www.lynneavadenka.com
Marion McCready's poems have been published in many magazines including Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Salzburg Review, and The Glasgow Herald. Her first full-length collection, Tree Language, was published by Eyewear publishing (2014). Her work has most recently appeared in Be The First To Like This: An Anthology of New Scottish Poetry.
Matt Gallagher is the author of the Iraq memoir Kaboom and coeditor of, and contributor to, the short fiction collection: Fire & Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Review, and The Atlantic, among other places. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn. His novel Youngblood is forthcoming from Atria/Simon & Schuster.
Nick Jaina is a writer and musician who splits his time between New Orleans, Portland, and New York. His new non-fiction book Get It While You Can is a celebration of the weirdness of music and an unearthing of all the miracles of the world that are often too subtle to talk about. It is out now on Perfect Day Publishing. More information at www.nickjaina.com
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.
Peter Markus is the author of the novel Bob, or Man on Boat, as well as five books of short fiction, the most recent of which is The Fish and the Not Fish. He is the Senior Writer with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project of Detroit and was named a 2012 Kresge Arts in Detroit fellow in Literary Arts.
Terry Blackhawk is the author of Escape Artist (BkMk Press) selected by Molly Peacock for the John Ciardi Poetry Prize, The Light Between (Wayne State University Press, 2012), and four other collections of poetry. Recent work is in A Detroit Anthology; Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry; The Collagist; Verse Daily; and Solstice Literary Magazine. She is winner of the 2010 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize and the 2012 Springfed Arts Poetry Prize. Blackhawk is the founding director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project and is a 2013 Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellow.