Barbara Adams is an associate professor of writing (feature journalism) at Ithaca College, where she directs the writing and publishing internship program. A regional arts critic, she is also a co-founding member of Ithaca City of Asylum and serves on the executive board of the Ithaca Voice.
Linda D. Addison is an award-winning author of five collections, including The Place of Broken Things written with Alessandro Manzetti, & How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend, recipient of the HWA Lifetime Achievement Award, HWA Mentor of the Year and SFPA Grand Master of Fantastic Poetry. LindaAddisonWriter.com
Mara Alper is a lifelong writer who worked as a professional freelance writer in NYC for 15 years in journalism, advertising, speech writing and screenwriting for major corporations and educational publishers. Her creative non-fiction and poetry writing writing continue in two writing groups, the Thursday Writers in Ithaca, and Writing From the Body in Vancouver, BC via Zoom. MaraAlper.com
Jillian Barnet writes poetry and nonfiction exploring loss, identity, family, and the ways experiences reverberate, sometimes for generations. Her work has appeared in New Letters, North American Review, and Nimrod, among others. Her chapbook, Falling Bodies can be purchased at finishinglinepress.com. She is working on a memoir. jillianbarnetwrites.com
Bree Barton lives in mythical Ithaca with her partner and two waggish dogs. She is the author of the Heart of Thorns fantasy trilogy (KT/HarperCollins) and the magical middle grade Zia Erases the World (Viking/Penguin Random House). Her books have been published in seven countries and four languages, and are available anywhere books are sold. Bree loves dancing, cheese, and connecting with readers.
nicole v. basta
nicole v basta is a poet, collage artist, teaching artist whose practices are rooted in wild making, not academics. Her poems have found homes in Ploughshares, Waxwing, Sixth Finch, Crazyhorse, Plume, Ninth Letter, etc. nicole is the author of the chapbooks V (winner of The New School's Annual Contest) and the next field over (published by Tolsun Books in 2022). She creates with the blessings of sacred uselessness. nicolevbasta.com
Mackenzie Berry is from Louisville, Kentucky. Her poetry has been published in Vinyl, Hobart, and Blood Orange Review, among others. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Goldsmiths, University of London, she is pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Cornell. Her debut poetry collection Slack Tongue City is forthcoming in April 2022. mackenzieberry.com
Brett Bossard is the Executive Director at Cinemapolis, Ithaca's Member Supported Independent Cinema, so he mostly watched movies for a living. When not watching movies, he also reads comics. He has a MA in Popular Culture, which is something he's contractually obligated to mention in all bios.
Cory Brown grew up in western Oklahoma, studied poetry writing at Cornell University, and now teaches writing at Ithaca College. His latest collection of poems, A Long Slow Climb, is from Cayuga Lake Books, as are his previous two collections. His poems have appeared in, among others, Bomb, Cloudbank, december, The Fiddlehead, Nimrod, Postmodern Culture, and West Branch. His essays have appeared in South Loop Review, Journal of Narrative Politics, and Writing on the Edge.
Michael Gray Bulla
Michael Gray Bulla is a poet, young adult author, and creative writing major at Wells College. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Wells College's literary and visual arts magazine The Chronicle. His poetry collection, Letters to the Home, was published in 2019, and his debut young adult novel, If I Can Give You That, will be released in 2023 with HarperCollins.
Dmitry Bykov is one of Russia’s best-known public intellectuals and an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin. He has authored more than 80 books, including novels, poetry, satire, biographies, and literary criticism. Currently he is Ithaca City of Asylum’s eighth artist-in-residence and a fellow at Cornell's Institute for European Studies, supported by a fellowship from the Open Society University Network.
Regi Carpenter writes about growing up as a fourth generation "River Rat" in a small town on the St. Lawrence River. She is the fifth child on a family full of contradictions, raucous and religious, gut wrenching and glorious.
Alex Chertok has poems and essays published in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, The Massachusetts Review, Copper Nickel, and Best New Poets 2016. He was a finalist in the 2021 Missouri Review’s Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize. He currently teaches through the Cornell Prison Education Program.
Susan lives in Ithaca and was the award-winning director of the Tompkins County Public Library. She was an academic librarian for close to 30 years at Cornell University and SUNY Binghamton Libraries. Her soon to be published memoir is about her experience in a specialized “Preventorium” hospital in Mississippi. Ironically, she now lives fewer than 10 miles from the Cayuga Nature Center, which served as the Cayuga Preventorium.
Vickie Daniel lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a vocal stylist, musical curator, poet, director, creativity coach and registered nurse. A renaissance woman, Vickie believes in living authentic to your artistic and creative self. She uses music, theatre, and performance art to empower, strengthen and celebrate finding and living true to YOU!
Adam Dee is a creative writer and illustrator who focuses on patterns, intrusions of the mind, and confronting the self.
Christopher DeWan is author of Hoopty Time Machines: fairy tales for grown ups, a collection of domestic fabulism from Atticus Books. He has published more than fifty stories, is featured in Best Small Fictions, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. christopherdewan.com
Kate Doyle is the author of the short story collection I Meant It Once, forthcoming from Algonquin Books in 2023. She is a bookseller at Buffalo Street Books.
Shira Evergreen (she/they) is a documentary filmmaker, graphic designer, writer ,and musician and the recipient of the 2019 “Artist in Community” Grant from CAP for her documentary about Ithaca’s social-justice murals. She was the 2018 Ithaca Festival Artist. Her films have been screened at film festivals around the country and she has served on the boards of MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival and Sustainable Tompkins.
Briel was born and raised in the cultural hub of the 757 in Virginia. She received her BA in English from Old Dominion University and her MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell. Her poems have appeared in publications including Laurel Moon, Firewords, Rigorous, and the Barely South Review. She is working on her second, original libretto with composer John Bunge for musical The Sermon on the Mount, premiering May 2022.
Yvonne Fisher is a writer, performer, visual artist, and psychotherapist. She's been acting and writing off and on for 50 years. Her recent projects have been her 2 solo shows: My Vienesse Mother and My Wedding Performance Piece which she wrote and performed locally in Ithaca, NY, regionally, and in NYC. She is working on her next show about aging called Decrepit. She loves working with CAP.
Brenna holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and has published work in a variety of literary magazines including Creative Nonfiction, Stone Canoe, Ars Medica, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. She is a writer, editor, and coach and a yoga and mindfulness teacher. She hosts a podcast, Creative Recovery, exploring themes of creativity, healing, and social change. brennacoaching.com / Insta: @brenna.ef /
Peter Fortunato is the author of several poetry collections and most recently the novel, Carnevale. A longtime resident of Ithaca, he is an author, artist, and educator. He has been in private practice as a shaman, hypnotherapist, and holistic counselor for more than 25 years. He is a co-founder of Cayuga Lake Books and an editor of the press. peterfortunato.net
Lizzie Frank is a writer who enjoys other activities such as swimming, hiking, and collaging. Find more of Lizzie’s work in Yalobusha Review and Stone of Madness Press. Twitter: @LizzieF99
Peaches Gillette taught prose and poetry at College Initiative Upstate, a program that helps further the education of formerly incarcerated people. Peaches is an Ordained Clinical Chaplain and a leader in racial issues. She facilitates a series of writing workshops, We Will No Longer Hide, that promote relationships across racial divides. Poetry Book: The Breadth of a Tree, available on Amazon or contact: Poeticvoicesworkshops@gmail.com
Mary Gilliland's poetry has been anthologized in Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands and The &Now Awards: The Best Innovative Writing, in the multimedia Strange Histories: A Bizarre Collaboration, and in Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose. Find her award-winning collection The Ruined Walled Castle Garden at your favorite bookstore, or marygilliland.com
Kristen Gregg brings (auto)fictional stories to life on the page while occasionally contemplating how capitalism shapes our lives and our writing. A few of these stories can be found in Buzzsaw and on the Stillwater blog. She also makes Instagram posts for Odyssey Bookstore and the Ithaca College Department of Writing while working towards a degree in writing with a minor in honors.
Kris Haines-Sharp lives with her wife and pup in Ithaca, NY. She was a 2020-21 Craigardan writer-in-residence where she was selected to study with Kate Moses in the Bookgardan writing program. Her work has appeared in Entropy Magazine, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Academy of the Heart and Mind, Roi Faineant Press. krishainessharp.com
Roger W. Hecht teaches American Literature and Creative Writing at SUNY, Oneonta. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Talking Pictures (Cervena Barva Press) and Witness Report (Finishing Line Press). He lives in Ithaca.
Eleanor Henderson is the author of the novels Ten Thousand Saints and The Twelve-Mile Straight and the memoir Everything I Have Is Yours, which was a New York Times Notable Book in 2021. She is the Robert Ryan Professor in the Humanities and the Chair of the Department of Writing at Ithaca College. eleanor-henderson.com
taught at Cornell University for thirty years. He is the author of ten books: eight novels, among them The Lies Boys Tell, House of the Deaf, and Fractures, as well as a book of short stories. His memoir, Romancing Spain, a section of which appears in Cayuga Lake Books’ anthology, recounts the adventure his Spanish wife and he had when they were married, as well as his travels in the small towns of Spain.
Karel was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and has lived in Ithaca since 2016. Started his writing journey in early 1990s. He is geographer, explorer, and adventurer by passion; educator and psychologist by trade. Most recently he self identifies as and “Itharican” and enjoys exploring his new social-racial identity.
Scott Hitz is a performer, director, educator and producer and he occasionally plays with dolls. He has worked for both stage and television but his real passion is his family, his dog and whatever is showing at Cinemapolis, where he now works as Operations Manager. He also feels a good pair of socks should never be underrated.
was born in Myanmar of ethnic Chinese parents, raised in Thailand and educated in Taiwan and then at Cornell University. She worked as a journalist in Singapore, taught at Chiangmai University in Thailand, and ran a food program on the Thai border for Cambodian refugees. The author of many short stories and several young adult novels, she lives in Ithaca, where she and her husband have raised three children.
Jeff works at PhotoSynthesis Productions where he collaborates as a camera operator and editor. Additionally, he also freelances as a filmmaker specializing in producing music videos with popular bands such as "The Blind Spots" and is part of the theater company "House of Ithaqua" helping to produce horror themed theatrical productions. He enjoys cooking, baseball, movies, video games, and pretty much all things nerdy. You can also see Jeff as a background extra in the Syfy Channel original film "Mega Piranha" as a member of the elite Piranha killing Spec-ops team.
Christopher Holmes is a writer, director, comedian, and socialist revolutionary. He is also a Fifth Level Taoist Love Master, the only one in North America. He sends his blessings upon you.
Gail Holst-Warhaft is a poet, prose writer, and translator of Greek literature. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Penelope's Confession and Lucky Country, and a number of books about Greek music and poetry. She was Poet Laureate of Tompkins County for 2011-12. Her most recent book is Nisiotika: Music, Dances and Bitter-Sweet Songs of the Aegean Islands. gailholst-warhaft.com
Akua Lezli Hope
Akua Lezli Hope is a creator and wisdom seeker who uses sound, words, fiber, metal, and wire to create poems, patterns, stories, music, sculpture, and peace. A third generation New Yorker, her honors include the NEA, two NYFAs, NYSCA, an SFPA award, Elgin Award, Best of the Net, Rhysling and Pushcart Prize nominations, among others. She practices her soprano saxophone and prays all suffering cease. akualezlihope.com / Amazon author page
Emily Sanders Hopkins
Emily Sanders Hopkins is an artist, New Yorker magazine cartoonist, essayist, and author of the popular Substack advice column Emily Writes Back.
Dr. Sarah Jefferis
As a writing coach, Dr. Jefferis supports leaders at any stage of their project and across multiple genres. She designs writing workshops to increase awareness of DEI, as well as generative poetry workshops. Poetry publications include Forgetting the Salt (Foothills Press) and What Enters the Mouth (Standing Stone Books) and poems in The North American Review, The Cimarron Review, Rhino, The American Literary Review, Stone Canoe, and others. Jefferis holds an MFA in Poetry from Cornell, and a PhD in CW from SUNY Binghamton. sarahjefferis.com
Jacqueline Johnson is the author of A Woman's Season, on Main Street Rag Press and A Gathering of Mother Tongues, published by White Pine Press. Her work has appeared in: Trouble the Waters: Tales from the Deep Blue, 2022. She is at work on a short story collection How to Stop A Hurricane. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and Black Earth Institute Fellow.
Carol Kammen teaches and writes about local history for many years and has been the Tompkins County Historian since 2000. She turned from writing history to fiction in order to bring to life the women in 1842 who made the first track across the country from Missouri to the Oregon Territory. She has also written a dozen dramas from episodes in our local history.
Sorayya Khan is the author of We Take Our Cities with Us: A Memoir (forthcoming 10/22), and the novels City of Spies, Five Queen’s Road, and Noor. She is at work on a new novel. sorayyakhan.com
AM Kvita is a biracial/Black queer speculative fiction writer and artist who writes about how the built environment shapes us. When they’re not writing, they’re usually keeping their three wretched cats out of trouble. Kvita has participated in several mentorship programs, including Pitch Wars, Author Mentor Match, and the Write Team Mentorship Program. Follow them on Twitter @AMKvita. amkvita.wordpress.com
Mark Lipovestsy teaches at the Department of Slavic Languages, Columbia University. Among his publications are books on Russian postmodernism, New Drama, Dmitry Prigov, and post-Soviet literature. Lipovetsky is also one of four co-authors of the Oxford History of Russian Literature (2018). In 2019, he was awarded the Andrei Bely Prize for his contribution to literary studies.
Katharyn Howd Machan
Katharyn Howd Machan has been writing and publishing poetry for half a century. She lives and teaches in Ithaca, New York with her beloved spouse and fellow poet Eric Machan Howd. She directed the Feminist Women’s Writing Workshops, Inc., and served as Tompkins County’s first poet laureate. She belly dances.
Caroline Manring’s Manual for Extinction won the National Poetry Review Book Prize. Her second book, Ceruleana, is forthcoming from the Nine Mile book series, and her poems and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Conduit, Denver Quarterly, New Ohio Review, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She also writes a humorous weekly Substack newsletter, Notes from the Dishwasher Cafe.
Joan Marcus lives in Ithaca and teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Ithaca College. Her essays and stories appear in Fourth Genre, The Sun, The Georgia Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Smart Set, and elsewhere.
Fran's poems have been published in many journals. Her book Grandfather's Mandolin was finalist for the Henry Morgenthau III First Poetry Book Prize. Other awards are: poetry residencies at the Saltonstall Foundation and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Her book is sold at Buffalo Street Books and Odyssey Bookstore, Ithaca.
Katie Marks teaches writing at Ithaca College. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College. She is always trying to learn something new. Current interests include how to make corn tortillas from scratch and how to give her cat nightly medicine without causing mutually assured destruction.
Anne Mazer is the author of forty-four award-winning books including the classic picture book, The Salamander Room, the bestselling series, The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes, and many others. She is co-author, with Ellen Potter, of Spilling Ink: A Handbook for Young Writers. She has edited four acclaimed YA anthologies widely used in elementary through college classrooms. annemazerbooks.com
Mikal "MiKelangelo" McKay
Mikal McKay is a Bronx-grown poet, spoken word artist, and fiction writer. He goes by MiKelangelo, a name that signifies his continuous rebirth and growth. His work centers around the freedom of Black people and the spaces that they can and do occupy. MiKelangelo is currently a senior at Binghamton University obtaining his Bachelor’s in Creative Writing.
North Carolina native, Kenneth, has long called himself, "The Funniest Person You've Never Heard Of." But his first album, Cuttin' Up Comedy at the Shop, his Kitchen Theatre show Southern Fried Ithaca, Comedy on The Commons, his recent production “So You Think You’re Anti-Racist Competition, and being named Ithaca’s Best Comedian is rapidly changing that. He has written plays for the One Minute Play Festivals at the Kitchen Theatre. kennethmclaurin.com
Madeline Mecca is a junior at Ithaca College studying writing and photography, with an interest in creative nonfiction and poetry. She loves all things old-school, and her literary influences are Joan Didion, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Mary Oliver.
Jerry Mirskin lives in Ithaca. He is the author of three collections of poetry. His most recent collection is entitled, Crepuscular Non Driveway. Jerry's poems have been widely published and anthologized. He taught for many years at Ithaca College and Cornell and was a NYS Poet in the Schools. jerrymirskin.org
Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss
Andrew Geoffrey Kwabena Moss is an Anglo-Ghanaian writer/teacher who has lived in the UK, Japan and currently, Australia. His work seeks to explore liminal landscapes, complex identities and social constructs of race. Andrew’s debut collection will be published this year by BSPG. His debut novel will be published by RoseyRavelston. He has recently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Rhysling Award. agkmoss.com
Dr. Nia Nunn wears multiple head-wraps as a mother, artist, educator, speaker, activist, and community leader. Her Black consiousness work centers on anti-racist and abolitionist frameworks that honor a Black femme oral and visual tradition. She is committed to teaching and engaging audiences creatively, intensely, and gracefully. drnianunn.com
Bryant O'Hara is a programmer, poet, and musician - not always in that order. His poetry has been published in Pandemic Atlanta 2020, Star*Line Magazine, and Eyedrum Periodically. His debut poetry collection, The Ghettobirds, was published by Frayed Edge Press. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with his wife Alice, two out of seven children, and one out of six grandchildren. intimateandintricate.com
Uche Ogbuji, more properly Úchèńnà Ogbújí, is a poet, spoken word performer and DJ. His chapbook, Ndewo, Colorado, is a Colorado Book Award Winner. His forthcoming book, Ńchéfù Road won the Christopher Smart Prize in the UK, fusing Igbo culture, European classicism, American Mountain West setting, Hip-Hop and afrofuturism. Born in Calabar, Nigeria, he has settled near Boulder, Colorado after much world wandering. uche.ogbuji.net
Stephen Paling lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Cayuga Lake Books in Ithaca recently published Stephen’s first volume of poetry, Rooms in Old Houses. Stephen wrote the poems in Rooms in Old Houses over a period of almost 40 years, stretching from his teens into middle age. stevepaling.info
Sabrina “phonetic wisdom” Parker
Phonetic Wisdom was born and raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology & a minor in Business. She is a healer, published poet, spoken word artist, lyricist, host, actress, motivational speaker, community activist, blogger, youth counselor, event curator, and founder of Voices of Black PowHer. She is known for her wisdom as she shares messages on acceptance, spirituality, introspection, knowledge of self, and the qualities needed to overcome life's obstacles while fearlessly addressing the harsh circumstances life can present, and always finding the light.
Terese Mason Pierre is a Toronto-based writer and editor whose work has appeared in Fantasy, FIYAH, Uncanny, and elsewhere. Her poetry has been nominated for the Rhysling Award, the Pushcart Prize, and the bpNichol Chapbook Award. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of Augur Magazine. Find Terese’s work on her website: teresemasonpierre.com
Kyara Lanee Perkins
Kyara, also known as “Kiki or KP the Intellectual” is a proud, Bronx native and dedicated community member and advocate, who’s passion resides in empowering and strengthening ties within the community through literary and visual arts. KP has long been heavily involved in social activism and community collectivism in New York City, focusing on incorporating wellness and personal development within community development.
Elie Piha is a writer living in Ithaca, New York. He is a graduate of Cornell University's MFA - Creative Writing Program. Elie has worked as a bartender, an after school teacher, a warehouser, and served four years in the Army. His writing won the 2016 David Nathan Meyerson Award in Short Fiction in Southwest Review. eliepiha.com
Judith Pratt has acted, directed, and taught theatre. Her plays have been produced in Ithaca, New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, and Cape Town, South Africa. In 2019, her play Maize won the Louisiana State University SciArts Prize, and her novel, Siljeea Magic, was published. Losing It appeared in Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2020. judithpratt.com
Bob Proehl is the author of The Nobody People and A Hundred Thousand Worlds, a Booklist best book of the year. He has worked as a bookseller and programming director for Buffalo Street Books in Ithaca, a DJ, a record store owner, and a bartender. He was a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Fiction and a resident at the Saltonstall Arts Colony. His work has appeared on Salon, as part of the 33⅓ book series, and in American Short Fiction.
Dr. Johanna Rogers
Juhanna Rogers, PhD. is a motivational speaker, commentator, artist, and education activist currently residing in Central New York. Dr. Rogers earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Integrative Arts from Penn State University – Altoonam and a doctorate in higher education at Indiana University. She is an alternate Fulbright Scholar based on her research in race and equity within international education. Her research focuses on critical race theory, racism in education, and the international experiences of Black students and scholars.
Dan Rosenberg’s most recent collection of poems, Bassinet, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2022. His work has won the American Poetry Journal Book Prize and the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest. Rosenberg teaches literature, creative writing, and translation theory at Wells College in Aurora, NY. danrosenberg.us
Haley Rylander is an author and a book lover, as well as an aerial circus artist and scientist. It is her goal to write inspiring stories set in other worlds that reflect our own world in ways that can only be achieved through the magic and power of words. haleyrylander.com. Buy: amazon.com/author/haleyrylander
Yael is the Founder of Mama's Comfort Camp support network and an expert at establishing safe spaces for brave conversations. She is the creator of the "Creative Safety Nest" original method of fostering artistic self-expression. She can’t stop coming up with ideas for programs that breed Comfortitude: the strength generated when community members support and comfort each other. Find our more about her work at motherup.org
Leeny Sack: postmodern ventriloquist, interdisciplinary performance artist/poet, consultant/educator, originator of The Performative Self™. She is former faculty of NYU, Naropa University, was a member of the groundbreaking experimental theatre company (1970’s) The Performance Group, and is a Kinetic Awareness® Certified Master Teacher. She animates little things – ‘Self & Thing: I/Thou, I/It'. Has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and in Asia. leenysack.com
Jennifer Savran Kelly
Jennifer Savran Kelly (she/they) lives in Ithaca, where she writes, binds books, and works as a production editor at Cornell University Press. Her debut novel Endpapers, forthcoming from Algonquin Books in February 2023, won a 2018 grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. In 2019 it was selected as a finalist for the SFWP Literary Awards program and for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Jennifer's short fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Hobart, Green Mountains Revire, and elsewhere. jennifersavrankelly.com
Norm Scott is a video editor, sound designer, turntablist, maker, documentarian, and modular synthesist. He enjoys building soundmaking devices, and self-deprecating humor. In February of 1996, he was awarded the Employee of the Month Award at McDonalds.
Dan is the president and founder of DSP Shows formerly Dan Smalls Presents. HIs company presents over 900 events annually focusing on live music and comedy. Dan's writing began during the lockdown pandemic winter and focuses on creative non-fiction and autobiographical fiction.
Sola lives in Trumansburg, NY in a country setting. She is a graphic artist, an artist book-maker and a pianist. Her work reflects an intense interest in the natural world that surrounds her, and in art and music. Her poems have been published in the Finger Lakes Anthology, Bluff and Vine, Prime of the Ithaca Journal, and the Healing Muse. She maintains a studio at her home, the Solá Art Gallery.
Saviana Stanescu is a Romanian cutting-edge playwright, poet, and ARTivist based in NY. Winner of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Play, Samuel French OOB Festival, Marulic Prize for Best European Radiodrama, Best Romanian Play of the Year UNITER Award, Saviana's plays have been translated and produced around the world. MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. Associate Professor of Playwriting – Ithaca College. saviana.com, savianastanescu.com
Aoise Stratford is a playwright, dramaturg and lecturer at Cornell. Best known locally for her adaptation of A Christmas Carol for The Hangar, she is also the author of two audio-headphone walking plays with Katie Marks and Nick Salvato, for The Cherry.
Gabrielle Tola is an Ecuadorian-Egyptian singer-songwriter, poet, artist, and holistic astrologer from Miami. Gaby, also known artistically as neptunemuse is a senior writing major with minors in latinx studies. Pulling inspiration from her cultural roots and immigration, Gaby's work can be found in places such as the Pandemic Post and O'Miami's latest anthology "Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering" as well as her Instagram page @neptunemuse
Melissa Tuckey is a poet, literary activist and teaching artist. She is author of Tenuous Chapel, a book of poems and Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology. She’s a former poet laureate of Tompkins County, and an emeritus fellow at Black Earth Institute. A literary activist, she served as co-founding director of Split This Rock, a national literary organization dedicated to poetry of provocation & witness.
Ana Florencia Lopez Ulloa
Mexican born and Ithaca based, she has been directing and writing plays for Teatrotaller since 2018. Her dramatic work explores the duality of identity, language, and social disparity of the Latin American diaspora in the United States
is a Hellene writer, poet, and artist. They are a fourth-year Writing student at Ithaca College. Their work is dedicated to exploring culture, intersectionality, and the celebration of identity, sexuality, and self-healing. They are the founder of podcast Stars in Another Sky, a platform dedicated to sharing the experiences of international students and immigrants in the U.S, and a Communications Intern in Born This Way Foundation, Lady Gaga’s nonprofit organization to support youth mental health. Her favorite saying is: “Τα πάντα ρει και ουδέν μένει”, “Everything flows, and nothing stays still” (Heraclitus).
Jaime Warburton (MFA, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction, Sarah Lawrence College) is the author of the chapbook Note That They Cannot Live Happily, and her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from publications such as North American Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Hoxie Gorge Review, Sequestrum, Storyscape, and The Nervous Breakdown. Jaime also acts, sings, and does dramaturgical and theatre work.
Evan D. Williams
Evan D. Williams investigates the quandaries of the numinous and carnal self in a range of documental forms. His debut full-length poetry collection, Dear Excavator (2021) is available at Odyssey Bookstore in Downtown Ithaca or at aprilgloaming.com. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains with his wife and cats. He is at work on two more poetry manuscripts
Dr. Kristen Wright
is a playwright and the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow in the Department of English at Mount Holyoke College. Her plays include A Pursuit (commissioned by The Cherry Arts), The Pop Cycle (Spring Writes! Literary Festival, developed by the House of Ithaqua), Apple Core, Miss Anne, The Shirt (Civility), Jamal from Empire, and Jodeci for White Girls (Cornell University 10 Minute Play Festival). Her work has also been produced at Yale University and the Alley Theatre's Houston Young Playwrights Exchange. Dr. Wright is currently a member of The Workshop Theater's Spring Intensive. She will begin a new position as Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts this fall.
Winniebell Xinyu Zong
Winniebell Xinyu Zong is a Chinese poet and chapbook editor at Newfound Press. She was the 2020 Frontier Poetry editorial fellow and a spring 2021 publishing intern at Copper Canyon Press. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, Best of Net, and AWP’s Intro Journals Project, Zong holds an MA from Kansas State University and is an MFA poetry candidate at Cornell University. winniebellxzong.com