Jennifer Irani is finishing a memoir about her experience in Phoenix House while publishing short stories, essays, poetry, and op/eds. She is a member of environmental groups, racial justice organizations, and political organizations. Her art and writing are acts of activism. Her website combines her fine art and writing and offers a broader picture of her work. The mannequin heads titled “We Will Be Heard” are inspired by the #MeToo movement and Dr. Ford. She resonates with Deep Adaptation philosophy. Despite the challenges we face, she makes room for the awe and wonders through her craft.
Cathy Rose is a writer and clinical psychologist in San Francisco, CA. She holds an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Greensboro Review, Your Impossible Voice, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fourteen Hills, Santa Clara Review, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere, and in the anthologies, Flash NonFiction Food and Nixon under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction. Fellowship residencies have included Joya AiR, Obras Foundation, VCCA, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She is currently at work on a novel.
In 2022, Debra Thomas-Zasadzinski embarked on a new enterprise, retailing professionally printed greeting cards of her original artwork. Her florals are sold at Crème Bakery in Claremont, CA, as well as at local group art shows and sales. She is working on a new series of line drawings based on travels to France and will continue them this Spring.
Trapper Robbins is a multi-instrumentalist rock composer, keyboard player, and singer with a special interest in interwoven rhythmic patterns, creative lyrics & phrasings, and unexpected song transitions. His music moves seamlessly across genres including elements of progressive rock, fusion, funk, and jazz. Trapper has released 12 albums and periodically performs live. Trapper has also worked as a professional software developer and as a volunteer with the US National Park Service. He currently splits his time between Seattle and Stehekin, a remote mountain town in North Cascades National Park (WA).
Leslie Bevans creates in the written word, illustration, and music. She is the author/illustrator of family-friendly Beyond the Weakened Thread, an adventure that centers around the purpose of kindness. Leslie is currently working on the sequel to this 63-chapter novel. Her characters are painfully aware that she is also busy working on creative collaborations with her husband, Frank, and storybooks for children and their families to share. Leslie composes, performs, and teaches music. She is a flutist and vocalist, who loves to write poetry and prose, paint, draw, sew, build, bake … and share!
Bobbie Mandel was an artist before she even understood what it meant, making simple pencil markings on scraps of paper, even before she talked. She was recognized by those who taught her for her unusual artistic talent. She was encouraged to develop her own artistic voice throughout her education and her life. Her primary focus has been on the human face, creating emotional portraits that reveal interior spaces, and trying to portray the challenges of human existence. Her ability to use linear marks has continued but now is used to describe the emotion and form of the human face. She vacillates between paint, and printmaking, especially woodcuts as her medium of choice and has been influenced by German Expressionism.
Suzanne LaFetra Collier is a Bay Area writer. In 2022 she earned an MFA from Goddard College, where she was the recipient of the Engaged Artist Award. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and publications including Creative Nonfiction, The Sun Magazine, Brevity, The Citron Review, Smokelong Quarterly, The San Francisco Chronicle, Lunch Ticket, and in fifteen anthologies. She directed and produced the documentary film FREE: The Power of Performance which was nationally broadcast on PBS in 2018. She is currently a BookEnds fellow at SUNY Stonybrook, where she is finishing a novel, a dark comedy about late capitalism.
Pam Woolway is a recovering journalist seeking redemption through poetry and pigment. Her book Short Order Poems is available on Amazon and is the product of time spent at art events typing poems to order for passers-by. Her memoir, Let It Shine, has a tentative publishing date of April 2024. To learn more about Pam visit ShortOrderPoet.com.
Kristine L. Schomaker is an Art Historian, Curator, Publisher, Art Manager, and multidisciplinary artist living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles, California. She earned her BA in Art History and MA in Studio Art from California State University at Northridge. Kristine’s art practice includes painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, performance, and conceptual art based focused on body image and society’s perception of beauty. In 2014 Kristine founded Shoebox Arts to support and empower artists while building community and creating new opportunities. Kristine is also the publisher of Art and Cake, a contemporary L.A. Art magazine.
Composer Dale Trumbore is a Los Angeles-based composer and writer whose music has been called "devastatingly beautiful" (The Washington Post) and praised for its "soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies deployed with finesse" (The New York Times). Trumbore's compositions have been performed internationally by the Chicago Symphony's MusicNOW ensemble, Conspirare, and the Miró Quartet, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Modesto Symphony, and Pasadena Symphony. Her choral works have been commissioned for premieres at national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, Chorus America, and National Collegiate Choral Organization. Learn more about Trumbore’s music and writing at daletrumbore.com.
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Chad Michael Lange is a San Francisco-based fiction writer who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. He has received two residencies at The MacDowell Colony, and The Jentel Foundation, The Millay Colony for the Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, Hambidge Center, and Osage Arts Community have also given him fellowships. He has been awarded grants from the California Arts Council and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Lange’s short fiction has appeared in Catamaran, fourteen hills, and ZYZZYVA.
Erica W. Jamieson was born in the Bronx and grew up outside of Detroit. She currently lives in Los Angles. A former lawyer, she writes fiction and personal essay. She facilitates writing groups, including an intergenerational program where young adults write alongside senior citizens to start conversations and create a community. Her work has appeared in Self Magazine, Lilith and published online, most recently in Minerva Press’ the Keeping Room. Her Story Emends won the December 2021 StoryNosh award from The Braid Theatre, produced as a performed reading on YouTube.
Douglas Dechow is the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story and The Craft of Librarian Instruction and the co-editor of Intertwingled: The Life and Influence of Ted Nelson. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Post Game, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Curator, and others. He is the Digital Humanities and Science Librarian at Chapman University, the Boisjoly Challenger Disaster Collection Curator, and is actively involved in the Center for American War Letters.
Kristen Havens is a writer and poet living in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in PANK, Atticus Review, Monkeybicycle, Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, and Slipstream, among others. She has been a Finalist for the Howard Frank Mosher Short Fiction Prize and a nominee for 2021 Best Small Fiction. A former marketer for a small press and reader for CRAFT literary magazine, she works as an IT contractor and developmental editor of technical and business books. She is currently writing a literary futurist novel about artificial intelligence. Dorland is her first residency.
Barbara DeMarco-Barrett is author of Palm Springs Noir (Akashic). Her stories are in Orange County Noir, Coolest American Stories, 2022, USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, Rock, and A Hard Place, Dark City Crime Mystery Magazine, and Literary Hatchet. She received a Distinguished Instructors award from UC-Irvine and is adjunct professor of creative writing at Chapman University and Saddleback College. Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller. For the last 24 years she has hosted Writers on Writing. For 23 of those years, the show broadcast on KUCI-FM.
Elena Masi is an emerging artist based in Northern Michigan. In the years between drawing as a child and graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration, she has come to learn how to use art as her primary means of processing and connecting to the world around her. She utilizes both traditional and digital tools to create her wide breadth of work, ranging from large-scale acrylic paintings on vintage skis, to oil landscapes, to digitally rendered portraits and designs.
Sarah Louise Williams is writing a novel This Prairie Alchemy that examines her family’s 19th-century Irish and English roots, using stories of her family’s immigration to the U.S. and settlement as farmers and stonemasons in the Midwest as inspiration for fiction. Williams has published fiction in StoryQuarterly, Gargoyle, and Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington Area Women. She has published nonfiction in Vogue, Gargoyle, and Grand Street. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in English Literature from Yale College. She lives in Maryland.
Violinist Jeff Thayer is currently the concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony as well as concertmaster and faculty member of the Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara). Previous positions include assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, and concertmaster of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. His teachers include William Preucil, Donald Weilerstein, Zvi Zeitlin, and Dorothy DeLay. Awards include the Stephen Hahn/Lillybelle Foundation Award in Violin from the Music Academy of the West, the Starling Foundation Award, the George Eastman Scholarship, and the Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.
Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer is an author/journalist/lecturer whose writing has appeared in major magazines and newspapers both here and abroad including Elle magazine, New York Times, Denver Post, Toronto Star, and Neue Zuercher Zeitung (Switzerland). She enjoys writing monthly columns. She has had until recently a column in PRforPeople, an online magazine. Before that, she had a monthly column, The Young World, which appeared in suburban newspapers on the East Coast. While interviewing teenagers for her column, The Young World, she learned about the problems facing teenagers with alcoholic parents and was inspired to publish numerous books on the subject. Today she works as an investigative reporter and essayist, and lectures at various colleges on successful writing for mainline publishers and the new media. She continues to write books. She is in the process of completing her novel, Where I Belong.
AnnaLeahy is the author of the nonfiction book Tumor and the poetry collections Aperture and Constituents of Matter and the co-author of Generation Space: A Love Story, Conversing with Cancer, and What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. Her essays have appeared at The Atlantic, Pop Sugar, The Southern Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere and won the top awards from Ninth Letter and Dogwood in 2016. She directs the MFA program at Chapman University, where she edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series. Read Anna's latest book review in Entropy here.
Dr. Kate Gale is co-founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review. She teaches at Chapman University. She is the author of The Loneliest Girl from the University of New Mexico Press and of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014, and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.
Bruce Trinkley taught composition and orchestration and conducted the Penn State Glee Club from 1970 to 2006, and was music director for Penn State's Centre Stage from 1970 until 1995. He received degrees in composition from Columbia University where he studied with Otto Luening, Jack Beeson, and Charles Wuorinen. Professor Trinkley's music has been performed in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America, and China. Recent works include The Last Voyage of Captain Meriwether Lewis, a cantata for men's voices; One Life: The Rachel Carson Project, a multi-media work for women’s chorus, soloists, and instrumental ensemble; and York: the Voice of Freedom, a music drama about the life of the only African American on the Lewis and Clark Expedition. His operas for young people include The Prairie Dog That Met the President and Chicken Little.
Susan Davies is a painter working mainly in oil and acrylics. She received a BA in Art and Education from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN (1982) and a MA in Curriculum Design from St. Mary’s University of MN (1995). She also studied at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy (1981); at the Women’s Art Institute, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2004). Susan is interested in our connection to our natural surroundings with a special focus on water and water preservation. Davies is represented by Artactile Gallery and Everett & Charlie, both in Minneapolis.
Mike Brosnan is a Los Angeles native and received his BA at Cal State University, Northridge in film with a minor in journalism. After long stints writing scripts and poetry (he studied under Eloise Klein Healy - named LA’s first Poet Laureate in 2012), he turned his eye towards fiction. Mike has worked at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and was for a time in the development departments of producer Edward R. Pressman, producer/director Oliver Stone and Miramax. He is currently employed at The Walt Disney Co. His essay on Irene Adler, a character found in the Sherlock Holmes canon, can be found in the book, Ladies, Ladies: The Women in the Life of Sherlock Holmes, Aventine Press, 2007. In addition to his writing and movie industry endeavors, he has been a wine director, wine bar manager and owned his own wine event planning business.
January - March 2023 Residents
Frank Bevans, a native son of California, has been a commercial photographer for over forty years, working for Fortune 500 companies, producing books and magazine covers, billboards, editorial content, and promotional materials of all sorts, all over the world. He loves teaching photography workshops and is currently working on a new educational publication: “The Spirit of Your Subject.” Frank creates award-winning nature and fine art imagery. He is a curious and driven artist, musician, craftsman, audio engineer, and videographer.
Hannah Keefe is a metalsmith and visual artist known primarily for her one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry pieces. With a fine arts education and years working in the visual arts, she approaches her studio jewelry-making with a sculptor’s eye. For the past 2 decades, Hannah has maintained a rigorous studio practice concentrated around the material exploration of brass chain and silver solder. Her jewelry is sold at galleries and boutiques around the world.
April Dávila received her undergraduate degree in biology from Scripps College before going on to study writing at USC. She is a mindfulness meditation instructor (certified by the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley), creator of the unique Sit Write Here writing coaching program and co-founder of A Very Important Meeting. In 2019 her short story “Ultra” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2020 her debut novel “142 Ostriches” was published by Kensington Books and went on to win the 2021 WILLA Award for Women Writing the West. A fourth-generation Californian, she lives in La Cañada Flintridge with her husband and two children. She is a practicing Buddhist, a half-hearted gardener, and an occasional runner.
Natalie Sudman worked as an archeologist for sixteen years before accepting a position managing construction contracts in Iraq in 2006. After being injured in Iraq, she retired from government service to concentrate on art and writing. Her nonfiction book Application of Impossible Things was published in 2010. Poetry and essays have been published in national journals throughout the 1990s. Sudman's artwork has been shown internationally. Raised in Minnesota, she has lived most of her life in eastern Oregon, Montana, and South Dakota. She currently resides in Minnesota.
Kristen Daniels studied creative writing at USC with T.C. Boyle and Aimee Bender, at UCLA Extension with Les Plesko, and at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She lives in Encinitas, CA with her husband and two daughters.
Laura Schmitt (she/her) is a multiracial writer with roots in Hawai’i and the Midwest. Her fiction can be found in the New England Review, The Pinch, Boulevard, Indiana Review, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the New England Review‘s 2021 Award for Emerging Writers, received a 2019 Hedgebrook residency, and holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Laura was born in Southern California and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is at work on a novel and a collection of stories.
Ellen Yaffa tiptoed into flash narrative in 2008 and has been hooked on short-form writing ever since. She is an active, enthusiastic member of weekly writing practice groups and an alumna of workshops emphasizing flash narrative and “short shorts.” Her work has been published in anthologies such as "Dime Stories," "A Year in Ink," and "University of Hell Press," as well as The Sun Magazine. Ellen also creates multi-media art on paper and canvas and has exhibited at Expressive Arts San Diego. "Through My Eyes," her first book, is a collection of flash narratives and original art, available on amazon.com.
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