Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer and activist living in Oakland, CA. She is disabled due to U.S military pollution, a legacy that has affected all aspects of her work. Her artworks have been exhibited at venues across the country, including the CUE Art Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution and the Berkeley Art Museum. She is the recipient of a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, winner of VSA’s Driving Force award, an Eisner Award, a Wynn Newhouse Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2008), and an Animals and Culture Grant (2010). She has been nominated for numerous awards including a McColl Center residency and a Dedalus Foundation Award. Her published work includes The Right Not to Work: Disability and Capitalism (Monthly Review, 2004), Military Waste In Our Drinking Water (With Astra Taylor, 2006- nominated for a Project Censored Award 2007) and Is It Possible to Be a Conscientious Meat Eater?(Alternet, February 18th, 2009 with Alexander Taylor). Taylor has forthcoming articles in Triple Canopy and Qui Parle (both 2010). She recently worked with philosopher Judith Butler, on Astra Taylor’s film Examined Life (Zeitgeist 2008). Taylor is also an artist contributor to Rebecca Solnit’s newest book, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the department of Art Practice with her MFA in May, 2008. Her work can be viewed at www.sunaurataylor.org.
Thomas McBee is the 2009 recipient of the Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award for Nonfiction from The San Francisco Foundation, and was a 2010 fellow at Intersection for the Art’s Intergenerational Writers’ Lab. Page has been published most recently in Big Bell and the anthology, Baby, Remember My Name, and has recently been a guest blogger exploring representations of the body for Bitch magazine. Page was selected to attend RADAR Production’s writers’ retreat, RADAR Lab, in 2009. Page holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, and a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. For more information and to read more work, visit www.pagemcbee.com.
Ali Liebegott is the author of the award-winning books The Beautifully Worthless and The IHOP Papers. In 2010 she took a train trip across America interviewing female poets for a project titled, The Heart Has Many Doors; excerpts from these interviews are posted monthly on The Believer Logger. Along with a reprint of her road classic The Beautifully Worthless, her newest novel Cha-Ching! is the latest release from City Lights/Sister Spit. In addition, she is the founding editor at Writers Among Artists whose publications include Faggot Dinosaur andVincent Van Go-Gogh.
Beth Grossman is a socio-political artist, who sees the visual as a way to create community dialog. Her art is a comfortable point of entry into the ongoing dialog about ‘correct’ history, the life-shaping force of religion and the power of social beliefs. The artist takes creative liberty with these charged topics and makes them accessible with beauty and humor. By shifting the context of familiar objects, words and images, she opens them up for fresh examinations that are by turn playful, stimulating and thought provoking
Grossman’s search for simple truths in collective memory has led her to illuminate personal stories. For her, art is not a thing, but a way to communicate. It is the importance of that dialogue that her artworks, public projects and events are intended to foster.
Based in San Francisco, Grossman has collaborated internationally with individuals, communities, corporations, non-profits and museums. She uses art as a creative force to stimulate conversation and focus attention on the environment, history and civic engagement – all aimed at raising awareness, building community and encouraging public participation.
Carol Le Maitre discovered the world of new music and performance art after touring and performing a dance company for 8 years, starting at the age of 16, and has never looked back.
LeMaitre has collaborated with numerous cutting edge musicians and theater artists, developing a style that is has been described as ritualistic and stunningly expressive as well as witty and entertaining. By abstracting pedestrian movement and working primarily with non-dancers LeMaitre is able to create work that is accessible to a wide audience and often wickedly funny.
A teacher of mindfulness and meditation, Ms. Salzman works with kids, teens, and families. She has been deeply inspired by her work in the Teen and Family Program at Spirit Rock and her studies in dance expressive arts therapy at the Tamalpa Institute. As a practitioner, Daniella is influenced by her teachers in the Buddhist, Jewish, and non-dual lineages. As a teacher, Daniella brings creative expression, communication, and meditation techniques to students to develop attention and awareness.
Writer, Performer, Arts Organizer
From the San Francisco Bay Area, Beth's books include the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool and the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself. Lisick has toured the U.S. and Europe as a solo spoken word performer, front person for the band the Beth Lisick Ordeal, and member of the groundbreaking female roadshow Sister Spit. Her other projects include comedic performance for the stage and screen with Tara Jepsen, curating the monthly Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, and teaching creative writing to young adults. She recently played the female lead in Frazer Bradshaw’s award-winning feature film Everything Strange and New. http://bethlisick.com/
A poet whose most recent work includes two editorial projects--Kindergarde: Avant-garde Poems, Plays, Stories, and Songs for Children (Black Radish Books, 2013) and Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community (co-edited with Jennifer Firestone, Saturnalia Books, 2008). Dana is the author of several books of poems including Disclosure (Black Radish Books, 2011), Unpublishable Manuscript #43 (UbuWeb Editions, 2010), and Curren¢y (Palm Press, 2006).
Supported by the California Arts Council, the Peninsula Community Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Marin Arts Council, and others, her work has received the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson prize for poetry, among other awards and has most recently appeared in Jacket, Poets & Writers, The Bay Poetics Anthology, Imaginary Syllabi, and Against Expression (Northwestern University Press, 2011).
She served as the Director of Small Press Traffic Literary Arts Center in San Francisco and is currently working on a book of poems entitled Shhh! Lullabies for a Tired Nation. Dana teaches writing at San Francisco State University and Marin Juvenile Hall. She lives in San Quentin with her incredible family. http://www.pw.org/content/dana_teen_lomax
Bobak Bakhtiari, descendant of the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe (People Of The Wind, Grass), and a rustic cherub in human form, used to be known as The Man of A Thousand Faces throughout small towns in western Ireland. Fairly new to TV and Film, he has already shown an eclectic range of character work, from Kingpin Israeli Spy in the show Homeland to socially maladjusted CEO on Mike Judge's Silicon Valley. Regional stage credits have earned him Critics Circle Nominations, and free popcorn sometimes.
Victor Cartagena, a Salvadoran born artist based in San Francisco, creates in a variety of media: printmaking, painting, drawing and mixed media on canvas and paper, installation and set-design. As a member of Tamoanchán, a collective of Latin American printmakers, Cartagena studied and worked at Berkeley’s distinguished KALA Art Institute from 1990-1996, sponsored by the California Arts Council. Cartagena has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in the US and internationally. His many grants and awards include a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation 2001 Visual Arts Purchase Award, the competitive Art Council award in the year 2000, and 1996 and 2000 Pacific Prints Awards. Cartagena’s work is in numerous private and institutional collections, including the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum in Honolulu, and the Oxbow School of Art in Napa, CA. Cartagena is represented by Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and TinT Gallery in Thessaloniki, Greece. Take a peek at his website here to learn more.
Kirk Read is the author of How I Learned to Snap, a memoir about being openly gay in a small southern high school. He has recently been raising money to donate 1300 copies of this book to queer youth groups, high school libraries, and LGBT campus resource centers. His second book, This is the Thing, is a collection of performance essays which will be published in 2008. How I Learned to Snap has been translated into German and was named an American Library Association Honor Book. Read co-curates the two longest-running queer open mic events in San Francisco, Smack Dab and K’vetsh. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He has worked at the St. James Infirmary, a free health care clinic for sex workers. At St. James, has has been volunteer coordinator, an HIV/STD counselor, a phlebotomist, a shift manager and a food and clothing donations coordinator. He was part of the Gay Men’s Health Summit collective, which produced two national conferences to broaden conversations and movements around gay men’s health. He has toured the United States extensively as a solo performer and as part of a collective. He was part of the Neo-Dandy Cabaret, directed by Keith Hennessy, which ran for six weeks at the New Conservatory Theater. He is a frequent performer at the Porchlight storytelling series and many other Bay Area venues. He is currently at work on a third book and is editing two anthologies.