2008 Summer Residency Fellows

Allison Amend (Writer):Allison Amend was born in Chicago, Illinois on a day when the Cubs beat the Mets 2-0. She attended Stanford University and holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. While there, she learned never to live downwind from a pig farm and how to put English on a cue ball. Her work has received awards from and appeared in One Story, Black Warrior Review, StoryQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Atlantic Monthly, Prairie Schooner, and Other Voices, among other publications. Allison lives in New York City where she teaches fiction and is a founder of
Wordfarm NYC, a tutoring and education services organization. Her debut short story collection, Things That Pass for Love, will be published by OV Books in October, 2008. You can visit her on the web at www.allisonamend.com in the near future.

Adam Brody (Writer): Since earning his B.A. from a big school in 2005, Adam Brody has had some success in undoing twenty years of institutionalized education. His current creative fodder includes ancient Chinese art & history, lepidoptery, outmoded self-help books, and long bus trips. He resides in Philadelphia, a city of beautiful sculptures and cemeteries.

David Eliet (Writer): David Eliet is a professional playwright and director.  He has been the recipient of awards from Kennedy Center, the BBC World Service, WGBH, and others. In 2007 he was awarded the Rhode State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.  His plays have been produced in this country and abroad.  His most recent play was the critically acclaimed But for the Grace… presented by the Trinity Repertory Company.  Thirteen of his plays have been published, including publications in German, Dutch, and Ukrainian.  He spent three semesters as a Fulbright Scholar teaching and directing in Ukraine.  David was the founder of The Perishable Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island.

Hannah Gamble (Writer): Hannah grew up in New Hampshire, where her father built her snow-igloos and killed the earwigs in her sandbox with a blowtorch, and in Tennessee, where she had a hard time understanding what her grandmother was saying because she used lots of similes and called pots and pans “stove-vessels.” Hannah received degrees in French and Humanities from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is now pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the University of Houston. Her poems are forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review.

Melora Griffis (Visual Artist): Melora attended the Rhode Island School of Design as a painting major. She is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse and was awarded a scholarship to The Chautauqua Theater Institute. While living in Los Angeles, Melora studied painting at the Santa Monica College of Art, Architecture, and Design and had six shows, three in Bergamont Station. In New York, Melora has been in twelve group shows, and ten solo shows, three at The Pamela Williams Gallery. The late Robert Long, (De kooning's Bicycle) wrote about her work in 2001, 2005, and 2006. Linda Yablonsky, (The Story of junk) wrote an essay for her show "Heads" in 2001. Melora is a member of Actors Equity and SAG. Melora lives and works in New York City.

Cindy Hinant (Visual Artist): Cindy Hinant is a mixed media and installation artist whose work explores themes ofnostalgia, distance, and romance. She has BFAs in Sculpture and Ceramics from Herron School of Art and Design IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN. She has shown her work at universities and cultural centers across the United States including exhibitions at the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, and the Drawing Room of Portland, Maine and solo exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and the Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis. Awards include Indiana Artist and Craftsman, Inc, 2007, and the Robert Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship, 2009.

Kristin Holder (Visual Artist): Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1973, she studied painting at the University of Washington in Seattle and American University in Washington, DC, where she currently lives and works. Her recent work deals with reconciling questions of perception and memory, by means of looking at artists such as Dürer, Duchamp and Hesse. Holder has been the recipient of several awards, including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and a British Academy at Rome Fellowship. Her experience varies from working in a salmon cannery in Alaska to working in the conservation department of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the pinnacle of which was assisting in the installation of a wall drawing by Sol LeWitt. Her work is included in several public and private collections.

Matt Hoverman (Writer): Matt Hoverman’s plays include:  IN TRANSIT (2006 FringeNYC Award for Best Playwriting), THE AUDIENCE (co-book writer - three 2005 Drama Desk Award nom’s, incl. Best New Musical), THE COLLECTORS and BEDDY-BYE (2006/2007 Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award finalists), SEARCHING FOR GOD IN SUBURBIA (2008 O’Neill Playwrights Conference semi-finalist), THE GOOD LIFE (@Studio Theatre on Theatre Row – June, 2008.)  Produced/developed by: Huntington Theatre, Naked Angels, The Lark, Barrow Group, Transport Group, Belt Theatre, Blessed Unrest, Vital Theatre, Algonquin Productions – and in Amagansett at Stephen’s Talkhouse.  BA, Brown (admitted to Paula Vogel’s graduate playwriting workshop), MFA in Acting, UCSD.  www.MattHoverman.com

Ross Howard (Writer): Originally from the northwest of England, Ross Howard came to the United States in 2003 and recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with an M.F.A. in playwriting. His work has been performed in Manchester, England; and in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York City. His writing credits include “The Loggerheads of Lambhuna Drive”, “Who We Found Instead”, “Kovalyov” and most recently, “Arthur and Esther”. He is a member of the Dramatist's Guild and is in his second year of teaching theatre at California State University, Fresno.

Jim Lee (Visual Artist): An obsessive collector of industrial and consumer detritus, Lee fashions from these materials sly and innocuous objects that demand close inspection.  Sharp titles, sports reference and punky gestures, all employed frequently by Lee, threaten to negate the work’s seeming aesthetic austerity.  Jim Lee received his MFA at the University of Delaware before locating to Brooklyn, NY. He has had solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe including Freight+Volume, NY, CRG Gallery, NY; Wooster Art Space, NY; Larry Becker Contemporary, PA; Neuberger Museum of Art, NY; Allston Skirt, MA; and Galerie Markus Winter, Berlin. He currently teaches at Hofstra University and Queens College.    He lives and works in Brooklyn NY.

R. Zamora Linmark (Writer): R. Zamora Linmark is the author of two collections of poetry, Prime Time Apparitions and the just-published The Evolution of a Sigh, and a novel, Rolling The R's, which he has adapted for the stage. A recipient of several grants and fellowships, including two from the Fulbright Foundation, he currently divides his writing life between Manila and Honolulu.

Fabrizio Napoleone (Writer): Fabrizio Napoleone was born in Switzerland and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. He has degrees from Mohawk College (Hamilton) and DePaul University (Chicago). Fab has been writing short fiction for the last several years and has had a half dozen pieces published in various literary journals from across Canada including the Nashwaak Review (St. Thomas University), Ten Stories High (Canadian Authors’ Association), Existere (York University) and most recently, Coming Attractions (Oberon Press).  In 2005, Fab led Vancouver’s long-running West-End Writers Workshop. In 2006, he was awarded the F.G. Bressani Prize from the Italian Cultural Society (Best Short Story). Fab lives in Vancouver where he continues with his writing projects and his 24-foot Shark-class sailboat.

Katherine Parker (Visual Artist): Katherine Parker is an abstract painter who has recently had one person shows at The Heidi Cho Gallery in New York City and at The Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson NY. She has exhibited in museums and galleries through out New York and New Jersey Recent museum exhibits include After Matisse / Picasso at PS 1 and War : Artists reflect on the last five years  at The Hunterdom  Art Museum. Her paintings are included in numerous collections including Johnson and Johnson Corporation, Samsonite Corporation, DHR International as well as NYU , Rutgers, The Newark Museum, and The Jersey City Museum. She is the recipient of a Yaddo Fellowship and a New Jersey State council Fellowship. Ms. Parker has a studio in Hoboken, NJ and has lived there for many years with her family.  www.katherineparker.com

Kirk Read (Writer): Kirk Read is the author of "How I Learned to Snap," a memoir about being openly gay in a small southern high school. He co-curates two literary series in San Francisco called Smack Dab and K'vetsh. He worked for a number of years at the St. James Infirmary, a free health care clinic for sex workers. He is the director of Army of Lovers, which commissions new performance by queer male artists. His show "This is the Thing" opens in June 2008 at San Francisco's Garage. He has toured the United States as a solo performer, including two tours with the Sex Workers Art Show. www.kirkread.com

Russell Roberts (Visual Artist): Russell Roberts graduated from Vassar College, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and received and an MFA from Boston University in 1995. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in painting in 1997, a grant from the Mass Arts Council in 2002 and an Albee Foundation Fellowship in 2006, among others. He was the Artist-in-Residence at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2003. Roberts has had one- person exhibitions at Binghamton University, UNC Chapel Hill, Farrell- Pollock Gallery, Boston University and a two- person show at the Painting Center, NY.  His work also has been selected for numerous group exhibitions, including shows at Sideshow Gallery, the Nielsen Gallery, Bernard Toale Gallery, DNA Gallery and the Danforth Museum.

Brooke Shaffner (Writer): Brooke Shaffner received her MFA from Columbia, where she was a Dean’s Fellow. She is currently working on an autobiographical novel, Proximity, the first chapter of which was published in The Hudson Review. She was recently awarded fellowships by Summer Literary Seminars, Jentel, and the VCCA, and has been a two-time New Millennium Writing Award finalist, a Writers at Work Fellowship finalist, and a So To Speak Fiction Contest finalist. She lives in Brooklyn, where she curates a monthly reading and artist talk series at Park Slope’s 440 Gallery.

Taylor Sutherland (Writer): Taylor Sutherland earned his M.A. in Text and Performance at King's College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, his B.Sc. (Hons.) in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, and his A.R.C.T. in Piano Performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  He received further training in acting, playwriting and directing at the Prince Edward Island Conservatory and at the Moscow Art Theatre Summer Academy.  He works in Toronto as a piano teacher, playwright, actor, director, composer, educator, and festival adjudicator, and his work has taken him to the United States, England, and Switzerland.  Most recently, Taylor has worked as a guest artist with Studio Six in New York, the American studio of the Moscow Art Theatre.

Nick van Woert (Visual Artist): Nick van Woert was born in Reno, Nevada in 1979. He now makes sculptures in Brooklyn, New York.  www.fourteensquarefeet.com

Tad Wiley (Visual Artist): Tad Wiley has exhibited his artworks extensively throughout the United States since moving to New York City in 1978.  Early exposure includes such important “alternative” venues in New York as:  The Drawing Center, Artists Space, The Sculpture Center, and the Institute for Art and Urban Resources at P.S. 1. Wiley’s first solo show in 1984 at the Leslie Cecil Gallery in New York City was followed by solo shows at the Lang & O’Hara Gallery in 1986, 1987, and 1989, also in New York.  Additionally, since 1986 his work has been featured in galleries in Chicago and Los Angeles.   Recent exhibitions include: Ace Gallery Arena, and Rare (New York), Lora Schlesinger Gallery in  Los Angeles, The Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, and The Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida. Wiley has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation,  Pollock / Krasner Foundation and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation.  His paintings, sculpture, and works on paper can be found in numerous public and private collections worldwide, including those of Edward F. Albee, Edward R. Broida, Richard and Marilyn Maslow, St. Lawrence University, Merrill Lynch, Chemical Bank, American Express, and Prudential. He currently lives and works in New York City. www.tadwiley.com

Lauren Yee (Writer): Lauren Yee is a playwright. She was a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship in 2008 and a finalist for the Humana Festival's Heideman Award in 2007. She has received commissions from Minneapolis's Theater Mu, San Francisco's PlayGround, and New York's O'Neill Festival. Her full-length *Ching Chong Chinaman *will premiere at Theatre Mu in 2009. Other honors include Kumu Kahua Theatre's 2007 Pacific Rim Prize, the 2007 Yale Playwrights Festival, and PlayGround's 2008 June Anne Baker Prize. She has been executive director for the San Francisco Young Playwrights Festival (2005-present) and Youth for Asian Theater (2001-2005). This is her first residency. BA: Yale University, 2007. www.laurenyee.com

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