Tia Blassingame is a book artist and printmaker exploring the intersection of race, history, and perception. Utilizing printmaking and book arts techniques, she renders racially-charged images and histories for a nuanced discussion on issues of race and racism. Blassingame holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from Corcoran College of Art + Design, and M.F.A. in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. Her artists' books and prints can be found in library and museum collections around the world including Stanford University, Library of Congress, University of California at Irvine, and Tate Britain. Her writing is featured in Freedom of the Presses: Artists' Books in the 21st Century, an upcoming Brooklyn publication.
Lynne DeSilva-Johnson is a queer interdisciplinary creator, scholar and performer. They are an Assistant Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, as well as Founder and Managing Editor of The Operating System. Lynne's work addresses, in particular, the somatic impact of trauma on persons and systems, as well as the study of resilient, open source strategies for ecological and social change. Lynne is co-editor, with Jay Besemer, of the forthcoming anthology, "In Corpore Sano: Creative Practice and the Challenged Body." They are the author of Ground, Blood Atlas, and "In Memory of Feasible Grace," as well as two forthcoming titles, the chapbook "Sweet and Low," and the collaborative Body Oddy Oddy, with painter Georgia Elrod. Recent or forthcoming publication credits include No, Dear, Wave Composition, The Philadelphia Supplement, CDC Poetry Project, Gorgon Poetics, POSTblank, The Conversant, Vintage Magazine, Live Mag, Coldfront, the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Resist Much/Obey Little: Poems for The Resistance, and YesPoetry. Performances and work have appeared widely, including recent features or projects at Artists Space, KGB Bar, Bowery Arts and Science, The NYC Poetry Festival, Parkside Lounge, Carmine Street Metrics, Eyebeam, LaMaMa, Triangle Quarterly, Undercurrent Projects, Mellow Pages, The New York Public Library, Launchpad BK, Dixon Place, Poets Settlement, SOHO20 Gallery and many more. They are always still beginning.
erica kaufman is the author of INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books, 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School, 2009). she is also the co-editor of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram, 2009), and of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014) . Prose and critical work can be found in: Rain Taxi, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Jacket2, Open Space/SFMOMA Blog and in The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Additional critical work is forthcoming in the MLA Guide to Teaching Gertrude Stein (eds. L. Esdale and D. Mix) and Reading Experimental Writing (ed. Georgina Colby). kaufman is the Director of the Bard College Institute for Writing & Thinking, where she teaches in the Masters of Arts in Teaching Program and in the undergraduate college.
Jennifer Scappettone is an artist and scholar whose work revolves around texts performed, translated, and set to the page, with recent projects focused on issues of ecology, labor, and citizenship. She is the author of the cross-genre verse books From Dame Quickly and The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes & Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump, and of the critical study Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice. Her translations of the polyglot postwar poet and musicologist Amelia Rosselli were collected in Locomotrix, which won the Academy of American Poets’ Raiziss/De Palchi Prize. New writings can be found in Asymptote, Boston Review, Jacket2, Nuovi argomenti, Terrain Vague: The Interstitial as Site, Concept, Intervention, and in the upcoming catalog for the US Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Dimensions of Citizenship. She has collaborated on site-specific works with a wide spectrum of designers and performing artists at locations ranging from the tract of Trajan’s aqueduct below the American Academy in Rome to the São Bento Monastery in Porto. Her newest publication is Smokepenny Lyrichord Heavenbred: Two Acts, a free e-chapbook from The Elephants hailing from a libretto composed for live mixed-reality performance with writer and code artist Judd Morrissey and artist/technologist Abraham Avnisan. Installations of her visual poetry were exhibited most recently at Una Vetrina in Rome and WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles. She is an associate professor at the University of Chicago and keeps an online archive at http://oikost.com.
Celina Su was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Brooklyn. Her first book of poetry, Landia, was published by Belladonna* in 2018. Her writing includes two poetry chapbooks, three books on the politics of social policy and civil society, and pieces in journals such as n+1, Harper’s, and Boston Review. Su is the Marilyn J. Gittell Chair in Urban Studies and an Associate Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York.