Lucas Blalock is a photographer and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited his pictures at the Dallas Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Hauser and Wirth, and Marian Goodman Gallery amongst others; and has recently had solo exhibitions at White Cube (London), Ramiken Crucible (New York), and White Flag Projects (St. Louis). Blalock’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Aperture, Frieze, Mousse, and Foam. Blalock has also published a number of artist books; most recently, Inside the White Cub (Peradam / Ramiken, 2014) and SPBH Subscription Series VII (SPBH, 2014).
Bruno Ceschel is a writer, curator and lecturer at the University of the Arts London. He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy, an organisation that supports and promotes the work of emerging photographers. Self Publish, Be Happy has organised events at a number of institutions around the world, including The Photographer’s Gallery, ICA, Serpentine Galleries, C/O Berlin, Aperture Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg amongst others. Ceschel is also the Director of SPBH Editions, which has most recently published books by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Cristina De Middel, Mariah Robertson, Lorenzo Vitturi and Lucas Blalock. Ceschel writes regularly for a number of publications such as FOAM, The British Journal of Photography and Aperture Magazine and has guest-edited issues of Photography and Culture, Ojo de Pez and The PhotoBook Review.
Christine Hume is the author of three books, most recently Shot (Counterpath, 2010), and three chapbooks, Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008), Ventifacts (Omnidawn, 2012), and Hum (Dikembe, 2014). She teaches in the interdisciplinary creative writing program at Eastern Michigan University.
John Keene is the author of the novel Annotations (New Directions, 1995); the poetry collection Seismosis (1913 Press, 2006), an art-text collaboration with artist Christopher Stackhouse; and the forthcoming short fiction collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015). His translation of Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer (Nightboat Books) appeared in 2014. An artist as well, he has exhibited his work in New York and Berlin, and teaches at Rutgers University-Newark.
Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen & Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and the play, Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue, commissioned by the Foundry Theatre and Existing Conditions (co-authored with Casey Llewellyn). Rankine is co-editor of American Women Poets in the 21st Century series with Wesleyan University Press and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind with Fence Books. A recipient of awards and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Lannan Foundation, Poets and Writers the National Endowments for the Arts, and a finalist for The National Book Award, she teaches at Pomona College and is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Ben Alper is an artist based in North Carolina. He received a BFA in photography from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Alper’s work has been shown widely, including exhibitions at the NADA Art Fair in Miami, the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis, Le Dictateur Gallery in Milan, Italy, Meulensteen and Michael Matthews galleries in New York and at Johalla Projects and Schneider Gallery in Chicago. Additionally, his work has been published in The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2, Conveyor Magazine, Dear, Dave Magazine, Album Magazin, Yet Magazine and the catalog for Young Curators, New Ideas IV. In 2014, Alper was awarded a Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, which supported the production of his first artist book, Adrift. He is also the co-founder of A New Nothing, an online platform for long-term visual conversations between artists.
Daniel Augschöll was born in a small town in the middle of the Alps. After graduating in Visual Arts at the IUAV University in Venice he moved to Berlin, where he studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie. His latest project Far Well Fany Stix has been exhibited in multiple venues in Europe and the accompanying publication FWFS has been presented at LE BAL in Paris and at Osservatorio Fotografico in Ravenna (Italy) among others. He is currently working on the second chapter of the book Far Well Fany Stix. Together with Anya Jasbar he is also co-founder and editor of Ahorn Magazine, an online publication dedicated to contemporary photography.
Andre Bradley lives and works in Providence, RI. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bradley’s history as a high-school dropout was chronicled in Andre’s College Application, an article published by EducationWeek in 2007. Bradley was co-founder and co-director of now defunct Organized Youth for Educational Alternatives. Bradley is a graduate of Hampshire College where he was selected in 2008 as a James Baldwin Scholar and in 2012, as a recipient of the Elaine Mayes Award for Photography. Currently a graduate student in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was selected as a president’s scholar and was a recipient of the T.C. Colley Award for Photographic Excellence. Bradley has exhibited his works at the RISD Museum of Art, and has had solo shows at The Annex, at Providence College, and The Jerome Libeling Center for Film, Photo, and Video at Hampshire College.
Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic and co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities, and a participant in Sharon Bridgforth’s Theatrical Jazz Institute. They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Can Serrat, Soul Mountain Retreat, Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Millay Colony, and the Norman Mailer Center. They are senior editor of The Conversant and have served as Cream City Review’s editor-in-chief and on the Woodland Pattern board and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission.
Tonya Foster’s new book, A Swarm of Bees in High Court is forthcoming from Belladonna. Foster lives in New York, where she is a doctoral student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Jen Hyde is a poet, book artist, and occasional chapbook publisher for Small Anchor Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, The Volta, The Sink Review, No, Dear and Elsewhere, and her art objects have shown most recently at The Kimberly-Klark Gallery in Ridgewood, Queens. She has been a writing fellow at NYU Shanghai, and she presently lives in Brooklyn, NY
Anya Jasbar is Federica Loi’s alter ego. She is an artist/photographer and writer currently living in Berlin, Germany. Together with Daniel Augschoell, in 2008 she founded Ahorn Magazine, an online publication about contemporary photography. She received her BFA in Visual Arts at the IUAV University of Venice (Italy) with a thesis on the relationship between literature and photography in the work of Larry Sultan, and she received a Postgraduate Diploma at the Ostkreuzschule fuer Fotografie with the tutorship of Robert Lyons (University of Hartford) and Ute Mahler (Ostkreuzschule/HAW Hamburg). She is currently pursuing a MA Degree in North American Studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, with a research on the use of images and archival material in contemporary poetry.
Suzanna Zak is a Los Angeles based artist. A frequent traveler, her work depicts the malleability of place and space by using a mixture of photography, sculpture, and writing. Some recent projects include Freedom Isa Bonfire, an installation at Good Press Gallery in Glasgow that coincided with a bonfire at Dockweiler Beach in California, and Sun+Soil / Moon+Dirt, a book of concrete poetry published by Shelter Press. She also runs the art book press Rock Bottom.