2020 Faculty & Fellows

Tisa Bryant Tisa Bryant (Faculty) is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays on black presences in film, literature and visual arts, and co-editor of the cross-referenced literary journal, The Encyclopedia Project, which released its final book, Encyclopedia Vol. 3 L-Z, in Fall 2017.   She was a commissioned writer/archival researcher for Radio Imagination, a year-long Los Angeles celebration of science fiction writer Octavia Butler, sponsored by Los Angeles-based arts organization, Clockshop, in collaboration with the Huntington Library in Pasadena, where Butler’s papers are held.  In addition to recent performances and talks with film, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Body Forms: Queer Writing and the Essay, Flesh, Lana Turner, Letters to the Future: Black WOMEN/ Radical WRITING, and in exhibition catalogs for Cauleen Smith, Sam Durant, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and MADE IN L.A.: 2018.  She is working on The Curator, a novel of Black female subjectivity and imagined cinema, and on Residual, writings on grief, longing, desire and archival research, forthcoming from Nightboat Books.  She is Director of the Creative Writing Program at CalArts, where she teaches fiction, nonfiction, and experimental forms.  She lives in Los Angeles.
Bruno Ceschel Bruno Ceschel (Faculty) is a writer, curator and lecturer at the University of the Arts London. He is the founder of Self Publish, Be Happy (SPBH), an organization that supports and promotes the work of emerging photographers. SPBH has organised events at a number of institutions around the world, including The Photographer’s Gallery, ICA London, The Serpentine Galleries, C/O Berlin, Aperture Foundation and Kunsthal Charlottenborg amongst others. Most recently, SPBH has published books by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, Cristina De Middel, Mariah Robertson and Lorenzo Vitturi.

Ceschel writes regularly for a number of publications including 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.
Tonya Foster
Tonya M. Foster (Faculty) was raised in New Orleans, LA. She is the author of the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os and the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court, which critic Stephen Burt describes as “the long-delayed American apotheosis of haiku form.” In a review, poet Patricia Spears Jones notes that “Foster’ s imaginative work glories in language’s ambiguities, discords, emotions, and logic—she allows that imaginative thrall to explore race and gender and political dysfunction.” A coeditor of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art, Foster’s work has been published in Best American Experimental Writing (2016), boundary2, Litscapes: Collected US Writings 2015, CallalooMiPoesiasWestern Humanities Review, the Hat, and elsewhere. Foster has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Graduate Center, CUNY, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Pan African literary Festival, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Literature, and of Graduate Writing at California College of the Arts.

David Hartt  (Faculty) (b. 1967, Montréal) lives and works in Philadelphia where he is an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His work explores how historic ideas and ideals persist or transform over time.

Recent solo exhibitions include in the forest at the Graham Foundation and My Building, Your Design: Seven Portraits by David Hartt at The Art Institute of Chicago.  Additionally, his work has been included in several group exhibitions including Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015 at The Museum of Modern Art, America Is Hard to See at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Hedges, Edges, Dirt at the ICA in Richmond. His work is in the public collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, The RISD Museum, Providence, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa and The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. In 2018 Hartt was the recipient of both a Pew Fellowship and a Graham Foundation Fellowship, in 2015 he was awarded a Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant, in 2012 he received an Artadia Award and was named a United States Artists Cruz Fellow and in 2011 he received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Hartt is represented by Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, David Nolan Gallery, New York and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

 Jibade-Khalil Huffman (Faculty) is an artist and the author of three books of poems, 19 Names For Our Band (Fence, 2008), James Brown is Dead (Future Plan and Program, 2011) and Sleeper Hold (Fence, 2015). In 2017 he collaborated with the artist Daniel Gordon on a suite of prose poems published in conjunction with Gordon's monograph, Intermissions. His recent and forthcoming exhibitions and performances include MoCA Cleveland, The Kitchen, Ballroom Marfa, Kadist, Atlanta Contemporary, the Hammer Museum, MOCA Detroit, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Jewish Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Swiss Institute. In fall 2020 he will present a new body of work along with a selection of recent projects at Tufts University Art Galleries. Huffman was a 2015-16 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and lives and works in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

Mark Nowak (Faculty) is the author of Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press, 2004), a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and Coal Mountain Elementary(Coffee House Press, 2009), which Howard Zinn called “a stunning educational tool.” His new book, Social Poetics, tracks “a people’s history” of the poetry workshop in Watts, Attica, South African anti-apartheid struggles, and contemporary social movements and workers uprisings across the globe. Nowak is a 2010 Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism (2015), and a Lannan Literary Fellow (2015). A native of Buffalo, He is founding director of the Worker Writers School, currently in collaboration with PEN America, Domestic Workers United, and other worker centers.[https://twitter.com/workerwriters

Elana Schlenker Elana Schlenker (Faculty) is an art director and graphic designer. Through her independent studio practice she creates visual identities, books and publications, interactive projects, and environmental graphics. Elana has received the Art Directors Club Young Gun award (2015) and been named to Print magazine’s annual New Visual Artist list (2013), a distinction recognizing the top twenty creative talents under age thirty. She was also selected for the Center for Architecture’s Graphic Design Shortlist (2015). Prior to the establishment of her studio practice, Elana worked as an art director at Condé Nast and senior designer at Princeton Architectural Press. Elana publishes Gratuitous Type, an occasional pamphlet of typographic smut, and is the creator of Less Than 100, a traveling pop up shop for gender wage parity. Elana serves on the Board of Directors of the Silver Eye Center for Photography.