2021 Faculty & Fellows



Stephanie Barber (Faculty) is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with language in myriad manifestations. This language shows up in the form of short and long films, essays and poems, songs, photographs and performances. Her work is conceptual and poetic, with an emphasis on the tender delicacy of the natural world, mortality and love. Though a hybrid of essay, poetry and narrative, the work is philosophical and swings wildly between humor and tragedy and, when at its best, attains these two states simultaneously. Her work has been shared widely in galleries, festivals and museums. Her videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and her films can be found at Canyon Cinema and Fandor.com. Her books Night Moves and these here separated... were published by Publishing Genius Press in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Her collection of very short stories All The People was published by Ink Press Productions in 2015. Her haiku collection Status Update Vol. 1 was published in the fall of 2019 by CTRL+P and her full-length play Trial in the Woods will be published by Plays Inverse in Winter 2021.
Erica Hunt (Faculty) is a poet and essayist. She is the author of Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems published by Nightboat Books in October 2020 and five collections of poetry - Local History,  Arcade, Piece Logic, Time Flies Right Before the Eyes, and VERONICA: A Suite in X Parts. Her poems and non-fiction have appeared in BOMB, Boundary 2, Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetics Journal, Tripwire, FENCE, Hambone, and In the American Tree, among other publications. Essays on poetics, feminism, and politics have been collected in Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women, A-LINE, and The Politics of Poetic Form, The World, and other anthologies. With poet and scholar Dawn Lundy Martin, Hunt is co-editor of the anthology Letters to the Future, Black Women/Radical Writing in 2018 from Kore Press.  She has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Fund for Poetry, the Blue Mountian Center, and the Djerassi Foundation, and is a past fellow of Duke University/the University of Capetown Program in Public Policy. Currently, she is the Bonderman Visiting Professor of Practice in the Literary Arts department at Brown University.
A. Van Jordan (Fellow) is the author of four collections: Rise, which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award (Tia Chucha Press, 2001); M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, (2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times; Quantum Lyrics, (2007); and The Cineaste, (2013), W.W. Norton & Co. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artists Williams Fellowship, and the 2016 Lannan Literary Award in Poetry.
John Keene (Fellow) is the author and co-author of a handful of books, including the award-winning collection Counternarratives, as well as Grind, with Nicholas Muellner, and the recipient many honors, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He has translated poetry, fiction and essays from Portuguese, French and Spanish, including Brazilian writer Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. His essay "Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness," featured on the Poetry Foundation's website Harriet, has helped to encourage and galvanize translators of Black non-Anglophone writing, and he serves as a member of organizational committee for the African Poetry Book Series,  under the auspices of the University of Nebraska's African Poetry Book Fund and Prairie Schooner. He chairs the Department of African American and African Studies, is Distinguished Professor of English and African American Studies, and also teaches in the Rutgers-Newark MFA in Creative Writing Program, at Rutgers University-Newark.
Dionne Lee (Faculty) is a visual artist working in photography, collage, and video to explore ideas of power, agency, survival, and racial histories, in relationship to the American landscape. Lee received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2017. She has exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art, Aperture Foundation, the school of the International Center of Photography in New York City, and throughout the Bay Area including Aggregate Space, Interface gallery, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Lee was a 2019 artist-in-residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock and a finalist for the 2019 SFMoMA SECA and San Francisco Artadia awards. Lee currently teaches at Stanford University. Lee lives and works on the unceded territories of the Ohlone and Chochenyo peoples.
David Levine (Faculty) is an artist and writer living in New York. Recent exhibitions include David Levine: Some of the People, All of the Time at the Brooklyn Museum, and his writing has been published in n+1, Parkett, and Triple Canopy.  He is the recipient of a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, and Professor of the Practice of Performance, Theater, and Media at Harvard University. A Discourse on Method, an artists' book with Shonni Enelow, was just published by 53rd State Press.
A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen (Faculty) is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018), which was selected by Terrance Hayes. In addition to winning the 92Y "Discovery" / Boston Review Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, she was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, she is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mariela Sancari (Fellow) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She lives and works in Mexico City since 1997. Her work revolves around truthfulness and fiction in images, using personal narratives to explore the boundaries of the scope of photography as a means of representation. It refers to the affective dimension, yet not sentimental, of autobiographical work, as well as formal explorations of the medium, through questions related to staging and self-referentiality in photographic practice.Her first book Moisés (La Fábrica) was selected by several curators and reviewers as one of the best photobooks published in 2015. In 2017, she published her second book in collaboration with writer Adolfo Córdova: Mr. & Dr. (This book is true) a photobook aimed for children and youngsters that explores the notion of the unknown through images and text. In 2021 she will release The two headed horse. Reenactment in ten acts (Asunción Casa Editora), an investigation of the transit of the fixed image to the performed image. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Sao Paulo, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Bratislava, Busan, Houston, Jaipur, Londres, Los Angeles, Madrid, among others. Co-founder and coordinator of FOLIO, Centro de la Imagen’s photobook public library and program.
Cauleen Smith (Fellow) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-twentieth-century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema, and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of activism in service of ecstatic social space and contemplation. Smith  enjoys container gardening, likes cats and collects disco balls, vinyl records, and books. She is an avid functional  cyclist. She lives in Los Angeles and is Art Program faculty at California Institute of the Arts. BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and MFA, University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television.  Smith’s short films, feature film, an installation and performance were work showcased at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2019. Her solo show, Mutualities,  at The Whitney Museum of American Art resumes this summer until December 2020.  Her SFMoMA show will launch Summer 2020. Her solo show, Give It Or Leave It, has traveled nationwide.  A major survey of Smith’s work is on view at MassMoCA until April 2020, the centerpiece of that show, “We Already Know What We Need” will travel to CAM Houston Winter 2021.  Smith is the recipient of the following awards: Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Creative Capital Film /Video, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Chicago Expo Artadia Award, and Rauschenberg Residency, Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts in Film and Video 2016, United States Artists Award 2017, 2016 inaugural recipient of the Ellsworth Kelly Award, 2020 recipient of the Studio Museum Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize.
Res (Faculty) (b. 1985 in Paterson, NJ) is an artist and curator. They received their BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Smith College in 2008 and their MFA in Photography from the Yale School of Art in 2017. Res’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States including at Invisible-Exports, New York; BRIC, Brooklyn; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; and Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco. In 2017 Res was a winner of the Baxter Street Camera Club of New York Annual Juried Competition, a recipient of the FLAGS (Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies) Award from Yale University and shortlisted for the Lucie Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 their book, Towers of Thanks, was a finalist for The Lucie Photo Book Prize.