April 1, 2019
Rhea Bozzacchi earned her BA in Film & Video at Columbia College Chicago. She realized she wanted to be a filmmaker the day her aunt high-kicked her dad in the face, but she’ll explain that another time. She has worked as an editor, in Chicago and Los Angeles, for past nine years, while writing and directing her own films. Her films have screened at Outfest, TWIST, and Chicago REEL Shorts Festival. Day by day, she can be found making lattes to survive financially, playing drums to survive mentally, and humming Alanis Morrisette to survive emotionally.
Dannie Petrovna Giglevitch is a poet and filmmaker currently based in Berlin. She is currently working on expanding a collection titled “Exercises In Saying I Love You” about the reconciliation between love and the monstrous. This is her second time participating in VPP and she is thrilled to be a part of this year’s selection!
April 2, 2019
Born in 1992 in the small village of Caldine, Firenze, Chiara Sgatti has been studying animation in London, UK, receiving her MA in animation at the Royal College of Art. She loves telling stories and creating imaginary worlds, but most of all, she loves drawing –as a matter of fact, she is even drawing right now!
Tayllor Johnson is an artist, performer, and educator. A published poet, she has been writing and performing her own poetry and plays for over ten years. She is committed to using art to give voice to the world's unspoken needs and guides children to discover and speak their truth. She is pursuing an interdisciplinary master's degree in poetry, psychology, and education at NYU, which she will use to bring performance poetry curriculum and programming into educational communities. In all she has done, is doing, and will do she embodies her mission: Find new ways poetry can empower the voiceless, soothe the wounded, and disturb the status quo, setting us all on a path to freedom.
April 3, 2019
Danielle Eliska is a writer, filmmaker and photographer from Detroit. As a "black archivist", her life's work is to tell stories (written, filmed + photographed) of powerful women, the Black Diaspora + the state of Black culture. She's the founder and COC of multimedia production house, MERAKI Society.
Shalewa Mackall belongs to the community of artists making work that embraces the tradition of Sankofa—an invitation to move forward in full awareness and embrace of what has preceded historically and culturally. She is inspired by aesthetic traditions and creative movements that recycle, repurpose and reinvent. Layering identity, experience and multiple creative practices, Mackall creates as a teacher, choreographer, writer and performer. She is currently developing Sequins, Guni & Alchemy, a project joining poetry, personal ethnography, memoir and dance, which explores her personal narrative as a Garifuna-American woman in midlife.
April 4, 2019
Sarah Durn is an actor, writer, and maker currently based in New Orleans. After getting in with the Visible Poetry Project back in 2016, she's so excited to continue to explore the sticky place between poetry and film for a third go-around. Read all about what's up in Sarah's world here: http://sarahdurn.ninja
Sally Bliumis-Dunn's third collection of poems, ECHOLOCATION, was published by Plume Editions/MadHat Press in March 2018. Her poems have been published on Poets.org, American Life in Poetry, the NYT, PBS NewsHour, Paris Review, Poetry London, among others. She was interviewed by Nin Andrews for Best Of American Poetry last summer.
April 5, 2019
Jutta Pryor is a multimedia artist whose creative interests include immersive visual and sound installations, experimental filmmaking, live projection art and poetic film. Working with both local and international writers and sound artists via online platforms, her collaborative work has been presented at a number of international film festivals. A passion for nature and travel to remote places.
Lois P. Jones is an award-winning poet, editor and radio host for Pacifica Radio in Southern California. Her first collection of poems, Night Ladder, was Glass Lyre Press’s 2017 Editor’s Choice. Her work has appeared or will be appearing in Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments; New Voices: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust (Vallentine Mitchell of London); The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing); 30 Days (Tupelo Press); Narrative; American Poetry Journal; The Warwick Review; Cider Press Review and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Awards include Terrain’s finalist poetry prize judged by Jane Hirshfield (2018), 2017 Lascaux Poetry Prize, the 2016 Bristol Poetry Prize and the 2012 Tiferet Poetry Prize. She is poetry editor for the Pushcart and Utne award winning Kyoto Journal, a quarterly publication that transcends place, while respecting and celebrating regional and local identity.
April 6, 2019
Emily Kalish is a Los Angeles based filmmaker. She received her BA in Culture and Media from the New School and her MFA in Film Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts, where she specialized in cinematography. Emily is currently a freelance cinematographer shooting projects in NYC, Panama, and Paris.
Luisa A. Igloria is the author of What is Left of Wings, I Ask, selected by Natasha Trethewey for the 2018 Center for Book Arts Poetry Letterpress Chapbook Prize; The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (Utah State University Press, 2014), and other books. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University.
April 6, 2019
Amanda was looking for a project to challenge and reinvigorate her creativity. As a writer she was drawn to the idea of bringing a poem to life, especially since poets and filmmakers aren't often paired together.
Poet Shahé Mankerian is the principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School in Pasadena and the co-director of the L.A. Writing Project. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Music Center’s BRAVO Award. In 2017, three literary journals, Border Crossing, Cahoodaloodaling, and Lunch Ticket nominated Mankerian’s poems for the Pushcart Prize. Recently, Shahé received the 2017 Editors’ Prize from MARY: A Journal of New Writing.
April 7, 2019
Jacalyn White and Joell Hallowell have been film and video collaborators since 1985; they met while making films at the San Francisco Art Institute and are both still based in the Bay Area. In the last few years they’ve happily collaborated with a variety of fiction writers and poets, translating their language into image, mixing and matching, contradicting and complementing—sending words afloat across the screen.
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet is the author of The Greenhouse (2014 Frost Place Poetry Prize) and Tulips, Water, Ash (2009 Morse Poetry Prize). Her poems have been awarded a Javits fellowship and a Phelan Award, and appeared in the anthologies Best New Poets and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. Lisa writes, edits, and coordinates the literary reading series Lilla Lit in Portland, Oregon.
April 8, 2019
Josh is a London based film maker and artist currently making independent short animated films. His films push out into a rippling narrative that begs to be filled by the viewers own experiences, there must be an alluring yet unnoticeable ravine between the screen and the audience to create own understanding, a place for one to flow into, like any good poem. Each piece is different in approach and medium, Josh experiments a lot with material, letting the story permeate every facet of the films creation.
Melissa Stein is the author of the poetry collections Terrible blooms (Copper Canyon Press) and Rough Honey, winner of the APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Harvard Review, New England Review, American Poetry Review, Best New Poets, and others, and she’s received awards and fellowships from the NEA, Pushcart Prize, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. She is a freelance editor in San Francisco.
April 9, 2019
Brad Bores was born and raised in a small town in Ohio. He moved to Los Angeles and worked as an assistant editor where he began to focus on documentary filmmaking. His first feature film, When The Bell Rings, was the Jury award winner for Best Documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival and has played at numerous festivals around the world. He is currently raising a family, residing in Indiana, and running a boutique production company from a 1930's home.
Michael Stalcup is a Thai-American poet based in Bangkok, Thailand. His poems have been published in Inheritance Magazine, Faithfully Magazine, and Poets Reading the News. He is thrilled to be working with Brad Bores as part of this year's Visible Poetry Project. You can find more of his work at michaelstalcup.com.
April 10, 2019
Rebecca Shapass is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in New York City. Her art and image-making practice revolve around an interest in exploring femininity in all of its forms and expressions. Recent exhibitions and screenings include: Endless Biennial 2018 at EFA Project Space (New York, NY), BODY: Screen at SAB (Amherst, MA), Pool Party II at Microscope Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and Homeward Bound at Crosstown Arts (Memphis, TN) where she will be a Film and Video Resident in the Fall of 2019. Currently she is a part of Smack Mellon's Artist Studio Program where she is also a NY Community Trust Van Lier Fellow.
Fatimah Asghar is the creator of the Emmy-Nominated Web series Brown Girls. She is the author of If They Come For Us (One World/ Random House August 2018) and a recipient of a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2017 she was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
April 11, 2019
Neely has a BA in animation from Concordia University, Montreal, and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London. Her body of work includes video installations, paintings, drawings and collage, with concentration on animated films. Noteworthy productions include ‘Conception Series Season 2’ for the New York Times, ‘The Smiths’ a Seattle University production, and ‘Pearl’ a National Film Board of Canada production.
Dustin Pearson is the author of Millennial Roost (C&R Press, 2018) and A Family Is a House (C&R Press, 2019). He is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in Creative Writing at Florida State University. The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Pearson has served as the editor of Hayden's Ferry Review and a Director of the Clemson Literary Festival. He won the Academy of American Poets Katharine C. Turner Prize and holds an MFA from Arizona State University. His work appears in Blackbird, Vinyl Poetry, Bennington Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere.
April 12, 2019
Amrita Singh is a writer/director born in Chennai and raised in Chicago. She’s currently attending NYU Tisch’s Graduate Film Program and developing her thesis film about a ruthless spelling bee wunderkind and her immigrant family.
Born in Brazil Laurice Oliveira bravely moved to NYC with the ambitious hope of becoming a filmmaker. In her long journey to The Big Apple, Laurice met the unseen people and listened to unheard voices. From people of the poorest Brazilian slums to abused immigrant workers in the US, Laurice has made her goal to tell the stories of people that often do not have the privilege of being seen or heard by society.
Jane Glennie is an artist, filmmaker and typographic designer. Previous projects include an installation at The National Centre for the Written Word in the UK, and the publication of ‘A New Dictionary of Art’. Her videopoetry has been awarded a special mention at the Weimar Poetry Film Award in Germany and she was a finalist for Best Production One Minute or Under at Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival 2018. Poetry films have been selected for festivals in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Ireland and Singapore.
Doyali Islam’s second poetry book is HEFT (Penguin Random House Canada, Spring 2019). Poems from this collection have been published in Kenyon Review Online and The Best Canadian Poetry in English, have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize, and have won several national contests and prizes. Doyali serves as the poetry editor of Arc Poetry Magazine. In 2017, she was a guest on CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition (listen here: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/doyali-islam-and-the-poetry-of-silence-1.4070122) and was a poetry finalist for the National Magazine Awards. Recent conversations through which you can learn a bit about Doyali’s work and life include an Adroit Journal dialogue with Forrest Gander (Issue 26: January 2019) and a Contemporary Verse 2 interview by Anne Michaels (Issue 41.4: Spring 2019). Doyali lives in Toronto, Canada. Learn more at www.doyalifarahislam.com and https://www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/595187/heft-by-doyali-islam/9780771005596.
April 13, 2019
Bryce has lived in many places but feels at home in Kentucky; where the streams, cliffs, and hills quickly became the backdrops of his life and, consequently, his films. Inspired by his faith in Christ, he struggles to find beauty and truth in the mundane to guard against the despair that is the end of both art and life.
Kathleen McGookey has published three books of poems, most recently Heart in a Jar. Another book, Instructions for My Imposter, is forthcoming from Press 53 in 2019. Her work has appeared in journals including Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Field, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, and Quarterly West. She has received grants from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
April 14, 2019
Emma McVicar lives in Cambridge, MA with her cat, Munchie. She has been making videos since she was in 5th grade, and is best known for her early hits, including "The 13 O'Clock News", "Extreme Nerd Makeover", and a unique interpretation of Shakira's "She Wolf" video. She currently works for a tech company, producing videos for online courses, but still loves making her own videos on the side. She doesn't take herself too seriously and has always loved making things that make people smile (often including fake mustaches). Film is her first love, and VPP has been an amazing challenge and incredibly joyful experience.
Ginny Wiehardt is the author of Migration, winner of the Gold Line Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Bellingham Review, PN Review, Southern Humanities Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Subtropics, and Willow Springs and in the anthology Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on the Politics of Identity. She is represented by Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary for children’s fiction and holds an MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers. Originally from Texas, she now lives in New York City with her husband and son. You can read more about her work at www.ginnywiehardt.com.
April 15, 2019
Devan Prabhakar is a filmmaker based in New York City. He is currently a Sophmore attending NYU studying Film/Television. Devan has been making films ever since he was a kid, and his passion for film has been evident throughout each film he creates. His work in high school and first years of college have been displayed at numerous film festivals. He plans to pursue a career in film after college.
Carson is a New York based fullstack web-developer that enjoys writing, reading and listening to poetry. She does not make a point to sit down and write but rather lets ideas pop into her head and tries to throw them down on a page asap. Her other creative outlets involve doodling and cooking.
April 16, 2019
Lauren is a New York based filmmaker and editor. She has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied Film + Television. Lauren has directed 3 short films which have screened at festivals both in New York and around the world. She works as an editor on everything ranging from narrative films to commercial work to music videos and comedy sketches. Lauren’s super excited to be a part of Visible Poetry Project!
An aspiring writer since 7th grade, and a current senior at Bergen County Academies, Kaia has been filling notebooks with poetry for years. She has been published in individual collections, and hopes to one day be able to release a book of her own.
April 16, 2019
Melanie Cuccioli is a filmmaker and illustrator. Her ideal weekend activity is drawing strangers on the subway. She prefers her drinks out of pineapples. She is based in Brooklyn.
Krishi Desai is a Junior in the Academy for Business and Finance at The Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, New Jersey. Writing has been important to Krishi ever since she was in elementary school, and would scribble short stories in her notebook. Krishi writes journalism for 3 school publications and takes creative writing courses in which she works on poetry, short stories, and essays. One of Krishi’s favorite authors is Edgar Allan Poe. Writing has always been a place for Krishi to release her thoughts, and she wants to continue writing for the rest of her life.
April 17, 2019
Hailing from Flatbush Brooklyn, Damani Brissett, a new filmmaker, currently attends the SUNY Purchase BFA film program. His path began at a much smaller institution, "Nassau Community College", where concentrated in poetry & Liberal Arts. His favorite poets include Dante Alighieri, Edgar Allan Poe, John Donne & Langston Hughes. With poetry serving as the flesh & blood of his work, the soul can be defined by the virtues instilled within him from a proud Jamaican lineage.
Jihyun Yun is a Korean-American poet from California. A Fulbright Research Fellow, she received her BA in Psychology from UC Davis and her MFA from New York University. A three-time Pushcart Prize Nominee, her work has appeared or is forthcoming at Bat City Review, Narrative, Adroit and elsewhere.
April 18, 2019
Luca is an Italian-English illustrator animator based in London.
Michael Frazier received his BA from Gallatin at New York University, where he was a CUPSI Co-Champion as part of NYU’s 2017 Slam Team. He has performed at other venues such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and the Gallatin Arts Festival. A Callaloo alum (Caribbean), he has poems published in Amazon: Day One, The Speakeasy Project, Confluence, & others. Find him drinking tea, reading poems for The Adroit Journal, & teaching in Kanazawa, Japan. Insta: @Fraziermichael.
April 19, 2019
Nicholas Motyka is a New York City based maker of movies. After two years at SUNY Purchase studying film, Motyka left the program for New York City in the hopes of finding a facility in which to collaborate in making a new series of works. It wasn't long before he partnered with Ideal Glass Studio in the heart of the East Village. During Motyka's collaboration with Ideal Glass, he has worked on music videos, performance art films, documentaries, live event videos and a trilogy of estranged short films. Within the ideas that captivate him, story and plot take a backseat to emotion, movement and rhythm. As he continues to explore and discover, Motyka hopes to find new ideas that immerse himself and his ever growing group of talented collaborators into challenges of craft and process.
Bob Holman’s poetry has traversed genres, styles, and media since the 1970s, when he began directing Poets Theater Productions by Mayakobsky, Artaud, O’Hara, and others at St. Marks Church. He founded Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan’s East Village.
April 20, 2019
Emily Belle is a 19 year old filmmaker and poet based in New York City. She is a sophomore cinematography student at the School of Visual Arts, striving to be a part of all aspects of filmmaking. Her work focuses on shedding light on mental illness, specifically eating disorders. When not making films, she spends her time painting and playing bass.
Deborah Bacharach is the author of After I Stop Lying (Cherry Grove Collections, 2015). Her work has appeared in Pembroke, Arts & Letters, The Southampton Review, and The Texas Review among many others. She is an editor, teacher and tutor in Seattle. Find out more about her at DeborahBacharach.com.
April 21, 2019
Christina Ellsberg studied medical anthropology at Barnard College and is now a graduate student at Union Theology Seminary. Christina is one of VPP's executive producers, as well as a filmmaker, poet, and mixed media visual artist. Christina is the recipient of the Helene Searcy Puls Prize for Poetry, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize two years in a row, and the Anna Quindlen Writing Fellowship, as well as a Pushcart Prize nominee.
Alex Sarrigeorgiou is a poet, actor and filmmaker based in New York City. She's half Greek, half Romanian, and grew up in Athens, Greece. She studied drama at Vassar College, and her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming from *82 Review, Cactus Heart Press, Hypertrophic Literary, Fugue, and The Tishman Review. Alex's short film "Con Spirito," inspired by the college years of poet Elizabeth Bishop, is currently on the festival circuit.