April 18, 2018
Simon is a writer, copywriter and filmmaker based in Dublin, Ireland.
Audrey is a fancy secretary by day and a pre-nursing student by night and morning. She volunteers with DSA and reads in any spare minutes.
Watching "Éire" (dir. Simon O'Neill, poem by Audrey Huigens) and "Naming the Roses" (dir. Michelle Tsiakaros, poem by Kim Noriega) side-by-side, we believe each visual poem draws out thematic elements in the other that offers a visually rich exploration of what the experience of love, or its lack, can look and feel like in different phases of life. If "Éire" depicts young love lusting after something different, "Naming the Roses" depicts a reflection on a life of different types of love -- we look forward to hearing about the connections you see between them!
Michelle currently lives in LA. She is a filmmaker and photographer, prefers images over words. She is always striving to be better, while learning how to be kind to herself.
Kim Noriega was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and she moved to Southern California in her late 20’s. She is the author of the book, Name Me (Fortunate Daughter Press, 2010), the title poem of which was a finalist for the Joy Harjo Prize in Poetry. Her poem “Heaven, 1963” was featured in Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, “American Life in Poetry.” Her poem “Postcard to My Younger Self Beneath the Apple Trees” was a finalist for the 2016 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. Noriega teaches creative writing to all ages in recovery homes and public libraries, most recently in conjunction with the inaugural issue of the Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual (Garden Oak Press, 2017). She lives in San Diego with her husband and daughter, where she heads San Diego Public Library’s family literacy program.
Visible Poetry Project typically asks filmmakers to interpret poems and to turn them into short films; we also wanted to know what the reverse might look like. For this video, Kim Noriega created an original poem based on a short film directed by Michelle Tsiakaros, and recited it as a voiceover for the video. Kim writes, "I felt strongly about working within the framework of the film, in essence using it as a strict poetic form. This forced me to focus on compression and diction, which of course is true in poetry anyway, but with the images already chosen, there were limitations other than just space. I had to think in new ways. The reverse-visual poetry process was exacting and exciting. I feel like both the film and the poem stand alone and are more than the sum of their parts together. "
April 17, 2018
Born in Barcelona in 1964, Carles is licensed in Sciences of Information. Over the last 25 years, he's alternated between the most insipid literature and the accomplishment of the most sordid television programs in all the Spanish networks. In 1996, he published Cruel World, a commercial success. He is currently editing his next poetry book, and dedicates his works to the future unknown generations. His other multidisciplinary activities remain in hidden desks or have been punished by the law.
Shirley Jones-Luke is a poet and a writer. Ms. Luke lives and works in Boston, Mass. Shirley has an MFA from Emerson College. Her focus is poetry and memoir. She was a 2016 and 2017 Poetry Fellow at The Watering Hole Poetry Retreat. She was a 2015 and 2017 fellow at the Hurston/Wright Writer's Workshop. She was a 2005 Calderwood Teacher Fellow.
April 16, 2018
Laura is a London-based, French-Indonesian animator/art director with a keen interest in painting, drawing and printmaking. Folktales, mythology and their modern renditions are a big source of inspiration to her.
Shahé Mankerian is the principal of St. Gregory Hovsepian School in Pasadena, the co-director of the L.A. Writing Project, and a member of Pasadena Rose Poets. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Music Center's BRAVO Award, which recognizes teachers for innovation in arts education. His manuscript, History of Forgetfulness, has been a finalist at the Crab Orchard Poetry Open Competition, the Bibby First Book Competition, the Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Award, and the White Pine Press Poetry Prize. In 2017, three literary journals, Border Crossing, Cahoodaloodaling, and Lunch Ticket nominated Mankerian’s poems for the Pushcart Prize. Antioch University’s literary publication, Lunch Ticket, nominated Mankerian’s poem “Inner City with Father” for the 2017 Best of the Net Anthology. Recently, Shahé received the 2017 Editors’ Prize from MARY: A Journal of New Writing.
April 15, 2018
Hieu Gray is a poet and filmmaker from California. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from NYU’s inaugural low-residency program with workshops in Paris and a BA in Journalism/Creative Writing from Emory University. She has been a recipient of a national poetry fellowship from the Norman Mailer Center and has been a finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Gray’s work has been performed on stage for Emotive Fruition – a performance series bringing poets and actors together. She was a finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 and her poem “Ghost Song” was published in its literary anthology. Her digital video poems series “The Moving Words Project” includes a modern retelling of Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” which premiered at the International Video Poem Film Festival in Athens, Greece. For over a decade, Gray was an award-winning senior producer at CNN.
Sokunthary was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were sponsored to come to the United States and resettled in the Bronx where she grew up. She is currently poetry editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens, a founding member and Board President of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), a lecturer at the City College of New York (CUNY) in Harlem, and a recipient of the American Opera Projects' Composer and the Voice Fellowship for 2017-19 and the Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship for 2018. Her publication credits include Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time, FLESH, Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Perigee, and The Margins. Her first collection of poetry, Apsara in New York, is available from Willow Books.
April 14, 2018
Dan Hu is a 16 year old photographer and filmmaker currently attending the Bergen County Academies. He has a passion for telling stories however possible– including through writing, graphic design, photography, and filmmaking. Dan currently is the Director of Art for hackBCA and Graphic Editor for the Academy Chronicle.
David Holper has done a little bit of everything: taxi driver, fisherman, dishwasher, bus driver, soldier, house painter, bike mechanic, bike courier, and teacher. He has published a number of stories and poems, including one collection of poetry, 64 Questions, as well as a second forthcoming book from Clare Songbirds Publishing, The Bridge. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, and he has recently won several poetry competitions, in spite of his contention that he never wins anything. He teaches English at College of the Redwoods and lives in Eureka, California, far enough from the madness of civilization that he can still see the stars at night and hear the Canada geese calling.
April 13, 2018
A D is a writer/director with an advertising copywriting background, who has won awards for scripts and short films. Since 2010, she has made 12 shorts including a documentary and a couple of corporates. The most recent one was about British World War 1 poet Edward Thomas, created for the Directors UK Alexa Challenge 2017. Her next projects include a dark comedy short and a promo for a London bar, whilst also working with her literary agent to promote her film and TV scriptwriting.
William Henry Davies was born in South Wales, and spent many years drifting around the UK and USA. He spent his years as a peddler and street singer while living in homeless shelters and doss houses. He published his first volume of poems in 1905, and more poems and prose works followed, noted for Davies’ love of nature, childlike wonder, and simple descriptions of hard living. He caught the attention of the Georgian literati including George Bernard Shaw, W B Yeats and Ezra Pound as well as such eminent artists as Augustus John and Walter Sickert. “Leisure” was first published in a collection called Songs of Joys and Others in 1911.
April 12, 2018
Amiro Mo doesn’t know how to spell his real last name. He loves donuts, thin-cut fries, and existential conversations with strangers. He experiments with film as feeling, curious less about our differences than about the ways we are the same and enchanted with the world as it is but even more so with the world as it could be. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he is currently pursuing an MFA in writing and directing at NYU Tisch.
Bill Neumire's first book, Estrus, was a finalist for the 42 Miles Press Award. His poems have appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Beloit Poetry Journal, and The Awl. He teaches high school literature and lives in Syracuse, New York with his family.
April 11, 2018
Marc is a visual artist living in Jamaica, Queens. His work consists largely of fantastical figures contending with the struggles we face in our waking lives.
Janis Butler Holm has served as Associate Editor for _Wide Angle_, the film journal. Her prose, poems, and performance pieces have appeared in small-press, national, and international magazines. Her plays have been produced in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
April 10, 2018
Corbin Louis is a poet and performer from Seattle Washington. He is a recording artist and MFA graduate at University of Washington Bothell. Corbin’s work has previously been featured in Best American Experimental Writing, Clamor Magazine, Atticus Review, The Visible Verse Film Festival and others. The author seeks to extend stage performance through design mediums and visual rhythm. Ink becomes saliva and sweat. Salt water and whispers. The poet lives!
Shannon Sankey's poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming at the Academy of American Poets, Rogue Agent, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Weeklings, Atticus Review, Pretty Owl Poetry, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a 2017 Academy of American Poets University & College Prize. She holds an MFA from Chatham University, where she was the Whitford Fellow. She is the founder of Stranded Oak Press.
April 9, 2018
Rebecca Shapass is a filmmaker and multi-media artist born, raised, and based in New York City. She creates scripted, yet uncanny non-narrative works, as well as found footage and diaristic films. She also makes digital text collages, installations, and performances. Her work often explores womanhood and ideas on femininity. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Film and TV and Art History. Rebecca is currently NURTUREart’s Video Artist In-School Resident. She has also been an artist-in-residence at Signal Culture in early 2018.
Jessica Hagedorn is a poet, playwright and novelist. Published works include Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, Danger And Beauty, and Dogeaters, which won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has a long history of collaborating with different artists, and is excited to be working with filmmaker Rebecca Shapass and Visible Poetry Project.
April 8, 2018
Michael Rodriguez is a writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared on Funny Or Die, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Thought Catalog, Points In Case, The Annual Varsity Show and more. He is a student of the Upright's Citizen's Brigade and member of the BMI Lehman Engel Librettist Workshop. He received his B.A. in Film and Media from Columbia University where taught the CUFP Screenwriting Workshop and co-founded the first digital sketch comedy group, CUSS. He's worked with Above Average, Tribeca Film Festival, Rooftop Films, HBO and Creative Artists Agency. He currently lives in New York City.
Daniel Tompkins was raised in Virginia and putzed around in the army for several years before completing a degree in creative writing at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn with his dog, Chewie, who is very cross-eyed.
April 7, 2018
Born 1959, Johannes studied at Dun Laogharie School of Art (IADT) in Dublin, Ireland. Since 1981, he participated in exhibitions and video/film festivals in Europe, Asia, Australia, America and Africa. In 2007, photography, installation, and printmaking became his main disciplines. In 2012, he created his first video installation, followed by his first films in 2014. In the same period, he became interested in performance arts. Since 2014 conducted several video and performance collaboration projects with artists from Taiwan, Russia, Netherlands and Germany. In 2017 devolped a performance workshop titled Unfolded & Unwrapped. In 2016-2017, he made a series of videos in collaboration with the theater group DFT Stage (St.Petersburg, Russia) related to the poems of the Russians poets Alexander Blok and Anna Akhmadova.
Jennifer Tonge's work has been supported by The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Ucross Foundation, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She lives in Salt Lake City.
April 6, 2018
Jane was born in Rustington, West Sussex, UK. Trained as a typographer by the University of Reading, England, Jane Glennie practiced for many years as a jobbing freelance designer. Moving closer towards contemporary art, she took her Masters Degree in Art & Space at Kingston University, London, with Distinction. She creates installations incorporating film and publications. A key technique in her films is to take hundreds of photographs, which are edited and sequenced into rapid ‘flicker films’ and combine them with composite soundtracks. Films may exist on their own, or may become part of installations that they are projected into. Bringing her background in design and art together, and along with artist Robert Good, she crowdfunded the publication of ‘A New Dictionary of Art’ – a conceptual book that attempts to tackle the question of what is art through 3,000 definitions of a single word. Jane Glennie’s films have been shown by PoetryFilm at the Hackney Picturehouse and Reykjavik, Iceland; in Art Language Location in Cambridge, England; and on Visual Container TV as part of the 29th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, La Friche La Belle De Mai, Marseille, France.
Brittani Sonnenberg enjoys multiple creative dalliances: poetry, fiction writing, journalism, and performance. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications like Time Magazine, NPR, Austin Monthly, TinHouse.com and Tribeza. Her fiction has been published in places like Ploughshares, the O'Henry Prize Series, and Short Fiction. Her novel, Home Leave, was selected as an Editor's Choice by the New York Times. She serves as a visiting lecturer for Hong Kong University's MFA Program, and is based in Austin, Texas.
April 5, 2018
Dana Sink lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, daughter, three cats, one dog, and a frog. Recently, Dana draws inspiration from his four year old daughter. He creates allegorical animations that she can relate to. His paintings, films, and animations have been seen in galleries and museums internationally. His achievements include several group and independent exhibitions, being featured in various articles and publications, including a book on Savannah, GA, and receiving awards for his paintings in various exhibitions. His films have received recognition in several film and animation festivals and his work has been seen on MTV and MSNBC.
Christina M Rau is the author of the sci-fi fem poetry collection Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017), and the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (Dancing Girl Press, 2014). She is also the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY. She teaches English at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Poetry Editor for The Nassau Review. Her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and in various literary journals, and her prose has appeared in Poetry Has Value and Book Riot. In her non-writing life, she teaches yoga occasionally and line dances on other occasions.
April 4, 2018
Eduardo studied at the Drama Art School of my hometown Gijón (Spain), then moved to Madrid, where he lived for twenty years and studied Spanish Language and Literature at UNED. He worked as an actor, theater teacher, while also writing poetry and short stories. In 2012, he started to make videopoetry. He is interested in exploring and mixing the limits of poetic and cinematographic languages. He loves working with actors in his videos, using them as a vehicle to talk about strong and deep emotions. Currently, he lives and works in Stockholm.
Luisa A. Igloria is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world's first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of the chapbooks Haori(Tea & Tattered Pages Press, 2017), Check & Balance (Moria Press/Locofo Chaps, 2017), and Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015); plus the full length works The Buddha Wonders if She is Having a Mid-Life Crisis (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, March 2018), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (selected by Mark Doty for the 2014 May Swenson Prize, Utah State University Press), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, Montreal, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She teaches on the faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University, which she directed from 2009-2015.
April 3, 2018
Katherine Oostman was homeschooled, studied at Oxford and worked the Sochi Olympics. She concerns herself with the dramatic, philosophical, and futuristic, so a debate about morality in space is her ideal. Contact her if you’d like to engage in one. She has worked on an array of films, documentaries, live and narrative television, novels, articles, photographs, and designs. She spends her free time rock climbing and collecting far too many books. She has her MFA in Film Production at Florida State University, but has always held her masters in fort building.
Alex Stolis lives in Minnesota. This poem is from the collection "Postcards from a Knife Thrower."
April 2, 2018
Gordon Shoemaker is a writer, filmmaker, and professional tall person from a lovely farm in Malvern, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, he currently lives in New York City where he works as an Assistant Director, 1st AC, and Gaffer on a myriad of local sets. He is available for hire, either as a crew-member, or to personally reach things for you on very high shelves. His first independent short film, "Lara," will be premiering at the Garden State Film Festival in March 2018, and he is absolutely thrilled to be a part of this year's Visible Poetry Project!
Elaine Equi is the author of many books, including Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, Click and Clone, and most recently, Sentences and Rain. All are published by Coffee House Press.
April 1, 2018
April Xiong is a writer, director, and editor with an especial interest in movement, or its lack. Her short film Aisha screened as a finalist at the Fusion Film Festival. Having traveled the world in search of unheard stories, she is devoted to exploring the voice of the other in her films.
Adam Pivirotto is a freelance filmmaker and editor based in Brooklyn. In 2016, he completed a two year art and education fellowship at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, during which he wrote and directed two short films and a full length play. His short film, METHODS, was featured on FilmShortage.com and premiered at the Richmond International Film Festival in March 2017. He recently edited the web-series ETHNIC BEST FRIEND, which is a featured staff pick on Stareable.com.
Hettie Jones is the author of 25 books--both prose and poetry--the first published in 1971 and the most recent in 2016. She is currently working on a short story collection and a volume of new and selected poems. Jones lives in New York City's East Village, and teaches in the Graduate Writing Program of The New School, and at the 92nd St. Y and the Lower Eastside Girls Club. She is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all at once.