Juanita Anderson

Juanita Anderson, area head of Media Arts and Studies in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, is a veteran producer, executive producer and documentary filmmaker. A native of Detroit, she has previously held the positions of producer/director and production manager at WSIU-TV (Carbondale, IL), executive producer of Cultural Affairs and Special Projects for WTVS-Detroit Public Television, and series producer for WGBH-Boston. Her work has garnered numerous awards including seven regional Emmys, a DuPont Columbia Silver Baton and a George Foster Peabody Award. A long-standing advocate for diversity in public media and for independent media, Anderson has served on the board of directors of the Independent Television Service (1998-2005), and was a co-founder of the National Black Programming Consortium (now Black Public Media). Anderson is also a past president (1989-1991) of the National Conference of Artists (NCA), the nation’s oldest African American arts organization. She is currently a member of the NCA – Michigan Chapter’s board of directors and a member of Final Girls, an organization of women filmmakers in Detroit. Anderson is also an accomplished still photographer whose work has been exhibited internationally and is included in the permanent collections of Southern Methodist University and the Mott-Warsh Collection.

Raashad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome lives and works in New York City. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a BFA in art history at Tulane University in 2001. In 2004, he received a Certificate of Study in Digital Post Production from Film/Video Arts Inc. (NYC). In 2005, he studied Max/MSP programming at Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center (NYC). He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: the studio museum in Harlem (NYC), the National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), the Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MOMA PS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), and MUSA (Vienna, Austria). Recent awards include the 2017/2018 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, 2017 Rush Arts Gold Rush Award, and a 2011 the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

Regina Carter

Jazz violinist Regina Carter began taking music lessons at the age of two, first for the piano and later for the violin. Though classically trained, she started to become interested in jazz and funk when she was a teenager. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Michigan and enrolled in the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. She went on to receive her B.A. degree in music from Oakland University. In 1987, Carter joined the all-female pop-jazz quintet Straight Ahead, and appeared on their first three albums before leaving the band in 1991 and moving to New York City, where she performed and recorded with a variety of high-profile jazz and pop artists, including Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Max Roach and Oliver Lake. Carter released her first solo album, Regina Carter, in 1995. It was followed by Something for Grace in 1997, Rhythms of the Heart in 1999, Motor City Moments in 2000, Paganini: After a Dream in 2003, I’ll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey in 2006, Reverse Thread in 2010, Southern Comfort in March of 2014 and Ella: Accentuate the Positive in 2017. In 2006, Carter was awarded the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and in 2007, she was named artist-in-residence at her alma mater, Oakland University, for which she teaches master classes and works with students, faculty and ensembles. She also served as one of the Resident Artistic Directors for the discerning SFJAZZ during its inaugural season. Most recently, was appointed as the Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals.

Wayne Horvitz

Recipient of the 2016 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, composer Wayne Horvitz’s own ensembles include the Snowghost Trio, Sweeter Than the Day, and The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble. Horvitz’s commissioners include The Kitchen, The Seattle Symphony, Kronos, BAM, New World Records, The Flynn Theater, and Vienna Jazz. He has received 3 MAP Fund Awards, the NEA American Masterpiece Award, 3 Artist Trusts Fellowships and more. As a collaborator and producer, he has worked with Bill Frisell, Robin Holcomb, Butch Morris, Bobby Previte, George Lewis, Reggie Watts, John Zorn (Naked City Etc.), World Saxophone Quartet, Fontella Bass, John Adams, and Eddie Palmieri. Collaborators in theater, dance, and film include Carey Perloff, Bill Irwin, Gus Van Sant, Paul Taylor, and Paul Magid. “There’s nobody else out there I hear even attempting to cover some kind of similar range, and do it so convincingly” — All About Jazz

Ara Topouzian

Ara Topouzian is an Armenian-American musician whose proficiency at the kanun (Middle Eastern harp) has made him a nationally recognized artist. He has performed in concert, at music festivals and many celebrated venues across the united states, with the top musicians in Middle Eastern music. Topouzian’s traditional musical style keeps to his Armenian heritage but has expanded to include music from around the Middle East, as well as jazz, fusion, new age, and blues. The recipient of numerous awards, Topouzian’s music has been heard and sold around the globe. In 2012, Topouzian became an Kresge Artist Fellow and in 2015, he was honored as artist in residence for Farmington Hills, MI.

2018 Live Arts Panelists

Billy Mark

Billy Mark is an experimental artist whose work is rooted in the art of poetic freestyle. Based in poetry, his work extends to areas of music, theater, sculpture, movement and installation. His current work explores the production of improvisational books and other multidisciplinary long forms of improvisation. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, his writing has been published in The Guidebook of Alternative Nows and SEEN magazine. His work has been performed at REDCAT (Los Angeles), Spiel Festival (Austria), Detroit Contemporary, and Bushwick Open Studios (New York).

Billicia Hines

Billicia Hines is an Assistant Professor and is Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University. Previously, she was Director of Theatre at Elizabeth City State University. She began her formal training in drama in the high school program at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Thereafter, she attended NC Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC (BFAA, Professional Theatre) and University of Missouri at Kansas City (MFA, Acting). She is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, an organization in which she proudly holds the position of Associate Artist. Billicia has presented Michael Chekhov Acting Technique workshops throughout various universities and theatre conferences. Also, she has performed the one-woman shows, HeLa: the Immortal Cell Line of Henrietta Lacks, Testimonies Of Truth: Truth, Parks, and Giovanni, and Flying On Broken Wings: A Journey Through Domestic Violence. She has also found time to do voice-over work, independent films, and many other promotional videos.

Lisa Rose LaMarre Wilmot

Lisa Rose LaMarre Wilmot is a choreographer testing the boundaries of performance-based artwork and working to bring the art of dance away from the lofty stage and into the realm of everyday life. She is the Director of LaMarre and Dancers, a teaching artist for VSA Michigan, and has been instructing at Wayne State University since 2012. She is a member of both the Michigan Dance Council and National Dance Education Organization. Her choreography has been produced for Wayne State University, Grand Valley State University, Oakland University, ArtPrize7, DDC Dances, People Dancing, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Music Hall, Sidewalk Performing Arts Festival, ArtPeers, and numerous spaces nationally. Lisa, pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching Artistry, is a Presidential Scholar of Western Michigan University holding a Bachelor of Arts.

Marjani Fortè-Saunders

Marjani Fortè-Saunders is a choreographer, performer, organizer, and curator and is currently the co-director of Alkebulan Cultural Center of Pasadena, CA. She is a recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Performance Bessie Award as one of 21 Black Womyn Artists of Skeleton Architecture. Marjani is an inaugural recipient of the Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Fellowship and a two-time Princess Grace Foundation awardee. Memoirs of a…Unicorn is a recipient of the 2017 MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation Grant, and was named Dance Magazine’s Best of 2017. In 2016, as recipient of the Surdna Foundation, Marjani curated an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art in Brooklyn titled Being Here…in Memory. Marjani facilitates within UBW’s BOLD Teaching Network, offering their unique approach to community engagement and organizing.

Rulan Tangen

Rulan Tangen’s work explores movement as an evolving language, rooted in global indigenous cosmologies from her own lineage and cultivated through collaborative creation processes with diverse indigenous and intertribal peoples. She acknowledges dance as a functional ritual for transformation and healing, integral to the process of decolonizing the body, and in kinetic energetic connection with all relations – human and beyond. As Founding Artistic Director/Choreographer of Dancing Earth, she has passionately cultivated successive generations of indigenous contemporary performing artists, and embodies her belief in dance as a purposeful center of continuance of life. She is a recipient of the 2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Award and is grateful for all that roots her, supporting pathways for the dreaming and doing of Dancing Earth: moving, shaking, and stomping the world into renewal.

2017 Literary Arts Panelists

Lynn Crawford

Fiction writer and art critic Lynn Crawford is a founding board member of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), a 2010 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and a 2016 Rauschenberg Writing Fellow. Her books include Solow, Blow, Fortification Resort, a series of art-related sestinas, Simply Separate People and Simply Separate People, Two. Her latest novel (2016) is Shankus & Kitto : A Saga. Her work appears in various anthologies (Oulipo Compendium, Fetish, Brooklyn Rail, Fence) and journals (Art in America, Infinite Mile, Detroit Research, Hyperallergic, Tema Celeste, McSweeney’s, Lilies and Cannonballs, Parkett, Bookforum, Metro Times). Most recently she contributed a story, TNW and Me to The-N-Word, a monograph on African-American painter Peter Williams edited by Ryan Standfest, and an essay to Detroit, The Dream is now, a collection of photographs of art, food and design by Michael Arnaud (Abrams Books). Lynn earned a MSW from New York University and has worked in various psychiatric, community, hospital, museum and school settings. She lives with her family north of Detroit.

Kahn Santori Davison

Kahn Santori Davison is from Detroit, Michigan. He is formerly an art columnist for The Gazette News and Arts and Entertainment writer for the Michigan Citizen. He’s currently a music writer for the Detroit Metro Times. He has served as a creative writing instructor at Detroit Impact Community Center and Inside Out Literary Arts. He was one half of the poetry group Khaos and a co-star in the award winning play Mahogany Drams.

He’s been featured on the Boyce Watkins Show, Brenda Perryman Show, and others. He’s a Cave Canem fellow who’s works have been featured in The Alabama Poetry Society, The Entoitist, The Baltimore Review, London’s X-Bout, Barbaric Yap, Callaloo, Black Reniaissance Noire, and The Litchfield Review. He is author of the poetry book Blaze (Willow Books). He is the recipient of the 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellowship.

Janet Webster Jones

Janet Webster Jones, a native Detroiter, attended Detroit Public Schools for elementary and secondary education.  She graduated from Spelman College (B.A,) and Wayne State University (M.Ed.), and was employed as an educator in Detroit Public Schools for nearly 42 years serving students, families and the Detroit community in several positions: Elementary Education Teacher, Speech and Language Pathologist, teacher consultant, and Administrator and Staff Development Specialist.  Jones is currently the owner/operator of Source Booksellers, a unique niche of Non-fiction books located in Midtown Detroit.  Source Booksellers was among 50 best independent bookstore in the USA named by Huffington Post (April28 2017).  She resides in Detroit.

Anna Moschovakis

Anna Moschovakis’s most recent books are They and We Will Get Into Trouble for This (poems) and Bresson on Bresson (interviews with Robert Bresson, translated from the French). She is the author of two previous books, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, as well as numerous chapbooks and translations. She teaches in the MFA programs at Pratt Institute and Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and was the 2016 Holloway Lecturer in the Practice of Poetry at U.C. Berkeley. A longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, she recently co-founded Bushel, an art and community space in Delhi, NY. Her first novel, The Rejection of the Progress of Love, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

Brian McGuigan

Brian McGuigan was born and raised in Queens, NY and now lives in Seattle where he’s the Program Director at Artist Trust, a nonprofit arts organization providing grantmaking and professional development for Washington State artists of all disciplines. When he’s not working in the arts, he’s working on a memoir. His writing has appeared in Gawker, The Rumpus, Salon, The Stranger, The Weeklings, City Arts, and elsewhere and has received support from 4Culture, Artist Trust, and Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. In 2010, The Stranger shortlisted him for their Genius Award in Literature, and in 2011, City Arts named him one of Seattle’s Power 50 Culture Makers. For about a decade, he worked in programs at Hugo House, the second largest writers’ center in the country, where he devised and organized hundreds of literary readings, events, and programs.

2017 Visual Arts Panelists

Sabrina Nelson

Sabrina Nelson is a Detroit born painter, by degree from Center for Creative Studies. Influenced by Yoruba Religion as well as Eastern and African Philosophy

Sabrina has been a professional artist for over 36 years and an educator. As a studio artist at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she lectures and preforms art demonstrations. She is also on the staff for the College for Creative Studies.

Sabrina has lectured on the preservation of Black Feminism in Art at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. In addition, she has judged art competitions for over 27 years. Sabrina often interviews guest artist for the City of Detroit’s Culture video channel MyDetroitCable.

Work has been exhibited in MI,Florida, New York, Louisiana, Illinois and Ohio. Most recently she was invited to American University in Paris, France to participate as a sketching artist for the James Baldwin Confrence.

Valerie Cassel Oliver

Valerie Cassel Oliver is senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston were she has organized numerous exhibitions including Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970 (2005); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image with Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (2009); Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art (2012). In addition, she has mounted numerous surveys by such artists as Benjamin Patterson, Donald Moffett, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jennie C. Jones and Angel Otero, among many others.

Cassel Oliver has lectured widely and published extensively. She is the recipient of a Getty Curatorial Research Fellowship (2007); the prestigious David C. Driskell Award (2011) for scholarship in African American art; and the Arthur and Carol Kaufman Goldberg Foundation-to-Life Fellowship at Hunter College (2016). In 2009, she was selected as a fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership.

Jorge Rojas

Born in Morelos, Mexico, Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and art educator. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and uses traditional and new media and performance art to explore the creation and processes involved in artistic production. At the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, he oversees all education, community outreach, and adult programming initiatives for the Museum. Mr. Rojas’ work and curatorial projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US, including Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art, and White Box in New York; New World Museum and Project Row Houses in Houston; and the UMFA and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City. In 2009 he founded Low Lives, and international, multi-venue online performance festival, where he served as director, producer, and curator.

Sarah Rose Sharp

Sarah Rose Sharp is a Detroit-based writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist. She writes about art and culture, online and in print, for Art in America, Hyperallergic, Flash Art, ArtSlant and others. She was named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for Arts Criticism and was selected as a participant in the 2015 Art Writing Workshop facilitated by AICA/USA and the Art Writers Grant Program. She is primarily concerned with artist and viewer experiences of making and engaging with art, and conducts ongoing research in the state of contemporary art in redeveloping cities, including a process blog called Breakfast with the Artist.

John Sims

John Sims, a Detroit native, is a multi-media conceptual artist, writer and producer, and former Coordinator of Mathematics at Ringling College of Art and Design. His projects span the areas of installation, text, music, film, performance and large scale activism, informed by mathematics, the politics of sacred symbols/anniversaries and poetic collaboration. He is currently completing the Recoloration Proclamation, a 16-year multimedia project featuring: a collection of various Confederate flags installations, annual national Burn and Bury event, a play, a documentary film and the music project – AfroDixieRemixes.

He has lectured and exhibited both nationally and internationally and his work has been featured in Art in America, Sculpture, Transition, FiberArts, Science News, CNN, NBC News, New York Times, USA Today, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the science journal Nature.

2016 Film & Music Panelists

Njia Kai

Film&Music Njia KaiA native Detroiter and Howard University graduate, Njia Kai directs and curates major public events and cultural arts projects with a focus on community enrichment, and in support of placemaking initiatives. Her 30 years of production experience include the annual City of Detroit Tree Lighting, Art X Detroit and Noel Night in Midtown, the Wright Museum African World Festival, and the downtown entertainment series at Campus Martius Park. Njia has led arts-based summer and after-school programs for city youth and lends her expertise to a wide variety of community projects.

Frank Pahl

Film&Music Frank PahlFrank Pahl received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Wayne State University, Detroit and a master of fine arts degree in art and design with an emphasis in sound art from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has received over 80 commissions to write music for theater, film and dance and has performed throughout North America, Europe and Japan. His music has appeared on over 70 releases. Since 2000, he’s actively created kinetic sound installations, which are frequently designed to accompany his music. Pahl has taught sound design at College for Creative Studies, Detroit and sound-related courses at University of Michigan. His current music projects are Scavenger Quartet and Little Bang Theory.

Todd Chandler

Film&Music Todd ChandlerTodd Chandler is a filmmaker, musician, and interdisciplinary artist. His work has been featured at the Hammer Museum, the Torino Film Festival, Brooklyn Museum, Mass MoCA, 01SJ Biennial, and the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. His first feature film, Flood Tide (2013), documents and reimagines a journey down the Hudson River on a fleet of sculptural rafts dreamed up by the artist Swoon. He is the co-creator of Empire Drive-In and was a founding member of the Miss Rockaway Armada and the band Dark Dark Dark. He has received fellowships and support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Experimental Television Center, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. He teaches in the Department of Film at Brooklyn College.

Terence Nance

Film&Music Terence NanceTerence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Each of his siblings are artists: Norvis Jr. Djore, and Classi. Terence makes music under the name Terence Etc. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film has garnered Terence recognition from Filmmaker magazine, where he was selected as one of the 25 new faces of independent film. Oversimplification… also won the 2012 Gotham Award for “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You.” The film has since been released theatrically in the US, UK, France, and South Africa. It is currently available on DVD and Digitally through Cinema Guild. Terence currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – along with the rest of The Swarm and is currently developing his next feature film.

Pamela Z

Film&Music Pamela ZPamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist working with voice, sound processing, sampled sound, and video. A pioneer of live looping techniques, she creates works combining experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, processing, and gesture-activated MIDI controllers. She has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles including Kronos Quartet. Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan – including appearances at Bang on a Can (New York), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She’s shown installation works at the Whitney Museum (NY), Diözesanmuseum (Cologne), and Krannert Museum (IL). Her awards include a Doris Duke Artist Impact Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital, the Alpert Award, MAP Fund, ASCAP Plus Award, Ars Electronica, and the NEA Japan/US Friendship Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

2016 Live Arts Panelists

Penny Godboldo

Penny Godboldo completed her Ph.B. degree in Education at Wayne State University and holds an M.A. Degree in Humanities from University of Detroit in English, with a cognate in Dance/Theater. She trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Broadway Dance Center, Steps Dance Studio and the Martha Graham School in New York City. She mentored under dance Icon Katherine Dunham for over 20 years and is the only certified instructor of the Dunham technique in Michigan. She has taught and performed in the U.S. (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles) as well as Toronto, Canada and various countries including England, Scotland, France and Japan. Godboldo has conducted research: “Traditional Dance” and “Dance in Religion” in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Benin, and West Africa. Since 2006 she has frequently presented papers on her work at the KOSANBA Academic Colloquium, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Massachusetts University, Wayne State University, among other places. Professor Godboldo is currently in her 32nd year on faculty at Marygrove College, Artistic Director of the Hartford Baptist Church Liturgical Dance Ministry, and directs a community mentoring program through the arts, “Discovery: GAP” for adolescent girls and directs the Detroit Legacy Project each summer.

Carrie Morris

Carrie Morris is a director, puppeteer and performance artist with an interest in creating experiences that extend beyond the stage and out into the world.

Carrie’s work as a director and performing artist combines puppetry, multimedia and the gestural language of experimental theater. She has a BFA in directing theater from NYU and an MFA in studio art from U of M Ann Arbor. Her work has been seen in the New York International Fringe Festival, The Athens Museum of Art, Seattle’s Annex Theater, the Canadian Fringe Festival, the CATCH! New Artist Series in Brooklyn, NY, the Orlando International Fringe Festival, the Matrix Theater, as an invited artist working with the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, at The Flicker Film Festival in Richmond, VA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. She is a J. William Fulbright grantee in the field of performance art for creative work in multimedia shadow puppetry in Solo, Indonesia, a Princess Grace grantee in the field of theater for puppetry design and direction and for several years was the program manager of Puppetry and Performing Arts at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has been the director of CMAP (Carrie Morris Arts Production) since it was established in 2012 as a place where Detroiters can experience and explore contemporary puppetry, performance and multimedia works.

Aku Kadogo

Aku Kadogo is an international theatre director, choreographer, performer, educator and cultural arts curator. Kadogo has directed and created theatre works in Australia, Korea, Europe and the United States. This multi-faceted artist directs highly energetic, imaginative, original theatre works.She has served as the Director of the Black Theatre Program at Wayne State University, been a guest Faculty member at Yongin University in South Korea and is currently a Visiting Scholar at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Kadogo has worked in film, television and stage making her career debut in the original Broadway production of for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf.

She divides her time between Atlanta and Sydney, Australia..

Leyya Mona Tawil

Live Arts Leyya Mona TawilLeyya Mona Tawil is an artist working with dance and music practices. Tawil is the artistic director of DANCE ELIXIR and TAC: Temescal Art Center. Her work has been presented in Russia, Canada and 13 countries throughout Europe and the Arab world. Her approach to experimental performance is based on conceptual scoring and location based variables. She has discussed this process with author Linda Weintraub for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence; as well as interviews with NEA Art Talks, Art21 (NYC), Art Territories (Ramallah), Wall Street Journal and American Theater Magazine. Presentation highlights include New York Live Arts/Live Ideas (NYC), Dock11 (Berlin), MOCAD (Detroit), BIPOD9 (Beirut), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), TransDance15 (Cairo) and the Museum of Nonconformist Art (Saint Petersburg). www.danceElixirLIVE.org

Sarah Wilke

Live Arts Sarah WilkeSarah Wilke has served as the Managing Director of Seattle’s On the Boards contemporary performing arts center since 2004. Prior to OtB, Wilke worked as the Managing Director of Consolidated Works in Seattle, as the Associate Curator of Education at the Tacoma Art Museum, and at the Freer & Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC where she held various education, programming and curatorial positions. Prior to moving to Seattle, Wilke was a Fulbright Fellow in Sri Lanka. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) and received her Master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, MA). She has served as a panelist for the NEA, the National Performance Network, Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

2015 Literary Arts Panelists

Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel, finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2009 Lambda Literary Award, and Where the Apple Falls, a Poetry Foundation bestseller and finalist for the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Bashir is editor of Black Women’s Erotica 2 and co-editor, with Tony Medina and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art. Bashir’s poetry, stories, articles and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications including, most recently and forthcoming, in Poetry, World Literature Today, Ecotone, HOAX, The Normal School, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cura, The Normal School, Eleven Eleven, Cascadia Review, Hubbub, Callaloo and The Encyclopedia Project. Her long poem, Coronagraphy, was a 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee. A long-time communications professional focused on editorial, arts, and social justice movement building, Bashir is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches creative writing at Reed College. www.samiyabashir.com

renée c. hoogland

renée c. hoogland is Professor of English at Wayne State University where she teaches literature and culture after 1870, critical theory, cultural studies, and visual culture. She has published widely in American and British literature, film, visual culture, and critical theory. Her most recent book is A Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics after Representation (2014, Dartmouth College Press). hoogland is the editor of Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts.

Kim Hunter

Kim Hunter is life-long Detroiter employed in media relations for social justice groups. He has served as Poet-in-Residence in several Detroit public schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. He co-directs the Woodward Line Poetry Series which received a Knights Arts Challenge Detroit award in 2013. His work has appeared in Rainbow Darkness, Abandon Automobile, Triage, Hipology, Metro Times, Dispatch Detroit and Graffiti Rag. He has published two collections of poetry: borne on slow knives and edge of the time zone. In 2012, he received a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Literary Arts. www.kimhunterdetroit.com

Albert Mobilio

Albert Mobilio is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and the National Book Critics Circle award for criticism. His work has appeared in Harper’s, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Open City, Jacket, and Tin House. Books of poetry include Bendable Siege, The Geographics, Me with Animal Towering, and Touch Wood. A volume of short fiction, Games and Stunts was published in 2012 by Belladonna Books. He is an assistant professor of literary studies at the New School’s Eugene Lang College, an editor at Bookforum, and an editor for Hyperallergic Weekend.

Anne Waldman

Anne Waldman is a prolific poet, editor, professor and performer, creating radical hybrid forms for the long poem. Author of over 40 books, including the magnum opus, The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment, which won the PEN Center 2012 Award for Poetry. Her book Gossamurmur is an allegorical adventure and plea for poetry’s archive. She co-founded and directed The Poetry Project at St Mark’s in the 1960-70s and went on to co-found The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with Allen Ginsberg, where she continues to curate the Summer Writing Program. Widely traveled and translated, she has worked most recently in Morocco, India and France. Her most recent anthology is CROSS WORLDS (co-edited with Laura Wright). She is a recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013-14, and is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. www.annewaldman.org

2015 Visual Arts Panelists

Chakaia Booker

Born in 1953, sculptor Chakaia Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Booker began to integrate discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures in the early 1990s. Tires resonate with her for their versatility and rich range of historical and cultural associations. Booker slices, twists, weaves, and rivets this medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments. For her, the varied tones of the rubber parallels human diversity, while the tire treads suggest images as varied as African scarification and textile designs. Though she has adopted utilitarian jeans and work boots in her studio, she always wears a large, intricately wrapped headdress, which has links to her earliest wearable art and has become her fashion signature. Booker received a BA in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976, and an MFA from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with It’s So Hard to Be Green, her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker received a Pollock-Krasner grant in 2002 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. www.chakaiabooker.com

Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark’s work has been exhibited in over 300 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. Since 2006, she has been Chair of Craft /Material Studies in the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. Formerly, she was Baldwin-Bascom Professor of Creative Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of several awards including an Art Prize Grand Jurors Prize in 2014, a Pollock-Krasner grant, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, a United States Artist Fellowship and an Art Matters grant. www.sonyaclark.com

Elizabeth Dee

Elizabeth Dee is an American gallery owner and co-founder of Independent New York and Independent Brussels. Elizabeth Dee Gallery is located on West 20th Street in Chelsea, and has produced numerous groundbreaking and internationally-recognized exhibitions by such artists as Adrian Piper, Miriam Cahn (debut), Philippe Decrauzat, Derek Jarman, Leo Gabin (debut), Josephine Meckseper (debut), Ryan Trecartin (debut) and Mark Barrow, among others. Previously Dee established X Initiative, a nonprofit consortium of the global art community presenting exhibitions and programming in response to the major philosophical and economic shifts in Contemporary art. She was also recently included in Art + Auction Magazine’s list for the 100 most powerful figures in the art world.www.elizabethdee.com

Valerie Parks

Valerie Parks is a Detroit painter whose studio practice spans over the past 30 years, since her graduation from Wayne State University. She has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and her work can be found in area and national art collections. Parks worked for thirteen years at the Detroit Institute of Arts in the museum’s Learning and Interpretation Department, where she taught drawing and painting and curated many of the Detroit Public School Exhibitions at the DIA. Valerie Parks is also co-owner of TravelArt Services.

Senghor Reid

Senghor Reid develops figurative paintings and films that explore the connections between culture, art, science and our interactions with the natural environment. Currently an Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Schools, Reid received a BFA from the University of Michigan, a MAT in Art Education from Wayne State University and attended the internationally-recognized Marathon Program at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He has received several awards, including a Kresge Artist Fellowship in the Visual Arts (2009) and the prestigious Michigan Governor’s Emerging Artist Award. Reid has exhibited in galleries and museums in various parts of the United States and abroad including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Kentler International Drawing Space, St. Catharine Museum and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. www.senghorreid.com

2014 Panelists – Dance/Music

Left to Right:
Kristy Edmunds, Choreographer, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, founder of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
Johnny Evans, Composer, musician and bandleader
Karen Sherman, Choreographer, performer and scenic designer
Carl Craig, Grammy Award-nominated composer, producer, electronic musician and artistic director of Movement Electronic Music Festival
George E. Lewis, Composer, performer, professor and vice-chair of the department of music at Columbia University

2014 Panelists – Film/Theatre

Left to Right:
Shaun Nethercott,  Executive director and co-founder of Matrix Theatre Company
Brian Rogers, Director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York
Shay Wafer, Theatre director and executive director of New York-based 651 ARTS
Kenneth Cosby, Screenwriter, playwright, director, actor and artist in residence at Towne Street Theatre in Los Angeles
Sue Marx, Academy Award-winning director and producer

2013 Panelists – Literary Arts

Left to Right:
Wanda Coleman, Poet and author
Ken Mikolowski, Poet, editor, publisher and lecturer in English at University of Michigan
Claudia La Rocco, Performance critic for The New York Times and editor-at-large for The Brooklyn Rail
Bill Harris, Playwright, poet, critic and novelist
Robert Polito, Director of writing programs at The New School and incoming president of The Poetry Foundation

2013 Panelists – Visual Arts

Left to Right:
Hamza Walker, Associate curator for the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago
Shinique Smith, Visual artist
Rebecca Hart, Associate curator of contemporary art, Detroit Institute of Arts
Eric Fischl, Painter and sculptor
Nancy Mitchnick, Painter and educator

2012 Panelists – Literary Arts

Left to Right:
Thomas Lynch, Poet and author
Toi Derricotte, Poet and professor of English at University of Pittsburgh
John Yau, Poet, critic and weekend editor, Hyperallergic.com
Melba Joyce Boyd, Distinguished professor and chair of Africana studies at Wayne State University
Ishmael Reed, Poet, essayist and novelist

2012 Panelists – Performing Arts

Left to Right:
Don Byron, Composer, multi-instrumentalist, critic and educator
Thom Jurek, Music critic and staff writer, Allmusic.com
Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, Musician, Sweet Honey In the Rock, actress and educator
Laura Kuhn, Executive director, John Cage Trust and professor of performance art at Bard College
Michael Kondziolka, Director of programming, University Musical Society

2011 Panelists – Visual Arts

Left to Right:
Mary Fortuna, Exhibition director, Paint Creek Center for the Arts
Nick Cave, Artist
Fred Wilson, Artist
Anne Pasternak, President and creative director, Creative Time
Mame Jackson, Professor emerita, art history, Wayne State University

2010 Panelists – Literary Arts

Left to Right:
Cary Loren, Owner, Bookbeat
Lynne Tillman, Writer and cultural Critic
Thylias Moss, Professor, University of Michigan
Brad Leithauser, Professor, John Hopkins University (on monitor)

2010 Panelists – Performing Arts

Left to Right:
Grisha Coleman, Artist/assistant professor in arts, media and engineering, Arizona State University
Benjamin Hernandez, Curator of public programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Aaron Dworkin, Founder and president, Sphinx Organization
Greg Tate, Musician and writer

2009 Panelists – Visual Arts

Left to Right:
Susan Bandes, Former director, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University
Dick Goody, Associate professor and director, Oakland University Art Gallery
Lorna Simpson, Artist
Richard Tuttle, Artist
Aaron Betsky, Director, Cincinnati Art Museum (not pictured)