Frank James Meuschke received his B.F.A in painting at S.U.N.Y The College at New Paltz and his M.F.A in painting with a minor in landscape studies at New Mexico State University. He has attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, The MacDowell Colony, Henry Street Settlement, and Weir Farm residencies and has exhibited his work most recently at La MaMA Gallery in NYC, The Mills Gallery at Boston Center For The Arts, and the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut.

Mohammed Naseehu Ali, a native of Ghana, is a writer and musician. He is the author of The Prophet of Zongo Street, a short story collection. Ali’s fiction and essays have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Mississippi Review, Bomb, A Gathering of Tribes, Essence, Open City and other publications. He was the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Eve Aschheim is an abstract painter and draftsperson who seeks to create dynamic abstract structures that exist between categories of thought.  Her interests do not fall under the categories of image, object or design. She is after something more elusive and less stable—implied motion, states in the midst of change, a fictive reality that exists between multiple visual constructions.  An interest in geometry, drawing, and the creation and alteration of pictorial space inform her work.

David Birkin is an artist based in New York. Born in London, he studied anthropology at Oxford University, fine art at the Slade, and was a fellow of the Art & Law Program, and the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus alum, is the author of several books including Redbone (nominated for NAACP Outstanding Literary Works), Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics.

Born in Ecuador, Felix Endara is a transgender New York-based independent filmmaker, programmer, and arts administrator whose films have screened at festivals including Berlin, Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, DOC NYC, and Mill Valley. From 2008 to 2012, he programmed Arts Engine’s documentary screening series DocuClub, which he toured to Mexico City and Silver Spring, Maryland.

Diane Huling holds two performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, with post-graduate work from Westminster Choir College.  She has worked with Maria Luisa Faini, Leonard Shure and Dalton Baldwin, as well as performing in master classes for Paul Badura-Skoda, Greta Kraus and Malcolm Bilsson.  Ms.Huling's teaching career is extensive, beginning with public school music in Vermont, private school music in Cambridge, MA, and college teaching at Dartmouth College, Lyndon State College and Johnson State College, where she received full professorship before taking an early retirement.

Cate Marvin is the author of Fragment of the Head of a Queen and World’s Tallest Disaster both published on Sarabande Books. World’s Tallest Disaster was selected by Robert Pinksky for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and also received the Kate Tuft’s Discovery Award. She was honored with a Whiting Award for Fragment of the Head of a Queen and was a 2007 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. She teaches in many places including Columbia University’s MFA program and is the co-founder of VIDA, the organization of Women in Literary Publishing.

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a Bird, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Trojan Women, Infinity’s House, Helen, The Persians, Oedipus, Ajax in Iraq, Kissing the Floor and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London.

BA, Harvard University. PhD, Brown University. Special interest in American studies. Author of Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a SuperpowerThe Triumph of Meanness: America’s War Against Its Better SelfTheir Last Battle: The Fight for the National World War II MemorialLike a Holy Crusade: Mississippi 1964The Crowd in American Literature, and American and English Fiction in the Nineteenth Century.