Brandon Brown  Lars Schwander  Gil Soltz   Andrew Berardini  Hatuey Ramos-Fermín  Beatriz Santiago Muñoz   Pedro Cabiya  Catherine Czacki  Jocelyn Evans
Daniel Coffeen  Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer  Gabriel Ritter  Christine Wong Yap

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown is the author of The Persians By Aeschylus (Displaced), The Poems of Gaius Valerius Catullus (Krupskaya), and Flowering Mall (Roof.) Recent work has appeared in The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Death and Life of American Cities, Poems By Sunday, and Art Practical. He publishes small press materials under the imprint OMG! and lives in Oakland.

Andrew Berardini

Andrew Berardini was born in California and writes for a living, mostly about art. Last year he co-founded the Art Book Review and installed a metaphysical disco into the Church of the Holy Shroud. This year, he’s co-curating shows at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin. Recent publications include ArtforumLA Weekly, and Purple, he is currently writing a book about color.

Pedro Cabiya

Writer, poet and filmmaker, Pedro Cabiya breaks into the literary world with the short-story collection Historias tremendas (Isla Negra 1999), which was declared Best Book of the Year by PEN Club International and the Institute of Puerto Rican Literature. In the following years, to great critical acclaim, he published Historias atroces (Isla Negra 2003) and the novels La cabeza (Isla Negra 2005),Trance (Editorial Norma 2007), Saga de Sandulce (Editorial Norma 2009) and Malas hierbas (Zemi Book 2011); all have acquired cult status. He has participated in numerous international anthologies such as La Cervantíada, Manual de Fin de Siglo, El arca, Literatura puertorriqueña del siglo XX and En el ojo del huracán.

Cabiya is also the creator of a number of harboiled graphic novels, namely Ánima Sola, Juanita Morel, Obelenkó, and Justin Time; founder and editor of film and literature magazine Bakáa; and producer of the TV and web show El Punto É. His unique voice alternates fantasy, satire and hyperrealism to produce works of great appeal where violence, love and horror casually intersect with technology, morality and instinct. Cabiya holds an MA in medieval literature from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Stanford University. He has lived in Spain, United States, Haiti and Puerto Rico. He currently resides in Santo Domingo, where he is Profesor Titular at the Universidad Iberoamericana and runs his own production company, Heart of Gold Films.

Daniel Coffeen

Daniel is an independent writer, reader, teacher, and philosopher living in San Francisco.

He has a PhD in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley where he taught adjunct for many years (he also taught graduate seminars in critical theory at the San Francisco Art Institute). Never considering himself an academic, Daniel works independently, writing about contemporary art, film, language, Deleuze, perception, Uni, capitalism, emergent shapes, pleasure, new media, and tequila.

He founded the once-exquisite as well as the mix-widget,  He makes money by naming products, writing copy, and branding companies.  But, frankly, he misses teaching.

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Catherine Czacki

Catherine Czacki attended the San Francisco Art Institute from 1999 – 2003, graduating with a BFA in New Genres. In 2004 she traveled to Poland, where she continued her artistic endeavors with the Rector Scholarship for Independent Research at the University of Warsaw. Catherine graduated from Columbia University with her MFA in May 2008 where she was the recipient of the D’Arcy Hayman, Kosciuszko Foundation, and Leopold Schepp Foundation scholarship awards. Recent exhibitions include ‘S-N-W-O’ at DREI Raum für Gegenwartskunst in Köln, Germany, ‘Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art’ at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, and ‘Walking Forward – Running Past’ at Art in General in New York. Starting in the fall of 2012, Catherine will be a PhD student in the Art History Theory and Criticism program, with a Concentration in Art Practice at the University of California, San Diego. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Jocelyn Evans

Jocelyn Evans will be a writer living in Mendocino County, California.

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer

Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer is an art writer, critic, and curator in Los Angeles. She edits the sporadic publication Pep Talk and has recently founded an experimental exhibition venture called Finley Gallery.

Hatuey Ramos-Fermín

Hatuey Ramos-Fermín is a professional amateur artist, educator and curator based in The Bronx, NY.

As an artist he uses a combination of documentary and fine arts practices to investigate issues related to urban spaces. He is part of meta local collaborative.  As an educator he has worked with community-based programs such as Communications Project of the Puerto Rico Public Broadcast Corporation, The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Teen Council, Center for Urban Pedagogy (C.U.P.) among other institutions and organizations. As a curator he has developed projects and exhibitions in traditional as well as non-traditional art venues including a security guard training school, community centers and churches, as well as restaurants and laundromats.  His work has been reviewed and/or published in the New York Times, Artforum, Public Art Review, Edutopia, DNAinfo, New York Daily News, among other publications. His work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally.

Hatuey has studied at San Juan Art League, received his B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Puerto Rico and has an MFA from St. Joost Art and Design Academy, Breda, Netherlands. Hatuey loves riding his bicycle everyday.

Gabriel Ritter

Gabriel Ritter is an independent curator and art historian specializing in modern/contemporary Asian art. He received a master of art history from UCLA, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Japanese art history. His recent curatorial projects include In Focus: The Humorous – Recent Video Art from Israel, Japan and Mexico (2011) at REDCAT, Tokyo Nonsense (2008) at SCION Installation L.A., and Out of the Ordinary: New Video from Japan (2007) at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. He has also contributed catalog essays to the monographs of artists Makoto Aida and Koki Tanaka. Gabriel currently lives in Tokyo, where he is a Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellow at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her work draws from experiments in film, anthropology, and theater and develops out of periods of observation and documentation in which the camera is present as an object with social implications and as an instrument mediating aesthetic thought. Recent exhibitions include: The Black Cave, Gasworks, London; Capp Street Project: Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, CCA Wattis; Parque Industrial, Galería Luis Strina y Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Trinh T Minh-Ha & Gregorio Rocha, TATE Film Programme. She is co-founder of Beta-Local.

Lars Schwander

Subject specialist in photography as an art form. Curator, editor and publisher.  Works exclusively at galleries, museums, The Royal Library and as an international photography consultant.  Director, Institute of Photography. Curates photographic exhibitions, edits photographic books, writes essays for photographic books. Subject specialist in photography as an artform, curator, editor, publisher, etc. Portfolio Reviews in Arles, Paris, Mexico DF, Copenhagen, etc. Photographer (Portraits of Björk, William Eggleston, Robert Frank, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman)
Composer. Boardmember.

Gil Soltz

Like many of us, I started writing horrible poems in middle school. It took me about ten years to make the best-move-ever and abandon a typically productive life for the chance to write full-time. July 2011 I earned an MFA from the Warren Wilson program for writers and I have been hard-at-work recovering my discipline in a year consumed by marriage and sickness. I work as a tour guide in Paris and am busily building my own brand of walking adventures while developing a number of fictions.

Christine Wong Yap

Christine Wong Yap makes art to elicit viewers’ optimistic or pessimistic attitudes, perceptions, and emotions. She works across multiple media— installations, sculptures, multiples, and works on paper. A longtime resident of Oakland, CA, she relocated to New York, NY last year.