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jkcalladineJacqueline K Calladine was born in West Bromwhich, England in 1964. She is an artist, placemaker and textile anthropologist working with a focus on environmental art and slow design practice. Her work explores the connections between people and place through the creation of artisan textiles, drawings and site specific installations. Investigations into local color, materials, and resources underpin Jacqueline’s practice, and the resulting abstract work maps both the artist’s external environment as well as her internal landscape. Through her thoughtful observation of place, she seeks to find meaningful connection with a land that isn’t her own while researching themes of dis-connection, migration and identity. Jacqueline’s work invites the viewer to both reflect upon their own relationship with place, and to celebrate the unique qualities of the locality in which her work is created.

sherrigambleSherri Gamble was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1973. She is a Seattle-based artist who channels her love of the physicality of art-making. Texture is the under-current, as each form and surface creates a story of its own. In the studio, she is often found working with plaster and other gritty sculptural materials. A decorative plaster artisan by trade, she has performed over 320 interior artisan finishes for design projects under her company, Earth House Studio. The ability to develop a narrative for her client’s homes through her interior artistry is what ignites and excels her work. In continuing to unearth her creativity, she began her journey in glass casting in 2009. She enjoys the method of casting as a way to preserve a moment and tell a story. It is through this process that the soul of a material is felt and experienced. Through receiving several scholarships to Pilchuck Glass School and Pittsburgh Glass Center, her talent for story-telling through texture continues to grow. To honor and share her passion for connecting art and community, she teaches and facilitates public art events in Seattle and across the U.S.

peterjuvonenPeter Juvonen was Born in Turku, Finland in 1951. He came to the United States when he was a child. He grew up in the Seattle area, committing himself to making art every day while working other part-time jobs to pay rent. After a period of time in Los Angeles, he returned to the Seattle area and developed his signature style: spirals, curls and whorls which earned him the epithet: “squigglemeister” from a Seattle newspaper. In 1990 he traveled to Italy for a year, and upon returning to Seattle began departure to other media, textiles, portraits, found objects, constantly discovering new tools — even credit cards — as a way to remain connected and produce work that is consistently joyful Cheap NFL Jerseys and fresh.

peterknoxPeter Knox was born in Detroit in 1960. He discovered his passion for creating beautiful things when he began training as a professional chef in his 20s. His fascination with color, texture, composition and balance influenced menu design and meal presentation in gourmet restaurants where he cooked, in Texas and California. One summer while visiting Aix-en-Provence with his family he took an open-air painting class and was hooked. He began experimenting in his Seattle-area barn, using different oil, acrylic and ink mediums much as he had as a chef. Moving to Paris in 2009, Peter joined an atelier with artists from around the world, and learned new techniques and use of creative tools through his network and daily exposure to the world’s great masters. From 2012-2015 Peter painted a wide body of work, on display at Seattle galleries, corporations and in public spaces, including large contemporary paintings and commissioned three-dimensional pieces, and he began experimenting with collages. Many of his pieces now hang in fine private homes in the United States and Europe. Peter takes inspiration from the work of his late mother who was an accomplished Artist herself, inheriting all of her supplies and materials. Peter is currently residing in Paris with his family.

liliLi Li 李笠 was born in Shanghai in 1961. In 1979, Li entered Beijing Foreign Language Institute, Swedish Department, and in 1983 began work at China Pictorial Press. He moved to Sweden in 1988, and there studied modern Swedish Literature at University of Stockholm. Li has published in Swedish (including Return –1995; and You Are the Hermitage — 1999), and has also produced a series of short television films, five of which have been broadcast on Swedish television.

lochingLo Ch’ing (Luo Qing) 羅青 was born in Qing Dao, China in 1948, but moved to Taiwan the following year. He has been a major innovative force in Chinese poetry and visual art since he began winning competitions as a student of classical painting in Taiwan in the late 1960s. These accomplishments in visual art proceeded in step with his first collection of modern-style poems, Ways of Eating Watermelon (1972). This was arguably one of the very first collections of post-modern poetry in the Chinese language, and indeed Lo, himself an accomplished scholar of literature as well as art history, was one of the leading proponents of post-modern criticism in Chinese throughout the 1970s and 80s. Since then he has continued working visually in brush and ink media in a variety of styles, and writing poetry.

Lv De’an 吕德安was born in Fujian Province in 1960. He enrolled as an art major in the Fujian School of Arts and Crafts in 1978, and shortly thereafter also began writing poetry. Though not naturally given to social interaction, and for decades has been famously laconic and even reticent to engage in artistic movements, he was nonetheless a founding member of both the “Friday Group” of poets and artists in the city of Fuzhou in 1983, and the “They Group” of poets in Nanjing in 1985, two seminal arts groups which helped to propel an entirely new sensibility in Chinese artistic and literary culture in the late twentieth century. Though not a prolific poet, Lv has produced numerous poetry collections, most recently Stones 顽石 (2000). His visual art has evolved considerably over the years, beginning with more realistic works, and gradually shifting, particularly after a three-year sojourn to New York City in the early 1990s, to entirely abstract oil painting. He currently resides in a small, self-constructed house in the mountains on the outskirts of Fuzhou, as well as New York.

joanstuartJoan Stuart Ross is a contemporary Northwest artist working in encaustic, mixed media and monotype. She earned an MA and MFA oakley outlet from the University of Iowa, a BA from Connecticut College and studied at Boston Latin School, Yale and the UW. Joan won the Betty Bowen Award from the Seattle Art Museum, the Kathe Kollwitz Award for her advocacy of women artists from the NW Caucus for Art, a Rome Fellowship from the NW Institute, an Artist’s Project Award from 4Culture, a Fulbright-Hays Grant to Vietnam and an Immigration Station commission from the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Joan was the Design Lead for the Jury Rooms at the Kent Justice Center. Recent exhibitions include Ryan James Fine Arts, Gwangju, Korea, Moses Lake & Tacoma Art Museums, RiverSea Gallery, and the University of Puget Sound. Joan has had artist’s residencies at Playa, Espy Foundation, Balestrand Kunsthaus, Pilchuck and Centrum. Her work is included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, State of WA, King County, Seattle Portable Works, Harborview Medical Center, the UW Suzzallo Library and the Museum of NW Art. She has served on the Founding Board of Seattle Print Arts, the Bumbershoot Festival Commission, Seattle Arts Commission and the Northwest Institute. Joan has taught Painting, Printmaking and Drawing, including a tenured position at North Seattle College. She is a partner in BallardWorks, Seattle, and maintains her studios there and in Nahcotta, WA.

williamturnerWilliam Turner was born in Tacoma in 1940. He is a widely shown Northwest artist whose paintings create a vibrant and energetic abstract art that is a sophisticated play of color and form relationships. The raw energy of his work celebrates the act of pure painting while abstract metaphors spring from his unique take on figurative and landscape references, demonstrating his masterly ability to balance chaos and order in paint. Turner earned his MFA from the University of Washington where he studied with Jacob Lawrence, the master colorist whose influence is evident in Turner’s expressive use of color. He also studied with two of the Northwest’s finest painters, Michael Spafford and Alden Mason. Both artists continue to inspire him. Chief among the Masters who have influenced Turner are Matisse and Velazquez. Mr. Turner’s work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country including solo exhibitions in New York, Tacoma Art Museum and near two decades of exhibitions with Foster/White Gallery, Seattle. A recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant, his paintings are part of the collections at the Washington State Art Commission, Tacoma Art Museum, Amgen Corporation, and many other private FC and corporate collections around the country.

yanliYan Li 严力 was born in Beijing in 1954. Yan’s contribution to contemporary Chinese art reaches back to its inception in 1979 when the first non-officially sanctioned artists took to the streets of Beijing — Yan Li among them — to demand artistic freedom as a basic human right. This group was named the Stars, and Yan Li was a founding member. Also in the late 1970s he was a founding member of the Misty Poetry group which again made an indelible mark on Chinese cultural history, transforming Chinese poetry from propagandistic boilerplate to fully realized form of self expression. In the decades following, Yan Li has continued creating visual art and publishing poetry in venues ranging from Beijing to New York, from Tehran to Sydney, and of course Shanghai, where he maintains his primary residence. As artist, poet, and arts organizer, Yan Li is a major feature of Chinese contemporary art scene.

yangxiaobinYang Xiaobin 楊小濱 was born in Shanghai in 1963 and currently resides in Taipei. After earning his Ph.D. at Yale University, he successively held teaching and research positions at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, the University of Mississippi, and Academia Sinica. He served as a special editor for Modern Poetry and PoetryNow in Taiwan and has published collections of poetry including Across the Sunlight ZoneLandscapes and Plots, and Raising a Cup to a She-Sun. He also has authored theoretical works including Negative Aesthetics: Artistic Theory and Cultural Criticism of the Frankfurt School, History and RhetoricThe Chinese PostmodernAtonal Cultural MomentThe Form of SensibilityThe Exile of Language, and Labyrinths, Vaudeville, and Strumming. In recent years, he has organized the “Post-Photographism: Trace and Palimpsest” exhibition in Beijing and Taipei, among other places, and he has published a collection of poetry about photography and the abstract, titled Palimpsest and Trace: Post Photographism.

zhongbiaoZhong Biao 钟飙 was born in Chongqing, China in 1968. He was educated at the Central Academy of Fine Art in Hangzhou, and is current a professor of painting at the Sichuan Academy of Art. He has held one-person shows in China, Singapore, Indonesia, South Korean, Japan, the United States, Germany and the UK, and has his work been collected by individuals and prominent art institutions throughout the world. His painting, which in recent years is both abstract and hyper, almost photo-realistic in quality, creates spellbinding juxtapositions of method and content at once. Described by one critic as a form of “visual archaeology,” Zhong strives to bring about the viewer’s awareness of deeper often invisible forms of energy and order which give rise to the phenomenal world.



Dianne Aprile teaches for Spalding University’s MFA program, where she lectures on ekphrastic writing. She teaches locally at Kirkland Arts Center and Hugo House. Her awards include a Hedgebrook residency, an Artist-Trust Fellowship, four UW-Whiteley Center residencies, and a team Pulitzer Prize for print journalism. She’s collaborated with visual artists in books and gallery shows.

Rick Barot has published three books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize, and Chord (2015).  Chord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award.  It was also a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.  Barot has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer. He lives in Tacoma, Washington and directs The Rainier Writing Workshop, the low-residency MFA program in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University.  He is also the poetry editor for New England Review.  In 2016 he received a poetry fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation.

Janée J. Baugher is the author of two ekphrastic poetry collections, The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach, 2013) and Coördinates of Yes (Ahadada Books, 2010). Her nonfiction, fiction, and poetry have been published in nearly 100 journals jordans for sale and anthologies, and she was catalogued in the 2010 bibliography, Poets on Paintings. Baugher organized an ekphrastic poetry panel for the 2009 AWP conference, and is currently writing a textbook of ekphrastic writing. Her website is JaneeJBaugher.wordpress.com.

Laura Lee Bennett received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. She is a past president of the Redmond Association of Spokenword. In December 2015, Laura Lee was among five women artists/activists honored in the show “[R]evolution” at VALA Eastside. Recently she collaborated with two poets, Chi Chi Stewart and Elizabeth Carroll Hayden, on I Am Not Cursed, a retelling of the Demeter-Persephone-Hades myth in three voices.

Emily Dietrich, poet and novelist, will join the throwback jerseys Redmond Association of Spokenword board in November. For reviews and essays, visit  http://www.magentic.org/. To learn about her novel in progress, Book of Forty, see Emily Dietrich Author on Facebook. For more of her poetry, visit her writing group’s blog, mhcpugetsoundwriters.com, or read her group’s collection, The Angled Road, written in response to Emily Dickinson’s “Experience Is an Angled Road.”

Josie Emmons Turner was a Tacoma Poet Laureate and teaches poetry, literature, and writing to high school seniors at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Washington.  She loves this work because most of her students will be first generation college students fresh to in-depth reading cheap nba jerseys and literature.  She is proud to be a member of the first, MFA graduating class of the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2007 and while she does not submit work for publication on an ongoing basis, her work has been published in regional and national journals such as California Quarterly and Floating Bridge Review.  She is married to artist William Turner and together they enjoy exploring the richness of life, creative dialog, and the mundane of feeding dogs.

Jeannine Hall Gailey recently served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington and the author of Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World,Unexplained Fevers,The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize, the upcomingField Guide to the End of the World. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner. http://webbish6.com/

Michael G. Hickey has a BA in creative writing (University of Arizona), and an MFA (University of Washington). His two books of poetry are In Defense of Eve and A Dress Walked by with a Women Inside. He is a tenured professor at South Seattle College and was elected Seattle’s eight “Poet Populist” in 2008. Students in his poetry course collaborate with art classes to produce work featured in the school’s art gallery.

Duane Kirby Jensen is a poet, painter, and publisher, and host of Everett Poetry Nite. The ekphrastic form has always been an aspect of his creative life. As a narrative poet he translates into poetry the worlds that he sees in paintings and photography. As an artist he has often turned poetry into paintings.

Deborah Kapoor makes mixed-media works about the distilled poetry within cultural markers. Recently included in Square Foot/Art Basel Miami, Encaustic in the Twenty-First Century, and Fiber Art magazine, she earned an MFA from University of Delaware and a BFA from University of North Texas. Kapoor Teaches at Bellevue College and local arts centers. See her work at Seattle’s ArtXchange Gallery or online at deborahkapoor.com.

J. I. (Judy) Kleinberg, a Pushcart nominee, is coeditor of Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington (Other Mind Press, 2015). Her poetry—found, ekphrastic, and otherwise—has appeared recently in OneDiagramPoemMemoirStoryOtolithsClover: A Literary Rag, and elsewhere. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, and blogs most days at chocolateisaverb.wordpress.com and thepoetrydepartment.wordpress.com.

Jared Leising is the author of a chapbook—The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio—and before moving to Seattle, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston.  In 2010, Jared curated the Jack Straw Writers Program, and he’s currently teaching English at Cascadia College.

Giuseppe Leporace received the “Laurea” in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Salerno, Italy, and an M.A. in Italian Literature from the UW. He has been teaching at the UW since 1990 and his area of expertise is Italian literature, Italian & American Poetry and translation. He translated in to English the entire body of work of renowned Italian poet Amelia Rosselli, and he is the author of the translation of the complete work in to Italian of American Poet Laureate and Pulizer Prize Winner, Mark Strand. His translations have been published by: Yale Italian Poetry,The Columbia Italian Poetry Review, Chelsea Poetry Review and Spoon River Poetry Review. He also enjoys creative writing and a collection of his short stories has been submitted for publication to Pellegrini Editore (CS) in Italy.

Rebecca Meredith is a poet, writer, and psychotherapist, as well as a RASP cofounder, who served as its coordinator and president for years. Her work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and performed in such venues as the Burning Word Poetry Festival, the Seattle Moon Viewing Festival, Redmond’s Arts in the Park, and on KUOW’s The Beat. Her novel, The Last of the Pascagoula, was published in 2011. She is a fellow of the Jack Straw Writers’ Program, an alumna of Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Colony, and served as the first Poet Laureate of the City of Redmond.

Shin Yu Pai,  A 2014 Stranger Genius Award nominee, is the author of eight books of poetry. Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, The United Kingdom, and Canada. Poems have been commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art twice and her work is also featured in the Poetry-in-Motion Program sponsored by DART. She has been a featured presenter at national and international literary festivals including the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival and the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival. In 2010, she became a member of the Macondo Workshop for Writers. Her essays and nonfiction writing have appeared in Tricycle, YES! Magazine, The Rumpus, City Arts, The Stranger, Medium,Thought Catalog, International Examiner, Ballard News-Tribune, Seattle Globalist, and ParentMap. She is founding editor of Lawrence & Crane publications. Shin Yu’s visual work has been exhibited work at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, The Paterson Museum, The American Jazz Museum, The Three Arts Club of Chicago, Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, and the International Print Center. She is a member of the Mother Load collective. Shin Yu has served as a poet-in-residence for the Seattle Art Museum and produced literary programming for the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Women’s Museum of Dallas, and the Rubin Museum of Art. She is former assistant curator for the Wittliff Collections. Shin Yu received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington, where she specialized in oral history. https://shinyupai.com/

Joannie Stangeland’s grandmother wanted her to be an artist, but words are her material. Joannie is the author of In Both Hands and Into the Rumored Spring from Ravenna Press, plus two chapbooks and a pamphlet, and her poems have appeared in Prairie SchoonerCimarron ReviewDMQ Review, and other journals.

Michael Dylan Welch, former poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, has had his poems, essays, and reviews published in hundreds of journals and anthologies. His latest books are Seven Suns / Seven Moons (with Tanya McDonald) and Becoming a Haiku Poet. Michael is also an avid photographer, and runs the poetry website http://www.graceguts.com/

Koon Woon is a China-born poet living in Seattle and writing in English. His two poetry collections are from Kaya Press. The Truth in Rented Rooms, a winner of the Pen Oakland Award, and Water Chasing Water, a winner of the American Book Award. He edits Five Willows Literary Review online and publishes Goldfish Press.

ZHANG Er was born in Beijing, China and moved to New York City in 1986. Her writings of poetry, non-fiction, and essays have appeared in publications in Taiwan, China, the American émigré community and in a number of American journals. She is the author of multiple books in Chinese and in English translation. She has read from her work at international festivals, conferences, reading series and universities in China, France, Portugal, Russia, Peru, Singapore, Hong Kong as well as in the U.S. She currently teaches at The Evergreen State College in Washington.