ÖYKÜ TEKTEN

Co-founder of Pinsapo

Öykü Tekten is a poet, translator, and editor living between Granada and New York. Her work has appeared in Jadaliyya,  Monokl Journal, No Infinite, and several literary journals and anthologies in Turkey. Currently in the PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center, she has co-edited and published work by Gregory Corso with Lost & Found and the CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. With the archive fever for all things poetry, she gets the privilege of spending a great deal of time with ageless spirits while chain smoking and drinking good wine.

SELIM TEMO

Poet / Scholar

Born on 27th April 1972 in the village of Mêrîna in Êlih (Batman), Selim Temo is a poet, translator, and scholar. He worked as a columnist for Radikal newspaper between 2013 and 2014. His poetry and other literary works have been translated into German, Azeri, Flemish, French, English, Kurdish (Kurmanjî, Sorani, and Kirmanjkî), and Turkish. Temo was fired from the Artuklu University, along with other academics who signed the Academics for Peace petition in 2016, and cannot leave Turkey due to the travel ban imposed by the Turkish State.

SUAD AMIRY

Author / Architect

Suad Amiry (Arabic: سعاد العامري‎) is an author and an architect living in the West Bank city of Ramallah. She studied architecture at the American University of Beirut, the University of Michigan, and the University of EdinburghScotland. Her book Sharon and My Mother-in-Law has been translated into 19 languages, the last one in Arabic, which was a bestseller in France, and was awarded in 2004 the prestigious Viareggio Prize in Italy. She has recently won  Tamayouz Excellence Award’s Women in Architecture and Construction prize for Woman of Outstanding Achievement.

ANNE WALDMAN

Poet / Scholar

Anne Waldman is a poet, performer, professor, editor, literary arts curator, and cultural activist. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including the 1000 page feminist epic The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House 2011), which was the winner of the 2012 PEN Center USA Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of the Shelley Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets. She also received a long-life achievement award by the Before Columbus Foundation in 2015. She is one of the founders of the Poetry Project at St Mark’s Church In-the-Bowery and co-founded the Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Summer Writing Program with Allen Ginsberg and Diane di Prima, a program she continues to curate in the summers. You can view her work here.

WILLIAM CAMPONOVO

Poet / Educator

William Camponovo received his MFA in poetry from the University of Washington and studied creative writing pedagogy at Antioch University (Los Angeles). His work has appeared in The Seattle Review, The Los Angeles Review, Best New Poets 2011, Iron Horse Literary Review, and online at Poetry Northwest. Currently in the PhD program at the CUNY Graduate Center, William spends most of his time writing about the poets Adrienne Rich, Harryette Mullen, and Alice Notley, a fact about which he could not be happier.

AMMIEL ALCALAY

Poet / Translator

Poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar Ammiel Alcalay teaches at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. His books include After Jews and Arabs, Memories of Our Future, Islanders, and neither wit nor gold: from then. His translations include Sarajevo Blues and Nine Alexandrias by Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinović. He is the General Editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, a series of student and guest edited archival texts emerging from the New American Poetry, and was the recipient of a 2017 Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award for this work.

NICOLA MASCIANDARO

Writer / Scholar

Nicola Masciandaro (Professor of English, Brooklyn College, CUNY) is a writer and theorist in the spheres of medieval literature and mysticism. Some principal themes of his work are: individuation, sorrow, decapitation, commentary, metal, alpinism, love, anagogy, and paradise. He is author of The Voice of the Hammer (Notre Dame, 2017), Sufficient Unto the Day (Schism, 2014), and On the Darkness of the Will (Mimesis, 2018).

DEVIN BRAHJA WALDMAN

Musician / Composer

Devin Brahja Waldman is a New York multi-instrumentalist and composer. He has collaborated with his aunt Anne Waldman since the age of ten. As a saxophonist, standout performances have been alongside William Parker, Patti Smith, Heroes Are Gang Leaders, Malcolm Mooney, Thurston Moore, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Land Of Kush, Nadah El Shazly and Yoshiko Chuma. Waldman was nominated for the 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters composer's award. You can view his work here.

 

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RICHARD AREA

Poet / Playwright

Richard Area is a writer, playwright, and cultural critic/provocateur. He is the
founder of the Psychic Readings Theatre Company. For words: rarea.info

SAHAR MURADI

Poet / Educator

Sahar Muradi is a writer, performer, and educator. She is author of the chapbook [ G A T E S ] and co-editor of One Story, Thirty Stories: An Anthology of Contemporary Afghan American Literature. Recipient of the Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award and fellowships from Kundiman and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Sahar has an MFA from Brooklyn College and an MPA from NYU. Sahar works in the poetry and arts-in-education programs at City Lore and dearly believes in the bottom of the rice pot. You can view her work here.

KURT RALSKE

Video Artist / Musician

Kurt Ralske's video installations and performances enact a dialogue with history: an exploration of the past that proposes new futures. He is interested in the political dimensions of the imagination. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and 2015, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Alongside his art practice, Kurt is active as an improvising musician and composer. You can view his work here.

FERNANDO QUIGUA

Psychotherapist / Writer

Fernando Quigua appears writing, art bruting, brooding, and practicing dream ekphrasis and psychotherapy in New York City, where he persists (& just says no to hashtag). He has been awarded several fellowships, honorable mentions, and many more youth soccer trophies to speak of (& just says Yes to Love).

DEMET ARPACIK

Singer / Scholar

Demet Arpacık is a doctoral student in the Language, Context, and Culture strand of Urban Education department at CUNY Graduate Center. Arpacık's project is concerned with the Kurdish language activism in Turkey, its transformation, its relation with the state and its apparatus as well as language ideologies. Her broader interests include multilingual-critical education, transformative and social emancipatory educational and linguistic practices.

FRANCO MASCIANDARO

Writer / Scholar 

Franco Masciandaro (Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University, 1971) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Connecticut and a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature. He is the author of La conoscenza viva: Letture fenomeno-logiche da Dante a Machiavelli (Longo, 1998), The Stranger as Friend: The Poetics of Friendship in Homer, Dante, and Boccaccio (Firenze University Press, 2013), and co-author with Peter Booth of Dante/Hafiz, Readings on the Sigh, the Gaze, and Beauty (Pinsapo Press, 2017), among other works.

MIRIAM ATKIN

Co-founder of Pinsapo

Miriam Atkin is a poet and critic based in New York whose work has been largely concerned with the possibilities of poetry as a medium in conversation with avant-garde film, music, and dance. She teaches writing and literature at the City University of New York. You can view her work here.

SOUSAN HAMMAD

Writer / Educator

Sousan Hammad  has written features, essays, and op-eds for Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera America, where she was a contributing writer. During her graduate studies in Paris, she collaborated with Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish to translate a series of poems set in the city of Haifa. In 2015, Hammad’s poetry appeared alongside award-winning photographer Tanya Habjouqa in the book Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine as one of the best photo books of 2015. Born to Palestinian parents and raised in Texas, she is the ninth of nine children. She  lives and teaches in Red Hook, Brooklyn. You can view her work here.

NAJWAN DARWISH

Poet / Editor

Born in Jerusalem, Najwan Darwish is a poet, journalist, editor, and cultural critic. The New York Review of Books has described him as "one of the foremost Arabic-language poets of his generation." In 2014, NPR included his book Nothing More To Lose as one of the best books of the year. In 2009, Hay Festival Beirut pronounced him one of the 39 best Arab writers under the age of 40. Darwish's work has been translated into over 20 languages.

IEMANJÁ BROWN

Educator / Activist

Iemanjá Brown has worked as an educator in various settings, organizing around environmental justice through direct action and artistic projects with young people. An English PhD student at the Graduate Center, CUNY, she teaches at Queens College. Her research focuses on queer poetic attunement to the Anthropocene. You can read some of her writing here.

TATIANA ISTOMINA

Multimedia Artist / Writer

Tatiana Istomina is a Russian-born multi-media artist and writer living in New York. Her projects have been featured in exhibitions and screenings across the US and abroad; venues include Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, the Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum, Gaîté Lyrique, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.  She holds a PhD in geophysics from Yale University (2010) and MFA from Parsons New School (2011). She is a contributor to several art magazines, such as Art in America, Hyperallergic, Brooklyn Rail and other publications.

ETHAN GOULD

Artist / Writer

Ethan Gould is an artist and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. By imagining organic life to be an agglomerative,
haunted pattern, the steps from object to animated and back again become uncanny, and present in all assemblages. His drawn work has appeared in The Observatory at Proteus Gowanus, the fake biology textbook Suspicious Anatomy, Postmedieval journal, and Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Exercises for Rebel Artists. @Spectralhouse

JONATHAN WOOD VINCENT

Varmint

Jonathan Wood Vincent has been singing since he cried on his mother's bosom and writing since he learned how to read. He learned to move when he crawled out of his mother's womb and learned the piano when he touched the one in his parents house. He's been putting all these things together ever since despite a lot of other distractions. He and his work have no redeeming social merit or institutional connections otherwise and he is happy with this.

ANAÏS MAVIEL

Vocalist / Community Organizer

Anaïs Maviel's work focuses on the function of music as essential to settling common grounds, addressing Relation, and creating utopian future. Involved at the crossroads of mediums - music, visual art, dance, theater and performance art - she has been an in-demand creative force for artists such as William Parker, Steffani Jemison, César Alvarez, Jennifer Lacey, to name a few. She performs extensively in New York, throughout North, South & Central America, and Europe. Her solo debut hOULe, out on NY based Gold Bolus Recordings, received international acclaim. You can view her work here.

BIRHAN KESKIN

Poet / Editor

Birhan Keskin was born in 1963 in Turkey. She graduated from Istanbul University with a degree in Sociology. Her first poems began to appear in 1984 and since then she has published several collections of poetry in Turkish. She has also worked as an editor for a number of prominent publishing houses in Istanbul. Keskin was the 2005 winner of Turkey’s prestigious Golden Orange Award, as well as the 2011 winner of Metin Altıok Poetry Award.

ADJUA GARGI NZINGA GREAVES

Multimedia Artist

Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves (NYC, 1980) is an artist concerned with postcolonial ethnobotany, the limits of language, and archive as medium. She is a Maître D', curator of the Monday Night Reading Series at the Poetry Project, Site Director of Wendy's Subway Reading Room in Bushwick, and Young Mother of The Florxal Review.  She lives and works in New York City.  You can view her work here.

BEJAN MATUR

Poet

Bejan Matur was born of an Alevi Kurdish family on 14 September 1968 in southeast Turkey. Her published works include Rüzgâr Dolu Konaklar (Winds Howl Through the Mansions) (1996) and Tanri Görmesin Harflerimi (God Must Not See The Letter of My Script) (1999), among others. Matur, who believes there is no frontier between poetry and life, travels the world like a long-term desert nomad. She stops by Istanbul, a city she sometimes lives in. You can view her work here.

ABIODUN OYEWOLE

Poet / Educator

Abiodun Oyewole is a poet, teacher, and founding member of the American music and spoken-word group The Last Poets, which laid the groundwork for the emergence of Hip-Hop. Over the years, Oyewole has collaborated on more than a dozen albums and several books. He travels around the world, performing poetry and teaching workshops.

SARA DENIZ AKANT

Poet / Performer

Sara Deniz Akant is a Turkish-American educator, poet and performer. She is the author of Babette, selected by Maggie Nelson for Rescue Press' Black Box Poetry Prize and published in 2015, as well as Parades (Omnidawn 2014) and Latronic Strag (Persistent Editions 2015). You can view her work here.