Amanda Scharf Home School Claremont 2017 Amanda Scharf is a writer and educator. Her poetry and creative non-fiction explore memory, visuality, and the fragment. In collaboration with visual artist Emma Berliner, her work has been shown at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at MOCA. Their collaboration examines the intersection of book and art object. Amanda lives in Los Angeles.

Amanda Scharf
Home School Claremont 2017

Amanda Scharf is a writer and educator. Her poetry and creative non-fiction explore memory, visuality, and the fragment. In collaboration with visual artist Emma Berliner, her work has been shown at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at MOCA. Their collaboration examines the intersection of book and art object. Amanda lives in Los Angeles.

Omotara James Home School Claremont 2017 Omotara James lives in NYC, where she is an MFA candidate. She is the recipient of Slice Literary’s 2016 Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets, as well as the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Crab Fat Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, Newton Literary, The Arkansas International and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from Cave Canem, the Home School and the Garrison Institute. Her poems have been anthologized in Civil Coping Mechanisms’ A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and was named a finalist for the 2017 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Recently, she was invited by Simone White to read at The Poetry Project, for their Wednesday Night Reading Series, which was spectacular.

Omotara James
Home School Claremont 2017

Omotara James lives in NYC, where she is an MFA candidate. She is the recipient of Slice Literary’s 2016 Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets, as well as the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Winter Tangerine, Crab Fat Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, Newton Literary, The Arkansas International and elsewhere. She has received scholarships from Cave Canem, the Home School and the Garrison Institute. Her poems have been anthologized in Civil Coping Mechanisms’ A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and was named a finalist for the 2017 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Recently, she was invited by Simone White to read at The Poetry Project, for their Wednesday Night Reading Series, which was spectacular.

Phil Spotswood Home School Hudson 2016 Phil Spotswood is a MFA Poetry candidate at Louisiana State University, where he also serves as the managing editor of New Delta Review. His work can be found in TAGVVERK, Hobart, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor of Cartridge Lit.

Phil Spotswood
Home School Hudson 2016

Phil Spotswood is a MFA Poetry candidate at Louisiana State University, where he also serves as the managing editor of New Delta Review. His work can be found in TAGVVERK, Hobart, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. He is a contributing editor of Cartridge Lit.

 
Langdon Ferguson Home School Claremont 2017 Langdon Ferguson is a Los Angeles-based writer and actor who grew up in Atlanta and Mississippi. She received her BA from Wellesley College with a concentration in Art History and Studio Art. Before settling in Los Angeles, she lived in Beijing, Shanghai, Amsterdam, and New York, during which time she worked in the curatorial department as a Luce Scholar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai and contributed reviews for the contemporary Chinese art publication ArtZine. In Los Angeles, she co-founded Art and Action LA, now a subsidiary of Not Man Apart Theatre, which helps fund and incubate local artistic productions. Currently, she works as a strategy consultant to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Langdon Ferguson
Home School Claremont 2017

Langdon Ferguson is a Los Angeles-based writer and actor who grew up in Atlanta and Mississippi. She received her BA from Wellesley College with a concentration in Art History and Studio Art. Before settling in Los Angeles, she lived in Beijing, Shanghai, Amsterdam, and New York, during which time she worked in the curatorial department as a Luce Scholar at the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai and contributed reviews for the contemporary Chinese art publication ArtZine. In Los Angeles, she co-founded Art and Action LA, now a subsidiary of Not Man Apart Theatre, which helps fund and incubate local artistic productions. Currently, she works as a strategy consultant to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Charles Kell Home School Hudson 2015 Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, IthacaLit, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Charles Kell
Home School Hudson 2015

Charles Kell is a PhD student at The University of Rhode Island and editor of The Ocean State Review. His poetry and fiction have appeared in The New Orleans Review, The Saint Ann’s Review, IthacaLit, and elsewhere. He teaches in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello Home School Miami 2016 Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox, which won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016) and the chapbook, Last Train to the Midnight Market (Finishing Line Press, 2013). The recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and fellowships from Kundiman and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative Magazine, and more. She currently serves as cofounding editor for Print-Oriented Bastards,  producer for The Working Poet Radio Show, and a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair.

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello
Home School Miami 2016

Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello is the author of Hour of the Ox, which won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016) and the chapbook, Last Train to the Midnight Market (Finishing Line Press, 2013). The recipient of two Academy of American Poets Prizes and fellowships from Kundiman and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, her work has appeared in Best New Poets 2015, Columbia: A Journal of Literature & Art, Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative Magazine, and more. She currently serves as cofounding editor for Print-Oriented Bastards,  producer for The Working Poet Radio Show, and a program coordinator for Miami Book Fair.