MFA Creative Writing Program


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Harold Abramowitz (2006) is a writer and editor whose books include, (!x==[33]) Book 1, Volume 1 by .UNFO (collaboration with Dan Richert, Blanc Press), Not Blessed (Les Figues Press), and Dear Dearly Departed (Palm Press).  He has contributed, alone and collaboratively, to various literary publications and projects, including P-Queue, The Physical Poets Volume 2, sidebrow, Abraham Lincoln, The West Wind Review, Little Red Leaves, Aufgabe, and GAMMM.  Harold also co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs and writes and edits as part of the collaborative projects, SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO.

Amanda Ackerman (2006) is co-editor of the press eohippus labs.  She is also a member of UNFO (The Unauthorized Narrative Freedom Organization) and writes as part of SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS.  Her publications include three chapbooks: Sin is to Celebration (co-author, House Press), the recently-released The Seasons Cemented (Hex Presse), and the forthcoming I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck (Insert Press Parrot #8).  Her work can also be found in several journals including the current edition of Little Red Leaves and The Encyclopedia Project:Volume F-K.

Daniele Adair (2007) is the recipient of the 2010 California Community Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship and the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts (Chicago, IL). Adair is the author of From JBAD: Lessons Learned (Les Figues Press, 2009), based on her time as ‘embedded media’ with US Forces in Afghanistan and designed after the US Counterinsurgency Field ManualAn excerpt from her manuscript, Selma, is featured in 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovation Fiction (Starcherone Books, 2011).

josé felipe alvergue (2004) is a Ph.D. candidate in the SUNY Buffalo Poetics Program.  His book, us look up/ there red dwells, was published by Queue Books in 2008.

Diana Arterian (2011) is currently earning her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing as a Merit Fellow at the University of Southern California.  She is on the founding board of Gold Line Press, a publisher of fiction and poetry chapbooks, and is a member of the design team for the press.  She placed second in the 2010 River Styx International Poetry Prize competition, and her poetry has appeared in River Styx and Iron Horse Literary Review.

Andrew Berardini (2006) is an art critic, writer and curator of contemporary art. He has published articles and essays in Frieze, Mousse, Fillip, Artforum, X-TRA, Artnet, La Stampa, Paper Monument, Angeleno, Art Review, Style and the Family Tunes (Berlin), Rolling Stone (Italy), Art Lies, ArtUS, LA Citybeat, LA Weekly, Artweek, Modern Painters, and Afterall. As an Assistant Editor at Semiotexte, he was a translator of the 2008 American edition of Jean Baudrillard's In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities and a research editor for the non-fiction book David Wojnarowicz : A Definitive History of Five of Six Years of the Lower East Side. As Adjunct Assistant Curator at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, he curated original projects include "The mullerstudio Musical Library" with artist Dave Muller in September 2008, "Camilo Ontiveros: Deportables" in Spring 2009, a collaboration between Yoshua Okon and Raymond Pettibon titled "Hipnostasis" in Summer 2009, and in September 2009, a never-before-produced public skywriting piece by Bruce Nauman. In 2010, he curated a solo project with Emily Mast at Steve Turner Contemporary, and a group show titled "Project and Assignments" on distribution strategies in conceptual art at the artists' space Saprophyt in Vienna. In October 2010, his monograph on the work of Los Angeles artist Richard Jackson was published by the Rennie Collection in Vancouver. He recently held the position of Adjunct Curator at LA><ART in Los Angeles.  He is Los Angeles Editor for Mousse and Senior Editor for Artslant.

Seth Blake (2012) is a writer and editor from New Hampshire, currently based in Los Angeles. His short fiction and reviews have appeared in Trop, [out of nothing], Nat. Brut, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. He has edited for Black Clock and Mark Z. Danielewski's The Familiar series. His absurdist, illustrated novelette, The Erotic Adventures of Batman, Vol. 1 was released in 2016 by Rhymes with Drop Books.

Sarah Burghauser is a New Jersey native who writes and teaches about Judaism, queer identity, and erotica. She has worked with Semiotext(e) Press in Los Angeles and has been awarded fellowships with the Lambda Literary Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. She has published with A Cafe in Space, the Anais Nin Literary Journal, Kirkus Media, and her essays have been collected in Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students Tell Their Classroom Stories (Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2011), and the photo series GENDERQUEER and Other Gender Identities by Dave Naz (Rare Bird Books, 2014). She lives in California. Her first book Infringe was published by Kol Isha in 2016.

Allison Carter (2007) is the author of a book, A Fixed, Formal Arrangement (Les Figues Press, 2008), and two chapbooks: Shadows Are Weather (Horse Less Press) and All Bodies Are The Same and They Have The Same Reactions (Insert Press). Her narrative project Sum Total was just released from Eohippus Labs: n°5. Her work has otherwise been published in Conjunctions, Joyland, P-Queue, 5_Trope, Fence, 3rd Bed, and other journals. Her poem ‘Razor Sharp Penny Candy’ was included in the Best of Fence: First Nine Years anthology. Her long poem, The Nests, is available from H_NGM_N.

Saehee Cho (2010) has had fiction featured in Shrapnel, Ex Nihilo, Sidebrow, decomP, BAP, PANK and {out of nothing}.

Andrew Choate (2003) is a sound artist and the author of Language Makes Plastic of the Body (Palm Press, 2006) and Stingray Clapping (Insert Blanc, 2012).  He contributes to Coda, Facsimile Magazine, Signal to Noise and the Wire. His audio work has been exhibited in London, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Rome and Yerevan.  As “The Unwrinkled Ear,” he hosts a weekly radio show on from 21:00-22:30 PST, Thursdays.

Katrina Coultun (2010) received the Marianne Murphy Award for emerging playwrights for her play Win, Place, or Show, a Frankenstein fairy-tale re-imagining of body modification.

Colin Dickey (2001) is the author of the nonfiction books Cranioklepty: Graverobbing and the Search for Genius (Unbridled Books, 2009) and Afterlives of the Saints (Unbridled, 2012).  He is the co-editor (with Nicole Antebi and Robby Herbst) of Failure! Experiments in Aesthetic and Social Practices.  His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Cabinet, TriQuarterly, and The Santa Monica Review.  He earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from USC in 2011.

Travis Diehl (2010) is an artist and writer who graduated with an Interschool degree from the CalArts Writing Program and the Photography and Media Program. His videos and prints have shown in such venues as the Hysterically Real Theater, Los Angeles; Curtat Tunnel, Lausanne; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. He writes for galleries such as New Capital, Chicago; Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles; Anthony Greaney, Boston; and Art Mûr, Montreal. He also writes for Artforum, and has pieces forthcoming in X-Tra and P.&Co. He edits the Los Angeles-based journal Prism of Reality.

John Dyer (1999) is currently a reporter at Newsday magazine.  In 2005, he traveled to the Balkans as a Fulbright Fellow.  From 2005 to the present, he has reported from the Balkans and the US for the Associated Press, ARTNEWS, The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, Christian Science Monitor, CNN Traveller, The Economist, GlobalPost and MSN Money.  His work includes investigative reporting, book reviews and multimedia journalism.

Lisa Dowda (2004) is a Brooklyn-based writer/producer of nonfiction, theater and television. She managed the Voltaire Underground Performance Space and hOstage tHeatre cO. in Chicago, and is currently the Program Director at Bond Street Theatre. She is an awardee of the Dramatists Guild Fund and the NYFA Fiscal Sponsorship Program.  In 2011, Dowda and collaborator Liz Ligon created a narrative and photo exhibition on New York’s sanitation workers, which was featured in the New York Times.

Ken Ehrlich (1999) is an artist and writer whose work focuses on the material, social and formal dimensions of the built environment. He has exhibited internationally in a variety of media, including video, sculpture and photography. He is the editor of Art, Architecture, Pedagogy: Experiments in Learning (2010) published by, and co-editor with Brandon LaBelle (1998) of Surface Tension: Problematics of Site (2003); Surface Tension Supplement No. 1 (2006); and What Remains Of A Building Divided Into Equal Parts And Distributed for Reconfiguration: Surface Tension No. 2 (2009), published by Errant Bodies Press. He currently teaches in Critical Studies at CalArts, in the architecture program at Woodbury University and in the Department of Art at U.C. Riverside.

David Eng (2005) is a Californian sound artist. He currently runs two art spaces in Los Angeles: Machine Project in Echo Park and Betalevel in Chinatown.

Malik Gaines (1999) is a writer and performer. Gaines performs with the group My Barbarian, which has presented experimental musicals in theaters and art institutions internationally, at venues including the REDCAT and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Participant, Inc., New York; De Appel, Amsterdam; The Power Plant, Toronto; Peres Projects, Berlin; El Matadero, Madrid; and the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen. My Barbarian was included in the 2005 Performa Biennial, the 2006 California Biennial, the 2007 Montréal Biennale, and participated in the 2007 Performa Biennial with a performance at the Whitney Museum, New York. Gaines has written arts journalism and criticism for numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, and has taught courses at CalArts, UC Irvine, California College of the Arts, and others. Gaines earned his Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at UCLA in 2010, and recently accepted an Assistant Professorship in Studio Art at Hunter College.

Jenn Hawe (2006) is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is the scholarship editor of the Packingtown Review.

Jeremy Hight (1998) is a locative and new media artist, writer, theorist and sound artist. He was one of the developers of the first locative narrative project, 34 North 118 West, and his essay Narrative Archaeology: Reading the Landscape was named one of the four primary texts in locative media by Leonardo, a leading journal of art, science and technology. He created the initial concepts for and wrote the text for Carrizo Parkfield Diaries, an earthquake data edited narrative of trauma and memory (in the Whitney Museum Artport). His project Floating Points was shortlisted for possible collaboration with the European Space Agency to run on the International Space Station in orbit.  He has published essays, articles and book chapters on locative media, new media, augmented reality, interface design, immersive educational tools, spatial internet applications, architectural theory, language theory and art.  He currently teaches new media at Mission College and CalArts.

Henry Hoke (2011) wrote The Book of Endless Sleepovers (forthcoming in 2016 from Civil Coping Mechanisms). Some of his stories appear in The Collagist, Electric Literature, Tierra Adentro and PANK. He co-created and directs Enter>text, a living literary journal in Los Angeles.

Katie Jacobson (2010) published her first zine, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, in October 2009.  Her writing also appears in valeveil’s casebokproject.  Along with alumna Andrea Lambert, she co-curated the LA literary series Featherless.

Steve Kandell (1999) is the Editor in Chief of the award-winning music magazine, Spin. His reviews and articles have appeared in Maxim, New York magazine and, among other publications. 


Anne-Marie Kinney published her debut novel, Radio Iris (Two Dollar Radio 2012), to critical acclaim.  Previously, she placed first in USC's Edward Moses Creative Writing Competition.  She has published in literary magazines such as Black Clock and the Indiana Review.

Douglas Kearney (2004) published his first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, in 2006 with Red Hen Press. His second manuscript, The Black Automaton, was chosen by Catherine Wagner for the National Poetry Series, published by Fence Books in 2009 and was a finalist for the Pen Center USA Award in 2010. His chapbook, Quantum Spit, was published by Corollary Press (2010). His poetry has appeared in journals including CallaloonocturnesjubilatNinth LetterWashington Square, mipoesias.comGulf Coast, Ploughshares and others; as well as several anthologies, including The Ringing EarBlack Nature, and the World Fantasy Award-Winning Dark Matter: Reading the Bones and Saints of Hysteria which features a collaboration between Kearney and Harryette Mullen. He has been a featured performer at venues across the country, including the New York Public Theater, the Orpheum in Minneapolis, Locus Arts in San Francisco and the World Stage in Los Angeles and has received commissions from the Weisman Art Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem to create poetry in response to art installations. A librettist, Kearney has written four operas, including Jungaeyé (excerpts published in Performance Research);Mordake (Erling Wold, composer), which premiered in 2008 at the San Francisco International Arts Festival; Sucktion (Anne LeBaron, composer), which was awarded a Multi-Arts Production Fund grant and premiered at Los Angeles' REDCAT in 2008 and has since been produced internationally; and Crescent City (LeBaron, composer), which was featured at the New York City Opera's Vox Festival in 2009. Additionally, Kearney’s work in theater includes an experimental play for children commissioned by KinderGarde (Word Play: A Word-Play, 2009), dramaturgy and lectures on dramaturgy, performance and performative typography.  He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and the Coat Hanger award, along with several fellowships and residencies, including Cave Canem, Callaloo, Idyllwild and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.  Kearney holds a position in African-American Studies and Poetry in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts.


Emily Kiernan (2011) Emily Kiernan is a writer and editor currently living in the bay area. Her novel, Great Divide, will be published by Unsolicited Press in the spring of 2014. Her short fiction has appeared in Pank, The Collagist, Monkeybicycle, decomP, The Good Men Project, Dark Sky, Redivider, JMWW, and other journals. In 2011 she was named a finalist for the Orlando Prize in short fiction, and her story 'A Fable' was included on the longlist for the Wigleaf Top 50 (very) Short Fictions of 2012. She is the co-editor of Birkensnake 6: Thing Theory and The Synchronia Project. More information can be found at

Amanda Kik (2000) After spending both her undergraduate and graduate years at California Institute of the Arts, Amanda moved to Northwest Lower Michigan in 2001. Here, she set roots in her community and has focused on her passions: food and art. In 2005, Amanda and her husband Brad founded Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology (née ISLAND), which builds strong communities through the intersections of art, farming, ecology and economy. At the heart of Crosshatch is the Hill House artist residency program, which offers time and space for artists of all genres to create new work.

Max Kim (2007) is the author of the novel One Break A Thousand Blows, published by Creation Books in 2008.

Soo Kim (1995) is an artist, writer and curator who has exhibited at Getty Museum, Sandroni Rey Gallery, L.A.; DCKT Contemporary, N.Y.; Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco; Pasadena Museum of California Art; DCKT Gallery, N.Y.; National Center for the Arts, El Salvador; Gwangju Biennale, Korea; Whitney Museum, N.Y.; and American Cinemateque, S.F.  She teaches photography at Otis College of Art and Design and Loyola Marymount University.

Cheryl Klein (2002) is the author of the novels Lilac Mines (Manic D Press, 2009) and The Commuters (City Works 2006), which won City Works Press’ Ben Reitman Award.  Her fiction has appeared in The Normal School, Other, and the anthologies Jane’s Stories III (Jane’s Stories Press) and Hunger and Thirst (City Works Press). She directs the California office of Poets & Writers, Inc., and previously co-edited the online queer fiction magazine Blithe House Quarterly. She blogs about art, life and carbohydrates at

Steven J. Knezevich (1997)) served as an editor of Grand Royal Magazine featuring cover stories about Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and the evolution of the synthesizer. He also helped to secure the etymology of the word “mullet” which appeared in the magazine for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary. Beginning in 2001, Steve joined Rockstar Games and began working on marketing and new media initiatives.  He has written about music and art for the LA Weekly, Art Issues, X-Tra and Sound Collector Audio Review. He is also a founder of Mean magazine, and an ongoing contributor.

Grace Krilanovich (2005) is the author of The Orange Eats Creeps (Two Dollar Radio 2010), which was selected as one of's Best Books of 2010 in the category of Science Fiction & Fantasy and was named a Top 10 Book of 2010 by Shelf Unbound. In October 2010, she was selected as a National Book Foundation 2010 "5 Under 35" Honoree.  Excerpts from The Orange Eats Creeps appeared in Issue 3 and Issue 7 of Black Clock. Her essay on shock rocker GG Allin and Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick appeared in Issue 4.  Krilanovich has been a MacDowell Colony fellow, and was a finalist for the 2009 Starcherone Prize.

Brandon LaBelle (1998) is a sound artist and writer. His work has been presented most recently at Image Music Text, London (2011), Sonic Acts, Amsterdam (2010), Instal 10, Glasgow (2010), Museums Quartier/Tonspur, Vienna (2009), 7th Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Allegro (2009) and Center for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (2009). LaBelle is the author of Acoustic Territories: Sound Culture and Everyday Life (Continuum, 2010) and Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art (Continuum, 2006). Through his work with Errant Bodies Press he has co-edited the anthologies Site of Sound: Of Architecture and the Ear Volumes 1 & 2 (1999, 2011); Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (2001); Surface Tension: Problematics of Site (2003) and Surface Tension Supplements I and II with fellow alum Ken Ehrlich; and Radio Territories (2007), along with a series of monographs (Critical Ear series) on sound and media artists.  He has numerous audio releases on international experimental music labels, and regularly produces works for radio. Upon completing his Ph.D. with the London Consortium, LaBelle undertook a post-doctoral project at the University of Copenhagen in Modern Culture and Sound Studies from 2006-2009. In 2008-09 he was Guest Professor at the Free University in Berlin, holding seminars on acoustic territories, spatial practice and the male voice. He lives in Berlin and is a professor at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway.

Andrea Lambert (2006) is the author of the novel Jet Set Desolate (Future Fiction 2008) and Lorazepam and the Valley of Skin: Extrapolations on Los Angeles (valeveil press 2011) which was published alongside the anonymously titled work 730910-2155. Lambert’s writings appear in 3:AM Magazine, You’ve Probably Read This Before, Chronometry and Lime Tea. She is currently working on a punk novella set in 1990′s Portland, titled Scaffolding.  She co-curates the Featherless reading series in Los Angeles.

Janice Lee (2008) is a writer, artist, editor, and curator. She is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness; a chapbook Red Trees, and Daughter, a novel (Jaded Ibis Press 2011).  Her work can be found in Big Toe Review, Zafusy, antennae, sidebrow, Action, Yes, Joyland, Luvina, Everyday Genius, elimae, Black Warrior Review and elsewhere.  In 2012, she was selected as the 1st Place Nonfiction Winner in the Annual Black Warrior Review Contest, judged by Jon D'Agata.  She is co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe and co-editor of the online journal [out of nothing]With Harold Abramowitz, she curates the LA Literary Calendar.

Felicia Luna Lemus (2001) is the author of two novels: Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003; Seal Press, 2004) and Like Son (Akashic Books, 2007).  Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including BOMB and ZYZZYVA, and has been anthologized in collections such as Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge (Mariner Books) and Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceanera Stories (HarperCollins).  She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at San Bernardino College.

Eric Lindley (2008) is an artist, writer, and musician working under the name Careful.  His work includes recorded and live "glitch folk," works of fiction, poetry, performance art, photography, and interactive installation.  He edits, with Janice Lee and Joe Milazzo, the literary journal [out of nothing].  His music has been performed at Juliard School of Music, The Royal College of Music (UK), The Knitting Factory–NYC, Glasslands Gallery, The Smell, Pianos (in residence), the STEIM Center, (Amsterdam, in residence), and Monte
Vista Projects.

Jonathan Mann (2006) has been writing one song a day since January 1st 2009. His songs have been featured on The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, CNN and MSNBC.

Dana Marterella (2000) is an associate professor of English and Humanities at Glendale College.  She is also a PhD student in UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures, where she researches themes of nationalism in literature, visual art and iconography in Latin America. 

Joe Milazzo (2008) has published writings on music and experimental sound practice in Copper Press,Paris Transatlantic Magazine, One Final Note and Bagatellen, for which he served as Editor-In-Chief from 2003 to 2005. His literary criticism has appeared in Electronic Book Review, The Dallas Morning News, The Collagist, and HTMLGIANT, and his fiction and poetry may be read in the pages of Drunken Boat,Black Clock, Antennae, Super Arrow, H_NGM_N, kill author, Exits Are, and elsewhere. He has new work forthcoming in Vinyl Poetry, at The Lit Pub, from the Little Red Leaves Textile Series, and in the Jaded Ibis Press anthology Dirty : Dirty.  Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, with occasional forays into and throughout Los Angeles, CA. He is the proprietor and editor of Imipolex Press, a co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe, a co-editor of the online journal [out of nothing], an Assistant Managing Editor for Black Clock, an Associate Faculty member in the Humanities at Collin College, and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Texas at Dallas. 

Amanda Montei is the editor of the literary journal P-QUEUE, and co-edits Bon Aire Projects with Jon Rutzmoser. Her poetry and fiction has recently appeared in Gigantic, Pinwheel, Joyland, Explosion Proof Magazine, Delirious Hem, PANK, and others. Her critical writing has appeared in American Book Review, Performing Ethos, Harriet: The Blog, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and Ms. Magazine. She is a contributor to the Ms. Magazine blog, and is currently a PhD student in the English department at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her book Two Memoirs: An Auto+Biography was published by Jaded Ibis in 2015.

Keiko Moreno (2009) is a theatrical set designer who has received critical acclaim for her  “abstract,” “trippy” and “cutting edge” sets. While earning her MFA in Writing at CalArts, Keiko helped to create mixed media art experiences for underserved populations in the LA area, including chldren with special needs and incarcerated youth.  She is the resident set designer with the Crown City Theater Company.

Robin Myrick (2005) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Aesthetic Studies at University of Texas, Dalls. 

Amarnath Ravva (2004) graduated from CalArts with a degree in Writing and Integrated Media.  His first book, American Canyon, is forthcoming from Kaya Press in 2012.

Andrea Richards (1999) is the author of Girl Director: A How-To Guide for the First-Time, Flat-Broke Film & Video Maker (17th Street Press 2001). She has written for Attaché, Bitch, BUST, SOMA, LA Magazine and L.A. Weekly.

Allie Rowbottom (2011) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Houston.

Kirsty Singer (2010) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine.

Braxton Soderman (2002) earned a Ph.D. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2011. He was awarded a 2011 Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipient Fellowship to expand his dissertation, entitled "Interpreting Video Games Through the Lens of Modernity."  He has published peer-reviewed journal articles in New Media Cultures; Space and Culture:
International Journal of Social Space; Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies
, and the Electronic Journal of Communication.  He has also produced a number of electronic media texts, including "mémoire involuntaire no. 1,” Electronic Literature Collection Vol. 2 (Spring 2010).  In 2009, he co-curated the exhibit Inappropriate Covers at the David Winton Bell Gallery.  He is now Assistant Professor of Communication and Interactive Media Studies at Miami University.

Denise Spampinato (2002) is a writer, freelance curator and documentary filmmaker. She is the editor of Pictionary Fictionary: Selected Writings of Gunter Brus (Green Integer Books).  While completing her doctorate in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine, she has been a visiting faculty member at the UCLA Department of Art and a writing instructor at Otis College of Art and Design.

Brad Spence (1996) is an artist, educator, writer and curator.  In 1999, he curated the first U.S. retrospective of the work of legendary early-1970s conceptual and peformance artist Bas Jan Ader.  His own artwork, reviewed in ArtForum, Xtra and other journals, has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including Other Paintings at the Huntington Beach Art Center, Under the Influence: New Art from L.A. at the H & R Block Artspace in Kansas City, and Color me mine at LACE in Los Angeles.  He is currently represented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery.

Sam Stern (2005) published his memoir, American Gangbang: A Love Story, with Simon and Schuster in Fall 2011.

Lauren Strasnick (2005) published her debut novel, Nothing Like You (Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster) in 2009.  It was an RWA RITA award finalist in two categories: Best First Book and YA Romance. In 2010, she published Her and Me and You (Simon Pulse/Simon and Schuster).  And Then You Were Gone is forthcoming in 2013.

David Stromberg (2005) is a writer and journalist currently based in Jerusalem. He writes on art and culture for publications such as The Believer, Nextbook, Forward, the St. Petersburg Times, the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.Stromberg is the author of "Saddies," "Confusies" and "Desperaddies," a trilogy of graphic collections inspired by the work of James Thurber. Stromberg's captioned cartoons capture a world forever out of sync with the normal, the rational and the so-called "well-adjusted." His latest graphic work, "Baddies," was published in October 2009.

Jennifer Styperk (2010) has published poetry in The Texas Observer and Language And Culture and has publications forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly and Open City.

Freyda Thomas (2001) is an actor, playwright and translator who earned her MFA from CalArts at 56. Her thesis play, The Gamester, an adaptation of a 1696 comedy of manners by Jean-Francois Regnard, received its world premiere in the spring of 2001 at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The Gamester was produced in 2003 by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and in 2005 by ACT in San Francisco, and published by Dramatists' Play Service later that year. Thomas has also translated and adapted Molière’s The Learned Ladies, which premiered off-Broadway and starred Jean Stapleton. Her other works include Tartuffe Born Again, a modern verse adaptation of Molière’s most famous work; The Heir Transparent, modeled after another Regnard comedy; and an adaptation of Goldoni’s romp The Mistress of the

Mathew Timmons (2005) is a poet, performer, editor and curator. His books include The New Poetics (Les Figues Press), Sound Noise (Little Red Leaves), The Archanoids (a cd of solo and collaborative sound poetries),CREDIT (Blanc Press) and Lip Service Where is it Written? from Imipolex Press, and After Darío from Molo Press. His visual and performance work has been shown at (323) Projects, LACE, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CCA, Outpost for Contemporary Art, ArtSpeak Vancouver, Machine Project at LACMA, UCLA Hammer Museum, and as part of ArtLA. Mathew works as the General Director of General Projects, editor of Insert Press, Los Angeles editor of Joyland, Co-Host of LA-Lit 2005-2009, and has curated events, readings and ephemeral art shows for Beyond Baroque, Betalevel, workspace, and REDCAT. His writing may be found in various journals including P-Queue, Flim Forum, The Physical Poets, Out of Nothing, Mammut, Area Sneaks, Try, Or, Emohippus, Luvina, Aufgabe and The Encyclopedia Project. His critical writing may be found in Artweek, Artillery, ArtSlant, The Magazine, The Poetry Project Newsletter and X-TRA.

Stephen Van Dyck (2009) curated the Washington Blvd & San Fernando Rd Concerts in 2008/09, all-day arts events where 80+ artists & citizens re-imagined unused urban space along the entire lengths of these streets (27 miles each) with installations, performances & car pool happenings. A similar event is in the works for Sunset Boulevard in 2011.

Andrew Vontz (1999) is a freelance journalist.  He has published hundreds of features, profiles, interviews, gear reviews, adventure travel pieces, humor essays and training stories in major national publications in addition to producing video, audio, and text content for the web.  A former editor of Mountain Biking magazine, he has written cover stories for Men’s Fitness, Spin, Real Fighter and many other publications. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Bestseller Hollywood Interrupted as well as Rolling Stone, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Outside, Bicycling, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Big Brother Skateboarding and dozens of other magazines.  He wrote, produced, directed, and edited the feature-length Kung Fu thriller, Wrath of the Ironhands.

Margaret Wappler (2002) is an arts and culture staff writer for the Los Angeles Times.   She has also been published in Black Clock, The Believer, Joyland, LA Weekly, Rolling Stone and the upcoming debut issue of Public Fiction. She read from her novel-in-progress at the Hammer Museum earlier this year with Ann Beattie, and also presented at the EMP Pop Music Conference at UCLA.

Emerson Whitney (2014) is the author of Ghost Box (Timeless Infinite Light, 2014) and Ecstatic (forthcoming). Emerson’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Bombay Gin, Jupiter 88, ENTER>text: 3 years, and &NOW AWARDS 3: The Best Innovative WritingDrunken Boat, Cream City Review, Agápē Journal, and Hold: A Journal. Emerson is a kari edwards fellow, REEF resident, professor at Los Angeles City College, and PhD candidate at the European Graduate School.

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