Erica Charis holds a B.F.A. from York University. Her poetry has been published in Borderline and FUSION and her cross-disciplinary collaborative work has been performed at Lesley University and the Lydia Fair among other community venues. She’s an alum of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and opened for Henry Rollins at the Association of College and Research Libraries annual conference in 2013. She works professionally as a librarian at the Berklee College of Music and posts excerpts of and links to her work at lettheceleryrot.wordpress.com/poetry.
Sara Marhamo is a visual artist and costumer for dance, performance art and the multimedia experience. Inspired by the moving body and the moving image, her designs blur, define or exaggerate the form in various contexts enabling the body to become a part of the kinetic sculpture.
Her artwork is informed by the making process and glorifies the maker and the discards– the often overlooked parts of garment production. Her handiwork can be seen most notably on stage with the Boston Ballet and in smaller productions in the Boston area and beyond. Sara has a BFA in fashion design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Caroline Rufo has been a visual artist for over twenty years. A New Englander, Ms. Rufo has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art. From 1993 until 2003 she was a founding member of “The Tea Group”. This group of six artists met to collaborate, exchange ideas, and exhibit their work in a series of shows. In 2002 they were profiled in a book about women’s groups and Ms. Rufo appeared with the group on “The Today Show.”
She has been included in the Fuller Museum’s Triennial Exhibition; has exhibited her work at Brandies University’s, Women’s Studies Research Center; Drift Gallery; the Arno Maris Gallery; The Warwick Museum of Art; and many other locations throughout the eastern US. She is represented by Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, MA and Mt. Dora Florida; and by Studio Hop in Providence, RI. Her paintings appear in private and corporate collections in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan.
Caitlyn Pozerski is a multi-media artist who specializes in video and sound installation, audio engineering, performance, and projection mapping. Her recent works have explored the world of vibro-acoustics–the effect of sound waves on the mind and body. Using sound as a medium she creates immersive environments that trigger brainwaves ranging from beta to delta. Her background in music performance is the foundation of these developing works. Pozerski is currently attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design pursuing a BFA in the Studio for Interrelated Media.
Holly Thompson is the author of the young adult verse novels The Language Inside and Orchards (both Delacorte/Random House), and the forthcoming middle grade verse novel Dragon’s Mouth (Henry Holt). She is also author of the novel Ash (Stone Bridge Press), the picture book The Wakame Gatherers (Shen’s Books), the forthcoming picture book The Twilight Chant (Clarion), and she edited Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction—An Anthology of Japan Teen Stories (Stone Bridge Press). A native of Massachusetts but a longtime resident of Japan, she is a graduate of the NYU Creative Writing Program, writes poetry and fiction for youth and adults, and teaches academic and creative writing.
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Emily Jawadekar recently moved to Boston from Northampton, MA. She went to Mount Holyoke College, and graduated in 2010 with a BA in psychology and dance. Emily was a teacher for four years teaching yoga and dance to children and elders, and also piano lessons to kids. Emily loves the arts, and likes using her creativity. She has a great interest in song writing, singing, playing the piano and guitar. Emily also loves dance of many forms, and choreography. She is now getting into film making in Boston.
Iman R. Louis-Jeune is a Brooklyn native and currently a student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design attaining a BFA in the Studio for Interrelated Media Program. The mediums that she works in the most are: animation, video, fashion design, writing, and dance. With her animation and video work, she experiments with traditional 2D, film, stop motion, and digital techniques. Her fashion work pulls inspiration from a lot of different places, movies, plays, books, color, etc.—generally, she designs her own textile designs, draws her own illustrations, and works very hard on her garment construction. Usually, she writes fictional stories with the intention of using them with her animation work. She was trained in Modern Graham Technique at Mark Morris starting at the age of 8 until she was 15. She then moved on to take Ballet and Jazz at Alvin Ailey for two years before becoming a part of the Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project in Fall 2013. Her work is very process-oriented, detailed, and she often shifts between narrative and conceptual ideas.
Jenny Proscia is an artist who works in a variety of performative mediums such as musical performance and performance art. Through performance Jenny has a conversation with ideas of gender and identity explained through symbolism in poetic words and visuals. She also works heavily in the curatorial arts such as gallery management and producing/planning events. Currently, Jenny is attending Massachusetts College of Art and design attaining her BFA in the Studio for Interrelated Media.
Raquel Kober, cellist. Under the empty Montana sky there grew up a girl named Raquel who started playing the cello when she was ten. She worked very hard and became quite good, but she only played what other people told her to play. Then one day many years later, when someone asked, “what do YOU want to play?” she realized she had no answer. So she bought one-way plane tickets for herself and her trusty cello Roscoe and flew far away from everything she knew in search of her voice.
Alice Rufo is a dancer who enjoys playing piano and creating visual art. A high school freshman, she has been studying dance for over 11 years. Performance history includes Dance Prism Nutcracker, Jose Mateo Nutcracker, Needham High School JV Dance Team and performances with Needham Dance Theatre and Charles River Ballet.
Gyorgy A. Porkolab came to ballet dance classes as an adult for the purpose of physical rehab for a ripped Achilles tendon. He has stayed with ballet classes for the excellent general physical fitness benefits and for the great joy of moving to music. He started ballet classes circa 1988 and has taken ballet open classes in New York State, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, and Massachusetts: specifically with Ithaca Ballet, Cornell University Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet, Russell School of Ballet ( the Home of the Fairfax Ballet ), Washington Ballet, Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington DC, Jose Mateo Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet, International Ballet Academy of Norwell and the New England Movement Arts Center. He has appeared on stage at the Boston Opera House as a non-dancing character actor supernumerary with the Boston Ballet in their production of La Bayadere in November of 2010. He has recently expanded his dance training and in 2014 started taking Argentine Tango dance classes at both the MIT and Harvard University dance clubs. In 2013 he resumed taking piano lessons again after a 50 year sabbatical leave from the piano (humor intended). He has had half a dozen of his poems published in half a dozen literary journals. Gyorgy earned his Ph.D. at Cornell University in electrical engineering and materials science specializing in micro- and nano-technology research and development in which he has authored 20 research papers published in peer-reviewed-and-refereed and archival learned-journals.
Jessie Hansen is an artist currently living in Jamaica Plain and working to discover her calling by learning to listen to the little voice inside her. She often creates work with elements of collage and assemblage and is delving in the possibilities of film, dance, acting, performance, and music at present.
Ethan Pravetz hails from West Orange, NJ and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown, MA. He began performing at age 14 with his high school marching band and color guard, and has been a member of World Class marching arts ensembles such as the Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and Blessed Sacrament Color Guard. Since moving to Boston for school, he began training in ballet at Boston University and the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater School, circus arts (including aerial silks, handbalancing, and contortion) at Esh Circus Arts, and gymnastics at Cambridge Community Gymnastics. Ethan is currently performs with DanceVisions, a Boston-based contemporary ballet company. When he isn’t dancing or studying, Ethan works as an EMT and CPR instructor at Boston University and enjoys reading, video games, dreaming up new tattoo ideas, and being upside-down.