Resident Alumni Updates

David Morse

This is the final version, slightly expanded, of an earlier draft on Huffington Post. It's being blogged elsewhere and has been picked up by, the Enough! Project, and other web-sites. My hope is that it will open a dialog that needs to take place, the sooner the better, around the question of how to avert war When South Sudan votes to secede from the North next year.

Gary Whitehead

While at BMC last summer, Henri Cole and Naoe and I would put the hens to bed. One day Henri gave me a photocopy of a glossary from a book about chickens. Touched, I wrote a poem for him called "A Glossary of Chickens," which I left tacked to the kitchen door. Paul Muldoon sent me an email this morning [Jan 21, 2010] accepting that poem for The New Yorker. Yay!

Kermit Frazier

The first chapter of my unpublished memoir, "Piecing the Puzzle: Coming of Age in Anacostia," will be published in the next issue of CALLALOO (May/June). The piece is called "Drive," the first draft of which I wrote while in residence at BMC in 2001.

Lizette Wanzer

I'm happy to announce that I'm one of the winners representing San Francisco's District 6 in the annual, local Poets 11 competition. The district kick-off was on March 24th; the citywide kickoff event is May 8th at 1 PM, at the SFPL Main Branch. I am reading at both events.

Frank B. Wilderson III

In February 2010, Duke University Press will publish Frank Wilderson’s monograph on cinema, politics, and race: Red, White, & Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms.

Frank B. Wilderson III, the award winning author of Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid, is one of two Americans to hold elected office in the African National Congress, and former insurgent in the ANC’s armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. His captivating memoir received the American Book Award, the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award, the Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement of the Highest Order, and the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

In the late '80s, Frank Wilderson used his life story to help college students understand South African apartheid, a popular political cause of the day on US campuses. Educated in the hard-knock school of activism amid the Black Panther Party and UC Berkeley's famous student uprisings, Wilderson went on to settle in South Africa; once there, he simultaneously taught university classes and assisted in the African National Congress' revolutionary actions. But years later, he was informed that President Nelson Mandela saw him as "a threat to national security." Wilderson's memoir, Incognegro, builds off the author's complex personal history to reach a nuanced analysis of race and transnationalism.

Paul Rucker

For those of you that missed my Cornish College show, new videos have been posted of Proliferation – an animation illustrating the rapid proliferation of the US Prison system set to music. The complete video will be posted and released next month. Also posted is Four Score – an interactive installation that is a play on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and four graphic music scores.

Also, a video that documented some of my 50 cello concerts for the site-specific program is now on YouTube. You can view Strange Fruit here.

I’m working on the Trails Project, a project about the trail system in King County. This is a public art commission from 4Culture to create art inspired by the trail system. During this project I’ll be walking large portions of the trail, while creating new art work inspired by the trails. Later there will be performances and other aspects that will be open to the public. I’ll keep you informed.

I’m playing several shows over the next few months including The Stone in NYC, Earth Day at Earthworks in Kent, WA, and a May Day Music Marathon at Town Hall in Seattle entitled May Day! May Day! Dates and times are listed on my calendar.

I hope to have my solo cello CD complete soon before the upcoming shows.

Kirsten Stolle

My work from the "Anatomy of A Future Forest" (initially started at in 2008 at BMC) is featured in the latest issue of New American Paintings,# 85. You can find my new work on pages 132-135.

Ravi Shankar

Dear friends – just wanted to announce my forthcoming chapbook, Voluptuous Bristle, ready for pre-order at Finishing Line Press. It’s my first book in nearly four years and a peek into my upcoming manuscript of poems. Perhaps what I’m most pleased by though is the chance to use old friend Sonya Sklaroff’s painting on the cover. If you don’t mind wading, you’ll find it at:

You know you need to read a poem about a painting that begins “Giddy up pigment!” Ravi Shankar is a postmodern flâneur. He wanders the world’s real and fictional gridded cities (or perhaps his astral body swoops high above them) and reports back. Using x-ray vision, a snappy vocabulary and considerable intelligence he hones in on what’s flaunted and hidden, the understated and the gaudy, the modest and the excessive. Each poem is a tiny stage on which miniature dramas ignite, in all their cunning, vivid, mutating detail. Visual art, music, and politics; the sensual and the ornate all percolate here. Voluptuous Bristle gives voice to a mind readers will be happy to spend time inside.

-Amy Gerstler

Ravi Shankar’s Voluptuous Bristle offers up a dizzying array of lush images gracefully tumbling down the pages. These sensual poems capture the spontaneous energy of the brushstroke while taking full advantage of the magic of sound.

-Jim Daniels

Thanks for your continued support. And check out the new issue of Drunken Boat, with an interview with US Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and a Sound Art Folio, among other goodness.

Kristin Capp

The Sun Magazine has published an image from my Brasil project in the February issue--- in the print edition and online. The image accompanies a written piece by another contributor. For those that are not already aware of this publication, it is a wonderful Literary + Photography magazine out of Chapel Hill, NC.
link to magazine:
link to page:

Julia Oldham

01.26.10: University of Chicago featured a wee story about me (from UCMag) on their homepage. Yay!

LR Berger

LR Berger continues journeying as NE Associate with Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, bringing poems to the Nevada Test Site where she was arrested with beloved crew of irrepressible abolitionists. She also had gift of organizing speaking tour with
Palestinian and Israeli members of Combatants for Peace.

Liz Kirkham

Liz Kirkham is managing the CAIR (Change Agents in Residence) at Washington's Bainbridge Graduate School.

John Trotter

For the last eight years I have worked on a photographic project sponsored by the Blue Earth Alliance, called “No Agua, No Vida/ No Water, No Life.” In between assignments as a photo-journalist, I’ve scraped together time and money to visually tell the story of the Colorado River, and through it the story of the American West, its people and environment. The project explores the damaging perception of the river as an unlimited, plentiful resource. Since November of last year, I have made a lot of progress on the project, including photo exhibits in New York and Northern California.

But, I’ve hit a wall. I need your help to complete what to date has been an epic labor of love. I need to raise $10,000 for the remaining film processing and travel to finish the story, and put it before the public. I’m writing to you, my friends and family, and asking you to make a tax deductible donation in my name to the Seattle-based Blue Earth Alliance to help me complete this mission, and tell this important environmental and social story.

I will be forever grateful for any help you can give towards the completion of this project — whether it’s a gift of $500 or $50 (or fellow photojournalists — even $10) I promise you that any donation will be spent carefully and wisely. I process my own film, make my own scans and work almost exclusively from an ingenious and efficient folding bicycle, rather than renting a car: Not only does it save money, but I think it is a better fit for working on a story about the impact of humanity on our environment. I also see things I would miss if I were speeding past them in a car. If you give me a mailing address along with your donation, however small or large, I promise to send you a postcard from the road somewhere while I’m finishing up the project in 2010.

Thanks for your time and generosity. Here’s the link to the Blue Earth donation page:

This will open a PayPal page and you can pay through a PayPal account if you have one or with a credit card. When you reach a page titled “Review your payment,” look for the small link: +Project name on the left side. Click the link and write “No Agua, No Vida”. This will make sure that anything you give will go to my project. OR payment can be mailed to:

Blue Earth Alliance
PO Box 94388
Seattle, WA 98124-6688

For donations of $1000 or more, you will receive one 16" X 20" gelatin silver print of your choice from the project for each $1000 donated.

John Trotter
555 Washington Ave. #4E
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Land 1.718.230.1624
Mobile 1.347.232.0106

Rory Golden

I am excited about my new position at Program Officer of External Affairs – Fiscal Sponsorship at the New York Foundation for the Arts ( ). Fiscal Sponsorship Fiscal Sponsorship is a critical way for individual artists across all disciplines, artists' collaborative projects, and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines to apply for funding usually available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The right fiscal sponsor will not only allow you to manage your project efficiently, but can actually help artists to raise more money and realize their artistic visions more fully.

I will be marketing and promoting NYFA’s fiscal Sponsorship program to give more artists this important opportunity to fundraise for and implement creative projects. In particular, I am so pleased and honored to work for NYFA, whose mission is in alignment with what matters to me – to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. As both an arts administrator and a professional artist I am so grateful and honored to take on this position with NYFA, the largest provider of funding, information & services to artists in the United States .

My commitment to my own studio practice is strengthened. I have a great space in Brooklyn in which to work and I have several upcoming opportunities that are very exciting….including participating as a visiting artist in this year’s Art Papers Magazine fundraising auction (back to the ATL in February!).

I’ll be traveling a lot in the coming year to promote NYFA’s programs around the country. I have trips planned to LA, Atlanta and Ohio in the coming months, with Chicago, Seattle and Minneapolis in the works. If you know artists or organizations that I can network with in these cities please let me know!


Rory Golden
Program Officer, External Affairs - Fiscal Sponsorship
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, 7th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
phone: 212-366-6900 x 223
fax: 212-366-1778

Andrea Clearfield

Andrea Clearfield, composer, was recently awarded The American Academy in Rome Fellowship from the American Composers Forum and will be living and composing in Rome next fall.

Andrea's cantata, Kabo Omowale (Welcome Home Child), commissioned by The Philadelphia Orchestra and premiered in 2008, was performed again on January 18, 2010 to celebrate Martin Luther King with Charlotte
Blake Alston, narrator, the Philadelphia All City Choir and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Maestro Thomas Wilkins, conductor.

Andrea traveled through the Himalayas on a trek to the remote northern region of Lo Monthang, Nepal, in 2008 to gather research for a commission from Network for New Music for large chamber ensemble in
collaboration with visual artist Maureen Drdak. The resulting work, Lung-Ta (The Windhorse) was premiered in Philadelphia in March, 2009. Andrea and anthropologist Katey Blumenthal received a grant from The Rubin Foundation to return to Lo Monthang to record and document the music of royal court singer, Tashi Tsering. They will embark on a trek to
this restricted region in May/June 2010.

More information at

Eithne McGuinness

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Eithne McGuinness.

Erica Harris

In September, I traveled to Guatemala to teach soap making workshops to several Mayan communities.
A photo essay about this project can be seen on my site,
and new drawings from the trip have been added to my Etsy shop:

On the India & Etsy fundraiser:
Thanks to your very generous participation, I met my goal. Your Etsy purchases are sending me to be a resident at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi for six weeks. I leave in February.

Celia Bland

Celia teaches creative writing at Bard, and for the Bard College Prison Initiative and the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking. This year she has taught workshops at the American Military Academy at
West Point, Al Quds University in Jerusalem, American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Krgyzstan, and the Keene State College Writers Conference in New Hampshire. She has published in recent issues of Field Notes, Writing on the Edge, and the Boston Review. In November, her collaboration with visual artist Dianne Kornberg, titled "Madonna Comix," was the topic of an artist talk at the Portland, Oregon, Museum of Art.

Tatana Kellner

Returned in November from a month long residency at the Printing Museum in Darmstadt, Germany working on a new artists' books. While there I had 2 exhibits - one at the Kulturhaus Ziegulhutte and the other at the Hessische Museum in Darmstadt. It was a great experience.

Tanya Selvaratnam

“What’s On Your Plate?,” which I produced, screened at the South Bronx Food and Film Expo and at the Brooklyn Kitchen Labs as part of their Kids Day program, and was selected as a top weekend pick by The New York Times’ Urban Eye. Julie Bloom of the Times wrote: “This documentary by Catherine Gund takes on the well-trodden terrain of food politics, but this time from the point of view of two 11-year-olds. Over the course of a year, Sadie and Safiyah try to make sense of New York's complicated food systems by visiting farmers, supermarkets, fast-food chains and school lunchrooms. The girls sift through enough layers of the sustainable movement to make Michael Pollan proud…”

Recently I began producing a 10-episode online series about the experiences of New Yorkers in the performing arts. HERE Arts Center conceived the Portrait Project, which is funded by the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, and have kindly brought me on board. Director Chiara Clemente will be joining me in this venture, and I look forward to sharing more news as the series develops.

BOOK DRIVE NEWS: Two huge shipments of books to Sri Lanka in December. Many thanks to everyone who donated. One of the organizations receiving the books is up for the Chase Bank Facebook Challenge. Please take a minute to vote for Sarvodaya:
It is very deserving of your vote and of the Chase grant.