LISA BOWDEN (project director) is a poet, editor and award-winning designer. The Publisher of Kore Press, she has curated lecture series, readings, workshops, panels and works with other artists in community-based collaborations. Lisa studied in Arizona, London, and New York and is the editor of Autumnal: A Collection of Contemporary Elegies and co-editor of Powder: Writing by Women in Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq.
KIMI EISELE (project director) is a writer, dancer/choreographer, and educator. She is the Special Projects Director for NEW ARTiculations where most recently she directed We Are What We Eat in collaboration with the Community Food Bank. She is a co-founder and member of the improv performance group, Movement Salon. She holds a MA in geography from the Univ. of Arizona, where she founded you are here: the journal of creative geography (in 1998 and it’s still alive!). She is currently trying to finish a novel about America in the post-apocalypse before the economy really does collapse.
AMY BARR-HOLM has a BFA in dance performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has studied Limon, Cunningham, Horton, Simonson and release fundamentals. Amy teaches NEW ART’s company modern class at The Dance Loft and is in her fifth season with the company.
RENEE BLAKELEY received her BFA in Dance with an endorsement in Dance Education from the University of Arizona. She is currently working on her M.A. in Dance Education from the University of California, Long Beach. She has been a dance educator at Pistor Middle School for the last five years where she directs the Pistor Dance Ensemble. This is Renee’s fourth season performing and choreographing with New ARTiculations.
LEE ANN BROWN teaches poetry at St. John’s University in New York. She is the editor of Tender Buttons Press and a co-founder of a new project for multidisciplinary poetry and performance, the French Broad Institute of Time and the River in Marshall, North Carolina. Her books include Polyverse, The Sleep That Changed Everything, and many collaborative works including Nascent Toolbox with Laynie Browne; The 3:15 Experiment with Bernadette Mayer, Jen Hofer, and Danika Dinsmore; and Dia(gnostic) with painter Anne Slacik. She comes to Tucson as a visiting poet through the UA Poetry Center’s reading series.
VICKI BROWN is an active recording and performing artist with ties to local, national and international communities of artists. Her ability to create music and sounds in multiple environments with diverse artists, combined with a long-term residency in Downtown Tucson, brings a unique vision to Invisible Cities.
LAYNIE BROWNE is the author of seven collections of poetry and one novel. Her most recent publications include The Scented Fox, recipient of the 2007 National Poetry Series Award, selected by Alice Notley (Wave Books), and Daily Sonnets (Counterpath Books, 2007).
WENDY BURK is a poet and translator whose interest is wilderness, both exterior and interior. This summer she was Artist in Residence, along with Eric Magrane, at Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida. Wendy is the Library Specialist for The University of Arizona Poetry Center.
LISA COOPER, a near-native Tucsonan, has worked as an editor for 20-plus years and in 2005/2006 returned to school to learn massage therapy. Chax Press published her book & Calling It Home and two chapbooks. More recent work appeared in the first issue of EOAGH.
ANN DERNIER co-founded Poets Studio, a workshop series for writers that incorporates multi-dimensional aspects to the craft. She is editor of Writing Out of the Darkness, an anthology of poetry by torture survivors and their families. She served as director of the Tucson Writers’ Project at the Tucson Public Library from 1987-2005.
APRIL DOUET, a sociologist by training and trade, has been dancing since she was a child. Always fascinated by movement and dance, it is a dream come true for April to dance with NEW ARTiculations. This begins her second season with the company.
KAREN FALKENSTROM has been an arts activist since 1985. This project is exciting because the first of many nonprofit arts groups she eventually founded was dedicated to exploring cityscapes and using them to create and display the work of local artists. Karen is now a Director/Performing Member of Odaiko Sonora, Tucson’s premiere taiko (Japanese ensemble drumming) group, which operates Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, an important performing arts incubator space just south of Downtown.
BARBARA HENNING is the author of two novels and six books of poetry. Recent poems and stories have been published in The Brooklyn Rail, Zen Monster, Jacket Magazine, Slavery: Cyberpoems, Talisman, Reconfigurations, Flash Forward, Not Enough Night and Eoagh. Professor Emerita at Long Island University in Brooklyn, she is now teaching for Naropa University and the University of Arizona.
CORINNE HOBSON discovered the world of modern dance at home in Flagstaff, AZ where she danced with Bravura! Dance Ensemble. This is her second season with NEW ART. She is currently working on a degree in physiology.
JENNIFER HOEFLE has her MA in Sociology from Northern Arizona University; her thesis explored the intersection of sociology, theories about the body, and dance research. She works at the U of A as a Senior Coordinator of Social Justice Programs. She is currently a choreographer and dancer for ZUZI! dance company and a member of Movement Salon.
JAMIE A. LEE is an award-winning, independent filmmaker who runs visionaries filmworks, a production company dedicated to social justice media. aguamiel: secrets of the agave is Lee’s fourth documentary feature currently in post-production. Her last film, Green Green Water (2006), about the Cree Nations in northern Manitoba who are organizing to critically re-consider the construction of large-scale hydroelectric dams on their lands while reclaiming their traditional ways of life, has screened around the world. Treading Water: a documentary (2001) and THIS obedience (2003) are Lee’s first two award-winning films. (www.visionariesfilmworks.com)
ADELA C. LICONA, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona, English. Affiliated faculty in Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Mexican American Studies. Her interdisciplinary research includes borderlands rhetorics, third-space theory, gender, documentary film/community media, feminist pedagogies, and transliteracies. She is a 2008 semi-finalist in the Suny Press First Book Competition in Women’s & Gender Studies. Adela is co-producer/director of aguamiel: secrets of the agave, a documentary in post-production. She serves as President of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal Advisory Board.
AMANDA MORSE is a dancer with NEW ARTiculations and the manager of the Community Food Bank’s demonstration garden. She is also a member of Tucson’s Movement Salon, a compositional improvisation group of dancers, writers, and a musician.
KRISTA NILES is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist (2002 New York Times – Breaking News) whose projects usually focus on youth-related issues. A graduate of San Francisco State University, she is currently launching a whimsical photo greeting card line full of sarcastic humor under the label ‘nJoy Studios’. Krista is the Photography Director of Voices, Inc. (www.voicesinc.org), where she mentors Tucson youth as they tell the stories of their lives through words and pictures. When she’s not on assignment, you might catch her screaming by you on her mountain bike or join her on a never-ending search for the best chicken fried steak.
JULIE GLASER RAY is a graphic designer, writer, and community artist. Her latest project is The Burrito Files (www.theburritofiles.blogspot.com), a performance art piece in which she takes a “burrito cart” around downtown Tucson and interviews the public about their perceptions of downtown. Julie loves doodling and fake food.
KATIE RUTTERER is the Artistic Director of NEW ARTiculations Dance Theatre. She holds a BA in dance from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA in performance and choreography from the University of Arizona. Katie has performed internationally and shown her choreography all across the United States. In Tucson she has danced with O-T-O Dance, FUNHOUSE Movement Theater, ZUZI!, and Thom Lewis Dance, and set choreography on O-T-O, NEW ART, and the Thom Lewis Dance companies. Katie received a full scholarship to attend both the Bates Dance Festival and American Dance Festival.
TC TOLBERT is a gender-queer feminist, photographer, thinker, and poet. He received an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona in 2005 and is learning to play a little classical guitar. Peep in on him (he likes that) at http://www.myspace.com/tigercakes or http://www.tigercakes74.blogspot.com
DENISE UYEHARA is an award-winning performance artist, writer and playwright whose work has been presented across the U.S. and internationally. Uyehara is a recent recipient of the ACA Project Grant for the performance/installation Senkotsu (Mis)Translation Project. Her book, Maps of City & Body (Kaya Press) documents her work. She teaches annually at the University of California, Irvine. Read more about her at http://www.deniseuyehara.com.
JONI WALLACE earned her MFA from the University of Montana. She has taught poetry in detention centers, schools, and the Arizona community for the past 10 years and is a roster artist for the ACA. Most recently her poems appear in Forklift, Ohio and Barrow Street. She is a co-founder, along with poet Ann Dernier, of the Poets’ Studio.
BETH WEINSTEIN (M. Architecture, Columbia ’90) is an architect and Assistant Professor at the UA School of Architecture where she teaches design, building environment and enclosure technology, and seminars/workshops linking architecture and dance/performance. Her practice, Architecture Agency, focus on collaborations with visual and performing artists, both in and out of proscenium space.