collaborators (lyrics & design)
BRENDAN CONSTANTINE (lyrics, The Opposites Game) is a poet based in Los Angeles. He is the author of five full-length collections and his work as appeared in many standards including Poetry, The Nation, Best American Poetry, and Poem-a-Day. A popular performer, Brendan has presented his work to audiences throughout the U.S. and Europe, also appearing on NPR's All Things Considered, TED ED, numerous podcasts, and YouTube. He currently teaches creative writing at the Windward School and, since 2017, has been developing poetry workshops for people with Aphasia and Traumatic Brain Injuries.
BARBARA CROOKER (In the Middle, Light of Late November, Snow White Turns Sixty, What Only Poetry Can Do) is author of twelve chapbooks and nine full-length books of poetry. Some Glad Morning, Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Poetry Press, longlisted for the Julie Suk award from Jacar Press, is her latest. Her previous collection, The Book of Kellls, won the Best Poetry Book of 2019 Award from Poetry by the Sea. Her other awards include: Grammy Spoken Word Finalist, the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council fellowships in literature. Her work appears in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies, including: Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, and The Bedford Introduction to Literature. She has been the recipient of residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France, and The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, in Annamaghkerrig, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
KRISTINA MARIE DARLING (Footnotes to a History of Music; Footnotes to a History of the Jewelry Box; X Marks the Dress) is the author of thirty-nine books. An expert consultant with the U.S. Fulbright Commission, Dr. Darling’s work has been recognized with awards from Yaddo, the American Academy in Rome, the Andorran Ministry of Culture, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Harvard University’s Kittredge Fund, the Heinz Foundation, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and the Whiting Foundation. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly and teaches at the American University of Rome. Born and raised in the American Midwest, Dr. Darling now divides her time between the United States, Greece, and the Amalfi Coast.
Brandon Elliott is the founding Artistic & Executive Director of Choral Arts Initiative, a professional chorus nationally recognized as a champion of new music, having premiered 90 works in 10 seasons. Through this ensemble, he has received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming and the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal. He is also the Director of Choral and Vocal Activities and Professor of Music at Moorpark College where he directs ensembles and teaches courses in Music Business and Music Education. Passionate about giving back to the community, he volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Ventura County, and serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Moorpark.
Poet, writer, and performer ANNIE FINCH is the author of Spells: New and Selected Poems and five other books of poetry, as well as books and essays on poetry, meter, feminism, and witchcraft. Dr. Finch earned her Ph.D from Stanford University and has performed and lectured at universities including Berkeley, Harvard, and Oxford and spiritual venues and conferences including Emerging Women and Deepak Chopra's homespace. Her poetry has appeared onstage at Carnegie Hall and in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New York Times, and The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Information and Annie’s Spellsletter may be found at anniefinch.com.
LAURA FOLEY's most recent poetry collection is: Everything We Need: Poems from El Camino (2022). Why I Never Finished My Dissertation received a starred Kirkus Review, was among their top poetry books of 2019, and won an Eric Hoffer Award. Her collection It's This is forthcoming from Fernwood Press (2023). Her poems have won numerous awards, and national recognition—read frequently on The Writers Almanac; appearing in American Life in Poetry. Laura lives with her wife, Clara Gimenez, among the hills and streams of Vermont.
JENNIFER GARZA-CUEN is Associate Professor of Photography at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, grants, and awards including: theGuggenheim Fellowship for Photography, Photo Lucida’s Robert Rauschenberg ResidencyAward, Light Work A-I-R, and the British Journal of Photography & 1854 Media’s Female inFocus Award. Garza-Cuen received her MFA in Photography with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA, summa cum laude, from the American University in Cairo, Egypt.Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections including the RISD Museum, MOMA, Light Work, The Do Good Fund, and the New Mexico History Museum. Garza-Cuen’s monograph, Past Paper // Present Marks: Responding to Rauschenberg, in collaboration with Odette England was published by Radius Books and received a Rauschenberg Foundation Publication Grant.
STACY GNALL is the author of the poetry collections Dogged (winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry from The University of Massachusetts Press, 2022) and Heart First into the Forest (Alice James Books, 2011). A finalist for the Georgia Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in numerous journals, most recently Pleiades, Massachusetts Review, Bennington Review, and New American Writing. Gnall holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Southern California, and is also a graduate of the University of Alabama’s MFA program in Creative Writing and Sarah Lawrence College. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she is currently Poet-in-Residence at the University of Detroit Mercy.
CAROL GUESS is the author of twenty books of poetry and prose, including Doll Studies: Forensics and Tinderbox Lawn. Her short fiction collection Sleep Tight Satellite is forthcoming in 2023 from Tupelo Press. She is Professor of English at Western Washington University, where she teaches Queer Studies and Creative Writing. She lives in Seattle.
GENIE HOSSAIN has a Bachelors of Music with a concentration in vocal performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach. On stage has covered the role of Nicklausse in Repertory Opera’s production of Les contes d’Hoffmann, and in the chorus for Pacific Opera Project’s Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, and The Mikado. As a professional chorister, she has sung with various Southern California ensembles including Pacific Chorale and Choral Arts Initiative, where she has served as Alto Section Leader. Genie can be heard on Choral Arts Initiative’s 2017 premiere album ‘How to Go On: The Choral Works of Dale Trumbore’, as well as their 2022 album ‘From Wilderness’ by Jeffrey Derus, available on Spotify and Apple Music.
JULIE KANE's poetry collections include Mothers of Ireland, winner of the Poetry by the Sea Book Award; Jazz Funeral, winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize; and Rhythm & Booze, winner of the National Poetry Series. With Grace Bauer she co-edited Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Professor Emerita of English at Northwestern State University and a former Louisiana Poet Laureate, she currently teaches in the low-residency poetry MFA program at Western Colorado University. Her poem "Thirteen" was the very first text that Dale (age 13 then) set to music. They have since collaborated on the one-act opera Starship Paradise as well as various choral works.
ABBY N. LEWIS is the author of the full-length poetry collection Reticent (2016) and the chapbook This Fluid Journey (2018). Her most recent chapbook, Palm Up, Fingers Curled, is forthcoming from plan b press in early 2023. Her work has recently appeared in Up the Staircase Quarterly, Across the Margin, Black Moon Magazine, and Red Eft Review. She lives in Tennessee, where she wears many hats as a librarian, educator, tutor, and reviewer. You can keep up with her on her website, freeairforfish.com.
JACKIE LITTMAN (album design, Snow White Turns Sixty; How to Go On; book design, Staying Composed) currently works at Huge in DC, applying a user-centric and data-driven approach to the design of elegant interfaces. Previously, she spent 4 years designing sensory experiences and interactive installations at Sosolimited in Boston. She leads workshops, volunteers with my local AIGA chapter, and experiments with creative code. Littman aims to create work that inspires curiosity and encourages discovery.
Passionate about craft in both digital and handmade projects, Littman is always making things. Check out her interactive storybook app, The Little Bug, created while working on her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
ROBIN MYERS (lyrics, The Gleam, This Thirst in the Lungs, A Hush You Could See, A Reminder) is a poet, essayist, and literary translator. She has translated over twenty-five works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; was double-longlisted for the 2022 National Translation Award in poetry; and received a 2023 Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a poet, her work has recently been published in The Drift, Poetry London, Denver Quarterly, Yale Review, Guesthouse, and Massachusetts Review, among many other journals, and selected for the 2022 Best American Poetry anthology. She lives in Mexico City.
ABIGAIL WELHOUSE (lyrics, What Are We Becoming) is the author of Small Dog (dancing girl press), Bad Baby (dancing girl press), Too Many Humans of New York (Bottlecap Press), and Memento Mori (a poem/comic collaboration with Evan Johnston). Her poems have been published in The Toast, Slice Magazine, Ghost Ocean Magazine, and elsewhere. Subscribe to her Secret Poems at tinyletter.com/welhouse.