Multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of African American, Filipino, and Chinese descents Crystal Z Campbell finds complexity in public secrets—fragments of information known by many but untold or unspoken. Select honors include a Guggenheim, Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship; Pollock-Krasner; MAP Fund; MacDowell; Rijksakademie; Whitney ISP; UNDO Fellowship; and Skowhegan. Select exhibitions/screenings include the Drawing Center, ICA-Philadelphia, and SFMOMA. Campbell writing is featured in two artist books (VSW Press), World Literature Today, Monday Journal, GARAGE, and Hyperallergic. Founder of archiveacts.com, Campbell is currently a Distinguished Scholar at the University of Buffalo who lives and works in New York & Oklahoma.
Artist, curator, and critic Andrew Woolbright is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an MFA graduate from RISD in painting. Woolbright is the founder and director of the gallery Below Grand located on the Lower East Side in New York. In addition to curating, he is a regular contributor to the Brooklyn Rail. In 2021, Woolbright curated the show Density Betrays Us with Angela Dufresne and Cash Ragona at the Hole; and will be curating shows at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Hesse Flatow in the summer or 2022. He currently teaches at School of Visual Arts and SUNY New Paltz and is a 2021-2022 resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo.
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Poet Keetje Kuipers is the author of three books of poems, all from BOA Editions: Beautiful in the Mouth (2010), chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, The Keys to the Jail (2014), and All Its Charms (2019), which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, as well as the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies. Keetje has been a Stegner Fellow, Bread Loaf Fellow, and the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident. She lives in Missoula where she is Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Montana, editor of Poetry Northwest, and a boardmember at the National Book Critics Circle.
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