Issue Four Contributors
Gille Monte Ruici
Gille Monte Ruici is a French artist, based in Paris, He builds sculptures, essentially robots, exclusively using recycled scrap metal parts. He finds his materials in trash cans, in the street, or in second hand trades. His approach gives these scraps a second life and repurposes them. Some of his creations were exhibited in +Brauer Gallery in Paris and in Belgium. His robots were also exhibited during the Paris Maker Faire in 2016.
Ptolemy Elrington was born in 1965. Since completing his art education in 2002 he has been working as a professional sculptor. He works with recycled materials incorporating a regenerative eco-aware theme in all his work. Clients include R.S.P.B., The Environment Agency, Thames Barrier, Ronseal, Kenwood, Ecover, East Coast Trains and both Essex and Brighton County Councils. His work has been displayed in numerous venues in London and the south-east of England, and has travelled to exhibits in Ireland, Greece, Spain and Russia. He is currently working on several private commissions in addition to his own work. At the moment he lives in Brighton.
Darsha Primich is a retired social worker from northern Illinois. Most of what she has written for the past 30 years includes various clinical case notes and intern evaluations. In place of attending mandatory professional education seminars to maintain professional licensure, Darsha has taken to attending writing workshops and classes. She has contributed to a couple of independent journals and recently won a poetry contest at her local NPR station.
E. Martin Pedersen
E. Martin Pedersen, a San Franciscan, has lived in eastern Sicily for over 35 years. He teaches English at the local university. His poetry has appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, Scarlet Leaf Review, Literary Yard, Ink Sweat & Tears, among others. Martin is a 2011 alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.
Mark-Jens Barton is a third-year English Literature major and a fourth-year Creative Writing major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. His area of focus is Romanticism, Modernism, poetic formalism, prosody, mythological narratives, and esotericism. He has been published in Kwantlen’s Pulp magazine and has twice featured for Royal City Literary Arts Society‘s Poetic Justice reading.
Richard Weaver is an American poet. His publications include 2River View, Black Warrior Review, Crazy Horse, New England Review, North American Review, Poetry, Vanderbilt Poetry Review, and Southern Quarterly Review. He resides in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
James Valvis has placed poems or stories in Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Midwest Quarterly, Ploughshares, River Styx, The Sun, and many others. His poetry was featured in Verse Daily. His fiction was chosen for Sundress Best of the Net. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review and more than 170 other publications.
Nadine Flagel’s mission is to make art out of “making do.” She completed a Ph.D. in English Literature in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she fell in love with hooked rugs. Nadine has hooked rugs and taught literature for fifteen years; texts and textiles share her attention equally. Nadine is particularly interested in the juxtapositions of texture, colour, and form that are possible with reclaimed fabric. Her work poses strategic and symbolic interventions in a culture preoccupied with consumption.
Recently, Nadine received a Creative Spark grant from the City of Vancouver to work with children to make art out of recycled fabric. She teaches rug hooking at Maiwa Symposium of Textile Arts and has organized a group show of hooked rugs to be held at Britannia Art Gallery in September 2017. Nadine is a member of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Artists, the Craft Council of British Columbia, and a local group of rug hooking artists.
Originally, from the southern part of Iran, Sara Niroobakhsh is a Toronto-based visual artist. Holding a Master’s degree in Illustration from Art University in Tehran, she has been working as a painter, photographer, and video artist since 2007. Sara has exhibited her works in galleries and art fairs in Tehran, as well as around the Middle East, Canada, and Europe.
Born in Bronx, New York, Nancy Calef attended the College of New Rochelle at age 15 to study painting and sculpture after completing Bronx HS of Science. She is a certified computer animator, a singer-songwriter and she continues to make new work and regularly exhibit in solo and group shows.
She’s lived in Europe and Thailand, and traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Southeast Asia, India and Nepal while painting en plein air, which served the development of her painting style and sharpened her understanding of the cultural and spiritual diversity of the world landscape.
Bracha Bdil has a B.ed in Music Education from Levinsky College and a Master’s degree in Music Education and Composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Bracha has won first prize in a competition for composition in memory of Yardena Alotin, Bar-Ilan University (2016) and a certificate of appreciation from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation (2016). Over the past four years her musical compositions and edited works have been performed around the world, including: “The Schnittke Festival”, Russia, “UNK New Music Festival”, University of Nebraska, “Société de concerts de Montréal”, Canada (2017), the concert series “Concrete Timbre” and “Fifteen Minutes of Fame”, New York (2016), “One Minute project” Athens (2016). In Israel her works are broadcast on the Israel Radio Voice of Music program and are performed at various events, including: Israel Festival (2017).
Bracha Bdil is a member of the Israel Composers’ League and is also a lecturer at the Levinsky College of Music Education and at the Ron Shulamit Conservatory in Jerusalem.
Donna Mckevitt is a composer based in Kent. Highlights of her career so far include the release of her critically acclaimed opus one Translucence on Warner Classics. Her song cycles include settings of Paul Celan, e. e. cummings, Pablo Neruda and Maya Angelou which was premiered on WNYC Radio in New York last year.
Donna has worked in dance with Rosemary Butcher, Sadler’s Wells, Robert Cohan and The Yorke Dance Project, and Charlotte Edmonds. She has recently received an Aldeburgh residency and is currently working on an art installation with choreographer Phil Sanger based on Duchamp’s A Nude Descending a Staircase.
Mira Milosavljević is currently a Masters student in the department for Composition in the Faculty of Music, Belgrade. Her work has been performed at КОМА, Festum, Summer Art School: University of Arts in Belgrade, the Internacional Festival of Art Ruid al Sud in Novi Sad, a festival held at the Gerasimov institute of cinematography in Moscow VGIK, the TACT festival in Italy and has been broadcast in Great Britain. She writes music for TV dramas and also for theater. In 2017, as part of the project BALKAN NEWS, she wrote a piece for the BRASS AG ensemble from Slovenia, which is to be recorded on CD.
Damián Gorandi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has won multiple awards, distinctions, and scholarships (1st prize Franz Lizt, Destellos, Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards, Mas-menos Trinac, Sadaic, Ibermusicas, etc.). He has participated in prestigious festivals including: Cime/ icem, Ina GRM Band Essai, and Nycemf. His music has been performed in the USA, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Vienna, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Russia, and Korea.
Bruce ‘AllOne’ Pandolfo
Long Island native Bruce A. Pandolfo has independently released seven experimental hip-hop/poetry projects as “AllOne” since 2010, earning a strong community of supporters by sharing consistently stimulating and heartfelt works. Over the past four years he has performed in dozens of venues (and living rooms alike), touring throughout the country. He was awarded the “Up and Coming Poet” by The Bards Initiative in 2015, and his 2017 NaPoWriMo “30 poems in 30 days” chapbook was printed and given “Honorable Mention”. Bruce’s poetry and prose has been published in over a dozen anthologies and magazines. He is a fun-loving childlike adventurer, who obsessively reads and creates. For more, check out the links below.