Aislinn Thomas is a disabled interdisciplinary artist. She gratefully works alongside and in the legacy of so many who out of necessity treat access as a space for creative acts. Aislinn is a white cisgender settler of Ashkenazic and UK descent. She lives in Unama’ki/Cape Breton, on ancestral and unceded Mi’kmaq territory.
Alessandra Pomarico is a curator of international and multidisciplinary residency programs at the intersection of arts, pedagogy, social issues, nano-politics, and community building. Her practice is based on research and context-based art projects, with a focus on social change.
Alexei Penzin received his PhD from the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. His research centres on contemporary interpretations of Marxist thought, continental philosophy and critical theory, contemporary art theory, and Soviet and post-Soviet intellectual and cultural history.
The one and only, magical magnificent Aliosha Pantalone, founder of the legendary Lame Rhyme Sound System.
Alison Turner facilitates weekly writing groups in shelters with people experiencing homelessness in Denver, Colorado.
An independent cultural producer, curator, and writer based in Guelph, Alissa Firth-Eagland explores flexible, creative, nurturing, place-based projects. She volunteers in her community, acts as a program consultant to Canadian not-for-profits, and writes about relationships between people, culture, and place.
Althea Thauberger is an artist, filmmaker and educator contributing to experimental practices in social documentary. Her projects are produced, in situ responsive processes involving collaborative research and production.
Anna Poletti is a writer and researcher whose most recent book is Stories of the Self: Life Writing After the Book (New York University Press, 2020).
Audrey Simango is a freelance Zimbabwean writer, science student, and human rights activist. Her work appears in Newsweek, New Internationalist, Rest of World, Remedy Health Media, The Africa Report, and numerous other publications.
Ben Shields is a writer and cultural journalist. He lives in New York City and Israel.
cheyanne turions is a curator, cultural worker and writer.
Ninawa Huni Kui is the President of the Federation of the Huni Kui people in Acre, Brazil. He is the spokesperson for nearly 15000 Indigenous people in 104 villages across 12 Indigenous territories.
Chris Creighton-Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and cultural critic born in the UK with South Asian/British roots. His artworks have been presented across Canada and in India, Europe & the USA. Chris has been persistently interested in questions of absence in art discourses. Whose epistemology is unquestioned? Who has power? Who does not? Why not? For 30 years, he has worked extensively as an arts policy consultant for artists in all disciplines; arts organizations/institutions; government agencies in Canada and internationally.
Franco Ontarian sound and media artist, arts administrator and cultural worker. Program manager and strategic advisor at Canada Council for the Arts.
Artiste sonore et médiatique, gestionnaire en art et travailleur culturel franco-ontarien. Gestionnaire de programme et conseiller stratégique au Conseil des arts du Canada.
The Committee to Protect Journalists is a New York City-based independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide.
Delphine Minoui is a journalist and Middle East correspondent for Le Figaro. She received the Albert-Londres Prize for her reporting on Iraq and Iran. Among Minoui’s many books in French, three have been published in English: I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced; I’m Writing You from Tehran; and The Book Collectors, translated by Lara Vergnaud (now available from Farrar, Strauss, Giroux).
Edmund White is the ground-breaking author of more than thirty books, including the earliest mainstream books about gay sex and the gay and lesbian communities of North America (in the early 1970s). His most recent novel, A Saint From Texas (2020), is also available from Bloomsbury. (Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger.)
Elton Panamby is an artist, uneducator, and PaMa (non-binary parent). He has developed works in multiple media over 12 years. His practice is dedicated to research and creation around psychophysical limits linked to practices of body modification in ritual experiences, apparitions, figures, and visions. He has been on this track from his graduation in Arts of the Body (PUC-SP) to his doctorate in arts completed in 2017 (PPGARTES-UERJ) and continues suturing life and treading paths of anti-cis-temic healing. www.panamby.art
Fred Dewey was a philosopher, artist, editor/publisher, educator, and civic activist based in Los Angeles and Brussels. His writing has been published in anthologies and international periodicals including the New Statesman, the LA Times, and numerous magazines, ‘zines, and monographs.
Harry Gamboa Jr. is an artist, author, and educator. He is the founder and director of the international performance troupe, Virtual Vérité (2005-2017) and a co-founder of Asco (1972-1985), the L.A.-based performance group.
Juli Parrish is a Teaching Professor and the Writing Center Director at the University of Denver, and a co-editor of the journal Literacy and Composition Studies.
Based in Brussels, Karima Qias was born in Iran but is of Tajik origin. During her migration to Europe, which took her to Greece and then Belgium, Karima discovered the power and benefits of writing as a weapon of political combat but also as a means of poetic expression. She has written about her experiences as a refugee in Moria and Athens in various forms, including the Plaza Girls collective. In 2021, Karima will publish a book of her poems in Persian translated into English, illustrated and decorated.
Kārlis Vērdiņš is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the Washington University in St. Louis and a researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore, and Art, University of Latvia.
Kenneth Hayes is an architectural historian and critic of contemporary art who lives and works in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. His book-length essay on milk splash images in photo-conceptual art from 1965 to 1985, titled Milk and Melancholy, was published by Prefix and MIT Presses in 2008.
Laeïla Adjovi is a Beninese-French reporter, photographer and visual artist based in Dakar, Senegal. In 2020, she became the first recipient of the ArtsEverywhere Fay Chiang Fellowship for Artistic Journalism.
Léa Coffineau is a French-Canadian anthropologist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Her work focuses on migrations and belonging, with a focus on the making of identities in postcolonial France. She is pursuing a PhD at the City University of New York after graduating with a MA from The New School for Social Research. Visit her website at leacoffineau.xyz.
Born in a meteor crater, Matthew Heiti is a writer, actor, director and teacher working in North Ontario.
Michael Bronski is an independent scholar, journalist, and writer who’s been involved in social justice movements since the 1960s.
Mohammed Moussa is a Palestinian freelance journalist, host of Gaza Guy Podcast, and founder of the Gaza Poets Society. His debut poetry collection, Flamingo, was recently published in English. He grew up in Gaza and attended Alazhar University before beginning his career as a reporter for various international news outlets.
Niels Bekkema is an artist and writer, and the assistant editor for the Polity of Literature series on ArtsEverywhere.
Niki Singleton is a Canadian drawer, painter, and found material sculptor based in Brooklyn. Her work usually focuses on the underdog or fringe groups whose voices go unheard. Niki has undertaken residencies in France, the Netherlands, and New York, and she has had solo exhibitions at Undercurrent Projects (New York), the Holocaust Museum (Dallas), and Imagine Ic (Amsterdam).
Noor Hindi (she/her) is a Palestinian-American poet and reporter. Her debut collection of poems, Dear God. Dear Bones. Dear Yellow. is forthcoming from Haymarket Books (2023).
Nyasha Bhobo is a freelance Zimbabwean writer. Her work has appeared in Rest of World, The Body, Lapp The Brand, and Fodors Magazine. She is also a cook, piano player, and social justice campaigner with a strong interest in the rights of refugees and other displaced minorities.
Oonagh Bell is a specialist teacher, community activist, documentary film-maker, and writer.
Richard Akim (aka Ray Styles) is a South Sudanese filmmaker, actor, mentor, community activist and co-producer of Bidi Bidi Media Lab.
Robert Glück’s books include the poetry collections Reader, La Fontaine (a collaboration with Bruce Boone), and In Commemoration of the Visit (a collaboration with Kathleen Fraser); the novels Jack the Modernist and Margery Kempe (republished in 2020 by NYRB Classics); and the essay collection, Communal Nude (Semiotext[e], 2018).
Roberto Olivares Ruiz is an award winning documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Ojo de Agua Communicación which provides media training workshops for Indigenous communities in Oaxaca.
Rubiane Maia is a Brazilian visual artist based between Folkestone, UK and Vitoria, Brazil. She completed a degree in Visual Arts and a Master degree in Institutional Psychology at Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Her artwork is an hybrid practice across performance, video, installation and writing, occasionally flirting with drawing, painting and collage. Currently, she is part of the international collective “Speculative Landscapes”, a group of four women which, since 2020, has been working on systemic questions about what else institutions can be, when shaped not from stories of violence, segmentation, and extractions in the territories.
Sarah Schulman’s most recent books are the novel THE COSMOPOLITANS, selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 20 best novels of 2016, and CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and The Duty of Repair.
Somsanid Inthongsai is a cross-cultural and experiential educator from Khammouane Province, Laos. He is a history enthusiast, Buddhist practitioner and traveller.
Steve Yip is a community organizer, social justice activist, and the Director of Operations for the Chinese-American Planning Council in New York City.
Tammy Kremer, MA, is an American multimedia artist, facilitator, and communications specialist. She completed the Fulbright in Trinidad and Tobago in 2018.
Vanessa de Oliveira Andreotti is a Brazilian educator and Indigenous and land rights activist. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia. Her teaching and research focus on analyses of historical and systemic patterns of reproduction of knowledge and inequalities and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence. Vanessa is one of the founders of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Arts/Research Collective and part of the coordination team of the Last Warning Campaign and of the Teia das 5 Curas network of Indigenous communities in Brazil.
Yevgeniy Fiks was born in Moscow in 1972 and has lived and worked in New York since 1994. As a “post-Soviet artist,” his works build on research into Cold War narratives to explore the dialectic between Communism and “the West,” addressing the Red and Lavender Scares during the McCarthy era, Communism in Modern Art, and African, African American, and Jewish diasporas in the Soviet Union.
Yulia Tsvetkova is a Russian artist and activist from Komsomolsk-on-Amur. On the 11th of February 2020, she became a political prisoner.
Zhao Rongjie is a Chinese painter, visual artist, and videographer who studied oil painting and copperplate engraving at Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. She lives in an ancient stone home in Dali, Yunnan Province, China.