Evan L. Wahlquist, Hidden by the High Tide
Kiarra Lynn Smith's artwork has been exhibited in multiple venues, and her poems have been published in various creative writing magazines. In 2004, Smith was commissioned to create a mural for First Student Bus Company and began independently illustrating books. She was a featured artist at the 20th Meet the Artists exhibition in Indianapolis and began studying at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2008. Smith graduated from Culver-Stockton College with a degree in English and art in 2013.
Kiarra Lynn Smith's passion is preserving African heritage creatively while simultaneously building her community. She has conducted writing workshops with children and has used her art and poetry to enlighten others about Black history. Her motivation stems from childhood experiences in which she was given limited views of her heritage. The late illustrator and writer Fred Crump Jr. and his fairy tales featuring characters of African descent influenced Smith's work and subject matter. In 2012, she wrote, illustrated, and published two books, Collective Face: a Series of Quatrains on Community Building and Looking for an Angel: the Story of Christian Taylor Ferguson, which was co-written with Theda R. Wilson. In 2015, Smith published Let's Speak! Kiswahili: 3 Short Stories Teaching Basic Kiswahili Words.
Originally from Ohio, Matt Gold has been living in Bloomington, Indiana for the past fifteen years and recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY. He divides his time between pursuing his musical career, acting auditions, and photography. As a singer and songwriter, Matt frequently performs; some of his music can be found online at www.mattgold.net.
This project highlights the accessibility and unique aesthetics of an underexplored approach to serious, artistic photography. All of the photographs in Phonography were taken on a Sony Ericsson Z310A flip phone. As evidence of the democratizing nature of this approach to photography, Matt has no formal training in the visual arts. He continues to use this technique today, despite the advancement in current cell phone technology.
Gilmore Tamny has had essays, artwork, interviews, and short stories published in Chickfactor, Petrichor Review, Foliate Oak, Turk's Head Review, Pithead Chapel, Meat for Tea, The Drum, Vine Leaves, Gravel, and Sinister Wisdom (cover, winter 2016). Her artwork also appeared on the cover of Mark Lamoreaux’s book It’ll Never Be Over for Me. She has written songs for three albums under the name The Yips and has a record with her current band, Weather Weapon, on Bandcamp.com. In 2002, Gilmore received an MFA from Emerson College, and she was Somerville’s (MA) November 2014 artist of the month. Her performance poem video, “THUNDER KITTEN THUNDER,” which also includes her artwork, showed at the European Media Arts Festival.