PLAYA Current Residents

Ryan Black

Ryan Black is the author of Death of a Nativist, winner of the 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship, selected by Linda Gregerson. He was a finalist for the 2016 Alice James Award, the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, and the Tupelo Quarterly Poetry...

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Katy Yocom

Katy Yocom is winner of the 2016 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature for her novel manuscript Three Ways to Disappear. Her fiction, poetry, essays, and journalism have appeared in Salon, The Louisville Review, decomP magazinE, StyleSubstanceSoul, and...

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Paul Safar

Paul Safar is a versatile composer/performer and private piano instructor living and working in Eugene, Oregon. He performs regularly with the soprano Nancy Wood and thrives on collaborative projects. He has had commissions from the Delgani String Quartet and Oregon...

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Jolie Kaytes

Jolie Kaytes lives in Moscow, Idaho and is an associate professor of landscape architecture across the state border at Washington State University. Her teaching, writing, and images integrate disciplinary perspectives and focus on recognizing the complexity of...

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Amanda Wojick

Amanda Wojick Bio Amanda Wojick (born 1974, Rochester, NY) is an artist and educator based in Eugene, Oregon. She locates her creative work at intersections of abstract sculpture and drawing, the hand and the machine, and material and visual culture. Using everyday...

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Sung Won Yun

Sung Won Yun is a New York based artist, working on representing fundamental questions about homogenization of cultural, ecological, or geological process in the congeries of time. Her art works include painting, drawing, photography, and mixed media. She received her...

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Javier Flores

Using graphic imagery that depicts his cultural heritage, aesthetic interests, and personal influences, Javier Flores arranges visual compositions that are heavily symbolic narratives that explore the tragedy of his paralysis at the age of nineteen due to a gun-shot...

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Owen Gump

Owen Gump is a visual artist working with photography and related media. His work examines the relationship between the built environment and nature, particularly in the western U.S. He received his BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle, and...

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Paul Skenazy

Paul Skenazy taught for more than thirty years at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with brief stints in Spain and at Stanford. He wrote critical books and articles on writers as diverse as James M. Cain and Thomas Pynchon and reviewed books for newspapers and...

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