PLAYA Alumni

Jill AnnieMargaret

Jill AnnieMargaret

Jill AnnieMargaret received her M.F.A. in Visual Art from California State University Long Beach in 2005 and B.F.A. with distinction from Sonoma State University. She holds a B.S. in Communications from Clarion University. The recipient of the E.C. Boyle Arts in Paris...

Sean  Edgerton

Sean Edgerton

After studying Plant Sciences and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of California, Santa Cruz, Sean Vidal Edgerton completed a graduate program in Science Illustration at California State University, Monterey Bay. Since then, he has worked as a wildlife...

Roger Peet

Roger Peet

Roger Peet is an artist and printmaker in Portland, OR. His work addresses the contemporary crises of biodiversity and capitalism and what can and can't be done about them. He is a founding member of the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and coordinates the national...

Riversteadt (River) LaMoreaux

Riversteadt (River) LaMoreaux

Riversteadt (River) LaMoreaux, Ph.D. is passionate about interdisciplinarity – she is part writer, part scientist, and part artist. She has published in a wide variety of genres including short play, creative non-fiction, poetry, and academic scientific writing. Her...

Pardiss Kebriaei

I'm a human rights attorney interested in transformative justice. I write about the issues I work on and care about, which so far have had to do mostly with incarceration, from detention without charge at Guantanamo to life without parole in the US. At heart, I'm a...

Nif Hodgson

Nif Hodgson

She received her MFA from San Francisco State University, is a recipient of the Murphy, Cadogan & Phelan Fellowship, and has been an artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley. She publishes artist books and collaborations under the imprint ‘subtext...

Londs Reuter

Londs Reuter

Londs Reuter (born 1988) is a dancer and dance-maker based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently choreographing towards the question: what does it take to be brave? Londs has received support from New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks 2014-2015), Danspace Project (Food...

Paul Skenazy

Paul Skenazy

Paul Skenazy grew up in Chicago, studied at the University of Chicago and Stanford, and taught Literature and Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune and other...

Kelly Grogan

Kelly Grogan

Kelly Grogan received her MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles with a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Tishman Review, The Forge, Blue Earth Review, and Reed Magazine, among others, and was nominated for a...

Katharine Salzmann

Katharine Salzmann

I have been thinking about Nothing since I was six. I have never been thrown from a horse, but I have been bitten by angry creatures and clonked by a coupla flying objects. I am in love with meadows, maps, etymology, the moon. Poet, Wanderer, Homemaker, Listener,...

Ellen Adams

Ellen Adams

Ellen Adams writes essays, fiction and songs. As a teenager in Eastern Washington, one of her earliest jobs included Spanish interpretation at a cardiology clinic. Ferrying the conditions of patients’ figurative and anatomical hearts between languages confirmed for...

Elizabeth McLagan

Elizabeth McLagan

Elizabeth McLagan is the author of the poetry collections In The White Room (2013) and My Rothko, forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. Poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Boulevard, L.A. Review, 32 Poems, Beloit Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She has won an AWP...

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells

Lisa Wells is an augur and performance artist living in Corvallis, Oregon. Her multimedia work mixes meditation, movement, videography, still photography, drawing and writing to create stories about place and people within place. She has a PhD in geology and has...

MaryAnn Puls

MaryAnn Puls

Artist MaryAnn Puls, creates paintings, drawings and assemblages in various mediums. Her work follows its own script with results that seem familiar, enigmatically attractive and although abstract, projects a certain reality. A need to understand draws the viewer to...

Martha Silano

Martha Silano

Martha Silano is the author of five full-length poetry collections, including Gravity Assist (Saturnalia Books, 2019), What the Truth Tastes Like (Two Sylvias Press, 2015), Reckless Lovely (Saturnalia Books, 2014), and The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception,...

Marilyn Joyce

Marilyn Joyce

Paper, ink, beeswax, and thread tell the story of a place in Marilyn Joyce’s mixed-media works. Residing in Portland, Oregon, her interest in the natural world, joined with a walking practice, provide parameters for her art. Direct observation combined with felt...

Barb Burwell

Barb Burwell

As an artist, I curate information collecting images, textures and forms, physically and in my mind’s eye as I move through this world. In my current art practice I use fiber and mixed media to depict abstracted landscapes, obscuring and controlling viewpoints...

Daniel Mayer

Daniel Mayer

Daniel Mayer is an Arizona artist, educator, and fine press publisher who investigates the intersection of language and art resulting in artist’s books, experimental prints, and award-winning public art. Mayer’s personal studio works are a fusion of cultural identity,...

James Reed

James Reed

South African. MA Social Sculpture 2007. Member Galley 114 Co-op. Collaborations include GPSEN- Think Tank, SSRU- Agents of Change. Visual Art Practice Exhibited SA, USA, UK.

Lola Milholland

Lola Milholland

Lola is a creative producer and writer who has an intense fascination with the way that shifts in food culture reflect and influence larger cultural moments. The intersection of art, food, the environment, and public engagement is her favorite place to linger. She has...

Richard	Rosencrance

Richard Rosencrance

Richie is an archaeologist who specializes in the first peoples of the Great Basin, with a particular focus on Oregon. Specifically, he studies stone tool technology, organization, and chronology to inform on broader cultural and social patterns, diversity, and...

Madeleine Barbier

I am from Santa Cruz California. I went to Pacific Northwest College of Art for my undergraduate degree. Throughout my four years there I became increasingly intersted in the interweaving of writing, ecology, research and publication. I currently live in California.

Katelyn McDonough

Katelyn McDonough

Katelyn McDonough is pursuing her PhD in Anthropology at Texas A&M University. Her dissertation research bridges ecological and anthropological approaches to investigate how plant communities and human diets have changed over the past 13,000 years. Katelyn’s work...

Ingrid Taylor

Ingrid Taylor

Ingrid L. Taylor is veterinarian, writer, and poet who lives in Las Vegas with her Newfoundland dog, Winston, and her black cat, Olive. Her fiction has appeared Dies Infaustus, Legs of Tumbleweed, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women, Gaia: Shadow...