PLAYA Alumni

Daryl Ngee Chinn

I have written poems for a long time. Since 1987 have taught school children poetry writing and publishing, at various times, in seven states. I make books, broadly defined; have worked with music, poems, and dancers. I build things with wood—cabinets, tables, a cedar...

Corwin Levi

Corwin Levi is a mixed media, project-based artist whose practice centers around transforming ideas into experiences. He has shown and curated across the country and been awarded fellowships and artist residencies both here and internationally. Residencies include the...

Pepper Pepper

Kaj-anne Pepper AKA Pepper Pepper is a multidisciplinary artist who works in performance, video, drag, installation, theatre and dance. "So Spice They Named Her Twice" Kaj-anne's drag persona "Pepper Pepper" is a humorous yet thoughtful gender bending MC and...

Ethan Cornell

Ethan Cornell is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He received his education at the High School of Art and Design, NYC and the Parsons School of Design. Since graduation he has studied also at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice and...

Lehuauakea Fernandez

Lehuauakea Fernandez is a mixed Native Hawaiian interdisciplinary artist from Hilo, Hawaiʻi. She has participated in several group shows in Portland, Oregon, most recently the 23rd Annual Recent Graduates Exhibition at Blackfish Gallery. Through a range of craft-based...

Adam Roigart

Adam is a landscape architect, artist, urban planner and designer. His most recent activity is founding Out of Office Architecture - a practice engaged in architectural prototyping, citizen dialogue and circular economy. Adam is also one of the driving forces behind...

Jeff Hess

I’ve had my heart broken through loss, I’ve never met my father, I knew hunger when I was young, stole both food and money, I’m learning the guitar, I’ve been wiggle-your-toes-in-love with someone, I was known for my moonwalking skills in my youth, I stopped to look...

Josh Lefkowitz

Josh Lefkowitz received an Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan. His poems and essays have been widely published online and in print, including The New York Times, Electric Literature, Washington Square Review, The Millions, The Rumpus, as well...

Karen Leona Anderson

Karen Leona Anderson is the author of the poetry collections Receipt and Punish Honey. Her work has appeared in ecopoetics, New American Writing, Fence, Volt, and The Best American Poetry 2012. She teaches at St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Jessica Zeglin

Jessica Zeglin is a sound and visual artist interested in understanding humans, biotic and abiotic entities, and ecosystems as emergent systems of consciousness and vocality. Her work uses sound, drawing, and installation to invite relationships, engaging skills of...

Nika Blasser

Nika Blasser is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a wide range of media including video, installation, drawing, painting, and photography. Nika’s practice explores the intersections between highly manipulated forms and organic genesis, often mixing synthetic...

Kate McIntyre + Joe Aguilar

Kate McIntyre's work has been published in the Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Copper Nickel, and elsewhere. She teaches at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is the editor of The Worcester Review, a community literary magazine with an all-volunteer staff. Joe...

Magali Roy-Fequiere

Magali Roy-Fequiere’s work has appeared in African American Review, Cave Canem Anthology XIII, and The Squaw Valley Review. Having graduated from her three-year Cave Canem fellowship in 2013, she continued to apprentice at VONA, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley,...

Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent novel, Heat and Light, explores the fate of a Rust Belt town transformed when the natural gas industry comes to town. It won a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was...

Nathan Ely

Nathan Ely is a photographer whose practice is an intersection of scientific and historic/alternative photographic image making. His work explores photography’s unique relation to light, space and time - possessing an “objective intelligence”, the camera has a...

Wayne Bund

Wayne Bund is a visual artist, performer, writer, and educator living in Portland, OR. His multi-discipline practice includes photography, performance, poetry, and playwriting. His works and performances have been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues...

Christopher O’Leary

Christopher O’Leary is an artist working at the intersections of art, science and the popular imagination. Since 2015, his collaborative installation Black (W)hole was shown at the Williamson Gallery at ArtCenter, UC Santa Cruz, The Pitatch Tikva Museum in Tel Aviv,...

Sarah Fagan

Sarah Fagan (b. 1985, Shelton, CT) received a BA in English and Fine Arts from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA and a post-baccalaureate certificate from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. She is currently wrapping up her MFA at the University...

Alison Mandaville

Alison Mandaville writes poetry and translates literature from Azerbaijani. She grew up in Portland, Oregon, Turkey, Massachusetts and Yemen. A Fulbright award to Azerbaijan led to grants facilitating several summer writing workshops for Azeri women writers and visual...

Erika Bolstad

Storytelling is looking someone in the eye and making a human connection. And then another, and another. And another. It is the best way I know to feel a little less alone in this world, and I strive as a journalist, a yoga teacher and human to build more of those...

Michelle Goodman

Michelle Goodman is a journalist and creative nonfiction writer. Her personal and reported essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Salon, Narratively, Magenta, and several anthologies. She is author of The Anti 9-to-5 Guide and My So-Called...

Patrick Mondaca

Patrick Mondaca served in Baghdad, Iraq as a Sergeant with the Connecticut Army National Guard’s 143rd Military Police Company in 2003. After being discharged, he returned to civilian policing until leaving to work as a field safety and security officer for a...

Molly Aubry

Molly Aubry is a visual artist whose work explores entangled perceptual worlds through the matrix of print media. Her paintings, prints, and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in New York, Miami, Berlin, and Los Angeles. She...