PLAYA Alumni

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...

Marguerite Bailey

Marguerite Bailey (b. 1996, Massachusetts) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Portland, OR. Through a variety of mediums & primarily handcrafted objects, work proposes to illuminate the compression of time into memory.

Karen McPherson

Poet and translator Karen McPherson was a professor of French literature at the University of Oregon until her very recent retirement. She is the author of the poetry collection Skein of Light (2014) and of the 2012 chapbook Sketching Elise. She worked for several...

Michael DiGiacinto

Michael DiGiacinto is a composer, conductor, and pianist residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is currently the conductor for Bay Shore Lyric Opera and is the Associate Music Director for the Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale in San Jose. He has served as Music...

Molly Alloy

Molly Alloy is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator living and working in Portland, OR. Born in St. Louis, MO, in 1981, she received her BS in Studio Art from Skidmore College in New York in 2004 and her Master of Fine Art at Pacific Northwest College of Art in...

Emily Bosanquet

Emily Bosanquet is a scientist and educator whose work explores the connections between natural phenomena, social and cultural dynamics, and the political, legal, and economic institutions that organize our lives. Bosanquet teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of...

Kelly Nesbitt

Nesbitt is a contemporary performance artist who merges physical comedy, performance art, and sound/video to create original, outlandish performances that defy easy categorization. Juxtaposing pratfalls with the seriousness, absurdities with sincerity, and pathos with...

Vita Eruhimovitz

Vita Eruhimovitz grew up in Israel and currently lives and works in New York. Vita holds a BFA from Shenkar College(2012) and an MFA from Washington University in Saint Louis(2015). Vita’s background in computer science and bioinformatics and her interest in science...

Karl LeClair

Karl LeClair is a visual artist based in Boise, ID. He maintains an active studio practice and explores printmaking, drawing, and installation. Having grown up in New England, the vast landscapes of the American West have heavily influenced LeClair's work in the past...

Chauna Craig

Chauna Craig is the author The Widow's Guide to Edible Mushrooms: Stories (Press 53, 2017), winner of a Next Generation Indies Book Award and finalist for both the Foreword Reviews and High Plains Book Awards. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Ploughshares,...

Angie Chuang

Angie Chuang's memoir, The Four Words for Home (Aquarius Press / Willow Books 2014), told the stories of an immigrant family she followed to their birthplace, Afghanistan, in the wake of the 9-11 attacks, and her own Chinese American family. The book won an...

Liz Ahl

Liz Ahl is the author of Beating the Bounds (Hobblebush Books, 2017), Home Economics (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016), Talking About the Weather (Seven Kitchens Press, 2012), Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010), and A Thirst That’s Partly Mine (winner of the 2008 Slapering Hol...

Erin McCown

Erin McCown is a photographer living and working in Oregon. Born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire during the analog days of film and 1-hour developing, she gravitated towards photography as a tool for visual storytelling. In 2000 she began working and...

Gail Foster

A rare and visceral artist, Gail Foster’s works are passionately expressive rendering of complex ideas. Her latest endeavors include elemental photography of “trash-to-treasure” assemblages, low-VOC acrylic paintings and mixed media on paper. An uplifting and...

Charles Atkinson

Charles Atkinson was born and schooled in Massachusetts and served as a teacher in the Peace Corps for two years in the Philippines. He was on the staff of Hampshire College for its opening years, and completed a Ph.D at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where...

Stefan Petranek

As an image based artist Stefan Petranek (b. 1977) works across mediums that range from historic photographs to video sculptures that combine digital projection technologies onto a variety of 3D forms and surfaces. Working with subjects that range from genetics to...

Anne Paris

Anne Jennings Paris is a poet, painter, and educator whose work looks at the intersection of popular culture and the natural world. Anne was born in Gainesville, Florida. After stints in CT, CA, and London, Anne now lives in the Portland, Oregon area with her son. Her...