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PLAYA ALUMNI

Brittney Corrigan

Brittney Corrigan

Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collections Daughters, Breaking, Navigation, 40 Weeks and most recently, Solastalgia, a collection of poems about climate change, extinction, and the Anthropocene Age (JackLeg Press, 2023). Brittney was raised in Colorado...

Dawn Pichón Barron

Dawn Pichón Barron

Dawn Pichón Barrón is an Indigenous scholar, educator, writer, wife and mother, who lives on the lands of the Medicine Creek (Treaty) tribes and bands. She is the director of the Native Pathways Program at the Evergreen State College, a board member of Artist Trust,...

Allison Hedge Coke

Allison Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s authored works include (poetry) The Year of the Rat, Dog Road Woman, Off-Season City Pipe, Blood Run, Burn, Streaming, Look at This Blue, and a memoir, Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, and a play, Icicles. She is the editor of ten poetry...

Bridgette Hickey

Bridgette Hickey

Bridgette (Bird) Hickey is an emerging self taught multidisciplinary archivist exploring interspecies and multidimensional communication with her ancestors and beyond human beings. She works in repetitive time intensive traditional mediums to weave fragmented and...

Sharita Towne

Sharita Towne

Sharita Towne is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Portland. Born and raised on the West Coast of the U.S. along Interstate 5 from Salem, OR, to Tacoma, WA, and down to Sacramento, CA. She is most interested in engaging local and global Black...

Ella Ray

Ella Ray

Ella Ray is a sister, friend, and an auntie based in Portland, Oregon. Ray uses critical writing and library work to honor and investigate the abundant forms of black femme communication. Ray made their curatorial debut in 2021 with the group show "Nobody's Fool."...

Ahsante Foree

Ahsante Foree

Ahsante Sankofa Foree (Dhey/Dhem : It/its) is an iteration of Black existence making home in occupied lands of Cowlitz, Multnomah, Kathlamet and many other nations of the Nch’i Wána (“The Big River”) aka Portland, Oregon. Its works focus on the inarticulable miracles...

Melanie Stevens

Melanie Stevens

Melanie Stevens is an artist, illustrator and writer. She is the creator of the graphic novel series, WaterShed, and the co-founder and co-curator of Nat Turner Project, a migratory gallery space that grants artists of color the freedom to create or express their own...

Jaleesa Johnson

Jaleesa Johnson

Jaleesa Johnston is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and independent curator currently living and working in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a BA from Vassar College, an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and an MA from the University of Bergen in Norway....

Ariella V Tai

Ariella V Tai

ariella tai is an experimental filmmaker and independent programmer born and raised in Queens, NY, currently based in Portland, OR. tai is one half of “the first and the last,” a fellowship, workshop and screening series supporting and celebrating the work of black...

Alan Page

Alan Page

[sic][redacted] | Alan Page (they/he, b. 1987) is a conceptual, new media, and experimental artist who is also a collector and a dabbler. In a big glass jar, they gather media, software, tools, conversations, ideas, and the spaces between what happens when people...

Dawn Stetzel

Dawn Stetzel

Dawn Stetzel is an artist from the United States currently living on the Long Beach Peninsula on the southern coast of Washington. Her performative sculptures interact with environments in the margins, where humans and nature rub together leaving a sometimes-messy...

Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka Kumar

PRIYANKA KUMAR is the author of Conversations with Birds, widely acclaimed as “a landmark book” that “could help people around the world rewild their hearts and souls” (Psychology Today). Conversations with Birds is a finalist for the 2023 CLMP Firecracker Award for a...

Clare Benson

Clare Benson

Clare Benson is an interdisciplinary artist originally from the northern reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and currently residing in Tucson, Arizona. Working primarily in photography, video, installation, and writing, her research combines elements of science,...

Kristina Martino

Kristina Martino

Kristina Martino is a poet and visual artist. Winner of a 2022 92Y Discovery Prize, her poems have appeared in Poem-A-Day, Paris Review Daily, Best New Poets, and Ninth Letter. She has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Oak Spring Garden...

W. Scott Trimble

W. Scott Trimble

W. Scott Trimble’s formative years played out in an artistic and musical household in Santa Cruz, California. Most of the time he was left to his own devices and had a fierce independent spirit. With limited resources, he began to forge his creativity by drawing and...

Jennifer Gunlock

Jennifer Gunlock

Based in Los Angeles, Jennifer Gunlock has received an MFA at California State University, Long Beach in 2003. A 2022 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, she has recently joined the roster of artists at Mark Moore Fine Art. She has exhibited nationally...

Ivy Guild

Ivy Guild

Ivy Guild, a San Diego-based artist, graduated in August 2021 with an MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. Guild was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, and moved to San Diego in 2012 to pursue a degree in Marine Biology. Four years later, she...

Kate Bredeson

Kate Bredeson

Kate Bredeson (she/her) is a theatre historian, a director, and a dramaturg. Her project as a scholar is to research, write about, and practice the ways in which theatre can be a tool for radical activism and protest. Her first book, “Occupying the Stage: the Theater...

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers

Andrew Myers is an Oregon based visual artist and educator who explores the concepts of instinct, extinction, isolation and the conservation and preservation of wild places and creatures in work that is drawing-based with elements of installation, printmaking,...

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen

Ching-In Chen is descended from ocean dwellers and author of The Heart's Traffic: a novel in poems and recombinant (2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry) as well as chapbooks to make black paper sing and Kundiman for Kin :: Information Retrieval for...

Jim O’Connor

Jim O’Connor

Jim O’Connor is a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Portland, Oregon, where hes has worked since 1991. His research strives to improve understanding of the processes and events that shape the remarkable and diverse landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

Tiffany Hokanson

Tiffany Hokanson

Tiffany Hokanson is a printmaker and sculptor born and raised in the rural timber town of Roseburg, Oregon. She received her Master’s Degree from Indiana University in 2021 on a fully funded assistantship. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree was awarded from Southern...

JacK Foraker

JacK Foraker

Jack Foraker is a writer from Yolo County, California. His fiction has received support from the Elizabeth George Foundation, Tin House, Bread Loaf, and Aspen Words. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on stories and a novel.