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From Mauna to PLAYA: Lehuauakea Fernandez

From Mauna to PLAYA: 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...

Emily Cohen

Emily Cohen

Emily Cohen is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in ecological design and community planning.  She is intrigued at the balance between art and science, built and natural, chaos and order. Her focus at Playa involves creating a field guide to climate change...

Pure Joy: Barbara Rockman

Pure Joy: Barbara Rockman

PLAYA alumna Barbara Rockman is the author of Sting and Nest, winner of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, and recipient of the National Press Women Book Prize. Her poems appear in numerous anthologies and journals including Calyx, Bellingham Review, Louisville...

Nine Days, Nine Wonders: Jozsef Devenyi

Nine Days, Nine Wonders: Jozsef Devenyi

Jozsef Devenyi, recent alum of PLAYA residency program for artists and scientists, is a professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He spent his nine-day stay updating an organic chemistry lab manual -- adding, revising, and reconducting...

Spreading the Wonder: Marilyn Joyce

Spreading the Wonder: Marilyn Joyce

Paper, ink, beeswax, and thread tell the story of a place in Marilyn Joyce’s mixed media works. Residing in Portland, Oregon, she finds that her passionate interest in the natural world, joined with a walking practice, provides parameters for her art. As Marilyn...

Specifics of the Goodness: Melanie Bishop

Specifics of the Goodness: Melanie Bishop

Author and PLAYA alum Melanie Bishop has a delightful Young Adult novel in the PLAYA library: My So-Called Ruined Life (2014). This "introspective page-turner" (Publisher's Weekly) was a top-five finalist for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction and Community of...

The Intensity of Immersion: Paul Skenazy

The Intensity of Immersion: Paul Skenazy

PLAYA resident Paul Skenazy taught Literature and Writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz, for many years. Several PLAYA residents fondly remember Paul's lively lectures as he expanded our horizons on that beautiful campus among the redwoods and banana...

Illuminated Pages: Sarah Rabkin and Chuck Atkinson

Illuminated Pages: Sarah Rabkin and Chuck Atkinson

PLAYA is thrilled to welcome the return of alumni Sarah Rabkin and Charles Atkinson to Summer Lake, on May 3 through 5, to lead our first master class of 2019. Former residents Chuck and Sarah both taught writing at UC Santa Cruz for many years. Sarah is the author...

So Freakin’ Special: Daniel Getzoff

So Freakin’ Special: Daniel Getzoff

Daniel Getzoff is a Los Angeles-based community activist and organizer, a playwright, personal essayist/blogger, a multi-faceted nonprofit sector worker, a recovering actor, and a recovering addict. In the past few years, he has added fiction writer to that list....

Chance Conversations: Daniel Mayer

Chance Conversations: Daniel Mayer

Daniel Mayer is a visual artist who works with both traditional analog and digital processes to produce works of art in bookform. The books are gorgeous, informative works of language and art in many forms: experimental artist’s books, variable editioned prints, fine...