Laura Mullen, Terri Witek, Cyriaco Lopes
Laura Mullen is the author of eight books and the McElveen Professor of English at LSU. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. Her work has been widely anthologized, and she is the librettist for Nathan Davis’ a Sound Uttered, a Silence crossed (for choir and percussion) which was commissioned by the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. Recent poems have appeared in The Nation, Jubilat, Conjunctions, and Lana Turner. She is the 2017-2018 Arons poet at Tulane and affiliate faculty at Stetson University for 2018. Her translation of Veronique Pittolo's Hero is forthcoming from Black Square.
Terri Witek is the author of 6 books of poems, most recently The Rape Kit, winner of the 2017 Slope Editions Prize judged by Dawn Lundy Martin. Her poetry often traces the breakages between words and images, and has been included in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Slate, Poesia Visual, Versal, and many other journals and anthologies. She has collaborated with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes (cyriacolopes.com) since 2005—their works together include museum and gallery shows, performance and site-specific projects featured internationally in New York, Seoul, Miami, Lisbon, and Rio de Janeiro. Witek directs Stetson’s undergraduate creative program and, with Lopes, teaches Poetry in the Expanded Field in Stetson University’s low-residency MFA of the Americas. terriwitek.com
New York based Brazilian artist Cyriaco Lopes has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Art of São Paulo (MASP), El Museo del Barrio in NYC, the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles in Paris, Casa Degli Artisti in Milan, among many other international venues. His work has been curated by artists such as Lygia Pape, Janine Antoni, and Luciano Fabro, as well as by art critics such as Paulo Herkenhoff. He is the winner of the NYC World Studio Foundation Award, the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis Project Award, the São Paulo Phillips Prize of trip to Europe. Lopes is an associate professor and deputy chair of the Art & Music department at John Jay College/the City University of New York. He also teaches in the Stetson University M.F.A. of the Americas in Poetry in the Expanded Field.