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Session Two Bios

May 10 – June 7

Visual Arts

Christina Gruber, Amstetten, Austria. Visual Artist. Gruber’s work focuses on the visualization of the connection between humans and their environment and their relationship with time and space. Her exhibitions include Digital Water, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA; Fluktuationen, Topkino, Vienna; Last Exit, moë, Vienna; FOKUS, Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Arts Recrafted, Printa, Vienna; The Essence 15, Künstlerhaus, Vienna; Humans Make Nature, Round Table, Vienna; Moon Exhibition, Forward Creative Festival, Kunsthalle, Vienna; Urban Rivers, Rachel Carson Center; Breakthroughs and Valley Stretches, SGGW, Warsaw, Poland; and Algae Revealed, Chelsea Fringe, Vienna. She received her BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Natural Resources, Vienna; her MS in Freshwater Ecology from the University of Natural Resources, Vienna; and her MFA in Site Specific Arts from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.

Hyeon Jung Kim, Los Angeles, CA. Visual Artist.  Kim was born in Seoul, Korea. Her group exhibitions include Mom + Pops, Washington Parks Incubator, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL; Hyeon Jung Kim,; and Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz Financial, Farmington Hills, MI; and her solo exhibitions include Family Business, Coop Gallery, Nashville, TN. Kim is the recipient of the Mercedes-Benz Emerging Artist Award Finalist, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; and was a Young Sculptors Competition Finalist, Hiestand Galleries, Miami University, Oxford, OH. She received her BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy
of Art.

Melody Owen, Portland, OR. Visual Artist. Owen works in the mediums of collage, installation, video, writing, photography and drawing. Her main concerns are with the crucial importance and simultaneous fragile state of our ecosystems and also how our perceptions are shaped by and shape our realities. She has exhibited work in solo shows at PDX Gallery, Portland, OR; Marylhurst University Art Gym, Lake Oswego, OR; Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR; and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art; and in group shows at The Portland Art Museum; Alter Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Hardy Tree Gallery, London, UK; and Traywick Contemporary, Berkeley, CA. Her selected screenings include Tree Farm, Human Resources LA, Los Angeles, CA; A Natural Selection, NW Film Forum, Seattle, WA; and For Robert, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. She received her BA in Photography from the University of Oregon and her MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University. She works in a converted 1920s fire station on the bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.


Meg Wolfe, Los Angeles, CA Choreographer. Wolfe is a Los Angeles-based artist/dance-maker interested in theatrical and site-responsive work. Her most recent work, New Faithful Disco was a 2016 National Performance Network Creation Fund and Forth Fund Project co-commissioned by REDCAT, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), DiverseWorks, Z Space, and NPN. Her projects have received support from the NPN, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation and Durfee Foundation ARC Grants, CHIME, Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative and Meet the Composer; and through residencies at REDCAT, Performance Works NorthWest, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, UCLA WAC/D Hothouse; Show Box LA with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs. Wolfe has appeared at the FRESH Festival, Bootleg Theater, the New Original Works Festival at REDCAT, Confusion is Sex #3, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Sea and Space Explorations, HomeLA, Highways Performance Space; early work was presented in NYC at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s, The Kitchen, Movement Research at Judson Church, Nuyorican Poets Café, and others. She has appeared as a dancer in the works of Vicky Shick (1999-2003); and in projects by Jerome Bel, Molissa Fenley, Clarinda Mac Low, and Susan Rethorst. Wolfe runs the studio we live in space; is the founder/director of Show Box L.A. and was a founding co-editor of itch dance journal.

Music Composition

Tonia Ko, Lawrence, KS. Composer. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Ko’s music strives to capture the poetics behind small visual details of everyday life. Her work has been performed internationally by ensembles such as New York Youth Symphony, New Morse Code, Flux Quartet, Orkest De Ereprijs, Eastman Wind Ensemble, and featured at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, and Santa Fe. Ko has received recognition from BMI, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Copland House, and the Lin Yao Ji Foundation. Her parallel explorations in visual arts inspire frequent interdisciplinary projects. She received her BM from the Eastman School of Music, her MM from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and her DMA in Music Composition from Cornell University.


France-Luce Benson, Brooklyn, NY. Playwright. Benson is a Brooklyn based playwright who aims to explore the Black American narrative in theatre from her unique perspective as a first generation Haitian-American. Her plays have been produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center/City Theatre of Miami, Crossroads Theatre, The Billy Holiday Theatre, Loyola Marymount University, New Perspectives Theatre, and Duke University, among others. Awards and honors include: NEA Grant recipient 2017, Dramatists Guild Fellow 2015-2016, Winner of the 41st annual Samuel French OOB Festival 2016, winner of the National New Play Network Award for Short Playwriting 2014, Playwright Observer Fellow at the Eugene O’Neil NPC 2016, The Kilroys List- Honorable Mention Boat People; Alfred P. Sloan New Play Commission The Devil’s Salt; Ensemble Studio Theatre New Play Commission Showtime Blues, Alfred P. Sloan Screenplay Award Healing Roots; and Princess Grace Award Runner Up. She earned her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, is an Associate Professor at St. Johns University, and a Member Playwright at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Marianne Boruch, West Lafayette, IN. Poet. Boruch has worked as a searcher of lost books at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library, before teaching in Wisconsin, Taiwan, Maine, and for years now at Purdue University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her poetry collections include Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), and Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing (Copper Canyon Press, 2016); her essay collections include Poetry’s Old Air (University of Michigan Press, 1995), In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity University Press, 2005), and The Little Death of Self (University of Michigan Press, 2017), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana University Press, 2011.) Her essays and poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, Ploughshares, APR, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, The London Review of Books, Field, The Nation, Poetry, The Hudson Review, and Narrative. Her awards include four Pushcart Prizes and three appearances in Best American Poetry, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Edinburgh. She received her BS in English/History/Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana and her MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Roohi Choudhry, Brooklyn, NY. Writer. Choudhry is a writer and lifelong nomad who calls Brooklyn, New York, home. Her short stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Normal School, and Callaloo, and her fiction was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015. Her nonfiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Rumpus, The Butter and Bitch Magazine. She was awarded a Gregory Millard Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation, a Hopwood Award in Nonfiction from the University of Michigan, and writing residencies at Moveen, Hedgebrook and the Mesa Refuge. Choudhry served on the boards of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective and DesiLit, worked as a writing workshop leader for the New York Writers' Coalition, and as a contributing editor at Fiction Writers Review. She received her BS in Economics from Lahore University of Management Sciences, her MS in Marketing Research from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan.

Lydia Conklin, Decatur, GA. Writer. Conklin is the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in fiction at Emory University. Her fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, and The Gettysburg Review, among others. She has created graphic fiction for Gulf Coast, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, and the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago. She has received a Pushcart Prize, work-study scholarships from Bread Loaf, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, Hedgebrook, the James Merrill House, the Vermont Studio Center, Millay, Jentel, Lighthouse Works, Brush Creek, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Caldera, the Sitka Center, and Harvard University, among others, and grants and awards from the Astraea Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Alliance of Artists Communities, and the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Conklin received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin.

Thomas Dibblee, Los Angeles, CA. Writer. Dibblee's short story, "Stuck in a Sixth-Floor Penthouse" placed second in Glimmer Train’s 2016 Short Story Award for New Writers; his essay "Bud Light Lime, Unlikely Hope" was included in the Atlantic’s Best Pop-Culture Writing series; essays "On Being Off: The Case of Amanda Knox" and "Jay McInerney, the New York Fantasy, and Wine" appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Salon. His journalism and criticism has also appeared in Pacific Standard and The Point. Dibblee received his BA in Literature and Economics from Claremont McKenna College and his MFA in Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts.

Midori Fujioka, San Francisco, CA. Playwright. Fujioka is a writer with a passion for Japanese film, anime, manga, otaku culture, Noh drama, taiko drumming, and calligraphy.  Since 1989, she has taught Japanese Film and Literature, Asian American Studies, and Women’s Studies, connecting with approximately twelve thousand students over twenty-eight years. Her first play “Heartbeat” was written in Dare Clubb’s playwriting class and her second play, “SKY WIND – Rashomon Revisited” is forthcoming.  She is a recipient of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Fellowship for Peace at Middlebury College, a National Endowment for the Humanities-Asian Studies Development Program Teaching Fellowship at the East-West Center of Hawai’i, and a Freeman Foundation of Asia-Japan Studies Association Teaching Fellowship at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, amongst others.  Her essays have appeared in Rice Magazine, Tozai Times, and elsewhere.  She attended Scripps College; Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan); the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Berkeley; Middlebury College; and Bread Loaf School of English. 






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