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Suzie Buchholz (2015) exhibits Curious Imaginings at Caldwell Snyder Gallery in San Francisco Opening reception Thursday, May 3, 5:30-7:30pm Website

Nova Ren Suma (2012) read an excerpt from Nova Ren Suma's YA Novel A Room Away From The Wolves Read the excerpt here

Kara Lee Corthron (2014) + France-Luce Benson (2017) The Camargo Foundation announced the eight playwrights selected for the Cultural Diaspora Program, a four-week residency program for mid-career/established African-American and African playwrights. France-Luce Benson and Kara Lee Corthron will both be hosted at the Camargo Foundation.

Dušan Týnek (2016) (DT)2 participated in a week-long residency at Hillsborough Community College where they taught 10 master classes to the students of HCC, Blake High School, & the Harrison Center for Visual and Performing Arts. HCC presented two evenings of ANNA in their beautiful Mainstage Theater. The work is available for tour. Visit the (DT)2 website to book this performance. Visit the website

Photo: Tom Kramer

Nancy Karp (1990 + 2011 + winters) On Beauty is a performance at the David Brower Center by Nancy Karp + Dancers Music: Charles Amirkhanian; Dancers: Sonsherée Giles, Sebastian Grubb, Amy Lewis, Megan Lowe, Charles Slender-White View the full performance

Leland Cheuk (2017) was interviewed by Jhon Sánchez in Pressenza International Press Agency Read the full interview here

Ingrid Rojas Contreras (2013) is on the BookPage list of 11 Women to Watch in 2018! See the full list here

Camille T. Dungy (2014) Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys Into Race, Motherhood, and History by Camille T. Dungy is a contender for the National Book Critics Circle criticism award. Learn more here

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (2016) is a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. See the full list here

John Luther Adams (1986) wrote Becoming Desert: After almost 40 years, I left Alaska. In barrenness, I found new music. Read the full piece here

Kara Maria (2003) exhibits Post-Nature through March 17 at Catharine Clark Gallery. Closing reception March 17 Kara Maria's exhibition was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle by Charles Desmarais Read the review here

Image: Kara Maria, Post-Nature, 2017, 48 x 36 inches, acrylic on canvas

Mark Foehringer (2012) presents Alice in Wonderland at Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture's Cowell Theater, April 7-15 Learn more and find tickets

Natalya Burd (2017) exhibits Leaves of Grass after Walt Whitman March 10 - April 21, 2018 at Jack Fischer Gallery | 311 Potrero Avenue

Gina Werfel (1986) exhibits Interface at Drew University's Korn Gallery Learn more

Ayad Akhar (2015) wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History Read the New York Times article here

France-Luce Benson (2017) is a grand prize winner of the Fifteenth Annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest for her work on Caroline's Wedding with Easmanie Michel and Darcy Miller. More than 1600 entries were received See the full list here

Basil Twist (2005 + winter 2012) presents Symphonie Fantastique First preview March 29, tickets on sale through June 17 Learn more and find tickets

Jodi Lomask (2014) presents Capacitor's Left to Her Own Devices: 20 Years of Sculpture in Motion at YBCA Theater May 17-May 20 "Left to Her Own Devices: 20 years of Sculpture in Motion is a distillation of all of Capacitor’s work to date, focusing on physical structures—which have essentially been oppressive problems for the performers to overcome—to explore the theme of liberation." Learn more and find tickets

Emily X.R. Pan (2017) will be in conversation with Kelly Loy Gilbert (Picture Us in the Light) & Anna-Marie McLemore (Wild Beauty) 2:00 pm on APRIL 15, 2018 at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park

Donna Sternberg + Meredith Tromble + Dawn Sumner (2014) present The Vortex, a multi-year collaboration and kaleidoscope of true stories realized through space, spoken word and video. April 20 & 21, 8pm at the Odyssey Theatre in LA

Allison Akootchook Warden (2017) received a 2018 National Artist Fellowship in the discipline of music. Learn more

Paz de la Calzada (2003) exhibits Portale, a KA Rooftop Terrace Art Exhibit Kalmanovitz Hall - University of San Francisco | February 5 -March 25, 2018 | Open weekdays from 9am-5pm.

Image: Paz de la Calzada

Xhenet Aliu (2013) wrote an article for Buzzfeed titled All I’ve Learned From HGTV Is That No Home Is Good Enough "I know my house would be considered a "before" on my favorite HGTV shows — but I still can't stop watching." Read the full article here

Hillary Jordan + Tony Eprile + Joan Silber Three Djerassi alum are featured in the writings that comprise Twenty-two writers imagine how the current administration will end. Read what they have to say here

Ngozi Anyanwu (2017) was featured in the New York Times article Daughters of African Immigrants Use the Stage to Tell of Two Worlds "Danai Gurira, Jocelyn Bioh, Mfoniso Udofia and Ngozi Anyanwu share first-generation stories. 'You can complain about how your culture is depicted,' says Ms. Anyanwu, 'or you can do it yourself.'" Read the full article here

Susan Cummins Miller (2002) will be a writer-in-residence for Pima County Public Libraries through April 2018. A complete list of workshops and consultations is available on her website Learn more

Lauren Crux 2014 Brevity Magazine features four >em>Little Ramblings by Lauren. Read them here

Photo: Dinty W. Moore

Marco Buongiorno Nardelli (2017) The miniature opera project will be presented at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States 2018 National Conference, University of Oregon School of Music, March 29-31. The miniature opera project will also be presented at the CURRENTS NEW MEDIA exhibition and festival in Santa Fe, NM, June 8-24 Learn more

Marco Buongiorno Nardelli (2017) Marco was awarded a residency at IMeRA-PRISM in Marseille (France), as guest researcher. He will carry out the project "BEAUTIFUL DATA: FROM VIRTUAL NAVIGATION OF LARGE DATA SPACES TO A POST-SONIFICATION ESTHETICS” Learn more

Nancy Webb (2016) States of the Union accepted an essay written by Nancy Webb for publication. Nancy's experience at the Djerassi Program is recounted in her writing! Learn more

Mark Tardi (2004) Mar's third book, The Circus of Trust, was released from Dalkey Archive Press! Learn more

Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko (2011) Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's play Waafrika 123 will be staged at TheatreF1RST in BERKELEY, CA from May 6 to June 8, 2018

Tearrance Chisholm (2016) Theatre503 announces new season including festival exploring power and consent featuring Tearrance Chisholm. Learn more

Lani Montreal (2016) FANBOYS: Poems about Teaching and Learning was accepted for publishing by Finishing Line Press. Lani worked on this poetry collection while in residence at the Djerassi Program.

Samantha Chanse (2016) Leviathan Lab Announces Casting for TRIGGER Learn more

Iván Ferrer-Orozco (2017) presents a concert at the Sacred Music Festival of El Escorial on March 31 with NEOPERCUSIÓN. Learn more

CCS Architecture Diane Middlebrook Studios wins 2017 SARA Jury's Award of Distinction. Cass Calder Smith serves as the Past Chair on the Djerassi Program's Board of Trustees.

Val Britton has work featured in Artsy's What It’s Like to Be an Artist in Residence at Facebook article Read the full article

Kara Maria (2003) exhibits two pieces in Collage/Assemblage Group Show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR January 31 - March 31

Sigrid Nunez (2017) + Ingrid Rojas Contreras (2013) The Friend by Sigrid Nunez and Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Contreras are featured on Electric Lit's 46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018. Full list here

Sigrid Nunez (2017) + Xhenet Alu (2013) both landed a spot on Huffington Post's list 60 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018 Feb. 6 “The Friend,” Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead), Jan. 23 “Brass,” Xhenet Aliu (Random House) See the full list

Lisa Locascio (2014 + winter 2015) is interviewed on the state of Californian literature. Learn more

Photo: Patrick Gookin

Žibuoklės Martinaityte (2017) recently released her new album, Horizons Learn more

Camille Dungy (2014) was included in Women Writing About the Wild: 25 Essential Authors Learn more

Tearrance Chisholm (2016) + Lisa Marie Rollins (2018) will premiere HOODED, or being black for dummies regionally at CustomMade Theater in SF March 8-31, 2018. Written by Tearrance Chisholm, Directed by Lisa Marie Rollins, with A Producing Partnership with Playwrights Foundation Learn more and find tickets

Hillary Jordan (2009) Hillary Jordan's novel Mudbound is now a feature film, and it's receiving its share of Hollywood buzz. Read the CNN review of the film directed by Dee Rees. Read the review

Photo: Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund in 'Mudbound'

Peter Walter (2017) Biochemist and sculptor Peter Walter (2017) was presented with the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Peter was here for Scientific Delirium Madness 4.0 and demonstrated his skills at Open House. One of his sculptures now graces our property. Learn more

Photo: Elisabeth Fall

Nancy Karp (1990, 2011, + winter 2014) + Dancers Presents: On Beauty Produced in collaboration with the David Brower Center. Inspired by the Brower Center’s current exhibition, Douglas R Tompkins: On Beauty, which celebrates the life and work of the late conservationist Doug Tompkins, Karp will make a new site specific performance work for the company. February 9 - 11, 2018 Friday, 8:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 6:00pm and 7:30pm Learn more and find tickets

Lava Thomas (1986, 2003, + winter 2009) The Smithsonian American Art Museum created a video with Lava Thomas discussing her work Requiem for Charleston. The work honors the nine men and women who died in a shooting on June 17, 2015, inside the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Watch the full video

Kenneth Rainin Foundation grant recipients announced The Kenneth Rainin Foundation has awarded $250,000 in arts grants to 16 small and mid-size Bay Area organizations through its New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program. ($5,000) for Mother Sister Daughter - Christy Funsch (2006 + 2012), ($10,000) for Beneath The Surface - Lenora Lee (2013), ($9,000) for In Branau - Dipika Guha (2012), ($20,000) for Left to Her Own Devices: 20 years of Sculpture in Motion - Jodi Lomask (2014), ($15,000) for freedom - Keith Hennessy (2010 + winter 2014), ($20,000) for TheaterTheater - Erika Chong Such (2007 + winters 2009 and 2011), ($15,000) for Stay Close - Joe Goode (1991), ($15,000) for The Legacy of Ephemerality (On the Occasion of our Eviction and 25th Anniversary) - Scott Wells (1996) See the full list

Maré Hieronimus (2015) offers four select photographs and her book, ANTLERED EARTH, for purchase on her website. Learn more

Rodney Sharman (2014) Vancouver composer Rodney Sharman won the Canada Council for the Arts' Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a Canadian professional artist in music, theatre, or dance. Read the full announcement

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Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) Viet Thanh Nguyen's novel The Refugees made the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017 list See the full list

Fawzia Mirza (2018) writer/director, and Terrie Samundra, producer/cowriter, were awarded a $22,000 SFFILM Rainin Filmmaking Grant to produce Me, My Mom and Sharmila Me, My Mom & Sharmila explores the intersection of identity, family & being South Asian in pre/post partition India, 60's Pakistan, and now in North America. See the full SFFILM Grant recipient list

Boris Fishman (2013) writes God Is in the Salad Dressing for the New York Times. Boris Fishman is author of the novels A Replacement Life and Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, and a forthcoming nonfiction family history told through recipes. Read the full piece

Dipika Guha (2012) + Jason Gray Platt (2012) The 42nd Humana Festival of New American Plays includes a piece called You Across from Me by Jaclyn Backhaus, Dipika Guha, Brian Otaño and Jason Gray Platt. Performed by the actors of the 2017-2018 Professional Training Company and directed by Jessica Fisch. Bingham Theater on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11 p.m. Learn more

Camille Dungy (2014) received one of 36 Creative Writing Fellowships for $25,000 from the NEA. Since 1967, the NEA has awarded more than 3,400 Creative Writing Fellowships worth $46 million. Many American recipients of the National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and Fiction were recipients of NEA fellowships early in their careers. Full list of 2018 Creative Writing Fellowship recipients

Dohee Lee (2014) was commissioned by Peralta Hacienda Historical Park to create MU巫: 9 Goddesses, a mythological musical performance ritual. Lee is a recipient of a Hewlett 50 in music composition. The Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions supports the creation and premiere of exceptional new works by world-class artists in partnership with Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Learn more

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Mark Jackson (2003) American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced the appointment of Mark Jackson as the company’s new Studio A.C.T. Director. Learn more

Co-Laboratory The 2016 films by Co-Laboratory for the SF Dance Film Festival are now available for online viewing, and many have scenes shot at Djerassi. The Co-Laboratory films are a unique collaboration between two teams of choreographers and filmmakers who create short dance films in a week, shortly before the annual San Francisco Dance Film Festival. The Co-Laboratory is an annual event to inspire and support local artists of different disciplines to collaboratively create dance films for local and global audiences. View the 2016 films

Lenora Lee (2013) Light by Lenora Lee & Tatsu Aoki was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Canada International Film Festival Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee (1894 - 1955), who, after migrating to New York City, spent two years in indentured servitude, Light is a film in which dance, memory, music and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom. United States | 2017 | 57 min Film excerpts and interview

Viet Thanh Nguyen (2008) The MacArthur Foundation announced its annual no-strings-attached, $625,000 fellowships. The lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen. Read the full LA Times article

Taylor Ho Bynum (2013) released the recent recording "Enter the Plustet" with Firehouse 12 Records. Album details

Lava Thomas (2003 + winter 2009) Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational, group exhibition at the Contemporary Jewish Museum through Feb. 25, 2018 The Contemporary Jewish Museum has commissioned works from fifty-seven artists to interpret the diversity of meanings associated with the day of rest. Learn more

Katharine Hawthorne (2017) has a play, Between the Wish and the Thing, that was reviewed in the 2017 Boulder International Fringe Festival. Katharine wrote and appeared in the work. The ALOCmedia website exclaimed, “Every aspect was a delight for the senses.” Read the review

Ayad Akhtar (2015) was featured in The New York Times. Taking On Wall Street’s Church of Big Money discusses Ayad’s new play, Junk, and the financial chicanery of the 80s and the era’s influence on today’s blind worship of affluence. Read the full article in the New York Times

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Catherine Taylor (2015) Catherine Taylor’s (2015) novel You, Me, and the Violence has been published by The Ohio State University Press. Read some reviews

Eileen Myles (1994) is featured on Literary Hub in an article discussing The Divinity of Dog Writing. The article points to Myles’s Afterglow, A Dog Memoir as well as Virginia Woolf’s Flush: A Biography. Sit down, roll over and read below. Literary Hub

Emily X.R. Pan (2017) has an upcoming book, The Astonishing Color of After, and that book has a cover! The YA novel behind the cover will be presented to the world in March 2018. The book has already made the American Booksellers Association’s “Indies Introduce” list of potential top sellers for independent bookstores. Watch this space (and Facebook and Instagram) for more Emily news. Cover as shown by Paste Magazine

Cover: Sasha Illingworth