Fall 2011 Described as ‘Khalil Gibran meets Pablo Neruda,’ Mark is a HBO Def Jam poet who has shared his writing on stage around the world, including the first TEDxRamallah talks held in Palestine, which led him to trend worldwide on Twitter. As a community builder he was an invited speaker at the United Nations tribunal on Social Exclusion. Mark’s work breaks borders to wage beauty across continents of language and culture, which has earned him respect for his creative approaches to suicide prevention, human rights and human development.
Fall 2015 A-lan Holt is a dramatist and mother, who imagines and manifests entire worlds on stage for close intimate audiences. The landscapes of her written work root themselves in themes of loneliness, love, and utopian desires. A-lan is the youngest writer to be awarded a two-year residency at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. Her plays and performances have been presented around the US and internationally in Kampala, Uganda (National Theatre of Uganda). Plays include The Bottom (developed starring Lupita N’yongo) and 8ball (Dr.
Fall 2012 / Winter 2014 / Spring 2015 Rubén Martínez is an award-winning journalist, author and performer. Among the themes covered in his works are immigrant life and globalization, the cultural and political history of Los Angeles (Martinez's hometown), the civil wars of the 1980s in Central America (his mother is a native of El Salvador) and Mexican politics and culture (he is a second-generation Mexican-American on the father's side of his family).
Winter 2013 Joan Morgan began a career in journalism as a freelance writer for The Village Voice. The response to her first article, “The Pro-Rape Culture” about the Central Park jogger, “established Morgan’s reputation as a black-feminist writer who was unafraid of tacking the most highly charged topics.” A few years later, Morgan won an Excellence Merit Media Award from the National Woman’s Political Caucus for her coverage of the rape trial of Mike Tyson. Morgan went on to become an Executive Editor of Essence Magazine, and has written for Spin, Vibe, and GIANT.
SPRING 2014 Jerome Reyes (b Daly City, CA United States) is an artist and educator who works with the collaborative potentials of institutions, alterity, and architecture. His work straddles installation, text, time-based media, public events, theatrical readings, cross-institutional curricula, and long-term educational initiatives.
Spring 2012 Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.