Anthony Craig Drennen

In residence August 27 - August 31, 2018

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Craig Drennen teaches drawing, painting, and critical writing at Georgia State University, served as dean of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and is on the board of Art Papers magazine He is represented by Samsøn gallery in Boston and Saltworks in Atlanta. His most recent solo exhibitions were BANDIT at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia in Atlanta, at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam, and Florida Mining in Jacksonville, FL. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, and The New York Times. Since 2008 he has organized his studio practice around Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens.

Drennen was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Fine Arts in 2018. 

Shira Erlichman

In residence July 22 - July 30, 2018

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In Hebrew shira means song and poem. Born in Israel, living in Brooklyn, Shira Erlichman is an author, visual artist, musician and creator of freer form: offering personalized workshops, commissions and performance.

Shira believes most suffering can be traced back to isolation. She's obsessed with art as a way to experience vitality and connection. She's propelled by process, presence and potential. The mystery and transience of being alive fuelher expressions. Creativity has taught her that it's not entirely natural to confine one's self to a specific shape for too long. No matter the medium, joy and growth can be found in reaching for your newest shape, your freer form.

Being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder a decade ago fundamentally changed her life and, wildly enough, deepened her love of being here. Her poetry book Odes to Lithium (Alice James Books, 2019) centers around her experiences with mental illness. She's releasing her picture book Be/Hold (Penny Candy Books, 2019).

She teaches one-on-one online poetry workshops to people all over the planet.She loves helping humans unlock possibility and fuse discipline with magic. Shetours the country sharing her work and facilitating workshops. Catch her on tourhere. Her experimental electronic-pop album Subtle Creature came out in Fall of 2016. You can buy it here.

 

Ray Christian

In residence September 3 - September 6, 2018

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Raymond Christian is a storyteller, whose storytelling began with his role as reader for his illiterate parents at age 10. He escaped the urban slums of Richmond, VA by joining the United States Army at 17. Here he served in a number of capacities and assignments at home, abroad during peace time and in combat, primarily as an Infantryman and Paratrooper, where he retired after 20 years of service. Following retirement the combat-decorated veteran went back to school and earned a BS in History, MA in Public History, and an EdS in Education Leadership. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education, where his dissertation research explores the relationship between parental behavior and academic success among African American students. Ray also teaches part time at Appalachians State University, the courses “The Souls of Black Folks”, an examination of African American social culture, and “Life in the Narrative” a course that explores the historic and contemporary use of storytelling and oral history in America. Ray has shared his stories on the Moth Main Stage in the US and Canada. His stories have appeared in Readers Digest (One of the Best Stories in America Edition) and have been featured on the Moth Radio Hour and Snap Judgment. In addition, as a competitive storyteller Ray is a 7 time Moth story Slam Champion, and the winner of the 2016 National Storytelling Festival Story Slam. Ray also has his own podcast “What’s Ray Saying”. Ray hopes to continue crafting stories that can serve the cause of cultural enlightenment and social justice by using oral expression to present the human experience in a compelling and memorable way. Ray currently resides in Boone, North Carolina.

Dame Wilburn

In residence September 3 - September 6, 2018

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Dame S. Wilburn was born in Macon, Georgia. Her family moved to Detroit when she was very young but felt that connection to home was essential. Dame spent all of her summers in Macon with both sides of her family. The summers spent in her grandmother’s backyard are the foundation of her work. At an early age she was able to craft stories that entertained adults and kids. It wasn’t long before her mother enrolled her in a private school with an arts based curriculum. Dame spent yeas listening to stories, writing poetry, and developed a love of words and how they convey ideas. This love of words lead to her “story poem” style of writing.

Currently, Dame is a community educator with Generation With Promise out of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Dame spends her free time writing poetry, singing and painting. Dame has performed her stories at several Moth Mainstage events. She is also working on her first book “Sugar Plum”.

Derrick Brown

In residence September 3 - September 6, 2018

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DERRICK C. BROWN is a novelist, comedian, poet, and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the owner and president of Write Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent poetry presses in the country.” He is the author of eight books of poetry and three children’s books. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Anis Mojgani

In residence September 3 - September 6, 2018

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Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle,Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts,Thrush, and Bat City Review.

Anis is the author of five books, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch, The Pocketknife Bible, and his latest, In the Pockets of Small Gods. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Oregon and is represented by Blue Flower Arts.

 

Alex West

In residence July 25 - July 28, 2018

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Alex West is an Atlanta native and software entrepreneur focused on using technology as a tool to deliver business solutions. After graduation from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006, Alex founded Ontologic where he now serves as President and CEO. Ontologic’s clients include Cox Communications, St. Joseph’s Hospital, CB Richard Ellis, and clients in Atlanta and beyond.

Alex is a co-founder of WonderRoot and a leader within Atlanta’s arts community as both a patron and collector. Since its beginning in 2004, WonderRoot has risen as one of Atlanta’s most critical and influential arts organizations.

Beyond the arts, Alex has been acknowledged for his accomplishments in education and business. His college thesis was the recipient of the President’s Undergraduate Research Award in 2006. In 2008, he was named one of the Top 30 Graduates Under 30 by the Georgia Institute of Technology. And most recently, he was awarded the 2012 Ivan Allen Jr. Legacy Award from GA Tech University. Alex is an Eagle Scout, Troup 463.

Kate Atwood

In residence July 12 - July 22, 2018

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Kate Atwood is an entrepreneur and a community leader who has built a career on building social impact initiatives in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.

Today, Kate serves as the first executive director of ChooseATL, an initiative out of the Metro Atlanta Chamber that focuses on attracting and retaining the next generation of top talent to the region.  Kate and her team cover a lot of territory in their efforts, from participating in bids to secure new or expanding headquarters, to helping Atlanta-based companies target top talent to fill jobs, to launching the first city-based video streaming network, THEA.  Kate has led activations around the country to raise Atlanta’s profile amongst millennials, including the ChooseATL House at the SXSW Festival where she interviewed rapper and actor Ludacris and reached 20,000 young job-seekers with messages about career opportunities and the region’s unique offerings. ChooseATL has received recognition for its industry leading approach to talent attraction from media powerhouses such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Adweek and Vogue.  

Kate is also the Founder of Kate’s Club, a nationally-acclaimed Atlanta-based non-profit organization that empowers children and teens who are facing life after the death of a loved one. Having lost her own mother at 12, Kate recognized first-hand the importance of support after such a life-changing event. What started with just six kids is today a thriving organization that has served thousands of children and their families through year-round social and emotional support programs. The Kate’s Club Clubhouse is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and is a unique place of refuge, support, and fun that is changing how a generation faces grief which in turn is awakening a national conversation around how community can better support bereaved children and families. Kate’s book, entitled “A Healing Place”, released by Penguin Books, brings Kate’s philosophies and real-life experience around grief to every household seeking to find peace and live fully after the loss of a loved one.

She has been featured in media including People Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Huffington Post, and on television on the Today Show, CNN, and The View. Recently, she was named to GOOD Magazine’s global “GOOD 100” list for her commitment to helping others.

She resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Pete Schulte

In residence May 10 - May 13, 2018

Pete Schulte, along with Amy Pleasant, is the founder of The Fuel & Lumber Company. They have partnered with AIR Serenbe on The Fuel & Lumber Project Residency where they—and a set of artists they select—will have the time and space needed to develop an exciting new exhibition to be installed in Whitespace Gallery in July of 2018. This Project Residency, designed to bring production and presentation together in one season, offers a rare opportunity to support artists and curators (and artists who are also curators) and to directly link our residency program with an Atlanta gallery.

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Drawing is the primary medium of Pete Schulte’s practice, which includes the integration of sculpture, site-specific, and curatorial activities. His drawings engage variations of square, circular and triangular forms, appearing like architectural shadows of graphite. Evoking everything from film stills to mechanical parts, Schulte’s work elevates the simplicity of abstraction through precise technical skill. 

Schulte’s exhibitions include whitespace in Atlanta, Drawings and Paintings with John Dilg at Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York, The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Luise Ross Gallery in New York. His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Look&Listen, Saint-Chamas, France and Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York. He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Atlantic Center For Art and Threewalls. Schulte teaches at The University of Alabama. He co-founded The Fuel And Lumber Company with Amy Pleasant in summer of 2013.  

Amy Pleasant

In residence May 10 - May 13, 2018

Amy Pleasant, along with Pete Schulte, is the founder of The Fuel & Lumber Company. They have partnered with AIR Serenbe on The Fuel & Lumber Project Residency where they—and a set of artists they select—will have the time and space needed to develop an exciting new exhibition to be installed in Whitespace Gallery in July of 2018. This Project Residency, designed to bring production and presentation together in one season, offers a rare opportunity to support artists and curators (and artists who are also curators) and to directly link our residency program with an Atlanta gallery.

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Amy Pleasant received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1994) and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University (1999).

She has held solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, (Hudson/NYC), whitespace gallery (Atlanta, GA), Augusta University (Columbus, GA), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (IN), Birmingham Museum of Art (AL), Atlanta Contemporary (GA), Auburn University’s School of Liberal Arts (AL), Rhodes College (Memphis, TN), Candyland (Stockholm, Sweden), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (AL).

Group shows include the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (AL), Adams and Ollman (OR), Cuevas Tilleard Projects (NY), Zuckerman Museum of Art (GA), Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art (GA), Knoxville Museum of Art (TN), Weatherspoon Museum of Art (NC), Hunter Museum of American Art (TN), Columbus Museum of Art (GA), National Museum of Women in the Arts (D.C.), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (NC), The Mobile Museum of Art (AL), and the U.S. Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic.

Her work has been reviewed in publications such as World Sculpture News, SculptureThe Brooklyn RailArt in America, artforum.comArt PapersBad at Sports and BURNAWAY.

She was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2018).  Other awards include the South Arts Prize for the State of Alabama (2018), Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Award (2015), Mary Hambidge Distinguished Artist Award (2015), Cultural Alliance of Birmingham Individual Artist Fellowship (2008), and Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship (2003).

Amy Pleasant currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama and is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, New York and whitespace gallery, Atlanta, Georgia. She also co-founded the curatorial initiative The Fuel And Lumber Company with artist Pete Schulte in 2013.

Eric Deines

In residence October 1 - October 5, 2018

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Eric Deines, 36, was born into that slim slice of time that future scholars will decidedly pronounce The Sunset of Generation X or The Dawn of Millennials. The simple truth is that he was born into a no-man’s land — culturally, geographically, and even within his own genealogy. It is fitting, then, that his absurdist art attempts in no discernible way to reconcile the paradoxes of living in the material world at this Particular Moment as someone who was born at A Particular Time. By day, in his work as Director of A&R at global record label Jagjaguwar, Deines helps artists achieve their unique visions. By night, he cooks up his own. His rather large works on paper are influenced by Petier Bruegel the Elder (whom Deines considers one of the funniest painters in history) as much as they are Adventure Time, by Horace Pippin as much as Disney’s 1929 skeleton dance short, ‘Silly Symphony.’ Pencil scratches pile up into odd textures that depict sometimes-caustic, sometimes-daffy scenes — often featuring a cast of reoccurring characters like ogling, anthropomorphic tombstones; homunculi in tall red dunce hats; and the screaming horse from Picasso’s Guernica (who is most-likely a stand-in for Deines' biological father). At Air Serenbe in early October, Deines will be at work on six big works on paper for a Charlotte, NC exhibition at Good Year Arts Gallery titled A Posthumous Performance.

Isa Borgeson

IN RESIDENCE MAY 3 - MAY 6, 2018

Isa is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Isabella Borgeson is a queer, multiracial Filipina American poet from Oakland. In 2012, Isa won "Best Poem" of the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), where she represented UC Berkeley for three years. Isa has received fellowships from Voices of Our Nation Art Foundation and the Poetry Incubator through Poetry Foundation and Crescendo Literary. She performed at the United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Paris for COP21, where she spoke out about the impact of climate change on her homeland. Her commitment toward teaching poetry as a tool for resistance keeps her grounded in her communities across the Pacific Ocean – from Oakland to Tanauan.

Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

Matthew is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Matthew ‘Cuban’ Hernandez is a poet, speaker, and performance coach from Jacksonville, Florida. He has toured as far as Abu Dhabi and nearly every major city in the United States and Europe, performing, teaching and coaching poetry. A teaching artist for nearly ten years, Matthew has spent the last four years working in youth detention centers across Los Angeles County. He has opened for artists such as Wu-Tang and has performed for platforms such as BuzzFeed and NPR. Matthew is also a three time Southern Fried poetry slam champion and an award-winning poetry coach. Cuban’s favorite activity is making people feel great; sometimes he does this through poetry.

Sarah Kay

IN residence April 29 - May 8, 2018

Sarah is an AIR Serenbe alumni artist and a member of the National Advisory Council. She is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Sarah Kay is a New Yorker. a poetry writer and reader. an educator. the founder and co-director of Project VOICE. a witty banter enthusiast. a postcard lover. a foodie. a playwright. a singer. a songwriter. a photographer. a best-selling author of four books of poetry including BNo Matter the WreckageThe Type, and All Our Wild Wonder. a celebrated performer in over 25 countries. an editor for Write Bloody Publishing. a Gemini. a mediocre driver at best. a musical theater geek. a smoothie expert. the daughter of a Taoist mother and a Brooklynese father. a hapa. less cool than her little brother. an alum of the United Nations International School and a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. an alum of Brown University. an alum of Brown University Graduate School’s Masters Program in the Art of Teaching Secondary English. a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell College. 

José Olivarez

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

José is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants, the co-author of the book of poems Home Court, and the co-host of the poetry podcast, The Poetry Gods. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Marketing Manager at Young Chicago Authors. A recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival, his work has been published in the BreakBeat Poets, the Adroit Journal, The Rumpus, & Hyperallergic, among other places. His debut book of poems, Citizen Illegal, will be released in September 2018 from Haymarket Books. He lives in Chicago.

Mahogany L. Browne

In residence April 29 - May 6, 2018

Mahogany is an AIR Serenbe alumni artist, recipient of 2016's SWACC! Focus Fellowship. She is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Mahogany and Sarah Kay.

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Mahogany L. Browne is writer, organizer & educator. Currently, the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC Browne has received literary fellowships from Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House & Rauschenberg. She hosts/curates the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday Night Slam Series and has authored: Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook/Macmillan), Kissing Caskets (Yes Yes Books), Dear Twitter (Penmanship Books) &s co-editor of BreakBeatPoets Vol 2.: Black Girl Magic (Haymarket).

Whitney Greenaway

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

Whitney is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne

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Whitney Greenaway is a Caribbean author, whose work deftly dissects societal structure, introducing conversations of pride, classism, and patriarchy to cultures where these injustices are often deemed acceptable. Whitney has performed across North America and the West Indies, also facilitating workshops using writing as a tool for demystifying shame and hierarchies perpetuated by cultural expectations. She is the author of the chapbook 'Reasons I Will Leave My Lover', and her writings have been featured in Pluck! Magazine.

Sofía Snow

In residence may 3 - may 6, 2018

Sofía is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Sofía Snow is a Boston-raised multi-media artist, educator, and arts administrator.  Her work has been featured in a range of publications, television, and theater, as well as in The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan Magazine, American Girl, WWE Network, The Public Theater, and elsewhere. Sofía is currently the Deputy Director of Urban Word NYC, a literary arts organization serving 25,000 youth across all five boroughs of New York City.

 

Qiana Cutts

In residence May 3 - May 6, 2018

Qiana is a participant in the first Teaching Artists Summit, hosted by Four Corners Fellowship and AIR Serenbe. Four Corners Fellowship is a new initiative curated by Sarah Kay and Mahogany L. Browne.

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Qiana M. Cutts is a queer Black feminist educator and poet. She’s has been an educator for 19 years and has taught English and poetry to students in K-16. Qiana currently is an assistant professor at Mississippi State University where she teaches courses in critical thinking and writing, research, and teacher education. She also facilitates “True Maroon Voices”, a course on written and slam poetry, to freshman students.

Qiana published her debut poetry collection, In Somebody Else’s Blood, in 2017 and describes the collection as a self-care text that asserts love as a shaping, binding and freeing practice. Explorations of love are staples in her poetry, but she also focuses on her experiences as an eclectic girl raised in the South and examines identity, race,  sexuality, and social issues. Qiana’s been a judge for Poetry Out Loud and has read and performed the Decatur Book Festival, Scene Missing, Song Missing, Bleux Stockings Society, and QueerLit.

Ebony Glenn

IN RESIDENCE October 2 - October 31, 2018
 

Ebony is 2018's Wonders of Childhood Focus Fellowship recipient,  awarded to an artist of any discipline making work for young children.

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Ebony Glenn is an Atlanta based illustrator who enjoys bringing stories to life with whimsical imagery. A passion for the arts and great storytelling, she aims to create illustrations that will provide rich literary experiences for young readers as well as incite more magic and joy into others' lives.