GENTLEMEN BOSSES: The Gentlemen Bosses is a writing collective formed in 2012 and consisting of writers Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown, a trio of award-winning, internationally touring poets who are joined in their commitment to creating engaging, freshly modern work that is powerful on the stage as well as on the page.
AIR Serenbe is pleased to support the Gentlemen Bosses for a 2016 Project Residency: two weeks of time and space to collaborate, experiment, and share new work with new audiences.
CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ is a New York Times Best Selling nonfiction writer and author of six books of poetry, including her latest collection, The Year of No Mistakes, which was named the Texas Book of the Year for Poetry in 2014. Her latest nonfiction book, Dr Mutter's Marvels, spent three months on the New York Times Best Seller List. Her most recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Amy Clampitt House residency and the ArtsEdge writer-in-residency position at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit: www.aptowicz.com
ANIS MOJGANI is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner for the International World Cup Poetry Slam and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-in-the-Schools program. Anis has performed in venues around the globe, and his work has appeared on HBO, NPR and numerous literary journals. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including his most recent: the fully illustrated poetry-memoir, The Pocketknife Bible. He lives in Portland, OR. For more information, please visit: www.pianofarm.com
DERRICK BROWN is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of the Year for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president and founder of Write Bloody Publishing, what Forbes and Filter Magazine call "one of the best independent poetry presses in the country. The New York Times calls his work, "...a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words." He is the author of five books of poetry, and is publishing a sixth collection, Uh-Oh, this Fall. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit: http://www.brownpoetry.com/