September Meet and Greet
Give a Paonia Welcome to:
Composer Dane Galloway
Writer Elise Burke
Photographer Daniel Fonken
Mingle from 6-7, Presentations from 7-8
Dane Galloway's mom introduced him to piano and guitar at an early age, handing down a love of classical music inherited from her own parents, both classical musicians from the Philippines. By age sixteen, Dane was teaching privately and performing regularly in rock and jazz venues in D.C. and Maryland. He continued to do both while studying anthropology and French before relocating to Philadelphia to teach and make music. For the last five years, Dane has taught Spanish and music at an Afrocentric charter school in North Philadelphia while also training new teachers during the summers. This fall, Dane is leaving the classroom to continue performing and recording as a solo songwriter as well as with his bands: experimental rock ensemble My Son Bison, and soul pop trio Vita and the Woolf, both of which will be releasing studio albums this summer and touring nationally in the fall. While at Elsewhere, Dane will be completing material for his next solo release, a double album that draws on his experiences working in schools in an attempt to understand what it means to preseve radical hope in the face of despair.
Elise Burke received her MFA from Hollins University’s Jackson Center for Creative Writing and her BA from the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College in Baltimore. She was awarded two Kratz Center for Creative Writing Fellowships in 2011 and 2012 and was the recipient of the Kratz Center’s 2012 Reese Award, naming her Goucher’s writer of the year. In 2013 & 2014, Elise was awarded multiple fine arts grants to attend Hollins University tuition free, where she also received the 2014 James Purdy Short Fiction Award. She has been nominated for a pushcart prize, the Best of the Net anthology and one of her stories was named a 2014 story South Million Writers Award notable story. Her fiction has been accepted by or published in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Joyland, Heavy Feather Review, Swarm Quarterly, and others. She is the Fiction Editor at Fiction Fix, a literary journal of contemporary fiction, poetry and graphic literature from national and international authors and artists.
Daniel Fonken is indeed delighted to be returning to Elsewhere Studios (he was a resident July-December, 2014) and to the people, bounty and beauty of the North Fork Valley. Having recently completed 3 semesters of teaching college Digital Photography, this 4-month residency represents a most welcome return to working on his art practice. That work includes the continuation of a photographic project, which he started at Elsewhere, about the impact of digital devices and communication on our lives; as odd as it may sound that story will be told via (photos of) food and in particular the amazing fruits (veggies, dairy and livestock) of Paonia and surrounds.