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June "Meet-n-Greet"

Join us for our June artist-in-residence "Meet-n-Greet" and learn about what they will be working on for this month.

Eric Dyer is an artist and educator who brings animation into the physical world with his sequential images, sculptures, and installations. He spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to “get my hands back on the work,” Dyer returned to a tactile creative process. He began exploring the zoetrope, an early form of animation. The device, popular in the 19th century, consists of a slitted drum whose interior is lined with a sequence of images. When the object is spun, the viewer peers through the apertures in the drum and the forms appear to move. By replacing the drum with a fast-shutter digital video camera, Dyer invented the process of making films from spinning sculptures. Dyer continues to innovate with new tools and applications, moving his work off the screen and into real spaces

Neal Morgan helps individuals and groups gain effectiveness in electoral field organizing for progressive advocacy and electoral campaigns. He is a writer and a musician. “At Elsewhere and in Paonia, I intend to work on a manuscript mainly about arranging and supporting songwriters, but with excursus related to Frank Ocean, Kate Bush, and Philip Guston. I have plans to work on new songs with a nylon string guitar. I am excited to do plein air painting, using oil paints with small brushes on 10x10" 4-ply cotton rag paper, something I've been meaning for years to try. I intend to visit with as many animals as possible each day I am in Paonia, ideally making a number of new goat friends over the month. I want to hike and ride a bike around the area and swim should I find lake, pond or river water warm enough. I intend to make friends in the town of Paonia and with my fellow artists and all those connected to the residency program, supporting and encouraging all I'm fortunate to meet.”

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Ren received a BA in Literature from Bard College, where he became serious about writing fiction and was fortunate enough to be mentored by novelists Mary Lee Settle and William Gaddis. He will be working on a project based on a fictionalized account of the life of Confederate artillerist John Pelham and his near metaphysical relationship with General Robert E. Lee, “The Gallant Pelham Series” focuses on how the sexual exploitation of the antebellum plantation system led to the death and destruction of the Civil War. Rather than dwell on battles and military strategy, as does so much “traditional” Civil War fiction, the books examine issues of race, sexuality, and the destructive pathology of machismo.

Caroline Cooper: I am at work on The Plexiglas Jellyfish Carousel, a novella that explores the horizontal impact of one sibling's mental illness on another, and the ways in which that second "not sick" sibling works to understand, address, and come to terms with both his brother's schizophrenia as it unfolded in a tight-lipped, 1980s America, and his own inability to get his life together in adulthood—until he forms a plan. 
This is a story of the traps we set, and the reels we run, in our own minds even as we struggle to make sense of the minds of others. This novella is based on a true story. 
I am a faculty member of the English Department of City College of New York (CCNY), where I teach literature and writing to freshmen. My writing has appeared in Guernica Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Kestrel (forthcoming), The South China Morning Post, Tank Magazine, and NPR, among other places. In 2017 I served as a poet-in-residence at the Rivendell Writers Colony in rural Tennessee. You can see more of my work on my site: 

Light snacks and beverages. Bring a friend!