Rosalyn Spencer, an educator and advocate for the arts, directs Project S.O.U.N.D. (an arts and activism group), coordinates children’s programs at the Thensted Center in Grand Coteau, Louisiana and teaches English and Language Arts in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. She is a freelance writer and supporter of the arts in education.
Kenning Jean Paul García
Kenning (aka Kenyatta) JP García is a diarist and performer living in Albany, NY. Xe is the author of the notvel OF (What Place Meant) and co-hosts the St. Rocco’s Reading Series. Xe is an essential worker even though who knew pushing a mop around a big box store would ever be considered to be essential work?. Photo by Katlyn Celentano.
Carla Williams is a writer, editor, photojournalist and photo historian who has worked in the arts for thirty years. Now, she seeks a more direct relationship with artists, through her store, Material Life, in New Orleans, which specializes in affordable art items by black artists. Editing is a passion of hers, and her favorite authors include Erik Larson, Michael Connelly, and Tayari Jones. She has lived in California, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, and now Louisiana. Photo by James Robertson.
Jonathan Penton founded Unlikely Stories in 1998. Since then, he has lent editorial and technical assistance to a number of literary and artistic venues, such as MadHat, Inc. and the New Orleans Poetry Festival. He has organized literary performances throughout North America. His own books of poems are Backstories (Argotist E-Books), Standards of Sadiddy (Lit Fest Press), Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books) and Last Chap (Vergin' Press). He is currently working on a book of ekphrasis, a book of haibuns (with Cassandra Atherton), and a multimedia collaboration with Leona Strassberg Steiner. Photo by David Carlisle.