SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 4, 2019
award winning POET, WRITER & PROFESSOR of CREATIVE WRITING
Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawaiʻi and grew up on the North Shore of Oʻahu and in Los Angeles. He was educated at Pomona College, the University of Michigan, and UC Irvine, where he received an M.F.A. His work includes Coral Road: Poems and two other books of poetry, three anthologies, Volcano: A Memoir of Hawaiʻi, and The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays, published in 2017. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry, Harvard Review, New England Review, Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Literary Imagination, Catamaran, and Asian American Literary Review. Among his honors are the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship (to Italy), two NEA grants, and the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. In 1989, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Currently, he’s at work on two books: The Ocean of Clouds (poems) and The Perfect Sound: An Autobiography in Stereo (non-fiction). He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences.
September 21 - October 5, 2019
VISUAL ARTIST & CURATOR
Merel Noorlander is a Dutch artist based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2007) Fine Arts, painting department. Her work combines 2D and 3D in foldable installations, performance and collages. She also works as a freelance curator and developer of art educational projects, guest teacher and is part of MOHA collective with Unfoldable Routines / the Roof.
AWARD-WINNING author and performer
SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 5, 2019
Neal Hall, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University. After earning an M.D. from Michigan State University, he took his surgical subspecialty training in ophthalmology at Harvard University’s Medical School. He was in private practice for over 20 years.
Dr. Hall is an award-winning author of four books of poetry: Nigger For Life, reflecting his painful discovery, that in “unspoken America,” race is the one thing by which he is first judged, first measured and metered diminished value, dignity, equality and justice. Winter’s A’ Coming Still reflecting the more things are said to change, the more things are made to stay the same. Appalling Silence represents selections of his work translated into Telugu and Urdu and published and released in India. His fourth book Where Do I Sit. displays the skill, breadth, and versatility with which he has honed his craft. It does not jettison the sharp denunciations of racial and economic injustice. His fifth book Door of No Return will be released in the fall of 2017.
His work has been translated into 5 additional languages: Bengali, Kannada, German, Japanese and Italian. The Italian translations are being used to create and publish a Critical Edition of his work in Rome, Italy. Three collaborating Italian scholars performed the translations and will do the critical analysis. In Japan, African American Studies Professor Kazuteru Omori of Hokkai Gakuen University, Sapporo has translation a collection of Hall’s work into Japanese. The collection is to be published and launched in Japan September 2017.
Through his extensive domestic and international poetry readings, Dr. Hall has reached audiences from San Francisco to Philadelphia, from Kenya, Indonesia, and France to Jamaica, India, Japan, Ghana, Germany, Morocco, Nepal, and Italy. Italy’s University of Rome Tre in collaboration with The Italian National Commission for UNESCO invited Dr. Hall to be their featured guest speaker and poet in celebration of the 2015, 2016 and 2017 World Poetry Days.
September 21 - October 5, 2019
AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR of NON-FICTION and YOGA & MEDITATION INSTRUCTOR
Jennie Lee is the author of two award winning books on yoga, meditation and spiritual living. BREATHING LOVE: Meditation in Action (2018 Best Book Award Winner American Book Fest: Self Help/Motivational; 2018 IAN Book of the Year Award Finalist: Spirituality/ Inspirational; Top 10 Inspiring Books – Aspire Magazine Jan. 2018) and TRUE YOGA: Practicing with the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment (2016 USA Best Book Award Finalist: Spirituality/ Inspirational.) In 2020, her third book will be published by Sounds True/ Macmillan.
Jennie’s writing has been featured in numerous wellness magazines and blogs, such as Mantra Wellness, Light of Consciousness, Awareness Magazine, Yoga Therapy Today, Yoga Digest and her essay on the meaning of life was featured in the book, Love by N. Tanase. Over her career, she has also written screenplays, travel essays, personality profiles, poetry, and greeting cards.
Jennie is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and long-time yoga teacher (RYT-500) who has been in private practice for over 20 years. Through this personal coaching work, she helps people overcome stress, anxiety, grief and depression through the healing modalities of classical yoga and meditation. Jennie is passionate about helping people to create lives filled with peace, purpose, and love. When she is not writing or teaching, you’ll find her surfing a wave in Hawaii, or doing headstands at the top of mountains, making her husband very nervous.
SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 5, 2019
AWARD-WINNING VISUAL ARTIST and INSTRUCTOR
Jane Barnard is a skilled and supportive art instructor, a member of the Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Wisconsin Visual Artists and Wisconsin Plein Air Painters. She has a master’s degree from Marquette University and her studies have included the University of Paris (Sorbonne), the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and workshops from master watercolorists.
Jane is a passionate painter and teacher, especially gentle and helpful in encouraging those wanting to stretch their artistic vision and skills. She teaches at The Clearing in Door County, the NE Wis Watercolor Society, Dillmans Creative Art Center, among others. She has led two Art Workshops to Provence, France.
Influenced by Turner, Sargent, Cezanne, Andrew Wyeth, and Expressionists like Emil Nolde, Jane tries to express landscape boldly and with fewer strokes to tell the story. Working initially “wet in wet” on paper, she likes to let the painting take on a life of its own — regardless of starting sketches or ideas. She is always open to the accidental and the mysterious.
Jane opts for subtractive as often as additive methods and true to the transparent watercolor tradition, she doesn’t use any white paint so she always plans her work backwards. The light you see is the white of the paper.