Jojo Abot is an experimental Ghanaian singer, songwriter, and multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn whose music blends jazz, afropunk, spoken word, soul, and tribal and indigenous sounds. She completed her visual EP, “Power to the god within,” while in residence at Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist. Part liberation narrative, part tribute to Fela Kuti, the work came to her as a calling, she says, something she knew she had to create.
Fatimah Asghar is the writer behind the award-winning debut poetry collection, “If They Come for Us,” and the Emmy-nominated web series, “Brown Girls,” now in development with HBO. In both her screenwriting and her poetry, Asghar presents often-ignored perspectives, drawing frequently from her own experiences as a first-generation American with roots in Pakistan and divided Kashmir, growing up queer and parentless in the aftermath of 9/11. She was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poet Society.
Born in Aleppo to Armenian parents, Azniv Korkejian, aka Bedouine, spent her early childhood in Saudi Arabia, then moved to the US with her family at the age of 10, eventually winding up in California. This nomadic upbringing and wanderer’s spirit led to the name she chose for herself, Bedouine, and can be heard in the music of her critically acclaimed 2017 self-titled debut. She was a resident at Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist.
It’s been a decade now since Jesse Boykins III’s first two independent releases, the EP “Dopamine: My Life On My Back,” and the follow-up album, “The Beauty Created,” thrust him onto the radar of music bloggers and new-school R&B fans. His latest release, “Bartholomew,” was originally released on Soundcloud, then reissued on Def Jam when he signed with the major label in 2017. Boykins was a resident at Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist.
Lidewij "Li"Edelkoort is one of the world's most influential trend forecasters. Under her Paris-based company Trend Union, she creates books that are tools used by strategists, designers, and marketers at international brands. Perhaps best known for her 2016 “Anti-Fashion Manifesto,” which sent shock waves through the design world, she is the Dean of Hybrid Design at the New School in New York, where she developed the MFA textiles.
Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet and Further resident whose award-winning first collection, “The January Children” (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), refers to her grandfather’s generation, those born in Sudan under British occupation, where children were assigned birth years by height and all given the birth date January 1. Elhillo was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poet Society.
Raised in Jerusalem, Hadas Kleinman is a cellist and singer who began her career at 19 in the band, the Mojos, earning three Israeli gold albums and playing some of the world’s most prominent stages, from Carnegie Hall to the Cannes Film Festival. A resident of and , she has released two albums with Aviv Bahar, including the 2014 hit, “Me’at Pashtut” (“A Little Simplicity”).
Kelsey Lu is an avant-pop cellist whose lush, arresting recordings with the likes of Florence + the Machine and Solange have drawn widespread acclaim. Her 2016 debut EP Church was recorded live, in one take, at a Catholic church in Brooklyn. Since then, she’s taken on a full band and a major label, Columbia, but her output remains distinctly hers. Lu was a resident at Further Rio de Janeiro: Song of the Amazon in 2018.
Axel Mansoor is a Los Angeles-based, Emmy-award-winning singer-songwriter whose 2017 single, “Wasted My Love,” reached #5 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart. In 2018 he released his debut EP, "Somerset," of self-produced, stripped-down acoustic songs. As a resident of Further Timber Cove: The Expanding Artist, Mansoor composed an original song, which deals lyrically with alienation, loss, and the redemptive power and magic of creativity.
Aja Monet is a poet, writer, lyricist, and activist of Cuban-Jamaican descent raised in Brooklyn. She was the youngest poet ever to be named the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam Champion in 2007 at the age of 19. In 2018, Her first full poetry collection, “my mother was a freedom fighter,” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Monet was a resident at Further NeueHouse: New Sanctuaries.
Hieu Minh Nguyen is an award-winning poet whose two collections deal with his identity as a queer Vietnamese-American raised by an immigrant single mother in the Mcdonough Housing Projects in Saint Paul, Minnesota. His first poetry collection, “This Way to the Sugar” (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014), was a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Minnesota Book Award. He was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Born into a family of artists, curators, art dealers, professors, and critics, French artist Lyora Pissarro (a direct descendent of Impressionist master Camille) was immersed in the art world from a very young age. A former resident of Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society, she creates dreamlike figurative and abstract works rooted in painting but gesturing at performance and has exhibited in Texas, San Francisco, New York, London, and Boston.
Justin Phillip Reed, a native South Carolinian poet now based in Brooklyn, was the winner of the National Book Award in Poetry for his first poetry collection, “Indecency” (Coffee House Press, 2018). His work often deals with what it means to be a queer black man in America. His second full-length collection of poetry, “The Malevolent Volume,” will be released in Spring 2020. He was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet, co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire, and an internationally recognized body positivity activist. Her two poetry collections, “Corazón” and “Tesoro” (Not a Cult), were bestsellers. Her next collection, “Hermosa,” is forthcoming on Not a Cult. A four-time member of Da Poetry Lounge Slam Team and a 2017 and 2018 National Poetry Slam finalist, Salgado was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Danniel Schoonebeek is a poet who has authored three celebrated works, including the collection “American Barricade” (YesYes Books, 2014), which was named one of the year’s 10 standout debuts by Poets & Writers, a travelogue called “C’est la guerre” (2015), and “Trébuchet,” which was selected by Kevin Prufer for the 2015 National Poetry Series. He was a resident at Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society.
Tiphanie Yanique is a novelist, poet, and essayist whose evocative writing, often set in her native Virgin Islands, has drawn comparisons to Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez. Yanique's debut collection, “How to Escape a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories,” was published by Graywolf Press in 2010 to great acclaim. A resident of Further Troutbeck: The Poetry Society, Yanique teaches creative writing at Wesleyan University.