Raised closely alongside her grandmother, a Japanese painter and sculptor, Araki enjoys writing about the fine arts. She is also a production assistant at Boston Science Communications, where she helps produce science documentaries.
World Music, Jazz
Jim Ball is co-founder and communications director of the Boston Jewish Music Festival. He has been practicing public relations, marketing, journalism and strategic communications in the Boston area for nearly 30 years, including stints in state and local government, the Harvard University News Office, press secretary at the MBTA, Cambridge School Department, various private sector positions, and currently has his own consulting business, Mouthpiece Communications. A music and English major with a degree from Ithaca College. He is an avid choral singer and a lover of (almost) all things musical.
Richard Bunbury is a Lecturer in Music Education and Musicology at Boston University, having also served as and interim Chair of the Department of Musicology and Ethnomusicology. His teaching experiences also include ten years teaching at the Boston Conservatory and a number of years as a K-12 music teacher.
He has presented at professional conferences and his articles appear in several journals and standard reference works including New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, New Grove Dictionary of American Music. A career organist and choral conductor too, his most recent work is as organ soloist on the album, Unchanging Love: Brass and Organ Music of Larry Thomas Bell (Albany Records).
Burke is educated in philosophy, politics and sociology at universities in Ireland, the UK and the US. He has worked as an independent political researcher in East Africa and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a variety of academic and cultural publications.
Rock, Popular Music
Kat Burke has been performing in the New England music scene for more than ten years. You can catch her around town on any given night as either a performer or spectator. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music and an MFA from Lesley University. As a lifelong Bostonian, she is passionate about the local music community. When she’s not checking out rock shows she’s either teaching or practicing yoga. It’s tough for her to reconcile these two parts of life. Give her your CD next time you see her at a show.
Twitter Writer, Popular Culture
Clauss is the news director of WTBU, the student-run radio station at Boston University. He hosts two programs: WTBU News and the award-winning The Beanpot with Reimer & Clauss. He is an advocate of entrepreneurship, and his small-business venture Miller-Clauss Enterprises was profiled by Nazareth Patch.
In 2011, Clauss self-published a collection of short stories titled Figments. His nonfiction work has appeared in the Express-Times, Easton-Irregular, and Daily Free Press.
Maryann Corbett lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and works for the Minnesota Legislature. She holds a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota and is the author of Breath Control, forthcoming in 2012 from David Robert Books, and the chapbooks Gardening in a Time of War (Pudding House) and Dissonance (Scienter Press).
Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in River Styx, Atlanta Review, Rattle e-issues, The Evansville Review, Measure, Literary Imagination, The Dark Horse, Mezzo Cammin, Linebreak, Subtropics, and many other journals in print and online, as well as The Able Muse Anthology and Hot Sonnets (Entasis Press). Her poems have been finalists for Best of the Net and the Morton Marr Prize competition and have won the Lyric Memorial Award and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
Czyz is the author of the short story collection Adrift in a Vanishing City, to which Paul West devoted a chapter of Master Class. He received two fellowships from the NJ Council on the Arts and won the Faulkner Prize for Short Fiction. His stories have appeared in Shenandoah, AGNI, Louisiana Literature, the Double Dealer Redux, and the Massachusetts Review, which nominated his work for a Pushcart Prize. One his stories was translated into Turkish for an anthology that published in Turkey in 2010.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jim Dalton is on the faculty of the Boston Conservatory in the music theory and music education departments. In addition to solo (guitar, mandolin and other plucked instruments) and duo performances with his wife, soprano and guitarist Maggi Smith-Dalton, he maintains an active career as a freelance musician in various ensembles from chamber groups to symphonies and in theater and opera pit orchestras. His compositions have been performed around the U.S., Canada and in Europe (including an award-winning choral piece) and published in several anthologies. He has written articles for Blues Revue, the Salem Gazette and the Boston Globe and is the author of Mandolin for Beginners (Alfred Publishing). He has written a chapter for a forthcoming book on the mid-19th century banjo. His composition Sestina for G.F.H. has just been released on a cd by organist Carson Cooman for Albany records.
Delaney is a Ph.D. candidate at Boston University’s Editorial Institute and works as a writing advisor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently living in Boston, she has traveled the world and enjoys translating prose and poetry from Dutch. Her own poems, translations, and critical reviews have been published or are forthcoming in Fulcrum, The Critical Flame, Literary Imagination, Absinthe: New European Writing, Jacket, and other publications. Her poetry chapbook Tiles Kissing Close was published by the Pen & Anvil Press in 2010.
Maureen Dezell covered arts and culture for the Boston Globe, politics and urban life for the Boston Phoenix, and politics and health care for Boston Business Journal. Author of the critically acclaimed Irish America: Coming Into Clover (Doubleday/Anchor, 2002) and a freelance contributor to a range of print and online media, she is a senior editor in the Boston College Office of Marketing Communications.
Iris Fanger is a theater and dance critic based in Boston. She has written reviews and feature articles for the Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, and Patriot Ledger as well as for Dance Magazine and Dancing Times (London).
Former director of the Harvard Summer Dance Center, 1977-1995, she has taught at Lesley Graduate School and Tufts University, as well as Harvard and M.I.T. She earned her doctorate in Theater History at Tufts University and was a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe. She received the 2005 Dance Champion Awards from the Boston Dance Alliance and in 2008, the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts. She lectures widely on dance and theater history.
Justin Grosslight is a scholar and entrepreneur interested in examining the intersection between science and business. He holds degrees in history and mathematics from Stanford, and a history of science degree from Harvard. Though Justin is published in mathematics, his most important work to date concerns the seventeenth century mathematician Marin Mersenne and is currently under peer review. Over the last year Justin has become especially interested in forming a dialogue between academia and industry.
Eric Grunwald is a writer, teacher, and translator in Boston. He was managing editor of Agni from 2000 to 2004. His fiction, translations, and book reviews have appeared in Partisan Review, Spoiled Ink, The MacGuffin, Two Lines, The Boston Sunday Globe and elsewhere. His latest story is forthcoming next month in Prick of the Spindle. He now teaches writing and ESL at Boston University and MIT. www.ericgrunwald.com
Harrington, a self taught photographer, has worked for the Boston Phoenix since 2007. Photographing local and mainstream bands for the Phoenix and his own website, he has also extensively covered Mixed Martial Arts fighting. A Jazz lover since he first listened to a cassette tape of John Coltrane while a young boy, he looks forward to covering the local Jazz community for The Arts Fuse.
Kevin was born in Chicago, Illinois, but currently resides in Needham Massachusetts. He is a freshman at Harvard University, where he plans to concentrate in History of Art and Architecture. Kevin reads fiction for the Harvard Review and is on the poetry board of the Harvard Advocate. He is also a classical music DJ for 95.3 FM, WHRB Cambridge.
Jim Kates is a poet, feature journalist and reviewer, literary translator and the president and co-director of Zephyr Press, a non-profit press that focuses on contemporary works in translation from Russia, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Lewis is an essayist and translator who writes frequently on European literature. She was recently awarded a PEN Translation Fund grant and an NEA grant for her translation of the Austrian writer Alois Hotschnig’s short stories.
David retired from the Boston Globe in 2009 after 33 years as editor and writer. In 2011 he received a PhD in editorial studies, with a dissertation in the writings of Alistair Cooke, from the Editorial Institute at Boston University.
At the Globe, he was a copy editor, magazine editor and writer, general news reporter, and business reporter. In the 1990s, he was editor of the Boston Globe book review section, and in his last nine years at the paper he was a writer in the Arts section, specializing in books, authors, bookselling, and publishing, during which time he interviewed and profiled such authors as Nadine Gordimer, Joseph Heller, Henry Roth, John Banville, Alice Sebold, Charles Simic, Billy Collins, Elif Shafak, and John McGahern.
He is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers and vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Hingham, Mass., Public Library. He is married and has three children and three grandchildren.
Steve Mossberg is a composer, jazz pianist, and music educator living in Somerville, MA. He holds an MMEd. From Boston Conservatory and has taught jazz piano at Clark University. In addition to teaching music in the Cambridge Public Schools, he performs regularly with many of Boston’s top musicians.
Christopher M. Ohge
Ohge is a Ph.D. candidate at the Editorial Institute at Boston University doing his dissertation on the American composer and writer, Paul Bowles. He also contributes to World Books, as well as various projects on Herman Melville, including work for Melville scholar Hershel Parker, Melville’s Marginalia Online, and the Melville Electronic Library.
Other obsessions (which are many) include Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Samuel Beckett, Norman Mailer, David Ferry, Hunter S. Thompson, Charles Mingus, and Bob Dylan. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, he also enjoys frequent escapes to his hometown of Seattle, the islands and peninsulas around the Puget Sound, and southern/central Idaho.
Classical Music, Opera
Melanie O’Neill is currently working towards an undergraduate Music degree with a minor in Journalism at Boston University. Her interests include music of all kinds and the performing arts. Melanie is particularly passionate about opera and promoting its appreciation in people of all ages.
Razumnaya is a freelance translator and a doctoral student at the Editorial Institute at Boston University. Her translations of two poems by Osip Mandelstam appeared in Pusteblume.
Emily Rudofsky is currently pursuing her degree at Boston University, where she studies Dramaturgy and Playwriting.
Popular Music, Film
Samph is a recent graduate of Boston University with a degree in Magazine Journalism and a concentration in French. He has written for the Boston University Daily Free Press, the Improper Bostonian Magazine, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Inventor’s Digest. Tom will be living in Orleans, France this year where he will be teaching English to elementary school students and will continue to write on a freelance basis.
After having lived in Boston for four years, Tom has realized two things about the city: 1) The T works sometimes 2) Boston is windy. Because of number one, Tom rides his bike as much as possible. However, because of number two, with the addition of rain, snow, ice, and other meteorological phenomenon, Tom is forced to take his chances with number one. Despite this dilemma, Tom still rides his bike a lot. Tom loves Boston and hopes to continue to live, write about, and ride his bike around this sometimes-temperamental, always-delightful city.
After receiving an Art History degree from George Washington University, Tournier moved to Paris, where she remained from 1967 to 1986 during which time she married and had her two children, Emilie and Edouard. She has been teaching French at Buckingham Browne & Nichols school in Cambridge, MA since 1990.
Wallach is a writer and musician who also enjoys reviewing books. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in such journals as McSweeney’s, Tin House, Salon, Wired, and the Huffington Post. His music has earned him a record deal with Decca Records, and his music videos have been featured on the front page of YouTube. Check out his website.