"The outside space is an obvious, but the space that Playa allowed inward was a big surprise."
Kristin Berger is the author of the poetry collection How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016) and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Her long prose-poem, Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth, was a finalist for the 2016 Newfound Prose Prize. Kristin is the recipient of writer residencies from Playa and OSU's Spring Creek Project, and her poetry and essays have appeared in Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, Passages North, Poecology and Terrain.org, among others. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-hosts a summer poetry series at the Lents International Farmer's Market. More info at www.kristinberger.me.
Scott Meiners is a Plant Ecologist who specializes in understanding how plant communities assemble themselves. Of particular interest is succession (recovery of vegetation following agriculture) and the causes and consequences of plant invasions. He did his undergraduate and Master’s work in Botany at Miami University (Ohio) and completed his PhD in Ecology at Rutgers (New Jersey). He is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University where he teaches botany, plant ecology and biostatistics. His research has resulted in a book and over 60 peer-reviewed publications and been supported by grants from a variety of Federal, State and Non-profit agencies.
Seema Yasmin is a doctor, poet and journalist. She reports on health and science for the The Dallas Morning News and Scientific American. Yasmin served as a disease detective in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she investigated epidemics in maximum-security prisons, American Indian reservations and healthcare facilities. Yasmin trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and in journalism at the University of Toronto. She has been awarded residencies at the Millay Colony, Hedgebrook and the Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in the Coal Hill Review, Bateau, Diode and Glass Poetry.
Jack has a background in design, preservation, and steel fabrication. MFA: University of Kentucky. BFA: Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibits include: New Orleans Museum, San Jose Museum, and Santa Monica College Art Gallery - galleries Phyllis Kind and Vorpal - Chicago. He was resident-artist at Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, Prairie Center of the Arts, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and Frans Masereel Centrum Voor Grafiek. He was a visiting artist at the University of California - Davis, Tasmania Institute of Technology, and the Hochschule fur Bildendekunste. He taught at San Francisco State University, California State University - Sacramento, and Phillip Institute, Melbourne, Australia. Jack served as Executive Director of Camron-Stanford House, Technical Specialist - The Oakland Museum, and was a welder/ foreman for large Bay Area structural fabrication firm. He is co-founder of the atelier, WesternWedge, and established his own CAD/3D computer modeling firm. Jack maintains a studio in Oakland, California.
Tallmadge Doyle is a printmaker, painter and public artist. Born in New York City, she has lived and worked in Eugene, Oregon for over twenty years. Her work has been included in over one hundred national and international exhibitions since 2001 and is in over forty public collections in the US and abroad. Her current work reflects on scientific findings of altered migratory patterns and ecosystems affected by changing climatic conditions. She is currently designing two public art projects for the new EmX transit system in Eugene, Oregon. The subject matter for both projects reflects on the flora and fauna of the 405 acre Willow Creek Preserve in west Eugene.
Sarah Klein is an artist, educator and curator based in San Francisco. She creates narrative and abstract stop-motion animations with paper cutouts and live-action footage. In her print based work she reveals hidden animations through common and uncanny forms. Klein has shown her work at an international selection of venues including De Vishal in Haarlem, NL, General Public in Berlin, DE, Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose, CA, the Mill Valley Film Festival, CA and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, HR. She has received awards from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Awesome Foundation and Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant. Klein is the founder of the Stop & Go screening program that features animations by visual artists and filmmakers. She also curates for the San Francisco branch of the Peephole Cinema.
Scot Siegel was born in Oakland, California, and grew near Lake Tahoe where he was a nationally ranked junior ski racer. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1987 and resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Siegel is the author of three full-length poetry collections and two poetry chapbooks, most recently The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems(County Clare, Ireland; Salmon Poetry, 2016), and Thousands Flee California Wildflowers (Salmon Poetry, 2012). He has received fellowship-residencies from Playa at Summer Lake and awards and commendations from Nimrod International, Aesthetica (UK), the Oregon State Library, and the Oregon Poetry Association. He is also a city planner (www.siegelplanning.com) and has received awards for his work with small towns and cities across the western United States. Siegel has a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Oregon State University, where he completed the University Honors Program, and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.
Diana Nicholette Jeon is an award-winning artist from Honolulu; she was awarded her MFA in Imaging and Digital Art fromUMBC in 2006. Jeon’s work has been included over 130 exhibitions; venues include the Hawaii State Art Museum; the Honolulu Museum of Art; the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; MK2 Biblioteque (Paris); Tethys Gallery (Florence); Galerie MCC (Paris); PH21 Gallery (Budapest.) Awards include three Hawaii State Recognition Purchase Awards; 1st Place at the 38th Annual HJCC Commitment to Excellence, 2nd Place at Hawaii Photography 2016 and 1st Place at the 5th Annual Mobile Photo Awards. Jeon’s art has been featured in natioonal and international publications including the Huffington Post, Lens Culture, In the In-Between, Binfeng Space Art/Culture magazine, PhotoPhore, Corriere della Sera and L’arena. Her works are in public and private collections, including the Hawaii State Art Museum.