Mollye Asher is Spirit and Gotham Award winning producer and winner of the 2020 Producers Award from the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Most recently, she produced the Golden Globe winning film, Nomadland, (Searchlight Pictures) which premiered at Venice (Golden Lion), TIFF (People’s Choice), Telluride, and NYFF. It also recently won the Audience award and Best Feature at the Gotham Awards. The film stars Frances McDormand and is Mollye’s third collaboration with writer/ director, Chloé Zhao.
Timo Weiland is an award-winning Creative Director, serial entrepreneur and DJ based in New York City. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised between Florida and New York. After graduating from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, he worked for several years as an investment banking analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc. covering Media & Technology before launching his first startup. Since 2010, Timo has successfully built a namesake lifestyle brand, as well as businesses across food & beverage, design, media, B2B intelligence, real estate, technology, and venture capital.
Leah Johnson is an editor, educator, and author of books for young adults. Leah is a 2021 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow whose work has been published in BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and Autostraddle, among others. Her bestselling debut YA novel, You Should See Me in a Crown was the inaugural Reese's Book Club YA pick, and was named one of Cosmo's 15 Best Young Adult Books of 2020. Her sophomore novel, Rise to the Sun is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021.
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- Kimberly Pollard
Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the bestselling memoir In the Dream House and the short story collection Her Body and Other Parties. She has been a …
- Philip Himberg
- Lisa Ahima
Philip Himberg oversees the creative mission as well as the financial well-being of the nation’s first multidisciplinary residency program. Himberg arrived at MacDowell in May of 2019 from The Sundance Institute where he spent 23 years …
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Jacqueline Woodson is the recipient of the 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the 2018 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the 2018 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. She was the 2018–2019 National Ambassador for Young …
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- Jordan Lassiter
The first trans filmmaker ever to direct an episode of Amazon Studio’s Transparent, Silas Howard is an award-winning director and writer with a singular gift for crafting widely untold or underrepresented stories. He served as …
Tim Blake Nelson is a prolific actor, writer, director, and producer who has appeared in a wide variety of films such as Lincoln, Holes, The Incredible Hulk, Meet the Fockers, Minority Report, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. His playwriting credits include The Grey Zone and Eye of God, both of which Nelson adapted and directed for the screen. Other directing credits include O, Leaves of Grass, and Anesthesia. Most recently, Nelson’s play Socrates premiered at The Public Theater in the spring of 2019, and he starred in HBO’s Watchmen, which premiered this fall.
New Orleans-based artist Ashley Longshore is best known for her vibrant mixed-media paintings, sculptures, and more, much of which can be found at her self-owned gallery on Magazine Street. From paintings of George Washington in a Supreme hoodie to hand-beaded clutches that feature empowering all-caps phrases, her work has been described as feminist pop-art, akin to that of Andy Warhol. In this interview with New Orleans Review, she talks about American culture, her work with Diane von Furstenberg, and her new coffee table book, Do Not Cook I Do Not Clean I Do Not Fly Commercial (Rizzoli).
Fred Hersch is an American jazz pianist and educator. He has performed solo and led his own groups, including the Pocket Orchestra consisting of piano, trumpet, voice, and percussion. He was the first person to play weeklong engagements as a solo pianist at the Village Vanguard in New York City. He has recorded more than 70 of his jazz compositions. Hersch has been nominated for several Grammy Awards.