Danny Thanh Nguyen has served as fiction editor of Indiana Review and edited the anthology AS IS: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese American Artists. His stories and essays have appeared in Gulf Coast, Hyphen Magazine, and the Lambda Award winning anthology The Full Spectrum. He attended the RADAR Lab in 2011. Danny lives in San Francisco where he teaches creative writing as well as workshops on HIV, sexual health, and bondage/kink.
Rai Yin Hsu is a self-taught multimedia filmmaker and musician whose work is informed by their experiences existing as a trans/gender/queer Taiwanese bodyworker, anarcho-marxist feminist Buddhist. Using sound, video, movement, and interactive installation art, Rai Yin and the BEASTIARY project are curious about using art and technology to explore the intersections of identity, spirit, and social justice at the junction of self-reflection and transformation. A psychedelic journey of the senses into magic, horror, and meditation, BEASTIARY weaves and waves the spaces in-between, the multidimensional facets of personal and political struggle, healing, and collective liberation within a world torn apart by illusion.
Bellows is an emerging bay area-based drag performance featuring Ms. Rachel Waterhouse on piano, and songwriter, Kyle Casey Chu on vocals. This murder-ballad duo has been likened to the sounds of Rufus Wainwright and Cat Power. Bellows is committed to only writing songs about their exes. As such, they have been critically acclaimed by bitter spinsters, the recently dumped, and open-heart surgeons alike. Its members have been featured on National Public Radio, have performed alongside acts such as Green Day, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Mirah, and spoken on college campuses across the U.S.
Nomy Lamm is a writer, musician, performance artist and voice teacher. She recently received a San Francisco Arts Commission grant to research and complete the manuscript for her experimental novel, "515 Clues," and will be producing a collaborative stage version of the novel for the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival.
Lisa Ganser is an artist, film maker, activist and odd jobber who recently relocated to San Francisco from Minneapolis, where she directed the Flaming Film Festival for seven years. She is part of the Periwinkle film collective and is producing an event called "Un(dis)sing Our Abilities" for the 2014 National Queer Arts Festival.
Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser are combining forces to create love, art, and healing, including this multimedia piece about survival of our kid parts in the face of decisions made for us by adults.
ey wang is a genderqueer, API, primarily documentary filmmaker who also writes poetry and narrative screenplays, with interests ranging from experimental documentary to video installation to hollywood b-movie scripture, none of which are mutually exclusive. thematic preoccupations include but are not limited to: identity construction, alternative spacetime continuums& personal eternity, loss/memory/reification, acts& practices of subversion, etc; they are always interested in new opportunities for artistic collaboration across mediums and oceans.
1. My name is Jimmy and I am second generation api from the south-east parts of San Francisco. Queer, soul searching and wandering, I’m looking to understand perceived notions of motherland(s) and fatherland(s). I explore my parent’s intergenerational geographic amnesia during a trip to their perceived homelands in China. They are sojourners who, in the end, may not physically return to their perceived homeland but their spirits will. Through film, I try to retrace and revisit place making in the context of my body, my parents and my ancestors. Footage during my time in the Guangdong province of China will display my parents on both familiar and unfamiliar land. I follow and interview my parents while they visit sacred spaces of their childhood. Pictures of my ancestors, spaces of place making (houses, roads, etc), with a personal narrative will display a sense of displacement.
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, schooled in Chicago, and presently based in Oakland, Lex Non Scripta is a cut-paper artist, poster maker, illustrator, activist, and independent curator, with a creative focus heavily informed by social justice/practice/responsibility, transgressive politics, and self sufﬁciency in/critical investigation of the queer community.
Paper Buck is a printmaker and multiple media visual artist and activist currently based in the occupied Ohlone/Chocenyo territories of Oakland, CA. His work aims to actively participate in building social movements through social collaborative approaches, and deals with the histories of supremacy and oppression we struggle within our societies to transform. His creative and political practice begins with listening and reflecting from the collectivity of his relationships to queer, feminist, anti-colonial and anti-racist organizing communities.