Amber Tamblyn is a writer, director and actress from Los Angeles. She has received Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for her work in television and film. In television, Tamblyn starred in the cult classic drama, Joan of Arcadia as well as House M.D. Her feature film work includes The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 127 Hours, Django Unchained and the critically-lauded Stephanie Daley, opposite Tilda Swinton. Read More
Tamblyn is the author of three books of poetry and prose: Free Stallion (Simon & Schuster), Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) and most recently the acclaimed best seller Dark Sparkler (Harper Perennial), which explores the lives and deaths of child star actresses and features artwork from such luminaries as Marilyn Manson and David Lynch, among others. She is currently writing her 4th collection of poetry and a debut novel, due out on Harper Perennial in 2018. In theater, Tamblyn starred in Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty at the Geffen Theater and played Daisy Domergue in Quentin Tarantino’s live reading of The Hateful Eight at The Ace Theater, which he also directed. Tamblyn writes for The Poetry Foundation and has a poetry book review column in Bust magazine. In 2014, she co-wrote and directed her first feature film, an adaptation of the Janet Fitch novel by the same name, Paint It Black, starring two time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer, Alia Shawkat and Alfred Molina which comes out in theaters in May. Tamblyn lives in Brooklyn.
Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, The New York Times, and Callaloo. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. Read More
Silver Sparrow was named a #1 Indie Next Pick by booksellers in 2011, and the NEA added it to its Big Read Library of classics in 2016. Jones is a graduate of Spelman College, University of Iowa, and Arizona State University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University.
Successful both on stage and screen, Emmy Nominee Natasha Lyonne is a gifted actress whose creative versatility and talent continue to grow after more than two decades in the industry. Natasha pushes boundaries in the entertainment field as a producer, actress, writer, and director. In May 2017, Lyonne will star in Netflix original mystery film Handsome opposite Jeff Garlin, who directs, and Amy Sedaris. Read More
In June 2017, she returns as Nicky Nichols in season five of Netflix drama series Orange Is the New Black. The original series, created by Jenji Kohan (Weeds), is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir Orange Is The New Black: My Year In a Women’s Prison. In 2014, Natasha earned a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Upcoming, Lyonne stars in Open Road live-action family comedy Show Dogs opposite Will Arnett, which is set for release on November 10, 2017. She will also star in David Wain’s Netflix original film A Futile & Stupid Gesture, about the creation of the National Lampoon. She plays Anne Beatts opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Will Forte.
Lyonne is currently co-producing a series with Amy Poehler for BBC America entitled Zero Motivation. Adapted from the 2014 film by Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie, the TV series will be a comedy drama about women serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
She recently produced and starred in IFC Midnight’s Antibirth, directed by Danny Perez, co-starring Chloe Sevigny. This independent farce of a horror film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January 2016, was released wide in the US in September 2016, and released in the UK in March 2017. Simultaneously in 2016, Lyonne appeared in Clea Duvall’s Intervention and in Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers.
Lyonne’s recent television credits include guest stints on the critically-accaimed Portlandia, Girls, and Inside Amy Schumer. Her recent film credits also include Girlfriend’s Day co-starring Bob Odenkirk and Amber Tamblyn, Addicted to Fresno alongside Aubrey Plaza and Judy Greer, Sleeping with Other People, opposite Alison Brie, Jason Sudeikis and Adam Scott, and #Horror with Chloe Sevigny and Balthazar Getty. Lyonne appeared in Hello, My Name is Doris, starring Max Greenfield and Sally Field, He’s Way More Famous Than You, starring Ben Stiller, Vanessa Williams, Jesse Eisenberg, and Girl Most Likely opposite Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, and Matt Dillon, directed by Shari Springer-Berman & Robert Pulcin, which screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival before being picked up by Lionsgate/Roadside attractions for distribution.
Lyonne is best known for her acclaimed performances in Slums of Beverly Hills, the beloved comedy directed by Tamara Jenkins, and co-starring Alan Arkin & Marisa Tomei; the coming-of age comedy, But I’m a Cheerleader, with Clea Duvall; Woody Allen’s all-star romantic musical comedy, Everyone Say I Love You, the Holocaust drama, The Grey Zone, directed by Tim Blake Nelson and co-starring David Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Steve Buscemi, and David Goyer’s Zig Zag opposite Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo and Oliver Platt. Among her other numerous film credits include roles in the recent independent horror comedy, All About Evil, Blade: Trinity, Die, Mommie, Die!, Party Monster, Kate & Leopold, American Pie, America Pie 2, and Detroit Rock City.
On stage, Lyonne starred alongside Ethan Hawke in The New Group’s darkly comic Off-Broadway production of Blood from a Stone, written by Thomas Nohilly and directed by Scott Elliott. Natasha earned critical-acclaim for her adept portrayal of the couch-ridden, heartbroken Grace in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Tigers Be Still, written by Kim Rosenstock and directed by Sam Gold. Natasha’s other stage credits include roles in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of monologues and stories by Nora and Delia Ephron, and the familial drama, Two Thousand Years, directed by Scott Elliot and written by the legendary Mike Leigh.
Jacqueline Woodson is the 2014 National Book Award Winner for her New York Times bestselling memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, which was also a recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award, a Newbery Honor Award, the NAACP Image Award, and the Sibert Honor Award. She is also the author of New York Times bestselling novel Another Brooklyn (Harper/Amistad), which was a 2016 National Book Award Finalist and Woodson’s first adult novel in twenty years. Read More
Woodson was named Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is the author of more than two dozen award-winning books for young adults, middle graders and children; among her many accolades, she is a four-time Newbery Honor winner, a three-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Coretta Scott King Award winner. Woodson is currently a fellow at the American Library in Paris.
Airea D. Matthews
Airea D. Matthews’s first collection of poems, Simulacra, received the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. She is a recipient of a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.
Rachel McKibbens is a two-time New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of three books of poetry: Blud, Into The Dark & Emptying Field, and Pink Elephant. In 2012, McKibbens founded The Pink Door Women’s Writing Retreat, an annual writing retreat open exclusively to women of color. McKibbens is a member of Latinas Unidas and co-curates the critically acclaimed reading series Poetry & Pie Night in upstate New York.
Emily Wells is a performer, producer, singer and composer known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation as well as her deft approach to live sampling at shows. With a belief in the sovereignty of melody to hold a song to itself, Wells consistently bends and re-renders her original works to almost entirely new forms in her live performances set to her video works which draw heavily from contemporary dance. Read More
As a follow up to her critically acclaimed full length Promise in 2017, Wells has released an EP In the Hot a companion which includes studio recordings of live arrangements as well new compositions. She is currently touring in select European and US cities.
Praise for Wells’ latest full length Promise + live performances :
• “Quietly transfixing…Ms. Wells works in the manner of what Walt Whitman called “a noiseless, patient spider,” sending out filament after filament until a structure begins to form.” – New York Times
•”The shape-shifting string virtuoso ignores genre boundaries while conjuring a uniquely affecting session of atmospheric folk…” – Red Bull Music Academy
• “Extraordinary, presenting a sort of ambient gospel-folk music that’s immersed in secular desires and experiences.” – NPR
• “…unconventional and rather moving..” – Noisey
• “‘Promise’ is a record like few others – both tangible and smoky, guttural and delicate, it treads atop a thin sheet of ice throughout, yet remains unafraid to bask in the warmth of its creator.” – DIY