Executive Director, Co-Founder
Edward A. Hall
Calls For Artists & Opportunities contributor
John E. Ramspott
Orlando V. Thompson II
is an independent arts journalist working in Atlanta, where he has lived off and on since the age of two. He loves art, travel, bourbon and old records. In September of 2013, readers voted him Atlanta’s Best Art Critic in Creative Loafing’s annual Best of Atlanta issue. His website can be seen at andrewalexanderwriter.com
Daniel A. Brown
is a musician and freelance writer currently living in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. A onetime bassist for Royal Trux and ’68 Comeback, Brown is also a former arts and entertainment editor for Folio Weekly. Along with stories published on BURNAWAY
, Brown has written for Arts District Magazine, DownBeat Magazine, Cartwheel Art, Aesthetica, and American Airline’s American Way Magazine. In addition, Brown maintains a visual arts site called STAREHOUSE
which profiles Northeast Florida, national, and international artists.
Susannah Darrow is a native Atlantan who left briefly to study art history, printmaking, 60s and 70s underground music, and English. She serves on the Board of Directors of ART PAPERS magazine and the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award Committee. She received a BA in Art History from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Art History from Georgia State University. Her thesis examines the role of hybridity in the work of contemporary photography, Lalla Essaydi.
Scott Daughtridge is a self-taught writer and collage artist. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Curbside Splendor, The Broken Plate, Storychord, Loose Change, and other journals. He is the creator and host of the Lostintheletters reading series held at the Highland Ballroom and is a contributor for Vouched Books. He is a Georgia native and sometimes tries to talk to ghosts.
Joelle Dietrick is an artist who makes paintings, drawings and animations about contemporary nesting instincts and their manipulation by global economic systems. Her work has been shown at Transitio_MX in Mexico City, TINA B Festival in Prague and Venice, Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, MCA San Diego, Long March Space Beijing, ARC Gallery Chicago, Soho20 New York, and MPG Contemporary Boston. She completed a BFA in Painting at Penn State and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. She teaches at Florida State University.
is completing a PhD in English literature at Emory University. She is currently curating and teaching with artists’ books under fellowship at Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library. She blogs about book arts and print oddities at The Binding Agent
and is known for making swoon-worthy baklava and peanut butter pie.
Stephanie Dowda is a photographer and organizer from Atlanta. Dowda loves Atlanta because the soil is red and the sun shines just right at dusk. Dowda has a degree in philosophy and photography from Georgia State University. Dowda is part of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program and has a darkroom at The Goat Farm Arts Center. Her work can be seen at Get This! Gallery and was recently featured in Oxford American.
is a freelance writer and multimedia storyteller. Her narrative style of work has been featured in Atlanta
magazine, and Quilt Stories, a podcast series inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt. She has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and Columbia University’s Scholastic Press Association. In addition to a BA from UCLA and an MFA in writing from SCAD-Atlanta, she makes a mean picadillo.
Maggie Ginestra is a writer, collaborator and arts administrator who recently served as the creative director of WonderRoot, where she developed several initiatives, including the Walthall Artist Fellowship. Her writing has been published in Drunken Boat, Thermos, Temporary Art Review and others. She completed her MFA at Washington University in St. Louis, where she also graduated from the Community Arts Training Institute, owned a salon/chapbook shop, co-founded Sloup (St. Louis’ soup dinner for the arts), and worked on several projects with Prison Performing Arts and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she serves on the Board of Mighty Rights Media and the Steering Committee for Idea Capital, performs with MSIF and volunteers for WonderRoot’s Dance Chance Atlanta, while reading and writing toward new things.
Eric Hancock is an artist and has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and in-between, since receiving his MFA in 2008 from Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta. Hancock contributes art commentary and criticism to a variety of international publications. Several years in New York and Austin and a sullied sense of innocence later, Eric now resides just outside of Atlanta.
Ed Hall is a poet and journalist. His writings about comics and comics creators have appeared in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Code Z: Black Visual Culture Now, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. His poetry has appeared in Catalyst and Eyedrum Periodically. He serves as host of a monthly literary salon called Writers Exchange. Hall is a graduate of Tulane University. He is co-editor of the anthology Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. His forthcoming first novel is titled Chimera Island.
Nick Hemenway is a media promotions manager, an artist, and an animal lover. This Charlotte, NC native’s interests include queer & feminist art, conceptual art, public art, participatory art, curatorial work, museum studies, and sociology. Nick received his BA in Arts Applications from North Carolina State University and is currently finishing up his MA degree in Arts Administration at SCAD-Atlanta. His thesis focuses on the role of museum management in cases of museum censorship. On sunny days you might see Nick walking his two Pitt mixes on the streets of ATL.
is a writing student at SCAD-Atlanta and a longtime Georgia resident. She writes fiction and creative nonfiction and enjoys book arts. During her time with BURNAWAY
, she has been able to explore her interest in visual art and writing for new media. Her work has been featured in the Ivy Hall Review
, and she won SCAD’s 2012 Generate competition, a 24-hour writing challenge.
Kristin Juarez is a curator, writer, and working on her PhD in Atlanta, GA. She gravitates towards art projects and spaces that experiment with public as social, moving images, and attempts at visualizing the unknowable.
is an art critic, writer, and editor. Originally from North Carolina, she came to Atlanta by way of Chicago, where she earned a masters of humanities degree with a concentration in art history from the University of Chicago. Her writing has appeared in Artforum.com, Art & Education, Art Papers, Creative Loafing, Proximity Magazine, Raw Vision, and Sculpture. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics.
Claire Maxwell is a writer with a background in journalism and telecommunications. She received her BA from Georgia State University and served as the Program Director for GSU’s own student-run radio station, WRAS-Atlanta. She is a native Atlantan who believes in using her writing to expose our community to the city’s thriving art and music scenes.
John E. Ramspott obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Clemson University. But, after spending a couple decades exercising his left brain, he decided to give his right brain a whirl with photography. John loves shooting photojournalism, portraits, and nature landscapes. He believes in supporting the arts in Atlanta and manages BURNAWAY‘s Flickr page.
an independent curator and arts writer. She is a native Atlantan recently relocated back to her hometown after several years in Philadelphia and New York. With her husband she produces Possible Press, a free curated publication of artists’ writings, and Possible Projects, an exhibition/curatorial space. Reese writes for Bomb Magazine online, BOMBlog, and her writing has also appeared in Temporary Art Review, ArtSlant, and TWELV Magazine. She currently teaches a critical writing course at Georgia State University.
is an artist-photographer engaged in the study of identity and ecologies both environmental and social. She is working towards her MFA through the low-residency program at the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds a BFA in Drawing from the University of TN. She loves communication and kindness. You can contact her through twitter @karleys.
is an artist
, designer, hopeless idealist, lazy perfectionist, localist, foolish prognosticator, armchair traveler, wannabe filmmaker, independent curator, and an unauthorized critic, especially of art and architecture. Oh, and she’s a seriously challenged speller (thank god for editors!).
is a native Atlantan who writes poetry, essays, and short stories, in addition to painting, collaging, and compulsive interior decorating. Studying English and art at Oglethorpe University helped her to develop these hobbies, and she combines her interests in the visual and the verbal by writing art reviews for Creative Loafing
. The handsome pup in her picture is “Bagel,” with whom she is madly in love.