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Lorraine Lupo, Max Jacobson, Carol Szamatowicz & Caitlin Grace McDonnell

Lorraine Lupo is the author of By Way Of (Green Zone), and Dust Exchange (Slacks Books), a collaboration with the artist and architect Max Jacobson. Her work has appeared in The New England Review, Fourteen Hills, Across The Margin, The Art Book Review and Art Practical, among others. She edits the Periodic Postcard series.

Max Jacobson is a licensed architect and holds a Ph.D in architecture from UC Berkeley.  He practiced in California for 40 years, teaching part time at UCB, DVC, and USF.  With his associates and partners he is an author of “A Pattern Language”, “The Good House”,   “Patterns of Home”, and “Invitation to Architecture”.  He lives in Berkeley with his wife Helen Degenhardt, and has a daughter, Taylor, an interior designer in Los Angeles.

Born among ten siblings on the Southside of Chicago, to a Montanan nurse and a factory worker, Carol Szamatowicz came solo to NYC as a teenager, in 1972, settling in the East Village. She has written for months at a time, in Culebra, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and Portugal. Szamatowicz taught children and teenagers in NYC for thirty years. She teaches yoga and spends writing time between the West Village and Hudson, New York, where her daughter lives.

Caitlin Grace McDonnell was a New York Times Fellow in poetry at NYU and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems and essays have been published widely, most recently in FIERCE, Essays for and about Dauntless Women from Nauset Press. She published a chapbook of poems "Dreaming the Tree" (belladonna 2003) and a book "Looking for Small Animals" (2012). Currently, she teaches English at CUNY, lives in Brooklyn with her ten-year-old daughter, and is at work on novel.