“Now We Are Free” — Lisa Gerrard

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ZO has an articulated affinity and relationship with clouds . . . from the creative offerings on our Poetry pages — “What Cloud Are You On?” — “Precipitation” and such to our launch party “Cloud Formation at The Tropics” — there is a metaphorical connection to the cloud of artists gathering to witness what we can change together . . .”

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2017 TEEN MEDIA JUDGES


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MAGDALENA EDWARDS

POETRY JUDGE

Magdalena’s literary memoir, a work-in-progress, is titled In the Middle of the Road: Traveling with Elizabeth Bishop, Clarice Lispector, and Raúl Zurita. Other translations include poetry by Chileans Raúl Zurita and Nicanor Parra, essays by several Brazilian intellectuals, and a posthumous novel titled Love by the Chilean surrealist Juan Emar, who was her paternal great-grand-uncle (born Alvaro Yañez Bianchi). Forthcoming film projects, credited as Magdalena Emar, include HANDPICKED (Palula Pictures), UNTITLED Dracula Project (Studio4/Rabbit Bandini), and DOC IS IN (Zoom & Emar). Magdalena is preparing her one-woman show I WANNA BE ROBERT DE NIRO for LA’s Fringe Festival 2017. As a public speaker, she has participated in events with the Hammer Museum, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Magdalena holds a BA in Social Studies from Harvard and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA with an emphasis on translation and twentieth-century poetry from the Americas.

CARLA DENISE

CATEGORY SURREAL JUDGE

Art: ‘Africa on My Mind’

Often inspired by fashion and the flowing shape of vases, my art is far from serious and can be just as silly and goofy as me. From colorful acrylic paintings to black and white mixed media prints adorned with up-cycled fabrics, my work celebrates the love of life, dreaming, long summer days, friendship, roots, learning and positive growth. — Carla

MAHDI MOINUL

PHOTOGRAPHY JUDGE

Mahdi was the Gold Winner of ZO’s recent Poetry & Photography Expo.

We are truly honored that he has agreed to not only judge this Teen Expo, but will join ZO’s creative contributors on our Instagram feed (which has been basically dormant as we searched for someone with “ZO vision.”)

CAROLYN OXLEY

POETRY JUDGE

Carolyn’s work has appeared in Ruminate, Peregrine, and Poetry Review. Carolyn has studied poetry with the faculty of Aspen Words, Napa Valley Writers Conference, and the Key West Literary Seminar. Send her a note at CarolynOxley.com or follow her on Instagram at @carolynoxleywrites.

SEAN MICHAEL ERIC SCARRITT

CATEGORY SURREAL JUDGE

Filmmaker.

JESSIE SPARTANO

PHOTOGRAPHY JUDGE

Jessie’s photography focuses primarily on nature. Current projects include work for print and online features. Please connect and follow Jessie on Instagram @jessiespartano!

SIMON PHILLIPS

POETRY JUDGE

Simon is co-owner and on the board of directors at Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative, a volunteer run bookstore, art gallery, and performance space in the Mission. He is at work on a novel.

SHLOKA SHANKAR

CATEGORY SURREAL JUDGE

Art: An erasure, a found/remixed poem, and a mixed media piece in Issue forty-two of ‘Otoliths

Shloka also enjoys singing, creating abstract art, and dousing herself in uncalled for anxiety from time to time. Her poems and artwork have been published in close to 200 print and online venues of repute. Shloka is the founding editor of the literary & arts journal, Sonic Boom.

”NATALIA”

PHOTOGRAPHY JUDGE

Teen Media Exposé page . . .

PRIOR JUDGES

We are very grateful to have supportive, passionate judges who recognize that
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
— Albert Einstein —

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2016-17 POETRY & PHOTOGRAPHY JUDGES

MOHAMAD FAHS

POETRY

NEENA NEJAD

PHOTOGRAPHY

ADARRYLL JACKSON, SR.

PHOTOGRAPHY

MARA RAGO

PHOTOGRAPHY

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2016 TEEN MEDIA JUDGES

APRIL ROSE RITCHEY

ART

JERMAINE DaSILVA

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ELIZAMAR MARTINEZ

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JON VEROCK

ART

CHRISTOPHER ROLINSON

PHOTOGRAPHY

Welcoming our first TEEN JUDGES

IAN BAMBRICK

PHOTOGRAPHY

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2015 POETRY & ART JUDGES

ABHAY K

ART

ERICCO — Ericco Studio

ART

TARA COTTER’ NESCI

ART

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Initial CLOUD FORMATION 2014 POETRY EXPOSÉ JUDGES

MARIO RENÉ PADILLA

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