Reed Bye’s most recent books include Catching On (Monkey Puzzle 2013) and Join the Planets: New and Selected Poems (United Artists Books, 2005). A CD of original songs, Broke Even, came out from Fast Speaking Music in 2013. His work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies including Nice to See You: Homage to Ted Berrigan, Sleeping on the Wing, and Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action. He teaches courses in writing and poetics in the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University.
Najib Joe Hakim works as a freelance photographer and photojournalist in San Francisco.
His current personal project: Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay opened in San Francisco Oct. 30, 2014. Juxtaposing recorded oral histories and B&W portraits, the project explores how Palestinians in the SF Bay Area maintain ties to their homeland while living in a country whose political culture abhors their personal aspirations. The viewer will be able to hear the voice of the person while looking into their photographed eyes.
This project follows Hakim’s Born Among Mirrors in which Hakim portrayed his own family’s journey from Palestine to the United States. Born Among Mirrors has been exhibited in galleries on both coasts, including the Jerusalem Fund Gallery in 2010. Parts of the project can be viewed at: .
He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Center of Contemporary Arab Studies.
Neal Ambrose-Smith has worked in the arts for twenty years as a studio assistant, goldsmith, graphic designer, and freelance photographer for artists. He has traveled extensively in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, where he did a year’s independent study in Spain. His work is in numerous collections, including the Beach, Missoula, Boise, Eiteljorg, Springfield, and Denver art museums; the Smithsonian Institution; the Galerie D’Art Contemporain, Chamalieres, France; the New York Public Library Print Collection; Hong-ik University, Seoul, Korea; Cork Printmakers, Cork, Ireland; and Monash University, Gippsland, Australia. He is a consultant to the Joan Mitchell Foundation and a working artist.