Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). His writing has been published by Hyperallergic, PBS News Hour, the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, and the Bettering American Poetry anthology.
Duplan is the founding curator for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based in Iowa City. As an independent curator, he has facilitated artist projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. Duplan’s video and performance work has been shown at Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in L.A in 2020. He was a 2017-2019 joint Public Programs Fellow at the Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He now works as Program Manager at Recess.
Dellyssa Edinboro is a doctoral candidate in the College of Education’s Schools, Culture, and Society (SCS) Program at the University of Iowa. She researches African American women’s educational experiences abroad in the 20th century. By working with the Public Space One’s Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS), she hopes to explore the educative role of community-engaged creative work.
Kalmia Strong is the Program Director at Public Space One, where she works to instigate and support experimental, cooperative, and community-based art practices and resources including the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, the Iowa City Press Co-op, and the lowercase zine library. Kalmia is a bookmaker, organizer, artist, and educator, and serves as the Book Arts Editor for Prompt Press, the Creative Coordinator for the University of Iowa Libraries, and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Iowa Center for the Book. Her practice focuses on collaboration, interaction, and participation and the role of book objects and practices in cultural resistance and social change, and has manifested in community workshops and events, exhibitions, installations, and collaboratively-produced publications.
John Engelbrecht is Director of Public Space One (PS1), an alternative arts space in Iowa City, IA. Over 100 local, national, and international exhibitions have happened in his tenure at PS1 along with a nearly daily program of performances, workshops, residencies and other interesting (if succinctly-indescribable) events. His background in photography informs a cross-disciplinary approach to an everyday art practice which looks with interest towards the social, performative, and ephemeral. Follow John at memoryintomyth.com, publicspaceone.org, or on Instagram @theestrawman.