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Jane Davies is a full-time artist working in collage, paint, and encaustics. Beginning as a potter in the early 1990s, Davies transitioned into freelance art, using collage and paint as her medium. She is author of three books on collage and mixed media, Adventures in Mixed Media, Collage Journeys, and Collage With Color, as well as a book on ceramics. janedaviesstudios.com

Nick Flynn is author of three memoirs, The Reenactments, The Ticking Is the Bomb, and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, also published as Being Flynn, the title of the feature film based on the book. Flynn is also author of three books of poetry, The Captain Asks For a Show of Hands, Some Ether, and Blind Huber. nickflynn.org

Peter Gold is a professional trapeze artist, coach, and director of Trapeze-Experience™, an industry-leading organization that promotes wellness through soaring. Gold has performed as the catcher for five trapeze acts and toured in eight circuses, including Ringling Brothers, where he made history as the first American to catch the quadruple somersault. trapeze-experience.com

Heather Allen Hietala, MFA, is a mixed media artist. Her work has been shown in numerous venues across the United States and internationally. Stairways, boats, and vessels feature prominently in her work as explorations of the themes of personal and universal relationships and journeys. heatherallenhietala.com

Marie Howe is the author What the Living Do, The Good Thief, and The Kingdom of Ordinary Time. She served as the New York State Poet Laureate from 2012–2014. She also has been awarded several prestigious grants and fellowships, including a fellowship at the Bunting Institute, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. mariehowe.com

Li-Young Lee is an award-winning poet and author of of four collections of poetry, including Rose, The City in Which I Love You, and Book of My Nights. His poems have been described as "filled with lush images redolent of a mystical life well lived," by Poets and Writers magazine.

Alison Luterman is a poet, essayist, workshop leader, and regular contributor to The Sun magazine. She is author of Desire Zoo and other books.

Daniel Mack has been working with rustic materials for more than 30 years to make furniture, architectural work, garden structures, and small, simple objects. He has written seven books on rustic work and his creations appear in many private and museum collections. danielmack.com

Carmen Mensink has a background in graphic design and typography and has been practicing Buddhism since 1999, the same year she began her training in the art of Tibetan thangka drawing and painting. Her work has been displayed in the Netherlands and Australia. She lectures on Tibetan Art around the world. tibetanthangkapainting.com

Aja Monet is an internationally renowned performance poet and the youngest poet to win the Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title.

Dar Williams has been writing songs, recording, and touring in support of 10 critically acclaimed studio albums for more than 20 years. Teaching an undergraduate course about music movements and democracy at Wesleyan University had renewed her faith in the importance of making music and the intrinsic, life-affirming value of creating songs. darwilliams.com

Lian Zhen has exhibited his paintings internationally and is author of Chinese Watercolor Techniques: Painting Animals; Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolor; Chinese Watercolor Techniques for Exquisite Flowers, and other books. He taught watercolor at the University of California at Berkeley for eight years and now offers workshops internationally. lianspainting.com