Artist & Author Biographies
KALENA BOVELL is a young, vibrant conductor and educator whose creativity, determination and humility towards classical and new music can be seen throughout her interpretations. While she is currently attending The Hartt School to pursue a degree in music, Kalena is a published poet. She released her first collection of poems in 2009, titled “Dear Soul…” Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Kalena currently resides in Connecticut and can be found online at kalenabovell.wix.com/kalenabovell.
CHRISTOPHER MARIOTTI was born in Latrobe, PA and grew up in Mesa, AZ. He studied creative writing at the University of Arizona from 1994-1999. Currently he lives with his beautiful wife and their old-lady dog in Southington, CT, where he founded, and writes for, the music blog "Lonesome Noise" at lonesomenoise.com.
THOMAS R. MOORE's poem “Chet Sawing” won the 2011 Maine Postmark Poetry Contest. Two poems from his 2010 book, The Bolt-Cutters (Fort Hemlock Press 2010), were featured on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, and one was a 2012 Pushcart nominee. “Removing the Dross” from The Bolt-Cutters was featured on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry in December 2013.
MATT MESSINA is a student of natural history and illustration currently residing in Bar Harbor, Maine. His work can be found at facebook.com/mattmessinaart.
TYLER NOYES holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. He spends his time carving runes, doing his Hare Krishnas, and dreaming of a new life in Iceland.
JARED ORLANDO is a bayou-bred poet and writer living in Los Angeles. His current obsessions are trains and trying to whistle like Andrew Bird. He can be found online at beardedmusing.com.
ANGELA RHEA PICCOLI, a space rock goddess, is the keyboardist and vocalist for the award-winning Connecticut-based rock band 1974 (1974online.com).
ANDREW N. RAY is an insomniac writer of prose and poetry. He once spent a summer picking tomatoes.
MAIA SNOW was born in the small town of Polevscoy, Russia, where she lived in an orphanage among seventy other children until she was adopted by her American parents at the age of twelve. She received her BFA in Painting from Maine College of Art. Her abstract and figurative paintings deal with the ideas of physical and mental displacement, discomfort, and detachment. Her paintings are physical expressions of violence, force, and cultural despondency. Her work is accessible online at maiasnow.com.