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Miseducation is a storytelling series where we stretch the meaning of “intelligence”. Artists explore how childhood, family, school, biology, belief, neuroscience, society, culture & environment, shape our learning identities in devastating and wonderful ways.
Featuring: Catherine Kapphahn, KC Trommer, Olena Jennings, René Vasicek
Music: Maurizio Najt, Art: Tamana Araki
This event is made possible in part by New York City Artist Corps & Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with City Council.
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Catherine Kapphahn’s Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me received The Center for Fiction’s Christopher Doheny Award. It was also shortlisted for a Del Sol Press Prize. It is now published by Audible. She has received artist grants from New York Artist Corps & the Queens Council on the Arts. Her writing has appeared in Motherwell Magazine, Newtown Literary, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, and CURE Magazine. Catherine is an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. She grew up near the mountains in Colorado and now lives between two bridges in Queens, New York with her husband and two sons.
Olena Jennings is the author of the novel Temporary Shelter, just released from Cervena Barva Press. She is also the author of the poetry collection Songs from an Apartment and the chapbook Memory Project. Her translation with Oksana Lutsyshyna of Artem Chekh’s Absolute Zero was released in 2020 by Glagoslav. She is the founder and curator of the Poets of Queens reading series.
KC Trommer is the author of We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) and The Hasp Tongue (dgp, 2014) and is founder of the online audio project QUEENSBOUND. Since 2018, she has collaborated with the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein on a song cycle based on poems from her first collection. She is the 2021 poet-in-residence on Governors Island through Works on Water and was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council artist-in-residence through their COVID-19 Response Residency Program. With Spencer Reece, she curates the bi-monthly Red Door Series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. She is the Assistant Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son.
Maurizio Najt was born in Italy and grew up in Argentina. As a Tango pianist, he performed with New York Tango Trio and was a member of the Tony Award winning Forever Tango on Broadway. He has performed in theaters, festivals, museums, and countless “Milongas” (Tango Ballrooms) all over the world. As a composer he has scored independent films, documentaries and off Broadway Theater productions, such as Don Quixxxote (ACE award nomination), Kaleidoscope, A Tango for Tita - a tango musical for children-(ACE award winner), and the musical drama Black Mass. He also collaborated as arranger with Academy-Award winning film director Ang Lee on the film Lust Caution. Currently he is a pianist at The School of American Ballet and an organist at St. James & St. Matthew's Church in Queens.
René Georg Vasicek was born in Austria, the son of Czech defectors. He grew up in the pine barrens of eastern Long Island. He is the author of the cybernetic anti-novel The Defectors. He lives inside his Mind.
Tamana Araki was born in Tokyo and completed her Postgraduate work at Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design. She studied in Mexico (UNAM - National Autonomous University of Mexico) and graduated from a Printmaking Course in Department of Painting, Musashino Art University. She has exhibited her art work all over the world. Some of her exhibitions are: “Treasure of Light” (Hamada Children's Museum of Art), “MOT Collection: You, My Other, and Us All” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo) ,“MAM Project 008: Araki Tamana” (Mori Art Museum Gallery 2) and Imprint MACHIDA 2018: -Tamana Araki- Spinning Cocoon Memories(2018 Machida City Museum of Graphic) She now lives and creates art in New York City.