Storytellers | How to Build a Fire: Detour

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David Brensilver is a classically trained musician and a writer whose first novel, ExecTV (ENC Press)—”the book the Vatican refused to comment on,” as the publisher’s website points out—was released in 2005. David is also the author of the animal-rights-focused blog The Daily Maul and has contributed to Scott Stein’s website When Falls the Coliseum: a journal of American culture [or lack thereof]

A recovering percussionist, David has degrees from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University (BM, 1992) and The Juilliard School (MM, 1994). He studied during the summers of 1990, 1991, and 1992 at the Aspen Music Festival and School. David has performed on a freelance basis with orchestras in the United States and abroad and has worked with numerous rock, pop, jazz, and blues groups. 

After working for several years at a regional newspaper and the company’s string of community weeklies, David briefly joined the marketing-department staff at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts before becoming the editor of The Arts Paper, the monthly publication of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, in Connecticut. Recently, he joined the staff at the Yale School of Music, where he’s the communications officer. 

David’s writing has appeared in Drum MagazineModern Drummer, and New Music Box (an online publication of New Music USA). 

He has completed a second novel and is working on an animal-rights-focused play. He’s a vegan.

Amber Drea is a storyteller, writer and editor whose work has been published by Akashic Books, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Hypertext Magazine, The Northville Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and The Chicago Reader. She’s been featured on storytelling shows and podcasts, including Risk!, The Soundtrack Series, TALE, How I Learned, Tell It: Brooklyn, Bare! and Sideshow Goshko. Originally from New London, Connecticut, she now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, son and cat.

Born in Virginia, x-tian whitfield (pronounced christian) is a poet, essayist, student, & worker living in Brooklyn. Their work focuses primarily on gender, queer(ing) somatic experience, & race. x-tian received a BFA from Goddard College, & can often be found wandering, walking dogs, & practicing polishing up their nails.

P. Adam Walsh is a co-PTA president at P.S. 118. He is the husband to Caliopie and the father to Sadie.


MATT BARBEHENN: Matthew Barbehenn’s fiction has been published in several Canadian and Australian literary magazines, but very few American ones. He has taught creative writing, literature, and composition at Temple University, The Community College of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia University. He is currently working on several projects, including a book of short fiction and something that might one day be a novel. He has been living in New York for one month and he gets lost on a daily basis.

KAREN STEVENSON: Karen Stevenson is a technologist, journalist, and media entrepreneur who has lived in Brooklyn since the turn of the century.

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In Practice: KoKo NYC Teaching Artist Exhibition

In Practice: KoKo NYC Teaching Artist Exhibition | Press Release | Cook Thugless at Freddy’s | KoKo NYC January 27-February 17, 2018 Opening Reception: February 1, 7-9pm Performance by Cook Thugless: February 7, 8:30pm (Freddy’s Bar, 627 5th Ave, Brooklyn) Gallery open by appointment. Contact to visit: Open Source Gallery presents In Practice, our […]


2018 Exhibitions
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Xyza Bacani
Betty Yu
Khaled Jarrar
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2017 Exhibitions
Kimberly Mayhorn: Transcend
Reimagining Tradition
The Fire Theory: ICE
Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall
10th Annual South Slope Derby
Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion