HtBaF: Under Pressure Storytellers

How to Build a Fire: Under Pressure | Storytellers | Livestream

Amber Atiya is a multidisciplinary poet whose creative practice incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual art. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, PEN America, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and residencies from Poets House, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and NURTUREart in collaboration with visual artist Ezra Wube. A proud native Brooklynite, she is the author of the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books) and a member of a women’s writing group celebrating 15 years, and counting.

India Cusack is a wrestling, batch-cooking, Dungeons and Dragon-ing, Drink and Drawing, biking, fat q-wierdo of color. India works in social services and when she allows herself any spare time between her job, after-school activities and expensive crying sessions (ie: therapy), she is zoning out hate-watching bad tv shows and thinking about how she really should spend more time swiping tinder and dating or do some more woo magic or whatever it is that people do.

Born and raised in New York City, Brian bumbled his way through Engineering school before giving it all up to study Asian and Asian American literature. He now works full time at a tech startup. In his free time he occasionally writes and takes photographs. He currently lives in Bed Stuy with his cat.

Dafina Roberts is the writer/director/executive producer of the web series, Giving Me Life (In The Land of Deadass), which premieres this summer. The series follows six Black and Latinx friends of diverse sexualities in their twenties as they struggle to find work and love in New York City. Dafina is a development executive/ producer/ writer/ director working in television, film and theater, with a specialization in coming-of-age stories. She has worked at Nickelodeon in Development & Production. Previously, she worked with MTV and the Oscar-nominated youth performance company—IMPACT Repertory Theatre.
She also co-produced the coming-of-age feature film, “Punching At The Sun” (Official Selection of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival; Winner for Best Narrative at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.) In addition, she has produced and directed live events at the Starbucks Music Series for the Sundance Film Festival as well as at MTV with the cast of “Fela! On Broadway”.


Reese is a 34 year old Lesbian from a ghost town in the mountains of New Mexico. She came to New York eight years ago after volunteering for the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Reese is a filmmaker by day and a dance floor demolisher by night.

Alena Singleton is a queer, brown, disabled, female-bodied and Brooklyn-based poet, writer, and sociological thinker. While her main thing is poetry, she writes in multiple genres and has had several scholarly sociological pieces published in the past. Her main sociological work focused on women of color and mental health with a focus on eating disorders, sexuality/sexual health and perceptions of risk, race and identity, and disability studies. Creatively speaking, she is a semi-regular fixture and open-mic performer at Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (hosted by JP Howard) and at The Poets’ Settlement. She has recently been featured performing her poetic selections at Queer Talk/Rainbows Across the Diaspora at Dixon Place, as well as at a Dixon Place showcase for National Poetry Month. She has also had her work published as a part of a National Poetry Month event hosted by The Operating System. Alena was also one of 61 Black women who was recently profiled as a part of a photo essay/collector’s book entitled “Testimonies From The Table,” which highlights the daily struggles faced by Black women in America and the ways these women cope.



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Betty Yu: (Dis)Placed in Sunset Park

Betty Yu: (Dis)Placed in Sunset Park | Press Release | Panel Discussion: Disrupting Gentrification in Sunset Park September 6-29 2018 Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6, 7-9pm Artist Talk: September 20, 6-8pm Placekeeping Walk: September 22, 3pm (RSVP here) Panel Discussion, Disrupting Gentrification in Sunset Park: September 29, 3-5pm Betty Yu presents (Dis)Placed in Sunset Park, […]


2018 Exhibitions
Khaled Jarrar: Blood for Sale
Immy Mali


Xyza Cruz Bacani: We Are Like Air
Matthew Jensen: There From Here
Tomás Rivas: Provincia
Pirmin Hagen and Christine Katscher: hand luggage
In Practice: KoKo NYC Teaching Artist Exhibition
Soup Kitchen 2017
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