Ingrid Schaffner is Curator of the 57th Carnegie International at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.
Thomas Evans is a Presbyterian (USA) minister. He has served as a local pastor in Idaho, New York, Arkansas, and South Carolina. He has also served as an executive presbyter in Alabama and Georgia.
Lisa Jarnot is the author A PRINCESS MAGIC PRESTO SPELL: Parts 1-9 (Flood Editions, 2019), JOIE DE VIVRE: SELECTED POEMS 1992-1012 (City Lights 2013), NIGHT SCENES (Flood Editions, 2008), BLACK DOG SONGS (Flood Editions, 2003), and others. Her book Robert Duncan: The Ambassador from Venus (University of California, 2012) was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. She lives in New York City with her daughter.
Brandon Stosuy is the cofounder and editor in chief at The Creative Independent, the cofounder of the annual Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson, NY, the cofounder of Zone 6 Artist Management and Gallery, and has been a music curator at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and at MoMA PS1 in New York City. He is also the author of two children's books: Music Is and We Are Music.
John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He wrote more than twenty books of poetry, including Quick Question; Planisphere; Notes from the Air; A Worldly Country; Where Shall I Wander; and Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award. The winner of many prizes and awards, both nationally and internationally, he received the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation in 2011 and a National Humanities Medal, presented by President Obama at the White House, in 2012. Ashbery died in September 2017 at the age of ninety.