Joan Wickersham is a National Book Award finalist whose writing has been acclaimed for its emotional honesty, structural innovation, and elegance of language.The Los Angeles Times called her memoir The Suicide Index “an extraordinary magical mystery tour of a book.”The New York Times described her book of stories, The News from Spain, as “an ode to heartbreak and regret.”
Joan’s memoir The Suicide Index (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and appeared on “best books of the year” lists includingThe Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, New York Magazine, Salon, and The Week. Her most recent book, The News from Spain (Knopf ), was named one of the year’s best fiction picks by National Public Radio, Kirkus Reviews, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her fiction has appeared multiple times inThe Best American Short Stories and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and many other publications. For the past ten years, Joan has been a regular op-ed columnist forThe Boston Globe. She has been awarded fellowships by the American Scandinavian Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Joan graduated from Yale with a degree in art history. She has taught fiction and memoir at Harvard, Emerson, UMass Boston, and the Bennington Writing Seminars.
Adam Davies is an award-winning photographer whose large-format film photography explores architecture, social systems, and public spaces. Said David Tomkins, Writer/Editor ofThe Chinati Foundation, Marfa: “There’s an enigmatic quality to Davies’ images, and to the places they depict. The pictures bear a trace of something a bit uncanny, because the places they depict are quietly but insistently someplace else-or at least the threshold to someplace else … maybe a little magical, maybe a little cursed.”
Adam is a recipient of grants from the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Vira Heinz Endowment, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and has attended residencies at Chinati Foundation, Creative Alliance, Fine Arts Work Center, and Yaddo. He has worked as a Lecturer & Media Specialist at the National Gallery of Art, Washington and taught at Carnegie Mellon, Catholic, Robert Morris, and Harvard Universities. In 2015, Adam was named as Outstanding Emerging Artist at the DC Mayor’s Arts Awards and was the recipient of the Clarence John Laughlin Award. Between 2016–19, he was an artist-in-residence at Creative Alliance in Baltimore where his 2018 exhibition featured collaborations with Los Angeles-based musician Alex Zhang Hungtai and Chicago-based percussionist Adam Rosenblatt. In 2019 he presented his project, Reroutings, at the Mid-Atlantic TED Talk in Washington, DC.