JS Van BUSKIRK is the pen name of Stephanie Paulk. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she lived with her husband, poet Randy Prunty, until her death from cancer in November 2010. She received an AB in English Literature from Columbia University, and later went on to receive a JD from Emory University School of Law. Stephanie wrote mostly poetry, with occasional forays into performance and fanciful speculative philosophy. In the early 00's, she founded and hosted the variety lecture show "Info Demo."

After a few years as an attorney in the field of commercial financial restructuring, health concerns forced a transition to a variety of jobs and thence to a position as a law clerk.
Despite a general failure to send her poetry out for consideration by journals or publishers, her poetry has been published in JAB and Moria(both with group submissions by the Atlanta Poets Group) and in Ratsalad DeLuxe. Two of her self-published works are available through Blurb: Tiny Bedtime Stories (just what it sounds like) and Just Got No Hustle (a chapbook).

For more information about Stephanie's work, go to her website.


JAMES R. CARLSON, born in Everett, Washington, composes works for dance, theatre, chorus, orchestra, voice, various chamber combinations, and multimedia. Carlson's works have been performed at numerous concerts and festivals throughout the US and in Sweden, Belgium, China and Puerto Rico.

Recently his composition Hodie was premiered by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society. He has composed music for the Luna Nova Ensemble, the Ways and Means Dance Company, the UT Dance Company, Circle Modern Dance and Momentum Dance Lab. He is the co-founder and music director of Art Moves, a site-specific dance production at the Knoxville Museum of Art, and has produced a variety of eclectic multimedia concerts for the Tennessee Valley UU Church Performing Arts & Lecture Series (PALS). Carlson holds composition degrees from Duke University (Ph.D.), the New England Conservatory (M.M.), and Central Washington University (B.M.). Jim teaches at Sewanee: The University of the South, and performs frequently with his wife, Lucie Carlson, in the accordion-violin duo Cricket and Snail.

For more information about Jim's work, go to his website.


MATT GILBERT is a media artist and designer living and working in Atlanta. He received a BFA in graphic design from Art Center College of Design, which he complemented with studies in media design, computer programming, math, and science. Some of these studies were self-directed and some were pursued through classes and a fellowship at Caltech. Matt's post-graduate work at Georgia Tech in the Digital Media department exposed him to the media design and interactive design fields, and gave him the opportunity to study and create online communities, video games, and other projects.

Meanwhile, Matt has been developing an art and design practice that includes interactive electronics, custom software development, video, crochet, and other media. As a freelance designer Matt has worked with a broad range of clients, including Fake I.D., a youth culture design firm; Sonic Generator, an experimental music ensemble-in-residence at Georgia Tech; and the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.

For more information about Matt's work, go to his website.


JULIE PUTTGEN was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, and grew up in Fresno and Atlanta. She attended Yale University (BA); and Georgia State University (MFA).  In the 1990's, she taught in Hong Kong, traveled around Asia, and then lived as a nun in Buddhist monasteries for three years. She lives and teaches in Lebanon, NH, where she is involved in Slavic singing, improv dance, and local farm work.

Ms. Püttgen works across media (painting, photography, digital animation, installation), and also curates exhibitions, such as the stupendous, environmentally-themed Cutting Fine, Cutting Deep exhibition of cut paper work from Switzerland and North America, which traveled from Sewanee, to Atlanta, to Nacogdoches in 2008-2009.  She has exhibited nationally in group and solo shows at museums and galleries including the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Yale School of Art Gallery, Space 301 in Mobile, and Ruby Green Contemporary Art in Nashville.

For more information about Julie's work, go to her website.