Join us for our first reading of the season and third LEX*I*CON at Instar Lodge. We are proud to feature all writer-cum-Womens Workplace members this year, including Alexa Wilding, Nina Boutsikaris, Rachel Ephraim, Dawn Breeze, and ???.
FREE // April 19th // 7pm
Find out more about this event’s readers:
Alexa Wilding is a writer, singer-songwriter and twin mama. Tagged "the neo-Stevie Nicks" by The New York Times, her third album, Wolves (2016) was written while her son, Lou underwent successful treatment for cancer. Alexa has shared this experience on platforms such as The Glow, Mother, Style Like U and in a viral video for Allure. After completing her MFA at The Writer’s Foundry, Brooklyn in 2017, she relocated to the Hudson Valley with her family, where she is working on her first book - a memoir about all of the above.
Nina Boutsikaris' first book, I'm Trying to Tell You I'm Sorry: An Intimacy Triptych, will be published in May. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies, Brevity, Third Coast, Hobart, and elsewhere, and among the Notable Essays in Best American Essays 2016. She has taught at The University of Arizona, where she completed her MFA in creative nonfiction, The Gotham Writers' Workshop, and Eugene Lang College.
Rachel Ephraim received her M.F.A. from Columbia University while working at The New Yorker as a reader in the fiction department. Lately, she’s been taking to the stage and participating in local storytelling events such as The Porch and Helsinki’s story slam. She’s also been at work on her first novel, The Old House, inspired by the history of her 1695 home in Germantown.
Dawn Breeze founder and director of Instar Lodge is a creativity advocate, change agent, and internationally awarded interdisciplinary artist based in Germantown, NY. Ongoing social art projects include Wayfinding: Imaging History with (Our)story, a mapping odyssey at Olana State Historic Site; and her creativity curriculum, Creativity + Courage™, a series of participatory workshops throughout New England for institutions, corporations, and recovery programs. Breeze recently completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art at Goddard College, and is at work writing a creative hybrid memoir.
Fontaine Dunn is an artist and writer who grew up in Georgia, Germany, and New Orleans. She received her BFA (in painting and printmaking) from Tulane University and her MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. After graduate school she moved to New York City where she worked for the Dia Art Foundation and the artist Frank Stella, and then went on to serve as a visiting artist at various colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. In addition, she has taught literacy and English to Speakers of Other Languages from all over the world. After living in New York City for 40 years, Fontaine landed in Columbia County where she has been delighted to discover Tailspinning at Instar Lodge. Her other favorite activities include tai chi, going to movies and plays and hanging out with her dogs. She admits to an obsessive interest in political news.
Kate Minford went to University of the Arts for Illustration and then to Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts to study sculpture from 2002 – 2006. Since moving to New York, she has worked within the Fine Art world designing and producing artwork for internationally acclaimed artists as well as managing galleries. Along with her work for other Artists and galleries, she continued exhibition nationally. In 2011, Kate was accepted into the residency program at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY to continue her focus on fiber based work. Since joining Bhavana, Kate has served as a design and product development consultant helping companies set and meet objectives to further their growth in the world market.