Laura Bell and Ian Ganassi
Laura Bell gained an appreciation for the spontaneous and serendipitous while studying with Fluxus artist Robert Watts at Douglass College, Rutgers University. In 2020, she received a BRIO painting grant from the Bronx Council for the Arts. Her paintings and mixed-media work have been exhibited in New York, Provincetown, New Haven, Chicago, Philadelphia, Berlin, and elsewhere, and she has been an artist-in-residence at the Millay Colony. Her ongoing collaborative collage series with poet Ian Ganassi has been mailed back and forth between them since 2005. Paintings and works on paper can be seen at lauraelizbell.net. Laura lives and has her studio in the Bronx.
Ian Ganassi’s poems have appeared and are forthcoming in numerous literary magazines, including BlazeVOX, Clockwise Cat, Otoliths, The Yale Review, Stand, Offcourse, MadHat Annual, New American Writing, Interim, The American Journal of Poetry, and First Literary Review East. His poem “Blunt Trauma” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and his translations from Virgil’s Aeneid have appeared in New England Review. His book-length poetry collection, Mean Numbers, was published in 2016 (China Grove Press). A second collection is forthcoming from WordTech Press in 2023; a third collection is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2024. Ian lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and has worked as a writer, teacher, and percussionist.