Arkansas playwright Judy B. Goss earned a B.A. in theatre arts at Hendrix College, writing her honors thesis on “The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca.” She holds an M.A. in performance of literature from the University of Texas, Austin, which led to her adaptation of Eudora Welty’s “Lily Daw and the Three Ladies,” published in Group Performance of Literature. Goss has worked as a community arts center’s theatre director, an artist-in-education leading creative dramatics, and, after earning the M.Ed. in secondary education from UALR, as a drama and creative writing teacher at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School in Little Rock. With Parkview colleagues in acting and English, she created and developed the annual performance by Parkview drama students, “Tales of the Crypt,” now in its 22nd year of drawing a regional audience of over 1,000 to Little Rock’s historic Mount Holly Cemetery. She received an Arkansas Arts Council playwriting fellowship in 2000, and she participated in Sewanee Writers’ Conference playwriting workshops in 2009, 2010, and 2012, with mentors Lee Blessing, Beth Henley, Daisy Foote and Dan O’Brien. Her produced scripts include “Lost My Shoe to a Wallaroo,” commissioned for children by Hendrix College, 2013, First Farewell, 2011, and the adapted script for the stage première of the classic film Mrs. Miniver, 2015, both at Argenta Community Theater. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Theatre Communications Group. For more information see www.judybgoss.com
Kevin Kresse is an Arkansas native who has supported his family as a sculptor and painter for almost 20 years in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has exhibited his work in New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Memphis, TN. and Atlanta, GA. Among his awards were fellowships from the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Arkansas Arts Council. He has been commissioned to do numerous public works, from large outdoor pieces to bronze busts. Kresse has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, radio interviews, television features and a short film. Kresse’s work and more info can be found at kevinkresse.com
Diane Harper (b.1962, Palm Springs, CA) spent her childhood as a military nomad. She is the daughter of an Army forensic photographer father and a French mother. Her early years in Europe fostered a rich imagination fueled by fairy tales and folklore, Cold War intrigue, World War history, and a bicultural home life. Intrigued by novelty and experimentation, she works with a variety of media, primarily with pen and ink expressive sketching, mixed media, acrylic, encaustic, and printmaking. She is a workshop instructor in mixed media, art journaling, and pen and ink techniques. She lives in Little Rock with her husband Jim and her cat Camille Clawdel. Diane’s artworks are in private and corporate collections, and can be seen at Gallery 26 and South Main Creative in Little Rock, or by contacting Robert Bean at RB Fine Art.
An Arkansas native, Paula Martin is an award-winning writer, teacher, and editor who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Her writings have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, and she is the recipient of the 2013 Arkansas Arts Council Governor’s Arts Award for Folklife, and the 2017 Inductee into the Arkansas Writers’ Hall of Fame. Paula also created and produced the internationally-syndicated Tales from the South Radio Show, which aired for ten years on NPR, PRX, and Stitcher and garnered multiple regional, national, and international awards. She has just joined the new Potluck and Poison Ivy Storytelling Show as the Producer and Creative Director, and her second novel, Bone by Bone: A Love Story is set to release Summer 2017.
Born in 1954 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dominique Simmons grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her earliest art memories are of looking at the "big" art books from the family library, the smell of turpentine and oil paints, and photographic chemicals from her father's dark room. In 2013, Dominique retired as an adjunct professor in art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). Prior to that, she was an instructor at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Dominique earned a Master of Fine Arts at UALR and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University. She is a competitive artist and her creative abilities have been recognized in a number of venues. Her work has frequently been picked for the” Delta Competition”, and the “Prints, Drawings, and Photographs” competition at the Arkansas Arts Center. Dominique is also a frequent exhibitor and winner in the annual “Small Works on Paper” competitions.
Dominique’s work is represented in the permanent collection of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Central Arkansas, and many private collections throughout the United States.