Our Session 29 Fellows were selected by independent panels from a pool of over 1200 applicants and will be in residence from March 13 until April 24, 2018. While our fellows’ primary obligation is to the solitary pursuit of their creative work, we do ask every artist to participate in some public events.
- Session 29 Fellows
- Annie Diamond
- Anu Jindal
- Helina Metaferia
- Jordie Oetken
- Kaveri Raina
Annie Diamond is a poet and academic born and raised in Connecticut. She earned her BA in English and creative writing at Barnard College. Her poems have appeared in The Fem, The Lyric, The Columbia Review, Cargoes, Misadventures, and other publications. Her writing has been supported by the MacDowell Colony and Boston University, where she completed her MFA in 2017. She plans to pursue a PhD in English.
Anu Jindal is the author of short stories published in Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine, Pioneer, and Matrix Magazine. His story “Not a Bad Bunch” was selected by Amazon to be a Kindle Single and Audible audiobook in 2014. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Center for Fiction NYC Emerging Writers Fellow, and NYFA Immigrant Artist Program Fellow, he has held residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and received grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Canada Council for the Arts. He earned his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014, and has taught Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Anu currently resides in Queens, New York, where he is Contributing Editor at Electric Literature magazine.
Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist, working in the areas of performance, video, installation, photography, sculpture, and mixed media. Her work investigates the role of the body as both subject and object in art, as well as transnational identity and cultural hybridity within the context of her Ethiopian-American heritage. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at venues such as the Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Museum of Modern Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), and Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago, IL).
Helina completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Her artist residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ox-Bow, Yaddo, MASS MoCA, and a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Helina was a recipient of a 2015-2017 AICAD Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she taught in the Graduate and New Genres departments. She is currently a Hamiltonian Artists Fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC.
Jordie Oetken was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2012, she was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to study at the Yale / Norfolk School of Art before graduating with a BFA from Murray State University in 2013. She has held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Vermont Studio Center, and recently graduated with an MFA from UCLA in 2017.
Kaveri Raina is a painter living in Chicago, IL. She was born and raised in New Delhi, India and moved to the States at the age of eleven. She received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Raina has received awards and fellowships including the James Nelson Raymond fellowship, Fred and Joanna Lazarus Scholarship, amongst others. She was recently nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors grant and Alice Cole Fellowship. Raina’s work has been exhibited in the US, India and Germany. Raina attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture summer of 2017.
One final note – we continue to hear from our fellow’s that they value the moments of interaction that they have with our community on FI and though we are committed to providing them the time in the studio to focus on their work, we are also aware that moments of conversation enhance their practices and their time on FI. If you’d like to visit our fellows in their studios we’d be happy to facilitate and would ask that all visits be scheduled in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (631) 788-7713.