Writer | Educator | Doula
“Writing offers me an incredible opportunity to create the works I need to survive in this world. I explore young queer love and the complexities of migration in my work; I weave magical realism and mythic origin stories into narratives that bring people of color to the forefront.”
Jordan Alam is a writer, editor, doula, and social change educator who grew up at an intersection of Bangladeshi American, Muslim, queer, and femme identities. Her work focuses on social forces such as poverty, racism, and trauma, and finding ways to articulate how those experiences live in our bodies and shape the course of our lives. Jordan urges us to engage with subtle moments of transition and transformation in our own lives and the lives of others.
Photographer | Founder, Everyday Africa
“I see the future of journalism as a symphony of voices that cuts through the cacophony, and I believe in a media that serves the people. The function of art must be to pull us from (or through) our screens into true conversation.”
Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer and photojournalist, and the co-founder of Everyday Africa, the collaborative photography and multimedia project turned global phenomenon. Peter encourages us to examine the spheres of their own communication, and to expand our dialogues to reach communities of disparate and diverse cultures.
Designer | Organizer | Curious Human
“For me, design is a call to be critical and reinvent everything around us, from smart phones to social systems. The future is ours to create, and we must build it together.”
Erik Molano is a graphic designer, prolific event organizer, and co-founder of Photon Factory (a hybrid organization that is half design studio and half community space). He lends his design background to connect Seattle’s creative professionals with social justice organizations. Erik believes that Seattle has the characteristics necessary to create a true social shift, and he encourages Seattle towards becoming the world’s first self-designing community.
Shin Yu Pai
Poet Laureate | Multidisciplinary Artist
“I believe in the power of the arts to facilitate sense-making and dialogue and to inspire radical empathy…to reveal forgotten or buried narratives that illuminate what it is to be human together.”
Shin Yu Pai is a poet, cross-media artist, and curator for the collaborative global exploration project Atlas Obscura. Her poetic origins inform an artistic style that has grown beyond the written word—manifesting in photography, installation and public art, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and sound. She encourages us to reflect upon the essential questions of our own lives, and to explore how we see that interrogation expressed or mirrored around us.
Support for free public events and residency stipends provided by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
Special thanks to The Cloud Room for providing working space and a year-long membership to our Residents.