Stuart C. Aitken is Professor of Geography and June Burnett Chair at SDSU. He directs the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Young People and Space (ISYS). Stuart’s research interests include critical social theory, qualitative methods, children, families and communities. His recent books include The Ethnopoetics of Space and Transformation (Ashgate 2014), The Fight to Stay Put (Verlag 2013), Young People. Border Spaces and Revolutionary Imaginations (Routledge 2011), Qualitative Geographies (Sage 2010) and The Awkward Spaces of Fathering (Ashgate 2009). Stuart has published over 200 papers in academic journals and edited book collections.

Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer from Chicago. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Popular Mechanics, The Awl, and elsewhere. She is the assistant editor of the McSweeney’s Poetry Series and an MFA candidate in the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet, translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 100 journals in Canada, the US, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa; nine chapbooks of poetry – including Caribbean Nights (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014); five audio recordings and fourteen anthologies. She has also authored several travel guidebooks. Caputo has done over 200 literary readings, from Alaska to the Patagonia. For the past decade, she has been traveling through Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth. Follow her travels at:

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in over 30 publications. Her poetry has been nominated for Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize. Her debut novel, The Rose Master, will be published in 2014. You can find her here:

David B. Clarke is Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Centre for Urban Theory at Swansea University. He is the author of The Consumer Society and the Postmodern City, editor of The Cinematic City, and co-editor of Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories, Moving Pictures/Stopping Places: Hotels and Motels on Film, and The Consumption Reader. He has published widely on modern and postmodern urbanism, poststructuralism, and cinematic cities. Contact David at

Molly Coon is an MFA candidate in the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program. She has a BA in linguistics with a minor in Serbo-Croatian from the University of Kansas. She currently lives in Iowa City where she proselytizes an end to the gender binary.

Matthew Cusick’s work has been shown in galleries and institutions across the United States and Europe including solo exhibitions at the Columbus Museum of Art, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, Kent Fine Art, and Andrew Kreps Gallery. He was born in New York City in 1970 and holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MFA from Southern Methodist University. Matthew has been a visiting artist and lecturer at The Cooper Union, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and The Dallas Museum of Art and his work is held in numerous public and private collections around the world, including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Progressive Corporation Art Collection. Since 2007, Matthew, his wife, and their daughter, have lived in North Texas.

Isaac Davidson is a film critic and independent scholar living in Lexington, KY. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Arts & Studies from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include 1960s/1970s Hollywood and independent American film and the representation of radical leftist thought in both. He is currently working on an article examining the compromised teenage nostalgia of The Last Picture Show and American Graffiti.

Jason Dittmer is Reader in Human Geography at University College London. He is the author of Popular Culture, Geopolitics, and Identity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010) and Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, narratives, and geopolitics (Temple University Press, 2013), as well as the (co)editor of Comic Book Geographies (Franz Steiner, 2014) and the Ashgate Research Companion to Media Geography (Ashgate, 2014). Contact Jason at

Marcus A. Doel is Professor of Human Geography at Swansea University, Wales, and Co-Director of the University’s Centre for Urban Theory. He is the author of Poststructuralist Geographies: The Diabolical Art of Spatial Science (Edinburgh University Press, 1999), co-author of Writing the Rural: Five Cultural Geographies (Paul Chapman, 1994), and co-editor of 5 other books, including: Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge, 2009), Moving Pictures/Stopping Places: Hotels & Motels on Film (Lexington, 2009), and The Consumption Reader (Routledge, 2003). Marcus has published extensively on poststructuralist spatial theory, modern and postmodern cities, and the history and philosophy of Geography. Contact Marcus at

Colin Gardner is Professor of Critical Theory and Integrative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where he teaches in the departments of Art, Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature and Art History and is also adjunct faculty in Geography at San Diego State University. He is the author of critical studies on Joseph Losey and Karel Reisz for Manchester University Press and Beckett, Deleuze and the Televisual Event: Peephole Art for Palgrave Macmillan.

Chad Hanson serves as Chairman of the Department of Sociology & Social Work at Casper College. His creative nonfiction titles include Swimming with Trout (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) and Trout Streams of the Heart (Truman State University Press, 2013). His collection of poems, Patches of Light, won the Meadowhawk Prize (Red Dragonfly Press, 2014). For more information, visit:

Jennifer Hardacker holds an M.F.A. in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Hardacker currently teaches film/video production and studies courses at a small liberal arts college in the Northwest. She been making short, experimental and documentary films for over 20 years. Her films have screened extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and have won several awards and honors.

Harriet Hawkins researches the geographies of art works and art worlds and creativity more broadly. Her work often involves working closely with artists, creative practitioners and arts institutions, producing not only written publications but also collaborating on the production of exhibitions, events and art works. She is the author of the monograph For Creative Geographies (Routledge 2014), and the forthcoming Creativity (Routledge, 2015), she has also co-edited a collection on Geographical Aesthetics (Ashgate, 2015). Harriet is a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London,  where she has developed practice-based and interdisciplinary geography courses at masters and PhD levels, supervising artists, designers, writers and curators. Contact Harriet at

Shaun Huston is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Program in Film Studies at Western Oregon University, where he primarily teaches courses in cultural and political geography. His scholarly and creative interests are in place, landscape, popular cultures and media. His most recent work is the documentary, Comic Book City, Portland, Oregon USA (2012).

Liana Kapelke-Dale is a law student and poet whose other interests include classic rock, vintage clothing, and Latin American travel. Her work has been seen recently in such journals as From the Depths, Star*Line, and the Monongahela Review, and is upcoming in Duende, the Devilfish Review, and Emerge Literary Journal.

Paul Kingsbury is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Specializing in social and cultural geography, his research draws on the theories of Jacques Lacan and Friedrich Nietzsche to examine multiculturalism, consumption, power, and aesthetics.

Matthew Lowen is a backyard chicken aficionado, prison abolitionist, enthusiastic bike rider, and an occasional writer. On any given day he is likely to be found cataloguing sunsets, scarfing down fish tacos, and pontificating on the weather. He received his graduate degree from the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona in 2014, and has worked at the American Friends Service Committee in Tucson, Arizona since 2005, where he is currently the Associate Program Director.

Chris Lukinbeal holds a BS, MA and PhD in Geography.  He is an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona, the Associate Director for the School of geography and Development, the Director of Geographic Information Systems Technology programs, and the Director of the Geospatial Innovation Science and Technology center.  He has published over 50 book chapters and academic papers related to topics ranging from representation, media, GIS, remote sensing, cartography, urban geography, mental maps and GIS, landscape studies and education. Contact Chris at

Kenneth Madsen grew up in western Iowa and has lived in The Netherlands, Texas, and Arizona before moving to Ohio where he is presently assistant professor of geography on the Newark campus of The Ohio State University. His academic research focuses on borders and indigenous issues and considers dynamics of power and control over the landscape by various actors. He also has a growing interest in the use of film and fiction in academic geography and the (re-)production of knowledge.

Eric Magrane is Poet in Residence at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the co-editor, with Christopher Cokinos, of A Literary Field Guide of the Sonoran Desert, forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press. He’s also pursuing a PhD in Geography at the University of Arizona, where he works on art and environment for UA’s Institute of the Environment.

Stephen Mead A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer, maker of short collage-films and poetry/music mp3s.  Much can be learned of his multi-media work by placing his name in any search engine.  His latest project-in-progress, a collaborative effort with composer Kevin MacLeod, is entitled “Whispers of Arias”, a two volume download of narrative poems sung to music

Deanna Morse is an active intermedia artist specializing in experimental animation as she creates films that explore the spaces we live in.  Her diverse films have screened internationally, air on Sesame Street, and are in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is cited in several books about new media, storytelling, and animation.

Holly Nelson joined the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers as a practitioner. In addition to her practice, her scholarship explores the relationship of landscape architecture to the agricultural landscape—specifically, issues of land stewardship (from Aldo Leopold’s definition to sustainability and ecosystem services) in terms of openspace linkages and community-making. These issues, while not new, are of crucial importance to how we shape our landscapes; what’s new is how a landscape architect incorporates these ways of thinking in the design of agricultural landscapes, deepening the value of the discipline to the mission and constituency of a land grant university.

Jeremy Newman has directed numerous documentary and experimental videos. His work is frequently shown at film festivals and has also aired on several PBS stations. He is Associate Professor of Communications at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Newman earned an MFA in Media Arts from The Ohio State University.

Laura Sharp is a PhD student in the School of Geography and Development at The University of Arizona.  Her research looks at the role of information communication technologies in U.S. on-location filming practices and the application of geospatial mobile technology and social media to film tourism in Los Angeles. Laura is (co)editor of the 2014 issue of you are here and managing editor of Aether: The Journal of Media Geography. Find out more at or email Laura at

Shelby Lillian Smith is a PhD student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her current research explores the politics of immigrant sanctuaries and urban renewal in New England and the Midwest through post structural theories of the city, capital, subjectivities, and racial formations. She is the 2014 co-editor of you are here and can be contacted at 

Maxine Silverman is a poet who also creates assemblage and visual midrash.  Her interest in geography was sparked when her son, then 8 and an ardent student of maps, explained that “a country will be ok, Mom, as long as it has a port.”  She is the author of 4 chapbooks and Transport of the Aim, a garland of poems on the lives of Emily Dickinson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Celia Thaxter (Parallel Press).  Palimpsest is forthcoming from Dos Madres Press later this year.

Marcela Sulak is the author of poetry collections Immigrant and the forthcoming Decency, both with Black Lawrence Press. She’s translated three collections of poetry from the Czech and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and she’s co-edited the forthcoming Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 hybrid literary genres (Rose Metal Press). She directs the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University.

Tyeen Taylor is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Arizona. He studies tropical forest responses and feedbacks to climate in Biosphere 2 and the Amazon via on-the-ground ecological research.   His personal website is

Niklas Vollmer is an interdisciplinary artist and mediamaker who teaches film/video production at Georgia State University. Niklas received an MFA in Visual Art from the University of California, San Diego, and has been nominated for a Rockefeller Fellowship. Niklas’ experimental and documentary work has screened in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia; and at AFI, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, California Museum of Photography, and the Directors Guild of Los Angeles — and a recent documentary screened at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Changming Yuan is an 8-time Pushcart nominee. He grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Since mid-2005, Changming’s poetry has appeared in 839 literary publications worldwide, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review.