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Casey Rocheteau

Casey Rocheteau was born on Cape Cod, and raised as a sea witch. She was the recipient of the inaugural Write A House permanent residency in Detroit in 2014. She has attended Callaloo Writer’s Workshop, Cave Canem, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Sicily. She is an Artist in Residence at InsideOut Literary Arts in Detroit. Her second poetry collection, The Dozen, was released on Sibling Rivalry Press in 2016.

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Liana Aghajanian

Raised in Los Angeles by way of Tehran, Liana is a journalist who never turns down the chance to follow a good story. She specializes in, and is passionate about longform, narrative story telling. She has spent time at the L.A. County Coroner’s office figuring out why an increasing number of bodies remain unclaimed in Los Angeles, investigated medical marijuana use in assisted living facilities, told the story of one of the most shocking murders in the UK and spent weeks with Iranian refugees in Europe converting to Christianity from Islam.

She has reported from the South Caucasus, Kenya, Germany, Mongolia, the United Kingdom as well as across the U.S. West Coast. Her work has been supported by a number of fellowships and grants, including the International Reporting Project Fellowship in Global Religion Reporting, Metlife Foundation Journalists in Aging Fellowship, Hrant Dink Foundation Fellowship for Turkish-Armenian Dialogue and a California Health Journalism Fellowship.

In 2015, Liana became the winner of the Write A House residency, a unique program for writers that takes place in Detroit, Michigan. During the course of my reporting, she has traveled around two internationally unrecognized de-facto Post-Soviet republics still reeling from the devastating impacts of war, attended a mass rural baptism hoping to inspire a religious revival after decades of communism, drunk camel milk in Mongolia, tracked sanitation issues in a Kenyan slum, visited the world’s only forensics lab that solves crimes against animals and rescued street dogs from being shot.

Liana's interest lies in subcultures, marginalized and under-reported communities and issues, immigration, displacement, identity, the Caucasus and Middle East and how ordinary people are affected by the world, its leaders and their policies.

Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, Los Angeles Magazine, Al Jazeera America, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, EurasiaNet, The Atlantic.com, Mental Floss, Roads & Kingdoms, Brownbook, Narratively and several other national and international publications.

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Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is an award-winning journalist, best-selling comics anthologist, and internationally lauded cultural critic. She has been heralded as “one of the sharpest thinkers and cultural critics bouncing around the globe today” by Razorcake, a “general phenom” by the Chicago Reader, and “a critic” by the New York Times. Her artwork has been exhibited in New York City, Chicago, Tbilisi, Vienna, Berlin, and LA. She is the author of Unmarketable, Cambodian Grrrl, Threadbare, and other titles, as well as a Fulbright Scholar and a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. She moved to Detroit in 2016.

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Nandi Comer

Nandi Comer is a native Detroiter and has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem and Virginia Center for the Arts. She is the 2016 Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Poetry Award. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts, Detroit Anthology, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Pluck!, and Southern Indiana Review. She is currently a Writer-in- Residence for InsideOut Literary Arts Project and the Administrative Associate and Bookings Manager at Allied Media Projects.