Art Wire

A creative partnership between The Porch and OZ Arts Nashville.

Each year, our Art Wire Fellows (3-5 adults & 3-5 teens) are invited to experience a variety of performances in OZ Arts Nashville’s season and respond to each show in writing that is deeply engaged, personal, playful, questioning, and curious.
Composition of Original Literary Works
Informed by and in response to the presentations, Art Wire Fellows generate original writing that draws upon performance elements ranging from image to subject matter to thematic content. Selected writings are published online, and the season culminates in a community-based public reading. Want to see what the Art Wire fellows are writing? Check out the Art Wire website to see new pieces as well as an archive of original work from previous years. It’s an eclectic mix of literary voices and genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid forms, spoken word, and more.

our 2022-2023 fellows

Originally from South Florida, Tiffany Abreu is a Uruguayan-American writer and filmmaker. As a storyteller, her goal is to write the stories she wishes she had had growing up: stories starring diverse heroes from less than perfect families, in bizarre and fantastical situations. Her favorite book is Grimm's Fairytales, and she has a growing collection of illustrated editions. She holds a B.F.A. in Film and currently owns The Backlot Studio in East Nashville.

Juliana Morgan Alvarez (they/she, b. Miami, FL) is a live-performance artist and actor who investigates and creates stories around mental health, body dysphoria, queer romance, and intersectional feminism. They received their MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts and BA in Media Studies from Florida State University. Select performances and work include: feature length film The Veteran (in production), NEA awarded performance and installation One Island (2022), Artist Affiliate with Theatre Emory (2022).
Coleman Bomar (he/him) is a 23-year-old writer from Middle Tennessee. He graduated from Maryville College with honors, receiving a degree in Writing Communications. His poems and stories have been featured in many online and print journals and magazines. One of his micro works is archived at Yale's Beinecke Library. He works locally as a journalist and serves as an intern at Forever Literary Magazine.
Madison Moore is a junior at Nashville School of the Arts, where she is pursuing her love for reading and writing. Her passion for writing weaves into her hobbies: gardening and sewing. All of which takes time, love, and concentration. She hopes to achieve great things, such as publishing books filled with poetry, fiction, and essays.
This is Walt Robinson. They’re a student at Nashville School of the Arts in the Literary Arts. Walt enjoys writing as well as playing piano and learning math. Yes, they’re weird for liking math. They're obsessed with apples, monsters, and cats.
Anika Saar is a 15 year old aspiring author who enjoys writing fictional stories. Her favorite genres include fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, and psychological mysteries. Anika enjoys challenging herself by writing about different ideas and topics. One of her favorite parts of writing is the research she does behind each piece. Anika prefers her writing to be as accurate as possible, so for each new topic she does her best to research its history and culture.
Gabriel Seals received his MA in English from Belmont University. His poetry has appeared in BOAAT, Frontier Poetry, Zone 3, Rockvale Review, The Tennessee Magazine, and the anthologies '20/20 Focus on Scotland' and 'Backyards & Boulevards: Words from the Neighborhoods of Nashville.' He served as a senior poetry editor for Typehouse Literary Magazine, received retreat scholarships from Sundress Academy for the Arts, and was nominated for a Best of the Net in 2018.
Ember Tharpe is a twenty-three year old Black woman hailing from the fragrant, green streets of Jackson, TN. Ember’s most recent life development is that she escaped from Vanderbilt University all in one piece, and with new knowledge on the workings of America, its dependence on race, and its obsession with gender. Most of all, she learned that liberation will not be found in institutions like Vanderbilt–be they academic, political, or corporate operations. Instead, Ember has turned to all forms of Black creativity–over history and within herself–as instrumental tools in imagining new worlds. Besides exploring non-fiction writing as one vehicle for such breakthroughs, Ember spends her days in North Nashville either stocking the shelves of our city’s only Black owned bookstore, or wandering the community’s many art-centered spaces.
Diana Warrick is a freshman at Nashville School of the Arts. She began writing in elementary school after her teachers encouraged her to pursue creative literature. In her spare time, Diana enjoys reading, playing her saxophone, and sports.
Simba Alik Woodard, formerly Simba The Poet, is a Nashville based storyteller and spoken word artist. He is most known for his contribution to the movements for BLACK and TRANS lives through his poetry. Simba is a serial collaborator and relationship builder invested in shifting cultures in the direction of justice and equity.

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