Alley grew up in a family dedicated to the arts, education, and social justice, which lead her to Northwestern where she earned a B.S. in Film/Video and Sociological Studies. For the next decade, she worked as a producer and coordinator for various documentaries, arts/media non-profits, projects and events, with a focus on fundraising and community-building. She also had a stopover in Hong Kong as a Fulbright Scholar. She later received her master’s in Critical Theory & Creative Research from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Alley has worked at/with various arts and education organizations in the Portland Metro Area, including Caldera, Clark College, the Experimental Film Festival (EFFPortland), Know Your City, and the Broken Planetarium. She is currently a board member at Marrow, a radical youth space in North Portland. Her essays have been published in the Leonardo Music Journal and Bitch.
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Hajara Quinn is a poet and editor with experience in education, publishing and nonprofits. In 2014 she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University where she worked as a writing instructor and tutor. She is an assistant and managing editor for Octopus Books and the author of the chapbook Unnaysayer (Flying Object 2013). The recipient of a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship, her poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Poor Claudia, Banango Street, The Volta, Nightblock and Sixth Finch.
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John Akira Harrold
John Akira Harrold is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and organizer who is interested in connecting people – both artist and non – with the resources they need to develop artistically. Before joining the IPRC John had a career working for social justice organizations and was a volunteer in the IPRC letterpress studio. He is currently interested in developing relationships between the world(s) of print, design, and social practice. When he’s not at the IPRC, John runs Pur Dubois Press, a creative studio in southeast Portland that focuses on risograph printing and contemporary design.
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