Poet Christy Sheffield Sanford
Christy Sheffield Sanford, daughter of visual artists, grew up in Atlanta. She spent several years at Rollins College before obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from Georgia State University. She finished all course work for a Masters in Adult Education from Ohio State University, then changed her specialty. She now holds a Master of Arts Degree in Creative Writing & Interarts from Antioch University.
Christy has received State of Florida recognition awards in Literature and regional grants in New Forms and has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. She was the first Virtual Writer-in-Residence for trAce, formerly at Nottingham-Trent University. Her representative web-specific works are being archived at Washington State University. She has been an experimental artist, specializing in Genre Fusion and Interdisciplinary Arts, for over thirty-five years.
Christy is the author of eight small press books including The Hs: The Spasms of a Requiem and The Cowrie Shell Piece (Baroque and Rococo Strains). Her digital animated poetry, featured in literary magazines, is housed at Vimeo. Recent work has been published by A-3, Inverted Syntax and other fine publications. Her essay, “The Roots of Non-linearity: Toward a Theory of Web-Specific Art-Writing” is forthcoming from The Digital Review.
Artist Debra Mixon Holliday
Debra is a native of Florida’s central Gulf Coast where, as a child, she had free reign to wander her grandparents' farm and ranch. Those wanderings began a foundation of watching and observing the region’s flora and fauna that now influence her art. Working primarily as a printmaker and mixed media artist, she explores nature as a boundless well of subject matter. Our relationships to nature also serve as an entry point to addressing themes on boundaries, connections, sense of place, time, memory, and identity.
Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of South Florida, both located in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Since 2014, Debra has resided in her adopted hometown of Saint Augustine, Florida, where she is an enthusiastic member of Butterfield Garage Art Gallery. Her work is available through the gallery, on her website, and at various outdoor art shows throughout the state, where she has won a number of awards. In 2019, Debra seized an opportunity to escape the corporate world and transitioned to become a full-time artist. She looks forward to continuing with learning, exploring, and pursuing expression through her art.
Musicians Duffy Bishop & Chris Carlson
On the West Coast, Duffy is a Hall of Fame member for the Cascade Blues Association (Portland), Washington Blues Society (Seattle) and a recipient of both organizations' Lifetime Achievement Award. She won the Cascade Blues Society’s Female Vocalist Award so many years in a row they renamed it the Duffy Bishop Female Vocalist Award. Duffy was inducted into Oregon Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
With long-time collaborator, guitarist and husband Chris Carlson, they’ve played venues across the US, Canada, Norway, Japan, Hong Kong, and Austria. “Bishop is a revelation, belting dynamic blues, sometimes in duet with the blistering guitar of her husband, bandleader Chris Carlson” -- Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle.
When not touring with their band, Duffy and Chris have performed with Teatro ZinZanni, a circus/cabaret/tent show in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and with the Palazzo show in Europe. Duffy starred in the lead role as Madame ZinZanni, a role also performed by Thelma Houston, Joan Baez and Ann Wilson.
Duffy played Janis Joplin in a Seattle production of the play Janis, with Chris as Musical Director. Sam Andrew, guitarist for Janis' band Big Brother and the Holding Company, was a show advisor. Through that connection, Duffy toured Japan with Big Brother. She played the role of Dr. Frankenfurter in Seattle’s Empty Space Theater production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.