Bios

Cara Hoffman is the author of Running, a New York Times Editor’s Choice, an Esquire Magazine Best Book of 2017, and an Autostraddle Best Queer and Feminist Book of 2017. She first received national attention in 2011 with the publication of So Much Pretty which sparked a national dialogue on violence and retribution and was named Best Suspense Novel of the year by the New York Times Book Review. Her second novel, Be Safe I Love You, was nominated for a Folio Prize, named one of the Five Best Modern War Novels by the Telegraph UK, and won a Sundance Institute Global Film Making Award. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Paris Review, Bookforum, Rolling Stone, Salon and NPR, covering subjects as diverse as women soldiers, the art of Georgio DiChirico, David Wojnarowicz, and Berenice Abbott, boxing, expatriation, the romance of loneliness, and the history of talking animals. She is the recipient of a number of awards and accolades including a MacDowell Fellowship, an Edward Albee Fellowship, and a Cill Rialaig Fellowshp. She has been a visiting writer at Columbia, St. John’s and Oxford University, and is currently a professor of writing and literature at the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Marc Lepson has been part of the downtown art scene in New York City since the early 1990’s, beginning with his work as artist and Master Printer at the Lower East Side Printshop. Lepson’s work first came to national attention as part of the activist group, ad hoc artists, staging public performances (Our Grief is not a Cry for War) in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in Lower Manhattan. In the decades that followed, his strident political prints and evocative installations were shown at Miyako Yoshinaga gallery NY and showcased at The Brooklyn Museum. He has exhibited internationally in Vienna, Berlin, Stockholm, and Reykjavic. Lepson’s studio practice is based in research, collaborative exchange of ideas, and detailed attention to craft; he works in intimate formats and large scale installations. Using photography, printmaking, painting, and drawing he isolates gestures that speak about brutality and beauty. He received a Pollock-Krasner Grant and his work has appeared in Art on Paper and Art in America. He serves on the faculty of Parsons School of Design in New York City, where he teaches drawing, book arts, and digital imaging.

Panagiotis Kechagias is a writer, editor, and translator based in Athens, Greece. His first book, the short story collection Final Warning (Antipodes, 2016), received glowing reviews and was shortlisted for the Greek National Book Award 2016, for the Balkanika Prize 2016 (Greece’s entry for that year), for the Anagnostis Prize 2017, for the Klepsydra Prize 2017, for the Phrase of the Year Prize 2016 by literature.gr. His fiction and essays appear regularly, in print and online, both in major daily newspapers and literary journals. His translations include: Prodigals by Greg Jackson (Antipodes, 2017), Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Antipodes, 2018), So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell (Gutenberg, forthcoming April 2020), Billy Budd by Herman Melville (Antipodes, forthcoming 2020). Furthermore, he has undertaken a new critical translation of “The Gold-Bug” by Edgar Allan Poe (Gutenberg, forthcoming 2020).

Having just completed a three-year culinary residency on an organic farm in coastal Connecticut, USA, Chef Paco Rodriguez has returned to his status as ‘professional roamer’ as a dedicated retreat chef. For over a decade, Chef Paco has spun together healthy, hearty meals for yoga and wellness gatherings throughout a network of boutique retreat centers throughout New England. His eclectic approach to menu planning has been described as energizing and is fueled by his love of eating his way through Southeast Asia, Italy and Southern Africa. Chef Paco looks forward to interpreting the vast repertoire of Greek culinary traditions at The Athens Workshop.