Youmna Chlala & Travis Ortiz

Youmna Chlala is a writer and an artist born in Beirut & based in New York. Her work investigates the relationship between fate and architecture through poetry, prose, drawing, video and performance. She is the recipient of the Joseph Henry Jackson Award for her manuscript, The Paper Camera. Her writing has appeared in journals & magazines such as Guernica, CURA, Bespoke, Horse Less Press Review, MIT Journal for Middle Eastern Studies and XCP: Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics. She is the Founding Editor of Eleven Eleven {1111} Journal of Literature and Art and an Associate Professor in the Humanities & Media Studies Department at the Pratt Institute. Travis Ortiz is a writer, visual artist, and DJ living in San Francisco, California. He is the author of Variously, Not Then (Tuumba, 2012) and Geography of Parts (Melodeon Poetry Systems, 1998), and his work has been published in Bay Poetics, Chain, Salt, WOOD (, Mirage #4/Period[ical], and Poetics Journal. Travis’ new ambient CD compilation with the Ambisonic collective, Chillout, includes his collaboration with Databass (Sean Abreu) featuring text from Variously, Not Then. Travis founded the press ghos-ti, which highlights the visual aspects of poetry. He is also the co-director (with Lyn Hejinian) of Atelos, a literary project commissioning and publishing cross-genre work by poets.