After graduating in Foreign Languages and Literature from the Università ‘Gabriele D’Annunzio’, Pescara, Italy, Anna Battista started working as translator and interpreter. In 2004 she gained an MLitt in Journalism Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. Since then she has been working as a freelance journalist writing about arts, culture and lifestyle for American, British, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish publications. She is currently researching a book-length project on Italian style, cinema and fashion. Her latest essay “The Killing Game: Glamorous Masks and Murderous Styles in Elio Petri’s La decima vittima” was published in the book If Looks Could Kill (Koenig Books, London, 2008). Anna is Feature Editor at Portuguese magazine Zoot (www.zootmag.com) and currently contributes with the brand new Lisbon-based publication 1210 (www.twelvetenmag.com) and with British site Dazed Digital (www.dazeddigital.com). Anna’s art, fashion and style notes are collected in her blog Irenebrination (www.irenebrination.typepad.com), inspired by iconic Italian journalist Irene Brin and conceived as a reaction against commercial fashion publications.
Kóan Jeff Baysa / Editor-at-Large
Kóan Jeff Baysa is a physician, curator, designer, writer, Whitney Museum ISP Curatorial Fellow alumnus, and a member of AICA, the association of international art critics. He has curated exhibitions internationally as well as for the Whitney Museum, Canon Corporation, and the United Nations. On the boards of The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School University and the Omi International Arts Center, he has presented lectures at the MoMA, Whitney Museum, NextMed, the Phillips Collection and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. He received a Ford Foundation grant to lecture at the Hanoi University of Culture. Born and raised in Hawaii and completing his medical education as a fellow at UCSF, Dr. Baysa has segued from a clinical practice in allergy and clinical immunology to clinical research investigating neuroplasticity, olfactory stimuli, and memory disorders. His medical and curatorial practices bring the cultures of science, design, technology, and art together.
Amy Fine Collins
Amy Fine Collins is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair, One of the four editors of “The international Best Dressed List and the author “The God of Driving: How I Overcame Fear and Put Myself in the Driver’s Seat (with the help of a Good and Mysterious Man).
Vanessa Daou is known internationally for her signature breathy vocal style. TIME Magazine writes: “Vanessa Daou’s Jazz and Pop make an exhilarating mix. Daou’s mesmerizing, Billie Holiday-like vocals, strike an exquisite balance between pop and jazz by weaving together the strengths of both styles.” On each of her albums, she has explored her musical influences & mixed them into her own unique hybrid brew of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk & Electronica. She has released 7 albums, both as a major label and independent artist – including ZIPLESS, her definitive 1994 breakthrough debut and collaboration with lauded writer and poet ERICA JONG. DAOU has toured with JAZZMATAZZ/GURU, ZIGGY MARLEY, JAMIROQUAI and Parisian pop icon ETIENNE DAHO, and has been featured in TIME, The New York Times Sunday Arts & Leisure, Billboard, URB, WIRE, ELLE France, La Liberation, Vogue Homme, Le Monde, The Toronto Star, Il Globo, Pop Matters, SLANT, NERVE, The New York Post, Page Six, and many others.
Angela Dee is a professional actor working in film, theatre, TV and voiceover. She is the founder of The NYC Actor, an advice blog for actors.
Montgomery Frazier currently assumes the position of Fashion Director for MOD Magazine Online and is the resident “Image Guru” for www.HairDesignerTV.com, while also serving as a Contributing Editor for ARUDE Magazine.
Jonathan Goodman – Freelance Writer: Art in America and Sculpture Magazine.
George Pitts is photographer, painter, and writer. Mr. Pitts is the Photography Chair at Parsons The New School for Design. His photography, painting, and drawings have been shown in numerous exhibitions in the United States, and Canada. His photography and art has been published in The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, S Magazine, Big Magazine, aRude magazine, Spin, Details, and other publications. His essays and poetry have been published in S Magazine, The Partisan Review, The Paris Review, Next Level, “Style File: The World’s Most Elegantly Dressed” (Harper Collins), “VX: Ten Years of Vibe Photography” (Abrams).
Janene Outlaw, graduated with a BFA in Fine Art and Photography from Cornell University, has worked as a photo editor at publications, which include The New York Times Style and Weekend sections, New York magazine, The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, and Fortune, among others. Curator of “A World Less Seen” an exhibition of ten African-American photographers at the Time Warner Gallery, NY, in 2004, Outlaw has also edited photography books and record packaging projects for major record labels, as well as taught at The School of Visual Arts, NY. Currently traveling through Europe, Outlaw is pursuing independent photographic projects.
Miss Rosen is a communications and marketing strategist based in New York City. She had her own imprint, Miss Rosen Editions, with powerHouse Books from 2005–2009. Her career highlights include producing the Vandal Squad panel discussion at the powerHouse Arena (2009); “We B*Girlz: A 25th Anniversary Breakin’ Event at Lincoln Center Out of Doors” (2006); the graffiti episode of NBC’s “The Apprentice” (2005); and the Hilhaven Lodge party at Robert Evans’ Beverly Hills estate (2003). Miss Rosen has guest lectured at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts, and the International Center of Photography, all in NY.
Daniella Ohad Smith
Daniella Ohad Smith is a design historian, writer, and a curator. She received her Ph.D. degree from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture. She has taught design history, theory, and the decorative arts in such institutions as Parsons the New School for Design, Pratt Institute, Bard College, and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design Jerusalem. Dr. Ohad Smith has spoken in international conferences of design, has published in scientific journals and in popular magazines. arts. She is a member of acquisition committees of museum collections devoted to design. As an art advisor, she has curated distinctive private collections of twentieth-century furniture and decorative.
Scott Telek is the man responsible for Cinema de Merde www.cinemademerde.com, which has funny, insightful movie reviews free of Hollywood bullshit.