Stefania Heim, Seminar Co-Chair
Stefania Heim is a poet, scholar, translator, editor, and educator committed to the intersections between these pursuits. Her academic and creative work share the conviction that poetry — more than a set of constraints and particular set of practices — is a form of knowledge and way of encountering the world. She has taught courses in literature, creative writing, translation, and academic writing at schools including Columbia University, Deep Springs College, Duke University (where she is currently a Lecturing Fellow), Hunter College, and the University of Montana. Her own degrees are from Harvard (AB), Columbia (MFA), and the CUNY Graduate Center (PhD), where her dissertation, Dark Matter: Susan Howe, Muriel Rukeyser, and the Poet’s Art, won the Alumni and Doctoral Faculty Prize for the Most Distinguished Dissertation of 2015.
Stefania’s first book of poems, A Table That Goes On for Miles, was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy as winner of the Gatewood Prize and published in 2014 by Switchback Books. She is currently at work on a second collection, HOUR BOOK, in which she attempts to turn the abstraction of time into a room we might enter and explore. She is currently translating the collected poems in Italian of the great metaphysical artist, Giorgio de Chirico, excerpts of which are forthcoming in A Public Space and an exhibition catalogue published by the Pera Museum in Istanbul. Stefania is also a Poetry Editor at Boston Review and a founding editor of CIRCUMFERENCE: Poetry in Translation. You can find out more about her teaching, writing, and editing at stefaniaheim.com.
Peter Pihos, Seminar Co-Chair
Peter Constantine Pihos is an historian and teacher interested in the relationships between states, social movements, and violence. Peter received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, entitled Black Power Through Law: Race, Policing, and Politics in Chicago, follows this history of a group of rebellious black police officers as they challenged the city’s political order. Peter has been a visiting faculty member at Deep Springs College and currently teaches discipline-based writing seminars at Duke University, which have focused on a variety of topics including race, urbanism, and inequality. In 2012-2013, he held the Raoul Berger-Mark DeWolfe Howe Fellowship in Legal History at Harvard Law School. Prior to his graduate training at Penn, he received a J.D. and M.A. in Law & Society from New York University in 2006 and clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tal Galton, Labor Coordinator
Tal Galton is an educator, a naturalist, a father, and a modern-day homesteader. For much of the past two decades, his passion for alternative education was focused on expanding the programs and honing the governance practices of Arthur Morgan School. At AMS he served as a teacher, a trip leader, an administrator, and the farm manager. Tal is now launching a Celo-based naturalist/guide service, Snakeroot Ecotours. He lives in Celo Community in the timber-frame home that he and his wife, Jessica, designed and built out of local trees. Tal likes to pick mushrooms, catch snakes, find interesting plants, and hike and run the trails of the Black Mountains and South Toe Valley.
Rachel Farbiarz, Visiting Faculty
Rachel Farbiarz is a visual artist working in drawing, collage and installation. Her work has been featured in Art In America, The Intentional Quarterly, and A Public Space. Rachel’s first solo show was held at Heiner Contemporary in Washington, DC in 2013. She is currently represented by G Fine Art in Washington, DC, where she will have a solo show in the fall of 2016.
Rachel also writes biblical commentary and leads classes and workshops centering on creative and spiritual practice. Prior to making art, she practiced law, focusing on the civil rights of prisoners. In that role, she spent significant time on California’s death row at San Quentin Prison, working to improve conditions there. Rachel graduated from Harvard College, where she studied social and political thought. She has her J.D. from Yale Law School and clerked for the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, CA.