collective | connection - artist bios

This is the full roster of the poets, writers, actors, and musicians from our collective who wrote and recorded audio experiences inspired by works of art from across the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection.

Adam S. Mahout   Adam S. Mahout writes poetry and music in Denton, Texas. He currently performs with J. Allert, Ditch Prince, and Danielle Grubb. Other works have been featured on the Dentonite, North Texas Review, and here (Spiderweb Salon!)

Adam S. Mahout

Adam S. Mahout writes poetry and music in Denton, Texas. He currently performs with J. Allert, Ditch Prince, and Danielle Grubb. Other works have been featured on the Dentonite, North Texas Review, and here (Spiderweb Salon!)

Alejandra Ramos Gomez  {she/her/hers}  Alejandra is a bilingual educator and performing artist born and raised in Juarez, Mexico. She earned her BA in Political Science and Linguistics from UTEP and her Masters in Bilingual Education from SMU. Her work can be found in three anthologies with the Writers’ Association in Juarez, Mexico, and Pasos en el Norte by Rotary International. She recently delivered a TEDx talk and contributed in a chapter book with Voces Writers in Dallas, TX.

Alejandra Ramos Gomez
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Alejandra is a bilingual educator and performing artist born and raised in Juarez, Mexico. She earned her BA in Political Science and Linguistics from UTEP and her Masters in Bilingual Education from SMU. Her work can be found in three anthologies with the Writers’ Association in Juarez, Mexico, and Pasos en el Norte by Rotary International. She recently delivered a TEDx talk and contributed in a chapter book with Voces Writers in Dallas, TX.

Alex Stock  {they/them}  Alex Stock has been a part of Spiderweb Salon since 2012. They are a self-taught, multi-media artist with a biology Master’s from the University of North Texas. Their work focuses on the often stifling dynamics inherent in social conflicts from the macabre lens of the natural world and its parallels in animalistic predator and prey relations. Alex works in many different mediums from illustration to interactive artwork and large scale sculpture.

Alex Stock
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Alex Stock has been a part of Spiderweb Salon since 2012. They are a self-taught, multi-media artist with a biology Master’s from the University of North Texas. Their work focuses on the often stifling dynamics inherent in social conflicts from the macabre lens of the natural world and its parallels in animalistic predator and prey relations. Alex works in many different mediums from illustration to interactive artwork and large scale sculpture.

Anjelica Fraga  {she/her/hers}  Anjelica is a Denton based poet, advocate, and fur mama.

Anjelica Fraga
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Anjelica is a Denton based poet, advocate, and fur mama.

Bess Whitby  {she/her/hers}  Bess is a writer, cellist, and long-time Spiderwebber living in Denton. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of North Texas and currently works as the marketing manager for UNT Press. Bess has helped organize Spiderweb shows for almost five years. Her work has appeared in dozens of the Salon's zines.

Bess Whitby
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Bess is a writer, cellist, and long-time Spiderwebber living in Denton. She holds an MA in creative writing from the University of North Texas and currently works as the marketing manager for UNT Press. Bess has helped organize Spiderweb shows for almost five years. Her work has appeared in dozens of the Salon's zines.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam  {she/her}  Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth. She also writes fiction and poetry both speculative and literary that has appeared in over 40 magazines such as Masters Review, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Everyman's Library's Monster Verse. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and Selected Shorts' Stella Kupferberg Memorial Prize. She released an audio fiction-jazz collaborative album Strange Monsters with her partner Peter Brewer's Easy Brew Studio in April 2016.

Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
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Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam curates the annual Art & Words Show in Fort Worth. She also writes fiction and poetry both speculative and literary that has appeared in over 40 magazines such as Masters Review, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Everyman's Library's Monster Verse. She has been a finalist for the Nebula Award and Selected Shorts' Stella Kupferberg Memorial Prize. She released an audio fiction-jazz collaborative album Strange Monsters with her partner Peter Brewer's Easy Brew Studio in April 2016.

Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn Taylor

Cher Musico  {she/her}  As a queer Filipina-American visual storyteller in DFW, my mediums are photography, painting, spoken word poetry, and video art. Most of my creative work blend emotive portraits, my Filipinx-American upbringing, adapting thru my navigation of autism, &/or aspects based on childhood nostalgia.

Cher Musico
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As a queer Filipina-American visual storyteller in DFW, my mediums are photography, painting, spoken word poetry, and video art. Most of my creative work blend emotive portraits, my Filipinx-American upbringing, adapting thru my navigation of autism, &/or aspects based on childhood nostalgia.

Christopher David Taylor / Denton Performance Lab  {he/him}  Chris has been a part of the DFW theatre and arts communities for the last decade as an arts journalist (Stage Directions Blog), a freelance director (Denton Performance Lab), educator and cheerleader for artists stuck on an idea. He lives in Denton with his family and you can often see him running in large groups as a founding member of the Denton Area Running Club.

Christopher David Taylor / Denton Performance Lab
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Chris has been a part of the DFW theatre and arts communities for the last decade as an arts journalist (Stage Directions Blog), a freelance director (Denton Performance Lab), educator and cheerleader for artists stuck on an idea. He lives in Denton with his family and you can often see him running in large groups as a founding member of the Denton Area Running Club.

Clent Roye Wyatt  {he/him/his}  As all things are increasingly commodified and branded, Clent seeks to re-create the sacred in our lives.

Clent Roye Wyatt
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As all things are increasingly commodified and branded, Clent seeks to re-create the sacred in our lives.

courtney marie  {she/her/hers}  courtney marie is a writer and artist based in Denton, Texas. she enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object and sometimes she plays music with her friends. her first poetry chapbook, don’t get your hopes up, was released in 2018 in a double publication through Thoughtcrime Press, alongside her dear friend Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi’s Moon Woman: Mythologies and Truths. courtney marie lives with two cats, loves to travel, and writes a lot of letters.

courtney marie
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courtney marie is a writer and artist based in Denton, Texas. she enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object and sometimes she plays music with her friends. her first poetry chapbook, don’t get your hopes up, was released in 2018 in a double publication through Thoughtcrime Press, alongside her dear friend Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi’s Moon Woman: Mythologies and Truths. courtney marie lives with two cats, loves to travel, and writes a lot of letters.

Edgar Derby  {he/him}  Edgar Derby is a Hobo Folk musician based in Denton, TX. His music fuses acoustic, lyric-based folk with a unique songwriting style and energetic, multi-instrumental performances. Edgar Derby's debut LP, "Who we Are," was released on 03 November, 2017. Goes well with: Shakey Graves, Lou Barlow, Slobberbone, Bob Dylan

Edgar Derby
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Edgar Derby is a Hobo Folk musician based in Denton, TX. His music fuses acoustic, lyric-based folk with a unique songwriting style and energetic, multi-instrumental performances. Edgar Derby's debut LP, "Who we Are," was released on 03 November, 2017. Goes well with: Shakey Graves, Lou Barlow, Slobberbone, Bob Dylan

Elise Matthews

Elise Matthews

Emily Ramser   Emily Ramser is a queer activist-poet-scholar-educator living in Denton, Texas.

Emily Ramser

Emily Ramser is a queer activist-poet-scholar-educator living in Denton, Texas.

Emma Carnes  {she/her}  Emma is an events coordinator and marketing assistant at the University of North Texas. She is also working on her MS in Applied Anthropology. Her thesis will explore polyamory and public policy and she wants to work for a dating site when she grows up. For fun, Emma likes to get creative or travel.

Emma Carnes
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Emma is an events coordinator and marketing assistant at the University of North Texas. She is also working on her MS in Applied Anthropology. Her thesis will explore polyamory and public policy and she wants to work for a dating site when she grows up. For fun, Emma likes to get creative or travel.

Emmy Piercy

Emmy Piercy

Francesca Framer

Francesca Framer

Isabel Crespo  {she/her}  Isabel Crespo is a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian vocalist, composer, and collage artist currently living in Denton, TX. She spends her time performing, leading ensembles of varying sizes and genres, and collaborating with artists and musicians both nationally and internationally.

Isabel Crespo
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Isabel Crespo is a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian vocalist, composer, and collage artist currently living in Denton, TX. She spends her time performing, leading ensembles of varying sizes and genres, and collaborating with artists and musicians both nationally and internationally.

Isabel Deniz  {she/her}  Born in East Los Angeles, rooted in Jalisco, MX, and raised in Houston, TX Isabel is a creative multifaceted being that likes to shed light on the adversities and successes of her community. Isabel received a B.A. in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas and currently works as a marketing associate at Medieval Times. She volunteers for Thin Line Fest as an Associate Music Director and proudly skates with the North Texas Roller Derby League. She has been involved with Spiderweb Salon since 2018 and is stoked to continue to collaborate with many talented individuals. Isabel's work has appeared in the Salon's zines.

Isabel Deniz
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Born in East Los Angeles, rooted in Jalisco, MX, and raised in Houston, TX Isabel is a creative multifaceted being that likes to shed light on the adversities and successes of her community. Isabel received a B.A. in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas and currently works as a marketing associate at Medieval Times. She volunteers for Thin Line Fest as an Associate Music Director and proudly skates with the North Texas Roller Derby League. She has been involved with Spiderweb Salon since 2018 and is stoked to continue to collaborate with many talented individuals. Isabel's work has appeared in the Salon's zines.

J. Dallas Guill

J. Dallas Guill

James Jackson  {he/him/his}  Thanks to his friends and the Denton community, James has found validation and support for not only his identity but also his creative work. A self-proclaimed reincarnation of James Dean, he’s read his non-fiction work at an open mic at Cheers for Queers co-hosted by Spiderweb Salon and at the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial event. He’s currently toiling away on a novel about transgender werewolves, horror short stories and more non-fiction pieces focused around his experiences as a Latinx transman.

James Jackson
{he/him/his}

Thanks to his friends and the Denton community, James has found validation and support for not only his identity but also his creative work. A self-proclaimed reincarnation of James Dean, he’s read his non-fiction work at an open mic at Cheers for Queers co-hosted by Spiderweb Salon and at the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial event. He’s currently toiling away on a novel about transgender werewolves, horror short stories and more non-fiction pieces focused around his experiences as a Latinx transman.

Jeanette Laredo  {she/her}  Dr. Jeanette Laredo is a scholar of all things awful including 18th-century British Gothic literature and Victorian horror. She writes about the dark desires and unrestrained violence that lurk beneath the veneer of polite society. Most nights she can be found listening to podcasts about murder while sipping a hot cup of tea.

Jeanette Laredo
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Dr. Jeanette Laredo is a scholar of all things awful including 18th-century British Gothic literature and Victorian horror. She writes about the dark desires and unrestrained violence that lurk beneath the veneer of polite society. Most nights she can be found listening to podcasts about murder while sipping a hot cup of tea.

Joanna Lugo  {she/her}  Joanna Lugo is a Puerto Rican-American director, writer, performance artist, and activist, currently serving as Associate Producer for Ensemble, an experience design firm based in Dallas. Prior to joining Ensemble, Joanna assisted in curating a season of plays and musicals at the 2017 Tony Award-Winning Dallas Theater Center as Interim Artistic Producer, performed in Kate Gilmore's exhibition, Only in Your Way, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at UNT, where she designed Performance Studies courses. Her work spans across educational and artistic institutions, where Joanna has worked as Visiting Director, Teaching Artist, Grant Writer, Literary Assistant, and more.

Joanna Lugo
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Joanna Lugo is a Puerto Rican-American director, writer, performance artist, and activist, currently serving as Associate Producer for Ensemble, an experience design firm based in Dallas. Prior to joining Ensemble, Joanna assisted in curating a season of plays and musicals at the 2017 Tony Award-Winning Dallas Theater Center as Interim Artistic Producer, performed in Kate Gilmore's exhibition, Only in Your Way, and taught as an Adjunct Professor at UNT, where she designed Performance Studies courses. Her work spans across educational and artistic institutions, where Joanna has worked as Visiting Director, Teaching Artist, Grant Writer, Literary Assistant, and more.

Kamyon Conner

Kamyon Conner

Kim Nall  {she/her}  Kim Nall is a musician, poet, and high school teacher based in Dallas, TX. She loves language, unfamiliar places, and negative space.  Lay Your Vision Down , the debut album from her band, Kim Nall & The Fringe, was released in 2017.

Kim Nall
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Kim Nall is a musician, poet, and high school teacher based in Dallas, TX. She loves language, unfamiliar places, and negative space. Lay Your Vision Down, the debut album from her band, Kim Nall & The Fringe, was released in 2017.