Mariam Abazeri

Mariam Abazeri works between visual media and environmental science addressing issues of identity, emotion, and emerging socio-environmental adaptions in environmental films. She is a doctoral student at the University of Miami in Interdisciplinary Ecosystem Science and Policy.  


Sherese Francis

Sherese Francis is a southeast Queens-based poet, literary artist, workshop facilitator, and literary curator of the mobile library project, J. Expressions. She has published work in journals and anthologies including Cosmonauts Avenue, No Dear, Apex Magazine, La Pluma Y La Tinta's New Voices Anthology, The Pierian Literary Review, Bone Bouquet, African Voices, Newtown Literary, Blackberry Magazine, Kalyani Magazine, and Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Arts Inspired by Octavia Butler. Additionally, she has published two chapbooks, Lucy’s Bone Scrolls and Variations on Sett/ling Seed/ling. Currently, she is the co-editor and board member of the small press, Harlequin Creature, and a core member of the Southeast Queens Artist Alliance. To find out more about her work, visit futuristicallyancient.com.


Sarah Nicholls

Sarah Nicholls is an artist, printmaker, and writer whose work combines language, image, visual narrative, and time. She  publishes an ongoing series of letterpress pamphlets on climate change, urban ecology, and the history of science and technology, and organizes a range of walks and programs around the series. Her work has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Puffin Foundation, and she has taught letterpress and book arts at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


Melissa F. Clarke

Melissa F. Clarke is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist whose work employs data and generative self-programmed compositional environments. She creates multimedia installations, generative video and sound sculptures, performances, and printed images. Her work often explores bathymetry data that describes the landscapes beneath glacier carved waterways, including the Hudson River and seas around Antarctica and Greenland. For her residency with Works on Water and Underwater New York, Clarke will be looking towards the confluence of the Hudson and East Rivers, where the Upper NY Bay begins, and revisit her process of using Bathymetric Data to create a time based experiential installation.

Supriya Wheat

Supriya Wheat is a writer and educator who has been involved in the field of education for ten + years. She was a 2007 Teach for America Corps Member, a New York Hall of Science Design Fellow & Master Teacher, a New York Public Library Cullman Fellow in Creative Writing, and currently teaches a life science course at the School at Columbia University. In 2017, Fund for Teachers awarded her a grant to document youth-led initiatives to curb climate change in the island nations of the Maldives and Zanzibar. Her more recent work centers around exploring human interactions with the environment. Lately, she finds herself preoccupied with how bodies of water in and around New York City might serve both as a medium for change and constancy.