Retreat Facilitators

Ariel Fintushel

Ariel Fintushel is a Los Angeles poet working as the Curriculum Developer for the non-profit Women's Voices Now. She runs a creative writing workshop called Films & Poetry at Turning Point Shelter in Santa Monica, and has previously taught at SF State, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Oxnard College, The American Musical & Dance Academy, and is a creative writing instructor for California Poets in the Schools. She has an MFA from SF State. Her writing has been published by Huffington Post, Zaum, Baltimore University's Welter, The A3 Review, and elsewhere. She enjoys making audio and also illustrated poems and is interested in the desert as a place of deprivation and miracles, latent energy, adventure, malice, and mysticism.

Sean Negus

Sean Negus is a San Francisco-based poet, experimental writer and sometime digital/visual artist working in video, web design, and other mediums. He teaches composition, literature and critical thinking at San Francisco State University and Foothill College. Writing of his appears in WebConjunctions, Poecology, DUSIE, Otoliths, TINGE, and Beatdom. A videopoem of his, Recursionem Solaris, was selected for the Athens International Video Poetry Film Festival in 2016. In addition, he is co/guest editing an issue of contemporary Brazilian poetry for DUSIE for release later this year.