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“With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers. She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” — Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Time
The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. She is also a published author. Her first book Saved by a Song on St. Martin’s Press came out in July of 2021.
Her most recent musical release, 2018’s Rifles & Rosary Beads is a collection of songs co-written with wounded veterans was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Folk Album, and Record of the Year by the Americana Music Association. The UK Americana Association named Mary their 2019 International Artist of the Year, and Folk Alliance International named Rifles & Rosary Beads the 2019 Record of the Year.
Mary’s songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Dolly Parton, Boy George, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Kathy Mattea, Bobby Bare, Amy Helm and Candi Staton and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on HBO TV’s Yellowstone.
Ilana Simons is a psychologist and filmmaker who has great fun with how those two fields relate. She runs weekly Creative Minds therapy groups to encourage confidence with artists, and makes films about psychological topics. She got her PhD in literature from New York University (2003) and PhD in Psychology from The New School (2011) and has taught at New York University, The New School, the 92nd St Y, and the School for Making Thinking. Her short films have screened at The Cannes Film Festival, Hyperallergic.com, Poets & Writers website, and elsewhere. Her short “Trust the Poem” won best animation at the Madrid Film Festival (NM). She writes a blog for Psychology Today and is the author of A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf (Penguin).
Kate Snow is a painter and printmaker in Cleveland, OH. She began exhibiting in 2015, and her work has since been shown across the United States and in Germany. Her work is included in a number of private and public collections including, Baker Hostetler, MetroHealth Hospitals, and Westin Hotels. She has been awarded residencies at the Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, WY. In 2018 Kate was commissioned by the Cleveland International Film Festival to design and create the filmmaker awards for that season. Most recently she was a recipient of the 2021 Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award from the state of Ohio.