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Meet the -liner contributors

Meet the contributors of -liner, our exclusive print-only art and literary magazine hitting newsstands this week.

By Arts & Culture, Uncategorized

Our own one-liner of sorts, the works in our summer literary and art magazine range from notebook sketches and prose poems to short fiction and photographs, all created by students and recent alumni from various undergraduate and graduate programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Look for copies of -liner around campus newsstands and citywide cafes, bookstores, music venues, museums, libraries, and art galleries this week. Before you pick up a copy of our print-only literary and art magazine, we’d like to introduce you to our contributors.

Alexis Buryk: MFAW 2012. Food porn, tiny books, vinyl lettering; vintage suitcases, post-romantic comedies, cookbook dissection. Spelling bee fail: 1997, Scripp’s qualifier. Sponsored by the Bergen Record. Word in question: illum(i)nation. She’s not bitter.

JD Deardourff is interested in appropriation, absurdism, psychedelic 60s rock posters, NBA basketball, Marvel comic books, collaborating, doing it himself, tearing pages out of magazines, surrealism, outsider art, outdated technology, riding his bike, magic, vandalism, German expressionism, and neon colors. He eats a lot of spaghetti. Follow him online at and

Laura Dodd is a fashion designer currently located in Chicago. Highly influenced by photography, graphic design and textile manipulations, the incorporation of diversified mediums is paramount to her work. Intrigued by various facets of the fashion world, Laura has a previous degree in fashion merchandising and is currently enrolled in SAIC’s fashion design program. With one last year at SAIC, she’s anxious to produce her final collection for Spring 2012.

Zach Dodson‘s hybrid typo/graphic novel, boring boring boring boring boring boring boring, came out in 2008 under the nom de plume Zach Plague. He has launched such experiments as Featherproof Books, Bleached Whale Design, and The Show N’ Tell Show. His writing has appeared in Proximity, Monsters & Dust, ACM, and 30 Under 30: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction. He received his MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute in 2010 and is an Assistant Professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Becky Grajeda works primarily in sound and with found furniture. Her dream is to create a children’s museum for adults. She received her MFA in sound at SAIC this past May 2011.

Taleen Kalenderian writes prose poems, short stories, weird music journalism, and loud songs. It took her two years to finally learn how to spell Milwaukee properly while studying New Arts Journalism at SAIC. Since graduating this spring, she has returned to the sunny shores of her Los Angeles hometown, where she’s launching her own literary and journalistic publication DUM DUM, a collaborative, hybrid publishing project. You can find some of her zines at Quimby’s Bookstore, and check out the online edition at come September.

Daryl Meador is a senior in the Visual and Critical Studies department. She is the president of Students for Justice in Palestine at SAIC and is involved in activism around the city.

Clare O’Connor was recently a sophomore in the BFAW program. Up next for her is being a junior in the BFAW program. She likes dipping things in other things before she eats them. More of her writing can be found on her blog, A Dog Called Rufus.

An expected graduate for the class of 2013, Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas is currently a junior pursuing her BFA in the Photography Department at SAIC. For the past three years, Jaclyn has studied and utilized the still image. Recently, her photographic works have spilled into the realm of the moving image, seeking to challenge the inherent practices of the two mediums by exploring the convergence of both. Influenced by the aesthetic elements of Romanticism and its use of the sublime, Jaclyn’s work delves into the sinister contained in the form of the idyllic. Her work can be viewed online at

Saba Safari was born in Tehran, Iran in 1985. She received her BFA in Painting and Drawing at Tehran University in 2007. In 2011, she received her Post-baccalaureate in Painting and Drawing from SAIC.

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