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Selena Anderson

Ms. Anderson did her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and got her M.F.A. at Columbia, where she said “the best lesson … was to read with purpose.” She received her Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Tenderoni, Anderson’s recent collection of short stories melds fantasy and realism. The Rona Jaffe Foundation described it as examining “the boundaries of realism and fantasy … and interrogates the ideas of race, identity, and Black womanhood in the American South.” She is also finishing two other novels, Quinella and Cenisa, Samira, MonetHer work has appeared or is forthcoming from Glimmer Train (see Amazon link below), Kenyon ReviewJoylandAGNI, The Best of Gigantic Anthology, Oxford American, The Georgia Review, Bomb, Callaloo, and Fence, among others. In addition to 360 Xochi Quetzal, Anderson has also attended residencies at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, the MacDowell Colony, the Carson McCullers Center and the Kimbilio Center. Selena is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at San José State University in California and Director of their Center for Literary Arts. 


Selena Anderson wins Rona Jaffe Foundation Award

We are proud to announce that one of our 360 Xochi Quetzal Resident Writers, Selena Anderson, is one of the six winners of the prestigious Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. This prize is granted to writers who demonstrate great talent and promise and comes with a $40,000 award.  Anderson says that when she got the call about winning the prize, she tried to sound cool but was silently jumping up and down. Her nominator writes, “Selena articulates, through brilliant prose, the fears and thoughts that preoccupy modern society. I have been consistently struck by the ways in which she balances the

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Selena Anderson Resources (for an excerpt of Tenderoni)

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Jan Miles

Jan Miles worked as a children’s book editor for more than seven years, during which time she authored over thirty children’s books. As a staff writer, a ghost-writer, and a writer for hire, she has provided content for a variety of publishers, both in verse and in prose. Her work for children includes every conceivable format, from board and activity books to picture and chapter books. Jan’s first novel, Black, White & Blue, finished in the top 50 (out of 5,000!) in the young adult category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. She has just completed her first book-length nonfiction volume, The Post-Racial Negro Green Book, and is now crafting a work of adult literary fiction entitled If These Walls. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she has lived in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Boston, but she currently makes her home in New Orleans.



Malachy Tallack

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Malachy Tallack is a singer-songwriter and author. He writes both fiction and non-fiction focused on the relationship between people and place and the links between landscapes and communities. His first book, Sixty Degrees North (2015), is a travelogue, exploring the countries that lie along the sixtieth parallel. The book was BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award. His research took him to Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Malachy’s second book, The Un-Discovered Islands, was named Illustrated Book of the Year at the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award 2017. Malachy was shortlisted, this year, for Author of the Year in the Scottish Culture Awards. Malachy is also contributing editor to the online magazine The Island Review. He is from the Shetland Islands, and currently lives in Glasgow, Scotland.


Jan Huling

Jan Huling’s background in textile and commercial design has led her to her current art form, surface transformation utilizing thousands of tiny glass seed beads, chain and cabochons to cover a variety of objects. She has discovered that when a form, such as a mannequin or an animal form, is completely covered in complex patterns and colors, somehow one is able to admire the elegance of the form itself. Her work has been compared to the Huichol Indians, but their techniques and imagery are quite different. Lately she has concentrated on organic natural forms, be they bird, bug, animal or human.  Jan is unveiling a major new piece this coming October at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The show will revolve around the theme of Mystery and will be up for eleven months.



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A self-proclaimed “beadist”, Jan Huling coats the surfaces of found objects with brightly colored seed beads. Through surface design and elaborate patterns, she recontextualizes familiar

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Shelley Heffler

Shelley Heffler attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where she studied interior design and art. She graduated from Cal State Northridge with a Master’s degree in fine art and teaching.  After extensive travels in Europe and Asia, she settled in Los Angeles where she taught ceramics and fine art for 25 years at L.A. Unified and Otis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and reviewed in the British magazine Hedge, Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Art Review. Shelley has recently been identified as “One to Watch” on Saatchi On Line. Now retired from teaching, she is dedicated to her art practice. Heffler’s paintings and sculptures are informed by a passion for maps and are inspired by cartography, NASA digital imagery, topography, and a deep concern for the interconnectedness of the world.

“ I am inspired by science and ecological systems that represents an interconnectedness in the world we share.”



Josh Evert

Josh Evert is a songwriter, composer and producer from Milwaukee, WI. His main artistic focus since 2009 has been as a member of The Fatty Acids, a politically/socially charged psychedelic rock band with punk influence. The band has put out four full-length albums in the past ten years and Josh acted as sound engineer and producer for each release. Since 2012, composition has been the priority for Josh. His credits for film and documentary soundtracking include Al Jazeera’s Faultlines series and the Laura Flanders Show.  Recently, his songs have been featured on episodes such as Baltimore Rising, and Ferguson: Race and Justice in the U.S. This coverage has made Josh feel “ I was contributing to a conversation that America so desperately needs to have about race.” His work samples sounds from nature and uses them in ambient and experimental compositions that document the rhythms of people.

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Zahava Sherez

Zahava Sherez was born in Argentina, grew up in Israel and currently maintains studios in California and Mexico. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew. She is a painter and a sculptor. Her work expresses her life experience-immigrations, wars, loss as well as the richness of numerous cultures through poetry, color, and spirituality.   Her sculptures received an Award of Excellence in “Manhattan Arts International” juried exhibition; she won “Special Recognition” Merit Award from Upstream Gallery, and an Honorable Mention from Sculptural Pursuit Magazine.  Many publications have featured her artwork such as Best of America Sculpture Artists 2007 & 2010, Art Revue Magazine, and Sculptural Pursuit magazine.  Sherez has been teaching stone carving, clay sculpture, and mixed media for the last 30 years including eight years at Pixar University/Pixar Animation Studios and workshops in Puerto Rico and Mexico.


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Michael Pribich

Michael Pribich was born and raised in Northern California.  He lives in New York City with his wife Esperanza Cortes.  He received a BA degree from Sacramento State University and MFA degree from Hunter College, NY.   He is interested in the artist’s role in advancing ideas that lead to continual growth and change.    He explores the idea that labor can be viewed as cultural production, resulting in an expanded social space.  

He has completed projects with the Public Works departments in Sacramento and Woodland, California.  2015-2018 projects and exhibitions include: Travel and study project locations include India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Guadalajara and Hong Kong.    Solo exhibitions; Labor Days, Cuchifritos Gallery, NY, Centerfield, Webb School, Knoxville, Tn. Group exhibitions at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art,  Bronx Museum of the Arts, Mocad, Detroit, Orange County Cultural Center and Flux Art Fair, NY. He was an artist resident at 360 Xochi Quetzal in Chapala Mexico, Jentel Residency, Sheridan, Wy; travel residencies in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Guadalajara. 

In addition to producing artwork he has been employed as a forest firefighter, logger, prison instructor, house painter, waiter, art handler and art courier.  


New Works – Michael Pribich

Lift, installation with used hand-trucks outfitted with chrome extensions, and support belt.   Lift was part of  the exhibition Backstitch at Verge Center for the Arts 2019-20 which culminated the  Ali Youssefi Project / Residency.    The residency and exhibition ended abruptly because the pandemic was beginning in the United States. .   A digital and hard copy catalog are available if you would like to see more. Essential, 2020,  30 x 30 x 17″ (detail of larger installation with suspended gloves), brown cotton work gloves over steel rod armature .  Essential will be included in the upcoming exhibition Vida, Muerte, Justicia  (Life, Death, Justice) at the Ogden Contemporary Arts in October

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Interview with Michael Pribich

Michael Pribich is an artist’s artist who attended 360 Xochi Quetzal in the Spring of 2015. His work is smart, embedded with layers of meaning, beautiful, both pleasing and challenging, often monumental and deeply informed by sense of place. Michael lives and works in New York City and as you will read, also travels the world collecting history, materials and inspiration that he transforms with his keen eye and mind. -dek In your artist statement you write: “The disparity between classes informs your use of materials….” Mining the Pueblo is a series of art works that began at 360 Xochi Quetzal. I

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Liska Jacobs

Liska Jacobs is the author of two acclaimed novels, Catalina and The Worst Kind of Want both published by MCD | FSG. To quote a review in The Believer: “The Worst Kind of Want presents Jacobs at her best: thinking through the fraught ethical problems and pitfalls of desire… Jacobs is establishing herself as a novelist who can probe what it means to be both selfish and vulnerable, asking with bald-faced earnestness: What, in 2019, are adult women allowed to want—and at what cost?” Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Millions and The Hairpin among others. She has an MFA from the University of California, Riverside.


Liska Jacobs: On Time Essay Published

Liska Jacobs is a current resident writer at 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist and Writers Residency in Chapla, Mexico. She is the author of the novels “Catalina” (FSG Originals) and “The Worst Kind of Want” (MCD). Her essays and

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Sandee Johnson

Sandee Johnson has been somewhat of a gypsy after getting an undergraduate and graduate degree. Her life has been a whirlwind of living in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Mexico, Canada and several American locations in addition to residency programs.

For the past 45 years Sandee has worked as an artist, free-lance photographer and writer. She works in multiple mediums and has mastered many techniques enabling her to exhibit all over the globe. Her work can be found in public and private collections spanning the world.

She now resides in the idyllic town of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state.