Hannah Chalew is an artist raised and currently working in New Orleans. She received her BA from Brandeis University in 2009 and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2016. Chalew has exhibited widely around New Orleans and has shown around the country at Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI, Dieu Donné, New York, NY; Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville, NC; Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA; and other venues. Her work is held in the collections of the City of New Orleans and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. In 2018, she was an emerging artist-in-residence at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans.
Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist, musician, carpenter and publisher living in New Orleans. He founded Lavender Ink, a small press devoted mainly to poetry, in 1995, and he founded Diálogos, an imprint devoted to cross-cultural literatures (mostly in translation) in 2011. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, with theoretical writings appearing in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others.
His books include Memory Wing (Black Widow, 2011), Q (Trembling Pillow, 2013), and a chapbook, surrealism (Lavender Ink, 2016). He is the co-founder, with Megan Burns of Trembling Pillow Press, of the New Orleans Poetry Festival.
Unlikely Salons were a series of monthly salons of literature and art at the Zeitgeist Theatre and Lounge in Arabi, Louisiana, just outside New Orleans. Unlikely Salons typically featured one writer and one visual artist.