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An internationally recognized model for over 50 years, Maye Musk recently made history by becoming the oldest "face of CoverGirl" at 69. Whether walking the runway, modeling for a fashion magazine, or sharing her knowledge of nutrition and wellness, she exudes a confidence and elegance that sets her apart in both fields. Musk considers herself to have only just begun, and she proves that with her ageless style and spirit.

Maye Musk

Maye Musk is a true representation of timeless beauty and wellness. An internationally recognized model for over 50 years, she recently made history by becoming the oldest “face of CoverGirl” at 69. Over the past decade, her work has been featured on numerous magazine covers including ELLE Quebec, Vogue Korea, and New York Magazine. The New York Magazine cover was chosen by The American Society of Magazine Editors as the “Cover of the Year 2012.” Her 2018 interview and editorial spread for the millennial website “HypeBae” featured iconic street-style brands such as Supreme and DL1961.

Musk’s career as a model began when she was 15 years old, living in South Africa, and it still thrives today. As she approached 60 she decided to cut her hair and let return to its (by then) natural grey. “Then I suddenly became this edgy white-haired model,” she found, with billboards at Times Square and Madison Square Garden. Her ever-expanding portfolio includes major luxury campaigns for Swarovski, Lord & Taylor, and Moncler, Beyonce’s 2013 music video “Haunted,” commercials, and billboards for Target and Virgin America.

As Musk modeled over five decades, she had three children, taught modeling classes, and earned her BS and MS degrees in Dietetics and her MS in Nutritional Sciences. She worked as a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and held positions with the national organizations for dietetics in South Africa, Canada, and the US. In 2006 she won the Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneur Award. Her book, “Feel Fantastic,” focuses on wellness and beauty tips she learned in the fashion industry.

Musk continues to share her knowledge of nutrition in interviews and speaking engagements across the globe. “No powders, juices, [or] supplements, no fad diets. I’m a scientist, so I follow what’s good for the body according to science. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Follow the food groups. Who wants to take a pill when you can eat yummy food?” she iterates. “If you don’t like kale—I don’t—there are many other vegetables and fruits with the same nutrients.”

At 70, whether walking the runway, modeling for a fashion magazine, or sharing her knowledge of nutrition and wellness, Maye Musk exudes a confidence and elegance that sets her apart in both fields. Musk considers herself to have only just begun, and she proves that with her ageless style and spirit. “I’ve been called “the older model” since I was 28,” she told HypeBae. “It doesn’t bother me as long as I’m still working. I don’t feel old and neither did my mom at 98.”

When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her three children, Elon, Kimbal and Tosca, and her ten wonderful grandchildren. Musk is passionate about helping her community, and serves on the Los Angeles Board of The Kitchen Community (now Big Green); their Learning Gardens Project introduces children in underserved schools around the country to real food by planting vegetable gardens.

For more information about Maye Musk, please visit www.mayemusk.com. To see portfolios from her remarkable modeling career, visit http://www.mayemuskmodel.com.

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Gayle Brandeis & June Sylvester Saraceno

SNC celebrates new titles by home girls Gayle Brandeis and June Sylvester Saraceno. Many Restless Concerns: The Victims of Countess Bathory Speak in a Chorus (A Testimony) by Gayle Brandeis and Feral, North Carolina, 1965, a novel, and The Girl from Yesterday, a poetry collection by June Sylvester Saraceno will be featured.

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Gayle Brandeis

Gayle Brandeis grew up in the Chicago area and has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old. Her latest book is The Art of Misdiagnosis: Surviving my Mother’s Suicide, a memoir. She is the author of the poetry books The Selfless Bliss of the Body and Dictionary Poems, Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, Self Storage and Delta Girls, and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns. She released The Book of Live Wires, the sequel to The Book of Dead Birds, as an e-book in 2011.

author website: www.gaylebrandeis.com

Author and Sierra Nevada College English professor June Saraceno
June Sylvester Saraceno

June Sylvester Saraceno is the author of two books of poetry, including Of Dirt and Tar (Cherry Grove Collections 2014). She has been honored with the Excellence and Innovation in Humanities Teaching by Nevada Humanities for her dedicated work at SNC, including establishing the Writers in the Woods series. Her new titles Feral, North Carolina, 1965, and The Girl from Yesterday will be hitting bookstores soon.

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Kaveh Akbar, author of 'Calling a Wolf a Wolf'
Kaveh Akbar is an Iranian-American poet, professor, and scholar who's work has won him a variety of awards.

Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar is an Iranian-American poet, professor, and scholar. He is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, among many other awards.

“Akbar has what every poet needs: the power to make, from emotions others have felt, memorable language nobody has assembled before.”
– Stephanie Burt for the Yale Review on Calling a Wolf a Wolf

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Nevada author and desert rat Mike Branch, author of 'How to Cuss in Western'
Michael Branch is a recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award and the Western Literature Association Frederick Manfred Award for Creative Writing.

Michael Branch

Michael Branch is a Reno-based professor, writer, humorist, environmentalist and desert rat. He is the recipient of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award and the Western Literature Association Frederick Manfred Award for Creative Writing.

“[Branch’s] gift for humor arises in well-turned phrases and ironic scenes . . . You might not know which to prefer: the erudite storyteller with the massive vocabulary, or the good old boy who confesses he’s also a bit of a gear head. But you need not choose between the two.”
– The Spokesman-Review on How to Cuss in Western

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Writer and activist Lacy M Johnson, author of 'The Reckonings'
Lacy M. Johnson's award winning novel The Reckoning was named one of the best book of 2018 by the Boston Globe, Electric Literature, Autostraddle, Book Riot, and Refinery 29.

Lacy M. Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson is a Houston-based professor, curator, activist, and writer. The Reckonings was named a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in Criticism, and one of the best books of 2018 by the Boston Globe, Electric Literature, Autostraddle, Book Riot, and Refinery 29.

“Johnson grapples with the fundamental issue of our time: what is justice? What is punishment? What is mercy? Johnson’s beautiful writing and hard-won wisdom will make you think, and then think again.”
– Emily Rapp, Author of The Still Point of the Turning World

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Dine author Brendan Basham
"Cheat your landlord if you must, but do not try to shortchange the muse. It cannot be done. You cannot fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal."

Brendan Basham

Brendan Basham is Diné, born in Alaska and raised in northern Arizona. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Santa Fe Literary Review, Red Ink, Yellow Medicine Review, Juked, and Sheepshead Review. He was a nominee for a 2016 PEN / Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and is currently finishing his first novel.

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"I call myself an artist and poet now for legibility in a world that demands it. . . I think poetry should be accessible. I think everyone should engage in poetry, regardless of affiliation. I am an activist. I have always felt more comfortable with that affiliation and claiming it."

Margaret Rhee

Margaret Rhee is a poet, new media artist, and scholar. She is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011), and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2016), a finalist for the 2017 Elgin Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Her first full-length poetry collection Love, Robot was published by The Operating System in 2017 and named a 2017 Entropy Best Book of Poetry and recognized with an Elgin Award. Her new media art project “The Kimchi Poetry Machine” was selected for the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3.

Her research focuses on technology, and its intersections with literary, media, queer, feminist, and ethnic studies. She is currently completing her first monograph, How We Became Human: Race, Robots, and the Asian American Body. Currently, she is a College Fellow in Digital Practice in the English Department at Harvard University. She is also a visiting scholar at the NYU A/P/A Institute, and Assistant Professor SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study (2018).

Literary fellowships include Kundiman, Hedgebrook, and the Kathy Acker Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies, and her BA in Creative Writing/English from the University of Southern California.

[re:con]versations :: Poetry, Practice and Robot Love with Margaret Rhee >

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photo of Natalie Baszile, author of the novel Queen Sugar
Natalie is the author of Queen Sugar, adapted into a dramatic series for OWN, Oprah’s television network.

Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, adapted into a dramatic series for OWN, Oprah’s television network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicles’ Best Books of 2014. She is a recipient of the Sylvia Clare Brown Fellowship.

“Reading this book is inhabiting, briefly, the backbreaking and brutal yet rewarding life that is sugarcane farming…. Queen Sugar is an impressive debut from a talented writer and a fascinating look into the world of the contemporary South.”
– Washington Independent Review of Books

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photo pf Fresno poet Lee Herrick
Lee Herrick is Fresno Poet Laureate Emeritus (2015-2017) and author of three poetry collections.

Lee Herrick

Lee Herrick is Fresno Poet Laureate Emeritus (2015-2017) and author of three poetry collections, Scar and Flower (forthcoming in 2019), Gardening Secrets of the Dead, and This Many Miles from Desire.

“These gorgeously rendered snapshots–a disarming fusion of lyric and meticulous narrative–are clearly the work of a true storyteller, a master of focus and fearlessness.”
– poet Patricia Smith on Gardening Secrets of the Dead

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photo of poet and memoirist Alice Anderson
Alice Anderson is memoirist and poet. Her books include Some Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away: A Memoir and Human Nature.

Alice Anderson

Alice Anderson, a recipient of the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Prize, is memoirist as well as poet. Her books include Some Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away: A Memoir, The Watermark, and Human Nature.

“Alice Anderson’s stunning memoir begins with cathedrals made of our scars… This book rises to sacredness in its heroic honesty, its warrior’s heart, and its profound beauty.”
– author Luis Alberto Urrea on Some Bright Morning I’ll Fly Away

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