Week 7: Katherine and Omar

Katherine Portrait

Katherine Fritz is a Philadelphia-based writer and costume designer. She is the creator of the viral blogs I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog and Ladypockets, which was hailed by the New York Times as “very funny.” Her words have been published in The New York Times and the Huffington Post, and her content has been shared on platforms such as Upworthy, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, El Pais, and Bustle. She contributes regularly to MTV Style, where she writes about the intersection between feminism and pop culture. During her cross-pollination week, she was a guest on National Public Radio to discuss her viral post “Race Ya.” She is at work on her first book. In her other life, she is a costume designer and teaching artist. Recent design credits include: Signature Theatre (DC), Arden, InterAct, Pig Iron, 1812 Productions, Theatre Exile, Azuka, Lantern Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Act II Playhouse, FringeArts, Applied Mechanics, and the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, where she is a proud Resident Designer and Artistic Associate. More about all of this can be found at katherinefritz.com.

Omar Portrait

F. Omar Telan shares a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production for Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind with the New York Neo-Futurists. A selection of his plays are anthologized in 225 Plays from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. With Asians Misbehavin’ he has performed in the New York Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and at Roundhouse Performance Centre (Vancouver). He directed “The Edge Of The World” which was performed at La Mama E.T.C. (NYC) as part of the Asian American Theater Festival.

His poetry has been published in “A Gathering Of The Tribes”, “Apiary Magazine”, “The Fox Chase Review”, “Our Own Voice”. He has read his poetry at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church (NYC), the Kelly Writers House (Philadelphia), the National Asian American Poetry Festival (NYC), the Philippine Embassy (DC), and the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Waterloo Village, NJ).

He graduated from Emerson College and the Radcliffe Publishing Course.

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