Molly Bendall & John O'Brien

Molly Bendall is the author of four collections of poetry, After Estrangement, Dark Summer, Ariadne’s Island and most recently Under the Quick from Parlor Press. She also has co-authored a book with the poet Gail Wronsky, Bling & Fringe. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies: American Hybrid: The Norton Anthology of the New Poem, American Poetry: The Next Generation, and The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry. She teaches at the University of Southern California.

Born in Sagamihara, Japan into a military family, John David O'Brien works as an artist in sculpture, installation art and performance. He has completed public art features at the Mar Vista Branch and Westwood Branch Libraries, at Sepulveda Park West in Los Angeles, the new L.A. Riverfront Park, the Lorcan O'Herlihy Habitat 825 building, the MTA Central Valley Balboa Station and, most recently, was commissioned by the L.A. Department of Cultural Affairs to lead the development of all public art for an urban plaza located on 1st and Judge John Aiso Street. He has degrees in studio art from the University of Southern California (MFA), the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma (AA.BB), the Istituto Statale D'Arte di Urbino (Magistero), and has qualified as a Master Printer by the Calcografia Nazionale (National Etching Institute) in Rome, Italy.