The Cedars



Starring: Daniela Cruz (born 1990) is a Mexican City native raised in Texas whose work explores themes of time, nature, and the built environment through mediums of sculpture, photography, video, and installation. Cruz’s art explores socio-political issues of identity, race, gender, and class through an eco-focused lens. Follow on Instagram @danielacruz.

Director and Editor: A Ukrainian immigrant who grew up in the 80s and 90s, Boris Tsessarsky directed and co-produced the award-winning hip-hop documentary, The Remedy (2021). He directed King’s Highway: the Story of Malcolm Fairfield (2016), which won the award for Best Director of a short documentary at Chain NYC FIlm Festival. In 2018, Boris co-founded—along with PaulA Neves—Parkway North Productions. His most recent film, The Cedars, explores one Dallas artist’s obsession with architectural ruins and trash. It premiered at the 2023 FICIMAD festival in Madrid, Spain where it was awarded Best Cinematography for a Short Documentary. Follow on Instagram @btsessarsky, @parkwaynorthproductions.

Producer: PaulA Neves is a Luso-American poet, filmmaker and educator whose work explores first generation American and immigrant experience, artists’ communities, gender, queerness, and the confluence of urban and natural environments. The recipient of the 2020 NJ Poets Prize from the Journal of NJ Poets, fellowships from the City of Newark, NYFA, Canto Mundo,, and others, paulA is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Passaic (Get Fresh Books 2024) and co-founder of Parkway North Productions, co-producing with Boris Tsessarsky The Cedars as well as the award-winning documentary The Remedy (2021) about two NJ hip hop artists/musicians. Follow on Instagram @itinerantmuse and @parkwaynorthproductions.



you left as a cycle



Matt Baczewski (he/him) is an artist from New Jersey working primarily across text, image and sound, and is co-founder of Naan cül Press. Recently published works include ‘you settle on movement’ (Falt, 2021) with civyiu kkliu and ‘Baby 01’ (Baby Blue Ensemble, 2021) with F Johnson.



assume the role of Cassandra, wearing a mask, speaking into the camera



Carolina Ebeid is a multimedia poet and author of You Ask Me to Talk about the Interior and the chapbook Dauerwunder: a brief record of facts. Her work has been supported by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, Bread Loaf, CantoMundo, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, as well as a residency fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. A longtime editor, she helps edit poetry at The Rumpus, as well as the online zine Visible Binary. From 2023-2025 she is the Bonderman Assistant Professor of poetry at Brown University.





Do not mistake this desert



Jeff Russell is a poet living in Durham, North Carolina. The text from this selection is the beginning of the opening multi-voiced sequence from By the Time this Reaches You forthcoming from Selva Obscura Press. Selections of this work have appeared in Miracle Monocle, Entropy, Dream Pop Press and Titled House.

Nora Zubizarreta is a filmmaker based in Durham, NC. She received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. While at Tisch she produced Umama, a film that went on to win gold at the Student Academy Awards. She has since worked professionally in film and television production. Nora is now pursuing her MFA at Duke in Experimental and Documentary Arts.

(w/Joseph Donahue, Laura Jaramillo, and Marta Nunez Pouzols)

Kimberly Alidio

Harrow the Islands





Kimberly Alidio is an educator, historian, and author of four books of poetry, including why letter ellipses: once teeth bones coral : , a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and after projects the resound. Her most recent book, Teeter, won the Nightboat Poetry Prize, and will be published in Fall 2023.

James Scales and Nathaniel Rosenthalis

Availability makes him often gathering




Note: These collages take their titles and imagery from The Leniad (Broken Sleep Books) by Nathaniel Rosenthalis and were produced in collaboration with the author.





James Scales is a writer, musician, and visual artist working out of New York City’s oldest house. His art has appeared in The Brooklyn Review and The Spectacle, and his writing is forthcoming from or has appeared in Kenyon Review, The Hopkins Review, and Full Stop.

Nathaniel Rosenthalis is an actor, singer, and poet. He is the author of the forthcoming full-length collections I Won’t Begin Again, winner of the 2021 Burnside Press Review Award selected by Sommer Browning, and The Leniad (Broken Sleep Books). He lives and works in New York City.