C VON HASSETT: Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. C von Hassett is a writer, painter, cultural critic and author of the post-apocalyptic bedtime tale, The Boundary Stone. Other works can be found at cvonhassett.com
LITA BARRIE: Lita Barrie is Los Angeles Art Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Ms. Barrie was born and educated in New Zealand, where she studied philosophy and journalism. She taught aesthetic philosophy at Art Center, Otis College of Art and Design, and Claremont Graduate University. Barrie has written many museum and art gallery monographs and catalogs. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of magazines and newspapers in New Zealand and Los Angeles including: Hyperallergic, Apricota Journal, ARTNOWLA, Art La-bas, HuffPost, art ltd, Painter’s Table, Art Agenda, Artweek, Art Issues, Artspace, The New Zealand National Business Review, Art New Zealand, The Listener and Landfall Journal. She is the recipient of four writing grants from New Zealand. An archive of her writing is held at the New Zealand National Library. To read her work, visit www.litabarrie.com
CYNTHIA BIRET: Cynthia Biret is a professional filmmaker, editor, producer, videographer and journalist with over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry.
JOHN BISCELLO: John Biscello is Book Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Originally from Brooklyn, writer, poet, playwright and performer, Mr. Biscello has called Taos NM home since 2001. He is the author of three novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust and Nocturne Variations, as well as a collection of stories. Biscello’s debut poetry collection, Arclight, is out now on Indie Blu(e) Press. To see more of John Biscello’s work, visit johnbiscello.com
ELLEN C. CALDWELL: Ellen C. Caldwell is Los Angeles Art Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Ms. Caldwell is an LA-born and -based art historian, writer, and educator, Ellen C. Caldwell reflects upon art, visual culture, identity, memory, and history for JSTOR Daily and New American Paintings. To see more of Ms. Caldwell’s work, visit eclaire.me.
HENRY CHERRY: Henry Cherry is Jazz Critic at Riot Material Magazine. He is also a photographer, writer and documentary filmmaker who lives in Hollywood. Mr. Cherry’s work has appeared in Huck, PBS, OC Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Artillery, and LA Weekly. A documentary film on master jazz musician Henry Grimes is in the works. For contact information go to his website- www.henrycherry.com
GENIE DAVIS: Genie Davis is Los Angeles Art Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Ms. Davis is a multi-published novelist, journalist, and produced screen and television writer based in Los Angeles. Publisher and writer of www.diversionsLA.com, she also writes for a wide range of magazines and newspapers.
PHOEBE HOBAN: Phoebe Hoban is New York City Art Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Ms. Hoban has written about culture and the arts for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, ARTnews, and The New York Observer, among others. She is the author of three artist biographies: Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art (1998), Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty (2010) and Lucian Freud: Eyes Wide Open (2014).
ARABELLA HUTTER von ARX: Arabella Hutter von Arx is Paris and New York City Art Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Ms. Hutter von Arx is a writer with a background in film and TV production. While producing for the BBC, Channel 4, Gaumont, Bravo (Inside the Actors’ Studio) then working as the executive director of IQ, an international organization of producers, she contributed regularly articles for magazines and European newspapers. She devotes now all her time to writing, with a particular focus on the arts and on women’s issues.
CHRISTOPHER P. JONES: Christopher P Jones is London Art Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Mr. Jones speculates on art, history, fiction and fact, and the meeting place of all four. He is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction.
JOHN PAYNE: John Payne is Music Critic at Riot Material. He also writes about music and film at publications including Mojo, The Quietus, Red Bulletin, Drum!, High Times and Bluefat. Mr. Payne is the former music editor of LA Weekly, and the author of the forthcoming official Diamanda Galás biography Homicidal Love Songs and editor/co-author of Jaki Liebezeit: Life, Theory and Practice of a Master Drummer (Unbound, spring 2019).
KRISTY PUCHKO: Kristy Puchko is Film Critic at Riot Material Magazine. Ms. Puchko (@KristyPuchko) is a New York-based film critic and entertainment journalist, her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, IndieWire, Nerdist, and Pajiba (to name a few). Ms. Puchko is a regular contributor on the Slashfilmcast, and teaches a course on film criticism at FIT. To see more of her work, visit DecadentCriminals.com
ALCI RENGIFO: Alci Rengifo is Cinematics Editor at Riot Material and a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. Mr. Rengifo frequently contributes to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Entertainment Voice, and the East LA monthly Brooklyn & Boyle.
SEREN SENSEI: Seren Sensei (@seren_sensei) is an activist, writer, cultural critic and new media maker. Focusing on finding the bonds between race, politics, and pop culture, she creates race-based video content and also released her first book, entitled So, About That… A Year of Contemporary Essays on Race and Pop Culture, in 2015. She was a 2016-2017 fellow for at land’s edge, an art and activism fellowship program in Los Angeles, and her work has been exhibited in the art space human resources la as well as the Vincent Price Art Museum.
NANCY KAY TURNER: Nancy Kay Turner is Los Angeles Art Critic for Riot Material Magazine. Ms. Turner is an artist, arts writer and educator who has written for ARTWEEK, ARTSCENE and Visions Magazine. She fled NewYork for the sun and fun of California and has never looked back.
BARRETT WARNER: Barrett Warner is Poetry Critic at Riot Material. Mr. Warner is the author of three poetry collections: Latitude Zero, Why Is It So Hard to Kill You? and My Friend Ken Harvey.