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Douglas Degges is a visual artist and educator living in Chattanooga, TN where he teaches at the University of Tennessee. His work has recently been exhibited at Bay Ridge Art Space and Art Helix in Brooklyn, NY, GLITCH in Memphis, TN, and Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is the author of Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016) and Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is editorial director at Conium Review and co-founder of Till, an annual writing retreat. Read her in Bodega, Hobart, H_NGM_N, Sonora Review, Monkeybicycle, Everyday Genius, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others.

80 Pearl St, Johnson, VT 05656

LJohnson, VT, pop. 3,274. Vermont Studio Center (VSC) has 60 artists in residence between 30 buildings any given month. VSC is a large footprint on the town. This is where we met in May 2015 amidst the electric air of thunderstorms. It’s incredible how a month is plenty long to become familiar with something so removed from the lives we live elsewhere. But the Studio Center surrounded by the Gihon River and the Green Mountains, is a place of interiors: the studios, the dining hall, the basement, your head. In a community so small—even though VSC is the largest international residency in the US—we are want to reach toward the strangers surrounding us. We were strange to that place and doing the thing that came most naturally to us: making.