Satellite explores cities, culture, and politics. Each issue features an in-depth look at a single city, alongside interviews, art, and nonfiction.

We’re based in Brooklyn.

For more information, write sarah@satellitemagazine.ca.



Issue 4:

Justin Aversano is a Brooklyn-based photographer who is inspired by the magnificence of humans and their minds, the simplicity of light, and all things natural on this wonderful earth. justinaversano.com

Charles Aydlett is a Brooklyn photographer that enjoys saying awkward things to people to eradicate blank-expression photography. charlesaydlett.com

Saxon Baird is a freelance journalist and radio producer based in Brooklyn. His writing has also appeared on Gothamist, Guernica, MTV Iggy, Large Up, and Teen Vogue. His radio documentary, Jamaica in New York: A History of Reggae in the Big Apple is out now and can be streamed for free via PRI’s Afropop Worldwide. saxonbaird.com

Cameron Blaylock is an architecture and fine art photographer living in Brooklyn. Cameron was recently an artist-in-residence at Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, and has realized projects with Van Alen Institute, The Atlas Review, and Urban Omnibus. cameronblaylock.com

Hera Chan takes photographs and makes videos. In other moments, she is a student at McGill University working toward a Bachelor of Arts in the departments of East Asian Studies and Art History. heraschan.com

Aliza Eliazarov is a Brooklyn-based photographer and picture editor. She graduated from The International Center of Photography’s Photojournalism and Documentary Photography advanced certificate program in 2009. Aliza’s work has been published in The New York Times, Slate, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail UK, and more. Prior to turning to photography full time, she was a teacher in Boston and Los Angeles. alizaeliazarov.com

Emma Fryer is a teacher at a middle school in the Bronx. She learned how to love the teaching profession by meeting some extraordinary people that inspired her pedagogy. She gets to spend the rest of her life with one of them.

Sarah M. Kaufman is Digital Manager at the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation, where she researches, advocates for, and educates about cutting-edge technologies in urban transportation, including big data and crowdsourcing. She connects thinkers and practitioners at her popular events focused on transportation innovations, and creates visualizations to explain nuanced transportation concepts to the larger public.

Jen Kinney has published with the Anchorage Press, High Country News, and Yonder Journal, among others. Since 2012 she has examined intersections of community, history, and infrastructure in Whittier, Alaska. For her project, City Under One Roof, she received the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. jakinney.com

Nick Kolakowski is a writer and editor who lives down the street from what used to be 5Pointz. His work has appeared in Satellite Magazine, McSweeney’s, Carrier Pigeon, The Evergreen Review, Shotgun Honey, and other venues. nickkolakowski.com

Native New Yorker Jeremiah Lockwood is a musician and writer. He is the founder of The Sway Machinery, a rock band with a unique mission of delving into the Cantorial music tradition, and a scholar and performer of country blues. Jeremiah is currently pursuing a PhD at Stanford University.

Ryan Madson is a landscape architect, urban planner, and professor of architecture and urban design at the Savannah College of Art & Design in the United States. He founded Madson Modern Workshop in 2012 after working for architecture and landscape architecture offices in New York City and completing a master’s degree in landscape architecture at Harvard University.

Michael McCanne has lived in Berlin, Brooklyn, Buenos Aires, London, Long Beach, Madrid, and Petaluma. His writing has been published by The Brooklyn Rail, Euphony, Fanzine, and The New Inquiry.

Karen McClellan is a freelance copy editor and graphic designer 
who lives in small-town Texas.

Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He’s the author of That’s When the Knives Come Down (Aforementioned Productions, 2014) and is an editor at The Atlas Review. His work has appeared in The Believer, PANK, The Lifted Brow, Armchair/Shotgun, Field, The Collagist, and elsewhere. dolanmorgan.com

Shayok Mukhopadhyay grew up in India and studied at the International Center of Photography, New York. His solo exhibitions include Québec at No Foundation, Toronto, 2012, and People of Port Chester, 2013. He is currently at work on a documentary film about a traveling theater in rural India. shayok.com

Andrea Oppedisano is an urban planner based in Toronto. Past projects include Eglinton Connects and the Avenues & Mid-Rise Building Study. She holds a master’s of urban planning from Queen’s University.

Lauren Palmer is a writer and critic living in Brooklyn. Her research interests lie at the intersection of art history, critical theory, contemporary art practice, and publishing.
Justine Rudnicki is a graphic designer in Toronto. justinerudnicki.com

Dan Rubinstein is a writer and editor in Ottawa. Born to Walk, his nonfiction book about the transformative properties of walking, was published in spring 2015 by ECW Press. He writes about walking (and other subjects) for publications such as The Walrus and The Globe and Mail. borntowalk.org @dan_rube

Denise Santillan Moreno is an artist and designer from Montreal currently based out of Toronto. She divides her time between these two Canadian cities and Mexico, where she was born and where she continues to escape the Canadian cold. denisesantillan.com

David Schalliol is a PhD candidate in the University of Chicago’s Department of Sociology who explores the transformation of urban communities through ethnographic, filmic, and photographic projects. His book, Isolated Building Studies, was published last year by the 
Japanese press Utakatado. davidschalliol.com

Andrew Wade is a strategist, connecting policy with design to optimize efficiency, scalability, and responsiveness in the built environment. As the J. Clawson Mills Fellow at The Architectural League of New York in 2013-2014, he led a project examining the juncture between architecture, climate change, and economics. He studied architecture at McGill University and development planning at University College London. After living in Montreal, London, and New York, he is now settled in San Francisco.

Sarah Wesseler is the editor of Satellite. She lives in Brooklyn.


Issue 3:

Jean-Paul Addie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at York University. His work uncovers the power relations, political practices and (im)mobilities underlying the production of urban space by rethinking the territorial and relational development of urban regions.

Ali Baba was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast in 1974 and now lives in New York. He wishes to thank the many people who have helped him since he arrived in the United States.

Michael Baccam has an MFA from Eastern Washington University. He currently lives in the Philadelphia area.

Matthew Blackett is the publisher, creative director, and one of the founders of Spacing magazine.

Robert Canali received his BFA from York University, Toronto. His practice is marked by process-driven techniques that explore reality and repurpose it as artistic gestures by means of photography, sculpture, and installation. He has exhibited in Canada, Australia, France, and beyond, and currently lives and works in Toronto.

Noam Chomsky is a preeminent linguist and political thinker.

Michael Cook has been delving into underground spaces and marginal landscapes since 2003. Now a University of Toronto Masters candidate in landscape architecture, his previous studies include political science and geography. Published and exhibited in various places, he also appeared in the 2012 documentary Lost Rivers.

Shireef Darwish is a Nova Scotia transplant currently living in Montreal, where he obtained a B.Sc. in botanical science and an M.Sc. investigating plant-insect interactions with Dr. Jacqueline Bede at McGill University. He has taught courses on the biology of fungi at McGill University and is now a permanent faculty member in the biology department of John Abbott College.

Andrew Emond is a photographer and occasional video artist based out of Toronto. His work explores lesser-known aspects of the built environment, from recently vacated industrial sites to the sewer systems situated beneath the city’s streets.

Rob Fiedler is a PhD student at York University in Toronto. His research explores Toronto’s “middle landscape”, with a focus on how suburban space is adapted, modified, or rebuilt to meet increasingly diverse needs and publics.

Steven Garbas lives in Toronto.

Philip Irwin publishes essays and short fiction. He wrote the feature film Pinkville (2009) and television drama Bughouse (2013). Philip lives in Toronto.

Language and story play major roles in Stephen Knezovich’s work. Through a process of deconstruction, juxtaposition, and addition by subtraction, each piece is an attempt to recreate meaning, tell a story, and resurrect a forgotten piece of our printed past. By day, he works as an associate editor at Creative Nonfiction.

Tristram Lansdowne was born in 1983 in Victoria, British Columbia and lives in Toronto. He has exhibited across Canada and the US and is represented by LE Gallery in Toronto and Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran in Montreal.

Photographer Beth Lesser, a native New Yorker, has lived in Toronto since the ’70s. With her husband, David Kingston, she documented the reggae scene in Toronto, New York, and Jamaica through their magazine, Reggae Quarterly, and Dave’s local radio show.

Jesse Louttit is a photographer who lives and works in Toronto. His images often explore people and settings within daily life. His work has been featured in PDN, foam, Applied Arts, and Kulturaustausch. He has exhibited his work at Pikto, The Harbourfront Centre, and Toronto Images Works. In 2011 Louttit was the recipient of the CONTACT’s 2011 Portfolio Reviews Exhibition Award, an Applied Arts Award for Craft Cinematography as Director/Cinematographer, and an ADCC Broadcast Cinematography award as Director/Cinematographer.

Vanessa Maltese, 24, holds a BFA from OCAD University, and received the 2010 Drawing and Painting Medal in her graduating year. She was awarded National Winner in the 2012 RBC Canadian Painting Competition in late 2012. Maltese recently participated in the 2013 Soi Fischer Thematic Residency Program with artist Artie Vierkant at Artscape Gibraltar Point. She is currently represented in Toronto by Erin Stump Projects, having executed two solo exhibitions with the gallery to date. Maltese lives and works in Toronto.

Karen McClellan is a freelance copy editor and graphic designer who lives in small-town Texas. She thinks a lot about plants and the food that they produce.

Michael McClelland, OAA, FRAIC is a principal at ERA Architects. He has specialized for over 20 years in heritage conservation, planning, urban design, cultural engagement, and democratic city building. Projects and collaborations have included Toronto’s Distillery District, the transformation of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the adaptive reuse of Toronto’s Old Don Jail, among many others. Publications include Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies and East West: A Guide to Where People Live in Downtown Toronto.

Denise Santillan Moreno is an artist and designer from Montreal currently based out of Toronto. She divides her time between these two Canadian cities and Mexico, where she was born and where she continues to escape the Canadian cold. To check out some of her work or to contact her, visit her Web site, denisesantillan.com.

Mike Overton is an editor and writer working for KBS+P in Toronto. His interests include medicinal foods, Qi gong, music from New Orleans, and Sudoku. He is a double bass player and has toured throughout Europe, America, South America, Canada, and Antarctica with various ensembles. At the moment his favorite musician is Prince.

Maximilian Rapp is a PhD candidate at the University of Augsburg in Germany as well as at Queen´s University Belfast in Northern Ireland, and a lecturer at the University of Innsbruck, Austria in the field of strategic management. His current research interests are mainly on political communication topics such as Northern Ireland’s murals.

Dr. Michael Rapp is mayor of the market town of Murnau in Bavaria in Germany and wrote his dissertation on the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1980s at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and Trinity College in Dublin. He is still working on different publications in this area, especially with his son Maximilian.

Graeme Stewart of ERA Architects has been involved in numerous urban design, cultural planning, conservation, and architecture projects with a particular focus on regional sustainability and neighborhood renewal. Graeme is a key initiator of the Tower Renewal Project and has contributed to numerous publications, including
Concrete Toronto: A Guidebook to Concrete Architecture from the Fifties to the Seventies.

Derek Sullivan is a Toronto-based artist. He has been presenting his drawings, sculptures, and bookworks in and out of galleries since 2005. In 2011, his exhibition Albatross Omnibus was commissioned for The Power Plant, Toronto. His work is represented by Jessica Bradley Gallery, Toronto; Galerie Emmanuel Hervé, Paris; and Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent.

For the past five years, Sherrill Sutherland has worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a producer and writer. She is a graduate of York University and Seneca College’s Journalism-Broadcast program.

Josh Thorpe is a writer and artist living in Toronto. He is communications manager at ERA Architects. Recent and upcoming work includes exhibitions or special projects in Toronto, Winnipeg, New York, Japan, and London, UK. In addition to numerous articles and interviews, Josh is the author of Dan Graham Pavilions: A Guide, and his blog is available at joshthorpe.wordpress.com.

Peter von Tiensenhausen (b 1959) spent his childhood in Demmitt, Alberta working with cattle and horses and helping his father with carpentry projects. In 1979 he left home to study painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary and later worked in heavy construction, resource exploration, and as a placer gold miner in the Klondike before becoming a full-time practicing artist in 1990. Peter has exhibited and lectured widely across Canada as well as in Europe, the United States, and Mexico.

Sarah Wesseler grew up in Cincinnati and now lives in Brooklyn.


Issue 2:

Alis Atwell is a photographer and photo editor living in Brooklyn, New York. She is loved by many animals.

Ali Baba (see above)

Vedanta Balbahadur is a Montreal architect who has lived in Vancouver, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and New York City. A graduate of McGill University (B.Sc.Arch and M.Arch), he is a LEED-accredited professional and works for a Montreal architecture firm on Canadian and international projects. His photographic work reflects his interest in the human experience of the built environment.

Marie-Claire Blais (b. 1974) is a Montreal-based artist. Originally trained as an architect, she is represented by Galerie René Blouin in Montreal, and has exhibited work at shows in Canada and Chile. More information is available at marieclaireblaise.com.

Yannick Desraleau and Chloe Lum have worked together since 2000, and started the Seripop art project in 2002. They have exhibited and given talks in Canada and abroad, notably at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, England, Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, Scotland, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria, and the University of North Texas in Denton. They were recently part of the Quebec Triennial 2011 at Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. Their work is represented in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Lum and Desranleau also formerly belonged to avant-rock trio AIDS Wolf.

Isabelle Encela is a photographer from Kensington, Brooklyn. Her pictures have appeared in AIA NY’s New York New Work exhibit, Perspective New York, The Sidney Mishkin Gallery, and several volumes of Encounters Magazine at Baruch College.

Tony Ezzy is a soul journeyer who expresses himself mainly through music. He has been performing live in Montreal since 1997, and was voted “freakiest local act” by the readers of the Montreal Mirror in 2008. He also stars in the film Tony Ezzy Gets a Job, by Montreal director Daniel Bitton (Wesley Willis: The Daddy of Rock ‘N’ Roll). He rejects the use of computers in the creative process, preferring to use reel-to-reel and cassette tape. For a free tape, you can contact him through his Web site, tonyezzy.com.

For photographer Jessica Fahey, the devil is in the details. A single gesture of the hand or unintentional glance of the eye can act as a golden key to unlocking her photographs. Our most distant memories are often blurred and foggy in our mind’s eye. Jessica is curious to explore what happens if we sift through these moments, ponder and deliberate the minute recollections. Might we find the answers to our own metaficitional labyrinths?

Fereydoon Family was born in Iran and apprenticed in art from an early age until he came to the U.S. to study, earning a PhD in theoretical physics. He is currently the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Physics at Emory University and is represented by whitespace art gallery in Atlanta.

Michelle Furlong (b. 1984, lives in Montreal) received a BFA in studio art in 2006 from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. In 2007, she pursued post-baccalaureate studies in studio art at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the U.S. She is currently represented by Galerie d’Este in Montreal.

Steven Garbas (see above)

Pascal Grandmaison, born in 1975, lives and works in Montreal. He holds a degree in visual art from UQAM. He is known for the contemplative themes of his large-scale photographs and works in film and video. He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, Galerie René Blouin in Montreal, and Jessica Bradley Art + Projects in Toronto. For more information, visit pascalgrandmaison.com.

Alanah Heffez is a contributing editor for Spacing magazine and Spacing Montreal. She holds a B.Sc from McGill’s School of Environment and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education at L’Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM), developing a program to facilitate youth participation in urban planning. She works in Montreal and in Northern Quebec, and is interested in the value of stories and places in a learning context.

Jorg Herold (b. 1965) is a German artist who lives and works in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. His work has been exhibited throughout Germany and around the world. In Berlin, he is represented by Galerie EIGEN + ART.

Born in Solothurn, Switzerland, Thomas Kneubühler has been living in Canada since 2000. In 2003, he completed a master’s degree in studio arts at Concordia University, Montreal. His work often deals with social issues and how technology is affecting people’s lives. It has been presented in exhibitions across Canada and abroad, most recently at the Quebec Triennial at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Trevor Kiernander (b. 1975) obtained a BFA in painting and drawing, with distinction, from Concordia University (2006) and an MFA in art practice from Goldsmiths University of London (2009). In 2011 he showed in group exhibitions in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia. Montreal’s Art Mûr hosted a solo exhibition of his work in spring 2012.

The Lady Josephine has been working as a burlesque performer since 2008 and studying environmentalism and activism since 2001. She brought home the award for most beautiful act at the Great Boston Burlesque Expo in 2011 and has appeared on stages from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.

T. J. McLemore teaches English composition and creative writing in Tyler, Texas.

François Morelli is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist who has exhibited in museums, private galleries, artist-run centers, and contemporary art events in Canada, the United States, and Europe since 1976. He is represented by Galerie Joyce Yehouda.

Natalie Nanowski moved back to Toronto after obtaining an MA in journalism from Montreal’s Concordia University. She currently works in both English and French as a breaking news producer for a national broadcaster.

A self-taught photographer who came of age in the Montreal documentary scene of the early 1980s, Normand Rajotte has spent the last fifteen years photographing the natural world surrounding his second home in rural Quebec.

Ashley Rawlings is the editor of Art Space Tokyo (2008), a guide to architecturally and historically distinctive museums and galleries in Tokyo, and a contributing editor for ArtAsiaPacific and White Zinfandel, a biannual magazine devoted to the visual manifestation of food and culture.

Denise Santillan Moreno (see above)

Riddhi Shah is an associate editor at The Huffington Post. Her writing has also appeared in The Boston Globe, the Atlantic’s website, Salon.com, and Saveur magazine. The two greatest loves of her life are food and India.

Matt Shane was born in 1981 in Vancouver and raised in Tsawwassen, B.C. He received his BFA from the University of Victoria in 2004 and is currently completing his MFA while teaching painting at Concordia University in Montreal. Shane has received numerous painting awards and exhibited as part of the Quebec Triennial in 2011.

Peter Soland is founder and creative director of Urban Soland, an award-winning urban design and landscape architecture firm dedicated to creating significant and eventful public urban landscapes. urban-soland.com

Gayna Theophilus has worked in publishing since 2006 and lives in Toronto. She holds an MA in English.

Joël Thibert is an urban planner, project manager, and consultant in the fields of sustainable development and public policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environment as well as a master’s of urban planning from McGill University. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he studies metropolitan governance and regional environmental policy.

Marc Thorpe was born in San Francisco. In 1979, he joined Industrial Light and Magic/Lucasfilm, where he worked until 1994 as a chief model maker and animatronic designer, creating special effects for feature films including The Empire Strikes Back, The Return of the Jedi, and the original Indiana Jones trilogy. In 1993 he created Robot Wars, a mechanical art and sport in which radio-controlled robots compete in live, gladiator-style events. He currently works at Stupid Fun Club.

Sarah Wesseler (see above)

Amy Vaillancourt grew up in Wakefield, Quebec. She holds a BA in urban studies and is a visual artist. Her artwork explores the urban environment and built infrastructure. The materials, texture, and ideas for her work are often derived from the ordinary and mundane of everyday life.


Issue 1:

Colin Asher is a writer and freelance journalist in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in publications such as Swink, The American Prospect, the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Progressive. You can contact him at colin.asher@gmail.com.

Michael Baccam (see above)

Lisa Bauer was born in Fairfax, Virginia and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2006.

Writer and literary translator Susan Bernofsky has translated half a dozen books by the great Swiss-German modernist author Robert Walser, as well as works by Jenny Erpenbeck, Yoko Tawada, Gregor von Rezzori and others. She is currently writing a biography of Walser and a novel set in her hometown, New Orleans.

Jason Berry is a New Orleans-based writer and filmmaker who achieved prominence for his reporting on the Catholic Church crisis in Lead Us Not Into Temptation. He received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship for research on jazz funerals.

Willie Birch was born in New Orleans in 1942. His artwork has been exhibited around the United States since the late 1960s.

Kyle Bravo is an artist. He is a founding member of The Front, an artist-run exhibition space in New Orleans, and a cofounder of Hot Iron Press, a print studio and hub for grassroots arts endeavors.

Hannah Chalew was raised in New Orleans and returned to the city after graduating from Brandeis University with a B.A. in fine arts. She is one of the founders of T-Lot, a new studio and installation space for emerging artists in the St. Claude Arts District. She works from direct observation to bring the experience of place to the viewer.

Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans. In 2010, she published two books of poems, Breach with LSU Press and Milk Dress with Alice James Books. She directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York.

Troy Dugas is an artist living in New Orleans.

Genevieve Edwards is a freelance illustrator and writer, currently living in Tokyo. When not working tirelessly for her art, she conducts cultural research (read: drinking and karaoke).

Steven Garbas (see above)

Stephen Hilger is a photographer. For further information or to contact, please visit his website: www.stephenhilger.com.

T. R. Johnson grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, lived briefly in Boston and Chicago, and has been in New Orleans since the summer of 1999. He has taught at a number of universities and hosts a contemporary jazz radio program at WWOZ 90.7 FM.

David Karwan is a designer in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from CalArts and a BFA from Western Michigan University.

Nick Kolakowski is an editor and freelance writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, LOST Magazine, eWeek, Playboy, and Trader Monthly, among other venues. His obsessions include long-distance barefoot running, pyrotechnics, and reading history.

Jenny LeBlanc lives in New Orleans.

Bart Lodewijks was born in the Netherlands in 1972. During long artist residencies in Lisbon & Porto (Culturgest, 2006), Curacao (IBB, 2007), Ghent (S.M.A.K., 2005-2010) and Rio de Janeiro (Capacete, 2010), his chalk drawings became deeply embedded in the social fabric of the city. More at www.bartlodewijks.nl.

T. J. McLemore (see above)

Brad Richard’s poetry appears in his new collection Motion Studies, which won the 2010 Washington Prize from The Word Works. his poems and reviews have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Iowa Review, The Laurel Review, Literary Imagination, Prairie Schooner, and other journals. He directs the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans.

Nathan Savin Scott is a freelance writer.

Lauren Seiden lives and works in New York. Her ink and graphite drawings balance a minimalist aesthetic with an expressive concept, exploring the relationship between line and light. In 2010, Lauren won the AOL Chuck Close “25 for 25” Grant. She exhibits throughout the United States and abroad.

Maggie Tsao is a graphic designer based in New York City.

Sarah Wesseler (see above)

Cao Yingbin is an artist based in Zhengzhou, China.