Born is collaboration

Born is an all-volunteer project that brings together writers, artists, and others from diverse fields to create storytelling artworks. Our name reflects the creative process nurtured by collaboration and the bringing together of traditional and new forms of art and literature, diverse media, and emerging technologies. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Born is dedicated to the emergence and continuing evolution of art forms that bring together different creative genres.

Off-Line Projects

Born’s collaborative art shows feature interactive storytelling installations created by contributors from diverse fields brought together for the event. Collaboration not only defines the creation of each artwork, but also the audience’s active involvement in the storytelling experience of each piece.

On-Line Projects

Born Magazine is a quarterly publication that brings together creative writers and interactive artists to create experimental, media-rich literary arts experienced only through the Web.


Born was founded in 1996 in Seattle as an all-volunteer, free publication where writers and designers could collaborate on creative projects. The magazine launched on the Web in 1997 with a focus on editorial design and traditional editorial topics, including essays, film and music reviews, and topical articles. As Web technology continued to evolve, contributing artists began focusing on the connections between literature and visual arts, and experimented with the dynamic relationship between text, cinema, audio, and interactivity. In response, Born redefined its mission in 1998, focusing on collaboration and media-rich interpretations of poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction, and eventually arrived at its present incarnation. In 2005, Born continued its collaborative evolution with the debut of its first “off-line” collaborative arts project, “Help Wanted: Collaborations in Art.” The exhibit featured eight interactive storytelling installations created by teams of contributors from fields as diverse as poetry, comics, architecture, video, interactive design and programming.

Born was developed and is currently managed by volunteers. A permanent staff of editor, curator, art director, and business director are assisted by volunteer contributing editors, designers, and technical support.


Artistic Director: Gabe Kean has received awards from The One Show, I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, Critique and HOW Magazine. His projects include work for museums and cultural institutions such as MOMA, The Smithsonian Institution, PBS, National Geographic, and Discovery/TLC. He has lectured on interactive media for Vancouver International Digital Festival, Flash Forward, Rochester Institute of Technology, AIGA, SxSW, WebVisions, and various university and arts institutions, has judged various multimedia competitions, and is an advisor to the Sundance Film Festival.

Editor: Anmarie Trimble is an assistant professor at Portland State University, where she teaches in the interdisciplinary University Studies program. Previously she was editor for Second Story Interactive Studios, where she worked on projects for PBS, Experience Music Project, National Geographic, Discovery/TLC and others. Her poetry has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Field: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, and other publications.

Online Curator: Scott Benish has been designing interfaces and multimedia elements for over 10 years. He is a contributor to,, and other notable interactive design sites, and has won awards from Communication Arts and I.D. Magazine. Scott’s diverse projects include work for Nike, Nintendo, New Line Cinema and Bonfire Snowboarding, and speaking engagements include presentations for SxSW, Web Design World, and WebVisions.

Business & Marketing Director: Steve Hawley is an account executive for Cole & Weber / Red Cell, and is founder and fundraising consultant for the non-profit American Student-Athlete Association, where he has also served as marketing consultant.

Technology Team

Seb Chevrel is a creative technologist focusing on interactive media programming. He has led the technical efforts in the production of many award-winning projects for cultural institutions and the entertainment industry. Aside from his commercial work, Seb has developed several collaborations with Born contributors, including You and We, The Narrative You Anticipate You May Produce, and The Lines of the Hand.

Daryn Nakhuda is chief technology officer for Spam Arrest. Previously, he held key software engineering roles at VeriSign, eNIC, and He has also authored a chapter on Flash development, and won numerous awards for his involvement with various interactive projects.

Kim Markegard is a software developer specializing in alternative technologies as she combines her work in physical computing, embedded systems, and media programming for diverse clients such as Warner Bros., Microsoft, and the NFL.

Contributing Editors

David J. Daniels is a former Stadler Poetry Fellow at Bucknell University and former editor of Indiana Review. He currently teaches at the University of Denver and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Many Mountains Moving.

Tenaya Darlington’s work as appeared in Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1998 and In Brief: Short Takes on the Personal, as well as in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Atlanta Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Southern Poetry Review. She currently teaches fiction at St. Joseph's University and is the former features editor for Isthmus in Madison, Wisconsin and managing editor for Beloit Fiction Journal. Her book Madame Deluxe was selected for the National Poetry Series by Lawson Fusao Inada, and her novel, Maybe Baby, was recently published by Back Bay Books.

Jennifer Grotz is the author of Cusp (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), which received the Bakeless Prize for Poetry and the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Boston Review, TriQuarterly, and Best American Poetry 2000. She is the assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and currently teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program.

Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement, which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry and will be published by University of North Texas Press in April. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Meridian, National Poetry Review, Third Coast and elsewhere. He lives in Chicago.

Bruce Smith is professor of English and creative writing at Syracuse University and the author of five books of poems, most recently Songs for Two Voices (University of Chicago Press). His previous collection, The Other Lover, was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Partisan Review, Poetry and The American Poetry Review, among others.

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