Since forming in 2012, Acqui has made an impact in the local alternative/indie scenes they’ve found themselves in. Their inaugural release Brighter Days (2015) was an honest first effort at creating as a group in a self-produced and self-recorded environment. Supporting its release, Acqui played many venues in the Jersey shore area and formed a small following. In the winter of 2017, after being apart for a period of time, Acqui came together to write and record their sophomore release Sorority during a two week time. The recordings followed closely to the live sound that Acqui would then bring to venues around the East Coast the following summer in support of the record. Since then, Acqui has made two smaller releases, a split EP with their close friends Fence, and a single that came out earlier this year, titled Passenger.
Alessandra DeAngelis is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in Secondary English Education. She is currently making good use of her degree as an English teacher in the Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware. In her free time, she is also a content creator on the live-streaming site Twitch, using the screen name blonderps.
Fence is a 4-piece band from Old Bridge, New Jersey. They play "rock" music, and their influences include Nirvana, The Unicorns, and Neutral Milk Hotel. They've been playing shows in basements, bars, and clubs in the tri-state area since 2016 and are currently recording their first full length album.
Ben Heath is an English Major attending the College of William and Mary. In his spare time, he can be found writing drafts on AlphaSmart Neo, rewatching La La Land, or repurposing aluminum Fanta cans. He also enjoys skateboarding while wearing a helmet because safety comes first.
JB Hogan lives with his wife and enough healthy boys to turn Henry VIII green. Besides writing, he has both sold and applied paint, invaded Iraq, answered the phone for a window manufacturer, and currently works in publishing. This leaves him with just enough time to regret not having more time to write.
Maria Masington is a poet, author, and spoken word artist from Wilmington, Delaware. Her poetry has appeared in over a dozen publications including Adanna, The News Journal, The Broadkill Review, The News Journal, and Earth’s Daughters. She has also had four short stories published in anthologies through Smart Rhino Publications and Cat & Mouse Press. Maria is a member of the Written Remains Writers Guild and The Mad Poets Society and is an emcee and featured poet on the local art scene. She has been a guest on WVUD ArtSounds and a three-time Delaware Division of the Arts fellow for poetry and prose retreats.
I like to document the world around me... mainly so I can avoid getting my own picture taken. It’s one of my favorites of the numerous hobbies I have, though my ‘favorites’ can change as fast as a new 2020 disaster. Writing, dancing, puzzling, Star Wars-ing, drawing... I once asked some of my friends for new hobby suggestions, and I already had done all that they came up with... and that included basket weaving.
Dianne writes poems and fiction. She describes herself as "in a committed relationship with the semi-colon.” She is happy to be married to Dave, mom to Sophie, inked, a feminist, founder of Devil’s Party Press, and in her fifties.
Luke Siler is a survivor and perpetrator of the public school system. Having taught English at Seaford High School in Seaford, Delaware for six years, he has switched to teaching digital media. His music and writing tend poetic, his art cartoonish or tragic. He can be found on YouTube as Artflunky.
Christian Wills (a.k.a Anthem in some circles) is an aspiring artist and poet. He's written lines of poetry and musical lyrics in his spare time since his early days of high school. During his college years, he hosted a variety of open mics and shows, dating back to his sophomore year. Today, he's a University of Delaware graduate with a major in English, working on starting a non-profit and empowering kids as a teaching artist within Wilmington, Delaware. His goals for the future are both certain and mysterious, yet his optimism remains true and reflect his poetic style.
Sandon Chevlin graduated from Rollins College in 2016 with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Creative Writing. At Rollins, Sandon studied fiction under James Driggers and the late Dr. Phillip Deavers, and poetry with Dr. Vindu Aggerwal. He went on to receive an M.M. in Music Composition from Florida Atlantic University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rollins College. Sandon is also an award winning harmonica player and Musical Director of The Orkleztra, a Klezmer band in Winter Park, Florida. Sandon’s creative writing is deeply influenced by his study of form and structure in music composition and his interest in stand-up comedy.
Daniel Despins seeks to capture the relentless endurance of the human spirit in his music. Daniel’s music has been performed in the Mid-Atlantic region and across the East Coast, including performances by the Peabody Institute Opera Etudes Program, the Tampa Bay Symphony, the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band, Christiana Winds, the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the Network for New Music Ensemble. He is also a prolific arranger, and has written arrangements for a variety of ensembles, including Baltimore's Marching Ravens, the University of Delaware Pep Band, and the University of Delaware 8-bit Orchestra, as well as several other marching band programs along the East Coast. Daniel studied music composition with Jennifer Margaret Barker at the University of Delaware, and with Michael Hersch at the Peabody Conservatory. He plans to continue writing music and spreading his musical message on a national and global level, as well as advocating for music and arts education.
Born in Massapequa, New York, Matthew Greene is a recent graduate from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s in Music Composition. His primary instrument is piano, but he is also an oboist and percussionist. When looking for inspiration, his compositions will often draw from nature or emotions. Reflections on a Lifetime is one of his most recent compositions.
Luke W. Henderson is a composer, writer, and marketing professional. His music has been performed by small and large ensembles including the Columbia Civic Orchestra and Exit 128 Chamber Orchestra, and was featured in the documentary Lost Paradise which was shown twice at the New York Museum of Moving Image. He is also a distinguished writer and has contributed to multiple online publications as well as a contributing author to the book Igniting Liberty: Voices For Freedom Around The World. Currently, Luke is pursuing his Masters in Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis while establishing his own freelance marketing business.
Alyssa Lane is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in English. She currently works as a junior copywriter for a Managed Markets Agency. In addition to writing poetry, she was also a member of the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hen Marching Band for her entire college career and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
Ginny McCluskey is blissful to finally be free to paint to her heart’s content now that she is retired from her very unartistic high tech career. She and her husband decided to move to Dover, Delaware two years ago, making it the sixth state they have moved to in their 25 years together. No, they are not in the military, just enjoy being ‘gypsies.’ Ginny’s latest painting series was inspired by the season of COVID-19, with all of its confusion and uncertainty. She plans to continue painting plein air (meaning outside) once it stops feeling as humid as Florida, which is the last place she lived before coming to Dover.
Linda's father taught her how to use a camera when she was a little girl; she loves to capture what she enjoys - memories and the wonders of nature. She grew up in New Jersey and now lives in Delaware, where she is a civil engineer who works on accessible pedestrian facilities
Martha has always had an interest in art. In high school, she took AP Studio alongside an Independent Study. Upon coming to college, she continued her art education in both 2D and 3D classes, commission pieces, and research projects. Her work takes the form of different mediums, focusing primarily on the depiction personality through varying methods of portraiture. In the future, she plans on continuing her art education through college, exhibiting her work in various locations as well as eventually teaching art education in public school.
Buck Weaver is a former news correspondent for the Voice of America who served in Washington, DC; Bangladesh; and India. He is the author of Days of Sunshine with Nancy Lou and Belles Lettres of Nancy Lou Becht Weaver, which celebrate his long-time marriage to his wife, Nancy. He resides in Dover, Delaware.