Featured Presenters


Brian Anderson
Brian Anderson

Brian Anderson obtained his BA in Biochemistry with a minor in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Currently, he is an MD Candidate at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an MSc Candidate at the BIOS Centre at the London School of Economics. His anthropological fieldwork experience includes working with the undocumented Mexican immigrant population in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and with the União do Vegetal in Bahia, Brazil. Brian intends to specialize in psychiatry and to conduct research on mood disorders, substance abuse, and the therapeutic uses of psychedelic substances.


Stephan Beyer, Ph.D., J.D.
Stephan Beyer, Ph.D., J.D.

Steve Beyer has doctoral degrees in religious studies and in psychology, and has taught at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, the University of California – Berkeley, and the Graduate Theological Union. He lived for a year and a half in a Tibetan monastery in the Himalayas, and has undertaken and helped to lead numerous four-day and four-night solo vision fasts in the deserts of New Mexico. He also studied wilderness survival among the indigenous peoples of North and South America, and studied sacred plant medicine with traditional herbalists in North America and curanderos in the Upper Amazon, where he studied the healing plants with doña María Tuesta Flores and received coronación by banco ayahuasquero don Roberto Acho Jurama.
Steve’s current interests center on the indigenous ceremonial use of the sacred plants. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Shamanic Practice, and currently serves on the advisory board of the International Center for Ethnobotanical Education, Research, and Service. He is the author, among other books, of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon.



Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D.
Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D.

ANTHONY BOSSIS is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University College of Dentistry. He is the Co-Principal Investigator and the Director of Palliative Care Research for the New York University Cancer Anxiety Psilocybin Research Project. He is a supervisor of psychotherapy and clinical training at Bellevue Hospital – New York University Medical Center and the co-founder and former co-director of the Bellevue Hospital Palliative Care Service. His clinical, teaching, and research expertise are dedicated to the enhanced understanding and treatment of patients with life-threatening and severe medical disorders in addition to patients with chronic pain conditions. Dr. Bossis has a long-standing clinical and research interest in the interface of psychology and spirituality and the role of spirituality and primary mystical experience upon psychological and physical health.


David Jay Brown
David Jay Brown

DAVID JAY BROWN holds a master’s degree in psychobiology from New York University (1986), and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Southern California (1983). David was responsible for researching the section on unusual animal behavior and earthquakes for British biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s bestselling book on the unexplained powers of animals: Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (Crown, 1999), and his widely reprinted essay on this subject “Etho-Geological Forecasting” was published in the Oxford University Press book First Certificate Masterclass Workbook. David has appeared in numerous television documentaries talking about unusual animal behavior prior to earthquakes, including, the PBS Nature documentary “Extraordinary Cats”, and the BBC and The Discovery Channel’s show on “Psychic Animals” Animal X. David is the co-author of three volumes of interviews with leading-edge scientists and artists–Mavericks of the Mind (Crossing Press, 1993), Voices from The Edge (Crossing Press, 1995), and Renaissance of the Mind.



Mary Cosimano, MSW
Mary Cosimano, MSW

MARY COSIMANO is currently with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has served as study guide and research coordinator for the psilocybin studies for over a decade. During that time she has served as a session guide for the psilocybin studies and has conducted over 200 sessions. She has worked as a clinician teaching individual and group meditation to breast cancer patients in research at Johns Hopkins, as a behavior modification counselor for weight loss, and has 15 years of experience with direct patient care as a hospice volunteer. Ms. Cosimano has been extensively involved in all five psilocybin studies, as well as Salvia Divinorum and dextromethorphan studies conducted at Johns Hopkins. She will provide her perspective as primary guide and study coordinator in the Johns Hopkins Cancer Study.


Jag Davies
Jag Davies

JAG DAVIES is the publications manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Davies has worked in the field of drug policy for more than a decade, with a focus on establishing effective and humane public health and criminal justice policies. He previously served as the policy researcher for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he coordinated local, state and federal efforts to end punitive drug policies that cause the widespread violation of constitutional and human rights. Prior to the ACLU, he worked as the director of communications for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).



Neşe L.Ş. Devenot
Neşe L.Ş. Devenot

Neşe L.Ş. Devenot is a doctoral graduate student in the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania and a contributing editor for Reality Sandwich and Evolver.net. Specializing in visionary art, psychedelic culture, futures studies, media studies, and performance, taught an undergraduate course titled “Poetic Vision and the Psychedelic Experience” during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. She has presented on DMT and hyperspace philosophy at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference in Vancouver, BC, and on psychedelics in academia at Breaking Convention: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Psychedelic Consciousness in Canterbury, UK; the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in California; and Entheogenesis Australis in Victoria, AU.



Michael Divine
Michael Divine

MICHAEL DIVINE is at the forefront of a resurgent creative wave that draws its inspiration not just from art theory and intellectual ideas but also from the basic principles of what it is to lead a healthy and vibrant life. His spirited and vivacious artwork falls in step with a long tradition of artists who base their work on their interpretive visions. His paintings – with their imaginative wonder and deeper spiritual underpinnings – reference ancient traditions, modern artistic explorations, and contemporary themes. His work is as much inspired by Futurism, Impressionism, and Abstract Artists as it is by the Surrealists and the Fantastic Realists. He is inspired by the teachings of the many great artists of the past and his work helps to continue a living artistic lineage and narrative and adds a very present spiritual component to this artistic vision.



Richard Doyle, Ph.D.
Richard Doyle, Ph.D.

RICHARD DOYLE earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. He was the Mellon Post Doctoral Fellow in History and Social Science of the Life Sciences at MIT in 1993. Doyle holds appointments in English, Science Technology & Society and the College of Information Science and Technology at Penn State University and was Visiting Associate Professor at UC Berkeley, Department of Rhetoric in 2003. Doyle teaches courses in the history and rhetoric of emerging technosciences – sustainability, space colonization, biotechnology, nanotechnology, psychedelic science, information technologies, biometrics – and the cultural and literary contexts from which they sprout.


Alex Gearin
Alex Gearin

ALEX GEARIN is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. His dissertation research involves an ethnographic investigation of ayahuasca culture in Australia with a focus on cosmology and practice. He has an interest in chemical berserkism and the colors of eros. Additional research interests include the anthropology of trance and embodiment, drug policy, and globalization.



Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Neal M. Goldsmith, Ph.D.

NEAL GOLDSMITH is a psychotherapist specializing in psychospiritual development and resistance to change. Seeing “neurosis” as the natural unfolding of human maturation, he views psychology as the science of personal emergence and spiritual maturity. With the exception of biologically-based diseases, such as schizophrenia, psychology is not about “mental illness” and so Dr. Goldsmith treats “neurosis” as spiritual immaturity, not pathology. In fact, he believes the “sick” label itself tightens and distorts, actually slowing healthy realignment. Dr. Goldsmith conducted his dissertation research, on the factors that facilitate or inhibit the successful utilization of mental health policy research, as a federally-funded doctoral research assistant at Princeton University. He was also deputy principal investigator of this four-year, nation-wide study of mental health policy research utilization.


Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D.
Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D.

ROLAND GRIFFITHS is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His principal research focus in both clinical and preclinical laboratories has been on the behavioral and subjective effects of mood-altering drugs. His research has been largely supported by grants from the National Institute on Health and he is author of over 300 journal articles and book chapters. He has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, and to numerous pharmaceutical companies in the development of new psychotropic drugs. He is also currently a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence for the World Health Organization. He has an interest in meditation and is a lead investigator of the psilocybin research initiative at Johns Hopkins, which includes studies of psilocybin occasioned mystical experience in healthy volunteers and cancer patients, and a pilot study of psilocybin-facilitated smoking cessation.



Jeffrey Guss, M.D.
Jeffrey Guss, M.D.

DR. GUSS is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY and is serving as Co-Principal Investigator for the New York University Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study, and is the Director of Training in Psychedelic Psychotherapy for that study. He is on the Faculty of NYU Medical Center’s Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry, offered through the NYU Department of Psychiatry, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Dr. Guss received a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, New York, NY in 2005. and He is the co-editor of Addictions in the Gay and Lesbian Community (Haworth Press) and most recently published “The Danger of Desire: Anal Sex and the Homo/Masculine Subject” in Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 2010. Dr. Guss specializes in outpatient psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the treatment of addictive disorders.


J.P. Harpignies
J.P. Harpignies

J.P. HARPIGNIES is associate producer of the annual Bioneers (www.bioneers.org) eco conference since 1990 and formerly a program director at the New York Open Center, is a consultant, conference producer, copy-editor, writer and eco-activist. He is: the author of three nonfiction books: Political Ecosystems, Double Helix Hubris, and most recently, Delusions of Normality; editor of the collection Visionary Plant Consciousness; and associate editor of: Ecological Medicine and Nature’s Operating Instructions. A radical student activist in the anti Vietnam War movement in his youth in the 1960s and early 1970s, he studied at “Science Po” (The Institute of Political Science) in Paris in 1968, and at CCNY and Columbia.



Julie Holland, M.D.
Julie Holland, M.D.

DR. JULIE HOLLAND is a psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist, with a private practice in New York City established in 1996. After receiving her medical degree from Temple University, Dr. Holland completed a residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. From 1996 to 2005, Dr. Holland ran the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights. A liaison to the hospital’s medical emergency room and toxicology department, she is considered an expert on street drugs and intoxication states, and lectures widely on these topics. Her extensive research paper on MDMA (ecstasy) resulted in multiple television appearances, forensic consultations, and a book, Ecstasy: The Complete Guide. A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA. All proceeds from this book fund clinical studies of MDMA. Dr. Holland is the medical monitor for multiple therapeutic studies investigating the utility of MDMA or cannabis in ameliorating symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars. She is also the medical monitor for a therapist-training program for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Holland received the Norman Zinberg Award for Medical Excellence in 2011.


Jennifer Ingram
Jennifer Ingram

Using the vehicle of art gallery Tribe 13 JENNIFER INGRAM supports the efforts of independent artists through creating opportunity and momentum on their journey. From creating new interactive experiences to bringing the culture on tour to new audiences, Tribe 13 is the on the forefront of the art, music and fashion world of the new galactic culture emerging today. Since the birth of Tribe 13 with fellow artist Roman Villagrana, Jennifer has been curating and coordinating huge efforts getting art, fashion and music from the underground to the mainstream year-round. Beginning with art galleries at the Oracle Gatherings in Seattle, then on to the Interdimensional Art Shows & Tours across the west coast, and now with international, large-scale gallery installations, Tribe 13 has paved the way for artists of ‘visionary’ or ‘interdimensional’ art with Jennifer at the helm.



Ken Johnson
Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson writes art criticism for the New York Times. His book “Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art” was published by Prestel Books in 2011. Find a profile of his book, and an interview with Ken Johnson here, and view Ken’s articles for the New York Times here.


Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.

MATTHEW JOHNSON is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Johnson is an expert in addiction as well as an expert in assessing the behavioral and psychological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans, having published human drug administration research with cocaine, nicotine, caffeine, various sedatives, and hallucinogens including psilocybin, dextromethorphan, and salvinorin A. In 2008 he published recommended safety guidelines for the re-emerging field of human hallucinogen administration research, and in 2011 he published the first placebo controlled study showing psychoactive effects of salvinorin A in humans. In published research with psilocybin he has examined mystical-type effects, persisting changes in attitudes and behaviors, personality change, and psilocybin effects on headache. Currently he is studying the effects of psilocybin on a meditation program, and psilocybin in the treatment of anxiety and depression among cancer patients. Dr. Johnson is principal investigator of an ongoing pilot study examining the putative anti-addiction efficacy of psilocybin in the context of tobacco smoking cessation.



Andrew 'Android' Jones
Andrew ‘Android’ Jones

ANDROID JONES is at the forefront of the visionary art movement, a wave of artists who emphasize creativity as the foundation of consciousness and an agent of social change. As a digital alchemist, Android builds on the technical developments of past centuries in art history while pushing the boundaries of the imagination with new technologies and media forms. Moving beyond the traditional technologies of pencils, ink, and brushes, Android develops latent possibilities within software programs such as Painter, Photoshop, ZBrush, and Alchemy, discovering new combination’s and uses for tools that exceed the original intentions of their programmers. ndroid’s art serves two related functions: it bears witness to realities accessible through heightened states of consciousness, and it also engenders heightened awareness through the processes of creation and audience interaction. Digital art becomes a tool for navigating reality and human awareness, and Android’s art invites others to join the advancing evolution of consciousness by speaking to the artist in everyone.


James Kent
James Kent

JAMES KENT is a software engineer and the author of “Psychedelic Information Theory: Shamanism in the Age of Reason.” He has been studying the fields of psychedelics and human perception for 25 years, and is an expert of the subjects of hallucination and dreaming. In the 1990s he was the Editor of “Psychedelic Illuminations Magazine” and the publisher of “Trip Magazine.” Following Trip Magazine he became the founder and editor of DoseNation.com, a popular drug news and information blog. He has authored dozens of articles on drugs, psychedelics, and the brain for numerous publications and websites. He is currently working on a follow-up to “Psychedelic Information Theory” entitled, “Psychedelic Phenomenology: Hallucinogens and the Human Brain.”



Drew Knight
Drew Knight

Drew Knight majored in Consciousness Studies at New York University with a focus on Integrative Education. He has since been traveling and teaching, making independent films, organizing multi-disciplinary media events in New York City, studying Indian classical music along with Hindu and Buddhist meditation in Northern India, participating in Native American shamanic healing circles and medicine ceremonies in rural Pennsylvania, studying Sufi devotional music in Turkey, attending conferences on Consciousness Studies at Oxford University, co-writing and acting in an educational stage-play in North England, and training English language teachers in Thailand where he now resides. Knight’s primary interest lies at the crossroads between physics, metaphysics, empiricism and subjectivity.


Bia Labate, Ph.D.
Bia Labate, Ph.D.

Beatriz Caiuby Labate has a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the State University of Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, UNICAMP), Brazil. Her main areas of interest are the study of psychoactive substances, drug policies, shamanism, ritual, and religion. Currently she is Visiting Professor at the Drug Policy Program of Center for Economic Research and Education (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, CIDE), in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She is also researcher with the Nucleus for Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychoactives (NEIP), and editor of its site (http://www.neip.info). She is author, co-author, and co-editor of eight books, two with English translations, one journal special edition, and several peer-reviewed articles. For more information, see: http://bialabate.net/



Don Lattin
Don Lattin

Don Lattin is a freelance journalist and the author of five books. His newest work,DISTILLED SPIRITS – Getting High then Sober with a Famous Writer, a Forgotten Philosopher and a Hopeless Drunk, will be published in Fall 2012 by University of California Press. It’s a memoir/group biography that examines how writer Aldous Huxley, philosopher Gerald Heard and Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, transformed the landscape of Western religion and spirituality in the 20th century. His previous book, THE HARVARD PSYCHEDELIC CLUB – How Timothy Leary, Andrew Weil, Ram Dass and Huston Smith Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America, was a national bestseller and won the 2010 California Book Award for nonfiction. For more information, visit his website at www.donlattin.com.


Katherine MacLean, Ph.D.
Katherine MacLean, Ph.D.

KATHERINE MACLEAN received her Ph.D. in Psychology in the Fall of 2009 and subsequently joined the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit within the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow. For the past two years, she has been working with Roland Griffiths and his research team on laboratory studies of the psychological and behavioral effects of psilocybin and other hallucinogens (Salvia divinorum) in healthy adults. In her ongoing research, she has been investigating the intersection between psilocybin and meditation, including potential brain mechanisms and therapeutic applications.



Dan Merkur, Ph.D.
Dan Merkur, Ph.D.

DAN MERKUR is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. He holds a doctorate in comparative religion (Stockholm, 1985) and has academic research interests in religious experiences, considered historically, cross-culturally, and psychoanalytically. He teaches currently at the Living Institute in Toronto, which offers training in transpersonal psychotherapy. His clinical research interests include creativity, spirituality, ethics, self-actualization, and the theory of therapeutic change. Dan is the author of twelve books and nearly forty articles. He is a member of the Toronto Society of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Religion, the North American Association for the Study of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.


K. Violet McKeon, M.A.
K. Violet McKeon, M.A.

K. VIOLET McKEON has a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of California at Irvine, where she is presently working on her doctoral dissertation on Global Environmental Justice. Her other academic work presently is in Ethics more broadly construed, and Game Theoretical approaches to environmental issues. As an undergraduate at UC San Diego, she wrote her thesis in the Philosophy of Physics, and minored in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing. She has volunteered with the organization MAPS. She is also a fine art and performance painter, yoga teacher, and avid rock climber.



Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.
Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

JONATHAN MORENO is one of fourteen Penn Integrates Knowledge university professors at the University Pennsylvania, where he is also Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, of History and Sociology of Science, and of Philosophy. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. He is a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee and has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions. Moreno is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, where he edits the magazine Science Progress (www.scienceprogress.org). He has served as an adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Moreno has published 15 books and more than 500 papers, book chapters, reviews and op eds.


Hamilton Morris
Hamilton Morris

Hamilton Morris is a pharmacology journalist for the online magazine Vice.com. In his Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, Mr. Morris has a grinning, laid-back persona, with an approach not dissimilar to Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism. In person Mr. Morris, son of the filmmaker Errol Morris, is bookish and intense, speaking with a fastidious attention to word choice. He is currently a student at the New School where he studies with the psychedelics expert Nicolas Langlitz.



Jonathan Talat Phillips
Jonathan Talat Phillips

Jonathan Talat Phillips is the author of The Electric Jesus: The Healing Journey of a Contemporary Gnostic, creator of The Ayahuasca Monologues, co-founder of Reality Sandwich and Evolver.net, and coordinates 40+ Evolver regional “Spore” chapters. He is a Bioenergetic healer in NYC and does Skype session. TalatHealing.com


George Quasha
George Quasha

Artist, poet, critic, and musician GEORGE QUASHA works across mediums and disciplines to explore principles in common within language, sculpture, drawing, video, sound, installation, and performance. Solo exhibitions of “axial stones” and “axial drawings” include the Baumgartner Gallery in New York (Chelsea), the Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, and at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. His lecture will present a theory of “principle” in art, poetry, music, thinking, and consciousness, and in particular the “axial principle,” where “principle” is in contrast (and yet complementary) to “conceptual” art. Quahsa’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry and a Guggenheim Fellowship in video art in 2006. He has taught at Stony Brook University (SUNY), Bard College, New School University (Graduate Anthropology Department), and Naropa University. He is also the founder/publisher of Station Hill Press of Barrytown (New York) with Susan Quasha.



Maggi Quinlan, Ph.D.
Maggi Quinlan, Ph.D.

MAGGI QUINLAN received her Doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She was one of the first recipients of the Kranzke scholarship for the study of Entheogens. Her dissertation studied the healing people experienced from terminal and chronic illness, through the use of Ayahuasca and other entheogens. In her clinical work as a Healer and Counselor for the last 35 years, she has seen the effect that illness, injury and disease can have on the transformation of a person’s consciousness. She has also studied the impact that work with entheogens can have in facilitating and accelerating that transformation. This has led her to the conclusion that a new field of medicine needs to be established specifically for the healing of consciousness, and the recognition that entheogens are the Medicines for Consciousness, which is also the title of her upcoming book.


Brian D. Richards, PsyD
Brian D. Richards, PsyD

BRIAN RICHARDS is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Clinical Director and Education Center Coordinator for MedOptions, the largest provider of behavioral health services in southern New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Dr. Richards is also Faculty/Affiliated Investigator at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he works on States of Consciousness Research at the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit, Bayview Medical Campus.



William A. Richards, Ph.D.
William A. Richards, Ph.D.

BILL RICHARDS is a psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has researched psilocybin during the past 12 years. His graduate degrees include M.Div. from Yale, STM in the psychology of religion from Andover-Newton Theological School, and Ph.D. from Catholic University, including studies with Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University. From 1967-1976, he pursued psychotherapy research with LSD, DPT, MDA and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, including protocols designed to investigate the promise of entheogens in the treatment of alcoholism, severe neuroses, narcotic addiction and the psychological distress associated with terminal cancer, and also their use in the training of religious and mental-health professionals. His publications began in 1966 with “Implications of LSD and Experimental Mysticism”, coauthored with Walter Pahnke, and published in the Journal of Religion and Health.


Lily Ross
Lily Ross

Lily Lily Ross is a Masters of Divinity candidate at Harvard, around religious dimensions and integration of psychedelic or plant medicine experiences. Her particular focus is in new traditions rooted in indigenous practice, primarily although not exclusively, Ayahuasca. This includes critical examination of the intercultural exchange occurring around Ayahuasca, drawing from anthropology, post-colonial theory, cultural studies, history, and religious studies. Her studies are geared more toward integrating theory and practice: mapping emerging territory in a language that is useful and practical to communities and individuals invested in various forms of medicine work. Lily is Director of Development for Critical Beats for the Climate and Amazon Voice. Lily also composes poetry, prose, and plays.



Dr. Stephen Ross, M.D.
Dr. Stephen Ross, M.D.

STEPHEN ROSS is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. He is the Principal Investigator for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study. The primary objective of this double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study is to assess the efficacy of psilocybin on psychosocial distress, with the specific primary outcome variable being anxiety associated with advanced cancer. Secondary outcome measures will look at the effect of psilocybin on symptoms of pain perception, depression, existential/psychospiritual distress, attitudes toward disease progression, quality of life, and spiritual/mystical states of consciousness. Dr. Ross holds leadership positions throughout New York University, including director’s positions at Bellevue Hospital Center, the Langone Center of Excellence on Addiction, and Tisch Hospital.


Stephanie Schmitz
Stephanie Schmitz

STEPHANIE SCHMITZ is the Special Projects Archivist at the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections. She oversees materials within two distinct collecting areas, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Women’s Archives and the Psychoactive Substances Research Collection. In this position she makes decisions about what archival materials should be acquired for each collecting area and ensures that they are properly arranged, described and preserved so that they are made accessible to researchers and other interested parties in perpetuity. Prior to coming to Purdue in 2007, she worked as a conservation technician at the University of Maryland Libraries, an assistant librarian at the National Symphony Orchestra, and as a government contractor at one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency libraries. Her archival training was acquired as a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, and as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland Libraries’ Special Collections for Performing Arts. She received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland in 2006.



Charles Shaw
Charles Shaw

Charles Shaw is an award-winning journalist and editor, and the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Exile Nation: Drugs, Prisons, Politics & Spirituality. His work has appeared in Alternet, Guardian UK, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Reality Sandwich, and Znet. In 2009, he was recognized by the San Diego Press Club for excellence in journalism. He lives in Sebastopol, California.


The Teafaerie
The Teafaerie

The Teafaerie writes stories, poems, movies, plays and essays, makes videos, organizes flash mobs, and is one of the founders of Prometheatrics, a big cool Esplanade camp at Burning Man. At various times she has been a writer, nanny, actress, flow arts teacher, childbirth doula, homeless person, aid worker, live-action storyteller, app. designer, toy inventor, street performer, and party promoter.

Her column Teatime! Psychedelic Musings From The Center of the Universe appears monthly on the excellent psychoactive information site Erowid.org, and she also contributes to its subscription magazine, Erowid Extracts.



Charles Stein, PhD
Charles Stein, PhD

Charles Stein’s work comprises a complexly integrated field of poems, prose reflections, translations, drawings, photographs, lectures, conversations, and performances. Born in 1944 in New York City, he is the author of thirteen books of poetry including From Mimir’s Head (Station Hill Press), a verse translation of The Odyssey (North Atlantic Books), and The Hat Rack Tree (Station Hill Press). His prose writings include a vision of the Eleusinian Mysteries, Persephone Unveiled (North Atlantic Books), a critical study of poet Charles Olson’s use of the writing of C.G. Jung, The Secret of the Black Chrysanthemum (Station Hill Press), and a collaborative study with George Quasha of the work of Gary Hill, An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works & Writings, Ediciones Poligrafa. He holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and lives with guitarist, choral director, and research historian, Megan Hastie in Barrytown New York. His work can be explored at www.charlessteinpoet.com.