A Southern California native, Emilio Villalba received his BFA from the Art Institute of California in 2006, and his MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in 2011. He currently lives in San Francisco where he teaches at the Art Institute of California and Cogswell College.


Asked by COG's staff about his art, Emilio said: "My portraits are inspired by master works, as well as the contemporary human condition. They explore the dissonance created when the familiar is fractured and distorted by outside influence."  





Ron Padgett

What I Know about Einstein


Dave Eggers



Emilio Villalba



Charlie Jane Anders







Cogitate, an original audio broadcast produced at Cogswell Polytechnical College, was inspired by the work of one Bay Area storyteller in particular: Glynn Washington, host of NPR/PRI’s Snap Judgment.


We heart Snap Judgment. So a thousand thanks to Glynn, who permitted us to interview him.


This issue we will hear from "defenseless poet" Maceo Montoya and controversial artist Ana Teresa Fernandez, who once erased a national border.


Please enjoy Cogitate 2, Erasure

 “Most men and women have stories to tell.

Life be pourin’ out ‘em, like trains skippin’ off rails.

Movies tell stories I wish I could live.” 

The Cineast, A. Van Jordan
Judge 2015-16 COG Poetry Awards:

“A literary contest is like a full moon. It casts a striking and comforting glow across the bleak sky, and turns a small number of people into werewolves.”

Daniel Handler, AKA Lemony Snicket
Judge - 2015-16 COG Page to Screen Awards

COG presents Chris Baker

Chris Baker, former WIRED Magazine Angry Nerd, has undergone anger management. >WHEW<


With fear and trepidation, we, his loyal but moderately terrified fans at COG, are delighted to introduce Crhis as our new Video Game and Poetry Reviewer. 


Chris, now with Gamasutra, swears he will not get angry with us. He has published his articles about games, tech and pop culture in WIRED Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Slate, Giant Robot, FastCompany.com, California Sunday, Kill Screen, the 1-Up zine, EGM and Xbox Nation.

By day Irene Noguchi, Host and Producer of Cogitate, produces Forum – the live flagship talk show hosted by Michael Krasny and Mina Kim at KQED. She has produced shows for NPR affiliates in Seattle and Las Vegas, and in the past interned for NPR, Hawaii Public Radio and The Washington Post. She is a former corporate lawyer.