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ISSUE #8

Erica Anzalone is the author of Samsara, winner of the 2011 Noemi Press Poetry Award.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Juked, Hotel Amerika, Mary, Sentence, The Colorado Review, The Literary Review, baldhip, Cream City Review, Pangyrus, The Offending Adam, and elsewhere.

David Bartone’s book, Practice on Mountains, was selected for the 2013 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by Dan Beachy-Quick. He is also the author of Spring Logic, a chapbook with H_NGM_N. His poems and translations have appeared at Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, The Laurel Review, Mountain Gazette, Handsome, Volt, and others. He is faculty at University Without Walls at UMass Amherst. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Charles Bernstein lives in New York and is the Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as coeditor of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, the Electronic Poetry Center, and PennSound, and cofounder of the SUNY-Buffalo Poetics Program. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many publications include Recalculating, Girly Man, With Strings, and My Way: Speeches and Poems (all from the University of Chicago Press).

Linh Dinh is the author of five books of poems, two of stories and a novel, Love Like Hate. His book of political writing and photography, Postcards from the End of America, will be released in the Fall of 2015 by Seven Stories Press. He maintains a frequently updated blog.

Bridget Eileen lives in Boston. She grew up in the suburbs of the city. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the great state of Maine. Along with writing poetry, journals, & picture books, she runs a style website showcasing her bargain hunter adventures in vintage, pinup, foodie, decor, craft, garden & travel type stuff. Her role model in life is Maude, of Harold and Maude. For more information, visit www.bridget-eileen.com

Yasamin Ghiasi received her MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and her BA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Her work has appeared in several journals, including Bombay Gin, Monkey Puzzle, and Fuzzle Against Junk. She is the author of Stalker,  a chapbook in conversation with Tarkovsky's deep materialism (Three Weeks Press, 2012). She is the recipient of the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Ghiasi is a mother, poet, and lives with her daughter in Boulder, CO.

Carla Harryman is he author of seventeen books including W— /M— (2013), Adorno’s Noise (2008), Gardener of Stars (2001), and Animal Instincts: Prose, Plays, Essays (1989).  Her collaborative works include the multi-authored The Grand Piano, an Experiment in Autobiography: San Francisco, 1975-1980 and The Wide Road (with Lyn Hejinian).   Open Box (with Jon Raskin), a CD of music and text performances was released on the Tzadik label in 2012. Her Poets Theater, interdisciplinary, and bi-lingual performances have been presented nationally and internationally.
 She is the editor of two critical volumes: Non/Narrative, a special issue of the Journal of Narrative Theory, and Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker (with Avital Ronell and Amy Shoulder). She serves on the faculty of the Department of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University.

j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j, simply, hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon. j/j hastain is the inventor of The Mystical Sentence Projects and is author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press), The Non-Novels (forthcoming, Spuyten Duyvil) and The Xyr Trilogy: a Metaphysical Romance of Experimental Realisms. j/j’s writing has most recently appeared in Caketrain, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Housefire, Bombay Gin, Aufgabe and Tarpaulin Sky.

Benjamin Hersey is a writer and performance artist living in Easthampton, MA with his wife and son. Published work, performance documents and performance videos can be found at benjaminhersey.tumblr.com.

Travis Macdonald is the author of two books ­The O Mission Repo [vol. 1] (Fact-Simile) and N7ostradamus (BlazeVox) ­ as well as several chapbooks, including: Basho¹s Phonebook (E-ratio), BAR/koans (Erg Arts), Sight And Sigh (Beard of Bees), Time (Stoked), Title Bout (Shadow Mountain), and Hoop Cores (Knives, Forks and Spoons). In his spare time, he edits Fact-Simile Editions (www.fact-simile.com) with his wife JenMarie. He was recently named a 2014 Pew Fellow in the Arts.

Suzanne Mercury is a Boston-based poet, editor, and visual artist who creates mixed-media assemblages using found objects, old books, LED lights, glass, gold, tree branches, and all manner of odd and natural materials. She received her MFA in creative writing from Syracuse University, and has published in a variety of places including SpoKe, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Sonora Review, and has been a feature poet for THROG SLUDGE. She has shown her work and given readings in Cambridge, Boston, Brooklyn, and Istanbul.

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX, their home of 14 years. She is the author of nine books and chapbooks including As Long As Trees Last (Wave, 2012) and Red Juice: Poems 1998 – 2008 (Wave, 2014). She lives in Toronto where she curates a reading series, reads tarot, and teaches poetics in a private workshop.

Audrey Mardavich lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts by the bay. She runs the 2x2 Reading series.

Award winning poet Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of eight titles, including Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize, and She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011), with art by Sue Hammond West. She is the editor of Something on Paper, the online poetics/multimedia journal and curated the inaugural [DIS]EMBODIED POETICS conference. Pierce is professor and dean of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Born in Tokyo, Japan, she has lived in Albuquerque, Austin, Yokohama, London, and currently lives outside of Boulder with the poet Chris Pusateri.

Jessica Rogers writes poetry/prose/essays and conducts experiments with Polaroids. By day, she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at various colleges throughout NYC. Current projects include a performance piece entitled The ball and a corresponding manuscript, The ball: TRANSLATIONS, as well as a manifesto towards an Occupied Poetics. Additional works can be read in The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Paramount, Poems from Penny Lane  (Farfalla Press, 2003), and the chapbook Hot Water (Cy Gist Press, 2011), among others.

Robert Roley lives in Ashland, Oregon.

Ashley Siebels is a digital artist living and working in San Francisco. She received her MFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and attended the Hill House writer residency in 2013. You can check out her recent work in Midwestern Gothic and on stage at Coldtowne Theater in Austin, TX.

Heather Sweeney is an MFA candidate and Allen Ginsberg Fellow at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Her poetry and book reviews have been published in Dusie, Cutbank, Shampoo and canwehaveourballback?. When she is not in Boulder, she lives in San Diego with her husband and beloved dog, Dexter.




ISSUE #7 > UK Poetry Dossier

Paul Buck has published more books than he can remember, starting at the end of the 60s. He retains no extensive CV, only an awareness of a proliferation that has shaped a labyrinthine universe. That said, he recalls his 70s publishing venture, Curtains, that injected Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot and many others into a British scene. Most of his books explore a field in which prose and poetry are working tools, e.g., Violations, Lust, Walking into Myself… In recent years he has published: Spread Wide (Dis Voir), a play with his letters from Kathy Acker; A Public Intimacy (BookWorks), in which he explored a life through his scrapbooks; Performance (Omnibus), a full-on biography of the classic Cammell/Roeg film. For some years he has also been translating contemporary French writings for various publishers. Today, along with his wife, Catherine Petit, they have launched a new imprint Vauxhall & Company with the Cabinet Gallery, a venture that intends to present works that others seem unwilling to take onboard.


Rebecca (Becky) Cremin works in process and draws on traditions of live art, fluxus, performance writing and site specific work to construct a hybridity of practice which uses language as an object to expose, to investigate, to locate. She is a founding member of the poetic collective PRESS FREE PRESS. She is currently undergoing a practice based PhD researching sites of and for poetic Performance at Royal Holloway, Umiversity of London. Her publications include ‘To be on a page’ in Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe), ‘Occupancy’ in VLAK, (Litteraria Pragensia), ‘she as again : again as she’ in VierSomes and LAY’D both from Veer Books and Cutting Movement from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Her poems have featured in Blart, Department, Klatch, Veer About, How2 and beyond. Her performances take place in galleries, pubs, on council estates, in her bedroom, in the street, in the book and on the page.


Chris Gutkind lives in London and works as a librarian. A collection of his work, Inside to Outside, came out with Shearsman in 2006 and a collaboration with the artist Trevor Simmons, Options, came out with Knives Forks Spoons in 2010. He's working on a cycle of children's tales.


SJ Fowler was born in historical Truro, raised in historical Newquay and Exeter, studied in historical Durham and now lives in historical London. He has mixed Viking, Celt and Anglo-Saxon blood. His middle name is Swedish for bear. He teaches self-defence and writes poetry, and is as active as possible in generating happenings and things to promote and proliferate the poetry of other poets whom he admires. www.sjfowlerpoetry.com www.weareenemies.com


Alan Hay. Brighton based poet. Poems recently in Freaklung, Angel Exhaust, Desperate For Love, online at Archive Of The Now and elsewhere. Collection later this year with Iodine Press.


Peter Jaeger is a Canadian poet, literary critic and text-based artist now living in the UK. His published work includes the poetry books Power Lawn (Coach House Books 1999), Prop (Salt 2007), Rapid Eye Movement (Reality Street Editions 2009), and The Persons (information as material 2011). His book John Cage and Buddhist Ecopoetics is coming out from Bloomsbury this Autumn. Jaeger teaches poetry and poetics at Roehampton University in London.


Tom Jenks has published three collections with if p then q: A Priori (2008), * (2010) and items (2013) a 1000 fragment verbivocovisual sequence. Streak artefacts, a 100 poem sequence with intermittent visuals, was published by Department Press in 2013. He co-organizes The Other Room reading series and website in Manchester and administers the avant objects imprint zimZalla. He has produced and performed four collaborations with Chris McCabe for SJ Fowler's Camarade project. Recent publications include a p.o.w. broadside slugs/snails and An Anatomy of Melancholy, a conceptual Twitter re-write of Robert Burton's 1621 text The Anatomy of Melancholy. He is a PhD student at Edge Hill University, where he is researching digital technology and innovative poetry.


Antony John lives and works in London. Always the same form, his poetry has appeared in VLAK, Herbarium (http://www.physicgarden.org.uk/flax/), Painted spoken (http://www.hydrohotel.net/PS23.pdf), Catechism: poems for Pussy Riot, Writers Forearm and AND. A collection of his poems now than it used to be, but in the past was published by Veer in 2009 (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/cprc/publications/Veer_Publications/Veer023).


Sarah Kelly is currently working with handmade paper and text sculpture. Her work is informed by the concept of the page, drawing upon ideas of inscription, and multiple surface. She has exhibited in both the UK and South America and has published widely in contemporary magazines, journals and anthologies. www.s-kelly.co.uk


David Kelly-Mancaux (Erkembode: not just another saint) is a London based artist. He has collaborated with and visually translated for numerous poets and sound artists including David Berridge, Daniele Pantano, Dylan Nyoukis and SJ Fowler. His works have been published in books/art objects such as Gilles de Rais (Like This Press 2013), The Primarchs (Bear Press 2012) and Saint Augustine of Hippo (Kitt Press 2011). He was the Saison Poetry Library’s artist in residence for the 2012 Poetry Parnassus. He is currently creating work for solo and collective (Picardie Vagabonde, Wildermenn) exhibitions this year, 2013. He received a degree from the University of Leeds School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies in 2007 and is currently a full time employee of the British Museum. http://erkembode.com


Fabian Macpherson lives in London and avoids the light.


Sophie Mayer is the author of Her Various Scalpels (Shearsman), The Private Parts of Girls (Salt), Kiss Off (Oystercatcher) and signs of the sistership (with Sarah Crewe; Knives Forks and Spoons). She is the co-editor of Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, and is currently Poet in Residence at the Archive of the Now.


Richard Parker is an Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of Gaziantep in Turkey.  He is also the editor and printer of the Crater Press pamphlet series, and a poet.


Jèssica Pujol (Barcelona, 1982) is currently a Poet in Residence at the University of Surrey (UK). She is also a Ph.D. candidate at University College London, with a thesis on the experimentalisms of Julio Cortázar and Italo Calvino in Paris in the 1960s-1970s. She is the editor of Alba Londres, a magazine on translation focused on British, Spanish and Latin American literature. She has written and translated in Catalan, English and Spanish poets such as Lisa Robertson, Tim Atkins, Elizabeth Guthrie, Gustavo Barrera and Amy De’Ath. Her poetry and translations have been published in different magazines such as Crater, Infinite Editions and Blesok; and anthologies such as The Dark Would: anthology of language art and Donzelles de l’any 2000 (Editorial Mediterrània). Her first book in English, Now Worry was published by Department in April 2012, and her collection Every Bit of Light by Oystercatcher Press in November 2012.


Nat Raha lives in London. Her poetry includes countersonnets (Contraband, 2013), 'mute exterior intimate' (Oystercatcher, 2013), 'polemics for loudhailer' (in Viersomes 001, Veer Books 2012), and Octet (Veer 2010). Her work is anthologised in The Dark Would, Dear World and Everyone In It, Better than Language: An Anthology of New Modernist Poetries (ed. Chris Goode, Ganzfeld, 2011), and work has appeared in Angel Exhaust, Dusie and Inside My Head My Dog's a Bear zine. She is undertaking a PhD in Marxist queer theory and contemporary poetry at the University of Sussex, and is co-editor of ninerrors press.


Marcus Slease was born in Portadown, N. Ireland. He co-edited a special edition of Past Simple, which included innovative poetry from Poland, Denmark, the U.S., and the Czech Republic, with the Polish poet Grzegorz Wroblewski. His latest books are the chapbook novella The House of Zabka (a bizarro postmodern fairy tale from Poland) and a book of erotic and conceptual poetry entitled Mu (so) Dream (window) from Poor Claudia http://www.poorclaudia.org/print_slease.php He lives in London and teaches English as a foreign language. Stuff happens at The House of Zabka: www.marcusslease.tumblr.com


The work of Linus Slug : Insect Librarian references Northumbrian history, North-Eastern dialect, insect folklore and mythology. Linus Slug is the founder of ninerrors poetry series, editor of FREAKLUNG poetry zine and co-editor/event organizer at Stinky Bear Press. Obsessions include Art Garfunkel and the number 9.


James Wilkes has collaborated widely with artists, scientists, musicians and other poets. His poetry has been published by Veer and Penned in the Margins. In 2012-13 he was poet-in-residence at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London. www.renscombepress.co.uk / @wilkesjames


Steve Willey lives in Whitechapel, London. His poetry has been widely anthologized including in: Dear World and Everyone In It (Bloodaxe, 2013); Better Than Language (Ganzfeld press, 2011); and City State (Penned In The Margins, 2009). His long-form poem Elegy (his debut collection) was published by Veer Books in July 2013, but you can't get it yet. Steve enjoys working collaboratively and across different media, and in the past he has worked with the composer Edward Nesbit and the post-rock band Rumour Cubes on pieces that have been performed at the Wigmore Hall and at Glastonbury Music Festival respectively. Steve's current poetic projects derive from a trip he took to Aida Refugee Camp in 2009, and a further visit in August 2013. He holds a PhD on the subject of Bob Cobbing 1950-1978: Poetry, Performance and the Institution, from Queen Mary, University of London. With Tom Bamford he runs the Benefits event series in London, and he is happy to be contacted via www.stevewilley.com.





ISSUE #6

Jules Boykoff is the author of Hegemonic Love Potion (Factory School 2009), Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books 2006), and co-author with Kaia Sand of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press 2008). His essays have appeared recently in The Guardian, The Nation, New Left Review, The New York Times, and Red Pepper. He teaches politics and writing at Pacific University in Oregon.


Megan Burns is the editor at Trembling Pillow Press and runs the 17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series in the French Quarter with poet Dave Brinks. Her book Memorial + Sight Lines was published by Lavender Ink in 2008. She has two recent chapbooks, irrational knowledge (Fell Swoop press, 2012) and a city/ bottle boned (Dancing Girl Press, 2012).


Nathan Child grew up in the mountains of Colorado, and studied Art History at the University of Puget Sound -- writing a thesis on the aspiration towards music in the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky. "Between the Banksys", a conversation with Andrew K. Peterson about art and landscape, appeared in Requited Journal. He currently lives and works in Boston, and wanders about with a Holga in his spare moments.


Joseph Cooper is currently writing and teaching in Princeton, WV. He is the author of the full-length books TOUCH ME (BlazeVox 2009) and Autobiography of a Stutterer (BlazeVox 2007), as well as the chapbooks Here Come the Groovies co-authored with Andrew K. Peterson (Livestock Editions 2010), Memory/Incision (Dusie 2007), from Autobiography of a Stutterer (Big Game Books 2007), and Insuring the Wicker Man Shadow Created Delusion co-authored with Jared Hayes (Hot Whiskey 2005).


Sarah Elkins writes and lives in White Sulphur Springs, WV. She is currently working on a biographical book that chronicles the anti-establishment music of the 60s and 70s and the subsequent rise of the American corporation. Sarah also serves on the board of directors of a performing arts organization in her community and is working on the campaign of a candidate for the WV House of Delegates. She lives with her husband, Max; son, Tad; and three dogs, Sister, Hebe and Zeus. The hermit crab's name is Chris, but she hopes he will be absent from bios soon.


Lark Fox is a poet, photographer, herbalist and energeticist. Her work is an exploration of sensuality, desire, longing and the places where bodies touch through ritual and invocation. She seeks to re-imagine the erotic, through textural and sensual language, in an ever evolving landscape of insomnias, beauties, refusals and omens.


j/j hastain is the author of several cross-genre books including long past the presence of common (Say it with Stones Press), trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press) and anti-memoir a vigorous (Black Coffee Press/ Eight Ball Press (forthcoming)). j/j has poetry, prose, reviews, articles, mini-essays and mixed genre work published in many places on line and in print.


Larkin Higgins is an artist, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles.  Her poetry has been published in DIAGRAM, Eleven Eleven, and elsewhere. University of Iowa Press and others have anthologized her work, including The L.A. Telephone Book, Vol. 1 2011-12. Visual poetry appears in Visio-Textual Selectricity (Runaway Spoon Press) and housed in the permanent Avant Writing Collection/The Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus.  Other text-based art can be found in various forms such as artists’ books, book sculptures, mail art, paintings/drawings, installation, photo-related works, and performance as reviewed in The Boston Globe, Artweek, The Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, and Antiques & The Arts Weekly (NY).  Of Materials, Implements  is published as a Dusie Kollektiv chapbook.


M. Ihasz is primarily occupied with the mundanities of day-to-day life in a small but clean flat in the East end of the city. Most of her work centers on rediscovering and rearranging existing works, including her own writing and borrowed texts, equally, as primary sources. An avid traveler, Ihasz collects stories from the places she visits to assemble into new pieces. When not writing or traveling, Ihasz enjoys macrame, chocolate malteds, and beekeeping.


Travis Macdonald is a poet, copywriter, editor, publisher and occasional essayist living in Philadelphia. His most recent books include: Title Bout (Shadow Mountain Press 2011), BAR/koans (Erg Arts 2011), Hoop Cores (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press 2011), Sight & Sigh (Beard of Bees 2011), N7ostradamus (BlazeVox Books 2010), Basho's Phonebook (E-ratio 2009) and The O Mission Repo [vol. 1] (Fact-Simile Editions 2008).


Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011), kate street (Moira, 2011) and 52 flowers (or, a perth edge) (Obvious Epiphanies, 2010), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (ottwater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com


Christine McNair's work has appeared in cv2, Prairie Fire, ditchpoetry.com, Arc, the Bywords Quarterly Journal, Descant, and assorted other places. Her first collection of poems Conflict, appeared with BookThug in spring 2012. She works as a book doctor in Ottawa, is one of the hosts of CKCU Lit Landscapes, and blogs at cartywheel.wordpress.com.


Joe Milazzo is co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts organization Strophe, co-editor of the online journal [out of nothing] (http://www.outofnothing.org) and proprietor of Imipolex Press. His writings have appeared most recently in H_NGM_N, Super Arrow, The Collagist, kill author, and at Exits Are. His chapbook The Terraces (Das Arquibancadas) (representing another excerpt from From The Falling Latitudes) will be published later this year as part of the Little Red Leaves Textile Series. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, and his virtual location is http://www.slowstudies.net/jmilazzo/.


Jeffrey Joe Nelson grew up in the Garden State. Extended sojourns throughout North Carolina, Wales, Florida, California, Italy, Holland, Cuba, and Prague eventually brought him to Brooklyn where he has lived for the past 13 years. Jeffrey Joe's work has appeared in Oyster Boy, New York Nights, Dial Tone, Lungfull!, Asheville Mountain Review and Greetings, a magazine of the sound arts he founded in 1998. He has written two chapbooks and is the author of ROAD OF A THOUSAND WONDERS (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2011). He teaches English and coaches basketball at the Coalition High School for Social Change in Harlem.


Originally from Sacramento, California, Jordan Reynolds holds an M.F.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His poems and criticism have been published or are forthcoming in The Agriculture Reader, Flatmancrooked’sSlim Volume of Contemporary Poetry, The Offending Adam, zero ducats,Rain Taxi, and elsewhere.


Elizabeth Robinson is the author, most recently, of Three Novels, a poetry collection published by Omnidawn.  A new book, Counterpart, is coming out from Ahsahta in September of 2012. Robinson was the University of Montana Hugo Fellow in the Spring of 2012 and will be a Djerassi Colony Fellow in the fall of 2012.  With Colleen Lookingbill, she edited and published the anthology As If It Fell From the Sun: 10 years of women's writing, from EtherDome Press.


robert roley lives in ashland oregon eschews capitalization and punctuation gnaws on roots and day old bagels


Anne Marie Rooney is the author of Spitshine (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2012), as well as the chapbooks The Buff (The Cupboard, 2011) and Shell of an egg in an effort (Birds of Lace, forthcoming 2012). Her work has been featured in the Best New Poets and Best American Poetry anthologies. She currently lives in New Orleans, where she is a teaching artist.


John Sakkis is the author of Rude Girl, and with Angelos Sakkis he has translated three books by Athenian poet and multi-media artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis — Maribor, awarded the 2011 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation, Chinese Notebook, and the just released "now, 1/3" and thepoem. The author of numerous chapbooks, pamphlets, mixtapes and ephemera, most recently White Castle Skateboard Stunts and RAVE ON!. Under the moniker BOTH BOTH he has curated/ edited various projects including: blog, "band," reading series, and since 2005 a magazine.


Carlos Soto-Román was born in Valparaíso, Chile. He is the author of "La Marcha de los Quiltros" (1999), "Haiku Minero" (2007), "Cambio y Fuera" (2009), "Philadelphia's Notebooks" (2011) and the forthcoming chapbook "Con/Science" (Fall, 2012). He is a translator and the curator of Elective Affinities, a cooperative anthology of  contemporary U.S. poetry. He is also a pharmacist and holds a Master's degree in Bioethics. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.


Michelle Taransky is the author of Barn Burned, Then, selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. She is a member of the Critical Writing Faculty at Penn and an adjunct poetry instructor at Temple University. Taransky is also the reviews editor for Jacket2 and co-curator of the reading series Whenever We Feel Like it.



ISSUE #5


Cara Benson is the author of (made) with BookThug and Protean Parade forthcoming with Black Radish Books. “The Secret of Milk,” her treatise on the possibilities of lyric advocacy within the tainted world of agribusiness, is out with eohippus labs.


Reed Bye’s most recent book  is Join the Planets: New and Selected Poems (United Artists Books 2005. A CD of original songs, Long Way Around was released in 2005 by Farfalla/ McMillan and Parrish and new CD of songs is in the works. He is currently working a critical study of the prosody of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and William Carlos Williams, a new book of poems, Chansons D’Amour, and teaching in the Writing and Poetics Department at Naropa University.


Megan Burns edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter (solidquarter.blogspot.com). She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, Horse Less Review 9, Trickhouse, and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. Her book Memorial + Sight Lines was published in 2008 by Lavender Ink. She has two chapbooks, Frida Kahlo: I am the poem (2004) and Framing a Song (2010) from Trembling Pillow Press.  She lives in New Orleans where she and her husband, poet Dave Brinks, run the weekly 17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series (http://www.17poets.com).


Amina Cain is the author of I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press), a collection of stories that revolves quietly around human relationality, landscape, and emptiness, and a chapbook called Tramps Everywhere (Insert Press/PARROT Series). Last summer her work was featured at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) as part of NOT CONTENT, a series of text projects curated by Les Figues. Writing has appeared in publications such as 3rd bed, Action Yes, Dear Navigator, Denver Quarterly, Dewclaw, emohippus, Joyland, La Petite Zine, Little Red Leaves, MoonLit, onedit, Sidebrow, The Encyclopedia Project (F-K), and Wreckage of Reason: Xxperimental Prose by Women Writers, as a chaplet through Belladonna*, and is forthcoming in [out of nothing] and Sous Rature. Several of her stories have been translated into Polish on MINIMALBOOKS, and a French translation of “Black Wings” is just out in Jet d’encre. She lives in Los Angeles.


JenMarie Davis edits Fact-Simile Editions and builds books from recycled and reclaimed material. She is the author of Sometime Soon Ago (Shadow Mountain, 2009) and her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Glitterpony, Court Green, Little Red Leaves, Interim, Drunken Boat and Gargoyle.


Geoffrey Gatza is the editor and Publisher of BlazeVOX [books] and the author of eight books of poetry; Secrets of my Prison House will be out in the Fall of 2010. Kenmore: Poem Unlimited and Not So Fast Robespierre are now available from Menendez Publishing. HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children is also available from Meritage Press. He lives in Buffalo, NY with his girlfriend and two cats.


Jennifer Karmin is happy to be part of your summer reading. She is the author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press, 2010) and has poems forthcoming in the anthology I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2011). Her multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the U.S., Japan, and Kenya. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago and at Truman College, where she works with immigrants as a community educator. Visit http://aaaaaaaaaaaaalice.blogspot.com .


Kevin Kilroy works for the Office of Urban Spiritual Research.  Located in Chicago, the office works to heighten the intersections of creativity and bureaucracy through spiritual resonance and joy.  When you walk down the street remember to pat a brick on the back, help a curb up from its fall, and smile at the windows as they watch you.  Do not be alone.


Ella Longpre’s first piece of published fiction appeared in the October 2010 issue of Dinosaur Bees, as two short stories. During a protracted collaboration with Sydney-based performance artist, Barbara Campbell, she wrote a series of short story scripts, which are archived on her website (the performances are not): http://1001.net.au. An excerpt from one of these stories appeared in the Drama ReviewThe Odor of the Hoax Was Gone was included on the Tarpaulin Sky 2010 Chapbook Contest shortlist.


Recent books by Travis Macdonald include The O Mission Repo (Fact-Simile Editions 2008), Basho's Phonebook (E-ratio 2009), N7ostradamus (BlazeVox Books 2010), BAR/koans (Erg Arts 2011), and Hoop Cores (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press 2011). Other poetry and prose has appeared in print, online and elsewhere. He currently lives, works, writes and runs a small literary press in Philadelphia, PA.


Jefferson Navicky's work has recently appeared in Quickfiction, Smokelong Quarterly, & The New Guard. His play, "Infestation", was apart of the 2011 Maine Playwrights Festival, and he recently received a Good Idea Grant through the Maine Arts Commission for the completion of his seven-play cycle, Redwing Solitaire. He teaches English at Southern Maine Community College where he finds it a spiritual exercise, learned from Reed Bye, to perpetually but forcefully delineate the difference between a comma and a semi-colon. Soon, he will move to Western Rhode Island to live in a cottage by a lake with a wood stove.




Tanya Phattiyakul lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has an MA in Film & Video from American University in Washington, DC. She works in film, video and still photography. More of her work can be seen at: imisshoneysuckles.blogspot.com and tanyaphattiyakul.com.


In addition to being a writer, Abbey Pleviak is also a musician, a clown, and a producer of silent films and neo-vaudville theater.  She currently lives in Portland, OR, where she continues to ever so slowly turn the Wyrd Tree Press.


Jai Arun Ravine is a mixed race Thai American writer, dancer, video and performance artist. They received an MFA in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University. Ze is the author of แล้ว and then entwine (Tinfish Press, 2011), the chapbook Is This January (Corollary Press, 2010), and The Spiderboi Files. A Kundiman fellow, hir short experimental film "Tom/Trans/Thai" recently exhibited at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center, Thailand. Find Jai online at jaiarunravine.wordpress.com.


Marthe Reed has published two books, Gaze (Black Radish Books) and Tender Box, A Wunderkammer with drawings by Rikki Ducornet (Lavender Ink), as well as two chapbooks, (em)bodied bliss and zaum alliterations, both part of the Dusie Kollektiv Series. A third chapbook is forthcoming from Dusie Kollektiv 5. Her poetry has appeared in New American Writing, Golden Handcuffs Review, New Orleans Review, HOW2, MiPoesias, Big Bridge, Moria, Fairy Tale Review, Exquisite Corpse, and Eoagh, among others. She has guest edited an issue of Ekleksographia and served as assistant editor for Dusie Kollektiv; she teaches in the English Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


Robert Roley lives in a post office box in Wedderburn (Scot: sheep meadow) on the southern Oregon coast.  He is a master of the fine arts.  His work has appeared in various 'literary' magazines, many of which are now defunct.  As Mr. Roley has stated on numerous occasions, both in and out of court, he was only marginally - nay, peripherally - involved in The Incident With The Duck.


The cousin of an Arkansas state champion duck caller, Rowland Saifi is the author of the novella, Karner Blue Estates (Black Lodge Press 2009). He has no idea how to call ducks himself, so he has settled on working on a novel and teaching writing and literature at a few of places in Chicago, including School of the Art Institute.


Kaia Sand is the author of Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press 2010) a book that is also a walk Sand leads in North Portland investigating political history and current goings-on. She is the author of the poetry collection interval (Edge Books 2004) and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent (Palm Press 2008). She also participates in the Dusie Kollektiv. She recently created the Happy Valley Project, an investigation of housing foreclosures and financial speculation that included a magic show on the financial collapse, A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff.  A note on  summer stock writings, "Poems starting with lines from Allen Ginsberg": Kaia would like to acknowledge editorial contributions from her daughter, Jessi, who added the phrases "rat-beasts" & "dog-beasts".


Brandon Shimoda's collaborations, drawings and writings have appeared in print, online, on vinyl and on walls. He is the author of THE ALPS (Flim Forum Press, 2008), THE GIRL WITHOUT ARMS (Black Ocean, 2011) and O BON (Litmus Press, 2011), among other books of variable length. He is also the co-author of numerous works with poet Phil Cordelli, under the working title, The Pines.


Danielle Vogel dreams of the narrative that, in its syntactical flickerings, is able to collect and reimagine the damaged body. She is the author of lit, and her writing has appeared most recently in Puerto del Sol, The Denver Quarterly, Tarpaulin Sky and Trickhouse.


Andrew Wessels has lived in Houston, Cambridge, and Las Vegas. He currently splits his time between Istanbul and Los Angeles. He is editor-in-chief of The Offending Adam.