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Maria Williams-Russell worked on layout for some of this issue. She is the Editor/Web Development Manager at ArtId.

Michael Basinski is The Curator of The Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo. He performs his visual works (opems)  as a solo poet and in ensemble with BuffFluxus. See:  All My Eggs Are Broken at 6 used copies available cheap!

Anselm Berrigan has Free Cell, a book of poetry, forthcoming from City Lights this September. "Primitive State" is an on-going longer work that is his version of a prose poem, if a fifty page list of sentences can be referred to as prose without driving prose writers too batty. It's themes are life, death, liberty, pain, and the pursuit of happiness and shit like that. 

Sarah Birl received her MA in Creative Writing from Temple University.  Her previous chapbooks include s e w a g e r y (noPress), Letters to the Silence (Finishing Line Press), and A Journalistic Talisman Against the Preposterous (noPress).  Sections of her latest book, An Alternate Means of Entry, are forthcoming in Scantily Clad Press.  Sarah is currently working on a screenplay and living in the moment. 

Donald Breckenridge is the Fiction Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, Editor of The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology (Hanging Loose Press, 2006) and co-editor of the Intranslation web site. In addition, he is the author of more than a dozen plays as well as the novella Rockaway Wherein (Red Dust, 1998), and the novel 6/2/95 (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002). His novel This Young Girl Passing is forthcoming from Autonomedia and his novel YOU ARE HERE is out now on Starcherone Books.

Currently living in Antibes, on the French Riviera, Thierry Brunet created Nova Cookie & Frozen Hell, an experimental journal publishing only very short stories in 6 words. His poems and illustrated texts appear or are forthcoming in Cricket Online Review, Mathematical Poetry, Word For/ Word, Textimagepoem, WORK, Venereal Kittens. Winner of the 2008 Aunia Kahn Creative Writing Contest, Brunet has an avant poetry chapbook, Codex Beauty, available from BlazeVOX. His first full-length collection, Waste, was just released by and is now also available from BlazeVOX and Amazon.

Erin Casey is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University at Albany, SUNY.  Her interests are early modern poetry and postmodern theory, and their intersections.  She writes in a small, windowless office on the fourth floor of the humanities building in the hopes that the setting will increase her poetic profundity.  There does not seem to be any current evidence that this is the case.

Joel Chace has published poetry and prose poetry in print and electronic magazines such as 6ix, Tomorrow, Lost and Found Times, Coracle, xStream, and  Jacket.  He has published more than a dozen print and electronic collections.  Recently out from BlazeVox Books is CLEANING THE MIRROR:  NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, and from Paper Kite Press is MATTER NO MATTER, another full-length collection.  Just out from Country Valley Press is SCAFFOLD, the first part of an ongoing poetic sequence, "(b)its," from Meritage Press, and A SCRIPT," from Otoliths Books.  For many years, Chace has been Poetry Editor for the experimental electronic magazine 5_Trope.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart's Traffic and a multi-genre, border-crossing writer. The daughter of Chinese immigrants, she is a Kundiman, Macondo and Lambda Fellow. A community organizer, she has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland, and Boston.  Her work has been recently published in journals such as BorderSenses, Rio Grande Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, OCHO, Iron Horse Literary Review, Water~Stone Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, Verdad and the anthology Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves.

Uchay Joel Chima, a multi-media artist, mingles junks, sand, charcoal blocks, wax, colours and varieties of found objects in aesthetical creation of exceptional oeuvre. Uchay - who graduated in 1997 from the Art School of the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, and already exhibited his work in Nigeria, South Africa and Canada - unveils paintings and thought provoking installations which figuratively dissect the anatomy of realities around us whilst employing conventional and unconventional approaches in his restless exploration. He is presently working on what he calls  Residue Collection of Societal and Environmental Mishaps: HABITAT LOSS.  The goal of this project is to promote and create awareness for socio-economic aesthetic and environmental conservative based lifestyle as a contribution to climate protection.

Joseph Cooper is the author of two full-length books of poetry entitled, Autobiography of a Stutterer, BlazeVox 2007, and Touch Me, BlazeVox 2009.  He currently lives in Buffalo, NY. 

AMJ Crawford is the author of Morpheu (BlazeVOX 2009), editor of zenSLUM, & co-editor of Le Dodo. He lives in New York.

Lydia Davis's Collected Stories is appearing in September from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.  She is presently finishing a translation of Madame Bovary.

Shaula Evans is a short person who likes writing short things: plays, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Her work is forthcoming in Vicious Verses and Reanimated Rhymes (August 2009).

Adam Fieled is a poet, musician, and critic currently based in Philly. He has released three books: Opera Bufa (Otoliths, 2007), When You Bit...(Otoliths, 2008), and Chimes (Blazevox, 2009), as well as many chaps, e-books, and e-chaps. He maintains two blogs and is completing his PhD at Temple University, where he teaches.

Charles Freeland lives in Dayton, Ohio. The recipient of an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, he is the author of a full-length collection, Through the Funeral Mountains on a Burro (Otoliths), and the chapbooks Furiant, Not Polka (Moria) and The Case of the Danish King Halfdene (Mudlark). His website is The Fossil Record (

Judith Goldman is the author of Vocoder (Roof Books 2001) and DeathStar/Rico-chet (O Books 2006), and a chapbook, "The Dispossessions" (Atticus/Finch 2009).  Her work appears or will appear in recent issues of Wig, Parameter, 580 Split, onedit, Model Homes, Moonlit, and cannot exist.  She was a coeditor in the Krupskaya Collective from 2002 through 2004 and coedits the annual anthology War and Peace with Leslie Scalapino (#4 appeared in June).  She teaches as a professor and Harper Schmidt Fellow in the arts humanities core and the creative writing department at the University of Chicago.

Anne Gorrick’s work has been published in many journals including: American Letters and Commentary, Bird Dog, the Cortland Review, Fence, Glitterpony, Gutcult, No Tell Motel, Otoliths, the Seneca Review, Shearsman, Sulfur and word for/word.  Collaborating with artist Cynthia Winika, she produced a limited edition artists’ book called “Swans, the ice,” she said with grants through the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.  She also curates the reading series, Cadmium Text, which focuses on innovative writing in and around the New York’s Hudson Valley.  Find out more about the readings at:  Her first book, Kyotologic, is available from Shearsman Books (Exeter, UK).

hassen is an experimental writer aspiring to cheeky auteur. Her chapbooks include Salem (Belladonna Press), Crabapples (Furniture Press) and two self-published books, Sky Journal: from Land, and Sky Journal: from Sea. Poems have appeared in Frequency Audio Journal, Skanky Possum, Big Bridge, Dusie and elsewhere. More of her work can be found online at

Jared Hayes lives in Portland, Or. He is the co-author of Insuring the Wicker Man, HotWhiskey Press (o5) with Joseph Cooper. For the dusie kollektiv, he has authored the chapbooks, RecollecTed  (o6), CaGeD (o7), and FromFiftyFarms (o8). His poems/vispo can be seen or are forthcoming from Bombay Gin, Mirage #4/Period(ical), GAMMM, Fence, SmallTown, and Fact-Simile’s Ash Anthology. Jared believes collectivity and community are important and so is a member of the dusie kollektiv, Black Radish and livestock editions—all alternative collective-community-centered publishing ventures.

Claire Hero is the author of Sing, Mongrel (Noemi Press, 2009).  She lives in upstate New York.

Mytili Jagannathan is a poet who listens to the notion that “every letter is an alphabet,” making poems that investigate public and private space, power, gender, property, desire, collectivity, and the conditions of speech. She is the author of Acts, a chapbook from Habenicht Press; and her poems have appeared in EOAGH, Rattapallax, Mirage#4/Period[ical], Combo, Fanzine, Interlope, Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and are forthcoming in Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. Mytili lives in Philadelphia, where she provides writing and consulting services to nonprofits and creative entrepreneurs through her business, Itinerant Ink.

Alex Kanevsky: "I was born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia in 1963. Studied mathematics at the University of Vilnius in Lithuania. In 1983 emigrated to the USA, where I live in Philadelphia. I work in my studio every day and teach one class at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts."

Adam Katz is working on a poetry and drawing collaboration, a literary hard science fiction novel, investigations into the applicability of Iyengar yoga and vipassana meditation to the pedagogy of poetic craft, and some other things.  He has an MFA from Columbia, and is currently living in Saskatoon.  His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Pank, POOL, Reconfigurations, Otoliths, and the collection Imaginary Syllabi.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of AWE (Wave Books, 2007) and Black Life (Wave Books, 2010).  She lives in New York.

Douglas A. Martin is the author mostly recently of a novel, ONCE YOU GO BACK (Seven Stories Press).  His previous books include an experimental narrative, YOUR BODY FIGURED (Nightboat Books) and a volume of poetry, IN THE TIME OF ASSIGNMENTS (Soft Skull Press). 

Jenn McCreary is the author of :ab ovo:, published by Dusie Press in the spring of 2009. She is also the author of two chapbooks: errata stigmata (Potes & Poets Press), and four o'clock pocket chiming (Beautiful Swimmer Press); the e-chapbook :Maps & Legends: (Scantily Clad Press) and a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press). Her poetry has been published in magazines including Combo, Lungfull!, Tool: A Magazine, POM2, So To Speak, Tangent, & How2. She lives with her family in Philadelphia where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris McCreary, works for the Mural Arts Program, and serves on the board of the Philly Spells Writing Center.

Urayoán Noel is Assistant Professor of English at SUNY-Albany and the author, most recently, of Boringkén (Ediciones Callejón/La Tertulia), named one of the 10 notable Puerto Rican books of 2008 by El Nuevo Día. He is currently at work on 1) a history of Nuyorican poetry from the 1960s to the present and 2) a bilingual manuscript of poetry and performance texts called Buzz of hemisphere / Zumbido de hemisferio.

Danielle Pafunda is author of My Zorba (Bloof Books 2008), Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press 2005), and the forthcoming Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press).  She curates poetics forums at Delirious Hem, and is an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming. More at her blog.

Russell Pascatore is a Western New York Virgo who was born in Jamestown New York after the world ended and then moved to Randolph New York ten years later until he moved to Buffalo, New York ten years later where he has been studying the possibility that the world end again for ten years.  He writes about psychoanalysis, radical democracy, constitutive reception, and Latin literature.  He has published four books of poetry claiming to be published by House Press, Have I ever Showed You a Picture of My Parents’ House (with Damian Weber); The Singing Farmer; Miriam, Sea of Bitterness; and My Treatise on Winning: A Tractate on Triumph.  His books Area Fifty One Million Gajillion; 2012, The Bummer of the Sheep; Peace on Earth (and Everywhere Else); The Awesomest Lord of the Rings; and Going out into Nature continually seek toward forthcoming’s precedence.  Michael Slosek put his poems in Drill, Damian Weber continues to feature his stuff in Source Material: A Journal of Appropriated Text, Geoffrey Gatza got him into BlazeVOX, Jessica Smith and Damian Weber are putting his poems in what will still always be the Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets, and Buffalo supported 22 of his readings this year.  Now he’s trying to figure out how to stop beating up on himself because he wants to make time for the important things in life like applying to PhD programs and being nice to the people he has cared about since his care became the requirement in exchange for the bare essentials of life outside the various ever proliferating modes of confinement his care would transcend.  Contact him on facebook,, or 716-390-9240.

Ross Priddle is an ecologist. Mostly in the sense that he studies the whole. You can keep up with him on bentspoon:

Christopher Rizzo is a writer and publisher who lives in Albany, New York. Over the years, his work has appeared in Art New England, The Cultural Society, Cannibal, Dusie, Effing Magazine, Process, and Spell among many other publications, both in print and online. He is the author of several chapbooks, such as Claire Obscure (Katalanché Press), Zing (Carve Editions), The Breaks (Fewer & Further Press), and a collaborative poem written with poet Jess Mynes, Full on Jabber (Martian Press).In 2008, Ungovernable Press released Supposed to Sound, BlazeVox Books released Playing the Amplitudes, and Greying Ghost Press released Naturalistless, a short sequence of sound poems inspired by the landscape of Ithaca, NY.  Recently, Christopher won a Best of the Web award from Dzanc books for his poem “Zone,” which appeared in the Best of the Web 2008 anthology. He is also the longtime editor of Anchorite Press, an independent poetry publisher of innovative writing. Currently, Christopher is a University at Albany doctoral candidate in English. His dissertation, Pound / Olson: Avant-garde Poetics and the Ethics of Radical Emergence, argues that American avant-garde poetry developed formal possibilities that broke with the doctrine of the embodiment of the Word in the flesh on the one hand and, on the other, the modern secular doctrine of the embodiment of meaning in the material marks of language.

Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known poet, polemicist, translator and anthologist with over eighty books of poetry and ten assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred  and Poems for the MillenniumPoetics & Polemics [essays] 1985-2005 appeared late last year, and a nineteenth-century prequel to Poems for the Millennium, co-edited with Jeffrey Robinson, was published in January 2009.  Triptych, his thirteenth book of poems from New Directions, appeared in 2007.

Kyle Schlesinger writes and lectures on poetics, artists' books, and typography. He is also the co-editor of Mimeo Mimeo and On. For nearly a decade, he has been the proprietor of Cuneiform Press

Paul Siegell is the author of jambandbootleg (A-Head, 2009), Poemergency Room (Otoliths Books, 2008) and the e-chap JAM> (ungovernable press, 2008). He is a staff editor at Painted Bride Quarterly, and has contributed to The American Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Coconut and other fine journals. Hit up more of Paul's work at ReVeLeR @ eYeLeVeL.

Stephanie Strickland’s fifth book of poems, Zone : Zero, includes two interactive poems on CD. A director of the Electronic Literature Organization, her explorations of digital lit include a recent essay, “Born Digital,” and the Electronic Literature Collection/1, which she co-edited. Two of her books, True North and V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L’una, won Di Castagnola Prizes from the Poetry Society of America. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in P-Queue, Volt, Fence, 1913 a journal of forms, Zoland Poetry, Octopus, Critiphoria, New American Writing, and A Sing Economy. She is working on a book-length series, “Huracan's Harp.”

Katherine Sullivan is a painter and associate professor of art at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Recent solo exhibitions include Past Perfect at Ithaca College's Handwerker Gallery and Body Electric Remix at the Christel DeHaan Gallery at the University of Indianapolis.

Aidan Thompson's work has or will appeared in journals such as Five Fingers Review, P.F.S. Post, The East Village, Poethia, Sidereality, 26, Poetry Flash, Paragraph, Tarpaulin Sky Journal, and Bay Poetics, the Faux Bay Book. She is the author of Particle and Probability, Potes & Poets Press (2002) and a chapbook, So Earnest to Have a Green Point, Palimpsest Press (2006).

Edwin Torres has received poetry fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, The Poets Fund and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has taught workshops at Naropa University, St. Marks Poetry Project, Bard College and UCSD among others and his work has been widely published. Of his recent book "The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language" (Atelos Books), Rodrigo Toscano writes; "A residual New Criticist way to patrol genre boundaries, a way to manage the fear of poetic miscegenation...paradoxical, hilarious, unpredictable and always boundary hopping."

Stephen Lloyd Webber earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. His poems, short fiction, and essays have been published in numerous literary journals including Yellow Medicine Review, Free Verse, Mad Hatter and Black Magnolias. He has exhibited a musical installation in Oklahoma, several sculptures in New Mexico, and has given poetry readings as well as exhibited paintings in New Mexico and Italy. He is a teacher of poetry and composition at New Mexico State University and also a certified personal trainer and activist for Population Connection.

Rebecca Wolff is the author of three books of poems, most recently The King (W. W. Norton, 2009). Her novel The Beginners is forthcoming from Riverhead Books. She is the founding editor of Fence and Fence Books, and a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute.

ANDREW ZAWACKI is the author of the poetry books Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), Anabranch (Wesleyan), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia). His translation of Sébastien Smirou, My Lorenzo, is forthcoming from Burning Deck.  Coeditor of Verse, he teaches at the University of Georgia.


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