Notes on Contributors


David Antin is a critic, performance artist, and poet known for his improvised "talk performances". Since 1972 he has published six volumes based on these performances—talking, talking at the boundaries, tuning, what it means to be avant-garde, i never knew what time it was, UC Press, and john cage uncaged is still cagey, Singing Horse Press. His Selected Poems 1963-73 was published by Sun and Moon Press, and a volume of his selected essays 1966-2005 called Radical Coherency will be published in fall 2010 by the University of Chicago Press.

Charles Bernstein is the author of All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010). The translations are part of a new pamphlet from Chax Press, Umbra. More info:

Matt Briggs' first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was awarded an American Book Award in 2006. His second novel, The Strong Man, will be released this year by the Publication Studio. Recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Birkensnake, Opium, TRNSFR, and The Chicago Review.

Joseph Donahue lives in Durham, North Carolina. His most recent volume of poems is Terra Lucida, from Talisman House.

Francesca Duranti. Born in Genoa raised in Lucca, Tuscany. Law degree in Pisa University. Described as the most laconic Italian writer. Books: 1976 La Bambina (now coming out in UK by Troubadour); Piazza mia bella piazza; La casa sul lago della luna (The house on Moonlake, Random House, then Delphinium); Lieto fine (Happy Ending, Random House); Effetti Personali (Personal effects, Random House); Ultima Stesura; Progetto Burlamacchi; Sogni mancini (Lefthanded dreams, Delphinium); Il comune senso delle proporzioni; l'ultimo viaggio della Canaria; Come quando fuori piove; Un anno senza canzoni; 2010 Manuale di conversazione.

Ken Edwards' books include the poetry collections eight + six (Reality Street, 2003), No Public Language: Selected Poems 1975-95 (Shearsman Books, 2006), Songbook (Shearsman Books, 2009), the novel Futures (Reality Street, 1998) and the prose work Nostalgia for Unknown Cities (Reality Street, 2007). He has been editor/publisher of Reality Street since 1993. He lives in Hastings, on the south coast of England, where he plays bass guitar and writes songs for The Moors. "Soldiers" comes from a collection of fictions in progress, provisionally titled Exile.

Bernard Hœpffner writes: "Born in 1946, I lived ten years in Germany, ten years in France, fifteen years in England (where I restored objects from the Far-East) and three years in the Canaries Islands (as a farmer). The whole of my time and energies is now devoted to writing and translation. I have both French and British nationalities. I now live in France and in the Netherlands."—He has translated Robert Burton, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Gilbert Sorrentino, Toby Olson among many others.

A D Jameson's first novel, Giant Slugs, is forthcoming later this year from Lawrence and Gibson; his first prose collection, Amazing Adult Fantasy, is forthcoming from Mutable Sound, also later this year. He regularly contributes to the group literary blog Big Other.

Leslie Kaplan was born in New York in 1943; she was brought up in an American family in Paris; she writes in French. After studying philosophy, history and psychology, she worked in a factory for two years and took part in the May 68 movement. She has been publishing since 1982 (L'Excès-l'usine, Hachette/POL, published anew by POL in 1987). Recent books from POL: Mon Amérique commence en Pologne(2009); Toute ma vie j'ai été une femme (play, 2008); Fever (2005); Le Psychanalyste (1999).

Jami Macarty lives on the coast of British Columbia and in the desert of Arizona. When a desert dweller, she teaches therapeutic movement and alignment; when in the rain forest, she teaches poetry at Simon Fraser University. Poems from her first manuscript, which is under construction, are in current issues or forthcoming in Abraxas, Contemporary Verse2, CutThroat, Scrivener Creative Review, Skidrow Penthouse, and Volt.

Susan Smith Nash examines poetics and the convergences of text, media, and culture in recent articles published in Talisman, Golden Handcuffs Review, and World Literature Today. Her column, "The Psychic Sponge's Guide to Zeitgeistland," appears in Press 1, and her most recent book of fiction is Klub Dobrih Dejanj (Good Deeds Society), was published by Sodobnost. Her short stories revolving around the adventures of Tinguely Querer appeared in Gargoyle and Big Bridge. She functions as managing editor for Texture Press, and maintains an edublog, Susan lives in Oklahoma.

Toby Olson's most recent novel is Tampico (U. of Texas Press). He is currently at work on some short stories. He has published 10 novels: Seaview won the PEN Faulkner fiction award. His most recent collection of poetry is Darklight (Shearsman).

Meredith Quartermain's most recent book, Nightmarker (NeWest), explores the city as animal behavior, museum and dream of modernity. Another recent book, entitled Matter (BookThug), playfully riffs on Darwin's Origin of Species and Roget's Thesaurus. Vancouver Walking won the 2006 BC Book Award for Poetry. Recipes from the Red Planet will be published by BookThug in October 2010.

Peter Quartermain lives in Vancouver, BC, where he co-publishes Nomados Literary Press with his wife Meredith, and currently is editing the Collected Later Poetry and Plays of Robert Duncan (his edition of Duncan's Collected Early Poetry and Plays is shortly to begin production at the University of California Press, with publication planned for Spring 2012). Chapter One of Growing Dumb appeared in Golden Handcuffs Review #10.

Jed Rasula is the Helen S Lanier distinguished professor of English at the University of Georgia, the author of numerous books of critical writing, as well as the co-editor of Imagining Language: An Anthology. One of his most recent books is This Compost: Ecological Imperatives in American Poetry, Published by the University of Georgia Press.

Joyce Ravid is a photographer. She lives and works in New York City. Here and There, a collection of her photos, was published by Knopf in l993.

Leonard Schwartz is the author of numerous books of poetry, including, most recently, A Message Back And Other Furors and The Sudden, both from Chax Press.

Pierre Senges is a French writer and has published seven books (Éditions Verticales), the last being Fragments de Lichtemberg in 2008; Études de silhouettes is due to come out in March 2010. He also writes fictions for the radio programme France Culture.

Tyrone Williams is the author of three books of poetry—c.c., On Spec and The Hero Project of the Century—as well as several chapbooks. A prose eulogy is forthcoming from Hooke Press as well as a new book of poems from Atelos Books. He teaches literature and literary theory at Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio.

Augustus Young was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1943, and now lives in a port town on the border between France and Spain. His most recent publication is The Nicotine Cat and Other People (New Island/ Duras, 2009). It was serialised on Irish Radio in November 2009. He has published two other volumes of autofiction, Light Years (2002) and Storytime (2005), The Secret Gloss: A Film Play on the Life and Work of Soren Kierkegaard (Elliott and Thompson, 2008), and Diversifications: Mayakovsky, Brecht, and Me (Shearsman, 2009). His regular webzine is