Contributors: Volume 4
The editors of and/or gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following artists and writers without whose creative spirit and enthusiasm for artistic experimentation this inaugural volume would not have been possible:
Sara Adams is a Montessori teacher living in Oakland, California. She’s been published in Shampoo Poetry, Cell Poems, the Redlands Review, Line Zero, and several zines. She recently co-wrote a full-length Twilight parody which is available online at www.fredwardbound.com.
Tanner Almon likes to take pictures, make films, and write short stories and poems. He also likes cloudy days, staring into fish tanks, and the east coast weather in October. For the past year, he’s been taking a photo every day and sending it to his mom for a “review” of sorts. These reviews can be read at mymomreviewsmyphotos.com. His portfolio can be viewed at tanneralmon.com.
Steven Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. He is the author of The Pocho Codex, The Xicano Genome, and Six Poems from the Codex Mojaodicus. Read more of his work at www.stevenpaulalvarez.com.
Michael Andreoni’s stories have appeared in U. of Chicago/Euphony, Pif, Calliope, Ducts, Iconoclast, and other publications. “Wednesday Morning Rodeo” was included in And Or, Volume I. He lives near Ann Arbor, Michigan.
John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press); MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press); LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press); CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press); HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods); PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods); THE PEEL (Anabasis Press); GLUE (xPress(ed)); LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods); INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods). His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature. For more information, check out his website at www.johnmbennett.net
Tantra Bensko, MFA, teaches Experimental Fiction Writing online, and is an instructor with UCLA Extension Writing Program. She is the editor of Exclusive Magazine and maintains the resource website Experimental Writing. http://experimentalwriting.weebly.com Her chapbooks, Watching the Windows Sleep, and Swinging on the Edge of Day are published by Naissance Press. She is the inventor of Lucid Fiction.
Zak Block's short fiction appears in Metazen [metazen.ca/?p=12247], Gadfly [gadflyonline.com/home/index.php/elegiac-creeping-oceanic] and Paper Darts [paperdarts.org/literary-magazine/fiction-zak-block.html]. He is the founder, editor-in-chief and illustrator of (the) Squawk Back [thesquawkback.com], a semi-weekly online literary journal of transgression and alienation, baptized by fire in May of 2011.
Doug Bolling’s poems have appeared in Basalt, Indefinite Space, Storm Cellar, The Inflectionist Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, Gravel Magzine, Hamilton Stone Review and The Missing Slate, the latter with Poet of the Month and interview. He has received five Pushcart nominations and currently lives in Flossmoor, illinois, part of the greater Chicago area.
Mary Buchinger’s poems have appeared in AGNI, Booth, Pank, RUNES: A Literary Review, Slice, The Massachusetts Review, Versal, and other journals; she was the recipient of New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan and Firman Houghton Awards. Her collection, Roomful of Sparrows, was a semi-finalist in the New Women’s Voices Series. She is Associate Professor of English and Communication Studies at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston.
Susan Calvillo’s first chapbook, Excerpts From My Grocery List, was published in December 2013 by Beard of Bees, an independent and free press. It is available for download at www.beardofbees.com. Her poetry has also appeared in ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, West Wind Review, LUMINA, andGesture with the Gorilla Press. She received her MFA from San Francisco State University. You can visit her online at PotentialCadavers.blogspot.com or on Twitter as @Susan_Calvillo.
Born in Wheeling, WV, Vincent Caruso lives and works in Miami, Florida, where he earned his MFA in Creative Writing. His published poetry, digital poetry, and creative nonfiction can be found in the online journals: Reconstruction, technoculture, Sugar Mule, Blast Furnace, and Prick of the Spindle. For direct links to his work, find him on LinkedIn.
Steve Castro was born in San José, Costa Rica. He will attending the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at American University in Washington, D.C., starting Fall, 2013. As a recipient of a merit Graduate Assistantship, he’ll be attending A.U. on a full scholarship. More: www.thepoetryengineer.com
Peter Clarke is a writer and musician currently living in San Francisco. His short fiction has appeared in 3AM Magazine, Pif Magazine, Curbside Splendor, Western Press Books, Hobart, Elimae, The Legendary, and elsewhere. See: www.petermclarke.com.
Mike Cole was born in Fresno, California and graduated from Fresno State College way back in 1971 when a Fresno Poetry Renaissance was underway. His first book, The New Alchemy, is making the rounds of publishers. Over a sporadic 45 year publication history, his poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Laurel Review, Midland Review, Blast Furnace, Emerge (forthcoming), and other magazines, and in the anthology Highway 99, by Heyday Press. He lives in the Sierra Nevada Foothills near Yosemite National Park.
Jude Conlee is from the West Coast of the U.S. (which is possibly irrelevant) and writes things inspired by abnormal things such as the universe and its humans (which is possibly not irrelevant). Other than these, Conlee plays piano, drinks far too much tea, and likes making people’s days a little more surreal.
Mark Cunningham: Helicotremors (Otoliths) is a recent book. 71 Leaves, an e-book from BlazeVOX, is available for free to anyone curious enough to Google it.
Edward A. Dougherty. After finishing my MFA in Bowling Green, Ohio, my spouse and I volunteered at a peace center in Hiroshima for two and a half years. We now live and work in Corning, New York. I’ve published 2 books and five chapbooks, the latest of which is Backyard Passages by FootHills Publishing.
Jason Ellis is a city boy, a naturalized Londoner, a photographer and a flâneur. He walks the streets of the places he knows and the places he doesn’t, always with a camera and tries to capture and create little time-slices of magic for the boy that he is at heart and those he can share it with. “Photography is not merely the representation of a scene in two dimensions, but a reinterpretation as you wish it to be.” His website is located at www.jellisphoto.co.uk.
Dan Encarnacion earned an MFA in Writing at the California College of Arts and lives in Portland, Oregon. The bleak of Bela Tarr, the spare of Supersilent, and the spike of quad-lattes will palpitate his palpus. Dan has previously been published in MARGIE, The Berkeley Review,Eleven Eleven, SPLIT and The Exquisite Corpse.
Born in 1975 in Bartoszyce, Poland and currently residing in Krakow, Franz Falckenhaus studied and graduated with a degree in Information Technology and Computer related Studies. Although he never had any formal training in the arts, Franz always had an interest in photography, film, and collage. His collage works are always composed from selected vintage illustrations and images mixed with found paper materials. He skillfully combines self-made elements such as: backgrounds, shadows, and drawings with cleverly chosen photos to assemble them all together into art. Franz’s style obviously shows recognition of his interest and passion with vintage aesthetics. His subject matter contains a sense of humor and a certain nostalgic feel as well. Being a self-taught collage artist, he sees things a little differently.
Raymond Farr is author of several books of poetry, most notably, Ecstatic/.of facts (Otoliths 2011), Rien Ici (Blue & Yellow Dog Press 2010), & There Is Something Missing in the Whole Transaction between Us (Blue & Yellow Dog Press 2012). He is editor of Blue & Yellow Dog (http://blueyellowdog.weebly.com)
M.W. Fowler received an M.A. in Writing from Coastal Carolina University. His works have appeared in numerous journals, including Lunch Ticket, Jelly Bucket, and A cappella Zoo. He is also the author of Ezra Sound: How I Became a Giant and Wayward: scifi stories & poems, and is from Myrtle Beach, S.C.
André Fromont (andrefromont/fernandomort), picture maker, 63 years old, living in Belgium. Full autodidact. Polaroid sx70 lover in the eighties. Postcards maker. Short films maker. Some exhibitions in Belgium, France and Italy. Member of the artist collective Brussels is Underground. His works can be seen on Flickr and Vimeo. Samples of his art can be found at www.flickr.com/photos/andrefromont.
Brad Garber lives and writes in the Great Northwest. He fills his home with art, music, photography, plants, rocks, bones, books and love. He has published poetry in Alchemy, Front Range Review, theNewerYork, Ray’s Road Review, Meat for Tea, Livid Squid Literary Journal, Brickplight, Shuf Poetry, Penduline Press, BASED, Eunoia Review, and other quality publications. Nominee: 2013 Pushcart Prize for poem, “Where We May Be Found.”
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection The Middle of Nowhere (Olivia Eden Publishing) and the forthcoming poetry chapbooks The Complete Absence of Twilight (Mad Hat Press), Echo’s Bones and Danger Falling Debris (Red Bird Chapbooks), and An Armed Man Lurks in Ambush (unbound CONTENT). He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely.
Mitchell Krochmalnik Grabois was born in the Bronx and now lives in Denver. His short fiction, poetry and vignettes can be found in close to one-hundred literary magazines, most recently The Examined Life, Memoir Journal, Out of Our, and Turbulence (England). His novel, Two-Headed Dog, published by Xavier Vargas E-ditions, is available for all e-readers for 99 cents through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Smashwords (which also provides downloads to PC’s).
Nicholas Grider is the author of the story collection Misadventure (A Strange Object, 2014), and his work has appeared in Caketrain, The Collagist, Conjunctions, DIAGRAM and elsewhere.
Susan Grothouse has a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She hails from Warsaw, Indiana, the orthopaedic capital of the world. Miss Grothouse has been published in Short Story America, Curbside Quotidian, Clutching at Straws and and/or. She enjoys reading other people’s mail.
David Hall began his career in 1999 as a freelance illustrator for various local newspapers. During this 4 year period, he was honored with 6 New Jersey Press Association Awards. Since then, David has devoted his time to the art of digital painting, and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for this dynamic medium in his current role as an educator. He lives with loving his wife, daughter, and son in Northern New Jersey. You can see more of his work at www.flickr.com/photos/davehallart.
Jan-Karlsson: Swedish illustrator and comic artist, born in 1973, father of 2 sons, fighting my addiction and darkness by drawing. Website: www.svenskapache.se.
Tim Kahl [http://www.timkahl.com] is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009) and The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup (http://greatamericanpinup.wordpress.com/) and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios [http://linebreakstudios.blogspot.com/]. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song [http://www.cladesong.com]. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He currently houses his father’s literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann’s book of photos of Chile, 1932).
Jan Karlsson is a swedish illustrator and comic artist, born in 1973, father of 2 sons, fighting my addiction and darkness by drawing. Website: www.svenskapache.se
Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster’s Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars,Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Art, NNDB.com,Wikipedia.com, and Britannica.com, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked.
A.D. Lawhon studied English at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded a few nifty prizes and fellowships for his fiction. He co-founded Instincto Records, an independent label specializing in experimental, noise and pop music. He was also a founding member of the (now defunct) Velvet Rut Theater, a strange little company that performed out of a house on the East Side. He’s a pretty good chef, too. He doesn’t want to be a chef, and doesn’t especially care about food, but a boy has to make a living somehow. A.D. Lawhon currently resides in Austin, Texas. “A Static Play for Two” is his first published work of fiction.
Brenna Lee received her MFA in Prose from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where she was the recipient of the Leslie Scalapino Award for Postmodern Experimental Poetics. Her manuscript, THE SCOUT OF SLEEP, was a semifinalist for the 2013 Switchback Books Gatewood Prize. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in multiple publications, including Bombay Gin, Jupiter 88, and Upstairs at Duroc. She is the Art and Interviews Editor of Gesture Literary Journal, where she writes the 666 Interview Series. Brenna works as an event planner and teacher at the Center for Arts and Healing Arts in Pittsburgh, where she resides with her husband and dog.
Daniel W.K. Lee is a Malaysian-born, Chinese American poet whose work has been seen in various online and print publications, including the forthcoming issues of the UK journals Agenda and Oxford Poetry. Lee is also a relationship/sex advice writer at EmandLo.com and blogs at danielextra.net. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shari Jo LeKane-Yentumi lives in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, with her family where she writes poetry and prose. She specializes in literary criticism and not-for-profit matters, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish, and a Master of Arts in Spanish from Saint Louis University in Madrid and St. Louis. Since diagnosed with acromegaly, and post brain surgery, she volunteer teaches creative writing to men in a maximum security jail and works part-time for civil rights attorneys. She has written a novel in verse,Poem to Follow, and is compiling a poetry anthology, Surviving Gracefully.
David Lewitzky is a retired social worker/family therapist living out my sedentary life in the sad and funky rust belt city of Buffalo, New York. I have recent work in Nimrod, Crosstimbers, Roanoke Review and Puckerbrush Review among others and have work forthcoming in Passages North, Clarion, Future Cycle and Poetry Bus among others.
Sheila E. Murphy has established a strong reputation as a poet and visual poet. A winner of the Gertrude Stein Award (Sun & Moon Press, 2001), Murphy has authored 29 books of poetry and additional titles of visual poetry. She is principal of the consulting firm Executive Advisement, LLC, specializing in Performance Management for the private, public, and nonprofits worldwide. Murphy has lived in Phoenix, Arizona all of her adult life.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He has a wife, Vickie and a daughter, Sage. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications including Prime Mincer, Sheepshead Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Fox Cry, Two Thirds North and The Red Cedar Review. He has work forthcoming in Bluestem, Poetry Salzburg Review and The William and Mary Review.
Cynthia Ring began writing poetry in the Mojave Desert in 2005 in the backseat of her family’s minivan. She finds it difficult to classify her poetry, going back and forth between surreal, imagist and millennial. She currently lives in Nashville and plans to release a collection of human rights poetry in the future.
Lois Roma-Deeley, winner of the Samuel T. Coleridge Literary Prize, is the author of three collections of poetry. High Notes, her third collection, was chosen as a 2011 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Roma-Deeley’s poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies nationwide and in Canada.In collaborations with visual artists on several ekphrasis projects—most recently with visual artist and curator Beth Shadur—her poems have been exhibited nationally and internationally.
www.loisroma-deeley.com/ & http://ciaopoetry. blogspot.com/
M. A. Schaffner has work recently published or forthcoming in The Hollins Critic, Magma, Tulane Review, Gargoyle, and The Delinquent. Other writings include the poetry collection The Good Opinion of Squirrels, and the novel War Boys. Schaffner spends most days in Arlington, Virginia or the 19th century.
Andrew Stys is an artist known as dou_ble_you, or UU to his friends. He has been creatively active for over 30 years but only recently has emerged to the surface, in terms of his art’s visibility to the public. He is primarily a ‘paper artist’, dabbling with the cut & paste collage. For the past six years he has also been producing a number of digital montages and short movies. He has set-up a movie studio called New United Artists to cover his various collaborations with other artists, including many musicians from the rock, jazz and classical scene. (Look the name up on Facebook, to find NUA’s page.)His collages and photographs have been published in various neo-Dadaist fanzines and journals similar to and/or, like the Barcelona’s Y Sin Embargo.
Krista Surprenant is a debut author. She is currently completing her MFA in Writing from Albertus Magnus College and is a member of the AWP and the SCBWI. Her work has appeared in the SN Review and The Blast Furnace Press. She is a teacher of reading and writing in Norwalk, CT. She currently resides in North Branford, Connecticut where she spends her spare time with her amazingly supportive husband and her two beautifully inspiring sons.
tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE: Me-mi-mi-him. You-you-you-tube. Ai-yi-yi-die. tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE’s collaborator/friend D. S. Bakker is a pilot. As 44th & 45th birthday presents to himself, tENTATIVELY & Dave flew over BalTimOre (1997) & Pittsburgh (1998) to drop 950 paper airplanes each time that tENTATIVELY had designed & made. This process was one of many MYSTERY CATALYST SEEDINGS that’ve constituted tENTATIVELY’s attempts to counter over-simplistic thinking.
andrew topel currently resides in florida with his beautiful wife & wonderful daughter. he’s at work editing an anthology of visual poetry & language arts entitled RENEGADE.
Jessica Tyner is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer from Oregon and a member of the Cherokee Nation. Recent projects include travel writing with Mucha Costa Rica, copy editing for the London-based Flaneur Arts Journal, and contributing to New York’s Thalo Magazine. She has recently published poetry in Slow Trains Literary Journal, Straylight Magazine, and Glint Literary Journal.
Ian Clegg Walsh is a British artist. He makes digital art based on his original sketches, montaged with layered tones from his photography. He describes his work (under pressure) as surrealistic investigations. Ian exhibits locally to his studio in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. His website is www.iancleggwalsh.com and his studio site is http://www.creativeartshub.org.uk/
A collection of Charles Wilkinson’s poems appeared from Iron Press (1987); recent work has come out from Poetry Wales, Poetry Salzburg (Austria), The SHOp (Eire), San Pedro River Review (USA), The Raintown Review (U.S.A.), Gargoyle (USA), Shearsman , New Walk, Magma, Tears in the Fence,The Warwick Review (all U.K.) and other journals. One of his short stories is forthcoming in Ninth Letter (USA). His pamphlet Ag & Au (2013) appeared from Flarestack.
Changming Yuan, 7-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013), grew up in rural China but currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan and operates PP Press. Recently interviewed by [PANK] and World Poetry [CFRO100.5FM], Yuan’s poetry appears in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, Threepenny Review and 809 other publications across 28 countries.