10/18/14

Oct 25: Baus, Svalina, Ruocco, Steinberg

Eric Baus is the author of The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights), Scared Text (Colorado State U. Press), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books), and The To Sound (Wave Books). He teaches at Regis University and lives in Denver, CO.

Mathias Svalina is the author of four books, most recently Wastoid from Big Lucks Books. He is an editor for Octopus Books & teaches writing in Denver.

Joanna Ruocco is the author of several books, including Dan (Dorothy Projects), A Compendium of Domestic Incidents (Noemi Press), and Another Governess / The Least Blacksmith: A Diptych (FC2). With Brian Conn, Ruocco co-edits the fiction journal Birkensnake.

Nicole Steinberg is the author of Getting Lucky (Spooky Girlfriend Press, 2013) and two chapbooks available in 2014: Undressing from dancing girl press and Clever Little Gang, winner of the Furniture Press 4X4 Chapbook Award. Her other publications include Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens (SUNY Press, 2011) and Birds of Tokyo (dancing girl press, 2011). She's the founder of the EARSHOT reading series, based in Brooklyn, NY, and she lives in Philadelphia.

9/10/14

Sept 20: Waters, Bloch, Sadicario

Jacqueline Waters is the author of One Sleeps the Other Doesn't (Ugly Duckling Presse) and A Minute without Danger (Adventures in Poetry). Recent poems have appeared in The American Reader, Fanzine and Everyday Genius. She edits The Physiocrats, a pamphlet press.

Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She is the author of Letters to Kelly Clarkson, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Allison Corporation, forthcoming in April 2015 from Sidebrow. Other work has appeared recently in Fact-Simile, The Offending Adam and The Volta. She works as associate director of the Kelly Writers House, teaches literature and creative writing at Penn, and coedits Jacket2.

Jaclyn Sadicario is from New York but let's face it, she's a Philadelphia poet now. She is the co-editor of bedfellows, a small, Philadelphia based literary magazine focused on intimacy & relationships, which she co-edits alongside Alina Pleskova--the second issue of bedfellows was released in print June 2014 and will be hosted at bedfellowsmagazine.com starting September 21st in anticipation of Philalalia. Her work can be found in a recent pizza poem anthology entitled 'By the Slice' released in August 2014 from Spooky Girlfriend Press, trinity review, & mad house, among other places. If you want to see more of her work, offer to publish her manuscript or talk to her. She can't keep making Nicole Steinberg edit her weird poems.

5/20/14

May 31: Wallace, Osman, Devaney

Mark Wallace is the author and editor of more than fifteen books and chapbooks of poetry, fiction, and essays. Most recently he has published a book-length prose poem, Notes from the Center on Public Policy, and a novel, The Quarry and The Lot. He lives in San Diego, California, and teaches at California State University San Marcos.

Jena Osman's latest book is Corporate Relations, put out by Burning Deck Press last month. Burning Deck also published her first ever chapbook, Twelve Parts of Her, 25 years ago. Parts of Corporate Relations have been set to music by the composer Ted Hearne, and you can hear the piece performed by The Crossing on June 15 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Osman's other recent books include Public Figures and The Network. She teaches in the English Department at Temple, where she's currently the director of the MFA Creative Writing Program.

Thomas Devaney is the author of Calamity Jane (Furniture Press Books, 2014) and The Picture That Remains (The Print Center, 2014). He is the editor of ONandOnScreen and teaches at Haverford College.

5/3/14

May 10: Brown, Ronan, Bell

Lee Ann Brown was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of In the Laurels, Caught, Polyverse, The Sleep That Changed Everything and collaborative projects such as “The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time” with Tony Torn and Bagatelles for Cornell with Karen Randall. She is the founder of the award-winning independent poetry press, Tender Buttons, co-founder of The French Broad Institute (of Time & the River), and associate Professor of English at St. John’s University. Brown multiplies her time between New York City and Marshall, North Carolina.

Meg Ronan is the author of the obligatory garnish argument (SpringGun Press 2014). Her poems have appeared in 1913: a journal of forms, APARTMENT Poetry, Robot Melon, West Wind Review, & other lovely journals. She works as a shop girl at Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC and tries to be like a good party.

Marion Bell is a poet who has lived in Philadelphia since 2007. She has written a chapbook called The Abjector, from con/crescent press and a manuscript called You People. You can find some of her writing online at Jupiter 88 and Elective Affinities. Some poems and her first ever interview are forthcoming on the Edwin Johns blog. If you were to describe her writing as a post punk musical genre it would be something like ambient emo queercore.

4/16/14

Apr 26: Heinowitz, Holmquest, Morse & Shayevich

Cole Heinowitz is the author of two books of poetry, Daily Chimera (Incommunicado, 1995) and The Rubicon (A Rest, 2008), the chapbook, Stunning in Muscle Hospital (Detour, 2002), and the critical study, Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826: Rewriting Conquest (Edinburgh University Press, 2010). She is the co-translator of Mario Santiago Papasquiaro’s Advice from 1 Disciple of Marx to 1 Heidegger Fanatic (Wave Books, 2013) and is currently translating the poetry and prose of Alejandra Pizarnik and the late letters of Antonin Artaud. Cole teaches literature at Bard College and lives in the Catskills.

Ainsley Morse is an advanced form of A.I. language-recognition technology, yearning hotly for a place at the table of Natural Speakers.

Bela Shayevich is a haunted hospital on Chicago's south side where she underwent hernia surgery several months after she immigrated to the United States, in 1991. As she came to from the anesthesia, she was presented with a plastic skeleton keychain with green jewels for eyes. Cured, in the early 2000s, she was shut down. Demons bite around inside her.

Brandon Holmquest is a scrappy fighter from Philadelphia who thinks birds look like candy, is good at screaming names and loses the fight at the end of the movie despite all the grit and heart, etc and the best efforts of Burgess Meredith.

3/5/14

March 15: Foley, Miller, Macdonald

Ossian Foley is a poet and man of the sea. His first book, OF: Vol. I, was published this fall by Ugly Duckling Presse. Versions of some parts of Of: Vol. I have appeared in SET, Esque, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, 6x6, and elsewhere. With James Longley, Ossian edits LVNG Magazine, published by Flood Editions. With his dog, Satchel, he lives in Tallahassee, FL and Port Townsend, WA.

David James Miller is a poet, editor, and publisher. He is the author of the chapbooks As Sequence and Facts & Other Objects, and his writing was chosen by Charles Bernstein as the runner-up for the Marsh Hawk Poetry Prize. His writing can be found or is forthcoming in: The Cultural Society, LVNG, Otoliths, Moria, elimae, Diagram, and elsewhere. He edits SET, an annual journal of experimental poetry, publishes Elis Press, and lives with his family.

JenMarie Macdonald is the author of Sometime Soon Ago (Shadow Mountain 2009) and Graceries (Horse Less Press 2013), co-authored with Travis Macdonald, with whom she also publishes Fact-Simile Editions.

2/14/14

Feb 22: Jaramillo, Cushing, Nghiem

Laura Jaramillo is a poet from Queens. She is the author of The Reactionary Poems(olywa press, 2008), Civilian Nest (Love Among the Ruins, 2010) and MATERIAL GIRL (Subpress, 2012). She writes on transnational cinema and immigration at Duke University, where she is pursuing her PhD.

Iris Cushing was born in Tarzana, California. A former resident of Arizona, she has been a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park. She is the author of Wyoming (Furniture Press Books, 2013), and lives in New York, where she teaches writing and edits Argos Books.

Quyen H. Nghiem writes poems about work, childhood, boredom, love, wonders, getting fat, things that happen, life. Fat jars of thick words. Sometimes he writes poems that I suspect are not about anything, not caring to be understood. Do men make chairs or liquor in order to be understood? When Quyen writes, “one-million-year-old-light / hits my eyes / drink it in / then forget it all!” his playful abrugeneity of verbiage is fleeting, but not urgent – like a naked boy peeing from a tree branch. That boy is Quyen. He has published small chapbooks of songs bound with string, one of which I own and will never give away. ~ Sean C. Taras


1/14/14

Jan 25: Landers, Ward, Davisson

Susan Landers is the author of 248 mgs., a panic picnic (O Books, 2003), Covers (O Books, 2007), 15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of Style (Least Weasel, 2011) and What I Was Tweeting While You Were On Facebook (Perfect Lovers, 2013). Her latest project--a book of poems that mashes up The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Gertrude Stein's Making of Americans, and the history of Germantown, Philadelphia--is called Franklinstein. She blogs about her work at susanlanders.tumblr.com.

Dana Ward is the author of Some Other Deaths of Bas Jan Ader (Flowers & Cream) The Crisis of Infinite Worlds (Futurepoem) & This Can't Be Life (Edge Books). He lives in Cincinnati, hosts the Cy Press @ Thunder Sky Inc reading series, & edits, along with Paul Coors, Perfect Lovers Press.

Ian Davisson has lived in Philadelphia for 5 years, living in 7 different apartments and trying to figure out life. He has a lot of manuscripts he wants to be just perfect, but one day he's gonna release everything into the world and feel free. Thanks to everyone he knows. Without them, he would still be a quiet, shy little dude. Poems can be found in Bedfellows, Tenderloin, Little Red Leaves, and on this blog.

11/17/13

Nov 23: Donovan & Zuzga

Thom Donovan is a poet, editor, curator, and teacher currently living in Brooklyn, NY. His first trade edition book, The Hole, appeared with Displaced Press in 2012. He is the co-editor and publisher of ON Contemporary Practice, an online journal and print monograph series for critical writings about one’s contemporaries. From 2010-2012 he edited the column “5 Questions for Contemporary Practice” at Art21 blog. He is currently editing Supple Science: a Robert Kocik Primer (with Michael Cross; ON Contemporary Practice Monograph Series, fall 2013) and To Look At The Sea Is To Become What One Is: the Essential Writings of Etel Adnan (with Brandon Shimoda; Nightboat Books, forthcoming summer 2014). He teaches courses in poetics and writing at School of Visual Arts, Parsons, and Pratt Institute.

Jason Zuzga was born in Camden, NJ and grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ. He is the nonfiction editor of FENCE. His first book of poetry, title to come, (suggestions welcome), maybe Pop Blister?, will be published in 2016 by Saturnalia Books. His chapbook Atom's Licks is available through Scharmel Iris Vanity Press. His next chapbook, 100 Clews, is forthcoming from Spork Press. He is writing a dissertation about alien places.

10/7/13

Oct 26: Lewis, Klane, Bennett

erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies. Books include the precipice of jupiter (Queue Books) and camera obscura (BlazeVox Books), both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein, and murmur in the inventory, just out from Shearsman Books (January 2013). Chapbooks include excerpts from camera obscura (EtherDome Press) and excerpts from murmur in the inventory (Ypolita Press). She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. His books include B (Stockport Flats, 2008) and Che (Stockport Flats, 2013). Recent work can be found in: Horse Less Review, The Death and Life of American Cities, and Harp & Altar. He currently lives and writes in Albany, where he co-curates the Yes! Poetry & Performance Series and teaches at Russell Sage College. See: matthewklane.blogspot.com.

Jacob A. Bennett was born in Detroit and raised in Salem. He lives in Philadelphia now, via Middletown, Somerville, Brookline, Cambridge, Prague, and Brooklyn. He writes reviews for Phantom Limb and teaches for La Salle University.