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.

8/26/13

Sept 7: Zaher, Maugeri, Bentley

Maged Zaher is the author of Thank You for the Window Office (Ugly Duckling, 2012), Portrait of the Poet As an Engineer (Pressed Wafer, 2009), and a collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, Farout Library Software (Tinfish Press, 2007). His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket magazine and Banipal. He has performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and American University in Cairo, among other places.

Carolina Maugeri is a poet and artist living in South Philly.

Amelia Bentley completed a BA at Evergreen State College in 2011, studying philosophy and poetry. Past jobs have included roofing, organic farming, in-home care-giving, and most recently positions at Copper Canyon Press and Kelly Writers House. Work has or will soon appear in several locations including The Portable Boog Reader, Tinge and Fact-Simile. A chapbook, & PARTS, was released from Damask Press in March 2013. Unpublishable aggregations of multiple minimum viable personalities can be found at: speakwright.org.

5/6/13

May 11: Kelsey, Pethybridge, Teare

Karla Kelsey is author of three volumes of poetry: Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary (Ahsahta Press), Iteration Nets (Ahsahta Press), and A Conjoined Book (Omnidawn, forthcoming). Along with editing and writing reviews for the Constant Critic she is co-editor of Split Level Texts. She teaches in the creative writing program at Susquehanna University.

Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press). His poems appear widely in journals such as Chicago Review, Volt, New American Writing, Poor Claudia, The Iowa Review and others. He is the North American editor for Likestarlings, a web-based archive of collaborative poetry and poetics. He is currently at work on documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled "Found Poem Including History, an Essay on the Epic." He grew up in Virginia.

Brian Teare lived and taught in the Bay area for over a decade. He now lives and teaches in Philadelphia where he runs his own micropress, Albion Books. He's published four full-length books—The Room Where I Was Born, Sight Map, the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure, and Companion Grasses—as well as the chapbooks Pilgrim, Transcendental Grammar Crown, [black sun crown], and ] up arrow [.

4/17/13

April 27: Godfrey, Varrone, Arrieu-King

John Godfrey was born in New York in 1945. He has worked and written in New York's east village for more than three decades. Godfrey's recent books include Tiny Gold Dress (Lunar Chandelier Press, 2012), City of Corners (Wave Books, 2008), Private Lemonade (Zephyr Press, 2003) and Push the Mule (The Figures, 2001). A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University's School of Nursing, Godfrey is a retired RN Clinician in HIV/AIDS. 

Kevin Varrone’s most recent publications are box score: an autobiography, published as a free iPad app (available through the Apple's app store) and Eephus (Little Red Leaves Textile Series, 2012). His previous publications include Passyunk Lost (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), id est (Instance Press, 2007), and the chapbook g-point Almanac: 6.21-9.21 (ixnay press, 2000) all part of g-point Almanac, a four-part project loosely based on Almanacs and Books of Days. He is also the author of the chapbook the philadelphia improvements (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). 

Cynthia Arrieu-King, a native of Louisville, KY, is a professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China, Manifest, and with Sophia Kartsonis By a Year Lousy with Meteors. Her reviews and poems will appear this year in the Denver Quarterly, diode and the Kenyon Review.

3/21/13

March 30: Starkweather, Mitchell, Lyalin

Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, NC. He is the author of the First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather and 5 chapbooks from dangerous small presses. He is a founding editor of Birds, LLC and works for The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY where he helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival and Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his girlfriend, the escape artist Paige Taggart.

Natalie Lyalin is the author of the forthcoming Blood Makes Me Faint, But I Go For It (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014), Pink & Hot Pink Habitat (Coconut Books 2009), and a chapbook, Try A Little Time Travel (Ugly DucklingPresse 2010). She is a part of the Agnes Fox Press editing collective and the cofounder and coeditor of Natural History Press. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The University of the Arts.

Jason Mitchell was born in Camden, NJ. He is the author of 171 Lines and Sixth Harmonic and Other Poems, both self-published. Recent work has appeared in Stolen Island, NOÖ Weekly, Hi Zero, and Court Green. In the summer of 2012, he completed his MA in English at the University of Maine.

2/22/13

March 2: Nichols & McCarthy

Mel Nichols is the author of four collections of poetry, including Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon and Bicycle Day. Her work can also be found at The Huffington Post, Poetry, The Brooklyn Rail, PennSound, nightlightnight (with Mark Cunningham), HTML Giant, and on the LP Drew Gardner's Flarf Orchestra. Her recent essay about the collaborations of Frank O'Hara and Bill Berkson can be found in Jacket2. She teaches at George Mason University and has been a visiting artist at the Corcoran College of Art & Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and others. New books are forthcoming from Flowers & Cream Press and Edge.

Pattie McCarthy's most recent book is Marybones, published in December 2012 from Apogee Press. She is also the author of bk of (h)rs, Verso, and Table Alphabetical of Hard Words – all also from Apogee. Her chapbook L&O was published in 2011 by Little Red Leaves. Another chapbook, scenes from the lives of my parents, is forthcoming in 2013 from Bloof Books. A 2011 Pew Fellow in the Arts, she teaches literature and creative writing at Temple University.

1/12/13

Jan 26: Myles & Conrad

Eileen Myles came to New York in 1974 to be a poet and has produced more than twenty collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, plays and libretti most recently Snowflake/different streets (poetry), Inferno (a poet’s novel) for which she won a Lambda book award for lesbian fiction, and The Importance of Being Iceland/travel essays in art which was supported by a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’s grant. In 2009 she received the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America. She was awarded a 2012 Guggenheim fellowship to work on Afterglow (a memoir) which is a fantastic dog book. She lives in New York and is teaching poetry this semester at NYU.

CAConrad is the author of TRANSLUCENT SALAMANDER (TROLL THREAD Press, 2013), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON: New (Soma)tics (WAVE Books, 2012), The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010), Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). He is a 2011 PEW Fellow, a 2012 UCROSS Fellow, and a 2013 BANFF Fellow. He is a 2012 and 2013 visiting faculty member for the Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Visit him online at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com