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Mad Hatters' Review Issue 10, Fall 2008
Contributors
Authors  and  Contributing Columnists, Musicians & Artists

ANDREWS, Rich
ARMY OF CLOWNS
BARKSDALE-BRUNER, Beebe
BASSETT, Michael

BOGLE, Ann
BROWN, Ray
CAPOBIANCO, Domenick
CARUSO, Jenna

Vispo Contributors
aND, mIEKAL
BENNETT, C. Mehrl
BENNETT, John M.
CALLEJA, J. M.
CASSIDY, Thomas M.
CHIROT, David Baptiste
ERNST, K.S.
FINCH, Ian
FRAZER, Vernon
GRUMMAN, Bob
HANSEN, Jefferson
HILL, Crag
HUTH, Geof
MURPHY, Sheila E.
PADIN, Clemente
PETERS, Michael
ROSENBERG, Marilyn R.
SANDERS, James
SCHENK, Ed
SPATHI, Litsa
VASSILAKIS, Nico
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Army of ClownsArmy of Clowns

Army of Clowns was a collaborative art group founded in 1998 in Austin, TX and recently disbanded in 2007. Rick Delaney, Morgan Knicely and Harold Lehman created AOC to continue the work of the legendary and now defunct multimedia performance based group - Circus of Fools.

A Human Being A Machine presents two men [both portrayed by Morgan Knicely] seated at a table. As one begins to eat a hot dog, the other begins to 'uneat' it.

Audio accompaniment written by HaroldLehman.

At a glance the work is humorous and lighthearted. On another level, the video comments on the way we repeatedly 'feed' ourselves what we've already digested, avoiding experiences that are outside of our norm. The video also invokes our fascination with watching other's perform mundane activities -- eating, or sleeping, shopping, etc. This is a carry over of all the 'reality tv' series that are prevalent today.

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Beebe Barksdale-BrunerBeebe Barksdale-Bruner

Beebe Barksdale-Bruner has an MFA from Queens University in poetry and a forthcoming book, It Comes To Me Loosely Woven by Press 53.

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Michael BassettMichael Bassett

Michael Bassett holds an MFA from Vermont College and a Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi. His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Barrow Street, Cider Press Review, Fugue, Lullwater Review, Concho River Review and Kakalak. Pudding House Press published his chapbook, Karma Puppets, in 2003. is latest volume, Waiting for Love to Make My Phone Explode is available from March Street Press. Winner of the 2005 Fugue Poetry Contest judged by Tony Hoagland and the Joan Johnson Award, Michael teaches, writes and creates visual art in South Florida.

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Ann BogleAnn Bogle

Ann Bogle's short stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Washington Revew, Black Ice, Big Bridge, Submodern Fiction, among other journals. Her prose poem chapbook, XAM: Paragraph Series was published by Xexoxial Editions in 2005.

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Ray BrownRay Brown

Ray Brown resides in the sprawl known as Atlanta , with its faded highways and shining automobiles and those dirty streets of the endless order but I got that gypsy curse , so I don't know where you can find me. But if you really want to exchange pleasantries you might try the open wound.

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Jenna CarusoJenna Caruso

Jenna Caruso is an associate writer for Native American Casino Magazine and is seeking her Master’s in Writing from DePaul University. She currently resides in Chicago, IL and can be reached at caruso881981@yahoo.com.

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Raymond FedermanRaymond Federman

IN THE SANDBOX He constantly tortures himself to know who he is, he wants to know, wants to understand himself, but perhaps it is this ignorance of his self that is his strength, his destiny, never to understand himself and to remain always misunderstood ... He offers himself totally, his head, hands, mind, soul, zipper, all open, not to expose himself, but as an initiatory gesture ... This is his way of saying, I am here, everything I have is here take it ... Such ego as he may be said to have is the referred ego of those outside of him who give it back to him as they see him ... He is not generous in any received social, sentimental sense, it is simply his nature not an acquired virtue, a personal gesture, like the way he watches over others ... He is a child in a sandbox asking others to come and play, but no one comes to play with him ... More often than not, they mirror him, but the mirroring does not reflect, it obscures who he is ...

Author's websites: raymondfederman.blogspot.com and federman.com

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Larry FondationLarry Fondation

Larry Fondation is the author of the novel Angry Nights and of Common Criminals, a collection of short stories. His third book, Fish, Soap and Bonds --a novel featuring a trio of homeless characters – came out in March 2007. The novel is illustrated by noted London-based artist, Kate Ruth. The three books are part of a planned sequence of five books of fiction focusing on the Los Angeles underbelly. Unintended Consequences, a story collection (also with drawings by Kate Ruth), will be published in 2009.

Fondation has lived in LA since the 1980s and worked for fifteen years as an organizer in South Central Los Angeles, Compton, and East LA. Continuing his civic involvement, Fondation was appointed in July 2006 to the City of Los Angeles Ballot Simplification Committee.

His fiction and non-fiction pieces have appeared in a range of diverse publications including Flaunt (where he is Writer-at-Large), Plastique, West, Fiction International, Night Train, Quarterly West, the Los Angeles Times and the Harvard Business Review. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Lalo FoxLalo Fox

Lalo Fox is one of those people with a long list of pursuits preceded by the word "former"… of which the most recent is co-editor of The Hiss Quarterly. Prior to that, he helped TQR get off the ground, and assisted Beverly Jackson in producing Ink Pot. Little of his own work has been published — there may be a good reason for that.

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Rebecca GoodmanRebecca Goodman

Rebecca Goodman’s novel, The Surface of Motion, was published by Green Integer Press (2008). She lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

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Bob GrummanBob Grumman

Bob Grumman works as a substitute teacher in Charlotte County, Florida, where he also runs (ever more weakly) the Runaway Spoon Press, writes a column on contemporary burst-norm poetry for Small Press Review, and composes various kinds of poems. His latest books are April to the Power of the Quantity Pythagoras Times Now, a collection of mathematical poems, and From Haiku to Lyriku, a critical discussion of haiku and haiku-like poems.

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Mary HamrickMary Hamrick

I was born in New York and moved to Florida when I was a young girl. My writing often reflects the contrast between my Northern and Southern upbringing. Current and forthcoming publications include Arabesques Press, Architecture Ink, Both Sides Now, Cezanne's Carrot, Coe Review, Cool Plums, Howling Dog Press (OMEGA 6), Lucidity Poetry Journal, Mother Verse Magazine, Ocean Magazine, On the Page Magazine, Pemmican, Poetry Repair Shop, Poems Niederngasse, Potomac Review, Rosebud Magazine, Scrivener's Pen, Tattoo Highway, The Barricade, The Binnacle, The Harrow, The New Verse News, The Subway Chronicles and others.

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Niels HavNiels Hav

Niels Hav, Danish poet and short story writer, lives in Copenhagen.
Hav has published five collections of poetry and three books of short fiction – most recently WE ARE HERE, a collection of poetry published by Book Thug, Toronto 2006. Some of his poems and stories have been translated into several languages, including Spanish, Arabic, Turkish and Italian. Review. NH has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards. Article.

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Tania HershmanTania Hershman

Tania Hershman (www.taniahershman.com) is a former science journalist living in Jerusalem, Israel. Her short stories have been published in print and online in publications including Riptide, Cafe Irreal, the Hiss Quarterly, Front&Centre, Vestal Review, Steel City Review, Creating Reality, Entelechy Review, the Steel City Review, and Transmission, and the Wonderwall and Ideas Above Our Station anthologies from Route. She has had three stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Tania is the editor of The Short Review, a site dedicated to reviewing short story collections and anthologies. Her own first collection, The White Road and Other Stories, will be published by Salt Publishing in September 2008.

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Tim HorvathTim Horvath

Tim Horvath won the 2006 Raymond Carver Short Story Award and the '06 prize of the Society for the Study of the Short Story. His stories are out or forthcoming in Alimentum: The Literature of Food, Fiction, Web Conjunctions, SleepingFish, Sein und Werden, and elsewhere. He teaches a class for Grub Street Writers in Boston centered on the application of findings from brain science to writing and literature. His novella Circulation, called "a glittering narrative performance" by David Huddle, will be released as a short book by Sunnyoutside Press in January 2009. He is currently working on a novel in which one or more (it is unclear which) microscopic counternovels fester in the interstices of the typeface and must be eradicated lest the infrastructure come crashing down.

Author's website.

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Allan Kolski HorwitzAllan Kolski Horwitz

ALLAN KOLSKI HORWITZ grew up in Cape Town where he studied political philosophy and literature. Between 1974 and 1985 he lived in the Middle East, Europe and North America, returning to South Africa in 1986 when he worked in the trade unions as an organizer and educator. He is currently involved in worker housing and provident funds in Johannesburg. He is a member of the Botsotso Jesters, poetry performance group, and is coordinator of the Botsotso Publishing editorial committee. His poetry has been published in Saving Water, and his fiction in Un/common Ground. His most recent publication is a children’s parable entitled Blue Wings.

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Geof HuthGeof Huth

Geof Huth has lived in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and North and South America, all the while using language for his purposes. His interest in language turned him into a poet, a visual poet, and a thinker on words. He works words in many media: pixel, type, crayon, paint, pen, pencil, video, and object. He writes almost daily on visual poetry and related matters at his blog, dbqp: visualizing poetics.

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Harold JaffeHarold Jaffe

Harold Jaffe is the author of 14 volumes of fiction and "docufiction" and he is editor-in-chief of Fiction International.

Author's websites: jaffeantijaffe.com and fictioninternational.com

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Steve KatzSteve Katz

Steve Katz was born in May of 1935, in the Bronx. He has never not been a Yankee fan. Then some kid with a stiletto stabbed his basketball in Washington Heights, and that was CREAMY & DELICIOUS (eat my words in other words), published in 1970 by Random House, that started the avant-snack movement in the pre-postmodern revolution. But before that in 1968 he published at Holt, Rinehart & Winston, THE EXAGGGERATIONS OF PETER PRINCE (three g’s, we can explain it), the likes of which novel has never been seen since, a Manhattan kind of a book, provincial and puckered with graphics, full of skidmarks, false turns, pictures of boats and midwifing instruments, a paragraph written by the pre-eminent Peter Schjeldahl, a whole section crossed out, another overprinted with dreams. Even before that, he published THE LESTRIAD in Lecce, Italy, a novella of immense innovation, recently reprinted by Bamberger Books. Meanwhile he was living his life, three great kids and a great wife. He lived it in Eugene, Oregon, in Winnemucca, Nevada, in Lecce, Italy, and in Verona, Italy, in Ithaca, New York, in New York City; and he worked for the forest service, and in a mercury mine, and as many different kinds of waiters, and construction work, and bartender and other things, and then he started teaching, which was subversive, because school always made him uncomfortable, and he had never been good at student life. He lives now in Denver, Colorado, retired from teaching at the University of Colorado. And he has studied Chinese internal martial arts, and he still does, so he knows how to hurt himself. And he published SAW at Alfred Knopf, a sci-fi swat team of a novel that demonstrates how a hippopotamus evades an astronaut, safe sex with a sphere, and how oblivion comes when a cylinder's on the loose. And as a Fiction Collective pioneer he published MOVING PARTS, a book that among other things, zeroed in on the number 43, and was the first work of retrojournalism, in which the author writes an enormous, fantastic story, called Parcel of Wrists and then keeps a journal as he sets out to live that fiction. Then he took a small bite out of the ass of Hollywood, writing with Leo Garen a film called Grassland, later rented out as Hex, now rented as The Shrieking, though the best that came of it for himself was CHEYENNE RIVER WILD TRACK, a book of poems focused on making a feature film in exotic South Dakota. Very quickly the new and improved STOLEN STORIES came out at the Fiction Collective, a book of yarns classic as godzillo riding a hunch from noter dame, such stories of spiritual dread and mortal triumph as never before squeezed into a tube of instant language paste. (Available from the author in convenient family size for sexual avoidance or indulgence, as you wish. 43 bucks.) Sun & Moon Press, bless its enthusiastic, evasive, courageous little publishing heart, produced an unparalleled threesome of books -- WIER & POUCE, FLORRY OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, SWANNY'S WAYS. This triad, is a brand new investigation of the art of narrative, and an heroic assessment of our times. Then JOURNALISM, a book of poems -- prison, New York City, Hollywood, Cape Breton -- so compassioned, so germane. And Sun & Moon did 43 FICTION, swiping passages from all his books, and including some new works of mind expanding, free-fall honesty and free speech. His novel, ANTONELLO'S LION, came out last Fall from Green Integer, and was followed KISSSSSS: a miscellany, a book of short pieces, from FC2. A book length monograph about his work called 43 Views Of Steve Katz, by William Bamberger, Phd, has been published by Borgo Press.

Yesterday Steve Katz gave up writing to volunteer for a program that puts him in feathers, transforms him from a human being (of which there is an enormous glut), into a California condor (of which there be pitiful few). So if you feel the shadow pass over your body as you stroll in Santa Monica or Borrego Springs, in Woodstock or Halifax, and happen to look up to find its silent source, it could be steve katz that hits you in the eye. Visit author's website here.

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Jalina MhyanaJalina Mhyana

Jalina Mhyana’s second chapook The Wishing Bones was published by Pudding House Collections in 2007. She is currently editing the Rock Salt Plum Review print anthology and pursuing an MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. After living in rural Japan for six years, Mhyana now lives near Frankfurt, Germany where she works as a journalist for an English-language newspaper.

Author's website.

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Ted PeltonTed Pelton

Ted Pelton is a publisher, novelist, and storyteller living in Buffalo, NY. He recently received a fellowship from the Isherwood Foundation. See his press at starcherone.com and more about his writing at tedpelton.com.

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Simon PerchikSimon Perchik

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. Rafts (Parsifal Editions) is his most recent collection. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website.

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Forrest RothForrest Roth

Forrest Roth's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, NOON, Quick Fiction, Sleepingfish, Elimae, Double Room, 5_Trope, Locus Novus, and other journals. He is also the author of a novella, Line and Pause (BlazeVOX, 2007). He currently lives and teaches in Buffalo, New York.

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Davis SchneidermanDavis Schneiderman

Davis Schneiderman is the author of the novel Multifesto: A Henri d’Mescan Reader (Spuyten Duyvil 2006), co-author of the novel Abecedarium (Chiasmus Press, 2007), and co-editor of Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto 2004) and The Exquisite Corpse: Creativity, Collaboration, and the World’s Most Popular Parlor Game (Nebraska, 2007). His creative work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and accepted by numerous journals including the Notre Dame Review, Fiction International, The Iowa Review Web, Exquisite Corpse, and Gargoyle. Dr. Schneiderman is an Assistant Professor of English at Lake Forest College, and co-editor of literary journal Potion (potionmag.org). Visit Davis Schneiderman's website.

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Larissa ShmailoLarissa Shmailo

Larissa Shmailo has been published in Fulcrum, Rattapallax, Big Bridge, Drunken Boat, MiPoesias, and many other publications. Larissa translated the Russian Futurist opera Victory over the Sun by A. Kruchenych; a DVD of the original English-language production is part of the collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the Hirsshorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institute. She recently contributed translations to the new anthology Contemporary Russian Poetry published by Dalkey Archive Press. Larissa Shmailo is a director of TWiN Poetry, an informal international collective of over 10,000 recording poets and their listeners, a public coordinator for the acclaimed annual Fulcrum, and curator of Sliding Scale Poetry, which organizes poetry fundraising events for literacy and human services organizations. Her popular poetry CD, The No-Net World (SongCrew 2006 has been heard on radio and Internet broadcasts across the U.S. and the U.K. Her new chapbook is A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva Press 2008), and new poetry CD is Exorcism (SongCrew 2008). Larissa is listed in the Poetry Kit Who's Who in poetry. Author's websites: Audio & Poetry Blog. View Larissa's video CD here. Larissa's CDs: The No-Net World and Exorcism on iTunes.

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C. B. SmithC. B. Smith

Life for CB Smith began in a southern part of the northern hemisphere where the heavy misted skies threatened to strangle him in swamps of crocodile infested feculent. Abandoned at birth by Trotskyite revolutionaries, he was picked up by a wild crazy eyed trader and transported to a remote Indian jungle where he was raised by a band of itinerate lion-tailed macaque monkeys trying to write Hamlet using IBM Selectric Typewriters. Thus began his life. His essays, surreal fiction, and book reviews, have been published in various worldwide e-zines and magazines. He is far from normal.

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Terese SvobodaTerese Svoboda

The current McGee professor at Davidson College, Terese Svoboda is the author of ten books, most recently a memoir, Black Glasses Like Clark Kent,which won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. Critic Geoffrey O’Brien named her first novel, Cannibal, one of the best books in print. Her writing has been featured in the New Yorker, New York Times, the Atlantic, Slate, Bomb, Columbia, Yale Review and the Paris Review. Her honors include an O. Henry Prize for the short story, a nonfiction Pushcart Prize, a translation NEH grant, three New York Foundation for the Arts grants in poetry and fiction, a New York State Council for the Arts and a Jerome Foundation grant in video, the John Golden Award in playwriting, the Bobst Prize in fiction and the Iowa Prize in poetry. Her opera WET premiered at L.A.’s Disney Hall in 2005. She has taught at Williams, William and Mary, the Universities of Hawaii and Miami, the New School, Sarah Lawrence, Fairleigh Dickinson, Bennington, Fordham University, San Francisco State, and for the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia and Nairobi.

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Elizabeth SwitajElizabeth Switaj

Since graduating from the now-defunct Poetics MFA program at New College of California in 2004, Elizabeth Kate Switaj has been teaching EFL and ELL in various countries, including Japan and China. She has two books of poetry forthcoming: How to Drink a Floral Moon from Blue Lion Books and Magdalene & the Mermaids from Paper Kite Press. Her chapbook, The Broken Sanctuary, is available from Ypolita Press. She edits CRIT Journal and is Assistant Editor of Inertia Magazine.

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Cheryl Townsend, artwork by DidiCheryl Townsend

Cheryl A Townsend is the co-founder of the Women’s Art Recognition Movement (WARM) and onetime owner of the Impecunious Art Gallery. Her own photography has been used on book & CD covers, as well as featured in several magazines. She used to publish Impetus magazine via her Implosion Press, but put that aside when she opened up her bookstore, cat’s Impetuous Books, in downtown Kent, Ohio. Now that she does neither, she is trying to get her muse back & work on some neglected writing projects. MySpace.

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mIEKAL aNDmIEKAL aND

mIEKAL aND is a longtime DIY cultural anarchist & the creator of an infoplex worth of visual-verbal lit, audio-art, performance ritual & hypermedia, all distributed by Xexoxial Editions. His hypermedia works reside at JOGLARS Crossmedia Broadcast. Recent work has focused on activating online collaborative workspaces where writers & media artists can create collective digital works in a real time environment. "Bystander: An Irreality" is a 'pataphysical post-apocalyptic novella just out from BlazeVOX. Recent books with Maria Damon include "eros/ion" (ntamo 2007), "pleasureTEXTpossession" (Zasterle 2004) & "Literature Nation" (Potes & Poets 2003). With Camille Bacos, he has produced a number of visual-poetry digital films including "...entré pyrobiblios..." and "The Samsara Laundry" which have been shown at festivals at Harvard & Notre Dame.

Since 1991, he has made his home at Dreamtime Village, a hypermedia / permaculture village project, located in the driftless bioregion of southwestern Wisconsin. And devotes much time to creating edible wilderness indoors & out, growing such things as figs, citrus, cherries, grapes & chestnuts. 1998 marked the creation of THE DRIFTLESS GROTTO OF WEST LIMA, a permanent public grotto/park/installation which when finished will feature a bird-operated time machine in a 25 ft blue glass tower.

A few additional mIEKAL aND website links: The Internalational Dictionary of Neologisms, Spidertangle Visual Poetry Network, Xexoxial Editions ~publishing experimedia since 1981~, EPC Author Page.

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C. Mehrl BennettC. Mehrl Bennett
Vispo Gallery Curator

C edited this visual poetry gallery & with Camille Bacos did a video interview of mIEKEL aND for this issue. She returned in July from a week in Paris, France, where she participated in an artist's protest demonstration/video one afternoon wearing a paper bear mask, carrying a sign, and spouting words.

Her art, digital images, visual poetry, and collaborations have appeared in journals like Otoliths, Womb, Word for/Word, The Little Magazine, Black Box, and Madhattersreview.com. Word art exhibits include group gallery shows in Cleveland and Columbus OH, Indianapolis IN, Roanoke VA, and a one person show of her word art in New Brunswick NJ in Nov 2008. Her works appear in anthologies, such as "The Ohio State Visual Poetry in the Avant Writing Collection" and The Minnesota Center for Book Arts' "Vispoeologee". She has made visual poetry powerpoint presentations at SW TX Pop Culture convention 2007 Phoenix, AZ, at the 2008 Roanoke VA Marginal Arts Festival, and in Uruguay at a 2008 Montevideo conference organized by Clemente Padin (a vispo gallery contributor). For decades she was a consultant for John M Bennett's Lost & Found Times magazine, a journal of experimental writing/art/and poetry. Now she is consultant editor and technical facilitator for www.lulu.com/lunabisonteprods, John’s on demand publishing site for experimental and visual poetry. Her books include Words & Junk and, with collaborators, My Kimono Book, available at www.lulu.com.

Visit her Paris photos, digital art/wordart/collaborations/kimono sets online at HERE.

See online MOCA (Museum of Computer Art) guest artists slot allotted Dec.2007 at HERE.

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John M. BennettJohn M. Bennett

John M. Bennett has published over 300 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), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), and BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)), and CHANGDENTS (Offerta Speciale). He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. 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. More info at www.johnmbennett.net Ars Poetica: “Be Blank”

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J. M. CallejaJ. M. Calleja

Born in 1952 in Mataró (Barcelona) Spain. Visual poetry, multimedia artist and performer. Formed in the world of the image (photography-cinema), the artist realised various experimental films (8mm) between 1976-81.

Coordinator and curator of different creative events. Expositions: POESIA VISUAL DE L’ESTAT ESPANYOL. Lleida 1989 (travelling 1 year) and POESIA VISUAL CATALANA. Barcelona 1999 (travelling 2 years). Anthologies: 1 7 (Spanish Experimental Poetry) with J.A.Sarmiento (1980), POESIA EXPERIMENTAL-93 (1993) and V I (r) U S (2005).

Active participation in many different Experimental and Visual Poetry events and exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. Published in numerous poetry magazines: Doc(k)s, Commonpress, Vile, Poesía, Plage, Arte Postale, Cervo Volante, Views, Vltismo, Artefactos, Texturas, Insula, Offerta Speciale, Terrible Work, Farrago, Score, Ars-Interpress ...

Installations realised in Greece, México, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
Performances realised in México, Brazil, Italia, France and Spain.

Books:
LLIBRE DE LES HORES (1981), SR. L. LÓPEZ LÓPEZ (1985), + QUE MAI, PER ALS ULLS (1988), MIXTURES (1993),TRANSFUSIONS (1996), 7POEMESPERANOAPAIVAGAR LA7 (1998), ALFÀBIA (2000), TRANSBORD (2006) and HOMENAJES (2007).

Artist’s books (one copy):
INVISIBLE (1991), FUGA (1994) & STILL LIFE (1999).

Personal Exhibitions:
PASSATGES D’AIGUA. Alcoi, 1993, MÚSICA PER ALS ULLS. Barcelona & Alacant, 1996, TRASPÀS. Mataró, 1997, PAISATGES. Barcelona & Salt, 1999,VOCALES & OBJETOS PERSONALES. Barakaldo, 2001 and ENSW NEWS. Barcelona, 2005& Burgos, 2006.

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Thomas M. CassidyThomas M. Cassidy

Thomas M. Cassidy (aka Musicmaster) is a fixture in the international smallpress/mail-art community and his works have appeared in hundreds of offbeat publications, and solo and group shows around the world. He has shown/performed at colleges, universities, festivals, libraries and galleries across the country, is a member of Minneapolis’ Telecommunications Board, the Cheap Theatre Board, and has participated as a producer, performer and chalk artist in the Minneapolis Fringe Fest since 2002. He owes his sliver of sanity to his beautiful and tolerant wife, Dawn, and their two deranged children.

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David Baptiste ChirotDavid Baptiste Chirot

David-Baptiste Chirot –born Lafayette, Indiana, grew up in Vermont, lived also Gottingen, Germany, Arles & Paris, France, Wroclaw, Poland, Hastveda, Sweden, Boston and Milwaukee. Since 1997 essays, Visual & sound poetry, Performance Scores, prose poetry, poetry and book reviews in 70+ different print and online journals in USA, Brazil, England, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Chile, Australia, Yugoslavia, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Turkey, Japan, Holland, Belgium, Uruguay.

2007 online work at: Big Bridge (essay “Raw War” & visual poetry),
The Otolith and Word for Word (visual poetry), Galatea Resurrection 3, Galatea Resurrection 4 (long book review/essays), the Little Review, Crash Test, Listenlight, Kaurab-on-line.

Early 2008 work published/forthcoming in Wordforword, Kaurab, Black Robert, Big Bridge, Milk Magazine, Drunken Boat, Blackbox, Otoliths, Venereal Kittens, Maple Splits, CRASH/Atrocity Exhibition, SOS Arte, Moria, Dudley Review, Miniature Forests.

Video: The Continental Review: YouTube - Under the Radar Part 3.

Print Books: ANARKEYOLOGY (Runaway Spoon) Zero Poem (Traverse) Reverberations (8PagePress) tearerISm (singlepress/Kiro) found rubBEings (Xexoxial Editions Xerolage 32) El Colonel Smiles (dusie kollektiv)
Forthcoming Spring 2008: “Walls” 60 color pages of paintings from Otoliths Press and a 30 pp. Visual Poetry book from NON Press

Print Anthologies: Word, Score, Utterance, Choreography (Writers Forum, London Editors Bob Cobbing and Lawrence Upton) Loose Watch (Invisible Books, London) LAFT Anthology (Pavement Saw) Sugar Mule An Anthology of Collaborations, Oranges Hung (Traverse), Visible Language Special Double Fluxus Issue Volumes 39.3 and 40. Light and Dust Mobile Anthology of Poetry at Thing.net.

Signalism (2007) and Signalism (2008), Spidertangle Anthology (2008). Works translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Bosnian, French, Serbian. Have participated in 350 Mail Art and Visual Poetry exhibitions in 43 countries, assistant to Clemente Padin for Mail Art Hit Parade, Havana Biennal, Cuba 2000. Cover Art Work for CDs of Flux Anthologies and forthcoming for Dulabomber Label. Sound Poetry on CD/online: “Zero Poem” at Xexoxial.org. Inside covers for Spidertnalge Anthology from Xeroxial Editions. Wrap around cover for Jordan Stempelman’s “Facings” book of poetry from Otoliths Press. Curator of ongoing Mail Art/Visual Poetry call “For Lebanon, For Palestine Human Rights-Peace-Liberty” at my blog.

My work is guided by a profound faith in the Found, everywhere hidden in plain sight. To see with hands, feel with eyes, to hear forms & colors, to see sounds, words, music. To make and walk rhythmic Thanks.

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K. S. ErnstK. S. Ernst

Much of K.S. (Kathy) Ernst's work is painted, collaged, or digital. In addition, she uses three-dimensional letters in freestanding sculptures. Many of her digital pieces are output in very large format. Ernst’s work has appeared in magazines and exhibits for over 40 years. She was born in St. Louis, MO, but spent most of her life about an hour from New York City. Documentation of her work and her papers are in the Avant Writing Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts at The Ohio State University Library and the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Collection of Concrete and Visual Poetry, as well as in galleries and museums across the U.S. Additionally, she performs with the Be Blank Consort (John M. Bennett, Scott Helmes, Sheila Murphy, and Michael Peters). Her next book, “Drop Caps,” will be available soon through Xexoxical Editions.

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Ian FinchIan Finch

Ian Finch is a poet from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Unicorn Mountain, Rattle, DIAGRAM, Otoliths, and Drunken Boat. Also, his work has recently appeared in exhibitions: Plastic Poetics; Zaoem Polypoetry Festival 2008 (Ghent, Belgium); and Sylvania (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).

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Vernon FrazerVernon Frazer

With a grasp of contemporary idioms that ranges from post-Beat to post-Language and visual poetry, and from magical realism to avant-pop fiction, Vernon Frazer explores the terrain "beneath the underground" where mainstream publishers have yet to delve. His poetry synthesizes the Language Poets, the Black Mountain Poets, the West Coast Beat poets and the Concrete and Visual poets into an exciting literary amalgam that defies ready classification. Regardless of the idiom he writes in, Frazer stretches the established boundaries until they bulge with his in-your-face intensity, his gallows humor and his antic sense of play. A writer-musician whose credits include The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Knitting Factory, Frazer's innovative fusion of poetry with free form improvisation anticipated the now-popular fusion of poetry with music. Frazer has published eight books of poetry, including the longpoem IMPROVISATIONS, and three books of fiction. His work has appeared in Aught, Big Bridge, Drunken Boat, First Intensity, Golden Handcuffs Review, Jack Magazine, Lost and Found Times, Moria, Otoliths and many other literary magazines. His most recent books of poetry are Bodied Tone and Holiday Idylling. His web site is vernonfrazer.com. Frazer is married and lives in South Florida.

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Bob GrummanBob Grumman

Bob Grumman supports himself and his cat, Shirley, as a substitute teacher while annoying others with (1) visio-mathematical poems, (2) literary criticism specializing in poetry mainstream critics ignore, (3) a lifework-large, 172%-uncertified theory of psychology, (4) daily babble at his po-X-cetera blog, (5) furious arguments against those who believe someone other than William Shakespeare wrote the plays and poems of WiIliam Shakespeare; and (6) incredibly poor tennis in a seniors doubles league. His Runaway Spoon Press has been in operation, publishing his own work and that of dozens of similar wacks, for 20 years. His four full-size books are Shakespeare and the Rigidniks, Of Manywhere-at-Once, From Haiku To Lyriku, and a collection of mathemaku recently published by Otoliths called, April to the Power of the Quantity Pythagoras Times Now. He hopes to have a sci-fi novel, The Atlantreality Box, out before 2009, too.

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Jefferson HansenJefferson Hansen

Jefferson Hansen is a visual poet, poet, fiction writer, and multi-genre freak. He lives in Minneapolis. Please visit him at his blog, or at Experimental Fiction Poetry or his website.

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Crag HillCrag Hill

Crag Hill has spent nearly three decades on the concrete/verbal end of the verbal/visual continuum. He's now trying to stretch—to stretch words/language—by stretching the verbal to the visual edge as close to the snapping point he can get, to the point the verbal almost disappears in the visual.

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Geof HuthGeof Huth

Geof Huth has lived in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and North and South America, all the while using language for his own purposes. His interest in language turned him into a poet, a visual poet, and a thinker on words. He works words in many media: crayon, object, paint, pen, pencil, pixel, pollen, sound, type, and video. He writes almost daily on visual poetry and related matters at his blog, dbqp: visualizing poetics found at dbqp.blogspot.com. His most recent books of poetry are Out of Character (twenty-five typoglyphic visual poems), Longfellow Memoranda (366 tiny poems incorporating the vocabulary of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), and texistence (300 pwoermds co-written with mIEKAL aND).

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Sheila E. MurphySheila E. Murphy

Sheila E. Murphy has been actively working in visio-textual art for nine years. Her visual poetry has appeared in several gallery exhibitions and is included in selected collections. Her textual work is widely published, with some 16 full-length book collections over the past three decades. Her book, Letters to Unfinished J., received the Gertrude Stein Award from Green Integer Press. Collected Chapbooks: 1981 - 2002 is due to appear soon from Blue Lion Books. Murphy’s home is in Phoenix, AZ, where she and Beverly Carver founded and coordinated for 12 years the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Poetry Series, in which poets were commissioned to create original texts in response to visual art included in traveling exhibitions.

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Clemente PadinClemente Padin

Born in Lascano, Rocha, Uruguay (1939). Experimental poet, graphic artist, performer, videomaker, multimedia & networker. Graduated in Hispanic Literature. Edited the magazines Los Huevos del Plata (The Silver´s Eggs), 1965-1969; OVUM 10 and OVUM, 1969 -1975, Participación (Participation) 1984 -1986 and Correo del Sur (Southern Post), 2000 - 2003.

Has showed his works in several individual exhibitions in United States of America, Italy, Korea, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Belgium and Japan. Among other distinctions he was invited personally to the XVI Biennial of São Paulo (1984), to the Biennial of Havanna (2000) and Cuenca, Ecuador (2002). Scholar by the Academy of Arts and Letters of Germany (1984), has dictated seminaries in the 4 corners of the world. Since "The Poetry should Be made for All," Montevideo, 1970, has carried out countless performances in many places of the world. He is author of 18 books and hundred of notes and articles published in many places of the world too. He has participated in multiple events in Internet since 1992 and have published two CD ROMs with Net Art. He is Price Pedro Figari to the artistic trajectory, Uruguay 2005

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Michael PetersMichael Peters

Michael Peters is the author of Vaast Bin (Calamari Press, Fall 2007 ). Various manifestations of his written and captured images have appeared in journals like Sleepingfish, Word for/Word, LUNGFULL!, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, SPELL, Spinning Jenny and Kostelanetz's Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, among others. With Poem Rocket and the Be Blank Consort, aural manifestations of his sounds have appeared on recording labels such as Atavistic and Luna Bisonte Prods. His visual poetic structures can be found in various special collection libraries like the Sackner Archive; they have also appeared in numerous galleries and anthologies, such as the recent Ohio State Visual Poetry in the Avant Writing Collection and The Minnesota Center for Book Arts' Vispoeologee. As an editor and publisher of innovative writing, Peters has also edited an issue of The Little Magazine, and worked as a contributing editor for Jim Leftwich's journal Xtant. See review here.

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Marilyn R. RosenbergMarilyn R. Rosenberg

Marilyn R. Rosenberg is a visual poet and book artist from Peekskill, NY, with a studio in NYC. She has exhibited widely and has a body of work consisting of more than 500 titles that include visual poems, artists books, drawings, small press/chapbooks, unique sculptural bookworks, artists stamps, and various other works. Some are in editions, many are one of a kind pieces. A small percentage were created with collaborators. An image of hers was recently selected for inclusion in VISPOEOLOGEE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF VISUAL LITERATURE, Winter Book, MCBA, 2007, page 26. Images of her bookworks appear in exhibit catalogues and reference publications, and her bookworks are in about 80 university, college and museum libraries and/or collections world wide. MRR's most recent solo exhibit was 2007, MRR, VISUAL POETRY/ARTISTS' BOOKS, Chappaqua Library Gallery, NY, and she's been involved in over 200 international group exhibits since 1977. View more of her works here and here. Use Google Extended Search under Marilyn R. Rosenberg and Marilyn Rosenberg for more information and details.

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James SandersJames Sanders

I am a member of the Atlanta Poets Group. We meet and perform regularly. We have a blog at www.atlantapoetsgroup.blogspot.com. Among other things we also publish a sound poetry magazine at www.aslongasittakes.org.

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Ed SchenkEd Schenk

Ed Schenk lives and works in Amsterdam. In his work, he expresses his very own perception of "visible language of a culture". Most recent publications of work in Otholiths (2008, visual poetry), Black Robert Journal (2008, visual poetry), Musée de l'Elysée (2007, photography), Caught in the Act of Jazz (2007, photography). Internet links; Visible language of a culture (my own blog), Underneath the mangatree (my own blog), Otoliths, a magazine of many e-things, Black Robert Journal. Further, Ed contributes to a number of groupblogs like vispoets.com where an invitation to this gallery was listed.

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Litsa SpathiLitsa Spathi

Litsa Spathi (born 1958) is a Greek painter, performer and Fluxus artist, currently living in Heidelberg, Germany and Breda, Netherlands. She makes collages, object books, Fluxus poetry and large acrylic paintings. She used to be active in mail art as well. Her paintings belong to the category fantastic realism. In 2003 she founded together with Ruud Janssen the Fluxus Heidelberg Center in which they publish their work. As a performance she started to make Fluxus Poetry, where the result of the performance is a visual poem which is build up in several sequences. The statically visual poem later on loses its boundaries and the results are nowadays transformed into Fluxus Videos. The letters are the essential part in these newest works.

Spathi was selected to publish an essay as one of eleven contemporary "New Fluxus" artists who are seen to 'inhabit the site of Fluxus, developing and interpreting the Fluxus tradition in a new way.' in a special double issue of the journal Visible Language on Fluxus. The double issue was developed by Owen Smith and Ken Friedman and published through the Rhode Island School of Design.

Spathi attended elementary school in Sami (Kefallinia), high school in Athens, and studied German as foreign language at University Heidelberg, as well as painting, literature, philosophy (National Academy Wolfenbüttel, Germany).

In 2007 Spathi founded Fluxlist Europe as a performance. This is a platform for Fluxus artists and visual poets to publish their work and to discuss the new and old Fluxus.

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Nico VassilakisNico Vassilakis

Nico Vassilakis is a visual and textual poet living in Seattle. His recent books include DIPTYCHS (www.lulu.com) & TEXT LOSES TIME (www.lulu.com). Nico also produces visual poetry videos found at www.youtube.com/nicovassilakis.

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Contributing Artists, Musicians & Columnists
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Rich AndrewsRich Andrews
Guest Columnist

Rich barely survived 27 years working for the NYCTA as a Bus Operator. Step to the Rear stories were compiled over several years of lunches attended by a bunch of damaged but undaunted retirees who fought for every penny they earned. Rich prays he's done justice to the stories of his brothers and sisters in arms, for he loves them dearly.

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Domenick CapobiancoDomenick Capobianco
Guest Columnist

I was born in a southern Italian village near Eboli in embarrassing circumstances, best not gone into here.

I entered the United States illegally by jumping ship while in the Italian navy.

I’ve worked all over America, from the New York and Jersey docks
to competitive motorcycle racing up and down the California coast.

I’ve lost track of all the jobs I’ve had. bartender. shill. poker dealer. Bit player in Hollywood and Off-Broadway. Prospected for gold in Colorado. Didn’t find any.

After completing a tour in the United States Army I attended college-on the G.I.Bill- for degrees in art history and painting.

I am the recipient of numerous awards and grants, most notably a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting and Drawing.

I started writing in 2001. I’ve a way to go before I get it right.

Married (Elfi-Viennese). 1 kid (Domenico, nicknamed 'Nico')

Drink: Tullamore Dew, dry red wines, light 'Coke', sparkling mineral water.
Eat: pasta, smoked turkey, fish & salads.
Don't eat: wieners.
Smoke: those crooked little black stogies.
Love: sunshine, seashores, poker, Harleys, books, poetry, movies, women, Manhattan, Delta blues, and driving across America.
Involvements: poetry, writing, painting, and a woman whose name I'll never reveal.
Favorite painter: Philip Guston
Writer: Samual Beckett
Poet: Leonard Cohen
Singer: Tom Wait

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Brutus Filius Ioannis, Novo IorcoBrutus Filius Ioannis, Novo Iorco
Guest Composer

Brutus makes soup of harmonic proportions. In another life he would like to help move Princess Maria Barbara's harpsichords from Portugal to Spain, across the mountains on mules.

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Rae Desmond JonesRae Desmond Jones
Guest Columnist

Rae Desmond Jones is an Australian poet, short story writer and novelist, who has written a political novel set in Australia based around the Oedipus myth. He believes that it is publishable, but Australian publishers don't think so. He believes they are wrong, for all the right reasons. He is a Local Government Councillor, and was the Mayor of Ashfield in Sydney's inner West for two and a half years.

He likes Jonathan Swift, but is not especially anal.

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Sheila McCannSheila McCann
Contributing Cartoonist

Sheila McCann loves peering beyond the borders of her existence. Her many writings and visuals are an expression of what she's found beyond those borders. After completing a Philosophical Framework and many satirical dialogues, Sheila is happy to be working on fisheggs. She utilizes what she calls, "fishegg philosophy" to illustrate life concepts.

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