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MadHat (Mad Hatters' Review) Issue 15 Working Stiffs
Masthead Spring 2013

Founder   Carol Novack
Publisher & Executive Editor Marc Vincenz
Managing Editor   Jonathan Penton
Outgoing Managing Editor   Susan Lewis
Poetry Editor   Clare L. Martin
Fiction Editor   Matt Maxwell
Translations Editor   Alex Cigale
Cross-genre Editor   j/j hastain
Multimedia Editor   CamillE Bacos
Arts Editor   Melissa Stern
Copy Editor   F. J. Bergman
Contributing Editors   Lynn Alexander
    Ann Bogle
    Amy Marie Bucciferro
    Jeff Davis
    Marja Hagborg
    Marc Lowe
    Larissa Shmailo
    Gene Tanta
Web Editor   Shirley Harshenin

 

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Carol NovackCarol Novack, Founder (1948 2011). www.carolnovack.com

 

 

 

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Marc VincenzMarc Vincenz, Publisher & Executive Editor, was born in Hong Kong to Swiss-British parents. He is also Coeditor-in-chief of Fulcrum and serves on the board of Open Letters Monthly. He divides his time between Reykjavik, Zurich and NYC. His work has appeared in many journals, including Washington Square Review, Fourteen Hills, The Bitter Oleander, The Canary, Guernica, St. Petersburg Review, The Battersea Review, Superstition Review, Asymptote, Tears in the Fence, Exquisite Corpse, The Potomac, Spillway and Poetry Salzburg Review.

Recent books are: The Propaganda Factory, or Speaking of Trees (2011), Gods of a Ransacked Century (2013), Mao's Mole (2013), the verse novel, Behind the Wall at the Sugar Works (2013) and forthcoming, Beautiful Rush (2014). His translations include Werner Lutz’ Kissing Nests (2012), Nightshift / An Area of Shadows (2013) by Erika Burkart and Ernst Halter, Andreas Neeser’s Grass Grows Inward (2014), Klaus Merz’s Out of the Dust (2014), Ernst Halter’s Human Country (2014) and forthcoming from Coeur Publishing in 2014, Casting a Spell in Spring by Alexander Xaver Gewerder.

An English-German bilingual collection of his poems Additional Breathing Exercises / Zusätzliche Atemübungen is soon to be released by Wolfbach, Zurich (2014).

You can contact Marc here.

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Jonathan PentonJonathan Penton, MadHat Annual’s Managing Editor & MadHat Press Managing Editor, founded Unlikely Stories in 1998 and has helmed it through its incarnations of Unlikely 2.0, the current Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, and the 2010 anthology Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind, along with Unlikely Books. He served as Assistant Editor for three Big Bridge annuals, served on the editorial board of Mezcla: Art and Writing from the Tumblewords Project and Banned in El Paso, and has webmastered a number of artistic projects. His own poetry chapbooks are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006) and Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press, 2008).

 

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Matt MaxwellMatt Maxwell, MadHat Annual’s Fiction Editor, graduated from college with three useless degrees and has worked meaningless jobs that he detested. He is employed and employable merely because the people and companies he owes money expect restitution. He has more interests than time to master them and none of the money required to dress the part. At any social gathering, if you happen to see the sneering, mute wallflower, envious eyes openly mocking the privileged, that might be him. If you notice him, then he needs to work harder on being invisible.

 

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F. J. BergmanF. J. Bergman, MadHat Annual & MadHat-Press Copy Editor, once lived in Paris, France. She presently resides in Wisconsin, officiates as editor of Star*Line, the journal of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and is also a copy editor at Right Hand Pointing. Further manifestations occur at fibitz.com.

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Clare MartinClare L. Martin, MadHat Annual’s Poetry Editor & MadHat Lit Editor: Clare’s debut collection of poetry, Eating the Heart First, was published fall 2012 by Press 53 as a Tom Lombardo Selection. Martin’s poetry has appeared in Avatar Review, Blue Fifth Review, Melusine, Poets and Artists and Louisiana Literature, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web, for Best New Poets and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net. Her poems have been included in the anthologies The Red Room: Writings from Press 1, Best of Farmhouse Magazine Vol. 1, Beyond Katrina, and the 2011 Press 53 Spotlight. She is a lifelong resident of Louisiana, a graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a member of the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective and a Teaching Artist through the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Martin founded and directs the Voices Seasonal Reading Series in Lafayette, LA, which features new and established Louisiana and regional writers.

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Susan LewisSusan Lewis, MadHat Annual’s Outgoing Managing Editor, lives in New York City and is the editor of Posit. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks: This Visit (BlazeVOX [books], 2014), How to be Another (Červená Barva Press, 2014), State of the Union (Spuyten Duyvil Press, 2013), The Following Message (White Knuckle Press, 2013), At Times Your Lines (Argotist Ebooks, 2012), Some Assembly Required (Dancing Girl Press, 2011), Commodity Fetishism, winner of the 2009 Červená Barva Press Chapbook Award, and Animal Husbandry (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Her work has appeared in a great number of journals and anthologies, including Berkeley Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Cimarron Review, The Journal, The New Orleans Review, Phoebe, Raritan, Seneca Review, SpringGun, Truck, Verse (online), and Verse Daily. It been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and performed on stage and in concert halls such as Carnegie’s Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center.

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Alex CigaleAlex Cigale, MadHat Annual’s Translations Editor: Alex's poems have appeared in Colorado, Green Mountains, and St. Petersburg reviews, in Gargoyle, Hanging Loose, Many Mountains Moving, Redactions, Tampa Review, Tar River Poetry, and 32 Poems, and online in Drunken Boat, H_ngm_n, and McSweeney's. His translations from the Russian can be found in Crossing Centuries: the New Generation in Russian Poetry, Brooklyn Rail InTranslation, Modern Poetry in Translation's 3.13 Transplants, and PEN America 12 Correspondences. Two of his translations of early Alexei Tsvetkov poems, three early poems by the Chuvash-Russian Gennady Aygi, and three short fictions of the Russian Absurdist Daniil Kharms are forthcoming respectively in Unsplendid (3.2,) Drunken Boat (13,) and Eleven Eleven (10). He has also just edited a global translation issue of Qarrtsiluni and is on the editorial board of Third Wednesday. Alex was born in Chernovsty, Ukraine and lived in St. Petersburg, Russia between the ages of 2 and 9.

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j/j hastainj/j hastain, MadHat Annual’s Cross-genre Editor, is the author of several cross-genre books including the trans-genre book libertine monk (Scrambler Press), The Non-Novels (forthcoming, Spuyten Duyvil) and The Xyr Trilogy: a Metaphysical Romance of Experimental Realisms. j/j’s writing has most recently appeared in Caketrain, Trickhouse, The Collagist, Housefire, Bombay Gin, Aufgabe and Tarpaulin Sky. j/j has been a guest lecturer at Naropa University, University of Colorado and University of Denver.

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CamillE BacosCamille Bacos, MadHat Annual’s Multimedia Editor, is a filmmaker who belongs to the new generation of Romanian filmmakers that emerged after the collapse of the communist regime. She experiments with the images and words to deconstruct meanings and build visual thoughts. She lives in the heartland of US, in an area that was not touch by any “recent” glaciations where she is nurturing grapes, parrots & her spirit. Her work can be seen here.

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Melissa SternMelissa Stern, MadHat Annual’s Arts Editor, is a studio artist, book designer, arts journalist, and critic living in New York City and Shokan, NY. She works with paper, clay, mixed materials, and new media technology, and frequently collaborates with writers on projects which marry the literary and visual arts. Her work is exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S. and Canada. She covers the New York art scene for City Arts and the New York Press. Her website is www.melissa-stern.com.

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Gene TantaGene Tanta, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor, was born in Timisoara, Romania and lived there until 1984, when his family immigrated to the United States. Since then, he has lived in DeKalb, Iowa City, New York, Oaxaca City, Iasi, Milwaukee, and Chicago. He is a poet, visual artist, and translator of contemporary Romanian poetry. His first poetry book is called Unusual Woods (BlazeVOX, 2010). His second poetry book is called Pastoral Emergency. [Sample]

Tanta earned his MFA in Poetry from the Iowa's Writers' Workshop in 2000 and his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009 with literary specialization in twentieth-century American poetry and the European avant-garde. His poems, translations, and artwork work may be found in journals such as: EPOCH, Ploughshares, Circumference Magazine, Cream City Review, Exquisite Corpse, Watchword, Columbia Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, and Drunken Boat. Tanta has had two collaborative poems with Reginald Shepherd anthologized in Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. Most recently, he has chaired a panel at the 2010 AWP titled, Immigrant Poetry: Aesthetics of Displacement. Currently, he is preparing to live in Romania as a Fulbright Scholar for 2012-2013. www.genetanta.com

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Amy Marie BucciferroAmy Marie Bucciferro, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor, studied critical theory and poetry at The George Washington University and now specializes in digital media strategy and nonprofit organization management, focusing on water and the waterfront, food policy, and community engagement. She currently works for BizBash Media and consults for PortSide NewYork and other local nonprofits.

 

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Ann BogleAnn Bogle, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor. Ann's short stories have appeared in more than forty journals, including Asymptote, New World Writing, and Wigleaf Top 50 2013. Her short collection, Country Without a Name, illustrated by Daniel Harris, is forthcoming from Veery Imprints.

 

 

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Marja HagborgMarja Hagborg, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor, writes short fiction and paints in Chicago.

 

 

 

 

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Marc LoweMarc Lowe, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor, wears many masks these days, too many to list here. His latest ebook collection, Nothing Man (2013), is available through Smashwords and other vendors such as iTunes (iBooks), Barnes & Noble, etc. His first ebook collection, ‘Sui Generis’ and Other Fictions (2010) is (still) available as a free .pdf download from ISMs Press.

 

 

 

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Jeff DavisJeff Davis, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor, a member of the advisory board of the Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center in Asheville, NC, attended UNC-Greensboro’s MFA program in creative writing, received his Master’s from the S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo, and apprenticed to a Kwakwaka’wakh carver of ceremonial masks and totem poles in Alert Bay, British Columbia, from 1971 to 1975. He later taught anthropology and history at UNC-Asheville . His poems have appeared in Lillabulero, Iron, Asheville Poetry Review, the Nantahala Review, and other magazines; books include Transits of Venus (2005), and NatureS: Selected Poems, 1972 – 2005 (2006). Since 2005 he has hosted the radio program Wordplay, which celebrates poets and writers of creative prose; it airs each Sunday at 5:00 PM on Asheville FM. (www.naturespoetry.blogspot.com)

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Larissa ShmailoLarissa Shmailo, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor, is the editor of the new anthology, Twenty-first Century Russian Poetry and is the founder of The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses. Her translation of A. Kruchenych's Victory over the Sun was used for the Los Angeles County Museum's landmark restaging of the multimedia zaum opera and continues to be taught and performed internationally. Larissa's poetry, essays, and criticism have appeared in The Common, Barrow Street, Drunken Boat, Fulcrum, Sensitive Skin, Gargoyle, Rattapallax, poetry.about.com, Jacket, and the anthologies Words for the Wedding (Penguin) and Contemporary Russian Poetry (Dalkey Archive). Her books of poetry are In Paran (BlazeVOX [books]), the chapbook A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva Press), and the e-book Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks); her poetry CDs are The No-Net World and Exorcism, available on Spotify, iTunes, and other music outlets. She received the New Century Music Awards for poetry with jazz, electronica, and rock, and “Best Album” for Exorcism.

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Lynn AlexanderLynn Alexander, MadHat Annual’s Contributing Editor, is the founder and publisher of Full of Crow Press, which includes the online periodicals Full of Crow, (Quarterly Poetry, Quarterly Fiction, Interview Series, MiCrow, Reviews, Chapbook Series, and more) Fashion For Collapse, and CorpFlux as well as producing the annual Toxic Abatement Poetry Festival (San Francisco, CA), Crow Radio, and most recently Radio Collapse. She is the author of the chapbooks Flesh Made Widow and Prologue for Mariamne. She has served as an editor, contributor, and columnist for Red Fez, Project U, Outsider Writers, Sphere, MUST, Calliope Nerve, and also as a contributor to art publications and international projects where her background in visual and graphic art has informed her interviews and collections. She has featured and performed her work at festivals.

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Shirley HarsheninShirley Harshenin, MadHat Annual’s Web Editor, has been with Mad Hatters’ Review since its debut issue in 2005. Visit her web design site: Nut-Head Productions. Visit her SRA information website here.

 

 

 

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