Mad Hatters' Review
 
   
Issue 5 Contributors
Authors
B. Chester Claire Olivia Moed Peter Vaudry-Brown
Bob Bradley Ludovic Janvier Brian Morrisey Ania Vesenny
SuzAnne C. Cole Paul Kavanagh Anne Portugal Ann Walters
Jeff Crouch Kathy Kubik Christian Prigent  
Spencer Dew Pierre Le Pillouër Charles P. Ries  
Michael Marks Kris Saknussemm Guest Columnists:
M. Maxwell Fred Schepartz Rich Andrews
Davis Schneiderman
Janice J. Heiss Corey Mesler Peter Schwartz
    Bob Heman Neil Mincey David Thornbrugh  
   
Artists
 
Claudia Drake D.K. McDonald Michael Whalen
Svetlana Bakushina John M Duggan Kenney Mencher X-8
John Barbato Alice Egoyan Jessica Minckley  
Nancy Calef Ken Keegan Dee Rimbaud  
Patrick Christiano Shalo Smith-Olaya Guest Composer:
Tom Denlinger Peter Malinoski Michael Tino Donald C. Meyer

Contributing Authors
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B.J. Atwood-Fukuda

BJ ATWOOD-FUKUDA lives and works in Spuyten Duyvil, NY and Woods Hole, Mass. Her work has appeared in various publications, including American Letters & Commentary and the anthologies Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present (Scribners, 2003) and Free Radicals: American Poets Before Their First Books (Subpress, 2004). She's working on a novel, Trainwreck.

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Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley

Bob Bradley was born in Mansfield, Ohio, May 31, 1959 at 6:30am. Grew up in Sanford, North Carolina and Georgia. He was educated at Beecher Hills Baptist Church Kindergarten and Cascade Road Elementary School in Atlanta, GA, Marietta High School in Marietta Georgia, the University of Georgia, Athens, where he studied with Coleman Barks and at the University of Virginia, where he studied with Charles Wright and Gregory Orr.

Writings include poetry published in Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, Southern Poetry Review, Seneca Review, Poetry East, Antioch Review, Plainsong, Iris, and Painted Bride Quarterly among others.

For this poetry, he has been awarded fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and has won the Academy of American Poets Prize in 1984.

Non-fiction writings include articles on and interviews with Lucinda Williams, Madison Smartt Bell, Ruth Stone, Vic Chesnutt, and Robert Francis, among others.

As editor of Haw River Books, Bradley has published limited edition chapbooks by David Daniel, Tom Andrews and Molly Bendall, as well as National Book Award-winners Robert Bly, Ruth Stone, and William Stafford. Stafford’s, WRITING THE WORLD, Haw River’s first publication, was nominated for the LOS ANGELES TIMES Book of the Year in Poetry.

As singer songwriter, he has created three independently-produced song collections: SECULAR MUSICS, WOODCHIP STEW, and SPARKLES FROM THE WHEEL. His most recent album, BOB BRADLEY, produced by Don Dixon, features Dixon, Mitch Easter, and Peter Holsapple.

As a supporting and headlining performer, he has shared the stage with, among others, Peter Buck (REM), David Mead, Joe, Marc's Brother, Lucinda Williams, Mindy Smith, Robert Bly, Keith Urban, Madison Smartt Bell, Vic Chesnutt, Jim Clark, David Daniel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Coleman Barks, the Chickasaw Mud Puppies, Night Ranger, Wyn Cooper, Steve Earle, Ted Nugent, Deep Purple and Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie).

He lives in Nashville, TN.

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SuzAnne C. Cole

SuzAnne C. Cole

SuzAnne C. Cole is a retired college English instructor, traveler, mother and grandmother.

An award-winning writer, she has published more than 300 poems, essays, short stories and articles in commercial and literary magazines, anthologies and newspapers. Her plays have been produced in Houston, Baytown, Sacramento, Long Island City, and NY. She was a juried poet at the Houston Poetry Fest in 2003 and 2005 and a featured poet at the 2004 event. She's won a Writer's Digest personal poetry contest and a haiku festival in Japan. In 2004 she was Poet Laureate for Sol e-zine.

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Jeff Crouch

Jeff Crouch is an amateur artist in Grand Prairie, Texas. He plays at art as though it were a game of hide and go seek. His graphic work has appeared in The Blue Smoke Band, ardent, moria, eratio postmodern poetry, Speculative Fiction Centre, JMWW, Quill and Ink, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Spoiled Ink, Lunatic Chameleon, Triplopia, Events Quarterly, Skive Magazine, Subtle Tea, Literary Vision Magazine (LitVision), Prose Toad, Lily, Ink Pot, Generator Press, Monkey Kettle, BluePrintReview, DogEar, Expose’d, Misanthropists Anonymous (with Molly Crouch), Above Ground Testing (with Molly Crouch), Dicey Brown, Unpleasant Event Schedule, The Dreaming Pool, Underground Window, and zafusy with more forthcoming in Ancient Heart Magazine, Neon Highway, Unlikely Stories, Bending Spoons, 63 Channels, Internet Fiction, The Aurora Review, Acton, Poems Niederngasse, Mad Hatter;s Review, Forklift Ohio, DISPATCH Literary Review, and edifice WRECKED.

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Spencer Dew lives in Chicago. Some of his recent work has appeared in Girls with Insurance, Juked, Thieves' Jargon, Turk Magazine, VerbSap and Wandering Army.

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K. Sean Farragher

Sean Farragher, a graduate of Columbia University in New York and CUNY, has been writing poems for thirty-five years. He can be contacted at Great River Press, greatriverpress@gmail.com.

He is editor of BLAST magazine, and poetry editor of FRiGG magazine.

His work has appeared in print, and if you google him by name you can read poems written since 1972 published in numerous media.

His personal website contains his most recent poems and in the Poetry Sampler on his site, his older works, seanfarragher.com.

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Raymond 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 ...

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Brentley Frazer

Brentley Frazer

Brentley Frazer - Poet living and working in Melbourne Australia.
Has poems in mnay reputable international publications including
Rattapallax Magazine, Fuse Box, The Moosehead Review, Thylazine,
Exquisite Corpse Journal Of Letters, Nth Position, Identity Theory
Get Underground, Tiger Magazine, The Age, The Courier Mail

and many others. Brentley keeps his finger on the pulse as
publisher and editor of Retort Magazine.
More information is available at www.brentley.com

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Janice J. Heiss

Janice J. Heiss

Janice J. Heiss, originally from the Midwest, has lived in San Francisco long enough to qualify as a native. In the early 1980s, Janice performed stand-up comedy at clubs throughout the Bay Area. In the mid-1980s, she joined the theater troupe, The Plutonium Players, a political satire theatre troupe. She was also a member of the short-lived improvisation group, Comikaze. Her writing has appeared in various publications including Urban Spaghetti, Limestone, Storyglossia, Black Dirt, the SoMa Literary Review, Passages North, and the Lullwater Review, etc. One of her short stories was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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Bob Heman
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Bob Heman

BOB HEMAN’s prose poems have appeared in numerous publications including Sentence, Quick Fiction, Paragraph, The Prose Poem: an International Journal, Caliban, First Intensity, Artful Dodge, Key Satch(el), Lost and Found Times and many others, and have been translated into Arabic, Spanish and Hungarian.

Since 1972 he has edited Clown War and its successor CLWN WR, one of 84 “important magazines” honored with annotation in The Little Magazine in America: A Modern Documentary History (Pushcart Press, 1978).

His “cut-outs” [participatory cut-out multiples on paper] have been featured in a two-person show at the Brooklyn Museum, a one-man retrospective at the Brooklyn Downtown Cultural Center, and in group shows in Toronto, Los Angeles and Brooklyn. They have also been included in a textbook on writing poetry and an anthology of performance scenarios. During the late 1970s he was an artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn Museum.

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B. Chester

Chloe Chester lives in California.

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Ludovic Janvier was born in Paris in 1934, where he still lives for part of the time. Janvier is a novelist, short story writer and essayist (two books about Samuel Beckett), and has published two poetry collections, La mer à boire (Gallimard, 1987) and Entre jour et sommeil (Seghers, 1991).

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Paul Kavanagh

Paul Kavanagh was born in 1971. He likes to drink gin. He has not smoked a cigarette in ten years. He once lost a bet because of a donkey. He reads Shakespeare and admires the art work of John Constable. He is happy. His wife is happy. Together they are happy.

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My work has appeared in a number of publications, including The Mississippi Review, The Hiss Quarterly, Poems Niederngasse, Voices Magazine, T-zero Xpandazine, SaucyVox, ERWA, CleanSheets, Citizen32 and the recently released Women of the Web anthology (Sun Rising Press).

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Pierre Le Pillouër
écrivain et poète né en 1950 à Louhans en Saône et Loire. Vit et travaille à Vallauris. Membre de la rédaction de TXT de 1983 à 1993.
Il a créé et il anime depuis décembre 2001 http://www.sitaudis.com
« le premier site de poésie comparative ».
A publié plusieurs ouvrages parmi lesquels

Sabots les abats, (Muro Torto-1983),
Pancrailles, (Txt-1991)
Une anse, (mem Arte/Facts-1998),
Poèmes jetables (éd. Le Bleu du ciel-2002)
Privatif (éd. Le mot et le reste-2003)

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Pierre Le Pillouër

Pierre Le Pillouër
writer and poet born in 1950 in Louhans (Saône &Loire).
Lives and works in Vallauris (French Riviera).
Member of the editorial board of the TXT review (1983-1993).
He created since december 2001 http://www.sitaudis.com
"the first site of comparative poetry".
Has published several books among which :

Sabots les abats, (Muro Torto-1983),
Pancrailles, (Txt-1991)
Une anse, (mem Arte/Facts-1998),
Poèmes jetables (éd. Le Bleu du ciel-2002)
Privatif (éd. Le mot et le reste-2003)

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Michael Marks

Michael Marks

I am a baby-boomer, the middle child of five born in a six year span. My mom escaped to teach horseback riding full-time, obviously overwhelmed by her progeny. My dad was a traveling shoe salesman. Gwendolyn Brooks became my mentor in 1967. I am riding my poetry horse somewhere between Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan. Anita and I had our own five children, while I operated an art gallery for thirty years. The children are gone, but the poetry stays.

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M. Maxwell

I graduated from college with three useless degrees and have worked meaningless jobs that I detested. I am employed and employable merely because the people and companies I owe money expect restitution. I have 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 me. If you notice me, then I need to work harder on being invisible.

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Henry Mescaline
Henry Mescaline

1960s experimental writer Henry Mescaline is the perhaps pseudonym of noted writer/critic Henri d'Mescan, who, after escaping from execution at the hands of a French War Crimes tribunal, altered the American literary landscape Forever. The 1964 publication of Hallucigenome: A Henry Mescaline Reader (Atom Press) cemented Mescaline's place in the nascent consciousness-expanding movements of the period, and collaborations and performances with Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs,
Timothy Leary, Ken Kesey, and others. His work can be found in Multifesto: A Henri d'Mescan Reader (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006): www.spuytenduyvil.net/fiction/multifesto.htm

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Corey Mesler

COREY MESLER is the owner of Burke’s Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals including Rattle, Pindeldyboz, Quick Fiction, Cranky, Thema, Mars Hill Review, Poet Lore and others. He has also been a book reviewer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal. A short story of his was chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, published by Algonquin Books. Talk, his first novel, appeared in 2002. Nice blurbs from Lee Smith, John Grisham, Robert Olen Butler, Frederick Barthelme, and others. He has a new novel, We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon, just out from Livingston. His latest four poetry chapbooks are Chin-Chin in Eden (2003) and Dark on Purpose (2004),Short Story and Other Short Stories (2006), and The Heart is Open (2006). He also claims to have written, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”. Most importantly, he is Toby and Chloe’s dad and Cheryl’s husband.

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Neil Mincey

Neil Mincey

I live in Coralville, Iowa; a corn row away from the literary echelons of Iowa City. I am the former stickman for the obscure, yet highly regarded proto no-dough band, Randy Rockit & the Blast. I've since traded my drums for dreams of poetic glory and aspirations of acquiring a vast (non) readership. To that end I have achieved publication in The Breath E-Zine, ken *again, A Cup of Poems and a Side of Prose, and KotaPress.

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Claire Olivia Moed

Claire Olivia (C.O.) Moed was born on the Lower East Side of New York City when it was still a tough neighborhood. A violinist until her mid-twenties, C.O. quit music and started performing, writing and producing at the Women One World (WOW) Café, an anarchistic theater cooperative in the East Village. With masters from New York University (Dramatic Writing) and the City College of New York (Directing), C.O. was nominated for a Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and attended the Berlinale Talent Campus 2005 and the Berlin Today Award Summer Campus 2005. Her short stories and dramatic works have been published in several anthologies and literary reviews. She shoots, writes and works a day job in New York City.

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Brian Morrisey

Brian Morrisey

Brian Morrisey has been noted as “sensitive bastard” and other ironies that denote his affliction for hopeless romanticism. His words derive from the solid foundation of Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. More recent inspirations include Todd Moore and the Café Babar poets (Babarians). He has dedicated over half of his mere existence to POESY, a journal for poetry and photography aimed at boosting the esteem of American Poetry. He has interviewed such celebrities as: Diane DiPrima, Jack Hirschman, A.D. Winans and Todd Moore. He lives by the beach in Santa Cruz and spends his days talking about the physical properties of glass. www.poesy.org

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Anne Portugal is the author of Le plus simple appareil (P.O.L., 1992; translated as Nude by Norma Cole, Kelsey St., 2001), Fichier (Editions Michel Chandeigne, 1992), De quoi faire un mur (P.O.L., 1987), and Les Commodités d'une banquette (P.O.L., 1985). Translations of her work have appeared in Five Fingers Review, Série d'écriture, and The Violence of the White Page. She lives in Paris.

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Christian Prigent est né en 1945. Après des séjours à Rome (1978/1980) et à Berlin (1985/1991), il vit depuis 1998 dans un village du Perche normand. Il a dirigé de 1969 à 1993 la revue d’avant-garde TXT et la collection du même nom. Il a publié, essentiellement chez P.O.L, à Paris, mais aussi chez Christian Bourgois, Cadex, Zulma, une trentaine d’ouvrages (poésie, fiction, essais sur la littérature et la peinture) et donne régulièrement, dans le monde entier, des lectures publiques de son travail.

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Christian Prigent was born in 1945. Having lived in Rome (1978/1980) and Berlin (1985/1991), he has been living in a village in the Perche normand region from 1998 on. From 1969 to 1993 he ran the avant-garde journal, TXT, and the series with the same name. He has published about thirty works (poetry, fiction, literary essays and paintings), mostly with POL publishers in Paris, but also with Christian Bourgois, Cadex, Zulma, and gives public lectures about his work regularly all around the world.

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Charles P. Ries

Charles P. Ries

Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews and poetry reviews have appeared in over one hundred and twenty print and electronic publications. He has received three Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing and most recently read his poetry on National Public Radio's Theme and Variations, a program that is broadcast over seventy NPR affiliates. He is the author of THE FATHERS WE FIND, a novel based on memory. Ries is also the author of five books of poetry — the most recent entitled, The Last Time which was released by The Moon Press in Tucson, Arizona. He is the poetry editor for Word Riot and Pass Port Journal. He is on the board of the Woodland Pattern Bookstore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Most recently he has been appointed to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. You may find additional samples of his work by going to: www.literarti.net/Ries.

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Kris Saknussemm

KRIS SAKNUSSEMM's first novel Zanesville was published by Villard Books in October 2005. The Austin Chronicle called it "The most original novel of the year" and it received a Starred Review in Booklist, which praised it as "brilliantly inventive black comedy." Kris is a native of the Bay Area but for many years has lived in Australia. A painter as well as writer, his work has appeared in such publications as The Boston Review, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, River Styx, ZYZZYVA, New Letters, Prairie Schooner and Nimrod, to name a few. He was a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2004 and his second novel is scheduled for publication in 2007. For more information see www.saknussemm.com

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Fred Schepartz

Fred Schepartz is a published science fiction writer and is the
publisher and executive editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (www.mobiusmagazine.com). This is Fred's true identity, but in the make-believe world of market capitalism, he pays the bills driving cab at Union Cab, a worker-owned-and-operated taxi company in Madison, Wisconsin, happily subverting from within since 1979.

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Davis Schneiderman

Davis Schneiderman

Davis Schneiderman is the author of the forthcoming novel Multifesto: A Henri d’Mescan Reader (Spuyten Duyvil 2006), co-author of the forthcoming novel Abecedarium (Chiasmus Press, 2007), and co-editor of Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (Pluto 2004) and the forthcoming 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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Peter Schwartz

Peter Schwartz is a poet, author, editor, painter and playwright. He has over 120 poems published or pending. He has fiction with 'Pindeldyboz', 'Dispatch', and 'Monkeybicycle'. His more recent digital artwork publishings can be seen at 'The Pedestal Magazine' and 'Sein und Werden'. See 'Mannequin Envy' for an example of when he combines both word and image. To learn more about his own journal 'eye' which focuses on poetry editors themselves, visit:
www.watchtheeye.com.

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David Thornbrugh

David Thornbrugh

I am an American poet now living in Poland, getting some distance from America's Roman period and absorbing "Old Europe" values, sights, experiences. I wasn’t here in time to attend Milosz’s funeral, but I have begun an open mic venue in a great local English-language bookstore. Stop by if you’re in town.

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A former stevedore and bartender, Peter currently teaches remedial English, GED classes, and Creative Writing to incarcerated adults and juveniles in Central Mississippi. In his spare time, he makes complex art objects out of recycled film strips. This summer, Peter will be attending a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute that deals with the Brazilian Contemporary Urban Novel. He is also translating and editing a chapbook of poetry devoted to the World Cup.

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Ania Vesenny

Ania Vesenny was born and raised in the former USSR. Currently she lives in Toronto. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Per Contra, SmokeLong Quarterly, Cezanne’s Carrot, Heavy Glow, Grimm Magazine, Staccato, VerbSap and FRiGG. She is an associate editor for Vestal Review.

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Ann Walters

Ann Walters is a mother, writer, and physical anthropologist. Her work has appeared in SmokeLong Quarterly, Salome, Gator Springs Gazette, edificeWrecked, and NOÖ Journal.

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CONTRIBUTORS
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Liz Amini-Holmes

Liz Amini-Holmes

Liz works from her home and studio in Woodside, California, she affectionately calls "the tree house", with her artist/writer husband Mark Holmes and their twin sons.

A native of San Francisco, Liz graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has worked for numerous magazines, newspapers, book publishers and the children’s publishing market. Liz has also has created artwork for a variety of industries such as multi-media, corporate, educational and game companies.

Liz’s paintings have been exhibited at MTV corporate offices in New York and various galleries, bookstores and cafes in the SF Bay Area. Her work is currently shown at Canvas Gallery in San Francisco, CA and Esteban Sabar Gallery in Oakland, CA. She has also been a featured artist in several literary and art industry magazines.

Working primarily in acrylic paint on board, Liz has developed a highly personalized, evocative painting style.

Regarding her work Liz says, "In some pieces my work is whimsical but also has a bittersweet quality that emanates from them. I like that sweet sad aspect of life and let it leak into my work. Other pieces are more about the tense moments that are just around the corner, the ambiguity of what will happen next. I like the feeling of being a bit scared. Life is paradoxical; a bit scary and fun which what makes it exciting!"

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Svetlana Bakushina

Svetlana Bakushina

Professional creative photo & video artist, member of Union of Photoartists of Russia, designer. Was born in 1979 in shaman's family deep in Siberian taiga.

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John Barbato

John Barbato lives in a village in southern Mexico where he writes and paints and is the poetry editor of the Oaxaca English Language Literary Quarterly "ZOCALO".

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Nancy Calef


Born in Bronx, New York, I completed Bronx High School of Science at age 15 and received a scholarship from the College of New Rochelle to study painting and sculpture. In 1977, I moved to San Francisco, where I've continued to paint; I also exhibit nationally in solo and group shows.

I have lived in Europe and Thailand, traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Southeast Asia, India and Nepal, all of which served to develop my painting style and sharpen my understanding of the cultural and spiritual diversity of the world landscape. Having experienced the harsh side of urban life, I'm moved to paint society from my imagination, juxtaposing characters in ordinary situations. I often tackle difficult issues while incorporating humor and adding the third dimension (sculpture and found objects on canvas). I have come to realize that art is truly a universal language. read more >>

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Patrick Christiano

Formerly salesman of ice to eskimos, currently on fire. Street artist from the bad old Guliani days and poet. Web site, www.picturetrails.com, member name patrick84, poetry website www.artistkunst.de/pat

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Tom Denlinger is an artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois. Mr. Denlinger is a photographer and videographer who has had solo exhibitions in New York and Chicago, as well as participated in exhibitions in Berlin, Seoul, Madrid, Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Medellin, Colombia. He has received grants from the Artadia organization of New York, the Kunstlerhaus, e.V. in Hamburg, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Illinois Arts Council. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Frankfurt Allgemeine, Szene-Hamburg, the New Art Examiner and Art Papers, and he has been collected by Art Frankfurt, the MacArthur Foundation, the City of Chicago, LaSalle Bank, and the Refco collection of photography. He is currently co-editing an anthology on contemporary uses of the Surrealist Exquisite Corpse. Denlinger operated a Heidelberg KORD sheet-fed printing press for six years.

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Claudia Drake

Claudia Drake

I love to explore the placement of things, piecing parts to uncover and create associations. My art is a manifestation of this process, which I term as 'Urgent Alchemy'. Each new work is a puzzle to me, a process of interlocking forms and alterations that I adjust until I feel that they fit. Antique engravings and etchings fascinate me, so I use them as the basis for this exploration. My main interest is in the fusion of forms and the narratives that emerge.

Art history is the foundation of my visual education. I'm self-trained
through lessons learned from the early Surrealists and Dadaists, a love child of Ernst and Magritte. My work draws largely on their legacy, bridging antique to modern.

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John Duggan
John M Duggan

Military brat. Tried those careers that were 'fun' as opposed to
work (bass guitarist, actor, director, writer). Pretty standard stuff.

Nowadays I work in the video/computer game field as an digital artist/animator.

“…when I was using brush and ink, very time-consuming. Nowadays it's scan the pencil sketch and paint it up in Photoshop. Whenever I work with the pencil, I always have a moment where I look for the undo button on the pencil and then realize it's called the eraser.”

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Alice Egoyan

Alice Egoyan

I have been creating digital art since 1997, when I opened my first
website, The Keeper of Fragile Things. I cultivated a love for macro
photography & multiple exposure because I could melt images
together to create a sort of visual story. Using Photoshop helped
me expand my visions even further.

My inspiration is derived mostly from myth, religion, & fairy tales
& my artistic expression encompasses several media. I grew up
on a diet of foreign fashion magazines, modern art, classical art,
& street art~~all which have inevitably contributed to my style.
Last year, I self-published a book of my earliest artworks titled
The Intercourse of Angels.

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Serhiy Kolyada

Serhiy Kolyada

1972- was born in Odessa, Ukraine

1973- moved with my parents to Berdyansk (a little town on the Azov Sea)

1979-1989- studied at secondary school and attended the drawing classes at the state art studio.

1989- entered State University in Zaporizhzhya (Faculty of Foreign Languages)

1991- was excluded from the University for the taking place in democratic anti-communist regime compaigns. Then went to Sweden to ask the political asylum. In a month get the refusal ( it was the time when the putch failed in Moscow and Ukraine got the independence in few monthns ) and went back to Ukraine.

1993- applied for the emigration to the Canadian Embassy i Kyiv (Ukraine) and got the refusal. Entered Teachers Training Institute in Berdyansk (home town ) and continued my education.

1997- finished the Institute and went to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine to make an artist career. Got acquainted with a lot of foreign diplomats and began to sell my art. At that time applied to a lot of Kyiv's galleries for an art-show and got the refusals because of the criticism of anti-human regime of president Kuchma.

2001- had my art-shows at the residence of South African Ambassador Mr. Delarey van Tonder and at Kyiv International School (founded by Americans ) and had a great success.

2003- My friend Andrey Vashchenko made the web-site for me. So people got the possibility to see my art on the Internet.

2004-2005- took part in the Orange Revolution which didn't bring the real democracy to Ukraine and real freedom to Ukrainians.

2005- married a great girl who's name is Larissa and till now live in Kyiv.

All the Ukrainian galleries still refuse me to make my show. You can also read some articles and interviews on my site.

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Peter Malinoski

Peter Malinoski

Peter Malinoski went to college for more than 15 years to gain as many degrees in fine art as possible. He ended up with a BA, MA and MFA. The plan was to teach, which he did for a while, but he determined that he was not a very good teacher. He really just wants to make things and not talk about it much.

"I haven't had a profound thought in 20 years ... and I can't remember what it was."

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DK McDonald

DK McDonald

'Hungry Doors', a collage she created for one of Richard Levine's poems in Issue 2, was accepted into an international juried show in Texas.

DK McDonald is an award-winning artist residing in the mountains of southern Colorado. Working primarily in watermedia and collage, her commissioned works and series are held by collectors across the US.

Possessing an innate and inexplicable fondness for classical literature, ancient greek philosophers, and obscure Catholic poets, her figure work and abstracts are heavily influenced by her readings of the same.

When not in the studio, she spends her time hiking Colorado's numerous mountain trails, camera in hand. More of her work can be seen at www.artbeacon.com/dkmcdonal

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Kenney Mencher

Kenney Mencher

Originally from New York, NY, Kenney Mencher earned a BA and MA in Art History from City University of New York and University of California, Davis, respectively, following which he went on to obtain a MFA in painting from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He has taught at a number of institutions including the University of Chicago and Texas A&M University, and now teaches at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He is the author of a text book Liaisons: Readings in Art, Literature and Philosophy. His exposure via solo and group exhibitions is extensive nationwide. read more >>

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Jessica Minckley

Jessica Minckley

Jessica Minckley came of age as an atheist, fraternal twin in the Mecca of Mormonism only to flee to Los Angeles, an equally weird environment, to make a living from her artistic tendencies. She likes to draw and knit and read and eat burritos- all at the same time. She likes using hyphens and alliteration, driving around aimlessly, and cleaning other people's messes up to distract her from her own.
Minckley's artwork references pop culture, sometimes draws from magazine images/personal photos, and always values poetics and perversity. Most importantly, it asks questions about American culture and gender roles, (instead of answering questions at large.)
Minckley graduated from Otis College of Art + Design in 2005 with a BFA in painting and a minor in writing. She has been included in shows at L.A. Louver gallery in Venice, CA, and at the University of Southern California. Presently, she dreams of New York, Istanbul, and Reykjavik; she also teaches drawing at Otis Evening College and works at Richard Telles Fine Art Gallery.

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Dee Rimbaud & daughter, Rosie Sunshine

Dee Rimbaud

Dee Rimbaud was born in 1962, in Glasgow, Scotland. Both his parents were artists. He started writing poetry in his teens and was inspired to take his writing seriously after he won the Lochaber High School poetry competition in 1979. He was active in the London poetry scene in the early 80's and published a couple of chapbooks. He also produced an alternative arts/ poetry zine, Dada Dance.

In 1986, he commenced studies at Edinburgh College Of Art, specialising in Sculpture, which he studied to post-graduate level. Whilst at art school he won an Andrew Grant travelling scholarship to India; a John Kinross Scholarship to Florence, Italy; and participated in an exchange programme, studying for three months at L'Ecole Des Beaux Arts, Le Havre, France.

After graduating, he worked in community arts, arts development, film & television, and as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. He did his fair share of less glamorous jobs too, including a six month stint at a fish factory. He's also put in a great many unpaid hours as editor of Acid Angel magazine and The AA Independent Press Guide. read more >>

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Shalo Smith-Olaya

Shalo Smith-Olaya

Shalo Smith-Olaya is a Venezuelan artist living in Bogota, Colombia. He is predominantly interested in the Indigenous Art that he is studying as part of a Cultural Anthropology program at the Universidad Externado in Bogota. Like many intelligent and good people, he loves the Tiburones de La Guaira baseball team. While baseball has influenced his life, his intention is to go into museum curation. He can be in reached English or Spanish at: sssmitho@hotmail.com. And he'll be mounting a website of all his art soon-ite.

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Michael Tino

Michael Tino

okay. so i paint. i write because i have to. the corporate world on me. this is an outlet. like the ocean. that's all i have to say for now.
you can see my bio on my site. that is out-dated but so what?

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Michael Whalen

Michael Whalen

Michael Whalen, aka megavillain, lives and works out of Chicago. More work can be seen at megavillain.com.

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X-8

X-8

The Los Angeles artist X-8 began creating abstract paintings utilizing mud, hair and blood in 1981.

In 1993 he began creating 'exorcistic' works, utilzing macabre and internal imagery. His work is ultimately cathartic and therapeutic.

He currently creates large scale works based on mythology, decay and isolation.

He is represented in the UK by the Henry Boxer Gallery.

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Rich Andrews

Rich 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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Tamisue Jones

Tamisue Jones
Guest Columnist

Tamisue Jones was born 1970, a contradictory Sagittarian that tries hard to balance on that three-foot-wide tightrope between the crosswalk stripes from responsible adult to lazy teenager. She flunked her initial English major - turned out that getting pregnant and sleeping through classes was not part of the core curriculum. She did graduate with a B.A. in History, which has enabled her to answer a few questions on Jeopardy. The love for writing that
started it all, though, survives. To pay the bills she works in a psychology office. For fun, she procrastinates, calling it 'mental exercise'. She also enjoys gaming, reading, computers, making up excuses for not typing out the stories in her head, and figuring out her teenage son. She, her partner, and their critter children live in North Carolina.

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Donald C. Meyer
Donald C. Meyer
Guest Composer

Composer and musicologist Donald C. Meyer, collaborates with choreographers, filmmakers, theater directors, and authors to create multi-media works that interweave classical and contemporary sounds forms into poly-vocal aesthetic structures. He is the author of articles on American cultural history and rock music and a music appreciation textbook called Perspectives on Music (Prentice Hall, 2003). Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Lake Forest College.

Listen to the collaborative recordings of David Schneiderman's Whatnots

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Helen Ruggieri

Helen Ruggieri
Guest Columnist

Helen Ruggieri lives in Olean, NY, and has an MFA from Penn State. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, Bradford, PA.

She studied with Bill Stafford and tries to pass on Stafford's process, witnessing for poetry. Her work is in many magazines from Abraxas to Z Miscellaneous.

John Balaban, director of the MFA Program at the University of Miami, stated: "Ruggieri, with an intense regard for right diction and informing imagery looks at those things that come her way - both from books and from her rural river town of Olean, NY and saves them for us, saves them from passing into oblivion, saves their enduring values."

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