Mad Hatters' Review
 
   
Issue 7 Contributors
Authors
Liz Gallagher Timothy Matos Alan Spence
B. Barksdale-Bruner Juan José Millás Rob Stephenson
Gunnar Benediktsson Alasdair Gray Sally Molini G. K. Wuori
Alan Bissett Kirsty Gunn Ralph Robert Moore D. Harlan Wilson
W. N. Herbert Michael Neff Guest Columnists:
Jai Clare Brandon Hobson Tom Pow Rich Andrews
Robert Crawford Robert Alan Jamieson Rochelle Ratner D. A. Eis
Kendall Kyle Cyree Dilys Rose
Anne Donovan Bob Marcacci
Vernon Frazer Laura Marney Davis Schneiderman  
    Guest Composers:
Artists
 
Graf-hick Featured Artist:
Alice Egoyan Michael Hafftka Calum Colvin Shayna Dulberger
Camille Martin Sandra Wise   John McLellan
Dee Rimbaud Alice Egoyan   Quartetto Constanze & Jon Leifs
   
Chris Welcome

Contributing Authors
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Joe Amato’s recent publications include Under Virga (Chax, 2006), Industrial Poetics: Demo Tracks for a Mobile Culture (University of Iowa, 2006), and Finger Exorcised (BlazeVOX, 2006).

Read Joe Amato's Poetry Here.

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

Read Beebe Barksdale-Bruner's 'The Wrong Roof Contest' Winning Entry

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Gunnar Benediktsson's poetry, prose and reviews have appeared in numerous venues both in print and online, including Diagram, The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, Grain and The Black Warrior Review. He's also done work in newspaper and radio. In addition, Gunnar is the editor of 5_trope, an online journal of experimental poetry and prose, which may be found here: www.webdelsol.com/5_trope. He is currently mired in the slow, sisyphean grind of completing a PhD in English at the University of Iowa, and lives in Coralville with his wife, also a graduate student.

Read Gunnar Benediktsson's Poetry here.

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Alan Bissett was born in Falkirk in 1975 and educated at the University of Stirling where he gained a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and Education. He is the author of two novels: Boyracers (2001) and The Incredible Adam Spark (2005), the latter lauded by literary doyenne Laura Hird as "something amazing in the world of modern Scottish fiction". Bissett also edited the anthology Damage Land: New Scottish Gothic Fiction (2001). In 2000, Alan was short-listed for the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story prize and has been long-listed a further three times. A former lecturer in creative writing at the University of Leeds, he is currently tutor on the MPhil in Creative Writing at University of Glasgow. In 2005, Alan Bissett began work on a third novel, Death of a Ladies' Man and an excerpt from this work in progress, So Many Crows is included in our Viva Caledonia feature.

Website: www.alanbissett.com

Read Alan Bissett's Viva Caledonia Fiction Here.

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Theresa Boyar's writing has appeared in several online and print journals, including Rattle, the Florida Review, Lynx Eye, and Wicked Alice. A six-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she lives in Helena, Montana, where she is currently working on her first novel.

www.theresaboyar.com

Read Theresa Boyer's 'The Wrong Roof Contest' Winning Entry.

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Jai lives in southwest England and has been published or will be published in The London Magazine, Agni, The Barcelona Review, Bonfire, Nemonymous, Night Train, Mslexia, Fiction International and Salt Flats Annual, amongst others, and in international anthologies such as Wheatland Press's Nine Muses, SonewMedia's Consumed and Cleis Press Foreign Affairs. She's pursuing a PhD. at The University of Gloucestershire and teaches at University College Falmouth. Her fiction collection, The Cusp of Something, will be published in 2007.

Website: www.jaiclare.com

Read Jai Clare's Fiction Here.

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Poet and critic Robert Crawford was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1959. Educated at Glasgow University and at Oxford, he now works as Professor of Modern Scottish Literature at the University of St Andrews. He won an Eric Gregory award in 1988 and has twice won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award. Four of his collections have been Poetry Book Society Recommendations.

In addition to Sharawaggi: Poems in Scots (1990), shared with W. N. Herbert, Robert Crawford is the author of five collections of poetry in English: A Scottish Assembly (1990), Talkies (1992), Masculinity (1996), Spirit Machines (1999), and The Tip of My Tongue (2003). In 1984, he was founding editor of the magazine Verse and has served as a judge for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the National Poetry Competition, and other awards. In 2004 he delivered the Smithies Lectures at Balliol College, Oxford.

Robert Crawford has given readings widely in Britain, Europe, and North America. He lives in St Andrews, near the sea, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Website: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/english/crawford/home.html

Read Robert Crawford's Viva Caledonia Poetry Here.

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I currently study creative writing at Texas Tech University.

Read Kendall Kyle Cyree's 'The Wrong Roof Contest' Winning Entry.

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Anne Donovan is the author of the novel Buddha Da and the short story collection Hieroglyphics (both published by Canongate). Buddha Da was short-listed for the 2003 Orange Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award, nominated for the Dublin International IMPAC Award, and won the Prince Maurice Award in 2004. Other literary prizes won by Anne Donovan include the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition and the Canongate Prize (2000). She has also written for radio and the stage and has recently been working on the screenplay for the film of Buddha Da. She lives in Glasgow.

Website: www.barcelonareview.com/37/e_ad_int.htm

Read Anne Donovan's Viva Caledonia Fiction Here.

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Vernon Frazer has published eight books of poetry and three books of fiction. His work has appeared in Aught, Big Bridge, Drunken Boat, First Intensity, Jack Magazine, Lost and Found Times, Moria, Miami SunPost, Prague Literary Review, Sidereality, Xstream and many other literary magazines. His web site is vernonfrazer.com. His most recent works are the longpoems Holiday Idylling, Avenue Noir and IMPROVISATIONS, the now-completed work which he introduced in his 2001 reading at the Poetry Project. Frazer is married and lives in South Florida.

Read Vernon Frazer's Whatnots Here.

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Liz is Irish and lives in the Canary Islands, Spain. She has work published or forthcoming in Mannequin Envy, The Pedestal Magazine, Centrifugal Eye, Wicked Alice, FRIGG, The Hiss Quarterly, Word Riot and Noö. She placed first in IBPC in December 2006.

Read Liz Gallagher's 'The Wrong Roof Contest' Winning Entry.

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Janice Galloway was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1955. Her first novel, The Trick is to Keep Breathing, now widely considered to be a contemporary Scottish classic, was published in 1990. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel, Scottish First Book and Aer Lingus awards, and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. The stage adaptation has been performed at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow, the Du Maurier Theatre, Toronto and the Royal Court in London. Her second book, Blood, shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, People's Prize and Satire Award, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her second novel, Foreign Parts, won the McVitie's Prize in 1994. That same year, and for all three books, she was recipient of the E M Forster Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her story-collection, Where You Find It, was published by Cape in 1996. Her only play, Fall, was performed in Edinburgh and Paris in Spring, 1998. She was the recipient of a Creative Scotland Award in 2001.

Website: www.galloway.1to1.org

Read Janice Galloway's Viva Caledonia Fiction Here.

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Alasdair Gray was born in Glasgow in 1934, and trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art. Later he wrote fiction, illustrating many of his own books. His highly-acclaimed first novel, Lanark was published in 1981. His other fiction includes 1982 Janine (1984), The Fall of Kelvin Walker: A Fable of the Sixties (1985), Something Leather (1990), McGrotty and Ludmilla (1990) and Poor Things (1992), winner of the Whitbread Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize. His collections of short stories include Unlikely Stories, Mostly (1983), winner of the 1983 Cheltenham Prize, and Ten Tales Tall and True (1993). His new work of fiction is The Ends of Our Tethers: 13 Sorry Stories (2003). He has also written for stage, radio and television, and between 1965 and 1976 had 17 TV and radio plays broadcast, as well as four further plays produced for the theatre, including Working Legs: A Play for Those Without Them (1997). In 1977 he was Glasgow's official Artist-Recorder for the People's Palace local history museum, and from 1977 to 1979 was Writer in Residence at Glasgow University. Collections of his paintings are owned by Collins Gallery at Strathclyde University and the People's Palace local history museum, Glasgow Green. In 2001 he became, with Tom Leonard and James Kelman, joint Professor of the Creative Writing programme at Glasgow and Strathclyde University.

Website: www.alasdairgray.co.uk

Read Alasdair Gray's Viva Caledonia Play Here.

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Although Kirsty Gunn has strong Scottish connections, she was born in New Zealand in 1960. She was educated at Victoria University, Wellington, and at Oxford, where she completed an M.Phil. After moving to London she worked as a freelance journalist.

Her fiction includes the acclaimed Rain (1994), the story of an adolescent girl and the break-up of her family, for which she won a London Arts Board Literature Award; The Keepsake (1997), the fragmented narrative of a young woman recalling painful memories; and Featherstone (2002), a story concerned with love in all its variety. Her short stories have been included in The Faber Book of Contemporary Stories about Childhood (1997).

She is also author of This Place You Return To Is Home (1999), a collection of short stories, and in 2001 she was awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary. Her latest book is The Boy and the Sea (2006) published by Faber. Car is an excerpt taken from 44 things, a collection of writings about life at home, to be published by Atlantic books in March 2007.

Kirsty Gunn is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Dundee.

Website: www.book-club.co.nz/features/kirstygunn.htm

Read Kirsty Gunn's Viva Caledonia Fiction Here.

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W.N. Herbert was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1961. He studied at Brasenose College, Oxford, his thesis being published as To Circumjack MacDiarmid (OUP, 1992). He writes poetry in both English and Scots. His verse was described, memorably, by Fiachra Gibbons in The Guardian as 'a weird mix of Desperate Dan, MacDiarmid and Dostoyevsky'. Forked Tongue, his 1994 collection, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year Award. Cabaret McGonagall (1996) won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize. The Laurelude (1998) won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His most recent collections The Big Bumper Book of Troy and Bad Shaman Blues appeared in 2002 and 2006, respectively. Herbert is also the co-editor of the anthology Strong Words: Modern Poets on Modern Poetry (2002). He is Senior Lecturer in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Website: www.xen19.dial.pipex.com

Read W.N. Herbert's Viva Caledonia Fiction Here.

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I have a book of short experimental pieces available from Ravenna Press titled The Levitationist, and my work online has appeared in Locus Novus, Elimae, 3am Magazine, Diagram, and is forthcoming in Narrative Magazine.

Read Brandon Hobson's Fiction Here.

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Robert Alan JamiesonPhoto Credit: Reti Saks
Robert Alan Jamieson

Robert Alan Jamieson was born in Shetland in 1958. After publishing two novels and a collection of poems while in his twenties, he attended the University of Edinburgh as a mature student. Subsequently he held the William Soutar Fellowship in Perth, was co-editor of Edinburgh Review and writer-in-residence at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde. Since 1992 he has pioneered the teaching of creative writing at the University of Edinburgh. His third novel A Day at the Office (1991) was among The List's '100 Best Scottish Books', while his highly praised poetry in Shetlandic Scots has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has also written for the stage. A bilingual Shetlandic/English edition of Nort Atlantik Drift, complete with audio/visual CD, is planned for 2007.

Website: www.textualities.net/writers/features-h-m/jamiesonra01.php

Read Robert Alan Jamieson's Viva Caledonia Poetry Here.

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My essays and fiction have appeared in a number of literary journals, including Smokebox, Fringe, Perigee, Megaera, Double Dare Press, Identity Theory, Plum Ruby Review, Fiction Warehouse, Fifth Street Review, Juked, The Oklahoma Review, Slow Trains, Numb Magazine, Tattoo Highway, Exquisite Corpse, Thunder Sandwich, and many others. I've also written regular columns for Numb Magazine (UK).

You can view much of my work by going to www.kevinpkeating.blogspot.com.

I currently teach English at Baldwin-Wallace College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read Kevin P. Keating's Article Here.

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California Vacavillian presently living and writing in Beijing, China. Recent work has appeared in Chicago Postmodern Poetry, Hamilton Stone Review, Moria, Ocho and xStream, among others. Host of the International Literary Open Mic every Wednesday evening at The Bookworm in Beijing, member of the poetry group Subterraneans, and PJ for The Countdown at http://miporadio.blogspot.com/.

Website: http://marcacci.blogspot.com

Read Bob Marcacci's Poetry Here.

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Laura Marney is a nice person who tries to do a good deed every day. Occasionally bad deeds do slip in but there you go, nobody's perfect. Many of her short stories have been published in magazines and anthologies or broadcast on radio. She is the author of three novels: No Wonder I Take a Drink (2004), which reached no 2 in the Scottish best-seller list, Nobody loves a Ginger Baby (2005), written after winning a bursary from the Scottish Arts Council, and Only Strange People go to Church (2006). She is currently working on her fourth novel. As well as writing for television, Radio 4 and occasional journalism, she is Depute Convenor of the creative writing post graduate Mlitt course at Glasgow University.

Read Laura's interview with "The Barcelona Review": www.barcelonareview.com/50/e_int.htm

Website: www.creativewritingglasgow.co.uk/index.shtml

Read Laura Marney's Viva Caledonia Fiction Here.

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Timothy Matos has published poems, plays, book reviews, and essays in 63Channels, Underground Window, Zaum, Crawdad, The Mad Hatters' Review, Kritikon Literarum, Puppetry Journal and The Explicator. He is also a playwright who has had readings and productions in major cities across the country. His plays Enormous Weight (2006) and Three Dresses (2003) had readings at the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska; Locusts had a reading at the Illinois Philological Society at DePaul University; Rogues' Harbor ran for six weeks as a part of the Open Fist Theater Company's Director's festival in Los Angeles. This play also had productions at the Red Room in New York, the Fringe Festivals in Minneapolis and Seattle and the Curtain Theater at UMass Amherst. His plays No Room For Error, Still House and Dr. Mesmer Wipes the Slate Clean also had productions at various venues at the University of Massachusetts. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois where he teaches English at Truman College.

Read Timothy Matos's 'The Wrong Roof' Winning entry.

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Juan José Millás
Photo Credit: Jerry Bauer
Juan José Millás

Juan José Millás is generally considered to be one of Spain's most important contemporary writers. He was born in Valencia in 1946 but has spent most of his adult life in Madrid. His literary output has been prodigious and, in addition to other genres, he has developed the so-called "articuento", his very own creation which fuses both fictional and journalistic elements. Millás has won the following literary prizes: Premio Sésamo (1975) for his novel, Cerbero son las sombras, Premio Nadal (1990) for La Soledad era esto; and, for his journalistic work, Premio Miguel Delibes de Periodismo (2003) and the Fernando Cerecedo Prize (2005). In May 2006, Millás was made a doctor honoris causa by the University of Turin. His latest novel, Laura y Julio (2006) came out to widespread critical acclaim.

Website: www.juanjose-millas.com

Read Juan José Millás's Fiction Here.

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Sally Molini's work has appeared in or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Margie, Calyx, Best New Poets, Southern Poetry Review, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. Online journals include Boxcar Poetry Review, DMQ Review, Mannequin Envy, Stickman Review, Ghoti, among others. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA Program and lives in Nebraska.

Read Sally Molini's Poetry Here.

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Ralph Robert Moore's fiction has been published in America, England, Ireland and Australia, and translated into Lithuanian. His story The Machine of a Religious Man is in the current (nineteenth) edition of "The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror", published by St. Martin's Press, edited by Ellen Datlow. His novel Father Figure was published in 2003. His website SENTENCE at www.ralphrobertmoore.com features a wide selection of his writings.

Read Ralph Robert Moore's Web Site Review Here.

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Michael Neff is founder, chief artist, and executive director of the WDS Association which includes Web del Sol, SolPix, Del Sol Press, and Algonkian Workshops. He publishes several literary magazines including In Posse Review, 5_Trope, Perihelion, and La Petite Zine, and is also editor-in-chief of Del Sol Review. His own work has appeared in such publications as The Literary Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, Pittsburgh Quarterly, Mudlark, Conjunctions, and American Way Magazine (First Annual Faux Faulkner Contest), among others.

An interview with Michael in Poets and Writers magazine can be found here.

Read Michael Neff's Poetry Here.

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Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950 and educated at St. Andrews University. He is currently Head of Creative and Cultural Studies at Glasgow University Crichton Campus in Dumfries - the site of a nineteenth century lunatic asylum. With artist Hugh Bryden, he also runs the art book press, Cacafuego Press.  Primarily a poet, he is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Landscapes and Legacies (2003), was shortlisted for the Scottish Book of the Year Award. He has also written radio plays, a travel book about Peru, In the Palace of Serpents (1992), and books for children, including Callum's Big Day (2000) and Who is the World For? (2000), which won the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year Award in 2001. Captives (2006) is a book for young adults set on a fictitious Caribbean island. He has held various writing posts, including that of Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow, based in the University of Alberta in Edmonton and was the first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 2001-2003. Tom Pow has recently been awarded a Scottish Arts Council Writer's Bursary to write a book of poems exploring madness.

Website: www.tompow.co.uk

Read Tom Pow's Viva Caledonia Poetry Here.

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Rochelle Ratner's latest poetry books include Beggars At The Wall (Ikon, 2006) and Balancing Acts (Marsh Hawk Press, 2006). These weird news stories she's currently focussing on have preempted most of her life and all of her writing time.

Website: www.rochelleratner.com

Read Rochelle Ratner's Fiction Here.

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Dilys Rose was born in Glasgow in 1954 and now lives in Edinburgh where she currently teaches creative writing at Edinburgh University.. She writes mostly poetry and fiction and enjoys collaborating with visual artists and musicians. She has published ten books, most recently Lure (poetry, Chapman 2003), Lord of Illusions (short stories, (Luath 2005) and Selected Stories (Luath 2005). She has received various awards for her writing including the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Award (1997), the Canongate Prize (1999), the McCash Scots language poetry prize (2006), the UNESCO/World City of literature exchange fellowship and, in collaboration with the composer Rory Boyle, a Creative Scotland Award to write the libretto for a new chamber opera, The Child of Europe. Fothcoming works are: Bodywork: new poems (Luath Press, autumn 2007) and Helter Skelter, a libretto for music theatre for The Hidden Gardens/Tramway Theatre, June 2007.

Website: www.dilysrose.com

Read Dilys Rose's Viva Caledonia Poetry Here.

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Lynda Schor
Lynda Schor, Featured Writer

Lynda Schor's latest story collections are The Body Parts Shop (FC2)
and Adventures In Capitalism (Unicorn Press). She has won many grants and prizes, including an O'Henry nomination, and two Maryland State Council grants for fiction. She is the fiction editor of the online literary magazine, Salt River Review, and she teaches at The New School.

Read Lynda Schor's Whatnot Here.

Read Carol Novack's Interview with Lynda Schor.

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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.

Listen to Davis Schneiderman & Don Meyer's Audio Text.

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Alan Spence
Photo Credit: Calum Colvin
Alan Spence

Alan Spence was born in Glasgow and is a poet, novelist, short story writer and playwright. He is Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen and, with his wife, runs the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre. He has been the Artistic Director of the Word Festival since 1999. His poetry includes two books of haiku: Seasons of the Heart (2000); and Clear Light (2005). A further collection, Glasgow Zen was first published in 1981, and an expanded edition republished in 2002. His short story collections are Its Colours They Are Fine (1977) and Stone Garden (1995), which won him the 1995 Scottish Writer of the Year Award. In 1990, Alan Spence published his first novel, The Magic Flute, and this has been followed by two further novels: Way to Go (1998), and The Pure Land (2006), based on the life of Thomas Glover. His published plays are Sailmaker (1983), Space Invaders (1983), Changed Days (1991), and The 3 Estaites (2002).

Website: www.alanspence.co.uk

Read Alan Spence's Viva Caledonia Poetry Here.

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Rob Stephenson is NYC based writer, composer, and visual artist. His writing has appeared in print and online in such publications as Entangled Lives, Skin and Ink, Blithe House Quarterly, Velvet Mafia, Dangerous Families, Problem Child, Best Bisexual Erotica, and Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness. His first novel is forthcoming from Suspect Thoughts Press. His drawings have been exhibited at the Intersection Art Gallery in San Francisco, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Katona Museum, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. His experimental music CD dog composed with Mikael Karlsson is now out on Please MusicWorks. Visit www.dog-cd.com.

Read Rob Stephenson's Whatnots Here.

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D. Harlan Wilson is the author of hundreds of stories and essays, four collections of short fiction, and a forthcoming pulp science fiction novel, Dr. Identity, or, Farewell to Plaquedemia (2007). He teaches writing and literature at Wright State University-Lake Campus. For more information on Wilson and his work, visit his official website at www.dharlanwilson.com.

Read D. Harlan Wilson's Fiction Here.

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G. K. Wuori is the author of over sixty stories published throughout the world in the U.S., Japan, India, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and Brazil. A Pushcart Prize winner and recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, his work has appeared in such journals as The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, Night Train, The Barcelona Review, The Taj Mahal Review, Other Voices, Flaunt, The Massachusetts Review, and Five Points. Stories recently published or forthcoming can be seen in StoryQuarterly, Shenandoah, Spork, and TriQuarterly. His story collection, Nude In Tub, was a New Voices Award Nominee by the Quality Paperback Book Club and his novel, An American Outrage, was Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year in fiction. He currently lives in Sycamore, Illinois where he writes a monthly column called Cold Iron at www.gkwuori.com. His blog can be found at www.fancydancercoachlightcompany.blogspot.com.

Read G. K. Wuori's Fiction Here.

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Contributing Artists
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Carolyn Adams's art and writing have been published in many journals, anthologies and e-zines, such as Sein und Werden, Tattoo Highway, RIght Hand Pointing, all things girl and Small Spiral Notebook, among others. Her e-chapbook Beautiful Strangers has been published by Lily Press (Lily Literature Review). You can find her poetry, photography and art featured on numerous web-based publications.

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Calum Colvin
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Born in 1961, Calum Colvin is one of Scotland's leading contemporary artists. Professor of Fine Art Photography at Dundee University, his works are internationally renowned and widely exhibited. His work is held in numerous prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London as well as the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and the Gallery of Modern Art in his native Glasgow. A practitioner of both sculpture and photography, Colvin brings these disciplines together in his unique style of 'constructed photography': assembled tableaux of objects which are then painted and photographed. His complex compositions are rich in association and spatial ambiguities. As well as being visually exciting, humorous and intriguing, Colvin's work demonstrates that the art of the past is relevant in a modern society.

In 2001 Colvin was awarded the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the visual arts, and in 2004 was made an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy.

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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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Graf-hick
Graf-hick (Aaron van der Hart)

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View Graf-Hick's Art on Kevin Keating's page.

 

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Michael Hafftka was born in 1953 in NYC. He attended public schools and began painting in 1973.

In the Eighties Guignol Books published "Michael Hafftka - Selected Drawings" and "Art of Experience - Experience Of Art” by Hafftka. Art Galaxy in NYC mounted his first one-person show. Subsequently Hafftka has had one person shows with Rosa Esman Gallery, DiLaurenti Gallery, Mary Ryan Gallery and Aberbach Fine Art. Hafftka’s work has been shown in the US and abroad in numerous museums.

Hafftka’s work has been the subject of critical monographs by Sam Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Princeton University, John Caldwell, Curator at the Carnegie Institute Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the novelist Michael Brodsky.

Hafftka’s work is in the permanent collection of major museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY MoMA, The National Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, SFMoMA, Carnegie Museum, and others.

Six Gallery Press is publishing Conscious/Unconscious by Hafftka. The book will be available in April 2007. Conscious/Unconscious is a book of short stories narrated in the first person, weaving an inner life made real by paradoxes and conflicting drives. 27 drawings created for this book are not illustrations of the stories, but rather add another dimension to the written words.

View Michael Hafftka's Art on our Current Contest page.

 

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Camille Martin

Camille Martin is a poet and collage artist living in Toronto. She is the author of codes of public sleep (BookThug, forthcoming in 2007). Her short collections of poems include fabled hue (Poetic Inhalation, 2005), sesame kiosk (Potes & Poets, 2001), rogue embryo (Lavender Ink, 1999), magnus loop (Chax Press, 1999), and Plastic Heaven (Fell Swoop, 1996). Her collages and photographs are published or forthcoming in Plantarchy, Streetnotes, Spidertangle: The Book, Generator, Moria, and xStream. Formerly of New Orleans, she escaped the ravages of Katrina and is now happily settled in Toronto, where she is completing a collection of fourteen-liners entitled sennets. She teaches writing and literature at Ryerson University.

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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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Sandra Scheetz Wise

Jan. 18, 2007: Solo Exhibit Windermere Fine Art & Custom Framing, Orlando, Florida.

Nov, 13, 2006: Filmed How To Paint in Acrylics for EXPERTVILLAGE.COM

Nov 10 thru Dec 31, 2006: The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, Holiday Exhibition, Group Show.

October, November, December 2006: 2nd Floor of Kissimmee Administration Building.

October thru November 2006: Artist Registry Show at the City Arts Factory, Orlando, Florida.

Oct 2006: Donated Tea For Who - Giclee for UCP. The print made $473.00 for the children.

Oct 5, 2006: Two paintings accepted for the First Thursday at Orlando Museum Of Arts, Orlando Florida.

2007 Fall: One of ten artists printed in the Aquistitor Magazine, NY, for collectors and dealers of art, the painting called Essence Of The Mind. more >>

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Guest Contributors
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Rich Andrews, Columnist
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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D.A. Eis, Columnist

D. A. Eis
Guest Columnist

D.A. Eis lives with her children, dog and husband in Connecticut by a pond. The pond dribbles into another pond, which, after a few more dribbles, becomes, or turns into, or merges with, the Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound touches other land bodies, one of which is Long Island, a rather phallic looking piece of land that is loud, cluttered and polluted close up, verdant and not worth discussing from a distance. Right by the Long Island, also touched by the Long Island Sound, is Manhatton. Manhatton looks as if it is going to be Madhatter, if not for the d and on, together spelling, of course, Don. I have liked every Don I have ever known.

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Lockie Hunter
Lockie Hunter
Guest Columnist

A long time resident of Appalachia and of San Francisco, Lockie Hunter now attends Boston's Emerson College where she is pursuing her MFA in creative writing. Her fiction and essays have been published or are forthcoming in The Morning News, Southern Hum, The Emerson Review, Seattle Writergrrls, Muscadine Lines; a Southern Journal, ken*again, the literary magazine, Wild Violet and LiteraryMama. You may find more of her work at www.lockiehunter.com.

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Helen Ruggieri, Columnist
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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Peter de Moncey-Conegliano, mostly known as an electroacoustic composer, was born in 1948. His output has been prodigious, and has also included operas and instrumental pieces. He spent part of his childhood in Troon, on Scotland's west coast, and since 1983 has made Scotland his permanent home. After reading Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the Queen's College, Oxford, Peter studied electronic music, under Michael Graubart, at Morley College, London and later composition, under Aubrey Bowman, at WMA Summer Schools. Peter's operas include Hannele - the Hippie Opera and The Poet (about Robert Burns); and his chamber operas include The Tragedy of Vladimir Mayakovsky and Confessions of an English Opium Addict. Peter has also composed shorter works such as Winter and The Shout (the latter in collaboration with his wife, Pia Videla-Hintze, the Chilean video-artist) and both pieces were chosen for the 2003 Bourges Festival International des Musiques et Creations Electroniques. Four of Peter's compositions, Amphibian Fogg, Extended Moment, Abstract No X and Anonymous Bingo Caller, were broadcast on Radio Centraal Antwerp and in 2006 Thesaurus2, for amplified harpsichord and tape, was played by Jane Chapman at a concert in London as part of the SPNM's Sound Source series. There is an archive of Peter's music in the Scottish Music Centre, and another is being developed by the National Library of France.

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Shayna Dulberger, stand up bass
Guest Composer

Shayna Dulberger is an upright bass player living and working in New York City. Her CD's have been reviewed by All About Jazz, Jazz & Tzaz, Cadence Magazine and WNUR. She has collaborated with musicians such as Ras Moshe, Daniel Carter, Rashid Bakr and many others. She is a student of both classical and jazz, earning a jazz performance degree from the Mason Gross School at Rutgers University. She was recently interviewed on Taran's Free Jazz Hour, a radio show in Angers, France where her CD TheKillMeTrio is often played. Her discography includes "Wound, Unwound, and Within", "TheKillMeTrio", "Transcendence" with The Ras Quartet, "The Chris Welcome Quartet", Quartet with Daniel Carter.

For more information visit www.shaynadulberger.com.

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John McLellan, drum kit
Guest Composer
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Quartetto Constanze
Guest Composer

Hailed by the Barrie Examiner as having "great sensitivity" and "most impressive, tight ensemble playing," the members of the all-female Quartetto Constanze (Catherine Cosbey and Michelle Zapf-Belanger, violins, Katya Woloshyn, viola, and Ingunn Benediktsson, cello) have been delighting audiences since coming together in September 2004. Quartetto Constanze loves to interpret new or unknown works while also giving a fresh voice to standard repertoire. Recently, the quartet has commissioned a new string quartet by Michelle Zapf-Belanger, Steinndyr Gluggar, which they have scheduled to premiere on tour in Canada and Iceland this summer 2006.

Their website, with a more detailed bio, can be found at www.constanze.ca.

Jon Leifs
Guest Composer

Icelandic composer Jón Leifs trained in Germany at the Leipzig Conservatory in 1916. He is famous in Iceland for his haunting modernist works. Mors et Vita was written as a musical elegy to his daughter, who drowned in a swimming accident off the coast of Sweden.

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Chris Welcome, electric guitar
Guest Composer

Chris Welcome is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist living in Brooklyn. He has performed with musicians such as Daniel Carter, Jack Wright, Blaise Siwula, and many others. He has released one album under his own name with frequent collaborators John McLellan and Shayna Dulberger. The record, “Wound, Unwoud, and Within” has received positive reviews in Cadence Magazine, All About Jazz, and from WNUR radio. He is also featured on four CD’s on No Label Records; One lead by Daniel Carter, and three by Jeffrey Shurdut. In addition to performing regularly in New York, Welcome has toured the East Coast several times with Blaise Siwula and others and has toured the country with the noise/rock/jazz group Mothguts.

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