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Issue 8 Contributors
Authors
Steven Gillis Urayoan Noel Guest Columnists:
Sissy Boyd Steve Gilmartin Ned Pepper Rich Andrews
Patty Catto Tamir Greenberg Vanessa Place Domenick Capobianco
Gayla Chaney Christine Hamm Charles P. Ries D. A. Eis
Laurence Davies Sharron Hass Davis Schneiderman Rae Desmond Jones
Tom Denlinger H. L. Hix Stephanie Strickland Helen Ruggieri
Tsipi Keller Angela Szczepaniak  
Andrea Fitzpatrick Judith Kerman Pablo Teasedale  
Kass Fleisher Karen Knight Zack Wentz  
Hugh Fox David Musgrave Sam Witt  
    Arun Gaur Jesse Nissim    
           
Artists
 
Alexander Calder Daniel Y. Harris Dee Rimbaud Featured Artists:
Vicki Daniel Brian Hutzell Joel Simpson Anne Austin Pearce
Jean Detheux Evri Kwong Mattthew Skenandore Guest Composers:
Paul DiLascia Lenka Manning-Warder   Monxo López
Roz Dimon Keith Miller   Christopher Willits
 

Contributing Authors
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Elizabeth Block is the author of the award-winning novel, A Gesture Through Time. Her fiction, poetry, script, and prose appear or will soon appear in Fiction International, Black Ice, Chain, Spuyten Duyvil Press anthology of 21st century experimental women writers, The Brooklyn Rail, TDR, etc. She is a 2006-2007 Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fiction Fellow, holding the Doris Roberts/William Goyens Fellowship.

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Sissy Boyd studied with Martha Graham and has danced with many diverse and avant-garde companies in NYC. She has appeared in the video art of Peter Campus, the films of Mark Rappaport, and several Allison Anders films. She studied poetry with Holly Prado, and playwriting with John Steppling. Several of Boyd’s plays have been produced, including: The Definite Child, directed by Wes Walker and Green Shoes, which she directed (an LA Weekly Pick of the Week). Her play Liddy was the text for Guy Zimmerman’s short film by the same name. Boyd is a former member of Oxblood Theater Company and a current member of the Evidence Room Theatre Company and Ken Roht’s Orphean Circus. In 2005, Boyd was featured in Fearless Women (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Her book, in the plain turn of the body make a sentence, Two Plays by Sissy Boyd, was published in 2006 by Les Figues Press.

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Patricia Catto is Professor of Something Approaching Literature and Creative Writing at the Kansas City Art Institute. Hailing from a charming but conflicted Pugliese family, she was voted Principessa della Fagiolissima in 1987 and 2003. Her work has appeared in New Art Examiner, Art $ Academe, Ceramics Monthly, Cambridge Review of Books, Cafe Solo, Wolfhead Quarterly, and more. Her poetry book, Wife of Geronimo's Virile Old Age chronicles her bestial life in Arizona as do her poems anthologized in Least Loved Beasts of the Really Wild West. In 2004 she studied gypsy dance in India and incorporates it into her Poetry and Motion Classes as well as into her dance seminars: Veil as Sacred Space.

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Gayla Chaney's fiction has appeared in Potomac Review, Silverthought, Carve, Concho River Review, and other literary journals. She lives and writes in central Texas.

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Laurence Davies was born in Wales, in the Irfon valley; since then, his rivers have been the Thames, Wandle, Yarra, Conodoguinet, Connecticut, North Sugar, and Ompompanoosuc; he's recently moved to Glen Ericht, Scotland, not far from the Isla Water. He collects mushrooms and ghost stories, edits Joseph Conrad's letters, and writes fiction, some of which has showed up in Natural Bridge, StoryQuarterly, The Diagram, Mystic River, Café Irreal, and several other elsewheres.

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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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Jason Price Everett was born in Orlando, Florida in 1972. He was educated at Lafayette College, Cornell University, and the Sorbonne. He has held twenty-three different positions of employment, one of the more recent being that of English professor at a university in Xian, China. He is the author of several collections of poetry and one of short fiction. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as Si Senor, Hubris, Writers Notes Magazine, The Circle Magazine, The Prague Literary Review, City Writers Review, Underground Voices and BLATT. He is currently at work on a new series of ultrashort fiction. He lives in New York City.

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Andrea Fitzpatrick is ______.

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Kass Fleisher is the author of The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History (nonfiction; SUNY Press, 2004); Accidental Species: A Reproduction (conceptual memoir; Chax Press, 2005); The Adventurous (conceptual memoir; Factory School, 2007); and Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman (forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in 2008). Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Mandorla, Notre Dame Review, Antennae, Bombay Gin, Postmodern Culture, Z Magazine, American Book Review, and electronic book review, among other journals. Her fiction has been awarded annual prizes from The Dickinson Review and Plainswoman. Her screenplays (with Joe Amato), BEAR RIVER and GOOD FENCES, achieved semifinal status in the 2003 Chesterfield Writer's Film Project fellowship competition (hosted by Paramount Pictures), and YELLOW MEDICINE (also with Joe Amato) achieved semifinal status in the 2006 Nicholl Fellowship competition (hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) and the second round in the Austin Film festival competition. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Illinois State University in Normal.

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Born in Chicago, 1932,forced into 3 years of pre-med and a year of Medicine, dropped out of medical school and got a B.S. (Hum.) and M.A. from Loyola U.in Chicago, Ph.D. from the U. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).Prof. of American Literature, Loyola University in Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount University) , 1958-1968,Professor in the Department of American Thought and Language, Michigan State University (1968-1999).Now retired, Professor Emeritus . Fulbright Professor of American Studies/Literature, U. of Hermosillo, Mexico, 1961, U. Católica and Institúto Pedagógico, Caracas, 1964-1966, U. of Florianópolis, Brazil, 1978-1980. 1 yr. studying Lt. Am. culture at Mendoza Foundation (Caracas) with Mariano Picon-Salas. Organization of American States Grant to study Latin American Studies/Argentinian Literature, U. of Buenos Aires, 1971. John Carter Brown Library Fellowship, Brown U. , 1968 (Studies in sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish economics and avant-garde literature). OAS grant as archaeologist, Atacama Desert, Chile, 1986.Lectures in Spain and Portugal 1975-’76. Founder and Board of Directors member of COSMEP, the International Organization of Independent Publishers, from 1968 until its death in 1996. Editor of Ghost Dance: The International Quarterly of Experimental Poetry, 1968-1995. Latin American editor of Western World Review & North American Review, during 60’s. Former contributing reviewer on Smith/ Pulpsmith, Choice etc. currently contributing reviewer to SPR and SMR. In Who’s Who, The Two Thousand Most Important Writers in the Last Millenium, Dictionary of Middlewestern Writers, The International Who’s Who. 95 books published. His latest publications are Way, Way Off the Road (Ibbetson St. Press, Somerville, Massachusetts) and Opening the Door into French Film (World Publications, NYC), Defiance (Higganum Hill Press).

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Born at Firozabad (Uttar Pradesh), Arun Gaur is a Punjabi and now lives in Panchkula (Haryana, India) with parents, wife (from Alwar, Rajasthan) and two teen-aged sons. Before that he was a resident of Chandigarh for 30 years. He is a photographer, a free-lance journalist, a travelogue writer, a book-reviewer, and a teacher. For some time he taught at the Department of English, Mizoram Central University, Aizawl, where he was the Senior Reader. He has published many book-review articles and illustrated travelogue pieces in “The Tribune,” which can be accessed at www.tribuneindia.com. Although his doctoral thesis was on W.B. Yeats and C.G. Jung, he did not consider it yet quite ready for publication and chose instead to write and publish another critical book—I Stand Apart: Alienated Center in Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself’ (2002), which, according to Professor Ed Folsom, is “one of the most thorough and sustained readings of ‘Song of Myself’ ever attempted.” He has completed an anthology of poems—“Mizoram-2004”—based on thousands of photographs taken in and around Aizawl and is currently seeking a publisher for it. Some of these poems, along with the others, have appeared in the on-line as well as the print magazines/journals including "Ariga," "Sol Magazine," "Poetry Magazine," "Ygdrasil," "Eclectica," "42opus." "Orbis," "Poetry Salzburg Review," "3rd Muse," "Boyne Berries," "Southern Ocean Review," "Virtual Writer," "poetrymonthly.com," "Slow Trains," and "Great Works."

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Steven Gillis is the author of the novels WALTER FALLS and THE WEIGHT OF NOTHING, both finalists for the Independent Publishers Book of the Year and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year 2003 and 2005.) Steve's third novel, TEMPORARY PEOPLE, will be published by Black Lawrence Press in 2008. Steve's stories, articles and book reviews have appeared in over three dozen journals. A 6 time Pushcart nominee and 4 time Best Of... Notable Stories, a collection of Steve's stories - titled GIRAFFES - was published in February, 2007 by Atomic Quill Press. A member of the Ann Arbor Book Festival Board of Directors, and a finalist for the 2007 Ann Arbor News Citizen of the Year, Steve teaches writing at Eastern Michigan University and is the founder of 826 Michigan – www.826michigan.org - a nonprofit mentoring and tutoring organization for public school students which specializes in writing, and the founder of Dzanc Books - www.dzancbooks.org - in partnership with Dan Wickett, a non-profit created to aid literary journals, place writing programs into public schools and publish great works of novel-length fiction. All proceeds from Steve's writing goes to his nonprofit programs.

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Steve Gilmartin's work has appeared in elimae, Fourteen Hills, Double Room, 3rd bed, Paragraph, and Syllogism. He lives in Oakland, CA.

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Tamir Greenberg was born in Tel Aviv. An architect, lecturer, playwright and poet, he also dabbles in Physics. His work, as poet and playwright, received many awards, including the Prime Minister Award, the Luria Award, and the Tel Aviv Foundation Award. His poems have been translated and published in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, German and Russian. His new play, Hebron, will be staged by Habima - Israel's National Theater - in 2007, and by The Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, Germany, also in 2007.

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Christine Hamm has lived in Queens, NY since 1990. She is working towards her PhD in English Literature at Drew University with a full scholarship. She recently won the MiPo first annual chapbook competition with her manuscript, Children Having Trouble With Meat. Her poetry has been published in The Adirondack Review, Pebble Lake Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, MiPoesias, Rattle, Blue Fifth Review, Horseless Review, Eratio, Snow Monkey, Exquisite Corpse and over 80 others, and she has performed her poetry all over NYC. She helps edit Vernacular, published by the Womens Studio Center in Queens, and teaches English and poetry writing at Rutgers University. Christine has two chapbooks -- The Animal Husband, from Dancing Girl Press and The Salt Daughter, from Little Poem Press. Her full-length book of poems, The Transparent Dinner, was published by Mayapple Press.

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Sharron Hass, poet and essayist, was born in Israel. She holds a B.A. in Classics and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Tel Aviv University. She published two volumes of poems, and participated in several international poetry festivals. Among her awards: The Hezy Leskly Award, the Ministry of Education and Culture Award, and the Prime Minister Award. She teaches literature and philosophy and lives in Tel Aviv.

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H. L. Hix teaches in and directs the creative writing MFA at the University of Wyoming. His latest poetry collection, Chromatic, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and his other recent books include a collection of essays on poetry entitled As Easy As Lying, and an anthology, Wild and Whirling Words.

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Tsipi Keller is a novelist and translator. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Award, of CAPS and NYFA awards in fiction, and is the author, most recently, of the novels Jackpot (2004), and Retelling (2006), both published by Spuyten Duyvil. Author's Blog

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Judith Kerman is a Jewish Buddhist Quaker Feminist Clown in passionate pursuit of the Cheshire Cat called "Truth." She has published eight books or chapbooks of poetry; most recently Galvanic Response (March Street Press, 2005) and the bilingual collection, Plane Surfaces/Plano de Incidencia (Santo Domingo: CCLEH, 2002), with Spanish translations by Johnny Durán. Her book of translations, A Woman in Her Garden: Selected Poems of Dulce María Loynaz (Cuban; Cervantes Prize laureate, 1992) was published by White Pine Press in 2002. Her prose-poem book, Mothering (Allegany Mountain Press, 1978), received Honorable Mention in the 1978 Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award competition and was reissued in 1996 in print as Mothering & Dream of Rain by Ridgeway Press and as a hypertext in Eastgate Quarterly Review of Hypertext 2:2. Kerman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Dominican Republic in 2002, translating the poetry and fiction of contemporary Dominican women. She publishes Mayapple Press and was founding editor of Earth's Daughters. She is halfway through a phased retirement from teaching English into real life.   Author's Website

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Karen Knight's poetry has been widely published in major overseas and Australian literary journals,newspapers and anthologies, including Best Australian Poems 2005. Her collections include Under the One Granite Roof- poems for Walt Whitman (Pardalote Press, 2004) and the chapbooks Singing in the Grain (Walleah Press, 2001) My Mother Has Become (Picaro Press, 2003) and Dr. Says (Picaro Press, 2006). Karen has received three writer's development grants from Arts Tasmania, and an Australia Council grant, the most recent to support her new work in progress, From a Glass Kennel. She was recently awarded a three week residency in Edinburgh , Scotland as part of the UNESCO City of Literary Exchange Program. Karen performs her work regularly at poetry festivals, in cafes, pubs, on radio and even on buses. She often collaborates with her husband, Jules who is a percussionist. Karen lives in Hobart , Tasmania .

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David Musgrave is a widely published Australian poet. His books include To Thalia (2004), On Reflection (2005) and Watermark (2006). His work has won or been shortlisted for several major awards in Australia, including the Newcastle, Bruce Dawe, Broadway and Henry Lawson prizes. In 2005 he founded the publishing house Puncher & Wattmann (www.puncherandwattmann.com) which publishes Australian poetry and literary fiction.   Author's Website

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Jesse Nissim lives in Oakland, California, where she teaches English and creative writing. She also works in an independent, old-fashioned stationery store. Her poems have appeared in New American Writing, 26, 580 Split, Borderlands, Fourteen Hills, the anthology, My America (Blue Barnhouse Press), and in other journals. New work will appear in Five Fingers Review and her chapbook, Alphabet for M, will be published by Dancing Girl Press in August 2007.

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Urayoán Noel is the author of the books of poetry Las flores del mall (Alamala) and Kool Logic/La lógica kool (Bilingual)- which was named one of the books of 2006 by the Puerto Rican newspaper El nuevo día- as well as the performance DVD Kool Logic Sessions: Poems, Pop Songs, Laugh Tracts (Bilingual). His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in journals, periodicals, and anthologies in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe—see, most recently, his postpunk sonnet and ballade in The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry (U of Arizona). Born in San Juan, he lives in the South Bronx, where he co-directs the arts organization 'Spanic Attack. (Con)currently, he is completing his PhD. in Spanish at New York University.  Author's Website

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Currently finishing off a time travel novel (part one of three books) and editing it for my agent. A Kiss To Build A Dream On is the title. At age 63, I’m running out of time—which makes me write like a maniac who’s suffering from a stupendous caffeine buzz. The future looks bright for John Wariner’s pseudonym, Ned Pepper. He will produce till he dies—which I certainly hope isn’t soon. Born in San Diego, traveled far and wide, I’m still running with the devil and his advocate. I’m married to a woman twenty years my younger; father of an eight-year-old daughter and a thirty-year-old son, from my first marriage. Speaking German and Spanish and having both feet firmly planted in the crust of the earth has yet to make me less than a stumblebum.

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Vanessa Place is the author of a 50,000-word, one-sentence novel, Dies: A Sentence (2005), and a chapbook, Figure from The Gates of Paradise (Woodland Editions/Five Fingers Review); her nonfiction book about sex offenders and the morality of guilt will be published by Other Press, and her novel, La Medusa, is forthcoming from Fiction Collective 2. Place is a co-founder of Les Figues Press, publisher of the TrenchArt series of experiments in literature. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories, interviews and poetry reviews have appeared in more than 160 print and electronic publications. He has received four 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, 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. Most recently, he has been appointed to the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission. You may find additional samples of his work by going to: http://literarti.net/Ries/.

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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.

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Stephanie Strickland is a print and new media poet. Her book of poems, Zone : Zero, is forthcoming in 2008. A double book of poems, V: WaveSon.nets/Losing L’una, has a web component [http://vniverse.com]. V was awarded the Di Castagnola Prize by Brenda Hillman and True North was chosen for that award by Barbara Guest. Her current manuscript is “Huracan’s Harp,” from which the poems here are taken. Her latest collaborative hypermedia work is slippingglimpse [http://slippingglimpse.org] first shown at E-Poetry 2007 in Paris.

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Angela Szczepaniak is neck-deep in a PhD (at SUNY Buffalo), happily reading and writing about comics, innovative detective literature, and poetry. She has also been writing and publishing spitz and spatz of a novel (Unisex Love Poems: one-sided conversations), which mainly concerns the language of food, bodies, and etiquette.

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Pablo Teasdale’s first interview was with Raquel Welch when he was a sailor and she was a new star. Since then, he has interviewed many artists formally and informally. . . both well-know and unknown. Among the notables: Anais Nin, Bob Hope, Lyn Lifshin, James Leo Herlihy and Brian Morissey. His drawings have been published in the U. S. A. and Germany. His synthesizer compositions are used by poets and dancers in live and broadcast productions internationally. Teasdale has been the subject of four documentaries and lives in Santa Cruz, California. He is currently writing a memoir titled, "Let Me Tell You About My Redundancy Again."

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Zack Wentz's writing has appeared in Nerve, Fiction International, In Posse, Pindeldyboz, Word Riot, and Tape Op. His novel "The Garbageman and the Prostitute" was recently published by Chiasmus Press, and earned advanced praise from authors such as William T. Vollmann, Steve Aylett, and Matthew Derby. He is a founding member of the bands Kill Me Tomorrow and Tender Buttons, and is currently finishing a new novel. 

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Sam Witt was born in Wimbledon, England, but spent most of his time growing up in North Carolina and Virginia. After graduation from the University of Virginia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lived and worked as a freelance journalist in San Francisco for several years, publishing in such magazines as Computerworld, San Francisco Chronicle, and Wired. His first book of poetry, Everlasting Quail, won the Katherine Nason Bakeless First Book Prize in 2000, sponsored by Breadloaf. Everlasting Quail was published by UPNE the following year, and he received a Fulbright Fellowship to live and write in Saint Petersburg, Russia for a year. Witt has participated in poetry festivals at Druskininkai and Vilnius at the invitation of the Lithuanian government; he has been a resident at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and at Yaddo; his poems have been published in Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fence, New England Review, among other journals, and in the anthologies The New Young American Poets and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries. Witt has taught at the University of Iowa, Harvard University, and the University of Missouri Kansas-City, where he is currently serving as the Visiting Assistant Professor in Poetry for the year. His second book, Sunflower Brother, published in spring 2007, won the 2006 Cleveland State University Press Open Book competition.

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Contributing Artists
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Alexander

Artist of many mediums.. but predominantly mobile sculputeres in the line of Calder's.

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Vicki Daniel was born in San Diego, California, lived in Mexico for seven years and moved to San Francisco in 1994. Vicki has been a working artist in the Bay Area for 7 years, migrating from a photographer of emerging Bay Area musicians to painting and writing.

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EXHIBITIONS & more

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Jean Detheux

Jean Detheux

After more than three decades of intense work with natural media, Jean Detheux had to abandon painting a few years ago because the paint fumes were killing him. He is now working on ways to create digital 2D animations and images that are a continuation of his natural media work (focusing on fortuitous accidents and "inherent composition"). He has been teaching art in Canada and the U.S., and has works in many public and private galleries in Europe and North America. His films are now appearing in film and animation festivals around the globe.He also lectures regularly, in English and French, on the phenomenology of vision and the genesis of images (animated or still, digital or not), and has written numerous articles on those and other subjects available online http://www.vudici.net.

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One of Jean's NFB films, "Rupture," was selected by "Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois," a festival that will take place in Montréal from the 16th to the 26th of February.

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I grew up in Manhattan. My mother was an artist; my father teaches philosophy. I went to Columbia College and earned a degree in mathematics from MIT. I've always felt drawn by the worlds of emotion and intellect. Digital dream collage is the perfect medium for me. It lets me explore the unconscious using tools that are technical and precise.

I believe computers can be used to create art. Not the synthetic constructions of 3D animation or virtual reality, where technology becomes an end in itself--but real art, where the message _transcends_ the medium. Art that aspires to communicate. To convey an idea, a mood, a feeling. Art that's personal and yet attempts to touch the universal. Art that has the power to seduce.

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Roz Dimon

Roz Dimon

Roz Dimon, an early and innovative participant in the digital art revolution, continues to evolve as a top communicator in the medium that defines our age. Her ArtStory, www.artstory.net, with over 200 works of art and multiple stories, now reaches over 20,000 people per month in over 22 countries. Her work is in the private corporate collections of AT&T, Pfizer and many others and she has been invited to show her work in numerous national and international exhibitions of new media art. Alongside her own creative projects, she created RDA Design, a successful web design consulting boutique and was a former Art Director for the Wall Street Journal Online. Dimon is a graduate of the Lamar Dodd School of Art in Athens, Georgia and makes her home in Shelter Island, NY.

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Daniel Y. Harris, M.Div, Adjunct Faculty of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Sonoma State University, holds a Master of Arts in Divinity from The University of Chicago, where he specialized in Jewish theology and comparative religion and wrote his dissertation on The Zohar. Daniel is the co-founder of The Sparks Project (2001) and Sitrahahra.com (2006). His poetry chapbook, Unio Mystica (2007), will be published by Cross-Cultural Communications. His recent publication credits include: Zeek, The Pedestal Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, In Posse Review, Mad Hatters’ Review, Sein und Werden, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Magazine.com, Convergence, The Other Voices International Project, The Denver Quarterly, and The Vienna Peace Summit Catalog of The Society of Founders of the International Peace University. The Jewish Community Library of San Francisco, Market Street Gallery, The Euphrat Museum, The Center for Visual Arts and Dolly Fiterman Fine Arts are among his art exhibition credits. He has held executive administration positions in the nonprofit sector for six years as well as academic positions at UC Berkeley and Lehrhaus Judaica. He was born in Paris, France and lives in Northern California. His wife, Tracy, is a Professor of French. Their infant son, Marc, was born in January 2006. His website is www.danielyharris.com

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Brian is a Renaissance man. He is actively involved in all aspects of theater, from writing/composing to acting to music directing. As an artist, he has participated in many solo and group shows, and his drawings can be seen on clothing as well as on walls. He has been the subject of a local TV spot for his eccentric habit of walking everywhere barefoot. In addition, Brian is a bibliophile currently studying for a Master of Library Science degree.

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Evri Kwong's paintings have been exhibited internationally. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Grant, Fellowship to Skowhegan School of painting and Sculpture, and a Djerassi Artist residency.

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I was born in San Francisco, California in 1953. Both my parents were very artistic free thinkers. I am a third generation artist. I watched my mother paint, and my grandfather was the Hungarian portrait painter and commercial artist, Jules Erbit. When I was 7 my Parents moved us all to Europe in order to send us kids to Summerhill School, a boarding school founded by A.S.Neill, based on his educational philosophy. This philosophy afforded me the opportunity to make art in depth. My art education after Summerhill was varied. I attended Sir John Cass of school of Art in London and Bournville College in Birmingham, The Factory of Visual Art, Seattle, Wa., we moved around a lot. My most valuable schooling was a year apprenticeship with the Seattle Painter, Sally Whitten. She taught us how to see, to really look, at the colours, the composition, and dynamic tension in a painting. When a painting has reached that point of dynamic tension, having the sense to stop there.

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Keith Miller is a simple, young man sauntering through life in general obscurity. He enjoys nature and making things with his hands, paintings in particular. Keith is a gainfully employed welder working to repay his BFA loans and support his frugal lifestyle. With any luck you will enjoy his creations as much as he does.

 

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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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JOEL SIMPSON has been photographing since he was a teenager in the 1960s. A serious 35mm devotee while he pursued careers in college teaching, jazz piano, and music software, he shot weddings and had shows of his work while primarily engaged in other professions. He turned photographic pro in 2002 and has been showing his fine art photos in galleries in the New York City vicinity.

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THE DlViNE BAT SWAN WiTH SQUARE FEET AND THE PARADOX OF AN INCOMPREHENSIBLE MEANING

"From the beginning man has created art not perhaps to please others, but to express the feelings and emotions of soul and spirit whose suzerainty is the inner world.

Within ourselves we are all so very vast that without the use of symbols to condense the meanings of the multitudinous emotions and feelings of this inner world the explorer could very quickly become lost.

By positing a dichotomy, direction and destination become realizable and by familiarity the inner landscape becomes a laboratory for the study and synthesis of experience into meaning."

The above quote is from Matthew Skenandore whose work will be on display in the sanctuary beginning March 1. He will give a brief talk on the painting above the altar after church March 13th and a longer discussion on his other works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22nd in the sanctuary. If you have any questions about his art you can call him at 827-8287. And if you don't have any questions about this quote you are a lot smarter than the secretary!

Mattthew (the third T is silent and the Q is invisible) Skenandore has unusual brain chemistry and or pretensions of mysticism. Prone to fits of clarity, Mattthew paints some.

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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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Domenick Capobianco
Domenick Capobianco
Guest Columnist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Rae Desmond Jones
Rae Desmond Jones
Guest Columnist

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

He likes Jonathan Swift, but is not especially anal.

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Monxo López
Monxo López
Guest Composer

Monxo López is a South Bronx-based Puerto Rican composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and sonic svengali for the arts organization 'Spanic Attack. He has played throughout the US and Latin America, collaborating with Rafo Ráez, Bobby Blue, and Edwin Torres, and serving as lead guitarist for various rock bands. His 'Spanic Attack productions include Rebio Díaz's CD haciacontradesde (2003) and Urayoán Noel's performance DVD Kool Logic Sessions (2005). He has also composed soundtracks and incidental music for art shows and films, and is the author of numerous polemics, tracts, and critical writings, most notably: the "Impertinent Manifesto" (2000).

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Anne Austin Pearce
Anne Austin Pearce
Featured Artist

Anne Austin Pearce studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Brighton England Polytechnic, and University of Kansas, where she received a BFA in printmaking. In 1996 she completed her MFA in painting and Drawing at James Madison University. Currently Anne is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, and director of Greenlease Gallery of Art. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely in U.S. galleries and abroad, and reside in many private collections.

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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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Christopher Willits
Christopher Willits
Guest Composer

Christopher Willits (www.christopherwillits.com) is a musician and multimedia artist located in San Francisco, California, who tours frequently and internationally. His many solo releases and collaborations cover a broad spectrum of musical styles, and include one main commonality: Willits’ unique use of the guitar with custom-made signal processing. This home-brewed software, along with Willits’ 6-string prowess, generates a unique real-time mixture of improvised melody and rhythm. Willits’ guitar lines and harmonies fold into each other. Notes and phrases hook and weave, creating complex patterns of interlocking rhythm, melody, and texture.

Willits’ music has received critical acclaim from many publications including The Wire, The BBC, XLR8R, Grooves Magazine, Tylus, Playboy, XLR8R, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The SF Weekly, Pitchfork, and URB magazine where Willits was nominated as one of URB's next 100 artists. Christopher’s unique approaches to performance, instrumentation, and production lead The SF Bay Guardian to write: "Christopher Willits is the center cell of of a rather complex indie-rock-avant-garde-electronic-art Venn diagram here in the Bay Area.” His music can be found on the labels Ghostly International (USA), 12k (USA), Sub Rosa (Belgium), Nibble (USA), Ache Records (Canada), Fallt (Ireland), Yacca (Japan) and Plop (Japan). His most recent solo release 'Surf Boundaries" released by Ghosty International was greeted with tidal wave of positive press.

Willits’ is involved in a vast range of collaborations that include bands, sound installations, and film/video projects. Flossin, a band project organized and produced by Willits, is currently working on a new release that will feature the original lineup of Zach Hill (drummer from the band Hella), Miguel Depedro (Kid606) and Willits, plus Matmos and a familiar remixing cast of indie-electronic/rock artists. Christopher Willits and Brad Laner (formerly of Medicine) recently released a new album as the North Valley Subconscious Orchestra on Ghostly International in late August 2006. Taylor Deupree (12k label-head) and Willits have released two full-length studio albums and a recent Live CD. Other collaborators include Latrice Barnett (Galactic, Kaskade, Handsome Boy Modeling School), Paul D’Amour (Tool, Lusk), Ryuichi Sakamoto (YMO), and video artist Scott Pagano.

Willits completed his Master's Degree in Electronic Music at Mills College where he studied with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith and John Bischoff. At Mills he explored structure-generating processes in music; a focus not unfamiliar to former Mills affiliates John Cage and Steve Reich. Prior to Mills, Willits received a solid visual arts training in painting, sculpture, and video art at the Kansas City Art Institute.

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