Mad Hatters' Review
 
   
Issue 9 Contributors
Authors
John M. Bennett Kyle Hemmings M. E. Parker Guest Columnists:
Catherine Berg Krista Hoefle Rob Reynolds Rich Andrews
Janis Butler Holm Jordan Sanderson Domenick Capobianco
David Blaine Rosemary Jones Davis Schneiderman D. A. Eis
Louis E. Bourgeois Siel Ju C.B. Smith Lockie Hunter
A. Codrescu Ashley Kaufman Jim Spitzer Rae Desmond Jones
Jeff Crouch Penn Kemp Wendy Sumner-Winter Helen Ruggieri
Alan Davies Jason Lahr Yuriy Tarnawsky Fatima Shahnaz
    Jeremy M. Davies Michael K. Meyers Maria Tomasula  
    Roberto Drummond Sheila Murphy Steve Tomasula  
    Charles Freeland Martin Nakell Rachel Weiss  
    Phyllis Jean Green Stefani Nellen Lise Whidden  
    Angela Genusa Louise Norlie Christopher Woods  
           
Artists
 
Carolyn Adams Cecilia Ferreira Featured Artist: Guest Cartoonist:
Theo Amaral Brian Hutzell Michael Hafftka David Lineberger
Amy Cohen Banker Jason   Guest Composer:
Catherine Bennett Déia Leal   Chris Meloche
Janet Culbertson Edson Mourafranco    
Ulrich Dressel Tom Wegrzynowski    

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John M. Bennett has published over 250 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press), CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL (Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed)), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods), INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), and BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)). He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature.

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Catherine Berg's work has been published in madhatter's review, taj mahal review, virginia woolf miscellany, sojourn journal, and poems can be read at www.DallasArtsRevue.com.

 

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F.J. Bergmann (www.fibitz.com) lives in Wisconsin. She has no literary academic qualifications, but is kind to those so afflicted. Publications in which her poems have appeared include Blackbox, DIAGRAM, nth position, stirring, and Unpleasant Event Schedule, as well as a recent chapbook, Aqua Regia (Parallel Press 2007). One of her pseudopodia reaches all the way from the bedroom to the refrigerator. Her hairstyle is deceptive.

 

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David Blaine is a poet and writer living in rural Michigan. His poetry, essays, reviews, stories and interviews have appeared widely in the small press. You can visit David online at davidblaine.blogspot.com or outsiderwriters.org

 

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Louis E. Bourgeois teaches writing at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. His most recent book The Gar Diaries, a memoir, is forthcoming in January 2008 by Community Press. Bourgeois is also editor of VOX and the recently formed Wolf Table Press.

www.voxjournal.com

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A. Codrescu
"Lion" Photo Credit: Barbara Zuliewicz
"Horse" Photo Credit: Andrew Miskys
 
A. Codrescu

Codrescu is an umbrella-organisation for a number of poets, essayists, translators, film makers, and catastrophe-specialists, located on the internet at corpse.org and codrescu.com. The purpose of the organisation is to provide culture shock and opportunities for riding horses and lions.

 

 

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Jeff Crouch is an internet artist in Grand Prairie, Texas. Google "Jeff Crouch" to see where he's been.

The image/text pieces published in this issue are part of a series, UNWANTED ADS, featuring characters and creatures from the American underbelly.

Other collaborative work of Jeff Crouch and Christopher Woods has appeared in SEIN UND WERDEN, admit2, NEW VERSE NEWS, SLOW TRAINS and ISTANBUL LITERATURE REVIEW. New work is forthcoming in BLACK BIRO, STONE TABLE REVIEW and DEAD DRUNK DUBLIN.

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Alan Davies is the author of RAVE (Roof), NAME (This), CANDOR (O Books), and SIGNAGE (Roof), among many other books. His BOOK 5, part of a long ongoing work, was recently published by Katalanché. The poems in this issue of MHR are from a recently completed manuscript called ODES & fragments. He lives in New York City, where he practices zen and writes. Accompanying sounds have been provided by NYC noise artist Austin Publicover.

 

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Jeremy M. Davies's work has appeared in The Review of Contemporary Fiction, CONTEXT, and is forthcoming this year in Snow Monkey. He was born in Brooklyn, lives in Chicago, and has recently completed a novel, as well as collaborating on the short opera "Lear-Runner in the Post-Future."

 

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His biography, in brief, is that he was a young journalist during the political upheaval of the sixties whose writing eventually got him in trouble. While he wasn’t exiled, he was blackballed and couldn’t earn a living as a journalist either. He eventually became a sportswriter, knowing that he wouldn’t get in trouble politically with that. Drummond was a big, HUGE, fan of Atletico Mineiro, and he wrote about soccer to earn his living for the rest of his life.

The mythology is that he died watching Brazil play England in the 2002 World Cup.

On the side, this public man – his soccer column was nationally syndicated, and he also had a regionally broadcast TV show on the sport – but, on the side, this public man wrote his fiction. At the time of his death, he was the author of eight novels, one of which was made into a telenovela, and two collections of stories.

This is the first time his fiction has been published in English.

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Charles Freeland teaches at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio. Recent work appears in Jubilat, Margie, The Cincinnati Review, The Hollins Critic, 42opus and Cream City Review. He is the author of a chapbook, Where We Saw Them Last (Lily Press). His website is charlesfreelandpoetry.net.

 

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Angela Genusa is a writer of experimental fiction, poetry, and humor. A real smartass, she once asked her new creative writing teacher, Steve Barthelme, "Any relation to Donald?" Oops, her bad. Some of her work can be found on the Web in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Über, The Black Table, and Opium Magazine, The Science Creative Quarterly, among others. She weaves burlap and gold into the fabric of our lives. Visit Angela's Blog.

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Phyllis Jean Green recently won first prize for poetry in the Dan Sullivan Memorial Contest. Pudding House published her chapbook, Above and Below, in February, 2007. Other credits include an autism-related biography and serving as editor of Peter Tomassi's Mixing Cement [Thunder-Rain, 2000]. She was Associate Editor of L'Intrigue for four years. Among the magazines that have published her poetry are Sulphur River Literary Review, Sensations Magazine, Snow Monkey, and The Pedestal Magazine. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Kyle Hemmings's stories and poems have been published in Night Train, Juked, Armchair Aesthete, Cezanne's Carrot, Insolent Rudder, Triptych, Slow Trains, Menda City Review, Write Side Up (forthcoming), Four Volts, Apple Valley Review, and others.

Kyle recently finished his MFA in creative writing and likes to cook, burn food, bake, burn muffins, and occasionally, tries his hand at drawing. His favorite artists are Dali and R. Crumb among others.

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"Krista Hoefle's multimedia installations explore the female body as influenced, impacted, and altered by technoculture. Working across a variety of artistic disciplines, Krista's objects, animations, drawings, and digital prints have been exhibited in multiple national and international venues. Current solo exhibitions of these installations include: "my corpse is not yet quite up to scratch" Vespine Gallery, Chicago (July-August 2006); "a machine designed by the devil and powered by the dead" Hanover College Art Galleries, Hanover, IN (September-October 2005); "Tart" Urban Institute of Contemporary Art's Race St. Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI (September-October, 2004), and "Nothing this beautiful can be real!" at The Fugitive Art Center, Nashville, TN (October-November 2003). Her work has been selected for group exhibitions exploring a wide range of media and themes, such as: "Group Show," Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL (October-November 2006), "4th Annual International Video Shorts Screening" Women's Caucus for Art, College Art Association Conference 2007 (juried by Sheryl Mousley--Curator of Film and Video, Walker Art Center, MN), "Pixel Pops!" C2C Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic (September 2006); "Digital Print Exhibition" Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA (juried by Marisa Olsen, Curator-at-Large for Rhizome.org, New Museum of Art, NYC); "Signal in/on Eastern Europe" Kika Gallery in Budapest, Hungary (June-August 2006); Almost Heaven, Peter Miller Gallery, Chicago, IL (March-April 2002); Playground, Warren Robbins Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (August 2003); and "As Small As Possible" ZG Gallery, Chicago, IL (November-January 2004). An Associate Professor and Gallery Director, Krista teaches Sculpture and Foundations at Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN)."

For more information: www.kristahoefle.com

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Janis Butler Holm lives in Athens, Ohio, where she has served as Associate Editor for Wide Angle, the film journal. Her essays, stories, poems, and performance pieces have appeared in small-press, national, and international magazines. Jonesing for Samantha, a one-act play, was recently produced at Manhattan Theatre Source.

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Rosemary Jones is an Australian teacher and writer who now lives in Connecticut with her family. She has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina. She recently won the Cezanne's Carrot 2007 winter solstice short story award, and is currently writing a novel set in an opal mining town in the South Australian desert.

 

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Siel's poems and fiction have been published in Hobart, Gargoyle, So to Speak, Ladyfest Anthology, and others, with a few more forthcoming in How2. She lives and writes in Los Angeles. greenlagirl.com

 

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Ashley Kaufman's short fiction and essays have appeared in Rosebud, PanGaia, SageWoman, Susurrus, and elsewhere. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, sons, and three cats.

 

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Penn Kemp has published 25 books of poetry and drama, had six plays and ten CDs produced as well as Canada's first poetry CD-ROM. She creates Sound Operas online and live: sample poems on mytown.ca/pendas, pennkemp.ca and myspace.com/pennkemp. She is Series Editor for the Pendas Poets Series of book/cd combos. Penn hosts chrwradio.com/talk/gatheringvoices, lit.-on-air: see mytown.ca/gatheringvoices. She was proclaimed one of the foremothers of Canadian poetry by the League of Canadian Poets.

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Jason Lahr received his BFA in painting from Clarion University, and his MFA in drawing and painting from Penn State University. In addition to being the Curator of Education and Exhibitions at the South Bend Regional Museum of Art, he holds a Lecturer position at Saint Mary's College, and his currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Recent selected exhibitions include: "White Male" Packer Schopf Gallery (Chicago, IL); Bridge Art Fair (Miami, FL); "Beastyfeast," Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA; "A Knock at the Door", Cooper Union, NYC, NY; "Narrative, Cartoon, Zine, Strip Show" Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids, MI); "Fort Wayne Biennial", Fort Wayne Museum of Art (Fort Wayne, IN); "As Small as Possible" ZG Gallery (Chicago, IL); "Riding with Pike," Fugitive Art Center (Nashville, TN); "American Eyes" Gallery Eleven 50 (Atlanta, GA); "Biennial 21 "South Bend Regional Museum of Art (South Bend, IN); "New" Moreau Art Galleries, Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN); "Culture of Class" Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD).

For more information: www.jasonlahr.net

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There have been some high points. I've staged performance pieces at The Franklin Furnace, MOMA, L.A. Institute of Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Warsaw Institute of Contemporary Art, The Fringe of the Edinburgh Festival and the Chicago Cultural Center. As a performance artist I've received three NEA fellowships. An audio piece of my mine, "The Audio Encyclopedia of Personal Knowledge," was selected by Susan Stamberg for her book, "The Best From The First Ten Years of ATC." I've had fiction published in The New Yorker, Fiction, Chelsea, Chicago Noir and others. Recently I've been making audio flash fictions—a mix of spoken text with "almost" music and sonic bits and bobs. A CD of these short-short audio pieces, "Once Again Doctor Freud's Horse Has Gone Missing," is just out. I earn a living as an art professor and teach in the graduate writing program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. michaelkmeyers.com

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Sheila E. Murphy's most recent full-length books include The Case of the Lost Objective (Case) (Otoliths Press, 2007) and Continuations, with Douglas Barbour (The University of Alberta Press, 2006).

 

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Martin Nakell has published several books of fiction and poetry, including Two Fields That Face & Mirror Each Other (Sun & Moon), Goings (Margin-to-margin Press), Form (Spuyten Duyvil), Settlement (Spuyten Duyvil), and others, some in progress, some not yet written. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the fictionalist, Rebecca Goodman. Martin, Rebecca, and the Los Angeles poet, Christopher Reiner constitute the &NOW ’08 Committee, hosting the &NOW Conference/Festival of Innovative Art & Literature in Southern California in April 2008. (please go to www.andnowfestival.com)

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Stefani Nellen is a psychologist-turned-writer who lives in the The Netherlands and the US with her husband. Her work appeared in FRiGG and Apex Science Fiction & Horror Digest, among other places.

 

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Louise Norlie's fiction and nonfiction pieces have appeared in numerous magazines, including the angler, The First Line, edifice Wrecked, elimae, insolent rudder, and Sein und Werden.

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Before getting his degree in Physics, M.E. Parker had been a short-order cook, a construction worker, a software engineer, done a stint in the Navy, and seen much of Western Europe from the driver’s seat of a Volkswagen microbus. His stories have recently appeared or are forthcoming in print in The Briar Cliff Review, The Flint Hills Review, Outercast, and Whistling Shade and online in 42opus, Edifice WRECKED, and Barnstorm (UNH). www.meparker.com

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Rob Reynolds' stories have appeared in Tampa Review, Vestal Review, and Flashquake. The Vestal Review is including his short short "What You Can Learn in a Bar" for publication in The Best Flash Fiction of the 21st Century. He's a former Contributing Associate of the Harvard Review and Contributing Editor of the (now defunct) Boston Book Review. Besides brief stints in New York (well, Jersey) City and Florida, he's lived in Austin, Texas, since 1994.

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Jordan Sanderson lives in Auburn, AL. His poems have appeared in several small journals, including DMQ REVIEW, PARTHENON WEST REVIEW, and STONE TABLE REVIEW, and his chapbook, THE LAST HEDONIST, appeared in 2006.

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

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C.B. Smith
C. B. Smith, Editor

An artist since birth he is well past the point of no return.

Tethering the high wire between nirvanic ascension and thermonuclear destruction, he churns out work after ignoble work amidst a clatter of brain-noise, astro-gastric-rumble, and fetid creatures called "house-pets." He perseveres undaunted, knowing that one fine day his cataclysmic subversion will be overlooked in a publishing quest for lower art forms.

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James Spitzer was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the year 1936. He studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earning BS, MA, and MFA degrees under the tutelage of a variety of well-known masters: Alfred Sessler, Dean Meeker and Warrington Colescott. Early in his career, he taught at Colleges and Universities in New York, Arizona, and Wisconsin, but turned to full-time drawing, painting, woodcut and sculpture.

Spitzer has shown extensively from coast to coast with solo shows at Carus gallery in New York City, New York University, Cornell College, Ithaca University, University of North Carolina, Southern Florida University, Sonoma State University, etc. Spitzer lives in Santa Rosa, California.

His works are varied. They include large murals in wood-cut, wherein the woodblock itself becomes the final work, large muralistic paintings in acrylic, and large scale to tiny pen and ink drawings on paper. Woodcut on paper, an early favorite medium, occupied a recent period with 90 new works the result. Currently he is working in acrylic medium in a variety of transcendental themes that defy nomenclature. He completed several small works in bronze. Fifty of Spitzer's drawings were featured with 50 of Michael Brenner's sketches in a joint showing of 100 drawings. This catalog is available from J. C. Leissring Fine Arts Press.

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Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored nineteen collections of poetry, seven plays, nine books of fiction, a biography, and numerous articles and translations. He was born in Ukraine but raised and educated in the West. He writes both in Ukrainian and English. Upon graduating from college with a degree in Electrical Engineering (Newark College of Engineering), he joined the IBM Corporation, where he worked first on circuit design but then switched over to computer science, earning his Ph.D. in Linguistics (New York University) in the process. Much of his work in this area has been in Artificial Intelligence, in particular Natural Language Processing. After taking an early retirement, he joined Columbia University in New York City, where he became Adjunct Assistant professor of Ukrainian literature and culture.

Yuriy Tarnawsky's professional background has had a profound influence on his literary work. It manifests itself primarily as strict attention to language and structure. The novel Meningitis (FC/1979), for instance, is written in an artificial language, a proper subset of English. Three Blondes and Death (FC2/1993) uses a similarly restricted language and relies on numerology instead of plot. His work also shows strong influence of Surrealism and Existentialism. His most recent book is a collection of mininovels Like Blood in Water from FC2 (Spring of 2007). It is a new genre, nestling somewhere between the short story, the novel, and a musical composition, relying heavily on the reader's participation. The theory behind it is expounded in the article "The mininovel and negative text" published in the May/June 2007 issue of American Book Review. myspace.com/yuriytarnawsky

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The Michael P. Grace II Chair in Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame, Maria Tomasula's creative work centers on themes of mortality, regeneration and the dynamics of human relations. Her paintings examine and extend the traditions of Latin American religious art by depicting familiar objects in highly stylized, symbolic compositions meant to act as metaphors for her thematic concerns in a way that will resonate for contemporary audiences. She has had twelve one-person exhibitions at Forum Gallery, the Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago, the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery. Her work has also been shown at the Katonah Museum of Art; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design; the State of Illinois Gallery; the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art; the Graham Foundation; and in over one hundred other venues. Her work has been reviewed in such publications as The New York Times, ArtNews and The New Yorker among numerous others.

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"Steve Tomasula is the author of the novels The Book of Portraiture (FC2); IN & OZ (Ministry of Whimsy Press); and VAS: An Opera in Flatland, an acclaimed novel of the biotech revolution that has recently been re-released in paper by The University of Chicago Press.

Incorporating narrative forms of all kinds—from comic books, travelogues, journalism or code to Hong Kong action movies or science reports—Tomasula's writing has been called a 'reinvention of the novel,' combining an 'attention to society in the tradition of Orwell, attention to language in the tradition of Beckett, and the humor of a Coover or Pynchon.' His writing often crosses visual, as well as written genres, drawing on science and the arts to take up themes of how we represent what we think we know, and how these representations shape our lives. His short fiction has been published widely, and most recently in McSweeney's, The Denver Quarterly, Fiction International, and The Iowa Review where he received the Iowa Prize for the most distinguished work published in any genre.

Recent essays on body art, literature and culture can be found in Data Made Flesh (Routledge), Musing the Mosaic (SUNY), Leonardo (M.I.T.), and numerous magazines both here and in Europe. He holds a doctorate in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and teaches in the program for writers at the University of Notre Dame."

For more information: www.stevetomasula.com

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I am from Wheaton, Illinois.

 

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Lise Whidden's work has appeared in Lily Literary Review, Hiss Quarterly, Shine..A Journal and Crimson Highway. She lives and writes in North Carolina. She is a member of several poetry groups and workshops.

 

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Christopher Woods is the author of a prose collection, UNDER A RIVERBED SKY (Panther Creek Press), and a collection of stage monologues for actors, HEART SPEAK. His play, MOONBIRDS, about doomed census takers in an uninhabited desert country, received its New York City premiere by PERSONAL SPACE THEATRICS. He lives in Houston and in Chappell Hill, Texas, and can be reached at dreamwood77019@hotmail.com

The image/text pieces published in this issue are part of a series, UNWANTED ADS, featuring characters and creatures from the American underbelly.

Other collaborative work of Jeff Crouch and Christopher Woods has appeared in SEIN UND WERDEN, admit2, NEW VERSE NEWS, SLOW TRAINS and ISTANBUL LITERATURE REVIEW. New work is forthcoming in BLACK BIRO, STONE TABLE REVIEW and DEAD DRUNK DUBLIN.

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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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Theo Amaral was born in Pará de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1974. He enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in 1998 and graduated in Fine Arts from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) in 2007 with the following qualifications: Bachelor of Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, and Major in Arts.
He works with diverse techniques and with media such as photographs, watercolors, illustrations, collages, prints, and digital art.

"Minha pintura esboça idéias na negação do traço" (My painting sketches ideas in the negation of the line)

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I work in a variety of mediums: acrylic, oil, pastels, aquarelle, oil sticks, varnishes, glazes, finishing and surface techniques. I am exploring basic issues of opacity, color, form, depth, obfuscation and revelation in life, language and in art-- I can not help but be influenced by philosophy, poetry, literature, psychological symbolism, fairy tales, music, myths, conceits, and metaphors, especially of strong feminist models-- women’s conflicting roles in a changing time throughout the centuries.

I am using background in design, 2nd and 3rd dimensional techniques and aesthetics. My background is integrated with my writing, psychology, my early childhood and life experiences evolving as a woman and mother combining international study to explore these issues in an organized but abstract way. I tend to reinvent the same themes, work from a structure and then proceed by distressing, demolishing, recreating and saving. My major themes are inner restoration and survival, challenging always reality vs. myth. read more >>

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Education: B.A. w/major in ptg/drwg from Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, USA. Art/poetry published in "Lost&Found Times" (editor: John M Bennett), "Vispoeology"(which is the 2007 MCBA Winter Book), Back in the 80's and early 90's I exhibited widely in Ohio amid four major cities in group juried exhibits and in two and three person exhibits. At that time I was working in 3-D as an assemblage and installation artist, and also as a correspondence (mail art) artist. I've appeared in three independent films, and my digital art will appear in Al Eaker's current movie "W". Since I retired from decades of office work, I've been focusing on digital art. Visual poetry has been my long-time interest, and so I often add text to my digitally manipulated scanned art, objects arranged on the scanning bed, my own digital photos, or collaborations with other artists. My flickr site at flickr.com/photos/cmehrlbennett also includes my "portfolio" set, listed at right on first page. Specific information can be found under work that's available elsewhere in print or online. My flickr "kimono" set includes collaborations that are tributes to about 50 different artists/poets, often with links to their original work.

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My first New York City exhibit in 1969 was called “Elegy to Nature”. Since then, I have been painting and drawing the many diverse aspects of the landscape. I am fascinated by our complex love yet exploitation of nature. For me, painting is an affirmation of my concern and sense of awe for my subject, the natural world and its creatures.

I painted and drew the Galapagos Islands as a last “primordial place” over a span of several years, going there twice to work and experience that fascinating site. Another series was burst ink mural-sized drawings of animals and their environments. Later, I developed a personal mythology for a woman hero (based on Joseph Campbell's Monomyth), which dealt with her ecological commitment to nature. This series of 20 drawings is now in the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Wash. D.C and was exhibited in the fall of 2005. read more >>

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For me, painting means to distribute light over the canvas. That is because I can not produce anything on a white, uniform surface. So I begin on a darker, no longer uniform ground, that therefore suggests little light. Light comes from the background rather than from the foreground. And rather always from the left side of the viewer. I like to put the foreground in partial darkness.

My always present motifs are landscapes (mostly very heavy and dense ones, with little sky), human female bodies, boats, ruins, caverns, caves and cave habitations. Once I painted birds, fishes, faces, ghosts – I do not know if they will come back.

Mostly I paint pictures vertically, maybe because of the constant life that gets borne in my third plane, and this needs space to grow up.

In 1983, I began with this kind of painting, I have produced about 200 pictures.

I am a genuine autodidact.

Personal data:
Born in Santa Rosa/ RS, Brazil, 1953.
1967 change to Germany. Back to Brazil in 1989.
Original profession: bookseller.
Beginning with painting at the age of 31. Autodidact.
3 exhibitions in Germany: 27 pictures n consignment at the "Galerie Rahmen Center," Wuppertal, Germany.
Exhibitions and pictures in Brazil:
"Gallereria Vicente do Rego Monteiro", Fundação Joaquim Nabuco, Recife, Pernambuco;
"Casa da Cultura Justino Martins", Cruz Alta/RS;
"Museu Diretor Augusto Pestana"; University Unijuí, in Ijuí, RS.

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Cecilia Ferreira was born in 1978 in South Africa. At the time, neither she nor the country realized they were destined for crisis. The artist classifies herself as a contradiction, a self-inflicted dilemma and an introverted exhibitionist. She started drawing when she was very young. With her parents as constant stimuli, she pursued her art intensely and by the time she was in high school her art became her lifestyle.

The artist found herself growing up in a conservative society in a racial crisis, and the confusion of these times reflected in her rebellious nature. High-school activist against racism and fighting for freedom of speech in her school, Ferreira found release for an unstable adolescence through her art. She was always at the top of her art class, even though her other grades were low and her reaction towards learning disinterested. read more >>

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Michael Hafftka
Michael Hafftka
Featured Artist

I was born on Riverside Drive in Manhattan in 1953. Shortly after I was four years old, my family moved to the Marble Hill section of the Bronx. My father, Simon Hafftka, and mother, Eva Hershko, were both refugees from Europe and survivors of the Holocaust. My father and his cousin Alexander Hafftka were the only survivors of a large family whose great uncle was Dr. Waldemar Mordecai Haffkine. Much of my understanding of the world came from my perception of my parents’ wartime experiences. Among the host of determining factors and experiences that were later brought to bear on my becoming an artist was a strong desire for freedom. I went to public school and Yeshiva for a short time and graduated from De Witt Clinton High school in 1971. At the time of my graduation, I already knew I was an artist though I had not accomplished anything tangible and still had not found my medium. read more >>

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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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Photoartist lives in the North Bay, California where he is currently working toward his Bachelors in Applied Science for Animation & Visual Effects at a Digital Art College in the diverse and beautiful San Francisco Bay Area.

He is practicing some freelance art to supplement his income and widen his experience, and is also writing and producing his own comics in which he will eventually publish online in the future.

His passion is creation of the arts, whether it’s music, visual, or writing, he often explores the creative spirit in all realms, and aspires to be a true artist.

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DÉIA LEAL, (Andreia Aparecida Silva Donadon Leal), is a fine artist and writer from Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has a degree in Literature from the Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP) and post-graduate training in Visual Arts. She illustrates the Aldrava Cultural Journal and is the governor of the Brazilian Institute of International Cultures in Minas Gerais. Her painting has been recognized throughout Brazil and she has studied with Camilo Leal. In 2008, she has been invited to participate in the Circuito Internacional de Arte Brasileira (the International Tour of Brazilian Art) in Austria, Germany, and Poland.

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Edson Franco, the abstract expressionist painter, is an autodidact born in Avaré, São Paulo, in 1960.

After having staged various shows and performances in Brazil, he spread his work through the Pollock & Krasner Foundation of New York, and in 1988 received an invite to participate in expositions in Rosario and Buenos Aires in Argentina. He lived in Rosario until 1999 when he returned to Brazil and founded a Friends of Art Association in Itaí, Sao Paulo. In 2004-05, after study and research, he created various murals that incorporated narrative technique.

He is an artist with creative concerns; in both Brazil and Argentina, he has created programs and workshops for young people that evolve around the world of illustrative language. In 2006, he returned to Argentina, where he lives today, and continues working with his feelings and emotions in this marvelous world of creation.

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Tom Wegrzynowski is originally from South Carolina where he attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, graduating in 1994 with a BA in History and 1995 with a BA in Art Studio. In the late 90s he began exhibiting artwork with the Atlanta art collective Concept Union. In 2003 he entered the graduate program at the University of Alabama and earned his Masters of Fine Art degree in painting in 2006.

Tom’s work is about mythology and folklore and how these ideas ultimately shape culture and effect interpretations of history. He has exhibited throughout the Southeast with recent group shows at Temple Gallery in Atlanta, Amanda Schedler Fine Art in Birmingham, and Space 301 in Mobile.

Additionally, Tom has participated in experimental book projects with noted art critic Jerry Cullum and Alabama poet Alan May. Jerry Cullum’s catalog of the First Walker Street Biennial features Tom along with Brandy Worsfold and explores the nature of the physical exhibition in contemporary art. Tom’s collaboration with Alan May led to the publication of Notes Toward an Apocryphal Text, a combination of poetry and visual art that explores themes of myth and narrative. Original materials relating to the book have recently been added to the Avant Writing collection at Ohio State University.

Tom is currently a full time instructor of studio and art history at the University of Alabama.

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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 Wait

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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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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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David Lineberger is a political cartoonist, illustrator, graphic artist, and writer from Providence, RI. As a child, his view of the world was shaped by psychedelic children's TV shows, Vietnam War footage, and Catholic guilt. Since then, he has been compelled to draw weird, sick cartoons that are thinly veiled cries for help.

His art has been published in the Providence Phoenix, the Boston Phoenix, the Providence Journal, the Albuquerque Alibi, Paranoia, ScribeSpirit, the Quirk, the Nose, and other periodicals. He designed the book jacket for best-selling novelist Brad Listi's This Is What My Head Sounds Like: Collected Writings 2005 - 2006.

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Chris Meloche
Chris Meloche
Guest Composer

Chris Meloche is an electroacustic music composer based in London, Ontario, Canada. He has collaborated with artists from many disciplines including the literary community. In the past he has performed and recorded with sound-poet bill bissett and currently collaborates with Penn Kemp. Kemp will be performing in Meloche's alt.opera "Communication Breakdown: A Journey Down the Misinformation Superhighway" which is slated to premiere in 2008. www.chrismeloche.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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Fatima Shahnaz
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Fatima Shahnaz, holder of a Ph.D. from Sorbonne University, is Professor of Politics at a university in New Delhi, a writer and President of the India Peace Organization, an international human rights advocacy.

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