Nicola Easthope’s ancestral roots lie in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, England and Wales. She was born in London, grew up in Wellington, Aotearoa-New Zealand, and lives with her partner and young daughter on the Kāpiti Coast of the North Island. Since high school, Nicola has been active in the environmental, social justice and peace movements. She worked for Greenpeace Aotearoa for a number of years, and is currently the Kāpiti Enviroschools facilitator. Nicola also spent ten years teaching high school English, EFL and Social Studies. Her first collection of poetry, leaving my arms free to fly around you, was published in 2011 by Steele Roberts (NZ). In 2005, she won 2nd prize in the Bravado International Poetry Competition, was a finalist in the 2011 WWF ‘Ocean:Views’ competition, and was recently shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Nicola has performed her work in the Wellington region, and was a guest poet at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2012.
Jill Jones currently lives in Adelaide, South Australia. In 1993 she won the Mary Gilmore Prize for her first book of poetry, The Mask and the Jagged Star (Hazard Press). Her third book, The Book of Possibilities (Hale & Iremonger), was published in 1997. It was shortlisted for the National Book Council ‘Banjo’ Awards and the Adelaide Festival Awards. Her fourth book, Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems, was published by Salt Publishing in 2002. It won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW Premier’s Literary Awards). Her fifth full-length book, Broken/Open was published by Salt Publishing in 2005. It was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year 2005 and the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize 2006. In 2012 she published Senses Working Out, a Vagabond Press Rare Object chapbook, and in November 2012 her latest full-length book, Ash is Here, So are Stars will be published. Her work is represented in major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. Her poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech and Spanish.
Alvin Pang (Chinese: 冯啟明; born 1972, Singapore) was named 2005 Young Artist of the Year (Literature) by the National Arts Council Singapore. He holds a First Class Honours degree in English Literature from the University of York and an Honorary Fellowship in Writing from the University of Iowa‘s International Writing Program (2002). For his contributions, he was conferred the Singapore Youth Award (Arts and Culture) in 2007, and the JCCI Foundation Education Award in 2008. His first volume of poems, TESTING THE SILENCE (Ethos Books, 1997) was listed as one of the Top Ten Books of 1997 by The Straits Times and was short listed for the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) Book Award in 1998/9. CITY OF RAIN (Ethos Books, 2003), his second volume of poetry, was the only Singaporean book to be named to the Straits Times Top Ten List for
His most recent volumes of poetry, both published in 2012, are: OTHER THINGS AND OTHER POEMS (Brutal:Croatia) and WHEN THE BARBARIANS ARRIVE (Arc Publications,UK). They are the first full volumes of poetry by a Singaporean poet to be published in Croatia and the UK. Pang was the Featured Poet in the Spring 2002 issue of the Atlanta Review (USA), a journal which counts Nobel Prize laureates Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott among its contributors; he is also among the select few poets celebrated in its 10th Anniversary edition. In 2003, Pang co-founded The Literary Centre (Singapore), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to literary development, interdisciplinary capacity, multicultural communication, and positive social change, which he continues to direct.
Mikael Johani is a poet based in Ciledug, Indonesia. To earn his keeps, he writes other people’s Facebook updates + Twitter posts for a multinational PR company (he calls this profession (Dis)Content Specialist). His daily commuting route is the same one used by water-buffalo thieves in Dutch colonial times. Mikael published a collection of poems in 2008 called We Are Nowhere And It’s Wow and is now working on his second book.
Ratri Ninditya is working as a copywriter in Jakarta. Writes poems in her blog, mostly about her obsessions with the city, shoes, apartments, and bedsheets. Several poems were published in an anthology titled “What’s Poetry?” for an international poetry festival. Currently working on a novel about two animals looking for their purpose in life while looking one for herself.
Gratiagusti Chananya Rompas was born in Jakarta, 19 August 1979. She studied English Literature in Universitas Indonesia, Depok (2003) and received her masters in The Gothic Imagination from University of Stirling, Scotland (2005). She is one of the founders of Komunitas BungaMatahari, a mailing list-based Indonesian poetry community that have embraced many poetry enthusiasts with its catchphrase “semua bisa berpuisi” or, roughly translated, “poetry for all”. She currently resides in Jakarta, trying to cope with the city’s intensity and bright lights.
Vanuhi Vanahan is a screenwriter and filmmaker. She lives in Erevan and Munich.
November Wanderin is a writer, polyglot, translator, and filmmaker. (Un)consciously retracing inherited steps of past generations, her family has traversed Old, New, and Ancient Worlds, participating in the dialogue between roots and Diaspora. Born in the US, raised in Europe, now based in Tel Aviv. She is inspired by kindred cultural hybrids and a collaborative creation of authentic spaces that transgress the constructs of national and sexual identities.Native, acquired, and ancestrally remembered languages include: English, German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, and basic Polish. Her work conjures elements of Cinema, Cross-Media, the Fine Arts, and Voice Performance. Past films have screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, Lincoln Center, NY, Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA), Barcelona, and Musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, et al. She works in the Education Department of the Cinematheque of Tel Aviv.
Dietrich Brüggemann was born in Munich, raised in Germany and South Africa, then ended up at Babelsberg Film School. Short Film “Warum läuft Herr V. Amok?“ premiered at Berlinale Panorama 2003 and went to a considerable number of festivals worldwide. Feature length grad Film “Neun Szenen” (Nine Takes), composed of only nine long shots, premiered at Berlinale 2006 to huge audience acclaim, won a couple of awards at domestic festivals. First cinema feature “Renn, wenn du kannst” (Run if you can) opened “Perspective on German Cinema” section at Berlinale 2010, again to huge audience acclaim, won a handful of awards, won the hearts of domestic cinema audiences and went to many festivals. Next Feature “Move” about eight friends constantly relocating was shot in all four seasons of 2011 and is up for release in 2012. Next projects include superhero comedy “Supermeier” and “Lovely Sunny Days”, a film about three old men catching up on drug abuse. Dietrich also directed numerous music videos, sings in a band, accompanies silent films with the artists collective 43CHARACTERS, bakes his own bread and rides a bicycle, though rarely at the same time. Like all german filmmakers, he lives and works in that vibrant exciting international nightlife artist hipster hangout, Berlin.
Stefan Hafner, born in 1976 in Klagenfurt/Celovec (Austria). He studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, department of Film and television in Vienna. He wrote and directed several experimental films: “Funny Games Ghost”, “Jihuc fällt zwei Bäume/Jihuc poseka dve drevesi”, “A H Moviestar” and “Driving”. He lives and works in Vienna.
Thomas Martini was born in Transylvania and currently lives in Berlin. His novel triptych “Der Clown ohne Ort” will be published in spring 2013 at Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt.
Sylke Rene Meyer is a writer, filmmaker, director and performer in theatre, improv, and in mixed media worksthat combine theatre, performance, writing, and video. Her films have garnered numerous awards. Her work explores the borderlines of fiction and non-fiction, transforming reality into narrative, uncovering the mythos within reality, deconstructing it, and then reconstructing it. Since 2010 she has been Professor for Screenwriting and Dramaturgy at the ifs international film school cologne and divides her time between Berlin and Los Angeles.
Martin Glaz Serup was born in 1978 and has published six children’s books, most recent an illustrated story entitled When granddad was a postman (2010), three chapbook-essays, as well as six collections of poetry, the most recent one being the long poem The Field (2010), which is also being published in USA (2011), Sweden (2012) and Finland (2013). Serup is the former founding editor of the Nordic web-magazine for literary critism Litlive and the literary journal Apparatur and managing editor of the poetrymagazine Hvedekorn. He has been teaching creative writing at The University of Southern Denmark and at the writer’s school for children’s literature at The University of Aarhus and is now working as a ph.d.-fellow at the University of Copenhagen. In 2006 Serup received the Michael Strunge Prize for poetry and in 2008 he recieved a Gold medal from The University of Copenhagen for his dissertation of Poetry and Relational Aesthetichs. In 2012 he was awarded the prestigious three-year grant (approximately 145.000 USD) from the Danish Art’s Council. He’s blogging at Kornkammer and the collective literary blog Promenaden.
Ewa Sonnenberg, poet, pianist in Warsaw, email@example.com
Adam Zdrodowski, born in 1979, poet and translator, has written his PhD on Elizabeth Bishop. His translations include Lifting Belly by Gertrude Stein, prose pieces by William S. Burroughs, Henry Green and Raymond Roussel as well as poems by James Schuyler, Forrest Gander, Harryette Mullen, Rod Mengham, Marcus Slease and Mark Ford. His poems appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Jacket, Past Simple, 3:AM Magazine, the Danish Ny polsk poesi. 10 polske lyrikere (Arena 2010) and the Swedish OEI. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Przygody, etc. (2005, Adventures, etc.) and Jesień Zuzanny (2007, Susanna’s Autumn). He translated into English a selection of Grzegorz Wróblewski’s poems, A Marzipan Factory. New and Selected Poems (Otoliths, 2010). Currently, he is completing work on his third collection of poetry, 47 lotów balonem (47 Balloon Flights), that is going to be published by the publishing house Forma in Autumn 2012. He lives in Warsaw.
VDcollective is located in London, having drifted from Belgium. VDcollective is a front (for Discreet Ventures in art DIY). Generally it stands for Variable Device. Vincent Dachy acts as the spokesperson of VDcollective.
a rawlings is a poet, arts educator, and interdisciplinarian who has presented and/or published work in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) received the Alcuin Award for Design. rawlings received a Chalmers ArtsFellowship in 2009 and 2010, enabling her to develop and present new work in Belgium, Canada, and Iceland. Most recently, she was selected the 2012 Queensland Poet-in-Residence; during her tenure, she spent three months in Australia developing an interdisciplinary project that combines poetry, acoustic ecology, and counter-mapping. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Environmental Ethics and Natural Resource Management at the University of Iceland.
Eva Weinmayr is an artist, writer and editor based in London. She has a long-standing engagement with digital and print media, publication as practice, immediate forms of communication and collaborative practices. Her current work focusses on the fluidity of authorship, translation and appropriation processes. She initiated the Piracy Project, a exhibition and publising project exploring the exploring the philosophical, legal and practical implications of book piracy and creative modes of reproduction. Since 2009 she has been co-founder and co-director of AND Publishing in London. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Zacheta National Art Gallery Warsaw, Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, Whitechapel Gallery London, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin, FormContent, Matt’s Gallery and The Showroom in London. She and she has been invited to speak at several institutions including MoMaPS1, New York, Art Metropole Toronto, Witte de With Rotterdam, Institutions by Artists, Vancouver, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin and has been lecturing at Royal College of Art, London College of Communication, The Ruskin in Oxford, Sheffield Hallam University, Goldsmiths College and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Recent publications include (pause) 21 scenes concerning the silence of Art in Ruins (Occasional Papers, London) Water Found on Mars (Hatje Cantz, Stuttgart), Crushed Stunned Cats Beheaded (Matt’s Gallery), Suitcase Body is Missing Woman (Book Works, London) and It Was Awful (Revolver, Berlin)
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Ana Božičević is the author of poetry books Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009) and Rise in the Fall (Birds LLC, 2012). She is the co-editor of The Day Lady Gaga Died: an Anthology of NYC Poetry of the 21st Century (in Serbian), and journals esque and the PEN Poetry Series. Her translations of Zvonko Karanović recently received a PEN American Center/NYSCA grant. She works and studies English literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she edits Diane di Prima’s lectures for Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival, and co-chairs the Transculturations Seminar.
Teresa Carmody is also the author of Eye Hole Adore http://psbooks.org/index.php?id=8> (PS Books, 2008) and Requiem: http://www.spdbooks.org/Producte/0976637138/requiem.aspx> (Les Figues, 2005), and the chapbooks I Can Feel <http://insertblancpress.myshopify.com/products/parrot-10-i-can-feel-by-teresa-carmody> (Insert Press, 2011) and Your Spiritual Suit of Armor by Katherine Anne (Woodland Editions <http://www.fivefingersreview.org/woodland_editions.htm> , 2009). Other work has appeared in such publications as Bombay Gin, Fold Appropriate Text, American Book Review, emohippus greeting cards 1-4 <http://eohippuslabs.com/6/emohippus> , and Drunken Boat. An organizer of the original Ladyfest and co-organizer of Feminaissance, Carmody is co-director of Les Figues Press <http://www.lesfigues.com> in Los Angeles.
Véronique N. Doumbé has roots in Cameroon (Central Africa) and Martinique (West Indies). She was born in France and raised in Cameroon, France and Ivory Coast. She wears multiple hats as a Producer, Director and Editor. In 2002, Véronique N. Doumbé formed Ndolo Films, LLC, a production company. “Denis A. Charles: An interrupted conversation” was released that same year. “Luggage” was released in 2007. “The Birthday Party” a short film based on a screenplay written by Sherry Mcguinn premiered at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival in Cannes (France). “Woman to Woman” a film co-directed with Malika Franklin, Véronique Doumbe’s oldest daughter is about to be released. Veronique N. Doumbe served on the Board of New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) as Membership Director (June 2009-June 2012)
Steve Giasson is a multidisciplinary artist (conceptual poetry, installation, video, performance, theatre, photography). He has published 19 books including: DIRECTIONS, coauthored with Robert Fitterman (No press, 2010), 11, (Publishing The Unpublishable # 56 on UbuWeb) PAGE NOT FOUND (appropriated) by Vanessa Place (the sixth book in the Factory Series), and TIFFANY & Co. POEMS. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Étude et pratique des arts (UQAM). His work has been shown in Canada, United States, Mexico, England, Spain, and France. He lives and works in Montréal.
James V. “Jim” Hart is an American screenwriter and author. He wrote the 2005 children’s novel Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth, a prequel depicting J. M. Barrie‘s villain Captain Hook, the nemesis of Peter Pan, when Hook was a youngster. Earlier, Hart wrote the screenplay to the Steven Spielberg feature film Hook which functioned as a sequel to Barrie’s original story. Hart also wrote the screenplay adaptation for Crisis in the Hot Zone, but the movie never materialized. He recently did the first draft screenplay of Atlas Shrugged, which is now being fully developed by director Randall Wallace. Recently it has been announced that screenwriter James V. Hart wrote an adaptation of The Sirens of Titan, which Kurt Vonnegut approved of before he died. At the Awake and Aware 2009 conference in LA, David Wilcock spoke of working with James Hart on his upcoming film ‘Convergence’.
Dr. Nizan Shaked is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History, Museum and Curatorial Studies at California State University Long Beach, where she heads the Museum Studies Program. From 2002 to 2004 she curated the Occidental College Galleries and has since guest co-curated two exhibitions at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House. In 2008 she co-authored (with MAK director Kimberli Meyer) the essay “Simulated Realities: The Art of Jennifer Steinkamp,” for the U.S. Presentation at the 11th Cairo Biennial and traveled there to implement programing with a curatorial team under the auspices of the MAK Center. With the MAK she was also the recipient of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (with three others) for How Many Billboards? Art Instead—an exhibition about the interaction of West-coast pop and conceptualism, showcased in Los Angeles in 2010 and accompanied by a full-color catalogue. She has contributed monographic texts for several artists as well as reviews and articles for academic and art publications. She is a contributor and a member of the editorial board for the Los Angeles based X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Shaked is currently working on a book-length project titled The Synthetic Proposition: Conceptualism and Reference, for which she has recently received a Visiting Faculty Grant from the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD).
Joanie Fritz Zosike is an actor, director, singer, writer and spends her life moving in a counter-clockwise motion, much like Benjamin Button. She has worked for decades with The Living Theatre, is co-director of and actor with DADAnewyork, and co-founder and co-director of Action Racket Theatre. She is published in two anthologies–Between Ourselves: Letters Between Mothers and Daughters (Ed., Karen Payne, Houghton Mifflin), and Women in American Theatre (Eds. Helen Krich Chinoy and Linda Walsh Jenkins, TCG). Her short story, “Macroscopic Gesticulation” and poem. “Photo Shoot” will soon appear in the anthology, The Long and Winding Road (Ed. Marlow P. Weaver, Dzanc Books). Small press and zines include Chez Chez, Helicon 9, Heresies, International Worker, Jewish Daily Forward, NY Arts, Overture, Womannews and Zeitriss, Joanie spends her time between New York City and Los Angeles, hovering somewhere between ascension and the deep blue sea. Peace.
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Kimberli Meyer is a curator, writer, and architect, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House since 2002. She initiated How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, an exhibition that presented 21 newly commissioned artworks on Los Angeles billboard, co-curated with Lisa henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton; and Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design, co-curated with Susan Morgan. She was Commissioner and curator of the United States Presentation at the Eleventh International Biennial of Cairo in 2008, and is a recent grantee of the Graham Foundation. Meyer holds a BArch from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and an MFA from Cal Arts.
Of Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman’s Notes on Conceptualisms, Mary Kelly said, “I learned more about the impact of conceptualism on artists and writers than I had from reading so-called canonical works on the subject.” Considered a leading practitioner of conceptual poetry, Place’s recent work is available in French (Exposé des Faits), English (Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument), Danish (Andersen’s Wank), and German (Die Dichtkunst). Place is also author of the prose-works, Dies: A Sentence, and La Medusa, and a non-fiction book, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, based on her work as an attorney representing indigent sex offenders on appeal. Place is co-director of Les Figues Press, and a regular contributor to X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. Place lectures and performs internationally.
Matias Viegener is a writer, artist and critic who works solo and collaboratively in the fields of writing, visual art, and social practice. He is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental non-fiction, hailed as the first book composed on and through Facebook. With his colleague, Christine Wertheim, he has edited two anthologies, The Noulipian Analects and Séance in Experimental Writing. He is the editor and co-translator of Georges Batailles’ The Trial of Gilles de Rais. He has fiction in the anthologies The &Now Awards—The Best Innovative Writing, Vital Signs—Essential AIDS Fiction, Encyclopedia F-K, Chronometry, Men on Men 3, Sundays at Seven, Dear World, Abject and Discontents, edited by Dennis Cooper. He has published in Afterimage, American Book Review, Artforum, Art Issues, ArtUS, Artweek, Black Clock, Bomb, Cabinet, Cargo, Critical Quarterly, Ex Nihilo, Fiction International, Framework, High Performance, The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, Mirage, Quirk, Paragraph, Radical History Review, Semiotext(e), Sidestreet, Suspect Thoughts, and X-tra, for whom he writes regularly on visual art. His academic criticism appears in Writing at the Edge: The Work of Dennis Cooper; the queer theory issue of Critical Quarterly; and Queer Looks: Lesbian & Gay Experimental Media; and Camp Grounds: Gay & Lesbian Style. As literary executor for the writer Kathy Acker, he has written and lectured extensively on her work, and edited a volume of her correspondence with McKenzie Wark which is forthcoming on Chiasmus Press. He is a co-founder of Fallen Fruit, a participatory art practice focusing on fruit, urban space and public life.