Jacob M. Appel is the author of two novels, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up and The Biology of Luck; his short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the Hudson Prize in 2012. Website: www.jacobmappel.com.
Ted Burke has written music, book, and film reviews for The San Diego Reader, The San Diego Door, Kicks, The U.C. Guardian, and the San Diego Good Times. His poetry has appeared in the anthologies Ocean Hiway: Eight Poets in San Diego, Small Rain: Eight Poets from San Diego, and Eating Out and In: San Diego Poets, Writers and Artists on Working in Restaurants, and in Crawl Out Your Window, Roadwork, Diagram, Pacific Poetry and Fiction Review, Zeitgeist, Revolt in Style, and San Diego City Works. His chapbooks include Open Every Window and No One Home, both from Old House Books. A blues musician, he writes poetry, fiction, music, and film reviews on at his blog, Like It Or Not (www.ted-burke.com). Burke works for the University of California, San Diego.
Kate Hill Cantrill published her first collection of short stories with Press 53 called Walk Back From Monkey School in 2011. Cantrill lives in Brooklyn where she ran the Rabbit Tales Reading and Performance Series for over 3 years and now curates and hosts a storytelling series at the Open Source Gallery called How To Build a Fire.
Alison Croggon is a poet, novelist, and critic who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her most recent collection of poems is Theatre (Salt Publishing), and her novel Black Spring will be released by Candlewick Books in the U.S. in 2013. For more about Finlay and his work, visit Artsy's Ian Hamilton Finlay.
Jim Cryer: "Overeducated . . . Berkeley, Oxford, Princeton, UNC . . . underachieving, but who isn't . . . studied and translated classical Chinese poetry. A couple of books published . . . Plum Blossom: Poems of Li Ch'ing-chao, Bright Moon, Perching Bird (with J.P. Seaton). Turned to Pablo Neruda in mid-life crisis phase some fifteen years ago, did four books . . . so far, unpublished. Currently collecting faux art and mowing the lawn and translating poems from the Dream Journey of Han Shan Te-ch'ing, a Ming Dynasty monk/poet . . . and so it goes . . ."
Michael Ferguson has written articles and reviews for numerous publications, including the Oyster Boy Review and the Journal of Homosexuality, and maintains a blog at forallevents.com. Poetry is a continuing special interest. He lives in San Francisco.
Kris Gilpin grew up (& threw up) in South Florida (hot as hell & boring), thank God he discovered film (Indie, weird & good Hollytrite stuff), prog rock (King Crimson & early Genesis are still his faves) & his best friend, aside from his dear, departed dad, was an older brother, who turned him onto Vonnegut (Crews he discovered on his own) & Neil Young. Sadly, the brother died right before the age of 23 & if he had lived, he & Kris would've surely written some funny stuff together & Kris's life would've been a lot of fun, instead of, sadly, the depressing uber-fuck up it turned out to be. Many of Gilpin's old film-zine pieces have been reprinted online at www.theaterofguts.com, and he was interviewed for the great, mammoth book on vintage film-zine writers and editors: Xerox Ferox: The Wild World of the Horror Film Fanzine by John Szpunar. Please check out his free movie crossword puzzles at tinyurl.com/3seq3cc & enjoy.
Mitchell Santine Gould is an author, illustrator, and interactive designer. He is the author of two books on multimedia development and numerous articles on health, science, digital arts, and the history of gay spirituality. Oregon-based since 1997, he has been involved with Multnomah Friends (Quakers) and the Community of Welcoming Congregations. Mitch currently works from his General Picture studio, Paumanok West, on Whitman studies. He considers himself married; he's made a home with camerado Roger Moss since 1997. He has contributed to Walt Whitman: an Encyclopedia and the encyclopedia GLBT History. His LeavesOfGrass.Org has long pioneered the Sailor Lover Quaker (SLQ) approach to Whitman studies, a compelling alternative to the standard.
Jonathan Greene is the author of over 30 books, most recently Seeking Light, New and Later Selected Poems; Gists Orts Shards II; and Anecdotage (all from Broadstone Books).
Whit Griffin is the author of two books from Skysill Press. His third, A Far-Shining Crystal, was published by Cultural Society in 2013. He currently lives in Wyoming.
Ross Hair is the author Ronald Johnson's Modernist Collage Poetry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks 1950 to the Present (Liverpool University Press, forthcoming). His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines including LVNG, Shearsman, The Cultural Society, and from a Compos't.
Josh Hockensmith is a writer, translator, and book artist living in Pittsboro, NC. He produces artists' books and handmade blank books under the name Blue Bluer Books (www.bluebluerbooks.com).
D. T. Miyasaki teaches philosophy in the Midwest.
Eileen Myles lives in NYC, wrote Inferno (a poet's novel). Her new & selected I must be living twice is coming out fall 2015 from Ecco/Harper Collins.
Pablo Neruda (1904–1973) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971. Los Versos del Capitan was published anonymously in Italy in 1952 by his friend Paolo Ricci.
David Preece teaches and carries out research at the University of Northampton, UK.
Kathryn Rantala's work has appeared in Cascadia Review, Pear Noir!, Alice Blue, Upstairs at Duroc, Cake Train, Denver Quarterly, and other places. Her recent book, The Finnish Orchestra, follows A Partial View toward Nazareth and others. She is the editor of Ravenna Press.
Kim Roberts is the author of four books of poems, most recently Fortune's Favor: Scott in the Antarctic, a connected series of blank verse sonnets in the voice of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott (Poetry Mutual, 2015). She is editor of the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems about Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010), and co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, the Delaware Poetry Review, and the web exhibit DC Writers' Homes. Website: www.kimroberts.org.
Leonora Rogers was born in Mansourah, Egypt, in 1918. She lived many years in Rhodesia where she ran a hotel, managed the kitchen and staff of a Diocesan Boarding School, and owned and managed a chain of African Native stores. She became an accomplished watercolorist at a young age and continues to paint. Since moving to America in 1966, she has taught art, continued to exhibit her work, and published a first book of poems, So Turn the Years (Pentland Press, 2001).
Georgia Scott is the author of The Good Wife, with a foreword by Philip Hobsbaum (Poetry Salzburg, 2001, 2nd ed. 2002), The Penny Bride, with a foreword by Elaine Feinstein (Poetry Salzburg, 2004), and (with David Malcolm) of Dreams of Fires: 100 Polish Poems 1974–1989 (Poetry Salzburg, 2004). She has given readings of her poetry across Europe and the U.S.A., and her poetry as been translated into six languages. Originally from Boston, Scott lives in Sopot on the Baltic coast of Poland.
A lifetime of mental illness and decades of psychotherapy provide rich material for Spiel to work with. At age 74, confounded by loss associated with vascular dementia, he finds himself struggling to keep his lips above desolation. Internationally published as The Poet Spiel, Spiel's most recent book is: Dirty Sheets: 28 Stories of Passion, Pathos and Payback published by Rain Mountain Press. Learn more about his books, his body of short stories, poetry, spoken word, and his lifelong career as a visual artist at www.thepoetspiel.name.
Mark Spitzer has translated books by Georges Bataille, Jean Genet, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Arthur Rimbaud, and Blaise Cendrars. The author of twenty books and the Editor in Chief of the Toad Suck Review (toadsuckreview.org), he is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas. For more info, go to sptzr.net.
Pete Upham lives in North Carolina with his wife and four children. He serves as Executive Director of The Association of Boarding Schools. His poems have appeared in various journals, including Notre Dame Review, Atlanta Review, Anglican Theological Review, Slant, and the online edition of Agenda (www.agendapoetry.co.uk).
Peter Valente was born in Salerno, Italy, and grew up in New Jersey. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is the author of A Boy Asleep Under the Sun: Versions of Sandro Penna (Punctum Books, 2014), which was nominated for a Lambda award, The Artaud Variations (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), Let the Games Begin: Five Roman Writers (Talisman House, 2015), Street Level (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015), a series of photos that document his encounters with gang members, former drug addicts, and the homeless in New York and New Jersey, and the chapbook, Forge of Words a Forest (Jensen Daniels, 1998). He is the co-translator of the chapbook, Selected Late Letters of Antonin Artaud, 1945–1947 (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, 2014), and has translated the work of Luis Cernuda, Nanni Balestrini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, as well as numerous ancient Greek and Latin authors. His poems have appeared in journals such as Mirage #4/Periodical, First Intensity, Aufgabe, and Talisman. In the late 1990s, he co-edited the poetry magazines Vapor/Strains and Lady Blizzard's Batmobile and wrote articles on jazz for the Edgewater Reporter. From 2010–2013 he turned to filmmaking and has completed 60 shorts, 24 of which were screened at Anthology Film Archives.
The eighth book by poet and novelist Marly Youmans is The Throne of Psyche, a collection of poems (Mercer University Press, 2011). Her most recent novel was Val/Orson (UK: P.S. Publishing, 2009). Among her forthcoming books are Thaliad, an epic poem in blank verse (Montreal: Phoenicia Press, 2012) and A Death at the White Camellia Orphanage (Mercer, 2012), winner of The Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction.