BRIAN BARKER is the author of The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition, and of The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006), winner of the Tupelo Press Editor's Prize. His poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Ploughshares, Quarterly West, American Book Review, The Writer's Chronicle, The Indiana Review, Blackbird, Pleiades, fugue, and storySouth. His awards include an Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2009 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. He has earned degrees in Creative Writing and Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, and the University of Houston. He is married to the poet Nicky Beer and teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he co-edits Copper Nickel.




JORGE LUIS BORGES (1899-1986) was born in Buenos Aires and remains one of the most singular figures of literature in the 20th century. His work was hardly known at home or abroad until the translation of Ficciones into French, which made Borges an international celebrity when he was in his sixties. General Quiroga Rides To His Death In A Carriage first appeared in Moon Across the Way (1925)


ARNALDO CALVEYRA was born in Argentina in 1929, but has been living in Paris since the early sixties. His works include Cartas para que la alegría, Iguana iguana, Diario del fumigador de guardia, El hombre del Luxemburgo, El libro del espejo, Maizal del gregoriano, Diario de Eleusis, Cuaderno griego, a book of his complete works Poesia Reunida, the novel La cama de Aurelia, the collection of short stories El origen de la luz, and the book-length essay La novela nacional (publicado con el título Si la Argentina fuera una novela). In 1999, Calveyra received France's Commander medallion for contributions to the arts (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres).


GAIUS VALERIUS CATULLUS (ca. 84-ca. 54 BC) was a Roman lyric poet. He is best known for the intense poems which reflect various stages in his love affair with "Lesbia."


CACONRAD is the author of the forthcoming book, (Wave Books, 2011), and most recently, The Book of Frank (Wave Books, 2010/Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled The City Real & Imagined (Factory School, 2010). The son of white trash asphyxiation, his childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.


TRISTAN CORBIERE(1845-1875), was born in Coat-Congar, Ploujean, in northwest France. The young poet's only book, Les Amours jaunes, was largely ignored until the Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine wrote about him a decade after his untimely death. Marked by his use of irony and a distinctive local idiom, Corbière’s work is a cornerstone of modern French poetry, and has been influential to English and American modernists such as Pound and Eliot.

MATTHEW CUSICK was born in New York City in 1970. He attended the Art Students League during high-school and earned his BFA from The Cooper Union in 1993. Cusick was a recipient of the NYFA painting fellowship in 2006 and The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art residency fellowship in 2008. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at The Cooper Union and at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his work is held in numerous public and private collections including the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and the Progressive Art Collection. Cusick’s work has garnered international praise through numerous internet blogs and traditional media including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, and National Public Radio. His work has appeared on the pages of Art In America, Harper’s, Time Out, Juxtapoz, and New American Painting among several other magazines, books and academic journals. He is represented in New York City by Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Since 2007 he has lived and worked in North Texas.

GLORIA FUERTES was born in 1918 in Madrid, Spain, where she lived most of her life. She worked at various office jobs and as a librarian to support her writing. Fuertes was part of the first generation of Spanish poets to come into prominence after the Civil War. She published 15 books of poetry and 34 children's books before her death in 1998.


HEATHER GOODWIND Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1973, Heather Goodwind currently lives on a dirt road in a small town on the Argentine coast.  She is considering moving her family back to civilization in the not too distant future but for the moment suffices with the art supplies, electronic devices and dark chocolate brought by the occasional visitor.  Though she's exhibited her work in Portland, OR, New York City and Buenos Aires, her current connections with the art world are purely internet related.  Her work can be found online in the Drawing Center Viewing Program, the Society6 shop and on her website:


MATT HART was born in Evansville, Indiana in 1969. He earned a degree in Philosophy from Ball State University and an MFA in Poetry from The Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. His first book Who’s Who Vivid was published by Slope Editions in 2006. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives with his wife and daughter in Cincinnati, where he teaches in the Academic Studies Department at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. His most recent book is Wolf Face, published by H_NGM_N BOOKS.


MATTHEA HARVEYis the author of Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf, 2004) and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (Alice James Books, 2000). Her third book of poems, Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book. Her first children’s book, The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel, was published byTin House Books in 2009. An illustrated erasure, titled Of Lamb, with images by Amy Jean Porter, will be published by McSweeney's in 2010. Matthea is a contributing editor to jubilat, Meatpaper and BOMB. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.


HANNAH REBECCAH GAMBLE has received writing and teaching fellowships from Rice University, The University of Houston, and The Edward F. Albee Foundation.Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Ecotone, Washington Square, Mid-American Review and others.


GERALD JONAS is the author of six nonfiction books, including “Dancing,” (Harry N. Abrams, a companion book to an eight-part WNET/PBS television series about “dance around the world,” for which he also served as consultant and script writer); “The Circuit Riders: Rockefeller Money and the Rise of Modern Science” (W.W. Norton), and “Stuttering: The Disorder of Many Theories” (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux). He has written over 100 audiotours for leading museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Washington’s National Gallery of Art.  As a New Yorker staff writer, he wrote major articles on subjects ranging from computers, basketball and science fiction to biofeedback, psychology, aging and the brain. As the science fiction critic for The New York Times, he selected and reviewed nearly 1000 works of science fiction and science.  His poems and short stories have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, and Grand Street, among other periodicals. He has just finished his first novel, “RiveR: A Grandmat in Three Landings.”


JOSH KEYES' style is reminiscent of the diagrammatic vocabulary found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint an empirical representation of the natural world. Assembled into this virtual stage set are references to contemporary events along with images and themes from his personal mythology. Josh Keyes' work is a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth's future. Josh Keyes was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received a BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.


NOELLE KOCOTis the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, The Bigger World (Wave Books, 2011), and a book of translations of some of the poems of Tristan Corbière, Poet by Default (Wave Books, 2011). Her previous works include the discography Damon's Room, (Wave Books Pamphlet Series, 2010), Sunny Wednesday (Wave Books, 2009) and Poem for the End of Time and Other Poems (Wave Books, 2006). She is also the author of 4 and The Raving Fortune (both from Four Way Books). She is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, The Fund for Poetry and the American Poetry Review. She currently lives in New Jersey.


LISA LIM's fiction and art have both appeared in Guernica, A Magazine of Art & Politics, The Agriculture Reader, Kill Author, Storyglossia Short Story Month, InDigest Magazine, Wigleaf, Word Riot, Wufniks, and the Nashville Review.


KATE MACDOWELL haslived and worked in many different environments and cultures that have influenced the way she perceives the world, and therefore her pieces. These experiences have ranged from teaching in urban high schools and producing websites in the high-tech corporate environment, to volunteering at a meditation retreat center in rural India a few hours outside of the fever pitch of Bombay. She's also collected visual imagery and ideas from her travels through Renaissance Italy, Classical and Minoan Greece, Nepal and Thailand. Upon returning to the United States in 2004, after a year and a half working overseas, She began to study ceramics full-time at the ArtCenter in Carrboro, North Carolina and later at Portland Community College's Cascade campus and the Oregon College of Art and Craft's community education program. She has also studied flame-worked glass at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and participated in an artist residency at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine.


DAVID MACEY was born in Florida and now lives in Chicago. He has seen many alligators and cornfields, but never, sadly, the former in the latter. His translations of Catullus and Horace have appeared or are forthcoming in The Literary ReviewThe Southern Humanities Review, and online at Mayday Magazine

MONICA MCCLURE is a recent graduate of NYU's creative writing program. She lives and teaches in New York City. Her work has previously appeared in The Adirondack Review.


BLUEBERRY MORNINGSNOW lives in Iowa City with her son Finnegan.  She teaches college composition and the occasional poetry class. She has published poems in places like not nostrums, Thermos, Propeller, and The Mom Egg. 


FELICIA OLIN Born in 1977, artist Felicia Olin has lived in Springfield, Illinois most of her life. She lives with her husband, Jim, and their two cats and onedog. She received her BFA in painting from Illinois State University. Felicia is a member of the Prairie Art Alliance and participates in area shows. More of her work can be found at


KEVIN M.F. PLATT is Chair of the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. He works on Russian poetry, representations of Russian history, Russian historiography, and history and memory in Russia. His most recent scholarly book is Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths (Cornell University Press, 2011). He also edited and contributed translations to Modernist Archaist: Selected Poems by Osip Mandelstam (Whale and Star, 2008). He is currently working on a book about Russian historiography as a social institution and a book of translations of the poetry of the Orbita group.


VALENTINA RAMOS After 15 years working as a graphic designer, Valentina Ramos started to create other arts and crafts. From these creations, Valentina Design was born: her world of fantasies and dreams; where her uplifting drawings and designs took shape. In her Miami studio, this Venezuelan artist spent countless happy hours playing with her paints and her Rapidograph Pens. She enjoys working with different materials, but black ink is one of the mediums you will always find in her original prints, paintings and drawings. Her love for artworks with little intricate details are a signature of her own drawing style


LUKE RAMSEY ( born 1979 ) is one of the founders of Islands Fold, an artist residency located on Pender Island, B.C, Canada. Luke has collaborated with over 100 different artists to date, exhibits globally, and performs in a project called Radical Trust. Luke’s work is about finding harmony in organized chaos.


KATHERINE RUTTER grew up in a rural home in Arkansas, the 4th of six children. Regarding the relationship with her family's animals, the way they were raised, sometimes doted upon, and sometimes killed (often by another animal), certainly has had an effect on the way she observes the world and our place within it. As a young child, narrative drawing was a way of making sense of life through fantastical stories and characters. Brought up in a religious environment, and briefly in a strict Christian school, the observations of what is right or wrong have played a strong role in her art. Primarily through pencil, watercolor, ink and various found objects, she creates images that mingle in-between reality and imaginary. She urges the viewer to look beyond what immediately meets the eye, and to listen to an inner intuition; the importance to recognize the connection humanity has with a certain animalistic nature, and the ambiguity of what is good and evil.


SAM SCHUNA(aka Olie!) is 25 and enjoys biking, traveling, vidyagames, creating, chess, eating, and sleeping.


MIKE SOTO currently lives along the vast North American wedge formed by New York, Dalhart, Tx, and Michoacán, Mexico. He studied translation under María Negroni at Sarah Lawrence College, where he also received his MFA. His chapbook of poems, Beyond The Shadow's Ink, was published in 2010 by Jeanne Duval Editions and is available through his website,


TRICIA TAACA Originally from the midwest, Tricia Taaca moved to New York to earn her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and become a cheesemonger.  Currently, she lives in Harlem where she spends her days teaching aerobics, baking, writing poems, and cavorting with her dog, Mister Peanut.  Her work appears or is forthcoming in Lumina, Chaffey Review, Sonora Review, and Harpur Palate.


SERGEJ TIMOFEJEV is a member of Orbita, a creative collective of Russian poets and artists, as well as a Riga-based journalist, translator, and DJ. Since the late 1980s, he has published in the journals Rodnik, Mitin zhurnal, Vavilon, Znamia, and others. Timofejev was a pioneer of video poetry in Russian—his first video poem, "Orchestra Rehearsal" (1995), may be seen at: He is the author of six books of poetry, three of which were published in Latvia and three in Russia. He was short-listed for the Andrei Belyi prize in 2002. His poetry has been translated into English, Dutch, Swedish, Ukrainian, German, Slovenian, Georgian and other languages.


PAUL K. TUNIS is a graphic poet. His work has appeared in Bateau, Paper DartsLUMINA, At Large and some other places. For freelance illustration, animation or book cover design contact paulktunis[at]gmail[dot]com
He completed an MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and could beat up your dad.  He is the Cactus Shadow Kid™.


DOROTHY is a collective of like-minded people working on unlike-minded ideas.


WENDY XU is the author of THE HERO POEMS, a chapbookforthcoming from H_NGM_N BKS October 2011. Selected by D.A. Powell as the winner of the 2011 Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry, her work has appeared, or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Journal, ANTI-, CutBank, Drunken Boat, MAKE, InDigest, PANK, and elsewhere. She is the co-founder and co-editor of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry and curates the collaborative book-review project READ THIS AWESOME BOOK.


ELIZABETH ZUBA is a translator, poet, dancer who lives in Brooklyn. She is currently translating Marcel Broodthaers's first four books of poetry.