ESAO ANDREWS grew up in Mesa, Arizona and moved to NYC in 1996 to pursue a life of art making. He attended The School of Visual Arts and now lives and works from his home in Brooklyn with his semi-faithful companion, Soybean. http://www.esao.net

 

ALEJANDRO DE ACOSTA attended Hampshire College and received his Ph.D. in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture from SUNY-Binghamton. Recent publications include a translation (with Joshua Beckman) of Carlos Oquendo de Amat’s Five Meters of Poems, and numerous contributions to anarchist anthologies and websites. He currently lives in Austin, Texas

 

JORGE CARRERA ANDRADE has been recognized in Latin America as one of the most important poets of the twentieth century. He was born in Quito, Ecuador, and was a diplomat as well as a poet, essayist and journalist, and he encountered many literary communities as he served appointments in Peru, France, Japan, and the United States.

 

JOSHUA BECKMAN was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of seven books, including Take It (Wave Books, 2009), Shake and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including 5 Meters of Poems by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker by Tomaz Salamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.

 

ANA BOŽIČEVIĆ is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2009), a Lambda Literary Award in Poetry finalist, and a translator. With Amy King, she co-edits the journal esque. She came from Croatia a little while ago and her destination remains a mystery. www.anabozicevic.com

 

MELISSA BRODER is the author of MEAT HEART (forthcoming from Publishing Genius; 2012) and WHEN YOU SAY ONE THING BUT MEAN YOUR MOTHER (Ampersand Books; 2010). Poems appear or are forthcoming in Opium, Redivider, Barrelhouse, The Collagist, et al. She edits La Petite Zine and curates the Polestar Poetry Series at Cake Shop in NYC. www.melissabroder.com

 

ANNE CARSON recently publishd NOX (New Directions) and is working on a comic of Antigone with artist Bianca Stone.

 

MRB CHELKO is Assistant Editor of the unbound journal, Tuesday; An Art Project. She has poems in current or forthcoming issues of AGNI Online, Indiana Review, POOL, and Washington Square among others. Her second chapbook, The World after Czeslaw Milosz, is forthcoming from Dream Horse Press.

 

ALAN DANIELS was born in Stockport in the North of England and studied fine art/sculpture at Maidstone College of Art in Kent. After receiving a first class honors degree from what is now University College for the Creative Arts in England, He worked for Nottingham University for two years; He then traveled throughout Europe designing environmental installations. On returning to England he started his own illustration business. He moved to California to work on the movie Bladerunner and to expand his Design and Illustration work. Infographic and technical illustration have always been a passion, the research and new found knowledge are a plus to the creative experience. He still lives in California with his family who are an inspiration to his work. www.beaudaniels.com

 

CLAIRE DEVOOGD is a graduate of Bard College. She usually lives in Brooklyn.

 

KAREN EMMERICH's recent translations from the Greek include The Sleepwalker and Rien ne va plus by Margarita Karapanou (Clockroot, 2010 and 2009), Landscape with Dog and Other Stories by Ersi Sotiropoulos (Clockroot, 2009), and I'd Like by Amanda Michalopoulou (Dalkey Archive, 2008). Her translation of Poems (1945-1971) by Miltos Sachtouris (Archipelago, 2006) was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award.

 

QUINTUS HORATIUS FLACCUS was born the son of a freed slave in 65 BC. After receiving an education in Rome and Athens, Horace joined the army of Brutus, which was defeated at Philipi by Octavian and Mark Antony. After this defeat, Horace's family land was confiscated. However, with the help of Virgil, Horace was able to get back in the good graces of Octavian and secure a relatively peaceful life. He published Ode i.11 in 23 BC and died 15 years later.

 

MADARA HILL works out of her studio in the historic downtown area of Fairbanks Alaska, next to the banks of the Chena River and was the 2009 AlaskaOne Poster Artist. She is Adjunct Faculty for the UAF English Department and contributes graphic design for the Permafrost literary magazine. Her work can be found in galleries across Alaska and she often works on commission. Details about how to commission a piece can be found under the “Information” on the artist’s website, www.madarahill.wordpress.com.

 

MELINDA KOSZTACZKY

 

 

F.T. MARINETTI (Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti) was born Dec. 22, 1876 inAlexandria and died Dec. 2, 1944 inBellagio, Italy. He was an Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist, and the ideological founder of Futurism, an early 20th-century literary, artistic, and political movement.

 

KATE MCCGWIRE is a sculptor and installation artist based in London UK. She Graduated in 2004 from the Royal College of Art, London. Her work is in the Saatchi Gallery Collection and many other private collections around the world. www.katemccgwire.com

 

CHRIS MORRISSEY teaches Latin and Medieval Philosophy at Redeemer Pacific College. He blogs Aquinas's Summa Theologiae every day at www.summatheologiae.blogspot.com. He enjoys trading stocks and hopes that soon Trader Joe's will become publicly traded.

 

IDRA NOVEY’s first book of poems The Next Country received the Kinereth Gensler Award from Alice James Books and was included in Virginia Quarterly Review’s list of Best Poetry Books of 2008. She’s received awards from the Poetry Society of America, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poets & Writers Magazine and the PEN Translation Fund. Her most recent translations are Viscount Lascano Tegui's novel On Elegance While Sleeping (Dalkey Archive, 2010) and Clarice Lispector's The Passion According to G.H. (forthcoming from New Directions in 2011). Novey is currently Director of Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) in the School of the Arts.

 

ERIC JOHN OLSON Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Eric John Olson is an artist and engineer. After graduating Seattle University in Computer Science and attending Columbia University for Human Computer Interaction, he worked on a number of large interactive art installations in New York City. His personal work often mirrors his life-long relationship with technology and science and its conflict with art and nature. It is this tension between the logical and emotional and between literal and figurative that animates his art. http://ericdidit.com

 

ELSBETH PANCRAZI lives and writes poetry in NYC. No manifestos yet.

 

SUSANNE PETERMANN is a translator and writer living in Southern Oregon. Her recent publication Roses & Windows, features a selection of Rainer Maria Rilke’s French poetry. Between 1982 and 1987 she worked in Casablanca, Morocco as an English teacher. While continuing to translate Rilke’s French poems, she works as a freelance professional organizer and mover.

 

RAINER MARIA RILKE (1875-1926) was born in Prague. From an early age, growing up in a German-speaking household, he felt uncomfortable in the bourgeois society of his family and in the Czech culture. He was a prolific poet, essayist, critic and correspondent. Well-known for his restlessness, he moved sometimes only weeks after installing himself in some foreign city. Among many other places, he lived in Paris intermittently, most notably in 1902-03 when he worked for the sculptor Rodin. During the last years of his life he lived mostly in Muzot, Switzerland where, though his health was failing, he wrote 400 poems in French in addition to his usual daily letters and other works.

 

MATTHEW ROHRER is the author of Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009), Rise Up (Wave Books, 2007) and A Green Light (Verse Press, 2004), which was shortlisted for the 2005 Griffin Poetry Prize. He is also the author of Satellite (Verse Press, 2001), and co-author, with Joshua Beckman, of Nice Hat. Thanks. (Verse Press, 2002), and the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He has appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Next Big Thing." His first book, A Hummock in the Malookas was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Oliver in 1994. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at NYU.

 

CRAIG RUBADOUX has participated in over 70 exhibitions. Solo exhibitions have included the Ringling Museum of Art, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Lowe Museum of Art, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. His artworks are included in many public and private collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida; and the State of Florida.

 

GLENN SHAHEEN lives in Houston, where he edits the journal NANO Fiction and teaches at Prairie View A&M University. His work has appeared in Subtropics, /nor, Barrelhouse, and elsewhere. He is the author of the collection Predatory, which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in Fall of 2011. www.glennshaheen.com

 

MICHAEL SHAPCOTT (born June 6, 1982 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a Central Connecticut-based painter, known for his daring color palette and emotionally charged portraits. His work deals with highly detailed graphite underdrawings which he then paints with colorful washes in oil and acrylic paints. In addition to painting, Shapcott creates art videos that track the process of painting a painting and show his unique style of working. http://www.michael-shapcott.com/

 

EGOR SHOPAVOLOV was born in 1988 in Taganrog. Now he lives and studies in Rostov-on-Don. "My Saturday," the author's fotofilm opened "InMotion" the first multimedia film project in Russia arranged by FotoDepartment, St. Petersburg, 2008. http://egorshapovalov.ru/

 

BIANCA STONE is a poet and artist. She curates the Ladder Reading Series in New York City and is editor of the press Monk Books. Her publications include Crazyhorse, Conduit, Agriculture Reader, and Best American Poetry 2011. She is the author of the chapbook “Someone Else’s Wedding Vows” from Argos Books. Her blog is called Poetry Comics http://whoisthatsupposedtobe.blogspot.com/. She lives in Brooklyn.

 

MICAH TOWERY currently teaches writing at Trinity Western University. In the past he's worked as a baker, truck driver, and church organist. He has an MFA from Hunter College and in his spare time he writes for www.thethepoetry.com.

 

ELENI VAKALO was born in 1921 in Constantinople and educated at Athens University and Sorbonne, Paris.  She worked as an art critic, art reviewer, and was the founding member of the Vakalo School of Art and Design.  She published fourteen books of poetry and eight publications on art.  She was the recipient of many awards including the Athens Academy Prize and the First State Poetry Prize.

 

M.A. VIZSOLYI’s first book of poetry, The Lamp with Wings: Love Sonnets won The National Poetry Series, selected by Ilya Kaminsky, and is forthcoming in the fall 2011. He teaches ice hockey and ice skating lessons in Central Park, and lives in New York City with his wife, the poet, Margarita Delcheva.

 

JEAN ZAPATA