Notes

Cole Swensen's recent books include The Book of a Hundred Hands and Goest, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. A teacher at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she will be taking the next year off on a Guggenheim Fellowship to research ghosts. 

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of six books, most recently The California Poem (poem/s) and The Book of Jon (nonfiction/poetry). Her poems have recently been translated into French, Spanish, Catalan, German, Arabic, Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Serbian. A selected poems (title to be decided) will be coming out in French/France next year; in turn, her translation of Jacques Roubaud's Exchanges on Light will be published in this country by the newly founded La Presse.

Josh May is an artist and farmworker with Open Heart Farm in Burlington, Vermont. Sometime distributor of Chocolate Feathers, he realized that if Icarus' wings had in fact been made of chocolate, the chocolate used would have been Hershey's Kisses, which, due to thier high fat content, have a low meltpoint. His poem series the walkways takes memories (his own, the computers', virtual, supposed, languages', etc.) and sees what they (have to) do with us.

C. S. Carrier lives in Amherst, MA and teaches at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT.

Eric Baus lives in Philadelphia where he edits Minus House chapbooks. He is the author of The To Sound (Verse Press/Wave Books) as well as several chapbooks. A new chapbook, Tuned Droves, is forthcoming soon from Katalanche Press.

C. J. Martin received his MFA from TX State University and also spent some time in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. Currently he works for Treehouse Publishing in Austin, TX. Other poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Argotist, Denver Quarterly, Moria, the tiny, and zafusy. Note on the poems: "2nd Maquette" belongs both to an open series of maquette poems inspired by Louise Nevelson, and to a longer poem called "Cabinet." The other poems here are part of a larger project called "Lo, Bittern."

Natalie Lyalin lives and gets schooled in Northampton and Amherst, MA. Her work has appeared in Skein, La Petite Zine, and Hayden's Ferry Review. She is the co-editor of Glitterpony magazine.

Ada Limón is originally from Sonoma, California. Her debut collection, lucky wreck, was the winner of the Autumn House Poetry Prize. Her second book, this big fake world, was the winner of the Pearl Poetry Prize and due out in late 2006. About the poems: "Homesick" is a poem I wrote when I was, well, homesick. I love the city, but I miss my tree friends very much. "Gratitude In Spite of Oneself" is a similar attempt to explore what it means to have both an emptiness ringing around you as well as a sense of thankfulness for being allowed to live in the world in the first place.

Jonathan Minton lives with his wife Allison in Glenville, West Virginia, where he is an Assistant Professor of English at Glenville State College. He is the author of Lost Languages (Long Leaf Press) and edits the online literary journal Word For/Word. Some of his recent poetry and reviews appear in CutBank, eratio, Castagraf, the Columbia Poetry Review, and Free Verse. He writes, "'Technical Notes for Bird Government' is the title poem of my new manuscript. The poem is partly the result of a summer I spent teaching courses in technical writing and vainly trying to catalogue the birds in my neighborhood. I think this is perhaps evident in the wayward logic of the poem, in its insistence on both completion and partiality."

Laurel DeCou is currently an MFA student at Mills in Oakland where she lives by a lake and enjoys riding her bicycle through all the California cars.   

Rusty Morrison's poetry collection, Whethering, won the 2004 Colorado Prize for Poetry. She won the 2006 Poetry Society of America's Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, and she co-won the 2003 PSA's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and the Five Fingers Review Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Chicago Review, New American Writing, and elsewhere. She is the co-publisher of Omnidawn, and a contributing editor for Poetry Flash.

Megan Johnson's first collection of poems, The Waiting, won the 2004 Iowa Poetry Prize.  Her poems have recently appeared in The Sonora Review, The Canary, Verse, and Bayou.  She lives and teaches in Tucson, AZ.    

James Grinwis grew up in DC, lives in Massachusetts, and is the publisher of Bateau, a new press. His poetry, short fiction, and articles have appeared in publications including American Poetry Review, Conjunctions, and Quarterly West. About the poems, he writes, "I am very much interested in fragmented, fractured, fissured imagery, exemplified here by 'Badinerie' and 'Unmade.' However, I have long enjoyed the possibilities that exist in more cohesive, narrative forms, as in 'After Reading…,' which came about somewhere during the month or so when, each night, I alternated between Hawking's science masterpiece Brief History of Time and the visionary symphonies in Sze's The Redshifting Web: Poems '70-'98.

Marty Hebrank lives in Durham, North Carolina. Note on the poems: Much of the language in "Bernard" was skimmed off prose I'd already written, while "Blind Overture" was constructed piece by piece.

James Sanders is a member of the writing collective Atlanta Poets Group. There are things on him.

In 2005, Michelle Greenblatt and Sheila Murphy began a series of collaborative ghazals created online via email. These poems are part of an ongoing, planned collection that explore the uses of the form in American English. Greenblatt is the new co-poetry editor of AND PER SE AND. Her first book, brain:storm, was released this January by anabasis press. Her second book, ASHES AND SEEDS , will also be released this year by BlazeVOX. Murphy's most recent book is CONTINUATIONS with Douglas Barbour (from The University of Alberta Press). Murphy was trained as a flutist, and has been actively writing and publishing for many years. Her visual poetry has also appeared in numerous exhibitions. Her home is in Phoenix.

Mairéad Byrne lives in Providence, where she teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.  Recent work includes Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003), Vivas (Wild Honey Press 2005), An Educated Heart (Palm Press 2005), Kalends (Belladonna* 2005), "Some Differences Between Poetry & Standup" (UbuWeb 2005), and "Avant-Garde Pronouns" (Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde in the Era of Post-Ideology, ed. Louis Armand, Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006). Of these poems she says, "I have been writing short boxy poems for a few years.  I used to be most interested in their straight edges.  Now I'm most interested in their molten 'contents.'  At least they seem molten to me.  Metaphor is a boundlessly transformative device.  It can make anything happen.  Though of course one has to distinguish between the reality of the world and the reality of the poem which is in the world.  One of these poems speaks to another kind of transformation—on video in the National Museum in Dublin, I saw Marie Cassidy, Ireland's state pathologist, handling the meat of a torso long buried.  It was an autopsy, but it seemed intimate rather than clinical."

Gloria Frym's most recent book, Solution Simulacra, was published in 2006 (United Artists Books). Her previous book, Homeless at Home, won an American Book Award. She is the author of several other volumes of poetry and two critically acclaimed short story collections: Distance No Object (City Lights Books) and How I Learned (Coffee House Press). She teaches at the California College of the Arts.

Jeff Harrison writes, "I am the author of Fickleyes, Futilears, & William Wormswork (MAG Press), The Unread Is Carefully Ancient (Writers Forum), and Queen of Hearts (PERSISTENCIA*PRESS). I have two e-books at xPress(ed), and one at Blazevox. My poetry has appeared in Nerve Lantern, Sentence, Mipoesias, Big Bridge, Muse Apprentice Guild, VeRT, Cipher Journal, Dirt, PO25centsEM, Word for Word, Shampoo, Tin Lustre Mobile, foam:e, Eratio, Aught, Kulture Vulture, Pettycoat Relaxer, canwehaveourballback, Dusie, Otoliths, melancholia's tremulous dreadlocks, Drunken Boat, and Cranky.

Kristine Snodgrass's solo work has appeared or is appearing in 2River View, The Tusculum Review, Big Bridge, and Gulf Stream, among others. Kristine's collaborations with Maureen Seaton and Neil de la Flor are forthcoming in GutCult and have appeared in Three Candles and Guernica: A Journal of Art and Politics.  Kristine is an Instructor at Florida A & M University.

Brendan Lorber is always on the run with Lungfull! magazine & The Poetry Project Newsletter. Was it something that Pound said? All the voices in his head calling Lorber. Lorber, don't you think yr fallin'? If everybody wants you, why isn't anybody callin'? Don't you have to answer? Leave them hangin' on the line, oh-oh-oh, calling Lorber. Lorber, I think they got your number (Lorber) I think they got the alias (Lorber) that you've been living under (Lorber) But you really don't remember, was it something that Duncan said? All the voices in his head calling, Lorber?

Bruce Covey teaches at Emory University and is the author of three books of poetry, including, most recently, Elapsing Speedway Organism from No Tell Books. His recent poems appear in LIT; Verse; Forklift, OH; Siren; Glitter Pony; CAB/NET; and others. He curates the What's New in Poetry reading series in Atlanta and is Editor of Coconut.

Hazel McClure is en route from California to Buffalo, where she will study library science.  Her poems have appeared in Can We Have Our Ball Back, Mirage #4 Period(ical), and The Tiny; her first chapbook, Nothing Moving, was recently released from Lame House Press.

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