Andrei Codrescu's latest books are New Orleans, Mon Amour: 20 Years of Writing from the City (Algonquin) and it was today: new poems (Coffee House Press). He lives in New Orleans.


Bernadette Mayer was born May 12, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY. She was the director of The Poetry Project from 1980 to 1984 and co-editor of 0 to 9 (with Vito Acconci, 1967-1969), Unnatural Acts (with Ed Friedman, 1972-1974), and United Artists (with Lewis Warsh, 1977-1983). Her books include: Story (1968), Moving (1971), Memory (1977), Ceremony Latin 1964 (1975), Studying Hunger (1976), Poetry (1976), Eruditio Ex Memoria (1977), The Golden Book of Words (1978), Midwinter Day (1982), Utopia (1983), Mutual Aid (1985), Sonnets (1989), The Formal Field of Kissing (1990), A Bernadette Mayer Reader (1992), The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters (1994), Proper Name (1996), Another Smashed Pinecone (1998), Two Haloed Mourners (1998), Indigo Bunting (2004), and Scarlet Tanager (2005). A new book, Poetry State Forest, is forthcoming from New Directions in 2008.


Terita Heath-Wlaz is an undercover poet living in San Diego, posing as a waitress and secretly selling herself to graduate writing programs throughout the country. Her recent work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Bird Dog, Court Green, Juked, and 3AM Magazine. She writes, "The poems are snapshots of days and ideas, whose intended subjects are often superimposed on accidental landscapes."


Jonah Winter is the author of Maine (Slope Editions) and Amnesia (Field Poetry Series), and two recent chapbooks, The Continuing Misadventures of Andrew, the Headless Talking Bear (Octopus Books) and Book Reports (Octopus Books).


Stephen Paul Miller is also the author of the forthcoming Being with a Bullet (Talisman), The Seventies Now: Culture as Surveillance (Duke University Press), The Bee Flies in May (Marsh Hawk Press), Skinny Eighth Avenue (Marsh Hawk Press), and Art Is Boring for the Same Reason We Stayed in Vietnam (Domestic). He co-edited Scene of My Selves: New Work on the New York School Poets (National Poetry Foundation) and a forthcoming collection for the University of Alabama Press. He was a senior Fulbright lecturer at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and he is a Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he lives with his son Noah.


Hoa Nguyen was born near Saigon in1967, raised in the Washington, DC area, and attended graduate school at the New College of California in San Francisco. For the last decade, she has lived in Austin, TX with her co-editor and husband, the poet Dale Smith. Together they operate Skanky Possum, a small press journal and book imprint, and curate a reading series. Her books include Your Ancient See Through (subpress collective) and Red Juice (effing press). A second full-length book is forthcoming from Hot Whiskey Press.


Meghan Punschke resides in New York City, and has an MFA in Poetry from The New School. She is the curator and host of Word of Mouth, a reading series on the Lower East Side dedicated to poets and fiction writers. She is also the Managing Editor for two literary journals, MiPOesias and OCHO. Her work can be found in MiPO, No Tell Motel, Coconut and more. Stratification, her first collection of poetry is forthcoming. More info is available at


Louisa Spaventa, author, actress and performance artist, teaches English Composition at Austin Community College. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. In the last twelve years she has performed poetry around Austin in bars, galleries, and stores of the book and vintage variety. She believes in the pageantry of poetry. According to poet Jill Alexander Essbaum, "Louisa's poems read like a grimoire. They are complicated little hexes: wee, intricate incantations." Louisa writes, "I guess you could say these poems are about the grisly facts of the human body and the victories of keeping one. The ideas must find the appropriate words for the occasion. It's like looking through an endless closet. At some point the idea decides it's dressed."


Dan Hoy lives in Brooklyn and is coeditor of SOFT TARGETS. His chapbook, Outtakes, was published by Lame House Press in Spring 2007. More poems etc. are available on his website,


Betsy Fagin's poems appear in a number of literary journals including Fence, So to Speak, Van Gogh’s Ear, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Word For/Word. She is the author of For Every Solution There is a Problem (Open 24 Hours, 2003) and Rosemary Stretch (dusi/e-chap, 2006) as well as a number of self-published chapbooks. Recent work appears in the anthology Not For Mothers Only (Fence, 2007) and is forthcoming in the tiny. She is currently living in London.


Andrew Zawacki is the author of two books of poetry, Anabranch (Wesleyan, 2004) and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia, 2002), as well as a trio of chapbooks: Georgia (Katalanché, forthcoming), Roche limit (Track & Field, forthcoming), and Masquerade (Vagabond, 2001). He coedits Verse.


Caryl Pagel's poems have appeared in Parcel, DIAGRAM, Octopus Magazine, and Denver Quarterly. She is from Chicago, where she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poem "Copy" was written as an echo of/ is tethered to lines from Dickinson and Sebald. She currently lives in Iowa.


Karyna McGlynn's poems have recently appeared in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Octopus, Ninth Letter, Denver Quarterly, Willow Springs, and Fence Magazine. A three-time Pushcart nominee, Karyna is the recipient of the Hopwood Award for poetry and the Helen Zell Post-MFA Writing Fellowship at the University of Michigan where she recently completed her MFA. Her chapbook Scorpionica is forthcoming from New Michigan Press. Her website is


CAConrad's childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.  He escaped to Philadelphia the first chance he got where he lives and writes today with the PhillySound poets (  Soft Skull Press published his book Deviant Propulsion in 2006.  His book The Frank Poems is forthcoming in 2008 from CHAX Press.  A small selection of The Frank Poems was translated into German, and is forthcoming as a chapbook in 2007 from YPOLITA Press.  He is the author of several chapbooks, including (end-begin w/chants), a collaboration with Frank Sherlock.


Dulce Maria Menendez is an American Cuban. She was born in Santo Suarez (a suburb in Havana) one year after the Cuban Revolution. Her family left on a TWA freedom flight in June of 1962 and settled in Miami. Didi Menendez, as she is penned, is the publisher for MiPOesias Magazine, OCHO (MIPOesias Print Companion) and the producer for miPORadio. Being a single mother, she sometimes finds time to write a poem or two.


Mark DuCharme is the author of Infinity Subsections (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 2004) and Cosmopolitan Tremble (Pavement Saw Press, 2002). A new collection of his poetry, The Sensory Cabinet, is due in 2007 from BlazeVox Books. Also due in 2007 is The Crowd Poems, a chapbook from Potato Clock Editions. DuCharme was the winner of the Boulder County Arts Alliance Neodata Endowment Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) for 2006. He has taught in the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University and at Front Range Community College. His poetry and essays are recent or forthcoming in American Book Review, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel—2nd Floor, Fascicle, The Hamilton Stone Review, Shiny, Talisman, and Vanitas.


E. Tracy Grinnell is the author of Some Clear Souvenir (O Books 2006), Music or Forgetting (O Books 2001), and the chapbooks Quadriga, a collaboration with Paul Foster Johnson (gong chapbooks 2006), Of the Frame (Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs 2004 & a duration press e-book), and Harmonics (Melodeon Poetry Systems 2001). She lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she edits Litmus Press and Aufgabe.


Olivia Cronk's work has appeared in can we have our ball back?, Denver Quarterly, Shampoo, and as a chapbook at Additionally, a series of staged poems appeared in the Fall 2006 Rhinoceros Theater Festival in Chicago. Cronk reviews poetry for and teaches Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature at Oakton Community College. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. About the poems, she writes, "More and more, I find that I am drawn to art that requires of and gifts to the consumer (observer, reader, etc.) a self-constructed experience. (See David Lynch’s latest film, Inland Empire.) In this way, I can tinker with various arrangements of sound and connotation to create multiple and infinite effects, known and unknown, for anyone listening."


Nava Fader is a PhD dropout, but did manage to secure a master's from SUNY Buffalo's Poetics Program, writing a thesis on Adrienne Rich. Her poems have been published in print here and there, and online in moria, sidereality, Shampoo, and others. Most poems begin with a line by somebody else; the titles here are stolen from Hart Crane and Rimbaud.


Megan A. Volpert is a Chicagoan who has settled in Atlanta. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University and currently teaches High School English. Publications include MiPOesias, the columbia poetry review, and nth position. Volpert released two books in 2007: face blindness with BlazeVOX Books and domestic transmission with MetroMania Press. Go to for all the dirt. The two pieces published in this issue of Coconut are from her manuscript in progress, the desense of nonfense.


Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, and performer. His music and writing have been published and presented in Canada, the US, and overseas. His most recent books include frogments from the frag pool (with derek beaulieu, poetry, The Mercury Press, 2005) and Doctor Weep and other strange teeth (fiction, The Mercury Press, 2004). Recent anthology appearances include All Sleek and Skimming (Orca) and Surreal Estate (The Mercury Press.) Other books includes Raising Eyebrows and Outside the Hat (poetry; Coach House); a novel written with Stuart Ross, The Mud Game and Big Red Baby (fiction, Mercury). Barwin lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his family. His website is and his blog is

Gregory Betts is the author of If Language (2005) and Haikube (2006). He is the editor of PRECIPICe magazine and curates the Grey Borders Reading Series in St. Catharines, Ontario. He teaches Avant-Garde and Canadian Literature at Brock University.


Ulf Stolterfoht was born 1963 in Stuttgart. Lives in Berlin with his wife and three children. He has published 3 books of poems, all called Fachsprachen [technical terms, jargons, lingos]: Fachsprachen I-IX (1998), Fachsprachen X-XVIII (2002), for which he received the Hans-Erich-Nossack-Förderpreis and the Christine Lavant-Preis respectively, and most recently Fachsprachen XIX-XXVII (2004), which received the Anna-Seghers-Prize in 2005. LINGOS I-IX, Rosmarie Waldrop's translation of the first book, is forthcoming from Burning Deck Press.

Rosmarie Waldrop's trilogy (The Reproduction of Profiles, Lawn of Excluded Middle, and Reluctant Gravities) has just been reprinted by New Directions under the title: Curves to the Apple . Other recent books of poetry are Splitting Image (Zasterle), Blindsight (New Directions) and Love, Like Pronouns (Omnidawn). Her collected essays, Dissonance (If You Are Interested), was published by University of Alabama Press in 2005. She lives in Providence, RI, where she co-edits Burning Deck books with Keith Waldrop.


Amy Berkowitz lives, writes, and compulsively bakes in Brooklyn. Her poems have been published in Shampoo Magazine and are forthcoming in the Outside Voices Anthology of Younger Poets. These poems, like many of her poems, are about the strange moments and truths of sex and relationships. She's working on a book called Instructions for Hamsters, which indulges her curiosity about the similarities between human relationships and animal relationships.


Tao Lin is the author of a novel, EEEEE EEE EEEE (Melville House, 2007), a story-collection, BED (Melville House, 2007), and a poetry-collection, YOU ARE A LITTLE BIT HAPPIER THAN I AM (Action Books, 2006). Tao's second poetry-collection, COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY, will be published by Melville House in 2008. Tao's website is READER OF DEPRESSING BOOKS.



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