Friday 27 April 2007


Poet, writer and translator Linh Dinh is the author of All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish, 2003), American Tatts (Chax, 2005), Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2006), and Jam Alerts (Chax, 2007). He is the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press 1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (Tinfish 2001), and is the translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker: the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (Tupelo 2006).

Recipient of the Philippines' National Book Award for Poetry, Eileen Tabios' publications include 15 poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, and a short story book. Her poetry and editing projects have received numerous awards including the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award, The Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award in the Advancement of Human Rights, and the Philippine American Writers & Artists' Catalagan Award. Tabios' collections include Dredging for Atlantis (Otoliths, 2006), The Secret Lives of Punctuations, Vol. I (xPress(ed), 2006), Silences: The Autobiography of Loss (Blue Lion Books, 2007), and The Light Sang As It Left Your Eyes (Marsh Hawk Press, 2007). She edits Galatea Resurrects (A Poetry Engagement).

Jonathan Leon is the author of BOXD TRANSISTOR (Whole Coconut) and TRACT (Dusie Press Kollektiv). With Allyssa Wolf, he is the editor of The Black Economy.

Noah Eli Gordon’s books include Novel Pictorial Noise (selected by John Ashbery for the 2006 National Poetry Series), and A Fiddle Pulled From the Throat of a Sparrow (New Issues, 2007, winner of the Green Rose Prize). He is the author of The Area of Sound Called the Subtone (Ahsahta Press, 2004, selected by Claudia Rankine for the Sawtooth Prize), and The Frequencies (Tougher Disguises, 2003).

Fresh from her astonishing first lead role as The Bride in Mao Mao Meow, and her supporting turn in The See Through Age, with The Power Museum Allyssa Wolf, playing the role of Theodora, a ghost who tries to let the journalist escape, shows Hollywood once and for all that she's not just the daughter of Barbara Steele and Lars Von Trier. She is also the author of Vaudeville (Seismicity Editions, 2006).

Chris Vitiello's book Irresponsibility was accepted for publication this year by Ahsahta Press.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of four books: Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms (Pinball, 2005), Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk (Iowa, 2006), Figures for a Darkroom Voice (with Noah Eli Gordon; Tarpaulin Sky, 2007), and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth (forthcoming from Tupelo). With Solan Jensen he directed a tour film about Califone entitled Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape, and his writing has appeared in many journals, including The Modern Review, New American Writing , Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, and others. He holds a PhD from University of Denver, and he writes and makes movies in Chicago where he also teaches at Loyola University. Two new chapbooks, A Brief History of Gossip (Dos Press) and The Book of Flashlights, Clover, & Milk (Pilot Books) are forthcoming.

Tom Beckett is the author of Unprotected Texts: Selected Poems 1978-2006 (Meritage Press, 2006) and the curator of the online interview series E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S, now published in print form by Otoliths (E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S: The First XI Interviews). Editor of the seminal journal The Difficulties from 1980 to 1990, Beckett lives in Kent, Ohio.

Nico Vassilakis' book Diptychs is published by Otoliths. A prominent video and visual poet, his "concrete films" have been featured at Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Encuentro Internacional de Poesía Visual, Sonora y Experimental (Argentina) and ERRATA AND CONTRADICTION :: 2004 :: Dudley House (Harvard). More of his work may be found in Chain, Talisman, 3rd Bed, Bird Dog.

Poet and visual artist Spencer Selby was born in 1947 in Iowa City, Iowa, and studied political science and psychology at The University of Iowa. In the mid-1980s he started SINK Press in San Francisco, and coordinated The Canessa Park Reading Series in North Beach from 1987-93. His poetry collections include Instar, Barricade, House of Before, Sound Off, No Island, The Big R and Task. He also has three books of visual work: Stigma, Malleable Cast and Problem Pictures. His art has appeared in group shows and he was co-editor of the visual poetry magazine Score. His most recent collection, Twist of Address, is his first in some years. It is out from Shearsman Books.

Poet Jordan Stempleman is the author of Their Fields (Moria, 2005) and What's The Matter (Otoliths, 2007). He is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago where he received the Academy of American Poets Prize for Poetry in 2000.

Reb Livingston is the author of Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books) and editor of No Tell Motel and No Tell Books.

Scott Glassman is the author of the chapbooks Exertions (Cy Gist Press 2006) and Surface Tension (Dusie 2006) with Mackenzie Carignan. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Jubilat, Iowa Review, The Tiny, 580 Split, and others. More work can be found through his website:

K. Silem Mohammad is the author of "Deer Head Nation" (Tougher Disguises, 2003, "A Thousand Devils" (Combo Books, 2004), and "Breathalyzer" (Edge Books, 2007). He is the co-editor of two critical anthologies on popular culture and philosophy for Open Court Press: "The Undead and Philosophy" (2006) and "Quentin Tarantino and Philosophy" (forthcoming). His work appears in numerous journals and was selected for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2004. He maintains the blog Lime Tree at

Joshua Clover is the author of "The Totality For Kids" (University of California Press, 2006), "The Matrix" (2005) and "Madonna Anno Domini" (1997). He is Associate Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Davis, and contributes to the Village Voice and The New York Times.

Iain Britton’s poetry is published internationally in such magazines as Jacket, Drunken Boat, Slope, Magma, Orbis, Wasafiri, The Reader, Aesthetica, Staple, Tinfish, Harvard Review, Free Verse, Rattapallax, The Argotist, Poetry NZ and The Wolf Magazine. Forthcoming – Agenda, Ambit (UK). Just published - Heat Magazine (Aust) and Vallum (Canada). At present, he is Director of Maori Studies at a large independent boys school, Auckland, New Zealand.

Chris Tysh was born in Paris, France and holds an M.A. in American Literature from the University of Paris (Sorbonne). She has published many books of poetry, including Continuity Girl (United Artists Books, 2000) and Cleavage (Roof Books, 2004).

Born in 1957, Jean-Michel Espitallier is the author of many books of poetry, and the editor of an anthology of contemporary French poetry, Pièces détachées (2000). In 1989, he co-founded the award-winning magazine Java. A translation of his Fantasy bouchère (Butcher Fantasy) is out from Duration Press, and his Théorème d'Espitallier (Espitallier's Theorem) has been translated and published by Seismicity Editions in spring 2005.

Jim McCrary lives in Lawrence, Kansas and works full time at a non-profit. His most recent self-published chapbooks include "Being Frida Kahlo" (see video) ; "Oh Miss Mary" (some comments on Biblical text); "My Book" (memoir); "Mayaland" (with John Moritz); "Holbox" (notes from island off Quintanna Roo, Mexico); "Hotter Than and Now" (a day book). All are self-published DIY. Also look for his interview by Tom Beckett forthcoming in Otoliths' edition of the collected E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S. And a poem in the next issue of Abraham Lincoln, published by K. S. Mohammed and Anne Boyer.

Jill Jones is a Sydney poet. She won the Mary Gilmore Award in 1993 for her first book, "The Mask and the Jagged Star". "The Book of Possibilities", her third book, was shortlisted for the National Book Council, The Age Book of the Year and Adelaide Festival Awards. Her fourth book, "Screens Jets Heaven: New & Selected Poems", won the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in 2003. Her collection "Broken/Open" was published in 2005 by Salt.

Poet and writer Ali Alizadeh was born in 1976 in Tehran, the capital of the then Kingdom of Iran, two years before the Iranian Revolution transformed the country into an Islamic Republic. Ali’s world capsized as his family immigrated to Australia from the oppressive, war-torn country. Ali studied his PhD at Deakin University, completing his thesis, an exploration and redefinition of epic poetry titled ‘La Pucelle: the Epic of Joan of Arc’, in 2004; while publishing poems and other writings in local and national literary journals, and winning the Verandah magazine’s 2000 Literary Award for the long poem ‘Princess’. Since being awarded his PhD in Professional Writing, Ali has published two more books: a collection of poems articulating perceptions shaped by violence, 'Eyes in Times of War' (Salt Publishing, 2006); and, with Kenneth Avery, translations of mystical poems of a Sufi master, 'Fifty Poems of Attar' (, 2007). Having decided to leave Australia in search of creative emancipation and inspiration, he lived in China for two years until 2007, prior to moving to Ankara, Turkey, where he currently lives with his wife Penelope, and teaches English composition. He is the reviews editor for the literary journal 'Cordite Poetry Review', and his first novel, 'The New Angel', is forthcoming in 2008 with transit lounge publishing.

Peter Conners ( writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and book reviews. His prose poetry collection Of Whiskey and Winter (White Pine Press) is now available. His novella, Emily Ate the Wind, is forthcoming from Marick Press in April 2008. His memoir about touring with the Grateful Dead, Growing Up Dead, will be published by Da Capo Press in spring 2009. He is also editor of PP/FF: An Anthology which was published by Starcherone Books in April 2006. His writing appears regularly in such journals as Poetry International, Mississippi Review, Verse, Fiction International, Salt Hill, Mid-American Review, The Bitter Oleander, Sentence, American Book Review, Rain Taxi and, Quick Fiction. Peter is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Double Room. He lives with his family in Rochester, NY where he works as an editor and directs marketing for the literary publisher BOA Editions, Ltd. He was born September 11, 1970 in a small town called America.