Franz Kamin (1941–2010), musician, composer, and poet, was self-taught as a composer and pianist before studying at the University of Oklahoma and Indiana University. In 1966, he co-founded FIASCO, an experimental music arts organization, with James Brody. Influenced by studies in topology, Kamin produced numerous compositions during FIASCO's five-year existence, including a final work, Concert of Doors (1972).
In 1972 Kamin left Indiana for New York City, engaging with local artists and producing numerous performance pieces, "theatric poems," video and multimedia works, and ensemble pieces for unconventional instruments. Until the mid-'80s, his activity centered in New York and the Hudson Valley, where he was concert manager for Arnold Fini in Rhinebeck. At Station Hill Press, he has published the miscellany Ann Margaret Loves You (1980) and his first novel, Scribble Death (1986).
Alex Katz (b. 1927) was born in Brooklyn and studied at the Cooper Union Art School from 1946 to 1949. Four years after graduating from Maine 's Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1950, Katz had his first solo exhibition at the Roko Gallery in New York. His work has enjoyed decades of exposure in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and abroad, from the Whitney Museum in New York to the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Malaga, Spain.
A long-time summer resident of Lincolnville, Maine, Katz developed a strong relationship with nearby Colby College. He received an honorary doctorate in 1984 and donated more than 400 of his works to the Colby Museum of Art in 1992. In 1996, the museum opened a wing dedicated to the artist. For his donation of ten paintings to Cooper Union, the school endowed the Alex Katz Visiting Chair in Painting in 1994. Katz continues to divide his time between New York and Maine. Read more at: www.alexkatz.com/
Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, editor, and curator. He is the author of nine books of poetry, including Cabal of Zealots (Hanuman Books, 1988), Understanding Objects (Hard Press, 2000), and Rapid Departures (Ateliê Editorial, 2005). He won the 2005 National Translation Award, given by the American Literary Translators Association, for his book of translations from Latin, The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (Princeton University Press, 2004). He was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature at the American Academy in Rome for 2001–2002. He had a one-month residency at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring, 2006. He is the editor of the poetry and arts journal VANITAS and of Libellum books.
In 2007, Judge, a collaboration between Katz and artist Wayne Gonzales, was published by Charta and Libellum. Katz and Gonzales also had an exhibition of work from Judge at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York.
Katz has done other book collaborations with artists, including Alex Katz (A Tremor In The Morning (Peter Blum Edition, 1986)), Rudy Burckhardt (New York Hello! Ommation Press, 1990) and Boulevard Transportation (Tibor de Nagy Editions, 1997)), Tabboo! (Pearl (powerHouse Books, 1998)), James Brown (Voyages and Hyde Park Boulevard (Grenfell Press, 2000)).
He has contributed translations and poems to two of Francesco Clemente's exhibition catalogues, and they have done a series of prints together.
Katz writes frequently on contemporary art and has published essays on the work of Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, and Cy Twombly. He curated the first museum retrospective of the work of Rudy Burckhardt in 1998 at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, Spain. In 2000, he co-curated "Rudy Burckhardt and Friends" for the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, which paired Burckhardt's portraits of artists with works by those artists. Katz curated a museum exhibition on Black Mountain College, whose catalogue, Black Mountain College: Experiment In Art, edited by Katz, was published by MIT Press in 2002. In 2008, he curated "Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt" for the Museum of the City of New York.
Vincent Katz and Vivien Bittencourt’s video documentary, Man in the Woods: The Art of Rudy Burckhardt, which features interviews with Burckhardt, as well as with Yvonne Jacquette, Robert Storr, and Brian Wallis, was screened at the 22nd Montreal International Festival of Films on Art, 2004. Their film, Kiki Smith: Squatting The Palace was shown at the Film Forum in New York, the 25th Montreal International Festival of Films on Art, 2007, and other film festivals.
His play Hippolyta was performed by The Medicine Show, New York, in June, 2005.
Katz taught a course entitled "Journey to Black Mountain" at the Summer Writing Program of Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, in July, 2005. He taught a workshop on Poetry and the Visual Arts at the Poetry Project, New York, in 2008.
Shelagh Keeley (b. 1954) was born in Ontario and received her BFA from York University, Toronto, in 1977. Her work in multiple disciplines, from drawing and book arts to installation and sculpture, has featured internationally in group and solo exhibitions. She is represented in public and private collections like those of the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and others. Among Keeley's honors are grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She lives and works in New York and Toronto. Read more at: www.ccca.ca/cv/english/keeley-cv.html and https://www.ccca.ca/artists/artist_info.html?languagePref=en&link_id=1188
Daniel Kelm (b. 1951), bookbinder and book designer, received his formal training in chemistry at the University of Minnesota. In the mid '70s, after teaching and research in chemistry, Kelm switched to the book arts, beginning employment in four production studios where he learned specialized traditional bookbinding techniques. In 1983 he founded The Wide Awake Garage in Easthampton, Massachusetts, a studio for the design and production of artists' books and interpretive fine bindings. The studio expanded in 1990 when Kelm founded The Garage Annex School, offering workshops at all levels of bookbinding and book arts taught by recognized masters in the field.
Known for his innovative structures and extensive knowledge of materials, Kelm has exhibited his book sculptures and artists' books widely. Various public collections own his work, including the Houghton Library at Harvard University, The New York Public Library, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Library of Congress.
Kevin Killian (1952–2019) was a poet, author, editor, artist, and playwright, and a primary member of the New Narrative group of writers.
Killian’s poetry collections include Argento Series (Krupskaya, 2001), Action Kylie (In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni, 2008), and Tweaky Village (Wonder, 2014). He is the author of the novels Shy (Crossing Press, 1989), Arctic Summer (Masquerade Books, 1997), and Spreadeagle (Fellow Travelers Series, 2012); the short-short story collections Little Men (Hard Press Editions, 1996), I Cry Like a Baby (Painted Leaf Press, 2001), Impossible Princess (City Lights, 2009), the memoir Bedrooms Have Windows (Amethyst Press, 1989); and Selected Amazon Reviews (Hooke Press, 2006). He co-edited with David Brazil The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater: 1945–1985 (Kenning Editions, 2010).
Widely anthologized, Killian’s work was included in Best American Poetry 1988 (Scribner, 1988; edited by John Ashbery) and Discontents: New Queer Writers (Amethyst Press, 1992; edited by Dennis Cooper).
Since 1985, he was been an active member of the San Francisco Poets Theater and has written over forty plays for the group (including Stone Marmalade co-written with Leslie Scalapino and published by Singing Horse Press, 1996).
Killian’s fascination and scholarship with the poet Jack Spicer has resulted in My Vocabulary Did This to Me: The Collected Poetry of Jack Spicer (co-edited with Peter Gizzi; Wesleyan, 2010) and Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance (co-written with Lewis Ellingham; Wesleyan, 1998).
His recent photographic projects were been exhibited at San Francisco Camerawork and White Columns in New York City. In 2015, as the Rachel DuPlessis Lecturer in Poetry & Poetics he both read from his work as well as showed his photographs.
He taught writing to MFA students at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was the 2015 Allen Ginsberg Visiting Fellow at Naropa University. Read more about Killian here: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13859939/remembering-kevin-killian-poet-playwright-and-artist-who-gave-us-courage.
Basil King was born in the East End of London in 1935 and came to the U.S. in 1947. At 16, he entered Black Mountain College, where he studied painting (with Esteban Vicente and Joseph Fiore) and writing (with Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Robert Duncan). In the early 1970s, with two partners (Harry Lewis and David Glotzer), he founded Mulch magazine and later Mulch Press, publishing nine issues of the magazine and seven books.
While continuing to paint, King began writing seriously in 1985 and has since published seven collections of prose/poetry as well as numerous fine small press chapbooks. His books are Warp Spasm (Spuyten Duyvil); mirage: a poem in 22 sections (Marsh Hawk Press), Learning to Draw (Skylight Press), 77 Beasts: Basil King's Beastiary; The Spoken Word/The Painted Hand; History Now; and Disparate Beasts, Basil King's Beastiary Part Two (all from Marsh Hawk Press). In 1992, he began a long documentary prose/poem/media work Mirage, whose paintings, watercolors, pastels, and poems were exhibited at Gotham Book Mart in 1994. Other complex multimedia series include Basil's Arc and The Green Man, from which paintings were shown at Poets House in NYC in 2010.
His poetry and paintings are celebrated in the film Basil King: Mirage by Nicole Peyrafitte and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, which premiered at Anthology Film Archives in 2012 as the highlight of a full day's program on his work, coordinated by Kimberly Lyons and The Friends of Basil King. King has often combined reading with slides of art, his own and that of others, and has given performances at venues in Spain, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, as well as the United States and United Kingdom.
His art is in the collections of The New York Public Library, Yale University, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Grand Valley State College, University of Kansas Museum of Art, State University of New York at Buffalo, the Gladstone Museum of Baseball Art, and the private collection of the late Tom Seaver.
Susan King, artist and writer, grew up in Kentucky. She worked for the potter Byron Temple after receiving her BA in 3D design at the University of Kentucky and went on to earn an MA in Ceramics at New Mexico State University. She taught one of the first women's art classes as part of her graduate work there. After meeting Judy Chicago, she decided to move to Los Angeles to become part of the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building.
As a student of Sheila de Bretteville at the Women's Graphic Center, she became interested in printing her own writing using offset and letterpress equipment. Inspired by the work of Jane Grabhorn and Ed Ruscha, she set up Paradise Press, where she printed her own work and the work of others. She was the studio director at the Women's Graphic Center in addition to teaching at Otis Art Institute and Scripps College. She continues to teach workshops around the country. After thirty years of living in Los Angeles, she has moved to rural Kentucky.
R.B. Kitaj (1932–2007), a Cleveland native, moved to England in 1957 and established himself as a major figure in contemporary British Art within the next decade. Educated at art schools in New York and abroad, Kitaj held his first solo exhibition at the Marlborough New London Gallery in 1963. By 1965, he saw his first retrospective, at the LA County Museum of Art. Through an explosion of international group and solo shows, Kitaj continued to develop his work from influences in Surrealism, art and political history, and Jewish identity.
Among Kitaj's honors are election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1982 and Honorary Doctorates from the University of London, the Royal College of Art and Durham University (1982, 1991, 1996). In 1996 he was nominated "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" by the French government. Dozens of public collections throughout the world own his work, which he continues to exhibit in numerous group and solo shows. In 1997 Kitaj returned to Los Angeles, where his grown children live, to teach at UCLA. The L.A. Louver Gallery showed a suite of Kitaj works dedicated to the city in 2003.
Stefan Klima was born in Oldham, England. He has a degree in art and a PhD in American Music. Formerly head of Fine and Performing Arts at the Beverly Hills Public Library in California, Klima has written critically on artists' books since 1985.
Alison Knowles (b. 1933), a visual artist known for her sound, installation, and performance works, graduated with an honors degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. For Something Else Press, Knowles collaborated with Marcel Duchamp on a screen reprint of his "Coeurs Volants" and designed and co-edited John Cage's Notations (1968), a book of visual music scores. In the early 1960s, Knowles began using Cagean compositional devices, like indeterminate performance and chance operations. Among her Fluxus performance scores are "Make a Salad" (1962), "Shoes of Choice" (1963), "The Identical Lunch" (1969), and later sound installations, like "Bean Garden" (1971), enacted in galleries and on radio broadcasts.
A founding member of the avant-garde group Fluxus, Knowles created one of the earliest book objects. Bean Rolls (1963), a can of text and beans, began her more than 30-year experimentation with the sculptural potential of the book. In 1967, her eight-foot tall installation "The Big Book" (1997) began touring Europe, and she produced one of the first computerized poems after an informal seminar in her home. For her contributions to contemporary artistic practice, Knowles has earned a Guggenheim grant (1967), National Endowment for the Arts fellowships (1981, 1985), and the College Art Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2003), among other honors. Her recent books include Book Symposium (2004) and Tamashi (2003) with Amanda Degener. Read more at: www.aknowles.com/hannah.html
Richard Kostelanetz (b. 1940), American author, artist, and critic, has written and edited close to 100 books since the mid-'60s. After taking his Masters degree in American Intellectual History from Columbia University in 1966, Kostelanetz began contributing essays to cultural periodicals and publishing poems and booklets. A vocal advocate for bringing work by innovative young authors to the literary establishment, he founded Future Press and co-founded Assembling Press in 1970, followed by Archae Editions (1978), now devoted exclusively to his own work.
Among the more than 30 anthologies edited or introduced by Kostelanetz are John Cage (1970), Aural Literature Criticism (1981), A B.B. King Companion (1997), and Aaron Copland: A Reader, Selected Writings in 2003. His work in other media spans holography, photography, video and film, audio recordings released on his own label, prints, and high-tech installations. His honors include a Pulitzer Fellowship in Critical Writing (1965), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1967), two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979 and 1985), and numerous other awards. Kostelanetz works published by Archae in 2006 are Home & Away: Travel Essays, On Sports & Sportsmen, and The Maturity of American Thought. Read more at: www.richardkostelanetz.com/index.html
Katherine Kuehn was student of, and later assistant to, Walter Hamady at his Perishable Press in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1978 she founded Salient Seedling Press, known for collaborations between writer, artist, and printer, with use of her own handmade paper. Among Seedling's editions are Karen Snider's Dorothy During Wounded Knee (1984) and Aunty Em on Binders (1986).
Kuehn worked as a printer for Pace Editions, New York City from 1987 to 1992 and has taught classes and workshops on the books arts at several institutions, including Whitman College and the Penland School of Craft.
Nancy Kuhl is the author of the poetry collections Suspend (2010) and The Wife of the Left Hand (2007), both from Shearsman Books, and The Book Remembers Everything: The Work of Erica Van Horn (Granary Books and Coracle Press, 2011). Her chapbook In the Arbor was winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Prize and was published by Kent State University Press. Her work has appeared in Verse, FENCE, Phoebe, Puerto del Sol, Cream City Review, The Journal, Shearsman, and other magazines. She is co-editor of Phylum Press, an independent publisher of innovative poetry, and is the Curator of the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
Robert Kushner (b. 1949) emerged in the early 1970s as a costume-sensitive performance artist and founder of the era's Pattern and Decoration movement. Influenced by the motifs and compositions of Japanese art, Kushner's approach has shifted from painting the human figure on unstretched fabric to exploring floral imagery on canvas with oil paint and European gilding techniques.
Kushner has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Tate Gallery in London, and others. Recent solo exhibitions are Robert Kushner: New/Old Screens (2005) at Bellas Artes in New Mexico and Winter Bouquets (2006) at Sandy Carson Gallery in Denver, Colorado. Kushner lives in New York. Read more at: https://sharksink.com/artist/robert-kushner/.
Gerrit Lansing (1928–2018) was a poet and scholar based in Gloucester, Massachusetts. in 1960, after attending Harvard with colleagues including John Ashbery and Edward Gorey, he published the little magazine, SET. A friend of Charles Olson's, and a long-time resident of Gloucester, Lansing was associated with the so-called Occult School of Boston, and his writing has been collected in Heavenly Tree/Soluble Forest (1995). Read more at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/gerrit-lansing.
Constance Lewallen is the Senior Curator of Exhibitions at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive. Large-scale traveling exhibitions she has curated include retrospectives of Joe Brainard, Paul Kos, and Ant Farm. From 1980–1987, Lewallen curated nearly 90 solo exhibitions for Brooklyn Academy of Music's MATRIX performance series.
In 2004, University of California Press published her book Ant Farm 1968–1978, a comprehensive art historical and cultural study of the architectural collective. A frequent lecturer and essayist on contemporary art, Lewallen has written several exhibition catalogs and independently curated numerous exhibitions for venues across the country.
Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese produce installations, videotapes, artists' books, and multiples. At the Maryland Art Institute in Baltimore in the late '70s, they began working collectively with a performance-poetry-music group called CoAccident. Their first independent collaborations were two performances using book structures as props and performance sets.
In 1982, after exploring studio audio recording and video performance, Ligorano and Reese moved to Spain. Ligorano conducted research as a Fulbright fellow while both artists engaged collaboratively with single channel videos. In 1984, the artists moved to New York and continued working in video and performance. After editing Black Holes/Heavenly Bodies, a performance about religion and media, the artists began making sculptural installations combining objects with video. In 1992, they initiated the series Pure Products of America, limited edition sculptures playing with the role of politics in the age of marketing.
Paul Etienne Lincoln (b. 1959), English artist and author, attended the Royal College of Art in London. His work has been exhibited in Europe and North America since 1981, when he was included in Young Contemporaries at the Institute of Contemporary Art, London. In 2003 he exhibited two major installations at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin. A recent recipient of the Penny McCall Foundation Grant, Lincoln lives and works in New York.
John Locke (1632–1704) was an influential English philosopher. In epistemology, Locke has often been classified as a British Empiricist, along with David Hume and George Berkeley. Locke's ideas had an enormous influence on the development of political philosophy, and he is widely regarded as one of the most influential Enlightenment thinkers and contributors to liberal theory. His writings, along with those of many Scottish Enlightenment thinkers, influenced the American revolutionaries as reflected in the American Declaration of Independence. Read more at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke
Alan Loney (b. 1940), author of eight books of poetry, was born in New Zealand. He began publishing poems in the late 1960s, independently printing his first book, The Bare Remembrance (1971). Five years later, after founding Hawk Press (1975–1983), he won a New Zealand Book Award for Dear Mondrian (1976), a sequence alternating personal elegies and reflections on the Dutch painter.
Loney has served as editor, publisher, and critic at Hawk Press, Black Light Press (1987–1991), and The Holloway Press at the University of Auckland (1994–1998). He was Auckland University Literary Fellow in 1992 and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne's Australian Center (2002–2006). Currently publisher of Electio Editions, Loney lives in Melbourne, Australia. His recent poetry collections are Fragmenta Nova (2005) and Gallipoli (2005). Read more at: https://www.read-nz.org/writer/loney-alan/.
Kimberly Lyons (b. 1958), author of several poetry books and chapbooks, grew up in Chicago and attended Columbia College and Bard College. Lyons has taught poetry workshops and served as a program coordinator with the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church (1987–1991). Currently a psychiatric social worker at Brooklyn Women's Shelter, Lyons has lived in New York City since 1981. Publications include The Practice of Residue (Subpress, 2012), Asterik 12 (Fewer and Further Press, 2012), Phototherapique (Ketalanche Press/Yo Yo Labs, 2007), and her work has appeared in Talisman, Peaches and Bats, New American Writing, Peep/Show Poetry, and Unarmed, and pallasks.pallaksch. Her essay on Bernadette Mayer’s Studying Hunger appeared in the journal Aufgabe. She gave a paper on spatial poetics in the work of Alice Notley at the 2010 Conference on the Tulsa School and helped to organize an all-day event on the paintings of Basil King in New York City at Anthology Film Archives in 2012. She also publishes Lunar Chandelier Press. Adapted from biography at Jacket2.
Jackson Mac Low (1922–2004), poet, artist, and composer, authored more than two dozen poetry books and has been anthologized in over 90 collections. Educated at the University of Chicago and Brooklyn College, Mac Low lectured and taught creative writing for decades at institutions across the country including the SUNYs and the Naropa Institute in Colorado.
The first literary editor of Fluxus, Mac Low collaborated with members like John Cage and participated in sound poetry and Fluxus festivals. With wife Anne Tardos, Mac Low collaborated in painting and multimedia performance and exhibited visual work internationally. He received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979), PEN (1974, 1982), Guggenheim Foundation (1985), Fulbright Foundation (1986), and others. Author of hundreds of articles, Mac Low read, exhibited, and performed his creative work in the U.S. and abroad. Among his later titles are 20 Forties (1999), Struggle Through (2001), and Les Quarantains (2001). Read more at: www.jacksonmaclow.com and http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Mac-Low-Doings.php
Gerard Malanga (b. 1943), poet, photographer, and filmmaker, worked with Andy Warhol during that artist's most creative period in the mid 1960s. A lead actor in the several Warhol films, Malanga also created films of his own, almost entirely with a hand-held Bolex. Early works include Donovan Meets Gerard (1966), a performative meeting between the filmmaker and folk singer Donovan, and In Search of the Miraculous (1967). Malanga's poetry ranges from chic death (1971) to Mythologies of the Heart (1996). He continues to write poetry and maintain an archive of his still and motion picture records of life at Warhol's Factory. Read more at: www.warholstars.org/indfoto/igerard.html
Lenore Malen, multi-media artist and writer, has contributed to numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1980. Faculty and visiting artist at over a dozen U.S. institutions, Malen studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the Corcoran School of Art, and the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has lectured widely and published over a dozen catalogue essays and critical pieces for art journals.
Malen's artist's books are included in both private and public collections nationwide and her artwork has been featured in The New York Times, Art on Paper, Art in America, and other publications. During the 1990s she was an executive editor of Art Journal, published by the College Art Association. Malen teaches cultural studies in the MFA Painting and Sculpture Program at Parsons School of Design and lives in New York. Read more at: www.lenoremalen.com and http://www.thenewsociety.org/
Bernadette Mayer (b. 1945) was born in Brooklyn and received her BA from the New School for Social Research in 1967. From 1967–1969, she co-edited the experimental journal 0 to 9 with conceptual artist Vito Acconci. In the early 1970s, Mayer published her own books and collaborated with film-maker Ed Bowes on numerous projects. With her husband, poet and publisher Lewis Warsh, she co-edited United Artists Press (1977–1983).
For most of the 1980s, Mayer directed the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, taught creative writing workshops, and produced the Project's reading series. She has published almost two dozen books of poetry, beginning with Ceremony Latin in 1964; recent work includes Memory, published by (Siglio Press, 2020). She lives in New York City. Read more at: http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/authors/mayer/.
Steve McCaffery (b. 1947) is a poet, critic, editor, performance artist, and teacher. He was born in Sheffield, England and he moved to Toronto in 1968. McCaffery was a founding member of The Toronto Research Group (TRG) with bpNichol in 1972, the Four Horsemen sound poetry ensemble in 1973, and the College of Canadian Pataphysics in 1979. He was a contributing editor for the journals Open Letter and The New Wilderness Letter. McCaffery has collaborated with several artists in numerous disciplines including Charles Morrow, R. Murray Schafer, Derek Bailey, and Michael Snow (music); Toronto Dance Theatre and the Judy Jarvis Dance Company (text and choreography); Dick Higgins, Alan Kaprow, and Robert Filliou (performance art).
He has published over twenty books (one novel, four critical works, and nearly 20 volumes of poetry) culminating in the massive (over 1200 pages) collection Seven Pages Missing issued in two volumes: Volume One: Selected Texts 1969-1999 and Volume Two: Previously Uncollected Texts 1968-2000 (both Coach House, 2002). He is co-author (with bpNichol) of Rational Geomancy: Kids of the Book Machine (Talonbooks, 1992) and co-editor (with Jed Rasula) of Imagining Language: An Anthology (MIT Press, 1998).
Steve McCaffery is David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the State University of New York at Buffalo, New York, where he lives with his wife, poet Karen Mac Cormack. Read more at: http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/authors/mccaffery/.
Thomas McGrath (1916–1990), poet and teacher, was born in North Dakota to struggling second-generation farmers. In 1939 he received his BA from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks and began graduate work at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge , engaging in radical politics and publishing his first book of poems with The Swallow Press. After serving in the U.S. armed forces from 1942 to 1945, McGrath studied at Oxford University in England on a Rhodes Scholarship (1947–1948).
Back in the U.S., he accepted a faculty position at Los Angeles State University (1951–1954). In 1953 he appeared before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, was fired by LA State, and spent the next eight years working odd jobs, writing film scripts, and co-founding and co-editing the journal Crazy Horse with his wife Eugenia. From 1962 to 1967, he taught at North Dakota State University at Fargo and from 1969 to 1983, at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. Among McGrath's honors are a Guggenheim fellowship (1967) and two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1974, 1982). His best-known work, Letters to an Imaginary Friend, was published in sections between 1957 and 1985.
Terence McKenna (1946–2000) studied the ontological foundations of Shamanism and the Ethnopharmacology of spiritual transformation. An innovative theoretician and spellbinding orator, McKenna has emerged as a powerful voice for the psychedelic movement and the emergent societal tendency he calls "The Archaic Revival." Poetically dispensing enlightened social criticism and new theories of the fractal dynamics of time, McKenna de-obfuscates many aspects of the visionary lexicon, and then some.
His books include: The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History (1992), Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge - A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution (1993), and The Invisible Landscape: Mind, Hallucinogens, and the I Ching (1994).
Emily McVarish is a writer, designer, and book artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Her work is held by major museums and libraries, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s artist’s book collection, Harvard University’s Printing and Graphic Arts Collection, and the British Library’s American Collections.
Emily’s exhibitions include "Last Year at Dark" (2018) at the Center for Book Arts in New York, "Historic Futures: Artists Reinvent the Book" (group, 2016–2017) at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, "Reading with the Senses" (group, 2016) at Lesley University in Cambridge, "/mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized" (group, 2015) at the Center for Book Art in New York, and the Pacific Center for Book Arts exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library (group, 2014) where her book Quickstead was selected as the Alastair Johnston Award Winner.
Her writing on design has been featured in Visible Language, Design and Culture, Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis. A second edition of Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, which she co-wrote and designed with Johanna Drucker, was published by Prentice Hall in 2012.
She is associate professor of Graphic Design, Design, and Writing at California College of the Arts.
Paul Metcalf (1917–1999), writer, poet and teacher studied briefly at Harvard University and was visiting professor at the University of California San Diego, SUNY at Albany, and the University of Kansas. His books include Genoa (1965), The Middle Passage (1976) and U.S. Dept. of the Interior (1980). The recipient of the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Metcalf was associated with the mid-century Black Mountain College community. In 1996 and 1997, Coffee House Press published his three-volume collected works.
Wendy Miller received her BA from Wesleyan University (1977) and her graduate degree from the Corcoran School of Art (1979–1981). Her work has appeared in numerous publications in addition to solo and group exhibitions. Among her honors are a One-Year Project Studio at P.S. 122 in New York City (1997–1998) and the Yaddo Residency Fellowship in Saratoga Springs, New York (1994).
Barbara Moore is an art historian, writer, and former rare book dealer specializing in avant-garde art of the 1960s–1980s. She was first editor at Dick Higgins's seminal Something Else Press. Since then she has written essays on and curated exhibitions of artists' books, multiples, and alternative media, covering the work of Dieter Roth, Lawrence Weiner, Charlotte Moorman, Peter Moore, Boekie Woekie, and many others. Among numerous projects on the subject of Fluxus, she curated the first Fluxus exhibition in New York, "Collectors of the Seventies, Part III: The Sohm Archive" (The Clocktower, 1975), wrote "George Maciunas: A Finger in Fluxus," about Maciunas's graphic design (ArtForum, 1982), and curated "George Maciunas: More Than Fluxus Graphic Design, Objects, Ephemera" (Ubu Gallery, 1996). She is the editor of The Destruction of Penn Station: Photographs by Peter Moore (2000). Read more at: www.tfaoi.com/aa/6aa/6aa5.htm.
Charlie Morrow (b. 1942), producer, composer, and sound artist, executes custom multimedia art and sound projects with his company Charles Morrow Productions LLC. His own work ranges from writing music for advertising campaigns with Diet Coke, SwissAir, and IBM, to sound installations in the Louvre, Whitney Museum, and others. He has produced radio shows for public/state stations internationally and worked on entertainment industry records with artists like Simon and Garfunkel and Sten Hanson.
An artistic director of the New Wilderness Foundation, Morrow has produced Summer Solstice celebrations since 1973 and has designed music and sound for the 13-part educational version of Time-Life's "America" series. He received his BA from Columbia University and a diploma in composition and trumpet from Mannes College of Music in New York, where he lives. Read more at: https://morrowsound.com/.
Béatrice Mousli-Bennett received her doctorate from the University of Paris-IV Sorbonne in 1993. In 1996, she published her first book, Intentions, histoire d'une revue littéraire des années vingt and in 2003, Les Editions du Sagittaire 1919–1979, History of a publishing house of the Entre-deux-guerres, for which she was awarded a grant from the Centre National des Lettres in 1998. In 1997, she edited a correspondence among three authors entitled Adrienne Monnier et Henri et Hélène Hoppenot, for which she received the Stendhal grant from the Ministère français des Affaires Etrangères. But her main focus throughout these years has been the writer Valery Larbaud; she has edited critical editions of his works and has written a biography, Valery Larbaud (Flammarion), which in 1998 was awarded the Grand Prix de la Biographie de l'Académie Française. In 2001, she published a biographical essay on Virginia Woolf (Ed. du Rocher), exploring the writing path followed by the author of A Room of One's Own.
Charles North was born in New York City in 1941. He has degrees from Tufts and Columbia, briefly attended Harvard Law School, and worked in publishing for several years. He began writing poetry in his mid-twenties.
North's ten books of poems include The Nearness of the Way You Look Tonight (2001); Complete Lineups (2009); and What It Is Like: New and Selected Poems (2011), which headed NPR's Best Poetry Books of the Year. He has two essay collections, No Other Way (1998) and States of the Art (forthcoming, 2017), and has collaborated with artists and other poets including Trevor Winkfield, Tony Towle, and Paula North. In the 1970s he reviewed for Art in America, and with James Schuyler he edited the poet/painter anthologies Broadway (1979) and Broadway 2 (1989); with Tony Towle he edited Paul Violi's The Tame Magpie (2014) and Selected Poems (2014). From 1976–1982 he and Violi were co-editors/publishers of The Swollen Magpie Press.
North's honors include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, four Fund for Poetry awards, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Individual Grants to Artists Award. He lives in New York City and is Poet-in-Residence at Pace University.
Alice Notley was born in 1945, and grew up in Needles, California, in the Mohave Desert. Educated at Barnard College and The Writer's Workshop, University of Iowa, Notley spent 16 years on the Lower East Side where she was an important force in the second generation of the New York School of poetry. Now living in Paris, she is the author of more than 25 books of poetry including the epic poem The Descent of Alette which was published by Penguin in 1996 and Mysteries of Small Houses (1998) which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. Read more at: http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/authors/notley/.
Maureen Owen (b.1943), poet, publisher, and editor, was born in Minnesota and began publishing and editing Telephone Books and Telephone magazine in 1969. During the 1970s, she directed the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church (1976–1980) and taught writing and magazine production workshops for the Project. The recipient of an National Endowment for the Arts fellowship grant (1979–1980) and an award from the Foundation of Contemporary Performance Arts (1998), Owens has taught or mentored workshops at Swarthmore College, Naropa University, and other institutions.
Her book Amelia Earhart (1984) won a Before Columbus American Book Award for Poetry and her book of selected poems, American Rush (1998), was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize. Owen's poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines. She lives in Denver, Colorado. Read more at: http://www.thing.net/~grist/ld/owen/owen.htm
Poet, writer, editor and translator, Ron Padgett was born the son of a bootlegger in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1942. While in high school, Padgett co-founded the little magazine The White Dove Review with friends Dick Gallup and Joe Brainard. In 1960 he moved to New York and studied at Columbia University with poets Kenneth Koch and F.W. Dupee. He translated 20th-century French literature in Paris on a Fulbright Fellowship from 1965 to 1966, settling in the East Village the following year with wife Patricia Mitchell and their newborn son.
For his poetry and translations, Padgett has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Columbia University's Translation Center and almost a dozen other institutions. In 2001, he was appointed "Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres" by the French Ministry of Culture. His book publications include Poems I Guess I Wrote (2001), Oklahoma Tough (2003), Joe: A Memoir of Joe Brainard (2004), and Collected Poems (2013). How Long (2011) was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Poetry in 2012. A frequent reader and lecturer, Padgett was the publications director of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative for twenty years. He lives in New York. Read more at: www.ronpadgett.com/
Bob Perelman (b. 1947) has published more than ten books of poetry. He earned an MFA from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. His critical work includes The Trouble with Genius (1994) and The Marginalization of Poetry (1996). Recent poetry volumes are Ten to One: Selected Poems (1999) and IFLIFE (2006). Perelman is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Read more at: www.writing.upenn.edu/pepc/authors/perelman/
Simon Pettet is an English-born poet and long-time resident of New York's Lower East Side. He has compiled and edited Selected Art Writings (1998) of the poet James Schuyler and collaborated with photographer-filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt on Conversations about Everything and Talking Pictures. Pettet's Selected Poems (1995) is still available from Talisman House, along with his most recent work, More Winnowed Fragments (2006). Read more at: www.scripter.net/press/sptestimonials.htm
Rodney Phillips is Librarian of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Formerly Curator of the Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature and Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at The New York Public Library, he has edited and published several books, including The Hand of the Poet: Poems and Papers in Manuscript and A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing: 1960–1980 with Steve Clay. He lives in Tuscon, Arizona. Read more at: elephantwirl.blogspot.com/.
Tom Phillips (b. 1937) is a British artist who engages painting, opera, concrete poetry and ornamental writing, sculpture, and site-specific design in his works. In the 1960s, he held his first solo exhibition at a time when he was primarily known for his involvement with music—both classical and experimental. He participated in Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra, had his own compositions performed by John Tilbury, and was a teacher and mentor to Brian Eno. Phillips was only the second artist (in 1989) to have a retrospective of his portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, and among many honors for his work, he was elected to the Royal Academy in 1984, chaired the Academy's Library and its Exhibition Committee from 1995 to 2007, served as a trustee for the National Portrait Gallery and British Museum, and was made a Commander of the British Empire for services to the Arts in the 2002 Birthday Honours list. In 2005, he was appointed Slade Professor of Fine Art, at the University of Oxford, and between 2005 and 2011 he was invited as an annual Director's Visitor to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is well-known for his artist's book, A Humument. Read more on his website.
Tony Pipolo is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York. He is the author of Robert Bresson: A Passion for Film and writes regularly on film for Artforum, Cineaste, Film Comment, and The Psychoanlytic Review.
Artist Archie Rand (b. 1950) was born in Brooklyn and trained in New York City. He received a BA in cinegraphics from the Pratt Institute in 1970, later studying at the Art Students League of New York under Larry Poons. In 1966, the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York hosted Rand's first solo show, launching a career of over 80 solo exhibitions and 200 group exhibitions thus far in the U.S. and abroad.
A frequent collaborator with artists and poets, Rand has worked as draughtsman with Robert Creeley and John Yau and explored subjects as diverse as jazz, the Bible, and Jewish history. In 1974, he completed murals for the 13,000 square foot interior of B'nai Yosef Synagogue in Brooklyn, a monumental three-year project. Rand has administered and taught at numerous graduate art programs and appeared in major art journals and newspapers for over three decades. The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Rand is Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College. Read more at: www.archierand.com/.
Carter Ratcliff is a poet, art critic, and contributing editor of Art in America. His writings on art have been published by the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Guggenheim Museum; the Royal Academy, London; Maxxi Museum of 21st Century Arts, Rome, and many other institutions. He has contributed to the leading journals of the United States and Europe, including Art in America, Art Forum, ArtNews, Arts, Tate, and Art Presse, as well as Vogue, Elle, and New York magazine. His books include The Fate of a Gesture: Jackson Pollock and Postwar American Art, Out of the Box: The Reinvention of Art, and monographs on Andy Warhol, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gilbert & George, and others. Among his books of poetry are Fever Coast, Give Me Tomorrow, and Arrivederci, Modernismo. His first novel, Tequila Mockingbird, was published in 2015. Biography courtesy of Hyperallergic.
David Rathman (b. 1958), printmaker, was born in Montana and received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His etchings have been exhibited in New York and Berlin and his work reviewed by Art in America, New York Magazine, and other publications. He has received honors from the Jerome, Bush, and McKnight Foundations. Rathman's recent work features in the two-person show "Dialogues" at the Walter Art Center and in solo shows at Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis and Clementine Gallery, New York. Read more at: www.artoftheprint.com/artistpages/rathman_david_serenade.htm
Harry Reese has taught printing, papermaking, book arts, visual literacy, and media ecology classes at University of California Santa Barbara since 1978. In partnership with Sandra Liddell Reese, he publishes limited-edition prints and books for their Turkey Press & Edition Reese imprints. Featuring handmade paper, traditional and experimental prints, innovative book structures, and collaborations with artists, poets, and writers, their publications can be found in major libraries, museums, and private collections. The Getty Research Institute purchased the Turkey Press archives in 1992.
Reese has received numerous honors, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council. At UC Santa Barbara, he was chair of the Department of Art Studio from 1996 to 2000 and has directed the book arts program in the College of Creative Studies since 1985. Other projects includes Spine (2004) with Jud Fine for the Los Angeles Public Library and line drawings for The Secret of the Heart (2005) with text by David Roberts.
Jerome Rothenberg (b. 1931), poet, translator, and anthologist, is the author of over 70 books of poetry and translation. Since the late 1950s, he has been involved with various aspects of sound performance, including radio soundplays written and performed for Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne) and collaborative theatrical works for Living Theater and The Bread & Puppet Theater. Rothenberg founded and edited Hawk's Well Press in the early 1960s, followed by the magazines Poems from the Floating World, some/thing (with David Antin), Alcheringa, the first magazine of ethnopoetics, and others.
Among his assemblages of traditional and oral poetry from Africa, Oceania, and North America are Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, Traditional American Indian Poetry, and America—a Prophecy co-edited with George Quasha. Symposium of the Whole, an anthology of writing on ethnopoetics co-edited with Diane Rothenberg, was published by the University of California Press in 1983.
For almost five decades, Rothenberg has translated poets from German, Czech, Spanish, and other languages. For Antilyrik & Other Poems (2002), his co-translated volume of the Czech modernist Vietszlav Nezval, he received a PEN Center USA West Translation Award. Elected to the World Academy of Poetry (UNESCO) in 2001, Rothenberg is Professor of Visual Arts and Literature at UC San Diego. Other projects include A Book of Witness from New Directions and A Book of Concealments from Chax Press, both published in 2003.
Painter Susan Rothenberg (1945–2020) was born in Buffalo, New York and received her BFA from Cornell in 1967. She enrolled briefly at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C., before moving to New York in 1969 and studying dance with Deborah Hay and Joan Jonas. Her first solo exhibition was at the Greene Street Gallery, New York, in 1975.
Rothenberg's work has been exhibited at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Stedelikj Museum in Amsterdam, Waddington and Tate galleries in London, and at numerous galleries in New York, Seattle, Boston, and elsewhere. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant, Cornell University Alumni Award, and Skowhegan Medal for Painting. Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, featured Rothenberg's work in a solo show in late 2006. She lived in New Mexico.
Holton Rower (b. 1962) is a New York City-based artist, known for his "Pour" paintings. Using a process he developed in the 2000s, these sculptural and kaleidoscopic canvases evoke psychedlic and natural forms. Read more at https://holtonrower.com/.
Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose numerous books include Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990–2002, The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces and The Miraculous. He edited the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice and is widely known for his articles on “provisional painting.” His poetry has appeared in, among other places, Grand Street, Fence and Harper’s Magazine. From 1997 to 2007 he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. He is currently Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, his blog The Silo won a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Read more at: raphaelrubinstein.com.