Edward Sanders (b. 1939), is a poet, historian and musician. He has published more than 20 books, including Tales of Beatnik Glory (4 volumes published in a single edition); 1968: A History in Verse; The Poetry and Life of Allen Ginsberg; The Family: The Story of Charles Manson’s Dune Buggy Attack Battalion; and Chekhov, a biography in verse of Anton Chekhov. His selected poems, Let’s Not Keep Fighting the Trojan War: New and Selected Poems (1986–2009), was published by Coffee House Press. Da Capo Press published his memoir of the 1960s, Fug You: An Informal History of the Peace Eye Bookstore, the Fuck You Press, the Fugs, and Counterculture in the Lower East Side. From 1998 until completing it in 2011, he wrote the 9-volume America: A History in Verse. Sanders has recently completed a 350-page poem on the final years of Senator Robert Kennedy. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in verse, an American Book Award for Thirsting for Peace in a Raging Century: Selected Poems 1961–1985; plus a 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, as well as other accolades for his writing.
Sanders was the co-founder of the satiric folk/rock group, The Fugs, which has released many albums and CDs during its nearly 50-year history. A number of Fugs albums and CDs remain in print, as well as Sanders’ two solo albums for Reprise Records, Sanders’ Truckstop and Beer Cans on the Moon. He lives in Woodstock, New York with his wife, the essayist and painter Miriam Sanders, and both are active in environmental and other social issues.
Listen to an interview on NPR: https://www.npr.org/2012/05/05/152029486/fug-you-the-wild-life-of-ed-sanders, and see his ongoing work at https://www.woodstockjournal.com/.
Jay Sanders is the director of the Greene Naftali Gallery in New York City. He received his BA in Sociology from Reed College and an MA in English Literature from Portland State University in Oregon. His essays have appeared in publications for PS1 Contemporary Art Center, in Plazm Magazine, and The Willamette Week.
Aram Saroyan was born in 1943 in New York City and is widely known for his minimalist poetry. He was the recipient of poetry awards in two successive years from the National Endowment for the Arts, including one for his controversial one-word poem, “lighght.” In the late 1960s, Random House published two collections of his work, Aram Saroyan, and Pages, and he produced the innovative artist’s books coffee/coffee, Words and Photographs, and cloth: an electric novel. In 2008 Saroyan’s Complete Minimal Poems received the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2015 his work was featured in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India and at the Serpentine Marathon in London. Saroyan’s prose books include Genesis Angels: The Saga of Lew Welch and the Beat Generation (2011); Last Rites (2012), a book about the death of his father, the playwright and short-story writer William Saroyan; Trio: Portrait of an Intimate Friendship (1985); and the true-crime story Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness, and Murder (2011). Saroyan’s detective novel Still Night in L.A. (2015) interweaves narrative and his cell-phone photographs.
Leslie Scalapino (1947–2010), poet, novelist, and essayist, was born in Santa Barbara and raised in Berkeley. She attended Reed College and UC Berkeley before founding O Books. Her poetry volumes include Considering how exaggerated music is (1982); Way (1988); New Time (1996); Sight (1999), a collaboration with Lyn Hejinian; Zither & Autobiography (2003); Day Ocean State of Stars' Night (2007); and It's go in horizontal: Selected Poems, 1974–2006 (2008). Among her more than fifteen books of prose and inter-genre writing are How Phenomena Appear to Unfold (1991); Goya's L.A., a Play (1994); and the novel Defoe (1994). The Tango, a collaboration with visual artist Marina Adams, was published by Granary Books in 2001. The Dihedrons Gazelle-Dihedrals Zoom was published in 2010. Scalapino's honors include an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, two NEA Grants, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, a Zellerbach Grant, and the Poetry Center Award from San Francisco State University. She taught at Mills College, Bard College, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Otis Art Institute. Read more at: www.lesliescalapino.com.
Kyle Schlesinger is a poet who writes and lectures on typography and artists' books. Books of poetry include Parts of Speech (Chax Press, 2014), The Do How with James Yeary (Great Fainting Spells, 2013), and Picture Day (Electio Editions, 2012). He is proprietory of Cuneiform Press and Associate Professor of Publishing at The University of Houston-Victoria.
George Schneeman, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, began painting in 1958 in Italy after graduate work at the University of Minnesota and service in the U.S. Army. Nine years later, he moved to New York City with his wife Katie (Kathryn Pratt). Engaging in the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, Schneeman began collaborating with poets Ted Berrigan, Larry Fagin, Alice Notley, Anne Waldman, and others.
His solo work has been exhibited at the Fischbach Gallery and Holly Solomon Gallery, both in New York and at the Denver Art Museum, CUE Art Foundation, and other public and private institutions. In 2004, Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York City exhibited his collaborative work "Painter Among Poets." Schneeman lives in New York and spends part of each year in Tuscany.
Carolee Schneemann (1939–2019) multi-disciplinary and performance artist, focuses largely on the body, sexuality, and gender in her work. A member of the Fluxus group, her painting, photography, and performance art has been shown at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum, New York's MoMA, Anthology Film Archives, National Film Theater in London, and other private and public venues.
Her artist's books include Cezanne, She Was a Great Painter (1976), Video Burn (1992), and More Than Meat Joy: Complete Performance Works and Selected Writings (1997). She has received grants from the Pollock Krasner and Gottlieb Foundations and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. In 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press published Imaging Her Erotics, integrating four decades of Schneemann's work in painting, collage, drawing, and video with written material drawn from her dream diaries, lectures, essays, and journals. Read more at: www.caroleeschneemann.com/.
Kurt Schwitters (1887–1948), artist, poet, musician, and typographer, attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hannover and the Kunstakademie Dresden. At the stimulus of the Berlin Dadaists and Hans Arp, a pioneer of collage, Schwitters left behind his academic style and began making assemblages from scraps of refuge, including one he called the Merz picture. After a critically acclaimed Sturm exhibition of his new style in 1919, Schwitters referred to all his work as Merz.
In 1923, the artist founded the magazine Merz and began constructing the Merzbau, an eight-room "Environment" at his Hanover home, completed in 1936. At the time of his death in the English Lake District, Schwitters had completed one wall of the Merz barn, a new Merzbau sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art and now found in Newcastle University.
Pati Scobey has worked in painting, printmaking, and book arts for over twenty years. An MFA graduate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a student of Walter Hamady, Scobey's book production includes one-of-a-kind books, artist's books, private press books and collaborative projects.
She has taught bookmaking and printmaking at art colleges across the country and shown her work in over 100 national and international exhibitions. She is the recipient of a Creative Artist Grant from the Michigan Council of the Arts, an Artist's Book Production Grant from the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, and other honors. Scobey lives and works in Concord, Michigan. Read more at https://www.patiscobey.com/about.
Francie Shaw is an artist married to Bob Perelman. She lives in Philadelphia where she works as an artist. Solo exhibitions include Allen's Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, 2001; 80 Langton Street, San Francisco, CA, 1980. Group exhibitions include: A.I.R. Generations Show, 2004; A.I.R. "Condition: Human," 2003; New Arts program, Kutztown, PA, Invitational, 2003; "Characterism," Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, NYC, 2003; Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, 2002; New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA, Invitational, 2002; Arcadia University, Works on Paper, 2001; Juror: Thelma Golden (Studio Museum, NYC); A.I.R. Gallery, NYC, March, 2001; Juror: Anne Ellegood (New Museum, NYC); Main Line Art Center, Haverford, PA, 2000; Robert Kramer Memorial Award; Juror: Susan Rosenberg (Philadelphia Museum of Art); Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ, 2000; New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA, Invitational, 1999; San Francisco Art Institute, Annual show, 1979. Performances include: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 2002 with poet Bob Perelman; Santa Barbara Center for the Arts, 1978 with poet Bob Perelman; San Francisco Art Institute, 1979 with poet Bob Perelman and musician Larry Ochs; Sonoma State University, 1979 with poet Bob Perelman and musician Larry Ochs; 80 Langton Street, San Francisco, 1977 with poet Bob Perelman. Sets and Costumes include sets for Poet's Theater, San Francisco, 1981; costumes and sets for Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, San Francisco, 1980. Publications include Playing Bodies (Granary Books, 2004), a book of 52 of paintings, with accompanying poems by poet, Bob Perelman; book and magazine covers for Granary Books, Wesleyan University Press, This Press, The Figures Press, Tuumba Press, Small Press Books, The National Poetry Foundation, and Hills magazine. Read more at: https://francieshaw.net/.
"The ancient traditions of priestess, shaman, scribe, and storyteller serve as the foundation and inspiration for my work. I never separate my role as priestess and disciple of the Divine Mother from my role as artist. My work strives to initiate the viewer into a world of sacred sexual politics, where the temple and the body are interchangeable sites of transformation. The work is guided and informed equally by place, by intuition, by world events, by socio-political realities, and by the nature of the materials themselves. I believe that the custodians of the sacred have a timeless duty to honor, protect, inform, and heal the communities of which they form a vital center point.
The work can function as a bridge for the mind to the realm of myth and hieroglyph, as a ritual in which the viewer consciously or unconsciously regains contact with the higher realms of consciousness embodied by intuition, mystical unity, and divine play. We are the continuous and conscious witness to our own evolution. I see my work as a catalyst that can help precipitate a new mythology of sexual balance and healing, based upon equality between the sexes, unconditional love, and a shared respect for the web of life upon our dear planet Earth, embodiment of the Divine Mother herself." www.satyacenter.com/center/jane
James Siena (b. 1957, California) received his BFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1979. Siena's work has been featured in over 55 group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial. The recipient of multiple honors and awards, James Siena has been awarded The New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting (1994), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award (1999), and an award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2000). Siena lectures and teaches at numerous institutions throughout the United States, including Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (1999, 2002); Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (2000); School of Visual Arts, New York (2003–2008); San Francisco Art Institute (2003); and the Cleveland Institute of Art, OH (2004). Since 2005 he has been a member of the Corporation of Yaddo.
Siena's work can be found in several public collections including: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Museum of Fine Art, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philip Morris Collection; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He is represented by PaceWildenstein Gallery in New York City.
James Siena currently lives and works in New York City. Learn more at https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/james-siena/.
P. Adams Sitney edited Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision. He has written on him in his books Visionary Film, Modernist Montage, Eyes Upside Down, and The Cinema of Poetry. He is faculty emeritus at Princeton University. Read more at: https://dof.princeton.edu/about/clerk-faculty/emeritus/p-adams-sitney.
Jack Smith (1932-1989) was an underground filmmaker and performance artist known for his Camp and Trash production style and his innovative, controversial films. A utopian and anti-capitalist, Smith incorporated social and political critique, as well as discarded footage from classic and B-grade Hollywood films, into his work from the 1960s to the late '80s. He gained notoriety early in his career for battling the Supreme Court over the banning of his seminal film Flaming Creatures (1961).
In addition to his films, shorts and performance work, Smith founded the Hyperbole Photographic Studio in New York City and published The Beautiful Book in 1962, re-released by Granary Books in 2001. His work has influenced generations of artists in independent film, performance art, theater, glam-rock, and other media, from Andy Warhol, a collaborator, to Cindy Sherman, John Waters, and Richard Foreman. Penny Arcade and J. Hoberman co-manage the Jack Smith archive. Read more at: www.hi-beam.net/mkr/js/js-bio.html.
Kiki Smith (b. 1954) is an artist of international prominence whose career has spanned over three decades. Smith is a leading figure amongst artists addressing the philosophical, social, legal, and spiritual aspects of human nature. The artist lives and works in New York City and has exhibited with Pace Gallery since 1994.
Smith’s work has been shown in nearly 150 one-person exhibitions, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; International Center of Photography, New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Key exhibitions include Kiki Smith: Her Memory (Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, 2009), which began as Kiki Smith: Her Home (Museum Haus Esters, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany 2008), and explores a woman’s life from birth to death. In 2006, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis organized Smith’s first major traveling retrospective. The exhibition opened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (November 19, 2005–January 29, 2006) and then traveled to the Walker Art Center (February 26–May 14, 2006); the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (July 22, 2006–September 24, 2006); and the Whitney Museum of American Art (November 16 through February 11, 2007). In 2005, Smith installed Homespun Tales: a tale of domestic occupation at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, a museum house in Venice, Italy. In 2003, The Museum of Modern Art, New York exhibited a survey of Smith’s printed art, Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things.
In 2000, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture awarded Smith with their prestigious Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 2005, and most recently, the Rhode Island School of Design honored her with the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking.
Smith’s work can be seen in public collections worldwide. Read more at: https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/kiki-smith/.
Buzz Spector (b. 1948), artist and critical writer, uses books to explore the relationship between public history, individual memory, and perception. He has represented text with media diverse as yarn, embossed paper, and, in the installation "Crenshaw Stories" (1998), commissioned for a rapid transit station in South Central LA, painted ceramic tiles. Since the mid-1970s, Spector has issued a number of artist's books and editions, including the recent Between the Sheets (2004) and on./the/page at the back of the book. (2015). A survey exhibit of his books and works on paper, "Buzz Spector: Alterations" is on view at the Saint Louis Art Museum until May 31, 2021.
Spector earned an MFA with the Committee on Art and Design at the University of Chicago in 1978, co-founding White Walls, a magazine of writing by artists, the same year. He edited for the publication until 1987 and has since written exhibition catalogues and essays about contemporary art and culture for publications like Artforum, Exposure, and Visions. The recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and other honors, Spector is emeritus professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis.
Jack Spicer (1925–1965), poet, was born in Los Angeles and lived most of his life in California. At University of California Berkeley, he conducted research in linguistics and allied with fellow poets Robert Duncan and Robert Blaser in a poetry collective they called the Berkeley Renaissance.
In 1954, Spicer co-founded Six Gallery, a locus for West Coast Beat happenings. Settling in San Francisco in 1956 after brief stints in Boston and New York, he taught a workshop at San Francisco State University called "Poetry as Magic" and began working on After Lorca, the first of his serial poems and dictated works. He continued experimenting with the role of language in the process of writing poetry until his death in 1965. Most of his work can be found in One Night Stand and Other Poems (1980) and The Collected Books of Jack Spicer (1989). Read more at: http://writing.upenn.edu/epc/authors/spicer/.
Susan Stewart is the author of several poetry collections, including Cinder: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf Press, 2017); Columbarium (University of Chicago Press, 2003), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Forest (University of Chicago Press, 1995), which received the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Atheneum; The Hive (University of Georgia Press, 1987); and Yellow Stars and Ice (Princeton University Press, 1981).
Her collected essays on art, The Open Studio: Essays in Art and Aesthetics, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. Her other books of criticism include The Poet's Freedom: A Notebook on Making (University of Chicago Press, 2011); Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (University of Chicago Press, 2002), which received both the 2002 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism from Phi Beta Kappa and the 2004 Truman Capote Award in Literary Criticism; as well as Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation (Oxford University Press, 1991); Nonsense (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989); and On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection (Duke University Press, 1984).
She also cotranslated Euripides' Andromache with Wesley Smith, and the poetry and selected prose of the Scuola Romana painter Scipione with Brunella Antomarini, and collaborated with composer James Primosch on a song cycle commissioned by the Chicago Symphony.
About her work, the poet and critic Allen Grossman writes, "Stewart has built a poetic syntax capable of conveying an utterly singular account of consciousness, by the light of which it is possible to see the structure of the human world with a new clarity and an unforseen precision, possible only in her presence and by means of her art."
Her honors include a Lila Wallace Individual Writer's Award, two grants in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Pew Fellowship for the Arts, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2005.
Stewart taught at Temple University in Philadelphia from 1978 to 1997. She is currently a professor of English at Princeton University where she teaches the history of poetry and aesthetics. From: https://poets.org/poet/susan-stewart.
Gary Sullivan (b. 1962), poet and cartoonist, was born in Long Beach, California. He grew up in Northern California, moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1991, and then to New York in 1997. The editor of Detour Press and an online poetics magazine, Readme, Sullivan also posts regularly on his own public blog.
His published books are Dead Man, How to Proceed in the Arts, The Art of Poetry and a book of cartoons, The New Life. Issue No. 2 of Elsewhere, his self-published comic book series, arrived in 2006. Sullivan lives in Brooklyn.
Anne Tardos is a poet and visual artist. A collaborator with and widow of Jackson Mac Low, she is the author of five books of multilingual poetry, and has lectured and performed her works widely in the United States and Europe. Her performance work "Among Men" was produced as a radio play by the (WDR) West German Radio. Examples of her visual texts were exhibited at the MOMA, New York; the Venice Biennale; Museo d'Arte Moderna, Bolzano; the New Museum, NY; and the Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase. Read more at: www.annetardos.com
Joseph Torra, poet, novelist, and editor, is on the editorial board at Pressed Wafer Press. Among his books of fiction and poetry are My Ground Trilogy, The Bystander's Scrapbook, Keep Watching the Sky, and After the Chinese. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in magazines like Lingo, Agni, and Compound Eye. From 1990 to 1996 he edited lift magazine. In 2006, Quale Press published his novel They Say; a chapbook entitled My Word of Mouth is forthcoming from Carve. Read more at: www.quale.com/Torra.html
Ian Tyson (b. 1933), British book artist, was born in Wallasey, Cheshire and educated at the Birkenhead School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, London. His first solo show was at Ashgate Gallery, Farnham in 1961, followed by first prize at the Welsh Arts Council, St. David's exhibition, in 1964. For the past four decades, Tyson has participated in over forty solo and group exhibitions in Europe and has taught drawing and printmaking at numerous schools in Britain and the U.S. Almost three dozen public institutions worldwide have collected Tyson's work.
His contributions to book arts include work in graphics, design, publishing, typography, and textuality. Through his own Tetrad Press (1970–1995) and collaborations with poets Jerome Rothenberg, Jackson Mac Low, and others, Tyson has probed the relationship between text and its visual presentation. Recent solo exhibitions of his work are commissioned sculpture and projects at Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, University of East Anglia and small sculptures for Eagle Gallery London, both in 2006. Tyson lives and works in Vaucluse, France. Read more at: ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/arts/IanTyson.asp.
American artist, writer, editor, printer, and bookmaker Erica Van Horn was born in Concord, New Hampshire; she has a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work now mostly issues through Coracle, a small publishing press based in Ireland, which she directs with Simon Cutts, writer, artist, and editor. Read more at: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/collections/highlights/erica-van-horn.
Michael von Uchtrup has worked as a freelance archivist, researcher, bibliographer and writer since 1987, with a client list that has included, at one time or another, John Ashbery, Lawrence Weiner, Willoughby Sharp, and Marjorie Welish, as well as the New York telephone company's corporate art program; the New York Foundation for the Arts and National Arts Club; the non-profit Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.; and Jonathan Williams' Jargon Society. He also worked for 10 years for Swiss-born artists' book dealer Tony Zwicker (1925–2000) and administered her business for her estate for over ten years after her death.
He has contributed along the way to the creation of magazine articles, books, television documentaries, solo and group exhibitions, curated "The Nature of Light," cited in The New Yorker (and archived at https://photoarts.com/light) and lectured at over a dozen schools, colleges, and museums throughout the United States on kinetic and interactive art and on alternative photography.
A resident of rural Cornwall, New York, v.Uchtrup began cataloging archives of Ray Johnson's artworks and mail art in 1999, focusing on those of Ray's earliest friends and the one housed at the Estate of Ray Johnson. An in-progress biography of Ray's New York years was rewarded by a fall 2012 residency grant by the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, and v.Uchtrup curated "Something Else Entirely: Ray Johnson, Dick Higgins and THE PAPER SNAKE" for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, NC. An article on Ray's early years by v.Uchtrup, “I Plan To Send Startling Letters,” appears in vol. 8 of the Black Mountain College Journal online, and a Johnson chronology is in the works for a catalog to be published in early 2021 by the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, artist and filmmaker, born in Chile, who performs and exhibits her work widely in Europe, Latin America and the United States. She is also a political activist and founding member of Artists for Democracy. Since 1980, she has lived in New York and Chile.
She has been creating “precarious works,” ephemeral installations in nature, cities and museums since 1966, as a way of “hearing an ancient silence waiting to be heard.” She lectures and teaches workshops and seminars, for indigenous communities, and universities, such as Naropa University, Denver University, SUNY Purchase and Universidad de Buenos Aires. She recently completed a performance tour of four Latin American countries with the American poet Jerome Rothenberg.
Her visual work has been exhibited at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Santiago, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) and The Whitechapel Art Gallery in London, and at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, among many others.
The author of 16 books, her poetry has been translated into several languages. Her titles include: Sabor a Mi, Chain Links, 2011; Soy Yos: Antología l966-2006, Lom Ediciones, 2011; V, tRope, 2009; Sabor a Mí, Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2007; Instan, Kelsey St Press, 2002; Palabrarmas, RIL, 2005; I Tu, Tse-tse, 2004; El Templo, Situations, 2001; Cloud-Net, Art in General, l999; UL, Four Mapuche Poets, (edited by Cecilia Vicuña), LARP, 1998; QUIPOem, The Precarious: The Art & Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña, (edited by Catherine de Zegher), Wesleyan University Press, 1997; Unravelling Words & The Weaving of Water, (edited by Eliot Weinberger), Graywolf Press, 1992; Word & Thread, Royal Botanical Gardens, 1996; La Wik’uña, Francisco Zegers Editor, 1990; Samara, Edition Museo Rayo, 1987; Palabrarmas, El Imaginero, 1984; Precario/Precarious, Tanam Press, 1983; Luxumei o el Traspié de la Doctrina, Editorial Oasis, 1983; SABORAMI, Beau Geste Press, 1973; and Templo e'Saliva / Spit Temple, a collection of her oral performances, (edited by Rosa Alcalá), Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012. She co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry (2009) and co-founded oysi.org, a wiki website for the oral cultures and poetries of the world. Read more at: http://www.ceciliavicuna.com/.
Anne Waldman (b. 1945), poet, performer, editor, and professor was born in Millville, New Jersey and grew up on MacDougal Street in New York’s Greenwich Village. She received her BA from Bennington College, Vermont, in 1966 and began directing the St. Mark’s Poetry Project the same year. During the 1960s and 1970s, she co-edited Angel Hair magazine and Angel Hair Books with poet Lewis Warsh. In 1974, Waldman resigned from the Poetry Project and co-founded, with Allen Ginsberg, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, the first Buddhist inspired school in the West, where she currently serves as Artistic Director of its celebrated Summer Writing Program. Author of over forty books of poetry, including Fast Speaking Woman (1974), Marriage: A Sentence (2000), and Outrider: Essays, Poems, Interviews (2006), Waldman has collaborated and performed with dozens of poets, musicians, and artists including Elizabeth Murray, Douglas Dunn, Ed Bowes, Richard Tuttle, and her son, musician/composer Ambrose Bye. Her honors include The Dylan Thomas Memorial Award, The Poets Foundation Award, and two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. She divides her time between Boulder, Colorado and New York City. Read more at: https://www.annewaldman.org/.
Keith Waldrop (b. 1932), poet, translator, and editor, was born in Emporia, Kansas. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan (1964) after serving as army engineer in Germany during the mid-1950s. While at Ann Arbor, Waldrop co-founded Burning Deck Press with his wife Rosemarie Waldrop, the poet, critic, and translator.
Waldrop has pubished and translated numerous books in English, French, German, and Danish. His first book of poems, A Windmill Near Cavalry, was nominated for the National Book Award. He has translated works by Claude Royet-Journoud, Anne-Marie Albiach, and Jean Grosjean, as well as The Selected Poems of Edmond Jabès. Among his honors are an National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship and the rank "Chevalier des arts et des Lettres" from the French government. Waldrop continues to co-edit Burning Deck in Providence, RI, where he is Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. He is the author of To the Ruins of Providence (2006) and The Flowers of Evil (2006), a new translation of Baudelaire's famous collection. In 2009, he was awarded the National Book Award for poetry for Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy. Read more at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/keith-waldrop.
Rosmarie Waldrop (b. 1935), poet, translator, and editor, was born in Kitzingen-am-Main and studied at several German institutions before earning her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1966. While at Ann Arbor, she co-founded Burning Deck Press with fellow graduate student Keith Waldrop, the poet and translator.
Author of two novels, a memoir, numerous books of poetry, and a volume of essays (Dissonance, 2005), Waldrop has taught at Wesleyan, Tufts, and Brown Universities as a visiting professor. Her translations include 14 volumes of writing by Edmond Jabes, as well as work by more than a half dozen other French and German authors. Waldrop's honors include a Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the Academy of American Poets, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and the rank "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" from the French government. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches and continues to co-edit Burning Deck Press with her husband. In 2006, Zasterl Press published her most recent title, Splitting Image. Read more at: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/rosmarie-waldrop.
James Walsh was born in Brooklyn, NY, studied literature at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY and Oxford University, England, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. He has been making visual work in a variety of media since 1986, and has shown throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to numerous one-of-a-kind artists' books, he is the author of three books with small presses: Foundations (1997), Solvitur ambulando (2003), and There was Something in the Weather (2012). Awards and residencies include a Fulbright Fellowship to Turkey, an apexart Outbound Residency in Bangkok, and residencies at MacDowell Colony, The Edward Albee Foundation, Art Omi, Wave Hill, and The Center for Book Arts.
Lewis Warsh is the author of over thirty volumes of poetry, fiction and autobiography, including Out of the Question: Selected Poems 1963-2003 (Station Hill, 2017), One Foot Out the Door: Collected Stories (Spuyten Duyvil, 2014), A Place in the Sun (Spuyten Duyvil, 2010) and Inseparable: Poems 1995-2005 (Granary Books, 2008). He was co-founder, with Bernadette Mayer, of United Artists Magazine and Books. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council of the Arts, The Poet’s Foundation and The Fund for Poetry. Mimeo Mimeo #7 (2012) was devoted to his poetry, fiction and collages, and to a bibliography of his work as a writer and publisher. He has taught at Naropa University, The Poetry Project, SUNY Albany, Bowery Poetry and Long Island University, where he was director of the MFA program in creative writing from 2007-2013 and where he currently teaches. Biography courtesy of Spuytin Duyvil.
Marjorie Welish is the author of several books of poetry, limited-edition constructed artist’s books, and a book of art criticism. Her most recent book of poetry is A Complex Sentence (2020). Books of poetry also include The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems (2000), which was an Academy of American Poets Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize Finalist and A Village Voice Best Book of the year, Word Group (2004), Isle of the Signatories (2008), In the Futurity Lounge /Asylum for Indeterminacy (2012), and So What So That (2016)--all from Coffee House Press. Her book of art criticism is Signifying Art is: Essays on art since 1960 (Cambridge University Press, 1999); she is also a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 1998), and has written art criticism for popular magazines such as Art in America and Art Monthly (U.K.) as well as for scholarly journals, such as Partisan Review, Salmagundi and Textual Practice (U.K.). Fellowships include: Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2014-15; St. Edmonds’ College, Cambridge University, Visiting Fellow—granted for 2014-15; New York Foundation for the Arts, 2007-8; Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship of Cambridge University, 2004-5; Pratt Faculty Development Fund, 2002; Academy of American Poets, Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist, 2001; Fund for Poetry, awards: 1999 / 1989, and the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship of Brown University, 1998-99. Her creative arts practice and art criticism were the subjects of day-long conference at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, resulting in a 300-page conference book Of the Diagram: The work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Foundation, 2003). She first came to Brooklyn College in 2009, having taught at Brown University, Columbia University and at Pratt Institute, and became the inaugural Madelon Leventhal Rand Chair in Literature.
As artist /critic, Marjorie Welish received her first solo show thanks to Laurie Anderson, then curator of the Whitney Museum Art Resources Center. She has exhibited most recently in New York, Bonn, Amsterdam, Paris, and Cambridge, England. Welish has received many grants and fellowships, including: Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Fifth Floor Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Trust for Mutual Understanding (supporting an exchange between the International Studio Program, New York and the Artists’ Museum, Łódź, Poland). In 2006, she received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship to teach at the University of Frankfurt, and then at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2015 she was nominated for the award Anonymous Was a Woman. Recent constructed books include The Napkin and Its Double (with Buzz Spector) and Oaths? Questions? (with James Siena), published by Granary Books in 2007 and 2009 respectively; Between Sincerity and Irony, with Dan Walsh, 2019, Project X, with Gracia Khouw, 2021, and Subject to Change is a graphical/lexical artists' collaborative book with M. Corris, S. Mroczkowski, in response to Brecht's "The Mask of Evil," this, published by Mare et Martin in 2023. Welish’s collection of art criticism is Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960 (Cambridge University Press). Marjorie Welish, a member of the board of the International Studio and Curatorial Program, writes art criticism for Art Monthly [U.K.] Her art is represented by Emanuel von Baeyer (London). Currently, https://marjoriewelish.com/ is the website of her visual art practice.
Marta L. Werner’s work focuses on the convergence of poetics and textual scholarship. She received her PhD in English from the State University of New York-Buffalo, and is a Professor and the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies at Loyola University Chicago. She is also a member of the Emily Dickinson Editing Collective, and is the author/editor of Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing, Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson's Late Fragments and Related Texts; and, with Nicholas Lawrence, Ordinary Mysteries: The Common Journal of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, as well as numerous articles on 19th- and 20th-century literature.
Jonathan Williams (1929–2008), poet, publisher, and designer, was born in Asheville, North Carolina and has spent much of his life on Skywinding Farm near Highlands, in the Apalachian Mountains. He was educated at St. Albans School, Princeton University, and Black Mountain College, and he studied art and design at the Institute of Design in Chicago. In 1951, he founded Jargon Press to publish works by then-overlooked poets, especially Black Mountain affiliates like Charles Olson, Denise Levertov, Paul Metcalf, and others.
Among his honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, honorary degrees, and the 1977 North Carolina Award in Fine Arts. Author of more than fifty published books of poetry, Williams has described his mission as the attempt "to keep afloat the Ark of Culture in these dark and tacky times." With partner Tom Meyer, he continued to write, edit, and publish for the Jargon Society, a non-profit public corporation dedicated to charitable, educational, and literary purposes, until his passing. Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/30/books/30williams.html.
Trevor Winkfield (b. 1944), English-born artist, studied painting at Leeds College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London, before moving to New York in 1969. His first solo show, at Fischbach Gallery in 1977, was reviewed by future friend and collaborator John Ashbery for "Art in America." He has enjoyed dozens of solo and group exhibitions across America. Winkfield's honors include a Pollock-Krasner Award (1989), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1990), an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2000), the rank "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" (2003) from the French government, and others.
His publications include How I Wrote Certain of My Books (1995), his translation of major writings by Raymond Roussel, George Braque and Others: The Selected Art Writings of Trevor Winkfield (2014), and How I Became a Painter (2014), a book-length conversation with poet Miles Champion. He has collaborated with many poets including John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Ron Padgett, Larry Fagin, John Yau and Charles North. He lives in New York City where his work is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Read more at: https://brooklynrail.org/2014/05/art/all-our-perverse-pleasurestrevor-winkfield-with-jarrett-earnest.
"I was brought up in a prudish little suburb of Chicago until I was eleven then my parents and my brother and I moved to Fraser, Colorado, which was at that time a copper-mining town sinking into oblivion. The change was startling to me and I found friendships easier with dogs than with people. They seemed to understand me better than people did. There were a few years of annual travels within Colorado and finally we made a house out of our summer cabin outside of Boulder and I went to Boulder High School.
I tried college but when my brother wanted a ride to New York City, I dropped out and spent a few months getting educated in New York City.
A couple of years later, I married film artist Stan Brakhage and we traveled for a few years then settled in Lump Gulch at nine thousand feet altitude where we lived for twenty-three years with five children and room for a yard full of animals, my delight. Stan and I were together for thirty years.
When he left me, my five children were grown and on their own. I sold my house and animals and drove back and forth across America for three years, finally settling in a tiny cabin with no amenities at ten thousand feet altitude where I lived alone for ten years and pulled together and published seven books of short stories.
For the past two or three years I've been living in Denver, quilting, gardening, writing short stories, and working on another book. Life is good." - Jane Wodening November 2006.
John Yau (b. 1950), poet, art critic, and essayist, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, shortly after his parents fled Shanghai. He received his B.A. from Bard College (1972) and his M.F.A. from Brooklyn College (1978). His poetry books include Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), and the recent Ing Grish (2005), a collaboration with painter Thomas Nozkowski. Yau has edited an anthology of fiction, Fetish (1998). He also contributed a long essay on Robert Creeley's poetry and poetics to the catalogue In Company: Robert Creeley's Collaborations (1999).
His writing on art includes the titles In the Realm of Appearances: The Art of Andy Warhol (1993) and The United States and Jasper Johns (1996), as well as numerous contributions to catalogs and monographs. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and other institutions. Yau teaches art criticism at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, and lives in Manhattan. Read more at: www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/874
Paul Zelevansky is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. He has published widely on the use of text and image, web art, popular culture, and educational and aesthetic theory. Among his projects in visual literature are Shadow Architecture at the Crossroads (1988) and a trilogy, The Case for the Burial of Ancestors (1981, 1986, 1991). He has taught at several schools in the Los Angeles area on visual culture, artists' books, design, and art history. His website greatblankness.com, a collection of flash animation loops, explores language, philosophy, and storytelling. Read more at: https://greatblankness.com/
John Zorn (b. 1953), American composer and saxophone player, was born in New York. While a student at Webster College in St. Louis, Missouri, Zorn discovered free jazz before dropping out and moving back to Manhattan. He signed to the Elektra-Nonesuch label in the mid-1980s, the beginning of a prolific recording career that peaked with an output of about six albums annually in the late 1990s. A frequent collaborator with other musicians, small orchestras, and string quartets, Zorn has recorded dozens of studio and live albums with his two major bands, Masada, a four-piece jazz ensemble using Jewish musical structures, and Naked City, a five-piece jazz/rock band covering multiple musical styles. He has also written music for low-budget film soundtracks, documentaries, commericials, and cartoons.
In 1995, Zorn founded the Tzadik record label, presenting a worldwide community of experimental musician-composers who have struggled to release their music in traditional channels. In Manhattan's Alphabet City, Zorn has become the principal force behind the inception of The Stone, an avant-garde performance space supported solely by donations. He has lived and worked extensively in Japan, collaborating with and producing numerous Japanese artists on Tzadik, but continues to reside in New York. Read more at: www.tzadik.com/