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Emily Critchley lives in Cambridge where she teaches literary criticism at Queens' College and is finishing a PhD in contemporary American women's experimental poetry. She is also a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East London. Her first two collections of poetry: The Dirt Glitch Land Alter Affair and How to make Millions were printed by Arehouse press in 2004. More recent collections have been published online by Dusie, Intercapilliary space and How2. Her most recent chapbook, When I say I believe women, was published by Bad Press in 2006. She was the organiser of the Cambridge festival for contemporary women's experimental poetry.
Hermine Ford lives and paints in NYC and in Nova Scotia, and travels annually to Rome. She teaches painting in the graduate program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Ford’s work has been featured in five solo shows in NYC, as well as in numerous group shows, with work appearing in a number of distinguished public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Corcoran Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery.
Exhibitions in 2007 have begun with Ford’s mixed media drawings in tandem with sculptor, John Newman, at Plattsburgh State Art Museum (N.Y.) in February, and an expanded version of the collaborative project appearing here—a series of image/word pieces developed over the last year (with the poet Kathleen Fraser) from artefacts of their shared attraction to Italian art and history. An expanded version of this collaboration—ii ss— will open at The Pratt Institute of Architecture in Rome in April.
Kathleen Fraser lives in San Francisco, teaching in the grad writing program at California College of the Arts. Since 1987 she has lived in Rome for five months each spring—writing, translating and absorbing the language and visual history of Italy & the Etruscans. In October Fraser presented projections of her recent collaged texts & collaborative work with graphic artists at the Contemporary Experimental Women’s Poetry Festival at Cambridge University, UK. Recent books include DISCRETE CATEGORIES FORCED INTO COUPLING (2004, Apogee Press), hi dde violeth i dde violet (2004, Nomados Press), and collected essays Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity (University of Alabama Press Contemporary Poetics Series, 2000). She has previously collaborated on artist books with painters Sam Francis and Mary Ann Hayden. Chax Press has just published W I T N E S S in a letter-press, limited edition, in collaboration with print-maker Nancy Tokar Miller. From 1983 to 1992, Fraser published & edited HOW(ever), a journal for poets and scholars interested in modernist/ innovative directions in writing by 20th century women; this journal is now on the web as How2.
Peter Manson was born in 1969 in Glasgow, where he still lives. His publications include me generation (unclassified verbal and visual work, Writers Forum 1997), Before and After Mallarmé (translations, Survivor’s Press 2005), Adjunct: an Undigest (prose, Edinburgh Review 2005) and For the Good of Liars (poems, Barque press 2006). Two Renga, written collaboratively with Elizabeth James, appeared in the Reality Street Editions 4-pack Renga+ in 2002. Between 1994 and 1997, he co-edited (with Robin Purves) eight issues of the experimental/modernist poetry journal Object Permanence. In 2001, the imprint was revived as an occasional publisher of pamphlets of innovative poetry, and has so far published work by J. H. Prynne, Keston Sutherland, Andrea Brady, Fiona Templeton and Tom Leonard. He was the 2005-6 Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cambridge. His own website, Freebase Accordion, is at: www.petermanson.com
Carol Mirakove is the author of Mediated (Factory School), Occupied (Kelsey St. Press), temporary tattoos (BabySelf Press), and WALL (ixnay). Her work also appears on the Narrow House CD Women in the Avant-Garde. Mirakove lives and works in New York City, where she is currently focused on The Fiesta Project.
Geraldine Monk's Selected Poems appeared in 2003 from Salt Publishing. Escafield Hangings, her latest collection, was published in 2005 by West House Books. Raccoon is due to be published by Free Poetry in 2007.
Wendy Mulford's most recent book was: and suddenly supposing: Selected Poems (etruscan books 2002). Next year WHISTLING THROUGH THE NIGHTWOOD, with poems by WM, Pauline Stainer, Anne Beresford and Herbert Lomas will appear from sisters&brothers. There will also be a new book of poems from Reality Street, The Space Between. Mulford is currently involved in reworking the collaboration commissioned by Cork Literary Festival, 2005, with Michael Parsons & Angharad Davies, to be performed in St Anne & St Agnes Church in the City in spring.
Maggie O' Sullivan
Maggie O' Sullivan was born in Lincolnshire, 1951, to Irish parents. Poet, artist, editor, publisher, she has performed her work and published internationally since the late 1970s. In 1988 O’Sullivan moved to the Pennines outside Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Recent poetry includes: red shifts (Buckfastleigh, Devon: etruscan books, 2001), In the House of the Shaman (London: Reality Street, 1993, reprinted 2003), Palace of Reptiles (Ontario: The Gig, 2003) and "all origins are lonely" (London: Veer Books, 2003). She was the editor of Out of Everywhere: Linguistically Innovative Poetry by Women in North America and the UK (London: Reality Street, 1996). Body of Work, a major retrospective, which brings together for the first time all of Maggie O’Sullivan’s long out of print booklets from the 1980’s, has just been published (Reality Street, 2007). This major retrospective includes a facsimile, scanned from the original publication of A Natural History in 3 Incomplete Parts, a work which is the subject of Peter Manson’s paper delivered at the Cambridge Experimental Women’s Poetry Festival. Maggie O’Sullivan’s own website is: www.maggieosullivan.co.uk
Camille PB is a French scholar in Literature and is currently studying Information Science. She works with language situations and found structures, and describes herself as an occasional, or ad hoc, poet. Blog and information can be found at: http://elgg.net/camillepb/weblog
Lisa Samuels is a prolific poet and critic of contemporary writing. Her recent poetry includes Paradise for Everyone (Shearsman Books, 2005) and Increment / a family romance (Bronze Skull, 2006). She has edited two volumes and written numerous essays concerning modernist and contemporary poetry and poetics. She recently completed two new manuscripts, Go (poetry) and Adorno’s Purple Bus (prose). In 2006 She moved to New Zealand where she teaches at the University of Auckland.
Leslie Scalapino is a Californian poet whose work crucially helped form the Language movement of the 1970s. She is the author of twenty-three books of poetry, fiction, essays, plays. Recent work includes the intergenre work titled R-HU (Atelos Press, 2000) and The Tango (Granary Books, 2001). Books of poems include The Woman Who Could Read the Minds of Dogs (1976), Considering how exaggerated music is (1982), way (1988) and crowd and not evening or light (1992). She is the founder of the press O Books, and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute, Bard College, and elsewhere. Scalapino has won the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Poetry Center Award from San Francisco State University, and the Lawrence Lipton Prize.
Susan M. Schultz
Susan M. Schultz has three books of poetry, most recently And then something happened from Salt in Cambridge (2004), as well as a new book of essays from Alabama, A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (2005). She edits Tinfish Press out of her home in Kane`ohe, HI. She has taught at the University of Hawai`i since 1990. She is the mother, by adoption, of two children.
Lucy Sheerman has been Literature Officer at Arts Council England, East since May 2001. She did a PhD in contemporary poetry at Jesus College, Cambridge in the late '90s. During this period she set up a national festival of women writers, which ran for five years ('93-'98) and involved writers from all over the world. She also established rem press, the poetry press and reading series which aims to promote writing by younger writers. In 2003 she co-founded the Poetics Seminar with Dell Olsen and Andrea Brady. She had a daughter in 2004. She continues to write both poetry and critical work. a recent writing project, First Memory, is due for publication on the Archive of the Now online project.
Catherine Wagner's two books of poems are Macular Hole (Fence 2004) and Miss America (Fence 2001). Among her chapbooks are Hotel Faust (West House Books / Gratton St Irregulars 2001), Exercise (811 Books 2004) and Imitating (Leafe Press 2004). Recent work can be found in Black Clock, Five Fingers Review, Fourteen Hills, The Hat, New Review, Superflux, and a video/sound recording of her reading at Soundeye: The Cork International Poetry Festival is available through the Meshworks archive. She is a Professor of literature at Miami University, Ohio.
Africa Wayne is the author of tiny pony and the editor of Durer in the Window, Reflextions on Art. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.