Jena Osman's most recent book of poems is An Essay in Asterisks (Roof Books). Her book The Character (Beacon Press, 1999) was the winner of the 1998 Barnard New Woman Poets Prize. With Juliana Spahr, she founded and edited the award-winning and internationally recognized literary magazine Chain for twelve years. She has received a 2006 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Fund for Poetry. She teaches in the graduate Creative Writing program at Temple University in Philadelphia.
John Sparrow is researching a PhD in Digital Media and Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is webmaster and archive designer for the contemporary women’s writing online journal HOW2. His work has appeared in online journals The Errorist and inFlect http://www.ce.canberra.edu.au/inflect/. He has performed at various locations, including the E-poetry conference 2005 at Birkbeck university, for which he was also a curator http://epc.buffalo.edu/e-poetry/2005/. He has also read at the Birkbeck Talks series in 2005 and 2007.