Biographies of contributors


Caroline Bergvall is French-Norwegian. She has been based in London since 1989. Her most recent publications include: Alyson Singes (Belladonna, NY, June 2008), Plessjør (H Press, Norway, September 2008), Cropper (Torque Press, UK, October 2008). Alongside her books, her work appears online, on CDs, in major anthologies such as the Oxford Anthology of Modern British and Irish Poetry (2001) as well as in journals, such as McSweeney’s (NY), OEI (Sweden), Vagant (Norway), Kritiker (Sweden). The acclaimed and long out of print ECLAT was redesigned in 2002 for ububooks. The ongoing series of perfomative and poetic texts GOAN ATOM has so far produced two volumes: Goan Atom 1 (Krupskaya, 2001) and Fig (Salt, 2005). She was director of the innovative and cross-arts writing program Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2000), Associate Writer at Cardiff University (2002-2005), Visiting Professor on the MA Creative Writing at Temple University (Philadelphia, 2005). Co-Chair MFA Writing Faculty, Bard College (NY, 2004-2007). She currently holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (England, 2007-2010).

cris cheek is a poet, book maker, photographer, sound artist, mixed-media practitioner and interdisciplinary performer; currently living and working in the Ohio river valley. Cheek's work(s) often exist in multiple versions using diverse media for their production and circulation. There are two important long-term collaborations. One with the Welsh composer and voice "banshee" Sianed Jones in groups such as Slant (with Philip Jeck); their book/cd "Songs From Navigation" (Reality Street 1998) documents one aspect of that work. A  further full body of near decade-long mixed-media collaboration(s) with Kirsten Lavers as TNWK is now mothballed at His first solo book for some time "the church, the school, the beer" was published last year by Critical Documents (2007). A major retrospective book and DvD is forthcoming from The Gig. He taught Performance Writing at Dartington College of arts and is a professor at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Laura Goldstein graduated from the School of the Art Institute with her MFA in Writing having studied sound extensively while there. Ahe currently teaches writing at the school as well as at Loyola. She has published poetry and reviews on the web in places such as Otoliths, PFS Post, CutBank Reviews, Moria, The Little Magazine, Great Works, MPRSND and XConnect, in the print journal Combo, and in the anthology Dorothy's Elbow. Her first chapbook, Ice in Intervals, is due out from Hex Press any time now- look for it on

Nathan Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at UC Davis, currently working on a book-length project entitled The Materials--Technoscience and Poetry at the Limits of Fabrication.  His essays and interviews have appeared in Radical Philosophy, parallax, Jacket, and in the volumes Nanoculture: Implications of the New Technoscience, Ed. N. Katherine Hayles and Pre-Specifics, Ed. Vera Bühlmann and Martin Wiedmer.  He lives in Oakland.

Majena Mafe is a PhD researcher working on a thesis titled (the generative machine of) sounded-language: délire and event, the affect-thing … & Gertrude Stein.  It focuses on my interest in correlations between sounded oralities and the perverse as a possible point of departure for 'women’s' experimental/ sonic/innovative/ecriture/language frames (that 'allow' just that bit extra)

Sophie Robinson has an MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway, and is currently undertaking a PhD in Queer Poetics, also at Royal Holloway.  Her poetry has appeared in The Reality Street Book of Sonnets, and in numerous journals including How2, Dusie, Pilot, Chroma and Stimulus Respond.  Her chapbook, a, is being published by Les Figues Press in April 2009.  She is also included in Bloodaxe’s forthcoming anthology of young writers, Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century