is an artist, educator and curator based in Los Angeles and the founder and executive director of Machine Project. Under his direction, Machine Project has produced over 1,000 events, workshops and installations. Prior to opening Machine Project, he was involved with several alternative arts groups as a curator, board member and director, including the Los Angeles new media collective c-level. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and the University of California San Diego and is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York and served for three years as a member of the Artist Advisory Board of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Mark received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, following a residency with the Core Fellowship of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His books include Blind Spot
(forthcoming from Les Figues Press), Man’s Wars And Wickedness: A Book of Proposed Remedies & Extreme Formulations for Curing Hostility, Rivalry, & Ill-Will
(with Amanda Ackerman, forthcoming from Bon Aire Projects), Not Blessed
and Dear Dearly Departed.
Harold co-edits the short-form literary press eohippus labs, and writes and edits as part of the collaborative projects SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO.
is the author of the full-length collection THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST
. Other work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Gulf Coast, Boston Review
and four chapbooks. The name of Jeff’s dog is Beckett Long Snout. The name of Jeff’s chapbook press is Dikembe Press
is assistant professor of creative writing at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a former Kundiman fellow. Her poetry books are People Are Tiny in Paintings of China
(Octopus 2010) and Manifest
(Switchback 2013). Her radio show The Last Word
broadcasts through 91.7 WLFR Pomona, NJ and is available on-line as podcasts.
is a 2014 New York Foundation Fellow for the Arts (NYFA) in poetry, a CantoMundo Fellow and the author of SOLECISM
(Virtual Artists Collective, 2013). Her work appears in The American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, Puerto del Sol
, among others. In Fall 2014, she will be a visiting writer at the University of Texas at Brownsville’s Writers Live
Series. Rosebud is an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (vidaweb.org
). Find out more about her at 7TrainLove.org
is a young poet and writer living in Tempe, AZ.
is the author of three poetry collections, including Belmont
and Parallel Play,
and the author of several works of criticism, including Close Call with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry,
which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is Professor of English at Harvard University and lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the New School for Social Research, where he is writing a dissertation on democracy and the critique of space. He is currently working on two book projects: one on the relation between fiction, politics and ideology (co-authored with the sociologist Jorge Lago) and another on the political economy of art. Some of his recent, non-academic work can be found at www.pourlafindutemps.com (most of it in Spanish).
is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Her stories have appeared in Western Humanities Review
, Mid-American Review
and collected in Modern Grimmoire: A Contemporary Anthology of Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore
teaches writing and literature at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She edits Bombay Gin
and with Michelle Naka Pierce, the very new online poetics journal, Something on Paper
is the author of four books of literary nonfiction, including Called Back
(winner of a ForeWord Book of the Year Award, and Independent Publishers Prize), and Awkward: A Detour
(a Los Angeles Times Bestseller). Her numerous essays and experimental prose appear in such venues as The Georgia Review
and Cabinet Magazine
. A recipient of The Bechtel Prize for Educating the Imagination, the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize, and, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Cappello is a former Fulbright Lecturer at the Gorky Literary Institute (Moscow) and currently Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Rhode Island. Her most recent book, Swallow, emerges from the Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection in Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum. She is currently writing a book about “mood.”
Philip F. Clark
‘s poems have been published in Assaracus Journal
, The Good Men Project
, and in Between: New Gay Poetry
, published by Chelsea Station Editions. He was recently a guest poet at the Central Arkansas University AIDS Quilt Memorial Poetry Reading, sponsored by Sibling Rivalry Press Foundation. He is completing his M.F.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry at City College, in New York, where he is the graduate editor of the Promethean Journal
. His poetry reviews appear in Lambda Literary
. He has read at the Cornelia Street Cafe MFA Reading Series, and with The Greek Writers Association. He hosts a poetry blog called The Poet’s Grin
. He is currently working on his debut poetry collection, The Carnival of Affection
, and also a volume of ekphrastic poems, titled The Occasional Adonis
. He lives in New York City.
is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook Self-Portrait as Rumor and Blood
(Dancing Girl Press,
2012). She hosts The Blood-Jet Writing Hour
on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist.
She is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from PAWA (Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc.). An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes and teaches in Southern California.
Avi Davis is based in New York City. He has written about homeless reality TV stars for Vice, organic farming for n+1, and his article on vampire tourism was included in The Best American Travel Writing 2010. A piece on surrealism in Mexico will be coming out soon in The Believer.
Anna Elena Eyre
is the author of Faceless Names: Two Books of Letters
. She holds a doctorate in poetry and poetics from the University at Albany and an MFA from the California College of Arts.
Lucas de Lima
is the author of Wet Land
(Action Books) and the chapbook Terraputa
(Birds of Lace). Poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Evening Will Come, boundary2, and The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing
. As a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, he works on indigenous cosmopolitics and Latin American literature.
Luke A. Fidler
studies art history at Northwestern University. His writing has appeared in publications such as Stymie
. He has delivered scholarly papers on topics ranging from phrenology to late-medieval manuscripts.
was born in New York City in 1954. He is the author of seven books of poetry, including most recently Peace Conference
(Marsh Hawk Press, 2011), Clarity and Other Poems
(Marsh Hawk Press, 2008), and a book of collaborative poetry with Maya Diablo Mason, Autopsy Turvy
(Meritage Press, 2010). A Different Sense of Power: Problems of Community in Late-Twentieth Century Poetry
(FDU Press, 2001) is his most recent book of criticism, and in 2007, he co-edited Burning Interiors: David Shapiro’s Poetry and Poetics
(FDU Press). His work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2007
, and his paintings hang in various collections. Fink is a Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia, and lives in New York City.
is a poet, performer and critic living in Northampton, Massachusetts. He contributes regularly to Blunderbuss
and has recent work in BOMB
. He’s an ensemble player in the Connecticut River Valley Poets’ Theater. You can find him on Twitter here
was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. He studied at the University of Arizona, Naropa University and most recently, the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Seoul Bus Poems
, The Louisiana Purchase
, The Dustbowl
(Shearsman Books, forthcoming 2014) and the chapbook Whole Milk
(Effing Press, 2006).
, who is Jewish, African-American and Cherokee, received an MFA at New York University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City Award for Artists, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Award. His work was featured on the public television series Caught in the Act: Art in Brooklyn
. He is working on his first novel In Defiance of All True Things
H. L. Hix
, author of First Fire, Then Birds: Obsessionals 1985-2010
, loves the interview form as a way of thinking together (itself a condition of democracy, justice, philosophy, and other ideals and practices he values), and as one element in a community poetics. The interviews in this issue of The Volta
will become part of his Alter Nation: America in Recent Poetry, Recent Poetry in America
, forthcoming (fall 2012) from Ugly Duckling Presse. A collection of his interviews on The Conversant can be read here
’s publications include We Have With Us Your Sky
and Gilbi Winco Swags
. She is also a Dickinson scholar and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature at New College of Florida.
is a poet and educator in Oakland, CA. She is a founding member of The Third Thing, an Oakland based feminist performance art group. Her chapbook, Walt Disney’s Light Show Extravaganza
, was published by Boog City in 2011. Her book As They Fall
, a collection of notecards for aelatoric ritual, was published by Timeless, Infinite Light in 2013. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Born Again
. You can find more of her work at her blog: http://ivyjohnson.tumblr.com
is the author of, most recently, All You Do is Perceive
, a finalist for the National Poetry series and named among the best books of 2013 by the Kansas City Star. Her honors include fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program, a Pushcart prize, and a Heinz Foundation grant for her work-in-progress about race and voice. She teaches in the MFA program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa, where she lives with her husband and young son.
is author of three books of poetry: Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary
and Iteration Nets,
both published by Ahsahta Press, and A Conjoined Book
, forthcoming from Omnidawn Press. She edits and contributes to Fence Books’s Constant Critic
poetry book review website. A recipient of a Fulbright lectureship, she has taught creative writing and American literature at the Eötvös Loránd University and at the Eötvös Collegium, both in Budapest. She is on the creative writing faculty at Susquehanna University. With Aaron McCollough, she co-edits SplitLevel Texts
, a publisher of contemporary innovative poetry and prose.
’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker
, Best New Poets
, The Believer
, The New Republic
. Her criticism has appeared in Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor
, Quarterly Conversation
and Boston Review
. Her translations can be found in Asymptote
, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly
, among other places. Co-founder of Matter
, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Chicago.
was raised in Tennessee. He was the Librarian for English Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan and now serves as the Assistant Director for Editorial Activities at the University of Michigan Press. His books include Underlight
, No Grave Can Hold My Body Down
, Little Ease
, Double Venus
, winner of the first Sawtooth Poetry Prize. He has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan and an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. With Karla Kelsey he co-edits SplitLevel Texts
has written a number of books, most recently the chapbook, abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine 2011
), winner of the 2012 Arab American Book Award, and To See the Earth
(Cleveland State 2008). His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including in Best American Poetry
, andInclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry
. He is the recipient of an NEA, a Watson Fellowship, four Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Anne Halley Prize, the Arab American Book Award, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. He teaches literature and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
Feliz Lucia Molina
is the author of Undercastle
, forthcoming from Magic Helicopter Press this Fall. She is an editor at continent
and lives in Los Angeles.
is the author of Thought That Nature
(Sarabande Books, 2014), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, and several chapbooks, most recently the collaborative How We Remake the World
(Slope Editions, 2012). He lives in San Marcos, Texas.
most recent book is Beyond the Chainlink.
Her collection After Urgency
won Tupelo Press’s Dorset Prize. Book of the Given
is available from Noemi Press. the true keeps calm biding its story
won Ahsahta’s Sawtooth Prize, the Academy of American Poet’s James Laughlin Award, the Northern California Book Award and the DiCastagnola Award from Poetry Society of America. Whethering
won the Colorado Prize for Poetry. She has received the Bogin, Hemley, Winner and DiCastagnola Awards from the PSA. She is co-publisher of Omnidawn.
is Poetry Editor for Hobo Magazine
, Co-Editor of performance/MACHINE
, Managing Editor for Amodern
, and Assistant Editor for Jacket2
. Recent writings appear in The Coming Envelope, Poetry is Dead, The Enpipe Line,
and The Incongruous Quarterly
. He lives in Montreal. A collection of his dialogues on The Conversant can be read here
Nature Theater of Oklahoma
is an award-winning New York art and performance group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. Since Poetics: a ballet brut, our first dance piece created as an ensemble, Nature Theater of Oklahoma has been devoted to making the work we don’t know how to make, putting ourselves in impossible situations, and working from out of our own ignorance and unease. We strive to create an unsettling live situation that demands total presence from everyone in the room. We use the readymade material around us, found space, overheard speech, and observed gesture, and through extreme formal manipulation, and superhuman effort, we affect in our work a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.
is the author of the poetry collections Armor, Amour, The Decadent Lovely
and the chapbook Skin’s Dark Night
(2River Press, 2003). Her poetry, fiction and non-fiction have appeared in a variety of publications. She teaches at DeVry University in Atlanta and lives in Carrollton, Georgia with her husband and her daughter.
(aka Rosenberg) is a musician and a writer living in Pioneertown, CA. He has released over 20 albums and performed and recorded with such musicians as Anthony Braxton, Sam Coomes (Quasi), Phil Minton, and Arrington Di Dionysus. His writing has appeared (or will appear soon) in Pank, The Rumpus, BOMB!
, and other publications.
, former editor of a book series for the University of Georgia Press, current editor of the Denver Quarterly and holder of the Phipps Chair in English at the University of Denver, studied mathematics in college before turning to poetry. Prior to that he spent a summer at age sixteen studying with topologist (and famously racist teacher) R.L. Moore at the University of Texas. He continues to see similar patterns arising from language and mathematics in all aspects of human consciousness and human behavior. His childhood in rural Louisiana and east Texas is also a part of the central concerns and beauty that his work tries to engage. But along with the beauty he experienced a particularly virulent ugliness, the racial hatred that was part of the American experience of the 1960s. The American South was an explicit and obvious force and subject in his first several books of poems but Ramke was never an easy fit into the “southern writing” category—probably for lack of adequate narrative. And yet in the last several books he has written extensively out of, or around, the devastations of hurricane and flood, especially Katrina and Rita, on the region.
is a poet and intermedia book artist living in Oakland, CA where she creates artists’ books as Manifest Press and works as a curatorial assistant at Letterform Archive. With the collective Material Print Machine, she received an Alternative Exposure grant in 2014.
Metta Sáma is author of Nocturne Trio (YesYes Bøøks) and South of Here (New Issues Press, published under her legal name Lydia Melvin). Yes, all of her friends are really this smart. She’s lucky that way. She directs Center for Women Writers and teaches at Salem College, where she directs the Creative Writing Program.
Zach Savich Zach Savich is the author of four books of poetry, including Century Swept Brutal (Black Ocean, 2014). He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia.
has lived and taught writing in Denver, Hong Kong, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Wyoming. All ages, all sizes. In Hong Kong she was a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently teaches in Chatham University’s Low Residency MFA program. Scarlata is the editor of the independent literary press Lost Roads. Her collection It Might Turn Out We Are Real
is something old, something new: it is Hellenic and tech-tracked. Recent work by Scarlata can be found in the Van-Gogh Gogh Anthology, online at PEN America
and in this roundtable about the visual art show These Things Are Tired
’s “Cross-Cultural Poetics” radio program provides a forum for wide-ranging discussions concerning contemporary poetic, translation, critical, curatorial, publishing and performance projects. In honor of Litmus Press’ forthcoming collection of Schwartz’s interviews with female poets, we will offer an ongoing series of transcribed talks from the CCP archives. Schwartz’s most recent books of poetry are At Element
(2011) and the forthcoming IF
, both from Talisman House. A collection of his interviews on The Conversant can be read here
. (Schwartz photo © Star Black.)
’s work has appeared in West Wind Review
, Colorado Review
, The Claudius App
, The Rialto
and other magazines. He curates A-New Poetry Series in Eugene, Oregon and teaches writing at Lane Community College. Picture X
, his first book of poetry, will be published by Airlie Press in the fall of 2014.
Sue Sinclair is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Breaker from Brick Books. Her books have been nominated for various national and regional awards in Canada. Sue is currently critic-in-residence for CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts). She is also completing a PhD in philosophy on the subject of beauty.
Cosmo Spinosa is a co-editor of Open House.
lives in Massachusetts, where he is an English teacher at Deerfield Academy. His first book of poems, To the Heart of the World, came out with Rescue Press in 2014.
Leigh Stein is the author of a novel, THE FALLBACK PLAN, and a book of poems, DISPATCH FROM THE FUTURE. She is also the creator of BinderCon, a professional development conference for/by/on women and gender non-conforming writers. Follow her @rhymeswithbee
Danielle Susi is the author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Knee-Jerk Magazine, Hobart, The Rumpus, Lines+Stars, DIALOGIST, and Midway Journal, among many others. Recently, Newcity named her among the Top 5 Emerging Chicago Poets. Find her online at daniellesusi.com.
Drew Scott Swenhaugen
is the co-creator of Poor Claudia and the Bad Blood Reading Series in Portland, Ore. He occasionally designs books for Octopus Books and Rogue Factorial.
Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy
is Ojibway Anishinaabe of mixed ancestry from the Treaty 3 area in Northwestern Ontario, Canada and Bawating (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario). She presently resides in Mississauga Anishinaabeg territory in Southern Ontario. She affirms and promotes Indigenous life through multiple literary forms, and was the winner of Briarpatch’s Annual Short Story Contest in 2013. She also recently co-edited a dossier of new Indigenous writing, a first for Matrix Magazine
. Sy is preparing her first poetry manuscript, which illuminates and maps out biskaabiiyin, an Anishinaabe process of returning to self, otherwise known as decolonization.
is the author of The Fraud of Good Sleep
(Salt Modern Poets, 2011). Her poems and plays have appeared in various journals, including Fence, Gulf Coast, LIT
She is a recipient of an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Illinois Arts Council. Her chapbook, The June Cuckold
, a tragedy in verse, was published by Convulsive Editions in 2012. She is a Provost Fellow at the University of Southern California, and lives in Santa Monica.
’ newest book, Terrifying Photo
, is forthcoming from WONDER in spring 2014. His works also include Joyful Noise for three or more voices
, The New Poetics
. His visual and performance work has been shown at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, Weekend Gallery, Pomona College Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and LACMA.
’s recent books include White Noise
(Apostrophe Books, 2013) and Historic Diary
(BlazeVOX Books, 2011). Later this year, BlazeVOX will release the first book in his multi-volume poem, The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood).
He is the editor of Elise Cowen: Poems and Fragments
(Ahsahta Press, forthcoming 2014). He directs the program in Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College Chicago and co-edits Court Green.
Tom TrudgeonTom Trudgeon is an editor, curator and poet from Los Angeles. Some work has been featured in Gauss PDF, Out of Nothing, Dusie, The Volta, Open House, Harriet and elsewhere. He is co-editor of Basic Editions, a small artists’ book publication run out of Philadelphia and Brooklyn. He teaches “experimental” writing at Temple University.
Jasmine Dreame Wagner
is the author of Rewilding
and Listening for Earthquakes
. Her poems and short stories have appeared in American Letters & Commentary
, Colorado Review
, Indiana Review
, NANO Fiction
, New American Writing
, Seattle Review
and in two anthologies: The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral
and Lost and Found: Stories from New York
(Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood Books, 2009.) A graduate of Columbia University and the University of Montana, Jasmine has received grants and fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, Summer Literary Seminars—Kenya, and The Wassaic Project. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Western Connecticut State University.
is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent are Arco Iris (Saturnalia Books, 2012) and End of a Sentimental Journey (Noemi Press, 2013). She is a recipient of a 2013 National Endowment of the Arts Grant for Literature, and her book Viability was selected for the National Poetry Series by Mary Jo Bang, and is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015.
received her MFA from UMass, Amherst. She’s a Cave Canem fellow, and author of Post Pardon, Hurrah’s Nest,
and A Penny Saved
. A 2013-14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and an advisory board member for Flying Object, Arisa is a BFA faculty member at Goddard College. arisawhite.com
is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He graduated with an MFA from CalArts in Fine Arts in 2003. His work has been shown at Blythe Projects, The Torrance Art Museum, Sea and Space Explorations, Monte Vista Projects, Elephant and others. White is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for 2011-2012.
Jeffrey J. Williams
writes about contemporary fiction, the history of criticism, and the fate of higher education in magazines such as the Review of the Chronicle of Higher Education
as well as in academic journals. His books include Theory and the Novel: Narrative Reflexivity in the British Tradition
(Cambridge, 1998) and the edited collections PC Wars: Politics and Theory in the Academy
(Routledge, 1995), The Institution of Literature
(SUNY, 2001), Critics at Work: Interviews 1993-2003
(NYU P, 2004), and The Critical Pulse: Thirty-six Credos by Contemporary Critics
(co-ed., Columbia UP, 2012). He is also one of the editors of The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism
(2001; 2nd ed. 2010) and was editor of the literary and critical journal the minnesota review
from 1992 to 2010. He is currently Professor of English and of Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.
Ronaldo V. Wilson
is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man
(University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object
(Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book, Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other,
is forthcoming from Counterpath Press in 2012.
lives and works as a part-time proofreader/house painter/chicken coop consultant/artist/farmer/yoga student/book reader/graphic designer in NYC. His new silk-screened prints will be on view at Mojo Coffee in the West Village starting December 10, 2012.