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AbendrothEmily Abendroth’s "Muzzle Blast Dander" is featured in Refuge/Refugee (Volume 3 of the ChainLinks book series). She is currently and ever-so-slowly piecing her way through some writings and thinking on solitary confinement practices in U.S. prisons.




AlcalayAmmiel Alcalay (poet, translator, critic, scholar and activist) teaches at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. Recent books include Scrapmetal (Factory School, 2006); from the warring factions (Beyond Baroque, 2002). Translations (all published by City Lights) include Sarajevo Blues (1998) and Nine Alexandrias (2003) by the Bosnian poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic, Keys to the Garden: New Israeli Writing (1996), and (with Oz Shelach) Outcast by Shimon Ballas (2007).



Arrieu-KingCynthia Arrieu-King is an assistant professor of creative writing at Stockton College and an echocardiographer. Her poems will have appeared this year in New Orleans Review, Black Warrior Review, LIT, Sonora Review, etc. She was a Kundiman Fellow in 2006.




Emily Beall
is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Washington, at work on a dissertation which explores nexuses of modern dance and experimental poetry by women. She teaches writing at the Pratt Institute, and some of her poems have been published in No, Dear and EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts.

BellamyDodie Bellamy
has written a novel, The Letters of Mina Harker (Wisconsin, 2004); a collection of fiction, memoirs, and essays, Pink Steam (Suspect Thoughts, 2004); an epistolary collaboration on AIDS with the late Sam D’Allesandro, Real (Talisman, 1994); a cross-genre collection of pedagogical essays and fictions, Academonia (Krupskaya, 2006) and Cunt-Ups (Tender Buttons, 2002), which won the 2002 Firecracker Alternative Book Award in poetry.


BergvallCaroline Bergvall
is a writer and artist, based in London. She has developed books and textual pieces as well as audioworks, visual textwork, net-based pieces, live readings and sited performances, in Europe, Scandinavia and North America. Collections of texts and performance pieces include: Eclat (1996 – republ. ebook Ububooks, 2003); Goan Atom (2001- reprint forthcoming); FIG (Salt, 2005), Alyson Singes (Belladonna, 2008), Cropper (Torque Press, UK 2008), and Plessjør (H Press, Oslo 2008). Recent collaborations: sound-text installation Say: “Parsley” (MuKha, Antwerp 2008), & an arts residency with visual artist Rodney McMillian (Hammer Museum, LA 2009). Her critical research is concerned with mixed-media writings, new literacies, multilingual poetics and cultural performativity. She is the recipient of an AHRC Arts Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (2007-2010).

BerssenbruggeMei-mei Berssenbrugge is the author of 9 books of poetry, most recently I Love Artists, New and Selected Poems from The University of California Press and Concordance, a collaboration with artist Kiki Smith from Kelsey Street Press. She lives in New York City and northern New Mexico.



BeyerTamiko Beyer
divides her time between Brooklyn and St. Louis, where she is pursuing an M.F.A. at Washington University. Her poetry has appeared in diode, The Sonora Review, WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) and other publications. She leads creative writing workshops for homeless LGBT youth, children from low-income families, and other communities. She recently received a grant from the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund.



Cecilia Biagini
was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1967 and since 1998 has lived and worked in Brooklyn, NY. Artwork has been exhibited Internationally at such venues as: The Hunterdon Museum of Art, NJ, PROA Foundation, Buenos Aires, The Bemis Center, NE, Recoleta Cultural Center, The Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires and the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. She is a member of Torino (see Torino in bios).

BloochJulia Bloch
is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania where she co-curates the Emergency series of new poetry at the Kelly Writers House. She has work in How2, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, the New Review of Literature, and Women's Studies Quarterly. Her chapbook Sonnets is forthcoming from Katalanché Press.



BookerPamela S. Booker
’s current projects include: (performance) Your Mother is what?!... a daughter’s recounting of growing up with her two mothers, and the forthcoming book, Sacred / Pretty / Smart: notes from her performative mind. Recent publications include DUST: murmurs and a play (Evolutionary Girls) a fictive retelling of the story of 9-11 survivor Marcy Borders; Staging black/female/body in the (Ongoing) Age of Global Terror, (Routledge/Taylor & Francis); The L Word & Missing Blackness (Evolutionary Girls). She is also faculty at Goddard College.

Susan Briante is the author of Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007). Briante lived in Mexico City from 1991-1997 working for the magazines Artes de México and Mandorla. Currently, she is translating the work of Uruguayan writer Marosa di Giorgio, writing about industrial ruins in American cities and working as an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at University of Texas at Dallas.

BrownLee Ann Brown
was born in Japan and raised in Charlotte, NC . She is the author of two collections of poetry, The Sleep that Changed Everything (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), and Polyverse (Sun & Moon, 1999) which received the New American Poetry Series Award ), and a song cycle, The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. She teaches at St. John’s University in New York City and is editor of Tender Buttons Press.



BrowneLaynie Browne
is the author of seven collections of poetry and one novel. Her most recent publications include The Scented Fox, recipient of the 2007 National Poetry Series Award, selected by Alice Notley (Wave Books), Daily Sonnets (Counterpath Books, 2007) and Drawing of a Swan Before Memory, Winner of the Contemporary Poetry Series (University of Georgia Press , 2005).



BuryLouis Bury is currently an English Ph.D. candidate at CUNY, at work upon a constraint-based dissertation about constraint-based writing. In addition to working on his dissertation, he teaches literature at New York University. He is editing a collection of experimental short stories by the artist Richard Kostelanetz. and plays poker semi-professionally.



BuuckDavid Buuck
is the author of The Shunt (Palm Press) and several cross-genre booklets. He is the founder of BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, and co-founder of Tripwire, a poetics journal. He lives and teaches in Oakland.




CaarAngela Carr
is a poet and translator based in Montréal. Her first book, Ropewalk, was published in 2006. She contributed to Translating Translating Montréal (2007) a collection of essays and poetry on unconventional translational practices. Her forthcoming Rose Concordance (Bookthug, fall 2009) masquerades as a translation of a keyword index to a medieval allegorical poem, the Roman de la Rose.



CarsonMargaret Carson
translates contemporary poetry, fiction, and drama from Latin America.  Her translation of Argentine poet Mercedes Roffe's Theory of Colors was published by Belladonna* in 2005.  She is currently working on Roffé's sequence The Radiance of Things. Her translations of plays by Virgilio Piñera and Griselda Gambaro appear in Stages of Conflict: A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance (U of Michigan P, 2008). She is pursuing a PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center.


is the recipient of THE GIL OTT BOOK AWARD for The Book of Frank (Chax Press, 2009). He is also the author of Advanced Elvis Course (Soft Skull Press, 2009), (Soma)tic Midge (Faux Press, 2008), Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006), and a forthcoming collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock titled THE CITY REAL & IMAGINED: Philadelphia Poems (Factory School Books, 2010).
photo © Stacy Szymaszek


ChenChing-In Chen
is the author of The Heart's Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press, 2009). Daughter of Chinese immigrants and a Kundiman Fellow, Ching-In has worked in the Asian American communities of San Francisco, Oakland and Boston. A border-crossing writer, Ching-In loves to live in the land between, over and across genres (though poetry is what often bites her). Ching-In is currently co-editing an anthology on militarism, gender and war from the perspectives of women and non-gender-conforming people of color.
photo © Sarah Grant


de la TorreMónica de la Torre has published poetry and conceptual art books in Spanish and English, including the artist book Appendices, Illustrations and Notes (Smart Art Press) and the poetry books Acúfenos (Taller Ditoria) and Talk Shows (Switchback Books). She is co-editor of the multilingual anthology Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon).



DiggsLaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
is the author of three chapbooks which include Ichi-Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna Books), and the album, Televisíon. LaTasha currently curates and directs literary and musical events with The Black Rock Coalition Orchestra.




DowlingSarah Dowling is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation project, Remote Intimacies, focuses on contemporary multilingual writing. Her first book, Security Posture, is forthcoming from Snare Books in the fall of 2009, and her first critical article is forthcoming in GLQ.



DurandMarcella Durand
's latest publications are Traffic & Weather (Futurepoem) and AREA (Belladonna Books), both published in 2008. She has given talks on the intersections of ecology and poetry at a range of venues, from Small Press Traffic to The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Her eco-collaboration with Tina Darragh was published in HOW(2)'s issue on ecopoetics. Essays are forthcoming in The Ecolanguage Reader (Portable Press).
photo © John Sarsgard



Kate Eichhorn
is the author of Fond (BookThug, 2008). She is also guest editor of The Belladonna Elders Series #6 and co-editor of Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (Coach House Books, 2009) and “Beyond Stasis – Feminism and Poetics Today” (Open Letter, 13, 9). She is an assistant professor of Culture and Media Studies at The New School.

ElrickLaura Elrick
is the author of the books sKincerity (Krupskaya 2003) and Fantasies in Permeable Structures (Factory School 2005). An essay “Poetry, Ecology and the Reappropriation of Lived Space” can be read on More recent audio pieces and a video-poem, Stalk (“part dystopian urban cartography, part spatial-poetic intervention”), now at Pennsound. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.


ErZhang Er
, born in Beijing, is the author of three collections of poetry in Chinese, most recently Because of Mountain (2005). Her selected poems in two bilingual collections, So Translating Rivers and Cities (2007) and Verses on Bird (2004) are from Zephyr Press. She co-edited the bilingual volume Another Kind of Nation: an Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry, which was published by Talisman House Publishers in 2007.


Marilou Esguerra
is a visual artist, musician, educator, and builder. As a freelance artist, she has created theater sets and costumes, storefronts, interiors, and graphic design work. As a musician, she has conducted choirs, and written or performed music for film, stage, and recordings. She currently teaches at Goddard College, as well as for the English Montreal School Board.

FirestoneJennifer Firestone
is the author of Holiday, an interrogation of the relationships among observation, travel and consumerism, which is forthcoming from Shearsman Books and the co-editor of the anthology Letters To Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics and Community (Saturnalia). She lives in Brooklyn and is Poet in Residence at Lang.



Dahlia Fischbein, 1976, is an Argentine-born New York-based artist. Educated in film and political science in Argentina and New York. Her work has been shown in galleries, festivals and art fairs in the US, Europe and South America such as ~Scope Miami , ~Scpe New York, Athens Video Art Festval, Festival Internacional Sueños Cortos, Toxic Video, Flicker Film LA, Museum Quartier, Galerii Fotografic [Prague], Hogar collection and nydesignroom.

FleisherKass Fleisher
authored Talking Out of School: Memoir of an Educated Woman (Dalkey Archive Press); The Adventurous (Factory School); Accidental Species: A Reproduction (Chax Press); and The Bear River Massacre and the Making of History (SUNY Press). Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Mandorla, Notre Dame Review, Postmodern Culture, and Z Magazine. She writes screenplays with Joe Amato.


FosterTonya Foster
is a student in the PhD Program in English at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Co-editor, with Kristin Prevallet, of Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 2002). Foster is the author of A Swarm of Bees in High Court, which will be published by Belladonna Books in 2010.



FraserKathleen Fraser teaches at CCA/SF and annually migrates to Rome where she and NYC painter Hermine Ford recently showed wall texts from their on-going collaboration ii ss at Pratt Architecture Institute. Pieces from this show are currently up at Melville House, Dumbo/Brooklyn. Recent books: 20th Century, hi dde violeth i dde violet, Discrete Categories Forced Into Coupling, and W I T N E S S (artist book with Nancy Tokar Miller.)
photo © Jeannette Montgomery Barron



Corey Frost is the author of The Worthwhile Flux (conundrum) and My Own Devices (2006) and a word performer whose appeared at festivals and events across Canada and the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and on CBC, the ABC, and local stations around the world. He is currently writing a doctoral dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center, entitled The Omnidirectional Microphone: Performance Literature as Social Project.

GambitoSarah Gambito
is the author of the poetry collections Matadora (Alice James Books) and Delivered (Persea Books). `She is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. Together with Joseph O. Legaspi, she co-founded Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets.



Rosario Garcia-Montero
studied film at the University of Lima, moved later to NY to pursue a master's degree at the New School in Film were she wrote and directed Locked (2002) and Are You Feeling lonely? (2004) that screened in festivals like Sundance, and won jury awards at Asiana Festival, Molodist, and the New York Expo.

GordonNada Gordon
is the author of Folly, V. Imp, Are Not Our Lowing Heifers Sleeker than Night-Swollen Mushrooms?, foriegnn bodie, and, with Gary Sullivan, Swoon, an e-pistolary nonfiction novel. A proud member of the Flarf Collective and an incipient filmmaker, she practices poetry as deep entertainment. Visit her blog at



GreeneDana Greene
is a wandering jew whose work centers on affecting revolution in the realm of punishment. She is an assistant professor of criminal justice at New Mexico State University. Her transition, from New York City to the southwest borderlands, has presented distinct challenges stimulating ideas about language, activism, & the currencies of social change.



HarrymanCarla Harryman is the author of fourteen books including Adorno’s Noise (2008), Open Box ( 2007), Baby (2005), and Gardener of Stars (2001). Recent performances have emphasized polyvocal text, bilingualism, choral speaking voices, and music improvisation. She is a co-author of The Grand Piano, a serial book project on the San Francisco Bay Area writing scene between 1975-1980 and of Lust for Life: On the Writings of Kathy Acker (2006). She serves on the faculty of the Department of English at Eastern Michigan University.

Jeanne Heuving's cross genre Incapacity (Chiasmus Press) won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic, and her book of experimental poetry Transducer (Chax Press) is just out. She has published multiple critical pieces on avant garde and innovative writers, including the book Omissions Are Not Accidents: Gender in the Art of Marianne Moore.

HellerKythe Heller
is a poet and multi-media performing artist currently pursuing an MDiv at Harvard. Her work is published in The American Poetry Review, POOL, Salamander, Lyric, and other journals. A chapbook Immolation was published Monk Honey in 2008.




Laura Hinton
is the author of the poetry book, Sisyphus My Love (To Record a Dream in A Bathtub) (BlazeVox), and two critical volumes, The Perverse Gaze of Sympathy: Sadomasochistic Sentiments from Clarissa to Rescue 911 (SUNY Press), and We Who Love to Be Astonished: Experimental Women’s Writing and Performance Poetics (co-editor; University of Alabama).

HoferJen Hofer
is a poet, translator, interpreter, teacher, knitter, and urban cyclist. Her most recent publication is The Route, a collaboration with Patrick Durgin (Atelos, 2008). Her forthcoming books are from the valley of death (Ponzipo), Laws (Dusie Books), and one (Palm Press). She lives in Los Angeles, where recently she has been making hand-sewn quilts out of paper as part of the “Natural Habitats” project.



Cathy Park Hong's books include Translating Mo'um (Hanging Loose Press, 2002) and Dance Dance Revolution (WW Norton, 2007), which was chosen for the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Paris Review, Poetry, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor at Sarah Lawrence College.

HumeChristine Hume
is the author of three books of poetry and a chapbook, Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008). Her book Shot is forthcoming from Counterpath this year. She is coordinator of the Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University.



Erica Hunt
is the author of Local History, Arcade, and Piece Logic. She is the president of the 21st Century Foundation.

IijimaBrenda Iijima
’s forthcoming books include revv. you’ll—ution (Displaced Press) and If Not Metamorphic (Ahsahta Press). At present, she is writing an informal encyclopedia on animals used as surrogates by humans—the donkey and the mule are recent entries. She runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs ( from Brooklyn.



The Institute for Domestic Research (IDR: Jacqueline Leggat, Catriona Strang and Christine Stewart) is a group of poets, academics, musicians, visual artists, dancers, composers, and mothers, friends. Founding member, the late Nancy Shaw wrote: “Under the umbrella of the IDR, we engage in collaborative projects… much of our time is spent hanging around, watching movies, eating, going for walks, telling jokes, and gossiping.” IDR’s recent performance, was “Unsettling,” a reworking of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Mullerin,” at Kootenay School of Writing’s “Positions” Colloquium.

Laura Jaramillo
is a poet from Queens and the author of The Reactionary Poems (olywa press). Her poems have appeared in Pocket Myths: The Odyssey and The Poker, among other places.




Meta DuEwa Jones
is an Assistant Professor in English and an Affiliate in American Studies and the Center for African and African-American Studies (CAAAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a Woodrow Wilson National Foundation Career Enhancement Fellow and completing her book, The Muse is Music: Jazz, Poetry and Gendered Performance, which is forthcoming from the University of Illinois Press.

JoosseAngela Joosse
is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities. A Toronto-based film and video artist, recent works include Shapes Eat Shapes and 4C, which have received national and international screenings. In 2007 she received a Governor General’s Gold Medal for her Master’s research, which included four short films.



KapilBhanu Kapil
lives in Colorado, where she teaches at Naropa University and as part of the low-residency Goddard College MFA. Her prose/poetry publications include: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works), and Humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press).



Kaufmanerica kaufman
is the author of Censory Impulse (Factory School, 2008), and several chapbooks of the same name. kaufman is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. She lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan and teaches at Baruch College. She’s been the co-editor and co-curator of Belladonna* since 2002.



John Keene is Associate Professor in English and African American Studies at Northwestern. He is the author of the novel Annotations (New Directions) and, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, the poetry collection Seismosis (1913 Press). Longtime member of the Dark Room Writers Collective, Graduate Fellow of Cave Canem, he now teaches courses in fiction and cross-genre writing, aesthetics, translation, African-American and Diasporic literature.

LaraDulcinea Lara
is from the Borderlands of New Mexico, USA and Mexico. Growing up in a rural landscape, (attending one of the nation's poorest public schools) serves as sites of memory and analysis in her study of identity formation related to geography, visual culture, race and ethnicity and class stratification. She completed her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at UC-Berkeley.



LauterbachAnn Lauterbach is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Hum (2005) and Or to Begin Again (2009), collaborations with visual artists including How Things Bear Their Telling (Lucio Pozzi), A Clown, Some Colors, A Doll, Her Stories, A Song, A Moonlit Cove (Ellen Phelan), and writings on art and poetics, The Night Sky; writings on the poetics of experience (2005, 2008). In 2008, Lauterbach’s collaboration for Ann Hamilton's “Tower” was the subject of a talk at Beineke Library's, “Metaphor Taking Shape: Poetry, Art, and the Book.” A MacAuthor Foundation fellow, she has been the co-chair of Writing at The Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts since 1991.

Sueyeun Juliette Lee
is particularly interested in the circulation of "Asia" in the cultural imaginary and the relationship between multiple ethnic diasporas and modernity. She also edits a small press series, Corollary Press, devoted to new work by writers of color. Her poetry publications include her first full-length book, That Gorgeous Feeling (Coconut Books), as well as the chapbooks Trespass Slightly In (Coconut Books), Perfect Villagers (Octopus Press), and Mental Commitment Robots (Yo Yo Labs).

LevitskyRachel Levitsky
’s second book, NEIGHBOR is just out from Ugly Duckling Presse. In 1999, she started Belladonna* as a reading series at the Bluestockings Women’s Bookstore. She is now a founding member of the Belladonna* collective.
photo © Benjamin Burrill



MafeMajena Mafe
is a writer, sonic and performance artist engaged in embodied theorizing, new media art and feminist aesthetics. She works at the comically contested edge of represented meaning. Completing a PhD on Gertrude Stein and sounded-language, her thickening thesis is shaped by syntactical possibilities that boil down to rendering nonsense as meaning. Find out more at



MagiJill Magi works on projects of text-image and is the author of Threads (Futurepoem), Torchwood (Shearsman 2008), Cadastral Map (Portable Press), and the forthcoming chapbook Poetry Barn Barn! (2nd Avenue). Her work has been included in Letters to Poets (Saturnalia) and in the forthcoming Eco-Language Reader (Portable Press). She teaches at The City College Center for Worker Education, Goddard College, and Lang College.



MoschovakisAnna Moschovakis is a poet, translator, editor and publisher who works in Brooklyn and at her desk in Delaware County, NY. Her second book of poems, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake, is due out next year. She teaches at Pratt Institute and in the Bard MFA Program and is a longtime member of the Ugly Duckling Presse publishing collective.



MullenLaura Mullen
is a Professor at Louisiana State University. She is the author of five books: her most recent is the hybrid or cross-genre murder mystery, Murmur (Futurepoem). Her work has been widely anthologized, and will be featured in Volume 2 of American Women Poets in the 21st Century. Prizes for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, and she has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.



MylesEileen Myles is a poet (Sorry, Tree, School of Fish, Not Me, etc.) who writes fiction (Cool for You, Chelsea Girls), and whose The Importance of Being Iceland/Travel Essays in Art, for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant, will be out in July from Semiotext(e)/MIT. In 1992 she conducted an openly female write in campaign for President of the United States. She is now a Professor Emeritus of Writing at UCSD and lives in New York.


Naka PierceMichelle Naka Pierce
is the author of BELOVED INTEGER (2007) and co-author of TRI/VIA (2003). Excerpts from her new manuscript SHE, A BLUEPRINT FOR INTERSURFACE, with collage art by Sue Hammond West, have been published or are forthcoming in American Letters & Commentary, Trickhouse, Mandorla, Foursquare, Sous Rature, Upstairs at Duroc (France), and elsewhere. Currently, she is associate professor at Naropa University.


NeighJanet Neigh
is a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University where she teaches courses in Creative Writing, Literature and Women's Studies. Her poetry has appeared in various publications, including the journals How2, West Coast Line and the anthology Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry. She has published critical articles on poetics, one of which is forthcoming in the spring issue of the Journal of West Indian Literature.



NguyenHoa Nguyen
was born near Saigon, raised in the DC area, and studied poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. She currently lives in Austin, TX, where she teaches creative writing, curates a reading series and, with the poet Dale Smith, edits the small press poetry imprint Skanky Possum. Her latest books include *Kiss A Bomb Tattoo* (Effing Press) and *Hecate Lochia* (Hot Whiskey Books).



Mendi Lewis Obadike’s book Armor and Flesh (Lotus Press, 2004) won the Naomi Long Madgett Prize. With her husband Keith Obadike, she composed The Sour Thunder, an Internet Opera and curated Crosstalk: American Speech Music (both from Bridge Records, 2004 & 2008). Their opera-masquerade Four Electric Ghosts played at The Kitchen in May 2009.

OliverAkilah Oliver
is the author of A Toast in the House of Friends, (Coffee House Press 2009), the she said dialogues: flesh memory (Smokeproof/Erudite Fangs, 1999, Winner of the PEN Beyond Margins Award). Oliver’s work is featured on the CD “Matching Half”, with Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye, which won CAConrad’s “sexiest poet alive” award in 2008. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.


Tom Orange
has taught literature and writing at Vanderbilt, Georgetown and The George Washington Universities and now lives in Northeast Ohio. Slack Buddha published his chapbook of conceptual prose, American Dialectics, in 2008. His recent and forthcoming work can be found in Aquaduck, Big Bridge, English Studies in Canada, The I.E. Reader, Typo, Wheelhouse, and 1913: A Journal of Forms.

Justin Parks
is a graduate student at SUNY Buffalo, where he is pursuing his interests in theories of modernity and avant-gardist writing. He is interested in interrogating the relationships between poetry and other media such as sound and film both in their early development and more recently.

PatelSoham Patel
’s most recent work is in Marginalia, Main Street Rag and The Cortland Review. She is a first-year poetry student in the MFA program at the University of Pittsburgh.




PattonJulie Patton
is the author of Teething on Type (Rodent Press, 1995). She has published poems in Transfer, Tribes, and other magazines, and in Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (Collier Books, 1994). Her articles and essays appear in Educating the Imagination: Essays & Ideas for Teachers & Writers (T&W, 1994), and in Teachers & Writers. She was awarded a NYFA fellowship in poetry in 2007.



PetersonTim Peterson is a poet and critic, author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press) and editor of EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts. Peterson is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in English at CUNY Graduate Center.




PlaceVanessa Place
is a writer, lawyer, and co-director of Les Figues Press.





PrevalletKristin Prevallet
is a poet, essayist, translator, performer, and educator. Her most recent books are I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press, 2007) and the edited volume, A Helen Adam Reader (The National Poetry Foundation).




QueyrasSina Queyras
is the author most recently of the poetry collections Lemon Hound and Expressway both from Coach House Books. She edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets (Persea 2005). Selections from a collection of short-shorts in progress titled A Story With Severe Anxiety and Other Stories have appeared in This Magazine, Fence, Event, JoyLand and Geist. She keeps a blog, Lemon Hound, and will soon publish a selection of her posts with BookThug.


RatallackJoan Retallack
’s seven volumes of poetry include Memnoir and How To Do Things With Words. She was given a Lannan poetry grant in 1998-99. Musicage: John Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack (Wesleyan, 1996) received the America Award in Belles-Lettres. The Poethical Wager (2003) and Gertrude Stein: Selections (2008) were published by University of California. She co-edited Poetry and Pedagogy: The Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) with Juliana Spahr. She is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Humanities at Bard College.

ReillyEvelyn Reilly
’s Styrofoam is a text-image work published by Roof Books in 2009. A video-based adaptation was recently displayed at the Language and L=A=N=D=S=C=A=P=E=S Conference in Exeter, England. Reilly's other works include Fervent Remnants of Reflective Surfaces from Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs and Hiatus from Barrow Street Books.



RheeMargaret Rhee
is an emerging interdisciplinary writer, scholar, and artist. Currently she is a doctorate student in the program in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She has written academic articles on representation, race, gender, and sexuality for Amerasia Journal; the anthology, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film 'Crash' for Critical Dialogues About Race, Power and Privilege; and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. She is a Kundiman fellow.



RosenfieldKim Rosenfield
is a poet and psychotherapist. She is the author of several books of poetry, including Good Morning—Midnight— (Roof Books 2001), Tràma (Krupskaya), and re:evolution (Les Figues Press). Her work has been included in the anthologies Bowery Women (YBK Publishers, Inc.), The Gurlesque (Saturnalia), Sun and Moon Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry 1993-94 (Sun and Moon), and in Bruce Andrews CO (Roof).


Jennifer Russo
is a Writing Fellow at Brooklyn College, and has taught literature and composition at Baruch College and Queens College. Her scholarship explores the political efficacy of innovative texts written by women and other oppressed peoples, with a particular emphasis on experimental poetics. A CUNY PhD candidate, she is currently writing her dissertation on the work of Hannah Weiner, and was recently awarded The Millennium Dissertation Year Fellowship.

SalahBorn in Halifax, Trish Salah is a Montreal-based writer, activist and teacher at Concordia and Bishop's Universities. Her first book of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, was published in 2002 and her recent writing appears in the journals Open Letter, Eoagh, No More Potlucks, Aufgabe, West Coast Line. Her new manuscript, Lyric Sexology, is near completion.



SamaMetta Sama
is the new blogger for Torch, a journal dedicated to arts by African Diasporic women. She lives in Brooklyn where she is also writing towards a fiction piece on pornography actresses and completing a series of amateur paintings. Her work is mostly interested in seeing how all things deteriorate, either naturally, by will, or by force. She teaches at Goddard College.


SandKaia Sand
is the author of a poetry collection, interval (Edge Books 2004), and Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press, forthcoming), and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press 2008). She has created several chapbooks through the Dusie Kollektiv, and her poems comprise the text of two books in Jim Dine's Hot Dreams series (Steidl Editions 2008).



ScappettoneJennifer Scappettone is the author of From Dame Quickly (Litmus, 2009) and is the guest editor of The Belladonna Elders Series #5: Poetry, Landscape, Apocalypse. Her work in progress, Exit 43—an archaeology of the landfill and opera of pop-ups—will be published by Atelos. She is an assistant professor of literature and writing at the University of Chicago.



Tyler T. Schmidt is an assistant professor of English and co-coordinator of the WAC program at Lehman College. He has published essays in Obsidian III, African American Review, and Women's Studies Quarterly. His current project, Dreams of an Impossible Blackness: Racialized Desire and America's Integrationist Impulse, 1945-1955, investigates cross-race writing, interracial sexuality, and queer identity in post-WWII American poetry and fiction.

ScottGail Scott
is the author of 7 books, including an anthology, Biting The Error, co-edited with Bob Gluck et al, My Paris (Dalkey Archive), Spare Parts Plus Two (Coach House), the novels Main Brides and Heroine, and the essay collections Spaces Like Stairs and la théorie, un dimanche (with Nicole Brossard et al). She is co-founder of the critical journal Spirale (Montréal) and Tessera (new writing by women), teaches Creative Writing at Université de Montréal and has recently finished a radio play, “Werther Lives”, and a new novel, The Obituary.
photo © Angela Carr


Evie Shockley is a poet and a literary scholar. The author of a half-red sea and two chapbooks (The Gorgon Goddess and 31 words * prose poems), she also publishes her poetry in a wide array of journals and anthologies. She is currently an editor of jubilat. Her literary criticism appears in African American Review, Talisman, Mixed Blood, Center, the Rainbow Darkness Anthology, and elsewhere.



SilversSally Silvers is a choreographer who performs and teaches (improvisation, composition, repertory) around the world. She has received funding from the NEA and Meet the Composer/Choreographer, and was a Guggenheim fellow in 1988. Silvers has been awarded a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie,"  co-directed dance films, and choreographed 3 musicals for the Sundance Theater Festival. Since 2006, she has also been dancing in the work of Yvonne Rainer.
photo © Lois Greenfield



SmithLaura Smith
, a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University of Texas, Austin, teaches courses on poetry, public art, and gay and lesbian literature. Her dissertation reads the poetry of Akilah Oliver, Sharon Bridgforth, and Alice Notley alongside contemporary queer/quare theories of identity. She facilitates book groups and writing workshops at OutYouth, Austin’s center for gay, lesbian, bi, transgender, questioning youth.



Linda Sormin
is a Canadian sculptor based in Providence. Through objects and site-specific installations, Sormin's work explores issues of fragility and aggression, mobility and survival. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Miami, Surrey (BC), Regina, Toronto, London, New York, Philadelphia and Taipei. She is Associate Professor of Ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Leah Souffrant
’s doctoral research at CUNY Graduate Center concentrates on the relationship between formal innovation and the poetics of motherhood. In 2007 she was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry, and her writing has most recently appeared online at 100dayspoems and Delirious Hem and is forthcoming this year in Weber: The Contemporary West and Women’s Studies Quarterly.

Jane Sprague's poems, reviews and essays have been published in various print and online journals including Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, How2, Jacket, and ecopoetics, among others. Recent publications include the chapbooks fuck your pastoral, Sacking the Henwife and Apache Roadkill as well as the book The Belladonna* Elders Series Number 8 (with Tina Darragh and Diane Ward). Her book The Port of Los Angeles is forthcoming from Chax Press. Her current writing project is a book-length work investigating colonization and generational poverty in upstate NY. She teaches at Cal State Long Beach and Bard College's Workshop in Language and Thinking. She lives in Long Beach, CA where she edits and publishes Palm Press.

StephensNathalie Stephens (Nathanaël)
writes l'entre-genre in English and French. She is the author of several books, including Carnet de désaccords (2009), The Sorrow and the Fast of It (2007), L'injure (2004), and the essay of correspondence Absence Where As (Claude Cahun and the Unopened Book) (2009). Her book, ...s'arrête? Je was awarded the Prix Alain-Grandbois in 2008. Je Nathanaël (2003) exists in English self-translation with BookThug. Other work exists in Basque and Slovene, with book-length translations in Bulgarian.


Christine Anne Stewart
(now) lives in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). She is the author of Propositions from Under Mill Creek Bridge (Virgin Press 2007), Pessoa's July: or the months of astonishments (Nomados 2006), from Taxonomy  (West House 2003), Daddy Clean Head (Lumpe Press 2000).  She teaches at the University of Alberta and is a member of the Olive Poetry Collective.

TaranskyMichelle Taransky
's first book, Barn Burned, Then, was selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. She lives in Philadelphia and works at Kelly Writers House.




Torino: Cecilia Biagini, Dahlia Fischbein, Rosario García-Montero
meet regularly to improvise using three guitars, even though its three members have no musical training. Torino's improvised music is produced in the safety of an artist’s studio. Within this enclosure, it is liberated from any pretense or expectation, and order and disorder are allowed to weave together relational structures. From chaotic material, concordances of sound begin to form patterns. Torino has filmed its sessions, and in December 2008 through Jan. 2009, a video of one of their sessions, "Understanding Each Other, Unknowingly," was shown as part of the exhibit "The Concert of the Year."

ToscanoRodrigo Toscano
’s latest book is Collapsible Poetics Theater (Fence Books). His polyvocalic pieces, poetics plays, and body-movement poems, have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival, Poet’s Theater Jamboree 2007, and the Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival. His radio pieces have appeared on WPIX FM (New York), KAOS Public Radio Olympia, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. He works in Manhattan at the Labor Institute, and lives in Brooklyn.


TurnerJacqueline Turner is a Vancouver-based poet who has published three books with ECW Press: Seven into Even (2006), Careful (2003), and Into the Fold (2000). She writes poetry reviews for The Georgia Straight, and is on the board of directors of the gallery Artspeak. She teaches creative and critical writing at Simon Fraser University and Emily Carr University of Art + Design and has travelled to teach in First Nations communities in various locations in British Columbia. She was Queensland’s inaugural poet-in-residence at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, Australia in 2005, a poet-in-residence in Tasmania in 2006, and a guest writer at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2007. She recently collaborated with artist Shima Iuchi on a geographically installed interactive project called “Reading Kamloops.” A new publication is forthcoming this year from Nomados, called The Ends of the Earth. Her work has appeared in anthologies — “selected poems” in How the Light Gets In (2009), “Almost” in Companions and Horizons, An Anthology of Simon Fraser University Poetry (2005), and “Kamloops” in The Small Cities Anthology (2005). 


TyshChris Tysh was born and raised in Paris, and studied American literature at the Sorbonne. She was naturalized as a citizen of the United States on July 4th, 1998. Her critical study, Allen Ginsberg, was published in Paris by Editions Seghers in the collection “Poètes d’Aujourd’hui.” She teaches writing and women’s studies at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her books include Secrets of Elegance, Porne, Coat of Arms, In the Name and Continuity Girl.



VictorDivya Victor
has lived and learned in India, Singapore, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Seattle. She is currently a PhD. candidate in the English Department at SUNY, Buffalo, where she curated (co)ludere, a constraint-based collaborative performance series. Her work has appeared in ambit: journal of poetry and poetics, XConnect, ixnay reader 3, dusie, and is forthcoming in President's Choice and Drunken Boat.


Vogeldanielle vogel
is interested in experimental writing that is concerned with trauma and anamnesis. her writing envelops what it means to inhabit a body and a space that is damaged, where and how memory is stored and recovered within this body, and how to translate this into language. she dreams of writing a woman dislocating herself into place through narrative. danielle is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, and she is the author of lit.
Photo © HR Hegnauer



WaldmanAnne Waldman
has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community for over 40 years as writer, sprechstimme performer, professor, editor, magpie scholar, infra-structure and cultural/political activist. Co-founder of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University, she serves as Artistic Director of its Summer Writing program. Author of over 40 books of poetry and many critical texts, including her most recent Manatee/Humanity (Penguin), the 800 page epic Iovis and the legendary Fast Speaking Woman (City Lights).
Photo © HR Hegnauer


WertheimChristine Wertheim
is a former painter with a PhD in literature and semiotics from Middlesex University, (UK). She teaches at the California Institute for the Arts for whom she co-organizes an annual conference: Séance (2004), Noulipo (2005), Impunities (2006), Feminaissance (2007), Untitled (2008). With Matias Viegener she has co-edited two anthologies of contemporary experimental writing: Séance (Make Now Press, 2006) and The noulipian Analects (Les Figues Press). A third, Feminaissance is forthcoming in Fall 2009.


WestwaterKathy Westwater
creates art that exists in the human body. Her dance and performance work has been presented extensively throughout NYC since 1997. Westwater’s PARK is being developed through a Dance Theater Workshop Studio Space residency, to be seen both there and Chez Bushwick this 2009/10 season. As guest faculty member at Sarah Lawrence College she focuses on creative process in dance and the relationship between moving and writing.



Simone White
is currently a doctoral student in English at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her work has appeared in Dolly (a collaborative chapbook with the painter Kim Thomas, curated by Ross Gay), Ploughshares, Tuesday; An Art Project, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade and the exhibition catalog for The Studio Museum in Harlem's Flow. She lives in Brooklyn.

WilsonRonaldo V. Wilson
is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (Pittsburgh) and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem). He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, NYU's Graduate Creative Writing Program, and CUNY Graduate Center (PhD). Fellowships include the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, Kundiman, Djerassi, and Yaddo.



WongRita Wong has written three books: sybil unrest (with Larissa Lai, 2008), forage (2007), and monkeypuzzle (1998). Wong has received the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop Emerging Writer Award. An Assistant Professor at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, she is currently researching the poetics of water.




ZemborainLila Zemborain
, an Argentine poet who lives in NYC, is the author of seven volumes of poetry in Spanish. Two bilingual editions of her works have been published in the United States: Mauve Sea-Orchids (Belladonna Books) and Guardians of the Secret (Noemi). In 2007, she was selected as a John Simon Guggenheim fellow. She curates the KJCC Poetry Series at New York University, where she teaches at the MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish.



ZolfRachel Zolf is a poet and editor from Toronto and presently living in New York. Human Resources (Coach House), won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Previous collections are Masque (The Mercury Press), Her absence, this wanderer (BuschekBooks) Shoot and Weep (Nomados), from Human Resources (Belladonna chaplet) and the naked & the nude (above/ground, 2004). Her poetry collection, Neighbour Procedure, will appear in 2010 from Coach House.


Steven Zultanski is the author of the chapbooks Homoem (Radical Readout) and This and That Lenin (BookThug), plus the forthcoming volume Pad (Make Now). He edits President's Choice magazine, a Lil' Norton publication, and studies alongside his panelists, in Buffalo.


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Sponsorship and Organization
Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism: A Gathering was collaboratively organized and sponsored by the Belladonna Collective Committee*, CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for the Humanities, Center for the Study of Women and Society, Ph. D. Program in English, and Poetics Group.

*Members of this Collective include: Rachel Levitsky, Erica Kaufman, Laura Elrick, Tonya Foster, Laura Jaramillo, Akilah Oliver, Jen Scappettone, Kate Eichhorn, Emily Beall, and Anna Moschovakis. Other members of the General Belladonna Collective include HR Hegnauer ( whose fantastic design can be seen at our website and on our books and Adah Gorton, Meghan Johnson, Elizabeth Crawford, Katy Jones, Austin Publicover, (ETC) all of whose labor with the project makes the project.



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