Contributors' Notes

Marcia Arrieta is the editor and publisher of Indefinite Space. Her poems and visuals have appeared in Eratio, MiPOesias, melancholia's tremulous dreadlocks, gestalten, textimagepoem, Womb, Dusie, Blueprint Review, Ditch, Otoliths, and elsewhere. Her chapbook experimental: was published by Potes & Poets Press.

Michael Basinski is The Curator of The Poetry Collection State University of New York at Buffalo. He performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with the EBMA and his own group, BuffFluxus. Among his many books of poetry are Heka (Factory School); Strange Things Begin to Happen When a Meteor Crashes in the Arizona Desert (Burning Press); The Idyllic Book (Michel Letko, Houston, Texas); Mool, Mool3Ghosts and Shards of Shampoo (Bob Cobbing's Writers Forum); Cnyttan and Heebie-Jeebies (Meow Press); By and The Doors (House Press); Un-Nome, Red Rain Two, Abzu and Flight to the Moon (Run Away Spoon Press); Poemeserss (Structum Press) and many more. Some are available at Small Press Distribution.

John M. Bennett has published over 300 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials.  Among the most recent are rOlling COMBers (Potes & Poets Press), MAILER LEAVES HAM (Pantograph Press), LOOSE WATCH (Invisible Press), CHAC PROSTIBULARIO (with Ivan Arguelles; Pavement Saw Press), HISTORIETAS ALFABETICAS (Luna Bisonte Prods), PUBLIC CUBE (Luna Bisonte Prods), THE PEEL (Anabasis Press), GLUE (xPress(ed)), LAP GUN CUT (with F. A. Nettelbeck; Luna Bisonte Prods),  INSTRUCTION BOOK (Luna Bisonte Prods), la M al (Blue Lion Books), CANTAR DEL HUFF (Luna Bisonte Prods), SOUND DIRT (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), BACKWORDS (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfox Press), D RAIN B LOOM (with Scott Helmes; xPress(ed)), CHANGDENTS (Offerta Speciale), L ENTES (Blue Lion Books), NOS (Redfoxpress), SPITTING DDREAMS (Blue Lion Books), ONDA (with Tom Cassidy; Luna Bisonte Prods), 30 DIALOGOS SONOROS (with Martín Gubbins; Luna Bisonte Prods), BANGING THE STONE (with Jim Leftwich; Luna Bisonte Prods), FASTER NIH (Luna Bisonte Prods), CRADLED IN THE BIG WHITE PHONE (with Larry Marotta and Ben Bennett; Luna Bisonte Prods), VOCLALO: POESIA EN ESPANOL, With Transductions by Jon Cone (Luna Bisonte Prods), and RREVES (trans. by Philippe Billé; Editions du Silence).  He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues.  He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries.  Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”.  His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries.  His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature. Ars Poetica: “Be Blank”

Keith Nathan Brown lives in Brattleboro, VT.  He studied physics and philosophy at Marlboro College.  His essay, “Network Subrealism”, has recently appeared in Puerto Del Sol and he has a poem forthcoming in ABJECTIVE.

Trina Burke's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Phoebe, Hayden's Ferry Review, Double Room, Drunken Boat and Fawlt. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana and currently lives and works in Seattle.

Joshua Butts’ work has appeared in Forklift, Quarterly West, The Hat, and other journals. His chapbook, To Learn to Fingerpick Guitar, was published by Pudding House in 2006.

C. S. Carrier was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up in North Carolina. He holds degrees from Western Carolina University and from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lives and works in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is the author of After Dayton(Four Way Books, 2008), Lyric(horse less press, 2007), and The 16s(Katalanche Press, 2007). His poems have recently appeared in Bird Dog and New Review of Literature. He adjuncts at the University of Hartford.

Brooklyn Copeland was born in Indianapolis in 1984. Most recently, her e-chap, Reunions, appears with Blue Hour Press.

Mark DuCharme is the author of more than a dozen books and chapbooks of poetry.  Among the most recent are The Sensory Cabinet (BlazeVox, 2007), The Crowd Poems (Potato Clock Editions, 2007), Infinity Subsections (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 2004), and Cosmopolitan Tremble (Pavement Saw, 2002).  The Found Titles Project is forthcoming as an electronic chapbook from Ahadada.  Other parts of his manuscript The Unfinished have appeared or are due in Colorado Review, Eleven Eleven, Or, Otoliths and Pinstripe Fedora.  Still other work is recent or forthcoming in MoonLit and Vanitas.  He lives, works in and teaches near Boulder, Colorado.

Buck Downs lives and works as a writer in Washington, DC. Find out more at

K.S. Ernst works in visual poetry and textual art, much of which is painted, collaged, or digital. In addition, she uses three-dimensional letters in freestanding sculptures. A book of collaborations with Sheila E. Murphy, Permutoria published by Luna Bisonte Prods, is available through  Other recent publications include Drop Caps and Sequencing, both published by Xexoxial Editions. Ernst Lives in New Jersey but travels to perform with The Be Blank Consort, which includes John M. Bennett, Scott Helmes, Sheila E. Murphy, and Michael Peters.

Arpine Konyalian Grenier is a former scientist, musician, financial analyst and author of several collections of poetry. Her poetry and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

Roberto Harrison edited Crayon with Andrew Levy from 1997 to 2008. His most recent publications include Counter Daemons (Litmus, 2006), Os (subpress, 2006), Elemental Song (Answer Tag Home Press, 2006), and reflector (House Press, B2008). He edits the Bronze Skull Press chapbook series and hosts the Enemy Rumor reading series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A collection of his drawings and journal entries, Ineffable Isthmus, was recently on display at Woodland Pattern. He is Panamanian American.

Kristin Hayter is a recent graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied sound, performance, art history, and writing.

Scott Helmes' books include 3 Visual Poets: Ernst, Helmes, Rosenberg and Thought Bubbles (Helmes and K.S. Ernst). He has been published in over 80 magazines in 17 countries, including such publications as Paris Review, White Walls, Against Infinity Anthology, WestEast Antholog, Minnesota Monthly, The Midwest Quarterly, Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes 2nd Ed., xtant, and fugue. His work has been collected in numerous museums, including Museum of Modern Art-New York, Victoria & Albery Museum-London, Biblioteque Nationale de France-Paris, Museum for Kunsthandwerk-Frankfurt, Museum of Contempory Art-Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, Brown University, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Tom Hibbard's work has appeared in numberous journals, including Big Bridge, Sidereality, Poetic Inhalation, Milk, Jacket, and elsewhere. His poetry collections include Nonexistence, Gessom, Delancey Street, Human Powers, Nocturnes, Songs of Divine Love, Enchanted Streets, and Assembly.

Elizabyth A. Hiscox is an Assistant Poetry Editor for the online literary journal 42 Opus.  Currently, she serves as Program Coordinator for the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU.  Her chapbook, Inventory from a One-Hour Room, was recently released by Finishing Line Press.

Julius Kalamarz received his MFA from Columbia University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Sidebrow Project, Opium Magazine, Juked, The Los Angeles Review and Ninth Letter. He lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Matthew Klane is co-editor/founder of Flim Forum Press, publisher of the anthologies Oh One Arrow (2007) and A Sing Economy (2008). His book is B_____ Meditations from Stockport Flats Press (2008). His latest chapbooks include Friend Delighting the Eloquent, Sorrow Songs, and The- Associated Press. Also see: The Meister-Reich Experiments, a sprawling hypertext, online at He currently lives and writes in Albany, NY.

Debra Kaufman is a poet and playwright who has worked as a detasseler, waitress, newspaper correspondent, copyeditor, and editorial manager. She is author of three poetry books: Family of Strangers, Still Life Burning, and A Certain Light. She lives in Mebane, North Carolina, and is a member of the Black Socks Poets.

Ray Lam's artwork is available at his website:

Jim Leftwich co-edits xtant, and is the author of Doubt (Potes & Poets), Dirt (Luna Bisonte), Virgule (Lingua Blanca) and Staceal 1 (Avantacular). From 1994 to 2000 he published the early mail-art zine Juxta and co-edited and Juxta Electronic.

Diana Magallón is an Mexican experimental artist whose work has been published in: Eratio, Greatworks The Argotist, Shampoo, MAG, Hutt, the Blackboard Project, La Tzará, te_a_tro, Tin Lustre Mobile, Kulture Volture, Starfish, Surfaceonline, Niedergasse, Papertiger, and elsewhere.

Trey Moody lives with his wife in Lincoln, where he is pursuing a PhD in poetry at the University of Nebraska. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Best New Poets 2009, CutBank, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Quarterly West, and Third Coast.

Sheila E. Murphy has been an actively writing and performing poet since 1978. Her Collected Chapbooks: 1981-2002 recently appeared from Blue Lion Books and chronicles work published in short formats. Her work with K.S. Ernst recently resulted in the publication of Permutoria (Luna Bisonte Prods). how to spell the sound of everything (textual poetry in collaboration with mIEKAL aND (Xerox Sutra Press, 2009) has just appeared. Murphy’s recent appearances include a Mad Hatters Reading at KGB Bar in New York City (2008), pog in Tucson (2009), and The Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival, where she performed as part of the Be Blank Consort (John M. Bennett, K.S. Ernst, Scott Helmes, Michael Peters). (2009). Her home is in Phoenix, Arizona, where she has lived all of her adult life.

Murat Nemet-Nejat was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and has written poetry, essays and translations from Turkish poetry. His books include The Peripheral Space of Photography published in the Green Integer Series by Sun and Moon Press in 2003 and Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry published by Talisman in 2004.  His work has been published online at Big Bridge, and an interview of him is featured at the current issue 37 of Jacket.

Michael Peters is the author ofthe sound-image poem Vaast Bin (Calamari), and other assorted language art works that can be found in the wf/w archive and elsewhere. Recent works can be found at:  Sous Rature, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, and BathHouse Hypermedia Journal, and The Paper Kit Visual Poetry Poster Series, among others.

Francis Raven’s books include two volumes of poetry, Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007) and Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox, 2005) as well as a novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005).  His poems appear Bath House, Chain, Big Bridge, Bird Dog, Mudlark, Caffeine Destiny, Spindrift, and other journals. His critical work can be found in Jacket, Logos, Clamor, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Electronic Book Review, The Emergency Almanac, The Morning News, The Brooklyn Rail, Media and Culture, In These Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, and Flak. More of his work is available at

Marthe Reed's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Golden Handcuffs Review, New Orleans Review, Sulfur, HOW2, MiPoesias, Exquisite Corpse, Aught, eratio, corpse, moria, New American Writing and the new Ahadada journal. Her book, Tender Box, A Wunderkammer, is out from Lavender Ink in New Orleans. A chapbook is forthcoming from Dusie Kollective 3.

Mg Roberts was born in Subic Bay, Philippines, and currently teaches in the San Francisco Bay area. She is an MFA graduate of New College of California, where strange tricks were added to her bag. Her work has appearedor is forthcoming in UT, How2,  KQED'S Writer's Block, Wordriot, horse less review, and Prick of the Spindle. Her poems appearing in this issue are from her chapbook Missives of Appropriation and Error, published by Adjunct Press. If she were not a poet she would be a snake handler, or maybe just a good speller.

Michael Rothenberg has been an active environmentalist in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 25 years. His books of poems include The Paris Journals (Fish Drum), Monk Daddy (Blue Press) and Unhurried Vision (La Alameda Press). Rothenberg is editor and publisher of Big Bridge. He is also editor of Overtime, Selected Poems by Philip Whalen (Penguin), As Ever, Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger (Penguin), David's Copy, Selected Poems by David Meltzer, Way More Out, Selected Poems of Edward Dorn (Penguin, 2007), and the Collected Poems of Philip Whalen (Wesleyan University Press, 2007).

Cindy Savett's first book of poetry, Child in the Road, was published in September 2007 by Parlor Press. Rachel: In the Temporary Mist of Prayer, a Big Game Books tinyside, also came out in 2007. Her work has appeared in CutBank, LIT, 26 Magazine, The Marlboro Review, Free Verse, and numerous other journals. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her family and teaches poetry workshops to psychiatric inpatients at Friends Hospital.

Larry Sawyer curates the Myopic Books reading series in Wicker Park, Chicago. Chapbooks include Poems for Peace (Structum Press), A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother's milk press), which was recently included in the Yale Collection of American Literature, and Disharmonium (Silver Wonder Press). His work was recently included in The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (anthology, Cracked Slab Books, 2007) and A Writers’ Congress: Chicago Poets on Barack Obama’s Inauguration (anthology, DePaul Humanities Center Press, 2009). Larry also edits milk magazine (since 1998). His poetry and literary reviews have appeared in publications including Versal, Chicago Tribune, Babel Fruit, Vanitas, Jacket, MiPoesias, The Prague Literary Review, Coconut, 88, Hunger, Skanky Possum, Exquisite Corpse, Court Green, the Miami Sun Post, Ygdrasil, Shampoo, Rain Taxi, Van Gogh's Ear, and elsewhere. Sawyer has read his work at venues including Woman Made Gallery, Quimby's and Myopic Books in Chicago.

Susan Slaviero is the author of two poetry chapbooks: An Introduction to the Archetypes (Shadowbox Press, 2008) and Apocrypha (Dancing Girl Press, 2009) Her work appears in a variety of publications--RHINO, Flyway, Fourteen Hills, Arsenic Lobster, Goblin Fruit, Melusine and elsewhere.  She designs and edits the online literary journal blossombones.

Chuck Stebelton works as Literary Program Manager at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. He is the author of Circulation Flowers, winner of the 2004 Jack Spicer award and Precious.

Carol Stetser is a visual artist sweltering in the high desert of Arizona.

Peter Schwartz has been practicing the craft of poetry for over 20 years. His work has appeared in Asheville Poetry Review, Epicenter, VOX, among others. He's an art editor for the literary sites Mad Hatters' Review and Dogzplot. His artwork can be seen at:

Eileen R. Tabios has released 17 print, four electronic and 1 CD poetry collections, an art essay collection, a poetry essay/interview anthology, a short story book and a novel. Forthcoming in 2010 will be THE THORN ROSARY: SELECTED PROSE POEMS 1998-2010, edited with an introduction by poet-critic-painter-scholar Thomas Fink and with an afterword by poet-scholar Joi Barrios-Leblanc. She blogs as the “Chatelaine” at and edits Galatea Resurrects.

Shelly Taylor is the author of Black-Eyed Heifer (Tarpaulin Sky Press, forthcoming in 2010), Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl Press, 2009), and Peaches the Yes-Girl (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs 2008).

Nico Vassilakis's essay "Notes on Staring" will appear in a forthcoming 250+page collection of visual poetry, PROTRACTED TYPE, from Blue Lion Books.

Mark Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University, San Marcos. His books of poems include Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner (Buck Downs Books, 1996), Nothing Happened and Besides I Wasn't There (Edge Books, 1999) and Temporary Worker Rides A Subway (Green Integer Books, 2002). He is also the author of Haze: Essays, Poems, Prose (Edge Books, 2004) and a novel, Dead Carnival (Avec Books, 2004). He is the co-editor of Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University Alabama Press, 2001). He blogs at Thinking Again.

Irving Weiss' books include Infrapics: Xerolage 35 (Xexoxial Editions, 2005), Number Poems (Runaway Spoon Press, 1997), and Visual Voices: The Poem As a Print Object, (Runaway Spoon Press, 1994). He is also the author of Sens-Plastique (SUN, 1979) and Plastic Sense (Herder and Herder, 1972), both of which are translations from the French of Malcolm de Chazal's Sens-Plastique (Gallimard, 1948). Selections from his books, as well as other work, are available at his website:

John Moore Williams is the author of two chapbooks: I discover i is an android (Trainwreck Press, 2008) and writ10 (VUGG Books, 2008). His visual work has appeared or is forthcoming in Otoliths issues 11 and 13 and Turntable / Bluelight. More "normative" poetic works have appeared or is forthcoming in BlazeVox, Shampoo, Mad Hatter's Review, Octaves, elimae, ditch, Venereal Kittens and elsewhere. His work has also appeared in the anthologies Avant-Garde for the New Millennium and Ectoplasmic Necropli. [“A word on praxis: Most of my vispo begins with a simple, spare idea (one of the works included in this submission spring from a contemplation of the word 'ego' and the visual similarity between the capital letter 'E' and the cross of Christianity ... from there a contemplation of the ties between monotheism and an identity-obsessed, cyclopean culture evolved) and elaborate visually upon the idea until it is either startlingly obvious or utterly obscured. Relying on the simple and stark contrast between black and white, my work often meditates on the relationships between absence and presence and the polarities necessary to creative production.”]

Mary Sands Woodbury has been the editor of Jack Magazine since its foundation in the summer of 2000.  She has been a web designer for Big Bridge and has worked with Ira Cohen, Robert La Vigne, and Larry Keenan on web art galleries. She received a BA from Purdue University in 1993, with majors in English and anthropology. She currently works for the Fraser Riverkeeper in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is an environmental charity and part of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, whose chairman is Bobby Kennedy.