Contributors' Notes

Scott Abels` poems can be found in Action, Yes, BlazeVOX, Sixth Finch, Lungfull!, Spooky Boyfriend, Past Simple, Sawbuck, No Tell Motel, Shampoo, and others.  He currently lives and teaches on the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, where he maintains a tiny little web presence at


Cherise Bacalski's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Octopus1913: a journal of forms, and the Breadbox Parsons.  Her manuscript, plea, was a finalist for the Noemi Chapbook Poetry Award, judged by Mary Jo Bang.


Petra Backonja lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.


Anne Blonstein has published five full-length collections and four chapbooks. She is also represented in a forthcoming anthology from Shearsman Books edited by Carrie Etter: Infinite Difference: Other Poetries from UK Women Poets.


Joshua Butts' hometown is Jackson, OH.  He has recent or forthcoming poems in Sonora Review, Spinning Jenny, and Ellipses.  


Marina Camboni is professor of American Literature and Director of the PhD Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Macerata, Italy. Her fields of research are modernism, experimental poetry, cultural semiotics, and feminist theory. Her publications include H.D.'s Poetry: "the meaning that words hide" (2003), Networking Women: Subjects, Places, Links Europe-America. For a Re-writing of Cultural History 1890-1939 (2004), Walt Whitman e la lingua del mondo nuovo (2004), H.D. La donna che divenne il suo nome (2007).


James Capozzi lives in Binghamton, NY.  His poems are forthcoming in Rhino, Chicago Review, and Denver Quarterly.


Jackie Clark is is currently co-editor-in-chief for LIT magazine. She also curates Poets off Poetry at, where poets write about music.  Her chapbook Office Work is forthcoming from Greying Ghost Press.  She lives in Jersey City and blogs occasionally at


Tom Derung's poetry has appeared in Brushfire and sub-TERRAIN magazine. He writes regularly for His music and songwriting Tear Back the Night will be released on March 31st by Luxotone records under the band name Bobby Vacant & The Weary.


Donald Dunbar lives in Portland, Oregon. He keeps a blog at


Rachel Blau DuPlessis' on-going long poem project begun in 1986 is collected in Torques: Drafts 58-76 (Salt Publishing, 2007) as well as in Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan U.P., 2001) and Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnumbered: Précis (Salt Publishing, 2004). Pitch: Drafts 77-95 is forthcoming from Salt Publishing. In 2006, two books of her innovative essays were published: Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work on gender and poetics, along with reprinting of the ground-breaking The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice, both from University of Alabama Press. In 2002 she was also awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, in 2007, a residency for poetry at Bellagio, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and in 2008-09, an appointment to the National Humanities Center in North Carolina. Her website is


Emily Kendal Frey is the author of AIRPORT (Blue Hour, 2009), THE NEW PLANET (Mindmade Books, 2010) and FRANCES (Poor Claudia, 2010).  She lives in Portland, Oregon.


Crane Giamo is currently an MFA student at Colorado State University.  Recent work has appeared in Little Red Leaves, P-Queue, and Otoliths.  He is the co-editor of Delete Press.


Crag Hill has edited SCORE/SPORE Magazine since 1983. He has published numerous books, including Writing to Be Seen: An Anthology of Later 20th Century Visio-Textual Art (Core, Light and Dust, 2001), which he co-edited with Bob Grumman. He maintains a poetry blog at scorecard.


Josef Kaplan’s work has been published or is forthcoming in Shampoo, Luzmag, West Wind Review, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion, Sprung Formal, Catnap and mid)rib. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, and edits Sustainable Aircraft ( The poems appearing in this issue of Word For/Word are part of a series of punctuated word clouds of the most popular daily terms appearing on Twitter. The title, "Democracy is not for the People", is a line from the comic book Judge Dredd. 


Karl Kempton's visual poems have been nationally and internationally published and exhibited since 1974. His work has evolved from typewriter to computer b&w to color and now mixed media works with the use of a SLR digital camera. weaving 108 is from photos taken in San Luis Obispo's Gum Alley. Karl edited and published Kaldron between 1976-1990 and is co-editor of an on-line edition published by Karl Young at . Some of his works can be seen at Logolia, Unlikely Stories, eratio, and Blackbox. Also see his article on Chumash solstice alignments.


Breonna Krafft is a graduate student at Boise State University, where she works on the staffs of both The Idaho Review and Ahsahta Press. She has work appearing or forthcoming in BlazeVOX and At-Large Magazine.


Charles Lock is Professor of English Literature at the University of Copenhagen: he has written extensively on contemporary poetry and on literature in its typographical aspects. He has also worked on petroglyphs, Byzantine and Russian icons and other depicted and inscribed surfaces.


erica lewis is a fine arts publicist in San Francisco, where she curated the Canessa Gallery Reading Series. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in P-Queue, New American Writing, Little Red Leaves, Parthenon West Review, Ur Vox, Shampoo, Cricket Online Review, alice blue, BOOG CITY, and Try, among others. Collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein include the chapbook excerpts from camera obscura (Etherdome Press) and full-length book project the precipice of jupiter (Queue Books); A full-length version of camera obscura is forthcoming from BlazeVox Books.


Stephanie Martz is an artist and freelance writer.  She has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Her writing credits include poetry and art reviews in Wicked Alice, poemeleon, [com]motion magazine, ArtLies, and Glasstire. Her artwork has been showed in numerous galleries throughout the country. She is currently working on her first manuscript of poems and was recently a guest editor of art and poetry for [com]motion magazine last spring.


Alexandra Mattraw writes and teaches in San Francisco.  Her chapbook, Projection, is forthcoming from Achiote Press.  Her poems have also appeared in journals including Seneca Review, Denver Quarterly, Verse, and VOLT.


Michael Peters is the author of the sound-image poem Vaast Bin (Calamari Press, 2007) and other assorted language art and sound works. Manifestations of works appear in print and on-line journals like Synapse, SleepingFish, BathHouse Hypermedia Journal, American Weddings, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures—and Word for/Word, to name some. With Poem Rocket, most notably, and with the Be Blank Consort, sounds appear on labels like Atavistic and Luna Bisonte Prods, among others. Also, visual-poetic works can be found in libraries and collections such as the Sackner Archive, as well as in anthologies and galleries. As a publisher of innovative language arts, Peters was editor of The Little Magazine and a contributing editor to Jim Leftwich’s journal Xtant. Writings include “Charles Olson and Gravitational Waves,” entries in Kostelanetz’s Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, and a transcription of Sun Ra’s 1971 lecture for Nathaniel Mackey’s Hambone. In late 2009, Peters created a sound-image installation for the &Now Festival of Innovative Literature and Art..


Derek Pollard is co–author with Derek Henderson of the book Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX 2010). His poems, creative non–fiction, and reviews appear in American Book Review, Colorado Review, Diagram III, Pleiades, Six–Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak, and Zoland Poetry, among other anthologies and journals. He is currently Managing Editor of Barrow Street Press and is on faculty at Monmouth Academy in Howell, New Jersey, and at the Downtown Writer’s Center in Syracuse, New York..


Judyta Preis and Jørgen Herman Monrad, who live in Copenhagen, Denmark, are translators into Danish of Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka, Tadeusz Borowski, Joseph Roth and Kurban Said. They have also translated a number of Polish poets for an anthology of "New Polish Poetry." At the moment they are working on the correspondence between Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan as well as Sebald's first prose work Schwindel. Gefühle. For them translating and travelling are related activities."Who," they ask, "can translate Central European authors from the 1920s and 1930s without having wandered through Warsaw, Trieste, Antwerp, Sarajevo, Thessaloniki, Marseille, Czernowitz and Drohobycz?"


Steve Roggenbuck has poems published or forthcoming in Cricket Online Review, BlazeVOX, and Moria. He lives in Michigan and blogs about veganism at


Kathrin Schaeppi is the author of three chapbooks. Sonja Sekula, a full-length poetic biography of the Swiss poète-peintre is forthcoming from Black Radish. Creative and critical work has appeared in diverse hardcopy and online journals. Through her small press she has issued correspondence with nobody and Spelling ( ) Bound.


Sasha Steensen is the author of A Magic Book, winner of the 2004 Alberta Prize (Fence Books), The Method (Fence Books 2008),  correspondence (with Gordon Hadfield, Handwritten Press 2004), and The Future of an Illusion (Dos Press 2008).  She teaches creative writing and literature courses at Colorado State University, where she also instructs students in the arts of letterpress printing and bookmaking. She co-edits Bonfire Press, and she is one of the poetry editors for Colorado Review.  Recent work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, La Petit Zine, Free Verse, and Shiny.


Naomi Beth Tarle has been an editor at Ahsahta Press. Her work has appeared in At Large Magazine, Shampoo, and Westwind.


Ashley VanDoorn has recently published poems online at BlazeVox and  and Shampoo. She has an audio file at PennSound.


Scott Wilkerson is a Professor at the Georgia Military College-Columbus and a Research Associate at the Halawaukee Studio for the Arts. .


Elizabeth Winder's poetry has appeared in The Antioch Review, Cake train, FIELD, Free Verse, CONDUIT, and Phoebe.