Contributors' Notes


Jim Andrews is a poet, programmer, and audio guy. He has written and published since 1995.

Aaron Anstett's poems have recently appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Cranky, Dispatx, and Digerati: 20 Poets in the Virtual World. His second collection, No Accident, was published in May, 2005.

Thomas Basbøll teaches philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School, where he also helps researchers improve their academic English. He is married, has two children and once played the Ghost in a student production of Hamlet. Mark him: he blogs on the issue of the connection between philosophy and poetry at His poetry and
criticism have been published in Fascicle.

Petra Backonja lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tim Botta's poems have appeared in GutCult, Shampoo, and Unpleasant Event Schedule.

Cynthia Arrieu-King is currently an echocardiographer and a doctoral student in English. Her work has appeared or will appear this year in Prairie Schooner, Margie, and Diagram.

Anne Blonstein lives in Basel, Switzerland, where she earns a living as a freelance translator and editor. She has published two full-length books (the blue pearl, Salt Publishing, 2003; worked on screen, Poetry Salzburg, 2005) and three chapbooks (sand.soda.lime, Broken Boulder Press, 2002; that those lips had language, Plan B Press, 2005; from eternity to personal pronoun, Heliotrope Press, forthcoming).

Michael Broder received his MFA from the Creative Writing Program at New York University in 2005. His work has appeared or will appear in Painted Bride Quarterly, La Petite Zine, the Brooklyn Review, the Capilano Review, BLOOM, Softblow, Unpleasant Event Schedule, Caffeine Destiny, and roger, as well as in the anthology This New Breed (Windstorm Creative, 2003). He is working on a doctorate in classical studies at the City University of New York and teaches in the classics department at Brooklyn College.

Mike Chasar is a Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa where he is writing about American poetry and culture. Recent writing online includes work in the Iowa Review Web and Poetry magazine. His essay "State of the Art:  Dana Gioia, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Politics of American Poetry" appeared in Word For/Word #5 (Winter 2004).

Adam Clay's first book, The Wash, is forthcoming from Parlor Press. Canoe, a chapbook, will appear from horse less press in 2006. Recent poems appear in Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, and Barrow Street. He lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas and co-edits Typo Magazine.

Mark Dow has been a finalist in the Yale Younger Poets and Colorado Prize competitions. His work has appeared in Threepenny Review, Chicago Review, Boston Review, Pequod, Salmagundi, Southern Review, Big City Lit, and Also: translations of Manno Charlemagne's songs from Haitian Creole in Conjunctions and an introduction to Laura Wittner's Spanish translations of John Koethe at Vox Virtual. His book on immigration prisons, American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons, is available in paperback from the University of California Press. He lives in Brooklyn.

Michael Tod Edgerton is a graduate student in the Literary Arts Program at Brown University. His work has appeared in Boston Review (winner of the 2004 poetry contest), Chelsea, Exquisite Corpse, Fell Swoop, Five Fingers Review (2005 contest winner, forthcoming), Skanky Possum, and Wild Strawberries. He is currently looking for a publisher for his first book manuscript, Vitreous Hide.

“A poet I very much admire once told me that my poems are ‘in search of form.' I think this is an accurate description of their restlessness, placelessness, and of their neediness to formulate ex nihilo something that will have been some kind of design/ation. I have tried to embrace that search, making each poem [an answer in search of its question] or [a world in search of its body] or [a desire in search of its subject]. I've not yet become capable of fully surrendering to that waywardness.”

Adam Fieled is a poet, musician, playwright, and actor. He has released three albums: Darkyr Sooner and Ardent (all music, and Webster Street Gang productions respectively), Raw Rainy Fog (spoken word, Radio Eris Records). His writings have appeared in Jacket, American Writing, the Philadelphia Independent, Cake Train, Siren's Silence, Night Rally, Hidden Oak, Mind Gorilla, and Hinge. Four of his one-act plays were produced by the "Outlaw Playwrights" in State College, PA. He has also acted as a member of NYC's 13th Street Repertory Theater Company.

Noah Eli Gordon's books include The Area of Sound Called the Subtone (Ahsahta Press, 2004), The Frequencies (Tougher Disguises Press, 2003), That We Come To A Consensus (in collaboration with Sara Veglahn, Ugly Duckling Press), and the e-book notes toward the spectacle (Duration Press).

Michelle Greenblatt is a student at Florida Atlantic University and is the new co-poetry editor of AND PER SE AND, formerly known as "mprsnd". Her first book brain:storm, is available from anabasis Press.

Kate Greenstreet's poems have appeared in Conduit, Octopus, GutCult, Pool, Xantippe, and other journals. Her chapbook, Learning the Language, is just out from Etherdome Press, and her first full-length book, case sensitive, is due from Ahsahta Press in 2006.

Nathan Hauke is an MFA student at the University of Utah. He completed an M.A. in creative writing at Central Michigan University, in the spring of 2004, where he studied under Joseph Lease and Donna de la Perribre. His work has been published in Colorado Review, 26, Jacket, Electronic Poetry Review, Can We Have Our Ball Back?, The Tiny, and Temenos. His poem "Fear of Falling" was selected by Donald Revell as a finalist for Electronic Poetry Review's Discovery Award in 2005.

W. Scott Howard currently teaches at the University of Denver where he is an associate professor in the Department of English.  He has published articles and essays on a variety of topics within his two fields of specialization: modern & postmodern American poetry & poetics; and early modern English literature & culture. 

“DELIVERANCES” is a section from the serial poem “Shaping Time,” which contributes to Reconfigurations, a manuscript in-progress. "Cover Note/Covert One," a sequence of prose poems from Reconfigurations, was published in 2001 in the print journal Many Mountains Moving

Geof Huth is a writer of textual and visual poetry. He writes frequently about visual poetry, especially on his weblog, dbqp: visualizing poetics. His chapbooks include Analphabet, The Dreams of the Fishwife, ghostlight, Peristyle, To a Small Stream of Water (or Ditch), and wreadings. Huth recently edited &2: an/thology of pwoermds, the first-ever anthology of one-word poems. His most recent book is a box of pages entitled water vapour.

Matthew Klane received an MA in poetics from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003. He now lives and writes outside of Albany, NY. His email address is matthewklane at yahoo dot com.

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

“In this serie of designs I'm only wandering among the tricks of illusion, using classical iconography, ordinary typography and some new ways of visual composition. The idea came to my mind after the reading of Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous.”

Justin Marks has poems in, or forthcoming from, Fulcrum, The Literary Review, McSweeney's, Typo, RealPoetik, canwehaveourballback?, Black Warrior Review, Coconut and others. His chapbook, You Being You by Proxy, is out on Kitchen Press. His full length manuscript, Twenty Five Hours in Iceland and Other Poems, was a finalist for the 2006 May Swenson Poetry Award. He is Editor of LIT magazine and lives in New York City.

Aaron McCollough's third book of poems Little Ease is forthcoming in the fall of 2006 from Ahsahta Press. His previous collections are Double Venus (Salt, 2003) and Welkin (Ahsahta, 2002).

Maurice Oliver spent almost a decade working as a freelance photographer in Europe. Then, in 1995, he made a lifelong dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months, recording his experiences in a journal instead of pictures. And so began his desire to be a poet. His poetry has appeared in The Potomac Journal, Circle Magazine, Bullfight Review, Tryst3 Journal, The MAG, Eye-Shot, The Surface, Wicked Alice, WordRiot, Taj Mahal Review (India), Stride Magazine (UK), Retort Magazine (Australia), & online at,,,,,, & (UK). He lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a tutor. His poetry blogsite is:

Timothy David Orme currently lives in Boise, Idaho. His poetry has recently appeared in journals such as Interim, Gutcult, and Eratio.

Derek Pollard is currently on faculty at Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey. He is also an associate editor at New Issues Poetry & Prose, and a contributing editor at Barrow Street. He has poems and reviews appearing or forthcoming in Ambit (UK), Colorado Review, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Court Green, Diagram, Flyway, Interim, iota (UK), Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, and Quarterly West, among others.

Michael Rerick works at the University of Arizona Poetry Center and his work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Exquisite Corpse, Shampoo, Diagram, Fence, Bathhouse, Cue, No Tell Motel, Order+Decorum, and Words on Walls.

“For me, controlled bursts or jumps inform me as a writer and reader: and the middle ground that stews. Any subject that becomes not the subjects interests me. And space. Outer space.”

Mark Stricker lives in Hamden, CT. He co-curates the Word of Mouth reading series at the Arts & Literature Laboratory in New Haven, CT.

Lynn Strongin has published seven books, including Countrywoman / Surgeon, nominated for the Elliston award. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in New Works Review, StorySouth, Tryst, Avatar, C / Oasis, New Works Review, Terrain, Ciahroscuo, Moria, Verse Libre Quarterly, and Entelechy: Mind and Culture. Her anthology The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy will be published by the University of Iowa Press in spring, 2006. She has two books forthcoming in 2006: Dovey & Me (June, 2006, Solo press,) and The Birds of the Past ARE Singing (cross-Cultural Communications.) More information about Strongin's work is available at her website.

Steve Timm's work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Volt, Notre Dame Review, Gum, BIazeVOX, H _ N G M _ N, and Tarpaulin Sky. His chapbook, Averrage, was published in 2004 by Answer Tag Home Press. He teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His work appearing in this issue of Word For/Word are the 8" through 14" poems of a manuscript called Reading and Not Reading Mei-Mei Nest Berssenbrugge. “Nest” is a “reading” poem, and [“granted any launch”] is a “not reading” poem.

andrew topel was IN his mother's womb before coming OUT on December 7th,1977. when he goes OUTSIDE he eventually returns INSIDE. when he is INSIDE he looks OUTSIDE. when andrew turns his shirt INSIDE-OUT, this does not make him OUTSIDE-IN.  at the moment he clocks OUT at work, he is still IN the building. one of these days andrew would like to try IN-and-OUT burger.

Della Watson has been published in Limestone, JAR, Dossier, The Administrator and Make, and has work forthcoming
in eye~rhyme. The poems included in this issue of Word For/Word are part of an epistolary manuscript called limb by limb.

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

David Wolf is the author of Open Season, a collection of poems published in 1999. His work has appeared in The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Poet and Critic, River Styx and elsewhere. He currently teaches writing and literature at Simpson College.