Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Next Poetry Festival featuring a marathon reading of Ronald Johnson's ARK & readings of original poetry from C.S. Carrier, Julia Cohen, Tim Earley, Phil Estes, Lea Graham, Jane Gregory, Whit Griffin, Stacy Kidd, Mark Lamoureux, Sara Nicholson, Michael Martín Shea, Mark Spitzer, Shannon Tharp, Tim VanDyke, and Deborah Woodard All events are free or $3 donation. The Next Poetry Festival Schedule of Events Friday, March 21 7-10 pm Nightbird Books 205 W. Dickson St. Michael Martin Shea Mark Spitzer Phil Estes Stacy Kidd Lea Graham Deborah Woodard Mark Lamoureux Julia Cohen Shannon Tharp Saturday, March 22 2-4 pm Backspace 546 W. Center St., Unit H C.S. Carrier Whit Griffin Tim Earley Tim Van Dyke Sara Nicholson Jane Gregory Saturday, March 22 6-12 pm Fayetteville Underground 101 W. Mountain St. A marathon reading of Ronald Johnson’s ARK

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Burning Chair Readings 
presents 

Poetry Orgy at The Nines 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 9 PM 

featuring 

Pamela Sue Hitchcock 

 w/ an orgy of poets and lovers reading original and borrowed poems 
(line up TBA) 

The Nines 
546 W. Center St., Studio B 
Fayetteville, Arkansas 
FREE! 

The Burning Chair Readings, founded in Brooklyn in 2006, now call Fayetteville, Arkansas home and host a variety of literary events in Fayetteville and across the country. For information, find us on Facebook: The Burning Chair Readings or email Matthew Henriksen at matthenriksen@gmail.com. 

Pamela Sue Hitchcock is an on-again, off-again student at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she studies German, creative writing, and translation. Her work is forthcoming in Squaw Valley Review, and her 2013 poetry chapbook is called "Shut Up Damn Moon."  She has lived in Eureka Springs since 1987.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


The Burning Chair Readings
presents

An Ozark Small-Press Poetry Festival

celebrating newly-released issues of two Fayetteville-based hand-bound literary journals

Cannibal

        &
Bestoned: The New Metaphysick

featuring readings by



Thomas Andes
Kaveh Bassiri
Anselm Berrigan
Joseph Bradshaw
Sarah Boyer
Lily Brown
Cody-Rose Clevidence
Phil Cordelli
Tim Earley
C. Violet Eaton
Farrah Field
Graham Foust
Whit Griffin
Matthew Henriksen
Ryan Mitchell
Katie Nichol
Sara Nicholson
Laura Solomon
Eszter Takacs
Tim Van Dyke
Jared White

April 26 & 27, 7-10 pm
Nightbird Books
205 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas


with a dance party following the Friday reading
featuring DJ EJ and hosted by Katy Henriksen
https://soundcloud.com/dj-ej-kxua

The event is free, with support from Art Amiss and Nightbird Books.  Copies of Cannibal #6 and Bestoned: The New Metaphysick #1 will be available for purchase along with the readers’ books at the events.  Or visit the journals online at flesheatingpoems.blogspot.com and bestonedmagazine.com.

Find our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/133347926844797.

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home.  Readings feature poets of emerging talent and established reputation from Fayetteville and across the country.  For complete event listings and author information, visit burningchair.blogspot.com.

Tom Andes’ writing has appeared or is forthcoming in News from the Republic of Letters, Santa Clara Review, Housefire, Spork, Mantis, Bateau, Harp and Altar3:AM Magazine, elimae, Pif, Everyday Genius, and the Rumpus, among other publications. A hand-sewn chapbook, “Life Before the Storm and Other Stories,” appeared in a limited run from Cannibal Books in 2010. His story “The Hit,” which first appeared in Xavier Review, was recently anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories 2012.  He lives New Orleans.

Kaveh Bassiri’s poetry won the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award and is published in Best New Poets 2011Virginia Quarterly ReviewBeloit Poetry Journal, and Mississippi Review.

Anselm Berrigan’s books include Notes from Irrelevance (Wave), Free Cell (City Lights), and Zero Star Hotel (Edge). He is working on a chapbook, “Sure Shot,” due out later this spring from the Brooklyn based press Overpass. A long somewhat screwed up poem titled Primitive State will be published as a book by Edge books some time down the road. He is the Poetry Editor for The Brooklyn Rail (brooklynrail.org), former Artistic Director of The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, and co-editor of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan. He lives in New York City, where he grew up, and juggles teaching jobs and odd writing gigs for a living. 

Sarah Boyer is originally from South Dakota but not lives in Denver, CO.

Joseph Bradshaw started writing poetry when a friend lent him Leslie Scalapino’s The Front Matter, Dead Souls. In 2011 Shearsman published his book In the Common Dream of George Oppen.  His new work is in new issues of Elective Affinities, Cannibal, Aufgabe, Bright Pink MosquitoSink Review, and James Yeary’s c_L newsletter. Chapbooks are forthcoming from Potlatch Discordian Network and Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.

Lily Brown is the author of Rust or Go Missing, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2011. Recent poems are out or forthcoming soon in Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Aesthetix, Saltgrass, and The Offending Adam. She is from Massachusetts and currently lives in Athens, GA, where she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia. 

Cody-Rose Clevidence lives in Arkansas sometimes.  You can find their little silver chapbook book “everything that is beautiful is edible” from flowers & cream press and later, beast feast from ahsahta (2014).

Phil Cordelli, former smoker, tentatively. Resident-at-large of Denver, CO, newly. Farmer, spearfisher, Kingfisher. Taj Mahal. Trike by Bob Log. What We Do by Doo Rag. 1994 Toad’s Place New Haven CT. Former CT MA NY CA ME. Manual of Woody Plants, Ugly Duck, soon. Soon for you.

Tim Earley is the author of two collections of poems, Boondoggle (Main Street Rag, 2005) and The Spooking of Mavens (Cracked Slab Books, 2010). His work has appeared in Chicago Review, jubilat, Colorado Review, Cannibal, New Orleans Review, Conduit, Bestoned, and many other journals and anthologies. A limited edition chapbook, “Catfish Poems,” is forthcoming later this year from Delete Press. The recipient of two Writing Fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he teaches at the University of Mississippi and in the Fine Arts Work Center’s Online Writing Program.

C. Violet Eaton is the editor of Bestoned, a journal of new metaphysical verse. As Dowser, he occasionally dispatches small editions of ‘hill drone’ recordings from Arkansas, where he also sells used & rare books.

Farrah Field is the author of two books of poetry: Rising (2009) and Wolf and Pilot (2012), both published by Four Way Books. She is also the author of the chapbook “Parents” (2011) from Immaculate Disciples Press and her poems were selected by Kevin Young for The Best American Poetry 2011.  Farrah and Jared White are together the owners of a small press bookstore, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, co-curators of an event series, Yardmeter Editions, and parents of a baby, Roman Field White.

Graham Foust is the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems.  His poems, essays, translations, and reviews have appeared in The Nation, ConjunctionsTriQuarterlyPloughsharesBoston ReviewAmerican Letters and CommentaryA Public SpaceGulf CoastNew Ohio ReviewVerseFence, and many other publications.  With Samuel Frederick, he has translated three books by the late German poet Ernst Meister, including In Time’s Rift, which was published in the fall of 2012.  He works at the University of Denver. 

Whit Griffin is the author of Pentateuch (Skysill, 2010) and The Sixth Great Extinction (Skysill, 2012).  His third collection, A Far-Shining Crystal, is forthcoming from Cultural Society.  Recent poems are forthcoming in Brawling PigeonBoog City and LUNGFULL!. Along with Andrew Hughes he edits Bright Pink Mosquito.  He lives in Memphis.

Matthew Henriksen’s first book, Ordinary Sun, emerged from Black Ocean in 2010.  He edited a feature of Frank Stanford’s previously unpublished poems and fiction in Fulcrum #7 and hosted the Frank Stanford Literary Festival in Fayetteville in 2008.  He co-edits Typo, an online poetry journal, and, with his wife, Katy Henriksen, founded The Burning Chair Readings and Cannibal when living in Brooklyn.  He currently sells used books at the Dickson Street Bookshop.

Ryan Mitchell lives in New Orleans, yet the Ozark Mountains remain her home. She is excited to be published in Cannibal among other Ozark poets. She currently works for The New Orleans Review as Editor’s Assistant. Her work has appeared in New Orleans’ Review’s online site, and in Otis Nebula.

Katie Nichol is a fourth-year student in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. She really likes to bake cakes. 

Sara Nicholson’s poems can be found in Cannibal and Bestoned: The New Metaphysick. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and lives not on a mountain in, but in the mountains of, Arkansas.

Laura Solomon’s books include Bivouac (Slope Editions, 2002), Blue and Red Things (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2007), and The Hermit (UDP, 2011). Other publications include a chapbook, “Letters by which Sisters Will Know Brothers” (Katalanché Press 2005) and “Haiku des Pierres / Haiku of Stones” by Jacques Poullaoueq, a translation from the French with Sika Fakambi (Editions Apogée, 2006). In 2010, she was invited to Slovenia’s international poetry festival, Days of Poetry & Wine, and last year was a recipient of an award from the Fund for Poetry. She has lived recently in Paris, Philadelphia, and Verona, Italy, but currently may be found in Athens, Georgia, where she performs with the band pacificUV, whose new album After The Dream You Are Awake will be released this May from Mazarine Records. 

Eszter Takacs is a Hungarian-born poet. Her poems have appeared in Full of Crow, elimae, ILK Poetry, Birdfeast, Mixed FruitBarn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, and Phoebe.  She is currently an MFA candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, to where she recently relocated from Los Angeles. She also plays the flute and fiddles with cameras.

Tim Van Dyke grew up in Colombia, South America, until guerilla warfare forced him back to the United States. Since then, he has worked in several insane asylums. In 2011, Lavender Ink published his first book, Topographies Drawn with a Divine Chain of Birds, and he has a chapbook, “Fugue Engine,” published by Cannibal Books.  He also recently published an e-book, Light on the Lion's Face: A Reading of Baudrillard’s Seduction, with Argotist.  His work has appeared in Fascicle, Typo, Octopus Magazine, 9th Street Laboratories, and elsewhere.

Jared White is the author of two chapbooks, “Yellowcake,” published by Cannibal Books in 2009, and “This Is What It Is Like to Be Loved by Me,” just published by Bloof Books this March. A third chapbook, “My Former Politics,” is forthcoming from H-NGM-N Books. His poems and other writings have appeared in Harp & Altar, Sink Review, and We Are So Happy To Know Something. Jared and Farrah Field are together the owners of a small press bookstore, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, co-curators of an event series, Yardmeter Editions, and parents of a baby, Roman Field White.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Burning Chair Readings 
presents

 a book (+ book) release event
 featuring a poetry reading by

 Michael Heffernan 

author of

Walking Distance
Lost Horse Press, March 2013

      &

The Breaking of the Day 
Salmon Poetry, September 2012 

Saturday, March 16, 8 pm 
Nightbird Books 
205 West Dickson Street Fayetteville, Arkansas
FREE!

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home. Readings feature poets of emerging talent and established reputation from Fayetteville and across the country.

Author Bio 
Walking Distance is Michael Heffernan’s eleventh book of poems. His previous titles include The Cry of Oliver Hardy (University of Georgia, 1979; reprint 2007), To the Wreakers of Havoc (Georgia, 1984), The Man at Home (University of Arkansas, 1988), Love’s Answer (Iowa Poetry Prize, 1994), The Night Breeze Off the Ocean (Eastern Washington, 2005), The Odor of Sanctity (Salmon, 2008), At the Bureau of Divine Music (Wayne State University Press, 2011) and The Breaking of the Day (Salmon, 2012). He was born in Detroit in 1942, educated at the University of Detroit and the University of Massachusetts, and has taught poetry in Michigan, Kansas, Washington, Ireland, and, since 1986, at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. His work has been awarded three fellowships from the National Endowment for the arts. He and his wife, Ann, have three sons, a daughter, and a grandson.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Briante, Greenstreet, & Matuk (2/16/13)

The Burning Chair Readings

presents

poetry readings by

Susan Briante
Kate Greenstreet
Farid Matuk

Saturday, February 16, 8 pm


Nightbird Books
205 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas
FREE!

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home.  Readings feature poets of emerging talent and established reputation from Fayetteville and across the country.

Author Bios

Susan Briante is the author of Pioneers in the Study of Motion (2007) and Utopia Minus (2011) both published by Ahsahta Press, as well as the chapbook, The Market is a Parasite that Looks like a Nest (Dancing Girl Press). She is finishing work on a manuscript, begun at the dawn of what has been called the “current economic crisis,” entitled The Market Wonders. She lives in east Dallas.



Kate Greenstreet’s new book Young Tambling will be out in January from Ahsahta Press. Her other books are case sensitive and The Last 4 Things, also with Ahsahta. Her poetry can be found in Colorado Review, Boston Review, Volt, Fence, Chicago Review, and other journals.  She is currently living in Ireland with her husband, Max.



Farid Matuk is the author of This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine, 2010), which was awarded honorable mention in the 2011 Arab American Book Award, named finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award, and chosen by Geoffrey G. O'Brien for the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets series.  New poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Iowa ReviewCritical QuarterlyWhite Wall Review, and Poets.org.   Matuk is a contributor to Scubadivers and Chrysanthemums:  Essays on the Poetry of Araki Yasusada (Shearsman, 2011), American Odysseys:  Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive, 2013), and Beyond the Field (Counterparth, 2014).




Local Poet Fest, Volume Two, Issue One (1/26/13)


The Burning Chair Readings

presents

Local Poet Fest

Issue Two, Volume One

with short readings by seven local poets

Kaveh Bassiri
J. Camp Brown
Rachel Burrows
Joshua Dickens
Laura Gray
Pam Hitchcock
Eszter Takacs

Saturday, January 26

Nightbird Books
205 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas

We suggest attendees bring a $3 donation to help support the venue and costs for the upcoming Bestoned/Cannibal Festival in April.

Come celebrate locally-grown poetry of diverse styles in a laid-back atmosphere.  Beverages with and without alcohol will be available for purchase.

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home.  Look for future monthly readings at Nightbird Books that will bring some of the most exciting emerging poets to share their work here in Fayetteville.

Kaveh Bassiri’s poetry won the Bellingham Review’s 49th Parallel Award and is published in Best New Poets 2011Virginia Quarterly ReviewBeloit Poetry Journal, and Mississippi Review.

J. Camp Brown plays bluegrass mandolin and sings high tenor.  He is a 2012 Arkansas Arts Council Fellow and was a finalist for the 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship.  His poems have appeared in Juked, Nashville Review, and Prick of the Spindle.

Rachel Burrows is an Ozarks native. She has a BA in English language and literature with a focus in creative writing from UAFS. 

Joshua Dickens discovered his love for poetry by sheer providence.  After several attempts, he finished his BA in History at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith and during his time there, he managed to get a few poems published.  He lives in Van Buren with his wife Rebecca and daughter Zoe Jane.  He is an amateur Medievalist, a great project starter and a so-so fisherman.

Laura Gray grew up in Scottsboro, Alabama.  She writes poetry and fiction, and studied writing at the U of A.  She currently teaches in the English Department.

Pamela Hitchcock is a non-traditional student at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she studies German and creative writing.  She has lived in Eureka Springs since 1987.

Eszter Takacs is a Hungarian-born poet. Her poems have appeared in Full of Crow, elimae, ILK Poetry, Birdfeast, and Mixed Fruit.  Additionally, she has poems forthcoming in Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, and Phoebe.  She is currently an MFA candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, to where she recently relocated from Los Angeles. She also plays the flute and fiddles with cameras.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Baran, Clay, Newton, & Williams (10/6/12)

The Burning Chair Readings

present

poetry readings by

Jessica Baran
Adam Clay

Keith Newton
Johnathon Williams

Saturday, October 6, 8 pm


Nightbird Books

205 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas
FREE!

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home.  Readings feature poets of emerging talent and established reputation from Fayetteville and across the country.

Author Bios
Jessica Baran is the author of the poetry collection Remains to be Used (Apostrophe Books, 2010) as well as the chapbook of prose sonnets Late and Soon, Getting and Spending (All Along Press, 2011). Her poetry has appeared in Harp & Altar, BOMB Magazine, Sink Review and the Tusculum Review; her art criticism has appeared in Art in AmericaArt Papers, and the Village Voice, among other journals. She lives in St. Louis, where she’s the art writer for the Riverfront Times and co-curator of the fort gondo poetry series.

Adam Clay is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Denver Quarterly, Iowa Review, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. He co-edits TYPO Magazine and lives in Kentucky.

Keith Newton’s writing has appeared in Denver Quarterly, 1913, Harvard Review, and Typo, among other journals, and his chapbook of poems Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published in 2009 by Cannibal Books. He is co-editor of The Harp & Altar Anthology (Ellipsis Press, 2010), a selection of writing from the online magazine Harp & Altar, which he founded in 2006. He lives in Brooklyn.

Johnathon Williams is the author of The Road to Happiness (Anitlever Press, 2012).  He works as a writer and web developer from his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He’s a founding editor of the online magazine Linebreak and the co-editor of Two Weeks, a digital anthology of contemporary poetry.

Brown, Earley, Solomon, & Van Dyke (9/8/12)

The Burning Chair Readings
present

poetry readings by

Lily Brown
Tim Earley
Laura Solomon
Tim Van Dyke

Saturday, September 8, 8 pm

Nightbird Books
205 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas
FREE!

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home.  Readings feature poets of emerging talent and established reputation from Fayetteville and across the country.

Author Bios

Lily Brown is the author of Rust or Go Missing, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 2011. Recent poems are out or forthcoming soon in Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Aesthetix, Saltgrass, and The Offending Adam. She is from Massachusetts and currently lives in Athens, GA, where she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia. 

Tim Earley is the author of two collections of poems, Boondoggle (2005) and The Spooking of Mavens (2010). His work has appeared in Colorado Review, La Petite Zine, Chicago Review, New Orleans Review, jubilat, Conduit, Typo, and many other journals. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi and also teaches in the Fine Arts Work Center’s Online Writing Program. 

Laura Solomon was born in 1976 in Birmingham, Alabama. Her books nclude Bivouac (Slope Editions, 2002), Blue and Red Things (UDP, 2007), and The Hermit (UDP, 2011). Other publications include a chapbook, Letters by which Sisters Will Know Brothers (Katalanché Press 2005) and Haiku des Pierres / Haiku of Stones by Jacques Poullaoueq, a translation from the French with Sika Fakambi (Editions Apogée, 2006). Her poetry has been included in numerous journals and anthologies and translated into several languages. In 2010, she was invited to read Slovenia's international festival Days of Poetry and Wine, and this year received an award from the Poetry Fund. Currently she lives in Athens, Georgia.

Tim Van Dyke grew up in Colombia, South America, until guerilla warfare forced him back to the United States. Since then, he has worked in several insane asylums. In 2011, Lavender Ink published his first book, Topographies Drawn with a Divine Chain of Birds, and he has a chapbook, “Fugue Engine,” published by Cannibal Books.  He also recently published an e-book, Light on the Lion's Face: A Reading of Baudrillard’s Seduction, with Argotist.  His work has appeared in Fascicle, Typo, Octopus Magazine, 9th Street Laboratories, and elsewhere. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Local Poet Fest, Volume One (8/18/12)


The Burning Chair Readings

present

Local Poet Fest


with short readings by eight local poets

Roger Barrett
Willi Goehring
Catherine Hotaling-Donnelly
Katie Nichol
Geoff Oelsner
E. Milton Vaught
Jessica Weisenfels
Rodney Wilhite

Saturday, August 18, 8 pm


Nightbird Books
205 West Dickson Street
Fayetteville, Arkansas

We suggest attendees bring a coffee mug, wine glass, or $3 as a donation to help stock Nightbird Books’ new coffee and wine bar.

Come celebrate locally-grown poetry of diverse styles in a laid-back atmosphere.  Beverages with and without alcohol will be available for purchase.

The Burning Chair Readings, founded by Katy and Matthew Henriksen in New York City in 2004, have organized regular and special literary events in several cities and now call Nightbird Books and Fayetteville, Arkansas home.  Look for future monthly readings at Nightbird Books that will bring some of the most exciting emerging poets to share their work here in Fayetteville.

Roger Barrett self published 8 issues of the zine Arm Chair Water Boy before they were doomed to the infoshops of imagination. You can find his other zines—Love God and You are Dead, For Victoria Forgetting, and We’re More River Piss than Grounded Kid by asking someone in their 20’s to ask someone in their 30’s. Random poems appear in Art Amiss chapbooks here and there. A failed stand-up comedian, a lousy hitchhiker, a regular college dropout, and a singer in the unsuccessful punk rock bands Kings of New England, Blood Eagle, The Counterlife, and currently in Escapists, there are so many things that
he can't do.

Willi Goehring was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, but has spent the last ten years in Western Illinois before moving to Arkansas. He received a BA at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and is in pursuit of an MFA in poetry at the U of A. In addition to writing poems, he likes to sing when he can.

Catherine Hotaling-Donnelly is a non-traditional student of English/Creative Writing about to graduate from the University of Arkansas and has had numerous articles and columns published in the Ozark Gazette, The White River Valley News, The Northwest Arkansas Times and the Fayetteville Free Weekly.  She has been on the board or has held offices in community groups such as Poets Northwest and The Ozark Poets & Writers Collective.  Donnelly has won numerous poetry and writing contests and has had her poetry published in the Lamplighter Review and @Urban Magazine.  She has lived on both coasts before getting landlocked in Arkansas.  She currently lives in a Civil War farmhouse on four acres with her husband and sons, two cats, a pug and twenty-nine chickens.

Katie Nichol is a fourth-year student in the MFA program at the University of Arkansas. She really likes to bake cakes. 

Geoffrey Oelsner is a poet, a singer/songwriter, and a psychotherapist. He has lived in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the Ozarks bioregion since 1979. His wife, Leslie Berman Oelsner, is also his musical partner.  Native Joy: Poems Songs Visions Dreams is Oelsner’s first full-length book of poems. He presents his poetry and original songs in not-for-profit benefit performances, accompanied by harmonium, dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, and banjo.

Arkansas-born-and-raised E. Milton Vaught has accepted that after living in Fayetteville for the past 16 years, she is now a “local.” She is currently pursuing her second degree in English/Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas. Most of the time, she feels as though she is living On the Grid. 

Jessica Weisenfels is a poet of necessity. She provides shelter to outcasts and animals while mothering two daughters and a neighborhood of other people’s children and pursuing an English degree and affordable health care.

Rodney Wilhite is originally from Oklahoma and is an MFA candidate at University of Arkansas.

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Plum-Stone Game by Kathleen Jesme
Ahsahta Press 2009


The pineal gland is an organ in the brain said to be the seat of insight, spirit, intuition, the mystic’s ‘house of the third eye.’ Sadly it is also said to calcify over time. Various strategies are suggested to open the pineal gland, to strengthen and purify this mysterious center of the mind. Rituals may entail various breathing practices, meditation, and a variety of other methods all purported to promote a cleansing of this sacred gland and open intuitive channels. Nowhere have I read that poetry, either in reading, listening nor writing is a pathway to opening the pineal gland as means of spiritual purification, but surely, upon reading Katherine Jesme’s The Plume-Stone Game, this book should be added to the list of detoxification options for promoting good psychic health. Jesme’s The Plume-Stone Game is a glass of soothed milk, placed to the reader’s lips, which once swallowed opens into the wonder of that ‘other world’ as a light both dividing the two hemispheres of the brain and simultaneously bridging the functions of the mind and the body: “She is like an animal, all desire—without language to staunch it//but she can’t tell that her kind are different…” Kathleen Jesme lays out the content of darkness, and will not go away into dark.
The book settles into four sections, but this is an understatement. The book swings as if through a revolving door, examining the three dimensional hologram of the lung’s interior chambers where, from a deeply dealt breath, a voices rises into the language of a fierce and distant new country. The sections unfold, archeologically, as if detailing the examinations of consciousness from the dirt inscribed under the fingernails, into the umbel blossoming of a multi-layered landscape. “Shall we examine betrayal? The small lesions on the skin that begin as ordinary…” Nothing in The Plum-Stone Game is ordinary. A reader is left to follow a pocket watch to which time will not be obedient. The hours, a relentless beauty, page after page, begin in the prose of saints, moving through sinuous lyric, cataloging the relics of a found ethnography and returning again to prose. Her movements are subtle, sparse, languid, as startling as the arrival of desert songbirds, pallid in the snow sun, those whose messages are carried alone through red hibiscus. Into the ear, the intimate distance of stars, sawdust, flecked notes.
Reader, as you move thorough The Plum-Stone Game, perhaps you will be reminded of an ancient self, what has been lost to you may return, as an exhibit, a shattered teacup glued back together. Jesme explores the synthesis of a dual body: “opens her mouth and feels my throat…” where the throat of my throat is swallowed deep into the limit of what eternal wild awakening, limitless and needle-sharp.




                                                    --Review by Maureen Alsop.

If you would like to submit a review or send a review copy query Matthew Henriksen at matt@typomag.com.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Farrah Field & Jared White 6.12.09 Fayetteville

The Burning Chair Readings
present poetry
at an undisclosed location
(at 3996 N. Frontage Road #2)

Farrah Field
&
Jared White

Friday, June 12, 6:30-8pm
FREE w/ refreshments
Bring Your Own Date
(directions below)

Bios
Farrah
Field’s first book of poems, Rising, won Four Way Books’ 2007 Levis Prize. Her poems have appeared in many publications including the Mississippi Review, Margie, The Massachusetts Review, Pool, Typo, Harp & Altar, 42Opus, La Petite Zine, Sojourn, Pebble Lake Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Fulcrum, and The Pinch. She lives in Brooklyn and blogs at adultish.blogspot.com.

Jared White was born in Boston, and has lived in Brooklyn for about eight years, during which time he received an MFA in poetry from Columbia, as well as playing a fair amount of music, mostly on the piano. His poems have appeared journals in print (Another Chicago Magazine, Barrow Street, Cannibal, Fulcrum) and online journals (Coconut, Horse Less Review, Word For / Word, Verse). He also published essays on poetry and music, most recently in Harp & Altar, Open Letters, and Poets Off Poetry. He was awarded a University Writing Prize from the Academy of American Poets. A chapbook of poems, entitled Yellowcake, was in Cannibal Books' Narwhal compendium. His very occasional blog, No No Yes No Yes, can be found at jaredswhite.blogspot.com.

Directions
3996 Frontage Road #2 is just off the intersection of Joyce and College. Heading North on College, turn RIGHT on Joyce (heading East), then LEFT (North) on the access road (which is the first road to the left). It is the first building on the Right – red awnings. Faces the access road, but abuts Joyce.

It is across Joyce from the Bank of America. The access road heads toward the back of Barnes and Noble, not south toward Panera.

Info: Contact Matt Henriksen @ frankstanfordfest@gmail.com

Monday, March 23, 2009


The Burning Chair Readings
at Fayetteville Underground
present a night w/ Cannibal Books
featuring poetry from

Carolyn Guinzio
Kevin Holden
M.C. Hyland
Keith Newton
kathryn l. pringle
Amish Trivedi
Joseph P. Wood


Friday, April 10, 6:30-8 pm
Fayetteville Underground
East Square Plaza
1 East Center Street
fayettevilleunderground.com
$5 suggested donation

Handmade & other books available at a discount, w/ refreshments, gallery tours, & social hour following the reading.

Cannibal Books publishes hand-sewn literary journals and chapbooks which focus on divergent and emerging poetics. While our products fit into the category of book arts, the focus is entirely on presenting daring work from a broad range of styles. An aesthetic definition cannot define the hunger. Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2004, Cannibal Books currently nests in Fayetteville, AR.

Visit flesheatingpoems.blogspot.com or query flesheatingpoems AT gmail DOT com.

Author Bios
Carolyn Guinzio is the author of Untitled Wave from Cannibal Books, Quarry (Parlor Press) and West Pullman (Bordighera). Her work has appeared in many journals including Blackbird, Colorado Review, and New American Writing. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Read two poems in Typo.

Kevin Holden is the author of Identity from Cannibal Books. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Colorado Review, Ecopoetics, The Harvard Advocate, The Liberal, Parcel and Typo. He is from Rhode Island and lives and teaches in Iowa.
Read an excerpt from Identity in Typo.


MC Hyland is the author of four chapbooks: Residential As In (Blue Hour Press, 2009), The Hesitations (a collaboration with Friedrich Kerksieck and Kate Lorenz, Small Fires Press, 2006), Incantations (reject sheep press, 2006), and Lost Gospels (Ponkapoag Press, 2005). She currently lives in Minneapolis, where she teaches creative writing and letterpress through local nonprofits, and runs DoubleCross Press.
Read “Epistolary” in H_NGM_N.

Keith Newton’s chapbook Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City was published this winter by Cannibal Books. His poems and translations have appeared recently in Harvard Review, Saltgrass, and Open Letters. He lives in Brooklyn, where edits the online magazine Harp & Altar.
Read “Materialization in a Black Sea” in Typo.

kathryn l. pringle is the author of Right New Biology, just out from Factory School/Heretical Text Series. She is the author of The Stills (Duration Press) and Temper & Felicity are Lovers (TAXT). She is an editor at the literary magazine minor/american, and the co-founder of the minor american reading series. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Read The Stills at Duration Press (requires Adobe Acrobat).

Amish Trivedi’s electronic chapbooks include Selections from Episode III (Beard of Bees), The Ink Sessions (Scantily Clad), and The Breakers (Absent Magazine). His poems appear in La Petite Zine, Cannibal, Word For/Word, and Backwards City Review. He lives in Iowa City.
Read The Ink Sessions at Scantily Clad Press.

Joseph P. Wood’s first full book of poems, I & We, will be published by CustomWords in 2010. He is also the author of two chapbooks: Travel Writing (Scantily Clad Press) and In What I Have Done & What I Have Failed to Do (Elixir Press). He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Read “Anatomy of a Bullet Wound” in Typo.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Burning Chair Readings @ AWP Chicago

The Burning Chair Readings
present

two nights of readings in Chicago
February 11 & 12, 2009

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Wednesday, February 11, 6-9 pm
Narwhal & Projective Industries
@ Sonotheque
1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL
sonotheque.net
$5

featuring poets

Kazim Ali
Maureen Alsop
Sommer Browning
Thomas Hummel
Thibault Raoult
Jared White


& music from

DA SO DO DA
The Goddamn Shame


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Thursday, February 12, 6-9 pm
Ahsahta Press & Typo
@ The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
emptybottle.com
FREE

Carrie Olivia Adams
Ben Doller
Kathleen Jesme
Forrest Gander
Matt Hart
Brenda Hillman
Alex Lemon
Barbara Maloutas
Rusty Morrison
G.E. Patterson
Marvyn Petrucci
Stephanie Strickland


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And we’ll be involved w/ these cool kids Friday night:

Friday, February 13th, 7-9:30 pm
No Thousands: A Small Press Reading
Black Ocean, Cannibal Books, Forklift Ohio, Octopus Books, Rope-a-Dope
@ The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL
emptybottle.com
FREE

Johannes Göransson
Joshua Harmon
Claire Donato
Kevin Holden
Russell Dillon
Alexis Orgera
Dean Young
Eric Baus
Shane McCrae
Sampson Starkweather
Chris Tonelli

Monday, December 29, 2008

"Do Chicago"

The Burning Chair Readings
presents poets from Ahsahta Press & Typo

Carrie Olivia Adams
Ben Doller
Kathleen Jesme
Forrest Gander
Brenda Hillman
Alex Lemon
Barbara Maloutas
Rusty Morrison
G.E. Patterson
Marvyn Petrucci
Stephanie Strickland


Thursday, February 12, 2008, 6-9 pm
The Empty Bottle
1035 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL (Home of your Chicago Cubs!)

Poets

Carrie Olivia Adams
, author of Intervening Absence, works in publishing in Chicago, where she is also Poetry Editor for Black Ocean. Her poems and criticism have appeared in such journals as DIAGRAM, Cranky, Lilies and Cannonballs, No Tell Motel, Backwards City Review, and Verse. She is also the author of the chapbook A Useless Window.


Ben Doller (né Doyle) is author of FAQ: from Ahsahta Press. His first book of poems, Radio, Radio, was selected by Susan Howe as winner of the 2000 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has taught in West Virginia, Iowa, Ohio, and California. Wherever he lives, he lives with his wife, Sandra Doller (née Miller) and their boxador, Ronald Johnson.

Kathleen Jesme is the author of The Plum-Stone Game, published by Ahsahta Press this month. She has written two previous collections of poetry: Motherhouse, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and Fire Eater. She lives in Minnesota.

Forrest Gander is the author of numerous books of poetry, including Eye Against Eye, Torn Awake, and Science & Steepleflower, all from New Directions, Gander also writes novels (As a Friend), essays (A Faithful Existence) and translates. His most recent translations are Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho, No Shelter: Selected Poems of Pura Lopez-Colome, and, with Kent Johnson, two books by the Bolivian wunderkind Jaime Saenz: The Night and Immanent Visitor: Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz. With poet C.D. Wright, Gander lives in Rhode Island, where he is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

Matt Hart is the Editor-in-Chief of Forklift, Ohio and the author of Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions) and three chapbooks: Revelated (Hollyridge Press), Sonnet (H_NGM_N Books) and Simply Rocket (Lame House Press). His work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, Jubilat, and Octopus. He is, as always, still trying to find a way to get Polyphemus, Todd Rundgren and Haruki Murakami into his bio permanently. Travel is his rock band.

Brenda Hillman’s seven collections of poetry—White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar and Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005)—are from Wesleyan University Press; she has also written three chapbooks: Coffee, 3 A.M. (Penumbra Press), Autumn Sojourn (Em Press), and The Firecage (a+bend press). Hillman has edited an edition of Emily Dickinson’s poetry for Shambhala Publications and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, has co-edited The Grand Permisson: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (2003). A recipient of numerous awards, Hillman has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, among others. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area; she is married and has a daughter.

Alex Lemon is the author of the poetry collections Hallelujah Blackout (Milkweed Editions), Mosquito (Tin House Books 2006), At Last Unfolding Congo (horse less press) and the memoir Happy (Scribner 2010). A play will be published by cinematheque press in 2010. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Esquire, Best American Poetry 2008, AGNI, BOMB, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Open City, Pleiades and Tin House. He was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He co-edits LUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation with Ray Gonzalez and is a frequent contributor to The Bloomsbury Review.

Barbara Maloutas is the author of the Whole Marie, winner of the 2008 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by C.D. Wright. Her previous books include In a Combination of Practices (New Issues, 2004) and Practices (New Michigan Press/Diagram, 2003). In 2007 Beard of Bees (Chicago) published an online chapbook, Coffee Hazilly; Segue published a series of poems and an essay on writing them. She teaches book structures and book arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Rusty Morrison’s the true keeps calm biding its story won the 2008 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, selected by Rae Armantrout, Claudia Rankine, and Bruce Smith. It also won The Ahsahta Press 2007 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, selected by Peter Gizzi, and the 2007 Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, selected by Susan Howe. Rusty Morrison’s first poetry collection, Whethering, won the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing 2004), selected by Forrest Gander. She is a contributing editor for Poetry Flash and co-publisher of Omnidawn.

A veteran of the slam-poetry scene, G.E. Patterson was a featured poet-performer in New York’s Panasonic Village Jazz Fest. He is also the author of two poetry collections, Tug (Graywolf Press) and To and From (Ahsahta Press). His writing can be found in several magazines and anthologies, including Blues Poetry, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Poetry 180, Isn’t It Romantic, American Letters and Commentary, nocturnes: (re)view of the arts, Open City, Provincetown Arts, Seneca Review, Swerve, Xcp: Cross Cultural Poetics, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project’s Poets and Poems. After living for several years in the Northeast and on the West Coast, G.E. Patterson now makes his home in Minnesota, where he teaches.

Marvyn Petrucci is the author of Pardon Me, Madam from Cannibal Books. His poems have appeared in Typo, Black Warrior Review, The Connecticut Review, Natural Bridge, Southern Humanities Review and Third Coast. He teaches English at Auburn University.

Stephanie Strickland’s fifth book of poems, Zone : Zero (book + CD), was published in September by Ahsahta Press. Her latest collaborative hypermedia work, slippingglimpse, was introduced in Paris and shown this year at the Zaoem poetry festival in Ghent. She teaches experimental poetry and e-lit at many colleges and universities, most recently the University of Utah, and is working on a book-length series of poems, “Huracan’s Harp.”

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Hosts

The Burning Chair Readings
began in the East Village of New York City and Brooklyn in 2004 and ran regularly for four years until setting up shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2008. The Burning Chair orchestrated the Fran Stanford Literary Festival in Fayetteville in October 2008 and have plans in the works for future festivals focusing on alternative and southern literature as well as independent publishing and book arts.

Ahsahta Press was founded in 1974 at Boise State University; in 2000, Janet Holmes was named director and editor. The press seeks out poetry with an innovative twist and the kind of attention to language that pushes beyond craft into art; it produces books whose design takes on these high standards as well. The name "Ahsahta" comes from the Mandan word for a Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and was first recorded by the Lewis and Clark expedition in Idaho.

Typo was founded in Fayetteville, Arkansas by Adam Clay and Matthew Henriksen in 2002. The online-only poetry magazine, which publishes established and emerging poets, is available at typomag.com.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Frank Stanford Literary Festival

Fayetteville, Arkansas
October 17 - 19, 2008

Readings, panels, and a film screening.

Info

here

& here.

No registration required.

We're also a group on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Goose Up!


The Burning Chair Readings
present

Goose Up!
Poetry!

at East Coast Aliens

Saturday, May 17th, 3-8pm
Doors 2:30 pm, $6

Ana Božičević
John Coletti
Kate Greenstreet
Sarah Gridley
Katy Henriksen
Shannon Jonas
Jennifer Kronovet
Mark Lamoureux
Timothy Liu
Chris Martin
Jess Mynes
Cate Peebles
Christopher Rizzo
Matthew Rohrer
Frank Sherlock
Joanna Sondheim
Shanxing Wang
Rebecca Wolff


w/ projections by
Stephen Hilger

& music from
The Hadacol

Hosted by Cannibal, Harp & Altar, Saltgrass & Tight

East Coast Aliens
216 Franklin St
btwn. Green & Huron
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
G to Greenpoint Ave (exit at India St)
B61/B43/B42

eastcoastaliens.com

typomag.com/burningchair
flesheatingpoems.blogspot.com
harpandaltar.com
saltgrasscontents.blogspot.com
tightjournal.blogspot.com

Ana Božičević moved to NYC from Croatia in 1997. She’s the author of chapbooks Document (Octopus Books, 2007) and Morning News (Kitchen Press, 2006). Look for her recent work in Denver Quarterly, Saltgrass, Hotel Amerika, absent, The New York Quarterly, Bat City Review, MiPOesias, Octopus Magazine and The Portable Boog Reader 2: An Anthology of NYC Poetry. Ana co-edits RealPoetik.

John Coletti is the author of The New Normalcy (BoogLit 2002), Physical Kind (Yo-Yo-Labs 2005), and Street Debris (Fell Swoop 2005), a collaboration with poet Greg Fuchs with whom he also co-edits Open 24 Hours Press. He currently is the editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.

Kate Greenstreet is the author of case sensitive (Ahsahta Press, 2006) and three chapbooks, Learning the Language (Etherdome Press, 2005), Rushes (above/ground press, 2007), and This is why I hurt you (Lame House Press, April 2008). Her second book, The Last 4 Things, will be out from Ahsahta in 2009. Her poems can be found in journals like Cannibal, Fascicle, and Handsome. New work is forthcoming in Filling Station, Practice, and The Columbia Review.

Sarah Gridley is Poet in Residence and a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Case Western Reserve University. She received an MFA in poetry from the University of Montana in 2000, where she was a Richard Hugo scholar and won the 1999 Merriam Frontier Award for excellence in creative writing. The University of California Press published her book Weather Eye Open in 2005. She has recently completed a new poetry manuscript, whose poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fourteen Hills, NEO, Harp & Altar, Crazy Horse, jubilat, Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, and Chicago Review.

Katy Henriksen was born and raised in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the design editor of the poetry journal Cannibal, which she creates with her husband Matt Henriksen in their tiny railroad apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She also helps run The Burning Chair Readings. Her music and culture writing may be found in Venus Zine, The Brooklyn Rail, Paste, Publishers Weekly, Puremusic.com, Rust Buckle, and elsewhere. Four of her poems are forthcoming in Tight.

Shannon Jonas is the author of Compathy (Cannibal Books, 2007) and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of Awayward (BOA Editions, 2009), selected by Jean Valentine as the winner of the Poulin Prize. Kronovet is the co-founder and co-editor of CIRCUMFERENCE, a journal of poetry in translation. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Harp & Altar, Ploughshares, A Public Space, and other journals. She was born and raised in New York City, and has lived in Chicago, St. Louis, and Beijing.

Mark Lamoureux is a poet, critic and translator who lives in Astoria, NY. His work has appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online. He is an associate editor for Fulcrum Annual. He is the author of three chapbooks: City/Temple (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003), 29 Cheeseburgers (Pressed Wafer, 2004) and Film Poems (Katalanche Press, 2005).

Timothy Liu is the author of six books of poems, most recently For Dust Thou Art. Two new books are forthcoming, Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2008) and Polytheogamy (Saturnalia Press, 2009). His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. Liu is currently an Associate Professor at William Paterson University and on the Core Faculty at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars; he lives in Manhattan.

Chris Martin is the author of American Music. His new book, Becoming Weather, is trying to become published. His newer book, On Song, is an ongoing investigation of song’s ontological use from the Caveman Days until Tonight. He is the editor of Puppy Flowers, an online magazine of the arts, and resides near the Prospect Park Zoo with a beautiful lady and her cat.

Jess Mynes is the author of Birds for Example, Coltsfoot Insularity (a collaboration with Aaron Tieger), In(ex)teriors, and Full on Jabber (a collaboration with Christopher Rizzo). He is the editor of Fewer & Further Press. In 2008, his If and When (Katalanche Press), Sky Brightly Picked (Skysill Press), Recently Clouds, and a second edition of In(ex)teriors (Anchorite Press) will be published. He lives in Wendell, MA where he co curates a reading series, All Small Caps. His poems have appeared in numerous publications.
Cate Peebles lives in Brooklyn and works at the literary agency, Sobel Weber Associates, in Manhattan. Her poems have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, Tin House, Octopus, La Petite Zine, MiPOesias, Capgun, and others. She co-edits the on-line poetry magazine, Fou.

Christopher Rizzo is a writer and publisher who lives in New York. Over the years, his work has appeared in Art New England, The Cultural Society, Cannibal, Dusie, H_NGM_N, and Spell among other magazines. Christopher has also authored several chapbooks, such as Claire Obscure (Katalanche Press, 2005), Zing (Carve Editions, 2006), and The Breaks (Fewer & Further Press, 2006). Full on Jabber, a collaborative work written with poet Jess Mynes, was released by Martian Press in 2007. Christopher also edits Anchorite Press, an independent poetry publisher of innovative work. He is a doctoral candidate in English at the University at Albany.
Matthew Rohrer is the author of five books of poetry, most recently RISE UP, published by Wave Books. He teaches in the creative writing program at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.

Frank Sherlock is the co-author of the newly released Ready-to-Eat Individual with Brett Evans.
Joanna Sondheim’s chapbooks, The Fit and Thaumatrope, were published by Sona Books in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Recent work appears in Unsaid magazine.

Shanxing Wang was born in Jinzhong, Shanxi province, China, in 1965. He moved to the U.S. in 1991 to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering at University of California at Berkeley. While an assistant professor of engineering at Rutgers University, he began taking writing courses at Rutgers and later the Poetry Project, and subsequently received a Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship to attend the summer writing program at Naropa University in Colorado in 2003. His first book Mad Science in Imperial City (Futurepoem Books, 2005) won the 2006 Asian American Literary Award for Poetry. His current thinking and struggling focuses on intersections of poetry/poetics with physics/mathematics, history, visual arts, and continental philosophy. He is also a competitive table tennis player and a table tennis coach. He lives and writes in Queens and he has a blog: shanxingwang.blogspot.com.

Rebecca Wolff is the author of Manderley, Figment, and The King (forthcoming 2009). She is the publisher and editor of Fence, Fence Books, and The Constant Critic, and is a fellow of the New York State Writers Institute, with which Fence is affiliated. She lives in Athens, New York.