Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A Leopold Schepp Scholar at New York University, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Short Story and The Thomas Wolfe/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Poetry Collection. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate of the 2010 Women's Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater, her plays have been produced in New York City, Washington DC and Toronto. Her work appears in Arts & Letters, B O D Y, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and Puerto del Sol. She writes the series "On 7 Train Love" for the blog of Sundog Lit. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize, her debut book of poems SOLECISM was published by Virtual Artists Collective in March 2013. Rosebud is a co-editor for HER KIND at VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Find out more about her at www.7TrainLove.org
Volodymyr Bilyk is a writer, translator and occasionally visual artist. His works appeared in The New Post-Literate, A-Minor magazine, REM magazine, Cormac McCarthy's Dead Typewriter, The Otolith, Altered Scale and many others. Heis co-editor of Extreme Writing Community.
Amanda M. Boyd is a Master’s Student from Queens currently studying African-American literature at the University at Albany. Among her favorite things are watching street performers make bubbles with ropes, the Spanish word for zucchini and films about children in turmoil. On her tumultuous path towards poet superstardom she has won a Shields McIlwaine Prize for Poetry and been published in Yellow Bird Magazine. Three of her poems will be included in the upcoming issue of BLACKBERRY Magazine.
Therese L. Broderick, MFA, MLS, has been active in Albany's poetry community for more than twelve years. She is an award-winning, published poet who teaches, judges, and volunteers for the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. Her photo blog, ''Poet Apace,'' can be found at theresebroderick.wordpress.com.
Don Byrd recently retired from the University at Albany English Department, where he taught for over forty years. His books include Aesop’s Garden (1976) and The Poetics of the Common Knowledge (1994).
Stuart Cooke is an Australian poet & scholar. A collection of poetry, Edge Music, was published in 2011 and a critical work, Speaking the Earth's Languages: a theory for Australian-Chilean poetics, was just released. He lectures in creative writing and literary studies at Griffith University.
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is internationally known for her work as a book artist and visual poet and her work is represented in many major museum and library collections. She has been on the faculty of Yale, Columbia, and the University of Virginia, and has had Mellon, Fulbright, and Getty Fellowships. Her books have been published by Rebis Press, Detour Press, Cuneiform Press, The Figures, and have appeared in many journals and publications. Her creative works include The Word Made Flesh (1989), The History of the/my Wor(ld) (1990), ComboMeals (2008), and the forthcoming Stochastic Poetics. Her academic and critical work focuses on visual poetics and graphic design in titles such as The Alphabetic Labyrinth (1995), The Century of Artists’ Books (1995), The Visible Word (1994), Sweet Dreams (2005), SpecLab (2008).
Vernon Frazer’s most recent books of poetry include T(exto)-V(isual) Poetry and Unsettled Music. Enigmatic Ink has published Frazer’s new novel, Field Reporting. Frazer’s web site is http://www.vernonfrazer.net. Bellicose Warbling, the blog that updates his web page, can be read athttp://bellicosewarbling.blogspot.com/. His work may also be viewed at Scribd.com. In addition to writing poetry and fiction, Frazer also performs his poetry, incorporating text and recitation with animation and musical accompaniment on YouTube. Frazer is married.
John Grey is an Australian born poet, works as financial systems analyst. Recently published in Bryant Poetry Review, Tribeca Poetry Review and the horror anthology, “What Fears Become”with work upcoming in Potomac Review, Hurricane Review and Osiris.
Christopher Hawver serves as the Executive Director of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, and has been with the organization since 1993. The Commission is a New York State public-private partnership that oversees the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, a 3,200-acre globally-rare pine barrens habitat at the western edge of Albany. Chris is responsible for all fiscal, legal and administrative aspects of the Commission and its staff, including the oversight and coordination of natural resource protection and management, public use, education and outreach and other activities of the Preserve. He works closely with Commission board members, state, county and local government agencies, elected officials, conservation groups and landowners to raise and promote support for the management and protection of the Albany Pine Bush. Chris led Commission in developing its Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center, an interpretive nature center that opened in 2007 and provides hands-on learning for families and students of all ages throughout the Capital Region, and beyond. He grew up in the Capital Region and returned after completing his graduate studies in a northern NY at the edge of the Canadian border. Chris holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Master’s in Natural Resources from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Pierre Joris has just retired from the University at Albany English Department, where he taught for over twenty years. With Habib Tengour, he recently edited Poems for the Millennium, Volume Four: The University of California Book of North African Literature (2013). For more on him and his work, seehere and here.
Virginia Konchan’s poems have appeared in Best New Poets, The New Yorker, the Believer, Sixth Finch, and The New Republic, and her criticism in Boston Review, Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere. The co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, she lives in Chicago.
Márton Koppány lives in Budapest, Hungary. He started writing visual poetry at the end of the seventies and since then his work has been widely published and exhibited. His latest book is Addenda (Otoliths, 2012).
Chad Lowther is a poet from Ohio. He currently lives with his wife in Albany, NY, where he is working toward an M. A. in English and an M.S. in Information Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. He also serves as co-editor of Brarzakh Magazine. He has read his work with the deepcleveland poets, and the Albany Poets, as well as at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, in Manhattan at the Bowery Poetry Club, CBGB’s, and the Sidewalk Café, and at countless coffee shops and bars throughout the U.S.
Jill Magi works in text, image, and textile and is the author of LABOR (forthcoming from Nightboat), SLOT (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cadastral Map (Shearsman), Torchwood (Shearsman), Threads (Futurepoem), the chapbooks Die for love/furlough, Poetry Barn Barn!, Confidence and Autonomy, and numerous handmade books. Her essay “Ecopoetics and the Adversarial Consciousness” was included in the Eco-language Reader (Nightboat/Portable Press 2010). Recent work has appeared in Drunken Boat, The Michigan Quarterly Review, Common-place: Journal of the American Antiquarian Society, and is forthcoming in Rattapallax. Her visual works have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, apexart, AC Institute, and Pace University. She was a Textile Arts Center resident in 2011, a writer-in-residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006-07, and is a 2012 recipient of an arts grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. In 2002 Jill founded Sona Books, a very small chapbook press, and for her publishing work she was named by Poets & Writers magazine as among the most inspiring authors of 2010. Jill teaches at Goddard College, Columbia College Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jesse Newman is a poet, performer, and undergraduate student in the English Department at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Catherine Owen is a Vancouver, BC writer. She is the author of nine collections of poetry and one of prose essays & memoirs. Her work has won the AB Book Prize and been nominated for the BC Book Prize,the CBC award, the Earle Birney Prize and the George Ryga award for Socially-conscious literature. She collaborates with multi-media artists, has written songs for an eco-musical, plays bass with metal bands and runs a photo blog. These poems are from a manuscript about the Fraser River. Her website is www.catherineowen.net.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website atwww.simonperchik.com.
Brad Vogler's poems have appeared in places which include: Free Verse, Moria, Versal, BlazeVOX, and Word for/Word, and he has work forthcoming in Jacket2 and Dear Sir. He builds and maintains the website for Delete Press (www.deletepress.org), and is the editor of Opon (www.opon.org). His first chapbook, Fascicle 30, was just released from Little Red Leaves Textile Series.