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David Madgalene David Madgalene is a MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where he studied with Anselm Hollo, Keith Abbott, and Rikki DuCornet among others. David is the author of a number of books, most recently Resurrected and Still In Love and The Hoodoo Dog and Other Stories. He co-authored the poetry-art book, To Be Named with Other Works of Poetic License, with Christopher Luna and Toni Partington. He is the editor of Continent of Light, an anthology of poetry. David has published across the country, notably in House Organ, Big Bridge, The Santa Clara Review, 5 AM, The Asheville Poetry Review, ZYX, and Orpheus Grid.  
Gayatri Majumdar Gayatri Majumdar is the founder-editor of brown critique (since 1995), a critically acclaimed literary magazine which has been a meeting ground for hundreds of Indian writers and those from abroad, new and established. In 2000, the magazine was re-launched as an e-zine. It is also a small publishing house. Her first anthology of poems - Shout - was published by Sampark, New Delhi, India. Gayatri's work has been recently featured in The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians. Her poems also appeared in A Hudson View, 'Poetry International Web,' and in Indian Literature, IL 264. Some of her poems are up at 'Talking poetry' (Open Space). Born in Kolkata, India, Gayatri lived in Bombay (Mumbai) and worked as a journalist at Press Trust of India, The Independent, and Debonair (where she also edited the Poetry Page) and was also associated with the Indian Chapter of P.E.N. Her first novel, A Song for Bela, is complete and waiting to see the light of day. In the meantime, she has started work on her second novel.  
Anju Makhija Anju Makhija is a poet, playwright, translator and columnist. She has a M.A in Communications from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and has worked in the fields of education, training and television. Her plays include If Wishes Were Horses, The Last Train (shortlisted for the BBC World Playwrighting Award ('99), Now She says She is God, Cold Gold, Meeting with Lord Yama and Total Slammer Masala with European Director, Michael Laub. Her other works include All Together a multi-media production that won a prize at The National Film Festival, California ('85). Makhija has published two books of poems, View From The Web and Pickling Season. She has co-edited a collection of Partition poetry entitled Freedom and Fissures; an anthology of women's poetry, We Speak in Changing Languages; and a three-volume series of Indo-English plays. She has co-translated the verse of the 16th century Sufi mystic, Shah Abdul Latif: Seeking the Beloved (Katha, New Delhi),which won the Sahitya Akademi English Translation Prize ('11). She also won the BBC World Poetry Prize ('02) and The All India Poetry Competition ('94).  
Jane Madrigal Anju Makhija is a Xicana Artist, Muralist, and Cultural Arts Educator raised on the westside of San Antonio, Texas. Her work is a reflection of her values, which embodies a deep reverence for indigenous culture, the power of women, and a vision of a better future for the next generations.
She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout Texas, Arizona, Philadelphia, and New York City. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Arts and Science and a Master's Degree in Education from Texas State University (2004). She is currently working toward becoming a Master Printer and is interning with Master Printer Damian Charette at Tortuga Studio and Press in Mesa, Arizona. Her Revolutionary Women Woodcut series is currently on exhibit in Madison, Wisconsin.
Madrigal began her career in the early 1990s in Austin, Texas where she was a pioneer in the graffiti art movement. Under the name SKAM Productions, Jane received national recognition for her work organizing young graffiti artists, exhibits, and mural projects. During this time, she was also mentored by the late Marsha Gomez at Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change, receiving extensive training in traditional plants and healing.
Madrigal returned San Antonio, in 2000. She became the Mural coordinator for San Anto Cultural Arts and began creating cutting-edge mural projects as a way to affirm culture, educate community, and honor a history, which would otherwise be lost. She has also produce murals for numerous organization in San Antonio, Austin, and New York City.
Other projects include: Dia de los Muertos installations and workshops on the traditions of ancestor veneration and it's importance in cultivating family loyalty and continuity of the family lineage; and traditional plant and healing, teaching the basic philosophy of Cuanderismo and the proper use of herbs and flowers for medicinal purpose.
Through her work, She hopes to remind us of our original laws of interconnectedness with each other, the earth, and the cosmos so that we can reconnect to the land and our ancestors. As a socially conscious artist, she believes, it is her responsibility to articulate the struggles of her people and create environments where reflection, affirmation, and transformation can occur.
Irina Maximova Irina Maximova , Russian poet (b. 1980), member of art-group "Rtsy" was born in Riga, Latvia. She now lives in Kaliningrad. Her poems were published literary journals Reflect (Chicago) and Vozdukh (Moscow), as well as in literary anthologies and online editions, including Polutona, Kamera Khraneniia, Retz, Alternatsiia. Irina has published two books of poetry: Bablgamy obratno (Bubble gum back) (Kaliningrad, 2005) and Rtsy: Vnutri Rtsy: Inside) (together with Pavel Nastin, Evgenii Palamarchuk, Yuliya Tishkovskaya) (Kaliningrad, 2007). She has participated in many poetry festivals, including ???WWWO, IV Moscow International Poetry Festival, Sodermalms poesifestival, GolosA, Avant. Her poems were made the long-list of Debut Literary Prize (2005), and LiteraturRentgen Literary Prize (2006).
Irina Mashinski Irina Mashinski is a bilingual poet and translator. She has authored eight books of poetry in Russian, and her most recent collection is Volk [Wolf] (Moscow: NLO, 2009). Her work has appeared in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including Poetry International, Fulcrum, Zeek, The London Magazine, and An Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets (University of Iowa Press, 2005). She is the co-editor (with Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk) of the forthcoming Anthology of Russian Poetry from Pushkin to Brodsky (Penguin, 2015), as well as co-founder (with late Oleg Woolf) of the StoSvet literary project which includes Cardinal Points and Storony Sveta literary journals. For her Russian poetry Irina Mashinski has won several awards, including First Prizes in the Russian America (2001) and Maximilian Voloshin (2003) competitions. In 2012, she and Boris Dralyuk received First Prize in the Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Translation Prize competition. Irina Mashinski holds a Ph.D. in Physical Geography and Paleoclimatology from Lomonosov Moscow State University and an M.F.A. in Poetry from New England College.
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore in 1947. While still an undergraduate, he co-edited damn you, a magazine of the arts, and later started the Ezra-Fakir Press. He has taught English at Allahabad since 1968, and his poems have been translated into German, Hungarian, Romanian and Macedonian. His first full-length collection of poems, Nine Enclosures, was published by Clearing House in 1976; his later works include Distance in Statute Miles (Clearing House, 1982) Middle Earth (The Oxford University Press, 1984) and The Transfiguring Places (published by Ravi Dayal, 1998). Mehrotra's translations of Prakrit Love Poetry, The Absent Traveller, appeared in 1991. He is also editor of Twenty Indian Poems (1990); The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (1992) and Periplus: Poetry in Translation (with Daniel Weissbort) in 1993. Songs of Kabir (Hachette-Black-Kite) was published in 2012.  
Mario Melendez Mario Meléndez born in 1971, from Linares, Chile, studied Journalism and Social Communication. Among his books, "Autocultura y juicio" (with preface from the National Prize of Literature, Roque Esteban Scarpa), "Poesía desdoblada", "Apuntes para una leyenda", "Vuelo subterráneo", "El circo de papel" y "La muerte tiene los días contados" are most prominent. In 1993, he received the Municipal Prize for Literature for the Bicentenial of Linares. His poems have appeared in various Latin American literary revues and in national and foreign anthologies. At the beginning of 2005, his work was published in the prestigious magazines "Other Voices Poetry" and "Literati Magazine." That same year, he was awarded the Harvest International Prize, given by the University of California-Pomona in the United States, for best Spanish-language poem. His work has been translated into Italian, English, French, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, Farsi and Catalan. For four years, he lived in Mexico City, where he conducted literary workshops and various cultural projects, as well as having directed the collection of Latino-American Poets in Laberinto Editions. He also created various anthologies of Chilean and Latin-American Poetry. Currently, he is living in Italy. At the beginning of 2013, he received the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic, given by the International Foundation Don Luigi di Liegro. He is considered one of the most important voices of new Latin-American Poetry.  
Tanya Mendonsa Tanya Mendonsa is a poet and a painter. She graduated in English from Calcutta, and at 21 moved to Paris, to paint, major in French literature at the Sorbonne and run a chaotic language school. After 19 years in Europe, she returned to live in the river-laced village of Moira in Goa,with the abstract painter Antonio E Costa, and now lives in the blue mountains of the Nilgiris. She has exhibited her paintings widely, but poetry is her focus. In her work, she draws deeply from a poetic tradition of the wonders of the natural world, which illuminate her first book of poetry, "The Dreaming House" (HarperCollins Publishers India, 2008) She is the author of a work of non-fiction, The Book of Joshua, and is currently at work on her second book of poems, All The Answer I Shall Ever Get, from which these poems have been taken.Pic: Rana  
Hoshang Merchant Hoshang Merchant born 1947, has been writing poetry exclusively in English since 1965. His first poem was published in America in 1973 by the MLA, Utah. He did his apprenticeship at the university in America and on the road in Greece, the Middle East and India. He finally published in 1989 when he had a desk at the University of Hyderabad, with Writers Workshop. He is an Indian poet deeply rooted in his family traditions while at the same time expressing the glory and pain of being a pioneering poet in gay India. Pic courtesy Penguin Books India  
Vadim Mesyats Vadim Mesyats (b. 1964) studied physics at Tomsk State University. In 1993 he emigrated to the USA, and worked for Stevens College in New Jersey as a coordinator of the Russian/American cultural program. The original of the poem published here first appeared in Novii Mir. Guest in the Homeland (Talisman House, 1997) in his early selected in English. He was short-listed for the Russian Booker Prize in 2002 and is the publisher of Russian Gulliver press.
Philip Metres Philip Metres has written a number of books and chapbooks, most recently A Concordance of Leaves (Diode 2013), abu ghraib arias (Flying Guillotine 2011), winner of the 2012 Arab American Book Award in poetry, To See the Earth (Cleveland State 2008), and Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (University of Iowa 2007). His work has appeared in Best American Poetry, and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry, and has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, four Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Anne Halley Prize, the Arab American Book Award, and the Cleveland Arts Prize. He teaches literature and creative writing at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. See and for more information.
miguel(así,sinapellidos) miguel(así,sinapellidos) 1984, Was born and lives in Guadalajara, Jalisco.
He studied Hispanic Literature at the Universidad de Guadalajara, but miguel is also a photographer, performance artist, graphic designer, cyclist, and editor of Apócrifa Art Magazine.
"I write poetry cause time gives me the words. I write poetry cause I'm a fugitive of a photograph my mother lost inside her womb. I write poetry...cause I feel like doing it. I am like the dawn when riding my bicycle, tiny and velvet-like when touched. I also write dislocated stories...light spirited, simple, a puff of silence."
"I write since hormone times till the current I-need-new-glasses time, since the allowed nakedness in life until the last hot flash of the hem in my skirt. I write sometimes, and others I only imagine, and many others, I am a verse lost in the lights of the nocturnal city."
"I am miguel(así,sinapellidos). I am the one who has the privilege of traveling at the root of their skin and in the reflection of your eyes. I one of many."

Jose-Luis Moctezuma Jose-Luis Moctezumais a Californiano and current doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago. His studies focus on technologies of the image in poetry, cinema, and literature. His work has been/will be published by Berkeley Poetry Review, PALABRA, Cerise Press, and MAKE Magazine. He is an editor and contributor at Hydra Magazine. Moctezuma and Garcia co-curate the blog,
Nathaniel Mohatt Nathaniel Mohatt holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Community Psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MFA in poetry from Saint Mary's College of California. The intertwining of poetry and the arts with community well-being and cultural resiliency are at the root of his work both as a poet and a scientist. He is co-founder of Social Action Writers, a newly forming network of writers committed to arts participation among marginalized communities, and Pirate Pig Productions, a community arts promotion extravaganza based out of California. He was raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and in Fairbanks Alaska, and he is married with two young daughters. He has been published in scientific and literary journals, including MiPOesias, Big Bridge, Jack Magazine, Camas, BorderSenses, and the Journal of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and his chapbook "Rotary House" was published in issue #42 of Mudlark.
Derek Mong Derek Mong's poems, essays, and translations have appeared in The Southern Review, The Missouri Review, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. In 2011 Saturnalia Books published his poetry collection, Other Romes.
John Most John Most editor and founder of Call: Review (2003-2006), studied with Giorgio Agamben while earning his doctorate at the European Graduate School. He is the author of three collections of poetry: Atelier (2005), Persephone (2006), and Field (2008).
Sheila Murphy Sheila Murphy poetry, visual poetry, and visual art appear widely. Her most recent book publications are Continuations 2 (collaboration with Douglas Barbour, University of Alberta Press, 2012) and American Ghazals (Otoliths Press, 2012). Murphy lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where she is Principal of Executive Advisement, LLC.  
Vihang A. Naik Vihang A. Naik was born in Surat, Gujarat on September 2, 1969. His poems have appeared in Indian P.E.N., Indian Literature : A Sahitya Akademi Bi-Monthly Journal , Kavya Bharati , POESIS : A Journal of Poetry Circle , Mumbai, The Journal of The Poetry Society (India ), The Journal of Indian Writing In English, The Journal of Literature and Aesthetics, The Brown Critique, The Poetry Chain, among other significant journals. His collection of poems Poetry Manifesto (New & Selected Poems ) was published by IndiaLog Publications Pvt Ltd (New Delhi ) in 2010. His works include Making A Poem published by Allied Publishers' in 2004. His first collection of poems includes City Times and Other Poems published in 1993. His Gujarati collection of poems, Jeevangeet, was published by Navbharat Sahitya Mandir, Ahmedabad, in 2001 dedicated to the cause of victims of Gujarat Earthquake on 26th January, 2001 He also translates poetry written in Gujarati language into English including his own Gujarati Language poems into English. He teaches English at Shree Ambaji Arts College, Ambaji, in Gujarat.  
Pravin Nair Pravin Nair is a brand researcher by vocation. His poems have appeared in journals such as Tongues of The Ocean, The Gloom Cupboard, The Brown Critique, Catapult To Mars, Mused Bella Online Literary Review. His collection of poems titled 'stitched' is due to be released by the end of May 2013. His other interests include chess, music, and social networking.  
Harish Nambiar Harish Nambiar is he author of a book of creative non-fiction about a motorcycle trip through India during the 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots. His poems have been included in the British Council anthology of Indian Poetry and won a honorable mention in the inter board poetry competition. He currently writes a column, Culture Counter, in The Economic Times and is working on a novel.  
Paul Nelson Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB in Seattle and the Cascadia Poetry Festival. He wrote a collection of essays, Organic Poetry and a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger.) One of his main writing projects currently is the next chapter of the history-in-verse mode of the Slaughter poem entitled Pig War & Other Songs of Cascadia.
He's interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Joanne Kyger, George Stanley, Brenda Hillman, Emily Kendal Frey & many Cascadia poets.
He has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Vancouver, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Victoria, Nanaimo, Lake Forest, Illinois and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
Philip Nikolayev Philip Nikolayev is an internationally published bilingual poet. Born in Moscow in 1966 and raised in Russia and Moldova, he grew up equally fluent in English and Russian. Since relocating to the US in 1990 to attend Harvard, he has published primarily in English. Nikolayev's four collections include Monkey Time (Verse Press / Wave Books, 2003, winner of the 2001 Verse Prize) and Letters from Aldenderry (Salt Publishing, 2006). His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Grand Street, Poetry, Jacket, Harvard Review, and many other literary periodicals. In 2009, Nikolayev defended his doctoral dissertation on Samuel Beckett under Christopher Ricks's advisorship at Boston University's Editorial Institute. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and co-edits Fulcrum: an Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics.
Kiwao Nomura Kiwao Nomura (1951 - ) is the leading experimental voice in contemporary Japanese poetry. He is also a major critic and theorist and has written a book on Rimbaud as seen through the concepts of Deleuze and Guattari. Nude Day won the 2012 Rekitei Prize.
Zita Noriega Zita Noriega 1984, Was born and lives in Mexico City, Distrito Federal.
She studied Hispanic Literature at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana campus Iztapalapa (UAM-I), and has taken several courses on writing, including a Certificate on Literary Creation at SOGEM (Sociedad General de Escritores Mexicanos). She has been awarded with several prizes for her writing, among them: third place in the competition "Palabras que matan... pero de risa" (UNAM), finalist in the Fifth National Competition of Oral and Written Expression "Octavio Paz" ( Universidad Anáhuac); third place in poetry (2002) and first place for short story (2003) at the Concurso Pre- Universitario de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She has published both short stories and poems in various magazines and anthologies, including: Revista Literaria Cultura de Veracruz, La grieta, Antología poética de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Pléyade, Antología 2007 del Encuentro Internacional de Mujeres Poetas en el País de las Nubes, and Arcilla Roja.
Dennis Novikov Dennis Novikov (1967-2004), now recognized as a classic in Russia, was born and lived chiefly in Moscow, but also spent several years in England and Israel. The poet attended the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute and was the youngest member of the prominent Almanac group in the 1990s, which also included the poets Sergey Gandlevsky, Alexander Soprovsky, D. A. Prigov, Lev Rubinshtein, Viktor Koval, and Timur Kibirov. Four volumes of his poetry appeared in his lifetime, the second with an enthusiastic afterword Joseph Brodsky. His collected poems is Viza ("The Visa"), ed. Felix Chechik (Voymega, Moscow, 2007). A complete works is in preparation. Novikov's poems are translated into English by Philip Nikolayev with the exclusive permission of the Estate of Dennis Novikov.
Yuliana Novikova Yuliana Novikova was born in Severodonetsk in the Luhansk region and atended the Gorky Literary Institute. In 2004, together with her husband, the poet Dennis Novikov (1967-2004), she emigrated to Israel and graduated from the Open University of Israel and currently works as a alternative medicine specialist in the city of Be'er Sheva. She is the author of two books of poetry.
Naomi Shihab Nye Naomi Shihab Nye has lived and worked out of her old downtown San Antonio cottage a block from the river for many years. She believes in pencils, pencil sharpeners, and writing every day.
Valery Oisteanu Valery Oisteanu is a writer and artist with international flavor. Born in Russia and educated in Romania. Immigrating to New York City in 1973, he has been writing in English for the past 40 years. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, a book of short fiction and a book of essays: "The AVANT-GODS"(in progress). A new collection of poetry with collage illustrations titled "Perks in Purgatory" appeared in" Fly by Night Press" New York, 2010. For the past 10 years he is a columnist at New York Arts Magazine and art critic for Brooklyn Rail. He is also a contributing writer for French, Spanish & Romanian art and literary magazines (La Page Blanche,, Viata Romaneasca, Observatorul Cultural etc.)
As an artist he exhibits collages and assemblages on a regular basses at the galleries in New York and also creates collages as covers and illustrations for books and magazines. As a performer he does theater plays and musical collaborations with jazz musicians, sessions known as Jazzoetry!
Stephen Oliver Stephen Oliver is the author of 17 volumes of poetry. Travelled extensively. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel. Free-lanced in Australia/New Zealand as production voice, narrator, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc. Lived in Australia for the last two decades. Currently resides in NZ. His latest volume, INTERCOLONIAL a long narrative poem to be published by John Denny of Puriri Press, Auckland, NZ (2013) is as much about Australia as it is New Zealand. A transtasman narrative.  
Mariana Orantes Mariana Orantes 1986, Was born and lives in Mexico City, Distrito Federal.
Finishing her studies in Hispanic Literature at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa (UAM-I), and presently studying Literary Creation at Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM). She was recipient of a "Jóvenes Creadores" grant, presented by the National Fund for the Culture and Arts (FONCA), 2011-2012, for poetry.
She has published in various magazines, among them "Cuadrivio," "Avispero" and "Passvs". She has also received many awards both for short story and poetry. Her book "Érase una vez en Los Beatos" was published last year (CONAFE 2012). She was part of the editorial team behind the digital magazine "Aguja," and monthly newsletter of the "Ateneo Español" in Mexico.
In her spare times she translates from English into Spanish. From 2012 until April 2013 she worked in the adaptation and translation of the play King Lear, under the direction of Hugo Hiriart, premiered on April 11 at the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz' theatre at the University Cultural Center (UNAM). Her three cats are her source of inspiration. She is a collaborator in the project "Terrario":
Eugene Ostashevsky Eugene Ostashevsky is the translator of, most recently, Alexander Vvedensky's An Invitation For Me to Think . An online edition of one of his poetry chapbooks may be found here
Yuko Otomo Yuko Otomo Japanese origin. A visual artist & a bilingual poet (poetry & haiku). She also writes art criticism, essays & does translation. In visual art, she has been concentrating herself on the study of abstraction & has created a body of work covering over 3 decades. Her work has been shown mostly in non-commercial spaces such as Tribes Gallery, Anthology Film Archives Courthouse Gallery, ABC No Rio, Brecht Forum, Gallery128 & Vision Festival. As a poet/writer, she has read in venues such as St. Mark's Poetry Project, Bowery Poetry Club, Tonic, The Stone, Knitting Factory, NY Public Library, Issue Project Room, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Nest, CUNY Graduate Center & etc. She also has read in Germany, France & Japan. Her work has been published in many magazines & literary publications such as Recluse, 6x6, Long Shot, Appearances, The Unbearables Assemblage Magazine, Downtown Anthology, Senritsu & others. Her books include Garden: Selected Haiku (Beehive Press), Small Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse), The Hand of The Poet (Ugly Duckling Presse), Cornell Box Poems (Sisyphus Press), Genesis (Sisyphus Press), Fragile (Sisyphus Press) & A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of Museum (Propaganda Press). She also has a huge volume of critical writing on art such as On Artist & Studio, On Artaud: Writing & Drawing, Henri Michaux: Untitled Passage, Vermeer & the Deft School, Being as an academician versus being an intellectual, Victor Hugo & etc.  
Ngodup Paljor Ngodup Paljor (1948-1988) walked over a bridge from the highlands of Western Tibet to a life in Alaska's largest city. Along the way he was a refugee, a monk and a student and was fluent in Tibetan, Hindi, Sanskrit, Pali, Thai and English. He served as a translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and was an assistant professor of Tibetan studies at the University of Hawaii. Paljor died in an accident at the Port of Anchorage, while working as a longshoreman on October 25, 1988.  
Dr. Gieve Patel Dr. Gieve Patel is a writer and painter, with three books of poems. Poems (pub Nissim Ezekiel, Bombay, 1966), How Do You Withstand, Body (Clearing House, Bombay, 1976) and Mirrored, Mirroring (Oxford University Press, Madras, 1991). He conducts an annual poetry workshop for school students at Rishi Valley School in Andhra Pradesh. Poetry with Young People (Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi, 2007) is an anthology of poems written by these students. He also has three plays, all of which have been performed. A collection, Mister Behram and Other Plays was published by Seagull Books, Calcutta, in 2007. He is considered to be one of India's most important painters, of the generation that first came to public notice in the seventies. A doctor by profession, he has also worked as a medical practitioner in urban and rural India.  
Tammy Peacy Tammy Peacy lives and writes in Kenosha, WI. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Black Heart Magazine, Straylight, SmokeLong Quarterly, and (Short) Fiction Collective.  
Lázaro Tello Pedró Lázaro Tello Pedró 1986, Was born in Nochixtlán, Oaxaca and lives in Mexico City.
He presently studies Literary Creation at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM). Has published essays and poetry in various printed and digital magazines and participated in national language and literature student conferences.
On what drives him to write, maybe it is simply the need to do it; he also believes in a literature that offers ways to read the world. Themes are universal and have been repeated throughout history. However, what matters is the renovation of the naming, which responds to aesthetic sensibilities that are in constant change. One has to look for the most effective way according to the sensibility one inhabits. Poet Ángel González says it like this: "There will be words for the new history and it is necessary to find them before it's too late."
His influences are innumerable: the structure of a story like "One Thousand and One Nights," a musical verse by Góngora, a sudden adjective in a verse by Borges, the way García Lorca built a metaphor, the combative sensibility of Arab and Andalusian poets, everything is useful for the poet when it provokes some resonance in his spirit.
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Nick Piombino Nick Piombino opened his ongoing weblog fait accompli in February 2003 ( His books include The Boundary of Blur (Roof), Theoretical Objects (Green Integer), Hegelian Honeymoon (Chax), fait accompli (Factory School) and Contradicta, with illustrations by Toni Simon (Green Integer, 2010). Free Fall, a 160 page full color collage novel was published by Otoliths in 2007. His collages have been exhibited at the Marianne Boesky Gallery (Poetry Plastique), and were included in Altered Scale and The Last Vispo Anthology (Fantographics, 2012).  
Pina Piccolo Pina Piccolo is an bilingual Italian-American cultural activist and poet who writes about a variety of topics including immigrant rights, decolonization processes , resistance movements, women's rights, and environmental concerns. She has been active in the 100 thousand poets for change movement, mainly in the Bologna area, publishes almost exclusively online and contributes regularly to Italian languageonline literary journals such as Sagarana, El Ghibli, A.L.M.A., Glob011.  
Jerry Pinto Jerry Pinto first book of poems was Asylum (Allied Publishers, 2004). His poems are also to be found in Fulcrum Number 4; An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics (Fulcrum Poetry Press, 2005) edited by Jeet Thayil; in Atlas; New Writing (Crossword/Aark Arts, 2006) edited by Sudeep Sen; and Ninety-nine Words (Panchabati Publications, 2006) edited by Manu Dash; the India issue of the Atlanta Review edited by Bhisham Bherwani (Spring/Summer 2012), These My Words; The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry edited by Eunice de Souza and Melanie Silgardo (Penguin India / 2012) and Another Country; An Anthology of Post-Independence Indian Poetry in English (Sahitya Akademi, 2013) edited by Arundhathi Subramaniam. He has also co-edited, with Subramaniam, an anthology of love poetry in English, Confronting Love (Penguin, 2005).Pic: Vinit Bhatt  
David Plumb David Plumb has worked as a paramedic, cab driver, cook, tour guide, and adjunct professor. Writing has appeared in Beatitudes 50 Years, The Washington Post, Outlaw Poetry Network, Sport Literate, Gargoyle and One Paycheck Away. He volunteers for an Alzheimer's Poetry Project and is past director for a homeless shelter. Will Rogers said, "Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip." Plumb says, "It depends upon the parrot."
Alexey Porvin Alexey Porvin , born 1982, is the author of two collections of poems in Russian, Darkness Is White (2009)) and Poems (2011). He was short-listed for the Andrey Bely Prize in 2011 and won the Russian Debut Prize in 2012. In English translation his poems have appeared in numerous magazines in the United States and in Ireland, including World Literature Today, Cyphers, The New Formalist and Words Without Borders. His first chapbook of poems in translation, Live By Fire, was published by Cold Hub Press in New Zealand in 2011. Porvin lives in St. Petersburg.
Michael Powell Michael Powell ,(1983) is an artist and writer born in England. He is currently very interested in and influenced by Norse God, Aztec and Celtic myths, Hermann Hesse, Jorge Luis Borges, Alan Watts, music, the natural world and the play, nonsense and flow of reality as it crashes against his everyday life. He enjoys using his imagination to create stories and drawings of another world made up of mythic and hybrid creatures, images and objects. Inspired by nature and its different connections, movements and relations, in an attempt of interpreting and explaining the world around him.
Moe Profane Moe Profane or Michael Breidenbach, is the 5th generation of Breidenbachs to grow up in what is now the decaying little Ohio river town of Evansville, IN. "I spent what I'm afraid will be the best years of my life in Louisville, KY before moving to San Antonio in 2010; in search of browner pastures. My wife, kids, and I now reside in a pleasant ranch-style home in suburban San Antonio."
Vitaly Pukhanov Vitaly Pukhanov is a poet and Russian literary figure born in 1966 in Kiev. He graduated from the Institute of Literature andwas the first and last winner of the Mandelstam Institute of Literature prize. At the turn of 1990-2000s, he. The was editor of the journal of prose October. Since 2003, he has been the Executive Secretary of the Youth Literature Award "Debut." The author of three books of poetry, Pukhanov lives in Moscow.
Tran Huy Quang Tran Huy Quang was born at Quynh Minh village, Nghe An province in 1943 as Tran Huy Quang. During the war, he served in an artillery unit. He graduated from Hanoi University in the field of history. He also commanded the Vanguard youth and taught culture in the army. After the war, he became a reporter for the Doc Lap newspaper; he has been the editor of Van Nghe journal since 1987. He started writing when he was still a private. His first published work appeared in the Army Literature journal in 1968, "Anh Ho" (Mr. Ho). With the publication of Cau Chuyen Ve Ong Vua Lop (Story of the King Rubber) and Loi Khai cua Bi Can (The Culprit's Statements), he is considered one of the pioneers in the reportage genre at the beginning of the Renovation. His published works include: Chiec Ao Mau Lua (The Shirt With the Color of Fire), short stories, 1970; Su Trac Tro Da Qua (The Obstacles Have Passed), short stories, 1984; Cau Chuyen Ve Ong Vua Lop (Story of the King Rubber), reportage, 1985; Ngay Mai (Tomorrow), novel, 1985; Ngon Khoi (Wisp of Smoke), novel, 1985; Nguoi Lam Chung (The Witness), reportage and short stories, 1988; Nuoc Mat Do (Red Tears), novel, 1988; Moi Tinh Hoang Da (The Wild Love Affair), novel, 1990; Chi Dau (Sister-in-Law), novel, 1994; Tran Huy Quang Phong Su (Tran Huy Quang Reportage), 1995; Nhung Co Gai Dong Loc (Girls of Dong Loc), reportage, 1997; and Nuoc Mat Do Va Nhung Chuyen Khac (Red Tears and Other Stories), 2005. Chan troi xa tham (Abyss far Horizon, 2009 and Thanh ca Truong Bon (Psalms of Truong Bon - war novel 2011). He has received numerous awards for his work.
Rizio Yohannan Raj Rizio Yohannan Raj is a bi-lingual writer, translator and educationist. Her works include two collections of poetry in English (Eunuch, Naked by the Sabarmati and Other Guna Poems), and two novels in Malayalam (Avinasom, Yatrikom), the first of which is translated into English as A Tale of Things Timeless (Harper Collins 2012). She has translated and introduced major 20th century Malayalam writers into English.
     Before her present occupation as an academician , she was a journalist, and a books editor and publisher. Her academic works include a pioneering volume on Comparative Literature, Quest of a Discipline: New Academic Directions for Comparative Literature. She is the Head of Publishing at Katha, New Delhi. She is also the founder-director of a trust dedicated to the cause of education and life appreciation, Lila Foundation for Translocal Initiatives.
Anupama Raju Anupama Raju is a poet, journalist, and corporate trainer. Her poetry has been featured in several anthologies, including the HarperCollins Book of English Poetry (HarperCollins), Yellow Nib Modern English Poetry by Indians (Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Queen's University, Belfast), Ten - The New Indian Poets (Nirala Publications). Her writing has also appeared in The Hindu, Caravan, The Little Magazine, Indian Literature, Mint Lounge, Pratilipi, and so on. Anupama is the writer for a collaborative Indo-French Poetry and Photography Project (2011-2013). She is also a translator and has been translating Malayalam author Paul Zacharia's stories into English. She is working on her first book of poems.  
Athena Ramírez y Ramírez Athena Ramírez y Ramírez 1982, Was born in Mexico City and lives in Tepoztlán, Morelos.
Radio presenter, poet, short story writer and tarot reader, Athena studied Literary Creation at the Sociedad General de Escritores Mexicanos (SOGEM). She is a licensed radio announcer who produces a show dedicated to the spread of poetry. She has published in various anthologies and magazines. Her collection, "Incivil," was recently published by VersoDestierro after winning second place at their 2011 Poetry Tournament.
"I discovered words and experimented with them in sound.
I discovered reading and doors opened themselves.
I discovered poetry and started to understand the world.
The word comes after me in all its facets and I have no other option but follow this path, which I accept as a way of life, and at some point, as a religion.
I remember having written a short dramatic dialogue when I was 8 years old, making a homemade documentary on chrysalis, when I was 9, and saying I would be a "poet and a tourist" when I grew up. Such innocent decree keeps ruling my life.
Gorostiza, Paz, Szymborska, Mallarmé, Bukowski, Pizarnik, Whitman, Huidobro, Castro, Castellanos and Gelman are some of the poets who inhabit my bookshelves. Contemporary Women's poetry is a motor which revolutionizes ideas. I fervently believe that poetry is everywhere, but whoever learns to see it is destined to evolve."
Dan Raphael Dan Raphael "My last book, The State I'm in, came out a year ago. Current poems appear in Caliban, Unlikely Stories, Unshod Quills, Tower and Otoliths."  
Natalya Reznik Natalya Reznik is a young Russian poet who has lived in the U.S. for twenty years and is a recent discovery in the world of Russian poetry with her straight, sharp, and honest lyricism. She lives in Boulder , Colorado and works as computer programmer.
Tenzing Rigdol Tenzing Rigdol a contemporary Tibetan artist, was born to a Tibetan refugee family in Nepal. Rigdol's artwork ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing to video installation. His books include 'R' The Frozen Ink (2009), Anatomy of Night (2011) and Butterfly's Wings (2011).  
Daniela -ZaaZaa- Riojas Daniela "ZaaZaa" Riojas is a visual artist based out of San Antonio. Never formally educated in photography and video, she derives her inspiration from poetry and her studies in English at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The opera-like, heavily sonic and visual manifestation of Transcendentalism through Walt Whitman's poetry, Leaves of Grass, was the first work to greatly influence her eventual full submersion in every aspect of art. She is the founder of The Arts United, a freelance photographer and videographer, and spearhead of a new musical project, featuring her songs and voice, entitled "Asperatus" which will incorporate contemporary indie style electronic beats with ancient desert soul. Web Site:  
David Fernandez Rivera David Fernández Rivera (Vigo, 1986), poet, playwright, musician and theatre director. He has published the poetry books Caminando entre brumas [Walking among Mists] (2004), Canciones de mi ausencia [Songs of my Absence] (2005), Corceles [Steeds] (2006), Entre la sombra y el grito [Between Shadow and Shout] (2008), Alambradas [Wire Fences] (2010), Sahara (2011), besides the play Hipnosis/La Colonia [Hypnosis/The Colony] (2012).
Clearly born for the stage and displaying and with a dedicated attitude towards poetry, he combined from a very early stage poetry in the form of books as well as its materialization into theatre, music or performances. Well before 2005 he had already recorded and performed on various stages such poems as "The Lass and the Beach," "Far from the Sea," "Unknown," "At Dawn," "Memories," together with many other poems.
This vocation turned in 2007 into the beginning of his acting career, an adventure that he would voluntarily leave in order to create far beyond the usual limits and conventions of theatre and music. That is how The David Fernández Rivera Company was founded in 2007, with which he has put on a wide array of plays, always with the intention of going beyond the avant-garde and innovation.
From this time on, he began a sound and prolific career as a playwright started, publishing Hipnosis/La Colonia, writing and directing several plays at the same time.
He included "A Colt to Singapore," "The Sanity of the Suicide," and "Escape" to his 2011 recital, Night Echoes, the seed where projects such as Miguel Hernández. Selected Poems were born, or also his later work as a "sound manager" and music composer.
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Andrei Rodionov Andrei Rodionov was born in Mytischi, a suburb of Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Polygraphic Institute with a degree in Book Science and Literary Merchandising; since 1993, he has worked in the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Musical Academic Theater as a set designer and textile colorist for costumes and sets and is a journalist and columnist for the journal Krokodil (Crocodile). Rodionov is the author of two books of poetry, Welcome to Moscow (Dobro pozhalovat v Moskvu), published in 2003, and Dumplings Oysters (Pelmeni ustritsi), in 2004. He is also author to numerous publications in Russia's leading literary journals. He frequently presents his work in public readings. In 2002, he was the winner of the Russian Slam competition. Rodionov's work is included in the Anthology of Contemporary Russian Poetry (2008).
Steve Roe Steve Roe was founder of the art collective Council Of (Poetic) Experimentation which continues to perform original and classic multi-media experimental works.
In addition to original works CO(P)E has performed works by Antonin Artaud, Robert Ashley, John Cage, Francios Dufrene, Bern Porter, Louis Zukofsky and many others.
Edwing -Canuto- Roldán Edwing "Canuto" Roldán 1988, Was born and lives in Mexico City, Distrito Federal.
He studied Hispanic Language and Literatures at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He has published in various magazines and won 3rd place at the VersoDestierro 2011 Poetry Tournament. He is a member of the National Network of Language and Literature Students (REDNELL), which meets twice a year at which time he has organized and presented workshops on experimental poetry (DF, Mérida and Tijuana). He is a 100 Thousand Poets for Change organizer (with a workshop called Poetic Dialog), founding member of Lab Poesía Expuesta, and member of the Academic group Marsilio Ficino. He teaches Spanish as a second language at CELCUM Idiomas.
At REDNELL we have discussed the place of poetry aloud. We say, we write to communicate. We study literature to spread it as a place of encounter. We read to dialogue, we enunciate to get something moving and strengthen or create conexions. The problem is not the quality of the text; there are many poems and very few will survive time and will become part of the canon. The other poems happen by the vocation to communicate, and communication is an act which, at some point emerges from the written form and serves enunciation. This is why we think it is necessary to offer workshops on Creative Reading, to complement the educational curriculum for Literature students. I have learned that poetry, whether aloud or silent, reaches whoever is looking for it, the best way he or she requires. Therefore, written or enunciated, poetry needs to have appropriate spaces so that people can approach it any way they wish.
Naftali Rottenstreich Naftali Rottenstreich received his B.A. from Brooklyn College, his M.A. from George Mason University, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center (CUNY). He now calls Glens Falls, NY home and is a professor of English at SUNY Adirondack.  
Malay Roychoudhury Malay Roychoudhury (b. 1939 ) is a Bengali poet, best known for launching the Hungryalist movement in the 1960s. The author of more than seventy books including novels, poetry collections, drama, short stories, essays, he has also translated Blake, Ginsberg, Tzara, Cocteau, Cendrars, Lorca, Mayakovsky, Rimbaud, Rajkamal Chaudhary and many others. He has edited the literary periodical ZEBRA and co-edited anthologies of Postmodern Bangla Poetry and Postmodern Bangla Short Stories which include writers from both India and Bangladesh. He was prosecuted for his poem Stark Electric Jesus in 1964-66. He has refused to accept a Sahitya Akademi award, which is the Government of India's highest award for literature.  
Jenna Finwall Ryan Jenna Finwall Ryan lives in Los Angeles, but has never met Jake Gyllenhaal. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Psychology and the stage version of her television pilot Call Girls (a series about telemarketers' lives, friendships, and the perverts who try to reach out and touch them) was recently performed at an entertainment industry social club. Next, Jenna will be penning the screen adaptation of Bich Minh Nguyen's award-winning coming-of-age memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner.  
Maria Rybakova Maria Rybakova is an award-winning author of four novels and numerous novellas. Her books are translated into German, Spanish, and French. She was born in Moscow, studied Classics in Russia, Germany and the U.S., and is now teaching Greek and Latin at San Diego State University. Her novel-in-verse, Gnedich, published in 2011, has received literary awards in both poetry and prose categories.
Boris Ryzhy Boris Ryzhy (1974-2001) is one of the most beloved and acclaimed poets in Russia today. He attended the graduate school of the Institute of Geophysics, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences and published 18 papers on the structure of the crust and the seismicity of the Urals and Russia. In all, he wrote more than 1,300 poems, about 350 of which have been published. Out of the seven collections of his verse that have appeared to date, only one saw the light of day in his lifetime. His poetry have been translated into English, Dutch, Italian, German. He was winner of the literary awards "Anti-Booker" and, posthumously, the Northern Palmyra. His poems are published here with the kind permission of the Estate of Boris Ryzhy.