BIOS - F to L

Ruth Fainlight Ruth Fainlight has published thirteen collections of poems, two collections of short stories, and written opera libretti for Covent Garden and Channel 4 TV. Books of her poems have appeared in French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish translation. Her New & Collected Poems was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2010.
Elena Fanailova Elena Fanailova is a poet and journalist. Born in Voronezh, Central Russia, she is a graduate of the Voronezh Medical Institute and the Voronezh State University where she majored in linguistics. Fanailova has worked as a doctor and as a university teacher. Currently, Fanailova is a host of the radio program Far from Moscow that covers various topics from the Beslan siege to new Russian prose for Radio Liberty. Fanailova's poems have been published in leading literary magazines in Russia and abroad. They are featured in Contemporary Russian Poetry (Dalkey Archive, 2008), The Anthology of Contemporary Russian Women Poets (University of Iowa Press, 2005) and Crossing Centuries: the New Generation of Russian Poetry (Talisman House Publishers, 2000). Fanailova is the author of four books and a winner of the Andrey Bely Award (1999) and the Moscow Score Award (2003). She currently lives in Moscow. The Russian Version is Elena Fanailova's the first full-length collection in English translation.
Bonny Finberg Bonny Finberg fiction, poetry and photographs have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies and are included in the NYU Fales Library archive of Downtown Writers. Her work has been translated into French, Japanese and Hungarian. Publisher's Weekly said that her work "exudes a stunning sensual sensibility." She writes for A Gathering of Tribes and Sensitive Skin Magazine and her work appears in the French literary journals Upstairs at Duroc, Van Gogh's Ear and Le Purple Journal. She has published a short story collection, "How the Discovery of Sugar Produced the Romantic Era" (Sisyphus Press, NY) and "Déjà Vu" a chapbook of her poetry and photocollage (Corrupt Press, Paris.) Her novel, "Kali's Day" is forthcoming from Autonomedia/Unbearable Books in 2013.  
Andrew Finch Andrew Finch was born in 1994 in Brighton, England. At an early age he was introduced into skateboarding and a wide range of other subcultures that has driven his writing with a particular energy and directness. Encouraged by his secondary school English teacher to write, he later began publishing his short stories and vignettes online as well as performing spoken word. In conjunction with the youth culture and DIY ethic he is imbued with, he began self-publishing his own zines and distributing them wherever he could by hand and online. He has currently finished his latest work Under the Opal Moon- a collection of vignettes in the form of stream-of-consciousness writing that attempts to represent pure thought and the essence of the dream. Leaving Brighton as of this year he is spending the rest of his youth travelling around the word, skateboarding and continuing to publish his work online, gathering ideas before he begins writing his first novel.
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Anne Fisher Anne Fisher translated works include Ilf and Petrov's two novels The Little Golden Calf (Russian Life, 2009) and The Twelve Chairs (Northwestern, 2011). In 2007, she was shortlisted for the Rossica Translation prize for Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip: The 1935 Travelogue of Two Soviet Writers. In 2010 , she received the AATSEEL Translation Award for The Little Golden Calf. Her translation of The Twelve Chairs recently received the Northern California Book Award. She holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Michigan.
Anel I. Flores Anel I. Flores Tejana, lesbiana, writer and visual artist earned her BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing. She is the author of Semi-Autobiographical Fiction collection, Empanada: a Lesbiana Story en Probaditas. During her 15-year career, Anel's visual art and fiction has been produced and published in anthologies, journals, theaters, galleries and museums. In addition to her work as a community artist, activist and writer, she has been an educator and administrator in San Antonio's public schools, and also curated and facilitated many creative arts partnerships with community partners. Her awards include the Mentorship and Leadership Initiative Award from the National Performance Network, a grant from La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA and scholarship to the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Leadership Institute and National Conference. She is a member of Sandra Cisneros' Macondo Writer's Workshop and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. Currently she is working on a series of Silver Jewelry Sculptures and novel, Tiempo Olvidado.
Dennis Formento Dennis Formento Poet and sometime free-jazz/free-verse performer (Ed Barrett Trio, Frank Zappatistas) Dennis Formento lives in Slidell, LA with his wife, artist teacher and yogini, Patricia Hart. Publisher of Surregional Press (Ungulations: Ten Waves Under the Hoof, by Amy Trussell and A. di Michele, and Fattening Frogs for Snakes by John Sinclair.) His latest crazy idea is to bring traditional Italian cantautore and tarantella traditions to New Orleans, collaborating with dancer Nanette Ledet. He organizes the New Orleans 100,000 Poets for Change readings.
Sibelan Forrester Sibelan Forrester teaches Russian language and literature at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She has published numerous translations from Croatian, Russian and Serbian, including a bilingual edition of poetry by Elena Ignatova (Vozdushnyi kolokol/The Diving Bell, Zephyr Press, 2006), and she received the 2006 Heldt Prize for Best Translation in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Studies for her version of Dubravka Orai? Toli?'s American Scream and Palindrome Apocalypse.
Vernon Frazer Vernon Frazer 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 Bellicose Warbling, the blog that updates his web page. 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.  
Vladimir Gandelsman Vladimir Gandelsman was born in Leningrad in 1948. After graduating from Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute, he earned his living as a furnace stoker, a security guard, a tour guide, a cargo loader, and held other menial jobs. In 1991, he published his first book of poetry, The Sound of the Earth (Hermitage, USA), and since then divides his time between New York and St. Petersburg. He has published numerous books of poetry and translations both in Russia and in the United States, and received numerous awards for his achievements, including Liberty Award and the Russian Prize, given to best Russian authors residing abroad.
Sergey Gandlevsky Sergey Gandlevsky (born 1952) emerged as an important underground poet in the 1970s and 80s. A graduate of Moscow State University, he later took small jobs as school teacher, tourist guide, and security guard. He was a member of the 1970s group of poets "Moscow Time," long with Aleksey Tsvetkov, Alexander Soprovsky, and Bakhyt Kenzheev. Gandlevsky began publishing his poems in the 1980s and today is one of the most published contemporary Russian poets. He received the anti-Booker Prize in 1996. He has many books including a bilingual edition of his poems, A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (Zephyr Press).
Edgar Garcia Edgar Garcia His poetry, translations and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in a number of publications, including The Antioch Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Jacket2, Los Angeles Review of Books, Mandorla and Sous les Pavés. Author of Mayan Texts: A Galactic Birth Canal (Burnt Water Booklets) and Boundary Loot/OHMAXAC (forthcoming, Punch Press). Edgar is also a writer and editor at Hydra Magazine. He is at Yale, completing a PhD in American Literature. Moctezuma and Garcia co-curate the blog,
Samuel Gareginyan Samuel Gareginyan (cover artist) has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the World Bank in Washington D.C., the Copley Society of Art in Boston, and internationally. He received first Prize at the National Exhibition in Moscow. His work is in collections at the Gallery Z in Providence, the Museum of Modern Arts of Armenia in Yerevan, Noah's Ark Art Galleries in Beirut and ALMA (Armenian Library and Museum of America) in Watertown, MA. His site is at
Christien Gholson Christien Gholson is the author of the novel, A Fish Trapped Inside the Wind (Parthian, 2011), and On the Side of the Crow (Hanging Loose Press, 2006; Parthian, 2011), a book of prose poems. He can be found at his blog: noise & silence.
Tyler Giordano Tyler Giordano Is currently working towards his BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design. Growing up in south Florida, the influence of many social groups affected him tremendously. He works in mixed media to support his views on the world. His recent work stems from past experiences that affect his daily life. The current pieces are predominately paintings of undistinguishable figures and symbols. Mr. Giordano has been a part of multiple group exhibitions. He spent the year 2011 working at the Neuberger Museum of Art as an exhibition assistant and art handler. Upon graduation he plans to continue creating work and working in Museums as an exhibition assistant.
Dana Golin Dana Golin was born in Riga, Latvia. Her poems in Russian and translations in English have appeared in Novy Zhurnal, Big Bridge, Ice Floe (U. of Alaska) and EM-review. She has a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology and had worked in neuro-rehabilitation in New York City for the past 15 years. She is currently Assistant Professor at the American University of Central Asia, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Matt Gonzalez Matt Gonzalez works primarily with paper and wood collage. He is a native of McAllen, Texas and received his BA from Columbia University. He has had solo shows at Soap Gallery and Adobe Books and been included in group exhibitions at Guerrero Gallery, Fecal Face Dot Gallery, 111 Minna Street, and Johansson Projects. He has also been active in politics having served a term on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and as Ralph Nader's running mate in 2008.
He has taught Art & Politics at the San Francisco Art Institute and has written about various artists including Kurt Schwitters, Andrew Schoultz, Eva Hesse, and Keegan McHargue among others. His solo show at Park Life is scheduled to open in late June 2013
Suzy Gonzalez Suzy González was born in Austin and raised in Houston, TX. In 2012, she graduated from Texas State University with a BFA in Painting. She publishes a local feminist zine titled Yes, Ma'am, which focuses on women positive articles and artwork. In October 2012, she attended an artist residency at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. During that month, she performed a series of hair removal and growth rituals on her body and created paintings based on her personal reflections. Self-Dichotomy explores the power of hair and its ties to identity, culture, body image, and performative gender roles. Her work has been published in Chingozine, The Arts United Magazine, and El Placazo newspaper. She currently resides in San Antonio, TX and her web presence exists at  
Natalia Gorbanevskaya Natalia Gorbanevskaya was born in Moscow in 1936. In April 1968, she became the first editor of the samizdat newsletter, "The Chronicle of Current Events"; in August of the same year, she took part in a demonstration in Red Square against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and produced the documentary book Noon: The Point of the Demonstration in Red Square. In December 1969, she was arrested, declared insane with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and was sent to compulsory treatment in a psychiatric prison in Kazan. After her release, she emigrated to Paris. Her poetry has been seen in samizdat since the 1960s and has been published in The Coast (Ardis, Ann Arbor, 1973). For a full listing of all her collections in immigrant and Russian publishing houses, see: "Russian-Russian conversation + Poem without a poem" (Moscow: OGI, 2003). Her books of poetry have been published in English, Polish, and Ukrainian; her poems have been included in anthologies of contemporary Russian poetry in German, French, and Slovenian.
Anne Gorrick Anne Gorrick is the author of: I-Formation (Book 2) (Shearsman Books, Bristol, UK, 2012), I-Formation (Book 1) (Shearsman, 2010), and Kyotologic (Shearsman, 2008).
She collaborated with artist Cynthia Winika to produce a limited edition artists' book called "Swans, the ice," she said with grants through the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has also collaborated on large textual and/or visual projects with John Bloomberg-Rissman and Scott Helmes.
She curates the reading series, Cadmium Text, which focuses on innovative writing in and around the New York's Hudson Valley ( ) She also co-curates, with Lynn Behrendt, the electronic journal Peep/Show at Her visual art can be seen at:
Anne Gorrick lives in West Park, New York.
Gerardo Grande 1991, Was born and lives in Mexico City, Distrito Federal
He has published in various magazines in Mexico, among them: "Radiador," "Anders Behring," "Trifulca," "Mantarraya," "Gaceta Literal," and "La Piedra", as well as in a selection of 30 Mexican poets in UNAM's periodical "Punto de Partida". Gerardo has participated in poetry festivals in Mazatlán, Aguascalientes, Cuernavaca, Puebla, Chiapas, Tijuana and Mexico City. He was part of the "Red de los Poetas Salvajes" until the conclusion of this project, on December 2010. He is founder of the publishing house/map "Orquesta Eléctrica", and an organizing member of the Subterranean Festival of Poetry.
In 2011 he was selected by the Fundación para las Letras Mexicanas and the Universidad Metropolitana de Monterrey to be part of a course on Literary Creation for Young Writers. His mini album of poems entitled "Canto de mi árbol en el incendio (UÁ-IÁ IÍ-Á)" is about to be published. Presently he works in a LP of digital poems.
Arpine Konyalian Grenier Arpine Konyalian Grenier comes from science, music, languages and the arts. Her work has been described as a mosaic of narrative that takes us out of our provincial concentration on life to encompass broader social and geopolitical issues with a decidedly urban and postmodern sensibility. The Concession Stand: Exaptation at the Margins (Otoliths, 2011) is her latest collection.
Andrey Gritsman Andrey Gritsman is a poet and essayist, originally from Russia. His works have appeared in many magazines including Richmond Review (UK), Notre Dame Review, Manhattan Review, New Orleans Review, Denver Quarterly and have appeared in several anthologies including Modern Poetry in Translation (UK), Stranger at Home ( American Poetry with an Accent) and Murder Verse. Andrey authored four collections, the last being Live Landscape by Cervena Barva Press and Greatest Hits by invitation by Pudding House Press. He was short-listed for the American PEN Center Osterweil Prize for Poetry in 2005.Andrey runs the Intercultural Poetry Series at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City and edits the international poetry magazine INTERPOEZIA. He lives in New York City and works as a physician.
Jacinto Guevara Jacinto Guevara Of his life and art, Guevara says, Of his life Jacinto Guevara says, "Born 1956 in Los Angeles California. Died in 2000 and ...not sure yet." He an artist living in San Antonio, Texas who is known for playing the accordion in his band Jacinto, Ray, y Joaquin, fine art paintings of urban landscapes, and portraits from life. Paintings by Guevara are on long-term display in such San Antonio, TX locations as, Texas Farm to Table Café, Gallista Gallery, and The Institute of Texan Cultures Museum. Contact him for commissions at FaceBook .
Yuly Gugolev Yuly Gugolev is a poet and literary translator born in 1964 who lives in Moscow. He was a member of the famous Moscow Poetry Club in the 1980s and 90s. His work has appeared in many Russian periodicals and poetry anthologies and has published several collections of poetry to his name. Currently, he is a coordinator of the Moscow Literary Club. English translations of his poetry appeared the definitive anthology Crossing Centuries. The New Generation in Russian Poetry, published in the US by Talisman Publishers, 2000; also in Interpoezia. Intercultural magazine for poetry and arts. He has been a translator of Seamus Heaney, Blake Morrison, John Burnside, and Tom Paulin.
J. Alejandro Hafner J. Alejandro Hafner is a first generation San Antonio native from a Sierra Leonian family. He majored in History at Howard University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Hafner is a former member of the San Antonio Puro Slam Team. He was the winner of the 2014 New Spit Poetry Competition and is the host of The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot, a weekly open mic event for Spoken Word poetry.
Laila Halaby Laila Halaby In addition to my name on his tongue, a poetic memoir, she is the author of two novels both published by Beacon Press: Once in a Promised Land (a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Authors selection; named by the Washington Post as one of the best 100 novels of 2007) and West of the Jordan (winner of a PEN/Beyond Margins Award). The recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Halaby holds graduate degrees from UCLA and Loyola Marymount. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Mondrea -Urban Griot- Harmon Mondrea "Urban Griot" Harmon is a community activist living in San Antonio, TX. He serves the community as a resident specialist at Haven for Hope, a homeless shelter. Urban Griot is a Spoken Word Poet, the founder of poetry group The Genesis Project, and is a guest lecture for various organizations, television, and radio shows. He educates youth on the betterment of Black people through lessons from history. Harmon is also an award winning actor of a Showtime independent award, and an on-air personality with
Latif Harris Latif Harris has contributed to the San Francisco/North Beach literary scene since 1959. In addition to his publications of poetry, articles, reviews and various anthologies, Harris has published 11 books of poetry, including A Bodhisattva's Busted Truth. His skill, energy and devotion to the work is continually praised as seen in his editing and publishing of BEATITUDE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY 1959-2009 - considered an unequaled anthology of Beat Literature - a classic work of contemporary poetry. He is currently working on a large "Autobiopoetic" collection of poems covering 50 years of his work.
Harris has always played a generous, though low keyed roll as a poet in the tradition of Surrealism and Buddhist practitioners, never seeking fame or fortune, always helping others into print - reaching out to a larger community of poets and poetry. From Harris's comments in the BEATITUDE it is easy to see a personal ethic: "My reason for under taking this huge project ... was nothing more than to give thanks to so many friends of the North Beach community and beyond who have given so much joy and meaning to my life."
Jeff Harrison Jeff Harrison has publications from Writers Forum, MAG Press, Persistencia Press, White Sky Books, and Furniture Press. He has e-books from Blazevox, Argotist Ebooks, and Chalk Editions, and his poetry has appeared in An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions), The Hay (na) ku Anthology Vol. II (Meritage Press), The Chained Hay (na) ku Project (Meritage Press), Otoliths, Xerography, Moria, Dusie, MiPOesias, Big Bridge, and elsewhere.
Scott Helmes Scott Helmes is a poet, book artist, writer, artist, architect and photographer. His experimental poetry has been collected, published and exhibited worldwide for over 40 years. Recent books include "Poems From Then to Now", Redfox Press, Ireland and 'The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008'. Photography is included in 'Architecture 2012' published by Universe Publishing. Book work has been exhibited in 2012 at the Handmade/Homemade exhibit-Pace University, NY and The Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania. Artistic work in 2012 has included Art on the Plains X1, Plains Art Museum, Fargo; and 'Snippets: Visual Text', R & F Gallery, Kingston, NY. His studio is located in Minneapolis, MN, USA.  
Bob Heman Bob Heman's words and images have been collected in a number of anthologies, catalogues and textbooks including An Introduction to the Prose Poem (Firewheel Editions, 2009); The Best of the Prose Poem: An International Journal (White Pine Press, 2000); Scenarios: Scripts to Perform (Assembling Press, 1980);Writing Poetry (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983, 1994); Loose Watch: A Lost and Found Times Anthology (Invisible Books, 1998); Animalidiversi: antologia di poesie contemporanee sugli animali (Nomos Edizioni, 2011); Felmetztelen muzsa, Half-naked Muse (magyar konyvklub, 2000); Dinner with the Muse (Ra Rays Press, 2009); and Play Book (Prototypes, 2007).
His cut-outs ["participatory cut-out multiples on paper"], drawings, collages and drawing poems have been included in a two-person show at The Brooklyn Museum, in a one-man retrospective of his cut-outs at BACA's Downtown Cultural Center, and in group shows in Toronto and Los Angeles, as well as in galleries in D.U.M.B.O., Chelsea, Williamsburg, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and the East Village. In the late 1970s he was an artist-in-residence at The Brooklyn Museum.
Since 1971 he has edited CLWN WR (formerly Clown War ), one of 84 "important magazines" honored with annotation in The Little Magazine in America: A Modern Documentary History (Pushcart Press, 1978). Photo credit by David Elsasser
Tom Hibbard Aaron Howard With a background of wars and political tumult, Tom Hibbard has had much poetry, critical writing and several books published in recent years. The Sacred River of Consciousness, poetry, was published in 2011 and is available online from Moon Willow Press and Place of Uncertainty, Otoliths, and Critique of North American Space, Bronze Skull, are also recent collections. Hibbard's recent critical prose has appeared in Galatea Resurrects and the Australian edition of Jacket, including "Poetry and Radicalism" in Jacket 40. Poems have appeared in several issues of Cricket online, and Hibbard has read his poetry in venues in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Racine. From the political protests in Wisconsin have emerged a poetry collection Voices of the Night and a journalistic collection, two chapters of which have appeared in Big Bridge online journal. Hibbard has written several pieces on Visual Writing, including a piece on Freud and visual writing and a piece on Joyce's Finnegan's Wake as visual writing. The opening poem of Sacred River... is intended as a visual poem. Hibbard is currently working on several writing projects, including a new collection of poetry.  
Eric Hoffman Eric Hoffman is the author of ten collections of poetry, the most recent being By the Hours: Selected Poems Early and Uncollected (Dos Madres Press). He co-edited, with Dominick Grace, two volumes of the University Press of Mississippi Conversations with Comics Artists series, Dave Sim: Conversations and Chester Brown: Conversations (both 2013). A critical biography of the poet George Oppen, Oppen: A Narrative, is forthcoming from Shearsman. He lives in Connecticut.  
Aaron Howard Aaron Howard is a writer, artist & designer who lives in brooklyn with his typewriters, planted aquaria, orchids & siamese cats. he publishes handmade books of art, noise & words.  
Amy Herschleb Amy Herschleb is a poet and the managing editor of the Fanzine. You can find her online at and, or running the streets of Atlanta.  
Julia Idlis Julia Idlis, Ph.D. , is a poet, writer, literary critic, translator, and journalist, born in 1981 in Kaliningrad, Russia. Idlis graduated from the Moscow State University (the Philological Faculty) and wrote a dissertation on Harold Pinter's screenplays. She is author of two collections of poems (Fairy-tales for . . ., 2003; and Air, Water, 2005) and a nonfiction book on Russian bloggers (2010). At present, sheworks as an editor of the culture section at Russian Reporter magazine, an all-Russia weekly publication.
Luis Ingelmo Luis Ingelmo has translated into Spanish poems by Charles Bukowski, William Wantling and Trevor Joyce for a variety of journals. Also, he has translated W. Michael Mudrovic's monograph Breaking New Ground: The Transgressive Poetics of Claudio Rodríguez, thanks to a fellowship awarded by the Instituto de Estudios Zamoranos "Florián de Ocampo", Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard / Guardia nativa (Madrid: Bartleby, 2009), a bilingual volume by Martin Carter, Poemas de afinidad y resistencia (Zamora: El sinsonte en el patio vecino, 2009) and Wole Soyinka's A Shuttle in the Crypt / Lanzadera en una cripta (Bartleby, 2010). His translations of Thomas MacGreevy's Collected Poems and Larry Brown's short stories, Amor malo y feroz [Big Bad Love] are soon to be published in Spain. He is currently working on translations of Derek Walcott's White Egrets, an selection by Frederick Seidel and Christopher Marlowe's Hero and Leander. Together with Michael Smith, he has translated into English poems by Pablo García Baena, José Carlos Llop, Ana Rossetti, Roberto Bolaño and Enrique Juncosa for various journals. Likewise, he has co-translated for Shearsman Claudio Rodríguez's Collected Poems, Verónica Volkow's Arcana & Other Poems, and Elsa Cross' Selected Poems. He is also the co-editor of G. A. Bécquer's Collected Poems / Rimas, and the editor of J. A. Villacañas' Selected Poems. He is now co-translating with Michael Smith a selection of poems by the Spanish poet Aníbal Núñez, which Shearsman will publish in due course.
Abha Iyengar Abha Iyengar is an award-winning, internationally published poet, author and a British Council certified creative writing mentor. Her work has appeared in Muse India, Kritya, Bewildering Stories, Arabesques Review, Conversation Poetry Quarterly, New Asian Writing and others. She is a Kota Press Poetry Anthology contest winner. Her story, 'The High Stool' was nominated for the Story South Million Writers Award. Her poem-film, Parwaaz (flight) won the Special Jury Prize at Patras, Greece. She received the Lavanya Sankaran Writing Fellowship (2009-10). Her published works are 'Yearnings' (poetry),'Flash Bites' (flash fiction), and 'Shrayan' (fantasy novel).  
Gerald Janecek Gerald Janecek (PhD '71, Univ. of Michigan) is professor of Russian, emeritus, at the University of Kentucky. His dissertation was on Andrei Bely's novel Kotik Letaev, which was then published in his translation by Ardis, 1973. He also translated Bely's long poem, The First Encounter (Princeton UP, 1979. In addition to his work on Bely and Russian Symbolism, he has authored two books related to Russian Futurism, The Look of Russian Literature: Avant-Garde Visual Experiments, 1900-1930 (Princeton UP, 1984) and ZAUM: The Transrational Poetry of Russian Symbolism (San Diego State UP, 1996). More recently, he has published articles and translations of contemporary avant-garde Russian poetry, and a collection of essays, Sight & Sound Entwined: Studies of the New Russian Poetry (Berghahn, 2000). Currently, he is finishing a book, Moscow Conceptualist Poetry.
Adil Jussawalla Adil Jussawalla (born 1940) has three collections of poetry - Land's End (Writer's Workshop, 1962); Missing Person, (Clearing House, 1976) and Trying to Say Goodbye (Almost Island Books, 2011). He edited the influential anthology New Writing in India, (Penguin, 1974) and was editor of the publishing house XAL-Praxis. A collection of poems for young people, The Right Kind of Dog (Duckbill Books), was published in May 2013. The poems reproduced here with his permission are from Land's End and Trying to Say Goodbye. Pic courtesy Duckbill Books  
Alexander Kabanov Alexander Kabanov is in his early forties; he lives in Kiev , Ukraine , and is one of the most masterful and profound poets of the younger generation. He is the founder and director of the foremost Russian poetry festival Kievskie Lavry.  
Alan (MK Kabrito) Alan (MK Kabrito), 1988 Was born and lives in Oaxaca, Oax, Mexico. He studied Plastic and Visual Arts in Escuela de Bellas Artes at Benito Juárez Autonomous University in Oaxaca (UABJO). He is a founding member of Gabinete Gráfico, an independent Print Artists Collective in Oaxaca City, which has been actively offering monthly exhibits and workshops since 2011. Alan, also known as Daniel Altamirano, was one of the artists accepted at La Calaca Press International Print Exchange in 2011 and was recently selected at the Third National Print Art Biennial "Shinzaburo Takeda".  
Meena Kandasamy Meena Kandasamy is the author of two collections of poetry Touch (2006) and Ms Militancy (2010). She has performed at poetry festivals around the world and has been a fellow of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (2009), the British Council's Charles Wallace India Trust (2011) and the Hong Kong Baptist University's International Writers' Workshop (2012). Her first novel, The Gypsy Goddess, will be published next year. She is also a political columnist and translator.  
Jonathan Kane Jonathan Kane was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1957. His family moved to Naples, Florida in 1963 where he attended public school. His interest in photography developed when he was in high school and he took a position at the Naples Star newspaper after graduation as a news and society photographer. He attended the University of Florida and then later The San Francisco Art Institute as a photography major. After living in the San Francisco bay area for over twenty years, he moved back to Naples in 2001.  
Katia Kapovich Katia Kapovich is the author of seven Russian collections and of two volumes of English verse, Gogol in Rome (Salt, 2004, shortlisted for England's 2005 Jerwood Alderburgh Prize) and Cossacks and Bandits (Salt, 2008). Her English language poetry has appeared in the London Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, Harvard Review, The Independent, Jacket, and numerous other periodicals, as well as in several anthologies including Best American Poetry 2007 and Poetry 180 (Random House). The recipient of the 2001 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the U.S. Library of Congress, and a poet-in-residence at Amherst College in 2007, Kapovich lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she teaches literary courses at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and co-edits Fulcrum. She is the recipient of a 2013 Russian Prize.
Mary Kasimor Mary Kasimor Her poetry has appeared in many online and print journals, including Mad Hatter's Review, Moria, Yew Journal, Reconfigurations, and Big Bridge. She has recently moved from Olympia, Washington to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she continues to write poetry and explore art and nature.
J. Kates J. Kates is a poet and literary translator who lives in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
Bakhyt Kenjeev Bakhyt Kenjeev (born 1950) is a citizen of Russia and Canada who currently lives in New York. With well over a dozen collections of poetry and continuing publications in leading literary magazines, he has established an influential presence in modern Russian literature.
Tabish Khair Tabish Khair is associate professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Born and educated mostly in Gaya, Bihar (India), he is the author of two critically-acclaimed collections of poems, Where Parallel Lines Meet (Penguin, 2000) and Man of Glass (HarperCollins, 2010), as well as four internationally published novels, which have been shortlisted for major fiction prizes. He has also won the All India Poetry Prize and written or edited/co-edited several studies and scholarly anthologies.  
Randhir Khare Randhir Khare is an award-winning poet, writer, artist and educationist, who has published numerous volumes of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translation and novels for children. He has contributed immensely to the preservation and promotion of traditional cultures. Among his awards is the Gold Medal for Poetry given by the Union of Bulgarian Writers, The Sanskriti Award For Creative Writing, The Human Rights Award, The Dronacharaya Award for his contribution to education and the Residency Grant given by The Sahitya Akademi. He is Director of the Rewachand Bhojwani Academy, Executive Editor of Heritage India Magazine and Founder-Director of The Living Heritage Movement. His novel Walking Through Fire was published by Niyogi Books last year.  
Maria Khotimsky Maria Khotimsky holds a degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. Her research interests include the history of literary translation in Russia, Silver Age of Russian Literature, and contemporary Russian poetry. Her current research project addresses the role of poetic translation in the works of several major twentieth-century Russian poets. Maria teaches Russian language at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Martha King Martha King Martha King was born in Virginia in 1937. She attended Black Mountain College in the summer of 1955, married Basil King in 1958, and has been living with him in Brooklyn since 1968. Her collections of short stories include North & South (2007), Separate Parts (2002), and Little Tales of Family and War (1999). Other stories have been anthologized in Fiction from the Rail and The Wreckage of Reason. A collection of poetry, Imperfect Fit, appeared in 2004. King published 31 issues of the free poetry zine Giants Play Well in the Drizzle in the late 1980s. She is currently is at work on a memoir, Outside Inside, chapters of which have appeared in Jacket #40 online, Bombay Gin, Blaze Vox, New York Stories and (forthcoming)Skidrow Penthouse. She blogs irregularly at and, with co-curator Elinor Nauen, runs a monthly prose reading series at the SideWalk Café on New York's Lower East Side.
Victoria Zapata Klein Victoria Zapata Klein is a San Antonio poet and activist. Klein has written chapbooks Peace in the Corazón and Another Waterbug is Murdered While It Rains in Texas both published by Wings Press. Her work in the community includes activism for women's rights, as well as educating youth through poetry and the arts with The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and Gemini Ink's Writers in Communities program.
Ruslan Komadey Ruslan Komadey (b. 1990 in Kamchatka) has published poems in such premier regional journals as Ural and Air and is a student in the philology department of Ural State University. His first book of poems, Letters to Marina, for which he was long-listed for Russia's prestigious Debut Prize, was published in 2007.
Vita Korneva Vitalia (Vita) Korneva (b. 1988) graduated from the Ural State University with a degree in sociology and lives in Lower Tagil. Her poems have appeared in the journals Air, Ural, Kreshchatik, and Volga Century XXI Century. She was long-listed for the Debut Prize in 2006 and her first book of poems came out in 2010.
Ilya Krieger Ilya Krieger (b. 1978) holds a law degree from Northern Federal University in Archangelsk. He lives and works in human rights law in Moscow, where he is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Moscow State University, and is writing a dissertation, On the Philosophy of H.G. Wells. He is also a correspondent for Novaya Gazetta. His early work made the short list of the prestigious Debut Prize for young Russian poets in 2003.
Grigory Kruzhkov Grigory Kruzhkov (born in 1945, Moscow) is a poet, critic and translator. He was trained in theoretical physics but abandoned sciences for the career of a freelance translator. He published several collections of poetry including A Visitor (Gostia, 2004) and New Poems (2008). Among his numerous translations are the selections of Wyatt, Donne, Keats, Tennyson, Yeats, Joyce, Frost, Stevens, and Heaney. He published four books of essays: The Nostalgia of Obelisks (on poetry and translation), A Cure for Fortune (on English Renaissance), The Pyroscaphe (on Romantic and Victorian poets), and W.B. Yeats: Studies and Translations (2009). His awards include the State Prize of the Russian Federation and the Bunin Prize, among others.
Ilya Kukulin Ilya Kukulin is a literary critic, poet, and a linguistic scholar. He was born in 1969, graduated from Moscow State University and pursued an advanced degree in Language and Literature at Russian State University for the Humanities, writing a dissertation on the work of Danil Kharms. He is the editor of an online literary journal, TextOnly and the book series New Poetry (Novaya Poezia) from New Literary Observer (Novoye Literaturnoye Obozreniye) Press. In 2002, Kukulin was awarded a grant from the Academy of Russian Contemporary Language Arts for young writers. Kukulin's poems have been widely published in Russian magazines and literary journals, as well as in the collections Vavilon and Outskirts (Okrestnosti), and the anthology In Black and White (Chernym po Byelomu). His prose has been published in the anthology Very Short Texts (Ochen Korotkiye Teksti), and his articles have appeared in the journals New Literary Observer, The Banner (Znamya), New World (Novii Mir), Russian Literature (Russkaya Literatura), and others
Firuz Kutal Firuz Kutal a member of Les Dessinateurs pour la Paix is an award winning political cartoonist from Turkey who has been living in Norway for the past few decades. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lurie Award, and has had exhibits in Graz, Madrid, Istanbul and Oslo. Breath and a Voice, and Climate Differences are some of his titles. Formerly trained as an engineer and mathematician, Firuz is busy with animation and political cartooning for documentaries, newspapers and Amnesty International, Norway.
Dmitry Kuzmin Dmitry Kuzmin was born in 1968 in Moscow. In 1989, Kuzmin founded the Vavilon Union of Young Poets, which was the organizational hub for Moscow's experimental poetry scene. Since 1993 he has been the head of ARGO-RISK Publishers (about 20 titles of present-day Russian poetry yearly). Since 1996, he has edited the Vavilon Internet project (, which includes an anthology of present-day Russian writing (about 200 authors up to the moment). Since 2006, he has also been editor in chief of Vozdukh ("Air"), a quarterly poetry magazine and edited the first Russian magazine for gay writing, Risk (1996-2002). He won the Andrei Bely award of Merit in Literature (2002). Selected poems and translations by Kuzmin, Horosho byt' zhivym (It's fine to be alive) were published in 2008 and won the Moskovsky Stchet award for the best debut poetry collection.
Samuel Sangay Lama Samuel Sangay Lama is the second place winner of the 2011 100 Thousand Poets for a Free Tibet Poetry Contest for Young Tibetans judged by Tsoltim N. Shakabpa.  
Dorianne Laux Dorianne Laux most recent books of poems are The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon, recipient of the Oregon Book Award and short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic's Circle Award, and Smoke. Her work has received two "Best American Poetry" Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. She teaches poetry and directs the MFA program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.  
Marina Lazzara Marina Lazzara was born & raised in Easton, PA where the Lehigh River falls into the Delaware, but she has called the Bay Area home for over twenty years. She received a MA in Poetics from the New College of California in San Francisco, publishing here and there, including Processed World, Big Bridge, Fence, Amerarcana and The Brooklyn Rail. She has been a member of several San Francisco bands, touring and recording since 1998 and in 2005, Pax Recordings released her solo project, Wind on the Firecracker of the Building Next Door, a series of noise-pop, folk, semi-songs. She is currently a rhythm guitarist & vocalist for the psychedelic-rock band, The Rabbles. She lives in San Francisco with musician, J. Lee, and their daughter, Maizie Jade and pays the bills as a California native plant gardener and studies Western Herbalism on the side.  
Catherine A. Lee Catherine A. Lee AKA "Jazz Cat" first explored poetry as a percussive voice with jazz musicians at a loft performance space she founded in Boston, MA in 1978. Among her most successful performances were joint musical readings with her mentor, the late tedjoans, in 1986-87. Trained in graphic design, and a former Pearson custom textbook project manager, Cat self-publishes altered artist chapbooks in signed, numbered, limited editions; We Free Kin (2009) is her first. Since relocating to San Antonio, Texas, Cat has sat in on poem at jam sessions and participated at various music-free open readings. She has guest-hosted annual infotainment broadcasts on KRTU-FM during April's simultaneous commemoration of National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month. She also collaborates with other creative souls on carefully selected music/multimedia performances that amplify poetic content. See cinepoems at and follow her facebooking at Jazz Ovation Inn . Cat is JazzPoet1 on twitter.  
Jim Leftwich Jim Leftwich is a poet and mail artist who lives in Roanoke, Va. he is the author of Dirt, Doubt, Sample Example, The Textasifsuch, Death Text, Short Sorties, Shrimp Teeth, Trashpo, An Ecology, SO FOR BY, Lest Puke Due Machete of Art, and Six Months Aint No Sentence. collaborative works include Sound Dirt, with John M. Bennett, Acts, with John Crouse, How To Dust A Bunny, with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, iTopia, with Scott MacLeod, Fictions Deleted, with Steve Dalachinsky, Book of Numbers, with Marton Koppany, and THR3E, with Andrew Topel. he was the editor and publisher of the print magazines Juxta and Xtant from 1994 to 2005. since 2005 he has edited/compiled the blog zine, Textimagepoem, and the flicker collection, Textimagepoetry. since 2008 he has been involved in organizing mail art, fluxus, sound poetry, visual poetry and noise events in Roanoke.  
Stephen Lewandowski Stephen Lewandowski has published ten small books of poetry, and his poems and essays have appeared in regional and national environmental and literary journals and anthologies. O Lucky One was published by Foothills Publishing of Kanona, NY in 2010.  
Tsaurah Litzky Tsaurah Litzky is an internationally known writer and performer,perhaps best known for her poetry and erotic fiction. She also writes fiction, creative nonfiction, plays and commentary. Two years ago she started to make collages and her collage work has since been included in three exhibitions. Audible Books recently acquired Tsaurah's memoir, "FLasher", look for it in the Audible Bookstore this spring. Tsaurah lives and loves in Brooklyn where she was raised.  
Rick London Rick London was born in Detroit in 1948. He moved to San Francisco in 1974, where he continues to live and work.
Books and chapbooks:
The Prone Body Under (Trike, 1981)
The Motion Is A Fall (Trike, 1984)
Dreaming Close By (O Books, 1986)
Abjections: A Suite (O Books, 1988)
Picture With Moving Parts (Doorjamb Press, 2002)
The Materialist (Doorjamb Press, 2008)

Translations (with Omnia Amin):
Now, As You Awaken: 20 Poems by Mahmoud Darwish (Sardines Press, 2006)
The Novel, by Nawal El Saadawi (Interlink Press, 2009)
Rain Inside, by Ibrahim Nasrallah (Curbstone Press, 2009)

Editor (with Leslie Scalapino):
Enough (O Books, 2003)
Careli Lopez-Falfan Careli López-Falfán, 1982, Was born in Jalapa, Veracruz and lives in Mexico City, Distrito Federal.
Careli describes herself as a lunar fish born in March, sensitive to cold, who loves sleeping and has four cats: Tuvalú, Beluga, Oriana and Pancho. She has published poetry in the 2011 and 2012 anthologies of the Encuentro de Poesía "Mujeres en el País de las Nubes," as well as short stories in magazines from Argentina and Colombia. She has attended various poetry workshops and is part of Lab-Poesía Expuesta, a group founded by Pilar Rodríguez Aranda and Edwing "Canuto" Roldán.

"Because of different circumstances I started traveling very young, sometimes with either of my parents, my brothers, and many times on my own. Thanks to my aunt Ema I acquired a taste for literature and without knowing it, I started playing with language. Having grown up and traveled among different cultures belonging to the original peoples in Mexico had its advantages: words and the different ways of speaking shaped my world and I started writing a diary. Perhaps that is why I studied linguistic anthropology, and later on, history.
While at the university I had my first contact with Caribbean, Chicana, Afroamerican and Asian literatures, which opened my eyes to other possibilities. In my country there are many myths around being a writer, one of them being having to study Hispanic Literature, spend time in Academia, and hope to be recognized by critics. Undoubtedly, that is one option, but not mine. I am glad to have read "Beloved," by Tony Morrison; "In the name of Salomé" by Julia Alvarez; "Mothertongue" by Demetria Martínez, "Borderlands" by Gloria Anzaldúa and "The House of Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros. It was then that I resumed my interest in writing. Poetry became the element which allowed me to manifest my ethic position before all injustices, love and pain, through metaphors. Short stories became a therapy which helped me heal still open wounds; through essays I learned to express theoretically my philosophical and social approaches."
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