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Tung-Hui Hu is the author of three collections of poetry, The Book of Motion (Georgia, 2003), Mine (Ausable/Copper Canyon, 2007), and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon, 2013). His poems have appeared in places such as Boston Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Gastro
Sandy Marchetti teaches writing at Elmhurst College outside of her native Chicago. Her first full-length collection of poems, Confluence, is forthcoming as part of Gold Wake Press’ 2015 Print Series. Sandra’s volume The Canopy, available from Midwest Writing Center Press, won the 2011 Mississippi Valley Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Subtropics, Thrush Poetry Journal, Nashville Review, Ohio State’s The Journal, Gargoyle, Phoebe, Stone Highway Review, and elsewhere. Sandy has also received awards from Vermont Studio Center and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. You can find her at sandrapoetry.net.
Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia writer and scholar whose works include the first two parts of the DEAD/BOOKS trilogy: the newly released [SIC] (Fall 2013), with images from Andi Olsen and audio from Illegal Arts acts Oh Astro, Steinski, Yea Big, and Girl Talk; and the blank novel, Blank: a novel, with audio from Dj Spooky. E is also the author of the post-apocalyptic novel Drain(TriQuarterly/Northwestern); and co-editor of collections Retaking the Universe: Williams S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization(Pluto) and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game (Nebraska, 2009); and The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing (vols. 1 and 2).
Schneiderman’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Fiction International, Harper’s, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, and Exquisite Corpse; he blogs for The Huffington Post and is a Contributing Editor for The Nervous Breakdown.
He is the Director of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books and Incoming Associate Dean of the Faculty and Director of the Center for Chicago Programs at Lake Forest College.
He can be found, virtually, at davisschneiderman.com/
R Clifton Spargo, author of the new novel Beautiful Fools, The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, is a novelist and cultural critic who writes “The HI/LO” blog for The Huffington Post. A graduate of the doctoral program in literature at Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has published stories and essays in The Kenyon Review, The Antioch Review, Glimmer Train, The Atlantic, Commonweal, The Yale Review, The Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere. He is the creator of a testimonial writing workshop for The Voices and Faces Project and is currently the Provost’s Fellow in Fiction at the University of Iowa. For more, please visit www.beautifulfoolsthenovel.com.
NINA CORWIN is the author of two books of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps and Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in From the Fishouse, ACM, Drunken Boat, Forklift OH, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Southern Poetry Review andVerse. Corwin is an Advisory Editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal and curator for the reading series at Chicago’s Woman Made Gallery.
Her poem Salome Gives Seven Explanations For a Kiss has been rendered with original music by Patricia Morehead, performed with the CUBE chamber ensemble and subsequently with choreography by Regina Lavery. She has also collaborated and performed with composer/flautist Janice Misurell-Mitchell. She has received awards from the Illinois Arts Council, Illinois State Poetry Society and Wesleyan University.
In daytime hours, she is a practicing psychotherapist known for her work on behalf of victims of violence.
KIMBERLY DIXON is a poet, playwright and performer. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published in journals including The Drunken Boat, Torch, Versal, Reverie, in the anthology Just Like a Girl: A Manifesta! from GirlChild Press, and she released her first poetry collection, SenseMemory, with Blue Pantry Publishers. As a playwright, she has received readings and staged productions at Crossroads, Plowshares and Strawdog theatre companies, and her comic play “The Gizzard of Brownsville” was a finalist for the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights. She has been a long-standing member of the Poetry Performance Incubator project of the Guild Literary Complex, and served as the Guild’s Executive Director from 2010 to 2012.
REGINE ROUSSEAU is a Haitian poet and performer who was featured in The New Yorker Magazine (July 2011). Her performances have been featured in The Ninth Letter, Adam Where Art Thou radio broadcast and The Catharine Williams show. She has written for The Chicago Defender and The Crusader and South Suburban Newspapers. She currently writes for the Chicago Tribune’s ChicagoNow site and has published a book of poetry Searching for Cloves and Lilies.
JAMES B SPAKKEN is a poet living in Chicago. He went to the University of Southern Indiana, in Evansville, the cheapest university he could find. He’s only been to a handful of states. He’s never found the undercity of Chicago. He had a melt down four years ago and stopped writing poetry for awhile. This was unfortunate because a lot of poetry happened to him while he wasn’t writing it. He’s never published a book or even gotten in a magazine. He tries really hard though, which is nice. He’s planning on a chapbook called Petracore, which is the smell of rain on asphalt and just a lovely word all around. To him, it’s the scent of the world changing to be something we can all be okay with.