Media artists and medium hackers Ben Baker-Smith and Evan Kühl manipulate analog signals in real time, using a system of uniquely integrated audio-video hardware to probe the outer limits of consumer media in search of synaesthetic experiences. At the time of writing, Ben and Evan are developing live performances in collaboration with dancer Nora Sharp under the name Vaudeo Motion. Find out more about this project at vaudeomotion.com
Nina Aimee Grøttland Barnes is a native Norwegian hanging out in Athens, Georgia. She has a background in the academics, but since her move to the US has worked solely as an artist. Together with Orenda Fink (Azure Ray) she created Harouki Zombi, a group that blends performance art, video installations and music. She is also known for her many album artworks, visual projections and music videos for the band of Montreal. Her visual art is collage-based watercolors processed through mixed medias and altered through scans & restructurings. She lives with her ten-year-old daughter Alabee & Trophy the mutt.
Calvero likes petting cats and drinking wine and listening to punk rock. His ideal first date is going out for drinks, getting plastered in the process, and then going back to her place and watching Disney’s Tangled. He has appeared in numerous literary journals and is the author of two full-length collections of poetry published by University of Hell Press: someday i’m going to marry Katy Perry and i want love so great it makes nicholas sparks cream in his pants.
Kai Carlson-Wee is a poet from northern Minnesota. His work has appeared in journals such as Narrative, Best New Poets, Tri-Quarterly, and The Missouri Review, which recently selected a group of his poems for their annual editor’s prize. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, he lives in San Francisco, and is a Jones Lecturer in poetry at Stanford University.
Patrick Chabot grew up in the Rockfish Valley, in Virginia, in the first folds of the Blue Ridge Mountains. His father died at the age of 22, and as he spent the winter of that year getting his senses back, he found the only music he could hear was old American gospel music. People had lived desperately lonely, desperately sad, relentlessly hard lives for a long time, it turns out, and had asked Why in Song. Add a healthy dose of drones, a wall of sound to protect him from the shit of the world, the loneliness of a prairie cowboy on a 20 year run, and a man pleading with the Wilderness to put him back on the elusive tracks of the Good Medicine, and you get close a close approximation of his music. Thanks for listening.
Lucas Church‘s work is forthcoming or has appeared in West Branch, Five Chapters, Day One, and The Fairy Tale Review, among other journals. He holds an MFA from North Carolina State University and is the editor of PINBALL, an online literature and comics magazine. You can reach him at lucaschurch.com.
Liz N. Clift holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, Rattle, Passages North, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and others. She lives in Colorado.
Kyle Dacuyan received a BA from Brown University and is currently completing an MFA in Poetry at Emerson College, where he also teaches in the First-Year Writing Program and serves as the Poetry Editor of Redivider. His recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, DIALOGIST, The Volta, and Fifth Wednesday, among others.
Kathy Davis is the author of the chapbook Holding for the Farrier. Her poetry has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, Barrow Street, Diode, The Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review and other journals. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Amy Fant‘s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Driftwood Press, The Cumberland River Review, Weave Magazine, Squalorly, Rock & Sling, and Liminality, among others. She finished her MFA at Emerson College in Boston, and is currently writing and eating her way through Cape Town, South Africa.
Sasha Fletcher is the author of it is going to be a good year (Big Lucks Books, 2015), several chapbooks of poetry, and an out of print novella. He has recently finished a novel, from which this piece is excerpted from.
Anna Finn is a PhD candidate in English at the University of California Irvine. Her critical work explores experimental prosody in Victorian and modernist poetry.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Tracy May Fuad is the descendant of Kurdish poets. At least, she thinks. She lives and writes on the banks of a toxic canal in Brooklyn, where she also teaches writing to kids. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Baldhip, Hincha de Poesia, and North American Review.
Katharine Johnsen earned her MFA in Creative Writing as the Bernice Kert Fellow at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the recipient of a scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize. Her poems have recently appeared in Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Birmingham Poetry Review, and elsewhere.
Janne Karlsson is a hyper productive artist/writer from Sweden. His dark and surreal work is widely spread over the world. Janne’s books, chaps and zines are available through amazon and different publishers. The madman’s website is www.svenskapache.se.
Nicolas Labarre lives and teaches in Bordeaux, France. He writes academic articles about comics and adaptations, but also makes children books and comics of his own. He is currently working on a crossover book project, merging theoretical and practical approaches to adaptation in comics. His graphic work has appeared in Ink Brick, Studies in Comics and Hive.
Korby Lenker is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter. Korby released his 6th full length record in March of 2014, and has been touring heavily since. In February he signed a licensing deal with Secret Road, and shortly afterward his song If I Prove False to You was added to rotation on Sirius XM “The Coffeehouse.” Another track, Forbidden Fruit appeared on two episodes of AMC Family’s “The Fosters.” Music and Musicians Magazine dubbed Korby “Who’s Next” in their June 2014 issue. Korby released his fifth official video this year, for the quirky “Here We Go Again.”
Mary Milleris the author of a story collection, Big World, and a novel, The Last Days of California. “A Blind Dog Named Killer and a Colony of Bees” originally appeared in Smokelong Quaterly http://www.smokelong.com/flash/3171.asp
Morton Street Productions: Comedy writing team Anna Fisher and Philana Mia Gnatowski (now LA-based writers) teamed up four years ago to create Morton Street Productions, a production company in Boston, Massachusetts. “What I Learned From…” was their first project, with the purpose of examining a piece of pop culture through satire. “What I Learned From…” takes a comic stab at beloved genres, cultural phenomenon, and shared human experiences in an interview-style web series. “What I Learned from 50 Shades of Grey” is the first in the series followed by: “What I Learned from Romantic Comedies”, “What I Learned from College” and “What I Learned from the Zombie Apocalypse.” To view the rest of the “What I Learned From…” series, visit Morton Street Productions on Vimeo
Bill Neumire’s first book, Estrus, was a semi-finalist for the 42 Miles Press Award. He serves as assistant editor for the literary magazine Verdad, and teaches in Syracuse, New York. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Ott and John F. Buckley began their ongoing games of poetic volleyball in the spring of 2009. Since then, their collaborations have been accepted into more than seventy journals and anthologies, including Barrow Street, Drawn to Marvel, Rabbit Ears, and ZYZZYVA, and gathered into two full-length collections on Brooklyn Arts Press, Poets’ Guide to America and Yankee Broadcast Network. They are now writing poems for a third manuscript, American Wonder, about superheroes and supervillains.
Sam Rosenblatt is from New Jersey, and is currently finishing his BFA in Photography at Bard College. His work can be found in Inpatient Press, Paper Journal, and The Photographic Dictionary.
Ashley Trabue lives in Nashville with her husband and house-rabbit. She studied English at Belmont University and teaches at a local Montessori school. Her work has previously appeared in The Belmont Literary Journal.
Roo Vandegrift is a PhD candidate in mycology (a fancy way to say that he studies mushrooms and molds) at the University of Oregon, as well as an artist and illustrator. Though he has been published in scientific journals, this is his first published comic. He has a deep and abiding love for small, black, crusty fungi, and thinks that the world is generally very beautiful when viewed under a microscope. More of his art can be found here: www.flickr.com/photos/werdnus_roo
Sarah Ann Winn’s poems have appeared or will appear soon in Cider Press Review, Day One, Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, and RHINO, among others. Her hybrid piece, “Field Guide to Alma Avenue and Frew Drive” was a finalist for Tupelo Quarterly’s Annual Prose contest, and it appears in their Spring 2015 issue. Her chapbook, Portage, was released by Sundress Publications in February 2015. Find her at http://bluebirdwords.com or follow her @blueaisling on Twitter.