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Jacqui Au lives in Detroit, where she restores bows for violin-family instruments and promotes walkability awareness with the Detroit Area Rambling Network. A while ago she received a degree in linguistics from Wayne State University. She blogs at

Thérèse Bachand is a poet and literacy advocate working and living in Los Angeles, CA. Her published work includes Mercury in Retrograde, a collaboration with Michele Costa (Mindmade Books, 2012), and luce a cavallo (Green Integer, 2009). Recent poetry appears in N/A, Sibilia, and The L.A Telephone Book Vol. 2, 2012-2013.

Erik Bailey spends most of his time drinking coffee, reading and writing. More often than not this involves spilling the first upon the other two. He lives in Seattle.

Derek Beaulieu is the author or editor of 15 books, the most recent of which are Writing Surfaces: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell (co-edited with Lori Emerson) and Please, No more poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (edited by Kit Dobson) both of which are published by Wilfrid Laurier University press. He is the publisher of the acclaimed no press and is the visual poetry editor at UBUWeb. He has contributed to fashion magazines such as Flaunt, Hobo and The Block, literary magazines such as The Capilano Review and Poetry and is a columnist at Lemonhound. Beaulieu has exhibited his work across Canada, the United States and Europe and currently teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design.

Volodymyr Bilyk  is a writer, translator and visual artist. His book of visual poems was recently published in the series This is Visual Poetry, book of asemic short stories CIMESA was published in White Sky Books, book of visual poems SCOBES published by No Press and book of poetry Casios Pay-off Peyote published by The Red Ceilings Press. His works appeared in The New Post-Literate, A-Minor magazine, REM magazine, Cormac McCarthy’s Dead Typewriter, The Otolith, Altered Scale, Ex-Ex-Lit, Truck, Maintenant, Apparent Magnitude, The Gin Mill Cowboy and many others. He is co-editor of Extreme Writing Community and was guest editor of Halvard Johnson’s TRUCK in July. Among the authors he had translated are Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Kurt Schwitters, Anne Waldman, Charles Reznikoff, Billy Childish, Leonard Cohen and others.

Aaron Boothby lives in Montréal where the alleys, trees and quietly mad nights are sufficient antidote to wage labor. Work has appeared most recently in Vallum; words in various arrangements are tweeted @ellipticalnight.

Amaranth Borsuk is the author of Handiwork (Slope Editions), and, with programmer Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (Siglio Press), an interactive book of augmented-reality poems. Abra, a collaboration with Kate Durbin, will be published by 1913 Editions in 2014. The recipient of an Expanded Artists’ Books grant from the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago, Abra is forthcoming as an artist’s book and iPad app, created with text/sound/performance artist Ian Hatcher. A collaboration with Andy Fitch, As We Know, was selected by Julie Carr for the Subito prize, and will appear in late 2014. Amaranth teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Graeme Dearden is a Calgarian fine artist working primarily in printmaking, cold glass sculpting, and writing. He has received instruction through The Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD), The Corning Museum of Glass, and The Alberta Printmaker’s Society and exhibits in local galleries throughout Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta presently. Although working in a variety of different media, Graeme is consistently exploring vitreography: a process involving pulling prints from glass plates. He has assisted in demonstrating vitreography for glass artists and printmakers alike. Graeme is currently earning his BFA as a full time ACAD student, majoring in Glass.

Sarah Dowling is the author of Security Posture, winner of the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Selections from her work appear in I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, and an e-chap, Birds & Bees, recently appeared on TrollThread. Her critical work has appeared in American Quarterly, GLQ, Canadian Literature, Signs and elsewhere. Her second book, DOWN, will be published by Coach House books in fall 2014. Sarah teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Melanie Hubbard’s publications include We Have With Us Your Sky (Subito, 2012) and Gilbi Winco Swags (Cannibal, 2008). Poems have appeared in Fence, Swink, Typo, horse less review, and Strange Machine. She received a PhD in literature from Columbia University, is writing a book on Emily Dickinson’s poetics and practices in manuscript, and currently teaches at New College of Florida.

Zuzana Husarova is an author and scholar teaching at Comenius University and Masaryk University. From January until June 2011, she was a Fulbright scholar at MIT, Cambridge. She co-edited with Bogumiła Suwara a publication about electronic literature research V sieti strednej Európy: (In Central European Network:). She is the author of experimental literature across various media and with Ľubomír Panák has created several interactive literary pieces. She is the author with Amalia Roxana Filip of transmedia projects liminal and lucent (visual poetry book, sound poetry, live performances). She is a member of several collaborative poetry projects. She co-edited European Poetry Forum. Her theoretical and creative works have appeared in several European and American journals. More information available here.

Mark Jackley is the author of several chapbooks and two full-length collections, most recently Hello Hello Hello (Blurb). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tampa Review, Pebble Lake Review, Your Impossible Voice, Sleet, Mantis and other journals. He lives in Sterling, VA.

Tom Jenks has published three books with if p then q (A Prioriand Items), and one (Streak Artefacts) with Department Press. Other publications include An Anatomy of Melancholy, a Twitter re-write of Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, and Ubu Roi, I Boris, a re-write of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi with Chris McCabe. He administers the avant objects imprint zimZalla, co-organises The Other Room reading series and website in Manchester, England, and is a Ph.D. student at Edge Hill University, researching computer technology and innovative poetry.

Hank Lazer has published seventeen books of poetry, including Portions (Lavender Ink, 2009), The New Spirit (Singing Horse, 2005), Elegies & Vacations (Salt, 2004), and Days (Lavender Ink, 2002). Lazer’s seventeenth book of poetry N18 (complete), a handwritten book, is available from Singing Horse Press. Pages from the notebooks have been performed with soprano saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar. Over the past fifteen years, Lazer has collaborated with various jazz musicians, filmmakers, choreographers, and visual artists in seeking new ways to present poetry. In 2008, Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays, 1996-2008 was published by Omnidawn. Audio and video recordings of Lazer’s poetry and an interview for Art International Radio can be found at Lazer’s PennSound website.

Martha McCollough is an artist and writer who lives in Chelsea, Massachusetts. She is a member of Atlantic Works, a coöp gallery in Boston. Her videopoems have been exhibited at festivals and conferences internationally, and have been published in online magazines Rattapallax, Gone Lawn, and TriQuarterly.

Sammi Myers grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut. She is a first year student at Boston University, where she intends to study journalism. In her spare time she enjoys reading and watching reality television.

Ľubomír Panák is a programmer, photographer, musician and sound artist. His electronic music pieces have appeared in several music collections. He has been active in the Slovak experimental music scene as a producer (his own pieces and remixes) and also as a dj. Together with Zuzana Husárová, he has created several digital interactive pieces. He works as a webdeveloper in the computer security company ESET. He has programmed a number of webpages, among them also the web of REMAKE exhibition guide in Brno, Czech Republic. He programmed the android-based augmented reality application for the Czech and Slovak Republic Pavilion at Architecture Biennale 2012 in Venice. More information available here.

Selah Saterstrom is the author of the novels The Pink Institution, The Meat and Spirit Plan and the forthcoming, Slab, all published by Coffee House Press. She is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

Nik Shier recently earned an MFA-W from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT.  She is back in Wisconsin, eating cheese, writing, looking at the same moon you are, trying to figure out how to earn an income while serving her vision and holding her ethics close.  Often, she does these things wearing a rainbow tutu.

Robert Swereda is the author of re: verbs (Bareback editions) and a chapbook ionlylikeitwhenitrhymes. He is a member of the Filling Station collective. He studied creative writing at Capilano University in Vancouver. Other work has been published by The Puritan, ditch, West Coast Line, The Incongruous Quarterly, steel bananas, The Capilano Review, Enpipe Line and Poetry Is Dead.

Nico Vassilakis co-edited an international collection, The Last Vispo Anthology: Visual Poetry 1998-2008 (Fantagraphics Books, 2012). Nico’s recent books are MOMENTS NOTICE (Luna Bisonte Prods) and ALL-PURPOSE VISPOHe maintains a website called Staring Poetics.

Susana Vizcarra is a Uruguayan-born visual artist and a freelance writer who lives and works in Madison, AL. She holds a M.A. in Romance Languages and B.A in Latin-American and Iberian Studies from Texas Tech University. She also holds a M.A in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her work was included in the Sabor Hispano Poetry and Art Contest at the Texas Tech Museum, and receive first and second place in the sculpture category. Recently her work was displayed  at the Ritual Reading Room: Book Show at 110 CHURCH Gallery, in Philadelphia, PA. She makes books, prints, illustrations and fiber works. Susana works as an Adjunct Professor teaching Spanish at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Valerie Wernet makes poems, essays and other investigations.  She is currently at work on a book of poetry written by and about playing solitaire.  She lives in Chicago and attends the MFA Writing program at the School of the Art Institute, where she was named a New Artist Society Scholar.  She makes ends meet as a Writing Fellow, a Teaching Assistant in the department of Visual Critical Studies, and a barista.  For the record, she is a diehard (homesick) Oregonian.

Terri Witek has published 4 books of poems and a book about Robert Lowell’s revisions. Her poems have appeared in APR, Slate, Threepenny Review, Poetry, New England Review, and many other journals.  She is Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing and Professor of English at Stetson University, and her summer faculty positions have included the Prague Summer Literary Seminars,  the West Chester Poetry Conference, and DisQuiet (Lisbon), where she runs The Fernando Pessoa Game for all with her visual arts collaborator Cyriaco Lopes. For more information, visit her website:

Maged Zaher is the author of THANK YOU FOR THE WINDOW OFFICE (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), THE REVOLUTION HAPPENED AND YOU DIDN’T CALL ME (Tinfish Press, 2012), and PORTRAIT OF THE POET AS AN ENGINEER (Pressed Wafer, 2009). His collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, FAROUT LIBRARY SOFTWARE, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket MagazineBanipal, and Denver Quarterly. He performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and The American University in Cairo. Maged is the recipient of the 2013 Genius Award in Literature from the Seattle weekly The Stranger.