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Kim Addonizio is the author of two poetry collections: The Philosopher's Club
and Jimmy & Rita, both from BOA Editions. She is co-author, with Dorianne
Laux, of The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry
from W.W. Norton.
Bert Almon teaches at the University of Alberta. His prose poems have
appeared in The Party Train from New Rivers Press, and also in magazines
such as Borderlands in Texas, Quadrant in Australia, Matrix in Canada, and
Tandem in Britain.
Nin Andrews has been published in many reviews including The Paris
Review, Ploughshares, and Denver Quarterly. Her The Book of Orgasms is
available from Asylum Arts.
Vyt Bakaitis is the author of a book of poems City Country (Black Thistle
Press, 1991). There Is No Ithaca, his translations of Lithuanian poems by
Jonas Mekas, has just been published.
Javant Biaruja's work has been published widely in literary magazines in
Australia (Mattara Poetry Prize anthologies, Mattoid, Northern Perspective,
Otis Rush, Outrider, Redoubt, Scarp,and Verandah), and in the United States
(The Illinois Review, James White Review, and Tyuonyi.)
Robert Bly's prose poems have been collected in What Have I Ever Lost by
John Bradley's poetry and book reviews have appeared in many journals.
He is editor of Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (Coffee
Jeffrey Carson has lived for more than twenty-five years on the island of
Paros, together with his wife, the photographer Elizabeth Carson. His
Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis, edited with Nikos Sarris, is due this year
from John Hopkins, and his Poems 1974-1996 from the University of Salzburg.
Michael Chitwood's third collection of poetry, The Weave Room, will be
published by The University of Chicago Press as part of the Phoenix Poets
series in Spring 1998.
Robert Clinton lives in Boston. He has poems forthcoming in New England
Review, and his first book of poems, Taking Eden, will be published by
Sarabande Books late in 1997.
Duncan Dobbelmann is studying for a Ph.D. in English literature at the
Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He teaches as an adjunct at
Baruch College and lives in Brooklyn.
Russell Edson's The Tunnel: Selected Poems, has recently been published by
Odysseus Elytis (1911-1996), was widely recognized as Greece's greatest later
20th-century poet, a fitting successor to Cavafy and Seferis. He won the Nobel
Prize for Literature in 1979.
Clayton Eshleman's latest book is Nora's Roar (Rodent Press, 1996).
"Constrictor" is from From Scratch, which Black Sparrow Press will publish in
Amy S. Fisher's fiction and poetry have appeared in Painted Bride
Quarterly, Greensboro Review and Teacup.
Nick Foster is 38, English, married and currently living in London, having
spent a number of years working abroad—in the Sudan, Greece, Cyprus and
Richard Garcia is the author of a book of poems, The Flying Garcias,
University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993. His work has appeared in Ploughshares,
The Greensboro Review, and Prairie Schooner. He received a Pushcart Prize
(1996-7 edition) and is Poet-in-Residence at Children's Hospital Los
Gary Gildner is retired from teaching and lives on a small ranch in the
Clearwater Mountains of Idaho with the artist Elizabeth Sloan and their
twoyear-old daughter Margaret. Among his books are Blue Like the Heavens (U
of Pitt), Clackamas (Carnegie Mellon), and The Warsaw Sparks (U of Iowa).
Egito Gon^alves has published 21 volumes of poetry, and has been translated
into numerous languages. In 1995 he won the Portuguese PEN Club poetry
prize and this year he was awarded the "Grande Premio de Poesia" of the
Portuguese Association of Writers for his most recent book, And Yet It Moves.
James Grabill's Through the Green Fire: Personal Essays, Prose Poems, and
Poems was published by Holy Cow! Press in 1995. His 1994 Lynx House Press
book, Poem Rising Out of the Earth and Standing Up in Someone, received
the Oregon Book Award for Poetry in 1995. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Bob Heman is currently working on a year-long project at the Brooklyn
Historical Society Library. Some Footnotes for the Future, a group of prose poems
drawn from a larger series, was published by Luna Bisonte Prods in 1986.
Brian Henry edits Verse. His poems have appeared recently in Michigan
Quarterly Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Shenandoah, Poetry Wales,
Quarterly West, and elsewhere.
Susan Holahan, who has been a restaurant reviewer, a lawyer, and a daycare
worker, has published prose poems in Agni and Black Warrior. Other work
is in Crazyhorse, American Short Fiction, and Women's Review of Books.
She lives in Rochester, NY.
David Ignatow's Against the Evidence: Selected Poems 1934-94 was
recently published by Wesleyan University Press.
Maria Jacketti's first collection of poetry, Black Diamond Madonna, is
forthcoming from Cross Cultural Communications. She is currently translating
Neruda's Cantos Ceremoniales and Maremoto.
George Kalamaras has new poems out or forthcoming in Epoch, Iowa
Review, Manoa, Illinois Review, Southern Humanities Review, Puerto del Sol,
New Letters, and others.
Paol Keineg was born in 1944 in Quimerc'h (Finistere). He has published
poetry in both Breton and French and now teaches at Duke University. His
latest book is Silva rerum (Guernica-Maurice Nadeau, 1989).
Julius Keleras was born in 1961 in Vilnius, Lithuania. He has published
three books of poems: iemos valtys (Winter Rowboats; Vilnius, 1988), Baltas
kal daitis (White Christmas-Wafer; Chicago, 1990), andSauja medaus
(Handful of Honey; Vilnius, 1995).
David Lazar has recent work in Southwest Review, Chelsea, Denver
Quarterly, Quarterly West and Laurel Review.
Alexis Levitin's translations from the Portuguese have appeared in over 200
magazines, including Translation, Partisan Review, Ms. Magazine, New
Letters, Chicago Review, American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, and
P.H. Liotta's second book of poems, a Balkan memoir titled The Ruins of
Athens, has won the first poetry award of Garden Street Press (of Truro,
Massachusetts). He also just won the Robert H. Winner Prize.
Gian Lombardo is the author of two collections of prose poems, Standing
Room (1984) and Sky Open Again (1997), both from Dolphin-Moon Press.
He edits the magazine key satch(el).
Morton Marcus' book of prose poems, When People Could Fly, is
forthcoming from Hanging Loose Press in the Fall of 1997.
Dionisio D. Martinez, born in Cuba, is the author of Bad Alchemy (Norton,
1995) and History as a Second Language (Ohio State, 1992). He has been
the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a
Whiting Writers' Award.
Michael Martone has written five books of short prose. The most recent is
Seeing Eye, published by Zoland Books in 1995. He lives in Tuscaloosa,
Gwyn McVay is the author of a chapbook of poems, Brother Ikon (Inkstone
Press, 1996). She is associate editor of the AWP Chronicle and has worked
with the Journal of Buddhist Ethics. Her poems have appeared recently in
Ascent, The American Voice, Quarterly West, Exquisite Corpse, and Sulfur,
Gabriela Mistral was the only Latin American woman to receive the Nobel
Prize for Literature. After receiving the Prize, she suggested she had won
"because I was the candidate of the women and children." She died in New
York City in 1957. These prose poems are from a collection of her verse,
prose poems, and essays, entitled Gabriela Mistral: A Reader (available
from White Pine Press).
Kristy Nielsen has published in many journals, including Mid-American
Review, The Illinois Review, The Madison Review, and Spoon River Poetry
Cees Nooteboom, a poet and a travel writer as well as "one of the greatest
modern novelists" (A.S. Byatt), is the author of The Following Story, a
winner of the 1993 European Literary Prize for Best Novel. He lives in
Nina Nyhart has two collections of poems from Alice James Books:
Openers and French for Soldiers.
William Olsen's second book, Vision of a Storm Cloud, was brought out by
Triquarterly this spring.
Robert Perchan's book hPerchan's Chorea. He is currently at work on a long
prose poem sequence called Essence & Senescence & Miss Kim.
Francis (Martinez de) Picabia (1879-1953), an avant-garde Parisian artist
of Cuban extraction, was a champion of the various 20th-century "isms",
and helped to introduce Dadaism into the USA in 1915. As a writer, his
linguistic nihilism is exemplified in several collections, especially Jesus-Christ
rastaquouere (1920), in which the present "entr'acte" appears, with little
apparent relation to the rest of the work.
Joan Wolf Prefontaine has had recent poems published or accepted by
Midwest Quarterly, Candlelight Poetry Journal, Pemmican and Southern
Jacques Reda was born in Luneville (Lorraine) in 1929. In 1940 he moved
to within striking distance of Paris, and thirteen years later he found himself
there for good. His many works include Les Ruines de Paris (1997), Retour
au calme (1989), Lettre sur I'univers (1991), and L'Incorrigible (1995). His
writings on jazz, particularly L'Improviste, have been acclaimed in France
by jazz specialists. He has also written a book of childhood memories, and a
collection of critical notes on contemporary French poets (La Sauvette, 1995).
The selections here are reprinted from The Ruins of Paris (Reaktion Books:
London) which is reviewed in this volume of The Prose Poem: An
International Journal, and which is available from Consortium Distributors.
Nikos Sarris lives in his native Paros with his wife and three children, where,
overlooking the Aegean sea, he farms fruit trees. Edited with Jeffrey Carson,
his Collected Poems of Odysseus Elytis is due this year from Johns Hopkins
U. Press. On Paros he directs an amateur chorus, plays island music on the
violin, and runs a phrontisterion.
Daryl Scroggins' poems and fictions have appeared in magazines and
anthologies around the country, including The Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly,
Asylum, The Madison Review, Northwest Review, The Fiction Review,
Farmer's Market, New Growth: Contemporary Short Stories by Texas
Writers, and New Growth 2.
Norman R. Shapiro, professor at Wesleyan University, is a prolific
translator of French prose, theater, and poetry. His comedies of Georges Feydeau
and other dramatists, published in a number of volumes, are frequently
performed, and his translations from French verse fable literature—especially
La Fontaine—have been widely acclaimed. His collection from Baudelaire's
Les Fleurs du Mai will appear early in 1998.
Barry Silesky's new book of short-short stories is One Thing That Can Save
Us (Coffee House Press, 1994).
Donald L. Soucy is a frequent book reviewer for this journal. He teaches at
New England Tech in Rhode Island.
Jacques Sternberg, publishing since the 1950's, is little known in the USA
despite a substantial output of novels, tales, plays, and studies on humor,
science fiction, and erotica. Much of his work is in the form of brief pieces,
which, for all their whimsy and black humor, reflect an obsession with
human frailty, fate, and inescapable mortality. "Knit-Wit or, The Thread of the
Story" is from Contes a dormir sans vous © 1990 by Editions Denoel.
Brian Swann's newest book is Wearing The Morning Star: Native American
Song-Poems (Random House, 1996).
John Taylor's collection of short prose narratives, The Presence of Things
Past, was published by Story Line Press in 1992. He covers contemporary
French literature for the Times Literary Supplement (London).
Carine Topal's first collection of poems, God As Thief, was published by
The Amagansett Press, 1994. Her work appears in the forthcoming Yellow
Silk and Americas Review.
Chris Volpe is from Long Island and received his M.A. from the writing
program at the University of New Hampshire, where he won the Ann Pazo
Mayberry Poetry prize and an Elizabeth Jones scholarship for his poetry.
Diane Wald's prose-poem chapbook, My Hat That Was Dreaming, was
published in 1994. A recent poetry chapbook, The White Horse Love Poems,
won the Green Lake Chapbook Award from Owl Creek Press, and will be
published later this year.
Rosmarie Waldrop's most recent books of poems are A Key Into the
Language of America (New Directions, 1994), and Lawn of Excluded Middle
(Tender Buttons Press). Translations include Edmond Jabes' Book of
Questions (Wesleyan UP), Jacques Roubaud's Some Thing Black (Dalkey Archive),
Paul Celan's Collected Prose (Carcanet), Friederike Mayrocker's
Heiligenansta.lt and Selected Poems ofElke Erb (Burning Deck).
Charles H. Webb's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in
American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Paris Review, and The Best
American Poetry, 1995. His book Reading the Water won the 1997 Morse
Poetry Prize, and will be published by Northeastern University Press.
Gail White has been writing poetry in the swamps of Louisiana for the last 10
years. With Katherine McAlpine, she edited the anthology The Muse Strikes
Back, which will come out this year from Story Line Press.
M.L. Williams' poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared or are
forthcoming in Quarterly West, What There Is: A Crossroads Anthology, The
Journal of the Poetry Society of America, New Forms of Worship: Poems about
Science and Mathematics (Milkweed, forthcoming), andHubbub. He teaches
in the writing program at the University of California, Santa Barbara and
has edited Quarterly West for the past five years.
Elizabeth Willis's first publication, Alo (oblek editions, 1991) was followed
by Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). Her manuscript The Human Abstract won
the National Poetry Series open competition for 1994 and was published by
Peter Wortsman is the author of a collection of short prose, A Modern Way
To Die (Fromm Intl., 1991, paperback 1993) and translator of, among other
works, Posthumous Papers of a Living Author, by Robert Musil (reissued by
Penguin Twentieth Century Classics in 1996). Mr. Wortsman is the New
York correspondent of the French literary review, Courants d'ombre.
Gary Young edits the Greenhouse Review Press. His most recent books
include The Dream of a Moral Life and Wherever I Looked. A new book,
Days, is due out in early 1997. He recently illustrated The Collected Works
of Goethe for Princeton University Press and served as visiting poet at the
University of Missouri, Columbia.
Andrew Zawacki is the UK editor of Verse. He was selected as a work-study
scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1993, has served as a UK
representative to the Vilenica International Writers' Gathering in Slovenia,
and was one of twenty younger poets invited to the Slovenian Dnevi Poeziji
& Vina conferences last August. He has new poems forthcoming in Denver
Quarterly, Metre and The Connecticut Poetry Review.