February 7, 2008

Dim Sum: Biographies

Esther Belin, a writer and two-dimensional artist, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2000, she won the American Book Award for her first book of poetry, From the Belly of My Beauty. She recently completed her MFA in creative writing at Antioch University in Los Angeles. She lives in Durango, Colorado with her four daughters and husband.

Susan Briante is the author of Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press, 2007). She is an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Texas at Dallas.

David Buuck lives in Oakland. He is a founding editor of Tripwire, and Contributing
Editor at Artweek. He runs BARGE, the Bay Area Research Group in Enviro-aesthetics, and teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute. Recent publications include Paranoia Agent, Ruts, Runts, and Between Above and Below.

CAConrad is the author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull, 2006), The Book of Frank (Chax, 2008), (Soma)tic Midge (FAUX, 2008), and a collaboration with poet Frank Sherlock, The City Real & Imagined: Philadelphia Poems, (Factory School, 2008). He can be found on PhillySound.

Michelle Detorie lives in Goleta, CA where she edits WOMB and Hex Presse.

Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Ph.D., Columbia University) is known as a feminist critic and scholar with a special interest in modern and contemporary poetry, and as a poet and essayist. Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work, a book of essays, was published by University of Alabama Press in 2006; in the same year, Alabama reprinted DuPlessis’s classic work The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice. Another recent critical book by DuPlessis is Genders, Races, and Religious Cultures in Modern American Poetry, 1908-1934 (Cambridge University Press, 2001). Her recent books of poetry are Drafts 1-38, Toll (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) and DRAFTS. Drafts 39-57, Pledge with Draft, Unnumbered: Précis and Torques: Drafts 58-76 (Salt Publishing, 2004 and 2007, respectively).

Tonya Foster lives in Harlem and New Orleans. A student in the PhD in English program at the CUNY Graduate Center, she is currently teaching "Where Y'At: Imagined and Imagining Place," a course which explores poets' articulations of geographical differences, and tries to explore how those differences may be useful in constructing political, economic, and ecological alternatives to here as currently mapped.

Look for Joyelle McSweeney there,, there, there there, there, and elsewhere, including there.

Sina Queyras edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets for Persea Books in 2005 and is the author of Lemon Hound, which won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award. Her fourth collection of poetry, Expressway, will be published with Coach House in 2009. She is currently Markin-Flanagan Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary where she is working on a novel, Autobiography of Childhood, and a collection of short fiction titled A Story with Severe Anxiety and Other Stories. When she isn't pawing and chewing the latest arts and writing news on Lemon Hound, she likes to wear a cape.

Linda Russo is the author of MIRTH (Chax Press, 2007) and o going out (Potes & Poets, 1999), among other books. She has published essays on Joanne Kyger, Bernadette Mayer, and Hannah Weiner, including the preface to Kyger's About Now: Collected Poems (National Poetry Foundation, 2007). She likes the sunny winters in Oklahoma where she currently lives.

Evie Shockley is the author of a half-red sea (2006) and a poetry chapbook, The Gorgon Goddess (2001), both published by Carolina Wren Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous journals and anthologies, including 1913: a journal of forms, Hambone, HOW2, nocturnes (re)view, No Tell Motel, PMS:PoemMemoirStory, Studio, Talisman, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. In 2007, she guest edited ~QUEST~, a special issue of MiPOesias featuring the work of contemporary African American poets and is currently serving as a guest editor of jubilat. She is at work on a critical book, a study of race and innovation in African American poetry that attempts to redefine "black aesthetics," supported by fellowships from the ACLS and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Shockley, a Cave Canem graduate fellow, teaches African American literature and creative writing at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

Carmen Giménez Smith is publisher of Noemi Press and assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University. Her chapbook Casanova Variations is forthcoming from Dos Press (2008) and her full-length poetry collection, Odalisque in Pieces, will be published by University of Arizona Press in 2009. She lives with her husband and their two children in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Elizabeth Treadwell's seven books include the poetry collections Birds & Fancies (Shearsman, 2007) and Wardolly (Chax, 2008); her sixth chapbook, The Graces, was published by Dusie wee in 2006. Drafts from her current projects sometimes appear at her semiretired blog, Secret Mint.

Catherine Wagner is the author of two books from Fence. Her latest chapbooks are Hole in the Ground (Slack Buddha) and Everyone in the Room is a Representative of the World at Large (Bonfire Press). A forum she organized, Post-Marginal Positions: Women and the UK Experimental/Avant-Garde poetry community, is available at Jacket here. She teaches at Miami University in Ohio.

Christine Wertheim is a former painter with a PhD in literature and semiotics from Middlesex University, (UK). She teaches critical theory and feminisms on the undergraduate program in Critical Studies. For the graduate writing program she teaches classes on the relations between ideas of modernity, Art and femininity. With Matias Viegenser, she co-organizes an annual conference: Séance (2004), Noulipo (2005), Impunities (2006), Feminaissance (2007), ArText (2008), and has coedited two anthologies of contemporary experimental writing: Séance (Make Now Press, 2006), and noulipo (Les Figues Press, 2007). Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals including La Petitie Zine and Five Fingers Review. Her book of poetics +|’me’S-pace was published by Les Figues Press in 2007. Christine also co-directs the Institute For Figuring, which organizes presentations and exhibitions on the intersections of art and science, recently at Machine Project, the MJT, and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

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