December 26, 2009

Day 25: Mel Nichols

Mel Nichols is the author of Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon (National Poetry Series finalist), Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha 2008), The Beginning of Beauty, Part 1: hottest new ringtones, mnichol6 (Edge 2007), and Day Poems (Edge 2005). Recent journal publications include Poetry, New Ohio Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Van Gogh’s Ear, and Westwind Review. She curates the Ruthless Grip Poetry Series at Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and teaches at George Mason University.

Day 25: Jill Alexander Essbaum

Jill Alexander Essbaum is the author of several books of poetry, including The Devestation (Cooper Dillon Books, 2009).

Day 25: Sarah Rosenthal

Sarah Rosenthal is the author of Manhatten (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and the chapbooks How I Wrote This Story (Margin to Margin, 2001), sitings (a+bend, 2000) and not-chicago (Melodeon, 1998). Her writing has been anthologized in Bay Poetics (Faux, 2006), The Other Side of the Postcard (City Lights, 2005) and hinge (Crack, 2002). Her collection of interviews, A Community Writing Itself: Conversations with Vanguard Writers of the Bay Area, is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive.

Day 25: Lee Ann Browne

Lee Ann Brown is the author of Polyverse and The Sleep That Changed Everything, and collaborations such as Nascent Toolbox with Laynie Browne, and Sop Doll! A Jack Tale Noh with Tony Torn. She teaches poetry at St. John's University in New York City and is starting a performance and workshop space, The French Broad Institute of Time & the River in Marshall, NC."I wrote this poem in 5th grade at the request of my teacher Mrs. Elrod to accompany a bulletin board display of white paper snowflakes in the halls of Bruns Avenue Elementary School in Charlotte NC. Accompanying me in this recording some 35 years later is my daughter, Miranda, age seven who made up the new ending. She also suggests you listen to it backwards for what sounds like the word 'salami.'"

December 24, 2009

Day 24: Divya Victor

Divya Victor has lived and learned in India, Singapore, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Seattle. She has an M.A. from Temple University and is currently working towards her Ph.D. at the University at Buffalo. Her work has appeared in ambit, XConnect, The Ixnay Reader, dusie, President’s Choice, P-QUEUE, and Drunken Boat. Her chapbook SUTURES was just published by Little Red Leaves.

Day 23: Catherine Daly

Catherine Daly is author of eight books, most recently VAUXHALL (Shearsman, 2008), which is in many ways the lyrical/sonic successor of her book Locket (Tupelo, 2005), from which these poems are translated. Catherine Daly lived in the same apartment building as Kris Petersen in New York, and they last worked together on The Last Canto (Duration Press, 1999), which originally included two translations into Italian as well as the translations from Italian.

December 22, 2009

Day 22: Mairéad Byrne

MAIRÉAD BYRNE’s The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (an early blog book) is due out from Adam Robinson’s Publishing Genius Press in Spring 2010. Other collections include Talk Poetry (Miami University Press 2007), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions 2007), and Nelson & The Huruburu Bird (Wild Honey Press 2003). Chapbooks include State House Calendar (Dusie Kollektiv/watersign press/ Calendar Girls Books 2008) and An Educated Heart (Palm Press 2005).

Mairéad is an Associate Professor of Poetry+Poetics at Rhode Island School of Design.

December 21, 2009

Day 21: Danielle Pafunda

Danielle Pafunda is the author of Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies (Noemi Press forthcoming this winter), My Zorba (Bloof Books), Pretty Young Thing (Soft Skull Press), and a fourth collection Manhater slated for Dusie Press Books. She is a member of the WILLA (Women in Letters and Literary Arts) Advisory Board, and assistant professor of gender & women's studies and English at the University of Wyoming. She has just received a grant to travel to New Orleans and take the most lurid vampire tours the city has to offer.

December 20, 2009

Day 20: Kate Durbin and Amaranth Borsuk

Kate Durbin is the author of The Ravenous Audience (Black Goat/Akashic 2009), and the chapbook Fragments Found in a 1937 Aviator's Boot (Dancing Girl Press 2009). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as Drunken Boat, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Action Yes. She lives in Whittier, CA, 17 miles, as the crow flies, from Pasadena, CA, where Amaranth Borsuk lives and pursues her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from USC. Amaranth's poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in FIELD, Columbia Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Pool, and ZYZZYVVA. Collaborative translations of Paul Braffort’s Hypertropes (with Gabriela Jauregui) appear in New American Writing and Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion.