Translations of Iranian modernist Bahram Sadeqi, Peruvian poet Aníbal Cristobo, and excerpts from the notebooks of the Russian artist Leonid Sokov.
Plus…Craig Saper introduces the enigmatic and meteoric Bob Brown in this issue’s Lost Poets Review. Russell Duvernoy on Frank Samperi; musical score from Will Redman; new writing from Fanny Howe, Minnie Singh, Sam Truitt, and Michael Mejia.
Contributors to this issue:
Aníbal Cristobo was born in Buenos Aires in 1971. Between 1996 and 2001 he lived in Rio de Janeiro, and in 2002 he moved to Barcelona. He has published four books of poetry and edited the literary journal tsé-tsé with Reynaldo Jiménez. He also translates Portuguese poetry into Spanish.
Russell Duvernoy currently resides in Albuquerque, NM where he studies Philosophy at UNM. His work has appeared in Fugue, Watchword, and Queen’s Head and Artichoke, and he has published a small collection of short stories with the obscure but legendary letter-press publisher Unlock the Clockcase.
Omid Fallahazad was born and raised in Iran. Before moving to the U.S, his works of fiction, including a biographical novella, were published in Farsi. Since 2001 he has lived in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his first novel in English in 2010.
Irina Gutkin is a Los Angeles-based independent scholar of Russian intellectual history and culture, and a freelance translator. She is the author of a book, The Cultural Origins of the Socialist Realist Aesthetic — 1890–1934, and numerous research papers on Russian literature, poetry, and folklore.
Masha Gutkin is a writer, freelance translator and journalist, and the author of a chapbook of poems, “Goodbye Animal.” She is the daughter of Irina Gutkin, and lives in San Francisco.
Fanny Howe has written several collections of poetry, the most recent being The Lyrics (Graywolf). She was given the Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 and she lives in New England.
Carlos Lara is from Chula Vista, California. He has received degrees from UCLA and Brown University. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Christopher Lura is a writer, editor, and translator. He is the founding editor of Paul Revere’s Horse.
Michael Mejia is the recipient of a Literature Fellowship from the NEA and a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. His novel Forgetfulness was published by FC 2, and his work has appeared in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Seneca Review, and Notre Dame Review, among others. The first part of “Night/Nurse/Novel” appeared in issue No. 3 of Paul Revere’s Horse.
Will Redman is a musical instrument that scrambles and obfuscates the precarious limen of the composer-performer-audience compact. Scores employ fantastically unsystematic notation, inviting the beholder into a wilderness of interpretive self-sufficiency. Improvisations manifest as ostensible readings of invisible psycho-temporal texts. Sounds distend the sentient receptive sphere. Productions disseminated internationally through human, print, and broadcast media. Organized performance units include Microkingdom (No Jazz) and The Compositions (Chamber Music). PhD—SUNY Buffalo. Teaching—Towson University. Domicile—Baltimore, MD.
Bahram Sadeqi was the author of a number of highly influential short stories and a single novel, Malakut (1961). A major figure in 20th century Persian literature, he died in 1983.
Craig Saper is Professor of English and Texts & Technology (a doctoral program) at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Networked Art and Artificial Mythologies. He has edited and written afterwords for Bob Brown’s Words and The Readies, and he edited special issues of Visible Language and Style on related topics. Saper co-edited a special issue of Rhizomes on “Drifts” and an anthology on Imaging Place. He wrote the introduction to Sharon Kivland’s A Disturbance of Memory, II. His curatorial projects include exhibits on “Assemblings” (1997), “Noigandres: Concrete Poetry in Brazil” (1988) and “TypeBound” (2008), and folkvine.org (2003-6). He has published two artists’ books On Being Read and Raw Material, and he is presently writing a biography of Bob Brown. A recent New York Times Books section Back Page Essay describes Saper’s research and work on Brown in the context of new iPads and e-readers. Saper’s simulation of Brown’s reading machine can be found at http://www.readies.org.
Minnie Singh lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two children.
Leonid Sokov is a sculptor, painter, and installation artist. Born in Russia in 1941, he was one of the founders of the underground Sots Art movement in the Soviet 1970s. In 1980 he immigrated to the US and settled in New York where he has continued working with Russian cultural myths and icons, sometimes ironically engaging them in a dialogue with American ones. In 2001 he represented Russia at the Venice Biennale with his installation Shadows of Twentieth-Century Sculpture. His work is held in the Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the State Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Art Gallery, and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. (http://leonidsokov.org)
Sam Truitt lives in New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley. His books include the forthcoming Vertical Elegies 6: Street Mete (Station Hill), Vertical Elegies: Three Works(UDP), Vertical Elegies 5: The Section (Georgia) and Anamorphosis Eisenhower (Lost Roads), among others. For more, visit samtruitt.org.