Robert Kelly on the Neglect of Lost Poets; New poetry from Michael Palmer, Fanny Howe, Michael Keenan, Kevin Killian, and Lisa Donovan; New prose from Micaela Morrissette, Michael Mejia, Miranda Mellis, Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
Translations from Peruvian poet Reynaldo Jiménez (trans. by Carlos Lara) and the Salvadorian poet-philosopher Alberto Masferrer (trans. by Christian Nagler); Musical Score by Daniel Wohl
Contributors to this issue:
Lisa Donovan was born and raised in Southern California. She currently attends the Literary Arts Program at Brown and will begin the Creative Writing PhD Program at Denver in the Fall.
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.
Originally from Lima, Peru, poet, editor and translator Reynaldo Jiménez (b. 1959) currently resides in Buenos Aires. He is the founder/executive editor of the independent press and literary journal tsé-tsé, whose catalogue of writers includes Cecilia Vicuï¿½a, Josï¿½ Kozer, Liliana Ponce, Roberto Echavarren, and Wilson Bueno. A visual artist and musician as well, Reynaldo has given readings and performances in New York, California, Mexico, Europe, and various regions of South America. He has authored more than 8 books of poetry.
Robert Kelly‘s latest books include Fire Exit (a long poem, from Black Widow), The Logic of the World (thirty fictions, from McPherson & Co.), and the novel The Book from the Sky (North Atlantic/Random). Lapis (Godine) is his most recent collection of poems. He teaches in the Written Arts Program at Bard College.
Michael Keenan received his MFA from Brown University. His first chapbook, TWO GIRLS, was published by Say No Press in 2009. His poems have also appeared in Poetry International, Caketrain, and The Stolen Island Review. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado.
Kevin Killian lives in San Francisco. Recent books include Action Kylie (poetry), Impossible Princess (short fiction), The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945–1985 (co-edited), and Spreadeagle (novel).
Carlos Lara is originally from Chula Vista, California. He has received degrees from UCLA and Brown University. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
Alberto Masferrer was a Salvadoran journalist, fiction writer, poet, and social critic. He was born in Alegrï¿½a, Usulutï¿½n, El Salvador in 1868. His book-length essay El Minimum Vital (1929) provided the ethical platform for the freely elected, progressive government of Arturo Araujo. When Araujo was ousted in 1932 by the U.S. backed dictatorship of Maximiliano Hernandez Martïnez (in a bloody coup in which over 40,000 mostly indigenous people were massacred) Masferrer was exiled to Honduras, where he died of unknown causes.
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 fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in AGNI, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Notre Dame Review, Seneca Review, Esquire online, Pleiades, New Orleans Review, and American Book Review, among others.
Miranda Mellis is from San Francisco. She is the author of The Revisionist (Calamari Press) and Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs). Her work appears in various publications, most recently The Believer and Conjunctions. She teaches at the California College of the Arts and Mills College.
Micaela Morrissette‘s work has appeared in Best Horror of the Year, vol. 2 (Night Shade 2010), Best American Fantasy 2008 (Prime), and the 2009 Pushcart anthology, as well as in Weird Tales and in Conjunctions, where she is a senior editor.
Christian Nagler was born in New York in 1975. He is a writer, translator, and performer. His writing has appeared in various publications including Encyclopedia, and Digital Artifact. He is working on a novel and a book of essays, and is editing an anthology of 20th century Salvadoran writers. A selection from his poetry manuscript Phact is forthcoming in Tarpaulin Sky. He has performed with Anna Halprin and Open Experiments Ensemble. He is a lecturer in art and social practice at San Francisco State University.
Michael Palmer lives in San Francisco. His most recent book of poetry is Company of Moths (New Directions, 2005). Active Boundaries: Selected Essays and Talks appeared in 2008, also from New Directions. The poems here are from a just completed new collection, entitled Thread.
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi received her MFA in fiction from Brown University. Her work is forthcoming or can be found in Harp & Altar, Sleepingfish, Xcp: A Journal of Cross Cultural Poetics, and the Wave Books anthology State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. She teaches literature and creative writing at Rhode Island School of Design and lives in Providence.
Daniel Wohl is a Paris-born composer based in Brooklyn who writes for a variety of instruments that range from computers and slide whistles to orchestras, chamber ensembles, and string quartets. Recently deemed by the New York Times an imaginative, skillful creator, his music has been performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, the Chelsea Art Museum, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Dia Beacon, among many others. A winner of three consecutive ASCAP Young Composers Awards, he currently teaches courses in composition and music theory at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and is embarking on doctoral studies in composition at the Yale School of Music.