A Literary Journal

Issue Number Two

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Translations by Carlos Lara of three Peruvian writers: Jorge Eduardo Eielson, Sebastián Salazar Bondy, and Pablo Guevara;

Lisa Robertson considers John Clare in this issue’s Lost Poets Review;

Plus… an interview with experimental novelist Eric E. Olson, author of The Procession of Mollusks; Miranda Mellis presents the second installment of her serial Transformer and New writing from Graham Guest, Elmo Lum, Laura Schadler, Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein, and Amanda Davidson.

Contributors to this issue:

Sebastián Salazar Bondy was born in Lima, Peru in 1924. Forgoing college, he studied literature on the streets of his native city. He lived temporarily in Paris, Buenos Aires, and Mexico. Besides poetry, his extensive body of work includes social and political commentary, prose narrative, literary and art criticism, and drama. In 1960, he was awarded the Premio Internacional de Poesía León de Greiff (the Leon de Greiff International Poetry Prize) in Venezuela. He passed away in Lima, Peru in 1965.

John Clare was born in Helpston, near Peterborough, in England in 1793. A self-educated poet, he died in 1864 after 27 years confinement in two different lunatic asylums, during which time he continued to write extensively.

Amanda Davidson is a San Francisco based writer and multimedia artist. She recently spent time as a writer-in-residence at the Art Farm Nebraska and The MacDowell Colony. Her collaborative works include the online publication as well as Parted in the Middle, a pants-pocket-sized zine.

Jorge Eduardo Eielson was born in Lima, Peru in 1924. During his high school years, he was mentored by José María Arguedas and Luis Fabio Xammar who introduced him to the literary and artistic circles of Lima. He studied briefly at the Universidad de San Marcos. In 1945, he won the Premio Nacional de Poesía (National Poetry Prize) and, three years later, the 3rd Premio Nacional del Teatro (National Drama Award) for the two-act play, Maquillage. As an artist, he held exhibitions in several European cities, and his work with quipu (ancient Andean recording devices) was shown to wide acclaim at the 1964 Venice Biennale. He lived, for periods of time, in Rome, Paris, New York, Milan, and Sardinia. He also received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1978 for a lecture in New York. He passed away in 2006.

Graham Guest often writes at the intersection of fiction and philosophy. Currently, he is working on a novel and earning his Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow in the UK, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Carlos Lara was born and raised in Southern California. He attended UCLA and Brown University. He currently lives in San Diego where he is completing several manuscripts of poetry. This is the first publication of his work in literary translation.

Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work appears in Another Chicago Magazine, Teachers & Writers, In Posse Review, Konundrum, horse less review, among others. Amanda lives in Chicago and co-directs Break Arts: International Arts & Education Collaborative, orchestrating participatory poetics projects around the world.

Elmo Lum’s short stories have appeared in a variety of print and online publications including StoryQuarterly, the New England Review, Web Conjunctions, and Narrative. He has recently completed a novel for which he is looking for an agent. He lives in San Francisco and is currently working on a new book.

Miranda Mellis is the author of The Revisionist (Calamari Press) and Materialisms (Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs). Her work has appeared in various publications including Harper’s, The Believer, and Tin House. She is an editor at The Encyclopedia Project.

Pablo Guevara Miraval was born in Lima, Peru in 1930. He studied literature at the Universidad Católica and the Universidad de San Marcos, where he completed a graduate degree. In 1955, he traveled to Spain to study film direction and cinematography. He also lived, at times, in Italy, France, and Denmark. He returned to Peru in the 1960’s where he would become known as one of the integral members of the 50’s Generation of Peruvian poets alongside Jorge Eielson, Julio Ramón Ribeyro, Carlos Germán Belli and Blanca Varela, among others. He won the Premio Nacional de Poesía (National Poetry Prize) in 1954 and the Primer Premio Copé de Poesía (Premier Poetry Cup) in 1997. He passed away in 2006.

Eric E. Olson teaches creative writing, literature, and literary theory at California College of the Arts. He holds degrees from the University of Denver, Naropa University, and the University of California, San Diego. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals including the bilingual Rio Grande Review, and he is an associate editor for Conjunctions. His novel The Procession of Mollusks was published in 2009 by Astrophil Press. He lives with his wife and other critters in Oakland, California.

Lisa Robertson was born in Toronto in 1961. She has lived in British Columbia, England and France, and is currently based in Berkeley. Her most recent book of poems is Lisa Robertson’s Magenta Soul Whip. R’s Boat is forthcoming from University of California Press in Spring 2010.

Laura Schadler grew up in the mountains of Virginia and currently lives in San Francisco. Her fiction has appeared in The Southern Review, Fiction Attic, Fourteen Hills, and Sadie Magazine, among others. She is at work on a novel..


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