SO AND SO #9 -- January 6, 2007
Poetry by John Cotter, Adam Golaski, Matthew Klane, & Jeff Paris
John Cotter has published work in 3rd Bed, Goodfoot, Hanging Loose, failbetter, Pebble Lake, Coconut Poetry, The Columbian Journal of American Studies, and others. He lives in Cambridge where he's working on a novel. In 2007 his work will appear in Volt, Unpleasant Event Schedule, word for/word, and Oh One Arrow.
Adam Golaski, co-editor at Flim Forum Press and Horror Fiction Editor of New Genre, is known to a small—but devoted—group of fans as the lead singer of Outlet (1991 – 96), a two-man punk outfit formed in Woodland, Maine. Their best known recording, Letter to Mars, was distributed exclusively fan-to-fan on cassette—the original 4-track recordings, made in an Amherst College basement, were stolen. Outlet stepped into the studio once more in 2000 and recorded the raw stuff for a new album, as-of-yet unreleased. Two tracks from those sessions, “Why Worry Rosary” and “I’m Bored Airports,” became minor hits for Golaski, as he performed them at Boston area clubs. The other half of Outlet, Jeremy Withers, still works with Golaski in the capacity of graphic designer. Aside from the beautiful Oh One Arrow, Withers is also responsible for the look of New Genre #4.
Matthew Klane is co-editor at Flim Forum Press. Currently, he lives and writes in Albany, NY. See recent work in word for/word, Plantarchy, and string of small machines. Also: check out The Meister-Reich Experiments, an evolving hypertext, at housepress.org.
Jeff Paris lives in New York City. It just kind of happened. Or keeps happening. His job is getting groups of small children to sing and dance. No, really—that's his job. Check out New Genre, the journal he co-edits. His chapbook of prose poems is called “The Mothskull Windchime."
SO AND SO #10 -- February 10, 2007
Poetry by Shanna Compton, Katie Degentesh, Sampson Starkweather, & Jen Tynes
Shanna Compton is the author of Down Spooky (Winnow, 2005) and the editor of Gamers (Soft Skull, 2004). Other recent poems can be found (or are forthcoming) in Dusie, Ping-Pong, Pebble Lake Review, and Abraham Lincoln. She's currently working on a new book called For Girls, which she plans to publish DIY-style in 2007. Visit her online at www.shannacompton.com.
Katie Degentesh lives in New York City. Her poems and writings have appeared in Shiny, Fence, the Poetry Project Newsletter and numerous other venues. Her first book, The Anger Scale, was recently published by Combo Books. Each poem in the book is titled with a question from the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and constructed with the help of Internet search engines.
Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He works as an editor of science textbooks. Some of his poems are recently published or forthcoming from: LIT; jubilat; Poetry Daily; Absent; New York Quarterly; Sink Review; Gargoyle; Redivider; Asheville Poetry Review; Lumina; and were nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize. He lives in the woods alone.
Jen Tynes edits Horse Less Press and is the author of The End of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press 2006), See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming Feb 2007) and, with Erika Howsare, The Ohio System (Octopus Books 2007). Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Lit, Denver Quarterly, Typo, Melancholia's Tremulous Dreadlocks and The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel: Second Floor.
SO AND SO SOUTH -- March 2, 2007
Twenty-one readers. One night. Atlanta.
Rusty Barnes is a co-founder and editor of the literary journal Night
Train. His work--fiction, interviews, poetry--has appeared in many
journals, among them Memorious, Pindeldyboz, Red Rock Review and
Dan Boehl was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1977. He has since lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Texas. His chapbook Work won the 2006-07 Pavement Saw Chapbook Award. His current projects include a collaboration of pirate poems/paintings entitled Kings of the F**king Sea, the Laser Show Project,which can be seen at www.thelasershowproject.blogspot.com or in the Okay Mountain Reader, and a post-petroleum children's novel entitled Naomi and the Horse Flavored T-Shirt. He works for the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas.
Chip Cheek will earn his MFA at Emerson College in May 2007. He is the editor-in-chief of Redivider and a fiction reader for Ploughshares, and for his day job works in textbook publishing. His short shorts have appeared in Fringe, Quick Fiction, and Brevity and Echo.
Julia Cohen is Managing Editor of Nightboat Books and an editorial assistant at Palgrave Macmillan. Her chapbook, If Fire, Arrival. is out with horse less press. Her poems have been published in the Mississippi Review online, Octopus, H_NGM_N, Aught, The Adirondack Review, Word for/ Word, Hanging Loose, and GutCult among others and are forthcoming in Cannibal and Spinning Jenny.
Leigh Anne Couch lives in Tennessee and is the managing editor of the Sewanee Review. Her poems have appeared in the Western Humanities Review , Shenandoah, 32 Poems, Blackbird, Carolina Quarterly, and other journals. Her chapbook, Green and Helpless will be published by Finishing Line Press this spring. Her book Houses Fly Away won the Zone 3 Press First Book Award and will be published in the fall.
Elisa Gabbert holds degrees from Rice University and Emerson College. She is a reader for Ploughshares and an editor of Absent. Recent work appears or will appear in journals including Pleiades, LIT, Foursquare, No Tell Motel, Kulture Vulture, RealPoetik, H_NGM_N, and Redivider, as well as the forthcoming anthologies The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel – Second Floor and Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets. Her collaborations with Kathleen Rooney have appeared or will in MiPOesias, Past Simple, Dusie and others. A chapbook, Thanks for Sending the Engine, was released by Kitchen Press in 2007.
Kate Greenstreet's first book, case sensitive, is just out from Ahsahta Press. Visit her online at kickingwind.com.
Amy King lives in Brooklyn, NY and is the author of the poetry collections, Antidotes for an Alibi (2005) and I’m the Man Who Loves You (forthcoming, 2007). She teaches Creative Writing and English at SUNY Nassau Community College and is the managing editor for the literary arts journal, MiPOesias. Please visit www.amyking.org for more.
Sawako Nakayasu is the author of many poems about insects (mostly ants), two full length books of poetry, and various translations of contemporary and modern Japanese poetry, including poems by the great, underrecognized modernist Sagawa Chika. This semester she is teaching a class at Bard College on Japanese literature and experimental translation.
Deborah Poe has worked as environmental activist in Austin, hostel clerk and bartender in Paris, a waitress in Taos, engineering assistant at Oregon Steel Mill in Portland, as editor and international program manager in Seattle, and as educator in Washington state and New York. She is working on publishing her first collection of poetry, Our Parenthetical Ontology, and on a forthcoming book entitled Elements. Her poems were nominated for Pushcart Prizes the last two years and have appeared in journals such as Drunken Boat, Anemone Sidecar, Sugar Mule, and Snow Monkey and in the anthology Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora.
Terri Witek is the author of Carnal World (2006), Fools and Crows (2003) and Robert Lowell and Life Studies: Revising the Self (1993). She teaches at Stetson University in DeLand Florida, where she holds the Art and Melissa Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing.
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press. Her first book is Reading With Oprah (2005), and her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Small Spiral Notebook, Harvard Review, and RealPoetik, as well as the anthologies Outside Voices 2008 Anthology of Younger Poets and The Book of Irish American Poetry: from the 18th Century to the Present. Her essay "Live Nude Girl" appears in Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers (Random House, 2006).
Allyssa Wolf is the author of Vaudeville (Seismicity Editions/Otis Books) and recipient of a 2006 PIP Gertrude Stein Award. New poetry is forthcoming from Soft Targets, LIT, and Green Integer Review.
Ravi Shankar, founding editor of the international journal of the arts Drunken Boat and poet-in-residence at Central Connecticut State, has published a book of poems, Instrumentality (Cherry Grove), named a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards. He has appeared as a commentator on NPR, written poems, reviews and essays for such publications as The Paris Review, Fulcrum and Poets & Writers, and read his work in many places, including the Asia Society and the National Arts Club. Along with Reb Livingston, he is the co-author of the collaborative chapbook Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books, 2006) and with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he is currently editing an anthology of contemporary Arab and Asian poetry, due out with W. W. Norton & Co. in Spring 2008.
Mathias Svalina lives in Lincoln, Nebraska where he co-curates The Clean Part Reading Series & co-edits Octopus Magazine & Books. His poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Lungfull!, Typo & jubilat, among other journals. His first chapbook, Why I Am White is forthcoming from Kitchen Press.
Sampson Starkweather was born in Pittsboro, North Carolina. He works as an editor of science textbooks. Some of his poems are recently published or forthcoming from: jubilat; LIT; Poetry Daily; Absent; New York Quarterly; Gargoyle; Redivider; Asheville Poetry Review; Sink Review; Lumina; and were nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize. He lives in the woods.
Cam Terwilliger is a writing instructor at Emerson College and the current poetry editor of Redivider, Emerson's grad student run literary magazine. In Spring 2007, he'll graduate from the college's MFA program after completing his book of short stories, The Zoo in Winter. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in 5 AM, The Strange Fruit, The GSU Review, The Green Hills Literary Lantern, and others.
Jen Tynes lives in Providence, Rhode Island. With Erika Howsare, she edits Horse Less Press. She is the author of one book, The End Of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press 2006) and two chapbooks: The Ohio System (a collaboration with Erika Howsare) (Octopus Books 2007) and See Also Electric Light (Dancing Girl Press 2007).
Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author four books: Suspension of a Secret in Abandoned Rooms, Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk, Figures for a Darkroom Voice (with Noah Eli Gordon), and The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth. His first film, Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape, is due out later this year.
Kevin Wilson was born, raised, and still lives in Tennessee. His stories have appeared in Ploughshares, One Story, Greensboro Review, New Stories from the South 2005, and elsewhere.
Matvei Yankelevich is the editor of the Eastern European Poets Series at Ugly Duckling Presse, and co-edits 6x6, a poetry periodical. His translations of Daniil Kharms have appeared in many literary journals and are forthcoming in a book from Overlook Press. Matvei is the author of The Present Work (Palm Press, 2006) and his poetry has appeared in various journals including Bombay Gin, Carve, Court Green, Fence, Fulcrum, LIT, Rattapallax, Open City, Toilet Paper, Torch and Weigh Station. He is the co-translator, with Eugene Ostashevsky, of OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern University Press, 2006). He teaches at Hunter College in New York City while pursuing a graduate degree in Comparative Literature.
SO AND SO #11-- March 17, 2007
Poetry by Oni Buchanan, Benjamin Paloff, & Jon Woodward
Oni Buchanan is the author of What Animal, published in October 2003 as the winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Her poems currently appear or are forthcoming in Conduit, Seneca Review, dragonfire, Forklift: Ohio, and elsewhere, including the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2004 and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. She holds a B.A. in English and music from the University of Virginia, an M.F.A. in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a Master’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. As a concert pianist, she has released three solo piano CD’s, and actively performs across the U.S. She is on the piano faculty at the New School of Music in Cambridge, maintains a private teaching studio, and serves as an online poetry mentor for the Anna Akhmatova Foundation.
Benjamin Paloff is a poetry editor for Boston Review and is finishing a Ph.D. at Harvard, where he teaches in the Department of History and Literature. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, The Literary Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. He has an MFA from the University of Michigan, where he taught creative writing workshops and received two Hopwood Awards, and recently held a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in Russia and Poland. He has also translated several works from Eastern and Central European literatures, most recently Dorota Masłowska’s Snow White and Russian Red (Grove Press, 2005) and Marek Bieńczyk’s Tworki (Northwestern University Press, 2007). Starting this fall, he will be Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a postdoctoral fellow of the Michigan Society of Fellows.
Jon Woodward currently lives in Brighton and works at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. His second book, Rain, was published by Wave Books in 2006.
SO AND SO #12-- April 7, 2007
Poetry by Ellen Kennedy, Tao Lin, Heather Madden, & Julia Story
Ellen Kennedy lives in Northeast Pennsylvania. She has an e-book with a very long title of poetry and prose and a book with Tao Lin called Hikikomori, both published by Bear Parade. She is a poetry editor for 3am Magazine and writes and designs books with Tao Lin for their website Ass hi Books.
Tao Lin is the author of a poetry collection, YOU ARE A LITTLE BIT HAPPIER THAN I AM (Action Books), a novel, EEEEE EEE EEEE (Melville House), and a story-collection, BED (Melville House). The novel and story-collection will be published simultaneously on May 1st. Tao's blog is called READER OF DEPRESSING BOOKS. He lives in New York City.
Heather Madden grew up in Pennsylvania. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from New Mexico State University and an MFA in Poetry from Indiana University. Her poems have appeared in Good Foot and The Tiny.
Julia Story's work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in journals such as Octopus, La Petite Zine, The Iowa Review, Quick Fiction, Verse, and Ploughshares. She has two book manuscripts—a completed one called Pretend Morning and one in progress called Post Moxie. She grew up in Indiana and received an MFA from Indiana University. She now lives in Somerville, MA.
SO AND SO #13-- May 5, 2007
Poetry by Julia Cohen, Mathias Svalina, Bronwen Tate, & Gabriella Torres
Julia Cohen is the co-editor of the new print journal Saltgrass. Her chapbook, If Fire, Arrival is out with horse less press and her second chapbook, Ruby's Bell, is coming out with H_NGM_NB__KS early this summer. Her work is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly and Spinning Jenny. She lives in Brooklyn.
Mathias Svalina lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-edits Octopus Magazine & Books. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in such journals as Typo, jubilat, Fence, Denver Quarterly & American Letters & Commentary. His chapbook, Why I Am White, is forthcoming from Kitchen Press.
Bronwen Tate enjoys living in Brooklyn, NY but will soon be moving to the San Francisco Bay Area because she can't seem to get enough of school. Warmer weather will also be a plus. Some recent poems have appeared in Typo, How2 Journal, No Tell Motel, and Word For/Word. Her chapbook Souvenirs is available in person or on her blog (http://breadnjamforfrances.blogspot.com) as part of the Dusie Chapbook Kollectiv. She really likes guillotine paper cutters and other large metal devices for making books.
Gabriella Torres currently lives in Brooklyn where she co-edits the tiny with Gina Myers. Her works have recently appeared in Sink Review,Cannibal and Past Simple.
SO AND SO #14-- June 30, 2007
Poetry by Kaveh Bassiri, Malachi Black, & Laura Cronk
Kaveh Bassiri was born in Iran and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in his early teens. He has an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he was the Editor of the 2006 issue of its graduate literary journal, Lumina. He is also the co-curator of the poetry series, Reading Between A and B, in the East Village.
Malachi Black is Literary Editor of The New York Quarterly. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Pleiades, The New Formalist, and others. He lives in New York City.
Laura Cronk has published poems in Barrow Street, Conduit, LIT, Lyric, McSweeney's, No Tell Motel, and other journals. Her work has been anthologized in The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel and Best American Poetry 2006. She lives in Jersey City, NJ.
SO AND SO #15-- July 21, 2007
Poetry by Shafer Hall, Cecily Parks, & Ravi Shankar
Shafer Hall is a senior poetry editor for Painted Bride Quarterly, a poetry curator and host for the Frequency Reading Series, and a poetry bartender for poets in New York, but mostly he's a poetry writer from Texas who loves to write poetry. His poems and collaborations have appeared in The Indiana Review, Eyeshot.net, Unpleasant Event Schedule, and many other journals. He is currently working on "NoTell Ro*Tel," an epic poem detailing his devotion to Reb Livingston and to canned tomatoes.
Cecily Parks's first collection of poems, Field Folly Snow, will be published by the University of Georgia Press in 2008. Her chapbook, Cold Work, was selected by Li-Young Lee for the 2005 Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Bronx Writers' Center, The MacDowell Colony, and the Ucross Foundation. She is currently a PhD candidate in English at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.
Ravi Shankar is Associate Professor and Poet-in-Residence at Central Connecticut State University and the founding editor of the international online journal of the arts, Drunken Boat. He has published a book of poems, Instrumentality (Cherry Grove), named a finalist for the 2005 Connecticut Book Awards and co-authored a chapbook with Reb Livingston, Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books). His creative and critical work has previously appeared in such publications as The Paris Review, Poets & Writers, Time Out New York, The Massachusetts Review, Fulcrum, McSweeney's and the AWP Writer’s Chronicle, among many others. He has taught at Queens College, University of New Haven, and Columbia University, where he received his MFA in Poetry. He has appeared as a commentator on NPR and Wesleyan Radio and read his work in many places, including the Asia Society, St. Mark's Poetry Project and the National Arts Club. He currently serves on the Advisory Council for the Connecticut Center for the Book and along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, is co-editing an anthology of contemporary South Asian, East Asian Poetry, due out with W.W. Norton & Co. in Spring 2008.
SO AND SO #16-- August 18, 2007
Poetry by Dan Boehl, Dan Hoy, & Gina Myers
Dan Boehl lives in Austin, Texas where he works for the Blanton Museum of art. His chapbook Work won the 2006-2007 Pavement Saw Press Chapbook Award. He's one of two Kings of the F**king Sea.
Dan Hoy lives in Brooklyn and is an editor for SOFT TARGETS. He is the author of the poetry chapbook, Outtakes, published in Spring 2007 by Lame House Press, and his work has recently appeared in Absent Magazine, Coconut, H_NGM_N, Octopus, and elsewhere.
Gina Myers lives in Brooklyn where she makes books for Lame House
Press and co-edits the tiny with Gabriella Torres. She is the author of the chapbooks Fear of the Knee Bending Backwards(H_NGM_N B_ _KS 2006) and Stanzas in Imitations (New School University 2007).
So and So #16 special guest: Steve Willard
SO AND SO #17-- September 15, 2007
Poetry by Michael Carr, C.S. Carrier, & Lori Shine
Michael Carr is the author of Softer White, published earlier this year by House Press, and Platinum Blonde , a chapbook of poems and collages (Fewer & Further Press, 2006). He has edited a manuscript journal of John Wieners' called A book of PROPHECIES, which was published this summer by Bootstrap Productions. With Dorothea Lasky he co-edits Katalanché Press, co-curates the Plough & Stars Reading Series with John Mulrooney, and lives in Cambridge, Mass.
C. S. Carrier was born in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in Waynesville, North Carolina. He holds degrees from Western Carolina University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His work has appeared in many journals, including 6x6, American Letters and Commentary, Coconut, LIT, Pleiades, Verse, and Word For/Word. He’s the author of The 16s (Katalanche Press, 2007), Lyric (horse less press, 2007), and After Dayton (Four Way Books, forthcoming 2008). He teaches at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Lori Shine's chapbook Coming Down in White was recently published by Pilot Books. Her poems have appeared (or shortly will) in 6x6, APR, Boston Review, Conduit, H_NGM_N, New American Writing, and other magazines, and in the anthology Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets. She is Managing Editor of Wave Books and lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
SO AND SO #18-- October 13, 2007
Poetry by Phil Cordelli, Hazel McClure, & Keith Newton
Phil Cordelli lives in New York City where he has been making piles of dirt, raking leaves into trashbags and tending to other people's
backyards. He is also an editor at Ugly Duckling Presse. His poetry
can be found in Cannibal, CutBank and Eucalyptus, among other places.
Hazel McClure lives in Buffalo. She’s the author of Nothing Moving (Lame House Press, 2006). Her poems have appeared in can we have our ball back, the tiny, and Coconut.
Keith Newton edits the online magazine Harp & Altar. His poems and
translations have appeared in Typo, Nebraska Review, and Circumference, and are forthcoming in Harvard Review and Cannibal. A chapbook of his work will be published in the spring by Cannibal
Books. He lives in Brooklyn.
SO AND SO #19-- November 3, 2007
Poetry by Douglas Hahn, Dan Magers, & Maya Pindyck
Douglas S Hahn is the founder and editor of the Sink Review. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007, and is relocating to San Francisco this winter for his career in copy writing.
Dan Magers has had poems published in the tiny and Red China Magazine. His chapbook Exploitation Poems was published in September 2007. He is a co-editor of the online literary magazine Sink Review, and works as an editorial assistant at John Wiley & Sons. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Maya Pindyck is the author of the chapbook, Locket, Master, which won a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship in 2006. Her poems have recently appeared in Bellingham Review, elimae, Mississippi Review, RealPoetik, and Sycamore Review. She holds an M.F.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Brooklyn, where she is a New York City Teaching Fellow.
SO AND SO #20-- December 8, 2007
Poetry by Andrea Baker, Jennifer Bartlett, & Reb Livingston
Andrea Baker is the author of like wind loves a window (slope editions, 2005) and the chapbook gilda (poetry society of america, 2004). She’ll have a second chapbook called True Poems About the River Go Like This ready by awp- that one will be published by cannibal books.
Jennifer Bartlett was a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Her first collection of poems is Derivative of the Moving Image (University of New Mexico Press 2007). Individual poems have appeared in How2, Ratapallax, and WSQ. She is editor of Saint Elizabeth Street and maintains a blog at saintelizabethstreet.blogspot.com.
Reb Livingston is the author of Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books 2007), editor of The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel - Second Floor and the online magazine, No Tell Motel, and publisher of No Tell Books. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2006, The American Poetry Review, Gargoyle, MiPOesias and 32 Poems, among other publications.