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SO AND SO #49 -- March 21, 2012

Poetry by Zach Schomburg and Jenny Zhang

Zachary Schomburg is the author of Fjords (2012), Scary, No Scary (2009), and The Man Suit (2007), all published by Black Ocean, and a forthcoming book, The Book of Joshua (McSweeney’s). He co-edits Octopus Books and co-curates the Bad Blood Reading Series in Portland, Or.

Hi, I’m Jenny Zhang. My first book of poetry, Dear Jenny, We Are All Find, will be be published by Octopus Books in March of this year [2012]. I currently live in New York and write for Rookie magazine. Last year, I lived in France because I felt like achieving at least one of my teenage dreams. But guess what? Dreams are best experienced in reverie rather than reality.

 

(Photo and bio taken from http://www.jennybagel.com/contact/)

SO AND SO #50 -- June 9, 2012

Poetry by Matt Mauch and Matt Rasmussen

Matt Mauch is the author of Prayer Book (Lowbrow Press) and the forthcoming chapbook The Brilliance of the Sparrow (Mondo Bummer). His poems have appeared in Salt Hill, NOÖ Journal, H_NGM_N, DIAGRAM, Willow Springs, The Los Angeles Review, South Dakota Review, Sonora Review, Connotation Press, Water~Stone Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, ILK, InDigest, Spinning Jenny, and elsewhere. Host of the various readings that comprise the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read (GTCPR) & Road Show, and editor of the annual anthology Poetry City, USA. Mauch teaches in the AFA program at Normandale Community College. He lives in Minneapolis.

Matt Rasmussen’s poetry has been recently published in Gulf Coast, Cimarron Review, Water~Stone Review, H_NGM_N, Paper Darts, and at Poets.org. He’s received awards, grants, and residencies from The Bush Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, and The Corporation of Yaddo. He is a 2012 McKnight Artist Fellow, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, and teaches at Gustavus Adolphus College. His first book of poems, Black Aperture, won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award and will be published in spring of 2013 by LSU Press. He’s a founding co-editor of Birds, LLC, a small, independent poetry press.

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SO AND SO #51 -- July 7, 2012

Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci, Jim Goar, and Christopher Shipman

Vincent A. Cellucci is the College of Art + Design’s Communication across the Curriculum Studio Coordinator at Louisiana State University; he specializes in digital documentation, portfolio development, and teaching and writing in the art and design disciplines.  Vincent received his MFA from Louisiana State University and went to Loyola University New Orleans.  Last year he collaborated with the Louisiana Division of the Arts to develop and host three Artist Communication Workshops.  He has a background in creative writing and the studio arts and he has been published in Exquisite Corpse, moria, New Delta Review, The Pedestal, Presa, and The Toad Suck Review. An Easy Place / To Die is his first book of poetry; he also contributed, edited and produced a collaborative (including Andrei Codrescu) audio novel, The Katrina Decameron, which was released on iTunes in late 2010; and he is the founder of River Writers, a downtown Baton Rouge reading series.

Jim Goar received an MFA from Naropa University and studied Jack Spicer’s The Holy Grail for the critical component of his Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia. In 2010, Reality Street brought out his first full length collection, Seoul Bus Poems. A second book, The Louisiana Purchase, is available from Rose Metal Press. His most recent manuscript is The Dustbowl, a collection of serial poems that take Arthurian legend as its framework. He edits the journal, past simple.

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Christopher Shipman is author of Romeo’s Ugly Nose (allography Press), Human-Carrying Flight Technology (Blaze VOX Books), the chapbook I Carved Your Name (forthcoming from imaginary friend Press) and coauthor with DeWitt Brinson of Super Poems (forthcoming from Kattywompus Press). Latest poems appear or are forthcoming in journals such as Arkansas Review, Airplane Reading, Bayou Magazine, H_NGM_N, The Offending Adam, Spork Press and TENDE RLOIN, among others. Shipman has been featured on Verse Daily, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has been on finalist lists for various poetry prizes, and has won the love of Sarah K. Jackson. Shipman is poetry editor for DIG Magazine of Baton Rouge, where he runs the River Writers Reading Series with Vincent Cellucci.

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SO AND SO #52 -- August 25, 2012

Poetry by Pete Moore, Dianne Timblin, and Magdalena Zurawski

Dianne Timblin lives, writes, and edits in Durham, North Carolina. Her poems have appeared in Talisman, Fringe, Phoebe, Rivendell, Fanzine, and Foursquare, among other journals. Recently her poem “Glockenspiel Songbook” was translated into Spanish by Dayana Fraile and Guillermo Parra for the Venezuelan literary blog, Eternal Typewriter. Dianne has been a finalist for the Brenda Smart Poetry Prize, and her work was selected for the Poetry at Noon series at the U.S. Library of Congress. She tends blog at artofsalvage.tumblr.com.

Magdalena Zurawski’s novel The Bruise was published in 2008 by FC2/University of Alabama Press. It received both the 2008 Lambda Award for “Lesbian Debut Fiction” and the 2007 Ronald Sukenick-American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize. She is the co-curator of the Minor American Poetry Reading Series in Durham, NC, where she is also a PhD candidate in the English Department at Duke University. She is currently completing a manuscript of poetry called Companion Animal.

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Pete Moore lives in Durham, North Carolina, where he is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Duke University.  Currently his research extends across the fields of literary history and socio-linguistics, focusing on the role vernacular writing plays in America following the Second World War.  He co-organizes the Minor American Reading Series.

SO AND SO #53 -- September 22, 2012

Poetry by Bruce Covey, Gina Meyers, Kim Gek Lin Short, and Anne-Adele Wight

Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (Coconut Books, 2009) and several chapbooks, including most recently False Spring (Spooky Girlfriend, 2012). Her second full-length collection, Hold It Down, will be published by Coconut Books in 2013. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

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Bruce Covey has taught at Yale University, Emory University, and the Atlanta College of Art.  He is the author of five books of poems, including, most recently, Reveal: All Shapes & Sizes (Bitter Cherry, 2012) and Glass Is Really a Liquid (No Tell Books, 2010).  He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he edits Coconut and curates the What's New in Poetry reading series.  

Kim Gek Lin Short is the author of the lyric novels The Bugging Watch & Other Exhibits and China Cowboy (both from Tarpaulin Sky Press), and the hybrid chapbooks The Residents (dancing girl press) and Run (Rope-a-Dope). Her cross-genre work has been described as stealing back "for prose both the compressed sounds of poetry and the tugs and pangs of story" (Denver Quarterly) and as "creating a zone where elegance and grace can gambol with the just-plain-fucked-up" (HTML Giant). Kim lives with her family in Philadelphia and on the web at http://kimgeklin.wordpress.com/.

Anne-Adele Wight is the author of Sidestep Catapult and the forthcoming Opera House Arterial, both from BlazeVOX Books. Her work has appeared in American Writing, Philadelphia Poets, Tabula Rasa, Shrike, Mad Poets Review, Fairies in America, and elsewhere. Based in Philadelphia, she works with the series Poets and Prophets and has just started curating the Jubilant Thicket series. She works as an editor and lives with her husband and two cats.

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SO AND SO #54 -- October 20, 2012

Poetry by Christopher Janke, Michelle Naka Pierce, Chris Pusateri, and Betsy Wheeler

Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (2012), awarded Fordham University's Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize; She, A Blueprint (2011) with art by Sue Hammond West; Beloved Integer (2007); TRI/VIA (2003), co-authored with Veronica Corpuz; and several chapbooks. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and performed internationally, most recently in France. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew. Born in Japan, Pierce currently teaches in and directs the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.

Christopher Janke's first book, Structure of the Embryonic Rat Brain, won the Fence Modern Poets Series prize. His poems have been published in Harper's, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, A Public Space, Field, Forklift Ohio, Conduit, and dozens of other journals. He fixes laundry machines, tends bar, and hosts a yearly lost-and-found fashion show on 3rd Street in Turners Falls, Mass. Across the river in Greenfield, he stacks wood, cooks, writes poems, and edits manuscripts for Slope Editions, where he is VP and Senior Editor. His recent series of hybrid poem/sculptures called "of the of of the of" involve lots of plexiglas and vellum and explore the question: how do words attach to non-words? http://www.christopherjanke.com/

Chris Pusateri is the author of several books of poetry, most recently Common Time (Steerage Press, 2012) and Molecularity (Dusie, 2011). His work appears in many journals in the US and abroad, including Chicago Review, Fence, Jacket, Verse and others.  In spring 2012, he was a visiting artist at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse in France, where he performed as part of their Locus Metropole exhibition. A librarian by trade, he works in Denver, where he reviews new poetry and fiction titles for Library Journal and curates the Belmar Film Series, a free public program that showcases independent cinema.

Betsy Wheeler is the author of the poetry collection Loud Dreaming in a Quiet Room, and Start Here, a poetry chapbook. Her poems have appeared in notnostrums, Bat City Review, Forklift Ohio, The Journal, and elsewhere. From 2005-2007, she served as the Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University. She is editor of the limited-edition poetry chapbook publisher Pilot Books, and Managing Director of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Visit her website (http://louddreaming.com) or read a poem.

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SO AND SO #55 -- November 11, 2012

Poetry by Farrah Field, Christie Ann Reynolds, Janaka Stucky, Jared White, and Angela Veronica Wong

Christie Ann Reynolds is the author of Revenge for Revenge (Coconut Books, winter 2012) and a recent recipient of the 2012 Poets & Writers Amy Award. She has an MFA from The New School, lives in Brooklyn, and teaches poetry, creative writing and science at Metropolitan Montessori School. New poems are forthcoming in Court Green, Action, Yes!, Death Hums and you can listen to an interview or recordings at TheThe Poetry Blog , Listen Party, InDigest and the Poetry Project. She is co-curator of TOTEM: poetry + film.

Farrah Field is the author of Rising (Four Way Books), the chapbook Parents (Immaculate Disciples Press), and the newly released Wolf and Pilot (Four Way Books). She is co-owner of Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop and lives in Brooklyn.

Janaka Stucky is the author of The World Will Deny It For You, and Your Name Is the Only Freedom. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is the Publisher of Black Ocean and its literary journal, Handsome. He is practicing the perfection of effort through the pursuit of pugilism and joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.

Jared White was born in Boston and lives in Brooklyn. He is the author of Yellowcake, a chapbook published in Narwhal from Cannibal Books in 2009 and the upcoming This Is What It Is Like To Be Loved By Me on Bloof Books. Recent poems have appeared in Sink Review, Esque, Harp & Altar, and in audiovisual format on the Flying Object web site. He is co-owner of Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop and co-curator of Yardmeter Editions.

Angela Veronica Wong is the author of how to survive a hotel fire (Coconut Books 2012). She is on the internet at www.angelaveronicawong.com.

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SO AND SO #56 -- December 8, 2012

Poetry by Abigail Beckel, Kate Covintree, Caryn Lazzuri,

and Kathleen Rooney

Kate Covintree was born in Detroit. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Redivider, Passages North, and Paper Darts. She is the recipient of a Giorgio Stewmari Scholarship from Frequency Providence. She works as an Upper School Librarian at an N - 12 independent school in Providence, Rhode Island.

Abigail Beckel is the cofounder and publisher of Rose Metal Press, an independent book publisher of cross-genre writing. She has a master's degree from Emerson College, is a published poet and magazine writer, and lives with her husband Jay in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Caryn Lazzuri is Exhibitions Manager at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Her essays and articles have appeared in Culinate and Museum, and her poetry has appeared in various print and online journals. She lives in Baltimore where she splits her time between art and books.

Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press, a nonprofit publisher of literary work in hybrid genres, and a founding member of Poems While You Wait, a team of poets and their typewriters who compose commissioned poetry on demand. She is the author of six books of poetry and nonfiction including, most recently, the just-released novel in poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press),  the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs (Counterpoint, 2010), and the art modeling memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object (University of Arkansas Press, 2009). With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness (Otoliths, 2008) and the forthcoming chapbook The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go from the feminist publisher Hyacinth Girl Press.

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