poetry, prose, plays, and prints
Lisa Burdige:
Lisa Burdige has been playing with words for many years now. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in Exquisite Corpse, Paramour, Analecta, and ArkAngel. Her short play The Tutors was produced by SOHO Rep in NYC. She has a MA in Creative Writing from NYU and is currently working on a collection of short stories and the novel The Goblin Market. She plans to launch a website/blog, The Violet Vacabulariumin 2009, which will examine, with a slightly purple lens, rare and common words, both in captivity as well as in their natural habitat. Lisa lives in New York City with her two sons and her significant other John Hazard.

Mary Burger:

Mary Burger is the author of A Partial Handbook for Navigators (Interbirth Books) and Sonny (Leon Works), a meditative fiction about the Manhattan Project and the disappearance of the American agrarian family. She edits Second Story Books, featuring cross-genre writing that explores relationship to place, time, and knowing. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is currently studying landscape architecture. You can learn more about Mary's work at

Lauren Dixon:
Lauren Dixon's work has appeared in Kadar Koli and a smattering of Texas newspapers. She edits Superficial Flesh (, has appeared as a featured reader in Word Space's Writers in the Universities series and Sojourn's WordUP! series, and was nominated for the Best New Poets of 2006 Anthology (Meridian). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry from Texas State University, and is currently working on her doctorate in Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas where she also teaches creative writing. 

Danielle Dutton:
Danielle Dutton is the author of Attempts at a Life (Tarpauline Sky Press, 2007) and S P R A W L (Clear Cut Press, forthcoming). She manages production and design at Dalkey Archive Press and teaches prose/fiction classes in the low residency MFA program at Naropa University.

David Hadbawnik:
David Hadbawnik is a poet currently living with his wife Tina Zigon in Buffalo, New York, where he studies and teaches at SUNY.  He publishes Habenicht Press (  His recent publications include essays in Big Bridge and Chicago Review and poems in the Marlboro Review, Damn the Caesars, and Exquisite Corpse.  His books include The Downwinders (Modest Proposal), SF Spleen (Skanky Possum), and Ovid in Exile (Interbirth Books). His chapbook Translations from Creeley is forthcoming from Sardines Press.

Roberto Harrison:
Roberto Harrison edits the Bronze Skull Press chapbook series, hosts the Enemy Rumor reading series in Milwaukee, and co-edited Crayon with Andrew Levy. His most recent publications include reflector (House Press, 2008), Elemental Song (Answer Tag Home Press, 2006), Os (subpress, 2006), and Counter Daemons (Litmus, 2006). A collection of Roberto's drawings and journal entries, Ineffable Isthmus, was recently displayed at Woodland Pattern. His work has appeared in Chicago Review, New American Writing, Jacket, Mandorla, Brooklyn Rail, Bombay Gin, and many other publications. His chapbook Urracá is forthcoming from Achiote Seeds.

Jane Joritz-Nakagawa:
Jane Joritz-Nakagawa's books of poetry are Skin Museum (2006), Aquiline (2007), and Exhibit C (2008). Originally from the United States, she now lives and works in central Japan as an associate professor at Aichi University of Education. Her poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared widely in international journals.

Barbara Maloutas:
Barabara Maloutas is the 2008 Sawtooth Prize Poetry winner for the whole Marie. Her previous book and chapbooks are In a Combination of Practices (New Issues, 2004), Coffee Hazilly (Beard of Bees, 2007) and Practices (New Michigan Press/Diagram, 2003). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals including Aufgabe, Free Verse, Segue, Tarpaulin Sky, Good Foot, The New Review of Literature, bird dog, dusie, elimae, Greatcoat and Octopus. Her work is anthologized in Intersections: Innovative Poets of Southern California (Green Integer, 2005) and online in the 5th Anniversary Edition of Segue (Miami University-Middletown, 2006). Maloutas teaches book structures and book arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles.

Hoa Nguyen:
Born in Vinh Long, near Saigon, Hoa Nguyen grew up in the Washington D.C. area and studied poetry at the New College of California in San Francisco.  She now lives in Austin, Texas where she co-edits Skanky Possum, a book imprint and journal, and curates a monthly reading series in Austin with her husband, the poet Dale Smith.  Her poems have been published in various journals and in An Anthology of New (American) Poets (Talisman House, 1989); Time Being (Bootstrap); Not for Mothers Only (Fence); and Black Dog, Black Night (Milkweed).  She is the author of Dark (1998), Parrot Drum (Leroy, 2000), Your Ancient See Through (Sub Press, 2002), Red Juice (Effing, 2005), and Poems (Dos, 2007). Hoa's forthcoming books include Kiss a Bomb Tattoo (Effing) and Hecate Lochia (Hot Whiskey).

Richard Owens:
Richard Owens edits Punch Press and Damn the Caesars, a journal of contemporary poetry and poetics. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Shearsman, Aufgabe, O Poss, Hassle, Kadar Koli, and elsewhere. Delaware Memoranda, his book-length poem, was published through BlazeVOX. His book Embankments is forthcoming from Interbirth Books.

Christian Peet:
Christian Peet is the author of Big American Trip (Shearsman Books, 2009) and two chapbook-installments of an ongoing cross-genre project, The Nines. "Book 1" of The Nines (Palm Press) is available through Small Press Distribution. "Book 2" is forthcoming from Interbirth Books. His work appears in journals such as Denver Quarterly, Drunken Boat, Octopus Magazine, Practice: New Writing + Art, and Sleeping Fish, among others, and is forthcoming in A Best of Fence: The First Nine Years. He lives in Vermont, where he runs Tarpaulin Sky Press ( and pedals a rickshaw (

Erin Pringle:

Erin Pringle's short story collection The Floating Order is forthcoming from Two Ravens Press.

Francis Raven:
Francis Raven is a graduate student in philosophy at Temple University. His books include 5-Haifun: Of Being Divisible (Blue Lion Books, 2008), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007), Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox 2005) and the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). Provisions, his book-length collection of poetry, is forthcoming from Interbirth Books in early 2009. His poems appear in Mudlark, Conundrum, Chain, Big Bridge, Bird Dog, Caffeine Destiny, and Spindrift. His critical work can be found in Jacket, LogosClamor, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, The Electronic Book Review, The Emergency Almanac, The Morning News, The Brooklyn Rail, Media and Culture, In These Times, The Fulcrum Annual, Rain Taxi, and Flak. Francis lives in Washington DC; you can check out more of his work at his website:

Clifton Riley:
Clifton Riley is a printmaker, graphic designer, and book artist affiliated with Interbirth Books. His work has been shown on multiple occasions in both Austin and San Marcos, Texas.  He is the Teaching Assistant and Artist in Residence for the Printmaking Area of the Department of Art and Design at Texas State University.  Most recently, he served as Artist in Residence at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia in Venice, Italy.  For more information, contact Clif at

Kyle Schlesinger:
Kyle Schlesinger lives in Brooklyn, NY where he is the proprietor of Cuneiform Press and the Monday Night Coordinator at St. Mark's Poetry Project. He also publishes and lectures on topics related to poetics, visual communication, and artists' books. His recent books of poetry include The Pink and Hello Helicopter. You can learn more about Kyle at

Amy Trachtenberg:
Amy Trachtenberg’s work as a visual artist explores space, light, memory and materiality. For over two decades, Trachtenberg’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in solo and group shows. Projects and collaborations with architects, poets, playwrights, and composers include design for plays by Leslie Scalapino and Carla Harryman and image text publications with Norma Cole. Her commissions of public artworks are integrated into a library, a hospital, and a transit system. Forthcoming from ORO Editions,Groundwork shows the process of her integrated artwork for a new library with essays by Mary Burger and Rebecca Solnit. She lives and works in San Francisco where she is represented by Brian Gross Fine Art. More of Amy's work can be seen at

Sharon Yablon:
Sharon Yablon was in John Steppling's workshop and was a member of Oxblood, a critically acclaimed playwright/producing group. She was nominated for the Playwriting LA Weekly Award. Her work appears in LA Under the Influence: LA Writers and Their Work, and her short plays are performed in Pharmacy, a quarterly evening of plays at the Mountain Bar in Chinatown. She is the founder/producer of The Farm, which does short plays in and around LA in places like old hotels, pools, and parks. Acts of Love is in Padua's Play Festival and The Collection is in the Echo One-Act Festival, both running in January and February 2009. You Might Be Waking Up will be in the Doomsday Kiss Festival in April 2009.