Poetry | Chris Tysh, Editor
Based in New Orleans, Rodrigo Toscano is a poet and dialogist who has authored ten books of poetry. His latest collection is The Charm & The Dread (Fence Books, 2022). His previous books include In Range, Explosion Rocks Springfield, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, on educational projects that involve environmental and labor justice culture transformation.
Poet, performer, editor and activist, Anne Waldman is associated with the Beat Generation and the New York School. She served as director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery from 1968 to 1978. With Allen Ginsberg, she founded the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, where she remains Artistic Director of the Summer Writing Program and guardian of its Audio/Video Literary Archive. She is the author of over 60 volumes of poetry, poetics and anthologies, including The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in The Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press) and Trickster Feminism, Manatee/Humanity and Marriage: A Sentence (Penguin). Forthcoming: an anthology, NEW WEATHERS, Poetics from the Naropa Archive, edited with Emma Gomis (Nightboat 2022), Bard, Kinetic (Coffee House 2023), and Mesopotopia (Penguin 2023).
Elizabeth Willis has published six books of poetry, most recently Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015), a finalist for the Pulitzer. Others include Meteoric Flowers and Address (both from Wesleyan), Turneresque (Burning Deck), and The Human Abstract (Penguin). She also edited the volume Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place. Her essays can be found in Transatlantica, Contemporary Literature, Textual Practice, and elsewhere. Since 2015 she has been living and teaching in Iowa.
Isaac Pickell is a biracial, passing poet & PhD student in Detroit, where he teaches and studies the borderlands of Black literature. He is the author of the chapbook everything saved will be last (Black Lawrence Press, 2021) and It’s not over once you figure it out, a full-length collection forthcoming from Black Ocean in 2023. His most recent work can be found in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, andPassages North. Isaac’s taken a seat in all fifty states and has so much to look forward to.
Based in New York, Anne Tardos is the author of eleven books of poetry, including The Exploding Nothingness of Never Define (BlazeVOX, 2020), The Camel’s Pedestal: Poems 2009-2017 (BlazeVox, 2017), and editor of three posthumous collections of poetry by Jackson Mac Low: The Complete Light Poems (Chax Press, 2015); 154 Forties (Counterpath Press, 2012); and Thing of Beauty: New and Selected Works (University of California Press, 2008). Her multilingual and multimedia works have been presented at numerous international sound poetry festivals.
Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Clark Coolidge now lives in Petaluma, California. He is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, including Space, Solution Passage,The Crystal Text, At Egypt, Now It’s Jazz: Writings on Kerouac & The Sounds, The Act of Providence, 88 Sonnets, A Book Beginning What And Ending Away, Selected Poems, 1962-1985, Life Forms Here, and Poet. In 2011 he edited a collection of Philip Guston’s writings and talks for U Cal Press. Initially a drummer, he was a member of David Meltzer’s Serpent Power in 1967 and Mix group in 1993-1994. More recently, Coolidge performed duos with Thurston Moore (Among the Poetry Stricken on Fast Speaking Music) and free improv with Ouroboros. His newest publications include The Land Of All Time and To The Cold Heart.
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