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Poetry - Winter 2001
Timothy Ades, born in Britain in 1941, is a poetry translator, working mainly with rhyme and metre. In 1996 he won a BCLA/BCLT award (equal first) with the 33 Sonnets of the Resistance, which Jean Cassou composed in his head in prison. These will be published by Arc in the Visible Poets series in 2002. His Renaissance Elegies of Louise Labe appeared in Modern Poetry in Translation magazine, as did his Classic Gallic Lipograms. Victor Hugo's How to be a Grandfather (a selection) is to appear in 2002 from Hearing Eye. Homer in Cuernavaca, a sequence of thirty poems by the Mexican, Alfonso Reyes, won the Premio Valle-Inclan Prize in 2001, and is to be published by Brindin Press. He has also translated from the German and Greek. Two longer poems of Cassou have appeared in Translation and Literature, and various translated poems have appeared in Agenda , Classical Association News, In Other Words, Outposts, Update Mexico , etc, and above all on the poetry translation website, www.brindin.com. Other poets he has translated include Desnos, Nerval, Brecht and Huch.
Eugenijus Alisanka was born in Barnaul, Russia, 1960. He has published three collections of poems: Ligiadienis (Equinox), 1992, awarded the best debut of the year prize, Peleno miestas (City of Ash), 1995, also published in English, translator H. L. Hix, by the Northwestern University Press in 2000, and Godbone, 1999. He is also the author of two books of essays An Imagining Man, 1998 and Return of Dionysus, 2001. He has translated a number of contemporary poets including Szymorska, Carolyn Forché, Dannie Abse, and Jerome Rothenberg and has translated three poetry books into Lithuanian: Kerry Shaw Keys, 1999; Zbigniew Herbert, 2001; Ales Debeljak, 2001. He has been editor of Citizens, an almanac on culture and literature, in 1991, 1995 and 1999 and a fellow of the International Writing Program in Iowa in 1995 and of the literary project "Literary Express Europe 2000". Currently he is a director of international programs at the Lithuanian Writers's Union in Vilnius and secretary general of the Lithuanian PEN Center.
Louis Armand was born in 1972. He studied arts and philosophy at a number of institutions and has travelled widely, living for periods in Sydney, Marrakech, Paris and New York. Since 1994 he has lived and worked in the Czech Republic, where he currently lectures on cultural theory and art history at Charles University, Prague. In 1997 he received the Max Harris Prize for poetry at the Penola Festival (Adelaide), and more recently he was awarded the Nassau Review Prize, 2000 (New York). Louis Armand is editor of the literary broadsheet Semtext (Plastic), a member of the editorial board of Rhizomes: Studies in Cultural Knowledge (Washington State University), and poetry editor of The Prague Revue. His publications include: Land Partition (Melbourne: Textbase, 2001), The Garden (Cambridge: Salt, 2001), Inexorable Weather (Lancashire: Arc, 2001), Base Materialism (New York: x-poezie, 2001), Synopticon with John Kinsella (Florida: Mudlark, 2000), Anatomy Lessons (New York, 1999), Erosions (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 1999) and Séances (Prague: Twisted Spoon Press, 1998).
Aliki Barnstone's Wild With It is forthcoming from The Sheep Meadow Press in early 2002. Her previous collection, Madly in Love, (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She's the editor of Voices of Light: Spiritual and Visionary Poems by Women around the World from Ancient Sumeria to Now (Shambhala 2000), and A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (Schocken/Random House, 1992). This issue contains a selection from her study, A Changing Rapture: The Development of Emily Dickinson's Poetry, is forthcoming from the University Press of Florida. She teaches in the International MFA Program at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
Marvin Bell, author of seventeen books of poetry and essays, has been called "a maverick" and "an insider who thinks like an outsider." He is a longtime member of the faculty of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. Additionally, he has taught for Goddard College and the Universities of Hawaii and Washington. In The Book of the Dead Man (Copper Canyon Press, 1990) and Ardor (Copper Canyon, 1994), Bell originated and developed a poetic form that has come to be known as "Dead Man Poems." In his latest book, Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000 (Copper Canyon, 2000), he extends the Dead Man concept in 21 poems titled "Sounds of the Resurrected Dead Man's Footsteps." Bell lives in Iowa City, Iowa, where he now teaches one semester a year; Sag Harbor, New York; and Port Townsend, Washington. In the year 2000, the State of Iowa named him its first Poet Laureate. He is interviewed in this issue.
Stephanie Bolster "The Japanese Pavillon" will appear in Stephanie Bolster's third book, Pavilion, due out with McClelland & Stewart in the spring of 2002. Her first book, White Stone: The Alice Poems, won the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1998, and her second, Two Bowls of Milk, won the Archibald Lampman Award and was short-listed for Ontario's Trillium Award. Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, she now teaches creative writing at Concordia University in Montreal.
Stephen Brockwell grew up in Montreal, Quebec and Glengarry Co, Ontario. He now lives in Ottawa where he works for Autodesk, a design software company. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies over the years, among them: The Antigonish Review, Descant, Prism International, Queen St Quarterly, Cross/cut: Contemporary Quebec Poets (Vehicule Press, 1982), Poets 88 (Quarry Press, 1988), Sounds New (Muses' Company, 1990). His most recent book is Cometology (ECW Press, 2001).
Marius Burokas is a poet and translator whose first collection of poetry, Ideograms (1999) was published in Vilnius; a second collection, Planning a Murder is forthcoming. His poems have appeared in Lithuanian, Finnish, and Russian Journals. In 2001, he was a fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program. He is a project manager and editor in Lithuania's largest public relations company, Viesuju Ryiu Partneriai, while he completes graduate studies in Lithuanian literature at Vilnius University.
Ian Bui was born on December 15, 1961, in Saigon. On April 30, 1975 his family was evacuated from the U.S. Embassy on one of the last helicopter flights out of Vietnam. His entire childhood was spent in a war, but he was also able to attend the Saigon Conservatory of Music and to study English after school. After resettling in Shreveport, Louisiana, he finished high school and went on to study Computer Science at Louisiana State University and graduated with double minors in English and Economics. He is currently working as a Systems Engineer in Telecommunications at Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Florida. Besides writing and translating poetry (in English and Vietnamese,) he also does some singing/songwriting for pleasure and is an avid amateur photographer. He's a longtime member of the very first online Viet literary magazine Van Hoc Nghe Thuat [literally: Arts and Literature] at http://saomai.org. poetry, two essays on the poetic and the erotic, and her translations of Rilke.
John Dempsey was born in Cairo, Egypt and came to the United States in 1979 where he set up residence in Greenwich Village, New York City. Mr. Dempsey now makes a living translating papyrus scrolls for such organizations as The Dead Paper Society, The Readers of the Lost Word and The Group for Disembodied Fabrics and Inks. Mr. Dempsey is the author of many short stories and poetry which can not be found anywhere, at all. Currently you will not be able to purchase any of his books nor recordings due to the Bad Writing Act of '82. This act forced the seizure and extermination of The Mangrove Arts, a collection of poetry, and the cutting edge compilation Instructional Alcoholism: the liquefaction diary, which he produced using a technique known as "The 15th Mind". This method is indigenous to a remote group of artists found in Tangiers and has not yet been introduced to the world of Western Literature.
Kervin Germain is an American poet, musician, composer and Sufi. He studied music composition at Berklee College of Music and has had music published with Edizoni Berbén in Italy. He performs on the classical guitar and traditional Greek and Turkish instruments. His original poetry has been included in the New Romantics chapbook as well as on their web site. He is currently working on a book of translations of the French poet Albert Samain. Kevin lives with his wife and daughter in Easthampton Massachusetts. Innerer Klang Press. He has work currently in: Conspire, Linnaean Street, Pith, Recursive Angel, Slow Trains and Tatlin's Tower. His work is forthcoming in Evergreen Review, Janus Head and In Posse. He writes a regular column, "Observations," for www.niederngasse.com, an online magazine out of Switzerland. Robert works at Northeastern University Library in Boston.
Judita Glauberson A Lithuanian translator and interpreter, Judita Glauberson has translated poems by Sigitas Geda and Laurynas Katkus and the screen script of the Lithuanian film BLINDA by Deima Kelias and Karolis Jankus into English. Her translations into Lithuanian include poems by Jerome Rothenberg, the radio play The Jericho Players by Bernard Kops and sections of the Encyclopaedia of Mythology (GAMTA, 1999). She has a BA in English Philology from Vilnius University. She also translates for the Chief Rabbi of Lithuania. (Co-translator of Sigitas Geda)
Antanas A. Jonynas A native of Lithuanian's capital Vilnius, Anatanas A. Jonynas was born in 1953, came of age and grew into poetry while the Soviet state was in its decline there. Although many could read the signs, few could dispatch such ingeniously succinct appraisals of the actual state of affairs, nor render it from such precisely splenetic reserves. Jonynas has any number of caustically elegant love poems to his credit, and is noted for the formal dexterity of his verse, which is munificently evident in both parts of the highly resolved version of Goethe's Faust he recently published.
Kerry Shawn Keys comes from the Susquehanna Valley of Central Pennsylvania in the United States. He lives in Vilnius, Lithuania where he taught translation theory and creative composition from 1998 to 2000 as a Fulbright lecturer at Vilnius University. He currently freelances as a poet, translator, and cultural liaison. He has over 30 books to his credit, including translations from Portuguese and Lithuanian, and his own poems rooted in the Appalachia hill country, and in Brazil and India where he lived for considerable time. His work ranges from theatre-dance pieces to flamenco songs to the Tao Te Ching to lyrical and intense ontological concerns. He received the Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America in 1992. Selected poems have appeared in Czech and Lithuanian.
Daniela Gioseffi is an American Book Award winning author of ten books of poetry and prose from major and alternative presses. Her first book of poems, Eggs in the Lake (BOA, 1979)won her a New York State Council for the Arts grant in poetry. Her newest collection of poems, Symbiosis is an e-book from Rattapallax Press. Daniela is editor/publisher of www.PoetsUSA.com which incorporates Wise Women's Web and ItalianAmericanWriters.com among other literary web sites. Her renown anthology, WOMEN ON WAR: International Voices for the Nuclear Age will be reissued in new edition by The Feminist Press, NY, 2002. She also published a novel, and a short story collection, as well as ON PREJUDICE: A Global Perspective (Doubleday, 1993).
Liz Hall-Downs has been reading and performing poetry in public, and publishing in journals, since 1983. She has been a featured reader at countless venues across Australia, has toured the USA, and has had work published and broadcast on TV and radio in both countries. As well as poetry, Liz writes fiction and essays and has worked as a community artist, writer-in-residence, editor and singer. She has a BA in Professional Writing and Literature, and has recently submitted for an MA (Creative Writing) at the University of Queensland. Her most recent collection of poetry, Girl With Green Hair was published by Papyrus Publishing in 2000. Current projects include an 'illness narrative' in poetry, My Arthritic Heart, and a realist novel, The Death of Jimi Hendrix. She lives in paradise in south-east Queensland, with her partner and an assortment of cheeky parrots. James Hoch was born in Camden, New Jersey. He completed his MFA at University of Maryland and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The Kenyon Review, Slate, DoubleTake, Agni, Antioch Review, Third Coast, Poetry International, Oklahoma Review, Poet Lore and others. Recently, his work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has won the Anais Nin Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from St Albans School in Washington. DC, as well as at Bread Loaf and the Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia. His chapbook, Holler, appeared in 1996.
George Kalamaras is Associate Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught for the past twelve years. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Heart Without End (Leaping Mountain Press, 1986) and Beneath the Breath (Tilton House, 1988). His first full-length collection, The Theory and Function of Mangoes, won the 1998 Four Way Books Intro Series in Poetry Award and was published by Four Way Books in 2000. Among his awards are a 1993 NEA Poetry Fellowship, the 2000 Abiko Quarterly (Japan) Poetry Award, and two writing residencies at the Hambidge Center for the Arts. In 1994 he spent several months in India on a Fulbright Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship, researching Indian sadhus (Hindu holy men), where he had university affiliations at both Banaras Hindu University and Deccan College (Pune). A long-time practitioner of yogic-meditation, George Kalamaras is also a scholar, whose primary field of research is Indian rhetoric and Western composing theory. He has published a critical study on Hindu mysticism and Western discourse theory, Reclaiming the Tacit Dimension: Symbolic Form in the Rhetoric of Silence (State University of New York Press, 1994).
Giedre Kazlauskaite was born in Vilkaviskis, Lithuania, in 1980. As a youth, she studied art in Vilnius at the M. K. Ciurlionis National School of Art (1991 - 1995). She is currently attending Vilnius University while studying Lithuanian philology. her honors include the 2000 Poetry Spring prize for the best debut in poetry and publication of her first novel, Farewell, School in 2001.
Laurynas Katkus Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1972, Katkus studied Lithuanian and Comparative Literature in Vilnius and Leipzig. He worked in agriculture and as an interpreter, radio journalist and editor. In 1998 his collection of poems Balsai, ra teliai (Voices, Notes) was published. A second book, Nardymo pamokos (Diving lessons) is due to appear in 2002. His poems have been translated into English, German, Polish, Latvian and Belorussian. His translations into Lithuanian of R.M. Rilke, Gottfried Benn, e e cummings, Jerome Rothenberg, Susan Sontag and others have appeared in the press and as separate books. Currently Laurynas Katkus lives in Berlin.
Carilda Oliver Labra was born in 1922 in Matanzas, Cuba. Her debut collection in l943, Lyric Prelude (Preludio lirico) immediately established her as an important poetic voice. At the South of My Throat made her famous: the coveted National Prize for poetry came to her in l950 as a result of the popular and notorious book, At the South of My Throat (Al sur de mi garganta) 1949. In honor of the tri-centennial of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz in a contest sponsored by The Latin American Society in Washington D.C., in 1950, she had also received the national Cuban First Prize for her poems. In 1958, Labra published Feverish memory (Memoria de la fiebre) which added to her notoriety as a blatantly erotic woman. The book concerned a theme which has dominated her poetry—that of lost love—as it was written after the unfortunate and untimely death of her second husband. Today, in Spain a foundation offers "The Carilda Oliver Prize for Poetry," and a documentary of her life has been produced.
Co May Born "Nguyen Phuc Dan Thanh" in Di Linh (Central Vietnam), Co May and grew up
in Hue. She emigrated to The Netherlands in 1992 and is currently living in Switzerland and
as a Chemical Engineer. Her poetry has appeared in the collection Lan Ban
with several other authors. She is also a regular contributor to the Viet
Van Hoc Nghe Thuat on the Internet at http://saomai.org).
Than Nhien Born "Ton That Thien Nhan" in Hue (Central Vietnam) on January 9, 1962, Than Nhien emigrated to the US in 1990. He currently lives in Washington State and writes poetry, short stories and plays. He has two poetry collection published - Vuc & Gio (1999, with several other authors) and Da Giac" (2001) from which "Fetus" was extracted. His work has appeared in numerous Viet Literary magazines inside and outside Vietnam, both on the Web and in traditional print medium.
Dzvinia Orlowsky is a founding editor of Four Way Books and a contributing editor to Agni and the Marlboro Review. She has taught as Faculty Fellow at the Mt. Holyoke Writers' Conference, the Boston Center for Adult Education, Emerson College, Gemini Ink and the Stonecoast Writers' Conference. Her poems have appeared in a number of magazines including Columbia, Field, Ploughshares, The American Poetry Review, and The Massachusetts Review. Her translations and co-translations of contemporary Ukrainian poets appeared in an anthology entitled From Three Worlds: New Writing from the Ukraine published by Zephyr Press in 1996 (Somerville, Massachusetts). In 1992 Minatoby Press published her chapbook entitled Burying Dolls . She is the author of three full-length collections including A Handful of Bees (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1994) Edge of House (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1999) and Except for One Obscene Brushstroke (forthcoming). Dzvinia Orlowsky is a 1998 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council poetry grant as well as a 1999 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development grant.
Paul Perry (www.perrypaul.ie) is a poet and fiction writer. In 1998 he won the Hennessy Prize for Irish Literature. He has been a James Michener Fellow of Creative Writing at The University of Miami, and a C. Glenn Cambor Fellow of Poetry at The University of Houston. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, and The Best American Poetry 2000, among others. His first book, The Drowning of the Saints , has been described by Fred D’Aguiar as ‘a coalition of imaginative flair and formal discipline. Perry is a prodigiously gifted poet.’ Currently he serves as Writer in Residence in Co. Longford, Ireland. He is editor and co-author of the collaborative novel, Goldsmith's Ghost, and also serves as Literary Editor to The VirtualWriter.net
Edgaras Platelis has co-translated in English the poems of Sigitas Geda and into Lithuanian the Tim Severin novel The Syndbad's Voyage (Vilnius, VAGA, 1999). Son of poet Kornelijus Platelis, he has a Masters in World Literature from Vilnius University. (Co-translator of Sigitas Geda)
Kornelijus Platelis, born in Siauliai, Lithuania, in 1951 came into poetry while stationed in Afghanistan as an engineer in the Soviet army. He has authored a seminal essay on the ecology of culture, "Being by the Nemunas," and six collections of poetry, of which one, Snare for the Wind has also been published in English with Jonas Zdanys as translator. Zdanys' translations of Platelis are also included in Four Lithuanian Poets. Platelis has translated poems by Heaney, Pound, Hughes, Shelley, Keats and Symborska and hymns from the Rigveda. Formerly the Minister of Education and Sciences and a Deputy Minister of Culture and Education for Lithuania, and a President of Lithuanian PEN Centre, he has directed VAGA, the major literary publisher, and currently is editor-in-chief of the literary weekly Literatura ir menas (Literature & Art). His honors include the Jotvingiai Prize and the Poetry Spring Laureate.
Albert Samain 18581900, was born at Lille, France. He helped found Mercure de France (1890). His books included Au jardin de l'infante (1893), L'Urne Penchée (1897), Aux Flancs du Vase(1898), Polyphèm(1899), and Le Chariot d'or(1901). His poems first appeared in Rodolphe Salis's Chat Noir (1884-85). While he eschewed belonging to any particular group, he is usually associated with the second wave of French symbolists after Verlaine & Mallarmé. He never married, but spent most of his life in drudgery, and his escape was in the imagination captured by his verse.
Laima Srugoinis, a poet and translator, has published an anthology of Lithuanian poetry in translation, Lithuania: In Her Own Words (Tyto Alba, Vilnius, 1997), and her own poetry and essays in journals such as Modern Poetry in Translation, The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Artful Dodger and others. She has received an Academy of American Poets Award, two New York State Poetry Fellowships, a Yeats Fellowship and a Literary Translator's Award from the Lithuanian Poetry Spring Festival Committee. A Fulbright Lecturer at Vilnius University in 1997, presently she is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. Born in the United States, she studied at the Lithuanian Gymnasium in Lampertheim, Germany, and at Vilnius University, where she also was a volunteer translator and interpretor for "Sajudis," the Lithuanian grassroot resistance movement. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
Carmine Starnino Carmine Starnino is a poet and essayist living in Montreal. He has published two books of poetry, The New World (1997) and Credo (2000). A Lover's Quarrel, collection of essays on contemporary Canadian poetry, is forthcoming.
r.l.swihart was born in Jackson, Michigan, in 1959, and currently lives in Long Beach, California. Educated in Engineering (Univ. of Michigan), Theology (Grace Theological Seminary), Near Eastern Languages/Culture, and Education (UCLA), he teaches math to inner-city Los Angelinos (Thomas Jefferson High School, Los Angeles, CA.). His work has appeared in Little Brown Poetry, Pigs 'n Poetry, Electric Acorn, Niederngasse, Adirondack Review, In Posse, The Melic Review, and 3rd Muse.
Elaine Terranova is the author of The Dog's Heart (Orchises, 2002), and two earlier collections of poems, The Cult of the Right Hand, winner of the 1990 Walt Whitman Award, and Damages. Recent poems have appeared in Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, The Crab Orchard Review, Poet Lore. Her poetry has appeared on Philadelphia buses as part of Poetry in Motion. She teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia and is associate editor for poetry of the on-line book review Frigate.She is represented in this issue by new poetry and poems from The Dog's Heart.Contributing Editor for The Drunken Boat. Arturas Valionis
Derek Webster lives in Montreal, where he is Canadan editor for Slope (www.slope.org) and edits Maisonneuve, a forthcoming literary/arts magazine. Recent publications include Boston Review, Bomb, The Antigonish Review, Web del Sol and Ducky.
Zonas Zdanys born in the U.S. a few months after his parents
a United Nations camp for Lithuanian refugees, is an award-winning poet
leading Lithuanian-American translator. He is the author of more than twenty
including collections of his own poetry and translations of work by
Lithuanian poets and prose writers. His work has received support from
National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the
Yale University Center for International and Area Studies, and the
Ministry of Culture and Education. Formerly an Associate Dean at Yale
University and a professor at the State University of New York,
is Chief Academic Officer in the Connecticut Department of Higher