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  • 2005 Poets & Bios



    Here are the readers for the 2005 festival:


    Allyssa Alexandra Wolf + Amy Sara Carroll + Amy King + Andrea Selch

    Carl Martin + Chris Vitiello + Christian Bök + Dale Smith

    Daniel J. Wideman + Dasan Ahanu + Evie Shockley + Gabriel Gudding

    Harryette Mullen + Heidi Lynn Staples + Hristo Ivanovski

    Hoa Nguyen + Joanna Catherine Scott + Joseph Donahue + Julian Semilian

    Ken Rumble + Lee Ann Brown + Linh Dinh + Mack Ivey

    Marcus Slease + Mary Margaret Sloan + Mel Nichols + Murat Nemet-Nejat

    Patrick Herron + Paul Jones + Philip Nikolayev + Randall Williams

    Reb Livingston + Rod Smith + Standard Schaefer + Sue Soltis

    Tanya Olson + Tessa Joseph + Todd Sandvik + Tony Tost


    About the Organizer of the Carrboro Poetry Festival + Student Assistant Daniel Cothran



    Allyssa Alexandra Wolf
    Allyssa Alexandra Wolf's poems have appeared in Ribot, Fence, Poesia en Azione (Italy), Gut Cult, No Tell Motel, & Versal (The Netherlands). Her first book, Vaudeville, is forthcoming from Seismicity Editions in Winter 2006. She is the editor of Gateway Songbooks, a chapbook series.

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    Amy Sara Carroll
    Amy Sara Carroll recently received her Ph.D. from Duke University’s Program in Literature, where she wrote a dissertation on contemporary Mexican and U.S. cultural production, including performance, installation, video and net-art. Carroll also holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Cornell University, an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and an A.B. in anthropology and creative writing from Princeton University. Carroll’s poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies such as The Iowa Review, Mandorla, Chain, Bombay Gin, Seneca Review, Borderlands, Faultline, and This Bridge We Call Home. She has served as either an artist- or writer-in-residence at the Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Fundación Valparaíso in Mojácar, Spain. She translated and created subtitles and visual poems for Claudio Valdés Kuri’s theatrical production El automóvil gris/The Grey Automobile, which has shown or will show at the Wexner Center (Columbus, OH), Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts (OR), the Goodman Latino Theatre Festival (Chicago, IL), the Anglo Mexico Foundation (Mexico City), the Ebert Film Festival (University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana), the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC), North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC), and Duke University (Durham, NC). Two years ago, she completed a manuscript of poetry entitled Secession and embarked upon the Public Poetry Project (www. publicpoetryproject.org). In Fall 2005, Carroll will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in Latino/a Studies and English at Northwestern University.

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    Amy King
    Amy King is the author of the poetry collection, Antidotes for an Alibi (BlazeVOX Books), a Lambda Book Award finalist, and the chapbook, The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press). Her poems appear in such publications as The Brooklyn Rail, Milk Magazine, The Mississippi Review, No Tell Motel, Riding the Meridian, Shampoo Poetry, and the textbook, Accessing Literature (Wadsworth). She teaches full time at Nassau Community College and has taught at Brooklyn College. King holds an M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

    www.amyking.org

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    Andrea Selch
    Andrea Selch joined the board of Carolina Wren Press after the publication of her chapbook, Succory, in 2000. She taught creative writing at Duke University from 1999 until 2003. Her poems have been published in such journals as: The MacGuffin, Oyster Boy Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, Luna and Prairie Schooner. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Startling, will be published by Turning Point Press in October 2004. She lives in Hillsborough with her partner and their two children.

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    Carl Martin
    Carl Martin is a graduate of Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa. He has published two books of poetry: Go Your Stations, Girl (Arion Press, San Francisco) and Genii Over Salzburg (Dalkey Archive Press, Univ. of Illinois). He is at work on a third collection titled Rogue Hemlocks. Mr. Martin is a MacDowell Fellow and has been published in various literary magazines including American Poetry Review, the Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, and Combo. He was born in Winston-Salem, NC where he currently resides.

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    Chris Vitiello
    Chris Vitiello's Nouns Swarm A Verb was published by Xurban in 1999. He lives in Durham, NC and and blogs at http://the_delay.blogspot.com. Poems from his recently completed manuscript Irresponsibility can be found in issues of Shampoo and on Chris Murray’s texfiles blog.

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    Christian Bök
    Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has won the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence (2002). Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), his first book of poetry, has also earned a nomination for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (1995). Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry. His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of Rubik’s Cubes and Lego Bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. Bök currently teaches in the Department of English at the University of Calgary.

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    Dale Smith
    Dale Smith edits Skanky Possum Press with Hoa Nguyen. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in First Intensity, Effing, New American Writing, the Chicago Review and Best American Poetry 2002. American Rambler (Thorp Springs), a digressive narrative in verse, was published in 2000 and a daybook, The Flood and The Garden (First Intensity), was released in 2002. Notes No Answer, a chapbook (Habenicht) was published recently, and a book, Black Stone, will be published by Effing Press later this year. Smith has worked as a laborer, editor and teacher variously since moving to Austin, Texas, in 1996.

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    Daniel J. Wideman
    Daniel J. Wideman is author of a volume of poetry, Three Rivers (Big Drum Press, 2005) and co-editor of Soulfires: Young Black Men on Love and Violence (Penguin, 1996). He is currently working on a novel and a second volume of poetry. His work has appeared in the journal Callaloo and in the anthologies Common Wealth: Contemportary Poets on Pennsylvania; Giant Steps: The New Generation of African-American Writers; Step Into A World: A Global Anthology of the New Black Literature; Outside the Law: Narratives of Justice in America; and Black Texts and Textuality. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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    Dasan Ahanu
    Chris Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu, is a public speaker, organizer, workshop facilitator, poet, spoken word performer, and writer. He has been a featured performer for many poetry, jazz, and cultural events; worked as an organizer on such issues as war, social injustice, workers rights, and sexism; taught with the Center for Documentary Studies' (Duke University) youth after-school and summer programs; and developed and implemented a special documentary arts curriculum for at-risk/court-involved youth. Dasan is currently facilitating workshops on hip hop and creative writing, teaching a Continuing Education documentary writing class for adults at the Center for Documentary Studies (Documentary Studies Certificate Program), and working with youth throughout the Triangle. He was a member of the top ranked 2004 Charlotte National Poetry Slam Team and a 2004 Indy Arts Award winner from Independent Weekly. He is releasing two chapbooks this summer and has a recording project slated for release in late August.

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    Evie Shockley
    Evie Shockley‘s poetry appears in her chapbook, The Gorgon Goddess (Carolina Wren Press, 2001), and numerous print and online publications, including recently African American Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Brilliant Corners, Crab Orchard Review, From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets, Hambone, HOW2, nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, Oyster Boy Review, and Titanic Operas. She has poetry and prose collected in anthologies such as Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora, Poetry Daily: Poems from the World’s Most Popular Poetry Website, and the forthcoming Rainbow Darkness: An Anthology of Poems and Essays from the Diversity in African American Poetry Festival (Miami U of Ohio Press). Her full-length manuscript, a half-red sea, was a finalist in the 2004 UGA Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition, and she was awarded a residency at the Hedgebrook Women Writers’ Retreat in 2003. Shockley is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem and a member of the Carolina African American Writers Collective and the Lucifer Poetics Group. Currently Assistant Professor of English at Wake Forest University, in the fall she joins the faculty of the English department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She is at work on a project theorizing the relationship between innovation and race in African American poetry.

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    Gabriel Gudding
    Gabriel Gudding is the author of two books, A Defense of Poetry (Pitt Poetry Series, 2002) and rhode island notebook (just finished and under consideration at a publisher near you), the latter being a book he wrote entirely in his car on the highways between Providence, RI and Normal, IL. A resident of Normal, Illinois since 2002, he's an Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Illinois State University, home of American Book Review, Dalkey Archive Press, Mandorla and other spiff stuff. He is a trained mediator for the university and practices Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. His work appears in such venues as New American Writing, LIT, Fence, American Poetry Review, Sentence, Jacket, and in such anthologies as Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present (Scribner, 2003). He maintains a blog, Conchology, at http://gabrielgudding.blogspot.com.

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    Harryette Mullen
    Harryette Mullen's poems, short stories, and essays have been published widely and reprinted in over 40 anthologies. Her poetry is included in the latest edition of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature and has been translated into Spanish, French, Polish, and Bulgarian. She is the author of six poetry books, most recently Blues Baby (Bucknell, 2002) and Sleeping with the Dictionary (University of California, 2002). The latter was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In 2004 she received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, In 2005 she was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She was born in Alabama, grew up in Texas, and now lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at UCLA.

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    Heidi Lynn Staples
    Heidi Lynn Staples (née Peppermint) was born in Dade county, Florida in 1971 and was raised on the Florida Gulf Coast and in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains. Her first collection of poems, Guess Can Gallop, has been selected by Brenda Hillman as a winner of the 2002 New Issues Poetry Prize. A founding and acting editor of the literary magazine Parakeet, Staples has served as an assistant editor on Salt Hill and Verse, and worked as an editorial assistant at The Georgia Review. Her poems have appeared or will soon appear in Best American Poetry, Castagraf, Denver Quarterly, HOW2, La Petite Zine, LIT, 3rd bed, Slope, Unpleasant Event Schedule and elsewhere; and her reviews have been published in Denver Quarterly, Electronic Poetry Review, The Georgia Review, Salt Hill and Verse. Staples teaches poetry and composition as a part-time faculty member at Syracuse University.

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    Heriberto Yepez
    Heriberto Yepez is a Mexican writer living in Tijuana. He is the author of 7 books of poetry, essays and fiction. His latest book is the experimental novel El matasellos (Sudamericana, 2004). He translates from English and Portuguese and has published an anthology of Jerome Rothenberg's poetry into Spanish. He also writes in English and has published Babellebab: Non-poetry on the End of Translation (Duration Press, 2002). Other work in English has appeared in Rattapallax, Chain, Shark, Tripwire and Cross Cultural Poetics. He currently teaches critical theory in UABC, Tijuana.

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    Hristo Ivanovski
    Hristo writes, "First my name Hristo Ivanovski, born November 18 1959, BA in journalism, working as a diplomatic editor in the leading newspaper in Macedonia, Dnevnik. At the moment I am a Fulbright scholar at Duke working on my research - editorials in the American mainstream media during the presidential elections. So far I published 2 books of poetry - When the City Change the Skin (1985); The Dance of the Black Mask (2000). I was included in anthology dedicated to 9/11, The World Healing Book (Beyond borders, 2002)with the poem, "The Policeman and The Carpenter" (I would like to read that poem at the Festival). Now I am working on my third book of poems, and also second part of the unpublished novel Virus, which is about the globalization and search fot the parcels of small nations'lost souls. The first part finished at one fresco in Macedonia, and the second is in Indian reservation in North Carolina...."

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    Hoa Nguyen
    Hoa Nguyen lives in Austin, Texas with Dale Smith and their two children. Together they edit Skanky Possum, a small poetry journal and book imprint, and curate a monthly reading series. Her full-length collection of poetry, Your Ancient See Through, was published in 2002, with line drawings by Philip Trussell. Effing press released her latest publication Red Juice in February 2005.

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    Joanna Catherine Scott
    Joanna Catherine Scott is a poet and novelist living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She was born in England, raised in Australia, and took her graduate degree in Philosophy at Duke University. Her recently published poetry collection Breakfast at the Shangri-La won the Black Zinnias Poetry Book Award from the California Institute of Arts and Letters. Her chapbooks Birth Mother and Coming Down from Bataan won the Longleaf Poetry Award and the Acorn-Rukeyser Award, respectively. She has also received the Capricorn Poetry Award, the americas review Prize for Social Poetry, the PEN/Nob Hill Poetry Award, the New England Prize for Poetry, the North Carolina Arts Council’s Blumenthal Award, a number of awards from the North Carolina Poetry Society including its Poet Laureate Award, and has read by invitation at the Library of Congress. Scott is also the author of the nonfiction collection Indochina's Refugees: Oral Histories from Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam and three novels. The Lucky Gourd Shop, a novel of South Korea, was a Book Sense Top Ten Titles pick, a Book Sense 76 pick, and nominee for Book Sense Book-of-the-Year. Excerpts won awards from Literal Latté, Georgia State University Review, and Crucible. Charlie and the Children, a novel of Vietnam, was Book-of-the-Month for the Vietnam Veteran Association’s journal Veteran. Scott’s most recent novel Cassandra, Lost was inspired by the true story of a Maryland heiress’s elopement with a lieutenant from General Rochambeau’s French army. Booklist calls it "a spellbinding tale brimming with romance, intrigue, and adventure."

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    Joseph Donahue
    Joseph Donahue is the author of three full length collections of poetry, Before Creation, World Well Broken, and most recently, Incidental Eclipse. He has also published two poem sequences in chapbooks, Monitions of the Approach, and Terra Lucida. Carolina Wren Press will publish Terra Lucida XXI-XL in the fall of 2004. In addition, Donahue has co-edited the anthology Primary Trouble, and the collection of essays on contemporary American poetry, The World In Space and Time. He has lived in New York City and Seattle, and currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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    Julian Semilian
    Julian Semilian teaches film editing at North Carolina School of the Arts, after 24 years of editing in Hollywood. He published three books: Transgender Organ Grinder (Spuyten Duyvil Press) Paul Celan's Romanian Poems (translation; Green Integer), A Spy in Amnesia (Spuyten Duyvil). His translation of Mircea Cartarescu's novel, Nostalgia, will be coming out this fall from New Directions, while Spuyten Duyvil will publish his new book, Osiris With The Trombone Across The Seam Of Insubstance.

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    Ken Rumble
    Ken Rumble is the director of the Desert City Poetry Series, a member of the Lucifer Poetics Group, a contributing editor of the poetry journal Fascicle, and a member of the board of Carolina Wren Press. He received an MFA in poetry from Penn State University. His poems have appeared in litarary journals including Carolina Quarterly, Parakeet, 5AM, effing magazine, Cranky, and others. Key Bridge, his second collection of poems, was a finalist in the 2004 Verse Press Book Prize and a semi-finalist for the Slope Editions Book Prize. Currently, he is organizing the annual Fall Conference for the North Carolina Writers' Network to be held in Asheville in November.

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    Lee Ann Brown
    Lee Ann Brown, a poet, filmmaker, and performer and is Assistant Professor of English at St. John’s University in New York City. She has published two books of poetry, The Sleep That Changed Everything (Wesleyan, 2003) and Polyverse (Sun & Moon,1999). Her poetry has also been included in countless anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2001, and in pamphlets, broadsides and chapbooks as well as being translated into French, Swedish, Slovenian and Serbo-Croatian. Recent journal publications include The Chicago Review, Verse, The Baffler, and Five Fingers Review.

    Born in Saitama-ken, Japan, where her father was teaching, Brown grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved on to earn her B.A. and M.F.A. at Brown University, where she also served as a graduate instructor of poetry and conceptual math. She lives in New York City with her husband, the actor and director, Tony Torn and their daughter, Miranda Lee Reality Torn.

    She has held numerous residencies and guest lectureships, including The MacDowell Colony, Djerassisi Artists Residency, The Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute, The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Yaddo, and the Atelier Cosmopolite, Fondation Royaumont, Asnières-sur-Oise, France. She has been visiting poet and professor at many institutions in past years, including Naropa University, Lesley University, The New School, Bard College and Barnard College. She has performed her poetry in many venues including Avery Fisher Hall, at The University of Cambridge, at the International Center for Poetry in Marseille, and last year in North Carolina at the Desert City Poetry Series in Winston-Salem, and at Black Mountain College’s Under the Influence Conference in Asheville.

    Honors and awards include the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellowship for 2004-2005. The New American Poetry Prize, Rose Low Rome Memorial Prize in Poetry, and a fellowship form The New York Foundation for the Arts.

    She is Editor of Tender Buttons Press, a site for innovative and experimental poetry by women, as well as having a curated reading series through the Segue Foundation, and the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.

    She is currently researching and writing a book of investigative poem-essays on North Carolina.

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    Linh Dinh
    Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press 2004), and a book of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish 2003). His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000 (Scribner 2000), Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner 2004) and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present (Scribner 2003), among other places.

    Interview with Linh

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    Mack Ivey
    Mack Ivey writes, "Where to start? I remember Shirley Temple and Boris Korloff in first runs. I grew up, basically dumb, east Alabama and never recovered. Also, I never read a poem unless forced to until I was on Medicare. Now I'm hooked. Writing poems keeps me off the streets and out of malls. I slum around a lot with the Friday Nooners. Also do scut work for the NC Poetry Society when asked. Basically I'm lazy, but I write lovely stuff, real cool stuff. Just ask me. I'll tell you the truth."

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    Marcus Slease
    Marcus Slease is a native of Portadown, N. Ireland and a member of the Lucifer Poetics Group. He is the author of three manuscripts: Mouth Harp, Campanology, and Resident Alien. All forthcoming at some point. His poetry has been published in Octopus, Columbia Poetry Review, Forklift Ohio, and Conduit (among others). He lives with his wife Tiffany in Greensboro, NC. You can read his blog at www.marcusslease.blogspot.com.

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    Mary Margaret Sloan
    Mary Margaret Sloan is the author of two books of poetry, The Said Lands, Islands, and Premises (Chax Press, 1995), and Infiltration (Queriendo Press, 1989). She edited the anthology, Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (Talisman House, 1998), which surveys poetry as well as cross-genre and multimedia works from the nineteen sixties to the mid-nineties. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and has been anthologized in Primary Trouble: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (Talisman House, 1996) and The Art of Practice: 45 Contemporary Poets (Potes & Poets Press, 1994). She teaches at the University of Chicago and in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work can be seen currently at the Emily Dickinson Archives "Titanic Operas" website, http://www.emilydickinson.org/titanic/material/index.html.

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    Mel Nichols
    Mel Nichols lives in Baltimore and teaches digital poetry at George Mason University in Virginia. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including PipLit, Forklift Ohio, Anomaly, The Tangent, and Ixnay. A chapbook, A Continuation of the Green Tree Frog, is forthcoming from Edge Books.

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    Murat Nemet-Nejat
    A poet, translator from Turkish poetry and essay writer, Murat Nemet-Nejat lives in Hoboken, NJ, across the river from New York City. His most recent work includes Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (Talisman Books, out by May 12), A Peripheral space of Photography (Green Integer, 2003), Steps (Mirage, 2003), and A 13th Century Dream (CipherJournal).

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    Paul Jones
    A life long resident of Nawth Cackalacky, Paul Jones has published widely as well as locally. Jones was the 1990 winner of the North Carolina Writers Network Poetry Chapbook prize for "What the Welsh and Chinese Have in Common." He is the creator and editor of the Internet Poetry Archive (http://ibiblio.org/ipa/) and a contributing editor to the Heath Anthology of American Literature. For about 8 years in the 1980s, he ran a poetry reading series in Carroboro which featured local, regional, national and international poets. Jones most recently published poem was published on Valentine's Day. "Unapproachable Edens" appeared in a large circulation daily newspaper in Raleigh NC on February 13, 2005..

    What the Welsh and the Chinese Have in Common
    Partial list of publications

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    Philip Nikolayev
    Philip Nikolayev’s latest collection of poems, Monkey Time, won the 2001 Verse Prize and was published by Verse Press in 2003. He co-edits Fulcrum: an annual of poetry and aesthetics. His poems have also appeared in such journals as The Paris Review, Grand Street, Verse, Stand, Jacket, and many others across the English-speaking world. A new volume of his poems is forthcoming from Salt.

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    Randall Williams
    Randall Williams is a freelance reporter, anti-war activist and poet living in Hillsborough, N.C. His articles, poems and literary reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Salon, The Independent, Word /for Word and GutCult. Since 2001, he has taught journalism and creative writing in the Office of Continuing Studies at Duke University. Junk Horse Press published his two chapbooks Empire and 40 Days in 2003 and 2004.

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    Reb Livingston
    Reb Livingston is a poet and new mom living in Reston, Virginia. She edits the online poetry journal, No Tell Motel (http://notellmotel.org), with Molly Arden. Together they are working on the upcoming anthology, The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel scheduled to be published at the end of 2005. Reb’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Good Foot, LIT, Unpleasant Event Schedule, SOFTBLOW, MiPOesia and Drunken Boat. She also blogs (http://cacklingjackal.blogspot.com/) and writes a monthly poetry column called Crucial Rooster at The Happy Booker.

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    Rod Smith
    Rod Smith is the author of Music or Honesty, The Good House, Poèmes de l'araignée (France), In Memory of My Theories, The Boy Poems, Protective Immediacy, and New Mannerist Tricycle with Lisa Jarnot and Bill Luoma. A CD, Fear the Sky, is forthcoming from Narrow House Recordings. His work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including Anthology of New (American) Poets, The Baffler, The Gertrude Stein Awards, Java, New American Writing, Open City, Poésie, Poetics Journal, Shenandoah, and The Washington Review. He edits Aerial magazine and publishes Edge Books. The next issue of Aerial will focus on the poet Lyn Hejinian. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley for the University of California Press.

    External author page
    Aerial/Edge Publishing

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    Standard Schaefer
    Standard Schaefer is a writer living in San Francisco, California. His first book, Nova, was selected for the National Poetry Series in 1999 and published by Sun and Moon Books. His second book, Water & Power, has just been published by Agincourt Books. His poetry and criticism has appeared in several U.S. anthologies, and two international ones. His fiction has appeared in X-Connect, Epoch, and Rosebud. He co-edited the literary journals Rhizome, Ribot and edited the Selected Poems of Paul Vangelisti (Marsillio, 2001). His currently the non-fiction editor of The New Review of Literature.

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    Sue Soltis
    Sue Soltis has been writing poetry since the age of 12. She holds an M.A. in English from Binghamton University, New York. Her work has appeared in The Asheville Poetry Review, Lucid Moon, and Main Street Rag. Currently, she is working on a collection of poems and writing a children’s book for 2- to 5-year olds that uses language four different ways to describe four different groups of common things in the world. Ms. Soltis lives in Carrboro, North Carolina with her husband and 20-month-old son.

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    Tanya Olson
    Tanya Olson lives in Durham and teaches at Vance-Granville Community College. She holds the M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature from University College, Dublin and the Ph.D. in 20th Century British Literature from UNC-Greensboro. Her work has been published in, among other places, the Cairn, Bad Subjects, Main Street Rag, Raleigh News and Observer, Elysian Fields, and the Independent Weekly. She has been a featured reader around the Triangle, including at Stammer, St. Andrews Writer’s Forum, and Basement Studios. She co-ordinates the durham3 reading series (http://www.durham3.blogspot.com), is a member of the Black Socks poetry group (http://blacksoxpoetry.blogspot.com), and serves on the board of the Carolina Wren Press (http://carolinawrenpress.org/index.php3)

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    Tessa Joseph
    Tessa Joseph's poetry and reviews have appeared in Sulfur, Seneca Review, Cold Mountain Review, and other nice places. She is a doctoral candidate in American literature at UNC-Chapel Hill and holds an MFA in creative writing from Cornell University. Originally from Maine, she now lives in North Carolina, where she also teaches yoga and edits the journal Carolina Quarterly.

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    Todd Sandvik
    Todd Sandvik lives in Carrboro. He hosts The Blue Door reading series, a nocturnal companion to Desert City Poetry events. He is a member of Lucifer Poetics Group.

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    Tony Tost
    Tony Tost lives in Chapel Hill and is a member of the Lucifer Poetics Group. He is the author of Invisible Bride (LSU 2004) and the forthcoming World Jelly (Effing Press) and "Complex Sleep" (Desert City). A co-founder and former co-editor of the online journal Octopus (http://www.octopusmagazine.com), Tony will launch a new journal this summer, Fascicle (http://www.fascicle.com). Recent poetry and prose can be found in Jacket, Filling Station, The Hat, Verse, Typo and The Displayer. After getting married this June 4th in Arkansas, Tony will return to North Carolina and begin Ph.D. work in English at Duke.

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    About the Organizer

    Patrick Herron
    Patrick Herron, Carrboro Poet Laureate and organizer of the Carrboro Poetry Festival, recently completed work on his fifth book manuscript, How To Make Poems Like Me. Poet and Pew Fellow Ron Silliman recently wrote that Patrick's first manuscript, Be Somebody, "is difficult in the way the very best books are," adding that "it is one of the great rumors of contemporary poetry."

    Patrick is the author of The American Godwar Complex (BlazeVOX) as well as two chapbooks, Man Eating Rice (BlazeVOX) and Three Poems (Gateway Songbooks). His poems and essays have recently appeared in journals such as Exquisite Corpse, JacketFulcrum, in the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, and in the anthology 100 Days (Barque Press). He is the creator of Proximate.org, a site that has been featured in the electronic collection of the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Born in 1971, Patrick is a longtime resident of North Carolina and a native Philadelphian. He is finishing a master's degree at UNC, where he studies text mining and works as a research assistant at ibiblio.org.

    Links to Patrick's work
    Seven poems (A Chide's Alphabet #2)

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    Student Assistant Daniel Cothran
    Daniel Cothran hails from Lexington, Kentucky. He is an undergraduate at UNC, currently pursuing degrees in English and Music. At school, he is a reader for Cellar Door and is the Content Editor for LAMBDA.

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