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Issue 6 :: December 2009


Brian Ang is a DJ on the freeform radio station KDVS in Davis, CA, where he also lives.

Best Friends Forever: Holly Mae and Alana are a band of two. They are best friends. Forever. Holly Mae and Alana write all their own songs except for the ones they steal from old folk singers. Holly Mae and Alana are not cold as ice, nor are they willing to sacrifice their love.

On "Half-Cat": Notice how they're always coming up with drugs for maladies you never knew existed? I sure do. Well the other night we were with some friends and we thought, wouldn't it be terrible if you were half cat, and also half robot, and because of the fact that you were half cat and half robot, you couldn't master human syntax? Well, for all you pharmaceutical companies out there, if you come up with a cure for this horrible condition you could use this song as a jingle.

Kyle Booten is in his second year of the MFA poetry program at U Michigan. Poems published or forthcoming in Tin House, Guernica, ghoti, storySouth, and elsewhere. Some of his favorite poets are James Schuyler, Jenny Holzer, & Theodore Enslin. The voice in "Child (Understood)" belongs to Kyle's father, Don Booten.

Lindsay Cuff is a Canadian writer and musician living in New York. She has an MFA in creative writing and has just completed her first opera libretto.

William R. Howe is an experimental poet, performer, artist and publisher currently living in Oxford, Ohio. "The N Poems" recordings derive from a sequence of constraints-based visual scores produced on a manual typewriter with a broken "n" key armature. Most recently, he is the author/creator of translanations two (forthcoming from Slack Buddha Press 2009) and a series of five chapbooks titled Five for Bern (forthcoming from No Press 2009). He has given performances at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., Soundlab Buffalo, The Ear Inn NYC, Gallery 66 in Washington, D.C., Diverseworks in Houston, TX, and at many other international venues. Involved in contemporary poetry publishing for years, he is the publisher for tailspin press and Crapper Editions, the co-founder and co-editor of Essex Magazine, and co-founder and co-editor of Slack Buddha Press. He teaches Creative Writing, Book Arts, and Literature at Miami University of Ohio.

Adrian Moens (b. 1980) is an electro-acoustic musician, performer, artist and writer living in Chicago, IL. Adrian earned a BFA in experimental sound and writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He has performed and exhibited in Chicago, New York, Santa Barbara and Ashland, Oregon since 1998.

Dale Sherrard (American 1961) is an experimental composer, audio designer, and multimedia performer who maintains that one should always be specific about one's ambiguities. Centered primarily around the concept of text and language as audio material, his work occurs in film scores, scores for modern dance, multichannel installations. He and is currently performing a series of "Faux Lectures" designed to highlight his firm conviction that no one really has anything important to say. He recently collaborated with artist Luca Buvoli on "A VERY BEAUTIFUL DAY AFTER TOMORROW" (UN BELLISSIMO DOPODOMANI) and "Ave Machina" as sound designer and co-composer. Sherrard teaches sound design and theory in the Film Department at the University of Montana and lives alternately in Missoula, Montana; Brooklyn, New York; and Seattle, Washington, depending on where the action is. He is older than he looks and younger than he feels.

Rodrigo Toscano's latest book is Collapsible Poetics Theater (Fence Books). Toscano is also the artistic director and writer for the Collapsible Poetics Theater (CPT). His polyvocalic pieces, poetics plays, and body-movement poems, have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Ontological-Hysteric Poet's Theater Festival, Poet's Theater Jamboree 2007, and the Yockadot Poetics Theater Festival. His radio pieces have appeared on WPIX FM (New York), KAOS Public Radio Olympia, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His work has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Catalonian. Toscano is originally from Southern California. He works in Manhattan at the Labor Institute, and lives in Brooklyn.