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Kathy Acker was the author of ten novels, a collection of stories, a screenplay, a play and two books of essays. Her writing and the example of her life continue to influence the sundrey communities she belonged to.

Lawrence Ytzhak Brathwaite is the author of the novel WIGGER and several short stories. His fiction has appeared in MAKA: DIASPORIC JUKS (Sister Vision Press), Holy Titclamps, Red Zone (Victoria's street peoples' magazine), Mirage Periodical, 14 Hills and has been given honourable mention in BEST AMERICAN GAY FICTION 1 and 2. He has performed at Lollapalooza, San Francisco's New Langton Arts Gallery and appeared on the "Class and Queer Writing" panel at OUTWRITE 99 in Boston, MA . He received critics choice in BEST GAY EROTICA 1999 (Cleis Press) for an excerpt from his new novel RATZ ARE NICE (Alyson Publications). He currently has a chapbook available called "Speed/Thrash/Death: Alamo, BC" illustrated by Victoria artist Krista McLean. METALLICA RULES!!!!! SLAYER FOREVER!!!!!!

Mary Burger is the author of Nature's Maw Gives and Gives (Duration Press), Bleeding Optimist (Xurban), and Thin Straw That I Suck Life Through (Melodeon, forthcoming). New work is forthcoming in Kenning. She edits Second Story Books. She's an editor of Narrativity.

David Buuck lives in San Francisco, where he co-edits Tripwire with Yedda Morrison. up the flagpoles is a recent chapbook from Melodeon Poetry Systems.

Jacques Debrot is a Ph.D. student at Harvard University. He has published poems and critical writing in Arshile, Rhizome, Proliferation, and many other magazines. Confuzion Comix, a chapbook, is forthcoming from Second Story Books.

Jeff Derksen ( has two books Down Time and Dwell (both from Talon) and a forthcoming chapbook But Could I Make a Living From It (hole). The site,, contains collaborative projects on architecture and text (CITYalias), culture and politics (But Is It Politics?) and cultural politics (Boycott). My site is nearby as well: A new book All Mod Contradictions is in progress and he's doing research on globalization and national cultural formations as a Fulbright scholar at CUNY Grad Center this year. He lives in Ottakring, in Vienna.

Robert Glück is the author of eight books of poetry and fiction, most recently two novels: Margery Kempe and Jack the Modernist (both from High Risk Books, 1994 and 1995). Glück's next book, Denny Smith, is a collection of stories. Glück was an Associate Editor at Lapis Press, and Director of The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, where he teaches fiction. His critical articles have appeared in Poetics Journal, The Village Voice, The London Times Literary Supplement and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. He writes for Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors and he's an editor of Narrativity.

Rob Halpern's work has recently appeared in Tripwire, Mirage Periodical and Harrington's Gay Fiction Quarterly. He is currently doing research on the nineteenth century French poet Louis Aloysius Bertrand and the July Revolution while attending the graduate program in Literature at UC Santa Cruz where is working hard to maintain the identity of a dilettante.

Laird Hunt is the author of Dear Sweetheart (Jensen/Daniels) and of the forthcoming Thousands (PNY) and The Paris Stories (Smoke Proof Press). His work has appeared in Grand Street, Sulfur, Talisman, Gare du Nord, Murmur, Alyricmailer and Brick. He is the editor of The Bestiary ( and of Heart Hammer Books. He lives in New York.

Trevor Joyce was born in1947, in Dublin, Ireland, where he co-founded New Writers' Press with Michael Smith in 1967. He withdrew from active involvement with the press in the early 70's to concentrate on his own writing. He has worked as a business systems analyst in manufacturing industry for the last twenty years. His published volumes of poetry include Sole Glum Trek (1967), Pentahedron (1972) and The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine (1976 - a working of the mediaeval Irish text later used by Seamus Heaney for his Sweeney Astray); all from NWP. Resumed after a nineteen-year break with stone floods (NWP, 1995), Syzygy (Wild Honey Press, 1998) and Without Asylum (WHP, 1998). A volume of new and collected work: with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold, will be issued by NWP and Shearsman Books in early 2000. A further experiment in narrative: Stillsman, will be issued by WHP, also in Spring 2000. Trevor Joyce is founder, editor and administrator of the website: Sound Eye - Irish Poetry and the Universe of Writing ( and co-director, since 1997, of the annual Cork Festival of Alternative Poetries.

Kevin Killian (b. 1952) lives in San Francisco and has edited, with Dodie Bellamy, 91 issues of the writing/art zine they call Mirage #4/Period[ical]. He is a poet, playwright, novelist, art writer, and biographer. His books include Shy, Arctic Summer, Bedrooms Have Windows, Argento Series and Little Men.

Chris Kraus is the author of I Love Dick (Semiotexte, 1997) and Aliens & Anorexia (Semiotexte/Smart Art Press, 2000). Her writing has recently been anthologized in Posted Love (Penguin,1999), Cream (Phaidon,1999) and French Theory in America (Routledge, 2000). She is the founder/editor of Semiotexte's Native Agents new fiction series and she teaches writing at Art Center College of Design.

Rachel Levitsky lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her publications include 2[1X1] Portraits (Baksun), The Adventures of Yaya and Grace (Potes and Poets) and Cartographies of Error (Leroy).

Pamela Lu was born and raised in a provincial region of Southern California and studied mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1995 she has worked as a technical writer in Silicon Valley. In addition to a book of fanciful non-fiction, Pamela: A Novel (Atelos Press,1999), she has had prose and poetry published in a number of journals, including Chain, Chicago Review, Clamour, Explosive Magazine, Interlope, Mirage and Poetics Journal. She lives in San Francisco.

Ashok Mathur has two books out: Once Upon an Elephant (1998) and Loveruage: a dance in three parts (1994) and is currently working on another novel. He teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design and also works as an anti-racism consultant in Calgary, Alberta.

Laura Moriarty's recent books include The Case (O Books) and Symmetry (Avec Books). She is Assistant Director of Small Press Distribution.

Nicole Markotic has published two books of poetry: Connect the Dots (1994), and the recent Minotaurs & Other Alphabets (1998) and a novel: Yellow Pages (1995), and has published widely in magazines and journals across Canada and the U.S. She co-publishes a small press: disOrientation, and is presently Poetry Editor for Red Deer Press. Currently, she teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at the University of Calgary.

Lisa Robertson writes under the alias of Office for Soft Architecture (Vancouver). Presently the office is conducting research on tailoring. Previous projects include Debbie: An Epic and XEclogue, both from New Star Books (Vancouver).

Camille Roy is a writer and performer of fiction, poetry, and plays. Her most recent book is a work of fiction entitled SWARM (Black Star Series). Earlier books include The Rosy Medallions (poetry and prose, from Kelsey St.Press, published in 1995) and Cold Heaven (plays, from O Books, published in 1993). She lives in San Francisco and teaches creative writing privately and at San Francisco State University. She's an editor of Narrativity. Website:

Leslie Scalapino's recent relevant publications include: DEFOE (Sun & Moon, 1995). Other narrative works and essays on narrative: THE RETURN OF PAINTING, THE PEARL, AND ORION (Talisman House, 1997); THE FRONT MATTER, DEAD SOULS (1996) and THE PUBLIC WORLD/SYNTACTICALLY IMPERMANENCE (1999), both Wesleyan University Press. Also recent poetry: NEW TIME (Wesleyan, 1999).

Gail Scott's books include the novels My Paris (Mercury Press, 1999), Main Brides (Coach House, 1993, Talonbooks,1997), Heroine (Coach House, 1987, Talonbooks, 1999); the short story collection Spare Parts (Coach House, 1982), the essay collections Spaces like Stairs (Women's Press, 1989) and La théorie, un dimanche, co-authored with Nicole Brossard et al. remue-ménage, 1988). Her work has been translated into French and German. Main Brides was named one of the best Montréal novels of the century by a panel of Montréal critics. A co-founder of the journals Tessera (bilingual English/French) and Spirale (French-language), Scott teaches creative writing at Concordia University. She's an editor of Narrativity.

Juliana Spahr's Response is available from Sun & Moon Press. She has a book of poems forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press that is tentatively titled Fuck You-Aloha-I Love You. She teaches at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa.

Anne Stone presents the angry and searching concerns of the newest generation of young writers, using the insights of feminist novelistic innovation and criticism. A writer and text-based performance artist, Stone makes her home in Montréal. Her first novel, jacks: a gothic gospel (DC Books, 1998), is both formally and typographically experimental, conveying aspects of the story through the book's design. Her most recent novel, Hush, came out with the edgy Toronto outfit, Insomniac Press (1999). Website:

Michelle Tea is the author of The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (semiotext(e)), and co-founder of the all-girl spoken word gang Sister Spit. Her second novel, Valencia, will be published Spring 2000 by Seal Press.


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Mike Amnasan is the author of Beyond the Safety of Dreams (Krupskaya) and I Can't Distinguish Opposites (Hoddypoll Press).

Betsy Andrews lives in Brooklyn. She's a 2001 Vermont Studio Center fellow, a 2000 Saltonstall fellow, a 1999 NYFA fellow and 1999 Astraea Poetry Award recipient. You can find her work on the web and in journals, amongst them Fence, Skanky Possum, Web Conjunctions, Free Cuisinart and upcoming in The Bark, Mungo vs. Ranger, and FYI.

Taylor Brady was born in Dunedin, Florida, and grew up in Tampa. More recently, he has lived in Brooklyn, Buffalo, and, since 1998, San Francisco. For the past five years he has been writing an extended serial poem, To Not, whose parts include lyric, prose poetry, a novel, and a series of short essays. Sections of this project have appeared in several journals, and in the recent chapbook 33549 (Leroy, 2000). A chapbook containing earlier work, Is Placed/Leaves, appeared in 1996 from Meow Books. The first book-length installment of the To Not writings, Microclimates, is forthcoming this summer from Krupskaya.

Nicole Brossard is a poet, novelist and essayist who was born born in Montréal (Québec.) She has published eight novels, including Picture Theory, Mauve Desert, Baroque at Dawn; an essay: "The Aerial Letter," and several books of poetry: Daydream Mechanics, Lovhers, Typhon Dru, Musée de l'os et de l'eau, and Installations, recently translated into English by Erin Mouré and Robert Majzels. She has won the Governor General award for poetry twice (1974, 1984).

Mary Burger is the author of Nature's Maw Gives and Gives (Duration Press), Bleeding Optimist (Xurban), and Thin Straw That I Suck Life Through (Melodeon, forthcoming). New work is forthcoming in Kenning. She edits Second Story Books. She's an editor of Narrativity.

Brenda Coultas is a poet who lives in Indiana and New York City. She is the author of Early Films (Rodent Press) and A Summer Newsreel (Second Story Books. A new manuscript, Boys Eye, is in progress.

Margaret Christakos is the Toronto-based author of five books: a novel, Charisma (Pedlar Press, 2000), recently nominated for Ontario's Trillium Award, and four poetry collections, including Not Egypt (Coach House Press, 1989, now online at

Aja Couchois Duncan lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she practices the three R's: reading, running and writing, and teaches poetry through California Poets in the Schools. Her writing has been published in Clamour, Fourteen Hills, MIRAGE/PERIOD(ICAL), Prosodia, San Jose Manual of Style, Superflux, Transfer, Five Fingers Review, and others.

Corey Frost is a writer and text-based performance artist, whose chapbooks include Tonight you'll have a filthy dream and I feel perfectly fine. Join the Bits World fan club at

Susan Gevirtz' latest book is Hourglass Transcripts from Burning Deck. Previous books include Black Box Cutaway from Kelsey St. Press, Prosthesis : : Caesarea from Potes and Poets Press, and Narrative's Journey: The Fiction and Film Writing of Dorothy Richardson, from Peter Lang Publishers.

Renee Gladman was born in Atlanta, GA in 1971 and lives in San
Francisco. Her book Juice was published by Kelsey St. Press in 2000. The author of two chapbooks, ARLEM (Idiom Press) and NOT RIGHT NOW (Second Story Books), her work has also appeared in a number of publications, including GARE DU NORD and AN ANTHOLOGY OF NEW (AMERICAN) POETS (Talisman House). She is the former editor of CLAMOUR, a journal dedicated to experimental writing by women of color and is current editor of a new chapbook imprint, LEROY, which she founded to publish emerging writers.

Gad Hollander: born in Jerusalem, nurtured on goat's milk in New York, living (most of my life now) in London. Exhibits usual writer's paranoid tendencies. Her most recent films are: the palaver transcription (2000) - video (37'), Diary of a Sane Man (1990) - 35mm & Super 8 (85'), and Euripides' Movies (1987) - 16mm (13'). She is the author of eight books: Benching With Virgil (Avec Books; Penngrove, CA, 2000),
Walserian Waltzes
(Avec Books; Penngrove, CA, 2000)
The Palaver + CD (Book Works; London, 1999; limited ed.) The Palaver [images: Andrew Bick] (Book Works; London, 1998)
Sleep, Memory (Pyramid Press; London, 1985/1988; limited ed.) Figures of Speech (edition fundamental; Cologne, 1987; limited ed.) Video Residua (Orphic) (Northern Lights; London, 1986) Page (X Press; London 1979).

Eileen Myles is a poet who has lived in New York for more than half of her life. Her novel Cool for You came out from Soft Skull Press about five months ago.

Daniel M. Nester's poems have appeared most recently in Poetry New York, South Carolina Review, Minnesota Review, Fine Madness, and Cream City Review, as well as online at Cortland Review, CrossConnect, and Slope. A graduate of the NYU creative writing program, he lives in Brooklyn, teaches at Mercy College, and is a senior editor of Painted Bride Quarterly.

Doug Rice is the author of Blood of Mugwump: A Tiresian Tale of Incest, a novel that Senators John Ashcroft and Jesse Helms attacked on the Senate floor during budget hearings over further government funding of the NEA. He is also the author of A Good CuntBoy is Hard to Find, co-edited Federman: A to X-X-X-X, and is a contributing editor for Tantalus Press. The excerpt included here is taken from Skin Prayer, which is forthcoming. He teaches fiction writing at California State University, Sacramento.

Elizabeth Robinson's newest book House Made of Silver was published by Kelsey St. Press. Her previous publications include in the sequence of falling things (paradigm, 1990) and Bed of Lists (Kelsey St., 1990) and numerous chapbooks. Robinson's work has been included in the anthologies Writing from the New Coast; 49+1 Poetes Americains; American Poetry: The Next Generation; and TheGertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry. She received a Masters of Creative Writing from Brown University and a Masters in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion. Robinson lives in Berkeley, CA, with her husband and two sons.

Jono Schneider is the author of four chapbooks: The World (Instress, 1999), Walking and Talking (Melodeon, 1999), In the Room (A+ Bend, 2000), and, just out from Margin to Margin, This is Clark. He co-edits Untitled: A Magazine of Prose Poetry and Instance Press from Albany, CA. Recent writing has appeared or will soon appear in Kenning, Slope, Tool, Tinfish, The Hat, Vert, Hambone, 6ix, Aufgabe, and Five Fingers Review.

Kathy Lou Schultz After nearly a decade in the Bay Area, Kathy Lou Schultz left her heart in San Francisco to pursue doctoral studies in literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Re dress (SFSU), which was selected by Forrest Gander for the Michael Rubin Award from San Francisco State University, and a book-length poem, Genealogy (a+bend press). A third volume is forthcoming from Atelos Press. Kathy Lou edits the journal Lipstick Eleven with Jim Brashear and Robin Tremblay-McGaw and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the online journal How2. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Outlet, Rhizome, Kenning, Idiom, lower limit speech, Tripwire, Lyric&, Mirage Period(ical), and Fourteen Hills, and in the anthology The New Fuck You: Adventures in Lesbian Reading.

Aaron Shurin's newest books are A Door and The Paradise of Forms: Selected Poems, both from Talisman House. He co-directs and teaches in the M.F.A. Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

Brian Strang is the author of A Draft of L Cavatinas (Letters to Ez) from Potes and Poets Press and movement of avenues in rows from a+bend Press. normal school: hommage à Beckett is forthcoming from Lyric& Press. He teaches English composition at San Francisco State University.

Lawrence Upton's publications include Initial Dance, housepress, Canada; Game on a line, PaperBrain Press, USA; & Meadows, Writers Forum, UK. With Bob Cobbing, he co-authored D.A.N. ## 1-300 and co-edited Word Score Utterance Choreography in verbal and visual poetry. He is chair of Sub Voicive Poetry.


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