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David Bergman is the author of Heroic Measures  and Cracking the Code, which won the George Elliston Poetry Prize.  This year Sheep Meadow Press will bring out The Selected Poems of Jean Senac, which he translated with Katia Sainson.   Senac was a gay Algerian poet who was assassinated.  David Bergman’s latest book is Gay American Autobiography:  Writings from Whitman to Sedaris. He can be reached at www.davidbergmanpoet.com.

Ana Božičević was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1977. She emigrated to NYC in 1997. Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press, November 2009) is her first book of poems. Her fifth chapbook, Depth Hoar, will be published by Cinematheque Press in 2010. With Amy King, Ana co-curates The Stain of Poetry reading series in Brooklyn. She works at the Center for the Humanities of The Graduate Center, CUNY, and lives in Huntington, NY. For more visit http://www.nightcommute.org.

Julian T. Brolaski is most recently the author of the chapbook Buck in a Corridor (flynpyntar 2008/2009). Xir first book gowanus atropolis is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2010; Advice for Lovers is forthcoming from City Lights in 2011. Brolaski lives in Brooklyn where xe is an editor at Litmus Press and plays country music with The Low & the Lonesome (www.myspace.com/thelowandthelonesome). New work is on the blog hermofwarsaw and @juandenowherr.

Regie Cabico has appeared on two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and lives in Washington , DC where he is artistic director of Sol & Soul an arts & activist organization. He is co-curator with Nathaniel Siegel of the Poetry Salon Rainbow Book Fair 2010.

Philip Clark is a writer and researcher living near Washington D.C., and the co-editor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson Books).  He is the current poetry editor online at Velvet Mafia.  His essays and other writings have appeared in such books as The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford UP), The Golden Age of Gay Fiction (MLR), The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered (Haiduk), and 50 Gay and Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read (Alyson).  He is currently working on a book about H. Lynn Womack and Washington D.C.’s Guild Press.  Philip can be contacted at [email protected]

Steven Cordova’sfirst collection of poems, Long Distance, is just out from Bilingual Review Press. He penned the chapbook, Slow Dissolve (Mombotombo Press, 2003), and his poems have appeared in many journals and magazines, including Callaloo, The Journal, Nortwest Review and Best Gay Poetry 2008 (Midsummer Night’s Press).

Mina Pam Dick (aka Hildebrand Pam Dick, Nico Pam Dick et al.) is a writer, artist and philosopher living in New York City. A native New Yorker, she received a BA from Yale University and an MFA in Painting as well as an MA in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. Her writing has appeared in Tantalum, BOMB magazine, The Brooklyn Rail and The Portable Boog Reader 4, and is forthcoming in Aufgabe; her philosophical work has appeared in a collection published by the International Wittgenstein Symposium (Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria). Her first book, Delinquent, was released by Futurepoem Books in late 2009.

Ron Drummond’s first collection of poems is Why I Kick at Night (Portlandia Press). His poetry appears in the Penguin textbook Literature as Meaning, the anthologies Poetry Nation, Poetry After 9/11, This New Breed, and Saints of Hysteria, and in many literary journals. His translations, in collaboration with Guillermo Castro, have appeared in U.S. Latino Review, Terra Incognita and Guernica. He has received writing fellowships from Ragdale Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Blue Mountain Center, and was one of the founding editors of Barrow Street.


Jameson Fitzpatrick was a 2008 winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival’s Young Poets competition and was featured in the Fresh Voices 2008 chapbook. His work has also appeared in A Similar but Different Quality and Ganymede. He lives in New York City.

Davidson Garrett is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana.  He trained for the theater at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is a member of Screen Actor’s Guild, Actor’s Equity and AFTRA.  A graduate of The City College of New York with a B.A. and M.S. in Education, his poetry and prose have been published in The New York Times, The Episcopal New Yorker, Xavier Review (New Orleans), The Unknown Writer, Sensations Magazine, The Wild Angels Anthology (Cathedral of St. John the Divine), and online at poetryvlog.com, Big City Lit, and the website of The Beat Museum in San Francisco.  In 2006, he published a collection of poetry and prose about taxi driving and acting: King Lear of the Taxi. (Advent Purple Press)  Poems from this collection were the subject of a short film, “Taxi Driver,” produced by Flashgun Films of Great Britain.  The film was screened at the Portobello Film Festival in London, 2008. Davidson has been a New York City taxi driver for over 30 years to help subsidize his art. www.kinglearofthetaxi.com www.adventpurplepress.com

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Nicholas Glastonbury was born in Texas but spent most of his life in Florida. Currently a student at NYU, he has not won any awards or published any books but hopes to do both of those things soon.

Octavio Gonzalez is a Dominican-American poet who currently lives in Jersey City. He teaches literature and composition at Rutgers University, where he is a doctoral student in English. Some of his work appears online and in print, in Puerto del Sol, OCHO, MiPoesias, and other journals.  His first chapbook, The Book of Ours, has just been published by Momotombo Press, and is available online through Tianguis, a distributor of Latino/a titles and the blog El Literati: http://www.tianguis.biz/

Rigoberto González (www.rigobertogonzalez.com) is the author of eight books, most recently of the young adult novel, The Mariposa Club, and a story collection, Men without Bliss. The recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, and The Poetry Center Book Award, he writes a Latino book column for the El Paso Times of Texas. He is contributing editor for Poets and Writers Magazine, on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers—Newark, State University of New Jersey.

Stephanie Gray is a poet and experimental filmmaker. Her first poetry collection, Heart Stoner Bingo was published in 2007 by Straw Gate Books. Her films have screened at queer fests such as MIX (NY), Frameline (San Francisco) Inside Out (Toronto), OUTFEST (LA) and women’s film fests such as Madcat (San Francisco). She has received funding for her films from the New York Foundation Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her film Dear Joan (about lesbian Joan of Arc) is distributed by Frameline Lesbian & Gay Distribution. Her film Kristy (about perceived lesbian Kristy McNichol) has exhibited internationally. http://www.leafscape.org/StrawGateBooks/gray.html

Scott Hightower has published three collections of poetry. His third, Part of the Bargain, received the 2004 Hayden Carruth Award. His translations from Spanish poetry have garnered a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Frequently, his reviews appear in “Fogged Clarity” and he is a contributing editor to “The Journal.” Hightower has taught at NYU, Drew, F.I.T., Fordham, and Poets House. A native of central Texas, he lives in New York City and sojourns in Spain. www.scotthightower.com

Walter Holland, PhD, is the author of A Journal of the Plague Years: Poems 1979-1992 and Transatlantic  as well as one novel, The March .His work has appeared in The Antioch Review, HazMat, Redivider, Rhino and other journals and anthologies. He teaches literature in New York City at the New School and is also a Physical Therapist.

Paul Foster Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Refrains/Unworkings, was published by Apostrophe Books, and his second, Study in Pavilions and Safe Rooms, will be published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. With E. Tracy Grinnell, he is the author of the g-o-n-g press chapbook Quadriga. His poems have appeared in The Awl, Cannot Exist, GAM, EOAGH, Fence, and Octopus. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He is an editor at Litmus Press and lives in New York.

Saeed Jones is currently completing his MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University – Newark. He’s a graduate of Western Kentucky University where he won the Jim Wayne Miller Award for Poetry. While at Western, he was the poetry editor for Rise Over Run Magazine. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications like StorySouth, Barnwood Magazine, Splinter Generation, The Adirondack Review, and Ganymede. He blogs regularly at saeedjones.wordpress.com

Amy King’s most recent books are Slaves to Do These Things (Blazevox) and, forthcoming, I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press). She edits the Poetics List (SUNY-Buffalo/University of Pennsylvania), moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv (WOMPO), and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.  King also co-curates the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry.  For more information, please visit http://amyking.org.

Rosamond S. King, Ph.D., is a creative and critical writer, performer, and artist. My work is deeply informed by the cultures and communities I am part of (including African, Caribbean, American, and queer), by history, and by a sense of play.  My poetry has been published in over a dozen journals and anthologies and in the chapbook At My Belly and My Back, and I have performed my distinctive Verse Cabaret style around the world in venues such as the BAAD! Ass Women Festival, Dixon Place, Poets House, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the SABLE literary festival in West Africa. www.rosamondking.com

Jee Leong Koh is the author of two books of poems PAYDAY LOANS and EQUAL TO THE EARTH (Bench Press, 2009). His poems have appeared in Best New Poets (University of Virginia Press) and Best Gay Poetry (A Midsummer’s Night Press), and in Drunken Boat, Crab Orchard Review and PN Review, among other journals. Born in Singapore, he lives in New York City, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter (http://jeeleong.blogspot.com).

Bill Kushner, many poetry books, all good, all writ by your friendly rebel

Dan Lau graduated with a BA in English from Hunter College.  His poems have appeared in Voices Wandered, a youth anthology produced by the Asian American Writers Workshop, as well as in the Olive Tree Review. He has read his work at the Telephone Bar, Bowery Poetry Club, Hunter College, back alleys, bedrooms, and the general East Village area. His primary interests include but are not limited to the creative arts, namely literature and modern dance.  When not writing he works for Brooklyn Academy of Music in development.

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Gregory Laynor works & studies at Temple University in Philadelphia. His reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans appears on UbuWeb. He does a blog at www.academicpoetry.com.

Timothy Liu is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Polytheogamy and Bending the Mind Around the Dream’s Blown Fuse. His poems have been translated into ten languages, and his journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. He lives in Manhattan.

Douglas A. Martin is the author most recently of a novel, Once You Go Back (Seven Stories Press) and a lyric narrative, Your Body Figured (Nightboat Books).  His other works include: In the Time of Assignments, a book of poetry;  Branwell, a novel of the Bronte brother; and They Change the Subject,  a book of stories.  His first novel, Outline of My Lover, was named an International Book of the Year in The Times Literary Supplement and adapted in part by the Forsythe Company for the multimedia ballet and live film Kammer/Kammer.  He teaches in the low-residency MFA Program at Goddard College. http://douglasarthur.blogspot.com/

David Messineo is Publisher/Poetry Editor of Sensations Magazine (www.sensationsmag.com), a ‘LGBTQ-friendly’ that is a rare three-consecutive year winner in the national American Literary Magazine Awards.  He was one of 26 individuals statewide to receive a 2009 New Jersey State Jefferson Award for Public Service for his volunteer publishing and literary promotion efforts.  After absorbing decades of their gay-baiting and continuous hostility, David socks it back to the Republican Party with the 2010 Gay Inequality Tour for his sixth poetry book, Formal, which kicks off with his brief performance today.  For the tour, David reads pro-equality and non-political structured poetry from his book while attired in a tuxedo.  Buy his book at the Sensations Magazine table, and help support his publication and arts organization in its 24th year of continuous operation without government grant funding and without university affiliation.”

Debrah Morkun‘s first book, Projection Machine, is forthcoming from BlazeVox Books.  This book recently served as the lyrical impetus for a multimedia Philadelphia Fringe Festival performance, combining music, visual art, and dance.  She lives in Philadelphia, and is a founding member of The New Philadelphia Poets. www.debrahmorkun.com, www.newphiladelphiapoets.com

Angelo Nikolopoulos is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Literature and Creative Writing at NYU, where he also serves as the managing editor to Washington Square Review. His poetry has appeared in Boxcar Poetry Review, Ganymede, and Gay and Lesbian Review. He lives in New York City.

Tim Peterson (Trace) is the author of Since I Moved In which received the Gill Ott Award from Chax Press. Chapbooks include Violet Speech (2nd Avenue Poetry), as well as CUMULUS (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), and Trinkets Mashed into a Blender (Faux Press). Peterson continues to edit EOAGH: A Journal of the Arts which features an issue on Queering Language dedicated to kari edwards (http://chax.org/eoagh). Peterson also curates TENDENCIES: Poetics & Practice, a talks series titled in honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick at CUNY Graduate Center which explores the intersection of queer theory, poetics, and the manifesto (http://tendenciespoetics.blogspot.com).

Elizabeth Reddin: awaiting bio as of 2/26/2010

Vittoria repetto has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies; In 1995, she published a chapbook entitled Head For the Van Wyck (Monkey Cat Press) and in 2006, Guernica Editions published her first full length poetry book, Not Just A Personal Ad. Vittoria repetto is the vice president of the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) and the editor of the monthly newsletter. She was a judge in the 2005 Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry & Thomas Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and she has been hosting the Women’s & Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore since its opening in 1999. http://vittoriarepetto.wordpress.com/

Jason Roush is the author of three books of poems: After Hours (2005), Breezeway (2007), and Crosstown (2009), all published by Orchard House Press.  His poetry and reviews have appeared in Best Gay Poetry 2008, Brooklyn Review, Cimarron Review, The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide, and elsewhere.  He teaches writing, literature, and cultural studies at Emerson College in Boston and is currently at work on his fourth collection of poems, Dispossession.  He can be found online at www.jasonroush.com

moonshine shorey is a simple man. he loves words and tall men. He currenty holds a national beer chugging record and the hands of people who are not scared to dare.

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Richard Tayson’s second book of poetry is The World Underneath (Kent State University Press, 2008).  His first book of poetry, The Apprentice of Fever (Kent State University Press, 1998), won the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize.  Tayson’s other awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Prairie Schooner’s Edward Stanley Award, and a Pushcart Prize.  His poems appear in over fifty publications in five countries, including the Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Kenyon Review and American Poetry: The Next Generation.  His coauthored book of non-fiction, Look Up for Yes (Viking-Penguin, 1998), appeared on bestseller lists in Germany, and has been included in Reader’s Digest’s Today’s Best Nonfiction in the United States and Australia.  Tayson has taught writing workshops at Rutgers University and The New School, and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Ph.D. program in English at City University of New York’s Graduate Center where he is where he is working on a dissertation concerning William Blake’s influence on American avant-garde culture.

Vega Born & raised in New York City, Vega is an architect, poet, painter, graphic artist and photographer. As a graphic artist, his early works have appeared in such publications as the Advocate, Blueboy, BlackOut, & ‘In the Life’. In 1989 he published his first book of mixed media titled ‘MEN OF COLOR: An essay on the Black Male Couple’, in order to fill the void of positive male images in the black gay community. It included his previous illustrations of Black male couples and his first attempts at writing poetry & photography.

Almost immediately he saw a need to provide a venue for other literary artists, models & photographers, so he created VEGA PRESS: African American Book Publishers. From 1989 to 2010, he has published 10 books : ‘Men Of Color’, ‘A Warm December’, ‘The Tranquil Lake of Love’, ‘Postscripts’, ‘Milking Black Bulls’, ‘In Our Own Image’, ‘Phoenix Rising’, ‘Into the Light’, ‘VisionQuest’, and ‘the Men of Vega Studios’, along with 2 calendars, and a line of products which include T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, greeting cards & underwear. All of these items can be found a www.vegapressonline.com
With several new projects in production, he is working on his first collection of short stories and a collection of interviews involving gay black male couples.

Laurie Weeks bio

Bakar Wilson is a fellow of Cave Canem, the prestigious organization nourishing vital new voices in African-American poetry.  He has performed his work at the Bowery Poetry Club, Poetry Project, The Studio Museum of Harlem, The Asian-American Writer’s Workshop, and La Mama among others.  His poetry has appeared in The Vanderbilt Review, three Cave Canem anthologies, The Lumberyard on public radio, and Stretching Panties.  A native of Tennessee, Bakar received his BA in English from Vanderbilt University, and his MA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York.  He lives in New York City and is Professor of English at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY.

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man, winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), andPoems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009).  He is a graduate of the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and NYU’s Graduate Creative Writing Program.  Wilson has won numerous fellowships to include the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem, Kundiman, Djerassi, and Yaddo. A co-founder of the Black Took Collective, he teaches creative writing and African American poetics at Mount Holyoke College.

Emanuel Xavier is author of the novel, Christ Like, and editor of groundbreaking anthologies such as Bullets & Butterflies: queer spoken word poetry and Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry.  Recipient of the Marsha A. Gomez Cultural Heritage Award, a New York City Council Citation, and a World Pride Award, he has been featured on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry.  His spoken word/music compilation CD, Legendary- The Spoken Word Poetry of Emanuel Xavier, was recently released to great critical acclaim and is now available for download on iTunes.  His new poetry collection, If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, will be released spring 2010 along with an anthology of modern Latino/a spoken word poetry, which he is editing for Fall 2010.  He created the annual Glam Slam competition, which ran in NYC from 1998-2008, and is now held annually in London, England.  El Museo del Barrio recently hired him as Curator of a hugely successful monthly Latino/a spoken word poetry series.  Choreographer, Ferdinand De Jesus will stage his spoken word/music collaborations as a dance presentation for NYC Gay Pride. www.emanuelxavier.com

Rachel Zolf’s fourth full-length book of poetry, Neighbour Procedure http://www.chbooks.com/catalogue/neighbour-procedure has just been released from Coach House Books. Her third book, Human Resources http://www.chbooks.com/catalogue/human_resources
(Coach House), won the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. See Zolf’s EPC page http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/zolf/index.html for more information on her work.

Curator and host:

Nathaniel Siegel is a poet, artist, activist and real estate broker in NYC. His chapbook TONY is published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. With Regie Cabico, he created the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer poet’s reading series COME HEAR ! to bring our poems to you. Current projects include producing the HOWL ! Festival of the Arts in September 2010 in the East Village as Executive Director, creating more poems, and helping New Yorker’s find a place called home. He is co-curator with Regie Cabico of the Poetry Salon Rainbow Book Fair 2010.


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