Charles Bernstein is the author or editor of over 50 books, ranging from full-length collections of poetry and essays to pamphlets, libretti, and collaborations, most recently Recalculating (2013) and Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays and Inventions (2011), both from the University of Chicago Press and All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (2010) from Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Press, 2011). Bernstein taught at Buffalo from 1989 to 2003; he was David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters and a SUNY Distinguished professor and a co-founder of the Poetics Program with Robert Creeley, Susan Howe, Raymond Federman and Dennis Tedlock. He is the editor, with Loss Pequeño Glazier, of the Electronic Poetry Center (http://writing.upenn.edu/epc) and co-director, with Al Filreis, of PennSound. Bernstein is currently Donald T. Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
cris cheek is a multimodal poet and performance writer. Born in London in 1955, he lived and worked in that capital until the early 1990s. An early influence was working alongside Bill Griffiths and Bob Cobbing at the Consortium of London presses printshop. In 1981 he was a co-founder of Chisenhale Dance Space and for much of the following two decades he worked alongside choreographers, musicians and live artists to make interdisciplinary collaborative works. He taught on the Performance Writing course (1995-2002) at Dartington College of Arts where he became a Research Fellow in interdisciplinary text (2000-2002). In 2005 he became a professor at Miami University in Ohio. From a basket of sound and print and live projects his most recent publications are the church, the school, the beer (Critical Documents, 2007) and part: short life housing (The Gig, 2009). He currently lives in Northside, Cincinnati.
Tony Conrad is an American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician/composer, sound artist, teacher and writer. Conrad is well known as a leading exponent of improvisational and experimental music since the '60s. He has performed and recorded with, among many others, John Cage, La Monte Young, and Tony Oursler. In addition to his work as a composer, Conrad is also highly regarded as an artist, filmmaker, and teacher/theorist of video (video ART, "film"-making, community video, video documentation, interventionist video, web video, "home" video, television, all of it). Conrad's most famous film, The Flicker (1966), is considered a key early work of the structural film movement. In 2009 his work was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and elsewhere. Conrad is SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Dept. of Media Study, SUNY Buffalo.
Loss Pequeño Glazier is a poet, Professor of Media Study (SUNY Buffalo, New York), Founder & Director, the Electronic Poetry Center (http://writing.upenn.edu/epc), Director of E-POETRY, the first and longest-running international e-literature festival, and Artistic Director, Digital Poetry & Dance at UB. Glazier's digital work focuses on natural language permutation, computer code as writing, literary translation, and meaning in changing lexical, cultural, and performance configurations. Glazier authored the first title on the subject, Digital Poetics: the Making of E-Poetries (Alabama, 2002), the first book on digital poetics, and Anatman, Pumpkin Seed, Algorithm (Salt, 2003), the acclaimed book-volume classic digital works, "white faced bromeliads" (1999-2012), "Io Sono at Swoons" (2002), and "Territorio Libre" (2003, 2010), and the recent "La Cuchufleta" (2011), "Etymon" (2012-2014), "Four Guillemets" (2013), and "Not-Moth" (2014). He has also published poems, essays, film, visual/concrete art, sound, digital works, as well as undertaken projects for dance, music, installation, and performance, including translations to Spanish and/or mixed language works. Most of Glazier's works are available at his EPC Author Page (writing.upenn.edu/epc/authors/glazier/).
Ethan Hayden is a composer, performer, and author. A Ph.D. student at the University at Buffalo, his music reflects an ongoing interest in language, phonetics, and sound poetry, as well as large scale explorations of timbre, resonance, and sonic spectra. Active as a performer, Hayden regularly presents new and experimental works for voice. As the artist-in-residence at the 2014/15 Digital Poetry & Dance Concert (January 31, 2015), he will premiere a suite of pieces for voice and electronics. His book on the use of nonsense and invented languages in Sigur Rós's music, Sigur Rós's ( ), was recently published as part of Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series. Works to be performed with the Wooden Cities new music collective at "EPC@20" include: Georges Aperghis - Récitation No. 7 (1978), Ethan Hayden - (tRas) (2014), Jackson Mac Low - 1st Milarepa Gatha (1976), Jackson Mac Low - Free Gatha 1 (1978), and Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946), also listed at Wooden Cities.
Myung Mi Kim is a Korean American poet noted for her postmodern writings. Kim and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 9 years old. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa and lectured for some years on creative writing at the San Francisco State University. She is currently Professor of English at the University at Buffalo. Recent works include Penury (Omnidawn, 2009), Under Flag (Kelsey St., 2008), River Antes (Atticus/Finch, 2006), and Commons (University of California, 2002).
Jack Krick received his bachelor's degree in English, with significant concentrations in journalism and in film and television production, from the Pennsylvania State University. Along with decades of experience in telecommunications and the computer industries, he has studied computer science at Drexel University and Arcadia University, graphic design at the University of the Arts, and contemporary poetry with Charles Bernstein and Kenneth Goldsmith at the University of Pennsylvania. Recently he received a post-baccalaureate certificate in entrepreneurship from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He works primarily as a technical writer producing documentation in software development environments, and he teaches Technical Communications in the Department of Engineering at Temple University. Since 2004, he has been a senior editor at the Electronic Poetry Center at SUNY Buffalo (http://writing.upenn.edu/epc). He is currently editing an anthology of poetry in Philadelphia in the 2000s, and, with Ron Silliman and Bob Perelman, The Collected Poems of David Bromige.
Steve McCaffery is a Canadian poet and scholar who was a professor at York University. He currently holds the Gray Chair at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. McCaffery was born in Sheffield, England and lived in the UK for most of his youth attending University of Hull. He moved to Toronto in 1968. In 1970, he began to collaborate with fellow poets Rafael Barreto-Rivera, Paul Dutton, and bpNichol, forming the sound-poetry group, The Four Horsemen. McCaffery's poetry attempts to break language from the logic of syntax and structure to create a purely emotional response. He is the author of numerous works of poetry and criticism, including the recent volume, The Darkness of the Present: Poetics, Anachronism, and the Anomaly (Alabama, 2012) as well as Prior to Meaning: The Protosemantic and Poetics (Northwestern, 2001), Imagining Language with Jed Rasula (The MIT Press, 1998), North of Intention (Roof Books, 1986), and Seven Pages Missing: Selected Texts 1969-2000 (Coach House Press, 2002).
Tammy McGovern is a new media artist who makes videos, interactive installations and experimental web environments. Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows including several E-Poetry festivals, Video Mundi, Hallwalls, Squeaky Wheel, Visual Studies Workshop and Steel Bar. She is the former Assistant Director of Squeaky Wheel where she ran education and exhibition programs, and currently teaches in the Communication Department at Buffalo State College.
Joan Retallack: 1. Spent a wonderful year of record continuous snow fall (1993-94) as visiting Butler Chair Professor in the Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo. 2. Her Procedural Elegies / Western Civ Cont'd / (Roof Books) was an ARTFORUM best book of 2010. Other poetry includes Memnoir, MONGRELISME, How To Do Things With Words, and Afterrimages. Retallack's volume on ethics and aesthetics The Poethical Wager, and her Gertrude Stein: Selections are both from University of California Press. She is the author with John Cage of MUSICAGE: John Cage in Conversation with Joan Retallack (Wesleyan University Press) which received the 1996 America Award in Belles-Lettres. She is also the recipient of a Lannan poetry grant and the Columbia Book Award, chosen by Robert Creeley. Retallack is John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor Emerita of Humanities at Bard College where she also directed the Language & Thinking Program. She lives in the Hudson River Valley.
Laura Shackelford is Associate Professor of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is the author of Tactics of the Human: Experimental Technics in American Fiction, University of Michigan Press, Fall 2014, and articles on contemporary American fiction, digital poetics, comparative media studies, systems theory, and feminist materialisms. She is a member of the E-Poetry Advisory Board, a crucial collaborator in the E-Poetry Festivals, and an outstanding member of the digital, New Media, and innovative literature community of Western New York, having been a key presence in the E-Poetry festivals, the E-Poetry Intensives, Digital Poetry & Dance, "Language to Cover a Wall", and "E-Lit Across Borders" in Buffalo, Rochester, London, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and forthcoming in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has offered valuable insights, suggestions, and logistical support to many of the Electronic Poetry Center's most important efforts.
Danny Snelson is a writer, editor and archivist currently working as an LPS fellow at Penn while finishing a dissertation entitled "Variable Format: Media Poetics and the Little Database." His online editorial work can be found on UbuWeb, PennSound, Jacket2, Eclipse, and the EPC. He is the publisher of Edit Publications and runs the Edit Series at the Kelly Writers House in Philadelphia. In 2014, he served as exhibition advisor and program coordinator for the exhibition "Poetry will be made by all!" at LUMA/Westbau in Zürich, Switzerland. His work has been variously screened, published, performed or hosted internationally in a variety of solo and collaborative formations. Recent works include Epic Lyric Poem (forthcoming, Troll Thread) and Radios (forthcoming, Make Now Press). See also: http://dss-edit.com.
Cecilia Vicuña is a poet, visual artist and filmmaker born in Santiago de Chile. The author of twenty poetry books, she exhibits and performs widely in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Her most recent books are: El Zen Surado, Catalonia, Chile 2013, Spit Temple, Selected Performances of Cecilia Vicuña, Edited and translated by Rosa Alcala, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012. (Runner-up to the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation.) Chanccani Quipu, Granary Books, 2012. Sabor a Mí, Chain Links, 2011. She co-edited The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry, 2009. Cecilia Vicuña ( http://www.konkon.cl and http://www.ceciliavicuna.org ) lives between Chile and New York.
Elizabeth Willis, a poet and literary critic, currently serves as the Shapiro-Silverberg professor of literature and creative writing at Wesleyan University. Willis, who received her Ph.D. in English from SUNY Buffalo, has won several awards for her poetry including the National Poetry Series and the Guggenheim Fellowship. Susan Howe has called Elizabeth Willis "an exceptional poet, one of the most outstanding of her generation." Her books include Address (Wesleyan, 2011), Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan, 2006), Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003), The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995), and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993).
The Wooden Cities new music collective is both an ensemble and a collective of performers and composers seeking to help increase the performance and awareness of contemporary music in the Western New York area through unique, educational presentations. Formed in July 2011, the group served as a vehicle for director Brendan Fitzgerald to present John Zorn's game piece Cobra. Since that time, the group has grown to include nearly a dozen performers and is constantly seeking new works by new composers while continuing to present works by some of the essential, yet underrepresented composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Works to be performed at "EPC@20" include: Georges Aperghis - Récitation No. 7 (1978), Ethan Hayden - (tRas) (2014), Jackson Mac Low - 1st Milarepa Gatha (1976), Jackson Mac Low - Free Gatha 1 (1978), and Kurt Schwitters - Ribble Bobble Pimlico (1946), also listed at Wooden Cities.