Dystopia producer Kristen Gallagher writes: "Toshi is a percussionist. His idea of percussion includes everything in the room and his full body. He has been running the avant garde music project at highwire gallery for years and also runs a list serve for improv acts throughout the phil-balti-wash dc area. He will be accompanied by a sax and synthesizer. This is not to be missed."
John Henry Redwood is a playwright and an actor. His plays are Mark VIII, A Sunbeam, Acted Within Proper Departmental Procedure, and The Old Settler, which received critical acclaim and is currently being produced around the country. He has acted in many plays and can be seen in many films, including In and Out, Mr. Holland's Opus, Passion Fish, Big and others.
Louis Cabri writes: "Who is Nicole Markotic. She co-edited what I think is a really interesting series of chapbooks, with Ashok Mathur, out of Calgary, called DisOrientation Press. She will bring those. Mostly by poets. Each poem is structurally elaborated by the chapbook design. She is also author of the poetry book, Connecting the Dots (Toronto: Wolsak and Wynn, 1994) and the novel Yellow Pages: A Catalogue of Intentions (Red Deer: Red Deer Press, 1994), as well as numerous chapbooks. She teaches creative writing and literature at U of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
While a student at Harvard University, Leaf developed "a technique of creating animated movement with images of fine beach sand spread onto a piece of underlit white glass and manipulated directly under the camera." Harvard awarded her with a Loeb fellowship in 1970; two years later, she moved to Montreal to join the National Film Board of Canada. Her films include The Owl Who Married a Goose (1974), The Street (nominated for an Academy Award in 1977), The Metamorphosis of Mr. Samsa (an adaptation of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, winner of the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Short Films Cracow), Interview (Grand Prix at Melbourne, 1979) and Two Sisters (Grand Prix at both the 4th Los Angeles International Animation Celebration and the Ottawa International Animation Festival, 1990). In 1996 she received a Life Achievement Award from Zagreb International Animation Festival.
She will screen several of her films, including:
The workshop will be led by Paul Sherman, a former journalist who has published stories in The New York Times, Time magazine, The Miami Herald, and other publications. Sherman worked in Mexico City for five years.
All are welcome! If you are interested in the workshop or want more information, email Paul.
Jena Osman (pictured at right)has published six books of poetry: Jury (Meow Press, 1996), Amblyopia (Avenue B, 1993), The Lab-Book (Poetics Program at SUNY Buffalo, 1992), Balance (Leave Books, 1992), Underwater Dive: Version One (Paradigm Press, 1990) and Twelve Parts of Her (Burning Deck Press, 1989). Her poetry has also been anthologized in The Art of Practice: Forty-Five Contemporary Poets, as well as Subliminal Time and Writing From the New Coast: Presentation. She is the co-editor (with Juliana Spahr) of Chain, a journal that investigates language in its various presentational frames. Also see her online works:
Tina Darragh's books include on the corner to off the corner (Sun & Moon, 1981), Striking Resemblance (Burning Deck, 1989), a(gain)2 st the odds (Potes and Poets, 1989), and adv. fans - the 1968 series (Leave Books, 1993). Her work has been included in several anthologies, among them In the American Tree (National Poetry Foundation, 1986), "Language" Poetries (New Directions, 1987), out of everywhere: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America & the UK (Reality Street Editions, 1996), and Moving Borders: Three Decades of Innovative Writing by Women (Talisman, forthcoming 1998). Selections from her current project, the dream rim instructions, have been published in Chain and Primary Writing, and will be featured in a forthcoming Etruscan Reader. Darragh is employed as a reference librarian at the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature at Georgetown University. She lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, with her husband P. Inman and their son, Jack.
Playwright Charles Fuller is a Philadelphia native who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play A Soldier's Story in 1982, which was made into a film. He has also written for television and is the author of many plays, Zooman and the Sig Sign, The Village: A Party, the Brownsville Raid, among others. He is also the playwright of a series of five plays that explore what life was like for Blacks just before and after the Emancipation of slaves in America (1863-1900). Death is his most recent play.
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Buzz Bissinger's recently-released A Prayer for the City has been earning high praise from critics and readers alike. He spent five and a half years writing the book, during which time he had exclusive access to Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell, C'65, and his administration. Mr. Bissinger is also the author of the acclaimed bestseller Friday Night Lights. From 1981 to 1988, he was a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He later worked for the Chicago Tribune, and is currently a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. Mr. Bissinger was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1985-86, and he received his bachelor's degree in English from the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976.