About the Featured Poets
Caroline Bergvall is a writer and artist based in London. Works across artforms, media and languages. Projects alternate between books, audio pieces, performances and language installations. Her work champions questions of language politics and new citizenries. Latest book: Meddle English: New and Selected Texts (Nightboat Books, 2011). Currently being translated into French (les Presses Du Réel). Latest solo commission: Middling English (John Hansard Gallery). Other projects at: Theatre du Grutli (Geneva), Fundacio Tapiès (Barcelona), The Serpentine Gallery (London), MOMA (NY), DIA Arts Foundation (NY), Museum of Contemporary Arts (Antwerp), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol). Director of the influential programme Performance Writing, Dartington College of Arts for the first years of its existence (1995-2000); co-Chair MFA in Writing, Bard College (NY, 2004-2006). Awarded an AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (2007-2010). www.carolinebergvall.com.
Mónica de la Torre is a poet, translator, and editor. Her books include two poetry collections published in the US,Talk Shows (Switchback, 2007) and Public Domain (Roof Books, 2008), and two others published in Mexico City,Acúfenos (Taller Ditoria, 2006) and Sociedad Anónima (UNAM/ Bonobos, 2010). Her most recent book project isTaller de Mecanografía—written collectively with the late Aura Estrada, poet Gabriela Jauregui, and artist Laureana Toledo—just out from Tumbona Ediciones. Her next book of poems, Your Presence Is Requested, is forthcoming from Switchback in 2012.She is senior editor at BOMB Magazine.
Craig Dworkin is the author of Signature-Effects (Ghos-Ti, 1997); Dure (Cuneiform, 2004); Strand (Roof, 2004);Parse (Atelos, 2008); The Perverse Library (Information as Material, 2010); and Motes (Roof, 2011). He is the editor of five books, most recently Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Literature (with Kenneth Goldsmith, Northwestern UP 2011). He teaches literary history at the University of Utah, where he curates the Eclipse Archive.
Farrah Field is the author of Rising (Four Way Books, 2009) and the chapbook Parents (Immaculate Disciples Press, 2011). Two of her poems appear in The Best American Poetry 2011 and her work has recently appeared inSink Review, Sixth Finch,and is forthcoming in Fou. She lives in Brooklyn where she co-hosts an event series called Yardmeter Editions. Her second book of poetry (Four Way Books) is forthcoming in 2012. She blogs atadultish.blogspot.com and is co-owner of Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop.
Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff’s Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history. Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). Professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the National Book Award for poetry.
Vievee Francis is the author of two poetry collections Blue-Tail Fly (2006) and Horse in the Dark (forthcoming 2012, Winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize). Her work is forthcoming or has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Sou’wester, Indiana Review, andBest American Poetry 2010, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, among others. In 2009 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and she became a Kresge Fellow in 2010. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2009 where she was the 2009/2010 Poet in Residence for the Alice Lloyd Hall Schola’’s Program. In 2010/2011 she was the Visiting Poet at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo, A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters.
Suzanne Gardinier BA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. MFA, Columbia University. Author of the long poem,The New World, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award Series in poetry; A World That Will Hold All the People, essays on poetry and politics; Today: 101 Ghazals (2008); the long poem, Dialogue with the Archipelago(2009); and fiction published in The Kenyon Review, The American Voice, and The Paris Review. Recipient of The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence in the Essay and of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Lannan Foundation. Sarah Lawrence faculty, 1994-
Rachel Eliza Griffiths MA English Literature, University of Delaware. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College. Special interest in photography, visual art, and mixed media. Photographer, painter/mixed media artist, poet; author of Miracle Arrhythmia (Willow Books, 2010), The Requited Distance (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), and Mule & Pear (New Issues Poetry & Prose, forthcoming 2011). Recipient of fellowships, including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, New York State Summer Writers Institute, and others. Sarah Lawrence faculty, 2011—
Li-Young Lee is the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, his most recent being Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008). His earlier collections are Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, 2001); Rose (BOA, 1986), winner of the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University; The City in Which I Love You (BOA, 1991), the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and a memoir entitled The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster, 1995), which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Lee’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lannan Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, as well as grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 1988 he received the Writer’s Award from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. He is also featured inKatjaEsson’s documentary, PoetryofResilience. He lives in Chicago with his two sons.
Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1979, Ben Lerner received a BA in political theory and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University. He is the author of the novel, Leaving the Atocha Station (Coffee House, 2011), and three books of poetry: The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), Angle of Yaw (2006), and Mean Free Path (2010), all published by Copper Canyon Press. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry and the Northern California Book Award, a Fulbright Scholar in Spain, and a Howard Foundation Fellow. In 2011 he became the first American to win the Preis der Stadt Münster für Internationale Poesie for the German translation of The Lichtenberg Figures. His art and literary criticism has appeared widely and he edits poetry for Critical Quarterly. He teaches in the writing program at Brooklyn College.
Bernadette Mayer‘s poetry has been praised by John Ashbery as “magnificent.” Brenda Coultas calls her a master of “devastating wit.” Mayer is the author of more than two dozen volumes of poetry, including Midwinter Day, Sonnets, The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters, and Poetry State Forest. Recently published are her works, Studying Hunger Journals and Ethics of Sleep. A former director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery and co-editor of the conceptual magazine 0 to 9 with Vito Acconci, Mayer has been a key figure on the New York poetry scene for decades.
Rachel McKibbens is a 2007 New York Foundation For The Arts poetry fellow and the author of Pink Elephant(Cypher Books, 2009.) Her poems, short stories and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including The American Poetry Journal, The Los Angeles Review, The Nervous Breakdown and H_ngm_n. She is currently writing a memoir while holed up in upstate New York with her gigantic family. www.rachelmckibbens.com
Kevin Pilkington BA, St. John’s University. MA, Georgetown University. Teaches a graduate workshop at Manhattanville College. Author of six collections: Spare Change was the La Jolla Poets Press National Book Award winner, and his chapbook won the Ledge Poetry Prize; Ready to Eat the Sky, published by River City Publishing as part of its new poetry series, was a finalist for the 2005 Independent Publishers Books Award; In the Eyes of a Dogwas published in September 2009 by New York Quarterly Books. Another collection, The Unemployed Man Who Became a Tree, will appear in 2011 from Black Lawrence Press. Poetry has appeared in many anthologies, including Birthday Poems: A Celebration, Western Wind, and Contemporary Poetry of New England. Nominated for four Pushcarts and has appeared in Verse Daily. Poems and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines, including: Poetry, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Boston Review, Yankee, Hayden’s Ferry, Columbia, and North American Review. Sarah Lawrence faculty, 1991–
Mathias Svalina is the author of one book of poetry, Destruction Myth (Cleveland State University Poetry Center), & one book of prose, I Am A Very Productive Entrepreneur (Mudluscious Press). His work has been published in The Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Typo, and American Letters & Commentary, among other journals. With Alisa Heinzman & Zachary Schomburg he co-edits Octopus Books.
John Whitworth was born in 1945 and lives in Canterbury with his wife and two daughters. He has been a reviewer of poetry for Poetry Review and a general reviewer for The Spectator, and his poems have appeared in most of the leading poetry journals and magazines as well as in The Times and the Arts pages of The Independent. They have also won prizes in competitions.
Joshua Marie Wilkinson (b. 1977, Seattle) is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Book of Whispering in the Projection Booth (Tupelo Press, 2009) and Selenography (Sidebrow Books 2010). He has edited two anthologies for University of Iowa Press, the most recent of which is Poets on Teaching (2010), featuring 101 contemporary poets on the art of teaching poetry. His first film, a tour documentary about Califone co-directed with Solan Jensen, called Made a Machine by Describing the Landscape, was released last year (IndiePix Films 2011). Wilkinson’s writing has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, New American Writing,Verse, and will appear in the newly expanded Postmodern American Poetry anthology edited by Paul Hoover (W.W. Norton 2012). With Noah Eli Gordon, he edits the small press Letter Machine Editions, and also founded Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics. After growing up in Seattle, Wilkinson has lived in Bratislava, Dublin, Denver, and Chicago (with stints between in Prague, Barcelona, and Ankara). He now lives in Tucson, where he teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at University of Arizona.