Beach, James : Capricorn, 38. Into: camping, cards, chess, history, live music, meditation, philosophy, politics, sports, the theatre, travel. Also: studying literature, noticing art, doing stuff. Scoring is a prerequisite?! Published in little venues, worldwide.
Corner, Philip : He became interested in calligraphy during military service in Korea in 1960-1961 and studied it with Ki-sung Kim; it is often incorporated into his scores. While there he became enamored with Korean traditional music, particularly the jeongak composition Sujecheon, which he describes as "the most beautiful piece of music in the history of the world." Many of his scores are open-ended in that some elements are specified, but others are left partially or entirely to the discretion of the performers. Some employ standard notation, whereas others are graphic scores, text scores, etc. His music also frequently explores unintentional sound, chance activities, minimalism, and non-Western instruments and tuning systems. Improvisation is important, though not exclusive; some "performance proposals" lead to a kind of ecstatic semi-trance. Contact with artists in other media, especially dance and the visual arts, as well as a long-standing interest in Eastern religions such as Buddhism (Zen) and study of the music of composers from the Baroque and Pre-Baroque eras has likewise impacted his music.
In addition to his work as a composer and musician, he has created numerous assemblages, calligraphy, collages, drawings, and paintings, many of which have been exhibited internationally. He has also written much poetry, which like some of his music, has occasionally appeared under his Korean pseudonym Gwan Pok, meaning "Contemplating Waterfall". Editions in silk-screen have been brought out by the Archivio F. Conz, Verona, and Pari e Dispari Agency in Reggio Emilia, among others. Works are regularly exhibited in galleries, mostly in Europe, and are in notable museum collections. His principle gallery is UnimediaModern in Genova, whose director Caterina Gualco maintains a large collection. Other important collectors are Hermann Braun in Germany (deceased 2009) and Luigi Bonotto in Bassano who maintains an extensive documentation.
His complete musical scores and some other writings are available on demand from Frog Peak Music, a Composers Collective in Lebanon, NH. frogpeak.org.
Fox, Hugh : Born in Chicago in 1932. Polio at age 4, cured by a pre-Saulk experimental medicine that worked. Spent his children totally immersed in the arts, was part of the All Childrens' Grand Opera group run by Viennese genius Zerlina Muhlman Metzger, studied violin and composition with P. Marinus Paulson, art and ceramics at the Art Institute in Chicago, was pushed into Medicine by his M.D. father, finished four years of pre-med and a year of medicine, then got an M.A. at Loyola in Chicago and a Ph.D. in English/American Literature at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. It was at Urbana-Champaign that he met and married Lucia Ungaro Zevallos, a Peruvian poet-critic who was getting her Ph.D. in Romance Languages, and after the marriage they moved to Los Angeles where he taught for ten years at Loyola-Marymount University and was immersed in the film-world. At the same time thanks to his wife he began to go to Peru to visit his Peruvian family and slowly visited all the major ruins in the pre-Columbian Americas. He met Harry Smith in Berkeley in 1968 and they became best friends and for some twenty years Fox would visit Smith 2-3 times a year in New York City/Brooklyn and work on Smith's magazines, get to know the poets and writers in the New York scene. He was a Fulbright Professor for a year in Mexico (1961), two years in Caracas (1964-'66), which especially made sense because he married a Peruvian in 1956. In 1968 he moved to Michigan State U. and taught there until he retired 6 years ago. While at Michigan State U. he had a Fulbright professorship in Brazil where he met and married a Brazilian M.D., studied Latin American literature on a grant from the Organization of American States at the U. of Buenos Aires, and after beginning to make archaeological discoveries and have his books on archaeology published, he received another grant from the Organization of American States to spend a year as an archaeologist in the Atacama Desert in Chile. He has some 104 books published.
"For decades I was immersed in the novels of Henry James, Evelyn Waugh, Aldous Huxley and the like, although I even wrote the first critical study of Charles Bukowski and was influenced by his super-realistic style. But mainly I like my style to be somewhat 'classic,' almost Jane Austin-ish, getting into the center of the characters' lives/feelings/aspirations. Since I was a child I have been totally immersed in the arts. Polio and then cured, and then shoved into opera, violin, piano, musical composition, drawing, painting, ceramics, my house practically a library of classics. Then French, Czech, German, Italian, I married a Peruvian, turned into an archaeologist and immersed myself in Pre-History. So there's always the big Overview in my work, man on planet earth, everything that exists the way it is impossible, but still there, so we live in an ambience of total wonder/impossibility."
Jackson, Guy J. : He can be found at myspace.com/storytellinguyjj
and at youtube.com/guyjjackson.
Lifshin, Lyn : Her ANOTHER WOMAN WHO LOOKS LIKE ME was published by Black Sparrow at David Godine October, 2006. It has been selected for the 2007 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence for previous finalists of the Paterson Poetry Prize. (ORDER@GODINE.COM) Also out in 2006, her prize-winning book about the famous, short lived beautiful race horse, Ruffian: THE LICORICE DAUGHTER: MY YEAR WITH RUFFIAN from Texas Review Press. Other of Lifshin's recent prize-winning books include BEFORE IT'S LIGHT published winter 1999-2000 by Black Sparrow press, following their publication of COLD COMFORT in 1997. Other recently published books and chapbooks include: IN MIRRORS from Presa Press and UPSTATE: AN UNFINISHED STORY from Foot Hills and THE DAUGHTER I DON'T HAVE from Plan B Press. Other new books include WHEN A CAT DIES, ANOTHER WOMAN'S STORY, BARBIE POEMS, SHE WAS FOUND TREADING WATER DEEP OUT IN THE OCEAN and MAD GIRL POEMS. A NEW FILM ABOUT A WOMAN IN LOVE WITH THE DEAD, from March Street Press in 2003. She has published more than 120 books of poetry, including MARILYN MONROE and BLUE TATTOO. She won awards for her nonfiction and edited 4 anthologies of women's writing including TANGLED VINES, ARIADNE'S THREAD and LIPS UNSEALED. Her poems have appeared in most literary and poetry magazines and she is the subject of an award-winning documentary film, LYN LIFSHIN: NOT MADE OF GLASS, available from Women Make Movies. Her poem, No More Apologizing, has been called "among the most impressive documents of the women's poetry movement," by Alicia Ostriker. An update to her Gale Research Projects Autobiographical series, "On The Outside, Lips, Blues, Blue Lace," was published Spring 2003. WHAT MATTERS MOST and AUGUST WIND were recently published. TSUNAMI is forthcoming from Blue Unicorn. World Parade Press will publish POETS (MOSTLY) WHO HAVE TOUCHED ME, LIVING AND DEAD: ALL TRUE, ESPECIALLY THE LIES. Texas Review Press published BARBARO: BEYOND BROKENNESS in 2008 and World Parade Books just published DESIRE in 2008. And DRIFTING is just online. Red Hen has published PERSEPHONE in 2008. Coatalism Press just published 92 RAPPLE DRIVE and Goose River Press will publish NUTLEY POND. Clovis Hook Press just published LIGHT AT THE END, THE JESUS POEMS, and Finishing Line Press published LOST IN THE FOG. A new chap book: BALLET MADONNAS, from Mastodon Dentist. For interviews, photographs, more bio material, reviews, interviews, prose, samples of work and more, her web site is lynlifshin.com.
Perchik, Simon : An attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay Magic, Illusion and Other Realities and a complete bibliography, please visit his website simonperchik.com.
Randall, Margaret : Was born in New York City, lived for a quarter century in Latin America (Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua) where she founded and edited the bilingual literary journal EL CORNO EMPLUMADO / THE PLUMED HORN, and returned to the U.S. in 1984 only for the U.S. government to order her deported because of opinions expressed in some of her books. Her case gained national and international celebrity, and many writers and artists supported her. With all that solidarity, she won it in 1989. Of her more than 100 published books, some recent titles are WHEN I LOOK INTO THE MIRROR AND SEE YOU: WOMEN, TERROR AND RESISTANCE (Rutgers University Press), NARRATIVE OF POWER (Common Courage Press), STONES WITNESS (The University of Arizona Press), TO CHANGE THE WORLD: MY YEARS IN CUBA (Rutgers), and THEIR BACKS TO THE SEA (Wings Press, San Antonio, Texas). The poem published here is from a forthcoming collection, MY TOWN, soon to appear from Wings.
Margaret has four children and ten grandchildren. She lives, with Barbara Byers, her partner of 23 years, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her web page at margaretrandall.org.
Roche, John : An Associate Professor in the English department at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he teaches creative writing courses, advises the campus literary magazine, Signatures, and has organized visits by poets like Robert Creeley, Ed Sanders, Clayton Eshleman, Margaret Atwood, John Sinclair, Dorianne Laux, Michael Rothenberg, and Janine Pommy Vega. Dr. Roche also serves on the Board of Directors of BOA Editions, the Pulitzer-winning poetry press based in Rochester. His PhD is from SUNY/Buffalo, where he worked with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke, and he also holds an MA from University College Dublin. While teaching at Michigan State University for a number of years, Dr. Roche coordinated and emceed the premier mid-Michigan reading series at the Archives Bookshop in East Lansing. He had a 1993 chapbook called Ground Effects, and in 2005 published a full-length collection called On Conesus, (FootHills Publishing). A new full-length collection of poems, Topicalities, appeared from FootHills in March 2008. Dr. Roche has also edited a collection of poems in tribute to a retired colleague, Uncensored Songs for Sam Abrams (Spuyten Duyvil 2008), featuring work by Ed Sanders, Amiri Baraka, Andrei Codrescu, Anne Waldman, Bob Holman, etc., and he recently co-edited with Patricia Roth Schwartz, Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind: An Anthology from the Inmates Poetry Workshop at Auburn Prison 2001-2009 (FootHills 2009).
Additionally, Dr. Roche has published a number of poetry-related essays and articles, and has published original poems in magazines like Rootdrinker, Lake Affect, House Organ, Yellow Medicine Review, The Woodstock Journal, intent, Buff, Interim, Midwest Miscellany, The Other Herald, Use These Words, Pinnacle Hill Review, Le Mot Juste, The Coe Review, and The Burning World, as well as in the anthologies Knocking on the Silence and Listening to Water.
Several of his poems can be found online at Jack Magazine at Big Bridge and at his Foothills Publishing page.
Rosenthal, Barbara : Born in New York, she is an artist and writer who has taught photography at Parsons School of Design and writing at the City University of NY. She has published four books of photography and journal-text, Clues to Myself, Sensations, Homo Futurus, and Soul & Psyche, which, along with twenty other works, are in the collections of MoMA and The Whitney. She currently writes art criticism for NYArts magazine while filing rejections from literary agents who don't think they can sell her novel Wish For Amnesia. emedialoft.org.
XeusZenon* : According to social network messages, "Derek" O.D.'d; suicide by heroin, this poet had whispered that this type of death was intentional.
* R.i.P. (?) 2009