Chris Agee: Chris Agee was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He attended Harvard University and since 1979 has lived in Ireland. He is the author of two books of poems, In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press, 1992) and First Light (The Dedalus Press, 2003). He edits Irish Pages, a journal of contemporary writing based at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast. He reviews for The Irish Times and has recently completed a new collection of poems, Next to Nothing (Salt, 2009), which will be published in Britain, Ireland and the United States in January 2009.
Sascha Aurora Akhtar: Sascha Aurora Akhtar was born in Pakistan. Since that was obviously a mistake, she fled as soon as possible to an environment where women could be wacky. What was born was a hydra. Each head a different medium, via which to transmit her wyrd and whimsical witchery. She graduated from Bennington College in 1999. She has written all too many poems, out of which some have managed to become titled collections. Her films include Ana-el-Haqq (2002) and The Sea and Medusa (2006). In 2003 she received a fellowship from the Creative Writing department at UMASS Amherst where she worked with James Tate, Sabina Murray and Peter Gizzi. In 2005 and 2006, she performed in Butoh-based dance pieces at Chisenhale Dance Space in London. She recently was part of a year-long initiative by the International Museum of Women in San Francisco, exhibiting work by women artists from around the globe. Her photographic work was on display at Gallery 27 on Cork Street in September 2007 and an exhibition of her works is upcoming in Spring 2008 at The Commune in Karachi, Pakistan. She spends her time in London and Pakistan and is the co-producer of the successful La Langoustine Est Morte reading series.
Ali Alizadeh: Ali Alizadeh is an award-winning Iranian-born Australian poet. He migrated to Australia after living through the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, and is a writer of poetry, criticism and plays. The major themes of his works are history, dissent and the dilemmas of religion and spirituality. He holds a PhD in writing from Deakin University Melbourne, and this is his second book. He is currently living and teaching writing in China.
William Allegrezza: William Allegrezza edits the e-zine Moria and teaches at Indiana University Northwest. He has previously published many poetry books, including In the Weaver's Valley, Ladders in July, Fragile Replacements, Collective Instant, Aquinas and the Mississippi (with Garin Cycholl), Covering Over, and Densities, Apparitions; two anthologies, The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century and La Alteración del Silencio: Poesía Norteamericana Reciente; seven chapbooks, including Sonoluminescence (co-written with Simone Muench) and Filament Sense (Ypolita Press); and many poetry reviews, articles, and poems. He founded and curated series A, a reading series in Chicago, from 2006-2010. In addition, he occasionally posts his thoughts at P-Ramblngs. He earned his PhD in Comparative Literature at Lousiana State University.
Graham Allen: Graham Allen is Senior Lecturer in Modern English, University College Cork. He is the editor of the cultural and critical theory sections of The Literary Encyclopedia, and has published widely in literary theory and Romantic studies. He is the author of Harold Bloom: A Poetics of Conflict (Harvester, 1994), Intertextuality (Routledge, 2000) and Roland Barthes (Routledge, 2003), editor of The pupils of the university, parallax 40 (2006) and is currently working on a monograph on Mary Shelley (to be published by Palgrave in 2007) and a book on Frankenstein (to be published by Continuum in 2007).
Tim Allen: Tim Allen lives in Plymouth, he is the editor of Terrible Work a major poetry reviews magazine. Allen is the author of two pamphlets, ‘Texts For A Holy Saturday’ (Phlebas ’96) and ‘The Cruising Duct’ (Maquette ’98) and his poetry has been featured in mags such as First Offense, Oasis and Shearsman. His essays have appeared in ‘Binary Myths’ (Stride) and Eratica magazine.
Kenneth Allott: Kenneth Allott (1912-1973) was a leading poet of the Thirties generation, publishing two collections of poetry: Poems (1938) and The Ventriloquist's Doll (1943). He was also the editor of the highly influential Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950, rev. 1962). His Collected Poems has been out of print for a number of years, and this updated and revised new edition includes a significant number of poems either previously unpublished or not reprinted.
Nuar Alsadir: Nuar Alsadir’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Grand Street, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Slate, AGNI, Tin House, Lit, Gulf Coast, Ribot, The New York Times Magazine, and Book Forum. When not writing, she teaches at New York University and is training to become a psychoanalyst.
Bruce Andrews: Bruce Andrews is “a performance artist and poet whose texts are some of the most radical of the Language school; his poetry tries to cast doubt on each and every ‘natural’ construction of language” (The Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Literature in English). Andrews is a founding editor of the legendary journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, which catalyzed the eponymous poetry movement that emerged in the 1970s and ’80s. His many books include Lip Service, Give ’Em Enough Rope, Designated Heartbeat, Ex Why Zee, Tizzy Boost, and I Don’t Have Any Paper So Shut Up (or, Social Romanticism).
Karen Annesen: Karen Annesen grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Selections of her work have appeared in The Like of It (Baring & Rogerson, 2005) and Oxford Poets 2004: An Anthology (Carcanet). She has degrees in Psychology, Housing and Writing, and has taught Creative Writing and worked with homeless women and people with learning disabilities in London and Oxfordshire, where she now lives.
Robert Archambeau: Robert Archambeau was born in the USA but grew up in Canada. He studied literature at the University of Manitoba and the University of Notre Dame and has taught at Notre Dame and Lund University (Sweden). He currently teaches at Lake Forest. A chapbook of poetry and a study of postmodern Irish poetry, Another Ireland, were published by Wild Honey Press. He has also edited two books, Word Play Place: Essays on the Poetry of John Matthias and Vectors: New Poetics. He is the editor of the international poetry review Samizdat.
Louis Armand: Louis Armand lives in Prague where he directs the InterCultural Studies programme in the Philosophy Faculty of Charles University. His collections of poetry include Inexorable Weather (Arc, 2001), Land Partition (Textbase, 2001) and Malice in Underland (Textbase, 2001). He is also the author of several volumes of criticism including Solicitations: Essays on Criticism and Culture (Litteraria, 2005), Incendiary Devices: Discourses of the Other (Karolinum, 2005) and Techne (Karolinum, 2003). He is the editor of Contemporary Poetics (Northwestern), JoyceMedia (Litteraria) and Mind Factory (Litteraria).
Ellen Arnold: Ellen L. Arnold is Associate Professor of English at East Carolina University, where she teaches courses in Native American and Ethnic American literatures. She has published critical essays on Leslie Marmon Silko, Linda Hogan, Carter Revard, and Allison Hedge Coke, and edited Conversations with Leslie Marmon Silko (University Press of Mississippi, 2000).
Cliff Ashcroft: Born in Blackpool, England in 1963, Cliff Ashcroft studied at the University of Sheffield and completed a research degree on the poetry of Peter Redgrove. He has written one previous collection of poems, Faithful (1996). He lives in Hertfordshire.
A.J. Ashworth: A. J. Ashworth was born and brought up in Lancashire and is a former journalist. She studied writing at Lancaster University and also Sheffield Hallam University, where she was awarded an MA in 2010. Her stories have been published in a number of literary magazines, in print and on the web, and also listed in competitions such as the Willesden Herald International Short Story Competition and the Fish Short Story Prize.
Tim Atkins: Tim Atkins is the author of Folklore 1-25, To Repel Ghosts, 25 Sonnets, and Horace. Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at UEL, editor of the online poetry magazine onedit, and translator of Petrarch, Horace, and Buddhist texts, he is a Buddhist, husband, poet, and father. He is a happy man.
Michael Ayres: Michael Ayres was born in Chilwell, Nottingham on November 3 1958, and lived in Dorset, Leicestershire and Cleveland. He gained a degree in English from the University of Hull in 1982, and has lived in Cambridge since 1986. He is the author of Poems 1987–1992 (Odyssey Poets, 1994), and of two pamphlets in the Poetical Histories series – no. 44, 1976 Streets (1998), and no. 51, The Sky That Was Your Guide (2000).