Contributor Bios for Sleepingfish #0.875

Ali Aktan Aşkın was born and grew up by the sea in Mersin, Turkey.

Edgar Omar Avilés was born in Morelia, Michoacán, in 1980. His work has appeared in various literary journals and anthologies, including the 2004 and 2005 editions of Los Mejores Cuentos Mexicanos (The Best Mexican Short Stories), published by Joaquín Mortiz. In the US, Toshiya Kamei has published translations of Edgar’s stories in SmokeLong Quarterly, HeavyGlow, Monkeybicycle, and Oracle.

Guy Beining has recent work in Epiphany, New Orleans Review, Epicenter, Paris/Atlantic, Mona Poetica, Big Scream, and Art Bureau, and has work forthcoming this summer in the 2005/06 Anthology: Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative Poetry (Sun & Moon Press).

Michael Boyko’s work appears or is forthcoming in the Denver Quarterly, Chain, Web Conjunctions, Pinstripe Fedora, Pom2, and Harness. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Alexandra Chasin lives, teaches, and writes, in New York. Her creative work has appeared in print in The Capilano Review, Phoebe, West Branch, Chain, and AGNI, and online in Exquisite Corpse and DIAGRAM. Kissed By, Chasin’s collection of short fictions, is forthcoming from Fiction Collective 2.

Malcolm de Chazal (1902-1981) was an aphorist, poet, visionary, and painter. Sens-Plastique, his greatest work, is a collection of over two thousand aphorisms and pensées on, life, sex, death, and God. Auden called him the best French writer after WWII.

Kim Chinquee’s work has appeared in Noon, Denver Quarterly, Conjunctions, elimae, Spork, 5_Trope, and several other journals. She lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where she teaches creative writing.

David-Baptiste Chirot grew up Vermont, and has lived and worked in France, Poland, Sweden, Boston, and Milwaukee. His visual poetry, poetry, essays, sound and performance scores have appeared in over 80 journals, 11 anthologies, 5 books, and in over 300 mail art and visual poetry shows. He works with a profound faith in the found, everywhere hidden in plain sight.

Jason Bernard Claxton was born and grew up in East Tennessee, worked with at-risk youth while earning a degree in philosophy, lived in Alaska before moving to Brooklyn where he now writes and works as a rehab specialist with the homeless mentally ill. Another story by Claxton will appear in The Southern Review, winter 2007 issue.

Joshua Cohen was born in Southern New Jersey in 1980. He is the author of The Quorum (Twisted Spoon Press, 2005) and Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto (Fugue State Press, forthcoming 2006), and an editor of the PLR (Prague Literary Review). His essays appear regularly in Forward.

Aaron Cohick is the founder, editor, & bookmaker of the NewLights Press, which just turned six years old. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Printmaking at Arizona State University in Tempe, and he misses you all very much.

Jonathan Dixon was raised in New Hampshire and has lived in New York since 1992. He has just finished his first novel, loosely based on the story of the Weather Underground and the Diggers.

Born amidst the sad cartoon of Nixon’s America and Evel Knievel’s ill-fated jump across the Snake River Canyon, Trevor Dodge now lives and teaches in Portland, OR, where he is also an editor of Clackamas Literary Review. Chiasmus Press will publish his first collection of short fiction, Everyone I Know Lives On Roads, in summer of 2006. He can be found online at <>. 

Danielle Dutton lives in Colorado. “Still life” and “Flatness” are excerpts from her novel, S P R A W L, which is forthcoming from Clear Cut Press.

Much of K.S. Ernst’s work is painted, collaged, or digital. Ernst also does three-dimensional work using ceramic or wooden letters: these may be free-standing sculptures or poems in books with pages made of wood. Many of her digital pieces are designed for output in very large format. Her press, Press Me Close, in conjunction with John M. Bennett’s Luna Bisonte Prods is now publishing visual/experimental poetry chapbooks in color. 

Cooper Esteban’s collection Mosefolket will appear with Ravenna Press later this year. Cooper Renner is editor of elimae. His translation of Chinese Checkers, Three Fictions by Mario Bellatin is available from Ravenna Press.

Brian Evenson directs Brown University’s Literary Arts Program and is the author of seven books of fiction including, most recently, The Wavering Knife. A new novel, The Open Curtain is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2006. “The Drownable Species” will be published later this year as a limited edition artist’s book from NewLights Press.

Noah Eli Gordon is the author of The Frequencies (Tougher Disguises), The Area of Sound Called the Subtone (Ahsahta Press), and the forthcoming A Fiddle Pulled From the Throat of a Sparrow (New Issues). A new collaborative chapbook, co-authored with Sara Veglahn, was just released by Ugly Duckling Presse.

Claire Huot, a Canadian sinologist and author, taught Chinese language, literature, art and film at the Université de Montréal for 13 years. She also served as the Cultural Counselor at the Canadian Embassy to the People’s Republic of China. She is the author of China New Cultural Scene: A Handbook of Changes (Duke University Press, 2000).

Liesl Jobson is a Johannesburg writer and musician with work appearing in The Southern Review, Dragonfire, 3 AM, elimae, Noö Journal, Crosscut, and Snow*vigate. She won the POWA Women’s Writing Poetry Competition in 2005 and edits poetry at Mad Hatters’ Review. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005.

Stephen Graham Jones doesn’t not believe in aliens. Just to be on the safe side, too, he harbors certain suspicions about werewolves. His last book was Demon Theory. More at <>. 

Toshiya Kamei is an MFA student in translation at the University of Arkansas. Toshiya’s translations of Mexican poetry and short fiction have appeared in various literary journals, including The Dirty Goat, Burnside Review, and International Poetry Review.

Edward Kim lives in Austin, Texas. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Snow Monkey, elimae, Pindeldyboz, Del Sol Review, 5_trope, Surgery of Modern Warfare, and elsewhere.

Dana Kooperman is a full time student at the New School. This is her first publication. She is currently living in Brooklyn.

Carolyn Kuebler has published fiction in Conduit and Insurance, and book reviews in The Washington Post, Context, Publishers Weekly and other publications. She is the managing editor of the New England Review, and former editor and founder of Rain Taxi. She lives in Middlebury, Vermont.  

Norman Lock is the author of The House of Correction (Broadway Play Publishing), A History of the Imagination (Fiction Collective Two), Émigrés / Joseph Cornell’s Operas (elimae Books), Trio (Triple Press), Plays (Triple Press), The Long Rowing Unto Morning (Ravenna Press), The Book of Diagrams to Marco Knauff’s Universe (writing as Marco Knauff, Ravenna Press), Land of the Snow Men (writing as George Belden, Calamari Press), and Cirque du Calder (writing as Jules Cuiff, Rogue Literary Society). He received the Aga Kahn Prize from the Paris Review in 1979.

Carlos M. Luis was born in La Habana, Cuba many years ago, where he discovered surrealism and socialism. He lived in NY where he encountered the editors of New Politics. Later in Miami he had an art gallery, directed the Cuban Museum and was professor of humanities at St. John Vianney College Seminary. He writes texts and makes collages and vizpo. He also practices the art of doing nothing.

Robert Majzels is a Canadian novelist, playwright, poet, and translator. He has translated, with Erin Mouré, two books of poetry by Nicole Brossard, and was awarded the 2000 Governor General’s Award for a translation of France Daigle’s novel Just Fine. His most recent novel is Apikoros Sleuth, a murder mystery in the form of a Talmudic inquiry. From 2000 to 2002, he lived and studied Chinese in Beijing.

Peter Markus’ most recent book is The Singing Fish (Calamari Press). He is the author of two other books, The Moon is a Lighthouse (New Michigan Press) and the out of print Good, Brother, which Calamari Press plans to reissue. His stories have appeared in 3rd Bed, Post Road, Quarterly West, Massachusetts Review, Black Warrior Review, New Orleans Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Third Coast, Quarter After Eight, Willow Springs, Seattle Review, among others.

Doug Martin's work has appeared in elimae, 5_Trope, Mudfish, and other journals. A former poetry editor of the Mid-American Review, his first book, Walt Whitman's Mimetic Prosody, was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2004.

nick-e melville is a poet living in Scotland. He has performed two shows at the Edinburgh festival fringe. Last year he started his own webzine <> which he intends to update more regularly in the near future.

Joseph Musso lives at the Jersey Shore, across from the beach in a little apartment which somehow soothes the savage brainwaves a little. His first book, American Suicide, was published by Six Gallery Press. A second, I Was Never Cool, is due out this year from Gold Fish Press. His short stories have appeared or will soon appear in Chrysanthemum, Unlikely Stories, and Outercast Magazine, among others. He plays the trumpet very badly.

Thomas O’Connell is a librarian living in Virginia with his wife and a couple of swell daughters. His poems and stories have appeared in Tarpaulin Sky, Mad Hatters’ Review, Coe Review, and Magma Poetry, as well as other print and online journals.

Lance Olsen is author of 18 books of and about innovative fiction. His most recent novels are Nietzsche’s Kisses (FC2, 2006) and the print and hypermedia versions of 10:01 (Chiasmus and Iowa Review Web, 2005). He lives somatically in the mountains of central Idaho with his wife, assemblage-artist Andi Olsen, and digitally at <>. 

John Olson is the author of The Night I Dropped Shakespeare on the Cat, Oxbow Kazoo, Free Stream Velocity, Echo Regime, Logo Lagoon, and Eggs & Mirrors. His work (essays, articles, stories, prose poems, and verbal aquariums) have appeared in numerous magazines & journals, including American Letters & Commentary, New American Writing, First Intensity, Talisman, Bewildering Stories, The Raven Chronicles, and The Absinthe Literary Review). He lives in Seattle with his wife (and poet) Roberta Olson and their cat Toby.

Allison Paige is a native Floridian and longtime NYC resident currently living in Portland, Maine. She writes poetry and prose and is pursuing a degree in fiction in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Anne Pelletier is hard at work on a collection of short fiction, Meat and Meat Byproducts.

P.F. Potvin is a writer, musician, and ultramarathon runner whose work has appeared in Born Magazine, softblow, Sentence, Boston Review, and No Tell Motel. The Attention Lesson, a book-length manuscript, will be out in fall 2006 from No Tell Press.

Kathryn Rantala is the author of The Plant Waterer and other things in common, Missing Pieces, A Coroner’s Companion and now out of print, The Dark Man. She edits Ravenna Press, The Anemone Sidecar, and Snow Monkey.

Rochelle Ratner's books include two novels and sixteen poetry books, including House and Home (Marsh Hawk Press, 2003) and Beggars at the Wall (Ikon, Spring 2006). Marsh Hawk will be publishing another poetry book, Balancing Acts, in September 2006. An anthology she edited, Bearing Life: Women's Writings on Childlessness, was published in January 2000 by The Feminist Press. More information and links to her writing on the Internet can be found on her homepage: <>. 

Eduardo Recife is an artist/illustrator and designer from Brazil. You can check some of his works on the ever evolving website: <>. 

Nelly Reifler is the author of the story collection See Through. Her fiction has appeared in print magazines and journals including BOMB, The Land-Grant College Review, McSweeney’s, Post Road, and Black Book as well as online publications such as Exquisite Corpse, The Barcelona Review, and Failbetter. Her work has also appeared in several anthologies. She is the recipient of a Henfield Prize and a Rotunda Gallery curating grant.

Joseph Salvatore teaches writing, literature, and cultural studies at The New School For Social Research. His work has appeared in Atelier Abroad, Free Associations, Omnivore, Open City, Pleides Arts North, Post Road, Red Skies, Routledge’s Encyclopedia of Queer Culture, Soundings East, and 110 Stories: New York Writes After September 11th (NYU Press). He lives in Brooklyn.

James Sanders is a member of the writing collective Atlanta Poets Group. In Cub Scouts he came in second overall in the regional Pinewood Derby.

Daryl Scroggins lives with his wife in Dallas, where he works as a writer and a teacher. The Game of Kings, a book-length prose poem sequence, was published in 2001 by Rancho Loco Press, and Winter Investments, a collection of short stories, was published in 2003 by The Trilobite Press. Prairie Shapes, a Flash Novel won the 2004 Robert J. DeMott Prose Contest.

Julianna Spallholz’s work has appeared in Cranky, Harness, and Gargoyle, among others. She lives in Tucson. “What It Is” was recently featured in Show and Tell, a collaborative exhibit of writing and visual art at Tucson’s Platform Gallery.

Christian TeBordo’s work has appeared in 3rd Bed, Ninth Letter, and La Petite Zine. His novel, The Conviction and Subsequent Life of Savior Neck, was published by Spuyten Duyvil. He lives in Philadelphia.

Justin Torres lives in Brooklyn. <

Girija Tropp lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her short fiction has been published in Agni, The Boston Review, Best Australian Stories 2005, Sleepers Almanac 2006; forthcoming in Fiction International and Southword amongst others; microfiction and online fiction at SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Margin, and Café Irreal. A blog at <>. 

Grace Vajda publishes 15mothers zine. She writes fiction, poetry, and non-formatted text. Currently she sleeps and climbs mountains and stretches out in Arizona, while also studying the phenomenon of language.

Rob Walsh’s stories have appeared in NOON, Fugue, and Redivider. He lives in Seoul.

Irving Weiss is a writer of all sorts, especially vispos and iconoscript poetry, and translations. His two-volume translation of Malcolm de Chazal’s Sens-Plastique (Green Integer, 2006) is on order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. but still awaiting release.

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