Admiral Bellybutton is currently stationed in upstate NY, USA. He contributes to Utica Shale, an ethercore collective including staff members from the The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre. He has contributed to the Disquiet Junto and was once a member of The Alpacas (www.reverbnation.com/thealpacas). For more, please visit the admiral at soundcloud.com/admiralbellybutton
Steven Ball is an artist who has worked in time-based related media most of his life. His current practice is engaged with landscape and spatial representation, in local and global, social, political and post-colonial spheres. He also writes about contemporary and historical moving-image related practice, curates screenings and exhibitions, and is a member of the legendary post-punk DIY group Storm Bugs. Since 2003 he has been Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins and was instrumental in developing the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection. Winter Soup (2012) is a live spoken word and ambient sound performance, originally conceived to accompany Autumn Fog, a film performance by Lynn Loo at Apiary Studios, London.
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Jo Bell is a poetry freelancer / news conduit. Ex-director of National Poetry Day UK, now UK Canal Laureate for the Poetry Society and the Canal and River Trust.
Liz Berry was born in the Black Country and now lives in Birmingham. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway and received an Eric Gregory Award in 2009. Her poems have appeared in many of the major UK magazines and on BBC Radio. She was the winner of the 2012 Poetry London competition and a 2012 Arvon-Jerwood mentee. Her debut pamphlet The Patron Saint of School Girls was published by tall-lighthouse in 2010. Liz has written about dialect poetry for The Poetry School and The Young Poets Network. She is an assistant poetry editor at Ambit magazine. Her debut collection will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2014.
Matt Black writes poems for adults and children, has lived in Sheffield for the last 25 years, and has 2 grown-up children. His collections are Swimmer (Upside Down Books, 2009), Goblin In The Fridge (Poetry Book Society Children’s Bookshelf Summer Choice, 2011) and The Nonsense Olympics (Upside Down Books, 2012). His poems are published in magazines including Staple, The Rialto, The North and Magma. He has won awards and commissions, and has toured in Germany, U.S.A., Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic. He has set a World Record (unofficial) performing in 50 venues in 5 hours on a tandem bicycle, and he invented the world’s first Poetry Jukebox which he uses regularly at festivals and schools.
Martyn Blundell is a video artist living in the UK. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University and works mainly in the UK and Spain. His video work has evolved out of a passion for drawing and his interest in alternative ways of constructing narratives. He has exhibited widely in Europe as well as in the USA, South Africa and Russia. Recent exhibitions and screenings include Filmpoem Festival (Dunbar, Scotland), ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Videoart’ (East Art Gallery, Tehran) and ‘Letters From The Sky’ (Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town) and The Climate Train South African Tour. Recent collaborations with Mark Goodwin and Leigh Hancock for the F-I-V-E project in Italy are currently pending approval.
Dave Bonta, Steve’s younger brother, is a poet and web publisher. “Shackleton’s Banjo” appears in a chapbook titled Breakdown: Banjo Poems, which won the Keystone Chapbook Prize and was published by Seven Kitchens Press. He blogs at Via Negativa and curates an extensive online collection of poetry films at Moving Poems. Visit DaveBonta.com for more.
Steven Bonta has a PhD in linguistics from Cornell University and teaches Spanish and English at Penn State Altoona. In his spare time, he helps census insects for a biological survey in Central America and contributes to a multinational effort to decipher the Indus Valley script. He began playing the five-string banjo at the age of twelve, gaining proficiency in both the clawhammer or frailing and three-finger styles. A digitally altered version of a clawhammer tune is heard in this track.
Emōke Zsuzsánna B’Rácz was born with a sword in hand and a song on her lips… so every line in her poems has an edge, she has been told. Coming from an oppressed society but a creative and nurturing family she has come to write what she knows.
“Every little thing that is saved is saved by love”.
She is published on both sides of the Atlantic, and has been making words available since 1982 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown books and News Gallery in Asheville NC. She is a founding member of Burning Bush Press of Asheville, One Page Press, Asheville Poetry Review, Women on Words. She is the official translator of Katalin Ladik, a premier poet of Hungary.
Istvan Peter B’Racz’s works have been performed/played in many venues throughout the United States, as well as Europe, and on the airwaves. He especially enjoys working with other artists. Currently he is an active member in the “Sub-Verse” music group, and composer for the “Projects for a New Millennium” group (www.projects2k.org). For him, the essence of composing is the overseeing of large-scale blueprints, then delighting in the details. Often an aesthetic / philosophy / dream / process / game operates as structural glue in his work – not outwardly obvious in many cases. Istvan studied composition, electronic music, and conducting at the Hartt School of Music, piano at the Yale School of Music, Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest Hungary (awarded a Fulbright Grant), composition and piano at the Oberlin Conservatory, Neighborhood Music School (NMS), and the Educational Center for the Arts (ECA).
Jeff Burns (originally from Buxton, Maine) is a banjo player currently clawing in Brooklyn. He enjoys urban gardening, North African hot sauces, and cutting film.
Tuncay Çakir is a vocal composer & performer, songwriter, song builder, producer.
Steve Carroll is a writer, performer and musician based in Leicester. Steve’s poetry and fiction has been published in a number of magazines and e-zines, including Route, Psychopoetica, Hinterland, The Coffee House and Neonbeam. Steve’s collaboration with James Hellard came about by virtue of a mutual love of performance poetry and contemporary experimental music. An album of material based around integer factors of 12 is underway, of which “4: Floodwater” is a part. After completion of their album, Sixty/79 will play selected live dates.
Nikki Clayton is a photographer and co-founder of expresseum poetics, a social enterprise that delivers creative community projects. Through singing and utterance Nikki has performed improvisations with poet Mark Goodwin, live to an audience, and also in-the-moment-on-location to field audio-recorder. Nikki’s photos have played parts in multi-media performances curated and presented by Longbarrow Press, accompanying poets Matthew Clegg, Mark Goodwin, and Chris Jones.
Matthew Clegg’s publications include Nobody Sonnets, Edgelands, Lost Between Stations and West North East, all from Longbarrow Press. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 1997, and was a writer in residence at The Wordsworth Trust from 1999-2001. He has worked as a youth development worker, a project manager and as an Arts Council Literature Officer. He currently teaches creative writing at Derby University and Sheffield University Institute of Lifelong Learning. His poetry moves between narrative and lyric impulses, and it frequently explores a tension between the poetic and the anti-poetic, or quotidian reality.
Alastair Cook is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning artist; his photographic work encompasses digital, large format film and antique photographic practices. Alastair is also a filmmaker, employing 8mm and 16mm film in combination with digital technology to great effect. He is founding director of Filmpoem, a cinema and film festival project partnering Felix Festival in Antwerp and Poetry International at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank this year. He is also founding partner of wide-scale collaborative documentation project, Document Britain. His work is mercurial, rooted in place and the intrinsic connections between people, land and sea. “Alastair Cook’s films are beautiful.” Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman. www.filmpoem.com
Eamonn Cottrell is a podcaster, classical pianist, financial officer, author, husband, and fisherman. He enjoys frequent sneezing attacks in the spring and fall months of humid Mississippi. He discovered podcasting in early 2006 and shortly thereafter created his first work, the fna show. In addition to his musical escapades both solo and with his creative peers, he has co-authored and released his first novel on Kindle. Having spent his college years and many years thereabouts pouring latte art, he now works as the financial officer for Cups, a local espresso café. You can keep up with Eamonn in and around eamonncottrell.com.
Pat Cuatico is a man who has lived in many places & seen many things. He plays superb guitar.
Paul Doyle (Remotely Creative) is a songwriter/composer born in Glasgow in 1962. His work includes traditionally structured songs, zany experimental productions and soundtracks. More recently, he has been exploring a fascination with the fusion of music, sound and the spoken word. “To feel a connection with a particular poem, then attempt to tap into its very essence, trying to take nothing from the words but onlyto weave an intangible dimension and breathing life, is a wonderfully satisfying creative journey!” Open to commissions and collaboration. All work available for licensing.
Tel: 01698 884071
Lucy English was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in London, studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University. She has three novels published by Fourth Estate: Selfish People (1998), set in contemporary Bristol; Children of Light (1999); and Our Dancing Days (2000), set in a Suffolk commune in the 1970s. She is available for talks, lectures, performance and workshops. With fellow writer Rachel Bentham she runs Wordsmiths, a manuscript reading service.
Paul Evans is a contemporary artist based in Sheffield, UK. His practice embraces a variety of drawing and painting styles, and he has recently expanded this to include collaborative projects in animation and video. Both his personal and collaborative practices are used to explore aspects of our physical and emotional relationship with nature; something that he considers to be ‘a complex response to a complex field of interactions’. Paul has collaborated with a number of award-winning poets, perhaps most enduringly on the ongoing landscape painting and poetry project The Seven Wonders.
Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds.
Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was an American poet. His poems were first published in England, and then published widely in America. His work often depicts rural life through a combination of vivid, naturalistic imagery and American colloquial speech, all bound by a strong poetic subtext and imaginative resonance. Much of his work, often set in early twentieth century rural New England, engages with intricate social and philosophical themes.
Louis Goodwin was born in Leicester in 1999. He does not like to describe himself as a ‘magician’ nor an ‘illusionist’, but he does perform illusions to create theatrical experiences. He goes nowhere without a deck of playing cards. Louis enjoys playing with his voice, which is already nearly as deep as his dad’s.
Mark Goodwin received an Arts Council England Grant for the arts in 2013. Consequently he has upgraded his audio kit and software, and is now being mentored by musician-sound-designer Steve Gibbs of Vibronics (www.vibronics.co.uk).Over the last few years Mark has been trawling online for sound-enhanced poetry. He is the moderator of the SoundCloud group Air to Hear, which collects digitally produced sound-&-poetry from around the world.
James Hellard is a musician, composer and sound artist based in Leicester. James’s first foray into sound manipulation began at an early age recording found sounds, cutting up TDK tapes to create samples and loops and multitracking them on an old Tascam 4 track. After several stints as bassist in alternative rock and metal bands, he resumed composing and experimenting with sound using software and the phalanx of MIDI and sound processing gear he’d accumulated over the years. James’s collaboration with Steve Carroll came about by virtue of a mutual love of performance poetry and contemporary experimental music. An album of material based around integer factors of 12 is underway, of which “4: Floodwater” is a part. After completion of their album, Sixty/79 will play selected live dates.
Francie Hickinbotham is the voice on ‘Call it Real’. She did textiles at Loughborough, graduating in 2008. She’s now a Freelance Designer and UK Sales Representative at EYE DAZZLER Design.
Aaron Howard makes art, noise & words in his Brooklyn apartment with his fish tanks, typewriters & Siamese cats. Oilcan Press publishes handmade books of art & poetry, and albums of music & poetry.
Brian Ivona is an online text-to-speech android. Brian says: “Hi, my name is Brian and I’m one of the IVONA Text to Speech voices created using BrightVoice technology. Enter any text here, click Play and listen.”
Angella Kassube is the co-founder, co-director and executive producer of Minneapolis-based Motionpoems, a not-for-profit poetry film initiative whose mission is to broaden the audience for poetry by turning great contemporary poems into short films for online and big-screen distribution. Creating in both the worlds of graphic design and fine art, Angella draws inspiration from the nearby pond to YouTube. She has the uncanny ability to take a seed of an idea and grow it into a visual feast. Her experience in print design shines through in her animation.
Brian Lewis is the editor and curator of Longbarrow Press, a Sheffield-based poetry publisher. His creative practice includes collaborations with poets on film and audio works that focus on marginal landscapes. His poetry films for Longbarrow Press can be viewed online at http://vimeo.com/longbarrowpress/videos.
Little Muddy “You know something special is going on when a grizzled, jaded rock critic is introduced to a band and immediately seeks out its back catalogue – even going online to buy its out-of-print debut. San Francisco’s Little Muddy centres on guitarist Rich Goldstein, the only member still onboard from its self-titled 1999 debut. The instrumentalists’ current CD Door 15 returns to a trio format, after 2008’s The Road to Bodie, a solo collection of Goldstein’s atmospheric vignettes… But the covers are like familiar little oases in between Goldstein’s noir-ish compositions. His playing reveals influences from nearly every corner of the stylistic spectrum, from country to blues, rock, jazz, funk, and folk. Fans of other surf-noir artists like John Blakely and Terry “Buffalo” Ware should gravitate to this, but so should followers of tone masters like Buchanan, Beck and Santana.” Vintage Guitar Magazine (Dan Forte), May 2010.
The Little Typists are John Marriott & Matt Spandex. John was performing some of his songs in a small club in downtown Nottingham, slowly drowning in the clotting gravy of the bloke Vs guitar circuit, but in desperate need of the small change afforded by said gig. BOOM! in walks your archetypal mysterious STRANGER, a man wearing A CAPE who offers to take him “AWAY from all THIS”, by juxtaposing aforementioned songs with his inimitable musical button-pushing. And so were born The Little Typists, underground overlords of what your grandchildren will refer to as “the golden age of COLLISIONISM”. Matt, half of The Little Typists, makes music under the alias “Spandex”. He has released tracks on Cristian Vogel’s Sleep Debt label as well as the Hand on the Plow label and has played in venues ranging from “some pub” to the current world capital of techno, Berghain in Berlin. Matt spends his spare time with synthesizers, soldering irons and, occasionally, his family. He moved to Nottingham in 1992 and hasn’t yet found any compelling reason to leave. Matt’s hair looks like he stole it from a Lego man. Seriously. It’s awful. I can’t type this in the third person any more. Man. I need a haircut.
LLOM is an experimental drone project from the cold north of England, spewing infected noise into the airwaves. He is also manipulating grime, sludge and doom sound. Splitting Sound Records will release his first EP called “Worship”. ‘Unhinged’ is the word that describes LLOM’s work best.
Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, and the editor of Stride and With magazines. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Wildlife and Ballads of the Alone, both published by Shearsman Books. An artist’s book-in-a-box, The Tower of Babel, was recently published by Like This Press; and Encouraging Signs, a book of essays, articles and interviews, by Shearsman. He edited Smartarse for Knives Forks & Spoons Press, From Hepworth’s Garden Out: poems about painters and St. Ives for Shearsman, and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh, an anthology of manifestos and unmanifestos, for Salt. He lives in a creekside village with his family and far too many CDs and books.
Gone Marshall is an aka of J Rosette, a musician, video & filmmaker, and writer from the US who has been working mainly in Asia since 2005. Previous work includes the alt-rock oriented debut CD, The Crunch, the feature-length New York City streetside literary documentary BookWars (‘Terrific’ – LA Times; ‘Superb’ – New York Film Critics Circle), the feature-length 21st century Cloning Road Movie Lost in New Mexico (which he also scored in association with long-time colleague, Rich Goldstein of Little Muddy), and the newly-released supernatural Vietnam War era drama, Story of Lucky, produced on location in Cambodia. A new spoken word-composition CD, William Bonney’s Electric Book of Hours, is now also in the works. Contact email@example.com
David McCooey is a poet, critic, and academic. Outside Broadcast, his album of ‘poetry soundtracks’ (original poetry, music, and sound design), was released as a digital download in 2013. His poetry soundtracks have also appeared in literary journals and been broadcast by various radio stations. David is the author of three print collections of poetry, including Blister Pack (2005) and Outside (2011), both of which were published by Salt Publishing. Blister Pack won the Mary Gilmore Award and was shortlisted for four other major Australian literary awards. Outside was shortlisted for two major Australian awards. David is the Deputy General Editor of the prize-winning anthology The Literature of Australia (Norton, 2009) and the author of numerous essays, poems, and reviews. He is Personal Chair at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.
Rory McCormick became interested in digital sound design whilst studying Audio Engineering at university. It took him a further 10 years to realise that he should be spending his spare time crafting sonic vignettes as an extension of his mind. He’s just a normal man with normal aspirations and desires trying to close the gap between the shapes he hears in his head and his control over the tools he uses to communicate them.
Dave Migman is an artist, writer and stone carver. His writing lies somewhere between poetry and narrative. He feels drawn toward the opportunities that new technology offers poetry/prose and spoken word. His work can be found on Soundcloud and his novel, The Wolf Stepped Out, is available from Doghorn Publishing.
Music for Words is Michael Harding (aka The Only Michael), who has been recording and releasing his own electronic music since the mid 1990s. As half of Animat (Big Chill, Dubmission) he has performed audio-visual sets at festivals, cinemas and multimedia venues throughout the UK and Europe. He has also collaborated with various poets and writers. Recent projects include: A/V performance for Nuits des Musees, Toulouse Lautrec Museum, Albi, France; Multimedia installation ‘Words in Pixels’ with South Yorkshire Young Writers and artist Vicky Morris, Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield; ‘Goat Boy and Other Journeys’ with poets Linda Lee Welch and Fay Musselwhite and film-maker Susannah Gent, Sheffield; and ongoing work with award-winning performance poet David Lee Morgan in London and Edinburgh. Michael also hosts and produces the radio show ‘Music For Words’ for Basic FM, a monthly exploration of the recorded word and collaborations between poets, story writers, musicians and composers.
Luca Nasciuti is a London based composer trained in electroacoustic composition, classical music, visual and performing arts. He holds a MMus in Studio Composition from Goldsmiths University of London, and a BA (Hons) in Music with Performing Arts from University of East London. His work spans installation, video, and performance art, focusing on the legacy between acoustic and electroacoustic sound, and the interplay of sonic and visual practices within site-specific contexts. His practice evaluates notions of phenomenological reduction and symbolism in composition and sound art whereby the architecture of the work is defined by and built upon the cultural and imaginal information found in field recordings.
Jean Negulesco (1900 – 1993) was a Romanian-American film director & screenwriter.
Tim Nolan writes poems about everyday things: Brussels sprouts, Antiques Roadshow, the wind, the grass, cockroaches. He likes to write in the front yard of his house in south Minneapolis. He used to sit in the green plastic chair. Then his kids got him a nice wicker chair from Target for Father’s Day last year. He’s written lots of poems in that chair. Whatever comes along. The Sound of It, his first book of poems, was published in 2008 by New Rivers Press and was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. And Then was published by New Rivers Press in October 2012. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and many other magazines. He’s a lawyer in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife, Kate, and their three teenagers, Elizabeth, Maeve, and Frank.
Alistair Noon was born in 1970 and grew up in Aylesbury, UK. Besides time spent in Russia and China, he has lived in Berlin since the early nineties, where he works as a translator. His poetry and translations from German and Russian have appeared in nine chapbooks, four of which are published by Longbarrow Press. His first full-length collection, Earth Records, appeared from Nine Arches in 2012.
Steven O’Brien (born December 21, 1993) is a classically trained Irish composer. He has composed several works for piano and orchestra. He has also composed music for several short films and games.
Bryant O’Hara is a programmer, poet, occasional musician, and budding maker – not always in that order, sometimes all at once. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA, with his wife Alice and two of his seven children. He has worked as an industrial engineer and technical writer, and is currently a software developer. Bryant has recently been published among the winners of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s 2013 Poetry Contest and in the Eyedrum Periodically online magazine. To listen to more of his poems and other works, please visit http://soundcloud.com/bryant-ohara.
Oktave Doktors began on March 19, 2011 with a show including Aaron Howard reading with Aaron Pfannebecker, Alex Colwell, Gwen Krueger, Jeff Burns & Ned Wilbur. They kept playing & the Octave Doktors were formed. We released that performance as a CD, a small-run EP of play music & tracks with Edgar Oliver, and, recently, a brand new full-length album on the hook, handmade by Oilcan Press with their present lineup: Aaron Howard, Pat Cuatico, Jeff Burns, Sarah Moskowitz, Sami Buccella & Brian Sloan.
Edgar Oliver started performing in New York at the Pyramid in the mid-1980s alongside artists including Hapi Phace, Kembra Pfahler, Samoa and playwright Kestutis Nakas. Many of Edgar’s plays have been staged at La MaMa, Axis and other downtown NYC theatres, including The Seven Year Vacation, The Poetry Killer, Hands in Wartime, Motel Blue 19, Mosquito Succulence, Helen & Edgar, East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House & the forthcoming In the Park. His TV & film roles include Oddities, Odd Folks Home (host), That’s Beautiful Frank, Henry May Long and Gentlemen Broncos. His published works include A Portrait of New York by a Wanderer There; The Brooklyn Public Library; The Poetry Killer; Summer & The Puddle Boy (published by Oilcan Press) & East 10th Street: Self Portrait with Empty House (from Dramatists Play Service).
Jessica Peace is a poet and spoken word artist. She writes and performs vocals for the sound art project 6&8 and is the voice of The Naked Lady Speaks.
Paul Perry is the author and editor of a number of critically acclaimed books including The Drowning of the Saints, Goldsmith’s Ghost, The Orchid Keeper, and The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance (Dedalus Press, 2010). His translations include 108 Moons; The Selected Poems of Jurga Ivanauskaite. He teaches creative writing for Kingston University, London, and University College, Dublin, and is Curator for the largest and longest running international poetry festival in Ireland, Poetry Now.
Poetic Flummery is Brandi Katherine Herrera. Her poetry, reviews and stories have appeared in Octopus Magazine, The Common, Word For/Word, Borderlands, The Oregonian, VoiceCatcher, and Charlotte among others. She is the co-editor of The Lake Rises, a WITNESS POST Series anthology (Stockport Flats, 2013), and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Pacific University. She lives and writes in Portland, Ore.
Dave Richardson is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Eastern Illinois University, in Charleston, Illinois, USA, where he teaches interactive and motion design in the Art Department. His MFA is from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his print and motion design work has been exhibited in solo and group shows across the United States and UK. He divides his creative work between personal literary projects and client-based graphic design. Some of Richardson’s recent presentations include speaking on simplifying the complexities of interactive design at the University and College Designers Association in Chattanooga, TN, May 2013, and on integrating digital media into traditional 2D art foundation courses. His blog is www.rockyhillstudio.com
Lina Ru is a poet experimenting with audiovisual elements to broaden the concept of poetry. As an MPhil in Humanities graduate, her poetics explores the concepts of love, wholeness, and Being Poetry. When she is not writing, photographing, or digitally enhancing her poetry, she is growing and engaging with her audience. You can enjoy her Creative Commons poetics here: http://linaru.com.
Nic Sebastian blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha and is the author of Forever Will End on Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. Nic makes video poems in her spare time and was the founder and voice of the now-archived poetry audio journal, Whale Sound. She is a firm believer in the nanopress poetry publication method.
Soloneili (aka Neil William Holland) was born in 1952 and is a native of Stoke-on-Trent. A member of Room in The Roof and Newcastle Writers groups, the former crime scene examiner and professional boxing trainer began focussing his interest on sound-enhanced poetry in 2005. His diverse and sometimes philosophical approach has seen poems published in two anthologies and even used as the basis of a lesson in the Unitarian Church. He has been commissioned to write poetry for someone’s wedding and his sound-enhanced poetry has been performed at Staffordshire University in aid of Dyslexia. In April 2013 he was featured on the Portamento radio show, a cult Mexico City broadcast station established for thirty years whose declared aim is “promoting the best of emerging electronic music artists around the world.” Neil says: “The single note and the single syllable share common ground. Therein lies opportunity.”
David Stevens is a sound artist, computer musician and workshop leader. His first composition for electronic sounds, poetry and dancers was performed at the Demontfort Hall in 1971 as part of the Leicestershire Schools For’ard pageant. He also played French Horn in the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra. In the early 70s he worked for EMS Synthesizers in London and did further work with tape music at the Cockpit Theatre. He has written music for television (including Small Objects of Desire and Uncertainties) and now develops his own software for working with sound. His main interest is in extreme time stretching and layering of natural sounds – found objects, musical instruments, and voice – to create dense, multilayered soundscapes which explore the hidden textures and melodies within short bursts of audio, and which draw the listener on an almost shamanic journey into worlds of sound.
Swampmessiah (aka Michael Myshack) was born in 1957 and is a product of northern Minnesota, a rather Baltic-like region. He has been producing graphic works most of his life and started to pursue them seriously in 1975; he has been writing poetry and other things since the mid-1970s; and he has been recording these poems with other sounds since 1996. He is self-taught in all media and has not tried to produce art for money since the 1970s. Except for posting online beginning with SoundCloud in 2011, he has not put any work before the public since 1985. There is an online archive of all his art in the works. He has been living in the Minneapolis / Saint Paul area since 1984, with his partner since 1985 and their children (born in 1991 and 1996). He has worked as dishwasher, screen printer, and furniture installer.
His recordings can be heard at http://soundcloud.com/swampmessiah
A blog pertaining to recorded poetry can be found here: http://poetryandothersounds.wordpress.com
A blog of his random opinions can be found here: http://thenakedoldman.wordpress.com/
Swoon (a.k.a. Marc Neys) is a videopoem addict and has more than 120 international collaborations to his name. His videos and soundscapes have been selected for festivals everywhere. In 2013 his film ‘Drift’ won first prize at ‘La Parola Immaginata 2013’.
Karin Tarabochia (augenmerk)was born in 1961 and lives in Bregenz, Austria. Until 2004 she was a teacher for blind and visually impaired people. A mother of two sons, she writes mainly poetry.Her art projects includereadings with music in Austria and Germany. Performances include dance-music-word-improvisations and poetry slams.Herpublications include a book of poems, Strip the day in night grass, twelve poems in Memory Tree (ed. literature association in Vorarlberg)and slam-text in Words are Addictive (ed. Lukas Wagner). She has an interview and poems in Studio-book of the ABC (ed. Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and is the subject of four radio programmes about her life and poetry.
Heather Taylor is a writer, performer and educator whose writing has been performed and published throughout Europe, Asia and North America. In 2008, she graduated with an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing from City University and her first feature film, The Last Thakur, premiered at the London Film Festival in 2008. Her first collection, horizon & back, was published by Tall Lighthouse in October 2005 and her second collection, Sick Day Afternoons, was published in Serbia in 2009.
Katie Whitton doesn’t speak in ‘Moña’. She studied textiles at Norwich University, and graduated in 2013. She’s done internships with Circle Line Design, Keeler Gorden and Zandra Rhodes and has won a number of prestigious awards. She has recently collaborated with Oasis and garments will be in the shops in June. She’s currently working for Tigerprint in London.
Dean Young was born in Columbia, Pennsylvania. His numerous collections of poetry include Strike Anywhere (1995), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid (2002), finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Elegy on Toy Piano (2005), finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Primitive Mentor (2008), shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize. He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction (2010). Strongly influenced by the New York School poets, and Surrealists such as Andre Breton, Young’s poetry is full of wild leaps of illogic, extravagant imagery, and mercurial shifts in tone.
Carly Zuckweiler is based in Minneapolis and describes herself as an audio geek. She records things like voices, musical instruments, and objects that make interesting sounds. She edits things like music, dialogue, and what most consider background noises. She creates things like cool sounds and environments. She manipulates things like audio elements and tonalities for the best-sounding outcomes possible. She cannot stop listening to or hearing everything that surrounds her.