Among Charles Bernstein's more than twenty books of poetry are
With Strings (University of Chicago Press, 2001), Republics of Reality: 1975-1995 (2000), Dark City (1994), Rough Trades (1991), The Nude Formalism (1989), Stigma (1981), Legend (with Bruce Andrews, Steve McCaffery, Ron Silliman, Ray DiPalma, 1980), and Parsing (1976). He is also the author of three books of essays, My Way: Speeches and Poems (1999), A Poetics (1992), and Content's Dream: Essays 1975-1984 (1986). He has edited many anthologies of poetry and poetics including Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word (1998) and The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book (1984, with Bruce Andrews). In the 1970s, Bernstein co-founded the influential journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E. He has also written the librettos for a number of operas with composers such as Ben Yarmolinsky, Brian Ferneyhough, and Dean Drummond. Bernstein serves as the Executive Editor, and co-founder, of The Electronic Poetry Center at SUNY-Buffalo. His honors and awards include the Roy Harvey Pearce/Archive for New Poetry Prize and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, he is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

FFranz Josef Czernin was born in Vienna in 1952 and is the author of many poems, prose works, plays and essays. He studied in the USA from 1971-3 and taught at the University of Indiana in 1988. Since 1980 he has lived in the Steiermark district of Austria, in Rettenegg. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Vienna Prize for Literature (1997), the Heimito-von-Doderer Prize for Literary Essays (1998), the Anton Wildgans Prize (2003) and most recently the Heimrad-Bäcker Prize for Literature (2003). He recently participated in the 14th international Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry. His books include:
Ossa und Pelion (1979); Anna und Franz. Mundgynmastik und Jägerlatein. Fünf Sonette (1982); Die Kunst des Sonetts (1985); Sechs Tote Dichter. Aufsätze zur Literatur (on Franz Kafka, Karl Kraus, Raoul Hausmann, Reinhard Priessnitz, Georg Trakl and Robert Musil) (1992); Ein Gewand (with James Brown) (1992); Sonette, Elemente (2002); and Briefe zu Gedichten (with Hans-Jost Frey) (2003).

Born in Dublin 1947, Trevor Joyce co-founded New Writers' Press in Dublin with Michael Smith, and edited the influential journal,
The Lace Curtain until the mid-70s. His poems have appeared internationally in many journals, and he has published eleven volumes of poetry, including The Poems of Sweeny Peregrine (1976), his working of the middle-Irish Buile Suibhne, and stone floods (1995), which was nominated for the Irish Times Literature Prize for Poetry. All these books have come through small presses, where openness to invention compensates for lack of publicity, wide distribution or commercial promotion. Much of Joyce's recent work reaches beyond the conventional medium of the printed page, and explores possibilities of writing in the new electronic media and in association with other disciplines. His collected poems, with the first dream of fire they hunt the cold (NWP & Shearsman Books) and the audio CD Red Noise of Bones (Coelacanth & Wild Honey Press) appeared in 2001. He has also published several papers on contemporary poetics, and has lectured and given public readings of his work throughout Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. Founder and director since 1997 of SoundEye: The Cork International Poetry Festival, he served as Writer in Residence for Cork County Council, 2001, and for NUIG, 2001-2002, and was Fulbright Scholar, at Boston College, Massachussetts, in 2002-2003, researching specific overlaps between science, history, and both traditional and innovative poetic form.

Anselm Hollo was born in Helsinki, Finland. In his early twenties, he left Finland to live and work as a writer and translator, first in Germany and Austria, then in London, where he was employed by the BBC's European Services in their Finnish Program from 1958 to 1967. Translations into Finnish from that time include Allen Ginsberg's
Howl and John Lennon's In His Own Write. He is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Writing and Poetics Department at The Naropa Institute. Hollo has published more than thirty-five books and chapbooks of his poetry, most recently Corvus (Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 1995) and AHOE (Erie CO: Smokeproof Press, 1997). He has also translated many contemporary Finnish poets, among them Paavo Haavikko (Selected Poems 1949 - 1988, Manchester UK: Carcanet Press, 1991) and Pentti Saarikoski (Trilogy: the last three books, Los Angeles CA: Sun & Moon, 1998), as well as fiction, plays, and poetry (by a.o. Brecht, Paul Klee, Genet, Blok, Louis Malle) from the German, French, Swedish, and Finnish. Hollo's honors and awards include the New York State Creative Artists' Public Service Award (1976), a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Poet's Fellowship (1979), Fund for Poetry Awards for Contributions to Contemporary Poetry (1989, 1991), and a Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry 1995-1996 (1996).

Ales Debeljak graduated in comparative literature from the University of Ljubljana and received his Ph.D. in Social Thought from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York. He was a Senior Fulbright fellow at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study-Collegium Budapest. His books of  poems in English translation include
Anxious Moments (White Pine Press, Fredonia, NY: 1994), Dictionary of Silence (Lumen Press, Santa Fe, NM: 1999) and The City and the Child (White Pine Press, Buffalo, NY: 1999). His non-fiction books include Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia (White Pine Press, Fredonia, NY: 1994) and Reluctant Modernity: The Institution of Art and its Historical Forms (Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham-New York-London: 1998) and a comprehensive anthology The Imagination of Terra Incognita: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine Press, Buffalo: 1997) which he edited. He received the Preseren Foundation Prize (Slovenian National Book Award) and Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize-Tel Aviv and Chiqyu Poetry Prize, Tokyo and was named Ambassador of Scholarship of the Republic of Slovenia. Debeljak teaches at the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Ljubljana and directs the Centre for Religious and Cultural Studies.

Todd Swift was born in Montreal, Canada in 1966.  In 1990 he was nominated to the League of Canadian Poets, as a full member.  In 1997 he moved to Budapest, Hungary where he founded the bilingual literary cabaret series, Kacat Kabare.  He has had his work performed internationally, from Tokyo to New York, Panama City to Frankfurt.  His work has appeared on ABC, BBC and CBC, among others.  His poems have appeared in such journals as
Gargoyle, Geist, Jacket, and Van Gogh's Ear.  He is editorial coordinator for US-based Poets Against The War.  A full member of the WGC, he has recently optioned a film about the life of Irish patriot Emmet, and is developing a new screenwork on the life of Empson, with Peter Robinson.  His books include Poetry Nation: The North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry (edited with Regie Cabico; Vehicule Press, Montreal, 1998); Budavox: poems 1990-1999 (DC Books, Montreal, 1999); Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry (edited with Phil Norton; Rattapallax, New York, 2002); Cafe Alibi (DC Books, Montreal, 2002); 100 Poets Against The War (ed; Salt, Cambridge, 2003); as well as the spoken word/musique actuelle CD Swifty Lazarus: The Envelope, Please (with Tom Walsh; Wired on Words, Montreal, 2002). He is poetry editor of and contributing editor for Matrix. 

Cristina Cirstea was born in 1970 in Bucharest, Romania.  Her books include 
We, the Sons of the Snail (Junimea, 1997) and Something to Remind Me of Myself (Cartier, 2000). She has won the Writers’ Union of Romania’s Iasi prize, the "Frontiera  POESIS” literary review prize, The National Poetry Festival Award of Calarasi, The National Poetry Award of Sighetu Marmatiei and The National Poetry Award of Botosani. Her work has been included in The small anthology of Romanian poetry, (1997), City  of Dreams and Whispers (Oxford-Portland USA, 1998, edited by Adam J. Sorkin), Three decades of the Romanian poetry (Luceafarul, 1998), Junimea 90 (MLR, 1995) and the Euridice Anthology (Pontica, 2003) She is a member of the Writers' Union of Romania and the COPYRO Foundation.

Drew Milne is Judith E. Wilson Lecturer in Drama and Poetry at Cambridge University, and a fellow of Trinity Hall. His books include
Marxist Literary Theory (ed. with Terry Eagleton; Blackwell, 1996) and The Damage: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2001). He is the editor of Parataxis: Modernism & Modern Writing and associate editor of the PLR (Prague Literary Review).

Tadeusz Pioro was born in 1960. He currently teaches American literature at the English Department of the University of Warsaw and works at the Polish Publishing Institute. He is the author of
Dom bez kantow (House without corners) (1992), Okeete (1993), Wiersze okolicznosciowe (Circumstantial Poems) (Lublin, 1997). His translations into Polish include texts by Ashbery, Firbank and Pound, while his translations into English include the Selected Poems of Tadeusz Borowski and Altered State: The New Polish Poetry (Arc, 1990). He has published six books of poetry.

Keston Sutherland is a poet, producer of critical and philosophical essays, editor of
QUID and (with Andrea Brady) of Barque Press (whose latest project was 100 Days, a collection of invectives against George W. Bush, featuring contributions from over 90 writers worldwide). His books include Mincemeat Seesaw (1999), [Bar Zero] (2000) and Aintifreeze (2001). He is the editor of The Salt Companion to John Wilkinson.

Andrzej Sosnowski (1959) lives in Warsaw, teaches American literature at the English Department of the University of Warsaw and is deputy editor-in-chief of Literatura na ¦wiecie. His translations into Polish include selections from Erza Pound’s Cantos, a selection of John Ashbery’s poems, Ronald Firbank’s novel, The Flower Beneath the Foot and, with Tadeusz Pióro, Ashbery’s Three Plays and Firbank’s The Princess Zubaroff. He is the author of six books of poetry and two volumes of prose.

Louis Armand is an artist and writer who has lived and worked in prague since 1994. His reviews, critical essays, poetry, fiction and translations have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Sulfur, Meanjin, Frank, Poetry Review, Stand, Triquarterly, Culture Machine and Calyx: 30 contemporary poets, eds. michael brennan and peter minter (sydney: paper bark press, 2000). In 1997 he received the max harris prize for poetry at the penola festival (adelaide), and more recently he was awarded the nassau review prize, 2000 (new york). Louis Armand is a member of the editorial board of Rhizomes, an editor of the comparative studies journal Litteraria Pragensia and editor of the prague-international cultural monthly PLR (prague literary review). His most recent books include The Garden (Salt, 2001), Land Partition (Textbase, 2001), Inexorable Weather (Arc, 2001),  Malice in Underland (Textbase, 2003), Strange Attractors (Salt, 2003) and Techne (Karolinum, 2003).

Sudeep Sen was born in New Delhi in 1964. He was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship (UK) and nominated for a Pushcart Prize (USA) for poems included in Postmarked India: New & Selected Poems (HarperCollins). Most recently, he has published Postcards from Bangladesh, Monsoon, Prayer Flag, Distracted Geographies, and edited an important landmark anthology, Midnight's Grandchildren: Post-Independence English Poetry from India. His writings have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, Evening Standard, London Magazine, and the Prague Literary Review. Sen has been an international poet-in-residence at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He is the editorial director of AARK ARTS; is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Orient Express, Dimui, and Six Seasons Review; and is an associate of The Paris Review.

Phil Shoenfelt is an English-born singer-songwriter and frontman for the bands Southern Cross and Fatal Shore. His books include The Green Hotel/Zeleny Hotel (Prague: Mat'a Books, 1998) and  Junkie Love, which was published by in Prague by Twisted Spoon Press, 2001.

Laura Conway spent many years in San Francisco as poet, editor and publisher in its thriving poetry scene before moving to Prague in 1994. She is the author of four books of poetry including My Mama Pinned A Rose On Me (Red Flower Ink, 1987), and The Cities of Madame Curie (Zeitgeist Press, 1990), co-editor of a forthcoming Czech translation of 20 of San Francisco’s underground poets, & former editor of Optimism, a monthly Prague literary magazine. Her most recent publoication is The Alphabet of Trees (Concordia Press, Prague, 2002) with collaborative artwork by Katerina Pinosova

American poet and translator, Stephen Rodefer was born in Bellaire, Ohio in 1940 and graduated from Amherst in 1963. He went on to do graduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo and San Francisco State University. Rodefer is the author of numerous volumes of poetry including The Knife (1965), One or Two Love Poems from the White World (1976), The Bell Clerk's Tears Kept Flowing (1978), Plane Debris (1981), Emergency Measures (1987), Passing Duration (1991) and Erasers (1994). His other published work includes the play Tennyson (1983), the book Four Lectures (1982) and works of translation from the French, including Orpheus (1983).

Travis Jeppesen was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1979. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel
Victims, which was published by Akashic Books in 2003 as the premier imprint of Dennis Cooper's Little House on the Bowery series; a Russian translation of the novel will be published in 2005. His poetry, short stories, and cultural criticism have appeared in Bookforum, the Prague Literary Review,,, the New York Press, Megaera, Umelec, the Stranger, Low Blue Flame, Pavement Magazine, 3am Magazine, and Expatica, among other publications. Jeppesen was also an editor of the Prague Pill.

Kai Neiminen is a poet and translator specialising on Japanese literature. Since 1978 he has published 15 books of poetry, and 30 translations from Japanese (poems, novels, short stories, plays). He currently lives near the Baltic Sea, 75 kilometres east of Helsinki.

Rod Mengham is Reader in Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Curator of Works of Art at Jesus College.  He is the author of
The Descent of Language (1993).  He has edited collections of essays on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, and the fiction of the 1940s. He has written on art for various magazines and composes the catalogues for the biennial ‘Sculpture in the Close’ exhibition, at Jesus College, Cambridge. He is also the editor of the Equipage series of poetry pamphlets and co-editor and co-translator of Altered State: the New Polish Poetry (Arc Publications, 2003).  His own poems have been published under the title Unsung: New and Selected Poems (Salt, 2001).

Fritz Widhalm was born in 1956 in Feichsen, Austria, and currently lives in Vienna. His work spans performance, music, theatre and poetry. He has published numerous books, including Dieses Ufer ist rascher als ein Fluss! Des Verwicklungsromans erster Teil (with Ilse Kilic) (1999); Ich bin ganz normal (1995); and mr. elk & mr. seal (1999).

Schloss Tegal (American sound artist Richard Schneider in collaboration with M.W. Burch) is one of the leading figures in post-industrial music, having experimented with 'noise' assemblages for over twenty years. Schloss Tegal's first live concert in 1984 included writer William S. Burroughs and notorious noise terrorists White House. In 1990, Schloss Tegal released their first album The Soul Extinguished. Other albums include Oranur III "The Third Report" (1994) and Black Static Transmission (1999). Neoterrik Rsearch "The Hidden History of Schloss Tegal" is due out from Cold Spring Record in the UK.

MARTIN ZET (Czechia)
On the 21st of June 2000, Czech artist Martin Zet went to international art symposium that was organized in Bitola, Macedonia. Macedonian border authorities refused to issue him a visa in the airport of Skopje and took away his passport, although they agreed to give a visa to the other Eastern European artist coming to the same event through the same airport. Martin Zet, ignoring the fact, succeeded in entering the country without a passport. On his way back he was arrested as an illegal immigrant. It happened on the 30th of June. He was released after his friend who had some influence stepped in. On the 2nd of July, Martin Zet was again arrested on his second attempt to leave the country because his passport, returned by border authorities few days before, was missing some stamps. He was released an hour later and granted permission to leave Macedonia. Martin Zet came back home on the 3rd of July, but he does not feel free yet.

Toma? Šalamun was born in 1941 in Zagreb, Croatia and raised in Koper, Slovenia. He has a degree in Art History from the University of Ljubljana, and before devoting himself to poetry he worked as a conceptual artist. He has published thirty collections of poetry in his home country and is recognized as one of the leading poets in Central Europe. Among his honours include the Preseren Fund Prize, the Jenko Prize, a Pushcart Prize, a visiting Fulbright to Columbia University, and a fellowship to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He has also served as Cultural Attaché to the Slovenian Embassy in New York. Besides having his work appear in numerous journals internationally, he has had four collections of selected poetry published in English:
The Selected Poems of Tomaz Salamun (Ecco Press, 1988); The Shepherd, the Hunter (Pedernal, 1992); The Four Questions of Melancholy (White Pine, 1997); and Feast (Harcourt Brace, 2000). He is married to the painter Metka Krasovec. A Ballad for Metka Krasovec is published by Twisted Spoon Press (2001).

Nichita Danilov (b. 1952) is the author of seven books of poetry and three of prose. His debut volume was awarded the Romanian Writers' Union Prize for First Books, and he has been awarded other prizes by the Writers' Union in the Republic of Moldova and the Soros Foundation. Not ethnically Romanian, Danilov was raised speaking both Russian and Romanian, but writes solely in the latter language. In English his work has appeared in the anthologies Young Poets of a New Romania and City of Dreams and Whispers. He has previously worked as an accountant, theatre director, teacher, and for three years was Romania's Cultural Attaché to the Republic of Moldova. A regular contributor to periodicals, he lives in Iasi where he is currently editor-in-chief of a Romanian-Russian cultural magazine. Second-Hand Souls is published by Twisted Spoon Press (2003).

Sándor Kányádi was born in 1929 in the small Transylvanian village of Galambfalva to a family of farmers. Since 1950 he has lived in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) Romania. A graduate in Hungarian philology from Bólyai University, he has served as editor on a number of Hungarian-language journals and magazines. Since his first book of poetry appeared in 1955 he has published over a dozen volumes. His translation work includes both Saxon folk poetry and Yiddish folk poetry from Transylvania - in bilingual volumes-as well as contemporary Romanian poets and the major German and French poets of the 19th and 20th centuries. His is the recipient of the Poetry Prize of the Romanian Writers' Union and the Kossuth Prize in Hungary, the pre-eminent literary awards of their respective countries, the Austrian Herder Prize, and the Central European Time Millennium Prize (2000). Kányádi now divides his time between Budapest and his cottage in the Transylvanian countryside. Dancing Embers is published by Twisted Spoon Press (2002).

RÓBERT GÁL (Slovakia)
Róbert Gál was born in 1968 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Having resided in various cities as a student (Brno, Prague, New York, Jerusalem), he now lives in Prague where he lectures in philosophy at the Josef Skvorecky Literary Academy. He is the author of several books of aphorisms and philosophical fragments. His recent book of poetical aphorisms,
Signs and Symptoms, is published in Prague by Twisted Spoon Press (2003).

GABY BILA-GUNTHER (Australia/Germany)
Gaby Bila-Günther is a Berlin based writer who has also worked extensively in Melbourne, Australia (1995-2002). She is a former administrator of the Victorian College of the ARTS, and a Radio Programmer for 3CR's Accent of Women programme, a show about multicultural women's affairs.

VERA CHASE (Czechia)
Vera Chase was born in and currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic. A graduate of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University, her writing has appeared in various magazines and newspapers internationally. Her novel,
Vášen pro broskve, was the winner of the 1997 Czech Book Award. "Sunday Mail" was selected and translated from Hypnoskop, a collection of her short stories published by Prostor (Prague, 1999). Her two books of poetry-Eyeberries/Bobule and Bodypainting/Telokresba-are bilingual. Her most recent book is a bilingual collection of poetry & prose, entitled Štava, published by Labyrint, Prague (2001). In 1998 she received a UNESCO grant to write in India, and from 1993-2000 was an editor of the bilingual journal Jedním okem/One Eye Open.

Vincent Farnsworth aka Reverend Feedback and front man for Black Mummy. His publications include a volume of poetry with Lavender Ink press in New Orleans, entitled Immortal
Whistleblower (2001).

Gwendolyn Albert is a poet and translator, and formerly editor of the Prague-based literary periodical
Jejune. She is a tireless advocate for human rights within the Czech Republic and elsewhere in the former Soviet Bloc. In 1999 she translated Baradla Cave by Eva Svankmajerova, for Twisted Spoon Press.

Vanessa Fernandez is the lead singer for the Singapore-based hiphop group Urban Exchange.

Simon Safranek is a Czech writer and artist living in Berlin. He has recently published a bilingual collection of stories,
Fiery Wheels.

Vít Kremli?ka (1962 Prague): Poet, prose writer, occasional journalist, from 1982-1985 Kremli?ka was a member of the band Národní t?ída and from 1986-1988 he played in the heavy-metal group His Boys. Before 1989 his work was published in samizdat and he was a co-founder of the influential cultural journal Jednou nohou (later Revolver Revue) as well as the Informa?ní servis (later the weekly Respekt). He has published widely in journals, magazines and newspapers. His books include two volumes of prose: Lodní deník (for which he won the Ji?í Orten Prize in 1991); Zemský povídky (Hynek, 1999), three volumes of poetry: Cizrna (Torst, 1995); Staré zpěvy (Revolver Revue, 1997); Amazonia (Kloko?í/Knihovna Jana Drdy, 2003), and one collection  of poetry and prose encompassing his work from 1995-2001: Prozatím (Petrov, 2001). Translations of his work have appeared abroad in a number of publications and a collection of his writing is forthcoming in English from Twisted Spoon Press.

Helena Prince is an award-winning American Actress, as well as a director and writer, who moved from New York City to Berlin five years ago. In that time, she has managed to have three short film scripts produced, which she also assistant directed, in addition to enlarging her body of work as a poet and short story writer and performer thereof.

Born in 1977, the pseudonymous Penelope Toomey is a poet, translator, and a teacher of English in her hometown, Poprad, Slovakia. A collection of English poems, titled From the Cave of My Nick, was published in 2003 in Slovakia. A collection of her Slovak poems, titled
Básne, ktorými ktosi píše o mne,  will be published in autumn 2004. Read more about Penelope Toomey at

Also featuring
OYSTEIN HAUGE (Norway); KOLLAPS [Jaroslav Rudis, Alex Svamberk, Pavlina Medunová] (Czechia/Germany); WOSKY [HUGUETTE VERTONGEN] (Belgium); PETER SULEJ (Slovakia); MARTIN SOLOTRUK (Slovakia); ANZHELINA POLONSKAYA (Russia); DESMOND KON (Singapore); NOELLE PERERA (Singapore); PAUL SOHAR (USA); MUNAYEM MAYENIN (UK/Bengladesh) ... & many more.

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*Special thanks to Tereza Vachunova, Lucie Koutkova, Magdalena Platzova, Clare Wallace, Phil Shoenfelt, Ondrej Galuska, Gaby Bila-Gunther, Radim Sevcik, Roman Kratochvila, Travis Jeppesen, Joshua Cohen, Christoph Bertrams, Monika Loderova, Hanna Kjellberg, Martin Prochazka, Manish Sahijwani, Andrea Schrammel, Ravi Bhalla, Zbigniew Machej, Deirdre Bourke, Jaroslav Vacek, Michael Homan, Bodil Bojer, Radim Sevcik, Lubica Krenova, Ondrej Skovajsa, Dana Blaha, Hilkka Lindroosova      
Kai Nieminen
Keston Sutherland
Tadeusz Pioro
Drew Milne
Cristina Cirstea
Todd Swift
Ales Debeljak
Anselm Hollo
Trevor Joyce
Franz Josef Czernin
Charles Bernstein
Phil Shoenfelt
Fritz Widhalm
Tomaz Salamun
Sandor Kanyadi
Gaby Bila-Gunther
Simon Safranek
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