Contributors - Issue 106 (2003)


Frank Shouldice

Frank Shouldice, who writes on famed publisher Barney Rosset in this issure, was born in Dublin and has worked in all forms of media, including print journalism, television, radio and theater. He was scriptwriter of the award-winning short film in Uncle Robert's Footsteps and has written and directed a number of plays in Dublin, Belfast and Glassgow. His play Journeyman was produced by RTE Radio Drama and a reading of his play Marie Clare recently took place at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York. Frank writes regularly for the national press in Ireland. (photo by Astrid Myers)

Mayumi Oda

Mayumi Oda was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1941. Her paintings are exhibited internationally, and her recent work as an activist includes coordination of the World Court Project, and effort to make nuclear weapons illegal, and helping to establish a women's refuge center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Mayumi currently lives, farms, and swims in Kealakekua, Hawaii.

Mary de Rachewiltz

Mary de Rachewiltz's new book of verse, For The Wrong Reason, is a Iyric tour de force, whose uncanny rhythms and many moods explore a new threshold of synthesis in poetry. Elusive and yet concrete, what she leaves unsaid is haunted by what is said. From love to "little men [who] die like flies," she covers with sensuous intellect and ecstatic nuance a wide range of human emotions. Being the daughter and translator of one of the greatest poets in the twentieth century, Ezra Pound, has not prevented her from becoming a poet in her own right and in her own time. The book is available from Edgewise Press.

Jerome Chapman

Jerome Chapman is a teacher of high school American literature living in Birmingham, Alabama. He also plays in the band, The Mojos. He is a freelance magazine writer and playwright. His other pieces include "Losing the Parody Game", "Scavengers" and "Pitching the Wang Wang Doodle with the Clean Folks."

Valery Oisteanu

Valery Oisteanu Valery Oisteanu is a writer and artist born in Russia (1943) and educated in Romania. He adopted Dada and surrealism as a philosophy of art and life. He immigrated to New York City in 1972. He is the author of 10 books of poetry , a book of short fiction and a book of essays in progress.Valery Oisteanu has performed in theaters and clubs in downtown New York specializing in poetry and music where he presents original Dada performances in his "Jazzoetry" style.

Nami Mun

Nami Mun was born in Seoul, Korea, grew up in the Bronx and Los Angeles, and moved to Northern California to study English and Creative Writing at UC Berkeley. She's worked as a pretzel vendor, a door-to-door Avon girl, a waitress, a student, a professional photographer, a criminal investigator, and a writer. Her short stories have appeared in Red Rock Review, Fireweed, and Descant.

Stephen Bett

Stephen Bett is a widely and internationally published Canadian poet. His earlier work is known for its sassy, edgy, hip… caustic wit―indeed, for the askance look of the serious satirist… skewering what he calls the ‘vapid monoculture’ of our times. His more recent books have been called an incredible accomplishment for their authentic minimalist subtlety. Many are tightly sequenced book-length ‘serial’ poems, which allow for a rich echoing of cadence and image, building a wonderfully subtle, nuanced music.
Bett follows in the avant tradition of Don Allen’s New American Poets. Hence the mandate for Simon Fraser University’s “Contemporary Literature Collection” to purchase and archive his “personal papers” for scholarly use.
He is recently retired after a 31-year teaching career largely at Langara College in Vancouver, and now lives with his wife Katie in Victoria, BC.

Tomi Ungerer

Jean-Thomas "Tomi" Ungerer is a French illustrator and a writer in three languages. He has published over 140 books ranging from much loved children's books to controversial adult work and from the fantastic to the autobiographical. He is known for sharp social satire and witty aphorisms. Ungerer received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1998 for his "lasting contribution" as a children's illustrator.