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Mad Hatters' Review Issue 10, Fall 2008
Working Stiffs
hat bulletCarol NOVACK,
Publisher & Editor
hat bulletKane X FAUCHER,
Editor
hat bulletSuchoo MO,
Music Editor
hat bulletLiesl JOBSON,
Managing Editor
hat bulletMarja HAGBORG,
Cartoon Editor
hat bulletPhil NELSON,
Cartoon Editor
hat bulletMarc LOWE,
Associate Editor
hat bulletSara HOLT,
Associate Art Editor
hat bulletAustin PUBLICOVER,
Music Editor
hat bulletMatthew W MAXWELL,
Associate Editor
hat bulletSteve KANE,
Music Editor
hat bulletRandy THURMAN,
Music Editor
hat bulletAlla Michelle WATSON,
Associate Editor
hat bulletPeter KNOLL,
Music Editor
hat bulletPaul A TOTH,
Music Editor
hat bulletTantra BENSKO,
Outgoing Art Director
hat bulletGuthrie LOWE,
Music Editor
 
hat bulletMarty D ISON,
Incoming Art Director
hat bulletKuzhali MANICKAVEL,
Editor
hat bulletTony JULIANO,
Honorary
hat bulletCarolyn ADAMS,
Art Editor
hat bulletDonald C MEYER,
Music Editor
hat bulletPaul SLAPION,
Honorary
hat bulletAnn BOGLE,
Incoming Non-Fiction Editor
hat bulletBenjamin Rush MILLER,
Music Editor
hat bulletShirley HARSHENIN,
Webmaestress
hat bulletAmy Marie BUCCIFERRO,
Editor & Event Planner
   
     
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Carol Novack, Publisher & EditorCarol Novack
Publisher & Editor

Carol is a writer of sociopolitical neuroerotic rants and raves, poems, prose poems, and image drenched, lyrical whatnots, and a play. She has a JD and an MSW, but no MFA, and is in geographical transition until further notice.


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Carol's frequently enigmatic and totally misunderstood yet obliquely meaningful writings may or will be found all over the place, including Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, Anenome Sidecar, Big Bridge, Caketrain, Del Sol Review, Diagram, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, First Intensity, 5_Trope, Fiction International, Gargoyle, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Knock, Lamination Colony, La Petite Zine, Legal Studies Forum, Lettre Internationale, LIT, Milk, Otoliths, Salt River Review, Salt Flats Annual, Salt River Review, Segue, Sein und Werden, Susurrus, Tears in the Fence, The International Literary Quarterly, Unlikely Stories, Wheelhouse, Word Riot, & Yankee Pot Roast. Oh blah blah blah. Works may or will be published in anthologies, including "The Australian Book of Australian Women Poets," "Heide Hatry: Heads and Tales," and "Online Writing: The Best of the First Ten Years." Works have been translated into several languages.

Karaoke + Poetry = Fun at CLMP's All LIT up Festival

Hear Carol’s recitation of "A without Q with/out Self" (aka "Interview with Self") at Notre Dame Review, accompanied by Music Editor Donald C. Meyer, the questioning bassoon. Other audios, with sonic accompaniment by Ben Miller and Donald C. Meyer may be found at www.myspace.com/madhattercarollers. See also Wheelhouse and The Chimaera and Caketrain (summer/fall 2009). Drunken Boat 2009 contains a video collaboration by Orin Buck and 3 MHR editors. Carol has also collaborated with artist Jean Detheux in the creation of two multimedia, digital films, with contributions by Donald C.Meyer and Guthrie Lowe.

A collection of Carol's inventions (fictions, poetic narratives, whatnots, and poems), "Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack," will be published in 2010 by Crossing Chaos: Enigmatic Ink. The book will include artworks by Mad Hatter contributors, including Marty D. Ison and Jean Detheux.

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Liesl JobsonLiesl Jobson
Managing Editor

Liesl Jobson is a South African writer. Her work appears in South African and international anthologies and journals including Chimurenga, New Coin, New Contrast, Fidelities, Green Dragon, Kotaz, The Southern Review, Mississippi Review, Sleeping Fish, Temenos, Per Contra, Wigleaf, elimae, Night Train, Smokelong Quarterly, FRiGG and The Rambler.

In 2005 she won the POWA Women's Writing Poetry Competition and the Ernst van Heerden Award. In 2007 she gained a special mention in the Pushcart Anthology. She also earned a publishing grant from the National Library of South Africa's Centre for the Book for her poetry manuscript, View from an Escalator.

Her collection of prose poems and flash fiction, 100 Papers, is due out from Botsotso Press in June 2008. She edits Poetry International Web South Africa and BOOK SA, the South African literary website.

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Marc LoweMarc Lowe
Associate Editor

Marc Lowe has been an editor (in some capacity) with Mad Hatters' Review since Issue #3. His fictions, essays, and reviews have been published in various corners of the web, as well as in print. He holds an M.A. degree in Japanese Literature and spent a number of years studying, teaching language, and writing fictions in various parts of Western Japan. Marc currently lives in Denver, CO with his wife. Visit his website at www.malo23.com for more information.
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Matthew W MaxwellMatthew W Maxwell,
Associate Editor

I graduated from college with three useless degrees and have worked meaningless jobs that I detested. I am employed and employable merely because the people and companies I owe money expect restitution. I have more interests than time to master them and none of the money required to dress the part. At any social gathering, if you happen to see the sneering, mute wallflower, envious eyes openly mocking the privileged, that might be me. If you notice me, then I need to work harder on being invisible.

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Alla Michelle WatsonAlla Michelle Watson,
Associate Editor

Alla Michelle’s writing is both spontaneous and predictable. In her stories, someone usually 1) speaks Russian or Ukrainian, 2) eats borsch, pickled mushrooms or blini, 3) rides public transport, bribes somebody or sings obsolete, heart-warming songs. When not writing, she likes to philosophize about water stains that bloom every spring on her ceiling. Despite the above (or maybe because of it), she has been published in numerous fine e-zines, such as Muse Apprentice Guild, Skive Magazine, Salome, Long Story Short, and others.

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Tantra BenskoTantra Bensko,
Outgoing Art Director

Tantra Bensko is the originator of the new genre, Lucid Fiction, a fiction, poetry, and non fiction writer published in magazines such as Retort, Unlikely Stories, Rose and Thorn, and numerous others. She is also an artist and photographer published in magazines such as Camera Arts, The Times Journal of Photography, The Pedestal, NFG, and Spartan Dog. Her solo art show is traveling through Spain, and her art shows internationally, and regularly in San Francisco, and she has two books of art available. She is also a Tantra teacher and hypnotherapist. She rides a red bike by the ocean, and her hair is almost as red, her mind almost as oceanic.

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Marty D IsonMarty D Ison,
Incoming Art Director

Machines are now surrogates for almost everything human. The standardized initiations of mass culture are replacing our intimate journeys of perception. Technology alienates us. Arts that inspire discourse unite us. So remember, create something that people will talk about.

Marty is a painter, a poet, storyteller, parent, peace propagandist, and general purveyor of prevarications that enrich the lives of others. An Ohio native, he was transplanted in the Florida sands of the Gulf of Mexico where he studied fine art at St. Petersburg College. His novels With a Glass Hammer, Zero's Lizard (coauthored with Ron Barnhart), Taste of Pennies, and Servicing the Machine: a Postindustrial Nightmare are available to interested agents and publishers. Among other places, his words appeared in the Painted Moon Review, Frigg Magazine, the Beat, the St. Petersburg Times, and the bathroom walls of Wendy’s fine restaurants everywhere. You may view some of his plastic work at www.martyison.skyedragon.com a website graciously provided by the playwright poet Paddy Gillard-Bently.

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Carolyn AdamsCarolyn Adams
Art Editor

Carolyn Adams's art and writing have been published in many journals, anthologies and e-zines, such as Sein und Werden, Tattoo Highway, RIght Hand Pointing, all things girl and Small Spiral Notebook, among others. Her e-chapbook Beautiful Strangers has been published by Lily Press (Lily Literature Review). You can find her poetry, photography and art featured on numerous web-based publications.

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Ann BogleAnn Bogle,
Incoming Non-Fiction Editor

Ann Bogle's short stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Washington Revew, Black Ice, Big Bridge, Submodern Fiction, among other journals. Her prose poem chapbook, XAM: Paragraph Series was published by Xexoxial Editions in 2005.

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Amy Marie BucciferroAmy Marie Bucciferro,
Editor & Event Planner

Amy Marie Bucciferro is a poet, comedian, and free-roaming critic of the arts. Born on the beautiful Thousand Islands, she grew up in New York’s Capital Region (Albany/Schenectady) and hung around in Washington, DC after attending The George Washington University and before launching her phantom career in New York City. In the past she performed with the improv and sketch comedy troupe Capitol Goga and edited the literary journal The GW Review. Her poetry has been published in a smattering of student and international journals and she has received awards from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Academy of American Poets.

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Kane X. FaucherKane X. Faucher,
Editor

Kane X. Faucher is a lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, author of four novels, three ebooks, and appears in over 250 journals, reviews, anthologies, articles, and magazines. He is also the literary curator for the London Ontario Live Arts Festival, a producer and co-host for the literary radio show Gathering Voices, reviewer and news digest writer for Scene Magazine, and a staff editor for The Drill Press, The Raging Face, Mad Hatter’s Review, and Sorrowland Press. He is currently composing a cell phone based novella as part of the TransiText series, compiling an anthology on digitaliterature, and completing his doctorate on “oncontology”, amidst a plethora of collaborative projects. This autumn, he will be organizing and co-judging the first Roger’s Wireless Cell Phone Microfiction contest.

Author's website.

Read contribution here.

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Marja HagborgMarja Hagborg,
Cartoon Editor

M.H. is a very shy character living anonymously in Chicago's downtown with a taciturn husband and an arthritic gray tabby.

She has studied the secret lives of kitty cats all her life and become friends with them all, everything from successful artists to less successful poets and writers to drunken sailors.

Her cartoons tell some of the stories of her mysterious friends.

She is currently working on a picture book about six Japanese cats.

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Sara HoltSara Holt
Associate Art Editor

Sara Holt spends her time absorbing movies, experiences, pop culture, and other sources of information/inspiration like a sponge. Then, she puts it all in her art. Her poetry and art has been published internationally. She's been a featured director on the Independent Movie Channel's Media Lab Show. Her film work appears in Dreams and Possibilities, a Praxis Studio/Whitney Museum of American Art film project. If you want to learn more about Sara and her work check out her gallery.

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Steve KaneSteve Kane,
Music Editor

Steve Kane is a writer and composer from the UK of questionable talent and unequalled idleness. He employs many a cunning ploy to avoid doing anything remotely productive such as harvesting organs from the homeless to sell to Turkish sailors and hunting geography teachers for sport. He was once elected President of Azerbaijan by mistake. Although only in power for twenty minutes, he made peep-hole bras mandatory attire for all men under the age of forty-seven. He is currently serving a two year prison sentence for buggering a haddock. Visit www.steve-kane.co.uk for more gibberish.

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Peter KnollPeter Knoll,
Music Editor

Peter Knoll is a professional guitarist who relocated to New York City from Berlin (Germany) in 2004. He's played in bands in almost every style of music. Since 2000, he's focused on his own Avantgarde Solo-Project (Experimental Music) in which he mixes Blues, Jazz and Oriental Music. See further details at his website and myspace page. read more >>

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Guthrie LoweGuthrie Lowe,
Music Editor

Guthrie Lowe has been a professional musician for 21 years and composed orchestral and piano music for 11 years. Currently, he is writing music for independent films and various other projects. For more information, music samples and to contact, please go to: www.guthrielowe.com

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Kuzhali ManickavelKuzhali Manickavel,
Editor

Kuzhali Manickavel's debut collection Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings is available from Blaft Publications Pvt. Ltd. Her work can also be found at Subtropics, Per Contra, Salt Flats Annual, Quick Fiction, FRiGG, Caketrain, The Café Irreal and Smokelong Quarterly. She lives in a small temple town on the coast of South India.

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Donald C MeyerDonald C Meyer,
Music Editor

Composer and musicologist Donald C. Meyer, collaborates with choreographers, filmmakers, theater directors, and authors to create multi-media works that interweave classical and contemporary sounds forms into poly-vocal aesthetic structures. He is the author of articles on American cultural history and rock music and a music appreciation textbook called Perspectives on Music (Prentice Hall, 2003). Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Lake Forest College.

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Benjamin Rush MillerBenjamin Rush Miller,
Music Editor

Ben has composed, recorded and performed music for a number of years focusing on atypically structured songwriting, freeform-based improvisation and notated scores in quasi-tonality. Current projects include the rock band Third Border, with their recent debut release “Sun of Water, Sea of Light” on Radial Records, as well as solo performance on prepared stereo electric guitar w/electronics, saxophone and spoken word. Ben has played with Sproton Layer, a post-psychedelic rock quartet with brothers' Roger (Mission Of Burma, Binary System) and Laurence (Destroy All Monsters, Mr. Laurence); Destroy All Monsters with Ron Asheton (Iggy & The Stooges) and Michael Davis (The MC5) opening up for Pere Ubu, The Ramones, Devo, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, etc.; GKW; an Ann Arbor, MI performance art-noise group; M3, an ongoing project with brothers Laurence and Roger hailed as "the best guitar release to emerge this year" by Guitar Player Magazine in 1994 regarding their first

'All Twelve Windows' CD
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self-titled release; Chicago's Dirty Old Man River; Ben Miller/Degeneration "If new expressionists closed their eyes and painted what they say then Ben Miller must be taping shut his ears and playing what he hears." Metro Times, 2001; and Third Border featuring Ben’s return to songwriting. He is a contributing writer at www.burningword.com, and featured in www.bigbridge.org Issue #6 “Export: Writing The Midwest”. For information on discography, upcoming shows, products for sale, and other projects, please visit www.benmiller.info.

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Suchoon MoSuchoon Mo,
Music Editor

I am a former Korean Army lieutenant and a retired academic living in the semi-arid part of Colorado. I write poetry and music, not necessarily in that order. My poems appeared in East and West, Bitter Oleander, Spillway Review, Quill and Ink, Religious Humanism, Tryst, Subterranean Quarterly, Underground Window, Sage of Consciousness, and others.

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Phil NelsonPhil Nelson,
Cartoon Editor

Phil Nelson is an amateur doodler who likes to draw pictures of himself frolicking on the beach. He taught himself to read by staring vacantly at Marvel comics and paperback collections of Peanuts. At the age of 6 he created a crude comic strip called Coconuts as a rip-off of.....tribute to Charles Schulz. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art from 1983 to 1984 or 5 when he was forcibly expelled by the students and faculty because they were all jealous. After despairing away in dank, sweaty, poorly-ventilated print shops for 20 years, he decided to try drawing again. He is still trying.
Coconuts Weekly Strip
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Austin PublicoverAustin Publicover,
Music Editor

Brooklyn-based noise artist Austin Publicover has collaborations with Carla Harryman forthcoming in How2 and textsound.org, and is pleased to count Joanna Fuhrman and Amy Marie Bucciferro among the talent he works with.

 

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Randy ThurmanRandy Thurman,
Music Editor

Randy Thurman is an artist, musician, composer, poet, writer, etc. living and working in rural south east Tennessee. Randy's art has exhibited at Monkdogz Urban Art, Gallery 181 and the Jay Etkin Gallery just to name a few. Randy's music has traveled throughout the US and abroad in London, Belgium, and Australia. "There are two kinds of people in the world, and I am neither." --RT

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Paul A TothPaul A Toth,
Music Editor

Paul A. Toth lives in Michigan. His novel Fizz is available from Bleak House Books. Fishnet, his second novel, was published in July 2005. Toth's short fiction has appeared or will soon appear in Night Train, Iowa Review Web, Antigonish Review, Barcelona Review, Mississippi Review Online and many others.

 

 

'Fishnet' by Paul Toth
 
 
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Tony JulianoTony 'Baloney' Juliano

Award winning satirist artist, Tony "Baloney" Juliano is not your normal painter. With his single, panel, lush comic-like paintings dealing with quick puns, whimsical sayings, ironic sadness, and his penchant for parodying other famous artists, Tony makes art laughable in colorful complementary painted frames. Tony has had shows all over the US and the UK such as John Slade Ely House, Hygienic Art Gallery, CB's 313 Gallery, Artescape Studios, MoCCA, DeCordova Museum, The Walker, and lots more!

 

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Paul SlapionPaul Slapion

As far back as I can remember I’ve been involved in creative pursuits. Photography has been at the core of most of it, and it’s been a real journey of expansion. I grew up in New York City, the Bronx, to be exact, went to college in Washington D.C. ( GWU BA psychology ), returned to live in Manhattan for a few years before moving across the Hudson River to New Jersey, where I’ve lived for many years, way too many to count ‘em all. Straight photography was my primary creative outlet in the beginning until a friend taught me the silkscreen process, and that process changed my work in a major way. I did screen prints, and multi-media pieces based on my photographs, and earned a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship on the merits of that work. I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in a few museum and gallery shows, both group and one person. I’ve shown at the OK Harris gallery in NYC and at the Noyes and Jersey City museums in New Jersey as well as a few other galleries in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and California.
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While photography still remains as the primary source of all my work, for the past three or four years

I've turned to the computer as a tool for working with my images.

 

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Shirley HarsheninShirley Harshenin,
Webmaestress

Our fabulously talented and (sometimes) saintly web designer serves Mad Hatter madness, and that of her much loved family - husband, 3 kids stretching from age six to twenty-three, a one year old grandson, who keeps her on her toes (or is that knees?), and a cat - Katie (she's a baaaaaad kitty), and a kitten, Hugo (he's learning fast from Katie).

When Shirley's not at the beck and call of her clients and others above, Shirley does a little dabbling in water colors, and paint shop graphics, and not so much writing as she would like. She also takes pleasure in freelance word puzzle assignments for print mags like KAPPA, Highlights for Children, and Penny Press, and several online venues, including Smart-Kit. Busy busy busy. Welcome to the madness.

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