Camille Bacos is a filmmaker who belongs to the new generation of Romanian filmmakers that emerged after the Communist regime crashed. She experiments with images and words to deconstruct meanings and build visual thoughts. She has done several collaborations with mIEKAL aND, her life partner, & Maria Damon. She lives in the heartland of the US, in an area that was not touched by any “recent” glaciations, where she is nurturing grapes, parrots & her spirit.
Her work can be seen at Driftless Media.
Jeremy Hight is an editor for the international festival of new media Isea 2011 Istanbul. He is also new media curator and an editor for M.I.T press' LEA. He invented Locative Narrative in the 2001 project "34 north 118 west". He collaborated on the new media narrative project "Carrizo Parkfield Diaries" that is in the Whitney Museum's artport collection.
Cris Mazza's first novel, How to Leave a country, while still in manuscript won the PEN / Nelson Algren Award for book-length fiction. The judges included Studs Terkel and Grace Paley. Some of her other notable earlier titles include Your Name Here: ___, Dog People and Is It Sexual Harassment Yet? She was also co-editor of Chick-Lit: Postfeminist Fiction (1995), and Chick-Lit 2 (No Chick Vics) (1996), anthologies of women's fiction. Mazza's fiction has been reviewed numerous times in The New York Times Book Review, The Wall Street Journal, MS Magazine, Chicago Tribune Books, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Voice Literary Supplement, The San Francisco Review of Books, and many other book review publications. In spring 1996, Mazza was the cover feature in Poets & Writers Magazine. Continue reading here. Website.
Sheila E. Murphy has been writing most of her adult life, where she has lived in Phoenix, Arizona. Trained as a flutist, Murphy made a turn in the road and consciously picked up a pen and sought to make music in text. Her visio-textual poetry both solo and with others appears widely. Most recent published books include: Reverse Haibun. Chalkeditions. 2009.
Circumsanct. Chalkeditions. 2009. Quaternity (with Scott Glassman). Otoliths Press. 2009. how to spell the sound of everything (with mIEKAL aND). Xerox Sutra Editions. 2009.
Edinborough resident Chris Aitken is a professional musician with a bunch of credits he won't let us list. In his spare time, Chris likes lounging around, and does nothing but stare vacantly into space in hope of finding something inspiring one day. He knows hope is futile, because it doesn't exist, as Pandora left it in the box. He doesn't like things in boxes, and is always out of his box as a result. One day he hopes to snap out of it, and meet the real world. He is presently, and always has been a space case, despite his love for this planet. When he is really drunk, Chris has a habit of only being able to vaguely utter the words; "Live The Madness!" Chris likes this bio because it says very little about him. He also likes this third person persona because it reminds him of Julius Caesar.
Paul Gibbons writes both music and poetry and teaches writing at the University of California at Merced. He is currently in Reason and Horses, a band of professors who are also all writers.
Josh Hinck creates music under the name euphoreador and currently lives in Minneapolis but has resided in Beijing, Montreal, Las Vegas and elsewhere. In addition to music and poetry he dabbles in writing, video, painting and whatever else seems good to work on. Visit his website here, or contact him here for collaboration or for anything.
Matt Jasper is a non-musician who learned three chords from Bill Callahan about twenty years ago and then went on to drive his kids to violin and cello and piano lessons so they could collaborate with him. His real band is Pneumershonic and his real book is Moth Moon. His kids (ages 8-13) have a portfolio of somewhat obscene childhood drawings in the Fall 2010 issue of Open Face Sandwich. Collaborating children include Eudora, William, and Albion. (photo is of Eudora inside her playable wearable cello) A much more formal song was attempted ("Some fathers have legs/ Some fathers have wooden pegs/ My father/ is like none of these/ He's got a progressive wasting disease. . . .") , yet everyone's concentration was shot by a certain family member going way bipolar and being hospitalized. Much of the recording (later sort of collaged) is what ensued after the command was issued to "make up a song about mental illness." This seem to suit the story--which, of course, the kids loved. Family friend Kalika Bower read her favorite passage over the top of the wreck.