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Mad Hatters' Review Issue 12 Masthead
Winter 2011

Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Associate Editor   Alla Michelle Watson
Art Director   Gene Tanta
 Poetry Editor   Jefferson Hansen
Fiction Editors   Marc Lowe
Matt Maxwell
Wit & Whimsy Editor   Amy Marie Bucciferro
Creative Non-Fiction/Book Reviews   Ann Bogle
Music Editors   Steve Kane
Donald C. Meyer
Suchoon Mo
Paul A. Toth
Webmaestress   Shirley Harshenin

 

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Carol Novack, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief

Carol Novack, Publisher, Editor-in-Chief. Carol Novack (JD, MSW, but no MFA), who founded Mad Hatters’ Review in 2005, is the former recipient of a writer’s award from the Australian government, author of a poetry chapbook, and an erstwhile criminal defense and constitutional lawyer in NYC. In 2010, she moved from a Greenwich Village co-op to a mountain residence (future “retreat” for individuals and collaborators) in Western North Carolina, importing her KGB Bar reading series, “Poetry, Prose, and Anything Goes” to The Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center, and founding the non-profit arts organization, MadHat, Inc.

Ms. Novack’s writings (texts, and several recitations) have been published in numerous journals, including 5_trope, Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, Apostrophecast, Caketrain, Del Sol Review, Diagram, Drunken Boat, elimae, Exquisite Corpse, Fiction International, First Intensity, Gargoyle, Jivin’ Ladybug, Journal of Experimental Literature, LIT, Lamination Colony, La Petite Zine, Milk, Mississippi Review, Necessary Fiction, Notre Dame Review, Otoliths, Segue, Tears in the Fence, Unlikely Stories, Wheelhouse, and Word Riot, and in many anthologies, including “The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets,” “Diagram III,” “Heide Hatry: Heads and Tales,” “The &Now Awards: the Best Innovative Writing,” and “New Cross-Fucked Musings on a Manic Reality.” Her “spoken word” cd with music by Don Meyer and Benjamin Rush Miller, Inventions II, can be found at cd baby and amazon.com; a few tracks can be heard on myspace. Interviews and online writings/audio may be found via links on her blog, and works in translations may or will be found in French, Italian, Polish, and Romanian journals.

Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of
Carol Novack
Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack
Available at Spuyten Duyvil Press
and Amazon.com

Ms. Novack’s collection of fictions, fusions, monologues and poems, “Giraffes in Hiding: The Mythical Memoirs of Carol Novack,” was published in Fall 2010 by Spuyten Duyvil Press. The book is beautifully illustrated, mainly by artists who’ve graced the pages of this journal. Hugh Fox has called the collection: “THE most seductive, original, impacting work I have seen for years. A fascinating combination of Kerouacian street-talk plus a trip through the museum of Modern Art in Chicago, plus a nod-off to Kosty's furthest out experimentalism. Magnifique!”

See Ms. Novack’s blog for further details. Contact her at madhattersreview [at] gmail [.] com.

 

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Alla Michelle Watson, Associate EditorAlla Michelle Watson, Managing 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, Verbsap, and others.

 

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Gene Tanta, Art Director

Unusual Woods by Gene Tanta
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Gene Tanta, Art Director. Gene Tanta was born in Timisoara, Romania and lived there until 1984, when his family immigrated to the United States. Since then, he has lived in DeKalb, Iowa City, New York, Oaxaca City, Iasi, Milwaukee, and Chicago. He is a poet, visual artist, and translator of contemporary Romanian poetry. His two poetry books are Unusual Woods and Pastoral Emergency. Tanta earned his MFA in Poetry from the Iowa's Writers' Workshop in 2000 and his PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009 with literary specialization in twentieth-century American poetry and the European avant-garde. His journal publications include: EPOCH, Ploughshares, Circumference Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Watchword, Columbia Poetry Review, and The Laurel Review. Tanta has had two collaborative poems with Reginald Shepherd anthologized in Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. Most recently, he has chaired a panel at the 2010 AWP titled, “Immigrant Poetry: Aesthetics of Displacement”. Currently, he is working on two anthologies while teaching post-graduate creative writing online for UC Berkeley Extension.

 

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Jefferson Hansen, Poetry Editor
and Beefheart Saved Craig by Jefferson Hansen
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Jefferson Hansen, Poetry Editor. Jefferson Hansen is the author of the novel And Beefheart Saved Craig and the poem collection Jazz Forms. He is a graduate of the SUNY-Buffalo Poetics Program where he worked with Robert Creeley and Charles Bernstein. He lives in Minneapolis.

 

 

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Marc Lowe, Fiction Editor

and Beefheart Saved Craig by Jefferson Hansen
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Marc Lowe, Fiction Editor. Marc Lowe has published some things, obtained some degrees, and will soon be living in the Land of the Rising Sun. For now, his website is at www.malo23.com.

 

 

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Matt Maxwell, Fiction EditorMatt Maxwell, Fiction Editor, graduated from college with three useless degrees and has worked meaningless jobs that he detested. He is employed and employable merely because the people and companies he owes money expect restitution. He has 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 him. If you notice him, then he needs to work harder on being invisible.

 

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Amy Marie Bucciferro, Wit & Whimsy EditorAmy Marie Bucciferro, Wit & Whimsy Editor. After studying poetry and critical theory at The George Washington University, Amy moved to New York City and began a parallel path in media and nonprofit management, focusing on water and the waterfront. She currently works for PortSide NewYork and has launched her own project, Floating Food. She also has done or presently does work with Greenshores NYC, the Empire Sate Maritime Alliance, the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project, the Lilac Preservation Project, the New York Museum of Water and the Tugboat Cornell. In the world of media she has managed print production for Brant Publications, email marketing for BizBash Media, and continues to freelance in the industry.

 

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Ann Bogle, Creative Non-Fiction/Book Reviews Editor

Dog barks up a tree at the apple left in it under a deerslim moon
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Ann Bogle, Creative Non-Fiction/Book Reviews Editor/Poetry Editor. Ann Bogle's short stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Black Ice, Big Bridge, Blip magazine, Wigleaf, and other journals. Her ebook, Solzhenitsyn Jukebox, was published by Argotist Ebooks in 2010. Her poetry chapbooks, dog barks up a tree at the apple left in it under a deerslim moon (Dusie Kollektiv) and XAM: Paragraph Series (Xexoxial Editions) were published in 2009 and 2005, respectively. She published the first volume of her blog, Ana Verse, in 2009.

 

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Steve Kane, Music EditorsSteve Kane, Music Editor. Steve Kane is currently exploring the deepest recesses of his own subconcious in an attempt to uncover the true nature of the mind and to see if he can remember where the hell he left that fancy bottle opener his mother got him for Christmas.

 

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Donald C. Meyer, Music Editors

Perspectives on Music & CD Set Pkg
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Donald C. Meyer, Music Editor. Born in California, Don Meyer began his musical studies in early childhood. After earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he continued his education at the University of California, Davis, earning a Ph.D. in musicology in 1994. His musical interests range from folk and bluegrass to rock, jazz, world music, electronica, and classical. As a composer, he has written chamber music, choral music, sound collages in collaboration with poets and novelists, and several dance pieces, all in an eclectic, genre-crossing style. His most significant large-scale projects include those for the theater (including a musical theater version of Shakespeare’s Tempest, 2006) and for film (including the score for the recent documentary A Better Life: Chicago and Illegal Immigration, 2009, as well as two silent film scores). He is the author of the music appreciation textbook Perspectives on Music (Prentice Hall, 2003). He began teaching at Lake Forest College in 1995 and is now Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department.

 

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Suchoon MoSuchoon Mo, Music Editor. Suchoon is a Korean War veteran and a retired academic living in the semiarid part of Colorado. He writes music and poetry and other useless things, regardless of weather, climate, or stock market changes.

 

 

 

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Paul A. Toth, Music Editor
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Paul A. Toth, Music Editor. Paul A. Toth is the author of three novels, his latest being Finale. His next, Airplane Novel, will be released in July 2011. He also publishes poetry, nonfiction and multimedia pieces. Links to all of his work can be accessed via www.tothworld.com.

 

 

 

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Shirley Harshenin, WebmaestressShirley Harshenin, Webmaestress. Our fabulously talented and (sometimes) saintly web designer serves Mad Hatter madness, and that of her much loved family – husband of 27 years, 3 daughters stretching from age eight to twenty-five, a three year old grandson who keeps her on her toes, a five month old adorable granddaughter, as well as two bad kitties – one who likes to steal loaves of bread.

Nut-Head Production Custom Design WebsitesWhen Shirley's not at the beck and call of her clients and others above, Shirley enjoys furthering her photography and graphic design talents, reads true crime by the shelf-full, 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.

For a great deal on custom web design contact Shirley here (free consultation), or visit her website: www.nutheadproductions.com.

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