George Elliott Clarke : “Orphée Noir,” “N— Inventory” and “The Song of Solomon”
Acclaimed for his narrative lyric suites (Whylah Falls and Execution Poems), his lyric “colouring books” (Blue, Black, Red, and Gold), his selected poems (Blues and Bliss), his opera libretti and plays (Beatrice Chancy and Trudeau: Long March, Shining Path), George Elliott Clarke now presents us with his epic-in-progress, Canticles, a work that views History as a web of imperialism, enslavement, and insurrection. A native Africadian, Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate ranges the atlas and ransacks the library to ink lines unflinching before Atrocity and unquiet before Oppression.
John M. Bennett : “JOHNNY WAKES UP”
John M. Bennett has published over 400 books and chapbooks of poetry and other materials. He has published, exhibited and performed his word art worldwide in thousands of publications and venues. He was editor and publisher of LOST AND FOUND TIMES (1975-2005), and is Founding Curator of the Avant Writing Collection at The Ohio State University Libraries. Richard Kostelanetz has called him “the seminal American poet of my generation”. His work, publications, and papers are collected in several major institutions, including Washington University (St. Louis), SUNY Buffalo, The Ohio State University, The Museum of Modern Art, and other major libraries. His PhD (UCLA 1970) is in Latin American Literature. His latest books are Select Poems, Poetry Hotel Press/Luna Bisonte Prods, 2016; The World of Burning, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2017; Poemas visuales, con movimientos con ruidos con combinaciones (with Osvaldo Cibils), Deep White Sound, 2017; Olas Cursis, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018, Sesos Extremos, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2018; Dropped in the Dark Box, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019; Leg Mist, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2019; OJIJETE, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020, and Having Been Named: De-Reading Popol Vuh, Luna Bisonte Prods, 2021 He is co-editor, with Geoffrey D. Smith, of two works by William S. Burroughs: Everything Lost: The Latin American Notebook of William S. Burroughs; and William S. Burroughs' “The Revised Boy Scout Manual”: An Electronic Revolution; both published by The Ohio State University Press.
Jay Heins : “Baldwin Cemetery,” “(im)mortal” and “night”
Jay Heins was born and raised in the Ottawa Valley. book of hours, his first collection poetry and photography, explores love of place, family, the body, aging, grief, and loss. Jay holds a BFA from University of Ottawa and does art direction/production with the OER Project. He lives in Ottawa with Tanya and Samuel.
Emmalea Russo : Two poems from G (Futurepoem, 2018) and one new poem “Confetti”
Emmalea Russo is the author of G (2018), Wave Archive (2019). Recent writing has appeared in Artforum, American Chordata, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Granta, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. A new chapbook, Great Mineral Silence (2020) is out from Sputnik & Fizzle. She lives at the Jersey shore.
Valerie Witte : Excerpt from the manuscript "hold short bravo"
is the author of The Grass Is Greener When the Sun Is Yellow (Operating
System, 2019), co-written with Sarah Rosenthal; and a game of correspondence
(Black Radish, 2015). Her latest chapbooks are Listening Through the Body:
An Exercise in Sustained Coordination (above/ground press, 2021) and It’s
been a long time since I’ve dreamt of someone (Dancing Girl Press, 2018).
Her work has also appeared in VOLT, Diagram, Dusie, Alice
Blue, Interim, and elsewhere. More at valeriewitte.com