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Fall and All

By Travis Nichols

Fall is here, which means ponderous Hollywood movies, funky potpourri, [W]ild [T]urkey, and of course, new bloggers on Harriet!

Today, we say our goodbyes to Joel Brouwer, Rebecca Wolff, and Eileen Myles.  They’ve done a wonderful job here on the blog, and we hope they’ll come back from time to time to share a thought or two.  From everyone here, let me offer a hearty thanks for your dedication and service.  Huzzah!

I know.  It is sad.  But all is not lost!  We still have Barbara Jane Reyes, Abigail Deutsch, and Tonya Foster to help transition us to this new season.  And!  We have five new great bloggers starting, well, right now, today:

Anselm Berrigan‘s poetry collections include Zero Star HotelSome Notes on My Programming (Edge Books 2002, 2006) and the most recent Free Cell (City Lights, 2009). The poetry editor of The Brooklyn Rail, co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (California, 2005), and former director of St. Mark’s Poetry Project, Berrigan teaches at the Pratt Institute and Wesleyan, and directs the summer writing program at the Milton Avery Graduate School.

Amber Tamblyn, born and raised in Venice California,  has been a writer and actress since the age of 9.  In 2005, she published her debut poetry book, Free Stallion (Simon&Schuster).   She is the executive producer of  “The Drums Inside Your Chest”, an annual poetry concert event in Los Angeles   She is the co-founder of the non-profit, Write Now Poetry Society, which works to identify, inspire, record, and publish great poets, support poetry communities, produce poetry shows, increase poetry audiences and strengthen poetry organizations.  Her second book of poetry and prose, Bang Ditto (Manic D. Press) was released this Fall.  She currently lives in New York City.

Edwin Torres is the author of several books and chapbooks, including The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language, The All Union Day of the Shock Worker, Fractured Humorous, Lung Poetry and forthcoming from Nightboat Books, In The Function Of External Circumstances. He started creating text and performance work in 1988 under the banner “I.E. Interactive Eclecticism,” an invented ‘movement’ whose purposefully broad term gave his one-man variety shows a forum. In 1990, he discovered poetry at The Nuyorican Poets Cafe and The St. Marks Poetry Project. He has since collaborated with a wide range of artists, creating performances that mingle poetry with vocal/physical improvisation, visual theater, music and sound. His CD, Holy Kid (which ‘straddles a position somewhere between Finnegans Wake and I Love Lucy’-Kenneth Goldsmith) was part of The Whitney Museum’s exhibition, The American Century Pt. II. He’s received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, The Poets Fund and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. His current invention, “Noricua” (mid-wifed with the Bronx-based artist collective Spanic Attack), is a noh-boricua inspired non-movement seeped in non-ideology.

Melissa Friedling is a film and video maker.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in festivals, galleries, and museums.   She is the recipient of a Fulbright Award and artist’s grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA).   Her writing on film, art, and culture has also appeared in various publications, most recently as a regular reviews contributor to Flash Art International.  She currently teaches at The New School University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

John S. O’Connor is an instructor at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois.  He is the author of Wordplaygrounds: Reading, Writing and Performing Poetry and Room Full of Chairs, a book of haiku.  He has worked with the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Penn State University, Holy Cross School in Brooklyn, and was director of the Hyde Park adult literacy program, Blue Gargoyle.

Howdy, folks.  Welcome to Harriet!


Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, October 1st, 2009 by Travis Nichols.