Bending Light into Verse Release Videos:
Nicholas Michael Ravnikar reading his poems.
Dana Roders reading her poems.
Lisa Adamowicz Kless reading her poems.
Paul Scot August reading his poems.
David Tomaloff reading his poems.
Matt Specht reading his poems.
Carly-Anne Ravnikar reading her poems.
Felino A Soriano read by Nicholas Michael Ravnikar.
Helen Vitoria read by Dana Roders.
Jenny Bootle read by Lisa Adamowicz Kless
Mark Lamoureux read by Paul Scot August
Ed Makowski read by Paul Scot August
J.D. Nelson read by David Tomaloff
Jason Mashak read by Matt Specht
Howie Good read by Carly Anne Ravnikar
Doug Draime read by Carly Anne Ravnikar
Every Picture Tells a Story.
The bending light into verse series began in the Fall of 2009 with the simple intention of year-end cataloging the personal photography of Jennifer Tomaloff. Throughout a series of initial conceptualizations, the project began to take on a more outwardly creative focus as Jennifer began reaching out to writers in her community to take part in an ekphrastic experiment. Each writer commissioned for the project was given a set of photographs, and asked to write something inspired by what they saw—be it a title, a short story, or a poem. Each of the writers gladly rose to the opportunity and far exceeded all expectations; every photograph was returned, each picture telling its unique story.
The project was so enjoyable that Jennifer decided to continue the process on an annual basis. The photographs would be compiled throughout the year; writers would be sought out in late fall, and the book compiled during the third week of December in the tranquil Northwoods of Wisconsin.
The photographs included in this book were taken using a Nikon D40 or Nikon D90 with an 18-55mm Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G, 18-105mm Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G, or a 50mm f/1.8D lens.
Jennifer L. Tomaloff (b. 1972) | bending light into verse (put it down) | takes: pictures | likes: animals | hates: people | see: I am a Robot
Featuring written works by:
Felino A. Soriano (b. 1974) is a case manager and advocate for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. In 2010, he was chosen for the Gertrude Stein “rose” prize for creativity in poetry from Wilderness House Literary Review. Philosophical studies collocated with his connection to various idioms of jazz explains motivation for poetic occurrences. For information, including his 41 print and electronic collections of poetry, over 2,500 published poems, interviews, and editorships, please visit his website: felinoasoriano.info.
Doug Draime emerged as a presence in the ‘underground’ literary movement in Los Angeles in the late 1960′s. Books currently in print: For A Dream Ended (Kendra Steiner Editions), Los Angeles Terminal: Poems 1971-1980 (Covert Press), and Rock ‘n Roll Jizz (Propaganda Press). Awarded PEN grants in 1987 and 1991. Nominated for three Pushcart Prizes in 2008. He currently lives and writes in the foothills of Oregon.
Howie Good is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as 24 print and digital poetry chapbooks. He has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net anthology. With Dale Wisely, he is the co-founder of the digital chapbook publisher White Knuckle Press, whiteknucklepress.com
Most of the time, Matt Specht is the Harbormaster of Reefpoint and Belle Harbor marinas in Racine, WI. His poetry has appeared in Word Riot, BlazeVOX, the Bathroom, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 2010 Calendar, Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, and the first Bending Light Into Verse. He was the music contributor for Action Magazine. He is in the Honors program at University of Wisconsin-Parkside (but he is not sure about his major yet). He is also a visual artist, musician, bookbinder, and actor–in that particular order. jumpymatt.com
[d]avid : [t]omaloff (b. 1972) | racine, WI, US | author, LIONTAMER’S BLUES (six eight press) | likes: jazz | hates: jazz | photography: yes | his work has also appeared in: Ditch Poetry, Otoliths, elimae, and/or, Counterexample Poetics, Whale Sound, BlazeVOX 2KX, the Delinquent, Phantom Kangaroo, Pismire Poetry, and Calliope Nerve | see: davidtomaloff.com
Nic Sebastian hails from Arlington, Virginia and travels widely. Her work has appeared in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Lily, Autumn Sky Poetry, Mannequin Envy, Avatar Review, Anti- and elsewhere. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale (verylikeawhale.wordpress.com). She is building an audio anthology of her readings of contemporary poetry at Whale Sound (whalesound.wordpress.com) and is the founder of Voice Alpha (voicealpha.wordpress.com) a group blog focused on the art of reading poetry aloud for an audience.
Poet Paul Scot August is originally from the North side of Chicago but has now spent half his life in Wisconsin. He has an MA in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee and has worked as an upholstery salesman, a roofer, a dishwasher, a mail room sorter, an automobile mechanic, a daycare worker, a pizza delivery driver, an independent bookstore owner, and a software developer. He is a former poetry editor of The Cream City Review. His poetry has appeared or is upcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Sugar House Review, Stone’s Throw Magazine, Dunes Review, Naugatuck River Review, Passages North, Poetry Quarterly, The Cream City Review, Scribble Magazine and elsewhere. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and currently lives in the Milwaukee area with his two children.
Mark Lamoureux lives in Astoria, New York and is the author of Spectre (Black Radish Books, 2010), Astrometry Orgonon (BlazeVOX 2008) and numerous chapbooks. He received his MFA from the New School in 2007. His work has been published extensively in print and online. In 2005, he started Cy Gist Press, a micropress focused on ekphrastic poetry. Please visit the press at cygistpress.blogspot.com. He teaches composition in the CUNY system.
Jason Mashak (b. 1973) is a Michigan native who sprouted additional roots near Atlanta and in Portland, Oregon, before moving in 2006 to Prague, Czech Republic, where he is (for now) firmly planted. His book Salty as a Lip emerged in 2010, in the wake of other publications, and will expand for a second printing in 2011. Some of his translated work will be featured in an upcoming Czech (dual-translation) volume with a theme of self-exile, as well as in an English volume of Prague-centric poems that spans back to the late 1800s.
J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words and sound in his subterranean laboratory. More than 1,000 of his bizarre poems and experimental texts have appeared in many small press and underground publications. He is the author of THE FRANKENDELPHIA EXPERIMENT (Tainted Coffee Press, 2010) and NOISE DIFFICULTY FLOWER (Argotist Ebooks, 2010). Visit MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. J. D. lives in Colorado, USA.
Helen Vitoria lives and writes in Effort, PA. Her work can be found and is forthcoming in: PANK, wicked alice, The Orange Room Review, The Dirty Napkin, Gigantic Sequins, The Scrambler, The Cartier Street Review, Sunfish Poetry Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry, Dogzplot, Spooky Boyfriend, Thirteen Myna Birds, Right Hand Pointing, >kill author, The Literary Bohemian, MiPOesias, elimae, Metazen, The Literary Burlesque, and many others. She has been thrice nominated for Best New Poets 2010 Anthology. Her chapbook – The Sights and Sounds of Arctic Birds – (Gold Wake Press, 2011), is available as an e-chap. She is working on her first full length collection: Corn Exchange expected to be released in Fall 2011.
Carly Anne Ravnikar spends most of her time working and practicing life. Her writing appears sporadically in small presses and on local stages, and she can be found stumbling around a karaoke bar on the occasional weekend. She enjoys impromptu giggles, whipping her hair back and forth, and finding hidden candy in her apartment.
Lisa Adamowicz Kless is a writer, mom, teacher and co-creator of a local art performance series in Kenosha, WI. She also has the honor of spending time with many very talented writers as President of the Kenosha Writers’ Guild. Lisa’s work has been published online, in Kenosha’s Downtown magazine, in the book Mother Goosed: Twisted Rhymes for Modern Times and in bending light into verse by Jennifer L. Tomaloff. Recently, she launched an arts-related website with a friend. It can be found at 2ndfirstlook.com. She’s also become enamored with the sound of the mandolin, so in the coming year, she plans to re-learn how to read music and “play it (again)–for old time’s sake.”
Ed Makowski is a poet and writer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He prefers cities to suburbs and tents to hotels. Two wheels always trumps four. He is working on his 3rd collection of poetry.
Jenny Bootle made her home in the Midwest for over two years, before recently returning to her native land. She now lives in Brighton, England, where she enjoys walking by the sea, reading Agatha Christie and eating mince-pies. She writes poetry and short stories and is working on a novel. Amongst other things, she misses cheese curds terribly.
Dana Roders eats verbiage for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She takes her poetry with cream, no sugar. She is Poetry Editor of Straylight Literary Magazine and likes to write in the morning.
Nicholas Michael Ravnikar lives in Racine, Wisconsin and teaches as an associate lecturer of theater for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and in the communication department at Gateway Technical College. While studying for his MFA (2008) from Naropa University, he received the Robert Creeley award. He has administrated, designed and facilitated various workshops and other programs in prisons, schools and community centers with organizations such as Woodland Pattern Book Center, the City of Chicago, and Racine County Workforce Development. His writing has appeared or will appear in Sawbuck, Rabbit Catastrophe, Psychic Meatloaf and InStereoPress.