Every Picture Tells a Story.
Words and photography, photography and words: The two are almost interchangeable in terms of modern-day expression and communication, yet they don’t often overlap artistically as a means for one to complete the other. Bending Light into Verse encourages one form to do more than simply describe the other. It is often said that every picture tells a story, but surely that story is subjective and belongs to each as well as to all of us. In short, Bending Light into Verse seeks to establish an ongoing conversation between the image and the artist of the written word.
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:
Andrew Zawacki is the author of the poetry books Petals of Zero Petals of One (Talisman House), Anabranch (Wesleyan), and By Reason of Breakings (Georgia). His latest volume, Videotape, is forthcoming from Counterpath. Coeditor of Verse, The Verse Book of Interviews (Verse), and Gustaf Sobin’s Collected Poems (Talisman), he edited Afterwards: Slovenian Writing 1945-1995 (White Pine). He also edited and co-translated Aleš Debeljak’s Without Anesthesia: New and Selected Poems (Persea). Zawacki teaches at the University of Georgia, where he directs the doctoral Creative Writing Program.
BL Pawelek grew up on a small Japanese island (kinda true). He wonders if his master’s degree in Literature was worth it (not financially). There are stories, poems and plenty of art (google search). The Equation of Constants and Ten Everywhere and the unfirm line. He tries to show mad love to everyone, especially you.
Claudia Lamar is the founding editor of Phantom Kangaroo, an eerie place for poems. She lives in Sacramento in a small studio apartment with her boyfriend Sam and a dead fish named Alien. Her bucket list includes being recreated as a comic book character and time travel.
David Tomaloff is a writer, photographer, musician, and all around bad influence. His work has appeared in fine publications such as Mud Luscious, >kill author, PANK, Connotation Press, HOUSEFIRE, Prick of the Spindle, DOGZPLOT, elimae, and many more. He is the author of the chapbooks 13 (Artistically Declined Press), A SOFT THAT TOUCHES DOWN &REMOVES ITSELF (NAP), Olifaunt (Red Ceilings Press), EXIT STRATEGIES (Gold Wake Press) and MESCAL NON-PALINDROME CINEMA (Ten Pages Press). He resides in the form of ones and zeros at: davidtomaloff.com
Ed Makowski is a poet and writer who can’t sit still. While working as Eddie Kilowatt he released the poetry collections Manifest Density and Carrying a Knife in to the Gunfight. Over the past year Ed became interested in radio and now curates The Lunch Counter storytelling series on Milwaukee’s NPR station 89.7 WUWM. Between November 2011 and April 2012 Ed is also serving as the Pfister Hotel Narrator and in this capacity he is the hotel’s resident writer and gatherer of stories.
Eryk Wenziak is a drummer, photographer, visual artist, and teaches management at the graduate level. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in: elimae; Short, Fast, and Deadly; Thunderclap Press; Used Furniture Review; Otoliths; Negative Suck; Psychic Meatloaf; Dark Chaos; Guerilla Pamphlets; Deadlier Than Thou (anthology); Phantom Kangaroo; Pipe Dream; 52|250; Bending Light Into Verse V. 3; Long River Run. Most recently, his cover art was chosen for a chapbook of poems honoring Donald Hall titled, Olives, Now and Then, which he personally presented to Mr. Hall at the poet’s 83rd birthday celebration.
Felino A. Soriano is a case manager and advocate for adults with developmental and physical disabilities. He has received the Gertrude Stein “rose” prize for creativity in poetry from Wilderness House Literary Review. Over 3,100 of his poems have appeared in print and online journals such as BlazeVOX, Otoliths, infinite space, Poetry, Yes, and Fact Simile. He has had 48 print and electronic collections of poetry accepted for publication, most recently Pathos etched, recalled: (white sky books, 2011), Divaricated, Spatial Aggregates (limit cycle press, 2011), and Abrupt Hybrids (Whale Sound Audio Chapbooks, 2011). For information regarding his published works, editorships, and interviews, please visit: www.felinoasoriano.info.
Helen Vitoria’s work can be found and is forthcoming in over sixty online and print journals including: elimae, PANK, MudLuscious Press, >kill author, Foundling Review, FRIGG Magazine and Dark Sky Magazine. Her chapbooks: The Sights & Sounds of Arctic Birds and Random Cartography Notes are available as e-chaps from Gold Wake Press, 2011, BLACKWATER: A PNEUMATIC DISTURBANCE is available from Red Ochre Press, 2011. Her first full length poetry collection: Corn Exchange is forthcoming from Scrambler Books, Winter 2012. She is working on her second collection a novel(la) in verse: Amsterdam. She is the Founding Editor and Editor in Chief of THRUSH Poetry Journal & THRUSH Press. Find her here: http://helenvitoria-lexis.blogspot.com/
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, 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 numerous print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently Love Dagger from Right Hand Pointing.
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 On the Toad (The Red Ceilings Press, 2011, and Red&Deadly, 2011), Roman Meal (Ten Pages Press, 2011), Noise Difficulty Flower (Argotist Ebooks, 2010), and The Frankendelphia Experiment (Tainted Coffee Press, 2010). Visit MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. His audio experiments (recorded under the name Owl Brain Atlas) are online at OWLNoise.com. J. D. lives in Colorado, USA.
John Sibley Williams is the author of six chapbooks, winner of the HEART Poetry Award, and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. He has served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and Publicist for various presses, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Book Publishing. Some of his over 200 previous or upcoming publications include: Bryant Literary Review, The Chaffin Journal, The Evansville Review, RHINO, Rosebud, Ellipsis, Flint Hills Review, and Poetry Quarterly.
Joseph A. W. Quintela writes. Poems. Stories. On Post-its. Walls. Envelopes. Cocktail napkins. Twitter. Anything he gets his hands on, really. His last chapbook, This is not Poetry. #poetry, was published by The Red Ceilings Press. Other work has appeared in The Collagist, ABJECTIVE, GUD, Bartleby Snopes, and Existere. As the senior editor at Deadly Chaps Press, he publishes both an annual series of chapbooks and the weekly eReview, Short, Fast, and Deadly. His work at Sarah Lawrence College revolves around integrating the disparate yet rapidly dovetailing fields of Conceptual Poetry and Eco-Criticism. As such, he is an acolyte of intra-action, hash tags, and the Oxford comma. (www.josephquintela.com)
Keith Higginbotham’s work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in Cricket Online Review, experiential-experimental-literature, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Mad Hatters’ Review Blog, Moria, Otoliths, Stone Highway Review, and The Ten Pages Press Reader. He is the author of Carrying the Air on a Stick (The Runaway Spoon Press, 1995), Prosaic Suburban Commercial (Eratio Editions, 2010), Theme From Next Date (Ten Pages Press, 2011), and Calibration (Argotist Ebooks, 2011). He lives in Columbia, SC.
Kristina Marie Darling is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Night Songs (Gold Wake Press, 2010), Compendium (Cow Heavy Books, 2011), and The Body is a Little Gilded Cage: A Story in Letters & Fragments (Gold Wake Press, 2011). Her fourth book, Melancholia (An Essay), is forthcoming from Ravenna Press.
Mark Lamoureux lives in Astoria, NY. He is the author of thee full-length collections of poetry: Spectre (Black Radish Books 2010), Astrometry Orgonon (BlazeVOX Books 2008) and 29 Cheeseburgers / 39 Years (Pressed Wafer, Forthcoming 2012). His work has been published in print and online in Fence, miPoesias, Jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, Jacket, Fourteen Hills and many others. In 2006 he started Cy Gist Press, a micropress focusing on ekphrastic poetry. He holds an MFA from the New School and teaches in the CUNY system.
Matina L. Stamatakis lives in upstate New York. Some of her works have appeared in Coconut, Free Verse, Otoliths, Word for/ Word, Moria, and others. She is the author of ek-ae:a journey into ekphrastic aesthetics (Dusie, 2007), Metempsychose (Ypolita, 2009), Eos (Oystercatcher Press, 2010), The ChongDong Misfits (Avantexte Press, 2011), and Breaking the Bird’s Beak Hymen (Venereal Kittens Press, 2011).
Nate Pritts is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Sweet Nothing. POETRY Magazine called his third book, The Wonderfull Yeare, “rich, vivid, intimate, & somewhat troubled” while The Rumpus called Big Bright Sun, his fourth book, “a textual record of mistakes made and insights gleaned…[in] a voice that knows its part in self-destruction.” His poetry & prose have been widely published, both online & in print, at places like Southern Review, Columbia, Washington Square, Gulf Coast, Boston Review & Rain Taxi where he frequently contributes reviews. He is the founder & principal editor of H_NGM_N, an online journal & small press.
Poet Paul Scot August is originally from the North side of Chicago but has spent half his life now in Wisconsin. He has an MA in Creative Writing from UW-Milwaukee and works these days as a software developer. He is a former poetry editor of The Cream City Review and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize and once for a Best of The Net award. His poetry has appeared or is upcoming in Tygerburning, Connotations Press, Midwestern Gothic, The Los Angeles Review, Sugar House Review, Hobble Creek Review, Country Dog Review, Stone’s Throw Magazine, Dunes Review, Naugatuck River Review, Passages North, Poetry Quarterly, The Cream City Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives in the Milwaukee area with his two children.
Prathna Lor is the author of Ventriloquism (Future Tense Books).