Abigail Child is a poet, director, producer, and writer of a number of films. She graduated from Radcliffe College in Harvard University with a degree in history and literature. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film. She has taught at several universities, including New York University, Massachusetts College of Art, and Hampshire College. She has been the chair of Film and Animation department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since 2000 and was appointed to a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. In 2009, she was awarded the Rome Prize. Filmography: Mayhem (1987), B/Side (1997), The Future Is Behind You (2004), On the Downlow (2007), Fucking Different New York (2007)
Nada Gordon is the author of four poetry books: /Folly/, /V. Imp/, /Are Not Our Lowing Heifers Sleeker than Night-Swollen Mushrooms?/, and /foriegnn bodie /– and, with Gary Sullivan, an e-pistolary techno-romantic non-fiction novel, /Swoon/. A founding member of the Flarf Collective, she practices poetry as deep entertainment. Visit her blog at http://ululate.blogspot.com/
Eduardo Scala (Madrid, 1945) is a poet, artist and chess master. Since adolescence he has proven to be a versatile creator, lonely, unclassifiable, his work is characterized by the limits placed on each discipline. He burned all his literary work produced between 1967-1973 in order to give up his own voice in search of new poetic codes and systems. In 1977 he created a non-profit publishing company in which more than 80 co-editors, poets and artists from Spanish culture have participated. Scala’s poetic synthesis has been using various means of unconventional media which have been transformed into mediums for meditation: origami, screen printing, digital art, video, photography, stone, holography, iron, glass, plates, shirts or canvas enlargments.
Ely Rosa Zamora left her native Venezuela after graduating from the National School for the Performing Arts in Caracas. She came to New York in 1998 invited by the legendary director Judith Malina to join The Living Theater. In 2009 she received an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University. She is the author of the poetry collections Paz Obscena (New York: Handmade Chapbook, 2008), Semilla (New York: Handmade Chapbook, 2009), Detrito olvidado/Forgotten Detritus, a book of poetry and photographs in collaboration with artist Barbara Madsen (New Jersey: Choir Alley Press, 2009), and No Tongue/Sin lengua (New York: Heptameron Books, 2011). Her poetry is included in the Anthology “Voces para Lilith” Literatura contemporánea de temática lésbica en Sudamérica, (Lima: Estruendomudo, 2011).
Barbara Madsen works in photogravure, billboards, photography, and installation. She has been an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch, Aspen, Colo.; Buck Nin School of the Arts, New Zealand; Sopocani Art Colony, Novi Pazar, Serbia; Frans Masereel Center, Kasterlee, Belgium; Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland. Her current works are gaining national and international recognition. Madsen’s public banners and posters were recently exhibited at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Universität der Künste, Berlin; the Academy of Fine Arts, Poznan, Poland, and the Scuola di Grafica, Venice. Madsen’s work has been included in exhibitions in France, England, Northern Ireland, Finland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Sweden, South Africa, Spain, India, and Japan.
António Poppe was born in Lisbon, where he still lives. He has a four- year-old child call Luz. Most of the time, he works in Portugal. He now has an exhibition of his Livro da Luz (Book of Light) in Madrid, which he has been writing for twelve years as of now. He teaches design and meditation, he gives poetry readings and he prepares settings for films. He sometimes works as an actor of himself. Poetry, design and medition, this is how he weaves ninety skeins into one single thread, how he follows the Northern lights of being one and the wind, to each one, he loves.
J.P. Sipila (b. 1981) is a videopoet living currently in Helsinki, Finland. His publications include three books of poetry and several videopoems. On October 2009 his videopoem collection, being the first ever published in Finland, was published in poEsia poetry series. J.P. Sipilä has made several videopoems since 2006 and his works have been screened around the world.
"What I do is videopoetry. It has a somewhat different approach to film and poetry than poetry film. I see poetry films as visual and kinetic illustrations of certain poems. But as far as videopoetry is concerned, video and sound are not mere reflections of certain poems, but a puzzle or juxtaposition of the three elements (video, sound and text). As videopoet Tom Konyves says: “”Videopoetry is a genre of poetry displayed on a screen, distinguished by its time-based, poetic juxtaposition of text with images and sound. In the measured blending of these 3 elements, it produces in the viewer the realization of a poetic experience.”
A good videopoem creates a new overall poetic experience from the three elements used. For me the video is the paper and screen is the mouth of my poetry.
Ernesto Livon-Grosman is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Cultures at Boston College. He is co-editor of The Oxford Book of Latin American Poetry: A Bilingual Anthology, from Oxford University Press. He also has several ongoing digitalization projects; among them, Ailleurs, a journal on poetics and visual arts published in Paris by Uruguayan poet Carmelo Arden Quin during the early 1960s. His film Cartoneros (2006) inquires about the state of the long tradition of underground social organizations that have defined Argentina during the 20th century.
Marta del Pozo Ortea is a literary critic, poet and translator. She has a PhD in Spanish literature from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her books of poems La memoria del pez (2008) and Gebel Musa [Reloaded] (2011) have both received literary recognition in Spain. Together with Nick Rattner, she has translated into English Viento de Fuego / FireWind, by the Peruvian Poet Yvan Yauri (Ugly Duckling Presse, NY). She is now translating into Spanish Resonance, by the American poet Richard Jackson, and conducting an MFA in creative writing at NYU, where she is also an Adjunct Professor.