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Skye Jackson and Ben Aleshire: Touring Poets
June 05, 2019 04:21 PM PDT
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SKYE JACKSON was born and raised in New Orleans. She holds an English degree from LSU and a degree in law from Mississippi College School of Law. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop where she serves as Associate Poetry Editor of Bayou Magazine. Her work has appeared in the Delta Literary Journal and Thought Catalog. Her chapbook A Faster Grave was published in May 2019 from Antenna Press.

BENJAMIN ALESHIRE travels the world as a poet-for-hire, composing poems for strangers on a manual typewriter. His work has been featured recently in The Times UK, Iowa Review, Boston Review, and on television in the US, China, and Spain. An excerpt of his novel, 'Poet for Hire: Kismet of a 21st Century Troubadour' is forthcoming in LitHub. Ben was a Breadloaf waiter in 2016, and serves as assistant poetry editor for the Green Mountains Review. He lives in New Orleans.

Dee Sunshine on Tantric Sex, Spiritual Growth, and Auschwitz
September 26, 2013 10:40 AM PDT
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Dee Sunshine is an artist, poet, yoga teacher, massage therapist, spiritual healer and new age hobo. After a brief foray in the Default World he sold up and hit the road. That was back in 2006. Since then he has spent the bulk of his time in India and Thailand, following the twisted, rugged and strange path of a tantric yogi.

Dee is the author of three poetry collections - The Bad Seed (Stride, 1998), Dropping Ecstasy With The Angels (Bluechrome, 2004), and Visions Of The Drowning Man (Skylight Press, 2012). He edited the charity poetry anthology, The Book Of Hopes And Dreams (Bluechrome, 2006). He edited The AA Independent Press Guide (1998-2011). His website is at www.thunderburst.co.uk and his Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/Sunshine.Visions

Conversation with Vince Gotera: Poet, Teacher, Editor, Artist
September 29, 2011 06:30 PM PDT
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Vince Gotera writes poems and stories, as well as the occasional creative nonfiction or critical article. His books include the three poetry collections — FIGHTING KITE, GHOST WARS, and DRAGONFLY — as well as the critical study RADICAL VISIONS: POETRY BY VIETNAM VETERANS.

Vince has been a Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa since 1995. He has also taught at Indiana University, Humboldt State University, Grinnell College, and Wartburg College. He also frequently teaches creative writing at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival sponsored by the University of Iowa.

Vince earned an MFA in poetry writing and a PhD in English from Indiana University. Other institutions where he has studied include Stanford University and San Francisco State University, where he earned his BA and MA, respectively.

Since 2000, Vince has been Editor of the NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, originally established in 1815, the longest-lived literary magazine in the US. He was also Associate Editor of the LITERARY MAGAZINE REVIEW (1995-2001) and Poetry Editor of ASIAN AMERICA: JOURNAL OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS (1991-1993).

Gotera has won international, national, and local awards for his writing and teaching. In 2004, Gotera won the Global Filipino Literary Award in Poetry, an international award sponsored by the journal Our Own Voice. His national awards include a Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts (1993), The Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry from The Madison Review (1988), the Mary Roberts Rinehart Award in poetry (1988), and an Academy of American Poets Prize (1988). He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. At the University of Northern Iowa, Gotera won a Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (2006).

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Lucid Play with Yogini, Author, Teacher, Artist, Tantra Bensko
September 24, 2011 01:05 PM PDT
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Tantra Bensko plays toward Lucidity in many ways, and has presented some methods and results through formats such as her writing, in a genre she calls Lucid Fiction. She has traveled across the country for decades doing healings, which she learned to do at a distance at 12. Her music, art, acting, Tantra Yoga teaching, and hypnosis combine play, spontaneous movement and sound, writing without pre-composition, and also expansion of the self, as well as a kind of feral wildness, and absurdist humor.

Two new books are recently out, The Cabinet of What You Don't See (ISMs Press) and Lucid Fiction (Night Publishing.) http://lucidmembrane.weebly.com/ Lucid Membrane addresses all levels of the self, from zany realism to explosively meditative. Three stories are hidden within it, one of which speaks directly to the subconscious to nudge it to become more Lucid, able to see truth, through manipulation, and illusion. Readers can put the password found in the book into the website's Secret Womb, and find even more of the book, in new, participatory forms.

Talk with Swedish Poet and Artist, Henry Denander
September 21, 2011 06:31 PM PDT
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HENRY DENANDER was born in 1952 and lives in Stockholm, Sweden and on
Hydra Island in Greece. For over 25 years he has worked on the
business side of the entertainment industry. He is also the editor of
Kamini Press.

Henry Denander’s books are I know What She Will Say (Bottle of Smoke
Press, 2003), Weeks Like This (Bottle of Smoke Press, 2005), Bring
Down The Sun (ArtBureau, 2005), The Poetry of Mr. Blue (Bottle of
Smoke Press, 2007), The Loulaki Bar (Miskwabik Press, 2009),

His first poem was published in 1999 and now he’s had over two hundred
poems and many illustrations published in small press magazines and on
the web. He’s been published mainly in America but also in places like
Belgium, New Zealand, Australia, India and the UK. He has a website
with poetry and art at http://www.henrydenander.com.

He is also a fine artist.

Mystical K and Magical B Discuss How to Live a Better Life in Harsh Times
May 03, 2011 08:57 PM PDT
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Mystical K and Magical B Discuss How to Live a Better Life in Harsh Times

BL Kennedy Talks About His Friendship with Ginsberg, Waldman and His Own Fabulous Poetic Life
December 28, 2010 06:01 PM PST
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Learn how a grade school dropout earns two Masters degrees and becomes an English teacher, an exciting performance poet and great catalyst in the poetry community. Hear BL's personal stories of his time with Alan Ginsberg
and Anne Waldman. Learn about BL's other influences including but not limited to the Alamo, The Wizard of Oz, Frank Sinatra and Godzilla.

Peggy Kelsy and Her Afghan Women's Project
November 06, 2010 04:10 PM PDT
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Peggy was inspired to begin the Afghan Women’s Project after meeting with a delegation of Afghan women who passed through Austin, Texas during the fall of 2002. The strength, humor and resiliency of these women was contrary to the media image of Afghan women as helpless victims. It inspired Peggy to create The Afghan Women’s Project in order to share this side of Afghan women with western audiences. This project’s goal, seeking out wisdom and sources of strength from women who have experienced such repression and hardship, is one of the ways Peggy can merge her love of photography with her interest in human psychology as well as concretely benefit both Afghan women and the viewers.

Peggy traveled to Afghanistan in August and September of 2003, returning with photographs and interviews of 40 women. They are of various ages and come from differing social classes, ethnic groups and areas of the country. Currently, 23 of the women form an exhibit that also includes their biographies and excerpts from their interviews.

Since that time, she has interviewed Malalai Joya, the member of Parliament who stood up the first day it was in session to declare “how can we have a democracy when there are warlords and criminals in the government?” In July of ‘09, she interviewed Nasreen, one of the organizers of the demonstration against the marital rape provisions of the Haraza Family Law.

Use of the exhibit, Afghan Women, Portraits and Stories, is available to organizations worldwide that wish raise awareness about Afghan Women. Additionally, Peggy offers three different slide shows: Spirit of Afghanistan, showing Afghanistan in general and her observations there, Women of Afghanistan which focuses on the lives and stories of individual women, half of whom are not included in the exhibit. Spirit of Afghanistan for Photojournalists expands Spirit of Afghanistan to cover what it takes to put together a project, tells stories about the photographs and gives tips on working in foreign countries.

Lars Erickson and his Pi Symphony
August 01, 2010 04:24 PM PDT
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Omaha native Lars Erickson based The Pi Symphony on the digits of , the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The melody uses the first 32 digits of Pi (pi=3.14159265358979323846264338327950 ...), "e", and the cycle of fifths. The first eight digits represent notes in a scale and become the melody's foundation (think "1-2-3, do re me.") Erickson combined a lifelong passion for music with a fascination for computers to produce innovations in both areas. Proficient in orchestration and a self-taught jazz pianist, Erickson has recorded five CDs and music for ads, documentaries and films. The Omaha Symphony, numerous local artists and clarinetist Richard Stolzmann / Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra have used his arrangements. A summa cum laude graduate, he earned an Engineering Physics degree from UNO and worked as computer programmer and software development manager for seven years, patenting a document translation software. Erickson and his wife Lisa have four children and three of them currently join him in "the Burt Street Individuals," a jazz combo that performs throughout the midwest and in the metro Omaha area.

Visit Lars' website http://pisymphony.com

Unlikely Interview with Mexican Performance Artist, Leon De la Rosa
May 11, 2010 03:27 PM PDT
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Leon is a performance artist from Cd. Juárez, Mexico. He has been working on creating vehicles where poetry and multimedia art collide for almost ten years, with a specific concentration on video and
poetry, his two main media.

For a 6 minute sampling of one of his recent events visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqdJsZP8Xvo

To learn more about Leon and to see more of his performances visit his website

To learn more about Unlikely Stories, one of the oldest literary and multi-media ezines visit:

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