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The Myth of the West and Anti-Americanism
March 02, 2010 02:20 PM PST
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William Al-Sharif is a British humanist intellectual and author of many works including "Christianity, Islam and Secular Criticism," "Rethinking Quranic Studies," "Islamism: Religion and Ideology," "Men and Ideas," "The Dearest Quest," "Asian Papers," and "Ireland: A History. He is currently associated with the University of Glasgow and lives in Scotland. He is Director of Jerusalem Publications. William was born in Palestine and grew up in Kuwait. He speaks English, Arabic, Urdu, Persian, French and Spanish.

Designer, Mark Schwartz, on Shoes, Art and Knowing Andy Warhol
October 28, 2009 05:10 PM PDT
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Mark Schwartz is an accomplished shoe designer and artist. He has been designing shoes for over 20 years for some of the biggest names in our industry.

Born in New York City, Mark has traveled the world gaining inspiration for his ideas from artist Andy Warhol, who Mark beneficially watched at work and knew for two years. Warhol encouraged and helped Schwartz cultivate his artistic renderings of shoes while Schwartz was working for Roger Vivier as an assistant designer and creative director. Mark Schwartz is now pioneering a new shade of talent within his work by exploring the grace and eclecticism of footwear as works of art.


Larissa Shmailo: Poet, Performer and Translator
October 08, 2009 11:54 AM PDT
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Larissa Shmailo's new collection of poetry is In Paran (BlazeVOX [books] 2009). Larissa is the winner of the 2009 New Century Music Awards for spoken word with jazz, electronica, and rock; her poetry CDs are Exorcism (SongCrew 2008) and The No-Net World (SongCrew 2006). Larissa's translation of the Russian transrational opera Victory over the Sun is part of the collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Hirsshorn Museum of the Smithsonian Institute, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art. She has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Barrow Street, Rattapallax, and Fulcrum.

David Moolten: Prize Winning Poet and M.D.
June 04, 2009 11:38 PM PDT
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David N. Moolten is the author of three books of poetry, Plums & Ashes (Northeastern University, 1994), which won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize, and Especially Then (David Robert Books, 2005). The manuscript for a third book, Primitive Mood recently won the T.S. Eliot Prize from Truman State University Press, with publication anticipated in the fall of 2009.

Poems by David Moolten have appeared in Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southwest Review, and Epoch, among other journals and reviews. His work has been widely anthologized and his honors include a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize.

Moolten, a physician specializing in transfusion medicine, was educated at Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He lives, writes, and practices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Moolten can be contacted by email at dmoolten@gmail.com

Peter Buffett: Composer, Singer, Philanthropist, speaks about his life and new CD, IMAGINARY KINGDOM
March 02, 2009 01:05 AM PST
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Peter Buffett, a well-established composer/producer, has released his third vocal album, IMAGINARY KINGDOM.

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Buffett began his career in San Francisco writing music for commercials. He has eight released albums on Narada, Epic and Hollywood labels as well as six releases on his own label - including the EMMY
award winning CD, Ojibwe.

Buffett also composed and produced the score for the Duncan Group production of WISCONSIN – AN AMERICAN PORTRAIT, a regional EMMY award winner. Highlights of his film and television work include the Fire Dance scene in the Oscar winning film Dances With Wolves, and the score for 500 Nations, the eight-hour miniseries for CBS produced by Kevin Costner.

Buffett's theatrical production, Spirit – The Seventh Fire, originally launched as a successful PBS pledge event, was located on the National Mall for the Smithsonian's opening of the National Museum of the American Indian. As co-chairman of the NoVo Foundation, Buffett helps guide the strategic plan that he and his wife Jennifer will implement with a small dedicated staff over the coming years.


Jill Mattson: Composer and Author of TRANSFORMATIVE POWER IN SOUND
December 18, 2008 12:31 PM PST
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Jill wrote Transformative Power In Sound: Intelligence, Health and Energy Through the Magic of Music, and lectures throughout the U.S. on this topic. She has numerous CDs out, with healing and transforming energy. Also, visit Jill's cyber gallery of art, fluid and evoking paintings and prints. www.jillswingsoflight.com
http://myspace.com/jillswingsoflight http://newagehealingmusic.blogspot.com

Didi Menendez: Poet, Artist, Publisher
May 24, 2008 12:27 PM PDT
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Didi Menendez is a Cuban-born American artist and author. She is also the publisher for MiPoesias, http://www.mipoesias.com ,OCHO and Oranges & Sardines. Her series The American Poet Portraits is gaining momentum. http://americanpoets.blogspot.com/
Her latest book of poetry is WHEN I SAID GOODBYE released by BLAZEVOX.

Mark Yakich and The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine
November 25, 2008 10:40 AM PST
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Mark Yakich is an author and professor in the Department of English at Loyola University. His collection of poems Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross was one of five winners of The National Poetry Series in 2003. Another collection, The Making of Collateral Beauty, won the Snowbound Chapbook Award and was published by Tupelo Press in 2006. His most recent collection is The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine (Penguin Poets, 2008).

Attention. Deficit. Disorder. with Brad Listi
November 11, 2008 05:46 PM PST
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It's a novel.

It's a story about how difficult it is to find meaning in the Information Age.

It's a contemporary rendition of the classic coming of age novel.

It features a man who wants to shave his head for reasons he can't explain.

It features a really old man and a really young prostitute.

It features a big desert, a charming mentally disabled man, and some hardcore spelunking.

If you so desire, you can order it online at:


Barnes & Noble




....Or at any other online bookseller.

Otherwise you can pick it up at your local bookstore.

Or you can steal it.

C. J. Sage: Poet and Editor of The National Poetry Review
September 26, 2008 07:50 PM PDT
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C.J. Sage edits The National Poetry Review (www.nationalpoetryreview.com). Her poems appear in Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Ploughshares, POOL, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Threepenny Review, et cetera. Previous books include Let's Not Sleep, And We The Creatures, Field Notes on Contemporary Literature, and Odyssea. CJ is a Realtor specializing in beach homes.

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