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giovanni singleton, a native of Richmond, VA and former debutant, is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view, a journal dedicated to innovative and experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including Aufgabe, Callaloo, MiPOesias.com, Alehouse, Beyond the Frontier: African American Poets for the Millennium, the Best of Fence: An Anthology, and is forthcoming in What I Say: Innovative Poetries by Black Artists in America and Writing Self and Community: African American Poetry After the Civil Rights Movement. Work from her AMERICAN LETTERS series was selected for San Francisco’s 1st Visual Poetry & Performance Festival. Her recently completed manuscript ascension is informed by the music and life of Alice Coltrane. She collects bookmarks and enjoys figs and greek style yogurt.
ali lanzetta is a linguistic, musical and visual artist who is enamored with the giraffe. ali is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at SF State, and is currently uncomfortable with genre distinctions, but might get back to you on that later. ali was born and raised in a forest in New Hampshire, whose state motto is "Live Free or Die." hardwired into her system is a resulting affinity for maple syrup, porcupines, thunderstorms, old things and autumn. ali writes all of her own music, and plays it almost exclusively in her bedroom, to a one-dog-audience named Olive. The heart of a giraffe is over two feet long.
Brenda Hillman is the author of eight collections of poetry, all published by Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Cascadia (2001) and Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005), which received the William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry, and Practical Water (2009). She has also published three chapbooks. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003). Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry and works with CodePink, a social justice group against war.
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