Danse Macabre (with an introduction by Susan Ludvigson)
Connie Imboden’s first collection of photographs, Out of Darkness (Zürich and Paris: Edition Fotofolie, 1992), won the 1993 silver medal in the Swiss competition Schönste Bücher aus Aller Welt (Most Beautiful Book in the World). Imboden’s other books of photography are The Raw Seduction of Flesh (London: Silver Arts, 1999), Beauty of Darkness (New York: Custom & Limited Editions, 1999), and Piercing Illusions (San Francisco: Foto Book Press, 2001). Her work has been published in Focus, Aperture, American Photo, and elsewhere, and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, among many others. Imboden teaches photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Maine Media Workshops, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
Benny Andrews taught art classes in prisons, headed a volunteer program for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and was on the faculty of Queens College in New York for twenty-nine years. From 1982 to 1984, he was visual arts director at the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2002 he launched the Benny Andrews Foundation to assist young minority artists and institutions dedicated to African American art. Andrews was the recipient of the Abby Award for lifetime achievement in the arts and of fellowships from the New York Council on the Arts and the NEA. His work is represented in major museums throughout the country—the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum, the High Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Philadelphia Academy of Art—and has been shown in dozens of solo and group exhibitions, including a traveling son-and-father show, “Folk: The Art of Benny and George Andrews.”
Roxane Beth Johnson’s first book of poems, Jubilee (Anhinga Press, 2006), was the winner of the 2005 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. She has also won an AWP Intro Writer’s Award in poetry and a Pushcart Prize, and she has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere.
Percolations of the Void
Ian Boyden received a BA in art history and East Asian studies from Wesleyan University in 1995 and an MA in art history from Yale University in 1998—the same year he started Crab Quill Press, through which he produces handmade books and broadsides. He was director of the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College in Walla Walla from 1998 to 2007 but since then has been a self-employed artist. His paintings have been shown widely in the United States and Asia: at recent solo exhibitions at the Augen Gallery in Portland and Davidson Galleries in Seattle, and in group exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum and the Seoul Museum of Art, among many others. His handmade books are in numerous corporate and public collections, including the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution; the New York Public Library; and Beijing University.
on Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters edited by Bill Morgan and David Stanford
Patrick Lohier’s fiction, profiles, and reviews have appeared in Callaloo, African American Review, the Common Review, the Globe and Mail, and other publications. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Stranger (Spring 2007)
Thomas Allen’s photographs have appeared in numerous magazines (including Harper’s) and on the covers of three James Ellroy novels, as well as in Uncovered: Photographs by Thomas Allen (Aperture, 2007). His work has been exhibited at the Foley Gallery in New York and Thomas Barry Fine Arts in Minneapolis, among many other galleries. He has a BFA from Wayne State University and an MFA from the University of Minnesota.
Miss Birdie (Winter 1999)
Kathleen Holmes’s work has been exhibited nationwide in such venues as the Chappell Gallery in New York and Pacini Lubel Gallery in Seattle, and she has pieces in numerous corporate and civic collections. She has won support from several arts organizations and foundations, including a 2006 Florida Individual Artist Fellowship.
Draw 5 Girls (Winter 2001/Spring 2002)
Melissa Harshman makes prints from eclectic sources, such as old cookbooks, dictionaries, and other printed ephemera. Her images have been featured in solo shows throughout the Southeast and elsewhere, including at Sandler Hudson Gallery in Atlanta. Holding a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Harshman is associate professor of art and chair of the printmaking department at the University of Georgia.