Memory of Hope—Mark W. Anderson grew up on the high plains of western Nebraska, and attended
the University of Nebraska. After teaching in public schools he earned his MFA
at Wichita State University. His prints are in numerous private, public, and
corporate collections, including The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and
Ford Motor Company. He has exhibited nationally, and has been active as a
visiting artist and juror. Recent work has metaphorically referenced, in part,
the phenomena of dementia and the reality that life is never lived in a straight
line. He is a Professor of Art at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, where he was named Regents Professor in 2004.
Another Side of Truth & The Weight of the World—Janet
Ballweg trained in traditional printmaking techniques in the 1980s.
Since 1995, she has researched the use of digital 3D modeling and imaging in
conjunction with contemporary printmaking processes. Her characteristic style incorporates
common household imagery in an intimate domestic interior. Her work has been exhibited throughout the
U.S. and abroad, and is included in collections in China, Japan, India, Italy,
Egypt, and Romania. In 2008, Ballweg was awarded an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council and in 2009,
the OAC awarded her a three-month residency in Provincetown, MA.
Quaking Marker 36—Mary Bookwalter's prints imply an earthy direction and invite the
close-up attention of the viewer through her depictions of altered landscapes,
maps, and symbols which tell a story of a love for the land with ink, paper and
press. She holds an MFA in printmaking and drawing from Northern Illinois
University. Although trained in traditional printmaking methods, her work of the
last decade has embraced digital technology, direct scans, pinhole photography
and artist’s books. Now retired from her position as University Professor of Art
at Governors State University in Illinois, she advances the use of safe
printmaking technology through non-toxic procedures in her studio practice. Her
work is shown regularly in Chicago, St. Louis, and New Mexico.
The Philosopher’s Tree—Gary Day works in printmaking, computer
generated imagery, and animation and is the current director of the UNO Print
Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His prints and animations have
been exhibited nationally and internationally and are part of many public and
private collections. Day has been a visiting artist in Belgium, Israel, Spain,
and the American Academy in Rome. He has received numerous awards including an
Individual Artists Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987.
His work includes traditional and digital prints, computer generated animation,
and computer games based on historical and contemporary information devices.
A Seeker Studying Failed Knowledge—John D. Gall was introduced to
printmaking while attending Guilford College (89-92). Since then he established
Avonwood Press, a studio/shop, where he creates and publishes his original
prints, in addition to working in other media. His work explores a surreal
relationship between the human figure and mathematical symbols and equations
that exist in a fabricated, whimsical world. His iconic characters are called
"Knowledge Seekers," who never seem to get things right. His work is in various
public collections including the University of Dallas, Guilford College, Purdue
University, University of West Georgia, Arkansas State University, Capital Bank,
Essex Plastics Corporation, and numerous private collections.
Extra Ordinary Bird—Matthew Egan utilizes traditional and
digitally assisted printmaking techniques to create images with a satirical
narrative reflecting societal issues. Egan’s work has been exhibited across
North America, Europe and the Middle East, and has been included in dozens of
juried exhibitions, including the Bradley International in the U.S. and Stone,
Plate, Grease, Water in the U.K., and recently won the best of show award at the
Southern Printmaking Biennial. Prior to his current appointment at East Carolina
University, Egan taught in the United Arab Emirates; he continues to build
bridges between artists of differing cultural and religious backgrounds.
Liminal Deploy—Karla Hackenmiller is an associate professor and
Printmaking Program Chair at Ohio University, Athens, where she has been
teaching since 2003. Her work has been included in numerous exchange portfolios
and has been shown nationally and internationally, noting forty exhibitions over
the last year with ten awards. Active in her field, she served the Mid America
Print Council (MAPC) for six years and was the co-organizer of the 2006 MAPC
Birth of the Vinyl Venus—Neal Harrington received a BFA from
the University of South Dakota with an emphasis in painting in 1998. He enrolled
in the MFA program at Wichita State University and graduated with an emphasis
in printmaking in 2001. Currently, Harrington is an assistant professor of Art
running the printmaking area and serving as the gallery director of the Norman
Hall Gallery at Arkansas Tech University. He has exhibited
extensively across the nation, most recently in "Works on Paper" at the Long
Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in New Jersey and the "Prints
U.S.A. 2009" exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.
The Woodsman—Having pursued the arts from a very early age,
Kosten received a bachelors degree in painting from Washington University in
St. Louis in 2001 and a masters degree in printmaking from the University of
South Dakota in 2005. Kosten is currently an instructor of drawing and
printmaking at the University of Southern Indiana and takes part in a multitude
of juried, fine art competitions both nationally and internationally.
Angry Dragon II—Meredith Setser is a printmaker and textile artist
currently employed as an assistant professor of printmaking at the Herron School
of Art and Design in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended graduate school at the
University of Wisconsin–Madison where she completed her MFA degree in 2004.
Recent shows include the 4th Print Biennial at the Arizona State Museum; 21st
Annual Parkside Small Print Exhibition in Kenosha, Wisconsin; Beyond Printmaking
at Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University; and Folly, a solo exhibition at the
Basile Gallery in Indianapolis. Along with teaching printmaking, Meredith has
given several workshops and demonstrations in the textile medium of feltmaking
across the United States. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her
partner, George; three iguanas; four birds; and nine tortoises.
"Sister Anonymous" & "Specimens"—Amy Fleury's collection of poems,
Beautiful Trouble, won the 2003 Crab Orchard First Book Award and was
published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2004. Her poems have appeared
in The American Life in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Southern
Poetry Review, North American Review, and The Southeast Review,
among others. She is an associate professor of English at McNeese State
"For a Party at a Friend’s House"—Rob Griffith is the editor of
Measure. His work has appeared in Poetry, Prairie Schooner,
the North American Review, and The Oxford American, among others.
His latest book is A Matinee in Plato¹s Cave (2008). He teaches American
literature and creative writing at the University of Evansville, Indiana.
"(it was so hot)," "(when the hostess comes out)," & "the busboy training
schedule"—Matthew Guenette is the author of
Sudden Anthem, winner
of the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize from Dream Horse Press. His work
has appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, DIAGRAM, The
Greensboro Review, Indiana Review, Southern Indiana Review,
The Spoon River Poetry Review, and other publications. He is an English
instructor at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, WI.
"40 Plus," "Hating the Courthouse," & "Ann Onymous"—Allison Joseph is the author
of the chapbook Voice: Poems and five full-length collections of poetry:
What Keeps Us Here, Soul Train, In Every Seam, Imitation
of Life, and Worldly Pleasures. She teaches at Southern Illinois
University Carbondale, where she also serves as editor and poetry editor for
Crab Orchard Review and
directs the Young Writers Workshop, a summer workshop for high school writers.
"Wind Chimes," "Poise and Perception," & "In the Parking Lot of the Dry
Cleaners"—Norman Minnick earned an MFA in creative writing from Florida
International University in Miami the same year he was awarded an Academy of
American Poets Prize. His work has been included in such journals as
Notre Dame Review, The Seattle Review,
and The Caribbean Writer. His collection,
To Taste the Water,
blends elements of nature, family, and Asian poetry, and was awarded the First
Series Award for Poetry by Mid-List Press.
"Backyard"—Jason Schossler is a Pushcart Prize
nominee and the winner of the 2009 Edwin Markham Prize in Poetry sponsored by
Reed Magazine. His work has appeared in more than 30 magazines and journals,
including The Sun, North American Review, and The Antioch
Review, and he is the recipient of fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation,
the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in
Germany. He teaches writing at Temple University.
"Voyager 2"—Robert Tillett has taught literature and writing at universities in New
York, Arkansas, and Ohio. He holds MA and MFA degrees in poetry from SUNY
Brockport and the University of Arkansas, respectively. He was a recipient of a
Breadloaf scholarship and has been published in
Poetry Northwest, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review,
ByLine, and other magazines.
"Stake Horse"—Adam Vines
has published poems recently or has poems forthcoming in
>Greensboro Review, North American Review,
New Orleans Review, American Poetry Review,
>The Cincinnati Review,
Third Coast, Barrow Street, and other journals. He teaches at the
University of Alabama at Birmingham and co-edits Birmingham Poetry Review.
"Who is This Host Arrayed in White"—Benjamin Percy is the author
of a novel, The Wilding (forthcoming from
Graywolf Press in late 2009), and two books of stories, Refresh, Refresh
and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been read on
National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire,
Men’s Journal, The Paris Review, the Chicago Tribune,
Glimmer Train, and Best American Short Stories. His honors include
the 2008 Whiting Writers Award, the Plimpton Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. He
teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State University and the Pacific University
low-residency program. His story "Refresh, Refresh" was adapted into a graphic
novel—co-authored by filmmaker James Ponsoldt and illustrated by
Eisner-nominated artist Danica Novgorodoff—published by First Second Books (a
division of Macmillan) in fall 2009.
"Conversations We Never Had"—Luan Hall Pitsch holds an MA in creative writing from University of Nebraska and
masters in public administration from the University of Utah. She worked as
Intake/Probation Officer for the Third District Juvenile Court in Salt Lake
City, Utah, for eight years. Her stories have appeared in
theadirondackreview.com, mendacityreview.com, and Red Rock Review, and have been
nominated for the 2009 Million Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize. She is
currently working on a novel.
"First Love"—David James Poissant's stories have appeared in Playboy, the Chicago
Willow Springs, The Chattahoochee Review, Redivider, and in the anthologies
Stories from the South 2008 and Best New American Voices 2008 and 2010. He has
won the Playboy College Fiction Contest, the AWP Quickie Contest, the George
Garrett Fiction Award, Second Prize in the Atlantic Monthly Student
Writing Contest, and was a runner-up for the 2006 Nelson Algren Award. He is a
PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati and lives with his wife, Marla, in
"Cardigans"—is an excerpt from Kyoko Mori's new memoir,
the Way Home. Her many critically acclaimed books include Polite Lies: On
Being a Woman Caught Between Cultures; The Dream of Water;
the novel Stone Field, True Arrow; and two novels for young adults,
Shizuko's Daughter and One Bird. Her essays and short stories have
appeared in journals such as The American Scholar, Harvard Review,
and The Kenyon Review She teaches nonfiction at George Mason University and fiction
in the MFA program at Lesley University.
"Taking Place"—Kathryn Wilder lives on Maui at the edge of a culture. She writes about
place, people, language, and canoes for regional publications such as Spirit
of Aloha, Hana Hou!, and Hawai`i Magazine. "Taking Place" is
the title piece for Taking Place: Pieces of Hawai`i, a work-in-progress.
"Inkblots, Mardi Gras, and Beethoven’s Fifth: An Interview with Michael
Martone"—Matthew Baker has degrees in creative writing and English
literature from Hope College, where he was awarded the Academy of American Poets
Prize, and he recently accepted an offer to study in Vanderbilt's Creative
Writing MFA Program for Fiction. His work has appeared in Hunger Mountain
and Lumberyard, and will be featured in a forthcoming anthology, Time
You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, edited by Naomi Shihab Nye.—Michael
Martone has recently published Double-wide, a collection of his work
over the past two decades, and Michael Martone: Fictions, a memoir in
contributor’s notes. He is the author of many books of short fiction including
Seeing Eye, Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, Fort Wayne Is
Seventh on Hitler’s List, Safety Patrol, and Alive and Dead in
"Toni Morrison's A Mercy" & "Dick Lourie's Pilgrimage"—Contributing
editor Brenda DeMartini's stories and poems have appeared in
Confrontation, Kansas Quarterly, Minnesota Review,
Mississippi Mud, The Sun, and Three Rivers Poetry Journal.
"Erin McGraw's The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard"—Kyle Minor
is the author of In the Devil's Territory, a collection of short fiction,
and co-editor of The Other Chekhov, an anthology of Anton Chekhov's
lesser-known fiction. His recent work appears in The Southern Review,
The Gettysburg Review, and Best American Mystery Stories 2008. He is
visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Toledo.