Monday, September 30, 2019

issue six: guest-edited by Sarah Mangold


NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #6
edited by Sarah Mangold


the sixth issue features new work by:

Rae Armantrout
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Stefania Heim
Anna Maria Hong
Carrie Hunter
Michael Leong
erica lewis
Melanie Noel
Bronka Nowicka
Meredith Stricker
Katarzyna Szuster
Mark Tardi
Elizabeth Clark Wessel
Angela Veronica Wong

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Author biographies:

Rae Armantrout’s most recent books, Versed, Money Shot, Just Saying, Itself, Partly: New and Selected Poems, Entanglements, (a chapbook selection of poems in conversation with physics), and Wobble were published by Wesleyan University Press. Wobble, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, was selected by Library Journal as one of the seven best poetry books of 2018. In 2010 her book Versed won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and The National Book Critics Circle Award. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals including Poetry, Conjunctions, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Yorker, Bomb, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology, The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine, etc.   She is recently retired from UC San Diego where she was professor of poetry and poetics. She lives in the Seattle area.

Jeannine Hall Gailey served as the second Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington. She's the author of five books of poetry: Becoming the VillainessShe Returns to the Floating WorldUnexplained FeversThe Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and Field Guide to the End of the World, winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize and the SFPA's Elgin Award. Her work appeared in journals such as American Poetry ReviewNotre Dame Review and Prairie Schooner. Her web site is www.webbish6.com. Twitter and Instagram: @webbish6.

Stefania Heim is author of the poetry collections HOUR BOOK (Ahsahta Press, 2019) and A Table That Goes On for Miles (Switchback Books, 2014). The recipient of a 2019 NEA Translation Fellowship, her book of translations of metaphysical artist Giorgio de Chirico's Italian poems, Geometry of Shadows, is forthcoming with A Public Space Books. She teaches at Western Washington University.

Anna Maria Hong is the author of the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize, and Age of Glass, winner of Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s 2019 Norma Farber First Book Award. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in June 2020. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published work in The Nation, The Iowa Review, Ecotone, amberflora, jubilat, Fence, New Delta Review, Jet Fuel Review, Jacket2, American Book Review, Poetry Daily, The Best American Poetry, and many other publications.

Carrie Hunter received her MFA/MA in the Poetics program at New College of California, is on the editorial board of Black Radish Books, and edited the chapbook press, ypolita press, for 11 years. She has two books out with Black Radish Books, The Incompossible and Orphan Machines, and has published around 15 chapbooks, the most recent, Series out of Sequence, from above/ground press. Her third full length book, Vibratory Milieu, is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2020. She lives in San Francisco and teaches ESL.

Michael Leong teaches in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. His most recent books are Who Unfolded My Origami Brain? (Fence Digital, 2017) and Words on Edge (Black Square Editions, 2018).

erica lewis lives in San Francisco. In addition to mary wants to be a superwoman, her books include the precipice of jupitercamera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventorydaryl hall is my boyfriend, and mary wants to be a superwoman. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Melanie Noel is the author of The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013) and a Ringing (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2019). Her poems have also appeared in THERMOS, Weekday, La Norda Especialo, Seattle Review of Books, and The Arcadia Project.

Bronka Nowicka is a Polish theatre and TV director, screenwriter, poet and interdisciplinary artist. She is a graduate of the National Film School in Lodz, Poland, and the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts. Her literary debut, Nakarmic kamien [To Feed the Stone] was awarded the 2016 Nike Literary Award and the Zloty Srodek Poezji Award [“Golden Mean of Poetry”]. In 2017, she was a laureate of the New Voices from Europe project. The English-language debut of To Feed The Stone is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in 2020.

Meredith Stricker is a visual artist and poet working in cross-genre media. She is the author of Our Animal, Omnidawn Open Book Prize; Tenderness Shore which received the National Poetry Series Award; Alphabet Theater, mixed-media performance poetry from Wesleyan University Press; Mistake, Caketrain Chapbook Award and anemochore selected for the Gloria Anzaldúa chapbook prize, Newfound Press. She was short-listed for the Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T.S. Eliot Foundation for anemochore. Her work will appear in the 2019 Best American Experimental Writing anthology from Wesleyan. She co-directs visual poetry studio, a collaborative that focuses on architecture in Big Sur, California and projects to bring together artists, writers, musicians and experimental forms. https://www.meredithstricker.com.

Katarzyna Szuster earned her MA in English studies from the University of Lodz, Poland and was a lecturer at the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Nizwa in Oman. She has translated various Polish poets into English, such as Miron Białoszewski, Justyna Bargielska, and Bronka Nowicka. Her translations have been published in Aufgabe, Free Over Blood, Moria, Biweekly, Words without Borders, diode, Toad Press and Tripwire. Her translation of Bronka Nowicka’s To Feed The Stone is forthcoming from Dalkey Archive Press in 2020.

Mark Tardi is originally from Chicago and earned his MFA from Brown University. His publications include the books The Circus of Trust, Airport music, and Euclid Shudders. He has guest-curated a selection of contemporary Polish poetry for the international journals Aufgabe and Berlin Quarterly, and recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Notre Dame Review, The Continental Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Jet Fuel Review, textsound and Tammy. He has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Djerassi Foundation, and Brown University. A former Fulbright scholar, he now lives with his family and two dogs in a village in central Poland and is on faculty at the University of Łódź.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is the author of four chapbooks of poetry, a founding editor at Argos Book, and the translator of numerous novels from the Swedish, including most recently What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde. Originally from rural Nebraska, she spent many years living in New York and Connecticut, and these days calls Stockholm, Sweden home. She has translated a chapbook of poems called Seeking an Older, Well-Educated Gentleman by Kristina Lugn that is forthcoming from Bloof in 2019.

Angela Veronica Wong is a writer, artist, and educator living in New York City. She is the author of Elsa: An Unauthorized Autobiography (Black Radish Books, 2017), the full-length How to Survive a Hotel Fire (Coconut Books) and the chapbook Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter, a winner of the Poetry Society of America New York Fellowship. Her poetry has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry (with Amy Lawless) and Please Excuse This Poem.


Sarah Mangold : issue six : Introduction :


Welcome to GUEST 6! From 2000 to 2009 I edited the print journal Bird Dog. My focus was longer poems and giving space to women, often before their first books. It was a labor of love with hand tipped-in art. When rob mclennan asked if I would like to edit an issue of GUEST, I immediately thought of past Bird Dog contributors, but I also wanted to include new poets and check-in on those poets I’ve only heard read once years ago. I knew I wanted to ask for work from poets who I’m always on the look-out to read. So, this became my mission. What are you up to? Within these pages you will find Bird Dog poets along with newer acquaintances. There are cats and dogs (of course!), ghosts, bodies, outer space, translation, micro reviews, and the dailiness of our Anthropocene. I hope you will begin to follow these writers, as I do, and hey, What are you up to? I can’t wait to read it!




Sarah Mangold was born in Nebraska and raised there and in Kansas, and Oklahoma. She is the author of the poetry collections Household Mechanics (New Issues), Electrical Theories of Femininity (Black Radish Books) and Giraffes of Devotion (Kore), as well as many chapbooks, most recently, Birds I Recall (above/ground). She is the founder and editor of the print literary journal Bird Dog: a journal of innovative writing and art (2000-2009), and a recipient of a 2013 NEA Poetry Fellowship. She lives near Seattle where she works for the University of Washington as a Program Manager for online academic programs and teaches online.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

issue five: guest-edited by D.W. Adams

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #5
edited by D.W. Adams

see here for D.W. Adam’s introduction and biography

the fifth issue features new work by:


Erin Bedford
Carlie Blume
Simon Brown
Conyer Clayton
Ariel Dawn
Amy Leblanc
John Luna
Ian Martin
Geoffrey Nilson
Rebecca Rustin
Lydia Unsworth


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Author biographies:

Erin Bedford’s work is published in William Patterson University's Map Literary, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Temz Review, and Train: a poetry journal. She writes novels and poems. Find out more on Twitter @ErinLBedford and IG @erin__bedford 

Carlie Blume is a Vancouver born writer of poetry and fiction. She is a 2017 graduate of The Writer’s Studio as well as a recent graduate from the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive and Chelene Knight’s Advanced Poetry Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Maynard, Train: a poetry journal, Loose Lips Magazine, Pulp MAG, and BAD DOG Review. She is currently working on a debut collection of poetry as well as a novel.

Simon Brown (1979) is a self-taught poet, translator and artist from the traditional territory of the Peskotomuhkati Nation (southwestern New Brunswick) currently based in Québec’s Montérégie-Est region (Ndakinna). His French and English texts have been presented in interdisciplinary artworks and collaborative performances, and via platforms such as Lemon Hound, Train, Estuaire, Vallum, Poetry Is Dead, Watts, and filling Station. As a translator, he has adapted texts by Erin Robinsong, Maude Pilon, Angela Carr, Danielle LaFrance and Alice Burdick, among others. His collections and artist’s books have been published in Québec, Canada and France by Vanloo, Moult, Le laps, squint press, and Paper Pusher. This Mud, A Word, is forthcoming later this year in Frog Hollow Press’s New Brunswick chapbook series.

simonbrown.ca
twitter.com/simonbeige

Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa based artist who aims to live with compassion, gratitude, and awe. Her most recent chapbooks are: Trust Only the Beasts in the Water (above/ground press, 2019), Undergrowth (bird, buried press), Mitosis (In/Words Magazine and Press), and For the Birds. For the Humans. (battleaxe press). She released a collaborative album with Nathanael Larochette, If the river stood still, in August 2018. Her work appears in ARC, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, The Maynard, Puddles of Sky Press, TRAIN, post ghost press, and others. She won Arc's 2017 Diana Brebner Prize, 3rd place in Prairie Fire's 2017 Poetry Contest, honourable mention in The Fiddlehead's 2018 poetry prize, and was long-listed for Vallum's 2018 Poem of the Year. She is a member of the sound poetry ensemble Quatuor Gualuor, and writes reviews for Canthius. Her debut full length collection of poetry is forthcoming in Spring 2020. Check out conyerclayton.com for updates on her endeavours.

Ariel Dawn lives in Victoria, British Columbia with her son and daughter. She spends her time writing, reading, studying Tarot, and working on her first collection of prose poems. Recent work appears in Guest, Train, and Litro.

Amy LeBlanc is a writer and editor from Calgary, Alberta. She is currently non-fiction editor at filling Station magazine and is the author of two chapbooks, most recently Ladybird, Ladybird published with Anstruther Press (August 2018). Amy’s debut poetry collection, I know something you don’t know, is forthcoming with Gordon Hill Press (Spring 2020). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Room, PRISM International, and the Literary Review of Canada among others and she was recently long-listed for Room Magazine’s 2018 Short Forms Contest. She will begin her MA in English Literature and creative writing at the University of Calgary in fall 2019.

John Luna is a Canadian/Mexican-American artist, whose practice as a visual artist and writer includes painting, sculpture and installation, critical writing and poetry, and teaching in the areas of studio art, art history and theory. Publication of his written work in art criticism and poetry has appeared in Ditch, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, Canyon, Cordite, Train and Matrix, among others. Luna’s first collection of poems, Listing, was released through Decoupage Publishing in 2015. His second book-length manuscript was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry in 2017. He the recipient of a 2017 BC Arts Council Project Assistance Grant for an ongoing project involving text and visual art.

Ian Martin is a retired movie extra decomposing in Ottawa. Ian's work has appeared recently in Train, Half a Grapefruit, where is the river, Bad Nudes, Plenitude Magazine, and Pretty Owl Poetry. Ian has published 4 chapbooks, most recently PLACES TO HIDE (Coven Editions, 2018) and YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO KEEP THIS UP FOREVER (AngelHousePress, 2018). When not writing, Ian develops small games and complains online. [http://ian-martin.net]

Geoffrey Nilson is a writer, editor, visual artist, and the founder of poetry micropress, pagefiftyone. A regular contributor to Coast Mountain Culture, he is the author of four poetry chapbooks: In my ear continuously like a stream (above/ground, 2017), O (Swimmer's Group, 2017), We Have to Watch (Quilliad, 2016), and Alchemy Machine (2015).

Rebecca Rustin has written for Train, Dusie, talking about strawberries all of the time, PRISM International, Pioneertown, and the Maple Tree Literary Supplement. The PRISM poem won the 2017 Earl Birney Prize. She currently writes marketing copy for Lionbridge, occasionally works as a French to English translator, and might return to Concordia’s HUMA program later this year.

Lydia Unsworth is the author of two collections of poetry: Certain Manoeuvres (Knives Forks & Spoons, 2018) and Nostalgia for Bodies (Erbacce, 2018), for which she won the 2018 Erbacce Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in Ambit, Pank, Litro, Tears in the Fence, Banshee, Ink Sweat and Tears, and Sentence: Journal of Prose Poetics, among other places. Based in Manchester/Amsterdam. Twitter @lydiowanie


D.W. Adams : issue five : introduction :


Train : a poetry journal developed out of a sense that I had spent too much time lurking—as a reader, as an admirer of poets and their poetry—and that I should actually do something different to interact with writers and writing. I thought I should be more active.

I’ve sat untold hours in coffee shops with poetry. The solitude began to feel isolating, even selfish.

From the moment I announced the first submission call, the project developed rather quickly, and Train : a poetry journal, which exists as both a print quarterly and a blog, now has a life of its own. This issue of G U E S T emerges from whatever it is that Train has been doing since posting those first poems in May, 2018. I’ve been introduced to the work of so many incredible poets that I might not have otherwise had the chance to read, and I’ve appreciated every one.

Thanks to rob mclennan for soliciting me for this project.


D.W. Adams lives in Toronto. He is editor and publisher of Train : a poetry journal.



Thursday, May 30, 2019

issue four: guest-edited by Anthony Etherin

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #4
edited by Anthony Etherin


see here for Anthony Etherin’s introduction and biography

the fourth issue features new work by:

Clara Daneri
Billy Mavreas
James Knight
Stefan Mohamed
Luke Bradford
Lucy Dawkins
Petra Schulze-Wollgast
Derek Beaulieu
Sacha Archer
Christian Bök



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Author biographies:

Clara Daneri is an artist and illustrator, exploring the relationship between digital and traditional media. She runs Penteract Press and tweets @ClaraDaneri.

Billy Mavreas is a Montréal based artist and writer of Hellenic heritage, working in the zone between text and image, producing more-or-less regular comics as well as abstract comics, word-based poetry as well as visual poetry and asemic writing. He operates a curious art space in Montreal called Monastiraki.

James Knight is an experimental writer and digital artist. Void Voices, his reimagining of Dante’s Inferno, was published by Hesterglock Press in 2018. Website: thebirdking.com. Twitter: @badbadpoet.

Stefan Mohamed is a poet and author based in Bristol. His novels Falling Leaves and the Bitter Sixteen Trilogy are published by Salt Publishing, and his poetry collection PANIC! is published by Burning Eye Books.

Luke Bradford is an experimental poet living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His latest collection of constrained poetry, Glossology, is available for free download as a PDF or for purchase as a book at lukebradford.xyz/glossology. His work has been published in print and online by Spacecraft Press, Penteract Press, Timglaset, Utsanga.it, and ToCall magazine.

Lucy Dawkins is a British-American model, poetess and world wanderer. You might find her over on Twitter, playing with words, @lucykdawkins.

Petra Schulze-Wollgast (psw) is an artistic discoverer of old printmaking techniques and has her printing studio in Rostock, Germany. She creates abstract typographics with typewriters, Letraset alphabets and metal type letters. She experiments with an old Gestetner 320 mimeograph and prints on a letterpress proofing press, turning her works into artist's books. www.psw.gallery

Derek Beaulieu is the author / editor of 20 collections of poetry, prose and criticism including two volumes of his selected work Please No More Poetry: the poetry of derek beaulieu (2013) and Konzeptuelle Arbeiten (2017). His most recent volume of fiction, a, A Novel was published by Paris’s Jean Boîte Editions. Beaulieu has spoken, performed and exhibited his visual work across Canada, the United States and Europe and has won multiple local and national awards for his teaching and dedication to students. Derek Beaulieu was the 2014–2016 Poet Laureate of Calgary, Canada and is Director of Literary Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Sacha Archer is a writer that works in numerous mediums as well as being the editor of Simulacrum Press (simulacrumpress.ca). His work has been published Internationally. Archer has two full-length collections, Detour (gradient books, 2017) and Zoning Cycle (Simulacrum Press, 2017), as well as a number of chapbooks, the most recent being TSK oomph (Inspiritus Press, 2018), Contemporary Meat (The Blasted Tree, 2018) and Autopsy Report (above/ground). His neglected website is sachaarcher.wordpress.com. Archer lives in Ontario, Canada.

Christian Bök is the author of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature that has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence (2002). Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), his first book of poetry, has been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (1995). Nature has interviewed Bök about his work on The Xenotext (making him the first poet ever to appear in this famous journal of science). Bök has also exhibited artworks derived from The Xenotext at galleries around the world, including (among others) the Bury Art Gallery in Bury, the Olga Korper Gallery in Toronto, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Power Plant in Toronto, and the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing. Bök teaches students of Creative Writing in the School of Creative Arts and Humanities at Charles Darwin University.



Anthony Etherin : issue four : Introduction : "Pyramids"


Poetry is an act of chronogeometry. It distinguishes itself from prose by submitting to premeditated or extemporised structures, be they rhythmic or visual (or both).
          When I started Penteract Press, in 2016, I wanted to build a venue for poems that fully embraced and celebrated their structures.
The penteract is a five-dimensional cuboid: What the cube is to the square, and the tesseract is to the cube, so the penteract is to the tesseract. It is a higher-dimensional platonic solid: simple yet complex; structurally pure, yet spatially transcendental. This reflected the poetry I wished to promote: I wanted both the traditional and the avant-garde: sonnets and sestinas, rondels and villanelles — but also strictly constrained experimentalism and visually radical forms.

Just as great verse seeks perfection by a distillation of language (“the best words in the best order”), so the ancient Egyptians sought spiritual perfection by a distillation of form. The astonishing precision of the Great Pyramid of Giza’s measurements is a testament to the sacred power humans assign structural purity.
          When rob mclennan asked me to guest edit this issue, I wanted a theme that would reflect my interest in structure-based poetry, but which would also evoke the very human need to look beyond. The pyramid, whether as a geometrical object or as a sacred monument, seemed a fitting theme.
The breadth of ideas and styles I received was astounding. Featured in this issue are ten poets: We have visual poetry, both digital and analogue; we have lyrical poetry that speaks both of and with geometrical precision; and we have a variety of literary restrictions.
          I would like to thank each of these contributors for their thoughtful responses to my submissions call — and a big thank you also to rob, for inviting me to temporarily take the reins of this fascinating journal.

A zig. Now one zag. Gaze now on Giza!—





Anthony Etherin is an experimental formalist poet. He founded Penteract Press (www.penteractpress.com) and he invented the aelindrome. His published works include the collections Cellar (Penteract Press, 2018) and Danse Macabre (above/ground, 2018). For more of his poetry, find him on Twitter, @Anthony_Etherin, and via his website: anthonyetherin.wordpress.com

issue six: guest-edited by Sarah Mangold

NOW AVAILABLE: G U E S T #6 edited by Sarah Mangold see here for Sarah Mangold’s introduction and biography the sixth issue ...