Renée Alberts listens to rivers and shortwave radio to create poetry, collage, sound, and photography. Her poetry collection, No Water, came out in 2009. She organizes the long-running WordsSwordsWords showcase and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry & Reading Series, for which she edited Natural Language, an anthology that includes the work of 35 academic, experimental, and spoken word poets. She is currently embarking on the Cut and Run Word Tour with ink-sister Nikki Allen.
Oisín Byrne has become known for working with paper, making large scale origami installations, giant back-lit pin-prick drawings, and maps of the visible universe humbly pierced into a cardboard box. Oisín has collaborated with Astrophysicists, with fashion designers and with micro-sound composers in furthering his practice. His work is included in a number of important collections, including that of the Morrocan Monarchy, and his recent limited edition artist publication Friendly Energy Being is stocked by Printed Matter NYC, and Shakespeare and Co., Paris. For more about Oisín Byrne see www.oisinbyrne.com and www.origasmi.tumblr.com.
Kevin Cabrera is a French son from a Dublin source, back in the country to enjoy the craic, and he hasn't been able to make his way out since. When he's not looking at the world through the bus window, he's writing stories down to keep his sanity under wraps.
Fred Conlon (1943 - 2005) was born in Killeenduff, Co Sligo, graduated from the National College of Art and Design where he later taught as Assistant Professor of Sculpture. His public sculpture can be seen all over the country, his best know pieces being the Parnell statue in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, The stone fibula outside Bunratty Castle, and his meditation pieces in the Shekina Sculpture Garden in Glenmalure.
Nessa Darcy became an artist by accident. She ended up graduating from Fine Print in NCAD in 2007, and has found herself exhibiting work in the strangest of places. She is a quarter of the collective Soft Blonde Moustache, who launched a book at Monster Truck in 2008 and have also exhibited in Temple Bar Gallery and the RIA in conjunction with the Douglas Hyde, proving that four heads are better than one. Nessa is also illustrating a book about a zoo, little by little, when she's not out cavorting with real animals, children and trees.
Nitoo Das teaches English at Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Das runs a blog, which she began as an experiment almost five years ago while working on a research project (with Sarai, CSDS) on poetry as hypertext. She is one of the featured poets on Poetry International Webs India Page. Her poetry has been published in online sites like Pratilipi, Muse India, Eclectica, Poetry with Prakriti and also in several anthologies. Das's poetry works with voice, soundscape and comic defamiliarisation. Her first collection, Boki, was published by Virtual Artists Collective, Chicago, in September 2008.
Katelyn Ferguson writes poems occasionally and her work has appeared in NUI Galway's Ropes journal. She is currently hard at work finishing up her doctoral thesis on the poetry of Brendan Kennelly at Trinity College Dublin.
Derek Fitzpatrick is from Dublin and has a BA in Fine Art from DIT. He has exhibited at numerous galleries around Ireland, including Kilkenny's Watergate Theatre, Cavan's Arts Centre, Belfast's Royal Ulster Academy and Dublin's Ivy House, Loft Gallery and Red Rua. Awards include the Cill Rialaig Studio Residency Scholarship for a Young Emerging Artist. See http://derekfitzpatrick.com/
SJ Fowler is an employee of the British Museum and edits the 3am Magazine Maintenant interview series. He has had work published over 40 journals, including BlazeVox, Chroma, Ditch, Moria, Nth position, Nutshell, Poetry Monthly International and Poetry Salzburg Review. He reads as part of London's longest established avant garde poetry group, Bob Cobbing's The Writers' Forum www.sjfowlerpoetry.com
Libby Hart's first collection of poetry, Fresh News from the Arctic (Australia, 2006) received the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize. Her book-length poem, This Floating World was devised for stage and performed by Teresa Bell and Gavin Blatchford (2010). Publication of This Floating World is forthcoming (2011).
Jack Harte founded the Irish Writers Centre, of which he is the current Chairman, and the Irish Writers' Union. His most recent books are the novels In the wake of the Bagger and Reflections in a Tar-Barrel and the story collection From Under Gogol's Nose. His book on Fred Conlon, Unravelling the Spiral is due out shortly.
Aideen Henry lives in Galway and works as a writer, physician and lecturer. Her poems have been published previously in several literary journals and magazines including Crannóg, the SHOp, Ropes, the Cúirt Annual and Southword. She was shortlisted for the 2009 Hennessy X. O. Literary Awards for Emerging Poetry. Her debut collection of poetry, Hands Moving at the Speed of Falling Snow, was published by Salmon Poetry in May 2010. She also writes drama and short fiction.
Crystal J. Hoffman's writing has appeared in a number of journals, such as A cappella Zoo, FRiGG, and Maintentant: Dada Poetry. She fancies herself a revolutionary for a number of reasons, one of which is her work as Artistic Director of The TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret (www.typewritergirls.net), where she subverts banalities in order to create living poetic experiences, and another is The Pittsburgh Poets Playshop, which she runs at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in order to keep the joy of surrealist writing games alive and well for future generations.
Gareth Humphreys was born at an undisclosed military location in the sea and has been growing ever since. Under a number of assumed aliases he held various positions before getting cramps. He currently lives with several of his personalities and their associates just outside of Barking.
Justin Hyde lives in Iowa. More of his work can be found here: http://www.nyqpoets.net/poet/justinhyde
Mohamed Eric Kahouadji is a French artist living in Angers, whose work is about memory most of the time. He exhibits at BrÃ©hÃ©ret gallery:
http://www.gallery-breheret.com/diaporama_mohamed_kahouadji.html. You can see more on :www.mohamedkahouadji.com
Peycho Kanev's work has been published in Welter, Poetry Quarterly, The Catalonian Review, The Arava Review, Nerve Cowboy, Chiron Review, Tonopah Review, Mad Swirl, In Posse Review, Southern Ocean Review, The Houston Literary Review and many others. He is nominated for a Pushcart Award and lives in Chicago. His collaborative collection "r", containing poetry by him and Felino Soriano, as well as photography from Duane Locke and Edward Wells II is now available.
Paul Kavanagh lives in Charlotte.
Daire Lynch is a Dublin-born artist, currently living in Cong, Co.Mayo. He is self taught and specializes in portraiture and figurative work, in both oil and watercolour, though does seascapes too. www.dairelynch.com
Michael Mc Aloran was born in Belfast in 1976. His art work has appeared at Calliope Nerve, Shoots & Vines, Fragile Arts Quarterly, and others and has been used as book covers. He is the author of seven short collections of poetry, including The Death-Streaked Air, forthcoming from Virgogray Press. He also edits at Calliope Nerve.
Geraldine Mitchell lives on the Mayo coast where she spends her time reading, writing and meditating on how little she knows. She won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award in 2008 and hopes to have her first collection published sometime soon.
Alan Jude Moore was born in Dublin. His two collections of poetry, Black State Cars (2004) and Lost Republics (2008) are published by Salmon Poetry. A third collection, Strasbourg, will be published by Salmon in 2010. His poetry is widely published, in Ireland and abroad, and his fiction has been twice short-listed for the Hennessy Literary Award for New Irish Writing. Translations of his work have been published in Italy and Russia. HeÂ lives in Dublin.
A native of Mississippi, Benjamin Morris recently completed a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. His creative work appears or is forthcoming in Anon, Horizon Review, and Amerarcana: The Bird and Beckett Review. He is an editor at Forest Publications in Edinburgh, and currently lives in New Orleans.
Mark Noonan is from Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. He is now living in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is completing his MA in Ethnomusicology, and studying theatre, Shape Note Singing, and the 5-string banjo. His poems have recently appeared in The Stinging Fly, Revival, Moloch, and Wordlegs.
Damien O' Reilly is a graphic artist whose work has been exhibited at the D&AD in London, CRiT Exhibition in Cardiff and recently the AS SEEN ON THE RADIO exhibition at Mill Street Studios, Dublin. Now that Patrick Swayze is dead, Damien can put as many babies into corners as he likes.
A native of Ireland, Patrick "Pappi" Pearse combines a classical treatment of anatomy and landscape with an impressionistic infatuation with light to create vivid images bordering on the surreal.
Paul Perry is the author and editor of a number of critically acclaimed books including The Drowning of the Saints, Goldsmith's Ghost, 108 Moons and The Orchid Keeper. He teaches creative writing for Kingston University, London, and University College Dublin and is Course Director in Poetry for the Faber Academy in Dublin. Forthcoming: The Last Falcon and Small Ordinance, The Dedalus Press, 2010.
Jeremy Pomeroy is from West Virginia in Appalachian, but has been living the past five years in Zielona Gora, Poland as an English teacher and (would-be) writer, poet, and musician. He studied literature at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and then at University College, Dublin.
Daniel Porder is a New York City writer. His poems have appeared in very small presses, including Word Riot, Decomp, Monkeybicycle, and Thieves Jargon. He studies writing and literature at the New School.
Sarah Quigley is an artist and graphic designer based in Dublin, Ireland. She is also the co-founder of Milk and Cookie Stories, http://www.milkandcookiestories.com, a monthly storytelling open mic night with free cookies, cake and tea. To see more of her artwork, visit http://squiglemonster.deviantart.com/gallery.
Jessica Reidy is from New Hampshire and at the moment lives in Co. Cork, Ireland. She has a BA in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her poetry and flash fiction has appeared in various journals including Arsenic Lobster, Big Toe Review, and Frogpond, and is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review.
Maria Lola Roche is an Irish artist, poet, photographer, a activist for the arts--a 'professional dreamer'. Maria became founder of the Destructors Manifesto in 2009 with great help from many of this generations budding talent. Her work is influenced by symbolism, realism and surrealism and paints "purely out of urgency and a mission--Its a matter of life or death--its my raison d'etre ". You can see her work in exhibition at the Ranelagh Arts Festival 2010 in its newly refurbished Arts Building.
Soft Blond Moustache is a collective of four artists: Nessa Darcy, Mary-Jo Gilligan, Aileen Murphy and Julia McConville. Recent exhibitions include their solo show Hold Your Breath While You Draw Monster Truck Gallery, It Goes On Templebar Gallery and Perponderance of the Small The Douglas Hyde Gallery Three. They are currently showing in Something Tells Me It's All Happening At the Zoo in the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin.
Sarah Symes is a Fine Art graduate of DIT.Â Primarily a printmaker her work explores medium, technique, process and colour. She has exhibited work around China, the UK and Ireland. Awards include the Mullen Gallery Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy and the Lorna Brett Jordan Bursary for printmaking.