Will Alexander is a poet, novelist, essayist, artist and educator who lives in Los Angeles. His poetic works include Exobiology as Goddess, Asia & Haiti, Above the Human Nerve Domain and The Stratospheric Cantacles. His philosophical essays, Towards the Primeval Lightening Field, were published by O Books in 1999. His novel, Sunrise in Armageddon, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2006. His visual art has been shown in collections in Berlin, Los Angeles and other locales. Alexander has performed throughout the country, and has taught courses at the University of California at San Diego, Naropa University, Hofstra University, and Mills College. He was the recipient of a Whiting Fellowship for Poetry in 2001 and a California Arts Council Fellowship in 2002. His new books of poems THE SRI LANKAN LOXODROME is just out with New Directions Publishing.
Edwin Torres has collaborated with a wide range of artists, creating performances that intermingle poetry with vocal & physical improvisation, sound-elements and visual theater. His poetry fellowships include, the New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation For Contemporary Performance Art, The Poets Fund and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He has taught workshops at St. Marks Poetry Project, Naropa University, Bard College, Mills College and Miami University among others. His work has been published in many anthologies, and his CD “Holy Kid,” (Kill Rock Stars Records) was part of The Whitney Museum’s exhibition, The American Century Pt. II. He’s inventor of a noh-boricua inspired non-movement called NORICUA, and has performed its non-ideologies with Spanic Attack in the Bronx, Berlin and Loisaida. He is co-editor of the poetry journal/DVD “Rattapallax.” His books include, I Hear Things People Haven’t Really Said, Fractured Humorous (Subpress), The All-Union Day Of The Shock Worker (Roof Books) and The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books). This reading will launch his new book, In The Function of External Circumstances, forthcoming from Nightboat Books.