Issue 13, Volume II
Lisa M. Hase-Jackson is the author of Flint and Fire (The Word Works), winner of the 2019 Hilary Tham Capital Collection Series as selected by Jericho Brown. She is Editor in Chief at South 85 Journal and founding editor of Zingara Poetry Review. Reach her at https://lisahasejackson.com/.
Enis Batur (b.1952) was educated at the Lycée St. Joseph in Istanbul and Middle East Technical University in Ankara, completed his studies in Paris, and is often credited with bringing about a literary renaissance in Turkish private publishing. Since his first collection of poems in 1973 he has published nearly a hundred books including essays, novels, travelogues, and an autobiography. He has served as founding editor and editor-in-chief of several literary journals, produced radio and television programs, curated exhibitions of French and Spanish painting, directed the publications branch of Yapi Kredi Bank, and is currently executive director at Kırmızı Kedi publishing house. Enis Batur lives in Istanbul with his wife, the painter Fatma Tülin.
Selhan Savcıgil-Endres' and Clifford Endres' translations of Turkish authors such as Enis Batur, Güven Turan, Gülten Akın, Selçuk Altun, Haldun Taner, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Haydar Ergulen and others have appeared in Aeolian Visions / Versions, Agenda, An Anthology of Modern Turkish Drama, Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry, Edinburgh Review, Massachusetts Review, Near East Review, New European Poets, Quarterly West, Seneca Review and Talisman among others.
Karen Greenspan is a New York City-based dance journalist and author of Footfalls from the Land of Happiness: A Journey into the Dances of Bhutan, for which she conducted cultural and historic research over eight years and made six trips to Bhutan. She has written numerous articles on global dance traditions and contemporary dance artists and works as a frequent contributor to Ballet Review, Natural History Magazine, Tricycle Magazine, and Tashi Delek among other publications.
Emily Conklin (she/her) is a critic, poet, and architectural historian based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies from New York University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation. Her written work bridges the gaps between history and lived experience through site-specific research, film, and poetics. Her writings and photographs have been featured in Platform Space, the Architect’s Newspaper, and Surface Magazine, amongst others. She is currently the editor of Pollinate Magazine and the bi-annual zine collective Tiny Cutlery.
Alexander Shalom Joseph’s poetry chapbook, Buttons and Bones, was published by above/ground press in 2021. His novels and short stories have been finalists in the 2020 Orison Fiction prize, the 2020 Paper Nautilus Chapbook Prize, and the 2020, 2019 and 2018 Faulkner Awards for a “Novel in Progress.” He has received four honorable mentions in Glimmer Train’s New Writer Competition and his fiction has been published in numerous literary journals. Alexander is the host of the podcast American Wasteland, and writes a weekly prose poetry column in The Mountain Ear Newspaper in Nederland, Colorado. He holds an MFA from The Jack Kerouac School.
Susan Tepper is the author of nine published books of fiction and poetry. She writes in all genres. Her play The Crooked Heart, an adaptation of her 2012 novel centered on Jackson Pollock’s later years, is currently in pre-production. The play recently had a first reading at the Ivy Theatre Company, NYC and was listed in Broadway World. Tepper’s awards and honors include nineteen Pushcart Prize Nominations for short fiction and a 7th place prize in Zoetrope’s Novel Contest. Recently, Gargoyle magazine nominated one of tepper’s stories for Best American Mystery Series, 2021. www.susantepper.com
Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno, co-translator of this issues's Paul Celan's poem with Edouard Roditi, co-translator of Frontera with Bronwyn Mills, and whose memoir we continue to serialize, is the author of more than a dozen books including biographies of Paul Bowles and E.E.Cummings, and a group portrait of American writers in Paris 1944-1960, The Continual Pilgrimage. He also translated the Salvador Dalí "San Sebastien" essay in Witty Issue 10. His translations include books by Paul Eluard, Rafael Alberti, Panaït Istrati, García Lorca and the Mayan Books of Chilam Balam. His most recent publications are Dix méditations sur quelques mots d’Antonin Artaud, translated by Patricia Pruitt (Paris: Alyscamps, 2018) Remission (Talisman House, 2016) and Mussoorie-Montague Miscellany (Talisman House, 2014) Until his retirement he taught writing at MIT for over a quarter-century. He lives in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. Many of his books are on Amazon and Bookshop.org.
Melinda Brown has used sculpture, word and light for fifty years in abandoned and neglected architectural spaces to create environments of wonder and inspiration. Check out her website for more.
As noted, we celebrate Jan Schmidt, our new Consulting Prose Editor (see below), who has contributed a Remarkable Reads review of John WIdeman's short story collection, American Histories.
Bronwyn Mills holds an MFA from UMass, Amherst, and a Ph.D. from NYU where she was an Anais Nin Fellow. Later a Fulbright Fellow (La République du Bénin, West Africa) she has traveled widely, and lived in New York City, Istanbul, Turkey; Latin America; and Paris, France. For several years a dance and theatre writer for regional arts publications in New England, she is also a Senior Prose Editor for Tupelo Quarterly. Books include Night of the Luna Moths (poetry,) Beastly's Tale (a fabulist novel). She has just completed By the Spoonmaker's Tomb, vignettes from her time living in Istanbul and is currently working on Canary Club, a novel set in medieval Spain. Her work has appeared in IKON, Frigate,Talisman: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Tupelo Quarterly, and most recently in Agni Online. She guest-edited the Turkish issue of Absinthe; New European Writing (#19.) Bronwyn has taught at Stevens Institute of Technology; Kadir Has University in Istanbul; and Abomey-Calavi in Bénin. From time to time she publishes work on African vodou. Bronwyn lives and writes in a tiny mountain village far, far away. Read more at https://bronwynmills.org/
Eric Darton’s books include Free City, a novel, first published in 1996 by WW. Norton and recently re-released by Dalkey Archive Press, and the New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand: A Biography of The World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011). Other of his writings may be found at bookoftheworldcourant.net, ericdarton.net and tupeloquarterly.com. He co-wrote, co-produced, and appears in the award-winning feature Asphalt, Muscle & Bone, directed by Bill Hayward. Darton teaches literature, writing, urban design and Ba Gua Zhang, a Chinese internal martial art. He leads Writing at the Crossroads, an interdisciplinary prose workshop.
Hardy Griffin has a Ph.D. from Boğaziçi University, and has published writing in Fresh.ink, New Flash Fiction, Alimentum, Assisi, The Washington Post, American Letters & Commentary, and a chapter in The Gotham Guide to Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury). His translations can be found in Words Without Borders, The Istanbul Biennial, and for the award-winning EU-sponsored study Armenians, which documents the lives of Armenians living in contemporary Turkey. A selection of his work can be found here. He is the founding editor of the literary magazine Novel Slices, dedicated solely to the publication of novel excerpts of all genres.
Dana Delibovi, our Consulting Poetry Editor, is a poet, essayist, and translator from Missouri (USA). Her poetry and essays have recently appeared in After the Art, Arkansan Review, Bluestem, The Confluence, Linden Avenue, Noon, Witty Partition, and Zingara Poetry Review. She has published translations in Apple Valley Review, Ezra Translations, and Witty Partition. She is a 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee in nonfiction. To learn more, visit danadelibovi.weebly.com/
Jan Schmidt, our Consulting Prose Editor, has had fiction published in The Wall, Tupelo Quarterly, The Long Story and New York Stories. In Downtown she published a series of oral history interviews with hard-core, risky individuals and their brushes with salvation. With J.D. Rage, she co-edited Venom Press and its quarterly poetry and fiction magazine, Curare, for eight years. Her short story collection Collateral Regeneration was a finalist for the Eludia Award from Hidden River Arts, 2019. Some of her published writing can be seen on her website janschmidt-writer.com.