Greg Bear is curator of Special Collections at the Annenberg
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of
Vance Bell is the founder and editor-in-chief of Other Voices.
Christian Davenport is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the
University of Colorado at Boulder as well as Director of the Comparative
Politics Center. His primary research interests include political control
(i.e., tolerance, negative sanctions/human rights violations, and
accommodation), social movements, and racism. He is the author of
numerous articles appearing in the American Journal of Political
Science, The Journal of Politics, Political Research
Quarterly, The Journal of Political and Research Quarterly, and
Electoral Studies. His current research concerns the effect of
international trade on repression and the contentious political behavior
of the Black Panther Party, which is being supported by a grant from the
National Science Foundation.
Jonathan Eburne is a fourth-year graduate student in Comparative
Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
Until his death in October 1998, Dick Higgins was a composer, painter,
translator and art theorist. Happenings, Fluxus, Intermedia, Something
Else Press, were a few of the terms commonly associated with Dick Higgins
and his work. Having once remarked: "I find I never feel quite complete
unless I'm doing all the arts--visual, musical and literary," Dick Higgins
coined the term "Intermedia" to cover work of his own that fell
conceptually between these categories. As the founder of Something Else
Press he published works by Alan Kaprow, Gertrude Stein, Marshall McLuhan,
John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Emmett Williams, and Ray Johnson among
others. His forty-nine books include Poems Plain & Fancy (Station
Hill Press) and A Book About Love & War & Death (Something Else).
He edited and annotated Giordano Bruno's On the Composition of Images,
Signs & Ideas (Willis, Locker & Owens) and was a recent recipient of a
grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Just before his passing Dick
Higgins published two additional volumes: Merle Armitage and the Modern
Book (David Godine) and Modernism Since Post-Modernism (San
Diego State University Press). He made his home in upstate New York, and
had recently been teaching courses in the History of Graphic Design at
Lund University in Sweden.
Judith Hoffberg is a
librarian, archivist, lecturer, a curator and art writer, and editor and
publisher of Umbrella, a newsletter on artist books, mail art, and
Fluxus. She was the Art Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania from
1967 - 1969. Founder of the Art Libraries Society of North America and
director of Umbrella Associates, she is also a publisher of several books
of criticism about artist books and mail art, such as Buzz Spector's
The Book Maker's Desire (Umbrella Editions, 1996) and Robert C.
Morgan's Commentaries on the New Media Arts (1991).
Jason Kucsma is a Master's candidate in American Culture Studies at
Bowling Green State University. His research interests lie primarily in
the relationship of countercultures to mainstream mass culture. Currently
he is preparing a thesis on the role zines play in contemporary punk
culture -- bridging the gap between cultural rebellion and "real world"
Stephen Küpper, b. 1966, studied Russian and English
language and literature at Bochum, Germany; Swansea, Great Britain; Berlin
and Moscow. He works as assistant in the Department of Russian Literature
at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. He has published on contemporary
Russian literature and art and has just completed his dissertation on
"Auctorial Strategies in Moscow Conceptualism".
K. A. Laity, though never
an English major, teaches Freshman English at the University of
Connecticut while working on her doctorate in Medieval Studies and a
dissertation on Old Irish, Old Norse and Old English hagiography.
Unbeknownst to most of her colleagues, she also publishes the zine
WOMBAT'S WORLD and has had stories and reviews appear in such places as
Weird Times, Rictus, DreamForge, Horror-Wood,
Millennium and Masters of Terror.
Michael Lumb, b. 1945 in
Yorkshire England, studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon School of Art and
worked for BBC and Commercial Television and films in the late 1960s. He
is now Course Leader of the M.A. course in Visual Practice at University
College, Suffolk where he also teaches Alternative Practice Fine Art on
the B.A. course. He is a curator and artist, working in Performance and
installation, mostly in England and Eastern Europe. In 1998 he was
awarded an M.Phil. from the University of East Anglia.
Amanda Macdonald teaches in the Department of French Studies and in
the Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Monash
University, Melbourne Australia. Her research interests move between
semiotics and cultural studies. Current priorities include: Barthes,
Francophone graphic novels, political media, and genre theory.
Susan Reilly holds an M.A. in English from Boston College and is a
doctoral candidate in English at the University of New Hampshire. She has
worked as a contributor to Dictionary of Literary Biography,
Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, and
Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory. Her current research
interests include Coleridge's anti-slavery writings and the study of
Craig Saper, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of
Pennsylvania, specializes in film and popular culture studies, literary
and cultural theory, experimental forms of literature and art, and
postmodernist poetics. He has published a book on contemporary culture and
media, Artificial Mythologies: A Guide to Cultural Invention
(Minnesota, 1996), and has completed another manuscript on the history of
the society of the spectacle, and is currently working on a project which
will serve as the first secondary literature on artist's multimedia
magazines and assemblings. Since 1995 he has served on the film committee
of the Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society.
Josh Schuster holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania
and served as a key member of the University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House since its
foundation in 1996. He now resides in Oakland, California and works as a
journalist for the San Francisco-based weekly The Jewish Bulletin.
Thomas A. Vogler is Professor of English and
Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has
published on topics ranging from the eighteenth century to contemporary
poetry. Most recently he has edited a collection of essays on Ron
Silliman, Ron Silliman and the Alphabet, which includes an essay by
him entitled "Reading Silliman Writing."
Jeff Williams is
currently ABD and serving as a Lecturer for Sophomore Literature at Texas
Tech University while he completes his dissertation. The dissertation,
"Culture, Theory, and Comix" focuses mainly on alternative comics as
analyzed through various postmodern theories in a cultural studies
context. His previous publications include, "Comics: A Tool of
Subversion?" reprinted in Interrogating Popular Culture.
Eds. Sean E. Anderson and Gregory J. Howard. Guilderland, NY: Harrow and
Heston, 1998: 97-117 and "Comics in the Academy: A Bibliographical
Essay", Interdisciplinary Humanities, Summer 1993: 29-36.
Jeff has recently been appointed on the Editorial Board of the forthcoming
International Journal of Comic Art.