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Fall 2010 / 3.12

"But sometimes a sign's all you need": A Conversation with Susan Bee & Charles Bernstein
Ruskin (earlier poems)
In and Around BC: Paintings/Drawings/Sculpture
The Not Of What She Didn't Know
The Significance of September
Three Poems
Tressaillir / Quivering
Two Poems
from The Unmemntioable: Games of Chance
the three sons of the rock harmonicon
23' 26, Recanting: to Sing Again
Two Poems from The Shining Material
COVER: Light in the Forest, 1973 oil on canvas, 19" x 26"


Andrea Actis is a former resident of Vancouver currently living and studying in Providence, Rhode Island. Her poetry and criticism have been published in The Capilano Review, The Rain Review of Books, and The Poetic Front.

Susan Bee is a painter, editor, and book artist who lives in New York City. She has had five solo shows at A.I.R. Gallery in NYC and will have a solo show there in spring 2011. She has published six artist’s books with Granary Books, including collaborations with poets: Bed Hangings, with Susan Howe; A Girl’s Life, with Johanna Drucker; Log Rhythms and Little Orphan Anagram, with Charles Bernstein; and The Burning Babe and Other Poems, with Jerome Rothenberg. Her most recent book is Entre, with poems by Regis Bonvicino (Global Books 2009). Bee is the co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artist’s Writings, Theory, and Criticism (Duke UP 2000), featuring writings by over one hundred artists, critics, and poets. She is the co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. She has a BA from Barnard College and a MA in Art from Hunter College. Her artist’s books are included in many public and private collections, including the Getty Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Yale University, Clark Art Institute, New York Public Library, and Harvard University Library. She teaches Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her website is http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/bee.

Charles Bernstein was born in New York City in 1950. He has published sixteen full-length collections of poetry and libretti and three collections of essays, including All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2010), Blind Witness: Three American Operas (Factory School 2008), Girly Man (U of Chicago P 2006), My Way: Speeches and Poems (U of Chicago P 1999), and Republics of Reality: Poems 1975-1995 (Sun & Moon Press 2000). From 1978-1981 he edited L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E magazine, with Bruce Andrews. In the 1990s, he co-founded and directed the Poetics Program at the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he was a SUNY Distinguished Professor. Bernstein is editor of the Electronic Poetry Center <http://epc. buffalo.edu> and co-director, with Al Filreis, of PennSound <http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound>. Web author page at the EPC. Bernstein is currently Regan Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. In spring 2011, Chicago will be publishing his new book, The Attack of the Difficult Poems: Essays & Inventions.

Nicole Brossard is a poet, novelist, and essayist who has published more than thirty books since 1965, including These Our Mothers, Lovhers, Mauve Desert, and Baroque at Dawn. She cofounded La Barre du Jour and La Nouvelle Barre du Jour, two important literary journals in Quebec. She has won two Governor General’s Awards for poetry, as well as le Prix Athanase-David and the Canada Council’s Molson Prize. Her work has been translated into several languages. Her most recent books in English are the poetry collections Mobility of Light, edited by Louise Forsyth (Laurier Press 2009), and Nicole Brossard: Selections, edited by Jennifer Moxley (U of California P 2010). She lives in Montreal.

Colin Brown is a baker and student from Vancouver. He is currently studying English and Modern European Studies at the University of British Columbia. As a student at Capilano University, he was a contributor to and a co-editor of The Liar. He has published a chapbook titled Bukoliki.

Heather Campbell grew up in the Maritimes and has since lived and worked in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. While working mostly in the non-profit and arts world, she continues to write both poetry and fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Wascana Review and her poetry in Quills and Prairie Fire; both have been generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council.

Aisha Sasha John writes poetry and plays. Her work has appeared in Exile Quarterly, CV2, Carousel, Existere, and the Diaspora Dialogues anthology, TOK 3. In 2009, Aisha completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph; in 2010, she’s writing plays as part of Nightwood Theatre’s “Write From the Hip” program as well as Theatre Passe Muraille’s theatre creators group, “Upstarts.” Aisha recently completed a manuscript of poems called The Shining Material. Visit her at hugetime.tumblr.com.

Cara Kauhane is a Hawaiian-Chinese, English-Irish Canadian of a three-parent household, middle-ish of five children. She graduated from Capilano University with an Associate of Arts in Creative Writing, and is currently a creative writing and anthropology student at UBC. She has been published in Capilano University’s magazine The Liar; however, TCR is her first paying gig. Ergo this is a very special moment for her.

jenn angela lopes lives in Montreal and has been published by contemporary verse 2. She is the winner of TCR’s 2010 Midsummer Day contest (inspired by Bernadette Mayer’s poem Midwinter Day).

Erín Moure is a Montreal poet and translator. Her latest books are O Resplandor (Anansi 2010—poetry), Expeditions of a Chimæra (BookThug 2009—a collaboration with Oana Avasilichioaei), My Beloved Wager (NeWest 2009—essays on writing practice), and a translation of Chus Pato’s m-Talá from Galician (Shearsman and BuschekBooks 2009).

Antony di Nardo is the author of Alien, Correspondent (Brick Books 2010) and Soul on Standby (Exile Editions 2010). His poetry appears widely in journals across Canada and internationally. He divides his time between Oshawa, Ontario and Sutton, Quebec.

Meredith Quartermain’s most recent book, Nightmarker (NeWest 2008), explores the city as animal behavior, museum, and dream of modernity. Nightmarker was a finalist for the 2009 Vancouver Book Award. Another recent book, Matter (BookThug 2008), playfully riffs on Darwin’s Origin of Species and Roget’s Thesaurus. Vancouver Walking (NeWest 2005) won the 2006 BC Book Award for Poetry. Recipes from the Red Planet will be published by BookThug in October 2010.

Paul William Zits is currently completing a creative thesis for his MA in English at the University of Calgary. He has spent the last year dividing his time between his thesis, teaching creative writing at U of C, tutoring ESL students, and working for an Alberta cheesemaker. His poetry has appeared in Spire, the basement, Confluence, nōd, filling Station, and Grain, and he has work forthcoming in Canadian Literature.