Etel Adnan, poet, painter and essayist, was born in Beirut in
1925. Her novel SITT MARIE ROSE,
a novel of the Lebanese Civil War (excerpted in this issue), has
been translated and published in six languages and is considered a
classic of Middle Eastern literature. Her books in English include
THERE; PARIS, WHEN IT’S NAKED; FROM A TO Z; THE ARAB
APOCALYPSE; THE INDIAN NEVER HAD A HORSE and other Poems; and
OF CITIES AND WOMEN, all published by
The Post Apollo Press, as well as many artist’s
books. The composer Gavin Bryers set a group of eight of her love poems
to music in THE ADNAN SONGBOOK. With her
companion, the publisher and sculptor
Simone Fattal, she lives in Paris and Sausalito and travels often to Beirut. Her
meditative essay “Further On…” appeared in Archipelago, Vol.
4, No. 4.
Rep. Tom Allen (D) represents the First
Congressional District of Maine. In the 108th
Congress, he sits on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Previously, he was a member of the Armed Services Committee
(HASC) and the Government Reform Committee and was
also a Democratic Whip at Large. He has worked to develop legislation to
reduce the price of prescription drugs for older Americans, clean up
pollution from aging power plants and reform campaign finance laws. In
the 105th Congress, Rep. Allen
co-authored (with Arkansas Republican Asa Hutchinson) the Bipartisan
Campaign Integrity Act, to ban soft money, tighten financial disclosure
rules and regulate so-called issue advocacy ads in political campaigns.
Born in Portland, Maine, in 1945, Tom Allen
attended public schools and graduated from Bowdoin College in
1967. After earning a B.Phil in Politics as a
Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, he worked for Sen. Edmund S. Muskie,
and then attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1974.
During his twenty years at a Portland law firm, Allen served on the City
Council and as Mayor of Portland. In 1968, he
married his high school classmate, Diana Bell. They have two daughters,
Gwen, 28, and Kate, 23.
Rosamond Casey is an artist
and calligrapher. Her mixed-media paintings, books, and calligraphy have
been exhibited or published abroad and in New York, Boston,
Philadelphia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.,
most recently, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and at the National Museum
of Women in the Arts. She is the sole proprietor of Treehouse Book Arts,
a school for adults and children in the arts of handmade papermaking,
calligraphy and book making, and the current President of the McGuffey
Art Center a cooperative arts organization in Charlottesville, Virginia,
comprised of forty artists studios and several public exhibition spaces.
Rosamond Casey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Boston
Museum School of Fine Arts and Tufts University. She lives with her
husband, the novelist John Casey, in Charlottesville. “White Noise,”
from Mapping the Dark, appeared in Archipelago, Vol.
7, No. 1.
Tzvi / Howard Cohen was born in
London, in May 1966. He attended Mill Hill Public
School and, following a year in South America, obtained a
B.A. in Medical Sciences and Philosophy at Downing College,
Cambridge University. He left medicine at the end of his first year of
clinical studies at Charring Cross Hospital, and studied for an
M.A. in Continental Philosophy at Warwick
University. He lived at various times in South America and Galicia,
northern Spain, where he wrote fiction. Tzvi Cohen has written several
short stories and is currently working on his third novel,
REDEMPTION; his two previous novels are
LUCIFER’S LIGHT and RENAISSANCE,
a philosophic / poetic novella based upon the life of Jesus and his
complex relationship with his cousin John. He moved to Israel in May
1996, where he has worked as an editor, writer and
translator of texts and journals, and a teacher of English at various
universities. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis at Ben Gurion
University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, under the guidance of Professor
Haviva Pedaya, on the subject of “A Necessary Evil.”
Tom Daley is a machinist living and working
in the Boston area. His poems have been published in Perihelion,
CyberOasis, Pemmican, and Yemasee, and will appear
in forthcoming issues of Prairie Schooner and Salamander.
As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he
received the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Academy of American Poets Prize.
Mary Nell Ganter is 41
years old. Her family is from Kentucky, but she has lived in Maine for
ten years. She has a B.A. in English. In the
decade or so following school, she was apprenticed to a pastry chef in
Charleston, South Carolina, where she learned, thoroughly, how to bake.
In addition to writing poems, she is working on a play about memory, set
on the Moon; a book of meditative paragraphs on American themes; and a
book about using our color experiences to grasp the meanings in works of
art. The poems in this issue are the first of hers to have been
published in the U.S., although others have
appeared in little magazines in England. She has not felt ready to seek
attention until lately.
Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz’s
(www.richardkostelanetz.com) work in several fields appear in various
editions of A READER’S GUIDE TO TWENTIETH-CENTURY WRITERS
(ed. Peter Parker, Oxford); THE MERRIAM-WEBSTER
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LITERATURE; CONTEMPORARY POETS; CONTEMPORARY NOVELISTS;
POSTMODERN FICTION; WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN WRITERS; THE
HARPERCOLLINS READER’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN LITERATURE;
BAKER’S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF MUSICIANS; DIRECTORY
OF AMERICAN SCHOLARS; WHO’S WHO IN U.S. WRITERS, EDITORS, AND POETS;
WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA; WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART; and THE ENCYCLOPEDIA
BRITANNICA, among other distinguished directories. When the
publishers listed in the annual DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN
POETRY PUBLISHERS (Dustbooks) have been asked to name five poets
they printed recently, he generally ranks between numbers three and six,
with twenty votes. Nonetheless, he still needs two dollars
(U.S.) to get on a New York City subway. A number
of ‘random’ arrangements of “1001 Contemporary
Ballets” have appeared in print and on the World Wide Web.
Giovanni Malito is an Italo-Canadian chemist now resident in
Eire. He lectures at the Cork Institute of Technology and publishes two
or three scientific papers a year. He edits the poetry magazine
Brobdingnagian Times http://www.nhi.clara.net/mg0210.htm. His books
include TO BE THE FOURTH WISE MAN, (MuscleHead
Press, BoneWorld Publishing), A POET’S MANIFESTO (Lol
Productions). MISLEADS (pawEpress), and
SLINGSHOT (Donut Press). Reviews of his books can
be found on NHI Review OnLine http://www.nhi.clara.net/bs0033.htm.
John McKernan teaches at Marshall
University in West Virginia. Poems of his have appeared recently in
The Paris Review, Manoa, The Georgia Review,
Confluence, and Controlled Burn. A chapbook of his
GREATEST HITS appeared in 2002
from Pudding House.
Haviva Pedaya is a professor of Jewish
thought and history at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva,
specializing mainly in Jewish mysticism from antiquity to modernity. She
has published three books of scholarship: NAME AND
SANCTUARY IN THE TEACHING OF R. ISAAC THE BLIND (Magnes Press,
Jerusalem, 2001, Heb.); VISION AND
SPEECH: MODELS OF REVELATORY EXPERIENCE IN JEWISH MYSTICISM
(Cherub Press, Los Angeles, 2002, Heb.); and
NAHMANIDES: CYCLICAL TIME AND HOLY TEXT, Am Oved
Press, Tel Aviv, 2003, Heb.). Her books of poetry
are FROM A SEALED ARK: POEMS (Am Oved Press,
1996), and THE BIRTHING OF THE
ANIMA: POEMS (Am Oved Press, 2002). Besides
receiving an academic education, she also studied theatre at a school
for visual arts.
Peter Turnley has published his
photographs in such magazines as Newsweek (contract photographer,
1984-2001), Stern, Paris Match,
Geo, LIFE, National Geographic,
The London Sunday Times, VSD, Le
Figaro, Le Monde, and DoubleTake.
Journalist has published several important portfolio’s of Turnley’s
work relating to
the Gulf War, 1991,
and Iraq 2003.
In the past twenty years, he has covered, as well, Afghanistan, the fall
of the Berlin Wall and revolutions in Eastern Europe in
1989, Bosnia, Chechnya, Haiti, Indira Ghandi’s assassination,
Indonesia, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, = Rwanda, and Somalia. He
has documented most of the world’s refugee populations; witnessed Nelson
Mandela walk out of prison and the end of apartheid in South Africa;
chronicled Tiananmen Square, 1989; and was present
in New York at “Ground Zero” on
Sept, 11, 2001. His
international awards include the Overseas Press Club Award for Best
Photographic Reporting from Abroad, and awards and citations from World
Press Photo and Pictures of the Year (University of Missouri). He has
published four books: MOMENTS OF REVOLUTION, BEIJING
SPRING, IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE, and
PARISIANS. Peter Turnley is a
graduate of the University of Michigan, the Sorbonne and the Institut d’Études Politiques. He was a Neiman Fellow in 2000-2001,
has taught at the Santa Fe, Maine, and Eddie Adams Workshops and was a
Teaching Fellow for Robert Coles at Harvard. He was assistant to the
French photographer Robert Doisneau in the late 1970s.
He continues to work as a documentary photojournalist and is a special
contributor to the Denver Post. His photographic archive is more
than 25,000 images (some are
here and here).
At present, he lives in New York and
Paris. His most recent work is represented by
Donovan Webster wrote this story after a visit to
the southern Philippines in May 2002. It was
published in a greatly truncated version in the July 21,
2002 issue of The New York Times magazine
under the title, “It Only Looks like Vietnam.” In that story, an editing
error introduced a claim that Gracia Burnham “raced to freedom,” an
impossible act given the bullet wound in her leg. Since the time of that
story’s publication, and following a partial recall of the Special
Forces from the area around Zamboanga, American troops are once again
being stationed on Basilan and the southern Philippines. This time, if
negotiations between the Philippine and U.S.
governments can be worked out, the Americans will be freed to actually
hunt and engage the ASG on Filipino soil. Webster,
who often writes for National Geographic, Smithsonian, and The
New York Times magazine, will publish a history of World War
II in south Asia, THE BURMA ROAD
(Farrar, Straus, and Giroux), in October 2003.
Boyd Zenner is an
Acquiring Editor at the
University of Virginia Press. Her garden
writings (under the pseudonym of V. Digitalis) ran in
Archipelago for several years, and can be read in Archipelago,
1. No. 2,
Vol. 1. No.
1. No. 4, and
2, No. 1.