Lee Plested is a curator based in Vancouver and Berlin. Recent exhibition projects include Apparition Room an archival exhibition conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Western Front, Vancouver; the poets have always preceded, Vancouver Art and Poetry, 1960 – present, Griffin Art Projects, North Vancouver, which dug into the city’s rich history of collaboration between the visual and the literary; Primary Research Lab: Minimalist Labs and Field Research, Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, where viewers were given frameworks to investigate Minimalist art in the round; and Material Witness, Mario Garcia Torres and Konrad Wendt, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, which juxtaposed primary source documents to reappraise the near non-forms of Conceptualism. He is currently the Director of Setareh Berlin. Lee Plested is a fellow in partnership with the DRG Foundation supporting the Franco- Canadian cultural exchanges
CJ Hauser is a multi-genre, non-binary, queer amphibian of a person who splits time between rural Central New York and Brooklyn. Their memoir, The Crane Wife is published by Doubleday in the US and Viking in the UK. The paperback is coming in July 2023. They are also the author of two novels: Family of Origin (Doubleday 2019) and The From-Aways (William Morrow 2014). Some places their work has appeared include: Tin House, Narrative Magazine, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, Esquire, Third Coast, The Kenyon Review, The Guardian, Bon Appetit, Elle Magazine UK, Vogue UK, and The New York Times.
Luuk Gruwez was born in Courtrai (Belgium). His early poetry, in particular, attempted to compensate for permanent absence and loss by creating a cult of beauty. Linguistic subtlety and stylistic refinement were meant to offer an alternative to an inhospitable, unbearable world. Later, from Dikke mensen (Fat People) (1990) on, he evolved towards a more conciliatory attitude towards reality, drawing compelling portraits of individuals, who had in some way or another been neglected or forgotten. In pursuing these themes, he continued to be an interpreter of existential failure. This was also the case in Vuile manieren (Dirty Manners)(1994), a book of poetry that contained among others a cycle of poems on cancer. Gruwez has also been publishing more or less autobiographic prose. The most important titles are Het land van de wangen (The Land of the Cheeks) and Het land van de handen (The Land of the Hands). November Luuk Gruwez is a Fellow in partnership with Passa Porta International Literature House.
Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of more than twenty books or plays. His ninth book of poems,Irreverent Litanies,was published by Regal House. His previous collections include Talking with the Radio (Kattywompus Press) and The Number Before Infinity (Scarlet Tanager Books). His most recent play, Colette Uncensored, had its first staged reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and ran in London, Catalonia, San Francisco, and Portland. His translations of French literature include two books by Colette, Shipwrecked on a Traffic Island and Other Previously Untranslated Gems, and the novel Green Wheat; as well as works by André Breton, George Sand, and Marcel Pagnol. Rogow’s blog, Advice for Writers, features more than 250 posts. He has received the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize, the Northern California Book Reviewers Award in Translation, and the Celestine Award for Poetry. He serves as poetry editor of Catamaran Literary Reader.
Laura Letinsky has been a Professor at the University of Chicago since 1994. She shows with Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC, and Document, Chicago, and exhibits internationally including PhotoEspana, Madrid, the Israeli International Photography Festival, Mumbai Photography Festival, Mumbai, India, MIT, Cambridge, MA,Basel Design, The Photographers Gallery, London, and , Denver Art Museum, CO. Awards include the Canada Council International Residency, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, The Canada Council Project Grants, The Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work is published in monographs and catalogues such as To Want For Nothing, Roman Nvmerals, 2019,Time’s Assignation, Radius Books, 2017, Ill Form and Void Full, Radius Books, 2014, Feast, Smart Museum of Art, UC Press, 2013, After All, Damiani, 2010, Hardly More Than Ever, Renaissance Society, 2004, Blink, Phaidon Press, 2002, and Venus Inferred, University of Chicago Press, 2000.