POLYply 3

Amy De’Ath
studied American Literature with Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and at Temple University in Philadelphia. She currently works in publishing, but is hoping to return to study next year. Her poems have appeared in Esque, Onedit, QUID, and others. Crater Press published her broadside, Andromeda, The World Works for Me. She has two short books forthcoming in 2010. Her first collection, Erec & Enide, will be published by Salt, and a chapbook will be coming out from Oystercatcher Press later in the year. She also has a chapbook, Poetry for Boys, forthcoming from The Song Cave.

Prudence Chamberlain has just finished her BA in English and Drama,including a module in Poetic Practice.  Next year, she will commencethe MA and attempt to synthesise Frank O’Hara’s urban focus with herfeminist agenda. Currently she is concentrating on the way in which female identity is annotated throughout London based on graffiti aroundthe city.  The aim is to formulate a multimedia response with the use of photography, poetry and soundscapes comprised of voices and interviews taken within London.  To date, the project has yielded performance poems based on feminism’s place within contemporary culture and written pieces that consider women’s participation in politics and art.

Harry Gilonis
Harry Gilonis is a poet, editor, publisher, and writer on art, poetry and music.  His latest published poetry accompanies a solo CD by Evan Parker, “Whitstable Solo” (on the Psi label). His books include “Reading Holderlin on Orkney” (Simple Vice/Grille, reprinted this year by Brae Editions on Orkney). He is currently working on “faithless” translations of classical Chinese poetry (technically the most avant-garde writing until L=A=NG=P=O); “Acacia Feelings”, a letterpress pamphlet, has appeared from Crater, and a large collection of versions of T’ang poets, “eye-blink”, is due from Veer. He is the only living poet published on the lawn of the Serpentine Gallery.

Tim Parkinson, Angharad Davies, Dominic Lash, David Stent &
Carol Watts performing Antoine Beuger’s Landscapes of Absence
(video by Els van Riel)

An extract from the performance is here.

Tim Parkinson lives in London, writes music, puts on concerts including “Music We’d Like to Hear” since 2005 with John Lely and Markus Trunk, plays ‘any sound producing means’ with James Saunders as “Parkinson Saunders” since 2003, music performed from LA to Tokyo,  Bergen to Christchurch, championed by especially Apartment House and Incidental Music and the excellent associated soloists therein, now has 2 Cds out on Edition Wandelweiser, an interview (from 2003) in The Ashgate Research Companion to Experimental Music, a website at www.untitledwebsite.com. Born 7th July 1973, at school 11 years, at university for 3, studied briefly with Kevin Volans in his house in Dublin, went to Ostrava 2001 met Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier, aside of which never sought any further education except life and self.

Angharad Davies is a violinist based in London. She is an active performer in contemporary, improvisation and experimental music both as a soloist and within ensembles. Her classical background lead her to further violin study with Charles-Andre Linale in Dusseldorf, Germany and subsequently Howard Davis in London. Her studies with these two eminent violinists inspire her own teaching practice. Since making London her base in 2002 she has developed a specific approach to the violin, extending the sound possibilities of the instrument by attaching and applying objects to the strings or by sounding unexpected parts of the instrument’s body. She is dedicated to exploring and expanding sound production on the violin.

Dominic Lash is a double bassist and composer. Currently active ensembles include an improvising trio with saxophonist John Butcher and guitarist John Russell and The Convergence Quartet (with Alexander Hawkins, Taylor Ho Bynum and Harris Eisenstadt). His recent activities include premiering the double bass version of Antoine Beuger’s calme étendue at St Mark’s Church in NewYork City. He also recently founded The Set Ensemble, an Oxford-based group dedicated to performing the music of the Wandelweiser Group as well as pieces by other related composers.

David Stent, as well as being an improvising guitarist, is an Oxford-based artist and writer soon to submit for a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Reading. He performs in a number of bands, including the Cold Harbour Trio (with Pete McPhail and Bruno Guastalla), Ensemble Azut, as well as numerous ad hoc groupings with, among others, Dominic Lash, Philipp Wachsmann and Paul May. He is also a member of The Set Ensemble.

Carol Watts lives in London. Her poetry includes Wrack (Reality Street Editions, 2007), chapbooks When blue light falls (Oystercatcher, 2008, 2010), this is red (Torque Press, 2009) and brass, running (Equipage, 2006), and alphabetise, a book of prose chronicles exhibited in the Text Festival in 2005, now an eBook (Intercapillary Editions). A new collection, Occasionals, is forthcoming from Reality Street in 2011. Her recent work also involves mixed media – photography, drawing and collage. Horrid Massacre: A Récit, a sequence told through shopping receipts, is currently online in part at Ekleksographia. In 2009 she worked with choreographer Kate Johnson and film maker Roswitha Chesher on a live voice/dance collaboration, In the Fold at the Laban in London. She co-directs the Birkbeck Centre for Poetics.

Kreider + O’Leary
The Edge of Emily’s Desk
Shot on location at Emily Dickinson’s family home (The Homestead) in Amherst, Massachusetts, by permission of the Emily Dickinson Museum, The Edge of Emily’s Desk is an exploration in scale, colour and detail coupling careful observation with patient surprise to evoke the writing space of the poet as much as the close attention demanded by a reception of Dickinson’s work.
Kreider + O’Leary are London-based artists who make performance, installation and multi-media work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest. They have performed and exhibited in the UK as well as internationally in Europe, the US, Australia, and Japan.

Susan Johanknecht
Susan Johanknecht’s work focuses on the development and production of artists’ books under the imprint of Gefn Press. The press has published thirty books to date with a retrospective exhibition at the University of Vermont, Burlington in 2007. Three publications have focused on the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Johanknecht also works with the artists’ book as a site for collaborative practice and has co-curated: Here are my Instructions with Redell Olsen, Volumes (of vulnerability) and Cunning Chapters with Katharine Meynell. Recent publications have considered work in archives baring antebellum 2010 and the material poetics of letterpress printing Subtext Localities 2007 and Interim Corrode forthcoming 2010. She is currently Subject Leader of the MA Book Arts pathway, Camberwell College of Arts.

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