Rob Holloway writes in Clapton and teaches in Dagenham. His first chapbook was AMERICAN HEROINES (Writers Forum, 1999), and his first book PERMIT was published by the US-based poetry collective Subpress in 2009. A new chapbook MORTMAIN is forthcoming from Stem. From Nov 2002 to March 2004 he hosted the poetry radio show “Up for Air” on Resonance FM (http://resonancefm.com/). In 2004 he launched the poetry CD label Stem (www.stemrecordings.com).
Sharon Morris trained as a visual artist working in photography, film, video and installation, at the Slade School of Fine Art where she now teaches and researches the relation between poetry and images: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/slade09/research/wordImage/morris.php
Her recent critical papers focus on the semiotics of C.S. Peirce: ‘Peirce and the Image: the Work of Art and the Sign’, Università degli Studi di Urbino, 2007; and ‘Bild, Imagismus und das Kunstwerk’, Kassel University Press, 2009. She has performed her poems with visuals at the South London Gallery; Post Gallery, L.A.; New Hall, Cambridge; Tate Modern and King’s Place, London. Her poetry has been published in journals including —Poetry London, Poetry Wales, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Long Poem Magazine and anthologised in A Room to Live In: A Kettle’s Yard Anthology, 2007; The Forward book of Poetry, 2008; and Rome: A Collection of the Poetry of Place, 2008. False Spring, her first collection, was published by Enitharmon Press, 2007, and in 2009 she received a Hawthornden Creative Writing Fellowship to work on a new collection.
NaoKo TakaHashi is a London based performance and installation artist, who works with text. Since she graduated from MFA in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2002, she has been exhibiting/performing in UK and abroad. Her chap book was published by Book Works in 2007 and her audio books were published by IMT Gallery in 2010. NaoKo uses text to examine and imagine (often humorously) a complex matrix of social and cultural forms of representation and documentation. Her installation works often include sculptural piece as well as traces of performance as installation. She often incorporates one medium into another in experimenting with new concepts and approaches to artwork.
For the past year or so, NaoKo has been asking Terence Kirkbride to take part in her live performances to create a dialogue between a voice and a beat creating another dimension to the text. Terence is a drummer who has worked for many bands including Paul Wheller and Noel Ghallager. Terence and NaoKo are working on a collaborative project, the Marbles Jackson, lo-high urban minimal folk band.
Becky Cremin and Ryan Ormonde are whole of a half of Press Free Press and twice as much as themselves. Press Free Press are responsible for attitudes outside and above of ‘the reading’, ‘the talk’ and ‘the performance’ but intrinsically and necessarily to all of the above. Press Free Press are Becky Cremin, Ryan Ormonde, Sejal Chad and Karen Sandhu who all met on the Poetic Practice MA at Royal Holloway. Press free Press are responsible for A Time For Work (in collaboration with K.C. Clapham documenting VerySmallKitchen’s writing/performance/exhibition at Pigeon Wing Gallery) basemeta (documenting Openned), Every Day a Battle (collaborating with Allen Fisher, Lawrence Upton and Robert Hampson for The Earl’s Court Community Festival) and the performance/publication GR8 in collaboration with a found object.
Ryan and Becky presented How To Talk as part of Royal Holloway’s TalksTalksTalks series at Birkbeck College and Book Launch to launch their individually authored pamphlets ‘y chromosomes’ and ‘CUTTING MOVEMENT’ for The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Recently Ryan Ormonde presented Johanna Linsley with three sentences for her issue of Cleaves and Becky Cremin eavesdropped for Fiona Templeton in Bury. Ryan Ormonde and Becky Cremin have been awarded an award from the AHRC to hold a conference on making and unmaking text across disparate traditions of performance. They will soon call for papers.