POLYply 10

Christian Bök is the author not only of Crystallography (Coach House Press, 1994), a pataphysical encyclopedia nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, but also of Eunoia (Coach House Books, 2001), a bestselling work of experimental literature, which has gone on to win the Griffin Prize for Poetic Excellence. Bök has created artificial languages for two television shows: Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict and Peter Benchley’s Amazon. Bök has also earned many accolades for his virtuoso performances of sound poetry (particularly the Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters). His conceptual artworks (which include books built out of Rubik’s cubes and Lego bricks) have appeared at the Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York City as part of the exhibit Poetry Plastique. The Utne Reader has recently included Bök in its list of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Bök teaches English at the University of Calgary.

Frances Kruk is a contemporary Polish-Canadian poet living in London, UK. Recent writing can be found in journals such as Damn the Caesars, Sous les Pavés, onedit, fhole, ditch, and HOW2.  Publications include A Discourse on Vegetation & Motion (Critical Documents, 2008), dig oubliette (yt communication, 2006) and clobber (yt communication, 2006).  She has exhibited visual work and performed solo and collaborative poetry, music, and interdisciplinary projects in various parts of Canada, USA, Cyprus, Ireland, and the UK. She has edited the occasional micropress yt communication with Sean Bonney.

Dan Scott is an artist based in Kent and London. He has been working with sound since he was a teenager and recently completed an MA in Sound Arts at the London College of Communication, gaining a distinction.  His sound works explore time, memory, modes of listening and the uncanniness of everyday sound.  Recent projects include Field Recordings of former South London Windmills, Radio Yesterday (for Resonance FM) and Ridley Road Phonetic Cover Version (forFormContent Gallery). Upcoming projects include exhibitions and concerts at Speculum Artium Festival in Slovenia, a residency at Binaural in Portugal and MOKS in Estonia.

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé was born in Morocco and now lives between London and St Yrieix la Perche in France where she is part of the small team running the centre des livres d’artistes. Her practice explores language and connecting issues of place and identity. Recurring themes are – the relationship between body voice and identity – thelimitations of translation – poetics of survival and resistance. She is a Reader in Photography and artists books at University for the Creative Art in Farnham, and co-founder / codirector of bookRoom research cluster for which she has set up bookRoom press. Through her continuing commitment to both education and practice based research she tries to foster new enquiry across and between Photography, Performance artand Book art, developing along the way collaborative projects both at local and international levels, in academic and non academic contexts.Work in private and public collections including Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, the V & A, and Poetry Library in London

Lydia White is a writer and singer based in Trieste, Italy. Lydia’s work seeks to explore poetics through voice, sound, the body and performance. A graduate of the MA in Poetic Practice, Royal Holloway, Lydia’s most recent practice has emerged from an investigation into her own training as a classical singer within a postmodern context. Previous work, such as ‘Song in Cycle’ (www.openned.com) and collaborations with composer Tom Lane (‘Singspiel’, http://www.asu.edu/pipercwcenter/how2journal/archive/online_archive/v2_4_2006/current/london/white_index.html) draw her writing and interest in performance and the body into dialogue with music. Video and book art works such as ‘Thump’ and ‘Lying Places’ have also explored notions of the body and space. As a singer, Lydia has been a choral scholar at St. Martin-in-the-fields and performs regularly in concerts and recitals across the UK and Italy. She is currently studying with Laura Antonaz and Jessica Cash.

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