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Allen Fisher is a poet, painter, publisher and art historian, lives in Hereford, UK. Emeritus Professor of Poetry & Art at Manchester Metropolitan University; over 140 single-authored publications of poetry, graphics and art documentation; exhibited in many shows from Fluxus Britannica Tate Britain to Lifting from fear King’s Gallery York. Examples of his work are in the Tate Collection, the Living Museum, Iceland and various private collections in United States of America, United Arab Emirates and Britain. His last eight books were Proposals: poem-image-commentary; Birds; Leans; Confidence in lack, essays; Singularity Stereo, Place; Entanglement; and Gravity. His recent tour of work has been under the banner Complexity Manifold in Albany, Buffalo, Cambridge UK, London, New York and Ohio.

Ken Hyder was born and brought up in Dundee, Scotland – drums, percussion, voice, ektara, has been playing and composing music for over 40 years. In that time he’s produced over a couple of dozen albums of highly original material. He began playing jazz in Scotland before moving south to London where he played at the legendary Little Theatre Club – an avant garde haunt run by the late John Stevens. Hyder formed Talisker and went on to make six albums with this
pioneering and proto-type Celtic jazz group. In the 1970s he began moving away from jazz and into collaborations with musicians from different musical backgrounds including Irish, South African and South American players. Later, he became interested in exploring spiritual aspects of music with spiritual practitioners like Tibetan and Japanese Buddhist monks, and Siberian shamans. Scotland and Siberia are now the strongest influences in his current work.

Justin Katko is the editor of Critical Documents and is doing a PhD on Edward Dorn at Cambridge. He has an MFA in Electronic Writing from Brown. His opera The Death of Pringle is forthcoming from Veer Books, and his poem Rhyme Against the Internet is forthcoming from Crater Press.

Christian Kerrigan
Christian Kerrigan is an artist who uses digital technology to make sculptures, installations, and drawings, which draw out an array of ideas about nature, technology and mortality. Using raw materials from the natural world merged with new technologies in computing and science, he creates work which resides in a subtle balance between life and death. Recent exhibitions include – ‘Examples to Follow!’ UferHallen, Berlin, ‘Instinct & Inspiration’, V&A museum, London, ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’, The Old Vic Tunnels, London and ‘Still Life’, London School of Economics. Christian was awarded Digital Artist in Residence at the V&A between January and June 2010.

Marianne Morris founded Bad Press in 2002. Publications include: Commitment (Critical Documents, 2011); Tutu Muse (Fly By Night Press, 2008); A New Book From Barque Press, Which They Will Probably Not Print (Barque Press, 2006).

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