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30-POLYply-BIG CONTEMPLATIVE UTOPIA
Andrea Brady
’s books of poetry include Vacation of a Lifetime (Salt, 2001), Wildfire: A Verse Essay on Obscurity and Illumination (Krupskaya, 2010), Mutability: scripts for infancy (Seagull, 2012), Cut from the Rushes (Reality Street, 2013) and Dompteuse (Bookthug, 2014), as well as a large number of critical essays on early modern writing, and a monograph on English Funerary Elegy in the Seventeenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).  She was born in Philadelphia, studied at Columbia and Cambridge Universities and now teaches Renaissance and contemporary literature at Queen Mary University of London.  She is director of the Archive of the Now (www.archiveofthenow.org) and co-publisher of Barque Press (www.barquepress.com).

Augusto Corrieri (UK/Italy) is a performance artist and writer, presenting new choreographic works for theatres and galleries in the UK and Europe. His works playfully deconstruct theatrical presentation and invite audience members to reflect critically on the role of spectacle in our lives. He recently completed a doctorate project at London’s Roehampton University, in collaboration with the AHRC-funded research project Performance Matters. He is currently preparing In place of a show, a series of texts and lecture-works on empty and abandoned theatres.
www.augustocorrieri.com

Simon Parker teaches Politics at the University of York where he is also co-director of the Centre for Urban Research. His books include Cities, Politics and Power (Routledge, 2011) and Urban Theory and the Urban Experience: Encountering the City (Routledge, 2004).  He has written widely on urban culture and modernity and on spatial informatics and patterns of urbanisation. Simon is currently a visiting research associate at the London School of Economics where he is working on a historical study of immigration in London.

Lisa Robertson is known for working in book-length projects. Her subject matter includes political themes, such as gender and nation, as well as the problems of form and genre; she has written works that explore literary forms such as the pastoral, epic, and weather forecast. Her books of poetry include XEclogue (1993); Debbie: An Epic (1997), nominated for a Governor General’s Award; The Weather (2001), which Robertson wrote during her Judith E. Wilson fellowship at Cambridge University; The Men (2006); and R’s Boat (2010). Her architectural essays are collected in Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture (revised ed. 2010), and she has published a work of prose essays, Nilling (2012). Her long poem, Cinema of the Present, will be published in 2014 by Coach House. Robertson has been the subject of a special issue of Chicago Review and was the Holloway poet-in-residence at the University of California-Berkeley in 2006.  Robertson has taught at the University of California-San Diego, Capilano College, Dartington College of Art, the California College of Art, and the University of Cambridge. She currently teaches at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam on the Masters in Fine Arts Programme and this winter will be Bain Swigget Professor at Princeton.

David Williams Over the past 30 years, David Williams has worked in Australia, the UK and Europe as a university teacher and a performance maker (director, performer, dramaturg, writer) in theatre, dance and spaces in-between. Collaborations have included projects with Pete Brooks’ Insomniac Theatre, Forced Entertainment, Lone Twin, and choreographers Chrissie Parrott, Emilyn Claid, Jane Mason, and Malgven Gerbes/David Brandstaetter. Since 2005, he has been dramaturg with Lone Twin. He has published seven books – on Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine and the Théâtre du Soleil, contemporary directors (with David Bradby), and Lone Twin -and has contributed to many books and journals internationally, including TDR, Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly, Contemporary Theatre Review, Frakcija (Croatia), and Writings on Dance (Australia). Recent published research relates to Lone Twin’s The Boat Project, animals and/in performance, the ‘ecomafia’ and artists working in relation to waste, and the city of Palermo in Sicily. He has been a contributing editor with the journal Performance Research since its inception in the mid-1990s. David is currently Professor of Performance Practices in the Department of Drama & Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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