Ben Mazer was born in New York City in 1964. He was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard University, where he studied with Seamus Heaney, and at the Editorial Institute, Boston University, where he did his Masters and his Ph.D. in Textual Scholarship under Christopher Ricks and Archie Burnett. He is the author of nine collections of poetry, including most recently Selected Poems (MadHat Press). He is the editor of several critical editions, including Selected Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman (Harvard University Press), The Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom (Un-Gyve Press), Collected Prose of John Wheelwright (MadHat Press), Selected Poems of Harry Crosby (MadHat Press), and he is currently editing the complete works of Delmore Schwartz. While at the Editorial Institute, he discovered and befriended the forgotten Berkeley Renaissance poet Landis Everson, and edited his Everything Preserved: Poems 1955-2005, which won the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Foundation. For several years he was an editor of Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics. From 2012-2017 he was the Editor of The Battersea Review.
Anna Gurton-Wachter is a writer, editor, and archivist. Her first full length book, Utopia Pipe Dream Memory, is forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2019. Chapbooks include Mother of All (Above/Ground Press), The Abundance Chamber Works Alone (Essay Press), Blank Blank Blues (Horse Less Press), and CYRUS (Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs). Other work has appeared in 6 x 6, The Organism for Poetic Research's Feminist Temporalities, No Dear, Elderly and elsewhere. Anna edits and makes books with DoubleCross Press a poetry micro-press publishing handmade letterpress chapbooks. She lives in Brooklyn NY, a few blocks away from the building in which she was born.
Brenda Iijima’s involvements occur at the intersections and mutations of poetry, research movement, animal studies, ecological sociology and submerged histories. She is the author of seven full-length collections of poetry and numerous chapbooks and artist’s books. Her most recent book, Remembering Animals was published by Nightboat Books in 2016. She is also the editor of the eco language reader (Nightboat Books and PP@YYL). She is the editor of Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs, located in Brooklyn, NY (http://yoyolabs.com/).
Selwyn Rodda is an Australian artist, arts writer and art editor of FULCRUM, an international poetry and aesthetics annual published in Boston. He has a longstanding interest in poetry, from which he draws much of his inspiration, and he is convinced that painting and poetry are secretly betrothed. He is currently working on a collaboration with Boston poet and translator Philip Nikolayev. His work can be seen at http://roomartspacenyc.com/ and http://www.selwynrodda.com/
MC Hyland is a PhD candidate in English Literature at New York University, and holds MFAs in Poetry and Book Arts from the University of Alabama. From her research, she produces scholarly and poetic texts, artists’ books, and public art projects. She is the founding editor of DoubleCross Press, a poetry micropress, as well as the author of several poetry chapbooks—most recently THE END PART ONE (Magic Helicopter Press 2017) and (with Anna Gurton-Wachter) The Laundry Poem/Five Essays on the Lyric (self-published, 2018)--and the poetry collections Neveragainland (Lowbrow Press 2010) and THE END (Sidebrow, forthcoming 2019).
Lissa Rivera is a photographer and curator based in NYC. Rivera received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, where she became fascinated with the social history of photography and the evolution of identity, sexuality and gender in relationship to material culture. ‘Beautiful Boy,’ Rivera’s latest project, takes her interest in photography’s connection with identity to a personal level, focusing on her domestic partner as muse. ‘Beautiful Boy’ has received breakthrough success, with coverage in over 90 publications, including the New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar. Selected honors include the Magnum Photography Award for Portraiture. Rivera is represented by ClampArt, New York. Since 2016, Lissa Rivera has also curated and produced exhibitions at the Museum of Sex, with a focus on modern and contemporary art. Rivera strives to include traditionally underrepresented voices regardless of formal education or exhibition history. Recent shows have been widely covered and celebrated in the media. Rivera's most recent curatorial effort, Leonor Fini: Theatre of Desire, 1930-1990 (opening Fall 2018) is the first US Museum survey dedicated to Fini, one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century. PUNK LUST: Raw Provocation, 1974-83, co-curated by Carlo McCormick and Vivien Goldman surveys the Punk era's transgressive appropriation of the semiotics of sexuality (opening Winter 2018).
Philip Nikolayev is coeditor-in-chief of FULCRUM and the author of several poetry collections, including Monkey Time (winner of the 2001 Verse Prize) and Letters from Aldenderry (Salt, 2006). His writing has appeared in literary periodicals internationally, and he has been a participant in international poetry festivals, including Rotterdam and India. He is fluent in several languages and translates from and into them.