Christine Walde is a writer, artist and librarian whose work combines library and archival research with interests in experimental prose, poetry, visual poetry, performance, and the visual arts. She lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Christine Walde’s Bride Machine is a limited edition artist multiple composed of 14 folios of poetry with original artwork in a custom-made clamshell box, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s iconic Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even, also known as the Large Glass. Composed of single broadsides, transparencies, chapbooks, and other printed works, each folio in Bride Machine is both a disruption and meditation on the act of reading, challenging readers’ assumptions about the codex and the ephemeral nature of the archive through the counter-narrative of its hinged, folded, coiled, bound and stapled elements. Part amuse-bouches, part observation, Bride Machine is also a rigorous interrogation of desire, the fourth dimension, conceptual poetics, and the emancipation of Duchamp’s Bride from her apotheosis of virginity.
Diane Mehta is the author of Forests with Castanets (Four Way Books, 2019). She has been an editor at PEN, Guernica, and A Public Space. Her poems have appeared in The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, the Common, AGNI, Subtropics, Slate, Poetry, the Southern Review, Gulf Coast, BOMB, and the Harvard Review; her reviews and articles in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the New Republic, the Atlantic Monthly; her essays and articles in the Paris Review Daily, the Believer, the Literary Review, VIDA, and the Rumpus. Her poems have been anthologized in numerous anthologies of South Asian writing in English, including the recent HarperCollins Book of English Poetry. She lives in Brooklyn.
Megan McShea has published two chapbooks, Yarn! and Recipes for Greatness, and her work has appeared in On Earth as It Is, Topograph, Shattered Wig Review, SuperArrow and other journals and anthologies. She is a longtime member of a collaborative writing group that plays experimental writing games, and is currently working on an anthology of collaborative writing by the group called Ancient Party. Her books include STEEP IN THE BOIL (Publishing Genius Press, 2018), How to have a day (Ink Press Productions, 2015), and MOUNTAIN CITY OF TOAD SPLENDOR (Publishing Genius Press, 2013), and is the editor of Ancient Party: Collaborations in Baltimore 2000-2010 (self-published, 2014). She lives in Baltimore and works as an archivist.