cave cast by Ilana Halperin, Visual Artist, Trickhouse vol. 8



Founder / Curator:
Noah Saterstrom

Kristen Nelson
Maggie Golston

Advisory Board:
Jessica Eichman (Glass Egg Design)
Robert Godfrey
Christian Peet
Selah Saterstrom

Technical Advisors:
Wesley Duffee-Braun
Adam Cooper-Teran


Robert Anasi is the author of the The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle and a great deal of journalism and criticism, including the forward to the latest edition of A.J. Liebling's The Sweet Science. His new book Golden Man will be published in the spring of 2009.

Erik Anderson’s creative and critical work has appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Sleeping Fish, The Recluse, Jacket, Rain Taxi, Marginalia, CAB/NET, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Parcel, Cranky, and others. He is a contributing poetry editor at the Denver Quarterly and also co-edits the magazine Thuggery & Grace.

Nancy Andrews is a filmmaker and performance artist.  Her work incorporates animation, puppetry and music/song.  Her work has shown internationally and has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art.  She is a current John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and is finishing a film, "On a Phantom Limb"  that will be shown in Baltimore March 13th at the Evergreen House, Bakst Theater, and at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.  Her last major work, "The Ima Plume Trilogy" is available on DVD through her website She teaches at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Eric Baden lives in Asheville, NC where he has taught photography at Warren Wilson College since 1993. Prior to arriving in Asheville, he lived and photographed in a remote desert area of northern Mexico, taught photography in the Boston area, and directed the Traveling Exhibitions Program at Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, NY. He has written and publicly presented on the work of the artist Frederick Sommer and continues to photographically investigate the intersection of pictures and pictures of pictures. He can be reached at

Tama Baldwin is a writer living in Iowa City, Iowa. Her essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, Queens Quarterly, Fiction International, Tarpaulin Sky, and River Teeth. A chapbook of her poems, Garden, appeared in 2006 (Finishing Line Press). She is the curator of The Witness Atlas, a cyber-museum of ordinary acts of witness currently located at

David Banash is an Associate Professor of English at Western Illinois University, where he teaches courses in contemporary American literature and popular culture.  His essays and reviews have appeared in Bad Subjects:  Political Education for Everyday Life, Paradoxa, PopMatters, Postmodern Culture, Reconstruction, Science Fiction Studies, and Utopian Studies.  He is currently at work on a book investigating collage and media technologies in twentieth-century culture.  He lives with his books in Macomb, Illinois.  

Eric Baus is the author of The To Sound (Verse Press/Wave Books) and Tuned Droves (Octopus Books). He lives in Denver. More about Eric Baus at: Penn Sound and Wave Books.

Elwood Beach is a biographer, collector and independent curator.

Dan Beachy-Quick is the author, most recently of, This Nest, Swift Passerine (Tupelo) and A Whaler's Dictionary (Milkweed Editions). He teaches in the MFA Writing Program at Colorado State University.

James Belflower's collaborative chapbook with Anne Heide and J. Michael Martinez, And Also a Fountain, is forthcoming from NeOPepper Press in 2009. He was a finalist for the 2008 Sawtooth Prize, Slope Editions Book Prize and the National Poetry Series, and won the 2007 Juked Magazine poetry prizeHis poems, reviews, and essays appear or are forthcoming in: Jacket, EOAGH, Denver Quarterly, Octopus, LIT, First Intensity, 580 Split, Abovo, Konundrum Engine and Cricket Online Review, among others. He runs, a website dedicated to the gifting and exchange of poetry resources.

Caroline Bergvall is a French-Norwegian writer and interdisciplinary poet based in London, working across media, languages, and artforms. Projects and critical research alternate between poetic books, audio pieces, performance-oriented and installed writing projects. Available books include: Fig (Salt Books, 2005), chapbook Cropper (Torque, 2009). New expanded edition of Alyson Singes forthcoming Spring 2010. Recent presentations: PhonoFemme (Vienna), MukHa Museum (Antwerp), Göteborg Poesi Festival (Sweden), Digital Writing/Tate Modern (London), MOMA (NY). Currently an AHRC Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts (2007-2010).

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge is the author of numer-ous volumes of poetry, most recently I Love Artists: New and Selected Poems (University ofCalifornia Press, 2006) and Concordance (Kelsey St. Press, 2006), a collaboration with the sculptor Kiki Smith. Her other collections include Nest (2003); The Four Year Old Girl (1998); Endocrinology (1997), a collaboration with KikiSmith; Sphericity (1993); Empathy (1989); and The Heat Bird (1983). Characteristic of her style isa lush mix of abstract language, collaged images, cultural and political investigation, and unexpect-ed shifts between the meditative and the particular. Berssenbrugge is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, two American Book Awards, and honors from the Asian American Writers Workshop and the West-ern States Art Foundation. She lives in New Mex-ico and New York City with her husband, the sculptor Richard Tuttle, and their daughter.

Jen Bervin Poet and visual artist Jen Bervin is the author of The Desert (Granary Books), Nets (Ugly Duckling Presse), A Non- Breaking Space (UDP), The Red Box, and Under What Is Not Under. She has received fellowships in art and writing from The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, Centrum, The MacDowell Colony, and The Camargo Foundation in France. Her work has been shown at The Walker Art Center and her artist books reside in over thirty collections including The J. Paul Getty Museum, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Bienecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale.

Lisa Birman is the author of for that return passage – A Valentine for the United States of America (Hollowdeck Press), and co-editor of Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action (Coffee House Press). Recent work has appeared in Tarpaulin Sky,thuggery & grace, Bombay Gin, and not enough night. Lisa is the Director of Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program, where she also teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing.

Diane Borsato is a visual artist working in performance, intervention, video, installation, and photography. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Borsato is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary studio at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

Ana Božičević is the author of Document, Morning News, Some Occurrences on the 7:18 to Penn, and Stars of the Night Commute.

Ed Bowes teaches at the School of Visual Arts, where he directs the Moving Image program in the MFA Photography, Video and Relate Media Department. He also chairs the BFA Film and Video Department's Thesis Committee. He is married to the poet Anne Waldman and lives in New York City.

Rebecca Brown’s thirteenth book, forthcoming from City Lights in June 2009, is a collection of gonzo “essays” called AMERICAN ROMANCES.  Brown’s other titles include THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, THE END OF YOUTH, THE DOGS, THE TERRIBLE GIRLS (all with City Lights), EXCERPTS FROM A FAMILY MEDICAL DICTIONARY (U of Wisconsin) and THE GIFTS OF THE BODY (HarperCollins).  A frequent collaborator, she has written numerous texts for dance; a play, THE TOASTER; and WOMAN IN ILL FITTING WIG, a book length collaboration with painter Nancy Kiefer.  Her work has been translated into Japanese German, Italian, Norwegian and Dutch.  She recently co-edited, with Mary Jane Knecht, LOOKING TOGETHER, an anthology of writers’ responses to work at the Frye Art Museum which the University of Washington Press will publish in spring 2009.  She lives in Seattle and teaches at the low residency MFA program at Goddard College in Vermont and elsewhere.

Blake Butler is the author of Ever and Scorch Atlas.

Melissa Buzzeo is the author of Face (Bookthug, 2009) and What Began Us (Leon Works, 2007).

Brenda Coultas is the author most recently of The Marvelous Bones of Time, published by Coffee House Press in 2007.

Abigail Child is a filmmaker and writer of poetry and film criticism. Her films explore gesture as language, using radical strategies to rewrite narrative, including MAYHEM (1987), COVERT ACTION (1984), DARK DARK (2001), THE FUTURE IS BEHIND YOU (2004) and MIRROR WORLD (2006). Other productions poetically envision and interrogate public space: B/SIDE (1996) BELOW THE NEW (1999) and the in-progress CAN YOU SEE EVERYTHING FROM HERE? shot in Mainland China. Recent work has expanded into installation utilizing surround sound and multiple projectors. She is a recipient of many awards, including Guggenheim, Fulbright and Radcliffe Fellowships, and is senior faculty at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her films are in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris, among others; Harvard University Film Center has just created an “Abigail Child Collection” which will preserve and exhibit her work.

James Currie is Associate Professor of Historical Musicology at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches courses on music history and the relationship between music and philosophy. His scholarly and intellectual work is similarly concerned with intersections and divisions between the realms of music, philosophy and politics and his book Music; or the Politics of Negations should be out from Indiana University Press in early 2011. He is also active as a poet and a performance artist.

Joseph del Pesco is curator-at-large at Artists Space, New York .

Laura Davenport recently completed her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver.  She lives in San Antonio where she teaches English at an inner-city high school. 

Wesley Duffee-Braun is a software engineer, photographer, and graphic designer in Asheville, North Carolina. Drawing on a deep background of technology, his work explores the overlap between the organic and mechnical worlds.

Danielle Dutton is the author of Attempts at a Life (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2007) and S P R A W L (Clear Cut Press, forthcoming). Recently, her work has appeared in Harper's and The Brooklyn Rail, and it's forthcoming in A Best of Fence and at She manages production and design at Dalkey Archive Press and teaches prose/fiction classes in the low-res MFA at Naropa.

Jessica Eichman is a graphic designer and founder of Glass Egg Design. Originally from Natchez, MS, she earned degrees in Art and French before living and working in Paris, Oregon, and Boston. In 2006 she established her own design company in Nashville, TN, where she lives with her husband and children.

Robert S. Eshelman is a freelance journalist. His work has appeared in The Nation, The Brooklyn Rail and In These Times and can be found on websites such as and He can be reached at

Thalia  Field  has  published Point and Line and Incarnate: Story Material with New DirectionsPublishing Corp. Ululu (Clown Shrapnel) was released in a limited edition by Coffee House Press in 2007. Her next collection, Bird Lovers, Backyard is forthcoming with New Directions in 2009. Thalia teaches in the Program in Literary Arts at Brown University.

Josh Friedman has exhibited works on paper and sculptures in North America and Asia. He holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work has been written about in Blaze: Discourse on Art, Women, and Feminism, published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Josh lives in Long Beach, California.

Chris Funkhouser is a poet, scholar and Associate Professor in the Humanities Department at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 2006 he was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Multimedia University in Malaysia; in 2007 he was on the faculty of the summer writing program at Naropa University. A bi-lingual collection of creative and critical writings, Technopoetry Rising: Essays and Works, is forthcoming. For more info see

Elena Georgiou is the author of mercy mercy me and Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants.

Michael P. Glover began as a self-taught painter in the South. The artist was influenced at an early age by children's books, comic books, photography and the surrounding landscape of Alabama. After completing his undergraduate degree in Graphic Design in 1996, he traveled to Vence, France for an apprenticeship with Nall Hollis at the N.A.L.L Art Association. Afterward, Glover studied with Italian Artist Andrea Spinelli in Florence Italy for 6 months. The artist received his MFA in Figurative Painting at the New York Academy of Art in 2001.

Robert Godfrey is a painter whose work deals with narrative structures and human relationships. It has been described as autobiographical fiction. He has participated in more than 50 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group shows. A native of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Godfrey has lived and worked in Asheville, North Carolina, since 1985.

Maggie Golston is a poet and musician who lives in Tucson.

Noah Eli Gordon is the author of several collections, including Novel Pictorial Noise, which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series, and subsequently chosen by Sesshu Foster for the SFSU Poetry Center Book Award. The companion piece to his work in this issue can be found here:

Vincent Goudreau When not traveling the world shooting films dealing with displacement and patterns of human behavior, Goudreau creates comedies of a flat pig face under an alias from his home in the middle of the jungle. “Rove” the new film/video by Vincent Goudreau and Javier Martinez, four years in the making, shot on three different continents, will debut April 2010. Jasper/Goudreau studied at CalArts and the Glasgow School of Art.

Kate Greenstreet's second book, The Last 4 Things, is new from Ahsahta Press and includes a DVD containing two short films based on the two sections of the book. Ahsahta published Greenstreet's case sensitive in 2006. Her fourth chapbook, "but even now I am perhaps not speaking," will be out on Imprint Press in June. Find out more at

Ilana Halperin (b. 1973, New York) lives and works in Glasgow. She received a MFA from Glasgow School of Art; Glasgow, Scotland and a BA from Brown University; Providence, RI. Previous solo exhibitions include Physical Geology (slow time) at Artists Space, New York; Physical Geology (part one) at the Manchester Museum and Nomadic Landmass at doggerfisher in Edinburgh. Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions including Polar Dispatches at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME; Estratos, PAC Murcia, Spain and Experimental Geography, ICI, currently touring. She has undertaken artist residencies at the Camden Arts Centre, Cove Park and aboard the Professor Molchanov, an ecotourism vessel that travels into the far North.

Sue Hammond West’s local and national exhibitions include The Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, Beacon Street Gallery in Chicago, and Isis Gallery at The University of Notre Dame. Recipient of an NEA grant, she is currently chair of the Visual Arts Department at Naropa University.

Paulo Hartmann lives in São Paulo, Brazil. As a sound designer, he has worked with Eduardo Verderame for the installation at Emoção Art.Ficial 1.0 – Descendo a Escada of Regina Silveira. As a musician, he's been involved in the creation of soundscapes (which have been presented at the 5th Festival de la Imagen, Manizales Universidad Nacional de Bogotá, Columbia , File Hipersonica, Epoetry 2007) generating real time loops, as well as tele-performance presentations. He is co-founder of Padiciço – a multidisciplinary group with focus on musical compositions as well as slide and video projections. At present, he is part of a group of multimedia, advertising and art-technology professionals that develop projects addressing the impact of new technologies on society and culture. He is an organizer of IMOBILEFEST - International Festival of Mobile Art and Creativity and Improfest - International Festival of Free Improvisation.

Heide Hatry is a visual artist and curator. She grew up in Germany, where she studied art and art history at the University of Heidelberg. After moving to NYC in 2003, she has curated exhibitions in Germany, Spain, and the United States. She has shown her own work at museums and galleries in those countries as well and edited more than a dozen books and art catalogues.

Anne Heide is the author of two chapbooks, Specimen, Specimens (Etherdome), and Residuum::Against (Woodland Editions). Her work has appeared in various journals including New American Writing, Notre Dame Review, New Orleans Review, and Court Green

Nora Herting is a photographer and lives in New York. Awkward positions, ill fitting attire and the ubiquuitous, but inauthentic photographic portrait has been the subject of her examination. Portraits were resulting collaboration with models, some taken while Herting worked undercover as a trade photographer.

George Hildrew is a conceptual artist painting within both figural and abstract formats. He is a painter of occurrences: conceived and received. His studios are in Brooklyn New York and Haddon Heights, New Jersey. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Italy.

Joanna Howard is the author of On The Winding Stair, a collection of short prose forthcoming from Boa Editions in fall 2009. She holds a PhD in creative writing from the University of Denver and has served as a fiction editor for Denver Quarterly, and 3rd Bed, and as an editor-at-large for Encyclopedia Project. her work has appeared in Conjunctions, Chicago Review, Unsaid, Quarterly West, American Letters & Commentary, Fourteen Hills, Western Humanities Review, Salt Hilt, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. Her stories have been anthologized in Prose Poetry/Flash Fiction: An Anthology, Best of the Web, and New Standards: The First Decade of Fiction at Fourteen Hills. A chapbook, In the Colorless Round, with artwork by novelist and artist Rikki Ducornet, is available from Noemi Press. She lives in Providence with writer Brian Evenson, and she teaches as Brown University.

Gisela Insuaste received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her BA in Anthropology & Studio Art from Dartmouth College. She is a recipient of several grants and awards, including a Richard Driehaus Emerging Artist Award, Illinois Arts Council artist grants, MacDowell Colony Artist Fellowships, and a recent nomination of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Sculptors and Painters. Exhibitions include the Chicago Cultural Center, Krannert Art Museum-UIUC, Gallery 400-UIC, Bucket Rider Gallery and several other group and solo shows throughout the country. In July 2008, she completed an installation project as the artist in residence at the Museum of Contemporary of Chicago. She has an upcoming solo show at the MCA during the Fall of 2008 and participate in a group show as part of Emerge10 at Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art summer of 2009.

Brenda Iijima lives in Brooklyn where she writes about animal-ableness. Forthcoming from Displaced Books is revv. you’ll—ution. She runs Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs:

Lisa Jarnot is the author of four collections of poetry including the recently published Night Scenes (2008, Flood Editions).  She lives in Queens, New York and works as a landscape gardener.

Solan Jensen was born in Juneau, Alaska where he now lives. He works in travel and education, dividing his time between Antarctica, Alaska, and the Arctic. Educated in philosophy and biogeography, Solan was drawn to filmmaking naturally. His current projects include the forthcoming film on the band Califone, co-directed with Joshua Marie Wilkinson, entitled Made a Machine By Describing the Landscape, as well as a documentary on the dominant metaphors for cancer survivorship. Presently a volunteer responder for the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in Alaska, Solan has also worked as a boat builder, radio dj, bricklayer, dishwasher, and shoe salesman. His love for the films of Guy Maddin is eternal.

Ben Johnson is a painter and photographer who graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2001. He is currently represented by Artist’s House Gallery in Philadelphia PA, The Field Gallery in West Tisbury MA, and Accent Gallery in Ocean City, NJ. Ben’s publications include an upcoming feature in the June 2008 issue of American Art Collector. His website is

Eric Jordan is a musician and sound composer living in Portland, Ore. Public-space realizations range from traditional music combos to multi-channel random access experiments.

Bhanu Kapil teaches, thinks and writes in her connection to Naropa University, though she lives a little north of Boulder, Colorado, and that is where the writing happens, in waves. A year ago, her play, Rabbit Butoh/Bunny Butoh, was performed at the Poets Theater in San Francisco, under the direction of Erin Morrill. There was a giant rabbit head, a bucket of cellophane, and a lot of fake blood.

Rohini Kapil is a British photographic artist living in Los Angeles and currently completing an MFA in Photography & Media at CalArts. She studied fine art and photography at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design and Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design, UK. Her work has been exhibited in London and Prague and photographic artwork can also be seen on the covers of Water Damage (Corollary Press, 2007) and Autobiography of a Cyborg (Leroy Press, 2000). Recent work is forthcoming in The Encyclopedia Project, Vol. II F-K which includes images from a current body of work focusing on subtropical spaces (rooftops in India), tropical modern forms (skies, palm trees and residential housing in Miami) and architecture (balconies in Brooklyn), part of her upcoming book The Future of Colour.

Michelle Kasprzak is a curator, writer, and orator based in Edinburgh.,

Miriam Kathrein studied graphic design and advertising at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. During her academic study she participated in an exchange program with ELISAVA – Escola Superior de Disseny in Barcelona. Miriam recently graduated with a MA in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins College in London, in June 2007. While writing her Thesis, she became more and more interested in the changing forms of curating contemporary art and collaborative strategies. She now freelances at the intersection of graphic design, artistic and curatorial practice in the field of contemporary art – exploring new tendencies in contemporary art production. Miriam lives and works in Vienna.

Scott Keen is an artist, interactive designer and professor of art and graphic design located in Virginia. He divides his time between teaching and running his own interactive design firm -

SeonHyoung Kim works with various media including experimental video, sound, performance, and video installations. Her general work deals with an individual’s psychological state and semiological meaning in society that comes from surveillance of the everyday environment. Currently, she is exploring metaphorical images related with symbolic implications, ordinary behaviors, the individual’s emotional state and experiential senses and its relocation. She continues to develop her genre called cinematic sculpture with multi-sensory interactive installation and performance

Amy King is the author of Antidotes for an Alibi, I'm The Man Who Loves You, Kiss Me with the Mouth of Your Country, This Opera of Peace, and others.

William Davies King is professor of Theater at the University of California, Santa Barbara and author of several books of theater scholarship, including Henry Irving’s “Waterloo” (winner of the 1993 Callaway Award), Writing Wrongs: The Work of Wallace Shawn, and a forthcoming book about the marriage of Eugene O’Neill and Agnes Boulton. Most recently, the University of Chicago Press has published his Collections of Nothing. He can be reached at

Andrew Klobucar is originally from Vancouver, and a recent addition to the New York area. He works in social media and literature, publishing both critical and creative work in different digital formats. Assistant Professor at NJIT, department of Humanities.
Some Recent Publications include"The Aesthetics of Usage." Crayon 5 (Fall 2008), “Artifice and Intelligence." TCR: The Capilano Review 2.50 (Winter 2007), “Bird is the Word: Electronic Knowledge.” Backflash. (Fall 2005), GUI Sunday. Flash Essay. CD ROM Publication. Artspeak Gallery: Vancouver, 2003.

Laura Krifka was born in Los Angeles and now lives and works in Santa Barbara where she is obtaining her MFA.  For her undergraduate degree Laura was studying to receive her BFA at a few select institutions including Newbold College in England,  Avondale College in Australia and eventually finishing her BFA at California Polytechnic University in June of 2008.

Emmanuel Lambion is an artist, curator, writer and producer.,, ,

Jason Lazarus makes art in chicago, IL. He has shown internationally and is represented by Andrew Rafacz gallery in Chicago and Kaune, Sudendorf Gallery in Cologne, Germany.

Lisa Leaverton, is a Playwright & Collaborative Artist from Brooklyn NY with a background in performance art and music.  Her plays have been performed in Portland, New York, Philadelphia, Iowa City and Cedar Rapids. Works include THE SEA CARES NOTHING, ONE PLUM, NAYSAYERS’ PICNIC, A BLUE WE ALL KNOW, WHY LOVE DOESN’T RECOGNIZE ITS NAME (Maibaum Award, 2008), and Theatre Of The Body. Lisa is completing her MFA at University of Iowa.

Clemens Leuschner is an artist and member of the artist collective MAHONY.

David Lowe's work has often used immaterial or ephemeral means to investigate entropy, the experience of time's passing, and the arbitrariness and limitations of language systems. He is currently collaborating with the writer and musician Michelle Leona on a silent film about about the history of braille. He is a singer, guitarist, and lyricist for the band gutter & spine, and is the archivist of a major institutional photographic collection in NYC.

Leisure Projects (Meredith Carruthers and Susannah Wesley) is an independent artist-curator initiative that explores the relationship of otherworldliness, fantasy and desire on cultural identity and perceptions of the world. Leisure Projects uses the strategies of socially-historic research and the mounting of contemporary visual art exhibitions to create a productive intersection between imaginary narratives and real life events.

Luna Trick is the creative brainchild of English multi-Instrumentalist, Daniel Staniforth, recently joined by music partner, Rebsie Fairholm.. Luna Trick offers an array of songs styles ranging from from darkwave, indie rock, electronica, space-funk, to ethereal - which can be heard on three albums: Total Submersion, Hoar Frost Sheen (2008), and Prophetic Guesses (2009). Daniel and Rebsie have embarked upon an number future projects, including her forthcoming psyche-folk album, Seven Star Green, on which Daniel plays and produces.  The duo have also begun an exciting new venture called Alchymical Muse, which will explore artistic and poetic common ground, including pieces in gaelic/gallic, and a series of ancient-future treated folk-songs. Daniel has also composed a number of ambient, neo-classical, and film soundtrack pieces under his own name (some of which can be found on his 2008  solo album, Father to Father). 

Peter Markus is the author of three short books of short-short fiction, Good, Brother (Calamari Press), The Moon is a Lighthouse (New Michigan Press), and The Singing Fish (Calamari Press). His new book, a novel, Bob, or Man on Boat, will be published this June by Dzanc Books ( His stories have appeared in recent issues of Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Salt Hill, Verse, Unsaid, New York Tyrant.

Gordon Massman is the author of The Numbers, Shocks, and The Essential Numbers 1991 - 2008.

Rachel Maxi is a painter whose work deals with the landscape of contemporary environments. Drawing from vivid color and bold light; Maxi's paintings are a visual meditation on the mundane objects, spaces and architecture of the city and the suburbs. A resident of Seattle, Washington, she has been active in the Northwest art scene for 15 years. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Seattle and Tacoma Art Museums. Her work can be seen at Phyllis Stein Art in downtown Los Angeles in November, 2008. You can also find her paintings at Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and online at

Mark Menjivar lives in San Antonio, TX with his wife Rachel and son Asa.

Vince Mistretta is a filmmaker and visual artist who works in Film, Video and Painting. In his paintings he explores the tradition of Arte Povera and Abstract Expressionism influenced by artists like Merz and Rauschenburg. His pictorial interests lie in exposing history by revealing the structural elements and the process of the work. His films deal with the hand manipulation of the celluloid remnant of the early avant-garde materialist and structuralist movements. He also experiments with a hybrid narrative form and documentary. The themes in his work spread from cultural identity, political activism, and using film language as a way to challenge the concept of the narrative. His interests in political activism has led him to produce a series of Documentary video's on the Women in Black peace network in Buffalo and NYC. In 2006 he was awarded a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation to continue his research and documentation of the Women in Black peace network in Rome, Italy.

Erin Morrill lives, works, and writes in Oakland, California. She runs a chapbook press, Trafficker Press, with Andrew Kenower. Find them online at

Kristen Nelson writes cross-genre texts. She is a founder and the executive director of Casa Libre, a non-profit writing center in Tucson, AZ. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College. You can find more of her work in Tarpaulin Sky, Quarter After Eight, and In Posse Review.

Doug Nufer writes prose, poetry, and pieces for performance based on formal constraints.  His novels include Negativeland, Never Again, On the Roast, and The River Boys/ The Mudflat Man.  His poetry collection We Were Werewolves came out last year.  His literally experiemental novel, By Kelman Out of Pessoa, is forthcoming from Les Figues Press.

Akilah Oliver is a writer living in New York, Core Faculty at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Summer Writing Program, Naropa University, and my next book is forthcoming in Feb. 2009 from Coffee House Press, entitled, 'A Toast in the House of Friends'.

Orchestra Descarrego is an improvisational group initilized by Paulo Hartmann, Lucio Agra and Giulinano Tosin, during 2007 E-Poetry, Paris. Presented in Trickhouse is the first recording of the group with Chris Funkhouser, Denis Koishi, Giuliano Tosin, Marcel Rocha, Marco Scarassatti, and Paulo Hartmann.

Sarah Paul is a transdisciplinary artist focusing on the intersection of pop music, science, fine art and social action. With a BS in Mathematics, and MFA in Visual Studies, she has a wealth of knowledge and talents to apply to her work. In addition to her academic studies, Sarah has been writing and performing theatrical music with both pop and experimental bands in the U.S. and
abroad since 1989. She is currently teaching at the Cleveland Institute of Art in the T.I.M.E. Digital Arts Department.


Christian Peet is the author of Big American Trip (Shearsman Books, 2009). The first installment of an ongoing project, The Nines, was published as chapbook from Palm Press (2006) and is available from Small Press Distribution. His work is forthcoming in the anthology, A Best Of Fence: The First Nine Years, and appears in journals such as Bird Dog, Denver Quarterly, Fascicle, Octopus Magazine, and Practice: New Writing + Art. He lives in the nation of Vermont, where he teaches Creative Writing  and runs Tarpaulin Sky Press.

Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of Beloved Integer (2007) and TRI/VIA (2003), a collaboration with Veronica Corpuz. Her work has been anthologized in For the Time Being: The Bootstrap Book of Poetic Journals and Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry, and her pedagogical interviews have appeared in Rain Taxi, Teachers and Writers, and Transformations. She teaches hybrid writing at Naropa University.

Mili Pradhan works primarily in video, installation and photography to explore personal and haptic sensibilities in passing moments and everyday banality in search of ambiguities and altered meanings. Her works are characterized by reappropriation of the social everyday into a psychological sphere of personal and cross-cultural memories. Originally from Nepal, Mili is currently based in New York, where she is teaching workshops at the Squeaky Wheel and is completing her M.F.A in Media Art Production at the University at Buffalo (UB).

Michael Renovich is an ontologist and a traveller    In his work and in his life he aspires to the concious repurposing of objects and otherwise as a form of ritual in documenting his personal and occurring event.  Previous Reconstructions include his former and since dismantled home made from the tail cone of a fairchild C-119G 'flying boxcar'   He was born and raised in mississippi and currently resides in devon england where he makes his living as a carpenter and spends his free time studying cheng hsin, composing haiku and recording sounds and music.  Reconstruction of the Fable [a reconstruction of REM's Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)]  was recorded with gratitude exclusively for Trickhouse Vol IV during the month of janurary 2009.

Andrea Rexilius is currently working towards her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Denver. Her poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Bird Dog, Cab/Net, How2, LVNG P–Queue, and Volt, among others. She currently edits the Denver Quarterly.

Martin Riker is Associate Director of Dalkey Archive Press and editor for the Press's critical magazines the Review of Contemporary Fiction and CONTEXT.

Lara Rivera
is a South African artist living in Chicago since 2007. She has an MFA from Glasgow School of Art and has exhibited in Scotland, the Netherlands, South Africa and USA.

Elizabeth Rollins has published in Green Mountains Review, Tarpaulin Sky, The New England Review, GW Review, The Bellevue Literary Review and The Philadelphia Citypaper, among others. She is the author of The Sin Eater, a chapbook, Corvid Press, 2004. She received a Special Mention in the 2007 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and a New Jersey Prose Fellowship in 2003. She has just finished a novel, titled Origin.

Tomaz Salamun is widely recognized as one of the leading Central European poets. He lives in Ljubljana and occasionally teaches in the USA. His recent books translated into English are The Book for my Brother, Poker, Woods and Chalices,There's the Hand and There's the Arid Chair. His Blue Tower is due by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Fall 2010.

Noah Saterstrom
is an artist and founder of Trickhouse currently living in Tucson, AZ. He has exhibited paintings, drawings, prints, and installations nationally and
internationally. Recent publications include The Denver Quarterly and Tarpaulin Sky and How It Was with Scotland, a forthcoming text/image collaboration.

Selah Saterstrom is the author of The Meat and Spirit Plan and The Pink Institution (both published by Coffee House Press). She co-curates SLAB PROJECTS, an artist/writer-curator initiative concerned with exploring the gaps between decay and reconstruction in ruined or abandoned landscapes. She teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Denver and in the Naropa Summer Writing Program.

Lisa Schumaier travels and works on independent projects. Currently, she tills land on the largest fault line in the US. It crosses five state lines and cuts across the Mississippi River in three places. She is the fugitive Dot Devota, whose recent and forthcoming poems can be found in Cannibal and Denver Quarterly.

Brandon Shimoda was born in Yellow Picnic, USA. He is the author of The Alps (Flim Forum Press, 2008), The Inland Sea (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2008) and O Bon (Litmus Press, forthcoming), as well as five volumes of collaborative work. He is currently at work on two book-length burial plots and lives in one of the many shadows of Chief Leschi's hanging.

Eleni Sikelianos is the author of a hybrid memoir (The Book of Jon) and six books of poetry, most recently Body Clock. Her translation of Jacques Roubaud’s Exchanges on Light appeared in 2009. She has been the happy recipient of a number of awards, from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Fellowships, The National Poetry Series, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative American Writing, among others. She has collaborated with visual and video artists, and performs a leading role in two films by Ed Bowes. At present, Sikelianos teaches in and directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Denver. She shares her days with the novelist Laird Hunt and their daughter Eva Grace.

Laura Sims is the author of two books of poems: Practice, Restraint, (winner of the 2005 Fence Books Alberta Prize), and Stranger (Fence Books, 2009). She is a co-editor of Instance Press, and has written book reviews for Rain Taxi, Boston Review, and Jacket. She teaches English at Baruch College in Manhattan, and lives in Brooklyn. 

Andrea Spain is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Illinois University, where she teaches courses on postcolonial literatures, film and critical theory. Her work investigates philosophies of time, materiality and becoming. Her work—and her former life in the rustbelt town of Buffalo, NY—informs her curatorial endeavor for Trickhouse, Vol 7. One loves Buffalo for everything it’s not, and, for whom it draws into its orbit.

Julianna Spallholz's work has appeared in Caketrain, Cranky, Gargoyle, and Sleepingfish, among others. She lives both in Tucson, AZ, and on a small farm in upstate New York.

Zoë Stonyk
's artistic interest revolves around collaborative site specific performance and installation, instigating unexpected scenarios that blur and blend the relationship between artist and audience. She has also been active in the field of curation and is currently pursuing studies in art education at Concordia University. In addition, he does stuff and is interested in things.

Mathias Svalina
is a co-editor of Octopus Magazine & Books. He is the author of the chapbooks Why I Am White (Kitchen Press, 2007), Creation Myths (New Michigan Press, 2007) & most recently The Viral Lease (Small Anchor Press, 2008). With Julia Cohen he has three collaboratively written chapbooks available or forthcoming. His first full-length book, Destruction Myth, is forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press in 2009.

Shelly Taylor is the author of two chapbooks--Peaches the Yes-Girl (Portable Press at YoYo Labs, 2008) & Land Wide to Get a Hold Lost In (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). A full-length collection titled Black-Eyed Heifer will be available in April/May 2010 from Tarpaulin Sky Press. From southern Georgia, Taylor currently calls Tucson, Arizona home.

Alva Unger is a graphic designer based in Vienna. She recently graduated at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Richard Upchurch is a native Mississippian, living and working in New York. He is a composer, producer and musician who spent nine years touring with the Emma GIbbs Band. He has written music for feature films including the award winning documentary Rough South of Larry Brown, and composed for theater productions at Lincoln Center Institute, 78th Street Theater Lab, and Fordham Univerisity. Richard's interest in expanding how we experience and control sound has led to his developing prototypes intended to reinforce musical instruments as collaborative, sociable objects to be experienced in community.

Borjana Ventzislavova was born and grew up in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is currently based in Sofia and Vienna. She graduated in visual media art / digital art at the University for applied arts, Vienna (2005). She works in the fields of photography, film/ video, installation, and new media and deals with issues such as Identity and Marginalization of Individuals, as well as different social groups, migration and cohabitation. In the broader sense the everyday connections and social relations play a central role in her work. She realized serial of collaborative projects together with dezentrale medien and nebudu group. Her works have been exhibited internationally at solo and group shows as well as at media art and film festivals.

Sara Veglahn
was born and raised in the American Midwest. Recent work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Sleepingfish, Octopus, Fence, 26, Fairy Tale Review, and elsewhere, and anthologized in Poets on Painters (Ulrich Museum of Art, 2007). She is the author of three chapbooks: Closed Histories (Noemi Press, 2008); Falling Forward (Braincase Press, 2003); and Another Random Heart (Margin to Margin, 2002), and is co-author of the chapbook That We Come to a Consensus (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006), a collaboration with poet Noah Eli Gordon. Currently, she is the Associate Editor for the Denver Quarterly and teaches literature at Naropa Universit and creative writing at the University of Denver, where she is completing her PhD.

Verbobala Spoken Video is a bi-national video performance group based in Mexico City and Tucson, Arizona. Of diverse backgrounds, the members include video artist Moisés Regla, border poet Logan Phillips, and acclaimed media designer, Adam Cooper-Terán. Verbobala creates bilingual site-specific performance art that challenges the traditional concept of artistic genres. Like international borders, the separation between artistic forms and languages has become increasingly amorphous and irrelevant. Their pieces play with the limits between cinema and literature, performance and installation, orchestration and improvisation, English and Spanish, audience and artist.

Anne Waldman, poet, professor, performer, and cultural activist is the author of over 40 books and small press editions of poetry and poetics, including most recently Manatee/Humanity and the anthology Beats at Naropa, co-edited with Laura Wright. Other titles include Fast Speaking Woman, IOVIS (I&II), Vow to Poetry: Essays, Interviews and Manifestos, Marriage: A Sentence, In the Room of Never Grieve, Structure of the World Compared to a Bubble, Outrider, Red Noir and Martyrdom. She also edited The Beat Book, and is co-editor of Disembodied Poetics: Annals of the Jack Kerouac School, The Angel Hair Anthology, and Civil Disobediences: Poetics and Politics in Action. Her numerous CDs include The Eye of the Falcon and Matching Half (with Akilah Oliver), with music and production by Ambrose Bye. She has performed her work on stages across the American continent and abroad, collaborating with Douglas Dunn and dancers and musicians on the performance “Tanks Under Trees” in Houston and Manhattan, and with artists Donna Dennis and Pat Steir on recent book projects. She has participated in conferences and festivals in Beijing, Berlin, Vienna, Nicaragua and Prague and has taught recent practicums at the Zen Mountain Monastery and Naropa University. She works with writer/director Ed Bowes on a number of video/movie projects.

Walking Turcot Yards is a blog created by a Montreal based photographer/artist. The project, Walking Turcot Yards: Art, Architecture, and The Urban Landscape, provides a living documentation of the Turcot Yards, a vast incredible “abandoned” space in the south west of Montreal.

Shelton Walsmith is a painter and photographer working in the Gowanus Canal area of Brooklyn. His work has been published by The Paris Review, Knopf, Vintage, Rizzoli Books, Unsaid Magazine, New York Tyrant and others. He has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Prague and Austin. He is currently represented by the Brooklyn based gallery Causey Contemporary Gallery and RR Wilson Art online. Walsmith is the the founder and host of the event series Yardmeter Editions. See and



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