The Rusty Toque | Issue 2 | Contributors | February 27, 2012
_JOE BARONE is a video artist and poet from Rochester, NY. He has undergraduate degrees in Art and English from Syracuse University and in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester.
BONNIE BOWMAN'S debut novel, Skin, won the inaugural ReLit Award. Her second novel, Spaz, was published in 2010 by Anvil Press. Her writing has been published in The Vancouver Review, subTerrain, Reader's Digest, and in the anthologies Exact Fare, Only I, and Body Breakdowns. Bonnie is also a songwriter, journalist, freelance writer, and has been a finalist for the Western Magazine Awards. When she's not writing, she's singing in the band Tomboyfriend. She was born in Toronto, where she now lives after a longish stint in Vancouver.
ROBYN CUMMING is a photo-based artist working in Toronto. She received a BFA from Ryerson University and an MFA from York University. She currently teaches in the Photography Dept. at OCAD and Ryerson University. You can find her work in some of the following publications or, if you prefer couch potato learning, you can tune into an episode of "Snapshot" airing on BRAVO and available as a DVD. By posting their fancy logos below, Robyn acknowledges the support of the Toronto, Ontario and Canada Art Councils. Website: robyncumming.com
RICHARD FULCO'S stories, poems, plays and reviews have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Failbetter, Front Porch, Dark Sky Magazine, Nth Position, Heuer, Daily Vault, Poetz, Thirdrail, Serpentine, and Propaganda. His plays have either been presented or developed at The New York International Fringe Festival, The Playwrights’ Center, The Flea, Here Arts Center, and the Dramatists Guild. He received his MFA and was the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship in playwriting from Brooklyn College. He teaches at Pace University and writes about music on his blog, riff raf.
HELEN HAJNOCZKY'S first book, Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising is available from Snare Books. Her work has appeared in fillingStation, Matrix, NoD, Rampike, and Speechless magazines as well as in a variety of chapbooks. She holds and MA in English and is currently working towards an MLIS. Website: a teacozy is a sometimes
LEE HENDERSON has published two award-winning books with Penguin Canada — the story collection The Broken Record Technique and the novel The Man Game, which won the BC Book Prize and the Vancouver Book Prize in 2009. His essay on language extinction and corporate English was published in the anthology Finding the Words, edited by Jared Bland. Lee's fiction and art writing is regularly published in The Walrus and Border Crossings magazine, and other short stories have appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He has curated exhibitions of contemporary art and experimental music. Website: leehenderson.com
JULLIUS KALAMARZ received his MFA from Columbia University. His work has appeared in Opium Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, > kill author, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. PIROULETTE—an automatic last words generator (LCD screen, wood) showed this year in Apexart’s, “Let It End Like This.” AVENIR (24 boxed postcards based on the work of Yves Klein) was published this year as Object 009 in the ZIMZALLA Avant Object Series.
INGRID KEENAN is a Canadian living in Upstate New York. Her writing has appeared in Room Magazine, Acta Victoriana, and Exclaim!
Individual entries on RICHARD KOSTELANETZ'S work in several fields appear in various editions of Readers Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Directory of American Scholars, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Art, NNDB.com, Wikipedia.com, and Britannica.com, among other distinguished directories. Otherwise, he survives in New York, where he was born, unemployed and thus overworked. Website: richardkostelanetz.com
JASON MCLEAN was born in London, ON in 1971. He graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 1997 and has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Venice, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Loyal Gallery in Malmo Sweden, and at Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica. He has work in major collections throughout North America including the Museum of Modern Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Bank of Montreal Collection and the Royal Bank of Canada. In 2004 McLean was chosen by Macleans Magazine as one of the top 10 artists to watch in Canada. Jason McLean’s drawings, paintings and sculptures are idiosyncratic visual records of his experiences, observations and perceptions. His frenetic artworks include rich annotations and carefully-researched fragments of personal and social histories. McLean’s drawings act as rhizomatic diaries that pictorially represent his relationship with local environments. His works are often described as mental maps, where samplings of his daily observations are mashed-up into antiheroic, yet poignant combinations. Working in this way, McLean uses humour to touch upon challenging subject matter, such as sadness, loss, displacement, mental illness and economic hardship.
CHRISTINE NEGUS is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who received her MFA in 2010 from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and her BFA from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 2008. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, with notable exhibitions and screenings including the Montreal Underground Film Festival, Cambridge Galleries, Art Gallery of York University, Xpace Cultural Centre and Images Festival where, in 2008, she won the National Film Board of Canada's Best Emerging Video/Filmmaker. Her first solo exhibition, you can't spell slaughter without laughter, opened in January 2012 at Gallery TPW. Negus' short “the loneliest animals” is included in the anthology Blast Counterblast edited by Anthony Elms and Steve Reinke. Website: christinenegus.com
DEEPA SHANKARAN is a Toronto based writer and editor. She is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, and is currently at work on a collection of short stories.
ANDREW F. SULLIVAN was born in Peterborough, Ontario. He has an MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Sullivan’s fiction has recently been published by Little Fiction, Joyland: a hub for short fiction, Dragnet Magazine, and Riddle Fence. Website: andrewfsullivan.com
GILLIAN SZE'S second book is The Anatomy of Clay (ECW Press, Spring 2011). Her debut poetry collection, Fish Bones (DC Books, 2009), was shortlisted for the 2009 QWF McAuslan First Book Prize. More recently, she received the 2011 3Macs carte blanche prize for her poem, “Like This Together.” She co-founded and co-edits Branch Magazine. Website: gilliansze.com
CHRISTINE WALDE has been published in a variety of journals and publications for her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Some past credits include appearances in Vallum, Carousel, Plath Profiles, Hunter & Cook and Border Crossings. In September 2011, London's baseline press published her first chapbook, The Black Car. She lives in London, Ontario.