The Rusty Toque | Issue 4 | Contributors | February 15, 2013
MITCHELL AKIYAMA is a Toronto based composer, artist, and scholar. He has released over ten records on such labels as Raster Noton, Sub Rosa, and Alien8 in addition to works on his own imprint, Intr.version Records. He has scored and contributed music to many films (including El Huaso by Carlo Proto, Puffball by Nicholas Roeg, and The Corporation by Mark Achbar) and dance performances (including Slicing Static by Victor Quijada and Rubberbandance). Akiyama has received commissioned from, among others, the Akousma Festival (in conjunction with the Canada Council for the Arts) and the Nouvel Orchestre D’aujourd’hui. He has performed across Europe, Japan, Australia, and North American in concert halls, clubs, art galleries, fallout bunkers, and festivals including Sonar, Mutek, and Send + Receive. Akiyama’s artwork questions received knowledge about the senses and perception. Grounded in his research on technological mediation and storage, his installations and multimedia work investigate the relationship between historical narrative and sensory experience. His recent work was featured in the solo exhibition, Ur-sound, or, the noise no writing can store, at Gendai Gallery in Toronto. He has participated in group exhibitions and media arts festivals including the Vienna Museum of Modern Art, Howard House Gallery in Seattle, Le Centre de Culture Val David, and the Signal and Noise festival in Vancouver. Akiyama is currently pursuing a PhD at McGill University in Communications. His dissertation examines “field recording” across a variety of disciplines, from biology to folklore to sound art. He has published on a variety of subjects, from sound art to urban ecology in journals and magazines including, the Canadian Journal of Communications, Canadian Art Review (RACAR), Offscreen, Locus Suspectus, and Matrix. A book chapter entitled “The Recording that Never Wanted to be Heard’ and Other Stories of Sonification,” co-written with Jonathan Sterne, was recently published in the Oxford Handbook to Sound Studies. Website: www.mitchellakiyama.com
ADRIENNE BARRETT is a writer and bricklayer living in Woodstock, Ontario. “The disintegration” poems, which riff on the life and art of Eva Hesse, belong to a set of poems about various disparate public figures “as children”. They, along with “Crimson”, are taken from The house is still standing, to be released in late April under the Ice House imprint of Goose Lane Editions.
GARY BARWIN is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, educator and performer. His publications include five poetry collections, including Franzlations: The Imaginary Kafka Parables (New Star) written with Hugh Thomas and Craig Conley, The Obvious Flap (with Gregory Betts, BookThug.), and The Porcupinity of the Stars (Coach House). He is also the author of two fiction collections, a collaborative novel, and several books for children. His blogs are serif of nottingham (Tumblr) and serif of nottingham (BlogSpot) and his website is Gary Barwin. Recordings of his work can be found at PennSound. Barwin currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his family where he is being worked over by Yiddish for Pirates, the great Canadian Jewish pirate novel. Website: www.garybarwin.com
MARC BELL was born in London, Ontario. Hot Potatoe [sic], a monograph of his recent art and comics work was published by Drawn and Quarterly in the Fall of 2009. His work was recently included in Walpurgis Afternoon at the Lawndale Art Centre (Houston, TX) and Afterimage at DePaul Art Museum (Chicago, IL). Bell is represented by the Adam Baumgold Gallery in NY.
MARK CROFTON BELL did his MA at Chelsea College in London, UK in 2009. He lives in Toronto and is represented by General Hardware Contemporary. Website: www.markcroftonbell.com
TAMARA FAITH BERGER lives in Toronto. Her books are Maidenhead (Coach House, 2012) and The Way of the Whore and Lie With Me, soon to be re-released together as Little Cat (Coach House, 2013).
KERRY CLARE reads and writes in Toronto. She is editor of 49thShelf.com and blogs about books and reading at PickleMeThis. Her essay "Love is a Let-Down" was shortlisted for a 2011 National Magazine Award, and appears in the anthology Best Canadian Essays 2011. She's currently at work editing a collection of essays entitled (M)Other Stories: Dispatches from the Limits of Maternity.
RODDY DOYLE was born in 1958. His work includes The Commitments, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha (Booker Prize, 1993), The Woman Who Walked Into Doors, A Star Called Henry, and Bullfighting. His latest book is Two Pints (2012). A new novel, The Guts, will be published in August, in Ireland and the UK, and early 2014 in the USA. He divides his time between Dublin and confusion.
LORI GARRISON is a reviewer, poet, and writer whose work has appeared in Capital Xtra!, Bywords Magazine and various anthologies. A general vagabond with no fixed address, she currently resides in Toronto, where she lives with an aloe vera plant and her dog, Herman.
TARYN HUBBARD lives and writes in Surrey, B.C. She keeps a blog at tarynhubbard.blogspot.com.
Working in photography, intermedia and installation, ARNOLD KOROSHEGYI is an award-winning artist who has exhibited across Canada and the United States. Recent shows include Collision 17: Transformer at the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media in Boston (2012); Unfinished Projects at the Foundry Art Center in St-Louis (2012); Exposed at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto as part of the CONTACT Photography Festival (2012); Sorting Daemons at the Art Gallery of Mississauga (2011) as well as at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston (2010). From 2007 through 2009, Koroshegyi exhibited work both in group and solo shows including Artifice at Gallery 1101, University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale; Four Feet: the Proxemics of Personal Space at Gallery RFD in Swainsboro, Georgia and Awashawave at the Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2009. Arnold Koroshegyi currently resides in Toronto and teaches in the Art and Art History Program in the Department of Visual Studies at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Website: www.arnoldkoroshegyi.com
KELLI DEETH'S acclaimed story collection, The Girl Without Anyone, published by HarperCollins, was chosen as one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books (2001) and sold internationally. Her stories appear regularly in literary journals such as Event, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, The Puritan and Joyland. Her new collection of stories, The Other Side of Youth, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in the fall of 2013. Her book reviews have appeared in The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Review of Books. She is also the senior editor of The Toronto Review of Books. Kelli Deeth holds an MFA in creative writing from The University of British Columbia. She lives and writes in Toronto. Website: www.kellideeth.net
GWENESSA LAM is a visual artist based in Vancouver. She received her BFA from the University of British Columbia and MFA from New York University. She has taught at New York University, Emily Carr University, and the University of British Columbia. Gwenessa has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts (NY), Queens Museum of Art (NY), Republic Gallery, and Center A (Vancouver). She was also artist-in-residence at Bemis Center, Banff Center, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Website: gwenessa.com
TAO LIN (b. 1983) is the author of 7 books of fiction/poetry. His 3rd novel, TAIPEI, will be published by Vintage in June 2013. Website: www.taolin.info
KELLY MARK has exhibited widely across Canada, and internationally. Such venues include: The National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), The Power Plant (Toronto), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), The Darling Foundry (Montreal), Musee d'Art Contemporain (Montreal); MSVU Art Gallery (Halifax), Bass Museum (Miami), Museum of New Art (Detroit), University of Houston (Texas), Real Art Ways (Hartford), The Henry Art Gallery (Seattle). Ikon Gallery (UK), Lisson Gallery (UK), Dundee Contemporary Arts (Scotland), the Physics Room (NZ), Netwerk Centre for Contemporary Art (Belgium). Kelly Mark represented Canada at Sydney Biennale (1998) and Liverpool Biennale (2006) and is the recipient of numerous Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council & Toronto Arts Council grants. as well as the KM Hunter Artist Award (2002), and Chalmers Art Fellowship (2002). Kelly Mark works in a variety of media including: drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, sound, multiples, video & public interventions. Website: www.kellymark.com
CAMILLE MARTIN’S fourth book of poetry, Looms, will appear from Shearsman Books in October 2012. Her previous books are Sonnets (Shearsman Books, 2010), Codes of Public Sleep (BookThug, 2007), and Sesame Kiosk (Potes & Poets, 2001). Martin earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of New Orleans and a PhD in English from Louisiana State University. She lives in Toronto. She runs the blog Rogue Embryo.
SHARON MCCARTNEY is the author of For and Against (2010, Goose Lane Editions), The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder (2007, Nightwood Editions), Karenin Sings the Blues (2003, Goose Lane Editions) and Under the Abdominal Wall (1999, Anvil Press). Hard Ass, a new collection of poetry, is forthcoming from Palimpsest Press in Spring 2013. In 2008, she received the Acorn/Plantos People's Prize for poetry for The Love Song of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
AMBER MCMILLAN is a teacher and writer living in Toronto, Ontario. Her poems have appeared in fwriction:review, The Puritan, and Emerge Literary Journal.
JULIE PAUL'S first book of short stories, The Jealousy Bone, was published in 2008. Stories, poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals, including The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, and Event. She has recently completed a novel and is working on a second collection of short fiction. Recent publications include poetry in PRISM International and a story in Qwerty. She is also a member of the fiction board at The Malahat Review.
JAMIE Q is a Canadian artist who works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, zine-making, printmaking, and sculpture. They have shown their art and distributed their zines internationally. Notable exhibitions include Make-Believe at Toronto’s Art Metropole; Family Shirt, an exhibition of contemporary Canadian art at Krets Gallery in Malmö, Sweden; Dirtstar 2011: Take Root at the Luggage Store Annex, as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco; and Not Bad For London at Michael Gibson Gallery in London, Ontario. Jamie Q has a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design (2002) and an MFA from The University of Western Ontario (2010). Their MFA research focused on the politics and aesthetics of the do-it-yourself ethic, as well as the social potential of art objects and DIY distribution strategies. Their most recent projects work through ideas around money and value, queerness, craft and re-purposed materials, and process-based abstract image-making in 2D and 3D—ideas that occasionally intersect in different ways, but not usually all at the same time. Originally from Edmonton, via Calgary and Montreal, they currently live and work in London, Ontario. Website: jamieq.net
MIKE SACKS has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Radar, MAD, New York Observer, Premiere, Believer, Vice, Maxim, Women’s Health, and Salon. He has worked at The Washington Post, and is currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair. He's the author of Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason (Tin House, 2011) and And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft (2009) and the co-author of the 2012 advice book, Care to Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?, featuring contributions from, among others, Louis C.K., Dave Eggers, Zach Galifianakis, and he's the co-author of Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk (2010) with the Pleasure Syndicate. Website: www.mikesacks.com
ERIC SCHMALTZ is a poet as well as a reviewer, curator, and researcher. His creative work can be found in magazines and journals such as Steel Bananas (forthcoming), Poetry is Dead, The Economy, filling station, and dead (g)end(er), among other places. His recent literary articles can be found in Open Letter’s “Convergences, Collaborative Expression” issue and the latest issue of Rampike. Eric lives in St. Catharines, Ontario where he co-curates the Grey Borders Reading Series. You can follow him on Twitter.
LEE SHEPPARD is a writer, musician, high school teacher, and contributing co-editor of Pilot, an illustrated literary magazine.
JEN SOOKFONG LEE was born and raised in Vancouver's East Side, where she now lives with her husband and son. Her books include The Better Mother, The End of East and Shelter, a novel for young adults. Her poetry, fiction and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including ELLE Canada, The Antigonish Review and Event. A popular radio personality, Jen was the voice behind CBC Radio One’s weekly writing column, Westcoast Words, for three years. She appears regularly as a contributor on The Next Chapter and Definitely Not the Opera, and is a frequent co-host of the Studio One Book Club.
KEVIN SPENST'S poetry has appeared in Prairie Fire, Contemporary Verse 2, Rhubarb Magazine, Capilano Review, Dandelion, filling Station, Poetry is Dead, Moonshot Magazine, The Maynard, The Enpipe Line, V6A and Ditch Poetry. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and his manuscript, Ignite, has come in as a finalist for the Alfred G. Baily Prize. In 2011, he won the Lush Triumphant Award for Poetry for a suite of poems from Ignite.
Poet, fiction writer, and playwright J. J. STEINFELD lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books, including Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown (Stories, Gaspereau Press), Would You Hide Me? (Stories, Gaspereau Press), An Affection for Precipices (Poetry, Serengeti Press), Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books). More than 300 of his short stories and nearly 600 poems have appeared in anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.
CINDY STOCKTON-MOORE is a Philadelphia based artist whose recent shows include 'Toward Futility' a solo project at Artspace Liberti (Philadelphia) and in the two person exhibitions ‘An Island Now Peopled’ at Chashama Chelsea Project Space (New York) and ‘Water/Line’ at The Center for Contemporary Art (Bedminster, NJ.) She has shown throughout the US and abroad with group exhibitions at venues such as Heskin Contemporary (New York, NY,) PS122 (New York NY,) The Painting Center (New York, NY,) Sandy Carson Gallery (Denver, CO,) Public Fiction (Los Angeles, CA,) and The Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa, FL.) Her writing on art has appeared in ArtNews, NYArts Magazine, The New York Sun, in addition to university and web publications. Cindy received her MFA in Painting from Syracuse University. Website: www.cindystocktonmoore.com
LINDA SVENDSEN'S linked collection, Marine Life, was published in Canada, the United States and Germany and her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Saturday Night, O. Henry Prize Stories, Best Canadian Stories and The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Marine Life was nominated for the LA Times First Book Award and released as a feature film. Svendsen’s TV writing credits include adaptations of The Diviners, At the End of the Day: The Sue Rodriguez Story, and she co-produced and co-wrote the miniseries Human Cargo, which garnered seven Gemini Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award. She received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. Svendsen is a professor in the Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia. She was born in the riding of Mount Pleasant and raised in Coquitlam-Moody.
JOHN DUNCAN TALBIRD'S fiction is forthcoming or has recently appeared in Ploughshares, South Carolina Review, New Walk, Grain and REAL among others. An English professor at Queensborough Community College, he has held writing residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. He is on the editorial board of Green Hills Literary Lantern and a frequent contributor to Quarterly Review of Film and Video. He lives in Brooklyn.
DREW HAYDEN TAYLOR is an award-winning playwright, novelist, scriptwriter and columnist. He is from and currently lives on the Curve Lake First Nations. Website: www.drewhaydentaylor.com
DANIEL SCOTT TYSDAL is the author of two books of poetry, The Mourner’s Book of Albums (Tightrope 2010) and Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method (Coteau 2006). Predicting received the ReLit Award for Poetry (2007) and the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award (2006). He currently teaches creative writing and English literature at the University of Toronto Scarborough.
MICHAEL VASS is a filmmaker and writer. His award-winning films have screened at many festivals and galleries, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art. He was the 2012 winner of the Canadian Art Foundation Writing Prize, and his writings have appeared in publications such as in Cinema Scope, Cineaction, MACHETE, and The Rusty Toque. Michael received his BFA from Simon Fraser University and his MFA from York University, and he's an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre's Directors' Residency. He is currently a fellow at the UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Program in Brooklyn. Website: www.michaelvass.com
DAVID WHITTON is the author of The Meat Probe and Other Inquiries (Boler Mountain Books, 1983). He lives in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Website: www.dwhitton.com
CARL WILSON is the author of Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste, a book about class, shame, aesthetics and Celine Dion. A new, expanded edition is in the works. He is a member of the culture blog Backtotheworld.net. He lives in Toronto.