Born in western Connecticut and raised in Toronto, Rob Buchert currently lives in Provo, Utah, where, since 1993, he and his wife, Georgia, have run Tryst Press, a fine press publishing studio. A love of language and a fascination with its presentation inspired the studio's founding. Tryst Press broadsides and award winning books are found in public and private collections throughout North America and Europe. Rob is also part-time faculty at Brigham Young University where he teaches letterpress printing and typography. He is currently finishing a collection of poems, Bangladesh Busses, based on a series of photographs taken by a friend during a visit to family estates in Bangladesh.
Joanna Fuhrman (b. 1972) is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Pageant (Alice James Books 2009) and Moraine (Hanging Loose Press 2006). Her poems have appeared widely in literary magazines and journals, including New American Writing, Hanging Loose, Conduit, American Letters & Commentary, and Quartly West, and in anthologies, including American Poetry: Next Generation (Carnegie Mellon University Press) and The Pushcart Prize Anthology 2011. Fuhrman is the poetry editor for Boog City, a community newspaper for the Lower East Side and is the 2010-2111 curator for the Wednesday night readings at The Poetry Project at Saint MarkÃƒÂ¢Ã¯Â¿Â½Ã¯Â¿Â½s Church. She is a graduate of the University of Washington MFA program, and teaches creative writing at Rutgers University and in public schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative and the Comprehensive English Preparation Program. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the playwright Robert Kerr.
An American poet, literary critic, and art historian, David Shapiro (b. 1947) has written some twenty volumes of poetry, literary, and art criticism. He was first published at the age of thirteen, and his first book was published at the age of eighteen. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Shapiro grew up in Newark, New Jersey and attended Weequahic High School, and attended Columbia University, from which he holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) and a Ph.D. (with distinction), as well at the University of Cambridge, from which he holds degrees with first honors. Shapiro has taught at Columbia, Bard College, Cooper Union, Princeton University, and William Paterson University. Shapiro wrote the first monograph on John Ashbery, the first book on Jim Dine's paintings, the first book on Piet Mondrian's flower studies, and the first book on Jasper Johns' drawings. He has translated Rafael Alberti's poems on Pablo Picasso, and the writings of the Sonia and Robert Delaunay. Shapiro has won National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, been nominated for a National Book Award, and been the recipient of numerous grants for his work.Shapiro lives in Riverdale, The Bronx, New York City, with his wife and son.
Yerra Sugarman received the 2005 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for her first book, Forms of Gone, published by The Sheep Meadow Press in 2002. Her second book, The Bag of Broken Glass, was published in January 2008, also by Sheep Meadow. She is the recipient of a Discovery/The Nation Poetry Prize, a Chicago Literary Award, the Poetry Society of America's George Bogin Memorial Award, its Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, and, most recently, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award and a 2008 Canada Council Grant for Creative Writers. Her poems, translations and articles have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Prairie Schooner; The Nation; ACM; Cimarron Review; Literary Imagination; Nightsun; Lyric; Pleiades; The Massachusetts Review; Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and other publications. Her work has been translated into French and published in French journals. Born in Toronto, she lives in New York, where she has taught creative writing in undergraduate and MFA programs. She currently teaches writing at Rutgers University, Medgar Evers and Baruch Colleges (CUNY).
Ryan Vine's chapbook, Distant Engines, received a 2005 Weldon Kees Award and was published by Backwaters Press. He has recent work in The Cortland Review and The American Poetry Review. Twice Garrison Keillor has read his work on the Writer's Almanac. His criticism appears regularly in the Star Tribune. He is assistant professor of English at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN and the Associate Director of the College's Honors Program.
Andre Bregegere (b. 1975 in Paris, France) moved to the United States in 2002 and joined the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied Jazz composition with Ken Pullig and Greg Hopkins earning his BM in 2005. He entered the Aaron Copland School of Music in 2006, where he studied composition with Bruce Saylor. In 2008, he was awarded the Enhanced Chancelor's Fellowship from the City University of New York, where he is now working towards his Ph. D, studying composition with Jeff Nichols. Mr. Bregegere is currently serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College, Flushing. As a composer, Mr. Bregegere's work has been recognized with several awards, including the George Perle Composition Prize (2008), and the Charles Mingus Composition Award (2005). His music have been performed in the US by ensembles including Ken Pullig's Jazz Composers Orchestra, Cygnus, New Music Singers, Duo Romi, MIVOS quartet, and Second Instrumental Unit. His quartet, Vol de nuit, was featured at the ACA festival in June 2008. A founding member of the new music organization Dr. Faustus, Mr. Bregegere has also been involved for the past three years in the organization and promotion of new music concerts in NYC, featuring, among others, Dave Fulmer, Marc Williams (Second Instrumental Unit); William Anderson; Cynthia Powell (Stonewall Chorale); Tom Palny, David Lisker (Trofeo String Quartet).
Straddling Eastern and Western idioms, Mohammed Fairouz, one of the most frequently performed composers of his generation, has emerged as a force on the musical scene. His music has been received at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center and internationally throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. He has received commissions from Musicians for Harmony, Northeastern University, the Imani Winds (Legacy Commission), the Cygnus Ensemble, Counter)induction, Alea III (Boston University), Alwan for the Arts and the Second Instrumental Unit among others. His music has been championed by some of the foremost performers including the Borromeo and Lydian String Quartets, the Imani Wind Quintet, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the violinist James Buswell as well as the conductors Gunther Schuller, Joshua Jacobson, David Hoose and John Page. Among the eminent singers that have promoted his wealth of vocal music are Kate Lindsey, D'Anna Fortunato, Lynn Torgove and Randall Scarlata. The awards and honors that Fairouz has received for his work include the prestigious Tourjee Alumni Award from the New England Conservatory which he received in 2008. He is also the recipient of the Malcolm Morse Memorial Award, the NEC Honors award and awards from the Merit Funds of the New England and Boston Conservatories. In 2008 he was honored with a national citation from the Embassy of the U.A.E in Washington D.C. for outstanding achievement in artistry and scholarship. He has been invited to lecture and lead residencies across the country at institutions such as Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia), Northeastern University (Boston), University of Western Michigan and Boston Conservatory's Liberal Arts Department. Fairouz's teachers in composition included Malcolm Peyton, John Heiss, Gunther Schuller, Yehudi Wyner and Halim El-Dabh. Recordings of his music are available on the Albany and GM labels.
Mr. Fusco travels between New York and Europe in high demand as a composer, teacher, vocal coach, and collaborative keyboardist. A native of New Jersey, he began his piano studies at 8 and composed his first works by 10. After piano, composition, and conducting studies in the Manhattan School of Music he moved to Turin, Italy to study composition with Giulio Castagnoli and piano with Rita Peiretti at the G. Verdi Conservatorio. He later returned to the U.S. to study composition with David Loeb, Robert Cuckson and analysis with Carl Schachter at the Mannes College of Music where he was valedictorian for his class in 2005 and received his Master's Degree in 2007. In Autumn 2007 he studied piano with Laszlo Gereb in the Vienna Konservatorium. In the summer of 2002 he studied strict compositional technique with students of Nadia Boulanger in the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions and currently serves on the composition faculties of The Dwight School and Siena Summer Music Festival. His works have been performed in prestigious halls throughout the USA, Spain, France, Italy, and Austria. As a harpsichordist he is a founding member of Ensemble Duriusculus and Uncommon Temperament. The New York Times hailed his performance at the Poisson Rouge "accomplished and winning." El Mundo noted Mr. Fusco as "a leader for his generation of emerging artists."
Laura Piperno Koplewitz, BMI., of Italian Jewish and Romanian heritage, was raised in Northern Vermont in a town of 6,000 people. She is a graduate professor at Stony Brook University teaching on the cultural history of time. The composer studied with Joan Tower, Stefania de Kenessey, and at NYU and the C.U.N.Y/ Graduate Center on a fellowship in the Ph.D. composition program. A frequent artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, she has been an artist-scholar at the Whiteley Center on San Juan Island, WA, an artist-scientist think tank. Commissioned by Jaime Laredo for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, she has written a violin concerto Joanna Kurkowicz, Boston Philharmonic concertmaster; for the Parker String Quartet (premiered at Harvard University); Lyra Ensemble; Green Mountain Youth Symphony; Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble; Arthur Cook cellist and Deborah Greenwood, pianist; harpist Jasmine Cowin and flutist Theresa Thompson. Laura has collaborated with visual and multimedia artist Grimanesa Amoros on installations in New York City and Lima, Peru. Recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Vermont State Arts Council, current projects include chamber works for harp, and an operetta that will have its first reading sessions in Fall, 2011 in NYC.
Alex Shapiro (b. New York City, 1962) composes acoustic and electroacoustic pieces known for their lyricism and drama. Published by Activist Music, her music is heard daily in concerts and broadcasts across the U.S. and internationally, and can be found on over twenty commercially released CDs from record labels around the world. Educated at The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music as a student of Ursula Mamlok and John Corigliano, Ms. Shapiro's honors and awards include those from The American Music Center, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, Mu Phi Epsilon, Meet the Composer, The California Arts Council and The MacDowell Colony. An enthusiastic leader in the new music community, Alex advocates for other artists through her speaking appearances and her published articles. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Music Center and The MacDowell Colony, sits on ASCAP's Symphony & Concert Committee and the ASCAP Board of Review, and is the past President of the Board of Directors of the American Composers Forum of Los Angeles. Raised in Manhattan and later a longtime resident of Malibu, California, Alex now lives on Washington State's remote San Juan Island. When she's not composing she can be found communing with the sea life, as seen on her music and photo-filled blog and her website.