Bruce Andrews is a performance artist, poet and founding co-editor of the journal L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, he is the author of over 30 books of poetry and a collection of innovative critical essays, has published poetry and criticism widely, and has been the subject of numerous critical articles over the past several years. Books of poetry and performance scores include Lip Service (Coach House Press, 2001), a recasting of Dante’s Paradiso — [Jacket 22, online, contains a symposium on this text]. The Millennium Project, a thousand-page sequence, is online (along with earlier chapbooks from the 1970s) on Craig Dworkin’s Eclipse site. Three most recent books of poetry: Swoon Noir (from Chax), Designated Heartbeat (from Salt), and Co (collaborative ‘duet’ texts with Jessica Grim, Yedda Morrison, Kim Rosenfield, Jesse Freeman & Barbara Cole (from Roof). Andrews has taught Political Science at Fordham University since moving to New York City in 1975 — with a focus on global capitalism, U.S. imperialism, the politics of communication, conspiracy theory, and covert politics. In New York City, he has also been involved in a long series of collaborative multi-media theatrical projects and performances. As composer, sound designer & live mixer, since the mid 1980s, he has been Music Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers. cris cheek is a poet, book maker, sound artist, mixed-media practitioner and interdisciplinary performer. He is renowned as a British poet, most associated with the London poets of the 1980s and 1990s, but has strong connections to poetries in the US too and is currently living and working in the Ohio River Valley. cheek's texts have been commissioned and shown internationally, often in multiple versions using diverse media for their production and circulation. There are two important long-term collaborations. One with the Welsh composer and voice "banshee" Sianed Jones in groups such as Slant (with Philip Jeck); their book/cd Songs From Navigation (Reality Street 1998) documents one aspect of that work. A further full body of near decade-long collaboration(s) with Kirsten Lavers as TNWK is now mothballed at www.tnwk.net. His first solo book for some time the church, the school, the beer was published last year by Critical Documents (2007). A major retrospective book and DVD is forthcoming from The Gig. (lampbane)
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