crowd VIII, november 7, 2009

Corina Copp hails from Kansas and Colorado. A staged reading of her performance text, "OK (Office Killer)" was produced in Dec. 2008 by Theatreworks at NYCCT/Voorhees Theater; and recent work has appeared in Aufgabe, Antennae, and Puppy Flowers. She is currently studying playwriting with Mac Wellman at Brooklyn College, and is the editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter.

Jonathan Thirkield is the author of The Waker's Corridor, selected by Linda Bierds for the 2008 Walt Whitman Award, presented by the Academy of American Poets. His poems have appeared in WebConjunctions, New American Writing, Colorado Review, 1913: a journal of forms, American Letters & Commentary, Verse, and other journals. He lives in New York.

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of Boris by the Sea (Octopus, 2009) and the long poem, The Present Work (Palm Press, 2006). He edited and translated Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Ardis/Overlook, 2009). He is a co-translator of Oberiu: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism (Northwestern, 2006). His translation of Vladimir Mayakovsky's poem "A Cloud in Pants" is included in Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and About Mayakovsky (FSG, 2008). His translations from Russian have appeared in The New Yorker, Harpers, New American Writing, Circumference, Calque, Bombay Gin, Poetry, Cutbank, and other journals. His poems have been published in periodicals including Boston Review, Open City, Fence, Damn the Caesars, and Tantalum; and in on-line publications such as Action Yes!, Hotel St. George, and 3am. He teaches at Hunter College and Columbia University. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, where he designs books, co-edits 6x6, and curates the Eastern European Poets Series.