María Ángeles Juárez
She was born in Michoacán, México, and studied Hispanic Languages and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of the UNAM. From 1984 to 1986 she was literary assistant to the Mexican story writer Juan de la Cabada. Some of her work has been translated into German and English.
She is currently collaborating on, and is a representative in Mexico City of Letra Franca magazine, directed by Leopoldo González Quintana and edited in Morelia, Michoacán. She is included at the National Register of Cinema and Writers of Morelia, Michoacán, México.
Some of her poems are included in the bilingual anthology De Neza York a Nueva York / From Neza York to New York (Brotherhood of Coyotes Publishers), México, 2015. On April 25th, 2016, she read her selection from this anthology along with other writers from Mexico City and New York City at the Octavio Paz Gallery in the Consulate General of Mexico in New York.
Among her publications are: Out of the Dungeon—collective—(UNAM), México, 1989; Beneath the Sunflowers (La Máquina Eléctrica Editorial), México, 1989; Things I left in the distance / memories of Juan de la Cabada (UNAM), México, 2003; the preface to The Mask and other stories, a posthumous work of Juan de la Cabada (Campeche State Government-Universidad Veracruzana), México, 2008; and On Naïve Enjoyments (Autonomous University of Chapingo, UACh), México, 2009 and 2015 (reprint).
After studying poetics with poets Milton Kessler and Stephen Stepanchev, and carrying on correspondence with Robert Bly, Art Gatti graduated Queens College with a minor in poetry and a few honors,—notably the 1965 CUNY-(City University of New York)-wide Dwight Durling Award for a manuscript of poetry.
In the face of the Vietnam War, he entered the world of ‘sixties activism. He was a co-founder of Queens College SDS, collaborator with the late Mario Savio, of Free Speech Movement fame, and co-community-organizer in Newark, New Jersey, with the recently deceased Tom Hayden, of Chicago Eight fame.
Political involvements eventually led him to journalism. He published hundreds of articles and columns and two books, wrote staged downtown comedy shows and sold a screenplay to the Hollywood powerhouse, New Line Cinema. He is a member-in-good-standing of the Producer-Writers Guild of America.
He’s won various writing awards and has been published in The New Mexico Quarterly, America Sings, The East Village Other, PiF, The New York Hangover, And Then, Image9, Allegro, Riverside Library Poets Anthologies, 2015 and 2016, Jefferson Market Library Poets Anthology 2017, The New York Times “Metropolitan Diary”, and the international anthology From Neza York to New York— a collaboration of U.S. and Mexican poets that was honored by the Mexican government and celebrated at its NYC consulate in 2015 and ‘16. He chaired a poetry/fiction workshop at WestBeth, Lower Manhattan’s massive artists residency, and had a regular column, “Misadventures in Poetry,” in WestView News. In 2015 he published a book of poetry about what he consideres as a sister nation, called Mexico— Dust in My Blood.
Songs of Mute Eagles, which brings together his poetic work of the last decades, is the second book of poetry by Arthur Gatti, as well as the second volume of the bilingual series of poetry “Bridges” published by Darklight.
Alejandro Reyes Juárez
He was born in México City and has been living in Ixtapaluca, State of México, for more than fifteen years.
He is a Doctor of Research in Social Sciences (FLACSO-México), has a diploma in Literary Creation (INBA), and has participated in poetry workshops coordinated by, among others: Carmen Alardín, Eduardo Cerecedo (in the FARO de Oriente), Eduardo H. González, María Rivera, Raúl Renán, Héctor Carreto and Ernesto Lumbreras.
He has published Echoes and Silences (Eterno Femenino, 2011) and To the Edge (Tintanueva, 2013); and he has compiled Against Oblivion: Poems for the Evocation of the Absentees (Alja, 2015). His poems and short stories have been included in various anthologies and magazines, among them De Neza York a Nueva York / From Neza York to New York (Cofradía de Coyotes, 2015). He has also published textbooks and research reports, among which are: Adolescences Between Walls: The secondary School as Space for the Construction of Youth Identities (FLACSO, 2009); Beyond the Walls: Rural Adolescences and Student Experiences in Telesecundarias (COMIE, 2011); and History 1 and 2 (Larousse, 2013).
He won First Place in the Third Contest of Poetry, Francisco Javier Estrada in 2011; was National Prize of Poetry Tintanueva in 2013, and finalist in the Second Contest of Literary Creation, UNAM-San Antonio-Letters at the Border, 2014, in the category of fiction.
Born in Mexico City on May 30th, 1969, she received a diploma in Creative Writing from the School of Writers of the General Society of Writers of Mexico, Seventh Generation. She has a PhD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
She has published the following poetry books: Claroscuro (México, Mixcóatl, 1995), Efigie de fuego (Toluca, Mexico State Cultural Institute, 2003), Embosque (México, Autonomous University of México City, 2013) and Lapidario (Mexico, Fósforo-Secretariat of Public Education- National Institute of Fine Arts-National Council for Culture and Arts, 2013).
Her poems have been collected in the following anthologies and collective books: Anuario de poesía 1990, Periferia de Eros, Poesía en la Facultad, Las caras del amor, Poesía de raíces mágicas, Mujeres poetas en el País de las Nubes, Conjuro de luces, Espacios urbanos 2009, Changos y poetas, La semilla desnuda, Sueños al viento, Dondepalabra, Cinco siglos de poesía femenina en México, Caracoles extraviados, Estampida de poemínimos uacemitas and De Neza York a Nueva York.
She was one of the founders of the Revista Electrónica de Literatura Mexicana (Relim), and for more than ten years she has collaborated in the Suplemento Cultural y Literario of the newspaper Unión (informational organ of the Union of Workers of the National Autonomous University of México).
She has published poems, reports, articles and reviews in the following newspapers and magazines: Punto, Los libros tienen la palabra, El Nacional, La Jornada, Diario de Colima, Plural, Mar de tinta, Cultura Urbana and Dosfilos, as well as in the digital magazines AlterTexto, Nomastique and Monociclo.
She has given workshops on poetry for the diploma of the Center for Literary Creation Xavier Villaurrutia of the National Institute of Fine Arts. She is currently a full-time professor and researcher in Creative Writing, at the Autonomous University of México City-Del Valle campus.
Born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, Bernard attended Cornell University and Brooklyn College and obtained a degree in English and American Literature. He hitch-hiked to California in 1965 and lived in the Haight-Ashbury through 1967.
He was present at the Human Be-In in January, 1967 and attended the Monterey Pop Festival in June, 1967. Bernard presented poetry readings at the I and Thou coffeehouse in the Haight, coffeehouses in North Beach, Golden Gate Park and at anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. He returned to NYC and studied with the poet Colette Inez in the mid ’70's.
For 23 years, Bernard earned his living as a caseworker for the NYC Bureau of Child Welfare (he is now retired). He has read at all the major spoken-word venues in New York City and Long Island and has presented his poetry in venues in Philadelphia, PA, Columbia, SC and Asheville, NC. In August, 2014 Bernard was invited to feature in Laugharne, South Wales in celebration of Dylan Thomas’ Centenary. Since May 19, 2012, Bernard has curated and hosted the Series “From Whitman to Ginsberg” at the Cornelia Street Café in New York City. All eighteen editions have been videotaped and are available on Bernard’s YouTube channel.
He has 38 poems published in the prestigious on-line European literary journal, Levure Littéraire issues No. 8, 9 and 12. ( Editors: Rodica Draghincescu and Erika Dagnino).
Five of Bernard's poems appear in the French/English literary journal Recours au Poème with French translation by Elizabeth Brunazzi.
In an article in this journal regarding the NYC poetry scene, Ms. Brunazzi devotes a significant discussion to Bernard's poetry and his organizing role on that scene.
Raúl Casamadrid is a writer, editor, teacher and journalist. He has published essays, novels, poetry, fiction and scripts. He is a graduate in Language and Hispanic Literatures from the National Autonomous University of México and UMSNH and he has earned a Master in Studies of Literary Discourse at the Michoacán University of San Nicolás Hidalgo. As an essayist, narrator and poet, he has won several literary awards. He participates actively in diplomas, seminars, meetings, colloquia and congresses on literature, film theory and Mexican cinema, which are his lines of research.
He is founder of Letra Franca magazine where he is part of the Editorial Board and collaborates permanently in Arts and History México. He belongs to the Editorial Boards of Revista de Literaturas Populares edited by the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters of UNAM and Montajes, magazine of cinematographic analysis.
He has been head of Literature in the government of the state of Michoacán and as Director of Culture, with the support of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, he was in charge of the rehabilitation of the former House of Culture of Uruapan, which was built around 1534.
He has been juror in several literary contests and his work has been published in magazines and cultural supplements, such as Nexos, Sábado, Revista de la Universidad, Revista de Bellas Artes, Replicante, Gaceta Universitaria and Cuadernos de Iconografía Musical. Among his publications are Juegos de salón (Premiá Editora); Octavio Paz: La interminable rebelión del ser (SECUM, Premio de Ensayo María Zambrano); El ser insuficiente del mexicano (UMSNH), the anthology Jaula de palabras (Grijalbo) and Litorales (UNAM). He participates in the Inter-institutional Doctorate of Art and Culture and resides in the city of Morelia, Michoacán, México.
Jessica Nooney was born in Manhattan in 1938, the year of Kristallnacht, as the only child of a Jewish mother who was a classical pianist and an Irish Baptist father turned Atheist painter-photographer. She studied dance, physics, literature and poetry at Juilliard, Bard College and Hunter College and graduated in 1976. After a career in modern dance, she become involved until today in computer graphics, painting and poetry.
Jessica won the “Best Emerging Poet” award at the LGBT Center in Manhattan in 1994 where she gave a solo performance of her works.
Her poems have been included in the following anthologies: Riverside Poets, New York, 2014 to 2018 editions; Parkside Poets New York, 2013 to 2018 editions, and Wild Angels Poetry Anthology 2004 - 2010.
Jessica Nooney has performed her spoken word poems with The Womanshare Collective at the Cornelia Street Café in 2009 and has been a featured poet and has read her work several times in many poetry venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn such as the West Side Arts Coalition on Broadway, New York, in 2016 and 2017; The Riverside Poets from 2015 to 2018; and in The Three of Cups in 2017.
She has displayed her visual poetry at art shows at The West Side Arts Coalition in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Héctor García Moreno
Amidst Water and Mud is the first book of poems by Héctor García Moreno, who in addition to writing poetry and short stories, has ventured successfully into the visual arts.
Born in Mexico City in 1975, and a professional architect, he has been involved on building construction, and conservation and restoration of the Mexican architectural heritage. Héctor currently lives in the city of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, working on projects of visual arts, architecture and literature.
He traveled abroad and was a resident artist in the workshops of Heinrich Scheidgen in Köln, Germany (2007) and Arnoud Schurmann in Rotterdam, Holland (2005).
About his pictorial work, they include his individual exhibitions at the World Trade Center in Mexico City (2008), the exhibition Convenio Plástico at the Alfredo Zalce Contemporary Art Museum in Morelia, Mich. (2006), and the exhibition Fauna Onírica at the Great Arcade of the House of Culture of Morelia, Mich. (2003).
He has also participated in multiple group exhibitions, among which are: Disforma: Around Abstraction, Clavijero Cultural Center, Morelia, Mich. (2016) / III Pedro Coronel Biennial of Zacatecas, Pedro Coronel Museum, Zacatecas (2012) / VIII Alfredo Zalce Painting and Etching Biennial, MACAZ (2011) / I Pedro Coronel Biennial of Zacatecas, Pedro Coronel Museum, Zacatecas (2008) / Michoacán-New York Collective, Manhattan, New York (2003) / Paul Gauguin Biennial of the Pacific, Autonomous University of Guerrero, México (2001).
On two occasions he has been a scholar of the Ministry of Culture of the State of Michoacán, receiving the scholarships for Young Creators (2005) and Creators With a Trajectory (2009).
Héctor García Moreno has obtained several prizes for the acquisition of his work, many honorary mentions, as well as national recognitions for his artistic and architectural work, a highlight being the Distinctive Medal at the 457th Anniversary of the City of Morelia, in the category of urban intervention (1998).
Maribel Arreola Rivas
She is a Doctor of Psychoanalytic Research and is dedicated to teaching in Higher Education.
She has published books of poetry, De sueños, amor y deseo (México, Michoacán Institute of Education Sciences José María Morelos, 1999) and Poetry Notebook number 103 (Morelia, Michoacán, Morelia Art Collective, 2007).
She is also the author of the following personal poetry books, all of them published in the state of Michoacán: Entre el silencio y el olvido (2006), El diablo entra a mi habitación (2009), Fugitiva (2010), Mariposas en la aurora (2011) y Morir amando (2014).
Her work has been included in the poetic anthologies Cuadernos de brevedad y memoria (Michoacán, El Noveno Invitado, 2009), Poesía para pasar el invierno (Michoacán, El Noveno Invitado, 2009), El brillo de la hierba húmeda. Antología de mujeres poetas en Michoacán (México, Eón Editions/National Autonomous University of México/Ministry of Culture of Michoacán, 2011) and La memoria de los atunes. Antología poética de talleres literarios en Michoacán (México, Eón Editions/National Autonomous University of México/Ministry of Culture of Michoacán, 2011).
She is a founding member of the Ometéotl Literary Workshop, which has published the following anthologies that include her poetry work: Bifurcación poética (México, H. City Council of the City of Morelia/Ministry of Culture of Michoacán, 2010), Bicentenario (Michoacán, Ometéotl Literary Workshop, 2010), Poesía épica (Michoacán, Ometéotl Literary Workshop, 2010), Sinfonía bajo el agua (Michoacán, Ometéotl Literary Workshop, 2011), Pálpitos de la ecopsifrenia (Michoacán, Ometéotl Literary Workshop, 2012), Argucias de la promiscuidad (Michoacán, Ometéotl Literary Workshop, 2013), Autopsia de la incertidumbre (Michoacán, National Pedagogical University, 2014), Con olor a letra fresca (Michoacán, National Pedagogical University, 2016) y Ventisca de esporas (Michoacán, National Pedagogical University, 2018).
She has also published in various newspapers and magazines, and in The Feminist Calendar (México, Secretariat of Women of the Government of the State of Michoacán, 2005).
Part of her work has been musicalized by the Urban Rock Group XAL-HA on the compact disc De sueños y deseos (México, 1999) and she is the author and voice of the compact disc of erotic poetry Indulto (Morelia, Michoacán, La Casona del Teatro, 2017).
She is a member of the Nueva Valladolid Cultural Center, and of the Morelia Art Collective. She is also part of the crew of the radio program Ex Libris, broadcast by the Michoacán University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo.
As a researcher, she has lectured in national and international forums, and published a large number of articles in various educational magazines. She has participated in the design of courses, workshops and a diplomat for updated teaching in the State of Michoacán. She has published research book — First Rural Normal School in México. Historical review (México, Government of the State of Michoacán, 1997), Rural Normal School Vasco de Quiroga. 90 years of history (México, Ministry of Education of the State of Michoacán, 2012), and The Educational Intervention. A Program to Influence the Maturation and Learning of the Reading-Writing (México, Ministry of Education of the State of Michoacán, 2017).