With interdisciplinary interests and publications in representation, communication, culture, technology and politics, Dion Dennis is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State College.
William J. Emerson III is is an ex-heavy equipment mechanic from Metro-Detroit. He has been publishing since 1993 and most recently appeared in Clamor magazine. In life's Serengheti his sanity is a gazelle being predated by the hunkering, flatulent god "Academe". If you find said gazelle please return for a complimentary package of 'Boom-n-Zoom' snack cakes. Thank you.
Cristina Galu holds Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology from The University of Cluj, Romania, and in Literature from Bowling Green State University. Her interests include diaspora literature, feminist theory, and visual arts studies.
Jason Kucsma is the co-founder and publisher of Clamor Magazine, an award-winning bi-monthly that celebrates the revolution of everyday life. Clamor won "Best New Magazine" in Utne's Alternative Press Awards its first year and has been nominated for "Best Social/Cultural Coverage" every year since. In the summer of 2002 he was featured (along with Jen) in Utne as one of 30 young visionaries under 30 who are changing the world. Jason is also the co-publisher of The Zine Yearbook, a yearly collection of the best art and writing from the underground press that is now in its 8th year. As a master's student at Bowling Green State University's American Culture Studies Program, he published his thesis, "Resist and Exist: Punk Zines and the Communication of Cultural and Political Resistance in America." As a student, he also organized the first "Zine Conference" in 1999, which has grown each year to its current form, The Allied Media Conference. He currently resides in Toledo, Ohio's Old West End and was recently presented with a "Distinguished Graduate Award" from the American Culture Studies Program at BGSU. For more, visit www.clamormagazine.org.
Tom Lavazzi is the author of numerous works of poetry, cultural and literary criticism and theory, and critical performance appearing in such journals and anthologies as Women in Performance, Performance Practice, Postmodern Culture, American Poetry Review, Symploke, Talisman, The Little Magazine, Mantis: Journal of Poetry, Criticism, Translation; Genre, Poetry Motel, Poetry New York, Post-Identity, American Book Review, Sagetrieb, Aurora: a Journal of Art History, Utah Foreign Language Review, disClosure, and Art Papers, among others; his work has been anthologized in Modernism and Photography (Praeger), Synergism: An Anthology of Collaborative Poetry and Poetic Prose (Boshi Press), Carl Rakosi, Man and Poet (National Poetry Foundation), Contemporary Literary Criticism (Gale), Poetry Criticisms 42 (Gale), Home Grown (Blue House), and Jumping Pond: An Anthology of Ozark Poetry (Sand Hills Press). He is author of three volumes of poetry, Crossing Borders (New York and London: Mellen, 1996), Stirr'd Up Everywhere [collage poem/artist's book, recently included in the group show "Working in Brooklyn," at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, 2000, and archived in the Franklin Furnace Artists' Books collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York] (New York: A Musty Bone, 1995), and LightsOut (forthcoming from Bright Hill Press, '05); he edits Estuary: a Journal of Art and Literature and serves on the editorial board of Antheon (KCC-CUNY). He is currently Assistant Professor of English at CUNY-Kingsborough.
Nicole Matos is a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, whose current research interests span Caribbean Literature, Postcolonial Studies, and Interdisciplinarity. She has published previously on such Caribbean authors as Jamaica Kincaid and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and has coauthored a first-year composition textbook, Intersections: Readings for College and Beyond, forthcoming from Longman in February 2005.
Simon Morgan-Russell is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Bowling Green State University. He recently published a book on British situation comedy, Jimmy Perry and David Croft, with Manchester University Press, and he continues to work with British film and television comedy.
He has never visited Exeter, but he did see it, once, from the window of a train.
John Morton's life-long interest in the communicative aspects of images began 30 years ago, when he learned to develop and print black and white film. His interest in post-structuralism and the works of Gilles Deleuze dates without interruption from the early 1980's, when he was a student of Constantine V. Boundas. Having lived and worked in Canada's Prairie regions, Arctic, and on the West Coast, Mr. Morton has seen more than enough to familiarize himself with the consequences of Canada's attempts to forcibly assimilate the First Nations into a Europeanized ideal of 'culture'. His contribution to this issue of Rhizomes is a continuation of work introduced through an article in 1994's "Semiotext[e] Canadas." He can be reached at webmaster@OriginOfWriting.com .
Rob Prince is working on his PhD in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. He was awarded a 2004-2005 Presidential Scholarship to continue his research on the social and cultural impact of post-Brown decision American epic films on the Civil Rights era. A former political campaign strategist, he is currently faculty advisor to undergraduates in the Chapman Residential Learning Community who are producing a documentary film on media coverage of the 2004 election.
Simon Roberts received her doctorate from the University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities in 2002. She is currently an assistant editor for the humanities journal Common Knowledge, and an instructor of General Education in Composition and Literary Studies at the Art Institute of Dallas, as well as a visiting professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Dallas. The larger project of which this article is the theoretical frame is a revision of the canon in order to locate poets and their works that would contribute to the making of an aesthetic supportive of a culture of difference. Her work, critical and creative, has appeared in Common Knowledge, Enculturation, FEM/SPEC, The Licking River Review, Sojourn, Trans/forms, Venue, and a few other journals.
Nicholas Ruiz III is a teaching assistant and doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities at Florida State University. His areas of interest include global capital, critical theory, and culture. He holds a master's degree in Liberal Arts (University of North Carolina, 2003) and a baccalaureate degree in Molecular and Microbiology (University of Central Florida, 1996). He is also the editor of Kritikos.
Darren Tofts is Associate Professor of Media & Communications, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. His most recent book, edited with Annemarie Jonson and Alessio Cavallaro, is Prefiguring Cyberculture: An Intellectual History (Power Publications/MIT Press, 2003). He is currently writing a history of Australian Media Arts for Thames & Hudson.