Contributors to Issue 71


Born in Imir, Turkey, Aron R. Aji is a professor of literature at Butler University, Indianapolis. His translations of works by Turkish authors Bilge Karasu, Latife Tekin, and Murathan Mungan have appeared in previous issues of Grand Street. He has completed translations of two of Bilge Karasu’s books: a novel, Death in Troy, which was published by City Lights in 2002, and a collection of short fiction, The Garden of Migrant Cats, forthcoming from New Directions in fall 2003.

Jorge Luis Arzola was born in Cuba in 1966, where he lives. He has published three collections of stories in Spanish, the third of which, La bandada infinita (The endless flock; Colección Premio, 2000) was awarded the Alejo Carpentier prize, the most prestigious award in Cuban literature. His work has been translated into French, German, and English and has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The Voice of the Turtle (Grove, 1998), a volume of contemporary Cuban fiction. Arzola completed his first novel while in residence at the German Academic Exchange Service in Berlin and is now at work on his second. This issue of Grand Street features two stories from his books Prisionero en el círculo del horizonte (Prisoner in the horizon’s circle; Ediciones Avila, 2000) and La bandada infinita.

Walid Raad, founder of the Atlas Group, was born in Chbanieh, Lebanon, in 1967 and was raised in predominantly Christian East Beirut. His critical essays have been published in Public Culture, Rethinking Marxism, and Third Text, and his media works have been shown at the Ayloul Festival, Beirut (2000); the Whitney Biennial, New York (2002); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (2002); the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain (2002); and numerous other exhibitions in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Raad is also a member of the Arab Image Foundation (Beirut/New York), a nonprofit organization that promotes photography in the Middle East and North Africa by locating, collecting, and preserving the region’s photographic heritage. He currently lives and works in New York, where he is an assistant professor at Cooper Union’s School of Art.

Aidas Bareikis was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 1967 and graduated from the Vilnius Art Academy in 1993. A recipient of a Soros Foundation grant and a Fulbright scholarship, Bareikis will represent Lithuania at the Venice Biennale this year. He lives and works in New York City.

Bruce Beasley’s fourth and latest collection of poems is Signs and Abominations (Wesleyan University Press, 2000). He teaches in the English department at Western Washington University, Bellingham.

Nathaniel Bellows’s poems have appeared in the New Republic, the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Witness, and the Yale Review. He lives in New York.

Wallace Berman was born on Staten Island, New York, in 1926. In 1955, he started Semina magazine, publishing writings by poets such as Michael McClure, Philip Lamantia, and David Meltzer, as well as Berman’s own artwork and poetry. He had solo shows at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1957 and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum in New York in 1968. Retrospectives of his work have been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1978); the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles (1978); the Institute of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam (1992 – 93); and L.A. Louver, Venice, California (1997). Berman’s art has recently been on view in the group shows “Beat Culture and the New America, 1950 – 1965” at the Whitney Museum (1995), and “Sunshine and Noir: Art in L.A., 1960 – 1997,” a traveling exhibition originating at the Louisiana Museum of Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, in 1997. Berman died in Topanga, California, in 1976.

Chris Burden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1946. Recent exhibitions of his work include solo shows at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (1996), the Tate Gallery, London (1999), and the Arts Club of Chicago (2001), and he participated in the 1999 Venice Biennale and the “Inaugural Exhibition” at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, England (2002). He lives and works in Topanga, California.

Vija Celmins was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1938 and emigrated to the United States in 1949. Recent surveys of her work include a 1993 – 94 retrospective organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, that traveled to the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles); and a European retrospective that traveled to London, Madrid, and Frankfurt in 1996 – 97. In fall 2002 “The Prints of Vija Celmins” was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Celmins received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1997.

René Char was born in 1907 at L’Isle-sur-Sorgue, France, and began publishing poetry in 1928. He was stationed with the French army in Alsace at the beginning of World War II and had joined the resistance movement by 1942. After the Liberation in 1944, Char’s poems reappeared in print, and his wartime notebook Feuillets d’Hypnos was published in 1946 by Gallimard. Numerous editions of his poems and other writings appeared in the decades following the war, often in collaboration with artists and composers such as Georges Braque, Alberto Giacometti, Nicolas de Staël, and Pierre Boulez. Char died in 1988.

Bruce Conner was born in McPherson, Kansas, in 1933 and received a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in 1956. “2002 BC: The Bruce Conner Story Part II,” an exhibition of Conner’s assemblages, drawings, collages, prints, photograms, and films opened at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in 1999 and traveled to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His most recent solo show, “The Dennis Hopper One Man Show Vol. II,” was held in 2003 at the Susan Inglett Gallery, New York.

Margaret Jull Costa was born in 1949 in Richmond, just outside London, and currently lives in Leicester, England. She has been a professional translator since 1987 and has translated works by many Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American writers. Her awards include the 1992 Portuguese Translation Prize for her rendering of Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet; the translator’s portion of the 1997 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for Javier Marías’s A Heart So White; and the 2000 Weidenfeld Translation Prize for José Saramago’s All the Names. She is currently translating Cousin Bazilio by the nineteenth-century Portuguese novelist Eça de Queiroz.

Mike Davis was born in Fontana, California, in 1946 and is the author, most recently, of Dead Cities (New Press, 2002). A MacArthur Fellow, he teaches history and nonfiction writing at the University of California, Irvine. He has recently completed a history of sex, power, and scandal in San Diego as well as a young adult science-adventure novel.

Richard Dove was born in 1954 in Bath and currently lives in Munich. An English poet, translator, and critic, he has been writing mainly in German since moving to the Federal Republic in 1987. Among his publications are two books of poems — Farbfleck auf einem Mondrian-Bild (St. Ingbert: Edition Thaleia, 2002) and Aus einem früheren Leben. Gedichte Englisch/Deutsch (Lyrikedition, 2000) — as well as translations from the German including two collections of poetry by Michael Krüger: Diderot’s Cat (Carcanet, 1993) and At Night, Beneath Trees (George Braziller, 1998).

Susan Emerling is a writer living in Los Angeles. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Faultline, among other publications. She wrote “Drinking, Drugging and Smoking in America: The Pursuit of Happiness,” a two-hour documentary directed by Robert Zemeckis that premiered on Showtime in September 1999.

Harun Farocki was born in Neutitschein, Germany, in 1944 and studied drama, journalism, and applied social studies in Berlin. He has lectured in Hamburg, Munich, Düsseldorf, and Stuttgart, and currently lectures at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Until 1984, Farocki was also active as editor and writer of the influential German film periodical Filmkritik. He has made more than eighty films and was honored with a retrospective at the 14th Singapore International Film Festival in 2001. His films, videos, and installations have recently appeared at the Frankfurter Kunstverein; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; and the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam.

Jamey Gambrell writes on Russian art and culture and has translated works by Tatyana Tolstaya and Joseph Brodsky, among others. Her translation of Marina Tsvetaeva’s Earthly Signs: Moscow Diaries, 1917 – 1922 (Yale University Press) was published in 2002. For this issue she has translated a new story by Vladimir Sorokin.

Born in Dresden in 1962, Durs Grünbein is the author of six volumes of poetry and a collection of essays and has received many literary awards, including the 1995 Georg Büchner Prize. The poems that appear in this issue of Grand Street come from Grünbein’s first collection, Grauzone morgens (Suhrkamp, 1988). Grünbein has lived in Berlin since 1985.

Howard Halle is a senior editor at Time Out New York.

Brian Henry edits Verse magazine and teaches English at the University of Georgia, Athens. His first book, Astronaut (Arc Publications, 2000), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. He has two volumes of poetry forthcoming: Graft (New Issues Press, 2003) and American Incident (Salt Publishing, 2004). His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, American Poetry Review, and TriQuarterly.

Michael Hofmann’s latest publication is Behind the Lines: Pieces on Writing and Pictures, a collection of essays and reviews. His translation of Franz Kafka’s Amerika: The Man Who Disappeared was published in 2002 by New Directions. He is currently translating a selection of Durs Grünbein’s poems into English. Hofmann lives in London and teaches part-time in the English Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Mark Hutchinson was born in London in 1957, where he founded and edited the review Straight Lines (1977 – 83). His translations of René Char have recently appeared in Selected Poems of René Char (New Directions, 1992), Three Poems (1994), Lascaux (1998), and 20th-Century French Poems (Faber, 2002). He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals, including the New York Times Book Review, Poetry Review, the Threepenny Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and is currently working on a selection of French translations of Hugh MacDiarmid’s poetry (in collaboration with Antoine Joccottet) and a volume of Char’s poems. He has lived in France since 1981.

Keith Leslie Johnson was born in Ojai, California, in 1974 and lived in Japan from 1993 – 95. He is currently a Presidential Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at Boston University. His translation of Haruki Murakami’s “Three German Fantasies” appeared in the Review of Contemporary Fiction (summer 2002).

Craig Kalpakjian’s work has been exhibited in a number of group exhibitions, including “Bitstreams” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001); “01 01 01: Art in Technological Times” at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2001); “Out of Sight: Fictional Architectural Spaces” at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2002); and “Contemporary Photographs” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2002).

A. L. Kennedy was born in Dundee, Scotland, in 1965 and lives in Glasgow. She is the author of three novels, four short-story collections, and two nonfiction books. Kennedy has received numerous prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Encore Award, and the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was named one of Britain’s most original young novelists by Granta in 1993 and 2003. Appearing in this issue of Grand Street
is a short story from Indelible Acts, to be published in the United States by Knopf in summer 2003.

Elias Khoury was born in Beirut in 1948. He is the author of several novels, four of which — Little Mountain, Gates of the City, The Journey of the Little Gandhi (all University of Minnesota Press), and The Kingdom of Strangers (Arkansas University Press) — have been translated into English. An English translation of The Gate of the Sun, which won the Palestine Award in 1998, will be published next year by Seven Stories. Khoury is editor-in-chief of the literary supplement of An-Nahar, Beirut’s principal newspaper, and currently a visiting professor of Arabic and comparative literature at New York University.

Isabella Kirkland was born in Old Lyme, Connecticut, in 1954 and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently researching the subjects of her next three paintings: species that have become extinct since 1800; species that have been brought back from the brink of extinction; and species new to Western science. She lives in Sausalito, California.

Michael Krüger was born in 1943 near Leipzig and now lives in Munich. He is the editor and publisher of the literary magazine Akzente, as well as the author of the volume of poems At Night, Beneath Trees (George Braziller, 1998) and the novel The Man in the Tower (George Braziller, 1993). A translation of his book The Celloplayer (Harcourt) is forthcoming in 2004.

Rachel Kushner was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1968. She is a contributing editor to Bomb magazine and has written on contemporary art for Artforum, Bookforum, Art and Text, and Cabinet. She has recently written on Roman Signer’s work for the catalogue accompanying his 2003 solo exhibition at the Shisheido Gallery, Tokyo. Kushner, who lives in New York, is currently working on a novel about Americans living in pre-revolutionary Cuba.

Deborah Landau’s poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Columbia, Crab Orchard Review, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, and Gulf Coast. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 1999, and her manuscript “Orchidelirium” was a 2002 National Poetry Series finalist. She teaches creative writing and literature at the New School in New York City.

Lance Larsen’s first collection, Erasable Walls (New Issues Press), was published in 1998, and his poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Threepenny Review, the New Republic, and Kenyon Review, among other publications. He currently teaches literature at Brigham Young University.

The Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad was founded by artists Terry Schoonhoven and Victor Henderson, who began their collaboration in 1969 with Brooks Street Painting, a mural on the back wall of Henderson’s studio in Venice, California. They were joined briefly by Jim Frazen and Leonard Koren, who were students of Schoonhoven’s . The Squad disbanded in 1974, and most of the group’s work is now either badly damaged or completely gone.

Ati Maier was born in Munich, Germany, in 1962. Her work has been included in many group exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States, most recently in “Drawing on Landscape” at Philadelphia’s Gallery Joe. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Thomas Mediodia is the assistant editor of lacanian ink and the Wooster Press.

Alice Oswald’s second volume of poetry, Dart (Faber, 2002), was awarded this year’s T. S. Eliot prize for the best collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland. She received the 1996 Forward Prize for Best First Collection for The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile (Oxford University Press). She lives in Devon, England.

Eduardo Paolozzi was born in 1924 in Edinburgh and studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Scottish National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Tate Gallery, London; and the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, among other venues. Recent public commissions include stained glass windows for St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh (2002). The Dean Gallery, housing a reconstruction of Paolozzi’s studio and a portion of the artist’s archive, opened in 1999 in Edinburgh. Paolozzi, who was knighted in 1989, is currently professor emeritus at the Royal College of Art in London.

Neo Rauch was born in Leipzig, East Germany, in 1960. A traveling exhibition of Rauch’s work originated at the Museum Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, in 2000, and a solo exhibition of his paintings was held in 2002 at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Holland, where he received the Vincent Van Gogh Award for Contemporary Art.

Robin Robertson is from the northeast coast of Scotland. His book of poems A Painted Field won a number of British prizes, including the 1997 Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Consignia/Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award, and was subsequently published in the U.S. by Harcourt and in Italy by Guanda. His poetry appears regularly in the London Review of Books and the New Yorker, and he is represented in many anthologies. His second collection, Slow Air, is due out from Harcourt this April.

James Rosenquist was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and studied art at the University of Minnesota and at the Art Students League in New York. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, and surveys of his work have been held at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1968); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1972); and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (1986), among other venues. A retrospective of Rosenquist's work, curated by Grand Street art editor Walter Hopps, will open in May 2003 at the Menil Collection and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. It will travel to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in fall 2003.

Sabine Russ is a German art critic and curator based in New York. She has published numerous articles on contemporary art and contributed to exhibition catalogues for shows in Europe and the United States. Among her recent writings is a fictional text for a catalogue of Ati Maier’s paintings, published in fall 2002 by Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, and Pierogi, New York.

Ingrid Schaffner is a writer and curator based in New York, and a senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. As an independent curator, Schaffner has organized numerous exhibitions, including “Julien Levy: Portrait of an Art Gallery” at the Equitable Gallery, New York (1998), and “Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s,” a traveling exhibition co-curated with Catherine Morris originating at White Columns, New York (2002). Her writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Artforum, Arts, Frieze, Art on Paper, and Parkett, and her most recent book is Salvador Dalí ’s Dream of Venus: The Surrealist Funhouse at the 1939 World’s Fair (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002).

Elif Shafak is the author of four novels that are celebrated in her native Turkey. Her first, Pinhan, published when she was twenty-seven, received the Mevlana Prize for work in mystical literature. Her third, Mahrem (The sacred), won the 2000 Turkish Novel Award, the country’s most prestigious literary honor. An excerpt from that novel appears in this issue of Grand Street. Shafak is in residence this year at the Five College Program in Women’s Studies, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Roman Signer was born in Appenzell, Switzerland, in 1938. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe and the United States, and was featured in the 1976 Venice Biennale and Documenta 8, Kassel, Germany (1987). A solo exhibition of his work opened in February 2003 at the Shisheido Gallery, Tokyo. Signer lives and works in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Daniel Slager is an editor at Harcourt and a contributing editor to Grand Street. His translations from the German of works by writers Durs Grünbein, Felicitas Hoppe, and Terézia Mora have appeared in recent issues of Grand Street.

John Vignaux Smyth is the author of two books, A Question of Eros (University Press of Florida, 1986) and The Habit of Lying (Duke University Press, 2002). He divides the year between Oregon and his home in Scotland.

Vladimir Sorokin was born in 1955 in the Moscow region. In 1977, he graduated from the Oil and Gas Institute with a degree in mechanical engineering, but he never worked as an engineer. Sorokin has written ten plays, five screenplays, and six novels, the latest of which, Ice, was short-listed for the 2002 Russian Booker Prize. He is currently working on a libretto for the Bolshoi Opera. Sorokin made his English-language debut in Grand Street 48 with “A Month in Dachau,” and his new story “Hiroshima” appears in this issue. He lives in Moscow.

Kyoko Uchida’s work has appeared in Grand Street, the Georgia Review, and Black Warrior Review, among other journals, and is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner. She currently works as a translator and bilingual editor in Washington, D.C.

Ryan G. Van Cleave’s most recent books are a volume of poems, Say Hello (Pecan Grove Press, 2001), and the anthology American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement (University of Iowa Press, 2001), which he co-edited.

William T. Vollmann is the author of eight novels, three collections of stories, and two nonfiction works. Vollmann’s writing has appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, and Granta, and he is a frequent contributor to Grand Street. His new nonfiction book, Rising Up and Rising Down, parts of which were featured in Grand Street 65, will be published in summer 2003 by McSweeney’s.

Alan Warner was born in Argyll, Scotland, in 1964. His first novel, Morvern Callar (Anchor Books, 1997), was excerpted in Grand Street 57; a film version, directed by Lynne Ramsay, was released in winter 2002. These Demented Lands (Anchor Books) won the 1998 Encore Award for second novels, and The Sopranos (Harvest Books, 2000) is also set to be filmed. This issue of Grand Street features an excerpt from Warner’s fourth and latest novel, The Man Who Walks, published in Britain by Jonathan Cape in 2002. Warner was recently named one of Britain’s most original young novelists by Granta.

Akira Yoshimura, an acclaimed author in his native Japan, was born in 1927 in Tokyo. Winner of the 1966 Dazai Osamu Prize, awarded annually for an outstanding short story by a new writer, he has since published a number of novels, short stories, and nonfiction works, including Battleship Musashi: The Making and Sinking of the World’s Biggest Battleship (Kodansha International, 1999), for which he received the Kikuchi Kan Prize. His translated books include On Parole and Shipwrecks (both Harvest Books, 2000), and One Man’s Justice (Harcourt, 2001). This issue of Grand Street includes a new translation of Yoshimura’s story “Glorious Days,” which will be included in a collection of stories forthcoming from Harcourt.

Grand Street would like to thank:
Morgan Entrekin, Sharon Gallagher, Paul Hassett, Michael Kazmarek, Avery Lozada, Allison Smith, Müge Gürsoy Sökmen

This issue of Grand Street is dedicated to the memory of
Sigvard Bernadotte (1907–2002)
Irene Diamond (1911–2003)
Charles Henri Ford (1908 –2002)
Frances Fralin (1932–2003)
Frederic D. Grab (1935–2002)
Kenneth Koch (1925–2002)
Inge Morath (1923–2002)
William Phillips (1907–2002)
LarryRrivers (1923–2002)
Dr. Siegfried Unseld (1924–2002)
Lew Wasserman (1915–2002)
Colin de Land (1955–2003)
for whom we cared deeply