Flávia Rocha is a Brazilian poet and journalist. She is the author of two poetry books, both published in Brazil, A Casa Azul ao Meio-dia/ The Blue House Around Noon (Travessa dos Editores, 2005) and Quartos Habitáveis (Confraria do Vento, 2011). She holds an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University, and has edited anthologies of Brazilian poetry for magazines Rattapallax (U.S.), Poetry Wales (U.K.) and Papertiger (Australia).Translations of her poems have appeared in a number of magazines in the U.S. and abroad. In the area of film, she is a founder of the Academia Internacional de Cinema, a film school located in São Paulo. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon.
Ram Devineni is a filmmaker, publisher and founder of Rattapallax Films and magazine. He produced, edited and directed the feature documentary, The Human Tower, which was shot in India, Chile, and Spain. He produced and directed a three-part travel documentary TV series called On the Road about endangered languages shot in West Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and showing on LINK TV; and highly popular web-series called, Verse: A Murder Mystery on Koldcast TV.
Alan Cheuse is the author and/or editor of more than fifteen books. His latest book is Paradise, Or and Eat Your Face, a trio of novellas. He has been Rattapallax’s Fiction Editor for nearly a decade. He has a new story, “Vishnu, Asleep on the Cycle of Time”, in the latest issue of The Antioch Review.
Craig Epplin is an assistant professor at Portland State University. He writes and teaches primarily about ecology, media culture, and contemporary Latin American literature. His first book, titled Late Book Culture in Argentina, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He has translated poetry, essays, manifestos, and short stories, and currently co-edits Urbanities, a blog hosted by Open Humanities Press. He also writes at Nonhuman Collectives and edits the Nonfiction section of Rattapallax.
Natalia Fedorova is a new media artist, writer, literary scholar and translator. Natalia holds a PhD in literary theory from Herzen State University (St-Petersburg). She is an author of publications on avant-garde poetry, kitetic poetry, concrete poetry, hyperfiction, literary text generators and video poetry. Natalia is an author of an interactive novel Madame Ebaressa and a Butterfly, co-written with Sergeij Kitov, and a number of short prose fragments. In collaboration with Taras Mashtalir she founded Machine Libertine, a media poetry project (Snow Queen, In Your Voice, Machine Poetry Manifesto, Whoever You Are, Light Duty, Memory). Currently Natalia is back after her one-year post-doctorate term at MIT Trope Tank to teaching experimental literature in Smolny University (St-Petersburg).
Catherine Fletcher is a poet, an editor, and the Director of Poetry Programs at City Lore. She has written and edited content for the website World Poetry Map, an online anthology of the poetic traditions of non-majority languages, and has produced poetry events around New York City and abroad. Fletcher has commissioned new translations of works previously un-translated into English by such poets as Maxamed Ibraahim Warsame Hadraawi and Cabdulqaadir Xasan Sheikh Mumin (Somali), Weldedingel (Tigrinya), Galaktion Tabidze (Georgian), and Bernardo Colipan Filgueira (Mapuche).
Haleh Gafori is a songwriter, poet, and video artist living in Brooklyn. She is the lead singer of The Mast, her latest project with percussionist Matt Kilmer. Their acclaimed debut Wild Poppies was followed in 2012 with the release of a series of electronic singles, including Nuclear Dragon and EP UpUpUp a post-dubstep tune with a stunning video she directed and edited. Haleh’s (formelly spelled Haale) earlier works include two EPs, Paratrooper and Morning (2007), and a full-length album, No Ceiling (2008), which the Boston Globe called “a swirling gem…one of the year’s most memorable releases.” She graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Biological Sciences, and City College of NY with an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry.
Idra Novey is the author of Exit, Civilian, selected by Patricia Smith for the National Poetry Series and a Best Book of 2012 by Cold Front Magazine and The Volta. She is also the author of The Next, Country (Alice James Books, 2008), a finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award in poetry. Her poems have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, in Poetry, the Paris Review, Slate, and elsewhere. Her most recent translation is Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to G.H. (New Directions and Penguin UK, 2012). She currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.
Tera Vale Ragan earned her MFA in poetry from San Francisco State where she was a Poetry Editor of Fourteen Hills and the winner of the Mark Linenthal Award. With her BA from the University of Southern California, she also received the Virginia Middleton Award and the Undergraduate Creative Writing Award for poetry. Publications include Rattle, Transfer, Eclipse, Hot Metal Bridge, Barely South Review, etc. Her first book of poems, Reading the Ground, is forthcoming from The Word Works, DC this Spring 2014.
Lloyd Robson is a poet, novelist, magazine journalist, and radio/TV broadcaster. Originally from Wales, UK, he currently lives in New York with fellow poet Catherine Fletcher. Books include Oh Dad! A Search for Robert Mitchum, bbboing! & associated weirdness, and cardiff cut.
Edwin Torres is a ‘lingualisualist’ rooted in the languages of both sight and sound. A native of New York City, his books include, Yes Thing No Thing (Roof Books), The PoPedology Of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books), In The Function Of External Circumstances (Nightboat Books) and Ameriscopia forthcoming from University of Arizona Press. Fellowships include, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Foundation For Contemporary Performing Arts, and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. He was poet-in-residence at Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument in the South Bronx produced by The DIA Foundation and a guest blogger on the Poetry Foundation’s website “Harriet.” He currently lives in Beacon, NY.
Caecilia Tripp has received several international grants representing a body of film and video installations, performance and photographic works, which has been shown internationally in galleries, museums such as PS1 MOMA (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Museum of Modern Art (Paris), Zacheta Gallery (Warsaw), De Appel (Amsterdam), Roomade (Brussels), Museum of Modern Art (Moscow), Center Of Contemporary Arts (New Orleans), and many other prestigious places. The Making of Americans (2004) won an award for the best experimental film at Cinema Paradise (Hawaii).
Fernanda Rocha is a Brazilian photographer who also specializes in content rights and licensing. She had her first contact with photography while working in the production of magazines in São Paulo. She spent over one year between London and India, and later moved to New York to work as an image researcher and editor of books. She has headed the licensing and reproductions operation at the Miami Herald Archives, and has managed rights for Colgate-Palmolive advertising at Young & Rubicam Agency. Her photography can be seen at fernandarochaphoto.com.
Zoe Wright is a native of San Francisco, and is currently interning at City Lights Publishers and Zoetrope: All-Story. She recently graduated with a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied literature and writing.