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Guest Bios

 Albert Goldbarth was just a twinkle in the literary cosmos when his first poems were accepted at Kayak; he has currently authored over 30 books of poetry and essays. He is the only poet to have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry twice with his collections, Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology (1991) and Saving Lives (2001).  His collection of essays, Many Circles, won the 2001 PEN West Creative Nonfiction Award, and in 2008, he received the Mark Twain Poetry Award for Humor from the Poetry Foundation.  That same year, his most recent book was published: To Be Read in 500 Years (leaving us only 496 more years to wait.)  

 Mark Jarman enjoyed a long friendship with George Hitchcock dating from his years studying at UC Santa Cruz in the early 70s.  Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, and Director of its Creative Writing program, Jarman is the author of nine books of poetry, two books of essays, and a book of essays co-authored with fellow Hitchcock student, Robert McDowell. He co-edited the anthology Rebel Angels: 25 Poets of the new Formalism with Dave Mason, and One-Man Boat: The George Hitchcock Reader with Robert McDowell and Joseph Bednark.  For a number of years, Jarman and his wife have made annual contributions in George Hitchcock's name to UCSC for the purchase of poetry, making the UCSC collection of contemporary poetry the best in the University of California library system.

 Robert McDowell has been a close friend of George Hitchcock's since the evening he got the nerve, as a freshman, to introduce himself to the professor with whom he hoped to study poetry.  Together with Mark Jarman and Joseph Bednarik, he co-edited and published One-Man Boat: The George Hitchcock Reader through Story Line Press, which he co-founded.  McDowell's poetry, criticism, and fiction have been published widely here and abroad in magazines such as The Hudson Review, Poetry, The New Criterion, The Kenyon Review, London Magazine, and Zzyzyva.  His poetry is discussed in Ian Hamilton's Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry and appears in Best American Poetry, For a Living: the Poetry of Work, Conversant Essays, and Under 35: the New Generation of American Poets. He is the editor of the anthology of essays, Poetry After Modernism.  He is the author of the book on writing, Poetry as Spiritual Practice,  and the workshop he offers at this event, The Magic of Mentors and Poetry, is inspired, in part, by lessons he learned from George Hitchcock.  
  Nancy Willard was a frequent contributor to Kayak's pages, appearing nine times between 1969 and 1983.  She is the author of twelve books of poetry, including In the Salt Marsh, and the author of two novels, Things Invisible to See and Sister Water (both from Knopf).  Her most recent book is a collection of essays on writing, The Left-Handed Story (the University of Michigan Press).  She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in both fiction and poetry, and her book A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers was awarded the Newbery Medal for children's literature.
 Willis Barnstone, a long-time friend of Hitchcock, was educated at Bowdoin, Columbia, and Yale.  He taught in Greece at the end of the Civil War (1949-51) and in Buenos Aires during the Dirty War. During the Cultural Revolution he went to China, where he was later a Fulbright Professor of American Literature at Beijing Foreign Studies University (1984-1985). His publications include The Other Bible (HarperCollins, 1984), a memoir biography With Borges on an Ordinary Evening in Buenos Aires (Illinois, 1993), and To Touch the Sky (New Directions, 1999). His books have been translated into diverse languages including French, Italian, Romanian, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese. A Guggenheim Fellow and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry, Barnstone is Distinguished Professor at Indiana University.  He is the father of poets Aliki Barnstone and Tony Barnstone.

Aliki Barnstone, long acquainted with George Hitchcock, as were her father Willis and brother Tony, was educated at Brown University and the University of California, Berkeley.  Her most recent book of poems, Madly in Love was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her poems have appeared in Agni, The Antioch Review, Boulevard, Chicago Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, TriQuarterly, and other journals. She introduced and wrote the readers' notes for H.D.'s Trilogy  and is the editor of the poetry anthologies, A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now  and Voices of Light: Spiritual and Visionary Poems by Women from Around the World from Ancient Sumeria to Now , and a collection of critical essays, The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era. She has published essays on Mary Wilkins Freeman, H.D., Ruth Stone, Brenda Hillman, and most recently, Emily Dickinson, in A Changing Rapture: The Development of Emily Dickinson's Poetry. 

 William Harmon met George Hitchcock over 40 years ago.  He is the author of five books of poetry, 1970-1985, including The Intussusception of Miss Mary America, published in 1976 by Kayak Press and illustrated by collagist Douglas McClellan.  His first book of poetry, Treasury Holiday, became the Lamont Poetry Selection of the year and his most recent, Mutatis Mutandis: 27 Invoices won the the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos William Award.  Editor of a handbook to literature and several poetry anthologies, Harmon taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1967 to 2008, retiring as James Gordon Hanes Professor in the Humanities. 

 
 Since 1975, Gary Young has designed, illustrated, and printed limited edition books and broadsides at his Greenhouse Review Press.  He is the author of several collections of poetry including Hands, Days, Braver Deeds (winner the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize), No Other Life (winner of the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America), and most recently, Pleasure. His New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from White Pine Press. He is the co-editor of The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place, and Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems and Poetics from California.  His print work is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and The Getty Center for the Arts.  He resides in the mountain home where Hitchcock once published early issues of Kayak.

 Linda Lappin was a familiar name in Kayak, publishing such work as 12 Poems for Cezanne's Black Clock and Wintering With the Abominable Snowman, the title poem of her first book, published by Kayak Press in 1976.  A new video of 12 Poems for Cezanne's Black Clock, a collaboration with interdisciplinary artist, Sandra Binion, can be viewed in the Hitchcock tribute issue of Calibanonline.org #3.  Poet, teacher, novelist and respected translator, she has lived in Rome since heading to Italy in 1978 for a 2-year Fulbright in translation shorting after earning her MFA from the University of Iowa.  Her translation of Carmelo Samona's novel, Brothers, won The Renato Poggioli Award in Translation from Italian given by the New York PEN club, as well as an NEA grant in translation.  Other works include Missing Person in Montparnasse about the life of Jeanne Hebeturne, Jean Heap and her Circle dealing with the lives of Jane Heap and Margaret Anderson, and her novels The Etruscan and Katherine's Wish.  Her forthcoming projects include a mystery novel, Signatures in Stone, and a craft of writing book entitled The Genius Loci: A Writer's Guide to Capturing the Soul Place.  Her website is www.lindalappin.net.      
Patricia Aakhus, former Hitchcock student and close friend, is the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, and program director of International Studies at the Univerity of Southern Indiana.  She is the author of three published novels, The Voyage of Mael Duin’s Curragh, Daughter of the Boyne, and The Sorrows of Tara, based on epic poems she translated from Old Irish, as well as contemporary short stories, essays and poems. Her libretto based on her translation of Chretien de Troyes’ Old French The Knight with the Lion was performed in 2008 by USI theatre students at the Scavone Award in Medieval Studies.  She has just completed a novel, Shawneetown.  
Writes Patty's husband Michael Aakhus: "On the evening of Wednesday, May 16 2012, Patty Aakhus's body, 59, surrendered to cancer. Her spirit continues to inspire her family, friends, colleagues, and students as we recall with awe her remarkable courage and sweet temper throughout her illness." 

  Joseph Bednarik, co-editor of One-Man Boat: The George Hitchcock Reader, works at Copper Canyon Press. His interviews, reviews, and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Poets & Writers, Five Points, Northwest Review, and The Oregonian.

 Sandra Binion collaborated with Linda Lappin on a video to accompany Lappin's kayak poem "Twelve Poems for Cezanne's Black Clock."  It can be viewed at Calibanonline.com, Issue 3.  Binion is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago who makes live performances, video installations, and visual artworks.  Most recently her interdisciplinary practice has manifested in multimedia exhibitions that draw together video installation, painting, and photography in the poetic interpretation of particular places.  She has presented over 40 performances, installations and exhibitions since 1978 at numerous festivals, galleries, museums, and theaters in the US, Canada, and Europe, including the Swedish Embassy in Washington DC, Hyde Park Art Center Chicago, PAC/edge Performance Festival Chicago, Evanston Art Center, Columbia College Art + Design Gallery, Fourth Presbyterian Church Chicago, Plan B in Santa Fe, Galerie Nuova Icona in Venice Italy, University of California Berkeley, Kunstraum Stuttgart, Powerhouse Gallery Montreal, and others. 
Michael Basinski is the curator of The Poetry Collection, State University of New York at Buffalo. A marvelously lively presenter and visual/performance poet, he performs his work as a solo poet and in ensemble with the EBMA and his own group, BuffFluxus. Among his many books of poetry are Heka (Factory School); Strange Things Begin to Happen When a Meteor Crashes in the Arizona Desert (Burning Press); The Idyllic Book (Michel Letko, Houston, Texas); Mool, Mool3Ghosts and Shards of Shampoo (Bob Cobbing's Writers Forum); Cnyttan and Heebie-Jeebies (Meow Press); By and The Doors (House Press); Un-Nome, Red Rain Two, Abzu and Flight to the Moon (Run Away Spoon Press): Poemeserss (Structum Press) and many more.
 Richard Newman has served as River Styx editor in St. Louis for 16 years.  He is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Domestic Fugues and Borrowed Towns.  He is also the author of several poetry chapbooks, including 24 Tall Boys: Dark Verse for Light Times and Monster Gallery: 19 Terrifying and Amazing Monster Sonnets!. His poems have recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, Measure, Poetry Daily, Unsplendid, Verse Daily, and many other periodicals and anthologies.  He teaches poetry and literature at St. Louis Community College and co-directs the River Styx at Duff's reading series.   
Jim Hair, event photographer, was only an undergrad when asked to photograph various figures around the UC Santa Cruz campus in 1973.  37 years later the Los Angeles Times chose his picture of George at his press in Bonny Doon, CA for their Hitchcock obituary.  Hair's work has also been published and shown in a range of locations, including the Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Symphony, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Oxford University Press, Phaidon Publishing, San Francisco Examiner, EarlyMusic America, Composers Recordings, San Francisco Women’s Philhamonic, New Albion Records, Theodore Presser Publishing, BIZZ Magazine (Germany), AsianWeek,  Empik Magazine (Poland), SPIN Magazine, Symphony Magazine, Fortuna Records, he Shigaraki Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art, and the Museum of Art and Design (NY).   A long-time resident of San Francisco, Hair recently moved to Richmond, Indiana, where his passion for enhancing his community by enhancing its arts community continues.     
 Liz Hughes Wiley, creator of this event studied Playwriting with George Hitchcock at UCSC.  In 1992, she proved the last to graduate with UCSC's now-extinct B.A. in Aesthetic Studies, continuing on to an M.A. in Education (Philosophy of Education emphasis), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry -- thereby earning the three most economically impractical degrees on the planet.  A poet, publicist, event planner and educator, she has created fundraisers, readings, jazz festivals, and conferences for over 25 years for Gemini Ink in San Antonio, KSDS-FM in San Diego, and many others.  Her poetry has appeared in Permafrost, Mikrokosmos, Passager (winning an honorable mention for Jim and Shirley) and Prairie Poetry, where her poem Kansas won both the Friends Award and Peer Award in 2006.  She has work upcoming in ViVACE Literary Journal.  In the course of planning "Kayak at the Confluence" Wiley founded her own clearly-not-for-profit, Art and Experience, specializing in community arts events such as this.
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