Born in New York in 1939, Bill Berkson is a poet, critic, teacher and sometime curator, who has been active in the art and literary worlds since his early twenties. He is professor emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, where, between 1984 and 2008, he taught art history, art writing and poetry. He is the author of some twenty books and pamphlets of poetry, including Gloria, a portfolio of poems with etchings by Alex Katz (Arion Press, 2005); Our Friends Will Pass Among You Silently (The Owl Press, 2007); Goods and Services (Blue Press, 2008); Portrait and Dream: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 2009); and Lady Air (Perdika, 2010).
Jennifer Karmin’s multidisciplinary projects have been presented at festivals, artist-run spaces, and on city streets across the United States, Japan, Kenya, and Europe. A founding curator of the Red Rover Series, she is author of the text-sound epic Aaaaaaaaaaalice (Flim Forum Press). Her poetry has appeared most recently in I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press), The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (Lake Forest College Press), and as Bernadette Mayer’s assistant on The Helens of Troy, NY (New Directions). She teaches in the Creative Writing program at Columbia College and at Truman College, where she works with immigrants and refugees.