Here's the lineup:

Ken Rumble is the director of the Desert City Poetry Series and the poetry buyer for Internationalist Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His manuscript /Key
Bridge/ has been a finalist two years in a row for the Verse Book Prize. His
poems have appeared in Gutcult, Parakeet, The Tiny, New College Review, Coconut, Carolina Quarterly, among others. He can say "Czeslaw Milosz" with his mouth full of crackers.

Brian Howe is a freelance writer and poet living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a contributing writer at Pitchforkmedia.com, a contributing editor at
Paste Magazine, and a blogger here. His work has been featured in Eratio, Octopus, McSweeney's, GutCult and Volutions.

Marcus Slease is a native of Portadown, N. Ireland and a member of the Lucifer Poetics Group. He is the author of three manuscripts: Mouth Harp, Campanology,
and Resident Alien. All forthcoming at some point. His poetry has been published
in Octopus, Columbia Poetry Review, Forklift Ohio, and Conduit (among others).
He lives with his wife Tiffany in Greensboro, NC. You can read his blog here.

Julian Semilian teaches film editing at North Carolina School of the Arts, after
24 years of editing in Hollywood. He published three books: Transgender Organ
Grinder (Spuyten Duyvil Press) Paul Celan's Romanian Poems (translation; Green
Integer), A Spy in Amnesia (Spuyten Duyvil). His translation of Mircea
Cartarescu's novel, Nostalgia, will be coming out this fall from New Directions,
while Spuyten Duyvil will publish his new book, Osiris With The Trombone Across
The Seam Of Insubstance.

David Need lives in Durham with wife, son (but not for long) and four cats. He's
been quietly writing and reading poetry since 1975. David works as an adjunct
instructor for Duke University (since 2000) in Asian Religions and Literature.
He's been writing and presenting poetry since 1975 with a fifteen year hiatus
when practicing Buddhism in his twenties and early thirties. For the most part,
David has not attempted to get published, preferring to produce limited
hand-made editions/tracts and to give readings. He writes reviews for Oyster Boy
and the Independent.

Todd Sandvik lives in Carrboro. He hosts The Blue Door reading series, a
nocturnal companion to Desert City Poetry events. He is a member of Lucifer
Poetics Group. His poems have appeared in Fascicle, and he is the Poet Laureate
of Carrboro.

Randall Williams is a freelance reporter, anti-war activist and poet living in
Hillsborough, N.C. His articles, poems and literary reviews have appeared or are
forthcoming in McSweeney’s, Salon, The Independent, Word /for Word and GutCult.
Since 2001, he has taught journalism and creative writing in the Office of
Continuing Studies at Duke University. Junk Horse Press published his two
chapbooks Empire and 40 Days in 2003 and 2004.

Tim Earley's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conduit, DIAGRAM, Chicago
Review, jubilat, Hotel Amerika, Forklift Ohio, and other journals. A chapbook,
The Spooking of Mavens, will be available from Rank Stranger Press later this
year. His first full-length collection, Boondoogle, was recently published by
Main Street Rag Press.

Ted Pope:
Originally from the dustbowl state of Oklahoma, Ted Pope came of age in the
foothills of western North Carolina, founding the spoken word band Sister Raven
and becoming one of the darlings of the American SLAM scene, and a participant
in the early Lollapalooza tours. His work has recently appeared in Nexus,
Nantahala Review, and Asheville Poetry Review. A recent chapbook, Jousting From
the Back of a Mule, was published in 2004 by Third Lung Press.

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