Wednesday, March 12
William D Waltz is the author of Zoo Music, which won Slope Editions’ First Book Prize and Adventures in the Lost Interiors of America, which won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition and was published in March 2013. His chapbook Confluence of Mysterious Origins was published by Factory Hollow Press. He is the founder and editor of Conduit magazine. Waltz lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota, near the Mississippi River and the defunct Ford plant.
Dobby Gibson is the author of Polar (Alice James Books), which won the Beatrice Hawley Award; Skirmish (Graywolf Press); and It Becomes You (Graywolf Press), which is a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. All three titles were finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. His poems are anthologized in books such as Good Poems American Places (Viking Press), Lit From Inside (Alice James Books), and From the Fishouse (Persea Books). He's received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. In the fall of 2014, he'll be a visiting professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Fred Schmalz's recent work focuses on textual response to encounters with dance, music and visual art. His field guide Claes Oldenburg’s Festival of Living Objects was published by the Walker Art Center in fall 2013, and his Documenta 13 Daybook was published by Hands Down in spring 2013. He is currently collaborating on multimedia projects about ghosts and hotels. He lives in Chicago.