Issue 4. Fall 2013.
Cover. Table of Contents.
Thomas Crawford is the author of seven books of poetry, including If It Weren’t for Trees; I Want to Say Listen; Lauds, which won the Oregon Book Award for Poetry; The Temple on Monday, winner of the ForeWord Book of the Year Award; and Wu Wei. He’s a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. The Names of Birds, his most recent collection, received a starred review in Booklist.
João Melo, born in 1955 in Luanda, Angola, adds to his activities as an author those of a journalist, publicist and professor. After attending Coimbra and Luanda Law schools, he was graduated in Journalism by the Fluminense Federal University and received his masters degree in Communication and Culture from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, both in Brazil, where he lived from 1984 to 1992 as a press correspondent. He is a founder of the Angolan Writers Association, where he served as Secretary-General, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Fiscal Council. His works include poetry, short stories, chronicles and essays. His books (thirteen of poetry, six story collections and one of essays) have been published in Angola, Portugal, Brazil, Italy and Cuba. In Angola and abroad, he has been included in various anthologies, and has been also published in magazines in Portuguese, English, German, French, Arabic and Chinese. He was awarded the 2009 Angola Arts and Culture National Prize in the literature category by the Ministry of Culture of Angola. He lives currently between Luanda and Houston (USA).
A practicing art critic since 1977, Jeff Kelley has written reviews and essays for such publications as Artforum, Art in America, and the Los Angeles Times. From 1993–2005 he taught Art Theory and Criticism at the University of California, Berkeley, and he authored two books on Allan Kaprow published by the University of California Press. Kelley has organized several exhibitions of works by contemporary Chinese artists, such as Sui Jianguo (“The Sleep of Reason,” 2005), Liu Xiaodong (“The Three Gorges Project,” 2006), and Zhan Wang (“On Gold Mountain: Sculpture from the Sierra,” 2008). In addition, Kelley curated the popular and critically acclaimed Half-Life of a Dream: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Logan Collection for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2008), and he currently functions as an advisor on Chinese art to the Logan Collection. An essay on the celebrated Chinese artist, architect, and activist Ai Weiwei will be included in the catalog for the upcoming international Venice Biennale, and he is editing a book for the University of California Press on the artist’s writings. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, the artist Hung Liu.