selected poems, RED ACTIONS, is available from Black Sparrow Press, which will be
publishing in November 1998 his poems of 1994-1996, THE TIME OF VOICE. He is working on a
fifth collection of short fiction. He teaches in the Writing Program at Bard College. Born
two years before the death of Mary
Butts, he laments never having known the woman whose re-emergence onto the literary
horizon is one of the most important events of recent years.
Carlo Levi Della Torre is an Italian essayist and scholar. The exhibit for which this
essay was written may be seen, on-line, at PhotoArts.
Gabriele Leidloff is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited internationally
and on the web. For further information please contact:
Art Resources Transfer, Inc., New York City, Bill
Galerie für Zeitgenöessische Kunst, Berlin, Michael
Katherine McNamara is
the editor and publisher of ARCHIPELAGO. Her non-fiction narrative, NARROW ROAD TO THE
DEEP NORTH, A Journey into the Interior of Alaska, is forthcoming from Mercury House.
Ewald Osers, who was born
in Prague, has lived in England since 1938. He has three times chaired the
Translators Association; is a member of the team preparing the new Oxford
German-English Dictionary; is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; and was
Vice-President of the International Federation of Translators. He has translated over one
hundred books of poetry and prose from Czech and German. In October 1997, President
Václav Havel presented him with the Medal of Merit (Medaile Za zasluh (II. stupen)) for
his work; he is the only living English-language translator to receive such a medal. Among
his better-known translations are Ivan Klímas fiction, including MY FIRST LOVES, A
SUMMER AFFAIR, and LOVE AND GARBAGE. Catbird Press/Garrigue Books has published
Osers translation of Karel Capeks WAR WITH THE NEWTS. Mr Osers winters in
Naples, Florida, and summers in Reading, England.
Simon Perchik was born in 1923 in Paterson, N.J. He served in the armed forces as a pilot,
and was educated at New York University (B.A. English, LL.B. Law). His poems have appeared
in Partisan Reveiew, Poetry, The Nation, North American Review, APR, Harvard Magazine, New
Letters, Massachusetts Review, Beloit, Southern Humanities Review, Denver Quarterly, The
New Yorker, among others. His books of poems include: THE GANDOLPH POEMS (White Pine
Press, 1987); BIRTHMARK (Flockophobic Press, 1992); REDEEMING THE WINGS and THE EMPTINESS
BETWEEN MY HANDS (Dusty Dog Press, 1991, 1993); LETTERS TO THE DEAD (St. Andrews College
Press, 1993). His newest book is THESE HANDS FILLED WITH NUMBNESS (Dusty Dog Press, 1996).
He is married, has three children, and lives on Long Island, where he practices law.
Jaroslav Seifert was born
in Prague in 1901 and died in Prague in 1986, two years after winning the Nobel Prize for
Literature. Throughout most of his life he was not only a poet but also journalist,
translator of French and Russian poetry and The Song of Songs, and editor of volumes of
nineteenth-century Czech poetry. During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia (1939-1945)
he became the unofficial national poet. In the early years of Communist rule, his poetry
was banned, but later was slowly brought back into print. In 1967, at the height of the
Prague Spring, he was officially declared National Artist of Czechoslovakia, and on the
day of the 1968 Soviet invasion he was named chairman of the Union of Writers, which he
remained until the organization was dissolved a year later. His work was once again banned
for many years, but continued to be published in samizdat. THE POETRY OF JAROSLAV SEIFERT,
tr. Ewald Osers, ed. George Gibian, brought out by Catbird Press/ Garrigue Books in 1998,
is the first major edition of Seiferts poetry to be published in the United States.
Claire Turyn is a photographer who lives and works in Paris. An exhibit of her photographs
can be seen, on-line, on PhotoArts.
Franca Varini (translator) lives in New York.
James Wintner (translator) is director of JHW
Editions, publishing limited editions/livres dartists, including PICASSO/WORDS
GERTRUDE STEIN/ MUSIC VERGIL THOMSON (1992) and SPECIALIST, Robert Sheckley. Illustrated
by Susanna Bergtold (1993).
Paul Flamand (1909-1998)
Co-Founder, Editions du Seuil
Remembered by Cornelia Bessie in
ARCHIPELAGO Vol. 1, No. 4.
Moshe Benarrochs new
poems can be read at RedFrog. A selection of his work appears in ARCHIPELAGO, Vol. 2,
Anna Maria Ortese, A MUSIC BEHIND A WALL, Selected Stories, Vol. 2, has just been
published by McPherson & Co. Her story The Great Street appeared in ARCHIPELAGO Vol.
1, No. 1.
Viriditas Digitalis, our philosopher of the garden, is
on hiatus, sends regrets, and will return in the next issue.
The series Institutional Memory, in which
the Editor converses withdistinguished publishers who love books and writers, will resume
in the next issue, with Katherine McNamaras conversaton with William Strachan, now
Director of the Columbia University Press, formerly Editor in Chief, Holt.