Volkan Aran has been writing cultural and critical reviews for Turkish newspapers and magazines, including Cumhuriyet Pazar and Mesele Dergi. Although he has an engineering background, and has worked in the design and engineering of automobiles, he is opposed to engineered writing and aims at the truth. Moving to London from İstanbul in 2008 was an attempt to make this truth-searching feasible in his everyday life.
Emma Copley Eisenberg’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Coast and Cutbank, and her essays and journalism in The Rumpus, Full Stop, Meridian, Land That I Live, Truthout and Wonderful West Virginia magazine. She is the winner of Cutbank’s 2013 Montana Prize for Fiction, and the runner-up winner of Gulf Coast’s 2012 Donald Barthelme Award for Short Prose. She is also the author of the chapbook “Purple Heart Highway” (Finishing Line Press) which was nominated for a Library of Virginia award, and has traveled widely around the rural United States. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Merlin Fulcher’s loose and irreverent poetry stems from a thoughtful admiration of people, shapes and struggles. Often focussing on emotive, political and spatial themes, his poems explore the true potential for tender human experience within urban settings. Fulcher writes poems, prose, songs and screenplays and is news reporter for UK weekly architectural magazine The Architects’ Journal.
a crumpled form / next to a dark pool / by the side of the road / for all to see where once had been / sure grace and cunning / bristling ginger hairs / beneath the moon all that remains now / is left to the pale moonlight
Siriol Joyner is a choreographer from Aberystwyth in Wales. A current focus for her practice is the relationship between movement & language and the notion of translation: its possibilities and impossibilities. She creates movement, text and object works that practice a principle of hybridity and assemblage. Her interests are informed by her Welsh identity and the minority status of her mother tongue, Cymraeg (Welsh). ybarcud.tumblr.com - celticradicals.tumblr.com
If you're hearing what I say/ It's cause you listen to it well/ Love is just a cherry tree, my dear/ And death, nothing but spell/ Spit out the bone and the ghost is gone/ For life I have no fear/ Be sure I'll cherish you my love/ For life, you hear, I have no fear/ For I have died times before/ And death was just a spell/ My mind was gone, my body crackled/ And I remember it so well/ And now that noises of young days/ Sing to me while I sleep/ Love is all the cherry trees/ And the oceans oh so deep
Billy Tang is an artist, writer, translator and curator. Recent exhibitions include Lights in the Dusk at Frameless gallery in London and short films at the 2011 Jue Music and Art Festival and Space Station gallery, both in Beijing. Billy's Zodiac is Scorpio and he's ambidextrous.
Ricky Tucker is a North Carolina native, fiction writer, editor and art critic. His work often explores the imprints of art on narrative, and how form bends content. He is the former editor-in-chief and art editor of 12th Street Journal and has contributed to New England art journal Big Red and Shiny, fashion and culture site Ironing Board Collective, The Paris Review Daily,The Tenth Magazine, and Lambda Literary. He received his B.A. from The New School as a Riggio: Writing and Democracy scholar, and a writing/teaching M.A. at Goldsmiths, University of London.