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Ron Dakron is the author of the novels Hello Devilfish!, infra, Newt, Hammers, and Mantids. His work runs the gamut from surrealism to sci-fi pastiche, with a prose style that he describes as "haplessly Chicagoan and influenced by working class whites, African American slang and Yiddish comedy." His novels explore differing styles of poetic prose, from Romaticism, to Cubism, B-movie satire to mangled Japanese translation. Point No Point tagged his novels as "a cross between jive bullshit, hip-hop Henny Youngman, and full-tilt Rimbaudian street-smartass sublimity." Raven Chronicles judged him "as sinister as a thirteen-year-old with a lighter and a keg of butane." Publishers Weekly deemed him "a writer with a fine ear and plenty of gusto." Born in Chicago, Dakron majored in English at Elmhurst College and Lawrence University before moving to Seattle where he worked as a street violinist and house painter, and developed a confrontational poetic performance style "drenched in faux punkery." He began writing novels in his late 20s, and considers himself "a proud working-class novelist who dreams up Big Lit." Dakron currently lives in Seattle, WA.
STEPHEN DANOS is author of the poetry chapbooks Playhouse State (H_NGM_N Books, 2012) and Gravitational (The New Megaphone, forthcoming). He earned a BA in English from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Writing - Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online poetry journal Pinwheel.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of three collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, and Furious Lullaby, both published by Southern Illinois University Press, and Requiem for the Orchard, published by the University of Akron Press. He is a co-chair for the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Asian American Poetry. A recipient of a NYFA Fellowship Award, his work has appeared or is forthcoming from many journals like the Quarterly West, The Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Tin House and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation and Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. He teaches creative writing at Western Washington University.