Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a poet, a bookbinder, and an artist from Long Beach, CA. As a child she lived in Spain, where she fell in love with the smell of fresh bread, green olives, and began learning Spanish. She earned her B.A. in Literature/Creative Writing-Poetry from UCSC. Kelsey participated in Write Bloody Publishing’s Dirty Dozen Workshop, and she is a recent Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poems appear in A Poet Is A Poet, No Matter How Tall, East Jasmine Review, and Cadence Collective; Long Beach Poets. Kelsey is ecstatic to be among the Sadie Girl Press authors and artists, with the publication of her chapbook, Watermarked.
Andrew S. Guthrie
Andrew S. Guthrie was born in New York City, lived for most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts, moved to Hong Kong in 2005. His writing can be found online at Make Do Studioshttp://www.makedostudios.com and Asian Cha http://www.asiancha.com/content/view/1909/473/ and in the print magazine, Poetry Is Dead. His artist edition “Broken Records: 1960 -1969” was collected by The Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2010. His book of poetry “Alphabet” was released in April 2015 through Proverse Publishing Hong Kong, and his cultural history “Paul’s Records” will be released through Blacksmith Books in September 2015.
Alphabet consists of 26 poems concerning the vagaries of failure, the underrated opposite of success. But in this case, the context of failure necessarily includes the genre of contemporary poetry, that most disabused yet over abundant mode of expression. Why would anyone choose to express themselves in a manner that automatically narrows the readership even after dispensing with avant-garde ambitions? Precisely because its condition might lend itself to the aimless, useless or extra-economic moments when success can be turned on its head. And though the poet might be prone to the audience’s neglect, history itself is rife with countless examples of spectacular literary failures (as addressed in Alphabet), whether these traumas are eventually redeemed or forever lost; these examples include: misplaced manuscripts, writer’s block, articulate illiterates, libraries that were burned to the ground, posthumous fame for the previously poverty stricken, botched yet endlessly repeated translations, along with the obvious shortcomings of the dilettante, the over-inflated ego, and the perennial loser.