Poet Kim Vodicka grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana and received her B.A.
in English from UL Lafayette in 2010. She is currently working on her
M.F.A. in Poetry at LSU, where she is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant
and Co-Coordinator of Delta Mouth Literary Festival 2012. ...Kim
is an avid lover of music, hosts a psychedelic rock show,
"Shangri-La-La Land," on KLSU, and is involved in musical-poetic
projects. She believes that poems want to be songs very badly, and she
can recite most of her work from memory. She is the author of the
self-published chapbook Hustle, featuring poems and collages constructed
from pornographic literature. Her artwork has been published in
Tenderloin, and her poems have been published in Shampoo,
Ekleksographia, Dig, and Spork (forthcoming). Aesthesia Balderdash
(Trembling Pillow 2012) is her first full-length collection.
“Belatedly—like everything we wait for—Kathy Acker’s great, I mean
really great, grand‐daughter appears…in Louisiana, naturally (or
un‐naturally). Her ‘blood runneth cheesecake’ who penneth this
collection of see-sick lyrics drunk w/ semantic play and painful as ‘all
lights…even stars.’ Vodicka’s Aesthesia Balderdash sisters the disaster
of gender in ways that matter: ‘chronically, / abashedly, / rosily,
cockily, / dazzlingly.’ Not for the faint of art, this is poetry that
cunts, I mean counts.”
Ben Kopel was born in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana in 1983. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University, The
Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA
Program for Poets and Writers. He currently lives in New Orleans,
Louisiana, where he teaches creative writing and English literature to
high school students. He is the author of a chapbook, Because We Must
(Brave Men Press), and his work has been published injubilat, Conduit,
The New Delta Review, Makeout Creek, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere.
Victory (H_NGM_N Books 2012) is his first full-length collection.