Contributor Notes for Black Ice: Neuromantic Fiction
Michelle Albert is a writer and teacher living in Boulder, Colorado. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the Naropa Institute and has been an editor at Black Ice magazine.
Mark Amerika's first novel, The Kafka Chronicles, is now in its third printing and his most recent novel, Sexual Blood, has been translated into Italian as Sangue Sessuale. He is the Publisher of Alt-X [www.altx.com], which he founded in 1993. Publishers Weekly has called Alt-X "the literary publishing model of the future."
Erik Belgum's "ambient fictions" have aired internationally on ABC (Australia), BBC (Britain), CBC (Canada), West Deutscher Rundfunk (Germany), New American Radio (US and Canada), Der Concertzender (Holland), Radio LORA (Switzerland), National Radio of Argentina, and throughout the US, Canada and Australia on numerous local stations. He has been in residence at STEIM (in Amsterdam) and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In addition to his book "Star Fiction," Belgum has published fiction in dozens of literary journals, including Asylum Annual, Avec, Chicago Review, Central Park, Black Ice. Belgum also edits VOYS (P.O. Box 580547, Minneapolis, MN 55458-0547), a CD sound journal dedicated to all types of artistic work involving speech.
Ann Bogle's short stories have been published in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, and Washington Review. In 1998, she won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant in nonfiction for the mixed-genre work excerpted here.
George Chambers works it in Peoria.
Jeffrey De Shell is the author of two novels, S & M and In Heaven Everything is Fine, and a critical book, The Peculiarity of Literature: An Allegorical Approach to Poe's Fiction. He has co-edited two collections of fiction by American women, Chick-Lit I: Postfeminist Fiction and Chick-Lit II: No Chick Vics, and is currently co-editor of the Fiction Collective Two. He currently teaches fiction writing and literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Raymond Federman, author of popular gambling manuals _Double or Nothing_ and _The Manual Manipulation of Honest Dice_, has had life ruined by a man with the same name -- a surfictionalist who advocates saving ink by using lots of white space in his books and indulging in anti-economic activities like writing for Black Ice. We hope this appearance of the true RF has cleared this matter up.
Matthew Fuller is the author of ATM and with Mongrel, (http://www.mongrelx.org.uk/) I/O/D and individually has worked on a number of software and writing projects accessible through: http://www.axia.demon.co.uk/.
Diana George lives in Seattle, where she was recently drummed out of the funeral business. Her essays and fiction have appeared in 3rd Bed, The Stranger, and American Book Review. She is currently at work on a collection of short stories as well as a book about affect. He e-mail address is email@example.com.
Richard Grossman was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1943. The son of a Chevrolet dealer, he was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, attending public schools and then Stanford University, where he graduated with a BA in English literature in 1965. He spent a number of years overseas, living in France, Israel and Morocco. After returning to the States, he began working as a financial executive in charge of administration and acquisitions at a small company, Gelco, which developed into a multinational corporation and was eventually acquired by General Electric. Grossman left the business world in 1976 in order to dedicate his time to writing. His first book of poems, Tycoon Boy, published by Kayak Press in 1977, about his life in a corporation, was followed by a five-hundred poem pastoral, The Animals, which was published in hardcover by Zygote Press in 1983 and reissued in paper by Graywolf Press in 1990.
For many years, Grossman has been concentrating his efforts on creating a vast work entitled American Letters. It comprises three separate but interconnected books, part novels, part poetry, on hell, purgatory and heaven. Grossman's first book in the trilogy, The Alphabet Man, won the FC2 National Fiction Competition in 1993 and was nominated for a Pen West award. His second book, on purgatory, The Book of Lazarus, was published in 1997. His work on heaven, Breeze Avenue, elements of which he has been working on for over twelve years, is in progress. He currently lives in Los Angeles, with his wife Lisa Lyons.
Doug Rice is the author of _Blood of Mugwump_ and _A Good Cuntboy is Hard to Find_. He co-edited _Federman: A to X-X-X-X_. His newest work, _Skin Prayers_, will be out in Fall 2001. And a collection of his work, _Skin Litanies_, is being translated into Spanish. He teaches fiction writing and film at California State University, Sacramento. He is a contributing editor to Tantalus Press www.tantalusmagazine.com.
Francesca da Rimini (GashGirl, dollyoko, LiQuiD_Nation) has been working with new media since 1984 in various guises -- arts manager, film and video maker, curator, corporate geisha girl, cyberfeminist, puppet mistress and ghost. During the 1990s she squandered endless online hours investigating the anarchic potential of negotiated email relationships, virtual communities and new narrative architectures, reverse engineering her experiences into multiple immaterialities, poems and personas. This research crystallised in various forms of creative collaboration including a novel FleshMeat, a bottomless pond of dead girls in dollspace, a counter spectre to globalisation in Los Das y Las Noches de los Muertos, the subatomicdecoherence of Soft Accidents, and the streaming world of Identity_Runners. Many of her online projects squat the screens at System-X located at http://sysx.org/gashgirl
D.N. Stuefloten has spent his life wandering around the world writing novels and stories. He has lived with Moro pirates in the Sulu Sea, smuggled booze in India, worked for a traveling magician in Africa. His work has been compared, by the Washington Post, to that of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alain Robbe-Grillet, and Marguerite Duras. 'The Ethiopian Exhibition' was written in an abandoned house, next to the ocean, in southern Mexico, and reflects Stuefloten's obsessive pursuit of mystery and beauty.
Alan Sondheim's books include the anthology Being on Line: Net Subjectivity (Lusitania, 1996), Disorders of the Real (Station Hill, 1988), and .echo (Alt-X Press, 2001) as well as numerous other chapbooks, books and articles. His video and films have been shown internationally. Sondheim co-moderates several email lists, including Cybermind, Cyberculture, and Wryting. For the past several years, he has been working on an "Internet Text," a continuous meditation on philosophy, psychology, language, body, sexuality, and virtuality. Sondheim lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches part-time at the School of Visual Arts; he lectures and publishes widely on contemporary art and Internet issues. In 1999, Sondheim was the second virtual writer-in-residence for the trAce (sic) online writing community, originating in Nottingham, England. He is currently Associate Editor of the online magazine Beehive. His Internet Text is at http://www2.sva.edu/~alans/
Don Webb, a Texas humorist and mystery writer, has 12 books published -- the most recent _Endless Honeymoon_ from St. Martin's Press. At 40 he is the world's oldest undergraduate, but despite his lack of certification has completed life''s best test -- that of finding his soul mate Guiniviere. His work has been translated into 12 languages, so where the fuck are those film offers by now?
Wiley Wiggins is an actor and writer from Austin Texas, his most recent film Waking Life will be released in the fall of 2001. He was a contributing editor for FringeWare Review magazine. More information and writing can be found at www.wileywiggins.com
There are a few omissions to these Notes because the contributors could not be located.