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About the Instructor

Brian Kim Stefans has published several books of poetry including Free Space Comix (Roof Books), Gulf (Object Editions, downloadable at ubu.com) and Angry Penguins (Harry Tankoos).

Fashionable Noise: On Digital Poetics, a collection of essays, poetry and interviews, appeared in 2003 from Atelos. Forthcoming are the poetry collection What Is Said to the Poet Concerning Flowers (Factory School) and a collection of essays on poetry and new media art, Before Starting Over (Salt Publishing).

He is the editor of the /ubu (”slash ubu”) series of e-books at www.ubu.com/ubu and the creator of http://www.arras.net/, devoted to new media poetry and poetics, where most of his work, including his own series of Arras e-books, can be found.

His internet art and digital poems, such as “The Truth Interview (with Kim Rosenfield)” and the “Flash Polaroids” appear at Ubu, RhizomeHow2, Jacket and Turbulence. “The Dreamlife of Letters” was published by arras.net.

He is also a website designer, and has designed “starving artist” sites for McKenzie Wark, Abigail Child, The Segue Foundation, Invisible Light Studios, and Jane House Productions.

His blog is called Free Space Comix, and often contains criticism of new books of poetry and electronic art, though it is mostly a forum for his gripes about the world.

Previous incarnations of Free Space Comix can be found here and here. He also edited the anti-war blog for artists and poets, Circulars. Links to poems online can be found here. He also frequently writes for the Boston Review, and the distressing sounds of him reading his poetry can be found at PennSound.

He has also made several short videos, including Vex (sound by Christophe Mignone), which will be online soon, along with a short Maya animation (with Seong-Jae Lee and Nate Saunders) called Palindrome. Installations of “The Dreamlife of Letters” and “Star Wars (one letter at a time)” have appeared in New York and Providence.

His poems and writing have been translated into German, Swedish, Albanian and Norwegian, and a selection of his poems, translated into French by Loge Cobalt, is forthcoming from Le Quartenier.

He has also written several short plays, including Kinski’s Kanada (read, with actress Stephanie Sanditz, at Chashama, the Bowery Poetry Club, and in the Little Theater series in New York) and In Pines. Has written two full-length screenplays, The Foundling, based on a short story by Heinrich von Kleist, and Childhood’s End, based on a novel by Arthur C. Clarke. What a nut!

He presently lives in Providence, RI, pursuing an MFA in Electronic Writing at Brown University. People like him. But not enough to give him a job.

And here’s his cv, with even more fun stuff.

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