American guitarist, composer, improvisor, and ethnomusicologist Henry Kaiser has collaborated with Fred Frith, Richard Thompson, Wadada Leo Smith, and Zakir Hussain. As a research diver his underwater camera work was featured in two Werner Herzog films, The Wild Blue Yonder, and Encounters at the End of the World—for which he was nominated for an Academy award as producer. He was a friend of Jordan Belson’s and has often cited him as a primary influence on his work.
Writer, curator, editor, and publisher Raymond Foye is based in New York City. He is a Consulting Editor of the Brooklyn Rail, and a regular contributor to the Gagosian Quarterly. From 1986-96 he was the editor and publisher (with Francesco Clemente) of Hanuman Books. From 1990-95 he worked as director of exhibitions and publications at Gagosian Gallery in New York. He received the American Book Award for The Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman (co-edited with Tate Swindell), and he recently co-edited (with George Scrivani) The Golden Dot: Last Poems 1997-2000 by Gregory Corso (Lithic Press, 2022). He represents the Estate of Jordan Belson.
Independent critic, curator, and writer Lyle Rexer is the author of The Critical Eye: 15 Pictures to Understand Photography (Intellect Ltd 2019), The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography (Aperture 2009), and Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes, (Harry N. Abrams 2002) and others. He has published hundreds of catalog essays and articles on art, architecture, and photography and contributed to such publications as The New York Times, Harper’s, Art in America, among others. He has lectured at many institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University, among others, and he teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at SVA.
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Poet Eric Baus is the author of five books of poetry: How I Became a Hum (Octopus Books, 2020) The Tranquilized Tongue (City Lights, 2014), Scared Text, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), Tuned Droves (Octopus Books, 2009), and The To Sound, winner of the Verse Prize (Wave Books, 2004). He is also the author of several chapbooks, most recently The Rain Of The Ice (Above/Ground Press, 2014) and Euphorbia (Above/Ground Press, 2019). His poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, and Finnish. He teaches literature and creative writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA program in Denver, which he co-directs with poet Andrea Rexilius.