| Ben decided one
day that he hadn't entirely eliminated his potential for future
employment, so he decided to get advanced degrees in uselessness.
He is currently working on two useless PhDs in the state of Indiana.
He likes tequila.
| Aaron is a writer for The Daily
Show with Jon Stewart. He's made dozens of appearances on Late
Night with Conan O'Brien -- usually playing an NBC page or wearing
some sort of animal costume. Aaron's performed in numerous improv
shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. You
may contact him at Awesomefactory@aol.com.
|| James (voice of Strindberg in "Strindberg
and Helium") is a writer, performer, and curator living in San
Francisco. Since moving to the Bay Area in 1998, he has performed
his own work at several local venues including Cafe Du Nord,
The Exploratorium, The Lab, Sonoma State University, and Works/San
Jose. Bewley has performed in 10 original Killing My Lobster
productions including short films and animation projects and
has performed at festivals and comedy showcases in Los Angeles,
Seattle, and Chicago. He and Erin Bradley regularly perform inappropriate
duets as part of their near-monthly pseudo lounge act, The Man/Woman
Show. James received his BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode
Island School of Design in 1997. Bewley is the Program
Director at the San Francisco art space, New Langton Arts.
| Bill is the editor of a small
daily newspaper in New Hampshire. He studied creative writing
at Harvard and is currently at work on a novel. He is married...
|| Erin Bradley (writer, voice
of Helium in "Stringberg and Helium") is a writer and performer
living in San Francisco. Erin cut her creative teeth while in
college in Providence, RI, as a member of the popular sketch
comedy troupe Out of Bounds. There she also wrote/directed the
play God's TT King before moving to San Francisco in 1999. Since
then she has worked as a cast member and head writer with the
award-winning comedy-group Killing My Lobster, writing for and
starring in 8 original stage productions as well as several short
films, including The Second Language and 8+4. Erin makes her
big screen debut in the soon-to-be-released independent feature
film Welcome Space Brothers. Presently, she performs regularly
as the female half of San Francisco's underground cabaret sensation,
The Man/Woman Show. Erin is originally from Duluth, MN,
and holds a BA in Biology from Brown University.
|| James has published his stories
in New York Press, told them on NPR and Marketplace, and performed
them at Beyond Words: Stories On Stage and The Moth, where he's
the exultant winner or bitterly-disappointed first runner-up
of all four GrandSLAMs. Currently, he's writing a book of personal
essays about the destabilizing effects of a stable relationship,
called I Should Be Committed: Life in a Marital Institution.
|| C.H. Coleman
|| C.H. Coleman is a Vermont resident
and lives in the wilds of the Upper Connecticut River Valley.
When he is not shooting (with a camera) the people and
animals living in the region, he reads and he writes and he works
in Alumni Relations for the local college.
|| Vivian Conan
|| Vivian is a free-lance writer
living in nyc. She also works part-time as a Reference
Librarian in several public libraries in Westchester.
|| Richard Dana
|| Richard worked on Madison Avenue
and in Hollywood before turning to a life of freelance writing.
Born in Boston, he holds degrees from Brown and Columbia, and
is a PhD candidate at the Red Sox Institute of anticipation and
disappointment. He lives in New York City with his black Labrador
|| Paul Data
|| Paul presently works as faculty
adjunct at NYU Steinheil School of Education, Dept. of Music
and Performing Arts Professions; W. Side YMCA as aqua aerobics
instructor; BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) as teaching artist/workshop
musical accompanist. He is currently authoring a WWII book: "The
Life and Times of a Real GI Joe"; and studying Afro-Haitian percussion.
|| Rob de Mar
|| Rob has exhibited his sculpture
nationally and internationally at venues such as the Aldrich
Museum of Art of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, NYLON in London,
and Kabinett in Bern, Switzerland. He is currently represented
in New York by Clementine Gallery; please contact the gallery
with any further inquiries at www.clementine-gallery.com.
|| Mark Dworkin
Mark is a free-lance writer, editor, history educator, and
book critic who lives in Toronto. His special interest is in
American Old West history, as it relates to lawmen and crime.
Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the history of Tombstone, Arizona,
and the 'Gunfight at the O. K. Corral. He is currently involved
in several projects related to upgrade this area of history,
formerly dominated by popularizers and buffs, and bringing
it to a standard of professional history.
| Mildred has been writing poetry
since she was a child and has published in college literary journals,
including Turning House, the journal of Union Theological Seminary,
where she works as the Faculty Secretary and International Student
Advisor. She has taken fiction and non-fiction workshops
at the Writer's Voice of the Westside Y in NYC and attended various
writing conferences around the country. She has a Bachelor's
degree in Theater and a Master's degree in Teaching ESL. Her
website, www.englishforeverything.com, offers online editing
services for native and non-native speakers of English. She
was the development editor for several popular-level physics
books by her brother, Robert Ehrlich, including Nine Crazy Ideas
in Science/Some of Which May Even Be True. She has just
finished writing a memoir, Beauty through Broken Glass.
| Thomas, a.k.a. Naked Man, teaches
English and Spanish at a private high school in Japan. Originally
from small town, Oregon, he studied art history at New York University.
He has traveled and lived throughout Europe, Latin America and
Asia. His photographs have appeared in articles and magazines,
and have been exhibited in Japan. He also makes occasional guest
appearances as a DJ at his local coffee house in Okayama City.
FYI, his nickname is an homage to the "Hadaka Matsuri" or "Naked
Man Festival" that takes place in his Japanese hometown every
winter. He himself only rarely appears naked in public, but as
a "Hakujin" (white guy) in Japan, Tom draws a lot of attention
| Kevin was born October 15, 1975
in Stamford, Connecticut and currently resides in Brooklyn, New
York. He received an MFA in Painting/Printmaking from Yale
University in 1999 and a BFA in Painting in 1997.
|| Craig Helmholz
|| Craig (recording engineer/sound
designer for "Strindberg and Helium") is currently a recording
engineer at Crescendo Studios of San Francisco where he mixes
radio and television commercials along with short films. Craig
spends many evenings in his audio lab creating sound effects
for a variety of artists, such as Chicago pop-rock faves OK Go
and Killing My Lobster - San Francisco's premiere sketch comedy
brigade. His favorite sound is a 40 Hz sine wave at 80 dB: "If
a sound can make your nose bleed, then you know it's audio gold." Craig
is originally from Benicia, CA
|| Jenifer Hixson
|| Jenifer is a writer, photo editor,
and producer of The Moth's StorySLAM. She is also an intern at
WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show. She likes puppies and dislikes ironing
and people who honk in un-life threatening situations. She splits
her time between NYC and Asbury Park.
|| Paul Hundt
|| Paul Hundt is a graduate of
the University of Notre Dame and the Columbia Law School. After
thirty years in corporate practice, he retired as a vice president,
general counsel and secretary of a Fortune 500 company in 1996.
Since his retirement, he has spent his time taking courses in
math and physics, hiking, bird watching, saltwater fishing, and
writing. He splits his time between Larchmont and Southampton,
New York. He is married to Rosemary MacIsaac They
have two sons, Frederick and Douglas.
| Juliann Garey lives in Manhattan with her husband Michael and her children Gabriel
and Emma. "Secure Sites" is her first story to be published.
| Heather is a freelance writer
who has work published or forthcoming in Women's Studies: An
Interdisciplinary Journal, The Scholar and Feminist Online, and
Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. She is a regular
contributor of reviews and articles to The Washington Post, The
Philadelphia Inquirer, The Christian Science Monitor, and The
Women's Review of Books. She received her Ph.D. in English from
the University of Wisconsin at Madison and is currently at work
on a collection of creative nonfiction essays exploring disability
and able-bodiedness. She lives in New York City with her husband
and eight-month-old daughter.
| Patrick is currently represented
by Pierogi 2000 Gallery in Brooklyn NY; please visit their website
for further information at www.pierogi2000.com
| Robert has spent over 40 years
championing LGBT civil rights. A founding member of NYC's 'Gay
Academic union' in the late 60s, Dr. Jeske also taught NYU's
first gay course and continues to teach courses in sex and gender. Dr.
Jeske has also directed over 80 student-acted productions at
NYU (many with gay themes such as 'Bent,', 'Equus,' and 'Spring
Awakening.')and received the Chancellor's Award for Contribution
to the University. In 1999, Professor Jeske was awarded
NYU's highest honor--the Distinguished Teaching Medal. Robert
Jeske has written 2 novels ('Poor Relations--A Tale of Four Brothers'
and 'Ambry'), a collection of short stories based on Seurat's
paintings and style--from which 'Circus' is taken--and is currently
working on the 3rd volume of a reminiscence called 'The Rupert
|| Sarah L. Knowles
|| Originally from Massachusetts,
Sarah is a 22 year-old graduate student pursuing a Master of
Science degree in Publication Management at Drexel University
in Philadelphia, PA.
|| Jeffrey Lee
|| Jeffrey's first full-length
poetry book, invisible sister, is due out from Many Mountains
Moving Press in May 2004 (www.mmminc.org or www.unco.edu/poetry/jeffrey.lee).
He won the 2002 Sow's Ear Poetry Chapbook competition for The
Sylf (published 2003), published Strangers in a Homeland (chapbook
with Ashland Press, 2001), and won the first Tupelo Press Prize
for literary fiction in 2001. He also created identity papers
(2002), a full-length dramatic poem with music on CD, which was
nominated for a Grammy in 2002 (www.drimala.com). He has published
hundreds of poems and stories in Crazyhorse, Many Mountains Moving,
Washington Square, Xconnect, etc. He teaches creative writing
at University of Northern Colorado.
|| Marge Lurie
|| Marge lives and works in New
York City. She earned her M.F.A. in writing from The New School
University, and her B.A. in philosophy from
Barnard College. Her fiction can also be found online at www.onelastcarcrash.net.
| Paul is a magazine marketing
professional in the throes of a painful career crisis. A new
father, he dreams of becoming a risk-taking creative role model
for his son, but is presently too fond of his generous benefits
plan to shake things up. Please give him time.
| Benjamin Malcolm works both
as a freelance writer and teacher in Northern Thailand. A
native of the larger Boston area, he worked for several years
in Washington, D.C. before he returned screaming to his Peace
Corps roots in Asia. He currently lives peacefully with
his wife Supalak in the northernmost province of Chiang Rai.
| Dave is a Brooklyn based artist
currently working at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. He
received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Dave has
exhibited his work nationally, selected venues include: Buffalo
State University, Forum Gallery, Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Cranbrook
Art Museum, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
Corey has published prose
and/or poetry in Rattle, Canopic Jar, Contrary, Pindeldyboz,
Mars Hill Review, Pikeville Review, Arkansas Review, Center,
Small Press Review, Jabberwock Review, Orchid, Quick Fiction,
Timber Creek Review, Green Egg, Poetry Motel, Raintown Review,
Potomac Review, Poetry Super Highway, Big Muddy, Slant, Wilmington
Blues, Drought, Rockhurst Review, Wavelength, Lilliput Review,
Pearl, Aurorean, Lucid Moon, Heeltap, Sunny Outside, Fish Drum,
Into the Teeth of the Wind, Mid-American Poetry Review, Independence
Boulevard, Midday Moon, Turnrow, Now Here Nowhere, Dust, Cherotic
Revolutionary, Cotyledon, Buckle &, Iodine, Snakeskin (England),
Flashpoint, Freewheelin' (England), Pitchfork, Anthology, Poet
Lore, Spillway, The Pegasus Review, Reverb, Kimera, Thema, Kumquat
Meringue, Lonzie's Fried Chicken, Both Sides Now, Electric Acorn
(Dublin), Razor Wire, Gin Bender, Blue Unicorn, Black Dirt, The
Spirit that Moves Us, Wind, Red Rock Review, Art Times, Concrete
Wolf, Memphis Magazine, Rhino, Visions International, others. He
has a chapbook of poems, Piecework, from the Wing and a Wheel
Press. He has work in the anthologies Full Court:
A Literary Anthology of Basketball (Breakaway Books), Pocket
Parenting Poetry Guide (Pudding Press), Intimate Kisses: The
Poetry of Sexual Pleasure (New World Press) and Smashing Icons
He recently won the Moonfire Poetry Chapbook Competition
and his chapbook, Chin-Chin in Eden, has just been
published by Still Waters Press.
One of his short stories was chosen for the 2002 edition of
New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, edited by Shannon
Ravenel. His novel-in-dialogue, Talk, was published by Livingston
Press in 2002. Raves from Lee Smith, Robert Olen Butler, Steve
Stern, Debra Spark, Suzanne Kingsbury, Frederick Barthelme
and John Grisham.
He's been a book reviewer (for The Commercial
Appeal, BookPage, The Memphis Flyer), fiction editor (for
Ion Books/raccoon), university press sales rep, grant committee
judge (for The Oregon Arts Council), father and son. With his wife he owns
Burke's Book Store, one of the country's oldest (1875) and
best independent bookstores.
J. B. Miller
essays and humor
| J. B. Miller was born in Massachusetts
but mostly grew up in London where he learned English and attended
a number of strict prep schools that required uniforms and the
best behavior. But he recovered and returned to the U.S. where
he went to high school a bit (in Massachusetts again) and attended
college (NYU - not that it makes much of a difference). He refused
to go to graduate school. He did some freelance writing for The
New York Times and Salon.com and is the only author of the novel
My Life in Action Painting (Grove Press) and the humor collection
The Satanic Nurses and Other Literary Parodies (St. Martin's
Press), plus a number of plays produced skittishly on the New
York stage, including "Bobby Supreme," "White
Lies," and "Shirkers."
Jake is the producer of "In
the Money," the fast-paced and humorous news and finance
program on CNN anchored by the cranky Jack Cafferty. Novak
is also an Adjunct Professor of Journalism at New York University's
College of Arts and Sciences.
He is a daily contributor
to the "Jokes of the Day" segment on the "Shoptalk" web
site, and is a weekly contributor
to the "Punchlines" column in Newsday.
All of his daily musings can be found at http://jakejakeny.blogspot.com.
|| Mike Overbeck
Born in Hingham, Massachusetts
Mike began his life in the suburbs south of Boston. While
still in college at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mike was
travelling to festivals with his film Atlas Gets a Drink. His
next film, Tongues and Taxis won him the Audience Choice award
as ResFest 2000, Best of Show at the Kalamazoo Animation Festival
and ASIFA East, Honorable Mention at Stuttgart Animation Festival,
and screenings in Annecy, Anima Mundi, and Cannes.
Mike stayed in the Boston area to direct and animate
webtoons dealing with current events, some of which
were aired on FoxNews and MSNBC. In 2002, he moved to
New York and worked as a freelance animator. His
commercial directing debut came in January 2003 when
he directed an ad for Pioneer Car Stereo for Complete
Pandemonium in San Francisco. Mike currently
lives in Brooklyn.
|| Eun-Ha Paek
|| Eun-Ha Paek (animator/art director
of "Strindberg and Helium") is a founding member of the animation
and design group Milky Elephant. Her animations have screened
at numerous festivals and venues including ResFest, New York
Expo of Short Film and Video, comedycentral.com, and the UCLA
Film and Television Archive. Her work has been written about
in The Korea Times, Communication Arts, Edesign Magazine and
Zoo Magazine. Born in Seoul, Korea, Eun-Ha moved to Iran
and then Thailand before finally settling in the US at age 9.
She earned a BFA in Film/Animation/Video at the Rhode Island
School of Design in 1995, and presently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
|| Helen Rafferty
|| Helen, Brooklyn born and bred,
currently resides in beautiful Mamaroneck, NY with her husband
and three children. Her essays chronicle suburban family life
- the glamour, the excitement, the daily dose of decadence and
danger. You might say she has a rich interior life.
|| Gloria Cromwell Reina
|| Gloria is an actress who has
had extensive work in theatre, films, and TV. She has been writing
for about three years and is currently working on a memoir entitled "Mother
|| Richie Smith
|| Richie is a writer and a physician
and lives in Manhattan with his wife and son. His work has been
performed in New York City (Art From the Heart, a performance
art piece among other appearances) and published in the UK (Short
Story in Breakfast All Day) and Canada (poetry in Poets Podium). He
is currently completing his first collection of poetry and his
first novel. He has had multiple publications in scientific journals.
|| Aaron Spiewak
|| Although often fooled by the
rocks that he's got, people on Aaron's block tend to be ambivalent
to the fact that he's from there. A lifelong New Yorker (except
for the time he lived in New Jersey and Minnesota) Aaron currently
claims three hundred square feet of Greenwich Village as his
very own. In addition to writing and working as a director for
a national retail chain, Aaron has taken classes at the Upright
Citizen's Brigade Theater, performed at the People's Improv Theater,
and will be shopping his second novel this fall, after his first
met an unfortunate end.
|| Rachel Uffner
|| Rachel is one of the many willing
participants of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn/ Chelsea art gallery
daily diaspora. She would like to thank the smart and sweet
Cindy Moore for asking her to co-curate this issue of the Ducts
|| Tom Weiser
|| Tom Weiser is a bird watcher,
swing dancer, sailor, t'ai chi practitioner, improvisational
singer, and drummer. His chief sources of unemployment are writing
and storytelling. He has performed at MassMOCA, both The Moth's
main stage and StorySLAM stage, at the Medicine Show Theater,
The Blue Word, Beyond Words, and the Living Room Project in Woodstock,
NY. His essays have been featured on NPR and in Newsweek. Tom
is the founder of Hearsay.
|| Jeff Williams
|| Jeff is a San Diego based artist
currently working as the Artistic Manager at Sushi Art and Performance
Space. He received his BFA from Columbus College of Art
and Design and an MFA from Syracuse University. Selected
recent exhibitions include: Spark Contemporary Art Center (Syracuse,
NY,) Kingfisher Projects (Brooklyn, NY,) Iron Monkee Gallery
(Jersey City, NJ.)
|| Richard Willis
memoirs and fiction
|| Richard is both an actor and
a teacher. He grew up on a farm near Marengo, Iowa. As a professor
theater for twenty-five years, he taught and directed at Northwestern
University, where he received his Ph.D., and at Lewis & Clark
College where he chaired the Department of Theatre. He now resides
in New York City where he acts in film and on TV and, of course,
writes. He is published in New Author's Journal, Words of Wisdom,
Red Wheelbarrow, and Phantasmagoria. Richard has taught soap
opera technique to actors at the AFTRA workshop, and dramatic
literature at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York.
As a member of Actors Equity (AEA), Screen Actors Guild (SAG),
and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
for the last twenty years he has appeared in film, TV, and regional
theater. His roles in feature films include "Drugstore Cowboy," with
Matt Dillon, "Cops & Robbers," with Ed Asner, and "The Last
Innocent Man," with Ed Harris. For three years he was seen on "One
Life to Live" as Asa Buchanan's butler, Nigel. Other recurring
soap opera appearances include "All My Children" and "Another
|| Sayumi Yokouchi
|| Sayumi received her BFA in Metal
Arts from CCAC (Oakland, CA) in 1997 and her MFA in Metal Arts
from SUNY New Paltz in 1999 and has been steadily exhibiting
her sculpture ever since, she has also recently been exhibiting
her portable garden sculptures in succesful art exhibitions such
as Kageki Metonymics and Blind Pilots, both of which have toured
San Francisco and New York City. She has conceptualized and explored
the implications of flowers and gardens as signs of problematic
beauty that have begun to undergo drastic changes as a result
of both human scientific inventions (such as genetic manipulation)
and the increasing demands of our consumer culture (mass production.)
| Helen's writing has appeared
in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Brooklyn
Bridge and Scientific American: Explorations. A proud booster
of her adopted hometown (New York), she is a nonfiction contributor
to Totally Brooklyn.
| Jonathan is best known for his
ability to scratch his forehead and squint his eyes simultaneously. He is a writer, editor and some time trumpet player who
spends too much time reading long feature stories on the world
wide web. He is a co-founder of ducts and founder
of the New York based reading series, Trumpet Fiction, held each
month at KGB Bar in the east village. He has studied writing
with a number of teachers in New York, including Alice Eliot
Dark (fiction), the late Fred Hudson (screenwriting) and Alison
Estes (children's fiction) and has held a number of odd jobs,
including news reporter, taxi cab driver, projectionist and ducts
installer (hmmmm). He currently works as a computer consultant. He
has recently taken up improv comedy classes with the Upright
Citizen's Brigade Theater of NYC as a way to discover finer and
more glorious ways of embarrassing himself on a weekly basis. You
can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Philip is a freelance film editor
and co-founder of ducts. His programs have appeared on
PBS, ABC, Cinemax, Lifetime Television, The Learning Channel,
and in theaters and film festivals around the world. He
lives in New York with his wife Julie.
| Daniel is a freelance writer
and actor. He is a regular contributor to the Brooklyn
humor magazine Jest, and his work has appeared in Modern Humorist
and on the public radio programs Rewind and Morning Edition.
He studies improvisation at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater,
and performs with the troupe Robotski. Daniel lives in Brooklyn
with his very patient fiancee, and a small, impatient cat.
| Anne, although a fine treasurer,
is much more renown for her songwriting, which reaches back to
capture the classic brilliance of favorite hits by Carole King
and Laura Nyro. She blurs the lines between jazz, country,
rock and R&B, weaving melody and rhythm together in masterful
ways. Her rich alto voice leads listeners from one genre to another
as she explores the struggles, loves, fears and joys of everyday
heroes. When she's not writing great music, Anne is busy
crunching numbers for ducts! Anne's new CD "Find
Me" is now available and can be found at www.annemironchik.com.
art gallery editor
| Cindy is a Brooklyn based artist,
currently working in arts administration in Manhattan. Selected
New York group shows include the Painting Center, Here Art Center
and the Elsa Mott Ives Gallery. Her work has also been
exhibited/screened in conjunction with Hallwalls Art Center (Buffalo
NY), The Everson Museum (Syracuse NY) and the Museo de Contemporary
Arts (Santiago, Chile.)
| Kara hails from Newton, Mass.
but currently makes her home in Brooklyn. When not looking for
ways to promote the brilliance of ducts, she can be found verifying
the factual accuracy of children's nonfiction books - unless
it's the weekend, then she does other things.
Jennifer Lauren Pelley
| Jennifer is a recent graduate
of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She
is an actress and director.
essays, criticism and reviews editor
| Charles is a New York based
freelance writer and teacher. He has published a wide variety
of fiction and nonfiction books. His writing has appeared in
the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, Redbook, New York
Magazine, Travel & Leisure and many others.
| Tim's fiction has appeared in
The Missouri Review, North American Review, Libido, and elsewhere. He's
published haiku in Modern Haiku, Time Haiku, and Black Bough. He's
an occasional journalist, and a full time teacher, working at
both NYU and the New York Writers Workshop.
Ryan Van Winkle
| Ryan is 24 years old and
lives out of a back pack. He has no permanent residence and is
a happy freelance writer. He spends as much time naked as humanly
possible. E-Mail him at email@example.com.
Cody is responsible for directing, designing, and programming
the most current phases of the Ducts Web site. Most recently
he is working as Art Director for Fitzgerald Brunetti inc.
on several design initiatives for Volvo Cars of North America
including the well received online program Volvo for life Awards
Lately Cody and his wife have started "Made
Unique," an independent clothing label. You can reach him