Phil Smith is completely post-everything-he is SO after that. formerly a big deal perfesser guy, with teaching gigs in vermont, michigan, and illinois. at eastern michigan university, as a full professer, he was director of the brehm center for special education scholarship and research, and head of the department of special education. phil received the 2002 vermont crime victim service award, the emerging scholar award in disability studies in education in 2009, and the eastern michigan university college of education innovative scholarship award in 2015.his writing-academic and creative-has been published widely, since 1977. phil has had papers published in Disability Studies Quarterly, Taboo, Rural Special Education Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry, Intellectual Disabilities; Review of Educational Research, and Health and Place. he's published a whole lotta book chapters, and made many presentations and keynote addresses in local, state, national, and international venues.a poet, playwright, novelist, and visual and performance artist, his creative books include pomes; plaze; hagiography, or the electron; hats; keweenaw bay songs; landscapes; machines; doors and walls and windows; still life; the reach; this place is north; poems come; and cutting wood.his academic work includes two books exploring disability studies, Whatever Happened to Inclusion? The Place of Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Education and Both Sides of the Table: Autoethnographies of Educators Learning and Teaching With/In [Dis]ability; as well as a textbook entitled, Disability and Diversity: An Introduction. his book, writhing writing: moving towards a mad poetics, won the 2020 American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Award.phil also worked as a disability and mad rights activist, and served on the boards of directors of a number of regional, state and local organizations, including the Society for Disability Studies, where he was President.a life-long Yankee, he lived for a coupla decades in michigan, spending as much time as he could beside Lake Superior, where loons, wolves, moose, and bald eagles peeked in the windows of his cabin. now he lives on the side of a mountain at 1800 feet, in an even smaller cabin, fussing and ranting with his tree and animal neighbors.
Cecile Oak was born in Brianclose, Yorkshire. She was educated at the William Beveridge Community School and New College, Oxford. After graduating with a Double First in English, she worked in Paris as an independent curator and as creative director of the Les Nap gallery in the Chiaia district of Naples. After returning to the UK in 2005, she established herself as a leading agent and producer, notably with the Egalité agency. In 2013 she began full-time doctoral studies at Leeds University and was awarded a PhD for her thesis 'Heterotopian and chorastic trends in the progressive fatalism of Maeterlinck and Villiers De L'Isle Adam'. She presently lives in the south of Italy with her daughter, and lectures in Performance at the University of Tropea.
A.J. Salmon was born in Coventry in the English West Midlands in the late 1980s. Despite a happy family background, he left school at 16 with few qualifications. Moving to Bristol he featured on the performance poetry scene and worked as the tutor of a poetry class in Horfield Jail. In 2009 he was found guilty of stealing over a thousand books from local bookshops and was jailed for six months, enrolling in his own poetry class. On release, he moved progressively westwards. After working as a freelance proof-reader, he dropped from view around 2009 having told a local film-maker in Exeter that he would be on permanent pilgrimage. Since then reports of him are sporadic at best, but he continues to publish work in various magazines and with Triarchy Press, mailing his work from public libraries in Devon.