Issue 5, Volume I
Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno is the author of more than a dozen books including biographies of Paul Bowles and E.E.
Cummings, and a group portrait of American writers in Paris 1944-1960, The Continual Pilgrimage. He is also well-known as
a translator and poet. His translations include books by Paul Eluard, Rafael Alberti, Panaït Istrati, García Lorca and the Mayan
Books of Chilam Balam. His most recent publications are Dix méditations sur quelques mots d’Antonin Artaud, translated by
Patricia Pruitt (Paris : Alyscamps, 2018) Remission (Talisman House, 2016) and Mussoorie-Montague Miscellany (Talisman
House, 2014) Until his retirement he taught writing at MIT for over a quarter-century. He lives in Turners Falls,
Massachusetts. Many of his books are available on Amazon.
Anna Seghers (neé Netty Reiling; 1900-1983) was born in Mainz, Germany. She published her first short story in 1924 in
Germany. In 1925 she married a Hungarian and started her writing career in earnest. She settled in France in 1933, but was
forced to flee again in 1940 after the Nazis invasion. She escaped with her husband and two children to Mexico. After the war
she moved to East Berlin, where she became President of the Writers Union. Among her internationally regarded works are
Transit and The Seventh Cross (available as NYRB Classics), both of which have been made into major films. She has also
written many novellas and short stories.
Margot Bettauer Dembo has translated works by Anna Seghers, Judith Hermann, Robert Gernhardt, Joachim Fest, Ödön von
Horváth, Vicki Blum and Feridun Zaimoglu, among others. She was awarded the Goethe-Institut/Berlin Translator’s Prize in
1994 and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize in 2003. Dembo has also worked as a translator for two feature
documentary films: The Restless Conscience, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Burning Wall.
Teddy Jefferson is the author of One Inch Leather: 14 Stories (pendulum books), Rorschach Tempest (sedizioni), and numerous
stories, essays, and plays, including The Wedding, The Desk, and The Insomniac, performed in New York, Mumbai, and Rome.
2010 NYFA Fellow, his translation of Pirandello's However You Want Me (Come tu mi vuoi) won the PEN translation prize. His
Savitri was performed in India by dancer Preeti Vasudevan, was nominated for India’s META award for theater in 2012.
Deinvention of the Wheel, a second book of stories, will be published in 2019. His essay “The P in Farsi” on the poetics of the
Persian language appeared in Tupelo Quarterly. He lives in New York. As a set and/or lighting designer, he has worked at The
Signature Theater, Three-Legged Dog, The Foundry, Tribeca Lab, The Kennedy Center, The Frying Pan, and chashama, among
Jefferson’s story in this issue, “The Life and Purported Death of the Hole Man” was inspired by the Hole Earth performance
piece of Robert O. Leaver. The photograph illustrating the story is part of a year-long collaboration between Leaver and
Robert O. Leaver is a writer and musician (lead singer and songwriter for Birdthrower and This Wilderness), as well as a
performance artist (Man Down, Hole Earth, and Crawling Home). www.robertoleaver.com
Kelvin Christopher James lives and writes in Harlem. He has published ‘Jumping Ship & other stories,’ and a novel ‘Secrets’ at
Villard, Random House;’ ‘A Fling with a Demon Lover,’ at HarperCollins; ‘People and Peppers, a Romance,’ and ‘Augments of
Change,’ at Harvard Square Editions. Outstanding magazines such as: New Bones: Contemporary Black Writers in
America, American Letters & Commentary, Children of the Night: Best Short Stories by Black Writers, Black Renaissance,
BOMB, Tupelo Quarterly, and others have published his short stories. He won a New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship
in fiction, and a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in Literature.
Chris Wynter is a painter and sculptor born and raised in New York City. He has worked independently and collaboratively
with artisans and artists in Cote d’Ivoire and Mali West Africa, Hualien Taiwan, Hokkaido Japan, the Dominican Republic, and
Guatemala. His paintings and sculpture are in private, museum and corporate collections, and exhibited in galleries and
public spaces, in the US, Guatemala, Cote d’Ivoire, Taiwan, Japan, Germany and Switzerland. Working in paint, wood, steel,
bronze, stone, mosaic, fiberglass and poly-resins, Chris Wynter has completed public art commissions for both domestic
and international organizations, working independently and in collaboration with architects, designers, fabricators, and
indigenous artisans. Since 1997 Chris Wynter has been a professor at Pratt Institute School of Art & Design, teaching drawing,
color, and 2D design.
Patricia Pruitt, born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, studied Greek at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and received her
M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from Naropa Institute. She died due to complications from ALS in 2018. Her work appeared in
numerous national and international publications. Her recent books of poems include Blueline (Paris: Alyscamps Press, 2018),
Insistence (Alyscamps Press, 2018), Collected Chapbooks (Alyscamps Press, 2018), Full Moon at Sunset: Selected Poems
(Northfield, MA: Talisman House, 2017) and Drawing Point (Alyscamps Press). She lived for many years in Turners Falls,
Marithelma Costa was born in Puerto Rico and has lived in New York since 1978. She is the author of three poetry collections: De
Al’vión, De tierra y de agua, and Diario oiraiD, as well as the novel Era el fin del mundo and three books of interviews: Enrique
Laguerre: Una conversación, Kaligrafiando: Conversaciones con Clemente Soto Vélez, and Las dos caras de la escritura:
Conversaciones con M. Benedetti, M. Corti, U. Eco, et al., in addition to several books on Spanish literature. Her works have
appeared recently in Revista de Occidente, 80 Grados, Frontera D, Claridad, The Wall and American Letters & Commentary.
She just finished her second novel: Bea’s Papers. She teaches at Hunter College.
Alfredo Villanueva Collado, trans., holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and is a retired Professor Emeritus of CUNY. His
poetry books include Pan errante (2005), Mala leche (2006), and Estados alterados (2017). His scholarly articles appear
in CyberLetras Discurso literario, Explicación de textos literarios, Hipanófila, INTI, Las Americas Review, MLA Gay and
Lesbian Newsletter, Revista Chicano-Riqueña, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista Ibero-americana, Romance Languages
Annual, Translation perspectives, Centro Journal.
Ronald Rael, whose playful image of the border wall between the US and Mexico adorns this page, holds a joint
appointment in the Department of Architecture, in the College of Environmental Design, and the Department of Art Practice at
UC Berkeley. He is also Director of the Masters of Architecture program at Berkeley. His list of accomplishments is long and
impressive. He is both a Bakar and a Hellman Fellow; and in 2014, with architect Virginia San Fratello, his practice Rael San
Fratello was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York.
Rael is the author of Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary (University of California Press
2017), an illustrated biography and protest of the wall dividing the U.S. from Mexico featured in a recent TED talk by Rael, and
Earth Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008,) a history of modern building with earth. Emerging Objects, a
company co-founded by Rael, is an independent, creatively driven, 3D Printing MAKE-tank specializing in innovations in 3D
printing architecture, building components, environments and products. A monograph of the work of Emerging Objects,
Printing Architecture: Innovative Recepies for 3D Printing was published in 2018 by Princeton Architectural Press. His work
has also been published in the New York Times, Wired, MARK, Domus, Metropolis Magazine, PRAXIS, Thresholds, Log,
recognized by numerous institutions including La Biennale di Venezia, and included in the permanent collections of The
Museum of Modern Art in New York and in San Francisco, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the FRAC Centre,
and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.
Joseph Schmidt, January 25, 1922 to February 23, 1986, was born in Boone, Iowa, taught high school English in Superior,
Wisconsin, all his adult life. He was married to Elizabeth Schmidt nee Pelzer for over forty years and had six children. In 1951,
he received a Ford Fellowship and moved to New Jersey, while he studied in New York, with three children. Because they
didn’t have money for baby sitters, they’d take turns going into the City for plays and exhibitions. At this same time he wrote
a novel, The Longing Mill. Through the 1950s and 1960s he also acted in plays with the local theater group and was active in
the Teacher’s Union.
Jan Schmidt recently retired as the Curator of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the
Performing Arts. Her fiction has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, The Long Story and New York Stories and Issue 2 of The Wall.
In Downtown she published a series of oral history interviews with hard-core, risky individuals and their brushes with
salvation. Her essays have appeared in New York Stories, American Letters and Commentary. With J.D. Rage, she co-edited
Venom Press and its quarterly poetry and fiction magazine, Curare, for eight years. Her short story collection Collateral
Regeneration was a semi-finalist for the Eludia Award from Hidden River Arts, 2015. Many of these can be seen on her
website, www. janschmidt-writer.com
Paul Schmidt, Professor of English at Georgia State University, teaches courses in Victorian literature and literary theory. Dr.
Schmidt observes the way nineteenth-century British literature continues to evoke a plurality of reaction among its readers.
The advent of cultural criticism and gender studies has enlivened debate about the function of literature and the purposes of
literary criticism. Dr. Schmidt serves as editor for Studies in the Literary Imagination. Some publications included “The
Struggle for Continuity of Being in Newman’s Apologia.” In Critical Essays on John Henry Newman, ELS Monograph Series 55:
(1993): 121- 138; “Charming Pigs and Mimetic Desire in Pulp Fiction.” University of Dayton Review 24.1 (Fall 1996): 43-54; “No-
Popery: Catholic-Protestant Conflict in the Newman-Kingsley Debate.” In progress.
Bronwyn Mills holds an MFA from UMass, Amherst, and a Ph.D. from NYU where she was an Anais Nin Fellow. Later a
Fulbright Fellow (La République du Bénin, West Africa) she travels widely, and has lived in New York City,
Istanbul, Turkey; Latin America; and Paris, France. For many years a dance and theatre writer for regional arts publications in
New England, she is also a Senior prose editor for Tupelo Quarterly. Books include Night of the Luna Moths (poetry,) Beastly's
Tale (a fabulist novel); and she is currently working on Canary Club, a novel set in medieval Spain. Her work has appeared in
IKON, Frigate, Talisman: a Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Tupelo Quarterly, and most recently in Agni Online.
She guest-edited the Turkish issue of Absinthe; New European Writing (#19). Bronwyn has taught at Stevens Institute of
Technology; Kadir Has University in Istanbul; and Abomey-Calavi in Bénin. From time to time she publishes work on African
vodou. Bronwyn lives and writes in a tiny mountain village far, far away. Read more at https://bronwynmills.org/
Eric Darton has published a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller Divided We Stand: A
Biography of The World Trade Center (Basic Books, 1999, 2011), and Free City, a novel, (WW Norton, 1996). He is also the
author of an ongoing work of free scholarship, Book of the World Courant, available at www.bookoftheworldcourant.net.
Recently his essays have been published in Tupelo Quarterly www.tupeloquarterly.com. More of his work may be found at
www.ericdarton.net and here at The Wall. Darton leads Writing at the Crossroads, a workshop for prose writers, a sampling of
whose work appears in issue 2.
Hardy Griffin has published writing in New Flash Fiction, Alimentum, Assisi, The Washington Post, American Letters &
Commentary, and the chapter "Voice: The Sound of a Story" in Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003), as well
as translations in the Istanbul Biennial, Words Without Borders, and for the award-winning photographic study,
Armenians, documenting the lives of Armenians living in contemporary Turkey. He is currently at work on a novel,
Our Girl, and has a Ph.D. from Boğaziçi (Bosporus) University, Istanbul, Turkey.
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