Cannot Exist no.5

Featuring generous selections of amazing new writing by

Nathan Austin
Laura Carter
Kristen Gallagher
Derek Henderson
Tom Hibbard
Brenda Iijima
Paul Foster Johnson
Andrew Levy
Chris Mercer
Chuck Stebelton
Steve Timm

with a cover by Steve Dalachinsky


Author Bios and Links

steve dalachinsky was born in 1946, Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared extensively in journals on & off line including; Big Bridge, Milk, Unlikely Stories, Xpressed, Ratapallax, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, Alpha Beat Soup, Xtant, Blue Beat Jacket, N.Y. Arts Magazine, 88 and Lost and Found Times. He is included in such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. He has written liner notes for the CDs of many artists including Anthony Braxton, Charles Gayle, James "Blood" Ulmer, Rashied Ali, Roy Campbell, Matthew Shipp and Roscoe Mitchell. His 1999 CD, Incomplete Direction (Knitting Factory Records), a collection of his poetry read in collaboration with various musicians, such as William Parker, Matthew Shipp, Daniel Carter, Sabir Mateen, Thurston Moore (SonicYouth), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) has garnered much praise. His most recent chapbooks include Musicology (Editions Pioche, Paris 2005), Trial and Error in Paris (Loudmouth Collective 2003), Lautreamont's Laments (Furniture Press 2005), In Glorious Black and White (Ugly Duckling Presse 2005), St. Lucie (King of Mice Press 2005), Are We Not MEN & Fake Book (2 books of collage - 8 Page Press 2005). Dream Book (Avantcular Press 2005). His books include A Superintendent's Eyes (Hozomeen Press 2000) and his PEN Award winning book The Final Nite (complete notes from a Charles Gayle Notebook, Ugly Duckling Presse 2006).

His latest CD is Phenomena of Interference, a collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp (Hopscotch Records 2005).

He has read throughout the N.Y. area, the U.S., Japan and Europe, including France and Germany.

Paul Foster Johnson’s first collection of poetry, Refrains/Unworkings, was published in 2008 by Apostrophe Books. The poems in this issue are from a new collection to be published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs. With E. Tracy Grinnell, he is the author of the g-o-n-g press chapbook Quadriga. His poems have appeared a number of literary journals, including GAM, EOAGH, Pom2, Fence, The Portable Boog Reader 2, Antennae, Bird Dog, andOctopus. From 2003 to 2006, he curated the Experiments and Disorders reading series at Dixon Place. He is an editor at Litmus Press and currently lives in New York, NY.

Andrew Levy teaches at QCC-CUNY, serving as the Faculty Advisor on the student newspaper, Communiqué. He is the author of several books of poetry and essays, including The Big Melt (Factory School), Ashoka (Zasterle Books), Paper Head Last Lyrics(Roof Books), and Curve (O Books). Cracking Up is forthcoming from Truck Press, and Billy Dale Shoots to Kill from Chax. He is editor, with Roberto Harrison, of the arts and poetry journal Crayon.

Chris Mercer's website, which (says the editor) is full of remarkable music and research.

Chuck Stebelton works as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. He is author of Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005). Recent chapbooks include A Maximal Object (Mitzvah Chaps, 2008), Flags and Banners (Bronze Skull Press, 2007), and Precious (Answer Tag Home Press, 2005).