patrick AMINE is a journalist, literary critic, music critic, and organiser of exhibitions of contemporary art. His books include biographies of the singers Alain Baschung (2002) and Jean-Jacques Goldman (2006).
eric ANDERSEN has recorded twenty-two albums of original material, including the critically acclaimed Blue River (1972), Ghosts upon the Road (1989), Memory of the Future (1998) and the double album Beat Avenue (2003). His text “My Beat Journal” appeared in the Rolling Stone Book of the Beats (1999). He recently gave a critically acclaimed concert at the Barbican in London filmed by the BBC.
inge ANDERSEN is a singer who has performed in Utrecht and London.
théophile & aurélien ARIES are Underwires, an electropop duo, whose repertoire includes their song “Dr Benway.” Based in Berlin, Théo is also the translator of Burroughs into French for The Yage Letters Redux (2008) and maintains one of the leading French Burroughs sites.
jaap van der BENT teaches American Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands, and has published articles about numerous Beat Generation figures for over twenty-five years, as well as contributing to Beat Culture: Lifestyles, Icons, and Impact (2005).
benjamin BERTON is a novelist, whose books include Foudres de guerre (2007) and Pirates (2004), both published by Gallimard, and a literature specialist with a strong interest in Burroughs. His latest novel is Alain Delon est une Star au Japon (2009).
jed BIRMINGHAM writes occasional articles on Burroughs, book collecting, and the Beat Generation for Beat Scene magazine. He is the contributing editor of RealityStudio.org, the premier Web site dedicated to William Burroughs, as well as coeditor (with Kyle Schlesinger) of Mimeo Mimeo, a magazine about the Mimeograph Revolution.
max BLAGG is a British-born poet, based in New York since the 1970s, and a Visiting Lecturer in Poetry at the New School. His poetry has appeared in magazines including Village Voice and Aperture, and he has been involved in numerous book collaborations with visual artists.
philippe BLONDEZ is the founding editor and graphic artist for the magazine Bil Bo K, as well as being a stage designer and artistic director.
sean BOLTON is a graduate from the doctoral programme at Arizona State University, Tempe, where he completed his thesis on Burroughs and language.
udo BREGER was a friend of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. He was the editor and publisher of the seminal international magazine Soft Need. He is a writer and photographer and an authority on Burroughs’ work. His published work includes the book Identity Express (1973).
johny BROWN & inga TILLERE & Johnny MUGWUMP & chris BRIERLEY – aka RADIO JOY – broadcast regularly on Resonance FM and perform their musical and dramatic works internationally.
ed BUHR is a maker of documentaries and films including The Japanese Sandman (2008), his adaptation of parts of Burroughs’ The Yage Letters.
alan CARMODY is based at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he is researching drug culture and the counter culture.
raj CHANDARLAPATY has taught at Southern University in New Orleans, and Peter Lang has this year published his book The Beat Generation and Counterculture.
harold CHAPMAN is the photographer of 9 rue Git-le-Coeur, whose pictures of Burroughs, Gysin, Ginsberg and many other residents have become iconic images. His book, The Beat Hotel was published in a bilingual edition with an introduction by Burroughs in 1991.
anne COPPEL is a sociologist who has specialized in drug policy, including directing the methadone programme (Emergence Espace-Tolbiac) in Paris, and is the author of such books as Peut-on civilizer les drogues? (2002).
marie-laure DAGOIT is an editor and author of numerous books, who has also published works by Burroughs, John Giorno and others.
benoit DELAUNE is a musician and writer based in Rennes, who has written numerous articles about Burroughs, and about cut-ups and music, and who helped publish the late texts of Claude Pelieu.
jean-pierre DUTEL is a bibliophile and bibliographer, author of Bibliographie des ouvrages érotiques publiés clandestinement en français entre 1880 et 1920 (2001).
mathias ENARD is a writer, who spent many years in the Middle East, translated Arab texts, and is the author of the novel Zone (2008).
frédéric FENOLLABBATE exhibited paintings, sculptures and installations in galleries and museums of contemporary art before making films where the action is the interaction between the representation of the body and the body of the spectator. Since 1990 he has used digital effects to animate his images and from 2000 onwards he has introduced openly pornographic images, and in his most recent films (Ilya V, La femme au lys rouge), he has put his own body on the screen.
jamie FETTIS, who has just completed his homage film Bill Burroughs’ Blues, is based in Gateshead and describes himself as an outsider artist/scientist/writer, disciple of Pythagoras, and lover of light.
aline vega-lydia FLUNCH & marlen LILI-FRITES & le FRANCISCAIN & le DORMEUR DU VAL are Nouvelles Impressions d’Afrique, an electric quartet, a compost-machine where meta-metal is mixed with jazz, cold-wave with a kind of collage-montage. Beautiful as the chance meeting on an old snooker of the letters from the White and a Mugwump, this band from Rennes was formed by four musicians active on the “New Music” scene.
philippe di FOLCO is a novelist, essayist, and editor, whose novels include My Love Supreme (2001) and Salva TM (2006), and co-authored Dictionnaire de la Pornographie (2005).
philippe GARNIER is an essayist and novelist and the literary director of Editions Denoël.
alan GOVENAR is a writer, filmmaker, folklorist, and author of many books, including Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound (2008). In 1985 he founded Documentary Arts, a non-profit organization based in Dallas and New York to present new perspectives on historical issues and diverse cultures.
lee HARRIS, counter culturalist and poet, and river STYX, rap poet and producer, have recently collaborated on Angel-headed Hip Hop, a Beat-inspired journey of spoken word over psychedelic soundscapes and jazzed out electronica.
kurt HEMMER is associate professor of English at Harper College. In addition to writing the award-winning documentaries As We Cover the Streets: Janine Pommy Vega (2003) and Rebel Roar: The Sound of Michael McClure (2005), he is the editor of the Encyclopedia of Beat Literature (2007).
allen HIBBARD is professor of English and director of the Middle East Center at Middle Tennessee State University. He has written two books on Paul Bowles, edited Conversations with William S. Burroughs (2000), and published a collection of his own stories in Arabic.
jakoh is an artist based at Cornwall College University, Cambourne.
michael KELLNER is a translator whose work includes the German edition of Naked Lunch: the Restored Text (2009).
louise LANDES-LEVI has translated important works by Henri Michaux (Toward Totality, 2006) and René Daumal (Rasa, 1982). She is an acclaimed poet and musician, and has performed internationally playing the sarangi. Her many books include GURU PUNK (1999), Avenue A & 9th Street (2004), Le Lampade Di Casa Sono State Accese Ma . . . (1996), The Water Mirror (1983), and BANANA BABY (2006).
jean-jacques LEBEL has exhibited in leading galleries and museums. He is one of the major figures in the Neo-Dada movement. In 1960 he oversaw and participated in the first European Happening (L’enterrement de la Chose, Venice). He published the first critical essay in French on the Happening movement, and produced over seventy Happenings, performances and actions around the world, alongside his pictorial, poetic and political work. In the 1960s he translated work by William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and many more. In 1979 he created Polyphonix, a recurring festival of performance and sound poetry.
c.p. LEE, one-time frontman to the iconoclastic Manchester band Alberto y lost trios Paranoias, is the author of numerous books about the music scene, including Shake, Rattle, and Rain: Popular Music Making in Manchester, 1955-1995 and Bob Dylan: Like the Night. Writer, broadcaster and academic (he is a lecturer in cultural and film studies at the University of Salford), CP first performed his show based on the life of Lord Buckely in 1982. Since then he has spread the word of the Lord in venues around the world.
polina MACKAY is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nicosia. She has published essays on the Beats, Kathy Acker, the Southern Gothic, and contemporary women’s poetry. She is currently writing a monograph on the Beats’ influence on female artists and co-editing the first companion to the poet H.D.
barry MILES is a biographer and scholar of the Beat Generation, whose friendship with Burroughs dates from the early 1960s. His many books include Ginsberg: A Biography (1989), Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats (1998), William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible (1993), and The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs, & Corso, and in Paris 1957-1963 (2000). He coauthored the standard Burroughs bibliography and, with James Grauerholz, co-edited Naked Lunch: the restored text (2003).
jeffrey MILLER is the publisher of the renowned Cadmus Editions, a press he founded in 1979 in Santa Barbara. As well as publishing Burroughs’ important collection of mid-1950s writings, Early Routines (1982), he has compiled Paul Bowles: A Descriptive Bibliography, for Black Sparrow Press and edited In Touch: The Letters of Paul Bowles, for Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
rb MORRIS is a poet, playwright, songwriter and recording artist. His books include The Man Upstairs (1988), The Littoral Zone (2004), and Early Fires (2007). His albums include Take That Ride (1997), Zeke and The Wheel (1999), and Empire (2007).
lars MOVIN and steen møller RASMUSSEN are Danish filmmakers, whose work includes their recent documentary about Burroughs, Words of Advice (2008).
bryan MULVIHILL / trolleybus is a calligraphic artist and esoteric and cultural thinker. His work has been exhibited internationally. He is the host of World Tea Party.
fiona PATON is an Associate Professor at State University of New York at New Paltz, who has written and given conference presentations regularly about Burroughs as well as reviewing for the Beat Studies Association.
andre PERKOWSKI is a filmmaker based in New Jersey who is currently completing an adaptation of Burroughs’ cut-up novel, Nova Express.
marcelin PLEYNET, poet, novelist, essayist, and French art critic, was for twenty years the managing director of Tel Quel (1962-1982).
thom ROBINSON is based at the University of Sheffield where he is researching the subject of nostalgia in relation to Burroughs’ work.
elliot RUDIE came to Paris in 1961 to study art at the École des Beaux Arts and also the Académie Julian, and resided in the Beat Hotel, room 9. As well as seeing Burroughs, he took a keen interest in the activities of the Situationists, and what would become Fluxus, including Guy Debord and Michel Bernstien, Isidore Izu, Asger Jorn and Robert Filiou, all of whom he recorded in his drawings of the Chamelion Discotheque rue St André des Arts.
jean-jacques SCHUHL is a novelist who has used cut-up techniques and whose books include Ingrid Caven (prix Goncourt 2000), Telex (1976), and Rose Poussiè (1972).
davis SCHNEIDERMAN is a multimedia artist, novelist, and associate professor of English at Lake Forest College. He has authored numerous articles and the recent novels Abecedarium (2007) and DIS (2008) and is the coeditor of Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (2004).
nik SHEEHAN is the director of the film FlicKeR (2008), an exploration of the history, cultural influence and psychic power of Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville’s Dreamachine. The film, featuring archival footage, interviews with Marianne Faithfull, Genesis P. Orridge, Iggy Pop, Terry Wilson and others, has been highly praised.
philippe SOLLERS, celebrated writer and critic, friend of Jacques Lacan and Roland Barthes, was the cofounder of Tel Quel in 1960, and is the author of over twenty novels and numerous essays. He is the author of Le Parc (1961), Femmes (1983), Passion fixe (2000), and Dictionnaire amoureux de Venise (2004). His writing explores both the limits and the sheer potential of narrative, and is characterized by its profound yet playful examination of morality.
katharine STREIP is an Associate Professor in the Liberal Arts College at Concordia University, Montreal, who has published widely in the field of comparative literature as well as contributing an essay about Burroughs and laughter for the collection, Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization (2004).
steve TROMANS is a composer-pianist who began work on his epic four-part “Beat Series” in 2003 with a commission from Birmingham Jazz to write a musical setting of Ginsberg’s “Howl.” Since then he has composed music for Kerouac’s On The Road, Corso’s “Bomb” and most recently Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, from which “Song of the Mugwump” is taken. The full version of Tromans’ Naked Lunch setting will be premièred later this year.
fred de VRIES has worked for several years on a biography of Sinclair Beiles, traveling to many countries and interviewing those who knew Beiles. He has assembled an archive of Beiles’ unpublished writings. He lives in Johannesburg.
terry WILSON was a friend of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin. He is the author of Dreams of Green Base (1986), “D” Train (1985) and Perilous Passage (2006). With Brion Gysin he co-authored Here To Go (1982) and collaborated on Gysin’s as-yet-unpublished magnum opus Beat Museum – Bardo Hotel. His latest work is DAYS LANE (2009).
eddie WOODS is a celebrated poet who has lived in Amsterdam for many years. His books include Tsunami Of Love (2005), Sale Or Return (1981) and The Faerie Princess (1994). He is the publisher of the INS AND OUTS Press. His readings and recordings have been highly praised.
nina ZIVANCEVIC is a Serbian poet, essayist, fiction writer, art critic, and translator, who introduced the work of Allen Ginsberg, Kathy Acker, and Charles Bernstein to East European readers. She worked for many years with the Living Theater in New York, has published thirteen books of poetry in English, three books of essays, three books of short stories and two novels, published in Paris, New York, and Belgrade. She has lectured at Naropa University, New York University, the Harriman Institute, and St. John’s University, in the U.S. She lives in Paris and works at Paris VIII University.
udo BREGER (see above) is a photographer who lives in Basle. He has exhibited his photographs around the world.
trolley BUS / bryan MULVIHILL (see above) is a calligraphic artist and photographer. He has worked in a variety of media.
graham CHORLTON is a painter whose work explores collective and personal experience through images of the city, in which photographic sources are transformed via the painted surface. He has shown widely in the UK and Europe and has one-person shows set for London and Dublin. An illustrated monograph on his work, Bristol Road, was published in 2009.
alison HARPER has exhibited at Calouste Gulbenkian and her collage drawings and paintings are in private collections in the UK and Japan.
simon LILLY, whose music features in the exhibition is an artist, writer, and compiler of sounds. He has many books published on esoteric healing and oracles.
karen TRUSSELLE (1951–2007) worked in a combination of media, exploring the relation of the photographic and painted image. Frequently using images of interiors, her work explores themes of presence and loss in a deeply poetic personal language. Her work has been exhibited widely in the UK and throughout Europe. Her installation first and last things was shown at the Cotton Gallery in 2001.
stephen WEBSTER has exhibited widely and is represented in a number of private collections. His love of music is strongly reflected in his work. A retrospective of his work runs from August 3rd to 8th at BRLSI, Queen’s Square, Bath, UK.
johann DON-DANIEL, born in London now living in Berlin, has exhibited at the Whitechapel Studio in London and the Galerie Dachshiff in Berlin. As well as making a series of paintings based on Burroughs and his works, he has produced a graphic novella featuring Burroughs as a main character.
philip s. WOOD, born in New England, received a BFA in 1991 from Montserrat School of Visual Art. He has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1995.