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Wanda Phipps

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Wanda Phipps is a poet, journalist, dramaturg and translator. Her poems have appeared in over thirty journals including Exquisite Corpse, Transfer, Red Tape, The World, Hanging Loose, Sensitive Skin, Long Shot, Agni Review and the Webzines $lavery: Cyberzine of the Arts, Brooklyn Review Online, Poormag and Handymag. She has a chapbook Lunch Poems published by BOOG Literature. She's also the co-editor of the Internet Arts Zine Big Bridge and on the editorial board for the New York City based literary magazine LUNGFULL!. Wanda's performed her work live all over the U.S. as well as on the CDs State Of The Union (Atavistic Records) produced by Elliott Sharp, Poemfone: New Word Order (Tomato Records) (you can hear an audio sample of my poem and purchase the cd online at Music Boulevard) and the audio cassette magazines We and A Sheep On The Bus. Her work can currently been found in three anthologies: Oblek: Writing From The New Coast, The Unbearables (Autonomedia), Valentine, and Verses That Hurt: Pleasure And Pain From The Poemfone Poets (St. Martin's Press). She was a co-recepient of a Meet the Composer/International Creative Collaborations Program Grant and has also received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Agni Review, the National Theatre Translation Fund and the New York State Council on the Arts. Her translations with Virlana Tkacz of Ukrainian poetry have appeared in several journals and anthologies including: From Three Worlds: New Writing From Ukraine (Glas/Zephyr), A Kingdom Of Fallen Statues: Poems And Essays By Oksana Zabuzhko (Wellspring), Worlds Of Visions International Anthology, and Eastern Visions Anthology and can be found collected in the volume Ten Years of Poetry From the Yara Theatre Workshops at Harvard. Wanda coordinated the Monday Night Reading/Performance Series for three years and is now coordinating the Friday Night series at The Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church in NYC. She's also a founding member and dramaturg of Yara Arts Group (a resident theatre company of La Mama E.T.C.) and has collaborated on seven theatrical productions with them which have been presented in Ukraine and Siberia as well as in New York City at La Mama, E.T.C. She has also written about performance, experimental theatre and literary events for Time Out New York, High Performance, Paper Magazine, and Cover. For more info. check out her home page and you can also e-mail her at if you have comments or questions about her work.