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Someone Collaborates for the 2009 Nuit Blanche Installation

Someone has drawn together the work of celebrated artists, poets, and creatives, to produce an installation for the all-night Toronto arts event, Nuit Blanche, including A. F. Moritz, Susana Wald, Beatriz Hausner, Ludwig Zeller, and Deborah Barnett.

A. F. Moritz: author of the installation's featured poem "The Shore"; author of Black Orchid by A. F. Moritz [Dreadnaught]

A. F. Moritz is a poet, translator and non-fiction writer. To date, he has authored fifteen books of poetry, including Black Orchid, The Visitation, Song of Fear, Mahoning, Conflicting Desires and The Sentinel, which won the 2009 edition of the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.  He has co-authored several non-fiction works with Theresa Moritz, including The World’s Most Dangerous Woman: A new Biography of Emma Goldman. Moritz has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. His collection Night Street Repairs won the ReLit Award, and he was awarded Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize for his poem, "The Sentinel."

A. F. Moritz  lives in Toronto where he teaches literature and creative writing at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

Susana Wald: collaborator in the installation's featured illustration "Reverberations: Waterworld"; illustrator with Ludwig Zeller, of Black Orchid by A. F. Moritz [Dreadnaught]

Susana Wald is an artist, writer and translator. Wald works primarily in painting and drawing, though a large part of her oeuvre was executed in other media. Her work has been shown extensively and internationally, in one-woman shows, collaboratively with Ludwig Zeller, and in group exhibitions. Wald’s most recent translation is Tres grandes poemas de Enjeduana dedicados a Inana, the Spanish version of Betty De Shong Meador’s Inanna, Lady of Largest Heart (2009). With Ludwig Zeller she founded Casa de la Luna, a place of legend in Chilean culture, whose history she chronicles in a book by the same name (2009). Also with Zeller she founded Oasis Publications in Toronto, a multilingual publishing venture and source of international surrealist literature, unlike any other in North America.

Susana Wald has worked in collaboration with artists and writers throughout her career, with whom she continues to create “mirages.” Her specific work with Zeller includes the rare one-of-a-kind artist books, published under the imprint Oasis Unique.

Beatriz Hausner: editor of the series Someone: Water

Beatriz Hausner is a Toronto-based poet, translator, and public librarian. She has published The Wardrobe Mistress, as well as several chapbooks of poetry, including The Archival Stone. Her translations focus on poets of Spanish American surrealism, including César Moro, Enrique Gómez-Correa, and Enrique Molina, anthologized in The Invisible Presence, Sixteen Poets of Spanish America 1926-1996. She was President of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada and was one of the founders of the Banff International Literary Translation Centre.

Hausner specialized in the field of Book History and Print Culture and has used the discipline’s methodologies to explore Canadian small press publishing and Toronto cultural history. Her work in bibliography includes her contribution to Uncommon Ground: A Celebration of Matt Cohen.

Ludwig Zeller: collaborator with Dreadnaught in several distinctive volumes; illustrator with Susana Wald, of Black Orchid, by A.F. Moritz [Dreadnaught]

Born in Chile, Ludwig Zeller is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, collage and fiction. His poetry, most of which has been published in English translation, includes Las reglas del juego, When the Animal Rises from the Deep the Head Explodes, In the Country of the Antipodes, Salvar la poesía quemar las naves, The Ghost’s Tattoos, Los engranajes del encantamiento, and El embrujo de México, among others. His collages have been anthologized in 50 Collages, Alphacollage and Espejo para insomnes. With Susana Wald, he founded the legendary cultural centre Casa de la Luna, in Santiago, Chile, an effort they continued with Oasis Publications, the only Canadian press dedicated to the dissemination of international surrealist literature and art. Zeller has exhibited his visual work in more than forty one-man shows and countless group exhibitions.

Working in collaboration with Susana Wald Zeller together they developed the technique they call “mirages,” which combines Zeller’s collages with Wald’s drawing and/or painting. Their collaborative work has been published and shown extensively.

Deborah Barnett: creative director for the series Someone: Water, and collaborator in the installation's featured illustration "Reverberations: Waterworld"

For thirty years, Deborah Barnett has worked as a trusted commercial graphic designer, art director and creative director. As one of the originals of Dreadnaught, her career in publishing is extensive, especially where limited editions are concerned; she has designed, typeset, printed and produced fine print bindings in hand-made papers, leather, and archival box materials for publications like Whale Sound, 52 PickUp 76, Lies, KOJIVO, and many other printed books and ephemera. From early on, Barnett embraced the technologies that have since enriched contemporary publishing and design, working in digital, watercolour and acrylic 2D and 3D images, and integrating these techniques into her work for clients like Necessary Angel Theatre Company, National Arts Centre, Aids Committee of Toronto, Ballet BC, and National Ballet, as well as in her personal expressions.

Between 2008 and 2009 Barnett began working in with Susana Wald in the creation of Reverberations, an ongoing set of collaborative images produced in studio with one another.

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