Photograph by Jill Greenberg, 1989.

John J. Trause, the director of Oradell Public Library in Oradell, N.J., is the author of Eye Candy for Andy (13 Most Beautiful… Poems for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, Finishing Line Press, 2013); Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications, 2012); the chapbook Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada, 2007; rev. ed. 2014); and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques, 1996), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His book of fictive translations, found poems, and manipulated texts, Exercises in High Treason (2016), is published by great weather for MEDIA. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists’ periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, the journal Offerta Speciale, the great weather for MEDIA anthologies It’s Animal but Merciful (2012) and I Let Go of the Stars in My Hand (2014), and in Rabbit Ears (NYQ Books, 2015), the anthology of television poems. Marymark Press has published his visual poetry and art as broadsides and sheets. He is the subject of a 30-on-30-in-30 essay on The Operating System, written by Don Zirilli, and an author of an essay on Baroness Elsa at the same site, both in April 2016. His performance poem “Ishtar Redux,” published in Nerve Lantern in 2013, has been staged, among other places, at the Loews Jersey Theater in Jersey City, N. J.; the Theatre Outlet in Allentown, Penn.; La MaMa in New York, N. Y.; Williams Center in Rutherford, N. J.; and Classic Quiche Café in Teaneck, N. J., for the Thursdays Are For Poetry Series. His pieces in Nerve Lantern have been staged widely, including for two Nerve Lantern showcases. He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg; the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, Victor Buono, and Pope John Paul II; and the cage with the Cumaean Sibyl, Ezra Pound, Hannibal Lector, Andrei Chikatilo, and George “The Animal” Steele. He is a founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the former host and curator of its monthly reading series.

John J. Trause is a contributor to Nerve Lantern issues 6, 8, and suppl. 1.


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