Per Contra

Miriam N. Kotzin, Founding Editor
Miriam N. Kotzin writes both poetry and fiction that has appeared in more than 100 print and online publications; her poetry received three nominations for a Pushcart Prize. She writes both formal poetry and free verse; her fiction ranges from flash fiction to a blognovel. She has been a contributing editor of Boulevard since its inception. A teacher of creative writing and literature, she directs Drexel Universityís Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing and is a former director of the Literature Program. She is the author of A History of Drexel University. Her book reviews appeared in numerous publications ranging from College Literature to The Daily Planet. From 1973-1982 she was a juror for the American Film Festival and has also judged competitions in poetry, the literary short story and the popular short story for the Mad Poets Review and the Philadelphia Writersí Conference. She received her BA in English, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.d in English with distinction from New York University.
Bill Turner, Founding Editor
Bill Turner was formally trained in Political Science and Post-Colonial Latin American History. He taught History and Political Science for four years at a preparatory school in Puerto Rico, before accepting a position as the executive director of one of the largest environmental non-governmental organizations in the Caribbean (St. Croix Environmental Association). He has been called as an expert witness on issues ranging from conservation to public health by the United States Department of the Interior, the Congress of the United States, the Senate of the United States Virgin Islands, The Congressional Black Caucus and has been interviewed by ABC Television and BBC World News. He was a newspaper columnist for the Virgin Islands Daily News and The Virgin Islands Source Online. He began writing fiction and stage plays in 2004. His fiction has appeared extensively online, and he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  He is a Consulting Editor for Electronic Media for Boulevard Magazine.
Peter Groesbeck, Associate Editor

A winner of the Toppan Drawing Prize, the Cecilia Beaux Portrait Prize, and the Cresson Traveling Scholarship at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Peter Groesbeck is currently employed by Drexel University and maintains a freelance photography business.  His work has been most recently displayed at the Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, and the JMS Gallery in Chestnut Hill, PA.  His photography has appeared in Darkroom Photography, Collectorís Photography, Popular Photography, and has been published in several books, including Graphis Nude, and Sensual Photography.

Richard Burgin, Contributing Editor

Richard Burgin is a fiction writer, editor, composer, critic and teacher.  Burgin is the author of 11 books, including the novel, Ghost Quartet (l999), and the short story collections The Sprit Returns (2001), Fear of Blue Skies (l998),  Private Fame (1991),  and Man Without Memory (l989).  The latter three books were each listed as a Notable Book of the Year by The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Burginís stories have won four Pushcart Prizes and 15 others have been listed by that prestigious anthology as being among the yearís best.  Other stories have been reprinted in the anthologies The Best of Witness and As the Story Goes: Twenty Five years of the Johns Hopkins Short Fiction Series, among others.  Burgin is also the author of Conversations with Isaac Bashevis Singer, which has been translated and published in four foreign language editions.  A major excerpt from the book appeared in two parts as the cover story in The New York Times Magazine.  Burgin was the founding editor of Boston Review and New York Arts Journal and the founding and current editor of the internationally distributed literary journal Boulevard (l985 to present), now in its 21st year of continuous publication.


Paul D. Green, Contributing Editor
Paul D. Green is a Professor of English at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University with High Honors. His academic writing has appeared in such places as Journal of the History of Ideas, Studies in the Renaissance, Studies in English Literature: 1500 - 1900, as well as in a number of anthologies of selected scholarly conference papers.

Al Gury, Contributing Editor

Al Gury is a painter in oils of figures, portraits, landscapes and still-lifes. He shows his work at F.A.N. Gallery in Philadelphia. His paintings have been shown at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Academy of Design in New York and the National Capitol in Washington D.C., as well as many other galleries and museums. Gury is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Painting Department at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, America's oldest and first art school and art museum. He has been featured in articles and interviews. He has won many awards and grants, including, among others, the Alumni Painting Award (The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts), the Best of Show Award and Medal (The Philadelphia Sketch Club), the Cresson Memorial Traveling Scholarship, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant for Arts in Education. He writes for American Artist magazine and is currently writing a book on painting methods.

Donald Kuspit, Contributing Editor

Donald Kuspit is one of America's most distinguished art critics.  Winner of the prestigeous Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (1983), given by the College Art Association, Professor Kuspit is Contributing Editor at Artforum, Sculpture, and Tema Celeste magazines, and the Editor of Art Criticism.  He has doctorates in philosophy (University of Frankfurt) and art history (University of Michigan), as well as degrees from Columbia University, Yale University, and Pennsylvania State University.  He has also completed the course of study at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the New York University Medical Center.  He received honorary doctorates in fine arts from Davidson College (1993) and the San Francisco Institute of Art (1996).  In 1997 the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design gave him a Citation for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts.  In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  In 2000 he delivered the Getty Lectures at the University of Southern California.  In 2005 he was the Robertson Fellow at the University of Glasgow.  He is Professor of Art History and Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has been the A. D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (1991-97).  He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and Asian Cultural Council, among other organizations. 


He has written numerous articles, exhibition reviews, and catalogue essays, and lectured at many universities and art schools.  He is the editorial advisor for European art 1900-50 and art criticism for the new Encyclopedia Britannica (16th edition), and wrote the entry on Art Criticism for it.  He is on the advisory board of the Lucy Daniels Foundation for the psychoanalytic study of creativity.  His most recent books are The Cult of the Avant-Garde Artist (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 1993; also in German, Klagenfurt:  Ritter Verlag, 1995), The Dialectic of Decadence (New York:  Stux Press, 1993; reissued New York:  Allworth Press, 2000), The New Subjectivism:  Art in the 1980s (Ann Arbor:  UMI Research Press, 1988; reissued New York:  Da Capo Press, 1993), The Photography of Albert Renger-Patzsch (New York:  Aperture, 1993), Signs of Psyche in Modern and Postmodern Art (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 1994; also in Spanish, Madrid:  Akal, 2002), Primordial Presences:  The Sculpture of Karel Appel (New York: Abrams, 1994), Health and Happiness in Twentieth Century Avant-Garde Art (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1996), Idiosyncratic Identities:  Artists at the End of the Avant-Garde (New York:  Camridge University Press, 1996), Chihuly (New York:  Abrams, 1997), Jamali (New York:  Rizzoli, 1997; reissue with expanded text, 2004), Joseph Raffael (New York:  Abbeville, 1998), Daniel Brush (New York:  Abrams, 1998), Hans Hartung (Antibes/Nagoya:  Aichi Museum of Art, 1998), The Rebirth of Painting in the Late 20th Century (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2000), Psychostrategies of Avant Garde Art (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2000), Redeeming Art:  Critical Reveries (New York:  Allworth Press, 2000), Don Eddy (New York:  Hudson Hills, 2002), Hunt Slonem (New York: Abrams, 2002), Hans  Breder (Münster:  Hackmeister, 2002),  Steven Tobin (New York:  Hudson Hills, 2003), Mel Ramos (New York:  Watson Guptill, 2004), and The End of Art (New  York:  Cambridge University Press, 2004; also in Chinese (University of Bejing Press), Polish (Gdansk:  National Museum), Spanish (Madrid:  Akal), and Turkish (Istanbul:  Metis), April Gornik (New York:  Hudson Hills, 2005), Cristobal Gabarron (New York and Valencia:  Chelsea Art Museum and Valencia Museum of Art,  2005), Marlene Yu (New  York:  Queensboro College Art Museum, 2005), Horst Antes (Mainz: Wolf Huber, 2005), Albert Paley (Geneva:  Skira, 2006).  He has also written Clement Greenberg, Art Critic; Leon Golub:  Existentialist/Activist Painter; Eric Fischl; Louise Bourgeois; Alex Katz:  Night Paintings; and The Critic Is Artist:  The Intentionality of Art.  He is also the author of three Books of poetry, Self-Refraction (1983; visual accompaniment by Rudolf Baranik), Apocalypse with Jewels in the Distance; visual accompaniment by Rosalind Schwartz), and On the Gathering Emptiness (2004; visual accompaniment by Walter Feldman and Hans Breder). 


Alexis Levitin, Contributing Editor


Alexis Levitin has been translating Brazilian and Portuguese literature for thirty-three years. His translations have appeared in over two hundred magazines, including American Poetry Review, New England Review, Partisan Review, Kenyon Review and Prairie Schooner. His twenty-four books include Clarice Lispectorís Soulstorm and Eugenio de Andradeís Forbidden Words, both published by New Directions. His work has earned him two NEA Translation Fellowships, and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Columbia Universityís Translation Center, the Witter Bynner Poetry Foundation, The Wheatland Foundation, The Gulbenkian Foundation, and residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, the Banff Center for the Arts in Canada, and the European Translators Collegium in Germany. His most recent publications are a co-translation into Portuguese of Wallace Stevensí Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (Relogio díAgua, Lisbon, 2007) and a co-translation from the Bulgarian of Georgi Gospodinovís And Other Stories (Northwestern University Press, 2007). A visit to Brazil this past summer resulted in the translation of Cage, by a leading Amazonian poet, Astrid Cabral, to be published by Host Publications in 2008. He is presently completing work on translations of book length collections of poetry by Portugalís Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, Herberto Helder, and Antonio Ramos Rosa, while continuing to work on collections by Brazilís Salgado Maranh„o, Leonor Cabral, and a second volume by Astrid Cabral, Gazing Through Water.


Steven Rosen, Contributing Editor
Steven Rosen is a professional music journalist with a career spanning thirty years. During this period he has published well over 700 articles appearing in major periodicals. Among the publications Rosenís work has appeared in are Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Musician, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, US, Creem, Circus, Player, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Drum!  and many others.  A recognized authority on the eclectic world of rock, Rosen has been tapped five times to write books: The Beck Book (Jeff Beck), The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, part of the Rock Lives series, Bruce Springsteen, The Story of Black Sabbath: Wheels Of Confusion (now in its third printing) and his most recent work, a quasi-dual endeavor covering both Free and Bad Company titled Free At Last: The Story of Free and Bad Company.  He served as West Coast Editor for Fachblatt, one of Germanyís most respected and highest circulated magazines (typically, more than half of the cover features were Rosen-based compositions). He currently lends his hand to Player, a Japanese periodical employing his services for over twenty years. Also, he has recently shared his skills with a number of prestigious English periodicals including Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar, Mojo and Record Collector.
Larry Silver, Contributing Editor

Larry Silver holds the Farquhar Chair of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and previously taught at Berkeley and Northwestern.  A specialist in painting and graphics of Holland, Belgium, and Germany, he has recently published a monograph on Hieronymus Bosch (Abbeville, 2006) and a study of"Peasant Scenes and Landscapes" of the sixteenth century (U. Pennsylvania Press, 2006).  He has also served as President of the College Art Association and as editor-in-chief of their on-line reviews journal, ""

David R. Slavitt, Contributing Editor

David R. Slavitt is the author of 86 books, including his own fiction and poetry as well as his translations from the Greek and the Latin, including, among others: Seneca, Ovid, Virgil and Aeschylus. His translation of OedipusTyrannos will be published this fall by Yale University Press. His non-fiction includes a book on Virgil (also published by Yale) and Physicians Observed, Doubleday, as well as his account of running for office, Blue States Blues, published in April 2006 by Wesleyan University Press. He has also published under the names Henry Sutton, David Benjamin, Lynn Meyer and Henry Lazarus.

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