About the Author
Dorothea Lasky is the author of AWE, Black Life, and the forthcoming Thunderbird, all out from Wave Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Boston Review, and American Poetry Review, among other places. She has taught poetry at New York University and Wesleyan University and has done educational research at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the New York Hall of Science, the Philadelphia Zoo, and Project Zero.
About the Artist
Kaori Mitsushima’s paintings, sound collages, and illustrations are inspired by both the animals and plants around her and classical images from Japanese and Western art. Born in 1979, Kaori grew up in Tokyo and then lived in Berlin, Prague, and New York City. She currently lives in the small town of Oberlin, Ohio, with her filmmaker husband and their three cats. In the past two years, she has self-published two zines that feature her ink drawings — Question Marks (2011) and Cat Dream (2010) — along with collaborative works — My Shadow is a Cat and Rose-Eaters — that combine poetry and art. She has joined several group exhibitions in Japan, the US and UK since 2009. Presently she works as an animator and graphic designer for Art+Practice: an independent film production company. Her favorite animals are house cats and she has been a francophile for more than a decade. Visit her online www.catsiknow.com.