JOHN J. TRAUSE, the Director of Oradell Public Library and formerly a librarian at The Museum of Modern Art, is the author most recently of Inside Out, Upside Down, and Round and Round (Nirala Publications), the chapbook Seriously Serial (Poets Wear Prada), and Latter-Day Litany (Éditions élastiques), the latter staged Off-Off Broadway. His Eye Candy for Andy in response to the Dean & Britta project, 13 Most Beautiful… Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. His translations, poetry, and visual work appear internationally in many journals and anthologies, including the artists’ periodical Crossings, the Dada journal Maintenant, the avant-garde poetry and art journal Offerta Speciale, the Uphook Press anthologies Hell Strung and Crooked and -gape-seed-, and the Great Weather for Media anthology It’s Animal but Merciful. He has shared the stage with Steven Van Zandt, Anne Waldman, Karen Finley, and Jerome Rothenberg and the page with Lita Hornick, William Carlos Williams, Woody Allen, Ted Kooser, and Pope John Paul II. He is a co-founder of the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., and the host and curator of its monthly reading series. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize (2009 – 2011). His artwork has been exhibited in The Museum of Modern Art Staff Show (1995), at Il Trapezio Café (Nutley, NJ), and in the permanent collection of The Museum of Menstruation (New Carrollton, MD) to whose website he has contributed. At various times in his life he has been mistaken for being a priest, a policeman, a pimp, and a pornographer. One does not know what is more impressive, his book collection or his array of turtlenecks.
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