Joyland

Sesshu Foster and Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano

Sesshu Foster has taught in East L.A. for 25 years. He's also taught writing at the University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts, Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been published in The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Language for a New Century: Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond, and State of the Union: 50 Political Poems. He is currently collaborating with artist Arturo Romo and other writers on the website, http://www.ELAguide.org. His most recent books are Atomik Aztex and World Ball Notebook. Arturo Ernesto Romo-Santillano was born in Los Angeles, California in 1980. His artwork, mostly mixed media and installation works, has been exhibited internationally, most recently in the exhibition Holy Jolina, at Tropico de Nopal Gallery and Art-Space in Los Angeles. His subject matter is influenced by conspiracy theory and alchemical texts, junkyards, sprawl architecture, terrorism and entheogenics. An overarching theme in his work is fluency and its folly; he sees his artwork as a companion multiplier to an already baffling, origamaic world. His art-making is inspired by explorations on the streets of East Los Angeles, which feed into an ongoing series of fake radio shows called The Recent Rupture Radio Hour, created with writer Sesshu Foster.