Annie Christain, assistant professor of Composition and ESOL at SUNY Cobleskill, is an English PhD graduate from the University of South Dakota. Her poems have been published in in Seneca Review, The Chariton Review, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She is a three-year recipient of the Gladys Hasse Poetry Award, and she received the 2007 and 2008 Jerry Bradley Award for Creative Writing, the grand prize of the 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, and the 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award.
Jason Chonin is an award-winning electroacoustic composer and audio engineer from Miami, Florida who has sound editing credits on many short films. His areas of expertise are sound dynamics, post production, multimedia audio, audio electronics, live sound production, and session recording. Also specializing in literature, writing, and ESOL, Chonin has taught in South Korea, the Republic of Georgia, Thailand, and China and has written album and music reviews for FSView.
Terry Stone is a musician/songwriter from London who has experience teaching English in England, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy, Indonesia, and China. While in South Korea, he studied and performed pansori and sijo (Korean singing and drumming) for two years with Mr. Go Doo Sug. Stone is currently recording with a wide variety of musicians and ensembles including members of the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra, Raast Collective (London), Escola Cultural Zungu Capoeira, the instrument inventor/builder Bart Hopkins, and trombonist Alan Tomlinson.
The text version of “All the Host of Them” by Annie Christain appears in the Feb. 2011 issue of The Seventh Quarry, published in Swansea, Wales and edited by Peter Thabit Jones. The poem was inspired by Genesis 2:1 “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them,” a phrase that some interpret to mean non-human intelligent life (angels and fallen angels). In the poem, a visitor and homeowner are being terrorized in a house that has been taken over by malevolent entities. Terry Stone’s spoken word is based on his recurring dream of being a voyeur sneaking around a thousand-room house, and Jason Chonin’s music brings to mind tiptoeing, hands touching high voltage electric fences, and a homeowner playing the harp or piano while Terry Stone watches, undetected.