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Ryk McIntyre is a Multi-Hyphen sort of person. Poet, critic, performer, workshop facilitator and co-host at both GotPoetry! Live (Providence) and Cantab Lounge (Cambridge,MA). He's been living in RI for the past 6 years, with his wife and daughter. Ryk has performed his work at Boston's ICA, NYC's New School, Portsmouth, NH's Music Hall and Lollapalooza, to name just a few. He has toured the US, performing in countless Poetry open mics and festivals. He turned down Allen Ginsburg once.
Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.
I am someone who often shoos away technology. When I break my cell phones (which is frequently) I always ask for the cheapest available phone as a replacement. It has little to do with frugality, though. I have a bit of a fear that should I get one of those wunderphones with the screen you put your filthy fingers all over like a greasy, miniature figure skater and their geo-location recipe apps ("Someone is baking a cake RIGHT NEXT TO YOU!"), that I'll get sucked in too deeply, letting the machine win, letting the internet devour me whole and whisper sweet-nothings laced with videos of cats falling asleep into my ear.
When I think about it, though, a big part of my fear is derived from the sheer power of technology. Technology is a fast-moving creature; a ceaseless beast with no discernible bounds. There are robots that sniff out bombs. You can put a computer chip INSIDE your dog. There is a car that parks itself (stupid) and there are lights you can turn on by slapping your hands together. (not new. still tremendously entertaining, though). It conjures up a couple things: first, sure, there's the big brother element: Google knows where you are at all times, Facebook knows what you like. But, what it really stirs up in me is a fear of becoming complacent...
Kristen Bialik is a writer, teacher and graduate student of Journalism and Mass Communication. In her spare time, she's a baker of pies and maker of stories.