Mary Sands was born in Louisville, Kentucky, raised in the Midwest, and currently lives with her daughter near Laguna Beach, California. She is a graduate of Purdue University, with degrees in English and anthropology. Outside of JACK Magazine, she is the contributing editor and webmaster of Big Bridge. She also designs, researches for, and writes for Beat Generation News, which has bios of the beat generation women and men and articles about rucksacking, philosophy, beat art, and jazz as well as the great Kerouac Menu. She also maintains a news calendar of beat events happening around the world. Her interests include the great outdoors, ecology, cultural anthropology, beat literature, and Renaissance movements. She likes to hike in the mountains and hang out at the beach. She is most inspired by the life-long works of Gary Snyder and lists The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac, and Dance of the Coyote, by Bill Hotchkiss, as her favorite novels. Mary has published articles/reviews in Rain Taxi, The Kerouac Connection, and Kerouac Rag.
Michael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, and editor and also co-founder of Big Bridge Press and Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else. His poems have appeared in many journals including 2river View, Beehive, Berkeley Poetry Review, Bolinas Heresay News, Blue Book, Cafe Review, The Cortland Review, The Duct Tape Press, Exquisite Corpse, Ironwood, Jacket, Isibongo, Lungfull!, Limestone Magazine, Light and Dust@Grist Mobile Anthology of Poetry, Lynx: Poetry From Bath, Melic Review, Moveo Angelus, Mudlark, Mungo vs Ranger, Octavo, Pearl, The Poetry Kit, Prosodia, Pyrowords, Riding The Meridian, Rolling Stock, Southern Ocean Review, Sycamore Review, Ygdrasil, Zuzu's Petals Quarterly Online and Zyzzyva.
He has published several poetry books: What The Fish Saw (Twowindows Press, CA, 1984), Nightmare Of The Violins (Twowindows Press, CA, 1986), Man/Woman (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1988), Favorite Songs (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1990), Lindsay's Book (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1999), and The Paris Journals (Fish Drum, Inc. 2000). His first book of poems, What The Fish Saw, was awarded The Rounce and Coffin Award. His broadside Elegy for The Dusky Seaside Sparrow was selected Broadside of the Year by Fine Print Magazine. His poem Angels was produced as broadside in limited edition by Hatch Show Prints as part of the museum resources of The Country Music Foundation. His poetry books and broadsides are archived at the University of Francisco, and are held in the Special Collection libraries of Brown University, Claremont Colleges, University of Kansas, the New York Public Library, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, and UC-Santa Cruz. His songs have appeared in Hollywood Pictures' Shadowhunter and Black Day, Blue Night, and most recently, TriStar Pictures' Outer Ozona. Other songs have been recorded on CDs including: "The Darkest Part of The Night" by Bob Malone, "Difficult Woman" by Renee Geyer, "Global Blues Deficit" by Cody Palance, "The Woodys" by The Woodys, and a soon to be released CD by Johnny Lee Schell. He is most recently editor of Overtime: Selected Poems of Philip Whalen (Viking Penguin, 1999). His novel Punk Rockwell was published by Tropical Press, and his The Paris Journals was published by Fish Drum, Inc., in 2000. He will also be editor of the Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger, due out with Penguin 2002.
The title "JACK Magazine" was coined by the very fabulous pal and jazz guy, Mike Sentance. Mike also created the flash animation for the Editorial Notes page.
Ira Cohen was born in 1935. His parents were deaf, and he learned to spell on his fingers when he was one. His accomplishments in the beat and post-beat times have been numerous. He edited and published GNAOUA in Tangier, featuring William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Jack Smith, and Irving Rosenthal. He also started the Universal Mutant Repertory Company and became "The Father of Mylar Photography," with his bendable mirror photos of Jimi Hendrix, Robert La Vigne, and others. He authored The Hashish Cookbook, wrote The Goblet of Dreams for Playboy Magazine, directed and starred in the award-winning film The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda, appeared in Jack Smith's Reefers of Technicolor Island, and produced Paradise Now in Arnerika, a film of the Living Theater's historic 1968 American tour. In the 1970s, he went to Kathmandu and started the Starstreams Poetry Series under the Bardo Matrix imprint, publishing on rice paper the work of Gregory Corso, Charles Henri Ford, Angus MacLise, and Paul Bowles (among others). He also published his own work, including Poems From The Cosmic Crypt, Seven Marvels, and Gilded Splinters. A complete biography, as well as Ira's poetry, book arts, films, and photos, can be found at Big Bridge. Ira currently lives in New York City, and in the summer of 2000 completed an Italian Beat Tour, with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman, Marty Matz, Agnetta Hirschman, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Janine Pommy Vega, John Giorno, Steve Lacy, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and others.
Paul Grillo (b. 1943, Cancer/Aries Moon, Aries Ascendant) spent his early years shuffling between "mean street acappella corner stores" and "darkstar Jesuit study halls". While other kids were skimming comic books and the Saturday matinee, he was memorizing Avedon photos of China Machado in late 50's Vogue and falling in love with foreign films. After seeing Marcel Camus' "Black Orpheus" (1959), he decided to become a poet, and his first poems were published when he was still in his teens. His undergraduate and graduate studies included Comparative Literature, Art History, and The Poetics of Mysticism. From the late 1960's through the 70's he devoted most of his talents to teaching Creative Writing in the inner city, and connecting with many of the major avant-garde artists of the time (including Gerard Malanga, Charles Plymell, Ira Cohen, & Charles Henri Ford), and his first experiments in photo-collage date approximately from this time. Although Grillo has called the 1980's a period of "domestic obscurity", he was, nevertheless, expansively active throughout the decade...connecting with a wide circle of multi-cultural artists, writers, & musicians...teaching, making poems & collages, and exploring with his camera. An acknowledged disciple of the International Surrealist Tradition, Grillo's collages are "painterly dreamscapes" deeply infused with alchemical images from distant cultures, jazz, rock'n'roll, old films, and haute couture. His collage art has been widely exhibited and is part of many important private collections. He has published poems & collages in countless magazines in both the USA and Europe, and is the author of five books, including Manhattan Spiritual (with Guy Beining, 1976), Vibes of the Saints (1977), and Skin of Doubt (1978). Several all-new collections of his poetry, including Burnt Sienna and The Owleffe Diaries stand ready for publication. He is also well known for his many dynamic readings & performances of his work. Grillo spent much of the 1990's as a part-time commuting resident of Montreal, whose charmed vistas and enchanting characters provided new fuel for his work (as documented in Agents of a Silenced Life: The Kebec Poems 1989-1999). He currently teaches English and coordinates the academic program of a prestigious Philadelphia area art school. With his French-Canadian wife Anita-Rose, he lives "in psychic transit" somewhere between the Jersey shore, his native Philadelphia and La Belle Province.
Yacine Hachani was born in Algiers in 1962 and grew up there. He learned how to paint when he was 8 years old at the Society of Fine Art of Algiers (Society des Beaux Arts), and never stopped painting. From 1977 to 1983 he studied painting at The National School of Fine Art in Algiers (Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts) and from 83 to 87 at the Superior School of Fine Art in Algiers (Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts). After a few exhibitions in Algeria, he tried his hand in France and left Algiers for Paris in 1988he always wanted to come in New York. Paris was a big step for him before he could come and live in New York. He showed his work in Paris galleries, and got good reviews. Finally in 1996 he was able to live and stay in New York. Here in New York he has developed a large body of work. He usually works on large format, with oil paints.
Gregory Corso: See Beat Generation News.
Gregory Corso Tributes
John Aiello has written extensively on the Beat Generation since 1988. Currently, Aiello is adapting a newspaper article he wrote about the murder of his paternal grandfather into a feature film script. Aiello has worked on the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle since 1987.
Eugene Anthony Barbieri was born on November, 17, 1964 in Englewood, NJ. He has been writing poetry for several years but until now has never submitted any to be published. He is hoping to have more of his work published soon. He will be among the poets and artists who will be part of the Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry, sponsored by the United Nations, The Sonic Art Music, and Poetry Festival featuring Pioneer of World Music, with David Amram on Thursday, March 29th, at C-Note, 157 Avenue C at 10th Street, in New York City. This will mark Eugene's first public reading of his work. He now resides in Glen Rock, NJ and can be contacted via email at BeatnikReader@aol.com.
Adrien Begrand (see below).
Ronnie Burk (see below).
Ira Cohen (see above).
Steve Dalachinsky is a poet residing in New York City, born and bred on the islands. His work has appeared in Long Shot, Hunger Magazine, WOW, Huba Productions, and many others. He has a recent CD out from Knitting Factory Records titled "incomplete directions," which has received excruciatingly, almost unbearably wonderful reviews.
Larry Carradini (see below).
Paul Grillo (see above).
Hammond Guthrie: (see below).
Louise Landes Levi is the translator of Rene Daumals' RASA (New Directions, l982) & the Love Poems of Mira Bai (CoolGrove Press, l997). Forthcoming, Michaux's Michaux, by Coronamund, 2001. She is the author of 12 books & chapbooks, some bilingual/Dutch, German & most recently Chorma, in English & Italian. She currently lives in the Bay Area and has forthcoming, Crazy Louise or la Converszatione Sacrae. In music, she is a member of Daniel Moore's; she is also a founding member of the Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company and plays with Continuous Dream Music & Eye of Eagle Orchestra, NYC. She has done recordings on Kinnari, Padma & Kyerang, and Music for Meditation. Her reviews and interviews are at www.coolgrove.com.
Michael McClure is a founding member of the Beat Generation and is noted for the popularity of his dynamic poetry readings. At the age of twenty-two he gave his first poetry reading at the Six Gallery, in the event that began the Beat Generation and the San Francisco poetry scene. Michael McClure is more active than ever, performing his poetry in venues as diverse and the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, N.Y.U., The Bottom Line, and the Iron Horse Coffee House. The Los Angeles Times characterized McClure as "The role model for Jim Morrison." McClure's music sources range from Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk, to the rock with which his poetry performances frequently share a bill. McClure's own songs include Mercedes Benz, popularized by Janis Joplin. For years McClure has been working with his friend The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. They play clubs, colleges and festivals like the Jack Kerouac Festival, and TV appearances on the shows of David Sanborn and Dennis Miller. Poetry Flash described one of the poet's readings: "McClure-dressed in blackstood and uttered his words with a sort of sultry precision. His gestures punctuated his words, enthralling, enlisting a dynamic tension between audience and performer that didn't let up till the words stopped." McClure is features in several films, among The Scorcese's Last Waltz, and Beyond The Law by Norman Mailer. McClure is the author of the prize-winning and scandal-provoking play The Beard, which was arrested by the police fourteen nights in a row in Los Angeles. He is an accomplished novelist hailed by The New York Times. McClure has written the autobiography of his Hell's Angel friend, Freewheelin Frank Secretary of the Angels and the afterward to Jim Morrison's biography, as well as the text for Dennis Hopper's book of photographs. McClure has published three new books of poetry in the last year: Touching the Edge, Huge Dreams, and Rain Mirror.
Mary Sands (see above).
skye is sifting patiently through the rubble midden heaps of technocontemporary society, searching for the transdimensional Rosetta Stone; he often shapeshifts out beyond the edges of the civilized world where he howls in seven-octave registers and collects images/impressions, which he preserves among the pressed pages of a private book; skye has been known to affect the guise of indigenous nomad and disappear into the swirling dust of roadside adventures for three to six-or-more months at a time; in between painting extreme astrogeometaphysical landscape/portraits, "teaching" at Coyote College, conceptual engineering various performative/literary/art/music projects and indulging in madcap episodic writings, he rides one helluva mean stroked-out rat-Road-King. His work has been published in Eloquent Umbrella, Jack's, State of Jefferson Almanac, Berkeley Barb, Biker, Three Sheets inna Wind, Easy Riders, Dust, and other places, including alternative, radio and cable broadcast venues. NADA MIND
PRESS is skye's personal creative literary imprimatur.
Roberto Valenza is well known as a poet around the world. Wherever he has lived he has helped in keeping the oral and printed tradition of poetry alive. Stationed in Seattle for the last 15 years he is a co-founder of "Red Sky Poetry Theatre" plus long-running Artistic Festivals and performance spaces. He has been published in many small press mags and chapbooks. Currently he is having a large book of his work published, "Poems and Songs of an American Tibetan." Here is a part of the intro by Ira Cohen: "Valenza, Akasha agent & charter member of the Kathmandu Starstreams Gang, is a poet who specializes in the real deal. No armchair Buddhist, he has devoted himself to working through the Dharma first hand, body and soul. A poet of the crazy wisdom school, a solo streetman. His Rock & Roll Hell's Kitchen rhetoric underlies his deep understanding of the spiritual path & makes these poems ring like Quasimodo's bells in the long night's dreaming." You may reach Roberto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laki Vazakas is a video maker. His works include "Huncke and Louis", "1998 Cherry Valley Arts Festival", and "Burma: Traces of the Buddha".
Steve Brooks: Bio unavailable.
Katherine McNamara is the editor and publisher of Archipelago, a quarterly of literature, the arts and opinion. She lives in Charlottesville, VA. Her e-mail is email@example.com.
Yacine Hachini (see above).
Mike Topp is an aristocratic rebel whose high-spirited life has captured the imagination of Europe. He attended Harrow and Cambridge, where he was a good student and a great athlete. A deformed foot has only increased his determination to excel.
Gary Lawless is co-owner of Gulf of Maine Bookstore (Brunswick, Maine) and editor/publisher of Blackberry Books. His latest book Caribouddhism has just been published in Italy as Caribouddhismo.
Michael Rothenberg (see above).
Mary Sands (see above).
Nancy Zierenberg is a public lands activist who has worked for 10 years to bring public attention to the government's wildlife killing program, Animal Damage Control. She is also Executive Director of the nonprofit organization, Wildlife Damage Review, which formed to bring an end to the government's wildlife killing.
Kevin Opstedal is a poet born and raised in Venice, California and currently living near San Francisco. He has edited several little magazines, including GAS, Blue Book, and Augustus Truhn's Magazine. His book reviews, essays, drawings and poetry have appeared in CoEvolution Quarterly, The San Francisco Chronicle, Kerouac Connection, Poetry Flash, Exquisite Corpse, Rolling Stock, Log, and Prosodia, among others. He has read his poems in San Francisco, Venice, La Jolla, Hollywood, New York, Santa Monica and Berkeley. He has six books of poetry to his credit, the most recent of which is titled Crush (surfZombie, Santa Cruz, 2000). A new chapbook titled Beach Blanket Massacre will be published in the spring of 2001.
Adrien Begrand has written articles for Beat News and the Kerouac Quarterly. He lives in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada, and rants about all things trivial at http://abegrand.pitas.com.
Ronnie Burk is the author of seven titles of surrealist poetry including Mandragora, Indios Verdes, Pandemonium, and Man-of-War. His writing is included in recent issues of Orpheus Grid, Heaven Bone, Magnus, Blue Feathers, as well as in Andrei Codrescu's Thus Spake the Corpse (Black Sparrow Press). He lives in San Francisco.
Hammond GuthrieWriter/nonobjective-abstractionist painter (Vorpal Gallery S.F.) lives in Portland, Oregonwhere he recently completed a book of memoirs: AsEverWas (A Self-Descriptive Biopathy), from which the vignette "Carmen McRae In The Rain" is taken. Over the years, and in various locals around the world, Hammond has been an acquaintanceif not out right co-conspiratorwith numerous Beat/Neo-Beat artists and brave experimentalists, including Philo Farnsworth III, son of the man who invented television; Del Close, the late Director of Second City and Committee theaters; "Hube the Cube" Leslie; Allen Ginsberg; William Burroughs; John "Hoppy" Hopkins of the Arts Lab in London; and Jasper Gootvelt, mentor for the Dutch Provo activist groupto name a few. Currently he is at work on a second volume of vignettes: Biopathic Tendencies: (1976-1992). You may write to Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talan Memmott is an artist/writer from San Francisco, California. He is Vice President of the web development firm Percepticon and has worked as producer, director, and in various other capacities on more than 60 client web sites. Since 1998 Memmott has been active in the web-based hypertext scene, serving as Creative Director/Editor for Percepticon's award-winning BeeHive Hypertext Hypermedia Literary Journal. His work has appeared widely on the internet. Memmott has presented art works and papers at New Media and literary conference, and was an invited lecturer at the SUNY at Albany Book/Ends Conference, which featured Jacques Derrida as its keynote. Memmott is the recipient of the 2000 Alt-X/trAce International New Media Writing Award for his hypermedia work Lexia to Perplexia. His websites are his own site and BeeHive.
Keith Abbott's novel, Franklin Furpiece, appeared on Exquisite Corpse. He teaches two fiction workshops and an Asian calligraphy course at Naropa University as an Assistant Professor.
Lawrence Carradini has recently had poetry published in Mobius, Reflect, and The Cafe Review, as well as the online journals, PoetryBay, PULSE, and translated into Chinese for publication in the journal, Contemporary Foreign Literature, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China. New work is scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Salt Hill. Originally from the Northport area of Long Island, Larry read passages from Jack Kerouac's On The Road, with David Amram at the July, 2000 opening of the two-month exhibit "Kerouac's Northport." Currently living in Lowell, Massachusetts, he is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lowell Celebrates Kerouac.
Renée Gregorio, originally from Massachusetts, has lived in New Mexico since 1985. She has made her living in various wayspoet, bookstore manager, writing teacher, freelance book editor, and as proofreader, editor, and drafter for the state legislature. She was one of the founding editors of The Taos Review and one of the featured writers in the video, Honoring the Muse. Her work has appeared in literary journals in both the United States and England as well as in several anthologies of poetry, including The New Mexico Poetry Renaissance, Saludos!, Written With A Spoon, and The Practice of Peace. Several chapbooks of her poems have been published by Yoo-Hoo Press of Farmington, New Mexico, X Press of Santa Fe, and Twelfth Street Press of Providence, Rhode Island. Gregorio is a former member of the jazz/poetry group, Luminous Animal, and has read her work throughout the Southwest and performed in Dead Poets Bouts for the Taos Poetry Circus. She earned her masters degree from Antioch University, London. Over the past fifteen years, her work has appeared in many journals in the United States, including Iris, Exquisite Corpse, Fish Drum, Blue Mesa Review, Heaven Bone, Frank, Nexus, Santa Fe Poetry Broadside, and American Tanka. Her first full-length collection, The Skins of Possible Lives, was published by Blinking Yellow Books of Taos, New Mexico in 1996. Her second collection, The Storm That Tames Us, was published (Spring 1999) by La Alameda Press of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Paola Igliori was born in Rome, Italy and first moved to New York City in the mid 80s. Her first book Entrails, Heads, and Tailsphotographic essays and conversations with artists such as Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Enzo Cucchi, Vito Acconi, Cy Twombly, Gilbert & George, Francesco Clemente, Sigmar Polke, Julian Schnabel, Wolfgang Laibis an exploration of creativity through the everyday lifewas published by Rizzoli in 1991. Her conversations with artists, and her photo essays, have appeared in magazines such as Artscribe, Interview, and Volkenkratzer. In 1990 she became the publisher of INANDOUT PRESS, putting out a book a yearall very powerful individual voices within a contrast of cultures. These books have included Paul Bowles' last collaboration with Moroccan storyteller Mohammed Mrabet (Chocolate Dreams & Dollars, 1992) and Stickman (1994). She has also published a book on John Trudell, a Native American activist, poet, musician, and one of the most profound and clear voices looking at America as well as American Magus Harry Smith: A Modern Alchemist (1996). Harry Smith became one of the most seminal figures of this century. INANDOUT is a one-woman band from the thought to distribution. Igliori has recently started INANDOUT DIGITAL PRODUCTIONS. Her newest project Fire Tongues will soon be out in video and CD-ROM.
Linda Lerner was born and educated in New York City. Her work has appeared in hundreds of journals throughout the country. Among them The New York Quarterly, Bouillabaisse, Ragged Lion Anthology, Slipstream, Home Planet News, Chiron Review, Atom Mind, The Maverick Press, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Rattle, and The Cafe Review. Six collections of her poetry have been published; the most recent, No Earthly Sense Gets it Right (Lummox Press), Feb. 2000. Also are Anytimeblues (Ye Olde Font Shoppe) 1999; New & Selected Poems (1998) & She's Back (also from Ye Olde Font Shoppe, 1996); No-One's People (New Spirit Press, 1993); and City Girl (Vergin Press, 1990). An interview with Hayden Carruth appeared in the 50th issue of The New York Quarterly, and another with Robert Peters is in the 51st issue of Chiron Review, Summer, 1997. She edited an online anthology, POETS on the line, a continuing poetry anthology available only on the Net; it is semiannual. The first issue appeared Spring, 1995; No. 4, Fall, 1996; No. 5, Spring, 1997; Nos. 6 & 7 (1997/98). Vietnam Veterans /Poets was the recipient of a 1997 Puffin Foundation Grant & Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant; No. 8, 1999. A double millennium issue, Nos. 9 & 10, in Jan. 2000, was the last one to come out on a regular basis. In the last few years she has given readings throughout the the tristate & New England area, (the Knitting Factory in NYC, Stone Soup Poets in Boston, The Barron Arts Center in N.J.) as well as in New Mexico, San Francisco (Above Paradise), New Orleans (Maple Leaf Bar), Colorado (The Penny Lane), Seattle (B&N), & at the Cherry Valley Arts Festival in 1998, a 30 year tribute to Beat & Bohemian influence. In June 2000 she read at the North Beach Fair in S.F. & gave several readings in LA, including one at Beyond Baroque. She does not relate well to authority figures.
Claudine Moreau is a poet living in the Washington, DC area who supports herself by working for NASA's Microgravity Program. Most recently, her poetry has appeared in Lilliput Review, The Bitter Oleander, Blood and Fire Review, and Pivot. She sometimes likes to sneak in her poetry, editing for Comrades ezine while at work.
Daniel Nester is a senior editor of Painted Bride Quarterly, editor in chief of La Petite Zine, lives in Brooklyn, and collects K-Tel collections from the 1980s. His poems have appeared recently in Fine Madness, Cream City Review,
Home Planet News, CrossConnect, and Slope.
Pat Nolan's poems and prose have appeared online in Exquisite Corpse and Big Bridge. He is the author of nine books of poems, most recently 4 POEMS (from Exile In Paradise), Tangram Press, 2000. He lives and writes in Monte Rio, CA.
Maureen Owen's Selected Poems: American Rush is just out from Talisman House Publishers following her eighth book of poems, Untapped Maps from Potes and Poets Press. A co-director/coordinator at the St. Mark's Poetry Project for several years, she has taught workshops in poetry and book production. Her press, Telephone Books, includes over 30 book titles to date and 19 issues of Telephone Magazine. Her title AE (Amelia Earhart) was a recipient of the prestigious Before Columbus American Book Award. She has received a Poetry Fellowship from the NEA, awards from The Fund for Poetry, and has most recently been awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc.
Ambar Past, born in North Carolina, has lived in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, since 1974. She is a Mexican citizen and writes in Spanish and Tzotzil. She coordinates a paper-making and publishing cooperative, Taller Leñateros, and edits Jícara, the best poetry magazine in Mexico. Her latest publishing project is Conjuros y Ebriedades, the songs of Mayan women.
Sambarta Rakshit was born 1971, Calcutta, and grew up there. He majored in Electrical Engineering and then came to the US for graduate study. He currently lives in the Boston area with his wife, Mayurika. Sambarta got deeply interested in modern English poetry after chancing on a volume of James Merrill in the university library. His e-mail is email@example.com.
Steven Stewart lives in Tallahassee, Florida with his wife, Erin, who is expecting their first baby in June. He currently has work appearing in Quarter After Eight and Henry Street.
Michael Sowl, poet and tradesman, lives in Duluth, MN. Fluent in Korean, Russian, and Chinese, he is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute. His linked verse has appeared in Exquisite Corpse and Hanging Loose.
John Oliver Simon has recently been awarded a 2001 NEA Literature Fellowship in translation. Velocities of the Possible, his handsewn letterpress bilingual edition of twelve poems by Gonzalo Rojas, the youngest poet in Latin America (born 1917), is available for $20 from Red Dragonfly Press, 307 Oxford St. N., Northfield, MN 55057. Creative Arts Book Company will publish his Caminante, a narrative of a nine-month journey from Mexico to Argentina, in the fall of 2001.
Shirley Walker is married, a Pisces, and native to California. She enjoys writing a diverse array of short stories and poetryand devouring banana pudding. Two cats currently own her and won't allow for any pets. Her work has been published in ZuZu's Petals Literary, TimBookTu, A Writer's Choice, All Mixed Up, Papyrus Magazine, Bedtime Stories for Children, FrightNet, A Rose & Thorn, AnotherRealm, The Harrow, several other online and print literary journals.
Ron Whitehead's newest book, The Declaration of Independence This Time: Selected Poems 1996-2000, has just been released from Hozomeen Press, New London, Connecticut. After heading up the Poetry Division of The New York Underground Music & Poetry Festival he is presently at work as Advisor for the 82-Hour Non-Stop Music & Poetry INSOMNIACATHON 2001 (100 bands, 100 poets: www.insomniacathon.com), plus producing The London Music & Poetry Festival (fall 2001). He is also currently producing & publishing several events & new titles. Ron is the author of numerous books and other publications (www.tappingmyownphone.com). When not traveling, he lives in Kentucky.
Jordan Zinovich grew up in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and left Canada in 1974. Since then he has lived in England, France, Spain, Western Crete, India, Holland, and New York City, where he now resides. He has published five books: two historical biographies about the opening of the western Canadian north; the critical anthology Semiotext(e) CANADAs (of which he was Project General Editor); the novel Gabriel Dumont in Paris (published by the University of Alberta Press, http://www.ualberta.ca/~uap/P/gabriel.html, and available on amazon.com); and Cobweb Walking, a letterpress chapbook of poetry. He has read widely across Canada and the United States, has a modest following in Holland, and is a senior editor with the Autonomedia Collective, one of the more notable and active English-language underground publishing houses.
Andrew Gallix: As my name indicates, I'm half French, half English. People usually find it difficult to determine which half is which, though.This makes them suspicious. I was born in April, the cruelest month, and brought up in London where I was caned at school (when I found my way there through the fog) on a regular basis; then I was bundled off to France where I was force-fed snails and frogs' legs which stunted my growth. I now live in a garret with my girlfriend, Aleksandra, on the Left Bank. I teach at the Sorbonne University and edit 3AM Magazine. I have published many articles on contemporary British playwrights (Joe Orton in particular) and novelists. I am also something of an authority on the works of Serbian underground genius, Danilo Kupus, who once told me that writing would be my salvation. My fiction has appeared in 27 online and print magazines.
Michael Largo has published three novels: Southern Comfort ("Largo's writing manifests relentless and unremitting nerve,"Publishers Weekly," 9/99); Lies Within ("Brilliant dialogue, convincing characters...echoes of Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty," Library Journal, 3/99); and his newest, Welcome to Miami (see Amazon.com for ordering information). He's also grateful to have had his short fiction appear recently in the following: Spark-Online, Eclectica, Melic Review, Trout Magazine, Pif Magazine, The Best of Pif Offline, Exodus, Conflicting Spectrums, Poet's Cut, Bonfire, Duct-Tape Press, Morpo Review, Burn, Pulp Fiction, Mocha Memoirs, Yellow Dog Magazine, Isi Bongo, Big Bridge, Nuketown, Bloody Muse, Indite Circle, Forbidden Panda, New Earth Review, Manx Fiction, Conspire, 2RiverView, Solas, Wings, StickyKeys, Pauper, Shank, Writer's Choice, Harpweaver, Ashtray Angels, Plaintext, Creativity Magazine, Unlikely Stories, PocolPress Anthology: Unusual Circumstances, and others.
John Sokol: His poems have appeared in America, Antigonish Review, The Berkeley Poetry Review, Georgetown Review, New Millennium Writings, The New York Quarterly, and Quarterly West, among others. His short stories have appeared in Akros, Descant, Mindscapes, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, Redbook, and other journals. One of his stories has been translated into Danish, and another into Russian. His drawings and paintings have been reproduced on more that thirty-five book covers. His chapbook, "Kissing the Bees," winner of the 1999 Redgreene Press Chapbook Competition, is available through Amazon.com.