Mary Sands was born in Louisville, Kentucky, raised in the Midwest, and currently lives with her daughter near Laguna Beach, California, where she likes nothing better than to sit seaside at the quaint Village Café and drink a cold Corona with lime on a hot day. She digs Laguna, and has a penchant for listening to hobo saxophone players on lonely corners. She is a graduate of Purdue University, with degrees in English and anthropology. Outside of JACK Magazine, and her "real" job as a technical writer, she is the contributing editor and webmaster of Big Bridge. She 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 a "Kerouac Menu." 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; someday she will surf better. Her musical and film tastes have always been eclectic, including everything from Sinatra to Coltrane and from Dead Kennedys to 1910 Fruitgum Company--and in the past year, Mary has hosted Laguna Radio via Live 365. Mary has published articles/reviews in Rain Taxi, The Kerouac Connection, and Kerouac Rag. More about Mary can be found at her Beat News website.

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 is the editor of As Ever, by Joanne Kyger, Penguin, 2002.

Feature Artists

Hal Bohner

Nancy Victoria Davis is a painter, illustrator, book designer, installation artist and co-founder of Big Bridge Press. Born in New York and raised in Ada, Alabama, she took the big bridge to California in 1975, and since then has surrounded herself with art and nature. In addition to operating a tropical plant nursery, she has been inspired by poetry and illustrated the works of Jim Harrison, Allen Ginsberg, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure, Andrei Codrescu, and Joanne Kyger. She has been awarded The Rounce and Coffin Award for her design and illustration of "What The Fish Saw," and her broadside "Elegy For The Dusky Seaside Sparrow" was chosen as Best Broadside of The Year by Fine Print Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at the New York Public Library, the San Francisco Public Library, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rental Gallery. Her illustrations have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Nerve Bundle Review, Mike & Dale's Younger Poets, and Cafe Review.

Larry Keenan 

Letters to the Editor


Larry Keenan

Michael Cope was born in Cape Town in 1952, the son of novelist Jack Cope and painter Lesley. He has published poetry in small magazines since 1971. He has been a jeweler since 1971, and has exhibited jewelry and fine art extensively since. He lives in Cape Town with his wife, academic and writer Julia Martin and their twins, Sophie & Sky. He has taught jewelry, creative writing and karate.

Spiral of Fire (novel, David Philip, 1986)
Scenes and Visions (poetry, Snailpress 1990)
Worlds and Letters (cyber novel,
Everybody Needs (CD, Vanity Press, 1998)
GOLDIN A Tale (Novel, Vanity Press, limited edition, 2002)
Various hand-made editions of poetry
Extensive internet publications @

Jeremy Cronin was born in 1949. In 1976 he was jailed for seven years for underground activities fighting apartheid. His consequent prize-winning collection Inside is considered by many to be the best prison poems ever written in our country. He is today the hon. Jeremy Cronin, Member of Parliament for the African National Congress, and also Deputy Secretary-General of the South African Communist Party. When not writing poems, Jeremy chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Public Transport.

Keith Gottschalk teaches political studies at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town. He has published over 140 poems. His first collection came out in 1992, "Emergency Poems".

Geoffrey Haresnape teaches South African poetry and fiction at the University of Cape Town. He has published three volumes of poetry, Drive of the Tide [1976], New-born Images [1991] and Mulberries in Autumn [1996]. Also a prize-winning novel, Testimony [1992]. His most recent fiction title is African Tales from Shakespeare [1999]. During the 1980s he was editor of South Africa's leading literary magazine, Contrast.

Peter Horn taught German and Literary Theory at the University of Cape Town, and was a Hertz-Stiftung fellow in Berlin (Germany). He is a member of the Congress of South African Writers, has published 7 volumes of poetry, of which Poems 1964-1989 (Ravan Press 1991) has earned him an honourable mention in the Noma Awards for Publishing in Africa. His other poetry volumes are Voices from the Gallows Trees, Ophir (1969); Walking through our sleep, Ravan Press (1974); Silence in Jail, Poems, Scribe Press (1979); The Civil War Cantos, Scribe Press (1987); and An Axe in the Ice (COSAW) 1992. The most recent volume, The Rivers, which connect us to the past, has appeared with Mayibuye Publishing House 1996--as well, a collection of short stories, My Voice is under control now (Kwela 1999) has earned him the Alex La Guma/Bessie Head Price 1993 and the Charles Herman Bosman Prize 2000. His poetry has been widely published in journals all over the world, and translated into French (Derrière le vernis du soleil, europePoésie 1993), Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Polish, Russian, Xhosa and Tagalog. He has published widely on German literature, including two books on Heinrich von Kleist. A new volume of short stories, Walking the Road of Death, a volume of poetry, Intimations of Semi-Immortality, and a volume of essays, At the Margin, of one/many languages, is in preparation.

Antjie Krog (click here for bio)

Luvuyo Mkangelwa was born in 1977 in the former Transkei and now lives in Cape Town. A Human Resources Consultant by training and profession, he works for a financial institution and participates in the Non-Governmental Organisation sector doing Organisational Transformation work, particularly for the Black Management Forum. A member of the Lansdowne Local Poetry Group, he has been published in New Contrast, New Coin, Carapace, A City in Words, Tribute and Running Towards Us (a Heinemann Anthology of Post 1994 SA Writing), as well as Peter Horn's UCT Poetry Web.

Dr. Kelwyn Sole was born in Johannesburg 1951, and lived in Kanye (Botswana) and Windhoek (Namibia). At present he is a Professor in the Dept. of English at the University of Cape Town. Four books: The Blood of Our Silence (Ravan, Johannesburg, 1987), Projections in the Past Tense (Ravan, Jhb, 1992), Love That is Night (Gecko, Durban, 1998), and Mirror and Water Gazing (Gecko/University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg, 2001).


mIEKAL aND is a longtime DIY cultural anarchist & the creator of an infoplex worth of visual-verbal lit, audio-art, performance ritual & hypermedia for the Macintosh, all distributed by Xexoxial Editions. His hypermedia works reside at Joglars. Recent work has focused on activating online collaborative workspaces where writers & media artists can create collective digital works in a real time environment. Since 1991, he has made his home at Dreamtime Village, a hypermedia/permaculture village project, located in the driftless bioregion of southwestern Wisconsin. And devotes much time to creating edible wilderness indoors & out, growing such things as figs, citrus, cherries, grapes & chestnuts.1998 marked the creation of The Driftless Grotto of West Lima, a permanent public grotto/park/installation, which, when finished, will feature a bird-operated time machine in a 25-ft. blue, glass tower.

J. Scott Bryson is Assistant Professor of English at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. He is the editor of Ecopoetry: A Critical Introduction (University of Utah Press, 2002), and he is co-editor (with Roger Thompson) of two Dictionary of Literary Biography volumes on nature writing. His other publications include work on Joy Harjo, W.S. Merwin, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Pynchon, Virginia Woolf, and on teaching composition. He is currently completing a second book manuscript, an examination of the ecopoetry of Wendell Berry, Joy Harjo, Mary Oliver, and W.S. Merwin.


Zoe Artemis is a subterranean Mediterranean Sufi and Creative Arts Therapist living in New York City. Having recently retired from a 20-year dance career she is moving into writing, chanting, and performance art. She worked in The President Carter White House from 1977-79.

Tom Bradley


Kenneth Gill was born in 1982. He lives in California and has "has accomplished nothing of interest to

Bart Plantenga is an Amsterdam-based writer of nonfiction and metafiction, and the author of Beer Mystic and Spermatagonia: The Isle of Man. He is also a radiomaker and is currently writing a book about yodeling.

Valery Oisteanu is a writer and artist with international flavor. Born in Russia (1943) and educated in Romania. He adopted Dada and Surrealism as a philosophy of art and life. Emigrating to New York City in 1972, he has been writing in English for the past 28 years. He is the author of 10 books of poetry, a book of short fiction and a book of essays in progress. As a collagist he was featured in John Digby's "Collage Handbook" published by Thames & Hudson. He has exhibited in New York and abroad. His work is in many international permanent collections. He often illustrates his writings with Surrealist collages. As a performer VO is well known to downtown NYC audiences, performing every season with the exception of the summer, when he goes on tour abroad. He is always well received in theaters and clubs specializing in poetry and music where he presents original Zen Dada performances in his unmistakable style "Jazzoetry." As a photographer he specializes in portraits of famous literati's and artists such as Borges, Bowles, Ionesco, Paz, Warhol, Raushenberg etc. As a video documentarian he wrote produced and filmed a five part documentary for European TV called "Rhythms and Rituals in Bali."

Tom Sanders grew up in the Mississippi delta to become a rolling stone and a journalist. The profession allowed him the opportunity to travel a considerable amount of the planet and live in such diverse places as Miami, Guam, London, New York and Tokyo. He made the pilgrimage to Graceland, toured Imelda Marcos' closet, resisted the urge to flip a coin on the cadaver's forehead at Lenin's tomb, and drank rum with the deceased Hemingway while watching the sunrise over the writer's grave in Idaho. He reacted to his mid-life crisis by dropping out and buying a historic and dilapidated old hotel on a remote Florida barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. The experience provided him with plenty of colourful characters and background for his writing endeavours. It also drove him nuts. Recovered now, he lives in Frankfurt, Germany, where he is an excellent houseboy for his Yorkshire wife Raspberry Tart when he is not hanging out with his friend The Real Kramer in Manhattan. He wishes he could live underwater. He spends his days with his faithful basset hound Barnaby, seeking inspiration, and trying to write something worthwhile before he gets sucked into the cosmic hereafter.

Path (of grieving)

Michael Rothenberg


John Aiello has written extensively on the Beat Generation since 1988. Aside from his work as a journalist, Aiello has written some 15,000 poems. Working mostly in pocket notebooks, Aiello blends the short lines of William Carlos Williams with the word fever of the late Jack Kerouac. "Writing is truly a sacred practice," Aiello once wrote in an essay. "The blank page like an altar like a new-born planet of infinite dimension. Images at once grow wings and twist into 'sound', perfect and sleek, moving through the holy mysteries of the eye. A truly sacred practice that, in the end, has defied all practical explanation." Presently, Aiello is adapting a newspaper article he wrote about the murder of his paternal grandfather into a feature film script.

Jeff Bryant was born and raised in Alabama but finally escaped from the clutches of the South a few years ago. After a harrowing cross-country move, he now lives in San Diego where he is an editor at the former Academic Press. He has published fiction, poetry, and essays--both in print and on the Web. A book of poems is due out in the winter of 2002. You can read more of his writing at

Richard Denner lives near Sebastopol, California, where he is a poet-in-the-schools. He was for many years the proprietor of Fourwinds Bookstore and Café in Ellensburg, Washington, and the manager of a Tibetan Buddhist Dharma store for Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. "Collected Poems: 1961-2000" has recently been released by Comrades Press. You are welcome to visit his website:

Brentley Frazer is an Australian-born experimental poet and artist. Poetry, text and visual work have appeared in many notable anthologies, journals, periodicals and exhibitions internationally--the most recent ones being Exquisite Corpse Journal of Letters and PaperTiger New World Poetry #1. Brentley is also editor and designer of Retort Magazine - Journal of New International Art + Literature.

Robert Gibbons' prose poems have appeared in The 2River View, The American Journal of Print, Conspire, The Drunken Boat, Evergreen, Exquisite Corpse, Frank, Gargoyle, In Posse Review, Janus Head, Linnaean Street, The Literary Review, pith, Slow Trains, Small Spiral Notebook, Stirring, & Tatlin's Tower. A third chapbook of prose poems, This Vanishing Architecture, was published in October by Innerer Klang Press, Charlestown, MA.

Jesse Glass has lived in Japan for eight years. His poetry, prose and performance work has appeared in Hambone, Angel Exhaust, and Shearsman. His books include Song to Arepo, Against The Agony of Matter, The Book of Doll, and Make Death Die, all available from Revanche-Hoya Publications His website is

Hammond Guthrie: The artist got his start in the submerged community when he collaborated with a number of luminaries, including Del Close; director of The Committee and 2nd City, Philo T. Farnsworth III; son of the inventor of television, Liam O'Gallagher, William Seward Burroughs III, John 'Hoppy' Hopkins of the Arts Lab in London, and Robert Jasper Grootveld; mentor for the Amsterdam Provos. Hammond's non-representational paintings are represented by Vorpal Gallery, 393 Grove Street in San Francisco. Forthcoming publications: AsEverWas - memoirs of a beat survivor from SAF Publications in London (October 2002). Publisher queries welcomed at: Web links:

The 3rd Page (a journal of ongrowing natures)
The Anti-Journal
How To Speak Hip
The Mundane Journal

The poetry of Tom Hibbard printed here is a chapter ("assent") from a long poem currently titled "gessom." He has had other chapters printed in Shampoo, Can We Have Our Ball Back, Word For Word, and Moria.

Martin Rutley, from England, is 28 years old and has been writing poetry for several years now. He is influenced by several writers, though largely those of the Beat Generation.

Dan Raphael had two books published in 2001--Showing Light a Good Time (Jazz Police Books, recently reviewed in American Book Review) and Greatest Hits (Pudding House). He performs regularly with local jazz musicians, and hopes to have a CD of poetry performance out this year.

Willie Smith has been a frequent contributor to Exquisite Corpse since 1990. He has been published in several other magazines such as Mississippi Mud, Nerve Cowboy, Poetry Motel, Libido, and Amelia. Willie's novel Oedipus Cadet is available from Black Heron Press. He was a guest faculty member at Naropa Institute in 1995. Doesn't know anybody, doesn't blow anybody (unless of course LARGE sums are involved).


Keith Gottschalk teaches political studies at the University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town. He has published over 140 poems. His first collection came out in 1992, "Emergency Poems".

Steve Ellis was born in a deep, northward-thrusting inlet of the Atlantic coastal plain leading out of the Permian Age, through the First Matter of the Other Side via the Greater Vehicle of the Inclusive Soul, to the Jabirian instrumentality that measures the levitational tendency of quality to hover indefinitely within an inch or two of its originating substance. Educated to "bovine tuning" in the usual dirt-poor rural bathospheric blackboard-encrusted schoolhouses of meso-America, he saw, he came, he went away, and returned in 1974 as Patty Hearst. She has since been writing under the pseudonym of what the less fully actualized Mr. Ellis might call My Real Name. She has edited, with Stephen Dignazio, twenty-six issues of the periodical that, from 1992 through 1996, as well as over one hundred broadsides, pamphlets and fascicles under the imprint Oasis Press (1994 to present). Her books include Interface (Jensen/Daniels 1999), The Long and Short of It (Spuyten Duyvil 1999) and A Natural History of Suchness (Auguste Press 2001). In 1999, she founded the Mercy Seat Collective, an Egyptian Vibration Orchestra with Marxian overtones, intending its members - limitless in possible number - to become heart-felt instruments through which the source of the Eleusinian Mysteries might be recovered as the pure music of an immediate head arrangement. She has lived in a variety of locations along the easternmost Appalachian shelf, visited herself forcefully upon that area colloquially called The Orient, and currently lives, with her seven-inch clitoris, in a deserted schoolhouse dubbed "Mount Olympus" on a hill in southeast Ohio, with her fabulous companion, the Greek ex-chorus girl and potnia qhrwn, Carol Thompson.

Kent Johnson is translator, with Forrest Gander, of Immanent Visitor: Selected Poems of Jaime Saenz, forthcoming in fall, 2002 from California UP, and translator, with Alexandra Papaditsas, of The Miseries of Poetry: Versions from the Greek, forthcoming from Skanky Possum Press, also in fall of 2002. With Javier Alvarez, Kent is the caretaker of Tosa Motokiyu's Araki Yasusada manuscripts. He teaches English composition and Spanish at Highland Community College, in Freeport, Illinois.

Renaissance History

Karl Young: 24 books of Karl Young's poetry have been published so far. Like many poets, Young wouldn't mind un-publishing some of them, but since most are now out of print, it doesn't matter much. The most important work included in anthologies in recent years have been "Book Forms" in Poems for the Millennium, Vol. 2 and "Notation and the Art of Reading" in A Book of the Book. "Notation" has been reprinted numerous times and translated into four languages so far. This essay forms the foundation of Young's forthcoming book of criticism, Only As Painted Images In Your Books Have We Come To Be Alive In This Place, scheduled for publication by Chax Press next year. The title is from the Cantares Mexicanos, Aztec oral poems transcribed in Nahuatl using the Roman alphabet shortly after the conquest of Mexico. To Young this body of songs forms a water table for American poetry. The book comprises essays on poetry, including manufacture and production of books, and how they were read from ancient times through the new books being created electronically on the world wide web. Essays on individual poets appear in this context. Young began publishing mimeo and ad-hoc letterpress in 1966. He moved to cottage industry offset in 1971, publishing books under the Membrane Press imprint until 1990, when he changed the press name to Light and Dust. Link: Light and Dust Anthology of Poetry.


Mark Beers: E-mail: Age: 21. Hometown: Orillia, Ontario, CAN. Occupation: Blackjack Dealer. Hobbies: music (Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Pulp, Tom Waits), film (David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson), reading (Franz Kafka, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Norman Mailer, William Shakespeare).

Hammond Guthrie

Mary Sands

Mark Spitzer swamps Cajunly downsouth avec Exquisite Corpse (Asst. Ed. of) translating Rimbaud, Celine, Bataille, Cendrars & coughing up novels like Chum and Bottom Feeder on yr dial. Mark also has a site here.

Karl Young


Brett R. Dionysius directed the Subverse: Queensland Poetry Festival from 1997-2001. He is Assistant Editor of the papertiger CD-ROM new world poetry journal. His first book Fatherlands was published by Five Islands Press in 2000. He recently completed a discontinuous verse novel – Universal Andalusia on a New Work grant from the Australia Council. His second poetry collection, Bacchanalia, will be published in September 2002 (Interactive Press).


Vernon Frazer: His poetry and fiction have appeared in Café Review, First Intensity, Lost and Found Times, Massacre, Moria, Shampoo, Sidereality, and many other literary magazines. He has written six books of poetry. He introduced Improvisations (I-XXIV), his most recent poetry collection, at The Poetry Project at St. Mark s Church in Manhattan in 2001. Frazer has produced five recordings of poetry with free jazz accompaniment and appeared as guest poet on several recordings with the late saxophonist Thomas Chapin. Stay Tuned to This Channel, Frazer s collection of short fiction, finished as a finalist in the 1996 Black Ice/FC2 Fiction Contest. His most recent novel is Relic's Reunions. He recently finished editing an anthology of Post-Beat poetry for publication in the People s Republic of China. Commercial Fiction, Frazer's new novel, will be published in the fall.


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