Mary Sands lives near Laguna Beach, California. She barely runs Beat Generation News these days, and has published articles in Rain Taxi, Kerouac Rag, and The Kerouac Connection. She has been a web designer for Big Bridge, and worked with Ira Cohen and Robert La Vigne on large art cyber-spectives. Mary is also a freelance editor for Trafford books. She has been a part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Dana Point, and currently is a member of the Surfrider Foundation. She spends her time looking for real work and talking to old beach hippies about stuff.

Contributing Editor

Michael Rothenberg, Photograph by Terri CarrionMichael Rothenberg is a poet, songwriter, and editor, and co-founder of Big Bridge Press and Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else. He is also co-editor and co-founder of Jack Magazine, a literary publication that relates to, but expands beyond, the beat generation.

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), and Favorite Songs (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1990). 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 a broadside in limited edition by Hatch Show Prints, as part of the museum resources of The Country Music Foundation. His new book of poems, Unhurried Visions, will be published by La Alameda Press in the fall of 2003. 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 editor of Overtime: Selected Poems by Philip Whalen (Viking Penguin, 1999) and, most recentlym As Ever: Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger (Penguin Books), published in the summer of 2002. His novel Punk Rockwell was published recently by Tropical Press, and his The Paris Journals was published by Fish Drum, Inc., in 2000.


Matt Scott, feature artist whose surf paintings and art grace the front page and all the major sections, says that he is basically a surfer who paints. He lives and surfs in the South Bay, in southern California. He has surfed in Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, and Hawaii and has been surfing for about 35 years. He has painted and drawn all his life and is always learning. He recently had a show in Manhattan Beach at the Arden. Matt can be contacted at For ordering information on any of his work, see his web site.

Pamela Dewey's work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, and in publications including Native Americas, Terre Nova, and Blender.


Kevin OpstedalKevin Opstedal: Born and raised in Venice, California, he is the editor of numerous sub-radar poetry journals and author of 12 books of poetry, the most recent being Variable High Cloudiness (The Dozens, Santa Ynez, CA), 9th & Ocean (Auguste Press, San Francisco, CA) and Next to Dreaming, or The Phone Never Rang (Angry Dog, Colorado Springs, CO).

"A retired US Army colonel at a reading I gave in La Jolla said that I had eyes crazed by a thousand years of killing whales. I took it as a compliment."


Jnana Hodson's web-zine appearances this year include poems in Ascent Experience, Comrades, Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, Opossum Holler Tarot, Kota, Pierian Springs, Spoken War, TMP Irregular, and 3rd Muse. She says, "Now that I’m married again and living 'out East,' I’ve built and filled twenty raised garden beds, plus a shrubbery berm. Even such a plan, we find, soon fills out with design we never intended."

EssaysAnthony Wright: Photo by Eric Wolf, Mexico City

Anthony Wright grew up in Melbourne, Australia, obtained a film degree and traveled in 20 countries before settling in Mexico in 1992, where he became a journalist. He returned to Melbourne in 2001, obtained a teaching degree, and currently works as a teacher. He has published fiction in and completed his first novel, a Generation X occult road adventure set in the ‘90s called The Genexistentialist. Contact:

Stacy Elaine Dacheux is originally from Massachusetts, but considers herself Southern. She received her BA at the University of Alabama in 2001 and is currently enrolled at Naropa University as an MFA Candidate. She has finished a collaboration with writer Brian Evenson in addition to collecting food stamps.


Vladik Cervantes is a Los Angeles based writer/poet whose work has appeared in The Silverlake Local, Damaged Goods, Circle Magazine, Flipside Magazine, and The Lummox Journal, among others. Lately he has opened his work to online publications such as Retort Magazine, 3AM Magazine, Newtopia, Outsider Ink, and Streetnotes (the online exhibition of XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics). His latest chapbook, entitled Poignant Torsi, is available at his official website,, along with a wide variety of his other work, including his interview with LA Times' best-selling author Pleasant Gehman, which is scheduled to appear in 3AM Magazine this year. You may reach Vladik at

Jen Cullerton: Since 2000, I have worked for the Japanese Ministry of Education. I work in a small village named Asahi Mura where I am the only English teacher for six elementary schools and one junior high school and adult education classes. My short stories, articles, and poetry have been published in the States and in Argentina in such magazines as The Portland Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Coe Review, Owen Webster Review, The Pedestal Magazine,, Writing, Tapestries, Melic Review, Buenos Aires Herald, the Amethyst Review, Onionhead, Another Sun, Celtic Review, George's, Red River Review, Nexus and others. My articles on Japan and Japanese culture can be found at Big Diakon, Freezerbox, Heights, University of Virginia's Iris Journal, Asian Pop Studies, and Feminina. I have translated Argentine poets, such as Fernando Olszanski, into English. I co-authored an English-Italian grammar book called Verbi Inglesi. In 1997 I was invited to attend the Southern Women's Writer conference and spent a month at Bennington College's writer's workshop. I have a M.Ed. in Curriculum in Development for Secondary and Upper Elementary Schools, and am pursuing an MFA in Non-Fiction from the University of New Orleans' low residency program. Before I relocated to Japan, I was a multicultural writer and editor for Chicago Public Schools (K-12). I worked on a publication series called Arab Heritage Resource Guide for Teachers and Students (K-12). Before that I taught high school literature, Spanish, and a bilingual classroom.

Neil Smith is an internationally known and respected man of letters. He has stories in Suspect Thoughts, Outsider Ink, 3 am Magazine, Atomic Petals, Bastard Fiction, and Planet Magazine. He begs to differ and lives in Seattle. He can be reached at

Tom SandersTom 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 has 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 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. Tom welcomes feedback from those who read his stories at

D. Harlan Wilson

D. Harlan Wilson’s fiction has appeared in a number of American, British and Australian magazines, among them Identity Theory, Redsine, Samsara Quarterly, The Café Irreal, The Dream Zone, Fables, Locus Novus, Thunder Sandwich, Minima, Wildclown Chronicle, Absurdism!, and 3 A.M. Magazine. He has published two books, The Kafka Effekt and 4 Ellipses, and his third book, Stranger on the Loose, will be out soon. Currently Wilson teaches composition and literature at Michigan State University. (D. Harlan Wilson’s official website:

Anthony Wright (click here for bio).

PathTucker Marolf

Tucker Marolf is an almost-graduated film student at Chapman University. He is currently in post-production for his thesis film and developing three screen plays in a vain attempt to somehow make it in Hollywood. He will be content if he lands a sweet pad in Dollywood.

Most often he can be found talking about himself to anyone or no one depending on the time of day, and he runs (and by “runs” he means “owns rights to the domain name and did some Dreamweaver work for 15 minutes back in June of 2002 but hasn’t touched it since") (and here's his e-mail). His short film Exit from the spring of 2002 can be found there. He also enjoys having canaries sit on his head… it’s a fetish thing. Leave him alone.


Terri CarrionTerri Carrion was conceived in Venezuela, born in New York, raised in Los Angeles, and currently lives in Hollywood, Florida. She is working on her MFA at Florida International University where she edits Gulf Stream magazine. Other poems are forthcoming in Slipstream, Mangrove, Pearl, and Hanging Loose.



Colin DoddsColin Dodds grew up in Central Massachusetts. After a brief stint out West, he completed his formal education in New York City. He currently works as a journalist and lives in Brooklyn, New York, by the river. His first book of poems and first CD, The Last Man on the Moon (Medium Rare Publishing, Medium Rare Records), came out in 2002. "These words are in the air that we breathe, the experience that we ignore, the fear that creeps up on us through the T.V.," says The Lewiston Quarterly. Paperback, 102 pp. $10; CD, 40 mins., $8. Shipping included. Order from Medium Rare Publishing or ISBN: 0-9721805-0-8. More books from Colin are on their way.

Rich Furman
, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. His poetry has been published or is soon to be published in Red Rock Review, Colere, Pearl, Hawai’i Review, Black Bear Review, The Journal of Poetry Therapy, Poetry Motel, Penn Review, and well over 100 poems in nearly 100 literary journals His work has been described as neither street nor beat nor meat nor academic, but an emotionally evocative mix of styles that can be brutally imagistic or powerfully terse. His scholarly writing is concerned with social work ethics, international social work, friendship, social work theory, and social work practice. He teaches group and practice courses in the BSW and MSW programs. He is married to a wonderful woman who has more freckles than there are craters on the moon, has two children, loves to mountain bike, and is slightly obsessed with his two spectacular, drooling American bulldogs. He loves Vietnamese beef noodle soup, Pho, and would gratefully accept any express mailed shipments of it from regions afar. You can’t find it in the plains of northern Colorado. Mostly, he just likes to live as fully as possibly. He welcomes feedback, comments and dialogue about his work. His first chapbook of poetry, of only average intent, was printed by Snorting Dog Press in 2002. He is currently seeking a publisher for his first full-length book, The Trotting Race of Time, 72 pages of poems that deal subtlety with the social conditions in Latin America, alienation, and triumph. He is also working on a anthology of poetry about friendship.

Jack Galmitz was born in New York City in 1951. He is married and lives with his wife and stepson in Elmhurst, New York. His first book of poetry, a collection of haiku titled The Effects of Light, was published this year by AHA Online Books.

Candy GourlayCandy M. Gourlay was born on a windy day in the autumn of 1973 in South Africa, where she still works, writes, and lives with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared in print and online in numerous publications worldwide, including Beatnik Journal, Extraverse, Platinum Poetry, Poems Niederngasse, Reflections Journal, Slow Trains, Taj Mahal Review, Tapestry, The Breath, Thought Fragments, Wide Thinker, and elsewhere. She has also been published in the NAWW Writer's Guide (National Association of Woman Writers, US), and is a finalist in the Poetry Institute of Africa Annual Awards. Upcoming publications in 2003 include Feminine Writes Anthology, Flaming Asian Ink, Golden Thread Anthology, Little Brown Poetry Print Anthology and Online Journal, Peshekee River Poetry, Side Reality, and Wired Art from Wired Hearts. Her debut work of creative nonfiction, Story of a Girl, is scheduled for publication late next year. You may reach Candy at

Hammond Guthrie lives in Portland, Oregon where he is working on Biopathic Tendencies, the follow-up volume to his recently released book of memoirs, AsEverWas from SAF Publications, in London. Hammond's artwork is represented by the Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco. E-mail contact:

Jayne Fenton Keane is the author of two poetry books, Torn (Plateau Press 2000) and Ophelia's Codpiece (Post Pressed 2002), with another, The Transparent Lung, due for release in 2003. Please visit JFK's award winning multi-media website The Stalking Tongue Book II; Slamming The Sonnet at, and sign the guestbook.

Corey Mesler is the owner of Burke’s Book Store, in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He has published poetry and fiction in numerous journals including Pindeldyboz, Orchid, Black Dirt, Thema, Mars Hill Review, Poet Lore, and others. He is also a book reviewer for The Memphis Commercial Appeal. A short story of his has been chosen for the 2002 edition of New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best, edited by Shannon Ravenel, published by Algonquin Books. His first novel, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue, has just been released. He is now at work on a collection of linked stories, built from poorly remembered history and bent mythology. Most importantly, he is Toby and Chloe’s dad and Cheryl’s husband.

Shelia MurphySheila Murphy: Her most recent full-length books include The Stuttering of Wings (Stride Press, UK, 2002) and Heresiarch (Xtant/Anabasis, 2002). Work appears widely. Her work has been said to have a wide range of styles. She tries to accomplish different things when she creates particular works, notably book-length ones. For example, in the book Teth (Chax Press, 1991), she worked on the principle of “9” and created 81 pages of text, each page having 81 words. That sacred 3 x 3 was in the forefront of her mind, and of course Teth is the ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. More of Sheila's work can be found at

Aidan SemmensAidan Semmens is a journalist in Suffolk, England. Back in the mid-1970s he chaired the Cambridge Poetry Society and co-edited three issues of Perfect Bound magazine (now rated by John Tranter's Jacket as"influential"). He had small press books published in England in 1978 and 1987 (both long out of print), and appeared in a number of little mags. He then stopped writing poetry for 15 years. He started again about a year ago, and has work currently online at two English poetry sites, Great Works and Stride. He says: "If one has to pin labels on, I suppose I'd own up to 'modernist,' but I detest the whole 'Cambridge school' thing that seems to go with that on this side of the pond." His own website, Sylly Suffolk, is devoted to medieval churches.

Jayne Lyn StahlJayne Lyn Stahl is an adjunct instructor of English at several universities such as Queens College of the City University of New York, Quincy College, Newbury College, and Fisher College; most recently she has taught English Composition and Literature at Los Angeles Valley College. Her original poetry has appeared in such national anthologies and magazines as Stiffest of the Corpse (City Lights Books), City Lights Review: 2, Exquisite Corpse, Pulpsmith, The New York Quarterly, The Jacaranda Review, Mouth, Beatitude: 33, Earth’s Daughters, The Niagara Review and, most recently, Sic: Vice & Verse. For Jack, a poem dedicated to Jack Michelene, January, 2000 issue of Big Bridge. She has poem published in German, in LA Woman, a German anthology of American women poets, edited by Oliver Bopp, published in 2000. She is the author of Blue Herring, a three-act play about the relationship between French poets Rimbaud and Verlaine, which had staged readings at Beyond Baroque in March, 1998, in Venice, California, and in New York. She was the host, organizer, and a participant in a memorial poetry reading for Gregory Corso, held at Beyond Baroque in October, 2001, which featured Frank Rios, Lewis MacAdams, John Thomas, Gerald Nicosia, Neeli Cherkovsky, Jack Hirschman, John Thomas, Philomene Long, and others. She is the author of feature-length screenplay, Shakespeare & Company, currently in development. Jayne is a full member of PEN USA, and PEN American Center. A sample poem, and bio, may be found online at (Writer’s Register is funded by WESTAF, and the National Endowment for the Arts). You may reach Jayne at

Carolyn Welch is a native sunshine lover and digs tea, pinyon nuts, and sushi. She likes to bask in mystery, but will admit that she is buying a capuchin monkey, and hopes it won't bite her or attack her neighbors.

Anthony Wright (click here for bio).


Surfrider Foundation news.


Ben Marcus: See more of Ben's work at Cinema San Francisco.


Allan Graubard is a poet, playwright, and critic. His current project, From the Mylar Chamber: Photos of Ira Cohen, is scheduled for release, spring 2001, L'Eclat/Kargo Editions, Paris, France. His recent book, Fragments From Nomad Days, April 1999, is soon to be published in translation in Lisbon, Portugal, Prague, Czech Republic, and Zagreb, Croatia. It is featured on the web sites and Other books include For Alejandra, on the suicide of South American poet Alejandra Pizarnik, 1994, and Glimpses from a fleeing window, 1993, published by New York Press. His poems and texts are translated into Croatian, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Recent theater works include Lache pas la Patate at Bayou Bijou Theater, Lafayette, Louisiana, August 1999 (on tour), and The One in the Other at Synchronicity Space Theater, New York, May 1998 (for reprise in Washington, D.C. in 2001). His adaptation of King Gordogan, by Radovan Ivsic, opened to acclaim at the Ohio Theater, New York, February 1997. To celebrate the American premiere, Croatian P.E.N. Center, Zagreb, published his adaptation of the play, with extensive essays on the playwright. Modette, his new music opera with noted composer/conductor Butch Morris, last played at Aaron Davis Hall, New Voices, New Visions Series, May 1995, after premiering at Performance Space 122, Roulette Intermedia Performance Space, and other downtown NY venues (for reprise in Italy, 2001). Other stage productions include There was blood, much blood, at Manhattan Class Company Theatre, The Test and The Ampulla at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the on-site performance Sojourns in the Public Trust on tour, 1992-1997.

He has collaborated with many noted creators, including composers Butch Morris, Henry Threadgil, Sussan Deyhim, Richard Horowitz, J. A. Dean, and Hugh Levick; choreographers, Alice Farley and Anahi Galante; artists Eugenio Granell, Jose Sanchez, Yo Yoshitome, and Peter Whitney; photographers Clarence John Laughlin, Ira Cohen, Leslie Yudelson, and others. Allan Graubard appears in literary and art journals internationally, and is a recipient of grants to produce new work from Ford Foundation and Poets & Writers, Inc., New York.

Mary Sands (click here for bio).


Mary Sands (click here for bio). 


Márton Koppány is a translator and editor living in Budapest, Hungary. During the last few years he has been working on different collections of "experimental" poetry and related essays for two small publishers (one in Bratislava and one in Budapest). Some products of this activity can now be seen at, a bilingual subsite run by Karl Young and Marton--and hosted by Karl's Light and Dust as well as at 3rd Page,, a small collection of his series. All of them were written in the 80's and 90's, published first in The Abiko Quarterly (Japan), Lost and Found Times, Synaesthetic, Indefinite Space, Essex, LVNG, and republished in book(let) form by the following presses: Coracle Press (England), Runaway Spoon Press, Florida, and Kalligram, Bratislava--and exhibited-performed at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee. His new book is forthcoming at Ahadada Books You may reach him at