Bios

Editor

Mary Sands Woodbury

 


Mary Sands Woodbury co-founded Jack Magazine, along with Michael Rothenberg, in the summer of 2000. She also maintains a  Beat Generation site. Mary has been editor of Jack, which is a small but interesting and imperfect literary magazine that creates an arc between her Beat site and Michael’s Big Bridge. She lives in “City of the Arts” Port Moody, in beautiful British Columbia. She is Outreach Director for an environmental non-profit organization that acts as a steward for the Fraser River, and recently opened a small press, Moon Willow Press. Mary is a graduate of Purdue University, with degrees in English and anthropology, and has interest in obtaining another degree in ocean or forest sciences — which means living to be 100.

Art

Andrew Abbott is lives in Maine most of the time, thanks to the goodwill of his family.  He is a proud veteran of the United States Army, and enjoys juggling and skateboarding.  He is represented by “Bambi Projects” in Philadelphia and “Gallery Susan Alexander” in California. He feels his paintings are reasonably priced in comparison with most artists.  Click here for his website.


Jeff Crouch

Jeff Crouch is an internet artist in Texas.

Johnnie Day Durand lives in Burlington VT, where she frequently performs an eclectic mix of music on keyboard and saw at clubs, coffee shops, and other venues.  She has composed scores and performed for theatrical productions such as Silent Invasion, Macbeth, the Musical and Hedwig the Angry Inch.  She has also composed music for a number of films and documentaries broadcast on ESPN such as Bud Greenspan; The Heart of the Games, Unsettled Scores, Vintage Negro League Baseball LIVE and Seventh Inning Stretch, featuring Pat DiNizio, Joan Jett, George Thorogood and Bruce Springsteen. In the past year, she rekindled a childhood love of making art by discovering a new passion for creating digital collage art. She often enjoys combining opposing images from classical art and the modern world, and titling her piece with a provocative quote in the aim of achieving a psychological, mythical, poetic or humorous affect. She has a terrific identical twin sister named Tess and is an avid film and coffee lover.  This marks her first time her collage work has appeared in a publication.

Diana Magallón

Diana Magallón is an experimental artist.

Valery Oisteanu. See bio in Fiction.

Jillian Piccirilli studied art and anthropology at Cornell University, where she was the recipient of the University’s Faculty Medal of Art and Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal of Art. Her work transverses a number of different mediums with a common interest in narrative, history, and expanding one’s sense of the real.

Features

Terri Carrión’s poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and photography has been published in many print magazines as well as online, including The Cream City Review, Hanging Loose, Pearl, Penumbra, Exquisite Corpse, Mangrove, Kick Ass Review, Exquisite Corpse, Jack, Mipoesia, Dead Drunk Dublin, and Physik Garden among others. Her collaborative poem with Michael Rothenberg, “Cartographic Anomaly”, was published in the anthology, Saints of Hysteria, A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry, and her chapbook “Lazy Tongue” was published by D Press in the summer of 2007. Her most recent projects includes collaborating on a trilingual Galician Anthology (from Galician to Spanish to English) and co-editing an online selection of the bi-lingual anthology of Venezuelan women writers, Profiles of Night, both appearing in BigBridge, for which she is assistant editor and art designer. Currently, she is learning how to play the accordion.

David Meltzer was raised in Brooklyn during the war years. He performed on radio and early TV on the Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour. He was exiled to L.A. at 16, and at 17  enrolled in an ongoing academy with artists Wallace Berman, George Herms, Robert Alexander, and Cameron. David migrated to San Francisco in 1957 for higher education with peers & maestros like Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, Joanne Kyger, Diane DiPrima, Michael McClure, Lew Welch, Philip Whalen, Jack Hirschman, and a cast of thousands all living extraordinary ordinary lives.  His Beat Thing, La Alameda Press, 2004, won the Josephine Miles PEN Award,  2005. He was editor and   interviewer for San Francisco Beat: Talking With The Poets, City Lights, 2001. With Steve Dickison, David co-edits Shuffle Boil,a magazine devoted to music in all its appearances & disappearances. 2005 saw the publication of David’s Copy: The Selected Poems of David Meltzer by Viking/Penguin, a collection spanning over forty years of work. It paints a vivid portrait of Meltzer’s life as a poet, through poems taken from thirty of his previous books of poetry. With a versatile style and playful tone, Meltzer offers his unique vision of civilization with a range of juxtapositions from Jewish mysticism and everyday life to jazz and pop culture. His website is at Meltzerville.com.

Francis Raven is a graduate student in philosophy at Temple University.  His books include Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), 5-Haifun: Of Being Divisible (Blue Lion Books, 2008), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007), Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox 2005) and the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005).  Francis lives in Washington DC; you can check out more of his work at his website: http://www.ravensaesthetica.com/.

Michael Rothenberg was born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1951, and has has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 30 years. He is co-founder of Shelldance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica, which is dedicated to the cultivation of orchids and bromeliads. He is a poet, painter, songwriter, and editor 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. He has published several poetry books, including work with Joanne Kyger and Philip Whalen. 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 most recent collection of poems is Choose, Selected Poems published by Big Bridge Press, 2009.

Fiction

Zdravka Evtimova was born in Bulgaria where she works as a literary translator. In her native country, she has published several books of fiction, and she has won the best fiction award of the Union of the Bulgarian Writers for her novel Thursday, 2003, the best novel of the year, and in 2000 for her novel Your Shadow Was My Home. Her short stories have appeared in American journals such as Antioch Review, Massachusetts Review, the anthology New Sudden Fiction as well as in various journals in 23 countries in the world including UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Austria, Japan, Russia, India, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Argentina, Turkey, Romania, New Zeeland, Nigeria, and Serbia.

Michael Graves

Michael Graves’ fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Velvet Mafia, Lodestar Quarterly, and Cherry Bleeds. His work is also showcased in the print anthologies, Eclectica Magazine’s Best Fiction Volume One, Best Gay Love Stories 2006, Cool Thing and Men to Men. One of his short stories was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and The Million Writers Award. Michael’s non-fiction book reviews and articles have been published in several publications such as Lambda Book Report, Philth Magazine, Edge Boston, and Grub Street’s Free Press. Another essay is featured in the collection, The Lost Library.Michael earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.He lives with his fiancé, Scott. Contact Michael at MBoyBlunder@AOL.COM.Visit Michael on the web at http://michaelgraves.blogspot.com/.

Dr. Gerald Keaney has written on a variety of topics from logic to the philosophy of avant-garde art. He performs in a punk band and lives in the humid but exciting city of Brisbane.

David Madgalene

David Madgalene is a writer living in Northern California.

Stephen Muret lives and writes in Raleigh, North Carolina. His work has appeared in Ducts, MicroHorror, Slow Trains Literary Journal, Unlikely Stories, Midnight Times, Alienskin, and, of course, Jack Magazine.

Valery Oisteanu

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. Immigrating to New York City in 1972, he has been writing in English for the past 38 years. He is the author of 11 books of poetry, a book of short fiction, and a book of essays: The AVANT-GODS. A new collection of poetry with collage illustrations titled Perks in Purgatory appeared in Fly by Night Press, 2009. For the past 10 years he has been a columnist at New York Arts Magazine, and an art critic for Brooklyn Rail and www.artnet.com. He is also a contributing writer for French, Spanish & Romanian art and literary magazines (La Page Blanche, Art.es, Viata Romaneasca, Observatorul Cultural, Contemporanul, Romania Literara etc.). As an artist he exhibits collages and assemblages on a regular basis at the galleries in New York, and also creates collages as covers and illustrations for books and magazines.

Julio Peralta-Paulino

Julio Peralta-Paulino is a writer currently at work on several projects. Recently, he has been using the STAEDLER pigment liner 0.3 pen and re-reading Ancient Evenings. His website is inkrealm.blogspot.com.

Bart Plantenga

bart plantenga is also the author of Wiggling Wishbone and Spermatagonia: The Isle of Man both published by Autonomedia. His book YODEL-AY-EE-OOOO: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World received worldwide attention. He is currently [not] working on a new novel, Paris Sex Tete, which lies around like an apathetic, half-clad, dissheveled paramour while his new book on yodeling Yodel in HiFi, will no doubt be a bread-winner of epiglottal proportions. His life has been defined by women, undignified employment [not unlike 98% of the rest of the world’s population], migration, lack of money and writing. His writing focuses on inequity, unempowerment, insatiable desire, the unentitled, the under-regarded, ignored and ineffable, which has led to a life of luxurious suffering and indellible indifference to profit. His radio show Wreck This Mess has been on the air since 1986, first on WFMU [NY], then Radio Libertaire [Paris], and finally Radio 100 and now Radio Patapoe [Amsterdam], the world’s most untamed and oldest pirate radio station. He lives in Amsterdam.

Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright was born in Melbourne, Australia, graduated in film production at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, was employed in various occupations, and traveled through 20 countries before settling in Mexico City in 1993. He lived and worked as a journalist before returning to Melbourne in 2001, where he completed an education diploma at the University of Melbourne and began work as a teacher. He returned to Mexico City in 2008. His fiction, journalism, poetry and photography have been published in Australia, China, England, Mexico, and the United States.

Non-Fiction

Born in Montreal, Canada, Spencer Bilodeau decided at the age of 2 months to move to Toronto, where he spent the rest of his life (except for a decade in the Pacific Northwest). Spencer has been a Naval reservist, restaurant manager, horseback stunt-rider, telemarketer, bartender and has worn about a million other hats. He also spins fire, plays the didgeridoo, and spends as much time outside as his schedule and bank account will let him. He describes himself as a Zen-Pagan-Anarchist.

Cecelia Chapman is an artist living in Northern California  who makes work that considers how we think and live, and examines the human hunger for adventure, mystery and illusion using the sites, persons and things around her. More on her website.

AE Reiff holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Texas where he was chief of horticulture at the Experimental Drug and Herb Garden. He has taught writing and literature at Fayetteville State University and Bishop College. He was a guest reader at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Renaissance metrics and Martin Marprelate, has written numerous articles on aberrations in the history of science and on the social and medicinal history of native southwest plants. These interests have continued in his Human Botany Review. He studied at the Seminario Biblico Latinamericano and the Philadelphia College of Bible and wrote a commentary on Book I of the Psalms, A Poetical Reading of the Psalms of David. He has published work on Blake, Stevens, Borges and Hopkins concerning their spiritual connections. His interest in English colonialism, substituting America for the Golden Age, the subject of his dissertation, has continued in many close studies of Pennsylvania German art, history and life. These have appeared in The Way Into the Flowering Heart (2005), online by that title with much added material, and in Pennsylvania Fathers, also online, with particular interest in  prophetic figures of 18th century Pennsylvania. He has written two volumes of poems, A Calendar of Poems: Encouragements for Such as Shall Have Intention to be Undertakers in the Planting (Austin, 1974) and Planet Three: Help Send This Book Into Space (Dallas, 1985). Many essays and fictions have appeared  in print and online in recent years.

Linda Rogers

Linda Rogers is known as a “loose cannon,” “shit disturber,” “passionate advocate” or “pain in the ass,” depending on your perspective. As a poet, novelist, journalist, and songwriter she has a not so hidden agenda and that is to agitate for a better world.The Poet Laureate of Victoria and former President of the BC Federation of Writers and League of Canadian Poets is the grandmother of four and the wife of awesome mandolin player Rick van Krugel. She has jumped off Baba Daji, the highest mountain in western Turkey (with a handsome Turkish man), eaten a scorpion, danced with the stars, and told off some frightening politicians. Her latest books are Muscle Memory, poems, and The Empress Letters, fiction. This fall, The Third Day Book, second in the Empress trilogy, will be released.

William Sands lives in Indiana and makes the best pizza in the world. He is a jack-of-all-trades and excels not only in pizza-making but cooking in general, fixing cars, building speaker systems, and computer networking. He has been a NT Workstation MS Certified Professional since 1999, and graduated from Clark University in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Poetry/prose

Daniel Ari wrestles with language just about all the time through poetry, non-fiction, performance, song, professional copywriting and facilitating creative writing jam sessions.

Marcia Arrieta enjoys used bookstores and contemplates life from her canyon home in Pasadena, California, always ready for a trip to the sea.  Her work appears in So to  Speak, Osiris, Otoliths, Big Scream, Melusine,alice blue, and anything anymore anywhere.  An Uncommon Accord (toadlily press) contains her chapbook the curve against the linear. She edits and publishes Indefinite Space, a poetry journal–www.indefinitespace.net.

M Bromberg

M Bromberg’s poetry has been read on A Prairie Home Companion. His work has appeared in Literary Kicks, Brick, Off Peachtree magazine, Atlanta Gazette, and many small press publications in the Southeast. Currently he maintains a reading blog, Bellemeade Books, with an emphasis on contemporary fiction and poetry.

Landon K. Brown is a 28-year-old living in Dallas, Texas. He has his law license in both California and Texas. Landon has studied film production, sociology, and philosophy. He writes poetry and short prose, and has been published in University English Journal, TCU magazine, among others. Landon enjoys literature, film, and travel. Landon also manages a prominent graphic designer based out of San Francisco, California.

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Vernon Frazer has published sixteen books of poetry, three books of fiction and three recordings of poetry with musical accompaniment. His web site is http://vernonfrazer.net.

Carlos Hiraldo

Tom Hibbard’s recent work has appeared in Cricket (poetry), Word For/ Word (reviews of Philip Whalen’s collected poems and Derrida’s Monolingualism of the Other.  The Derrida review also appeared in Jacket.  A long piece on Linear/Nonlinear appeared in the 2007 issue of Big Bridge.  A 2008 book of poetry, Place of Uncertainty, is available online at Otoliths storefront.
Carlos Hiraldo’s book Segregated Miscegenation was published by Routledge in February 2003. His poems have been accepted by The New York Quarterly, The View from Here, Arizona State University’s Bilingual Review, Struggle, Latino Stuff Review, the Indian journal Taj Mahal Review, and the British Journals Other Poetry and Fire. They have also appeared on the following electronic journals: Clickable Poems, Facets, Plumb Biscuit, 3rd Muse Poetry Journal, and Timbook Tu. He’s currently a professor of English at LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York. While receiving his PhD in English Literature from Stony Brook University, he was co-editor for four years of the school literary magazine, Snark: A Journal of Poetry & Translations.

 

Thomas McDade

 

Thomas McDade lives in Monroe, Connecticut and works as a close-to-obsolescence Business Basic programmer in the plumbing supply house industry.  He is married: no children, no pets.  He served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy.  Physiognomy in Letters, Angelic Dynamo, and Centaur have recently published his work.

Rodney Nelson

Rodney Nelson is a veteran poet that went through a twenty-two year silence, writing only fiction. He has worked as a book and fiction editor and lives in the northern Great Plains. There is an entry in the Poets & Writers directory, which gives an outline of the publishing history.

Joanne Lowery’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Eclipse, Smartish Pace, Cimarron Review, roger, Atlanta Review, and Poetry East. Her most recollection is Jack: A Beanstalk Life from Snark Publishing. She lives in Michigan.

Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of some twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, his most recent titles are the poetry collections gifts (Talonbooks), a compact of words (Salmon Poetry, Ireland), wild horses (University of Alberta Press) and a second novel, missing persons (The Mercury Press). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds), The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com. He will be spending much of the next year in Toronto.

Sheila Murphy

Sheila Murphy’s most recent book publications include Reverse Haibun. Chalkeditions. 2009; Circumsanct. Chalkeditions. 2009; Quaternity (with Scott Glassman). Otoliths Press. 2009; and how to spell the sound of everything (with mIEKAL aND). Xerox Sutra Editions. 2009. with K.S. Ernst, she created Permutoria from Luna Bisonte Press, 2008, a collection of visio-textual poetry. Her home is in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ashok Niyogi was born in Calcutta in 1955. He was schooled all over India in Irish Christian Brothers’ Schools and graduated with Honors in Economics from Presidency College, Calcutta. Ashok spent 30 years in the world of International Commerce, and has lived and worked in East Europe, Russia, the CIS and South East Asia. His work has taken him all over the world and he now divides his time between California where his two daughters live, and India. Ashok has two books of poetry in India—Crossroads and Reflections in the Dark (both from A-4 Publications) and one book of poems from the USA—Tentatively (iUniverse). He has been published extensively on line and in print in India, the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Holland etc.

Farida Samerkhanova

Farida Samerkhanova lives in Toronto, Ontario and is the head of a big family: four generations reside under one roof. She plays chess, collects coins, and skates. When she was 4 years old, her mom taught her a small poem which she recited in kindergarten: “Good morning, good morning, good morning to you! Good morning, good morning! I am glad to see you!” Her studying of English began. Farida’s letters to the editor appeared in the magazines Elle Canada, Canadian Stories, and Canadian Immigrant. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published by Canadian Stories; Inscribed~A Magazine for Writers,The Maynard, Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, blueskiespoetry.ca, Danse Macabre, Seeding the Snow, The Write Place at the Write Time, Calliope, Word Salad Poetry Magazine, Tower Poetry, Of(f)Course – A Literary Journal, The Recusant (the UK), LanguageandCulture.net, Other Clutter, Poetry Super Highway, The Legendary, Lit Up Magazine, and All Girl Thing. More information is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farida_Samerkhanova .

Kami Blue is a graphic designer and the online editor/webmaster for Penny Dreadful—the online literary magazine from Michael Malefica Pendragon.

Jayne Lyn Stahl

Jayne Lyn Stahl is a widely published poet, essayist, and PEN American Center member.  Her new collection of poetry, Riding with Destiny, from NYQ Books, is available at: http://www.nyqbooks.org/title/ridingwithdestiny.

Dee Sunshine is an artist, writer, musician, and new-age gypsy.  He has been on the road, traveling in Europe and Asia since August 2006, and intends to carry on until his legs or his heart wears out (or until he runs out of money).  He is the author of two print poetry collections, The Bad Seed (Stride, 1998) and Dropping Ecstasy With The Angels (Bluechrome, 2004); and one novel, Stealing Heaven From The Lips Of God (Bluechrome, 2004).  He edited the charity poetry anthology,The Book Of Hopes And Dreams (Bluechrome, 2006).  His third poetry collection, Visions Of The Drowning Man (Obooko, 2009) has been published as a free e-book.  His latest publication is “Red Dreams And Razorblades: Collected Poems, 1980 – 2005″ (Obooko, 2009), also a free e-book.  Dee edits The AA Independent Press Guide, a free online directory of magazines and publishers, hosted on his website at http://www.thunderburst.co.uk, alongside a host of useful writers’ resources as well as a port-folio of his art and a selection of his poetry.  His art is frequently used in magazines and internet zines, and has graced the book jackets of collections by Janet Buck, Clarinda Harriss, Rupert Loydell, Norman Jope, and many others. Dee’s art is now available on t-shirts, posters, cards, and assorted gift items via his CafePress shop.  In his spare time (what little there is), Dee likes to compose ambient & experimental electronica music.  You can listen to his more laid-back ambient grooves here, or, if you’ve got a stronger stomach, to his experimental soundscapes here.  You can contact Dee by email at dee@thunderburst.co.uk.

Charles D. Tarlton is a retired professor of political theory now living in the hills above Oakland, California. After years of writing about Thomas Hobbes, Machiavelli, and the like, he has returned to the youthful love of poetry.  The selections here are from a larger work titled Definitionals.

Jon Watson jon watson is a pine
tree river sentachi
yamabushi samana
bhikku forest beatnik
grunge jumper sun
tribe poet from
scotland

Anthony Wright (see bio in the Fiction section).

Video

Cecelia Chapman (see bio in Fiction section).

Donna Kuhn

Donna Kuhn is an author, poet, dancer, and visual and video artist. Her experimental videos have been shown at The Disposable Film Festival, The New York Independent Film and Video Festival, The Santa Cruz Digital Arts Festival, The Mountain Arts Center and online at DVblog, PostVideo Art, Disturb The Peace TV, Hyperrhiz, City Gallery, ArtFemTV, Moving Poems, Oregon Literary Review, and Mad Hatter’s Review, Harvard’s Infinity Show/Visual Poetry.