Michael Rothenberg, Editor
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"Rothenberg's PUNK ROCKWELL follows and breaks all the rules of fiction simultaneously. A slow-motion, spiraling bullet aimed right between the eyes...original with a capital O."
-Michael Largo, author Southern Comfort
"Michael Rothenberg has one of those
genius takes on language. . .
-Jack Collom, author 8-Ball
-David Meltzer author The Agency Trilogy
-Lyn Hejinian, Author
|Born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1951, Michael Rothenberg 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, a literary publication that relates to, but expands beyond, the beat generation.
He has published several poetry books: What The Fish Saw (Twowindows Press, CA, 1984), Nightmare Of The Violins (Twowindows Press, CA, 1986), Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1988), Favorite Songs (Big Bridge Press, CA, 1990), The Paris Journals (Fish Drum, Inc, 2000), Monk Daddy (Blue Press, 2003), Grown Up Cuba (IL Bagatto Press, Amsterdam 2003) and Unhurried Vision (La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press, 2003). He is also the author of the novel Punk Rockwell (Tropical Press, 2000).
Editorial projects include Overtime, Selected Poems by Philip Whalen (Penguin Books), As Ever, Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger (Penguin Books), David's Copy, Selected Poems by David Meltzer (Penguin Books), Way More West, Selected Poems of Edward Dorn (Penguin Books, 2007) and The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen published by Wesleyan University Press, 2007.
His songs have appeared in Hollywood Pictures' Shadowhunter and Black Day, Blue Night, and most recently, TriStar Pictures' Outside 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 Schell Game by Johnny Lee Schell.
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. My Youth As A Train will be available from Foothills Publishing in September 2010.
He is presently living in the redwoods.
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