Alja Adam's poetry can be read in various Slovenian and Italian magazines. Her first book of poetry, Roundness, was published by Aleph.
Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, critic, translator, and scholar who teaches at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center; his books include After Jews & Arabs (1993), and from the warring factions (2002). A new book of essays, A little history, is due out from Beyond Baroque in 2006.
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 Crossmedia Broadcast. 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.

Aya known as Idell in ancient times) is an L.A. native but has lived in the Bay Area in the fifties, sixties, and after 2000 till now. She was part of the Beat party and gave readings in S.F., Venice, and L.A. from then until the present. She has produced several poetry books, plays, a documentary, and a nonfiction book and is a practicing astrologer, photographer, poet/writer, feminist, and seeker. Currently she is birthing two new poetry books, one from David's Tree Books.
Ed Baker: Here 64 years
Books: Butcher of Oxen The City, Shrike, Full Moon, Twenty-Four Ways of Seeing (sumi-e: Fay Chin), Wild Orchid (w/sumi-e Fay Chin), Okeanos Rhos, Song of Chin, Points/Counterpoints, Hexapoems 1, 2, 3
poems in: Athanor, Frogpond, Odysseus, Hummingbird, South by Southeast, Modern Haiku, Lilliput, Bongos of the Lord, mojo risin, Iconoclast, Calvert Review, Raw Nervz, Liquid Ohio, Moonset Journal, haigaonline, World Haiku Review
My art mostly shown in private collections.
Part 1 and 2 of STONE GIRL E-PIC forthcoming in Scott Watson's BOTL #19 (summer 2005), and my art on cover of Scott Watson's beautiful book: THE SANTOKA, reviewed by an'ya.
see my web site for additional "stuff:"
I am a poet and an artist..   There Is more... !   but, who cares ?   Ciao, Ed
Micah Ballard is 29 years old & is from Louisiana. Besides having poems appear in a variety of publications, recent books include Bettina Coffin (Red Ant Press), Emblematic (Old Gold), In the Kindness of Night (Blue Press), Negative Capability in the Verse of John Wieners (Auguste Press), & Death Race V.S.O.P. (Red Ant Press). As of late, he continues to direct the Humanities B.A. Program at New College of California.
Todd Baron is the author of numerous books, including TV EYE (Chax, 2005), That Looks At One and Speaks (factory school, 2001), Outside (Avenue B Books, 1998), and Return of the World (O Books, 1992). His work has recently appeared in PIP (Project for Innovative Poetry), edited by Douglas Messerli for Green Integer Press. He co-edited ReMap magazine in the late 1990s, a journal that was a continuation of the Poetics program at New College of California under Robert Duncan, Michael Palmer, and David Meltzer et al., where he received his M.A. in Poetics. He also co-published the '80s journal ISSUE. He was a founder of Littoral Books (Los Angeles), a press started by the late Leland Hickman. He has taught at both college and secondary levels and currently teaches at the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica.
Pip Benveniste was born in Cornwall, UK, in 1921 and has been painting seriously since the late forties. She is currently exploring ways of painting the energy that connects. She was farming organically in WWII.
Bill Berkson's most recent book of poetry is Gloria, with etchings by Alex Katz (Arion Press, 2005). His collection of criticism, The Sweet Singer of Modernism & Other Art Writings, was published by Qua Books in 2004.
Ann Bogle's writings include letters, journals, poems, prose poems, literary essays, short stories, and short novels. She has written a book of mixed-genre prose (story, aphorism, essay, and diary) called Work On What Has Been Spoiled. Her short stories have appeared in The Quarterly, Fiction International, Gulf Coast, Washington Review, Black Ice, Cool Hearts, Submodern Fiction, and Poetic Inhalation. A selection of mixed-genre passages titled This Was Called War at One Time appeared in Neuromantic Fiction, an anthology published by altx. XAM: Paragraph Series with lithokons by mIEKAL aND was published in 2005. She has read from her writing in Madison, Binghamton, Houston, D.C., and the Twin Cities. She studied creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Binghamton University, and the University of Houston, where she received the MFA in fiction in 1994. She was awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for mixed-genre writing in 1998 and has since been nominated to have a chair named for her along with other Minnesota writers at the Minneapolis Public Library.
A native of Montrose, Colorado, Hal Bohner took the line of least resistance working as a patent attorney in the corporate malaise of the Silicon Valley. In 1985 Bohner kicked the gray flannel habit, and traded in his slide rule for the badge of mean green attorney machine, taking on pro bono work to protect endangered species and the San Francisco Bay Area coastline. Never far from Bohner's interest in nature, is his infatuation with art. He has studied etching at the San Francisco Art Institute, and apprenticed with printmaker John Sirica in Washington, D.C. Bohner's paintings have been on exhibition at the Powell Street Gallery in San Francisco and other galleries.
John Brandi has been faithful to the craft of poetry and painting for the majority of his life. He is an ardent traveler, with over thirty books published in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently: One Cup & Another (Tangram) and In What Disappears (White Pine). Forthcoming: Water Shining Beyond the Fields (Tres Chicas), haibun journeys, Southeast Asia.
Jonathan Brannen is the author of twelve collections of poetry and three collections of visual literature. His most recent books are Deacessioned Landscapes (Chax Press, 2005) and No Place To Fall (Sink Press, 1999). He currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota..
Robert Briggs is a former West Coast bookseller whose Ruined Time: The 1950s and the Beat will be published in May 2006.
David Bromige is the author of nearly forty volumes of poetry, fiction and song, published since 1965. He is a professor emeritus at Sonoma State University, having taught there since 1970.
James Brook is a poet, translator, and editor living in San Francisco. He was the principal editor of two anthologies, Resisting the Virtual Life and Reclaiming San Francisco, and he was the house editor at City Lights on David Meltzer's book of interviews, San Francisco Beat. His translations include My Tired Father by Gellu Naum, Still the Two of Us by Henri Michaux, I Want No Part in It by Benjamin Péret, Resistance by Victor Serge, The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette (City Lights, 2002), and Panegyric by Guy Debord (Verso, 2004). His poems have appeared in Montana Gothic, Rejection, Blind Date, The Exquisite Corpse, City Lights Review, Pharos, Mudlark, RealPoetik, Poésie, Big Bridge, and other journals. He has taught at New College of California and School of the Arts in San Francisco.
Ric Carfagna is the author of 14 collections of poetry, most recently Null Set and Esse (Book I)l published by X-pressed. His poetry has evolved from the early experimental radicalities of his first two books, Confluential Trajectories and Porchcat Nadir, to the unsettling existential mosaics of his current collections, including his ongoing multi-book project Notes On NonExistence. Ric has been the Poetry Review Editor for the E-Journal, Poetic Inhalation and is currently a contributing poet to the E-Journal New Mystics. His poems have been published widely in America as well as in Europe and Scandinavia.
Daniel Cassidy's films have been featured on PBS, as well as on Canadian, Irish, and German public television. He has won numerous film festival awards, and his documentary Civil Right and Civil Wrongs was nominated for an Emmy in 1996. Cassidy's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, and New York Observer as well as in Irish-language publications. He founded An Léann Éireannach, the Irish Studies Program, at New College of California in 1995. Cassidy was born in Brooklyn and David Meltzer is his rebbe.
Michael Castro, founder of the St. Louis-based literary organization and magazine River Styx, is the author of six books of poems, including Human Rites, and co-translator of three books of modern Hungarian poetry. In 2005 he recieved the Warrior Poet award from Word in Motion.
Neeli Cherkovski is a recipient of a PE Oakland Josephine Miles Award (2004) for his latest poetry collection, Leaning Against Time. He is currently working on a memoir, In the Sight of Things. He teaches at New College of California, where he also serves as writer-in-residence.
Maxine Chernoff is the author of six collections of fiction and seven collections of poetry -- most recently, Among the Names (Apogee Press). With Paul Hoover she edits New American Writing. She is chair of the Creative Writing program at San Francisco State University.
Tom Clark has worked as a writer, editor and critic of poetry for over forty years. He has published many collections of poems and received awards for his poetry from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Arts. He served as poetry editor of The Paris Review (1963-1973) and, in the 1980s and 1990s, as a poetry critic for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. He has also written a number of critical biographies, including lives of Jack Kerouac, Charles Olson, Ted Berrigan, Robert Creeley and Edward Dorn. For the past twenty years he has been a core faculty member and lecturer in Poetics for New College of California.
Ira Cohen is a poet and multimedia artist. He appears on-line at places like East Village Poetry, Jacket, milk, and Akashic Project-- Celestial Grafitti. He can be studied extensively at his Big Bridge tribute page.
Clark Coolidge: Born Feb. 26th, 1939, Providence, R.I.
Brown University 1956-1958 (Geology Major)
Vancouver Poetry Conference, July 1963
Drummer with Serpent Power, San Francisco, 1967 (Vanguard Records)
Produced WORDS, weekly poetry program for KPFA Berkeley 1969-1970
Poets Foundation Award 1968
NEA Writers Fellowship 1978
Adjunct Poetics Faculty Naropa Institute since 1977
Writer in Residence American Academy in Rome 1984-1985
Royaumont Foundation translation session Spring 1986
5+5 Translation Project, Leningrad, Sept. 1990
Member of MIX group (with David and Tina Meltzer) 1993-1994

Books include:
Space, Harper & Row, 1970
The Maintains, This Press, 1974
Own Face, Angel Hair Books, 1978
Mine: The One That Enters The Stories, The Figures, 1982
At Egypt, The Figures, 1988
The Book of During, The Figures, 1991

Most Recent Books:
Now It's Jazz, Living Batch Press, 1999
Alien Tatters, Atelos, 2000
Bomb, Granary Books, 2000
On the Nameways (Volume One) , The Figures, 2000
On the Nameways (Volume Two) , The Figures, 2001
Far Out West, Adventures in Poetry, 2001

The Act of Providence, Qua Books, 2006.
Primož Cucnik was born in Ljubljana in 1971. He studied philosophy and cultural sociology at The University of Ljubljana. His first collection of poetry, Dve Zimi (Two Winters), was published in 1999 and received Best First Collection Award. His latest books are Ritem v rôkah (Rhythm in hands, 2002), Akordi (Chords, 2004), the collaborative book Ode on Manhattan avenue (2003), and Nova okna (New windows, 2005). A selection of his poems, Zapach herbaty (2002), was published in Polish by Studium, Krakow. He translates (mostly contemporary Polish poetry), writes literary criticism and book reviews, is an editor of the magazine Literatura, and runs a small press Sherpa. He lives in Ljubljana.
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 Shelldance 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.
Rychard Denner, a jack of all trades, lives with his elderly mother near Sebastopol, California. He is the impresario of dPress chapbooks, and his Collected Poems: 1961-2000 has been published by Comrades Press. You are invited to visit his website:
Shira Dentz's work has appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Electronic Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Field, American Letters & Commentary, Chelsea, Seneca Review, Salt Hill Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Journal, How2, Web del Sol, Barrow Street, and Facture. Her book reviews have appeared in How2 and St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter. This year she is the recipient of the Electronic Poetry Review's Discovery Award and Painted Bride Quarterly's poetry prize. She's been the recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Lyric Poem Award. In addition, one of her short stores was a semifinalist for the Nelson Algren/PEN award and finalist for the Heekin Foundation's fellowship for short fiction. She's received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Ragdale Foundation, Squaw Valley Writers' Community, and the MacDowell Arts Colony. She's worked as a graphic artist, copyeditor, and teacher in NYC and is currently in the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Sophie Dannenmüller. Art historian and freelance translator in Paris, France. Currently doing a Ph.D. on the History of California Assemblage at the Sorbonne, and working at the Centre Pompidou on the forthcoming exhibition "Los Angeles, 1955-1985."
Ian Davidson's recent publications include At a Stretch (Shearsman), Harsh (Spectacular Diseases) and Human Remains and Sudden Movements and No Way Back (both West House). Recent work is available in Ecopoetics, Orbis, Poetry Wales and Fire. A further collection, As if Only, is due out from Shearsman in 2006. Ian teaches literature and writing at The University of Wales, Bangor.
Lyndon Davies lives in Mid-Wales. His poems have appeared in various magazines and in the anthologies The Pterodactyl’s Wing (Parthian 2003) and Poetry Wales-Forty Years (Seren 2005). He has written many reviews and essays. His first major collection of poems is to be published by Parthian in 2006.
Steve Dickison directs the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, and he is editor-publisher of Listening Chamber and co-editor with David Meltzer of the music magazine Shuffle Boil. A book of poetry, Disposed, is forthcoming from Post-Apollo Press.
Sharon Doubiago, a native of California, has written two dozen books, most notably, the epic poems Hard Country, and South America Mi Hija. Two collections of poetry, Psyche Drives the Coast and Body and Soul, have won numerous awards, including the Oregon Book Award for Poetry and two Pushcart Prizes. She is also the author of the story collections, El Nino (Lost Roads) and The Book of Seeing with One's Own Eyes (Graywolf), a story from which won a third Pushcart, and which in 2005 was selected to the list, Literary Oregon, 100 Books, 1800-2000. She has just completed her childhood memoir, My Father's Love/Portrait of the Poet as a Girl, an excerpt of which is in The Santa Monica Review (Spring 2005) and Love on the Streets, New and Selected Poems. Her latest published book is Sharon Doubiago Greatest Hits 1976-2003, from Pudding House Publications ( A 2002 California Arts Council Fellowship Award enabled these works. In spring 2006 she will teach in the Poetics program at New College. She lives in San Francisco and Mendocino.
Maggie Dubris is a writer and musician who lives in New York City. She worked for many years as a 911 paramedic, and is the author of Weep Not, My Wanton (Black Sparrow Press, 2002) and Skels, which has just been released by Soft Skull Press. Her website is

endwar is an entity producing visual poetry and other creative artifacts since 1990. Recently four word images, a thought-mobile, and an IZEN Consumer Survey were displayed at Neopolis Gallery in Cleveland as part of the exhibit entitled "(hanging minds :^)". His most recent book is Machine Language (IZEN 2005), which he compiled from paratext gibberish collected from spam emails found in his inboxes over the past several months. Before that was Out of Words, a collection of subverse similar in form to the infraverbal work in Bob Grumman’s essay, and published by Grumman’s Runaway Spoon Press at the end of 2003. His previous books of subverse are the subverse wanders off the word and from i to iran (both IZEN 1990) Several works by endwar have been published by IZEN. For more information, see
Peter Finch is a poet, critic and literary entrepreneur living in Cardiff, Wales. He is Chief Executive of Academi, the Welsh National Literature Promotion Agency and Society of Writers. As a writer he works in both traditional and experimental forms and is a regular performer on the reading circuit. His next book, The Welsh Poems, appears from Shearsman in March 2006.
Norman Fischer is a Zen Buddhist priest and abbot, founder and teacher of the Everyday Zen Foundation. His latest collections of poetry are Slowly But Dearly (Chax, 2004) and I Was Blown Back (Singing Horse, 2005). He lives in Muir Beach California within constant sight of the Pacific Ocean.

Vernon Frazer’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Café Review, First Intensity, Jack Magazine, Lost and Found Times, Massacre, Moria, Shampoo, Sidereality and many other literary magazines. He has written six books of poetry. He introduced his longpoem, IMPROVISATIONS (I-XXIV), at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in Manhattan. Frazer has produced five recordings of poetry with free jazz accompaniment and appeared on several recordings with the late jazz saxophonist Thomas Chapin, including their duo release, Song of Baobab. 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. His newest books are Avenue Noir and IMPROVISATIONS
Gloria Frym is a poet and fiction writer. Her most recent book of poems, Homeless at Home (Creative Arts), won an American Book Award. She is the author of two critically acclaimed collections of short stories -- Distance No Object (City Lights Books) and How I Learned (Coffee House Press) -- as well as several volumes of poetry. She teaches at California College of the Arts in the Bay Area. A new book, Solution Simulacra, is forthcoming in 2006. Meltzer and Frym were both suckled in Brooklyn, then attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles during different eras.
Gary Gach is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism, editor of What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop, and co-translator of Ten Thousand Lives, Flowers of a Moment, and Songs for Tomorrow, by Ko Un. See his home page at
Christien Gholson believes the past is all around us, beneath the streets, falling from the sky (sometimes fire, sometimes ice); that Beauty is nothing but an extension of content; that the self is nothing more than a prophecy of crows; and that Belief is nothing but a curious snake sniffing its own tail. His work has appeared in Hanging Loose, Mudlark, Alaska Quarterly Review, Blue Mesa Review, Lilliput Review, Big Scream, etc. Hanging Loose Press will be publishing a book of his linked prose-poems in the spring of 2006. Meanwhile, he lives in New Mexico. A place where the creatures in Bosch's Temptation of St. Anthony feel right at home. Come visit some time. But don't stay too long. Just spend your money and go. And if you get stranded in the desert, you can always burn your tires.
Jesse Glass has lived in Japan -- with a brief stint in South China -- since 1992. The Great Learning Orchestra (Stockholm) will be performing some of his conceptual pieces later this year. Glass's new volume, The Passion of Phineas Gage and Selected Poems, is available from West House/Ahadada Books and SPD Distributors. Glass has recorded performances of his poems in his demented and wrecked voice, some of which have been webcast on Steve Bradley's art@radio and Ralph Lichtensteiger's Music Trouvé. In short -- after decades of hearing the word "No," it's nice to hear the word "Yes."
Giles Goodland lives in London and works as a lexicographer. His last book was A Spy in the House of Years (Leviathan, 2001). The sequence that we publish in this issue of Big Bridge will be published as a book by Salt this November, titled Capital.

with bassist Peter Priore
Born & bred New Yorker Kirpal Gordon: 17 books & pamphlets of fiction & poetry; see for more) writes non-fiction for a living & sometimes sits in on spoken word with the Claire Daly Band, a jazz quartet.
Michelle Greenblatt is a student at Florida Atlantic University and is the new co-poetry editor of AND PER SE AND, formerly known as "mprsnd". Her first book, brain:storm, will go to press at the end of January (anabasis Press). She has been published or will be published in these magazines: Blackbox, Naked Sunfish, Fire, AUGHT, Zafusy, BlazeVOX, X-stream, Shampoo, Word for/ Word, Admit Two, The Argotist Online, Haggard & Halloo, elimae, The Anemone Sidecar, LitVision, Generator Press, Unlikely Stories & Frank's Home. Her third chapbook (X-press(ed)) will appear in December as well. In the April/May issue of 63 Channels, Michelle will be spotlighted.
A poet and photographer, Danielle Grilli is the Multimedia Editor at Unlikely Stories. Previously, she served as Poetry Editor for Muse Apprentice Guild. She had an MFA from New England College, but she can't remember where she put it.
After seeing Marcel Camus' "Black Orpheus", Paul Grillo 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, and his first experiments in photo-collage date approximately from this time.

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 Owlette Diaries stand ready for publication. He is also well known for his many dynamic readings & performances of his work.

He currently teaches English and coordinates the academic program of a prestigious Philadelphia area art school. With his wife Anita-Rose, he lives "in psychic transit" somewhere between the Jersey shore, his native Philadelphia and La Belle Provence.

Bob Grumman currently works as a substitute teacher at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, Florida. Began composing visual poetry around 1965, and made his first mathematical poem sometime in the early 1970's. (Marginal) participant in international mail art since 1985. Represented in a number of museums and archives devoted to concrete and visual poetry. He also writes solitextual (or solely textually) poems, even some that are metrical and rhyme. Reference books concerned with him and his visual poetry include Volume 25 of the Contemporary Authors Autobiographical Essays series (Gale research, Detroit: 1996) and A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (Schirmer Books, New York: 2000). Has recently (late in 2001) become more concerned with exhibiting his works as a visual artist than publishing them as a poet.
David Hadbawnik is a poet and performer who appeared most recently in the Bay Area Poetry Marathon. His recent work has been printed in 26, First Intensity, and the Chicago Review. His chapbook SF Spleen is forthcoming from Skanky Possum Press, and selections from it will also be included in the Bay Poetics Anthology to be published in Spring 2006 by Faux Press.
Penny Hallas was born in Yorkshire and now lives in Mid Wales. Since training as an art therapist in 1984, she has combined part-time work with the National Health Service with pursuing her own creative aims as a painter. She says, "Although these activities are very different, there are points at which they feed into one another and much of my personal work echoes my therapeutic concerns: a fascination with internal states of being and the promptings of fantasy and dreams."
Graham Hartill moved to Wales in 1971 where he has lived most of the time since. In the late seventies he practiced as a performer and installation artist and went to study in the USA. On his return he met and studied with the poet Chris Torrance and began to assimilate the influences of American open-field and experimental poetry and in the mid-80's contributed to the burgeoning poetry scene in Cardiff. He has worked in settings as various as universities, hospitals, schools, prisons, cancer centres and mental-health drop-ins. His selected poems, Cennau's Well, was published in 2005.
Bobbie Louise Hawkins was raised in west Texas, studied art in London, taught in missionary schools in British Honduras, attended a Jesuit university in Tokyo while acting on radio and stage, and had her first one-woman show of paintings and collages at Gotham Book Mart in New York in 1974. She has illustrated several books from Black Sparrow Press, which in 1973 published her Own Your Bod~ That same year Arif Press published her 15 Poems. Two of Hawkins’ books appeared early in 1977–Frenchy and Cuban Pete (Tombouctou) and Back to Texas (Bearhug), and in 1979 she was one of 100 poets from eleven countries attending the "One World Poetry" festival in Amsterdam and was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has given readings in Dusseldorf and Munich, and, during the last three years, has toured regularly in the US and Canada in the company of Rosalie Sorrels and Terry Garthwaite. Bobbie Louise Hawkins wrote a one-hour play for PBS called "Talk" in 1980.
Michael Hettich published two books in 2005: Swimmer Dreams (Turning Point) and Flock and Shadow: New and Selected Poems (new Rivers Press). His poems have recently appeared in Hayden's Ferry review, Cream City Review, Smartish Pace, Gulfstream and Poetry East, among others. He lives in Miami and teaches at Miami Dade College.
Three poems by Tiffany Higgins appear in the 2005 issue of nocturnes: (re)view of the literary arts. Often, while walking on the spit of land extending into the San Francisco Bay from Albany, she cannot resist writing little prose poems on the impromptu art installations arising in the mud and bushes.
Owen Hill is the author of six or seven poetry chapbooks and three short, trashy mystery novels. One, The Chandler Apartments, is available at fine secondhand-book stores.
Jack Hirschman is the new Poet Laureate of the City of San Francisco. One can order his The Arcanes from

Image by Lilya Corneli
Darren Holmes: Born in North Bay, Canada, this artist developed very quickly a passion for the immediacy of expression that photography allows. The subjects he portrays are often enveloped in light and texture which seem to evoke ageless voices from times past, interplay between space and subject being an omnipresent quality in his works. Darren often appears as his own subject in his work as well as working with others, which gives his expression an even more personal, solitary feeling. Empty yet eloquent looks, simple and subtle poses, the attitude of his subjects shows little but says much, deepening the mystery which seems to emanate from his imagery. Lines which we normally rely on blur and disappear. Both femininity and masculinity, light and dark, the beautiful and the repellent...these are works of contradiction which make them, somehow, more coherent. —Alyz Tale
Ric Hool: From Cullercoats (Tyneside) Ric moved to Wales in 1990 after five years journeying the islands and mainland of Spain. He now teaches in Blaenau Gwent. Thirteen years ago he founded the renowned readings at the Hen and Chickens which became the hub of the Abergavenny poetry scene. His books include The Bridge, Making It, Voice From A Correspondent and Tilt (with fellow Collective poets, John Jones and Graham Hartill).
Geof Huth Geof Huth is a writer of textual and visual poetry. He writes frequently about visual poetry, especially on his weblog, dbqp: visualizing poetics. Huth recently edited &2: an/thology of pwoermds, the first-ever anthology of one-word poems. His latest chapbook appeared last year: a box of cards entitled "water vapour," which riffs off three collections of minimalist concrete poetry, particularly bpNichol's "still water." His micropress dbqp publishes minimalist, visual, and conceptual poetry.
Anthony Hunt is a retired Professor of English and Editorial Consultant at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez.
lyx ish, aka Elizabeth Was, was an intermedia artist in the most engaged sense of the word. Mother, community organizer, performance artist, noisician, poet, bartender extrordinaire, gourd artist, yoga teacher, book binder.... Co-creator of Xexoxial Editions & Dreamtime Village, she is the author of numerous books of poetry & visual-verbal literature. Her collected poems, Every Lines Other will be published in late 2006 by Xexoxial Editions.

She died peacefully of pancreatic cancer, on February 28, 2004 in her home naturally & with awe-inspiring dignity. will be the eventual online reliquary of her work.

Marty Ison is a painter, a poet, storyteller, parent, peace propagandist, and general purveyor of prevarications that enrich the lives of others. An Ohio native, he was transplanted in the Florida sands of the Gulf of Mexico where he studied fine art at St. Petersburg College. His novels With a Glass Hammer, Zero's Lizard (coauthored with Ron Barnhart), Taste of Pennies, and Servicing the Machine: a Postindustrial Nightmare are available to interested agents and publishers. Among other places, his words have appeared in the Mad Hatters' Review, Painted Moon Review, Frigg Magazine, the Beat, the St. Petersburg Times, and the bathroom walls of Wendy's fine restaurants everywhere. You may view some of his plastic work at a website graciously provided by the playwright poet Paddy Gillard-Bently.
Julia Istomina was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States in 1990. She explores a variety of themes including the varying connotations of culture and language in her poetry, which has appeared in Bathyspheric Review, several issues of Ars Interpres, DMQ Review, Plum Ruby Review, Shampoo, Pudding Magazine, and upcoming issues of Cortland Review and Salt International. She currently resides in New York City and has big, grand plans.
Ana Jelnikar, a native of Ljubljana, received her secondary school education in London and graduated in English and Sociology from the University of Ljubljana. She teaches English and translates both into Slovenian and English. Her translation of Iztok Osojnik’s book of poems Mister Today came out in 2003 by Jacaranda Press (California) and Brane Mozetič’s poetry volume Butterflies was published in America in 2004. Her most recent translations of poetry collections include Iztok Geister’s Hymn to a Bush Tree and Taja Kramberger’s Mobilizations. Her translations have appeared in such literary magazines as Verse, Southern Hummanities Rerview, Third Coast,  and The American Poetry Review. Together with Fiona Sampson and Iztok Osojnik she edited Unlocking the Aquarium, Contemporary Writing from Slovenia (Orient, spring 2004, Oxford Brooks University). She also translated the first Slovenian edition of G. C. Jung’s Man and His Symbols.
Halvard Johnson has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and Baltimore City Arts. He has had several residency grants at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a poetry fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation. Four collections of poetry—Transparencies and Projections, The Dance of the Red Swan, Eclipse, and Winter Journey—from New Rivers Press are out of print and now are archived at the Contemporary American Poetry Archives Recent collections include Rapsodie espagnole, G(e)nome, The Sonnet Project, Theory of Harmony—all from—and The English Lesson, from Unicorn Press in Bryan, Texas. A new poetry collection called Guide to the Tokyo Subway is just out from Hamilton Stone Editions. He lives in New York City.
John Jones is a farmer and poet, but romanticism has no place in his portrayal of life on the land in this time. But such a life is at the core of his poetic vision. He is an editor at the Collective Press and his books include Blind Cwm and Carreg Las (Blue Stones).
Marie Kazalia keeps herself very occupied finishing two novels begun during her four expatriate years in Japan, India and China. She paints and has numerous small press publishing projects underway. Marie has a BFA degree from California College of Arts and Crafts. Her book of poems titled Erratic Sleep in a Cold Hotel is published by Phony Lid Books. She also has two mini-chapbooks published by and available from CC Marimbo: All-Purpose Tragedy and Megalopolis.

Marie Kazalia's poetry and creative prose writing have been widely published in anthologies, such as The Bukowski Hangover Project, and in numerous print zines and literary journals nationally and internationally, notably: EPOCH, Iconoclast, The Louisiana Review, BlazeVOX, Schuykill Valley Journal of the Arts, Slipstream, The Bukowski Review, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, 52% (Canada), Lullwater Review, Volta, Blades, Art:Mag, synapse, Fell Swoop, Caprice, Clamor Magazine, Into The Teeth of the Wind, Experimental Forrest, Taj Mahal Review (India), Vol. No. Magazine, Idiom, Clark Street Review, Concrete Wolf, Crooked River Press, Curbside Review, American Muse, First Class, Footsteps, Fresh (NZ), Main Street Rag, Melange, Mosaic Magazine, Mindkites, Moon Journal, Multi-Storey (UK), Prism, Speedpoets (AU) Talus & Scree, Unhinged (UK), Nerve Cowboy, No Exit, San Francisco Reader, Red Booth Review, Full Unit Hookup, Journeys, Heeltap, Horsethiefs Journal, Iodine, Ibbetson Street, Atom Mind, Choking Hazard, Joey, Chrysanthemum, The Butcher's Block, Electric Velocipede, Kitty Litter, Java Turtle, Axe Factory, United Workers Press, Xero, yefief, Whiskey Island, Mineshaft ...and many more ...

Tim Keane is a poet and novelist. His poetry has been published in the US, UK, Canada, and Asia, and he has completed a poetry collection called Alphabets of Elsewhere His fiction has won awards from The National Endowment for the Arts and The BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts. Exceprts from his novel, That Strange Flower the Sun have been widely published, including stories in recent issues of Golden Handcuffs Review (US) and The Reader (UK). He maintains a site devoted to his writing Pictured is "Fitz," Tim's unreliable literary agent.
Karl Kempton: "I have lived on the Central Coast of California in the southern coastal portion of San Luis Obispo County since the summer of 1975 composing visual poems, writing lexical poems, writing and composing mixed visual and lexical poems, editing and publishing KALDRON, an international journal of visual poetry and language art (1976-1990 -- on-line anthology begun 1997 edited with harry polkinhorn and karl young, karl young its web publisher and primary guide and handler), aiding and abetting protection of the environment and assisting in nourishing the county poetry scene. i began working with the short word poem imbedded in a longer form in the early seventies slightly influenced by cummings while mainly influenced by patchen. the first small collection of fission poems, as i have called my broken word in phonetics poems for over 30 years, appeared in the essary, kempton, raphael book, TO TASTE published by laughing bear press, in 1983. bob grumman published a large selection, fission, in 1989. in the spring of 2004, i wrote, composed and collected from previous years a collection of 108 such poems, zendom."

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Individual entries on Richard Kostelanetz appear in Contemporary Poets, Contemporary Novelists, Postmodern Fiction, Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, A Reader’s Guide to Twentieth-Century Writers, the Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature, Webster’s Dictionary of American Authors, The HarperCollins Reader’s Encyclopedia of American Literature,, and the Encyclopedia Britannica, among other distinguished directories. Living in New York, where he was born, he still needs two bucks to take a subway.
Josh Kun is the author of Audiotopia: Music, Race, and America (UC Press) and a professor of English at UC Riverside. He is a contributing writer for Los Angeles Magazine and Tu Ciudad Los Angeles and an arts columnist for The San Francisco Bay Guardian and The Boston Phoenix. He is a co-founder of Reboot Stereophonic, a nonprofit record label dedicated to excavating lost treasures of Jewish American musical history.
Joanne Kyger lives on the coast north of San Francisco. Her collected poems will be out later this year from The National Poetry Foundation, Orono, Maine.
Marcela L.
Born in Lima Peru, October 31st 1982
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Currently living in the U.S.
Marina Lazzara is a poet-musician who lives and works in San Francisco. She has an M.A. in Poetics from the New College of California, works with the homeless, and studies herbalism and botany. She has been involved in such projects as Processed World, Shaping San Francisco, and Intersection Theater, and has been a member of several San Francisco bands, including Blue Gum Art, Liesl's Wet Dress, Smile God Loves You, Poetiks, and the Rabbles. Her solo album, Wind on the Firecracker of the Building Next Door, came out on Pax Recordings in 2004 (, and she is currently working on a book of poems with the same name. She has published in many small press magazines. She has book of poems titled The Backdrop Line.
Louise Landes Levi has translated & written books, published chap books, broadsides & cards, / played sarangi in concert halls, in radio stations in town squares & railroad stations for some decades & perhaps for some lives. Her poetry books include early chap books: Poems Ambrosial Press, Bombay, 1972, The Water Mirror (Het Water Spiegel) the Amsterdam School (tranls. B. Mohr) 1983, Amiata, Felix Mansingh, Amsterdam 1984, Departure, Guus Bauer, Amsterdam, 1986 and Concerto, Accordian Series, 7, City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1988, Extinction, Left Hand Books, Barrytown 1990 & 1992, The Tower, Il Bagatto, Amsterdam, 1994, The Highway Queen, PBP, Amsterdam & Vienna, 1994, Le Lampade di Casa Sono State Acesse, MA, tranls. Rita Degli Esposti, Supernova, Venice 1996 & 2000, Guru Punk, Cool Grove Press, Brooklyn, 1999, Chorma, transl. Sibila Rigori Porto dei Santi, Loiana 2000, Avenue A & Ninth Street, Shiva Stan Kathmandu-Woodstock, 2004, Ma’ Kar A Kar/MA, Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence, 2005 & forthcoming Crazy Louise, Felix Mansingh, Amsterdam 2005.

Ornette Coleman and Joel Lewis, New Jersey Performing Art Center, Newark, NJ 11/28/05
Joel Lewis is a Hoboken (NJ)-based poet with a passion for cold schav (try it with a dollop of sour cream) and middle-period Coltrane. He's the spiritual descendant of Lower East Side "free-thinker" Jews who held big dances on Kol Nidre night. He got some books out there in the world.
Christopher Longoria is a southern boy who lives first, writes second in San Francisco, CA. 27. a capella duppy conqueror. Future Primitive Sound Collective. GHOST.
Andrew Lundwall is the editor of Export: Writing the Midwest. He was born and lived for many years in Wisconsin. His writings have appeared in numerous literary journals including Miami Sun Post’s Mad Love, Moria, Sidereality, Shampoo, Score, Blazevox, Unlikely Stories, Dead Drunk Dublin, Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, 88: A Journal of Contemporary American Poetry, and Near South.
Michael McClure's most recent publications are a Brazilian translation of his beat memoir Scratching the Beat Surface, and a selection of his poems in Spanish titled Grahhr, from Mexico. His latest album, I Like Your Eyes Liberty, is a mystical and musical collaboration with Terry Riley. Riders on the Storm (formerly The Doors) are playing "Eagle in the Whirlpool" by McClure and Ray Manzarek. Michael lives in the Oakland hills with his wife, the sculptor Amy Evans McClure.
Ian McLachlan is a musician and poet who regards Wales as a spiritual home. Now residing in London he works as an acupuncturist. The poems included here pay tribute to a tradition of deranged comic mysticism dating back to the mythical figures of Jack-by-the-Hedge and Silver John.
Duncan McNaughton comes from Massachusetts but, even so, he lives in San Francisco...

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Phil Maillard was born in London in 1948 and has lived (mostly) in South Wales since 1975. He currently works as a Speech and Language Therapist (US: Speech Pathologist) for the National Health Service. He has published five collections of poetry and a paperback of stories.
Svetlana Makarovic, born 1939 in Maribor. Graduated at the Academy for Theatre and Film in Ljubljana. Worked as an actress and freelance writer. She is well-known for her poetry and prose for children and adults, as a singer, composer, illustrator and her own chansons performer. She wrote over a hundred books of fairytales and theatre plays. Poetry collections are Twilight (1964), Midsummernight (1968), Wolfberries (1972), Heartplant (1973), Time of War (1974), Wormwood Woman (1974), Counting (1977), Neighbor Mountain (1980), Chrysanthemum on the Piano (chansons 1990), That Time (1993), and To eat, to be eaten (1998). Winner of Prešernov sklad Award 1975, Jenko award for poetry etc.
Stephen-Paul Martin is a widely published writer of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
W. Martin is a translator and critic. His translations have appeared in Fence, Trafika, Parakeet, and Denver Quarterly, among other journals. He edited the ‘New Polish Writing’ special issue of Chicago Review in 2000 and co-edited the ‘New Writing in German’ issue of the same magazine in 2002. He divides his time between Chicago and Berlin.
My name is Nate Mohatt. I come from Valentine, Nebraska, Todd County, South Dakota, the Rosebud Reservation, Saint Francis and Spring Creek, sage, sweet grass, pine canyons, Chases the Women Lake, and Manitoulin Island, Lake Huron, South Baymouth, the Slash, Mindemoya, cedars and coral fossils, From Fairbanks, Alaska, the AL-CAN highway north and south and north, tundra swamps, gnarled black spruce, Kluane, Delta Junction, Mt. Deborah, Mt. Hayes, Mt. Hess, the Tanana River, the Chena and Chatanika, Eagle Summit, Taku winds, Mt. Jumbo, Roberts, Juneau, Granite Basin, the ocean, the mountains, the rivers, the lakes, Hemlock, douglas fir, skunk cabbage and devils club,
Stephen Moran was first born in Dublin and more recently in London. He is behind The London Silence, a collection of short stories (Pretend Genius Press 2004) and also responsible for one of the stories in The Monkey's Typewriter (Raymond Williams Award 2005, suspended). He asks for other tales to be taken into account in magazine and newspaper. His fingers still smart after zitzing them as an infant in the sockets of poetry. Known to haunt The Willesden Herald, Sloe Wine and
Sheila E. Murphy was born in Mishawaka, Indiana, and grew up in South Bend, a mile from the University of Notre Dame campus. She participated in the &NOW conference, directed by faculty member and fiction writer Steve Tomasula. Her most recent book appeared in late 2004: Proof of Silhouettes (Stride, UK), preceded by Concentricity (Pleasure Boat Studio, January 2004). Her home is in Phoenix, AZ.
In 1978 Rodney Nelson's novel Boots Brevik Saga paid wary tribute to what he considered the myth of the cowboy. Now he is on the way to becoming an openly cowboy poet. An earlier contribution to Big Bridge, "Kloshe," honored the legacy of his friend and publisher, the poet-metacowboy Gary Elder (1939-2000). One recent publication is the stage comedy Cowboy Village. A four-part narrative poem, Bytime in Yangland, is due in May at Sugar Mule.
Hoa Nguyen edits Skanky Possum with Dale Smith. Her book, Your Ancient See Through (2002), is available through SPD and her recent chapbook, Red Juice, can be purchased from effing press. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Historian, journalist, playwright, fiction writer, and poet, Gerald Nicosia is best known for his biography of Jack Kerouac, Memory Babe. He is also the author of Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans' Movement and three books of poetry, the most recent, Embrace of the Lepers, from Mystery Island in Sacramento. Born and educated in Chicago, he has spent the past thirty years as part of the post-Beat circle of writers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
New Yorker Carol Novack is a lapsed criminal defense and constitutional lawyer. Most relevant, she's a persistently re-emerging writer. A book of her poems, "Living Alone Without a Dictionary," was published in Australia, where Carol received a creative writer's grant equivalent to an NEA. Her poetry and prose have appeared and are forthcoming in many publications, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets, Anemone Sidecar, Cellar Door, Diagram, Elimae, Journal of Modern Post, Milk Magazine, Mindfire Renewed, Muse Apprentice Guild, Newtopia, Opium, Pindeldyboz, Ravenna Hotel, Skive, SmokeLong, Unlikely Stories, Unpleasant Event Schedule, Wild Strawberries, Word Riot & Yankee Pot Roast. She's the publisher & editor of Mad Hatters' Review, and has been featured at many readings in the New York City area. Carol's prose poem "Destination" was selected as a "best" of webdelsol fiction: Her burgeoning blog is at:
In 1990 Novica Novakovic received one of the most distinguished literary awards in former Yugoslavia, the Goran Award for young poets at the international festival Goranovo proljece (Zagreb, Croatia) for his "surrealistic" manuscript, Elastic Tattoo, published by Emonica. The book was also published in Croatian within the framework of the Goranovo proljece festival.

His many other books include Fata Morgana or Cancan of a Clown (Mondena, 1993), Seduction (Cankarjeva zalozba, 1995), His Majesty Horror and Other Poems of Fear (Drustvo Apokalipsa, 1996), Strangely Images (Karantanija, 1997), Some Clearly True (Karantanija, 1998), Angel Fall, (PM Chapbooks, Chattanooga, USA, 1999), Headless Horsemen (Mondena, 2002), and Biba, Come to my Palm (Drustvo Apokalipsa, 2004).

His poems have appeared in literary magazines in the US including Southern Indiana Review, Mala Review, and Poetry Miscellany.

He lives in Ljubljana (Slovenia), where he was born on 15th December 1965. He has been a member of the Slovene Writers' Association since 1993.

Iztok Osojnik (born 1951 in Ljubljana, Slovenia), poet, fiction writer, essayist, translator, artist, tour director, mountain climber, cultural manager, and festival organizer. His many professions took him all around the world. A hippy, a rock in the opposition musician, a trendsetter in his youth and a co-founder of the prankish movements Garbage art and Sous-realisme is still today a rebel and an independent mind, who proceeds along his own paths. Graduated in Comparative Literature from the University of Ljubljana (1977). Postgraduate studies at Osaka Gaidai University (1980-82). From 1999 until October 2004 he was the Director of international literary festival Vilenica and developed it from a provincial Central European event into one of the major European literary festivals. He also co-founded Equrna gallery in Ljubljana and two other well established literary festivals in Slovenia: Trnovo Tercets (Ljubljana) and Literary Talks in the Villa Herberstein (Velenje). He is an editor of Apokalipsa (Ljubljana),  and Tvrđa (Zagreb) reviews, as well as the national editor for the Dutch based international internet poetry magazine and editorial adviser of the Absinthe Review (Detroit). He co-edited two book presentations of the Slovene literature: Slovenia, a Nation of Writers (with Sunandan Roy  Chowdhurry, Sampark, fall 2002, New Delhi) and Unlocking the Aquarium, Contemporary Writing from Slovenia (with Fiona Sampson and Ana Jelnikar, Orient, spring 2004, Oxford Brooks University). So far he published 19 collections of poetry and 4 novels. He also publishes essays on literature, anthropology, and philosophy (The Smile of Mona Lisa, essays, 2004). Lately an autobiographical novel The Story of Mr. Pirjevec and Me, his major novel The Dark Matter (2005), and four books of poetry Darkness of July (2002), Once upon a time there was America (2003), From the New World (2003) and Mister Today (2004) were published. He translated (poetry) from Chinese, English, Spanish, Ukrainian and Croatian. His poems were published in English, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian and Slovak.. Three books of poetry in English: Alluminations (City Gallery of Arts, Ljubljana 2001), And Some Things Happen for the First Time (Modry Peter, Canada 2001) and Mister Today (Jacaranda Press, California 2003), and two chap books (Miscellany Poetry, Chattanooga, UT). In March 2005 a collection of his poetry was published in Czech language (V tobe ožiju, Zlin 2005). And another one in Croatian will be published soon Tetralogija, Zagreb 2005). For his work he was awarded with Jenko (1997 the best book of poetry award), Veronika (1998 – the poetry book of the year), Župančič (1992 – the town of Ljubljana), Italian Friuli Poetry Award (2002), and Hanibal Lucić Laureate 2004 awards. In 2000 he was the fellow of Cambridge Seminar on Contemporary English Writers. And in 2001 the fellow of Goethe Institut in Berlin. He is also the cofounder (together with Richard Jackson) of the idea for Vermont Summer Residence. And he has been cooperating with it from the very beginning.
Fiona Owen is the author of Imagining the Full Hundred and O My Swan. She also co-writes and performs music with Gorwel Owen, and teaches literature, humanities and creative writing for the Open University. She is currently finishing her third collection and is beginning a book of ecocritical essays on six poets from Wales.
Mark Palmer is a videographer and film editor. He can be reached at
Michael Perkins has been at the forefront of serious American erotic writing for three decades. His early erotic novels issued by the legendary avant-garde California publisher Essex House won praise from Samuel R. Delany, Thomas M. Disch, Philip Jose Farmer, Norman Spinrad, Harlan Ellison, Marilyn Hacker, and many others. His classic 1968 novel Evil Companions was reprinted in 1992 by Rhinoceros with an introduction by Samuel R. Delany. His novel Dark Matter (Titan) appeared in the U.K. in 1996. He has published a dozen novels, including the million-copy, best-selling novelization of Deep Throat.

Michael Perkins is recognized as the world's leading expert on modern erotic literature. His weekly book reviews in Screw have been influential in establishing erotic writing as a valid literary genre. Many were collected in The Good Parts (Richard Kasak Books, 1994). His groundbreaking critical survey The Secret Record: Modern Erotic Literature, first published by William Morrow in 1976, is available in paperback from Rhinoceros. He is the editor of several anthologies of erotic writing, including Coming Up: The World's Best Erotic Writing (1996). His work appears in The Mammoth Book of Erotica and The Mammoth Book of International Erotica, as well as in The Nation, Paper, American Book Review, Gauntlet, Mother Jones, High Times, The Notre Dame Review, Spectator, and Masquerade Erotic Journal.

Seth Phelps is a writer, filmmaker, skateboarder, uncle, substitute teacher, and a student of sociology, literature, and quantum mechanics. He and a group of his closest friends have formed the DTC, an outlet for all of their creative endeavors. More of his work will be appearing soon at
David Plumb says: One evening I went to a party where someone was reading Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Coney Island of the Mind. It changed my life forever. I began writing.

After my tour as a U.S. Naval Officer, I rented a farmhouse in upstate New York, where I worked in a slaughterhouse for not enough cash and all the heart and tongue I could take home. Then I worked and hitchhiked to San Francisco where I went to printing school and published Journal 31, and directed the Intersection Poetry Series. I taught at U.C. Berkeley before moving to Florida.

Other work is anthologized in St. Martin's Anthology, Mondo James Dean, Would you Wear My Eyes, A Tribute to Bob Kaufman, Poet. Homeless Not Helpless, Canterbury Press and 100 Poets Against the War, Salt Press, U.K. and Irrepressible Appetites, . My most recent book is Man in a Suitcase, Poems. Eight Dollars and Change, stories, will be published in 2006. I facilitate The Muse is You, a writing workshop for senior citizens. One of my best students is 95 years old.

Gregor Podlogar, born in Ljubljana in 1974, graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana. He writes literary criticism and book reviews for the Slovenian National Radio, Vecher newspaper, and Literatura magazine, among others. He has published his poems in various literary magazines in Slovenia and abroad. Aleph Press published his first two collections of poetry, States (1997) and Joy in Vertigo (2002). In co-authorship with another poet (Cucnik) and a painter (Kariz), an experimental book on New York entitled Ode on Manhattan Ave (2003) came out with Sherpa Press. He lives and works in Ljubljana.
Ishmael Reed is a poet, novelist, playwright, and songwriter.
Charles P. Ries lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His narrative poems, short stories and poetry reviews have appeared in over ninety print and electronic publications including: Circle Magazine, Wisconsin Review, Rockford Review, Free Verse, and Clark Street Review. He has received two Pushcart Prize nominations for his writing and most recently read his poetry on National Public Radio’s Theme and Variations, a program that is broadcast over seventy NPR affiliates. He is the author of THE FATHERS WE FIND, a novel based on memory from which excerpts have appeared in MusesKiss, Write On!/Just Stories, Iconoclast, Free Verse, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Romantics Quarterly, SNReview, Thunder Sandwich and The Wisconsin River Valley Review. Ries is also the author of three books of poetry — the most recent titled, Odd which was published by Pudding House Publications in Columbus, Ohio. His forth book of poetry; The Last Time will be published by Dark Side of the Moon Press in Tucson, Arizona and is slated for release in 2005. He is on the board of the Woodland Pattern Bookstore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You may find additional samples of his work by going to: and you may write him at
lloyd robson, who lives in Cardiff, is a poet and prose writer whose texts often spill over into visual art and performance. Recent books include cardiff cut and bbboing! He is currently working on a travelogue/biography tracing the early life of the actor Robert Mitchum.
John Roche says: "I'm an Assistant Professor in the Language & Literature dept. at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I teach creative writing courses and advise the campus literary magazine, Signatures. My Ph.D. is from SUNY/Buffalo, where I worked with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke. While teaching at Michigan State University for a number of years, I coordinated and emceed the premier mid-Michigan reading series at the Archives Bookshop in East Lansing. I've published a number of poetry-related essays and articles, published my own poems in magazines like House Organ, Jack Magazine, intent., Rolling Stock, Buff, MidWest Miscellany, Pinnacle Hill Review, Le Mot Juste. and The Burning World. One of my poems is included in the current Woodstock Journal pdf anthology of "October Surprise" poems at, and others at Jack Magazine.

"I produced a chapbook in 1993 titled Ground Effects, and recently published a collection of lake poems, On Conesus, which came out earlier this year from Foothills Publishing."

Judith Roche is the author of two collections of poetry, Myrrh/My Life as a Screamer and Ghost, is co-editor of First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim, which won an American Book Award, and has edited a number of poetry anthologies. She works as Literary Arts Director for One Reel, an arts events producing organization, and teaches poetry workshops. Her most recent work has appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Pebble Review, Wandering Hermit, and several anthologies.
Jerome Rothenberg, most recent books of poetry, all published in 2004, include Writing Through: Translations & Variations (Wesleyan University Press), 25 Caprichos, After Goya, with Spanish translations by Heriberto Yépez (Kadle Books, Tenerife), A Book of Concealments (Chax Press), and The Burial of the Count of Orgaz & Other Poems by Pablo Picasso, co-edited with Pierre Joris (Exact Change). A Book of Witness, his twelfth book of poems from New Directions, appeared in 2003. He is also the author of several assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry, such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium, and is now working with Jeffrey Robinson on a nineteenth-century prequel to Poems for the Millennium.
Victoria Sanchez, a native Californian currently residing in San Francisco, is a writer and a printer. In her next life, she'd like to be a batray. She welcomes your e-mails at
A storyteller, folklorist, & children's author as well as a poet, Steve Sanfield has published more than two dozen books of tales, folklore, & poetry. His most recent is The Rain Begins Below: Selected Slightly Longer Poems 1961-2005, from Larkspur Press. He lives in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada, where he continues with his lifelong study of clouds. At the time of this writing, he is still recovering from his last all night bout with David.
Larry Sawyer’s work has appeared in the anthology Shamanic Warriors Now Poets (R&R Publishers, Scotland), plus periodicals including: The Prague Literary Review, Unpleasant Event Schedule, Outlaw (UK), Mad Love, Skid Row Penthouse, Paper Tiger (Australia), Tabacaria (Portugal), Big Bridge, Hunger, Ygdrasil, Skanky Possum, Jacket (Australia), Exquisite Corpse, Readme, Aught, The Butcher's Block, Moria, Nexus, NY Arts Magazine, 5_Trope, Cipher Journal, Range, canwehaveourballback?, Shampoo, WORD/ for Word, Loop, Snow Monkey, La Petite Zine, ambulant, Eildon Tree (Scotland), Poems-For-All, Tin Lustre Mobile, Pitchfork, Markings (Scotland), Versal (Holland), Van Gogh’s Ear (France), 88, Cokefish, Nexus, The East Village, and elsewhere.

Chapbooks include: Poems for Peace (anthology, Structum Press); A Chaise Lounge in Hell (aboveground press, Ontario, Canada), Tyrannosaurus Ant (mother’s milk).

He is the editor of milk magazine online.

Lynda Schor is the author of three books of short fiction, Appetites, True Love & Real Romance, and, most recently, The Body Parts Shop (FC2). He articles and stories have been published in many magazines and anthologies, including Ms., Playboy, GQ, Mademoiselle, Fiction, Witness, Gargoyle, etc. Her stories have been nominated for an O'Henry Award, and she's won a number of grants and awards including two Maryland State Arts Council grants. She's the fiction editor of the online literary magazine Salt River Review. She lives in New York City.
Gerald Schwartz lives in West Irondequoit, New York, and is the author of Only Others Are: Poems (LEGIBLE Books, 2003).
Howard Schwartz is the author of more than thirty books, including three books of poetry, five books of fiction, and a four-volume set of Jewish folktales. His major book, Tree of Souls: The Mythology of Judaism, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004.
Cedar Sigo is twenty-seven years old. The revised second edition of Selected Writings was printed in 2005 by Ugly Duckling Press.
Zoe Skoulding's most recent collection is The Mirror Trade (Seren, 2004). Her work has been included in various anthologies and translated into Slovak, Bosnian and Bulgarian. She has been involved in several cross-media projects, and is currently working on poetry and soundscape with the psychogeographical ensemble Parking Non-Stop. Her collaboration with Ian Davidson, with whom she also co-edits the literary magazine Skald, has extended from poetry to film and performance. She teaches creative writing at the University of Wales, Bangor.
Tone Škrjanec was born in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 1953. He finished high school and graduated in sociology at the University of Ljubljana. After being a teacher for a short period, he worked as a journalist for almost ten years. Since 1990 he has been a program co-ordinator at the Cultural Centre KUD France Prešeren in Ljubljana, where he works also as the organiser of poetry events. For several years now he has been the leader of the traditional poetry festival called The Tercets of Trnovo.

He published five books of poems: Blues of a Swing (1997), a haiku booklet The Sun on a Knee (1999), Pagodas on Wind, (2001), Knives(2002), and Copper (2004). In spring 2005 an English translation of completed version of his book of haikus The Sun on a Knee was published in New York. With five of his poems he also took part on "poetry & music" CD record A Bit oF Noise and a Pinch of Salt that was recorded in by a group of poets and different musicians from Ljubljana. His poems were translated in most European languages and published in literary revues and anthologies in Europe and America.

Beside writing poetry Tone Škrjanec works also as a translator. He translates poems and novels from English, Croatian and Serbian into Slovene. His preference goes to modern American literature (Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs, Charles Bukowski, Gary Snyder, Frank O’Hara, Timothy Liu).

Dale Smith edits Skanky Possum books with Hoa Nguyen. His poems, essays, and reviews appear in First Intensity, The Poker, Chicago Review, Bookforum, and other small journals. American Rambler (2000) and The Flood & The Garden (2002) are available through SPD Books in Berkeley. He is working on a PhD in rhetoric at the University of Texas. Notes No Answer (Habenicht Press) was published last year and Black Stone (Effing) will be available in Fall 2006. He lives in Austin with Keaton, Waylon, and Hoa.
Fred Smith lives in Northern California and works part-time for a small payroll part-time. His book of poems Rollerdrome and the Millionaire was published by Black Sparrow Press in 2002.
Jana Putrle Srdic (1975) has been studying Russian language and literature and Librarianship in Ljubljana. Her first book of poems, Kutine (Quinces), was published in 2003 and well received among critics. Her writings are regularly included in Slovene literary magazines as well as abroad, her poems were translated into seven languages and included in two anthologies. Besides translating poetry from English, Russian and Serbian, she also writes film reviews and leads literary readings and conversations. Her poems do not flirt with academic or popular poetics, they rather relate to the charms of independent low-budget art cinema: stories revealed in front of the camera without some special effects, accepting those limitations for their essential aesthetics.
Steve Starger is a freelance writer and journalist who lives in Portland, CT. His journalism has appeared in Art New England, Cash Box Magazine, the Advocate newspapers, the Hartford Courant, and Preview Connecticut Magazine. His creative writing has appeared in Nude Beach, Brown Bag, and Poetic Inhalation, among other magazines. His biography of the late comic book artist and science fiction illustrator Wallace Wood is scheduled to be published this spring by Vanguard Productions.
Lynn Strongin was born and raised in New York City, daughter to Jews of Easter European ancestry. The arts were an integral part of early homelife. Polio at age 12 left her in a wheelchair after which time she devoted herself to musical composition. Attended Hunter College, then began writing poetry. Worked for Denise Levertov in the Sixties in Berkeley and took an informal poetry workshop under Robert Duncan. Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Stanford, studied under Yvor Winters and Wallace Stegner. Poems in thirty anthology, fifty journals, seven published books. Her work has come out most recently (or will shortly) on-line in New Works Review (featured poet, winter 2005), Tryst, C / Oasis, Avatar Review, Blue Fifth Review, Verse Libre Quarterly, the 15 Project. Work due in print in Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Blue Mesa Review. Two PEN grants, one NEA Creative Writing Grant, one American Association of University Women Dissertation Grant. She has made her home British Columbia, in Canada, for the past quarter century. Two books due in the next year: Dovey & Me (Solo Press), and The Birds of the Past Are Singing (Cross-Cultural Communications.” Her anthology The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy will be published in April, 2006, by the University of Iowa Press.
Erik Sweet currently lives in Albany, New York where he teaches English and co-edits Tool a Magazine. Some of his current work can be read in Booglit, Jacket, and The Hat.

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Anne Tardos is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of the multilingual performance work Among Men, which was produced by the (WDR) West German Radio, in Cologne. She has lectured and performed her works widely in the United States and Europe. Her books of multilingual poems and graphics are The Dik-dik's Solitude: New and Selected Works (New York: Granary Books, 2003); A Noisy Nightingale Understands the Tiger's Camouflage Totally (New York: Belladonna Books, 2003); Uxudo (Berkeley/Oakland: Tuumba Press/O Books, 1999); Mayg-shem Fish (Elmwood, CT: Potes & Poets Press, 1995); and Cat Licked the Garlic (Vancouver, B.C.: Tsunami Editions, 1992). Examples of her visual texts were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1993; the Venice Biennale (Fluxus Pavillion), 1990; Museo d'Arte Moderna, Bolzano, 1991; the New Museum, New York, 1992; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, 1999. Examples of her recordings can be heard on the CDs A Chance Operation: The John Cage Tribute, collaboratively composed and performed with Jackson Mac Low (New York: Koch International, 1992), and Open Secrets (New York: Experimental Intermedia XI 110, 1993) and on the cassettes Songs and Simultaneities, with Mac Low (New York: Tarmac-1, 1981), and Gatherings (New York: New Wilderness Audiographics 8137A, 1981). She met Jackson Mac Low in 1975; the two lived and worked together from 1978 until his death in 2004. Her web site is
Synnylyn Thibodeaux is from New Orleans and has been in San Francisco for six years. Her poems can be found in such magazines as Cleavon Little's Magazine, Noi, Night Palace, Prosodia, and Weigh Station. Her recent books include Curves & Curses (Auguste Press, 2000), Last We Spoke (Auguste Press, 2004), 20/20 Yielding (Blue Press, 2005), and Hidden Driveways Ahead (forthcoming).
Mike Topp was born in Washington, D.C. He is currently living in New York City unless he has died or moved. His books Happy Ending and Own Your Own can be ordered from Future Tense Books.

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Chris Torrance was born Edinburgh, Scotland in 1941 and spent 20 years living in the London area and Bristol before moving to South Wales in 1970, the area that has so deeply informed his poetry ever since. He taught creative writing at University College Cardiff for 25 years and has been a massive influence on adventurous poets who attended his classes. He founded the poetry and music band Poetheat in 1985 with composer Chris Vine, now known as Heatpoets. Their latest CD is called Frinight. Chris’s books include The Magic Door, The Diary of Palug’s Cat, Acrospirical Meanderings In A Tongue Of The Time and many others.
Christopher Twigg was born in Bromsgrove in the English Midlands in 1958. He lived in the Black Mountains of Wales from 2002 to 2005 and has two collections of poems published by Zenane in the USA, A Cherub That Sees Them and The English Book. He is a painter and musician, playing guitar and singing in the Alt. Country band Chicken of the Woods.
Mark Wallace is the author of a number of books and chapbooks of poetry, including Nothing Happened and Besides I Wasn't There and Sonnets of a Penny-A-Liner. Temporary Worker Rides A Subway won the 2002 Gertrude Stein Poetry Award and was published by Green Integer Books. His multi-genre work Haze (Edge Books) was published in 2004, as was his novel Dead Carnival (Avec Books). His critical articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, and along with Steven Marks, he edited Telling It Slant: Avant Garde Poetics of the 1990s (University of Alabama Press) a collection of 26 essays by different writers on the subject of contemporary avant garde poetry and poetics. With Juliana Spahr, Kristin Prevallet, and Pam Rehm he edited A Poetics of Criticism, a collection of poetry essays in non-standard formats published (Leave Books). He is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at California State University San Marcos.
A. D. Winans is a native San Francisco poet, writer and photographer. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, and a member of PEN. His work has appeared world-wide and been tranlsated into eight languages. He is the author of over 45 books and chapbooks of poetry and prose. Recent books include The Wrong Side Of Town (Cross Cultural Communications), This Land Is Not My Land (Presa Press) and Tombstone Graffiti (Butcher Block Press). He can be contacted at
Christopher Winks teaches Comparative Literature at Queens College / The City University of New York. His articles and translations from French, German, and Spanish have appeared in a variety of publications.
Will Yackulic grew up in and around New York, moved to San Francisco on a whim after college, stayed far too long while threatening to move back to New York the whole time -- and recently did just that. He's primarily involved in visual art but has occasion to whip off some literature when in the company of Micah Ballard and Cedar Sigo, with whom he co-authored Death Race V.S.O.P. (Red Ant Press).
Karl Young's personal home page can be found by clicking here.

And his Light and Dust Web anthology can be found by clicking here.

For the beginning of a retrospective of his literary activities, published in Big Bridge, click here.

Uroš Zupan, born in 1963 in the small industrial town of Trbovlje, graduated in comparative literature from the Faculty of Arts, Ljubljana University. He has published six volumes of poetry, three books of essays and a translation of The Hour of Mercy by Yehuda Amichai. Translated into several languages, his poetry has been published in German (Beim Verlassen des Hauses, in dem wir uns liebten, translated by Fabian Hafner, Residenz Verlag, Wien 2000), Polish (Przygotovania do nadejscia kwietnia, translated by Katarina Salamun-Beidrzycka, Zielona Sawa, Krakow 2001) and Croatian (Pripreme za dolazak travnja, translated by Josip Osti and Milos Durdevic, Konzor, Zagreb 2002). The winner of several awards in Slovenia and abroad, he lives and works as a freelance writer in Ljubljana.