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  Keith Abbott is currently co-teaching an Asian Brush workshop at Naropa University with Kobun Chino Roshi. Two solo shows of his art this year, Sweet Nothings (New Work) Artemisia Gallery, Boulder Jan-March, and Common Zens, (A Ten-Year Retrospective) Naropa University April 1-18. His novel, Good Golly Miss Molly, has been recently optioned, and another novel, Franklin Furpiece, is being serialized at Exquisite Corpse.
   
  Mei-mei Berssenbrugge was born in Beijing in 1947 and grew up in Massachusetts. Her books include The Heat Bird (Burning Deck), Empathy (Station Hill), Sphericity and Four Year Old Girl (Kelsey Street). Her collaborations include artist books with Richard Tuttle and Kiki Smith, and theatre works with Frank Chin Blondell Cummings, Tan Dun, Shi Zhen Chen and Alvin Lucier. She has received two NEA Fellowships, two American Book Awards, and book awards from the Asian-American Writers Workshop and the Western States Art Foundation. She has been a contributing editor of Conjunctions Magazine since 1978, and has taught at Brown University and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Having lived in rural New Mexico for twenty-five years, she now also lives in New York City, with artist Richard Tuttle and their daughter.

 
John Brandi has long been a traveler on the path, setting down in words and shapes and colors the stations of sacred crossings from Ecuador to Alaska, Rio Bravo to Rio Ganges, trying to make sense of the ineclutable reasons, to find reason in the cascades of images from Yucatan to Viet Nam, from Aleknagik to Istanbul. A teacher and listener--teaching from and listening to the heart of the wind and land--he bodys forth what he hears and sees and feels in verbal bouquets and visual expositions. Brandi is a kind of Gnostic--seeking what is divine in the self and in the environment the self apprehends. His work is Whitmanic, Sufic and more: an eye (I) that frequently recalls and calls upon God's eyes, trying to see through that aperture in the polyvalent Oneness (was he, we might wonder, the inspiration for the authors of the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe"?), bringing back snapshots and canvases of the joyous cosmology. Author of over two dozen books of poetry, essays, and modern American
haiku, Brandi has received an NEA Fellowship, a Witter Bynner Translation Grant, and a Djerassi Foundation Residency Award.
--Michael Gregory / Bisbee Poetry Series
   
  Robert Brown
   
  Nicole Burrows, a condo-dwelling native of bay area suburbia, has odes to other New York School writers, among them James Schuyler, Eileen Myles, and John Godfrey, recently published in Skanky Possum, Syllogism, Mungo vs. Ranger, COMBO and Outlet. Her manuscript, COMMUNIQUE, was recently nominated for Kelsey Street's Frances Jaffer Award for New Writers. She teaches writing at University of San Francisco. 
 
  Aaron Couch is an associate editor of CrossConnect. His work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and L.I.P. Magazine, and is upcoming in Slope. 
 
  Adam DeGraff is the author of All This Will Become Dust In Just Three Minutes from We Have A Fax Machine Press out of Oakland, CA and the forthcoming No Man's Sleep from Shark Press out of NYC.
 
  Drew Gardner's recent books include Water Table (Situations) and Student Studies (Detour). He lives in New York City.  
   

 
Gwynne Garfinkle lives in Los Angeles. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and music reviews have appeared in such publications as Gynomite: Fearless, Feminist Porn (New Mouth From the Dirty South), Exquisite Corpse, Fish Drum, Papertiger, The American Voice, Loca, Lummox Journal, and the Los Angeles New Times. She can be contacted at gwynnega@aol.com
 

Claudia Grinnell was born and raised in Germany. She now makes her home in Louisiana, where she teaches English at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Her poems have appeared in various print and ezines, most recently in such places as Exquisite Corpse, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, Mudlark, Janus Head, Recursive Angel and Blue Moon Review.
 
  David Highsmith sells books and bookshelves in San Francisco.
   
  Bruce Holsapple lives in Magdalena, New Mexico. His poetry has appeared in Intent, situation, House Organ, The Cafe Review, Texture, and Open 24 Hours. His publications include essays on Williams and Reznikoff. 
   
  Ward Kelley has seen more than 1,000 of his poems appear in journals world wide. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Kelley’s publication credits include such journals as: ACM Another Chicago Magazine, Rattle, Zuzu’s Petals, Ginger Hill, Sunstone, Spillway, Pif, Big Bridge, 2River View, Melic Review, Thunder Sandwich, The Animist, Offcourse, Potpourri and Skylark. He has been honored as featured poet for Seeker Magazine, Physik Garden, Poetry Life & Times, and Pyrowords. Recently he was the recipient of the Nassau Review Poetry Award for 2001.
 

 
Mark S. Kuhar (markk) is a Cleveland, Ohio-based writer & poet. His fiction & poetry have appeared in Whiskey Island Quarterly, Centerlight, The American Srbobran & Ohio On-Line. His nonfiction has appeared in a wide variety of local & national business, consumer & on-line publications. He is also the editor of Deep Cleveland Junkmail Oracle, "a rather self-important literary e-zine dedicated to the spirit of legendary cleveland outlaw poet & underground publisher d.a. levy."
   
Lewis LaCook is a poet, musician and multimedia web artist originally from Lorain, Ohio. Editor of the web journal Idiolect, his poetry has appeared in Lost And Found Times, Aught, Slope, Cauldron and Net, Poethia, Blaze, Friction, Caught in The Net, The Hold, 3rd Bed, Avant Garde Times, PotePoetZine, PotePoetText, Littoral West, Atomicpetals, Interweave, 5-Trope, Black River Review, Whiskey Island, The Coventry Reader, and Luna Negra, among others. Anabasis published his long poem Cling as a chapbook in early 2000, and he has collaborated with the poet Sheila E. Murphy on a book length poem entitled Beyond The Bother of Sunlight. BeeHive is set to offer his short poem series, The Odious Art of Lewis LaCook, as an e-book for the Palm Pilot as part of their Microtitle Series in late September/early October of 2001. He co-edited the first Slope New Avant Writing sampler with Ethan Paquin as part of Slope's fifth issue. A Writing Mentor at the trAce Online Writing Centre at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, he is currently fascinated with both object-oriented programming languages (C, C++. QuickBASIC, Javascript) and the possibilities of hypertext media. His flash poetry generator was accepted as part of rhizome.org's artbase of net.art. He writes about new media for Suite101.com. Lewis lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his fiancee Renee Vaverchak. They believe deep in their hearts that Buttercup is truly the coolest Power Puff Girl. Links to flash works: http://www.lewislacook.com/BinaryDrives.html
http://www.lewislacook.com/negative4.html http://www.lewislacook.com/cellsex.html
   
  Louise Landes Levi, born in NYC, studied at Berkeley, and travels overland to India. She's a student of Indian music. Her first chapbook, Poems (Ambrosial Press), was published in Bombay; others followed in Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Brooklyn. She published 2 cassettes--Padma & Kinnari--and 13 books & chaps, most recently Guru Punk & CHORMA (with Italian translation). See www.portodeisanti@portodeisanti.org. Forthcoming are Makar/A kar'MA, Woodbine Pr. Translator of R.DAumal, RASA, H.Michaux Toward Totality & Mira Bai, Sweet on My Lips.
   
 

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Rick London's previous books include Dreaming Close By (O Books, 1986) and ABJECTIONS: A Suite (O Books, 1988). A new book, Pictures With Moving Parts, will be published by Doorjamb Press in Spring of 2002.
   
 Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikov Selections from Love & Politics by Judith Malina published by Black & Red, P.O. Box 02374, Detroit, Michigan, 48202. Poet, actress and co-founder of The Living Theater. Founded, in 1947 as an imaginative alternative to the commercial theater by Judith Malina, the German-born protégée of Erwin Piscator, and Julian Beck, an abstract expressionist painter of the New York School, The Living Theatre has staged more than 80 productions performed in eight languages in 25 countries on four continents - a unique body of work that has influenced theater the world over.
   
  Duncan McNaughton lives in San Francisco. Most recent book: Venus ill-treated by the odd ones / Venus strapazzata dai lunatici, Dario Villa, translated from the Italian by Duncan McNaughton, Blue Millennium Press, 2001.
   

Daniel Moore: Born in 1940 in Oakland, California, his first book of poems, Dawn Visions, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964. In 1972 his second book, Burnt Heart, Ode to the War Dead, was also published by City Lights. He was the winner of the Ina Coolbrith Award for poetry and the James D. Phelan Award for the manuscript of poems in progress that became Dawn Visions. From 1966 to 1969, Mr. Moore wrote and directed ritual theatre for his Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company in Berkeley, California.

When he became a Muslim in 1970, he took the name Abd al-Hayy, and began traveling extensively in Europe and North Africa (Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote of this period: "Moore [became] a Sufi and, like Rimbaud, renounced written poetry."). After ten years of not writing, however, Moore "renounced" his renunciation and published three books of poetry in Santa Barbara, California in the 1980's, The Desert is the Only Way Out, The Chronicles of Akhira, and Halley's Comet. To date (January of 2002), he has over 40 manuscripts of poetry which make up his present body of work. While in Santa Barbara in the 1980s, he also organized poetry readings for the Santa Barbara Arts Festivals and wrote the libretto for a commissioned oratorio by American composer, Henry Brant, entitled Rainforest, which had its world premiere at the Arts Festival there on April 21, 1989.

In 1990 Mr. Moore moved with his family to Philadelphia, where he continues to write and read his work publicly. He has received commissions for two prose books with Running Press of that city, the best-selling The Zen Rock Garden and a men's movement anthology, Warrior Wisdom; his commissioned book for The Little Box of Zen was published in 2001 by Larry Teacher Books.

Daniel Moore's poems (sometimes under the name Abd al-Hayy Moore) have appeared in such magazines as Zyzzva, City Lights Review, and The Nation. He has read his poetry to 40,000 people at the United Nations in New York at a rally for the people of Bosnia during that war, and has participated in numerous conferences and conventions at universities (including Bryn Mawr, The University of Chicago and Duke University in 1998, the American University at Cairo, Egypt, in 1999, and the University of Arkansas in the year 2000). His book The Ramadan Sonnets, co-published by Kitab and City Lights Books, appeared in 1996, and his book of poems, The Blind Beekeeper, distributed by Syracuse University Press, is being published at the beginning of 2002. He also was the final editor of a collection of poems by Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, The Adam of Two Edens, published in 2001 by Syracuse University Press.

In March of the year 2000, and October of 2001, Mr. Moore collaborated with the Lotus Music and Dance Studio of New York, performing the poetic narration he wrote for their multicultural dance performance of The New York Ramayana, and recently revived his own theatrical project in The Floating Lotus Magic Puppet Theater, presenting The Mystical Romance of Layla & Majnun with live-action and hand-puppets. He wrote the scenario and poetic narration and directed a collaboration between traditional Mohawk and modern dancers for The Eagle Dance: A Tribute to the Mohawk High Steel Workers, which was to be presented in New York on September 22, 2001, postponed for a performance on March 16, 2002 at the Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem.

At readings of his own poetry, Mr. Moore often accompanies himself on a multitude of exotic native musical instruments, including specially tuned zithers. He says: "For me the province of poetry is a private ecstasy made public, and the social role of the poet is to display moments of shared universal epiphanies capable of healing our sense of mortal estrangement--from ourselves, from each other, from our source, from our destiny, from The Divine."

   
  Originally trained as a visual artist (Pratt Institute and U.C.-Berkeley), William Minor (PDF file) has exhibited woodcut prints and paintings at the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Smithsonian Institution. Attracted by the “multimedia” work of William Blake, Kenneth Patchen and Shiko Munakata, he began to write poetry thirty-seven years ago (as a graduate student in Language Arts at San Francisco State), producing his first book containing poems and prints, Pacific Grove, in 1974. Bill has, since that time, published four more books of poetry: For Women Missing or Dead, Goat Pan, Natural Counterpoint (with Paul Oehler; nominated for Pushcart Prize XI ), and Poet Santa Cruz: Number 4. He has published short fiction in numerous journals and anthologies (Best Little Magazine Fiction, NYU Press). A jazz writer with over 150 articles to his credit, Bill also published Unzipped Souls: A Jazz Journey Through the Soviet Union (Temple University Press) and Monterey Jazz Festival: Forty Legendary Years (Angel City Press). He served as scriptwriter for the Warner Bros. film documentary based on the latter (same title as book, now out in video and DVD); and, a professional musician since the age of sixteen, he is at present setting poems from For Women Missing or Dead to music and performing them at various venues in the Monterey Bay Area. He has recently completed a novel (Trek: Lips, Sunny, Pecker and Me, for which he received the 1999 best “First Chapter of a Novel” award from the Friends of the Sacramento Public Library and Focus on Writers Committee) and a book on jazz in Japan (The Heart Within: Jazz Journeys to Japan). Bill is also completing four new poetry chapbooks: A Fireside Poem: Homage to Osip Mandelstam (with woodcuts, drawings and translations), Moker, The Delights of Age (one hundred tanka cycle), and a collection of translations from Russian, Greek, and Japanese.
   
  Daniel Nester's poems have appeared in Nerve, Verse, Fine Madness, Minnesota Review, and others. He is editor in chief of the online literary journal La Petite Zine.
   
Hello my friends, Claudio Parentela here...I'm an illustrator and a cartoonist, and I'm very active in the international underground scene. I collaborate around the world with many zines and magazines of art and comics, like Stripburger, Lavirint, You&Me, The Lummox Journal, The Cherotic Revolutionary, The Brown Bottle, Art Life, Mani Art, Pintalo De Verde, Crystal Drum, Chance, Untergrundblatte, Unwound, Moon Magazine, Lucid Moon, Evasion, Stampa Alternativa, Emozioni, BGA Comix, Innovation Studio, Kerosene, Lo Sciacallo Elettronico, Krimson Leer, Phony Lid Pubblications, The Benway Institute, Kastello, Cabezabajo, Que Suerte, Topaz, Sunburn, Fagorgo, Entmoot, Pssst zine, zzz zine, Stardust Memories, Helter Skelter, Germinal....and many othes. I've illustrated poems by Mark Sonnenfeld, Gary Sneyd, Shannon Colebank, Lisa Massei, Vittorio Baccelli, Michael Kriesel, Gavin Burrows, Cristiano Quadalti. Last year I was guest of the BREAK 21 Festival in Ljubljana-Slovenia. I've published for various publishers booklets of illustrations and of comics: ''The Halved Nightmare,'' ''The Slavering Rat'' (BGA Comix-Innovation Studio-Italy)--''Black Kisses and other Stories,'' "The Book of Secrets'' (La Cafetiere Editions-Belgium)--''Story'',''Il Bombarolo'' (Progetto Siderurgiko-Italy)--''Jeanne Dark you got Balls,'' ''The Frogs Ballet'' (self-produced). I love too Mail Art and I participate in all the mail art projects that I know. I collaborate too with many punk, industrial, metal bands. I'm writing you this short message because I should like to draw for you and to show my artworks on your site/gallery. I send you some examples of my artworks and I hope in your answer are love and friendship. E-mail c_parentela@liber.
   

Frank Parker: Combined his crafts of printing and writing to publish his first book, Heart Shaped Blossoms, and has since become active in electronic publishing. He maintains a web site, Frank's Home, with the poetry of Michael Rothenberg, David Gitin, George Mattingly, Jim Wilson, Allison Inaba, Joan Cofrancesco, Erminia Passannanti and translations of Jacques Prévert by Anne Berkeley among others. His poem Wild with Spring won a prize in "Quarry West 35/36: Poets and Writers of the Monterey Bay", edited by Ken Weisner, judged by Francisco X. Alarcón, in the Spring of 2000. Frank Parker is a Coordinator with Poetry on the Peaks, a project of Ram Devineni, Rattapallax Press, and the United Nation's International Year of Mountains. Poetry on the Peaks seeks "to increase international awareness of the global importance of mountain ecosystems. Poetry on the Peaks plans to celebrate the relationship between humanity to nature through poetry by setting-up poetry readings on as many of the mountains in the world and corresponding cities. The program hopes to increase awareness of pressing environmental and social issues and promote cultural heritage of mountain societies around the world."

Frank lives in Monterey, California. Time permitting, he enjoys hiking and backpacking the coastal and High Sierra mountains of California, USA.

   
 

Mark Prejsnar: Have lived in many parts of the U.S. and Brazil. In Atlanta, Georgia for the last 8 years. I work as a library professional.

I have published one chapbook (a long poem), entitled Burning Flags (Atlanta: 3rdness, 1999). My work has appeared recently in New Orleans Review, mirage periodical #4, gestalten, Kenning, lower limit speech, Situation, Itsynccast, and a number of other print magazines. A substantial number of my poems will be published soon in An Other South, an anthology edited by Bill Lavender and published by University of Alabama Press. Founding member of the Atlanta Poets Group, the main forum for innovative poetry in northern Georgia over the last 4 years.

   
  Michael Price is a poet from Boulder, Colorado. This is his first novel.
   
Linda Russo lives in Buffalo, NY, and edits, with Christopher W. Alexander, verdure, a magazine of poetry and poetics. Her work is currently or forthcoming in Big Allis, LVNG, Outlet, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Rampike, and Tripwire.
   
  Miriam Sagan's most recent book of poetry is ARCHEOLOGY OF DESIRE (Red Hen).
She writes the monthly "Words on Poetry" column for the Santa fe NEW MEXICAN.
 
   

 
Philipp Schiemann (email), born in 1969, lives and works as author and singer in Düsseldorf, Germany. Since 1990 he has been published widely by his own publishing house on cd and vinyl with his own various bands, some of them with famous guest musicians like the american punk and rock legend Jeff Dahl. In 1999 and 2001 Schiemann was invited by the San Francisco Goethe Institut to join the Euro-SF Poetry Festival, where he recorded an anthology of poetry with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joanne Kyger, Duncan McNaughton and several others. During the last eight years Schiemann did hundreds of performances, mostly in Germany, but also in Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. For detailed information about his work, please check his website. Poems in this issue of Big Bridge are taken out of the book Gedichte (30 ausgesuchte Gedichte und 30 Autorenportraits, erschienen 2001 im Killroy media Verlag, ISBN: 3-931140-33-4).
   
 

Susan Terris's new collection of poetry FIRE IS FAVORABLE TO THE DREAMER will be published by Cedar Hill Publications in 2002. Other recent books include CURVED SPACE (La Jolla Poets Press); EYE OF THE HOLOCAUST (Arctos Press); ANGELS OF BATAAN (Pudding House Publications); and NELL'S QUILT (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). Her journal publications include The Antioch Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, Nimrod, Southern California Anthology, and Rattapallax.

On-line she has had work (partial listing) in Recursive Angel, Conspire, Web Del Sol, Perihelion, Poetry Daily, New Works Review, The Blue Penny Quarterly, Blue Moon Review, In Vivo, Switched-on Gutenberg, Kudzu, Highbeams, Thunder Sandwich, Ariga:Visions, Zero City, Wise Women's Web, & Zuzu's Petals.

Editor with CB Follett of RUNES, A Review Of Poetry. Premier issue, December 2001, will feature poems by Jane Hirschfield, David St. John, Richard Wilbur, Ronald Wallace, Eleanor Wilner, Stephen Corey and many others. 

   

 
Lewis Warsh's most recent books are The Origin of the World, Touch of the Whip, and Debtor's Prison (in collaboration with Julie Harrison). He is co-editor, with Anne Waldman, of The Angel Hair Anthology, published by Granary Books in 2001.
   

 

Nina Zivancevic is a poet, fiction writer and a scholar-translator who resides between New York and Paris. But her main home remains the hidden "house of language", as Heidegger would have it. Andrei Codrescu said of her "Among us bilingual guerrillas, she is the chief flame-maker."Charles Simic claims that she is "one of the most interesting and original poets in Eastern Europe" who taught herself a highly idiomatic American by writing original poetry in it.

"More or Less Urgent" is available through New Rivers Press, 420 N 5th St. Apt. 910, Minn. 55401