Contributors - Issue 109 (2004)
The Boston Globe has described him as "the Renaissance man of American Music." Amram and Jack Kerouac collaborated on the first-ever jazz poetry reading in New York City in 1957 as well as the subsequent legendary film Pull My Daisy in 1959. Amram holds the honor as the first Composer-in-Residence of the New York Philharmonic. "My Bhudda Angel in Chengdu is a little poem/song I wrote in China. I did it for the first time at the Kerrville Texas Music Festival."
Blackman's first short story was published in Phoenix Irish Short Stories. She has a M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College. The story "Still Alive" was performed in 2004 by the Trinity Players Theater and on RTE radio.
For the past few years I've been doing field work in Africa, publishing numerous scientific articles and writing short stories. I have had four of these short stories published in American and British anthologies, an Irish science fiction literary journal and an English literary journal...This is my fifth story to be published I have never been in therapy–except once for 45 minutes when I was 11 years old. Physically situated between London and West Africa I'm actually like Kilgore Trout in that I am nature's experiment with insatiable voyeurism and therefore travel everywhere. But, he is so much better at it. I always wanted to get a job as a window cleaner but am afraid of scaffolding–so I became an anthropologist–it's the same thing without the heights.
I've had a bit of fun and luck along the way, including getting a few of my better scribbles published in, The Cafe' Review, Kettle of Fish, The Muddy River Poetry Review, Long Island Quarterly, La Reata (London, England), Mobius, Red River Review, Reflect, Salt Hill (Syracuse University), Stirring, PoetryBay, PoLARITY, Walt's Corner (The Long Islander), and other "placements" near and far. "Far" would have to include, selected works that were translated by Professor Chu-an Wen and appear in the Chinese journal, Contemporary Foreign Literature. I currently reside in Lowell, Massachusetts, co-oping with writer Meg Smith and our wonderful cat, Pumpkin.
Born in the old country–matured and bloomed in the new-critically honed there and here–suspended by and in the visual and verbal world- painted for years, still does (first preoccupation) –been immersed in photography, preferably B & W–progressed? from teenage rhyming and dyslexia–to something more serious, have-over the last decade, accumulated a body of poetry–live and work in NYC, venture to the East End when not floating around in other parts of the planet.
Jim Feast is a member of the Unbearables writers' group and co-edited two of their anthologies. He has also co-authored two books on health and writes reviews for all and sundry.
Muhammad Nasrullah Khan
Muhammad Nasrullah Khan states, "I try to write heartfelt stories based on bitter realities. I belong to a country where people are afraid of life. Their sleep has lost dreams. I want to reawaken their oppressed dreams, I want to share their woes; I want to share the suffering of their shrieking souls. Humanity is dying and I am trying to put a few drops of water on its dry tongue so that it should face death bravely. My writing is an echo of their flagging hopes and raging desires."
Anyssa Kim is a poet, visual artist, and classically trained violinist, who plays with the New York Repertory Orchestra. Her first volume of poetry is Ovarian Twists, published by Fly by Night Books.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Paris Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. Readers interested in learning more about him should read Magic, Illusion, and Other Realities at "http://www.geocities.com/simonthepoet" which site lists his complete bibliography.
Chivas Sandage's work has most recently appeared in Ms. Magazine and The Berkshire Review. She holds a B.A. from Bennington College and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Writing at Vermont College. She has just completed a first collection of poetry and is at work on a memoir. Sandage lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she has received several artists grants from the Northampton Arts Council.
The American poet John Wieners died in 2002 at the age of sixty eight. He was a key figure in the poetic renaissance of the late 1950s and 60s. In 1958 his first book, The Hotel Wentley Poems, appeared. In the 1980s the editor Raymond Foye embarked on a quest to gather unpublished poems. With the help of Allen Ginsberg and Robert Creeley, who remained unswerving in their support, the results were published by Black Sparrow Press as Selected Poems 1958-1984. In an interview, the poet had answered a query as to his theory of poetics, 'I try to write the most embarrassing thing I can think of.'
A.D. Winans was born in San Francisco in 1936. After military service in Panama in 1958, Winans became friends with Bob Kaufman, Jack Micheline, Charles Bukowski, and other noted poets and writers of the Beat movement. His poetry, short stories, articles, book reviews, and essays have appeared in over 500 literary magazines and anthologies. This noted San Francisco writer is the author of 36 books of poetry and three works of prose.