Contributors - Issue 124 (2010)
Note: The following bios were provided by the contributors themselves. See additional biographies in the The New San Francisco Poetry Underground stories.
Trevor J. Houser
Trevor J. Houser was born in Oregon, but since then has lived in other places, like Mexico, where he drove a sort of gas truck. His writing has appeared in Story Quarterly, ZYZZYVA, and Pindeldyboyz among others. Two of his stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is currently working on a novel about werewolves in colonial times and how that affects the human condition. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
Sally Henzell, wife of iconic film director, Perry Henzell, wrote this for her husband who she affectionately called ‘Rudie’ and also, him, her. They had two children, Justine and Jason and had been married for 41 years when he died in 2006. Sally has a book of poems called Paper Images and has been in several anthologies, the last one being – ‘So Much Things To Say’, produced for the 10th anniversary of Calabash Literary Festival held at the family’s hotel, Jakes, in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
Aryan Kaganof is a project of the African Noise Foundation. For more information: http://www.kagablog.com
Jenny Liou hails from Moscow, Idaho, and is currently a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine, where she received her MFA in Poetry and is currently working on a PhD in Renaissance and Restoration literature.
Rachel McKibbens is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow living in upstate New York. Her poems and short stories have appeared in World Literature Today, The American Poetry Journal, FRiGG Magazine and Monkey Bicycle. Her first book of poetry Pink Elephant (Cypher Books) was released in December, 2009.
Alistair Paterson has published 9 books of poetry, a novel, various essays on criticism and toured America and the UK several times promoting New Zealand poetry. His anthology, 15 Contemporary New Zealand Poets, was published in New Zealand and by Grove Press of New York. His long poem, Qu'Appelle was co-winner of Auckland University's John Cowie Reid Award for longer poems and in 1993 he won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. In 2006 he read at the Guildford literary festival in the UK and at Poets' House in New York and in 2006 was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature. Since 1993 he has been the editor of Poetry NZ - New Zealand's leading poetry magazine.
Marc Petersen says of himself: After my twenty-two years as an English teacher, I bought a camera and started walking up and down the Bay Area, looking for places that would remind me I'd lived there with my mother and father. I was looking for old things, and I found a lot of them. I got the idea for a book from looking at these pictures and from looking at pictures I was taking of old pictures of my father's family, because I remembered they were hard people and had lived hard lives and I'd loved them. All of my life, I'd read books. When I got my camera, I began to see what was in front of me. As an author must. Without prejudice of any kind, good or bad. The camera forced me to think and to look again.
Robert Smith was born and raised in aluminum homes all over Detroit, Michigan. At fifteen his parents moved him and the family to a trailer park in Alabama. At 25 he moved to New York City where he's been living and writing from a 3 story residential building in Bushwick.
Lucia Vincent was born in New York City and graduated from Amherst College. Her first book, Sexual Lynching, was published in 2002. She is also an actor and last Guest-starred on The West Wing and Co-starred on ER.
Chelsea Laine Wells
Chelsea Laine Wells is a proud Dallas, Texas native who primarily writes short stories but is working on her first novel, entitled The House of Little Moons. Her work has appeared in Columbia College Chicago's Hair Trigger and will soon appear in upcoming issues of PANK Magazine as well as a limited edition handmade book created by Lark Sparrow Press. She is pursuing her master's in librarianship and lives in Oak Cliff, in her pajamas, with her boyfriend and their clan of cats. "Swallow" is dedicated with deep affection to Mike Rocheleau.
Taylor Wood is a young writer just beginning his career in fiction. Shortly after he was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, his family moved to Indiana where he has lived his entire life. Greatly influenced by writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Mario Puzo, and Aleksander Hemon, Wood found a new passion in writing fiction some years ago. He is also a great lover of film and music and sings in his own heavy metal band. Wood is currently a freshman studying Journalism and Criminal Justice at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.