Summer 2010


CARLYE ARCHIBEQUE (nonfiction) made her mark as a journalist beginning as the reviews editor for Next…Magazine, the popular Orange Country based poetry magazine that morphed into the online zine, Southern California Poetix where she currently writes a regular column titled Poetry Matters and is the editor of the LA Poetry Events page. Ms. Archibeque is the publisher/editor of the online magazine, The Independent Reviews Site, which reviews the content and interviews the creators of underground, cult and independently produced music, literature, comics, movies and events. In her time on Earth she's held many jobs that provided inspiration for a career in writing: weapons and tactics trainer for the Navy Seabees, casino waitress, fry cook, postal carrier and visual effects coordinator for "Spider-Man 2," to name a few. Her poetry has been anthologized widely with work appearing in: Blue Satellite, Black Cross, "DiverseCity: The Austin International Poetry Anthology," Pearl, Social Anarchism, "So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Writers," "Scream While You Burn: A Caffeine Anthology," and Spillway. She is the author of three chapbooks: "Why I Shop" (Nightgaunt Press); "Dry Goods" (Laguna Poets Series); and "Live at the Cobalt (Cassowary Press)." She is two units shy of a BA degree in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles and will get to it when she has time.

Richard Beban RICHARD BEBAN (contributing editor), a December 2003 graduate of Antioch Los Angeles' MFA in Creative Writing Program, is the author of three chapbooks. His first full-length book, "What The Heart Weighs," will be released September 15 by L.A.'s Red Hen Press. He and his wife, the writer Kaaren Kitchell, were among the five "Hyperpoets" who ran the successful three-year (1997-2000) weekly poetry reading series at Venice's Rose Café. As The Playa Poets, they produced the 2003 Ecopoetry Festival to celebrate the new freshwater marsh at Ballona Wetlands, and also present workshops for the community by master poets in their living room once a month.
Tara Betts TARA BETTS  (poetry editor) teaches creative writing at Rutgers University. She is the author of Arc & Hue from Aquarius Press. Her work has appeared in Gathering Ground, Home Girls Make Some Noise, Hurricane Blues, Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-Po Listserv and ROLE CALL. Her work has also been adapted for Steppenwolf Theatre production Words on Fire and Fingernails Across the Chalkboard – an anthology and play talking about the impact of AIDS and HIV in the Black community. She is a Cave Canem fellow and an graduate of the New England College MFA Program. For more information and updates on her upcoming projects, visit www.tarabetts.net.
Sam Hamill SAM HAMILL (contributing editor) is the author of fourteen volumes of original poetry including "Almost Paradise: Selected Poems & Translations" (Shambhala, 2005), "Dumb Luck" (2002), Gratitude (1998), and "Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995" (1995). He has also published three collections of essays, including "A Poet's Work" (1998), and two-dozen volumes translated from ancient Greek, Latin, Estonian, Japanese, and Chinese, most recently, "Tao Te Ching" (2005), "The Essential Chuang Tzu" and "The Poetry of Zen" (with J.P. Seaton), "Narrow Road to the Interior & Other Writings of Basho," and "Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese." He is editor of "The Gift of Tongues: Twenty-five Years of Poetry from Copper Canyon Press," "The Erotic Spirit, Selected Poems of Thomas McGrath," "The Complete Poems of Kenneth Rexroth" (with Bradford Morrow), and "Selected Poems of Hayden Carruth." Hamill has taught in prisons for fourteen years, in artist-in-residency programs for twenty years, and has worked extensively with battered woman and children. He is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and was Editor there from 1972 through 2004. In January 2003, he founded Poets Against War, compiling the largest single-theme anthology in history, and editing a best-selling selection, "Poets Against the War" (Nation Books, 2003). His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Jamey Hecht JAMEY HECHT (poetry editor) is the author of three books: Plato’s Symposium: Eros and the Human Predicament (Twayne, 1999); a translation, Sophocles’ Three Theban Plays: Antigone, Oedipus the Tyrant, Oedipus at Colonus (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature, 2004); and a collection of poems, Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film (Red Hen Press, 2009). His poetry and prose have been published in a variety of scholarly journals and literary magazines including Tikkun; American Book Review; Shofar; Isotope; Caesura; Afterwords; Los Angeles Review; Black Warrior Review; Rattle; Free Inquiry; Block; Nerve; Mississippi Review; Sycamore Review; River City; Cloverdale Review; English Literary History; St. Ann’s Review; November 3rd Club; Critiphoria; Poetry Calendar; Essays on Robert Frost; Poetry’s Poet: Essays on the Poetry, Pedagogy and Poetics of Allen Grossman; Barnes & Noble.com; Forschungen zur Frühen Neuzeit; The Sixteenth Century Journal; Progressive Populist; Media Monitors’ Network; Counterpunch; L.A. Splash; Farmhouse Magazine; NY Arts Magazine; Berlinerkunst; and Global Outlook. www.jameyhecht.com
Victor D. Infante VICTOR D. INFANTE (Editor In Chief) is an award-winning poet and journalist living in Worcester, MA. His poems have appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines, journals and anthologies internationally, and his first full-length collection of poems, City of Insomnia, is available from Write Bloody Publishing. He doesn't like it when people tell him things can't be done. www.victorinfante.com
Ray McNiece RAY MCNIECE (poetry) is the author of six poetry books -"Dis," "The Bone-Orchard Conga," "The Road that Carried Me Here," "Song that Fathoms Home," "Wet Sand Raven Tracks -New Haiku," and "Us? Talking Across America," as well as two solo theatre works and two music/poetry collaborations. He also co-edited the anthology of Contemporary Buddhist Poetry, "America Zen." The Orlando Sentinel calls him "a modern day descendant of Woody Guthrie. He has a way with words and a wry sense of humor." In a review of, the Star-Phoenix said, "His thoughtful writing combines with perfectly timed delivery to create a powerful wordscape that owes as much to jazz as drama." He is the voice of Woody Guthrie in WCPN/NPR's documentary, "Hard Travellin'." Recent tours include a keynote address with Robert Bly at the First Coast Writer's Conference, a featured reading at City Light's Italia with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and performances with Yevgeny Yevtushenko on Good Morning, Russia and at the Moscow Polytech, the Russian Poets' Hall of Fame where he was dubbed 'The American Mayakovsky.'
Richard Modiano RICHARD MODIANO (nonfiction) was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley (Los Angeles, California suburb) of Jewish-Irish parents (and later nurtured by Japanese stepmother.) One younger brother, gay activist, now deceased, inspires his commitment to human rights. At University of Hawai'i became anti-war activist and read poet Gary Snyder's essay "Buddhism and Anarchism" and then was turned on to Paul Goodman poet/novelist/psychotherapist/anarchist and later joined New York City Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World while attending NYU (presently member of Socialist Party USA and Buddhist Peace Fellowship but still anarcho-syndicalist in outlook.) 1980s deepened interest in Japanese aesthetics & learned Japanese language & was consultant-editor for Subterranean Press. Early '90s started translating from Japanese to English, wrote terser Japanese-influenced pieces. Translations & original works published here & there in Blue Satellite , FTS , and Sun Flowers & Locomotives. Wrote reviews and politics column for The Independent Reviews Site and presently co-director of Poets on the Half Shell and member of the board of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, in Venice California. Day job is program manager for small Korean educational institute.
Lenore Weiss

LENORE WEISS (fiction) is a writer from the Bay Area. Last year Pudding House Publications released her latest chapbook, “Sh’ma Yis’rael.” She has been published extensively both online and off with her most recent work in "Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal," and in "Women in Judaism" from Canada. Lenore also produced "The CellPhone Poems" with composer, Paul Kirk, an exploration of the changing relationship between public and private space which is available on CD Baby. Lenore is currently working on a collection of "Tkhine," modeled on prayers by Jewish women, which were first published in 1648. She serves as Web Master for a transit company and as the chair of the political action committee of AFSCME Local 3916.


Pham Binh PHAM BINH has been a revolutionary socialist since he was 16. He's from from Rochester, NY, and has been active against the death penalty, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and many other issues. Today he serves on the editorial board of Traveling Soldier, an anti-war newsletter aimed at helping active-duty troops organize, and his writings have been published in the International Socialist Review, Asia Times Online, Counterpunch, Znet, and Dissident Voice.
Marc Solomon

MARC SOLOMON, originally from Phoenix, AZ, is a dyed-in-the-wool Libertarian since age 16. He has been published in "California Freedom", a Libertarian party magazine. He is the Coastal District Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Orange County, CA. He holds degrees in aerospace and electrical engineering, and was a designer of the strategic defense initiative because he didn't like the idea of nuclear war. He moved into the software business in the 1990s, and continues to work in the information technology field. He became a Master Practitioner of Neural Linguistic Programming and counsels individuals and businesses in personal change and development. He is also a musician, composer, producer, and sound designer for film and live theater, and is the musical director for the Virtual Theatre Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to staging new work.

Elizabeth Ross ELIZABETH ROSS-HARRISON is a freelance political writer from Pennsylvania whose writing can be found at Everything in Its Own Time (http://www.everythinginitsowntime.com/) and occasionally at DailyKos and RedState. She had been actively involved in the local and state politics of her area from 1986 to 2009, but now limits herself to just writing about it. A registered Republican, she is a self-described socially-liberal-fiscally-conservative-in-favor-of-the-abolition-of-straight-ticket-voting-Pennsylvania-moderate. Her best source of knowledge about politics was her maternal great-grandmother -- a blind and crippled political activist whose philosophy demanded that party affiliation not be a deciding factor at the polls—qualification for the job is the only relevant factor. When she retires from writing about politics, Elizabeth hopes to start a legitimate (i.e., well-organized and powerful) third party called the "Moderate Party"—not a particularly creative name, but a testament to truth in advertising. For the benefit of the November 3rd Club, she will mostly restrict herself to commentary from her "socially-liberal" side.
Phil West PHIL WEST is a writer, teacher, and amateur soccer player who came of age in the moshpits of late '80s Seattle, fell in with a bad poetry slam crowd upon moving to Austin in 1994, moved to San Antonio to run the most infamous and raucous slam event in the nation in 2000, and moved back to Austin in 2006 because the culture and queso were better. He runs a public relations firm that represents an engaging collection of non-profit organizations, authors, entrepreneurs, and artists, and has a long history of freelance writing for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Austin Chronicle, and San Antonio Express-News. He is married to an amazing high school English teacher and has two precocious and adorable sons. He has always had a crush on pop culture. You can read his blog at: http://funnelcake.wordpress.com/

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Lea C. Deschenes

LEA C. DESCHENES received her MFA in Poetry from New England College. She has been a recipient of Worcester's Jacob Knight Award, has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes & once found a five-leaf clover during a solar eclipse. Her first full-length collection, The Constant Velocity of Trains, received honorable mention from the DIY Book Convention Awards and is available from Write Bloody Publishing.