Volume 9, Number 4
Fall 2008


Bios and Links

Karren LaLonde Alenier is author of five collections of poetry, including Looking for Divine Transportation, winner of the 2002 Towson University Prize for Literature. Her poetry and fiction have been published in such magazines as the Mississippi Review, Jewish Currents, and Poet Lore. Gertrude Stein Invents a Jump Early On, her jazz opera with composer William Banfield and Encompass New Opera Theatre artistic director Nancy Rhodes, premiered at New York City’s Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia in June 2005. She writes for Scene4 Magazine. Her book on contemporary opera, The Steiny Road To Operadom: The Making of American Operas, is now in advance limited release from Unlimited Publishing.

Author web site: http://alenier.blogspot.com
Karren Lalonde Alenier
Alenier on Archibald MacLeish: Memorial Issue
Karren L. Alenier: DC Places Issue

Holly Bass
is a writer and performer. A Cave Canem fellow, her poems have appeared in Callaloo, nocturnes (re)view, Role Call (Third World Press) and The Ringing Ear, an anthology of Black Southern poetry. Her work has been presented at respected regional theaters and performance spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Whitney Museum and the Experience Music Project in Seattle. She is one of twenty artists to receive the 2008 Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival.

Author web site: http://www.hollybass.com/
Holly Bass
Holly Bass: It's Your Mug Anniversary Issue (introduction), Vol. 10:3, Summer 2009
Holly Bass: It's Your Mug Anniversary Issue (poems)

Holly Bass: Langston Hughes Tribute Issue

Regie Cabico is a pioneer of the poetry slam spoken word movement, having won the 1993 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Championship, subsequently taking top prizes in the 1993, 1994 and 1997 National Poetry Slams. His solo plays include onomatopoeia and a quarter life crisis in 1 act (Top 10 Play Citation at the 1999 Seattle Fringe Festival), RegieSpective (The Kitchen), straight out (2004 Downtown Urban Theater Festival), and Unbuckled & Uncensored (2008 Asian Arts Initiative & Youth Speaks). He directed two plays for the 2007 and 2008 Washington DC Hip Hop Theater Festivals as artistic director of Sol y Soul. Since 2000, Cabico has served as literary curator for Composers Collaborative, Inc. where he has matched poets and composers to produce works as part of the Non Sequitur Festival. Highlights include his two-person show with composer Molly Thompson, The Scream, and Rejections: A Series of Slips & Falls, at The Flea Theater in 2008.

Regie Cabico
Cabico's Intro to the Split This Rock Issue: Vol. 9, No. 1, Winter 2008
Regie Cabico: Tenth Anniversary Issue
Regie Cabico on DC Slam: Literary Organizations Issue
Regie Cabico: Langston Hughes Tribute Issue
Regie Cabico: Floricanto Issue
Regie Cabico on Essex Hemphill: Poetic Ancestors Issue

Kenneth Carroll is a native Washingtonian. His poetry, short stories, essays, and plays have appeared in Black Literature Forum, The Lion Speaks: An Anthology for Hurricane Katrina, In Search Of Color Everywhere, Bum Rush The Page, and American Poetry: The Next Generation. His book of poetry, So What: For The White Dude Who Said This Ain’t Poetry, was published in 1997 by Bunny & The Crocodile Press. He has had three plays produced: The Mask, Walking To Be Free, and Make My Funk The P-Funk. He is executive director of DC WritersCorps and past president of the African American Writers Guild. He received a 2005 Literary Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, was nominated for a 2004 Pushcart Prize for Poetry, and received the Mayor’s Arts Award for Service to the Arts. He was named one of WETA’s Hometown Heroes in 2004.

Kenneth Carroll
Carroll's Tribute to Gaston Neal: The Memorial Issue
Kenneth Carroll: DC Places Issue

Grace Cavalieri produced the audio tracks of poems by Kenneth Carroll (2002), Brian Gilmore (2001), May Miller (1987), and Gaston Neal (1995). They are included here by permission of "The Poet and the Poem" radio series. Cavalieri is the author of several books and chapbooks of poetry and plays. She produces “The Poet and the Poem” on public radio, now from the Library of Congress, in its 30th year on air. She holds the Allen Ginsberg Award for Poetry, the Pen-Syndicated Fiction Award, A Paterson Prize, the Bordighera Award for Poetry , and the Silver Medal from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her book What I Would Do for Love is in the voice of 18th century Mary Wollstonecraft. The new play on Wollstonecraft is “Hyena in Petticoats.” Her play "Quilting the Sun" had its world premiere at Centre Stage, SC in 2007 and she was awarded key to the city of Greenville, SC. Cavalieri’s recent book Anna Nicole: Poems (Menendez Publications) is on its way becoming a play about the untold Anna Nicole, “Beverly Hills, Texas.”

Author web site: http://www.gracecavalieri.com/
Grace Cavalieri
Cavalieri's Intro to Vol. 5, No. 2 (Spring 2004)
Cavalieri on Roland Flint: Memorial Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Whitman Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Wartime Issue
Grace Cavalieri on Louise Glück: Profiles Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Evolving City Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Split This Rock Issue
Cavalieri on Ann Darr: Forebears Issue
Grace Cavalieri on Joseph Brodsky: US Poets Laureate Issue
Grace Cavalieri: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Grace Cavalieri on "The Poet & The Poem": Literary Organizations Issue

Grace Cavalieri on Ahmos Zu-Bolton II: Poetic Ancestors Issue

Katie Davis is a Washington DC writer and a 25-year veteran of public radio. “Neighborhood Stories,” her ongoing series of audio essays, appears on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and PRI’s “This American Life.” Her essays are included in You Are Here: Personal Geographies (Princeton Architectural Press 2004) and the upcoming Reality Radio (Duke University Press 2009). Davis has received fellowships from the McDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts. She is the founder/director of The Urban Rangers Youth Corps that gives kids “tools for life” in Adams Morgan.

Katie Davis: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Joel Dias-Porter (aka DJ Renegade) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He served in the US Air Force, and after leaving the service, he became a professional DJ in the DC area. From 1994 through 1999 he competed in the National Poetry Slam, finishing as high as second place in the individual competition, and was the 1998 and 1999 Haiku Slam Champion. His poems have been published in the anthologies Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, and Catch a Fire. He also edited and did layout for The Black Rooster Social Inn, an anthology of poems and visual art. In 1995, he received the Furious Flower "Emerging Poet Award" from James Madison University. He has performed for the Today Show, in the documentary SlamNation, on BET, and in the feature film Slam. The father of a young son, he has a CD of jazz and poetry on Black Magi Music, entitled LibationSong.

Joel Dias-Porter's weblog: http://renegadesblog.blogspot.com/
Joel Dias-Porter (aka DJ Renegade)
Joel Dias-Porter: Split This Rock Issue
Joel Dias-Porter: It's Your Mug Anniversary Issue

Thomas Sayers Ellis is author of The Maverick Room (Graywolf Press2005) and his poems have appeared in Poetry, Best American Poetry, TinHouse, The Washington Post and The Nation. He is a contributuing writer/editor to Poets & Writers and Waxpoetics, as well as the new curator of Verse/Reverse, a monthly pairing of poet and cultural critic. Ellis is currently working on The Go-Go Book: People in the Pocket in Washington, DC, a book of photographs. He lives in DC in the Summer and NYC in the Fall, Winter and Spring; and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Lesley University Low Residency MFA program.

Author's web site: http://www.tsellis.com/
Thomas Sayers Ellis: DC Places Issue
Thomas Sayers Ellis: It's Your Mug Anniversary Issue
Thomas Sayers Ellis: Langston Hughes Tribute Issue

Alison Gilbert produced half the audio tracks for this issue. She has worked as a freelance producer for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, Weekend All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Sunday and Day to Day. She has also worked as Assistant Producer for The Intersection, a daily public affairs show on WETA, for WAMU, and for NPR's Justice Talking. Gilbert has an MA in Media and Public Affairs from George Washington University and a BA in Social Thought and Analysis from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives with her husband Jon in Silverlake in Los Angeles, CA.

Brian Gilmore is a public interest lawyer, a columnist with the Progressive Media Project, and a contributing writer to EbonyJet, a daily online magazine. His first book of poetry, elvis presley is alive and well and Living in Harlem, was published by Third World Press of Chicago in 1993. His second collection, Jungle Nights and Soda Fountain Rags: Poem for Duke Ellington (Karibu Books, 2000) is an aesthetic biography in verse on the life and work of jazz master Duke Ellington. His poetry, fiction, and other writings have been published in The Progressive, The Baltimore Sun, The Utne Reader, In Search of Color Everywhere, and The Detroit Free Press. He resides in Takoma Park, MD with his wife, Elanna, and daughters, Adanya, Lirit, and Pannonica.

Author web site: http://www.briangilmore.com/
Brian Gilmore
Brian Gilmore's Introduction to Vol, 2, No. 4 (Fall 2001)
Gilmore's Tribute to Waring Cuney: The Memorial Issue
Brian Gilmore: DC Places Issue
Brian Gilmore: Evolving City Issue
Brian Gilmore: Split This Rock Issue
Brian Gilmore: It's Your Mug Anniversary Issue
Brian Gilmore: Tenth Anniversary Issue
Brian Gilmore on Drum & Spear Bookstore: Literary Organizations Issue

Brian Gilmore: Langston Hughes Tribute Issue
Brian Gilmore on May Miller: Poetic Ancestors Issue

Michael Gushue co-coordinates the BAWA Poetry Series and co-runs Vrzhu Press, a small press specializing in poetry chapbooks, full-length books, and books of in-between lengths. His work has appeared in Third Coast , Redivider, Hotel Amerika, Delaware Poetry Review and is forthcoming at LocusPoint. His chapbook, Gathering Down Women, is available from Pudding House Press. He has recently started a small press, Beothuk Books, which published its inaugural book, Dan Vera’s The Space Between Our Danger and Our Delight, this September. He writes regularly and brilliantly at the Vrzhu Bullets of Love blog, and lives in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Vrzhu Press: http://www.vrzhu.com
Michael Gushue
Michael Gushue: DC Places Issue
Michael's Addictions

Bernard Jankowski’s most recent book is Luminous Mud, a collection of poems with paintings by Ed Ramsburg (KarlysKline, 2007). Jankowski's first book, The Bullfrog Does Not Imagine New Towns (WWPH, 2001), won the Washington Writers Publishing House Baltimore-Washington Contest. Jankowski has been a featured poet online on Poetry Daily. He is currently working with Ramsburg on their second collaboration, The Chair on West Patrick Street. He also has just completed the full-length play, Connections.com. Jankowski resides in Poolesville, MD.

Bernard Jankowski: DC Places Issue

Rod Jellema, for twenty years the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, is the author of four books of poems, the latest of which, A Slender Grace (2005), won the Towson University Prize for Literature for that year. He lives in Washington with his wife, the writer Michele Orwin, and is currently trying to finish an old project, a book on very early New Orleans jazz, while assembling his Collected Poems, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2009.

Author web site: http://www.rodjellema.com
Rod Jellema
Jellema on Ezra Pound: Memorial Issue
Rod Jellema: DC Places Issue

Fred Joiner is a poet and artist living in Washington DC's Historic Anacostia. Joiner's writing has been published in numerous places, including Callaloo, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard, Mosaic Literary Magazine, POST NO ILLS , and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. He is the Poet-in-Residence at BusBoys and Poets of Shirlington, the host of HOME at the Hillyer Artspace, and the curator-host of INTERSECTIONS, a literary series sponsored by the American Poetry Museum.

Fred Joiner: Wartime Issue
Fred Joiner: DC Places Issue
Fred Joiner

Reb Livingston is the author of Your Ten Favorite Words (Coconut Books), Pterodactyls Soar Again (Whole Coconut Chapbook Series), co-author of Wanton Textiles (No Tell Books) and co-editor of The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel anthology series. She's also the editor of No Tell Motel and publisher of No Tell Books.

No Tell Motel: http://www.notellmotel.org
Reb Livingston

Greg McBride
’s work appears in Bellevue, Gettysburg Review, Hollins Critic, Salmagundi, Southeast Review, and Southern Poetry Review. He recently won the 2008 Boulevard Magazine Emerging Poet Prize. His manuscript, “Back of the Envelope,” was runner-up for the Portlandia Prize in 2008, he has been a finalist for the Guy Owen Prize, and his poems have received three nominations for the Pushcart Prize. He began writing after a 30-year legal career, and now edits The Innisfree Poetry Journal.

Innisfree Poetry Journal: http://www.innisfreepoetry.org
Greg McBride: DC Places Issue

May Miller (1899-1995) first came to prominence as an award-winning playwright during the Harlem Renaissance.  A high school teacher, Miller was active in the famous literary salon of Georgia Douglas Johnson, and later helped establish the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, serving as Chair of the Literature Panel for the Commission's first three years.  From her retirement from teaching in 1943 until her death in 1995, Miller dedicated herself to writing poetry, publishing nine books of poems, including Halfway to the Sun, Dust of Uncertain Journey, and her Collected Poems.

Myra Sklarew on May Miller: Memorial Issue
May Miller: DC Places Issue
Brian Gilmore on May Miller: Poetic Ancestors Issue

Miles David Moore is a member of the Board of Directors of The Word Works, a not-for-profit poetry publisher and literary organization. He is founder and host of the Iota poetry reading series in Arlington, VA. His books are The Bears of Paris (Word Works, 1995); Buddha Isn't Laughing (Argonne House Press, 1999); and Rollercoaster (Word Works, 2004).

Miles David Moore
Miles David Moore: Whitman Issue
Miles David Moore: DC Places Issue

Yvette Neisser Moreno'
s work has appeared in The International Poetry Review, The Potomac Review, Tar River Poetry, and Virginia Quarterly Review. She has translated from Spanish to English the work of Argentinian-American poet Luis Alberto Ambroggio, which will be published in 2009 as Difficult Beauty: Selected Poems. Yvette’s critical work and translations of Palestinian and Israeli poetry has been published in the Palestine-Israel Journal. In addition to working as a freelance writer, editor, and translator, she teaches poetry at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda and at DC area public schools. Moreno has given readings at the Library of Congress, the University of Maryland University College, Martin Luther King Library, and the Writer’s Center. She resides in Silver Spring with her husband and two children.

Yvette Neisser
: DC Places Issue
Yvette Neisser Moreno: Langston Hughes Tribute Issue
Yvette Neisser Moreno

Gaston Neal
(1934 - 1999) was active in the Black Arts Movement. Born in Pittsburgh, he moved to DC in the 1960s and founded the Drum and Spear Bookstore, co-founded the New School of Afro-American Thought, and established one of the earliest poetry residency programs for the DC Public Schools, at Eastern High School. He taught poetry workshops at the DC Jail and for the DC Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Administration, and worked as a drug counselor. His writing was strongly influenced by jazz, and for eleven years, he co-ran "The Listening Group," a monthly salon. He was married and the father of two daughters. His poems appear in numerous anthologies, including Black Fire, Black Power Revolt, and Voices of Struggle.

Tribute web page: http://www.interchange.org/Gaston/
Kenneth Carroll
on Gaston Neal: Memorial Issue

Richard Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor (or co-editor) of sixteen anthologies including Mondo Barbie, Mondo Elvis, Conversations with Gore Vidal, A Different Beat: Writings by Women of the Beat Generation, Alice Redux, Sex & Chocolate, Grace and Gravity: Fiction by Washington Area Women and Enhanced Gravity: More Fiction by Washington Area Women. He is the author of the novella Sugar Mountain, two short story collections, and six poetry collections. He is currently working on Gravity Dancers: Even More Fiction by Washington Area Women (forthcoming 2009). Peabody teaches at The Writer's Center and at Johns Hopkins University, where he has been presented the Faculty Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement.

Gargoyle Magazine: http://www.gargoylemagazine.com
Richard Peabody
Richard Peabody: DC Places Issue
Three DC Editors: Profiles of Caresse Crosby, William F. Clare, and Merrill Leffler, by Richard Peabody: Profiles Issue

Mark Tarallo is a freelance policy journalist in DC. His poetry and fiction have been published in Abbey, Asphodel, Angelface, Innisfree Poetry Journal, and Red Mountain Review. He was awarded a 2008-2009 Artist Fellowship Award from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. He is a three-time (2006-2008) Larry Neal Writing Award winner, an Arlington Moving Words competition finalist, and winner of the 2007 Washington Writing Prize in short fiction.

Mark Tarallo: DC Places Issue

Hilary Tham (1946-2005) is the author of nine books of poetry (including Counting, The Tao of Mrs. Wei, and Bad Names for Women), a collection of short fiction (Tin Mines and Concubines), and a memoir (Lane With No Name). Born in Klang, Malaysia, she immigrated to the US in 1971, where she married, converted to Judaism, and raised three daughters. She was Editor-in-Chief for The Word Works, Poetry Editor for the Potomac Review, and taught extensively as a visiting writing in schools throughout Virginia.

Author web site: http://www.geocities.com/Hilarytham/
Hilary Tham
Hilary Tham: The Whitman Issue
Hilary Tham's Intro to Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 2002)
Hilary Tham: DC Places Issue
Hilary Tham: Tenth Anniversary Issue

Flawn Williams is deeply involved in listening. In three decades of recording music and documentary sound for National Public Radio he's ranged from the rainforests of Malaysia to concerts at New York's "Jazz at Lincoln Center." He teaches audio recording to students ranging from high schoolers to mid-career professionals, including NPR's "Next Generation Radio" training series and more recently with Georgetown University's Department of Performing Arts. He is currently an independent producer of audio and video projects. Williams is also a singer and singing teacher, and runs the Vocal Week traditional music summer program at the Augusta Heritage Center.


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