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   Francisco Dominguez & Aire Celeste Norell
   Marie Lecrivain & Angel Uriel Perales
   Sheikha A.
   Steve Abee
   L. Ward Abel
   Carl Abt
   Hannah Adcock
   Elizabeth Addis
   Aderemi Adegbite
   Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
   Neil Aitken
   M.I Akande
   Shahd Al-Shemmari
   Lynn Albanese
   Alaina Renee Alexander
   Scott Alexander
   Gwyndyn Alexander
   Nicole Alexander
   Inalegwu Omapada Alifa
   Maureen Alsop
   Rafael Alvarado
   Steven Alvarez
   Veronica An
   Zack Anderson
   Kristine Anderson
   G.D. Anderson
   Amy Anderson
   Lori Anderson-Moseman
   Grace Andreacchi
   Renae Andruse
   Arlene Ang
   Roger Angle
   Stephen Anstay
   Azure Antoinette
   Theresa Antonia
   Aurora Antonovic
   Maria A Arana
   Carlye Archibeque
   Joseph Armstead
   Feral Artist
   Baron James Ashanti
   Charlene M. Ashendorf
    Askew
   Gregory Austin
   Shawn Aveningo
   maeghanne ayers
   Goodness Lanre Ayoola
   John-Patrick Ayson
   Jim Babwe
   Sophie Bachard
   Vasile Baghiu
   Bridget Bagne
   song-hue bahk
   Michael Baker
   Prerna Bakshi
   Anna Balint
   David Banuelos
   Jared Barbick
   J. Mae Barizo
   Peter Barlow
   Matthew A. Barraza
   James Barros
   Jeni Bate
   Jonathan Beale
   Richard Beban
   Gary Beck
   Gary Beck
   Lytton Bell
   Hakim Bellamy
   Michele Beller
   Laura Bellotti
   Stefanie Bennett
   Hayley Berariu
   Kevin Berger
   Lawrence Berger
   Mike Berger, Ph.D.
   Tom Berman
   luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
   Craig Berry
   Nick Bertelson
    Besskepp
   Mary Rose Betten
   Cheryl Beychok
   Gwendolyn Beyer
   François Biajoux
   Jarvis Black
   Heitham Black
   Beau Blue
   Rose Mary Boehm
   Bonnie Bolling
   Julie Bolt
   Lek Borja
   Cristogianni Borsella
   Gerald Bosacker
   Amanda Boschetto
   Wendy Bourke
   Jack G. Bowman
   Jennifer Bradpiece
   Bob Bradshaw
   Marcielle Brandler
   Peter Branson
   Sumiko Braun
   Adam Bresson
   Quiana Briggs
   Jack Bristow
   paulo brito
   Alan Britt
   Michelle Brodeur
   Lynne Bronstein
   Charles Brooks
   Adam Levon Brown
   Leah Brown
   Deborah Edler Brown
   Jason Sanford Brown
   zoey brown
   Bob Browning
   Sir Mark Bruback
   MC Bruce
   Jeffrey Bryant
   Kate Buckley
   Robin M. Buehler
   Ron Burch
   Graham Burchell
   Maria Rose Burgio
   Betsy Burke
   Matt Burns
   Richard Burrill
   Tony Bush
   Zachary C. Bush
   Elissa Calvin
   Joseph Camhi
   Dana Campbell
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Velene Campbell
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Neil Campbell
   Luis Campos
   Janine Canan
   Lyn Cannaday
   Pasquale Capacosa
   Joey Capone
   Hélène Cardona
   Britton Laine Carducci
   D.J. Carlile
   Julia Carlson
   Alicia Carpenter
   Jonathan Carr
   Patricia Carragon
   Oscar Carrasco
   Jared Carter
   Michael Aaron Casares
   John Casey
   Lisa Castro
   Rachael Kelechi Caulker
   Nika Cavat
   Michael Caylo-Baradi
   Steve Ceniceros
   Michael Ceraolo
    Cerise
   Robert Cesaretti
   Cheryl Chambers
   Lita-Luise Chappell
   Shibani Chattopadhyay
   Lisa Cheby
   Beth Cheng
   Ralph-Michael Chiaia
   Juhi Chowdhury
   David Christensen
   Phil Clark
   Terry Clark
   Darice Clark
   Terry Clark
   Charles Claymore
   Jeanette Clough
   Kim Cochran
   Ed Coet
   Tobi Cogswell
   Megan Coker
   Bruce Colbert
   Merrill Cole
   Karen E. Cole
   Christopher Coleman
   Larry Colker
   Beverly M. Collins
   David Concepcion
   Christiane Conésa-Bostock
   Brendan Connell
   Alice Constantine
   Jack Cooper
   Flavia Cosma
   Rachel Coventry
   R. Paul Craig
   David Cravens
   William Crawford
   Natalie Crick
   Rosemarie Crisafi
   Carla Criscuolo
   Chris Crittenden
   Benjamin Crowley
   Susan Culver
   Joe Cyr
   Jim D Babwe
   Morgaine d'Abney
   Karen Corcoran Dabkowski
   Daniel Daian
    Dalton
   Catherine Daly
   Iris Dan
   Marie Lecrivain & Daniel Gallik
   Dan Danila
   Michelle Daugherty
   Piper Davenport
   Kathrine David
   Gareth Davies
   Holly Day
   Frank De Canio
   Gregory De Feo
   Steve De France
   J de Salvo
   J. de Salvo
   kumari de Silva
   Pijush Kanti Deb
   Shalla DeGuzman
   JD DeHart
   Diane Dehler
   Aurelius Demarco
   Darren C Demaree
   Gloria Derge
   Chris Derrico
   Lea Deschenes
   Maurice Devitt
   Theo Diamantis
   Mike Dias
   Martin Dickinson
   Edward J DiMaio
   Mark Dixon
   Peggy Dobreer
   Rosemarie Dombrowski
   Francisco J. Dominguez
   Linsly Donnelly
   Lisa Helene Donovan
   Kevin Doran
   Marvin Louis Dorsey
   John Dorsey
   Marvin Dorsey
   Laura A. Lionello & Douglas Richardson
   Doug Draime
   Donelle Dreese
   Dale Duke
   Jawanza Dumisani
   Henri Dumolet
   Max Dunbar
   t. joseph dunn
   Robin Wyatt Dunn
   Tyler Dupuis
    Durenda
   Walter Durk
   Douglas Dvorkin
   Ron Dvorkin
   Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
   Alfie Ebojo aka alfie numeric
   Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
   Sabrina Edwards
   Patricia J. Edwards
   Miguel Eichelberger
   John Elison
   Julian Ellis
   Neil Ellman
   K. Eltinaé
   R.M. Engelhardt
   Margarita Engle
   Jon Epstein
   Sufi Erter
   Eli Eshaghian
   Michael Estabrook
   Alexis Rhone Fancher
   Richard Fein
   John Feins
   Emily Fernandez
   Melissa Fischer
   W.S. Fisher
   Jamie Asae FitzGerald
   Amelia Fleetwood
   Jake Fleshner
   John Jay Flicker
   David Flynn
   Arthur Charles Ford
   Liz Fortini
   Sesshu Foster
   Heather Fowler
   Clint Frakes
   Sarah Francois
   Amélie Frank
   Alex M. Frankel
   Allie Frazier
   E.L. Freifeld
   M. Frias Frias-May
   Suzanne Frost
   Delia J. Fry
   Elliott Gabay
   Steven Gabriel
   Timothy Gager
   Daniel Gallik
   J Gamble
   Ishmael Garay
   Jerry Garcia
   Daniel Garcia-Black
   Vince Garofalo
   Gabriella Garofalo
   Yvonne Garrett
   Nelson Gary
   Donna Gebron
   Ulrike Gerbig
   Janice Gero
   Ursula T. Gibson
   Rebecca Gimblett
   Tony Gloeggler
   Steve Goldman
   Vesna Goldsworthy
   Melanie Gonzalez
   Jeffrey Graessley
   Allison Grayhurst
   Jeff Green
   Timothy Green
   Jeanie Greensfelder
   Rhoda Greenstone
   Amos Greig
   John Greiner
   John Grey
   Summer Griffiths
   Danielle Grilli
   Brian Grillo
   John Grochalski
   Wendy Grosskopf
   Andrew Grossman
   Ro Gunetilleke
   Kenneth Gurney
   John R. Guthrie
   Debashish Haar
   Erik Haber
   Hedy Habra
   Tresha Faye Haefner
   Matthias Hagedorn
   James Hall
   Tom Hamilton
   David Harrington
   William Harris
   Matt Harris
   Dawnell Harrison
   J. Alana Hauenschild
   Kari J. Hayes
   KJ Hays
   Ann L. Healey
   Eloise Klein Healy
   Jessica Healy
   Jim Heavily
   Dan Hedges
   Paul Hellweg
   Samantha Henderson
   Jack Henry
   David Herrle
   JD Heskin
   Kenneth Hickey
   Jerry Hicks
   Marvin R Hiemstra
   Ed Higgins
   Carlos Hiraldo
   Sherri Hoffman
   Guy Hogan
   Ali Hosseiny
   Dave Houston
   David Howard
   Eric Howard
   Nate Howard
   Bryon D. Howell
   A J Huffman
   Hunter Lee Hughes
   Roger Humes
   Trista Hurley-Waxali
   Elizabeth Iannaci
   Thea Iberall
   Armine Iknadossian
   Gedda Ilves
   Alegria Imperial
   Victor D. Infante
   Victor Infante
   Augustus Invictus
   Susan Irvine
   Alexandra Isacson
   Natalie Itzhaki
   Amber Jacob
   Scott Jacobson
   Larry Jaffe
   Sonika Jaggi
   Emmanuel Jakpa
   Matthew James
   Andrea Janov
   T.A. Jennings
   Ivan Jenson
   Dani Jimenez
   Alex Johnson
   Michael Lee Johnson
   Lois P. Jones
   Strider Marcus Jones
   Tao Jones
   Georgia Jones-Davis
   Jasmin Jordan
   Quentin Josephy
   Liu Jue
   Ruth Juris
   Gene Justice
   Gary Justice
   Pete Justus
   Mikel K
   Scott C. Kaestner
   Sheema Kalbasi
   Peycho Kanev
   Rachel Kann
   Jay Kantor
   Paula Sfier Kattan
   Russ Kazmierczak
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   Gretchen Keer
   Aaron Keller
   Collin Kelley
   Kamuran Kelly
   Raud Kennedy
   Bernard Kennedy
   Kathleen Kenny
   Stephen Kerr
   Hari Bhajan Khalsa
   Just Kibbe
   Jerome Kiel
   lalo kikiriki
   Ashley King
   Robert S King
   Franklin Lafayette King
   Sofia Kioroglou
   Rusty Kjarvik
   Kenny Klein
   LeAnne Kline
   Deborah P Kolodji
   Tracy Koretsky
   Edith Kornfeld
   George Korolog
   Dimitris P. Kraniotis
   Mark Krewatch
   Chris Krueger
   Amanda Krut
   Thomas Krämer
   Gerard Kuc
   Christopher Kuhn
   Donna Kuhn
   Len Kuntz
   Craig Kurtz
   Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
   Daniel Lambert
   Anthony Langford
   Donald Langosy
   Ray Lanthier
   Phillip Larrea
   Phillip Larrea
   Kasandra Larsen
   Wolf Larsen
   Ethan Latham
   Lisa LaTourette
   Marie Lecrivain & Laura A. Lionello
   Marianne LaValle-Vincent
   Kevin Lavey
   Judith A. Lawrence
   Eric Lawson
   Richard Leach
   Marie Lecrivain
   Anne Lecrivain
   Noah Lederman
   Pete Lee
   Emma Lee
   Kevin Patrick Lee
   N.M. Leepsa
   Alexandra Leggat
   Laura LeHew
   Gary Lehmann
   Sharmagne Leland-St. John
   Kevin LeMaster
   Michal Lemberger
   Kim Leng
   Roland Lesterin
   Tiffany Lettieri
   P.A. Levy
   Martin Lewis
   Cheyenne Lewis
   Anthony Liccione
   Cynthia Linville
   Laura Lionello
   Zachary Locklin
   Jessica Lopez
   Harold Lorin
   Tess. Lotta
   B.D. Love
   Adam Lowis
   Ron Lucas
   Andrew Lundwall
   Rick Lupert
   Suzan Lustig
   Radomir Luza
   Stosh Machek
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   Sarah Maclay
   Stefanie Maclin
    Magdalena
   Gary Maggio
   Holly Magill
   Anthony Magistrale
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   Suvi Mahonen
   Donal Mahoney
   Robert Maiolo
   Kelly Ann Malone
   Michael Malota
   Shahé Mankerian
   Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
   Chris Mansell
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   April-May March
   Rick Marlatt
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   Francis Masat
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   Lee Mason
   Hyatt Mason
   Johnny Masuda
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   Paul McConnell
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   Deborah McCreath-Akbar
   Catfish McDaris
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   Karen J McDonnell
   Matt McGee
   Allen McGill
   Afric McGlinchey
   Terance James McGunigle
   Cat Angelique McIntire
   David McIntire
   david mclean
   Isobel McQueen
   Fernando Meisenhaulter
    Mephistopheles
   Corey Mesler
   Melissa Michaels
    Mike the Poet
   Scott Miller
   Richard Lee Miller
   Robert John Miller
   Hany Haggag Abdl Mobdy
   Richard Modiano
   William Mohr
   Sonnet Mondal
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   Leslie Monsour
   Amanda Montei
   Patrick Mooney
   Carl Moore
   Greggory Moore
    Albert Lee Moran
   A.J. Morelli
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   Frank Mundo
   Barbara-Marie Mundt
   Augusto Munoz
   Mark Murphy
   Craig Murray
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   JL Nathan
   Nimah Nawwab
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   Jason Neese
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   Akor Emmanuel Oche
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   Daniel Olivas
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   Chika Onyenezi
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   Sergio Ortiz
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   Lizbeth Palma
   Heather Palmer
   Greg Patrick
   Miss Natalie Patterson
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   Steve Pelcman
   Angel Perales
   Alice Pero
   Angela J. Perry
   Helen Peterson
   Brenda Petrakos
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   Gareth Pike
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    smzang
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Marie Lecrivain
May 2004
   

 

No Speed Limit: Rick Lupert and Poetry Superhighway

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START POETRY SUPER HIGHWAY (PSH) AND WHY THAT SPECIFIC NAME?



    I didn't so much “start” the Poetry Super Highway as “realize” I was starting it. When I started my own website "Lupert: It's the Website" (a play on the name of my first book, Paris: It's the
Cheese) I wanted to incorporate elements from all [my] interests and involvements, and poetry was one of them. So, I created a section of links to other poetry related websites. I emailed everyone I knew in the poetry community and asked them to send me any poetry links they knew of. I had no specific intention of creating the huge database of links I have now. I realized quickly in this venture that the key to a successful website [is] frequently changing content. It's one thing to get people to come to your site...but a whole other thing to get them to come back.



    The name Poetry Super Highway was a play on the Internet's nickname at the time (Information Superhighway).



WHAT WAS PSH LIKE AT THE BEGINNING? HOW DID IT EVOLVE INTO THE ALL-ENCOMPASSING POETRY RESOURCE IT IS TODAY?



    Obviously, I wanted people to come back to my site so I started brainstorming other ways to have changing content. The links section was one way. (In fact, the direct URL to the PSH main page still is PoetLinks.html, a remnant of when it was just a section of my main site.) I decided to feature the work of other poets on the site. I knew how eager I was to get my work published seen by other people so I thought this would be a great way to build traffic. It was.



    The submission load was large. I quickly moved from featuring one poet a week, to two, and have been doing so ever since. As new sections were added (The bookstore, chat room, webrings, forum, contest, Great Poetry Exchange, etc.), I soon [became] aware that the site had grown far beyond my original, somewhat non-altruistic, original intention of building traffic to “my” site. So, the mission was developed: to expose as many people to as many other people's poetry as possible. This is the purpose of the Poetry Super Highway. I may get a few extra hits on my personal site—books, etc.—as a bonus, but the real intent is to service the mission.



YOU'RE THE FOUNDER AND BIG CAHUNA, BUT HAVE YOU EVER HAD/HAVE ANYONE HELP YOU WITH PSH? DID ANYONE OR ANY PUBLICATION INFLUENCE THE GROWTH OF PSH? IN WHAT WAY?



    I've had help with certain components of the PSH but for the most part it's been all me (baby). I always recruit judges for the annual summer Poetry Contest; both because I think it's important that, especially for the contest, several sensibilities are utilized in going through the huge volume of submissions, and also because I couldn't possible do it myself. Also, many individuals and organizations have been helpful in donating prizes, books, services, etc. to the annual contest and Great Poetry Exchange, which helps make those projects successful as well as further the mission. The benefit of doing the rest of the work myself is the speed [with] which I can make and implement decisions without waiting for the input of others.



    No one publication or individual influenced the growth of PSH, but many of its elements can be found elsewhere on many different sites and so, I suppose, the growth came as a result of my ongoing exploration of many other sites since the beginning of time...err...that is since the PSH started in 1997.



WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR PSH? DO THEY KEEP CHANGING, OR HAVE THEY STAYED CONSISTENT THE ENTIRE TIME? IF THEY'VE CHANGED, HOW SO?



    The main goal is to expose as many people's poetry to as many other people's poetry as possible. Since I realized this goal fairly early in the history of the site, it has remained the consistent idea behind all of the Poetry Super Highway's components.




WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST DISLIKE WITH PSH? YOUR GREATEST SATISFACTION?


    The volume of poetry I receive for Poet of the Week consideration creates a two-fold dissatisfaction. First, with so much poetry coming in, I have to read a lot of poetry [that] I don't like that much. (Not fun.) The other part of that is that I also receive so much poetry that I do like a lot, and I can't publish all of it.



    My greatest satisfaction is the positive response the site has received from the world's poetry community. I think it's awesome that so many prizes are donated by so many poets to our annual contest, enabling us to give at least one poetry-related prize to every single contest entrant, regardless of [the] poem's score. This also led to the same sort of system created to our “non-contest,” the Great Poetry Exchange, in which for no reason at all people send a book to another randomly selected poet in exchange for receiving one. I'm sure some folks might get something they don't care for, but the vision of poetry books winging their way, simultaneously, all over the world to randomly selected poets, I think, is really cool.



WHAT IS YOUR CRITERIA FOR SELECTING "THE POET OF THE WEEK”?



    People who send naked pictures of themselves are automatically published. Beyond that, I prefer to publish poetry that I enjoy reading. I don't pay much attention to someone's previous publication credits or involvements. I rarely publish rhyming poetry...not because rhyming poetry is wrong...but just because I usually don't like reading it. I sometimes try to match two poets who I think complement each other well. If I've got a group of poets I'd like to publish, I'll sometimes look at their location and try to select two from areas/cities I haven't featured recently. I tend to not publish poetry about the darkness in people's souls...especially if it uses the words "darkness in my soul." It's quite possible there's nothing wrong with these poems, but I try to avoid work with too much (or sometimes any) cliché words or phrases in it. Sometimes, if poets are writing about a similar theme, I'll choose to put them up together. The opposite holds true as well. Sometimes I'll put up poets whose work has little in common, if anything. I love putting up poets who've never been published before (though that's not part of the consideration, rather an afterthought once they are chosen). I especially love this when it turns out I'm publishing them with a more established poet. Sometimes I'll put up a poet who is writing about a current theme, such as a holiday or recent world event. I publish an annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) issue. For this issue, and this issue only, I suspend some of my opinions about the poetry and publish a piece from almost everyone who sends in a submission for it. In this case, I feel the topic is so important that it's more important for people to remember and respond than to worry about whether I personally like the poem or not. On a rare occasion I'll publish work which isn't necessarily my favorite, but I recognize [that] it's good work and should be represented.



    I save all submissions for six months after I receive them for new consideration each week. I'm too chicken to send out rejection letters, so if someone isn't published after six months, they should realize that I'm not going to publish work from that particular submission.



    I rarely bother to read work from people who don't follow the submission guidelines. Every publication has its own specific publication guidelines designed to make the workload smooth and easy for that particular publication. Some of these guidelines between publications may be completely opposite but I feel [that], out of respect for the publication, it's vitally important that anyone considering submitting work follow those guidelines.



WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK PSH HAS HAD ON THE INTERNET POETRY COMMUNITY?




    Poetry Super Highway was not the first online poetry site and with the explosion of the Internet, undoubtedly, for the internet poetry community, it's had no impact at all. However, I do receive regular correspondence from people who tell me how much they've enjoyed the site, or found it useful in finding other poetry sites to visit, or reconnected them with long lost poet-friends. Some people have even told me that visiting PSH has inspired them to create their own websites (personal or online publication).



    When someone creates their own poetry space on the Internet as a result of being inspired by my site, then certainly this helps with the mission of exposing as many people to as many other people's poetry as possible. I try to run a site which is consistent to its mission, and consistent to the integrity one would hope for in the best publications. I hope that people will (or even have) used that model as they've participated in other web publications and created their own.



WHERE DO YOU SEE THE FUTURE OF MODERN POETRY HEADED?



    It's a good question, [and one that] I'm not sure I'm capable of answering. It seems to me in today’s world, where truly anything does go, that modern poetry has no limits (other than the ones individuals apply to it). Certainly, the most extreme content and language has been utilized in modern poetry. Form is both cherished and completely abandoned, and the exploration of new forms is alive and well. My friend Brendan Constantine came up with an exercise for his poetry workshop in which the participants write a poem meant to appear on the side of a building, taking into consideration the unique shape of the building, where windows and doorways might appear etc.



    I think there will always be conflicting schools of thought on what IS poetry, perhaps between poets who value form, to others who don't...between rhymers and non-rhymers...the MFA crowd and the blue collar writers. I'm just not sure what new ground will be covered. It seems to me that the revolution has happened and people will either participate in it or not.



    Oh, and I also predict [that] within five years, my personal poetry will be regarded as the ultimate standard for all art in every medium and people will begin mailing me gold bars.






    Rick Lupert has been involved in the Los Angeles poetry community since 1990. He served for two years as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets, a 24-year-old non-profit organization that produces a regular reading series and publications out of the San Fernando Valley. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, includingThe Los Angeles Times, Chiron Review, Zuzu's Petals, Caffeine Magazine, Blue Satellite, and others. He is the author of nine books: Paris: It's the Cheese, I Am My Own Orange County, Mowing Fargo, I'm a Jew. Are You?, Stolen Mummies (Ain't Got No Press), Lizard King of the Laundromat, Brendan Constantine is My Kind of Town (Inevitable Press), Feeding Holy Cats, and Up Liberty's Skirt (Cassowary Press). He serves on the Artist and Community Advisory Council of Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California (though he's not sure how that happened or what it means). He has hosted the long running Cobalt Café reading series in Canoga Park since 1994 and is regularly featured at venues throughout Southern California.



    Rick created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, a major Internet resource for poets. http://PoetrySuperHighway.com



    Currently Rick works as a music teacher at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge and the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center in Van Nuys, as well as at Hillel of Pierce and Valley Colleges as the Assistant Director.

copyright 2004 Marie Lecrivain