Rigoberto Gonzalez, Cuervo tamaulipeco (Corvus imparatus), pen & purple ink, 2012.

CONTRIBUTORS (partial list)

Adam Benedetto is a writer from Wisconsin who has spent the last three years living abroad. He is now in New York City.

Andreas Economakis is a film director and writer. He alternatively calls Los Angeles, Athens and Nisyros his “home.”

Adriel Hampton is a journalist, Gov 2.0 and new media strategist, public servant, and licensed private investigator. He is running for U.S. Congress in the 2009 special election for California’s 10th District.

Anna Baltzer is a Jewish American who has been documenting human rights abuses and supporting nonviolent direct action in the West Bank with the Int’l Women’s Peace Service. Witness In Palestine is the title of her book detailing her experiences.

Anthony Torres is an independent art critic and curator who has taught at Ohio State and UC Santa Cruz.

Ask Lady Esq. is a California divorce lawyer who gives relationship advice in a post-modern Dear Abby manner primarily through her website askLadyEsq.

Billee Sharp lives in San Francisco. Her book “Fix it, Make it, Grow it, Bake it” will be published by Viva Editions on Earth Day, 2010.

Charles Gonzalez is the lead singer of the band Stereo Glitter.

Cindy Sheehan is an internationally recognized peace activist. Her radio program and blog appear as Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox.

Christopher Carrico was born in Maryland but has spent the better part of the 21st century working as a cultural anthropologist in Guyana, South America. His PhD is from Temple University, and his dissertation was on Guyana’s Amerindians. His current work includes field research in Guyana and addresses issues of ecological and developmental policies, political participation, and the paradoxes of contemporary ideologies of liberal democracy and human rights. More of his writing can be found at

Chris Hedges is a graduate of Colgate University and Harvard Divinity School. He is a former Middle East bureau chief of The New York Times (where he shared a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Journalism for coverage of terrorism) and has also reported on current events in Latin America, Europe, and Africa. In 2002 he was the recipient of an Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism and in 2009 the Los Angeles Press Club named him the Online Journalist of the Year. He is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. Hedges is the author of nine books including War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

Christopher Higgs curates the online arts journal Bright Stupid Confetti, and is a proud member of The Marvin K. Mooney Society. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in literature and critical theory at Florida State University, where his research involves theorizing a rhizomatic approach to understanding transnational/transhistorical avant-garde literature.

Dave Bennion is an attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he helps immigrants to the U.S. navigate the complex immigration legal system.

Dennis Kucinich is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives where he has represented Ohio’s 10th District since 1996. In addition to serving in the Ohio State Senate he served as a City Councilman in Cleveland and served as that city’s Mayor in the late 1970s.

Diana Cristales is a visual artist, community worker and mother of three, who resides in Lake Tahoe, California.

Duff Brenna is the author of the novels Too Cool (a New York Times Notable Book), The Alter of the Body, and The Book of Mamie (an AWP Best Novel selection).

Esteban Ortega Brown is a medical doctor who resides in McAllen, Texas.

Eve Toliman lives in Richmond, California.

Felix Macnee is a painter who resides in San Francisco, California.

Fofi Littlepants is the pen name of a West Coast writer

Gabriela Barragan is a recent MBA graduate, freelance writer, marketing consultant, and extremely dedicated musicophile. She wakes up in either Salinas or Emeryville, CA. Her blog, “House of G”, focuses on music and musings.

George Evans is the author of a number of poetry books including Nightvision (Pig Press, 1983), Sudden Dreams (Coffee House Press, 1991) and The New World (Curbstone Press, 2002). He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Horatio Guernica is the pen name of a West Coast writer.

Jack Freeman is a painter and percussionist.

Jim Dorenkott grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Roger Williams College in Rhode Island and served in the U.S. Navy in the early 1960s.

John Halle is a former alderman for the city of New Haven, Connecticut, and is on the faculty at Bard College in New York State where he teaches music theory and is active as a composer. His political writings can be found at his website

John Unger Zussman is a screenwriter and technical writer from Portola Valley, California.  His essays have been published in The Sun Magazine.  He has won a Grammy Award (as a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus), but there’s room on the shelf for an Oscar and a Pulitzer.  John’s scientific background includes a Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University.

Kara Allison is an academic librarian, freelance writer, and activist living in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Karim Abuawad holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Liam Hysjulien is a graduate student in sociology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His areas of study are Food Systems Theory, food sustainability, food policies, and urban agricultural projects.

Mark Van Proyen is a Northern California-based artist and art critic. He is the Chair of the Painting Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Matt Gonzalez is a former president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. An archive of his writings can be found at The Matt Gonzalez Reader.

Matthew Hirsch is a West Coast writer.

Matt Sullivan was born in San Francisco, California. He has a BA from the University of Colorado and is a practicing criminal defense lawyer in California.

Michael Lasher is a criminal defense attorney originally from Los Angeles.

Mira Luna is a San Francisco based activist who is working on developing an alternative economy in the Bay Area. She helps coordinate Bay Area Community Exchange, a local time bank, JASecon, and the Really Really Free Market. Her blog is Trust is the Only Currency.

Mishana Hosseinioun is a Drafter with the 2048 Project: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Togetherat the UC Berkeley Law School and a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford, England.

Ms. Irani is the pen name of a West Coast writer.

Nathan Birnbaum is a Drama major at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Nativo Vigil Lopez is the president of the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA) based in Los Angeles, California.

Okla Elliott lives in Champaign-Urbana, where he is the Illinois Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois. His fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations have appeared in such literary journals as Circumference, Indiana Review, Jacket Magazine, The Literary Review, Natural Bridge, New Letters, and A Public Space. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks — The Mutable Wheel and Lucid Bodies — and is the co-editor, with Kyle Minor, of The Other Chekhov.

Paul Hogarth is a lawyer and community organizer at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, a non-profit in San Francisco that also publishes Beyond Chron where he serves as Managing Editor. He is a former elected member of the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board.

Paul Occam is the pen name of a San Francisco writer.

Peter Gabel is former President and Professor of Law at New College of California and is Associate Editor of Tikkun magazine. He is also Co-Director with Nanette Schorr of the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics.

Rachel Hoiem teaches children at Blue Bear School of Music. She received her BA in jazz piano at SF State University and plays keyboards in the band Bellavista.

Raul Clement is a fiction writer, musician, and poet living in Greensboro, North Carolina. His work has appeared in various literary journals.

Rod Ciferri is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar.

Sesshu Foster has taught in East Los Angeles, University of Iowa, the California Institute for the Arts and UC Santa Cruz. City Lights has published his novel Atomik Aztek and his narrative prose poems World Ball Notebook. His blog is East Los Angeles Dirigible Air Transport Lines.

Scott J. Thompson is a social critic, philosopher, and translator from the German language who is one of the editors of the Walter Benjamin Research Syndicate which collects information on Benjamin and his close contemporaries.

Sivan Butler-Rotholz is the Contributing Editor of AIOTB’s “Saturday Poetry Series.” She is a firm believer in small presses, adores lyric and narrative poetry, and learned the art of editing from Peter Gizzi.

Stephanie Vernier is a writer who lives in San Francisco. She blogs occasionally at A Day in the Life of the Marginally (Un)Employed.

Yahya T. Ali was born in Kuwait. He is a short-story writer, has a BA in English Literature, and is currently working on a MA thesis in Comparative Literature at the University of Kuwait.

One Response to Contributors

  1. Ann Engelman says:

    Not sure who this should be addressed to but the picutre on the Lorine Niedecker page is not Lorine.
    I think it is Sylvia Plath. . .
    If you need one you can contact the Friedns of Lorine Niedecker
    Ann Engelman
    Friends of Lorine Niedecker

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