|(weren't we all) 10/10/68
not that much
Van Nuys, California
|Watermelon, Pizza (not together)
Harold and Maude
Violent Femmes, Indigo Girls
I exist. Furthermore, I fully support the existence of all others. The only people who shouldn't exist are the people who toss their finished cigarette butts out of their car windows on freeways or city streets as if the world is their ashtray which it is not. Everyone else is fine though.
See a million billion pictures of me, my wife, and places we've been here.
I work as a music teacher and song leader at Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, Califoria. I also am the "Graphics-Media Specialist" at the New JCC at Milken. I also am a freelance graphic and web-designer. Check out my work here.
(read poems and see my upcoming reading schedule)
I was a co-director for two years of the Valley Contemporary Poets, a non-profit organization which has promoted and published poetry in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles since 1980.
I have run the Cobalt Cafe Reading since 1994. It's one of the longest running reading series in Los Angeles.
My work has appeared in numerous print and web literary journals and publications including The Los Angeles Times, Zuzus Petals, Caffeine, Blue Satellite, Fuck This Shit, Stirring, SubtleTea, and way more than I can remember as I'm typing this.
My eleventh and latest book is A Man With No Teeth Serves Us Breakfast. This is a collection of poems written in Boston and London in July of 2006. It's a backwards walk through the American Revolution with a fabulous introduction by Brendan Constantine.
My tenth book is I'd Like To Bake Your Goods. (Ain't Got No Press, January 2006). This 100 page collection was written during the summer of 2004 during my honeymoon with Addie in Paris, Rome and Venice. This is the longest collection of poems I've released which is good for those of you who like my work, and bad for those of you who don't but who somehow end up having to read it.
My ninth collection is Stolen Mummies. (Ain't Got No Press, May 2003) It's a 64 page collection of poems written in London, England during the summer of 2001. In the tradition of my first book, Paris: It's The Cheese, it is accompanied by a CD recording of sounds and observations recorded live in London.
Before Stolen Mummies, I released Brendan Constantine is My Kind of Town (Inevitable Press, September 2001). It's a collection of poems written over the past several years about, for, and on the same planet as my good friend Brendan Constantine.
Earlier in 2001 I released Up Liberty's Skirt (Cassowary Press, April 2001). I wrote it during a three day trip to New York City in December, 2000. (I admit, it includes 2 poems written in New Jersey.)
Feeding Holy Cats (Cassowary Press, May, 2000) is a collection of poems written in Israel in December and January of 1999/2000 while leading a group of college students on an educational tour of the country.
In December of 1998, The Sacred Beverage Press released my fifth collection Mowing Fargo. In the tradition of Paris: It's The Cheese and Richard Brautigan's June 30, June 30 it's all poems written on a trip to Fargo, North Dakota in August of this year.
In May of 2000, I re-released an expanded edition of I'm a Jew, Are You. It's a small collection of mostly unpublished poems which generally, sort of, revolve around the topic of being Jewish. It's Poems from a Tribal Perspective. The expanded edition (on Cassowary Press) features several new poems and a full color cover.
In February of 1998, my third book Lizard King of The Laundromat was published by the Inevitable Press. It's a collection of far too many poems written in and about a laundromat near my apartment building. This is the first time that someone else is publishing a collection of my work.
I have hosted an open poetry reading since the early spring of 1994 at the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park California. Also, I've had poems published in Caffeine, Blue Satellite, 51%, F.T.S., Faxploitation, Black Cross Magazine, Poetry Ink , andThe Los Angeles Times. I've also worked for Premiere Radio Networks comedy department writing 'topical' poems for distribution on their CD's to radio stations around the United States.
I've also appeared in Beyond The Valley of the Contemporary Poets which is an anthology of poems written be people who were featured in 1996 at the Valley Contemporary Poet's Society reading series...published by Sacred Beverage Press. June of 1998 marked my second appearence in an ISBN'd book as Caffeine Magazine published Scream When You Burn, their first anthology (Incommunicado Press) of work which has appeared in their magazine during their first four years of existence.
May 1997 also marked the publication of my second book I Am My Own Orange County. It's a perfect-bound 92 page anthology of my selected poems and stories written since 1990.
Also check out my first chapbook, self-published by my non-existent publishing company "Ain't Got Not Press." It's called Paris: It's The Cheese and features poetry written during a trip to Paris I went on over winter break '95'96.
You can check out samples of my other work or find out where I'll be reading next by clicking HERE.