A polymath rambling about virtually anything

My “Famous” Writers

“Famous” Writers & Authors, etc.,that I have been published with over the years, listed ideally only in relation to our appearing in the same issue(s) – not merely the same overall publication


I’ve made every effort to ensure those on this list did appear in at least one publication, same issue, with me at some point. Some appeared many dozens or more times in many dozens or more publications. Some I know personally and/or professionally while others were simply names I might recognize on occasion. I am leaving out many “famous” writers with whom I never shared publication to my knowledge, but whom I know, have met socially or professionally, etc. And I’m also leaving out many I’ve not thought of, found, confirmed, etc. But this list is supposed to be an indefinite work in progress as I expect to continue coming across copies of magazines, anthologies, etc., where I discover that I was published with “X” and had forgotten long ago…

Many on this list will be “crossovers” as they’ll dabble in more than one genre. At this point, I want to keep the actual number of people on the list accurate, so I won’t place them in multiple categories. I’ll probably make an executive decision, put them in the category either they may be best known for or I know them best for while listing beside their name other genres they’ve been known for.

Finally, how does one define “fame?” I’m making it as simply as I can.  Most of the people on this list will be poets. Most will be “small press,” experimental, etc., while some will be more mainstream and it’s likely many of each would not be household names for most people outside of the “biz,” but some of these poets will definitely be known. Likewise the others on this list. Most reading this probably won’t recognize a large percentage, but any reading this who is part of that writing community almost certainly will. I’ll leave it up to the reader to determine what level of fame to assign a name. However, rest assured that virtually all of these people have reputations they’ve earned, many have Wikipedia pages, biographies written about them, their papers and archives collected in numerous major special collections libraries – even many of the ones you might not recognize at all. In other words, virtually all of these people on the list, if not immediately recognizable, should be able to be found if one searched, and in many cases found quite easily. Thanks.

Scott C. Holstad

January 12, 2022


  1. Poets
    1. Small press, experimental, slam, spoken word, alternative, activist
    2. Mainstream, literary, academic, “The Academy”
  2. Fiction/Novelists
    1. Genre, counterculture
    2. Literary, mainstream, etc.
  3. Beat (& related) poets & writers
  4. Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction – Essays, biographies, memoirs, history, academic, lit crit, etc.
  5. Other – Artists, musicians, celebrities

*** Individual distinctions, awards, & anything additional will be added to their name on the list. I wish to keep the main categories to a minimum.


Small press, experimental, slam, spoken word, alternative, activist, counterculture

  1. Kim Addonizio – [Kim actually bridges both small press and mainstream poetry worlds – one of the few to successfully do so.]
  2. Ron Androla
  3. RD “Raindog” Armstrong – [Poet & publisher of Lummox Press, home to the influential Little Red Book series.]
  4. Glenn Bach – [Poet, musician, artist, performer, UCLA professor]
  5. Gregory KH Bryant
  6. Gina Bergamino — [Poet, editor/publisher.]
  7. Janet Buck
  8. Douglas Blazek – [Poet, editor & publisher. Played major role in bringing up, supporting & publicizing people like Bukowski, R Crumb, DA Levy, etc.]
  9. Laurel Ann Bogen
  10. Ace Boggess – [Also a novelist]
  11. RT Castleberry
  12. Ana Pine Christy — [Poet, editor, artist.]
  13. Gregory Courson
  14. Judson Crews – [Poet & publisher. Among many he published were Creeley, Baraka, J Anderson, di Prima & Bukowski. Known for being one of Henry Miller’s best friends. His papers are archived at the Yale Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, UCLA Young Research Library Special Collections, University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & the Harry Ransom Special Collections center at the University of Texas.]
    1. Deceased: 1917 – 2010
  15. Alan Catlin
  16. Wanda Coleman – [NEA, CalArts & Guggenheim fellowships, Emmy winner, called the unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles”]
    1. Deceased: 1946 – 2013
  17. Holly Day
  18. Andrew Demcak
  19. Keith Dodson
  20. Jim DeWitt
  21. Henry Denander – [Is an artist (visual) first and foremost, but also a poet, heavily influenced by Gerry L.]
  22. Maggie Estep
    1. Deceased: 1963 – 2014
  23. Michael Estabrook
  24. Greg Evason
  25. Edward Field – [Poet, novelist, editor, nonfiction, screenwriter. Winner of Lamont, Lambda, WH Auden, Prix de Rome awards, a Guggenheim fellowship & an Academy Award (Oscar) for Documentary.]
  26. Hugh Fox – [Poet, novelist, author of 62+ books, co-inventor of Pushcart Prize; 1st to publish a critical study on Bukowski]
    1. Deceased: 1932- 2011
  27. Michael C. Ford – [Poet, musician, playwright, editor]
  28. Elliot Fried
  29. Lisa Glatt
  30. Tony Gloeggler
  31. Jack Grapes – [Poet, playwright, editor/publisher, method writing teacher to the stars]
  32. John Grey
  33. Taylor Graham – [Poet Laureate of El Dorado County, CA – greater Sacramento]
  34. S.A. Griffin – [Poet, editor, actor, performance poet]
  35. Bob Grumman
    1. Deceased: 1941 – 2015
  36. Michael Hathaway — [Poet, editor/publisher.]
  37. Eloise Klein Healy [Award-winning poet; first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles]
  38. David Hernandez – [Poet, novelist; winner of NEA Fellowship]
  39. Donna Hilbert
  40. Mike Halchin
  41. Robert Howington
  42. Albert Huffstickler
    1. Deceased: 1927 – 2002
  43. Will Inman
    1. Deceased: 1923 – 2009
  44. Collin Kelley
  45. Ron Koertge – [Poet, YA fiction author. Has won CalArts & NEA grants & fellowships as well as a Pushcart Prize. Is the Poet Laureate of South Pasadena.)
  46. Rick Lupert
  47. Stellasue Lee
  48. Catherine Lynn
  49. Linda Lerner
  50. Suzanne Lummis
  51. Gerald Locklin – [Poet, novelist, critic, editor, author of 150+ books, 3K poems; one of Bukowski’s best friends; CSULB professor for 42 years; defined SoCal lit; King of what Edward Field called the Long Beach School of Poetry; unofficial poet laureate of Long Beach if not SoCal; my colleague, mentor, friend]
    1. Deceased: 1941 – 2021
  52. Lyn Lifshin – [Poet, author of 130+ books, one of the most heavily published poets in the world; gave 700+ public readers; subject of famous documentary film; referred to as “Queen of the Small Presses.”]
    1. Deceased: 1942 – 2019
  53. Adrian C. Louis
    1. Deceased: 1946 – 2018
  54. Duane Locke — [Poet, painter, professor; 15+ books, 6000K+ poems published]
    1. Deceased: 1921 – 2019
  55. RB Morris — [Writer, musician, poet, song writer; Knoxville TN Poet Laureate.]
  56. Catfish McDaris
  57. Wendell Metzger
    1. Deceased: 1942 – 2003
  58. Tony Moffeit
  59. Sheila E. Murphy — [One of the best, most well known & successful LANGUAGE & experimental postmodern poets of the past 30 years.]
  60. Todd Moore
    1. Deceased: 1937 – 2010
  61. BZ Niditch
  62. Dan Nielsen
  63. Walt Phillips
    1. Deceased: 1937 – 2013
  64. Simon Perchik
  65. Kenneth Pobo
  66. Elisha Porat — [Hebrew poet & writer; awarded Israel’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Hebrew Literary Works]
    1. Deceased: 1938 – 2013
  67. Robert Peters
    1. Deceased: 1924 – 2014
  68. Tony Quagliano
    1. Deceased: 1941 – 2007
  69. Steve Richmond
    1. Deceased: 1941 – 2009
  70. Harland Ristau
  71. Michael Rothenberg
  72. Cheryl Snell
  73. Bill Shields
  74. Julia Stein
  75. Belinda Subraman
  76. T Kilgore Splake
  77. Dan Sicoli
  78. Laurel Speer — [Poet & author of 25+ books. (Laurel published me in a magazine she edits & wrote a back cover blurb for one of my books.)]
  79. Joan Jobe Smith – [Poet, editor, essayist, artist, memoirist. A Pushcart Prize winner among various awards.]
  80. Cheryl Townsend
  81. Fred Voss
  82. Paul Weinman — [Collaborated on a small book with me.]
    1. Deceased: 1940 – 2015
  83. Scott Wannberg — [Poet, Actor]
    1. Deceased: 1953- 2011
  84. Lawrence Welsh
  85. Mark Weber
  86. Charles Harper Webb – [Poet, editor, musician, psychotherapist, professor. His honors include a Gugenheim Fellowship, the Felix Pollack Prize, a Pushcart Prize & a Whiting Award. Coined the term, /phrase “Stand Up Poetry,” resulting its graduate acceptance and use at poetry reading & slams, producing two anthologies that were meant to provide examples.]
  87. Lisa Zaran

Mainstream, literary, academic, “The Academy”

  1. Ai – [1999 National Book Award for Poetry winner]
    1. Deceased: 1947 – 2010
  2. Sherman Alexie – [also writes short fiction; 2010 PEN Fiction award winner]
  3. Saadia Ali Aschemann
  4. Nin Andrews – [also writes fiction, novels, etc.,; her work has appeared in four editions of Best American Poetry, among other accomplishments]
  5. Miguel Algarin
    1. Deceased: 1941 – 2020
  6. Robb Allan
    1. Deceased: 1945 – 2021
  7. Robert Bly[Minnesota Poet Laureate].
    1. Deceased: 1926 – 2021
  8. Cathy Smith Bowers – [North Carolina Poet Laureate]
  9. Billy Collins [US POET LAUREATE]
  10. Ruth Bavetta
  11. Gwendolyn Brooks – [Pulitzer winner, Illinois Poet Laureate, US POET LAUREATE]
    1. Deceased: 1917 – 2000
  12. David Chorlton
  13. Andrei Codrescu – [Poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, editor, NEA recipient, numerous awards]
  14. Tom Clark – [Poet, essayist, editor, fiction writer, reviewer]
  15. JP Dancing Bear
  16. Denise Duhamel – [Denise Duhamel kind of inhabits the same space as Kim Addonizio, slipping easily from the smaller press to the more mainstream, literary journals. She was a Guggenheim Fellow.]
  17. Jim Daniels
  18. Sharon Doubiago
  19. Jeannine Hall Gailey – (Poet Laureate of Redmond, WA)
  20. Sandra M. Gilbert – [Poet, feminist literary critic; MLA President; winner of too many awards to count]
  21. Dana Gioia – [Poet, literary critic, essayist, California Poet Laureate]
  22. Diane Glancy – [Poet, novelist, playwright; winner of a Pushcart Prize, American Book Award, Oklahoma Book Award & many others]
  23. Joy Harjo – [US POET LAUREATE]
  24. Seamus Heaney – [Poet; winner of the 1995 NOBEL Prize in Literature]
    1. Deceased: 1939 – 2013
  25. Rita Ann Higgins
  26. Rochelle Lynn Holt
  27. Bob Hicok
  28. Colette Inez
    1. Deceased: 1931 – 2018
  29. Allison Joseph
  30. Richard Jackson
  31. Lowell Jaeger — [Montana Poet Laureate]
  32. Major Jackson – [Winner of many awards/honors such as NEA & Guggenheim Fellowships as well as a Pushcart Prize, Whiting Award, Witter Bynner Fellowship & more]
  33. Marilyn Kallet – [Poet, translator, essayist. Leads writing residencies & workshops in Auvillar France & the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Professor Emerita at the University of Tennessee, where she chaired the Creative Writing program for over 25 years. Knoxville TN Poet Laureate.] (One of my longest & best writing & personal friends…)
  34. Amy King
  35. Willie James King
  36. XJ Kennedy — [Poet, editor, anthologist, translator; oversees production, publication of huge number of massive Intro to Lit college textbooks for Pearson, Longman, HarperCollins, etc.; winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize, NEA & Guggenheim Fellowships, the Robert Frost Medal & many more; former Paris Review editor]
  37. Dorianne Laux – [Poet, professor; winner of Paterson Prize, Pushcart Prize, NEA & Guggenheim fellowships, a Pulitzer Prize finalist & much more]
  38. Stephen Massimilla
  39. William Matthews
  40. Ed Ochester
  41. Willie Perdomo
  42. Holly Prado
    1. Deceased: 1938 – 2019
  43. Ron Rash
  44. Ishmael Reed – [Poet, novelist, essayist, editor/publisher, playwright, songwriter. Winner of many awards/honors such as NEA, Guggenheim & MacArthur Foundation Fellowships as well as the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Award & the Langston Hughes Medal, among many others]
  45. Kay Ray– [US POET LAUREATE]
  46. Adrienne Rich — [Poet, feminist activist; honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Book Award, the Robert Frost medal, Wallace Stevens Award, a MacArthur Fellowship & more.]
    1. Deceased: 1929 – 2012
  47. William Pitt Root – [Tucson Poet Laureate]
  48. Arthur Smith
    1. Deceased: 1948 – 2018
  49. Glen Sorestad
  50. Gerald Stern
  51. RT Smith
  52. Sonia Sanchez – [Poet, playwright, activist. Activist in Civil Rights movement in a leader of the Black Arts Movement (with Nikki Giovanni). Winner of many awards/honors, including NEA & PEN Fellowships, American Book Award, Wallace Stevens Award, Langston Hughes Poetry Award, Robert Creeley Award, Robert Frost Medal & the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize. First Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.]
  53. Ron Sillimen
  54. Clifton Snider
    1. Deceased: 1947 – 2021
  55. Bunkong Tuan
  56. David Trinidad
  57. Richard Wilbur [XJK] [Two-time Pulitzer winner, US POET LAUREATE]
    1. Deceased: 1921 – 2017
  58. William Wright
  59. Charles Wright – [Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award & was named US POET LAUREATE]
  60. Dean Young – [Winner of the Stegner Fellowship & well as NEA & Guggenheim Fellowships]


Genre, Counterculture, Screenwriters

  1. Laurie Halse Anderson
  2. Neal Asher
  3. Bruce Boston – [Known for his speculative fiction (horror) writing, it actually would have been valid to put him in a poetry category as that is where his success has actually come from. While having had a small number of short story & novels published, if one were to look at his bibliography, one be surprised to find he’s had some 40+ poetry collections published over the decade & in point of fact, the majority of his honors have come from the poetry end of things & not so much fiction. A few examples of his accomplishments & honors: He’s won the Rhysling Award for Speculative Poetry seven times, Asimov’s Readers Award for Poetry seven times, a Pushcart Prize & four Bram Stoker Awards.]
  4. Poppy Z Brite — [Author, horror writer, biographer, anthologist.]
  5. Gary Crawford
    1. Deceased: 1953 – 2020
  6. Andrew Darlington
  7. Denise Dumars
  8. Wayne Edwards
  9. Harlan Ellison – [Legendary & controversial sci fi & horror writer, as well as nonfiction, essayist, critic, screenwriter; Among too many awards to count, as one of the most decorated writers in history, he won eight Hugo Awards, two Melies fantasy film awards, a Bradbury Award, four Nebula Awards, two Edgar Awards, five Bram Stoker Awards, various Lifetime Achievement awards & he was inducted into Science Fiction Hall of Fame, among many other awards.]
    1. Deceased: 1934 – 2018
  10. Dan Fante
    1. Deceased: 1944 – 2015
  11. Emily Franklin
  12. William Gibson — [Legendary, hugely influential speculative fiction author, largely presumed to have created/pioneered two new science fiction sub-genres with his initial early work, & then later while collaborating with Bruce Sterling. The first sub-genre developed out of a short story to become his infamous debut novel, Neuromancer. With its focus on tech, networks, cybernetics, etc., it was easy to move to the term”cyberpunk” & in fact Gibson coined the term “cyberspace” in that novel. Gibson displayed a shocking realistic view of what much of the future Internet would be like, how people would act, and this was long before the public Internet existed, just after the ARPANET had been widened for more use & even BBS’s were largely unknown. After completing his trilogy in that series, He teamed with Sterling to do a new kind of alternative history novel, which resulted in the popular sub-genre called “steampunk.” The Guardian named him to likely be the most important novelist of the last several decades & among his awards are a Philip K Dick Award, as well as Nebulas, Hugos & more.]
  13. Hugh Gross
  14. Barry Gifford – [Novelist, poet, essayist, nonfiction, screenwriter; he has had both novels adapted for film (by David Lynch) & has written screenplays for David Lynch, Matt Dillon & more…]
  15. Jon L Herron
  16. Brian A. Hopkins [Horror & sci fi writer, editor. Winner of four Bram Stoker Awards.]
  17. Charlee Jacob
    1. Deceased: 1952 – 2019
  18. Caitlin R. Kiernan
  19. Stephen King – [Author of 70+ novels, fiction, sci fi, fantasy, crime writer. Best known as horror writer. His books have sold over 350 million copies, many adapted into films and television series. Among his numerous honors are 15 Bram Stoker Awards, five Locus Awards, six British Fantasy Awards, Edgar, Hugo, & O. Henry Awards. While largely receiving positive critical response, upon being awarded the National Book Award for lifetime achievement, “The Academy” attacked with a vengeance… (The CEO of Simon & Schuster and the ancient critic Harold Bloom in particular.) I could write a whole lot more about The Academy’s disdain for anyone not like them, not inside “the Club,” (remember, nearly all of these jackwads aren’t remotely successful judging by US & global sales, numbers of publications & books, numbers of languages they’re translated into, etc. The only real standard by which they are successful is in the eyes of their own peers and what few VIPs and people at the LOC may become believers. Otherwise virtually none of them can ever match the success, popularity, press runs, number of books written & sold, total number of books sold, sales/revenue figures and simple talent. I’m biased but I’ve lived and worked in both arenas and know more than many in both as well. An example of the snobby academic literary mainstream: One poet who comes to mind spent 35 years teaching creative writing at a major university yet his credentials consisted solely of a terminal degree from an R1 academic institution & two whole books published by a small academic press — the school impressive, its press largely unknown — and I personally had five books published in 1999 alone! None self-published. Two at invitation of the publisher, the others by patience, rejection, ongoing work, acceptance — paying my damn dues! Were mine as “prestigious” as his? By traditional standards, doubtfully. But if one substitutes the word “prestigious” with others like “successful,” “memorable,” “influential,” “impacting,” “unforgettable” to some, etc., I would wager ALL of those would apply to a few of those books of mine from 1999 alone while none would apply to this professor’s. Ever. People still write and talk about three of these in particular and two are hard to find while two more are impossible to find with collectors offering between hundreds and thousands for a copy! Additionally, I don’t literally know the press runs for this professor’s books, but I know the average size press run for a book of poetry in the late 1980s and ’90s and it’s doubtful he even had an average press run on either. Many of mine had smaller press runs, but a number went into two, three, even six printings, while a couple had press runs 300% larger than average and absolutely larger than nearly any professor’s poetry books, so using me as a baseline — and I am no one at all compared to many populist poets like Bukowski and Ferlinghetti, nor the Despised Genre writers who “aren’t good enough” to write literary fiction — an accusation I’ve literally heard hundreds of times — I can assure you NONE of them can come close to matching a fraction of what Stephen King, Anne Rice, Tom Clancy, etc., do and have done and so too thousands of other genre writers. I’m not suggesting genre writers are simply better writers — however that’s ultimately defined — but I’ve long been calling for an end to the snobbery, a breaking down of the wall put up by The Academy, a new order to the ones dictating what is mandatory as well as acceptable literature in the new canon to teach at any level, etc., because I hated English my whole life until I discovered these other writers on my own, just like thousands of other readers. I appreciate the traditional Masters, but how many consecutive semesters as an undergrad, grad and so on must one read Dylan Thomas, Frost, Conrad, Melville, Chaucer, Byron, etc., over and over until you want to stab your eyeballs out with icepicks? Holy crap, read something else you idiot academics! How about something a little newer? Different? One of my professors in grad school threw the syllabus for the semester of twentieth century lit into the trash can, saying he was bored as hell with the same crap year after year and he decided we would read pulp fiction, like the new Walter Mosely books, Bukowski’s last novel, Pulp, etc. Best damn professor I ever had! These academics and critics like Harold Bloome have so brainwashed themselves that they couldn’t recognize ENGAGING literature if it bit them on their asses because adventurous to them is AS Byatt — whom I think is a great writer, but she shares the field with thousands of other great writers. Stopping the rant now. Sorry.)]
  20. DF Lewis
  21. Deena Metzger – [Novelist, nonfiction, essayist]
  22. Valerie Nieman
  23. Anne Rice — [Do I really need to say anything? She DID ask, badger & convince me to read her son Chris’s debut novel, as she was trying to generate support for him. I agreed, it was better than I expected for a debut, no matter what legacy they come from, * I’m sorry to say that she died just a month or two ago, simply the latest in a damned long line of writers & friends both on this list & elsewhere.]
    1. Deceased: 1941 – 2021
  24. Wayne Allen Sallee
  25. Scott H Urban
  26. Don Webb

Literary, mainstream, etc.

  1. Paul Bowles – [Author (novelist), composer, translator, poet, ex-pat. Part of Gertrude Stein’s Parisian lit circle, spent most of his life in Tangier; friends with Beats like Burroughs; too many awards to count]
    1. Deceased: 1910 – 1999
  2. Tom Bradley
  3. Charles Baxter – [Novelist, essayist, poet]
  4. Emily Franklin
  5. Bruce M. Gans
  6. Aaron Gwyn
  7. Clifford Garstang — [An attorney for the World Bank until his retirement & since then, a prolific, successful novelist & fiction writer.]
  8. Diane Payne
  9. Felice Picano – [Novelist, editor, memoirist, playwright]
  10. Tom Whalen
  11. Ray Zepeda

Beat (& related) poets & writers

  1. Antler — [Poet, activist. Famous for his first work, Factory, published by City Lights. Ginsberg praised him heavily. A recluse. Winner of the Whitman Award & Witter Bynner Prize [Poet Laureate of Milwaukee.]
  2. Amiri Baraka – [New Jersey Poet Laureate]
    1. Deceased: 1934 – 2014
  3. William Burroughs – [Hugely influential Beat writer, artist, experimental dadaist, counterculture icon, called one of the most influential people of the 20th century – a true legend]
    1. Deceased: 1914 – 1997
  4. Diane di Prima — [The original & first female Beat writer. Created a small, but influential counterculture magazine with Amiri Baraka. Poet, author & icon.]
    1. Deceased: 1934 – 2020
  5. Lawrence Ferlinghetti — [Poet, entrepreneur, publisher, artist, author, activist; opened & ran San Francisco’s City Lights Books while also creating the iconic City Lights Publishers, becoming famous for publishing Ginsberg’s “Howl,” & successfully beating an “obscene work” charge & indictment that impacted creative history then & ever since. Plausibly the most successful, if not primary person, who promoted, provided access to & helped create the Beat writers’ success. Author of the greatest selling book of poetry in American history – A Coney Island of the Mind. I recently read some snob list of the hottest, best selling American poets and the top one had sold an impressive 100,000 copies of their best book. A Coney Island surpassed a million copies sold some time ago. Another example of the status quo either conveniently ignoring facts or being ignorant of them — typically the latter. San Francisco Poet Laureate.]
    1. Deceased: 1919 – 2021
  6. Allen Ginsberg — [Poet, essayist, activist. One of the two most famous & influential Beat writers (along with Kerouac). Author of one of the most famous, influential, controversial poems/book (Howl) in US history. It was banned & he was prosecuted, with his publisher Ferlinghetti, on obscenity charges. He won, thus becoming a champion of free speech & allowing Americans to finally read authors like Henry Miller & James Joyce. Winner of a National Book Award & the Robert Frost Medal. An icon not soon forgotten.]
    1. Deceased: 1926 – 1997
  7. Hettie Jones — [Fair or not, best known as ex-wife of LeRoi Jones, soon to be renamed Amiri Baraka, one of the preeminent Beat writers & a black arts activist. Hettie discovered late in life that she possessed her own writing skills & has had over 20 books of poetry published following on the heels of her memoirs (which I found fascinating). She has taught at Penn State, NYU & the New School.]
  8. Arthur Winfield and Kit Knight – While not Beat writers, Arthur Winfield Knight was a poet, novelist, publisher and with his wife Kit became famous for continuing to bring Beat writers to future generations as scholars and publishers of Beat histories, biographies and their infamous Beat anthology, Unspeakable Visions of The Individual. Their work as Beat scholars and colleagues is considered so important that the UC Santa Barbara Special Collections Libraries host the Arthur and Kit Knight Beat Collection. https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt0z09p31p/entire_text/.
    1. Deceased: 1937 – 2012 (AWK)
  9. Eliot Katz – [Much like Art Knight, not a Beat writer but a successful poet, scholar & writer of nonfiction, virtually all of it centered on Ginsberg & other Beat writers such as Corso, Baraka, etc. Known as an activist inspired by Ginsberg & typically connected to the Beats by association.]
  10. Gerald Nicosia
  11. Gary Snyder – [Poet, essayist, activist. American Book Award & Pulitzer winner]
  12. AD Winans — [Poet, essayist, fiction writer, publisher. Author of over 60 books of poetry & has been published in over 2,000 magazines.] Wikipedia lists Winans as one of the “Beat writers” so while I can agree with that to a certain extent, by those standards, a number of others could and should be added to the list. But I won’t quibble. Like Antler, I’ll term him a “Second Generation Beat.”

Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir

  1. Lee Bartlett — [One of the few leading scholars of the San Francisco Renaissance movement who has long taught at the University of New Mexico. We were both eager for him to assume the role of my dissertation director, as my intended field was a narrow component of the San Francisco Renaissance. Sadly, life & geographic circumstances forced me to withdraw & wait for a better time to pursue this PhD.]
  2. Michael Bugeja – [Teaches journalism & creative writing at Iowa State; former UPI big wig; excellent poet; former editor of annual Poet’s Market, Writer’s Digest Publications]
  3. Neeli Cherkovski
  4. Rob Cohen – [Author, publisher, Hollywood producer/executive, developer of dozens of popular television shows for The History Channel, Discovery, CW, WE, Bravo, TLC, Animal Planet, ABC & more. (Rob Cohen published me extensively in the 1990s along with with Bukowski, Ginsberg, Locklin & more in Caffeine Magazine. I met many times with Rob before & during startup to help plan various thoughts & strategies. As I had hundreds of contacts around the country, I helped publicize & get eastern US writers to submit & get published in Caffeine.)]
  5. Tracy Crow
  6. Stephen Cooper
  7. Warren G. French
  8. Jessica Handler
  9. Alan Kaufman
  10. Eric Lax – [Author, biographer; VP for PEN International]
  11. Ron McFarland
  12. Hayley R. Mitchell
  13. Errol Miller
  14. Kurt Nimmo
  15. Jack Neely
  16. Mary Helen Washington
  17. Jeff Weddle


  1. Dave Alvin – [Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter (in 2000 for Best Folk Album); founder of The Blasters, played in X; published poet; former student of Gerry L]

  1. John Cage – [Experimental composer, artist, author. Winner of NEA & Guggenheim Fellowships, elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences, an honorary doctorate from the California Institute of the Arts, a poetry professorship at Harvard as well as many national prizes in countries around the world.]
    1. Deceased: 1912 – 1992

  1. Exene Cervenka – [Singer, artist, poet. Best known as singer for infamous LA punk band, X]

  1. Leonard Cohen – [Poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, musician] What most people do not know about Leonard Cohen is that long before he not only because famous for his music, but even bothered to LEARN — which was apparently when he was 33 years old — he’d successfully been writing & publishing poet & fiction for years. By the time his first album came out, he’d already had five volumes of poems published, most to good reviews. His first poems ever published were published in a 1954 magazine while his first album, again, was released in 1967. In addition to his well received poetry, he had two novels published before the release of his first album, one of which won a fairly impressive Canadian award. So do not be surprised, friends, to know he has always been & always was a wordsmith & talented enough to succeed in several different formats, a gift most of wish could dream of. (Additionally, just google his name & the word “poems,” is you are curious to see some of his poems. He won at least four major awards for his writing & poetry before he ever became a recording artist.)]
    1. Deceased: 1934 – 2016

  1. Richard Kostelanetz – There is no one or two genres or schools of writing in which one could place the legendary Kostelanetz. He’s possibly one of the most prolifically diverse “artists” on the planet.  [Experimental writer, artist, author, essayist, critic, activist, recording artist, editor, mixed media artist, poet, fiction writer, historian, biographer & more. A Fulbright Scholar, Guggenheim Fellow & recipient of 10+ NEA awards are just a few of the honors he has accrued.]

  1. Charles Manson — Yes. Literally THAT Charles Manson. But I didn’t know beforehand. Not that that would have stopped me. I’ve been published alongside literary gods and some that many have felt are among the world’s worst vermin. I met, known, hung out with Pulitzer winners and Nobel winners and I’ve been published alongside Satanists and inmates on Death Row. By that time, I’d also worked as a journalist, copy editor, editor, publisher and I had developed a bit of a name in the small press (underground, sometimes counterculture) scene where there are actually quite a lot of talented, successful and even famous people. Some might include Ginsberg, Locklin, Lifshin, Burroughs, R Crumb, Antler, Kostelanetz, and even Sherman Alexie as trying to establish himself back then. The point is I received many generous invitations for things like editors asking to publish me in their magazine, requests to review certain books and magazines, to write back cover blurbs for new books, even being asked if a publisher could publish a Holstad book, etc. So a pretty good Florida writer/editor had recently started up a new magazine that was aiming for a “who’s who” of the small press world. It was titled Twisted Savage (and it had an ISSN number!). I appeared in issues 3 and 4. But the Table of Contents WAS a veritable who’s who of the small press world. As many reading this may not be familiar with these writers (though there are some “big” names) I apologize and encourage people to seek out their work. Included in the TOC were Alan Catlin, Bill Shields, Weinman, Todd Moore, Locklin, Huffstickler, Howington, Lifshin, Winans and a Scott C. Holstad. Nice, I thought as I looked over the TOC. Then I froze. There opposite me in the list of contributors in the TOC was freaking Charles Manson! In fact, he got a special insert just for him featuring the tiniest font that’s ever been published so he could write as much craziness as possible, as he was reputed to do. I felt simultaneously elated and weirded out. The other stuff in the magazine was very good, as expected. But what about Manson??? Well, I’m holding it in front of me as I type, glasses on, still trying to make out the damn words in the roughly 82 tiny lines on that page. Years later. The beginning and ending are easy, but try reading the meat of it and you’ll wind up with a headache. I’m not sure whether to attach a photo because if the full size page is unreadable from two inches, I don’t see how a jpg online would be better. But you all might have better eyes than I do, so I might. In reviewing this document, it appears similar to a speech one might make at a parole hearing — if you’re crazy and intent on staying on the inside for three squares a day. He ends this document by refuting everything he said by asserting it was “not me saying it,” before going on to talk about false prophets, how each member of the Manson Family have their “own worlds and judgments” before going on to state he has peace of mind. And oh, PS! “The U.S. started the Second World War!” So just when you think you’ve seen everything, something else comes along to temporarily blow your mind…

  1. Viggo Mortensen [Actor, poet, musician, artist. Among acting credits are Witness, Carlito’s Way, the remake of Psycho, Crimson Tide and by far the iconic role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.]

  1. Yoko Ono — [Artist, singer/songwriter, lyricist, author, activist; winner of many awards such as NME Awards, Golden Lion Awards & several Grammy Awards (including one for Spoken Word performance)]

My Twisted Savage “Charles Manson” (& me) Edition — a Collage

A Small Final Delight

Most who know me know Charles Bukowski has been largely my main poetic muse since I was a teenager (although Ferlinghetti has often come close). I was fortunate to get to know him just a little, correspond with him, so over to his house in San Pedro when I moved to Long Beach, see his cats. He was kind enough to sign one of those R Crumb t-shirts, which I had framed and I’ve treasured for decades, but some asshole movers seem to have let that vanish or get destroyed. But I still have several books he was also kind enough to sign to and for me, which I also treasure very much. I further feel lucky to have become friends and gotten to know a number of people who knew him back in the day or were still decent friends of his then, like Gerry Locklin. I’ve enjoyed batting around the stories, arguing over the poems and novels, finding myself published alongside Buk in many mags, including some in other countries where I was delighted to see pictures of he and I gracing the covers of Finnish magazines, and so on. I was also happy to find I had material appearing with some former people in his life, made famous in his works, although not by their exact specific names. So I’ve saved four people for last here, all Bukowski-centric. They are FrancEye, the mother of his only child, Linda King, featured prominently in an infamous novel or two, R. Crumb, because I can’t separate them, and the man, Bukowski himself and there’s so much to say there, I could fill 10 books, so I won’t even start to try. (I also want to mention that another one of his old girlfriends from the mid-1970s wrote a book about their times together which I felt lacked some credibility, confirmability, etc., so I wrote a scathing book review of it. Well, don’t know how she stumbled across that, but she did and she contacted me TICKED! She proceeded to do her damn best to defend herself, her character and integrity, the honesty and sincerity of the tales she told and all sorts of other things. I responded professionally, but didn’t become fast friends with her. I DID write an addendum to that review, though, in which I restated some of my doubts and discomfort, but in which I publicly apologized for, in rereading it, coming across pretty savagely and making it seem personal, which had not been my intent. And so on and so on. However, she is not included in this list because she and I have never been published together, to the best of my knowledge. So, for the present as I continue to wade through hundreds and thousands of old magazines and publications while I’m still able, I give you these:

  • R. Crumb
  • FrancEye
    • Deceased: 1922 – 2009
  • Linda King

  • Charles Bukowski
    • Deceased: 1920- 1994

An excellent book of poems, 1972’s Mockingbird Wish Me Luck (dedicated to Linda King) autographed for me by Buk himself

A City Lights Bukowski book – The Most Beautiful Woman in Town & Other Stories, stories from 1967-1983. Notice his doodle. 🙂

My very favorite Bukowski book: 1979’s Play the Paino Drunk… It changed my life forever & his inscription only added to that

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