Shampoo 28 – Contributors


S H A M P O O   28

Malaika King Albrecht is older than Wal-Mart but younger than Ramen Noodles.  she is the author of this bio and several others.  on the day she got the email acceptance from SHAMPOO, a police dog that was left in a truck with the engine running apparently knocked the vehicle into gear and ran down a woman who was walking to her mailbox.

Robyn Art, enigmatism.

Amy Berkowitz lives and writes above a pizzeria in Brooklyn, and the hallway always smells like pizza.  she once had a job folding 200 origami eels.  more recently, she acted in a Lynchian noir musical called Armadillo Nocturne.

Elisabeth Blair is a singer of folk music, a writer of poetry, shorts, and a blog, and a stubborn participant in the yearly National Novel Writing Month.  she adores sparkling water and the foam on beer.

Brian Dean Bollman (when he gets the chance) is a random two-to-three sentence bio of which at least one sentence has nothing to do with poems or publications.  let’s go straight to the one that doesn’t: when Brian was seven he climbed down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up again–impressive!

Tim J Brennan, a teacher of young minds in southeastern Minnesota since 1983, is a published poet, playwright, husband, and Dad.  he enjoys Honey Weiss beer while BBQing.

Dan Brodnitz doesn’t spend enough time with manatees.  but who does?  his loose affiliation with Cecil Vortex is widely considered an urban legend.

CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift.  he escaped to Philadelphia the first chance he got, where he lives and writes today with the PhillySound poets.  Soft Skull Press recently published his book, Deviant Propulsion.  he recently co-authored The B. Franklin Basement Tapes with Frank Sherlock for NEXUS Gallery in Philadelphia.

John Clair works the desk at a motel collecting funny anecdotes for the big sellout novel.  he also has poems published regularly in Brookyln’s Greetings magazine.

Michael Comstock and Nico Alvarado-Greenwood disagree about the merits of: wall calendars, Reed Bye, silent movies, and Smirnoff Ice.  they put aside their differences when it’s time for them to write poems.

William Corbett.

James Davies lives and teaches in Manchester, United Kingdom and edits Matchbox.  try using grapefruit in Harvey Wallbangers – muy bueno.

Annette Hakiel grew up in New York.  she is currently thinking of champagne.

Lauren Haldeman lives in Wolftown inside of Templar City which is gerrymandered in the zone of Iowa City, Iowa.  she is presently in Vermont, though, carrying a large puppet head through a pine forest.  this poem was written with and inspired by her brother, Ryan, over the intro-web.

Jeff Harrison, a wreath to any short-lived dear, is here in the meteor’s cave (his hours mould’ring lines where the V sits at the v of Virginia).

Rebecca Hazelton has work forthcoming from Notre Dame Review, Puerto del Sol, and Slipstream.  she is very, very sorry for the mess she’s caused, and promises to fix it as soon as she has the time and/or money.

Yuri Hospodar oxidizes at elevated temperatures.  he is also used in nuclear energy applications and for missile and aircraft parts.  Yuri is valuable as a catalyst in the refining of petroleum.  he is an essential trace element in plant nutrition.  some lands are barren for lack of this element in the soil.  Yuri Hospodar is useful as a lubricant, especially at high temperatures where oils would decompose.  he lives in San Francisco.

Rodney Koeneke is the author of Rouge State (Pavement Saw, 2003) and Musee Mechanique (BlazeVOX, 2006).  he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Lesley Poirier, and their young son Auden, where he works in publishing and serves on the board at Small Press Traffic.  under job stress his hair falls out in clumps.

Jason Koo likes rusty spoons.  new poems are forthcoming in The Yale Review, Lyric, River City, and Elysian Fields Quarterly.  he is poetry editor of The Missouri Review.

Amanda Laughtland shampoos every day but only conditions on occasion.  her chapbook, I Meant to Say, collects several poems inspired by found text from the “missed connections” personals from Craigslist communities in different cities and is due to be published by overhere press in November 2006.

Timothy Liu is the author of six books of poems, most recently For Dust Thou Art.  he lives in Manhattan.

Kimberly Lojek is currently restoring an 18th century home [i.e., abandoned dwelling formerly confiscated by vegatation and smaller creatures] in a small Iowian town that prides itself on being the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk.

Nicholas Manning begins teaching comparative literature at the University of Strasbourg in September.  he has never before been to Strasbourg, and hopes it is a nice place.  more of his poems may be found in Free Verse, Fascicle, Dusie, BlazeVox, MiPoesias, XConnectThe Pisan Notebooks is currently in search of a publisher.

M. Mara-Ann is a writer, performer, and San Francisco based spirit lifter whose cross genre hybridity includes the book lighthouse (Atelos 2002), forthcoming CD Luminous (atmoworks 2006) with composer ambientPortal(Mykl Neufeld), mixed media work TWO falling standing (Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center 2006), and live improvised voice performance with Uppteka (four vocalists and a DJ).  when not observing the impermanence of the universe, Mara likes to nibble on macaroons and Thai lime cashews while listening to her favorite Reggae station broadcast over the Internet from Sweden.

Farid Matuk is turning up the collar on his favorite
winter coat and taking a long hard look at the man in
the mirror.  his poems have appeared in Cannibal, Painted Bride Quarterly, O-poss, and Origin, among
others.  his first book, Is it the King? is out from Effing Press.

Nicole Mauro prefers enormous shampoo bottles to the tiny hotel kind, and is a ritualistic groomer in all matters of hygiene.  recent scary bird poems have appeared in Jacket, How2, and The Argotist Online.

Michelle McMahon is a writer of short stories, experimental fiction, and poems.  her work has appeared in The Pipe Smoker’s Ephemeris, Hot Whiskey Magazine #2, Expressionists, River Walk Journal, the anthology The Year of the Blue Jay, and on the experimental fiction website Cut ’n‘ Mix.  she grew up in three countries, four states, and eight cities and now lives in Santa Monica, California, with seven dogs, two pigs, a chicken, and her husband (all of them imaginary, except the husband).

Catherine Meng lives in Berkeley and works in Oakland.  she wants to be Werner Herzog when she grows up.  her first book of poetry, Tonight’s the Night, will be published in November 2006 by Apostrophe Books.

besides several literary journals both online and off, KL Monahan’s poetry can be found on sidewalks and Valentine candies during the off season.  currently, she is chasing her grandchild around Texas trying to get new visuals out of the gifted girl who insists on bribery.  sometimes bubbles are not enough.

Brane Mozetic is the author of eleven poetry collections and three works of prose, of which twelve have been published in translation.  his poetry collection, Butterflies, and a book of short stories, Passion, have both come out in the United States.

Ronald Palmer is working on Prick Queasy, a porn thriller.  he’s a chocolate addict and yearns for a new chocolate shampoo that you can eat while scrubbing in the shower.  please explore his website, where he recently added MP3s of home readings to the ARCHIVE link as well as a few thousand pics to a FLICKR link.

Maricela Ramirez lives in Oakland, California.  her poems have started to appear in Shampoo and sometimes on tortillas.

Jessica Reed buys her hair care products from her local 99-cent store.  she lives in New York City with her lovely wife and their neurotic cat, who orally shampoos himself at least 20 times daily.  her work has appeared in Tin House Magazine and The Huffington Post.

Kate Schapira lives, writes and teaches in Providence, Rhode Island.  she says, “Build your cities responsibly and generously.”

Morgan Lucas Schuldt edits CUE: A Journal of Prose Poetry.  his work has appeared in Pleiades, Verse, Typo, LIT, POOL, and The Massachusetts Review, and his first chapbook, Otherhow, will be published by Kitchen Press in 2007.  he coughs a lot and blogs about it.

Tim Shaner, Ph.D., is presently employed at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.  Dr. Shaner, Ph.D. edits Wig, a new magazine devoted to writers who write on the job, due out soon in a supermarket near you.  the first few chapters of I HATE FICTION were published in Kiosk (2004).

Kristine Snodgrass is prestidigidangerous.

Dan Thomas-Glass has a tendency to measure cost in burritos—for example, his 2-in-1 shampoo plus conditioner costs nearly two burritos, which seems like too much.  when he’s less hungry he measures cost in labor, for which his friends have started calling him a commie.  recently poems of his have appeared in Kitchen Sink and other places, and his name has appeared on the no-fly list.

Mike Topp lives in New York City.  his books Happy Ending and Own Your Own are available from Future Tense Books.  he is featured in Up Is Up, But So Is Down: New York’s Downtown Literary Scene, 1974-1992 (NYU Press).  Mike has a blog and his girlfriend has a bottled waterbed.

Katie Uva currently lives in New York City where she has been spending her summer playing guitar in Central Park.  in her spare time she likes to go to museums and read about history.  in the course of her life she has learned one important lesson: lather, rinse, repeat.

Ashley VanDoorn has poems online at WebConjunctions, No Tell Motel, Coconut, Glitterpony, and Typo.  Milk and Honey is her favorite soap, shade of gold, and anticipated paradisical flavor.

Elizabeta Zargi, born and raised in Montreal, Canada.  currently living in Ljubljana, Slovenia, making a living as a teacher and translator.

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