Tod Davies, editorial director and publisher, has worked as a screenwriter, film and television producer, social activist, radio show host, actor, and amateur cook. She now lives in the mountains of Oregon with her two carnivorous dogs as well as the Beloved Vegetarian Husband. She passionately believes that culture is formed at the story level, and that many of the most ignored stories tell us the most about ourselves. . .and can help us change our world. Which world definitely needs some change right now.
Mike Madrid, popular culture editor and EAP art director, is a San Francisco based refugee from the world of advertising. His personal goal is to take all of the trivial information that he has collected in his brain for the last 40+ years and produce something that will inform and entertain the other citizens of planet Earth. He never leaves the house without a handkerchief, appreciates a good margarita, and dreams of a world free of Julia Roberts movies. Like Joan Jett, he loves rock n’ roll.
R.C. Irwin, photography editor, lives in San Francisco where he takes a lot of pictures.
Marissa Bell Toffoli, poetry editor, calls Berkeley, CA home, where she lives with her marathon-runner husband and a wily kitty, but she is ever eager to pack her suitcase and go explore far-flung places. She treated herself to an MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts because she loves stories, wordplay, and thinking about things through writing. By day, she is an editor and creative writing teacher—by night, a poet. You can find her interviews with writers at Words With Writers. A lifelong booklover, Marissa is a believer in the power of words and ideas to reshape ourselves and our world.
David Gordon, webmaster, is a painter as well as a web designer. He paints mostly in oils and designs websites mostly in WordPress. See more of his web designs here and have a look at his artwork here.
WRITERS AND ARTISTS.
BJ Beauchamp announced to her parents at the age of seven that she was going to be a writer, then promptly put her sister in her first play, which was a production put on in her parent’s kitchen. She has been torturing family, friends and everyone else coming into her orbit with having to read her pilot scripts and screenplays ever since. BJ has earned a living over the years in the industries of oil/gas & mining (treasury), television (contract administration) and currently is licensed in the state of California in the areas of real estate and insurance (fire/casualty naturally). BJ also holds the self-appointed title of “queen of miscellaneous and useless information.” Dogs and children like her, but adults are more so-so.
R. C. Bentley is English. He once worked as an engineer on a project to build a Zeppelin, which is the only interesting thing he has done in his entire life. He collects mechanical adding machines and dictionaries. His book, Greenbeard, a literary masterwork featuring Pirates vs. Aliens, was published by Exterminating Angel Press in Spring 2013.
David Budbill’s last books of poems are Happy Life (Copper Canyon Press, 2011) and Park Songs: A Poem/Play (Exterminating Angel Press 2012). He died in 2016. We miss him more than we can say, but are grateful to still have his work.
Rachel Burgess grew up in Massachusetts, and her New England-inspired art explores the bittersweet combination of permanence and loss that we experience during moments of peace. She currently lives in New York, making prints and paintings for gallery shows, illustration projects and private commissions. Her images exhibit nationally and internationally at galleries and museums, and also feature in books and magazines. She has been recognized by publications such as CMYK Magazines, 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration and the Society of Illustrators Annual; she is also the recipient of several awards. Her work can be seen at www.rachel-burgess.com.
Alex Cox, house illustrator for EAP,is otherwise an extremely independent filmmaker and revolutionary. You can find him in those guises at www.alexcox.com.
Ralph Dartford lives in Yorkshire and flaunts about being a theatre producer of sorts. He is widely published as a pretentious poet, short story author and occasional journalist. Ralph only talks about himself in the third person in moments of high stress and is currently completing his first novel.
Marie Davis and Margaret Hultz are partners in every sense of the word. Internationally syndicated cartoonist Marie Davis’ career spans twenty years of seriously disciplined whimsy. Cowardly, and unwilling to stand up to her brain, the dominatrix of her workday, Marie writes and draws everyday – no holidays – blame the brain. She and writing partner Margaret have been working together for the last ten years and are the co-creators of Besos…Kisses…Bisous…поцелуи…which is a multilingual lesbian cartoon strip found in five languages (Belarusian, Russian, French, Spanish and English).
Margaret can often be found in Indiana living in her new house with dog Lucy and five finicky felines. A proverbial crazy cat-lady, she is also allowing her orchid addiction to rage unimpeded. She was once threatened by a naked man with a ten pound salmon, exorcized demons from a woman’s bedroom, and climbed the pyramid of the sun once – only once. If you are thinking about a house warming gift, think sock monkeys – she loves them too.
Carol Gordon Ekster was a passionate elementary school teacher for 35 years and began writing unexpectedly at the end of her career. Her first published book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was an About.com Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. A picture book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was on Character Publishing’s debut list, 2011 and was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. Her picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You, Pauline Books and Media, released January 1, 2015 and was the 3rd place winner in the Catholic Press Association’s 2016 Book Awards in the children’s category and was a finalist for the ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards 2016. Her first e-book came out spring 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Her new book with Clavis Books is coming out first in Dutch, fall 2016, and in English, fall 2017. Carol spends time in critique groups, doing exercise and yoga, and working on her books. She is grateful that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. Find out more at www.carolgordonekster.com
Brian Griffith grew up in Texas, and now lives just outside Toronto, Ontario. He is an independent historian who views historical research as a means to understanding how cultural history influences our lives and can point toward contemporary solutions for the world’s biggest problems. He’s the author of several books, including Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story, published by Exterminating Angel Press in 2009. Recently featured in a B & N Nook promotion, Correcting Jesus drew comments from people who hadn’t actually read it, warning readers that they would burn in hell if they did—after which, the book proceeded to break all EAP records for sales in a day. Thanks, fundamentalists!
His most recent EAP book (May 2012) is A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization. He’s presently at work on another book, after being nagged by both Tod and his wife, Pari, on the history of Iranian women.
Clarinda Harriss was greeted at age of one hour by H. L. Mencken, who’d introduced her parents and thus became her “common law godfather.” He pronounced her ‘intelligent looking.” Other than that she has no claims to fame at all except her children and grandchildren. Oh, and this: a couple of decades ago Michael Stipe of REM fame mistook her for a corpse as she lay floating on a Georgia pond. Her most recent books are “Dirty Blue Voice,” “Mortmain,” and “The White Rail.”
David D. Horowitz founded and manages Rose Alley Press. In 2007 he edited and published Limbs of the Pine, Peaks of the Range, an anthology of contemporary poetry of the Pacific Northwest. His own most recent poetry collections, all from Rose Alley Press, are Wildfire, Candleflame; Resin from the Rain; and Streetlamp, Treetop, Star.
Chuck Ivy is a research artist and copywright, a photographer, musician, and, generally speaking, a man of many hats—mostly fedoras.
Rose Jermusyk is a storyteller who happened to grow up under a rock shaped like Bill Murray, but now she lives in a room at the top of a tower in downtown Providence with her sweetie. She never leaves the tower without her rosary beads and tarot cards, and can often be found online talking about how folks need to take responsibility for their fairy tale lives: periscope.tv/
Charles S. Kraszewski is the author of two volumes of poetry: Beast (Alexandria, VA: Plan B Press, March 2013) and Diet of Nails (Boston: Červená Barva Press, June 2013), as well as articles and books in literary history and criticism, most recently Irresolute Heresiarch: Catholicism, Gnosticism and Paganism in the Poetry of Czesław Miłosz (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012) and On the Eternal Happiness of the Saints, an annotated translation of St Robert Bellarmine’s De aeternal felicitate sanctorum (St Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2012).
Harvey Lillywhite has always been amazed and amused by the world. His two sons and wife are the center of his world—from which he looks out. He loves working with the students he teaches at the local university, how their eyes are just starting to open up to all that’s around them. His work always seems to involve how we use language, how we “talk” to each other. He doesn’t believe in an afterlife, but he does believe in bringing as much lovingkindness as we can to this one.
Tamra Lucid is an executive producer of Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War the award winning documentary about Cuban hip hop legends Los Aldeanos, a producer of Edward James Olmos Presents Exile Nation: The Plastic People, and associate producer of The Gits documentary. Writing from her riot grrrl zines was reprinted in A Girl’s Guide To Taking Over The World: The Zine Revolution and in Zine Scene. Tamra also blogs for Reality Sandwich where her most recent project has been a series of interviews with water protectors and filmmakers at Standing Rock. She’s a founding member and primary singer of Lucid Nation.
John Merryman thinks hard about the stuff that matters and is somewhat bemused by the stuff that doesn’t.
Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, visual artist and university lecturer. He won a poetry contest judged by John Updike and and has published much other poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His Glad to Be Dad: A Call to Fatherhood is out from Familius.com. He’s also published 11 children’s books. Find him at www.TimMyersStorySong.com.
Danbert Nobacon, born in Burnley, Lancs, is now living in the mountain wilds of Twisp WA. USA with his immediate clan. He was in the band Chumbawamba for 22 years, and now performs and records solo or with any raggle taggle band of gypsies who will have him, and will; celebrate 30 years in showbiz in October 2009. He is lately to be found gardening and branching out into writing fiction, hosting a community radio show and acting.
Alice Nutter is a playwright, anarchist, musician, and mom.
Casey Orr, originally from Delaware, USA, now lives in England where she works as a photographer, researcher and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University. She uses portrait photography to explore ideas and is endlessly excited by its ability to seem uncomplicated, to be simply a tool to document reality – whilst exploring photography’s more complex relationships to metaphor, to shape shifting and to poetry. Her work has most recently been shown in Look15, Liverpool International Photography Festival, The Observer Magazine, The Royal Photographic Society’s Contemporary Photography Magazine and as part of the Tour De France cultural program as well as The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and (the first time the walls of a prison have been used as a space for art) at HM Prison Leeds.
Ronnie Pontiac has authored a sentimental novel based on the Yi Jing and Chinese mythology The School of Outlaws, and co-authored a non-fiction book Dialogue with a Spirit. Ronnie has produced award winning documentaries including Cohen on the Bridge, Grrrl, and Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War. He was poet in residence for Newtopia magazine. He is a founding member and primary guitarist of Lucid Nation.
Dawn Raffel is the author of four books, most recently The Secret Life of Objects. She edits The Literarian, the magazine of the Center for Fiction in New York and will teach at Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius for the second time next summer. “Daphne” was commissioned for a collection of new myths edited by Kate Bernheimer, forthcoming Penguin 2013. That the story revolves around a storm might have something to do with the fact that it was conceived in Hoboken during Hurricane Sandy.
Josh Sutton is a freelance writer and illustrator with a focus on food and travel. He is a member of The Guild of Food Writers. Josh writes and illustrates a regular column in Camping Magazine and his words and pictures have appeared in The Guardian, The Yorkshire Post, Petits Propos Culinaires and a number of other titles including; Coast Magazine, 60 North, Country Walking, Scotland Outdoors, The Big Issue and Green Parent Magazine. His current book Food Worth Fighting For – from food riots to food banks (Prospect Books: 2016) takes both an historical as well as a contemporary look at food poverty.
Terese Svoboda has temporarily and regretfully deserted the world of the made-up writing of fourteen books of fiction and poetry for that of footnoted biography, the 1920s of the radical poet Lola Ridge. When Svoboda is not walking her ancient fifth dog of her life, slowly every so slowly around the gentrification, she obliterates the letters on her keyboard with some weird acid from her fingertips. The monkey in her keeps at it. Her two grown boys left and are now back. A husband makes noise-as-art. She also likes plants.
Kate Tallman is an academic librarian at University of Colorado-Boulder and a big fan of apocalyptic literature.
Mark Tallman is an international security and emergency management consultant who teaches “Homeland Security” at Colorado State University, and works for the University of Denver’s Program for Terrorism and Insurgency Research, where he’s been trying to finish a PhD for way too long.
Bruce E. R. Thompson writes poetry, teaches philosophy, plays the violin, tends a flock of chickens, and occasionally appears on the stage in various capacities, not excluding character actor and ballet dancer. His past vocations also include dish-washer’s assistant, reference librarian, and puppeteer. He has lived in central Colorado, northern Texas, western Pennsylvania, and currently in southern
California. How he pays the bills is a mystery both to himself and to everyone who knows him.
Seth Turman was born and raised in Texas, descended from farmers and cattlemen. He now resides in Minnesota, with his wife and daughter, and is currently at work researching and writing his second and third novels. The first will find a home someday.
Boff Whalley was born and raised in northern England and came of age during punk’s Year Zero. These two factors run through everything he has written, from large-scale community theatre to choral music. He is the author of Run Wild (Simon & Schuster) and a lifelong fan of Burnley Football Club, or at least until they are bought out by a Russian billionaire who wants to sell the club’s particular brand of plucky small-town success. Boff was a founder-member of the band Chumbawamba for 30 years and currently directs the Commoners Choir, an experiment in combining anti-capitalist spittle with mass four-part harmonies, sung by a fifty-strong bunch of bolshie ex-punks. He combines eternal optimism with targeted cynicism and named his son after an artwork by Marcel Duchamp.
Simon Widdop is a punk performance poet from Wakefield, England. He blends love, humour and the world around us with a cutting edge tongue and sharper eyes. Somewhat moderately Tattooed, he can carry a tune, but can’t dance and doesn’t know karate…
Guinotte Wise lives on a farm in Resume Speed, Kansas. His short story collection (Night Train, Cold Beer) won publication by a university press and not much acclaim. Two more books since. His wife has an honest job in the city and drives 100 miles a day to keep it.
Kenneth Womack is the author of the novels John Doe No. 2 and the Dreamland Motel and The Restaurant at the End of the World. He serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State University’s Altoona College.