Dan Bejesky is a poet, student, traveller, and alumnus of CU Boulder's Multicultural Studies Project, who has spent time roaming the West in search of a home.
Jay Berg was raised in small rural towns until the age of 12, then moved to Oakland, CA, where he first met the "real world." A HS dropout without college training until the age of 35, he works now as a self-taught computer engineer. JBerg is a drifter and a loner by nature, with a need to find an entrance to society.
M.F.G. Bolton has never won a game of chance in his entire life, yet has consistently been the recipient of immense good fortune. Recently, he has begun to regard this as a sign of great blessings and, in deference to this, has given up buying lottery tickets. His most recent mistaken discovery was of the works of poet Pablo Neruda. He hopes one day to be as elegantly simple, as memorably calm, as the Neruda poems he admires most.
William Bray is Kialegee Creek from Wetumka, Oklahoma; his clan is Wind. He has resisted schooling at Stanford University, Oklahoma City University, and Dartmouth College. He is grateful to the forces who conspire to make him possible.
Frances Brown: I'm a proud member of Sisters of the Babbling Tongue, whose life work will not be done until all the dirty little secrets of the world are hung out and flapping in the breeze like Monday's wash.
Lenni J. Calipo is biding her time until she can tour with James Taylor (on tambourine). But for now, she is posing as an unappreciated worker. She is 33; Filipina/Puertoriqueña; lesbian; co-parent to 2 wonderful kids; clean & sober; has naturally curly hair; and is holding out for true love.
Cordelia Candelaria, Professor of American Literatures without boundaries at the University of Arizona, wrote Seeking the Perfect Game: Baseball in American Literature (1989); Chicano Poetry: A Critical Introduction (1986), Ojo de la Cueva/Cave Springs (1984); and six dozen other published titles, including the edited Multiethnic Literature of the United States: Critical Introductions and Classroom Resources (1989); and co-edited the Chicana studies issue of Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies (1980, 1990).
Lydia Copely is an artist and writer living and writing in the Western United States.
Jim Davis-Rosenthal: I've gained a new respect for the art of illustration while working on the first online issue of STANDARDS. These images have been a delight for me--returning to my artistic side after seven years of graduate study, and after finally completing my Ph.D. Illustration is a demanding form because the images must be powerful on their own, interpretive in unusual and creative ways, and appropriate without being obvious or representational. It's been quite a challenge and a blessing, a returning to breath after a long underwater journey. The opportunity to introduce the work of Audre Lorde to so many new people and to help those who've loved her to remember her work has been a profound honor. I'm also delighted to help republish the work of the fine artists and writers who have made up STANDARDS over the last five years. As for myself, I am a poet, teacher, computer-daddy-in-training, and queer activist. I do not think I was Ethel Rosenberg in a past life; I rather think I am her in this one, but I can't find any material on whether she was a snap diva.
John Gage Dennett III was born in New Mexico, raised in Texas, and corrupted in Chicago and Portland. His obsession with pop culture has led him through misguided careers as sales & marketing scum in both the music and comic book industries. Having dropped out in search of something more meaningful, he is currently working on various computer and Internet projects from a Navajo reservation in remote New Mexico.
Emmanuela Copal de León joined the staff of STANDARDS around 1999, and has helped with cleaning up of some of the early issues, providing new graphics.
Julia Doughty: I write poetry and performance. I teach in San Diego, at the college level. With a grant from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, I have taught workshops for women survivors of violence, at the Center for Women's Studies and Services in San Diego.
Paul Eberly: I'm a guy in his mid-30s. I've long wanted to write, and this is my first successful submission.
Elcee is a pseudonym for a self-directed survivor who struggles every day for dignity and honor.
Carrie Evans is a visual artist, traveler and teacher. She participated in the Multicultural Literature and Writing Project at CU Boulder, where she created "Candy Girls." She has enjoyed many warm afternoons sitting on the front porch of her trailer in Boulder, drinking beer and catcalling at neighborhood motorcycle mechanics. Evans has traded these glories in for new challenges, however, since relocating to teach in Guatemala.
Joseph Thomas Flies-Away (Hualapai Tribe) is from Peach Springs, in Northwest Arizona, near the Grand Canyon. He earned his BA from Stanford, has worked with Innovative Academic Courses, and brings this innovative spirit to his poetry.
G. Jack Ferguson was born in East Texas, 66 miles from the Louisiana border. Several people have told him he should check out Albert Murray's Train Whistle Guitar.
Teodoro Flores lives in the Mission in San Francisco, and is working on a book called Chicano Pop, a collection of cultural essays.
P. Gan is a Chinese-American woman, who grew up in a small Midwestern town, and made her first Asian-American friends at Stanford. She has missed them greatly since she left for law school, to continue endless study toward a career in academics.
Melinda Goodman is a lesbian poet and former editor of Conditions magazine, who teaches poetry workshops at Hunter College, and Adult Literacy in the Bronx. Her book, Middle Sister, is available from Inland Book Company. She was the 1991 winner of the Astraea Foundation Lesbian Poetry Award.
TK Grayson is a visual artist and teacher who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently completing her teaching certificate in Special Education, while working with children who have learning disabilities. She is looking forward to a glorious future, in which the stable, erotic, and romantic merge in her house.
Essex Hemphill is the editor of the award-winning Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed Ceremonies: Prose and Poetry. His work is featured in Looking for Langston and Tongues Untied, award-winning film and video documents about Black gay experiences. Hemphill has been a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, in California. He is currently working on his forthcoming novel Standing in the Gap, while completing an anthology of short fiction by Black gay men, entitled Beside Companions. Some of Hemphill's early works, now out of print, will be featured in the next issue of STANDARDS.
Shu-Huei Anne Chiang Henrickson, a native of Taiwan, is completing her Masters degree in English Literature at North Dakota State University. She expects to spend the next academic year in Russia.
Mario Huerta: The whole purpose of my existence is to struggle fiercely, by any means necessary, to contribute in transforming our world into one in which no one is oppressed. Although I have spent half my life in Mexico, and the other half in the United States, I consider myself to be a citizen not of any particular nation, but of the world.
Canéla Analucinda Jaramillo is a weary, stubborn Chicana who persists through the strength of her immediate family, as well as through the biting ministrations of a host of bothersome friends. Taking immense pride in her former students, who have gone on to work some incredible magic in this tired world, Canéla is content to be working away from university teaching this year, and will be relocating soon from the Ramah Navajo reservation, where she wrote fiction, and produced this volume of STANDARDS, during the summer of 1995. She is continually oscillating between jagged bitterness and profound gratitude, and is determined to find a balance, at some point.
Paloma Sierra Calipo Jaramillo is 8 years old and has one brother and one sister. She has a very nice and beautiful mother and father and a lovely co-parent. She loves her family. Her favorite food is pasta alfredo and her favorite desert is chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. Her favorite books are Goosebumps and Nancy Drew. She loves to read and write and to do art. Her art means a lot to her, and it means so much to her that she does it almost all the time. :-)
Robin Jones: I am a Ph.D. student working with 20th century literatures of the United States. Teaching is my labor of love and what keeps me going--what also keep me going are family and friends. The course described in my essay was usually team-taught with my friend, Kayann Short.
Mike Kobayashi is a Japanese-American man with an interest in revolutionary art, cinema, and other studies. He expects learning to be a central part of his pursuits for the rest of his life.
Caroline Linder majored in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, her life is a testimony to randomness.
Toni Long majored in Communications with an interest in Film at Stanford University. She identifies as a Black lesbian womanist feminist who doesn't own a cat, a dog, or any crystals.
Audre Lorde lived her whole life in joy and struggle; her works are her legacy and testament. We hope that this tribute begins a global recognition of her canon of literature, as well as of her many other achievements. We pay honor to Audre, and we miss her.
Ángela Victoria Manzanares: I'm feeling pretty good since the recovery of my own personal lands from the Spaniards. Funny thing about imposition and conquest: they don't last forever. Amen!
Cynthia Martinez is a student, photographer, and mother who lives and works in Boulder, Colorado.
Meagan died not long after the discussion that appears in this volume, of natural causes. She was honored with white calla lilies at her cyberfuneral, which was attended by JBerg, Nopalito, and the lovely, insightful Michelle.
Michele Spring Moore is a lesbian-identified bisexual feminist queer activist fag hag poet and label queen. Completed the Masters degree program in Creative Writing at the University of Colorado; was a founder of the Rochester (New York) Bisexual Women's Network; and a former editor of the Empty Closet, New York state's oldest lesbian and gay newspaper.
Of Puerto Rican and Jewish heritage, Aurora Levins Morales has lived in the United States since the age of thirteen. The author of some of the most powerful and celebrated contemporary poetry, Morales' work is collected in a collaborative memoir, Getting Home Alive, co-authored by her mother, Rosario Morales. Her individual poems are widely anthologized. She currently lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tim Neese is now and ever shall be the Great Computer Daddy of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is single, available, honorable, and quite the looker. We are privileged to have had his help and foresight in the production of this cyberjournal.
Mary Pierce is a Native New Yorker (Upstate), who spent 10 years in Colorado, and now lives in Rhode Island, with various members of her family at various times. She has considered carefully the first half of her life and, having arrived at some sort of juncture, plans to charge through the second half while doing card tricks.
Marlon Riggs was a producer, director, and writer, who graduated with honors from Harvard in 1978, and received the MA from UC Berkeley, where he later taught Documentary Film in the Graduate School of Journalism. His films include Tongues Untied, the acclaimed account of Black gay male life; and Ethnic Notions, for which he was awarded the Emmy. Mr. Riggs' work has been published in the anthology Brother to Brother, as well as in arts and literary magazines, including High Performance, Black American Literature Forum, and Art Journal. A media activist, he testified before the U.S. Senate, and wrote extensively on the issue of censorship. Mr. Riggs was also on the policy committee of the national PBS, and served on various other panels, including the National Endowment for the Arts. Marlon T. Riggs died of AIDS-related complications in 1994. We remember him with respect and admiration. This volume of STANDARDS is dedicated to his memory.
Kenneth A. Riley graduated in Studio Fine Arts at CU Boulder. Life is a comic strip with a few good Superheros and little to laugh about. I find it gives my work something to contrast.
Gene D. Roberston was educated at the University of Texas, and went on to do graduate work at MIT. After graduating from Texas, he served in the U.S. Navy until the end of the Korean War. For thirty-six years, he was Director of Research and Development at Magnavox in Indiana, and also spent two years at Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey. He currently does a little consulting, but considers himself retired. After six years of practice, he is starting to get the hang of it. He has six children and ten grandchildren.
Carlos Rodriguez, graduate student at Stanford University, is currently writing his dissertation, which is tentatively entitled, Intersections: Ethnic Quest, Ritual, and American Narratives. While he was pleased to hear '70's disco at clubs and on the radio, he was alarmed when bell bottoms and platforms were once again fashionable.
Benjamín Alire Sáenz was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, fourth of seven children. He received a Masters in Creative Writing at UTEP, and a second MA from the University of Louvain in Belgium. He was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he finished his PhD. His first collection of poetry, Calendar of Dust was published in 1991 (Broken Moon Press). His first collection of short stories, Flowers for the Broken, was published in Fall 1992. He is currently professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Ira Sago is an Apache who grew up on a reservation in southeast New Mexico. He is very much interested in spiritual traditions, and studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Jana Sequoya: I am a mixed-blood Chickasaw. After raising three children, I decided it was my turn--I attended San Francisco State; earned an MA from UC Berkeley in Ethnic Studies, and a Ph.D. through the Modern Thought and Literature Program at Stanford University. My work appeared in Henry Louis Gates' anthology, Global Literacy, and in the Smithsonian volume on Native Americans. After all this work, I expect my claim to fame will be in finally defining "discourse": it's the academic version of safe sex.
Mindy Beth Tobin is a student aspiring to many things, who would like, mainly, to continue studying.
Jack A. Urquhart lives and writes in the mountains surrounding Boulder, Colorado, where he raises his two wonderful children in an excrutiatingly quaint A-frame house. He is obsessed with physical fitness, even tanning, and full lips. While working to attain these ultimate physical charms, the youthful Mr. Urquhart is a most valuable teacher at the University Writing Program, University of Colorado, Boulder.
Virgínia Vélez: Puerto Rican, Lesbian mother. Plan to work in the Caribbean and with Caribbean people in the U.S., and to prove to myself and everyone that we are not and never will be extinct.
J. Patterson Waltz III: Gay globetrotter and erstwhile Coloradoan, I fled to Paris, where my hopes of escaping literary journal layout were utterly shattered. Fortunately, the men here are delicious. Vive la France!
Wambdi Awica Wa'stewin (Good Woman Who Cares for the Eagle): I am Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Sioux, very dedicated to helping my People, living in a good way, and keeping my sense of humor. Currently I am a sophomore at Stanford University. I plan on majoring in political science and attending law school, so that I may become a lawyer for my tribe.
Curt Darius Williams: At the age of five, I promised my parents I would make the world a better place. After 21 years of school, three degrees, honors and awards, I'm currently resting up for what lies ahead.
Wes Williamson is a computer programmer and friend to orphan editors on the Internet. In addition to helping to build the foundation for this first online edition of STANDARDS, Wes has been working on his own Web site, while keeping a regular job, supporting a fine family, and improving his health, in honor of his 40th birthday.
Donna Helene Wolfe spent two years bicycling around the world before attending CU Boulder in search of a different kind of education. She is making movies and writing plays in her spare time.
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