"A No. 1" is Leon Ray Livingston (1872-1944) one of the most famous hobos who ever lived. He wrote and self-published many books on hobo culture and train travel.
He is the author of The Mother of the Hoboes, Coast to Coast with Jack London, Hobo Camp Fire Tales, The Ways of the Hobo, The Adventures of a Female Tramp, The Curse of Tramp Life, The Snare of the Road and The Trail of the Tramp.
Jim Alter headed a mid-sized industrial equipment distribution company for many years. He was also president of two national trade associations. More recently, he has been a professional speaker, a trade magazine columnist, and an adjunct professor teaching management on the graduate level. Mr. Alter lives in downtown Chicago.
Alter is the author of From Campus to Combat: A College Boy Becomes a WWII Army Flier.
Mykel Board has written dozens of freelance articles and seventeen novels under pseudonyms. Maximum Rock'n'Roll has been printing his column for more than 20 years. I, A Me-ist, a book of those columns, is scheduled for publication in 2005. His essays have appeared in several anthologies including Bisexual Politics, Hayworth Press 1995 and Good Advice for Young People, Last Gasp Press, 2005.
He is the author of Even a Daughter is Better Than Nothing.
Marda Burton is a native of Laurel, Mississippi, who has lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans since 1986. She is a freelance writer/photographer of hundreds of magazine and newspaper features, travel editor and feature writer for Veranda Magazine, and has contributed essays and short stories to several anthologies.
She is the author of Galatoire's: Biography of a Bistro.
Ethan Clark was born in Mississippi on Sept. 22, 1980, two months before Reagan was elected president of the United States. During his childhood two films were made about the Klan within a mile of where he grew up. He got the hell out of there at age sixteen, pinball bounced around the country, then lived in New Orleans for about six years. He now spends his time in Asheville, NC. His writing and illustrations have appeared in Maximumrock'n'roll, Bike, Stories Care Forgot, The Zine Yearbook, Chainbreaker the Book, Punk House: Anarchist Interiors by Abby Banks & edited by Thurston Moore.
He is the author of Leaning with Intent to Fall.
Andrei Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Romania on December 20, 1946. He wrote poetry in Romanian literary journals under the name Andrei Steiu. He came to the United States on the 28th of March, 1966, and has since lived in Detroit, New York, San Francisco, Monte Rio, Baltimore, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. He has written poetry, memoirs and essays, and has translated Romanian and French poets into English. In 1989, Mr. Codrescu returned to Romania after twenty-five years and covered, for National Public Radio and ABC News, the bloody coup that overturned the Ceauşescu regime. Mr. Codrescu is a commentator for National Public Radio, professor of English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and the editor of a journal of books and ideas, Exquisite Corpse. He wrote a movie, Road Scholar, which won the Peabody Award.
He is the author of The Muse Is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans.
Emmett Dedmon was vice-president and editorial director of the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News. He authored six books.
He is the author of Fabulous Chicago.
Hugh Downs, longtime anchor of ABC Television’s primetime news magazine 20/20, is one of the most familiar figures in the history of the medium. He left the program and regular broadcasting in September of 1999 to write and lecture and to pursue other activities: travel, flying, science studies, riding, sailing, composing. Downs has enjoyed a distinguished 66-year career in radio and television as a reporter, newscaster, interviewer, narrator and host. In 1985 he was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television. In the course of his career he has broadcast from every continent and both poles.
He is the author of Yours Truly, Hugh Downs.
Common Folk started off as the name for a small collective of graffiti artists but soon evolved into a philosophy for everyday life and everyday people. It's an ideology that binds together all people that approach life in creative ways, breeding a common folk atmosphere of inspiration amongst artists, writers, painters, graffiti writers, journalists, photographers, odd thinkers, d.i.y.'ers, doodlers, etc. It's about igniting a thought or sparking a smile on common people, just trying to disrupt the monotony of the all too common daily grind.
Common Folk are the creators of Common Folk Illustrated Journal.
Frederick Drimmer (August 7, 1916 - December 24, 2000) is widely known as the authority on human oddities. His bestseller Very Special People: The Struggles, Loves and Triumphs of Human Oddities, is recognized as the standard work on the subject. While contributing to numerous works on medicine, natural history and other subjects, Mr. Drimmer taught at the College of the city of New York and at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. He was also a contributing editor to The Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia.
He is the author of The Elephant Man.
Alison Fensterstock is a New Orleans-based music journalist. Her work has appeared in Paste, MOJO, Q, the Oxford American, Vibe, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune and Spin.com.
She is the co-author of The Definition of Bounce.
Raymond Flower today lives in a fourteenth-century castle, near Siena, producing Chianti wine and writing articles for magazines. His association with and knowledge of the Middle East dates back over many years. As an infantry subaltern in the Hampshire Regiment he was wounded in Italy and subsequently posted to the Allied Liaison Staff in Cairo. After the War he ran his family's business interests in Egypt, became a member of Lloyds, and made his mark as a racing driver on the European circuits. In 1956 he entered the Egyptian-built Phoenix 2SR6 at Le Mans, Rheims and elsewhere, and in 1960, on the resumption of Anglo-Egyptian relations, he was largely instrumental in setting up the new Ramses popular car factory in Cairo. He still visits Egypt periodically.Raymond Flower was born in 1921. He was educated at Oundle and Magdalen College Oxford, where he read history with A.J.P. Taylor
Brandon Gentry was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and raised in nearby Rochelle. Having lived in D.C. for nearly a decade, he now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two small children.
Syndicated columnist Georgie Anne Geyer is the author of several books on Latin America, Russia and the Middle East. She is the winner of numerous awards for distinguished journalism. She lives in Washington, DC.
Ben Granby gained some notoriety in the late 1990's for managing a troupe of guerilla theater performers and running for county coroner in Madison, Wisconsin. He received 33% of the vote on a platform against zombification. While intermittently working as a banquet waiter in the midwest, he blew his savings on unusual trips overseas, posturing himself as a war journalist with fake credentials. He has traveled through the Balkans, Iraq, Colombia, Lebanon, the Palestinian Occupied Territories and Syria. He has also spent time with Albanian guerillas in Macedonia, American soldiers in Iraq and Palestinian militias.
Guy Gugliotta is a former national reporter for The Washington Post and foreign correspondent for The Miami Herald. He is currently based in New York, where he writes about science, history and Latin America for magazines and newspapers, among them Smithsonian, Wired, Discover and The New York Times. He is the author of Freedom's Cap, the Building of the U.S. Capitol and the Coming of the Civil War.
A legendary magazine entrepreneur, T. George Harris turned Psychology Today from a wobbly startup into a publication widely recognized as the lifestyle magazine of the '70s. Later he launched American Health, which became the Bible of the health movement in '80s. He served as Washington correspondent for Time and as Time-Life-Fortune bureau chief in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.
He is the author of Romney's Way: A Man and an Idea.
Richard A. Hawley is a lifelong teacher and writer. For nearly four decades he taught English, philosophy, and history and at Cleveland's University School. For seventeen years, until his retirement, he served as the school's Headmaster. He has published twenty five books, including several novels, selections of poetry, an opera libretto, and a number of non-fiction books, principally about children and schools. He lives in Ripton, Vermont, with his wife the painter and fabric artist Mary Hawley.
He is the author of The Headmaster's Papers.
Robert Helms has been volunteering the use of his healthy body for medical experiments since 1995. He is a self-taught historian who has worked as a house painter, a factory hand, a helper of mentally retarded adults, and a union organizer. As editor and publisher of the zine Guinea Pig Zero, he has appeared in the national media as a voice for human research subjects. In 1997 he was sued for his criticisms of a research unit near his home in Philadelphia. Helms also writes about the early anarchist movement of that city.
He is the editor/author of
Peter Hernon lives near Chicago with his wife, Janice, and two daughters. An editor for the Chicago Tribune, he has written five books and was co-author of a bestselling look at the Anheuser-Busch dynasty: Under the Influence. He worked as a journalist in New Orleans.
Hernon is the author of A Terrible Thunder: The Story of the New Orleans Sniper and 8.4.
Mickey Hess taught part-time for several universities in Kentucky and Indiana before moving to his current position as Assistant Professor of English at Rider University. His books include The Nostalgia Echo, Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Music, Movement, and Culture (Greenwood, 2007), and Is Hip Hop Dead? The Past, Present, and Future of America's Most Wanted Music (Praeger, 2007). His writing has appeared in Ninth Letter, Punk Planet, and Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: Best of McSweeney's Humor Category. He lives in Philadelphia. Follow @mickeyhess
Hess is the author of Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory.
Abram Shalom Himelstein is the co-founder of New Mouth from the Dirty South and author of the underground hit, Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing. In 2003, Himelstein published What the Hell Am I Doing Here? The 100 T-Shirt Project with Garrett County Press.
Himelstein is also co-founder of the Neighborhood Story Project, a community documentary program in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Kenneth Holditch is a Research Professor Emeritus of American Literature at the University of New Orleans, where he taught for thirty-two years. A native of Mississippi, he is the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Journal. He is the coauthor of Tennessee Williams and the South and gives literary walking tours of the French Quarter.
He is the coauthor of Galatoire's: Biography of a Bistro.
Marlon Buck Horton is responsible for hits such as "Drop and Gimmie 50," and "Faster." He is co-owner of Finger Lick'N Wings.
He is the author of The Definition of Bounce.
Lucky Johnson is CEO of Biggface Muzik and Lucky Johnson Productions. He will be appearing in the movie "Contraband." He is co-owner of Finger Lick'N Wings.
He is the co-author of The Definition of Bounce.
Jeff Kelly is a native of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin. The editor of Temp Slave! Zine, his freelance work has also appeared in Isthmus, FS, In These Times, Alternative Press Review and various other publications. He is currently employed (maybe temporarily) as a process operator in a dairy ingredients plant. That's all you need to know. Thank you very much.
Kelly is the editor of Best of Temp Slave!.
Wayne Klatt has worked as a broadcast editor and reporter for the City News Bureau since 1962. He lives in Chicago.
Gera-Lind Kolarik has been a journalist in Chicago since 1976 where she was a police reporter with City News Bureau and a freelance reporter with the former Chicago Daily News. Kolarik lives in Chicago.
Irv Kupcinet (1912-2003) was a top-ranked columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times and the star of the popular TV discussion program, At Random.
He is the author of Kup's Chicago.
Bill Lavender is Coordinator of the Low Residency MFA Program at the University of New Orleans, proprietor of Lavender Ink press, and author of Guest Chain and Look the Universe is Dreaming.
He is the author of Transfixion.
Jeff Leen is the investigations editor for The Washington Post. As a reporter or an editor, he has worked on investigations have have been honored with seven Pulitzer Prizes. He is also the author of The Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds and the Making of an American Legend.
Pete May is an author and journalist. Having finally clambered on to the property ladder in 2004 he now lives in north London with his wife, two daughters, a dog named Vulcan and a large collection of football programmes. As a journalist he has contributed to the Guardian, Observer and Independent and numerous other publications. He is an associate lecturer in sports journalism at the London College of Communication. Among his publications are: There’s A Hippo In My Cistern, Ageing Body Confused Mind, Hammers in the Heart, West Ham: Irons in the Soul, Football and its Followers, Sunday Muddy Sunday and The Lad Done Bad.
He is the author of Rent Boy: How One Man Spent 20 Years Falling Off the Property Ladder.
MZA was born to Filipino immigrants in Washington, D.C. on 16 March 1973 and has loved America ever since. His grandfather made him possible by escaping the Bataan Death March in 1942. He lives in Virginia with a cat.
He is the coauthor of Forty Four Presidents.
Josh Neufeld is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist who works primarily in the realm of nonfiction comics. He is the writer/artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and the Xeric Award-winning graphic travelogue A Few Perfect Hours (and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe). He is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone On the Media. He was also a longtime artist for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor, and his art has been exhibited in gallery and museum shows in the United States and Europe.
He is the coauthor of Titans of Finance.
Karen Ocker (Art Director, Book Designer, Illustrator, Painter) earned her degree in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts-New York City, where she worked as a freelance graphic designer and artist for 17 years. She has worked on countless promotional, marketing and advertising projects for local businesses, not-for-profits and national corporations. She has designed more than 100 book covers and interiors for publishers including: Random House, Pearson Publishing, Tuttle Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, Garrett County Press and more. She is also the author of the Ray Nagin Coloring Book.
Alan Pistorius is a writer and naturalist living in Leicester, Vermont. He received his A.B. from the State University of Iowa and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Country Journal Book of Birding and Bird Attraction, co-author of several books, and co-editor of Treasury of North American Birdlore. He is also the author of numerous magazine articles and reviews.
He is the author of Cutting Hill.
Lawrence N. Powell is professor of history at Tulane University, where he has taught since 1978. His specialties are the Civil War and Reconstruction; Southern history; Louisiana history and politics; and the Holocaust. Among his publications are Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana and <New Masters: Northern Planters During the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Professor Powell wrote the introduction to the New Orleans City Guide.
Leah Ryan's work has appeared in the anthologies Through The Kitchen Window, More Monologues By and For Women, and Best of Temp Slave, as well as in several small magazines. Her plays have been performed in theaters across the United States. She passed away on June 12, 2008 from Leukemia. She was 44.
She edited For Here or To Go: Life in the Service Industry.
Jamie Schweser is the co-author of Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing.
Vaclav Smil is the author of over 20 books and is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Science Academy) and the first non-American to receive the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, he has been an invited speaker in more than 250 conferences and workshops in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa.
He is the author of Oil: Resources, production, uses, impacts.
Maria Sputnik is a reporter and a cartoonist.
She is the co-author of Forty Four Presidents.
Richard Martin Stern (1915-2001) is the author of Brood of Eagles and the Johnny Oritz mystery series. The Bright Road to Fear won the 1959 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He passed away on October 31, 2001 in Santa Fe, NM.
Philip Van Doren Stern (1900-1984) was a Civil War historian, editor and author. His story, "The Greatest Gift," formed the basis for the classic film, "It's A Wonderful Life."
He is the author of Secret Missions of the Civil War.
Kevin Stone graduated with honors from Pratt Institute in 1994. He has been published in numerous periodicals and books. He runs the blog Good Design Is Good.
Rob Walker was born in Houston, Texas. He has a B.S. in Radio-Television-Film, Critical-Cultural Studies Sequence at the University of Texas -- Austin. He has held miscellaneous reporting jobs in Texas and New York, and worked as an editor for American Lawyer, Money, and The New York Times Magazine. In 1999 he quit all that, moved to New Orleans and became a freelancer. Walker also has written for Slate, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, GQ, Details, The Nation, Fortune, and many others.
Walker is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, a regular contributor to Design Observer and author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are (Random House).
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