Day Without Art 30
December 1 2019

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and his published books include 21 poetry collections, seven novels, three short story collections and one collection of essays. A book of one-act plays is forthcoming. Gary lives in New York City.

Norman Belanger is HIV + since 1999; his writings often deal with LGBTQ and poz issues. His works of fiction, CNF, essays and poetry have been featured in Aids & Understanding Magazine, Poz, Transnational Queer Underground, Silver Birch Press, and Red Fez. He is a contributing editor for Barren Magazine. As a long-term survivor, Norman hopes to share his experiences through storytelling, because our history is part of who we are as a community.

D.S. Black has since 1983 lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has committed journalism for many newspapers including the (pre-tabloid) San Francisco Examiner and Weekly Mail and Guardian (Johannesburg); also edited and contributed to street and elite publications ranging from ditto zines to fine and letter press editions. Project Face to Face, an AIDS oral history series he worked on with Jason Dilley and Thomas Avena, traveled in 1991 to the Smithsonian for the launch of an experimental gallery. 

Sharon Coleman is a fifth generation northern Californian with a penchant for languages and their entangled word roots. Her books include Paris Blinks, nano-fiction, and Half Circle, poetry. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Berkeley City College, and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival and the reading series Lyrics & Dirges.

Steven Cordova's full-length collection of poetry, Long Distance, was published by Bilingual Review Press in 2010. His poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Bellevue Literary Review, Callaloo, The Journal, Los Angeles Review, and Northwest Review. He reviews fiction and nonfiction for Lamda Literary Review. From San Antonio, TX, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals internationally. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her trans chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is an editor at Nomadic Press, and works at St James Infirmary, a clinic for sex-workers in San Francisco. She was a 2018 Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writer's Retreat.

DC Diamondopolous is an award-winning short story and flash fiction writer with over 175 stories published internationally in print and online magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. DC's stories have appeared in: 34th Parallel, So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Lunch Ticket, Raven Chronicles, Silver Pen, Front Porch Review, and many others. DC was nominated for Best of the Net Anthology. She lives on the California central coast with her wife and animals.

Kenny Fries is the author of In the Province of the Gods, which received the Creative Capital literature award; The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin's Theory, recipient of the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. His books of poems include In the Gardens of Japan, Desert Walking, and Anesthesia. He edited Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out. Twice a Fulbright Scholar, he has also received a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship and was a Creative Arts Fellow of the Japan/US Friendship Commission.

John Grey is an Australian poet and a US resident. He has recently published in That, Dunes Review, Poetry East and North Dakota Quarterly has work upcoming in Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Thin Air, Dalhousie Review, and fail better.

Hayes Handler is a writer and creator living in northern California. Hayes has had a hand in a variety of creative endeavors and is now studying for an MFA in poetry from Mills College in Oakland. They are a queer-identified person raising three kids in the country. Their work addresses issues from parenting to divorce to queer identity and gaining perspective on this concept of living. Hayes is grateful for language and the life we get to live.

Thomas A. E. Hesketh was born in Toronto, Canada, in the last half, of the last century, of the last millenium, none of it was his fault. Most of the things that have happened to him have happened to other persons, too. Coincidence!?! He enjoys poetry because of its verbal range, except the caesuras, and chess because it is non-verbal, except for the regicide.

Walter Holland holds a PhD in English from CUNY. His dissertation “The Calamus Root: American Gay Male Poetry Since World War II,” took the Paul Monette Award. He is the author of three books of poetry: A Journal of the Plague Years: Poems 1979 – 1992, Transatlantic, and Circuit. His novel, The March, was published in 1996 and reprinted in 2011. He has written numerous critical essays and articles. He recently had poems featured in two queer anthologies, Lovejets: Queer Male Poets on 200 Years of Walt Whitman, and Stonewall's Legacy. He currently writes reviews for Lamda Literary Review and Pleiades.

B.C. Kalz is a fifty-something hairstylist who grew up in Wisconsin and has been a writer and storefront stage actor in Chicago since 1996. has loved reading and writing stories ever since he read his first Roald Dahl book, and recently finished writing a play about love, friendship, and the end of the world in 1987. B.C. has been with partner Johnny for seven years.

Sara McAulay is the author of 3 novels. Her short fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in journals from Arroyo to ZYZZYVA. She is the founding editor of the Tattoo Highway, an online journal of literature and art, and was a professor of English and creative writing at CalState East Bay for more than 20 years. Now retired, she lives with her wife, 3 dogs and a cat, writes poetry and flash, and is doing what she can to see 45 removed from office.

Hadrian Shawn Miguel is a multicultural Latinx Queer writer, poet, artist and designer. Born and raised in the Mission barrio of San Francisco, Hadrian has called New York, Miami, Seattle, and now Los Angeles his home. As a writer and poet, his love of storytelling has given life to over 60 poems, short stories, plays, and songs. His play, Meet Me At the Bodega, will be produced in May 2020. Several poems were recently published in Queeronthology: Homespun Poems of Interwoven Migrations. His work is inspired by modern themes and ideas about identity, resilience, family, loss, diversity, and inclusion.

Fran Mills is a baker, a Forest Therapy Guide, and always a writer. She lives at the edge of the Canadian Shield and seeks out wild spaces wherever she goes.

Peggy Morrison is a California writer who grew up in Long Beach, then raised her daughter in Watsonville while working for twenty years as a bilingual teacher. She is currently living and working in Alameda, enjoying the vibrant and fertile poetry landscapes of the bay area. Along with writing, Peggy loves reading, teaching, gardening, music, and backpacking.

Miranda Recht is a queer-identifying social worker whose writing was featured in the 2018 Saints + Sinners literary anthology.

Joani Reese is a poet, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction writer. Her latest book, Night Chorus, is available from LitFestPress and Reese directs a college writing center in Texas.

Gerard Sarnat won the Poetry in the Arts First Place Award plus the Dorfman Prize, and has been nominated for a handful of recent Pushcarts plus Best of the Net Awards. Gerry is widely published in academic-related journals (e.g., University Chicago, Stanford, Oberlin, Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Pomona, Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan, University of San Francisco) plus national (e.g., Gargoyle, Main Street Rag, New Delta Review, MiPOesias, American Journal Of Poetry, Clementine, pamplemousse, Poetry Quarterly, Free State Review, Poetry Circle, Poets And War, Cliterature, Qommunicate, Indolent Books, Pandemonium Press, Texas Review, San Antonio Review, Brooklyn Review, San Francisco Magazine, The Los Angeles Review and The New York Times) and international publications (e.g., Review Berlin and New Ulster). He's authored the collections Homeless Chronicles (2010), Disputes (2012), 17s (2014), Melting the Ice King (2016). Gerry is a physician who's built and staffed clinics for the marginalized as well as a Stanford professor and healthcare CEO. Currently he is devoting energy/ resources to deal with global warming. Gerry's been married since 1969 with three kids plus six grandsons, and is looking forward to future grand daughters.

Alan Slotkin is Professor Emeritus of English at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, where he taught linguistics and American literature courses for 35 years. He watched more than a few of his students succumb to HIV in the 80s and 90s. He now lives in Idaho.

F. Cade Swanson is a queer dad who grew up in Southeast Virginia. He runs a community center in Seattle, Washington, and his work has appeared in Soliloquies Anthology, Chaleur Magazine, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing, and Stonewall's Legacy Anthology.

Anne F. Walker's sixth poetry book, Ink and Ink and Flesh and Length, will come out through Eyewear Publishing at the London Book Fair, March 2021. Her previous full-length books are Six Months' Rent, Pregnant Poems, Into the Peculiar Dark, and The Exit Show. Her poetry chapbook was when the light of any action ceases. Her poetry has won Eisner Prizes at UC Berkeley and Canada Council Arts Grants among other honors. Anne completed interdisciplinary doctoral work in American Urban Poetics at UC Berkeley in 2007 and — after a full cycle of the Chinese zodiac — returned to support student writers.

Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist and writer in Seattle. She has three poetry books: truth be bold —Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, No Father Can Save Her, and a chapbook, Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues. Julene worked for 21 years in AIDS services. She is widely published in journals and anthologies. A few online sites where her work can be found include: riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, Mad Swirl, Writing in a Woman's Voice, and in the Stonewall Legacy Anthology.

Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist and writer in Seattle. She has three poetry books: truth be bold — Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, No Father Can Save Her, and a chapbook, Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues. Julene worked for 21 years in AIDS services. She is widely published in journals and anthologies. A few online sites where her work can be found include: riverbabble, River & South Review, The Seattle Review of Books, HIV Here & Now, Mad Swirl, Writing in a Woman's Voice, and in the Stonewall Legacy Anthology.

Lenore Weiss's three poetry collections form a trilogy about being mortal: Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island (West End Press, 2012); Two Places (Aldrich Press, 2014), and The Golem (Hadassa Word Press, 2017), Her award-winning flash fiction chapbook Holding on to the Fringes of Love was published by ADQ Press (2018), and she recently completed a novel. Lenore tutors middle-school students and volunteers at Oakland's writing center, Chapter510.