Sara Berkeley: Banana Slug
Sara Berkeley was born in Dublin and has lived in London and the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989. She has published three slim volumes of poetry, a collection of short stories, and Shadowing Hannah (New Island/Dufour), described by The New York Times as a "disturbing yet vibrant first novel." A fourth volume of poetry and second novel are brewing intensely. Her poem, "Nereid," appeared in the outsiders & community issue of On the Page.
Colin Berry: Family Car
Colin Berry lives in Northern California. He is a regular contributor to NPR's "All Things Considered," Print, Wired, and other publications. Colin received an MA in creative writing from San Francisco State University. His first memoir, "Shattered," appeared in the siblings issue of On the Page.
Harrod Blank: Drive-By Shootings; The Man Behind the Machine
Filmmaker and photographer Harrod Blank's automotive artistry was inspired by his 1965 VW Beetle which became his first art car, Oh My God!. His documentary films include 1992's Wild Wheels and Driving the Dream (1997). The sequel to Wild Wheels is scheduled for release in 2002, and Harrod's photography can be found in the companion book of the same name (Blank Books, 2001). Harrod co-produces the annual ArtCar Fest in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to his art car projects, Harrod is working on Burning Man: The Movie.
Christina Eng: Orange Was Retro
Christina Eng, a former arts and entertainment writer for The Oakland Tribune, is currently a graduate student in the literary nonfiction program at the University of Oregon.
Charles Fishman: New Car Blues
Charles Fishman's books include Mortal Companions, The Firewalkers, and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. His book, The Death Mazurka, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the outstanding books of 1989 and nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His new poetry collection, Country of Memory, will be published by Rattapallax Press in March 2002. "New Car Blues" was first published in Redneck Review.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan: The Dodge Silver Hawk
Maria Mazziotti Gillan was the founder and Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, and the editor of The Paterson Literary Review. She has written seven books of poetry and edited, with her daughter Jennifer Gillan, three multicultural anthologies published by Penguin Putnam. Her work has appeared in many anthologies and journals, including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Ireland, The New York Times, The Connecticut Review, and Rattle.
Dan McKinney: On the Road with the Art Car Tsar
Dan McKinney was born to Jewish and Irish parents in 1972. Twenty-nine years later, he is an up-and-coming, big-time documentary filmmaker. His work includes Eye Level With Little People of America (2000), Kvell With the Schwartz Family (1999), and Yiddish Theater and Striptease in Moscow (1999).
Alfred Milanese: The Graduation Present
Alfred Milanese moved to New York City in 1976 where he wrote and published poetry. In 1982 he began a pretzel business whose success took him away from his writing career for the next seventeen years, until he returned to write fiction. He currently has two projects underway: a memoir about pretzels and manic-depression and a novel about pregnancy from the man's point of view.
Susan Parker: The Car I Have Become
Susan Parker's work has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and Salon, among others. She was the recipient of the 1999 Richard J. Margolis Award. Her memoir, Tumbling After, will be published by Crown Books in spring 2002. A resident of Oakland, California, Suzy teaches nonfiction writing classes throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Her essay, "Room at the Inn," appeared in the first issue of On the Page.
Kathee Rebernak: Malibu
Kathee Rebernak grew up in Missouri and has been living in New York since 1995. She is a writer, a corporate communications consultant, a recovering attorney, and, as of January 2001, a mother. She has published short fiction, poetry, and academic work and is currently working on a novel.
Susan Scheid: Frog Green Glory
Susan Scheid's stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Cottonwood, Hayden's Ferry Review, Oasis, Prairie Schooner, and Willow Review. Her short stories include "The Order of Things" (Oasis, October–December 2000), nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and "The Woman Who Felt Things," which received the 2001 Willow Review award for fiction. "Fake Lezzie" appeared in the outsiders & community issue of On the Page.
Elaine Sexton: Coming & Going
Elaine Sexton's poems have recently appeared in American Poetry Review, Hubbub, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, and Frigate. Her collection of poems, Sleuth, is currently a finalist in three competitions. Ms. Sexton holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City, where she works in magazine publishing.
Mark Sisson: Road Rage
Mark Sisson grew up in Oregon and has degrees from Cal Poly and Northwestern University. He is currently employed by JWD, an architecture and engineering firm in Oakland. His hobbies include cycling, tennis, and solving vexing transportation problems.
Michelle Steele: Dottie the Datsun
Michelle Steele currently works at Clif Bar Inc as a Project Manager. She tries to stay happy and healthy and does not keep a picture of Dottie at her desk.
Bara Swain: Chevy Paul
Bara Swain is the recipient of a dozen writing grants from the American Museum of Natural History for dramatic readings of original one-act plays and short stories. Her award-winning places have been performed in New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Iowa, and Tennessee. Bara recently completed an MFA in creative writing at the New School University in New York.