no. 3: spring, 2000

Bill Bilodeau

Bill is the editor of a small daily newspaper in New Hampshire. He studied creative writing at Harvard and is currently at work on a novel. He is married... with children.

Thomas Blake
Tom is an actor and writer who currently plays Lord Alfred Wreckingball in the wrestling comedy Piledriver, one of many shows he's appeared in at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He has performed his own sketch comedy in theaters and clubs around New York including Caroline's and Chicago City Limits. He also appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Laura Buchholz
Laura is an editor at Praxis Press, a new medical website to launch in April. She spends a lot of time sitting around and thinking, and once in a while will actually write something down.
Marc David Campbell
ducts stage
Marc performs improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and at NADA in Manhattan. He can also be seen doing stand-up around town at Carolines, Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York and Gotham Comedy Club. His one-man show, "Extra Ordinary," opens this summer with a CD of the show scheduled for release this fall.
Anne Chelnik
bachelor girl
After a bad breakup with an Israeli Tank Commander, Bachelor Girl purchased the entire "Relationships" section at Barnes & Noble. On her way out, she also grabbed a copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' 100 Years of Solitude. Bachelor Girl is a 20-year veteran of fixup flops, bad bar pickup lines, great sex with bad men, and failed attempts to see the merits of socially maladjusted -- but marriage-minded -- guys. She's also a freelance journalist.
Jennifer DeMeritt
Jennifer is a comedian, pseudo-intellectual and amateur hack psychologist. Her hobbies are watching bad performance art and spanking her cat Tatiana a.k.a. Fat Tati or Tati the Body.
Thomas Fast
naked man
art gallery

Thomas, a.k.a. Naked Man, is teaching English to junior high school students in Japan. He studied art history at New York University and has traveled and lived throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Robert Flanagan
personal essays
Robert lives on a tiny island 800 miles south west of Hawaii. With a Masters Degree in English and no job prospects he accepted a commission as an Army Lieutenant, a Reconnaissance Platoon Leader. He has published a short story in Rosebud Magazine, a literary quarterly, and teaches English on the island.
Eric Gillin
Eric was born in Randolph, Massachusetts and works as a staff reporter for When he isn't covering financial matters, his work has appeared in, and He lives somewhere in Manhattan and pays too much for rent.
Mark Goldblatt
trumpet fiction
Mark has published op-ed columns in the New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News, and Newsday, and has written feature articles for Travel and Leisure and book reviews for Reason and the National Review. Mark resides in New York City.
Benjamin Malcolm
Benjamin is a Washington, D.C. based freelance writer. He currently works as a program associate in an international educational development organization. In the past he has worked as a journalist and, later, as a Peace Corps teacher/volunteer in Thailand. When he isn't working on poetry, short fiction, or his novel, Benjamin plots how he will get back to Asia in time for World Cup 2002.
Mitchell Levenberg
trumpet fiction
Mitchell has published short stories in FICTION magazine, The New Delta Review, The Cream City Review, Fine Madness and others. He teaches writing at New York University and St. Francis College.
Margaret Hundley Parker
trumpet fiction
Margaret writes fiction and nonfiction. She is Associate Editor of Fit magazine and teaches at Kingsborough College. She also teaches children through the Teachers & Writers program of New York City. Margaret received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in May.
Thaddeus Rutkowski
trumpet fiction
Thaddeus grew up in central Pennsylvania and lives in Manhattan. His novel, Roughhouse, was published by Kaya Production, New York. His fiction was nominated for a 1998 Pushcart Prize. He has read his work at many New York spaces, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he has won the Friday poetry slam.
Charles Salzberg
personal essays

Charles is a New York based freelance writer and teacher. He has published a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, Redbook, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure and many others.

Iris N. Schwartz
trumpet fiction
Iris is a fiction writer, poet and singer-songwriter whose work has appeared in The Pikeville Review, Blue Collar Review, Curare and other literary magazines. She has performed on TV, radio and live Internet and has curated and hosted arts benfits for 5C Cultural Center and SR JazzArts. She vows to finish her novel-in-progress, Sirena Wailing, within the new millennium.
Jeffrey Parker Thompson
Jeffrey is pursuing his Ph.D. in Art History at Emory University in Atlanta. He has lived and studied in New York, Atlanta and Rome.
Christine Walters
personal essays
Christine has produced live action and animated series for the Children's Television Workshop, Jim Henson Productions, Comedy Central and HBO. She's given voice to many bimbos on the animated series, Beavis and Butthead. Christine also performs improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with her group "Mother."
Francine Witte
trumpet fiction
Francine is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright. Her fiction has appeared in the Nebraska Review, Calliope, and Urban Spaghetti. Her poems have appeared in many national journals and she is the author of 6 chapbooks. She has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her short plays have been produced in NYC at Love Creek, The Turnip Theatre, and the Riant Theatre. She recently completed her first screenplay. In her spare time, she is a creative writing teacher at a high school in New York City.
Randall Woods
personal essays
As a mild-mannered editor for a Seattle-based national insurance magazine, Randy fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and a really good screenplay. A former managing editor for a magazine about garbage-hauling, Randy is also an amateur photographer.
Helen Zelon
personal essays
Helen's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Brooklyn Bridge and Scientific American: Explorations. A proud booster of her adopted hometown (New York), she is a nonfiction contributor to the upcoming Totally Brooklyn, due out sometime in the year 2000.


Jonathan Kravetz
Jonathan is a Brooklyn based freelance writer.
Philip Shane
Philip is a freelance film editor. His programs have appeared on PBS, ABC, Cinemax, Lifetime Television, The Learning Channel, and in theaters and film festivals around the world. He lives in New York with his wife Julie.
Jenny Oh
Jenny is a documentary filmmaker who is currently developing a project about the American coffee industry. She currently works as a production coordinator for

Special Thanks

We thank Kate Lynch and Dan Theisen at for helping us move to our fancy new address, Dennis Woychuk at KGB for our bohemian party, and Fred Scherr at DPS in Baltimore for our way cool banner.

We're grateful to everyone who attended our fabulous party, especially our performers: Thaddeus Rutkowski, Jennifer DeMeritt, Francine Witte, Laura Buchholz, Stephanie Hart, Charles Salzberg, Iris Scwartz, Anne Chelnik, Christine Walters, Mark Goldblatt, Ben Jones, and Thomas "Naked Man" Fast as channeled by Julie Brister. A splendid time was had by all.