Editors and Publisher

Editor and Publisher
George Wallace

Associate Editors 
Phil Asaph
Geraldine Green
Steve Orlen
Douglas G. Swezey

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Poetrybay, an online poetry publication for the 21st century, publishes the finest work being written in the English language by established and  emerging writers. Open to format, length and style. Works previously published in magazine or online publications will not be considered. 

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Long Island Quarterly publishes poetry by authors either living in the region or with roots in the region. Open to format, length and style. Works previously published in magazine or online publications will not be considered. 

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"Literature in the right sense"
- Mary de Rachewiltz, Ezra Pound
Archive, Yale

Swimming Through Water (sample poems)

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George Wallace, Suffolk County's First Poet Laureate, is an award winning poet and journalist from New York who has performed his work across America and in the great cities of Europe. He is co-host of PoetryBrook, a SUNY Stony Brook poetry radio show which is streamed live on the worldwide web at www.wusb.org Thursdays at 6 p.m. In 2000, he founded Poetrybay, a prestigious online poetry publication which was selected in 2004 by Stanford U. for archiving and distribution through the world-wide LOCKSS program.

Creator of the four-city Big Sur Marathon in 2001 (see Offbeat, David Amram, Thunders Mouth Press, 02, pp 236-244), and the Nesenkeag Benefit, he has been invited to read his work for such events and venues as the Norfolk Poetry Festival, Norwich, International Poetry Festival, London; Ways With Words, Lake District (UK); Shakespeare & Co, Paris (FR); and Biblioteca Civica, Parma, Odradek, Rome, Centro Trevi, Bolzano (IT).

Recent radio appearances include WNYE, WBAI, WPLJ, in NYC; BBC-2 Cumbria and Suffolk, UK; Radio Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy; KPFA, Oakland Ca; World Underground Radio, Louisville Ky; and KHSU, Humboldt, Ca. In 2003-04 he toured the UK, Italy and the East and West coasts of the United States, as well as continuing his rigorous performance schedule in the Metropolitan New York area at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Algonquin Club, Sidewalk Cafe, C-Note Cornelia Street Cafe and Bowery Poetry Club.

While influenced by a number of aesthetics, Wallace's poetry frequently constitutes a departure from conventional academic poetry of the late 20th century, amalgamating directions suggested by French Surrealism and American Beat Prosody, emphasizing invention and the imagination as the wellspring for narrative.

Contemporary writers who have studied with Wallace in workshops have called his innovative methods for triggering the creative writing process "absolutely mind-boggling." His writing has been praised as being "penetratingly direct" (Hugh Fox), "a miracle of conjugation between apparently irreconcilable parts" (Paolo Ruffilli), "Blakeian" (John Hall) and "quite simply beautiful" (Neeli Cherkovski). His performance approach has been called "spellbinding" (David Amram) and "reminiscent of e.e. cummings' reading voice - the best I know of" (Mary de Rachewiltz).

Others comment: "(He is) my patron saint of contemporary mystic realism," Gareth Higgins, Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. "Poetry that truly brings Surrealism into an American context and makes it works," Dennis Pahl, LIU-CW Post. "Something of Whitman has snuck into Wallace - that same marrowy vigour, the uninhibited reach, that headlong urgency riding the surf-crest of its own abundance - except that, with Wallace, his narrative shirt-buttons are all undone," Mario Petrucci.

Early chapbooks include Tie Back the Roses (Explicitly Graphic, UK, 86); The Milking Jug (Cross Cultural Communications, US, 88); Tales of a Yuppie Dropout (Writers Ink, US, 93); Butterflies and Other Tattoos (Bootleg Press, US, 93); The Poems of Augie Prime (Writers Ink, US 99). In '01 his poetry was published in booklet form for the State of California 150th anniversary programming. In '02 an e-book, For Immediate Release, was published by Sniffy Linings. 2003 saw the release of Swimming Through Water, a 448-page bilingual book length collection of his work, in English and translated into Italian by Anny Ballardini. Also released from Pudding House Press in 2003 was "Greatest Hits," a small sampling of Wallace's most popular poems.

In 2004 three chapbooks were released: in Italy, a new bi-lingual volume, entitled Fifty Love Poems (La Finestra Editrice, tr. under supervision of Flaminio di Biaggi); in England, Burn My Heart In Wet Sand (Troubador Books); and in the US, Without Benefit of Men (Chlemskyia Zhurnal).

Winner of the CW Post Poetry Prize Wallace, who is listed by Poets & Writers, has served as a member of the board of directors of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Taproots, TeenSpeak, Long Island Poetry Collective and CityArts; and has been a poetry and art critic for Academic Library Book Review, Northport Journal, Opera News, Art Times, West Hills Review, LI Parents & Children, Huntington's Cultural Legacy, Long Island Forum, Portfolio Magazine, LitKicks, Transference, Drunken Boat, Milk Magazine NYCBigCityLit, Improper Hamptonian, IncWriters, and Newsday.

He is a primary force behind numerous poetry journals, anthologies, reading series, radio and television poetry programs (see NYT, LI Section, 8/18/02, pg 12). They include Walt's Corner, in Walt Whitman's The Long-Islander; Long Island Quarterly; Poetry Barn; the Long Island Poetry Reading Room, the Long Island Poet's Walk; Long Island Poetry Repertory Theatre; and In Autumn: An Anthology of Long Island Poets. In 1998 he co-edited Dumb Beautiful Ministers with Bill Heyen.

Wallace maintains a national speaking schedule from a base in NYC, with appearances at such locations as Poets On The Vine, Aquebogue, NY; Kerouac Festival, Lowell Ma; Westhampton Writers Festival; International Festival of Poetry, Paterson, NJ; Emily Dickinson Reading, NYC; Iliad Marathon Reading, NYC; Interurban, Norman Ok, Insomniacathon, Louisville Ky; the Hofstra Cultural Center; Stony Brook University Special Collections; North Hollywood Valley Poets; Eclectic Gallery, Battle Creek Mi.; Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation, Coral Gables, Fla; Native Sons of the Golden West, Oroville Ca.

Wallace has dialogued with numerous individuals in the world of underground Bohemian literature, from Alan Ginsberg and Janine Pommy Vega and Charles Plymell to Carolyn Cassady and Elaine Kaufman. His conversations and interviewed with major figures in contemporary literature and the arts - William Stafford, Samuel Menashe, Robert Bly, Sharon Olds, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Adrienne Rich, Paul Muldoon, Mary de Rachelwitz, David Ignatow, Budd Schulberg, Robert Creeley, Diane Wakoski, Kurt Vonnegut, Marvin Bell, Peter Max - have appeared widely. Dozens of publications have used his poetry - including New York Times, Newsday, About.com, GSU Review, Modern Maturity, Cafe Review, Long Shot, Milk Magazine, Confrontation, South Florida Poetry Review, Runes, Cold Mountain Review, and Central California Poetry Journal.

His concert dates include appearances with composer Leonard Lehrman, jazz composer David Amram - with whom he has collaborated on three CDs - and musicians such as Levon Helm, Paul Winston, Joe Mannix, John Sinclair and Thurston Moore.

An author whose work has been translated into French, Spanish, Italian, German, Korean, Bengali, Russian and Macedonian, he has also served as a translator - including works of Roque Dalton and Arturo Onofri. His work is in the collections of the New York State Historic Preservation Officer, the California State Archives and the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library.

George Wallace has been named Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. WWBA Writer In Residence


Associate Editors

Phil Asaph won an undergraduate scholarship to Eckerd College, the Stadler Fellowship to Bucknell University, and a graduate fellowship to New York University, as well as the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant for poetry. Phil's poems and stories have been published in Poetry, Mississippi Review, Negative Capability, and other journals. He writes and teaches both poetry and fiction, and lives in Huntington, Long Island, the setting of most of his works.

UK Poet Geraldine Green is Cumbrian-born with Irish roots. Her first collection The Skin, was published in February 2003 by Flarestack. Her second collection, Passio, was published in April 2006, also by Flarestack. Other publications include The Land Songs by Geraldine Green, Joan Poulson and Charles Johnson and the anthology, Is a Religious Poem possible in the 21st Century?

Recipient of special commendation at the 2005 Poetry on the Lake Festival, Orta, Italy, her work has appeared in Private Photo Review (Italy), The Long Islander and ZAUM (US), Smoke, Obsessed with Pipework, Citizen 32, Raindog, Neon Highway, Envoi, ORC, Poet's Letter Magazine and the Argotist Online (UK) and US online magazines, LitKicks, Mountain Voices, Out of Order and Cezanne’s Carrot.

She has read widely in the UK, also in Italy and the US, worked on collaborative projects with visual and digital artists, a photographer and musicians. In 2005 she gained an MA in Creative Writing (Distinction) from Lancaster University. Geraldine runs Creative Writing workshops and is a Tutor for Continuing Education at Lancaster University. She lives in Keswick, Cumbria, UK. Further information about her can be found on http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/geraldinegreenpage.html>

Jamie O'Halloran was born on Long Island and raised there, in New Orleans and in Seattle. She received her M.A. in English from the University of Washington through its Creative Writing Program. Her work has appeared in more than 40 journals, including Prairie Schooner, The Cream City Review, ART/LIFE, Solo, The Blue Moon Review, Poetry Flash and Yankee, and in the anthologies And What Rough Beast: Poems at the End of the Century and Grand Passion: Poets from Los Angeles and Beyond. Her chapbooks include SWEET TO THE GRIT (The Inevitable Press, 1998) and THE LANDSCAPE FROM BEHIND, with Jim Natal, (VC Press, 1997.) She has won the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, received awards from The Academy of American Poets, Verve Magazine, Red Dancefloor Press and The Sacred Beverage Press, and her poems have been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Since 1993 she has coordinated a literary reading series for the Sunland-Tujunga Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. She is a former co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets and editor for VC Press. In June, her poem "Knock Wood" will be released on 10,000 postcards and distributed throughout Los Angeles as part of the Sonnets At Work project. She lives in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and teaches in the public schools.

Steve Orlen was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1942. Graduated from UMass in 1964,then from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1967. He has been teaching in the cw program at the University of Arizona in Tucson since 1967, and in the low-residency MFA Program at Warren Wilson College since 1986. Orlen has published four books: PERMISSION TO SPEAK (Wesleyan); A PLACE AT THE TABLE (Holt, Rhinehart, & Winston); THE BRIDGE OF SIGHS (Miami University Press); and KISSES (Miami University Press). His new book, This Particular Eternity, will be published by Ausable Press in spring of 2001. Olren is winner of 3 NEA awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Associate Editor Douglas G. Swezey received his B.A. in English and Art History from Stony Brook University in 2004. He has worked at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center and written as a journalist for many weekly newspapers. He was the Managing Editor of Government Food Services Magazine and is the author of Stony Brook University: Off The Record (College Prowler, 2005), and associate editor for the North Sea Poetry Scene’s Long Island Sounds 2010 edition. He currently serves on the board of the Long Island Poetry Collective and The North Sea Poetry Scene. He is also a co-founder of the Long Island Chapter of Poets for Darfur. He is the host of the Long Island Poetry Collective’s Reading Series at Barnes & Noble East Northport every fourth Monday of the month.




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