Literary Links

These links will connect the reader to online magazines, organizations and "theme" pages germane to 20th/21st century nonmainstream writing. There are a good number of sites devoted to single poets and writers on the web, which are not included on this page; look for those among the Author Links. Updates will be maintained; please e-mail me with suggestions of other sites, as well as to alert me to broken links. Thanks to everyone who sent along suggestions, especially Catherine Daly, Anastasios Kozaitis and Randy Prunty for their extended lists, much of which was incorporated into this one.

[Back to readme]

A

Academy of American Poets
After swearing I wouldn't include this overwhelmingly mainstream organization on this list of links, someone wrote to argue that, given you could find entries, poems and/or sound files for a handful of nonmainstream poets like Robert Duncan, John Ashbery, Hart Crane, Robert Creeley and so on, it would be worth it. I wasn't convinced (those are hardly obscure poets you won't find elsewhere on the web.) That is, until I went to re-visit the site and saw that they actually had an entry, a couple of poems, and two links, for Mina Loy. Loy's no longer super-obscure either, but I like her too much not to send you off somewhere where you'll find even minimal space devoted to her work.

Afterwords Literature
An online bookstore featuring unusual and hard-to-come-by items by Canadian poets such as jw curry, bp Nichol, Peggy lefler, David UU, et al. No excerpts, a valuable resource for otherwise unfindable in-print items.

African American Literature Book Club
"Read about authors and poets. Enjoy book excerpts or listen to poetry. Learn about popular and interesting new books and classic titles. Find publishers, bookstores, call for submissions and more." A bit tough to navigate, but an impressive resource. Writers here include established names like Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Askia M. Toure, Gwendolyn Brooks, Zorna Neale Hurston, and younger poets and writers such as Camika Spencer, Renee Killingsworth, Scott Haskins, Lisa Saxton, Delores Thornton, etc.

Alt-X
A substantial site devoted to experimental fiction, with some nods to poetry. Recent additions include a collection of more than 50 interviews with non-mainstream writers such as Kathy Acker, Bruce Benderson, Dennis Cooper, Eurudice, Mark Leyner, et al. Fiction by Raymond Federman, Steve Katz, Ron Sukenick, Mark Amerika, etc.

Alterran Poetry Assemblage
David Dowker's online annual of contemporary poetry, now on its fourth issue. Current and past issues include work by Lissa Wolsak, Karen Kelley, Nada Gordon, David Dowker, Drew Gardner, Gary Sullivan, Bob Perelman, Andrew Joron, Will Alexander, Adeena Karasick, and many others.

Anarchy Archives
Includes the collected works of Michael Bakunin, as well as biographies, bibliographies of and writings by other suspects, including Emma Goldman, Peter Kropotkin, Max Stirner, Noam Chomsky and more.

The Animist
Ian Irvine and Sue King-Smith's "electronic journal of the arts." From Australia, The Animist features poetry, fiction, audio files and essays. Work here by Jack Kimball, Janet Buck, Thomas Bell, Susan Hawthorne and others. A bit tough to navigate, but some nice work.

Angel Exhaust
Andrew Duncan's occasional journal from Britain features poetry and reviews. Only issues #9, 11 and 12 appear online. Contributors include Roy Fisher, Allen Fisher, Caroline Bergvall, David Chaloner, Randolph Healy, Stephen Rodefer, Joel Lewis, Catherine Walsh, Maurice Scully, et al.

Another Form of Invention II
Claire Dinsmore's ultra-groovy site contains a library with bibliographies, biographies and excerpts of work by a number of modernists, including Andre Breton, Samuel Beckett, Djuna Barnes, H.D. and others. Also housed here is Cauldron & Net, an online zine featuring work by Jennifer Ley, George Quasha, Thomas Bell, Shawn Phillips and others. The site also features Dinsmore's own work (sculpture, web design, prose and poetry) in the "studio" section. A bit slow-moving, this is nonetheless worth navigating.

Antenym
Steve Carll's in-print mag gets new life online. Selections from issues 1-5, and issue #6 complete. Contributors include: Norman Fischer, Jeff Conant, George Albon, Hoa Nguyen, Elizabeth Robinson, Gary Sullivan, Spencer Selby, Kit Robinson, Steve Carll, Norma Cole, Leslie Scalapino, et al.

Arras
Brian Kim Stefans (see
interview in Readme #3) began Arras as an in-print, but folded after three issues to begin publishing online. One of my favorite online mags, Arras includes poetry, interviews, essays and chapbook length collections of poetry. Authors include: Abraham Lincoln Gillespi, Jacques Debrot, Walter Lew, Sianne Ngai, Andrea Brady, Brian Kim Stefans, Miles Champion, et al.

B

Bad Dog: A Journal of Textual Arts
Pretty groovy eye-candy from Bill Lavender, Joel Dailey, Jake Berry, Mike Presti, and others. Three issues to date, only two of which are housed here.

Barque
Keston Sutherland and Andrea Brady's beautiful and easily navigable website includes ordering information for their various chapbooks, as well as excerpts from same. Authors included: J.H. Prynne, John Wilkinson, Andrea Brady, Kevin Nolan, Jordan Davis, Kristen Prevallet, Keston Sutherland, James Lucas and others.

BeeHive
"Hypertext hypermedia literary journal." Pretty groovy, but someone will have to explain to me some day the logic behind pop-up windows embedded in a single webzine or site. (They're so clunky!) Anyway, lots of work here. A NY-SF "anthology," featuring work by Katie Degentesh, Jack Foley, Ron Kohlm, Eileen Myles, Sharon Mesmer, David Meltzer, Tom Savage, Sparrow, David Trinidad and a dozen or so others. Elsewhere in the magazine: Christy Sheffield Sanford, Julie Mars, Jim Andrews, Jesse Glass, et al.

Big Bridge
Another favorite, Michael Rothenberg's online (see
essay in Readme #3), now on its 4th issue. Though somewhat difficult to navigate, the site includes chapbooks by Philip Whalen, Jack Collom, Robert Creeley and Joanne Kyger, as well as new work by Bill Berkson, Tom Clark, Eileen Myles, Michael Rothenberg, Duncan McNaughton, Tom Devaney, Brendan Lorber, et al.

blue language press|t|
Elizabeth "Betsy" Fagin's super-charming site of poetics, NY-area reading announcements, mini-rants and poetry. One of the more inventive poetics sites currently online. You'll find here anonymously written reading reports, poetics discussions and screeds about distribution, scene politics, etc. Also of great value to anyone in NYC is a listing for venues including Belladonna at Bluestockings, The Dactyl Foundation, Double Happiness, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Poetry City at Teachers & Writers, The Poetry Project and the Zinc Bar. Also includes reading announcements for Small Press Traffic in San Francisco and the Highwire Gallery in Philadelphia. A very new site, and one worth repeated visits as it continues to grow.

Bohemian Ink
I guess Bob Holman, David Mamet, Eric Bogosian, Diamanda Galas, Tina Howe, Henry Rollins and Lee Ranaldo might be considered bohemians, at least according to Ann Powers' definition (reasonably successful artists/entreprenuers who nonetheless manage to retain their groovy, "downtown" image). But not mine. Still, there's a lot of info on these various writers and artists, as well as a sizeable list of mostly groovy links.

Book Lovers
Piet Wesselman's "selection of useful places on the net on writers and poets, on libraries, publishers and booksellers, both of new and second hand/antiquarian books." Super-eclectic; probably as good a starting point for tracking down difficult-to-find books as any. No poetry here, but there are links to some 20th century non-mainstream writers (though not many you won't find on the Readme link list).

Boston Review
Fairly conservative, with a few highlights in their poetry and fiction sections, including: Harry Mathews, Diane Williams, Stephen Dixon, John Ashbery, Tan Lin, Benjamin Friedlander, Jordan Davis, John Yau, & others.

Burning Press
An unbelievable resource for new writing. The CyberAnthology project alone houses five magazines / anthologies, including Experioddicist, Juxta, Anabasis, Potes & Poets and Rif/t (see below). Also on the site, the "Wr-eye-tings Scratchpad website (Estab. Feb. 1997) ... conceived as a supplement to the Wr-eye-tings discussion list. ... Nothing fancy, this is intended as a provisional & temporary space for visual poets and intermedia art in process... more like a laboratory than an exhibition... We welcome feedbacks & participants, but be sure to check the submission guidelines before sending." Also on this site: Machine Made of Words "our virtual gallery of online vizlit and audioart ..."; Texworx Toolshed "downloadable programs for aleatoric text manipulation, manglement, & other fun ..."; Taproot Reviews "ongoing reviews and documentation of Literary MicroPresses; in paper, WWWeb and ascii incarnations ..."; InYrEar "Performance and Sound poetries, in RealAudio Format ..." and information specific to Cleveland based poets. The hundreds of poets with work here include Heather Thomas, Brett Evans, Tod Thilleman, Susan Smith Nash, Vincent Ferrini, Holly Day, Jacques Debrot, Jessica Freeman, Dan Featherston, Sheila E. Murphy, Bob Harrison, Duc Thuon, luigi-bob drake, Clemente Padin, Holly and Victor Grauer, Blair Seagram, Spencer Selby, Robert Grenier, and many, many more. Wow.

C

Callaloo
This is a great site; unfortunately, it's inaccessible to anyone who does not have a subscription to the in print magazine. There are loopholes, however: If your email account is through a subscribing institution (e.g., a university or non-profit that subscribes to Callaloo), you can access it. Devoted to African-American literature of all kinds, including writing by, interviews with, and essays about such writers as Will Alexander, Harryette Mullen, Lorenzo Thomas, John Edgar Wideman, Mark Mcmorris, Kwame Dawes, Sterling A. Brown, Michael S. Harper, Sonia Sanchez, Rachel E. Harding, et al. The site includes work from the in print journal going back to 1995.

Canadian Poetry
Despite some regrettable omissions, this is a wonderful site, maintained by the University of Toronto. Includes substantial home pages for some 60 Canadian poets, inlcuding Margaret Atwood, George Bowering, Lynn Crosbie, Adeena Karasick, Erin Moure, Fred Wah and many others. Also includes links to a great number of Canadian literary journals, presses and other Canadian literary-related sites on the web. Not to be missed.

Chain
Submission info, blurbs and complete tables of contents for the six issues of Jena Osman and Juliana Spahr's in-print annual. The site includes excerpts for some, but not all, of the issues. Of note is the "Gender and Editing" feature from the first issue, most of which is housed here. Essays by Susan Bee, Dodie Bellamy / Andrea Juno, Lee Ann Brown, Maxine Chernoff, Susan Clark / Catriona Strang / Lisa Robertson, Johanna Drucker, Kathleen Fraser, Susan Gevirtz, Rena Rosenwasser and about a dozen others.

Chax Press
Charles Alexander publishes fine- and trade press books; this site includes mostly PR/ordering info about the books, but there are a handful of excerpts from the back list. (Links to excerpts from the current books appear to be either down or yet-to-be-web-published.) Work by Tom Mandel, Sheila E. Murphy, bpNichol, Diane Glancy, Charles Alexander, Ron Silliman and others.

Coach House Press
Designed by damion lopes, this is the best website maintained by a small press I know of. As well as ordering information for Coach House's in-print titles, the site includes generous selections and collections of work from its authors. How generous? Try bp Nichol's Martyrology, Books 1 - 6, complete. As well as bp's epic poem, CH's "Online Books" section includes full-length books by Louise Bak, Angela Bowering/George Bowering/David Bromige/Michael Matthews, Victor Coleman, Paul Dutton, Kenneth Goldsmith, Diana Hartog, Steve McCaffery, Patricia Seaman, David Young and many others. Not to be missed.

Cocodrilo
David Cameron's webzine, which began as an in-print broadside, is an impressive example of what you can do with Adobe Acrobat: The pages are gorgeously laid out in columns, lushly illustrated; the only downside is that it may take a while for you to load them up. But, once up, they're printable, and look almost as nice on the page as they do on the screen. A wealth of writing by mostly younger poets, including Sparrow, Kimberly Lyons, Anna Malmude, Edwin Torres, Jordan Davis, Alissa Quart, David Cameron, Regie Cabico, and many others.

Combo
Michael Magee's in-print journal can be ordered through this site, which features a few selections from each issue: Jessica Chiu, Bob Perelman, Louis Cabri, Harryette Mullen (interviewed by Farah Griffin, Michael Magee, and Kristen Gallagher), Pattie McCarthy, Prageeta Sharma and a dozen or so others have work available here.

Comprepoetica
Bob Grumman is temporarily "on vacation" from his site, though there is already a decent-sized "Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary American Poetry" with biographies of poets including Charles Alexander, Chris Alexander, Thomas Bell, Janet Buck, Crag Hill, Jenny Houston, Karen Kelley, Sheila E. Murphy, trace s. ruggles, Joe Safdie, Aviva Vogel and numerous others. Also housed here is a selection of work from each of these (and other) poets.

Conjunctions
As well as ordering information for this in-print, there's a web version included on this site. Everything takes a while to load. Work by Andrew Levy, Spencer Selby, John Yau, Sara Levine, Martine Bellen, Tan Lin, Helen Cho, Jackson Mac Low and others.

D

Dada Online
There are a number of websites devoted to Dada, and this is one of the best, if for nothing else the fact that they don't use teeny tiny colored fonts on a black background. I don't know what it is about Dada and Surrealism that both seem to demand black backgrounds and small, nearly-illegible fonts, but for whatever reason, that seems to be the case. Fortunately, not in this instance. A wealth of writing here, inlcuding poems by Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters, Emmy Hennings, Philipe Soupault, Hans Arp and others. The site also includes Dada prose, Dada art, and a good history of the movement.

Dalkey Archive
Named after one of the Flann O'Brien novels this press has since brought back in print, Dalkey Archive picks up where New Directions leaves off. As well as ordering information for all DA's in-print titles, the site houses numerous interviews with contemporary experimental writers, including Kathy Acker, Angela Carter, Raymond Queneau, Carlos Fuentes, Samuel Delany, Rikki Ducornet, Gilbert Sorrentino, David Foster Wallace, and many others.

DC Poetry

Maintained by Jennifer Coleman and Allison Cobb (see
essay in Readme #3), the DC Poetry site lists reading dates for two local series, information about Bridge Street Books (a bookstore specializing in small press items) and houses mini bios and work by a handful of DC and other poets, including: David Baratier, Allison Cobb, Jen Coleman, Connie Deanovich, Buck Downs, Jen Hofer, Susan Landers, Gillian McCain, Tom Orange, Rod Smith and others. Also on the site are reviews of DC readings.

Deluxe Rubber Chicken
Mark Peters' (see
interview in Readme #3) often hilarious tri-annual, now on its fourth issue. The latest issue features longer (and pretty wonderful) pieces by Sam Stark and Ted Warnell. Past issues include writing by Peter Balestrieri, Loss Pequeño Glazier, Bruce Andrews, Joan Retallack, Alice Notley, Mark Peters, Julie Nagel, Spencer Selby, and many others. My personal favorites are Mark Peters' various collaborative works. One of numerous magazines housed on SUNY BUffalo's Electronic Poetry Center website (see below).

Diastic Reading
Performs Jackson Mac Low's diastic reading on text you enter in yourself. Fun. But, probably of use to most readers is the link list Ronn Starr has put together, also available here.

Double Lucy Books
Elizabeth Treadwell's beautiful Lucy site includes excerpts from her in-print magazine, Outlet, as well as from the Double Lucy chapbook series. (See
essay in Readme #3.) Also of note: Lucy House: An Anthology of Prose. Authors here include Liz Waldner, Susan M. Schultz, Brenda Coultas, David Buuck, Johanna Isaacson, Franklin Bruno, Brenda Iijima, Tan Lin, Michelle Murphy, Elizabeth Treadwell and numerous others. Subscription and other ordering info is included at the site.

Duration
Jerrold Shiroma's newish site (see
essay in Readme #3) has quickly become one of the crucial resources on the web for information about small presses. As well as Duration's own activities, the site includes complete bibliographies for a number of other presses, inlcuding Burning Deck, paradigm press, Krupskaya, The Figures, Potes & Poets and Talisman House. The "Small Press Announcements" page, updated every two weeks, lists information about new in-print and online releases. Duration also houses a wealth of writing by non-mainstream poets, including: Anne-Marie Albiach, George Albon, Beth Anderson, Rae Armantrout, Norma Cole, Clark Coolidge, Rachel Blau Duplessis, Anselm Hollo, Gerrit Lansing, Pamela Lu, Kevin Magee, Pam Rehm, Jerrold Shiroma, Eleni Sikelianos, Gary Sullivan, Diane Ward, and many, many others. Impressive!

E

The East Village
Jack Kimball's (see
essay in Readme #3) online journal, now on its 9th issue, has hands-down the most diverse, consistently rewarding selection of poetry on the web to date. Focusing on "eastern" (the American east coast and the far east) writers and artists, The East Village has published a number of regional-based issues as well, including "LA | NY," "Poetries of Canada," "Video Tokyo" and "Boston 1999." One of few webzines including sound and video files as a regular feature. Poetry, art and criticism by numerous contemporaries, including Harry Mathews, Nada Gordon, David Trinidad, Alice Notley, Alex Katz, Gary Sullivan, George Stanley, Norma Cole, Karen Mac Cormack, Wang Ping, Brian Kim Stefans, John Wieners, Brenda Iijima, Lissa Wolsak, Brendan Lorber, Anselm Berrigan, Wendy Kramer, Maggie Zurawski, Alan Sondheim, Laurie Price, Lyn Hejinian, Maria Damon, Young Sook Hong, Shuko Miyatake, David Bromige, Paul Violi, Fatimah Tuggar and many, many others.

Electronic Poetry Center at SUNY Buffalo
Maintained and edited by Loss Pequeño Glazier (see Glazier's
essay on the EPC in Readme #3), this massive, sprawling site houses home pages for and links to at least a couple hundred non-mainstream authors, links to another couple hundred online magazines and home pages detailing as many in-prints, and links to numerous other literary websites. The UB Poetics List, an email discussion group of now more than 700 members, houses its archives here, as well. As if the breadth of material here weren't impressive enough, the design, while not unattractive, is simple enough to allow for quick movement throughout the site. The only improvement anyone could ask for would be for a search engine on the home page. The EPC is a great starting point for anyone wanting to become familiar with what's available in the way of non-mainstream writing on the web.

Electronic Poetry Review
I don't know who started this project or where they are now, but given that this first issue (the only one online) was published in 1996, it's a safe bet that this was a one-shot. Which, if true, is sort of infuriating, given that the domain (
"www.poetry.org")  would seem to be something any number of active organizations or presses might be able to make great use of. Oh, well. There's some nice work here, if a bit stiff, including poems by Rae Armantrout, Marvin Bell, Frank Bidart, C.S. Giscombe, Lyn Hejinian, Bob Perelman, Mark Strand and James Tate.

Elimae
Deron Bauman's simply designed webzine includes a surprising amount of material, including essays, fiction, interviews, poetry and reviews. Pretty bland over-all, but I list it here because it includes one of the most unintentionally hilarious Literary Butt Kissing Instances I've ever seen: "A Tribute to Gordon Lish," with state-of-the-art brown nosing by Eleanor Alper, Cooper Esteban, Gary Lutz, Jan Meissner, Dawn Raffel and others. Rudy Wilson: "When I think of Gordon Lish, I feel bigger, better, included, and safe." Dawn Raffel: "I would like to say simply: I owe an enormous debt to my teacher and editor, Gordon Lish. But such a statement can no longer be made simply; it's all but guaranteed to be misinterpreted. Why? There is, of late, a notion in the air that Lish is some kind of wizard, that he has concocted personae for his writers, most notably Raymond Carver, out of the cauldron of his own ambition. The truth is more interesting. What Lish does is mine for the real thing -- for what's authentic and singular in the writer, buried under the rubble of dailiness and habit -- and help the writer lift it." Yum, yum!

English Matters
"An electronic journal for students and teachers of English exploring new texts and pedagogies for and on the web. Because we have two major aims -- to collect new texts AND serve as a teaching resource -- we also feature course syllabi, for example issue #1 includes the syllabus for a course at George Washington University co-taught by Mark Wallace and Rachelle Heller as well as a hypertext essay (and syllabus) by Lesley Smith on teaching the hypertext work PATCHWORK GIRL by Shelly Jackson. Our fourth issue will be launched (most likely) in September & will include a multimedia collage text on the Italian Futurists."

Evergreen Review
This once-hip literary dinosaur features on its web version tributes to and work by original publisher Barney Rosset, William S. Burroughs, Maurice Girodias, Kenzaburo Oe, Diane di Prima, Che Guevara, et al. Of special interest here is the Samuel Beckett feature, which includes work by Beckett, a bibliography of Beckett's works published by Barney Rosset, and an interview with Rosset by Ken Jordan about meeting and publishing Beckett ("Ken Jordon: How many copies of Godot did Grove end up selling? Barney Rosset: Well over two million").

F

Fauxpress.com/e
Jack Kimball's e-book site features an array of online books and chapbooks. The impressive line-up includes never-before-published work by Frank O'Hara and Tony Towle, Brendan Lorber, Marcella Durand, Jordan Davis, Drew Gardner, Nari, Sheila E. Murphy, Nada Gordon and Gary Sullivan, Ray DiPalma, Peter Ganick and Jack Kimball himself. Not to be missed!

Feed
An alternative news and entertainment online. Includes occasional nods to non-mainstream writing. Authors include Ben Marcus, Gilbert Sorrentino, Samantha Gillison, Jenny Offill, Vladimir Nabokov. Not super-rich in literary content, but definitely a fun alternative mag to check out.

Fence
The website for Rebecca Wolff's glossy, fence-straddling in-print, now on its second issue, includes a handful of sample pieces by Laura Mullen, Standard Schaefer, Will Alexander, Hoa Nguyen and others.
Caution: If you get there through a link and want to return, there's some command they've embedded in their site requiring you to hit the "Back" button on your server numerous times extremely vigorously before you're released. Baaad netiquette.

Fluxus Online
Visually thrilling. Poetry, collage, e-art, video, photos of installations, other writings, and much more. You know the drill: George Maciunas, Dick Higgins, Emmett Williams, Nam June Paik, Yoko Ono, et al.

Foley's Books
Part of the Alsop Review site, which isn't linked on this page due to its overwhelmingly mainstream agenda. Jack Foley's corner of this site features reviews of and interviews with writers you probably won't see in Alsop itself: Ivan Arguellas, Jake Berry, James Broughton, Diane di Prima, Joseph Donahue, Ed Foster, Kathleen Fraser, Philip Lamantia, Hank Lazer, Sheila E. Murphy, Susan Smith Nash, Ishmael Reed, Jerome Rothenberg, etc.

Fresh Poetry
An exhaustive website, edited by Krystal Ashe, devoted to non-mainstream spoken word. National listings of upcoming open mic opportunities nationwide; a section on rap, hip hop and metronome poets; book and spoken word CD reviews; plus much more. This month's featured poet is Catherine Daly.

Futurism: Manifestos and Other Resources
Wonderful site, including writings by F.T. Marinetti, Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, David Burliuk, et al., with dozens of relevant links.

G

Gathering of the Tribes
This extraordinary multi-culti organization has put up an impressive web site, including an events calendar, reviews, artwork and selections from their in-print magazine. Work by David Henderson, Maggie Estep, Tracie Morris, Vijai Maheshwari, Ai, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Hagedorn, Mohammed Naseehu Ali, Rudolfo Anaya, Suheir Hammad, et al.

George, Jr.
A recent discovery, George Meyers, Jr.'s site features interviews, reviews, news, poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Sizeable, easily navigable, and occasionally rewarding. Writers include: Paul Auster, Wendell Berry, Andrei Codrescu, Sapphire, D.M. Thomas, Raymond Federman, etc.

Granary Books
Steve Clay's gorgeous site (see
essay in Readme #3) includes PR for and samples from his fine-press and trade books, as well as a catalogue of rare / out of print mostly 20th century non-mainstream poetry and fiction books. Work here by Kimberly Lyons, John Zorn, Larry Fagin and Trevor Winkfield, Robert Creeley and Elsa Dorfman (their collaborative book, en famille, is reproduced her en toto), Jack Spicer, Fran Herndon and Kevin Killian, Charles Bernstein and Susan Bee, Johanna Drucker, and numerous others. One of the nicest-looking literary sites on the web.

Grist On-Line
Archives from the in-print journal (1964-1969), as well as more recent writing. Among the wealth of material here: collaborations by Ted Berrigan and Ron Padgett, d.a.levy, Charles Plymell, Jerome Rothenberg, Ellen Zweig, Anne Tardos, Ron Silliman, Sal Salasin, Sparrow, Jennifer Ley, William Burroughs, James McCrary, Christy Sheffield Sanford and dozens more.

H

Handwritten Press
Kristen Gallagher's chapbook press publishes complete texts online. Currently available are works by Aaron D. Levy, Shawn Lynn Walker, Michael Magee and Joshua Schuster. Ordering info for the in-print versions is also available here.

Hard Press / Lingo Magazine
The site for this glossy magazine and press includes a generous selection of work from its various authors, though it hasn't been updated in a while. Work by George Albon, Will Alexander, Dodie Bellamy, Lynne Beyer, Lynn Crawford, Jordan Davis, Ray DiPalma, Elaine Equi, Ed Friedman, Drew Gardner, John Godfrey, Andrew Joron, Frank Lima, Kimberly Lyons, Albert Mobilio, Charles North, Jane Ransom, Chris Stroffolino, Joseph Torra, Susan Wheeler, John Yau and many others.

How2
My favorite poetics journal online. Kathleen Fraser's How(ever), which ran from 1983-1991, is archived here, and new issues appear on a regular basis. The latest issue, which is due out any day now, includes a section of new writing edited by Kimberly Lyons with work by Laurie Price, Marcella Durand, Lynn Behrendt, Martha King, Hoa Nguyen, Nada Gordon, Barbara Henning and others. Work and poetics essays by Gail Sher, Maureen Owen, Daphne Marlatt, Barbara Guest, Rae Armantrout, Fanny Howe, Laura Moriarty, Chris Tysh and numerous others. Wonderful. The only caveat is that, like Fence, there's something embedded in the "Archives" page making it impossible to back up to where you were before. Tsk-tsk.

I

Iconoclast
Beautiful and bizarre site featuring predominantly Surrealist and Dada poetry and prose. Currently features writing and visual art by Hans Arp, Hugo Ball, John Heartfeld, Hannah Hoch, Richard Hueselnbeck, Dorthea Tanning, et al. Slow to load and difficult to read (small, dark typefaces on a black background), but a fine resource nonetheless.

Idiom
Half Groovy / Half Goofy. The editorial staff includes: Alex Cory, Adam Degraff, Jay Dillemuth, Lauren Gudath, Pamela Lu, Lytle Shaw and Ann Veronica Simon. This smart-looking online mag features younger writers, inlcuding Anselm Berrigan, Renee Gladman, Eleni Sikelianos, Alicia Wing, Emilie Clark, Dale Smith, Despina Kakoudaki, Mary Burger, Anhtuan Pham, Michael Price and many others. A special issue features book artist Emily McVarish. In-print chapbooks are orderable through the site (which includes excerpts).

Impossible Object
Hosted by Brown University. Work by some 30 poets, including Ange Mlinko, Cole Heinowitz, Michael Gizzi, Bernadette Mayer and Clark Coolidge, David Buuck and others. Nice, simple design.

An Index of Web Sites on Modernism
Bare-bones design, but a really great collection of links to modernist writers, artists and composers, including Louis Aragon, W.H. Auden, Djuna Barnes, Samuel Beckett, Mary Cassatt, e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Ralph Ellison, H.D., Langston Hughes, etc.

Instress
Has Leonard Brink finally found a home for Instress? I think this site (one of the best of its kind) has moved at least three times, maybe more, since I first became aware of it a year or so ago. Ordering information for the in-print journal and chapbook series, plus an online magazine and chapbook series. Lots of work here. Authors include Beth Anderson, Todd Baron, Maxine Chernoff, Maria Damon, Ray DiPalma, Jeffrey Jullich, Jack Kimball, Elizabeth Robinson, Cole Swensen and others. Site also includes "Dead Men Talking," a totally hilarious exchage between Spencer Selby and John Olson, with Selby channeling the ghost of Andre Breton and Olson channeling Tristan Tzara. Their link list, however, is possibly the lamest I've ever seen (six links?!? Thaaaaanks, Lenny!).

Irish Poetry & the Universe of Writing
Site with links to bios and work by experimental Irish writers, almost all born in Dublin, including Randolph Healy (born in Scotland, but was moved to Dublin as an infant), Maurice Scully, Brian Coffey, Trevor Joyce, Michael Smith and Tom Raworth (who's from London).

Ishmael Reed Publications
Includes online versions of Ishmael Reed's Konch and Vines magazines. Photos, articles, poems and short stories by Yewande Omotoso, Benjamin Perez, Ishmael Reed, Thulani Davis, Kofi Natambu, Francisco Aragon, Ted Joans and many others.

Ixnay Press
Features selections from their groovy magazine and even groovier chapbook series, with work online by Pattie McCarthy, Jenn McCreary, Buck Downs, Brian Lucas, Mark Wallace and Ethel Rackin.

J

Jacket
John Tranter's (see
essay in Readme #3) impressively designed, though a bit color-happy and occasionally confusing (the earlier issues, anyway), online quarterly features poetry, essays, reviews, conference reports and interviews with contemporary and not quite so contemporary poets. Featured poets tend to be American, over 60 (or deceased), but nonetheless groovy &/or influential: John Ashbery, Mina Loy, Joanne Kyger, Barbara Guest, Frank O'Hara, Paul Blackburn, Nathaniel Tarn, Jack Spicer, et al. A wealth of new writing, a bit conservative at times, but often rewarding. Highlights include Andrea Brady, Pam Brown, Tony Towle, Marjorie Welish, Lytle Shaw, Jennifer Moxley, Tim Davis and others.

K

Kenning
Patrick F. Durgin's tri-annual newsletter can be ordered at this site, which includes a number of texts selected from various issues. Work here by Alfred Arteaga, Charles Bernstein, Daniel Bouchard, Ray DiPalma, Michael Gottlieb, Jen Hofer, Summi Kaipa, John Kinsella, Andrew Levy and numerous others. Also includes a complete list of contributors/work for each in-print issue.

Kicking Giants
Somewhat tough to see online (black background, tiny blue & red typeface), this site nonetheless features valuable material; specifically, biographies of, and selections of work from, early modern (mostly French and/or surrealist) poets and writers. Among the roster: Andre Breton, Leonora Carrington, Rene Char, Paul Eluard, Max Jacob, Francis Ponge, etc.

L

Lagniappe
Graham Foust and Benjamin Friedlander's online journal of reviews and essays, now on its 4th issue. One of few non-mainstream review journals where reviewers express their opinions. You may disagree with them, you may get pissed off, but there is a sense, always, of engagement, here (as opposed to PR-churning). The current issue features reviews of new books by Nathaniel Mackey, Dale Smith, Dan Farrell and Lisa Lubasch, among others. Also included in this issue: Letters to and from Lytle Shaw and Alan Gilbert.

The Libyrinth
This site, devoted to predominantly modernist and late or post-modernist novelists (Joyce, Borges, Pynchon Eco, et al.), takes waaaay too long to load and navigate. If you don't mind going out for a cigarette each time you move from one screen to another, it's worth it: The section on Borges, for instance, includes a biography, complete bibliography, links to papers and articles about Borges elsewhere on the web, a gallery of Borges' photographs and other images, and much more. But, again, if you don't have a very fast connection, you may find the wait unbearable.

Light and Dust Anthology
Maintained by Karl Young, L&D is one of the most impressive literary sites on the web. Poets here include Charles Alexander, Michael Basinski, Larry Eigner, Barbara Einzig, Robert Grenier, Bob Harrison, Myung Mi Kim, Alison Knowles, d.a.levy, Jackson Mac Low, Stephen-Paul Martin, David Meltzer, Paul Metcalf, Susan Smith Nash, bp Nichol, Maureen Owen, Rochelle Owens, Clemente Padin, Kenneth Patchen, Carl Rakosi, Arthur Sze, John Taggart, Nathaniel Tarn, Tod Thilleman, David UU, Don Wellman, Karl Young, and literally dozens of others. The link list is every bit as impressive.

Lipstick 11
The online version of this in-print (edited by Jim Brashear, Catalina Cariaga, Roxane Marini and Kathy Lou Schultz) features work by Carla Harryman, Robert Gluck, Truong Tran, Robin Tremblay-McGraw and Camille Roy. Information about the in-print version is also housed here. Lovely design, nice work.

Literary Kicks
Levi Asher's popular Beat page. Includes biographies, bibliographies of, works by, and links to other sites on the web about, the usual (male) suspects: Jack Keroauc, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Michael McClure, Gary Snyder, Gregory Corso, d.a.levy, Philip Whalen, et al. It's a bit tough to navigate because not all of the included writers are mentioned on the home page (you get to them via other writers, which is admittedly how it often happens in "real life"). Could use a search engine. (I still don't know, for instance, if there's any information here about, say, Joanne Kyger ...)

Local Howler
Sarah Rosenthal's profiles/interviews with San Francisco Bay Area poets and writers. Roughly 40 authors profiled to date, including David Bromige, Dodie Bellamy, George Albon, Avery E.D. Burns, Truong Tran, Aaron Shurin, Etel Adnan, Renee Gladman, Camille Roy, et al.

Lost Roads
Forrest Gander and C.D. Wright's Lost Roads site is mostly devoted to PR (blurbs and review snippets of Lost Roads books), but with brief excerpts from each author, including Kamau Brathwaite, Alison Bundy, Xue Di, Sam Truitt and others.

Lungfull!
Not sure when Brendan Lorber will get around to fully developing this site, but in the meantime, it's a veritable "how-to" create an anti-site: "In time, the following icons will lead you under the covers of each issue. At the moment tho, they do almost anything but that. Click on anything you want. Go ahead. It's frustrating, isn't it. ... You are the 32,657,982th person to hate taking the subway from Brooklyn on weekends." It doesn't even include ordering info for the in-print mag! The online equivalent of Lorber and Rothschild's Zinc Bar introductions ...

Lynx: Poetry from Bath
Douglas Clark's occasional ezine, now on its 13th issue,  includes short stories and essays as well as poetry. A link to the full contributor's index is available from the home page. Writing by Randolph Healy, Robert Sheppard, Janet Buck, Douglas Barbour, Claire Smith, John Kinsella, Jennifer Ley, J.H. Prynne, Ramez Qureshi, Harriet Zinnes, Bill Griffiths and many, many others.

M

Milk
Larry Sawyer and Lina ramona Vitkauskas's groovy e-zine (see
essay in Readme #3) is decorated with illustrations by Charles Henri Ford and Robert La Vigne and features work by Joe Amato, Bill Berkson, Lina ramona Vitkauskas, Frank Lima, Sheila E. Murphy, John Perreault, Larry Sawyer, Janine Pommy Vega, et al.

Modern American Poetry
Sponsored by the University of Illionois's English Department. Houses home pages, with bios, essays about and work by some 125+ modern American poets, including Amiri Baraka, Sandra Cisneros, Gregory Corso, Kenneth Fearing, Jessica Hagedorn, Lawson Fusao Inada, Laura (Riding) Jackson, Bob Kaufman, Mina Loy, Harryette Mullen, George Oppen, Ron Silliman, John Wheelwright and Ray A. Young Bear.

Moria
William Allegrezza's got three issues up so far, with work from Peter Ganick, Sheila E. Murphy, Jennifer Bonafiglio, A. di Michele, Taryn Bomar and others. Nice, simple design, quick-loading. Also includes email addresses for the poets so you can contact them.

MP3lit
Gary Hustwit's amazing collection of free, downloadable soundfiles of poetry and prose. Among the numerous spoken word recordings available here are files from the likes of Beau Sia, Gertrude Stein, Alysia Abbott, Todd Colby, Wanda Cole, R. Cole Heinowitz, Jeffrey McDaniel, Muriel Rukeyser, Susie Bright, Noam Chomsky, Henry Rollins, and dozens of others.

Mudlark
William Slaughter's simple but elegant e-zine, now on its 12th issue. Each issue spotlights a single poet, and poems by others, including Shqipe Malushi, are scattered here and there for good measure. Featured writers include Diane Wald, Andrew Schelling, Sheila E. Murphy, Frances Driscoll and others.

Mungo vs. Ranger
Now on its 6th issue, MVSR features writing by Tom Clark, Kevin Killian, Hoa Nguyen, Patrick Pritchett, Lewis Macadams, Andrew Schelling, Doris Pai and numerous others. Very difficult to navigate: Some issues pop up into separate windows (some of which are unscalable); after visiting the site a number of times, I still have no idea how the thing is organized. That said, there's some really nice work here (if you can get it).

N

Non
Laura Moriarty's online journal, now on its 3rd issue. Each issue gathers work around a "theme": for issue #1 it's "Emptiness"; #2 is "The Sublime"; and #3 is "Headache." There hasn't been a new issue since 1998, but we're hoping. Contributors to the first three issues include Norma Cole, Dodie Bellamy, Charles Bernstein, Beverly Dahlen, Robert Gluck, Colleen Lookingbill, George Albon, Hiroya Takagai (trans. Eric Selland), Chris Stroffolino, Kevin Killian and numerous others.

P

Pagan Place
Merry Fortune and Robert Martens's 12th issue is housed online. Also includes information about the previous 11 in-print issues, which are available FREE for the asking. Includes work by Bill Kushner, Merry Fortune, Donna Cartelli, Marcella Durand, Ed Friedman, Robert Martens, Tom Savage, Mike Topp, Susan Mills, Judy Nylon and a number of others. Nice.

Pegasos
An extraordinary resource for biographical material on authors from Vergil to Amos Tutuola. While the list does not seem to discriminate between mainstream and nonmainstream authors, there are well over 1,000 mini-biographies here, including entries for Kobo Abe, Chinua Achebe, Nelson Algren, Guillame Apollinaire, Louis Aragon, Margaret Atwood and W.H. Auden, to run off a handful of the 39 entries for "A" alone. There is also an "Authors Calendar," where you can look up who was born on what day.

Perforations
Wonderfully bizarre "topic" magazine, 22 issues to date. Issues on Money, Personal Journals, Sex, Illegibility, Death, Politics | Aesthetics | Conspiracies, etc. Contributors include Alan Sondheim, Chea Prince, Robert Cheatham, Jane Hudson, Susan Smith Nash, Don Webb and others.

Philly Talks Archives
Louis Cabri and Aaron Levy's series gets archived here. This is a great idea: Get two poets together, have them exchange work, and engage in dialogue. Participants to date include Laura Moriarty & David Bromige, Jackson Mac Low & Andrew Levy, Ron Silliman & Jeff Derksen, Tina Darragh & Jena Osman, Rodrigo Toscano & Alan Gilbert, Brian Kim Stefans & Fred Wah and many others. Both transcripts (in Adobe format) and sound files are available.

Poetry New York
This online site for the in-print journal houses the contents of nine issues to date. Work by John Ashbery, Barbara Henning, Ann Lauterbach, Joel Lewis, Cheryl Fish, Charles Bernstein, Rochelle Owens and many, many others. Also includes ordering info. Still under construction, this site is mostly easy to navigate, with a few clunky pop-up windows.

The Poetry Project
An impressive site, edited and maintained by Marcella Durand (see
interview and essay in Readme #3). As well as a history of the Project, membership information and complete listings for upcoming Poetry Project readings, the site includes several subcategories of interest to readers beyond the NYC area. The Tiny Press Center catalogues and gives mini reviews and ordering information for numerous journals and chapbook publishers, as well as a number of essays by publishers on the trials and tribulations of the "biz." The Poets and Poems section continues to grow, featuring writing by a diverse collection of poets and writers, including: Bill Kushner, Diane Glancy, Mark McMorris, Joe Elliot, Susan Gevirtz, Merry Fortune, Lisa Robertson, Roberto Tejada, Eileen Myles and dozens of others. The site also houses selections from the PP's newsletter and The World. Their links page is equally diverse and impressive.

Postmodern Culture
Probably the most popular critical theory site on the web, currently edited by Lisa Brawley and James F. English. Articles, reviews and creative writing. The current issue features Sianne Ngai on "Shock and Boredom in 20th Century Aesthetics," Tamise Van Pelt on "Otherness" and several other essays. Other authors include Kathy Acker, Steve Katz, Rikki Ducournet, Bob Perelman, Ricardo Cruz, Rochelle Owens, Tan Lin, John Yau, Lidia Yuknavitch, Nathaniel Mackey and many others.

R

Rain Taxi
Eric Lorberer's online companion to the popular quarterly review features information about all of the in-print issues, as well as an archive of their simultaneously published web-only versions. Reviews, essays and interviews with contemporary non-mainstream writers and artists, including Alejandro Jodorowsky, Hubert Selby, Isabel Allende, Armand Schwerner, Julie Doucet, Gustaf Sobin, John Yau and many others.

Real Poetik
Sal Salasin's email journal gets archived here. The absolute lack of graphic design will either come as a disappointment or, if you're like me, as an enormous relief on the eyes. Organized by year, the magazine goes back to 1995. The eclectic group of poets Salasin has published include Ivan Arguellas, Leslie Blanchard, Buck Downs, Brett Evans, Greg Fuchs, Elinor Nauen, Rochelle Ratner, Alan Sondheim, Gary Sullivan, Mike Topp and many, many others. The site also includes the complete text of Salasin's book, Twelve Cautionary Tales, as well as subscription information.

Reality Street
Ken Edwards and Wendy Mulford's press site includes excerpts as well as ordering info. Authors: Lisa Robertson, Maurice Scully, Ira Lightman, Miles Champion, Helen Kidd, Harriet Tarlo, chris cheek, Sianed Jones, Ken Edwards and others.

Rhizomes
Ellen E. Berry and Carol Siegel (see their
essay in Readme 3) have just put up their first issue, which includes a hypertext version of "Waiting for the Ultimate Snuff Flick" (a piece first published in Readme 1), an essay by Mikhail Epstein on the theory of hyperauthoriship, The Fabulous Lady Miss Jessica and The Fabulous Lady Miss Julia's "Glam Manifesto," and more.

Riding the Meridian
Jennifer Ley's (see
essay in Readme 3) hypergroovy webzine, a bit confusing to navigate at first, but well worth any time you put into it. (And, really, it's not all that confusing.) Poetry, hypertext, essays, interviews, etc. With work by Johanna Drucker, Tina LaPorta, Mez, Sue Thomas, Ruth Daigon, Douglas Barbour, Bob Cobbing, Wendy Kramer, cris cheek and many, many others.

RIF/T
"Between 1993 and 1998, the editors [Kenneth Sherwood and Loss Pequeño Glazier] had the stimulating and pleasurable experience of publishing six substantial issues of an online literary journal. The initial issue was distributed to subscribers via an email list in a text-only format and archived via Gopher; few people even knew that there was such a thing as the World Wide Web. Soon there were 1000 subscribers to the e-poetry listserv, a seemingly astonishing number in those days before the 'dot.coms'. Early contributors were often curious about the status of poems published on the internet: Were they protected by copyright? Who would read them? Would they vanish or remain permanently? The rapid development of the Web has rendered these questions into quaint reminiscences, but RIF/T holds a place as the groundbreaking venue for innovative or postmodern poetry on the internet. Hard as it is to believe, in the early 1990s RIF/T was the only literary project aiming to explore the creative possibilites of online textual art. ..." This site houses the archives of this now-defunct but once-crucial e-journal. Contributions from an unbelievable number of poets, including Charles Bernstein, Ernesto Grosman, Katie Yates, Joel Kuszai, Loss Pequeño Glazier, Kenneth Sherwood, Nancy Dunlop and many, many others. The 6th volume is "Local Effects, for Robert Creeley @ 70."

S

Salt
From Aukland, New Zealand. Work here by Richard Taylor, Hamish Dewe, Claudia Westmoreland, Thessa Morrigan, Randy Prunty, Bob Harrison, Arthur Cravan (!), and others. Nice.

Selby's List
Now on #78, Spencer Selby continues to maintain this popular listing of experimental poetry/art magazines. The online version includes links to magazines on the web. A great starting point for those interested in contemporary experimental writing.

Silver Age of Russian Poetry
Lindsay Malcolm's site, which includes English translations of Russian poetry, as well as brief biographical information, is broken down into three subcategories: The Symbolists, the Acmeists and the Futurists. Writers included: Vladimir Solovev, Aleksandr Blok, Andrei Belyi, Nikoli Gumilev, Anna Akhmatova, Osip Mandel'shtam, Vladimir Mayakovsky and Velemir Khlebnikov.

$lavery: Cyberzine of the Arts
Harris Schiff began this online zine in 1996, but has only added a second issue so far. Predominantly New York School, from the second generation on, Schiff has published writing and art by the likes of Elio Schneeman, Barbara Barg, Judith Goldman, David Henderson, Alice Notley, Elinor Nauen, Ron Padgett, Billy Little, John Godfrey, Ed Sanders, Eileen Myles and numerous others. Great work, but super-busy, color-happy and mostly clunk-ugly design.

Small Press Distribution
The distributor of small press poetry, fiction and nonfiction in the U.S. Features reviews of selected new titles and a searchable database for ordering books online.

Spunk
"An Online Archive of Anarchist and Alternative Materials." This eclectic library includes manifestos, rants, screeds and culture criticism by a range of writers, including Ted Enslin, Emma Goldman, Bob Black, David Meltzer, Michael Bakunin, Karl Young, Abbie Hoffman, Hakim Bey, Laure Akai, et al.

Subtext
Ezra Mark and Nico Vassilakis's Seattle calendar and poetry archive. A lively collection, including work by Jaap Blonk, Gerald Burns, Laura Feldman, Peter Gizzi, Myung Mi Kim, Noemi Maxwell, Catriona Strang, Elizabeth Willis, Nico Vassilakis and many others.

Sun & Moon
Mostly a catalogue and PR site, there are a few selections from various texts S&M editor Douglas Messerli has published over the years. Work here by Norberto Louis Romero, Paal Helge-Haugen, Stacey Levine, Aaron Shurin, Larry Eigner, Myung Mi Kim, Rene Crevel, Francis Picabia and others.

Surrealism and Imagination
The first page sports legible black text on a crisp white background ... but ... it's a trick! The moment you get into the site itself: TINY DARK LETTERS ILLEGIBLE AGAINST A TOTALLY BLACK BACKGROUND. Too bad, because this is yet another otherwise wonderful resource. If you know how to futz with your browser settings, you can simply override the Dada and Surrealist webmasters of the world's compulsion toward illegibility prior to clicking on these links, but if you don't know how to do that, you may not be able to figure out what's even on sites like this one.
UPDATE: I found that by readjusting the brightness level of my monitor, I can finally read everything here without straining or messing with the browser. Among this site's high points: Information, chronology, history and activities of the contemporary Czech & Slovak surrealists, a selection of writings from Philip Lamantia, a Surrealist Dictionary ("AARDVARK: The long, intricately shaped glass tube used in the distillation of a widow's veil"), and a really great collection of links to other relevant sites. Be warned, however: if long-term care of your vision is an issue, you'll have to turn the brightness down before you exit to another site.

T

Talonbooks
The website for this Canadian press includes substantial author bios and excerpts from their work. Authors include bill bisset, Marie-Claire Blais, Robin Blaser, Adeena Karasick, bp Nichol, Warren Tallman, Fred Wah and numerous others.

Tinfish
Susan Schultz's "Pacific region" oriented in-print gets archived here. Lots of work by the likes of Kathy Dee Kaleokealoha Kaloloahilani Banggo, Carolyn Lei-lanilau, Chris Stroffolino, Pam Brown, Nathan Kageyama, Ron Silliman, Liz Waldner, Karen Kelley, Susan Schultz, Renee Gladman and many others. Nice.

trAce Online Writing Community
A sprawling site of international interest, with everything from a Writers' Workshop Chat Room to a space for writers' journals to a women's hypertext gallery to frAme, "the Culture and Technology Journal." Current Writer-in Residence is Alan Sondheim. Work here by Geert Lovink, Mark Amerika, Christy Sheffield Sanford, Alan Sondheim, Francesca da Rimini, Jennifer Ley and numerous others.

The Transcendental Friend
Garrett Kallenberg's online appears monthly, in spurts, with lapses of 2-3 months in between. Now on its 12th issue, the magazine is broken down into four categories: Schizmata, Report, Idiosyncratica and Bestiary. This makes for a usually fun read, but it can become a bit difficult to navigate. The homepage, however, lists all contributions; if you get lost in the labyrinth, you can always hit "Back" until you're there. Contributors include Henry Gould, Anselm Berrigan, Jordan Davis, Alice Notley, Cole Swensen, Heather Fuller, Kevin Killian, Alan Gilbert and a number of others.

U

UBUWEB
Kenneth Goldsmith's fantastic sound- and visual-poetry site has been down the few times I've recently tried to access it, but I'm sure he'll have the site up soon. Categories here include Historical, Contemporary, Found/Insane, Sound Poetry, Resources and Papers. My memory has it that Kenny's got work here by himself, Erik Belgum, Brian Kim Stefans, John Cage, Kurt Schwitters and numerous others. More info on this crucial resource once it's back up.

V

Valentine
Sabina Daley's online version of an in-print themed mini-anthology originally published in 1996. Work by  Charles Bernstein, Anselm Berrigan, Brendan Lorber, David Henderson, Eileen Myles, Simon Pettet, Abbey C., Sabina Daley, Fielding Dawson and others. Nice.

v.e.r.b.a.t.i.m.
Okay, I thought I had seen groovy sites before, but this one takes the cake. "Formed in Providence, Rhode Island ... offshoots now meet in Boston, New York, and the San Francisco Bay area. We meet weekly to experiment with progressive writing and constraint-based writing games. This web site, under constant construction, contains an archive of past work and a cross-indexed list of writing games." The work here is entirely collaborative: participants include Jennifer Guitart, Leslie Kleinberg and Adam Tobin.

VeRT
"An international poetry zine" edited by Andrew Felsinger and Ken Tanemura. One issue to date, with work by Cid Corman, Andrew Goldfarb, Sarah Rosenthal, John Tranter, Tsering Wampo Dhompa, Dana Teen Lomax and Ken Tanemura.

Vispo langu(im)age
Jim Andrews' site for all matters pertaining to "visual" poetries. Lots of work here, a bit tough to navigate given the black background and very thin typeface. Clemente Padin, Reiner Strasser, William Marsh, Jim Andrews and many others. An odd section of "morphs," including a photo of William Burroughs that morphs into a baby. Porno morphs, too! All sorts of bizarre eye-candy.

W

Washington Review
The online version (edited by Ross Taylor, David Horowitz and Anne Pierce) of this wonderful journal from D.C. features poetry, fiction, interviews and reviews from the likes of Anselm Berrigan, Drew Gardner, Heather Fuller, Beth Joselow, Rod Smith and numerous others. At least two dozen issues online to date.

Web Del Sol
Quite a bit of work here, including generous selections from in-print chapbooks by poets such as Xue Di, Brian Evenson, Peter Gizzi, Martine Bellen, Khaled Mattawa, Russell Edson, and many, many others.

Women Writers
Edited by Kim Wells, WW is overall a bit conservative, but nevertheless a valuable resource, including links and articles about a number of 19th and 20th century women writers, links to other women's zines, criticism sources and literary websites by and for women. Scholarly articles by Kim Wells, J.L. Bartlett, Nancy Kerns, Arelea Mahood, Moriah Hampton and others.

Wood
Edited by m. mara-ann, "WOOD is published quarterly online and companioned by a limited edition print sampler. All works are of a collaborative nature involving poetry and the visual arts. The print sampler mirrors the first third of each issues' contents and is available for purchase from the publisher. The forthcoming Winter issue, number five, will concern issues of opacity." The design is simple, elegant; the work itself is wonderful. Everything loads fast. Collaborations by m. mara-ann and Lisa Hoffman, Mauro Efef and Josef Szuecs, Jill Stengel, Jill Koetke and Holly Kreuter, and Zoe Krylova and Amy Kubes. Wins my vote for best-looking webzine out there.

X

Xconnect
Some fabulous work here, spanning 12 issues, and including poems and prose from Linh Dinh, Andrew Levy, Michael Magee, Ron Silliman, Sheila E. Murphy and Charles Alexander, Fred Wah, Jessica Chiu, Diane Williams, Eileen Tabios and numerous others.

XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics
Selections here from Mark Nowak's in-print journal include pieces by Amiri Baraka, Elaine Equi and Hilton Obenzinger; "Street Notes," an online subsidiary of XCP includes work by Marcella Durand, Rob Fitterman, Lynne Shoemaker and others.

Xenia
Edited by Brian Lennon and Michael Scharf, the sleekly designed Xenia has unfortunately been on haitus since late 1999. This is actually two sites: Xenia, as just mentioned, and Hallux, edited by Lennon, Scharf and Matthew Harvey. Hallux is also on haitus. Xenia existed to publish "articles addressing topics in the arts and digital media, as well as original poetry, prose, images or other work that utilizes the environments of Web-based publishing," whereas Hallux published more-or-less standard poetry and prose. Brian Lennon recently wrote an article for the Poetry Project Newsletter making a distinction between web publications that embrace the medium and those that essentially extend in-print practices into the newish medium; apparently this site was meant, among other things, to highlight / play with that distinction. Work by Eduardo Kac, Julia Friedman, Tom Bell, Deena Larson, Sheila E. Murphy, Joanna Klink, Sasha Wizansky, etc.

Xexoxial Endarchy
Miekal And's difficult-to-navigate-but-nonetheless-pretty-groovy site includes information about Dreamtime Village residencies, a history of the project, and ordering information for Xexoxial Editions, XeroLage and audio muzixa qet. Samples of work from writers and artists including Miekal And, Bruce Andrews, Charles Bernstein, Bern Porter, Joe Schwind, Elizabeth Was, Jake Berry, Hakim Bey, jw curry, Peter Ganick and many others.

Z

ZINEn
Ted Warnell's simple but beautifully designed zine of "new media experimental visual literary theory practice." Art by Bill Marsh, Christy Sheffield Sanford, Claire Dinsmore, Jim Andrews, Tom Bell and others; "Lit," a selection of features, reviews, papers and links includes poetry by Nari. Lots of links here.

Zuzu's Petals
Five U.S. dollars to the first person who can tell me what "Zuzu's Petals" refers to. No, on second thought, I need the cash: It's from Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. The poetry in this magazine, now on its 18th issue, is every bit as sentimental (and mainstream) as you'd imagine, given the origins of the mag's name. But their link list (more than 10,000 to date) is beyond impressive. It's enough to make me feel totally guilty that I don't respond to the published poetry.

                                                                                                              [Back to readme]