Poetry for Southern California








Poetix Staff

Publisher: Mifanwy Kaiser

Founding Editor, Emeritus: Larry Jaffe

Editor-in-Chief: Richard Modiano

Senior Editor: G. Murray Thomas

Managing Editor: Larry Colker

Poetix Contributor Bios


Michael Klam

Michael Klam is a poet/teacher in San Diego whose work ranges from slam to translations.  He is the moderator of Poetry and Art for the San Diego Art Institute, and Poet Programs Coordinator for the Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park ().  He was a member of the first San Diego Slam Team at the 2000 West Coast Regionals, and represented San Diego with the 2002 Slam Team.

Michael has taught Language Arts since 1992.  He translated Mexican poet Alberto Blanco¹s The Square Root of Heaven, as part of his 1998 Master¹s Thesis.  He also published two collections in English and Portuguese, Ervas e asfalto and Mouthfuls of Red Confetti, with Portuguese poet, Miguel Barbosa, Ulmeiro Publishing House.  He has authored several books, including Sheep Go Mad and Cue in the Goats.  Michael has performed his work in Portugal, Spain, Northern Mexico, Minnesota, and throughout California.  Michael is a practicing member of the Anarchist Think Tank.  

Phil Taggart

Phil Taggart is the co-editor, with Marsha de la O, of the Askew poetry journal.  Since 1991 he has produced several poetry readings in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Camarillo, including:

Ventura—The Artists' Union Gallery, The Insomniac, Nicholby’s, Cafe Voltaire, The Daily Grind, The Art Gulag at the Plaza Players Theater, Art City 2. He also co-directed The Ventura Poetry Festival.

Santa Barbara—The Green Dragon, The Perch Gallery and the Santa Barbara Poetry Series at the Contemporary Arts Forum.

Phil was editor of ART/LIFE 1996 – 2005. Currently he’s producing and compiling poets reading on video through the ASKEW video/poetry project.

Publishing credits include SOLO, Brick, rivertalk, Sirens Silence, ZamBomba, sicviceverse, San Gabriel Valley Quarterly, F.T.S., Lummox Journal, Voce Piena, So Luminous the Wildflowers, Solo Cafe and on a t-shirt for Café Voltaire. His book of poetry, Opium Wars, was published by Mille Grazie Press.

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