These are the contributors to Traffic Life.
Wes Alderson. A writer of essays covering science, economics, and ethics. He is also
the author of literary, science fiction and fantasy short stories ---
his first love. In 2001, shortly after his retirement from the electronics
and acoustics industry, he earned a Certified Professional Writer degree
from U.C.L.A Extension in Los Angeles, California, and he plans to spend
the rest of his life writing.
Attila the Stockbroker.
Has earned his living as a poet and musician for over 20 years, travelling
all over the world.
For everything you could ever need to know
his website at www.attilathestockbroker.com.
Ken Avidor. Lives in a house on the south side of
Minneapolis with his wife, two daughters, two cats and nearly all the
modern technologies that make him crabby.
He writes and draws "Roadkill Bill" for the Twin Cities
Alternative Weekly Pulse.
His comics, illustrations and
articles have also appeared in Funny Times and Car Busters Magazine. Car
Busters Press has published a collection of the early Roadkill Bill
comics. Roadkill Bill is also featured in
"Toward the Livable City", an anthology about
urban design published by Milkweed
Editions. Visit the the Roadkillbill.com website to learn more.
Greg Blanchette. Author, adventurer, engineer and free spirit.
He grew up in Montreal, was based in Vancouver
for 20 years, and recently fled to Ucluelet, a
small town on Vancouver Island, where he works part-time
in the newspaper business. Greg is a lifelong commuter
and touring cyclist who decries the pervasive effect
of the automobile on both society and nature. His work has appeared
in many publications, from the Globe and Mail to
One of the most
celebrated fiction writers of our time and
the author of more than thirty books.
Among his best known works are
Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine,
and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He has written for the theater and the
cinema, including the screenplay for John Huston's classic film adaptation
of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five
of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater and won an Emmy for
his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. In 2000, Ray Bradbury was honored by
the National Book Foundation with a medal for Distinguished Contribution to
American Letters. Among his most recent books are Let's All Kill Constance,
From The Dust Returned---selected as one of the Best Books of the Year by
the Los Angeles Times---and One More For The Road.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife,
Michael Burton. A Chicago-based poet and bicycle activist.
He founded the grass roots movement to
depave Chicago's Lake Shore Drive and
restore the super highway area
as a carfree shoreline park.
More information is at
Looks at life through her funny-bone. She firmly believes that humor
helps us look honestly and pragmatically at the world around us. It is
through this frank examination and laughing at ourselves that we can begin
to change things. Sue does humorous cartoons, illustrations and fine art
works. She is published frequently in alternative newspapers like the
Oklahoma Gazette and various "underground" Zines.
She is the
founder of This Artist Studio in Norman, Oklahoma, which creates
hand-sewn books made with a sense of humor. Life's a funny beast,
pet it gently!
Has a BA in English from Simon Fraser University.
He lived in Japan between 1992 and 1997, and currently
resides in New Westminster, BC, Canada. He hopes to live in Japan
again in the future. He is currently working on a novel in which
the protagonist more or less stays inside his home.
Kevin Cook. Resides in Kitchener, Ontario where he runs his own business creating illustrations,
graphic design, dvd designs, animation, photography and websites. He has been illustrating for
over 22 years.
Kenneth De Crescenzo. Lives in Sacramento, California where he works for the
California Department of Transportation. He grew up in
New York City where he acquired his first bike at
the age of thirteen. Ken's entire professional career has been
in the transportation industry, starting as a bus driver, moving
to transit system and highway planning, and then to his current
position. He lives near the American River Bike Trail and frequently
takes his blue Raleigh road bike out to see if he can make
another "personal best".
Harlan Ellison. Has written or edited 75 books;
more than 1700 stories, essays, articles, and newspaper columns;
two dozen teleplays,
and a dozen movies.
He has won more awards for these works than any other living fantasist.
He has drawn attention to the art of writing by performing
the remarkable feat of creating and writing and completing stories
in the windows of bookstores in full view of large audiences;
stories that have won major awards and literary prizes.
He lives with his wife, Susan, inside the Lost Aztec Temple of Mars,
in Los Angeles.
Joanna Emery. Has been a freelance writer for over a decade.
Her work has been published in many magazines on a variety
of subjects ranging from cultural history to
Joanna especially enjoys writing for children:
she has published one picture book, "Melville Smellville" and
is currently working on two middle-grade books.
She lives with her family in Dundas, Ontario
and would like you to know that her husband and three
children were the inspiration behind "Boiling Point".
Author of the satirical novels Moonifest Destiny (Quanta, 1995) and Flying Saucers Over Hennepin (Permeable Press, 1997). From Portland, Oregon, he writes for bicycle magazines. You can find more of his work in Breakaway Book's anthology Bicycle Love (2004). With Neal Skorpen, he's working on other projects. Email:
Has combined rich academic backgrounds at Cornell,
Syracuse, and Duke Universities with a wide range
of work experiences: vocational counseling, mental
health research and practice, social science think tank
membership, substance abuse program direction, anthropology
in Vanuatu and elsewhere, and teaching and research about
all aspects of rehabilitation and disability. His current
passion is almost daily indulgence in tree planting on
a 30 acre life-style block of land. Dr. Gregory teaches
community psychology at Massey University in Palmerston North,
New Zealand, and writes and publishes as much as possible
about the many crucial matters influencing or about to change
our little and lovely Planet Earth.
Matthew Frederick Davis Hemming. An animator, writer and amateur automotive ethologist based in the stinky megalopolis of Toronto, Canada. He has four cats, two dogs, one fish, one daughter and one wife. He has a shiny bicycle, and his favourite colour is Prussian Blue. Matthew's website is at
Lee Henderson. Vancouver's Fossilosopher; writes songs for community
celebrations such as Bike Month, and The Dinosaurs Against Fossil Fuels Anarchist Street Theatre Collective.
Lives in East Vancouver with his partner and daughters.
He directs the Purple Thistle Centre, edits Crank Magazine
and is on faculty at the Institute for Social Ecology.
His new book is Field Day: Getting Society out of School.
Jim Hoehnle. A Vancouver based artist whose varied practice is focused on social change. Jim works in several different media including ceramics, painting, graffiti, and mixed media kinetic sculpture. One of Jim's most recent projects was presented at Vancouver's 2003 Parade of Lost Souls Festival. There, with the help of Pedal Works and local chopper bicycle enthusiasts, a chopper drama was performed, climaxing with the burning of an SUV in effigy. Children spontaneously cried out, "Burn the SUV", which was sweet music to the artists' ear.
Poet, lyricist and television writer/producer; living in LA.
He received his MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles.
His work has appeared in many periodicals, including
Caffeine, Recursive Angel, and The Prospect (U.K.),
as well as in the anthologies The Brink: Postmodern Poetry 1965
To The Present, and The Road to Recovery: A Tribute to 9-11 and
Other Poems ( as "Shuggie Love").
His lyrics are featured on the Monkey Bars' album
Food-Eating Food (also as "Shuggie Love").
Janice Levy. Author of numerous children's books: "The Spirit of Tio Fernando," "Totally
Uncool," "Abuelito Eats With His Fingers," "The Man Who Lived In A Hat," "Finding The Right
Spot," and "Alley Oops!" She has won the Writer's Digest Magazine Competition for best literary short story three times.
Jeff Mann. A former `back-to-the-lander' who has seen the error of this approach
despite best intentions.
He lives with his wife and two sons in a solar and wind powered,
wood heated, compost toileted etc. house near the coast of Maine.
He finds living there great, but regrets this life style is hopelessly dependent
on the car. Aside from sculpture, he works as a substitute teacher and is a mediator for the
Scott Massey. A photo-based artist currently living in Vancouver. He recently completed
a BFA (Photography) at Emily Carr Institute of Art+Design and has a
background in furniture making and design. His work deals mainly with
aspects of landscape that display evidence of the reciprocal relationship
between nature and culture. Recently, he has been creating temporary,
outdoor sculptural installations related to this theme.
Worked at sixty-five different jobs
in several fields, before becoming the
professional artist Laughing Hand. His travels
have taken him on
many urban vagabond walking journeys in
North America and overseas. He has worked as a street
artist for twenty-one years doing stints in
California, Japan and Taiwan.
His recent "Neon Eulogy; Vancouver Cafe and Street"
is a collection of line-drawings and stories of
cafes and cinema
theatres that chronicles the rise and fall of neon in historical Vancouver and
details an entertainment history of its cafes and theatres.
He has published writings and drawings in a number
of magazines and newspapers. See more at
Ray McManus. Received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Carolina
in May 2000. His poetry has appeared in Crazy Horse, Nimrod,
Oakland Review, Illuminations, Natural Bridge, and other
journals. He teaches poetry and composition at the University of South Carolina.
Ray also coordinates and teaches community poetry workshops in South Carolina.
"Gridlock","Pavement" and "Main Street at Eighty" are from "Asphalt", a series of poems about the road.
Has long enjoyed cycling as a practical "trans-sport"
and life sport. A retired educator, he is now dedicated
to sharing his enthusiasm for cycling in a monthly cycling
column in Backpackers News, a British Columbia-Alberta
publication. Moreover, Rick and his wife Chris encourage others
to discover soft pedal adventures through their travel
articles, especially in the beautiful bicycle friendly Northwest
of British Columbia. Their travel stories have appeared in various newspapers
as well as popular online magazines such as travel-wise.com, travellady.com
Scott Munn. A writer and photographer living in rural
East Sussex, England. He is often faced with a traffic jam of several
hundred sheep in his front yard.
Aaron Naparstek. A writer, interactive media producer and transportation
activist in Brooklyn, New York. The never-ending assault of horn-blasting
beneath his apartment window compelled him to begin writing honku---haiku
poetry about honking, traffic and American automotive insanity. He began
taping honku to neighborhood lampposts and soon a local traffic calming and
poetry movement was born.
Visit his web site, www.honku.org, and add your own
honku to the virtual "Lamppost."
His book, "Honku: The Zen Antidote to Road
Rage" was published by Villard, June 2003.
Sara Ross. (a.k.a. RedSara) A locally engaged media producer in Vancouver, Canada. The focus of her work is creativity, community, and bicycles.
A proclaimed cycling celebrationist and community artist, she brings art and shared creativity into our everyday experience of the city through projects such as the Democratic Poster Project, Community Public Art on bike routes, Critical Mass, Bikes Not Bombs Vancouver, and the Pedaling Zoo. She is currently working for PEDAL (Pedal Energy Development Alternatives) to promote bicycle culture, and to build community through bicycle creativity and bicycle art.
Sara's professional art practice includes urban landscape painting, installations, graffiti, and performance art (online at www.SaraRoss.com). Her art education is ongoing, life-long, and mostly non-institutional.
A pisces, vegan and wishes she could play the accordion.
She writes a monthly zine called The Cheap Vegan
and runs an online distro dedicated solely to food zines (http://diystore.cjb.net).
Her work has appeared in Whistling Shade, Haz Mat Review,
Bovine Free Wyoming, Paperplates, Planet Relish, Tenderfoot
Andrea Schmidt. Lives in Vancouver, Canada with cat Bruce and roommate Lili. Currently works at the University of British Columbia designing books, posters, forms etc. Spends spare time biking aimlessly through the streets taking digital photographs. URL: www.a-schmidt.com.
Gene Seibel. A Kansas farm boy who left the country
for the lights of the big city. After a few years in television broadcasting,
he got back in touch with the great outdoors and wide open sky
as a private pilot. Over the next twenty years, his love of flying
took him, his family, and his flying machine into
countless situations of adventure and intrigue all over this land
Gene has always considered his opportunities to fly and travel
a special blessing.
He has shared them in any way he could, from giving airplane rides
to children of all ages to writing about his experiences and observations.
He is the author of the true adventure book Confessions of a Pilot.
Andy Singer. A car-free cartoonist and illustrator, currently living
in St. Paul, Minnesota. His panel cartoons appear regularly in 17
publications, including The Utne Reader, The Funny Times, The St. Paul
Pioneer Press, Ventura County Reporter, San Diego CityBeat, Boston's
Weekly Dig and Z Magazine. He has also published cartoons in The New
Yorker, Esquire, The Progressive, Discover and dozens of other
magazines, newspapers and books around the world. He is the author of a
book of essays and cartoons about automobiles entitled "CARtoons" and
his work has appeared in two major cartoon compilations --- "Attitude",
edited by Ted Rall, and "The Best of the Best American Humor", edited by
Raymond Lesser and Susan Wolpert of The Funny Times. You can see more of
Andy's work at www.andysinger.com. Contact him at
Neal Skorpen. Lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Marcie and two cats.
He is the creator of two comic strips Cyclotoon and Muddlemarch,
both of which appear in papers across America.
Neal also teaches drawing and computer graphics
at the Art Institute of Portland, practices Aikido, and plays too
many video games.
Visit his cartoon world at www.nealskorpen.com.
Michael Smith. Grew up in rural Kentucky and has lived
for the last 25 years in New York. He has never owned a
car. With Charles Komanoff and a few other other wild-eyed
visionaries, he co-founded Right Of Way (www.rightofway.org)
in the late Nineties; his Manifesto in this collection was originally
written for the group's Web site. His work has appeared in the
New York Times, the New York Daily News, Newsday, the
Washington Post, and the online magazine Salon.
Karen I. Stanley. Can be seen around Vancouver riding an old five-speed now
considered hip as a `cruiser'. A yogini, community dancer and movement
researcher, this loving Auntie prefers to walk and cycle so she can give
attention to the detail surroundng us. Karen is a big fan of Dinosaurs
Against Fossil Fuels and Chopper builder/riders; she rode a heavily
modified trike as Good Witch for the Parade of Lost Souls this year. Her inner
fire is stoked by: spiritual pursuits, weird or sometimes unacceptable art,
cycling and a certain Ironworker.
Greg Taylor. A native of Alexandria, Virginia. When he isn't eating
doughnuts or racing his bike for the Team Lardbutt Bicycle Club, he's
usually drinking coffee. Identified by name in over one-third of ancient
world's creation myths, Mr. Taylor is recognized by friends and family as a
world-class smart aleck. He commutes to work in Washington, DC, via his
bicycle. Mr. Taylor is also a semi-regular contributor to Cyclingnews.com.
A freelance writer who lives in Ireland and once
upon a time she let a much loved bicycle rust in the
back garden. When she's not writing, she enjoys
gluttony, reading, gardening, and travel. Her short stories
have been published in the US and UK, and her non-fiction
has been published in Ireland, the UK, America, and Australia.
She is a staff writer with `Writer Online' and `Netsurfer
Digest'. More of Grace's work may be viewed at www.gracetierney.com.
Nicholas Wees. A native of Montreal; after travelling throughout
North America he settled in Victoria, British Columbia, where
he works in the printing industry. In addition to his love
of literature, he is an amateur musician and dedicated
gardener. He lives with his wife, who is a sculptor,
his son and three cats.
Former psychology researcher and writer/editor, is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. She has work
published in numerous anthologies, journals and Internet magazines. Joining the chapbook, Don't Turn Away: Poems About Breast Cancer, are her new collections, Apple Blossoms at Eye Level and Bags. A Gathering Glance is #43 in the Lummox Press Little Red Book series.
Her winning poem was set to music in the SongText Contest, 2003 (www.songsforall.com). Her website is
Dean Wirth. Author of many as yet to be published horror and/or satirical stories. His
surreal courier comic "Overnight Sensations" is currently running in the
Momentum magazine. Dean cites influences ranging from Lenny Bruce
to Mary Shelly to Emily Dickenson to Theodore Sturgeon to John Wyndham
to Woody Allen. He is currently working on a comic book version of
"Overnight Sensations". Email is
Jeff Younger. Prolific performer, composer and teacher; born in Winnipeg,
Manitoba. Currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He began
playing guitar as a wee lad and has since contributed his particularly
inspired creative energies to countless and madly varied projects. Straight
up and experimental jazz, funk, folk, rock, live theatre and multi media
collaborations and improvisations have filled his gigging calendar, while
his compositional impulses have led him to write quirky jazz tunes, strange
instrumental country music, funk extravaganzas, and sensitive folk songs.
Currently, Jeff is finishing a bachelor's degree in composition, writing
"serious" music in varying styles and instrumentations.
His website is jeffyounger.com