Mad Hatters' Review
 
Working Stiffs
Carol Novack, Editor and Publisher
Michelle Watson, Associate Editor
Christopher Aitken, Editor Tantra Bensko, Art Editor
Donia Carey, Editor
Ben Cunningham, Editor Marja Hagborg, Editor Brian Hutzell, Music Editor
Aitken Carey Hutzell
Liesl Jobson, Editor
Steve Kane, Editor
Marjorie Kaye, Associate Art Editor Tim Ljunggren, Editor
Marc Lowe, Editor
Matt Maxwell, Editor Carl Basile, Editor Paul A. Toth, Editor
Jobson Kane Kaye Ljunggren Lowe Maxwell Toth
Tony Juliano, Contributing Artist Paul Slapion, Contributing Artist Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress          
Juliano Slapion Harshenin          
 
Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor
photo composite by Marcel DeClercq  

Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor

Carol is a re-emerging, angst-ridden writer of sociopolitical neuroerotic rants and raves, comic emails, and image drenched, lyrical whatnots. In her yute, she actually managed to get someone to publish a book of her poems, Living Alone without a Dictionary. She also prevailed on the Arts Council of Australia, where she lived for several years, to give her a writer’s grant. Eventually, Carol returned to her native NYC, where she became a people’s lawyer, representing all sorts of alleged miscreants, including street artists arrested for selling their works without a vendor’s license (she fought City Hall and won the case on First Amendment grounds). Recently, Carol pursued a Masters degree in social work and managed to trap it. Needless to say, she’s doing absolutely nothing with it. Allegedly, she’s working on a novel.

Carol's frequently enigmatic and totally misunderstood writings have appeared in anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets. Her alien creatures have been sprouting all over the place, including Diagram, Journal of Modern Post, Laura Hird, Mindfire Renewed, Newtopia, Opium, Pindeldyboz, SmokeLong, Unlikely Stories, Wild Strawberries, and Yankee Pot Roast. Others are forthcoming in Anemone Sidecar, Big Bridge, Insolent Rudder, and Ravenna Hotel. One of her prose poem narratives, "Destination," was selected as a best of Web Del Sol fiction. For more info, visit Carol's primitive and sporatically updated website, http://carolnovack.bravehost.com, or do the Google.

:: top ::
 
Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor

Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor

Alla Michelle’s writing is both spontaneous and predictable. In her stories, someone usually 1) speaks Russian or Ukrainian, 2) eats borsch, pickled mushrooms or blini, 3) rides public transport, bribes somebody or sings obsolete, heart-warming songs. When not writing, she likes to philosophize about water stains that bloom every spring on her ceiling. Despite the above (or maybe because of it), she has been published in numerous fine e-zines, such as Muse Apprentice Guild, Skive Magazine, Salome, Long Story Short, and others.

:: top ::
 

Chris Aitken, Music Editor

Christopher Aitken, Music Editor

Edinborough resident Chris Aiken is a professional musician with a bunch of credits he won't let us list. In his spare time, Chris likes lounging around, and does nothing but stare vacantly into space in hope of finding something inspiring one day. He knows hope is futile, because it doesn't exist, as Pandora left it in the box. He doesn't like things in boxes, and is always out of his box as a result. One day he hopes to snap out of it, and meet the real world. He is presently, and always has been a space case, despite his love for this planet. When he is really drunk, Chris has a habit of only being able to vaguely utter the words; "Live The Madness!" Chris likes this bio because it says very little about him. He also likes this third person persona because it reminds him of Julius Caesar.

 
:: top ::
 
Tantra Bensko

Tantra Bensko, Art Editor

Tantra Bensko is in the current issues of www.spartandog.com and www.mannequinenvy.com. "October 7, Tantra's image, semi clad, with reptilian wings, and bound to the cross, yelling, was banned from the Vallejo Art Show at the Historical museum, but did show at the Artist's Guild Show, however. In collaboration with Steve Jacobson, this image is one of a set that is written about in the current issue of www.mannequinenvy.com by art critic Alexandre Nodopaka."

I am well displayed and published internationally as an artist, (www.artbeacon.com/Tantravision) and I live in San Francisco by the ocean. Meanwhile, my solo show, Reality Burn! is travelling through Spain, where an article is coming out about my art as a revolution of the imagination. I have an MFA in poetry from Iowa, won the Academy of American Poet's Award, and have published in numerous magazines such as Southern Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, and the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, where I won their award. I love to dress up in ridiculous costumes and do absurd things.

Visit Tantra's blog: http://www.writingup.com/tantra

:: top ::
 

Donia Carey, Editor

Donia Carey, Editor

Donia Carey has always loved listening to stories, telling them, and writing them down. But she has a degree in music and was a professional singer, teacher, music director and organist for most of her life. She also spent five years as editor of a scholarly journal.

Once she sang for e.e. cummings. It was a private command performance of settings of his poems, and Mr. Cummings hummed some snatches of the songs as he left to bail a friend out of jail. That was long ago, and now she's singing less and writing more.

:: top ::
 

Ben Cunningham, Editor

Ben Cunningham is a former rodeo cowboy, reporter, combat journalist, big city cop and hostage negotiator. He has published a number of short stories, a novel, and once made his living working in the blighted film industry. Ben lives in Austin, Texas, supporting his junky writing habit with a day job resolving human disputes both silly and sublime. He claims to know where he’s going but doesn’t have any idea where he’s been. For a brief period of time (in the middle of the 1960’s) he thought the world might change for the better. His latest completed novel, “The Avatar’s Song,” has yet to fly its nest. Ben spends hours each day watching his sea monkeys breed and marveling at how long it takes a novel to grow wings.

:: top ::
 

Marja Hagborg, Editor

Marja Hagborg, Editor

Marja is a slacker and procrastinator from the Scandinavian woods where she might have been raised by wolves.

She has been living in Chicago since 1985 where she writes very short fiction, mostly because of her short attention span and poor vocabulary. If she is lucky, she may now and then manage to write a screenplay or an essay.

When she can't keep her English, Swedish and Finnish apart, she calms herself down by painting, illustrating and drawing cartoons.

She is currently working on a picture book about six Japanese cats.

:: top ::
 
Brian Hutzell

Brian Hutzell, Music Editor

Brian is a Renaissance man. He is actively involved in all aspects of theater, from writing/composing to acting to music directing. As an artist, he has participated in many solo and group shows, and his drawings can be seen on clothing as well as on walls. He has been the subject of a local TV spot for his eccentric habit of walking everywhere barefoot. In addition, Brian is a bibliophile currently studying for a Master of Library Science degree.

www.brianhutzell.com

 

:: top ::
 

Liesl Jobson, Editor
Photo © Estelle Jobson

Liesl Jobson, Editor

Liesl Jobson teaches music at Johannesburg's Sacred Heart College. Her poetry has appeared (or forthcoming) in New Coin, Fidelities, LiPS, Green Dragon, Carapace (SA), and internationally in The Journal, Aesthetica, Bonfire, Brittle Star (UK), The Christian Communicator, Oasis, Prairie Dog 13 and Ink Pot (USA). She is the featured poet in Timbila 2005 and The Hiss Quarterly. She won the poetry section of the People Opposing Women Abuse Women's Writing Competition 2005 and was a finalist in the HSBC/ SA PEN Literary Award 2005. Her poetry is showcased online at Southern Rain Poetry. http://www.geocities.com/joopbersee/lj.html

:: top ::
 
Steve Kane, Editor

Steve Kane, Music Editor

Steve Kane is a writer and composer from the UK of questionable talent and unequalled idleness. He employs many a cunning ploy to avoid doing anything remotely productive such as harvesting organs from the homeless to sell to Turkish sailors and hunting geography teachers for sport. He was once elected President of Azerbaijan by mistake. Although only in power for twenty minutes, he made peep-hole bras mandatory attire for all men under the age of forty-seven. He is currently serving a two year prison sentence for buggering a haddock. Visit www.steve-kane.co.uk for more gibberish.

:: top ::
 
Marjorie Kaye

Marjorie Kaye, Associate Art Editor

Marjorie Kaye is an artist residing in Salem, Massachusetts who graduated from Syracuse University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting cum laude. She is best known for her colorful, detailed mandala drawings, and also her Surrealistic representations and has exhibited these in many galleries and shows nationally. She is also the owner and operator of the on-line Caladan Gallery, which exhibits artists from around the world. Her mandala drawings resonate from the center and draw the energy outwards. The forms are influenced by nature, geometry, music, and are also influenced by the artwork of many ancient cultures. She is devoted to the drawings, and integrates her interest in spirituality and meditation into them, which become a vehicle for spiritual expression. She feels that the opportunity for spiritual manifestation through art is limitless. “Art is life celebrated in matter.” Her Surrealistic representations reflect the irony present in the act of living! They are often humorous depictions of both the common and serendipitous.

“I celebrate the boundless range of elemental combinations present in the universe. From basic substances of matter emerge presences of infinite variety that take form as planets, comets, stars, trees, human-kind, and other celestial travelers. This is a manifestation of the creativity of spirit. This is present and reflected on all levels of being. It is with this observation that my drawings are made.”

www.caladangallery.com/sites/marjorie (personal site)
www.caladangallery.com (gallery site)

View Marjorie Kaye's Art on Michael Graves's pages.

:: top ::
 

Tim Ljunggren, Editor

Tim Ljunggren is a writer, digital artist, photographer, painter, creative facilitator, alchemist, and polymath. He is the former publisher and editor of insolent rudder, and is the senior online editor for WordSmitten. Tim’s flash fiction can be found at such places as Opium Magazine, Literary Potpourri, Doorknobs & BodyPaint, WordSmitten and Fuzzynet. His interviews with such literary luminaries as agent/attorney Jeff Kleinman and author Chris Offutt can be found in both the online and print versions of WordSmitten. Tim’s ability to transcend linear time and space is legendary.

:: top ::
 
Marc Lowe, Editor

Marc Lowe, Editor

Marc Lowe writes all sorts of unclassifiable things and enjoys reading work that is both quirky and well-written, be it fiction, poetry, or a hybridization of the two. Some of his literary heroes are: Kobo Abe, Julio Cortazar, Italo Calvino, Harry Mathews, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. (He likes female writers as well, of course.) He has lived in Japan off-and-on for the last ten years between degrees (he obtained his M.A. in Japanese Language and Literature from The University of Colorado, Boulder in '04) and currently resides in Hiroshima, where he teaches English and writes labyrinthine parables almost too opaque for words.

:: top ::
 
Matt Maxwell , Editor

Matt Maxwell , Editor

I graduated from college with three useless degrees and have worked meaningless jobs that I detested. I am employed and employable merely because the people and companies I owe money expect restitution. I have more interests than time to master them and none of the money required to dress the part. At any social gathering, if you happen to see the sneering, mute wallflower, envious eyes openly mocking the privileged, that might be me. If you notice me, then I need to work harder on being invisible.

:: top ::
 
C.B. Smith

C. B. Smith, Editor

An artist since birth he is well past the point of no return.

Tethering the high wire between nirvanic ascension and thermonuclear destruction, he churns out work after ignoble work amidst a clatter of brain-noise, astro-gastric-rumble, and fetid creatures called "house-pets." He perseveres undaunted, knowing that one fine day his cataclysmic subversion will be overlooked in a publishing quest for lower art forms.

:: top ::
 
Paul A. Toth, Editor

Paul A. Toth, Music Editor

Paul A. Toth lives in Michigan. His novel Fizz is available from Bleak House Books. Fishnet, his second novel, was published in July 2005. Toth's short fiction has appeared or will soon appear in Night Train, Iowa Review Web, Antigonish Review, Barcelona Review, Mississippi Review Online and many others.

For more information, see www.netpt.tv or his blog TothWorld at http://www.xanga.com/tothnews2.

'Fishnet' by Paul Toth
 
 
:: top ::
Honorary Working Stiffs
 
Tony 'Baloney' Juliano

Tony 'Baloney' Juliano

Award winning satirist artist, Tony "Baloney" Juliano is not your normal painter. With his single, panel, lush comic like paintings dealing with quick puns, whimsical sayings, ironic sadness, and his penchant for parodying other famous artists, Tony makes art laughable in colorful complimentary painted frames. Tony has had shows all over the US and the UK such as John Slade Ely House, Hygienic Art Gallery, CB's 313 Gallery, Artescape Studios, MoCCA, DeCordova Museum, The Walker, and lots more! Visit Tony's offical site at
www.agooart.com

View Tony's Juliano's Art.

:: top ::
 
Paul Slapion, Editor

Paul Slapion

As far back as I can remember I’ve been involved in creative pursuits. Photography has been at the core of most of it, and it’s been a real journey of expansion. I grew up in New York City, the Bronx, to be exact, went to college in Washington D.C. ( GWU BA psychology ), returned to live in Manhattan for a few years before moving across the Hudson River to New Jersey, where I’ve lived for many years, way too many to count ‘em all. Straight photography was my primary creative outlet in the beginning until a friend taught me the silkscreen process, and that process changed my work in a major way. I did screen prints, and multi-media pieces based on my photographs, and earned a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship on the merits of that work. I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in a few museum and gallery shows, both group and one person. I’ve shown at the OK Harris gallery in NYC and at the Noyes and Jersey City museums in New Jersey as well as a few other galleries in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and California.

While photography still remains as the primary source of all my work, for the past three or four years I've turned to the computer as a tool for working with my images. See http://paulslapion.com.

:: top ::
 
 
Webmaestress
 
Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress

Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress

Our fabulously talented and saintly web designer survived and escaped the transgenerational satanic ritual abuse cult of childhood to serve Mad Hatter madness, and that of her much loved family (husband, 3 kids stretching from age 2-19, 1 live-in boyfriend, 1 cat presently on prozac, 1 brute of a dog that the littlest of the household knows mostly as "That Damn Dog", and of course the **committees). When she's not at the beck and call of her clients and others above, Shirley does a little dabbling in water colors, and paint shop graphics, and not so much writing as she would like, although she does insist she will complete her novel in poetry for young adults one day, and honor a recent request for a Flash under 499 words that she is losing sleep over. She also takes pleasure in sporatic freelance word puzzle assignments for the big guys like KAPPA, Highlights for Children, and Penny Press... . Busy busy busy. It's probably a good thing Shirley doesn't have much idle time, 'cause when she does she tends to engage in strange debates with **committees of wildly diverse persons…all within her own head. Welcome to the madness.

www.nutheadproductions.com

:: top ::
 
Mad Hatters' Review, Edgy and Enlightened Literature, Art and Music in the Age of Dementia
Site designed by Shirley Harshenin, maintained by Nut-Head Productions
    
:: top ::