Big Bridge Press



Big Bridge is an online magazine started in 1997 that extends the vision first articulated by Big Bridge Press, an important publisher of fine print poetry and art books founded in 1990. Big Bridge Press has published works by Allen Ginsberg, Jim Harrison, Joanne Kyger, Andrei Codrescu and Philip Whalen, among others.

Big Bridge, now in its 14th year, is one of the oldest and most visited English language literary magazines on the web.  A powerful online presence, it strives to build “bridges” that bring all artistic communities together to create and share ideas in an open and supportive environment.

Big Bridge has a tradition of offering previously unpublished chapbooks devoted to single poets such as Nathaniel Tarn, Renee Gregorio, Mahmoud Darwish, Robert Creeley, Bill Berkson, Clark Coolidge, Sarah Menefee and Michael McClure. 

The poetic anthology, The Language of War and Peace, and most recently two book length features, Berkeley Daze and Bolinas Dreaming, chronicle and preserve important historical literary perspectives and help to define Big Bridge’s commitment to an evolving and flourishing literary community. 


Big Bridge,, is celebrating its 14th year online. The new issue of Big Bridge, due out in February 2011, will include:

Previously unpublished selected correspondence of Stan Brakhage and Michael McClure, edited by Christopher Luna. Covering twenty years in the relationship of two of the most compelling and legendary figures of the post-war period in American culture, this impassioned correspondence on art, poetry, and film, and the peculiar difficulty of being an artist in American society features accounts of their contact with Allen Ginsberg, Richard Brautigan, Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, David Meltzer, Robert Duncan, John Cage, Morton Subotnick, Philip Whalen, Kenneth Anger, Jonas Mekas, Andy Warhol and others.

Out Looking for Lew: Bioregional Poetics, The Legacy of Lew Welch by Jerry Martien.

Poet-translator Louise Landes Levi's memoir and review of Annapurna Devi, widely considered to be the greatest living Indian instrumentalist. Levi studied with Devi in the early 1970s and is one of the only Westerners to have heard her perform her music live.

A feature chapbook by Jerome Rothenberg with illustrations by Nancy Victoria Davis.

Two special poetry anthologies from guest editors:

Jason Blickstein (David Chirico, Anthony Seidman, Richard Rizzi, James Heller Levinson, Susan McKechnie, Greg Grummer and more)


Jason Braun's Big Bridge Fusion Anthology which reflects various traditions of Beat Poets, Slam Poets, Black Arts Poets and Hip Hop Poets and includes work from Sean Arnold, Wendy Brown-Baez, Margaret Gilbert, MK Stallings, Shane Signorino, Erin Wiles and more.
A collection of broadsides by poet Frank Parker.

John Roche’s new book Road Ghosts.

Excerpts from Murat Nemet-Nejat’s new book of poems.

Jonathan Kane’s anthology of fine art photos from friends around the world.

Collage art from Wayne Atherton.

Also, in the next Big Bridge, a special Translation section including featured translations of:

Ahmed Abdel Muti Hijazi, a prominent figure in the avant-garde of Arabic poetry for a half century, by Omnia Amin and Rick London.

Martin Adan, one of Peru’s most revered twentieth century poets, by Rick London and Katherine Silver.
A suite of translations from Japanese of Nakahara Chuya, with a concluding poem in tribute, by Jerome Rothenberg and Yasuhiro Yotsumoto.

Chinese Chan (Zen) Buddhist Poems from the book A Full Load of Moonlight translated by Mary M.Y. Fung and David Lunde.

Ten Poems of Arthur Rimbaud translated by Bill Zavatsky.

Selections from Turkish poet Seyhan Erozçelik's Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds, translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat.

Terri Carrion and FR Lavandeira’s Tri-lingual Anthology of Galician Poetry and Prose.

Poems by seven Hungarian poets, translated by Gabor G Gyukics and Michael Castro.

Translations of Uruguayan writer Marosa di Giorgio by Susan Briante.


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Big Bridge
Box 870
Guerneville, CA, 95446

All donations to Big Bridge are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, Allen Ginsberg’s Committee On Poetry, Inc, a 501(c) 3.

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