Michael Rothenberg, Editor

Michael Rothenberg, by Terri Carrion
Photo by Terri Carrión

Born in Miami Beach, Florida in 1951, Michael Rothenberg has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 37 years. He is co-founder of Shelldance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica which is dedicated to the cultivation of orchids and bromeliads. He is a poet, painter, songwriter, and editor of Big Bridge Press and Big Bridge, a webzine of poetry and everything else. In 2011 he and Terri Carrion co-founded the global poetry movement 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

His songs have appeared in Hollywood Pictures' Shadowhunter and Black Day, Blue Night, and most recently, TriStar Pictures' Outside Ozona. Other songs have been recorded on CDs including: Bob Malone's The Darkest Part of The Night (Caught Up in Christmas) and Bob Malone (Raydaddy's Blues), Difficult Woman by Renee Geyer, Global Blues Deficit by Cody Palance, The Woodys by The Woodys, and Schell Game by Johnny Lee Schell.

His poetry books and broadsides are archived at the University of Francisco, and are held in the Special Collection libraries of Brown University, Claremont Colleges, University of Kansas, the New York Public Library, UC-Berkeley, UC-Davis, and UC-Santa Cruz.

His book of poems, Murder was published by Paper Press in 2013. His most recent book of poems, Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, was published in 2014 by Shabda Press (USA). Drawing The Shade is due out from Dos Madres Press in 2016. A Spanish/English edition of Indefinite Detention: A Dog Story, and the poetic journal collection, Tally Ho and the Cowboy Dream/The Real and False Journals: Book 5 are scheduled for publication in 2017 by Varasek Ediciones (Madrid, Spain).

Earlier collections of his poetry include:

Big Bridge Press, 2009

Unhurried Vision
La Alameda/University of New Mexico Press, 2003

Grown Up Cuba
IL Bagatto Press, Amsterdam 2003

Monk Daddy
Blue Press, 2003

The Paris Journals
Fish Drum, Inc, 2000

Favorite Songs
Big Bridge Press, CA, 1990

Man/Woman, a collaboration with Joanne Kyger
Big Bridge Press, CA, 1988

Nightmare Of The Violins
Twowindows Press, CA, 1986

What The Fish Saw
Twowindows Press, CA, 1984

He is also the author of the novel Punk Rockwell (Tropical Press, 2000).

Editorial projects include:

The Collected Poems of Philip Whalen
Wesleyan University Press, 2007

Way More West, Selected Poems of Edward Dorn
Penguin Books, 2007

David's Copy, Selected Poems by David Meltzer

Penguin Books. 2005

As Ever, Selected Poems by Joanne Kyger
Penguin Books. 2002

Overtime, Selected Poems by Philip Whalen
Penguin Books 1999

(Click cover image to order The Paris Journals.)

For correspondence contact:
walterblue AT bigbridge DOT org