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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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Black Lamb's contributors

January 1st, 2002

Alan Albright retired from a checkered career ranging from teaching English to young gangmembers in Chinatown to selling bamboo flutes on the streets of Greenwich Village. After a nomadic existence, including ten years in France and seven years exploring the U.S. in an RV, he has become a “snowbird,” dividing his time between a little Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy and an RV park in the Florida swamp. His website is http://www.win.net/~pelerin. His Black Lamb column was called Wayfarin’ Stranger.

Owen Alexander is Black Lamb’s Managing Editor and also contributes occasional book reviews to the magazine.

Janine Applegate is a poet and artist who has contributed more than 100 illustrations to Black Lamb.

Reg Arcati, Jr. learned the art of cryptic crossword solving at his mother’s knee and by the age of ten was puzzling his parents with his own grids and clues. Recruited straight from Oxford to work first for GCHQ in Cheltenham and then for MI5 in London, in both cases as a cryptologist, or “code cracker,” he dedicated his lateral thinking skills to the service of Her Majesty for four decades before retiring to his one-bedroom dockside apartment to spend more time with his cats, whose company he prefers to that of most of his fellow human beings: “At least I don’t have to worry about whether the things I tell them are still classified.” He contributed cryptic crossword puzzles to Black Lamb.

Trixie Barkis is a professional bridge player and teacher who has been a member of several world championship teams. She writes the column Black Lamb Bridge.

William Bogert was born in New York, where he still lives except for occasional forays to Los Angeles in increasingly vain attempts to obtain money. He made his Broadway debut as Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons and he has since done eight other Broadway shows, including Cactus Flower, A Star-Spangled Girl, and Richard Burton’s Hamlet. He has also appeared in more than fifteen shows Off-Broadway. He has many movie credits, good parts in bad movies and small parts in good ones: some of the latter include Dog Day Afternoon, War Games, Heaven Can Wait, and, most recently, A Perfect Murder. He has been seen in over a hundred different TV shows, most frequently on Small Wonder and The Greatest American Hero. These days he is most often recognized for his work on The Chappelle Show. His Black Lamb column is called Struts & Frets.

Lane Browning is an essayist, writing coach, business owner, advocate, inveterate (not invertebrate) researcher, reporter, quotidian comic, interviewer, editor, satirist, counselor, activist, and jock. A nationally syndicated Willamette Week columnist for six years, she has also published in The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, OMNI, and California Today. She has taught for the Oregon Writers Workshop and Mountain Writers Center. She regularly delivers public readings in the Portland area. She contributed a Black Lamb column called Don’t Ask and now participates on a freelance basis.

Heather Butler is an artist with special interests in portraiture, caricature, and architecture. She contributes illustrations to Black Lamb.

Sage Cohen’s writing has been published in journals and anthologies including Cup of Comfort for Writers, Poetry Flash, Oregon Literary Review, blueoregon.com and San Francisco Reader. She serves as managing editor of — and monthly columnist for — Writers on the Rise and was awarded first prize in the 2006 Ghost Road Press poetry contest. Tune into her musings about the life poetic at www.sagesaidso.typepad.com. Her Black Lamb column was called Making It Up.

David Constantine is a much-published and respected English poet.

John M. Daniel, a writer and editor, lives in California's Humboldt County, from whence he contributes his column Humboldt Current.

Andrew Darrel grew up in southern Hampshire and South London. He left the UK in 1978, initially intending to spend only a year or so abroad, making his living temporarily by teaching English as a foreign language. He never really took to teaching but found he enjoyed living abroad, so he never went back home. Twenty-one years later, thanks to the generosity of King Fahad ibn Abdulaziz, he had saved up enough to be able to give up teaching, and indeed to give up full-time work entirely, for a while at least. In those twenty-one years he had worked in different parts of Italy and in Egypt and Saudi Arabia; he had spent a year-and-a-half studying in Portland, Ore., and had stayed for various periods in self-declared tax exile in central Spain. At the beginning of 2000 he returned to Rome, and is still there, working part-time in a high school library and a bookshop, and talking all the time about moving on to somewhere better. His Black Lamb column was called Roman Annals.

Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., is a Roman Catholic priest and Benedictine monk who lives at Mount Angel Abbey in western Oregon. He teaches classes annually on early church history in Rome. His Black Lamb column, the contents of which were published as a book, was called A Monk's Alphabet.

Emily Emerson, born and raised in Texas, is a freelance writer and author of several guidebooks to France. She has lived in that country since 1979 and makes her home in the Loire valley. Her Black Lamb column was called En Campagne.

Endgame is a pseudonym for the person who contributed cryptic crosswords puzzles to Black Lamb.

Rod Ferrandino is an unpaid professional husband and father. He lives outside of Lexington, Va., in the Shenandoah Valley, in a shabbily elegant antebellum plantation house surrounded by 300 acres (not his) full of bovine spot-fertilizers. His Black Lamb column is called Cracked Windshield.

Elizabeth Fournier is the mortician and owner of Cornerstone Funeral Services in Boring, Oregon. Her Black Lamb column is called All Men Are Cremated Equal.

Bud Gardner was born in 1943 and raised in arid, rural, eastern Washington state. In 1961 he went to the wet, west side of the state for college at U Dub in Seattle, where he earned his BA in English comp and political science, and a law degree. After seven years of criminal defense work in Seattle, and a divorce, he took a “vacation” from the law, bummed around in Mexico, managed a Pioneer Square bar, worked for a while as a private eye, did construction carpentry and some field surveying, and, observing that most folks work too hard for miserable pay, reasonably concluded that it might be appropriate to reconsider the legal profession, in a revised context. Returning to eastern Washington in 1980, he remarried, and he has maintained a general law practice in Okanogan since. He and his wife Connie enjoy their quiet home life in a (remodeled) hundred-year-old farm house surrounded by orchards. Bud likes to fly fish, raises prize-winning dahlias, and dabbles in country music and writing. His Black Lamb column is called Country Lawyer.

Cate Garrison began her working life as a translator and interpreter in Brussels, Belgium, followed by fifteen years as a college professor of French, education, and English as a Foreign Language in the north of England, where she also pursued her avocation as an actor. After immigrating to the U.S. in 1987, she worked for several years as theater critic. She has recently published two novels and appears in the Black Lamb column Small Corner.

Michele Gendelman is a comedy writer who lives in Los Angeles and has written for screens both big and small, including such series as Newhart, Ghost Stories, and Facts of Life. She also writes for animated series for PBS and Cartoon Network and teaches screenwriting at Los Angeles City College. Her first book, What the Other Mothers Know, was published in the spring of 2007 by HarperCollins. She is married to screen- and television writer Andy Guerdat. Her Black Lamb column was called Mulholland Jive.

Randall Giles is a composer and music editor and educator who works for the Episcopal Church in India. His Black Lamb column was called Letter from Madras.

Ed Goldberg was born in The Bronx in 1943. After dropping out of college in 1962, he attempted to do stand-up comedy, unsuccessfully. He wrote for a few of the underground papers in New York. After moving to Washington, D.C. in 1973, he became a technical writer and wrote features and reviews for a monthly arts and entertainment paper. In 1991, he moved to Portland, Ore. and finished Served Cold, winner of the 1995 Shamus Award for best original paperback fiction. His third novel, True Crime, (as “Alan Gold”) was published in February 2005. True Faith was published in January 2007. He is currently working on a new book. His Black Lamb column is called The Bronx Zoo.

Elizabeth Hart has never lived without hope, but it has been a struggle to keep up with life’s passages. She’s recently adopted a comfortable middle-of-the-road posture, and so far it’s working. Not that she hasn't done and seen it all — but that was another century. “Only the mediocre are really good at what they do,” said Somerset Maughan. It’s her mantra. All in all, the world is great, motherhood’s rewarding, and she has no trouble finding a passionate attraction to artistic endeavors, the miracles of nature, and life’s experiences. Her Black Lamb column is called The Road Taken.

Joel Hess is an amateur logophile and dilettante writer currently living in Portland, Ore. His Black Lamb column, on language, was called Glossolalia.

D.K. Holm is a long-time movie reviewer based in Portland, Ore. who has published five books: two on Robert Crumb, the cartoonist; two on Quentin Tarantino, the film director; and one on an aspect of film noir called film soleil. He has written two columns for Black Lamb: Big Screen and Little Screen.

Cervine Kauffman would like to have been an actress in the heyday of the Hollywood studio system. Her interests include vocal music, American life, urban planning, and gender roles. Her Black Lamb column is called Sweet & Sour.

Avram Khan is a professor of economics at the University of Lahore.

Lorentz Lossius has been writing poetry, prose, and music for years, and for the past three has been scribbling for Black Lamb. A native of Trondheim, Norway, he is currently watering his roots back in Oslo, after having gone full circle over forty years through Europe, Asia, Australia, and the United States. His Black Lamb column was called Walkabout and then Wondering Gentile.

Waldo Lydecker, the legendary New York drama critic, wrote a column called One for the Aisle during 2003.

David Maclaine is a freelance writer who lives in Portland, Oregon. He served two stints as classical music writer for Willamette Week, winning several prizes for his reviews, and also wrote extensively about sports, books, and film. His feature articles have ranged in subject from natural history — in gardens, museums, and zoos — to various “alternative” practices, including nude recreation, bicycle culture, and tribal tattoos. He covered the 1987 U.S. Open Chess Tournament for The Oregonian, and his 1990 feature on tournament croquet was honored as that year’s Outstanding Sports Feature by the United States Croquet Association. Since January of 2003 his column Rembrandts & Reruns has appeared monthly in Black Lamb. Readers may contact him via email: lochbuie@hotmail.com.

Millicent Marshall, who lives in Western Montana, began writing her advice column Ask Millie upon the sudden death of her sister Carol Wolfe, who had contributed a Q&A column during Black Lamb’s first year.

Doug Marx’s poems have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Willow Springs, and other publications. His chapbook Sufficiency was an Oregon Book Award finalist in poetry. Family man and musician, when he’s not on stage in some local dive he can often be found sitting at $3/$6 Limit Hold ’Em casino poker tables, living the sportin’ life.

Claire McLaughlin is English and lives in southeast London. After taking a degree in English at Oxford University, she worked for some time as a publisher's editor and also wrote a number of stories for women's magazines. When she began to lose her sight, she did training in counselling, and she now works part-time as a counsellor. She is now blind and writes her Black Lamb columnm called That Blind Lady, using screen-reading computer software.

Rosemary McLeish was born in Glasgow in 1945, moved to Yorkshire as a child, lived in London from the ages of eighteen to forty, and moved back to Glasgow in 1985 and started writing and painting. She has an academic husband and two cats. Most of her immediate family emigrated to Canada in 1969 so she visits the Pacific Northwest frequently. Her Black Lamb column is called Glasgow Kiss.

Grant Menzies has published a biography of the film actress Charlotte Greenwood and his biographies of Princess Der Ling of China and the Russian emigé poet Olga Ilyin were published in 2004. A trained classical pianist, he has also written a great many music reviews. His Black Lamb column was called Vivo d’Arte.

Rebecca Owen, an actuary, practises her craft in Portland, Ore. Her Black Lamb column is called Actuary’s Diary.

Jim Patton is the author of two non-fiction books, Il Basket d’Italia: A Season in Italy with Great Food, Good Friends and Some Very Tall Americans and Rookie: When Michael Jordan Came to the Minor Leagues; two much-praised crime novels, The Shake and Dying for Dana; and a story in the 2006 DC Noir collection.His Black Lamb column is called A La Recherche.

Dan Peterson is a native of Evanston, Ill. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He coached the national basketball team in Chile for two years, 1971-73, taking fourth in the South American championships and seventh in the Worlds. He then coached in Italy for fourteen years, winning five Italian titles, two European titles, and three Italy Cups. He was Italian Coach of the Year in 1979 and 1987 and European Coach of the Year in 1987. His Black Lamb column is called Sleepless in Milan.

Karla Powell began her writing career in Chicago, where she contributed to The Chicago Reader, among other newspapers and magazines. Since those salad days she has written for the American Medical Association Press, Kaplan Books, Graphics Arts Center Publishing, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and American Surveyor magazine, to name a few. Her dalliances into poetry have come more recently. In addition to those published in Black Lamb, she was named a finalist in a Gwendolyn Brooks awards competition sponsored by Chicago’s Guild Complex. She has just written an Easter hymn, her first venture into music.

Greg Roberts grew up in Hiles, Wisc. (pop. 132) and has held dozens of jobs, been fired from most of them, and is left with fond reminiscenses of being a restaurant violinist, stand-up comic, and consultant to a Guatemalan fly-tying factory. He has worked as a magazine editor and, over the last forty-five years, has contributed to dozens of publications, many of which have disappeared from the face of the earth. Roberts owns and helps operate Equator Coffee Company in Eugene, Ore. He has had a three-toed sloth as a pet, caught billfish on fly tackle, and still subscribes to three philatelic journals. His Black Lamb column is called Blunderbuss Dilettante.

Terry Ross edits, designs, and publishes Black Lamb and The Ultimate Literary Calendar.

Gene Ryder, a singer-songwriter, was a recording artist for a major label for a time. He has now turned his hand to fiction writing. He lives in Virginia. His two Black Lamb columns were called Massive Coronary and Homestead Journal.

Steffen Silvis, a drama critic and prize-winning playwright, lives in Los Angeles.

Stephen Starbuck, doting father of brilliant, willful Ada, muses occasionally on parenthood and nostalgic bits as he hurtles precipitously into a precocious dotage. Despite his assertions to the contrary, he apparently did move 3,000 miles to live in Brooklyn. His Black Lamb column Just Visiting morphed into Dada-ism with the birth of his first child.

Dean Suess is a professional church musician and vocal soloist who lives in Seattle. He was recently discharged from penitentiary after serving seven years on a felony count. His
Black Lamb column is called Pen Man.

Toby Tompkins spent thirty-five years as a professional actor, working mostly on the stage. At present he is a writer and freelance editor who divides his time between New York City and Peterborough, N.H. His Black Lamb column is called Commonplaces.

Gillian Wilce, who lives in Bermondsey in London, has worked in the city all her life — as a mental health social worker, a secretary, an editor (including five years as Literary Editor of New Statesman), and finally a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She contributed to The Sexual Imagination from Acker to Zola and has in the past reviewed books for New Statesman, The British Journal of Psychotherapy, Fiction Magazine, and Winnicott Studies. (Entirely coincidentally the latter two publications no longer exist!) She presently divides her working time between psychotherapy and copy-editing. Her Black Lamb column is called London Pride.

Clinton Wilson, a writer and drama fanatic, lives in Manhattan. His Black Lamb column was called Cosmopolitango.

Carol Wolfe wrote the popular Q&A column Ask Carol during Black Lamb’s first year of publication. She died in an automobile accident in December of 2003.

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