3 A.M. Homecoming
In the late ’90s/early 2000s, I was a contributing editor to the English punk rock and literary magazine 3 A.M. Founded by London-bred, Sorbonne English professor Andrew Gallix, it was a hotbed of music, prose and news surrounding the best new and old voices bent towards the punk, cutting-edge, contemporary scene internationally.
I was the California editor of fiction and poetry and met talented co-editors from around the world who became lifelong friends and all successful musicians, artists and writers in their own right.
One of them was Charles Shaw, who I went on to co-edit the political magazine Newtopia with and who, today, is a major political writer and filmmaker who recently debuted his film The Exile Nation Project about the war on drugs.
Another was Utahna Faith, my soul literary sister who lived in New Orleans at the time and who arranged my New Orleans reading when I published my book Mad Anatomy in the early 2000s. She went on to become a successful fiction writer as well as editor of the literary magazine Wild Strawberries.
Another was Ohio based punk poet and experimental musician Matt Wascovich who went on to a successful music career and who collaborated on many poetry volumes with such icons as Thurston Moore, Todd Colby and Alex Gildzen. His band Scarcity of Tanks recently opened for Pere Ubu.
Last but not least was Canadian musician Jim Martin who continues his musically-inclined life in bands today.
Many of us have remained lifelong emeritus editors to the magazine which has morphed overtime but still remains, continually highlighting new talent in the usual realms. Recently, Utahna Faith solicited a short story from me that was published a week ago and can be read here. It was a sweet homecoming to see my Park People published in my first literary home and community and to be reminded of the good ole days when we were each just beginning our careers in the arts.