no. 4: summer, 2000

Russell Anixter
ducts stage
Russell is a New York based composer and music copyist. His wife and daughter are very proud of him.
Nicholas Bhasin
Nicholas Bhasin is a comedy writer and screenwriter. He is a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre team, Pound, and a new, exciting, but as yet unnamed, sketch comedy group. He works as a script analyst for Miramax Films.
Bill Bilodeau

Bill is the editor of a small daily newspaper in New Hampshire. He studied creative writing at Harvard and is currently at work on a novel. He is married... with children.

Thomas Blake
Tom is an actor and writer who currently plays Lord Alfred Wreckingball in the wrestling comedy Piledriver, one of many shows in which he's appeared at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. He has performed his own sketch comedy in theaters and clubs around New York including Caroline's and Chicago City Limits. He also appears on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Laura Buchholz
Laura is an editor at Praxis Press, a new medical website to launch in April. She spends a lot of time sitting around and thinking, and once in a while will actually write something down.
Gideon Evans
Gideon is a Producer on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He is also a playwright, actor and voice over artist. Gideon resides in Brooklyn, New York where he wanders the streets looking for new friends.
Thomas Fast
art gallery

Thomas, a.k.a. Naked Man, is teaching English to junior high school students in Japan. He studied art history at New York University and has traveled and lived throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Eric Gillin
Eric was born in Randolph, Massachusetts and works as a staff reporter for When he isn't covering financial matters, his work has appeared in, and He lives somewhere in Manhattan and pays too much for rent.
Mark Goldblatt
trumpet fiction
Mark has published op-ed columns in the New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News, and Newsday, and has written feature articles for Travel and Leisure and book reviews for Reason and the National Review. Mark resides in New York City.
Joel Goodman
ducts stage
Joel is a New York based film composer who has scored music for many documentaries and independent feature films. He's also an active music producer.
Zackary Lowing
art gallery
Zackary started 3D artwork at a young age, with Legos. He's heavily influenced by Sci-fi and the bright future we can have. He's been taking some classes on design and art and believes that good art makes you say, "AAAhhhhhhhh."
Benjamin Malcolm
Benjamin is a Washington, D.C. based freelance writer. He currently works as a program associate in an international educational development organization. In the past he has worked as a journalist and, later, as a Peace Corps teacher/volunteer in Thailand. When he isn't working on poetry, short fiction, or his novel, Benjamin plots how he will get back to Asia in time for World Cup 2002.
Mitchell Levenberg
trumpet fiction
Mitchell has published short stories in FICTION magazine, The New Delta Review, The Cream City Review, Fine Madness and others. He teaches writing at New York University and St. Francis College.
Margaret Hundley Parker
personal essays
trumpet fiction
Margaret writes fiction and nonfiction. She is Associate Editor of Fit magazine and teaches at Kingsborough College. She also teaches children through the Teachers & Writers program of New York City. Margaret received an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in May.
Sam Riegel &
Robert Blatt
Sam was a New York actor. Robert was a Washington lobbyist. One guy played by the rules. The other guy auditioned for plays. Now, they write humor. Go figure. Along with writing material for ducts, Rob & Sam also co-author screenplays, sketch comedy, songs, feature articles, and various other short works of fact and fiction. This summer, comedy takes a back seat and nefarious space-monkeys grab the wheel. To find out more, visit
Harilyn Rousso
Harilyn is an educator, social worker, psychotherapist and activist who has worked in the disability rights field, with an emphasis on issues of women and girls with disabilities, for more than twenty years. She is also a writer and painter, incorporating disability-related themes into her work. Harilyn is the author of the book "Disabled, Female and Proud! Stories of Ten Women with Disabilities," co-editor of a text on gender issues for students receiving special education services, and contributor to a variety of journals. Largely a self-taught artist, she has been a resident at the Millay Colony for the Arts and Vermont Studio School, and has had individual and group shows in NYC.
Hannele Rubin
bachelor girl
After a bad breakup with an Israeli Tank Commander, Bachelor Girl purchased the entire "Relationships" section at Barnes & Noble. On her way out, she also grabbed a copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez' 100 Years of Solitude. Bachelor Girl is a 20-year veteran of fixup flops, bad bar pickup lines, great sex with bad men, and failed attempts to see the merits of socially maladjusted -- but marriage-minded -- guys. She's also a freelance journalist.
Thaddeus Rutkowski
trumpet fiction
Thaddeus grew up in central Pennsylvania and lives in Manhattan. His novel, Roughhouse, was published by Kaya Production, New York. His fiction was nominated for a 1998 Pushcart Prize. He has read his work at many New York spaces, including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he has won the Friday poetry slam.
Charles Salzberg

Charles is a New York based freelance writer and teacher. He has published a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Arts & Leisure section, Redbook, New York Magazine, Travel & Leisure and many others.

Iris N. Schwartz
trumpet fiction
Iris is a fiction writer, poet and singer-songwriter whose work has appeared in The Pikeville Review, Blue Collar Review, Curare and other literary magazines. She has performed on TV, radio and live Internet and has curated and hosted arts benfits for 5C Cultural Center and SR JazzArts. She vows to finish her novel-in-progress, Sirena Wailing, within the new millennium.
Christine Walters
art gallery
Christine has produced live action and animated series for the Children's Television Workshop, Jim Henson Productions, Comedy Central and HBO. She's given voice to many bimbos on the animated series, Beavis and Butthead. Christine also performs improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater with her group "Mother."
Brad S. Wise
art gallery
Brad is a photographer and designer residing in Manhattan. He is currently involved in a number of new media projects. He also writes for film.
Francine Witte
trumpet fiction
Francine is a fiction writer, poet, and playwright. Her fiction has appeared in the Nebraska Review, Calliope, and Urban Spaghetti. Her poems have appeared in many national journals and she is the author of 6 chapbooks. She has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her short plays have been produced in NYC at Love Creek, The Turnip Theatre, and the Riant Theatre. She recently completed her first screenplay. In her spare time, she is a creative writing teacher at a high school in New York City.
Randall Woods
art gallery
personal essays
As a mild-mannered editor for a Seattle-based national insurance magazine, Randy fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and a really good screenplay. A former managing editor for a magazine about garbage-hauling, Randy is also an amateur photographer.


Jonathan Kravetz
Jonathan is a Brooklyn based freelance writer.
Philip Shane
Philip is a freelance film editor. His programs have appeared on PBS, ABC, Cinemax, Lifetime Television, The Learning Channel, and in theaters and film festivals around the world. He lives in New York with his wife Julie.
Jenny Oh
Jenny is a documentary filmmaker who is currently developing a project about the American coffee industry. She currently works as a production coordinator for
Jennifer Lauren Pelley
Jennifer is studying cinematography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She just recently signed her life away and moved into a new apartment...
Helen Zelon
Helen's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Family Circle, Brooklyn Bridge and Scientific American: Explorations. A proud booster of her adopted hometown (New York), she is a nonfiction contributor to Totally Brooklyn.