S.A. Griffin


Los Angeles, CA 90039

Author's Bio

Been publishing and editing on my Rose of Sharon imprint since 1988. Published and edited (Sic) Vice & Verse, MEAT. Editorial staff for Shattersheet and The Moment. Co-founder H.I.P. (Hollywood Institute of Poetics) and WWWRN (World Wide Word Radio Network) Blog Talk Radio. Created and toured with The Poetry Bomb in 2010, a five week 11,000 mile tour in an effort to inspire and create civil disagreements. Toured the U.S. and Canada with performance poetry groups The Lost Tribe (1985-1992), The Carma Bums (1989-2009) and White Trash Apocalypse (1995-1997). Have served on the advisory and curatorial boards of Beyond Baroque for several years and produced hundreds of readings. Recipient of the first Beyond Baroque Distinguished Service Award (2011), Firecracker Award (Outlaw Bible of American Poetry), Best Performance Poet LA Weekly. Editor and/or publisher: Sharktalk (Rose of Sharon Press, 1988) by Doug Knott, The Electric Yes Indeed! (Shelf Life Press, 1989) by Scott Wannberg, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunders Mouth Press, 1999), The Outlaw's Prayer - Teaching The Dead To Sing (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006) by John Dorsey, Black Ace 8 (Temple of Man, 2007), An Interview With Ted Berrigan (Rose of Sharon Press, 2013), Natural Geographics (Rose of Sharon Press, 2014) by M. Lane Bruner, The Official Language of Yes (Perceval Press, 2015) by Scott Wannberg, The Hideous Bible (Rose of Sharon Press, 2016) by The Lost Bums, lost bastard chronicles (Rose of Sharon Press, 2017) by mark hartenbach. Publications include: The Lost Tribe (1985) with The Lost Tribe, Without Skin (1989) with Justice Howard, A One Legged Man Standing Casually On Hollywood Blvd. Smoking A Cigarette (Shelf Life Press, 1989), etc. (Rose of Sharon Press, 1993), Heaven Is One Long Naked Dance (Rose of Sharon Press, 1994), Alien Landing Pad (Rose of Sharon Press, 1995) with Iris Berry and Pleasant Gehman, Twisted Cadillac (Sacred Beverage Press, 1996) with The Carma Bums, The Bad Thing (Phony Lid Publications, 2000), Unborn Again (Phony Lid, 2001) Duckwalking Thru The Apocalypse (Bottle of Smoke Press, 2003), Armageddon Outta Here! (Rose of Sharon Press, 2004) with The Carma Bums, Harvey Keitel, Harvey Keitel, Harvey Keitel (Butcher Shop Press, Rose of Sharon, Temple of Man, 2005) with John Dorsey and Scott Wannberg, 2 (greenpanda press, 2006) with John Dorsey, Virgin Erotica (greenpanda press, 2006) with John Dorsey, Numbskull Sutra (Rank Stranger Press, 2007), John & Sarah Do D.C. (Bottle of Speech, 2008), The Electric President (Rose of Sharon Press, 2008), The Fucker Inside (Tainted Coffee Press, 2008), They Swear We Don't Exist (Bottle of Smoke, 2010), Dreams Gone Mad With Hope on (Punk Hostage Press, 2014), Harvey Korman Harvey Korman Harvey Korman (Spartan Press, 2017) with John Dorsey and Scott Wannberg. Father, husband, working actor, Vietnam era vet. Anthologies include: The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Thunders Mouth Press, 1999), Poems From Penny Lane (Farfalla Press, 2004), Beatitude Golden Anniversary 1959-2009 Volume 50 (Beatitude, 2009), Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond (Beyond Baroque Books, 2015), Bottle 1-6 (Bottle of Smoke Press), Cross Strokes: Poetry of Los Angeles and San Francisco (Otis Books, 2015), Maintenant (Three Rooms Press) various issues. Archive at UCLA (2015) which includes 200 boxes of periodicials, poetry by various aritsts, The Carma Bums, Scott Wannberg, Beat, Bukowski, mimeo revoultion, punk, California poets, audio, film, photographs, other associated ephemera and two van loads of art by various related artists.

Publications & Prizes

Dreams Gone Mad With Hope (Punk Hostage Press, 2014)
They Swear We Don't Exist (Bottle of Smoke Press, 2010)
Greatest Hits 1980-2007 (Pudding House Publications, 2008)
Harvey Keitel, Harvey Keitel, Harvey Keitel (Butcher Shop Press, 2005)
Unborn Again (Phony Lid Books, 2001)
The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Basic Books, 1999)
Twisted Cadillac: A Spoken Word Odyssey (Sacred Beverage Press, 1996)
Duckwalking Thru The Apocalypse (Bottle of Smoke Press, 2003)
Prizes won: 

The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry (Firecracker Award, editor), Best Performance Poet LA Weekly, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Distinguished Service Award.

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Born in: 
San Antonio, TX
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San Francisco East Bay/Richmond, CA
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Last update: May 21, 2019