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Turning point

                In 1986 I took over the series at Larry Blake's and then, in 1988, I was offered
                a radio show on KPFA, where I have been producing programs ever since. I
                became  deeply  involved  with  the  community  of  writers  here,  organizing,
                discussing,  reading,  writing.  From  1990  to  1995  I  edited  an  Oakland-based
                magazine, Poetry USA. Heaven Bone called it "the poetry Bible of the 'Bay'
                area"; The Beatlicks: Nashville's Poetry Newsletter described its experimental

                issue as "a wake up call for poetry in America." In 1992 Joyce Jenkins named
                me contributing editor of her wonderful magazine, Poetry Flash. Larry Eigner,
                James Broughton, Al Young, Michael McClure, Jess, Ishmael Reed, and Lou
                Harrison  became  dear  friends,  and  they  have  all  encouraged  my  work  in
                various ways. An appearance with Lou Harrison issued in a performance on
                his  CD,  Lou  Harrison:  A  Birthday  Celebration.  In  June,  2010,  I  received  a
                Lifetime Achievement Award from The Berkeley Poetry Festival, and June 5,
                2010 was "Jack Foley Day" in Berkeley. Adelle and I gave a performance and
                we had T shirts made. Later, I received a Lifetime Achievement Award from
                Marquis Who's Who.

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