HOME | THE LITERARY LATTÉ - Stories & Poems | ON MY NIGHTSTAND - Books reviewed |THE SCENE - Lit Events | REVIEW - Writing and Arts|SALON - Interviews, Submission, Contacts
Mill Valley Literary Review Celebrates FIVE YEARS of bringing you the best in Lit.
Gerald Nicosia & The Depot presented Beat poets who knew Jack KEROUAC and poets from the Beat Era, with a cameo reading by MillValleyLit Publisher J. King. See below*.
Congratulations to MillValleyLit Audiobook Editor Jeb Stewart Harrison on his INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD!
Mill Valley Film Festival Celebrates 40 Years!
The Literarti & Illuminati Light Up
A slice of heaven: Writers become actors, actors become writers.
Sam Shepard was the best of both. He published a large number of short story collections, although his later career was better known for his character acting. His first role was in Days of Heaven, but perhaps his most memorable was as Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff, earning him an Oscar nomination.
MILL VALLEY - Home to The Mill Valley Film Festival, Mt. Tam, Muir Woods, redwood trees, Dipsea foot Race, waterfalls, rock stars, artists, & WRITERS, WRITERS, WRITERS.
Mill Valley's literary pedigree is impressive, more so for a town of barely 14,000: Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Peter Coyote, David Harris, Martin Cruz Smith, Tom Barbash, Louis B. Jones, Jack Finney, Don Carpenter, Gina Berriault, Kay Boyle, Wright Morris, Michael Murphy, Joyce Maynard (J.D. Salinger's companion), Cyra McFadden, poets Jane Hirschfield, Maxine Chernoff, Yoko Ono and lyricists including John Lennon and Tupac Shakur. The late Tom Clancy often wrote in Mill Valley. Recently departed Playwright Sam Shepard lived at what was Flying Y Ranch (replete with horses) in the late seventies. See our Shepard tribute on left sidebar.
Authors who call(ed) Marin County home include Isabel Allende, Amy Tan & Anne Lamott. George Lucas, Jack London, Jan Kerouac (Kerouac's daughter, also a writer), Ram Dass, Stirling Silliphant, Shel Silverstein, Sterling Hayden, Susan Trott, Catherine Coulter, Leonard Gardner, Van Morrison (aural poet), Philip K. Dick, Barnaby Conrad, Joe Eszterhas, Richard Brautigan, Ambrose Bierce (see Literary Latte for profile), Poet Aram Saroyan (son of William Saroyan) and Jim Carrol in Bolinas, Dave Eggers, Danielle Steel, Allen Drury, T.C. Boyle, Gerald Nicosia, James Dallesandro. Julia Child lived in Ross while attending Branson School.
The connections: Ernest Hemingway's son -Jack, and grand-daughters Mariel and Margaux lived in Mill Valley's* Boyle Park area in the 60s. Papa's nephew still lives in Tiburon (editor, writer). John Steinbeck's connection: Ed Ricketts - marine biologist\writer\muse\character - "Doc" in Cannery Row, subject of "The Log from the Sea of Cortez" -Rickett's son lives quietly in Mill Valley. Senior Ricketts was also an inspiration to Joseph Campbell. A rare student of S.F. born Robert Frost's Dartmouth College lectures lives in Tiburon. An entire hilly Mill Valley neighborhood (nicknamed Poet Hill) streets are named after poets. Near San Anselmo, the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood and streets are named after a former resident's good friend, Washington Irving. As far as we know, Washington never slept here.
Join MILLVALLEYLIT - SUBSCRIBE!
Get the scoop on the exciting Literary Scene
Why? Support a platform for emerging and established writers. All members receive news, notes, invites to readings, and special bonus content.
$25- Pulp fiction member
$50- Kerouac member
$1000-You choose an author and see them highlighted in our magazine!
Join NOW and receive for...
$100 and above - certificate and preview peeks
$200 and above - a free printing of select magazine authors
...payable to P. King, at Mill Valley Literary Review, address on sidebar or Venmo, PayPal.
For best graphics view MillValleyLit full screen on computer rather than on phone or handheld.
"The Mill Valley Literary Review drags the literary journal kicking and screaming into the 21st century." San Francisco Magazine
Groundfall by Gary Topper
The "Last Beat Reading" held on The Ides of March, 2018 boasted poets Neeli Cherkovski, Clark Coolidge, Joanna McClure from Kerouac’s novel Big Sur, award-winning poet Sharon Doubiago ( called “the female Kerouac"), Janet Cannon, Jessica Loos, Nicole Henares, Robert Anbian, and (now the late) John Oliver Simon. Gerald Nicosia—Kerouac biographer, Beat authority, poet, author of Memory Babe was producer and MC. Event was held at the old Mill Valley Depot, which Kerouac actually mentions in The Dharma Bums.
Music performed with poetry by guitarist Dana Alberts, one of the founders of the 70’s Punk scene in San Francisco, and bop saxophonist Phil Deal, who played behind Allen Ginsberg, Jack Micheline, etc. With local Beat-influenced poets J. Macon King, publisher of Mill Valley Literary Review, and Marvin Hiemstra.
Mill Valley Literary Review is a Non-Prophet organization. As a 501 CeeThru company all donations will be spent in accordance with applicable codes.
sidebar photos: Gary Topper.
Brushfire fire performer photo: Perry King, at Dr. Rick's Haunted Mansion.
Mill Valley Film Festival montage and photo: Christine "Margaret Cho of Yelp (aka Fortune Cookie)" R.
uncredited photos: J. Macon King.
Sam Shepard: web source Imgarcade.com.
Sponsor promotional photos and info provided by sponsors.
© MillValleyLit. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any material without permission is strictly prohibited.
All writing, submissions, and comments are the views of the respective authors and interviewees do not necessarily reflect the views of MillValleyLit or Editorial staff.