Mill Valley Literary Review—since 2012 

Coming June 1, Issue 24—our 10th Anniversary Issue! Jam-packed with features and writers. Who? Take a peek:  

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? “Love on a Rooftop—Barn Owls in San Francisco” photo essay from Kathleen Volkmann.

“I Was a Teenage Runaway: Haight-Ashbury 1968” memoir by Carol Green.


“Spokes, Saddles and Cranks” England bicycling adventure.




“The Orange Peeler Meets Johnny Wadd” fiction by J.S. Ryan.

“Salonica” memoir by Marcel Alalof, translated from the French.




“The Pole” memoir of Reno by Kevin Lavely.

Chasing Byron excerpt from Jeb Harrison’s latest novel.

Tales of Alhambra vintage cover.



Washington Irving’s influence in SoCal essay by Gary Frueholz. 



Book Reviews by Nick King.

Poet Spotlight by Jeff Kaliss, Poetry Editor.

10th Anniversary Intro from Publisher and Editor in Chief, J.Macon King

King reads poetry with Don Alberts Renaissance Band, featuring Jeff Kaliss, at 7 Mile House, Brisbane, CA


Centennial Edition of Ground-breaking Kerouac Bio 

When Memory Babe first appeared from Grove Press in 1983, Library Journal wrote: “To call this book the definitive Kerouac biography is an understatement … [it is] all-inclusive and richly detailed. The reader’s immersion in Kerouac’s thoughts, moves, and mess-ups is so total that one cannot but feel a great empathy for him.” 

Now there is another edition, to celebrate the 100th year of Jack Kerouac (1922-1969).

MEMORY BABE: A Critical Biography of Jack Kerouac, by Gerald Nicosia. The Kerouac Centennial Edition. New and Revised, with Introduction by R.B. Morris. Noodlebrain Press. 841 pages, with index and photos. 

Jack Kerouac, the writer dubbed “King of the Beats,” passed away in 1969 at the age of forty-seven. His literary influence has progressively expanded since his legendary lifestyle and one-of-a-kind creative skill made him a hero throughout his lifetime.

Library Journal said of Memory Babe when it was originally published by Grove Press in 1983: “To call this the definitive Kerouac biography would be an understatement… [it is] all-encompassing and wonderfully comprehensive. The reader is completely immersed in Kerouac’s thoughts, actions, and blunders, and one cannot not but sympathize with him….”

Gerald Nicosia presents us with a brand-new edition in 2022 of his award-winning biography of the writer. It is a recently updated version of his detailed biography of Jack Kerouac — “Memory Babe,” a childhood nickname referencing Kerouac’s outstanding recall.

Many unique and personal pictures, never published in the earlier edition, are included in this collection, along with corrections and new material: the author’s relationship to Jack’s daughter, writer Jan Kerouac, Jack’s ancestry, the “Joan Anderson Letter,” the Six Gallery readings, Jack’s mental state, his breakthrough into postmodernism, more details about his family, life in Florida, death, and controversial estate. 

by Carl Macki

Advance copies are available now to MillValleyLit readers for a promotional discount through the author. Order for advance price of $40 plus $6 shipping for total $46. Upon official publication Nov. 1, 2022, retail price will be $45 (plus any applicable shipping). Email Gerald Nicosia at if using PayPal, etc. Alternately send check or money order to Gerald Nicosia, PO Box 130, Corte Madera, CA 94976-0130.

Issue #23 Winter 2022 below:

Perry King & Biscuit with Frosta, MT Rose, NV.

Our Salon Interview plus poems: Poet Lisa Delan from Jeff Kaliss.

“The Literary Agent Who Lived the Plot of My Novel”:
memoir by Jeb Harrison.

Murder mystery short story “Death at the Drive-In Diner Dance” by author, playwright, critic Patricia L. Morin. Plus bonus story.

Musician Jeb Harrison gets down with “The Beatles: Get Back.” 

Rabbits and more: Book reviews by Nick King.

 I Was a Teenage Runaway: Haight-Ashbury 1968″. Teaser HIGH light reel of memoir by Carol Green coming in June issue. 

Sands Sings



Sands Hall Winter Greetings and Projects 



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Photo: Lindy Krushas, Springfield , IL

Issue #22 follows:

That mysterious Mill Valley scent of foggy redwood, madrone and chaparral. Our history of hikers, hippies and city escapers—to creeks, to waterfalls and canyons, so wild, yet accessible. The Sleeping Lady’s spirit high above, the convergence of harmonious, creative and inspiring energies. That feeling—that omnipresent vibe has prevailed, whispering to us, “Do something! Do something meaningful, something good.” J.Macon King, as quoted in the Marin Independent Journal.



Lindsey Stirling wows Reno Performance electric violinist.

Can Tinker Bell fly? And dance and play violin at the same time? Yes! 9-2021 Stirling photo: J.Macon King

From an earlier issue: Poetry of San Francisco Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin click here.

Tongo Interview by Jeff Kaliss here.






Biscuit and Domino collaborate on new tail-all.

Previous “Hometown Issue” #21:


J.Macon King atop hometown Carrollton, Illinois Square’s cannon. July 4, 1956. Photo: John Wallace King.

Previous hometown issue #21 highlights:
Note: Click on “pie” above left for our tasty menu.

Bay Area Beats, Hippies, Music and War: Scotty DeWolf in blast-from-the-past conversation (below current interview).

Fun Center, 723 Market Street, San Francisco, circa 1962. Featured in Scotty DeWolf’s story: “An Angel Without Wings.”

An Angel Without Wings: Scotty DeWolf’s San Francisco story based on true events.

Sam Shepard, former Mill Valley, CA resident. 1980, Magic Theatre, S.F. Photo: web source.

Cruising Paradise with Sam Shepard: essay by Michael Corrigan.

Poetry Review: Featuring Hometown Poems by J.Macon King and Jeff Kaliss

Round the Square: poem dedicated to Carrollton, Illinois High School Reunion by J.Macon King.

MillValleyLit Sr. Editor Perry Lucretia King (McKleroy), 1964 Beatnik and San Francisco hometown girl. See About. Photo: Alex McKleroy.

Previous issue #20:

For National Poetry Month (April): We were pleased to feature San Francisco’s new Poet Laureate, Tongo Eisen-Martin in an interview by Jeff Kaliss, with a three-course sampling of Tongo’s charged poetry.

Jeb Harrison looks at Hemingway, the recent three-part, six-hour documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Hemingway examines the visionary work and the turbulent life of Ernest Hemingway, one of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced…

…and he was a feline-fancier..

Hemingway in Mill Valley? Several Hemingways lived in Mill Valley, CA. At link scroll past current pieces.

Sneak preview of MillValleyLit editor Jeb Harrison‘s For Want of Grace: Collected Stories.

arrhythmia, latest haiku book by Bruce H. Feingold, reviewed by Poetry Editor, Jeff Kaliss, in On My Nightstand.

Read the interview with MillValleyLit publisher J.Macon King on his debut novel Circus of the Sun from the recent Pacific Sun and Bohemian newspapers pictured below.

Green String Farm organic “forty years ahead of its time.” Report by Drew Stofflet.

“The Mill Valley Literary Review drags the literary journal kicking and screaming into the 21st century.” San Francisco Magazine


Previous Issue #19 features:

Ezra Pound, as Teddy Bear, in Paris shop window.
Photo: Susanna Solomon.

Susanna Solomon’s short fiction“The Teddy Bear”final Parisian story in our debut of three.

Beat Scrapbook—Gerald Nicosia’s latest book of Post-Beat poetry, reviewed by Jeff Kaliss.

Drew Stofflet’s “Dark and Sooty.” A creative Wine, Wine, and Song review.  “…the musical landscape of early 1970s-era Davis was a different sort of stalker music, like a lion or tiger was in the room, or just outside of it, in the alley, peering through the window with burning eyes.”


James Doyle’s classic poetics DRAGONSBANE and KOSMOLOGI. Poetry Review by Jeff Kaliss.

MillValleyLit promotes the work of emerging writers, interviews well-known authors and should-be-known personalities, reviews books, and reports on the literary scene. MillValleyLit has hosted events and salons and been featured in numerous publications such as San Francisco Magazine, Marin Magazine, Marin Independent Journal and Marinscope newspapers.

Explore  Susanna Solomon’s fantastical musings through Parisian imagination and delight. Three short stories by one of Marin County’s own and our former correspondent. The time-bending “The Clock” , the ghostly “Shakespeare & Company” and Twilight-Zone-esque “The Teddy Bear.”