(aka Dr. A) describes himself as "a recovering academic and organizational
trouble-maker who now spends his days untangling words and relaxing
with his stringed companions. When he's not at his writing desk, he
can be found biking San Francisco streets. He just finished a travel-memoir-'Daveland'-which
is about the choices we make when we can no longer hide a life-long
Joan Gelfand received the Chaffin Fiction Award for her short story
"Paris Blues Redux" and another story, "The Art Critic," was short-listed
for a Carver Prize. She is president of the Women's National Book
Association. Her poetry collection A
Dreamer's Guide to Cities and Streams was published in 2009.
Joan Gelfand: I met Marty Castleberg at the San Francisco Writers
Conference in February 2009. He mentioned playing finger-style guitar
to accompany poet friend Christopher Bernard, of Caveat Lector,
at readings. I'd been looking for a collaborator. We agreed to meet
to see if we were simpatico.
Soon Marty and I were practicing for a gig at the Poetry Center San
Jose. I chose a few very musical poems. Marty worked up new music
for one, used a composition he already had for another. The response
was very strong.
During that first practice session I knew I'd found the right collaborator.
His music captured the tone of the poems, and we got along right from