SAUNDERS, Jack L(ee) Jr. 1939-
Born August 31, 1939, in West Palm Beach, FL; son of Jack and Edna Lee (a housewife:
maiden name, Nordhem) Saunders; married Brenda Brown August 29, 1968; sons Owen,
a fiddle player in a bluegrass band, and Balder, a student at Georgia Tech on the
GI Bill (ex-Marine). Education: Florida State University, B.S., anthropology, 1968.
Graduate work (four years) in anthropology at FSU and Tulane University. Politics:
None. Religion: None. Hobbies: None—like Henry Chinaski, in Barfly.
Home: Garage Band Books, P. O. Box 10501, Panama City, FL 32404. Email:
Usual assortment of dreary jobs as laborer and clerk. Technical writer for last
25 years. Highest position held: senior information development specialist. Currently:
Phi Beta Kappa, Society for Technical Communication, Committee of Small Magazine
Editors and Publishers, National Writers Union, HTML Writers Guild, Jazz Journalists
Association, Roots Music Association, Underground Literary Alliance (ULA)
AWARDS AND HONORS:
Good Conduct Medal, one Oak Leaf Cluster, USAF. B.S., magna cum laude, FSU, 1968.
Outstanding Senior. University Fellow, anthropology, FSU, 1969. NDEA Fellow, anthropology,
Tulane University, 1970-72.
- Commercial risk publishers rejected by: most of the larger ones.
- Regional, fine arts, or university presses rejected by: most in the Southeastern
- Literary agencies declined representation by: all I have inquired of.
- Arts colonies, writing seminars, and retreats for writers application to denied:
all I know about.
- Grants and fellowships turned down for: State of Florida, National Endowment for
the Arts, Guggenheim, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, Whiting Writers' Awards,
MacArthur Foundation genius grant.
- Contests entered and lost: Faulkner, Hemingway, Nelson Algren Awards.
- Directories not included in, or entry expunged from database of, after having been
included: Directory of American Poets & Fiction Writers, Florida’s Artist
Residency Directory, Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Contemporary
Authors, The Book Lover's Guide to Florida.
- Won Noir Novel Writing Contest, Pottersville Press, 2007
WRITINGS (ENEMA VÉRITÉ, OR CRANK-LETTRES):
- Screed, Vagabond Press, 1981
- Three pieces in Black Messiah, Vagabond Press, 1982
- Bylined column, Delray Beach News-Journal, 1983
- Common Sense, Mixed Breed, 1985
- Full Plate, Mixed Breed, 1985
- Blue Darter, Mixed Breed, 1985
- Lost Writings, Mixed Breed, 1985
- "Writing the Great American Novel on the IBM PC," in Bukowski number of
Review of Contemporary Fiction, 1985
- Evil Genius, Mixed Breed, 1986
- Open Book, Mixed Breed, 1986
- Column "Saunders' Florida," The Native Sun, 1987
- Forty, Popular Reality, 1987
- "Henry Miller," in Henry Miller: A Book of Tributes, 1931-1994,
Standish Books, 1994
- Questions About Henry Miller That No One Ever Asked Me--With Answers, Roger
- "Anna-ees," in Anaïs Nin: A Book of Mirrors, Sky Blue Press, 1996
- Erotic Dreams of an Everyday Househusband, Roger Jackson, 1995
- Crossfire, Roger Jackson, 1997 (with Bern Porter)
- "They Lost Nearly All," in MORE!, 1994-1996, Standish Books, 1997
- The Plight of the Creative Artist in America, Roger Jackson, 1997
- The Husband of the Writer's Wife, Runaway Spoon Press, 1997
- "In Preparation for What Is To Come," an introduction to My Date
With Henry Miller, by Crowbar Nestle (writing as Blaster Al Ackerman), Roger
- Beat Poet 1, Garage Band Books, 1998.
- "Report on Submission Dated 5-11-99." Roger Jackson, 1999.
- Seven excerpts from BRENDA'S BIRTHDAY, Garage Band Books, 1999.
- Three poems in Ragged Lion, a tribute to Jack Micheline. Vagabond Press, 1999.
- I Only Read It for the Ads, Roger Jackson, 1999.
- The Daily Bugle. Several books, written in real time, and posted online, daily.
- roman-feuilleton.com. A book a month.
- Bukowski Never Did This: A Year in the Life of an Underground Writer and His Family.
LitVision Press. 2005.
- Write a book a month, online, daily, at The Daily Bulletin
- Free Speech, three pamphlets written for the Howl protest at Columbia,
April 17, 2006.
- Adventures in the Underground, an anthology in the Postcards From Pottersville
series. Pottersville Press, 2007
- Write column "Souvenirs" at Gulf County Breeze
Jack Saunders has been writing for 35 years, without selling a word to New York
or Hollywood, winning a grant, a writer-in-residence position, or a literary prize.
He is working on a 40-year roman-feuilleton, or saga-novel, that is too large
for small presses to publish and too outspoken, freewheeling, and vulgar for the
mainstream commercial houses. A vernacular writer, he calls himself. In the sense
self-taught. But also in the sense ambassador-in-bonds. He shoots his leaflets into
the void and presses on to Boulogne, like Tristram Shandy. His stack now stands at
373 volumes, 374 roaring in his veins like a camphor injection. The stopped-up toilet
of American letters, fixing to erupt, like the Wakulla Volcano, or an explosion in
a charnel house. He calls his coterie of steadfast readers the Buzzard Cult, after
the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex, a revitalization movement that swept the Lower
Mississippi Valley just before and after European contact, and calls himself the
salvage archeologist of the Mall Builder culture. America’s greatest living unpublished,
or underpublished writer, perhaps the greatest unpublished, or underpublished American
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
- "Anglo-Saxon Rhythms in Screed." Jack Remick. Seattle: 1981. Unpublished.
(Available at www.GLPBOOKS.COM/oyb/jackremick.html.)
- "Jack Saunders Revisited." Al "Doc" Ackerman. Afterword to Forty.
Popular Reality: 1987
- "Reasons for Art & Jack." Jeff Potter. Out Your Backdoor. 1999.
(Available at www.GLPBOOKS.COM/oyb/jackreasons.html.)
- "Great Poets Do Not Do Great Things." John Bennett. Small Press Review.
- "The Samizdat Mentality." Arnold Skemer. Zyx 19. 1999
- "The Last Beatnik," Steve Glassman, address to Florida College English
Association (FCEA), Florida Southern College, 2006
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