What is the last novel that you read that took your breath away?

Jack Kerouac’s fabulous ON THE ROAD juxtaposed with the fascinating autobiography OFF THE ROAD by Carolyn Cassady, those breathtaking, heartbreaking Bad Boy Beats’ Good Woman sidekick.


2. What artist’s music makes you feel inspired to write?

Gershwin, Artie Shaw, Sinatra‘s Cole Porter, Otis Redding, Janis “Pearl” Joplin, Beethoven, Taylor Swift, the sound track from FRIDA.


What are your 3 favorite films of all time? Discuss each a little bit…

WW2-torn, Vienna-landscaped “The Third Man,” one of the most smart-talking, suspense-action movies ever made co-starring Orson Welles as a badass black-marketeer. Two: Hitchcock’s thrilling “Vertigo,” gorgeously landscaped: San Francisco w/ Kim Novak’s eyebrows and nose, the evocative Bernard Hermann sound track and that Vertiginous Kiss of Endless Love. Tied for #3: any macho-man film noire or 1930s’ pre-Hays Code black&white tough-mama melodrama starring one of those Depression-hard-knocked “Complicated Women”: Kay Francis, Norma Shearer, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Ann Sothern’s “Maisie” and Barbara Stanwyk’s “Babyface.”


What is the concert you saw in person that you will never forget?

When a go-go girl at The Fort I got to rock out to “concert bal tous les soirs” performances by the Rivingtons, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite; then for more than a year I go-go’d The Swim, Mashed Potato and Shing-a-ling at The Playgirl Club to Dick Dale’s legendary surfer guitar, and then, at Daisy Mae’s boogaloo’d with the fabulous Ike & Tina Turner Review. Wow, how I loved Tina and those legs! Such strength and soul! How could I forget? How could I ever choose just one? The memories of all that live fun still thrills my thymus, bongo‘s my bones.


If I were to teach a course on the works of one author, that author would be–

 Charlotte Bronte’s JANE EYRE–my favorite novel–to discuss the Picaresque, compare run-for-your-life Jane and Huck and Moll and Ishmael, eternal Picaroons like all of us hanging on a proverbial raft down Life’s crazy rivers, oceans or Moors of Great Expectations, staying alive while always in the act of Becoming.



JOAN JOBE SMITH, born in Paris, Texas, moved to San Francisco then Southern California with her parents Margaret Smith Jobe and Avner Ray Jobe aWW2 Army medical corpsman, auto-body man by trade and by avocation an aviator, inventor and Model A restoration artisan. A go-go girl for 7 years, she boogaloo’d Live with Jim Morrison, Ike and Tina Turner Review and Dick Dale. Founding editor of Pearl and Bukowski Review, she received a BA from California State University Long Beach and attended one year of law school before receiving an MFA in writing from University of California Irvine. Since 1973 her poetry, stories, reviews, essays and memoirs have appeared internationally in more than 500 publications as well as 21 published books of poetry, notably Jehovah Jukebox (Event Horizon, 1993, USA) and Pow Wow Café (Poetry Business, UK, 1998) and anthologies The Outlaw Bible, Literature and Its Writers, New Geography of Poets, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and The Best of California Women Poets. Her many honorariums include US and UK arts councils grants and a finalist post for the 1999 UK Forward Prize. With her husband poet Fred Voss she did 5 whistle-stop poetry reading tours 1991-2001 of the UK debuting at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and last appearing at the Hull Literature Festival. In 2011, Fred Voss and she headlined the Pittsburgh University Writers Festival and will perform at the Long Beach Poetry Festival. World Parade Books is publishing her first collection of prose: her memoir Charles Bukowski encouraged her to write: TALES OF AN ANCIENT GO-GO GIRL


Dancing Under a River of Stars: Poems and Stories (2011) (Poetry)

Memoirs of an Ancient Go-Go Girl (2011) (Memoir)

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