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Mike Jurkovic

P.O. Box 304
Modena, New York, United States


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1982-1985 VP of The Westchester Songwriters Guild. Responsibilities included developing and critiquing demos, arranging songwriting showcases and recording sessions.

1994-1997 President of the nationally recognized Hudson Valley Writers’ Association. Lead sessions to critique literary works for publication and performance.

1996 - Present Founder and host of the Voices Of The Valley Poetry Performance Series, in its sixth year at Monkey Joe Roasting Co. 478 Broadway in Kingston, NY and sponsored in part by Poets and Writers, Inc. Core duties include locating, auditioning, and developing talent; advertising and arranging readings.

1997- Present Invited by the publishers of Rhythm and News Magazine
( to “rant, rave and misbehave” and thus was born The Rock
‘n Roll Curmudgeon ( Monthly contributions now include CD, book, and concert reviews; interviews (e.g. Peter Wolf, David Amram, Bill Payne, Sloan Wainwright). A second monthly column is devoted to bootleg and import recordings under the non de plume, billy d. bootlegg.

1999 – Present Member of reviewing staff of the British Independent Record Dealers

1999 – 2003 Member of reviewing staff of Music Matters Review (, an online music publication devoted to acoustic music.

2001- 2002 Member of reviewing staff of JazzReview (

2003 - present member of reviewing staff Folk & Acoustic Music Exchnage

Print Media Poetry Publications: Hudson Valley Literary Magazine, Hunger,
Medicinal Purposes, Hart, Chronogram, AlphaBeat Soup, CoffeeHouse Magazine, Poetry Motel, The Icononclast, Atom Mind #20, Poet’s Gallery, Outlet.

Online Poetry Publications : Half Moon Review, Recursive Angel, Soul to Soul, Word
Salad, Footsteps, SpokenWar.

Anthologies: Work appears in the critically acclaimed, nationally-distributed ‘Will Work For
Peace’ as well as the regionally-distributed ‘Dyed In The Wool, A Hudson Valley Anthology’.

TV Appearances: May 2000 feature on Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s ‘Poet To Poet’.

Additional Media: Produced and published live performance CD Guided By Anxiety; self-
published chapbook, Head Charts.

Current Memberships: Academy of American Poets , Woodstock Poetry Society.

Interests: Poetry, Music, My wife Emily,

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Baritone Emeritus
  • Nonfiction

  • The R'nR Curmudgeon