Martine Algier

Martine Algier was a dancer and choreographer during the founding of the AWS. Her partner at the time was poet Robin Eichlaey and they attended the Berkley Poetry Conference together with four others representing the AWS. Martine stayed in San Francisco, making it her permanent home, where she met her first husband, the visionary painter Michael Bowen (1937-2009), who together with others, helped organize the first Human Be-In (January 14, 1967) at their apartment in Haight-Ashbury. Bowen was also co-founder of the San Francisco Oracle and helped along with Martine, in the planning of the  protest of the Pentagon Exorcism/Levitation. Martine had two children with Bowen and is currently a painter, psychic and certified trainer for the Center for Non Violent Communication.

Frank Bach

Frank Bach was a columnist for The Fith Estate, an MC for the Grande Ballroom and the lead singer and founder of the Mighty Up, the revolutionary house rock band for the White Panther Party.

Frank and [and his wife] Peggy Bach were involved with the counterculture in Detroit and Ann Arbor beginning in the 1960s as musicians, performers, graphic designers, promoters, and activists for area jazz, blues, and pop acts. Frank Bach was also involved in community organizations supporting housing and economic development activities in Detroit.

Emil Bacilla

Emil Bacilla was close friends with poet/musician Rob Tyner and artist Gary Grimshaw. The three grew up together in Lincoln Park, Michigan--making model cars, listening to rock, jazz and attending high school. Emil became associated with the Workshop during its early Trans-Love phase (The Festival of People) and made experimental films in the Cass corridor. His photographs of the MC5 in action are some of the most iconic of the band ever taken. His VW van was the MC5's first mode of transportation, the unfortunate victim of a fire-bombing in 1968.

Amiri Baraka

Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones in Newark, New Jersey, on October 7, 1934. His father, Colt LeRoy Jones, was a postal supervisor; Anna Lois Jones, his mother, was a social worker. He attended Rutgers University for two years, then transferred to Howard University, where in 1954 he earned his B.A. in English. He served in the Air Force from 1954 until 1957, then moved to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. There he joined a loose circle of Greenwich Village artists, musicians, and writers. The following year he married Hettie Cohen and began co-editing the avant-garde literary magazine Yugen with her. That year he also founded Totem Press, which first published works by Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and others.

Andrei Codrescu

Detroit was the first American city Andrei Codrescu came to after he and his mother emigrated from Romania. The New Orleans-based poet, professor, NPR commentator and writer-at-large still recalls the mystifying desolation he first experienced standing on an overpass one gray Detroit afternoon in 1966. “We were in transit in Rome, and everything was in flower and the air was mild and sweet in the spring, in March,” he recalls during a phone conversation. “And we got to Detroit and it was sleety and cold and miserable, and I couldn’t find any people.