About John O'Kane

John O' Kane teaches writing and media at UCI and edits AMASS Magazine. He's published many poems, several short stories, and much journalism. He is currently completing a novel on street life in Venice, California. John's book, Venice, CA: A City State of Mind, was recently published.


Harold's, San Pedro; image copyright Marshall Astor, Food Fetishist, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifeontheedge/125389576/ / CC BY CA

One of San Pedro’s most appealing qualities is that it’s not very popular. When I first decided to move here from Venice my neighbor, a realtor, suggested why. ...{read more}

John O’Kane reads from Venice, CA: A City State of Mind, 1/31/14

Venice CA / Beyond Baroque

Beyond Baroque presents John O’ Kane reading from Venice, CA: A City State of Mind Friday, January 31, 2014 8:00 p.m. ...{read more}

Illuminescence by John O’Kane

Illuminescence - Poem by John O'Kane

I think of how Allen Ginsberg could see society when gizmos glistened salvation, freeways traced our future, freeon cooled our passions, primeval blackooze birthed plastic, the prophylactic of progress, east yeasted west, and Moloch masheened the spirit. ...{read more}