Culture & Criticism From the Far Distant Realms
John Aiello has been a practicing journalist for well over 30 years, with an abiding interest/expertise in the Beat Generation and post-20th century poetics. In the course of his career, he has published material on the fine arts (books, music, film and popular culture), in addition to science, psychology, biology, medicine, religion, business, law, government, the social sciences, the Constitution, civil rights, abuse of power by police, and corruption in the insurance industry (as a consultant). Educated at College of the Siskiyous, Southern Oregon State University and San Francisco State University, Aiello has published his work in The San Francisco Chronicle, (as well as The San Francisco Examiner/Chronicle – Sunday Edition), Jack Magazine (with links to Big Bridge), McClure-Manzarek.com, Larry Keenan’s Dead Beat Picture Gallery (introducing Keenan’s photo feature), The San Francisco Daily Journal, American Muse, The Siskiyou Pioneer, The San Jose Mercury News, Produce Business, Perishable Pundit, Anderson Valley Advertiser, Consumer Health Interactive, The Beat Page, Mule Deer Foundation Magazine, The Auburn Journal, Auburn Journal Extra, The Mount Shasta Herald, The North Bay Bohemian, The University of California, San Francisco Medical Center’s website, California Wine & Food, BookZen, North American Precis Syndicate, Taste California Travel, TNT’s Drama Lounge, Chico News & Review, Reno News & Review, the Redding Record Searchlight, Wavelength Magazine, Griots.net, The Sacramento Bee and The Los Angeles Daily Journal. He was also the National Correspondent for American Muse and contributed significantly to both the magazine’s genesis and evolution before it ceased operations in 2002. Additionally, countless reviews written by Aiello have been excerpted and used by publishers, authors and record labels in the course of marketing their products. Aiello’s work is known among writers, publishers, literary agents and publicists who trust that his critiques will be fair-minded and thorough and his knowledge of the subject matter complete. Many well-established and award-winning authors have championed his work, including Michael McClure, Michael Baughman and Peter Sussman, as well as the late Herb Caen, the late Richard Hemp, the late Arthur Hoppe, the late Allan Temko and the late Allen Ginsberg. In the summer of 2001, Aiello retired from his position at The San Francisco Chronicle, having spent over 14 years working in the newsroom there. Presently, Aiello continues to publish The Electric Review (having launched the magazine in 2003), further showcasing some of his journalism in various print-based newspapers and on-line magazines throughout the country. In addition, Aiello is preparing a book-length manuscript of his own poetry for commercial publication.
Jacob Aiello lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, dog and three cats. In the past ten years he has married the aforementioned wife, euthanized two dogs, passed a kidney stone, visited Kansas and amassed a collection of short fiction and nonfiction. Some of these stories have been published in or are forthcoming from Nailed, december, Big Lucks, Quarter After Eight, Black Heart Magazine, Big Lucks, Spry, Knee-Jerk, Atlas & Alice, Vending Machine Press, Storm Cellar Quarterly, Pinball, Fiddleblack, Menacing Hedge, SmokeLong Quarterly, Litro Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, Storychord, The Portland Review and The Wordstock Ten, among others. Reach him via The Electric Review.
Paul J. Aiello is a retired Judge from Northern California who was educated at The University of California, Berkeley (B.A. History) and at U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D.). Subsequent to retiring from the bench, Aiello embarked on a career in alternative dispute resolution, conducting hundreds of mediations and arbitrations since 1992. Additionally, Aiello served on the adjunct faculty at College of The Siskiyous in Weed, California for over a decade, teaching courses in the Social Sciences and Humanities, as well as in Police-Community Relations. Reach him through The Electric Review.