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[[File:Razor.jpg|frame|right|Copyright © 2010 A. Razor/Andrew M. Lopas]] '''A. Razor''' (b. 25 December 1963) is an American poet and author. A. Razor is the pen name of Andrew M. Lopas. ==Biography== Razor was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Christmas Day in 1963. He was moved to Redlands, CA at the age of 1 and lived in San Bernardino, CA until he left home in the late 70's at the age of 14. He came to Hollywood Blvd. and lived on the streets around LA from Echo Park to Venice. He was a skateboarding, break dancing, party/club DJ, punk rock musician and graffiti artist that some would label as an outlaw, even though he made it back to San Bernardino High School long enough to graduate Automotive Mechanics and History/English Lit. AP before he ever went to prison. Razor never went to college, but he did start reading his prose pieces at readings that were held at the Lhasa Club, Variety Arts Center, Onyx Cafe, Al’s Bar, Beyond Baroque and Van Gogh's Ear in the LA area and the Barn at the University of California, Riverside. At a reading in 1984 he met [[Drew Bailey]], owner and editor of [[Drew Blood Press]], Ltd. who published many So-Cal street poets from the early 80's on his D.B.P.L. chapbook series and who would publish 11 different titles of A. Razor's work, including ''Spare Blades'', ''Everything is Shiny Grey'', ''Evil'' and ''Other Safe Lubricants'', ''War in the 13th Hour'', ''Creeping Malaise'', ''A Chapbook and Works'', from 1984-1995. Drew Blood began submitting the poet’s work for publishing in zines and underground publications and acted as his editor as A. Razor started traveling the country from east to west coast. He did readings along the way in places like the Cafe Babar, The Chameleon and The Paradise Lounge in San Francisco, Rifle Sport Gallery and Mayslack’s Bar in Minneapolis, MN, Speedboat Gallery, St Paul, MN, Carousel Of Dreams in Dallas, TX, Carnival in Austin, TX, The Citadel in New Orleans, LA, 6 Feet Under, Phoenix, AZ, The Beat Conference in Lawrence, KS, Naropa Institute, Boulder City, CO, Nuyorican Café and ABC No Rio in NYC, Satyricon in Portland, OR and Food for Thought and D.C. Space in Wash., D.C. He settled in Minneapolis., MN in 1989-90 for a brief time and started publishing and editing the ''[[Your Elbow Lit-Art Zine]]'' with [[Kim Koch]] and [[Erika Schlaeger]]. He has lived and written in many other cities, including New York, NY, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Oakland and Bolinas, CA. He recently became a member of the [[Hollywood Institute of Poetics]] in Los Angeles, CA in 2009. This same year and in 2010 he published work in ''[[Gutter Eloquence]]'', ''[[Lit Up]]'', ''[[Shoots And Vines]]'', ''[[The Bicycle Review]]'', ''[[Hobo Camp Review]]'', ''[[River Babble]]'', ''[[Girls with Insurance]]'', ''[[Criminal Class Review]]'', ''[[Paraphillia Magazine]]'' and ''[[The Chiron Review]]''. He has also completed the manuscript for his first novel, “1979, A Hollywood Love Story” which has recently been bid on by several publishing concerns. Razor is expecting to publish a new collection of poetry and prose with an imprint started this year by himself and Iris Berry,[[Punk Hostage Press]], entitled “Better Than A Gun In A Knife Fight” in April,2012. He hopes to have a title out in 2013 on [[Tia Chucha Press]] as well as another collection of past works entitled "Drawn Blood", from 1985 to 1995, that includes a lot of the [[Drew Blood Press]],Ltd. material. He was the editor of the first book released on [[Punk Hostage Press]] in March, 2012, which was "FRACTURED" by Danny Baker. His writing has always explored the world that he has sought to be a part of and to rebel against at the same paradoxical moment. He has always written to express his perspective on the human condition and to connect with a world experience while attempting to make sense of his inner turmoil and joy. He has traveled extensively, seeking and enduring everything from homelessness and imprisonment to serenity and peace. He now resides as quietly as possible in Point Richmond CA, but is working hard with Iris Berry to make [[Punk Hostage Press]] into a non-profit organization that gives back to the community in a way that makes his experience the most useful. ==Select works== ===Poems=== * [http://www.guttereloquence.com/issue9/razor9a.html 2 Poems], ''Gutter Eloquence Magazine'' (2010) * [http://girlswithinsurance.com/index.php/poetry/42-poetry/105-ar-1209-three 3 Poems], ''Girls with Insurance'' (2009) ===Readings=== * [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKxdQXyLNRw A. Razor at H.I.P.] * [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hflVXs5v-ro Moe Green Poetry Show - A. Razor] [[Category:People|Razor]] [[Category:Poets|Razor]] [[Category:Authors|Razor]]
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