Mykel Board Born January 31, 1950
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Born into a Jewish family, Mykel was a minority in his hometown in which the population was mostly Polish/Italian. He attended Hebrew School at the age of 8 and had a Bar Mitzvah at 13. When he turned 12 he began to visit New York weekly with his Father, around 14 he began to visit the city by himself, or with his friend David. It was in Union Square park that he met "Morris" an "old commie." Together, Morris and Mykel argued theology. During this time, he discovered Greenwich Village. Mykel and David began to visit a coffee house, Cafe Wha?, where they met girls, and Jimi Hendrix. With time, Mykel began recreational drug use. He also began to become, as he says, the "archetypical discontented Jew." He was in trouble at school, and at home regularly, and he began to associate with the Yippie movement. He met Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner, Bob Fass, and Jerry Rubin. Mykel meshed well with the yippie idea of revolution through having a good time. After highschool, Mykel attended Beloit College for three years. He attended the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention. Through Beloit's "world-experience" program, Mykel was able to work at England's famous anarchist newspaper Freedom.
In the late 1970s Board began writing the column called "You're Wrong" for the well known punk publication Maximum RocknRoll, which still runs today. In the 1980s he also began performing in various punk bands, most notably Artless, which released a number of recordings and played regularly at venues throughout the U.S., and Big Man, which appeared on the first queercore compilation, J.D.s Top Ten Tape, released by J.D.s fanzine.
In 2005, Garrett County Press published his book Even A Daughter Is Better Than Nothing, Mykel's memoir about living and working in Mongolia.
- Even A Daughter Is Better Than Nothing Garrett Country Press (2005) ISBN 1-891053-00-0
- I A, Me-ist Hope and Nonthings Press (2005) ISBN 0-9707458-9-3
- Threat By Example ed. by Martin Sprouse Pressure Drop Press 1989 includes essay by Board
- Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions ed. by Naomi Tucker Hayworth Press 1965 Board's essay "Pimple No More"
- Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages ed. Jennifer Blowdryer, Manic D Press 2005 Board's essay "The Joy of Debt"
- Haiku for Lovers ed. Manu Bazzano, MQ Publication London, 2003 1 haiku
- The Haiku Anthology ed. Cor van den Heuval, Norton 1999, 3 haiku
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