The great thing about leading ULAers Steve Kostecke, Jeff Potter, and Patrick Simonelli is their genuine enthusiasm for underground writing. They promote writers like Jack Saunders because they believe in them. This makes a strong foundation for what we're trying to accomplish. From these guys we'll see no hesitations, poses, or phoniness-- only total support of the underground. Potter, for instance, has been involved with the zeen scene for close to fifteen years. (As I have.) His support for the genre is genuine.
Many east coast folks don't know how to take us. From their layers of cynicism, they can't believe our straightforward agitation could possibly be real. Where's the payoff? What are we really after?-- the incorrigible cynics ask. They judge our behavior by their own corrupt standards.
We wouldn't be investing years of our lives in this project if we didn't believe in it and our writers. I was a fan of Bill Blackolive's "Last Laugh" long before the ULA was thought of. I wrote about Jack Saunders in my newsletter ten years ago! Jeff Potter flew to New York City for the ULA's Amato Opera House show in 2001 because he was a fan of Jack's. There was not a thought at the time of Jeff joining the outfit. I'd never met him before, was in no way a friend, but was struck by his professionalism and his selflessness when he joined me posting and passing out flyers in what quickly became a downpour; in the way he bought refreshments for the cast. Not until much later in the ULA's tumultuous history-- after we'd been through internal conflict; after, purely as a fan, Jeff helped rescue this project-- was I able to persuade him to become an official member of the gang. There has never been a time since then that I didn't know Jeff's word, or Steve's, was their bond. I've known they have my back. With the inevitable disagreements which arise in any project, we operate under an atmosphere of communication and trust.
Those who met Pat Simonelli in Philly quickly realized he's like this also. The guy is for real-- a genuine fan of the Underground Literary Alliance. (Why else do we stress that www.literaryrevolution.com is our fan site! We're fans of underground writers.)
What's my point? It's that writers and others who join this outfit should know we have YOUR back also. In the final analysis, we pursue this cause not out of stray hopes of personal gain, but because we love what we're doing.
It's the reason we've continued despite occasional rainstorms of ignorance, hate, and scorn.