Arnold Skemer, b.1946 in the Bronx (Grand Concourse) into a blue collar family, inhabiting Kingsbridge, then Riverdale, moving to Queens in 1957, living in Fresh Meadows, Flushing, and finally Bayside. He is an American novelist and publisher. Skemer has operated Phrygian Press since 1985, and published ZYX since 1990; a small xerographic magazine that publishes poetry, short fictions, commentary on innovative fiction, small press matters, and reviews. He is a graduate of Queens College (1968) and a Federal employee for 39 years. Skemer has been involved in all aspects of the independent literary scene for decades.