Met Kerouac when Jack moved from Northport to St Petersburg in September 1964.

Hung around Greenwich Village early 1950s and was friend of painter Iris Brody. Was the "junkey girl" with whom Kerouac had brief affair in New York, as mentioned in his letter to Ginsberg, dated early May 1954 in Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters, Vol.1.

In 1955 Mary married jazz drummer Art Mardigan, who played with Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and others.

In 1937 fought in the Spanish Civil War, one of two Americans chosen to lead guerrilla warfare behind Franco's lines. Several of his pieces of writing published in the New Masses.

During World War II he trained as an OSS member in Washington, but lost a hand in a grenade accident while instructing new recruits. Toward the end of his life he was poet James Schuyler's lover, and features in the latter's poem "Dining Out with Doug and Frank" as "A dark Finn who looked not unlike a butch version of Valentino." Died of leukemia and is buried in Long Island National Cemetery.

Author of Free Beer: Kicks & Truth with Jack Kerouac & Other Strong Drinks (2006).

Now lives in the Catskill Mountains, New York State. Auden's lectures on Shakespeare at the New School, 1946, becoming his secretary the following year.

Alan Joseph Ansen was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised there and at Woodmere, Long Island. Through Auden's friend Chester Kallman, Ansen met Cannastra and hence Kerouac, Ginsberg and Holmes.

Author of novel fragment The Vigilantes (1952), and many poetic works, collected in Contact High (1989).

Later a Government missile technician and owner of a television shop in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Separated from Caroline in 1964 and, in 1965, married a woman he had met in southern California.