Issue 4 contained a special section devoted to innovative poets from Washington, D.C. (my own first poems appeared in that issue); no. 5 a special section of San Francisco “language” writers. No. 7 contained longer poems by just four poets: Michael Lally, John Taggart, Ted Greenwald, and Ron Silliman, along with art by Stuart Shedletsky, Lee Sherry, and John Torreano. No. 9 contained work by Octavio Paz, Diane Ward, Larry Eigner, Peter Seaton, and Bruce Andrews, as well as art by Susan Laufer (Bee), Ron Janowich, and Rae Berolzheimer. No. 9 was made up of work by Kit Robinson, Alan Davies, P. Inman, Lynne Dreyer, and Charles Bernstein.
Because of its somewhat eclectic mix of writers and its commitment to several groups of poets, Roof remains today as one of the most notable American poetry publications of the late 1970s.