is a Nigerian journalist and writer. He has published Labulabu Mask, a novel (Macmillan Nigeria). He has also published in print and online magazines such as Rake Journal, BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, Flask Review, Zapata!, Liberation Lit, Sage of Consciousness Review, Africa Writer.Com, Big Pulp, the One World anthology, The November 3rd Club, and the Mainstay Press Anthology. His work is shortly to be published in Relief Anthology. He's currently working on his short-story collection.
“Returning Home” • Vol. 22, No. 1
“Firewood Girl” • Vol. 22, No. 3
is an Egyptian-American who makes his living surfing digital genomes, and lives to write contemporary and speculative fiction. His work explores the intersection between East and West, waiting to see what happens when—at the same time—all the lights turn green. He resides in the greater Boston area with his expectant wife and son. “Voices from the Corral” is his first published story. You may write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.aaleil.com.
“Voices from the Corral” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Daniel D. Adams
is the co-author, with the late Philip José Farmer, of the short novel The City Beyond Play (PS Publishing, 2007). Some of his shorter work has appeared or is forthcoming in Abyss & Apex, Appalachian Heritage, Asimov's, the Clinch Mountain Review, Ideomancer, Not One Of Us, Paradox, Star*Line, Strange Horizons, and Weird Tales. He is currently wrapping up a four-volume historical fiction series called the Shenandoah Saga. Daniel and his wife Laurie live deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with however many cats in their area need rescuing at any given time.
“The Lighthouse of Ajax Mountain” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is close to finishing a PhD in creative writing at Newcastle University, where she has been researching the boundaries between short-story collections and novels. Her writing has been published by—among others—Cinnamon Press, Unthank Books, Notes From The Underground, Spilling Ink Review and 4'33'' magazine. Read more about her writing at vsadams.co.uk.
“Reconstruction” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a photographer living in Pakistan. She had solo exhibitions of her work in 2007 and 2008, and won the 2009 Sony World Photography Award as well. Her photography blog: tornabyss.blogspot.com.
Tangled • cover art for Vol. 21, No. 1
is a New York City-based author and editor. A writer for trade and educational publishing, she has authored numerous children’s books, among other works. In 2011, her poetry appears in Chiron Review, Cave Moon Press, Earthspeak, Numinous, OVS, and The Whistling Fire.
“Foreclosure” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Liana Vrajitoru Andreasen
is originally from Romania, a country that still inspires her writing. She teaches in the Rio Grande Valley, in South Texas, and she has published stories in Interstice, The Cloud Collection, CC&D, and in the upcoming issue of Fiction International.
“The Puppet Show” • Vol. 22, No. 3
former poet laureate of Milwaukee, is author of Factory (City Lights), Last Words (Ballantine), Subterranean Rivulet (Falling Tree) and Exclamation Points ad Infinitum! (Centennial). Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Walt Whitman Association, the Witter Bynner Prize from the Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters and a Pushcart Prize, his poems appear in the recent anthologies Poets Against the War, Best Gay Poetry 2008, Great Poems for Grand Children (AARP) and Comeback Wolves: Welcoming the Wolf Home. In 2010 he read with Robert Bly at the Centennial Celebration of the Poetry Society of America in Minneapolis.
“Don't Ask Don't Tell” • Vol. 22, No. 3
is working on a series about the faulty assumptions of neoclassical economics. Her favorite compliment ever is “I didn’t think I liked poetry, but I liked that!” Her poetry has been published here and there and performed from many stages, bookstore corners, classrooms, pulpits, and living rooms. She has three chapbooks, and her website is mjoy.org.
“Posit: No Transaction Costs” • Vol. 23, No. 1
has had work in Nexus, Forkroads, Savannah Literary Journal, and the anthology The Venomed Kiss. She is a partner of Mason-Dixon Publishing and a member of the Savannah Zona Rosa writing group, led by Rosemary Daniell. She is also writing a book about arsenic contamination of drinking water in Bangladesh. Employed as an industrial chemist, she lives in Savannah, Georgia, with her husband and daughter.
“From the Hand” • Vol. 23, No. 2
lives in Texas and edits Camroc Press Review. His writing has appeared elsewhere.
“Driving a Truck in Afghanistan” • Vol. 23, No. 2
grew up on a small ranch in northeast Kansas and is now a writer and a teacher in the Kansas City area. His work has appeared in Plainsongs, The South Dakota Review, The Rockhurst Review, Heartlands, and Barbaric Yawp, but for some reason The New Yorker keeps turning him down.
“Bailout” • Vol. 20, No. 4
makes a mean bowl of ramen. He also edits the Heavy Hands Ink publication and watches unhealthy amounts of Sports Center. His first chapbook, Suburban Rhythm, was published by cc&d through Scars Publications in September, and his second, You're Welcome, is on the way from Alternating Current Press. His work has appeared a bunch of places: Google it.
“Technological Improvements” • Vol. 22, No. 1
After studying biology and chemistry at the University of Colorado, she went on to a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Now retired, she can focus on her writing. She studied at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado, earning a degree in English and has attended the Aspen Writer's Conference and Moab Confluence Conference. She has studied with Colette Inez, Christopher Merrill, Edward Hirsch, Amy Irvine, Dr. Barry Laga, and Craig Childs. Mother of an adopted Vietnamese war orphan, she has been active in volunteer work for child- and adoption-related organizations. New work is forthcoming in California Quarterly (CQ) and RiverSedge.
“Stephen Has Lost Almost Everything” • Vol. 21, No. 4
is a 15-year-old photographer and artist who has won contests with National Geographic,The Woodland Trust, The World Photography Organisation, Winstons Wish, Papworth Trust, Mencap, Big Issue, Wrexham science , Fennel and Fern and Nature's Best Photography. She has had her photographs published in exhibitions and magazines across the world including the Guardian, RSPB Birds, RSPB Bird Life, Dot Dot Dash, Alabama Coast, Alabama Seaport, and NG Kids Magazine (the most popular kids’ magazine in the world). eleanorleonnebennett.zenfolio.com
Blood from a Stone • cover art for Vol. 22, No. 4
is the author of Forgotten Tears: A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including San Pedro River Review, Pulse, Bryant Literary Review, Alehouse, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Philadelphia Stories, The Broadkill Review, and anthologies such as Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS. Nina is a contributing author to the Open to Hope Foundation.
“They Do” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Her poetry has previously appeared in The Kenyon Review and The Apprentice Writer.
“Credo” • Vol. 21, No. 3
Paul K. Binford
Originally from Arcadia, a suburb of Los Angeles, Paul spent his early adult years hitchiking around various parts of the U.S. and Canada. When he got that out of his system, he went back to academia and earned a B.A. in English Literature from California State University. After working for several years in the L.A. school system, he moved to Nagoya, on the east coast of Honshu, Japan’s largest island. He teaches at a university, travels, reads a lot, writes, and reflects on the vast divergence between East and West. He’s published a couple of dozen short stories, articles, and essays in various publications in Japan. "Additives" is his first published story in the U.S. He likes to spend his summers in the Pacific Northwest.
“Additives” • Vol. 20, No. 4
has published in journals like the Beloit Poetry Journal, and Callaloo. Founder of a major 501(c) college help organization, he's won a number of awards, including poetry fellowships from the NY State Creative Artists Service Program (CAPS) and NY Foundation of the Arts. A graduate of Vermont College (MFA), he's the author of the African American Student's College Guide (John Wiley & Sons).
“Overthrow” • Vol. 23, No. 3
writes to prolong breathing. She is the editor of The Medulla Review, a venue that caters to edgy, surreal, slipstream writing, and as of March 2010, her writing has been accepted for publication in twenty-five literary journals, including Echo Ink Review, Thieves Jargon, The New York Quarterly, Word Riot, and The Ampersand Review. Jennifer doesn’t own a TV or a watch.
“Heather” • Vol. 21, No. 2
His poetry can be seen online at, among others, Miller's Pond, Drown in My Own Fears, and Roadrunner, and in Avocet, Sheepshead Review, and Blue Stem, and a number of other print journals. He has an MFA and PhD from Purdue University. Originally from Oregon, Russ misses his mountains and ocean.
“That Which Was Lost Is Now Found” • Vol. 23, No. 3
has been published in the print & online versions of Verse Wisconsin. He currently lives in Madison, WI.
“Restart” • Vol. 22, No. 2
has spent his education and work experience focusing on English literature, and now hopes to extend that journey by making his own creative work known.
“Geeky Perspective: A Unique Pairing” • Vol. 22, No. 3
J. Scott Brownlee
earned his BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin and his MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, RATTLE, Writers’ Bloc (Rutgers), Windhover (NC State), and elsewhere. Involved with several literary journal start-ups, he co-founded Hothouse, with Michigan MFA student Paula Mendoza-Hanna, and The Raleigh Review. His current writing project, County Lines: The Llano Poems, explores small-town life in the Texas Hill Country.
“County Lines” • Vol. 22, No. 3
Scott R. Brownlee
is the author of three unpublished novels. "Momma, The Earth It Drink My Blood" appeared in Foliate Oak. A short story called "A Plot Of Murder In An Unclean House" was published by Down In The Dirt. He has a BA in History, fathered two wonderful children, and works in retail management. Two works of griity, yet humorous poetry under the name of Hemingway S. Bukowski are for sale on Amazon.com: Poetry of a Madman and Bukowski's Blues.
“Old Crow” • Vol. 23, No. 4
His poetry has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Avocet, Paradigm, The Writer's Journal, and other publications. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.
“American Odyssey” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is still trying to emulate a Hendrix record in poetry, just because he knows he cannot. Impossibilities, hence, have been his big bad joie de vivre. He thanks you for reading, and welcomes any thought at email@example.com.
“A Day in the Modern Age” • Vol. 23, No. 2
A Danish-born artist with architectural training, he has created many extraordinary installations around the world, including floating castles; one was in Hamburg harbor where he lived and reigned for a week (a returning theme in his work is the reinterpretation of classical fairytales). Recently he has worked almost exclusively with A4 white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. petercallesen.com.
18.2 cm Tall Tower of Babel • cover art for Vol. 21, No. 2
was born in 1957 in Omaha, Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1980. He then moved to Madison for graduate school at the University of Wisconsin. Carlsen graduated in 1983 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. Finding it hospitable, he has made his studio in Madison where he continues to live and work to this day. Carlsen divides time between his studio and a position as senior artist in the UW Communications Office. He occasionally teaches lithography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and other art school venues. Carlsen has received numerous grants and awards. His work has been exhibited nationally and in Europe. They are also found in many private, public, and corporate collections. brcartworks.com
Shift Change • cover art for Vol. 22, No. 1
is the author of two books—Weather Report (Somondoco Press, 2006) and Boasts, Toasts, and Ghosts (Pinyon Press, 2003), winner of the Pinyon Press National Poetry Book Award—and two chapbooks, both winners of national contests: New Fables, Old Songs (Dream Horse Press, 2003) and This Is One Sexy Planet (Frank Cat Press, 2005). His work has been published in American Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, Mobius, The National Poetry Review, Quarterly West, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, and other journals, as well as Flash Fiction Forward (W.W. Norton, 2006). You may write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Recommended Daily Allowance” • Vol. 20, No. 1
“A Million-and-One Things Missing, Plus a Couple Items Found” • Vol. 20, No. 3
“Going All-In” • Vol. 21, No. 1
“Here in what Used to Be Mexico” • Vol. 23, No. 3
was born in Brooklyn soon after his family arrived from Puerto Rico, and raised in the South Bronx. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology and working as a rehabilitation counselor, he fell in love with poetry and completed a second BA in English. He received his MFA from Brooklyn College. He is a PEN member, listed in the Directory of Poets and Fiction Writers, and, after a couple of years of teaching high school English in the Bronx for the NYC Dept. of Ed., including at the school he graduated from in `76, resigned to found The Teacher’s Voice. Andrés has had a variety of jobs (including Special Security Officer at The Met Museum of Art) but, having kept his USPTA certification since 1985, he now finds himself happily working at an Upper Eastside Manhattan tennis club with time for poetry. He lives in Kew Gardens, Queens with his wife; his son and daughter are both high school teachers.
“The Late Watch at The Metropolitan Museum of Art” • Vol. 21, No. 2
Two short stories nominated for Pushcarts XXIII and XXVII and one short story nominated for Best American Short Stories. His first book of poetry, A Stubborn Pine in a Stiff Wind (Mellen Poetry Press) was published in 2001. Earl Coleman’s Greatest Hits was published by Pudding House as part of their poetry chapbook series in 2004. In April 2007 a collaboration with his son, Like Father, Like Son, was published.
“Diet of Worms” • Vol. 20, No. 2
lives in Marshall, a small farm town on the eastern end of Dane County. He writes, gardens, plays with his kids, and teaches science at the local middle school. His work has recently appeared in Main Channel Voices, Free Verse, Slant, Blue Earth Review, and Willow Review.
“Falling Apart” • Vol. 20, No. 2
lives just outside of Austin, Texas. He is a sales executive and former school teacher. Mr. Cornelius holds a degree in English from Texas State University and his work has appeared in several literary reviews over the years.
“Playa Conchal” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is currently in the graduate program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Before that, he spent five years recording and touring with a rock band. Before that, he did three years in the California state prisons at San Quentin and Tracy, where he published his first poems and stories. Lately he have been focusing more on nonfiction. The attached piece is part of his memoir in progress, covering his years in prison. His work has appeared in Minnesota Review, Chiron Review, CRATE, and Free Lunch, among others. In addition to scholarship on prison writers and creative writing, he spends his time writing music with his wife and brother for their band.
“A Day in the Life” • Vol. 21, No. 4
lives and works in Durham, N.C., but was born and raised in Texas. He received degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his wife, who makes this crazy venture happen. He is currently drafting his first novel, which is a painful, wonderful process.
“Efrain” • Vol. 21, No. 4
is a nineteen-year-old resident of Colorado who spends most of his time crafting stories big and small.
“The Names of the Many” • Vol. 24, No. 1
writes poetry and short fiction. He resides in Northwest Philadelphia and works for a private detective agency. His poems have appeared in Every Day Poets, Imitation Fruit, and Short, Fast and Deadly. A short story of his is included in Evolutionary Blueprint, an anthology released in 2011. Mark has written reviews for NewPages.com, ForeWord Reviews, and Gently Read Literature. He reads for Moonshot Magazine.
“They Wanted Smaller Government” • Vol. 23, No. 3
a rambler and wrangler of rhyme (internal), lives in southeast Washington (state). He’s been published most recently by Pemmican, Deuce Coupe, Commonline, The Raleigh Review, and Hobo Camp Review. Visit him at Cockeyed Fits: geedeboer.wordpress.com.
“After the Revolution” • Vol. 21, No. 3
Mary Krane Derr
is a poet, freelance writer, and musician from Chicago’s South Side. Her poetry has been nominated for the Best of the Net Award, Best American Poetry, and Best Spiritual Writing. She read her work at India’s 2011 Kritya International Poetry Festival and the 1999 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Cape Town, South Africa. She contributed multiple entries to the African American National Biography, ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford University Press) and the Polish American Encyclopedia, ed. James Pula (McFarland).
“‘Toward an Animal Model of PTSD’” • Vol. 23, No. 4
has two jobs and writes stories. He is a teacher by paycheck but prefers the title "corrupter of youth". His hobbies include changing dirty diapers and preparing warm bottles of milk. He can usually be spotted with his nose in a book. His stories have appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Static Movement, The Horror Press, and now, Mobius.
Contact him at myspace.com/csdewildt.
“They Speak Mexican Down on the South Side” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is a writer and software engineer originally from Chittenango, New York, the birthplace of L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Mike’s stories have recently been published in Concisely and Gone Lawn. Mike lives in Connecticut with his wife and three teenaged daughters.
“Bloody Sunday Redux” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is a writer living in Asheville, NC. He has traveled widely through Africa and the United States. He attended the University of Colorado and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His work appeared in the March 2009 issue of The Long Story.
“Digital Gitmo” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is an MFA student at Florida Atlantic University. One of his favorite hobbies is to get almost lost way out in the woods. He lives in Delray Beach with his loyal hound. His short stories have been published or are forthcoming in The Litchfield Review, Northville Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Pindeldyboz, and other journals.
rogerdrouin.com and rogersoutdoorblog.com
“A Long Space to Go” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a recent graduate of Oberlin College with degrees in English and Creative Writing. He has work forthcoming in the Boston Literary Magazine and Vox Humana. He currently teaches English in Ecuador.
“The Thirteenth Day.” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is a full-time Youth Minister at a Catholic Parish in Eagan, Minnesota. He has been writing avidly for most of his adult life and is currently working on several novel length and short story length pieces of fiction. "Last Year" is Eric's first submission to a literary publication and there will be many more to follow in the coming years. Eric has a huge passion for science fiction and fantasy and is looking forward to a life time of weaving tales and creating characters. He lives in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota with his wife and daughter. You can reach Eric at email@example.com.
“Last Year” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is the author of two collections of poetry, The Flight Cage and The Miniature Room, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Triquarterly Online, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, AGNI, and others. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
“Still Life” • Vol. 23, No. 4
was born in Northeast Philadelphia, and now he writes poems. You can read his work in Scythe, Fanzine, the ixnay reader 4, Elective Affinities, and on his blog, Old News (ryaneckes.blogspot.com). He's got a chapbook called when i come here (Plan B Press, 2007).
“Dear Tom Paine” • Vol. 21, No. 4
“The Jungle” • Vol. 22, No. 1
spent her formative years in the majestic city of Lansing, MI. She currently lives in Chicago, where she works for a non-profit by day and writes and debauches by night. She is Editor-in-Chief/ Founder of MUZZLE, an online literary magazine, and she is currently working on her first book of poetry (tentatively titled Good Grief). Her work often explores female sexuality and social stigma in the Rustbelt. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines, including Word Riot, PANK Magazine, Night Train, Bestiary, and Union Station. She completed her BA at Albion College (a liberal arts school in Michigan) in 2009, where she worked as Poetry & Fiction Editor for the Albion Review. She plans to pursue an MFA in creative writing sometime in the not-too-distant future. Check out her janky website: stevietheclumsy.com
“When Calling Home to Tell Your Dad About the Good Job” • Vol. 22, No. 3
Sharon’s creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Kaleidoscope, Feminist Studies, Writers’ Bloc, and Touch: The Journal of Healing, among others. She is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, a small liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. She lives on a farm near Chambersburg with her husband, two teenagers, a beagle, and varying numbers of itinerant cats. Two older children live close enough to be pestered. Here, she happily cultivates her own gardens—of flowers, herbs, vegetables—and words.
“Parts of Speech” • Vol. 21, No. 2
lives in Santa Monica, California and teaches high-school English. His second collection of poems, Unknown Physics, was published in 2007 by March Street Press. He is originally from Argentina. Interested readers can go to alexescude.com for more information.
“After Bush” • Vol. 20, No. 2
Former diagnostician and Special Education teacher; founding member of The Poets Circle at the Graphic Eye Gallery, Port Washington; founding member of The Three Poets, presenting poetry workshops in public libraries; participant in Taproot and Hutton House poetry workshops. Publishing credits: Taproot Journal, PPA Literary Review, Peotrybay.com, Primal Sanities—Tribute to Walt Whitman Anthology, Songs of Seasoned Women Anthology, Long Island Sounds Anthology of Poetry, Avocet—A Nature Journal, Reflections of Art—In the Poet's Eye, Toward Forgiveness—Anthology of 99 poets.
“Inconvenience” • Vol. 21, No. 4
was born on July 5, 1954, in Leer, Germany. Develop for Socialworker in Emden, Germany. Since 1994 in Essen/Ruhr, Germany. Published in German news, the Internet, German anthologies and German, Austrian and British mags. Little readings in Germany. Kurz und bündig, digital Verlag Grossrosseln, Germany 2012, 79 pages. Little photo exibitions in Germany and Switzerland.
“The Vision” • Vol. 23, No. 4
Joseph Grim Feinberg
is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of Chicago, studying folklore and politics in post-Communist Slovakia. He recently edited the 38th edition of the Little Red Songbook of the Industrial Workers of the World, and his essays have appeared in Socialism & Democracy, Telos, ZNet, Academe, Nerve (Liverpool), Nové Slovo (Bratislava, Slovakia), and others. His fiction, though long in preparation, is only beginning to appear.
“The Post-Communist Beggar” • Vol. 22, No. 3
is originally from Canada, and currently lives in New York City. She has published non-fiction articles in Time Out New York, the Georgia Straight in Vancouver, and has a short story forthcoming in the Connecticut Review. Her fiction writing often focuses on dystopian themes and imagined futures. She recently completed the third draft of a dystopian novel set in the Pacific Northwest.
“The Underground Cabin” • Vol. 22, No. 4
Stacia M. Fleegal
is the author of Anatomy of a Shape-Shifter (WordTech, forthcoming 2010) and the chapbooks The Lines Are Not My Friends (second place, Červená Barva Press chapbook competition, 2009) and A Fling with the Ground (Finishing Line Press, 2007). In 2009, individual poems appeared or are forthcoming in Fourth River, The Louisville Review, Skidrow Penthouse, Pemmican, Blue Collar Review, The Kerf, Prick of the Spindle, New Verse News, and Babel Fruit. She received her MFA in writing from Spalding University, is co-founder and managing editor of Blood Lotus, and recently co-founded Imaginary Friend Press (named after Thomas McGrath’s Letter to an Imaginary Friend) with her partner, the poet Dan Nowak.
“Saving the World?” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is housed in the deep wilds of East Anglia, Great Britain. From this happy sanctuary he enjoys eating cake and sarcastically poking fun at the world. In addition to spending all available time with a divine lady and an opinionated cat, he plays music for unsuspecting passersby. Aged twenty-eight, he has been writing for fun for a few years but has recently decided to inflict these works on the wider world; please direct any complaints or observations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Day One of Dant de Meyde” • Vol. 21, No. 4
has had poetry in over 50 journals, small presses and ezines since the beginning of 2010 including the Arthur Shilling Press, Zimzalla, Knives Forks and Spoons, Succour, Neon Highway, the Delinquent, Decanto, Otoliths, BlazeVOX, and the Poetry Salzburg Review. He is a regular reader at Bob Cobbing's Writers Forum and edits the Maintenant interview series with contemporary European poets for 3:am magazine. He is also an employee of the British Museum and postgraduate student in Philosophy at the University of London. sjfowlerpoetry.com
“Heimat” • Vol. 21, No. 4
writes from Central California. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Monkeybicycle, Thrush Poetry Journal, and the Conium Review.
“A Merciful God” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is an exterminator who lives in Toledo, OH with his wife and their spoiled cat. Recently, his poems have been published in or are forthcoming from La Fovea, Splinter Generation, Versal, Perigee, The Ambassador Project, and New Plains Review, among others. He is also co-editor of the online journal Glass: A Journal of Poetry. He likes bad TV and even worse music. You can google him, but god only knows what you'll find.
“Thirteen Things My Military Students Tell Me That They Can't Tell Their Parents” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is a poet and the author of Umbrellas or Else, which, against all odds, is a book of poems. (Darn good ones, at that.) When not writing poetry, J Diego can be witnessed posting invented aphorisms or very small lists in public. His websites to these effects can be accessed at UmbrellasOrElse.info, HaikusFromHell.com, and PocketBucket.info.
“Back Page of the Free Weekly Newspaper, Englewood, Colorado, May 8, 2005” • Vol. 22, No. 1
uses Liquitex paint which he dilutes and Golden fluid paints. Mixing them together takes a long learning curve. Some colors overwhelm others and some produce spectacular effects. See more work at jimfuessart.com.
Breathng Fire #2 • cover art for Vol. 20, No. 2
comes from Xhumo, a small village that lies along the Boteti River in central Botswana. He works as a Human Capital Practitioner and has BA in Politics and Administrative Studies from University of Botswana, MSc in HRM from Sheffield Hallam University and MSc in Leadership and Change Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. He predominantly writes short stories and poetry covering diverse subjects. He is painfully working on a novel based on the incursions into Botswana by the feared Selous Scouts of Rhodesia during the 1970s. He is married to Julia and they have a lovely daughter, Rita Goitseone Lebiditswe.
“Beauty” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is an M.F.A. in Writing candidate at the University of San Francisco. He received his M.A. in Humanities from Dominican University in May, 2009. Current occupations: dad, poet, student. Prior occupations: investment manager, social worker, vagabond. Avocations: writing, percussion & back-up vocals, theatre, travel, wine. His poetry has been published in a number of small press magazines.
“Heirloom” • Vol. 23, No. 3
writes journalism by day and weird poetry by night. He currently lives in Prague, Czech Republic. His poems have appeared in numerous speculative journals and anthologies. Some of his newest work can be found in recent and forthcoming editions of Nameless, Space and Time, and Weird Fiction Review.
“Kropotkin's Universal Bread Distribution Apparatus” • Vol. 20, No. 3
“Lamentations of a Conspiracy Geek” • Vol. 23, No. 3
is the current editor of Lamplighter Review and, in addition to winning the 2006 Chicago State University Hughes, Diop, Knight Literary Award, has poems appearing in recent or upcoming editions of Pedestal Magazine, Matrix, Minglewood, Plain Spoke, Gloom Cupboard, CC & D, and Cantaraville. wix.com/colingilbert/home
“Saving Grace” • Vol. 22, No. 1
received a BA in Creative Writing from LSU where some of his poems appeared in the student annual, the Delta Journal. He loves anything to do with aliens or the apocalypse, but not in a creepy way. He is currently writing and improvising in Austin, TX, where his work can be seen on stages all over the city.
“Dope: It’s What’s for Dinner” • Vol. 22, No. 2
once cooked a Gobhi Matar Rasedar, indescribably good, and declared himself the new Iron Chef. He ran a 5k at a roughly eight-minute-mile split and began considering the Olympic marathon. Sometimes he has brilliant thoughts he’s sure no one else has ever fathomed. He is humbled by writing, by its complexity, constantly humbled and sometimes awed by the complexity of life in general.
“The Official Sour Cabbage of United Russia” • Vol. 21, No. 1
lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. His stories appear in numerous literary publications, including Fiction International, Scrivener Creative Review, Underground Voices, Talking River, Bryant Literary Review, and Word Riot. He is fiction editor of the online journal LITnIMAGE.
“Next Available Flight” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is an MFA student in poetry at NC State University. Originally from Washington State, she now splits her time between North Carolina, Washington, and Alaska. She has been published in the anthology Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska.
“Thoughts on ‘The Small Clasp’” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz and the author of the forthcoming poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing.
“Stockholm Syndrome” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is an award-winning writer and director of independent films. He has also written and directed thirty-two half-hour television programs currently being broadcast on PBS networks across the nation, including American Writers of the Twentieth Century and Complete History of the Black Experience in America. Scott grew up in New Jersey and New York and now lives in Los Angeles..
“Bitty in the Machine” • Vol. 21, No. 4
Her writing has appeared in Visions International, Falling in Real Time, Submission Magazine, and Translations. She received her BA in English from the College of William & Mary and is an MFA candidate at Temple University. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she teaches writing and rides her bicycle all over town.
“Occupy Philadelphia ← Kitchen” • Vol. 23, No. 3
is currently finishing his doctorate in Seattle, where he teaches college-level writing and writes fiction and poetry. He has been published in journals such as Annalemma, The Monarch Review, Unlikely 2.0, The Houston Literary Review, and Danse Macabre. You can find more of his published works and his blog at kawikaguillermo.weebly.com.
“Initiation” • Vol. 23, No. 1
has had poetry published in various literary journals including Ibbetson St. Press, The Penwood Review, and Hazmat Review. He was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, has a M.A. in philosophy from Penn State, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University. He is also a classically-trained violinist and Latin dance instructor and choreographer.
“Say something about the imposition” • Vol. 20, No. 3
has been published in The Susquehanna Review, ditch, Third Wednesday, Barrier Island Review, Verandah Literary Journal, Grasslimb, Kill Poet, MiPOesias, The Junk Lot Review, The Legendary, The Missing Slate, and Existere. She has self-published two books, escape artist and hallucinations, cancer & the purple tree and is publishing her third book, inheritance, with Unbound Content. She mostly spends her time rolling on the floor with her daughter and her Husky. She is currently writing full-time and trying to get more involved in the poetry community.
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Elizabeth T. Hansen
has been writing poems and stories since she was ten. Some appeared in the small lit mags of the '80s and '90s. She has written and produced radio and television commercials for local stations and worked as assistant editor for 10 years at Forest Press in Dublin, Ohio, a division of Online Computer Library Center. She lives in a rural area in upstate New York, in the shadow of Helderberg Mountains. On a clear day, she can see forever.
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is a Maryland sculptor, blacksmith, tinsmith, author, folk artist and photographer with five decades of experience in the craft world. The film Notes features his ephemeral postal art and musical instruments made from found materials. brynmorgen.com/Notes.html
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William Locke Hauser
After military and business careers, he is engaged in a 'third career' of writing fiction. "The Ridge" is his eighteenth published story. He and his wife Helen Alexandra, an ardent gardener (he being an avid bicyclist), live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, spending their summers in Reston, Virginia near the homes of their two adult sons.
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graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Creative Writing, and earned an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University. He currently teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Developmental Writing at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. His work has appeared in such magazines as Ampersand, Columbia Review, Blue Earth Review, and others.
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was born in Montreal (Quebec) in 1969. She currently lives and works in Montreal. She holds a Bachelor’s (1996) and a Master’s (2002) degrees in Fine Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is mostly known for her large-size photomontages, her videos and her site-specific installations. Her work is situated within a critical approach to the environment, urban development and to social conditions. She is particularly interested in the feelings of alienation, uprooting and dislocation. Her artworks have been shown in the context of numerous exhibitions and festivals. She has taken part in several important public showings, among others at the National Gallery of Canada, at the Musée d’art contemporain of Montreal, at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (MassMoca), at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein in Berlin, at the Tampa Museum of Art, at the Musée national des Beaux-arts du Québec, at the Oakville Galleries and at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Artist statement about the artwork: vimeo.com/9233511. isabelle-hayeur.com
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was born in Mississippi but spent much of his life in the Carolinas. After a hitch in USMC, he took a degree from the University of South Carolina. Until he retired, he stood in front of high school classrooms instructing in several disciplines. A string of side jobs included commercial tenor saxophone, all-night groceries, grass cutting, and even a shot at selling cemetery lots. After escaping the classroom, he worked for a time as writer and then editor of a weekly newspaper. Some forty pieces have been published in literary journals in eleven states and Canada, mostly straight objective narrative—he prefers to let psychological insight emerge from what the characters do and say. He now lives in a rural enclave (no traffic lights or sidewalks, but there is a herd of goats). His (second) wife writes in between her attempts to cover the earth with flowers. He writes and continues a love affair with the tenor saxophone—“in my dreams I am Lester Young and I wow the ladies in retirement homes.”
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is Ombudsman and President of AFSCME 1871 and is an active opponent of the upward redistribution. When not rousing rabble, he plays softball for the Harmony Bar Gearheads.
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has received fellowships and scholarships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Callaloo Journal, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her poems have appeared in Torch, Reverie, Burner Magazine, and the anthology Why I Am Not a Painter (Argos: 2011). She currently works as the Outreach Coordinator for The New Jim Crow at the non-profit publisher The New Press. zakia is a proud Brooklyn native and loyalist.
“Brief Letter in Red Lipstick Found on Windshield” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is the proprietor of Books & Bookshelves in San Francisco. Recent poems appear in the Antioch Review, foam:e, Right Hand Pointing, Shampoo, and Sawbuck. His books include Poison in the System, Fragments from Bernard, The Chatterley Stanzas, and Catalina Island. email@example.com.
“Something You Believe In” • Vol. 20, No. 1
Ferdinand E. Hintze
Ferdi is a software developer who also writes fiction. His stories address the profit-oriented elements of human nature, romance from a male point of view, and when the two merge, both. He is putting the finishing touches on his novel, Balls, about a fifteen-year-old who gets testicular cancer, and in his brush-with-death epiphany, re-invents himself as a drug dealer and invests the profits in the stock market.
“Cover My Shorts” • Vol. 20, No. 4
has lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for a number of years. He has been published in a number of magazines and journals, the most recent of which are London Magazine, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Anglican Theological Review, Crannog, Agenda, and The Raintown Review.
“The Sixth Pillar” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is an American-born writer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the author of the non-fiction book To Grandma's House, We ... Stay, and has been widely published in the areas of fiction and poetry. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Rustblind, flashquake, Takahe, Bravado, Viola Beadleton's Compendium, Eclecticism, and Touch: The Journal of Healing.
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“The Gunman and the Ape” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is the co-founder of InsideOUT Writers, a creative writing program for incarcerated youth in Los Angeles, as well as a martial artist and boxer, with a special talent for Eskrima. She is currently writing LETTERS FROM PURGATORY, about California death-row inmate Maureen McDermott, as well as her childhood memoir, INTO THE WORLD: a young girl's journey of faith and adventure, about her world travels with her eccentric family in the turbulent 1960s. An excerpt from her memoir can be seen in the current issue of Damazine Magazine, in Syria. She has published nineteen children's books, as well as essays and short stories in The Adirondack Review, Burnside Writers Collective, Wilderness House Review, and Perfect 8 Magazine in New York. An excerpt from her LOVE WARS short-story collection was short-listed as a finalist in the Fish Publishing writing competition in Ireland.
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has received prizes from Ebony, Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, Gemini, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her work appears with Aquarius Press, in Reverie, Flashshot, Tidal Basin Review, The Southeast Review, Narrative, The MacGuffin, Rosebud, Atticus Review and others, and is forthcoming in Alimentum. She is assistant editor at Narrative magazine, and a fellow at The Writers’ Institute, CUNY. She is a retired physician. Member: Springfed Arts, Poetry Society of Michigan, National federation of State Poetry Societies, American Academy of American Poets, Detroit Working Writers.
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As founding editor of Many Voices Press, Lowell Jaeger compiled Poems Across the Big Sky, an anthology of Montana poets, and New Poets of the American West, an anthology of poets from 11 Western states. His third collection of poems, Suddenly Out of a Long Sleep (Arctos Press) was published in 2009 and was a finalist for the Paterson Award. His fourth collection, WE, (Main Street Rag Press) was published in 2010. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.
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is a retired attorney who previously practiced employment and civil rights law in Detroit, Michigan. He has had short fiction published in Mobius, The Summerset Review, The Griffin, The MacGuffin, and Struggle. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Barbara Grossman, his first-line editor, and also a retired attorney. They travel extensively. Dennis writes mostly plot-driven short stories about people and their work, what it does to them and what they do to each other.
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His poems have appeared in various magazines and three chapbooks (from Finishing Line and Pudding House), and his first full-length collection, Since Everything Is All I’ve Got, was released by March Street Press in 2011. And though he has been teaching writing and literature for 35 years, the last 25 at Hope College in Holland, MI, he came to poetry late and will be the old guy completing an MFA at Pacific University in June 2013.
“Crater” • Vol. 24, No. 1
has been a teacher for thirty years. For decades, when work was done, he set about poetry into the small hours. He loves gardening, reading, friends, relatives. His motto is, "If it moves, talk to it,"—and still the world goes on. He weeds now, avoids travel, adheres to the incomparable folly of poetry. He's always lived in the Milwaukee area. The life of his dear partner of 44 years was changed 1½ years ago.
“Homage to Antonio Machado” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is a Utah native who graduated from Utah Valley University in 2010 with a BA in English. He joined the Army in early 2002 and spent four and a half years on active duty before joining the National Guard. Three tours to Iraq later, he’s still trying to figure out how to write a good war poem.
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“Explaining the Unexplainable” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a Utah native who graduated from Utah Valley University in 2010 with a BA in English. He joined the Army in early 2002 and spent four and a half years on active duty before joining the National Guard. Three tours to Iraq later, he’s still trying to figure out how to write a good war poem.
“Staying Down” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is a poet from Brooklyn, NY. She lives with her English-teacher husband and two cats in a tiny apartment with an infestation of books. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University–Los Angeles.
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Law student. Father of 2 little nerds. Husband. Poly sci grad UCF 2006; worked U.S. gov and non-profit in Brevard County, Florida.
“A Place Not Fit for Man” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a self-taught figurative artist who began creating art as a therapeutic response to a difficult upbringing. Kahn's works combines many disciplines, wrapping them into a hybrid art form melding photography, painting and collage. She invariably designs, builds, and executes characters, non-existent places, dreams, illusions, fears and fables into creation, which meld elements of classical and contemporary art. auniakahn.com
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graduated from Barnard College and is a managing editor at W. W. Norton & Company. "As Real" is her first published poem.
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lives in Madison, Wisconsin where cranes occasionally fly over her house. She used to paint in oils, shoot photos in black and white, but now prefers to work in words. She has published with Blue Unicorn; Branch Redd Review; Möbius, the Poetry Magazine; Hummingbird, Verse Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Her poem “Haymarket: Albert Parsons Speaks” won the Dr. Zylpha Mapp Robinson International Poetry Award from Möbius, The Poetry Magazine in 2011. marthakaplanpoet.com
“Turkey-Shoot Tavern” • Vol. 23, No. 4
Her credits include 130 stories published in literary and national magazines, including Rosebud, Chrysalis Reader, North Atlantic Review, Mobius, Confrontation, Pennsylvania Review, and Another Realm. Her stories in The MacGuffin, Eureka Literary Magazine, Licking River Review, and Words of Wisdom were nominated for Pushcart awards. Her story, "The Manly Thing," was nominated for the 2010 Million Writers Award. She has stories included in Still Going Strong, Ten Twisted Tales, Pieces of Eight (Autism Acceptance), Zero Gravity, Cover of Darkness, and M-brane Sci-Fi Quarterlies #2 and #4, and a novel, Replacing Fiona, published by etreasurespublishing.com.
“The Value of Husbands” • Vol. 23, No. 3
is a freelance writer living in southern Colorado whose short stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Lines in the Sand, Tucumcari Review, Kimera, Barbaric YAWP, The Storyteller, Timber Creek Review, Reader's Break, the Rockford Writer’s Guild, Thorny Locust, Potpourri, Windhover, and the book Animals as Teachers and Healers. She is also a winner of Procreation Magazine’s annual short story contest.
“Peach Blossom” • Vol. 23, No. 1
Alan King’s poems have appeared in Alehouse, Audience, Boxcar Poetry Review, Indiana Review, MiPoesias, and RATTLE, among others. A Cave Canem fellow and VONA Alum, he’s been nominated for both a Best of the Net selection and a Pushcart Prize. When he’s not reporting or sending poems to journals, you can find Alan chasing the muse through Washington, D.C.—people-watching with his boys and laughing at the crazy things strangers say to get close to one another. alanwking.wordpress.com
“X-Men” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a native of Orrville, AL. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in Alehouse, America, Appalachian Heritage, English Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, New Contrast (South Africa), Orbis (UK), RATTLE, Sierra Nevada Review, The Caribbean Writer, Urthona Poetry Magazine (UK), and in many others. His book The House in the Heart, with a foreword by Cathy Smith-Bowers, was published by Tebot Bach in 2007. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In My Hand” • Vol. 21, No. 2
Josh W. Kinsey
has always had a compulsion to create. After receiving his BA in Digital Graphics from Cogswell Polytechnical College in 1997, Josh entered the Silicon Valley workforce as an interface designer. During this time, he developed unique personal digital painting skills and assemblage techniques. Subsequently, Josh formed his current business J.W. Kinsey's Woodcraft, specializing in all things made of wood, with a bit of metal for flavor. Currently, this falls within the aesthetic recently coined Steampunk. And most importantly, he can ride a unicycle. JWKinseysArtifice.com
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was Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.
“A View of the Desert” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is a poet and reviewer from rural central Wisconsin and a part-time janitor at the rural elementary school he once attended. His work has appeared in Small Press Review, Library Journal, Nimrod, Rosebud, and the Progressive. He won the 2003 Lorine Niedecker Poetry Prize from the Council for Wisconsin Writers and has had nine Pushcart nominations. email@example.com.
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“Viral Savior” • Vol. 22, No. 2
was born on a Hawaiian sugar plantation, and has been deeply influenced by the islands’ history. She brings both that tension and sensitivity to the multi-layered dimensions of the recent past to her written work. She still lives by the water, on the Chesapeake Bay, with her husband Dan.
“A Personal History, by the Numbers: Peter Ota” • Vol. 23, No. 4
Geoffrey A. Landis
A scientist and science-fiction writer, he also sometimes writes poetry. His poem "Search" won the 2009 Rhysling Award for best long SF poem of 2008, and his first collection of poems, Iron Angels, was published by Van Zeno Press in 2009. http://www.geoffreylandis.com/
“'Abd al Muqeet” • Vol. 21, No. 1
has published original poems and essays, and translations from the French, in such journals as The Baltimore Review, Kalliope, Southern Poetry Review, World Literature Today, Chicago Review, New Directions, Green Mountains Review, Jubilat, and Rhino. Book publications include translations of Words in Stone and The Origin of Language, both by Yves Bonnefoy. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago, where she teaches at a Chicago public school.
“My Mother’s Names for Me” • Vol. 20, No. 3
Louis N. LaPierre
hails from St. Paul, MN. He was born, learned to walk and create. He is still walking, and doesn’t remember when he began creating. His favorite thing to do is watch, and his second is to paint. Louis uses art to find comfort in the uncomfortable, and a way to cope with the inevitable. Since his graduation from CVA in Saint Paul in 2005 he has adopted a vigorous art practice in a variety of mediums. louisnlapierre.com
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lives in Chico, California. Two of his short stories are Million Writers Award Notable Stories, and his novel, Vow of Silence, was favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly. pw.org/content/robert_laughlin
“A Garbologist Shares His Thoughts” • Vol. 21, No. 4
Keith G. Laufenberg
has been writing for over 30 years and has had over a hundred poems and short stories published in numerous literary magazines and journals, including, but not limited to: AIM Magazine; The Maryland Review; Spillway Review; Spoiled Ink; Down in the Dirt; Pleaides; The Oracular Tree; Struggle; Prole Magazine, Pulp Empire; NuVein; Whortleberry Press; Short-Story.Me; The Earth Comes First; An Electric Tragedy; Mobius Magazine; et al, and he has also had 2 novels published, Miami Rock and Semper-Fi-Do-or-Die, both in 2007. Both novels can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Books-a-Million, et al, and dozens of his published short stories can be accessed on the Internet or through his website: kglaufenberg.com
“My Name Is Nobody” • Vol. 22, No. 3
“… smell, hearing, touch, all stimulated, all open to the creative process and I think, how lucky I am to be an artist.” susanlamantia.com
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Louis N. LaPierre
hails from St. Paul Minnesota. He was born, learned to walk and create. He is still walking, and doesn’t remember when he began creating. His favorite thing to do is watch, and his second is to paint. Louis uses art to find comfort in the uncomfortable, and a way to cope with the inevitable. Since his graduation from CVA in Saint Paul, MN, in 2005 he has adopted a vigorous art practice in a variety of mediums. His work can be seen in many venues and on projects such as album covers, glass work, gig posters, steel, books, galleys, film, private collections and murals across the U.S.A. louisnlapierre.com
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teaches courses in Shakespeare, The American Short Story, and Composition at Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio. He lives with his son Christopher in Bluffton, Ohio.
“Camera Obscura” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is the director of a fitness center in northern New Jersey and has a Masters in English from William Paterson University. He has been previously published in the Paumanok Review, River Poets Journal, EWGPresents, SNR Review, Frank Zane Newsletter, and Fitness Management magazine.
“World Gone Wrong” • Vol. 22, No. 3
has had poems in Tupelo Press, Pontoon, New Millennium, The Ledge, The California Quarterly, New Mexico Poetry Review, New England Anthology of Poets and other journals and anthologies. His collections include Doggerel & Caterwauls: Poems Inspired by Cats and Dogs, and Twenty Poems from the Blue House (co-authored with his wife, Alice Lee), published by Whistle Lake Press, and Vortex, forthcoming from Red Mountain Press. Wayne lives in Santa Fe, NM, where he teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts and runs a tutoring company.
“Testimony” • Vol. 22, No. 4
Eric D. Lehman
is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Bridgeport and has had short stories, essays, reviews, and poems published in dozens of journals and magazines, such as Nexus, Hackwriters, Identity Theory, Cause and Effect, Switchback, Umbrella, and Entelechy. His first book, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, is available from The History Press.
“Last Walk on Silver Lane” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is an award-winning poet with over 375 poems appearing in over 175 national and international journals and anthologies such as the Ambush Review, Anobium, Collecting Life Poetry Anthology, Eleven Eleven, PANK, Uncanny Valley and Uphook Press (you say. say and –gape-seed). Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press) is in its 3rd printing. It’s Always Night, It Always Rains (Winterhawk Press) release date winter ’12. Laura received her MFA in writing from the California College of the Arts, writing residencies from Soapstone and the Montana Artists Refuge and interned for CALYX Journal. She edits Uttered Chaos. utteredchaos.org
“In Taos” • Vol. 23, No. 4
Over 500 of his poems have appeared in more than one hundred journals in the U.S. and Canada, in Sweden and U.K, including Agni Review, Carolina Quarterly, Epoch, The Georgia Review, The Missouri Review, The North American Review, The Ontario Review, Poetry, Shenandoah, and many webzines. Seven collections of poems have been published, including Running in Place (L’Epervier Press,). At Park and East Division (L’Epervier Press,) The Lindbergh Half-century (L’Epervier Press,) The Inheritance (Sandhills Press,) and Storm Service (Basfal Books). Basfal also published After Business in the West: New and Selected Poems.
“Breaking In” • Vol. 21, No. 2
After twenty-five years working in a treatment center for emotionally disturbed adolescents, Sandra Lindow is semi-retired and living on a hill in Menomonie, Wisconsin where she plants vegetables and perennials and communes with a twenty-pound rototiller. Presently she works to prepare education students for their Praxis test. She has six published poetry collections. Touched by the Gods, her most recent, was published in the fall of 2008. Her webpage can be found at wfop.org/poets/lindowsa.html.
“Cinderella Story” • Vol. 20, No. 1
expresses heartfelt support for Wisconsin's people in their struggle for rights. His books include The Kilim Dreaming, The Wire Garden, The Effigies, The Work of the Bow, The Power to Die, and (forthcoming) Walking Wounded. Other work is current or forthcoming in Terrain, Poetry East, The Pedestal, In Posse, Whiskey Island, Los Angeles Review, Sentence, and elsewhere..
“Never Too Late” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a BA in English and Political Science. He currently lives in the mountains outside of his hometown of Sweet Home, Oregon where he spends his time between his books and his woodshop. His poetry has appeared in The Speakeasy, The Storyteller, and Desert Voices. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Thorns Where Snakes Once Grew” • Vol. 20, No. 3
has worked as a dishwasher, assistant chef, truck driver, oil field hand, printing press operator, newspaper reporter, magazine editor, book editor, website editor and freelance investigator. He is a longtime resident of Wisconsin, though he will always be a New Yorker.
“The ‘Last’ Defender of Dead Tree Journalism Gives Up” • Vol. 22, No. 1
writes from Las Vegas, Nevada, and has poetry in The Smoking Poet, A Hudson View Poetry Digest, Zygote in My Coffee, Heeltap, and elsewhere.... His new novel is The Burgher of Virtual Eden from Publish America. He was Pushcart-nominated in 2008.
“Moon Angels in the Trailer Park” • Vol. 20, No. 4
Robert I. Mann
Born May 29, 1952, Burbank, California, he is presently head of the English Dept. at Polimoda, International Institute of Fashion, Florence, Italy. He received a BA in Humanities from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in English Literature from California State University at Northridge; in short, a product of the public education system of California. His Masters thesis was an analysis of Freudian-oriented biographies of Ernest Hemingway (of which there are several, Hemingway being big game for psychoanalytic critics.) He has published fiction in the new renaissance and The Bitter Oleander. He is married to a native Florentine and has two teenage daughters.
“Welcome to the Icebox” • Vol. 20, No. 1
John C. Mannone
has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry (2009/2010) and once for the Rhysling Poetry Award (2010). He is the new poetry editor of Silver Blade: The Quarterly Journal of Fantasy Fiction. His poetry and short fiction appear in numerous literary and speculative fiction journals such as Skive, Pirene's Fountain, Paper Crow, and Astropoetica. He is a nuclear consultant and a professor of physics in beautiful east Tennessee. When he isn’t looking at the stars, he’s creating dishes in the kitchen, which he considers another form of poetry. His blog on the art and craft of poetry is at jcmannone.wordpress.com.
“The Making of a Soldier” • Vol. 21, No. 4
thought he was a thinker and a poet way back when life started but ended up with a life surviving one job after another. He finally sold out and learned a trade to make a living. So much for the writing life he thought he would have; but life is an experience in itself, and if words coming from you can make sense of what life is, then that is the purpose of words. Life in general is corrupt/false/unjustified, etc. Because the world is a terrible place to live. Name that tune.
“Unreasonable Times” • Vol. 22, No. 4
Gerald A. McBreen
U.S. Postal Service (retired). Pacific Poet Laureate 2009. Certified by NIA (Newspaper Institute of America). Published in anthologies and magazines. "I try to write something that people will want to read because it elevates their own experiences to a level of passsion they feel and helps them to articulate it in their own words. Sometimes I write just for fun. I like to see people smile, and if they laugh, that's okay, too."
“pre divorce/post divorce” • Vol. 20, No. 4
has received two Maryland Writers’ Association first prizes (2011 short fiction and 2010 mystery/thriller) and has published stories in the Harrington Gay Men’s Literary Quarterly and in Alyson’s Best Gay Love Stories. He is currently working on two novels.
“The Yearbook” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a senior at the University of North Florida studying theater, history, and creative writing.
“Love and the Jihad” • Vol. 23, No. 1
G. D. McFetridge
Iconoclast, philosopher, and occasional drunk G. D. McFetridge continues writing from Montana's wild and majestic Bitterroot Valley. None of his seven novels will be published any time soon.
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“Show Us, Mr. Faulkner” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a long-time worker-owner at Union Cab Cooperative. He just got a Master's in Cooperative Studies from St. Mary's College in Canada and will begin work on his PhD later this year.
“Perspectives on the Battle for Human Rights in Wisconsin” • Vol. 22, No. 1
has had poems recently in The Sun, Spillway, and War, Literature and the Arts. His most recent book What We Love was published by Blue Light Press. He lives with his wife in Somerville, MA.
“BMW” • Vol. 23, No. 2
Elizabeth J. Mitchell
splits her time between Michigan and Ohio. She is an MFA candidate studying poetry at Bowling Green State University. She received her BA in American Studies from Williams College. You can find her at morethancoins.wordpress.com
“Office Etiquette” • Vol. 23, No. 4
lives in the N.E. Ohio Rust Belt. His work appears or is forthcoming in PANK, Rubbertop Review Volumes 2 and 3, Word Riot, and a few others. He loves to discuss the NBA, postmodern theory, social constructionism, and Howard Stern.
“The Panhandler” • Vol. 23, No. 1
received her MFA in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop in Tacoma, Washington. She teaches writing in the Philadelphia area. Her work has appeared most recently in The Cossack Review, Thrush Poetry Journal, and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.
“Toy Horse” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a man-boy who writes and reads in order to confuse things and then put them back together. He lives near a train in the state of Georgia; he intends to one day hop aboard. His family and friends are what matters most.
“Inertia-ing” • Vol. 22, No. 1
has had, so far, about 30 occupations and as many obsessions and addresses. He is learning to spell dilettante. He currently lives in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin, where he practices his writing and also draws with pen and ink. He thinks there should be an apostrophe in Baileys but there is, officially, not.
“All Right” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is an English instructor at Norco College in Norco, CA. His poems have appeared in Ars Medica, Avocet, Beauty/Truth, Blue Collar Review, ByLine, Chiron Review, Connotation Press, and other literary journals, as well as in the anthologies Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude and America Remembered. My first book, American Spirit, is forthcoming this June from Finishing Line Press.
“The World of Poetry” • Vol. 22, No. 3
Poetry Editor Emeritus of Mobius, Tom is with us in Spirit—in Spirit Township, on the north fork of the Spirit River. Originally a Jersey boy, he lived in Madison, Wisconsin, for over 30 years. In the summer of 2007 he and his wife moved to a smallholding on Spirit Creek in the southeastern corner of Price County, about an hour northwest of Wausau.Before moving to the northwoods, Tom worked for the City of Madison Streets Department and was a proud member of AFSCME. He continues to chase poems and songs around in his imagination. Now and again one allows itself to be caught. He then share them with others, to mixed reviews, which can be shared with him in turn at email@example.com.
“Hafiz Reflects on Abundance” • Vol. 20, No. 1
“Perspectives on the Battle for Human Rights in Wisconsin” • Vol. 22, No. 1
Born in Valencia in 1983, a bilingual Spanish/English writer, Fulbright grantee and PhD student of Spanish literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a minor in Creative Writing. His poetry has appeared in the cultural magazine Turia, Magazine Siglo XXI, PEN International Magazine, Vulture Magazine, and, forthcoming, in Movimiento Paroxista.
“A Ration of America” • Vol. 22, No. 1
grew up in Chicago, studied English literature at Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico, and philosophy at World University. He was an ESL teacher most of his life but also worked with the elderly blind population as a Daily Living Skills Instructor for the El Paso Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Texas Lions Camp. He studied culinary art at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia and became a chef. His work has been published in Salt River Review, Modern English Tanka, and Yellow Medicine, among others.
“In Line” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is an American expat working in Munich, Germany as a freelance English teacher. Previously he worked as a secondary-school English teacher in the state of Maryland.
“Deployment” • Vol. 22, No. 4
“In Country” • Vol. 23, No. 4
former lifeguard, taxi driver, cartographer, and haunted-woods guide, learned screenwriting from some of Hollywood’s most talented creative minds. He has a degree in screenwriting and has written professionally since 1996. This is his first published fiction piece. Authonomy.com’s Ten Most Successful Talent Spotters have called his writing funny, kick-ass, and Steinbeckian. With two novel manuscripts under his belt, Doug is building a platform (whatever that means) by blogging at DouglasAlanPearce.Blogspot.com and posting excerpts, cover art, and maps at DAPearce.com. Inexplicably, though he is surrounded by beautiful blondes, Doug can usually be found alone behind drawn blinds, hunched over a laptop, mercilessly axing paragraph after paragraph of prose he previously thought was brilliant.
“Earl” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change and elsewhere. Rafts (Parsifal Editions) is his most recent collection. Family of Man (Pavement Saw Press) is scheduled for Fall 2009. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at simonperchik.com.
“Just off the ground and the mower” • Vol. 20, No. 3
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“You can tell by the curtain” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is the author of the novel Autumn Falls. His short stories can be found in places like Specter Magazine, scissors and spackle, Sentinel Literary Quarterly, and The Monarch Review. He teaches high-school English in Beijing, China and reads a lot of James Baldwin.
“The Bigger Bite” • Vol. 23, No. 2
“A Well Away” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a mental-health therapist by trade. He works with people who have severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and has been working in this field for twenty-five years. He grew up in northern New Jersey and moved to Colorado at twenty-one, where he put himself through school at the University of Colorado–Denver and completed his BA and, eventually, his MA in psychology. Recent publishing credits include thieves jargon, Nuvein Magazine, Bryant Literary Review, and The Furnace Review.
“Teeth” • Vol. 20, No. 2
“Listen to the Music” is his first publication, also contained within his just-completed first novel, Behind the Altar, which he hopes to publish in the near future. He is the proud father of three wonderfully creative people, including Dan, a published children's novelist. He lives in New York City with his wife, Maria Giella, and while he works in the real estate business, he writes daily on short stories and a second novel.
“Listen to the Music” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Alba, and 14 by 14.
“Case 3031” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is a mathematician by profession, and a Guatemalan bilingual poet and translator living in Marblehead, Massachusetts. Other poems have appeared in several Mexican literary magazines, including Letras Libres, as well as in several English-language publications, including Mathematical Intelligencer, Boston Literary Magazine, and Shit Creek Review.
“American Dream” • Vol. 23, No. 4
is the author of two book-length narrative poems, The Adventure and Happiness, both published by Story Line Press. Other of his poems and essays have appeared in Hudson Review, Southern Review, Fulcrum, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations and elsewhere. Poems have most recently appeared in the print journals Magma (UK), The Hat, Bateau, and Chiron Review. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Snorkel, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, etc. Recent Web publications in Gloom Cupboard, Blinking Cursor, Occupoetry, and Seltzer. Pollack is an adjunct professor of creative writing at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
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柏越 (Caleb Powell)
生于台湾台北市。他的作品在 decomP (Love: An Etymology), Owen Wister Review (The Meaning of Tao Lin), Pedestal Magazine (Yīn Dào: An Etymology),与 Word Riot (Cào: An Etymology)等等. 别的作品在自己的博客里传播: Caleb Powell's Page .柏越会喝啤酒.
草泥马挡中央 “Double Fuck the Party Central Committee” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a Melbourne-based artist whose sculptures have been exhibited in Europe and the US as well as Australia. His work has been showcased in publications such as Germany's leading horror magazine, VIRUS, and Inside ArtZine, and he has collaborated on album art for Danish death metal band, The Cleansing. Powell is featured in Steven Johnson Leyba's documentary film What Is Art, which also features H.R. Giger, Stephen Kasner, Joe Coleman and Joel Peter Witkin. Materials: “In answer to your question, I use small animals that I catch and kill as painlessly as possible and arrange their innards and bones into new configurations. I also use tiny aborted fetuses which i recover from the waste disposal of my local abortion clinic.” markpowellart.com
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labors by day as an information management specialist; he splits his remaining time between writing, and acting as eye-candy at his wife’s power-lifting meets. He has published often during the last 40 years, most recently in Menacing Hedge, Corium, Eclectica, The Adirondack Review, Poet Lore, and a few dozen other places. He and his wife live in the lower right hand corner of Virginia with five rescue cats and one fierce fish.
“The Robot Recounts Human History” • Vol. 23, No. 3
“The Story of Bone” • Vol. 23, No. 4
“The Tree Singer” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a native Georgian, a thirty-eight-year-old who works at a local elementary school as a lowly lunch monitor. She also works after school watching a group of children that range in age from four to seven. Depending on their moods they have the power to make her laugh or cry. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. They have two girls.
“Two for the Show” • Vol. 22, No. 4
teaches English near Boston, Massachusetts. He has written several novels and short stories, and has appeared in Pudding Magazine, KGB Bar & Lit, Morpheus Tales, Dark Valentine, Crime Factory, and Forge Journal. His settings range from ancient Greece to the Boston underworld, but they all share strong ties to mythology. John lives in Boston with his wife and son and dog, readers all.
“Cold Calls” • Vol. 23, No. 3
is an academic librarian on faculty at Arcadia University in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Gargoyle, Pank, JMWW, Smokelong Quarterly, Staccato, Word Riot, and elimae. Her work was included in Dzanc's 2011 Best of the Web Anthology. Her short fiction collection, Natural Habitat, was published by Burning River in 2010. Her short fiction chapbook, Like Lungfish Getting Through the Dry Season (2011), is available from Thunderclap Press. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“Sousse” • Vol. 23, No. 1
James P. Roberts
has long been a rock in the Madison, Wisconsin, literary scene (except for the time when he was in Iowa growing corn). Hard, immovable … but he writes good poetry.
“Directions for Reading the National Enquirer” • Vol. 22, No. 3
“What Will Become of Us?” • Vol. 21, No. 4
lives in Denmark, on the interface between hedgerows and barley fields. She likes to think of herself as an internationalist. Her writings have appeared in Antiphon, Word Gumbo, Snakeskin, Shit Creek Review, and several other online magazines.
“Compilation” • Vol. 22, No. 2
“Remember Leon Trotsky” • Vol. 23, No. 2
His poetry can be found or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, The Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, decomP, and elsewhere. His first book of poetry, Romancing Gravity, is forthcoming from Pecan Grove Press. His second book of poetry, When Kerosene’s Involved, is forthcoming from Black Coffee Press. He teaches at Cerritos College. More of his writing can be found at danielromo.wordpress.com.
“White Picket Fence” • Vol. 22, No. 1
“IKEA No-nonsense Return Policy” • Vol. 23, No. 1
lives in Austin, Texas. Her poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Aurorean, Main Street Rag, Time of Singing, and U.S. 1 Worksheets, among other publications. She has just completed the first book of a planned fantasy trilogy, and her enthusiasms include folklore, cryptozoology and Forteana.
“Bringing Darkness Inside” • Vol. 22, No. 2
A visual artist and writer, she lives with her husband in southern Georgia. Her short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination, Ginosko Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, and other publications. brendasuttonrose.com
“Sleeping on Paul's Mattress” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is a 25-year-old writer and filmmaker living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 with a BA in Film Production. For the past two years he has worked as a Casting Associate for a prominent feature-film casting company. He has written five feature-length screenplays, as well as over 50 short films. His writing appeared in the Los Angeles Loyolan between 2003 and 2007, as well as the magazine The Red & Blue. Brian has written over a dozen short stories and is currently at work on his first novel. In 2008 he wrote and directed a 10-minute short film, Kelly, which led to this story.
“Kelly” • Vol. 21, No. 3
holds a degree in Ancient Greek and currently lives in Mississippi with his wife.
“John Geld” • Vol. 20, No. 2
Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Measure, 14 by 14, The Raintown Review, Two Review, The Barefoot Muse, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal, among others. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and once for The Best of the Net. She was a finalist for the 2007 Philbrick Award.
“Blind the Windows” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is an Irish immigrant living in Sweden, an electronic engineer who has been re-educated as an English teacher with an advanced university degree in English literature achieved as a mature student. "The Migration" is one of his first short stories after an extended pause from writing. His main interests lie within postcolonial literature and this is his first publication in a literary magazine.
“The Migration” • Vol. 21, No. 3
lives and writes in snowy New England. She sold her business and left the golden sunshine of California for the wilds of Vermont in 2006 where she now has time to write. She is currently working on an historical novel set during the California gold rush but, acting on flashes of inspiration, she sometimes escapes from the novel to short stories. "Anything You Want" is the result of such an break and is the first piece of fiction that she has had published.
“Anything You Want” • Vol. 21, No. 1
lives in Wisconsin and is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. He is the author of two chapbooks, Nickel and Diming My Way Through and Liketown. His full-length collection, Tongue and Groove, was released in 2007 by Main Street Rag. Poems of his have appeared in The Cincinnati Review; Pebble Lake Review; War, Literature & the Arts; The Ledge; Southern Poetry Review; Verse Wisconsin; and other journals.
“Collateral Damage” • Vol. 23, No. 2
Robert H. Sachs
is a writer and retired lawyer living in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a B.S.C. from DePaul University, a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and an M.F.A. in Writing from Spalding University (2009). His story “Blue Room With Woman,” won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train November 2009 Short Story Award for New Writers. His story, “A Mistake in the Parking Lot of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport,” will be published later this year. While a graduate student, he won awards in college writing contests . He has also won two awards for his photography.
“Marvin Kessler’s Shoes” • Vol. 21, No. 1
teaches at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. She writes poetry and occasionally fiction, though most of her published work so far has been of the academic variety. She currently lives in Vancouver with her husband and hundreds of books.
“Wombs for Rent” • Vol. 22, No. 2
You can take the boy out of the eighteenth century but you can't take the eighteenth century out of the boy.
“Executive Profile” • Vol. 20, No. 2
was born in 1990 in the Pacific Northwest, where he currently resides. He is a student at Western Washington University. His fiction has appeared in the Ink-Filled Page, the Birmingham Arts Journal, and Perceptions. His poetry is forthcoming in The Catalonian Review. He graduated from Garfield High School in 2009.
“Desertion” • Vol. 22, No. 1
M. A. Schaffner
has poems recently published or forthcoming in Stand (UK), the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Hollins Critic, ARC (CA), and The North (UK), has authored the collection, The Good Opinion of Squirrels (Word Works, 1997) and the novel, War Boys (Welcome Rain, 2002).
“Window Shops” • Vol. 21, No. 1
of Madison, Wisconsin, has recently published poems in Red River Review and has poems forthcoming in Poetry Quarterly. In addition to writing, he is interested in contemplative photography.
“Door County” • Vol. 23, No. 2
Emily Jo Scalzo
received a BA in Creative Writing from Purdue and an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in fiction from Fresno State. She currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago, and teaches composition at Kankakee Community College and Indiana University Northwest. This is her first publication.
“Postcards to Whitman from Cuba” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is an educator based in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Florida State and Texas A&M Universities and is currently at work on a short-story collection and a novel.
“Ain't No White Dolls” • Vol. 21, No. 4
Dave S. Shearer
is from Suffolk County, NY. He is a graduate of Dowling College. In addition to writing you can find him fishing, practicing martial arts, drinking cheap whiskey, scaring his cats, and hotly debating his friends on trivial matters.
“Blood and Revelation” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is a clinical social worker who lives in Northern California. Her fiction has appeared or will appear in The Blotter Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink (web), Workers Write—Tales from the Couch, 580 Split (web), Another Sky Press Horror Anthology, Thuglit (web) and others. Her nonfiction will appear in the winter issue of Ars Medica. “Third Strike” is part of her recently completed collection of linked jail stories. She is now working on a novel about a homeless, once-middle-class woman.
“Third Strike” • Vol. 20, No. 3
is a writer and artist from Rochester, MI. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Spoon River Poetry Review, Clackamas, and others. Her MFA is from The University of Southern Maine. A version of this poem appeared in a small chapbook published by March Street Press.
“What Every Mother Hopes For” • Vol. 23, No. 2
is a retired English professor who has turned her hand to fiction after many years of writing essays and literary criticism. She lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband and their fox terrier, Dylan, who fills the “empty nest” left by three sons. Her brief memoir, “The Home Front,” is included in an anthology from New Brighton Books, Looking Back Stories. A short story, “a broken w,” appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of The Externalist, “A Gull’s Wing” appeared in the November 2008 issue of Word Catalyst Magazine, “Everyone Loves Porgy and Bess” appeared in the Spring 2009 issue of Sangam Magazine, and “Cowbirds Can’t Sing” appeared in the October 2009 issue of First Edition Magazine. She is currently working on a novel, 1948, which explores the post-war politics, prejudices, fears, and optimism of American society in that year.
“The Wrong Place” • Vol. 21, No. 3
Mary McLaughlin Slechta
is the author of Wreckage on a Watery Moon (FootHills) and two chapbooks.
“Two lectures on geography” • Vol. 24, No. 1
Her work has appeared in English Journal, Poesia, Michigan Feminist Studies, The Writer's Chronicle, The Detroit News, 13th Moon, and anthologies. The Published Librarian: Successful Professional and Personal Writing is forthcoming from the American Library Association.
“What Are the Chances” • Vol. 20, No. 2
Crystal Simone Smith
is a graphic designer, artist, and poet. Her poems have appeared in The African American Review, Louisiana Literature, Obsidian III: Literature in the African Diaspora, Southern Women’s Review, and are forthcoming in Spillway, Nimrod, and Alimentum. Her work was nominated in 2011 for the Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte.
“Bright Spots” • Vol. 23, No. 4
received an MFA from the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. His short stories, prose poems and poetry have appeared in Rattle, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, The North American Review, Mississippi Review, Ascent, Grub Street, Oyster Boy Review, Eclectica, and other places. His work has also appeared in half-a-dozen anthologies. He lives in Escondido, California.
“leaving Hugo” • Vol. 23, No. 1
R L Swihart
currently lives in Long Beach, CA, and teaches high school mathematics in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various online and print journals, including Barnwood, Bateau, elimae, and Rhino.
“Through the Alembic of Duarte” • Vol. 22, No. 3
wants to be mysterious.
“The Gatekeeper” • Vol. 20, No. 1
has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times and was a finalist in the Tom Howard Short Story Contest. Her first collection, From Here to There and Other Stories, was published by Paraguas Books. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, the Santa Clara Review, the Jackson Hole Review, WomenArts Quarterly, Guernica, Slow Trains, Shaking Magazine, The Write Room, and Fringe Magazine, among others, and in six anthologies, including most recently, Solace in So Many Words (with T.C. Boyle and last U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine), which just won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Anthology.
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is currently is based in Montreal. He was born in 1978 in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1992. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He has recently exhibited work at the Galerie de l'UQAM in Montreal, the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Macau, and at the Sharjah Biennal 9 in the UAE. His work is in the collections of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Quebec. Lying in a space between 2 and 3 dimensions, his installations use a technique he developed in 1999 using multiple painted layered images in space to create unique 3D ephemeric forms. He explores the representation and strategies of power, the symbolic meanings of colour, movement, and the thresholds of form and perception. The subjects depicted in his work specifically relate to the breakdown and recreation of form and volume—as seen through his interest in cyclones, explosions, and forces. davidspriggs.com
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Scott T. Starbuck
is the Interim Creative Writing Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College. His poems can be read at poetryfish.com or heard at Fogged Clarity. His essay, "Another Short Ode to Kurt Cobain in the Time of Decay of the American Empire," is currently at Drunken Boat and his new chapbook, The Warrior Poems, will soon be published by Pudding House.
“Initiation Poem” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is the author of four books and has written frequently for a variety of publications including the Atlantic Monthly.
“The Poetry of Timothy Geithner” • Vol. 23, No. 1
began her artistic studies as a dancer, training and performing with The Houston Ballet, Interlochen Arts Academy, The Pennsylvania Ballet and others. She has a degree in literature with emphases in creative writing and philosophy, and pays the piper as a residential builder/designer in Traverse City, Mi where she lives with her husband and two boys. Jennifer's poems have previously appeared in The Southeastern Review Online, The Dunes Review, The Bear River Review, and Re: Union, and she was a recent finalist in A River and Sound Review's Duckabush Prize for Poetry. Her first collection, Forking the Swift, was published in 2010. She is a frequent contributor to Foreword Reviews and the vice-chair of Michigan Writers.
“No Cell Mine Long” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a violinist writing, living, and teaching in upstate New York. She has been published in The Louisville Review, Primavera, Chicago Quarterly Review, Harpur Palate, Cottonwood, and many others.
“I Hear You Talking” • Vol. 21, No. 2
Robert David Stetten
is a Professor Emeritus in psychology at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Although his scholarly interest always centered upon the white rat, he finds humans the more fascinating species. His four radio dramas were produced by a National Public Radio affiliate, then made available for all NPR member stations nationwide. Three full-length stage plays of his were produced by the American Theatre of Actors in New York City. He has just recently taken up the short story form and another of his stories has been accepted for publication by Art Times magazine.
“The Colliery” • Vol. 21, No. 2
is the author of Life In The Slow Lane, a memoir about a hair-raising summer spent teaching driver's education to teenagers (available at lulu.com/content/paperback-book/life-in-the-slow-lane/1085674). A collection of his short essays is also forthcoming from Coolbeat Audiobooks. Thomas's writing has appeared in 3AM Magazine, The Externalist, and Dogmatika, among others.
“Ready to Retire” • Vol. 20, No. 3
lives, works and writes in southern Illinois. She is the Director of the Carbondale Public Library. Her writing has appeared in the journal Kalliope, the anthologies Thinking Outside the Book; Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out, and elsewhere. She has fiction soon to appear in Subtle Fiction. She recently toured her local court house and jail. The short story "Fly the Yard" is her response.
“Fly the Yard” • Vol. 23, No. 1
is a professional storyteller and journalist from Seymour, Wisconsin.
“A Candle at the Window” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He has taught at the institutions of higher education in Canada and the United States in the fields of teacher education and educational leadership. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and presentations.
“Heaven’s Sigh” • Vol. 22, No. 2
is a former English instructor at Georgia Tech and Federal Government College in Kaduna, Nigeria, where she taught for several years. Her short fiction has won awards from the Sandhills Writers Conference and the Atlanta Writers Club. It has been published in African Voices magazine and was recently accepted for publication in the Hawaii Pacific Journal, Kweli Journal (online) and an anthology of women writers to be published by the UUCA Women Writers Group. During a Dry Season is her first novel. Portia lives and writes in Lithonia, Georgia, near her hometown of Atlanta.
“Insurable Interest” • Vol. 22, No. 4
has been published most recently in Qaartsiluni, Right Hand Pointing, Phantom Kangaroo, and Lilliput Review. She grew up on the streets of Madison, WI, and continues to roam them in her car as a home health nurse. She lives with her husband, kids who (hopefully) will leave home soon, and a few cats who (hopefully) won't.
“Desiderata” • Vol. 22, No. 4
was born in Croatia but is now living in Norway. He is a 23-year-old tattoo/digital artist and loves making creepy/horror stuff. facebook.com/pages/Atomic-circuS/188468534505654
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Douglas J. Troxell
received his BA in English and Creative Writing from Lycoming College in 2006 and is currently working toward his MA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University. He’s been published in Word Fountain Literary Magazine, The Fringe Magazine, and The Wilkes University Literary Review. He is currently working on a novel about a man who grew up with parents who were diagnosed facetiamaniacs (individuals who possess an unhealthy addition to practical jokes). In order to make enough money to feed himself, his wife, Cindy, and their cat, Josette, he teaches English at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
“Election Day” • Vol. 22, No. 2
Joel E. Turner
His fiction has appeared in Ambit, Proof, 3AM Magazine, and New Millenium Writings. His first novel, Generation 'Dex, is about the securitization of human potential, and is seeking a publisher. He is working on a novel about an Anglo-Saxon riddle passed down since the fourteenth century from a monk in the Abbey at Malmesbury. He lives near Philadelphia and designs analytic software for banks. firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Interview” • Vol. 20, No. 3
won a Nebula for her 1999 novelette, “Mars Is no Place for Children,” and her 2007 short story, “Pride,” was on the final Nebula ballot. Her novel, An Old-Fashioned Martian Girl, was serialized in Analog. Recent books include Ewaipanoma, Dragon Soup (with Marge Simon), and Your Cat & Other Space Aliens, a Pushcart nominee which appeared on the preliminary Stoker ballot. Her work has appeared in Analog, Asimov's, F&SF, Cat Tales, Fast Forward 1, and other anthologies and magazines in English, Italian, and German. She is working on a novel, Isidis Rising. She lives near the Cleveland Airport with her husband, NASA scientist and science fiction writer Geoffrey Landis. Her son, Jack Brizzi, is an artist. email@example.com.
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is a native of Massachusetts who spent most of her adult life on the West Coast but now lives in the Twin Cities. Her chapbook Beleaguered Oases was published by tcCreativePress (Los Angeles) in 2010, and her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Clackamas Literary Review, Rattle, and Fire On Her Tongue: An e-Book Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
“Pretend Play” • Vol. 23, No. 1
holds a BA in English from Austin Peay State University. He spends most of his time either writing or reading. This story is the first he has ever had accepted. He's spent time with the homeless in downtown Nashville where he was inspired to write this story. He's also spent time as a patient in mental institutions where he gained insight on the human condition. He completed and is revising three novels and going over many short stories.
“Nothing to Lose” • Vol. 20, No. 4
Jason Isaac Ulrich
24, is an author, independent filmmaker, voracious reader and, above all, a student and teacher of life. Having grown up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, he attended George Mason University, majoring in English Literature, later transferring to Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, where he currently resides. Mr. Ulrich is currently working on several pieces of writing, including two books and a play. redochrelit.com
“Generation Rx” • Vol. 22, No. 1
is a sophomore at Ohio State University studying History and English. His hobbies include scary stories, Japanese graphic novels and crime shows. He has been writing since he was ten. His dream is to be a novelist on par with Anne Rice, Stephen King, and James Patterson.
“Aasif” • Vol. 23, No. 3
lives and works in Conway, Arkansas, where he serves as the associate editor of Toad Suck Review. His short fiction has appeared Seattle Review, Laurel Review, Crazyhorse, Sou'wester and several other journals. He also writes plays and poetry and has published the novel Burnt Norway on Lulu.com.
“No. 117” • Vol. 22, No. 4
is a 24-year-old college student and PC repair technician in Southern California. Ryan is a new writer, and “Not Alone” is his first published work. He hopes that his stories will be enjoyed more often than not.
“Not Alone” • Vol. 24, No. 1
From Madison, Wisconsin, she has a Ph.D. in English from University of Pennsylvania. She is the new co-editor of the Wisconsin poetry journal Free Verse. Her poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a variety of anthologies and journals; a collection of poetry, Obstructed View (Fireweed Press), is due out Summer, 2009.
“Golden Jubilee” • Vol. 20, No. 2
is a native Mainer, a 55-year-old self-employed woman electrician, sometime educator, social activist, and story writer. Besides writing, her biggest project at the moment is clearing the wooded lot that she and her partner bought to build their house on.
“Dream Weavers” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is Swiss-British, was born in Hong Kong, and currently divides his time between Reykjavik, Zurich, and New York City. His work has appeared in many journals, including Washington Square Review, Canary, The Bitter Oleander, Crab Creek Review, Tears in the Fence, and Guernica. His recent books include The Propaganda Factory, or Speaking of Trees; Pull of the Gravitons; Gods of a Ransacked Century; and forthcoming from NeoPoiesis Press, Mao's Moles. A new English-German bilingual collection, Additional Breathing Exercises, is forthcoming from Wolfbach Verlag, Zurich, Switzerland (2013). His recent translations include Kissing Nests by Werner Lutz (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013) and Secret Letter by Erika Burkart from Cervena Barva Press.
“Advanced Tree-Planting” • Vol. 24, No. 1
James P. Wagner
is a young writer about to earn his B.A. from Dowling College with a major in English Creative Writing and a Minor in Literature. He has been writing since he was 12 years old and intends on going to graduate school for creative writing in the fall. His ultimate goal is to earn his Ph.D. and become a college professor for writing and literature. He has published short stories in several magazines including Riverrun, Struggle Magazine and Golden Visions and has been a featured poet for Long Island's Performance Poetry Association. In addition to writing, which he does every day, James is an active martial artist, painter, linguist and musician.
“The Hunt” • Vol. 20, No. 1
Naomi Beth Wakan
A poet and personal essayist, she has written/compiled over thirty-five books, including Haiku—one breath poetry (Heian International), an American Library Association selection. Recent titles are Segues, Late Bloomer—on writing later in life, Compositions: notes on the written word, and Book Ends: a year between the covers, all from Wolsak and Wynn. Naomi is a member of Haiku Canada, Tanka Canada, The League of Canadian Poets, and Poetry Gabriola. Her poetry and essays have been printed in numerous magazines including Geist, Room of One's Own, Moonset, and Red Light, and have been read on CBC. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor Elias Wakan.
“Keeping Clothes White” • Vol. 21, No. 1
lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. His poetry has appeared in PANK, SOFTBLOW, Orange Quarterly, OccuPoetry and other journals. New work is forthcoming from Prick of the Spindle.
“The Summer Georgia Killed Troy Davis” • Vol. 23, No. 2
iis a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies in English, Social Justice, and Youth Studies. In 2010 he represented the U of M at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational where his team placed 3rd in the nation and he was named Best Male Poet. He has also represented Minneapolis, Minnesota and Madison, Wisconsin at the adult national level in poetry slam, and appeared on Group Piece Final Stage with the former team. In 2012 he won the award for Best Poem by a Male Poet at the Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational. His work has appeared in literary journals The Legendary, Used Furniture Review, and The Bakery as well as the audio podcast IndieFeed. His first collection of poetry, What the Night Demands on Write Bloody Press will be released in April 2013.
“Negative Space” • Vol. 23, No. 4
took her Masters in English with a concentration in Fiction at Longwood University in 2006. She is now working as Lecturer of English at Longwood University where she teaches composition, writing for active citizenship, American Literature and practical issues for the beginning writer courses in Longwood's Creative Writing program. She has read her work at the Southern Humanities Council Conference numerous times between 2004 and 2009.
“What The Shadow Knows” • Vol. 21, No. 3
is from Milwaukee and spent 22 years in manufacturing and the last 15 years as a workforce development professional helping job seekers. Ed practiced writing sporadically over the years, but only recently has started to write more regularly and to submit his work to public scrutiny. Ed's work has appeared in the 2009 Mark My Words collaborative art show in LaCrosse and in the collection Vampyr Verse (Popcorn Press, 2009).
“The Way Philanthropy Works” • Vol. 21, No. 2
Neil's speculative poems will appear at a variety of venues in spring 2013, from Scifaikuest to Tales of the Talisman and Futuredaze (an anthology of young-adult science fiction); and at Space and Time Magazine and Hungur Magazine. His speculative flash fiction can be found in Big Pulp and 100 Horrors Anthology.
“The Flight” • Vol. 24, No. 1
The 2009 Emerging Writer Fellow at Penn State Altoona, he is a 2009 Creative Nonfiction MFA graduate of George Mason University. His nonfiction and fiction has been published, or is forthcoming, in Pindledyboz, Emerson Review, Monkeybicycle, Word Riot, and Fringe, among others, and was selected for a Finalist for Glimmertrain’s Short Story Award for New Writers. He is working on a book about Social Humor, comedy and why he’s not very funny. He lives in Vienna, Austria.
“Boxer” • Vol. 21, No. 1
is a practicing physician in Denver, Colorado, specializing in medical disorders complicating pregnancy. His work has appeared in Measure, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Barefoot Muse, The Raintown Review, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine and others. My 2007 chapbook, Shoulders, Fibs, and Lies, is available through Pudding House Press.
“Hands” • Vol. 20, No. 3
resides in Kent, Ohio, little more than a stone's throw from the Cuyahoga River. A green grocer and plantswoman by trade, she strives daily to expand community access to healthy, local and organic food. Natural historian, gardener, fiber artist, and lacrosse mom, she unwinds by playing outside as much as possible.
“The Last Sheaf Standing” • Vol. 21, No. 3
Keith S. Wilson
is a Kentucky poet and recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Many of his poems express his love for his family and explore his experiences as a biracial (black/white) man. His poetry has appeared in the journals NKUExpressed and Appalachian Heritage.
“gambit” • Vol. 20, No. 4
is the founding editor of Right Hand Pointing and, with Howie Good, co-edits White Knuckle Press. He could use a ride, sometime, if it's not too much trouble.
“A Frontier of Ethiopian Futurism” • Vol. 24, No. 1
is a painter who lives and works in San Francisco, California. She attended the University of Colorado at Denver, graduating with an MBA. After 25 years working in commercial banking risk management at a large financial institution, she bailed out of her job to pursue a full-time art career. Her work is fueled by contemporary culture, and a curiosity for the macabre. She uses a combination of imagery that is drawn from modern symbols and icons merged with religion, mythology and science. Her paintings can be found in the collections of Ben Stiller, Paul Ruscha, Axl Rose, Robert Williams, and other important art collectors. Recent works may be viewed at Bert Green Fine Art in Los Angeles, CA and at her website.
Jeanne d'Arc • cover art for Vol. 20, No. 4
Bethany L. Young
has been writing zines and trying to overthrow the government since age 12. She strives to add anthropological flair to her counterculture writings. Ms. Young is a lifelong advocate for gay and lesbian rights and gender equality.
“Hopeless Romantic” • Vol. 21, No. 3