NOTE:  These are the donors who make the journal breathe.  The number after their biographies link to the issue(s) they were in.  If there are links, give them some love.


andrew abbott was born in nova scotia in 1979.  he has red hair.  he was kicked out of the military because of “misconduct.”  he likes to juggle and skateboard.  he is a vegetarian.  his paintings can be found at “bambi projects” in philadelphia, “art modern gallery” in florida, and “gallery susan alexander” in california.  he wants you to email him at  he needs more exercise. #1, #2

Kristin Abraham is the author of two chapbooks:  Little Red Riding Hood Missed the Bus (Subito Press, 2008), and Orange Reminds You of Listening (Elixir Press, 2006); her full-length manuscript, The Disappearing Cowboy Trick, will be published by Horse Less Press in 2013. Additional poetry, lyric essays, and critical essays have appeared in such places as Best New Poets 2005, American Letters & Commentary, Rattle, Court Green, LIT, Columbia Poetry Review, and The Journal. She currently teaches English at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY, and is editor-in-chief and poetry editor of the literary journal Spittoon. #8

Gale Acuff has had poetry published in Ascent, Ohio Journal, Descant, Adirondack Review, Worcester Review, Maryland Poetry Review, South Carolina Review, Florida Review, South Dakota Review, Santa Barbara Review, Defined Providence, and many other journals. He’s authored three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (BrickHouse, 2004), The Weight of the World (BrickHouse, 2006), and The Story of My Lives (BrickHouse, 2008). Gale has taught university English in the US, China, and the Palestinian West Bank. #1

Chris Allen is a former PR flack whose work has anonymously spun unsuspecting readers throughout the Southeast.  Since earning an MFA from Southern Illinois University in 2007, he has engaged in more scrupulous work teaching English at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC. #3

William L. Alton was born November 5, 1969 and started writing in the Eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric prison. Since then his work has appeared in Main Channel Voices, World Audience, and Breadcrumb Scabs among others. In 2010, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published one book titled Heroes of Silence. He earned both his BA and MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he continues to live. You can find him at #10

Kristine Aman has lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, India, Vermont and New York. She now resides in an artists’ community in Tucson, Arizona, where she enjoys painting, sewing, knitting, hiking, and writing. She has been known to deliver speeches on freedom and truth from a handwritten book covered in sandpaper.  #5

Joe Amaral spends most of his time spelunking around the central coast of California.  He is a paramedic by trade but a world traveler at heart.  Joe’s work has appeared in A Handful of Dust, Carcinogenic Poetry, Eclectic Flash, Paradigm, Underground Voices and in an anthology by Pill Hill Press.  He has work forthcoming via Wicked East Press and Certain Circuits. #2, #3, #5, #10

Chris Anderson is a songwriter and musician living in Paso Robles, California.  Chris is currently finishing his second novel and recording his second album.  His band is named Company Need and their music can be heard at:  #4

Michelle Augello-Page writes poetry, gothic fiction, and erotica. Her poetry has been exhibited at Drift Station Gallery & Performance Art Space and published online and in print journals such as Mannequin Envy and Copper Nickel. Recent fiction has been presented through Storychord and published in Tales from the Moonlit Path. Her work has also appeared in the anthology Fairy Tale Lust, and is forthcoming in Lustfully Ever After (Cleis Press). For more about Michelle, check out her website/blog at #5

James Babbs has published hundreds of poems over the last several years in print journals and online.  He lives in the same small town where he grew up.  He works for the government but doesn’t like to talk about it.  He has a cherry tree and two grapevines in his back yard and several pesky rabbits.  Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming at The Camel Saloon, Dead Snakes, Horror.Sleaze.Trash., Red Fez and Underground Voices. #9

Catherine Bailey is a doctoral student in English at Western Michigan University. Her creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Superstition Review, Pomona Valley Review, Poetry South, Line Zero, Between the Lines, Scythe, Lingerpost, Rose Red Review, Broad!: A Gentlelady’s Magazine, Magic Lantern Review, Femspec, and other publications. #10

Jared Bajkowski is a writer and librarian living in Washington, DC by way of Pittsburgh, PA.  He has a poem included in the current issue of Sliver of Stone.  He enjoys astronomy, baseball, and Andy Warhol. #8

Lucile Barker is a Toronto poet, writer and activist. Since 1994, she has been the co-ordinator of the Joy of Writing, a weekly workshop at the Ralph Thornton Centre.  Recent work appeared in Memewar, Antigonish Review, Rougarou, Litterbox, Flashlight Memories, and Snakeskin Review. #7

Barry Basden lives in the Texas hill country with his wife and two yellow Labs. His writing has appeared here and there. He is coauthor of CRACK! AND THUMP: WITH A COMBAT INFANTRY OFFICER IN WORLD WAR II and edits Camroc Press Review. #4

Marilyn Bates, author of It Could Drive You Crazy, is a “Poet in Person” with the International Poetry Forum and a fellow of the National Writing Project at the University of Pittsburgh.  She was an invited reader at the Noontime Reading Series at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC and at the James Wright Poetry Festival.  Her work has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Paterson Literary Review, One Trick Pony, Poet Lore, and The Potomac Review and anthologized in Pass-Fail, My Auntie’s Book, and Voices in Italian America, Along These Rivers and What Rough Beast:  Poems at the End of the Century.  Her one-act play, Life Without Nipples, was produced by the Pittsburgh New Works Theater Festival in 2007.  Her website is #10

Jenny Billings Beaver has been writing poetry since elementary school and was first published in her local newspaper in the sixth grade. She received her BA in English from Wake Forest University and her MFA in creative writing (in poetry) from Queens University of Charlotte. A native North Carolinian, Jenny lives in Charlotte with her newlywed husband, Justin and Shih Tzu, Tola. Formerly teaching high school English, she now works as an English Adjunct Professor at Rowan Cabarrus Community College and as a freelance writer for the Charlotte Observer.  #4

Gary Beck has spent most of his life as a theater director. His chapbook ‘Remembrance’ was published by Origami Condom Press, ‘The Conquest of Somalia’ was published by Cervena Barva Press, ‘The Dance of Hate’ was published by Calliope Nerve Media, ‘Material Questions’ was published by Silkworms Ink and ‘Dispossessed’ was published by Medulla Press. A collection of his poetry ‘Days of Destruction’ was published in by Skive Press. Another collection ‘Expectations’ was published by Rogue Scholars press. His poetry has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines. #4

Sally Bellerose‘s novel, The Girls Club, was recently released by Bywater Books. Her awards include an NEA, The Barbara Deming Prize, and The Rick DeMarinis Award.  Her work appears in a call to nursing, Crab Orchard Review, The Sun, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cutthroat, Per Contra, and dozens of other anthologies and publications.  Please visit Sally at

Eleanor Leonne Bennett 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 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). #5, #6, #8

John Bennett was born in England. He was introduced to poetry by his mother’s sister who wrote poetry and song lyrics. After coming to the US he worked as an ambulance EMT. He took Creative Writing classes at New York University. #1

Peter Bergquist earned a BA in English from Princeton University and an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Antioch University Los Angeles; and he is currently teaching English, Film and Academic Decathlon in the Los Angeles Unified School District. His poems have been published in The New Verse News, The Chickasaw Plum, The Sylvan Echo, The Two Hawks Quarterly, The Sea Stories Project of the Blue Ocean Institute, Motif, The Queen City Review and The Broad River Review. His poem “From Here to There” received Honorable Mention in the Inglis House Poetry Contest and was published in their chapbook On the Outskirts; his poem “Red Tide” won second prize in the Bay Days Poetry Contest; his poem “Roosevelt” was named Runner-Up in the Chistell Writing Contest. #3

Destiny Birdsong is a lecturer at Vanderbilt University where she received an MFA in poetry in 2009 and her PhD in English in 2012.  Her work has appeared in RATTLE, Tidal Basin Review, Cave Canem Anthology XII: Poems (2008-2009), and other publications. #10

Mariah Blackhorse, of Enterprise, Oregon, is an ex-programmer of computers who always preferred to act, write, paint, and play in the dirt.  In this second half of her life, dirt, mountain air, and wilderness are what she’s all about.  Occasionally she makes time to write. Her poetry has appeared in Many Mountains Moving, The Hummingbird Review, Four and Twenty, Verseweavers, and others. #10

Lucy Jane Bledsoe‘s other short stories have been published in Hot Metal Bridge, Arts & Letters, Terrain, Stymie, Fiction International, Shenandoah, Bloom, ZYZZYVA, and Newsday (as a winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project).  Her story, “Girl With Boat,” won the Arts & Letters Fiction Award and was nominated for the 2010 Pushcart.  She won the 2009 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award.  She has been a two-time winner of the National Science Foundation’s Artists & Writers Fellowship.  Her novel, The Big Bang Symphony, was published last May and was a finalist for four awards, including the Northern California Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year Award. #9

Tim J Brennan, an educator for thirty years, writes from southern Minnesota. His poetry can be found in drown in my own fears, Talking Stick, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear, and other nice places.  Brennan’s one act plays have been produced widely, including San Diego, Chicago, Bethesda MD, Bloomington IL, and Rochester MN.

Bob Brill is a retired computer programmer and digital artist. He now devotes his energies to writing fiction and poetry. His novellas, short stories and more than 100 poems have appeared in over two dozen online magazines, print journals, and anthologies. #10

Jennifer L. Brinkley is a prosecutor and writer residing in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  She enjoys writing poetry, particularly about her experiences as a step-mom, adoptive mom, and lawyer.  She has a B.A. in Broadcasting, a J.D., and an M.A. in Criminology.  Jennifer Brinkley is married with two step-children, one son, and a very lazy dog.  She has published a book, Clinging Tightly:  The Life of a Second Wife, Stepmom, Adoptive Mom, and Lawyer.  She has also written a weekly column for her local newspaper and had poems published in literary magazines. #10

Sean Brown has published with the Indiana Review, Southampton Review, Texas Review, Poetry East, Wisconsin Review, Notre Dame Review, and the University of Iowa Press anthologies American Diaspora and Like Thunder. He’s received Fellowships from the NEA for Poetry (1997) and Fiction (2010). #9

Valentina Cano is  a student of classical singing who spend whatever free time she has either reading or writing. Her work has appeared in Exercise Bowler, and will appear in the winter editions of Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Magnolia’s Press and Cartier Street Press. You can find her here: #4

Jessie Carty is the author of three poetry collections but she also chisels away at prose in between teaching at RCCC in Concord, NC. You can find her taking photos and editing Referential Magazine or blogging at #5, #7, #9

Marri Champie has an MA and a BA in English Lit, Writing Emphasis from Boise State University, a minor in Art, photography emphasis, and a minor in Earth Science.  She taught college English composition.  As a technical writer she wrote fish and wildlife habitat assessments and studies. Marri won three Dell Awards, an Anderson Fiction Writing Award, and was a runner up in the Hewlett Packard Fantasy and Science Fiction Story Writing Contest.  She is a published poet, and essayist.  Marri is a fishing fanatic, and horsewoman.  An award winning cook, she sells artisan breads, and home-canned jellies and condiments at the local summer Farmer’s Market.  She lives on a small ranch overlooking the Great Basin of Idaho. #2, #3, #5, #6, #10

Lisa J. Cihlar‘s poems appeared or are forthcoming in The South Dakota Review, Green Mountains Review, Crab Creek Review, Blackbird, and The Prose-Poem Project. She has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Her chapbook, “The Insomniac’s House,” is available from Dancing Girl Press and a second chapbook, “This is How She Fails,” is available from Crisis Chronicles Press.  She lives in rural southern Wisconsin. #10

Brittney Cleark #10

Leigh Anna Coates is an upcoming senior at Lander University, and is currently earning her degree in Professional Writing.  She enjoys reading post-apocalyptic literature, and aspires to become a playwright and screenwriter as well as teach creative writing classes.  She has placed twice in Lander University’s annual short story contest with titles Eyes and Dry Laundry, and once in Lander University’s Bring Your Own Play with When You’re Already Broken.  This is her first publication. #10

Marion Deutsche Cohen has a new poetry book, “Chronic Progressive” (Plain View Press, TX), about life after the nursing-home placement of her then-husband, physicist Jeffrey Cohen. Her books total nineteen, including “Crossing the Equal Sign” (also Plain View Press), about the experience of mathematics, “Dirty Details: The Days and Nights of a Well Spouse” (Temple University Press, PA), and “Surviving the Alphabet” (Huge Pathetic Force, PA), her only un-themed poetry collection.  She teaches math at Arcadia University in Glenside PA; she is particularly excited about a course she developed, “Mathematics in Literature”. Other interests are classical piano, singing, Scrabble, thrift-shopping, four grown children, and three gran’s.’ #2

Casey Cole drives a 99 Pontiac Grand Prix. He works in human resources, gambles occasionally and enjoys diet cola. When not found at the horse-track or in front of the television, he is more than likely sleeping. Casey is single (ladies). #1

Sherri Conklin has been writing poetry since about the seventh grade. #1, #6

Sharon Rothenfluch Cooper #5

Louie Crew, 73, an Alabama native, is an emeritus professor at Rutgers.  He lives in East Orange, NJ, with Ernest Clay, his husband of 36+ years.  As of today,  editors have published  1,978  of Crew’s poems and essays. Crew has edited special issues of College English and Margins. He has written four poetry volumes Sunspots (Lotus Press, Detroit, 1976) Midnight Lessons (Samisdat, 1987), Lutibelle’s Pew (Dragon Disks, 1990), and Queers! for Christ’s Sake! (Dragon Disks, 2003).  The University of Michigan collects Crew’s papers. #2

Aaron DeLee hails from South Bend, Indiana.  He received his BA in Creative Writing from Loyola University Chicago and remained in the Second City since.  His work has been nominated for an AWP award at Northwestern University, where he is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing. #5

For over 30 years, Photojournalist Gail Denham has sold stories, articles, photos, and poetry to hundreds of publications, nationally and internationally. Denham leads workshops at Northwest conferences. She and her husband have four sons and many grandchildren. Denham produced two chapbooks and prepares the third, titled:  DANCIN’ THRU’ PUDDLES. #1, #2, #5, #6, #7, #8, #10

Shelby Denham is talented young artist from the west coast who has won awards and has sold some of her artwork. #2, #3

William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. His most recent collection of poetry is Waiting for the Angel (2009). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors.  His essays, poetry, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, Natural Bridge. #1

James H Duncan is a New York native and the editor of Hobo Camp Review. As a lifelong student of the road, you’ll find him picking up non-credit courses in all-night diners, dive bars, used book shops, and on train station platforms minding his own damn business. #4, #6

Bryce Emley has served on the staffs of several publications, including The Florida Review, H_NGM_N, and BULL. His writing can be found in The Pinch, Yemassee, Measure, Pleiades, and lots of other places. #10

Sarah Freligh writes both prose and poetry, and is the author of Sort of Gone, published in 2008 by Turning Point Books.  She has received poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (2009) and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation (2006). #6

Teseleanu George is an artist from Romania.  More of his work can be found here: #2, #3

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of 19 print and digital poetry chapbooks and a full-length collection, Lovesick, published by Press Americana. His second full-length collection, Heart With a Dirty Windshield, will be published by BeWrite Books.  #1, #3, #6, #10

Danica Green has poetry publishing credits in several anthologies and journals including The Camel Saloon, Quantum Poetry, and 3:AM Magazine. #7

Will Greenway’s tenth collection, Everywhere at Once, won the Poetry Book of the Year Award from the Ohio Library Association, as did his eighth collection Ascending Order.  Both are from the University of Akron Press Poetry Series.  His publications include Poetry, American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Missouri Review, Southern Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, and Shenandoah.  He has won many awards, including the Helen and Laura Krout Memorial Poetry Award, the Larry Levis Editors’ Prize from Missouri Review, the Open Voice Poetry Award from The Writer’s Voice, among others, and is Distinguished Professor of English at Youngstown State University. #9, #10

John Grey has been published recently in the Talking River, South Carolina Review and Karamu with work upcoming in Prism International, Poem and the Evansville Review. #4, #7, #8

Peter Grieco is a Ph.D. graduate of SUNY Buffalo (1993).  He wrote his dissertation on working-class poetry.  He has taught at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, and at Hankuk University in Seoul, Korea, and now teaches at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY, his native city. #3

John Guzlowski’s writing has appeared in The Ontario Review, Salon, Margie, Poetry East, Exquisite Corpse, Atlanta Review, Crab Orchard Review, Mississippi Review, Negative Capability, War, Literature and the Arts, Madison Review, Manhattan Review, The Drunken Boat, and other print and online journals. The poems in his book Language of Mules won an Illinois Arts Council Poetry Fellowship Award in 2001.  He has been nominated for four Pushcart Prizes. #10

Ana Garza G’z has an M. F. A. from California State University, Fresno. Forty-four of my poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals, most recently in The Mom Egg, The New Verse News, and A Handful of Stones. I work as a community interpreter and translator. #10

Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is a sculptor, painter, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work has been seen in numerous group shows both in the USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture.  His paintings, drawings, and collages have been published in many online and print magazines including Rock Heals, Otoliths, Winamop, and Melancholia’s Tremulous Dreadlocks.  Currently he teaches art at the United Federation of Teachers Retiree Program in Brooklyn. #4, #5, #6

Nicole R. Hall graduated with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English from Stephen F. Austin State University.  She is currently ruining herself forever by getting a PhD in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she has worked as a graduate teaching assistant and fiction editor for the graduate literary journal, the cream city review.  In her free time, she tries not to embarrass her 17 year old stepson, plays with her 1 year old baby, caters to the every whim of her two cats, and appeases the cheesecake gods by eating offerings in their honor. #10

Ryan Hardgrove may or may not be a writer.  But he still writes.  Email him at if you are interested in reading more of his work. #2, #5, #8 , #9, #10

Pushcart Prize nominee Kevin Heaton was born in Kansas, and now lives and writes in South Carolina. His fascination with history and love for the outdoors have led him on a journey to better understand life beyond the city limits. His work has appeared or is forthcoming  in 150 publications, including: Raleigh Review, Foundling Review, The Honey Land Review, and elimae. His fourth chapbook, Chronicles, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in early 2012. He is a Best of the Net 2011 nominee. #6, #7

Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. He has a chapbook of poetry titled Avenue C, available from Scars Publications. #3

Nicole R. Hall graduated with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English from Stephen F. Austin State University.  She is currently ruining herself forever by getting a PhD in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she has worked as a graduate teaching assistant and fiction editor for the graduate literary journal, the cream city review.  In her free time, she tries not to embarrass her 17 year old stepson, plays with her 1 year old baby, caters to the every whim of her two cats, and appeases the cheesecake gods by eating offerings in their honor.  #10

Doug Holder‘s work has appeared in Manifold, Istanbul Literary Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Voices Israel, Poetica and others. He currently teaches writing at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Mass, and Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.  My latest collection is “Poems from the Left Bank: Somerville, Mass.” (Alternating Current-2010) #2

Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s writing has appeared in many places, including Sugar Mule, The New Formalist, The Flea, The Lyric, Soundzine, Able Muse, Sein und Werden, Liar’s League, Poemeleon, Switched-on Gutenberg, qarrtsiluni, Autumn Sky Poetry, Umbrella, The Raintown Review, The Chimaera, Fourteen Magazine, Caduceus: The Poets at Art Place Vol 8 (Yale University), The Best of the Barefoot Muse (Barefoot Pub), Poem, Revised: 54 Poems, Revisions, Discussions (Marion Street Press), and Mandragora (Scarlett Imprint), along with many other venues–both in print and in pixel.  She is a Million Writers Award “Notable Story” writer, a Predators and Editor’s top ten finisher (single poem), and has been nominated for both the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. #10

T. Andrew Huddleston‘s poems have appeared in Ugly Cousin, Gutter Eloquence Magazine, and Penny Ante Feud (forthcoming). #1

Andrea Jackson’s fiction and poetry have appeared in print in Weave Magazine, Margie, Rhino, caesura, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, The Eleventh Muse, Periphery: A Magical Realist Zine, The Binnacle, and the anthology, New Harvest: Jewish Writing in St. Louis 1998-2005, and online in Superstition Review, Kaleidowhirl, The Hiss Quarterly, Triplopia Review, Stone’s Throw Magazine, and Wilderness House Literary Review.  She has an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and has received two Pushcart nominations and one nomination for the Best of the Net anthology. #8

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. #9

Ivan Jenson is fast rising fresh poetic voice on the international publishing scene.  He has enjoyed unprecedented success publishing his poetry in  the US and the UK.  His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Word Riot, Mad Swirl, O and S Poets and Artist magazine, Blazevox, and many others.  He is a novelist, artist and poet living Grand Rapids, Michigan. #1

Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, and editor, from Itasca, Illinois who lived 10 years in Canada during the Vietnam era, published in 23 countries.  He runs four poetry sites, his website:  His published poetry books available :  through his website above, Amazon.Com, Borders Books, iUniverse  and  Now on You Tube:, #2, #3 #5, #7

Melissa Jones was born and raised in Oakland, California. She recently received her M.F.A. in Creative writing at Mills College in Oakland. She was published in The Womanist Journal, a literary journal at Mills College. She was also published in Torch Literary Magazine, Bijou Poetry Review, Diagram Magazine, and SpringGun Press Journal.  She hopes to continue publishing and in the near future publish a larger manuscript. #10

Kit Kennedy’s While Eating Oysters is published by CLWN WR BKS, Brooklyn.  She serves as Poet in Residence of The Bay Times and is a collective member of AWE Gallery, San Francisco.  Please visit: #10

Robert Morris Kennedy lives in Tampa. A lifelong journalist, he has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in his home state of Florida and in Pennsylvania. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Blue Collar Review, The Tampa Review, Ruminate, Avatar Review, Southern Gothic Online, FreeFall, Muscadine Lines, Willow Review, Samisdat and elsewhere. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida, but his greatest academic achievement was putting two daughters through college.  #4

Michael Keshigian’s sixth collection of poems, Jazz Face, was recently released by Big Table Publishing Co.  His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications including California Quarterly, Barbaric Yawp, Tipton Poetry Journal, Jerry Jazz Musician, Sierra Nevada College Review, and Ibbetson Street Press. He has been a feature writer for The Aurorean, Poetree Magazine, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Bellowing Ark, Pegasus Review, The Illogical Muse, interviewed by Boston Literary Magazine ( Spotlight)) and Reader’s Choice in the Fairfield Review. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best Of The Net nominee. ( #1, #3 #5, #8, #9

Vandana Khanna was born in New Delhi, India and received her M.F.A from Indiana University.  Her collection of poetry, Train to Agra, won the 2000 Crab Orchard Review First Book Prize.  Ms. Khanna’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Crazyhorse, Callaloo, and The Indiana Review, among others.  She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.  #5

Helga Kidder left Germany’s Black Forest for the Tennessee Hills and lives there with her husband and faithful dog, Tyler.  She received a BA from the University of Tennessee and an MFA from Vermont College. She is co-founder of the Chattanooga Writers Guild and leads one of their poetry groups.  Her poems have been published in Louisville Review, Comstock Review, Southern Indiana Review and many others. Her chapbook Wild Plums is published by Finishing Line Press in 2012.  #7

Jessica Kirkland presently works at the intersection of psychology and neuroscience by day and writes poetry and fiction by night.  She has had poems and flash fiction published at, and has a poem forthcoming at Short, Fast, and Deadly. #8

Shareen Knight is an artist, writer and photographer, whose work has been shown in galleries and group shows on the West Coast a decade earlier. She now lives in a remote part of British Columbia with her dog and cat, photographing the interior mountains and lakes of BC, and renovating a 1910 farmhouse. Some of her art work can be seen at Cezanne’s Carrot, Oregon Literary Review, and Diverse Voices Quarterly (April 2010). Photography at The Sylvan Echo (archives), Limestone, Women’s Studies Quarterly forthcoming in June 2011, to name a few.  She will soon have a web site.  Email: #3

Ron Koppelberger has been writing poetry and short stories for the past 35 years. He began writing when he was ten years old, his grandparents gave him his first typewriter.  He has written 92 books of poetry and 16 novels over the past four or five years. He has published 248 poems and 64 short stories.  He loves to write and nothing thrills him more than seeing his work in print.  The creative process is a thrill for him as is influencing the reader in a positive way, in a thought provoking way.  One of his primary goals involves touching the reader and giving them a gift, the gift of a long forgotten memory or perhaps a special insight that may not have been apparent. #6

Jessica Lafortune teaches, tutors, and writes while dodging the heat of sunny Central Florida, where she lives surrounded by humans and canines who (barely) tolerate her obsessive reading and writing habits. Her work appears in Babel FruitBreadcrumb Scabs and Glint, among others. #6

Christopher Lawson #10

P.A. Levy, having fled his native East End, now hides in the heart of Suffolk countryside learning the lost arts of hedge mumbling and clod watching.  He has been published in many magazines, and is an original member of the Clueless Collective to be found at: #3

Barbara Lovenheim teaches in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY. She has published poetry in miller’s pond, Hazmat, Scapegoat Review, Free Focus, and Tygerburning, as well as in the anthologies Of Risk Courage and Women: Our Different Voices and In Other Words: A Poetry Anthology.  Her book review on Nicole Cooley’s The Afflicted Girls was included on  She writes a monthly book review of Jewish books called Sfarim. #3

Alison Luterman has two books of poems, The Largest Possible Life (Cleveland State University Press), and See How We Almost Fly (Pearl Editions.)  Her poems have appeared in The Sun, Oberon, rattle, the Atlanta review and elsewhere.  She also writes personal essays and plays. #3

Greg W. Lyons teaches composition, writes poetry, likes to rock climb. #10

Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award); Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (WordTech Editions); Weeknights at the Cathedral (Yellowglen Prize); When the Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (Redgreene Press); six chapbooks, two children’s books, and over 350 poems, stories, and essays in such journals and anthologies as Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and American Literary Review.  She is the co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (PSU Press 2005).  The recipient of numerous awards, Marjorie lives with her husband and two children in Williamsport, PA. For more info and reviews, please see #5

Eileen Malone‘s poetry has been published in over 500 literary magazines and anthologies, many of which have earned significant awards (last year two were nominated for Pushcarts). Her book of poetry I SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THEM WATER was just published by Ragged Sky Press. #2

John C. Mannone has been nominated three times for the Pushcart. Recent work appears in The Pedestal, Conclave, The Medulla Review, Rose & Thorn Journal, Hinchas de Poesía, and Magnapoets. He is the poetry editor for Silver Blade and teaches college physics in Tennessee. Visit The Art of Poetry: #6

Rick Marlatt holds two degrees from the University of Nebraska, as well as a MFA from the University of California, Riverside, where he served as poetry editor of The Coachella Review. Marlatt’s first book, How We Fall Apart, was the winner of the 2010 Seven Circle Press poetry chapbook award. His most recent work appears in New York Quarterly, Rattle, and Anti. Marlatt writes poetry reviews for Coldfront Magazine, and he teaches English in Nebraska, where he lives with his wife and two sons. #4

Jack T. Marlowe is a gentleman rogue from Dallas, TX.  A writer of poetry and fiction and a veteran of the open mic, his work has appeared in Carcinogenic Poetry, The Montucky Review, Camel Saloon, Black-Listed Magazine, The Vein and elsewhere. Jack is also the editor and webmeister of Gutter Eloquence Magazine ( #7

Denny E. Marshall lives in the Midwest and has NOT been published in hundreds of magazines. Since the end of the world is in 2012 and that seems to be the talk on online sites, he would like to say hello to all the readers and contributors now. #1, #2, #3, #4, #6

Ann Stewart McBee has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she taught literature and creative writing and served as Editor-in-Chief for UWM’s literary journal cream city review. Her work has been published in Spittoon, Blue Earth Review, Ellipsis, At Length, and So to Speak. You can access more of her work at #8

Ed McCourt is an MFA and Asst. Prof. of English at Jacksonville University.  He usually writes nonfic but still writes poetry as well.  His work often focuses on gender roles from a masculinist (but heavily self-critical) perspective. #2

Cyndyl McCutcheon began writing at fourteen years of age which gave her the motivation to graduate at sixteen. Now nineteen, she is an ambitious Journalism major at the University of Georgia. She hopes to write poems and novels throughout a career as a magazine editor. #1

Catfish McDaris is a journeyman bricklayer & just finished a 30 year gig at the post office in Milwaukee.  He’s been published widely for 20 years. His most infamous chap is Prying with Jack Micheline & Bukowski. He’s been in NYQ, Rattle, Louisiana Review, Chiron, Haight Ashbury, Pearl, Main St. Rag, Slipstream, & Cafe Review. His last big reads were in NYC & The Shakespeare & Co. Bookstore in Paris.  #4

Leslie Anne Mcilroy won the 2001 Word Press Poetry Prize for her full-length collection Rare Space and the 1997 Slipstream Poetry Chapbook Prize for her chapbook Gravel. She also took first place in the 1997 Chicago Literary Awards Competition judged by Gerald Stern. Her second full-length book, Liquid Like This, was published by Word Press in 2008. Leslie’s work appears in numerous publications including Dogwood, Jubilat, The Mississippi Review, New Ohio Review, Nimrod International Journal of Prose & Poetry, Pearl, and is forthcoming in PANK. Leslie is Managing and Poetry Editor of HEArt — Human Equity through Art — Online ( and works as a copywriter in Pittsburgh, PA, where she lives with her daughter Silas. For more info visit: #10

John McKernan – who grew up in Omaha Nebraska – is now a retired comma herder after teaching 41 years at Marshall University.  He lives – mostly – in West Virginia where he edits ABZ Press.  His most recent book is a selected poems Resurrection of the Dust.  He has published poems in The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Journal, Antioch Review, Guernica, Field and many other magazines. #9

David McLean is Welsh but has lived in Sweden since 1987. He lives there on an island in a large lake called Mälaren, very near to Stockholm, with woman, cats, and a couple of large black and tan dogs. He is an atheist, an anarchist and generally disgusting. He has a BA in History from Balliol, Oxford, and an MA in philosophy, taken much later and much more seriously studied for, from Stockholm. Up to date details of well over a thousand poems in various zines – both print and online, both degenerate and reputable – over the last three years or so are at his blog at There you will also find details of several currently available books and chapbooks – including three print full lengths, four print chapbooks, and a free electronic chapbook. #1, #2

Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer and maker of short art collage-films living in NY.  More details about the artist and his work may be found at his page. #1, #2

Joey Merchant is an artist/social worker/poet living and working in Detroit, MI.  Joey’s foray into poetry began with a crack to the head by a blind woman’s cane.  The concussion she received afforded her time off from her day job as a social worker to focus on her art.  Woozy and suffering from an excruciating headache, and unable to work on her visual art, Joey grabbed her laptop and started writing.  Joey is currently working on a book of poetry entitled, Cass Corridor Wildflowers: Women’s Voices from the Streets of Detroit, chronicling her experiences working with women at a homeless shelter in the heart of the Cass Corridor.  She exhibits her visual art and shares her poetry all around the Detroit area. #1

Joseph V. Milford is a Professor of English at Georgia Military College south of Atlanta. His first book, Cracked Altimeter, was published in 2010. He is the host of the weekly Joe Milford Poetry Show (, which he maintains with his wife, Chenelle. He also edits the literary journal Scythe with his wife from their shack in rural Georgia. Currently, he is happy with the Atlanta Falcons football team. #3, #4

John W. Mullennix is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.  He conducts research in the area of experimental aesthetics. Not the stereotypical academic, he sports over 40 tattoos, lists the Dead Kennedys as his favorite band, and is fond of collecting throwing knives and swords. #8

Ben Nardolilli is a twenty four year old writer currently living in Arlington, Virginia.  His work has appeared in Houston Literary Review, Perigee Magazine, Canopic Jar, One Ghana One Voice, Baker’s Dozen, Thieves Jargon, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, Poems Niederngasse, Gold Dust, Scythe, Anemone Sidecar, The Delmarva Review, Underground Voices Magazine, SoMa Literary Review, Gloom Cupboard, Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue, Black Words on White Paper, Cantaraville, and Mad Swirl.  In addition he maintains a blog at #2

Joey Nicoletti is the author of Borrowed Dust (Finishing Line Press) and Cannoli Gangster, which was selected as a finalist for the Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize by Denise Duhamel, and is forthcoming from Turning Point Books in the fall of 2012.  A graduate of the University of Iowa, New Mexico State University, and the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, he currently teaches poetry writing and literature at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York. Feel free to contact him and read some of his other work at  #1, #4, #5, #7, #8

B.Z. Niditch is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher. His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and ArtThe Literary ReviewDenver QuarterlyHawaii ReviewLe Guepard  (France); Kadmos (France);  Prism InternationalJejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest);  Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others.  He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. #10

Jimmy Nieto is forty eight years old and lives in San Diego, CA.  His credits include Black Book Press, Barbaric Yawp and Cokefish. #3

Deanna Northrup earned her MFA in writing at Spalding University. Her short fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in Amarillo Bay, Copperfield Review, Kennesaw Review, OTempora! Magazine, Perigee and others. She is at work on a second novel. #6

Jacob Oet lives in Solon, Ohio and is currently a junior at University School. He has loved writing and making images since he was little.  Jacob’s poetry appears in The New Verse News and  Jet Fuel Review.   Jacob was a Cleveland 2010 SlamU! poetry finalist.  His poem, “Metamorphosis,” was a winner of the 2010 Poetry in the Garden competition. His other creative arts awards include 2nd prize for poetry and 3rd prize for short fiction in the 2010 Generation Next competition, as well as one Gold Key, three Silver Keys, and an Honorable Mention at the 2011 Scholastic Art Competition. Jacob is also a five-time Ohio scholastic chess champion. #4, #5, #6, #7

Mary C. O’Malley, MSW  MFA, has been published in print and online. Some of the zines are: “Whiskey Island” and “Box Car Review.” She has five children and even though they are almost adults, she finds keeping track of these things difficult. Her work has been performed at spoken word performances in Cleveland and around the world. #2, #3

Grant Palmer is an award winning Australian photographer and writer, now living in Southern California.  He has lived and created all over the world and continues to explore his art around the globe.  He has been published on the Huffington Post, Tattoo Highway and at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  His ongoing work and links to select publications may be viewed at #3, #4, #7, #8

Joe Perretta hails from the bustling city streets of Key West, Florida. He received his Bachelors in English from Duke University in ’07.  He spends much his time traveling around the world working on new poems and hiding them in dangerous, secret spots for natives to find, then translate.  This might be why his poems have not appeared in very many journals in America or in English until now.  While none of that is true, Joe currently resides in Antigonish, Nova Scotia with his cat Maccabee and a handful of disoriented local politicians who consider him the town sage. #3

Adrian S. Potter writes both poetry and short fiction.  Previous publication credits include Cherry Bleeds, Main Channel Voices, Denver Syntax and Poesia.  His short fiction chapbook, Survival Notes, is available through Červená Barva Press.  Additional propaganda about his writing can be found at #2

Ken Poyner 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, Riverbabble, Café Irreal, Eclectica, Silver Blade, 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. #8, #10

James D Quinton is a British fiction and poetry writer. His two novels Touch and The Victorian Time Traveller and his two poetry collections Street Psalms and The City Is On Fire And Has Been For Weeks are now available as remastered second editions.  Recently published poetry has appeared in BoySlut, Rusty Truck, Gutter Eloquence, Blacklisted Magazine, Dead Snakes and Spudgun Magazine.  He is also managing editor of Open Wide Magazine.  #9

Michael Lee Rattigan‘s work has been published on the internet, in magazines (most recently in Blinking Cursor and OtherPoetry) as well as in book form: a chapbook of poems, “Nature Notes” and the first complete bi-lingual edition of Fernando Pessoa’s Caeiro poems.  Both published by Rufus Books. #2

Christina M. Rau is the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY.  She teaches English at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Editor for The Nassau Review.  Her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and most recently in the journals Temenos and Contemporary American Voices for which she was the featured invited poet.  In her non-writing life, she practices yoga, line dances, and watches reality tv (of which she is only slightly ashamed). See her writing and links at  #6, #9

Francis Raven‘s poetry books include Architectonic Conjectures (Silenced Press, 2010), Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007) and Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox, 2005).  His novel is Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005).  His poetry has been published in The Tulane Review, Dandelion, Trnsfr, Bath House, Chain, Big Bridge, Bird Dog, Mudlark, and Spindrift among others. #7

John “Greendream” Reynolds is heavily influenced by rock-n-roll, poetry and street life. He is a professional, published photographer for Big Papa Productions and freelances on the side, specializing in rock-n-roll photography.  As an artist, he is a member of Fluxus and Brain Cell; heavy in the mail art scene.  He and his wife perform as 2-person musical group called Suzy Q and the Greendream; which is very avant-garde music with spoken word poetry.  His poetry has been published in paperback form. #7, #8

R.A. Riekki has poems and fiction forthcoming or recently published in Loch Raven Review, Emprise Review, Haiku Ramblings, Flutter Poetry Journal, Tower Journal, Salit Magazine, Fossil Record, Word Slaw, Prick of the Spindle, and The Smoking Poet.  His novel U.P. was Ghost Road Press’s bestselling novel for 35 weeks.  He’s a fan of Rage Against the Machine, Cowboy Junkies, and Kathy Acker. #2

Justin Robinson:  Writing gives his life meaning #5

Karen Robiscoe recently completed work on her contemporary fiction novel titled: Spirited Remix.  Her publication credits include poetry in consecutive issues of SPECTRUM literary journal at UCSB and a creative non-fiction piece in Whistling Fire.  She had short fiction placed in the semi-finals of the SFWPA in 2009 and another received honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest’s 78th Annual Writing Competition. #7

Val Dering Rojas is a Los Angeles based poet and artist who has also studied Addiction and Recovery Counseling and Psychology. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry and short fiction has been included in Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Referential Magazine, ken*again and Dogzplot among others. Catch her on Twitter @valderingrojas or blogging at Art may be viewed at #10

Jay Rubin teaches writing at The College of Alameda in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area and publishes Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal, at  He holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco with his son and Norwich terrier. #6

Helen Ruggieri is working on a book of short cnfictions about women in dire straits direct from the police court.  She has other cnf in Ars Medica, Hotel Amerika, and Cream City Review. #8

Jason Ryberg is the author of seven books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, a box of loose papers that could one day be loosely construed as a novel and a couple of angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.  His latest collection of poems, Blunt Trauma (co-authored with Iris Appelquist and released by Spartan Press), is available at Prosperos Bookstore. #2, #3

Originally from Hattiesburg, MS, Jordan Sanderson earned a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.  His work has recently appeared in Mad Hatter’s Review, Caketrain, and Double Room.  He currently lives in Moss Point, MS, and teaches English and co-directs the Honors program at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. #1

Fabio Sassi has had several experiences in music, photography, and writing. He has been a visual artist since 1990, making acrylics using the stenciling technique on canvas, board, old vinyl records, and other media. Fabio uses logos, icons, tiny objects and shades to create weird perspectives. Many of his subjects are inspired by a paradox, either real or imaginary, and by the news.  He lives in Bologna, Italy.
His work can be viewed at #8

L.B. Sedlacek‘s poems have appeared in such publications as Audience Magazine, Assisi, Red River Review, Tertulia Magazine, Bear Creek Haiku, Heritage Writer, Ginosko, Spiky Palm, The Hurricane Review, sidereality, Illumen, Bent Pin Quarterly, Hurricane Review, and Poesia. She hosts the podcast “Coffee House to Go.” #3

Vivek Sharma‘s first book of English verse The Saga of a Crumpled Piece of Paper (Writers Workshop, Calcutta) appeared in 2009. Vivek contributes Hindi articles and verses to Divya Himachal (Hindi newspaper, India) and his research appears in scientific journals. His English poems are published or forthcoming in Atlanta Review, The Cortland Review, Mythium, Breakwater Review, Muse India and Bateau. Vivek grew up in Himachal Pradesh (Himalayas, India), and moved to United States in 2001. Vivek is a Pushcart nominated poet, holds a doctorate in engineering and is currently a post-doctoral research associate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT.  #4

J.D. Smith has received a Fellowship in Poetry from the United States National Endowment for the Arts, and his third collection, Labor Day at Venice Beach, is forthcoming in 2012. Smith’s first essay collection, Dowsing and Science, was recently published by Texas Review Press, listed in The Huffington Post as one of the United States’ “fifteen feisty indepedendent publishers.” He provides periodic updates at #5

Cassandra Lynn Speicher is a natural born artist who gives refuge to the masterpieces of our time in her Pittsburgh home where nobody can see them. #5

Julie Stuckey grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Delaware in business and currently lives in Pawling, New York.  Her poems have appeared online and in print in Apropos Literary Journal, Ardent, Blast Furnace, Prairie Wolf Press Review, Seven Hills Review, Shark Reef, Verdad, among others and  in anthologies from Little Red Tree Publishing and From Under the Bridges of America. She has received Finalist or Honorable Mention in several contests. #6

Tim Suermondt has had poems recently published in PANK, Ray’s Road Review, THIS Literary Magazine, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, Poetry Quarterly, Pirene’s Fountain and The Cossack Review, among others.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong. #9

David Sutherland‘s work has been published in The American Literary Review, The Mid-American Review, The Adirondack Review, APR and others.  He received a Rhysling Award and Pushcart Nomination. #3

Fred Tarr writes: I am in Northern Kentucky involved in street ministry for 15 years, write prolifically, go to writing groups when I can; an artist, Fred shows wherever he can find a space. He recently completed a rigorous performance study group at Augusta Heritage Foundation in Elkins WVA and performed theater pieces, wrote music and sang at student workshops and showcases. He says, “I am very busy and desire much more community with other writers and artists. A revolution is brewing and I am contributing my part one person at a time.” #2

Savannah Thorne‘s poetry has appeared in over a dozen regional and international literary journals such as The Iowa Rag, The Missouri Review, Mudvein, Potpourri, The Wisconsin Review, Earthwords, Rhino, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Lyric, Parabola and The Atlanta Review, and has won several poetry awards. she just became managing editor of Conclave: a Journal of Character. She holds cum laude master’s degrees, and a BA from the University of Iowa where I graduated from the Writer’s Workshop. #8

James Valvis lives in Issaquah, Washington. His poems or stories are forthcoming in Chiron Review, Deuce Coupe, Gargoyle, Pig in a Poke, Underground Voices, Yellow Mama, and many others. Red Fez nominated one of his poems for Best of the Web. A collection of his poems is due from Aortic Books. #3, #4, #6

Sarah Brown Weitzman has had work in numerous journals and anthologies including The North American Review, American Writing, Potomac Review, Art Times, The Bellingham Review, M.I.T.Rune, Rattle, and Slant, etc.  Her second chapbook, The Forbidden, was published by Pudding House in 2004 followed in 2005 by Never Far From Flesh, a full-length volume of poetry (Pure Heart/Main Street Rag).  She received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1984.  Her latest book, Herman and the Ice Witch, a children’s novel, was published in 2011 by Pure Heart/Main Street Rag A former New York academic, she is retired and lives in Florida. #8

Doug Westberg’s author blog is  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in several journals and anthologies including Melic Review, NeoVictorian Cochlea, Comstock Review, Best of Melic, and Twisted Shorties I & II.  He writes a weekly column on writing called SunWinks! and his poetry chapbook is entitled The Caterpillar.  He also has a book of stories and a children’s novel in his desk drawer. #10


Joanna M. Weston ( has had poetry, reviews, and short stories published in anthologies and journals for twenty-five years. Her middle-reader, Those Blue Shoes, published by Clarity House Press; and poetry, A Summer Father, published by Frontenac House of Calgary. #8, #10

Allison Wilkins is a graduate of the University of Nevada Las Vegas International MFA program. Her poems have appeared in or are forthcoming with STILL, Broken Bridge Review, The Georgetown Review, hotmetalpress and others. She currently lives in Virginia and is an Assistant Professor of English at Lynchburg College.  #3

Shanna Williams currently lives in San Francisco, California.  She mostly writes poetry and prose, but some fiction and playwriting here and there.  She has been published in a few online literary magazines. #3, #6

Martin Willitts Jr‘s recent poems appeared in Naugatuck River Review, MiPOesias, Flutter,, Muse Café, and Caper Journal. He was recently nominated for two Best of The Net awards and his 5th Pushcart award. He has four new chapbooks: “The Girl Who Sang Forth Horses” (Pudding House Publications, 2010), “Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for Cezanne” (Finishing Line Press, 2010), “True Simplicity” (Poets Wear Prada Press, 2011), and “My Heart Is Seven Wild Swans Lifting” (Slow Trains, 2011).  This poem now appears in his chapbook, “Why Women Are A Ribbon Around A Bomb.” #5

Christian A. Winn‘s Christian A. Winn lives, writes, and teaches creative writing in Boise, Idaho. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Pinch, Gulf Coast, and several other fine magazines. He is a graduate of the Boise State MFA program, which means something only sometimes, but which he values immensely.  He appreciates the Handful of Dust so much for the opportunity to publish this short work. #8

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the recipient of the 2009 Academy of American Poets Award from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is a doctoral candidate and teaches English. Her chapbook My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010) was a finalist in four national contests. She is also the author of Ghost Girl, a chapbook forthcoming from Pudding House. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Feminist Studies, MARGIE, Arts & Letters, and elsewhere. Other awards include the Mari Sandoz Award in fiction, the Will Jumper Award in poetry, and five Pushcart Prize nominations. Residences include the Herbert Hoover Artist-in-Residency Program. She holds a BS in English literature and women’s studies from Iowa State University and an MA in women’s studies from the University of Arizona. She reads and writes reviews for Prairie Schooner. #2, #10

Christopher Woods is a writer, photographer and teacher.  He lives in Houston and in Chappell Hill, Texas. His work has appeared recently in GLASGOW REVIEW, LITCHFIELD REVIEW and NARRATIVE MAGAZINE. He shares an online gallery with his wife Linda at MOONBIRD HILL ARTS – #2 (Main Cover)

Terry Wright lives in Little Rock and teaches creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas.  His latest chapbook is Graphs (Kairos Editions, 2011).  His art has appeared in Poor Francis, Potion, Sunsets and Silencers, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere and has been shown at the Museum of Computer Art.  More art can be seen on his blog.  Terry believes his sunrise can beat up yours. #6

Ron Yazinski is a retired English teacher who lives in Northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife Jeanne.  His poems have or will soon appear in Mulberry Poets and Writers Association, Strong Verse, The Bijou Review, The Edison Literary Review, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Centrifugal Eye,, Nefarious Ballerina, The Write Room, Pulsar and Crash. I am also the author of the chapbook HOUSES: AN AMERICAN ZODIAC, which was published by The Poetry Library and a book of poems SOUTH OF SCRANTON. #2, #3, #7

Matt Yeager lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and two boys.  He’s in the oil business and is pursuing an education in English at the University of Central Oklahoma.  After school he intends to continue with graduate education and moonlight as a writer when he has time.  He enjoys music and gadgets, and reads anything with big words in it.  He’s been published twice in the Scissortale Review for short fiction and poetry.  It is his aim to make the other Oklahoma writers proud. #8

Erin York attended school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City
where she graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in
Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing.  Her writing has received both numerous publications and awards that include national acclaim. Aside from writing, Erin has worked for several literary magazines. For information on her writing and editing experience, visit her website: #10


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