In 1983, Lawrence Gladeview was born to two proud and semi-doting parents. After two middle schools and losing his faith in catholic high school, he graduated from James Madison University, majoring in English and having spent only one night in jail. He is a Boulder, Co poet cohabiting with his fiance Rebecca Barkley. More than ninety of his poems have been featured, or are forthcoming in various online and print publications. His full length poetry collection Just Ignore The Beer Stains is available from PigeonBike Press and his new chapbook Lowlifes, Fast Times & Occasionally Love is now available from Erbacce Press. You can read more about his poetry on his website.
In 1982, Time hailed The Computer as its Man of the Year. Not to be outdone, this same year Stewart Grant was born of two gallivanting socialites. Growing up in the Washington D.C suburbs, Stewart was an academic prodigy through high school who excelled in athletics. He graduated Penn State University and remains in the State College area, composing poetry and bar-crawling with his wife, Penelope Sawyer. His poetry has appeared in Shoots and Vines Literary Magazine and The Legendary. His flash fiction can be read in the Sam’s Dot Publishing Drabbler #14.
Recent books from Lyn Lifshin: The Licorice Daughter: My Year With Ruffian, Texas Review Press, Another Woman Who Looks Like Me, from Black Sparrow at Godine., following Cold Comfort and Before It’s Light, Desire, and 92 Rapple. She has over 120 books & edited 4 anthologies. Also out recently: Nutley Pond, Persephone, Barbaro: Beyond Brokenness, Lost In The Fog, Light At The End, Jesus Poems and Ballet Madonnas, Katrina, Lost Horses and Chiffon. And coming soon: All The Poets Who Have Touched Me, Living And Dead. All True: Especially The Lies and Ballroom. Her web site can be found here.
Robert Demaree is the author of four collections of poems, including Fathers and Teachers (2007) and Mileposts (2009), both published by Beech River Books. The winner of the 2007 Conway, N.H., Library Poetry Award, he is a retired school administrator with ties to North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. He has had approximately 450 poems published or accepted by 100 periodicals, including Louisville Review, Louisiana Review, Miller’s Pond, the Aurorean and Ghoti. For further information please go here.
Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman, grew up in rural China and published several monographs before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan teaches in Vancouver and has poetry appear in nearly 480 literary publications across 19 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Salzburg, SAND and Taj Mahal Review.
Dave Migman lives in Edinburgh, Scotland – he is a writer, artist and stone carver. His first novel, The Wolf Stepped Out, is available from Doghorn Publishing.
William Wright Harris
The poetry of William Wright Harris has appeared in nine countries in such literary journals as The Cannon’s Mouth, Ascent Aspirations, generations and Write On!!! A student at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, he has studied poetry in workshop settings with such poets as Jesse Janeshek, Marilyn Kallet, Arthur Smith, and Marcel Brouwers.
John Grochalski is the author of two books of poems The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008) and Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010). Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he constantly worries about the high cost of everything.
Steve writes, lives and works in Las Vegas. He is a native of Detroit. His work has previously appeared in The Whistling Fire, Foundling Review, Apocrypha, Abstractions, Orion headless, and others. His blog contains all his previously published work with credits given to the appropriate publications.
Mike Berger, PhD, is bright, articulate, handsome, and extremely humble.
Raud Kennedy is a writer and dog trainer in Portland, Oregon. To learn about his most recent work, Portland, a collection of short stories, please visit his website.
G. David Schwartz is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue. Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues to write. His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book is now in stores or can be ordered on Amazon.
Ira Joel Haber
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 USA and Europe and he has had 9 one man shows including several retrospectives of his sculpture. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York University, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
Paul Newman lives in Northern California with his wife and daughter. He sleeps with the closet light on and keeps a cricket bat next to the bed… just in case. You can find more of his stories at http://www.logicalvoodoo.com.
Zack Nelson Lopiccolo
Zack Nelson Lopiccolo is a recent graduate of California State University, Long Beach where he stole a B.A in Creative Writing and Literature. He is one head of the Cerberus that runs Bank-Heavy Press, known for their crazy antics. His strangely erotic voice can be seen in Indigo Rising, ¡Vaya!zine, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Crack the Spine, Pipe Dream and Contemporary American Voices. He currently resides aboard a sailboat in Long Beach, CA pretending to be a pirate, but really works as a Drywall Hanger and Taper. He loves canned green beans.
Chris Butler is a twenty something nobody shouting from the Quiet Corner of Connecticut. He has previously published four poetic manuscripts, including Emo, The War of Art, Down Syndrome and Black Tits, co-written with the unproclaimed poet laureate of Cambodia, Randall Rogers.
Willie Smith is deeply ashamed of being human. His work celebrates this horror. His novel Oedipus Cadet is available from amazon.com. His story collection Nothing Doing is forthcoming from Honest Publishing. To see him further embarrass himself: www.youtube.com/wsmith49.
Zach Fishel is a recent Pushcart Nominee and graduate student at the Univ. of Toledo. He has had work appear in many wonderful places. He can read your fortune with tea leaves, and spends his free time living, not surviving.
Cindy is a Jersey girl who works in New York City & who talks like Anybodys from West Side Story. She works out 5-6 days a week, so needs no excuse to drink or do whatever the hell she wants. She loves peanut butter, blood-rare meat, Jack Daniels, and Starbucks coffee (though not usually in the same meal). She’s been published in the usual places, such as Hardboiled, ATwist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, Out of the Gutter, Mysterical-E, MediaVirus, and The New Flesh. She is the editor of the ezine, Yellow Mama. And she’s still a Gemini and a Christian.
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 Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; Hawaii Review; Le Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest); Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others.
Gregory Liffick has been writing poems for about thirty years and submitting them seriously the last eight. He has had probably fifty published in a variety of print and online journals. Gregory has had two chapbooks published and is also an artist and a special education teacher.
Andrea Jane Kato was born in the great state of California and was raised Buddhist by a gypsy-like artist mother and a Japanese farmer who currently grows pineapples in Hawaii. She is a Capricorn, Dragon, INTJ, HSP, Atheist, singer/songwriter, abstract painter, iPhone photographer who likes yoga, fasting, and the beach. She has been published in magazines such as The Blue Jew Yorker, Ditch, ReadThis Magazine, and Otis Nebula, who will be publishing her first book of poetry early 2012.
Michael Keel is a freelance writer/photographer mainly focusing on travel, food, culture, the wine industry, and everything in between. Michael recently started working on an unfinished novel he began years ago and a manuscript of autobiographical stories/poems with the working title Pieces of Wayfaring.
Jessy Bissal is a 21 year old Armenian Lebanese currently living in Lebanon. She holds a BA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut and believes in the four greats: Great Mother, Great Beer, Great Love, and Great Grief.
Canadian Bruce McRae has had almost 600 publications in the past 12 years. Originally from Niagara Falls, he has moved extensively, living in London for 18 years and currently residing on Salt Spring Island, BC. A musician, who has recorded and toured, many of his poems have been set to music receiving airplay in the UK, U.S., Canada and Australia. His first collection, The So-Called Sonnets, published by Silenced Press of Ohio, is available now.
Native of San Francisco, CA, Jay Passer’s work has appeared in print and online since 1988.
Zachary Scott Hamilton lives in Portland, Oregon where he works on paintings in a condemned house on the outskirts of town. He writes poetry and short stories with his cat and some of the writing appears in these places, Karawane (issue 10 under Bison kiln), Otoliths, and Ignaviapress (issue 4.1) and in print through the Marymark Press broadside editions, letter found #72 and His zine Hair Land To contact Zachary, you can write to: Journeysintospace[at]gmail[dot]com or to this address: 640 Se Stark Street Portland, Oregon 97214.
Bill Wolak is a poet who has just published his third book of poetry entitled Archeology of Light. Mr. Wolak has been awarded two Fulbright-Hays scholarships to study and travel in India and has traveled throughout Asia including trips to Tibet, Nepal, Thailand, Japan, and China. In 2007, he was selected to participate in a Friendship Delegation to Iran sponsored by the Fellowship Of Reconciliation, the nation’s largest and oldest interfaith peace and justice organization. Recently he has been selected to be a featured reader at the 2011 Kritya International Poetry Festival in Nagpur, India.
Jessy Kendall has lived on Earth all his life. He works in a variety of mediums, making original music, mosaics, collages, and poems. Jessy has self published and locally distributed a black and white arts/literary zine called Letter Founder for the last seven years, distributing one a month. Letter Founder is up to issue 85.
Sonnet Mondal is the author of six books of poetry including a poetry bestseller and is the pioneer of the 21 line fusion sonnet form of poetry. His works have been published in several International literary magazines and have been translated into Macedonian, Italian, Arabic,Hindi,Telugu and Bengali. He was awarded Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing in 2009, Doctor of Literature from United Writers’ Association in 2010, Azsacra International Poetry award in 2011 and was inducted in the prestigious Significant Achievements Plaque in the museum of Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur. He has also been a featured poet at World Poetry Reading Series, Canada and Asian American Poetry project, U.S.A.At present he is the managing editor of The Enchanting Verses journal of poetry.
Richard Godwin is the author of Apostle Rising, a crime novel in which a serial killer is crucifying politicians and recreating the original murder scenes of an unsolved case. He writes crime and lets it slip the net like wash into horror. He is also a produced playwright. His work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including CrimeFactory and Needle Magazine. His Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse are his unusual interviews with fellow authors. You can see a full list of his published works at his website here. Apostle Rising can be bought at all good bookshops and online at all retailers, as well as Amazon.
Australian born poet, U.S resident since the late seventies. He works as financial systems analyst. Recently published inConnecticut Review, Kestrel, and Writer’s Bloc, with work upcoming in Pennsylvania English, Alimentum, and theGreat American Poetry Show.
Lee Stern lives in Los Angeles, two miles from the beach.
Ron Koppelberger has been writing poetry and short stories for the past 35 years. He began writing when he was ten years old. Ron has written 92 books of poetry and 16 novels over the past four or five years. He has published 248 poems and 65 short stories. Ron loves to write and nothing thrills him more than seeing his writing in print. The creative process is a thrill for Ron, 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.
Joseph Harker is the pseudonym of a twentysomething student currently living in Washington, D.C. He writes mythic poems about everything from salad to coffee cups, and saves the ordinary poems for life and death, religion, and similarly minor concepts. You can find his work in online and print journals like Qarrtsiluni, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Ganymede, and Bolts of Silk, or you can visit him at his website if you promise to wipe your feet.
Clinton Van Inman is a high school teacher in Hillsborough County, Florida. He is 65 and a graduate of San Diego State University. He was born in Walton on Thames, England. He has had many publications throughout the years. Recent publications are Blackcatpoem.com, Tower Journal, The Hudson View Winter 2011, Inquisition Poetry, and Munyari.com to name a few.
A poet, musician, and writer, Kyrsten Bean lingers outside the fringe, working various gigs to pay the rent while cranking away at her real modus operandi–revealing the disparity and beauty in the human condition. Her poems have been published in Breadcrumb Scabs, Children, Amphibi.us, Censored Poets and others.
Catfish McDaris just finished a 30 year gig at the main post office in Milwaukee. The most exciting time there was when Jeffrey Dahmer was captured, mail bombs were sent almost daily. Catfish & van Gogh were both born in 53 & Vincent died on July 29th, Catfish’s birthday. His latest chapbook, Making Love To The Rain is still selling like empty bottles of vino to all the winos in the world.
Aged 28, Amit Parmessur hails from the paradise-like island of Mauritius. He is forthcoming and has been published in over 40 magazines since starting to submit his poems in 2010. Ann Arbor Review, Gloom Cupboard, The Houston Literary Review, Red Fez, phantom kangaroo, Burnt Bridge, Calliope Nerve, Damazine, Leaf Garden Press, Shot Glass Journal, The Camel Saloon and The Scrambler are some of the places in which he has appeared. It all started at the WritersCafe.org where he was widely appreciated.
Matt Galletta lives with his wife and cats in Troy, NY. He brews his own beer so he never has to leave the house. You can learn more about him at his website.
Chris Castle is English but works in Greece. His influences include Ray Carver and PT Anderson.
Connor De Bruler
Connor de Bruler lives in South Carolina. He has written for The New Flesh, Dark Anima Journal, Bastards and Whores, Yellow Mama, The Horror Zine, and Dabblestone Horror.
JC Piech lives in south-east England with her lovely and patient husband. There arent many things she prefers to do than staying in her pyjamas and writing all day. Her writing tends to fall into one of two categories – light and spiritual, or dark and strange. Perhaps its because she’s a Gemini? Or maybe she’s just a weirdo. You can follow her juxtaposed mind mumblings on her website.
Writing since January, 2011, Jerry’s work has appeared in four countries with the journals 6 Tales, Bewildering Stories, The Chaffey Review Literary Magazine, Daily Love, Eskimo Pie, The Fringe Magazine, Hackwriters Magazine, Larks Fiction Magazine, Leaning House Press, The Legendary, Litsnack, Piker Press, Postcard Shorts, Ray’s Road Review, The Scarlet Sound, Weirdyear, Writing Raw, and Zouch Magazine and Miscellany. He is currently working on a murder mystery for the stage.
Duane Kirby Jensen
Duane Kirby Jensen is a poet and a painter. He was inspired to paint, as a toddler, while he watched his grandmother and grandaunt paint scenes of their Stanwood, WA community. He comes from a long line of painters, photographers, carvers, inventors and storytellers. In the 1990’s he owned and operated an art gallery, published Everett’s Independent Voice (an arts and entertainment magazine) and the The Drifter, a poetry magazine. He also coordinated the Mill Town Poets Open-mic. Within his paintings and poetry, he pursues the two main narrative line: “The Beauty of Loss and Longing” and ‘the role and effects of family.” Duane lives in Everett, WA. To see his paintings, visit his website and/or to read his poems, find him on Facebook.
Cath Barton is an English singer, writer and photographer of Scottish descent who lives in Wales. She has had stories published here and there, most notably in Short, Fast, and Deadly, Fractured West, and 100 Stories for Queensland. You can visit her photographic exhibition Cath Barton’s Eye on Wales, at The Camel Saloon. She has also had photographs published in Vapid Kitten and The Verso Review, as well as to inspire story submissions on With Painted Words.
Conceived in Hawaii during the Summer of 1982, Kyle Garthe completed the transition from conception to reality in April, 1983. Garthe’s childhood years were spent performing all manner of oddities, mischief and nonsense in rural central Pennsylvania. A combination of isolation, boredom and visual inspiration were the vital ingredients needed for creativity to brew in his brain. In 2005 he received an associates degree in graphic design from Pennsylvania College of Technology, in Williamsport. Currently residing in State College, he’s still inspired by the sights, sounds and smells around him. Ever changing interests and views keep his outlook on his art fresh.
Lisa Zaran was born in 1969 in Los Angeles, California. She is an American poet, essayist and the author of six collections including The Blondes Lay Content and the sometimes girl, the latter of which was the focus of a year long translation course in Germany. Subsequently published to German in 2006 under the title: das manchmal mädchen. Selections from her other books have been translated to Bangla, Hindi, Arabic, Chinese, German, Dutch, Persian and Serbian. Her poems have appeared in hundreds of literary journals, magazines, broadsides, anthologies and e-zines including: Juked, Ramshackle Review, Apparatus Magazine, Hudson Review, Black Dirt, Other Voices, Kritya, The Dande Review, Soul to Soul, Nomad’s Choir Poetry Journal, Not a Muse Anthology, Best of the Web 2010, Literature: an intro to Reading and Writing by Pearson as well as being performed in Glasgow’s Radio Theater Groupand displayed in SONS, a museum in Kruishoutem, Belgium. Lisa is founder and editor of Contemporary American Voices, an online collection of poetry by American poets. She is also the author of Dear Bob Dylan, a collection of letters to her muse. Lisa lives and writes in Arizona.
Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, The Camel’s Hump, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, After Hours, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, and others. In addition, he has eight poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).
Brownstein taught elementary school in Chicago’s inner city (he is now retired), but he continues to study authentic African instruments with his students, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators and the State of Illinois Title 1 Convention, and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.
John Sweet, b. 1968, lives upstate with little to no hope of escaping. He believes in writing as catharsis, opposed to all organized religion and political parties. Recent collections include Continuum (Kendra Steiner Editions) and In The Palace Of Dying Light (Ten Pages Press).
Casey Holmanis a Californian college student addicted to cognitive leaps. Her work has previously appeared in Carcinogenic Poetry and Verdad Magazine, among others.
James Valvis lives in Washington State with his wife, daughter, and cat. His poems or stories have recently appeared in Arts & Letters, Nimrod, Atlanta Review, Hanging Loose, Pank, Southern Indiana Review, Crab Creek Review, Rattle, LA Review, Linger Fiction, River Styx, and is forthcoming in Midwest Quarterly, New York Quarterly, Pearl, Pinyon, Verdad, and many others. He will be the featured writer in Re)verb 7. In addition to being a multiple Pushcart and Best of the Web nominee, a novelette was a story South Million Writers Notable Story. His first poetry collection, How to Say Goodbye, is due in 2011.
Peter Magliocco writes from Las Vegas, Nevada, where he’s edited the lit-zine ART:MAG for over 20 years. He has recent poetry in Heeltap, Scythe, Gold Dust, This, A Hudson View Poetry Digest, and elsewhere. His latest chapbooks are Nude Poetry Garage Sale (Virgogray Press) and The Heaven of Words (Propaganda Press). He was Pushcart Prize nominated for poetry in 2010.
Gale Acuff, who took his PhD in English at Texas Tech University, has had poetry published in many journals and little magazines and is the author of three books of poetry: Buffalo Nickel (2004), The Weight of the World (2006), and The Story of My Lives (2008), all from BrickHouse Press. Gale has taught university English in the US, the Palestinian West Bank, and China, where he teaches at Southwest University of Science and Technology, in Mianyang, Sichuan.
Anita McQueen runs the streets at night, feeling the wind against her face, and long shadows on her back. Her poetry has recently appeared in A Handful Of Stones, The Camel Saloon, Catapult To Mars, Deuce Coupe, The Literary Burlesque, and Raven Images. You can read more about Anita on her blog.
Michael Lee Johnson
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer from Itasca, Illinois. Michael has been published in over 22 countries. He is also the editor/publisher of four poetry sites, which can all be found at his website Poetry Man.
Rebecca is a mother and sometimes writer whose stories and poetry have appeared in print and online in a variety of publications including: Birmingham Arts Journal, Dogzplot, Six Sentences Review, Cent Magazine, The Camel Saloon, Flash Magazine, Pear Noir, Ink Sweat and Tears, Full of Crow, Camroc Press, and The Salt River Review. Rebecca is currently based in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania, and can be found at her website.
A.J. Kaufmann (June 24, 1989) is a modern underground poet and songwriter known best in Polish underground scene and small press circles in the USA and Great Britain. He’s the author of Siva in Rags (Kendra Steiner Editions, 2008), Insane in Rome (Erbacce Press, 2008), Broke Nuptial Minds (Virgogray Press, 2009), Saint of Kreuzberg (Erbacce Press, 2010) and other poetry chapbooks.
George Anderson lives in North Wollongong, Australia. His latest chapbook will be shortly be published by Interior Noise Press. Check out his blog Bold Monkey.
Mike Perkins was born and raised in Boone County Missouri where he has lived all his life except for a stint in the Army as a medic and then in the Navy as a corpsman for the Marines. He has four children and lives with his wife and the two youngest children who are still at home. He is a social worker and teaches at a local liberal arts college.
Casey Quinn lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and two dogs. Over 300 of his poems have been published in either print or online venues. His second chapbook Prepare to Crash was released in 2009 by Big Table Publishing and was reviewed by The Pedestal Magazine who wrote “Quinn’s voice feels personal, causal, and familiar. He uses common speech to achieve the extraordinary. As such, Quinn’s poems are usable. They’re the type of poems one might transpose onto a small piece of notepaper to send as a missive.”
Austin Cunningham is a 16 year old student from Raleigh, North Carolina. He has a vast amount of unpublishable literature that he is attempting to cram down the throats of editors all across The United States. His hobbies include typing on a typewriter trying to feel like Hemingway and committing subversive acts of verbal vandalism in his school corridors. He hopes to one day write for a living and not starve, fully realizing the paradoxical nature of this dream.
Doug Draime emerged as a presence in the ‘underground’ literary movement in the late 1960’s in Los Angeles. He currently lives and writes in Ashland, Oregon.
Chuck Taylor has published two novels, Drifter’s Story and Fogg in High School, and also three short story collections, Lights of the City, Somebody to Love, and It All Flows Away. He’s a zero generation Texan, and calls himself a Texas Yankee. His two latest books have been poetry collections, Heterosexual: A Love Story, Panther Creek Press, and Like Li-Po Laughing at the Lonely Moon, Pecan Grove Press. Taylor has worked as a bookstore clerk, children’s magician, balloon clown, survey taker, janitor, soft water salesman, maintenance man, and animal lab assistant. He’s also worked for in the National Endowment’s CETA Artist Program, the Poets-in-the School’s Program, and taught at Angelo State University and the Universities of Texas at Tyler, El Paso, and Austin. In the early 1990’s, inspired by Gary Snyder and his poet mentor Lucien Stryk, Taylor moved to Japan to teach and become more engaged in Asian aesthetics. For the last twenty-one years he has taught creative writing, film, American Nature Writing, and the Beat Movement in American Literature at Texas A&M University in College Station. He’s married to Takako Saito and has three children—Will, James, and Lisa. You can reach the author at email@example.com.
Gordon Purkis is a writer and artist living in Suburban Atlanta, GA. His e-chapbook At the Dinner Table was recently published in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, and he has poems set to appear in Mobius and Cafe Muse Quarterly. He is also the editor, publisher and master puppeteer of Shoe Music Press.
Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal
Luis works in the mental health field in Los Angeles, CA. His first book of poetry, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press. His chapbook, Digging A Grave, will be published by Kendra Steiner Editions.
Asqarini was born in Jakarta, 1981. Some of her writings (articles, features,short stories) already published in local youth magazine Annida since year 2002 and other Indonesia’s teens magazines. Recently her poems were published in International links, at Mississippi Crow Magazine Issue #10 , Artists For Freedom, and also short stories at http://www.storystar.com. This State University of Jakarta’s alumni who can also speak French, still working and actively involved in local and global writing communities.
Aaron Asphar is studying his MA in critical and social theory, and has a tendency towards politically and emotionally antagonistic writing, which pushes language further then form. He has a a chapbook on Erbacce, Closing Invectives, and some poems in Decanto, Black Heart and other publications all of which are new or immanent, and an open blog with posts on poetry, prose, critical theory, politics, philosophy and subculture, contributions welcome at AspharPoetry.
Barry Basden lives in the Texas hill country with his wife and two yellow Labs. He’s been published here & there and edits Camroc Press Review.
Timothy Black’s first poetic novella, Connecticut Shade, is in its second printing through WSC Press. He teaches poetry at Wayne State College, and is a Cave Canem Fellow. He lives in Wakefield, Nebraska with his wife and two sons. Timothy’s work has appeared in the anthologies The Logan House Anthology of 21st Century American Poetry, The Great American Roadshow, and Words Like Rain. His poem, How to Finally Cry, won the Maravillosa Contest from Caper Literary Journal. He has been published in The Platte Valley Review and atbringtheink.com, has poems forthcoming in Breadcrumb Scabs, Clean Sheets and Decanto Poetry Magazine, and has won an Academy of American Poets prize for his poem Heavy Freight.
Daniel Wilcox hiked through Cal State Long Beach (Creative Writing), Montana, Europe, Palestine/Israel, and classrooms of teenagers trying to avoid lit. Now he eco-litters out lines in The Medulla Review, The Recusant, Gloom Cupboard, Moria Poetry, Danse Macabre, Counterexample Poetics, Clockwise Cat, Clutching at Straws, The Danforth Review, etc. A book of his poetry, Dark Energy, was published by Diminuendo Press. Daniel lives with a second volume Psalms, Yawps, and Howls, a speculative novel, a cat named Fizzy, and his wife on the coast of California.
Ross Vassilev is a poet and the editor of Asphodel Madness 2.0 Literary Magazine.
Born in Flint, MI, raised in the Detroit area, and ripening in California since the fall of 1992, John F. Buckley lives and works in Orange County with his wife, teaching at local colleges and chasing the poetic dragon. His work has been published in a few places, one of which nominated him for a Pushcart Prize.
Rich Murphy has taught writing and literature for 24 years at Bradford College, Emmanuel College and now at Virginia Commonwealth University. His second collection of poems titled, Voyeur, was the 2008 Gival Press Poetry Award winner. Other credits include a book of poems The Apple in the Monkey Tree; chapbooks Great Grandfather, Phoems for Mobile Vices, Family Secret, and Hunting and Pecking and echap Rescue Lines; poems in hundreds of journals; and essays in refereed journals, including Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture and Journal of Ecocriticism.
John is a Virginia based writer who recently quit his job in geriatric real estate sales. He has B.S. in International Business from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. It truly is a B.S. degree because he spent his four years drinking, smoking, fornicating, and doesn’t recall ever studying. After a half-assed attempt to become a pilot, John traveled to Seattle with Lawrence Gladeview. He moved back to Virginia after failing his pre-employment drug screen. He has a drinking problem and his roommate burned their house down. His parents are successful and he has little in common with them. John is planning on studying law and has wonderful friends.
Michael Mc Aloran was Belfast born, (1976). His most recent poetic works have appeared/ are forthcoming at Clockwise Cat, Psychic Meatloaf, Pratishedhak, Graffiti Kolkata, Cannolie Pie, Counterexample Poetics, Sex & Murder, etc. In the past year of submitting, he has authored nine short collections, seven of which have so far been accepted/ published: In the Black Cadaver Light, (Poetry Monthly Press), The Rapacious Night, (Calliope Nerve Media), The Gathered Bones, (Calliope Nerve Media), The Redundant Pulse, (Shoots & Vines), The Black Vault, (Calliope Nerve Media), The Death-Streaked Air, (Virgogray Press) & Final Fragments, (Calliope Nerve Media). Other pursuits include paint, cigarettes and alcohol. He is also Weblog Editor at Calliope Nerve…
Lisa Brown was born in Richmond V.A. with a “pen in hand.” An adoptee raised in Nashua N.H. now residing in Decatur A.R, Lisa has taken all that life has thrown her only to rearrange the negative to positive and the positive to triumph, driven by an emptiness she’s carried for over 25 years. All throughout her journey of learning, she has always taught to those following along, challenging them to disobey the rules of poetry. Her work has been featured in Oh, What a Tangled Web and numerous anthologies.
John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter and music producer, and a left-of-left liberal. Prompted by the trauma of graduating high school and having to leave his beloved city of Detroit to attend university, the development his social skills and world view were arrested at about age 18. This affliction figures prominently in all of his creative work. He is author of two full-length novels, From Thailand With Love and The Man Who Loved Too Much. He is currently living in Japan.
William C. Burns
Bill was born in Washington DC, circa the early fifties, which puts him on the trailing edge of the beautiful generation (remember the Hippies? OK for those of you too young to how bout Shaggy from Scooby Doo?). Bill was raised in West Virginia in and around the rolling hills and glens of Charleston. Moved to South Carolina in 1984 with his wife and three children. He holds lots of degrees (mostly Celsius, some Fahrenheit, some Kelvin) in areas such as Electrical engineering, Biomedical engineering and Adult & Technical education. Bill keeps the hounds of starvation at bay by teaching engineering and technology courses at various colleges. Has been published in a bunch of small magazines and online journals.
Gustavo Barraza is currently a student at the University of Texas-El Paso and writes poetry while in class. Born in Juarez, Mexico but raised in San Jose, California. He is a protestant (but hates religion), he likes government (but hates politics), and he likes movement (but hates traffic). He currently lives in the outskirts of El Paso Texas.
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, fiction, 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.
John Bruce’s writing has appeared in numerous literary magazines, and he’s received a Pushcart nomination. He has degrees in English from Dartmouth College and USC and lives in Los Angeles.
Aaron Booth and lives in a small market town by the name of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. His hobbies include reading, writing, proofreading others work (he has proofread for The Black Library, a publishing house located in Nottingham. Aaron also has a fascination with professional wrestling. He is currently training to be a professional wrestler and co-owns a wrestling promotion named BHW (British Hybrid Wrestling) that operates throughout the East Midlands.
Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn’t earn a living in the theater. He has also been a tennis pro, a ditch digger and a salvage diver. 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, and Mutilated Girls is being published by Bedouin Press. A collection of his poetry Days of Destruction was published by Skive Press. Another collection, Expectations was published by Rogue Scholars Press. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes, and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway and toured colleges and outdoor performance venues. Gary’s poetry has appeared in hundreds of literary magazines and he currently lives in New York City.
Daniel Romo teaches high school creative writing, and lives in Long Beach, CA. His recent poems can be found in Praxilla, Connotation Press, and The Acentos Review. He is an MFA candidate in poetry at Antioch University, and will be featured this spring in an anthology of up and coming Southern California poets published by Moon Tide Press titled Pop Art: An Anthology of Orange County Poetry. More of his writing can be found at Peyote Soliloquies.
Charlotte Hamrick began writing her poetry on paper in the mid-90’s after a lifetime of creating it only in her head. She writes from her heart and is astonished and grateful that her poetry has recently been published online in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, The Electronic Poetry Network, Minority Weirdos, and St. Somewhere. She lives in New Orleans where she loves eating brownies and drinking beer.
Angela Powiro is a twenty five year old artist living in Jakarta City, Indonesia. Angela’s graphic design has been featured in print and online publications, and she describes her style as feminine and ornament casual. In her spare time, Angela enjoys traveling and fashion, especially if it’s on someone else’s dime. Angela believes that graphic design is a way to communicate through visual or typo mediums, and is effective if the audience elicits a response.
Jason E. Castro
Jason E. Castro has no desire to start your revolution, sell your convertible furniture or sing your latest Top 40 hit. Fiction writing is his passion, and while he quests to write his own Great American Novel, you can find this Staten Island, New York resident’s previous work in literary e-zines such as Danse Macabre and Greensilk Journal.
When Nicole Nicholson was eight years old, she started building magic kingdoms in alternate dimensions and talking to invisible people. She began writing poetry when she was twelve and has been storytelling ever since, trying to engage minds and hearts, communicate, offer different ways of seeing and feeling, and help others find their way back home. Now 33, she lives with her fiancé in Columbus, Ohio where she still builds magic kingdoms in alternate dimensions and talks to invisible people. You can find some of her poetry on her blog at Raven’s Wing Poetry, as well as in Young American Poets, Strong Verse, and Spring Street. She has also published two chapbooks, Raven Feathers and word.
Jim Fuess works with liquid acrylic paint on canvas. Most of his paintings are abstract, but there are recognizable forms and faces in a number of the paintings. He is striving for grace and fluidity, movement and balance. He likes color and believes that beauty can be an artistic goal. There is whimsy, fear, energy, movement, fun and dread in his paintings. A lot of his paintings are anthropomorphic. The shapes seem familiar. The faces are real. The gestures and movements recognizable. More of his paintings, both in color and black and white, may be seen at Jim Fuess Art.
David Kowalczyk lives and writes in Oakfield, New York. His poetry and fiction have appeared in seven anthologies and over one hundred magazines and journals, including The Buffalo News, California Quarterly, Maryland Review, and Istanbul Literary Journal. David has taught English in South Korea and Mexico, as well as at Arizona State. He was founding editor of the late Gentle Strength Quarterly.
David Keight inhabits a small town near Manchester, England. He writes about an eclectic mix of things, with influences ranging from Phillip K. Dick to C.S. Forester. Having sauntered through a degree in Biology at Sheffield university, he went on to do the first two years of a PhD in molecular biology but dropped out without finishing it. He is currently trying to avoid gainful employment so he can pursue his writing career further.
Danny Zambrano grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City. He has loved art from a young age, and spent most of his life creating and appreciating visual art in various dynamic mediums from ink and oil to spray paint and mixed textures . He currently lives in Boston with his fiancée.
Tray Drumhann’s work explores the dimensions and depth of human nature. His goal is to communicate the personal and cultural dynamics that condition how we view ourselves and others as well as how our individual experiences condition such perception. Notable publications featuring Drumhann’s work include The Pinch Journal, Tiferet & Adagio Quarterly.
Mark Stratton has had work appear in A Handful of Stones, Four and Twenty, and Physiognomy in Letters. He lives in Missouri with his wife, Elaine and three cats. More of his poetry and some very short fiction can be found at Radio Nowhere.
Chris G. Vaillancourt
Chris G. Vaillancourt has been involved in the art of writing as long as he can remember. Chris is a Canadian poet who has enjoyed publication in numerous small poetry magazines and newsletters,such as Pagan Lady Poetry Journal, The Inkling; The Lance; Ydrgasil; Poetry Space; Poesia International; Plum Ruby Review; Protest Poems; Quills, Poetry Sharings, Poesy, Poetry Stop, Detour Memphis,and a host of other print and ezine publications.. He has enjoyed the publication of several chapbooks of his poetry, such titles as Doors And Windows (4 Winds Press) and Teardrop of Coloured Soul (PublishAmerica) Currently his new book, I Walk Naked Into A Cloud is set to be released in Jan of 2010. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of Windsor and a Diploma in Sacerdotal Ministry from the Saint Andrew Theological Institute. Chris lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Christina Hoag is a reporter with The Associated Press in Los Angeles, covering all kinds of urban mayhem and mishap. A former staff writer for the Miami Herald, she also spent a decade in Latin America writing about coups and crazy presidents for Time, Business Week, The New York Times, Financial Times and Houston Chronicle. The influence of journalism and her peripatetic life invariably bubble into her fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Her work has been published in The Oddville Press, StraitJackets, Liquid Silver eBooks, Clever, Hackwriters, Bent Pin, ExPatLit, Sex and Murder, The Smoking Poet, The Horror Zine, Salome,and Lunarosity.
Holly Day lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her two children and husband. Her most recent book-length publications are Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Walking Twin Cities.
Ben Nardolilli is a twenty four year old writer currently living in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in The Houston Literary Review, Perigee Magazine, Canopic Jar, Lachryma: Modern Songs of Lament, Baker’s Dozen, Thieves Jargon, Farmhouse Magazine, Elimae, Poems Niederngasse, Gold Dust, The Delmarva Review, Underground Voices Magazine, SoMa Literary Review, Heroin Love Songs, Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue, Cantaraville, and Perspectives Magazine. In addition, Ben was the poetry editor for West 10th Magazine at NYU and maintains a blog at MirrorSponge.
James Eric Watkins
James Eric Watkins is a creative writer, photographer, father, husband, lover, companion, never-ending seeker of truth and knowledge . . . . He has held everything in his hands from hammers and nails to the pages of Plato. James’ writings and photography can be found in a variety of publications, online and off. James is the editor/publisher ofPromise of Light and Flowers & Vortexes, Creative Magazine.
Phil Lane’s poems have been accepted and rejected in almost equal numbers by various little-known magazines and journals. He lives in New Jersey and works as an English tutor, helping over-privileged kids preform better on their SATs. In his ample spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, turning down invitations to social and family functions, and hiking with his Boston Terrier, Tug.
Erin Descoteaux is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York, where she has worked as a freelance graphic designer since 2005. Although she has always tried to incorporate a hand drawn aspect to her designs, due to the nature of the field she ends up spending most of her time on the computer. In her latest personal work, she has intentionally left her computer behind to focus on the process of physically creating. Working this way she becomes less concerned in the end result and more interested in the interaction she has with the materials she uses and the discoveries she makes in the process.
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, five cats, and a couple of dogs. 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 over 1000 poems in various zines over the last three years or so and several available books and chapbooks, including three print full lengths, a few print chapbooks, and a free electronic chapbook, are at his blog, Mourning Abortion.
Stephen Jarrell Williams
Stephen Jarrell Williams loves to write, listen to his music, and dance late into the night. He was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His parents are native Texans. He has lived most of his life in California. His poetry has appeared here and there and in-between…
Julie Brown lives and writes in Austin, Texas. Her writing has appeared in Cherry Bleeds, the now-defunct website weddingchickie.com, and a pathetic high school lit journal. She treasures irony, cynicism and Aaron Spelling productions. More on all three of these delightful things, along with The Best Timewasters on the Internet Completely Unrelated to Pornography, can be found on her website, Julie A Brown.
Peycho Kanev loves to listen to sad music while he drinks slowly his beer. His work has been published in Welter, Gloom Cupboard, Off Beat Pulp, Nerve Cowboy, The Chiron Review, The Guild of Outsider Writers, Mad Swirl, Side of Grits, Southern Ocean Review, The Houston Literary Review, and many others. He loves to put the word down and not talking on the cell phone for days. He is nominated for a Pushcart Award. He lives in Chicago. His new collaborative collection “r”, containing poetry by him and Felino Soriano, as well as photography from Duane Locke and Edward Wells II, is now available at Amazon.
Ernest Williamson III
Ernest Williamson III has published poetry and visual art in over 220 online and print journals. His poetry has been nominated three times for the Best of the Net Anthology. He holds the B.A. and the M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis. Prof. Williamson teaches English at Essex County College and he is finishing his Ph.D. at Seton Hall University in the field of Higher Education Leadership.
Thomas R. Healy
Thomas R. Healy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. His stories have appeared in such publications as the Boston Literary Review, Flash and Pen, Freight Train, and The Square Table.
Colin James has poems forthcoming in Excathedra, Sex And Murder, and Grey Wolf Press. He works in Energy Conservation and is a great admirer of the Scottish landscape artist, John Mackenzie.
Writing under the name of iDrew to co-ordinate with her titles, Essex girl Drew has previously been published in various magazines such as The Battered Suitcase, The Delinquent, Ozone Park, All Things Girl, and the Read This Skin Deep Anthology. Insisting that it’s all in the name of research for her writing she concentrates all her energies into shopping, boys and clubs. She is also one of the founding members of the Clueless Collective.
Christopher Kugler lives in Central Pennsylvania. If he’s not writing about space or reading about space, he’s probably dreaming about space. To find out more, visit his website KlockWorkKugler.
Growing up in a Naval family, Tim Mauthe lived in several places growing up. Having spent his formative years as an artist and person in general in Virginia, Virginia is home. Tim now lives in Cleveland where he’s pursuing graduate studies in composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music. One thing that fascinates him about people with creative tendencies is that one’s creative work reflects their experience as an observer and participant in the enormous and humbling blessing that is life. That being said, Tim believes there is an enormous responsibility for the creative artist (and maybe just people in general) to reach deep within themselves to create as well as to continually broaden one’s horizons.
Franklin Peabody is an undercover informant. He is under the radar to feed you the stories that would not exist if he did not. Twenty six years on this planet, and not a dime to his name. That is the way FrankPea wants it and needs it to be. Franklin is currently lost at sea and was last seen toiling away on a novel about surviving the desert.
Michael L. Schurch
M.L. Schurch was born in 1949 on a farm near Richwood, Ohio. By nature a responder to the world at large, he has been published in Word Salad, Common Threads, Best of Ohio, and various compendiums/anthologies. As an observer, Michael seeks inspiration for writing in politics, the human condition, nature, family ties, and the sensual romance of life. He is recently retired from information services and social work. He spends his time writing poetry, sharing with friends of the Marion Photography Club, and volunteering as webmaster for The Ohio Poetry Association. He is happily married and living near his aging parents in a small town in central Ohio with his wife, daughter, and long-haired chihuahua Bear.
Andre Marsden is a twenty six year old poet and writer who inexplicably wound up as a network and website administrator. Currently living in Belize, Central America, he’s been on a quest to turn literature into acceptable entertainment in his community by organizing quarterly poetry and short story readings performed by himself and other Belizean poets since late 2007.
Michael Hartford is a writer and photographer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and twin sons. His stories have appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, JMWW, Cherry Bleeds, and Failbetter.
Michael Burton currently lives in Melbourne, Australia and has been traveling the country for almost two years. It is whilst traveling that he began to be inspired by, and start his own poetry. As part of a band destine for failure and poor music, Michael began writing songs and realized that his lyrics slowly evolved into poetry. Michael has been published in Word Catalyst Magazine and Yellow Mamma Literary Magazine, with further publications pending in the future.
After performing both music and poetry around the Boston area for twenty years, Derek Richards shed his fear of rejection and began submitting his work this past August. So far his poetry has appeared in over thirty-five publications, including; Lung, Word Riot, Cantaraville, Soundzine, The Centrifugal Eye, Opium 2.0, MediaVirus, Calliope Nerve, Right Hand Pointing, Breadcrumb Scabs,Tinfoildresses, Poets Ink, The Foundling Review and Underground Voices. He has also been told to keep his day job by Quills and Parchment. His dog, cat and two ferrets admire his attempts to be honest, direct, brilliant and lucrative. Also, he wants you to know that he has compiled over 50 fantasy sports championships. Happily engaged, he resides in Gloucester, MA, cleaning windows for a living.
Rebecca Barkley is a part-time poet and full-time fashionista. Impeccably witty and always overdressed, her pen is as elegant as the Manolo Blahniks that grace her feet. After graduating James Madison University, she dabbled in aquatics and the culinary arts, her tools of the trade an insurance license and ginsu knives. When Rebecca is not writing, she can be found enjoying tea and pontificating as to why Karl Lagerfeld is never happy.
Andrew Taylor is a Liverpool poet and co-editor of erbacce and erbacce-press. His latest collection, Make Some Noise comes from Original Plus, it is his sixth collection. Poems have recently appeared in Rusty Truck, Deuce Coupe, Pages and Flutter. An e-book is forthcoming from Differentia Press and he is co-editing a forthcoming anthology called Blood at the Chelsea, with American poet Lara Konesky. He has a PhD in poetry and poetics and sometimes blogs at AndrewTaylorPoetry.
Christopher Woods lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. Hes shares an online gallery with his wife Linda at MoonBird Hill Arts.
Eric J. Brinovec
Eric J. Brinovec is a 28-year-old man from Grants, New Mexico. He’s been writing surrealist poetry for about three years. Eric has been published in Ygdrasil, Poetrywarrior, Purdee, Madswirl, and Calliope Nerve among others. He does some collage art, loves the Meat Puppets, and succeed enough to get away from this intellectually dead, western town of zombies.