Michael Backus’ writing, fiction and non-fiction, has appeared in Okey Panky, One Story, Exquisite Corpse, Digging Through the Fat, Prime Number magazine, Hanging Loose, The Writer, The High Hat, The Portland Review, and The Sycamore Review. His short story “Coney on the Moon” is slated for publication in early September 2017 in an upcoming Redbird chapbook and a novel The Vanishing Point will be published in 2018 by Cactus Moon Publications. He taught film studies and creative writing at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and currently teaches beginning and advanced fiction writing for Gotham Writer’s Workshop and Zoetrope Magazine. He can be followed @MikeJBackus and more information is available at his website here.
New York fine arts photographer Amy Bassin and writer Mark Blickley work together on art collaborations and videos. Their text based art collaboration, Dream Streams, was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival and excerpts were published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Columbia Journal of Literature and Art. Their video, Speaking In Bootongue, was selected for the London Experimental Film Festival. Bassin is co-founder of the international artists cooperative, Urban Dialogues. Blickley is the author of Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press) and proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center.
National award-winning author Paula Bosco Damon is a prolific writer of flash non-fiction, garnering numerous top honors, including First Place in national and state writing competitions. She is the author of two books: Look. Don’t Look., a compilation of her flash non-fiction, mostly from her childhood; and Passing Notes, her first collection of poetry. A number of her poems have been published by the South Dakota State Poetry Society, Brookings; Scurfpea Publishing, Sioux Falls, S.D. and Fine Lines Literary Journal, Omaha, Neb. The author's works are informed by the rich geo, social and ethnic diversity of her upbringing in Central Pennsylvania and New York State's Southern Tier. After a long fulfilling career in journalism and marketing communications, Bosco Damon retired in 2014. Today, she is a marketing communications consultant, syndicated weekly newspaper columnist and community volunteer. Now longtime residents of South Dakota, she and her husband, artist Brian Joel Damon, have three grown children, five grandchildren and three Dachshund fur children. Bosco Damon holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the School of Contemporary Media and Journalism and a master’s degree in English, both from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. A nature lover, the writer considers photography a passionate form of expression and a practical method of documentation. This duality keeps her at the ready with camera loaded. Visit her literary archive at http://www.my-story-your-story.blogspot.com/. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant Clauser has published two books: Necessary Myths (2013) and The Trouble with Rivers (2012), and has books forthcoming from PS Books and Cider Press Review Books. Poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Cortland Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Southern Poetry Review and others. He also writes about electronics and fishes and teaches when he can. He blogs occasionally at www.unIambic.com. Twitter: @uniambic
Dah’s fourth poetry collection is The Translator (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015) and his poetry has been published by editors from the US, UK, Ireland, Canada, China, Spain, Australia, Africa, Philippines and India. His poems have recently appeared in Straylight Magazine, Otoliths, The Cape Rock, Acumen Journal, Sandy River Review, Indian River Review, The Linnet’s Wings, and Junto Magazine. Dah lives in Berkeley, California and is working on the manuscript for his sixth poetry book. ‘Harbinger Asylum Magazine’ nominated Dah’s poem “Some god” for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. He is the chief editor of ‘The Lounge’, a poetry critique group, and his fifth book is forthcoming in 2018, also from Transcendent Zero Press.
Stacy W. Dixon’s work has appeared in Tiger’s Eye, Pirene’s Fountain, Exponent 11, Sweet Tree Review, Word Fountain, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first chapbook collection A Pebble Thrown in Water was published by Tiger’s Eye Press, and her new chapbook is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She can be found on Facebook @stacydixonsplace
Therese Gilardi is a poet, essayist and short story writer whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the recently released final issue of "Onthebus". Therese is the author of two novels, "Matching Wits with Venus" and "Narvla's Celtic New Year." Therese is a member of the Women's Fiction Writers Association and the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, and a PAN member of the Romance Writers of America. After many years in France, Therese now calls a quirky house in the hills above Los Angeles home. Therese's obsessions include blue cameos, train travel and the paintings of Amedeo Modigliani.
Derek Salinas Lazarski has had his work featured in Curbside Splendor, Portage Magazine, Pop Matters, and the Second Hand Stories Podcast. A portfolio of his work can be found on his website, www.dereklazarski.com. When not writing, he works as an administrator in higher education. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two cats, the latter of which helped him write this bio.
Paul Negri was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He received an M.A. in English from Long Island University in 1970. He worked in publishing for many years, retiring from Dover Publications, Inc., as publisher and president, in 2008. His stories have appeared in The Penn Review, The Vestal Review, Bartleby Snopes, Piff Magazine, Jellyfish Review and other publications. He has twice won the Gold Medal for fiction in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition. He lives in Clifton, NJ.
Cree Pettaway is a first year MFA student at Louisiana State University. Cree is a graduate of Spring Hill College, where she had several poems published in their online literary magazine, The Motley. Read more of Cree’s work on her website, creepettaway.com.
Ellen Roberts Young is a member of the writing community in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She has published two chapbooks with Finishing Line Press, Accidents (2004) and The Map of Longing (2009). Her first full-length book of poetry is Made and Remade, (WordTech Editions, 2014). She is co-editor of Sin Fronteras/Writers Without Borders Journal and blogs intermittently at www.freethoughtandmetaphor.com.
Barbara Shomaker is a retired management consultant who worked with family businesses. Since retiring, she has focused on trying to learn the craft of short story writing. Her work has been published in Printers Row (the Chicago Tribune literary journal) and Kindred Magazine, a division of Anchor & Plume Press. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Ohio State University and did graduate work at Loyola University, School of Industrial Relations. She lives in Chicago.
Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Mslexia, KYSO Flash, Thema, and other publications.
Laura Madeline Wiseman teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her book Drink won the 2016 Independent Publisher Bronze Book Award for poetry. Her book is Velocipede (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist for Sports.
Verna Zafra-Kasala is proud to have roots in the Philippines and branches in the Pacific island of Guam. She considers herself a poet by trade but is discovering the connections between art through a pen and art through a lens. “Dalaw” is Verna’s first published photograph.
KB Ballentine has a M.A. in Writing and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Poetry. Her latest collection, The Perfume of Leaving, was awarded the 2016 Blue Light Press Book Award. Her work also appears in River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the Twenty-first Century (2015), Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (2013) and Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets (2011).
A single mother of one son, I was born and raised on Guinea Mountain, the middle child of five. I am a single mother of one son. I spent an imaginative life there. Learning to read and write fed my imagination. It offered me a new outlet. I’ve been writing ever since. Writing was difficult with a full time job and a rambunctious child. However, recently I’ve suffered a stroke and my life has turned completely around. All except my writing. The words seem to flow from my typewriter. I write mostly poems these days and I love photographing nature. My son is a hunter and I plan to turn his adventures into a book. I have been published in Front Porch News, a local paper. I, also, received an American flag that has flown over the state Capitol for my essay on “What the American Flag Means to Me” from WVVA television station. I have a Facebook page, “Betty Burton’s for-get-me- nots.”
Raven J. Cole is a teacher, YA/poetry writer, and book nerd from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She received her B.A. at Louisiana State University where she studied English and secondary education with concentrations in critical pedagogy and community-based learning spaces.Her poetry can be found in Black Napkin Press, The Fable Online, and at the bottom of most pots of gumbo.
Recipient of the Dana Award in Poetry, Tom Daley’s poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Witness, and elsewhere. FutureCycle Press published his first-full length collection of poetry, House You Cannot Reach—Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems, in 2015.
Linda Dove holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature and teaches college writing. She is also an award-winning poet, and her books include In Defense of Objects (2009), O Dear Deer,(2011), This Too (forthcoming, 2017), and the scholarly collection of essays, Women, Writing, and the Reproduction of Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (2000). Poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. She lives with her family and two Jack Russell terriers in the foothills of Los Angeles. More at www.pw.org/content/linda_dove
Michael Harshbarger lives in Southern Indiana with his wife and two children. He reads as much as possible and attempts to write whenever he can find time. In addition to his day job, Harshbarger writes about sports for FanSided.com. He believes the best axiom in the world comes from Cinderella: Have courage and be kind.
Loretta Martin lives in a Chicago suburb with her artist husband, Phil, and Charlie, a Siamese fighting fish that gives her the “fish eye” when she’s plays online Scrabble to avoid writer’s angst. A former blogger, Loretta writes fiction and nonfiction for in-print and on-line publications. Her work has appeared in Every Writer, Short Fiction Break, and Senior Alley.
Mary Newell, Ph. D. lives in the lower Hudson Valley. She has taught literature and writing at the college level, most recently at West Point. Her poems have been published in Spoon River Poetry Review, Hopper Literary Magazine, Written River, Earth’s Daughters, Chronogram, About Place, Jivin’ Ladybug, First Literary Review East, and other journals and anthologies. Dr. Newell (MA Columbia, BA Berkeley) received a doctorate from Fordham University in American Literature and the Environment. You can read her published poems at http://manitou-musings.weebly.com/.
Joe Ponepinto’s novel, Mr. Neutron, will be published by 7.13 Books in spring 2018. He is the publisher and fiction editor of Tahoma Literary Review, a literary journal that has had selections reproduced in Best American Poetry, Best American Essays, Best Small Fictions, and other notable anthologies. His fiction appears in many literary journals in the U.S. and abroad. Joe teaches at Seattle’s Hugo House and Tacoma Community College. Find him on Twitter @joeponepinto.
Marzelle Robertson, a retired English teacher and school counselor, lives in East Texas with her husband. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Arts and Letters, Borderlands, Cyphers, and The Evansville Review. As for social media, I don’t participate unless you count attendance at happy hour at one of the two happy places on the square in Mt. Vernon, population roughly 2700. The attached photograph was taken in 2015 in the Guadalupe Mountains. We were on our way to Big Bend National Park and the tiny, historic town of Marathon, where Los Portales was written.
John Sierpinski has published poetry widely in literary magazines from Backstreet Quarterly and California Quarterly to North Coast Review and Spectrum as well as many others. His work is also in three anthologies. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. He is currently sending out a book length collection of his poetry. He lives in Plymouth, Wisconsin with his wife Lynn.
He can be found on Facebook and LinkedIn. Or you can Google John Sierpinski to see examples of his writings from the magazines that he is in and a U-Tube video of a reading in Racine, Wisconsin.
Doug Van Hooser’s poetry has appeared in Poetry Quarterly, Chariton Review, Sheepshead Review, Gravel, and Black Fox Literary Magazine. His short fiction can be found in Red Earth Review, Intrinsick, Crack the Spine, and The Riding Light Review. Doug is a Chicago playwright active at Chicago Dramatists Theatre and Three Cat Productions.
Bill Wolak has just published his fifteenth book of poetry entitled The Nakedness Defense with Ekstasis Press. His collages have appeared recently in Naked in New Hope 2016 and The 2017 Seattle Erotic Art Festival. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Kevin Zepper is a Professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has published four chapbooks of poetry, Sugartown, (Finishing Line Press), I Bring You Dead Things (Blue Light Press), (Suffering From) An Apartment Complex (Plan B Press) and The Fifth Ramone (Dacotah Territory Press). His recent work has appeared in The Prose Poem Project, Slow Train Journal, Talking Stick, and Lake Region Review. He is one half of the performance duo Lines&Notes, a collaboration of music and poetry. Zepper's photos have appeared in print or online in the following publications: Red Weather, Inscape, Minnesota Portage, Her's Anthology (Beatlick Press), Drowning Gull (Sea Salt Series) and Barking Sycamore.
Alexandria Barkmeier is a writer, former educator, and public policy professional living in Washington, DC. Originally from Colorado, she has bumped around the country accumulating graduate degrees as well as a trusted black Lab named Gizmo. She is currently finishing a novel.
Ace Boggess is author of three books of poetry, most recently Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
Sara Caporaletti is a visual artist born and raised in a small suburb of Maryland. Caporaletti received her BA in studio art from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and her MFA in interdisciplinary fine art from American University in Washington DC. Her work explores various autobiographical elements related to religious practices and beliefs through a variety of media. Caporaletti has participated in several artist residency programs and has also exhibited her work locally at various art centers.
Sandy Coomer is a poet and mixed media artist. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Continuum (Finishing Line Press), The Presence of Absence (Winner of the 2014 Janice Keck Literary Award for Poetry), and the forthcoming Rivers Within Us (Unsolicited Press). Sandy is a poetry mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, the recipient of fellowships and scholarships to three writers-in-residency programs, and the founding editor of the new online poetry journal Rockvale Review (www.rockvalereview.com). She lives in Brentwood, TN.
Shlomit Miky Dan defines herself as one of the international nomad tribe, living an enriching experience that continues to challenge her curiosity and learning. She studied art history in Boston and Brussels, and received an M.A. In International Relations in Geneva, Switzerland. She has published interviews with writers, artists, arts-related personalities, musicians, and persons committed to human rights. Her journalistic work reflects her interests in these areas, as well as in reporting on issues concerning international relations. She writes in English and French. These days she lives in Geneva, Switzerland, where she feels she has chiseled her writing by attending small workshop groups within the Geneva writers' community. Some of her writing can be found at www.mikydan.ch. She can also be contacted at email@example.com.
Leslie Doyle lives in New Jersey and teaches at Montclair State University. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Front Porch, Cobalt (shortlisted for their fiction prize), MARY (winner of 2015 Editor's Prize for Fiction), Gigantic Sequins, The Fourth River, Electric Literature, Hermeneutic Chaos, The Forge, Fiction Southeast (finalist for Hell's Belle's Short Fiction Prize), and elsewhere. She would like to acknowledge and thank her son Kevin for technical assistance with poker terminology. Leslie Doyle can be found on Twitter @lespdoyle and on Medium @leslie.doyle
Candice Kelsey's poems have appeared in such journals as Poet Lore, The Cortland Review, Hobart Pulp, and Wilderness House -- and her work has been incorporated into multiple 3-D art installations. She has been accepted into the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Virginia Quarterly Review's Writer's Conference. A high-school English teacher of 19 years' standing, she lives in Los Angeles and serves as a fiction reader for The New England Review.
Tamara Miles teaches English at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in South Carolina. She was honored to be a 2016 contributor at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and a resident at Rivendell Writers Colony in August, 2017. Her poetry has been published in Fall Lines; Pantheon; Apricity; The Tishman Review; The Rush; Obra/Artifact; Snapdragon; Whatever Our Souls; The Cenacle; and other publications. She hosts a radio show called “Where the Most Light Falls” related to the arts, focusing on poetry and music at SpiritPlantsRadio.com.
Dayna Patterson earned an MFA from Western Washington University, where she served as the managing editor of Bellingham Review. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre. www.psalteryandlyre.org
Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in The Front Porch Review, the San Pedro River Review and more than 250 other publications.
After growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Catori Sarmiento’s world travels have often inspired her unique writing style. When not exploring the many cracks and crags in Japan, Catori Sarmiento spends her time writing poetry and prose. As an author, her works have appeared in numerous literary publications.
Louis Staeble, fine arts photographer and poet, lives in Bowling Green, Ohio. His photographs have appeared in “Agave”, “Blinders Journal”, “Blue Hour”, “Conclave Journal”, "Elsewhere Magazine", “GFT Magazine”, “Fifth Wednesday Journal”, “Four Ties Literary Review”, "Inklette Magazine", “Light: A Journal of Photography”, "Paper Tape Magazine", “Qwerty”, “Revolution John”, “Rose Red Review”, “Sonder Review”, “Timber Journal”, “Tishman Review”. “Windmill” and “Your Impossible Voice”. His work was shown in The Black Swamp Arts Festival 2016 as part of the Wood County Invitational.
Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Vrenios' poetry has been featured in many online and print journals such as Clementine, Kentucky Review, Two Cities Review, GFT Press, Page and Spine, Form Quarterly, Bethlehem Writers Roundable, and in issues of Hurricane Press, Poeming Pidgeon Unsplendid, The Binnacle, Evening Street Review and The Edison Review. Her prize winning chapbook Special Delivery (a work which plumbs the depths of grief, centering around the poet's twenty year old son Nick, killed in the 1988 terrorist attack that destroyed Pan Am 103 in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland) was published by Yellow Chair Press in the spring of 2016. She has been a 30/30 poet for Tupelo Press. She is a Professor Emerita from American University, and has spent most of her life performing as a singing artist across Europe and the United States.
Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. He has published a novel, The Dream Patch; a prose collection, Under a Riverbed Sky; and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His work has appeared in The Southern Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, Columbia, and Glimmer Train, among others. His photographs can be seen in his gallery -http://christopherwoods.zenfolio.com/
Jim Zola has worked in a warehouse, as a security guard, in a bookstore, as a teacher for Deaf children, as a toy designer for Fisher Price, and currently as a children's librarian. Published in many journals through the years, his publications include a chapbook -- The One Hundred Bones of Weather (Blue Pitcher Press) -- and a full length poetry collection -- What Glorious Possibilities (Aldrich Press). He currently lives in Greensboro, NC.
Chelsea Bartlett is a recent graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program on the beautiful coast of Maine, where she was born and raised. She believes in the magic of quiet moments and well-told stories. You can read more about her and her work on her blog at chelseadgbartlett.tumblr.com.
Carl Boon lives in Izmir, Turkey, where he teaches courses in American Culture and literature at 9 Eylul University. His poems appear in dozens of magazines, most recently Burnt Pine, Two Peach, Lunch Ticket, and Poetry Quarterly. He is also a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee.
Vincent Chabany-Douarre studies American history at La Sorbonne, Paris. His work has been featured in The Belleville Park Pages, The Bastille, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Gravel, 45th Parallel, Thrice Fiction Magazine, the podcast No Extra Words, Glassworks Magazine, Cecile Writer's Magazine, Foliate Oak, Wedgie Magazine, The Write Launch as well as Junto Magazine. You can find all of these pieces on his Tumblr, https://vincentsmumbles.tumblr.com/
William C. Crawford is a writer & photographer based in Winston-Salem, NC. He was a combat photojournalist in Vietnam. He has published extensively in various formats including fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, book reviews, and essays. His new book is highlighted elsewhere on this site. He had a parallel career as a social worker and community organizer. There, he wrote biting editorials on behalf of the powerless such as abused children, the frail elderly, and victims of enforced state sterilizations. He is known as Crawdaddy to his Yellow Lab, Scout.
Ian Delaney's writing has been published in Twisted Vine, The Rumpus, and Byzantium. He lives in the Bay Area and works in publishing.
Laura Forsey writes free-form poetry about the short, stolen moments that catch your breath. She currently lives in Ottawa, and would consume poetry and novels instead of eating if she should. This is her first formally published work.
Grace Lanoue holds an MFA from the University of Tampa. Her fiction has been published in BridgeEight and Underpass Review. She is a native Floridian, though her stories are mostly inspired by her childhood years on Martha’s Vineyard, MA. She loves nachos, hates tacos-- this makes life complicated. Similar to her culinary dilemmas, her writing explores complex relationships, discovers meaning in the arbitrary, and works to find truth in the absurd.
Devon Miller-Duggan has published poems in Rattle, Margie, The Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, The Hollins Critic. She’s won a couple of prizes, several Delaware Division of the Arts grants, and a handful of Pushcart nominations. She teaches Poetry Writing for the Department of English at University of Delaware. She tries to get to someplace with mountains in it at least once a year, and loves driving across the panhandle of Texas. Her books are Pinning the Bird to the Wall (Tres Chicas Books, 2008), Neither Prayer, Nor Bird (Finishing Line Press in 2013) and Alphabet Year (Wipf & Stock, 2017).
Jack Peterson lives ordinarily in Upland, Indiana, with his wife and two children and runs on country roads.
Madison Rahner is from South Carolina. She's an English major studying at Coastal Carolina University. Twitter: @RahnerNotRainer Instagram:@MadisonRahner
Caleb Michael Sarvis is a writer from Jacksonville, Florida. He is the fiction editor for Bridge Eight Literary Magazine and received his MFA from the University of Tampa. His work has been featured in or is forthcoming from Hobart, Literary Orphans, Panhandler Magazine, Flock, Barrelhouse, Fjords Review, and others. You can follow him on Twitter @calebmsarvis or come to Jacksonville and grab a beer.
Born and reared in Albuquerque, Susan Stamm Evans is a third generation New Mexican. She was born in 1952. It was while doing her undergraduate studies at the University of New Mexico that she fell in love with sculpting in clay. After she received her BA in ’75, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for her gradu- ate work, receiving her MA in ceramic sculpture in ‘78. Her first solo exhibition was immediately after grad- uate school. At the time, she became well known for her small, 7” to 10”, delicate porcelains of women in unassuming, yet emotionally charged, poses. The work then, as now, was quiet and introspective. Ms. Stamm Evans website is: http://susanstammevans.com. Her twitter handle is: @SusanStammEvans. You can see her work on Pinterest at: https://www.pinterest.com/artworkintl/susan-stamm-evans/
taylor d. waring is a poet / musician from Oshkosh, WI. He is currently earning his MFA at Eastern Washington University. He recently released his first chapbook, infomercials and released an EP with his post-stoner doom band, Baba Yaga (another is due out soon). He also writes music reviews over at riffrelevant.com (mostly heavy metal). When he’s not writing or playing tunes, he’s watching Gundam Wing, listening to records, or sampling the local Jameson.
Steve Young has an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has published thirteen previous short stories including in recent issues of the Saturday Evening Post, The Wild Word, Woven Tale Press and others. Two of his stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize and BASS awards. Young grew up in Vermont and now lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s been an award-winning public radio reporter/editor/news director for most of his career. In 2007, he won a DuPont-Columbia award, the highest annual award for broadcast journalism in the nation (equivalent to the Pulitzer) for his radio work. He also plays jazz piano. You can see many of his stories and projects (both fiction and journalism) on his website: http://mugwahnews.org. Twitter: @scyoung55. Facebook: scyoung55