Silvana Alfonso is a writer from New Jersey. Her work has appeared in Jackson Hole Review and The Steel Toe Review, among others.
Thomas Fox Averill is Writer-in-residence at Washburn University of Topeka. An O. Henry Award-winning short story writer, he is the author of three novels and three story collections. His most recent novel, rode, from the University of New Mexico Press, was named Outstanding Western Novel of 2011 as part of the Western Heritage Awards administered by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Since 2007 he has been writing and publishing short pieces set in and around gardens, and about gardens, gardeners, garden design, plants and the human relationship with nature. This group of pieces has the umbrella title of "Garden Plots," and they have been published in magazines like New Letters, North American Review, Scissors & Spackle, Flint Hills Review, and many others. His next novel, A Carol Dickens Christmas, will be published by the University of New Mexico Press in the Fall of 2014.
Greg Bachar lives in Seattle. His writing has appeared previously in Conduit, Rain Taxi, Dislocate, Bateau, Indiana Review, Sentence, Arroyo Literary Review, Hawaii Review, Quick Fiction, Southeast Review, and Pontoon: An Anthology Of Washington State Poets. He earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Lewis J. Beilman III lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with his two cats, Elvis and Rico. He writes short stories in his spare time. Recently, his stories have appeared in Straylight Online, Red Fez, and Larks Fiction Magazine. In 2009, he won first prize in the Fred R. Shaw Poetry Contest.
Adolfo Bejar is a writer from Mexico City who now lives in Anaheim, CA. He graduated from UC Riverside's creative writing program.
Diane Cypkin, Ph.D., Professor of Media, Communication, and Visual Arts at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York has had articles published in The Journal of Radio Studies, Ohio Speech Journal, Florida Communication Journal, Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota Journal, The New England Journal of History, and as part of conference proceedings. She has a chapter in the anthology Courage of Conviction: Women’s Words, Women’s Wisdom. For twenty years she has reviewed books for Martyrdom and Resistance, published by Yad Vashem. At her university she has won the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence and the President’s Extra Mile Award. In recent years, one of her hobbies is photography.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is an internationally award winning photographer and visual artist. She is the CIWEM Young Environmental Photographer of the Year 2013 and has also won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, and The National Trust to name but a few. Eleanor's photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, The British Journal of Psychiatry, Life Force Magazine, British Vogue, and as the cover of books and magazines extensively throughout the world. Her art is globally exhibited, and she was the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic- and Airbus-run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010. In 2012 her work received coverage on ABC Television.
Doug Bolling's poetry has appeared in numerous literary reviews including Water-Stone Review, Blue Unicorn, Slant, Mochila Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, Wallace Stevens Journal, English Journal, and Basalt among others. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, has degrees from Iowa, and currently occupies space-time in the outer regions of Chicago.
Mark Burr is a poet residing in historic Columbus, MS. He studied under the poet Kendall Dunkelberg. He likes squirrels, J.D. Salinger, Sylvia Plath, and movies about weird people. He is originally from Ocean Springs, MS.
Terry Davis is the author of three novels- Vision Quest, from which the Warner Brothers movie with Matthew Modine and Linda Florentino was made; Mysterious Ways; and If Rock and Roll Were a Machine. He is working his way back into publishing after many years.
George Eklund is on the creative writing faculty at Morehead State University. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in ABZ, The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal. Cimarron Review, Crazyhorse, EPOCH, The Iowa Review, Laurel Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Ohio Review, The North American Review, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Pebble Lake Review, and Willow Springs, among others. He has published three books: Wanting to Be an Element, Each Breath I Cannot Hold, and The Island Blade.
Amanda Ellis is a creative writing major at UAM, counting down the days until she graduates.
Tobin Fraley was born 1951 in Santa Barbara, CA and spent his first ten years in Seattle, WA, the next twenty-six in Berkeley, New York City for six, Kansas City, MO for five, before finally moving to Long Grove in 1999. He is the author of three books on the history of carousels, one children’s book, and a photographic and written exploration of the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve in Long Grove, IL titled 36 Acres. Tobin is president and founder of the Long Grove Arts & Music Council, a gallery owner in Long Grove, a member of the Barrington Writers Workshop, a photography teacher at Chicago Botanic Gardens, and a product designer. Other work has been published in the Journal of Modern Poetry and Dark Matter.
Katrina Guarascio resides in New Mexico where she teaches high school English and writes as often as time allows. As an active member of the poetry community, she produces a monthly poetry performance in Rio Rancho, SecondSaturday Slam, hosts bi-weekly workshops, Speak Easy Tangents Poetry Workshops, manages the website for a local women’s writing collective, La Palabra, and brings poetry to her students by sponsoring the Cleveland High School Poetry Community, coaching a youth Slam Team, and producing a yearly literary magazine of student writing. Along with numerous literary magazine and ezine publications, she is the author of two out of print book length collections and the site Swimming with Elephants
Donnie Ray Groves received an MA from University of Southern Mississippi's Creative Writing Program. His fiction has appeared in The South Carolina Review, The Chariton Review, Eureka Literary Magazine, The Ozark Writers Review and Soundings. He lives in Albany, Mo., with his wife and two daughters where they publish a small weekly newspaper.
Paul Haney, An ever-willing house sitter, is also an emerging writer out of Florida State University with work published in Redivider, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere.
Thomas Healy was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and "Bunts" is one of a series of baseball-related stories he has written.
Priscilla Jolly has finished her post graduate degree in English Literature. Right now, she is busy trying to figure out what to do next. She loves to teach young children English and enjoys telling them stories.
Douglas S. Jones holds an MFA from Arizona State University and is the author of the chapbook No Turning East (2010). His poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in The Pinch, Blackbird, Barrow Street, Sentence, and elsewhere, and has been featured in American Life in Poetry. In 2007 he served as Poet in Residence at St. Chad’s College at the University of Durham. He currently teaches writing and glass blowing in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Jen Karetnick is the author of the chapbooks Necessary Salt (Pudding House Publications, 2007); Bud Break at Mango House (Portlandia Press, September 2008), which won The Portlandia Group’s bi-annual chapbook competition; and Landscaping for Wildlife (Big Wonderful Press, fall 2012). She works as the Creative Writing Director for grades 6-12 at Miami Arts Charter School; the dining critic for MIAMI Magazine; the Miami Expert for 10Best.com/Travora.com; and a columnist for Biscayne Times. She lives in Miami Shores with her husband, two children, three dogs, three cats and fourteen mango trees.
Erin Entrada Kelly has published more than two dozen short stories in places like Monkeybicycle, Keyhole and Johnny America. She was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Fiction Prize and the Philippines Literary Award for Short Fiction. Her debut novel will be released by HarperCollins in 2014. Read more here.
Cat Kovach is currently working in the publishing industry while secretly penning stories of her own. Her serial novel, Anomalies, can be found on JukePopSerials.com, and her short story, "The Drowning," was the inaugural short story in Diabolique’s “Exhumation Collection” series, which can be found here. She also often muses about most things on her twitter, which you can follow: www.twitter.com/TehGreatCATsby
Al Kratz is a computer programmer by day and a writer with a dream the rest of the time. The character of "Johnny Demon" first came to him in an awesome dream. You can follow him at @silverbackedG.
Joe Kraus teaches at the University of Scranton. He's had work published, among other places, in The American Scholar, Oleander Review, Riverteeth, and Birkensake. He also won the 2008 Moment Magazine/Karma Foundation Prize for short fiction, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2010 by Southern Humanities Review.
Mike LaBrie has devoted his life's work to understanding the human condition's capacity for self-repair. His focuses on issues pertaining to emotional degradation to the resilience to love and its counterparts.
Daisy LaFarge is probably on a train between Scotland and England.
Eleanor Levine’s work has appeared in Fiction, The Evergreen Review, Midway Journal, Milk Magazine, BLAZEvox, Atticus Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Toronto Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Prime Mincer, Happy, Penumbra, The Coachella Review, Gertrude, Fanzine, Lunch Ticket Magazine, and others; and has work forthcoming in Pank and the NewerYork. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. Eleanor is currently a copy editor and lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Paige Lewis received her BA from the University of South Florida and has recently been accepted into the MFA program at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as Women Arts Quarterly, Northwind, Stone Highway Review and The Bakery.
Ana Consuelo Matiella, MA, was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and raised in Ambos Nogales, on the U.S. / Mexico border by a clan of Spaniards and Mexicans. She is author of The Truth About Alicia and Other Stories, (University of Arizona Press) and of various books on multicultural education including Positively Different, Cultural Pride, and La Familia (ETR Associates). She as political columnist for The Santa Fe New Mexican for over 10 years and her work has been anthologized in Walking the Twilight. Women Writers of the Southwest, by Northland Press and in Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latino and Latina Writing by the University of Arizona Press.
P.D. Mallamo has published in Barcelona Review, Granta, decomP, Eclectica, Sunstone, Construction and other literary journals. He holds degrees from BYU and the University of Kansas, and lives in Taos, New Mexico.
William Miller is a widely published poet, children's author and mystery novelist. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner and Shenandoah among others. He lives and writes in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Helina Million was born and raised by a creative and open-minded family in the capital city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. The encouragement of her family, especially her father and her Uncle George, has helped Helina discover and pursue her passion for art, even through great personal and familial hardships.
Ania Payne is preparing to be a graduate student at Northern Michigan Univeristy. She has been previously published in journals like The Rusty Nail, Foliate Oak, and Imitation Fruit.
Steve Peacock is a writer, actor, and educator who was born in the Bronx and now lives in New Jersey. An excerpt from his memoir-in-progress, "Play Dead, Roll Over," was a finalist (unpublished) in Creative Nonfiction magazine's "Anger & Revenge" contest in 2011. He has been writing professionally since 1995, when The Tampa Tribune juxtaposed his editorial "Sleaze Has An Allure Only Money Can Buy' against famed columnist Mike Royko’s perspective on actor Hugh Grant’s prostitution scandal.
Bedell Phillips first book, Edges of Waves, was published in 2011 and is in its second printing. She has recently completed her debut novel, Around the Bend. Bedell holds an MA, plus an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, has performed for 100,000 Poets for Change since its inception and at many other venues.
Louis Reyna was born in Los Angeles in 1960 and moved to Kansas City in 1993. He works retail. His work has appeared in The Kansas City Star: Poets Corner; PALABRA; Sudden Fiction Latino (W.W. Norton); The Whistling Fire; Imitation Fruit; The Rockhurst Review; Clare Literary Journal; Still Crazy Magazine; Workers Writes; Nebo, and the upcoming edition of Edge, a publication of the Tahoe Writers Works.
Connolly Ryan was born in Greenwich Village, New York in 1967. He is currently a professor of literature at University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was thrice a finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award. His visceral and witty poetry has been published in various journals including Bateau, Ditch, Umbrella, Citron, Satire, Scythe, Slope, Meat For Tea, Pannax Index, Satire and Old Crow. He is also a multiple Pushcart nominee. He has two finished Manuscripts: Fort Polio and The Uncle Becky Chronicles.
Steven Ray Smith's poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, grain, The Lindenwood Review, American Athenaeum, The Conium Review, The Cape Rock, Big Muddy, Skidrow Penthouse, The Broken Plate, Bayou, Common Ground Review, Slant, and others. New work is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol, and SN Review. He is the president of a culinary school and lives in Austin with his wife and children.
Steven Stam is an English Teacher, Writer, and Track/Cross Country coach from Jacksonville, Florida. Steven has a MA in English Literature from the University of North Florida and a BA in English from the University of Florida. He writes primarily flash fiction, believing the model fits modern society’s desire for instant gratification. He has been published in The Writer’s Post Journal (now no more) and has been accepted for the fall 2013 issue of Emerge Literary Journal and will soon be appearing on Fiction Southeast.
Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections: TRYING TO HELP THE
ELEPHANT MAN DANCE ( The Backwaters Press, 2007 ) and JUST BEAUTIFUL from
New York Quarterly Books, 2010. He has published poems in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review and Stand Magazine (U.K.) and has poems forthcoming in Gargoyle, A Narrow Fellow and DMQ Review among others. After many years in Queens and Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.
Daniel James Sundahl is Kirk Professor in English and American Studies at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, where he has taught for thirty years. He's the author of three books and numerous articles, book reviews, and poems published both here and abroad. He's married to Ellen now for thirty-eight years. They enjoy gardening on three acres, walking about with one well-behaved German Shepherd dog, and fussing with three less well-behaved mackerel cats. Retirement is on the horizon.
Jake Troyli is a young artist/illustrator, residing in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Jake is a pen-and-ink artist, as well as a painter. When creating in pen-and-ink, Troyli uses the contrast of dark and light to the fullest, creating whimsical moments, usually with a surprisingly melancholic undertone. However, in his painting, Jake chooses to showcase vivid color, which is especially notable in juxtaposition to his pen-and-ink work. Troyli, a prolific artist, creates artwork every day. He is also currently illustrating a children’s book, as well as writing and illustrating a few of his own. He will be exhibiting work in a gallery in Saint Petersburg in August. You can see more of Jake’s art here.
James Valvis is the author of HOW TO SAY GOODBYE (Aortic Books, 2012). His poems or stories have appeared in journals such as 5 AM, Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, LA Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, Praxilla, River Styx, South Dakota Review, Vestal Review, and many others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily and the Best American Poetry website. His fiction was chosen for the 2013 Sundress Best of the Net. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.
Michael K. White - As one half of the semi-legendary playwriting team Broken Gopher Ink, he spent his youth tricking and fooling producers into investing their dirty money in his lurching, lumbering plays. Incredibly this led to forty play productions, including fifteen off-Broadway runs that cloaked the author with a bogus literary credibility he misuses to this day. His low cholesterol mega monologue play, "My Heart And the Real World" ran for almost two years in New York City, enabling the authors to eat at John's Pizzeria. In 2007 his story “13 Halloweens” was chosen as one of the ten best stories published in 2006 by the super cool folks at Story South. In 2010 "My Apartment" a "micro-novel" was published by Blueprint Press.
Dr. Ernest Williamson lll has published poetry and visual art in over 400 print and online journals. Visit his website here.
Leonore Wilson has taught English and Creative Writing at various colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has been featured in such magazines as Quarterly West, Pif, Madison Review, Laurel Review, Third Coast, etc. She is on the MFA literary board at St. Mary's College.
Pui Ying Wong was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of a full length book of poetry Yellow Plum Season (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), two chapbooks: Mementos (Finishing Line Press, 2007), Sonnet for a New Country (Pudding House Press, 2008) and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boiler Journal, Crannog (Ireland), Gargoyle, Prairie Schooner, The New Poet, The Southampton Review, Ucity Review, and Valparaiso Poetry Review among others. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, the poet Tim Suermondt.
Kirby Wright was a Visiting Fellow at the 2009 International Writers Conference in Hong Kong, where he represented the Pacific Rim region of Hawaii and lectured in China with Pulitzer winner Gary Snyder. He was also a Visiting Writer at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Residency in Edgartown, Mass., and the 2011 Artist in Residence at Milkwood International, Czech Republic. He is the author of the companion novels Punahou Blues and Moloka’i Nui Ahina, both set in Hawaii. The End, My Friend, his futuristic novel, will be released in 2013. His fiction also appears here.