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Ace Boggess is the author of two books of poems: The Prisoners (forthcoming from Brick Road) and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled (Highwire, 2003). His poems have appeared in Mid-American Review, Harvard Review, River Styx, Rattle and many other journals. He has a B.A. in journalism from Marshall University and a J.D. from West Virginia University. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. He currently resides in Charleston, West Virginia.

Aimee Nicole currently lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island where she has moved back home to pay off student loans. While not writing and spilling coffee all over her shirt, she works as a Property Report Specialist (recently got your house refinanced? You’re welcome!) One day she aspires to live in Florida with the old folks and trade in her Corolla (named Betty White) for a golf cart.

Alex Schmidt currently lives in his mind, or wait, I think he’s recently moved to the trees. Oh, no? I see, well, no matter where he lives, his most recent address is located in Charlotte, NC. About five days a week you can find him working at Trader Joe’s, any other time, he could be zipping through the pinkish clouds with his wife; dreaming about playing slide guitar; watching any movie released by Criterion, specifically the older Italian and French ones—”Fellini!” you might hear him scream from time to time during moments of heavenly witness—and once a day he walks his basset hound, Thumper, while he reads.

Alexa Doran is a poet/waitress/undercover lover who is working on her MFA in Poetry at UNCW. She likes to flatter herself by inferring that she is the female incarnation Dante. Until further acknowledgement of this appellation, she is happy to be finishing out her year as recipient of the Shannon B. Morton fellowship and to have recently been featured in both Ekphrasis and S/tick literary magazines.

Amie Heasley is a Scorpio who has four tattoos plus one daughter plus one husband plus one dog. When she isn’t writing fiction, she works as a freelance writer for the marketing and advertising industry in greater Kalamazoo [as in, “Yes, There Really is a Kalamazoo” not (“I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo”]. She has an irrational fear of bees, voted absentee in the last midterm election and might have bought the CliffsNotes to Madame Bovary.

Anita Dellaria writes poems and practices law in the city of the big shoulders, the city on the make, the city by the lake.  She’s also the Associate Editor of the Tribeca Poetry Review.

Ann Clark teaches English at SUNY Jefferson, a community college in northern NY, which serves Fort Drum, the home of the 10th Mountain Division.

Barbara Brooks is retired and spends time bird watching and travels to do so. She enjoys baking, working on her house, riding. She doesn’t do “nothing” well. She hates computers but has to use them to submit poetry and email as she hates phones also. Her computer doesn’t have a TNR 15 pt font, which is distressing to her. She lives quietly with a greyhound, also retired.

Benjamin Norris is a poet and author from Bristol, England, whose work regularly features in magazines, anthologies and collections on both sides of the Atlantic. He is currently finishing his second novel.

Bernardo Bolt Gregori is a poet who has recently moved to the countryside where he is ecstatic to learn from the birds and squirrels and bushes various abstract ways of dwelling and swelling as a human. A solipsist more concerned with his better half than his worst multiple, he’s one third fleece, one third shears, one third nothing. Publications? Tuesday Shorts, Flashshot, Daily Love, 3am Brazil, among others.

Brandon Webb was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University in 2008. His fiction borrows elements of sci-fi and magical realism to explore the grotesque, the sinister, and the darker aspects of human relationships. His previous work entitled “Translation” appeared inBrink Magazine in 2009. His favorite author is Flannery O’Connor. As of this writing, he lives in San Diego, California.

Brittany Rubio is an avid daydreamer with a penchant for writing. Only in the past few years has she made much effort in equaling the time spent doing these two things. Though wishing she lived a hobbit-hole sort of life peppered with the occasional adventure, she is currently doing the “20-something thing” while writing her way through post-grad uncertainty in New York.

Caroline Misner was born in a country that at the time was known as Czechoslovakia. She immigrated to Canada in the summer of 1969. Her work has appeared in numerous consumer and literary journals in Canada, the USA, and the UK. Her work has been nominated for the prestigious McClelland Steward Journey Prize as well as the Pushcart Prize. Her YA fantasy novel The Daughters of Eldox, Book 1: The Alicorn (Whiskey Creek Press) will be released this September. Her new website is finally on-line: carolinemisner.com.

Chelsea Whitton holds an MFA in poetry from The New School. Her poems have appeared in Cimarron Review, Bateau, Sixth Finch, Ilk, and others. She lives and works in New York, where she curates the Cornelia Street Graduate Poetry Series.

Clint Smith has been described as peripatetic, having lived in multiple cities between New York and Raleigh during the past six years and being a joyful traveler in Eastern Europe. Staying up all night with his newborn daughter has afforded him all the time to construct and deconstruct sentences he wishes, in between thoughts of sleep and of what her personality will be like.

Cooper Sy Blumenthal writes, makes films, and draws cartoons. She moved to Los Angeles in 1984 with her small son to attend the American Film Institute as a Directing Fellow. Standing on top of the AFI’s terrace at sunset, overlooking the lights of Hollywood, she was certain fame and fortune was within reach. Cooper surrendered to everything that had to do with making-movies. Currently she is directing a film for New Win Productions “A Life In Four Seasons,” “Wilderness House Literary Review  published a short,”1602, in the winter edition. ” This May Cooper will screen her film “The Phoenix Effect in Tel Aviv.

Cooper Levy-Baker is a freelance journalist and a second-year creative writing MFA student. Besides writing and reading, Cooper spends most of his time taking care of his 18-month-old son, mixing homemade liqueurs, and cleaning his gutters. In two years, he wants to move to Albania.

Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies.  He has published four novels, two books of short stories, several chapbooks and two full-length poetry collections.  He has been nominated for a Pushcart numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.  He runs a bookstore in Memphis.

In between his daily word-slinging sessions, Damien Roos trains as an amateur boxer, hikes the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and skips stones with Julia, his partner in life and crime. He has two pets and drinks more beer than a boxer should, yet less than most writers.

Darren C. Demaree is living in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and children. He is the author of “As We Refer To Our Bodies” (Spring 2013) and “Not For Art Nor Prayer” (2014), both forthcoming from 8th House Publishing House. He is the recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations.

Devon Miller-Duggan has poems, likes breakfast best, thinks Maine smells better than Delaware, and is currently reading Kallie Falandays, Julianna Baggott, and Miriam Sagan. She teaches and arranges flowers. Her first book, Pinning the Bird to the Wall, appeared from Tres Chicas Books in November 2008. Her chapbook Neither Prayer, Nor Bird will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.

D.N. Simmers belongs to the Thursday Collective, a writing group, which has done readings at universities and will be doing a Word on the Street Reading this summer. He is a retired guy who loves his garden. He has always loved to write and read constantly. He walks a lot and enjoys the beautiful nature that is around all of us. He plays the guitar, sings, and has been in choirs and singing groups in the long distant past.

Ed O’Casey was born on the border of the Shire, well within sight of the Eye of Sauron. He was raised by Dungeons & Dragons and Robotech, but he still manages to comprehend reality. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and daughter, and when he has time, he plays either video games or music. His poems have appeared in Danse Macabre, Wilderness House Literary Review, Northern Liberties Review, and South 85.

Flower Conroy believes you can take the girl outta Jersey, but Jersey follows…. Her favorite culinary discovery is watermelon with fresh lemon juice drizzled over its glorious redness. Her favorite color is green. Flower lives on an island. She enjoy both tea AND coffee. She have blue eyes.

G.A. Saindon lives on five acres, with lots of trees, chickens, geese, a pond with fish and plenty of weeds, owls, and sundry creatures everyone wants to get rid of.  His wife of 41 years, his seven children, their few spouses and all eight of his grandchildren are his delight.  He’s been blessed.

Gary Glauber spends a large part of his year grading papers, and trying to imagine magical ways of transforming rambling essays into cogent, compelling prose.  No such magic yet exists.  Still, the dream is a pleasant one. When not grading papers or writing poetry, he contemplates the nuances of effective enjambment and listens to a lot of obscure music that, in some alternate time-space continuum, proves to be tremendously popular.

Geoff Collins lives with his wife and two daughters in a small farm town in Wisconsin where he works in the local schools.

Once, as a child, Glen Armstrong saw a guy at the Detroit Zoo wearing a fringed vest and pants made out of an American flag. He edits a poetry journal called Cruel Garters.

Grace Mattern has been busy changing the world for thirty-five years through deep involvement in the movement to end violence against women, leading a statewide nonprofit and serving on statewide and national boards. She also spends as much time as possible being delighted by her brilliant grandson.

Greg Leichner is a loner carpenter, a vagabond living in Seattle, Montana, New Mexico and Nashville. He won the First Annual (1995) Rocky Mountain Artists/Eccentric Book Competition for his 15-postcard series “Citizens For A Poodle-Free Montana.”

Heather E. Pecoraro is a little redheaded oddball who enjoys art, literature, and adventure. She has an insatiable thirst for knowledge, and can often be found tucked away somewhere with her nose buried in a book. Although she is currently studying Art, she spends most of her time writing down and re-arranging the words that get stuck in her head. She is very inspired by the works of Hermann Hesse, Kurt Vonnegut, and E.E. Cummings.

Heinz Insu Fenkl is a novelist, translator, and folklorist. His autobiographical novel, Memories of My Ghost Brother, was named a Barnes and Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection in 1996 and a PEN/Hemingway Award finalist in 1997. He is the author of numerous essays on myth and folklore in Realms of Fantasy (now archived in the Journal of Mythic Arts website). He currently teaches at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Born in the backwoods of the Empire State and sentenced to a lifetime of walking into furniture, Hilary Gan moved to Arizona in 2003 and enjoyed ten years of cowboyism. Currently, she is in the process of throwing the Sonoran Desert’s clothes out her front door in favor of Los Angeles. She likes dirty blues music, fluffy kittens, and egomaniacs.

Hilary Sideris grew up in Indiana. She lives in Kensington, Brooklyn, where she studies Italian and grows tomatoes on her balcony. She works for The City University of New York, where she develops and coordinates programs for English language learners and first-generation college students.

Howie Good is a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz and a lifelong Met fan.

Irene Burrows busts rhymes and breaks things (yet surprisingly never any bones). She aspires to inspire anyone in anything, hopefully in another country while bumming around and teaching English after college. In her spare time, she nuzzles strangers furiously, makes horrifyingly owner-specific calendars by hand, and chews on cat ears, despite being allergic to fur. Her only real jobs involved scaring children and operating spotlights. She can take any defining life moment and find a parallel to Pokémon, sometimes while licking a Metro-North train, because she’s good like that. Whenever she hears the word “syntax”, she comes.

James Valvis is the author of How to Say Goodbye (Aortic Books, 2011).  A former soldier in the U.S. Army, he served during Desert Storm.  He’s fond of football and bad paperback novels.  He grew up in New Jersey, spent time in Florida, South Carolina, Indianapolis, Illinois, and Michigan, but now lives near Seattle with his wife, daughter, and cat.  He owns a toy robot collection and collects William Saroyan books and abstracts.

Jason Kalmanowitz likes to read and sometimes likes to write. He is interested in nature, evolution and transhumanism. He hopes the future will be cool and that he will have a collection of robots to do his biding. He also likes crows. Crows will hopefully one day do his biding too. He is not interested in polite society, malls, fast food and non-alcoholic beer. Why even make it?

Jay Herman has dreamt of writing while he pursued a more practical career. But his love of the written word keeps him reading and writing. Attracted to the dark qualities in Russian literature, he especially enjoys Turgenev, Gogol and Dostoevsky. His guilty pleasure is stealing time for The New York Times crossword puzzle. He has been living in Brooklyn all his life (way before it became THE place to live).

Jenny Morse will soon earn her PhD, having successful jumped through the requisite hoops despite her shaky coordination. Seriously, on her 5th grade gym report card her evaluation for “hand/eye coordination” was marked “Not Applicable.” Despite this lamentable physical condition, she has managed to visit 5 continents and 47 states. She will reach Oregon, Washington and Alaska to complete the collection this June, so that should be a fun trip.

Jessi Bender is a writer and artist living in upstate New York. She is a librarian at a local university whose interests include inevitable tragedies, the grey scale, dissonance, and books. For her bibliography and creative CV, please visit www.jesibender.com.

Jessica Karbowiak is a native New Yorker who studied creative writing at The University of Texas at Austin and The Pennsylvania State University. Her work has appeared in The Chaffey Review, Blood Orange ReviewTwo Hawks QuarterlyThe Monarch Review and Side B Magazine. Her first collection of essays and stories, These Things I Know, was published by Pink Fish Press in June 2012. She currently teaches at Alma College in Michigan.

John G. Carroll is a transient dreamer who has spent his life so far living in the Wyoming Valley of North Eastern Pennsylvania—but he swears he’ll be leaving presently. He can often be found staring blankly at ATMs in or around coffee shops, desperately reconciling his budget with the cost of just one more small black coffee and a donut.

John Grey Australian born poet, playwright, musician. U.S. resident since late seventies. Married to Gale, no children. Collects music, movies, books and the very early copies of Mad Magazine.

John Mahoney lives in the woods above Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. He practiced law as a public defender for fifteen years and continues his legal research and writing. His poems will be found published by The Monarch Review, Northwind Magazine Quarterly Review; The FutureCyclePress Poetry Anthology; The Garbanzo Literary Journal; and Rose & Thorn Journal. In the UK his poetry is published by the IMPress. John may be found on the internet through MNArts at http://www.mnartists.org.

Jonathan H. Scott would rather read than write, golf than bowl, hike than limp, and rhyme than move if forced to bust either one or the other.

Jon Riccio studied viola performance at Oberlin College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. An MFA candidate at the University of Arizona, he left a world of sassafras and forklifts (i.e. the Midwest) for one of coyotes and cactus magnets. Favorite grocery purchases include hummus and Captain Crunch. Buy him a root beer and he’s your friend for life.

Jon Stocks has survived an attack by a very disgruntled black bear and two deep economic recessions. He has recently achieved two lifelong ambitions after being published in a poetry anthology, ‘Soul Feathers’ curled up next to Maya Angelou, Bob Dylan and Len Cohen and finding one of his poems in his favorite bookshop, Shakespeare and co., Paris. Next up, Space Travel.

Joseph Farley finds inspiration in a muddy creek and the woods around it. He enjoys books in a post-book age. He tries to meditate without falling asleep. He takes long walks whenever he can, preferably in the company of trees. He likes to fall on mats, and utter strange noises while striking at air. Most of all he likes to write poetry, fiction, and plays.

Joshua Kandalaft is a senior Creative Writing major at Chester College of New England. He’s seen mostly walking from class to class hoisting a backpack full of books and notepads. He swears there’s a reason he has three mechanical pencils in his pocket. He currently dabbles in the craft of writing poetry and flash fiction.

Kaitlin Dyer is a founding editor of Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion and editorial assistant for Poetry International. Her work has appeared in PANK, Poetry International, Web del Sol, and The Bicycle Review. She lives and wanders in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Karin Wiberg is a business consultant, writer and backyard chicken farmer with a fondness for Jane Austen and Doctor Who. Originally from Iowa, Karin has a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, and an MBA from the University of Iowa. She now lives in Raleigh, NC, and is a member of the board of directors at Raleigh Review Literary & Arts Magazine.

Kate LaDew lives in Graham, North Carolina, with her cat, Charlie Chaplin. She spends most of the day watching silent movies and formulating a way to speak only in pantomime. She would love to work solely as a writer, but also loves to eat on a regular basis. She’ll figure it out soon.

Katharyn Howd Machan drinks a large Fox-motif tankard of STASH Black Chai every morning. Her son makes mock-horror films. Prisms in her office window at Ithaca College throw rainbows on days of sun (eastern light). Her husband is a music-making Mason. A fairy statue in her garden broke in half and she stuck the torso into a heart-painted vase on a huge black filing cabinet near the Writing Department stairwell.

Kellie Schorr is an HIV/AIDS Counselor and freelance writer who lives and works in Central Virginia. She writes the webcomics “The Beaglez” (political satire), and “Pea Green Coffee Cup” (slice-of-life – for people who don’t like to fight about politics). She is a sci-fi loving comic book collector covered in tattoos who loves kayaking, dogs, and her very patient life partner of 15 years.

Kirby Wright is struggling to complete his childhood memoir set in Hawaii, mostly because he’s been obsessing his impending lawsuit against his big brother. A secondary distraction is trying to hunt down the money to help his kid sister get married. Kirby wants you to review his futuristic thriller and he will gladly to send you an electronic or hard copy. You can contact him at kibs33@yahoo.com.

Kyle Hemmings is the author of three chapbooks of poems: Avenue C (Scars Publications), Fuzzy Logic (Punkin Press), and Amsterdam & Other Broken Love Songs (Flutter Press).  He has been published at Gold Wake Press, Thunderclap Press, Blue Fifth Review, Step Away, and The Other Room.  He is obsessed with 60s and early 70s garage and psychedelic music.  He idolizes Arthur Lee and Jeff Beck.  He blogs at upatberggasse19.blogspot.com.

Lonely and bitter, Larry Gaffney skulks about in the mudflats and dying townships of central Pennsylvania. His many literary honors include the Stump Merrill Award for Baseball Tanka and the Grace Foster Prize for Poetry about Menstrual Unease, which he snagged by submitting a manuscript under a fake name and a photo of Chrissie Hynde. Fearing legal action, however, he did not cash the $50 check. His memoir, Garage Sales of the Northeast, will be published in 2013 by Adenoid Press.

Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington State where he lives on a lake with his wife, son and assorted wildlife. He’s an editor at the literary journal “Metazen,” Guest Poetry Editor for the Fall Issue of 20Twenty Journal, and Judge for Scribophile’s Flash Fiction Contest. His writing appears widely in print and online as well at such places as Pipe Dream Fiction, In Between Altered States, Lower Eastside Review. He shares his thoughts about art and other things ever few days at lenkuntz.blogspot.com.

Les Wicks has toured widely and seen publication in well over 200 different magazines, anthologies & newspapers across 15 countries in 9 languages. His eighth, most recent book of poetry is The Ambrosiacs (Island, 2009).

Lisa Maher makes a mean kale quesadilla. Lisa Maher once ranked nationally in Irish Step dance, but that didn’t help her get a job. Lisa Maher has a job (well, two) (well, three), and sometimes she goes to grad school, too, when she feels like it. Lisa Maher is secretly terrified of the cat who lives in her apartment, but delights in the drug dealer next door.

M. Chandler Rodbro studied English in Oxford. He often finds poetry in the darkness of his crippling depression. His work can be found on street corners throughout the Western Hemisphere. He lives throughout greater Cincinnati.

Margot Demopoulos is currently reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra and Battleborn by Claire Vaye Watkins, and rereading Langrishe, Go Down by Aidan Higgins, The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell. She finds inspiration from the work of Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny, Chico Hamilton, the recent album by Exegesis, The Harmony of the Anomaly (exegesisonline.com), and the SMOMID by Nick Demopoulos. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Sewanee Review, the Massachusetts Review, Fiction International and elsewhere. She is working on a novel.

Marianna White grew up in Seattle, WA but is currently living across the country for my first year in college and studying creative writing (fingers crossed). She has a lot of siblings and a dog who she misses terribly. She rows competitively and when she feel awkward she curl into a ball regardless of where she is. She is just starting to send out my poetry and if  she could be any animal she’d want to be a cheetah.

Martin Brick was raised in rural Wisconsin, but now lives in suburban Columbus, Ohio. He teaches literature at Ohio Dominican University and his fiction has been published in places such as The Beloit Fiction Journal, Sou”Wester, The Vestal Review, and RE:AL. One day soon he will have a big yard and chickens.

Mark Burr is the first son of Larry and Sam Burr. He likes walking his dog and pretending Instagram makes him a credible photographer. His secret dream is to manifest incredible wealth and do nothing. He drank a glass of orange juice for breakfast.

Matt Wilkinson was born in Santa Cruz, CA, 30 years ago. He lives in San Francisco. He knows that we hear everything w/in our auditory range—everything: conversations, hammers-falls, tires, bees—but we filter it out from our consciousness in a sort of psychiatric ignorance until it becomes relevant (which is why he perks up when he suddenly hears his name in a crowded bar). And all of this is quite simply pants-shitting to him.

Matthew Dexter lives in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Like the nomadic Pericú natives before him, he survives on a hunter-gatherer subsistence diet of shrimp tacos, smoked marlin, cold beer, and warm sunshine.

Meeah Williams is a writer and graphic artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She doesn’t care much where she is published—the point of writing and painting is writing and painting. She eats the same breakfast every morning: a chocolate chip bagel from Highway Bagels on Nostrand Avenue (the best bagel shop in the world) and four cups of coffee. Meeah is married to a wonderful man named Hank. They do crosswords puzzles together in bed after sex. After dreaming half of her life away, she is as surprised as anyone to wake up and find she is living her secret dream. She find that she dislikes nothing, so long as it comes with pie.

Michael Mark writes to break things so he can look in and be further mystified. He is hospice volunteer, fast food lover and impatient gardener, husband to Lois for 32 years.

Michelle Ravit doesn’t usually eat breakfast, but when she does it’s bound to be dessert from the night before. She enjoys sitting, laugh-crying, and singing showtunes (sometimes on key!). One day, she’d like to be able sit, laugh-cry, sing, and eat dessert in order to make a living.

Mike Jurkovic: First chapbook, Purgatory Road, published by Pudding House Press, 2010. Semi-finalist, 2008 Codhill Press Chapbook Competition & 2009 finalist in Bright Hill Literary Center full length book competition, Purgatory Road. Poems have appeared/are forthcoming in over one hundred national & international literary magazines. Anthologies: WaterWrites & Riverine (Codhill Press, 2009, 2007); Will Work For Peace (Zeropanik,1999). Currently co-director of Calling All Poets in Beacon, NY. CD reviews appear in Elmore Magazine, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, & the Van Wyck Gazzette. The Rock ‘n Roll Curmudgeon appeared in Rhythm & News Magazine 1996-2003. www.mikejurkovic.com

Nabeela Rehman was trained as a biochemist, but has abandoned enzymes and test tubes in favor of a laptop and three children. They live in the suburbs, surrounded by oak trees. This is very interesting for squirrel watching but can be painful in autumn when acorns drop. She spends a lot of time doing dishes and looking out the window. She is proficient in making vegetable soup, chocolate chip muffins spiked with pureed pumpkin, and chick peas in an onion tomato sauce.

Natalya Marie Cowilich is a poet living in Ithaca, NY. When she’s not working on her (first ever!) novel, she’s a violist in a local band called The Sweet Freaks. She loves busking in The Commons or jammin’ with the townies. Her favorite place in the world is between green rows of kale in any healthy organic garden. She has a rat named John Paul II (‘lil John for short) that she rescued from the belly of her best friend’s ball python. She recently graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in writing and sociology.

Paul David Adkins grew up in South Florida and lives in New York, a rare species of reverse snowbird.

For Paul Nelson, teaching was a cherished avocation; writing poetry and short fiction the real job. When not a visiting artist or faculty, he affected back-to-the-land life on an 1873 saltwater farm in Machiasport, Maine. Gardens, woodlots, sheep, beef critter, home brew, lobster pots… the whole catastrophe, to quote Zorba. His family, from Norway and Finland, worked stone quarries and fished. So Paul’s imagery is from this old, cold experience, even now that he lives in Hawaii. Island imagery sneaks in because he trolls offshore, says it is like writing poetry, waiting for a strike from something natural.

Peter Marra lives in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Born in Brooklyn, he lived in the East Village, New York from 1979-1987 at the height of punk– no wave. Peter has had a lifelong fascination with Surrealism, Dadaism, Symbolism, and Horror. He walks and daydreams. He would like to be an adjective.

Peter Taylor believes every poem occurs on three levels: object, perception of object, perception. These correspond to what it is, what you think it is, what you think. Language is a tension between instinct and examination and as a poet Peter tries to capture this tension in words. What draws words out from him? History, people, books, paintings, and an abiding belief that his poetry will grow into the universe of his imagination and that his imagination will lead him to other universes. That’s why Peter writes: to share and to connect. It’s that simple.

Phoebe Wilcox has published two books: a poetry chapbook, Recidivist (Lilly Press, April 2010), and her first novel, Angels Carry the Sun (Lilly Press, Sept 2010), which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Phoebe is the recent winner of the 2012 Gertrude Stein Poetry Prize, awarded by Wilderness House Literary Review. She was, for many years, in love with Oscar Wilde, even though he was both gay and dead, and now that she’s lived enough to write her own “Ballad of Reading Gaol,” she identifies with him even more than she did in high school. www.phoebewilcox.com.

Ray Succre is an undergraduate currently living on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and son. He has had poems published in Aesthetica, Poets and Artists, and PANK, as well as in numerous others across as many countries. His novels Tatterdemalion (2008) and Amphisbaena (2009), both through Cauliay, are widely available in print. Other Cruel Things (2009), an online collection of poetry, is available through Differentia Press.

Rebecca Andem earned an MFA from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine. She has published short stories in magazines such as Upstreet, The Clapboard House Journal, The Meadow, Prick of the Spindle, and Relief Journal, as well as Alfie Dog, an online collection in the UK. She also has three novels: Water From the Heart, If the Ocean Were Empty, and Marathon. Currently, she lives in Chengdu, China, where she teaches writing to hard-working high school students, and in her spare time she’s training her taste buds not to retreat from that spicy Sichuan cuisine.

Richard Luftig is a professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University, in Ohio, now residing in Pomona, CA. He is a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature and a semi-finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States and internationally in Japan, Canada, Australia, Europe, Thailand, Hong Kong, and India. One of his published poems was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Poetry Prize.

Richard J. O’Brien currently lives in Pennsylvania. After a stint in the army, where he could find no decent poetry books, he attended Rutgers University and received his undergraduate degree in English. Richard went on to Fairleigh Dickinson University and received his MFA in Creative Writing in 2012. His poems have appeared in Falling Star Magazine, New Plains Review, the Inflectionist Review, Stray Branch Literary Magazine, The Penwood Review, and others. In his spare time, when he’s not writing, Richard teaches his son, often to his son’s chagrin, the alternate and secret history of the world.

Richard Peabody is a French Toast addict and a Native Washingtonian. He has taken his daughters to see every animated film of the past decade. Because of them he knows way too much about Miley Cyrus. He thinks “Despicable Me” is fabulous. He loves “Rango,” too.

Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school teacher living in Southern California with his wife of thirty-five years (poor soul, her, not him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his ex-wife and their two children, and eleven cats.  Yes, eleven!  He has previously been published, both in print and online, in many journals and e-zines.

Rinzu Rajan is learning poetry to survive, doing research to see a breakthrough technology someday, and wailing and whining against the atrocities women face in the name of moral, religious and social values. Blogs at www.rinzurajan.blogspot.in

Robert Waugh, outside of writing, which comes as it will—whether poems, weird stories, of literary criticism—invites his soul, being retired. He and his wife and travel. He walks the dog and watches the river. He reads a great variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. It is no secret that he has written extensively on H. P. Lovecraft.

Sarah Goodman does not believe in breakfast but wholeheartedly believes in lunch because it is, after all, American. She doesn’t look particularly threatening, but she does have the tendency to bring up cannibalism, especially when dining in public places. She is also a fantastic at parallel-parker, though it’s a rare day she’ll exhibit this skill.

Sarah Brown Weitzman has read poetry every single day since childhood, yet did not dare write poetry until she was nearly forty. She writes to preserve, in words, the permanency of the world around her. She has been widely published and is grateful that others can feel what she feels through her poems. She received a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A departure from poetry, her latest book, Herman and the Ice Witch, is a children’s novel published by Main Street Rag.

Sarah Wyman wonders whether Bob Dylan ever smelled dusty blood on a divine byway, but bets he’d love Petrichor if he saw it.  She believes, like Anton Chekhov’s favorite bakers, in letting a work sit out to sigh a while like a cake before cutting.  When not fulfilling duties to the powers that be, she enjoys the cultivated commons of her private garden.

Sean Antonucci analyzes visual texts, and tries to convince freshmen composition students of the importance of understanding the abstract & the absurd & the avant-garde… to mild success. He is probably reading a map, or deeply ingrained in his latest research interest (an interest that will probably be completely devoured, and then moved on from in a week). Tell him a nonsensical joke and he might befriend you.

Sirenna Blas is really good at getting lost in places she’s been before, missing the alarm, and drinking beer. (However, she’s pretty bad at knowing what number that one-beer-too-many is.) When she was younger, she wanted to be a park ranger, and she often wonders when that dream derailed because riding around on a horse with one of those cool ranger hats often sounds more appealing than pulling all-nighters to study and write papers.

Skaidrite Stelzer was born in Berchtesgaden, Germany and grew up as a displaced person in Kalamazoo Michigan. She enjoys all the animals of the world, including humans, and loves to teach writing in new and experimental ways at The University of Toledo. She encounters a fresh world every day

Sonnet Mondal has authored seven books of poetry and was bestowed Poet Laureate from Bombadil Publishing, Sweden in 2009. He was inducted in the prestigious Significant Achievements Plaque at the museum of Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur in 2011 and was featured as one of the Famous Five of Bengali youths by India Today magazine in 2010. At present he is the managing editor of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review. Details of his work can be found at www.sonnetmondal.com.

Suzanne Highland is a graduate of Florida State University’s creative writing program, where she has  studied under poets Kara Candito and Erin Belieu, as well as Pulitzer Prize winning fiction author Robert Olen Butler. Her work has been published in The Kudzu Review and the FSView and Florida Flambeau. She currently lives and works in Sarasota, Florida.

T. Fox Dunham resides outside of Philadelphia PA—author and historian. He’s a cancer survivor and writes about his experience as both catharsis and accusation. His friends call him fox, being his totem animal, and his motto is: Wrecking civilization one story at a time. http://www.facebook.com/tfoxdunham

Terry Wolverton thinks of herself as a literary artist, because she is always driven to explore new genres and has had the opportunity to work in various media. She has published ten books of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, and created theater, performance art, an opera, installation and video art. Terry teaches creative writing, and also is an instructor of Kundalini Yoga studying herbalism.

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He and his wife, Ann, live with two retired racing greyhounds, Scarlet and Percy. Tom’s website: thomaszimmermanonline.com

Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry, Poetics, & Prose and the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently _The Cave_, which won The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award for 2013 and will be released in 2014. His writings about wine, poetry book reviews, and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who enjoys whatever free time she has either reading or writing. She also takes care of a veritable army of pets, including her six spoiled snakes. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications, such as Popshot, Danse Macabre, and Magnolia’s Press. You can find her here: carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com

Walter Campbell is from LA, which you shouldn’t hold against him. He went to college in New England, which you should judge him for. He currently lives in Philadelphia, and if you can figure out a reaction to that, please let him know, because he’s failed to for the last three years.

William Doreski worries over the wild turkey flock and doe and faun eating cracked corn in his back yard. He wastes his evenings watching mystery series on DVD. Otherwise, he is currently trying to figure out how Geoffrey Hill could come up with such a hefty collection of poems in just one lifetime. Along with reading, hiking in the snow and drinking coffee occupy most of his winter days until school resumes late in January, when he becomes a commuter again.

Yvette Schnoeker-Schorb has appeared in a wide variety of publications. A recent Pushcart Prize nominee, she holds an interdisciplinary MA and is co-founder of Native West Press—a 501(c)(3) nonprofit natural history press (which publishes multi-author anthologies that offer a positive slant on our non-charismatic, other-than-human affiliates). She spends much time trying to comprehend why so many people don’t like spiders—and power-walks to work off frustration around this issue.

Zach Fishel is the founder of Horehound Press, which specializes in limited edition books and broadsides. His poetry has appeared in many places and has twice been nominated for the Pushcart. His first chapbook appears courtesy of NightBallet Press, and a second book about his PA childhood is in the works for later this year. He may be contacted at zachary.fishel@gmail.com.

Artists

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at age 27 Amber Mozurak quit everything she knew, sold all her valuables, and hit the road for a year. During that time she camped in National Parks amongst grizzly bears and had the chance to see and photograph all the beautiful things people are always talking about. She currently lives in Northern Pennsylvania, where she is planting a massive garden while painting, reading, and photographing everything in sight.

Anastasia Sergeeva lives in St. Petersburg, studying to be an architect, and she loves to travel. She’s an artist. All photos were taken by her. She is inspired by the cities and birds. She loves the sun and tomatoes. She creates accessories that identify and emphasize the character of their owners. Carved leather necklaces—it’s a passion, expression, rebellion, peace, affection, lust for life. Genuine Italian leather or nubuck is the basis. they are weightless and soft in different colors and sizes. nastasi@bk.ru http://annaserg.com/

Catherine Curtis is a wife and mother, and grateful for both roles.  She loves chickens and autumn and golden evening light, and freshly baked anything and playing board games.  She thinks there is an excess in this world of television and hair products and a deficiency of silence, thought, and real butter.  She loves to be at home, and is grateful for and to her camera, as it has altered her whole way of looking at the world.

Charlotte McKnight likes taking photos and doesn’t do much outside of that because they seem to be one thing somehow… but anyway, she does sometimes take a break from photographing and reads the odd Haruki Murakami novel, and then puts it down because he always seems to slip in his weird/kinky fascination with ears into the storyline which tends to make her feel a little uneasy.  Other than that she drinks copious amounts of coffee, which she is sure will one day be her demise, listens to Nirvana records and dreams up new ideas for photos.  flickr.com/photos/indigo-eyes

Damian Parlicki is a self-taught, 25-year-old Polish artist who currently resides in Bielsko-Biala, Poland. His primary subject is architecture, and he draws from imagination inspired by the work of M. C. Escher and Giovanni Battista Piranesi. He is inspired by abandoned places, the Tower of Babel, and birds. His favorite media are zelopis, pencil, and pen-and-ink. He is the recipient of several awards from art-related social networks.

Dave Petraglia has appeared in Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Better Homes & Gardens; more recently in Dark Matter Journal, Thought Catalog, eFiction India, Loco Magazine and theNewerYork. He’s a writer, web and graphics designer, photographer and live near Jacksonville, Florida. He loves sardines.

David Kirshner is an oboist. He is thrilled to be part of the gaggalicious eleganza that is Petrichor Review. An aspiring Hero of Time, David tries to stop evil doers wherever he may be. He also enjoys ice cream and long walks anywhere but on a beach. Also, David would like to extend his special thanks to his dearest friends Ina Garten and Carol Channing.

Doris Case is hoping that the acceptance of her photos is not due to nepotism, or in this case, momotism.  Having loved taking photos since getting her first SLR camera for college (a used Kodak, please don’t laugh), she has always had a love for  architectural features and a special fascination with doors.  These will be her first published photos, although she had a poem published sometime back in the dark ages.  As her day job she sells pots (no, not pot).  Her current obsession is playing “Words with Friends.”  Please feel free to start a game with her.  She is also a member of the punctuation police.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation and Nature’s Best Photography. Her photography has  been published in Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is also globally exhibited. She is published in the Life is a Bed of Roses book for Macmillan Cancer Support and in the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2011 book. www.eleanorleonnebennett.zenfolio.com

Emily Dorr works with the reproducible image and entomology pins to form collages. LIFE magazine, National Geographic, and retired library books are her primary sources, as well as donated imagery. Currently, her work is leaning towards site specific installations, an exciting prospect. Her plans for the future involve making artwork and eventually applying for her MFA.

Gilmore Tamny lives in Somerville, MA, where she quietly obsesses over BBC mystery TV shows, listens to audiobooks, and draws a worrying number of lines. Her novel My Days with Millicent is being serialized. She plays guitar in a band that has no name.

Greg Gondek makes music with anything at hand, but usually with the instruments in his house. Ideally he’d be working in his studio-barn, but more on that later. Check out his music.

Hannah Bevens believes in the hot new thing. Her favorite word is visceral. She’s a “painter.” She’s an inventor. She’s a hot mess. Her main objectives are to reference what one would think is grotesque subject matter and utilize materials to bring the true beauty into the foreground, thus provoking the viewer’s utmost passionate and indescribable feelings. It’s all about the touching and the feeling with this stuff. Just a material girl, living in a visceral world.

Harold Ackerman recently published a collection of poems and photographs entitled We Don’t Choose It, available as an ebook at the Apple iBooks store. He has previously published photographs in Petrichor Review and fiction and poetry elsewhere.

Holly Day was born in Hereford, Texas, “The Town Without a Toothache.” She and her family currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center. Her artwork has recently appeared on the covers of QWERTY Magazine and The Grey Sparrow Journal.

Ira Joel Haber was born in Brooklyn in 1947 where he got the usual public school kind of education, excelling in art. When he was around 18, he moved to Manhattan and became an artist; he had some success and some failure, not that much different from every other artist he knows. He lived in Manhattan until the real estate boom forced him out of his loft where he lived for 31 years, and moved back to Brooklyn where he is living today. He makes sculptures, drawings, collages and takes photographs.

Janet Butler began painting while living in central Italy, and she worked with several local artists in various workshops and figure-drawing groups. She was asked to participate in exhibits organized by the art critic Luciano Lepri, which were held in various cities in Umbria and Tuscany. She currently lives in the Bay Area, San Francisco, California, and participates in figure drawing classes and regular exhibitions at the Frank Bette Art Center in Alameda, where she resides. She is also a published poet. Her latest chapbook, “Searching for Eden,” was recently released by Finishing Line Press.

Jennifer Curtis is a 22 year-old artist who lives somewhere in the United States. Born and raised in the American Wild, the pummeling fists of nature are a special sort of inspiration for her. She likes fine needlework, freshly cut hair, and a crowded chintzy aesthetic. You can contact her or view other works on almost any social media platform with ease! Also: saltydogsdayoff.com

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 abstract 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 abstract paintings.  A lot of his abstract paintings are anthropomorphic.  The shapes seem familiar.  The faces are real.  The gestures and movements are recognizable.  More of his abstract paintings, both in color and black and white, may be seen at jimfuessart.com.

John Catania is a Painting major at Syracuse University. He mainly paints with oils, but he also loves to draw and has recently picked up ceramics, which has been interesting. He likes to focus on anatomy and portraiture, although he is now loosening up and experimenting more. He loves to look at other types of artwork to inspire himself and push himself to think differently. His work can be found on johnacatania.com.

Judy Kaufman is leading a double life. In one she is a struggling artist and, in the other, an aspiring dentist. If she isn’t studying or painting, she’s probably thinking about studying or painting. If you have any questions about the art, feel free to e-mail her at jdth.r.kaufman@gmail.com.

Julia Walters is an illustrator studying in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves animals, nature, animals in nature, and drawing the aforementioned. Her work showcases a continuing exploration of medium and technique, and her secret desire to be a bird.

Katie Truisi is a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Her work explores the inferiority and impermanence of human’s existence to the natural world. By utilizing photography she depicts human subjects in overwhelmingly vast landscapes to portray a sense of engulfment and loneliness. She often uses alternative process techniques such as transfers and book binding to allow for hand-made imperfections in her work.

Keith Moul’s poems are widely published. Recently two chapbooks have been released: The Grammar of Mind (2010) from Blue & Yellow Dog Press and Beautiful Agitation (2012) from Red Ochre Press. He also publishes photos widely. A poem written to accompany one of his photos was a Pushcart nominee in 2010. Broken Publications published full-length collection of poems/photos called Reconsidered Light and is preparing his latest chapbook, To Take and Have Not.

Through her paintings, Kim Marra constructs environments—seemingly possible, yet impossible spaces. Her environments evoke both dreamlike worlds and industrial landscapes. She uses an ordered structure to create the illusion of stability, and skewed perspectives to provoke instability. This tension simultaneously surrounds and closes off, welcomes and turns away. She is inspired by architectural spaces that feel intriguing and inhabitable, yet uneasy. These structures are set in spaces with bright, unnatural colors to further alter the viewers experience within this other world. For her, these spaces mimic the frustrating impossibility of goals that are just out of reach.

Lindsey Erin Luna lives in a giant peach barn in the middle of the woods, dressed in stain glass and filled with inspired minds. Her cat, Luna, frequently brings her little dead animals, but ironically did not kill the yellow bird in her rusty depths. She is a collector of all things mysterious and beautiful, things like seashells and broken windshield glass. She believes in the power of intention and a positive attitude. Compassion is key, and here lies her images.

Louis Staeble has most recently had photographs appear in the Ohio Environmental Council’s 5th Annual Photo contest. His web site can be found at http://staeblestudioa.weebly.com.

Mae Richards, NYC Editorial and Fashion Photographer.

Meeah Williams is a writer and graphic artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She doesn’t care much where she is published—the point of writing and painting is writing and painting. She eats the same breakfast every morning: a chocolate chip bagel from Highway Bagels on Nostrand Avenue (the best bagel shop in the world) and four cups of coffee. Meeah is married to a wonderful man named Hank. They do crosswords puzzles together in bed after sex. After dreaming half of her life away, she is as surprised as anyone to wake up and find she is living her secret dream. She find that she dislikes nothing, so long as it comes with pie.

Michal Mitak Mahgerefteh is an award-winning poet and artist from Virginia. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally and published in many literary magazines and anthologies.

Michelle Allen was born in Haiti and is a resident of Miami, Florida. She is an Architect by profession and a self-taught Artist. She is also the proud mother of Aisha, the sunshine of her life. Her journey in art began in 2010. All of her collages are created out of torn pieces of paper. Nature is her source of inspiration. She loves chocolate, dance, and music. For more information about Michelle’s work, you can visit her facebook page or e-mail her at michelle7_allen@yahoo.com.

Pete Madzelan resides in New Mexico with his wife and cat, Manny. He’s a mainlining green chile junkie, consuming large quantities with almost anything. Relaxing moments find him traveling and studying the southwest; visiting breweries and enjoying photography, baseball, and music from a select group of songwriters, which are needed outlets away from his yearly failed experience at gardening. He currently has fiction in The Dying Goose; forthcoming in Poydras Review. Photography in BRICKrhetoric, San Pedro River Review, Cactus Heart, convergence: journal of poetry and art, Vine Leaves Literary Journal; and forthcoming in Bellingham Review, Pachinko, Epiphany-epiphmag.com, and Aperion Review.

Peter Nicholson photographs things that are considered banal. He walks around places to see and feel them. His photographs are meant to embody the feeling of a place, and to examine in detail the coincidental interactions of objects in the scenes before him.

Susana Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology and an inveterate traveler. Her photos have appeared in Blue Hour MagazinepacificREVIEW, and San Pedro River Review, among others. Author of several chapbooks, her Slapering Hol Press chapbook,The Scottish Café, was published in a dual-language version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Poland’s Opole University Press. She authored the books, Salem In Séance (WordTech Editions), Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips (Anaphora Literary Press), and Earth and Below (Anaphora Literary Press). 4 Rms w Vu is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in 2014. Please visit her online.

Thomas Zimmerman teaches English at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He and his wife, Ann, live with two retired racing greyhounds, Scarlet and Percy.  Tom’s website: thomaszimmermanonline.com

V.A. Smith is a writer and photographer who masquerades a corporate drone during banking hours. She feels lucky to live and work in Portsmouth, NH. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gravel MagazineStar 82 ReviewThick JamDown In The DirtConnotation PressScissors & Spackle, and Quail Bell.

Victoria Krinsky

Vinny Carnevale takes pictures because he likes to. View his photography at flickr.com/photos/vjames21/