BIOS A-Z

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D. M. AderibigbeD.M. Aderibigbe — is a 23 year old Nigerian, an undergraduate of History and Strategic Studies at the University of Lagos. His poetry and short fiction have been published or, are forthcoming in ten countries.

Aderibigbe’s poems were published in two anthologies,  Kind-of-a-Hurricane Press, Christmas Anthology and Mistletoe Madness, edited by poets A. J. Huffman and April Salzano. Two poems were included in the 2012 Best of Anthology: Storm Cycle and his work was chosen for the The Beachies Award’s Most Memorable 2012 publication.

Aderibigbe attributes poets such as Octavio Paz, Seamus Heaney, Kamau Brathwaite, J. P. CLark, Ilya Kaminsky, Natasha Trethewey, Naomi Shihab Nye, Maya Angelou, and Gwendolyn Brooks for influencing his work. His prose owes much to Toni Morrison, Nuruddin Farah, J.K Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Helen Oyeyemi, ZZ Packer, Nick Hornby, and Helon Habila. While his plays will always be grateful to those of Wole Soyinka and Arthur Miller.

Aderibigbe is a die-hard Inter Milan fc fan. Currently he lives and schools in Lagos.

Publications

  • Wordriot
  • The Applicant
  • Red River Review
  • Ditch
  • Kritya
  • Thickjam
  • DoveTales
  • The New Black Magazine
  • Black Fox Literary Magazine
  • Torrid Literature
  • Rusty Nail
  • Vox Poetica
  • Pyrokinection
  • Jellyfish Whispers
  • Commonline
  • Rem Magazine
  • The Faircloth Review

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Grace Andreacchi

Grace Andereacchi — is an American born novelist, poet and playwright. Works include the novels “Scarabocchio,” “Poetry and Fear,” “Music for Glass Orchestra” (Serpent’s Tail), “Give My Heart Ease” (New American Writing Award), and the chapbook “Berlin Elegies.” Her work appears in Horizon Review, The Literateur, Cabinet des Fées and in other notable publications.

Andereacchi is managing editor at Andromache Books and writes the literary blog, Amazing Grace. She lives in London.

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Cynthia Atkins

Cynthia Atkins — received an MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Her first collection of poems, “Psyche’s Weathers” (Wordtech, 2007), was recently featured on Verse Daily.

Atkins holds residencies from the VCCA and Breadloaf Writer’s Conference and currently teaches creative writing at Roanoke College. She lives in Rockbridge County, VA on the Maury River with her family.

Publications

  • Alaska Quarterly Review
  • American Letters & Commentary
  • BigCityLit
  • BOMB
  • Caketrain
  • Cold Mountain Review
  • Del Sol Review
  • Denver Quarterly
  • Harpur Palate
  • Inertia
  • The Journal
  • North American Review
  • Sou’wester
  • Valparaiso Review
  • Verse Daily

www.cynthiaatkins.com

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Tom Badyna

Tom Badyna — from Toledo, Ohio has worked myriad’s of jobs — roustabout, roughneck, coal miner, cook, tombstone engraver — in dozens of states before concentrating on stonemasonry and bricklaying. Badyna currently lives on Long Island, NY and has lately taken up writing, publishing a number of stories in Underground Voices and The Republic of Letters.

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Tomica Bajsić Tomica Bajsić — poet, prose writer and translator, Bajsic is the author of four poetry books and two books of prose. He acted as translator/editor of four international poetry anthologies and twice been awarded with highest national awards for his poetry. He is attributed for founding Druga priča /Another Story publishing.

Bajsić was born in 1968 in Zagreb, Croatia. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and was acting editor of translated poetry in Poezija/Poetry, the Croatian quarterly poetry magazine. He has published in numerous anthologies and literary journals at home and abroad.

His attributes include working in restoration, drawing, design, and translating works into various languages. He has also served as a board member of the Croatian PEN Centre.

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Juan Pablo Bario — Biography Pending

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Elan Barnehama

Elan Barnehama — “Waiting For Answers” (The Merida Review), is an excerpt from his novel-in-progress. His first novel, “Finding Bluefield” (2012), was honored as a finalist by the 2014 International Book Awards. His commentaries and essays have aired on public radio and published on the Web and in newspapers. He has composed two screenplays.

Barnehama’s career includes: Fiction Editor at ForthMagazine.com; high school baseball coach, radio news announcer, cook, writer for a Wesleyan University president and a writer for Clark University. He earned an MFA in Fiction from UMass, Amherst.

Barnehama was raised in New York City near Shea Stadium and now lives in Santa Monica, CA.

www.elanbarnehama.com

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Christopher Batnes

Christopher Barnes

  • 1998— winner of a Northern Arts Writers Award
  • 2001— reads at Waterstones Bookshop promoting the anthology “Titles Are Bitches”
  • 2001, Christmas — debut poems reading at Newcastle’s famous Morden Tower
  • 2001, Christmas — the Northern Cultural Skills Partnership and New Writing North sponsor his mentorship with Andy Croft
  • 2001 — Barnes records a radio program for Web FM community radio that features his writing group
  • 2003 — reads at the Edinburgh Festival, LGBT Centre as a Per Verse poet
  • 2005 — his collection “Lovebites” is published by Chanticleer Press
  • 2005, October, November — Barnes enters a poem/visual image into the art exhibition, The Art Cafe Project. His piece, “Post-Mark” is shown in Betty’s Newcastle
  • 2005/2006 — Poetry Magazines, The Wolf, issue No. 11, reading his poem, “The Holiday I Never Had” recorded by The South Bank Centre in London
  • 2006, May — as featured solo artist/poet, exhibits at The People’s Theatre
  • 2007, August — The Art Cafe Project makes the film, “A Blank Screen, 60 seconds, 1 shot” for Queerbeats Festival at The Star & Shadow Cinema Newcastle, reviewing a Barnes poem
  • 2010, September — reads at the Callander Poetry Weekend hosted by Poetry Scotland
  • 2010 — Art criticism published in Peel and Combustus magazines
  • With artists, Kate Sweeney and Julie Ballands, creates a digital film at the Out Of The Picture filmmaking workshop. The film containing Barnes poem, “The Old Heave-Ho,” previewed at the festival party for Proudwords
  • Worked on a collaborative art and literature project, “How Gay Are Your Genes,” facilitated by poet Lisa Mathews. Exhibited at The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University. This project included a film piece by the artist Predrag Pajdic reading his poem “On Brenkley St.”
  • Worked in the Five Arts Cities poetry postcard event exhibiting at The Seven Stories children’s literature building
  • Writes poetry reviews for Poetry Scotland and Jacket Magazine
  • Reads yearly for Proudwords, a gay and lesbian writing festival

Barnes resides in Newcastle, UK.

www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/videonation/stories/gay_history.shtml

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Cher Bibler — is the author of one book of poetry, “California, California.” She has worked as editor at the poetry magazine,  Amanda Blue, also Heartlands Review. She was co-editor of the literary magazine Wastelands Review and a fiction reader for the Mid American Review. She also reviewed books for Literary Zoo.

Cher Bibler Bibler was a founding member of the alternative band Tinfoil, as bass/rhythm guitarist; singer and songwriter. Over their career the band released 12 albums. One of their songs, “People Don’t Know” is featured in an Indie film, Certainty (2013), directed by Keith Mosher.

Bibler is the recipient of an annual NOBS competition with her short story, “Not Waving But Drowning.” Her current novel, “Billie,” was a finalist in the 2011Faulkner Competition: poem, “Merida, Easter,” is in the current issue of The Evergreen Review.

Bibler resides in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, recently forming her new band (as yet unnamed) and serves as the content editor of The Merida Review.

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Boris Domagoj Biletic

Boris Domagoj Biletić — was born in Pula on 22 March, 1957. Having finished grammar school and the Teacher Training College in his hometown, he graduated from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, where he received MA and doctor degrees.

His serious works begin at the Pula Literary Club (whose publication was soon banned) the second half of the 1970s,  being published in the journal Istarski borac / Ibor). His poetry, reviews, essays, studies and translations from Italian and German appeared in Croatian and foreign publications. His poetry being read in the Treći program, Hrvatskog Radija / the Third Programme of the Croatian Radio – Poezija nablas.

Co-authoring with painters, Zdravko Milić (Mala lirska kronika, 1989) and Bruno Mascarelli (Istarski rukopisi – Caligrafie istriane, 1998), they penned two graphic and poetic maps.

Biletić’s work of Croatian poetry prepared by Mirjana Strčić (Hrvatsko pjesništvo Istre 19. i 20. stoljeća – Istarska pjesmarica, Pula 1989), Ante Stamać – Ivo Sanader (U ovom strašnom času, Split, 1992; Zagreb, 1994), Łucja Danielewska (Żywe źradla, Warsaw / Poland, 1996), Josip Bratulić – Stjepan Damjanović – Vinko Brešić – Božidar Petrač… (Mila si nam ti jedina…, Zagreb, 1998), Božidar Petrač (Hrvatska uskrsna lirika: od Kranjčevića do danas, Zagreb, 2001) was included in two Croatian and foreign anthologies; in literary lexicons and surveys as well as mentioned in the historical overviews Hrvatska književnost 19. i 20: “Stoljeća” by Miroslav Šicel (Zagreb, 1997) and “Povijest hrvatske književnosti” by Dubravko Jelčić (Zagreb, 2004). Biletić’s poems (or cycles) have been translated into fifteen languages.

Biletić is also known as an editor of numerous publications, most in the field of fiction. Until 1990, he was a member of the editorial board of the cultural journal Istra (Pula), edition, Istra kroz stoljeća. He serves as an active member of the Čakavski sabor and was the initiator and editor-in-chief of the Pula literary, cultural and social journal (since its beginning in 1996) – Nova Istra (www.eurozine.com; www.gradpula.com/nova_istra ; www.dhk.hr).

Biletić is a member of the Association of Croatian Writers (since 1988) and its management team (three terms of reference) ― the Croatian P.E.N. Centre (since 1993) and member/employee of the Central Croatian Cultural and Publishing Society / Matica hrvatska (since 1990). He  is one of the founders of the Istrian branch of the Croatian Writers’ Association serving as its first president from 1990 to 1993; the Croatian Cultural Society of Franjo Glavinić from Rovinj, an initiator of the Days of Šoljan / Šoljanovi dani held in Rovinj.

In 1997, Biletić  was a guest-writer at the international Zagreb Slavic School. In 2003, he established the international literary meeting, Pula Essay Days/Pulski dani eseja. Biletić has participated in a wide range of international and Croatian poetry festivals and literary meetings.

Literary Awards

  • Mlada Struga (Struga Evenings of Poetry, Macedonia, 1984 Zublja šutnje)
  • Tin Ujević (Radovi na nekropoli, 1997)
  • KulturKontakt award presented by the Austrian foundation (Bartuljska jabuka, 2002)
  • Julije Benešić (Pristrani čitatelj, I-II, 2008)
  • Sv. Kvirin (poetry, 2012)
  • Fran Galović (Istarski pisci i obzori, 2013)

Due to his literary and cultural activities, Biletić was presented the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the Effigy of Marko Marulić (1996) and the Medal of the City of Rovinj (1997).

Biletić lives in Rovinj where he heads the City Library of Matija Vlačić Ilirik (lat. Matthias Flacius Illyricus).

www.boris-biletic.iz.hr

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Carole Ann Borges — author of “Disciplining the Devil’s County,” (Alice James Books, 2002) was raised aboard a schooner on the Mississippi River in the 1950’s.Carole Ann Borges She learned the art of storytelling from the fishermen and river folk she met along the way and, from the river itself.

Carole has traveled all over Mexico by thumb, bus, and train. Her favorite spot though, is Playa del Carmen, where she lived in a small fisherman’s hut on the beach.

Borges’ poems have appeared in a number of literary journals including: Poetry, Kalliope, Bardsong, and Soundings East. She has also published a variety of non-fiction essays, newspaper and magazine articles.

Currently Borges is a staff writer for The Enlightener, a small weekly newspaper in Knoxville, TN. Her memoir “Dreamseeker’s Daughter,” is available from Amazon.

www.caroleborges.com

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Carlos Bortoni

Carlos Bortoni — was born in Mexico City in 1979 and lives there today. He studied history at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia. His books include “El imperio soy yo” (2007) and “Perro viejo y cans ado” (2007).

English translations of his fiction were published in The 22 Magazine (defunct 1/2014) and Johnny America.

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Dylan Brennan

Dylan Brennan — is a teacher of English literature and a doctoral student of Mexican literature, film and photography. He has collaborated with the Fundación Juan Rulfo on two of their recent publications El gallo de oro (2010), and Juan Rulfo, Otras Miradas (2010). In 2006, Brennan was featured in the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. He lives and works in Mexico.

Publications

  • Poetry Ireland Review
  • Revival Literary Journal
  • The OFI Press
  • Arabesques
  • Agenda Broadsheets
  • Tributaries
  • The New Binary Press Anthology of Poetry: Volume I
  • The Penny Dreadful Magazine

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Peter Madoda Bungane  poet,  was born in 1977 in Kitwe, Zambia, a country in south central Africa. He began writing poetry and short stories in the mid 1990s while attending secondary school. He draws his writing inspiration from everyday experiences and blends these with folklore passed down from his grandfather, a village headman in Lufunsa.

Bungane’s work is reflective of the African spirit longing for economic emancipation and yearning for a chance to have peace. The voices between the lines are echoing the cry of millions of Africans in diaspora.

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Julienne Busic Julienne Busic — author, translator and essayist lives in Rovanjska, Croatia. She was born in Eugene, Oregon but  raised in Portland. She graduated from the University of Oregon, attended Vienna University, Austria and obtained a master’s degree in German language, literature, and linguistics at Portland State University. She holds a Master’s Degree in German and Linguistics.

Publications

  • The Barcelona Review
  • The Gobshite Quarterly (contributing editor)
  • Verbatim: A Language Quarterly
  • Inside
  • The Bridge-Most
  • Outsider Fragments
  • Kolo
  • Aleph
  • Jutarnji List
  • Vjesnik
  • Vijenac
  •  Tema.

Published Works

  • Lovers and Madmen (Gray Sunshine Press, 2005), winning the Croatian Writer’s Society award in 1997; now in its seventh Croatian and second English printing
  • Your Blood and Mine (Ridgepath Press, 2008)
  • Living Cells (Ridgepath Press, 2012), a novel based on the true story of a Croatian comfort woman during the Serb occupation of Vukovar in the early 1990s.

Translations

  • Survival League by Gordan Nuhanovic
  • Zagreb-Exit South by Edo Popovic
  • American Scream by Dubravka Oraic Tolic (Ooligan Press, Portland, Oregon)
  • The Tiger is the World (Xenos Books, 2012)

Busic is currently working on a screenplay from her book, “Living Cells.”

www.zvonkobusic.com

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Angela M. Campbell — full time writer, grew up in Ohio and lived in the Philadelphia area before moving to Gaithersburg, Maryland. She has been named as a finalist in the essay category and a semi-finalist in the Novel -In -Progress category in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Faulkner House, New Orleans). “The Hunt,” is her first published short story.

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Gabriel Canul — Biography Pending

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Lorraine Caputo

Lorraine Caputo — in March 2011, the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada chose Caputo’s, “Snow Dreams,” as the poem of the month. She has published literary pieces in over 70 journals in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America and performed over 200 readings from Alaska to Patagonia, and four audio recordings including, “Latina Nights” / Noches Latinas (Dimby, 2000). Other publications include seven poetry chapbooks and travel pieces. Publications

  • Drumvoices Revue
  • Canadian Dimension
  • ENcontrARTE (Venezuela)
  • Blue Fifth Review (October 2012)

Anthologies

  • Beat Texas Anthology (2012)
  • Far Flung and Foreign (Lowestoft Chronicle Press, 2012)
  • Drive: Women’s True Stories From the Open Road (Seal Press, 2002)

Caputo continues journeying through the southern reaches of the hemisphere, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.

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Luis Carlos — Biography Pending

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Branko Cegec

Branko Čegec — poet, essayist and critic was born June 22, 1957, in Kraljev Vrh. He earned a degree in Yugoslav Studies and Comparative Literature from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb.

Čegec was literature section editor at magazines Polet and Pitanja. From 1985 to 1989, he was the editor-in-chief of Quorum Magazine; from 1989 to 1990, he was editor-in-chief of the culture magazine Oko, and from 1990 to 1993, he was an editor for the publishing house Mladost. In 1992 he founded his own publishing house Meandar. In 1998, he initiated the foundation of Croatian Independent Publishers Society, economic interest association of small and medium size presses. In 1999, he was elected president of the Board of Goranovo proljeće, the most important poetry event in Croatia. In 2002, he founded Centar za knjigu (Croatian Book Center), and in 2003, he started the book magazine Tema.

Published Works

  • Eros-Europa-Arafat / Eros-Europe-Arafat, poetry (1980)
  • Zapadno-istočni spol / West-Eastern Sex, poetry (1983)
  • Presvlačenje avangarde / Re-dressing the Avant-garde, essays and critiques (1983)
  • Melankolični ljetopis / A Melancholic Chronicle, poetry (1988)
  • Ekrani praznine / Screens of Emptiness, poetry (1992, 2003)
  • Fantom slobode / The Phantom of Freedom, essays, critiques and articles (1994)
  • Strast razlike, tamni zvuk praznine; Hrvatsko pjesništvo osamdesetih i devedesetih / Passion of Difference, Dark Sound of Emptiness, Croatian poetry of the 1980s and 1990s, co-authored with Miroslav Mićanović (1995)
  • Nitko ne govori hrvatski, Personne ne parle croate / No one speaks Croatian, bilingual Croatian-French edition, together with Miroslav Mićanović and Ivica Prtenjača, selected and translated by V. Mikšić and B. Radić (2002)
  • Sintaksa mesečine / Moonlight Syntax, selected poetry, trandlated by J. Hudolin, Ljubljana, (2004)
  • Tamno mjesto / A Dark Place, poetry (2005)
  • Tri krokodila / Three crocodiles, with Miroslav Mićanović and Senko Karuza (2005)
  • Nurkanje na zdiv – Ronjenje na dah – Breat-Hold Diving, selected poems, translated by I. Isakovski, M. Suško and B. Gregorić, Skopje (2010)
  • Zapisi iz pustog jezika / Writings from the Waste Language, prose poetry (2011)
  • Pokret otpora / Resistance Movement, articles (2011)
  • Pun mjesec u Istanbulu / Full Moon in Istanbul, poetry (2012)
  • Lune pleine à Istanbul, poetry, translated by M. Kramer and V. Mikšić, Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette (2012)
  • Shopping terapia, selected poetry, translated by K. Chmel, Bratislava (2012)

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Don CelliniDon Cellini — is a poet, translator and photographer. He is the author of “Approximations”/Aproximaciones (2005) and “Inkblots” (2008), both collections of bilingual poems published by March Street Press. His book of prose poems, “Translate into English” was released in 2010 by Mayapple Press. His book of translations, “Elías Nandino: Selected Poems” (McFarland Publishers, 2010 ) is the first book-length translation of the Mexican poet.

“Imagenes para una anunciación” / Images For An Annunciation, his translation of the work of Mexican poet Roxana Elvridge-Thomas is forthcoming from FootHills Press.

Cellini is a recipient of fellowships from the King Juan Carlos Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He teaches at Adrian College in Michigan.

www.doncellini.com

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Feliciano Sanchez Chan Feliciano Sánchez Chan — was born in the village of Xaya, Tekax, Yucatan, Mexico, in 1960. His work “Retazos de Vida”/ Slices of Life, won the Itzamna Prize for literature in the Mayan language. “Seven Dreams” are from his book Ukp’eel kayak / Siete Sueños.

Chan works as a promoter of culture in the Department of Popular Culture of the state of Yucatan.

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Kelly Cherry

Kelly Cherry — has published twenty-two books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; nine chapbooks and translations of two classical plays. Her most recent titles are: “A Kind of Dream,” linked stories (2014) and “The Life and Death of Poetry” (2013). Two more books are forthcoming.

In 2010, Cherry was a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and served as the Poet Laureate of Virginia (2010–2012). She was the first recipient of the Hanes Poetry Prize presented by the Fellowship of Southern Writers for a body of work.

Cherry is Eudora Welty Professor Emerita, College Of Letters And Science, English Department and Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cherry and her husband, Burke Davis III, live on a small rural farm in central Virginia.

Fellowships

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • (3) Wisconsin Arts Board fellowships
  • (2) Wisconsin New Work awards

Awards

  • Bradley Major Achievement (Lifetime) Award
  • USIS Speaker Award (the Philippines)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook Award for Distinguished Book of Stories in 1999 (2000)
  • Wisconsin Notable Author
  • The Carole Weinstein Award
  • The Les Phillabaum Award

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Eugenio Covarrubias — Biography Pending

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Reg DeneauReg Deneau — was born in Canada where he attended the University of Windsor, graduating with a degree in Political Science and Media Studies. Teaching in Ontario, Canada for 32 years, he moved to the Yucatan in 2004 and resides in Progreso.

His first book of poetry, “Trust the Winds: Poems of a Spiritual Journey” was inspired by his partner, Larry. A previous non-fiction book, “Not My Father’s Footsteps” was published by Barnes and Noble, U.S, 2005.

Deneau is currently working on a second poetry anthology and at the same time is in the midst of a fictional story relating the trials and tribulations of snowbirds (winter residents) in the Yucatan. In his spare time, Deneau is the author of three ongoing blogs: www.trustthewinds.wordpress.com

www.regdeneau.com

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Maurice Devitt

Maurice Devitt  retiring as the Head of Operations, permanent TSB Group Holdings, he earned his MA in Poetry Studies from Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin focusing on the poetry of James Wright and Charles Bernstein.

Publications

  • Orbis
  • Abridged
  • Moloch
  • Revival
  • Boyneberries
  • Paraxis
  • Weary Blues
  • thefirstcut
  • Stony Thursda
  • Ofi Press
  • Bluepepper
  • The Weekenders
  • Smiths Knoll

Prizes

  • nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2012)
  • runner-up in the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition
  • short-listed for the Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Collection Competition
  • third in The Joy of Sex competition
  • long-listed for the Doire Press International Chapbook Competition
  • short-listed for the Over the Edge New Writer Award, Westport Arts Poetry Competition
  • short-listed for the Fish Poetry prize and the Cork Literary Review Manuscript Competition (2011)
  • runner-up in the Phizzfest poetry competition

Currently Devitt is working towards a first poetry collection. He is a founding member of the Hibernian Writers’ Group.

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Matthew DexterMatthew Dexter  is an American author living in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Like nomadic Pericú, he survives on a hunter-gatherer subsistence diet of shrimp tacos, smoked marlin, and cold beer. His work has been published in dozens of anthologies, hundreds of literary journals and he has written thousands of freelance articles for magazines and newspapers including dozens of feature articles for international magazines including:  National Geographic Traveler and Canoe & Kayak.

Two of Dexter’s stories were chosen as South Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2010 and one piece was selected as a Notable Story of 2009. In 2010, his short story about sacrifice, “Jackson Pollock Moment,” won the Writers’ Bloc contest.

Dexter is the author of the novel, “The Ritalin Orgy” (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013). His second novel and debut short story collection are forthcoming.

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Jose Hernandez Diaz

José Hernández Díaz — is a first generation Chicano poet with a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley. He has had poetry readings at The Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) in Long Beach, and El Centro Cultural de Tijuana.

Díaz is currently fulfilling an internship with Floricanto Press as a Poetry Editor. In addition, he is an active moderator of the online group, Poets Responding to SB1070, where he has contributed more than 30 of his poems.

Publications 

  • The Best American Non-required Reading Anthology 2011
  • La Gente Newsmagazine of UCLA
  • Bombay Gin Literary Journal
  • Contratiempo
  • Hinchas de Poesia
  • In Xochitl In Kuikatl Literary Journal
  • Indigenous Writers and Artists Collective
  • The Packinghouse Review

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George Djuric George Djuric  flew through rally racing, street fighting, philosophy, and anti-psychiatry as if they weren’t there. In the aftermath, all that was left was writing.

In 1989, he published a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, the very first – and ironically the last – since the country fell apart just two years later. “The Metaphysical Stories,” a flash story collection published in Yugoslavia was read like the gospel by his Yugoslav peers. This publication sent ripples through an otherwise inert literary milieu.

Never blamed for being shy when it comes to belle etrès and with the help of numerous radio, TV, and literary evening appearances, Djuric sells the initial print within the first two months.

Djuric is infatuated with the fictional alchemy that is thick as amber and capable of indelibly inscribing on the face of 21st century literature. He lives in the desert near Palm Springs, CA.

Publications 

  • Hobart (Print), Serving House: a Journal of Literary Arts (April, October, 2013)
  • FictionWeek Literary Review
  • Xavier Review Press
  • Fresh Literary Magazine’s Printed Anthology
  • Los Angeles Review
  • Grey Sparrow Journal
  • Independent Ink Magazine
  • The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine
  • The Fat City Review
  • In Other Words: Merida Literary Magazine (Mexico)
  • Busk Journal
  • TheNewerYork’s Electric Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature
  • BareBack Magazine
  • Anastomoo (Tasmania)
  • Commonline Journal
  • Gloom Cupboard
  • Extracts
  • BRICKrhetoric
  • Danse Macabre
  • Euphony
  • South Jersey Underground
  • The Intentional
  • Mad Hatter’s Review

One of his early stories, “Taming of the Shrewd,” is featured in the September 2012 issue of The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine.

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Colin Dodds — grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education at The New School in New York City. Norman Mailer wrote that Dodds’ novel “The Last Bad Job,” Colin Doddsshowed “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ novels, “What Smiled at Him,” and “Another Broken Wizard,” have been widely acclaimed by critics and readers alike. His books are available from Amazon.

Dodds’ screenplay, “Refreshment – A Tragedy,” was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Two books of his poetry—”The Last Man on the Moon,” and “The Blue Blueprint,” are available from Medium Rare Publishing.

Publications 

  • The Wall Street Journal Online
  • Folio
  • Explosion-Proof
  • Block Magazine
  • The Architect’s Newspaper
  • The Main Street Rag
  • The Reno News & Review
  • Lungfull! Magazine

Dodds’ lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.

www.thecolindodds.com

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John Dorsey

John Dorsey — is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Leaves of Ass” (Unadorned Press, 2011), “Sodomy is a City in New Jersey” (American Mettle Books, 2010), and “Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer,” (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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Amy Ekins

Amy Ekins — is a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a 2013 Northern Writers’ Awards NewPoets’ Bursary winner. Her first chapbook, “Nonplaced,” was published with erbacce-press, a poetry co-operative in Liverpool, U.K.

Elkins is completing her MR in Creative Writing for which she was awarded a fee-waiver scholarship from Northumbria University. She is passionate about communities, public art, and her Kindle. She tweets at @AmyEWrites

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Aurora Caro Eng — Biography Pending

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Neri Falconi — Biography Pending

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Zach Fishel

Zach Fishel —is from the sleepy hills of central Pennsylvania, but currently lives in Toledo, Ohio. His work has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, also nominated for the University of Toledo Press Fellow. His work has appeared in multiple print and online journals and published widely in four countries. NightBallet Press released his first chapbook, “Prayerbook Bouquet,” in  June 2013.

While completing his MA at the University of Toledo he began Horehound Press, specializing in limited edition books and broadsides. Fishel is eagerly preparing to move west, where he still believes he can be a hobo, brewer, and goat farmer.

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Jane GildayJane Gilday —  painter, musician and writer lives in the New Hope, PA area. Her visual art is  inspired by landscapes, pattern works and illuminated manuscripts with some subjects created on site. Others are synthesized from her memory or imaginary vistas.

Gilday claims to be eight years old (kinda), who likes to color, sing imaginary songs and dream up stories. Water is her favorite molecule, but paintings include the media of acrylic and oil.

Gilday goes further than most artists by crafting each frame for her paintings. Frames are integral to her work, utilizing incised design motifs, words, gold-leaf and glaze washes.

Her work may be viewed and purchased on-line at: http://www.askart.com

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Howie Good — a journalism professor at the State University of New York, New Paltz, is the author of “Dreaming in Red,” a poetry collection from Right Hand Pointing, the literary Website featuring short poems and fiction. All proceeds from the sale of Good’s book are contributed to The Crisis Center in Howie GoodBirmingham, Ala., where he has served on (and off) the Board of Directors for 25 years.

From 1986 to 2005, Good published 14 academia books and articles. Twelve years ago, he put down the academic pen re-establishing his love of poetry composing two poetry collections and over 40 chapbooks.

Published Works

Poetry Collections

  • The Complete Absence of Twilight (MadHat Press, 2014)
  • Cryptic Endearments (Knives Forks & Spoons Press)

Chapbooks (a small paperback booklet, typically containing poems or fiction)

  • Elephant Gun (Dog on a Chain Press)
  • Strange Roads (Puddles of Sky Press)
  • Death of Me (Pig Ear Press)
  • The Devil’s Fuzzy Slippers (Flutter Press)
  • Personal Myths (Writing Knights Press)
  • Fog Area (Dog on a Chain Press)

Forthcoming are, “College City,” (Right Hand Pointing) and “The Middle of Nowhere,” (Olivia Eden Press).

Good’s poetry has been nominated multiple times for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net anthology.

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Beryl Gorbman

Beryl Gorbman — is a writer and private investigator who divides her time between Seattle, WA., and Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. She has published two works of fiction set in the Maya region of Mexico,  “Madrugada,” (2011) and “2012: Deadly Awakening,” (2009), both available from Amazon.

Published Works

  • Invisible
  • Madrugada
  • 2012: Deadly Awakening
  • Andy and the Leaf (short story)

Two projects, “When You Were Born, God Didn’t Stamp ‘Fair’ On Your Ass,” and “Rotten Fruit,” are in progress. “Madrugada,” “Deadly Awakening,” and “Rotten Fruit,” all feature the same main characters set in the Yucatan. “When You Were Born,” is set in Seattle WA. All four novels are murder mysteries best read consecutively.

Gorbman is an avid blogger and photographer.

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Diane Grondin — Biography Pending

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Jonathan HarringtonJonathan Harrington — lives in an 18th century hacienda that he restored himself in rural Yucatán, Mexico where he writes and translates poetry from Spanish and Mayan. He is a weekly featured reader at Café Poesia and Café Pendulo in Mérida and featured on public radio.

Harrington is on the permanent faculty of U.S. Poets in Mexico and a reader for the University of Arkansas Press’ Miller Williams Poetry Prize. He has read poetry throughout the world and has been invited to the International Poetry Festival in Havana, Cuba, and Semana Negra in Gijon, Spain.

In addition to poetry, in 1989 Harrington edited New Visions: Fiction by Florida Writers. His column, Tropical Son appeared monthly in Metro Magazine and won the coveted Gold Charlie Award for best column of the year from the Florida Magazine Association in 1990. In 1992, twenty-six of these essays were collected and published as “Tropical Son: Essays on the Nature of Florida.”

Harrington received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1983.

Chapbooks

  • Handcuffed to the Jukebox
  • Aqui

Mystery Novels

  • The Death of Cousin Rose
  • The Second Sorrowful Mystery
  • A Great Day for Dying
  • St. Valentine’s Diamond
  • Death on the Southwest Chief

Publications 

  • Poetry East
  • The Texas Review
  • Main Street Rag
  • Green River Review
  • Kentucky Poetry Review
  • English Journal
  • Epitaph
  • Slant
  • Black Bear Review

Spanish and Mayan Translation Publications

  • World Literature Today
  • Visions International
  • The Dirty Goat
  • International Review of Poetry

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Patricia Hemingway — lives in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico, on the shore of Lake Chapala. She is a member of the The Writers Group. Her first book of stories, “The One Who Got Away,” is due for publication.

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Sean Hennessy

Sean Hennessy  — polo, politics, passion and power! Sean Hennessy’s first book “The Polo Affair,” is the kind of book you come away from feeling that you have lived another life — been immersed in another culture. Hennessy is a promising author… an author to look out for in the future and, The Polo Affair is a worthwhile first effort.

Hennessy was born in Ireland, one of nine children. After spending his formative years in Dublin, he went on to have a varied international career. His experiences have included working in a slaughterhouse, being an international model, an aid worker in Bangladesh, and a photography director in Japan. Hennessy believes many of the people and situations he has come across in his life gives him great insight into the human condition. He draws on his many and varied experiences to create the unique and wonderful characters in his fiction.

Hennessy owns Hennessy’s Irish Pub in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, and is an avid amateur polo player.

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Fernando de la Cruz Herrera Fernando de la Cruz Herrera — (Yucatán, México, 1971) holds an MA in Spanish from Ohio University and a BA in Philosophy. As an independent editor, writer, and cultural promoter, he has participated in cultural festivals, conferences and book fairs in Mexico, Cuba, France, and the United States.

Herrera has received two national, one regional, and one state-wide poetry awards in Mexico. His main passions are poetry (which he often finds in theatre, music and film), language teaching made fun, and the constant discovery of the flavors, shapes, and depths of human life. He recently won first prize (for the second time, placing first in 2003) in the 2011 Premio Regional de Poesia Jose Diaz Bolio sponsored by Patronato Pro Historia Peninsular and second place in the 2011 Premio Estatal de Literatura Infantil Elvia Rodriguez Cirerol sponsored by Instituto de Cultura de Yucatan.

Publications

  • Sabotaje a la che y otros poemas de martitologio (Instituto de Cultura de Yucatán, 2012, announced)
  • Aliteletras. De la a a la que quieras (Dante, 2011) print
  • Redentora la voz (Ayuntamiento de Mérida, 2010)
  • Seven Songs of Silent, Singing Fireflies (JKPublishing, 2008), chapbook

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Colin James  has published in a variety of journals and ezines including The American Drivel Review, The Ottawa Review, The Haz Mat Review, 88, Poetry Soup, Vagabondage Press and Subtle Tea. He has poems forthcoming in Mad Rush and 30 Day Poetry.

James lives in Massachusetts with two old dogs, but was born in England. He is a longtime energy conservationist and a huge fan of the Scottish landscape painter, John Mackenzie.

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Alice Jennings — currently lives in Oaxaca. She is a past participant in the U.S. Poets  Program in Mexico and was a featured reader at Cafe Poesia in Merida, Mexico.

Jennings is an MFA student in the brief residency program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY.

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Toshiya Kamei

Toshiya Kamei  translator at Kamei Translations holds an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Arkansas. His translations appear in SmokeLong Quarterly, Four Way Review and goodreads.

Translations

  • Selfa Chew’s, “Silent Herons” (2012)
  • Espido Freire’s, “Irlanda” (2011)
  • Naoko Awa’s, “The Fox’s Window and Other Stories” (2010)
  • Liliana Blum’s, “The Curse of Eve and Other Stories” (2008)

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Mr. Kersie Khambatta — is a semi-retired lawyer practicing in New Zealand. He is also a part-time writer of articles and short stories. His writing is recognizable by his simple style with short sentences and carefully  chosen words.

Khambatta earned his diploma of Associateship of the British Tutorial Institute, London, in English; Modern Journalism and Journalism in India, and a Certificate in Comprehensive Writing awarded in October 2005 by the Writing School (Australia and New Zealand).

Publications

  • Senior Living (B.C., Canada)
  • Her Magazine (New Zealand)
  • The Rusty Nail magazine (U.S.A.)
  • 5th Coffee: A Writers Blog, TMO Magazine

Khambatta says, “I love to write. I have very many ideas in my head on which to base a short story.” His latest is, “Do Cars Have Teeth.”

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Zachary Kluckman

Zachary Kluckman — a performance poet since 2006 and an accomplished spoken word artist, Kluckman has been writing poetry for 25 years. His poetry appears in print worldwide and been featured on over 500 radio programs.

Kluckman is a member of two Albuquerque National Poetry Slam Teams and has represented the city at the Individual World Poetry Slam. He is the Spoken Word Editor for Pedestal Magazine, Associate Editor for The Journal of Truth and Consequence, Director of the Albuquerque Slam Poet Laureate Program and a founding member of the Albuquerque Poetry FestivalHe was an organizer for the 100Thousand Poets for Change Program, the largest poetry reading in history.

Kluckman’s first collection of poems, “Animals In Our Flesh,” (2010), was published by Red Mountain Press. He has a forthcoming collection titled, “The Curious Circus,” from Uncola Press.

A Pushcart Prize nominee, his recent publications include The New York Quarterly, Memoir, and Cutthroat. 

When Kluckman is not untangling string cheese, he is hard at work on a new manuscript titled, “Those Dust Shouldered Ghosts.” He is an activist and youth advocate, living in New Mexico with his four children.

Published Works

  • Animals In Our Flesh (Red Mountain Press, 2012)

Anthologies

  • Looking Back to Place: A Harwood Anthology (Old School Books, 2008)
  • American Open Mike Volume 1 (ChicagoPoetry.com, 2006)
  • American Open Mike Volume 2 (ChicagoPoetry.com, 2006)

Publications

  • Cause and Effect Magazine
  • Contemporary Literary Review (India)
  • CutThroat
  • Dance to Death
  • Dos Passos Review
  • Green Fuse
  • Inscape
  • Mad Hatters’ Review
  • Malpais Review
  • Memoir
  • New York Quarterly
  • Plain Spoke
  • Red Fez
  • Sage Trail
  • Shadow Poetry

Performances

  • National Hispanic Cultural Center – Albuquerque, NM (2008)
  • The X Theater, University of New Mexico – Albuquerque (2008)
  • Outpost Performance Space – Albuquerque, NM (2007)
  • Pagosa Springs Community Center – Colorado (2007)

Prizes

  • Red Mountain Press Poetry Prize 2012
  • Nominated for Best of the Net 2009
  • Nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry 2009

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Sheila LanthamSheila Lanham — is a poet and visual artist. “Smoke Shadows,” (Finishing Line Press, 2013) is her latest chapbook. She also penned the chapbook, “Baltimore Blues & Greens,” and is published in A Gathering Voices: An Anthology of Baltimore Poets, Dolphin Moon Press.

In the 1980s she co-edited The Pearl, A Baltimore Literary Journal. In 2008, she formed U.S. Poets in Mexico, a non-profit organization that brings established and emerging American and Mexican poets together in Mexico. The program offers writing and translation workshops as well as free public readings in an effort to further literary cultural awareness between the U.S. and Mexico. Today she serves as administrator of the organization.

In 2009 and 2010, Lanham brought the program to Merida with readings held at the Merida English Language Library;  returning to Merida (a city she dearly loves) in January 2013.

Lanham is currently editing her first documentary film which focuses on the process of translation, featuring poets Alfonso D’Aquino (Morelos) and Forrest Gander (Rhode Island), who participated in a USPiM sponsored translation residency in Coatepec in 2010.

Lanham was born in Baltimore but has resided in New York City since 1974. She was a close friend of artist Larry Rivers for over 30 years.

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Jack Little (b. 1987) — is a British poet living in Mexico City where he runs The Ofi Press, a bilingual online poetry magazine and publishing company which organizes regular poetry events. Forthcoming publications in Kerouac’s Dog, Drey, Wasafiri, and Bakwa Magazine.

In March 2012, Little read at the Linares International Literary Festival in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. As well as his literary related activities, he also manages the Mexico national cricket team.

Publications

  • 3:AM Magazine
  • Warwick Unbound
  • Calliope Nerve
  • The Bubble
  • Eunoia Review
  • Blue Pepper Poetry

www.theofipress.webs.com

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Cesar LoveCésar Love — is a Latino poet influenced by the Asian masters. He is a resident of San Francisco’s Mission District and an editor of the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal. He has worked as a reporter and taught creative writing. Love also serves on the staff of the University of the Commons.

Love is active in creating a bridge between the poetry community of the San Francisco Bay Area and the poetry community of Merida, Yucatan, a city he fell in love with during a three week stay when he was eleven years old. His book “While Bees Sleep,” was published by CC. Marimbo Press.

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Loc MacGowan — was born in Fallon, Nevada. He joined the army when he was 17 and served in Germany and Vietnam. Later, he earned a bachelors degree in psychology, a masters degree in counseling and a doctorate in marriage and family therapy. When he was fifty, he earned a second masters degree, this one in English with a major in creative writing.

MacGowan is an award-winning author and has written twenty-six books and myriad poems. For the past six years, he has lived in Mérida, Mexico.

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Joseph F. MailanderJoseph F. Mailander — is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, political analysis, and cultural reviews. He is the author of the novels “The Fugitive Trail Angel,” “The Strong God Glittering,” and “The Plasma of Terror.” His nonfiction includes his most recent book, “LA at Intermission: A City Mingling Towards Identity.”  His earlier nonfiction book, “Days Change at Night: Notes on LA’s Decade of Decline,” published in 2003-2013.

Since 2003 he has founded, published and edited some of LA’s most notable, esteemed, and influential cultural and political blogs.

Mailander was a vice president of Union Bank. In local government, he managed the City of Los Angeles’s private Percent-for-Art program in the early 1990’s.

A native Angeleno, Mailander attended Columbia University and UCLA. He lived in Westwood and West Hollywood before settling in Los Feliz in 1990. He now divides his time between Los Angeles and San Luis Obispo, California.

Publications

  • Los Angeles Times
  • Los Angeles Daily News
  • Downtown News
  • LA Alternative Press
  • LA Weekly
  • Zócalo
  • CityWatch

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Becky Mancuso — Mancuso’s scholarly mission involves fostering a better understanding of Canada’s importance to the United States. Her academic work deals mainly with immigration history to North America.

Mancuso is a Fulbright scholar, associate professor of history (Bowling Green State University, Ohio). Knowing she should do other things besides reading books, Mancuso enjoys camping, dancing and crochet. Her poetry is often inspired by her travels, including to Mérida, Mexico.

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H.E. Mante/HaroHalola

H.E. Mante /HaroHalola — holds a college degree and post graduate work in  English/Psychology/Liberal Arts, and Music. Currently he lives in Hallandale Beach, FL.

Mante is an Aquarian male, professional poet and writer published extensively in print and Internet ezines, journals and anthologies.

Pending are publication of poetry collections, “Bananas’ On The Moon…A Collection Of Revisionist Haiku,” and “Sophistigates: A New Book Of New Poetry.”

Other interest include: musician, vocalist, songwriter, avid reader, athlete, and devotee of holistic health through vegan lifestyle, ecology and writing to help Earth to heal.

Publications

  • Ascent Aspirations
  • Shampoo
  • Record Magazine
  • The Apocalypse
  • A Hero’s Journey Anthology
  • International War Veterans Poetry Archive
  • Poetry By Moonlight Anthology
  • Dilate
  • Concisely
  • A Dream In The Clouds
  • Doors Anthology (I & II)
  • World Artist Network Magazine
  • Anthology Of Food
  • Poetry Soup (featured poet/ competition award winner)
  • The National Quarterly
  • Caper
  • Eye On Life (featured poet/ competitions award winner)
  • Hennen’s Observer (featured poet/ competitions award winner)

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Malcom Massey

Malcom Massey — was born in Annapolis, Maryland where his father served at the U.S. Naval Academy. He grew up devouring stories of ancient cultures and lost treasures from around the world. He wrote his first stories while still in elementary school.

His first novel, “Holiday in Havana,” (2000) is available on Amazon, not to be confused with his 2013 publication of “Holiday in Havana – The Adventures Begin,” (The Martin Culver Series). His latest fiction in the Culver Series is “The Golden Treasure of Panama,” (2014), and the fourth book in the series. “The Martin Culver Series,” is a series of action thrillers based on Massey’s experiences living in Central and South America, as well as his interests in history, archaeology and travel. The Series is best read in order.

Massey has lived in Costa Rica and Bolivia, and has traveled throughout South America and the Caribbean. After living and writing for 16 months in the Yucatan area of Mexico, Massey returned to the United States, where he lives and writes near the coast.

www.amazon.com/author/malcommassey               www.hamptonroadswriters.org/malcommassey.php

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Bill Meissner

Bill Meissner — is the author of seven books and four books of poetry. His writing has appeared in more than 200 journals, magazines and anthologies.

Meissner is director of Creative Writing at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. His first novel, “Spirits In The Grass,” won the Midwest Book Award.

Meissner loves traveling in Mexico, including San Miguel de Allende and has visited Merida on two occasions. “The Descending God,” is based on a ballplayer playing for the Isla Mujeres Municipales in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Published Works

Novel

  • Spirits in the Grass (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008)

Short Story Collection

  • Hitting Into The Wind (Random House, hardcover); (Southern Methodist University Press, paperback)
  • The Road to Cosmos (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006)

Poetry Collections

  • American Compass (Univ. of Notre Dame Press)
  • Twin Sons Of Different Mirrors (Milkweed Editions)
  • The Sleepwalker’s Son (Ohio Univ. Press)
  • Learning To Breathe Underwater (Ohio Univ. Press)

Awards

  • National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship
  • Loft-McKnight Award in Poetry
  • Loft-McKnight Award of Distinction in Fiction
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship
  • Jerome Foundation Fellowship
  • (5) PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Awards

Meissner lives with his wife Christine, who teaches 5th grade at Albany Elementary School. Their son, Nate, is a graduate student in archeology.

web.stcloudstate.edu/wjmeissner

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Sharon MesmerSharon Mesmer — (b. 1960 in Chicago, Il.) is a Polish-American poet, fiction writer, essayist and professor of creative writing. Mesmer received a BA in Writing/English from Columbia College in 1983, where she and other female students of the poet Paul Hoover, notably Lydia Tomkiw and Deborah Pintonelli, became instrumental in galvanizing the links between the poetry and punk music scenes of the late 70s and early 80s.

In 1988, Mesmer became a student of Allen Ginsberg in the Brooklyn College MFA poetry program. Through Ginsberg’s nomination, she was awarded a MacArthur Scholarship and represented the college in the 1989, Poetry Society of America’s Best of New York Writing Programs. She was an early poetry slam competitor and in 1991, she was a slam semi-finalist at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York.

Writing about Mesmer’s first book, “Half Angel, Half Lunch, “Ginsberg characterized her work as “always interesting, beautifully bold and vivaciously modern.”

Mesmer teaches in the undergraduate and graduate programs of New York University and The New School. She has lived in Brooklyn, NY since 1988, and is a distant relative of Franz Anton Mesmer, proponent of animal magnetism (mesmerism) and Otto Messmer, the American animator best known for creating Felix the Cat.

Published Works

Fiction

  • Ordinary Time (Hanging Loose Press, 2005)
  • Ma Vie a Yonago (Hachette Litteratures, France, 2005)
  • The Empty Quarter (Hanging Loose Press, 2000)

Poetry Collections

  • Annoying Diabetic Bitch (Combo Books, 2008)
  • The Virgin Formica (Hanging Loose Press, 2008)
  • Half Angel, Half Lunch (Hard Press, 1998)

Chapbooks

  • Vertigo Seeks Affinities (chapbook, Belladonna Books, 2007)
  • Crossing Second Avenue (chapbook, AB, J Press, Tokyo, 1997)

Awards 

  • Fulbright Specialist grant (2011)
  • Alumna of the Year Award from Columbia College Chicago (2009)
  • Jerome Foundation/SASE award (as mentor to poet Elisabeth Workman, grantee, 2009)
  • (2) New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships (2007, 1999)

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Marc Nasdor

Marc Nasdor — music consultant, poet, writer, and musician; a native of Baltimore living in New York City since 1980.

For a decade, Nasdor was involved  in international literary festivals with the late poet Allen Ginsberg and several prominent poets in the promotion and translation of world poetry for publication, the stage and the radio.

Nasdor has spent more than 25 years involved with the Hungarian arts scene in the U.S., Budapest and Pécs, Hungary. In 2009 and 2010, he visited Mérida as a participant in the U.S. Poets in Mexico program. While visiting, he performed readings at the Mérida English Language Library and the Café Poesía Reading Series at Cafe Chocolate. In 1997, Roof Books published his book of poems, “Sonnetailia.”

In addition to his literary activities, Nasdor is well known as a world music DJ, a frequent resident at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar in New York City, and presently at Pilsener Haus, a massive Czech-German beer garden in Hoboken, New Jersey. He has also DJ’d in Budapest and Pécs (Hungary), Nantes (France) and in Mérida, Mexico.

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Gillian Nevers

Gillian Nevers  — Nevers is membership coordinator for the Wisconsin Fellowship and a published author. Along with two other poets, Nevers won the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters 2008 Statewide Poetry Contest for her poem “Playing for Keeps.” She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2011, and won second prize in the 2008 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters statewide poetry contest.

Nevers graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967 receiving her degree in Art Education. She tags herself as an Independent Events Services Professional/POET.

Every March for over twenty years Nevers’ has spent two to three weeks in the Yucatan. She can usually be found in the quiet beachside community of Puerto Morelos, but every so often will take a side trip to Valladolid and Mérida.

Publications

  • Silk Road
  • Miller’s Pond
  • Wisconsin People and Ideas
  • Pearl
  • Pirenes Fountain
  • Verse Wisconsin
  • Oak Bend Review
  • Right Hand Pointing
  • Architrave Press

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Arlene Nolan — Biography Pending

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Carlos Nunez — Biography Pending

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Enrique Perez — Biography Pending

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Janet PhelanJanet Phelan — independent writing and editing professional is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism. She is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications. Phelan focuses on issues pertaining to the legal system, ranging from the heated subject of adult conservatorship– revealing shocking information about the relationships between courts and shady financial consultants — to international arms treaties. She has special interest in eugenics.

Phelan’s active schedule includes guesting on radio shows — from WBAI in New York to KPFK in Los Angeles, as well as internet shows: Alex Jones’ Infowars, Republic Broadcasting Network, and Oracle Broadcasting.

Publications

Articles

  • Los Angeles Times
  • The San Bernardino County Sentinel
  • The Santa Monica Daily Press
  • The American’s Bulletin
  • Sovereign Mind Magazine
  • Activist Post
  • Long Beach Press-Telegram
  • Americans Bulletin
  • Oui Magazine

Books

  • Exile (2014)
  • The Hitler Poems (2005)

Poetry

  • Gambit
  • Libera
  • Applezaba Review
  • Nausea One

Phelan currently resides in the Yucatán.

janetphelan.com

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Bart Plantenga

Bart Plantenga  Amsterdam born, U.S. bred, DJ, journalist and novelist, fictioneer and expositorian for 30 years, 20 years working text management in a variety of capacities from editing magazines to proofreading academic and highly technical books to translation and writing for a variety of clients. (Don’t forget 15 years as a pirate radio station disc jockey in Paris, NY and now Amsterdam.)

With Ron Kolm, Mike Golden and Peter Lamborn Wilson, Plantenga was a co-founder of the Unbearables (originally the Unbearable Beatniks of Light), a literary group in New York City, which held an annual event reading erotic poetry aloud on the Brooklyn Bridge and stormed the offices of The New Yorker “to protest the quality of the magazine’s poetry.

He specializes in fiction and nonfiction, editing, proofreading, rewriting English texts, and translating from Dutch to English.

Published Works

Books

  • Spermatagonia: The Isle of Man
  • Beer Mystic
  • Wiggling Wishbone
  • Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World
  • Yodel in HiFi

Chapbooks

  • Before It Gets Lost
  • Body Heat
  • Culture of Narcolepsy
  • Land of the Missing Girls
  • Map of Glowing Toys
  • NY Sin Phoney In Face Flat Minor
  • Paris Scratch
  • Wet Dreams of the Pope

Plantenga lives in Amsterdam with his partner Nina Ascoly and their daughter.

bartplantenga.weebly.com

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Stephen PoleskieStephen Poleskie — artist and writer was born in Pringle, PA, in 1938. He graduated from Wilkes College in 1959. A self-taught artist, Poleskie had his first one-person show at the Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA, in January of 1959.

His writing: fiction and art criticism, has appeared in journals in the U.S. and abroad and he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Poleskie has taught, or been a visiting professor at twenty-seven colleges and art schools throughout the world, including: MIT, Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Art in New York and the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently a professor emeritus at Cornell University.

Poleskie lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife, novelist Jeanne Mackin, who writes the Louisa May Alcott mystery series under the name, Anna Maclean.

Publications

Novels

  • Foozler Runs
  • Sconto Walaa
  • The Balloonist
  • The Third Candidate
  • Grater Life
  • Vigilia’s Tempest

Novella and Stories

  • Acorn’s Card

Journals

  • American Writing
  • Essays & Fictions
  • Leonardo
  • Lightworks
  • Many Mountains Moving
  • Pangolin Papers
  • Satire
  • SN Review
  • Sulphur River Literary Review (U.S.A.)
  • D’Ars and Spazio Umano (Italy)
  • Himmelschrieber (Germany)
  • Imago (Australia)

Anthologies

  • The Book of Love, from W. W. Norton

Exhibitions

  • Metropolitan Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art, NY
  • The National Collection, Washington, D. C.
  • Walker Art Gallery
  • Minneapolis, Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, TN
  • Museum of Modern Art, Mexico, D.F.
  • The State Museum in Lodz, Poland
  • Victoria and Albert Museums
  • Tate Gallery in London
  • Caproni Museum in Trento
  • Castel Vecchio,Verona, Italy

www.StephenPoleskie.com

Amazon authors page: www.amazon.com/Stephen-Poleskie/e/B00337KACU/  

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Alex Pruteanu

Alex Pruteanu — since immigrating from Romania in 1979, has worked as a day laborer, a film projectionist, a music store clerk, a journalist/ news writer for the U.S. Information Agency (Voice of America English Broadcasts), a TV Director for MSNBC and CNBC, and a freelance writer. Currently he is the Managing Editor of an education assessment software system at North Carolina State University and a staff writer for The Prague Revue. Around all of that he manages to swing some hard bop jazz from time to time on an old Premier 5-piece kit.

Publications

  • Pank
  • BRICKrhetoric
  • Camroc Press Review
  • Short, Fast, and Deadly
  • Trainwrite
  • Airplane Reading
  • The Legendary
  • Subtle Fiction
  • Girls With Insurance
  • Trick With a Knife
  • Amphibi (U.S.)
  • Slingshot Litareview
  • Specter Literary Magazine
  • Thunderclap Press
  • The Monarch Review
  • Connotation Press
  • F Magazine
  • Merida Magazine

Novella

Short Lean Cuts

Journals

  • Atticus Review
  • Guernic
  • jmww
  • Metazen
  • Necessary Fiction
  • The Monarch Review

Pruteanu is currently working on a novel tentatively called, “Tramby Quirke.”

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Joseph D. Reich — is a social worker and displaced New Yorker who really misses dis-place and lives and works out in the state of Massachusetts. Reich has been published in a wide variety of eclectic literary journals both here and abroad. He has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.

Published Works

Books

  • A Different Sort Of Distance (Skive Magazine Press)
  • If I Told You To Jump Off The Brooklyn Bridge (Flutter Press)
  • Obscure Aphorisms On A Fine Overcast Day (Lummox Press)
  • The Derivation Of Cowboys & Indians (Poet Works Press)
  • Drugstore Sushi (Thunderclap Press)

His work available at Curbside at: http://www.curbsidesplendor.com

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Miguel Angel Reyes — Biography Pending

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Brenda Roper

Brenda Roper — spent over 20 years in Alaska working as a  wilderness guide, art model, office manager, waitress, student, poet, painter —  what’s next and who’s on first? … before moving to the oldest artist colony on Canyon Road in 2008. An occasional poet, painter and mixed media artist who lives too many miles from the ocean, but loves those New Mexico skies —  walking, wine and travel.

Roper enjoys taking photos to mark her path and currently works out of her studio casita in Santa Fe. She indulges her creative life by crossing borders, painting large, writing small and taking photos to mark her path.

Publications

  • Cirque, A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim
  • Calyx, A Journal of Art & Literature by Women

www.contemporaryartinsantafe.com

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John Saunders

John Saunders  — first collection “After the Accident,” was published in 2010 by Lapwing Press, Belfast. He is one of three featured poets in Measuring, Dedalus New Writers published by Dedalus Press in May 2012. He is a member of the Hibernian Poetry Workshop and a graduate of the Faber Becoming a Poet 2010 course. He was shortlisted in the 2012 inaugural Desmond O’Grady Poetry Competition. His second full collection “Chance,” published in April 2013, by New Binary Press.

Publications

  • Revival
  • The Moth Magazine
  • Crannog
  • Prairie Schooner Literary Journal (Nebraska)
  • Sharp Review
  • The Stony Thursday Book
  • Boyne Berries
  • Riposte
  • The Smoking Poet
  • Minus Nine Squared
  • The First Cut
  • The Weary Blues
  • Burning Bush 2
  • Weekenders
  • The Galway Review
  • Poetry Bus
  • poetry 24

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Mary Ann SchaeferNancy Ann Schaefer — lived in Europe for nearly twenty years before returning to her Midwestern roots. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was twice a finalist for the Max J. Molleston Award. Her poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals.

Schaefer was a featured reader at a juried reading by Illinois State Poetry Society members at the Oak Brook Public Library. The event honored National Poetry Month and kicked off National Library Week.

Schaefer is the author of “In Search of Lode” (2012), her first chapbook. Her poem, “Cow blessing,” placed in the regional category of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest and appeared in the Midwest Writing Center‘s Off Channel.

She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, UK, and now lives near the Mississippi River in Illinois, with her husband, dog and three cats.

Publications

  • Off Channel
  • The Rockford Review
  • Numinous
  • Outloud IV
  • Struggle
  • Women’s Voices Journal
  • Tipton Poetry Journal
  • In Other Words (Mérida, Yucatan, Mexico)

Chapbook

  • In Search of Lode (918studio, 2012)

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Carl ScharwathCarl Scharwath — The Orlando Sentinel, Lake Healthy Living, Think Healthy and Mature Lifestyles Magazines have all described Carl Scharwath as the ‘running poet.’ His interests include being a father/grandfather, competitive running, sprint triathlons and taekwondo (he’s a 2nd degree black belt).

Scharwath was awarded Best in Issue in Haiku Reality Magazine. Three of his short stories were published in The Birmingham Arts Journal, The Bashful Beaver Literary Magazine and Idigorising (UK). His favorite authors are Hermann Hesse and Charlotte Perkins Gillman. He lives in Mount Dora, Florida.

Publications

  • Paper Wasp (Australia)
  • Structo (UK)
  • Taj Mahal Review (India)
  • Abandoned Towers
  • Diogen Pro Kultura (Bosnia)

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Geoff SchuttGeoff Schutt — ‘Blue TV Show’ is an excerpt from Geoff Schutt’s first novel, “The Girl Behind The Glass.”Schutt’s short fiction has been published widely since the 1990s.

In addition to his fiction, Schutt has also received artist grants for his performance art – in particular, for his interactive storytelling, which involves the audience in the finished piece.

Originally from Toledo, Ohio, he has lived in recent years in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Asheville, NC, and currently writes full time in the Washington D.C. area.

http://geoffschutt.blogspot.com

Publications

  • Gordon Lish’s The Quarterly (Vintage Books/Random House)
  • The Best of Writers at Work
  • The Wastelands Review
  • The Heartlands Today
  • Modern Short Stories
  • The Laurel Review
  • The Double Dealer (The Faulkner Society, New Orleans)
  • In Other Words (Merida, Mexico)

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Tom SheehanTom Sheehan — writes with his generous heart, from his vast memory and tells American stories from his lifelong home where the Saugus River winds its way to meet the Atlantic Ocean along the Massachusetts coast. From the depths of his experience, we walk through his life, meet many who touch his —  then our lives — and carry on the great American traditions of hard work, playing ball, of sharing with family and friends, of living life to the fullest every moment. With Tom, we pay homage to all the moments in life, big and small, and realize their ongoing value.

Sheehan served in the 31st Infantry Regiment in Korea, 1951. He has 20 Pushcart nominations, a Noted Story of 2007 nomination, the Georges Simenon Award, and a selection for inclusion in the Dzanc Best of the Web Anthology (2009).

Sheehan’s essay, “Is It Art, This Mentoring, or All Imagery?” is included in the anthology, Milspeak: Warriors, Veterans, Family, and Friends Writing the Military Experience (Press 53). Tom serves as a mentor for Milspeak Writers.

Published Works

Short Story Collections

  • Epic Cures
  • Brief Cases
  • Short Spans (Press 53) and
  • From the Quickening (Pocol Press)
  • A Collection of Friends (Pocol Press)

Anthology

  • Jake’s Locked-Room Anthology

Publications

  • Rope and Wire Magazine (325 stories)
  • Rosebud Magazine ( 5 issues)
  • The Linnet’s Wings (6 issues)
  • Ocean Magazine (8 issues)
  • Wherever It Pleases
  • Nervous Breakdown
  • Troubadour21
  • Stone Hobo
  • Faith-Hope-Fiction
  • Canary
  • Subtle Tea
  • Red Dirt Review
  • Nontrue
  • Danse Macabre
  • Nashwaak Review
  • Ray’s Road Review
  • The Best of Sand Hill Review
  • Wilderness House Literary Review
  • Dew on the Kudzu
  • Blue Lake Review
  • Slice of Life
  • Blue Ridge Literary Prose
  • KY Story
  • Eastlit

Novels

  • Vigilantes East
  • An Accountable Death
  • Death of a Phantom Receiver (an NFL mystery)

e-Books (Milspeak Publishers)

  • Korean Echoes (2011), nominated for The Society of Military History’s Distinguished Book Award
  • The Westering (2012), nominated for a National Book Award
  • Murder at the Forum (Danse Macabre/Lazarus/Anvil Fiction, 2013). His work is in , and many more Internet sites and print magazines.

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Black Sifichi

Black Sifichi — is a Scottish/ American spoken word artist and writer born in New York City living in Paris. He is an undisputed voice of alternative music in France… and elsewhere. His vocals appear on well over 100 recordings, but he is also an important photographer, artist, writer, producer, performer and radio/club DJ in Paris and Montreuil.

[http://www.blacksifichi.com/]

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Antana SileikaAntanas Sileika — is a Canadian novelist and critic. He was born in Weston, Ontario, the son of Lithuanian born parents.

After completing an English degree at the University of Toronto, he moved to Paris for two years. He studied art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. While in Paris, he studied French, taught English in Versailles, and worked as part of the editorial collective of the expatriate literary journal, Paris Voices.

Returning to Canada in 1979, Sileika taught at Humber College and worked as a co-editor of the Canadian literary journal, Descant.

After writing for newspapers and magazines, Sileika published his first novel, “Dinner at the End of the World” (1994).

His second book, a collection of linked short stories, “Buying On Time” (1997), was nominated for both the City of Toronto Book Award and the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and was serialized on CBC Radio’s ‘Between the Covers.’ Some of these stories were anthologized in Dreaming Home, Canadian Short Stories, and the Penguin Anthology of Canadian Humour.

His third book, “Woman in Bronze” (2004), was a Globe Best Book of that year.

His most recent novel, “Underground,” appeared from Thomas Allen in 2011. It was named as one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2011.

Sileika worked frequently as a reviewer of books for radio, television, and print. He is the director for the Humber School for Writers in Toronto and a past winner of a National Magazine Award.

www.antanassileika.com

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Bill Snyder — as an Information Technology and Business consultant, Snyder covered business and technology as a writer and editor for more than 20 years. He worked at PCWorld, where he was executive news editor and editor-in-chief of pcworld.com; Business 2.0, where he was senior technology editor; and at PCWeek (now eWeek), where he was a senior editor. He published articles in various technology journals and presented software development concepts at technology conferences during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

Earlier in his career, Snyder worked as a reporter at daily newspapers including the Oakland Tribune, The Contra Costa Times and the Wenatchee World.

Snyder began writing short stories and poems for the Philadelphia literary arts newspaper, The Queen Village Crier. He also edited and read stories submitted to and published by Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story magazine in San Francisco.

Snyder has been a teacher of English Literature and Composition and Computer Systems Management in various universities and preparatory schools in the Philadelphia area. Currently he is writing features and a weekly column — ‘Tech’s Bottom Line’ for InfoWorld; a bi-monthly column for BusinessWeek – ‘The Digital Manager’ and is a frequent contributor to Stanford Business, CIO Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. Snyder is a graduate of San Francisco State University.

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Scott Starbuck Scott T. Starbuck — says The National Poetry Series accepting support from Exxon is like God asking Satan if he can spare some change for the cause.

Starbuck’s newest book “The Other History” (FutureCycle Press), is a 2013 Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island. Starbuck feels destruction of Earth’s ecosystems is related to spiritual illness and urban destruction of human consciousness.

A former charter captain and commercial fisherman, Starbuck makes his living as a Creative Writing Coordinator and World Literature Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College. A major theme in Starbuck’s poetry and claywork is the clash between ancient sustaining life forces like wild salmon rivers with modern industrial lives.

After publicly challenging a representative of the offshore oil industry in 1989, he wrote “The City of Depoe Bay’s Memorial Against Offshore Oil Drilling,” to the Oregon Governor’s Ocean Resources Management Task Force to help stop oil rigs from dotting the Oregon Coast. Continuing his two themes of Pacific Northwest poetry and activism, his books in progress are “How Water Moves Past Rock,” and “Congress of Fish.”

Clay-poem, “Napali,” appeared in the May and June 2013, Particles on the Wall Exhibit about the “lasting impacts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the nuclear age,” sponsored by the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).

Starbuck’s poem, “Jacob Describes the Man Behind the Counter,” was one of five runners up from over 900 entries at the 2011, Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest in Venice, CA. The poem was published in The Los Angeles Review, Issue 12, Fall 2012.

His activist chapbook, “The Warrior Poems,” was one of six finalists of over 500 entries at the 2009, Pudding House Chapbook Contest, featuring protest poems about human rights, animal rights, media distortions, Iraq War, sour economy, and the G.W. Bush presidency. The back cover notes, “Warrior is a muse who visits Pacific Northwest rivers.” It is available at jen@puddinghouse.com

Published Works

Chapbooks

  • The Other History or, unreported and underreported issues, scenes, and events of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries (Futurecycle Press, 2013)
  • River Walker (Mountains and Rivers Press, 2012)
  • The Warrior Poems (Pudding House Publications, 2010)
  • The Eyes of Those Who Broke Free (Pudding House Publications, 2000)

Anthologies

  • Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry, 2010), Ireland)
  • Salt, an Anthology of Oregon Coastal Poems (Nestucca Spit Press, 2005)

Publications

  • Amsterdam Quarterly
  • Blueline
  • Cream City Review
  • Elohi Gadugi Journal
  • Hubbub
  • Mobius: The Journal of Social Change
  • Oregon English Journal
  • Owen Wister Review
  • Pemmican Press
  • Rougarou
  • San Pedro River Review
  • Spillway Magazine
  • Still Point Arts Quarterly
  • Talking River
  • The Kerf
  • The Los Angeles Review
  • The Oregonian
  • The Portland Review
  • The Raven Chronicles
  • Untitled Country Review

Prizes

  • 2004 Writer-in-residence, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Cascade Head, Oregon
  • Teacher of the Year, 1993, Glendale Community College in Arizona

riverseek.blogspot.com

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Marsha Strong — Biography Pending

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Humberto Suaste — Biography Pending

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Charles F. Thielman — was born and raised in Charleston, S.C., moved to Chicago, and was educated at red-bricked universities and on city streets. He has worked as a youth counselor, city bus driver, truck driver, warehouse manager, and enthused bookstore (Tsunami Books) clerk where he organizes readings.
Thielman was married on a Kauai beach in 2011, and is a loving grandfather for five free spirits. He works as a poet, artiste, and shareholder in an independent bookstore’s collective.

Publications

  • The Pedestal
  • Gargoyle
  • Poetry365
  • FutureCycle
  • Gangway
  • The Oyez Review
  • Windfall
  • Muse
  • Battered Suitcase
  • Poetry Salzburg (Austria)
  • The Criterion (India)
  • Poetry Kanto (Japan)
  • Open Road
  • Pastiche
  • Belle Reve
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Rusty Nail
  • Rio Grande Review
  • Every Writer’s Resource

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-5-G_jaoJY

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Kevin Tosca

Kevin Tosca — stories have recently appeared or, are forthcoming in Thrice Fiction, Fleeting, Umbrella Factory, Underground Voices, Prick of the Spindle and elsewhere. He lives in France. For an extensive review of his work, visit: www.kevintosca.com

 

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Jessica Tyner Jessica Tyner — A member of the Cherokee Nation, is a freelance writer and editor with ten years of professional experience specializing in SEO, blogging, technical documents, travel writing and journalism.Originally from Oregon she has lived in SE Asia, Central America, Europe and the U.S. while working with a variety of travel companies.

Tyner has worked as a copy writer for Word Jones, a travel writer with Mucha Costa Rica, a writer for TripFab; a copy editor at the London based Flaneur Arts Journal, and a contributing editor at New York’s Thalo Magazine. She recently published short fiction in India’s Out of Print Magazine and poetry in Slow Trains Literary Journal, Straylight Magazine, Solo Press, and Glint Literary Journal. She is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet.

Besides her prolific resume and busy schedule, Tyner is an amateur boxer and teaches a free weekly karmic yoga class.

Published Works

  • Produce (Paper Nautilus, Oct. 2014)
  • How Dying is Done, Red Savina Review (May, 2014)
  • Choreography, Red Savina Review (May, 2014)
  • Passing, Off the Coast (Nov., 2013)
  • Genetically Isolated Since the Ice Age (Slow Trains Literary Journal, Oct., 2013)
  • A Wednesday Afternoon (Slow Trains Literary Journal, Oct., 2013)
  • Ouroboros (Soundings Review, May, 2013)
  • What I Found in the Swamp (The English Chicago Review, Mar., 2013)
  • The Carving Station (L’Allure des Mots, Feb., 2013)
  • Bouquet of the Body (L’Allure des Mots, Feb., 2013)
  • Bronco Busting (Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, Dec., 2012)
  • The Banana Plantation (Speculative Edge, Nov., 2012)

www.jessicatyner.com

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Changming YuanChangming Yuan — Four time Pushcart nominee and author of “Allen Qing,” Yuan holds a PhD in English, teaches independently and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver. Yuan’s poetry appears in 619 literary publications across 23 countries, including Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, LiNQ, London Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Salzburg, SANDd and Taj Mahal Reivew.

Poetry submissions welcomed at yuans@shaw.ca.

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Michael Zapata

Michael Zapata — is an educator and writer living in Chicago. He is a founding editor of MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine. He is also a 2008, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Recipient for prose and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Currently, Zapata works as managing editor at ANTIBOOKCLUB and is working on a novel entitled “Children of Orleans.”

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