Daniel F. Le Ray Editor
DLR likes writing for fun, and writing for money. He likes his dogs to have beards, and his bourbon to have poise. You can read his fiction at [untitled], and his non-fiction at PULPable.
Emily E. Jones Editor
EEJ is usually to be found in the kitchen, where she likes to create complex, impossibly delicious things comprised mainly of butter and sugar. Or she’s fussing with her orchids or reading or writing or making photos. You can read about her cooking exploits at Darby O’Shea and see her photos on her Flickr page.
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Fábio Abreu is a freelance illustrator from Brazil, who provides illustrations and infographics for a number of Brazilian newspapers and magazines. He primarily uses Photoshop and InDesign to produce his drawings, but also likes to draw by hand. You can see more of his work on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fabio_nada/
Allegro is an Italian photgrapher who began taking photos simply for enjoyment before discovering a real fever for photography when in Tokyo whilst shooting with a compact camera. His passion evolves in the course of his travels around the world, from his first love for landscapes to a fervor and sensitivity for portraits.
Christine Orchanian Adler
Christine Orchanian Adler is a writer and editor whose poetry has appeared in Coal: A Poetry Anthology, Penumbra, Tipton Poetry Journal, and online at Bird and Moon, Damselfly Press, The Furnace Review, LiteraryMama and elsewhere. She holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College, and is a former editor of the literary journal, Inkwell. Her articles, essays and book reviews have appeared in various publications throughout the Northeastern United States and Canada. She blogs at www.feedalltheanimals.blogspot.com, and lives in New York with her husband and two sons.
Miguel Almagro is a 44-year old artist based in Barcelona.
Thom Anon is an improvising troubleshooting troubadour who plays with words and Muse. He hosts EXPRESSIONS and FULL ENGLISH POETRY CAFE in Austin, Texas and has printed 250 books of poetry, released 31 CDs and too many tapes of improvisations. His websites are: http://WWW.worldpoetry.org and http:// thomworldpoet.blogspot.com/.
Dylan Anslow is a 19 year old aspiring ocean/earth scientist from Oregon, about to start school at Stanford. She hopes to convey her love and fascination with the earth, the ocean and their inhabitants, contagiously, through pictures and drawings (and maybe some day scientific research?). She likes taking pictures with just enough narrative to invite your mind to wander around them and think about the subjects and what they were thinking or dreaming of.
Mariel Arenas is a Mexican photographer living in Puebla, Puebla. She always attempts to capture or create moments shown in photograph images, some of them better, some worse, but always made with illusion. Her inspirations are the dreams, the life, the real or unreal. She intends to transmit the feel of a situation, story or she simply tries to reflect what she sees.
Akira Asakura lives in Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture in Japan. Asakura likes reading and night photography.
As a writer Hettie Ashwin does her best. She writes for magazines, radio and fun. Hettie has a healthy ego, and a fertile imagination which combines with a robust work ethic to make her a well rounded individual. As the proud possessor of an enlarged funny bone, it has a marked influence on her writing style and her life in general. Hettie blogs here.
Danny P. Barbare
Danny P. Barbare is a Southerner living in Greenville, SC. His poetry has recently been included in Raven Images and Indigo Rising Magazine. He says he likes going on long walks, enjoying writing poetry in free verse style.
Birmingham born Vancouver based photographer Byron Barrett has been published in such diverse publications as Popular Photography & Imaging, Front and The Stinging Fly. http://byronbarrett.dphoto.com/
Paul Beckman is a frequently published author of short stories, flash & micro fiction. He’s had two print collections published as well as a novella, several stories adapted as plays, been in several anthologies and his work has been published in England, Australia, Germany, Canada and New Zealand. He’s been a 7 time nominee for a Pushcart Prize. He earned his MFA from Bennington College.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 15 year-old, internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places in contests from National Geographic, the World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, the Woodland Trust, and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, the Guardian, the BBC News website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United States and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and at the Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition (2011), amongst many others. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic- and Airbus-run “See The Bigger Picture” global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.
An emerging poet from Toowoomba, Luke Best has held numerous atypical jobs such as Pest Controller and Postie and aspires towards a career as a Fireman. His poetry stems from an upbringing in his beloved Darling Downs and is based on regional idiosyncrasies found therein. A child of the 80s, he shares his birth year with influences like Sarah Holland-Batt and LK Holt. He was highly commended in the 2010 Thomas Shapcott prize.
Nils Blondon is a writer, photographer, student, and educator with a background in music, journalism, and social work. His recent projects include the photo-documentation of Toronto’s disused buildings, along with its displaced, addicted, and homeless residents. He takes time to establish a rapport with those he shoots. All of his subjects participate willingly.
Jenny Braswell is a grant writer and horseback riding instructor living in the south-eastern United States. She is constantly amazed at how life unfolds.
Claire Brindley lives in Washington, DC, where she walks herself silly in search of the unknown.
Jessica Brophy is an islophile and nissologist working as a small-town newspaper reporter.
Adam Brumage is both a technophile and a transhumanist, and everything he knows about women he learned from reading Heinlein. Frankly it’s a miracle he is still alive.
Nicolas Bruno is a digital photographer residing in Northport, New York; a harbor community located on Long Island. Inspired by frequent episodes of sleep paralysis, Nicolas derives his surreal subject matter such as faceless figures and outlandish imagery from the experiences he gathers. He is an avid explorer, ranging from wandering the innards of abandoned psychiatric hospitals, to exploring the depths of deep forest to set the stage for his artwork. Visit his website or Flickr for more.
Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Magnolia’s Press, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals and will appear in the upcoming editions A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, and others. You can find her here.
Chadwick currently paints in an old airplane hangar in Santa Monica, California. The recurring sound of airplane take-offs and landings from the active airport runaway outside my studio reminds him of his own history of travel. After finishing his B.F.A. at UCLA and M.F.A. at NYU, his wanderings took him from the U.S. to Asia to Australia to Europe and back. These wanderings continue to inspire his paintings. Chadwick is currently represented by the Manifesta Maastricht Gallery, The Julie Nester Gallery, and the Lisa Coscino Gallery. His paintings are in collections in Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, and Amsterdam as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. He blogs about art and politics at Speed of Life. His flickr page is often updated with new finished paintings and work in progress.
Suzie Chaney is an artist living in the middle of nowhere between Toulouse, Spain and the sea. She primarily works with sculpture, printmaking, books and photography. Her work is inspired by precious fragments of flesh, bone and the mind. Fractures in time and structure and involuntary memory as fleeting moments of dappled light, the breeze through the window and the thing you may have seen in the corner of your eye.
Ray Charbonneau lives with his wife Ruth and their two cats in Arlington, MA. Ray and Ruth can often be found out on the streets running, but Felix and Phoebe stay inside. For information on Ray’s book, “Chasing the Runner’s High: My Sixty Million-Step Program”, and his other projects, visit www.y42k.com.
Flavia L. Cherewaty
Flavia L. Cherewaty is a Chilean illustrator and photographer based in Toronto, Canada. Her illustration and photography depict moments in time and thought where youthful irreverence meet the structures of the everyday. A dreamlike playfulness intercedes into the world of Flavia’s artwork that allows her to create unique and thought-provoking compositions. Utilizing vivacity from her South American roots, and creative process learned through studies in Graphic Design at the University of Buenos Aires, Flavia currently works out of her Toronto studio bringing a distinct vision to Canadian art.
Sébastien Chou / Eye tOy
Sébastien was born in 1972 in Lille, France. He studied at a Fine Arts school until the end of the 1990s and is actually an internet photographer. He lives in both France and Brazil.
Ian Chung is an English Literature and Creative Writing finalist at the University of Warwick. His work has appeared in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Foundling Review, The Cadaverine and Poetry Quarterly, among others. He was nominated by Camroc Press Review for Sundress Publications’ 2010 Best of the Net anthology. Currently, he reviews for Evolve Journal, The Cadaverine and Sabotage. Since October 2010, he also edits Eunoia Review, an online literary journal.
John Collard is a Canberra author who has published widely in his professional field but has now turned his attention to poetry and fiction. He has published poems in a number of journals in both Australia and the USA recently. He won a Commendation for his poem “Kakoda God” in The Eaglehawk Arts Festival 2011. His first anthology, The Manic Clock will be published later this year.
Amanda Connor likes fast cars, loud music and boys with tattoos. She likes reading and writing and works for a big, corporate publishing company. She owns her own wedding planning business. She’s from New Jersey. For the past six years she’s been living in Boston, and for the past 29 years she’s been livin’ on a prayer. That’s basically all you need to know.
Ripley Constantine is a pseudonym. Under another name, RC is a published author and playwright. Ripley’s first book, The Polka Dot Girl, is a neo-noir mystery with a genius twist. You can reach Ripley at: email@example.com
Matt D. is currently a resident of Roslindale Village, but spent many years enjoying the hip culture of Cambridge, MA where he resided with friends, lovers, pets, and his overflowing imagination. He has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College, but that does not mean he knows more about writing than you do. He digs good tunes, cold beer, and loud laughter.
Felipe Daniel, a.k.a. Paraink, is 22 years old, was born in northern Brazil, and currently lives in São Paulo, where he has been studying digital painting, design and the future of 3D. He studied product design but does not work in that area, instead having becoming interested in illustration. His character ideas arise from daily life in São Paulo, sometimes from people walking down the street or in the subway, from branches, from the remains of paint on the ground, from twisted steel and from people talking. Most of his creations start in his sketchbook. He mentally distorts people and objects and very often ends up creating an interesting character, though not always the one he imagined!
Alexandria Daniels is a 22 year old amateur photographer from Los Angeles, California. In the summer of 2011, she returned to analog photography after a few years of shooting in digital. You can find more work on her blog and Flickr.
Davide, aka Thinredline, is 43 years old and lives in Mantua, Italy. He is not a professional photographer
Craig Davis has written three novels and a new collection of short stories, “A Time for Poncey.” Born and bred in Memphis – the land of Elvis and pork bbq, although neither ever did him any good – he worked for 20 years in newspapers as a columnist, designer, artist and cartoonist. He is father to two grown daughters and owns a dog that refuses to grow up. You can find him online here.
Holly Day is a housewife and mother of two living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her poetry and fiction has recently appeared in Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Oxford American, and Slipstream. Her book publications include Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar-All-in-One for Dummies, and Music Theory for Dummies, which has recently been translated into French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese.
Sandy Day is a recovering chatterbox living in Toronto, Ontario Canada. She graduated from Glendon College, York University, with a degree in English Literature sometime in the last century. Sandy took 20 years off from writing poetry to run a gift store and raise a family. Now happily unmarried and unemployed she finally has time to write. Sandy earns money for her cheese sandwiches by selling dog halters, managing social media marketing for several entrepreneurs, and editing whatever she can get her hands on. She lives with her darling son, two cats, and a scruffy Jane Russell Terrier. She published her first book, Chatterbox Poems, August 2011.
David has a really poor memory so he takes pictures of everything.
Melissa Dominic is a mapmaker and historian of places that don’t exist. She lives in a retirement community outside of Miami, Florida. She likes post-rock, unsweetened tea and gummy vitamins. Her obsession with tiny lives, city streets and the future causes her to collect notebooks and write her theories on how the world is and how it should be inside of them. When the apocalypse comes, she is sure to be on its side. She blogs at BrokenNerves.Net
The Estate of Zachariah Falla
The Estate of Zachariah Falla is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the exploits of the great Gentleman Misadventurer. The current chairman is Mr Jacob Clinton, recovering alcoholic and self-diagnosed over-sobriety-melancholic.
Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory for many years until it died. His books include Suckers, For the Birds, and Longing for the Mother Tongue (March Street Press).
Fabio Fernandes is a writer based in São Paulo, Brazil. Also a journalist and translator, he is responsible for the Brazilian translations of several prominent SF novels including Neuromancer, Snow Crash, and A Clockwork Orange. His short stories have been published in Brazil, Portugal, Romania, England, and the USA, and in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, The Apex Book of World SF, Vol. II and Outlaw Bodies. He is currently finishing the co-editing process (with Djibril al-Ayad) of We See a Different Frontier, an SF postcolonialism anthology. Fabio tweets at https://twitter.com/fabiofernandes.
Steven Finkelstein is a writer living in Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate of the English Writing program at the University of Pittsburgh. His work has been featured in a variety of different publications, both online and in print, most recently in the literary magazines Mouse Tales Press, 40 Ounce Bachelors, and The Stone Hobo. For more information on Finkelstein and his writing, visit his website, www.stevenfinkelstein.com.
Annika Finne is a student at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. More of her work can be found on her website.
Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke is an Australian poet who lives in Townsville, Queensland. One of his present projects is a MS titled Five Faves, Five Least Faves. When it is finished, it will comprise one hundred dedicated poems, for one hundred people, who will each have given Michael their five favourite, and five least favourite, words. He weaves all ten of them into that person’s poem. Feel invited to take part. E-mail him your words to michael(dot)fitzgeraldclarke(at)gmail(dot)com. He blogs here. If Michael could have just one wish, he would give the wish away.
Charles Fleeman has an MS in Communication from Florida State University, where he specialized in organizational communication and development. He is a freelance educator and public relations professional in Tallahassee, FL, with more than 20 years experience in big, medium, and small businesses that were domestic and international, public and private, profit and non-profit. He also has a collection of short stories that is available at Amazon. His BA from California State University is in Humanities with an emphasis in visual art.
Leila A. Fortier
Leila A. Fortier is a writer, artist, poet, and photographer currently residing on the remote island of Okinawa Japan. Her poetry is a unique hybrid form in which her words are specially crafted into abstract visual designs, often accompanied by her own multi-medium forms of art, photography, and spoken performance. Much of her work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, German, Hindi and Japanese in a rapidly growing project to raise global unity and understanding through the cultural diversity of poetry and literature. Her work in has been published in an array of literary magazines, journals, and reviews both in print and online. She has appeared in several books, anthologies, and freelance publications. In 2007’ she initiated the anthology A World of Love: Voices for Carmen as a benefit against domestic violence and in 2010’ composed a photo book entitled Pappankalan, India: Through the Eyes of Children to benefit the education of impoverished Indian children. She is also the author of Metanoia’s Revelation through iUniverse. A complete listing of her published works can be found at: http://www.leilafortier.com
Edward Garza is a junior at the University of Houston, where he is earning his Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies. He asserts that Houston is a captivating city — if you know what you’re doing. He works as a consultant at UH’s Writing Center, is an editor for the literary journal The Aletheia, and is a staff writer for the magazine Stryve. Additional work can be found in The Venture and 50 to 1.
Michael K. Gause
Michael K. Gause has taught German, sold men’s clothes, stocked diapers at midnight, and served coffee to people he hopes never to see again. He was once told he’d never write anything good. Last year he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He figures that makes things square. He assumes responsibility for two chapbooks and is creator and host of The Dishevel’d Salon, a monthly gathering of Twin Cities artists.
Debora Garber was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1962. She is the daughter of the Jazz pianist Ian Henry and has lived in Spain since 1977. Her musical background and lifelong interest in ethnic music gave rise to a penchant for flamenco. She has written extensively on the subject of flamenco for publications, record labels and cultural bodies worldwide, becoming involved professionally from 1989 onwards. At present, she produces and tours work by top artists. Currently compiling a collection of short stories in English and Spanish, under the working title of “Triana: A state of mind”, the series is based on memoir, anecdotes and the unique mindset of the inhabitants of this neighbourhood of Seville. The Dublin Library Service included her story “The Clappers” in its Anthology, The Workshop. In 2008 she won the In the Write Light Award and recently took 2nd prize in the IV Certamen Literario Emasesa.
K L Gillespie
At dusk K L Gillespie writes about masturbating surrealists, blind fantacists, sadomasochists – life, death, sex – lost minds, lost love and lost ways… In the dead of night she cultivates orchids… At dawn she talks to birds… Her work has previously been published in 3AM Magazine, TANK and The Erotic Review amongst others as well as several anthologies.
Jennifer Gleeson is an Australian poet, resident in Townsville. She attends Writers in Townsville meetings and activities.
Sabrina Goacher, 23 and from Southern England, is a freelance photographer, as well as currently studying an honours degree at the University of Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. She has been practising photography for around 5 years, and has received several awards, including being placed on the gifted and talented register of the UK for her work in photography, 1st place in a college-wide photographic competition, and being presented with a college Gran Prix champion award and an Award for outstanding achievement in photography. She continues to explore the many genres of photography and is always willing to try anything new and exciting within her work.
Andrew Gorman is a writer of short fiction and personal memoir. He lurks around a small town in Massachusetts and blogs at Commonfright.wordpress.com.
Australian born poet, US resident since late seventies. Works as financial systems analyst. Recently published in Xavier Review, White Wall Review and Writer’s Bloc with work upcoming in Poem, Prism International and the Cider Press Review. John Grey has been published recently in The Talking River, South Carolina Review and Karamu with work upcoming in Prism International, Poem and The Evansville Review.
Melanie Gross is from Cleveland, OH but currently is in Phoenix, AZ for the next five months. She travels all over the country and is fortunate to be able to pursue her interests all day. Besides photography, she really enjoys discovering new music. She blogs here. Her other interests include green tea, discovering swimming holes, herb gardening, and comedy. She has no children and doesn’t communicate with anyone in her dysfunctional family, and so enjoys a drama-free life most of the time.
Jamie Guiney is a literary fiction writer from Northern Ireland who has a black belt in Karate, lives beside a graveyard and has a strong dislike for onions. His short stories have been published in literary journals, newspapers and digitally on iPhones and iPads. He has previously attended the Faber & Faber Writing Academy and received backing from the NI Arts Council for his writing. Jamie is a member of the Newman Writers Group. His short story ‘A Quarter Yellow Sun’ has been nominated for ‘The 2011 Pushcart Prize’.
Gundy is a Boston-based writer and cartoonist. His poetry, which is narrative, metered and rhyming, is appreciated at Boston events. His comic strip, “Elo & Anson”, is currently uploaded on www.eloandanson.com, with a new strip four times a week.
Shenan Hahn is a poet living and working in the Washington, DC area.She has been writing poetry for over 10 years, and graduated in 2010 with her Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has most recently appeared in journals such as Slow Trains, PigeonBike, and Lines + Stars.
Laura Hallman has two Bachelors of Art from East Stroudsburg University (Communications, Media Studies & English, Professional Writing), of which she uses neither in her everyday life. Laura sincerely enjoys being a woman of contemporary gender definition, even while her wardrobe remains stuck somewhere between 1947 and 1962. She writes short fiction, poetry, her blog, or whatever you would like to read. You can catch her short fiction in Sea Giraffe magazine.
Brenda Mann Hammack
Brenda Mann Hammack is Associate Professor of English at Fayetteville State University where she teaches creative writing, women’s studies, and Victorian literature. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Toe Suck Review, Gargoyle, Mudlark, Caveat Lector,Otoliths, A capella Zoo, Bull Spec, Steampunk Magazine, and Arsenic Lobster. She currently serves as faculty advisor and managing editor for Glint Literary Journal.
Marcella Hammer is a writer and an entrepreneur. She lives in San Francisco and enjoys mountain biking, running and good German beer. Follow her on Twitter @marhammer.
Caroline Hancox specialises in the relationships between humans and their environment where she finds the little details and beauty in everyday life that often go unseen and unnoticed. She was recently short-listed and highly commended for Professional Photography Magazine “Photographer of the Year” competition and has also been selected as a ‘contender’ for the Hey, Hot Shot Competition. Caroline graduated with a distinction in an FDA Degree in Professional Photography in June 2009 and is currently working on personal projects, commissions and is involved with a new project called ‘What is England’ curated by Stuart Pilkington http://www.whatisengland.co.uk/
Ursula Glitch is the awkward, geeky, bony brainchild of Freya Hardy, a freelance writer and book editor from Eastbourne, a small town on the South Coast of England, where she lives with her husband, Gaz, and her two-year-old twin daughters. She has contributed to Sleaze Nation, Bolz, Uplift, Ladyfriend Zine, Lionheart and Flamingo Magazine amongst others.
Aaron Harme is a writer of poetry and short fiction. He earned a B.A. in English from East Stroudsburg University in 2009. Some of his poetry is forthcoming in Sea Giraffe Magazine. “Personal Appearance” is part of his collection of poetry, A New New You, which focuses on self realization, developing spirituality, and other forms of improving one’s health from the inside out.
Leslie Hawes is a Tucson, Arizona-based artist who has worked exclusively with colored pencils for over 30 years. She is self taught. She recently published a book of her Street View drawings on Blurb Books. She blogs here and sells her work here.
Jacqui Hazell’s work has been published in anthologies such as Dancing with Mr Darcy (Harper Paperbacks) and Bedford Square 4 (John Murray). Her stories are available to download as a free iPhone app from Ether Books. She has an MA in creative writing from Royal Holloway, University of London. She writes novels, short stories and children’s fiction. She lives in London.
Tony Healey is a writer in the UK. He has published a short story, “Frank,” on the kindle and is currently at work expanding that story into a full-length novel. His website is www.fringescientist.com
Heartress, a Midwestern native born in Iowa, Sunday, December 12, 1982, was introduced to the world as Hafina Latoya Jones, and has always been able to feel and tell it like it is. She was partially raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, later returning to her birth place, Davenport, Iowa. Heartress was known for being quiet and passive, yet became aggressive and outspoken as she grew. Leading a series of poems in the book Poetry of My Life as testimony of purity, and need for cleansing. She believes releasing is like cleansing, and the subliminal pain is art. She kept her work in the form of diary entries and never had the intention of profiting off her personal feelings, but believes love can either kill us or save us all depending on what we believe in.
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 lives and writes in New Jersey.
William Henderson has written for local and national newspapers and magazines, including the Advocate; the Boston Globe; the Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Stork, an Emerson College publication; Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure; Euonia Review (forthcoming in June 2011); Hippocampus Magazine (forthcoming); Annalemma Magazine (forthcoming); Curbside Quotidian; How I met …, an online collection of essays detailing intersections, crashes, and other ways we meet people; Sea Giraffe (from which he was awarded the Martius Prize in Nonfiction); and the New England Blade (formerly In Newsweekly), where he served as editor. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism & Communications from the University of Florida, and a Master’s in Fine Arts from Emerson College, where he studied creative non-fiction. He earned a Hearst Award in profile writing in 1998, and various awards from the Washington Press Association, Florida Press Association, and the New England Press Association. Currently, he works as a freelance writer, editor, and copyeditor, and is a full-time father to his children, Avery and Aurora. He is working on a memoir, House of Cards. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter @Avesdad, and through his blog, HendersonHouseofCards.wordpress.com.
Kevlin Henney writes words and code and words about code, spanning hundreds of articles and a couple of books. Recent excursions into fiction have led to being runner-up in a couple of flash fiction competitions (New Scientist and FlashStories.net) and a reading of a short story online at Litro. He also has a piece of micro fiction forthcoming in the Slingink Shorts Anthology. He tweetshere, blogs here and shares some of his photos here.
Wiebke Henning is a northern German native who fills her professional life with lots of language(s) and spends her free time buying flowers, eating Italian food and drinking wine as well as watching soccer and drinking beer. She’s also a great coffee lover and is looking forward to the day when she can afford an apartment that has a kitchen big enough to house a professional espresso machine.
Tom Horemans (b. Belgium 1976) is a literature scholar turned civil servant turned amateur photographer. He experiments with a lot of equipment and techniques, but lately works mostly with peel-apart instant film (polaroid or fuji). The camera he uses for this is the Polaroid 600SE, with the standard 127mm lens or with a selfmade bodycap pinhole.
Zachary Houle lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he works for the federal government as a Project Officer and is also an Associate Music Reviews editor for PopMatters.com, a pop culture webzine that reaches 1.2 million unique visitors a month. He also contributes regular book and music reviews to PopMatters. Houle has been awarded a $4,000 emerging artist grant from the City of Ottawa to write fiction, and was a Pushcart Prize nominee for a novella that appeared in Midnight Mind. His fiction or poetry has also appeared in places such as Broken Pencil, Word Riot, Pindeldyboz, Kiss Machine, The Danforth Review, Girls with Insurance, Thieves Jargon, Friction magazine, Megaera, and many others. His poem “Ode to the Long Lost Mini-Pops Album” was published in the book anthology In Our Own Words, Vol. 7 (MW Enterprises, 2007).
Shannon Hunt is a writer and editor in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her hobbies include baking with spelt flour, researching minor historical figures, drinking gin, and watching ice hockey.
A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published three collections of poetry: The Difference Between Shadows and Stars, Carrying Yesterday, and Cognitive Distortion. She has also published her work in national and international literary journals such as Avon Literary Intelligencer, Writer’s Gazette, and The Penwood Review. Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000191382454 and https://twitter.com/#!/poetess222.
Lori Hurst has proved her dedication as an aspiring best-selling author by managing to complete a lengthy MS while her home, set in tropical north Queensland, is literally being constructed around her. The mammoth house-building project taken on by her husband Peter and herself is enough to daunt all but the most intrepid writer. Of course she has the compensation of a huge deck complete with an inspiring view where family & friends gather to catch up, admire or help. Not necessarily on a voluntary basis. She claims that whilst painting – the house that is – her mind is free to create & most times when she has a brush in one hand there’s a voice recorder in the other. Like a myth of phoenix rising from the chaos of a house in progress, rather than from the ashes, her short stories & articles continue to emerge.
Rodrigo Illarraga is a 25 year-old photographer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an ancient philosophy graduate student (actually just finishing aLicenciatura en Historia, a degree in History between a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree). He is currently researching platonic and socratic political thought. He loves to take pictures. He loves film.
Michaela Irving is in constant emotional turmoil so she uses drawing and poetry to let her craziness out of its prison. She enjoys baking decadent chocolate cakes and drinking red wine.
Katerinna Ivanovic is a Mexican visual artist based in Italy who expresses her personal universe with media like painting, photography, writing, soft sculpture and recently also video. She is inspired by themes that have influenced her since she was a child, being part of a strong culture filled with myths, legends and magic. As she grew up, she started to study art, but also her culture and her country, traveling, exploring and showing interest and love for Anthropology and folklore to enrich her art and make a fusion of her feelings and her roots. Her art talks about spirituality, occult sciences, alchemy, darkness but is also rich of colors and and a particular view of life and death. Her eclectic style let her to express with freedom, and without any particular tendency, making her art as primitive as modern just listening herself and the things she has to talk about. She lives and works like and artist in the North of Italy raising her two children and occasionally exhibiting her work.
Steven Jacks is a Brisbane-based writer now lost to the Chinese economy.
Anna Jacobson is a Brisbane based poet and photographic artist. She graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Photography with Honours. She loves creating soundscapes with poetry and video art and in 2009 she won the Queensland Poetry Festival Filmmaker Award, which was screened at the Judith Wright Centre. She is currently studying Creative and Professional Writing at the Queensland University of Technology. Her poetry was published online at Graham Nunn’s blog ‘Another Lost Shark’. Anna’s artist website is www.annajacobson.com.au.
Jag lives outside Boston where she writes poems and sings little tunes between acting and teaching gigs. When she is not on the stage (or behind it) she is researching ways for drama and creativity to expand the minds of today’s youth.
Ellen Jantzen was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Her early college years were spent obtaining a degree in graphic arts; later emphasizing fine art. She obtained her advanced degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles in 1992. Her current explorations in photo inspired art use both a camera to capture staged assemblages and a computer to alter and manipulate the images. Ellen has been creating works that bridge the world of prints, photography and collage. Ellen’s work has been shown in galleries and museums world-wide as well as numerous websites. She is currently represented by the Susan Spiritus Gallery.
Michael Jantzen is an internationally known artist/designer whose work has been featured in hundreds of articles in books, magazines, and newspapers from around the world. His work has also been presented on various TV and radio programs, and in many galleries. He has been exhibited at the National Building Museum, the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Union of Russian Architects, the Harvard School of Design and Architecture, and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most of what he does merges art, architecture, technology, and sustainable design into one unique experience. Whether he is creating a public sculpture that generates solar electricity for the community in which it is built, or re-thinking ways in which we might design the house of the future, groundbreaking innovation is always Michael’s goal. Michael has a BS degree from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and a MFA degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Michael Lee Johnson
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet and freelance writer and small business owner from Itasca, Illinois. He is heavily influenced by: Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Irving Layton, Leonard Cohen, and Allen Ginsberg. His new poetry chapbook with pictures, titled From Which Place the Morning Rises, and his new photo version of The Lost American: from Exile to Freedom are available here. His new chapbook is entitled Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems. Michael has been published in over 23 countries. He is also editor/publisher of five poetry sites, all open for submission, which can be found at his personal website. All of his books are now available on Amazon.com.
Patrick Joust is a 34 year old photographer living in Baltimore, Maryland. Born in the small town of Oroville, California, Patrick has gone back and forth between both coasts of the United States, before settling permanently in Baltimore in 2006 where he works as a reference librarian. The people and places of Baltimore have played a central part in his work, influencing how and where he points his camera both within and outside the city limits. Photography appeals to Patrick for the connections it can create. He finds “analog” photography especially interesting because of its tangible nature and aesthetic, particularly the detail and clarity that can be achieved with medium format film. A random building, car or an unusual road, places that could easily be driven past and forgotten, can gain permanence and meaning when captured and given more than a glance. It is often the most mundane subjects that attract Patrick’s lens because of the human qualities that manifest themselves in what we throw away or allow to stick around. It’s the connections he makes with people, a subject that is anything but mundane, that are the most important. Social barriers that might otherwise be in place can sometimes be overcome by a normally reserved guy with a clunky old camera. Patrick’s photography attempts to reflect that beauty and importance can be found in places that we normally ignore or pigeonhole.
Danica Jovanovic was born in Serbia, where she graduated with a degree in Italian Language and Literature. Currently she lives in Finland, where she is doing her masters in Media Education. As a hobby, she likes to write fantasy stories. She also likes to travel and adores fluffy creatures.
B.T. Joy is a Glaswegian poet currently living in Bridge of Weir; where he teaches High School English. He received a First Class Honours degree in Creative Writing and Film Studies in 2009 at London Metropolitan University and has, since then, had poetry published in Australian, Irish, American, British, Japanese and Hongkongese journals. He is also the author of two volumes of haiku In The Arms Of The Wind and The Reeds That Tilt The Sky, published in 2010 and 2011 respectively. His haiga have appeared with the World Haiku Association, Haiga Online and Daily Haiga. In 2012 he was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Education by the University of Strathclyde as part of the last cohort to undergo teacher education at Jordanhill College.
Scott C. Kaestner, a Los Angeles poet, has published three collections of poetry (Wasteland Press), appears in a myriad of literary journals both online and in print, is a guest poet at Occidental College’s Upward Bound Program, facilitates youth poetry seminars with the Los Angeles County Public Library, and performs at venues throughout Southern California.
Will Kaufman’s work will be appearing in [PANK], Unstuck, and Litro Lab, and has in the past appeared in 3:AM, Metazen, Sundog Lit, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and elsewhere. He also coauthored the chapbook “UFOs and Their Spiritual Mission”, published by Social Malpractice Press. He has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and an MFA from the University of Utah. You can find him online at kaufmanwrites.com.
Lindsey Kemp is an emerging photographically-based artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She obtained her BFA with a major in photography at OCAD University in 2012 in Toronto. Her work explores the magical, the ethereal, the scientific, and the spiritual within the mundane. Her current works in progress explore of sociological phenomenons, psychological disorders while satirically commenting and paying homage to old science fiction films. Lindsey is the editor of Eye Am Alive; a contemporary photography blog and soon-to-be quarterly publication. She can be contacted at email@example.com, and more of her work can be found at http://lindseykemp.com.
Joan Payne Kincaid
Kincaid has published a collection of work entitled Greatest Hits with Pudding House Publications. She has also published a book with Wayne Hogan entitled The Umbrella Poems in which we both contributed drawings of some of our poems. She has also published a collection of haiku entitled Snapshoots on the web at <TMPoetry.com>. Her work has been published in Hawaii Review, Limestone Poetry Review, Licking River Review, Iodine, Hampden,Sydney Poetry Review, Main Street Rag, Santa Clara Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, South Central Review, The South Carolina Review, Cross Currents, Georgetown Review, Edgz, 88, Oyez, Modern Haiku, Iconoclast, Lynx Eye, Yalobusha Review, Mother Earth Journal, Tule Review, The Quarterly, Cairn, among others.
Felix Knapp is a writer living in the United States. He was born in 1986.
Helen Korpak lives in Helsinki, Finland and takes a lot of photos.
Born and raised in Northern California, Jessica Knauss is a fiction editor at Fireship Press in Tucson, Arizona. She has published fiction, poetry, and nonfiction in numerous venues and is working on a novel set in medieval Spain. Get updates on her writing at her blog: jessicaknauss.blogspot.com.
E. Knox is an artist in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and landscape forms. Her subjects include classic nature morte and portraits of plants and people. She works in the Boston area.
Molly Laich is a Michigander/Montanan who lives in Seattle. She writes film reviews, makes up stories and helps to edit Unstuck Magazine. Read about her secret life at http://www.mollylaich.com.
Martha Landman was born in South Africa and moved to Australia in 2000 where she now runs a private practice as a psychologist in Townsville. Martha has always loved the art of writing and is an avid reader. Among her favourite authors are Ayn Rand, Richard Flanagan and the Afrikaans-language writer P.G. du Plessis, these being illustrative of Martha’s catholic tastes. She has taken up writing as a hobby and is a member of Writers in Townsville Society.
Paul Lewellan has published over fifty short stories, including fiction in South Dakota Review, Big Muddy, Word Riot, Porcupine, Timber Creek Review, The Furnace, and American Polymath. Paul is an Adjunct Instructor of Communication Studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
An author of novels, poems, short stories, acoustic songs, plays, and vegan recipes, when she is not writing, reading, or painting, she can generally be found hiking with her dogs or daydreaming about places to which she has yet to go. She has previously been published at Indigo Rising Magazine, 34th Parallel Magazine, the Mosaic Literary Journal, and more.
Jude J. Lovell
Jude received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School in 2001 and his writing has appeared in Touchstone, Rock & Sling, America, St. Austin Review, Paste, The Other Journal and American Chronicle. He is the author of a novel, Blue Six, and a new short fiction collection, We’ll See You When We Get There. His author website is http://jklovell.wix.com/judejosephlovell.
Born in 1989 in a little village in the north of Portugal, Mário Macedo graduated in Sound and Image and then completed a Film-making course at the European Film College in Denmark. He started having interest in taking photos after a friend of his gave him an old Zenit when he was living in Croatia. Since then he has been a photo junkie, taking photos of everything and everyone that interests him.
Dan Madia is a traditional animator and illustrator. He has animated many television commercials in a wide variety of styles, some that he has designed himself, and other spots where he had to work with a pre existing design. Recently he has been designing for CNBC’s “American Greed” where he creates the artwork and plan out the animation for the segment. In his spare time when he is not drawing, he likes to play both Flamenco and Classical guitar. Dan’s artwork can be seen at Flickr where he enjoys making illustrations in a variety of cartoon styles ranging from comic book illustrations to caricatures.
mike Maher. lives, reads, writes, and walks his dog in Pennsylvania’s Pocono mountains. His poetry, fiction, and personal essays have appeared or are forthcoming in journals such as The Smoking Poet, The Ofi Press Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, and Calliope, and he is the recipient of the Martha E. Martin award for poetry and the Jim Barniak award for journalism. He is also the founder and editor of Sea Giraffe, an online literary magazine.
Nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart prizes, Donal Mahoney has had work published in a variety of print and electronic publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his work can be found at http://eyeonlifemag.com/the-poetry-locksmith/donal-mahoney-poet.html
Laura Manfre is a french illustrator, now based in England. After abandoning law studies for her real passion, she has been learning drawing and painting techniques by herself. Her work is often inspired by vintage childrens books, and especially the amazing decade that was the 1960s, which for her was the best revolution and evolution in art and culture.
Born in Cali, Colombia in 1989 but currently based in Popayán, Colombia, Sebastian studies graphic design at the Universidad del Cauca. He loves animation and illustration and his work focuses on critical and experimental graphics. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Drawing is like daydreaming”. Rachele enjoys working with many painting techniques, searching for simplicity and elegance. In addition to the graphic design she loves to express herself through photography. She lives in Switzerland and works as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Born in Ottawa, Canada’s glorious capital city, rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. The author of more than twenty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, he won the John Newlove Poetry Award in 2011, and his most recent titles are the poetry collections Songs for little sleep, (Obvious Epiphanies, 2012), grief notes: (BlazeVOX [books], 2012), A (short) history of l. (BuschekBooks, 2011), Glengarry (Talonbooks, 2011) and kate street (Moira, 2011), and a second novel, missing persons (2009). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Jennifer Mulligan), The Garneau Review (ottawater.com/garneaureview), seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics (ottawater.com/seventeenseconds) and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater (ottawater.com). He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at robmclennan.blogspot.com.
His first book was released by Hodder in 2007 and he has just released a comic crime novel under the name Alexander O’Hara for both Kindle and all other formats. He has a novel and collection of short stories currently out with agents, and is about to start contacting theater companies about his first play, in conjunction with well-regarded Canadian director Andrea Montgomery. He writes for several national newspapers in Ireland and the UK, including the Sunday Times and the Guardian. See here for his Guardian articles.
Alé Mercado is a talented advocate of a powerful and edgy style of illustration which is emerging from the alternative and underground art scene. His work is very graphic and has a strong, dark and witty style that fits into the rock/marginal/lifestyle genres. His illustrations have often been described as totally energetic, yet well organized – reflective of his 20-year career as a graphic designer and illustrator. Alé’s designs and illustrations are created digitally while retaining the expression of traditional media, namely pen and ink, screen printing and woodcutting. One of his great joys is illustrating comics and the narrative of this medium is very much at the core of his work. Alé’s true passion, however, is creating and designing posters. It is the constraints as well as the dramatic impact of the medium that fit better with his style. Some of his creations in this field have given him the most recognition to date – like the poster for a Linton Kwesi Johnson gig in 2005 which was awarded Best Design Illustration from the Illustrators Guild of Ireland. Alé’s work has been used extensively by NGOs, local authorities, environmental agencies, theatre companies, arts festivals and concerts.
Carole Mehle is a writer based in North Carolina. To support her writing habit, she teaches English and humanities at a local community college. The teaching habit though, tends to suck the life from her writing habit, leaving little time for actually writing, much less getting published. Her debut novel, Blinded by the Crowd, has been stuck in revision far too long (with all the other novels she writes) and will be released this summer.
David Mellor was born in Liverpool in 1964. He Left school with nothing, rummaging around various dead end jobs, he then went to college and university. In his 20s he first discovered poetry, and started writing and performing and has done so ever since. He has Lived on the Wirral for the past 8 years.
Carly-Jay Metcalfe is a Brisbane-based writer of poetry, fiction, memoir and biography. More of her writing can be found atwww.bruisesyoucantouch.com.
Alex has previously been published at Fiction365. Alex is an editor at a cool newspaper in Tennessee. Alex could use a vacation.
Kansas-born artist Justin Miller draws inspiration from his prairie childhood. He works in various forms of printmaking, including intaglio and stone lithography, but his professional artwork has developed mainly in the area of linoleum relief printmaking. He works on a variety of printing presses, including etching presses, proof presses, and even a 3000 lb. floor model letterpress. His work can be seen here and purchased here.
J A Mortram
I am naturally drawn to people, circumstances and situations that inspire me to discover more about them and to give a voice to those that are seldom noticed or heard. For the last 18 months together with people on or far beyond the outskirts of my local community I’ve been recording a series of environmental portraits, interviews and straight documentary shoots their lives, stories and memories. Recently I’ve been volunteering with local Mental Health projects teaching photography in my spare time and it was amazingly rewarding. I’ve future portrait and documentary projects lined up with the YMCA, young families dealing with their children being taken into care and continuing work on the “Market Town” series.
Nikesh Murali’s work (which includes comics, poems and short stories) has appeared in more than 80 publications worldwide. His poems have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. He won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for the Asian region in 2011. His poetry was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007. He completed his Masters in Journalism from Griffith University for which he was awarded the Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence in 2005, and his Masters in Teaching from James Cook University and a Bachelors degree in English Literature and World History from University of Kerala. He is working towards his Doctorate in Creative Writing. He can be reached online at www.nikeshmurali.net
Christina Murphy lives and writes in a 100 year-old Arts and Crafts style house along the Ohio River. Her poetry is an exploration of consciousness as subjective experience, and her most recent work appears in PANK, StepAway Magazine, Pear Noir! and Humanimalz. The poets she most admires are Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, and Jane Hirshfield for their undaunted (and impeccable) sense of the interrelationship of language, imagery, and consciousness. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and for the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology.
Luca Napoli studied electronic engineering in Ferrara and then moved to Milan, where he currently works. He lives in a small town close to Milan. A self-taught photographer, he was influenced by his father, who always involved me during sessions of street photography in Taranto, his hometown. In 2006 he bought his first digital SRL and from then on he never abandoned photography. His most popular projects are Commuters and Taranto Vecchia. He is fascinated by reportage photography and always tries to put a story into a photo. Wonderful photos without a story are useless in his opinion, a pure aesthetic exercise. His photos can be seen at his Flickr.
Ben Nardolilli is a writer currently living in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, One Ghana One Voice, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, Poems Niederngasse, Anemone Sidecar, A Hudson View, The Toucan, Contemporary American Voices, the Eudaimonia Poetry Review, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, Gloom Cupboard, and Beltway Poetry Quarterly. He blogs at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish his first novel.
Devon Newhouse is a student who enjoys good cooking and conversation. When faced with a dearth of people, she has been known to make (rather one-sided) conversation with her dogs. She studies history and enjoys giving her research papers alliterative titles, since she believes that it might make things a little bit easier for whoever is forced to read her (and her classmates’) work. When she is not studying history, she is making it up—and writing it down in what she likes to call fiction.
William North is a poet based in Chester in the UK.
Graham Nunn is a founding member of Brisbane’s longest running poetry event, SpeedPoets. He blogs fiercely at Another Lost Shark: http://www.anotherlostshark.com and has published six collections of poetry, his most recent, The First 30 and other poems (Another Lost Shark Publications, 2012). In 2010, his debut CD, recorded in collaboration with Sheish Money, The Stillest Hour, was shortlisted for the Overload Poetry Festival’s Aural Text Award. In 2011, Nunn was the recipient of The Johnno Award for outstanding contribution to QLD Writers and Writing. In 2013 Nunn has work forthcoming in the major anthology Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years and will release a new chapbook, I, land.
Nicole O’Connor is a photographer and assistant in the State Historical Society’s photograph archive in Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from UW Madison in 2009 and then completed an internship in the photo archives at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.
Lydia Ondrusek is a long-married mother of two who describes herself as busy writing her way out of a paper bag. Her fiction and poetry have been published in venues that include GUD, Apex Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, and Deep South Magazine. Her middle grade story series King of the Marshmallows is epubbed by Echelon Books. You can find her online at lydiaondrusek.com, at thelittlefluffycat.com, and far too often on Twitter, where she is known as @littlefluffycat.
Brigita is a writer whose short stories and poems have been published or are forthcoming in Rose & Thorn Journal, Cantaraville, BluePrintReview, Autumn Sky Poetry, The Foundling Review, The Storm at Galesburg collection, and other print and online magazines. One of her poems is nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She lives in Slovenia where she works as a literary translator. She blogs at bsoulflowers.blogspot.com.
Niall Ó Sioradáin
Niall Ó Sioradáin is from Dublin, Ireland. He has written for the stage, radio and television. In 2011 he was short listed for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Award. Recently he was long listed for the Fish Publishing International Short Story Contest and was awarded third place in the Doire Press International Fiction & Poetry Chapbook Competition.
Nika Ostby is twenty, but is kind of an old man. (He wear slippers and drinks a lot of tea.) He is fascinated by the redemptive quality of water. Whether he is taking photos or not, you can find him by the sea. He is drawn to the ocean.
Annette Pehrsson is a 22 year old photographer currently living on the west coast of Sweden. She mostly shoots film and polaroids and has a habit of using photography as a diary, kind of.
Angelika Peißker lives in Jena, Germany, working as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator.
April Penn earned a B.A. in English from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. She soon relocated to Boston, Massachusetts where she reads her work on open mics every week at the Cantab Poetry Lounge and was a featured poet at Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge during national poetry month. She is a founding member of the Brighton Word Factory, a collaborative writer’s group that meets every other Thursday in Brighton, MA. She completed the 365 Blog, an online community challenge to write 365 poems in a year for 2010 and is well on her way to doing the same in 2011. Her first chapbook, “One inside the other,” is a DIY success and owes much to the writing of Michelle Tea and Eileen Myles.
Kevin C. Peters transitioned into functional adulthood in Fairbanks, Alaska, where he received his MFA. He then fled the cold to spend several years teaching and traveling abroad. He currently resides in Oregon.
Meg Pokrass is the author of “Damn Sure Right” (Press 53 )and serves as Editor-at-Large for BLIP Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review) and before that, for SmokeLong Quarterly. Her stories, poems, and flash fiction animations have appeared in nearly one hundred online and print publications including Gargoyle, Annalemma, Wigleaf, PANK, FRIGG, and the Mississippi Review. Meg lives with her small family and seven animals in San Francisco, website at www.megpokrass.com.
J.B Pravda was born Brooklyn, NY, US Government Attorney during Watergate, when he ‘Felt’ uneasy about governments, and laws; later, public company CEO, lobbyist, now, multimedia artist, published produced playwright (paid royalties), columnist for leading magazines; his paintings have been published & included in an international show in NY Fall 2011. Published diversity author via major university. http://www.angrysponge.com
Becky Raymond is a non-profit professional, avid knitter, and novice gardener who enjoys writing, blogging and writing book reviews. She holds degrees from Smith College and Lesley University and regularly publishes her work on her blog, www.inquisitivehippo.com. She lives with her family in central Vermont and can be reached at email@example.com.
Gillian Ramos maintains a book-and-writing blog called The Portrait of a Would-Be Artist as a Young Woman. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2010 with a BA in English and Political Science. During her time at the University, she served as Publicity Chair and President of The Independent Scribe, a student-run publication. Her short story “Pater Noster” was awarded URI’s 2010 Nancy Potter prize for undergraduate fiction.
With tunes in his mind and words on his fingertips, Patrick values every form of creative expression. Patrick has traveled the world performing music and worked with some of the best minds in theater, opera, poetry, production and film. He enjoys baseball, organic farming and good movies. His blog, loveinmoderation.blogspot.com,offers insightful reviews of songs and their artists.
Ellen Rhudy is a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the Republic of Macedonia. Her short fiction has
previously appeared in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, SmokeLong Quarterly and Hanging Loose. She writes a blog about literature, Fat Books & Thin Women.
JW Rogers lives in New York with his wife, three children, three dogs and four manual typewriters.
Kathleen Romana grew up in Boston; she uses her hometown as a point of inspiration for some of her poetry and artwork. Kathleen is a poet, performer and visual artist, living in Austin Texas.
Stephen Ryan writes short stories and poetry. A humorist, he draws on his rich and varied life experience – including a stint in Papua New Guinea during his time in the Australian Army. Often he writes about the Australian outback, basing his writing on the memorably offbeat larger than life characters that inhabit that remote part of the planet. Stephen has lived in Townsville, Australia for the past thirteen years.
Richard Santos currently lives in San Marcos, TX. He used to live in Washington, DC and Santa Fe and work in politics. Now that he’s come to his senses, he doesn’t do much more than write and teach. His work has appeared in Nimrod, Kill Author, Bartleby Snopes and other fine places.
Conrado Sarid-Maleta’ is a Cuban photographer and painter. He left his home country six years ago, and has not returned. Most recently, he has lived and worked in Europe, and is now in Tel Aviv, Israel. He learned photography with the help of a great Cuban artist, later continuing alone and working very hard to increase day by day what he knew. Mainly, his works use the visual experience as a means to connect with ideas rather than with techniques or methodological processes. He prefers to be a storyteller rather than a perfectionist.
Naama Sarid-Maleta’ is an architect. She began an intense career as a documentary and conceptual photographer in Madrid (2008) and has contributed to magazines and publications in Europe and Israel. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Ukraine, Spain and Israel. Her sustained challenge as an artist is the desire to “build dreams” in visual codes. She had developed a scheme of work based on the interaction of enforcement procedures and the organizations of architecture and a conceptual result more expressionistic and plastic in its nature. Her husband is also an architect and photographer from Cuba, and they work as a team with multidisciplinary projections.
Lorenzo holds a BA in English Literature from California State University, San Bernardino. He currently works as a fitness instructor at a prominent rehabilitation clinic in southern California and begins his PhD in English at the University of California, Riverside in the Fall of 2011. His research interests include adaptation, intertextuality, and the intersection of medicine/science in literature. When he is not writing or thinking about literature, he competes in triathlons and raises greyhounds.
Abhimanyu Singh, 29, is a senior correspondent for The Sunday Guardian, Delhi. He has written for The Hindu, The Caravan, The New Indian Express, Motherland and Ink Magazine, previously. His poems have appeared in on line journals like Pyrta, Kitchenpoet and Red Poppy Review. He has made short films, played music in bands and solo, organised and participated in poetry readings and acted in plays. He counts the Beat writers as a major influence.
Ian Singleton writes in the morning on a train, sweaty from bike riding. He has lived in Detroit, Birmingham, Boston, and now in San Francisco. His works of fiction, translation, book reviews, and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Houston Literary Review, Fringe, Ploughshares, Prick of the Spindle and Word Riot. He is one of many people who have blogs.
Alessandra Siraco recently graduated Trinity College and is currently an M.F.A. student at Emerson College. She is working on her writing while employed in the insurance industry. She most enjoys writing short stories, reading anything, shopping, and drinking coffee. Alessandra is from Boston and, although she doesn’t sport a Boston accent, she loves everything about the city.
Emily Markussen Sorsher
Emily Markussen Sorsher occupies space beneath a palm tree in Southern California. She writes grants, lesson plans, and young adult fiction, and has a bad habit of collecting the written word. She has lots of degrees that she doesn’t use. Emily likes her chocolate dark, her drinks strong, and her life just dramatic enough to be interesting.
Dennis Smith is an Australian poet and photographer. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in May 1999. Prior to this he had no interest in poetry. He believes that the disease has been responsible for ignigting a creative streak that was probably hidden deep within him, and since then he have written about 400 poems covering a great variety of subjects, and continues to work on his Parkinson’s Photography series.
By day, Essie works to help utilities improve their energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. By night, he is a photographer whose work has been shown in various juried and solo exhibitions and a professional magician specializing in sleight of hand with cards. In his spare time, he cooks and bakes delicious food, practices Aikido, plays tenor guitar, brews beer, reads, and does whatever else seems interesting at the time. Essie lives in Boulder, CO with two snakes, a puffer fish, and too many books to organize effectively.
Snipperfabriek is a Belgium-based graphic artist who uses a variety of mediums including spray paint, acrylics, ballpoint, paint markers, collages, hand-cut paper and stencils. Snipperfabriek studied art history and advertising art at the academy of Leuven (SLAC).
M.K. SPAIN is a writer living in South Portland, Maine. Cures for tedium include writing, acting, sword-fighting and spontaneous singing (which, by the way, cures more than tedium). She has a degree in Creative Writing from Colorado State University, and will have a play produced in this year’s Maine Playwrights Festival in Portland.
Vladimir Stankovic is a graphic designer from Serbia currently working on his Master’s degree in Finland. Although he is studying graphic design, which is a very commercial discipline, he finds it hard not to develop his other side which is more inclined towards fine arts and illustration on a personal, darker, level. His artworks are available for purchase at Etsy.
Kate Stone is a University of Rhode Island alum with a BA in Writing & Rhetoric and English Language & Literature. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as Editor-in-Chief of the University’s literary publication, as a peer writing tutor in the Academic Enhancement Center, and was awarded the University award for academic excellence from the Rhetoric department. Kate has always been long on height and is now short on time, especially now she’s attending law school in her home state of New Jersey. Her poetry and essays have been featured in Chronogram and The Longman Handbook for Writers and Readers.
Siu Wai Stroshane
Siu Wai Stroshane is a published writer and longtime admirer of the Elephant Man. She has works in several anthologies, both on-line and in print, including bartlebysnopes.com, “The Forbidden Stitch: An Asian American Women’s Anthology, winner of the 1990 National Book Award (Calyx, 1989), and “A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books, 2002).
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.
Natalya Sukhonos hails from Odessa, Ukraine, but calls New York City her second home. She has also lived in Madrid, Paris, and Rio de Janeiro. Natalya just finished her dissertation at Harvard University’s Comparative Literature Program and is now working as an IHUM post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. Natalya is very interested in the way that play (in life and aesthetics alike) leads us to see our most basic ideas and beliefs and constructed, but also allows us to take pleasure in those constructs, which we can manipulate at will. Natalya’s next research project will be an exploration of linguistic creativity in contemporary Russian and Latino novels. Creativity implies a multiperspectival vision of the world, and a playful eye towards the voices and identities of others helps us view literature as a humanistic endeavor. Natalya is very excited to live on the West Coast. She loves to travel, write poetry, and learn about local and international artistic traditions.
Andrew F. Sullivan
Andrew F. Sullivan was born in Peterborough, Ontario. He has an MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where his thesis WASTE: a novel was awarded the Adam Penn Gilders’ Scholarship in Creative Writing. Sullivan’s fiction has recently been published by Little Fiction, Joyland, The Cleveland Review and Riddle Fence. Sullivan no longer works in a warehouse. You can find him at: http://afsullivan.blogspot.com/
Sanchari Sur is a Bengali Canadian who was born in Calcutta, India. Her photography, poetry and short fiction have been published or are forthcoming in Map Literary, Barely South Review,Red River Review, Black Fox Literary Review, Urban Shots – Crossroads (India: Grey Oak/Westland, 2012) and elsewhere. Her short story, “Those Sri Lankan Boys,” was selected to be a part of Diaspora Dialogues Youth Mentoring Program in Toronto this year. You can find her at http://sursanchari.wordpress.com.
Rebecca Tamas is a student at Warwick University studying English Literature and Creative Writing. She lives in London and is looking to the future and hoping it includes her being a writer in it. And finding time to continue drinking gin and tonics and listening to odd folk music.
Jess Taylor is the founder of The Emerging Writers Reading Series (http://ewreading.wordpress.com). She is also a fiction and non-fiction writer, a poet, an artist, and a musician. After growing up in the remote and often forgotten town of Palgrave, Ontario, she has moved to Toronto, Ontario. She is currently attending the University of Toronto for their English in the Field of Creative Writing MA Program. To read, watch, and see more of Jess Taylor, check out www.jesstaywriter.com.
Dennis Thomas is an Australian poet who resides in Canberra. His work has appeared in The Lost Words, and The South Townsville micro poetry journal. He is currently preparing his fourth collection. His contributions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.
Josh is a photographer of sorts whose hobbies include pottering around, attending car boot sales in the hope of finding expired films, and spending too much time online. He is based in a noisy flat in London where it rains, even in the summer. You can see more of his work here.
A twenty-something from the great state of Rhode Island but living in England, Fayth is a professional student (i.e. earning her PhD) who likes all things medieval, misses her violin and cat, and has very strange dreams, the fruit of which appears in her stories and visions of film in this journal.
Graham Tugwell is a writer and performer of Irish distraction. The recipient of the College Green Literary Prize 2010, his work has appeared in over thirty journals, including Anobium, The Quotable, Pyrta, THIS Literary Magazine and L’Allure Des Mots. He has lived his whole life in the village where his stories take place. He loves it with a very special kind of hate. His website is grahamtugwell.com.
Daniel Ubillús was born in Peru 24 years ago. He lived there until he was seventeen, then he lived in Argentina for three years, and now, since 2007, he has been living in Spain. As you might notice, he is a natural traveller. He loves to discover new people and new cultures, but what he loves most in life is to write. Now he is studying Journalism at the University of Malaga in Spain, and is due to graduate in 2014. His aspiration in life is to become a great journalist and writer. He is a friend to everyone who wants a friend, and a dreamer of a better world. He tweets as @danieljun15.
The Small Fish lives (and works) in England (among others). Her current research interests include the writings of Dr Seamus Hurley, the resurrection of the dead, utopian social description, superhero comics, and remarkable modes of divine-human communication. Things that make her toenails curl up include people bumping into her backpack on a crowded subway train. Great music, road trips, and dancing on tiptoe on the other hand, warm her heart. Sometimes she gets bored with the contemporary world.
Born in 1986 in Chillán (Chile), now living in Santiago de Chile, Urrea is a student of Digital animation and freelance illustrator. He mostly draws inspiration from childhood memories and all the things he did when when he was young or things he imagined in those past years. He says that perhaps he just never grew up and is drawing with the mind of a 10 year old child.
Christine Utz is a twenty-four year old native of Florida, currently living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Though not everyone considers Florida a part of The South, she still thinks of herself as a southerner by birth. She recently completed an MFA in fiction at Adelphi University, where she studied under Martha Cooley and Vince Passaro. Her fiction has previously appeared in Gloom Cupboard and Fiction Fix.
James Valvis lives in Washington State. His work has recently appeared in Anderbo, Arts & Letters, Front Porch Journal, LA Review, Nimrod, Rattle, River Styx, and is forthcoming in Green Hill Literary Lantern, Hanging Loose, New York Quarterly, Slipstream, Night Train, Waccamaw, and others. His fiction has twice been named a storySouth Notable Story. His poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Web anthologies multiple times. His full-length poetry collection, How to Say Goodbye, is forthcoming.
A native of Brussels, Gaëtan Vanparijs is a young independent illustrator and art teacher. He frequently exhibits and enters competitions to spread to share his universe. Through “l’étrange vie des autres” (“The strange life of Others”), he inserts a touch of the absurd into everyday life scenes, leaving each reader to his own interpretation. He has finished work on a book of illustrated Monsters’ Biographies,”Monstrueusement vôtre”. He is influenced by movies and the Belgian surrealism that surrounds him. More of his work can be seen at Flickr.
Richard Vergez is a visual/sound artist based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. He employs manual techniques such as tape splicing and photomontage to create minimal and abstract contemporary works, with a style rooted in the Avant-Garde. His visual work makes great use of white space, abstract structures, and surrealist situations using mixed medias such as collage, printmaking, found objects, and unconventional mark making. He studies graphic design at Florida Atlantic University and is well-versed in creating commercial art ranging from magazines to album covers. Richard records and performs under the name Drowning the Virgin Silence, a musical project which explores electro-acoustic and post-industrial music through the use of prepared tapes and manipulated sound. Vergez’s recent concentration is scoring for modern dance as part of the Psychic Youth Inc. collective.
Gisele Vincent-Page lives in Canada and is the author of Strolling Down Heaven’s Gate, a compilation of prose and poetry relating to her 28 years of living with HIV. She has received the Poet of the Week award on two occasions on Super Poetry Highway. Her poems have been published in Mused; Bella online; Poetry Soup; all things girl, Fanstory; allpoetry.com; Author’s Den; received the Poet of the Month award from The Writing Forum. The Body HIV/AIDs Newsletter has also published one of her poems. She has written blogs for the website A Girl Like Me (AGLM).
Edi Weitz was born in Germany and has been taking photographs since 1994. His photos can be seen at his Flickr page and you can learn more about him at his website.
Patty Wetli is a freelance writer in Chicago. Her work has appeared in Brevity, Front Porch Journal and The Rumpus. She writes for the neighborhood news website Center Square Journal, which means she reports on anything within walking distance of her condo. She tends to complain about stuff at allisnotluminous.blogspot.com.
Richard Lance Williams
Richard Lance Williams has been the “Litera” editor for The Austin Chronicle since 1988. He is the senior editor for Dalton Publishing, where he has edited the poetry of Michael Gilmore, Lyman Grant, W. Joe Hoppe, and Texas Poet Laureate Larry D. Thomas. His the secret book of god was named in 2007 by Robert Bonazzi of the San Antonio Express-News as “The Best Book of Poetry by a Poet Living in Texas.” His work has appeared in Aileron, The Texas Poetry Review, The Hudson River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Affirming Flame: Writings By Progressive Texas Poets in the Aftermath of September 11th, and others. He has a master’s degree in mythological studies/depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.
Dawn Wilson dabbles inside the (relatively) dark forest of kitsch, surrealism, and espieglerie while wearing various pieces of the kitchen silverware. A recent graduate of the Bath Spa University MA in Creative Writing in Bath, England, she is at work on a madcap novel. Her work is forthcoming in Rabbit Catastrophe Review and Liquid Imagination, and has already appeared in Shoots and Some of Its Parts.
Dawn DeAnna Wilson
Dawn DeAnna Wilson is an award-winning North Carolina writer and the author of three novels, the most recent of which is Ten Thousand New Year’s Eves. This short story is from her collection Welcome to Shangri-La, North Carolina. Information on her publications can be found on her website http://www.dawndeannawilson.com. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and her master’s degree in English/Creative Writing from East Carolina University. She currently resides near Raleigh, North Carolina.
Juliet Wilson is an Edinburgh-based writer, conservation volunteer, and adult education tutor, teaching creative writing and birdwatching. She blogs at Crafty Green Poet (http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com), tweets @craftygreenpoet and edits the online poetry journal Bolts of Silk (http://boltsofsilk.blogspot.com.)
Woodburn’s short fiction has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Dzanc Books “Best of the Web” anthology, and has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Monkeybicycle, Arcadia, The Ramshackle Review, and flashquake. Most recently, she was awarded first place in the Ninth Glass Woman Prize out of more than 600 entries. She is currently pursuing my M.F.A. in Fiction Writing at Purdue University, where she also teaches undergraduate writing courses and serves as Assistant Fiction Editor of Sycamore Review. My website is www.writeonbooks.org.
Kimberly L. Wright
Kimberly L. Wright, an editor of a small weekly newspaper, lives in Prattville, Ala., USA. Her poetry has previously appeared in Dicat Libre, El Locofoco, Doggerel and Arrowsmith.
Artem Zatsepilin is an amateur photographer from Vladimir, Russia. Artem works primarily with film, which allows the possibility for different experiments, such as cross-processing and multi-exposure. Artem uses an old soviet Zenit TTL as well as self-made pinhole and anamorphic cameras. Artem uses alternative processes of shooting and development to find new ways of self-expression and draws inspiration from nature, music, and literature.
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has three new chapbooks, Dear Physical Environment, This Is Visual Poetry, and To Whose Mandolin It May Concern. Trained in book publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters in world religions from Harvard and fine arts masters in creative writing from Notre Dame, Desmond has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Desmond is a recipient of the Tom Howard High Distinction Award, Tupelo Press Poetry Project Honorable Mention, and Singapore Internationale Grant. Desmond also works in clay, his commemorative pieces housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia where he teaches English at Tunisian public secondary schools. His work has appeared in The Camel Saloon,Otoliths, The Tower Journal, streetcake, The Rusty Nail, Yes,Poetry, Shot Glass Journal, Ink Sweat and Tears, Mad Swirl, Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, Red Fez, Carcinogenic Poetry, and other ezines. His debut poetry chapbook Experimental Ruminations was published in September 2012 by Fowlpox Press (Canada). He also writes flash fiction for the Six Sentence Social Network—http://sixsentences.ning.com/profile/AliZnaidi.