DAN ALLAWAT has had short stories published in Dead Mule and Skyline Literary Magazine. He has also had a couple of poems published, one in FlashQuake and the other in Skyline. He lives and works in South Florida.
MARCUS BALES lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Not much is known about him except that he hosts the Every Saturday at Noon Poetry Reading at Gallery 324 in the Galleria downtown; visiting featured readers are welcome -- no pay but the honor and glory of the thing.
TONY BROWN is a poet from Worcester, MA, who has been writing for more than thirty years.
DENNIS BRUTUS is a South African poet. A graduate of the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Witwatersrand, Brutus was formerly on the faculty of the University of Denver and Northwestern University. He was an activist against the apartheid government of South Africa in the 1960s, and worked to get South Africa suspended from the Olympics, which led to the country's expulsion from the games in 1970. He was arrested in 1963 and jailed for 18 months on Robben Island. He was forbidden to teach, write and publish in South Africa. Sirens, Knuckles and Boots, his first collection of poetry, was published in Nigeria while he was in prison. After he was released, Brutus fled South Africa. In 1983, Brutus won the right to stay in the United States as a political refugee, after a protracted legal struggle. He was "unbanned" in 1990. He is the Professor Emeritus of University of Pittsburgh, and currently based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Centre for Civil Society .
MICHAEL CIRELLI has been a National Poetry Slam individual finalist and the only person to make all three Bay area slam teams in the same year, winning the finals in both San Francisco and Berkeley. A two-time member of both Oakland and Long Beach slam teams, Cirelli has performed all over the country, while teaching writing workshops to teenagers up and down the West coast. While in L.A., he was the director of PEN Center West's, Poet In The Classroom program. He recently received his MFA from the New School University and is the Director of Urban Word NYC.
JOSEPH DEREPENTIGNY is a Displaced Yankee living in the Atlanta Area, who presently works in the local Airport as a TSA security screener. To date he has published 29 short stories in a variety of venues.
JIM DWYER, a native New Yorker, has written about the city for more than twenty years in articles, columns, and books. He currently works at The New York Times.
LYNNELL EDWARDS is the author of two collections of poetry: The Farmer's Daughter (2003) and The Highwayman's Wife (2007), both from Red Hen Press. She is a regular book reviewer for Pleiades, The Georgia Review, and Rain Taxi, and is the reciepient of a 2007 Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.
MICHAEL C. FORD was born on the Illinois side of Lake Michigan. His debut spoken word vinyl (on SST) “Language Commando” earned a Grammy nomination in 1986. His book of Selected Poems “Emergency Exits” was honored by a 1998 Pulitzer Prize nomination. His CD “Fire Escapes” was put out in 1995 by New Alliance.
GUY LECHARLES GONZALEZ is a Mets fan from the Bronx, and has a beautiful wife and two amazing kids. He won some poetry slams, founded a reading series, co-authored a book of poetry, and still writes when the mood hits him and he has the time. He prefers Pumpkin and India Pale Ales or Skyy Vodka with cranberry, still reads comic books, and hasn't completely let go of his plans for world domination.
MARK S. KUHAR is a Cleveland, Ohio-based poet, writer, editor, and publisher, and the proprietor of Deep Cleveland LLC (www.deepcleveland.com. His work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Centerlight, The American Srbobran, Ohio On-line, Big Bridge, Sidereality, The City, Tin Lustre Mobile, American Motor Thought, Litvert, Eratio, Muse Apprentice Guild, Cool Cleveland, GetUnderground, Admit Two and Northern Ohio Live.
JACK MCGUANE was born in 1927 in Valley Stream, Long Island, and lived there until he was almost 30. In 1957, he married Kathleen Moriarty and that is still going on. His five children are grown and are growing children of their own, six so far. In 1974 they all moved to Lakewood, Ohio, where he and Kathleen still live in the same house along with two of the above children. He retired from “productive” employment in 1997 and has been writing, resting and annoying his wife ever since.
RICHARD MELO is a novelist and book reviewer living in Portland, Oregon. His 2004 novel published by Soft Skull Press, Jokerman 8, dwells in the politics and poetics of the radical environmental movement. He is currently finishing a second novel set in Haiti.
CURTIS MEYER currently lives in Winter Park, Florida. He is The Broken Speech Poetry Slam's 2007 Grand Slam Champion, set to participate for his third year in a row at The National Poetry Slam as a performing member of Team Orlando. He is also one-fourth of Spoken Word troupe Quarantine Unit.
RICHARD NASH is Editorial Director of Soft Skull Press Inc. and Executive Editor at Soft Skull’s mothership, Counterpoint Press.
LYNNE PROCOPE is a poet and teaching artist from Trinidad and Tobago. She is a founder of the New York based non-profit, the louderARTS Project Inc. and a director of its Workshops and Outreach Program as well as curator of the experimental performance workshop, synonymUS. She was a member of the New York's 1998 National Poetry Slam Championship winning team. She is co-author of the collection, Burning Down the House (Soft Skull Press, 2000) and her work appears in the Summer/Fall 2000 Drums Voices Review, Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry (Manic D Press, 1999) and How to Read an Oral Poem (University of Illinois Press, 2002).
ANDREW RECTOR is an independent filmmaker living in Los Angeles.
REBECCA SCHOENKOPF wrote the beloved and reviled "Commie Girl" column for OC Weekly, where she served as senior editor until 2007. She teaches political science at UC Irvine and freelances for sweet amounts of cash. Seriously: sweet. She has a boy and a dog and a cat and lives in Anaheim, where she will still never own a home.
SKIP SHEA is an American actor, writer, poet, visual artist and activist living in Massachusetts. He performed his show Catholic (Surviving Abuse & Other Dead End Roads), in New York and at Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater in Boston. As an activist he is President of the Center for Peaceful Living Inc.
PATRICIA SMITH is four-time national individual poetry slam champion, and author of Teahouse of the Almighty, which was chosen by Ed Sanders for the 2005 National Poetry Series, and was published by Coffee House Press in 2006. Smith's poems have been published in Poetry, The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, AGNI and other literary journals and anthologies. She has won the prestigious Carl Sandburg Award, as well as a literary award from the Illinois Arts Council.
JACKSON WHEELER is the author of Swimming Past Iceland, where his poem here previously appeared, and A Near Country: Poems of Loss, which he wrote with fellow artists Glenna Luschei and David Oliveira. He is co-editor of Luschei's magazine SOLO: A Journal of Poetry; he started the Ventura Poetry Festival in 1994 with an individual artist's grant from the City of Ventura; and he hosts the Arcade Poetry Reading Series at the Oxnard Carnegie Art Museum. Wheeler's work can be found in numerous literary journals and anthologies of American poetry.
TONY WILLIAMS is the author of Structures of Desire: British Cinema, 1939-1955, The Cinema of George A. Romero and Body and Soul: The Cinematic Vision of Robert Aldrich, among other books. He has also written on contemporary Asian cinema, the Viet Nam War in film and literature, the fiction of Jack London and James Jones, and topics in classical Hollywood cinema.
SCOTT WOODS is the author or editor of more nine volumes of poetry and prose (50 Mistakes Poets Make and High Desert Voices: The 2005 National Poetry Slam Anthology most recently), and has been featured multiple times on National Public Radio, and recently in Paste magazine. He’s the founder of the poetry performance group The Black Air Poets, and the president of Poetry Slam Inc. He writes the monthly poetry column Poetry Is Doomed for GotPoetry.com.
TONY ZURLO taught for two years in Nigeria with the Peace Corps in the carefree 1960s. In 1967, he was summoned by Uncle Sam. During Lieutenant Tony’s service, the communists avoided confrontation in Germany. Since then, he has taught in schools and colleges in the US. In 1990, he began a year at a teacher's university in China. There his students convinced him that his writing suffered from too much negative karma. For his penance he was transformed as an American trapped in Texas. To conceal from editors his age, gender, size, race, religion, politics and other private predispositions, Tony survives folded up in a back room in Arlington, Texas, working on Alice in Cyberland, his anxiously-awaited history about 21st century American foreign policy.