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CRISTIN O’KEEFE APTOWICZ is the author of four books of poetry – Dear Future Boyfriend (2000), Hot Teen Slut (2001), Working Class Represent (2003) and Oh, Terrible Youth (2007) (all The Wordsmith Press) – and is the founder the three-time National Poetry Slam Championship venue, NYC-Urbana. Aptowicz has enjoyed commissioned residencies with Chamber Dance in NYC and The Sydney Opera House in Australia, and has toured with her work throughout North America and Australia. She lives in New York City. Her most recent book is Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam (Soft Skull Press, 2008).

GUSTAVO ARELLANO is a reporter for OC Weekly in California and the author of the book and syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican!

MADELINE ARTENBERG is a regular feature on the New York City poetry circuit. Madeline’s poetry has been accompanied by David Amram at the Bowery Poetry Club and the Larry Simon Ensemble at Cornelia Street Café, among others.  She has also performed on WBAR-Barnard Radio, WKCR Columbia Radio, WNYE-Teachers and Writers Collaborative, the Knitting Factory, TV and radio, and for many years has co-produced and performed at the Alternative New Year’s Reading. Her poetry has appeared in many magazines and journals, such as Caprice; Margie, The American Journal of Poetry; Vernacular; The Absinthe Literary Review and the UK-based Listening to the Birth of Crystals. The poem “Sister” appeared originally in her book of poetry, Awakened, published in 2006 by Rogue Scholars Press, with poems by Iris N. Schwartz.

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:

OSCAR BERMEO was born in Ecuador and raised in the Bronx, and is a BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award-winning poet, educator and literary events coordinator who now makes his home in Oakland, where he is the poetry editor for Tea Party magazine and lives with his wife, poeta Barbara Jane Reyes.

ROBERT BOHM, a poet and culture writer, was born in Queens, NY. His recent chapbook, Uz Um War Moan Ode, is available from Pudding House Press or his own book page. His other credits include two books, another chapbook and work published in a variety of print and online publications.  His first full-length book of poems, In the Americas, won the 1980 Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for best book of poetry by a new U.S. writer. Beginning a few years later, however, he started writing in isolation and continued doing so for more than 15 years, producing the equivalent of a thousand book-pages of poetry while working as a ghostwriter specializing in cultural, labor, international and educational analysis. Since beginning to publish under his own name again in 1999-2000, he twice has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won the IPBC’s (Inter-Board Poetry Competition’s) award for best poem of 2003, and had his long antiwar poem, “Uz Um War Moan Ode,” featured as the title poem in his latest book. See Bohm's Selections Page to access some of his recent online work.

AURORE BOREALIS is a designer who lives in Huntington Beach, California.

ROLAND W. CORYELL is a New England-based artist. Visit him online at

BRIAN DAUTH is a queer playwright and essayist living in Brooklyn with his husband Terrance. He has written on Joseph L. Mankiewicz for Senses of Cinema, and has appeared in several issues of “The November 3rd Club.”

RITA DOVE served as Poet Laureate of the United States and Consultant to the Library of Congress from 1993 to 1995 and as Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2004 to 2006. She has received numerous literary and academic honors, among them the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and, more recently, the 2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1997 Sara Lee Frontrunner Award, the 1997 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the 1996 Heinz Award in the Arts and Humanities and the 1996 National Humanities Medal. In 2006 she received the coveted Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The poem “Alfonzo Prepares to Go Over the Top” appeared originally in her book American Smooth (W. W. Norton & Co. Inc., © 2004) and is reprinted by permission of the author.

BARBARA CARIDAD FERRER is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, born in Manhattan and raised in Miami, which means she speaks Spanish at least well enough to regularly employ the colorful expressions. Her young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life (MTV Books/2006), won the Romance Writers of America's 2007 RITA® for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance; her second MTV Books novel is It's Not About the Accent (August 2007). She has also contributed to the anthology, Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles and Other Quinceañera Stories (Harper Collins/Rayo). Her third young adult novel, a contemporary reinterpretation of the Carmen story, will be released by Dial Books for Young Readers in early 2009.

RAGAN FOX (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric and performance studies. Heterophobia (2004), his first book of poetry, explores gender and sexuality.

GERALD GEORGE is a writer and editor who has published three books of nonfiction and many articles, short stories and poems. The latter include a series entitled "Shock and Awe," a reaction to the horrors of the Bush war in Iraq. After many years in Washington, D.C., he now lives and works in rural, coastal Maine.

KIRPAL GORDON was born and raised in New York City. He attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center on scholarship, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Philosophy in 1974 before heading out to the Sonoran desert to pursue intensive Yoga training. There he founded Frequency Media, a poetry/music/dance improvisation group. In 1976 poet Norman Dubie invited him to attend Arizona State University’s graduate writing program which led, after an apprenticeship with Allen Ginsberg at Naropa Insitute and study with Robert Duncan, to an M.F.A. degree at the University of Arizona in 1979, thanks to the mentorship of Richard Shelton. He presently divides his time between the Texas Hill Country and New York City and makes his living as a writer and literary consultant.

SAURABH GUPTA, currently an MFA (Fiction) student at Texas State University, has worked with Tim O’ Brien, Dagoberto Glib, Tom Grimes, and Debra Monroe in the program.  He’s finishing his novel Hazy Shades, a political satire set in a college campus.  He was born in Patna, India, and has subsequently lived all across the United States.  He graduated from St. Lawrence University, NY, in 2005 with honors, double majoring in Economics and Creative Writing.  He’s an avid tennis and cricket player and represents the university’s tennis team.  He’s also the web editor for the Front Porch.

SAM HAMILL is a contributing editor for “The November 3rd Club.”

M. AYODELE HEATH has unfolded his stories of Southern identity on stages from Atlanta to South Africa.  Ayodele has held fellowships at the Caversham Centre for Writers in South Africa and Summer Poetry at Idyllwild, California.  Other awards include: WPBA Lexus Leader for the Arts, two-time Southeastern Regional Slam Champion, and Atlanta Bureau for Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist of the Year.  Recently featured in TurnerSouth’s MySouth television ad campaign, Ayodele has also been featured at such venues as: the Turner Trumpet Awards, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the National Black Arts Festival, the University of Michigan, Music Midtown and the Alliance Theatre. He received his MFA in Creative Writing at New England College.

JOY N. HENSLEY is a writer, teacher, wife and mother.  She lives in the mountains of Virginia, where her leftist views keep her hiding away in her house most of the time.  She has been published in The Cairn, The Chameleon and The Lyre.  She has written one book, The Closest Thing to Crazy, and has several other short stories out looking for homes.

BOB HOEPPNER was born in Connecticut and was raised there and in NY, OK, and IL. As a teenager, he joined the Navy where he earned his dolphins serving on a nuclear fast attack submarine. After leaving the Navy he lived in Times Square and wrote plays, getting one staged reading on Off Off Broadway. He's been published in several places, both print and online.

JASON JONKER is currently learning to play bluegrass on the mandolin. He best likes songs about trains, women and houses of ill repute, and people who are dead or have killed someone they once loved. His poems have been published in The McGuffin, Lily, Ruminate and The November 3 rd Club.

MARTY MCCONNELL received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and co-curates the flagship reading series of the louderARTS Project, a New York City-based literary nonprofit. She appeared on the second and fifth seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, and is one-fourth of the all-female performance poetry troupe The Piper Jane Project. She performs and facilitates workshops at schools and festivals around the country, including The Dodge Poetry Festival, Connecticut Poetry Festival, Cornell University, the University of Utah, James Madison University, University of Connecticut, University of Arkansas, DePaul University, and more. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies including Women of the Bowery, Word Warriors, Homewrecker: An Adultery Reader, Bullets and Butterflies: Queer Spoken Word Poetry , Will Work for Peace, In Our Own Words: Poetry of Generation X, and the forthcoming Fucking Daphne anthology, as well as journals including Rattapallax, Fourteen Hills, Boxcar Poetry Review, Thirteenth Moon, 2River View, Lodestar Quarterly, and Blue Fifth Review, and is forthcoming in Rattle.

CHRIS MOONEY-SINGH was born in Australia and lives, writes and performs in Singapore. He is the author of 5 solo and joint poetry collections including "The Infinity Track" (2003) and "The House of Winter" (1990). In 1992 he co-edited "The Penguin Book of Christmas Poems." Poetry-music-fusion CDs include "Living the Land of the Durian Eaters" (2005), "The Celestial Voyage" (1999) and "Indian City" (1997). Mooney-Singh has performed at international festivals and is the founder of Poetry Slam in Singapore.

JAMES NAVÉ brings more than twenty years of experience to the craft of presenting poetry on stage. He is one of the cofounders of Poetry Alive! and has been active member of the Poetry Slam community since 1991. In addition, he has memorized over 600 poems and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. Navé holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College and is the co-director of The Writing Salon.

THERESA C. NEWBILL is a former elementary school teacher turned writer and has been a member of Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope site, and writes poetry, flash fiction, short stories, screenplays and songwriting.

SHERMAN PEARL is a co-founder of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival and a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets.  His work has appeared in nearly 50 literary magazines and anthologies (including Sam Hamill's Poets Against the War.)  His awards include 1st prize in the 2002 poetry competition of the National Writers Union, judged by Philip Levine.  His latest book is The Poem in Time of War (ConfluX Press, 2004).  A new collection, The Last Speaker of Amurdag, is forthcoming.

DEB POWERS is a Worcester area poet who believes that the word is mightier than the sword. She maintains (poorly) two poetry web sites, Speaking of Poetry ( and Find My Muse (, helps maintain civility and order at and reads locally when children, roommates, automobile and the stars all collide in the right alignment.

KEITH ROACH was the formerly the host of the Friday night Slam at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. There is likely more to tell, but his naturally secretive stance in this life prevents that.

IRIS N. SCHWARTZ writes fiction and poetry. Her book of poetry with Madeline Artenberg, Awakened, was published in 2006 by Rogue Scholars Press. Other poetry has been anthologized in An Eye For an Eye Makes the Whole World Blind: Poets on 9/11, and in the U.K.-based Listening to the Birth of Crystals, and has appeared or is forthcoming in print and online journals such as FutureCycle Poetry, Pikeville Review, Mobius, Vernacular, and Blue Collar Review. Her fiction has been anthologized most recently in Stirring Up A Storm (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2005).

SKIP SHEA is an actor, artist, performer, poet and writer. He has written and performed a multi-media one man show called Catholic (Surviving Abuse & Other Dead End Roads). He has a book of poems published with the same name. The show has been performed at the Bowery Poetry Club and Jimmy Tingle's Off Broadway Theater. His artwork has been on display in places like the AS220 in Providence, RI and chezTGN in Brooklyn, NY. His most recent film work includes playing the role of Sol Rothberg in the soon to be released indy feature Cubby Knowles. He resides in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

FRANK SLOAN lives and writes in a small tumble down house near the heart of the empire.

ARTHUR SZE is the author of eight books of poetry, including Quipu, The Redshifting Web: Poems 1970-1998, and The Silk Dragon: Translations from the Chinese, all from Copper Canyon Press. He lives in Santa Fe. The poem “The Aphrodisiac” originally appeared in The Redshifting Web, and is reprinted here by permission of the author.

EDWIN TORRES' recent publication, The PoPedology of An Ambient Language (Atelos Books) is a mini-festo mined from the undershavings of the Man. Other rimshots include The All-Union Day Of The Shock Worker (Roof Books) and Fractured Humorous (Subpress).

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.

SHOLEH WOLPÉ is a poet and translator who was born in Iran but spent most of her teen years in the Caribbean and Europe, ending up in the U.S., where she pursued Masters degrees in Radio-TV-Film (Northwestern University) and Public Health (Johns Hopkins University). She is the author of The Scar Saloon (Red Hen Press) and has a CD by the same title. Her poems, translations and reviews have been published in many literary journals and anthologies in the U.S., Canada, Europe and The Middle East. Sholeh is the recipient of several awards for her poetry and is the director and host of Poetry at the Loft . and more, a successful cultural arts venue in Redlands, California. She divides her time between Redlands and Los Angeles. Her forthcoming book is entitled Rooftops of Tehran.