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BILL ABBOTT is a poet and the author (through The Wordsmith Press) of a history of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Let Them Eat MoonPie.

DANIEL ABDAL-HAYY MOORE was Born in 1940 in Oakland, California. His first book of poems, Dawn Visions, was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights Books, San Francisco, in 1964, and his second, Burnt Heart /Ode to the War Dead, in 1972.  In the late ’60s in Berkeley, California, he created and directed the ritual theater group, The Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company.  He became a Sufi/Muslim in 1970, performed the Hajj in 1972, and has lived in Morocco, Spain, Algeria and Nigeria.  In 1996 he published The Ramadan Sonnets(Jusoor/City Lights), and in 2001 The Blind Beekeeper (Jusoor/Syracuse University Press).

JANET BARRY has recently completed her MFA in poetry, and her poems have been accepted in several publications, including Aegis, Color Wheel, and Entelechy International

TONY BROWN is the 2008 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere.

SAMUEL BIAGETTI graduated two years ago with a degree in History from Brown, where he studied poetry with Peter Gale Nelson and Robert Creeley.  In his senior year, he won the Rose Low Rome Prize for the best poems by any graduate or undergraduate at Brown.  Earlier this year, he had a poem, "To an Infant," printed in the Winter 2008 issue of the Ballard Street Poetry Journal.  This fall, he will be enrolling in the History PhD program at Columbia University.

BRYAN CATHERMAN was a moderate-Republican who went to war.  Now, after looking into the eyes of the Republican agenda, he’s found himself moving left. He’s previously published nonfiction articles with The Salt Lake Realtor, Burnside Writer's Collective and Rocky Mountain Sports Magazine.  His fiction has appeared online, in print, and even as a professionally recorded audio short-story.  He contributed a chapter to the book Letters From the Front Lines: Iraq and Afghanistan, and has recently contributed to a book forthcoming from Tyndale House Publishers. In addition, KUER, a National Public Radio affiliate, recently recorded and aired an editorial he wrote about the Veteran's Affairs Mental Health shortfall.

JENITH CHARPENTIER lives and writes in Worcester, Mass.

ROGER CRAIK, associate professor of English at Kent State University Ashtabula, has written three full-length poetry books – I Simply Stared (2002), Rhinoceros in Clumber Park (2003) and The Darkening Green (2004), and his poetry has appeared in several national poetry journals. English by birth and educated at the universities of Reading and Southampton, Craik has worked as a journalist, TV critic and chess columnist. Before coming to the USA in 1991, he worked in Turkish universities and was awarded a Beineke Fellowship to Yale in 1990. He is widely traveled, having visited North Yemen, Egypt, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, and, most recently, Bulgaria, where he taught during spring 2007 on a Fulbright Scholarship.

CAMILLE DE TOLEDO of Paris, France, was born in 1976. He studied history in London, photography and cinema in New York. His film was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2002. "SuperHip JoliPunk" is his first book, Blake Ferris' English translation of which is being published in the United States by Soft Skull Press under the title, “Coming of Age at the End of History.”

SHARON DOUBIAGO'S books of poems include Hard Country (West End Press), South America, Mi Hija (University of Pittsburgh Press), and Body and Soul (Cedar Hill Books). She is also the author of two books of short stories, The Book of Seeing With One's Own Eyes (Graywolf Press), and En Nino (Lost Roads Press).

DUBBLEX has been writing his entire life and playing music. His artistry help keep him somewhat sane. DubbleX teaches special education students in public high schools.

MICHAEL FISHER lives in Worcester, Mass., and frequents coffee houses. He recently received his MFA in poetry from New England College.

PAUL GAGNON is a graduate of the MFA program the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in central Massachusetts but wants to escape.

MICHAEL GAVIN is an associate professor of English at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, MD.

GUY LECHARLES GONZALEZ is the Editor and Publisher of Spindle Magazine, and Advertising Sales Director for Writer's Digest. He's a news junkie, both in print and online, and looks forward to winning the lottery so he can build his own nonprofit multi-media empire. Check him out at

PETER D. GOODWIN’S bio is not available.

STEPHEN D. GUTIERREZ is director of creative writing for Cal State University, East Bay.

TAMMY HO LAI-MING is a Hong Kong-born writer. She edited Hong Kong U Writing: An Anthology (2006) and co-edited Love & Lust (2008). She is also co-founder and co-editor of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal [], the first and currently only Hong Kong-based English online literary publication. Recently she has joined the editorial team of Sotto Voce Magazine. More at

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.

JUDY JUANITA’S first novel, Virgin~soul, is a young black woman’s coming-of-age story of political growth and sexual politics set in the sixties in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area. Poet, fiction writer and playwright, Juanita has published fiction and poetry widely. Fourteen of her plays have been performed at Ohio State University, Loyola Marymount University, in SF, Minneapolis, Berkeley, Oakland and Los Angeles; by the SF Mime Troupe, at Humboldt State University; BRAVA! Theatre, S.F; National Black Theater Festival, Winston-Salem, NC; and at The Basement Workshop, New York City.

TIM KAHL’S work has been published or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, American Letters & Commentary, Berkeley Poetry Review, Fourteen Hills, George Washington Review, Illuminations, Indiana Review, Limestone, Nimrod, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, South Dakota Quarterly, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The Texas Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He has translated Austrian avant-gardist, Friederike Mayröcker; Brazilian poets, Lêdo Ivo and Marly de Oliveira; and the poems of the Portuguese language’s only Nobel Laureate, José Saramago. He also appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup ( His first collection “Possessing Yourself” is forthcoming from Word Tech Press. He is also the editor for Bald Trickster Press, which is dedicated to works of poetry in translation into English (

SANDRA LARKIN is a registered voter.

ISSA LEWIS’ poems have appeared in The Albion Review and Switched-on Gutenberg, and received honorable mention in the 2001 Kansas State University Society for Creative Writers poetry contest.  Her book reviews have appeared in Alehouse.  She received her MFA in Poetry from New England College in 2007 and currently teach composition at Davenport University.  In my spare time, she enjoys community theater, yoga, frolicking in sunlight meadows, hugging cats, and editing Boiling River, an online poetry journal.  She lives in southwest Michigan.

BILL MACMILLAN is a poet, artist and conservator living in Worcester, Mass.. He has exhibited his work in numerous galleries and museums throughout the northeast, including five solo exhibits. He was an artist in residence at both the Grove Street Gallery and the Worcester Artists' Group. Bill has curated numerous exhibits for both museums and galleries ranging from ancient armor to Elvis-inspired art.  In his free time he tries to sleep.

DAVE MACPHERSON is a writer living with his wife Heather in Worcester, Mass.

JACK MCCARTHY is a working guy from the Boston area who's been writing poetry since the mid-'60s. His book "Say Goodnight, Grace Notes," was released in 2003 by EM Press. His work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including "The Spoken Word Revolution."

DAVID MILLS has won a BRIO award; and he has also won a Hughes-Diop award from Chicago State University . He is a Cave Canem fellow. His poetry has been recorded on RCA records and appeared on a PBS documentary. He lived as writer-in-residence in writer Langston Hughes’ landmark home. His work has appeared in journals and anthologies, such as Aloud and In the Tradition. He has also written book reviews for Washington Post, Village Voice, Rolling Stone and New York Post. He also received a grant from Arts Link to travel to Poland and the Czech Republic to write poetry. He has had two poems displayed at the European art exhibitions, the Documenta ( Germany ) and the Venice Biennale.

MARC OLMSTED has appeared in City Lights Journal, New Directions In Prose & Poetry, Outlaw Bible Of American Poetry, Signs Of Life (a Manic D Press anthology), Processed World, Flesh Eater Chris D's Bongo Chalice, Blue Satellite and a variety of small presses. His work includes two books, Milky Desire (Subterranean Press, 1991) and Résumé (Inevitable Press, 1998).

JANET PICKEL is Assistant News Editor and Online News Editor for The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA, where she’s been for eight years, including time spent as a copy editor, features writer and page designer. Before that, she was the editor in chief of a weekly community paper, The Press And Journal, in Middletown, PA, where she’d gotten her start (at 17) as a municipal reporter. She’s also worked in public relations. Her journalism degree is from Indiana University of PA, and she’s studying Web development at Harrisburg Area Community College.

KENN RODRÍGUEZ is an award-winning journalist, poet, educator and music writer who has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and was recently featured in the documentary Committing Poetry in a Time of War. He was a member and coach of the 2005 National Poetry Slam championship team from Albuquerque, N.M., where he currently lives and writes.

G. DAVID SCHWARTZ is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue. Currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues to write. His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book is now in stores or can be ordered.

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, as well as the newly published Blood Dazzler, also on Coffee House Press. 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.

SCOTT T. STARBUCK spends summers hiking beyond the range of cell towers in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest .  Some of his poems are online at Blood Orange Review, Vibrant Gray and the Nature Writing section at The Raven Chronicles Web site.

G. MURRAY THOMAS’ poetry has been widely published, including in Chiron Review, Pearl, Spillway, Caffeine and Askew. Cows on the Freeway, a full length collection of his poetry, was published in 1999. Between 1994 and 1998, he edited and published Next... Magazine, a newsmagazine covering SoCal poetry. He has performed his poetry throughout SoCal and beyond.

LENORE WEISS is fiction editor for “The November 3rd Club.”

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.