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ROBERT ANBIAN has released the two-CD set I NOT I: Poems & Stories by Robert Anbian and Robert Anbian & the UFQ, a poetry and jazz collection, on Edgetone records. Anbian has published four poetry collections, WE Parts 1 & 2 (Night Horn Books 1999), Antinostalgia (Ruddy Duck Press 1992), Bohemian Airs & Other Kêfs (Night Horn Books, 1982), and the chapbook, Blame the Powerful: Political Poems (War&Peace Press 2004). His work appears in the anthologies Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Confront the Holocaust (Northwestern) and Practicing Angels: A Contemporary Anthology of San Francisco Bay Area Poetry (Seismograph). He has been published online at www.newversenews.com and the Electronic Poetry Center journal, Rif/t, and in the periodicals City Lights Review, North Coast Literary Review, Oxygen, Left Curve and Oro Madre.  From 1978-’82, he edited the literary review, Oboe.

CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ has been published or is forthcoming in McSweeney's Internet Tendancies, Rattle, Pank, Barrelhouse, Monkeybicycle and decomP, among others. Her latest book, Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, was published last year by Soft Skull Press. In 2010, Write Bloody Publishing will be publishing her latest poetry collection, Everything is Everything. When not on tour, Cristin can be found loitering at the Bowery Poetry Club, where she helps run their Tuesday night poetry slam, NYC-Urbana and dotes on Shappy, her partner of nine years and the BPC's surly barkeep. For more information, please visit her Web site at: www.aptowicz.com

CORRINA BAIN was born on September 18th, 1983, and began performing her poems about 14 years later. A former member of three New England slam teams, she has shared stages as a featured reader with legends as diverse as Buddy Wakefield, Jim Carroll and Patricia Smith. In life, she has worked as a nurse's aide in a detox ward, a community educator on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Mozambique, and a health care assistant in an abortion clinic. She is upcoming in the online journal Danse Macabre.

MARY BIDDINGER is the author of Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007).  Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Copper Nickel, diode, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, North American Review, Passages North, ThirdCoast, and many other journals.  She is the editor of the Akron Series in Poetry, co-editor-in-chief of Barn Owl Review, and director of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She blogs at The Word Cage and teaches at the University of Akron.

TONY BROWN lives in Worcester, Mass.

MICHAEL H. BROWNSTEIN has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, After Hours, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Reviewand others. In addition, he has eight poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004) and What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005).

CURTIS L. CRISLER lives in Indiana, and is the author of the forthcoming book Pulling Scabs, from Aquarius Press.

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, most recently, Those Years (2007), nominated for a Pushcart Prize and translated into Bulgarian in2009. His poetry has appeared in several national poetry journals, such as The Formalist, Fulcrum, The Literary Review and, most recently, The Atlanta Review. His latest book, Of England Still, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

JARITA DAVIS is a poet and fiction writer who earned a B.A. in classics Brown University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She was the writer in residence at the Nantucket Historical Association and has received fellowships from the Mellon Mayes Program, Cave Canem, and Hedgebrook. In addition, she was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Travel Research Grant and the Neiheisel Phi Beta Kappa Award. Her work has appeared in the Southwestern Review, Historic Nantucket, Cave Canem anthologies, and Crab Orchard Review.

LENKA DEVENYI lives in Northern California where she writes on the edge of napkins and unemployment checks. 

JENNIFER E. DONNELL is a writer from South Orange County, California.  After years of attending demonstrations and being a poet, she is finally ready to combine her passion toward social issues and politics and writing skills. She teaches a weekly philosophy class for children, and occasional poetry workshops to teenagers. Her newest blog is at: www.myspace.com/jenniferedonnell.

STEVIE LEE EDWARDS recently graduated from Albion College (a liberal arts school in Michigan), where she studied English and economics.  Her work has been published in The November 3rd Club and The Cartier Street Review. At Albion College, she worked as a Poetry & Fiction Editor on The Albion Review. She used to write speeches and press releases for Member of European Parliament Peter Skinner in Brussels, Belgium, as an intern.

APRIL GEORGE is 52 years old, and lives in White Salmon, Washington, with her husband, two horses, one cat, two dogs, and her daughter, who lives with her when she's not away at college.  She loves to read, and every summer she reads Mary Stewart's Merlin trilogy in honor of her deceased mother, Carole Thompson. She enjoys growing vegetables, running her gravel roads in the mountains, and making homemade soups.

B.L. GIFFORD is an attorney who lives in Central Ohio.  His work has been published in The November 3rd Club, The Copperfield Review, Boston Literary Magazine, Pond Ripples Magazine, Diet Soap Online, Mississippi Crow and The Oddville Press.

GARY HOARE is an artist and writer living in Worcester, Mass., who is possibly Keyser Söze.

NELS HANSON'S fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and a citation in its Joseph Henry Jackson competition, and his stories have appeared in Antioch Review, Texas Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, Long Story, Short Story, South Dakota Review, Starry Night Review, Word Riot, The Sixers Review, Atomjack, Zahir and other literary journals. Stories are currently appearing on the Web at Offcourse Literary Journal and The Green Hills Literary Lantern, and stories are in press at The Iconoclast, The 13th Warrior Review, Caveat Lector and The Write Place at the Write Time.

AMY HOLMAN writes poetry and prose, and helps writers identify markets for their work. Her market has included Xconnect, Failbetter, The Potomac Review, Barrelhouse, Barrow Street, New Verse News, Night Train, The Cortland Review, Gargoyle, American Letters & Commentary, Archaeology, Rattapallax, The Manhattan Review, Van Gogh's Ear and Unpleasant Event Schedule. Poems have been in both the blog of The Best American Poetry and the anthology, and essays in the anthologies The Subway Chronicles, Knitting Through It and The History of Panty Hose In America. A chapbook, Wait For Me, I'm Gone won an annual chapbook prize offered by Dream Horse Press in 2004. Visit her online at www.amyholman.com.

RANDALL HORTON, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, resides in Albany, New York.  He is the author of The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street.  His first book, The Definition of Place, was a Main Street Rag Book Award finalist and was published in the Editor's Select Series. Randall is the poetry editor of Reverie and co-editor of Fingernails Across the Chalkboard (Third World Press, 2007). He is the editor of four children’s anthologies. He received his undergraduate education at Howard University and The University of the District of Columbia (B.A. English). He has a M.F.A. from Chicago State University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Albany. Randall is a Cave Canem fellow. His appears in the following anthologies and journals: Motif, Mosaic, Black Renaissance, Crab Orchard Review and The Red Clay Review.

AMANDA JOHNSTON is a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian poet. Her work has been published in The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Pluck!, and Reverie. She is an ensemble member of The Austin Project Performance Company (TAPPCo) and is the founding editor of TORCH: poetry, prose, and short stories by African American Women.

EMILY KAGAN TRENCHARD is a writer whose work has appeared in publications such as Get Underground, The Shiny Gun and several anthologies of poetry. She is co-curator of the louderARTS Project Reading Series in New York City. Though poetry is a large part of her creative life, she has a Master’s degree in Science Writing from MIT and makes her living in multimedia science communications, helping the public become fascinated by everything from cholesterol to cosmology.

GEOFF KAGAN TRENCHARD’S work has been published in The Worcester Review, Kitchen Sink Magazine, 12th Street and Freedom to Speak: The 2004 National Poetry Slam Anthology, among others. He is also a member of the performance poetry troupe The Suicide Kings, which has toured internationally, most recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Joe’s Pub in New York City.

MICHAEL LAUCHLAN’S most recent chapbook is Sudden Parade, from Riverside Press. He has had poems in November 3rd Club, New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, VictoryPark, North American Review, Ninth Letter and NaturalBridge. He has been included in Abandon Automobile, from Wayne State University Press and in A Mind Apart, from Oxford University Press.

ERIKA LUTZNER, a former chef, is pursuing an MFA in poetry at New England College while taking care of Kerouac, her 18-year-old cat, running an online journal, Scapegoat Review, as well as a writer's salon — Upstairs At Erika's.  She has published in Wicked Alice and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, as well as having forthcoming work in the online journal failbetter, and the anthology Ping Pong, as well as Nagatuck River Review and the book Lost and Found: New York Stories.  She also has a piece coming out in web del sol and is currently working on a memoir.

EILEEN MALONE'S poetry has been published in more than 400 literary journals and anthologies, a significant amount of which have earned awards and prizes. She lives in the coastal fog of the San Francisco Bay Area where she founded and directs the Soul-Making Literary Competition. 

BILL MACMILLAN is a poet and artist living in Worcester, Mass., who is possibly Keyser Söze.

WEAM NAMOU was born in Baghdad , Iraq, as a minority Christian, and came to America at age10. The author of three novels, she studied poetry in Prague and screenwriting at MPI (Motion Picture Institute of Michigan). She is also the co-founder and president of IAA (Iraqi Artists Association). Her articles and poetry has appeared in national and international publications.

BARBARA JANE REYES is the author of Gravities of Center (Arkipelago, 2003), Poeta en San Francisco (Tinfish, 2005) which received the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and Diwata (BOA Editions, 2010).

EDWIN WILSON RIVERA was born and raised in Bayonne, New Jersey.

DANIEL ROMO teaches high school Creative Writing, and lives in Long Beach, CA. He has been most recently published in Poetry Superhighway, Chickasaw Plum, and Camroc Press Review. He is currently seeking admittance into a rather swell low residency MFA program, and thinks gray sky the utmost inspiration.

JON SANDS is a poet living in New York City. He has toured throughout the country reading poetry and conducting workshops – from university theaters, to dimly lit pubs, to Manhattan needle exchange centers. He is one-forth of the nationally acclaimed electricity-fest, The SpillJoy Ensemble. He is also the Director of Poetry and Arts Education Programming at the Positive Health Project, a needle exchange center located in Midtown Manhattan.

THOMAS SULLIVAN’S writing has appeared in Memoir (and), 3AM Magazine, and Word Riot, among others. He is the author of Life In The Slow Lane, a comic memoir forthcoming from Uncial Press.

VENUS THRASH has published poetry in Gargoyle, Folio, Beltway Quarterly, Torch, and the Arkansas Review, and in the anthologies Gathering Ground, and Haunted Voices, Haunting Places: An Anthology of Writers of the Old and New South. She has read at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Schomburg Center for African American Research, and The Library of Congress.  She is a Cave Canem and Soul Mountain Fellow.  She has a B.A. in Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University. She is an adjunct Professor of English at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. 

BUFF WHITMAN-BRADLEYis a San Francisco Bay Area activist.  His audio interviews with GIs who have refused to participate in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan can be heard at www.couragetoresist.org.  He is the author of two books of poetry, b.eagle, poet; and The Honey philosophies.  His poems have appeared in number print and online journals.

DEREK JG WILLIAMS is a Boston-based writer and performer. His work has been featured at bars, colleges, coffee shops and house parties throughout New England and New York. In the spring of 2009, he released a full-length CD of poetry and music titled A Chorus of Cities. Most recently, he has a poem being published in the next issue of the White Whale Review, and will be performing at The Last Supper Festival in Brooklyn this fall. He can be reached at www.derekjgwilliams.com.

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.

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