Winter 2010

JANET BARRY has been a New Hampshire resident for more than 20 years, where she works as a musician and poet.  Her writing has appeared in a number of publications, including Aegis, Ragged Sky, November 3rd Club, Off the Coast, and Canary.  Her poem, Goodwill, has been included in the anthology Eating her Wedding Dress:  A Collection of Clothing Poems, and another of her works, Winter Barn, has received a 2009 Pushcart Nomination. 

PETER BRANSON lives in Rode Heath, a village in South Cheshire, England. A former teacher and lecturer, he now organizes writing workshops. Until recently he was Writer-in-residence for “All Write” run by Stoke-on-Trent Libraries. Over the last four years he has had work published, or accepted for publication, by many mainstream poetry journals in Britain, including Acumen, Ambit, Envoi, Magma, The London Magazine, Iota, 14, Fire, The Interpreter’s House, Poetry Nottingham, Pulsar, Red Ink, the Recusant, Crannog and Other Poetry. His first collection, The Accidental Tourist, was published in May 2008. He is about to have an E book published by The Recusant.

DEAN BRINK lives in Taiwan, teaching literature at Tamkang University. Poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Exquisite Corpse, Mannequin Envy, and many other journals. In Tacoma, he organized readings for peace and social justice after the invasion of Iraq.

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).

ROBERTA BURNETT has recently been published in Bellevue Literary Review, Soylesi Poetry Quarterly (translated into Turkish), Naugatuck River Review (for which she was later a guest editor), Obsessed with Pipework, Lucid Rhythms, and Pirene’s Fountain. Her first book of poems is Trying Not to Look (Flarestack, England). She was a solo reader for Tempe Arizona's Poetry in April series. Her M.F.A. in poetry (2000) is from Vermont College of Fine Arts, with post-graduate work at Arizona State University; M.A., California State University, Long Beach.

PETER CAMPION is the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He is the author of two books of poetry, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009), both from the University of Chicago Press. He teaches at Auburn University and edits the journal Literary Imagination.

ROLAND W. CORYELLis a New England-based artist. Visit him online at http://www.wetdryvac.net.

STEVIE EDWARDS resides in Chicago and serves in an Americorps program called City Year. She recently graduated from Albion College (a liberal arts school in Michigan), where she studied English and economics. Her work has appeard in Monkey BicycleSNReview, Omega, The November 3rd Club and The Cartier Street Review, and she has poems forthcoming in Poets Against the War, The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle, and PANK Magazine. At Albion College, she worked as a Poetry & Fiction Editor on The Albion Review, a nationally circulated undergraduate literary magazine.

AMÉLIE FRANK is a poet, editor and organizer living in the Los Angeles area.

TOVA GARDNER has twice received Artist Grants from the Vermont Studio Center. She has published poems in New Vilna Review, SNReview and Poetica Magazine. She has poems forthcoming in Word Riot and Blue Fifth Review, and is the poetry editor of The Arava Review as well as Binge Magazine. She lives in Israel.

ADAM INTAE GERARD received his B.A. in English Literature from Iowa State University.  His poems have appeared in Sketch, and he is a frequent poetry contributor to The Ames Progressive.  His philosophical work in the philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics and the philosophy of science has appeared at the 11th Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at CreightonUniversity and in Stance.

JACK HIRSCHMAN was born in New York City in 1933 and has lived since 1973 in San Francisco. He has published more than 25 translations of poetry from eight languages. Since leaving a university teaching career in the ’60s, Hirschman has taken the free exchange of poetry and politics into the streets and has been called by Luke Breit, “American’s most important living poet.” He currently assists in the editing of Left Curve and is a correspondent for The People’s Tribune. Among his many volumes of poetry are A Correspondence of Americans (Indiana U. Press, 1960), Black Alephs (Trigram Press, 1969), Lyripol (City Lights, 1976), The Bottom Line (Curbstone, 1988), and Endless Threshold (Curbstone, 1992). His poetry has been published in Italy as well.

MAJOR JACKSON is the author of two collections of poetry: Hoops (Norton: 2006) and Leaving Saturn (University of Georgia: 2002), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Hoops was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literature - Poetry. His third volume of poetry, Holding Company, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. He is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He served as a creative arts fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and as the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Major Jackson is the Richard Dennis Green and Gold Professor at University of Vermont and a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars. He serves as the Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review.

WESS MONGO JOLLEY has been published in PANK, Off the Coast and the anthology The Good Things About America from Write Bloody Publishing. He also produces and hosts the IndieFeed Performance Poetry Channel podcast  at http://performancepoetry.indiefeed.com.

RACHEL KANN is the recipient of a James Kirkwood Award in Fiction, an LA Weekly Award, and a Backstage West Critic’s Pick Garland Award. She performs her poetry with daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra. She teaches poetry and fiction as an instructor for UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.

MICHAEL MUHAMMAD KNIGHT'S work has been censored, boycotted, confiscated, and threatened with legal action. In addition to Journey to the End of Islam, on Soft Skull Press, he is the author of Blue-Eyed Devil and The Five Percenters: Islam, Hip-Hop, and the Gods of New York, and the forthcoming Impossible Man, a memoir, and his next novel, Osama Van Halen.

KEITH KURZMAN grew up in suburban Chicago and briefly attended New York University. Work has appeared in the Worcester Review and the Butcher Shop, and will appear in forthcoming issues of PANK Magazine and Poesia. He currently resides between Seattle and Portland.

KASANDRA LARSEN'S STELLAR TELEGRAM won the 2009 Sheltering Pines Press Chapbook Competition and is forthcoming this year; her poetry has appeared in The Watermark, Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, Poems-for-All, 100 Poets Against the War, Babylon Burning: 9/11 Five Years On, Look! Up in the Sky!, Ballard Street Poetry Journal (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), SLAB, and Freshwater, as well as online at The November 3rd Club(nominated for a Best of the Net award), Poetic DiversitynthpositionOsprey JournalThe Lipstick Pages, Full of CrowtinfoildressesThe Nervous Breakdown, Breakwater Review, and Two Hawks Quarterly. Originally from Boston, she now resides in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans.

KIM LOOMIS-BENNETT has unexpectedly found a political sentiment she can relate to in the voices of suffragists in 1910 Seattle, part of a multi-voiced poetic sequence she is writing for an MA in Creative Writing at Wilkes University.  A life long resident of the Pacific Northwest, she lives with her family in a small town between two watchful volcanoes: Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens.  The call to poetry came early when she won a college scholarship for a poetry collection in her teens and has stayed late as she enters her days of learning who the hot bands are from her teenage daughter. 

VYTATUAS MALESH is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas who now lives and works as a textbook editor and game designer in Detroit, Michigan.  His short stories Hands and The Purse have appeared in Danse Macabre and the Superstition Review, respectively.  He is currently polishing his first novel, entitled Dancing in the Ashes, while writing and maintaining Sardonic Shock Syndrome, a thrice-weekly blog of cynicism, criticism, humor and scorn.

lives in New York City and is a co-curator of louderARTS: the Reading Series at Bar 13 Lounge and Page Meets Stage at the Bowery Poetry Club. Before receiving her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, she practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is currently co-editing an anthology of villanelles with Annie Finch. Her work has appeared in Calyx, MiPOesiasPebble Lake Review, TIFERET, and RATTLE, among others.  Visit her online at www.floweringlotus.com.
MICHAEL JAMES MARTIN is an ex-member of the now disbanded Long Beach politically and socially inclined poetry group, Nomads of 4th Street. Current work can be discovered in Gigantic, New CollAge Magazine, & A Capella Zoo. Other work is waiting in the future from The New York Quarterly, decomP, &The Benefactor Magazine.

VICTORIA LYNNE MCCOY is a native of Southern California, and received her BA in "The Power of Words: Creative Expression as a Catalyst for Change" from the University of Redlands. She has devoted much of her time the last few years to literary outreach and advocacy at PEN Center USA in Los Angeles and PEN American Center here in New York. Victoria is currently living in Brooklyn while finishing her MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in the Redlands Review.

MIKE MCGEE is the first and only person to win the National Poetry Slam Individual
Championship (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship (2006). His first full-length collection of writing is In Search of Midnight: The Mike McGee Handbook of Awesome, from Write Bloody Publishing. He currently lives in Worcester, Mass.

CURTIS MEYER has served as a founding member of the four-man spoken word troupe Quarantine Unit, and attended the 2009 Individual World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam five times as a member of Team Orlando between 2005 and 2009. He is the 2007 and 2008 Broken Speech Grand Slam Champion and the 2009 Broken Speech Grand Slam runner-up. Originally from Scarborough, Ontario, he’s lived in Winter Park, Florida, since 1993. A journalism major and creative writing minor at the University of Central Florida, his work has been published in several collections and he has released two spoken word albums, Go Home & Die as a member of Quarantine Unit, and his first solo effort, Certainty.

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).

PAUL LOBO PORTUGÉS was reared in Merkel, West Texas, until saved by UCLA, the American Film Institute, and UC Berkeley.  Teaches writing at UCSB.  Taught creative writing at UC Berkeley, UCSB, USC, SBCC, and the University of Provence.  Proud father of two sons.  Books include The Visionary Poetics of Allen Ginsberg, Saving Grace, Hands Across the Earth, The Flower Vendor, Paper Song, Aztec Birth, The Body Electric Journal, The Silent Spring of Rachel Carson, and Mao (forthcoming).  Poems are scattered in small magazines across America.  Received awards from the National Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the American Film Institute, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.

ANDREW RIHN is the author of several slim volumes of poetry, including the forthcoming chapbooks America Plops and Fizzes (sunnyoutside press) and Foreclosure Dogs (New Sins/Winged City Press).  He lives in Canton, OH. 

FARIDA SAMERKHANOVA lives in Toronto, and has had work appear in Canadian Stories, Inscribed: A Magazine for Writers, The Maynard; Ygdrasil, A Journal of the Poetic Arts, blueskiespoetry.ca, Danse Macabre, Seeding the Snow, The Write Place at the Write Time, Calliope, Word Salad Poetry Magazine, Tower Poetry, Of(f)Course – A Literary Journal, LanguageandCulture.net, Other Clutter, Poetry Super Highway and The Legendary. Her poem here previously appeared in the British Literary Journal, The Recusant.

SATNROSE is a well-known antiquarian bookseller. He has been published in a number of magazines in the past, but since his reincarnation as “satnrose” last year, he has been published in The Evergreen Review, The Iconoclast, Counterexample Poetics, Danse Macabre, Apparatus and Mad Swirl.

JASON HENRY SIMON-BIERENBAUM has been a member of the 2007 World Champion Philly Youth Slam Team, the founder and organizer of the first ever Boston Youth Poetry Slam Team in 2008, and most recently served as a coach and member of the Brandeis Slam Team, the only first year team to qualify for the semi finals of the 2009 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational. He has performed at the 2008 Dodge Poetry Festival, the Wisconsin Book Festival and the New Jersey Hip Hop Action Summit.

SUSAN B.A. SOMERS-WILLETT is the author of two books of poetry, Quiver (VQR Series, Georgia) and Roam (Crab Orchard Series), and a book of criticism, The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry (Michigan). Her poems have appeared in publications such as Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, GulfCoast, and The Iowa Review as well as on the Public Radio International program Studio 360. Her honors include the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize and a fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. She teaches creative writing, poetry, and poetics as an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Visit her website at: www.susansw.com.

G. MURRAY THOMAS is a writer of fiction, poetry, music and literary criticism, and political commentary. He is the calendar and reviews editor for Poetix.net, the source of information for SoCal poetry,a nd his most recent book is Cows on the Freeway, a collection of my poetry.

JEANANN VERLEE has appeared in various journals, including PANK, The New York Quarterly, decomP, Spindle and Naugatuck River Review, among others. Her first collection of poetry, Racing Hummingbirds, will be published in 2010 by Write Bloody Publishing.

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

BUFF WHITMAN-BRADLEY is the author of two books of poetry, The Honey Philosophies, and b. eagle, poet.  His poems have appeared in a number of print and online journals.  In addition to writing, he produces documentary videos and audios.  His interviews with U.S. soldiers who have refused to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan can be heard at www.couragetoresist.org.  He lives in northern California.

JOHN SIBLEY WILLIAMS has an MA in Writing and resides in Portland, OR, where he frequently performs his poetry and studies Book Publishing at Portland State University.  He is presently compiling manuscripts composed from the last two years of traveling and living abroad.  Some of his over eighty previous or upcoming publications include: The Evansville Review, Flint Hills Review, Open Letters, Cadillac Cicatrix, The November Third Club, Juked, The Journal, Hawaii Review, Barnwood International Poetry, Concho River Review, Paradigm, Red Wheelbarrow, Aries, Other Rooms, The Alembic, Clapboard House, River Oak Review, Glass, Miranda, and Raving Dove.

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 and editor of more than nine books, has published work in a variety of publications, and has been featured multiple times in national press, including multiple appearances on National Public Radio. He is the President of Poetry Slam Inc. and MCs the Writers’ Block Poetry Night, an open mic series in Columbus, Ohio. In April of 2006 he became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he has bested every year since by performing without repeating a single poem. Visit him online at www.blackair.org.