Summer 2010

ADETOKUNBO ABIOLA is a Nigerian journalist and writer.

VICTOR ALCINDOR is an English teacher at West Orange High School in New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate studies in English and Elementary education at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), taught middle school English for four years and currently teaches American Literature, journalism, and Advanced Placement Language and Composition. He has a Masters degree in criminology from Rutgers University and is pursuing his doctorate of Letters at Drew University, where he discovered his poetic voice. Alcindor resides in South Orange, New Jersey with his wife and daughter.

ANTOINETTE BRIM’S debut poetry collection, Psalm of the Sunflower (Willow Books) was released in September.  She is a Cave Canem Fellow and a recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.  A recipient of a Pushcart Prize nomination, her work has appeared in various journals, magazines and anthologies.

MELODIE CORRIGALL is a communications consultant with a focus on community development and social equity. Her fiction has appeared in Woman to Woman, Room of One’s Own, Canadian Short Fiction, Horizon Magazine and The Dalhousie Review.  She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband Hans Brown. Like her daughters Sarah and Joanna, she likes to venture outside the box. 

SARAH DAUGHERTY has had poems and short fiction published in a number of small press magazinesand projects, including Chiron Review, Pearl, The Bicycle Review, Poets Against the War and The Poetry Bomb. She has served as a guest editor for Chiron Review, and currently works as an adjunct college English instructor in Southern California.

AMY DAVID moonlights as a poet and performer in Chicago.  Her work has appeared in Foundling Review, Writers' Bloc and apparatus magazine.  She serves on the board of directors of Chicago Slam Works and has represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam.

ALAN ELYSHEVITZ is a poet and short story writer from East Norriton, PA. His poems have appeared most recently in Two-Bit Magazine, Sleet Magazine, and San Pedro River Review. In addition, he has published two poetry chapbooks: The Splinter in Passion’s Paw (New Spirit) and Theory of Everything (Pudding House). Currently he teaches writing at the Community College of Philadelphia.

HOWARD FAERSTEIN has had poetry recently published in Nimrod, The Main Street Rag, CutThroat, 5AM, Great River Review, Mudfish and online in The Pedestal and Dirty Napkin. I’m presently working as an adjunct professor, teaching American literature at Westfield State College in Western Massachusetts.

ELIZABETH P. GLIXMAN is a poet, writer and artist. Her publication credits include The Pedestal Magazine, In Posse Review, 3 A.M. Magazine, Journey, a poetry anthology (Eden Waters Press 2009), and Meow Poetry Anthology  2009. Her poetry chapbook A White Girl Lynching was published by Pudding House Publications in 2008.  Her poem "Poquita," placed second  in the Inglis House Poetry Contest in 2009.

LATOYA JORDAN is a poet from Brooklyn, New York, whose poems have been published or are forthcoming in the Splinter Generation, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, and qarrtsiluni. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. She works as a publicist/writer in higher education and lives with her husband and two cats in a tiny apartment with an infestation of books.

KRISDELARASH speaks her ever-evolving truth through her art, music and poetry. Hailing from the south side of Chicago, Kris sculpts a (sometimes abrasive) reality that impels her audience to critique, embrace, and improve our world. She is currently the author of two chapbooks, Visceral (2009) and Kliff Notes (2008).

DAVID KUTZ-MARKS holds an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University and a BA in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago. Past work appears in The University of Edinburgh Journal. David lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania with his partner and his daughter Arcadia. He was born November 4th.

EUGENIA LEIGH serves as a coordinator for Right to Write, a nonprofit that pairs college students with jail inmates for creative writing workshops. An MFA in Poetry candidate at Sarah Lawrence College, Eugenia is currently completing her first full-length collection of poems. Her poetry is forthcoming in Sow's Ear Poetry Review and Kartika Review.

AMANDA LICHTENBERG’S poetry has appeared in Caesura, Forklift Ohio, LUNGFULL!, Mima’amakim, Versal and elsewhere.

KYLA MARSHELL is an alumna of Spelman College. While in school, she received a number of honors for her writing: she was a runner-up for the Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize (formerly the Grolier Poetry Prize), winner of the Edith A. Hambie Poetry Award, given at Spelman through the Academy of American Poets, and winner of the Zora Neale Hurston-Langston Hughes Award, funded by Alice Walker. She also received an artist’s grant from the Vermont Studio Center for a four-week residency which she completed in July of 2009. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, she has lived in Morehead, Kentucky, Scarborough, Maine, and Silver Spring, Maryland, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

RYAN MCLELLAN is a performance poet, singer/songwriter and English teacher from Exeter, NH.  He is the recipient of the 2009 and 2010 Esther Buffler Memorial Fellowship, a member of the Blood on the Floor writing group and the 2009 Slam Free or Die NH poetry slam team.  His work has most recently appeared in Bird's Eye reView, Cosmopolitan Review, Concise Delight, OVS Magazine and the anthologies Chopin with Cherries and 2010 Poets' Guide to New Hampshire.  He is currently touring with Mark Palos on what has been dubbed the "Mission From Zod Tour" and released the album, Giving the Phantom Zone the Finger in February 2010.

BRENT MESICK’S poems have been accepted by Exact Change Only, Samsara Magazine and The Iodine Poetry Journal. He has read at various venues in New York and Chicago, including The Bowery, the Arlington Poetry Project , Coffee Chicago, The Cafe, Molly Malone's, and The Green Mill. He read Poets Against the War, co-sponsored by ChicagoPoetry.com and Poetrypoetry.com, Poets for Peace and JusticePoets for Human Rights and Epiphany: Poets of Heart and Vision. I was involved with organizing the 2003 National Poetry Slam competition in Chicago. I am a past board member of The Poetry Center of Chicago and currently serve on the board of Chicago Slam Works.

D J MOSER is a freelance writer living in Washington , DC . A number of his poems have appeared in the CounterPunch Poets’ Basement. He can be contacted at dajamo@verizon.net.

MINDY NETTIFEE is an internationally acclaimed performance poet and director of the nonprofit Write Now Poetry Society.  She is the author of Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press, 2006) and Rise of the Trust Fall from Write Bloody Publishing.  She writes from the foggy shores of Long Beach, CA.

COLE RODRIGUEZ is a mother, sister, friend, writer, teacher, activist, and lover of rhyme.  She has been teaching students of all ages for over 14 years.  As a performance poet, she has captured audience's attention as a slam winner at Cambridge’s Lizard Lounge and Manhattan’s Nuyorican Café.  She has appeared at Harvard University and Critical Breakdown, Boston's only all-ages hip-hop event.  She has featured for Soulkore and BloodSkinLand Productions, Berklee College of Music, The Providence Black Repertory Company, and Rhode Island’s annual Sound Session event.  She has competed nationally as a member of the Lizard Lounge Slam Team for the last three years, sharing work across the country at the National Poetry Slam and the Individual World Poetry Slam.

JAY RUBIN teaches writing at The College of Alameda in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area and publishes Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal, at www.alehousepress.com.  He holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

TUFIK Y. SHAYEB’S poetry has appeared in Pedestal Magazine, Central-Zine, Lifelines, and The Restless. In addition, He has published three chapbooks: Cracked Verses (2007), I'll Love You to Smithereens: a selection from the full-length manuscript (2008), and How Did Things Get So Janked Up?I'll Love You to Smithereens, was re-released by Loose Mannequin Publishing, as a full-length collection in 2009. Since May of 2007, Shayeb has performed his work at numerous venues, including the famed Green Mill Jazz Club, the Kimo Theater, the Bartell Theater, Studio 511, the Paper Heart, the Sedona Center for the Arts, and the Starry Plough Pub. He has semi-finaled at National Forensic Association's Poetry Interpretation competition, and quarter-finaled at the American Forensic Association's National Poetry Interpretation competition. In 2009, Shayeb completed his first national tour and won the Mesa Grand Slam, making him the 16th annual champion and marking his second year on the Mesa Nationals Slam team. That same year, he represented the Downtown Poetry Slam at the Individual World Poetry Slam in Berkeley, California. Among other shows, he has read poetry in Anthology Inc.'s Valentine's Day Massacre, The Lasers of Sexellence, and the Superstition Springs Review Reading Series. (2009).

TRISTAN SILVERMAN writes and performs from the place where biology, sexuality, art, and spirituality converge. Born with congenital adrenal hyperplasia that went undiagnosed until adulthood, Tristan is quickly becoming one of the country’s foremost emerging performance poets. Trained as a documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and novelist, Tristan’s poetry addresses the humanness of flaw, the fluidity of identity, and the reality of coming of age disabled, queer and American. Tristan is the 2010 Chicago’s Women Slam Champion, and has represented the city on two National Poetry Slam teams. Her work has been published in journals and anthologies including Word Riot, and the forthcoming Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein (Seal Press, 2010). In the past decade, she co-produced four documentaries including the newly released “Fish Out of Water.”

FRANK SLOAN is an ex-firefighter, ex-beat cop, ex-dirt farmer/cowhand/bouncer and current superstore flunky. He lives and writes at Hog Heaven located near the heart of the American empire. 

BIANCA SPRIGGS is an artist, educator, and activist from Lexington, Kentucky.  Most recently the Visiting Writer at Transylvania University, Spriggs has worked as an instructor of composition, literature, and creative writing for all educational levels as well as for nonprofit organizations.  She is also the creator of the Gypsy Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference.  In June, 2009, she was certified as a Workshop Trainer through the Empowerment Institute founded by David Gershon and Gail Straub.  An Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow, Spriggs has an extensive background performing and exhibiting her work through theater and visual art.  She is the author of Kaffir Lily, and has workshopped and presented her work throughout the Appalachian region and nationally.  Her poems may be found in the anthologies, America! What’s My Name and New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings, and have appeared in the literary journals, Appalachian Heritage Magazine, Torch, and Alehouse

MARK STATES is a poet and poetry reading producer in Berkeley, California.

THOMAS SULLIVAN’S writing has appeared in Word Riot, 3AM Magazine, and Mobius Magazine, among others. His comic memoir about teaching drivers education, Life In The Slow Lane, is now available from Uncial Press at http://www.uncialpress.com/.

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

SARAH WETZEL is the author of Bathsheba Transatlantic which won the 2009 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and will be published by Anhinga Press in Fall of 2010. A daughter of the American South, Sarah somehow ended up in Israel after job-hopping across Europe. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 1989, and in 1997, received a MBA from Berkeley. Sarah completed a MFA from Bennington College in January 2009. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2009, her work appeared or will appear in Rattle, Pedestal, Stirring, DecomP, Folly, TwoReview, Shampoo and Eclectica. Sarah currently divides time between Israel and Manhattan, where she lives with her husband and one very needy dog.

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.