Contributor’s notes alphabetically:


Jennifer Ames currently works in the film industry in Post Production, and has been writing fiction for five years. She received a BFA from Bowling Green State University, and though she is not from Ohio, she feels a great affinity for the people of Ohio, after living in Bowling Green, Ohio for four years. (Four and a half years, really.) Also, she graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University at Los Angeles in June 2008. Her story, The Girl With The Wrist Helen Trees Broke, was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories.

Nin Andrews is the editor of a book of translations of the French poet Henri Michaux entitled Someone Wants to Steal My Name from Cleveland State University Press. She is also the author of several books including The Book of Orgasms, Why They Grow Wings and Midlife Crisis with Dick and Jane. Her book, Sleeping with Houdini, was published by BOA Editions in 2007. She currently lives in Poland, Ohio. Her poem, The Truth about Miracles, was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.


Ivars Balkits prose poems have been published in such small magazines as Grasslands Review, Sonoma Mandala, The Prose Poem (2x), New York Quarterly, Sphere, 171/2 Magazine, Even My Dog Doesn’t Want This War, etc. Several poems were selected for anthologies, including: A Measured Response (Pecan Grove Press), Smashing Icons (Curious Rooms), and I Have My Own Name for It: Modern Poems of Ohio (University of Akron Press). Ivars was recipient of a 1999 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He has written and occasionally performs a dramatic monologue on labor history and coal mining in the Hocking Valley, titled: Albert Guess: Terror of the Valley. Most recently he completed a full-length play with the same theme but more characters and a broader look at the 19th century industrial union known as The Knights of Labor. He resides currently in Crete, Greece, but lived the past 15 years in Athens, Ohio. His story, Sub, was nominated for The Donald Murray Prize and The Best American Short Stories. Read Sub, Part II and his poem, Mixed-Up Chakras.

Chris Bays teaches English at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio. Prior to teaching, he was a business owner and world traveler, having lived in Germany and Turkey and visited most of Europe and parts of China. His haiku received Honorable Mention in the 2008 Key West Heritage House Robert Frost Poetry Contest. His work has appeared in Acorn, Frogpond, The Heron’s Nest, Modern Haiku, The Orangeroom Review, and Poetry Midwest. Recent work is forthcoming in Cantaraville. Read his poem, Tonight I Won’t Compare You.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010. View her 7 Works.

C.L. Bledsoe has a chapbook entitled _____(Want/Need) and a forthcoming full-length collection entitled Anthem. He has work forthcoming in the Pedestal, and Mud Luscious Press. He edits Ghoti Magazine. Read his poem, Gravity.

Josh Byer lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. He started painting non-stop after a conversation he had with my mother on her deathbed. “Don’t wait,” she said. Check out his 7 Works.


Mathieu Cailler’s work has been widely featured in numerous national and international publications, including the L.A. Times, Epiphany, and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he have been a finalist for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award, the New Rivers Press American Fiction Prize, the Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Short Story Award, and the Gival Press Oscar Wilde Prize. He is also the recipient of a Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction and a Shakespeare Award for Poetry. He is the author of Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press), a finalist in short-story fiction for the 2016 International Book Award. Read his poem, Online Dating.

Noah Cicero is an American novelist, short-story writer. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the author of six books of fiction and two ebooks. Read his poem, Cowboy Koans.

John Lee Clark was born deaf and became progressively blind in adolescence. He has received the Robert F. Panara Award for Poetry and is also the first signer- deaf or deaf/blind- to appear in Poetry. He is the editor of the definitive anthology Deaf American Poetry (Gallaudet University Press, 2009). Read his poem Braille.

Joshua Conklin earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2005 and since then his poetry has been featured at Inkwell, Foliate Oak, Ocean, A Generation Defining Itself: In Our Own Words, and The Anthology of New England Writers 2008. He is an assistant editor at both JMWW and Slurve, two online literary magazines. A teacher by trade, he is currently a stay-at-home dad.


Amitava Dasgupta was born in Calcutta, India and he has been writing poetry since childhood. For last six years he is also enjoying writing haiku. His haiku has appeared in many poetry and haiku magazines worldwide including Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Mid-America Poetry Review, Paper Wasp and others. He has won many awards in haiku contests both in the US and in other countries. He lives in Houston with his wife Alice and two cats and is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. Read his 3 Haiku.

Thomas DeJosia is the author of Reel Life. He was born and raised in Long Island, New York and comes from a working class Italian-American family. Thomas has seen the struggles of the middle class and understands the definition of a hard work ethic. He draws inspiration from the people who surround him and all those he has yet to meet. He owes his heart and soul to his family and close friends. Thomas is a graduate of the New York Film Academy (certified in screenwriting). He currently studies at the New School University (Riggio Honors: Writing and Democracy program). He is also a member of the NYC Screenwriter’s Workshop and writes for Brain Tree Entertainment. Aside from being a poet/screenwriter, Thomas is also a talented actor and musician. Read his poems, INT. SUBURBAN HOME – NIGHT, EXT. BAR – NIGHT and Snarl!.

Tasia M Hane-Devore is currently completing a PhD at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives with her wife and two children. She is currently our Fiction Editor. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tar River Poetry, New York Quarterly, The Laurel Review, and The Benefactor Magazine. Read her poem, On Items Brought Back to Camp.

Joshua Diamond lives in Akron, Ohio, is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of a scholarship from the Wick Poetry Center. His poems and short stories can be found in The Allegheny Review, Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, Brink Magazine, Keyhole Magazine, Silenced Press, and Taiga. His story, Eggs was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and The Best American Short Stories.



Fields of Ohio. Music for fields. Lo-Fi Acoustic Beats from Ohio/ New York City. Guitar and Banjo by Christine Annarino. Keyboards, Bass, Sounds by Eddie Palmer. For more on Fields of Ohio, check our Music page.

Michael Fisher lives in Worcester, MA. His work has appeared in 5 A.M. and Alehouse. He has new work forthcoming in Dusie Press and Indefinite Space. Read his poem Junipers.

Forged by a palpable musical synergy at a local open jam, Folquinox was born. Weaving individual styles into a cohesive, living, breathing body of sound, singer/guitarist Nathan Shoup, singer/mandolinist/guitarist Andrew Cooney, and bassist Scott Brubach are creating a folk-rock anomaly. Intent on exploring this sound both live and in a studio setting, Folquinox is primed to contribute to the robust Columbus local music cosmos. Watch their music video, Wisteria.


Michelle Gil-Montero is a graduate of Brown University and, in 2007, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared recently in Colorado Review, Third Coast, and Cincinnati Review. She also translates contemporary Latin American poetry, and her translations have appeared in Conjunctions, Circumference, Cipher, Jacket, and other journals. Read her poems, Sequence and Snakes.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of six poetry chapbooks, including most recently Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology. Read his poems Notes Towards An Investigation and Evacuation Instructions.

Carol Lynn Grellas is a Northern California-based writer. She has been widely published in literary journals including most recently, Chanterelle’s Notebook, Dogzplot and Moondance. She has poems forthcoming in Flutter, The Hiss Quarterly and Up The Staircase. Her chapbook, Litany of Finger Prayers will be released in 2008 from Pudding House Press. Her second chapbook, Object of Desire was recently accepted for publication and will be forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her poem, Thoughts With Beethoven In The Background, was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

Michael Guinane works with watercolor and water based paints using a reduction technique involving multiple washes of paint to create layering and depth in a work. His style is able to show the subtleties in layers of a painting and allows the viewer to see deeper into the piece. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Michael moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1996 to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design, graduating with an illustration major in 2000. Columbus is still his home, where he continues to show in galleries, restaurants and paints privately commissioned works. View his 7 Works.


Christine Hamm is a PhD candidate in English Literature at Drew University. She won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript, Children Having Trouble with Meat. Her poetry has been published in The Adirondack Review, Pebble Lake Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, and many others. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English and poetry writing at Rutgers University. The Transparent Dinner, her book of poems, was published by Mayapple Press in 2006. Christine was recently named a runner-up to the Poet Laureate of Queens and is a poetry editor for both Ping Pong and Scapegoat, two literary journals. For more about her, go to Read her poems, Dream Without You and Signs You Are Ovulating.

Jonathan Hayes is the author of T(HERE) and NIPPON. He is also the editor and publisher of the long-running American small press journal, Over the Transom. His books include Echoes from the Sarcophagus (3300 Press), St. Paul Hotel (Ex Nihilo Press), self invented (split chapbook with Mark Sonnenfeld, Marymark Press), and Hallucinating California (split chapbook with Richard Lopez, Windowpane Press). His work has appeared in Big Bridge, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Realpoetik, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Shampoo, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Michael Hemery is the author of No Permanent Scars. He is the nonfiction editor for Hunger Mountain and earned his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife Stacie Leatherman and son. Read his story, With Honors.

Brian Henry’s screenplay Zak Bedford, Punk Detective is under option to Greg Feldman of Etosha Entertainment and was a top ten comedy finalist in the 2005 Page International Screenwriting Awards and a quarter-finalist in the 2007 Page Awards. His fantasy novel House of Prension was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Breakthrough Novel Award. Finally, his screenplay Utterly Alien was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Scriptapalooza Contest and 2004 American Accolades competition and his script Ill Advised was a semi-finalist in the 2005 Red Inkworks competition. His story, My Starbucks Idea was nominated for The Pushcart Prize and The Micro Award.

Kai Hoffman-Krull recently graduated from Seattle University’s Creative Writing program, and now lives in Tacoma, Washington, where he lives, works, and writes at a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. He has been published in, Vain Magazine, Fragments, and The Nature of Words Yearly Anthology. He has poems forthcoming in the Oak Bend Review, and recently won the “Rising Star Literary Competition” for poetry. Read his poem, Waiting For the Light.

Adam Hughes is a writer and pastor from Lancaster, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio Christian University and his poety has appeared in several online and print journals. He enjoys being outside, reading, and spending time with his wife and infant daughter. He probably owns more baseball cards than you. Read his piece, Poem on a Polaroid.


Rich Ives is the author of Tunneling to the Moon: A Psychological Gardener’s Book of Days. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines for his work in poetry, fiction, editing, publishing, translation and photography. His writing has appeared in Verse, North American Review, Massachusetts Review, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review and many more. He published a three-volume series of the best of Northwest writing as well as an anthology of contemporary German poetry titled Evidence of Fire. He has published a limited edition collection of his own poetry and translated Yesterday I Was Leaving by Johannes Bobrowski. He is the 2009 winner of the Francis Locke Memorial Poetry Award from Bitter Oleander. His story collection, The Balloon Containing the Water Containing the Narrative Begins Leaking, was one of five finalists for the 2009 Starcherone Innovative Fiction Prize. Read his pieces, The Clairvoyance of the Blinded Eye and You Can’t Take It Home With You.



Carolynn Kingyens’ poems have appeared in Muse, Straitjackets, The Furnace Review and the Winter 2009 issue of The Blue Jew Yorker. Read her poem, Washing Dishes.

Lara Konesky is from Columbus, Ohio. She has kids and a love of words. Dirty words. She blames early reading of Henry Miller. Read her poem, Almost There.


Gerry LaFemina’s most recent book is the prose poem collection Figures from The Big Time Circus Book/ The Book of Clown Baby. His book The Parakeets of Brooklyn received the 2003 Bordighera Prize in Poetry and was published in a bi-lingual edition of English and Italian. His other books include Shattered Hours: Poems 1988-94, Zarathustra in Love (prose poems), Graffiti Heart, (winner of the 2001 Anthony Piccione/MAMMOTH Books Prize in Poetry), and The Window Facing Winter (New Issues, 2004). He’s also co-translator with Sinan Toprak of contemporary Turkish poet Ali Yuce’s Voice Lock Puppet, co-editor with Dan Crocker, of Poetry 30, an anthology of thirty-something poets, and co-editor with Chad Prevost of Evensong: Contemporary American Poets on Spirituality. Currently he directs the Frostburg Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University where he is an Assistant Professor of English. Read An Interview With Gerry LaFemina or his poem Identity Theft.

Born at the age of eight in the backyard of the house, Estela Lamat has conducted meticulous nocturnal studies of sleeplessness, of stellar chances and causalities. Tamer of cats, enologist by nose, left-handed and epileptic. She has never been in a workshop; she has never entered any contests; nor has she won any literary awards. Read her, Excerpt from Pulverized Canine.

Jamison Lee is a Ph.D. student at Kent State University. He grew up in Ohio. Read his poem, At Wekiwa Springs.

Michael Leong is the author of e.s.p. which was nominated for The PEN/Beyond Margins Award, The Pushcart Prize, and The Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. He received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003 and is currently a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Rutgers University where he is working on a dissertation about the long poem and the archive. His poetry and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Bird Dog, Black Robert Journal, Cranky, GutCult, jubilat, Marginalia, Opium Magazine, Pindeldyboz, Snow Monkey, and Tin House. His translation of the Chilean poet Estela Lamat, I, the Worst of All, is available from blazeVOX [books]. Read his translation of an Excerpt from Pulverized Canine.

Carrie Levicki lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Bill and her rabbit Woodruff Wilson. Read Carrie’s food articles: Food Club: 101 and Food Club: 102.

Richard Lighthouse is a contemporary writer, artist, and poet. His work has been published in numerous journals and magazines worldwide. Read his poems, When Irrelevant Seems Germane and Pushing Adverbs.

Tao Lin is an American novelist, poet, essayist, short-story writer, and artist. He has published two novels, two books of poetry, one short story collection, and one novella in print as well as an extensive assortment of online content. Read his piece, You Are A Little Bit Happier Than I Am.

Daybert Linares’ fiction has appeared in Skive Magazine and Cantaraville, and more of his poetry is forthcoming in The Stray Branch and Paradigm Shift: New Paradigm next year. He hopes to become a full-time writer someday. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida. Read his poem, The Postmodernist Stanza.


Bruce McRae, a Canadian musician, came to poetry late but has enjoyed a large number of publications in the past 10 years, recently gaining airplay for his poems and songs in the U.K., Australia and the U.S.A. The So-Called Sonnets, is his first book, which this audio poem is an excerpt from. More information can be found on his website: Listen to his Audio Poems.

Pamela E. Mohon is currently a student in the English master’s program at the University of Louisville. Her poetry is forthcoming in The Ghazal Page and Clockwise Cat. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University, and a sample of her creative non-fiction can be found on their website. Read her poem, En la Medianoche of Our Life.

Rich Murphy’s credits include a book of poems The Apple in the Monkey Tree (Codhill Press); chapbooks Great Grandfather (Pudding House Publications), Family Secret (Finishing Line Press), and Hunting and Pecking (Ahadada Press); poems in Rolling Stone, Poetry, Grand Street, The London Magazine, New Letters, Negative Capability, Segue, Big Bridge, Verdad, foam:e, and Confrontation; and essays in Fulcrum, The International Journal of the Humanities, Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, Reconfigurations: A Journal for Poetics Poetry / Literature and Culture, Fringe, Big Toe Review, and up-coming in Contemporary Poetry and Crisis anthology. He teaches writing at VCU. Read his poem Denial Bile.


Weam Namou’s poetry has appeared on World Literature Today, Mizna, Acumen Literary Journal,,, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Language and Culture, Danse Macabre, Gargoyle, Gloom Cupboard and Lettre Sauvage. She is also the co-founder and president of the Iraqi Artists Association. Visit her here. Read her poem, A Letter Addressed to Me.

Florian Nicolle is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Caen, France. Her work has been commissioned by ESPN Classic, Puma, The Los Angeles Times, and Nike, to name a few. View her, 7 Works.

Kevin Nolan is a Dublin born Singer/composer currently completing his first album. He has a unique and powerful style rooted in performance art, the likes of Jacques Brel, Bertolt Brecht and Dagmar Krause. Listen to Kevin’s song Blood Wedding.

D. Norcross has been a soldier, a sailor, a barista (what the fuck is that about?) and most recently a cop. He’s a family man above it all. Read his piece, Sandbox.


Robert K. Omura lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where he practices law, while also completing his LL.M. in Environmental Law. He is active in education, law reform, the environment and the outdoors. His fiction and poetry appears or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, ezines, and anthologies. His poetry aired on CBC Radio for National Poetry Month in April, 2008. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart for 2009. He is currently working on a novel, but that’s slow going at best. Read his poem, Tom Thomson.

Sergio Ortiz grew up in Chicago, studied English literature at Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico, philosophy at World University, and Culinary Art at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia. His work has been published in POUI The Cave, Origami Condom, and Poet’s Ink. He is pending publication in Flutter, Ascent Aspirations, Origami Condom, Children, Churches and Daddies, Cause & Effect, and Vagabondage Press. Read his poem, Diary Entry.


Rod Peckman’s poems have recently appeared in Barnwood, Juked, Thieves Jargon, Clapboard House, Dark Sky Magazine, Ken*again Literary Journal, and The Argotist Online. Rod has a house in the woods outside of Seattle. He loves November, as it is the rainiest month of the year; he’s not sure if he just likes the rain or the realization that the rest of the months won’t get any worse. Rod works for a large library system, providing answers that are usually decent enough to get the job done. Read his poem, Learning.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, please visit his website at Read his poems *, * and *.

Eric Pierzchala is a current Zanesville, Ohio resident and completed his undergraduate work at Kent State University before enrolling as graduate student at The University of Akron. Along with working on his literary career, Pierzchala has pursued a number of diverse activities which included a stint in professional baseball as one of the very few professional knuckleball pitchers. Read his poem, A Once Upon A Love Of My Past Youth.



Francis Raven is the author of Architectonic Conjectures. He is a graduate student in philosophy at Temple University. His books include Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), 5-Haifun: Of Being Divisible (Blue Lion Books, 2008), Shifting the Question More Complicated (Otoliths, 2007), Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox 2005) and the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). Francis lives in Washington DC; you can check out more of his work at his website: Read his poem, Foreign Film Industry.

Vincent Renstrom (b. 1962) lives with his wife, Sila, in Middletown, Ohio. He is a former adjunct professor of Spanish (Ph.D., Indiana University, 1996) at various US universities, most recently the University of Dayton (2003-2006). Read his poems, Nos Encontramos En Nuestro Sitio Especial A Lo Largo Del Continuum Espacio-temporal and Short Note To The Generic “You” That I Sometimes Address As A Writer. Concise, To The Point, I Simply Must Nip This In The Bud Right Now.

Andrew Rihn was born in Canton, Ohio, where he still lives. His poetry has appeared in, or is forthcoming from Blue Collar Review, Nov 3rd Club, Motel 58, Labor, and streetcake magazine. Most recently, an e-chapbook of prose poems, entitled The Alphabetical Atheist, was released by Scars Publications. Read his poem, My Eyes Were Lists.

Kimberly Ruth is a recent graduate from SUNY New Paltz where she received a BFA in photography and a BA in journalism. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall, where she will work towards an MFA degree in fine art. She has been published in a number of online journals including Gloom Cupboard, Ditch Poetry, Bijou Poetry and elimae. You can view samples of her art work at Read her poem, A Warning.


J. R. Salling is an antiquarian bookseller in Columbus, Ohio, specializing in early modern science, magic and medicine. His writings have appeared in many on-line and print publications, including Ars Medica, Dark Horizons, Pindeldyboz, Hobart, NOÖ Journal, Opium Magazine, elimae, Thieves Jargon, and Mad Hatters’ Review. Read his poem, A Question of Painting Resolved.

Jeremy Schraffenberger is Associate Professor of English at The University of Northern Iowa and Associate Editor of North American Review. Watch his video poem, Lake Shore Limited.

John Sibley 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 sixty previous or upcoming publications include: The Evansville Review, Flint Hills Review, Cadillac Cicatrix, Juked, The Journal, Hawaii Review, Barnwood International Poetry, Concho River Review, Paradigm, Red Wheelbarrow, Aries, The Alembic, Phantasmagoria, Clapboard House, River Oak Review, Glass, Southern Ocean Review, Miranda, Language and Culture, and Raving Dove. Read his poem, The Art of Raining.

Angela Simione is a working visual artist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her BFA with High Distinction in Painting and Drawing from The California College of the Arts in 2008 and is currently represented by HANG Art Gallery in San Francisco. Read her poem, Hermitting.

Don Skiles is the author of Miss America and Other Stories (Marion Boyars), and The James Dean Jacket Story and Other Stories (Cross+Roads Press). His work has appeared in West Branch, Central Park, Gargoyle, Asylum Annual, Floating Island , Chelsea and The Door Voice, and other publications. He lives in San Francisco. Read his story, Down in Devon.

Luke Skoza is a Senior English Major at SIUC. He was the winner of the 2009 Academy of American Poets Undergraduate Prize. Read his poem, Paper Bowl.

Laura Solomon was born in New Zealand. She has an honours degree in English Literature (Victoria University, NZ, 1997) and she has published two novels in New Zealand Black Light (1996) and Nothing Lasting (1997) both from Tandem Press. Her first play, The Dummy Bride, was produced as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, and her second, based on her short story, Sprout, was part of the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Short stories published in the UK include: Sprout (2004 Bridport International Short Story competition anthology), The Most Ordinary Man in the World (2005 Bridport International Short Story competition anthology), Alternative Medicine, (Willesden Herald International Short Story competition, 2007) and The Killing Jar, (The Edinburgh Review, August 2007). Her poem ‘The Latest Lighthouse Keeper’ was commended in the Ware Poets Competition, 2007. She has a short story collection Alternative Medicine (Flame Books, UK, 2008). Her poem ‘You Will Know When You Leave’ was shortlisted in the Bridport 2008 Poetry competition. Her poem ‘Apocryphal’ was a runner up in the Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition. Her novel An Imitation of Life is forthcoming (Solidus, UK, 2010). Read her poem, The Chair.

J.R. Solonche is coauthor (with his wife Joan Siegel) of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chinese Daughter (Grayson Books). His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies. He teaches at SUNY/Orange in Middletown, New York. Read his poem, Comet.

Matteo Spinetti is born in 1979 in Italy, Tuscany, Viareggio. His publications include a book of poetry titled Thought (1999) and two books of poetry and prose I petali del cuore & Voci del silenzio (2005) and Nudità Mentale (2008). Read his poem, The Whisper of Clouds.

Kate Sweeney is a 24-year-old experimental portrait photographer currently based out of Columbus, Ohio. The drive behind her every move stems from the idea of dissecting beauty, love, fear, and revulsion. Kate aims to to evoke a deep-rooted and sometimes forgotten emotion within the human soul by utilizing obscurity in a discerning way. Every photograph tells an individual story that is subconsciously innate. You can view more or her work at


Born in Timisoara, Romania in 1974, Gene Tanta immigrated to Chicago in 1984 with family at the age of 10. He earned his M.F.A. from the Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop and his Ph.D. from UW-Milwaukee in creative writing with a literary specialization in twentieth-century American literature; European avant-garde; and in films, essays, and poems of protest. He translates contemporary Romanian poetry. His publications include: EPOCH, Ploughshares, Circumference Magazine, Exquisite Corpse, Watchword, Columbia Poetry Review, The Laurel Review and two collaborative poems with his late mentor Reginald Shepherd anthologized in Saints of Hysteria: A Half-Century of Collaborative American Poetry. Looking ahead, he will chair a panel at the 2010 AWP titled, Immigrant Poetry: Aesthetics of Displacement. Read his poem, Sometimes I Climb the Ladder.

William Taylor Jr. lives in San Francisco with his wife and a cat named Trouble. His work has been widely published in the independent press and across the internet in such publications as Poesy, Anthills and The New York Quarterly and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart prize. The Hunger Season, a book of new poems, is due from sunnyoutside press in Fall 2009. His previous books include So Much is Burning (sunnyoutside, 2006) and Words For Songs Never Written: New and Collected Poems (Centennial Press, 2007). Read his poem, Adrift or visit him.

Mel C. Thompson is a product of the San Francisco open mic scene and was first published in their underground zine “Bullhorn” in 1990. In the 90s his poetry was also published in such magazines as The Chiron Review, The Bay Area Guardian, Wordwrights and The Haight Ashbury Literary Review. He featured extensively in such venues as the Paradise Lounge, Café Babar and the Chameleon Club. Currently he is anthologized in Beatitude Golden Anniversary Issue, 1959-2009, The Best of The Texas Poetry Calendar and Poets From Hell (New American Underground Poetry). In 2008-2010 he has been published frequently online at such sites as “,” “” and “,” and also appeared in print in The World Poets Journal (China), Jackknife Express (Canada) and Over The Transom (San Francisco). He has been recently featured at The Berkeley Poetry Festival, The San Francisco Beat Museum, The Frank Bette Center For The Arts and the San Francisco Park Branch Library. Publication is pending in The California Quarterly. Read his poem, Some Notes On Baba Neem Karoli Maharaj-ji.

Robert Blake Truscott has had work appeared in over 40 journals in 20 states and several anthologies, including The Virginia Quarterly Review, Nimrod, The Mississippi Review, Sou’wester, The Greenfield Review, The California Quarterly, and The Literary Review. More recently, his work appeared in the anthology In The West of Ireland, and in The Hampden-Sydney Review Anthology, among others. Mr. Truscott is published in a number of educational texts published by the Research Education Association, and he was the poetry editor for more than a decade with Stone Country before that journal ceased publication. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and currently teaches writing as a distance learning instructor and as an instructional designer for Colorado Technical University, and Regis University. Mr. Truscott was the Assistant Director and Writing Specialist for The Douglass/Cook College writing Center at Rutgers University for seven years, and was a Senior Communications Consultant for SWG Consulting in New York City for 15 years. He is currently married and lives in Colorado in the shadow of Pikes Peak. Read his poem, Dr. Einstein speaks to the Nobel Committee Concerning the Physics in a Photograph.

Elizabeth Tussey is a recent graduate of Kent State University. She was born and raised in Northeastern Ohio, and with the exception of briefly living in Germany and England, has resided there her entire life. Despite her many travels, she finds Ohio more inspirational than any of the places she has visited. Mermaids comes out of a childhood of vacations at Ocean City, MD, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and the Mermaid myths she has had a lifelong fascination with.



Ocean Vuong was born in 1988 in Saigon Vietnam and he currently resides in NYC as a Creative Writing student at Brooklyn College.


Nathan Whiting is the author of I a Hen Guard Myself By Me a Fox. His work has appeared in Lilliput Review, Yellow Dog, and Clwn Wr. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Brian R. Williams lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he works as an artist, graphic designer and college instructor. His artwork has been featured on as well as published in several print magazines in Australia, the United Kingdom and Spain. He teaches drawing at the Columbus College of Art and Design, where he graduated in 2003. Check out Brian’s 7 Works.

Amy Wright is Nonfiction Editor of Zone 3 Press and the author of three chapbooks with her fourth scheduled for release in 2014. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Brevity, DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, Kenyon Review Online, and Tupelo Quarterly. Listen to her read her poem, Sleep Easy.




Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé has edited more than 10 books and co-produced 3 audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. Trained in book publishing at Stanford, with a theology masters in world religions from Harvard and fine arts masters in creative writing from Notre Dame, Desmond is a recipient of the Singapore Internationale Grant and Dr Hiew Siew Nam Academic Award. He has recent or forthcoming work in Copper Nickel, Dark Sky, Fence, Grey Sparrow, and Spork Press. Desmond also works in clay, his commemorative pieces housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Read is poem, As With A Haiku About Akhmatova.