William L. Alton started writing in the Eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital. Since then his work has appeared in The Oklahoma Review, The Red River Review, Poet’s Corner, and Whalelane among others. He earned both his B.A. and M.F.A. in Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon where he continues.
Danita Berg is an assistant professor of writing at Oklahoma City University, where she directs the new Red Earth Low-Residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She has published or has upcoming creative works in journals such as Redivider, Southern Women’s Review, and The Houston Literary Review, among others, as well as the anthology Press Pause Moments: Essays about Life Transitions by Women Writers. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Goddard College and Ph.D. in English at the University of South Florida.
Antonia Clark works for a medical software company in Burlington, Vermont, and is co-administrator of an online poetry workshop, The Waters. Her work has appeared in many print and electronic journals, including The 2River View, Anderbo, Apparatus Magazine, The Cortland Review, Eclectica, The Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, Soundzine, and Umbrella. She loves French food and wine, and plays French café music on a sparkly purple accordion.
Saroja Ganapathy teaches English literature to undergraduate students in Mumbai, India. Her poetry and short fiction have appeared online in journals such as Muse India and Soundzine. She is also an ardent student of Indian classical music.
Beatrix Gates’ next poetry book will be published by Spain’s puerta del mar in 2010 and translated into Spanish by Jesus Aguado. Her third poetry collection was Ten Minutes, Firm Ground Press, 2006. Beatrix Gates and Electa Arenal translated The Poems of Vikram Babu by Jesus Aguado, HOST Publications, 2009, and Gates’ In the Open was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Gates’ poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Dirty Goat, and The Kenyon Review, and she has been a poetry fellow at the MacDowell Colony and VCCA.
Julie Greene lives in Watertown, Massachusetts with her Schnoodle dog, Puzzle. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Goddard College. She has published works in Swamp Magazine, Pitkin Review, Breath and Shadow, and Fresh! Literary Magazine. Besides writing, she enjoys knitting sweaters for Puzzle, and recently has dabbled in stand-up comedy.
Rose Hunter blogs at Whoever Brought Me Here Will Have to Take Me Home. A book of her poetry is forthcoming (November 2010), from Artistically Declined Press. She is also the editor of the online poetry journal YB. At the moment she is somewhere between Australia and Mexico.
Luisa A. Igloria is the author of Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame), Trill & Mordent (WordTech Editions, 2005) and eight other books. Luisa has degrees from the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was a Fulbright Fellow from 1992-1995. Other awards include Finalist in the first Narrative Poetry Contest (2009); the 2007 49th Parallel Prize from Bellingham Review; the 2007 James Hearst Poetry Prize (North American Review); the 2006 National Writers Union Poetry Prize; the 2006 Stephen Dunn Award for Poetry; 11 Palanca Awards and the Palanca Hall of Fame Distinction in the Philippines. Originally from Baguio City, she lives in Norfolk, Virginia and is a professor on the faculty of Old Dominion University, where she currently directs the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program. She keeps her radar tuned for cool lizard sightings. www.luisaigloria.com
Ken Jaworowski’s most recent play, ‘Interchange,’ was produced in New York by the WorkShop Theater Company. His plays have also been performed in London and around the United States. His one-act ‘One to the Head, One to the Heart’ was published in A Cappella Zoo, and his short story ‘Bowfin’ appears in the latest issue of The Angler literary magazine. He is a staff editor for The New York Times.
Blake Kimzey’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and has appeared in The Lifted Brow (Australia), Red Line Blues (USA), Untitled Books (UK), and Short FICTION (UK). Blake’s next story will appear in Monkeybicycle 8 and he is currently working on a collection of stories and a picaresque novel. Born in Texas, Blake has worked as a bicycle tour guide in France and now lives with his wife, Artist Danielle Kimzey, in Iowa City. Learn more at www.blakekimzey.com.
Karen Llagas is a recipient of the second Filamore Tabios, Sr. Memorial Poetry Prize, and her first collection of poetry, Archipelago Dust, was published by Meritage Press last August. She has an M.F.A. from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and a B.A. in Economics from Ateneo de Manila. Also a recipient of a Hedgebrook residency and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, she lives in San Francisco where she works as a Tagalog interpreter & instructor, and a poet-teacher with the California Poets in the Schools (CPITS).
Robert Paul Moreira’s works have been published or are forthcoming in Aethlon: Journal of Sports Literature, Storyglossia, Metazen, Bartleby Snopes, Quay, Interstice, Breakwater Review and other literary journals. His short story, Cobb and Me, forthcoming in Aethlon, won the 2009 Best Graduate Fiction Award from the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers. He can be found online at www.robertpaulmoreira.com. He is Assistant Editor for Dark Sky Magazine.
Carol Reid lives and writes in a small community on the west coast of Canada. She is a contributing editor to Emprise Review.
Lynne Shapiro resides in Hoboken, New Jersey, where she lives and writes in a cozy 12-foot wide house she shares with her husband, turtle, and diamond dove. Her poems and essays have been published in literary magazines in the United States and England, and in recent anthologies: Ragged Sky Press’ Eating Her Wedding Dress: a Collection of Clothing Poems, Lost Horse Press’ Decomposition: An Anthology of Fungi Poetry, and Bibliotekos’ Pain and Memory.
Helen Silverstein writes fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry and is the Managing Editor of Southern Women’s Review. Her publications have appeared in a variety of forms, including staged readings at the Liars’ League of London and a variety of other publications, including Big Pulp magazine and 34th Parallel. For more information, visit her website at www.helensilverstein.net.
Adam Sobsey has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Harvest Festival Grand Prize (2000) for HANG TOWN FRY, which was also nominated for best new play of 2001 by the Austin Critics’ Table; a North Carolina Arts Council Artists Fellowship for Playwriting (2005); and a James Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas-Austin (1998-2001), where he earned his MFA. He has a BA (Theatre Arts) from Brown University, where he studied playwriting with Paula Vogel. His plays have been seen in New York, California, Austin, and North Carolina. His play WESTERN MEN, or OPPOSITE TO HUMANITY, about the art and lives of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, was commissioned by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and premiered in October 2010 as part of the "Vorticists" exhibition at Duke University’s Nasher Museum. As a journalist, he has won the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies first place prize (2008) for his arts criticism for the Independent Weekly, for which he is a chief contributor, and two North Carolina Press Association awards. He lives in Durham, NC.
Jennifer K. Sweeney’s second poetry collection, How to Live on Bread and Music, received the 2009 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of America Poets and the Perugia Press Prize. Her first book, Salt Memory, won the 2006 Main Street Rag Poetry Award. Her poems have been translated into Turkish and published widely in literary journals including American Poetry Review, Poetry Daily and the 2009 Pushcart Prize anthology. After living in San Francisco for twelve years, she currently lives and teaches in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her husband, poet Chad Sweeney and their son, Liam.
Phil Timpane lives with his wife and family in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts where he works as a building contractor and designs and builds new poems. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Atlanta Review, Vallum, upstreet. Canary, and Centrifugal Eye. He was winner of the Atlanta Review’s 2007 International Publication Award.