James M. Bellarosa

James M. Bellarosa has published three books of fiction, a novel and two short story collections, one of which became a Library of Congress Books on Tape selection. In all about 150 stories, 25 feature articles, plus commentaries have been published, and he's earned two Pushcart Prize nominations. He's a semi-retired accountant living with his wife of forty years, Jeannine.
Fiction: Antifreeze

Graham Burchell
Graham Burchell was born in 1950 in Canterbury, England, but now writes from his home in Houston, Texas. He is the winner of the 2005 Chapter One Promotions Open Poetry Competition, Winner of the 2006 Hazel Street Productions Poetry Contest, the runner up in the 2005 "Into Africa" International Poetry Competition and a runner-up in the 2006 Ware Open Poetry Competition. He is also nominated for a 2006 Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared in many print and online literary magazines. His first poetry collection, From The Right Side of the Pond (Sun Rising Press), and his second, Vermeer’s Corner (Foothills Publishing), will be published this year. He is the editor of the online poetry journal, Words-Myth.
Poetry: The Procuress, Sonnet, Pillar and Bell

Reid Bush
Reid Bush writes daily. Since he began sending out poems in 2000, he's published about 250. In 2004 Larkspur Press published a book of his poems, What You Know, and in November 2006 Garrison Keillor read three poems from this book on NPR's The Writer's Almanac. He expects to publish another book of poems soon.
Poem: The Moo

Kathy Carswell

Kathy Carswell tolls her daylight hours away in a forensic lab. Her evening hours are devoted to the printed word. Her love of reading makes her grateful to the thousands of talented writers out there who have taken her along with them on all their journeys. She hopes to one day make her own contribution. Until than she works on improving her skills of taking the fabulous story formulating itself in the folds of her mind and transferring them to the keyboard.
Review: The Wingy Chronicles by Joseph Cariello

Martin Cooney

Martin Cooney currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. His work has appeared in Canadian Stories and the Pegasus Review. He has also written Japanese articles for various publications in Japan, including Kita Nippon newspaper.
Poem: Ridin' the Wild Hog

Keltic Corman
Keltic Corman, proofreader extraordinaire, was born in 1991 in the rolling green hills of downtown Baltimore. After wandering in and out of many a school in the county, he packed his bags and headed west....about five miles, whereupon he was never heard from again. That is unless you're on the Internet. That being his only contact with the outside universe, he created a world just like any other and rocked the masses with this knowledge of cheap places to eat around his place. To this day you can still find him on the net skulking around web pages and creating stories that will never see the light of day...or night.

Steve De France
Steve De France is a widely published poet, playwright and essayist both in America and in Great Britain. His work has appeared in literary publications in Canada, France, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, India and Australia. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry in both 2002 and 2003. A few recent publications include The Wallace Stevens Journal, The Mid-American Poetry Review, Ambit, Atlantic, and The Sun. In England he won a Reader's Award in Orbis Magazine for his poem "Hawks." In the United States he won the Josh Samuels' Annual Poetry Competition (2003) for his poem: "The Man Who Loved Mermaids." His play The Killer had its world premier at the GARAGE THEATRE in Long Beach, California (Sept-October 2006). In 1999, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Chapman University for his writing.
Humor: Counselor for the Moon

Rada Djurica
Radmila Djurica is a Serbian freelance journalist who has done correspondence work for the Tiker Press Agency and has had articles published in British Sunday and daily newspapers, including the Scottish newspaper, Sunday Post; in Woman Abroad magazine; and at She has served as assistant editor, reading manuscripts for the Reading Writers Service; has published articles with the SCN Television Network in California; is a freelance columnist for the British monthly magazine Code Uncut; and wrote about Serbia's International Bitef Festival of contemporary theatre for Zowie Wowie Magazine, an American e-zine.
The Trap (Klopka), Armin
Essays: Motovun Film Festival, Belgrade International Film Festival

Matt Evans

Matt Evans lives in Utah with Brooklyn, who is pregnant with Cairo. Twee but
true. His work has appeared online at The Morning News, Opium Magazine,
Yankee Pot Roast, and The Big Jewel. His first novel, Art of the Milk, is homeless but hopeful. You can contact him here.
Essay: The Secret of The Secret

Carol Frith
Co-editor of Ekphrasis, Carol Frith has had work in Willow Review, Measure, Switched-on Gutenberg, Quarter After Eight, Chariton, Lake Effect, Cutbank, Redivider, Asheville, 150 Contemporary Sonnets & others. She has chapbooks from Bacchae Press, Medicinal Purposes, and Palanquin Press and a poem of hers received Special Mention in the 2003 Pushcart Anthology.
Poem: Strawberry Moon

Linda Oatman High
Linda Oatman High is an author/poet/songwriter/journalist who teaches many writing workshops.
Essay: Land of 1,000 Castles

Rik Hunik
Rik Hunik, 49, has worked on a farm, in a sawmill, at a plywood plant, at a tire retreader and at a water bed manufacturer. He's sold some of his paintings and photographs, but in order to earn a living he's been working in construction for the past fifteen years, doing residential, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, from foundations to roofing. He's written dozens of fantasy stories, ranging from horror to science fiction. Seven of them have been published, mostly in small press magazines. He's also written a couple of novels, a nontraditional sword and sorcery thriller and an erotic, satiric fantasy. His next novel will be an alternate history fantasy mystery.
Fiction: Key Service

K.A. Laity

While K. A. Laity has sidled away from far too many apparently wonderful opportunities, somewhat surprisingly she finds herself in the happy state of being a medievalist in the Hudson Valley. She writes down just about any peculiar thing that comes into her head and very often finds someone willing to publish it. Among her forthcoming works are Unikirja (Dreambook), a collection of stories inspired by Finnish myths and legends (for which she has already won the 2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship and a 2006 Finlandia Foundation Grant), a couple of plays, and a book on women as witches in Anglo-Saxon England. Visit her web site,, for more details and to read the ongoing gothic serial about mystery, romance and pockets.
Humor: Corrections to the Rules of Fimble Fowl

Margaret Karmazin
Margaret Karmazin's stories have been published in over seventy-five magazines, including Rosebud, North American Review, Potomac Review, Confrontation, Mobius and Aim Magazine. Her stories in The MacGuffin, Eureka Literary Magazine and Words of Wisdom were nominated for Pushcart awards and Piper’s Ash, Ltd. published a chapbook of her sci-fi stories, Cosmic Women. She helped write the introduction for and has a short story included in Still Going Strong (Haworth Press) and recently finished writing a novel, Replacing Fiona, accepted by eTreasures Publishing for August 2007 along with two collections of short stories. Her novel Bones is available at online booksellers.
Couples Counseling

Jarret Keene

Jarret Keene was born in 1973. He is author of the poetry collections Monster Fashion and A Boy's Guide to Arson, as well as the unauthorized rock band bio The Killers: Destiny Is Calling Me. He is also editor of The Underground Guide to Las Vegas and Las Vegas Noir. He lives in Las Vegas.
Probe: Dayvid Figler (poet/author)

Arlene L. Mandell
Arlene L. Mandell, a retired English professor now living in Santa Rosa, California, has flown a long way from Brooklyn, but the memories are still vivid. Recently she attended her 50th high school reunion (Franklin K. Lane, Class of '57) and won a bottle of wine for coming the farthest. Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in 10 anthologies and more than 275 literary publications.
Cutting: Free Flight

Mary Matus
Mary is an aspiring Dave Barry/aspiring Stephen King (and will acknowledge the weirdness of that combination) who has lived all her life in rural PA (otherwise known as the Land of Cows and Corn.) When not writing, she works as a typesetter in the composing departments of three newspapers (leading to the occasional confusion.) She was once a reporter for Standard-Journal Newspapers and still occasionally writes for the Luminary, a weekly newspaper in Muncy, PA. She is a 1999 graduate of Susquehanna University, where she received a bachelor of arts in English literature and journalism and was active in The Crusader student newspaper. She has recently been published in the online magazine Wilmington Blues. In her free time, she is an avid bookworm, reading anything ranging from Toni Morrison to Dean Koontz.
Humor: Yard Sales: A Modern Day Treasure Hunt
Review: Traces by Faye Turner

Mariko Mesina
Mariko Mesina is 23 years old and was born and raised on the island of Maui. Currently, Mariko attends Kapiolani Community College on the island of Oahu and is hoping to transfer to Chaminade University and major in Communications. This piece was an assignment for a creative writing class, which Mariko is happy to share in a more public platform.
Cutting: You Were My Summer

Lou Orfanella
Lou Orfanella, a New York based teacher and writer, is the author of nine books, including Excursions: Poetry and Prose, which brings together many genres of literature, including the direct address, fiction, collaborative writing, and a novella in poems. His poetry collections include Streets of New York, Allurements and Lamentations, Composite Sketches, and The Last Automat. In his book Scenes from an Ordinary Life: Getting Naked to Explore a Writer’s Process and Possibilities he offers insights into the creative process. He holds degrees from Columbia University and Fordham University and teaches writing at Western Connecticut State University. He can be contacted via e-mail.
Fiction: In Harmony

Marta Palos
Against her inclinations, Marta Palos almost became a lawyer in her native Hungary when history and circumstance stepped in. Tossed about in the world awhile, she landed in America and turned her attention to literature, her old love. Her life revolves around words — she writes, reads, translates and edits them.
Fiction: In the Heat of Summer

John Pierce

John Pierce has studied and taught literature for a long time, but he only recently decided to try his hand at writing. He's had pieces appear in LitBits and The Shinnery Review. He lives in Abilene, Texas.
Cutting: Battleground: A Love Story

Joe Reese
Joe Reese is a novelist/storyteller/adjunct English teacher, based in Athens, Ohio. He has two novels: Katie Dee and Katie Haw: Letters from a Texas Farm Girl and Dear Katie Dee: More Letters from a Texas Farm (website: He’s also written plays, short stories, articles, etc, and put in thirty-six years of English teaching, during which time he’s been fired by almost every institution of higher learning in the country. In spite of this, his wife Pam still says she loves him, as do his kids, Kate, Matthew, and Sam.
Humor: La Renouivillier

Kent Robinson

Kent Robinson is the author of more than 120 stories in a wide variety of publications, including Amazing Stories (science fiction), Dark Starr (mystery), Mind in Motion (fantasy), Lacunae (horror), Penthouse Forum (erotica), and Words of Wisdom (mainstream). His first book, a self-published collection of mainstream works titled Bears in the Punch Bowl and Other Stories, was published by AuthorHouse in 2004. He has completed a second book — horror stories — which will be published soon, and he is now at work on a third volume of stories. A resident of northern Indiana, he is a former reporter for The Goshen News and served in a public relations capacity for the University of Southern California (USC) for nine years.
Humor: Beans About It

Lauren Sanders
Lauren Sanders is an English major at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She runs cross-country, brews your coffee at Starbucks, copy edits her school’s newspaper, and worships everything Margaret Atwood has ever written. She also enjoys rooftops, swimming in the ocean, and the harmonica.
Essay: Atomic Mod and Wildflower Mural

Erin E. Schmidt
Erin E. Schmidt works as a remodeling contractor in northern Indiana. Even now, her diamond engagement ring is covered in grout. She has written two novels, Whip and The War Prayer, both unpublished. She is working on a third novel, Beltane. She frequently writes erotica under a pen name and will soon have a piece published in Hustler Fantasies.
Cutting: Poets' Day

Daniel Wilcox

Daniel Wilcox earned his degree in creative writing from Cal State University, Long Beach. He is a former activist, former teacher, former wanderer who has farmed in the Middle East and lived on an island in eastern Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in The Other Side Magazine, various poetry journals such as The Centrifugal Eye, Sentinel Poetry Online, The November 3rd Club, Words-Myth, and The Indite Circle. A short story based on his experiences of living in the Middle East will be published in the September 2007 issue of The Danforth Review. He currently resides on the California coast with his mysterious wife and youngest gaming son. His writer's website is at and
Poem: Summer of Love in Philadelphia

Alyce Wilson
Alyce Wilson is Wild Violet editor and in her copious spare time writes humor and poetry, keeps an online journal, Musings, and makes plans for her retrofuturistic wedding. She has self-published a book of poems, Picturebook of the Martyrs, and an e-book, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags, both of which can be ordered from her web site.
Reviews: The i Tetralogy by Mathias B. Freese, Tap Dancing to the Sunrise by Timothy Hodor, Small Press Verse & Poeticonjectures by Alessio Zanelli, Thoughts I Left Behind by William H. Roetzheim, From the Bookshelf: Capsule Reviews