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.
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, Vermeers 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 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 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 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
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
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 Storyhouse.org.
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.
Reviews: The Trap (Klopka),
Essays: Motovun Film Festival,
Belgrade International Film Festival
Matt Evans lives in Utah with Brooklyn, who is pregnant with Cairo.
true. His work has appeared online at The
Morning News, Opium
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
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, 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
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, kalaity.com,
for more details and to read the ongoing gothic serial about mystery,
romance and pockets.
Humor: Corrections to the Rules of
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 Pipers 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.
Humor: Couples Counseling
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 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
Review: Traces by
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, 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 Writers 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
Fiction: In Harmony
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 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,
Cutting: Battleground: A Love Story
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: www.katiedee.com).
Hes also written plays, short stories, articles, etc, and put
in thirty-six years of English teaching, during which time hes
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 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 is an English major at Cedar Crest College in Allentown,
Pennsylvania. She runs cross-country, brews your coffee at Starbucks,
copy edits her schools 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
Cutting: Poets' Day
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 seaquaker.com
Poem: Summer of Love in Philadelphia
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
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