Freeman Anthony is a water/wastewater treatment engineer by trade and
moonlights as an aspiring Gonzo journalist. A Mainer by birth, he has
recently returned to the Pacific Northwest after two and a half years
of life with the Kiwis in Middle Earth. His writing on chasing snow,
cultural evolution, and a morally acceptable career has appeared on
Wild Violet and other less noteworthy literary outlets.
Essay: From the Chengdu Gonzo Field Office
Born in 1969 and raised in Michigan, Marie Ashley-France currently resides
in Ohio and is the mother of two young children. She received an MFA
from the University of Michigan in 1991 and took a ten-year hiatus from
poetry after that. Her work has previously appeared in Passages North,
The MacGuffin, The Cathartic, The Seattle Review, as well as others,
and is forthcoming in Big Toe Review & The Pedestal Magazine.
She is a Rob Zombie and horror film fan and loves gore, gore, gore.
She also loves baby bunnies.
Poetry: My Father's Line of Work
Connie Baechler received her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in literature and
women's studies from Georgia State University in August 2004. The author
of two novels featuring American heroines abroad, her work in progress
is the novel, Halley's Confidence. Her poetry has appeared in
journals such as Concrete Wolf, The Griffin and Wild Plum.
Her poetry chapbook, The Seduction of Voices, was named a finalist
in the 2005 Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition.
Poetry: My Cup Runneth Over
Barry Ballard started writing poetry about ten years ago after an injury
took him out of racing bicycles. He has applied the same obsessive-compulsive
attitude toward his writing as he has with everything in his life. Much
of the ground work comes from his experience in Vietnam, his studies
in philosophy, and his work with neglected children. He's been lucky,
as far as publication is concerned (and he knows it). He chooses the
sonnet form due to the fact that it initially was a philosophical form
which fits well with an "If" "Then" framework.
Tala Bar lives in Israel and holds a master of philosophy degree in
literature from London University. She specializes in writing about
pagan mythology and has had articles and stories published on the Net,
such as "Death
as a Trickster" in Cabinet des Fées and "The
Woman and the Hunters" in Unlikely Stories. She has
also had books published, among them The
King's Daughter in Bewildering Stories and also in print
Essay: The Snow Queen in Myth and Literature
Thomas Robert Barnes
Thomas Robert Barnes is a screenwriter turned land developer. In his
spare time, he enjoys rowing, telemark skiing, bicycling and fly fishing
His wife grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Springfield, and the
two were married in the Philadelphia suburb of Media. Her dad worked
for Grace Kelly's dad, selling bricks.
Sheila Black received her MFA in poetry in 1998 from the University
of Montana. Her poems have appeared in many print and online journals,
including Poet Lore, Willow Springs, Redneck Review, Blackbird,
and Literary Mama. Her first book, House of Bone, is forthcoming
from CustomWords Press. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she
waits for rain.
Poetry: This Dance
Dean Borok makes his living handing out menus on Broadway dressed as
a Reuben sandwich, and is the inventor of the Mel Gibson inflatable
Humor: A Gas Grows in Brooklyn
Essay: La Isla Bonita
Prolific poet Anselm Brocki has had over 1,270 poems accepted by over
715 publications, among them The Amherst Review, Maryland Poetry
Review, Piedmont Literary Review, Walt's Corner and Verse Libre
Quarterly. He also had a paperback of 100 poems titled Mornings
at the All-Nite published by Alpha Beat Press in 1996 and a broadside
published by Lucid Moon in 2000. He taught high school for several
years, was a senior editor for Houghton Mifflin, was editorial coordinator
for the Los Angeles City Schools and is currently running his own editing
Christine Bruness has had hundreds of poems, pieces, guest editorials,
letters, essays, articles, and artwork published. Her artwork and/or
poetry most recently appeared in Skyline, Haiku Haven, Bewildering
Stories, Ken*Again, 63 Channels, Poet's Ink Review, Bolts of Silk,
and WOMB. Her first book of poetry, Imbalance: An Experimental
Collection of Micro Stories and Poetry (1998 under her maiden name,
Christine McGuigan) received the Rose/Rosemary Zienteck 2000 Award for
excellence and innovation in literature from the Bayonne Writers' Group.
In 2005, Christine received an arts grant from the NJ Meadowlands Commission
for her abstract artwork. She lives in New Jersey with her husband,
Richard, and their two cats Daisy and Shadow. The couple created a small
backyard sanctuary, certified by the National Wildlife Federation, to
promote the environment in the area. Strays often visit and are always
fed and welcome. Email her here.
Or visit her web
Artwork: In the Manic
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Janet Butler relocated to the
Bay Area, Berkeley, California, after living in central Italy for many
years. She arrived in lovely San Francisco with her suitcase in one
hand and Fulmi-dog in the other, a beautiful Springer Spaniel mix
she rescued from an Italian dog pound. While enjoying the many beauties
of Italy, she managed to find time to be serious: she collaborated with
a local poet, Romeo Giuli, in the translation of his poetry from 1997
to 2003, and a selection of these poems was published by Solveig Publishing,
Siena, Italy. Ms. Butler then decided it was high time to dedicate herself
to her own creative writing, and her poems have since been published
in enough online ezines and printed publications to keep her happy.
She also has a passion for watercolors and had yearly exhibitions in
Italy but is still waiting for recognition from the sophisticated San
Francisco crowd. Some poems and watercolors may be seen at: JanetLeeButler.com.
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 Island Off Stony Point
Michael Ceraolo is a forty-something civil servant/poet trying to overcome
a middle class upbringing. Has one book already out, Cleveland Haiku,
from Green Panda Press, and has another, Euclid Creek: A Journey,
forthcoming from Deep Cleveland Press.
Humor: Cinema Sonnet XXXVII: Pulp
Nathan Combs runs an online newspaper called The
Photograph. He covers Augusta County, Virginia. He is a graduate
of Hallmark Institute of Phography, class of 1997. Currently, he lives
in Waynesboro, Virginia. For his photographs, he uses a Pentax K100D,
K10D, K1000 and a Nikon N2000. You can contact him via e-mail.
Darby Diana began writing while a homeless person on the streets. A
nurse for thirty years, her work with abused children and seniors made
her want to improve children's reading skills and write children's poetry,
available from her
web site. She has been published online and in international publications.
A victim of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, she lost everything and
was trapped for eight days in the filth and death of the flood waters.
She is presently living in Tucson, Arizona, in the desert. She doesn't
ever want to return to New Orleans, where political corruption killed
1,342 parish citizens, where the U.S. government turned their backs,
but she will survive. She's 63 years old and tells it like it is!
Humor: What If?
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
Both Ways, All for Free,
The Melon Route, Tressette,
Fisher Poets, Longing,
St. Vlaho Hope, Faith and Love,The
Essays: Belgrade's New Author
Film Festival, Fourth Annual Dubrovnik
International Film Festival
Cecilia Ferreira has often sworn to give up the brush, but to no avail.
She wants to have clean fingernails and talk about the weather, but
that ceased to be. She creates every second she can. Her main theme
is the ever-so-intricate human psyche, and she often delves too deep.
She believes wehumans are all bruised apples that did not fall far from
the tree. Her main gallery is on the Internet.
She is currently residing in Lisbon but is in the process of returning
to her home country, South Africa. Europe just doesn't smell like earth.
Photography: Cecilia Self-Portrait
Alan L. Gordon
Reviews: Proof Evident,
Beginner's Guide to Immortality
Steven Gradess is a person who lives on the earth and does things.
What? More specific? OK, Steven Gradess lives outside of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, in the Willowy Town of Willow Grove. He has a boring day
job but tries to be silly at least two hours a day, whether he needs
to or not. He has done standup comedy, written short and long stories,
guest DJ'ed and written for college radio, and has done other things
that humans do.
Review: In the Wildflowers
Originally from the Los Angeles area, Iris Green recently relocated
to the Washington, D.C., metro area to enjoy the historically rich and
international flavor of the nations capital. A graduate of the
California State University system, Iris has a B.A. in English and a
M.A. in composition. She lives with her fat cat Chloe, is twenty-something
(on the late end), works full-time as a contract specialist supporting
the government, and savors the love of her soon-to-be fiancée.
Her work has previously appeared in Moondance and The Pacific
Review. For comments/questions regarding her work, she can be reached
Fiction: The Sigh of Joshua Trees
Ed Higgins and his wife and three whippets live on a small farm south
of Portland, Oregon, where they remain unrepentant holdovers from the
early 1970s back-to-the-land movement. They raise a small
menagerie of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, pigs, Jersey cows, Nubian
goats, and a rescued potbelly pig named Odious. Ed teaches creative
writing and literature at George Fox University, and his poems and short
fiction have appeared in Duck & Herring Co.s Pocket Field
Guide, Monkeybicycle, Pindeldyboz, and Bellowing Ark, as
well as the online journals Lily, Cross Connect, Word Riot, The Centrifugal
Eye, and Red River Review, among others. More of his poems
can be found online.
Humor: Frog Kissing
Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer based in New Jersey. She's written
book reviews and pop culture articles for Bitch, Bust, Clamor
and The Women's Review of Books.
Essay: O The Horror
Review: LaPorte, Indiana
Rik Hunik, 49, has worked on a farm, in a sawmill, a plywood plant,
a tire retreader and 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: The Treasure in the Monkey's
A long time resident of the American South and of San Francisco, Lockie
Hunter now lives in Boston, where she is pursuing her MFA in creative
writing at Emerson College. Her fiction and humor essays have been published
or are forthcoming in The Morning News, Southern Hum, The Emerson
Review, Seattle Writergrrls, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal and
ken*again, the literary magazine. She was also awarded an EVVY
for best prose in the fiction category. Lockie is currently working
on a Southern novel that is certain to find her disinherited. You may
find more of her work at LockieHunter.com.
Humor: Open Letter to the Person Who Told
My Mother Her Hair Looked Good This Way
By day, Rick is a mild-mannered manager for a major metropolitan law
firm. By night, he creeps through violet vapor, flies with the wind,
and travels through time to steal antiques and sell them on eBay. He
loves to write speculative and sensitive fiction. His writing goals
are connection with character, beauty of language, and, most of all,
sense of wonder. Two dozen of his stories have appeared in small presses
and literary magazines. He's twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
but ain't won yet which is why, by day...
Humor: The Scheme
Marsha Jordan began her writing career on the bathroom walls of
St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School. She's been held captive for
a quarter of a century in the north woods of Wisconsin, where she shares
an empty nest with her rocket scientist husband and their badly behaved
toy poodle, King Louie. After her grandson was badly burned, Jordan
created The HUGS
and HOPE Foundation, a nonprofit charity devoted to cheering critically
ill and injured children. She's appeared on Wisconsin Public Television,
WGN-TV, and Billy Graham's radio program. She's been published in several
anthologies, including two A Cup of Comfort books. Her inspirational
and humorous essays are available in her new book, Hugs, Hope, and
Peanut Butter, which is illustrated by children who are battling
for life. Between writing, running a nonprofit charity from her home,
and enjoying time with her grandson, Jordan devotes herself to three
pursuits: milk chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate.
Humor: Hunky Magoo
When he was young, inspired by his older brother's attempts to write,
David Kiphen tried his own hand at it and was pleased. He went off to
college, and though he came away with only a few hours credit, he was
fortunate enough to get a job with the Brownsville Fire Department in
South Texas. Presently, he has more time to write than many could ever
hope to have. He's thankful.
Poetry: As We Desire
Mylan V. Kohler
Born in New York City, Mylan V. Kohler graduated from New York College
of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently a psychiatry resident. She
adores music, anime and role playing games. In her spare time, she helps
with Otakon's Gofer
Operations department. She also writes fan fiction and poetry, and is
currently married to an
amazing man who shares many of her interests.
Review: Fight Fatigue
Eric J. Krause
Eric J. Krause pens stories from Orange County, California, just minutes
away from Disneyland. He writes stories in his spare time, which is
never enough, as he is studying to be an elementary school teacher.
He lives with his wife, Amber, their dog, Spike, and cat, Rocky.
Cutting: The Door to Nothing
Arlene L. Mandell
Brooklyn-born Arlene L. Mandell is a retired English professor now living
in Santa Rosa, California. Her work has appeared in a previous issue
of Wild Violet, in the "Metropolitan Diary" section
of The New York Times, and in 250 other publications.
Essay: You Don't Know Me
Stephanie Nolasco is a young writer residing in Washington Heights,
attending New School University in the East Village of New York. First
published at the age of 9, Stephanie has written numerous pieces under
various genres. To learn more about herwriting, please visit her
While earning a buck writing for advertising, marketing & communications,
Andreas true passions include cooking, chasing the children, and
creative writing. Inspired by the delicious writing of others, she consumes
as many books as her life will allow and gleans style, wit and wisdom
from every page. Future goals include completion of the four books she
currently has in progress and a quiet place to write four more
preferably with a good view.
Review: Mrs. Rafton, Sewing and Reaping,
Scars of Silence
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.
Review: Politics & Patriotism: The
Jon Picciuolo is retired and writes for pleasure. He lives on California's
Central Coast. His fiction has been published in these magazines, among
others: Aboriginal Science Fiction, Argonaut, Ascent, Dark Moon Rising,
The Dead Mule, Eclipse, Lost Worlds, Margin, Midnight Zoo, The Oracular
Tree, Paper Radio, The Paumanok Review, Rosebud, The Silver Web, Skylark,
Space & Time, Toasted Cheese, and Wild Violet.
Fiction: The Rescue, The
Ray Succre has been writing for twelve years and has begun publishing
his poetry while trying to broaden himself as a poet and parent. He
is now beginning to send his work out at a more social level. He currently
lives on the southern Oregon coast with his wife, Maisy, and baby boy,
Painter. He has been published in Aesthetica, ART:MAG, and Poetry
Salzburg, as well as in many others in the U.S. and abroad.
Poetry: Her Dork Lover
Jacqueline Tait is a Southern California native where she lives with
her English husband. She earned a B.A. in English Literature and is
finishing up her Masters of Professional Writing degree at the
University of Southern California. When she is not writing poetry or
fiction, she enjoys travel writing about her globetrotting adventures.
She is currently writing her first novel, which she hopes to publish
in the near future.
Fiction: Opa's Story
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 a 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 Mag, both
of which can be ordered from her web
Reviews: Loving Soren, Why
Am I?,The Stone Man, From
the Bookshelf: Capsule Reviews
Probes: David Weber, David
Bill Winter was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and has lived
there, with the exception of one startlingly unpleasant year in Los
Angeles, all his life. His work has appeared in several online and print
publications, most recently Hiss Quarterly, Mannequin Envy, and
Cutting: Under La Manche
Changming Yuan grew up in a remote Chinese village and published several
books before moving to Canada. Currently, Yuan teaches English in Vancouver.
His poetry has appeared in dANDelion (Canada), Kritya
(India), The London Magazine (United Kingdom), Porcupine
(United States), Private (Italy), Stylus (Australia) and
dozens of others.
Poetry: My Crow
Gerald Zipper's work has been published in a great many literary journals.
Wounded Hopes, a collection of his poetry, was published in 1987.
In 2002, he was named one of the state's top poets by The Journal of
New Jersey Poets. He has been featured on National Public Radio and
has lectured on writing poetry at the New School in New York City.
Poetry: Would You Believe?