Freeman Anthony
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

Marie Ashley-France
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

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

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.
Poetry: Watermarks

Tala Bar

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 in Hebrew.
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.
Poetry: Talisman

Sheila Black
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

Dean Borok makes his living handing out menus on Broadway dressed as a Reuben sandwich, and is the inventor of the Mel Gibson inflatable sex doll
Humor: A Gas Grows in Brooklyn
Essay: La Isla Bonita

Anselm Brocki

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 business.
Poetry: Watchful

Christina Bruness
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 site.
Artwork: In the Manic

Janet Butler
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:
Poetry: Thunder

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 Island Off Stony Point

Michael Ceraolo

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 Fiction

Nathan Combs

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.
Photography: Untitled

Darby Diana
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?

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.
Look Both Ways, All for Free, The Melon Route, Tressette, Fisher Poets,  Longing, St. Vlaho Hope, Faith and Love,The Proposition
Essays: Belgrade's New Author Film Festival, Fourth Annual Dubrovnik International Film Festival

Cecilia Ferreira

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
Artwork: Portrait

Alan L. Gordon
Proof Evident, Beginner's Guide to Immortality

Steven Gradess
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 and Weeds

Iris Green
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 nation’s 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 via e-mail.
Fiction: The Sigh of Joshua Trees

Ed Higgins

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

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
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 Fist

Lockie Hunter

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
Open Letter to the Person Who Told My Mother Her Hair Looked Good This Way

Rick Jankowski
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
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

David Kiphen
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
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 official site.
Essay: Cinderella

Andrea Palos
While earning a buck writing for advertising, marketing & communications, Andrea’s 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

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.
Review: Politics & Patriotism: The Fisk Conspiracy

Jon Picciuolo
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 Prophecy

Ray Succre
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
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 Master’s 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
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 site.
Reviews: Loving Soren, Why Am I?,The Stone Man, From the Bookshelf: Capsule Reviews
Probes: David Weber, David Mattingly

Bill Winter
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 Rumble.
Cutting: Under La Manche

Changming Yuan
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
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?