Tala Bar
Tala Bar lives in Israel and hold an M.Phil. degree in literature from the London University. She taught Hebrew and English language and literature before becoming a full time writer. She has had a number of books, stories and articles published in print and on the Net, both in Hebrew and English. Many of her writings were published in Bewildering Stories, and her latest publications are "Dragon Ride" in Cynic, and "Seasons and Calendars" in Unlikely Stories.
Essay: The Great Mother

Amy Barone
Amy Barone is a poet, columnist and business writer. A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City, where she recently launched a communications business. Her poetry has appeared in Gradiva, PoetWorks, The Pig Iron Press, Enigma, and Wavelength. She spent five years as an Italian correspondent in Milan for Women's Wear Daily and Advertising Age. Her monthly column, "Postcard from New York," appears on Italian lifestyle Web site She participates in monthly readings at the Cornelia Street Café in the West Village as a member of the Italian American Writers Association.
Poetry: Felid Score

Dean Borok

Dean Borok is the nephew of Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow. The circumstances of his birth are recounted in the denouement of Bellow's groundbreaking novel, The Adventures of Augie March. After many years of living abroad, Borok returned to the U.S. and worked as an accessory designer for top Fifth Avenue fashion houses. With the advent of the Internet, Borok, who had previously disdained the politics of publishing, started to write directly to the public. He operates a Dada-ist comedy Web site at
Essay: Doors of Perception

Anselm Brocki
In 1981, after serving as a pilot in World War II, teaching school for eleven years, and working as a senior editor at Houghton Mifflin, Anselm Brocki decided he lacked a public voice and set about to find one in writing poetry. Since then, he has written over 2,600 poems, has published 1,400 of them in over 775 publications — among them, The Amherst Review, The California Quarterly, Off the Coast, and Waterways — and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Poetry Prize. He is currently running his own editing business and continues to write over 100 poems a year.
Poetry: By-Products

Leah Browning
Leah Browning was born and raised in northern New Mexico. She is the author of two nonfiction books about babysitting, and her fiction, poetry, essays, and articles have appeared in a variety of publications including The Saint Ann's Review, Literary Mama, 42opus, Lily, Blood Orange Review, Salome Magazine, Autumn Sky Poetry, and several anthologies. In addition to writing, she serves as editor of the Apple Valley Review. More information about Leah is available on her Web site.
Essay: The Brick Press

Alex Cameron
Alex Cameron is an aspiring writer from Chatham, New Jersey, where he helps edit both the high school newspaper and literary magazine. He has been published in the New Verse News, and as June's Story of the Month in Long Story Short. Just like every other high schooler in the universe, Alex hopes he can get into a prestigious college. And, with a little luck, one where he can continue to write all he wants.
Essay: Popcorn Hypnosis

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.

Mark Cunningham
Mark Cunningham's poems have appeared in recent issues of Alice Blue and Dusie. He's had two chapbooks published, including one on the Mudlark Web site (2002) and one of the Right Hand Pointing Web site (2006). Tarpaulin Sky Press will be bringing out a book, tentatively titled Body Language, a sort of diptych containing two serparate collections, one titled Body (on parts of the body) and one titled Primer (on numbers and letters).
Poetry: Black-Capped Night Heron

Darren C. Demaree
Born in Ohio some years ago, Darren C. Demaree waits on his porch for far too many nights documenting the weather patterns of his home state. When that statement is even less true, he writes. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, none so floral as Wild Violet.
Poetry: I'm Telling You a Story About a Woman

Doris E. Dhillon
Born in Cleveland Ohio, Doris Dhillon is the only child of a Scottish Marine officer and his Swedish wife. She earned a B.A. at Ohio State University and a M.A. from Drew University, and she and Raghbir married in 1962. After retiring, she went to India to fulfill her dream of opening an orphanage. She and her husband were in the process of purchasing the property when the Indian police made false allegations that she was a CIA terrorist. On returning to America in 1989, she began chasing her second dream, of writing fiction.
Fiction: Capturing a Pernicious Ghost

Raghbir S. Dhillon
Born in Punjab India, Raghbir Dhillon's father was an English professor and famous writer. He excelled academically, graduating first in his class in college with a B.A. and topping the university when he earned a BSCE in 1947. For 11 years he was a railroad engineer in India before immigrating to America, where he earned his MSCE from Purdue University. He served with several consulting firms in America, retiring in 1987 as chief engineer with Campbell & Associates. Together with his wife, he has written 90 stories and had a few of them published in Indian papers and American magazines. They have also completed four novels.
Fiction: My Search for Life After Death, Capturing a Pernicious Ghost

M. Ana Diz
M. Ana Diz was born in Buenos Aires and resides in New York City. Although she has written poetry for many years, most of her publications (books, articles in specialized journals) have dealt with Medieval literature. In the last year, in addition to publishing some pieces on contemporary art, she has been devoting most of her time to her own poetry. The Deronda Review, Fighting Chance, Hidden Oak, The Puckerbrush Review, among others, have published or accepted her work for publication.
Poetry: Museum of the Holocaust in Washington, D.C.

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.
Essays: Zagreb Film Festival and the Presidential Elections
Probe: Darko Rundek

Richard Fammerée
Richard Fammerée has a book of poems, Lessons of Water & Thirst, and another ready for publication. His poetry has been published internationally and appears on ReVerse. He edits and directs and produces and hosts Poetry & Its Music International on WNUR, 89.3 FM (Northwestern University).
February – April

Diana Festa
Diana Festa is the author of four poetry books, Arches to the West, Ice Sparrow, Thresholds and Bedrock. She has also published four books on literary criticism, and a large number of poems and articles in various reviews and anthologies. She is the recipient of several poetry prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Guizot Award from the French Academy.
Poetry: In Memory's Domain

John Grey
John Grey is an Australian-born poet, playwright and musician. His latest book is What Else Is There from Main Street Rag. His work recently appeared in The English Journal, The Pedestal, Pearl and The Journal Of The American Medical Association.
Poetry: Grip, Years Later

Elizabeth Gromley
Elizabeth Gormley was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and raised in different parts of the Northeast. She holds a degree in wWriting, literature and publishing from Emerson College. She has contributed to the Improper Bostonian magazine and is currently working on her first book, a memoir about her time spent waiting tables at a seafood restaurant. Her passions include domestic travel, having visited forty-two of the fifty United States, and the music of the Dandy Warhols, whom she describes as "the best thing that ever happened to the concept of sound." She lives in Boston.
Essay: Cold Coffee

Jeremy Leon Hance
Jeremy Leon Hance is a recent transplant to the desert and the mountains. He came west for intellectual gold: The Great Books graduate program at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Previously, Jeremy has had several theatrical adaptations of classic stories produced, including The Odyssey. He is also a regular reporter for the environmental news Web site He has one novel collecting dust in the closet and another gathering dust on his desk. This is his first published short story.
The Witch's Wake

Linda Oatman High
Linda Oatman High is an author/poet/songwriter/journalist who teaches many writing workshops.
Essay: Blue Sky, Blue Water, and a Ship Full of The Blues

Mark Joseph Kiewlak
Mark Joseph Kiewlak has been a published author for fifteen years. Within the past year and a half, his fiction and poetry have been featured in over a dozen print and Internet magazines, including The Bitter Oleander, Toasted Cheese, The Oracular Tree, Allegory, AlienSkin, and Once Upon a Time. His proudest achievement remains The Answer, a script he wrote for DC Comics, which appeared in FLASH 80-PAGE GIANT #2 back in 1999.
Fiction: A Healing Story
Cuttings: His Favorite Songs, The Expense of the Moment

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's had seven stories published online, with more to come soon. He lives with his wife, Amber, their dog, Spike, and cat, Rocky.
Cutting: Red Rose on White

Russell H. Krauss
Russell H. Krauss is a college graduate and a former executive and chief actuary for a national life insurance company. Now retired, he keeps busy writing software, fiction and commentary. He has had over twenty stories published in the small
circulation and Internet magazine markets, one of which earned a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Fiction: Bus Riders

Peter Layton
Poetry: And, As,

Kurt MacPhearson
Four-Letter Words

Shaylen Maxwell

Shaylen A. Maxwell is a native of Southern Ontario and graduated from York University with a degree in psychology and a minor in education. She emerged from the womb penning novels, and is presently editing her latest two literary creations: Turtle Bones, and Dante, and the rest of what never happened. Shaylen currently resides with her menagerie of wild animals: her boyfriend Jonathan, her Irish red wolf, her silly foolish cat, and her three big-eared wabbits.
Humor: The Cat, Ebola and a Shoebox Coffin

Karl Miller
Karl Miller graduated from the University of Florida, lives in Coral Springs, and works in insurance in Boca Raton. He has had work published in a variety of periodicals.
Fiction: Padre Guevara's Tale

Suzanne Nielsen
Suzanne Nielsen, a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, teaches writing at Metropolitan State University. Her poetry, fiction and essays appear in literary journals nationally and internationally. Some of these include The Comstock Review, Mid-America Poetry Review, Foliate Oak, Identity Theory, The Pedestal, Rumble, Thunder Sandwich, Word Riot and 580 Split. So'ham Books released her collection of poetry, East of the River, in December 2005. So'ham is also publishing her collection of short fiction, The Moon Behind the 8-Ball & Other Stories. Nielsen earned a B.A. in writing from Metropolitan State University, an M.A. degree, with an emphasis in fiction writing, from Hamline University, and an EdD through Hamline University.
Angel's Eye

Andrew H. Oerke

After suggesting the idea of the Peace Corps to Jerry Clark, Kennedy's campaign manager in Wisconsin, Andrew H. Oerke went on to become a Peace Corps Director in Africa and the Caribbean, and for many years was president of a private and voluntary organization working in developing countries, going on to work a variety of jobs. He was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship at the Freie Universität in Berlin, and scholarships at the University of Iowa writers' workshop, where he studied under Mark Strand, and at Baylor University, where he studied Wellerisms with Charles G. Smith. Andrew Oerke's work has appeared frequently in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, Mademoiselle, and in many other international publications. He has published five books of poetry. He is now living in the U.S., and has returned full time to writing poetry, his first love.
Poetry: Flying Over Africa #2, Byzantine Mosaics

Maurice Oliver
After almost a decade as a freelance photographer in Europe, Maurice Oliver returned to America. Then, in 1995, he made a life-long dream reality by traveling around the world for eight months, recording the experience in a journal, which in turn inspired poems. His poetry has appeared in numerous international publications, including Potomac Journal, Pebble Lake Review, Taj Mahal Review (India), Dandelion Magazine (Canada), Stride Magazine (UK), and online at, (UK), (India), and (Germany). His forth chapbook, One Remedy Is Travel, was recently published at Origami Condom. He is the editor of Concelebratory Shoehorn Review. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a private tutor.
Poetry: Ignition or Perdition

Jeannine Pitas
Jeannine Pitas is a writer and high school teacher from Buffalo, New York. Her poems, articles, short stories and personal essays have appeared in The Buffalo News, Buffalo Spree Magazine, Lost Writers, Ghoti and Wild Goose Poetry Review. She thanks Wild Violet for publishing her poem and you for reading it, and she apologizes for talking about herself in the third person.
Poetry: All That Remains

Wayne Scheer
After teaching writing and literature in college for twenty-five years, Wayne Scheer retired to follow his own advice and write. He's been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net. His work has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Magazine, The Pedestal, Pindeldyboz, and Eclectica Magazine, among others. Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife and can be contacted via e-mail.
Cutting: Aftershock
Humor: One Day Down, Three to Go

Mather Schneider
Mather Schneider's mother told him he was born in the middle of the night during the worst snow storm of the year. This was back in Illinois. He is now a cab driver in Tucson, which is forty-five minutes from Mexico, in the Sonoran Desert. He has no girlfriend, pet, or university degree, but he has a chapbook, Poormouth, available from Interior Noise Press at His poems have appeared in the small press for about ten years.
Poetry: Nap Nightmare

Alyce Wilson
Alyce Wilson is Wild Violet editor and in her copious spare time writes humor and poetry, keeps an online journal, Musings, and is researching a book on creative wedding planning, My Wedding, My Way: Real Women, Real Weddings, Real Budgets. 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: Zombies II by Eric S. Brown, Portals of Terror by Eric S. Brown and Angeline Hawkes-Craig, The Road Map to Rich by Joseph Michael Dickerson, Bad-Ass Faeries ed. by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Lee Hillman, Jeff Lyman

Tony Zurlo

Tony taught in Nigeria with the Peace Corps in his careless youth. His quest to repel middle age routed him through China. There his students convinced him he'd accumulated too much negative karma in his previous life as a corrupt Qing Dynasty official. So his punishment was reincarnation as an American trapped in Texas. To conceal from editors his age, gender, size, race, religion, politics, and other private predispositions, Tony survives folded up in a back room in Arlington, Texas, working on Alice in Cyberland, his anxiously-awaited history about 21st century American foreign policy.
Humor: Successful Public Speaking for Men and Women