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 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 www.beauty.it.
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 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 www.200motels.net.
Essay: Doors of Perception
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.
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
Essay: The Brick Press
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
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'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
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.
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.
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,
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.
Essays: Zagreb Film Festival and
the Presidential Elections
Probe: Darko Rundek
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 universeofpoetry.org
and produces and hosts Poetry & Its Music International on
WNUR, 89.3 FM (Northwestern University).
Poetry: February April
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
Poetry: In Memory's Domain
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 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 Mongabay.com.
He has one novel collecting dust in the closet and another gathering
dust on his desk. This is his first published short story.
Fiction: 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
Fiction: Bus Riders
Poetry: And, As,
Fiction: Four-Letter Words
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
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, 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.
Fiction: 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
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 thievesjargon.com,
(India), and blueprintreview.de
(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 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
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
Humor: One Day Down, Three to Go
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 myfavoritebullet.com.
His poems have appeared in the small press for about ten years.
Poetry: Nap Nightmare
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
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 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
Humor: Successful Public Speaking
for Men and Women