B. E. Aker is fairly new to short story writing and enjoyed the chance
to play with the ideas set out in this story. She has recently been
practicing writing craft online with Alex Keegan's Boot Camp and is
hoping to learn and grow through doing. Many thanks to Wild Violet
for linking readers and writers and to PBB for the lesson on hermaphrodism.
Kathryn Atwood's poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous
online and print journals including Afterimage, The Aurora Review,
Void MagazIne and PopMatters. When she's not writing or driving
her three kids around somewhere, she's usually teaching at a local music
studio or performing
with her husband.
Essay: Will the Real Mr. Darcy Please Stand
Review: Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion,
the Witch and the Wardrobe
Michelle Brooks has published fiction and poetry in Alaska Quarterly
Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Orchid, Blue Mesa Review, Confluence,
Natural Bridge, Other Voices, and elsewhere. A native Texan, she
now lives in Detroit.
Michael Cain, 33, lives where he grew up in North East Ohio, near the
foothills of the panhandle of West Virginia. He's been a waiter, a nurse
aid, a bartender (worked briefly as a telemarketer, but didn't have
the killer instinct) and now counts money till his fingers bleed at
a gaming resort. Not counting the three days one of his stories appeared
on the now defunct AstoundingTales.com, this is Michael's first published
work. He is grateful, his dog Jack is grateful, and so is the entire
Cain family. Michael is now working on the fourth draft of a fantasy
novel called Jonas Ring and the Shadow Lands.
Poetry: The Cherry Wood Piano
R.S. Carlson is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.
He served with the U.S. Army in Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam 1970-1971.
In recent years, he has made several short-term trips to China and Southeast
Asia with various aid agencies. His poetry has appeared in multiple
literary and "little" magazines, including Poetry/LA; Northwest
Review; The Texas Review; Birmingham Poetry Review; Poet Lore; The Cape
Rock; The Hollins Critic; Poets ON; the Nebraska Review; The Hawai'i
Review; Phase and Cycle; The Lucid Stone; Lynx Eye; Viet Nam Generation;
Sunstone; The Panhandler; War, Literature and the Arts; Limestone Circle;
The Listening Eye; Praesidium; The Chaffin Journal; Viet Nam War Generation
Journal; and Illya's Honey.
Ava C. Cipri
Ava C. Cipri has an MFA from Syracuse University, where she served on
the staff of Salt Hill. Prior to graduate school, she received
the Prague Summer Writers' Workshop Scholarship at Charles University
and published work in Kalliope, Problem Child, and The English
Alumni Magazine at the Pennsylvania State University. Currently,
when she is not working at the local pottery studio, she can be found
bouldering or in a dance class.
Brent Fisk tries to capture those moments that shift the way you look
at life. Seconds, days, sometimes even years that play a major role
in how you walk around in the world. Most of these happen when you are
a child, or when you are vulnerable, and they always knock you a bit
off-kilter, but usually in a way that, if not always good, is at least
instructive. His work has been accepted in over 45 publications and
he's thinking about his first book. Now if he could just get past the
thinking to actually doing something with a manuscript.
Poetry: To be Waked Again
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: Send Me to the End by Berman
Gayle Elen Harvey
Artist's model, receptionist, and, for the past twenty years, hospital
business office clerk, since 1976, poetry's been, for Gayle Elen Harvey,
"not art, but breathing". Her publications include Smartish
Pace, Plainsong, Phoebe, the Louisiana Review, Willow Springs, Gulf
Coast, A Journal of Art & Literature, Hanging Loose, Buckle&,
the Bitter Oleander, Americas reviiew, Yellow Silk, The Listening Eye,
Peralto Press, Poetry Northwest, Primavera, Artful Dodge, The Birmingham
Review, Montserrat review, Visions International, Square lake, Hampden-Sydney
Poetry Review. In addition to winning numerous awards, she's published
seven chapbooks, the most recent three with Sow's Ear, Spir Press (2003)
and Pudding House Press (2002).
Poetry: "Bird with a Calm Look, His
Wings in Flames"
Linda Oatman High
Linda Oatman High is an author/poet/songwriter/journalist who teaches
many writing workshops. She hopes that readers of this article will
consider attending her next workshop on May 12-19, 2007!
Essay: Toscana Americana: Its All
Good Under The Tuscan Sun
Margaret Karmazin's credits include short stories published in over
seventy magazines, including North Atlantic Review, Potomac Review,
Confrontation, Mobius and Carve Magazine. Her stories in
The MacGuffin, Eureka Literary Magazine and Words of Wisdom
were nominated for Pushcart awards. Pipers' Ash Ltd. published a chapbook
of her sci-fi stories, Cosmic Women, and her fantasy novel, Bones,
the story of a prehistoric Native American shaman, is available on Amazon.com.
She co-wrote the introduction for and has a story included in Still
Going Strong, Haworth Press, December 2005.
Fiction: Mrs. Yongé
Jessica Kennedy is a legally blind, ventilator dependent, quadriplegic
and lives in McKinney, Texas. A guest speaker at continuing education
classes for respiratory therapists, she enlightens her listeners about
the patients point of view and educates attendees about spinal
meningitis. This is her second published work.
Essay: The Ribbon from His Hair
Holly Kent is a doctoral student in the history department at Lehigh
University. Her research focuses on women's activist literature in the
Nineteenth Century United States. A devoted fan of the works of Charlotte
Brontë and a loyal New Jerseyian, Kent has spent much of her adult
life seeking to induce those around her to 1) read Villette, and 2)
respect New Jersey for the great state that it is.
Michael Keshigian from Londonderry, New Hampshire, musician and educator,
works in Boston, performing with various symphonic ensembles while teaching
on the collegiate level. He holds an undergraduate music degree from
Boston Conservatory and graduate degrees from New York University and
Boston University. Writing poetry since the mid-90s, he has been widely
published in numerous national, international, and online journals.
He has written three chapbooks: Translucent View, Dwindling Knight,
and Silent Poems. His fourth chap (Into the Sky) is
a work in progress and he is a multiple Pushcart Prize nominee.
Reviews: Mbconn, Amy Kuney, The
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.
Evenings, you'll catch Beverly tickling ivoriess or forming vocal sensations
into a big, shiny microphone. Afternoons, waxing poetically/prosefully,
she sits ruminating over and over and over about what it will feel like
to see her words in print. Her mornings are best breathing country air
as she watches Mastiff Hank chasing chickens through beds of Purple
Coneflower. She must write about that next week...
Cutting: The First Day
Richard Lighthouse is a contemporary writer and poet who has traveled
all over the world. An iinventor, artist, pilot, and musician, he holds
an M.S. from Stanford University. His work has been published in: West
Hills Review: A Walt Whitman Journal, Red Cedar Review, Mudfish,
and many others worldwide.
Poetry: this poem can swim
Arlene L. Mandell, a retired English professor now living in Santa Rosa,
California, is still an avid reader of The New York Times. When
Sophie Maslow's obituary appeared on June 27, 2006, it triggered the
memories included in "Still Dancing." She continues to wear
Danksin tights... for yoga.
Essays: Still Dancing
Cutting: Aunt Minnie's Second Wedding
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: Pleasant Valley
by Eralides E. Cabrera
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 stories have appeared
in The Christian Science Monitor, The Pedestal, Eclectica, Flashquake,
Hamilton Stone Review, Pindeldyboz and Triplopia. Wayne lives
in Atlanta with his wife. He can be contacted via e-mail.
Fiction: A Bar in Omaha
Humor: Cheaper Than Therapy
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb works as a mentor and as co-editor of the
Sustainable Ways Newsletter at Prescott College and is co-founder
of Native West
Press. Her poetry has appeared in Weber Studies, Wild Earth,
Entelechy: Mind & Culture, Out of Line, The Midwest Quarterly, So
to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, The Comstock Review,
The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse University Press), Poem, Karamu, Hawai'i
Pacific Review, Rainbow Curve, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and
Natural Environments, The Pedestal Magazine, and many other journals.
She holds an interdisciplinary MA in Ecosemantics.
Poetry: Eukaryote Blues
Doug Tanoury's verse can be read in electronic magazines and journals
across the world. Collections of poetry by Doug Tanoury can be found
at Funky Dog Publishing and Athens
Avenue. This and other ebook collections of his poetry can be read
and downloaded at
his site. Doug grew up in Detroit, Michigan and still lives in the
Poetry: On Her Sofa
Twixt is the mononym-onym of Peter Specker. He has had poetry published
in Amelia, California State Quarterly, Pegasus, First Class, RE:AL,
Pot-pourri, Art Times, Margie, The Indiana Review, and others. He
lives in both Los Angeles (as Peter Specker) and Ithaca, New York (as
Humor: Two Short Poems
T. Richard Williams
T. Richard Williams is the pen name for Bill Thierfelder, associate
professor of English at Dowling College, Long Island, New York. His
recent work includes two volumes of poetry: How the Dinosaurs Devoured
the Humans and The Letter S; a collection of short fiction
called Ten; and a memoir called Deliberate Living. He
has been involved in various social causes for many years, including
volunteer and activist work for the Momentum AIDS Project (New York
City), GMHC, LIAAC, and LIGALY. He is currently a regular contributor
to Outlook Long Island Magazine.
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: Hanging Garden,
The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai,
Buccaneer, Screaming Masterpiece,
The Shutka Book of Records, A
Selection of Animated Shorts, Head
Space, Tokyo Zombie,Note
to Self by Liz De Jesus, Poems
to Use While Hiding from the Shadows by Liz DeJesus, Nectar
Fragments by Michael Hoffman, The
Art of Undressing by Stephanie Lehmann, Godiva
by David Rose, Cleveland Anthology
of Poets & Secret Life of a Deranged Poet
Probe: Robert Downey Sr. (filmmaker)