Martha J. Allard

Martha J Allard writes from Flint Michigan, where she lives with three cats whom she supports by working at a local bookstore. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in publications like Talebones and TurboCharged Fortune Cookie. Her nonfiction as been published in Morbid Curiosity and the anthologies Lend the Eye a Terrible Aspect and Death's Garden.
Fiction: After

Kirsten Anderson

Kirsten Anderson is a writer and folklorist based in the sprawl that is Los Angeles. She has an M.A. in folklore and will tell you everything you need to know about fairy tales and then some. She writes short fiction inspired by fairy tales, mythology, and whatever happens to be on the radio at the moment.
Fiction: The Match Maker

Jeannette Angell
Jeannette Angell is the author of the novels Légende, Wings, Flight, and The Illusionist, as well as the nonfiction All Ground is Holy and the memoirs Callgirl and Madam. She has had short fiction and nonfiction appear in the online literary journals Wild Violet and SaucyVox, and in print publications such as Here, Liturgy, the Journal of Church Music and Sojourners; she also has a short story, "Summer People", available through the Amazon Shorts program.
Fiction: The Odyssey Tree

Freeman Anthony
Freeman Anthony is at the forefront of Gonzo Engineering and is coming to terms with leaving liberal New Zealand for the familiar shores of the Pacific Northwest. A Mainer by birth, he currently is somewhere between Lhasa and Oslo. His writing on chasing snow, cultural evolution, and a morally acceptable career has appeared on and other less noteworthy literary outlets.
Essay: Aceh Clam Chowdah

Martin Brick
Martin Brick went to college as an art major, but with graduate school has migrated toward the more lucrative discipline of English literature. Currently he is a doctoral candidate living in Wisconsin. "The Opposite of Claustrophobia" is part of a series of interrelated short shorts and character sketches titled 96 Breeds of Love (and Other Ailments).Other pieces from this project have been published in Sou'Wester, The Fox Cry Review, Pindeldyboz, the Shore Magazine, The Journal of Modern Post, and other places.
Cutting: The Opposite of Claustrophobia

Michael Cain

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, this is Michael's first published work. He is grateful, his dog Jack is grateful, and so is the entire Cain family.
Fiction: Midnight Sonata
Essay: And Other Tragedies

Bob Carlton

Bob Carlton lives in Grand Prairie, Texas. The objectively verifiable facts concerning his life are so boring as to make them of no interest to anyone but himself. His poems have been published over the years in numerous places, most of which no longer exist. His most important contribution to the history of American letters is a chapbook, The Laughter of Stones, available from Good Samaritan Press.
Poem: The Uncertainty of Yard Work

Bill Carrigan
While earning a B.S. degree from Maryland University, Bill played tenor sax in dance bands. He says he might have stayed in music but, soon married, he “had to go to work.” At medical research institutions, he wrote interpretive matter for laymen, “learning a lot I wouldn’t have known otherwise.” Now retired, he lives in Sarasota, Florida, and writes fiction. Five novels can be sampled at, and he is seeking an agent for his latest, “a realistic doctor love story.” When not writing, Bill heads a critique group, reads widely, and visits his daughters in Florida and Oregon.
Fiction: The Book

Michael Ceraolo

Michael Ceraolo is a forty-something civil servant/poet trying to overcome a middle class upbringing. He has one book already out, Cleveland Haiku, from Green Panda Press, and has another, Euclid Creek: A Journey, forthcoming from Deep Cleveland Press.
Humor: Now for This Commercial Message
Cuttings: Twenty-First Century Editions (The Northwest Ordinance, The Monroe Doctrine, The "Four Freedoms")

Tom Conoboy
Tom Conoboy is Scottish but now lives in England, where he works in local government. Over the years he has vacillated between playing the guitar and writing stories. Somewhat late in life he realized he was least bad at writing, and since the middle of 2005 he has been writing and submitting seriously, and has had around 20 publications in journals such as SaucyVox, Big Jewel and Opium.
Cutting: Clouds of Witness

Keltic Corman
Keltic Corman, copy editor 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 received an MFA from the University of Virginia, and he still lives in the Charlottesville area. Poems have appeared in Rhino and Sentence; a larger selection, of poems on parts of the body, is on the Mudlark website.
Poems: Yellow-Billed Magpie, Cygnus

Robert Demaree
Robert Demaree is a retired teacher and school administrator with ties to Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, where he lives five months of the year, and thus enjoys what Donald Hall calls "a pleasure of place." He is the author of a history of Greensboro Day School and a collection of poems called New Hampshire Pond. He has had approximately 190 poems published or accepted by 60 periodicals, including Cold Mountain Review, Louisiana Review, Louisville Review, Mobius, Offerings, Paris/Atlantic, Red River Review and Thorny Locust.
Poem: At the Antique Mall

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: Dubrovnik Film Festival, International Film Festival in Belgrade
Probes: Wim Wenders, Anna Karina, Emir Kusturica

Peggy Duffy
In addition to a previous issue of Wild Violet, Peggy Duffy's short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, Smokelong Quarterly, Octavo, Drexel Online Journal, Three Candles, Pierian Springs, So To Speak, Literary Mama, Brevity and Main Street Rag. Her short story, “First Thing in the Morning”, was selected by storySouth for the Million Writers Award, Notable Online Short Stories for 2004, and two of her stories were selected by storySouth as Notable Online Short Stories for 2003. She maintains a web site at
To Have and to Hold

Alan Gordon
Alan Gordon is a Wild Violet reviewer who lives in Georgia.
Reviews: Spiritual Perversion by Steve Sanchez, In Search of a Brilliant White Cloud by Simon Van Der Heym

John Grey
Australian born poet, playwright, musician John Grey's latest book is What Else Is There from Main Street Rag. His work has appeared recently in Hubbub, South Carolina Review, and Journal Of The American Medical Association.
Of the Moment

Deanna Jones

Deanna Jones grew up in the Philippine Islands as the daughter of missionaries. Unable to find her voice for years after, she decided to pack it all in and head out to California for a few years. With the help of Jack Grapes and the Los Angeles Poets and Writers Collective, she not only found her voice but now privately runs outside writing workshops for those interested in finding their voice and being part of a writing collective. Her work has appeared in IIlya’s Honey, Spillway, Rattle, Descant, LiteraryMama and others. She currently lives in Frisco, Texas, with her husband and two toddler sons.
Poem: Workshop

Carl S. Kaucher
Carl S. Kaucher is currently sheltering in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he consumes the better part of his days working in a local battery manufacturer. At break time, he fritters away the minutes turning out some prose, suffering the vacant stares of his coworkers and their questions of, "What course are you taking?" So, he is fodder for the delegation of maximal entropy. He has a few small press publication credits and is an ardent student of life. So far, he passes. He writes endlessly as a matter of necessity and reads as a matter of inspiration. He, too, is awaiting a rebirth of wonder.
Cutting: Wal-Mart

Mark Joseph Kiewlak
Mark Joseph Kiewlak has been a published author of short stories and poetry for fifteen years now, but his proudest accomplishment was the ten-page story he wrote for DC Comics in FLASH 80-PAGE GIANT #2. Recently, his poetry has been appearing in The Oracular Tree and Once Upon a Time, while his fiction can be found in Black Petals and in Wild Violet.
Fiction: Harmony

Stephen Kopel
Stephen Kopel is a teacher who lives in San Francisco. His work appears in Troubadour, Skylark, iota, Haight Ashbury Journal, Plainsongs, The Lyric, Icon and dozens more.
Poem: Shove

James Maloney
James Maloney was born in Galway, Ireland, and moved across the water to the British mainland in his teens. James writes and works in Birmingham, England, where he spends endless days trying to hang wallpaper correctly, and lives in 1967. He has placed stories at Thieves' Jargon, Southern Ocean Review and Prose Toad, and is delighted to have a story appear in Wild Violet.
Fiction: Castles

Chris Martinez
Chris Martinez went to Penn State and George Washington Law, and now lives in Arlington, Virginia. His writings here are not to be confused with the kind he does for the federal borg, in Kafkaesque boxes within boxes in downtown D.C.
Cutting: The Leap

Brent McCafferty
Raised in the wine country of southern France, Brent McCafferty recently moved from Bordeaux to the Pacific Northwest. As a sometime sommelier for the Chateaux St. Michelle, Haut-Brion, and d'Yquem, the author has developed a fondness for Michelle Eroica Riesling, vintage 2003. He lives and writes in Great Falls, Montana.
Poem: Solicitations from a Street Corner Near Columbia University, 2006

Tom Misuraca
Tom Misuraca is a Boston native currently living in Los Angeles. Over seventy of his short stories have been accepted for publication in literary magazines all over the world, including Byline, Thema and Spoiled Ink. He has also written and edited young adult books for Angel Gate Press. Last summer, profiled him on their web site. In early 2006, a screenplay he cowrote with James Ferguson will begin filming. When he's not writing, he works as a graphic designer. Visit his web site:
Cutting: Going Einstein

Eilis O'Neal
Eilis Arwen O’Neal lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband. She is the managing editor of Nimrod International Journal. Her one-act plays, The Original Face and The Better Angles, have been produced by Heller Theatre in Tulsa. Saddled with her middle name by her father, she has no choice but to write fantasy.
Fiction: Rowan and Heather

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.
Fiction: Comfort Zone
Review: To Right All Wrongs by Joyce Taylor Dennis

Norman Pollack

Norman Pollack is a former high school English teacher in suburban New Jersey who has owned several bookstores and served as executive director for nonprofit organizations. He has many interest and hobbies, including classical music, teaching poetry, leading book discussion groups, board games and computers. He runs an online poetry workshop at
Humor: Vegetarian Sonnet

Terry Rentzepis
Cover Artist Terry Rentzepis works in acrylic, creating morphed characters drenched in emotion. Believing in the power of the quiet, his canvases catch still moments, with an emotional impact that makes you feel like you are intruding on his characters. Rentzepis just completed his first gallery show in Miami, Florida. Terry’s work has been published in Opium, Fifteen Project, Retort Magazine, Poetic Inhalation, and Razorcake Magazine.
Artwork: Courting Celia, Putting Out the Night, Divided

Mike Ryan

Wild Violet assistant designer Mike Ryan has a distressingly common name. He's not the lawyer or pharmaceutical salesman or the pool club owner. He's the information services manager. The one that loves anime and science fiction. No, not the one from New York, the one from Pennsylvania. Yeah, that one.

Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb works as a mentor and as coeditor of the Sustainable Ways Newsletter at Prescott College and is cofounder 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, A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, The Pedestal Magazine, and many other journals. She holds an interdisciplinary M.A. in Ecosemantics.
Poem: The Dragons of Norris Basin

G. David Schwartz
G. David Schwartz is the former president of Seedhouse, the online interfaith committee. Schwartz is the author of A Jewish Appraisal of Dialogue, and coauthor, with Jacqueline Winston, of Parables In Black and White. He's currently a volunteer at Drake Hospital in Cincinnati, Schwartz continues to write. His new book, Midrash and Working Out Of The Book, is now in stores or can be ordered.
Fiction: Nate's Fish and Poultry Shop

Gayle Sliva
Gayle Sliva's work has been published in the anthology 90 Poets of the Nineties and journals such as The MacGuffin, Interim, the West Wind Review, the Liberty Hill Poetry Review, and the River King Poetry Supplement. She has served on the editorial staffs of two creative arts journals, Bristlecone and the Mosaic, and has taught poetry at many conferences and seminars for both children and adults. In addition to writing poetry, short fiction, essays, screenplays, and novels, she works overtime in software testing and still somehow manages to raise her children, dogs, and horses.
Humor: Caring for the Needy

Laura Toffenetti
During the day Laura Toffenetti is an elementary school teacher in Storrs, Connecticut. At night she plunks herself in front of her laptop and writes plays and essays. Three of her plays for teenagers have been published by Heuer’s: Teenage Nightmare, Cliques and Cafeterias and The Mysterious Art of Advertising. Going to See the Elephant, which is published by Dramatists, won the International PEN award for best new olay. Last summer she attended the Connecticut Writing Project, where she discovered a knack for writing funny essays about her somewhat ridiculous life. She has an essay, "The Game Show",coming out in the e-zine, Fresh Yarn.
Humor: Groundhog

Mylan Vaugeois

Born in New York City, Mylan Vaugeois 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 planning a wedding to an amazing fiancé.
Review: Troubadour by Don Fenn

Clay Waters
Clay Waters has had poems published in Poet Lore, Literal Latte, New Delta Review, The Higginsville Reader, and Small Spiral Notebook. He's also had a short story, "Nyssa and the Time-Stopper of Clapham," published in the Summer 2003 issue of Wild Violet.
Poem: Amy as It Approaches Zero

Laura Austin Wiley
Laura Austin Wiley lives in northern California with her husband, four cats and a rabbit. She is an English instructor as well as a private flute teacher. She enjoys hiking and writing about the natural world.
Poem: Nocturnal Communion

Alyce Wilson
Alyce Wilson is Wild Violet editor and in her copious spare time writes humor and poetry, keeps an online journal, Musings, and betters herself through classes in improvisational comedy and dog obedience. 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: The Univer-SOUL Language Vol. 1, Gertrude's Cupboard by E.J. Cockey, Pseudo-City by D. Harlan Wilson, Amber's Guide for Girls by Amber J. Mariano, Devil's Advocate by Charles Portolano

Fredrick Zydek

Fredrick Zydek is the author of eight collections of poetry. His work appears in The Antioch Review, The Hollins Critic, Margie, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry, and other journals. T'Kopechuck: The Buckley Poems is forthcoming from Winthrop Press early next year. Formerly a professor of creative writing and theology at the University of Nebraska and later at the College of Saint Mary, he is now a gentleman farmer when he isn't writing. Most recently he has accepted the post as editor for Lone Willow Press.
Poem: Letter to Ranek About Making Peace With the Land



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