Emmanuel Agrapidis loves the earth and the sun and the animals and stands
up for the stupid and the crazy. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York,
he received his B.A. in Literature & Writing from Columbia University
and has published poetry widely. However, he is that kind of poet who
must work during the day, which involves too much paperwork and long
soporific afternoons at the office inexchange for a regular paycheck,
a bit too small, but reassuring. Look for his book of poetry: Devour
the Earth & Other Accidents of Our Existence, in 2008... it
will peel your soul and toast it like an almond!
Poetry: Sappho's Song
James Bellarosa has published three books of fiction, a novel and two
short story collections. Altogether he has 200 publishing credits, 160
of which are short stories. He's a semi-retired accountant living with
his wife of 41 years, Jeannine.
Jenn Blair is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University
of Georgia in Athens, where she currently resides. Her interests include
Romantic and Arab American Literature. She has been published in Stirring,
Copper Nickel, The Fairfield Review, Penwood Review, Panamowa, MELUS,The
Sow's Ear Review, SNR Review, Hamilton Review, Stone Table Review,
and has work forthcoming in the Tusculum Review. She is from
Loraine Campbell is a survivor of the Summer of Love in San Francisco
in the late Sixties. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Grit,
The Sun, Chrysalis Reader, Aim, Mother Earth, Art Times, Thorny Locust,
Chiron Review, Her Mark, Tacenda and a few other places. She lives
in Seattle, where she is bossed around by her gray tabby cat named Arthur.
Don Crawford received his Masters Degree from the University of California,
at Berkeley, during the heyday of the sixties. Through the years he
has published in Pamphlet Publications of Ohio; The Cat's Meow;
The American Theosophist and several articles in local newspapers
and fiction stories in local college journals. His first two novels
are under review by publishers. He has completed another novel which
he is now editing for possible publication. Currently, he is working
on his fourth novel, as yet untitled. He continues writing short stories.
Fiction: The Tempted Guru
Chris Crittenden worked on a suicide hotline for thirteen years, then
got a Ph.D. in philosphy and now has turned to poetry. Some of his recent
acceptances are from Epicenter, Poesia and Ward 6 Review.
He lives in the easternmost town in the United States, a rural fishing
village in Maine.
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: Her Sadistic Karma
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.
Reviews: On the Beautiful
Blue Danube, The Living and the
Dead, Shadows, Ulzhan,
12, The Bucket List,
am from Titov Veles
Essays: Belgrade International
Peggy Duffy's short stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications,
including Newsweek, Notre Dame Magazine, Trillium Literary Review,
Smokelong Quarterly, Octavo, Three Candles, So To Speak, Apple Valley
Review, Literary Mama, Brevity and Main Street Rag, as well
as previous issues of Wild Violet. Her fiction has been recognized
by the Virginia Commission for the Arts as a finalist in the Individual
Artist Fellowship program for literary artists, and several of her short
stories have been selected by storySouth for the Million Writers
Award, Notable Online Short Stories. She has an MFA from George Mason
University & maintains a website at www.peggyduffy.com.
Cutting: Eurydice's Song
Timothy A. Faller
Timothy A. Faller's short stories have appeared in Foliate Oak, Dreams
& Visions, and Crusader Magazine. He lives in Pickering,
Ontario, with his wife, Sophie, and his two sons, Adam and Kyle. Timothy
has worked as an independent, home-based graphic designer and editor
for more than fifteen years, and is now writing his first novel.
Fiction: The Red Trunks
Between playing her ukulele and ocean swimming, Alice Folkart writes
short fiction and poetry in Hawaii. Her work has appeared in a number
of online literary journals including Long Story Short, Ken*Again,
Nights and Weekends, and Getting REaD. She co-directs the
House of 30 poetry forum on Blueline, a place for poets to write a poem
a day and give and receive encouraging comment, and she is a long-time
participant in the Internet Writing Workshop (IWW.com).
She is currently working on revisions of her first novel.
Cutting: So Near, So Far
Ricky Garni is a graphic designer living in North Carolina. He has been
published in over a hundred print and online journals, a number of anthologies,
and received three nominations for the Pushcart Prize. That's the good
news. The bad news is that he has never won a Pushcart (kind of an "always
a bridemaid" thing) and has yet to submit a full-length manuscript
for publication (kind of a "lazy" thing, combined with postalphobia,
which isn't truly a condition, but then again, it feels like it is sometimes.)
Presently, he is completing work on a trilogy collection, the thread
of which is no more than the word "Wavy" in each of the titles,
and has the finished works available as PDF files through his site on
Web as well as short sketches called My Fifteen Favorite Presidents,
complete now, save for the Millard Fillmore bit.
Sheri Fresonke Harper
Sheri Fresonke Harper's lives and loves in Renton, Washington. She is
an aspiring science fiction novelist, with short stories in Aoife's
Kiss, Tabloid Purposes IV, and Dragons, Knights and Angels.
Her poems have been published in a variety of ezines including Shine
and Kaleidotrope. She has two chapbooks published, the latest,
Decalmaker, was published by Pudding House Press. More information
about her writing is available at www.sfharper.com
Poetry: Heart Beat Haven
Suzanne Richardson Harvey
Suzanne Richardson Harvey's poetry has appeared in The Christian
Science Monitor, Concho River Review, Mannequin Envy, SpeedPoets
(Australia), Ascent Aspirations Magazine (Canada), and Nth
Position (UK), among other places. For almost two decades Suzanne
lectured in the English Department at Stanford University in California.
She is now retired. In addition, for a semester she was a visiting lecturer
in the English Department at the University of California at Berkeley,
and for almost a decade she was an instructor in the publishing program
at the University of California at Berkeley Extension. Before that,
Suzanne was an instructor at Tufts University in the Boston area, where
she received her doctorate in Elizabethan poetry, specifically that
of Edmund Spenser. Recently, in her retirement she was active in teaching
at Emeritus College (continuing education for older adults) in the San
Francisco Bay Area for almost a decade. Suzanne is a member of the Academy
of American Poets.
Robert Johnson is a professor of justice, law and society at American
University. He is the author of two original collections of poems, Poetic
Justice: Reflections on the Big House, the Death House, and the American
Way of Justice, winner of the L.I.F.E. Award from WilloTrees Press;
and Burnt Offerings: Poems on Crime and Punishment. His poems
and stories have appeared in Admit2, The American Review, Black Bear
Review, The National Catholic Reporter, Carnelian, CMC (Crime Media
Culture), Dan River Anthology, Lifelines, Pleasant Living Magazine,
Tacenda Literary Magazine and Wild Violet. His short story,
"The Practice of Killing," won the Wild Violet Fiction Contest
for 2003. Other works of fiction include Justice Follies: Parody
from Planet Prison and The Crying Wall, which he edited.
His best known work of social science Death Work: A Study
of the Modern Execution Process won the Outstanding Book
Award of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Cutting: Married Under a Blue Moon
Hari Bhajan Khalsa
Hari Bhajan Khalsa graduated from Vermont College with a B.A. in creative
writing in 2005 (after a 30-year hiatus from school). Her time is split
between the sprawling city of Los Angeles and the little mountain town
of Sisters, Oregon. She writes regularly on her blog, Poetry
Evolution, and sends out a monthly e-letter to over 250 friends
and fellow poets, where she explores the journey of being a poet. She
is also a Life
Coach and workshop facilitator. Her work has been published, or
is forthcoming, in Poesy, Poetic Diversity, The Lilliput Review,
HazMat Review, Fulcrum, Tigers Eye and Phantasmagoria.
Gordon Ross Lanser
Gordon Ross Lanser is a holder of a B.A. in philosophy from the University
of California at Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in several webzines
and magazines during the past few years, in genres ranging from magical
realism to science fiction blends. He lives in the Magnolia district
of Seattle with his wife and four children, and works in the greater-Seattle
metropolitan area as a software consultant.
Fiction: The Forgotten Man
Poetry: Go On Bleeding
Vince Lowry graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans and currently
lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son. He has published a dozen
short stories/poems in a wide array of magazines, and plans to release
his first novel in the fall of 2008 (The Zodiac Chronicles: The Lost
Civilization of Aries).
Humor: The Class of 1995
David McGrath writes commentary for the Birmingham News and the
Chicago Tribune and teaches English at the University of South
Alabama. His essays and stories have appeared in Artful Dodge, Fourth
Genre, Open Spaces, Chicago Reader, and the L.A. Times, among
others. He is author of the novel Siege at Ojibwa and author/editor
of The Thing About Hope Is
, an anthology of literature.
He recently completed The Vocation, his second novel, from which
"Catharsis" has been adapted. He lives with his wife Marianne
in Dauphin Island, Alabama.
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. She also helps copy-edit Wild
Dan once tied his only apartment key to his fishing line for extra flash
and weight to catch a rainbow trout he knew was hiding in a deep, deep
blue far away hole on the American River. He has worked as an assistant
horse trainer, assistant film editor, a carpenter, a jazz club manager
and for the past ten years as a newspaper and magazine reporter and
editor. His poetry has appeared in the Taproot Literary Review, The
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Point of Light and the Loyalhanna Review
and is forthcoming in the Edison Literary Review. His screenplay
topics include Roberto Clemente, the baseball player and Frederic Church,
the landscape painter. He has lived in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston,
Washington, D.C., the Sierras, Pittsburgh and Fontvieille, France, and
now lives in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia.
Poetry: The Gift
Wild Violet profreader 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.
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.
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.
Humor: Blatant Revisionism
Essay: Walt Whitman Meets the Merchant
Anna Sykora graduated first in her class from Vassar, earned law degrees
from Harvard and NYU, and practiced tax law at major firms in New York
City before moving to Germany with her husband, a pediatric oncologist.
In Hanover she has taught English and published almost sixty poems and
stories, and completed three novels (motto: "Better a life than
a living"). Her most recent work will be found in the Iconoclast,
the Barbaric Yawp, the Green Rock Review, Star Line, Tales from the
Talisman and Aphelion, and in the anthologies Tales from
the Clinic and Warrior Wisewoman.
Poetry: If Looks Could Swallow up the World,
While Autumn Makes the Sum of Us
Matthew David Wachsman
Matthew David Wachsman is a New York poet, author and songwriter. Most
recently he penned over 800 haiku, a collection entitled, Rain.
He is author of an unpublished novel, In Between, and the cinematographer
of feature films and documentaries shot around the United States, Europe
and the Middle East.
Cutting: Time is Changing
Joanna M. Weston is married with three sons and two cats. She lives
on Vancouver Island and is a full-time writer of poetry, short stories,
and poetry reviews. She has been published internationally in journals
and anthologies and published The Willow Tree Girl online and
in print in 2003.
Poetry: The Urgent Gardener
Phoebe Wilcox lives in Pennsylvania and is employed as a social worker.
She has published the first chapter of her book, Angels Carry the
Sun, in the online literary magazine, Wild River Review and
has been the recipient of a James Michener Scholarship award. Having
evolved over time into a multitasker, she is currently completing her
first book, starting a second book, writing a short story, and laying
plans to snare an agent within the year.
Cutting: Meeting in the Woods
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
Essay: Philadelphia Film Festival
Reviews: The Toe Tactic,In
a Dream, Eleven Minutes,The
Pixar Story,Phoebe in
What We Do Is Secret, The
Forbidden Kingdom, I Promise
You by Willard F. Harley Jr., Down
to a Sunless Sea by Mathias B. Freese, Looking
for an Eye by Peter Krok, Beer
and Confessions by John O'Toole, From
the Bookshelf (capsule reviews)
Probe: Charles Stross
Changming Yuan grew up in rural China and published three books
before moving to Canada. Currently Yuan works as a college English tutor
in Vancouver and has had over 150 poems appearing or forthcoming in
Descant (Canada), Kritya (India), London Magazine
(United Kingdom), Offcourse, Porcupine, Private (Italy), Sentence,
Snorkel (Australia), Wild Violet and many others.
Cutting: Cat's Cradle