Margaret Andrews is one of those computer nerds, designing web sites and
the like. She rides the fence between Los Angeles and Sacramento. You
can track her progress via
Her short stories have appeared in Toasted Cheese, T-Zero, Long Story
Short and The Glut. She placed in an Elk Grove Public Library
Short Story Contest and won honorable mention in the Writers Digest Short
Story Contest. She is currently working on her first novel A Slice
Humor: Heredity Sucks
Kathryn Atwood's poetry and reviews have appeared in numerous journals,
including SecondWind, Applecart (forthcoming), The Aurora Review,
Premier Review, Midwest Book Review and Book Pleasures. She
also writes a regular column called "Literary Allusions" for
LitFreak, an online journal. When she's not driving her kids around
somewhere (everywhere and anywhere), she's teaching at a local music studio
or performing historical music programs (www.HistorySingers.com)
with her husband.
Reviews: Because of Winn Dixie
David Biddle has worked as a farm laborer, soup kitchen manager, solar
energy technician, government policy analyst, and educator. He has also
been a freelance writer for more than twenty years with articles, essays,
and fiction in such publications as The Harvard Business Review, The
Philadelphia Inquirer, Toasted-Cheese.com,
and BioCycle. He is a contributing editor to In Business
magazine, published by JG Press, and writes regularly for getunderground.com.
He is also executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Commercial Recycling
Council. David may be reached through formalityoccurrence.blogspot.com.
He lives with his wife and three sons in Philadelphia.
Fiction: The Significance of Music
After spending many years in France studying the art of gavage, or the
force-feeding of geese for foie gras, Dean Borok returned to America where
he operates a training camp for competitive eaters in Far Rockaway, New
Fiction: Papu's Deception
Wild Violet copy editor Elli Wilson is a family counselor, Penn State
alumnus and a multimedia artist. She lives in State College with her husband
and three adorable pets, Emma, Bonanza Jelly Bean and Ludo.
Jeff Bragg is a Wild Violet copy editor. He lives in central Pennsylvania
with his wife, two cats, and a dog. He works in a library, and he loves
Anselm Brocki has had poems published in over 590 publications. He taught
high school for several years, was a senior editor for Houghton Mifflin,
was editorial coordinator for the Los Angeles City Schools, and is currently
running his own editing business.
R.G. Cantalupo is an honors graduate from University of California Santa
Cruz and a teaching fellow at Loyola Marymount, making a living as a nonfiction
writer and teacher. Most recent publications include Nimrod, Rattle,
Sou'wester, The Aurorean, The Cape Rock Review, Green's Review, The Comstock
Review, The Blue Collar Review, The Southern Review, War, Literature and
the Arts, JAMA and The Green Hills Literary Lantern.
Michael Ceraolo is a forty-something civil servant/poet trying to overcome
a middle class upbringing. His epic poem of place, Euclid Creek: A
Journey, will be published later this year by Deep Cleveland Press.
Humor: Now for this Commercial Message
Marifrances Conrad-McKinnon was born in the Rust Belt of Ohio. She graduated
from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and received a master's degree
from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has appeared in publications
including The New York Times, Epitome Magazine, and Flashquake.
Her flash fiction story, "The Fairy Well," earned an Honorable
Mention in this year's "Flashquake: Welcome to My World Contest."
The upcoming year will bring two new challenges to Marifrances as she
becomes a mom for the first time and also embarks on a Master of English
program at Youngstown State University. She is married and lives with
her husband, the actor Al McKinnon, in a small town in Ohio.
Essay: Job Hunting in the Rust Belt
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.
Mariah Cunningham is a 2005 high school graduate and a member of the
class of 2009 at the University of Maine. A liberal vegetarian waitress
at a restaurant specializing in meat dishes and Republicans, she is
constantly searching for ways to express herself. An avid reader, she
will try a genre once and many twice. This is her first published work.
Cutting: The Fight Against Mediocrity
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
Cuttings: Cygnus, Yellow-Billed
Peter Desy is retired from the English Department of Ohio University,
where for thirty years he gnashed my teeth each time he sat down to
correct "themes" and analyses of poems, plays and fiction.
Now he watches a lot of the same bad TV shows these students watched
(while writing their papers), but not as much of it. He's got poems
in or forthcoming from Shenandoah, Green Mountains Review, Poetry
International, Virginia Quarterly Review, Connecticut Review and
Poem. His poetry collection is Driving From Columbus.
Poetry: What the Head, The Heart, Know Not
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 orphage. She and her husband were in th eprocess 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: Snared by Dowry
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: Snared by Dowry
D. E. Fredd
D. E. Fredd lives in Townsend, Massachusetts. He has had or soon will
have fiction appear in several literary journals including in The
Transatlantic Review, The Southern Humanities Review, Rosebud, The Armchair
Aesthete, Word Riot, Prose Toad, Tribal Soul Kitchen, WriteThis, LitVisions,
Grasslands Review, Verb Sap, Bullfight, The Pedestal, 3711 Atlantic,
Megaera, Double Dare, Slow Trains, Pointed Circle, Raging Face, Cautionary
Tales, Poor Mojo and SNReview. Poetry has appeared in The
Paris Review, The Paumanok Review and the Café Review.
He teaches writing and literature courses at New Hampshire Community
Humor: Our Daughter Brenda
Jack Goodstein's "Princess and the Frog" appeared in Wild
Violet in the Fall of 2002. Seventeen of his stories about the mute
actor Mandelbaum have appeared both in print and on the web in Eclectica,
Plum Biscuit, and The Asylum among others. Also a playwright,
his work has been staged at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre in New York,
Silver Springs Stages in Maryland, and Collaboraction in Chicago. His
one page plays "Big Brothel" and "Marcel Marceau"
were included in the Harrogate Theatre's "Gone in 60 Seconds."
The productions should be available for downloading on the web later
this year. He reviews books regularly for The Compulsive Reader.
Fiction: Impersonating Mandelbaum
Jim Hanley works in human resources and writes fiction in different
mainstream, mystery and humor. Jim is also an avid New York Mets fan,
the season ticket holders of the team described in his short story,
"The Roosters," is impractically hopeful, bordering on delusional.
Fiction: The Roosters
Sheri Fresonke Harper
Sheri Fresonke Harper started her second career as a writer after falling
in love with a co-worker at the Boeing Company. She gladly gave up systems
analysis to follow her muse: finding beauty in nature and evaluating
the impact of science on society. Sheri is from Renton, Washington.
Her poems have appeared in Spring Hill Review, Tamafyhr Mountain
among others. She's finished her first novel, No Placers, and
is working on a second. You can find out about her travels, writing,
and more at her website/blog: www.sfharper.com.
Poetry: Porté De Abejos
Linda Oatman High
Linda Oatman High is a Pennsylvania author of books for children and
teens who presents oftens at schools and conferences. Her programs and
writing workshops may be found on www.lindaoatmanhigh.com
Reviews: South Ridgeway Avenue
by Ken Shane, Here's to the Arts Cafe
Michelle Humphrey lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and works for Art in
America. She has recently launched a feminist zine called Beatrix.
Drop her a line.
Reviews: Lipstick and Dynamite,
Assisted Living, My
Mother's Smile (Ora Di Religione: Il Sorriso Di Mia Madre)
Linnea Jacobson lives in New York City, where she was born and raised.
She has nearly completed her B.A. at Sarah Lawrence College. Aside from
a poem she wrote about her cat when she was nine years old, "Faking
It" is her first published work. She loves stand-up comedy, horror
movies, summertime, and the Ramones.
Fiction: Faking It
Pete Lee lives in a geographically remote town in the Mojave Desert,
where he works as a grant writer and poet. His former occupations include
U.S. army sergeant/counterintelligence agent, federal intelligence operations
specialist, and private investigator. His poetry has been published
in hundreds of literary journals.
Humor: Two Short Poems
Lyn Lifshin has published more than 100 books of poetry, won awards
for her non-fiction and edited four anthologies of women's writing.
She is the subject of an award winning documentary film, Lyn Lifshin:
Not Made of Glass. Whatever she does she does to extreme: when
she fell in love with Ruffian, the tragic, gorgeous race horse, for
a year she wrote, read, dreamed, breathed little else. Her book, The
Licorice Daughter: My Year with Ruffian, will be published by Texas
Poetry: Extreme, Lavender,
It Was the Blue Distance
Chris Martinez lives in a shoebox under your bed.
Cutting: Rattle Ride
Elizabeth A. Marx
Born amongst beer bottle and steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Elizabeth Marklewicz was first published at the age of ten in A Celebration
of Pennsylvania's Young Poets. She attended the Rochester Institute
of Technology for filmmaking. Braving the harsh realities of New York
for two years, she returned to live with her boyfriend and dog in Pittsburgh.
Recently, she has appeared in many online publications and is the current
fashion commentator for Deek Magazine. With a love for travel,
she has spent her last two summers in France, England, Scotland, Italy,
and has no plans of stopping there. She enjoys ethnic shoes, glossy
magazines, Cartier cigarettes, The Who, and French wine.
Humor: A Modern Fable: Or Do's and Don'ts
in Accordance with Gym Etiquette
William Starr Moake
William Starr Moake is the author of three published fiction books,
two novels and a short story collection. Last year his article about
a fishing boat that vanished in a storm with five men aboard was published
by Honolulu Magazine and won a first-place award from the Society
of Professional Journalists. When he's not writing, he freelances as
a web designer and software programmer from his home in Honolulu. He
has lived in the islands since 1972.
Essay: The Savage Journey of Dr. Gonzo
After growing up and graduating from high school in Black River Falls,
Wisconsin, I studied foreign languages, literature, and writing at UW-Madison,
where I eventually earned a bachelor's and two master's degrees. After
a tour of duty in the U.S. Army as a Russian translator, I moved to Athens,
Ohio. The humble servant of five masterful cats, I now live in an old
slate-roofed house atop a ridge between a serene Appalachian hollow and
a rowdy college town. To feed my felines I work for Ohio University as
a librarian and write fiction in whatever spare time my keepers permit.
Laura Perlberger is a junior at Haverford College studying Anthropology
and Peace & Conflict Studies. She writes to convey and entertain,
but also as a self-exploration of the many feelings, transitions, and
mini-dramas that shape her life.
Poetry: High School Sweethearts,
Jon Picciuolo is retired from the navy and writes for pleasure. His work,
both fiction and non-fiction, has been published by many magazines nationwide,
both online and on paper. He lives in Lompoc, California, and enjoys writing,
hiking, and yoga.
Fiction: Starlight and Footlights
Margaret A. Robinson
Margaret A. Robinson grew up in New England, now lives in Swarthmore,
Pennsylvania, and teaches at Widener University in the Writing Center
and creative writing program. She has two triolets in the spring 2003
issue of Rattle and three poems in the spring 2003 issue of Chiron
Review. Abbey just brought out her cheapo chapbook, Sleeping Outdoors
in the Suburbs 18 pages, fifty cents a copy available
at Book Source in Swarthmore. Pudding House Publications has accepted
her chapbook, Sparks.
Poetry: Everyone's in the Garden
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,
After teaching writing and literature in college for twenty-five years,
Wayne Scheer retired to follow his own advice and write. His stories have
appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Slow Trains, Thought Magazine, River
Walk Journal, Espresso Fiction and Laughter Loaf. His writing
awards include a Pushcart Prize nomination. Wayne lives with his wife
in Atlanta and can be contacted via e-mail.
Fiction: The Howling Pussycat
Cutting: Working the Land
Chuck Shandry, former Navy Photographer and rabid anime fan, fondly remembers
the days of Speed Racer and Kimba, the White Lion. Currently, he attends
and helps out at Katsucon,
since '96, and Otakon
since '95, two anime conventions held on the East Coast of the U.S. (in
Baltimore, Maryland). He lives in York, Pennsylvania, and tries to blend
reality (a job) and fantasy (anime) as much as possible. Getting too old
to admit his true age, he nonetheless tries to spread the word of Japanese
animation at every opportoon-ity.
Probe: Joe Grisaffi
Tomi Shaw is a reader, a thinker and a racecar driver. She has three daughters,
one husband and a mutt Chow/Husky mix. She lives in a place where chipmunks
and raccoons are as much pets as the dog. There are lots of trees here.
And bugs. She loves this weird writing gig, and more often than not she
pays dearly for her passion.
Cutting: Living Like This
Sam Vaknin is the author of Malignant Self Love Narcissism Revisited
and After the Rain How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist
for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , a United Press International
(UPI) Senior Business Correspondent, and the editor of mental health and
Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory Bellaonline, and
Suite101. Until recently, he served as the Economic Advisor to the Government
of Macedonia. Visit Sam's Web
site for more essays.
Gabriela Anaya Valdepeña
They call her Impetuous Delirious, Bride of Baudelaire, La Chacalaca,
Goya's Maja, and by legal decree, Gabriela Anaya Valdepeña
Gabriela of Mexico City, of Texas, and of La Jolla. In coin bra and sequins,
she reads and dances in library, theater, and college; in bookstores and
salons by the sea. Read her poems in the air, in your dreams, in LanguageandCulture.net,
Quill and Parchment, Megaera and Sauce Box. Her books, Exaggerated
Gender Signals, Sun's Promise and Bride of Baudelaire, grace
the clean and dusty shelves of the unruly and the well-groomed, the insane,
and the lucid. She is what she is, that you may have the luxury of propriety.
Let her in, you will be cursed or blessed; leave her out, you risk nothing,
though nothing is hell.
Poetry: Beneath the Cherry Blossoms
KC Wilder has authored five books of poetry and dozens of chapbooks, with
work published in over 100 literary journals and magazines worldwide,
including in 2005, The Seattle Review, Poetry New Zealand, Soma Literary
Review, Auckland Poetry Review, and The Iconoclast. KC is also
a guitarist, singer, lyricist and musician, currently playing in several
bands in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a web designer who builds e-books
and commerce websites specifically for writers and artists. Parts of KC's
latest book appear on the popular award-winning website www.WhateverMay.com,
where visitors daily interact on the the worlds first online literary
slam, which KC engineered.
Humor: etching in appointments
T. Richard Williams
T. Richard Williams is the pen name for Bill Thierfelder who teaches (and
lives on campus) at Dowling College on the South Shore of Long Island,
New York. He loves reading a good book at the ocean, mountain hiking,
gardening, going to the movies, and just about anything to do with science
and astronomy. His poems and stories have appeared in Lucid Stone, American
Poets and Poetry, Higginson Journal, and other venues. He lectures regularly
on literature, art, and opera at libraries around Long Island. A perfect
day: a walk on the beach in winter; hiking in an October forest; the deep,
planet-studded midnight sky in his backyard.
Ficton: Sylvie Knows
Alyce Wilson is Wild Violet editor and in her copious spare time writes
humor and poetry, keeps an online journal, Musings,
and looks for vintage prom dresses to turn into Halloween costumes. 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: Possessed by Ghosts by
Wanda Pratnicka, 101 Simple Suggestions
and Quotations by Linda M. Furiate,
by Stephen B. Wiley, Liberty's Poet: Emma
Lazarus by H.S. Moore
Wild Violet copy editor Mary Jarrett Wilson lives in Vermont with her
husband, dog and cat. She has just given birth to her first
child, until recently known as "the belly dweller." Her
short stories can be read at Hackwriters.com.
Paul Worthington lives in Indiana, where he enjoys both idling through
the teeming masses and scurrying about in the hinterlands. He reads novels,
short stories, novellas, novelettes, articles, essays, reviews, interviews,
maps, nonfiction books, understands little of it, and sometimes writes
his own versions of these things. He also enjoys referring to himself
in the third person. If you are struck by any of his works, you can tell
Fiction: Beyond the Mist