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.
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 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 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 www.feedthehabit.com
and other less noteworthy literary outlets.
Essay: Aceh Clam Chowdah
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, 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.
Fiction: Midnight Sonata
Essay: And Other Tragedies
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
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 wouldnt have known otherwise. Now retired, he
lives in Sarasota, Florida, and writes fiction. Five novels can be
sampled at BillCarrigan.com,
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 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 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,
Jewel and Opium.
Cutting: Clouds of Witness
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 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
Poems: Yellow-Billed Magpie, Cygnus
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
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
Essays: Dubrovnik Film Festival,
International Film Festival in Belgrade
Probes: Wim Wenders, Anna
Karina, Emir Kusturica
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
Cutting: To Have and to Hold
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
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.
Poem: Of the Moment
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 IIlyas Honey, Spillway,
Rattle, Descant, LiteraryMama and others. She currently lives in
Frisco, Texas, with her husband and two toddler sons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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, MidnightTimes.com
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: www.kidgoth.com.
Cutting: Going Einstein
Eilis Arwen ONeal 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
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 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 PoemTrain.com.
Humor: Vegetarian Sonnet
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. Terrys work has been published
in Opium, Fifteen Project, Retort Magazine, Poetic Inhalation,
and Razorcake Magazine.
Artwork: Courting Celia, Putting
Out the Night, Divided
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, Terrain.org: 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'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
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 Heuers: 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.
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 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 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 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