Bill Ashford is a radio veteran of over four decades, starting in his
high school years in North Carolina. After experimenting with underground
radio in late 1966-1967, he became one of the pioneers of the first
five full-time underground/freeform FM stations in Denver, Los Angeles,
San Francisco, New York City, and Detroit. He went on to work in several
other major markets and currently lives in Florida with his wife and
grown children, operating a 24-hour-a-day freeform stream called The
Rock Garden. Also a songwriter, he co-wrote many titles, recorded
by several artists including his own early 1970s band, 60,000,000 Buffalo,
has just been digitally remastered and released by Collectors'
Choice Music. One of the songs he co-wrote, "Floods of South
Dakota", recorded by Tim & Mollie O'Brien, was nominated for
a Grammy in 1992. He has reviewed artists and their work for All
Music Guide. Ashford is writing a book, with collaborator Malcolm
Gault-Williams, about his experiences in the wildly experimental days
of FM radio from 1966-1978.
Review: A Piece of What You Need
by Teddy Thompson
Tala Bar is a writer and artist and lives in Israel. She studied Hebrew
and English languages and literature and hold an M.Phil. Degree in literature
from London University. She taught these subjects before she became
a full-time writer. Her main interest is mythology, but she also writes
fantasy and science-fiction stories, novellas and books, many of which
have been published in print and on the Net, both in Hebrew and English.
Her online home is Tala
Bar's Space. Go there for a list of all her publications in English.
Essay: Dragon Lore
William Beyer was born in 1932 in Chicago, attended Asbury College and
was employed by the Chicago Daily News. He served in the Navy
during the Korean War. His poems have appeared in The New York Times,
Yankee, English Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, Christian Science
Monitor and others. His awards include the Amy Hempstead Branch
Lyric award and the Jesse Stuart Award. Anthologies includ Day Unto
Day, Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle and Anthology of Contemporary
Randall Brown teaches at Saint Joseph's University. He holds an MFA
from Vermont College and a BA from Tufts. Over 125 poems, essays, and
short fiction pieces have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of
journals, including Hunger Mountain, Connecticut Review, The Saint
Ann's Review, The Evansville Review, The Laurel Review, Dalhousie Review,
Stand Magazine, and others. He has received numerous Pushcart and
Best of Web nominations and his work has appeared in several
anthologies, both here and abroad. He is the editor with SmokeLong
Quarterly. Hes recently finished a collection of (very) short
fiction, Mad To Live, and is currently working on a post-MFA
certification in picture book writing through Vermont College's Writing
for Children and Young Adults Program.
Fiction: The Red-Headed Stepchild
Cecelia Chapman lives in Northern California where she produces short
videos, artwork and stories. She uses the people, places and things
around her in her work that explores the human hunger for adventure,
mystery and illusion. Please go to ceceliachapman.com
Artwork: Wonderstrike, The
Eileen D'Angelo is a songwriter, poet and author of five collections
of poetry, Shooting Stars, Nightwinds, Love Songs, True Tales from
the Home Front and Growing Up With a Vengeance. She has been
a paralegal since 1986, with the law firm of Harris and Smith in Media,
and a graduate of Main Line Paralegal, where she received special recognition
for a 4.0 GPA. Her most recent poetry collection, True Tales from
the Home Front, was a finalist in the University of North Carolina's
2000 Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her work has appeared in national
and international literary magazines including Rattle, Drexel Online
Journal, HiNgE Online, One Trick Pony, Paterson Literary Review, Negative
Capability, and others.
Review: Two books by G. Emil Reutter
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.
Essays: The Art of Movies (Motovun
Film Festival), Cannes 2008 Red Carpet,
Colonial Wisdom of Balkan Film, Cyndi
Lauper in Belgrade
D. E. Fredd lives in Townsend, Massachusetts. He has had fiction
and poetry published in several journals and reviews including the Boston
Literary Magazine, Connecticut Review, The Pedestal, Storyglossia, SNReview,
eclectica and Menda City. Poetry has appeared in the Paumanok
and Paris Reviews. He received the Theodore Hoepfner Award given
by the Southern Humanities Review for the best short fiction
of 2005 and was a 2006 Ontario Award Finalist. He won the 2006 Black
River Chapbook Competition and received a 2007 Pushcart Special Mention
Award. He has been included in the Million Writers Award of Notable
Stories for 2005, 2006 and 2007. A novel, Exiled to Moab, published
by Six Gallery Press, will debut in 2008.
Fiction: Faulkner & Hollywood
Margaret A. Frey
Margaret A. Frey writes from the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Her work has appeared in Notre Dame Magazine, Cezanne's Carrot, Trillium
Literary Quarterly, flashquake, Kaleidowhirl, Bent Pin Quarterly
and elsewhere. In December 2007 her flash, "Riding the Coma,"
won a first place nod in the Cezanne's Carrot Return of Light contest.
She was a finalist in the Erma Bombeck annual writing competition and
took a Writer's Digest Chronicle win in 2003. Margaret lives
with her husband John and her canine literary critic, Ruffian. She can
be reached via e-mail.
Cutting: On the Island
Jason Fritz was born in 1978 in Richmond, Kentucky, where he spent his
childhood and young adult life. He is a recipient of the William Carlos
Williams Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets at the University
of Pennsylvania, a contest open to all graduate students. He is also
a recipient of the Terry M. Krieger Award, a prize given to the Haverford
College senior demonstrating the greatest achievement in writing during
the junior and senior years. His poems have appeared in the Journal
of the American Medical Association, Mad Poets Journal, Stickman Review,
and Appalachian Heritage.
Poetry: On the Way to the All-Night Diner
Benjamin Heins is an avid reader and writer of poetry, mentored by the
late Dr. Len Roberts. His work has appeared in several publications
over the past two years, including Lehigh Valley Literary Review,
Black Book Press, and Write On!! Poetry Magazette. In December,
he will graduate from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a B.A.
in professional writing and a minor in English literature. He then plans
on finding a fun job with good wages and starting an excellent life
in the "real world." In the meantime, however, he is spending
his summer as a lifeguard and office assistant, with ample time reserved
for family, friends, and his writing group, The Winged Poets.
Cutting: Haiku for Allentown
Linda Oatman High
Linda Oatman High is an author of books for children and teens who
is currently earning her MFA in writing at Vermont College of the Fine
Arts. She's also the author of The Hip Grandma's Handbook, and
is also a travel writer/journalist/poet/playwright. Linda has also written
a screenplay Nickel Mines, based upon the Amish school shootings.
Her web site is LindaOatmanHigh.com.
Essay: Those Ten Little Angels
Ann Hite's story, "The Christmas Tree Hunter," will appear
in Christmas Through A Child's Eyes in bookstores October 17,
2008. Her personal essay, "Surviving Mom," was part of Marlo
Thomas' latest collection, The Right Words At The Right Time, Vol.,
2, which made number 14 on the New York Times Best Sellers
List (May 14, 2006). Her short stories have appeared in numerous publications,
such as Fiction Warehouse, Cup of Comfort, Foliate Oak and Moonwort
Review. The Dead Mule featured 18 selected Black Mountain
Stories in their May 2008 Issue. Ann lives with her family in Atlanta
where she has over 1,000 books, a butterfly garden, and her laptop.
Feel free to visit her websites: http://www.freewebs.com/annhite/index.htm
Humor: Warts and All (Or How I Lied to My
Steve Honeywell worked for 12 years as a journalist, editor, website
editorial director and author in the video game industry, and used to
teach self defense. These days, he works out of his basement as a freelance
copy editor and proofreader. He has a master's degree in linguistics
and stylistics from Northern Illinois University and has no desire to
work toward a Ph.D. He lives with and is owned by his wife, two daughters,
and menagerie of exotic pets. Read his movie and DVD reviews at: MovieGuySteve.blogspot.com.
Essay: Finding Jean
Michael Lee Johnson
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet, and freelance writer, author of Itasca,
Illinois, The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom. He has also
published two chapbooks of poetry. He has been published in USA, Canada,
New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Turkey, Fuji, Nigeria, Algeria, Africa,
India, United Kingdom, Republic of Sierra Leone, Thailand, Kuala Lumpur,
and Malaysia. He is also publisher and editor of four poetry, flash
fiction sites all presently open for submission: Birds
By My Window, Poetic
Tender Touch and a Shade of Blue, and Wizards
of The Wind and Other Strange Places.
Poetry: Forked in Itasca
John Joyce was born at Hampton Court in England. He held school records
for running the mile. He was educated in London and Salford, Lancashire,
where he gained an honors degree in electrical engineering. Subsequent
studies have been at Dalhousie University, University of British Columbia
and Capilano College. John Joyce started writing philosophy at school
and has been extensively published. Moniques's Interview was
his first short play and Going Standby is his latest. He departed
England for Montreal to go around the world, living at different times
in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Dartmouth. He resides in self-imposed
exile in Vancouver, Canada. Altus Arts promotes his works worldwide.
Essay: The Green Frisbee in Toronto
Humor: The National Sales Meeting
Nature abhors a vacuum, but K. A. Laity abhors a label. Her short
story collection Unikirja ("Dreambook") was inspired
by Finnish folklore and mythology and will appear this fall from Aino
Press. A medievalist at the College of Saint Rose in New York, she also
teaches film and popular culture. She's wrapping up a slipstream novel
born from the grief of knowing there will never be another Kurt Vonnegut
novel. Visit her website, kalaity.com,
for more details and to read the ongoing gothic serial about mystery,
romance and pockets.
Essay: Me and Margery Kempe
Poetry: Spelling, A
Home is Not a Home
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.
Poetry: Rhumba on the Subway, On
the Afternoon Before the Photographs
Richard Lighthouse is a contemporary writer and poet. He holds an
M.S. from Stanford University. His work has been published in: The
Penwood Review, West Hills Review, Mudfish, and many others worldwide.
Poetry: wear this poem hat
Arlene L. Mandell's work has previously appeared in Wild Violet
as well as in 275 other publications and 11 anthologies. She is a retired
English professor living in Santa Rosa with Gabrielle, Gatsby, Maxwell
and Larry (dog, cat, dog, husband) where the roses and lilacs are splendid
Poetry: Port au Prince, Haiti, 1979
Christopher Mulrooney has had poems published in Vanitas, Guernica,
Delmarva Review and Beeswax, and his criticism has appeared in
Blue Fifth Review, Elimae, The Film Journal and Small Press Review.
Poetry: port o' call
Kevin J.B. O'Connor
Kevin J.B. O'Connor is a writer and musician raised in the valley of
Hornell, New York. He studied at the Johns Hopkins University and afterwards
spent time living and studying in Argentina and Bolivia. He has written
one novel, entitled Don't Say Charm, and is published in Proceedings
of the National Academy of Science for research work completed at
the Institute for Genomic Research.. At Johns Hopkins he contributed
music reviews to The Johns Hopkins Newsletter. You may hear a
small portion of his music oeuvre at: www.myspace.com/summerbabe33.
This is his first published poem.
Poetry: You or Yourself in Red
Against her inclinations, assistant editor 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 Violet.
P. Pratt works hard at reading everything she can get her hands on,
enjoys film, theater, cooking, and travel.
Review: Spitting Water
Doug Ramspecks poetry collection, Black Tupelo Country,
was awarded the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and will be published
in the fall of 2008 by BkMk Press. His poems have appeared in West
Branch, Connecticut Review, Seneca Review, Confrontation Magazine, Rattle,
Nimrod, and numerous other literary journals. He directs the Writing
Center and teaches creative writing and composition at The Ohio State
University at Lima. He lives in Lima with his wife, Beth, and their
Poetry: Cottonmouth Dreams
Kent Robinson's first story for Wild Violet was "Beans
About It," published in Vol. VI Issue 2 (Blue Moon). He's also
had 130 stories in nearly every genre published elsewhere. His first
book, a collection of mainstream tales titled Bears in the Punch
Bowl and Other Stories (AuthorHouse), was published in 2004. His
second book, a collection of horror works titled Why You Should Shudder:
27 Tales of Terror, will be out from AuthorHouse later this year.
He is a graduate of Franklin College in Indiana and a former public
relations worker for the University of Southern California (USC) in
Fiction: All the Great Structures Go
Wayne Scheer retired after twenty-five years of teaching writing
and literature in college to follow his own advice and write. He's been
nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net. His work has appeared
in such print and online publications as Notre Dame Magazine, The
Christian Science Monitor, Pedestal Magazine, flashquake, The Internet
Review of Books, Sniplits, Pindeldyboz and Eclectica, as
well as Wild Violet. Wayne lives in Atlanta with his wife and
can be contacted via e-mail.
Cutting: It's About Time
Susan Snowden's stories, poems, and interviews have appeared in
nine anthologies and a variety of literary journals, including New
Orleans Review, Now and Then, Pisgah Review, Slow Trains, and Moonshine
Review. She has received awards for her writing from Writer's
Digest magazine, the North Carolina Writers' Network, the Appalachian
Writers' Association, and others. An Atlanta native, Susan now lives
in western North Carolina, where she works full-time as a freelance
book editor (fiction and nonfiction).
Fiction: A Road as Wide as the World
Thomas Sullivan writes humor essays about contemporary American Life.
He is the author of You
Can't Paint Chainlink: True Tales From A Beautifully Flawed World.
His writing has recently appeared in the webzines Eleventh Transmission,
Grumble Magazine, Rumpot Magazine, Backhand Stories and The Externalist.
He can be reached via e-mail.
Humor: Welcome to the New Economy
Anna Sykora has been a tax attorney in New York and a teacher of English
to Germans in Germany. She lives in Hanover with the world's most patient
husband and three enormous Norwegian Forest Cats. Though she's had no
luck with her three novels, writing is her joy; and to date she has
published 24 stories and over 50 poems in the small press or on the
Cutting: Building Breakfast
John C. Weil
John C. Weil has published poetry and fiction in literary magazines
such as Pearl , Dana Literary Society Journal, Poetry Forum &
Stories, California Poetry Quarterly and Chiron Review. He
has won three major writing awards in the fields of education, public
safety and short story writing. His articles have appeared in KPBS
On Air Magazine, Time, Reader's Digest, and many newspapers.
Ernest Williamson III
Ernest Williamson III is a 31-year-old polymath who has published poetry
and visual art in over 165 online and print journals. He is a self-taught
pianist and painter and his poem "The Jazz of Old Wine" has
been nominated for a Best of the Net award by the editors of Thick
with Conviction. He holds the B.A. and the M.A. in English/Creative
Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis. Ernest is listed
in the Directory
of American Poets and Fiction Writers. Ernest is an adjunct
professor at New Jersey City University and an English professor at
Essex County College. Professor Williamson is also a Ph.D. candidate
at Seton Hall University in the field of higher education, and a member
of The International High IQ Society based in New York City.
Poetry: The Chords of Life's Journey
Artwork: The Freedom Dancer, Very
Shy, The Woman of an Angel
Alyce Wilson is Wild Violet editor and in her copious spare time
writes humor, non-fiction 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
site. She lives with her husband in the Philadelphia area and takes
far too many photos of her adorable dog, Una, and attractive cat, Luke.
Reviews: From the Rill to the Ocean
by Imre Kalanyos, The
Fine Print of Self-Publishing
by Mark Levine, No One Should Get Pregnant
Alone by Elaine D. Fox and Not on the Level by Michael V.
Maddaloni, Grace Notes
by Dandi Daley Mackall, Bad-Ass Faeries
2: Just Plain Bad, Are
These My Lions? by Daniel E. Levenson, 21st
by Leland Jamieson, Two books by Judith
Goldhaber, From the Bookshelf (capsule
Probes: Eric Flint, Jeremiah
Mark Arvid White
Mark Arvid White lives in Alaska and has had hundreds of poems,
as well as stories, letters, articles, and reviews, appear in magazines
such as Modern Haiku, Candelabrum, Webster Review, Bible Review,
Minas Tirith Evening-Star, Frogpond, Arnazella, and many others
in the U.S. and abroad. He has appeared in numerous anthologies, such
as A Haiku Moment, and is the author of a serialized novellette,
Olly Boffin and the Pocket Locket, and is past Alaska Regional
Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. He is the creator of the
online Shin Tao Haiku Retreat, located in the virtual community of Second
Cutting: Odin's Eye
John Woodington is a twenty-four-year-old writer from Brooklyn Park,
Minnesota. His work has previously appeared in multiple publications,
including Every Day Fiction, The Square Table and The Moonwort
Review. He holds a minor in creative writing from the University
of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Humor: Better With Age