Contributors

Arlene Ang is the author of four poetry collections, the most recent being a collaborative work with Valerie Fox, Bundles of Letters Including A, V and Epsilon (Texture Press, 2008). She lives in Spinea, Italy where she serves as staff editor for The Pedestal Magazine and Press 1. More of her work may be viewed at http://www.leafscape.org.

Ellen Bihler is a Registered Nurse working in pediatric long term care. Her poetry has appeared in Cream City Review, American Journal of Nursing, Square Lake, International Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of two chapbooks: Late Summer Confessions (Pudding House,’09) and An Avalanche of Blue Sky (Foothills, ’04). She has won an honorable mention in New Millennium Writings (’08). Ms. Bihler resides in Hackettstown, NJ, with her husband.

Greg Grummer has been published in numerous publications, including Rhino, APR, Indiana Review, Hunger and Fine Madness. He currently lives in Milwaukee WI, where he and his sister run a small family papermaking business.

Josepha Gutelius has poems in Argotist, SideReality, and other magazines. Her plays have been staged throughout the U.S. “RASP/Elektra” and “Veronica Cory,” three plays, have been published in The Modern Review. “Veronica Cory” is available on ProPlay as well. Gutelius also writes and illustrates “comix” for private collectors.

Denise Porthun Jankauskas is a visual artist originally from Woodhaven, NY and currently based in Glendale, NY, where she lives with her husband and evil kitty. Denise graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art. Subsequently she’s been working in various arts fields – photography, design and fine arts.

Denise has been creating art for as long as she can remember. If an object, scene or color strikes her, Denise feels the desire to possess that image through her own interpretation, whether it be painting, drawing, designing digitally, printing, photography or any other version of working with her hands and eyes as a (hopefully somewhat) coordinated team. Denise loves exploring and trying new techniques – sometimes it works, sometimes not, but it’s always worth a shot. More of Denise’s artwork can be seen online at http://www.dmj-art.com.

Bill Jansen lives in Forest Grove, Oregon.

Karen Kelsay is a native Californian who grew up near the Pacific and spent most of her weekends
on a boat, as a child. She has three children, two cats and extended family in England, where she loves to visit. Her poems have been widely published over the past few years in journals, including The Boston Literary Review, The New Formalist, Flutter Poetry journal, and Willow’s Wept Review. Her first book, Collected Poems, was finished in 2008 and a chapbook, A Fist of Roots, was published by Puddinghouse Press in 2009.

J.S. MacLean has been taking photos on an amateur basis for about 3 decades so he has snapped a pile of bad ones, wasting a pile of film and pixels. Because of seeking the opportunities and the lucky law of average(s) he keeps a few.

Mal is a persona created by federal bunco squad agents investigating on-line poetry site scams, most notably e-zines like Ponzi Po, The Madoff Press, The Pea and the Shell, and Now Culture. He’s a composite character, being parts Joe Friday, Gregory Corso and a North Dakotan accordion player wearing a curling league jacket. His new book of children’s poems is titled Mr. Rogers’ Secret Closet.

Brendan McEntee is a native New Yorker who now lives in Vermont, pursuing the writer-in-the-woods myth.

Dave Mehler is a poet who lives in Newberg, OR, with his wife and five kids. He has had essays, fiction and poetry published in a number of very obscure places, and has been an administrator at The Critical Poet for several years.

Steve Parker: I’m from Liverpool. I’m not a Beatle, though. I now live in West Yorkshire near to Emily Bronte’s grave. I have two young boys. That means I’m a father, not a specialist pimp. I go rock climbing and do boaty things too. Hey, I rather like your picture. I like to relax drinking Chardonnay, listening to Abba, and cuddling on the sofa. Nights in and nights out. Heh heh. GSOH. I’m generally pretty upbeat. If this appeals to you, then apply to the management for contact details. My preferred body shape is: insanely voluptuous by any engineering estimation. My body shape is: curled like a snail. My interests are: come on, I’m 46, I don’t have interests. Okay I like punching doors in time to Love Shack. My favourite reading: get real, I quite literally spend all my time meditating and eating hallucinogenic mushrooms…

Allan Peterson’s latest book, All the Lavish in Common won the 2005 Juniper Prize. Recent print and online appearances include: Gulf Coast, Northwest Review, Ourorboros, Notre Dame Review. Work forthcoming in Shenandoah, Denver Quarterly. Recent prizes include the 2009 Dos Cosas Award, the American Poet Prize, and the 3rd Boom Chapbook Prize. His “Omnivore” is forthcoming from Bateau Press. http://www.allanpeterson.net

Stephen Rowe’s poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, CV2, Iota, The Newfoundland Quarterly, The Panhandler, Paragon 2, Rhythm Poetry Magazine, The Society 2008 and The Toronto Quarterly. In 2008, he was a finalist for Newfoundland’s Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers. His first collection, Never More There, is due out from Nightwood Editions this fall. To read Stephen’s blog, visit http://www.stephenrowe.ca.

S. Michael Simms is an uneducated blue collar writer whose few-frills poetry is most often inspired by the American Midwest. He cites Frost, Pound, Riley, Kerouac and Mienko as influences. In his spare time when not writing poetry he is out winning Karaoke contests singing songs by artists ranging from Steven Tyler to Stevie Wonder to Mahalia Jackson to Al Jolson among others. His favorite movies are Jaws and Casablanca. His favorite color? Deep Magenta. ‘Simms’ is Celtic for “Swan Seller.” His nickname is “Smikes.” This is S. Michael’s first publishing, so thanks.

Rick Tobin is a professional emergency manager, artist, photographer and writer. He is the author of, “Curse of the 8th Buddha,” (on Amazon), and is the owner of High Hope Publishing. He and his wife live in the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio, Texas.

Joanne Uppendahl lives in Washington State, with her husband and cat. She’s a proud mother and grandmother, as well as a former mental health professional. She deftly incorporates allusions to Native American traditions drawn from her personal knowledge of West Coast aboriginals. Her settings are frequently specific to the Washington-Oregon area, recreated so the reader immediately enters this environment and sees it through the poet’s vision. She shares her world with its various creatures on land and in the waters. Both her daughter and her deceased son are very present and significant influences on her life and writing as well as her granddaughter, Bea. Some of her poetry has appeared in Joyful!, Astropoetica, the Hubble Heritage Arts website.

Ed Wickliffe is a retired marketing and systems consultant, living in Florida. Between poems and cooking strange foods, he follows his granddaughter’s softball exploits. His publishing credits include Rattle and and the upcoming Meow Anthology. Ed is also a former admin at criticalpoet.com, where he received numrous internal IBPC nominations.

Wayne Wight has lived in Rochester, Boston and Austin, but currently makes his living as a software engineer in Silicon Valley. He spends as much time as possible studying mixed martial arts and playing ultimate frisbee, writing occasional poetry when he is unable to exercise. He is also published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

James S. Wilk is a physician in Denver, Colorado, specializing in medical disorders complicating pregnancy. His poems have recently appeared in 42 Magazine, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Pearl, Boston Literary Magazine, Measure and others. His 2007 chapbook, Shoulders, Fibs, and Lies is available through Pudding House Press.

Changming Yuan grew up in rural China, authored three books before moving to Canada and currently teaches writing in Vancouver. Yuan’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Barrow Street, Canadian Literature, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine and Queen’s Quarterly, among many others. Yuan’s first collection ‘Chansons of a Chinaman’ is due out via Leaf Garden Press in September 2009.

Jon Zowalki is UC-bound, where hopes to continue his love of art and photography. Jon’s art has won awards at local art shows, and apppeared in the premiere issue of Triggerfish.

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