Heather Lazarus works, writes and loves on the Mediterranean coast. She’s been published in Welcome Home and Shemom magazines and online at Poetry Friends.

Colin James has had poems recently in Sage Trail and Trespass, forthcoming in Harriot’s Sauce Radio and Common Line Project. He works in Energy Conservation and is a member of The Brothers Of The Endemic. He was born in England but now resides in Massachusetts. He is a great admirer of the Scottish landscape painter, John Mackenzie.

Mary Susan Clemons: Susan lives in Florida with her husband and two sons. She is a member of NFSPS (National Federation of State Poetry Societies), FSPA (Florida State Poetry Association), and a local poetry group, The Poet’s Corner Workshop. She is a part-time moderator at Wild Poetry Forum, an on-line poetry workshop. Susan has poems published in Loch Raven Review, Amaze: the Cinquain Journal, and other e-zines. and more.

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 received an Honorable Mention for poetry in the New Millennium Writing contest (Winter ’07-’08) and is the author of the chapbooks, Late Summer Confessions (Pudding House,) and An Avalanche of Blue Sky (Foothills). Ms. Bihler resides in Hackettstown, NJ, with her husband.

Lise Whidden is a writer from North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Shine!.. A Literary Journal, Lily Literary Review, Hiss Quarterly, The Dead Mule, Crimson Highway, Subtle Tea, Mad Hatter’s Review, Dogplotz, and The Toronto Quarterly.

Lisa M. Cronkhite has published work in Bible Advocate, Combat Magazine, Clark Street Review, Salome Magazine, The Penwood Review, Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine, The Shepherd, Soul Fountain, Fighting Chance Magazine, and more. She is currently taking a writer’s course for children based in Connecticut.

Lesley Dame is a writer and editor living in Florida. Co-founder and poetry editor for damselfly press, she has also served as poetry editor for The Fourth River, Chatham University’s literary journal, where she received her MFA. Lesley is the author of Letting Out the Ghosts, a poetry chapbook. Her poems have appeared in Stirring and Poesia.

Donal Mahoney has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press, McDonnell Douglas Corp. (now the Boeing Corp.) and Washington University in St. Louis. He has had poems published in or accepted by The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review, Commonweal, The Christian Science Monitor, Revival (Ireland), The Beloit Poetry Journal, The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), The Davidson Miscellany, Public Republic (Bulgaria), and other publications.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, is the author of six poetry chapbooks, most recently Tomorrowland (2008) from Achilles Chapbooks. He has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize and twice for the Best of the Net anthology.

Jasmine Templet is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The only thing she ever learned while getting her BA in English Literature is that Wordsworth really really liked daffodils.

Lynn Otto practices writing in Newberg, Oregon.

S. Thomas Summers is a teacher of English at Wayne Hills High School in Wayne, NJ and an adjunct writing professor at Passaic County Community College in Wanaque, NJ. He is the author of Death Settled Well and Rather, It Should Shine and is an English/Literature Education Workshop Leader. His poem A Fall from Grace won the IBPC poem of the year for 2009.  Visit him at



Cover Art: Mila Chutz Gernon lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by the mighty muddy Mississippi River. She is an artist/photographer whose work is widely collected. Many of her photographic images have included the European countryside, architecture, and flowers viewing them in inature and in the abstract. She has traveled extensively throughout Germany, as well as France, Switzerland, and Ireland, Closer to home she spent time in Ontario, CA and Montreal, Quebec. and most recently in Denver, and San Francisco.- each place shooting whatever subjects drew her attention. Poetry wise, Mila has been published in 2008 in The Linnet’s Wings (Ireland) and in Sage Trail Poetry Journal (California).  

Jon Zowalki: is eighteen years old and college bound, where he hopes to continue his love of art. Jon’s art has won awards at local art shows. He was voted Most Artistic at his high school.

Brenda LevyTate’s nature photography is her daily compulsion, along with writing poetry and eating dark chocolate. Several of her photos have garnered awards, such as runner-up best in show for two years in a row in the NS Association of Garden Clubs contest. She is now exploring various art filters and other techniques to expand the boundaries of her work. Her favorite subjects include flowers, insect macros, birds and other wildlife, often captured on her riverside property in southwest Nova Scotia.

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.



Dave Mehler is a poet who lives near Portland, 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. He has owned and operated a coffeehouse, bakery and roastery for the last eleven years and recently gone back to driving a truck to help make ends meet.

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.


Bio Shy: Carla Conley & Leanne Drapeau

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