Contributor Notes, Issue #12

Contributor’s Notes, Issue #12

Jolene Brink:  Jolene grew up wearing wool socks in northern Minnesota. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the College of St. Benedict. Her work has appeared in Camas and Studio 1, and is forthcoming from Dislocate and Wilderness House Literary Review. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, John, and their cat-in-residence, Steve, where she works for the University of Minnesota College of Design.

R. Joseph Capet: R. Joseph Capet is a poet and seminarian whose work in multiple languages has appeared in magazines and journals as diverse as decomP, The Montreal Review, The American Journal of Biblical Theology, and Sennaciulo. He currently lays up treasures on earth teaching English to students across Latin America and treasures in heaven teaching Esperanto to anyone willing to learn, as well as serving as poetry editor for P.Q. Leer. More of his work can be found at

Gary Buhler: Gary Buhler was born in Adak, Alaska and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He showed an aptitude for drawing at an early age and eventually went on to study art at Judson Baptist College and Art Education at Western Oregon University. He completed his studies with an MFA degree in Painting from the University of Arizona. His beautiful home state of Oregon as well as his adopted home state of Arizona have inspired much of his work. He continues to live and work in Newberg, Oregon where he teaches art half time at George Fox University.

Liz N. Clift:  Liz N. Clift holds a MFA in Creative Writing from Iowa State University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Valparaiso Poetry Review, Hunger Mountain, The MacGuffin,, and others. She lives in Idaho. Find her online at

Arkava Das: arkava lives with his wife and dad in delhi, india and enjoys reading poems from both sides of the indian ocean (and the atlantic for that matter).

donnarkevic:  Of Weston, WV. MFA National University. Recent poetry has appeared in Bijou Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Prime Number, and Off the Coast. Poetry Chapbooks include Laundry, published by Main Street Rag. In 2012, Buffalo Gal was a finalist in the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. FutureCycle Press published Admissions, a book of poems, in 2013.

John Grey:  John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in International Poetry Review, Chrysalis and the science fiction anthology, “Futuredaze” with work upcoming in Potomac Review, Sanskrit and Fox Cry Review.

James Grinwis:  James Grinwis is the co-founding editor of Bateau and the author of two books of poetry. His work has appeared in a wide range of journals in places like Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, American Poetry Review, New American Writing, Conduit, and Court Green.

Dave Hegeman: Dave Hegeman  is a librarian, writer and occasional watercolor painter. He is the author of Plowing in Hope: Toward a Biblical Theology of Culture (Canon Press) as well as numerous articles on art and design. He lives with his family in Newberg, Oregon.

Theodosia Henney: Theodosia Henney is a circus enthusiast who enjoys standing in the spaces between raindrops. Her work has appeared in over a dozen journals, including Dirtcakes, Grey Sparrow, RATTLE, and Fifth Wednesday.

Tess Joyce: Tess Joyce’s poems were recently (or upcoming) published in poetry magazines Orbis, The Journal, Tears in the Fence, Obsessed with Pipework and in online magazines Snakeskin, The Island Review, BlazeVOX, Ditch, Four and Twenty, Anatomy and Etymology and Phantom Kangaroo. In 2009 a collection of her poetry was published in India; the book was a collaboration with an Indian writer. She is a writer from the UK but currently lives with her husband in Indonesia.

Clyde Kessler: I live in Radford, VA with my wife Kendall and our son Alan.

Bryan Merck: Bryan Merck has published in America, Camel Saloon, Danse Macabre, The Mystic Nebula, and others.  He has poetry forthcoming in Eunoia Review, The Rusty Nail and others. He is a past winner of the Southern Literary Festival Poetry Prize and the Barkesdale Maynard Poetry Prize. He lives in Moultrie, Georgia with his wife Janice.

Pamela O’Shaughnessy: Pamela O’Shaughnessy is a poet and novelist who lives in Santa Cruz, California. Poetry books written and/or edited by Pam include Figments  (2013), Burning Gorgeous (2010) and Flying at Sea-Level (2007).  Check out

Steve Parker: Steve Parker is from Liverpool and currently resides in Haworth, West Yorkshire.  He published a chapbook, Dispatches to a Lost Future Self, in an anthology with six other friends and edited by Pamela O’Shaughnessy: Burning Gorgeous: Seven 21 st Century Poets.  You can read more of his work at his blog:

Simon Perchik: Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities”, and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at

Frederick Pollack: Author of two book-length narrative poems, THE ADVENTURE and HAPPINESS, both published by Story Line Press. Has appeared in Hudson Review, Salmagundi, Poetry Salzburg Review, Die Gazette (Munich), The Fish Anthology (Ireland), Representations, Magma (UK), Bateau, Chiron Review, etc. Online, poems have appeared in Big Bridge, Hamilton Stone Review, Diagram, BlazeVox, The New Hampshire Review, Mudlark, etc. Recent Web publications in Occupoetry, Faircloth Review, Camel Saloon, Kalkion. Adjunct professor creative writing George Washington University.

Jess Provencio:  Jess Provencio received a degree in Mexican-American Studies from CSU-LA in 2009. As an avid reader, and a bilingual writer, Jess draws inspiration from people watching. Jess’ first published work, “you’ll never tip a go-go boy in this town again,” an anthology about West Hollywood, is available on Amazon.

Charles Springer: Charles Springer has degrees in anthropology and is an award-winning painter. Over the years he has enjoyed publishing in the small press. A Pushcart nominee, Charles is currently working on a manuscript for his first collection.

Amanda Gaye Smith: In April 2011 I was broke and desperate for adventure. To ease this I left the Blue Ridge Mountains on a Virginia Creeper-like path around highway overpasses down the Southeast coast for the swamps and cypress knees of Gainesville, Florida.
Currently my work is seeded from last year’s travels. I have become obsessed with the flux of new-born decay and teeming presence of life in every pattern of our daily environment. My poetry is often free-form and attempts to employ grammar and word choice which allows readers an experience of multiple meanings within the work. My hope is that my readers can explore surrealism as an exploration of origin: math with its patterns finally present in the evolving results.

Ed Wickliffe: Ed has lectured in poetry and creative writing at the University of South Florida’s annual writers’ conference. He offered poetry classes through the Carrollwood Cultural Center in Tampa, FL, and was poetry judge for the annual writing contest sponsored by a regional Tampa Bay teachers association. He is a former administrator of a popular e-poetry workshop. Ed is a retired sales manager and information technology consultant.

John Sibley Williams:  John Sibley Williams is the author of six chapbooks, winner of the HEART Poetry Award, and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. He has served as Acquisitions Manager of Ooligan Press and publicist for various presses and authors, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in Book Publishing. A few previous publishing credits include: Inkwell, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Chaffin Journal, The Evansville Review, RHINO, Rosebud, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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