Elizabeth Ashe has an MFA from Chatham University. She was as associate editor of Fourth River. When not writing, Ashe is a visual artist. Her poetry has been published by 4Culture, The Synergy Project, Fourth River, Insert , No Teeth, Open Wide, The Legendary, and Battered Suitcase.
Byron Beynon is a Welsh poet who lives in Swansea, Wales. His work has appeared widely in publications around the world, Quadrant (Australia), Landfall (New Zealand), Literary Horizon (Romania), The French Literary Review, Poetry Salzburg Review, Agenda, Negative Capability (USA), Istanbul Literary Review, The Independent, and won awards in several competitions. He has had five collections of poetry, the most recent is Nocturne in Blue (Lapwing Publications 2009). For more information visit his profile at the Welsh Academy: http://www.academi.org/list-of-writers/i/129541/.
Melissa Dickson Blackburn is a poet, visual artist and mother of three from Auburn AL. She completed her MFA at the School of Visual Arts (NYC, 1995). Her painting has been reviewed by The New Yorker Magazine. Her poems have appeared in Southern Humanities Review, Caesura, The Driftwood Review and Southern Women's Review. A forthcoming chapbook is in the works to be published by New Plains Press. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Converse College in South Carolina.
Lisa J. Cihlar's poetry has been published in Qarrtsiluni, A Prairie Journal, Pirene's Fountain, The Pedestal Magazine and other places. One of her poems was nominated for a Pushcart prize. She lives in rural southern Wisconsin with one husband, 20 goldfish and too many cats to count. She planted way too many tomato plants this year — January seed catalogs will do that to a person.
J. P. Dancing Bear is the author nine collections of poetry, most recently, Inner Cities of Gulls and Conflicted Light (Salmon Poetry, 2010 and 2008). His poems have been published in DIAGRAM, Copper Nickel, Third Coast, Natural Bridge, Shenandoah, New Orleans Review, Verse Daily and many other publications. He is editor for the American Poetry Journal and Dream Horse Press. Bear also hosts the weekly hour-long poetry show, Out of Our Minds, on public station, KKUP.
Michael Estabrook is a baby boomer who began getting his poetry published in the late 1980s. Over the years he has published 15 poetry chapbooks, his most recent entitled They Didn't Leave Notes. Other interests include art, music, theatre, opera, and his wife who just happens to be the most beautiful woman he has ever known.
Katie Fesuk was a 2006 Georgia Author of the Year Award nominee for her chapbook, If Not an Apple (La Vita Poetica Press). She is a teacher and Poet in Residence at The Walker School, and she studied English and Creative Writing in the doctoral program at Georgia State University. She served as Creative Writer in Residence at the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project, and her poems can be found in Five Points, Slant, Bloodroot, Poet Lore, Chattahoochee Review, and Water~Stone, among others.
Paul Handley spent a career as a student and a student of odd jobs. He has an MA, an MPA, and is ABD. He has driven a cab and sold meat door-to-door. Paul has work included or forthcoming in Anemone Sidecar, Apollo's Lyre, Boston Literary Magazine, Poesia and others.
Michael Lee Johnson is a poet from Itasca, Illinois, published in 23 countries. Website: http://poetryman.mysite.com. His published poetry books available through his site, Amazon.Com, Borders Books, and Lulu.com. Now on You-Tube: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Ih5WJrjqQ18. Author of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom, and From Which Place the Morning Rises.
Kit Kennedy has published in Blood Orange Review, Bombay Gin, Ginosko, Merge, Runes, Saranac Review, Softblow, Up the Staircase, and Van Gogh's Ear. She hosts the reading series at Gallery Café in San Francisco and blogs at poetrybites.blogspot.com.
Sandy Longhorn is the author of Blood Almanac (Anhinga Press, 2006), which won the 2005 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. New poems have appeared recently in The American Poetry Journal, The Collagist, Connotation Press, New Madrid, and elsewhere. Longhorn has also received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council. She blogs at Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty.
Michael Morical is a freelance editor in Taipei. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Quarterly, The Hardy Review and The Pedestal Magazine. Sharing Solitaire is his first chapbook.
Brianna Noll is a doctoral student in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her MFA from Florida State University in 2008. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in New York Quarterly, The Portland Review, The Sonora Review, and elsewhere.
Fernando Pérez is originally from Southern California. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Arizona State University where he currently teaches. His poems have been published in Faultline, New Mexico Poetry Review, and Crab Creek Review.
Ravi Shankar Rajan is a software engineer working in Mumbai, India. In his free time he loves writing poetry and this has been his passion since his school days. Most of his poems are based on his personal experiences and on the fascinating array of people he gets to meet everyday in a big country like India. His poems have been published in ezines like Subjective Substance, Poetry Life and Times, Oracular Tree, Ultimate Hallucination, Voices Net, Subtle Tea, SNReview, Holy Ignorance, Vermont Ink, Boheme, Scorched Earth Publishing and Lily. Recently his poem "Mumbai" won the Lizabeth annual poetry award for the year 2004-2005.
Nancy Rampson has found inspiration in the coves and crannies of the Great Lakes where the limitations of childhood meet the limitlessness of nature. She has had poetry previously published in Symbolon, The Bridge and Lyceum. Currently, she lives in Chicago with her American Eskimo Dog, Luna.
Linwood Rumney lives in Boston, where he recently received an MFA from Emerson College and recently completed a stint as the poetry editor of Redivider. Work has recently appeared in Cold Mountain Review, Quercus Review, and Superstition Review, among others. He has received an emerging artist fellowship from the Writer's Room of Boston and an emerging artist grant from the St. Botolph Club Foundation.
Known mainly as a poet/teacher, Barry Spacks has brought out various novels, stories, three poetry-reading CDs and ten poetry collections while teaching literature and writing for years at M.I.T. & U C Santa Barbara. His most recent book of poems, Food for the Journey, appeared from Cherry Grove in August, 2008.
Adam Tavel's poems have appeared in Portland Review, South Carolina Review, Poet Lore, Apalachee Review, Night Train, and The Summerset Review, among others, and he has new work forthcoming in Clarion, Georgetown Review, Cave Wall, Two Review, Interpoezia, New South, Naugatuck River Review, and A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry. He edits the journal Conte and is currently an assistant professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College on Maryland's Eastern Shore.