Chris Abbate writes SAS and SQL code for a drug research company by day, and writes poetry and fiction by night. His poetry has appeared in Common Ground Review, The Aurorean, New England Writer´s Network, and Foliate Oak. Chris´ short story "Irina´s Song" appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Mused. Chris studied English at Gordon College and Southern Connecticut State University. He resides in Holly Springs, NC.
Melissa lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. As a teen and young adult, she spent hours in the poetry section of libraries. Little did she know that years later inspiration would be born to her in the strangest places, in fleeting moments and chance meetings, compelling her to write poetry of her own.
Mark was born to itinerant Irish parents which set the scene for a restless life. Like the Gypsy, he couldn´t accept the moribund values of a soulless society, what passed for important or posed as spiritual. The resulting roller-coaster of experience and inner conflict eventually gave way to a love of the simple sense of nature that he now lives - the best he can - as a form of meditation. He expresses his ongoing exploration of nature´s spiritual value through his writing and pictures at www.beingmark.com
Carole Bouchard is a self-taught photographer with a deep passion for this art form. Though she had an interest in this medium for many years, it was digital photography that fired her creativity. Fortuitous meetings with on-line friends and mentors pointed the way to more creative experiments. She particularly enjoys macro photography of nature subjects and the magic of water reflections. You can see more of her work at www.carolebouchard.smugmug.com. Carole lives in Groton, MA.
An English Lit major in college, Christine slipped into publishing by becoming the artist that had been lurking inside all along. She worked happily in graphics for many years. Now liberated from daily deadlines, she tries to tempt her muse with camera, Photoshop, and the occasional poem. Some of her artwork has been published in the San Pedro River Review, Crack the Spine, and Mused, among others.
David L. Cooper has taught at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Ky. for twenty-eight years. He teaches English and African American History. In 2011, he won the state´s highest college level teaching award, The Acorn Award. In 1995, he received a University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award and in 1996 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the Great Black Migration at the University of Kansas. He has a son, Sean, and a daughter, Rachel.
||Jodi A. Corbett|
Jodi A. Corbett is a Berks County, Pennsylvania, native. She teaches writing and literature at Reading Area Community College. Her poems and flash fiction appear in Kutztown University’s Shoofly and Essence as well as Lehigh Literary Review. She was a featured poet in National Council of Teachers of English poetry month, 2012. Her chapbook Fried Eggs and Un-edged Lawns (2006) is available through Foothills Publishing. Poems forthcoming in Eunoia Review and Avalon Literary Review.
||Danay C. Downing|
From a small town in NC, Danay joined the U.S. Army at 17 and served as a linguist and intelligence analyst for 5 yrs. A graduate of the University of NC at Charlotte, she holds a BA Degree in Biology and a BS Degree in Psychology, with special emphasis on animal behavior. She is a graduate student of Anthropology and Cognitive Science at UNCC, her research interests being comparative cognition, learning, and the evolution of language, with a particular focus on primates and marine mammals.
Catherine Evleshin is a retired dancer and folklorist, having lived, taught, and written about a dozen countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. She lives in Portland, Oregon, amidst urban gardens and farmers markets. Her fiction can be found in Words Apart Magazine, vol. I, issue 2, and an interview at http://cathschaffstump.com/archives/2012/12/18/tt-profile-7-catherine-evleshin/
Even as a young child, Debi gravitated towards artistic pursuits. Photographing with her Kodak brownie camera at about 5 years of age and oil painting from age 10, her interests eventually lead her to college where she received a BFA in design, and a career in graphic design. Her company Gardiner Design is approaching 25 years in business. Specializing in logo design, illustration and web-design. Visit her website at: http://www.gardinerdesign.com
||Lois Elaine Heckman|
Lois Elaine Heckman grew up in Los Angeles, receiving a degree in Italian from UCLA. Her home is in Milan, Italy. Among her writing credits are Boston Literary Magazine, Sonnet Scroll, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. She won the 2010 New England Shakespeare Festival Rubber Ducky Sonnet Contest and, in 2012, placed in both the Poetry on the Lake Competition and the Hungry Hill Poetry Prize. Her chapbook "Out of Nowhere" will be published by White Violet Press in 2013.
Art Heifetz teaches ESL to refugees in Richmond, Va. He has had over 60 poems
published in the U.S., France, Australia, Israel, Argentina and Canada. A sampling may be found at polishedbrasspoems.com
||Leslie E Hoffman|
Leslie Hoffman is a writer, freelance editor of fiction and non-fiction, Co-founder of LaudablyTarnished.com: A Poetry Workshop, and landscape photographer--"Hacienda Bridge" featured on The Oprah Show in 2002. Leslie´s poems, short stories, and articles have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, and on the Web. More of Leslie´s writing and photography can be viewed at: http://lesliehoffman.blogspot.com.
Tom Hollyday currently edits the popular YOU GOT THAT RIGHT daily video broadcast on youtube (YOU GOT THAT RIGHT BY THOMAS HOLLYDAY) with comments on science, books,cartoons,pets,education automobiles and people. He studied fiction at the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and with Michael Curtis of the Atlantic Monthly. He has published drawings, non fiction and fiction in various media.
He lives in Boston with his wife, two children and his cat. See books and reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published six collections of poetry all available on Amazon.com. She has also published her work in numerous national and international literary journals. Most recently, she has accepted the position as editor for six online poetry journals for Kind of a Hurricane Press ( www.kindofahurricanepress.com ). Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work on Facebook.
JackiGail began taking pictures to have unlicensed art for her website business. In 2005, she started to show her art work at art shows and fairs. A member of the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, she participates in their Art At the Source program each year. She enjoys the whole process of photography from making the picture to printing to framing. Her work is unaltered and what she sees is what you get.
Terri Johansen has been writing for many years and her true passion is writing poetry. Last year she became the Exercise Editor at BellaOnline.com. Writing weekly articles has inspired Terri to begin work on an e-book focused on injuries and how to treat them through exercise.
In the last several years Terri has added photography as a creative outlet. She has found she has a keen eye and especially enjoys taking pictures in nature.
Stacy Maddox lives, dreams and writes in the fast-paced city of Lawrence, KS. She loves to soak up the sun by the river and feel the rush of water over her feet while spending time with her family and pets. Stacy has been published in Long Story Short, ken*again, Daily Love, The Entroper, Emerge Literary Journal, Three Line Poetry, The Fat City Review, Eskimo Pie, Mused: The BellaOnline Literary Review, Euphemism and more. She has been passionate about art in any form for over 30 years.
Kami McArthur graduated with an English degree from Dixie State College of Utah, where she was the managing editor of The Southern Quill literary journal, worked at the Writing Center, and had the pleasure of writing her thesis on Harry Potter. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work as an assistant for the internationally bestselling author David Farland, but mostly she hides out in her room writing her novel...and a few poems. You can visit her blog at http://kamimcarthur.blogspot.com/
Terry Michelsen is a native of Chicago. She and her husband moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina just before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Michelsen writes poetry, short fiction, and children´s stories. Her photographs and paintings adorn the covers of her books.
Alizabeth Rasmussen is a freelance writer and baseball mom exploring the art of being perfectly, imperfectly human. Her essays have been published in a number of online journals, including most recently at damselfly press and Wild Violet. She blogs regularly at Faith Squared (http://www.faithsquared.net) and is a Blog Editor at Literary Mama.
Al Rollins is a retired Local Government Budget Manager. Al loves to travel the USA with his wife, Janet, and photograph all the wonders of this great country.
Raised in Montana and transposed to the mid-west, Sue Russell finds her inspiration in the mountainous wilderness of her childhood. As a practicing psychologist/psychoanalyst, she brings the richness of human emotional experience and dream symbolism to her writing.
Peggy Schimmelman is an English teacher, poet and writer from Livermore, California. Her award-winning poetry has been published in The Las Positas Anthology and Every Day Poets. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of short stories and poetry.
Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally
and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.
Bob See has been actively interested in photography for many years. He enjoys taking images of wildlife, and landscapes. Bob can be reached at his golfing site at http://enjoyma.com/golf/.
Born in Maryland, Lisa Shea has been contentedly nestled in the rolling hills and mossy forests of Massachusetts since 1995. She is drawn to the ocean and cherishes quiet evenings as the orange glow of sunset glistens across wooden docks. Lisa relishes the challenge of conveying meaning and memorable characters in a measured bounding of time and space. Her stories, poems, and images celebrate natural beauty and serenity. Enjoy thousands of her photos at http://www.lisashea.com
||J. Scott Shields|
Thirty years ago, Scott left the Midwest for the deserts of Arizona. Music, literature, and writing are his passions, and he strives to share his love of the written word with his high school English students each day. Scott’s writing has appeared in the English Journal, Mused, Canyon Echo, and Treoir magazine (a publication of Comhaltas, an international organization that promotes traditional Irish music and culture). He is also a regular contributor to the blog, Writing Is Cake.
||Craig W. Steele|
Craig W. Steele grew up in Texas and Pennsylvania and currently resides in the countryside of northwestern Pennsylvania, not far from Lake Erie. He is a professor of biology at Edinboro University. He writes for the same reasons he reads - for enjoyment, to understand and to visit alternate realities. His poetry has appeared most recently in Plainsongs, Stone Path Review, Blood and Thunder, Extra Innings, The Edge Magazine, The Lyric, Popular Astronomy, Enhance and elsewhere.
Rachel Thompson is a freelance writer and educator living in Washington D.C. She writes on a variety of topics including health and wellness, travel, and cross-cultural communication.
Jody Zolli has enjoyed writing poetry since she was seven. Poetry runs in the family, though, as both her mother and grandmother wrote poetry, and had a knack for doggerel verse. Jody has enjoyed being a technical writer for twenty five years, and feels it is the perfect marriage between creative writing and engineering.
Melissa Baldwin submitted the work Wake.
Glenda Barrett submitted the work Bittersweet.
Jason Braun submitted the work Klimt Flashback.
M.Z. Fairtlough submitted the work Growing Old, Along With Her.
Sharon Guerrero submitted the work The Raven Trickster.
Ray lives with his wife and daughter in the North of England. He was born in Bolton, Greater Manchester and re-born as a poet in The English Lake District following many happy hours there, walking and contemplating.
Kathy Lybrand submitted the work A Shadow.
|Toni K. Pacini|
Toni Pacini, Author, poet, natural born storyteller. Her stories piled up throughout a bizarre childhood spent in a small cotton mill village in Alabama. Raised to be silent, told “never tell” she speaks out in her memoir – Alabama Blue – and has burst forth into the second half of her life with words flowing freely. She writes poetry and short stories in Southern Gothic Style. Toni lives in Las Vegas where she’s a member of the Henderson Writers Group.
Nicole Pickens submitted the work Ugly Walk.
April Salzano submitted the work The Road to Home Road.
|Constance E. Sibrava|
Constance Sibrava is the happily married wife of Wayne, the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of nine absolutely perfect grandchildren. Connie has always loved to write and has many, many stories of her life growing up in Northern California in the 60s and 70s. She currently resides in Upstate New York.