L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher, retired lawyer, has been published hundreds of times in print and online (The Reader, Pisgah Review, Versal, Ha!Art, Istanbul Review, Snow Jewel), and is the author one full collection and ten chapbooks of poetry, including Jonesing for Byzantium (UKA Press, 2006), American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012), Little Town gods (Folded Word Press, 2016), A Jerusalem of Ponds (erbacce Press, 2016), and Digby Roundabout (Kelsay Books, 2017). He presently lives in rural Georgia.
From associate professor of English to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin has journeyed from New Jersey to Oregon to discover Douglas firs, months of rain, and dry summers. She claims that poetry is the way her mind interacts with the world – in images, rhythms, sounds, and intensities of language. After years of correcting academic papers and business books, she’s settled into the joyful challenge of translating experience into as few words as possible. Her aesthetic is embodied in Jack Kerouac's comment in Dharma Bums: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple”; and in Galway Kinnell's statement, “To me, poetry is somebody standing up ... and saying, with as little concealment as possible, what it is for him or her to be on earth at this moment.” Her poems attempt to be simple in words as they grapple with the complexity of living on earth today.
Martin’s poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout North America and the UK including “Stirring,” “Naugatuck River Review,” “CALYX,” “The Curlew,” and “Antiphon.” Her third collection, Thin Places, was released by Kelsay Books in 2017. She is currently the poetry editor of Kosmos Quarterly, journal for global transformation. Find out more about Carolyn on her author’s website.
Rana Bitar earned her master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University in January 2017. Her poetry appeared in The Deadly Writers Patrol journal, DoveTales journal, Earthen Lamp Journal, Magnolia Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, and El Portal journal.
Professionally, she is a physician. She lives and works in upstate NY. She is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction stories about her journey as an oncologist. She writes both in Arabic and English.
Lenny DellaRocca is winner of the 2017 Yellow Jacket Poetry Prize for his chapbook, Things I See in the Fire. He is founder and co-publisher of South Florida Poetry Journal- SoFloPoJo and Interview With A Poet both at southfloridapoetryjournal.com.
His poems appear in Poet Lore, Poetrybay, 2River view, Fairy Tale Review, Chiron Review, Seattle Review, POEM, Laurel Review, Apalachee Review, Sun Dog, Gulf Stream Magazine, Wisconsin Review, The Potomac and Nimrod. He has three collections of poetry: Alphabetical Disorder, The Sleep Talker (chapbook), and Blood and Gypsies.
J.E.A. Wallace has been a hotel night porter, an abattoir security guard, and a barman in The House of Lords. Born and raised in England, he is now a happily married poet who lives and writes in New York City.
Lucía Orellana Damacela is the author of Life Lines (The Talbot-Heindl Experience, 2018), winner of The Bitchin' Kitsch Chapbook Competition. Her work has appeared in both English and Spanish in more than twelve countries. Some of the periodicals featuring Lucía’s work are Always Crashing, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Dash, Sharkpack Annual, Slippery Elm, Into the Void, and Frontera. Born in Ecuador, Lucía has lived in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
She blogs at notesfromlucia.wordpress.com and tweets as @lucyda. You can find her on Instagram at @lucyda and on Facebook under Lucia Orellana.
A former newspaper reporter, Patrick Meighan now lives the life of a nomadic adjunct professor, teaching poetry, composition, literature, and journalism courses at several four-year and two-year colleges. His poems, book reviews, and translations have appeared in many online and print journals. He earned his MFA in poetry from the low-residency program at New England College in 2012. He resides in Manchester, N.H.
Jeffrey S. Markovitz is the author of the novel Into the Everything (2011) and the story chapbook --for Olivia (2013). His fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in publications such as The Cardiff Review, The Saint Katherine Review, The Swamp Literary Magazine, Evansville Review, ellipsis, Glassworks, Kindred Magazine, Apiary Magazine, Certain Circuits Lit Mag, Transient, Spittoon, Prime Mincer, Scribble, Origivation, Specter, Hidden City Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches English.
Born and raised in Winston-Salem/Clemmons, NC. Lived and studied in Paris for a year before graduating from Wake Forest. It was at Wake I had the honor of studying under and being mentored by Germaine Bree. Amazing woman and scholar. Writing A WALKING SHADOW was a true labor of love. When I was living in Paris, I was able to track down a copy of the first ten treatises of Jabir’s “Book of Sixty-Nine Treatises”. Finally, it seemed, studying French was paying off. No English translation existed of Jabir’s work. I could read antiquity’s greatest alchemist in his own words. When Jonas’ shadow splits off and begins to both comfort and mock him it was, as Carl Jung speaks of in “Psychology and Alchemy,” the conscious and unconscious attempting to find balance. Of course a few random events, a couple of love interests and the ever-present vulture flying overhead, helped out.
Megan Denese Mealor is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, spinning words into wiles since she was four years old. Her work has been published widely in numerous journals, most recently Really System, streetcake, Fowl Feathered Review, The Mystic Blue Review, The Lake, Beakful, The Metaworker, The Wax Paper, and Degenerates: Voices for Peace. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder at fifteen, Megan’s main mission as a writer is to inspire others stigmatized for their mental health. She is the author of a debut poetry collection, Bipolar Lexicon, with several more books on the way. Megan lives in her native land of Jacksonville, Florida, a city of neon bridges and bustling heart, with her fiance and five-year-old son in a house a little too small but also just right.
Jim Bohen is a poet and songwriter who was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he currently lives with his wife, Bonnie. His poems have appeared in Conclave, the Minnesota Daily, Red Paint Hill, Third Wednesday and elsewhere. He's been shortlisted for the erbacce prize and a finalist for The Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series. I travel in rusting burned-out sedans is his first book.
Marine Cornuet is a poet, translator, and arts administrator currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Keeping the Chaff and the Wheat is her first chapbook. Her poems can be found in IDK Magazine, 8-West Press, Dime Show Review, and elsewhere. She is a member of Sweet Action, a women-led poetry collective based in Brooklyn.
Michael Murray is a writer from Cleveland and currently lives in California near Yosemite National Park.
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Jim has two nonfiction books, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir and The Portland House: A '70s Memoir. Jim also has two poetry collections, Reciting from Memory, and Written Life as well as a forthcoming chapbook, On a Road which releases on 10/21/2018. His non-fiction stories have been published in Main Street Rag, Prairie Rose Publications, Steam Ticket and others. His poetry has been featured in Torrid Literature Journal, Portage Magazine, Blue Heron Review and many others. He loves in Waukesha, Wisconsin with his wife Donna and their two children. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, biking and camping. Jim is poet laureate for the Village of Wales, Wisconsin
Douglas Cole has published four collections of poetry. His work appears in journals such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Chiron, The Galway Review, The Pinyon Review, Solstice, Eastern Iowa Review, Kentucky Review, Wisconsin Review, and Slipstream. He has been nominated for a Pushcart and Best of the Net, and has received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry; the Best of Poetry Award from Clapboard House; First Prize in the “Picture Worth 500 Words” from Tattoo Highway.
His website is douglastcole.com.
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Peter Schireson began writing after a long career, first in education, then in business. His poems have appeared in Quiddity, Hotel Amerika, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Pleiades, among many other journals. His chapbook - The Welter of Me & You - won the Coal Hill 2013 Chapbook Prize. Peter holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University and an MFA from the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He is also an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, having trained in both the U.S. and Japan. Together with his wife, Grace Schireson, he edited Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima.
Following a series of poor choices, David Miller eventually graduated with a degree in English from Purdue University. Subsequently, he made one mistake after another resulting in extended periods of study at the University of Iowa, Cal State Long Beach, the University of California at Riverside, and UCLA. All that changed when his muse consented to marriage. He showered, shaved and went to medical school at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California. He is in practice in Indiana, which is well situated for clandestine bohemian pursuits. He has authored twenty science-related articles, and was the co-author of a non-fiction book, (Womenopause, O-Books, London, UK, 2010). Recent poetry has appeared in Metaphor, Harbinger Asylum, Deronda Review, Sacred Cow, Leaves of Ink, Haiku Journal, Ancient Paths Literary Journal, Dunes Review, and Canary.
Jim Read lives in the Port of Saint John, not far from the bronze statue of Samuel de Champlain.
You can read a selection of his archived published short stories by visiting his website at www.jimread.ca
Martina Reisz Newberry’s most recent book is TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME (due out in 2017 from Unsolicited Press). She is also the author of WHERE IT GOES (Deerbrook Editions). LEARNING BY ROTE (Deerbrook Editions) and RUNNING LIKE A WOMAN WITH HER HAIR ON FIRE: Collected Poems (Red Hen Press)
Ms. Newberry is the winner of i.e. magazine’s Editor’s Choice Poetry Chapbook Prize for 1998: AN APPARENT, APPROACHABLE LIGHT. She is also the author of LIMA BEANS AND CITY CHICKEN: MEMORIES OF THE OPEN HEARTH—a memoir of her father, (one of the first men ever to be hired at Kaiser Steel in Fontana, CA in 1943)—published by E.P. Dutton and Co. in 1989.
Newberry has been included in “It Happened Under Cover,” Ascent Aspirations’ first two hard-copy anthologies, also in the anthologies “In The Company Of Women,” “Blessed Are These Hands,” and “Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women”. She has been widely published in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo Colony for the Arts, Djerassi Colony for the Arts, and at Anderson Center for Disciplinary Arts.
A passionate lover of Los Angeles,Martina currently lives there with her husband, Brian Newberry, a Media Creative.
Born in 1954, Shahab Mogharabin is an award winning Iranian poet. After completing his secondary education in his home city of Isfahan, Mogharabin moved to Tehran and entered Sharif University of Technology to study Chemical Engineering, which he later abandoned to pursue his literary ambitions.
In 2002, he founded Ahang-e-Digar, an independent poetry publishing company along with two fellow poets, Shams Langeroodi and Hafez Moosavi, where he passionately promoted young and aspiring poets.
Since the early 1980s, Mogharabin’s poems have appeared in various journals in Iran; He has published eight collections of poetry and two selections in Persian.
Titles of his books include:
Grief of Flights, 1979
Dark and Bright Steps, 1986
Words as Minutes, 1992
By the side of the Purple Road, I Saw My Childhood, 2003
(Winner of Karnameh Poetry Award, 2004)
Selected Poems, 2006
Wind Will Leaf through This Book, 2008
Whistling in the Dark, 2010
Somebody Knocked at the Door, 2013
(Finalist for the Khabarnegaran Poetry Award, 2015)
Tick Tock of Your Steps, 2015
Selected Poems, 2015
Ty Spencer Vossler (MFA) currently lives in Tlaxcala, Mexico with his BMW (beautiful Mexican wife) and their daughter. A prolific author, Vossler has published over seventy works in the past three years, including novels, novellas, short stories, poems and essays.
Ty’s work has appeared on four continents. His most recently published book-length works include: Adobe Walls, Unsolicited Press, The Eye of Espinoza, World Castle Publishing, Mocha Dreams, Shalla Publishing, and Seedlings, World Castle Publishing.
Vossler attributes his originality to the fact that he shot his television over two decades ago. He is a university professor in Mexico, where his imagination is greatly appreciated. If you would like to find out more about Ty Spencer Vossler please check out his website: tyvossler.com.
Once upon a time I was a preacher that liked to write. Then I found myself walking down a less familiar path that changed me into a writer who preaches. Still, I am the writer behind the curtain at subversivepreacher.org, a resource for spiritual practice in a time of strange and wonderful reformation.
My poems appear in print anthologies in “Poetry Quarterly,” (Summer 2015) Prolific Press; “The Poet’s Quest for God,” (2016) Eyewear Press (UK); and “Crossroads,” (2016) Inwood Indiana Press, as well as online at Silver Birch Press. A first novel in the genre of God noir, “The Steam Room Diaries,” was published by DAOwen (CA, 2015). My second novel, “Thoughtwall Café, Espresso in the Third Season of Life” (Unsolicited Press) is due for publication in July 2018. Compelling me to frequently sharpen my pencil, I write a weekly column on contemporary issues published in The Finger Lakes Times (NY).
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Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a Cherokee poet, novelist, and storyteller. She’s the author of ten books including the forthcoming Savagery (poetry) and You Look Something (literary fiction). She’s also the author of the poetry collections Constellations of My Body, Secret-Telling Bones, Orygun, What Makes an Always, and The Last Exotic Petting Zoo as well as the novel The Wrong Kind of Indian. She’s been awarded the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Prize in Poetry, the Potlatch Award for Native Artists, and numerous poet-in-residencies posts around the world including Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, and Paris Lit Up in France. Jessica is a poetry editor for Bending Genres Magazine and founder of the Get it Ohm! karma yoga movement. Visit Jessica’s author site at www.jessicamehta.com
When long-time outdoorsman, songwriter, and poet Mark Doherty decided he needed a stable profession for his day job in the 1990’s, he began his career as a high school teacher. But Doherty never really left the outdoors and his music behind; he just incorporated them into his creative approach to teaching high school English and writing.
After earning his BA in English and Writing from his home state of Colorado at Western State University, Doherty spent ten years working as a musician, backcountry guide, and free-lance writer in Southern Utah. Later he earned a teaching degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City and now teaches International Baccalaureate Senior English as well as 11th grade core English in Midvale, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range. He earned his Master’s Degree in Writing Nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University in November of 2016.
Doherty is the author of Walking Natural Pathways, a poetry chapbook organized into five segments which feature sub-themes celebrating all aspects of the natural world—eons of natural evolution and epochs of mankind’s interface with nature. The poetic styles include a diverse range of poetic forms including free verse, prose, lyrical, traditional, and sonnet. Like the natural world that inspired the poems, the mix of styles, ideas, perspectives, and images create a many-colored poetic landscape. Every chapter features stylistically different poetic forms. You can order a copy today.