Lexie Benedict is a young poet, story writer and aspiring artist from Western New York. She enjoys reading, drawing and creating poetry. Her work is inspired by the problems she see’s the world facing today, culture and power words. Lexie is a vegetarian, a Buddhist and a natural healer. Her favorite quote is "Giving up doesn't mean you are weak. It just means you are strong enough to let go."
Jéanpaul Ferro is a novelist, poet, and short fiction author from Providence, Rhode Island. An 8-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his work has been featured on National Public Radio, at Columbia Review, Emerson Review, Connecticut Review, Contemporary American Voices, Portland Monthly, Hawaii Review, The Providence Journal, and many others. His published works include All The Good Promises (Plowman Press, 1994), Becoming X (BlazeVox Books, 2008), You Know Too Much About Flying Saucers (Thumbscrews Press, 2009) Hemispheres (Maverick Duck Press, 2009), and Essendo Morti - Being Dead (Goldfish Press, 2009), which was nominated for the 2010 Griffin Prize in Poetry. His short story, "The Dead River" appeared in our March issue.
Phyllis Green has had poetry and stories in Works, a Quarterly of Writing, Parting Gifts, Modern Images, The Lake Superior Review, Voices International, Ginger Piglet Press, Music Journal and others. She has also had two radio plays on Wisconsin Public radio; two stage plays on Off-Off Broadway and a play writing fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board.
Benjamin Imamovic lives in Perth, Western Australia. When he is not studying, he is writing and working part-time.
Robert S. King lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of Georgia. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Southern Poetry Review, Lullwater Review, Chariton Review, Main Street Rag, and many others. His latest books are The Hunted River and The Gravedigger’s Roots, both from Shared Roads Press, 2009. He is director of FutureCycle Press, www.futurecycle.org.
Lyn Lifshin has published many collections. Her most recent book is entitled All the Poets (Mostly) Who Have Touched Me (Living and Dead. All True: Especially the Lies). Other collections include Ballroom, Katrina, and Barbar, and Ruffian. Her website is www.lynlifshin.com.
Kelsey Ottman is from LaGrange, Maine. He is a currently a sophomore at the University of Maine, Farmington, with a double major in creative writing and biology.
Andrew F. Popper is on the faculty of American University, Washington College of Law where he has taught for the last 30 years. He is the author of numerous books, articles, papers, and public documents. His recent works include two novels, Rediscovering Lone Pine (West, 2009), and Bordering on Madness: An American Land Use Tale (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), and two legal works, Materials on Tort Reform (West, 2010), and Administrative Law: A Contemporary Approach, (West 2010, with McKee, Varona, and Harter). He has served as a consumer rights advocate, testified in Congress on 30 different occasions, and authored a number of amicus curiae briefs before the Supreme Court.
Michelle Primeau is an MFA student at the University of Texas El Paso in their online and bilingual creative writing program. She was previously a co-editor of their online literary magazine, Quicksilver. She loves fluffy clouds, sundews, oh yes… and her children.
Cathy Rosoff was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She moved to New York City to attend New York University, where she received a B.F.A. in Film and Television. Her screenplay Burn was selected to be part of New York City’s Independent Feature Project’s annual Independent Feature Market. More recently, her novel Feral Little Gods made it through the first round of 2010’s Amazon and Penguin Breakthrough Novel Contest. She is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Social Work at New York City’s Yeshiva University.
Tom Sheehan has 13 books, 14 Pushcart nominations, Georges Simenon Fiction Award, included in Dzanc Best of the Web Anthology for 2009, nominated for 2010 and 2011. He has 165 cowboy short stories on Rope and Wire Magazine and has appeared in Rosebud Magazine (3), Ocean Magazine (7), Succour, Neon, and Lady Jane’s Miscellany, among others. Tom's story "The Young Man Who Said He'd Never Eat Chocolate Again," appeared in our November issue.
John Tustin's poetry is forthcoming in Sex and Murder, Bryant Literary Review, The Chiron Review, and others. fritzware.com/johntustinpoetry is a link to his poetry online.