Judith Dickerman-Nelson received her MFA from Emerson College and currently is the Education Director at the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association in Lowell, MA and a teacher at UMass Lowell. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and she has spent time at Wellspring House and the Dorset Writers' Colony. In 2009, she attended the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She traveled to Cambodia in 2008, and the poems about Cambodians included in this issue are from her manuscript titled Ghosts.
Gene Hines is a legal services attorney representing victims of domestic violence and claimants for unemployment benefits. He has published short fiction in various magazines and is working on a novel.
David Brendan Hopes is professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, an actor, painter, and widely produced playwright. He is the author of the Juniper Prize and Saxifrage Prize winning book, The Glacier’s Daughters, and of Blood Rose (Urthona Press, 1997), the Pulitzer and National-Book Award-nominated A Childhood in the Milky Way (Akron University Press), and the volumes of nature essays, A Sense of the Morning (1999) and Bird Songs of the Mesozoic, from Milkweed Editions. The latest, full-length poetry collection A Dream of Adonis appeared from Pecan Grove Press. His works have has appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, Audubon, Christopher Street, Connecticut Review, and The Sun.
Alexandra Isacson lives and lives and works in the Phoenix area. Her chapbook, Poetic Anthropologies, is forthcoming from Medulla Publishing. Her work appears or is forthcoming in kill author, Comroc Press, Curbside Splendor, Northville Review, and other awesome places. Please visit her at alexandraisacson.com.
James Lee Jobe has been published in Manzanita, Tule Review, Pearl, and many other periodicals. His poems are also included in The Sacramento Anthology: One Hundred Poems, Jewel of the Valley: A California Anthology, and How to Be This Man: The Walter Pavlich Memorial Anthology. From 1994 - 1999 Jobe was the editor and publisher of One Dog Press, a poetry monthly. He also edited the quarterly Clan of the Dog. Jobe has authored four chapbooks, most recently What God Said When She Finally Answered Me, from Rattlesnake Press. Read his blog at jamesleejobe.wordpress.com.
Lyn Lifshin has published many collections, most recently, Ballroom, Katrina, and Barbar, and Ruffian. Her website is www.lynlifshin.com.
Joanne Lowery’s poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Birmingham Poetry Review, Eclipse, roger, and Poetry East. Her most recent collection is the chapbook Scything published by FutureCycle Press. She lives in Michigan.
Donald O'Donovan, a former long-distance truck driver from Cooperstown, NY, is the author of Night Train and The Sugarhouse, published by Open Books. Two more novels, Tarantula Woman and Confessions of a Bedbug Hauler, also from Open Books, will appear soon. A screenwriter and audio book narrator as well as a novelist, O'Donovan lives in Los Angeles.
Patrick Lawrence O'Keeffe is a freelance writer and poet. He lives with his wife Karen in Port Clinton, Ohio, and works the second shift at a nearby factory.
David A. Ross is a writer, editor and publisher. From 1984-1985 he was a columnist and contributing editor for Southwest Art Magazine. His new novel, The Virtual Life of Fizzy Oceans, is available at Amazon.com, Open Books Direct, and at Smashwords.com. His other novels include Sacrifice and the Sweet Life, A Winter Garden, Stones, Xenos, How High The Wall, Good Morning Corfu, and his award-winning first novel The Trouble with Paradise (republished by Open Books under the title Calico Pennants). In addition to his career as a novelist, he was the editor and publisher of the small press Escape Media from 1992-2004. Currently he is the editor and publisher of Open Books and online literary and features journals including Moronic Ox Literary & Cultural Journal. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he presently lives on the Island of Corfu, Greece. On February 8, 2011 at 1:00 EST David will be interviewed by Cyrus Webb on his radio program, "Conversations Live". The broadcast will air live in a four-state area surrounding Mississippi and will be webcast worldwide at: www.blogtalkradio.com/conversationslive.
Dariel Suarez was born in Havana, Cuba, where he lived until 1997. He now resides in South Florida with his wife. He recently graduated from Florida International University, where he was the recipient of five literary awards. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications, including The Florida Book Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, Barrier Islands Review, and The Acentos Review. Dariel also received an Editor's Choice Award from the Absent Willow Review and his poetry has been anthologized by Every Day Poets.
Leslie Teel grew up in Huntington, WVa. She currently lives, works and writes in Watertown, MA.
Kristi Wallwork is a senior at Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she is working towards a degree in English, specifically creative writing. She loves reading and has been an avid fan since she was a little girl. Kristi finds the written word endlessly fascinating and has the highest respect for those that can string together language that can change lives.