Michael H. Brownstein has been widely published throughout the small and literary presses. His work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, Poetrysuperhighway.com and others. In addition, he has nine poetry chapbooks including The Shooting Gallery (Samidat Press, 1987), Poems from the Body Bag (Ommation Press, 1988), A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004), What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005), and I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011). He is the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011). Brownstein taught elementary school in Chicago’s inner city (he is now retired), but he continues to study authentic African instruments, conducts grant-writing workshops for educators, designs websites and records performance and music pieces with grants from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.
Daniel Bullen’s first book, The Love Lives of the Artists: Five Stories of Creative Intimacy, was published last autumn by Counterpoint Press in Berkeley. His second book, The Dangers of Passion: The Transcendental Friendship of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, was published by Levellers Press in April of this year.
Matthew Dexter -- Like the nomadic Pericú natives before him, Matthew Dexter survives on a hunter-gatherer subsistence diet of shrimp tacos, smoked marlin, cold beer, and warm sunshine. He lives in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Toby Donovan is a young writer living in New York City. He was educated at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where he read Modern History and wrote a thesis on the use of the death penalty in 18th century England. He has been a permanent resident of the United States since 2008, and has also lived and worked in Australia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, where he was born. He is the recipient of a National Composition Award for a piece of music he wrote entitled “Pharaoh’s Grave”, which was performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London and broadcast on BBC Radio. His writing has been accepted for publication by Black Heart Magazine and Atticus Review, and he is currently working on a volume of short stories based on dreams.
Nancy Ford Dugan's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Passages North, The Minnesota Review, The Alembic, Lullwater Review, The Battered Suitcase, The MacGuffin, Epiphany, Coe Review, Buffalo Carp, Desert Voices, The Dirty Goat, The Hurricane Review, The Old Red Kimono, RiverSedge, Schuylkill Valley Journal, and The Writer’s Post Journal. She lives in New York City and previously resided in Michigan, Ohio, and Washington, DC.
Leanne Grabel is a poet and writer and teacher in the Pacific Northest. Her most recent publications are BRONTOSAURUS, a stretched memoir [published by Quiet Lion Press/November 2011] and BADGIRLS, a collection of prose poems [published by Dancing Moon Press/November 2011]. Grabel's performance piece "badgirls," based upon her collections of prose poems, debuted in November/2011. Grabel and her husband ran the legendary poetry enclave Cafe Lena throughout the 90s. She is currently teaching Language Arts/Special Education full time in a lockdown treatment center.
James Hannon is a psychotherapist in Massachusetts where he accompanies adolescents and adults who are recovering from addictions. His poetry has appeared in several journals including Cold Mountain Review, Sahara, Soundings East, and Willard and Maple.
Peycho Kanev is the Editor-In-Chief of Kanev Books. His poems have appeared in more than 500 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, The Monarch Review, The Coachella Review, Third Wednesday, The Cleveland Review, Loch Raven Review, In Posse Review, Mascara Literary Review and many others. He is nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net and lives in Chicago. In 2009 his short story collection Walking Through Walls and in April 2010 his poetry collection American Notebooks both were published in Bulgaria. His poetry collection Bone Silence was released in September 2010 by Desperanto Publishing Group. A new collection of his poetry, titled Requiem for One Night, will be published by Desperanto Publishing Group in 2012.
Barry W. North is a sixty-six-year-old retired refrigeration mechanic. Since his retirement in 2007, he has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, won the 2010 A. E. Coppard Prize for Fiction, and, more recently, won Honorable Mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. His work has appeared in, or is scheduled to appear in, The Paterson Literary Review, Slipstream, The Dos Passos Review, Iconoclast, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Amoskeag, and others.
Rehan Qayoom writes poetry in both English and Urdu with poems and articles which have appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and 2 anthologies.
Robert Wexelblatt is Professor of Humanities at Boston University's College of General Studies. He has published essays, poems, and stories in a wide variety of journals, two collections of fiction, Life in the Temperate Zone and The Decline of Our Neighborhood, also a book of essays, Professors at Play. His novel Zublinka Among Women won the 2008 Indie Book Award for Fiction. A short novel, Losses, was published this summer.