Grant M. Armstrong is a previously unpublished poet looking for outlets consistent with his vision. He is certainly not interested in pleasing everyone. He hopes some people cringe, others laugh, some hate, and some love his work. Frankly, he could not give a damn so long as someone attributes some meaning to his work. Even if that means thinking it is unadulterated shit. Grant is a Ph.D. candidate in political science, with an MA from Ole Miss and Oklahoma State. He often feels stifled by mechanical and robotic academic writing. He is married and has a dog and cat. At this time, there is no personal website.
Gary Beck has spent his adult life as a theater director. He has 14 published chapbooks. His poetry collections include Days of Destruction (Skive Press), Expectations (Rogue Scholars Press), Dawn in Cities, Assault on Nature, Songs of a Clerk, Civilized Ways, Displays, Perceptions, Fault Lines, Tremors, Perturbations, Rude Awakenings, The Remission of Order and Contusions (Winter Goose Publishing). Conditioned Response (Nazar Look), Virtual Living (Thurston Howl Publications), Blossoms of Decay, Expectations, Blunt Force and Transitions (Wordcatcher Publishing). His novels include Flawed Connections (Black Rose Writing), Call to Valor and Crumbling Ramparts (Gnome on Pig Productions), Sudden Conflicts (Lillicat Publishers). Acts of Defiance and Flare Up (Wordcatcher Publishing). His short story collections include A Glimpse of Youth (Sweatshoppe Publications), Now I Accuse and other stories (Winter Goose Publishing) and Dogs Don’t Send Flowers and other stories (Wordcatcher Publishing). The Republic of Dreams and other essays (Gnome on Pig Productions). The Big Match and other one act-plays will be published by Wordcatcher Publishing. His original plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles have been produced Off Broadway. His poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in hundreds of magazines. He lives in New York City.
Mary Camarillo is currently working on a novel, a collection of short stories and a poetry chapbook. Her short stories have appeared in The Second Corona Book of Horror Stories, Daily Dose of Lit, Lunch Ticket, and The Ear. She is an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, the Napa Valley Writer’s Conference and Richard Bausch’s Community Writing Workshop at Chapman University.
German Dario resides in Tempe, Arizona with his wife, two sons, two dogs and sometimes a fish. He lives his life a poet masquerading as an engineer. Recently published in the Blue Collar Review, The Friday Influence, Right Hand Pointing, The New Verse News, The Acentos Review, and The American Journal of Poetry.
J. B. Hogan is from Fayetteville, Arkansas and has had some 265 poems and stories published, as well as nine books: Time and Time Again, Mexican Skies, Tin Hollow, Living Behind Time, Losing Cotton, Fallen, The Rubicon, The Apostate and Angels in the Ozarks, a nonfiction, baseball history book.
Matthew Marcus grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina but has been living in the NYC area since 2001. He teaches Critical Thinking at Borough of Manhattan Community College and studies Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. Matthew has an MFA from City College.
Robert Martin's writings have appeared in "Mature Years," "Alive Now," "Universal Oneness" an anthology book from New Delhi, India among others. He won two "Faith & Hope" awards for poetry and published two chapbooks. (In His Steps Publishing) Robert is also a pianist and the organist at First UMC of Wind Gap, PA. His main writing influences are Kahlil Gibran and Pablo Neruda.
Dorene O'Brien is a Detroit-based fiction writer and creative writing teacher at the College for Creative Studies. She won the Red Rock Review Mark Twain Award for Short Fiction, the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award, the New Millennium Fiction Award and the Wind Fiction Prize. She also won the international Bridport Prize and is the recipient of creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and from the Vermont Studio Center. Dorene's stories have appeared in the Connecticut Review, Madison Review, the Chicago Tribune Sunday supplement, the Montreal Review, Carve Magazine, Cimarron Review, Detroit Noir and others. Voices of the Lost and Found, her first full-length short fiction collection, won the USA Best Books Award in Fiction. Her second collection, What It Might Feel Like to Hope, was named first-runner up in the Mary Roberts Rinehart Fiction contest and was released by Baobab Press this year. Dorene is currently writing a Sci-Fi/literary hybrid novel.
Michael Royce's published fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Blue Lake Review, Fringe, The MacGuffin, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, Prime Number, and other on-line and print journals and anthologies. His series collectively called “Mississippi Freedom Summer in Eight Vignettes” was published in the “Best of the Net 2011” by Sundress Publications.
Robert Wexelblatt is professor of humanities at Boston University’s College of General Studies. He has published five fiction collections, Life in the Temperate Zone, The Decline of Our Neighborhood, The Artist Wears Rough Clothing, Heiberg’s Twitch, and Petites Suites; two books of essays, Professors at Play and The Posthumous Papers of Sidney Fein; two short novels, Losses and The Derangement of Jules Torquemal; a book of verse, Fifty Poems; essays, stories, and poems in a variety of scholarly and literary journals, and the novel Zublinka Among Women, awarded the Indie Book Awards first prize for fiction. Hsi-wei Tales, a collection of Chinese stories, and Intuition of the News, a book of non-Chinese stories, are forthcoming.