Mark Belair's poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East, and The South Carolina Review. His books include the collection While We’re Waiting (Aldrich Press, 2013) and two chapbook collections: Night Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2013) and Walk With Me (Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2012). For more information, please visit www.markbelair.com.
Barry Ellis is a freelance court reporter and daydreamer living and writing in the suburban wilderness of Colorado Springs. He can't imagine anything finer than a writer's life. He is fortunate to have been published in the Waterhouse Review, Almagre, and Writing Tomorrow Magazine.
Rozanne Gold is the author of a chapbook of Witness Poems based on her work as an end-of-life care doula and hospice volunteer. In her other life, she is a four-time James Beard award-winning chef, author and journalist who has been sneaking poetry into my cookbooks for years. She is the author of thirteen such books and has written more than 600 articles about food, cooking and the business of pleasure.She has written and produced stories for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and currently writes a column for the Huffington Post. At age 24, she lived at Gracie Mansion as first chef to Mayor Ed Koch and later became consulting chef to the two of New York's most magical restaurants -- the Rainbow Room and Windows on the World. Her life's work is about nourishment -- both with and without the presence of food. Her poetry is the space within.
Danielle Hanson received her MFA from Arizona State University and now lives in Atlanta, GA. Her work has appeared in over 40 journals and anthologies, including Hubbub, Iodine, Lake Effect, Rosebud, The Cortland Review, Poet Lore, Asheville Poetry Review, and Blackbird. She has edited Hayden’s Ferry Review, been on staff at The Meacham Writers’ Conference and received the Fulton County Arts Council Grant for a residency at the Hambidge Center. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
Loren Kleinman has a B.A. in English Literature from Drew University and an M.A. in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of Sussex (UK). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. I was also the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003) and a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize nominee. In 2003, Spire Press (NYC) published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz. Loren lives in New Jersey and works for a college as a Writing Center Director.
Patrick Mathiesen is an attending psychiatrist at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Washington, and has previously taught in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is the author of two nonfiction books, An Ocean of Time—Alzheimer’s: Tales of Hope and Forgetting (Scribner, 1997) and Late Life Depression, with Suzanne LeVert (Dell, 1997).
Jadah McCoy works as a legal coordinator in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been previously published in the July issue of Foundling Review. She runs a blog, thequeryfaerie.wordpress.com, which was just featured in a Traveling Beauties article. Her blog is dedicated to writing tips, query critiques, travel stories, and a whole smattering of other things. She dedicates her story in this month's issue of BLR to Jennifer, who lost her battle June of this year, and thanks you for taking the time to read Jennifer's story.
Barbara Mujica's published books include Frida (Overlook Press, 2001), Sister Teresa (Overlook Press, 2007), I Am Venus (Overlook Press, 2013), Teresa de Avila, Lettered Woman (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008), Women Writers of Early Modern Spain: Sophia’s Daughters (Yale University Press, 2004), Shakespeare and the Spanish Comedia (ed.) (Bucknell University Press, 2013), and A New Anthology of Early Modern Spanish Theater: Play and Playtext (Yale University Press, 2014). Her novel Frida was published in seventeen languages. Her novel Sister Teresa was adapted for the stage and premiered in Los Angeles in November 2013.
Charles Scott is a crank, curmudgeon, lover of fatty meats, salt and beer. He is also a writer living in Kansas City, Missouri with his cats, dog, wife and children in a tiny duplex. In his spare time he works as a plumber, yells at people from the safety of his mini van, and enjoys nano walks from his front door to his mailbox.
Susanne Stich is a writer, educator and filmmaker from Nürnberg, Germany. She lives in the Northwest of Ireland. Her writing has appeared in literary magazines in both German & English (e.g. The Stinging Fly, Cuírt Journal, West 47, Macondo – Die Lust am Lesen). She is also a filmmaker. Her short film 'Lily’s Image' screened widely on the festival circuit & on RTÉ television.