Matthew Cocco is from Long Island, New York, and is currently attending Pennsylvania State University. Originally, he was a Business major, but then found refuge in poetry and decided to major in English instead. His work has been published in Quantum Poetry Magazine.
Lou Gaglia's debut collection of short stories, Poor Advice, is forthcoming from Aqueous Books (2014). His work appears in The Cortland Review, Waccamaw, JMWW, FRiGG, and Halfway Down the Stairs, among others. He lives in upstate New York.
Christina Gombar's internationally anthologized work has appeared in The London Review of Books, Global City Review, River Oak Review, and has won numerous prizes and awards, including a NYFA fellowship and the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award in 2002 for War Zone. Her first short story, "Experience," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Most recently, her memoir on working for AIG, Elegy for an Organization, was named first runner up in the 2009 summer Manhattan Media Contest. She is a 2011 Bread Loaf alumni in fiction.
Mack Green is a member of Lighthouse Writers in Denver. He has had short stories published in The Rio Grande Review and The Columbia College Literary Review.
Gregory Gunn -- Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1960, Gregory grew up in small towns throughout Ontario before moving to London in 1970. A graduate of Fanshawe College as an electronics technician. Writing for over thirty years, he is most passionate about poetry. Other interests include music, astronomy, philosophy, photography, foreign languages, and gardening. To date, Mr. Gunn has had poems published in Inscribed Magazine, Green’s Magazine, The Toronto Quarterly, Yes, Poetry, Wordletting Magazine, Songs for Every Race, Ditch Magazine, Ascent Aspirations, Steel Toe Review, Carcinogenic, The Light Ekphrasic, Cyclamens and Swords, et al. Also published are five collections of his selected poetry.
Phil Lewis is an American author currently residing in Berlin, Germany, who has published two novels in the past. The first novel (Life of Death) was published by Fiction Collective in 1993. His second novel, (Nate) won the American Book Award in 2006. He has published in Sivullinen (Finland), Black Ice, African American Review, Konch, American Book Review, Sand (Berlin), Blue Collar Review, Contemporary World Literature, and other magazines.
Joey Nicoletti is the author of the poetry collections Borrowed Dust (2011), and Cannoli Gangster, which was selected as a finalist for the Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize by Denise Duhamel (2012). His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Valparaiso Poetry Review, Italian Americana, Waccamaw, and Green Hills Literary Lantern. A graduate of the University of Iowa, New Mexico State University, and the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, he is a former poetry editor of Puerto del Sol and currently teach poetry writing and literature at Niagara University.
Barry North is a sixty-six-year-old retired refrigeration mechanic. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paterson Literary Review, Slipstream, The Dos Passos Review, Art Times, Iconoclast, Green Hills Literary Lantern, and others.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. THis is Mr. Perchik's second appearance in Blue Lake Review. For more information, including his essay “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please
visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.
Brett Riley hails from south Louisiana, though he spent his youth in Arkansas. He holds a Ph.D. in 20th Century American Fiction and Film. Currently, Brett teaches American literature, creative writing, and composition at the University of Alabama. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Folio, Big Muddy, First Class, Metal Scratches, The Evansville Review, and The Broadkill Review.
Jean Ryan, a native Vermonter, lives in Napa, California. In addition to her prior appearance in Blue Lake Review, her stories and essays have appeared in a variety of journals, including Other Voices, Pleiades, The Summerset Review, and The Massachusetts Review. A collection of her short stories will be published by Ashland Creek Press in 2013.
Serena Wilcox is the poetry editor for Leaf Garden Press. She has literary work published in Ann Arbor Review, BlazeVox, Word Riot, Counterexample Poetics,Word for Word, Moon Milk Review, and many other publications. She was recently nominated for Dancz Best of the Web. Her book, Sacred Parodies, is forthcoming Fall 2011 from Ziggurat Books International.
Matthew Woodman has had poems published in a number of journals, including Cranky and Pacific Review, and he is currently working on a poetry manuscript and trying to jump start a small press (Rabid Oak Press). In the meantime, he pays the bills by teaching composition and literature at California State University, Bakersfield.