Contributors: Volume 1
The editors of and/or gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following artists and writers without whose creative spirit and enthusiasm for artistic experimentation this inaugural volume would not have been possible:
Carolyn Agee is an actress and internationally published poet living in the Pacific Northwest. Her recent and forthcoming credits include: Petrichor Machine, Perspectives Magazine, and Rubber Lemon. You can see more of her work on her facebook page.
Tanner Almon likes to take pictures, make films, and write short stories and poems. He also likes cloudy days, staring into fish tanks, and the east coast weather in October. For the past year, he’s been taking a photo every day and sending it to his mom for a “review” of sorts. These reviews can be read at mymomreviewsmyphotos.com. His portfolio can be viewed at tanneralmon.com.
George Anderson grew up in Montreal and now lives in Wollongong, Australia. He has published over 500 poems in a wide variety of magazines. His first chapbook was published by erbacce-press (UK). New collections are to be published shortly by Interior Noise Press (USA) and Perspicacious Press (Australia). Check out his poetry blog BOLD MONKEY: http://georgedanderson.blogspot.com
Michael Andreoni. After several decades of being considered a sarcastic nit, Michael decided to revel in it. Dogs bitten, children frightened. He’s available for parties if you’re not particular about keeping your friends. His stories have appeared in Iconoclast,Allegory, Fogged Clarity, Ducts, and other publications. He lives near Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jenn Blair is from Yakima, WA. She has published in Copper Nickel,Kestrel, Al Jadid, Cerise Press, and has work forthcoming in the James Dickey Review and New South. Her chapbook of poetry, All Things are Ordered, is out from Finishing Line Press.
Rocco Capamezzo is a part-time public agitator and full-time bon-vivant who currently lives in a run-down trailer outside of Altoona, PA with his pet racoon and his sweet old lady. Having survived the 1980s with his vital spirit more or less intact, he seeks to spend his remaining years cultivating his soul and drinking cheap swill with fellow debauched inebriates.
Ric Carfagna was born and educated in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the author of numerous collections of poetry, most recently Symphony No.1 published by Chalk Editions and Symphony No.2 published by Argotist Press. His poetry has evolved from the early radical experiments of his first two books, Confluential Trajectoriesand Porchcat Nadir, to the unsettling existential mosaics of his multi-book project Notes On NonExistence. Ric lives in rural central Massachusetts with his wife, cellist Mary Carfagna, and daughter Emilia.
James Carpenter began writing fiction after a long, eclectic career in business, education, andinformation technology. His stories have most recently appeared in Fifth Wednesday Journal,Fourteen Hills, and descant. descant also awarded him their Frank O’Connor Prize for their best story of 2009.
Brian Cogan is a writer and musician who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author, editor, or co-author of five books. Currently, he is working on a novel about the role played by Haitian zombies in the 1980s New York City art scene.
Kirk Curnutt lives and writes in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the author of two novels, Breathing Out the Ghost (2008) and Dixie Noir (2009), as well as several other volumes. His website is www.kirkcurnutt.com.
Nicole Dahlke lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota. Her mixed media collages are influenced by her love of Surrealism, Dadaism, and the Avant-Garde. Nicole’s 2009-2010 work can be viewed at https://sites.google.com/site/ndahlkehomepage/.
Arkava Das lives in this old house in Kolkata, India. Some of his recent work has appeared in Blaze Vox 2kX, Blackbox Manifold &c. He has a blog up and running at www.asmotheringrock.blogspot.com.
Tray Drumhann’s work explores the dimensions and depth of human nature. His goal is to communicate the personal and cultural dynamics that condition how we view ourselves and others as well as how our individual experiences condition such perception. Notable publications featuring Drumhann’s work include: The Pinch Journal, After Hours, Blood & Thunder, and The Emerson Review.
Joseph Farley editedAxe Factory for 24 years. His books include Suckers, For the Birds and Longing For The Mother Tongue.
Adam Fieled is a poet based in Philadelphia. He has released four print books: Opera Bufa (Otoliths, 2007), When You Bit... (Otoliths, 2008), Chimes(Blazevox, 2009), and Apparition Poems (Blazevox, 2010), as well as numerous chaps, e-chaps, and e-books, including Posit (Dusie Press, 2007), Beams (Blazevox, 2007), andThe White Album (ungovernable press, 2009). A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he also holds an MFA from New England College and an MA from Temple University, where he is completing his PhD.
Howie Good is the author of the full-length poetry collections Lovesick (Press Americana, 2009), Heart With a Dirty Windshield (BeWrite Books, 2010), and Everything Reminds Me of Me (Desperanto, 2011), as well as 22 print and digital poetry chapbooks.
Thomas Gough is the penname of Thom Conroy, a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University. His fiction has appeared in various journals in the United States and New Zealand, including The New England Review, The Connecticut Review, and the AlaskaQuarterly Review. He is currently writing a novel set in mid-nineteenth Europe and New Zealand. Link to Thom’s Massey University homepage:
Aimee Herman, a performance poet, can be found in Cliterature Journal,Pregnant Moon Review, and UpHooks Press’s latest poetry anthology, hell strung and crooked. She can be listened to on performance anxiety and self diagnosed lactose intolerance (cdbaby), read in Best Women’s Erotica 2010 (Cleis Press) and Best Lesbian Love Stories(Alyson Books) and contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colin James has hadpoems recently in Kaleidtrope, The Sugar House Review and Monday Night. Poems forthcoming in Petrichorand Window Moon.
Jared Joseph writes, mutilates plates & prints the scars, runs barefoot if he’s surveyed the area, & surveys areas. He lives in Spain, acquiring language. Please e-mail him some peanut butter (not an easy find) at email@example.com or if you care to trade grammar or good recipes (for his girlfriend, mostly).
Mark L.O Kempf lives in Ontario, Canada, where he resists the urge to write about snow, biting insects, and big neighbours. Married for nearly thirty years (to a woman still too good looking for him), he has two near-grown boys and an insatiable wilderness canoe hobby. He writes in a wide range of styles, from Haiku to Angry Streaming—many reflecting societal concerns. He has been published around a bit, adorned a few art gallery walls, but is still panting in pursuit of the art form’s nobler expressions.
Ron. Lavalette lives in the very northeastern corner of Vermont, land of the fur-bearing lake
trout and the bi-lingual stop sign, barely a snowball’s throw from the Canadian border. He’s been published fairly widely both in print and online. A reasonable sample of his work can be found at his website: Eggs Over Tokyo. Ron. blogs fairly regularly at Scrambled, Not Fried.
Donal Mahoney, a Chicago native, now lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He has worked as an editor for The Chicago Sun-Times, Loyola University Press, and WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis. One of many Pushcart Prize nominees, he has had poems published in Public Republic (Bulgaria), The Linnet’s Wings (Ireland), The Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Pirene’s Fountain (Australia), The Wisconsin Review, The Kansas Quarterly, The South Carolina Review,The Beloit Poetry Journal,C alliope Nerve, Asphodel Madness,Rusty Truck and other publications.
Ricky Massengale lives with his wife and son in Russellville, AR. His work has appeared in Nebo, RE:AL, Everyday Poets, EarthSpeak, Full Armor Magazine, Pond Rippes Magazine and has been accepted for publication in Daily Flash. In 2006, a small press published a chapbook of his experimental poetry. He looks for beauty in broken things.
RC Miller lives in Metuchen, NJ and maintains a blog at visionblues.blogspot.com.
Antoine Monmarché lives in the Montreuil commune in the eastern part of Paris, France. His work can be linked to the aesthetics of Raw Art and Neo-Expression and is concerned with the human face disfigured, the expressions of the face and body, and the mixture of nature and humans. His photographs can be seen on Flickr and on his web page: http://www.monch.fr.
Kyle Muntz is the author of Voices, an experimental novel published by Enigmatic Ink in 2010, as well as two forthcoming novels: Sunshine In the Valley (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2011) and VII (Enigmatic Ink, 2012). He is interested in the literature of aesthetic and ideas.
Christina Murphy lives and writes in a 100 year-old Arts and Crafts style house along the Ohio River. She continues to be amazed at how the Arts and Crafts movement—like the artist Piet Mondrian--found such artistic integrity (and solace) in straight lines and simple (yet complex) forms. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in a number of journals including, most recently, ABJECTIVE, MiPOesias, A cappella Zoo, PANK, Blue Fifth Review, POOL: A Journal of Poetry, and Counterexample Poetics. Her work has received two Editor’s Choice Awards and Special Mention for a Pushcart Prize.
Matt Parsons was born in a sleepy coastal town in England but now lives in the Maritimes, Canada. He is a dedicated fine art photography graduate who is passionate about imagery as a form of expression and communication. He gives great emphasis to self-challenge, within the realms of photography and video, to convey impressions, emotions and statements conclusively. Of his art, he says, “Hopefully my work entertains and motivates others to think more.”
Dawn Pendergast lives in Houston, Texas. She’s written two micro-chapbooks: Off Flaw (Dusie Collective) and Mexico City (Macaw Macaw Press). More of her writing can be found on her website http://whatbirdsgiveup.com.
Michael Lee Rattigan was born in Croydon, England. He studied at the University of Kent and Trinity College Dublin. He has lived and taught in Cancun, Mexico and Palma de Mallorca. Through Rufus Books he has published Nature Notes and a complete translation of Fernando Pessoa’s Caeiro poems. He currently enjoys being interrupted from anything resembling work by his baby niece, Meadow.
Francis Raven’s books include Provisions (Interbirth, 2009), 5-Haifun: Of Being Divisible (Blue Lion Books, 2008), Shifting the Question More Complicated(Otoliths, 2007), Taste: Gastronomic Poems (Blazevox,2005) and the novel, Inverted Curvatures (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005). Francis lives in Washington DC; you can check out more of his work at his website: www.ravensaesthetica.com.
Frank Roger was born in 1957 in Ghent, Belgium. His first story appeared in 1975. Since then his stories appear in an increasing number of languages in all sorts of magazines, anthologies and other venues, and since 2000, story collections are published, also in various languages. Apart from fiction, he also produces collages and graphic work in a surrealist and satirical tradition. By now he has more than 800 short story publications (including a few short novels) to his credit in more than 35 languages. Find out more at www.frankroger.be .
Mary Rogers-Grantham teaches English at Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Missouri. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various publications, including
Kansas City Star, Present Magazine, Composing Ourselves, Rougarou, and Kansas City Voices. She loves teaching, writing, working out, and walking her Black Lab, Hannah.
Christine Salek is a junior psychology student at The University of Iowa. She is originally from Sonoma, California where, at age 20, she has already consumed more wine than most adults do in a lifetime. She enjoys writing nonfiction and poetry, performing and writing music, and watching (perhaps too much) baseball.
Chad Scheel lives in Scottsbluff, NE with his wife and son. His poems have appeared in freefall, Poetry East, elimae, Arch, Anemone Sidecar, The Horse Less Review, Raft, Shampoo, and others; a reviewof Jill Jones’ Dark Bright Doors appeared in Jacket 40.
James Short is a friendly fellow from Seattle who likes to make pictures and record music. He spent a ridiculous amount of time on his website: www.argyleplaids.com.
Felino A. Soriano is a case manager and advocate for developmentally and physically disabled adults. Information about his published works, including 38 print and electronic collections of poetry, can be viewed at www.felinoasoriano.info.
Bruce Stater and Lori Connerley are many things, but an internationally recognized artist and/or writer is neither one nor two of them. Ninety-nine percent of almost everything much more than half of the reading public would ever care to know about the former is centrally accessible from the following site: sites.google.com/site/cricriandsquark/, while the latter prefers to remain, if not entirely anonymous, at least largely “unknown.”
Orchid Tierney is a New Zealand writer and art director. Her work has appeared in various journals, most recently in Otoliths, Streetcakeand Potroast. Currently, she edits Rem Magazine, www.remmagazine.net, and the Mapping Me anthology project, www.mapping-me.blogspot.com.
[d]avid : [t]omaloff (b. 1972) | Racine, WI, US | author, LIONTAMER’S BLUES (six eight press) | his work has also appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, BlazeVOX 2KX, Deuce Coupe, Asphodal Madness, and is forthcoming in Turntable & Blue Light | see: davidtomaloff.com | see: liontamersblues.tumblr.com.
Echezona Udeze is feeling a bit brand new right now. He wonders if one day he will take off and fly...
Justin Varner is an artist working in Port Arthur, Texas. Find his work at justinvarner.blogspot.com and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Houston and in Chappell Hill, Texas. His photo essays have appeared in Public Republic, Glasgow Review, and in Narrative Magazine.