Notes on Contributors

Paul David Adkins graduated from Washington University in 1991 with an MFAW. “I have served in the Army since then, touring Iran twice and Afghanistan once. I have served at the Presidio of Monterey from 1998 to 2000. I have published or have pending work in Chattahoochee Review, New South, and 94 Creations, among others.”

Francisco X. Alarcón, Chicano poet and educator, is author of eleven volumes of poetry, including From the Other Side of Night: Selected and New Poems (University of Arizona Press, 2002). His most recent book of bilingual poetry for children is Animal Poems of the Iguazi (Children’s Book Press, 2008). He has been a finalist nominated for Poet Laureate of California on two occasions. He teaches at the University of California, Davis.

Linda Barnhart is a native of Pennsylvania. She lives in the historic village of Charming Forge. Her stories have been published in Potomac Review, Columbia, 2rchid. A Literary Review, Pearl, Five Fingers Review, and other literary magazines. In 2008 she was a finalist (one of the Wordstock Ten) in the Wordstock Short Fiction Competition. She is the winner of this year’s fiction competition hosted by this magazine and the California Writers Club-Central Coast Writers Branch.

Steve Benson was born in 1949 in Princeton, New Jersey. While in high school, Benson became interested in contemporary art, film, and theater. Where much language poetry is seen as emphasizing linguistic features of the literary text, Benson became widely known and admired for his forays into questions of process, especially the process of improvisation, both in composition and in performance. Benson has a BA from Yale and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine, as well as a Ph.D. in Psychology from the Wright Institute.

Len Blanchard, Ph.D. has placed some 230 poems since 1991, in more than sixty magazines or journals around the country. These include RoanoNe Review, Reed, Gulf Coast, Sounding EastConfluence, The Greensboro Review, andSouth Carolina Review. His poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 1996, 1998, and 2004. An AmericanPassion, his epic poem on the life and killing of the Sioux war chief Crazy Horse, became available online in 2001
through AuthorHouse, and his first collection of poetry, Provocations of the Birds and the Beach, was published by Bellowing Ark Press in 2005.

Jimmy Burns writes his poetry from his rural home on the edge of urban sprawl. He has recent or pending poetry in Backstreet, Clark Street Review, Edgz, Left Behind, Nomad’s Choir, Pegasus, Sol, and Writer’s Bloc.

Patrick Cahill received a doctorate in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz. While there he completed Whitman‘s Photographic Eye, a chapter of which appeared in The Daguerreian Annual. He has published fiction and
poetry in Triquarterly, Reed, and you say. say, among others. Recently, he co-produced “Celebrating 20th Century World Poetry” at SF Mechanics Institute. Patrick and a fellow San Franciscan are launching a literary arts
review, Ambush, this spring. He also volunteers in a native plant restoration project in SF to satisfy his gardening needs.

Sharon Charde, a retired family therapist, is a writing teacher who has been published in over thirty journals and anthologies and has won a number of awards for her poems, including six Pushcart nominations. She has edited and published an anthology of poetry, I Am Not A Juvenile Delinquent, the product of her weekly writing workshops at Touchstone, a residential treatment facility where she has volunteered since 1999. She won first prize in the Flume Press 2005 chapbook competition, and Bad Girl At The
Altar Rail was published in September 2005. Four Trees Down From Ponte Sisto, a chapbook of poems about her son’s death and its aftermath, won first prize from the Dallas Poets Community in 2006.

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Cynthia Cruz is a contemporary American poet. Her first collection of poems, Ruin, was published by Alice James Books in 2006, and reviewed by The New York Times Sunday Book Review and Library Journal and received a starred review from Publishers W:eely. She has published poems in numerous literary journals and magazines including AGNI, The American Poetry Review, The NewYorker, Brown Paper, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, and The Paris Review, and in anthologies including Isn‘t it Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger Poets (Wave Books, 2004) and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries, edited by the late poet Reginald
Shepherd (University of Iowa Press, 2004). She is the recipient of fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Yaddo, and the MacDowell Colony.

Richard Dinges has an MA in Literary Studies from the University of Iowa. He manages business systems for an insurance company. Abbey, Home Planet News, Fox Cry Review, Illy‘s Honey, and Timber Creek Review have most recently accepted his poems for publication.

Martha Modena Vertreace-Doody is a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and Distinguished Professor of English and Poet-in-Residence at Kennedy- King College, Chicago, IL. Glacier Fire, her most recent book, won the Word Press Poetry Prize. Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein published her poem “Walking Under Night Sky” in his cassette, “Bread & Steel: Illinois Poets Reading from Their Works.”

Arthur Gottlieb is an Oregonian poet whose work has appeared in many small literary magazines, including The Ledge, Chiron Review, and The Alembic.

Melanie Graham is a Ph.D. candidate who teaches writing at the University of South Florida, where she remains obsessed with violence and the connection between violation and expression. Her poems have appeared in various journals, including Lullwater Review and Now and Then magazine.

Christine Hamm is a Ph.D. and MFA candidate in English Literature/Poetry. She won the MiPoesias First Annual Chapbook Competition with her manuscript, Children Having Trouble with Meat. Her poetry has been published in The Adirondack Review, Pebble Lake Review, BlueEarth Review, Lodestar Quarterly, Poetry Midwest, Rattle, and many others. She has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and she teaches English at CUNY. She has performed all over the country, and was one of the featured poets in the Poetic Voices Festival of Hartnell College. The Transparent Dinner, her book of poems, was published by Mayapple Press in 2006 and her second book, Saints & Cannibals, came out this spring. Christine is one of the poetry editors of Ping-Pong, and is editing an anthology of work based on Sylvia Plath. She was a runner-up to the Poet Laureate of Queens in 2007.

Joseph Hart's favorite poets are Keats, Millay, Larkin, Housman, Brooke, Wilde, Poe, some Dickinson, some Rimbaud, some Aiken, and others. He has had poems published in Fruquier, Ibbetson St. Press, Raintown Review, Riverrun, Barbaric Yawp, and others.

Dennis Herrell has been writing poetry for thirty-plus years, getting acceptances in 1974 to 1999, using career and family as an easy excuse. He started submitting poems again on July 5, 2000, with some encouraging  success. He has had acceptances by Poem, Mid-America Poetry Review,
Parnassus, Mobius, Ibbetson St. Press, Aura, and others.

Jean Howard's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming inHarper‘s Magazine, Eclipse, Fulcrum, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Burning World, The Distillery, Pisgah Review, Quiddity Literary Journal, Grasslimb, Rattlesnake Review, Concho River Review, Spillway, Spoon River Review, Willard & Maple, Wisconsin Review, and Chicago Tribune, among seventy other literary publications. Featured on network and public television and radio, she has combined her poetry with theater, art, dance, video, and photography.

Allston James’s 2ne Good Thing is among winning entries that will be performed at the 10th Annual New Works Festival at the Santa Clarita (CA) Performing Arts Center. New York’s Abingdon Theatre presented a reading of The Lated Traveler, Allston’s new drama, and also hosted a reading of his earlier play, Foreign Women. His one-act play, Duet in Platinum, has been published by Porter Gulch Review (CA).

May R. Kinsolving was born in New York City and has a Ph.D. in mathematics, which she has taught for many years.

Carolyn Mary Kleefeld is an American author, poet, and visual artist. Kleefeld is well-known for her poetry and prose books (some of which include her visual art), for her painting exhibitions, and for her poetry readings. She is the author of ten books, has a line of fine-art cards, and has had numerous gallery and museum awards and exhibitions, between 1981 and the present, in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other major cities. Since 1981, Ms. Kleefeld has created an extensive and diverse body of paintings and drawings, ranging in style from romantic figurative to abstract. In addition to being featured in art magazines and textbooks, her art can be found on book covers, and in the personal collections of Ted Turner, the late Laura Archera Huxley, and many others, as well as at the United Nations, and in hospitals, galleries, and museums throughout the world.

John P. Kristofco is currently professor of English and dean of Wayne College in Orrville, Ohio. His poetry and short stories have appeared in more than a hundred publications, including Cimarron Review, Rattle, Folio, Sojourn, Poem, Avocet, The Cape Rock, Blueline, and Homestead Review. He has published one chapbook, A Box of Stones, and a second, Apparitions, will be published soon.

Jackie Langetieg is the author of the poetry collection,White Shoulders.

Gene McCormick has published ten books, most recently Tanya, Queen of The Greasy Spoon (2009), a collection of narrative poetry, and Rain on The Sun (2008), a collection of short stories and narrative poetry. He claims to have read all ten of his books, and likes most of them, “especially the two most recent,” he says. Two additional collections will be out in 2010: Livin‘ The Blues At Cranky Jack‘s Bar & Grill will be published later this spring by BoneWorld Publishing, while A Box of Dead Music is tentatively scheduled for publication in winter of 2010-2011. A native of Ohio, he has lived in the Chicago area since 1979. McCormick’s poems and short stories regularly appear in select literary publications.

James Maughn is curator of the New Cadence poetry series in Santa Cruz, California. He serves as poetry editor for Ping-Pong magazine, published by the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur, CA. For more information, go to

B.Z. Niditch is a poet, playwright, fiction writer, and teacher, as well as founder and artistic director of The Original Theatre in Boston. His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including
Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly; Hawaii Review; Le Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest); Antioch
Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others.

Elias Rodriguez won the Faith Webster Fraser award for poetry given annually to two students at Hartnell College.

Anthony Sawicki is a young writer. “I am just starting the process of submitting my work, and have not been published. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.