About the Contributors

Zeina Makky

Robert Annis is in the MFA program at the University of South Florida. He has studied under Jay Hopler, Katherine Riegel, Jennifer Clarvoe, and James Kimbrell. His work has appeared in Ubernothing Literary Magazine and Thread.

Lisa Beebe lives in Los Angeles with a one-eyed dog named Stitch. She is working on her first YA novel.

Gail Braune Comorat, a founding member of Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, has been published in Delmarva Review, The Broadkill Review, damselfly press, Delaware Beach Life, Gargoyle, and Apple Valley Review. She received a 2011 fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts as an emerging writer in poetry, and was the winner of the 2012 Artsmith Literary Award for her poem “Summer of Ladybugs.”

Phillip A. Ellis is a freelance critic, poet, and scholar. His chapbooks, The Flayed Man and Symptoms Positive and Negative, are available. He is working on a collection for Diminuendo Press. Another has been accepted by Hippocampus Press. He is the editor of Melaleuca.

Diane Farone, a lifelong fan of fairy tales and other truth-rendering fiction, has been happy to turn her writing efforts from academic publications in the publish or perish world of academia to writing for fun in her retirement. Ever the student, she has been studying creative writing through the Writers Studio.

Rory Fleming is a writer of stories and poems, particularly of a magical realist bent. He has work forthcoming or published in The Speculative Edge, Yesteryear Fiction, and Apocrypha and Abstractions, among others.

Victor Florence is a Tampa based poet.
He graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in English.

Amarie Fox is currently earning her BA in English Literature. She does not have many accolades or accomplishments to mention, because for the most part she spends far too much time painting watercolor portraits of strangers, caring for her four cats, and tendering to a rather pathetic looking flower garden.

Angie Ruth Garcia moved to Boston in 2004 in search of love, culture and music. After an interesting childhood in Florida, she escaped to find herself trapped in the wonders of Boston. Vowing every year to move, she found herself unable to turn away from the love that Boston gave her. In the midst of confusion, she decided to compromise and stay in Boston Metro until its inspiration discontinued.
She lives in Medford with a Kat and a dog.

Nathaniel Hansen’s poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem, Picayune, Bryant Literary Review, Slurve, The Evansville Review, and South Dakota Review, among others. His is also the founder and editor of the online literary quarterly, The Blue Bear Review (bluebearreview.wordpress.com).

Sage Kalmus is a 40-year-old gay male freelance writer living off-the-grid in the foothills of western Maine. He self-published his first novel, Free Will Flux (FreeWillFlux.com), a work of metaphysical fiction, and he is currently working on his second novel. He believes we are all interconnected.

Kimberly Karalius is an MFA student at the University of South Florida. Her work has been published in journals such as The Medulla Review, Cygnus, Hogglepot, and Pure Francis. Even though she’s old enough to be considered an adult, she still watches cartoons.

Sally Rosen Kindred’s first full-length poetry book is No Eden (Mayapple Press, 2011). She has received fellowships for poetry writing from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her poems have appeared in Quarterly West, The Journal, Strange Horizons, The Moment of Change, and on Verse Daily. For more information, please see sallyrosenkindred.com.

Jennifer Lynn Krohn was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she currently lives with her husband. She earned her MFA from the University of New Mexico, and she currently teaches English and CNM. Jennifer has published work in The Saranac Review, Adobe Walls, RED OCHRE LiT, Prick of the Spindle, and In the Garden of the Crow.

Zeina Makky is an award-winning newspaper designer who also likes to take photographs in her spare time.

John C. Mannone has been nominated three times for the Pushcart and once for the Rhysling. His work appears in literary and speculative fiction venues, such as Vermillion Literary Project, Conclave, New Mirage Journal, The Pedestal, Star*Line, Paper Crow, Enchanted Conversation, and many others. He is the poetry editor for the literary fantasy magazine, Silver Blade, an adjunct professor of physics in east Tennessee, and serves as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. Visit his blog, The Art of Poetry: http://jcmannone.wordpress.com.

Susan Meyers earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from the University of Arizona, and she has lived and taught in Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Seattle University. Her work has appeared in journals such as CALYX, Dogwood, Cerise Press, and The Minnesota Review, and she has been the recipient of several awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship.

Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock, and Barbara Hull. His work has appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty-five years, as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, and Line Drives. His chapbook, Three Visitors, will be published by Negative Capability Press later this year, and his novels, The Magic War and Knight Prisoner, will be published in the coming months. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian and filmmaker Joan Juster. Currently he’s seeking gainful employment since poets are born and not paid.

Jim Murdoch is a Scottish writer. His poetry has appeared in small press journals and online since the 1970s. A full collection of his poems entitled This Is Not About What You Think was published in 2010. He is also the author of three novels and is currently working on a collection of short stories which should appear early in 2013. He’s rarely not writing and when not producing fiction is working on articles for his long-running blog The Truth About Lies: jim-murdoch.blogspot.co.uk

Ashley Parker Owens lives in the hills of Kentucky, where the gnomes are. She has lived in San Francisco in an ashram, and in Chicago where she helped with the Second Underground Press Conference and was the editor of Global Mail. After the successful publication of Gnome Harvest by Double Dragon Publishing, Ashley is currently writing the next novels in the series.

Melina Papadopoulos is currently an undergraduate college student from Northeastern Ohio and has six lovely birds. Her work has appeared in Apt Online, Chocorua Review, Bluestem Magazine, among others. As obvious as it may be, she is an aspiring ornithologist.

Ken Poyner is appearing in 2012/2013 in Eclectica, Cream City Review, Dark Sky, Menacing Hedge, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Illumen, Cafe Irreal, and several other places. Most of the rest of the year he will be following his wife about watching her try to break her own world power lifting records. He and his wife live with five rescue cats and one combative fish in the lower right hand corner of Virginia.

Marybeth Rua-Larsen lives in Massachusetts but is a kissing-cousin Rhode Islander. When she’s not writing, she’s flying kites with her kids in Newport, hitting the town beach and steaming up a Portuguese-style clam boil. Recent work has appeared in The Raintown Review, Monkeybicycle, Crannog, The New Verse News, and Antiphon. Last year, she won in the Poetry category for the Over the Edge New Writer of the Year Competition in Galway, Ireland.

Jay Rubin teaches writing at The College of Alameda in the San Francisco Bay Area and publishes Alehouse, an all-poetry literary journal, at alehousepress.com. He holds an MFA in Poetry from New England College and lives in San Francisco with his son and Norwich terrier.

Genevieve Salazar is currently earning her MA in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University and is an (over)zealous reader, writer and lover of anything and everything that moves and breathes magic and words.

Within the past year, Carla Sarett’s short stories have appeared in The Linnet’s Wing, Subtle Fiction, Eric’s Hysterics, Scissors and Spackle, The Greensilk Journal, Ear Hustler, Absinthe Revival, The River Poet’s Journal, Loch Raven Review, Danse Macabre and The Medulla Review, among others. Carla is a Ph.D. whose careers include academia, TV, film and market research.

Lydia Ship’s stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, New Delta Review (2012 Matt Clark Prize in Fiction Winner), Pleiades, The Portland Review, Sonora Review, and others. I am the new managing editor of The Chattahoochee Review.

Ta (stage name Taja) is a sometime writer, constant feline worshiper, unconventional belly dancer & aspiring bon vivant.

Ta exists in an incredibly beautiful area in western canada where she lives with one quiet, clever boy and two lazy felines. She is a high summer spirit with a wild appreciation for autumn and an affinity for everybody. She burns a lot of candles, talks in spirals and deeply loves the rain. Visit her: undreaming.net

Michael Warrick currently teaches at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. He is from Cornwall in the south-west of England, and studied French literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and Translation studies at Surrey University before embarking on an English language teaching career. He has worked mainly in the UK, France, Italy and China.

Brooke Wonders writes weird fiction that thinks it’s true and memoir that thinks it’s fabulism. Her work has appeared in (or is forthcoming from) Monkeybicycle, Daily Science Fiction and Brevity: A Journal of Concise Nonfiction, and she blogs at girlwonders.wordpress.com. No grandmothers were harmed in the writing of this piece.