About the Contributors

Melyssa Anishnabie is a self-taught artist and amateur photographer with a slight fetish for gauze, bones and rusty things. She calls Toronto home, where she lives with 4 cats, 2 dogs and the occassional wayward pigeon. Don’t worry, she won’t catch bird flu.

Her favorite activities are sleeping, canoeing, exploring abandoned places with her camera, playing World of Warcraft (horde ftw) and of course creating in both digital and traditional mediums.

She supports her pets and her art by working as a photo editor and by pretending to be really cool people on tv.

Michelle Augello-Page writes poetry, dark fiction, and erotica. Her work has appeared in art galleries, online journals, print publications, and anthologies. For more about Michelle, check out her website/blog at michelleaugellopage.wordpress.com.

Philipp W. Aurand lives in Seattle, WA. When he’s not tending bar he enjoys painting on found objects, studying Spanish and letting poems find him. His work has appeared in Kweli Journal and OVS Magazine.

Catherine E. Bailey is currently a Ph.D. student in English at Western Michigan University, where she is focusing on contemporary literature, cultural studies, and gender studies. Last year, she completed her Master’s degree at the University of Rochester. She is originally from Seattle, though she has also lived in Switzerland and Japan. She writes in a variety of genres, and she is also a visual artist.

Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry South, Line Zero, Femspec, Scythe, Broad!: A Gentlelady’s Magazine, and Lingerpost, in addition to Bricolage and Logos (the student arts journals of the University of Washington and the University of Rochester, respectively). One of her pieces that appeared in Line Zero was honored as an Editor’s Choice. A play she wrote, based on interviews with over 50 women from three different countries, was produced at the University of Rochester’s 13th Annual Festival of One-Acts in 2011. She has also published articles and book/film reviews in Yes! Magazine, Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Worldchanging, and Three Percent.

Andy S. Barritt is a poet and writer based in the East Midlands, U.K. and currently a part-time student in the MA Creative Writing course at Nottingham Trent University.

His influences, or at least inspirations, include the poetry of Kenji Miyazawa and Osip Mandelstam, and the writing of Ursula Le Guin and Maxine Hong Kingston. Apart from reading and writing he enjoys ornithology and wuxia movies. He is on Twitter: @AndySBarritt

Allie Marini Batts came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and she’s ALL out of bubblegum. She is an alumna of New College of Florida,meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has appeared in over eighty literary magazines that her family hasn’t heard of. She lives in Tallahassee, because it has the best trees to climb, and conveniently, that’s where her husband lives, too. She is a research writer and is pursuing her MFA degree in Creative Writing through Antioch University Los Angeles….oh no! it’s getting away! To read more of her work and thoughts on “process,” visit http://www.kiddeternity.wordpress.com, or to read her book reviews and literary blogging, visit Bookshelf Bombshells at http://bookshelfbombshells.com.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award-winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in The Telegraph, The Guardian, the BBC News website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run. See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.

F.J. Bergmann frequents Wisconsin and fibitz.com, writing poetry, speculative fiction and what falls between those worlds, and functioning (so to speak) as the poetry editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change (mobiusmagazine.com) and the editor of Star*Line (http://sfpoetry.com/starline.html).

William Bernhardt has published several novels, but in recent years he has focused on poetry. He studied at the University of Tulsa and has a Master’s Degree in English literature. His work has been published/is forthcoming in Caveat Lector, Language and Culture, The Journal (UK), New Mirage Journal, and Conclave: A Journal of Character. He lives in Oklahoma with his three children.

Louis Bourgeois is the Executive Director of VOX PRESS. He lives, writes, and edits in Oxford, Mississippi.

Matthew Brennan is a writer and freelance editor based in the Pacific Northwest. Having earned his MFA in fiction from Arizona State University, he remains on the editorial staff of the Hayden’s Ferry Review, and he is an assistant fiction editor with Speech Bubble Magazine. He is received several awards and fellowships for his short fiction, which has appeared in several dozen journals, including Fiddleblack, Pure Slush, The Eunoia Review, Recess Magazine, and thick jam, and is forthcoming from Cigale Literary Magazine.

Emily Calvin is a 24-year-old cat lady, a wannabe mother, and an aspiring rapper, working on her masters in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She currently broods and writes in a hermit crab’s hole in Portland, Oregon with one foot on the East Coast and another in California. Her writing’s been called experimental, fantastical, fabulistic, disjointed, inaccessible, exceptional, and “interesting….” Her work has been or is scheduled to be published in Salt, Exclusive Uvula, Circus of the Damned, WordPlaySound, Medulla Times, Rods and Cones, Pale House, and The Fast-Forward Festival. She is just grateful she has fingers to write, a brain to think, and people to read her work.

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, White Masquerade Anthology, and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com

Adrienne Clarke has previously published short stories in The Storyteller, Beginnings Magazine, New Plains Review, and in the e-zines A Fly in Amber, Grim Graffiti, Les Bonnes Fees, The Altruist, and The Devilfish Review. Her short story, “Falling,” was awarded second place in the 2008 Alice Monroe short fiction contest. Adrienne’s first novel, To Dance in Liradon, will be published in September 2012 by Soul Mate Press.

Louie Crew is an emeritus professor at Rutgers. Editors have published 2,191 of his manuscripts, including four poetry volumes. Follow his work at: http://rci.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/pubs.html
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Crew.
The University of Michigan collects Crew’s papers.

Amber Decker is the author of two volumes of poetry, Sweet Relish and Lost Girls. Her work has been featured internationally in venues both in print and online. In her spare time, she can either be found at the gym or parked in front of her Playstation. Amber spends her days disguising herself as a diligent student of English literature; she lives in West Virginia with a spoiled dog and an evil cat.

Athena Dixon is Founder of Linden Avenue Literary Magazine, Poetry Editor of The Reprint, a Managing Editor for Z-Composition, and Co-Founder of Specter Literary Magazine. Her creative non-fiction can be found at For Harriet and her poetry has appeared in publications such as Tawdry Bawdry, Emerge Literary Journal, and Blackberry: A Magazine.

She writes, edits, and resides in NE Ohio.

Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Seattle-area author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011), an Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal finalist for 2012. Her third book, Unexplained Fevers, due out from Kitsune Books in late 2013, is a collaborative book of poetry and art that explores the inner lives of fairy tale characters. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She reviews poetry books for The Rumpus. Her poems have appeared in journals like The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches at the MFA program at National University. Her web site is www.webbish6.com.

Shanna Germain’s stories, poems and essays have appeared in places like Absinthe Literary Review, Best American Erotica, Best Erotic Romance, Pank, Storyglossia, and more.

Jennifer Givhan was a 2010 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, as well as a finalist in the 2011 St. Lawrence Book Award Contest through Black Lawrence Press. Her work has appeared in over forty journals, including Rattle, The Los Angeles Review, Crab Creek Review, The Mayo Review, Blood Lotus, and The Southwestern Review. She teaches composition at The University of New Mexico.

Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of the new poetry collection, Dreaming in Red, from Right Hand Pointing. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to a crisis center, which you can read about here. He is also the author of numerous chapbooks, including most recently The Devil’s Fuzzy Slippers from Flutter Press and Personal Myths from Writing Knights Press. He has two other chapbooks forthcoming, Fog Area from Dog on a Chain Press and The Death of Me from Pig Ear Press.

Lois Marie Harrod won the Tennessee Chapbook Prize 2012 (Poems& Plays) with her manuscript The Only Is. Her 11th book Brief Term, poems about teaching, was published by Black Buzzard Press (2011), and her chapbook Cosmogony won the 2010 Hazel Lipa Chapbook contest (Iowa State University). Her chapbook Furniture won the 2008 Grayson Press Poetry Prize. Previous publications include the chapbook Firmament (2007); the chapbook Put Your Sorry Side Out (2005); Spelling the World Backwards (2000); the chapbook This Is a Story You Already Know (l999); Part of the Deeper Sea (1997); the chapbook Green Snake Riding (l994); Crazy Alice (l991); Every Twinge a Verdict (l987). She won her third poetry fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts in 2003. Over 500 of her poems have been published online and in print journals including American Poetry Review, Blueline, The MacGuffin, Salt, The Literary Review, Verse Daily, and Zone 3. A Geraldine R. Dodge poet and former high school teacher, she teaches Creative Writing at The College of New Jersey. Read her work on www.loismarieharrod.com.

Kyle Hemmings has been published in Matchbook, This Zine Will Change Your Life, TenPagePress, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. His latest chapbook is Anime Junkie from Scars Publications.

Joanna Hoyt lives with her family on a farm in upstate New York where she spends her days tending goats, gardens and guests and her evenings reading and writing odd stories. Her work has been published in Scheherezade’s Bequest, Mindflights, and Daily Science Fiction.

Magda Rose is a 30-something designer who fell into writing by accident, even though her fortune-telling neighbor had predicted it. She has been writing for more than 10 years as a demon-exorcising pastime.
She lives in Milwaukee with her crazy calico Tori.

A resident of NY, Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer and maker of short collage-films. His latest project, a collaboration with Kevin MacLeod, is entitled “Whispers of Arias,” a two volume CD set of narrative poems set to music. His latest Amazon release, “31 Kisses,” a poetry-art hybrid, is a celebration of romance for lovers everywhere regardless sexual orientation.

Devon Miller-Duggan has had poems in Rattle, Shenandoah, Margie, Christianity and Literature, The Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, The Hollins Critic, and a longish list of really little magazines. She’s won an Academy of American Poets Prize, a fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts, an editor’s prize in Margie, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She teaches for the Department of English at the University of Delaware. Her first book, Pinning the Bird to the Wall, appeared from Tres Chicas Books in November 2008.

Timothy Moore is an editor at Ghost Ocean Magazine. He has work upcoming or published in Red Lightbulbs, Nap, Thieves Jargon, and the Chicago Reader. He also blogs feverishly at readmyblogplease.com.

Jess Mullen is a writer from Boston. A perpetual student at the Harvard Extension School, she draws much of her inspiration from oral tradition and travels abroad. Visit her website at jesswriteseveryday.wordpress.com.

Caroline Patterson has published fiction in Southwest Review, Terrain, Salamander, Seventeen, Epoch, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and have won fellowships through the Montana Arts Council, the Alison Deming Fund for Women, and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation. She is currently working on a novel, The Stone Sister.

Susan Phillips, a Boston area writer, has had work published in many newspapers and magazines. Her short stories have been printed in Poetica Magazine, Literary Brushstrokes, Living Text, Eunoia Review, Lissette’s Tales of the Imagination, Red Wheelbarrow, Wild Violet, IdioM, Perspectives Magazine, and All the Women Followed Her. She is currently working on an historical novel about King Agrippa I.

Mamie Potter is a writer and photographer who lives in Raleigh, NC. Her work has appeared in the 2009 and 2011 Solstice Anthologies, Our State Magazine, and Impact Magazine.

Ken Poyner has been publishing for 40 years, most recently in Menacing Hedge, Devilfish, Silver Blade, Garbanzo, Poet Lore, Subliminal Interiors, and the ubiquitous elsewhere. He lives in southeastern Virginia with his world class power lifter wife and their myriad rescue cats.

Ariane Ramirez is a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Inspired by her brother, she is currently pursuing a B.A. in Special Education (because special people are a hundred times more awesome than so-called “normal” individuals). She is a mom, a hardcore procrastinator, pessimist, and overall just a tiny, angry black storm cloud in combat boots. She is mesmerized by the cosmos and spellbound by violin songs. She’d also like to point out that she is not a real artist, but enjoys pretending to be one in her spare time. Some of her obsessions include video games, skulls, owls, and cheese. Visit her: http://www.celestial-void.com

Jean Rover is a Salem, Oregon writer with an extensive background in corporate and marketing communications. She is a member of Willamette Writers, Oregon Writers Colony and two critique groups. More recently, her writing has appeared in Gold Man Review, Work Literary Magazine, and the This I Believe project.

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.

Susan Scheid is part of the thriving poetry community in Washington, DC. She tends to have an eye (and an ear) for the quirky and unusual; and she tries to find a way to include them in her writing. She grew up listening to poetry and to fairy tales and her favorite moments are the ones where she was squirreled away with her copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. She has had work published in The Unrorean, Bark!, Bark Two, Tidal Basin Review, and Poetic Art. She has worked in collaboration with a visual artist and her poems have been featured in several art pieces. She is currently working on a book manuscript in collaboration with her sister, which features her fairy tale poems as well as watercolor illustrations of several of the works. This summer she will be one of six Artists in Residence at the Noyes School of Rhythm in Connecticut.

Deborah Scott, a graduate of the Drawing and Painting Atelier at Gage Academy of Art, lives with her husband and two children in Seattle, WA. Prior to Scott’s painting career she worked as a global brand marketer with familiar brands including Cheerios, Betty Crocker, and Amazon.com. Scott’s work is unique, contemporary and whimsical and it can be seen in a wide range of national venues including 2012 Contemporary Realism Biennial at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, WA, the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Susan Eley Fine Arts in New York, NY. www.deborahkscott.com

Tamara Sellman writes fiction, essays and poetry and is the founding editor of the archived magazine MARGIN: Exploring Modern Magical Realism. Her most recent acceptances for work in the magical realist vein include Alimentum Journal; Penumbra: Speculative Fiction from the Pacific Northwest (anthology); Like Water For Quarks: Science Fiction Meets Magic Realism (anthology); and Naugatuck River Review.

Kathy Stewart is a freelance writer who lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, five children and newfoundland, Samson. She has an MA in English from Millersville University in PA and contributes feature articles regularly to local newspapers and publications in addition to writing fiction.

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

Tegan Elizabeth is a fledgling writer based in Melbourne, Australia. She loves reading, writing, fighting for wild endangered animals, and unexplainable phenomenon. To date, her work has been published in The Writing Disorder, Francesca Lia Block’s Love Magick anthology, Storychord, and Drunk Monkeys.

Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of five chapbooks, including Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her forthcoming chapbook is She who Loves Her Father from Dancing Girl Press in 2012. Her poetry has appeared in Margie, Feminist Studies, Poet Lore, Cream City Review, Pebble Lake Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in Arts & Letters, Spittoon, Blackbird, American Short Fiction, 13th Moon, and elsewhere. Her reviews have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Valparaiso Poetry Review, 42Opus, and elsewhere. www.lauramadelinewiseman.com

Ian Wright lived a little bit of everywhere, but has made a home in Tallahassee, Florida. Ian is studying Media and Communications at Florida State University, but can’t seem to stop writing fiction. Ian likes Dr. Who, pandas, and wearing gold short shorts while theatres full of virgins and sluts scream lines from Rocky Horror at him. “Winter’s Kiss” is Ian’s first publication, but not his last.