About the Contributors

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Tina Barry is chipping away at my M.F.A. in creative writing at Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Elimae, Fractured West, Pear Noir!, THIS Magazine and other online and print publications.

Allie Marini Batts is an alumna of New College of Florida, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary publications that her parents haven’t heard of. Her chapbook, “With This Ring,” was a 2012 finalist for the Casey Shay Press annual Mary Ballard award. Her short story, “Two Pounds, Two Ounces,” was recognized as a Story of Distinction in the 2012 E.M. Koppel Short Fiction Awards and she is a 2012 poetry nominee for the Sundress Press “Best of the Net” Award. Allie lives in Tallahassee with her husband, where she feeds and befriends opossums and treefrogs. She is a research writer and is pursuing her MFA degree in Creative Writing through Antioch University Los Angeles. Allie’s publications can be found on her author’s blog, or to read her book reviews and literary blogging, visit Bookshelf Bombshells.

Laura Beasley, the Mother who Tells Stories, has lost 190 pounds and lives beyond cancer. After raising three children in California, she and her husband live with their whippet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Troy Blackford, a 28-year old office worker with eight published short stories – ‘Birds on Glass’ in the September 2010 issue of Black Oak Presents, ‘The Days of a Driveling Instruction are Departing’ in the April/May/June 2012 issue of The Storyteller, ‘Now for the Sunbeams’ in the Spring 2012 issue of the Avalon Literary Review,,’Seeing the World for Pennies a Day’ in the October 2012 issue of Epiphany Magazine, ‘Whalesong’ in the October 2012 issue of Inkspill Magazine, ‘A View of the Park’ in the October 2012 issue of Roadside Fiction, ‘Object’ appearing in an upcoming issue of Garbled Transmissions Magazine, and ‘Hearing Voices’ appearing in an upcoming issue of Bewildering Stories, lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and two cats.

Ryan Bollenbach lives, writes, and noodles on his guitar in Tampa, Florida. He is a fan of poetical mysticism and cinematic minimalism. His poetry can be read at Prick of the Spindle, and is forthcoming in Brevity Poetry Review. His editorial work can be read at www.sweetlit.com.

Jennifer Carson is an award-winning fantasy artist and author. Her publishing credits include two children’s novels, To Find A Wonder (2009) and Hapenny Magick (2011), and a short story in Timeless: An Anthology of Young Adult Romance (2012). To Find A Wonder was also scripted and produced as a musical in 2010. Jennifer is currently working on a sequel to Hapenny Magick titled Tangled Magick. She holds a Bachelors in Creative Writing.

Jess Cording’s work has appeared under several names in various print and online publications, most recently Extracts, Knocking at the Door: Poems About Approaching the Other, Whistling Fire, Squid Quarterly, Otter Tail Review.

Lesley Dame is co-founder of and poetry and nonfiction editor for damselfly press. Author of the poetry chapbook Letting Out the Ghosts, her work has also appeared in many online and print journals. Dame happily lives, writes, and edits in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For more information, visit her website, www.wix.com/lesleydame/poet.

Joseph Dante is a writer residing in South Florida and a graduate from Florida International University. His work has been featured in Monkeybicycle, Paste, Foxing Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is an ongoing reader for Hobart. He hopes you have enough words and colors to recognize the stripes and won’t ever have to cut anyone up because of them.

Metro Detroit writer Jenifer DeBellis is passionate about uncovering the heartbeat of humanity. She’s a 2012 Meadow Brook Writing Project Writer in Residence and is beginning Solstice’s MFA in Creative Writing at Pine Manor in January. Her work’s been featured in BAC Street Journal, Pink Panther Magazine, and Oakland Journal.

David Dickerson is a regular contributor to This American Life, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Gettysburg Review, Camera Obscura, and Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education at The New School in New York City. Norman Mailer wrote that Dodds’ novel The Last Bad Job showed “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ novels What Smiled at Him and Another Broken Wizard have been widely acclaimed by critics and readers alike. His screenplay, Refreshment – A Tragedy, was named a semi-finalist in 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. Two books of Dodds’ poetry—The Last Man on the Moon and The Blue Blueprint—are available from Medium Rare Publishing. Dodds’ writing has also appeared in a number of periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal Online, Folio, Explosion-Proof, Block Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, The Main Street Rag, The Reno News & Review and Lungfull! Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha.

Donelle Dreese teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at Northern Kentucky University. Her fiction has appeared in the Journal of Microliterature, Sunsets and Silencers, Postcard Shorts, and Gadfly Online. Other publications include two chapbooks of poetry and a book of travel writing, America’s Natural Places: East and Northeast, published by Greenwood Press in 2010.

Jeannine Hall Gailey is the Poet Laureate of Redmond, Washington, and the author of Becoming the Villainess (Steel Toe Books, 2006) and She Returns to the Floating World (Kitsune Books, 2011). Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. Her poems have appeared in journals such as The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She volunteers as an editorial consultant for Crab Creek Review and currently teaches part-time at the MFA program at National University. Her web site is http://www.webbish6.com.

William Wright Harris wakes up for poetry. His poetry has appeared in twelve countries in such publications as The Cannon’s Mouth, Poetry Salzburg Review, Ascent Aspirations, generations and Write On!!! A graduate from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, he has studied poetry in workshop settings. As a hobby, he collects places he has been published.

Penny Harter is published widely in journals and anthologies. Her books include *One Bowl* (2012); *Recycling Starlight* (2010); *The Night Marsh* (2008); *Buried in the Sky* (2002); *Lizard Light: Poems from the Earth* (1998); and *Turtle Blessing* (1996). With her late husband, William J. Higginson, she co-authored *The Haiku Handbook* (25th Anniversary Edition, 2010), and her illustrated children’s alphabestiary, *The Beastie Book*, came out end of 2009. A Dodge poet, Harter read at the 2010 Dodge Poetry Festival. She has received three poetry fellowships from the NJSCA, the Mary Carolyn Davies Award from the PSA, and a January, 2011, fellowship from VCCA. For more information, please visit her web site: www.2hweb.net/penhart.

Amber Hollinger hopes to contribute something good to the world by sharing her work. After a five-year writing hiatus, she returned to creating poetry and short stories following the loss of a full-time job last Spring. She has an MA in International Relations from the University of Sussex. She recently completed, and has been submitting for publication, her first poetry collection, (S)urge. She is currently working on two poetry chapbooks. She happily teaches dance, tutors/edits for wine money, and works for a nearby university.

K. Carlton Johnson is an artist.

Deda Kavanagh grew up in Redford Michigan and lives in Bucks County Pa. Her poems have been published in U.S. 1 Worksheets, In Gear, Paterson Literary Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Freshet, Kelsey Review, and Lehigh Valley Literary Review.

Sandi Leibowitz lives in New York City and teaches in New Jersey, hence she spends a great deal of time suspended in the air on bridges over water in a contraption with a combustible engine. She is therefore very much a creature of all four elements, and afraid of trolls. She writes fantasy, mostly based on myth and fairy tales. Her poems have appeared and are forthcoming in magazines such as Mythic Delirium, Apex, Strange Horizons, Niteblade and Silver Blade. Her stories may be hunted down (and hopefully not killed but served a tasty brunch) in Jabberwocky, Mirror Dance, Shelter of Daylight, Cricket and Shining Cities: An Anthology of Pagan Science Fiction.

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

Sharanya Manivannan is the author of a book of poems, Witchcraft. Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Hobart, Wasafiri, Cerise Press, Killing The Buddha, Monkeybicycle, The Nervous Breakdown and elsewhere. She can be found online at www.sharanyamanivannan.com.

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.

Rick Marlatt’s first book, How We Fall Apart, was the winner of the Seven Circle Press Poetry Award. Marlatt’s work has appeared widely in print and online publications including The Ratting Wall, New York Quarterly, and Rattle. Marlatt writes poetry reviews for Coldfront Magazine, and he teaches English in Nebraska, where he lives with his wife and their two sons.

David Massengill lives in Seattle. His short stories and works of flash fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Eclectica Magazine, Word Riot, 3 A.M. Magazine, Pulp Metal Magazine, and Yellow Mama, among others. His stories have also appeared in the anthologies Gothic Blue Book: The Revenge Edition (Burial Day Books), State of Horror: California (Rymfire Books), and Long Live the New Flesh: Year Two (The New Flesh). Read more of his fiction at www.davidmassengillfiction.com.

Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz is a writer and aspiring photographer. Her work has appeared in various journals, online and print, as well as several anthologies. She blogs about the creative life at http://wwwonewriter.blogspot.com.

Rosalie Morales Kearns is a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, with a short story collection, Virgins and Tricksters, just published from Aqueous Books. One of the stories in the collection received a Special Mention in the 2013 Pushcart Prize collection. Her poems and short stories have appeared most recently in Prime Number, Witness, and The Nervous Breakdown, and she has essays and reviews published or forthcoming in Necessary Fiction, Her Kind, and Fiction Writers Review. She earned an MFA from the University of Illinois, and has taught creative writing at Illinois and SUNY-Albany.

Robert Moulthrop’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including Berkeley Fiction Review, Confrontation, Eclipse, The Griffin, Harpur Palate, The MacGuffin, Old Hickory Review, Portland Review, Prime Number (a one-act play), Quaker Life (non-fiction), San Jose Studies, Sou’Wester, twenty-four hours (e-zine), Reed Magazine, Rio Grande Review, River Oak Review, and Willard & Maple.

In March 2011, he was awarded an e-Chapbook publication of a collection of seven short stories (“Grace”) by Wordrunner; and in 2010 he received first prize in the Literal Latte fiction contest; he has also received a grant for prose fiction from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. In 2005 he was awarded the New York International Fringe Festival’s Outstanding Playwriting Award for my original full-length drama, Half Life, about what happens to a family and community when dad—a convicted pedophile—comes home from prison. A second play, T. L. C., garnered the 2006 Fringe Outstanding Performance award for the tour de force 80-minute solo turn by its actress. In 2008, nytheatre.com called his Fringe play Lecture, With Cello “a tantalizing puzzle of a play … a remarkable feast for the intellect, brimming with ideas that help us look at what we take for granted in art in new and compelling ways.”

Cate Mullen’s work has been published in numerous online and print zines. Her play “Stolen Fire: A New Version of an Old Tale” was recently picked up by YouthPLAYS.

Jennifer Reimer’s fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of journals, including Our Stories, The Denver Quarterly, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Chaffey Review, 580 Split, Tinfish, Puerto del Sol, Weave, Zoland, and 14 Hills. She has an MFA from the University of San Francisco. Her first prose poetry book, The Rainy Season Diaries, will be released in early 2013 by Quale Press. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Achiote Press (www.achiotepress.com). She is an Assistant Professor of American Culture & Literature at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Karen Resta is a writer who believes in fairy tales and in the power of food, not necessarily in that order. She lives in and writes from a small Appalachian town, but has always been a native New Yorker and apparently always will be.

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

Amee Schmidt, a flash-fiction writer, aspiring novelist, and occasional poet, holds an MA in Creative Writing. In her spare time, she is Owner/Editor/Publisher of One Wet Shoe Media and Associate Editor of Mayapple Press. She is co-editor of and contributor to Greenhouse: The First 5 Years of the Rustbelt Roethke Writers’ Workshop. Her work has also appeared in Cardinal Sins and The Ambassador Poetry Project.

Mandy Taggart lives on the North Coast of Ireland, and is inspired by the folklore, ancient and modern, of her local area. Her story, “Ways Of The North,” was the winner of the 2012 Michael McLaverty Short Story Award, and her short fiction has been published widely in print, audio and online. She is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Savannah Thorne graduated from the University of Iowa where she studied in the Writers’ Workshop. She also holds cum laude Master’s degrees from De Paul University in Chicago and Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. Her poetry has appeared in over a dozen literary journals. Most recently, her poems appeared in Handful of Dust, Meadowland, Extracts, Silent Revelations Press, and Linden Avenue. She is a finalist in the Mary Ballard poetry contest. She was delighted to be published in Conclave: A Journal of Character in its inaugural issue in 2008, and is excited for the new opportunities of becoming Conclave‘s managing editor. In her brief time as managing editor she has drastically changed the magazine while remaining true to its original focus. She has worked with several literary agencies and is currently marketing novels of historical fiction.

Margo Valentine (Rose White) and her sister Christina Nova (Rose Red) seek out magic in the every day, dancing and writing in Los Angeles, CA. Nova was always the star of Valentine’s videos and photographs when they were children, and she still is today. Nova most recently performed at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA with Sebastian Kraine, and Valentine was most recently published in Francesca Lia Block’s anthology, Love Magick.

B. A. Varghese graduated from Polytechnic University (New York) in 1993 and has been working in the Information Technology field ever since. Inspired to explore his artistic side, he is currently working toward a degree in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida. His work is forthcoming in Apalachee Review. (www.bavarghese.com)

Scott Wiggerman is the author of two books of poetry, Presence and Vegetables and Other Relationships. Recent publications include Spillway, Contemporary Sonnet, Comstock Review, Assaracus, 14 x 14, Southwestern American Literature, Naugatuck River Review, and Hobble Creek Review, which nominated “The Egret Sonnet” for a Pushcart. A frequent workshop instructor, he is also an editor for Dos Gatos Press, publisher of the annual Texas Poetry Calendar, now in its fifteenth year, and a book of poetry exercises, Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, co-edited by Wiggerman and David Meischen.

Angela Maria Williams is an indie bookseller, most recently at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. She studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and other equally useful subjects (namely the breakfast burrito) at the University of New Mexico. Her work has appeared in Fickle Muses, Contemporary American Voices, Sage Trail and Conceptions Southwest.

Martin Willitts, Jr. retired as a Senior Librarian and is living in Syracuse, New York. He is currently a volunteer literacy tutor. He is a visual artist of Victorian and Chinese paper cutouts. He was nominated for 5 Pushcart and 3 Best Of The Net awards. He has 13 poetry chapbooks and his 3 full length poetry collections are “The Secret Language of the Universe” (March Street Press, 2006), and “The Hummingbird” (March Street Press, 2009), and “The Heart Knows, Simply, What It Needs: Poems based on Emily Dickinson, her life and poetry” (Aldrich Press, 2012).

Ellen Roberts Young, a California native who spent almost 40 years in Pennsylvania, is now part of the writing community in Las Cruces, NM. Her chapbooks Accidents (2004) and The Map of Longing (2009) are published by Finishing Line Press. Recent journal publications include Common Ground, Slant, and online journals Melusine and qarrtsiluni. She blogs at www.freethoughtandmetaphor.com.