Pilar Rodríguez Aranda is a poet, video artist, and translator. Born in Mexico City, she’s lived in California, Texas, and New Mex-ico, and currently resides in Tijuana, BC. Her work is well-anthologized, including Voices of Mexico, Poets in Nigeria, Mujeres de Maíz, Tribuno del Pueblo, Saguaro, The America’s Review, Bilingual Review, Ruptures, and Voces sin fronteras. Publications include a book of poetry, Asunto de mujeres (2012), Verdes Lazos (2014), her CD Diálogos de una Mujer Despierta (2016), 12 poems set to original live music, and a new book with Editorial Trajín, Insistencia en el sueño (2018); and a bilingual eBook, Una familia más. Pilar has been part of poetry conferences and festivals in Mexico, Brasil, Ecuador, Italy, Cuba and Egypt; her work has been translated into English, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and German.
Carol Alena Aronoff is a psychologist, teacher, poet. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has published 5 books of poetry: The Nature of Music, Cornsilk, Her Soup Made the Moon Weep, Blessings From an Unseen World, Dreaming Earth’s Body.
Traci Badu was raised in Houston, Texas by two parents from Ghana. Bathed in the Ashanti Ghanaian culture, poetry became like a second mother tongue to her. Currently, she studies Neuroscience at Macalester College to understand the way poetry flows through neurons.
Anna Banasiak is a poet and literary critic. Her poems have appeared in New York, London, Surrey, Canada, Australia, India, and Africa.
Louise Belulovich is a New York City attorney and daughter of an Italian refugee who fled what would become communist Yugoslavia after World War II in a mass exodus through Italy. Watching 21st century refugees fleeing violence, racism and political chaos in their countries, she saw in them an emotional mirror to her family’s struggles. Recently, she started to give today’s African refugees a voice, writing for the first time a short story that taps into her own psyche, exiled from family roots even as a native New Yorker.
Jennifer Boyd is a high school student from Hull, Massachusetts. Her poetry and essays have been published in Poetry Quarterly, Alexandria Quarterly, Tower Journal, and The Critical Pass Review, and recognized by Smith College, Hollins University, Princeton University, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Most recently, Jennifer published her first chapbook, Stretto (2017). Jennifer is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Onism Journal, a digital publication which features the creative projects of young artists around the world. She enjoys blogging for Voices of Youth and HuffPost in her free time.
Janel Brubaker has been published in Bookends Review, The Bella Online Review, Crab Fat Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Phenomenal Literature, Adelaide Literary Magazine, and Sheepshead Review. Janel is about to graduate with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Marylhurst University.
Mary Carroll-Hackett is the author of seven collections of poetry: The Real Politics of Lipstick, Animal Soul, If We Could Know Our Bones, The Night I Heard Everything, Trailer Park Oracle, A Little Blood, A Little Rain, and Death for Beginners, released from Kelsey Books in October 2017. A new chapbook, (Un)Hinged, is due out in 2018. Mary teaches in the Creative Writing programs at Longwood University and with the low-residency MFA faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan. Mary is currently at work on a novel.
William Cass has had over a hundred short stories appear in a variety of literary magazines such as December, Briar Cliff Review, and Ruminate. Recently, he was a finalist in short fiction and novella competitions at Glimmer Train and Black Hill Press, received a Pushcart nomination, and won writing contests at Terrain.org and The Examined Life Journal.
D. L. Crockett-Smith grew up in Mount Meigs, Alabama. He is the author of Cowboy Amok and Civil Rites. He works at Williams College and lives in Berkshire, MA.
Joe Cottonwood is a semi-retired contractor who has spent most of his days in the building trades – carpenter, plumber, electrician. Nights, he writes. His most recent book is Foggy Dog.
Kaitlyn Crow is an undergraduate student at Longwood University. Her poetry and fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in multiple publications, including Apeiron Review, The Flexible Persona, and Inside the Bell Jar.
Edward D. Currelley’s work is widely anthologized, and currently exhibited at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. His poem “I America” appears in Split This Rock, Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience. A Pushcart nominee, his stage play received Writer’s Digest’s honorable mention. He’s authored two children’s books, one YA novel, and two new collections: Righteous Indignation (stories), and A Measure of Humanity (poems), publishing early 2019.
Lorraine Currelley is a poet, multimedia artist, and mental health, grief, and bereavement counselor. She is the Executive Director for Mental Health & Healthy Aging, as well as for Poets Network & Exchange, Inc., where she curates inter-generational poetry & spoken word readings, creative writing and poetry workshops, a lecture series, and panel discussions. She’s a literary and transformation coach. Recipient of many honors and widely anthologized, in 2017 she made herstory as the first female elected Executive Director for the Bronx Book Fair. https://poetsnetworkandexchange.com/
Dr. Bill DeArmond is Professor of Mass Communications and Film at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas.
Maija Rhee Devine’s M.A. (English literature) is from St. Louis University in Missouri. Her book about Korea, The Voices of Heaven, won awards, and her TEDx Talk showing the book’s relevance to today’s S. Korea is at: http://youtu.be/GFD-6JFLF5A. Her stories/poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review and her chapbook, Long Walks on Short Days. Her work-in-progress deals with comfort women of WWII. Her talk topics include comfort women, the Korean War, Zodiac signs & women, and philosophies & Korean women’s traditional fashion.
Judith Ferster, a medievalist who has taught in English Departments at Colby College, Brandeis University, and North Carolina State University, works on the environment and peace between Israel and Palestine. She has published poems in the Georgia Review and the New Arts Review.
Kelle Grace Gaddis is the author of My Myths published by Yellow Chair Review. Her work has also appeared in BlazeVOX, Chicken Soup For The Soul, Rhetoric Askew, Dispatches Editions, Vending Machine Press, Entropy and elsewhere. She was a 4Culture “Poetry on the Buses” winner in 2015 and 2017.
Sharif Gemie is a retired History professor. He used to write about themes such as minorities and cross-cultural contacts. His most recent non-fiction work is The Hippy Trail: A History. After retirement, he turned to creative writing as he thought it was time to do some real work. Writing about ‘encountering the other’ was a logical continuation of his historical research. Sharif is half-Egyptian: he grew up in London, and has lived in Wales for 25 years.
S. A. Gerber is a native and resident of Los Angeles. His work has appeared in The Blue Collar Review, Desert Voices Magazine, Subtopian Magazine, Talking Sidewalks, Sediments Literary and Arts Journal, Black Heart Magazine, The Los Angeles Review. His two volumes of poetry, Under the Radar and Inventory are both available on Barnes & Nobel, Amazon.com and Beyond Baroque Bookstore in Venice, CA.
Juleus Ghunta is a Jamaican poet and Chevening Scholarship recipient. Pursuing MA Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, Ghunta’s poetry has appeared in The Missing Slate, Spillway, Easy Street, Chiron Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Interviewing the Caribbean, Cordite 81: New Caribbean Writing and In This Breadfruit Kingdom. He was twice shortlisted for the Small Axe Poetry Prize.
Sam Hamill (1943-2018) is Founding Editor of Copper Canyon Press and served as Editor there for thirty-two years. He taught in artist-in-residency programs in schools and prisons and worked with Domestic Violence programs. He directed the Port Townsend Writers Conference for nine years, and in 2003, founded Poets Against the War. He is the author of more than forty books, including celebrated translations from ancient Chinese, Japanese, Greek and Latin.
Lisa Hayes-Minney is a librarian and professor who recently earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She has received awards from the WV Press Association and West Virginia Writers, Inc. and her writing has appeared in Two-Lane Livin’ Magazine, GreenPrints Magazine, Wonderful West Virginia Magazine, The Trillium, Entropy, among others. For more information visit LHayesMinney.net.
Randel McCraw Helms, retired in 2007, was professor of English at Arizona State University. He is the author of five books of literary criticism, including Tolkien’s World, Gospel Fictions, and The Bible Against Itself. Making poems is his lifelong second calling.
Ilona Hegedűs is a Hungarian writer who lives in Budapest. She has had mainly poetry published so far, in the US, UK, Greece and Hungary. Her poems have appeared in Tales of The Talisman magazine, Illumen and Universe Pathways. Her blog : http://ilonasworld.blogspot.com
Brigid Hokana is an Exceptional Education Teacher and a MFA Creative Writing student at West Virginia Wesleyan College., and has participated in two of Mary Carroll-Hackett’s Poetry at the Porches workshops. “Going to Church hungover,” was published in aaduna magazine under the pseudonym May Clare.
Yuliya Ilchuk is an Assistant Professor at Slavic Department at Stanford University. Her major research interests fall under the broad heading of cultural exchange, interaction, and borrowing between Russia and Ukraine. She has published scholarly articles on the topics of contemporary Russian and Ukrainian culture and society and translations of the contemporary Ukrainian poetry.
Jennifer Irani writes personal essays and opinions. Her last op/ed was published in the Daily Pilot in December of 2017. She is also working on a memoir about overcoming drug addiction with her mentor William Smith. She is a member of the Literary Posse. She teaches art and works in special education.
Lowell Jaeger (Montana Poet Laureate 2017-2019) is founding editor of Many Voices Press, author of seven collections of poems, recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Montana Arts Council, and winner of the Grolier Poetry Peace Prize. Most recently Jaeger was awarded the Montana Governor’s Humanities Award for his work in promoting thoughtful civic discourse.
Daniel Jakopovich is a writer, researcher, a peace campaigner and an abolitionist vegan. Previously a trustee of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (England) and a Council member of the International Peace Bureau, he is currently a national organiser for the Stop the War Coalition. His forthcoming book is entitled Towards Revolutionary Peacemaking: Essays for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence.
Donovan James is an artist, philosopher, and writer who lives in Portland, OR. His work has appeared in Vox Poetica, The Chaffey Review, Commonline Journal, and Curious Apes. He’s also the author of the poetry collection “Saudade.”
Phil Johnson is Port Townsend poet, a soldier, peace activist, University of Washington grad, fisher, builder, businessperson, patron of the arts, cultural and environmental preservationist, county commissioner, husband and father.
Irène Kaesermann, born and raised in Switzerland, writes poetry and prose in English, her favourite language, and German, her mother tongue. Her work has been published by Literature Today, Volume 4. She recently also had two poems accepted by DoveTales ‘Family Cultural Identity’ and also published a short story in Literature Today, Volume 5.
Imran Khan is a writer and Amnesty International speaker whose work has appeared in the Thomas Hardy Journal and is forthcoming in West Trade Review. Khan won the 2011 Thomas Hardy Award for poetry. Away from poetry, he works with detained refugees requiring medical justice.
Antonia Alexandra Klimenko Her poems have appeared in XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France) CounterPunch, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, The Rumpus, Big Bridge, and Maintenant: Journal of of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art archived at the Smithsonian and in New York’s MoMa. She is the Poet in Residence for SpokenWord Paris.
Robert Kostuck’s recently published fiction, essays, and reviews appear or are forthcoming in Manifest West Anthology Vol. VI, Everywhere Stories Anthology, Vol. II, Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Southwest Review, Louisiana Literature, Bryant Literary Review, Concho River Review, Clackamas Literary Review, and many other American, Canadian, and New Zealand print journals.
Stephen Kuusisto is the author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges. His newest memoir, Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey is just out from Simon & Schuster. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and The Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship.
Bruce Lader’s poems have appeared in Korean Expatriate Literature, the Humanist, Yellow Medicine, The Oxford Book of Jewish-American Poetry, War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Humanities, Southern Poetry Anthology, and elsewhere. His recent book is Fugitive Hope (Červená Barva Press 2014).
Page Lambert’s writing is found inside monumental sculptures at the Denver Art Museum, online at Huffington Post, and in dozens of anthologies about the West. Author of the memoir In Search of Kinship and the novel Shifting Stars, she teaches graduate writing courses at the University of Denver, leads writing adventures, is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers and an advisor for the Rocky Mountain Land Library. She writes the blog All Things Literary/All Things Natural from her Colorado mountain home.
Albert Lee is a sophomore at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. Originally from Honolulu, HI, Albert was catfished by a generous financial aid package. When he’s not purchasing HeatTech from Uniqlo, because it’s really damn cold in Minnesota, he is working on a chapbook about mass shootings.
Vicki Lindner is a personal essayist, who also writes short stories and memoir. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, New York Woman, Seneca Review, and many other publication. Recently she has published in The Bryant Literary Review, American Literary Review, and New Writing. She is currently finishing Baby, It’s You, a memoir about an interracial relationship in the early 1960s. An associate professor emerita at the University of Wyoming, she teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
Lennart Lundh is a poet, short-fictionist, historian, and photographer whose work has appeared internationally since 1965.
Laura Mahal is a two-time winner of the Hecla Award for Speculative Fiction. Her poetry is featured in Sunrise Summits, a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards. Recent short fiction appears in Fish and Still Coming Home. She’s the member liaison for Northern Colorado Writers and blogs at www.writingbugncw.com.
Michael Maldonado is a sophomore at Macalester College majoring in Computer Science. He plans to spend the rest of his life writing software and applications to suit the needs of a digital world while kindling a passion for storytelling, guitar, piano, and pop punk.
Djelloul Marbrook’s Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State Press) won the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Prize. His story, “Artists Hill,” won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction award. Nine books of poems and five of fiction are in print, with seven (five poetry, three fiction) scheduled for publication in 2018-19. His trilogy of novels, Light Piercing Water, will be released November 15, 2018, by Leaky Boot Press, UK. A Navy veteran and retired newspaper editor, he maintains a lively presence on Facebook and Twitter from the mid-Hudson Valley.
Carmel Mawle is the founder and president of Writing for Peace. Her work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly Review, Contemporary World Literature, Shake the Tree, When Women Waken, Lucid Moose, KNOT Magazine, and other literary journals.
Mariana Mcdonald’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including poetry in Crab Orchard Review and Lunch Ticket, and fiction in So to Speak and Cobalt, where she was finalist for the Zora Neale Hurston Fiction Prize. Based in Atlanta, she is active in social justice movements and the writing community.
Sandra McGarry grew up in the east very near the ocean and spent many summers visiting Colorado. She retired to Colorado in 2007 to be with family and renew a friendship with the mountains and the thoughts it generates about war and peace. She has published poems in Pooled Ink, Paterson Review, Pilgrimage Magazine, Colorado Life magazine.
Michele Merens is a writer and playwright. Her publications include: Third Wednesday, PlumHamptons, Lilith, Inkwell, Poetica, Verse Wisconsin, Thema, Jewishfiction.net, Crawdad, and four anthologies. She is a Puffin Grant winner, a Barnard College Senior Scholar in Creative Writing, and Dramatist’s Guild member.
Michael Meteyer worked as a horse wrangler, a carpenter, a tree surgeon, a taxi driver, a commercial fisherman, and production manager in San Francisco Chinatown before settling down in a celebrated career in the blindness field. He is currently writing the memoir Doggedly from his home in San Rafael, CA.
Loretta Oleck, Pushcart nominee, is the author of two chapbook poetry collections, Songs from the Black Hole (FinishingLine Press), and Persephone Dreaming of Cherries (Hurricane Press). Her poetry has been published in The Westchester Review, The Missing Slate, Obsidian Literature, and others, filmed for the Public Poetry Series, and included in Best of 2013 Anthology (Storm Cycle).
Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, VA. now lives in University Place, WA. He is retired military, retired FAA and now just plain retired with no wristwatch, cell phone nor alarm clock. Carl, Hospice volunteer and president of The Tacoma Writers Club is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever
Natalie Smith Parra’s creative nonfiction has appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Calyx, and The Mommy Wars, a Random House anthology. She is a native of Los Angeles, where she worked as a high school teacher of English and Spanish, and is a lifelong activist, most recently working in the field of prisoner civil rights
Simon Perchik’s poetry has also appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker and elsewhere.
Julia Poole is a writer and speech-language therapist. Her writing has appeared in The East Bay Review, The Dime Show Review, Dime Show Anthology, MOON Magazine, Motherlode: Essays on Parenthood, and forthcoming in Minerva Rising Journal. Julia lives in Rockford, Michigan.
Althea Romeo-Mark was born in Antigua, West Indies, and grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (formerly Danish West Indies). Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator and internationally published author. She has lived and taught in St. Thomas, US, Virgin Islands, the USA, Liberia, West Africa, London, England, and in Switzerland since 1991. Her recent anthology is titled, The Nakedness of New, 2018.
Courtney Rose is studying French and Creative Writing at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She has a passion for art museums, antiques, and the art of tattooing. She currently lives in Richmond, Virginia with her mother and toy poodle. She has never before been published.
Kathleen Sands has lived in Arizona, Scotland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, working as a zookeeper, laboratory technician, government writer, and English professor. Her collection, Boy of Bone, received an honorable mention in the 2012 New York Book Festival. Her novel, In-Between People, was a finalist for the 2017 Brighthorse Prize.
Kristen D. Scott is a six-time nominee of the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, and an award-winning essayist for her work on Lorca and the Divan del Tamarit. She has published in several worldwide publications and has two poetry collections LIAISONS (2012) and OPIATE (2014). Scott resides in Türkiye, where she has lived for several years.
Samantha Seto is a writer and third prize poet of the Whispering Prairie Press who has been published in various journals or anthologies including Ceremony, Soul Fountain, Black Magnolias Journal, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Brown University’s Cornerstone Magazine, the Harvard Ichthus, and others.
Howard F. Stein is professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he taught for nearly 35 years. He is author of 30 books. His most recent poetry books are Light and Shadow (2016) and Centre and Circumference (2018). He is poet laureate of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology.
J. J. Steinfeld is the author of eighteen books, including Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2014), Madhouses in Heaven, Castles in Hell (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2015), An Unauthorized Biography of Being (Stories, Ekstasis Editions, 2016), and Absurdity, Woe Is Me, Glory Be (Poetry, Guernica Editions, 2017).
Ping Wang published 13 books of poetry and prose: Life of Miracles along the Yangtze and Mississippi, American Visa, Foreign Devil, Of Flesh and Spirit, New Generation, Aching for Beauty, The Magic Whip, The Last Communist Virgin, 10,000 Waves… She’s recipient of NEA, Bush, Lannan and McKnight Fellowships. She’s the founder and director of Kinship of Rivers project, and professor of English at Macalester College.
Mbeke Wasame is a mother, writer, trainer, educationalist, and Coach. She feels the love and nurturing that increases each time she releases another part of her internal world. She knows the infinite possibilities that are present every time she sits and that flow of love again begins.
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a Liberian civil war survivor who immigrated to the United States with her family during the fourteen year Liberian civil war. Her books include When the Wanderers Come Home, Where the Road Turns, The River is Rising, Becoming Ebony, Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa, and one children’s book, In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea. Her poem, “One Day: Love Song for Divorced Women” was featured by US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser in American Life in Poetry June 13, 2011 edition. Some of her awards include a 2016 WISE Women Award and the Crab Orchard Award. Her poems have appeared in New Orleans Review, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, among others, and have been translated into several languages. She is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State University.
Brad Wetzler is a writer, journalist, and editor best known for his magazine feature stories and essays. His work has appeared in respected publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Wired, GQ, Men’s Journal, Best American Travel Writing, and Outside, where he is a current contributing editor. He’s traveled to dozens of countries to report on stories about politics, the environment, travel, religion, and sport. He’s writing a nonfiction book about his travels in Israel and Palestine. Equal parts memoir, travelogue, and history, Chasing Messiahs is the story of the human craving to be saved—and of the saviors we place our faith in.
Rachel Won is a sophomore attending Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Through engaging in various mediums of art, she hopes to show others the value of art and the humanities.
Serhiy Zhadan is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, and devoted activist. The author of over a dozen collections of poetry, five novels, and a number of short stories, Zhadan more recently has become known as a civic poet and public intellectual committed to developing an inclusive society in Ukraine. The collection of poetry Tamplers (2016) presents the vision of Ukraine that, like many other countries in Europe, has entered into its own version of Middle Ages, i.e. into a long-lasting war for an idea that consumes people on both sides of the front-line.
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Ali Nikzad was born in Salmas, Iran in 1981, and immigrated to Canada as a student in 2011, receiving a M.Sc. in Software engineering from Concordia University. Nikzad is a member of the artistic team Paradise Ocean Literary & Photography Team, with management by Seyed Morteza Hamidzadeh.
Christopher Woods is a writer, teacher and photographer who lives in Chappell Hill, Texas. His published works include a novel, The Dream Patch, a prose collection, Under A Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. His short fiction has appeared in many journals including The Southern Review, New Orleans Review and Glimmer Train. He conducts private creative writing workshops in Houston. His photography can be seen in his gallery – http://christopherwoods.zenfolio.com/
Albert Zhang is Head Editor for The Westminster Schools Bi-Line, the school newspaper. He’s also Co-Editor-in-Chief of Evolutions Magazine, Westminster’s annual creative writing magazine. Albert attended The Kenyon Review workshop, SCAD as a Silver Scholar, was published in Celebrating Art and exhibited in Atlanta’s High Museum, Capitol, and National Fair.