2017 DoveTales Contributors

Refugees and the Displaced

Susanne Aspley retired as a sergeant first class after 20 years from the US Army Reserve as a photojournalist in Bosnia, Cuba, Panama and Kuwait. She taught English and helped with community development projects as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. She spent a year at Bottom Village, a Waldorf based farming community for adults with disabilities in North Yorkshire, England. She then worked on a kibbutz in Israel. Susanne holds a English degree with a minor in Film from the University of Minnesota. In 2015, she was awarded the McKnight Artist Fellowship in Creative Prose. Susanne and her two children live in Excelsior, MN, along with her surly cat and rescued pit bull.

Ross Baxter spent thirty years at sea, and now concentrates on writing varied fiction. His varied work has been published in print by numerous publishing houses in US and UK short-story anthologies. In December 2014 he won the Horror Novel Review.Com best creation short fiction prize.

Rana Bitar is a practicing Hematology Oncologist, a graduate of Aleppo University School of Medicine in 1990. A doctor by day and a writer by night, she earned her Master’s in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Bitar published a bilingual book of poetry titled Dreams of the Beginning in 2011 and her poems appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Deadly Writers Patrol journal. She has participated in many fundraising events for immigrants and Syrian refugees, reading poetry, including a collaboration with pianist Michael Arnowitt and one with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble.

Mark Blickley is a widely published author of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry. His most recent book is Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press) and most recently produced play, Beauty Knows No Pain. He’s a proud member of both the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center. His text based art collaboration with fine arts photographer Amy Bassin, Dream Streams, was featured as an art installation at last summer’s 5th Annual NYC Poetry festival on Governors Island. Excerpts from it were recently published in Columbia Journal of Literature and Art.

Irene Bloom is an emerging poet from Seattle, Washington whose work is inspired by her world travels, love of language, and sharing the written word with others. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Super Highway, Drash Northwest Mosaic, Voices Israel, the Poetry Box, Kind of a Hurricane Press, Reward Publishing, Poetica Magazine, and Cirque.

Elena Botts grew up in the DC area and currently studies at Bard College Berlin. She’s been published in fifty literary magazines and is the winner of four poetry contests, including Word Works Young Poets.’ Her poetry has been exhibited at the Greater Reston Art Center and at Arterie Fine Art Gallery. Check out her poetry books, we’ll beachcomb for their broken bones”(Red Ochre Press, 2014), a little luminescence (Allbook-Books, 2011) and the reason for rain (Coffeetown Press, 2015). Go to o-mourning-dove.tumblr.com to see her award-winning artwork.

Craig Brandis lives and writes in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Miki Byrne has three collections published and hundreds of poems in individual magazines and anthologies. She contributed to Poems In The Waiting Room and to Arthritis Care’s Magazine. Miki is active on the spoken word scene and runs a monthly poetry writing group. She once lived on a Narrow-boat, and began reading her work in a bikers club. Miki is female, disabled and now lives back on the land in Gloucestershire, UK.

Lauren Camp is the author of three books, most recently One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press, 2016), winner of the Dorset Prize. Her poems have been translated into Turkish, Mandarin and Spanish, and appeared in World Literature Today, Beloit Poetry Journal, as a Poem-a-Day for Poets.org, and elsewhere. www.laurencamp.com

Mark Canfield, other wise known by the author name Marcus Severns, was born in Portland Oregon. He has spent much of his life traveling the United States. Currently he lives in Fort Worth, Texas where he is attending college. His aspirations are to become a volunteer nurse to help with disaster relief. Some of his work has been published in Every Day Poems, Curry County Reporter, New World Rising, and other sources. In 2008 he was featured on the cover of Tennessee Magazine for a short story he wrote.

Lorraine Caputo is a documentary poet and translator and travel writer. Her works appear in over 100 journals on six continents; and 11 chapbooks of poetry – including Notes from the Patagonia (dancing girl press, 2017). She travels throughout Latin America, listening to the voices of the pueblos and Earth.

Mary Carroll-Hackett is the author of The Real Politics of Lipstick, Animal Soul, If We Could Know Our Bones, The Night I Heard Everything, Trailer Park Oracle, and A Little Blood, A Little Rain. Her newest collection of prose poems, Death for Beginners, will be out from Kelsey Books in September 2017.  She is a Writing for Peace Adviser.

Maryah Converse was a Peace Corps educator in Jordan, 2004-2006, and was studying in Cairo during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. She has written directly and indirectly about these experiences for NewMatilda.com, Forage Poetry, From Sac, New Madrid Journal and Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. She pays the bills by grant writing in Manhattan, teaches Arabic, and blogs intermittently about the Arab world at desertmirror.blogspot.com

Joe Cottonwood has worked as a carpenter, plumber, and electrician for most of his life. Nights, he writes. His most recent book is 99 Jobs: Blood, Sweat, and Houses. joecottonwood.com

Edward D. Currelley is an author and artist. He was awarded honorable status by Writer’s Digest for Stage Playwriting in 2008. His children’s book, I’m not lost, I’m with you and young adult novel, That Krasbaum Kid will be published this year. His poems and short stories can be found in numerous anthologies and periodicals, such as Eber & Wein’s Across the Way-Mountain, The Mom Egg Review, Writing for Peace’s 2016 Dove Tales, Sling Magazine, Metaphor Magazine and Split This Rock. He is the president of Pen To Mind Books & Child Development Concepts, Inc. and resides in New York City. (edwardcurrelley.wix.com/the-poet)

Lorraine Currelley is a Poet, Writer, Pearls of Wisdom Storyteller, Executive Director for Poets Network & Exchange, Collagist, and Mental Health Counselor. She’s widely anthologized and a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 New York Public Library Arts for A Lifetime Grant, BinderCon Scholar Grants for 2014 and 2015, and a 2013 and 2014 TWH residency. She’s a Board Member for Pen To Mind Books & Child Development Concepts and Blind Beggar Press, a Bronx Book Fair Committee Member and Writing for Peace Adviser. She and her exchange were featured in Poets & Writers 2015 Cross Cultural reading and in AWP’s June 2015 member Spotlight. http://poetsnetworkandexchange.wordpress.com

Andrea W. Doray is an award-winning journalist, author, poet, and essayist in Denver, CO, and a columnist for The Denver Post through their Colorado Voices panel. Her weekly opinion column, Alchemy, in Colorado Community Media newspapers, has received a first-place award from the Colorado Press Association. Doray authored several children’s books and is a member of the Young Writers Program faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She trained with the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan in 2010, and is a Writing for Peace board member.

Suzanne Edison’s chapbook, The Moth Eaten World, was published in 2014. Her work can be found in Bombay Gin and The Naugatuck River Review, Spring 2017; Ekphrasitc Review, July 2016; Ars Medica; Spillway; The Examined Life Journal; and elsewhere. She lives under a wet sky in Seattle. www.seedison.com

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016). Other books of poems include The Trouble Ball (2011), The Republic of Poetry (2006), Alabanza (2003), A Mayan Astronomer in Hell’s Kitchen (2000), Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996), City of Coughing and Dead Radiators (1993) and Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands (1990). His many honors include the Shelley Memorial Award, the Robert Creeley Award, the National Hispanic Cultural Center Literary Award, an American Book Award, the PEN/Revson Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Republic of Poetry was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His book of essays, Zapata’s Disciple (1998), was banned in Tucson as part of the Mexican-American Studies Program outlawed by the state of Arizona, and has been issued in a new edition by Northwestern University Press. A former tenant lawyer in Greater Boston’s Latino community, Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Bernadette Gallagher was born in County Donegal and now lives in Cork, Ireland. Her day job is as a project manager in I.T.  Her poetry has been published in a number of literary journals including Boyne Berries, Ropes 2016, Stanzas and online at HeadStuff.org, Picaroon Poetry, and Poethead.    Bernadette was long listed for the Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Prize 2016 and will have a poem featured in the forthcoming anthology, In the Cinnamon Corners.

Rachel Gallagher is a disabled veteran. She attended college at Penn State Altoona, and was mentored by Writing for Peace Adviser Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, who gave her confidence in her ability to write when she had lost it all. Thanks to her teaching, Rachel has the passion and the drive to keep writing.

Adele Gardner holds a master’s in English literature,  has a poetry book (Dreaming of Days in Astophel) and 330 poems, stories, articles, and illustrations in American Arts Quarterly, The Cape Rock, City Primeval, Z Miscellaneous, and more. She’s literary executor for her father, mentor, and namesake, Delbert R. Gardner. (www.gardnercastle.com)

Nancy Gerber’s work has appeared in Mom Egg Review, Adanna Literary Journal, and Menda City Review.

Anuja Ghimire was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. A Pushcart-nominee in 2015, she’s published in the U.S., Canada, and Nepal in over 30 journals, print and online. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and two little girls and writes poetry. In the day, she works as an editor/publisher in the e-learning industry.

Juleus Ghunta is a Jamaican peace advocate living in Yonago, Japan. Ghunta’s poetry has appeared in The Missing Slate, Interviewing the Caribbean, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, DoveTales, Moko, BIM, POUi, and elsewhere. He was shortlisted twice for the Small Axe Poetry Prize.

Alexandra Grabbe has nonfiction work published in American Profile and France Today.

Sam Hamill was born in 1943 and grew up on a Utah farm. He 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 was the founding editor of Copper Canyon Press, 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. Hamill is a Writing for Peace Adviser.

Max Harris was born in England, received his PhD from the University of Virginia, and now lives in Wisconsin. His short stories have been published in A Quiet Courage, The Madison Review, Windhover, and several other journals. He has won the Wisconsin Academy Review/Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops Short Story Contest and the rather more scholarly Otto Gründler Book Prize.

Cheryl R. Hopson, PhD, is an assistant professor of African American Studies at Western Kentucky University. She has published essays on Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker, as well as on Black feminist sisterhood. Her chapbook Black Notes was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.

Emanuel Kane is the editor of the Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism. He has published five poetry collections; Sim’s Poetic Column (ELTA, 1978); A Bush of Voices (Brunswick Publishing, 1989), Whispers on My Pillow (Book surge, 2003), Theaters of War (Plain View Press, 2006) and Growing Flames, Fury and Lavender (PRA Publishing, forthcoming). His poems have been published in over twenty print and online publications, including Chapel Hill Press, Janus; La Colombe, Yaoundé University Press; The Washington Review; Electric Acorn, Dublin, Ireland; Sensations Magazine, and allpoetry.com.

James Kincaid has published many non-fiction and academic books, thirty-odd short stories, and four novels, one of them co-authored with Percival Everett. He taught for years at University of Southern Cal and is now at The University of Pittsburgh.

Phyllis Klein believes in poetry. Her work has appeared in the Pharos of Alpha Omega Medical Society Journal,  Qarrtsiluni online literary magazine, Silver Birch Press, New Verse News, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Chiron Review, others, and forthcoming in American Journal of Nursing. She is interested in the conversation between poets and readers of poetry. She sees artistic dialogue as an intimate relationship-building process that fosters healing on many levels. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area as a psychotherapist and poetry therapist. You can learn more at her website, http://phyllisklein.com/

Antonia Alexandra Klimenko: Widely published, her poems have appeared in (among others) XXI Century World Literature (in which she represents France), The Poet’s Quest for God Anthology, CounterPunch, The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology, Atlanta Review, Big Bridge, Knot Magazine, Levure Litteraire, Occupy Wall Street Anthology (in which she is distinguished as an American poet) and Maintenant: Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art archived at the in Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She is the Writer/Poet in Residence at SpokenWord Paris.

Chris ‘Irish Goat’ Knodel is an author, poet and ultra-distance runner in San Antonio, TX. His poetry and short fiction have been featured in/by Alba, Allegro Poetry Magazine, Ealain, Haiku Journal, Grey Wolfe Publishing, Highfield Press, Icarus Down Review, Kind of a Hurricane Press, Pretty Owl Poetry, The Wolfian, The Write Place at the Write Time, Writer’s Quibble, Yellow Chair Review, Ygdrasil, Zimbell House Publishing, & Zodiac Review. He can be easily spotted by his kilt, tattoos and six inch, flaming-red, Van Dyke goatee.

Robert Kostuck is an M.Ed. graduate from Northern Arizona University. Recently published fiction, essays, and reviews appear in many American and Canadian print journals and anthologies. He is currently working on short stories, essays, and novels; his short story and essay collections seek a publisher. He is a Writing for Peace Adviser.

Adam Kotlarczyk’s fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and recently won the Editor’s Choice Award from Dual Coast Magazine. Adam has work recently appearing or upcoming in The First Line, The Tishman Review, Earthen Lamp Journal, and Alt Hist. He has a Ph.D. in American literature and teaches English at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy near Chicago.

George Kraus’ work includes a chapbook, Rendition, with a forward by Lia Purpura, published by the Toad Lily Press in its quartet series, and poems in the Westchester Review and The Best of Toad Lily Press.

Bruce Lader is the Director of Bridges Tutoring, an organization educating multicultural students. His recent book is Fugitive Hope, from Červená Barva Press, 2014. Discovering Mortality (March Street Press) was a finalist for the 2006 Brockman-Campbell Book Award. A 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee, he won the 2010 Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition. www.brucelader.com

Brett LaFave teaches high school math, rides his bicycle, and climbs mountains.

Joan Leotta has been playing with words on page and stage since childhood. She is a poet, journalist and novelist and performs folklore and original stories. You can find her on the beach or online at www.joanleotta.wordpress.com and Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer on Facebook. Her first poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, will be out in March 2017 from Finishing Line.

Cory Lockhart is a teacher, writer, and peacemaker from Louisville, KY.  Encounters at home and abroad with people from diverse racial, economic, religious, and cultural backgrounds led her to a commitment to nonviolence, specifically by working with Christian Peacemaker Teams and teaching classes about nonviolence. To learn more about her personal journey, visit walkingthewalk.co.

Shannon K. Lockhart was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She has a B.A. in English and Theology and an M.S.W. from Loyola University-Chicago. Heeding a calling to work for human rights, Shannon spent a year in El Salvador and then 12 years in Guatemala. She worked as an accompanier of indigenous returned refugee populations, as a community mental health worker for survivors of massacres, and in the Human Rights Office for the Catholic Church in Guatemala (ODHAG). She also worked as the E.D. of Sister Parish, Inc., an organization that promotes long-term ecumenical and cross cultural relationships. Shannon married Luis, a Mexican journalist, and together with their two sons, they moved to the U.S. where both continue to work for peace and justice through music, poetry, teaching, and visual arts, in order set an example for their two sons, Liam and Diego.

Randel McCraw Helms was professor of English at Arizona State University, until his retirement, where he taught classes in the Bible as Literature, the Romantic Poets, and contemporary literature. 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 avocation.

Carmel Mawle has had a varied career that includes piano instruction, running a Karate school and teaching self-defense, as well as and traditional Karate and Kobudo (weapons) training. She is a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Mawle’s work has appeared in Smokelong Quarterly Review, KNOT Magazine, Lucid Moose, Shake The Tree Anthology and others, and is forthcoming in Coda Crab Book’s anthology, Peace: Give it a Chance.

Djelloul Marbrook is the author of four poetry books, Shadow of the Heron, Far from Algiers, Brushstrokes and Glances, and Brash Ice. His work is widely anthologized. He is also the author of five books of fiction: Mean Bastards Making Nice, Guest Boy, Saraceno, Artemisia’s Wolf, and Alice Miller’s Room. He won the 2008 Literal Latté fiction prize for “Artists Hill.” He is a Writing for Peace Adviser.

Joshua McGarry is an MFA candidate at Old Dominion University. Originally from Germany, he now lives in Norfolk where he writes, collects records, and works as a student adviser. His poem “No. 61 Rust and Blue” was recently published in the Ekphrastic Review.

Sandra McGarry lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has published in Pilgrimage, Dove Tales, Paterson Review, Pooled Ink, Tulip-Tree Press and Colorado Life Magazine. She is a retired elementary teacher from New Jersey who moved to Colorado for a slower pace of living and to be closer to family and the mountains.

Silva Zanoyan Merjanian is a widely published poet residing in California. She has two volumes of poetry, Uncoil a Night (2013) and Rumor ( Cold River Press 2015.) Rumor has been awarded by NABE the Pinnacle award for best book of poetry Fall 2015. She is 3 times Pushcart Prize nominee.

Michael Meteyer has worked as a taxi driver, carpenter, salmon fisherman, tree surgeon, horse wrangler and, for a mercifully brief period, production manager for a clothing firm in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He is currently working on a memoir, DOGGEDLY: Work, Dogs, Madness and the Spiritual Adventures of a Skeptic.

Dean K. Miller is a professional member of Northern Colorado Writers, and Colorado Poets Center. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies. Miller’s first two books, Echoes: Reflections Through Poetry and Verse and And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete were published by Hot Chocolate Press in 2014. He edited the anthology The Water Holds No Scars: Fly Fishing Stories of Rivers & Rejuvenation released in December 2015. Miller is also the creator of “The Haiku For You Project.” www.deankmiller.com

E. Ethelbert Miller  is a literary activist.  He is the board chairperson of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS).  He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine.  Since 1974, he has been the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University.  Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and a former core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College.

Shirley Muir spends her time between Turkey and Scotland. She is fascinated by people and places and has a special interest in the drama unfolding in the Middle East, especially the plight of the refugees from the Syrian conflict. Shirley loves classical music, the Venice Carnival, writing fiction and reading tarot. She walks along the beach at sunset for inspiration.

Barry W. North is a seventy-one-year-old retired refrigeration mechanic. He lives with his wife, Diane in Hahnville, Louisiana. Since his retirement in 2007, he has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, won the 2010 A. E. Coppard Prize for Fiction, and Honorable Mention in the 2011 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, and was a finalist in the 2014 Lascaux Poetry Awards. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paterson Literary Review, Slipstream, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Amoskeag, Sixfold, and many others. His published chapbooks are Along the Highway, Terminally Human, and In the Maze. For more information please visit his website www.barrynorth.org

Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway VA now lives in University Place WA. He has a 2015 Seattle Metro contest winning poem riding buses somewhere in The Emerald City. Carl, president of The Tacoma Writers Club, is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever

Sophia Panieczko arrived to these American shores as a small child, but she has–after many years–still not shaken the feeling of uprootedness. There is always that subtle, underlying sense of not quite belonging to this place, of not quite belonging to any place.

Frances Park is an Asian American author or co-author of ten books for readers of all ages – novels, memoirs and children’s books published by Hyperion, St. Martin’s Press, National Geographic Books, etc. Her short stories and personal essays are published in many magazines and anthologies including The London Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, USA Today, USA Weekend, The Tampa Tribune, The Hawaii Review, OZY, Entropy, etc.

Jenni Parker Gribble lives in Salado, Texas. She has an M.A. in English from Morehead State U, Kentucky, and teaches writing and literature at the high school and college levels. Her poetry has appeared in Inscape: Art and Literary Magazine, Ancient Paths, Kansas Time + Place, Pegasus, and Anima.

Olga Pavlinova Olenich is an Australian writer whose work appears in local and international publications. Her prose and poems have been broadcast on national radio and have featured in national newspapers. Her memoirs have been included in the collection Best Australian Humorous Writing (Melbourne University Press, 2008) and The Best Travel Writing Volume 11. ( Travelers’ Tales Series. Solis House Palo Alto, 2016 )

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, Forge, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is The B Poems published by Poets Wear Prada, 2016. For more information, including free e-books, his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” please visit his website at www.simonperchik.com.

Shirani Rajapakse is a Sri Lankan poet and author. Winner of the Cha “Betrayal” Poetry Contest 2013, finalist in the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards 2013 and shortlisted for the Gratiaen Award 2010, Rajapakse is widely published in literary journals including, Flash Fiction International (Norton), Silver Birch, Litro, Moving Worlds, Mascara, Poems for Freedom, About Place, Voices Israel, Deep Water, and Berfrois.

Pilar Rodríguez-Aranda is a poet, video-maker, and translator. She has received grants and awards as a video artist in Mexico and the US and has works published in magazines and anthologies in America and Europe. Her first book of poetry, Asunto de mujeres appeared in 2012, and in 2014 she published Verdes Lazos, a poetry placket. She considers herself an “ARTivist” and is a founding member of Colectiva Poéticas, coordinator of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, Mexico chapter, and a Writing for Peace Adviser. Info: http://pilarpoeta.blogspot.com.

Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator and writer who was born in Antigua, West Indies, and grew up in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She has lived and taught in the St. Thomas, USVI, Liberia, England, UK and in Switzerland since 1991. If Only the Dust Would Settle, 2009, is her last poetry collection.

Ruth Sabath Rosenthal is a New York City poet, well published in literary journals and poetry anthologies throughout the U.S. and internationally. In October 2006, her poem “on yet another birthday” was nominated for a Pushcart prize. Ruth has authored five books of poetry; “Facing Home” (a chapbook) — “Facing Home and beyond” — “little, but by no means small” — “Food: Nature vs Nurture” and “Gone, but Not Easily Forgotten.” All five books are available for purchase on Amazon.com. For more about Ruth, please feel free to visit her website: www.newyorkcitypoet.com, and her blog site: www.poetrybyruthsabathrosenthal.com.

Wilderness Sarchild is a poet and playwright. Her play, “Wrinkles, the Musical,” will be produced in 2017. Her poems have been published in several anthologies/journals. She has won writing awards from Veterans for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Chicago’s Side Project Theatre, and the WOMR National Poetry Competition.

Deirdre Smith, born in Glasgow, Scotland, worked as a primary teacher in various Commonwealth countries before coming to Switzerland in 1970. Before retiring, she taught English to adults in Basel and was an oral examiner for Cambridge. She writes mainly poetry and is a member of Writers`Works Bern.

Marydale Stewart is a retired English teacher and librarian. She received her Ph.D. at Northern Illinois University and taught at NIU and community colleges. She has a chapbook, Inheritance (Puddin’head Press, 2008), and a poetry collection, Let the Thunder In (Boxing Day Books, 2014). She has poems in a number of literary magazines.

Sugar Tobey was born in Coney Island Brooklyn, received a degree from The School of Visual Arts, and now lives in NYC above a pizza parlor.

Mercedes Webb-Pullman: IIML Victoria University Wellington New Zealand MA in Creative Writing 2011. Published in: Turbine, 4th Floor, Swamp, Scum, Reconfigurations, The Electronic Bridge, poetryrepairs, Connotations, The Red Room, and DoveTales, among others, and her books.

Lindsey Weishar is a second-year MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In her writing, she enjoys exploration of interior landscapes as well as geographical ones. She hopes her writing can serve others.

Noah Weisz holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received a fellowship from the Michener Center for Writers and was a finalist for the Fania Kruger Fellowship for creative writing with social vision. Weisz was recently shortlisted for the 2016 Bath Children’s Novel Award and has been a “special mention” finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. His fiction appears or is forthcoming in YARN, Stew Magazine, and Highlights for Children.

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley is a survivor of the Liberian civil war. She and her family escaped Liberian and immigrated to the United States during the bloody civil war after losing many family members in the devastation of their homeland. She has published five critically acclaimed books of poetry, including When the Wanderers Come Home, Where the Road Turns, The River is Rising, Becoming Ebony, and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa. She is also the author of one children’s Book, In Monrovia, the River Visits the Sea. Her individual poems and writings have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in the US, in South America, Europe and in Africa, and she has been invited as a Poet in Residence and public speaker at university campuses across the United States and in parts of the world. She teaches Creative Writing and English at Penn State Altoona. She is a Writing for Peace Adviser.

Cassondra Windwalker graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA of Letters. She pursued careers in bookselling and law enforcement, fields which intersect more than most people suspect. She now writes full-time form the plains of Colorado.

Barry Zabell’s writing has recently appeared in Dali’s Love Child, Mash Stories, Down in the Dirt, and Coup D’Etat, Boston University’s literary magazine. He is currently nearing completion of his first novel.

Art and Photography

New York artist Amy Bassin and writer Mark Blickley collaborate on text based art and videos. Their series, Dream Streams, was featured as an art installation at the 5th Annual NYC Poetry Festival held at Governors Island and published in the Columbia Journal of Literature and Art. Their video, Speaking In Bootongue, was recently selected for the London Experimental Film Festival and toured internationally as part of the Exquisite Corpse film, The Spaces Between Cities.

Lorraine Currelley is a Poet, Writer, Pearls of Wisdom Storyteller, Executive Director for Poets Network & Exchange, Collagist, and Mental Health Counselor. She’s widely anthologized and a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 New York Public Library Arts for A Lifetime Grant, BinderCon Scholar Grants for 2014 and 2015, and a 2013 and 2014 TWH residency. She’s a Board Member for Pen To Mind Books & Child Development Concepts and Blind Beggar Press, a Bronx Book Fair Committee Member and Writing for Peace Adviser. She and her exchange were featured in Poets & Writers 2015 Cross Cultural reading and in AWP’s June 2015 member Spotlight. http://poetsnetworkandexchange.wordpress.com

Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has worked in many mediums: computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, video, drawing and painting. Allen studied acting in the Columbia Pictures Talent Program in Los Angeles and digital media in art and design at Bellevue College (receiving degrees in Web Multimedia Authoring and Digital Video Production.) He currently works in the Vancouver, Canada, as a graphic artist and painter. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

SK Lockhart was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She has a B.A. in English and Theology and an M.S.W. from Loyola University-Chicago. Heeding a calling to work for human rights, Shannon spent a year in El Salvador and then 12 years in Guatemala. She worked as an accompanier of indigenous returned refugee populations, as a community mental health worker for survivors of massacres, and in the Human Rights Office for the Catholic Church in Guatemala (ODHAG). She also worked as the E.D. of Sister Parish, Inc., an organization that promotes long-term ecumenical and cross cultural relationships. Shannon married Luis, a Mexican journalist, and together with their two sons, they moved to the U.S. where both continue to work for peace and justice through music, poetry, teaching, and visual arts, in order set an example for their two sons, Liam and Diego.

Mohammad Ali Mirzaei was born in Iran, Tehran. His BA is in field of News Photography in University of Culture & Art Isfahan. His work has been honored in various festivals in Iran, including: First place in “National Festival of Iranian people,” Chosen of the 4th Festival “Women And Urban Life,” Winner of Best Collection in “Festival Of Film & Photo Young Cinema,” Chosen in Fereshteh Prize (Tehran 2015). Also his photos have been published in Midway Journal, Oxford Magazine & Artifact Nouveau.

Farima Qolami was born in Qazvin, Iran. Her BA was in field of Graphic at Technical University of Vali’asr. Farima was one of the best in 32nd Cultural and Art Festival in Iran.


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