Kristy Athens’s nonfiction and short fiction have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and literary journals, most recently High Desert Journal, Eclectic Flash, Diverse Voices Quarterly and Five Fishes Journal. She coordinates the Columbia Center for the Arts Plein Air Writing Exhibition, and is a guest blogger for New Oregon Arts & Letters. She has served on the boards of the Hood River County Cultural Trust, Independent Publishing Resource Center, and Northwest Writers. She edited Columbia Gorge Magazine, and ran the Oregon Book Awards and Oregon Literary Fellowships programs of Literary Arts from 1999 to 2006. Her text-infused, repurposed collage greeting cards appear in 1,000 Ideas for Creative Reuse and are available at http://ithaka.etsy.com.
Salvatore Attardo is a professor in the Literature and Languages Department at Texas A&M – Commerce. His poetry, translation and photography have been published or are forthcoming in Rust and Moth, Tidal Basin Review, Front Range, Strange Machine, Crash, and others.
Jenn Blair is from Winterville, GA. She has published in Tusculum Review, Copper Nickel, MELUS, and the SNR Review, and has work forthcoming in the Santa Fe Review and Inscape. Her chapbook “All Things are Ordered” is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in April.
Nina Corwin is the author of Conversations With Friendly Demons and Tainted Saints. Recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her work appears or is forthcoming in ACM, Forklift Ohio, Hotel Amerika, New Ohio Review/nor, Parthenon West, Southern Poetry Review and Verse. Psychotherapist in daylight hours, she has twice served as guest editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal.
Yago’s poems have appeared in Lungfull!, LIT, Exquisite Corpse, Skanky Possum, New Orlean’s Review, Borderlands, U.S. Latino Review, and COMBO; he has poems coming out in 2nd Avenue and Lungfull! (18) and his reviews can be found in The Poetry Project Newsletter. Yago also co-edits Hinchas de Poesia (www.hinchasdepoesia.com) with J. David Gonzalez, and maintains the Spanglish blog, http://spicaresque.blogspot.com.
David Fitzpatrick’s fiction has been published in Fiction Weekly and his nonfiction has appeared in New Haven Review. He works in an auto dealership and attends the low residency MFA in Creative Writing at Fairfield University. He received his BA from Skidmore College. David lives in Middletown, Ct. with his fiancée.
Melanie Henderson, 4th generation native of Washington, DC, graduated from Howard University with a dual degree in Spanish and English and from Trinity University with a Masters of Business Administration and a focus in Organizational Development. She earned an MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. A visual and literary artist and an alum of Voices Summer Writing Workshops (VONA), her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as Amistad, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Black Arts Quarterly, Commonthought, Drumvoices Revue, Fingernails across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black Diaspora, Huong’s Peace Mural Exhibition in Washington, DC (2008-2009), Jubilat, Mourning Katrina: a Poetic Response to Tragedy, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Southern Women’s Review, Torch: poetry, prose and short stories by African American Women, Tuesday; An Art Project, Warpland Journal, The Washington Informer and X Magazine (London, UK). She is the Managing Editor of the Tidal Basin Review and is a winner of the 2009 Larry Neal Writers’ Award (DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities).
Jill McCabe Johnson is the director of Artsmith, a non-profit to support the arts. She is the recipient of the Paula Jones Gardiner Award in Poetry from Floating Bridge Press, a grant from the Center for Great Plains Studies, a Deborah Tall Memorial Fellowship, and an artist residency from the Anderson Center. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as The Los Angeles Review, Umbrella Journal, and Harpur Palate, and was recently nominated for the Pushcart. She has an MFA from Pacific Lutheran University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska.
Elizabeth Langemak’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Subtropics, 32 Poems, The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, The Cincinnati Review, and Best New Poets: Fifty Poems by Emerging Writers. She currently lives in Bethany, West Virginia.
Sandra Meek is the author of three books of poems, Biogeography, winner of the Dorset Prize (Tupelo Press, 2008), Burn (2005), and Nomadic Foundations (2002), and editor of Deep Travel: Contemporary American Poets Abroad (Ninebark, 2007), winner of a 2008 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal. Twice awarded Georgia Author of the Year, in 2006 for Burn, and in 2003 for Nomadic Foundations, which also was awarded the Peace Corps Writers Award in Poetry, she is Poetry Editor of the Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Co-founding Editor of Ninebark Press, Director of the Georgia Poetry Circuit, and Professor of English at Berry College.
Jon Pineda is the author of Birthmark (Southern Illinois University Press, 2004), winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry, and The Translator’s Diary (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), winner of the 2007 Green Rose Prize. The recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, he attended James Madison University and the MFA program in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. His work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including the Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, among others. He currently teaches in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Queens University in Charlotte.
Stephen Roger Powers hasn’t missed Dolly Parton’s annual parade in Pigeon Forge since 1999. He will have to miss this year’s parade, however, because he will be in India. He is disappointed about that. His first book of poetry, The Follower’s Tale, chronicles his road trips to Dollywood, and was published by Salmon Poetry in 2009. Stephen went to Ireland last fall to promote the book, and was surprised to find a lot of Dolly Parton fans across the pond.
Patrick Rosal is the author of My American Kundiman, winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, and “Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive,” winner of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop Members’ Choice Award. His poems and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies including Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, Brevity, and Language for a New Century. He has taught creative writing in prisons, community workshops, Kundiman and writing programs at Centre College, the University of Texas, Austin and, currently, Drew University. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Fellowship to the Philippines.
Bill Torgerson is an assistant professor in the Institute For Writing Studies at St. John’s University in New York. His novel, Love on the Big Screen, is forthcoming from Cherokee McGhee Press in January 2011. His poetry and nonfiction has appeared in Arts and Letters, The Leaflet, online in Sol Books, and in several other publications. He’s just finished his second novel, A Viking on the Subway.
Brian Turner is a soldier-poet whose debut book of poems, Here, Bullet, won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times Editor’s Choice selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA Best in the West award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. Turner served seven years in the US Army, to include one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. Turner’s poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name. Turner was also featured in Operation Homecoming, a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through their own words. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived abroad in South Korea.
Brian Turner’s Here, Bullet is a harrowing, beautiful first-person account of the Iraq war. The poems in this remarkable collection reflect Turner’s experiences as a soldier with penetrating lyric power, compassion, sensitivity, and eloquence, while deploring the violence and acknowledging the grief and terror of war. One poem, “Eulogy”, was written to memorialize a soldier in his platoon who took his own life. Adding his voice to the current debate about the US occupation of Iraq, in poems written in the tradition of such poets as Wilfred Owen, Yusef Komunyakaa (Dien Cai Dau), Bruce Weigl (Song of Napalm) and Doug Anderson (The Moon Reflected Fire), veteran Brian Turner’s affecting poetry of witness is exceptional for its beauty, honesty, and skill. These gracefully-rendered, unflinching poems make “Here, Bullet” a must-read for anyone who cares about the war, regardless of political affiliation. His second poetry book, Phantom Noise, is forthcoming from Alice James in 2010. Turner has recently been selected as one of 50 United States Artists Fellows for 2009.
After receiving a degree in business from the University of Virginia, Roberto studied photography at the University of Florida. Before settling in Norfolk with his wife, he worked as a photographer in Washington, D.C., and then Buenos Aires, Argentina. His photographs of South America have been exhibited at the American Embassy in Lima, Peru and at the University of Florida. Roberto has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Time magazine, The New York Times and others. His work can be found at robertowestbrook.com
Lesley Wheeler’s forthcoming collection, Heterotopia, was selected for the Barrow Street Press Poetry Award. She is also the author of Heathen (C&R, 2009), Voicing American Poetry (Cornell, 2008), and other books; her poems appear in Poetry, Slate, Prairie Schooner, and other venues. She teaches at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Susan White, originally from eastern Tennessee, received her Masters degree from the Bread Loaf School of English and her MFA from Stonecoast. She teaches high school English in Asheville, North Carolina. When she’s not grading or writing, Susan enjoys running on the mountain trails with her dogs, Zora, Callie, and Hooper.