Josh Barker lives in Kansas and writes like it.

Allie Marini Batts is an alumna of New College of Florida, which means she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math.

Jessica Bixel lives in the liminal space between Michigan and Ohio, writing and working and scheming to get a puppy in a “No Pets Allowed” apartment complex.

Marshall Bood‘s poetry has appeared in CV2, Grain, Magnapoets, The New Quarterly, Poetry is Dead and many others.

Michael D. Brown, PhD American English professor currently teaching Chinese PhD’s in China, is author of 16 books including 6 volumes of poetry.

Michael H. Brownstein went to sleep in the woods and woke up with a rattlesnake in his sleeping bag: what else could he do but write a poem.

Robin F. Brox is the author of Sure Thing (BlazeVOX [books], 2011) & the blog Ice Hockey Chick; she runs the small feminist press & performance collective Saucebox and makes her home just east of the Niagara River.

Cathy Bryant was born on Friday 13th and from then on things went downhill; fortunately she likes life downhill.

Joshua Burns is writing until his friend is in Japan.

Alma Cerrato-Lopez is a PsychoEnglish student at UCLA and founding editor of The Wild Iris literary arts magazine.

Amanda Chiado doesn’t own a top hat, but if she did, she has the magic and jazz hands to go with it.

Peter Clarke is a recent law school graduate, a writer, and a musician currently living in Sacramento, CA.

D.T. Clifton lives and writes in a small room in the West Bank, sometimes on a blog entitled The Ransom Letters.

Linda Crate is a twenty-five-year-old Pennyslvanian native recently published in Magic Cat Press, Black-Listed Magazine, and Bigger Stones.

Douglas Colby is a graduate student at Buffalo State College.

Sue Ann Connaughton writes compact pieces from a drafty old house in New England.

Alyssa Cooper is currently attending college in Oshawa, where she lives with her typewriter and her personal library.

Poems, fiction, short-shorts and rewrites are a large part of Susan Dale‘s life.

Jillian Danson‘s story literally includes pirates, poetry & murder.

Sara Deegan is a freelance writer, musician and yoga instructor.

Julie Dolcemaschio is a Los Angeles-based poet and fiction author. Visit

Ivo Drury workshops words into short-form and prose poetry in Ann Arbor, MI.

Merrill Edlund is a mother of three grown children and one grandpuppy, she is a poet and a writer of short stories, fiction and creative nonfiction living in Saskatoon, Sask. Canada

Michael Estabrook‘s interests include art, music, theatre, opera, and his wife who just happens to be the most beautiful woman he has ever known.

Kristina Estebo is a retired technical writer living in Northeast Wisconsin.

Joanne Faries is the movie critic for the Little Paper of San Saba, a town without a theater, and that says a lot about her writing purpose.

Sam Fetters spews nonsense from deep inside the Meathead Poetry Conglomerate Worldwide & Etc headquarters.

Patrick Forgette‘s poems have appeared in Diagram, Floating Bridge Review, Crab Creek Review, Poetry on Buses, and Pontoon.

A journalism professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Howie Good is the author of 29 print and digital poetry chapbooks, including most recently SCENE OF THE ACCIDENT from The Knives Forks and Spoons Press.

Jonathan Gibbs is a 29-year-old ex mid-westerner living in Austin, TX where he plays music, writes, works, occasionally draws and loves.

Stephanie Giguere has been published in L’Esprit and Route 2, and has won several small competitions for her poetry and spoken word.

Dan Hedges runs an artist collective called HUMANIMALZ. His poems have appeared in The Maynard, Ditch Poetry, and Jones Av..

Kyle Hemmings is the author of several chapbooks of poems; his latest ebook is You Never Die in Wholes from Good Story Press.

Rick Henry‘s password is F.P.1 Doesn’t Answer. Case sensitive. Punctuation matters.

Kamden Ishmael Hilliard is exploring the universe thoroughly.

Ed Higgins: “Damn, I keep forgetting to water my Chia gourmet herb garden, serious fail.”

Jennifer Hlawacz is a graduate student in Indiana who drinks coffee and is considering using a pseudonym.

Julie Israel is a native Portlander excited as easily by a good word as by a chocolate doughnut with rainbow sprinkles: dalliance! hielo! maquillage!

Russel Jaffe collects 8-tracks.

Caitlin Johnson is a graduate student by day, a house mother by night, a blogger in her spare time, and edits CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review in between those other things.

Bryce Journey follows his three-year-old, Luke Ender, around and picks up inspiration after him.

B.T. Joy is a Scottish poet with a passion for Chinese Tang dynasty, Japanese Edo period and Sufi mystical poetry.

Julius Kalamarz is a collection of snarling, semi-lucid splinters. He thinks of you fondly in the malted ghoulishness of his sleep.

Michelle Keeley is a slightly eccentric young woman from Liverpool.

Anna King has been featured in So to Speak, The Unrorean, Antithesis, and Stone Highway Review. She was offered a fellowship by the Summer Literary Seminars to attend a writing program in Lithuania in 2008.

Sarah-Jean Krahn enjoys breakfast in bed daily.

Kate LaDew is a graduate from the University of North Carolina with a BA in Studio Art.

Kerri Anne Ladish is a Pacific Northwest native with a penchant for pine trees and using her words.

Elizabeth Lara lives in New York and spends part of the year in the Dominican Republic. Three children, a husband, a few plants and no pets.

Mercedes Lawry has published widely, including two chapbooks and stories and poems for children. She was refused service at a restaurant in high school for wearing pants.

Matt London‘s poems have come out of Pennsylvania (totally landlocked) and landed in places like Zero Ducats.

Benjamin Lussier is a recent college grad living in Northeastern Connecticut and trying to be giant.

Liz Mariani is a poet from Buffalo, New York currently trying out Portland, Oregon, and is officially a sucker for big beautiful trees.

John McCarthy is an Editorial Assistant at Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program, and he likes to fold all clothing, blankets, and other accessories into neat, organized stacks.

Karl McComas-Reichl lives in a van down by the river.

Greg McCracken enjoys creative activities.

IE McGavock hails from Ireland and salutes the pacific.

rob mclennan currently lives in Ottawa. He regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at

Eric G. Müller is a musician, teacher and writer. He has published two novels, a collection of poetry, and numerous short stories. Visit

Larissa Nash lives in Austin, Texas, where she searches the hills for bluebonnets.

As Lindsey Nkem sits in Canada, she writes and writes and writes.

TJ O’Donnell has poems forthcoming in Dinosaur Bees and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska where he specializes in mosquito slapping and splitting kindling.

Aser Peleg writes poems. Shiite Peyot, rich after-life.

Jade Ramsey serves pizza at a local pizzeria.

Vincent Renstrom, of Middletown, Ohio, is lucky enough to call himself a stay-at-home Dad.

Vanessa Roske lives on a ranch in Texas, a life for which she, as a city girl, is ill-equipped, and edits computer books, a task for which she, barely knowing a multi-dimensional database from a Word document, is also ill-equipped, but less so.

Gerard Sarnat—a physician who wonders if his home’s first mosquitoes ever are a sign of global warming or carry malaria—just published his second poetry collection, Disputes.

Jo Ann Shepard is a 47-year-old woman who still believes that anything is possible.

Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, Claude Clayton Smith is the author of seven books, co-editor/translator of an eighth, and has published a variety of short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays.

Matt Stebbins is sick of rain.

JodiAnn Stevenson is the founder of Binge Press and 27 rue de fleures

Jody J. Sperling is too old to still clasp his dreams of being a great American writer, so he’ll accept the term “lazy-dreamer” and lie that he plans to support his family with “real work.”

Jeanne Thomas‘s poems have appeared in Compass Rose, Edison Literary Review, Obsidian II and Oyez Review.

Emily Threlkeld is bayou born, gypsy footed, and still trying to complete her six-word memoir.

Lindsey Thomas knows the color of your underwear.

Mora Torres has been eating more yellow bell peppers recently.

Jean Varda loves open mics in cafes with short poems and the smell of coffee.

Karen Lockett Warinsky was a semi-finalist in the 2011 Montreal International Poetry Contest.

Lesley Wheeler becomes human.

Juliet Wilson is an Edinburgh-based poet, short story writer, adult education tutor and conservation volunteer, who blogs at Crafty Green Poet

Benjamin Wolfe lives in London and believes that a poem is a group of words that wish they were living.

Changming Yuan, (co-)author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Three Poets (2011) as well as a 4-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China and published several monographs before moving to North America.

Ali Znaidi lives in Redeyef, Tunisia, where he currently teaches English. His pen always aspires to write something on a white cloud before the rain falls.