Contributors

We would like to thank our contributors for the privilege of sharing their work, and for all the beauty they bring to all the spaces they touch in the world. It matters. You rock.

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2:1 (November 2013)

Writers Reading

Steven LaFond is a writer that lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife, Jessie and their pets Ari and Goblin. He received his MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. His fiction and essays have appeared in apt, FiveonFive, the Good Men Project, and the Derby Shorts Fiction Anthology. He occasionally tours the country as a roller derby announcer. http://stevenlafond.com/ Twitter: @stevenlafond

Peter Grandbois is the author of the novel The Gravedigger,selected by Barnes and Noble for its “Discover Great New Writers” program and Booklist as one of the best books of 2006, as well as The Arsenic Lobster: A Hybrid Memoir,chosen as one of the top five memoirs of 2009 by the Sacramento News and Review, the novel, Nahoonkara, winner of the gold medal in literary fiction in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Awards for 2011, and a collection of surreal flash fictions, Domestic Disturbances (Subito Press, 2013) chosen by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the best books of the year. His essays, plays, and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and been shortlisted for both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays. He is an associate editor at Boulevard magazine and teaches at Denison University in Ohio. http://www.brothersgrandbois.com/peter.asp http://www.claytonbrothers.com/

Catherine Parnell teaches writing at Grub Street in Boston. She’s senior associate editor for Consequence Magazine and the fiction editor for Salamander Magazine. Her recent and forthcoming publications include stories and reviews in Post Road, The Baltimore Review, Slush Pile, roger, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Dos Passos Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Stone’s Throw Magazine, and Another Book, as well as various newspapers and newsletters. Catherine Parnell’s website is http://www.catherineparnell.com/p/about.html

Mike Reynolds is 25 years old, and has been writing poetry since he was 12. He was born and raised in Granville County, North Carolina, and joined the U.S. Army when he was 20. He served in Afghanistan from 2011-2012 as a combat medic with the 25th Infantry Division. He is currently studying Creative Writing at Longwood University. Mike loves acoustic guitars (that he really can’t afford), vinyl records, and Irish whiskey.

Graphically Speaking

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is a Danish illustrator who grew up in the small country village of Boeslum. While still living in Denmark, Kiri attended The Academy of Fine Arts in Arhus, before leaving her home country behind to continue her studies at the Pratt Institute in New York. Kiri continues to reside in New York City along with her husband Alexander Leonard (and their two cats), where she thrives as a freelance illustrator. http://kirileonard.com/

Photo Essay

Marri Champie has an MA in Writing, with minors in photography and Earth Science. She won three Dell Awards for Fantasy/Science Fiction, and is a published poet and novelist, photographer and journalist. She is the media manager for the Kuna Farmer’s Market and writes a weekly column for the local Kuna-Melba News. She lives on a small ranch overlooking the Great Basin of Idaho with her horses and Jack Russell terriers.

Pastiche, Hybrids, and Amalgams

Lois S. Bassen is the SAID half of the SCENE & SAID collaboration. She was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award and is a fiction editor for http://www. prickof thespindle.com/. Her plays and poetry have won some prizes and she writes reviews for a several journals and zines like http://brooklyner.org/http://therumpus.net/http://ciderpressreview.com/, http://smallbeerpress.com/.

Mike Stanko, who creates the SCENEs, is a lifelong Long Islander who began painting and showing his work over 20 years ago. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the tri-state area, including shows at the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton and the Empire State Building in New York City. He has been interviewed numerous times on TV and has donated his artwork to many causes over the years such as Breast Cancer walks, Art for ALS, and The Waterkeeper Alliance, to name a few. More of his work can be found at http://stankoart.com/.

State of the Art

Katy Masuga writes fiction and nonfiction, disrupting lines of distinction. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington, Seattle and a Joint-Ph.D. in Literary Theory and Criticism. Her publications include two monographs on Henry Miller, a collection of semi-autobiographical stories on memory, family and serendipity, and a dozen critical essays on such topics as Beckett and Wittgenstein, vegetarianism in Frankenstein, the history of Shakespeare and Company in Paris and altered books in contemporary art. Her influences include Sebald, Woolf and Black Elk. She teaches comparative literature, with a focus on modernism and the intersections between literature, film and the visual arts.

Poetry

Elaine Fletcher Chapman (formerly Elaine Walters McFerron) lives on The Eastern Shore of Virginia. She holds an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars where she works as Alumni Liaison. She is also the founder of The Writer’s Studio where she teaches and presents poetry readings in the Historic Cokesbury Church in Onancock, Virginia. Her poems have been published in The Sun, Calyx,Poet Lore, 5AM, Salamander, and others. Green River Press published her letterpress chapbook, Double Solitude.

Closet Space

Vicky Barranguet, a Uruguay-born artist who is now based in New York City, recently had an exhibition (entitled Listen New York) of her incredible paintings at the Dejavu Fashion Group’s art gallery, formerly known as Bodley Gallery, which was also once a temporary home to the works of Andy Warhol. Vicky’s work is sensual, colorful, energetic and full of soul. Music is one of her biggest inspirations, especially the sounds of the tango, as well as jazz. The movement of the tango, as well as its sensuality and passion can be seen in the strokes of paint on her canvases. She paints live in front of an audience from time to time, while also working in the solitude of a studio. Vicky is also the mother of two young daughters, as well as the wife of composer, Gustavo Casenave; she has been painting for twenty years: one half of her life.

Carter Smith is a fantastic fashion designer, and his garments are as beautiful as any paintings; his handmade fabrics can be worn or tacked onto the wall as a tapestry. The colors are vibrant and inspired by nature. His pieces are one-of-a-kind and are evocative of fantasy, glamour and whimsy.

Debbie Dickinson is a famed supermodel who graced dozens of fashion magazine covers in the 1970’s and 80’s, and is now a public relations guru in NYC. Debbie is also an actress and will be starring in a production of Charles Dickens’ beloved A Christmas Carol as Mrs. Cratchit at the Theatre for the New City in December.

Editors’ Space

John Joseph Adams (www.johnjosephadams.com) is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Oz Reimagined, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, Epic: Legends of Fantasy, Other Worlds Than These, Armored, Under the Moons of Mars, Brave New Worlds,Wastelands,The Living Dead, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. He is a six-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a five-time nominee for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare, and is the co-host of Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @johnjosephadams.

Featured Poet

Logan Hill grew up north of Harrisonburg, Virginia in an old house by a small town known as Edom. He is the author of the collection “AFRAID TO DANCE” and the forthcoming “FOR THE BIRDS.” He has a twin brother, Andrew.

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1:6 (September 2013)

Writers Reading

Knopf published the paperback of Marge Piercy’s 18th poetry book THE HUNGER MOON: New & selected poems last year. They also have THE CROOKED INHERITANCE, THE MOON IS ALWAYS FEMALE, WHAT ARE BIG GIRLS MADE OF and others in paperback. Piercy’s 17th novel, most recently SEX WARS; PM Press just republished DANCE THE EAGLE TO SLEEP, VIDA and BRAIDED LIVES with new introductions by Piercy. In 2014 her first collection of short stories THE COST OF LUNCH, ETC. will be out from PM. Her memoir is SLEEPING WITH CATS, Harper Perennial. Her work has been translated into 19 languages. She’s given readings, speeches, workshops in over 450 venues in the U.S. and abroad. Her weekly blog and more information than you’d ever want is on www.margepiercy.com.

Meg Pokrass is the author of Damn Sure Right (Press 53), a collection of flash fiction. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Literarian Center for Fiction, StorySouth, Failbetter and McSweeny’s. She has received multiple Pushcart Prize nominations, and her stories have been nominated for Best of the Web, Best of the Net, and Wigleaf’s Top 50 [Very] Short Fictions. She serves as an associated editor for Frederick Barthelme’s New World Writing. megpokrass.com

Shaindel Beers’ poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is currently an instructor of English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon, in Eastern Oregon’s high desert and serves as Poetry Editor of Contrary.The Children’s War is her second poetry collection from Salt. http://shaindelbeers.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shaindel-Beers/212815775425009 https://twitter.com/shaindelr

Originally from small-town Southeast Texas, Natalie Giarratano received her MFA and PhD in creative writing from Western Michigan University. Her first collection of poems,Leaving Clean, won the 2013 Liam Rector First Book Prize in Poetry and was published in June 2013 by Briery Creek Press. Recent poems appear or are forthcoming in Gulf Stream: Poems of the Gulf Coast, American Literary Review, Laurel Review, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among others. D.A. Powell selected her work for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best New Poets, and she won the 2011 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize from Southern California Review. She co-edits Pilot Light, an online journal of 21st century poetics and criticism, teaches writing at American University, and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Zach Green, and their pup, Miles.

Susan Rukeyser lives in the South but hails from New England and dreams of life in the Mojave. A Skidmore College fiction award winner, her Creative Writing MA is from Lancaster University, UK. She’s a would-be novelist, flash fictionist, nonfiction dabbler, hopeful cynic, fish out of water, mom. She writes to escape, to belong, and because she can’t stop. Believe it, she’s tried. Her work appears in or is forthcoming from Monkeybicycle, PANK, SmokeLong Quarterly, Necessary Fiction, The View from Here, Foundling Review, Black Heart Magazine, and Star 82 Review, among others. Susan has one novel out for consideration and another in a drawer. www.susanrukeyser.com https://twitter.com/SusanRukeyser

Graphically Speaking

Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, David Parkin spent the majority of his life around the filming locations of movies such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Rio Bravo, Once Upon a Time in the West and Vanishing Point. His passion for stories started there, around the campfire in the mysterious desert and quiet woods. Dave has collected a lifetime of stories inspired by local religion and folklore and has taken it with him to L.A. in hopes of sharing it with the world. His screenplay The Devil is Due in Dreary, a supernatural western, was selected for the “Emerging Narrative” program at IFP in New York. David adapted the story into a comic book which is in stores now and the feature film is currently in development. His screenplay Hells Pass, a unique take on Dante’s Inferno was recently featured on “The Hit List” as one of the best un-produced screenplays in Hollywood.

Daryl Freimark is an Independent Producer and Founder of Hardball Entertainment. Amongst the films Daryl has produced are Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning, starring Alice Eve and Stanley Tucci (premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013); Allegiance, written and directed by Michael Connors and starring Seth Gabel, Pablo Schreiber, Bow Wow and Aidan Quinn (released theatrically in December 2012); and FiveStar, written and directed by Keith Miller (currently in post-production). Daryl is the Executive Editor of the 4-part comic book series and graphic novel The Devil is Due in Dreary, created by David Parkin and based off Parkin’s screenplay, and published by Arcana. Daryl will be producing the movie version of Dreary in 2014. Daryl has also produced a number of short films including LaBute’s BFF (premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2012) and Special Things to Do, written and directed by T.J. Misny (premiered at Woodstock Film Festival 2011). Previously Daryl spent eight years at New Line Cinema, where he was a Co-Producer on Hairspray (2007) starring John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Zac Efron. www.thedevilisdueindreary.com http://www.comixology.com/The-Devil-is-Due-in-Dreary/comics-series/11411

Photo Essay

Reid Elem is a photographer based in mid-coast Maine. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, and centers his career in the photographic arts as an artist and educator.

Closet Space

Taos Pueblo native and fashion designer Patricia Michaels‘ career spans almost 30 years, starting with the Institute of American Indian Arts where she studied graphic design, jewelry and traditional techniques; later working in Chicago at the Field Museum and at an art gallery; and living in Milan, Italy where she apprenticed with a tailor. Michaels later brought her son and daughter with her to New York where she worked on getting her earliest designs and samples produced in the city’s garment district. After two years there, Michaels developed her own collection, becoming the first Native American to feature a label at the prestigious New York Fashion Week.
Now, based back home in Taos, Michaels exhibits her work in a number of museums and at fashion weeks in New York and Santa Fe. In the last two years, her innovative designs have garnered top honors at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Michaels was also featured prominently in the Town of Taos’ 2012 marketing theme which focused on the “Remarkable Women of Taos.” Her extended biography can be found at http://taos.org/women/profiles-businesswomen.

Pastiche, Hybrids, and Amalgams

Adriana Barrios was born and raised in Southern California and currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She attended The University of Texas at San Antonio receiving a BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in Printmaking. She studied abroad at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and worked as a head printmaker for the Ricardo Romo Presidents Project for The University of Texas at San Antonio. From 2007-2011 she was the visual art coordinator at Justiceworks studio in San Antonio, Texas. More of her work can be found at http://adrianabarrios.weebly.com/

Barbara Justice was born in 1975 and raised in Southern New Mexico and West Texas. She studied at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in Photography. During 2007 in San Antonio, she started the alternative gallery space Justiceworks Studio to exhibit the works of established and emerging artists from Texas and surrounding areas. As of 2013, Barbara Justice relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico with her partner Adriana. Barbara uses many forms of photography to create her work, including Polaroid, Holga, and vintage film cameras. Recently she has been experimenting with cyanotype printing, gum bichromate printing, and screen printing. More of her work can be found at www.justicephoto.weebly.com

State of the Art

Diane Klammer is a writer, mental health counselor, naturalist, wife, and mother, not necessarily in that order. She started teaching poetry for the mentally ill in Los Angeles in the early nineties while working as a Case Manager. Currently, she lives in Boulder Colorado where she works with seniors at Mental Health Partners, volunteers as a Naturalist for Boulder County Parks and Open Space, sings for the frail elderly and is working on her LPC license. She published a book in 2009 with MonkeyPuzzlePress called Shooting the Moon and has a blog by that name at dianeklammer.wordpress.com which is mostly poetry and photos with the occasional story, song or essay. Her poetry and stories have appeared in Rattle, Tattoo Highway, Fast Forward Press and forthcoming in Lummox.

Art &…

Fuschia Ayling is an artist living and studying in the pinnacle of art and culture that is London, England. She grew up in Cornwall, and from an early age, experienced the renowned art scene in St. Ives, where her father owned a gallery and studio. Exploring her passion for expressive art, Fuschia uses a copier/scanner to create shocking, erotic, and feminine images that press the subject/viewer boundary. Largely exploring the self, Fuschia describes her body of work as an ever-growing personal memoir or diary. Her work reminds us that art, at its heart, is always self expressive.
Fuschia has done work for the author KD Grace, she has been featured in Belle Jar Magazine, exhibited at “Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium,” Portobello, as well as a solo show at Sh!’s Hoxton store. Two years in a row at the Erotic Awards, she has been nominated for Erotic Artist of the year, both in 2012 and 2013.

Prompts Response

Brian Lampkin lives in Greensboro, NC where he is opening Scuppernong Books, a new bookstore and wine/coffee/beer establishment. His collaborations with the composer Mark Engebretson include “They Said,” a piece recently recorded by the quartet Sinister Resonance.

Editors’ Space

A resident of Lafayette, La., Erin Z. Bass has more than 12 years of writing experience and received her bachelor’s in Journalism from Louisiana State University. She has worked as a staff writer for The Times of Acadiana and Independent Weekly in Lafayette, Macy’s West communications department in San Francisco, and been published in Coastal Living Magazine and The Times Picayune. She founded Deep South Magazine (deepsouthmag.com) in late 2009 and, subsequently, found her calling as a travel writer.

Studio Space

Hannah Dasher has a way of bringing out the country music in everybody, from her soulful, Southern recipes, to her witty, Georgia charm. Though often compared to Dolly Parton, her influences span from authentic country to bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. Hannah is a new artist-writer on Nashville’s BMG Chrysalis roster. She is currently working with hit-writer and producer Jeff Stevens, who calls her “the Next Big Thing.” http://www.reverbnation.com/hannahdasher https://twitter.com/HannahDasher https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hannah-Dasher/124890215012

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1:5 (July 2013)

Writers Reading

Bob Shacochis is a novelist, essayist, journalist and educator. His work has received a National Book Award for First Fiction, the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He graduated from the University of Missouri Journalism School in 1973, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1982. A former Peace Corps volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean, Mr. Shacochis currently teaches in the graduate writing programs at Bennington College and Florida State. The author of two short story collections (Easy In The Islands, The Next New World), a novel (Swimming in the Volcano, a finalist for the National Book Award), and acollection of essays about food and love Domesticity), his book, The Immaculate Invasion, about the 1994 military intervention in Haiti, was a finalist for the New Yorker Magazine Literary Awards for best non-fiction book of the year, and named a Notable Book of 1999 by the New York Times. A former contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and Outside Magazine, Mr. Shacochis’s op-ed commentaries on the US military, Haiti, and Florida politics have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. His travel memoir of his journeys in the Himalaya, Between Heaven and Hell, was published by Byliner in 2012. His most recent work, the novel, The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, will be published by The Atlantic Monthly Press in September, 2013.He lives in Florida and New Mexico. https://www.byliner.com/bob-shacochis

Remica L. Bingham earned an MFA from Bennington College, is a Cave Canem fellow and a member of the Affrilachian Poets. Her first book,Conversion (Lotus Press, 2006), won the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award and was published by Lotus Press. Her second book, What We Ask of Flesh, was published by Etruscan Press in February 2013. Currently, she is the Director of Writing and Faculty Development at Old Dominion University. She resides in Norfolk, VA with her husband and children. For more information on her work and upcoming events, please visit: www.remicalbingham.com.

Meg Harris is a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts; she’s taught literature, writing, poetry, critical thinking, and English as a second language. Meg also serves as a judge for Goodreads’ monthly poetry newsletter contest for the ¡POETRY! Group. Her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared and been anthologized in both print and online journals; The Barefoot Review, The Whistling Fire, The Cafe Review, Whiskey Island, Upstreet II, Willows Wept Review and others. Meg travels to learn about and participate in generative writing methods and safe writing environments. Meg enjoys living in New England and retreats in the summer to her family cottage in SW Pennsylvania. Meg also enjoys photography. Meg is compiling a manuscript of her stories and a manuscript of her poems. Her chapbook is forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles. www.bluemoonnortheast.blogspot.com 

Graphically Speaking

Jeffrey Veregge is a Native artist hailing from Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and has spent most of his life on the reservation locally known as Little Boston, located near Kingston, Washington. His creative mantra is best expressed, he says, through a phrase from his tribe’s language, “taʔčaʔx̣ʷéʔtəŋ,” meaning “get into trouble.” This sense of mischief and energy is easily seen in his work, which centers around characters from comics and sci-fi/fantasy TV and film, as are other strong Native influences.
Jeffrey is an honor graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle, and began his journey into Salish form-line design by studying with Tsimshian master carver David Boxley. For the last 10 years, he has been employed as Lead Designer/Studio Manager for a media agency that specializes in Non-Profits. www.jeffreyveregge.com https://twitter.com/JeffreyVeregge

Photo Essay

A resident of New York, Stephen Mead is a published artist, writer, and maker of short collage-films. Much can be learned of his multi-media work by placing his name in any search engine.

Pastiche, Hybrids, and Amalgams

The Liars’ League:

Katy Darby studied English at Oxford University and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, where she received the David Higham Award. Her work has won prizes, been read on BBC Radio, and appeared in magazines and anthologies including Stand,Mslexia, The London Magazineand the Fish & Arvon anthologies. Katy is a Writer-Liar: she teaches Short Story Writing, Writers’ Workshop and Novel Writing at City University, London, and her first novel, The Whores’ Asylum (paperback title: The Unpierced Heart) was published by Penguin in 2012. Her personal website is www.katydarby.com.

Cliff Chapman grew up on the Isle of Man, where he did lots of theatrical things before tunnelling out under cover of darkness to London, to train at The Actor Works. He also occasionally directs – including audio books for Fantom Audio. Cliff is an Actor-Liar and the stories he’s read for the League include Kiss-Killby Steve Wasserman, Investment Opportunities in the Isle of Manby Quintin Forrest, and Joe Leanby Bernie Deehan.

Paul Clarke trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, after sacrificing his degree on the altar of Theatre. He has a fondness for grotesques, villains and all-round bad guys – theatre credits include Berkoff’s Decadence, Moon in The Real Inspector Hound, and title roles in Vlad the Impaler, Macbeth, and Pericles– a rare outing as a good guy. Paul is an Actor-Liar and has performed many stories for us including: Love is a Frozen God by Josh McDonald, Tries to Cook and Eat Gordon Ramsay by Francois Castile, The Patience of a Saint by Jonathan Pinnock, Christmas Future by Niall Boyce, Alternative Navigations by Nichol Wilmor, The Torture Orchestra by Sarah Ellender, Black Holes, White Dwarfs by Sam Carter, The Baron and the Porcelain Throne by Peter Browning, Ten Years On by Rob Ganley, Rowly’s Rabbit by Graeme McFarlane, An Account of Six Poisonings by Nichol Wilmor, Foul by Jack Fox, Hélène and Desire by Joshan Esfandiari Martin, The Miller’s Tale by Richard Smyth, and Colours by Graham Buchan.

Liam Hogan has been Liars’ League’s MVP (Writer) for two years running, and has now earned his promotion to full Liar status. He promises still to submit, but not vote for, his own stories. Liam is a Writer-Liar and stories he’s written for Liars’ League and Liars’ League Leeds include: How to Build a Mass Murderer (read by Clive Greenwood), Commuters’ Tails (read by Silas Hawkins), He Does Not Know (read by Ben Crystal), Bob, Justbob (read by Silas Hawkins), Stalemate (read by Freddie Machin), The King’s Computer (read by Ben Crystal), Rat (read by Silas Hawkins), The Tasting Menu (read by Lucie Howard), Remembrance Day (read by Will Goodhand), Sunset (read by Saul Reichlin), “Last Blood, First Ink” (read by David Rees), How the Elephant Fell (read by Rachel Spicer), and “Temp” (read by David Zezulka).

State of the Art

Nancy Stohlman books include Searching for Suzi: a flash novel, Live From Palestine,Fast Forward: The Mix Tape (a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award) and her latest, The Monster Opera, forthcoming from Bartleby Snopes Press. She’s a co-founding member of Fast Forward Press, the founder and curator of The F-Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, and the lead singer for the lounge metal band Kinky Mink. Find out more at www.nancystohlman.com and www.kinkymink.com.

Prompt Response

Lois S. Bassen is the SAID half of the SCENE & SAID collaboration. She was a finalist for the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Award and is a fiction editor for http://www. prickof thespindle.com/. Her plays and poetry have won some prizes and she writes reviews for a several journals and zines like http://brooklyner.org/, http://therumpus.net/, http://ciderpressreview.com/, http://smallbeerpress.com/.

Mike Stanko, who creates the SCENEs, is a lifelong Long Islander who began painting and showing his work over 20 years ago. His paintings have been exhibited throughout the tri-state area, including shows at the Elaine Benson Gallery in Bridgehampton and the Empire State Building in New York City. He has been interviewed numerous times on TV and has donated his artwork to many causes over the years such as Breast Cancer walks, Art for ALS, and The Waterkeeper Alliance, to name a few. More of his work can be found at http://stankoart.com/.

Editors’ Space

George Kovach is a poet and the founding editor and publisher ofCONSEQUENCE, the literary magazine addressing the culture and consequences of war. He is a Vietnam war veteran and runs a series of writing workshops at the Veterans Center in Brockton, MA. Please visit http://www.thereviewreview.net/interviews/some-us-its-personal

Studio Space

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Drew Davis has been performing live since she was 11 years old and began writing music when she was six years old. Now, at just 23, she has developed her talents to become an incredible singer-songwriter. Throughout her career, fans have compared her talent to the likes of Eva Cassidy, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple, Sara Barielles and Brandi Carlile. At the early age of 14, Drew was the youngest musician ever to play the National Women’s Music Festival. She released her first full-length album when she was only 11 years old, and she currently has two albums available on iTunes and other online mediums, 2008’s Traffic and 2012’s Old, Old Heart. Throughout the years, Drew has played shows at several reputable venues all across in country in musical cities such as Los Angeles, Nashville, Austin, Chicago, Atlanta and many more. Her music has also been featured on numerous TV shows and films. Some network placements include MTV, Showtime, Bravo TV and many others. Currently, Drew lives in Austin where she plays around Central Texas on a weekly basis and tours several times throughout the year. Because Drew is still so young, it’s hard to say the direction her music will take in the future. What is not hard to predict, however, is the success and recognition her music is sure to achieve if placed into the right hands. drewdavismusic.com facebook.com/music.drewdavis soundcloud.com/drew-davis-music youtube.com/drewmdavismusic

Featured Poet

Pamela Johnson Parker returns to western Kentucky, as do the swallows to Capistrano, from points both west (Colorado) and east (Virginia). Her first chapbook, A Walk Through the Memory Palace, won the inaugural QarrtsiluniPrize. A second chapbook, Other Four-Letter Words, is available from Finishing Line Press. Parker’s poems, essays, and fiction have appeared in Poets and Artists, Six Sentences, Anti-, New Madrid, Pebble Lake Review, Holly Rose Review, Ocho: Mipoesis, Switcheroo, Mipoesis, Oranges and Sardines, Blue Fifth Review, Thirty-First Bird Review, The Other Journal, Qarrtsiluni, Parable Press, Alligator Juniper, and Iron Horse Literary Review, as well as the anthologies Poets on Painting andBest New Poets 2011, judged by D.A. Powell.

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1:4 (May 2013)

Photo Essay

Harun Mehmedinovic, a filmmaker by trade, took up photography as a hobby during his road trips across America. Years later, his project Bloodhoney* became one of the most successful Kickstarter photography campaigns of all time. Harun’s photographs have been featured by Vogue Italia and the L.A. Times and have been a subject of a TEDx Talk. Prior to Harun’s venture into photography, his film In the Name of the Son premiered at Telluride Film Festival and won over thirty international awards including Shanghai, Savannah, and Cleveland film festivals. It was the first live action short film to receive an exclusive screening for the members of United States congress on Capitol Hill. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he studied screenwriting and theater directing, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Directing from the American Film Institute. http://www.bloodhoney.com/

Writers Reading

Christopher Salerno‘s books of poems include Minimum Heroic, winner of the 2010 Mississippi Review Poetry Series Award, and Whirligig (Spuyten Duyvil, 2006). A chapbook, ATM is available from Horse Less Press. Recent and future poems can be found in journals such as Fence, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review,LIT, Salt Hill, Verse Daily, American Letters and Commentary, and elsewhere. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where manages the new journal, Map Literary. http://www.christophersalerno.blogspot.com/

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, short fiction, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poems with music and script writing. http://blackcoffeepoet.com/tag/ojistah-publishing/

Except for his first two years of life (Ohio) and a much later four-month jag (Comoros, a third-worldy island nation in the Indian Ocean between southern Africa and Madagascar), Greggory Moore has always resided in Southern California, including his current digs in a historical landmark in downtown Long Beach. While there (here), he has done various things with words, including for the Los Angeles Times, the OC Weekly, the Long Beach Post, The District Weekly, Daily Kos, L.A. Record, Long Beach’s Gazette newspapers, and GreaterLongBeach.com, along with a number of literary and film journals, Websites, etc.. Once upon a time he was the Jerry Rice Jr. of the Top Gun Flag Football League, setting the all-time single-season receptions record and on multiple occasions leading all dozen or so cities in yards, receptions, and touchdowns; but now he is enjoying his retirement, awaiting his Hall of Fame enshrinement (as soon as they set one up). http://greggorymoore.com/

Robert Siegel’s plays have been produced Off Broadway at the Perry Street Theater (Swear Allegiance), John Houseman Studio Theatre (Katmandu, a commission from F. Murray Abraham), EST’s Octoberfest (Overlooking The Park), and the New York Library for the Performing Arts at the Bruno Walter Auditorium (Night Into Winter), and regionally at the Mill Hill Playhouse in New Jersey, Charlotte Rep (Overlooking The Park) and Charlotte Contemporary Plays Festival, North Carolina (Truce). He is the recipient of the White Bird Theater Award and an alumnus of Lee Strasberg’s Actor’s Studio. He has written screenplays for Lumiere in New York and Film Magnum Oy in Finland. While living in NYC, he collaborated on theater projects for the Broadway Theater Institute, working with people recovering from homelessness and addiction. During that time he received grants from Poets and Writers Inc, Lila Wallace-Reader Digest Fund, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Rockefeller Group, Shubert Organization. Currently, his performance piece Portraits will be performed at the Hawaii International Arts and Humanities Festival in January 2013 and the Carrick Arts Center in Durham, NC in September of 2013. His critical work has been published by American Drama, University of Alabama, and Forum Modernes in Germany. He teaches playwriting and screenwriting at ECU. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/engl/profiles/siegel.cfm http://core.ecu.edu/engl/cw/siegel.html

Liz Hall Magill is the author of Yo Mama, a blog that explores politics, religion, and pop culture from a feminist perspective. Posts from Yo Mama have been featured on BlogHer (Spotlight BlogHer) and Miss Representation’s Sexy or Sexism campaign. She has recently begun writing for PolicyMic and teaches writing and gender courses at Longwood University in Farmville. When she’s not writing feminist prose, she’s working on short stories and essays, revising a novel, and spending time with her kids and husband. http://elizabethhallmagill.wordpress.com/

State of the Art

Carmel Reid Mawle lives in Colorado and is a member of the Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She has an English Lit Degree from the University of Washington, and a varied career that includes piano instruction, as well as operating a martial arts school, teaching women’s self-defense, child safety awareness, and traditional Hayashi-Ha Shito Ryu Karate. She has served as executive director of a nonprofit youth orchestra, and as Board President of Front Range Chamber Players. Mawle is currently working on a collection of short stories and essays based in part on research for a novel-in-progress about the complicated history between England and the Middle East. http://writingforpeace.org/

Graphically Speaking

Jenn Manley Lee resides in Portland Oregon with her husband Kip Manley and daughter Taran in a house full of books, geeks, art, cats and music, all of which she manages to trip over now and again. She appreciates good coffee, good wine, good food, good stories and good company, none of which seems in short supply, thankfully. What regrets she has mostly involve not being able to draw fast enough, not doing enough yoga, not having enough time to whittle away at the twenty-odd books in her to-read stack, and only having visited Europe once.
She has also spent time in Amherst, Massachusetts, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a childhood in Long Branch, New Jersey, all of which has had varying influence on how she views and interpret the world. Even bigger influences are her various cultural heroes, Trina Schart Hyman, Tom Waits, Pamela Coleman Smith, Fritz Eichenberg, Boris Artzybasheff, Octavia Bulter and Marina Warner to name a shifting few. http://jennmanleylee.com/ http://dicebox.net

Pastiche, Hybrids, and Amalgams

Tynell Marcelline, originally from Trinidad, is a digital artist who works with photography. The tropical feel of his work is striking and original, and the stark and strong figures he creates capture imaginations, including ours. He now hails from Washington, D.C.. http://lithiumdawn.blogspot.com/

Poetry

Al Maginnes is the author of five full length collections, most recently Inventing Constellations (Cherry Grove Edition, 2012) and Ghost Alphabet (White Pine Press, 2008), winner of the White Pine Poetry Prize. He has new or forthcoming poems in Georgia Review, American Literary Review, Cave Wall, Sierra Nevada Review, Terrain.org Southern Humanities Review and others. He lives with his family in Raleigh NC and teaches composition, literature and creative writing at Wake Technical Community College. http://howapoemhappens.blogspot.com/2009/04/al-maginnes.html http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/al-maginnes

Work Space

Robert Gray works as an editor and weekly columnist at Shelf Awareness, which publishes two newsletters–one for general readers and one for people in the book business. He launched his book blog, Fresh Eyes Now, in 2004. Gray has written for numerous publications, including Tin House, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Publishers Weekly and Cimarron Review. From 1992 until 2006, he was a bookseller and buyer at the Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt. He has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y..
Shelf Awareness: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/
Fresheyesnow: http://www.fresheyesnow.com/

Prompt Response

Austin Harold Hart is a writer, a teacher, and an aspiring cultural shaman. http://whatthefiction.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/austin-hart-on-the-persistence-of-memory/

Editors’ Space

Dan Visel is a contributing editor of Triple Canopy. He is presently working for Unfold, a start-up mapping political discourse. Besides working as a book designer and editor, he has since 2005 been been part of the Institute for the Future of the Book, a Brooklyn-based think tank focusing on the changing nature of the book as it moved from the printed page to the networked screen; in addition to managing the Institute’s software development projects, he has written and spoken extensively about the changing nature of the book and its relation to technology.

Closet Space

Born in Dearborn, Michigan with dreams of glamour and a penchant for escapism via beauty, David Frank Ray became a New York and Los Angeles fixture in hair and makeup artistry. Having only worked with the best, such as Jessica Lange, Liza Minnelli, Iman, Paulina Porizkova, Tammy Wynette, Brooke Shields, Priscilla Presley, Kathy Ireland, Linda Carter, Linda Evans, and Jaclyn Smith has proven indicative of Ray’s infectiously friendly, glamorous, and wonderful demeanor. Ray’s current passions include The Beauty Artists’ Hall of Fame (for which he is the founder and CEO) and The Beauty Artists’ Star Awards. One of Ray’s most important works of art is the Elite Models/Fuji Film Calendar that was done in honor of Maybelline and MAX Factor in 1986. It was his first job as Creative Director as well as conceptual, makeup, and hair artist.

Studio Space

After recording his debut EP, Happy, with legendary producer John Keane (R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo, Widespread Panic), Tedo Stone teamed with platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated producer Matt Goldman for his first LP, Good Go Bad, out July 9 on This Is American Music. http://tedostone.com https://twitter.com/TedoStone https://www.facebook.com/tedostone

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Photo Essay

Laura Diliberto is 24 and resides in Queens, New York. Laura writes: “I’ve always been interested in the arts so I majored in Arts Management in college, but I picked up a DSLR last year and started teaching myself Photoshop. I’ve quickly grown to love this type of photography because I feel like it’s a way for me to creatively express my imagination in a way that no other medium could. I’m inspired by storytelling, paintings, unique colors and compositions. I hope to continue creating conceptual imagery to show in galleries, as well as expand my skill set towards fashion, beauty, and wedding photography.” http://laura-marie-photo.com

Writers Reading

Barbara Chepaitis is author of 8 published novels, including the critically acclaimed Feeding Christine and These Dreams, as well as the series featuring Jaguar Addams. The sixth novel in that series, A Strangled Cry of Fear, will be released in early February through Wildside press. She is founder of the storytelling trio The Snickering Witches, and concentration director in fiction for Western State College University’s MFA in creative writing. http://www.wildreads.com

Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editor’s Pick by Oxford American,and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Other stories and essays have appeared in Iron Horse, Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Riverteeth, and in the anthologies An Angle of Vision, Listen Here, Dirt, and To Tell the Truth. Her writing has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She currently teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Programs at West Virginia Wesleyan University and Murray State University. www.karenmcelmurray.com

Vic Sizemore‘s fiction is published or forthcoming in StoryQuarterly, Southern Humanities Review, Connecticut Review, Portland Review, Blue Mesa Review, Sou’wester, Silk Road Review, Atticus Review, PANK Magazine, and elsewhere. His fiction has won the New Millennium Writings Award for Fiction, and been nominated for Best American Nonrequired Reading and a Pushcart Prize. Sizemore teaches writing at Central Virginia Community College, and volunteers as a tutor with WordWorks of Lynchburg (www.wordworkslynchburg).

Claudine R. Moreau moonlights as a poet. She teaches physics and astronomy at Elon University where her biggest thrill is showing students the cosmos through a telescope. Dark Machines, her first chapbook of suburban gothic poems, was published in March 2012. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in Tar River Poetry, 34thParallel, PANK, Neon Magazine, Iodine Poetry Journal, Oysters and Chocolate, The Pinch, Segue, The Bitter Oleander, Arsenic Lobster, The GW Review, and Pivot among others. She is currently working on a new collection of astronomy-themed poems. http://claudinemoreau.com http://facstaff.elon.edu/cmoreau/Claudine_R._Moreaus_Physics_Page/Prof._Claudine_R._Moreau.html

Lamont Carey, a native of Washington, D.C., is an internationally known and award winning spokenword artist, as well as a filmmaker, author, workshop facilitator and motivational speaker.
In 2005, Mr. Carey began his career in the arts performing as a spoken word artist, earning him an appearance on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and B.E.T.’s “Lyric Café.” In that same year, he formed LaCarey Entertainment, LLC, which was instrumental in casting over 200 actors including himself on HBO’s series “The Wire.” Mr. Carey has also been featured on various radio shows including Washington, D.C.’s WHUR, WPGC, WPFW and Canada’s KCUA as well as “The Michael Baisden Show” and “The Al Sharpton Show.”
In 2010, Mr. Carey embarked upon his career as a playwright and producer with two plays “Laws of the Street” (a play he is currently developing into a TV series) and “Learning to be a Mommy” both of which were performed at the John F. Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C.. In addition to the TV series, Mr. Carey is also producing and directing a powerful documentary detailing the successful transition of four ex-offenders; a story with personal meaning to Mr. Carey.
Mr. Carey is a dynamic motivational speaker and workshop facilitator for youth and adults alike. His ability to encourage and effect change has been experienced locally as well as in states such as Texas, Atlanta and New York. He has been invited by various government officials and community leaders to host or speak at a number of events which include the Office of Returning Citizen’s Affairs’ annual Returning Citizens Community Appreciation Day; Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Commission on Black Men and Boys Hearing, which addressed the topic “Project Graduation” – First Steps to Success for Young Black Men in the District of Columbia Conquering High Dropout Rates, and Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis’ Re-entering Through Employment: A Comprehensive Approach to Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated Summit. Mr. Carey has also been a guest speaker at graduation or opening ceremonies for organizations such as Operation Hope, CSOSA and W.C. Smith and Co..
Mr. Carey’s heart for the community, in particular African American boys who may be facing some of the challenges he faced growing up, led him to recently develop the program “Raise A Man™.” The purpose of the program is to connect African American boys with productive programs that are operated or facilitated by African American men.
Mr. Carey has received numerous awards, including the 2012 National Black Caucus of State Legislators Visionary Award; the first U.S. Parole Commission’s Re-Entry and Service Award, and the One Degree of Separation Community Service Award; 2008 Senate Congressional Award, Congressional Achievement Award and The Good Black Man Award; 2007 NUSPA Award and 2005 Poet of the Year Award. http://lamontspov.webs.com/ http://www.lacareyentertainment.com/

Kurt Caswell is the author of two books of nonfiction: In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation, and An Inside Passage, for which he won the 2008 River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize. He is the lead editor of an anthology of nature writing, To Everything on Earth. His essays and stories have appeared in Isotope, Matter, Ninth Letter, Orion, Pilgrimage, River Teeth, Potomac Review, and other publications. He teaches creative writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, and in the low-residency MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. http://www.kurtcaswell.com

State of the Art

Jeremiah Walton was born February 12, 1995. He lives in New England where he attends high school, and manages Nostrovia! Poetry, a small publishing press. He is author of LSD Giggles, Modus Operandi, and To Your Health: Humanity’s Diagnosis. Nostrovia! Poetry: http://www.nostroviatowriting.com/

Graphically Speaking

By day, Russell Lissau is a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. By night, he battles evil writing comic books including THE BATMAN STRIKES!, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and DAILY GRIND. He broke into comics in 2005 with the lead story in BATMAN ALLIES SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS. (A lifelong Batman fan who dressed up as the Caped Crusader as a child, he can’t believe his luck.) His most recent projects include short stories in the highly regarded independent series OMEGA COMICS PRESENTS, the self-published western ONE LAST THING and the upcoming graphic novel OLD WOUNDS. www.facebook.com/russell.lissau

Pastiche, Hybrids, and Amalgams

Music meets Literature in the work of Exebelle & the Rusted Cavalcade, an alt-country/Americana band out of Richmond, Virginia, whose members include Philip Heesen, III, Kerry Hutcherson, Ryan Owenby, and Ben Willson. They have self-released five albums altogether: The Skeletor Sessions, The Antipoison Creek Sessions, C.A.F., Vivement l’Automne!, and, most recently, V. http://exebelle.bandcamp.com/

Poetry

Alma Luz Villanueva is the author of three novels and six books of poetry, as well as many anthologies and textbooks. Her third novel, Luna’s California Poppies, was recently excerpted in Califlora, A Literary Field Guide and Sudden Fiction Latino. Her upcoming novel, Scorpion Hunter, and a book of poetry, Gracias, will be published in the fall of 2013 by Wingspress Publishers. www.almaluzvillanueva.com

Art &…

Mark Prietois a folk artist, living and working in the rolling hills of rural Kingsville, Virginia. He grew up with foster parents on a tobacco farm in central Virginia, and has worked creatively all his life, primarily as a Master Furniture Maker, as well as working in store-keeping and antiques. Health problems have forced Mr. Prieto into retirement, but he continues to create, now painting and making Teddy Bear sized furniture, inspired by his granddaughters, beautifully hand-turned pieces, every piece carefully and lovingly hand constructed. His health issues having particularly affected his short-term recall, he paints primarily from memory, scenes from his youth, vivid, lively images from his life on the farm and growing up in central Virginia.

Closet Space

Janet Stephens is a Baltimore-based hairstyling artisan, authoress, historian and fashionista. Janet creates wearable art on a daily basis at Baltimore’s Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa; with the stroke of a brush, the swipe of a scissor, the spritz of a can of hairspray or the turn of a curling iron, Janet empowers women to be their most beautiful and expressive selves. She unveils the inner goddess (which all women have) who just needs a bit of teasing (pun intended).

Work Space

Robert Gray works as an editor and weekly columnist at Shelf Awareness, which publishes two newsletters–one for general readers and one for people in the book business. He launched his book blog, Fresh Eyes Now, in 2004. Gray has written for numerous publications, including Tin House, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Publishers Weekly and Cimarron Review. From 1992 until 2006, he was a bookseller and buyer at the Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt. He has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y..
Shelf Awareness: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/
Fresheyesnow: http://www.fresheyesnow.com/

Prompt Response

Amber Carpenter is a writer, poet, and amateur photographer. She completed her Master of Arts in English from East Carolina University with a concentration in nonfiction and poetry. Amber currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC, where she works as an adjunct instructor for the Developmental Education department at Forsyth Technical Community College. She also dedicates her time to teaching online English Composition courses for Ashford University.

Editors’ Space

Rae Bryant‘s fiction has received Honors and Awards in the Lorian Hemingway, Whidbey Writers, and Bartleby Snopes Competitions. You can read her stories now and soon forthcoming in Rick Magazine (formerly Mississippi Review), PANK, Gargoyle Magazine, Annalemma, and Kill Author, among other publications. She is an M.A. writing candidate at Johns Hopkins University and the editor of Moon Milk Review. Rae lives in Maryland with her husband and two children. www.raebryant.com

Studio Space

Ryan Culwell has tempered his songwriting craft in the isolation of his Texas Panhandle home for years and has only recently brought his Folk/Americana songs to the welcome arms of Nashville. His songs, which dive deep into the barren and rural landscapes of his homeland have been placed on the CWʼs Heart of Dixie and allowed him to share the stage with Need to Breathe, David Allan Coe, and countless Texas troubadours. After his 2012 independent release of Winter Wheat, Ryan found himself with an audience of seasoned Nashville songwriters including producer Neilson Hubbard. 2013 will see a full-length album produced by Hubbard, featuring guest vocals by Kim Richey. http://twitter.com/ryanculwell

Space Candy

Mario Barcellandi is a photographer and videomaker from Argentinian Patagonia. He studied image and sound design at Buenos Aires University for four and a half years, before moving to Barcelona, where he currently resides. His interests include books, and he tells SPACES, “I wish I could be a writer, but the magic of photography makes me explore the world of telling stories in that way, by making videos.” Mario is twenty-eight years old and, likes cats, like everybody. Also, every time he leaves his house, he cleans and tidies every corner so that if he dies when he’s out, nobody will find his house in a mess.

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Writers Reading

Jan Beatty is the author of four poetry collections published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. The Switching/Yard, Red Sugar, Boneshaker, and Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She cohosts and produces Prosody, a public radio show on NPR affiliate WESA-FM featuring the work of national writers. Beatty worked as a welfare caseworker, an abortion counselor, in maximum security prisons, and as a waitress for fifteen years. She directs the creative writing program at Carlow University, where she runs the Madwomen in the Attic Writing Workshops and teaches in the MFA program. janbeatty.com

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He was born in 1950 and grew-up in the South Bronx. A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students to major in African American Studies. Today he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Miller is also the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, a position he has held since 1974. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. Mr. Miller has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow 2004 and 2012.
Mr. Miller is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). Fathering Words was selected by the D.C. Public Library for its DC WE READ, one book, one city program in 2003. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Chinese, Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic. Mr. Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. For several years he was a core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars. Mr. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio. http://eethelbertmiller.com/ http://eethelbertmiller1.blogspot.com/

Poet Monty Campbell is a member of the Cayuga Tribe of the Six Nations. He grew up in and around Gowanda, NY, the Cattaraugus Reservation, and Rochester, NY’s inner city. He currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has recently been published in the indigenous poets anthologies, I was Indian (FootHills Publishing, 2009, 2012), Yellow Medicine Review (Fall 2012) Simpatico, On the Road (Simpatico, 2009), and Talking Stick (Amerinda, 2012). His first book, A Large Dent in the Moon (Foothills Publishing) was published April, 2011. He most recently read on a Native writers panel at the 2011 AWP Conference in Washington, DC and has been invited to AWP 2013 in Boston.

William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe. His works include the anthologies; “Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers and Other Untold Stories,” and “Where the Pavement Ends: New Native Drama.” His new play, “Wood bones,” will be presented in May by the Eagle Project, in New York, New York.

Dinah Lenney wrote Bigger than Life and co-authored Acting for Young Actors. Her essays have appeared inAGNI, Creative Nonfiction, LARB, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Brevity and elsewhere. Dinah teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars, the Rainier Writing Workshop, and the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC. www.dinahlenney.com

Toni Jensen‘s first story collection is From the Hilltop. Her stories have been anthologized in New Stories from the South, Best of the Southwest, and Best of the West: Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri. She teaches creative writing at Penn State University.

Photo Essay

Laura Sorrells lives in the north Georgia mountains. She teaches seventh grade English and is writing a memoir about family, spirituality, and narrative. She also takes pictures, watches wildlife, and collects random bits of interesting oddness, both tangible and abstract. She is a seer of smallness and a caretaker of ridiculous minutiae.

State of the Art

Mel Jones teaches and writes in Richmond Virginia. Mel’s publications include, a book of poetry, Between the Lines (2005), and essays in The William & Mary Gallery, Sherwood Forest, and online at Little Seal and r.k.vr.y. She maintains a sometimes snarky blog, Mel’s Madness, which is more Bombeck than Shakespeare. She has MAs in Rhetoric, and Literature from VCU, and an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles. http://melwalshjones.wordpress.com/

Graphically Speaking

Kris Dresen is an Eisner-nominated comics artist and writer living in Chicago. She is also a Xeric Grant recipient, has an Ignatz nomination, and was recently mentioned by the New York Times. Her comics include: She Said, Grace, She’s in the Trees, Gone, Every Part of You is Familiar to Me, Max & Lily, and Manya–written by Jen Benka.
An often stream-of-consciousness ride of fun, flowing lines, Kris Dresen’s work is introspective and unabashedly sexual, exploring subtleties of relationships through visual metaphor, and the left unsaid. http://www.krisdresencomics.com/ http://maxandlilycomics.tumblr.com/ http://www.brokenbirdhouse.com/

Pastiche, Hybrids, Amalgams

Annette Marie Hyder is an award-winning author, artist, and Pushcart Prize nominated poet and is the founder and curator of the international feminist project, Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know. Her poetry has been translated into German, Italian and Spanish, included in numerous anthologies, and published in book form. Her magazine articles have appeared in print throughout the United State and internationally, her feminist cartoons have appeared in E4W MAGAZINE, and her artwork has been featured as the cover artwork for the progressive woman’s literature magazine, WICKED ALICE MAGAZINE. Her most recent book is “The Real Reason the Queen Hated Snow” published by Twilight Times Books and available for purchase from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other fine book sellers. She is currently happily at work on a novel of magical realism. Whether it is through her words, images, or a combination thereof, she provokes and invokes the world around her and cunningly explores the purview of her cognizance – and yours. annettehyder.com http://blog.annettehyder.com/ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Facing-Feminism-Feminists-I-Know/404943499561512

Poetry

A half-breed Indian, Adrian C. Louis was born and raised in northern Nevada and is an enrolled member of the Lovelock Paiute Tribe. From 1984-97, Louis taught at Oglala Lakota College and is currently a Professor of English in the Minnesota state university system. His new book of poems is called Savage Sunsets. http://www.adrian-c-louis.com/

Art &…

Bill Harris is a painter who began his artistic journey with the hope of becoming a syndicated illustrator. After years of mastering his craft and hundreds of paintings later, he now works primarily in oil paints, but has also developed a reputation for beautiful murals, as well as eye-catching posters and CD covers for businesses and musicians. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but in the mid-90s, moved to Virginia where his passion for art became his profession. Working closely with live models to create intimate narratives, Bill Harris has succeeded in capturing raw emotion through his mastery of color and elaborate compositions. His studio, where he teaches painting, is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he lives with his wife, Karen and three sons Jacob, Sam and Ben. http://www.wcharris.com/

Closet Space

Jackie Baron, also known as “Jiggsy,” was born in London, England on the seventh of January, 1956. She has since been a New Yorker for many years, where she has worked in the publishing business for two decades. She is currently a freelance editor, working for punk pioneer (known for his work with the New York Dolls), Marty Thau. She will soon locate back to Mother England. She is an alum of the University of London and NYU, having studied acting (where she attended RADA and met Alan Bates: remember that nude wrestling scene in Women in Love? How could you forget, right? Or when he’s caught in a compromising position with Julie Christie in a pile of hay in The Go-Between? I digress…)and literature. Jackie was a model for the clothing line Biba in the 1970’s where she looked like a little doll, complete with ringlets and polka-dotted dresses. Now, she is an artist, fashion-lover, cancer survivor, and “prime yenta” who can’t get enough of celebrity gossip. She is a lover of all things beautiful, sparkly, stylish, witty and avant-garde. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abstract-and-Geometric-Romanticism-by-Jackie-Baron/211512365556298

Work Space

Robert Gray works as an editor and weekly columnist at Shelf Awareness, which publishes two newsletters–one for general readers and one for people in the book business. He launched his book blog, Fresh Eyes Now, in 2004. Gray has written for numerous publications, including Tin House, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Publishers Weekly and Cimarron Review. From 1992 until 2006, he was a bookseller and buyer at the Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt. He has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y..
Shelf Awareness: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/
Fresheyesnow: http://www.fresheyesnow.com/

Prompt Response

Regina Walker is a Psychotherapist, Writer and Photographer in NYC. Her photographs have been shown in exhibits in galleries and museums in NYC, Woodstock, NY, and Florida.

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Writers Reading

Robert Bausch is the author of 9 novels and one collection of short stories. He is the 2009 recipient of the Dos Passos Prize in Literature and his newest novel, Far as the Eye Can See, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in the Spring of 2014. www.robertbausch.org

Laila Halaby is the author of a memoir in poems, my name on his tongue, and two novels: Once in a Promised Land and West of the Jordan (winner of a PEN/Beyond Margins Award). The recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Halaby holds graduate degrees from UCLA and Loyola Marymount. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her family. http://lailahalaby.net/

Caroline Malone teaches composition and literature at South College in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her poems have appeared in Boulevard, Ten Mile, and The Dos Passos Review. http://mermaidamore.wordpress.com

Jerry D. Mathes II is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar alumnus. This excerpt is from his forthcoming memoir, Ahead of the Flaming Front, about his experiences fighting wildfires. He is the author of an essay collection Fever and Guts: A Symphony and The Journal West: Poems. He loves his two daughters very much. http://jdmathes.com/

Matthew Sherling lives in San Francisco, where he likes to create things. He runs the interview blog Cutty Spot & the e-magazine Gesture. Among other places, his work appears or is upcoming in The Columbia Review, The Believer, Thought Catalog, Fanzine, BIRP!, NAP, Have U Seen My Whale, UpLiterature & Banango Lit. He released a mini-chapbook called [WHAT] in April 2012. http://cuttyspot.tumblr.com/ http://thegorillapress.com/gesture

Aaron Smith is the author of Appetite and Blue on Blue Ground, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, both published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. A recent fellow in poetry from the New York Foundation fo r the Arts, he is Assistant Professor of English at West Virginia Wesleyan. www.LiteraryAppetite.com

State of the Art

Robert Gray works as an editor and weekly columnist at Shelf Awareness, which publishes two newsletters–one for general readers and one for people in the book business. He launched his book blog, Fresh Eyes Now, in 2004. Gray has written for numerous publications, including Tin House, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Publishers Weekly and Cimarron Review. From 1992 until 2006, he was a bookseller and buyer at the Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt. He has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y..
Shelf Awareness: http://www.shelf-awareness.com/
Fresheyesnow: http://www.fresheyesnow.com/

Graphically Speaking

Dirk Tiede started his online graphic novel series, Paradigm Shift in 1999 and has never looked back. In addition to print collections, he continues to serialize his comics online and was a founding contributor to premiere comics portal Modern Tales. His artwork is showcased in the books Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning and Webcomics, appears in the documentary Adventures In Digital Comics, and was featured in Season 3 of NBC’s Heroes. He relocated from Chicago to Boston’s North Shore in 2008 where he continues to work as a professional cartoonist and freelance illustrator. http://www.paradigmshiftmanga.com/ http://www.webcomicsnation.com/dirktiede/ http://dirktiede.daportfolio.com/

Pastiche, Hybrids, Amalgams

James Baxter was born in Durham, North Carolina in August of 1949, but lived as a youth in rural southwestern Georgia, and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia as a young man in the ‘60’s. He attended the University of Georgia with studies in Anthropology. He is a third generation artist from an extensive family, both personal and tribal, of artists, photographers, and sculptors, all of whom had profound influence. The spirit of his art is influenced in manifold ways by the close ties he maintains with his Lenni-Lena’pe and Scots/Irish heritage. That spirit is also accentuated by a lifelong study of modern and ancient civilizations, their religions and philosophies, as well as their arts and crafts. http://www.behance.net/jamesbaxter/frame http://www.zazzle.com/jjbaxter2 http://nativedigest.com/jbaxter.html

Photo Essay

Kopana Terry works in many mediums: photography, music, drawing, writing, and radio. Her writings and photography have appeared in Ilfopro, Arts Across Kentucky, Dlib, Lexington’s Herald-Leader and others. As a musician she’s best known for her work with recording artist Stealin Horses. From 2006-2010, she was co-creator and senior producer for Tonic: Arts and Music Magazine at NPR affiliate, WUKY. She’s been awarded grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, LexArts, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and was made a Kentucky Colonel in 1988. In 2003, her photo series Down the Backstretch: Women in the Thoroughbred Industry was awarded a citation of merit from Kentucky’s State House of Representatives. She earned her BA in Art Studio/Photography and Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky. Kopana was born and (mostly) raised in Eastern Kentucky (West Liberty), and currently makes her home in Lexington. www.kopana.net

Found Poetry

Katelyn Romaine has studied classical piano, creative writing and Spanish literary translation. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Spanish literary translation and hopes to always use the influence of arts in her writing. She has been published in various literary journals and magazines including The New Delta Review, Knock, Birmingham Arts Journal, Other Poetry and The New Welsh Review.