POETS’ PAGE + BIOGS

A.G. SYNCLAIR

A.g. Synclair is the editor and publisher of The Montucky Review, a journal of poetry and prose. His work has appeared in numerous print and electronic publications, despite the fact that he holds an MFA in nothing at all. He lives, writes, and otherwise collaborates in southwestern Montana with his partner in crime, the artist and poet Heather Brager.

AARON JOHNSTON

AFZAL MOOLLA

Afzal Moolla was born in Delhi, India while his parents were in exile, working as anti-Apartheid activists for the African National Congress.
Afzal subsequently travelled wherever his parent’s work took them. He still feels that he hasn’t stopped travelling.
Afzal currently works and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and shares his literary musings with his most strident critic – his 12 year old cat.

ALESSANDRO CUSIMANO  (LINK TO ALESSANDRO’S PROSE PAGE)

Alessandro Cusimanowas born in Palermo, Italy, in 1967. Son of a painter and a teacher, he moves to Rome where he attends the classics. Poet, writer, playwright, since the age of 21, his life is marked by recurrent and painful bouts of depression, by the use of alcohol and drugs. None of this, however, distracts him from the research and the study of his expression ideals, his narrative technique, his poetic style, along with a a special focus on visual arts, from painting to cinema, from photography to theatre.

Appeared recently on the international literary stage, some of his writings have been published by The Cynic Online Magazine, RED OCHRE Lit, Decanto Magazine, Weirdyear, Streetcake Magazine, Anotherealm, Numinous Magazine, Parting Gifts, Eratio Poetry Journal, EPIPHANY Magazine, Deadman’s Tome, Black Cat Poems, Orion’s Child Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FOLLY Magazine, Exercise Bowler, Emerging Visions, Write This and Linguistic Erosion.

ALLIE MARINI BATTS

Allie Marini Batts came here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and she’s ALL out of bubblegum. Allie graduated from New College of Florida, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has appeared in over 100 literary publications her family hasn’t heard of.  Her chapbook, “With This Ring”, is finalist for the Casey Shay Press 2012 Mary Ballard Award.  Allie calls Tallahassee home because it has great trees to climb, and conveniently, her husband happens to live there, too. She’s pursuing her MFA degree in Creative Writing through Antioch University Los Angeles and…..oh no! it’s getting away! To read more of Allie’s work, please visit kiddeternity.wordpress.com, or to read her book reviews and literary blogging, visit Bookshelf Bombshells at http://bookshelfbombshells.com/.

ALLISON GRAYHURST (LINK TO ALLISON’S SITE)

Over the past twenty years Allison Grayhurst’s poems have been published in journals throughout the United States, Canada, and in the United Kingdom. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Her chapbook entitled The River is Blind is slated to be published this year by above/ground press. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, two cats, and a dog. She also sculpts, working with clay.

Amazon.com link to my author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KIWQUS

ALLY MALINENKO

Ally Malinenko’s second book of poems, entitled Crashing to Earth is forthcoming from Tainted Coffee Press and her first novel for children, Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb, is forthcoming from Antenna Books. She lives in the part of Brooklyn the tour buses don’t bother with and blathers on at allymalinenko.com.

AMIT PARMESSUR

Amit Parmessur lives with his black cat and two cute dogs nowadays. Since 2010, his poems have appeared in several literary magazines, like Ann Arbor Review, Salt, Hobo Camp Review and Red Fez. His book on blog Lord Shiva and other poems has also been published by The Camel Saloon. Born in 1983, he was nominated for the 2011 Pushcart Award and lives in Quatre-Bornes, Mauritius.

ANDREW J. STONE

Andrew J. Stone lives and writes in Southern California with two cats and coffee. He sleeps in the sunshine. His work has appeared in over fifty literary journals including Full of Crow, Danse Macabre, &  The Toucan Mag. In 2010, he received a national Gold Medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his poetry. Recently, he finished a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry and is currently seeking publication. He can be found where the graveyard is always full at: http://andrewjstone.blogspot.com/

ANNE BRITTING OLESON

Anne Britting Oleson has been published widely in the US, UK and Canada.  She earned her MFA at the Stonecoast program of USM.  She has published two chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (2007) and The Beauty of It (2010). Another book, Counting the Days, is scheduled for release next year.

Read more of Anne’s work by heading to her site: http://www.anneboleson.wordpress.com/

ANNE MARTIN (LINK TO ANNE’S SITE)

Anne Martin is a musician and editor. A prolific writer of short stories, poetry, she hopes to finish her first fantasy novel (The Cult of Hahn) this year. Her stories have been published in Cold Coffee Magazine and Moon’s Eye Magazine.  Anne has three obsessions: music, running, and sensuality, often treated in a dark or satirical manner.

ANTHONY WARD

Anthony tends to fidget with his thoughts in the hope of laying them to rest. He has managed to lay them in a number of literary magazines including Enhance, Drunk Monkeys, Speech Therapy, Thousand Shades of Grey, Ginger Piglet, Torrid Literature Journal and The Rusty Nail, amongst others.

B.D. FISCHER

B.Z. NIDITCH

B.Z. NIDITCH is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and teacher.

His work is widely published in journals and magazines throughout the world, including: Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Art; The Literary Review; Denver Quarterly;  Hawaii Review; Le Guepard (France); Kadmos (France); Prism International; Jejune (Czech Republic); Leopold Bloom (Budapest);  Antioch Review; and Prairie Schooner, among others.

He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

B.Z. Niditch has also contributed prose to MM, which you can find here: B.Z. Niditch

BARBI MOROZ

I’m currently a junior and a creative writing major at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. I’ve always had a passion for writing and hope to pursue fiction and poetry as a career. My work has not been published yet, but I received honorable mention at the 2012 Stockton Fiction Awards.

BEN NARDOLILLI

Ben Nardolilli currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. His work has appeared in Perigee Magazine, Red Fez, One Ghana One Voice, Caper Literary Journal, Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, THEMA, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. His chapbook Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, has been published by Folded Word Press. He maintains a blog at mirrorsponge.blogspot.com and is looking to publish his first novel.

BOGHOS L. ARTINIAN

Boghos L. Artinian MD is a physician in private practice in Beirut and has been there since 1975. He has an MD from the American University of Beirut, 1968 and MRCP (UK) in 1973. His first published poem is called “Pacing in the Tomb” and was published in the Saudi Medical Journal, 1986. He also published two poems, titled “Rightly Foreseen” and “panspermia” in Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 1987. Since then he has published over a hundred other poems in various websites and journals. 

BRIAN BARBEITO

Brian Barbeito is a resident of Ontario, Canada. His short fiction and prose poetry have appeared at Thrice Fiction, NFTU (Notes From the Underground), and Otis Nebula. He is the author of the experimental novel postprandial.

BRIAN KAYSER

Brian Kayser is a writer who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Brian’s fiction has appeared in 34th Parallel Magazine, Alliterati Magazine, Down Dirty Word, Writing Raw, and Bursting Plethora and forthcoming in The Orris Journal, Bartleby Snopes, The Write Room, Crack the Spine, Shadows Express, The Toucan Online and Eunoia Review. He has been editor-in-chief at HipHopGame.com since 2003, where he has interviewed and written about a variety of hip-hop artists. His writings about music have also appeared in The Source and various websites and magazines.

BRIAN LE LAY

Brian Le Lay’s first full-length book of poetry, Don’t Bury Me in New Jersey, is available for purchase through Electric Windmill Books. Recently, his poems have appeared in Unlikely Stories, The Internet is Dead, Driftwood Bay, Drunk Monkeys, Gutter Eloquence, and The Rusty Nail. He is studying to be a sociologist. He blogs at http://www.conceiveyourself.blogspot.com/

BRUCE HARRIS

Bruce Harris worked in teaching and educational research, obtaining a Masters degree and publishing articles in the U.K. national and educational press. After moving to Devon in 2003, he resumed the first creative writing since juvenilia, including poetry and short fiction. He has won prizes, commendations or listings in competitions including Writers’ Bureau (twice); Grace Dieu Writers’ Circle (three times); Biscuit Publishing, Milton Keynes Speakeasy, Exeter Writers, Fylde Writers, Wells Literary Festival, Build Africa Poetry, New Writer, Segora, Sentinel Quarterly, Swale Life, Southport Writers’ Circle, Lichfield Writers’ Circle, Cheer Reader (three times), TLC Creative, Meridian, Five Stop Story, JB Writers’ Bureau, Flash 500 and been longlisted for the Bridport Prize and the Bristol Prize, as well as being extensively published in magazines and e-zines in the U.K., Canada and IrelandListings and samples of his poetry, fiction and journalism can be seen at www.bruceharris.org.

BRUCE RUSTON

Bruce Ruston was born in Somerset. He is an ex computer technician, now in a customer service role. He mainly writes light verse but breaks away sometimes to experiment. Very much a Humorist and addicted blogger. Still learning his skill so not published yet.

BUD SMITH

Bud Smith is a writer from Washington Heights, NYC, and the author of the short story collection Or Something Like That. His short fiction and poetry have recently appeared in The Bicycle Review, Red Fez, Full of Crow, Citizens For Decent Literature among others. www.budsmithwrites.com

C. BETH LOOFE

C. Beth Loofe lives and and works in Lincoln, NE. She’s an activist, a freelance writer, a spoken word artist and and a poet, with work found in many locally produced publications as well as the upcoming anthology: When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets On the Midwestern Experience.

C.G. MORELLI

C.G. Morelli plucked his roots from the cozy, northern soil and buried them in the sun-baked clays of North Carolina. His work has appeared in Philadelphia Stories, The Ranfurly Review, Jersey DevilPress, Ghostlight Magazine, Monkey Puzzle Press, and Fiction at Work

CARLOS HIRALDO

Though he is often asked where he is from, Carlos Hiraldo was born in New York City in 1971.  Including sojourns in the Dominican Republic, Boston, and Long Island, he has spent most of his life in the city.  His poetry has been accepted by The New York Quarterly, Arizona State University’s Bilingual Review, Struggle, Latino Stuff Review, The View from Here, and the British journals Other Poetry and Fire.  He is currently a Professor of English at the City University of New York, and lives in Queens with his wife and child.

CAROL COLE

CARLY BERG

Carly Berg’s stories appear in a couple dozen magazines and anthologies, including PANK, Scissors and Spackle, and The Molotov Cocktail. Her favorite color is turquoise.

CATFISH McDARIS

My name is Catfish McDaris, I’ve been swimming in the small press pond for 20 years. Bukowski’s Indian pal Dave Reeve, editor of Zen Tattoo gave me the name Catfish when I told him I wanted to quit the post office & start a catfish farm. After 3 years as a gunner shooting cannons for Uncle Sam, I hopped freights & hitchhiked across the U.S. & Mexico. I spent a summer shark fishing in the Sea of Cortez, built adobe houses, tamed wild horses around the Grand Canyon, worked in a zinc smelter in the panhandle of Texas, & painted flag poles in the wind. I lived in a cave above a nudist colony & wintered in a Chevy in Denver. I ended at the post office in Milwaukee for 34 year. Now I am rehabbing furniture, making knives, & waiting on nothing.

CHANGMING YUAN

Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman, grew up in rural China and published several monographs before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan teaches in Vancouver and has had poetry appear in nearly 480 literary publications across 19 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine, Poetry Kanto, Poetry Salzburg, SAND and Taj Mahal Review.

CONSTANTINE MOUNTRAKIS

Constantine Mountrakis was born in New York City in 1978. His day job is biological anthropology, for which he has been working on a doctorate since 2008, in Athens, Greece, where he currently resides with his wife Katerina and son Michael. When he is not working on his research, he is either spending time with his family, reading sci-fi and fantasy, or thinking on/writing poetry.

CRISTINA DEL CANTO

D.F. PAUL (LINK TO D.F. PAUL’S SITE)

D.F. Paul is a writer who likes to experiment in most every medium. He has written a handful of published short stories, many more unpublished, countless poems, awful song lyrics, several half novels, comic book scripts, and various essays. How often he actually finishes something is an entirely different point.

D.M. ADERIBIGBE

D.M Aderibigbe is a 23-year old writer from Lagos, Nigeria, an undergraduate student of History and Strategic Studies of the University of Lagos. He writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays and lyrics. His poems are forthcoming, on Vox Poetica and UP Literature. His debut novel Sisyphean, will be published in America, soon.

DAVID WALKER

David Walker’s background in poetry ranges from local slams to co-teaching an advanced poetry workshop at Southern Connecticut State University where he is pursuing his MFA in Poetry. His aesthetics vary widely and he appreciates any poem this is surprising and that moves him in an unexpected way. He has been published in Paper Nautilus and Noctua Review.

DAWNELL HARRISON

Dawnell Harrison was born and raised in Washington state.  She has been in over 60 magazines and journals.  Also, she has had 3 books of poetry published in the last 4 years.  She resides in Sandpoint, Idaho with her cat, Casanova.

DERRICK KEETON

Derrick Keeton, poet and writer, has been writing since childhood. He has had poetry published online and in print anthologies such as Black Petals, Carcinogenic Poetry, and Midwest Literary Magazine. He lives in Athens, Tennesse, is a loner and enjoys reading, exploring cinema and the occasional drink. Growing up as a military “brat” he was able to travel and see the world, giving way to much of his early inspiration. THE VOID, his first publication, is available through Wisdom Twins Books (UK). Upcoming work will be appearing in Drunken Absurdity issue 1 on sale at the link (s) below. Evoking dark and and ambivalent themes, Keeton explores the blurred lines between good and evil…
 
 

DEVLIN De La CHAPA

Devlin De La Chapa has been published here and there. She is a Two-Time Pushcart Prize nominee, and a recipient of an Editors Choice award. Devlin edits at http://boyslut.wordpress.com.

DG BRACEY

DG Bracey is a shadow-chaser, sand-scribbler and freelance writer from the coast of South Carolina. He has contributed short stories to various magazines and periodicals. He also writes for a weekly entertainment guide, The Weekly Surge. DG recently finished his first novel and is attending Coastal Carolina’s Masters Program in Writing. But most days, he lets the shadows cast reflections on his imagination because there is a whole lot of sand yet to be scribbled.

DOMINICK DAMO

Dominick Damo is a musician, writer, and painter. He is originally from Southern California, but the last 4 years he has lived a nomadic existence, living in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, and the East Coast, often times hitch hiking and camping outside under overpasses and forests, before settling in his current home in Austin, Texas. He finds himself in psychiatric hospital settings more than he would like, but takes a special interest in the people he meets on the fringes of society.

DONAL MAHONEY (LINK TO DONAL’S PROSE PAGE)

Donal Mahoney, an immigrant from Chicago, lives in St. Louis, Missouri. His poetry and prose have appeared in print and online publications in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Some of his early work can be found at  http://booksonblog12.blogspot.com/

DONALD R. VOGEL

Donald R. Vogel’s work has appeared in the Lanthorne, Wising Up Press, Classic Fighting Arts Magazine, Blackheart Magazine, and Static Movement. He holds an MA in English (/05) from Stony Brook University where he has also attended the Southampton Writers (’08). Mr. Vogel is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, where he also works as a major gifts officer. He resides in West Islip, NY, with his wife and son.

DOUGLAS POLK

Douglas Polk is a poet living in the wilds of central Nebraska with his wife and two boys. He has had numerous poems, three books of poems, and two children’s books published. Poetry books are: In My Defense, The Defense Rests, On Appeal. The children’s books are: The Legend of Garle Pond, and Marie’s Home.

DOUGLAS RICHARDSON

Douglas Richardson was born in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Camarillo, California. He currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a proofreader, editor, novelist, and poet. Publication credits this year include Poetry Breakfast, Straight Forward Poetry, and The Nervous Breakdown. His books Poems for Loners and Ghosts in Time and Space were selected by Poetry Super Highway as Holiday Recommendations in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

E.K. SMITH

E.K. Smith loves kabuki theater, as most writers probably do. Unlike most writers, she also loves animals more than her own hair. She’s been consistently misunderstood since age five.

ELDON (CRAIG) REISHUS

Eldon (Craig) Reishus is immersed in a personal witness relocation program outside Bad Tölz beneath the Bavarian Alps. www.reishus.de

EMILY STRAUSS

Emily is a retired teacher, has written her whole life, is self-taught, and has around 60 poems in public by now.

FIONA McNABB

Fiona McNabb is an avid lover of tea, coffee, and good writing. After earning BAs in English and Chinese, she has begun working towards an MS in Library Science. Her favorite poem is Anne Pennington’s translation of “Angelica the Doorkeeper,” as it appears in her favorite anthology, The Rattlebag.

FRANK C. PRAEGER

GALE ACUFF

Gale Acuff’s poems have appeared in many journals; he has also authored three books of poetry. Gale has taught university English in the US, China, and Palestine; he now teaches at Sichuan University for Nationalities, in Guza, China.

GENE FEHLER

Gene Fehler enjoys playing 80 or so baseball and softball games a year, writing, collecting and reading books, and walking his and his wife’s two toy poodles in Seneca, SC. For information about Gene’s publications, see www.genefehler.com.

GEORGE FREEK

George Freek is a poet/playwright living in Belvidere, IL. His most recent poems have appeared in Structo Magazine; The Poydras Review; Symmetry Pebbles; and Drunken Absurdity. His plays have lately been produced by The Laurel Mill Playhouse (MD); The Auburn (NY) Community Players; Middle Class American Productions (NY); The Leeds Amateur Dramatic Society (UK); Somerset College (KY); and The Fells Point Corner Theatre (MD).

GEORGE SPARLING

GERARD MULLAN

Link to Gerard’s PROSE page.

GERRY MARK NORTON

Gerry Mark Norton was born in London in 1989. He has self-released one a book of poetry, Sick Roses, and two free albums of music, A Momentary Lapse in Lethargy and Feasting, Dancing & Revelry. He has also written two as-yet unpublished novels – Deciduous and Slow Fire – and has three poems forthcoming on Eskimo Pie.

GILLIAN PREW

Gillian Prew lives in Scotland and is the author of two recent chapbooks, DISCONNECTIONS (erbacce-press) and In the Broken Things (Virgogray Press). A previous self-published book, the idea of wings, is also available via Amazon. Her poems have been published widely online and in print, including Danse Macabre du Jour, Up the Staircase Quarterly, The Glasgow Review, Red Fez and Fragile Arts Quarterly. She has twice been short-listed for the erbacce-prize. She likes cats, crows and Dylan Thomas. Her personal website can be found at http://gillianprew.com/and her blog at http://proudspotsandsolitudes.wordpress.com/

GLENN W. COOPER

Glenn W Cooper lives in Tamworth, Australia. His most recent books are Some Natural Things via Kamina Press, and His Crucible of Pain: 20 Prose Poems Concerning Rimbaud from Blind Dog Press. He can be reached at: glennwaynecooper@gmail.com

H. LYNNETTE BARR

H. Lynnette Barr is a college student in Denver, CO who writes poetry, sketch comedy, and short fiction. She participates actively in OutRegis!, a sketch-and-improv-comedy group, and works as a creative director for Chimerical Children’s Theatre. Because she lives with co-existing ADHD and anxiety disorder and would like to use her creative powers for good, she often writes and performs in activist attempts to educate the community about mental health. You can follow her efforts at thisishaileybarr.blogspot.com.

HAL O’LEARY

Hal O’Leary, an eighty-seven-year-old veteran of WWII, now in retirement from a life in the theatre, has had published more than eighty poems or essays in more than seventy different magazines, journals and anthologies, in twelve different countries. He has always championed the misfit, as his poetry indicates.

HELEN MURPHY

I live just outside Durham in the north east of England. I have written poems in my head for years. At last I am pulling them out gradually, like a string of spaghetti, and writing them down. I sincerely hope that I am not left with a gaping hole and can replenish the void.

LINK TO HELEN’S SITE

HOWIE GOOD

Howard Good has taught journalism for 20 years at SUNY New Paltz, where he has been an innovative teacher and prolific author. His writings have gained him a national reputation for his expertise on issues ranging from media ethics to literary journalism to the administration of local public schools. He is the author of 11 books.

IRENA PASVINTER

Irena Pasvinter divides her time between software engineering, endless family duties and writing poetry and fiction. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous online magazines (“Every Day Poets”, “Every Day Fiction”, “Camroc Press”, “Fiction 365” and others) and in “Poetry Quarterly”. Irena lives in Israel. She brags about her publications at https://sites.google.com/site/ipscribblings/.

IVAN JENSON (LINK TO IVAN’S SITE)

Ivan Jenson’s Absolut Jenson painting was featured in Art News, Art in America, and Interview magazine. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York. His poems have appeared in Word RiotZygote in my CoffeeCamroc Press ReviewHaggard and Halo,Poetry Super HighwayMad SwirlUnderground Voices MagazineBlazevox, and many other magazines, online and in print. Jenson is also a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. Ivan Jenson’s debut novel Dead Artist is available as a paperback and on Amazon Kindle and Nook. His new novel a psychological thriller entitled Seeing Soriah is now available as an eBook or in Paperback on Amazon.

www.ivanjensonartist.com

JACKY FOLLEY

South African born Jacky Folley has enjoyed a career in the theatre and related arts spanning 45 years. She has directed opera, musicals, comedy and drama and, while living in Scotland, she worked in Arts Development for both the Cumbernauld Theatre and the Inverclyde Council, facilitating workshops, creating public art works, and music projects in the community. She is currently teaching at the School of Music at Cape Town University and working at Casa Labia as Museum Coordinator and Cultural Programme Manager. Jacky Folley has just published a book for children: From the Kalahari to the Clyde – The Journey of an Intrepid Meerkat.

First link is to Amazon, head here for a blog and press reviews of the book: archiethemeerkat.wordpress.com

JD DeHART

JD DeHart is a middle grades English teacher.  He has had poetry published in Modern Dad and AIM, as well as Life As An [Insert Label Here].

JEAN BYRNE

JEFFREY PARK

Baltimore native Jeffrey Park currently lives in Munich, Germany, where he works at a private secondary school and teaches business English to adults. His latest poems have appeared in Requiem, Deep Tissue, Danse Macabre, Crack the Spine, Right Hand Pointing and elsewhere. Links to all of his published work can be found at www.scribbles-and-dribbles.com.

JENEAN MCBREARTY

Jenean McBrearty a graduate of San Diego State University. She received the EKU English Department’s Award for Graduate Non-fiction (2011), and has been published in Main Street Rag Anthology—Altered States, Wherever It Pleases, Danse Macabre, bioStories, Cobalt Review, and Black Lantern, among others.Her website is: Jenean-McBrearty.com

JESSICA GLEASON

Jessica Gleason writes because Bukowski no longer can. She likes to break the norms, do some writing, drink some whiskey, and then repeat. Gleason has one published novel, “Madison Murphy, Wisconsin Weirdo”. Her work can also be found in Nefarious Ballerina, The Idiom, The Writer’s Eye, Fickle Muses and Verse Wisconsin. She also, occasionally, likes to sleep in a Star Trek uniform.

JOE MASSINGHAM

Joe Massingham was born in the UK but has lived the second half of his life in Australia. He has run his own writing and editing business but retired early because of cancer and heart problems and now spends time waiting to see medical practitioners, writing poetry and prose and smelling the roses. He has had work published in Australia, UK, Eire, USA, NZ and India.

JOETWO (LINK TO JOETWO’S SITE)

It was a stormy night some twenty seven years ago. In a small cottage, two people, a man and his wife were hiding, not from the storm, but what was out there. It had been following them for days, they could not tell its purpose. Over the howl of the wind there came a deep thump on the door. Again, and again, then, nothing. They waited for ages until the man got the courage to go to the door, holding a club for self-defence he opened the door, awaiting whatever horror was there. But there was nothing, save a basket within which was a baby. The two looked at the child and each other. There was a note affixed with only two things. Firstly the words “Raise him” and secondly the name “Joe”.
So the two, unwilling to offend the monster, raised the child as there own. Never forgetting where he came from, and what horrors he might eventually unleash.

JOHN GLENNON

Born in London, moved to Yorkshire – during the day I am a small cog in very big wheel – at night I sleep. In between I laugh, write, listen to music and spend as much time with my family as possible.
I post stuff here http://eatmorewords.wordpress.com have a read why don’t you?

JOHN GROCHALSKI

John Grochalski is the author of The Noose Doesn’t Get Any Looser After You Punch Out (Six Gallery Press 2008), Glass City (Low Ghost Press, 2010), and the forthcoming The Sun Causes Cancer.  Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he constantly worries about the high cost of everything.

JOHN SWAIN

John Swain lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Crisis Chronicles Press published his most recent chapbook, White Vases.

JOSEPH LISOWSKI

Joseph Lisowski’s poetry book, STASHU KAPINSKI DREAMS OF GLORY has been short-listed for the 2012 erbacce-press poetry book prize (Liverpool, UK).

JULIA WEST (LINK TO JULIA’S SITE)

KATE LaDEW

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

KEVIN L. KENNEL

Link to Kevin’s prose page on MM

KEVIN RIDGEWAY

Kevin Ridgeway is a writer from Southern California, where he resides in a shady bungalow with his girlfriend and their one-eyed cat.  His chapbook of poetry, Burn through Today, is now available from Flutter Press. 

KORLISS SEWER

Korliss Sewer enjoys writing about off-beat topics while watching off-beat people doing off-beat things.
Publishing credits include:  BlazeVOX, SubtleTea, Orange Room Review, amongst a few others.

KYLE HEMMINGS

Kyle was dropped on his head by a stork This explains the consequent futility of his life.  He has upcoming work in Primal Zine, and Matter Press. He blogs at http://upatberggasse19.blogspot.com/

LARRY JONES

Larry Jones lives in Utah. He is retired.

LARRY SCHUG

I have been re-frickin’-tired from a life time of physical labor for about a year.  I find I was born for this gig.  I’ve published 6 books of poems and live with my wife and dog and three cats near a large tamarack bog in St. Wendel, Twp., Minnesota.

LAURA J. MINNING

Laura Minning has had an even one-hundred individual poems, six articles, two collections and one short one-act play published both in hard copy and on-line. To find out more about her and her work, please feel free to log onto her web-site at www.warfieldweb.com/verbalcollage

LAWRENCE HARTMANN

Lawrence Hartmann is an editor and writer in Chicago. He can be reached at sojournerchicago@aol.com.

LES WICKS

Les Wicks has toured widely and seen publication across 15 countries in 9 languages. His 10th book of poetry is Barking Wings (PressPress, 2012).

http://leswicks.tripod.com/lw.htm

LILY MURPHY

Lily Murphy is 25 years old and comes from Cork city, Ireland. When she is not writing she is thinking and when she is not thinking she is drinking…at the race track. Some times her horse even wins.

LISA PELLEGRINI

Lisa Pellegrini is a graduate of Beaver College (now Arcadia University) with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Her poem “Aqua” and corresponding artwork have been published recently by Zouch Magazine. She has written over 160 poems and short stories on www.storymash.com, a collaborative writers’ website.

LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL

Luis was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico.  He works in the mental health field in Los Angeles, California. His first book of poetry, Raw Materials, was published by Pygmy Forest Press in 2004. His chapbooks have been published by Kendra Steiner Editions, Deadbeat Press, New Polish Beat, and Poets Democracy.

Luis has recently had a chapbook published by Alternating Current Press/Propaganda Press, Songs for Oblivion.
Peering Into The Sun, published by Poet’s Democracy, was published last year. So check them out…

M.V. MONTGOMERY (LINK TO M.V.’S SITE)

                            LINK TO M.V.’S PROSE PAGE ON MM

MANDI M. LYNCH

Mandi M. Lynch  can often be found singing off tune to the LLama LLama Duck song in her neighborhood Panera, where she uses writer’s group as an excuse to hide in the back corner of wrongness with her friends Tim the Moose, Chris the Wombat, and a few assorted people. She lives somewhere in the ‘burbs of Nashville with three cats, none of whom write due to lack of thumbs.

MARC CARVER

MARC NASH

Author of difficult fiction. Formalist and linguistic experimenter.
3 books published on Amazon Kindle:
A,B&E – crowbar to the British soul   Website  Trailer
Not In My Name – semtex semiotics  Website  Trailer
52FF -Flash fiction anthology
Twitter: @21stCscribe

Link to Marc’s prose piece, DICK TURPITUDE

MARK J. MITCHELL

Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz under Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock and Barbara Hull. His work has appeared in various periodicals over the last thirty five years, as well as the anthologies Good Poems, American Places, Hunger Enough, and Line Drives. His chapbook, Three Visitors will be published by Negative Capability Press later this year and his novels, The Magic War and Knight Prisoner will be published in the coming months. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, the documentarian and filmmaker Joan Juster. Currently he’s seeking gainful employment since poets are born and not paid.

MARK REDFORD

I have recently discovered that I am, and always ever wanted to be only, a writer.   Now that I have shaken-off being a full-time teacher – much like realising that I am not a giant insect – I find I can give more time to the form-at of my work.   I am old and have three full-grown adults as children.  I have been married for 31 years and have been teaching for a quarter of a century.  I started writing when I was 16 and have been pretending to be a Buddhist since I was 19. All of these experiences have taught me to keep my naïveté close (easy) to the ground (that I step on – much, much harder).

http://mlewisredford.wordpress.com

MATT GALLETTA

Matt Galletta lives in upstate NY. He brews his own beer so he never has to leave the house. Find him at http://www.mattgalletta.com.

MICHAEL H. BROWNSTEIN

Michael H. Brownstein, the editor of First Poems from Viet Nam (2011) and administrates http://projectagentorange.com/, taught science in Chicago’s inner city, studies African instruments, conducts grant-writing workshops, designs websites and has recorded performance pieces with grants from the City of Chicago, the Oppenheimer Foundation, BP Leadership Grants, and others.

MICHAEL KESHIGIAN (LINK TO MICHAEL’S SITE)

Michael Keshigian’s seventh chapbook, Wildflowers, was recently released this Fall 2011 by Flutter Press.  Other published books include: Jazz Face, Warm Summer Memories, Silent Poems, Seeking Solace, Dwindling Knight, Translucent View.  Widely published in numerous national and international journals, he is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best Of The Net nominee.  His poetry collection, Lakes Region, is due out from Primeval Press early summer 2012.

MORIAH LACHAPELL

An Oregonian by birth with ties to Alaska and California.  She lives near Portland with her husband and daughter.  She is a winemaker and lover of nature.

NATHANIEL S. ROUNDS

A reformed photographer born in Wichita Falls, Texas, Nathaniel S. Rounds writes from Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Nathaniel has also contributed some sketches to MM. Head to the ART page and you’ll find them.

Click this link to download a free .PDF version of CAUTIONARY TALES &  SUNDRY BALLADS,  a book of poetry by Nathaniel which is to be found on Archive.org.

Nathaniel’s new book, THE POETRONICA SCROLLS, has just been published and you can find it here in various useful formats, including for Kindle, for free:

THE POETRONICA SCROLLS

Amazon link:

ROUNDS & TENNYSON: VOL. 1

ROUNDS & TENNYSON VOL 1

(This being the album of regular MM poet, Nathaniel S. Rounds)

ROUNDS & TENNYSON: VOL. 1

NATHANIEL TOWER

Nathaniel Tower writes fiction, teaches English, and manages the online lit magazine Bartleby Snopes. His short fiction has appeared in over 100 online and print magazines. His first novel, A Reason To Kill, was released in July 2011 through MuseItUp Publishing, and his first novella, Hallways and Handguns, was just released. Visit him at www.bartlebysnopes.com/ntower.htm

NEIL ELLMAN

Neil Ellman lives and writes in New Jersey.  His poems appear  in numerous print and online journals throughout the world.  In addition, he has nine chapbooks to his credit, the most recent of which, Double-Takes, is available as a free PDF download at Fowlpox.tk.

OLIVIA FINLEY

P.A. LEVY

Born East London but now residing amongst the hedge mumblers of rural Suffolk, P.A. Levy has been published in many magazines, from A cappella Zoo to Zygote In My Coffee and stations in-between.  He is also a founding member of the Clueless Collective and can be found loitering on page corners and wearing hoodies at www.cluelesscollective.co.uk

PAUL HOSTOVSKY

Paul Hostovsky’s latest book of poems is A Little in Love a Lot (2011, Main Street Rag). To read more of his work, visit him at www.paulhostovsky.com

PAUL-NEWELL REAVES

Paul-Newell Reaves is a poet from Washington, D.C.  He has appeared in the press publications Gyre and Wooden Teeth, as well as online at thegimletmagazine.com and extensively on his own site, defenestrationism.net . His book reviews have appeared at chamberfour.com.

PHILIP KOBYLARZ

Philip Kobylarz lives in the East Bay of San Francisco. Recent work of his appears or will appear in Tampa Review, Apt, Santa Fe Literary Review, New American Writing, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Salzburg Review and has appeared in Best American Poetry. His book, Rues, has recently been published by Blue Light Press of San Francisco.

PHILIP VERMAAS

Professional copywhore, excessive drinker, lustful fool, fledgeling editor, dilettante animator, occasional graphic designer, fatalistic romantic, self-indulgent poet, failing novelist, borderline mendicant and bad son of the world. Aside from publishing some of his own work, his poetry can be read at Drunken Absurdity, online and in their upcoming print issue. You can also read some of his stuff at Underground Voices, BoySlut, The Weekenders Magazine, Vox Poetica, Citizens for Decent Literature, HorrorSleazeTrash and in issues 138 and 139 of Zygote in my Coffee. An extract from his novel NOURISHMENT is due to be published in issue 18 of Jungle Jim Magazine.

R. GERRY FABIAN

R. Gerry Fabian is a retired English instructor and editor of Raw Dog Press. http://rawdogpress.bravesites.com/
He has published in various little and literary magazines since 1970. Currently, he is putting the finishing touches on a poetry manuscript of his published poetry and searching for a publisher.

RACHAEL ESTUDANTE

Hailing from a sleepy little mountain town in central Pennsylvania, Rachael Estudante is currently running on West Coast time in San Diego. She received a BA in English from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and now works as a home health care aide. In the great amount of spare time afforded to her, she hits the beaches, writes when the mood strikes and nurses her penchants for whiskey and bluegrass.
You can find some of her other work at The Hemlock and Girls with Insurance.

RAY SHARP (LINK TO RAY’S SITE)

Ray Sharp lives in the rural, rugged and remote Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. His poems and stories have appeared in Astropoetica, Bolts of Silk, Caper Journal, Eclectic Flash, Mediterranean Poetry, Poetry Breakfast, qarrtsiluni, Referential, Spark, The Camel Saloon, and voxpoetica.  

Sharp will be the featured poet in the June 2012 edition of Contemporary American Voices. His first book-length poetry collection, Memories of When We Were Birds, will be published by unbound CONTENT in 2012.

LINK TO RAY’S PROSE

RICHARD KING PERKINS II

Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He has a wife named Vickie and a daughter named Sage. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications.

ROD PECKMAN

Rod Peckman has been published in many journals, including Juked, Barnwood International Poetry Magazine, Thieves Jargon, The Foudnling Review, and Breadcrumb Scabs. He’s pleased to have recently cured, with the help of the local vet, his 14-year-old Golden Retriever’s urinary incontinence through the magic of state-of-the-art antibiotics (thank you Big Pharma). Rod works for an enormous LIBRARY SYSTEM, that despite its enormity, serves its patrons well. Brought to you by the letters D and L.

RON YAZINSKI

I am a retired English teacher who with my wife Jeanne divides my time between Northeastern Pennsylvania and Winter Garden, Florida.

My poems have appeared in Strong Verse, The Bijou Review, The Edison Literary Review, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Centrifugal Eye, amphibi.us, The Write Room, Pulsar and Crash. I am also the author of the chapbook HOUSES: AN AMERICAN ZODIAC, which was published by The Poetry Library and a book of poems SOUTH OF SCRANTON.

ROSS LEESE

RUTH MOORE

Ruth Moore is a freelance writer and director. Since graduating from the Prague Film School in 2006 and the University of the West of Scotland in 2005, Ruth has been working freelance as a writer, penning work for both TV and film.

Her work on short films and music promos have been invited to and shown at festivals throughout Europe and broadcast on the web and MTV2.
She also writes and publishes her own poetry and is a guest writer on various blogs and online magazines.

RYAN SWOFFORD

Ryan Swofford is the editor of The Weekenders Magazine (theweekendersmagazine.blogspot.com). He’s friends with all the hip poets and likes blues.

SAMANTHA SETO

Samantha Seto is a writer. She has been published in various anthologies including Ceremony, Soul Fountain, Carcinogenic Poetry, and Black Magnolias Journal

SAM CAMPBELL

Sam Campbell drinks too much, sleeps too little, and doesn’t care about anything.  Sam has played football professionally in Germany and is currently enrolled in an MFA program at Hamline University.  He has been published in literary journals such as: Breadcrumb Scabs, Full of Crow, Yes, Poetry, Kerouac’s Dog, Blinking Cursor, Negative Suck, Record Magazine, and Indigo Rising. He is the editor of Nickel Beer Night Poetry.

SANTOSH KALWAR

SANTOSH KALWAR works as a poet, writer and young researcher. For more info about Santosh, please visit: http://kalwar.com.np

SARAH E. ALDERMAN

Sarah E. Alderman is not an established poet. She is in fact an anti-established poet and writer. She writes because she reads and reads because she writes. She believes in vicious cycles and full circles. Find her works in Negative Suck, Shred the Safe House, Gutter Eloquence, Flash Fiction World, Three Line Poetry and Short, Fast, and Deadly.

Three Line Poetry – Issue 13
Sarah Edwards is an experimental/street photographer. She is currently living in Montreal, Canada. Analog photography is her first love. These photographs are taken with 35mm film. You can come see her work and ask her stuff if you want here: http://sez0.tumblr.com/

SARAH GAMUTAN

Sarah Gamutan’s poems have been published in many online literary journals including Carty’s Poetry Journal, Western Australia Poets Inc., The Beat, Literary Kicks, Haggard and Halloo Publications, The Camel Saloon, Rainbow Rose, Voxpoetica and The Sound of Poetry Review. She lives in Philippines where she works as a Customer Support Associate by night and a poet at heart by day.

SARAH HENSLEY

SETH WEHRS

Seth Wehrs lives in Minnesota, where he studies Creative Writing at Concordia University.

SCOOP

SHERIJI (LINK TO SHERIJI’S BLOG)

Sheriji is a pianist, teacher, mother, wife (not necessarily in that order). She contemplates writing as a viable career alternative, but lacks the self-esteem to believe that anyone would actually want to pay for it, so blogs instead. She has been writing poetry since high school, and hopes that, as with her cooking, has improved with time. She reads everything she can get her hands on (including cereal boxes), and loves to knit, cook, and watch movies with her husband.

SONNET MONDAL

Sonnet Mondal is an award-winning bestselling Indian English poet and has authored eight books of poetry. His latest book is Diorama of Three Diaries (Authorspress, New Delhi). Sonnet is the pioneer of the 21 line Fusion Sonnet form of Poetry. At present he is the managing editor of The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, Editor of Best Poems Encyclopedia, Poetry Editor of The Abandoned Towers Magazine and the Sub Secretary General of Poetas Del Mundo.

STEVE KLEPETAR

Steve Klepetar claims to be the best known Shanghai-born, Jewish-American poet in all of Central Minnesota.  His latest chapbook, “My Father Teaches Me a Magic Word,” was recently published by Flutter Press.

STEVEN KAIN (LINK TO STEVEN’S POETRY ON MM)

Steven Kain is a 25 year old writer from Southern New Jersey that sleeps all day and types all night. He writes for the bipolar, psychotic, and schizophrenic. His stories and poems have been rejected by Highlight Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, and WWE Magazine. Steve dreams of having his literature read in the bathroom of every home in America. Steven Kain can be contacted at kain.steven@yahoo.com

SY ROTH

He is a retired school administrator and has finally found the sounds of silence and the time to think whole thoughts. This has led him to find words and the ability to shape them.  He has published in Visceral Uterus, Amulet, BlogNostics, Every Day Poets, Barefoot Review, Haggard and Halloo, Misfits’ Miscellany, Mad Swirl, Larks Fiction Magazine, Danse Macabre, Bitchin’ Kitch, Bong is Bard, Humber Pie, Poetry Super Highway and The Eloquent Atheist.

THOMAS HAYES

Thomas is an award-winning poet who began writing at the end of 2010. He writes in a traditional form which he credits his mother for instilling in him from a very young age. She wrote poetry, but in his younger years he thought poets and poetry too pretentious. Yet, those seeds were planted and it took a lifetime of experiences for them to germinate. He also enjoys writing Haiku poetry.

THOMAS MICHAEL MCDADE

TOM GAZDAG (LINK TO TOM’S SITE)

Tom Gazdag lives in Queens, NY with his wife and son.

LINK TO TOM’S PHOTOGRAPHY PAGE ON MM

TOSHIMITSU KAREISHU

Toshimitsu Kareishu shares a persecution complex with two schizophrenics and a conspiracy theorist. Perhaps we should say three schizophrenics. One schizophrenic resident has multiple personalities. Hence, Mr. Kareishu kindly allows this resident to sublet.

TRACY ELAINE

Tracy has contributed to literary zines when the kids and the college administrative job allow.
Look for more when she retires.

TY HALL

Ty Hall lives in Texas, makes up stories, and tries to be good.

TYLER BIGNEY

Tyler Bigney lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. His poetry, and fiction have appeared in Nashwaak Review, Neon, Pearl, Poetry New Zealand, and Iodine, among others. You can find him, and more of his work at www.tylerbigney.com

TYSON WEST

Tyson West is a northwestern poet who communes with Coyote, Magpie and all kinds of night creatures among the conifers. He works in real estate to feed his literary addiction. Don’t look for any further biographies as the cost of the tobaccos blended in Camel Cigarettes prohibits the use of them.

UTE CARSON

A writer from youth, German-born Ute Carson’s first story was published in 1977. Her story “The Fall” won the Grand Prize for Prose and was published in the short story and poetry anthology, A Walk Through My Garden, Outrider Press, Chicago 2007. Her novel “Colt Tailing,” was published in September 2004 and was a finalist for the Peter Taylor Book Award Prize for the Novel. Her second novel “In Transit” was published in 2008. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines here and abroad. “Just A Few Feathers,” a poetry collection was published in 2011. Carson’s poetry was featured on the televised Spoken Word Showcase 2009 and 2010, 2011 ChannelAustin, TX.

An Advanced Certified Clinical Hypnotist, Ute Carson resides in Austin, TX with her husband. They have three daughters, five grandchildren, two horses and a number of cats.

Visit Ute’s webiste here: www.utecarson.com

VALENTINA CANO

Valentina Cano is a student of classical singing who spends whatever free time either writing or reading. Her works have appeared in Exercise Bowler, Blinking Cursor, Theory Train, Cartier Street Press, Berg Gasse 19, Precious Metals, A Handful of Dust, The Scarlet Sound, The Adroit Journal, Perceptions Literary Magazine, Welcome to Wherever, The Corner Club Press, Death Rattle, Danse Macabre, Subliminal Interiors, Generations Literary Journal, Super Poetry Highway, Stream Press, Stone Telling, Popshot, Golden Sparrow Literary Review, Rem Magazine, Structo, The 22 Magazine, The Black Fox Literary Magazine, Niteblade, Tuck Magazine, Ontologica, Congruent Spaces Magazine, Pipe Dream, Decades Review, Anatomy, Lowestof Chronicle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Lady Ink Magazine, White Masquerade Anthology and Perhaps I’m Wrong About the World. You can find her here: http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com

VIRGINIE COLLINE

Virginie Colline is a French translator living in Paris. Her poems have appeared in The Scrambler, The Electronic Monsoon Magazine, Notes from the Gean, Prune Juice, Frostwriting, Spinozablue, Prick of the Spindle, The Orris and StepAway Magazine, among others.

WILLIAM LENNERTZ

William Lennertz is a poet, fiction writer, artist, and podcaster who lives in Southern California.  When he’s not creating, he’s teaching at Santiago Canyon College.  You can find him online at williamlennertz.com and howlsandpushycats.com.

WILLIAM WRIGHT HARRIS

WILLIAM DORESKI

William Doreski teaches at Keene State College in New Hampshire. His most recent book of poetry is City of Palms (2012). He has published three critical studies, including Robert Lowell’s Shifting Colors. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, Notre Dame Review, The Alembic, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge. He won the 2010 Aesthetica poetry award.

WOODROW PHILLIPS

Head to Woodrow’s blog for more of his poetry: www.jalopydreams.blogspot.com

YERMIYAHU AHRON TAUB (LINK TO YERMIYAHU AHRON’S SITE)

Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is the author of three poetry collections, Uncle Feygele (Plain View Press, 2011), What Stillness Illuminated/Vos shtilkayt hot baloykhtn (Parlor Press, 2008; Free Verse Editions series), and The Insatiable Psalm (Wind River Press, 2005).  Please visit his web site at www.yataub.net.

YEVGENIY LEVITSKIY

Yevgeniy Levitskiy has received a B.A. in English-Education from Brooklyn College, and is currently pursuing a M.A. His writing has been published in The Junction, Jellyfish Whispers, and Pyrokinection. His forthcoming publications include The Books They Gave Me (Free Press/Simon & Schuster), Maggot Bible, Eunoia Review, The Smoking Poet, and Poydras Review. He is currently at work on his second novel.

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