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Authors

  • Branden E. Balenzuela used to consider poetry simply a hobby, but after declaring a creative writing major his sophomore year of college, he has since embraced it as a way of life. He was born and raised in San Francisco, California, where he currently resides.
  • Benjamin Josef Biesek has published poems in Lantern, Coalesce and various other publications. He runs a fledgling small press in coastal California.
  • Frederick S. Blackmon began his writing career at the early age of 17, gaining notoriety and winning awards for his poetry and short stories. Although he attended Florida International University in 1999, he spent more time writing than attending class. He has recently published a collection of poetry called “Words to Describe” and continues his film and writing career in Hollywood, Florida.
  • Julia Bodwell is a writer and educator living in Florida. She holds a B.A. in English and writing from The University of Tampa, and has written for various news outlets, including United Press International and Patch. She hopes to one day publish one of her many novels-in-progress.
  • Victor Briere was born and raised in Los Angeles. He graduated from Pitzer College in 2008 with a degree in philosophy, and is training to be a yogi and an Ayurvedic Practitioner. His favorite form of poetry is the haiku.
  • Sophia Elizabeth Cox is a San Francisco Bay area poet and performing artist with a background in child development, theatre, dance and philosophy. She is intrigued by emotion, order and chaos, the stability of beauty in pain, and the need for change when writing about individual growth and universal acceptance. As a self-expressionist, poetic dramatist and teacher, she mixes words with music, movement and color in the art of being read, heard and understood.
  • Conor Crockford is a senior English major at the University of San Francisco.
  • J.W. Dalton is a man who prefers not to give out information about himself.
  • Ras Dia is an artist currently living in New York City.
  • Joy Donnell is a writer, producer and former publicist living in Los Angeles. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Runaway Parade, Beautiful Women Anthology and Four Letter Poet, to name a few. In her spare time, she considers life’s little mysteries, such as origami, the walking dead and how people acquire Twitter followers.
  • Teresa Edmond is a poet, author, journalist and blogger from northern New Jersey. Her poetry has appeared in such anthologies as the Wawayanda Review and Fandemonium. In 2006, she published her debut poetry book, “How Fate’s Confusion Connects,” and is working on several more manuscripts for publication. She currently lives with her family in Orlando, Florida.
  • E. Eliot is a southern California-based poet, obsessed with the intricacy of language.
  • Christine Emmert is a writer, actress, director and educator. Her most personal genre is her poetry. She has published many works across the English-speaking world, including two fictional pieces, Ismene and Lilith. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Richard, who often collaborates with her in her theatre persona.
  • Bayleigh Fraser is an American poet currently residing in Canada with her husband and two children. She is an active member of the writing community and often participates in writing workshops and open mics. She attended Stetson University for English, where she participated in various poetry workshops and seminars. She is the editor of Caesura Poetry Magazine, and has been published by several small journals.
  • Karen Ann Frederick is a writer with a tumultuous, tremendous and furious heart living in Chicago, whose work has appeared in The Laureate.
  • George Freek is a poet/playwright living in Belvidere, IL. His poetry has appeared in The Foliate Oak, Bone Parade, Danse Macabre, The Stillwater Review, The Oklahoma Review, Torrid Literature, The Burningword Journal and The Tower Journal. His plays are published by Havescripts, Inc., Playscripts, Inc., and Lazy Bee Scripts (UK).
  • Gregory Gathman is a cinematographer/production specialist living in Manhattan. His work can be seen as avant-garde, experimental, ironic and misanthropic. “The Gutter” is his first piece of published work.
  • Harrison Gross is a senior poetics major at Columbia University, with seven years’ experience writing and editing poetry and prose.
  • Anindita Gupta started writing poetry at a young age, and has since been published in various newspapers and magazines. Besides writing, she likes to travel and compose music. She currently lives in Bangalore, India, although she dreams of a quiet life in the mountains or by the sea.
  • Blanca Haddad is from Caracas, Venezuela, where she studied Fine Arts. She has represented her country in various art events, including The Habana Art Biennale and The Cuenca Painting Biennale. Her paintings and poetry are well known in Latin American underground culture. She currently lives in Barcelona, where she works as an art therapist with refugees and victims of war.
  • Julie Henderson is a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, whose journey and writing has appeared in Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco’s City Hall. She has been featured in Curve Magazine, and her writing has been published in the University of San Francisco Literary Magazine, Foghorn Newspaper and various online women’s journals. In addition to writing, she is a 3-D installation artist, photographer, singer/songwriter, metal smith and urban Taoist.
  • Zack Henry is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied literature and history. He has lived in various locales and is currently on the hunt for his next destination, reading and learning as much as possible along the way to inspire his own writing.
  • William D. Hicks lives in Chicago by himself (any takers?). Contrary to popular belief, he is not related to the famous comedian Bill Hicks (although he’s just as funny in his own right). Hicks will someday publish his memoirs, but they will be about Bill Hicks’s life. His poetry has appeared in LITSNACK, Cannoli Pie, Outburst, The Legendary, Horizon (Canada), The Short Humour Site (UK), The Four Cornered Universe, Save the Last Stall for Me and Mosaic.
  • Frank J. Hopkins has been published in The Write Place At the Write Time, as well as The Stone Poet. He hosts a radio program on Ustream called Off the Top, and occasionally contributes to BrooWaha. He was born and raised in New York City and is currently at work on his first book of poetry, as well as a collection of short stories.
  • Aaron Middlepoet Jackson has twice been a recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation and is the former Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ, as honored by former Mayor L. Harvey Smith. His writing often reflects his dual heritage, with a focus on themes of love and urban existence, as well as all things dog. He was born in New York City and currently works at the Strand Book Store.
  • Ivan Jenson’s poems have appeared in various online and print magazines, including Word Riot, Mad Swirl and Zygote in my Coffee. His art has sold at Christie’s, New York, and his painting, “Absolut Jenson,” was featured in Art News, Art in America and Interview magazine. He has written several novels, and serves as a Contributing Editor for Commonline magazine. A collection of his drawings and poetry will soon be published by Hen House Press. He is from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Alison Marie Johnston is a poet living out of Denver, Colorado. Her language embodies a relatable tone with underlying humor to convey a deeper meaning than what can be found on the surface. Friends, family and faithful companions have described her poetry as raw, relatable and descriptive. Her language masters the humor of the human condition.
  • Tom Kelly received his B.A. in English from Christopher Newport University, where he also received the Paul Rankin Prize for Poetry in 2011. He has been actively writing since 2009, and is currently working on a book of poetry and a fictional narrative. He lives in Newport News, Virginia, and will be going on for his MFA in poetry.
  • Louise Knight is a freelance writer and journalism student who spends her free time writing articles about movies in a cloud of ill-advised cigarette smoke.
  • Teresa Mason is a student at CUNY Hunter College, studying English and creative writing. She hopes to someday awaken the imagination in children through her stories, drawing inspiration from Lewis Carroll and the Brothers Grimm.
  • Bulou Mataitoga was born in Suva, Fiji in 1994 and moved to the United States in 2000, where she began school at Roy Cloud in Redwood City, California. She attended Sequoia High School and graduated in 2012. From there, she began her undergraduate degree at UC Davis, studying biomedical engineering, before transferring to Berkeley City College in 2013 to study writing. She currently plays semi-professional rugby for the Berkeley All Blues while pursuing her dreams of becoming a firefighter. Writing just happens to fit into everything she does.
  • Charlie Mischer is a student at New York University, where he studies advanced poetry writing.
  • Dominick Montalto is a freelance copy editor/proofreader, with an educational background in literature, art history, philosophy and religion. His literary interest is in the long nineteenth century, from the French Revolution through the early Modern novel, with focus on the Gothic, Romanticism, Orientalism, Decadence and Aestheticism. His religious and philosophical interests lay in mysticism, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. His poems and essays have appeared in various publications both in print and on the web.
  • Christopher Mulrooney has published work in The Tulane Review, Poetry International, Or, The Los Angeles Review of Los Angeles, Weyfarers and Orbis. He lives in Los Angeles.
  • Ben Nardolilli’s work has appeared in various publications, including Perigee Magazine, The Minetta Review and Yes, Poetry. His chapbook, Common Symptoms of an Enduring Chill Explained, is available through Folded Word Press, and he hopes to publish his first novel. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Brittany Nelson holds a B.A. in English from Cazenovia College. She lives in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
  • Michael Pfeiffer is an actor and performance artist living in Portland. As a life-long student and writer, he began writing poetry within the last year, focusing his themes on clandestine, irrational infatuations he’d develop for various baristas and waitresses. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and visual art.
  • Kari Pickering signed up for a poetry class in college and instantly became hooked. She currently writes for an online magazine, Shalom Life, and hopes to put together a book of poetry. She lives in southern California.
  • Michael Pinero is an offbeat poet, cartoonist and writer living in California. Born in New York, he loves adult humor and finds intelligence deeply rooted in conventionally silly things, and his art reflects just that. He hopes to publish books of his writings, and to work on cartoons for as long as he lives.
  • Gabrielle Sherman is a first-generation Russian-American who views writing as the most honest means of self realization. She enjoys spending time on the rooftops of abandoned buildings, hysterically laughing and meeting new people. She currently lives in New York City.
  • Linda Morgan Smith is a painter and writer in New Orleans. She used to be the psychic of Anne Rice, and recently sold a painting to Richard Simmons by accident in the French Quarter. Her micro fiction and poetry have appeared in Full Of Crow Press and Stage and Screenwriters online magazine.
  • Lorraine Pejai Smith, also known as FemmeFuss, is a writer, poet, blogger and self-taught astrologist. Native of Oakland, California, she is an advocate for female equality and uses writing as a tool to promote consciousness of self, female unity and individuality amongst women of color.
  • Jordan Valentine is a freelance art, culture and sports journalist who currently lives in New York City. He has a leading start-up blog on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, which he founded over five years ago, and to which he is still the main contributor. Valentine grew up in suburban New Jersey and from a young age was a voracious reader and writer. He attended Brandeis University, earning his B.A. in American Studies. From there he was able to follow his journalistic and creative writing aspirations, while still pursuing other artistic outlets. Valentine can often be found meandering Central Park, frequenting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and still seeking artistic endeavors in all corners of the Big Apple.
  • Sarah Williams hails from the sunny central coast of California. She attended California State University, Fresno, where she received a B.A. in English. She has been writing poetry since the first time she could pick up a pen and paper, and has since been published in several online and print anthologies and journals.
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