Don Antenen lives in Philadelphia. He works at a grocery store and loves professional basketball almost as much as he loves his cats.
Joe Baumann is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he serves as the nonfiction editor of Rougarou: an Online Literary Journal. His work has appeared in flashquake, Shady Side Review, and Pill Hill, and is forthcoming from Barely South Review. He is currently at work on a travel memoir and collection of short stories.
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 15 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles,Florida, Washington, Scotland,Wales, Ireland,Canada,Spain,Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011).
William Bradley’s work has appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Normal School, The Chronicle of Higher Education, College English, and The Missouri Review. He’s no longer a dog person, but he has two cats who demand most of his attention and affection.
Jacqueline Doyle’s flash and lyric prose can be found in 5_trope, elimae, flashquake, blossombones, Tattoo Highway, Prime Number Magazine, Monkeybicycle, Staccato Fiction, Thumbnail, LITnIMAGE, and Everyday Genius, among others. She has recent fiction and creative nonfiction in Front Porch Journal, Pear Noir!, Blood Orange Review, Prick of the Spindle, Bartleby Snopes, and California Northern Magazine. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches at California State University, East Bay.
D. Dina Friedman’s poems have been published in many literary journals including, Calyx, Anderbo, Bloodroot, Pacific Poetry and Fiction Review, Inkwell, Slant, and Hurricane Alice. She is also the author of two young adult novels Escaping Into the Night; and Playing Dad’s Song. Visit her website at http://www.ddinafriedman.com.
Tyler Gobble is lead editor of Stoked Journal and a contributor with Vouched Books. His poems have recently appeared with or are forthcoming from PANK, Country Music, Used Furniture Review, and Forklift, Ohio, among other places. Later this year, his chapbooks, Please Tell Me You Have Good News (H_NGM_N Books) and Stale Champagne (Artistically Declined Press), will be released. Find more at http://www.tylergobble.com.
Mark Jackley is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Every Green Word (Finishing Line Press), and a full-length collection, There Will Be Silence While You Wait (Plain View Press). He lives in Sterling, VA.
Simon Jacobs attends a minute college in the Midwest. He edits the Safety Pin Review, a wearable medium for fiction under 30 words, and serves as the flash fiction editor of Flywheel Magazine. He builds tiny things for people he loves and leaves them at simonajacobs.blogspot.com.
Angie Macri was born and raised in southern Illinois. Her recent work appears in Ecotone, The Pinch, and Third Coast, among other journals, and is included in Best New Poets 2010. A recipient of an individual artist fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council, she teaches in Little Rock.
Lindsey Gates Markel lives in Urbana, IL and has an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her thesis featured recurring themes of cats and nipples (but not cat nipples). She never knows exactly what to do with the space at http://www.youareamongfriends.com. Her fiction has previously appeared in Storychord.
Mark J. Mitchell studied writing and medieval literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz with Raymond Carver, George Hitchcock, Barbara Hull and Robert M. Durling. His work has appeared in the anthologies Good Poems, American Places (Viking/Penguin), Line Drives (Southern Illinois University Press), Hunger Enough (Puddinghouse Press) and Zeus Seduces the Wicked Stepmother in the Saloon of the Gingerbread House (Winterhawk Press). His chapbook, Three Visitors, won the 2010 Negative Capability Press International Chapbook competition and will be published later this year. His poems have also appeared in many magazines over the last twenty years, including J Journal, kayak, Blue Unicorn, Black Bough, Santa Barbara Review, Pearl, Runes, Buddhist Poetry Review and Poem.
Jimmy J. Pack Jr. is a part-time lecturer in writing at Penn State, Abington and is currently attending the Creative Writing MFA program at Temple University where he is working on his first creative nonfiction “novel” titled Dispatches to America: A Route 66 Memoir, of which “Frantic Fantastic Life in Oklahoma” is a part. Much of his writing and photography of Route 66 can be found at www.jimmyjpackjr.com. He has been published in Rosebud, Lost on Route 66: Tales from the Mother Road, Pinion, The Rockford Review,Bluestem, The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Evansville Review, Concho River Review, Taproot, Willard & Mapleand Cooweescoowee, with forthcoming publications in American Road Magazine.
Colleen Payton earned her M.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She teaches college writing, literature and humanities at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and writes about the arts forAtlanta Magazine, Dance Magazine, Native Peoples, Dance Spirit, Chattanooga Magazine, Hispanic Magazine, Ballet-Tanz , based in Berlin, and other publications. Her poetry has appeared in The King’s English, Recovery, Nostalgia and Oklahoma Today. During the most recent decade, Payton has presented at several academic conferences. Her work of scholarship, “The Stage as Battleground: Ballet. Opera and Gender Politics in the Age of Giselle” will be published in the Journal of the Colloquium of the Revolutionary Era, 2009-2010 compendium.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay Magic, Illusion and Other Realities” and a complete bibliography, please visit his website at http://www.simonperchik.com.
John Phillips is a professional musician in the wilderness of middle Georgia, a magician on the side. He performs illusions and sleight-of-hand with wood, strings, sticks, paper, words, and cards.
Joellyn Powers attends the University of Pittsburgh. She has work appearing in Twelve Stories, Big Lucks: Quick Lucks, DOGZPLOT, and Metazen. She blogs at http://especiallyfreeing.tumblr.com.
Ken Poyner is appearing in the coming year in “Corium”, “Cream City Review”, “Emprise Review”, “The Adirondack Review”, and elsewhere. He lives with his power lifter wife in the lower right hand corner of Virginia and is surrounded by thecost of keeping up a house. He started out in the small presses in the 70s, and recently is getting ever more forward withthe web.
Roberta Pantal Rhodes has had short stories published in Confrontation, Parting Gifts and other literary journals. Her children’s chapter book, “Beauregard the Cat,” was published by Mondo publishing. She has also won first prize at the Writer’s Voice for hershort story, “She Will Not See the Tears.” Promenthean has published some of her poems.
Ethel Rohan is the author of “Hard to Say” (PANK, 2011) and Cut Through the Bone (Dark Sky Books, 2010). Visit her at ethelrohan.com.
David Michael Schmidt was born in Winnetka, Ill in 1942. He has been a retail entrepreneur since 1967. He began to write poetry in 2009, writing only rhymes and self published a collection of 50 poems along with some illustrations that he drew. He now also writes free verse and short stories. His poems are sometimes cynical and humorous and can be controversial. He has written opinions and observations on subjects of religion, politics and life in general. He does write about nature but does not write love poems. He is very creative and likes to keep changing and evolving. He enjoys writing poems that make people think.
Scherezade Siobhan is a late blooming provocateur from Bombay, India. She is a behavioral profiler and a rose whisperer of sorts who perennially suffers from fernweh. Also, she likes swords. She has been published in Muse India, Gutter Eloquence, Whale Sound, Mixed Fruit, Blue Fog Journal, Danse Macabre and a few others. She is also nominated for the 2011 Pushcart Prize for her poem “Small Country”. Forthcoming poem in Compass Rose’s March’2012 print issue.
Richard Stolorow has been an English teacher, bartender, gardener, handyman, concierge, and book store clerk, in Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, and now in Rhode Island, and has enjoyed seeing many of his poems and stories in literary magazines.
J. Tarwood has published poems in Free Lunch, American Poetry Review, American Poetry Monthly, BAD, Big Muddy, Buckle &, Bryant Literary Review, Rockhurst Review), Pike’s Creek, Blue Mesa, Eratica, Calliope, Coe Review, Front Range Revie, Natural Bridge, Willow Review, Yet Another Small Magazine, Rio, Rhino, Paris/Atlantic, Phantasmagoria, California Quarterly, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Lilies & Cannonballs, Colere, Poetry Ireland, Wind, Grassroots, Poetry Motel, Midwest Quarterly, Main Street Rag, White Pelican Review, Quantum Tao, Red River Review, Rapid River, Spiky Palm, Runes, Terra Incognita, Visions, and Plainsong. In 1997, he won a Plainsong poetry award, and was a featured poet in Visions in 2001. One of his poems was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2003. He also has two books published, The Cats in Zanzibar, and Grand Detour.
Elizabeth Wade holds degrees from Davidson College and the University of Alabama. Her poetry and prose have appeared in such journals as Kenyon Review Online, AGNI, The Rumpus, Pank and others. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she teaches at the University of Mary Washington.
Sarah Brown Weitzman has had work in numerous journals including THE NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, AMERICAN WRITING, POTOMAC REVIEW, AMERICA, MID-AMERICAN REVIEW, THE BELLINGHAM REVIEW. Her second chapbook, THE FORBIDDEN (2003, Pudding House) was followed by NEVER FAR FROM FLESH, a full-length volume of poems (Pure Heart/Main Street Rag, 2005). Weitzman received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. A former New York academic, Weitzman is retired and lives in Florida.
K. A. Wisniewski is the editor of The Comedy of Dave Chappelle: Critical Essays (2009). His work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Chariton Review, Raintaxi: Review of Books, CAIRN: The St. Andrews Review, The Chiron Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, and The Maryland Historical Magazine. He has taught at Widener University, Stevenson University, and Cecil College and currently lives in Baltimore, MD.
Elizabeth Yalkut is a novelist and poet. She works as a front-end web developer in Washington, D.C., and blogs about food at her website, http://www.elizabethyalkut.com. She graduated from Emma Willard School and Barnard College, Columbia University.
Dawn West (b. 1987) is a fiction writer and book reviewer living in the American Midwest. She can be found online at nouvelliste.tumblr.com.