Maureen Alsop is the author of two full collections of poetry, Apparition Wren (Main Street Rag) and The Diction of Moths (Ghost Road Press, pending). She is also the author of several chapbooks, most recently Luminal Equation in the collection Narwhal (Cannibal Press), the dream, and the dream you spoke (Spire Press) and Nightingale Habit (Finishing Line Press). She is the winner of Harpur Palate's Milton Kessler Memorial Prize for Poetry and The Bitter Oleander's Frances Locke Memorial Poetry Award. Her recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals including Blackbird, Action Yes, linebreak, Pank, New Delta Review, Tampa Review, Whiskey Island, qarrtsiluni, 42 Opus, Drunken Boat and AGNI Magazine #67.
Christopher Bailey's sub-par new-age-esque improvisations began at age 12 or so, much to his parents' horror. His first composition teacher tried to teach him Baroque counterpoint, but promptly gave up. He eventually ended up studying music at the Eastman School of Music and at Columbia University. He currently resides in Boston, MA. For rousing recordings, aesthetic and technical essays, pompous pontifications, seedy CVs, inspirational interactivity, and other fun stuff, please see http://music.columbia.edu/~chris/
Abstract & contemporary artist Gloria Blatt was born in Toronto, Canada. She studied at Fine Arts at York University in Toronto, and received her degree from the prestigious Ontario College of Art and Design. Gloria now works full time as a professional painter, rapidly establishing herself as one of Canada’s top modern artists. Her website is http://www.gallerygloria.com.
John Bredin is a teacher, writer, activist and real estate agent. Currently, he teaches English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College's CUNY-in-the-Heights campus in Inwood. His work has appeared in the Hudson Current, Slow Trains, Eclectica, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is also the founder of the Public Voice Salon, a rare space for public dialogue on culture, art, politics and education in NYC. They meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month, at the Indian Road Cafe in Inwood.
Nabina Das is a poet and fiction writer from India, published in a variety of journals in North America, India and Australia. Her first novel Footprints In The Bajra is available from Cedar Books, India. A second prize winner of the 2009 Prakriti Foundation open contest for poetry and the 2008 HarperCollins-India–Open Space poetry contest, she is an editor at Danse Macabre. A former journalist and media person who has worked in India and the USA with news and nonprofit organizations. When not writing, she blogs at http://www.fleuve-souterrain.blogspot.com.
Jeff Friedman's fifth collection of poetry is scheduled for publication with Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2010. His work has appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, North American Review, 5 AM, Ontario Review, Agni Online, La Petite Zine, 2River View and The New Republic.
Celia Gilbert is the author of four books of poetry, the most recent is Something To Exchange, [BlazeVOX Books]. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, and Poetry. She won a Jane Kenyon chapbook award for her chapbook, An Ark of Sorts, [Alice James Books]. She is a printmaker and a painter as well and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Scott Hammer's poetry has appeared in Poet Lore, Lungfull!, Hamilton Stone Review, Philadelphia Stories and can we have our ball back. He currently teaches English at The High School for International Affairs in Philadelphia.
Rich Ives has published poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and translations in numerous magazines including North American Review, Verse, Northwest Review, Quarterly West, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Iowa Review and many more. He plays fiddle, dobro, octave mandolin and a number of more obscure instruments and once made part of his living making cheesecake though he now teaches creative writing at Everett Community College just north of Seattle.
Gregory Lawless is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Amarillo Bay, Ampersand, Apple Valley Review, Arava Review, Artiface and At-large Magazine. BlazeVOX published his first collection of poems, I Thought I was New Here, in August of 2009. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Mark McBride's work has appeared in Poem, The Salt River Review, StorySouth, Subtropics, The Yale Review, and The Southeast Review (as winner of the World’s Best Short Short Story Contest 2007). He lives on the east coast of Florida with his wife and two sons.
Eric Rawson's work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Third Coast, Agni, Harpur Palate, and Denver Quarterly. His book The Hummingbird Hour will be published in 2010.
Sarah Sousa received her MFA in poetry from Bennington College. Her poems have appeared in Smartish Pace, White Pelican Review and Amoskeag.
Marc Vincenz was born in Hong Kong, but has lived in England, the US, Spain, Switzerland, and worked for ten years in Shanghai, China. His first novel, Animal Soul, is forthcoming by Shanghai Wen Hui in Mandarin. Currently based out of Iceland, he writes a bi-weekly column on the occult for The Reykjavik Grapevine, Iceland’s English-language newspaper. His recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming from various journals and magazines including APT, Open Letters Monthly, Sein und Werden, Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k), Prick of the Spindle, Literary Bohemian and Shipwrights.
Julene Tripp Weaver has published poems in Blossombones, Qarrtsiluni, Riverbabble, The Smoking Poet, Pirene's Fountain, Pilgrimage, Crab Creek Review, and While the He/Art Pants Reactions to the 2008 Election Anthology. She is also the author of the chapbook Case Walking.
Christopher Woods is a writer and photographer. He has published a prose collection, Under A Riverbed Sky, and a book of stage monologues for actors, Heart Speak. He lives in Houston and Chappell Hill, Texas. His photographs can be seen in his online gallery - Moonbird Hill. Other work of his has appeared or is forthcoming from Anderbo, Public Republic, Bap Quarterly and Narrative.