Rain Ananael is a conservation biologist whose fieldwork has primarily focused on botany, herpetology, chiropterology, ichthyology, and watershed-level preservation initiatives. She has an MA in English. Her writing passions include folklore, ecology, new myth and memory: specifically the role emotion, experience and knowledge (ontology and epistemology) play in structuring myth and memory.
Josh Fernandez is a freelance writer for Spin.com, Boulder Weekly, San Antonio Current and the Sacramento News and Review. His poetry is widely published and he continues to be a sought after reader and speaker – often asked to talk about ethnic diversity, abuse and addiction. Fernandez was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his poem "The Last Thing He Said." His first full-length collection of poems, Spare Parts and Dismemberment, was published by R.L. Crow in May 2011.
Cynthia Linville (Managing Editor/Designer)
Cynthia Linville teaches writing at California State University at Sacramento and frequently reads at and hosts local poetry events. She is a member of Poetica Erotica and regularly contributes her poetry to the Sacramento News and Review, Brevities, Medusa's Kitchen and WTF. A music aficionado with a theater background, she is usually out and about supporting the arts in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jonathan Alston is a second year Master's student at California State University at Sacramento. He won the Dominic J. Bazzanella in 2009 for Fiction and in 2011 for Poetry. He also recently completed a detective novella about music. After graduating in 2012, he hopes to attend graduate school in New Zealand or England continuing to study creative writing, with the addition of book making.
William L. Alton
William L. Alton started writing in the eighties while incarcerated in a psychiatric prison. Since then his work has appeared in Main Channel Voices, World Audience and Breadcrumb Scabs among others. He has authored one book, Heroes of Silence. He earned both his BA and my MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where he continues to live with his wife and sons.
Myles Boisen is a recording engineer, album producer, professional musician, teacher and writer who lives in Oakland, California. His photography has appeared in print publications and on fashion and music websites. He regularly shows his work in Bay Area galleries. View more of his photos at www.flickr.com/photos/21341545@N00/ and find out more about his work at www.MylesBoisen.com.
Jarrett Bywaters has been creating art for over 15 years, beginning by drawing cartoon and comic book characters as a teenager. Charcoal and colored chalks became his passion in high school, and pen and ink in college, a passion which grew into a collection of 80 pen and ink floral drawings which are being shown at various galleries in and around the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area and online.
Lance Calabrese is a native Californian, a self-taught poet who has been widely published.
Martin Elwell currently lives on the New Hampshire seacoast and daydreams of hitting the road in an RV. He spends his free time running, hiking, reading and writing. Martin received his MFA from Lesley University in 2008.
Taylor Graham's poems have appeared in American Literary Review, The Iowa Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry International, Poetry Now, Southern Humanities Review, Tule Review, and also in the anthology California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present. Her book The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Philips Poetry Chapbook Prize, and she was a finalist in Poets & Writers’ California Writers Exchange. Her latest book Walking with Elihu: poems on Elihu Burritt, the Learned Blacksmith is available on Amazon.
Kevin Heaton writes in South Carolina. His fourth chapbook, Chronicles, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in early 2012. His work has appeared in 110 journals and anthologies. Kevin is an avid runner, scuba diver, and is listed as a notable poet at KansasPoets.com.
Paul McMillan, born in 1954, has been a professional artist since 1978. Primarily an oil painter whose style ranges from abstract to surreal, Paul occasionally includes original words and music in his paintings as subject matter. Paul recognised he was an artist at age five, and now at age fifty-seven, he feels that the world makes less sense than ever and is convinced he was right about being an artist in the first place. View more of his work at www.paulmcmillan.com.
Canadian born, Joyce Odam has lived in the U.S. since the age of three and in Sacramento since 1952. Her poetry credits include: The Christian Science Monitor, Ekphrasis, The Seattle Review, The Rattle and local anthologies Landing Signals, The Sacramento Anthology: One Hundred Poems, and Watching From The Sky, which was edited by Ann Menebroker and Martha Ann Blackman. Ms. Odam's awards include: Grand prize Artists Embassy International’s Dancing Poetry Contest in 1999 and two- times winner of CFCP Golden Pegasus Award. She now edits BREVITIES: A Mini-Mag Of Minimalist Poems. Her most recent chapbooks from Rattlesnake Press are NOIR LOVE and PERIPHERALS (Prose Poems). Joyce Odam has a passion (amounting to a credo) for the relevance of art in one’s life.
Frank Praeger's lives in Houghton, Michigan. His work has appeared in many journals, and Places and Occasions is his book of poetry.
Since first holding a camera over forty years ago, Robert Sanders has had a relationship with the delicate lines of the erotic form, whether in a flower, a bottle, or a human contour. A successful commercial photographer, teacher, and mentor, Robert's work spans half a century of creative development through analog and digital. View more of his photography here.
Brent Wiggans is a photographer, drummer, writer and certified daydreamer undercover as a substitute teacher. He lives in Sacramento with his intrepid wife Michelle and the occasionally valiant greyhound Samwise.
Brenda Yamen is a Health Scientist and amateur photographer currently residing in Washington DC. She has loved photography since the age of 15 and goes nowhere without her trusty sidekick, Nigel the Nikon. Brenda's interest in photography occasionally crosses paths with her love of great music; her photos have been used by some of her favorite musicians. In addition to concert photography, Brenda enjoys landscape and nature photography, and travels extensively searching for her next photo op. Her collection can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/bjy/.