c o n v e r g e n c e:
an online journal of poetry & art



Lytton Bell

Lytton Bell has published four books, most recently Body Image. She has won five poetry contests, performed at many venues, and is member of Poetica Erotica. Her work has appeared in over two dozen publications and several anthologies. Bell earned a poetry scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in 1988 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1993. She is a civil servant by day.

Josh Fernandez

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's work has appeared in many publications and several anthologies. Her two poetry collections, The Lost Thing and Out of Reach, are available from Cold River Press. Her poem "I am Fortune's Ungraceful Daughter" was nominated for a Pushcart in 2012. Linville has taught in the English Department at California State University, Sacramento since 2000. A music aficionado with a theater background, she is often out and about supporting the arts in the San Francisco Bay Area and in her hometown of Sacramento where she is very active in the poetry scene.


Janet Shell Anderson

Janet Shell Anderson has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for fiction and published in Grey Sparrow, Vestal Review, FRIGG, decomP, Citron Review and others. She is an attorney.

James Benton

James Benton lives in La Grande, Oregon with his wife of 38 years. After working at various times as a sailor, electrician, bill collector, night janitor, guitar teacher, retail clerk, bank security manager, and private investigator, he has found a home teaching writing and literature at Eastern Oregon University. His work has found homes in publications such as Raintown Review, Rattle, Word Riot, and Ragazine, among others.

Doug Bolling

Doug Bolling's poetry has appeared widely in literary journals including Tribeca Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Inflectionist Review, Water-Stone Review, Basalt, Hamilton Stone Review, and Storm Cellar, among others. He recently was featured as Poet of the Month in Missing Slate. Bolling has received five Pushcart Prize nominations, has taught in several colleges and universities, and currently lives in Flossmoor, Illinois, part of the greater Chicago area.

Lisa J. Cihlar

Lisa J. Cihlar's poems have appeared in Blackbird, South Dakota Review, Crab Creek Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She's had two Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. Her chapbook, The Insomniac's House, is available from Dancing Girl Press, and a second chapbook, This is How She Fails, is available from Crisis Chronicles Press. She won the Blue Light Press chapbook contest for When I Pick Up My Wings from the Dry Cleaner.

Lynn Crounse

Lynn Crounse is an explorer whose inspiration comes from all directions and sources. She says: "I make do with what crosses my path. I love the lives and places I encounter and document the world as I see it, striving only to capture the beauty in all of my subjects." She also does assignment and commercial photography work. She is currently based in Virginia but travels frequently. You can view more of her work here.

Holly Day

Holly Day was born in Hereford, Texas, "The Town Without a Toothache." She and her family currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she teaches writing classes at the Loft Literary Center. Her published books include nonfiction — Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, and Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, — and poetry — Late-Night Reading for Hardworking Construction Men available from Moon Publishing and The Smell of Snow available from ELJ Publications.

JD DeHart

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. His work has appeared in Eye On Life Magazine, Eunoia Review, and Ancient Heart Magazine, among other publications. DeHart's first chapbook is set to be released Fall 2014.

Christian DeLaO

Christian DeLaO is a multi-media artist who lives in Sacramento. He plays with pinhole cameras as small as a Coke can and as large as a trash can. Christian works with Polaroids and a variety of other cameras and photographic processing, film and digital. His recent focus has been on medium- and large-scale installation art.

William S. Gainer

Bill Gainer contributes to the literary scene as a writer, editor, promoter, publicist and poet. He reads and works with a wide range of poets and writers, from the emerging to the nationally known. He has won the San Francisco Beat Museum's Poetry Contest and the Sacramento News and Review's Flash Fiction Contest. He continues to edit for the PEN Award winning R. L. Crow Publications. His latest book is Lipstick and Bullet Holes. Visit him at billgainer.com.

Robert Lee Haycock

Robert Lee Haycock grew up in California's Santa Clara Valley, "The Valley of Heart's Delight," and now resides in Antioch, California, "The Gateway to the Delta." Robert has been an art handler at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco since 1988.

Baxter Jackson

Baxter Jackson is an English Teacher at the Nizwa College of Applied Sciences in Oman. When he’s not teaching, he enjoys exploring his surroundings, traveling in the Middle East and freelance writing. His work has appeared in Lonely Planet and Matador Travel.

Marchell Dyon Jefferson

Marchell Dyon Jefferson's poetry has been published in Toasted Cheese, Blue Lake Review, A Little Poetry, Medusa's Kitchen, Strange Horizons, Stray Branch, Mused Bella and Torrid Literature's Christian Anthology. She won Torrid Literature's Romancing the Craft award for 2012. She is is from Chicago.

B.Z. Niditch

B.Z. Niditchis 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.

Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His newest book, Almost Rain, was released late last year. For a complete bibliography, please visit his website at simonperchik.com

Ruben Briseno Reveles

Ruben Briseno Reveles' life as a photographer began when he visited Mexico in search of his roots. He wanted to capture the experience so he could share it with family members who were unable to accompany him on his journey. And he fell in love with the lens and all that it reveals. View more of his work here and here.

Oliver Rice

Oliver Rice's poems appear widely in journals and anthologies in the United States and abroad. Creekwalker released an interview with him in January, 2010. His book of poems, On Consenting to Be a Man, published by Cyberwit, is available on Amazon. His online chapbook, Afterthoughts, Siestas, and the recording of his Institute for Higher Study appeared in Mudlark in December, 2010.

Varsha Saraiya-Shah

Varsha Saraiya-Shah's poetry has been published in various journals and anthologies including Borderlands, Mutabilis Press, Five Inprint Poets, Texas Observer, Houston Review, University of Texas Press, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Varsha reads her work regularly at Archway Gallery, a multi-genre venue, and she reads her ekphrastic poems (inspired and sponsored by their installations) at Rice Gallery: Words & Art.

Anita Scharf

Anita Scharf’s photos appear in many publications, including the University of the Pacific Swimming and Capital Public Radio media guides. She specializes in commercial portraiture, athletic events, and fine art platinum-palladium printing. She teaches writing at California State University at Sacramento and owns Scharf Photography. You can view more of her work and contact her there.

Allyson Seconds

Allyson Seconds is a singer, musician and physical culturist with an artist's mind. She discovered photography studying sculpture at UC Davis and has since shot for several publications, bands, record labels, and gallery shows. She likes messing with the precision of digital photography, tousling its perfect hair-do. You can contact her at alnational1@gmail.com.

Viola Weinberg

Viola Weinberg, with Dennis Schmidt, served as Sacramento's first poet laureate from 2000-2002. She has published five books of poetry and contributed work to numerous anthologies and publications. Her work has been an integral part of plays, musical compositions— even a senior citizen tap dance troupe. Her most recent book is Ensô: Twenty-four Paintings and One Poem, from InterGlobal Press. In 2008, she was named the Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet. Viola Weinberg was a co-founder of Women's Studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Cassondra Windwalker

Cassondra Windwalker lives in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, Colorado with two children, a dog, a cat, and one very stubborn Christmas cactus. She works as a deputy sheriff.

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