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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, and she occasionally appears with musicians, including Victor Krummencher of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker.


Jason Dean Arnold

Jason Dean Arnold works as the Learning Systems Architect at the University of Florida's College of Education and is finishing his doctorate degree at the University of North Florida. His poems appear in recent issues of Draft Journal, Brooklyn Voice, Icebox Journal, NNATAN, and Bridge Eight. Visit his website at temporarytranslation.com/poetry.

Jane Beal

Jane Beal, PhD, is a poet and the creator of more than a dozen poetry collections, including Sanctuary and Rising: Poems for America, as well as three recording projects that combine music and poetry: Songs from the Secret Life, Love-Song, and The Jazz Bird. She also writes fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary criticism and teaches at the University of California, Davis. To learn more, please vist her page sanctuarypoet.net

Katy Brown

Katy Brown, a resident of Davis, California, has won awards in The Ina Coolbrith Circle, The Berkeley Poets Dinner, and California Federation of Chaparral Poets competitions. She has had poems in Glass Art Magazine, Wee Wisdom, Daily Word, Harpstrings, and Song of the San Joaquin among others. Her workbook, Poetry Potions, was used in schools for nearly twenty years and is being released in a digital format. Her other writing credits include automobile humor, greeting cards, a multiple-ending book, and a series of short mysteries for young readers. She is a regular contributor to Rattlesnake Press publications

Kacey Carmassi

Kacey Carmassi is a music promoter and amateur photographer who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Leslie Gerber

Leslie Gerber was born in Brooklyn in 1943. After a long career as a classical music seller and music critic, he began writing poetry in 1999. His first book, Lies of the Poets, was published in 2014. He lives in Woodstock, New York with his wife and dogs.

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.

Erren Geraud Kelly

Erren Geraud Kelly is a Pushcart nominated poet who has been writing for 25 years and has over 100 pieces in publications such as Hiram Poetry Review, Mudfish, Poetry Magazine (online), Ceremony, Cactus Heart, Similar Peaks, Gloom Cupboard, and Poetry Salzburg. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including In Our Own Words: Generation X, Fertile Ground, and Beyond The Frontier. His chapbook, Disturbing The Peace is available from Night Ballet Press. His work can also been seen on Youtube under "Gallery Cabaret." Mr. Kelly received his B.A. degree in English-Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

David Kerr

David Kerr has lived most of his life in Africa (Botswana, Malawi, and Zambia) using theatre as a way of communicating about human rights issues. He has published a prize-winning academic work, African Popular Theatre, and written or edited numerous articles and books. His creative work includes a book of verse, Tangled Tongues, four plays, and numerous poems and short stories. He has also published a novel., Passages, under pseudonym Derrick Zgambo.

Joan Carroll Kudin

Sacramento native Joan Carroll Kudin's passion was always music. She worked for Tower, sang/toured with bands, received airplay, a JLSC certificate, and even a music degree, but never found her true place in the field. Then in 2010 she was gifted a camera, and an instant passion was born. While she is still happily discovering the open ended possibilities of this form of expression, her images have been seen in several Sacramento area venues and galleries. Visit her website at joancarrollkudin.com.

B.Z. Niditch

B.Z. Niditch is 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, Osiris, Poetry, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press. For more information, free e-books, and his essay titled "Magic, Illusion and Other Realities," please visit his website at simonperchik.com.

Shawn Pittard

Shawn Pittard is the author of two slender volumes of poetry: Standing in the River, which was the winner of Tebot Bach's 2010 Clockwise Chapbook Competition, and These Rivers from Rattlesnake Press. He is also a screenwriter and writing teacher. By day, he is the Assistant Public Adviser at the California Energy Commission.

Frank Possemato

Of the first generation in his family to attend college, Frank Possemato currently teaches English in the Los Angeles Community Colleges. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including 3AM, Underground Voices, and in Akashic's Mondays Are Murder series.

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.

Allegra Jostad Silberstein

Allegra Jostad Silberstein was born on a farm in Wisconsin but has lived in California since 1963. Her love of poetry began as a child when her mother would recite poems as she worked. In addition to three chapbooks of poetry, she has publications in many journals, a growing number online. In March, 2010, Allegra became the first Poet Laureate for the city of Davis and served for two years. She is also a dancer and sings and plays washboard with Front Porch Bluegrass in Davis.

Roger G. Singer

Roger G. Singer has had over 770 poems published on the internet, magazines and in books. Some of the magazines that have accepted his poems for publication are Westward Quarterly, SP Quill, Avocet, Underground Voices, Outlaw Poetry, Literary Fever, Language & Culture, The Stray Branch, Tipton Poetry Journal, Indigo Rising, and Jerry Jazz. Dr. Singer has been in private practice for 37 years, serving on multiple committees for the American Chiropractic Association and lecturing at colleges in the United States, Canada and Australia. He has authored over fifty articles for his profession and served as a medical technician during the Vietnam era.

Jeanine Stevens

Besides writing, Jeanine Stevens enjoys Romanian folk dance and Tai Chi. Her latest chapbook, Needle in the Sea, was published by Tiger's Eye Press. Her poem, "New Delhi" won the MacGuffin National Poet Hunt. She studied poetry at U.C. Davis and is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Viola Weinberg

Viola Weinberg is a Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet who has won numerous awards. She was the first Poet Laureate of Sacramento, California in 2000 and was named "Woman of the Year" by the California State Commission on the Status of Women in 1979. A co-founder of Women's Studies at California State University, Sacramento, she is published in a wide array of media, from prayer flags to the websites. She has published five books of poetry, including The Sum Complexities of the Humble Field, Letters to Pablo Neruda and Ensô: Twenty-Four Paintings and One Poem with Mario Uribe. She lives in rural Sonoma County in Northern California where she writes in a yurt.

Brent Wiggans

Brent Wiggans is a charter school records wrangler by day. By night, he can be found tinkering in the recording studio or pounding drums on a stage. He's married to Michelle, a dazzler by all accounts that matter.

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