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Lytton Bell

Lytton Bell has published five books, most recently Body Image. She has won eight poetry contests and has been the featured reader at many California literary venues. Her sixth book is forthcoming in 2017. Her work has appeared in over six dozen publications. She is a founding member of the poetry performance troupe Poetica Erotica. As a teenager, Lytton won a scholarship to the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts, where she studied with Deb Burnham and Len Roberts. Lytton graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College. 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 collection of poems, Spare Parts and Dismemberment, is available from R.L. Crow.

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


Jane Blue

Jane Blue has been published widely in print and online. She is the author of four books, most recently Blood Moon from FutureCycle Press. Her memoir, My Mother and Amelia Earhart is available on Amazon Kindle. Ms. Blue was born and raised in Berkeley, but now lives near the Sacramento River.

Doug Bolling

Doug Bolling's poetry has appeared widely in literary journals including Water-Stone Review, Basalt, Juked, Redactions, Posit, Inflectionist Review, Sierra Nevada Review, Folia, Indefinite Space, and Real Magazine, among others. Bolling has received several Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. He is working on a collection of poems for 2016 publication. Retired from college teaching, he resides in the greater Chicago area.

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

Samantha Cox-Colborn

Samantha Cox-Colborn rediscovered her passion for travel and nature photography in 2011 during a trip to Costa Rica. She works and lives in Silicon Valley and enjoys travel and photography in her spare time. For more pictures and information, visit her website.

Frank De Canio

Frank De Canio's work has been published in over 100 electronic and print magazines including Danger, Pleiades, Genie, Write On!!, Red Owl, Nuthouse, Love‘s Chance, Words of Wisdom, Rook publishing, Illogical Muse, Writer’s Journal, The Lyric, Free Lunch, Art Times, Pearl, Hazmat, Medicinal Purposes, Blue Unicorn and Ship of Fools, Raintown Review, and others.

Darren C. Demaree

Darren C. Demaree is the author is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Nineteen Steps Between Us available from After the Pause Press. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology and Ovenbird Poetry. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

J.R. Gerow

J.R. Gerow lives in the Bronx, and has previously been published in Mobius. His debut novel, The Invention of Earth, is searching for its home.

Kyle Hemmings

Kyle Hemmings has art work in Stray Branch, Euphenism, Uppagus, Bitchin' Kitsch, and elsewhere. He loves pre-punk garage bands of the 60s, Manga comics, and urban photography/art.

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.

Stan Kaplan

Stan Kaplan's poetry has appeared in a number of journals, including Onthebus, Midstream, Quiet Courage, Chiron Review, Mobius, and Scarlett Leaf.

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has published over a thousand poems. His latest book Lane Changes is available from Four Way Books. He holds a Ph.D. and has been a professional boxer and a CEO. He has been writing his whole life.

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.

Steven D. Pace

Steven D. Pace has had a love for language and writing since he was a child and has given himself to its study, particularly poetry. He has been experimenting with many different styles/forms/themes, and generates his own forms from time to time. He continues to explore and continues to be fascinated. He has been published in Penwood Review.

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.

Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips works in Boise, teaching at-risk junior high kids how to write, read, and dominate on the basketball court. He frequently escapes to Rockaway Beach on the Oregon Coast. His work has appeared in Blue Monday Review, Scarborough Fair, Blotterature, upstreet, Shark Pack, and From Sac. He recently signed a book contract for his first novel and feels outrageously lucky to have a disproportionately fantastic wife and two small bizarre sons.

Benjamin Norman Pierce

Benjamin Norman Pierce holds BA's in Philosophy, History, and English. He lived in Sophia, Bulgaria for two and a half years, teaching history at First English Language Gymnasium of Sophia, participating in the expatriate writing circles there, and taking time to learn painting. He paints in tempera and draws in chalk or pastels, and does some work in purely digital media as well. He has a novel available, Snuck Past Death and Sleep, and has an album of Lovecraft-inspired ambient music, Al-Azif, available on LastFM. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Lilliput Review, Poesy, Dragonfly, Raintown Review, Red Owl, Primordial Traditions and more. He was an enthusiastic participant in the 2011 occupation of the Wisconsin state capitol building. View more of his work here.

Timothy Pilgrim

Timothy Pilgrim, a Northwest poet and emeritus associate professor of journalism at Western Washington University, has published over 300 poems — with acceptances by dozens of journals such as Seattle Review, Windfall, Cirque, San Pedro River Review, and Third Wednesday. He is author of Mapping Water (recently released from Flying Trout Press) and co-author of Bellingham Poems. His work can be found at TimothyPilgrim.org.

Ruben Briseno Reveles

Ruben's 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.

Rosario Romero

Rosario Romero is an amateur photographer and music aficionado who lives in San Diego, California.

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.

Peter Spencer

Peter Spencer, an alumnus of California State University Sacramento, fell in love with photography in college and been nurtured by it ever since. Photography, like poetry, requires focus and attention to discover what is not always clear or understood. He is currently at work on a collaborative project of abstract images paired with Viola Weinberg's poetry in a series titled "The Ghosts of Electricity."

Jeanine Stevens

Jeanine Stevens is the author of Sailing on Milkweed, Inheritor (recently released from Future Cycle Pres), and Needle in the Sea. She has won the MacGuffin Poet Hunt, the Ekphrasis Prize and the Stockton Arts Commission Award. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Stoneboat, Arsenic Lobster, Rosebud, Pearl, Evansville Review, Addana, and Connecticut River Review.

Matt Veazey

Matt Veazey studied creative writing at the University of Arizona in the 1980s, and his work is influenced by his love of Western landscapes. He now lives in Sacramento. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Now.

Viola Weinberg

Viola Weinberg was the first Poet Laureate of Sacramento, and is a Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet. She is a founding member of the Tough Old Broads of poetry. Author of eight books of poetry, one bus placard and many poems that have appeared in anthologies and magazines, she has continued to write, publish and read everywhere from Kazakhstan to California. Weinberg lives in rural Sonoma County in Northern California.

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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