Frank Andrick is a poet, editor, and producer who works in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is author of Soluna, Tryptich, and the forthcoming TBP, works which include prose, poetry, and/or photography. He often performs his work with musicians and is featured on many recordings, cine-poems, and anthologies. He co-edited WTF from 2007 - 2016 and co-hosts the much-lauded Poetry Unplugged at Luna's Café. Frank's radio and journalism career stretches back to the mid-70s. Most recently, he hosted and produced the long-running Pomo Literati, a two hour spoken word program broadcast on KUSF.
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 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 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. Linville is a Pushcart nominee who 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. She frequently reads her work in northern California, sometimes in collaboration with musicians, and has hosted readings in the Sacramento area for many years.
An MFA graduate of Goddard College, Pat Andrus' work appears in over 80 publications and anthologies, including Blue Unicorn, Hawaii Review, San Diego Poetry Annual (2016-2017), and others. A former faculty member in the English Department at Bellevue College, Ms. Andrus also served as an Artist-In-Residence for Washington State. Her poetry collections include Daughter and Old Woman of Irish Blood. Her work is forthcoming in Synesthesia.
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.
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.
Charles Curry's stories have appeared in Helix, Copperfield Review, Homestead Review, and Garbanzo. He holds two Associate degrees and is retired from the service field.
Holly Day has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minnesota since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Tampa Review, SLAB, and Gargoyle, while her recently published books include Nordeast Minneapolis: A History, A Brief History of Stillwater Minnesota, and Ugly Girl.
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.
Robert Fabre has been writing poetry for over 30 years. His poems speak of the search for meaning in a secular world, of the border between the profane and the sacred. His work has been published in Ceremony, Eye on Life, Bare Fiction, New Poetry, Bindweed, and The Sheltered Poet.
A member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Jeannette Garrett has participated in numerous workshops at Inprint and Writespace in Houston, Texas, where she resides. A former staffer for an international magazine, she now writes freelance. She most recently published an essay in Crime Magazine. Her story in this issue of Convergence is her first published work of fiction.
Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, California from 2013-2016. She is the author of Night Court, winner of the 2016 Lyrebird Award, Wild Place, and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets. She is co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls. Her poems, reviews and articles appear widely. Please visit her website at EricaGoss.com.
A.J. Huffman has published nearly 30 poetry collections and chapbooks. Her most recent releases are The Pyre On Which Tomorrow Burns, Degeneration, A Bizarre Burning of Bees, and Familiar Illusions. She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a two-time Best of Net nominee. Over 2600 of her poems have been published in national and international journals, including Labletter, James Dickey Review, Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya.
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.
Michael Lee Johnson
Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, amateur photographer, and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois. Nominated for two Pushcarts awards poetry and for Best of the Net last year, Mr. Johnson has published in more than 935 small press magazines online and in print. His poems have appeared in 29 countries as of this date. He edits and publishes ten different poetry sites. He also has 117 poetry videos on YouTube.
P.M.F. Johnson's poetry has appeared in Threepenny Review, Evansville Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Measure, and elsewhere. He has published an ebook of love poems, Against The Night, available widely. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, the writer Sandra Rector. His web site is PMFJohnson.com.
Erren Geraud Kelly
Erren Geraud Kelly's work appears in the anthologies The Soul's Bright Home and Black Lives Have Always Mattered. His work has been featured in over 200 publications in print and online, in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. He is the author of the chapbook Disturbing The Peace, available from Night Ballet Press. Kelly received his his B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Stephanie Lakos is a photographer who works primarily with vintage equipment and methods. After many years as an artist using various mediums, she found film photography to be her true calling. In addition to vintage cameras, she shoots with plastic "toy" cameras and wood pinhole cameras. Using film and paper in various formats, she develops her own workboth black and white, and color. Stephanie divides her time between Northern California and New Mexico.
Jennifer Lothrigel is an artist and poet residing in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work has been published in Trivia Voices of Feminism, Narrative Northeast, Poetry Quarterly, Firefly Magazine, Tishman Review, Apeiron Review, and elsewhere.
James B. Nicola
James B. Nicola's poems have appeared in the Antioch, Southwest and Atlanta Reviews, Poetry East, Tar River, Rattle, and more. A Yale grad, he won a Dana Literary Award and a Willow Review award and was featured poet at New Formalist. His book Playing the Audience won a Choice award. He has two poetry collections: Manhattan Plaza and Stage to Page: Poems from the Theater. (2016). You can visit his website here.
Thomas Piekarski is a former editor of the California State Poetry Quarterly. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose poetry and interviews have appeared in literary journals internationally, including Nimrod, Florida English Journal, Cream City Review, Mandala Journal, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Quarterly, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, and Boston Poetry Magazine. He has published a travel book, Best Choices In Northern California, and Time Lines, a book of poems.
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 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.
Arthur Russell is a poet living in Nutley, New Jersey. He is the winner of the Providence Fine Arts Work Center fellowship and the Syracuse University fellowship. His awards include the Brooklyn Poet's YAWP Poem of the Year for 2015, YAWPER of the year for 2016, and an honorable mention in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize 2016. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Paterson Literary Review, Prelude, Yellow Chair Journal, Shot Glass Journal, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, Wilderness House Literary Journal, Kettle Blue Review and Red Wheelbarrow #9.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeanine Stevens studied poetry at University of California at Davis and California State University at Sacramento. She has advanced degrees in Anthropology and Education. Her second poetry collection, Inheritor, was published by Future Cycle Press last year. Stevens is a recent winner of the WOMR Cape Cod National Poetry Competition and the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Award, and she just received her fourth Pushcart Nomination. Her poems have been published in Squaw Valley Poetry Review, Pearl, Evansville Review, Valparaiso Poetry Journal, Verse Wisconsin, Stoneboat and others. Raised in Indiana, she now divides her time between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.
Viola Weinberg was named the first Poet Laureate of Sacramento and was the recipient of the Sacramento City and County Award for the Arts in Literature. She has 10 books in print, including a number of hand-printed editions. One, Monet's Kitchen, won the national award for art books. Nominated for Pushcart Awards and a Best of the Web Award, she is a Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet.
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.