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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 teaches writing at California State University at Sacramento and frequently hosts and reads at poetry events both on her own and with Poetica Erotica. Linville's work has appeared in many publications and several anthologies. Her book of collected poems, The Lost Thing, is available from Cold River Press. Her second poetry collection, Out of Reach, is forthcoming. A music aficionado with a theater background, Cynthia is usually out and about supporting the arts in Sacramento and in the San Francisco Bay Area.


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, Icebox Journal, NNATAN, and Yorick Magazine.

Myles Boisen

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.

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

Stefanie P. Buckner

Stefanie P. Buckner is a graduate of Samford University and Duke Divinity School.  Her poems have appeared in Sacred Journey, The Penwood Review, Ruah, 34th Parallel, New Verse News, Lyric, and other literary journals.  After living in many beautiful southern states, Buckner now resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband where she teaches English.

Anthony Christou

Anthony Christou is an Australian concept artist and illustrator who has been illustrating commercially over the last 5 years. He has worked on a range of different projects and of subject matter including fantasy illustration, concept art, science fiction illustration, children’s illustration, story boarding, matte painting and advertising illustration. Anthony has worked for a variety of clients internationally including video game studios, film studios, publishers, authors, advertising agencies and Animation Studios. Recently, Conceptart.org, CGHUB and The Gnomon Workshop have awarded Anthony for his environment concepts and illustrations. You can view more of his work at achristouillustration.com.

Elijah Enos

Elijah Enos studies at California State University, Sacramento, where he is working on a degree in English. He envisions a poetry in which clear, direct images convey a philosophical depth, a poetry in which the past is made present and impermanent things become symbols of vitality. He has been published in Van Gogh's Ear and the anthology Late Peaches: Poems by Sacramento Poets.

George Gott

George Gott is a retired teacher of the University of Wisconsin-Superior. More than 800 of his poems have been published in numerous magazines in the United States and many other countries. Gott has recently had two books of poetry published, The Willow Tree and Other Inclinations and The SycamoreTree.

Taylor Graham

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in El Dorado County. Her work is included in the anthologies Villanelles and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present. Her book The Downstairs Dance Floor was awarded the Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize. Her latest book is What the Wind Says, poems about living and working with her canine search partners over the past 40 years.

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.

Lyn Lifshin

Lyn Lifshin has written more than 125 books and edited four anthologies of women writers. Her poems have appeared in numerous poetry and literary magazines and anthologies of recent writing by women. Lyn Lifshin has taught poetry and prose writing for many years at universities, colleges and high schools, and has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. Winner of numerous awards including the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off. Lyn is the subject of the documentary film Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass.

Arlene L. Mandell

Arlene L. Mandell, a retired English professor who lives in Santa Rosa, California, was formerly on the staff of Good Housekeeping magazine. She has published more than 500 poems, essays and short stories in newspapers and literary journals, and in 24 anthologies. Her echapbook, Scenes from My Life on Hemlock Street: A Brooklyn Memoir, is available free at echapbook.com/memoir/mandell.

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.

Ann Floreen Niedringhaus

Ann Floreen Niedringhaus's poems have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Rattle, Sojourners, Third Wednesday, Calyx, The Country Doctor Revisited, and Bound Together Like the Grasses. Her poetry chapbooks are Life Suspended and Parallel to the Horizon.  She teaches poetry writing at the St. Louis County Jail and lives in Duluth.

Ann Privateer

Ann Privateer is a poet, painter, photographer, and retired teacher from Cleveland, Ohio, who resides in northern California and spends part of the year in Paris, France, where she tries to keep up with her grand daughter, Lilas. Ann's poems have appeared in Ink, Sweat, and Tears a UK Blog, Sacramento News and Review, Manzanita, Mamazine, Poetry Now, Ophidian, Tapestries, Suisun Valley Review, The Sacramento Anthology: One Hundred Poems, and Tiger's Eye to name a few.

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. View more of his work here and here.

Oliver Rice

Oliver Rice's poems have appeared widely in the United States and abroad. An interview with Creekwalker was released in January 2010. His book of poems, On Consenting to be a Man from Cyberwit, is offered on Amazon. His online chapbook, Afterthoughts, Siestas and his recording of his The Institute for Higher Study went up on Mudlark in December 2010.

Robert Sanders

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.

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.

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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