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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's writing can be found online and in print, thanks to Cruel Garters, Bridge Eight, Draft Journal, Five Quarterly, NNATAN, SP CE, The Brooklyn Voice, and many others. A multidisciplinary work (composed for eight musicians and readers) was recently performed at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville (MoCA-Jax), Florida. Jason holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and currently serves as Associate Director for E-Learning, Technology, & Creative Services at the University of Florida's College of Education.

Rhony Bhopla

Rhony Bhopla was born in London, UK, and has lived in the US most of her life. Her poetry is inspired by her mentors and friends alike, who have come from a variety of places in the world as well as educational backgrounds. Also, she writes about herself, and her experiences abroad. Rhony is the founder of ShiluS publications, named after her mother Sushil (which means good in Sanskrit), and has also published Bliss, a Journal of Erotica. She hold a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Davis.

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

Yuan Changming

Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart nominee and author of six chapbooks, grew up in rural China and began to learn English at the age of 19. Yuan published monographs on translation before moving to Canada. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, Best New Poems Online, Threepenny Review and over a thousand other publications across 37 countries.

Jim Conwell

With an original background in Fine Art, Jim Conwell has worked in mental health for thirty years. He has had poems published in magazines in the UK, Ireland, and North America and had two poems shortlisted in the Bridport Poetry Prize 2015. He lives in London.

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.

David Dane

David Dane lives between Camp Verde, Arizona and the Nicatous Lodge in Maine. An avid outdoorsman, he tends to his property and enjoys life. He studied poetry under Charles Simic at the UNH where he received his MA in writing. His work has appeared in Quarterly West Journal and in other publications.

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.

Darren C. Demaree

Darren C. Demaree is the author of As We Refer to Our Bodies, Temporary Champions, and Not For Art Nor Prayer. He is the Managing Editor of the Best of the Net Anthology. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.

John Dorsey

John Dorsey is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sodomy is a City in New Jersey, Tombstone Factory, and most recently Appalachian Frankenstein. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He may be reached at archerevans@yahoo.com.

Sophia Ewing

Sophia Ewing is an amateur photographer, musician, and adventurer who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a Peace Corps recruiter who has lived in Swaziland. Sophie is inspired by Mark Twain who said: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Kat Franceska

Kat Franceska lives and works in Norfolk, England. In 2011 she earned a BA-Honors in Fine Art from Norwich University of the Arts and hasnŐt painted a picture since. Her poetry has been published in print and online, reaching audiences in the UK, in Ireland, in Berlin and in the USA. Her day jobs are being a library assistant and an artistsŐ model. Her website is KatFranceska.com.

P.M.F. Johnson

P.M.F. Johnson's poetry has appeared in Threepenny Review, Evansville Review, Nimrod, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, Mayfly and many other magazines. He has published four fantasy novels, Drifter Mage, Desert Mage, Disk Of Dragons, and Trollen Rose. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, the writer Sandra Rector. His web site is PMFJohnson.com.

Erren Geraud Kelly

Erren Geraud Kelly 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. Mr. Kelly received his B.A. degree in English-Creative Writing from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and currently lives in Seattle.

Stephanie Lakos

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 work—both black and white, and color. Stephanie divides her time between Northern California and New Mexico.

Aubrey Laughlin

Aubrey Laughlin is a poet and a photographer who has lived overseas and enjoys traveling. Most of her pictures center on travel, nature, and the human experience across cultures. She has photographed scenes in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Ireland, California, and other locations.

Andrew Oerke

Andrew Oerke was a Peace Corps Director in Africa and the Caribbean. For many years he was president of a private and voluntary organization, working in and visiting more than 160 countries. His work has appeared frequently in The New Yorker, The New Republic, Poetry, and in other publications in the U.S. and abroad. In 2003, he was given the award for literature by the UN Society of Writers and Artists.

Timothy Pilgrim

Timothy Pilgrim, a Pacific Northwest poet, has over 270 acceptances by dozens of journals such as Seattle Review, Windfall, Cirque and San Pedro River Review. He is 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.

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.

Praveen Sinha

Praveen Sinha is a San Francisco-based activist and organizer who works as a Software Engineer. He earned his degree at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Kara Synhorst

Kara Synhorst is a lifelong Sacramentan who has never lived more than seven miles from her childhood home. She earned her B.A., teaching credential, and M.A. from California State University at Sacramento and now teaches English at Luther Burbank High School. She lives with her husband Reza, daughter Azadeh, and son Lochlan. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Now, Medusa's Kitchen, The Found Poetry Review, unFold, Phantom Kangaroo, Sacramento News and Review, and Susurrus.

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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