c o n v e r g e n c e:
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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.


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.

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 Grey

John Grey is an Australian born poet. His work has been recently published in Slant, Southern California Review and Natural Bridge with work forthcoming in the Kerf, Leading Edge and Louisiana Literature.

Cristine A. Gruber

Cristine A. Gruber has published work in numerous magazines, including: North American Review, Writer's Digest, Writers' Journal, Ascent Aspirations, California Quarterly, Dead Snakes Online Journal, The Endicott Review, Penwood Review, Poem, Tule Review, and others. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Lifeline, is available from Infinity Publishing.

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.

James Lee Jobe

James Lee Jobe has been published in Manzanita, Tule Review, Pearl, and many other periodicals. His online publications include Knot Magazine, Poetry 24, Medusa's Kitchen, and The Original Van Gogh Anthology. Jobe has authored five chapbooks, and his blog PABLO at jamesleejobe.blogspot.com. He has lived in the Sacramento area for 25 years.

Celestial K.

Celestial K. has been a poet since she learned how to rhyme in elementary school. She received her BA in English and minor in Music from Wesleyan College, graduating in 2010. She received her Masters in Teaching at Augusta State University and currently works as a high school English teacher while continuing her writing.

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.

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.

Timothy Pilgrim

Timothy Pilgrim, a Pacific Northwest poet, is an associate professor emeritus of Western Washington University in Bellingham. His work has appeared in dozens of journals, including Seattle Review, Windfall, and Cirque. He is co-author of Bellingham Poems and is included in Idaho's Poets: A Centennial Anthology, Tribute to Orpheus II, and Weathered pages: The Poetry Pole.

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.

Don Thompson

Don Thompson has been publishing poetry since the early sixties, including several books and chapbooks in this century. Back Roads won the 2008 Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. An LA Times profile, "Planted in the San Joaquin," remains available online. Two prose poems that appeared originally in Convergence are included in Nietzsche Wept. Visit his website at don-e-thompson.com for links to his books and more.

Stephanie Anne Williams

Stephanie Anne Williams' poetry will soon be featured in Misty Review, and a book of her poems is forthcoming. She is an avid reader, writer, musician, theologian, philosopher, and actress. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English, and in her spare time, she especially enjoys acting and singing. Her true passion lies in her spirituality and utilizing it in order to help humanity. She plans to become a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

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