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 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.
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, 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.
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 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.
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."
Kristie Brown Gripp
Kristie Brown Gripp is a traveler, photographer, and music aficionado who lives in Cleveland, Ohio. You can view more of her work here.
A.J. Huffman has published eleven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook. Her new poetry collections, Another Blood Jet and A Few Bullets Short of Home are available from Eldritch Press and mgv2>publishing, respectively. She has two additional poetry collections forthcoming from Transcendent Zero Press: Degeneration from Pink Girl Ink and A Bizarre Burning of Bees. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has published over 2200 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.
A California native, Sharon Mahany holds a BA in English from California State University, Sacramento. After a career in Recreation and raising two children, Sharon now works as a writer, editor, and Reiki practitioner. An emerging poet, Sharon is happy to have poems published or forthcoming in DADs DESK, Brevities, Ostin's Desk Online, Jennifersword, Song of the San Joaquin, Ina Coolbrith Gathering 13, and Eber & Wein's Where the Mind Dwells.
Carol Louise Moon
Carol Louise Moon is a Simulated Client Actor in the Sacramento area. She is editor of DADs DESK. a large-print poetry journal, and has been published in Suisun Valley Review, Song of the San Joaquin, California Quarterly, Everything Stops and Listens, Peeking Cat, and other journals. Her work is also included in the Sacramento Voices anthologies volumes 2 and 3.
Christopher Kildow Moon
Christopher Kildow Moon was born and raised on the central coast of California. A retired U.S. Navy veteran, Christopher and Barbara, his wife of 38 years, now reside in Jacksonville, Florida. His photography has been published online at Medusa's Kitchen and received honors in 2005 from the international Everyman online photo contest. Chris has also been published in Rattlesnake Review and DADs DESK. The main themes for Chris' photography are naturescapes and rustic America.
Cameron Murphy is a fifth-year Liberal Studies major at the University of Louisville with concentrations in Philosophy, Sociology, Theatre Arts, and a minor in Creative Writing. He has been the recipient of three Creative Writing Scholarships at U of L, was awarded publication in the Actors Theatre of Louisville's New Voices 2011 anthology, and has published non-fiction in Eclectica and short fiction in UCLA's literary journal, Westwind. He prefers black coffee and springtime.
Mia Parviainen is an English teacher living in Massachusetts. She has taught Creative Writing for eight years; she writes to practice what she preaches. Her work has appeared in Hiram Poetry Review, Amoskeag, Burning Word, and Human Architecture. Among her friends, she is known for baking, crocheting profusely, and serving tea.
Jared Pearce teaches writing and literature at William Penn University. Some of his poems appear in Asymptote, DIAGRAM, Emerson Review, Coup d'etat, and the Lines + Stars Best of Anthology.
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 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.
Jonathan Shipley is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He's written for such varied publications as the Los Angeles Times, Gather Journal, and Fine Books & Collections. He finds inspiration in dead poets, forests, his daughter, wandering cities he doesn't know with someone he knows, and art, like that of Anish Kapoor.
Paige Simkins is a poet who lives with her dog, Sir Simon, in Florida. She received a Bachelor degree in English (Creative Writing) and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science. She works as a Public Librarian and is very passionate about poetry, libraries, VW Beetles, and visual art. Her poems have appeared in Tulane Review, Literary Juice, Burningword, Wayfarer, Bluestocking, Furious Gazelle, Crack the Spine, and Stepping Stones.
Gail Sulmers is making her debut as a published writer in this issue. An obstetrician-gynecologist and mother of three, she has also written a novel and other short stories that focus on women at crossroads. Gail counts herself lucky to be multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and blessed with the opportunity to travel in over sixty countries. She has worked in the same office for thirty-four years, assisting her patients in some of life's most intimate decisions.
Viola Weinberg is a Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet who has won numerous awards. She was the first Poet Laureate of Sacramento, California in 2000 and was named "Woman of the Year" by the California State Commission on the Status of Women in 1979. A co-founder of Women's Studies at California State University, Sacramento, she is published in a wide array of media, from prayer flags to the websites. She has published five books of poetry, including The Sum Complexities of the Humble Field, Letters to Pablo Neruda and Ensô: Twenty-Four Paintings and One Poem with Mario Uribe. She lives in rural Sonoma County in Northern California where she writes in a yurt.
Stephanie Williams is a writer from Delaware who has a strong passion for the human condition, philosophy, knowledge, and spirituality. Her writing aims to intersect the schisms between light and dark, and to reconcile the dichotomy between transcendent and immanent realms of reality. In addition to publishing a poetry book with eLectio, she has also been published in a few poetry magazines such as Melted Wing, Misty Review, Mystic Nebula, and Virtual Artists Collective. She hopes to one day fulfill her dream of being both an evangelist and wordsmith.