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Lytton Bell

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

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. Her poem "I am Fortune's Ungraceful Daughter" was nominated for a Pushcart. 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. She frequently reads her work in northern California, sometimes in collaboration with musicians, and has hosted readings in the Sacramento area for many years.


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.

Brian Michael Barbeito

Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer and photographer. His recent work appears in Fiction International and Suisin Valley Review.

Robert Beveridge

Robert Beveridge writes poetry just outside Cleveland, Ohio. His recent or forthcoming work appears in in Chiron Review, Zombie Logic Review, Literateur, and other journals. His sound recordings can be found here.

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.

Laura Carter

Laura Carter has published seven chapbooks, most recently Dear Angelou, available from WonderRoot/Loose Change Press. Her poems and reviews appear in a variety of journals, both online and in print. She lives in Atlanta.

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.

Milton P. Ehrlich

Milton P. Ehrlich, Ph.D., is an 85-year-old psychologist and a Korean War veteran who has published numerous poems in periodicals such as Descant, Wisconsin Review, Toronto Quarterly Review, Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, Shofar Literary Review, Blue Collar Review, Off The Coast, Blue Moon, Huffington Post, and The New York Times.

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."

Allen Forrest

Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University's Reed Magazine, and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation's permanent art collection. Forrest's expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

William S. Gainer

Bill Gainer is a storyteller, humorist, and an award winning poet. He earned his BA from St. Mary's College and his MPA from the University of San Francisco. He is the publisher of the PEN Award winning R. L. Crow Publications and is the ongoing host of Red Alice's Poetry Emporium in Sacramento. Gainer is internationally published and known across the country for giving legendary fun filled performances. Gainer's latest book, Lipstick and Bullet Holes, is available from Epic Rites Press. Visit him at billgainer.com.

Taylor Graham

Taylor Graham is a volunteer search-and-rescue dog handler in the Sierra Nevada of California, and is serving as El Dorado County's first poet laureate (2016-2018). Her poems have appeared in Iowa Review, Sacramento Voices, Tule Review, and elsewhere. She is included in the anthologies Villanelles and California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present. Her latest books are What the Wind Says, available from Lummox Press, and Uplift, available from Cold River Press.

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. He has recently authored a novel, Terminally Unique.

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 930 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 116 poetry videos on YouTube.

Allan Johnston

Allan Johnston has published one book of poems, Tasks of Survival, and three chapbooks, Northport, Contingencies, and Departures, all available from Finishing Line Press. His latest book, In a Window, is currently in press. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry East, Rhino, Rattle, Two Review, Aeolian Harp anthology series, and over sixty other journals. His awards include an Illinois Arts Council fellowship, Pushcart Prize nominations, and first prize in the Outrider Press Literary Anthology contest.

B.Z. Niditch

B.Z. Niditch is 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.

Steven D. Pace

Steven D. Pace has had a lifelong love of language and writing, particularly poetry. He continues to explore and be fascinated. In addition to Convergence, Steven's work has appeared in Penwood Review and Miller's Pond Poetry Magazine. Steven also has constructed a book-length manuscript for entry into the Emily Dickinson First Book Award Contest, 2017.

Fabrice B. Poussin

Fabrice Poussin teaches French and English at Shorter University. Author of novels and poetry, his work has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, Chimes, and dozens of other magazines. His photography has been published in Front Porch Review, San Pedro River Review, and more than 200 other publications.

Ann Privateer

Poetry was a grounding influence for Ann Privateer as she grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and spent a great deal of time in nature. Jotting down thoughts, creating word lists, gazing up at maple trees were favorite activities for a shy only child. After college she moved to Los Angeles, married, and moved north. Raising children contributed to her creative process. Now retired, she spends time in Paris, France visiting family. Her poems have appeared in Manzanita, Poetry Now, Tapestries, Entering, and Tiger Eyes, to name a few.

Ian C. Smith

Ian C Smith's work has appeared in Australian Book Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Cream City Review, New Contrast, Poetry Salzburg Review, Stony Thursday Book, and Two-Thirds North. His seventh book, wonder sadness madness joy, is available from Ginninderra Press. He lives in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, Australia.

Jeanine Stevens

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.

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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