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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 where she is very active in the poetry scene.


Doug Bolling

Doug Bolling's poetry has appeared widely in literary journals including Tribeca Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Inflectionist Review, Water-Stone Review, Basalt, Hamilton Stone Review, and Storm Cellar, among others. He recently was featured as Poet of the Month in Missing Slate. Bolling has received five Pushcart Prize nominations, has taught in several colleges and universities, and currently lives in Flossmoor, Illinois, part of the greater Chicago area.

Lisa J. Cihlar

Lisa J. Cihlar's poems have appeared in Blackbird, South Dakota Review, Crab Creek Review, and Southern Humanities Review. She's had two Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. Her chapbook, The Insomniac's House, is available from Dancing Girl Press, and a second chapbook, This is How She Fails, is available from Crisis Chronicles Press. She won the Blue Light Press chapbook contest for When I Pick Up My Wings from the Dry Cleaner.

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.

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."

M. Krockmalnik Grabois

M. Krockmalnik Grabois' poems have appeared in hundreds of literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He is a regular contributor to Prague Revue and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, most recently for his story "Purple Heart" published in The Examined Life in 2012 and for his poem "Birds" published in The Blue Hour in 2013. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available from Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition.

Carol Hamilton

Carol Hamilton has upcoming and recent publications in Louisiana Review, Tribeca Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, San Pedro River Review, Aurorean, US1 Worksheet, Colere, Narrow Fellow, Lilliput, Bluestem, Flint Hills Review, Blue Unicorn, Sow's Ear Poetry, Gray Sparrow Review and others. She has published 16 books— children's novels, legends and poetry. She is a former Poet Laureate of Oklahoma and has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize.

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, and many other periodicals. His poems are also included in The Sacramento Anthology: 100 Poems and Jewel of the Valley: A California Anthology. Jobe has authored five chapbooks, including What God Said When She Finally Answered Me from Rattlesnake Press. Read his blog at jamesleejobe.blogspot.com.

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 30 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. The main themes for Chris' photography are naturescapes and rustic America. Chris is also a perpetual student of philosophy at the University of North Florida.

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.

Simon Perchik

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His newest book, Almost Rain, was released late last year. For a complete bibliography, please visit his website at simonperchik.com

Timothy Pilgrim

Timothy Pilgrim, Bellingham, is a Pacific Northwest poet with over 200 published poems and is an associate professor emeritus at Western Washington University. He is included in Idaho's poets: A Centennial Anthology from University of Idaho Press and has been accepted by journals such as Cirque, Seattle Review and Windfall.

Ruben Briseno Reveles

Ruben Briseno Reveles' 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.

Rosario Romero

Rosario Romero is an amateur photographer and music aficionado who lives in La Jolla, California.

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.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith lives near Chicago with his wife Flavia. He writes fiction and poetry, inspired by riding the bus all over Chicago, by riding the bike, and by playing the electric bass guitar. He has worked as engineer, superintendent, construction estimator, and telemarketer. He believes that brevity is the soul of having something to say, and then cutting something in half.

J.R. Solonche

Five-time Pushcart as well as Best of the Net Anthology nominee, J.R. Solonche has been publishing in magazines, journals, and anthologies since the early 70s. He is coauthor of Peach Girl: Poems for a Chines Daughter and author of Beautiful Day.

Jeanine Stevens

Besides writing, Jeanine Stevens enjoys Romanian folk dance and Tai Chi. Her latest chapbook, Needle in the Sea, was published by Tiger's Eye Press. Her poem, "New Delhi" won the MacGuffin National Poet Hunt. She studied poetry at U.C. Davis and is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers.

Ashley Warren

Ashley Warren lives in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Southwest Journal, Eye On Life Magazine, Current Accounts, and Full Moon Poetry Society which awarded her Second Best Poem of 2011. She has been published multiple times in Elohi Gadugi Journal and Chanterelle's Notebook and has a short story in The Cynic. Her work showcases a strong story-telling ability with rich imagery and peripatetic urges.

Cassondra Windwalker

Cassondra Windwalker lives in the shadow of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Fort Collins, Colorado with two children, a dog, a cat, and one very stubborn Christmas cactus. She works as a deputy sheriff.

Brenda Yamen

Brenda Yamen is a Health Scientist and amateur photographer currently residing in Washington DC. She has loved photography since the age of 15 and goes nowhere without her trusty camera. Brenda's interest in photography occasionally crosses paths with her love of great music; her photos have been used by some of her favorite musicians. In addition to concert photography, Brenda enjoys landscape and nature photography, and travels extensively searching for her next photo op. Her collection can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/bjy/.

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