Ron Czerwien is the owner of Avol’s Books LLC, which sells used and out-of-print books on the Internet. His poems have appeared online and in print journals. Ron hosts the Madtown Poetry Open Mic readings on the first Friday of each month at Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sina Evans: "As far as the content goes, by hand: now this is where I live! Many of the art projects I undertake fall into the category I call "destorying," that is, breaking apart books or other printed materials to create new stories. The pieces in this submission used to be books, album covers, an old game box and a map."
Sandra Fees is a native Pennsylvanian. She holds an MA from Syracuse University’s creative writing program and a Master’s of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary. Her poems have appeared in Broad and New Madrid, and are forthcoming in S/tick and Rust + Moth. She is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.
Ira Joel Haber was born and lives in Brooklyn. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, book dealer, photographer and teacher. His work is in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, New York Univesity, The Guggenheim Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum & The Albright Knox Art Gallery. He currently teaches art to retired public school teachers at the United Federation of Teachers program in Brooklyn.
A carpenter, Ted Jean writes, paints, plays tennis with lovely Lai Mei. Poorly educated, he has been in trouble with the law, but had a rather good, albeit brief, run as an AIG executive. He drinks too much, talks too much, but what the hell, he's a poet, right? His work has been found in Beloit Poetry Journal, PANK, DIAGRAM, Juked, and the unsullied Right Hand Pointing.
Pushcart nominated poet George McKim has an MFA in Painting. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Ilanot Review, Diagram, elimae, The Found Poetry Review, Poetry WTF, Scissors and Spackle, Dear Sirs, Shampoo, Ditch, Glittermob, Cricket Online Review, Otoliths, Blaze Vox, The Tupelo Press 30/30 Project and others. His chapbook of found poetry and visual poetry, Found & Lost, was published by Silver Birch Press in 2015 and a second chapbook titled Ghost Apparatus is forthcoming from ELJ Publications in 2017.
Marianne Paul is a Canadian novelist and poet who has recently been playing with English-language forms of Japanese poetry, combining haiku and art to create haiga. Her work has appeared in several journals, including the haiku edition of Right Hand Pointing.
Eugenia Hepworth Petty's most recent poetry can be found in the anthology America Is Not The World, published by Pankhearst Press. Her third chapbook of poetry, Instructions for the Apocalypse, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. When not writing, Eugenia loves doing what she did for this issue: cutting things out and gluing them onto other things. www.eugeniahepworth.com
Decades ago, kerry rawlinson gravitated from sunny Zambian skies to solid Canadian soil. Now back with her muses, she's a finalist in Ascent Aspirations; Mississippi Valley & Malahat Review Open Season Contests. Poems, some w. artwork, lately accepted by: Midwest Quarterly; ditchpoetry; Lantern Journal; Main Street Rag; Codex. Artwork: Qwerty; Centrifugal Eye; Five on the Fifth.
Kerfe Roig: "I most often work in fiber or collage, and I like to recycle materials, but I do not limit myself to any particular media. Different ideas suggest different methods of expression. A news story, an art work, an interaction, a poem—anything can prompt creation. This group of work is inspired by mythology and religion, and is part of my junk-mail art series, using advertising postcards as grounds."
The newly released, This Summer and That Summer, (Bloomsbury) is Sanjeev Sethi’s third book of poems. His poems were recently in Otoliths, Off the Coast, Hamilton Stone Review, Café Dissensus Everyday, Section 8 Magazine, The Peregrine Muse, The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Futures Trading, and elsewhere. He lives in Mumbai, India.
Ken Sawitri was born in Blora, Central Java, Indonesia. She completed her degree in psychology at Universitas Indonesia. As a haiku pupil she dedicated her haiku to her motherland in "Listen, The Spice Whispers" and noted her journey in writing haiku in "Give Yourself A Kiss"
Varsha Saraiya-Shah's poetry chapbook, Voices, is forthcoming in July 2016 from Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared in Asian Cha, Borderlands, Convergence, Mutabilis Press and other publications. An untiring eye for the small wonders of life inspires her work.
Shloka Shankar is a freelance writer from Bangalore, India. She loves experimenting with Japanese verse forms and found poetry alike. Her work has most recently appeared in Otoliths, Failed Haiku, Random Sample Review, and others. Shloka is also the founding editor of the literary & arts journal Sonic Boom.
John L. Stanizzi is author of Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, Hallelujah Time! His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, The New York Quarterly, Rattle, and others. He has read at many venues throughout Connecticut, and is an adjunct professor of English at Manchester Community College. http://www.johnlstanizzi.com
Sharon Suzuki-Martinez is the author of The Way of All Flux (New Rivers Press, 2012). She has forthcoming poems in Gargoyle, Duende, and Dusie. She also curates The Poet’s Playlist.
Mark Trechock retired last year, and is planting poems again after a long hiatus. Some of the poems have been picked and published recently by Off the Coast, Limestone, Wilderness House Literary Journal, Canary and Raven Chronicles.
Robert Walicki's debut chapbook is A Room Full Of Trees (Redbird Press). His newest chapbook, The Almost Sound of Snow Falling, was just released from Night Ballet Press. His most recent work has appeared in The Kentucky Review and VerseWrites.