Vol. 3  No. 1  Winter 2006


C.B. ANDERSON began writing poems in 2003, at age 54. His work has appeared
in The Lyric, Iambs & Trochees, Sahara, The Chaffin Journal, Romantics
Quarterly and other journals. For twenty years he has been the gardener for the
PBS television series, The Victory Garden.

MARTIN ANDERSSON (b. 1976) is a high school teacher in Sweden. The first
poem he learned by heart was Viktor Rydberg's "Tomten" ("The Gnome" or "The
Brownie"), at the age of 7. His specialty is fantastic literature, with a special focus
on H.P. Lovecraft; he has also written an article on the poetry of Clark Ashton
Smith (as yet unpublished) and a presentation of Lord Dunsany (published in

JIM BARTON loves to tell stories with his poems. He has work published in
MississippiReview.com, Louisiana Literature, Poetry Motel, Snowy Egret and other
fine venues. He makes his home in rural southern Arkansas with his wife and
three of their seven children.

GUY BELLERANTI creates fiction, poetry and puzzles from the hell heat of
southern Arizona. His work has appeared in many publications, including The
Eternal Night, Futures Mysterious Anthology, The Saturday Evening Post and
Dana Literary Society and Capper’s. His homepage on the web is: http://www.

BRUCE BOSTON has a number of poems on the suggested reading list in the
Locus Readers' Poll (https://secure.locusmag.com/2006/Issues/2006PoetryPoll.
html) for all-time favorite science fiction/fantasy/horror poem. You can find links
to five of these currently available online at his website http://hometown.aol.

DAMON D. BREWER was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas. He graduated
from Enola High school in 1965. He began college at (UACCM) University of
Arkansas Community College at Morrilton in 1999 and graduated in 2003. He
began writing poetry in 2001. He has written one book of essays that tells about
his life and the odd things that have happened to him including when he got
robbed at gunpoint while working for the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in
Cartersville, Georgia.

PHILLIP A. ELLIS is currently studying English at the University of New England,
Australia. He hopes to obtain honors in his BA. He lives with neither partners nor

LEE EVANS was born in 1950 in Annapolis, Maryland, and has resided in that
state all his life. He has been married for twenty one years, and is employed at
the Maryland State Archives. Besides the writing of poetry, his interests include
the American Transcendentalists, the English Romantics, philosophy and Eastern
Religion. He has had poems published in Romantics Quarterly, Blind Man's
Rainbow, Lucid Moon and on the Poetseers and Ellopos web sites. The Maryland
State Archives has published several of his poems in its monthly newsletter, The
Archivist's Bulldog.

MICHAEL FANTINA has had dozens of poems published over the past two
decades both here in the US and in the UK. His verse has appeared in The Lyric,
Candelabrum, Romantics Quarterly, The Book of Eibon and many others.

JAMES FEICHTHALER is a poet with a love for nature, Celtic Literature and the
Classics, and his work has recently appeared in magazines and journals such as
Romantics Quarterly and the Eclectic Muse. He also recently received honorable
mention in the "World Order of Narrative Poets Contest" for the Coleridge Award.

GWEN HART'S poems have appeared in The Formalist, Pivot, Blue Unicorn and
other journals. Her first book of poetry is forthcoming from David Robert Books.
She currently lives in Athens, Ohio, with her husband, who is a fiction writer, and
their German shepherd, who has been trained to eat all rejection slips.

HEINRICH HEINE (1797-1856) is the great 19th century German poet.

J.D. HESKIN resides in northern Minnesota. His work can be found in such diverse
places as Atomic Petals, Eclectica, Southern Ocean Review, Snakeskin, Megaera,
Poetry Magazine, sidereality, Prairie Poetry, Circle Magazine, Loch Raven Review,
The Blue House, Red Lamp, 00FF00 Bat Review, American Outback Journal and
many others.

PHILIP HIGSON lectured in history at Chester (England) for almost twenty years,
his speciality being the Renaissance. He has published eight collections of original
poetry, including his prize-winning Sonnets to My Goddess in this Life and the
Next, as well as books of verse translations from Baudelaire, Rollinat and
D'Annunzio, and he was a contributor to the anthologies Making Love: The
Picador Book of Erotic Verse, The Red Candle Treasury, and The Chester Poets
Anthologies. Poems by him have appeared in magazines, including A Bard Hair
Day, Critical Quarterly, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine, The Eclectic Muse,
Lexikon, Mandrake Poetry Review, Metverse Muse, Poet Tree and Rubies In The
Darkness. He was leader and anthologist of The Chester Poets group for twenty
years. He is a member of the Rollinat Society, and since 1992 he has been
President of the Baudelaire Society. He is engaged at present on a prose work,
the history of a family of Lancashire Dissenters, which is a more accessible
version of his doctoral thesis.

TOBI HIRSCH lives in a small town on Long Island. Her biggest passions are
writing and reading poetry. She also enjoys spending time outdoors enjoying all
the beauty that nature provides. Her favorite place to be is on the shores of the
Atlantic with her children at her side. She has been writing for almost 3 years
now, and finds it to be a great source of relief for emotions that would otherwise
smolder and spoil her soul.

LELAND JAMIESON (East Hampton, CT) has gathered a number of his published
formal poems under the title Needles in a Pinewood at www.geocities.
com/lelandjamieson. He has recent or forthcoming work in Bellowing Ark, Blue
Unicorn, Littoral and Neovictorian/Cochlea.

T. JARDIM is fourteen years old and attends junior high school in Katy, Texas.
She writes poetry and short stories in her spare time.

PAMELA A. LAMPPA was born in 1958 on the Mesabi Iron Range of Northern
Minnesota. On being creative she says: "I always felt that it was normal to
'create' from a different level. It was a level where I would blend the element of
mystery with everyday occurrence. I thought everyone did it. For over 20 years,
I have lived in Plymouth, MA, where I have explored the sea, lived the hustle and
bustle, loved and lost, and developed a new dimension to my verse." About
poetry she says: "Poetry is my way of sharing my views, my ideas, and my
feelings with others. It is a medium that invites the mind to travel to places it
may never have thought to go otherwise. It is there to evoke thoughtful emotion."

SPENCER LEDYARD writes, "I am a pizza delivery man making money to move to
Montana. I currently live in Cincinnati, OH and must escape. Otherwise the crush
of banality is likely to encompass my mind, therefore forcing me to get a real
job. Instead I'd like to go to college in Helena and become an English professor."

MIKE MARKS writes, "I am a Midwest baby-boomer, the middle child of five born
in a six-year span. My mom escaped to teach horseback riding full-time,
obviously overwhelmed by her progeny. My dad was a traveling shoe salesman.
Gwendolyn Brooks became my mentor in 1967. I am riding my poetry horse
somewhere between Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan. Anita and I had our own five
children, while I operated an art gallery for thirty years. The children are gone,
but the poetry stays."

M.L. MCCARTHY is a formalist poet who was born in Liverpool. He comes from an
Irish immigrant family. He read Latin at Liverpool, lived by doing various manual
jobs for about ten years, and then became a back-room journalist. He is the
editor of Candelabrum (f. 1970), Britain's longest established formalist fringe
poetry magazine. His interests include English, French, Latin and German
literature, theatre, cinema, classical music, fell-walking and animals' rights.

In a lifelong love affair with peace and obscurity, RICHARD MOORE has published
a novel, a book of essays, translations of plays by Plautus and Euripides, and ten
books of poetry, the first of which scared him to death by being nominated for a
Pulitzer Prize. His web site, www.moorepoetry.com, has fresh goodies every
Thursday. Richard has a new poetry book out, Sailing To Oblivion, published by
Light Quarterly. Checks (drawn on a U.S. bank) should be made out to Light
Quarterly, P.O. Box 7500, Chicago, IL 60680 ($12.95 Post Paid), and the book is
also available by charge (toll-free, VISA/MC, 1-800-285-4448).

J.B. MULLIGAN is married, with three grown children, and has had poems and
stories in dozens of magazines, including recently, Bonfire, Iota, Tattoo Highway,
and Poetry Renewal, In a Fine Frenzy, as well as two chapbooks: The Stations of
the Cross and THIS WAY TO THE EGRESS (Samisdat Press). He also has work in
the recent anthology Inside Out: A Gathering of Poets (http://www.geocities.

THOMAS ORSZÁG-LAND is a poet and foreign correspondent. His rhyming poetry
has been published by The New York Times and The Formalist in New York and
his book reviews by The Times Literary Supplement and Poetry Review in London.

GORDON RAMEL was born in London, England and then raised in Australia, but he
returned to England as an adult for a few years in order to aquire his B.Sc. and
an M.Phil. in ecology. He currently lives in Greece, where he works as a zoologist
and as an English Language teacher in between working on his website The
Earthlife Web, which can be found at http://www.earthlife.net/.

MARK RHOADS is a professor at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota where
he teaches sacred music and music education. He is a hymnwriter and his
scholarly interests include early American hymnody and the musical taste wars in
the American Protestant church during the first half of the 19th century. His
Anthology of the American Hymn-Tune Repertory: The Colonial Era to the Civil
War and several of his hymns can be seen at http://www.bethel.edu/~rhomar.
He and his wife have three grown daughters and live in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

CHRISTINE R. SENTER has been writing for more than 20 years and has been
published in several publications, both online and in print. She is currently the
editor and publisher of The Prompt Writer website and newsletter at http://www.
thepromptwriter.com and is the author of Written Promptly Everyday; an e-book
containing 7 categories of 52 writing prompts each. It's at http://www.lulu.

DOUGLAS SHERMAN lives in southern New England on a farm in a rural area. He
has enjoyed poetry most of his life. He writes, "It is my art, my vent, and comes
from my raw emotion. I hope readers feel my reflections and see what I do."

LEE SLONIMSKY'S poems are recent or forthcoming in Blue Unicorn, The
Classical Outlook, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Hurricane Review, Iambs &
Trochees, River Oak Review and Sulphur River Literary Review. He is the
manager of a hedge fund, Ocean Partners LP, and also teaches poetry writing at
The Writer's Voice of the West Side Y.

ERIK JOHAN STAGNELIUS (1793-1823) is the great 19th century Swedish poet.

DON THOMPSON teaches everything from GED to Anger Management at a small
prison in the southern San Joaquin Valley of California. He lives on a cotton farm
owned by his wife and her sisters; his daughter is the fourth generation to live in
the old family home. He's been publishing here and there since the sixties. Most
recently, Been There, Done That was published by March Street Press (available
online). He spent a year or so writing only metrical verse and hopes to put
together a selection to be called Retro.

FRANCINE L. TREVENS has been writing—and selling—poetry for over 50 years.
Most recently her poems have appeared in Futures, Bibliophilos, Dovetail,
Sensations and online at Dana Literary. She is a native New Yorker who suffered
transplantation to “Messy Choose-its” in her childhood and didn't blossom again
until her return to New York. Having developed an appreciation of history, she
can now call her adoptive state Massachusetts, and even like parts of it. But her
nature, temperament and interests are as much a part of NYC as the throb of its
subways. After years as a theatre critic, director, publicist and playwright, she
has “retired” to write poems and stories.

WILLIAM WALDEN worked in the editorial department of The New Yorker for
many years, and left it to free-lance. He has lived all his life in New York City,
except for a 2 1/2-year stint in the Army and a 7-year residence on Long Island,
from both of which he has fully recovered.

DALANI WARNER resides in Marion, Ohio, where she attends nursing school.

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