Vol. 4  No. 4  Fall 2007


NINA ALVAREZ works as a freelance copywriter, copy editor and designer in
Philadelphia. Nina's short stories have been published in 21 Stars Review,
Twisted Tongue, Dark Reveries and Swill. Her poetry will be published in an
upcoming issue of Grasslimb Journal. She also runs the small publishing company
Inconnue Press (formerly Inconundrum) and its new imprint Phantom City Press.

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.

STEPHEN BAILY once edited a literary magazine but has since found more
lucrative employment—just barely—on the copy desk of a daily newspaper. A
one-act play he wrote in rhymed verse had a staged public reading in May at the
National Comedy Theatre in Manhattan.

GUY BELLERANTI writes short stories, poetry, humor, puzzles and articles. His
work has appeared in over 100 different publications for both adults and children.
His homepage on the web is: http://www.authorsden.com/guybelleranti.

BRUCE BOSTON has received the Bram Stoker Award, a Pushcart Prize, the
Asimov's Readers' Award, and the Grand Master Award of the Science Fiction
Poetry Association. He is the author of forty books and chapbooks, including the
novel Stained Glass Rain and the recent collection Shades Fantastic (Gromagon
Press, 2006). Bruce has a new novel out, The Guardener's Tale (2007), available
from Sam's Dot Publishing. Bruce lives in Ocala, Florida, with his wife, writer-
artist Marge Simon. For more information, please visit his website: http:

SRINJAY CHAKRAVARTI is a 34-year-old journalist, economist and poet based in
Salt Lake City, Calcutta, India. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous
publications in nearly 30 countries. In North America, these include Euphony, The
Melic Review, Eclectica Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, Tiferet: A Journal of
Spiritual Literature, The Foliate Oak, Poetry Super Highway, The Bathyspheric
Review, The Avatar Review, Ginosko, Carnelian and Ygdrasil. His first book of
poems has received an award in Australia.

BRYCE CHRISTENSEN, who teaches writing and literature at Southern Utah
University, received his Ph.D. in English literature from Marquette University.
Author of Utopia Against the Family (Ignatius) and Divided We Fall (Transaction),
Dr. Christensen has published poetry in The Formalist, Christianity and
Literature, Modern Age and other journals and has had poetry anthologized in
Sonnets: 150 Contemporary Sonnets (University of Evansville Press, 2005) and
The Conservative Poets: A Contemporary Anthology (University of Evansville
Press, 2006). He was a finalist for the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award in 2000.
His novel Winning is just out from Whiskey Creek Press.

DAWN CORRIGAN'S poems, fiction, humor writing and short plays have appeared
online recently at The Big Jewel, Opium Magazine, 10x10x10, Twixt, Pindeldyboz,
Oregon Literary Review and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears regularly at The
Nervous Breakdown (www.thenervousbreakdown.com).

PEG DUTHIE works as a copyeditor in Nashville, Tennessee. Her work has
appeared in GROWLING SOFTLY, No Tell Motel and its print anthologies,
flashquake and elsewhere. Her website is at nashpanache.com.

Guest editor PHILLIP A. ELLIS edits the e-journal Calenture: A Journal of Studies
in Speculative Verse. It's over at http://calenture.fcpages.com/.

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. His new
chapbook, Sirens & Silver, is available from Rainfall Books.

JAMES FEICHTHALER is a poet with a love for nature, Celtic Literature and the
classics, and his work has most recently appeared in magazines and journals
such as The Raintown Review, Candelabrum, and The Eclectic Muse.

MARK FRANCIS publishes translations of classical Chinese verse as well as
original poems in university publications and the small press. He holds a Ph.D. in
Chinese from Stanford University, and has taught Chinese language and literary
culture in the U.S. and abroad for the last 12 years.

PENELOPE GALLOGLY, from St. Louis, MO, has been plying the craft of poetry for
several years now with a decided fondness for rhyme and meter. So far, a few of
her works can be found online at poetryrenewal.com under the pen name, Pen

GEORGE GOOD has taught English at the University of Kentucky and the
University of Akron. He has published poems recently in The Evansville Review,
Iambs & Trochees and Light.

E. PORTER GRAHAM has published a good number of poems in Light Quarterly
and elsewhere.

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.

While a student at the University of Arizona, STEFFEN HORSTMANN was recipient
of the Brooklyn Poetry Circle's National Student Award. He has been writing
essays and book reviews for the new Canadian journal Contemporary Ghazals.
His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Baltimore Review, Blue Unicorn,
Meridian, Oyez Review, Pebble Lake Review and Texas Poetry Journal.

FRANK HUBENY currently lives north of Chicago. He has lived in Indiana, Maine
and Mexico. His work has appeared online in Our Pipe Dreams, Bringing Sonnets
Back, Lucid Rhythms and Poems That Kick.

ALLEN LEE IRELAND'S poetry has appeared in The Raintown Review, Blue
Unicorn, The Lyric, and Candelabrum. He received a Master of Education in
English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and now works for
Levolor-Kirsch Window Fashions in High Point, which he touts as "the furniture
capital of the world!"

KATHRYN JACOBS graduated from Harvard, and is now poet and medievalist at
Texas A & M - C in the department of Literature and Languages. She has a book,
numerous articles and poems to her credit, the latter in journals such as Acumen
(UK), Measure, Midwest Poetry Review, DeCanto, ELF, Candelabrum (UK), Texas
Poetry Journal, Mezzo Cammin, Mobius NeoVictorian/Cochlea (soon, Deronda
Review), and Quantum Leap (UK).

LELAND JAMIESON lives and writes in East Hampton, Connecticut, USA. Recent
and forthcoming work appears in numerous print and Internet poetry magazines.
His first book, 21st Century Bread, can be previewed and is available at http:

R.L. KENNEDY, who studied economics at Manhattan College and law at New York
Law School, is the father of five grown children. His work has been published at
the "ghazal page" and he has recited at the Peekskill Coffee House, the Black
Cow in Croton-on-Hudson and at Studio Five in Peekskill. He is employed at the
Graymoor Monastery in Garrison, NY.

J. PATRICK LEWIS' poems have been published in Gettysburg Review, New
England Review, Kansas Quarterly, Light, Sycamore Review, new renaissance
and many more. He has also published 57 children’s picture/poetry books to date
with Knopf, Dial, Atheneum, Harcourt, Little, Brown, National Geographic,
Chronicle, Candlewick, Scholastic and others.

RICK LIME'S poems have appeared in Light Quarterly. Under other names, he
has published in more than three dozen periodicals.

AMY MACKIEWICZ has always had a passion for art and has recently discovered
another artistic talent. It was only in June of this year that she picked up a pen
and wrote her first piece of poetry. Amy has since had works, art and poetry,
published in various magazines and online journals, some such as SHINE,
Eclecticzine and Mouth full of Bullets. She hopes to continue to learn and grow
through her writing.

ERIC MARTIN is currently a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee at
Knoxville. His literary and cultural inspirations include the poetry of Lord Byron
and Edgar A. Poe, the classical music of Hector Berlioz, and the artwork of
Francisco Goya, Eugene Delacroix and Max Klinger. His stylistic (and reading)
preference is for poetry that is metrical in form, confessional in voice, and
Romantic in tone. Some of his poems have been published in Pivot, Candelabrum
Poetry Magazine, Calenture, Edge City Review, The Iconoclast, The Neovictorian,
Offerings, Mobius and several other magazines.

OKE MBACHU'S poems and book reviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in
Astropoetica, Barbaric Yawp, Boxcar Poetry Review, Caveat Lector, DMQ Review,
Red River Review and elsewhere.

CHRIS MCNAB is a scientist & the father of two daughters, living in Glasgow,
Scotland. His work has appeared previously in anthologies from Dogma
Publications, England: his interest in poetry is in using the craft of rhyme as a
vessel for subjectivity, obliqueness and suggestiveness.

NICHOLAS MESSENGER had his first poems published in New Zealand as a
schoolboy. He won the Glover Poetry award in New Zealand in the 1970’s. In
2006 he has had poems published in About The Arts, Blackmail, Boloji, Coffee
Press Journal, High Altitude Poetry, Identity Theory, Jacket, Monkey Kettle, Off
Course, Pulsar, Taj Mahal Review, Web Poetry Corner and WOW. He has had a
few small one-man shows of his paintings. He was born in 1945, and after
completing a degree at Auckland University, travelled extensively in South
America, and lived in Europe for several years. For a long time he made his
living as a teacher, of science, art, and languages, in High Schools in New
Zealand, where he was a long-standing member of mountain Search and Rescue
organisation. Now, after nine years in Japan teaching English, he is running a
small home-stay business in Hokitika, New Zealand, with his Japanese wife. He
has two grown-up children from a previous marriage.

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). Another new
volume, Buttoned Into History, is available from Pivot Press.

WALTER NASH, 81, a UK citizen now living in Tenerife, is an emeritus professor of
English. He writes poems on themes variously spiritual, lyrical or satirical, has no
rooted objection to free verse but prefers to work and innovate within traditional
forms. An online collection, Of Time and Small Islands, was published in 2004 by
Island Hills Books, and has recently been reissued, in print, in the UK (Beyond
the Cloister Publications). A collection of devotional and other poems, In Good
Faith, was published in 2007 (UK, Feather Books).

JAMES B. NICOLA has been or will be published in a score of journals, including
Borderlands, The Cortland Review, MacGuffin, Illuminations, Nimrod, Iron Horse,
Lyric and Dana Literary Review (award winner). A stage director by profession,
he won a CHOICE Award for his book Playing the Audience.

VI RANSEL'S work appears both in print and online. She conducts poetry
workshops and gives readings in central New York. Her latest chapbook is Sine
Qua Non Antiques (an Arcanum of History, Geography and Treachery).

MARK RHOADS teaches music at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota and has
poems published or forthcoming in The Deronda Review (formerly The
Neovictorian/Cochlea) and Snakeskin. A selection of his poetry and links to some
of his scholarly work including his Anthology of the American Hymn-Tune
Repertory: The Colonial Era to the Civil War can be found at http://www.
markrhoads.com. Mark and his wife live in Lino Lakes, Minnesota.

RON SINGER (http://www.ronsinger.net) trawls the genres: poetry, fiction, satire,
journalism (about Africa) and drama (including librettos). His essay-review, “O Ti
Lo Wa Ju (‘You Have Gone Past All’), The Caine Prize for African Writing,” is in
the Summer 2007 issue of The Georgia Review, and three poems are slated to
appear in the anthology, Poetic Voices Without Borders-2 (PVWB 2, Gival Press).
In November 2006, his chapbook, A Voice for My Grandmother, was published by
Ten Penny Players, Inc. To date, there have been six reviews, and a second
printing is being issued in September 2007. Singer lives in New York City, where
he has taught at Friends Seminary, a K-12 Quaker school, for thirty years. His
wife teaches, too, and she is a visual artist; their daughter is a food writer.

ROBERT JOHN SKLENAR is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of
Tennesee, Knoxville. His translations from ancient and modern poets have
appeared in various venues.

SERENA SPINELLO is 26 years old and lives in New York. She is in the process of
obtaining her M.A. in English. She has been published several times, both online
and in print. Serena can be contacted via email at shadigirl@optonline.net.

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. Francine's recent poetry collection A
Patio of Poems for Grown-ups is available from TnTClassicBooks.com.

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. William's poetry collection, Withdrawal
Symptoms, is available from Amazon.

EMRYS WESTACOTT holds the Hagar Chair in Humanities and is Professor of
Philosophy at Alfred University in Western New York. He is co-author of Thinking
Through Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and has published
articles and short stories in various journals including The Humanist, Philosophy
Now, Think, Cogito, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, International
Studies in Philosophy and The Philosophical Forum.

KC WILDER is a poet, artist, short-story writer and musician...currently living in
the western U.S. His writings have appeared in hundreds of publications around
the world, including recently, The Seattle Review, Poetry New Zealand, Lichen
(Canada), Poetry Canada, The Pacific Review and The Feathertale Review. His
acts of public protest, focused on U.S. government assaults on freedom of
speech, have been widely documented: The New York Times, The New York Post,
The New York Press, Spin Magazine, The San Francisco Weekly, The San
Francisco Chronicle and The Village Voice have at various times each done
features. Though his writing technique is inspired by Neruda, Bukowski, Kafka
and Theodor Geisel, his powers of perception have been influenced by David
Ignatow, Tristan Tzara and ee cummings. His voice is by turns folksy, quirky and
surreal with a modern pop-culture esthetic. Wilder has been working his craft for
nearly 25 years. His language is generally accessible, yet challenging, often with
a light, funny touch. Wilder has performed with a 40-piece classical orchestra as
a singer, and has written music and performed with a variety of indie bands. He
has taught English writing at the State University of New York. In the 80s/90s,
Wilder published and edited 18 editions of an internationally distributed music
magazine, a publication that was chosen as a favorite by various review media,
culminating in Wilder's 20-city speaking and performance tour of the U.S. Wilder
published and edited 6 editions of a literary magazine as well as 10 pocket-sized
literary mags that featured unique writings from Allen Ginsberg, A.D. Winans,
Kim Addonizio, Don Webb, Lorri Jackson and Tuli Kupferberg, among others.
Wilder is currently at work on a graphic novel.

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