Vol. 5  No. 1  Winter 2008


C.B. ANDERSON was the gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory
Garden, for more than twenty years. His poems have been published in
numerous print and online journals. Recently, one of these, which appeared in
The Raintown Review, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

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.

RUMJHUM BISWAS'S prose and poetry have previously appeared in Etchings
(Australia), The Little Magazine (India), Eclectica, Nth Position (UK), The King's
English, Halfway down the Stairs, Arabesques Review, Crannog (Ireland),
Clockwise Cat, Chanterelle's Notebook, A Hudson View (SA), Lily Literary
Review, The Paumanok Review, Poems Niederngasse (Switzerland), Unlikely
Stories, Cerebration (UK), Amarillo Bay, Gowanus, Loch Raven Review and
Southern Ocean Review (New Zealand). Recent publications include two poems in
Bare Root Review and Poems Niederngasse respectively and two short stories in
The Nth Position and Muse India respectively. Her poem "Cleavage" was in the
longlist of the Bridport Poetry Competition 2006. Three of her poems have been
published by Unisun Publishers in their 2007 anthology "The Silken Web". Two
poems are forthcoming in separate anthologies by Forward Press of UK. Her
short story for The Verb Magazine's "Looking at You Contest" won honorable
mention and an excerpt was posted in the October 2007 issue. At present she
lives in Chennai.

MILLICENT BROWER is an actress, novelist, poet and journalist. After graduating
from Rutgers University, she acted on over one thousand radio and TV shows in
New York City. She is the author of a novel, Ingenue, a book of poetry for
children, I Am Going Nowhere, and two other books. Her poetry and articles have
appeared nationwide in various magazines and newspapers. Currently, she is a
theatre critic for Town & Village, a New York City weekly. She is completing a
book of limericks for children.

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.

FRANK DE CANIO was born & bred in New Jersey, and works in New York. He
loves music of all kinds, from Bach to Dory Previn, World Music, Latin, opera.
Shakespeare is his consolation, writing his hobby. He likes Dylan Thomas, Keats,
Wallace Stevens, Frost, Ginsburg, and Sylvia Plath as poets. He has been
published in more than 30 magazines and/or e-zines, including Danger, Pleiades,
Genie, Write On!!, Red Owl, Nuthouse, Love‘s Chance, Words of Wisdom, Illogical
Muse, The Lyric, Free Lunch, Art Times, Pearl; with Hazmat, Medicinal Purposes,
Blue Unicorn, Ship of Fools and Raintown Review.

LEE EVANS was born in Maryland. After college, he held a variety of jobs,
including those of landscape laborer, floral delivery man, collection attendant for
Goodwill Industries and clerk at the Maryland State Archives. He has published
poems in such magazines as Romantic’s Quarterly, Carnelian, Waterways, The
Golden Lantern and PW Review. Lee's second poetry collection, Maryland
Weather, is now available at lulu.com. He is currently living in Bath, Maine with
his wife.

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.

PAUL FRALEIGH was born in London, Ontario; holds a B. A. in English from the
University of Waterloo; and presently resides in Montreal, having lived on both
east and west coasts of the continent. His poetry has appeared in The Storyteller,
Offerings, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine, and The Raintown Review.

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

B.L. GIFFORD has written news releases for a university public affairs office,
sports and features stories for a weekly town newspaper, and articles for a now
defunct golf magazine.

MARCIA GOLUB is the author of two novels, Wishbone (a Discover Great New
Writers selection) and Secret Correspondence, as well as a book on writing, I'd
Rather Be Writing. Her story "The Child Downstairs" received an Open Voice
Award and was later anthologized in Narrative Design: A Writer's Guide to
Structure. Her unpublished novel Tale of the Forgotten Woman was a finalist for
the PEN/Nelson Algren Award and was twice nominated for the Editor's Book
Award/Pushcart Press. She has written book reviews for The New York Times and
The Baltimore Sun, and has taught at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She
now teaches at Writer's Voice in Manhattan.

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. Copies of Rollinat: Poems from Les Néuroses,
Sonnets to My Goddess, Pictorial Poems and D'Annunzio: Translations Selected
and Introduced are available from the author for £5 (or the U.S. dollar
equivalent) each. Orders should be mailed to Philip Higson/1 Westlands
Avenue/Newcastle-under-Lyme/Staffordshire/ST5 2PU/England.

MELANIE HOULE is a physician and former jeweler. She is a Pushcart Prize
nominee and The Raintown Review's first featured poet. Her poetry also appears
in The Lyric, California Quarterly, The Aurorean, Neovictorian/ Cochlea, Mobius,
Pearl, The Barefoot Muse, The HyperTexts, ShatterColors, Journal of the
American Medical Association and others.

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!"

THOMAS LAND is a poet and foreign correspondent. His poetry has been
published by The New York Times, his book reviews by Poetry Review and The
Times Literary Supplement.

ERIC MARTIN'S poems and translations have appeared in nearly forty print and
online journals throughout the United States and Great Britain, including Pivot,
Blue Unicorn, Candelabrum Poetry Magazine, The Eclectic Muse, Edge City
Review, The Barefoot Muse, Contemporary Rhyme, The Neovictorian, Lilliput
Review and The Iconoclast. He began writing poetry in 1994, but has only
recently returned to it after a hiatus of seven years. He is a formalist poet, with a
particular interest in American and European Romantic poetry, especially that of
Lord Byron and Edgar Allan Poe. In 2005, he received an M.A. degree in ancient
and medieval history from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (USA), with a
specialization in late Greco-Roman patristic and theater history. He is currently
completing a verse translation of the French libretto to Hector Berlioz’s The
Damnation of Faust (1846). Presently, he resides in northern Maine, with his wife
and family, where he enjoys fishing and listening to classical music.
Complimentary copies of Eric's new poetry collection, The Death of Orpheus, and
Other Poems, Original and Translated are available directly from the author. You
may contact him at 42 Winter Street/Presque Isle, Maine 04769 or by e-mail at

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.

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).

JACK PEACHUM-an actor & playwright also-lives in a drafty old manse called
Venable House in southside Virginia. He contributes videos to YouTube & is a
lyrical & narrative poet-not fashionable. He has published poems in Lucidity
Magazine, Powhatan Review, NeoVictorian /Cochlea, & Off-the-Coast, & has work
currently appearing in Clark Street Review.

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. Lee's new book of poetry is Pythagoras in
Love (Orchises Press, 2007), and copies are available through Amazon.

GERALD SO'S recent poems have appeared in Word Riot, The Orange Room
Review and Yellow Mama.

MICHELLE TANDOC-PICHEREAU was born and raised in Manila, greased elbows in
Los Angeles and is currently honing her craft in Bretagne. Her work has appeared
or is forthcoming in elimae, WORD RIOT and Heights.

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.

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