Esi Bediako - To Be Bold
Born and raised in Detroit, Esinam Bediako is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her short stories, essays, and poems have been published in The Observer, Quarto, Tablet, Dark Phrases, and The Scholar and Feminist Online. She lives in New York City.
Richard Boada - Cannon Bones
Richard Boada's chapbook Archipelago Sinking (Finishing Line Press 2011) has been nominated for the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Third Coast, Southern California Review and Rio Grande Review among others. He teaches writing and environmental communications at Misericordia University.
Janet Butler - Body talk
Janet Butler relocated to the Bay Area in 2005 after many years in central Italy. She teaches ESL in San Francisco and lives in Alameda with Fulmi, a lovely Spaniel mix she rescued in Italy and brought back with her. Some current or forthcoming publications are The Blue Bear Review, The Chaffey Review, Miller's Pond, Town Creek Poetry, and Red Ochre Lit. Her most recent chapbook is "Searching for Eden" from Finishing Line Press.
Darren C. Demaree - 15 Rounds of Boxing
My poems have appeared, or are scheduled to appear in numerous magazines/journals, including the South Carolina Review, Meridian, The Louisville Review, Cottonwood, The Tribeca Poetry Review, and Whiskey Island. Recently, Freshwater Poetry Journal and Blue Stem have each nominated me for a Pushcart Prize. My first full collection of poetry, tentatively entitled "As We Refer To Our Bodies" is forthcoming from 8th House Publishing House this fall.
Howie Good - October Red
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY New Paltz, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Dreaming in Red from Right Hand Pointing Press and Cryptic Endearments from Knives Forks & Spoons Press. He has four chapbooks forthcoming, Fog Area from Dog on a Chain Press, The Death of Me from Pig Ear Press, Living Is the Spin Cycle from Redbird Chapbooks, and Strange Roads from Puddle of Sky Press.
Michele K. Johnson - Landing Road
Michele K. Johnson is currently a candidate for the MFA in poetry program at George Mason University, where she works in the classroom with undergraduates as a Teaching Assistant. She's also the current Assistant Editor of So to Speak, GMU's graduate feminist literary journal. Her work has been previously published in "The Montuckey Review," "The Ampersand Review," and "491 Magazine," and she has work forthcoming in the "Ucity Review." When she isn't writing or teaching, Michele spends her time playing with her roommate's cat.
Sara Uribe translated by Toshiya Kamei - ticket (boleto)
Sara Uribe was born in Querétaro in 1978 and since 1996 has lived in Tampico, Tamaulipas. She is the author of Lo que no imaginas (2004), Palabras más palabras menos (2006), and Nunca quise detener el tiempo (2007). English translations of her poems have appeared in The Bitter Oleander, Gargoyle, Harpur Palate, The Journal, and So to Speak, among others.
Joanna Lee - Dear John
Joanna Suzanne Lee has never been formally trained in any kind of writing, thank you very much. She can, however, dissect the brainstem of a neonatal mouse or diagnose your lower back pain. Her first full-length book of poetry, the somersaults I did as I fell, was released in January of 2009. Her work has recently appeared in Right Hand Pointing, Contemporary American Voices and scissors and spackle, among others. She writes (semi-)regularly at http://the-tenth-muse.com.
Michael Lopez - Because there is no need for tomorrow
Michael Lopez is a lawyer in California, where his practice focuses on litigation.
Steven Plawnarz - Thick Poetry
Steven Plawnarz's poems have appeared in Epicenter, Poesia, Blue Unicorn, and RHINO. He remains writing within the tower's lane and one line-fender-smacked bridge of the MFA program at Eastern Washington University.
Diana Rosinus - The Poet/The Fisherman for Dean Kostos
Diana Rosinus is a writer and painter based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is a graduate student in creative writing at San Francisco State University. Her play Melody & Flora recently won the second place prize for the Highsmith Drama Award. Diana is the Assistant Poetry Editor for Fourteen Hills and an aspiring graphic designer.
Jonathan H. Scott - In Terms of Grass and Dirt
Jonathan H. Scott lives in Birmingham, Alabama. His poetry and short-stories have been published in The Able Muse, Hospital Drive, The Louisville Review, Measure, and others.
William Walsh - The Old Neighborhood
William Walsh has published five books: Speak So I Shall Know Thee: Interviews with Southern Writers, The Ordinary Life of a Sculptor, The Conscience of My Other Being, Under the Rock Umbrella: Contemporary American Poets from 1951-1977, and most recently David Bottoms: Critical Essays and Interviews (McFarland). His work has appeared in the AWP Chronicle, Five Points, the Flannery O'Connor Review, the James Dickey Review, The Kenyon Review, the Michigan Quarterly Review, the North American Review, Poets & Writers, Rattle, Shenandoah, Slant, the Valparaiso Review, and elsewhere. He is also a world-renown photographer.