John Blair's poetry collection, The Green Girls, was the 2003 winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award from Pleiades Press, and his short story collection, American Standard, was the 2002 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He has poems & stories in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere.

Gladys Justin Carr, a former Nicholson Fellow at Smith College and University Fellow at Cornell, left her day job as a book publishing executive to write full time. Her work has recently appeared in over seventy publications, including N. Atlantic Rev., NY Times, Connecticut Rev., Potomac Rev., Denver Quarterly, Spoon River Poetry Rev., South Carolina Rev., Pebble Lake, Gargoyle, Hampden-Sydney Poetry Rev., KNOCK, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Rev., and International Poetry Rev., among many others. She is the author of a chapbook, Augustine's Brain—The Remix, and coauthor of the volume, Edge by Edge. She is a winner of a California State Poetry Society Award, and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

Mark Conkling lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where he manages a real estate company, writes, and walks his dogs in the Bosque by the Rio Grande River. Mark frequents the recovery community (AA), reads fiction, and seeks daily peace of mind. After a 20-year career as a homebuilder, he completed his seminary work at St. Paul's School of Theology, and now, as retired Pastor, he fills in at a local Methodist church. Recently, Mark launched a new career as a fiction writer, and writes short stories about how life challenges, spiritual presence, and relationships heal broken people. Currently, he is editing his novel, Prairie Dog Blues, a story about family transformation in a wealthy Albuquerque neighborhood overrun by prairie dogs.
     Years ago, as a University Professor ( Ph.D., Philosophy, Psychology), Mark published several academic articles in existential philosophy and psychology, including "Consciousness and the Unconscious in William James' Principles of Psychology," (Human Inquiries), "Sartre's Refutation of the Freudian Unconscious," (Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry), and "Ryle's Mistake About Consciousness" (Philosophy Today).

Larry Crist has been widely published in lots of little journals and reviews, most recently has had short stories or poems in Bloodroot, Slipstream, J.Journal, Hawaii Review, Pearl, Rattle, Riverwind as well as appearing in several national anthologies. Originally from California, he has also lived in Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, London, and has lived in Seattle now for the past 18 years.
     He writes: "John Dillinger is a personal hero of mine—and there aren't very many of those: JD lives has been well researched; and yes, J. Edgar would have much to answer for for having forged his rep in such a highly suspect manner, and on a multitude of nefarious and hypocritical levels throughout his career. Death nor time should exonerate the FBI's founding SOB."

Sara Dailey has a B.S. and M.A. in English and is currently completing her M.F.A. in Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Ascent, Cimarron Review, The Bitter Oleander, Whiskey Island Magazine, and FragLit, among others. In 2009 she won the Shadow Poetry chapbook competition for her manuscript The Science of Want, which was also a finalist for the Flume Press contest. She works as a teacher and editor in St. Paul, MN.

James Doyle's most recent poetry book, Bending Under the Yellow Police Tapes, is available from Steel Toe Books. He has poems coming out in Poet Lore, Cave Wall, Confrontation, Descant, Seneca Review, and Eclipse. He and his wife, poet Sharon Doyle, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Sharon Doyle has returned to writing after raising five children and teaching in two universities. Her poetry has appeared in Brooklyn Review, Cimarron Review, CutBank, descant, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, The South Carolina Review, Xavier Review, and many other literary journals. Her work has also appeared in five anthologies.

Jean Esteve paints, writes, swims, walks with her dogs on the Oregon coast. Truth-telling-time: she also plays bridge.

Carol Frith, co-editor of the poetry journal, Ekphrasis, has chapbooks from Bacchae Press, Finishing Line Press, Palanquin Press, Medicinal Purposes and Rattlesnake Press. Her full-length collection has recently been released from David Robert Books. Her work has appeared in POEM, Seattle Review, Atlanta Review, Rhino, Poetry Kanto (Japan), Rattle, and other journals.

Colleen S. Harris works as an academic librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A current Pushcart Prize nominee, her first book of poems, God in my Throat: The Lilith Poems, was published by Bellowing Ark Press in 2009, and her second and third books, These Terrible Sacraments and Gonesongs, are forthcoming in 2011. Her work has appeared in The Louisville Review, Adirondack Review, Wisconsin Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Tipton Poetry Journal and many others.

Bruce Henricksen is a former editor of New Orleans Review. He is author of a story collection, Ticket to a Lonely Town, a novel, After the Floods, and the Founder of Lost Hills Books, which can be visited at

David Jablow is an artist and illustrator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He recieved his BFA in Drawing from the Maryland Institute College of Art in and his Masters in Fine Arts from School of Visual Arts in New York City. Earlier this year David found a saviour from the perils of the blank page when a friend gifted him a vintage novelty doodle pad from the 1960's featuring a naked woman with a few body parts left absent. "The do it yourself Doodler" began only in fun, but has been creating a buzz on the internet, receiving attention and news coverage from all across the globe. To see more of his work and more doodles, visit: and

Brad Koski lives in New Orleans and teaches at Delgado Community College. His short stories have appeared in G.W. Review, Carve Magazine, and the Journal of College Writing. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi's creative writing program.

Brandon Krieg grew up in Portland. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Colleen O'Brien.

Jenna Le, a Minneapolis native, has poems appearing or forthcoming in Barrow Street, The New York Quarterly, Post Road, Salamander, and other journals.

Stephen Massimilla is a poet, literary critic, and painter. His books and poems have won the Sonia Raiziss-Giop Bordighera Book Prize, the Grolier Poetry Prize, a Van Renssalaer Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and two Pushcart nominations. Massimilla has recent work in or forthcoming in AGNI, The American Literary Review, The Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Barrow Street, Borderlands, The Brooklyn Review, Chelsea, The Colorado Review, Confrontation, The Cream City Review, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Folio, Fulcrum, Green Mountains Review, The Greensboro Review, The G.W. Review, The High Plains Literary Review, The Marlboro Review, Natural Bridge, Paterson Literary Review, Phoebe, Ping Pong, Poem, Provincetown Arts Magazine, Quarterly West, The Southern Review, Tampa Review, The Tusculum Review, Verse Daily, and many other journals and anthologies. He has an MFA and a PhD from Columbia University, where he teaches classics and modernist literature. Website:

Robert Aquinas McNally is the author or coauthor of nine books of nonfiction and the author of three poetry chapbooks. His poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, and twice been nominated for the Pushcart prize. An Ohio native, he lives and writes in Northern California.

Nancy Carol Moody's work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, PANK, Natural Bridge, Bellevue Literary Review and New York Quarterly. Her collection, Photograph With Girls, was published in 2009 by Traprock Books. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she is at work on a new manuscript, titled Zorse. Find Nancy online at

Marsh Muirhead lives on the banks of the Mississippi River near Bemidji, Minnesota. His work has been most recently published in New Mexico Poetry Review, Rattle, The Southeast Review, Modern Haiku, The Talking Stick, and elsewhere. His travel book, Key West Explained—a guide for the traveler, is available from Amazon. When not writing or napping in the hammock, he practices dentistry and conducts flight instruction at the Bemidji airport.

A. J. Naslund has enjoyed a career as a university English professor, teaching in the U.S., in Japan, and in South Korea. The writer has academic degrees from the University of Montana (Missoula, Montana—B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Louisville (Ph.D.). His work has appeared in such journals as Caesura, Lalitamba, upstreet, Abiko Annual (Japan), Best Poem, HotmetalPress, Ceramics Monthly, The Louisville Review, and others. His book of poems, Silk Weather (1999) was brought out by Fleur de-lis Press, Spalding University, and his poetry appears in the anthology, Living in Storms, edited by Thom Schramm, Western Washington University Press, 2008. In 1990 he was awarded an Al Smith Fellowship for excellence in fiction writing by the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Dustin Luke Nelson is a founding editor of InDigest. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in H_NGM_N, Monkey Bicycle, Sink Review, and others. He is also a writer/producer of the staged radio comedy Radio Happy Hour.

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The New Yorker, Minnetonka Review and elsewhere. For more information, including his essay "Magic, Illusion and Other Realities" and a complete bibliography, please visit his website:

Rhonda C. Poynter freelance strings for The Oakland Tribune and several other papers and magazines. Her work has appeared in Frontiers, Wascana Review, Slant, Diner, New Delta Review, Santa Barbara Review, and others.

Gregory W. Randall's chapbook Double Happiness was selected by Mark Doty for the 5th Annual Camber Press Chapbook Award and is forthcoming in early 2011. His chapbooks, Uncommon Refrains (The Lives You Touch Publications) and A Room in the Country (Pudding House Press) were published in 2010. A fourth chapbook, Blue Water Views, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in early 2011. Greg is a recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for 2008 and received a 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination. His recent work appears in The Bitter Oleander, CQ, Cream City, GW Review, Louisiana Literature, Louisville Review, Pedestal, Rosebud, South Carolina Review, Sow's Ear, Stand, and other noted journals. Greg owns a financial planning practice in Santa Rosa, CA where he and his wife host the Londonberry Salon, a quarterly celebration of poetry in their home. (

Joelle Renstrom lives in Boston where she teaches writing and literature. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and her BA from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in Carousel, the Sycamore Review, Briarpatch, Guernica and others, and she is a recipient of the CBC Television Jim Burt Prize in Creative Writing, the Hopwood Award for Poetry, and the Virginia Voss Writing Award. She is currently working on a collection of essays about the intersection of literature and life.

J. E. Robinson is the author of Skip Macalester, a novel published in 2006. His "Nails," an essay, appeared in a previous edition of Minnetonka Review, and he has received a Pushcart Prize nomination and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for his essays. Looking forward to the day when his illness permits him to drive again, he lives in Southern Illinois and teaches History at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy.

Katherine Schaefer's story "Auction" was a finalist for the Salem College 2010 International Literary Awards. She has received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Key West Literary Seminar, and Brainerd Writers Alliance, and writing residencies at Ragdale, VCCA, Lanesboro Arts Center, and Norcroft. She lives with her husband and two cats in Minneapolis, where she teaches art history at Minneapolis Community College.

Richard Schmitt has published stories in Puerto del Sol, Gulf Coast, Flyway, Marlboro Review, and other places. His story, "Leaving Venice, Florida," won 1st Prize in The Mississippi Review short story contest, and was anthologized in New Stories of the South: The Year's Best 1999. He also has a novel, The Aerialist, Harcourt Brace, 2001. Schmitt is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Grant, 2002. "Skin Tight" is a part of a novel in progress tentatively titled My Year of Counseling.

Ciara Shuttleworth was born in San Francisco and raised in Nebraska and Nevada. Her works have appeared in journals including The New Yorker, Los Angeles Review, Cutthroat, and Plains Song Review. Ciara has degrees in art from Gustavus Adolphus College and the San Francisco Art Institute, and is a candidate for the MFA in Poetry at the University of Idaho.

Luke Shuttleworth has published in Rattle and will soon have poems in Concho River Review. He holds a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Kansas Wesleyan University where he played baseball. Luke's writing is influenced by poet Paul Zarzyski and songwriters Tom Russell, Townes Van Zandt, and Billy Joe Shaver.

Red Shuttleworth is a father of four, including poets Ciara and Luke Shuttleworth. Red's Western Settings (University of Nevada Press) received the first Spur Award for Poetry in 2001. True West magazine declared Red "Best Living Western Poet" in 2007. His latest poetry chapbooks are Roadside Attractions and Drug Store Vaquero (both from The Basement). Another, Lighting Out (Finishing Line Press), will appear soon. Red's poems have appeared in countless journals, including Chariton Review, Plains Song Review, South Dakota Review, and Weber: The Contemporary West. His plays have been presented widely, including at Sun Valley Festival of New Western Drama, Sundance Playwrights Lab, and at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. Red's next play, High Plains Fandango, is about the rapid corporate privatization of water, including aquifers. It will premiere in early 2012 at State University of New York at Fredonia.

Ann Struthers is currently recovering from a fall suffered while running backwards. She publishes frequently in literary journals. Three of her poems are in the current issue of the Coe Review, and two each appear in the Kerf and The Pearl. She has two collections and two chapbooks.

Mario Susko, a witness and survivor of the war in Bosnia, moved to the US in 1993, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in the early 70s. He has lived in the US more than half of the past 38 years, and is currently an Associate Professor in the English Department at Nassau Com. College in Garden City, NY. Mario Susko is the recipient of several awards, including the 1997 and 2006 Nassau Review Poetry Award, the 1998 Premio Intermazionale di Poesia e Letteratura Nuove Lettere (Naples, Italy), the 2000 Tin Ujevic Award for Versus Exsul for the best book of poems published in Croatia in 1999, the 2003 SUNY Chancellor's Award for the Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and the 2008 Editor's Choice Award for Poetry given by Relief: A Quarterly Christian Expression. His poem "Conversion," published and nominated by Dream Catcher, was short-listed for the 2004 Forward Poetry Prize. The same journal also nominated his poem "Execution" for the 2007 and "In the Classroom" for the 2009 Forward Prize. The author of 28 poetry collections, Susko is also known as an editor and a translator of novels by Saul Bellow, William Styron, Bernard Malamud, E. L. Doctorow, Donald Barthelme, J. G. Ballard, and poetry by Theodore Roethke, e. e. cummings, among others, as well as the integral edition/translation of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. His recent books include an anthology of modern Jewish-American short stories A Declaration of Being, which he co-edited with Myron Schwartzman and translated into Croatian, and poetry collections Eternity on Hold (Turtle Point Press, 2005), the Croatian edition of the book (Meandarmedia, 2006), Life Revisited: New and Selected Poems (Allahabad, India, 2006), Closing Time (Harbor Mountain Press, 2008), the Croatian edition (Meandarmedia, 2009), as well as a chapbook Rules of Engagement (erbacce-press, Liverpool, UK, 2009).

Robert Collet Tricaro writes from San Francisco. He is vice-president of Bay Area Poets' Coalition, headquartered at Berkeley, and reads his work regularly at Northern California poetry venues. His work has appeared in The Amherst Review, Baltimore Review, Connecticut River Review, Main St. Rag, Mudfish, The Roanoke Review and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Soundings East. His second collection of poems is expected to appear next spring.

Suellen Wedmore, Poet Laureate emerita for the small seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, has been widely published. She was awarded first place in the Writer's Digest rhyming poem contest, her chapbook Deployed was selected as winner of the Grayson Press annual contest, and she was awarded a writing residency at Devil's Tower, Wyoming. Her chapbook On Marriage and Other Parallel Universes was recently released by Finishing Line Press. After 24 years working as a speech and language therapist, Suellen retired to pursue an MFA in Poetry at New England College, graduating in 2004.

Mark Wisniewski is the author of the novel Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman, the collection of short stories All Weekend with the Lights On, and the book of poems One of Us One Night. His short stories have appeared in more than 100 magazines including Virginia Quarterly Review, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and The Georgia Review, and fiction of his has won a Pushcart Prize and been anthologized in Best American Short Stories 2008.




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