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Erica Bernheim is Associate Professor of English at Florida Southern College, where she also directs the creative writing program. Her book, The Mimic Sea, was published in 2012 by 42 Miles Press (Indiana University South Bend). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, DIAGRAM, Columbia Poetry Review, and VOLT.
Originally from Cambridge, UK, Alex has lived and worked in Brighton, UK, for many years. In 2009 her poetry pamphlet, Black Fen, was published by Tall-Lighthouse. Her poems appear in collections and journals such as The Echo Room, Automatic Lighthouse and The Slab.
“Black Fen is full of words that move so fast they break through into the physical world, becoming visible moments in our mind’s eye.” Hugo Williams.
Beth Somerford has been widely published, including in The Interpreter’s House, Brittle Star, Agenda, Poems for a Liminal Age and Magma. She was first runner up in the Frogmore Prize in 2014. Her pamphlet Messing with Endings was published in 2014. She lives in Brighton, UK, with her actor/musician husband.
Beth’s alter ego, Sam Chittenden, is Director of the creative training company Different Development and author of Rhyme and Reason: The Poetry of Leadership.
“Beth writes on that fine line between the clear-eyed and the lyrical, where imagination thrives.” Don Barnard.
Clifford Parody holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and currently lives in Lakeland, Florida, where he writes for the local newspaper and hangs out with his wife, Jess, daughter, Charlie, and dog, Rogue. He is the recipient of the 2015 Noel Callow Award from the Academy of American Poets and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio, Neon Magazine UK, The Altar Collective, Terminus Magazine and The Greensboro Review, among others. He is also the co-founder of the record label Swan City Sounds (www.swancitysounds.com).
Professor Dennis Donohue, my old professor at UCD, once said to me: ‘If a reader feels he owns your poem by the last line, you’ve done something worthwhile’. My efforts to date consists in trying to reach that high standard. I don’t enter competitions. I never win. I very rarely send my work for publication unless a few select friends urge me to do so. To my surprise I have received strong interest from various quarters recently. Must be the water. I don’t care about competitions or even about publication but I care very much about reaching the professor’s high standards and only a reader can tell that.
Jessie Carty is the author of seven poetry collections which include the chapbook An Amateur Marriage (Finishing Line, 2012), which was a finalist for the 2011 Robert Watson Prize and her newest full length collection Practicing Disaster which was published by Aldrich Press in 2014. Jessie is a freelance writer and teacher.
R.G.’s first book, Overtipping the Ferryman, won the 2013 Aldrich Poetry Prize. His novella The Noise of Wings will be published in 2015 by Red Dashboard Press. His poems, reviews and fiction have appeared in Rattle, Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Literary Review, and Weird Tales, among other publications. His original music, including the song “The Crows of Paterson,” was featured in the 2012 documentary All That Lies Between Us, where he was a featured reader at the 2014 Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, NJ. He teaches high school and college English and Creative Writing in southern New Jersey. www.rgevanswriter.com
Ezekiel Black is a Lecturer of English at The University of North Georgia. Before this position, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he received an MFA in Creative Writing. His poetry and reviews have appeared in Verse, Sonora Review, Tarpaulin Sky, InDigest, Drunken Boat, CutBank, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Umbrella Factory Magazine, Barrelhouse Magazine, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, BOAAT, and elsewhere. Lastly, he edits the audio poetry journal Pismire (www.pismirepoetry.org/Home.html).
Keegan’s work appears or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Sink Review, SunDog Lit, The Journal, CutBank, Boaat, Powderkeg, The Adroit and Phantom Books among others. His work has also been featured on Coldfront and Yes, Poetry. He is the cofounder and poetry editor of the journal: Souvenir.
Julia Rose Lewis
Julia Rose Lewis
Julia Rose Lewis is earning her PhD at the University of Wales Trinity St David. When not in school, she lives on Nantucket Island and is a member of the Moors Poetry Collective. Her poems have appeared in their anthologies, Rasputin: A Poetry Thread, GTK, and 3am Magazine.
Clifford Brooks is a poet, teacher, and rebel working out his dreams in North Georgia. He and Joe Milford sat ten years ago mulling over how to pull a family, and business, out of art. Over that decade Clifford’s book, The Draw of Broken Eyes & Whirling Metaphysics, earned a Pulitzer and Georgia Author of the Year nomination. Yet, more importantly, his passion born sitting beside his best friend has come to fruition – The Southern Collective Experience is on the map. This collection of artists of all genres is still in its infancy, but can be found by the same name on Facebook and at www.southerncollectiveexperience.com.
He is nearing the completion of Athena Departs, a collection of verse that continues where his last book left off; and The Salvation of Cowboy Blue Crawford, an epic with autobiographical intent.
John Dorsey is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer” (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), “Sodomy is a City in New Jersey” (American Mettle Books, 2010), “Tombstone Factory” (Epic Rites Press, 2013), and most recently, “Natural Selection: Early Poems” (Kilmog Press, 2014). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He may be reached at email@example.com
Michael Lee Johnson
Leonard Gontarek’s recent books are He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs and Déjà vu Diner. His poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Joyful Noise! An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, The Working Poet, American Poetry Review, Fence, Field, Verse, Poet Lore, Spinning Jenny, and as a tattoo. He coordinates Peace/Works and hosts The Green Line Reading and Interview Series. He was the 2011 Philadelphia Literary Death Match Champion and recipient of the 2014 Philadelphia Writers Conference Community Service Award. His poems have been translated into Italian and Romanian.
Mary Gurr studied Fine Art at Brighton and The Byam Shaw Colleges of Art and worked as an artist in Ireland before developing her interest in writing poetry and prose. She has had poems published in an anthology of prose poems Slantways (Wordaid.org.uk), and been awarded prizes in The Kent & Sussex Open and Folio competitions. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Kent in 2009 and is putting together a first collection. She has two grown up children and lives in Kent.
Patrick Herron is a Senior Research Scientist in Media Arts + Sciences at Duke University where he also teaches in the MFA Program in Experimental and Documentary Arts. Patrick is the author of Be Somebody (Effing Press, 2008), a book Ron Silliman described as being “difficult in the way the very best books are.” Patrick is also the author of The American Godwar Complex (Blaze VOX, 2004), Man Eating Rice (Blaze VOX), and Three Poems (Gateway Songbooks). His poems and essays have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Jacket, Talisman, Oyster Boy, Fulcrum, in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, and in the anthology 100 Days (Barque Press).
Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. He has been published in Your Impossible Voice, Night Train, Toad, Matchbox andelsewhere. His latest ebook is Father Dunne’s School for Wayward Boys at amazon.com. He blogs at http://upatberggasse19.blogspot.com/
Connor Stratman lives in Dallas, TX. He is the author of the chapbooks Some Were Awake (Plumberries Press, 2011) and Volcano (Writing Knights Press, 2011). His work has appeared in Otoliths, Counterexample Poetics, Etcetera, Moria, Moss Trill, Ditch, Rasputin, and other journals. He is currently working on a PhD in English at the University of Texas at Arlington.