January 2008 Contributors

Marion Deutsche Cohen has a new poetry book, "Crossing the Equal Sign" (Plain View Press, TX), about the experience of mathematics. Her books total 17, and her previous book is "Dirty Details: The Days and Nights of a Well Spouse" (Temple University Press, PA). Other interests are classical piano, singing, Scrabble, films, thrift-shopping, four grown children, and two grandchildren. State: Pennsylvania. In this issue: My mother said

JOHN GREY is an Australian born poet, playwright, musician. Latest book: “What Else Is There” from Main Street Rag. Recently in: The English Journal, The Pedestal, Pearl and the Journal Of The American Medical Association. State: Rhode Island. In this issue: The Song of Trash

Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM and produces the poetry website Origami Condom. In his spare time he hikes in the desert and on the foothills trails, reads, goes to baseball games, reacquires his ping pong game, and eats a fair quantity of chocolate. State: New Mexico. In this issue: Prevalent Theme

Jim Harrington is a retired librarian embarking on a new journey. His stories have appeared in Apollo's Lyre, Baker's Dozen Review, Bent Pin Quarterly, Brilliant, Defenstration, Long Story Short, Litbits, MicroHorror, Mysterical-E and others. You can read more of his stories at www.jimharringtononline.net State: North Carolina. In this issue: The Good Samaritan

Doris Hendersons work has appeared in the Connecticut River Review, Black River Review, Slant, Comstock Review, Parting Gifts, Common Ground, New Verse News, Bent Pin Quarterly.net, and other journals. Also in Caduceus, a publication of the Yale Medical Group, and Heartbeat of New England, an anthology of New England nature poets. State: Connecticut. In this issue: She, Structure

Suzy Lamson‘s poems have appeared in publications in both the United States and England. A former hippie who lived communally in the northern California woods - without electricity for 15 years - she now makes her home in Newtown, CT. Author of the recently published "A Rose Between Her Teeth", Suzy is a founding member of the Artemis Rising women's writing circle and a regular featured reader around New England. State: Connecticut In this issue: Sic Transit Gloria

Jackson Lassiter grew up nearly feral in the hills of Wyoming. His work has appeared in South Loop Review, Heartland Review, Apocalypse Literary Arts Magazine, Harrington Gay Men's Literary Quarterly, Best Gay Love Stories 2007, Bylines Calendar, and other journals and anthologies. He has a significant on-line presence including EdificeWRECKED, Jerry Jazz Musician, Ink and Ashes (google him for others). Contact him at LuckyJRL@hotmail.com State: California. In this issue: Swimming Upstream

Mel Lees has had a varied career. After combat missions with the Flying Tigers, 15 years of mountain climbing and international racewalking, he began writing at age 75. He has published four books and over 100 articles for magazines and newspapers. He lives with his wife overlooking a stream which is one of the two ways he gets his inspirations. The other way is to walk Broad Street greeting people and awaiting new ideas. State: California. In this issue: Blackbeard's Chest

Corey Mesler's work has appeared in Turnrow, Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Paumanok Review, Yankee Pot Roast, Monday Night, Elimae, H_NGM_N, The Journal of Experimental Fiction, Poet Lore, Forklift OH, Euphony, Rattle, Jabberwock Review, Dicey Brown, Cordite, Cellar Door, others. He has two novels: Talk: a Novel in Dialogue (2002) and We are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2007) both from Livingston Press. He has been a book reviewer, fiction editor, university press sales rep, grant committee judge, father and son. Mr. Mesler and his wife own Burke’s Book Store, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at www.coreymesler.com. State: Tennessee. In this issue: The Award

Kristine Ong Muslim has publication credits that include some five hundred poems and stories in over two hundred journals and magazines worldwide, such as Bellevue Literary Review, Cordite, Chronogram, Etchings, Grasslimb, Pearl, The Pedestal Magazine, and Turnrow. Country: Philippines. In this issue: Picking the Tab | The Beautiful Season | Euclidean Houses

Jim O'Loughlin teaches American literature and creative writing at the University of Northern Iowa, and is the publisher of Final Thursday Press, recipient of the 2004 Global Filipino Literary Award in Poetry. His poetry has appeared in flashquake, Matchbook, The Green Tricycle, and Prairie Poetry. State: Iowa . In this issue: As it Appears

James R. Scrimgeour received his BA from Clark University, his MA and PhD from UMass, Amherst, and he is currently a Professor of Writing at Western Connecticut State University. He has published seven books of poetry and over 200 poems in anthologies and periodicals. He has given over 100 public readings of his work including one at an International Conference on Poetry and History, Stirling, Scotland. He served as Editor of Connecticut Review from September 1992 - September 1995. Furthermore, he has published a critical biography of Sean O'Casey (G. K. Hall) along with numerous reviews and articles on poetry and drama. He currently lives in New Milford CTwith his wife, Christine Xanthakos Scrimgeour. State: Connecticut. In this issue: Wharf Road, Abram Wharf, Old Ruth, Ruth's Ledge

L.B. Sedlacek's poems have appeared in a variety of publications such as Red River Review, Ginosko, T-Zero The Writer's Ezine, Andwerve, Coppertales, Poet's Canvas, X Magazine, Re)Verb, Circle Magazine, HazMat Review, ART:MAG, Wisteria: A Journal of Haiku, Senryu, & Tanka, Spiky Palm, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Dispatch, Inkburns, sidereality, and Hurricane Review. Chapbooks include "Average Bears" and "Alexandra's Wreck." L.B. has received two Pushcart Prize nominations. State: North Carolina. In this issue: Blue 31

Christian W. Thiede is currently enrolled in the Goddard College MFA-Creative Writing Program. His work has been included in the pages of Harrisburg Review, Fledgling Rag, The Central Pen, Megaera Anthology, Out of the Blue Writers Unite, and many others. He has published two chapbooks of poetry: "Gazing Behind My Eyes" and "Random Poems Now With Homes." State: Pennsylvania. In this issue: Cutter

Faith Vicinanza, founder of the Wednesday Night Poetry Series is a poet, an educator (a CT Master Teaching Artist), visiting artist (PoetTs, Inc.), an editor (formerly The Ct Poet and The Underwood Review), a publisher (Hanover Press), event facilitor/creator (the Connecticut Poetry Festival), nature photographer, Information Technologies Consultant, I.T. Management Consultant, and web site developer. She's read from "San Francisco to Stockholm" and has several books of poetry out including one from Pudding House Press. Her work has been published in The Paterson Review, The Connecticut River Review, The Red Brick Review, The Fairfield Review, in Dogwood, on the Ct Authors & Publishers Assoc. web, in Poetry Slam - The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry, In The Raw, Poetry Superhighway, and Selected Poems From The Daily Grind, among many others. She and her late husband Peter rode touring bicycles from Key West Florida to St. Stephens, Canada and a book on their three-month journey is in the works. You can read the trip blog at www.UtterFolly.com See also notquiteblank.com/about.htm State: Connecticut. In this issue: First Snow

Laura Vookles also known as “LV” writes memoir about growing up in Memphis, her grandmothers, motherhood, her husband’s death and middle-aged romance. She has featured at Bethel Wednesday Night Poetry Series, Worcester Storytellers, the Poetry Asylum New Year’s Prom, Got Poetry Live, and NYC louderARTS Uppercase series and been published in Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Look up in the Sky: Poems about Comic Books, His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by Her and on the Rogue Scholars and November 3rd websites. She was a member of the Westchester National Slam Poetry Team for 2007 and has a new chapbook "John on the Chrysler: Poems of Love and Grief," published by Poets Wear Prada State: New York. In this issue Your Hands, You are a dream

Carol Clark Williams is the present poet laureate of York . She is a rostered artist with the York Cultural Alliance Arts in Education program, and teaches poetry workshops for high school students, senior citizen centers, support groups, and residents of institutions. Her poems have been published in print and online journals including Margie, Byline, Mad Poets Review, Encore, the Pedestal, and Fledgling Rag. State Pennsylvania. In this issue: Writing Prompt, Superman

Ernest Williamson III is a 31 year old polymath who has published poetry and visual art in over 115 online and print journals within a time span of 8 years. His poem "The Jazz of Old Wine" has been nominated for a Best of the Net award by the editors of "Thick with Conviction". He holds the B.A. and the M.A. in English/Creative Writing/Literature from the University of Memphis. Ernest is now listed in the prestigious Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers. Ernest is an adjunct English Professor at Essex County College. Professor Williamson is also a private tutor, a Ph.D. Candidate at Seton Hall University in the field of Higher Education Leadership. View his website: www.eyeoftheart.com/ErnestWilliamsonIII State: New Jersey. In this issue: The Misfortune of Shallow Sight

Martin Willitts Jr is a senior librarian in New York, with current poems in Big City Lit, Slow Trains, Hiss Quarterly, Cherry Blossom Review, Pulse, Fawlt, and others. He has two chapbooks, a print chapbook "Lowering Nets of Light" (Pudding House Publications, 2007), and an online chapbook "News From the Front" (www.slowtrains.com 2007), He also served as editor for a new anthology of poems about cancer "Alternatives to Surrender" (Plain View Press, 2007). State: New York. In this issue: Bending to the light

"Zork" aka Eric Alan, a freelance mac guru by trade and author of Stolen Snapshots (2001) would say he was a poet of the stage not a poet of the page. He runs several poetry open mics in the White Plains area, and is slam-master of the Westchester slam, and a member of its 2007 national team. You can find him online at stolensnapshots.com and at YouTube.com/iamnotapoet State: New York. In this issue: Remembering the man I never new / Columbia MD

About the cover and the editor: The cover art for this edition is called The Weather of War and it was created in Corel Painter 9.5 by Bent Pin’s editor and founder. MM. Walker, author of Inverse Origami, the art of unfolding, a poet, artist, musician and writer. She holds a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as 30 hours of graduate study in writing and art.