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Issue
#5 

Sept
2009


Contributor
Bios


A

Khadija Anderson, poet and Butoh dancer, returned last year to
her native Los Angeles after 18 years' exile in Seattle. Her poetry
has been published in print and in online journals. Khadija has
been a featured reader numerous times in the Seattle area, and
was a guest reader at The Evergreen State College in 2008. She
also collaborates with her eldest son in their dance company,
Tanden Butoh.

B

James Babbs still lives and dies a little each day in the same
small town where he grew up. He works for the government,
but he doesn't like to talk about it. He likes writing and getting
drunk, and sometimes it's hard to tell the difference, because
both can be very intoxicating. James knows there's more that
he should tell you but he just doesn't have the time.

Some of his recent poems have appeared in Abbey, Elephant,
Chiron Review, Fight These Bastards
and Opium Poetry.

Melodie Barker is a Jersey girl who moved to Flint, Michigan,
where she lives with a clowder of cats and a family of children,
step-children and exes that could be featured on an episode of
Maury. Her poetry has been published or is soon forthcoming
in Yellow Medicine Review, The Shantytown Anomaly, Tales of
the Unanticipated,
and Sage Woman. She frequents Facebook
and lolcats.com.


Melodie Barker

Barry Basden lives in the Texas hill country and writes mostly
short pieces these days. Some have been published in various
online venues. Some have not. He also edits the Camroc Press
Review
at www.camrocpressreview.com.

Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal was born in Mexico. He lives in
Los Angeles, where he works in the mental health field. Luis's
new chapbook, Overcome, was published by Kendra Steiner
Editions
. The book is a collaborative effort with photographer
Cynthia Etheridge.

David Blaine is just another bush league poet, pressing the
virtual flesh and hoping to become internationally famous one
day. Watch for his new book, Antisocial, to be published soon
by Outsider Writers Press. It's now available for pre-order at
www.outsiderwriters.org.


David Blaine

Michael Brandonisio is a polyformalist poet. He writes in both
experimental and traditional forms. His work has appeared in
Evergreen Review, Thieves Jargon and Yellow Mama, and is
upcoming in Counterexample Poetics. He lives in NYC.

Ray Brown is from Dallas, GA. He has been published in some
small university presses and some other paper zines, as well
as My Favorite Bullet, Unlikely Stories and Mat Hatter Review.

Beth Browne is a freelance writer and award-winning poet. She
lives and works on her great-grandfather's farm outside Raleigh,
North Carolina with her long-haired son, short-haired daughter
and a matching pair of black and white barn cats.

Beth is currently working on her fifth novel, and she also blogs
at womenswrites.livejournal.com.


Beth Browne

C

Jane Chakravarthy is a visual artist and poet. Her work is an
exploration of her inner consciousness; creating her work is
spiritual and emotional catharsis for her. She enjoys music,
reading and vegan carrot cake.

Jane's poetry has or will appear in Divine Revolution, Luciole
Press, Wilderness House Literary Review
and Zygote in My
Coffee.
She is the author of Love, its Wrath and Others, a
collection of poetry and artwork. For more information, see
www.janechakravarthy.com.

Sean Patrick Conlon was born and raised in rural Virginia. The
house where he grew up was once a Civil War hospital, and is
believed to be haunted. As a boy, he delighted in lifting up the
carpets to show guests where blood from wounded soldiers
had stained the wooden floorboards.

Over the past two years, Sean's focus on poetry has led to the
publication of seven chapbooks. His first full-length book, The
Pornography Diaries,
(Penmanship Books, 2008) is a collection
of poetry addressing the effects of romantic and pornographic
media on love and sex in modern society. Sean's work proves
that he still loves to peel back the layers and show where the
bloodstains are.

D

Janann Dawkins has written poetry for over twenty years. Her
work has been featured most recently in Mad Swirl, Blinking
Cursor, Tonopah Review, Anastomoo,Tipton Poetry Journal,
Taj Mahal Review, At-Large
and MiPOesias. She also has work
upcoming at The Stray Branch, A Handful of Stones and The
Ambassador Poetry Project.
Her chapbook, Micropleasure,
was published by Leadfoot Press in 2008.

A graduate of Grinnell College with a B.A. in American Studies,
Janann now resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Lena Judith Drake is the editor-in-chief of Breadcrumb Scabs
magazine, and a Creative Writing and Gender Studies double
major at Grand Valley State University. Her writing has been
published in magazines like Zygote in my Coffee, My Favorite
Bullet
and Clockwise Cat.

G

Timothy Gager is the author of seven books of poetry and fic-
tion. He lives at www.timothygager.com.

Lawrence Gladeview was born in 1983 to two proud and semi-
doting parents. After attending two middle schools and losing
his faith in Catholic high school, Lawrence graduated from
James Madison University, majored in English and spent only
one night in jail. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his
fiancee, Rebecca Barkley. His poems have been featured in
Word Catalyst Magazine, Gloom Cupboard, Lit Up Magazine,
The Legendary, Shoots and Vines
and Yellow Mama.

Joseph Goosey is currently being driven loony by an actress
with a tattoo of a Klimt painting on her side. He has one chap-
book available via Poptritus Press and one forthcoming from
Shadow Archer Press.   He thanks you for reading.


Joseph Goosey

John Grey is an Australian born poet and US resident since
the late 1970's. He works as financial systems analyst. John's
writings have recently been published in Connecticut Review,
Georgetown Review
and REAL, with work upcoming in Cape
Rock, Poetry East
and The Pinch.

John Grochalski is a poet/writer whose poetry has appeared in
The Smoking Poet, Thieves Jargon, Tattoo Highway, Eclectica,
Modern Drunkard, American Dissident, Underground Voices,
Cherry Bleeds, My Favorite Bullet, Main Street Rag, Clockwise
Cat, Zygote In My Coffee
and Gloom Cupboard.

His short fiction has appeared in Fictionville, Bartleby Snopes,
Retort, The Battered Suitcase, Big Stupid Review
and Pequin,
and is forthcoming in the anthology Living Room Handjob.

John's column, The Lost Yinzer, is featured in The New Yinzer
(www.newyinzer.com). HIs book of poems, The Noose Doesn't
Get Any Looser After You Punch Out
is now available from Six
Gallery Press
; and his chapbook, Meditations On Misery With
Women,
is due out from Zygote in My Coffee in the fall of 2009.

Mr. Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

J

Timothy Jacobs lives in Mechanicsburg, PA. He graduated with a
BA in History and is currently trying to find a job in the Public
History field. Writing poetry is one of his favorite pastimes.
Scott has had writing published in House of Horror, and he
has other work forthcoming there, as well as in issue 16 of
Clockwise Cat.

K

Zach King-Smith was born and raised in Southern New Eng-
land. Or raised himself up, after being orphaned at the age of
twelve. The rest is, well, history.

Karl Koweski is a nationally renowned machinist and bitterly
obscure writer living on a mountaintop in Alabama. His recent
chapbook, Industrial Strip, is available from Covert Press.

L

David LaBounty lives in suburban Detroit. His poetry and
fiction have appeared in Unlikely 2.0, Night Train, Pemmican
and elsewhere. He is the author of two published novels, The
Perfect Revolution
and The Trinity. His third novel, Affluenza,
will be released in late 2009. Affluenza is a story about debt,
pornogrpahy, consumerism, vanity, pyromania and patricide
told through the financial rise and fall of an insurance exec-
utive who lives beyond his means.

M

Charlotte McEachin once tried to be an academic and sub-
mitted to the Missouri Philological Association's journal,
PMPA--and got accepted. But it didn't feel like acceptance.
So, now she teaches on the border of Mexico, at Laredo
Community College, questions and combats the Patron
System (perhaps to her peril), submitted her writing with
hesitation, and won Honorable Mention and Third Place
at the Annual Laredo Poetry Festivals in 2008 and 2009.

She feels more accepted here than she has comfortably
felt in her whole lifetime.

David McLean is Welsh but has lived in Sweden since 1987.
He lives on an island in a big lake near Stockholm, with a
boat, a woman, five strange cats and a large, affectionate
dog. He earned a BA in History from Oxford, and an MA in
philosophy (much later), from Stockholm.

Details of his available books, chapbooks, and over 850
poems in or forthcoming online or in print, are at his blog
at mourningabortion.blogspot.com. He never submits by
snail mail since he has little money and since he loves, or
at least doesn't have anything against, trees.

In early 2010, an anthology called laughing at funerals will
be issued by Epic Rites Press. Also, a fifty-poem chap-
book, hellbound, is now available from Epic Rites.

David edits the Epic Rites chapbook series and the e-zines
lines written w/ a razor and the thin edge of staring. He also
sometimes work for the Epic Rrites Radio Network.

Mike Meraz is a poet from Los Angeles who currently lives in
New Orleans. He is the author of two books of poetry: Black-
Listed Poems
and All Beautiful Things Travel Alone. Both are
available at Lulu.com and Amazon.com.

Mike is also the editor of Black-Listed Magazine.

N

Mathias Nelson is really banking on getting this job as a dish-
washer, or possibly a busboy, but don't call him a busboy.

Born at the wrong time, on the wrong coast. J. Michael Niotta
is a southern California native who hates the sun and never
learned to surf. He pens a life you won’t find in the palm tree-
infested brochures.

A few jobs from his long, odd list include: blueprint maker,
doorman, mechanic, warehouseman, soldier, baker, border
patrol lookout, firefighter, plumber, editor (86 Magazine) and
telemarketer. Currently, he turns a wrench out in sinny Las
Vegas & plays bass/writes music for French Kiss Koma.


J. Michael Niotta

P

Dan Provost's poetry has been published throughout the small
press. He lives in Worcester, Massachusetts.

R

Justin Reynolds wards off jackals in southwest Connecticut.
He enjoys drinking microbrews while lamenting over poor pay-
checks, but ultimately refusing to leave the job. Music is very
important. Justin has a beard because he's too lazy to shave,
rages in parking lots and loves golden retrievers. The poems
come to him at all hours of the day and night, in all states of
consciousness, living or dead.

Andy Riverbed is the author of a poetry collection, Damaged,
and the EveryDayYeah Ebook, Afternoon Drinking is Okay.
You can also read him at www.andyriverbed.info.

S

Mather Schneider lives in Tucson, Arizona, where he writes
poetry and drives a cab (not necessarily at the same time).

Kate Powell Shine is kicking it old school in the DC suburbs,
where she keeps it real in the Human Sciences department
at Hood College. She also can be found frequenting Beyond
Comics and Montgomery Playhouse productions with her
husband, John Shine.

Her poems have been published in various magazines and
anthologies, including Beltway Poetry Quarterly and FuseLit
Magazine.
In a previous incarnation she was a musician, but
we don't talk about that. She's currently vacillating between
pursuing research interests on the psychology of creativity
and finding a job that might pay the bills.

W

Melissa Wray began to send out her scrawling with much
encouragement from her former professor, and now great
friend, David Cope. She has completed one poetry man-
uscript, Small Gestures, that may or may not see a printing
press one day. She hopes may.

X

xTx writes both poetry and short fiction. Some of her poetry
can be found at Zygote In My Coffee, Pangur Ban Party and
Piffle. Her fiction can be found at Pank, Thieves Jargon and
Dogzplot, among others. You can also read xTx's blog, over
at www.notimetosayit.com (where she is usually NSFW).

Y

In another life, Scot Young used to be a construction worker but
for the last 19 years he has been paid to hang out with kids. He
started writing poems again after a 30 year absence and has pub-
lished one or two. He may be the only school principal in America
to own all of Christopher Robin's books. He occasionally teaches
a poetry class to the "Breakfast Club," as well. He once sang with
Kenny Loggins and wrestler Dirty Dick Murdoch, but mainly, Scot
just puts bread on the table. His publishing notes can be found at:
scotyoung.wordpress.com.

Scot also edits the online zine, Rusty Truck.

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