Bios JANUARY 2018
Dr. Patrick Dobson has published 2 travel memoirs, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009), and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (2015, University of Nebraska Press), which won the 2016 High Plains Book Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Thorpe Menn Literary Excellence Award. He teaches American History and Western Civilization at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.
William Doreski‘s has appeared in various e and print journals and in several collections, most recently The Suburbs of Atlantis (AA Press, 2013).
Michael C. Gebelein is a writer, journalist and editor who lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. His work has appeared in Deep South Magazine, The Tulane Review, The James Dickey Review, JONAHmagazine, The Light Ekphrastic, Out of Our, and several other literary journals. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Scott Laudati lives in New York City with his turtle, Tango. He is the author of books Play The Devil (novel) and Hawaiian Shirts In The Electric Chair (poems). Scott Laudati is the author of Bone House, a forthcoming book of poems from Bone Machine Books. Visit him on instagram @scottlaudati
Barbara A Meier is really just a farm girl from Kansas who now looks at Pacific waves instead of waves of grain. She teaches Kindergarten and First graders in Gold Beach, OR, how to write phonetically and draw pictures to match their writing. She has been published in Birds-Highland Park Poetry, Nature Writing, Poetry Pacific, The Poeming Pigeon, and Cacti Fur. Click here to visit Barbara at her blog.
Stephen Poleskie’s writing has appeared in journals in Australia, The Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Philippines, and the UK, as well as the USA and in five anthologies, including The Book of Love, (W.W. Norton) and been three times nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has published seven books of fiction. Poleskie has taught at The School of Visual Arts, NYC, the University of California/Berkeley, and Cornell University, and also been a resident at the American Academy in Rome. He writes a regular column for Ragazine,cc. Poleskie currently lives in Ithaca, NY.
R. Newell Searle is a Minnesota writer and the award-winning author of Saving Quetico-Superior, a narrative of wilderness protection along the Minnesota-Ontario border and other narratives of Minnesota. A member of the Loft Literary Center and a participant in the University of Iowa Writing Festivals. He holds a PhD in American history and conducted public affairs for corporate and nonprofit organizations. After a career in corporate and nonprofit public affairs, he became fluent in Spanish and is an advocate for undocumented immigrants.
Mary Street lives in California, and has lived and traveled throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. “The Castle” is an excerpt from her memoir of travel experiences. Her work will be published this September in InScape NCC Literary Journal.
Kim Suttell lives in New York City so she can jaywalk. Some of her poems reside in Right Hand Pointing, Cleaver Magazine, The Cortland Review, and other journals. They are compiled for you at page48.weebly.com.
Bios, JULY 2017
Robert Boucheron is an architect in Charlottesville, Virginia. His short stories and essays appear in Bangalore Review, Bellingham Review, Fiction International, London Journal of Fiction, New Haven Review, Poydras Review, Short Fiction (UK).
Renee Butner is a freelance poet who lives in Winston-Salem, NC, with her husband, David, and puppy, Cookie. She works two jobs and in her spare time enjoys cooking, reading, acrylic painting, spending time with her grown children and two young grandsons, and anticipating the birth of a third grandson. Her true joy is writing; she finds herself doing so in her car, on runs, and in her sleep.
William Cass has had a little over a hundred short stories accepted for publication in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies such as december, Briar Cliff Review, and Ruminate. Recently, he was a finalist in short fiction and novella competitions at Glimmer Train and Black Hill Press, received a Pushcart nomination, and won writing contests at Terrain.org and The Examined Life Journal.
Jim Cole is a recipient of the 2017 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. award for his short story “The Asphodel Meadow,” published in the fall 2016 issue of The Summerset Review. He has an MFA from the University of San Francisco, where his novel, ffrrfr, was nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project. He also has a Rhetoric degree from UC-Berkeley. His home is in the Northern California town of Duncans Mills, on the Russian River. He works full-time for a San Francisco company as a senior writer.
Hannah Ford grew up in Coldwater, Michigan and graduated from Hope College with an English degree. She is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) at the University of South Carolina. She reads as an associate editor for USC’s renowned journal, Yemassee. Hannah has been published in The 3288 Review, Lunch Ticket, Lipstickparty Mag, Sawpalm, and Opus. She has been awarded for her writing in both fiction and nonfiction.
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois has had over twelve hundred of his poems and fiction appear in literary magazines in the U.S. and abroad. He has been nominated for numerous prizes. His novel, Two-Headed Dog, based on his work as a clinical psychologist in a state hospital, is available for Kindle and Nook, or as a print edition. He lives in Denver.
Sue Granzella teaches third grade at a public school in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her essay “Andiamo!” was named as “Notable” in the Best American Essays of 2016. Sue’s writing appears in Full Grown People, Gravel, Ascent, Citron Review, Hippocampus, Lowestoft Chronicle, Crunchable, and Prick of the Spindle, among others. She loves baseball, stand-up comedy, hiking, road trips, and reading the writing of 8- and 9-year-olds. More of Sue’s writing can be found at www.suegranzella.com .
John Grey is an Australian poet, US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Stillwater Review and Big Muddy Review with work upcoming in Louisiana Review, Columbia College Literary Review and Spoon River Poetry Review.
Ronelle Hart has been a practicing psychologist for 20 years, and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, with her husband, who is a jazz saxophonist. She has two adult sons and one adult stepson. She has always loved writing: how our words and stories tell about who we are, and continue to give shape to our every awareness. She has written and blogged about personal memory, food, relationships, and the experience of therapy, and has recently turned to writing poetry.
John Harvie, a native Montrealer, worked in the early ’70s as a copywriter at CFCF-TV. Since 1976 he has been teaching fencing at Escrime Mont Royal. John also revised the English editions of two fencing books for Corvina Press of Hungary and in 91/92 spent a year teaching English in China.. For relaxation, it’s sudoku and crosswords.
Kate Henderson gets up early to write before heading to her cubicle in downtown Montreal, where she works as a communications consultant for a financial company. She is currently working on a collection of short stories that fictionalize her life.
R. Edward Hengsterman is a writer and film photographer who deconstructs the human experience through photographic images and the written word. He writes under the beautiful Carolina sky. You can see more of his work at www.ReHengsterman.com and find him on Twitter at @rehengsterman.
M. A. Istvan Jr., has a steady day job as a soap and lotion peddler on Jamaica Avenue in Queens. His work has been criticized for its almost single-minded focus on equestrian themes, its lack of allegorical quality, and its overreaching fidelity to his artistic and intellectual precedents. Visit his page at https://txstate.academia.edu/MichaelIstvanJr.
Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy (Coracle, 2009.) Black Grass (Broken Rules, 2012). The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015). Founder / Artistic director of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings. QWF 2010 Community Award.
Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, a native Philadelphian, is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Images of Being (Stone Garden Publishing, 2011); Light’s Battered Edge (Anaphora Literary Press, 2015) and Night Sweat (Red Dashboard Press, 2016). She has been published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Blue Collar Review, and Wilderness House Literary Review, among others. More about Diane can be found at http://www.dianesahms-guarnieri.com/ & https://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/
Cecil Sayre‘s work has appeared in Rattle, Slipstream, and the Naugatuck River Review.
Eric Smith received an MA in English Literature from the University of New Mexico. He has had travel articles published in the Greensboro Times, Cincinnati Enquirer, and Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Also, poems in the Newport News Times. He has lived in Albuquerque for twenty-seven years.
john sweet, b 1968, still numbered among the living. A believer in writing as catharsis, an optimistic pessimist. Opposed to all organized religion and political parties. Avoids zealots and social media whenever possible. His latest collections include A NATION OF ASSHOLES W/ GUNS (2015 Scars Publications) and APPROXIMATE WILDERNESS (2016 Flutter Press). All pertinent facts about his life are buried somewhere in his writing.
Bios, JANUARY 2017
Christopher Conley lives in Walpole, Massachusetts, and is a 2016 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross. He completed a creative Senior Thesis entitled, Forgot: A Memoir on Memory. A Gypsy Melody, included in the current issue of JONAHmagazine, is the story he presented at his thesis presentation. He has been published in Holy Cross’s Literary Journal, The Purple, twice, for separate works. Additionally, he is a co-founder and previous president of the Holy Cross Creative Writing Club. He currently works as a Journals and Rights Assistant at the medical publication, UpToDate.
Ruth Z. Deming has had her poetry published in lit mags including River Poets, Bella Online, Mad Swirl and Bookends Review. She lives in Willow Grove, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Gayane Haroutyunyan recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York with an MFA in creative writing, Poetry. He has concluded his experience at SLC with a manuscript that he is currently trying to publish.
Laurinda Lind is mostly legal in New York State. Some previous publications and acceptances were in Afterthoughts, Antithesis, Communion, Green’s Mag, Lake Ontario Log, Liminality, Mobius, Moonsick, Mudfish, Paterson Literary Review, Ship of Fools, Tickled by Thunder, and Triggerfish.
Will McMillan was for most of his life a Jehovah’s Witness. For all of his life he was gay and battled between dedication to God and his inclination toward a life that he believed God hated. At the age of 34, he took the first tentative steps toward leaving the only life he’d known into a life he knew nothing about, a nearly middle-aged man going through his second, clunky adolescence. His essay, In the Beginning, describes the first, painful steps he took toward being the person he’d always truly been.
Janice E. Rodriguez‘ work has appeared online in The Writing Disorder and The Copperfield Review, and she was a finalist for a Glimmer Train family matters competition. She writes about the two realities she inhabits—the rolling hills and broad valleys of eastern Pennsylvania and the high, arid plains of Castilla-León in Spain. Janice teaches Spanish at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She can be found online at janiceerodriguez.com.
Barbara Ruth writes at the convergence of magic and grit, Potowatomee and Jewish, fat and yogi, disabled and neurodivergent. She has performed her original work with Mother Tongue and Wry Crips Disabled Women’s Readers’ Theaters in the SF Bay Area, taught in California Poets In the Schools In San Diego, co-conspired with DYKETACTICS! In Philadelphia and blogged at NeuroQueer. She writes biomythography in poetry and prose, and has been working on a novel since before writing was invented.She is 70 and lives in San Jose, CA, USA and is also a published photographer.
Ron Singer‘s short stories (www.ronsinger.net) have appeared at many venues (e.g. The Brooklyn Rail, Defenestration, diagram, Drunken Boat, ducts, Evergreen Review, Fiction Week Literary Review, The Journal of Microliterature, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Story Shack, and Word Riot). Singer’s work has twice been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. His eighth book, Uhuru Revisited: Interviews with African Pro-Democracy Leaders (Africa World Press/Red Sea Press, Feb. 1, 2015), is available in about a hundred libraries in the U.S., and beyond. His ninth, and most recent, book is Betty & Estelle/A Voice for My Grandmother, a double memoir (Akorin Books, July 2016) .
Mark Trechok writes from North Dakota, where, he says, the Bakken boom has turned into a bust, at least for now. Mark has been writing poems from the early 1970s, while his gainful employment came from work as a Lutheran pastor and later as a community organizer in North Dakota. After a 20-year hiatus, he started writing new poems and seeking publication about a year ago. His work has since appeared in Limestone, Off the Coast, Canary, El Portal, Raven Chronicles and a number of other magazines, and also a book, Fracture, of writings about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in The Commonline Journal, 3am magazine, Crack the Spine, Word Riot, 48th Street Press, and, as he puts it, many other places.
Biographies JUNE 2016
Michael Anthony is a writer and artist currently living in New Jersey. He graduated Fairleigh Dickinson University and has published fiction, poetry and illustrations in various literary journals as well as having had two novellas serialized by Cappers Magazine. His photojournalist essay on the waning of the textile industry in Paterson, New Jersey was exhibited by the American Labor Museum.
Lawrence William Berggoetz‘s poems will be published in the upcoming spring editions of Bitter Oleander and Blue Heron, and he has been published in periodicals such as Moria, Skidrow Penthouse, and Brussels Sprouts.
Carl Boon lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey. Recent or forthcoming poems appear in Neat, Jet Fuel Review, Blast Furnace, Kentucky Review, and many other magazines.
Linda Boroff graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in English. Her writing has appeared in Gawker, McSweeney’s, Epoch, Prism International, Cimarron Review, Hobart, Word Riot, Blunderbuss, Fiction Attic Press, Able Muse, The Furious Gazelle, Black Denim Lit, In Posse Review and others. Her novella, A Season of Turbulence, was published in The Conium Review. Two of her stories, “The Maid,” and “Dinner at the Bigelows” are on journalist Nikki Finke’s fiction site, Hollywood Dementia. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in short fiction in 2016. Her screenplay “Lifters” adapted from her story in Epoch, was acquired by Sony last year for development as a series on the Sundance Channel. She will co-produce and co-write on 12 episodes. She has written one produced film. She adapted John O’Dowd’s acclaimed biography, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, into a biopic, which is now in development with producer Don Murphy. Her magazine article, “Scandalous: Barbara Payton’s Fast Life and Slow Death in Hollywood” appeared in the arts magazine, FutureClaw.
Louise Carson’s books include A Clearing, poetry; Executor, a mystery; Mermaid Road, a blend of prose and poetry; and Rope, a historical fantasy. She lives near Montreal where she writes, teaches music and gardens.
Miguel Eichelberger writes out of Vancouver, Canada with his authoress wife. He is a traveler, highwayman and untrained flautist. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines such as Vancouver Review, Existere, San Diego State University’s pacificREVIEW, Indiana University’s From The Well House, Joypuke and many others. His first play, Cave, was shortlisted for the 2015 Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize and was selected for the 2015 rEvolver festival in Vancouver.
Casey FitzSimons has poems in print and online in Red Wheelbarrow, Mezzo Cammin, and numerous other journals. She has had first place awards from Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, (San Francisco) Bay Area Poets Coalition, and Ina Coolbrith Circle. She has published 12 chapbooks, including The Sharp Edges of Knowing (2015) and Against the Familiar Wall (2014). Casey taught art for many years. Her reviews of SF Bay Area exhibitions frequently appeared in Artweek, and her studio drawing book, Serious Drawing, was published by Prentice Hall. She has a master’s degree in Fine Arts from San José State University.
Howie Good’s latest poetry collections are Bad for the Heart (Prolific Press) and Dark Specks in a Blue Sky (Another New Calligraphy). He is recipient of the 2015 Press Americana Prize for Poetry for his forthcoming collection Dangerous Acts Starring Unstable Elements.
Marlena “Zen” Johns has lived an adventurous life, raising twin sons and teaching high school for twenty years. She was Teacher of the Year for AHS in 2011-2012, a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction and a University of Chicago Distinguished Educator. One of her plays was performed at a local community center. She won a prose contest sponsored by the University of Houston. Two of her poems are set to be published in the upcoming summer and fall issues of Restless, and Five 2 One magazine, and three will be featured in an anthology titled Let’s Talk about Being Human.
Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era. He is a Canadian and USA citizen. Today he is a poet, editor, publisher, freelance writer, amateur photographer, small business owner in Itasca, Illinois. He has been published in more than 880 small press magazines in 27 countries, and he edits 10 poetry sites. Author’s website http://poetryman.mysite.com/. Michael is the author of The Lost American: From Exile to Freedom (136 page book) ISBN: 978-0-595-46091-5, several chapbooks of poetry, including From Which Place the Morning Rises and Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems. He also has over 88 poetry videos on YouTube as of 2015: https://www.youtube.com/user/poetrymanusa/videos. He was nominated for 2 Pushcart Prize awards for poetry in 2015.
Arlyn LaBelle’s work has appeared multiple times in the Badgerdog summer anthologies as well as Words Work, Persona, The Missing Slate and The Blue Hour. She was awarded a scholarship for the Badgerdog summer writing program, and won 3rd place in the New Jersey Writer’s Project.
Anne Lévesque‘s poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in Canadian and international journals and anthologies. She lives on Cape Breton Island.
Chris Macalino is a writer from Winnipeg. He writes poetry and prose; his work has appeared in tart (eleven), CV2, Kiss Machine, The Breath, and Lemon Hound. He recently received one of the top entries in The Manitoban Literature Competition. His current writing projects are, a novella with the title “The Architect” and a collection of long poems. He is a millennial artist and he wrote ‘The Holosuite Usher’. He studied in St. John’s High School and The University Of Manitoba. Now in his 30s, his accomplishments include; travel, graduation, and an exhibit. He is a licensed car driver, avid bus rider, and casual walker. His hometown is Winnipeg, he resides there in The Garden City Area. He hopes to pass the milestone of another decade.
Ilona Martonfi is the author of three poetry books, Blue Poppy (Coracle, 2009.) Black Grass (Broken Rules, 2012). The Snow Kimono (Inanna, 2015). Producer / host of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings. In 2010, she received the Quebec Writers’ Federation Community Award.
Michelle McLean is a clinical social worker and compulsive writer of poetry. Her work has found homes in a handful of publications, including Quills, Ascent Aspirations, Open Minds Quarterly, Toward the Light, Arborealis, Emerging Stars, Other Voices, Understory, Lamp in Hand and Joypuke. She uses poetry to make sense of her experiences and as an instrument of healing. Michelle lives in Carlow, New Brunswick with her mother, her partner of 12 years, and their beloved daughters, Sophie and Lily.
milt montague, was raised in New York City, survived The Great Depression, the school system, and World War ll. After 20 years back at college he discovered poetry at 85. Now at 90 plus, he has 84 poems published in 25 different magazines.
Katie Vautour read her poetry at the 2014 Sparks Literary Festival and has work published in Newfoundland Quarterly. She is the first place winner of the Gregory J. Power Poetry Award (2014) and Sparks Poetry Competition (2016), and is also the recipient of an Arts & Letters Award (2015) and the Cox & Palmer Creative Writing Award (2016).
Sophia Wolkowicz is an art teacher, mom, wife, sister, guitar granny and friend who hopes she is worthy of all the people who have inspired her and are her touchstones. Hence the poetry.
Biographies NOVEMBER 2015
Brent Allen is a journalist working for a newspaper in the Midwest. He writes short stories and novels in his spare time when he is not growing tomatoes.
Lori Ann Bloomfield is the author of the novel, “The Last River Child” (Second Story Press) and have had over a dozen short stories published in journals in the Canada and the US.
Virginia Boudreau hails from the South Western tip of Nova Scotia. When not indulging her passion for poetry, she is employed as an itinerant Learning Disabilities Specialist. Her work has appeared an a wide variety of North American literary magazines and anthologies, most recently: Soliloquies, The Adanna Review, The Cumberland River Review and The Voices Project.
Gabriella DeBono, Canadian born and raised, is currently a second year student at the University of Western Ontario, where she studies Kinesiology and minors in Creative Writing. A competitive athlete for most of her life, Gabriella has a large passion for sports and the world of athletics. However, due to injury, she discovered a new found passion for writing and hasn’t looked back since. She can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her school email at email@example.com.
Ruth Z. Deming has had her poetry published in lit mags including Innisfree, Bookends Review, Metazen, and Mad Swirl. She lives in Willow Grove, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Her work has been previously published in JONAHmagazine.
Gabriella Garofalo was born in Italy some decades ago. She fell in love with the English language at six, started writing poems (in Italian) at six and is the author of “Lo sguardo di Orfeo”; “L’inverno di vetro”; “Di altre stelle polari”; and “Blue branches”.
Michael Gebelein, 28, is a journalist and poet who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
John Grey is an Australian poet and US resident. Recently published in New Plains Review, Rockhurst Review and Spindrift with work upcoming in South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Sanskrit and Louisiana Literature. His work has been previously published in JONAHmagazine.
Kristen Hoggatt-Abader’s chapbook, Arab Winter, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. In addition, her poems have been published individually by The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Nimrod International Journal, and The Writing Disorder, among others.
C.S. Lemprière is a Quebec writer and translator. Her work has appeared in The Fieldstone Review, and her translations of prose and poetry have appeared in Carte blanche, Feathertale, Ambos and Circa. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and a translation of Québec poet Rachel Leclerc’s Les vies frontalières.
Richard LeBlond is a biologist living in North Carolina, where he worked for that state’s Natural Heritage Program until his retirement in 2007. He continues his biological research, and has added travel, photography, and writing. Since 2014, his essays and photographs have appeared in or been accepted by many U.S. and international journals, including Montreal Review, Kudzu House, Appalachia, Weber – The Contemporary West, and Still Point Arts Quarterly.
Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013). For more information, including free e-books, and his essay titled “Magic, Illusion and Other Realities”, please visit his website at http://www.simonperchik.com.
John Repp is a native of the Pine Barrens region of southern New Jersey. He has lived for many years in northwestern Pennsylvania and is the author of a dozen collections of poetry. His most recent collection is Fat Jersey Blues, winner of the 2013 Akron Poetry Prize from the University of Akron Press.
Aileen Santos is a Certificate Student of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto. She teaches high school in the Greater Toronto Area and lives in Acton, Ontario with her two children, two fur-babies and partner of the last 19 years.
Ndaba Sibanda is a Zimbabwean-born writer. He hails from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city. In 2005 he authored an epic, Love O’clock. He has since contributed to twenty-one published books including such international anthologies as Poems For Haiti, a South African anthology, Snippets, Voices Of Peace, Black Communion, Ripples of Love, It’s Time, Lost Coast Review, Christmas Anthology by Longleaf,On the Rusk Issue Three, Emanations: Foray into Forever, World Healing ~ World Peace, Metaphor: Modern and Contemporary Poetry, East Coast Literary Review and Eccentric Press Poetry Anthology, Omni Diversitas Portmanteau, and 52 Loves, O Anthology, Crossing Lines Anthology, and Pamplemousse.
Ndaba’s poems, essays and short stories have been featured in many and various journals and magazines like The Piker Press, Bricolage, The Dying Goose, Whispering Prairie Press, Saraba Magazine, allAfrica.com, Jungle Jim, Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine ,The Metric, Unlikely Stories, Santa Fe Writers Project Journal, Elohi Gadugi–Elohi Gadugi Journal, The Subterranean Quarterly, Miracle, Red Bird Chapbooks, The Joker, Florida Flash, Fjords Review, storySouth, Annapurna Magazine, Festival Of Language, quiet Shorts, The African Street Writer, Poetry Potion.com, Books Live, Whispers and Poetrysoup. His latest anthology, The Dead Must Be Sobbing was published in March 2013.
He believes “it is right to write, and that writing is his life and second wife”. Currently he lives in Angola.
Shaharyaar Kamaal Siddiqui is an accidental poet, scribbling the inner ramblings of his unsettling mind to give vent to his latent desire to express himself. With no exposure to literature or nuances of the craft, he writes for the love of language. Not a regular writer, he pens down thoughts when bouts of epiphany coerce him into expressing himself abundantly. His wish is to make his poems and write-ups a beacon of hope and leave an impact on his readers.
Sivan Slapak is a writer and arts therapist. In 2014 she was a finalist in the CBC’s Quebec Writing Competition, and the story was anthologized in Salut King Kong: New English Writing From Quebec. In 2015 she was chosen to participate in the Quebec Writers Federation mentorship program, and in the same year won The New Quarterly’s Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award for her story, “Road One.” Sivan grew up in Montreal and spent twenty years in Jerusalem. She currently divides her heart between her hometowns while she completes her first collection of short stories.
Christopher Michael Suda‘s poetry has been published in Digital Americana, Indian Review, Shot Glass Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, and other literary journals. Christopher attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has just attended the A-I-R program at Byrdcliffe Artist Guild in Woodstock, NY.
Changming Yang 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 5 chapbooks (including Kinship  and The Origin of Letters ), began to learn English at 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver and has poetry appearing in 1059 literary publications across 36 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review and Threepenny Review.
Biographies June 2015
Joy Carter is a MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University where she is an avid procrasti-baker and reluctant essay grader. Her work can also be found in Red River Review, Crab Fat, and pacificREVIEW, among others.
Julie de Belle was born in Ottawa, raised in Quebec, working as a teacher and freelance translator for over 25 years. She has retired from teaching to focus on her writing and spoken word performances. Some of her short stories and poetry have been published in various collectives and magazines.
Ruth Z. Deming has had her poetry published in literary journals including Metazen, Mad Swirl, River Poets and Eunoia Review. A psychotherapist and mental health advocate, she runs New Directions Support Group – – for people and families affected by depression and bipolar disorder. She lives in Willow Grove, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.
Every year, New Directions publishes The Compass Mental Health Magazine, a compendium of first-person stories, the latest in mental health news by psychiatrists and therapists, and the literary section called The Kaleidoscope. Read it online here.
You can hear Ruth reading a few of her poems on YouTube. Click <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hBVO7Cc4es>
Marcia Goldberg Lost on the Jersey boardwalk when she was four and found three in the afternoon that day eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with lifeguards, Marcia R. Goldberg retired from her careers as a librarian, life-guard and professor of English to devote time to painting, editing, collecting the best of her poems, sheltering stray cats, summer gardening, reading, and volunteer work. Her first of five chapbooks, Still in Song, was published in 1979 by the Poet’s Mimeo Cooperative in Burlington, VT and an anthology titled In Mud Season appeared in Montreal, QC published by Empyreal Press in 1999.
Howie Good, a journalism professor at SUNY at New Paltz, is the author of several poetry collections, including most recently Beautiful Decay and The Cruel Radiance of What Is from Another New Calligraphy and Fugitive Pieces from Right Hand Pointing Press.
John Grey is an Australian poet and US resident. He was recently published in New Plains Review, Rockhurst Review and Spindrift, with work upcoming in South Carolina Review, Gargoyle, Sanskrit and Louisiana Literature.
Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne. His latest collection of poems, Stump Speech, is available. Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne. Kenneth edited & produced Hodge Podge Poetry (1995-1998 in print), Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry (1998-2007 on the web), Origami Condom (2007-2008 on the web) and Adobe Walls (2010-2014 in print). His work can be found at <http://www.kpgurney.me/>
Marie Desjardins, Ph.D (McGill University), is a French writer, translator, literary critic and editor, with publications that include a biography of Nelly Arcan and a novel about Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday.
Michael Lee Johnson lived ten years in Canada during the Vietnam era: now known as the Illinois poet, from Itasca, IL. Today he is a poet, freelance writer, photographer who experiments with poetography (blending poetry with photography), and small business owner in Itasca, Illinois, who has been published in more than 875 small press magazines in 27 countries, he edits 9 poetry sites. Michael is the author of The Lost American: “From Exile to Freedom”, several chapbooks of poetry, including From Which Place the Morning Rises and Challenge of Night and Day, and Chicago Poems. He also has over 71 poetry videos on YouTube.
Larry Lefkowitz The stories, poetry, and humor of Larry Lefkowitz have been widely published in journals, anthologies, and online. His literary novel “The Critic, the Assistant Critic, and Victoria” and his humorous fantasy and science fiction collection “Laughing into the Fourth Dimension” are available from Amazon books.
Ilona Martonfi is the author of two poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules 2012). Forthcoming: The Snow Kimono (Inanna Publications 2015). Producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings. QWF 2010 Community Award.
William Miller is Professor Emeritus at York College of Pennsylvania. He teaches in the summer in the MFA Program in Children’s Literature at Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia. He is a widely-published poet and children’s author. Most recently, his poems have been accepted or published by The Southern Review, The South Carolina Review, Shenandoah and Prairie Schooner. He live is the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Gerard Sarnat received his education at Harvard and Stanford. He established and staffed clinics for the disenfranchised, has been a CEO of healthcare organizations, and was a Stanford professor. Gerry is the author of three critically acclaimed collections: HOMELESS CHRONICLES from Abraham to Burning Man(2010), Disputes (2012), and17s (2014) He has been featured this year as Songs of Eretz Poetry Review’s Poet of the Week with one of his poems appearing daily. Dr. Sarnat is the second poet ever to be so honored.
Andrew Scott is a native of Fredericton, NB. During his time as an active poet, Andrew Scott has taken the time to speak in front of a classrooms, judge poetry competitions as well as published worldwide in such publications as The Art of Being Human, Battered Shadows and The Broken Ones. His books, Snake With A Flower, The Phoenix Has Risen and The Storm Is Coming are available now.
Newton Smith lives in the mountains of western North Carolina, where enjoys hiking and gardening. His work has appeared in numerous publications including: Southern Poetry Review, Foxfire, Carolina Quarterly, Trace, Apple, Ann Arbor Review, The Miscellany, Pebble, Laurel Review, Quartet, Asheville Poetry Review, Rivendell, and International Poetry Anthology. He recently walked the 500-mile Camino de Santiago and is preparing a manuscript of poems composed on that pilgrimage.
Jill Talbot won 3rd place for the Aspiring Canadian Poets contest, runner up for the Little Bird Anthology short story contest and 1st place for Passion Poetry contest. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
Sophia Wolkowicz is an art teacher, mom, wife, sister, guitar granny and friend who hopes she is worthy of all the people who have inspired her and are her touchstones. Hence the poetry.
Karen Wright holds a BA in Communications, Literary Journalism, from the University of Denver. Her work has appeared in The Literary Commune and Upender: Art of Consequence. Her ebook, The Grapes of Dementia, is scheduled for publication in late summer. Karen lives on the coast of northernest California, where she writes nonfiction and plays the djembe drum. She often can be found dipping her toes in the Pacific Ocean while gazing upon the coastal redwood trees. Connect with her at http://www.wrightinglife.com.
Biographies February 2015
Robert Brym is SD Clark Professor of Sociology and Associate Chair (Undergraduate) of the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published widely on the sociology of intellectuals, social movements in Canada, Jews in Russia, collective and state violence in Israel and Palestine, the Arab Spring, and the ensuing Arab Winter. Website: <http://rbrym9.wix.com/rbrym>.
Louise Carson‘s books Rope (2011) and Mermaid Road (2013) were published by Broken Rules Press, an independent press operating on the West Island of Montreal. Louise will have two books published in 2015, both by Signature Editions. A Clearing is a poetry collection and Executor is a mystery. Louise lives in the countryside near Montreal. Her work has been published in many Canadian magazines: Event, subTerrain, Cahoots, Montreal Serai, Poetry-Quebec, FreeFall, Our Times, CV2, Other Voices, The Nashwaak Review, Vallum, The Montreal Review, Geist, Jones Av., poetsagainstwar.ca, Prairie Fire, Carousel, Sunday@6, Descant, The Literary Review of Canada, The Puritan, The Antigonish Review, The Fieldstone Review and The Dalhousie Review.
Virginie Colline lives and writes in Paris. Her poems have appeared in The Mainichi, Frogpond, Prune Juice, Frostwriting, Prick of the Spindle, Seltzer, Overpass Books, BRICKrhetoric, Yes, Poetry, Dagda Publishing, Silver Birch Press and StepAway Magazine, among others.
Sheryl Curtis is a Montreal-based translator. Together with Elaine Kennedy, their translation of It’s Late, Doctor Schweitzer, by Didier Leclair, garnered the 2014 3Macs carte blanche Prize.
She has an M.A. in translation and a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies. Her translations of some thirty short stories have appeared in magazines around the world (one voted “Best Short Story of the Year”).
Elaine Kennedy has an Honours B.A. in English literature and an M.A. in translation. She has published translations of numerous articles on Quebec literature in international journals, as well as essays for museum catalogues and books on various topics.
Didier Leclair was born in Montreal to Rwandan parents, grew up in Africa and returned to Canada in 1987. Presently living in Toronto, he has written six critically acclaimed novels. Un passage vers l’Occident is his third work of fiction.
Ilona Martonfi lives in Montreal and is the author of two poetry books, Blue Poppy, (Coracle 2009.) Black Grass, (Broken Rules 2012). Forthcoming is The Snow Kimono (Inanna 2015). Producer of The Yellow Door and Visual Arts Centre Readings. QWF 2010 Community Award.
Violet Neff-Helms is a voracious reader and feverish writer of both prose and poetry. She is a Native Texan with Traveling Jones that has led her across the U.S., Over Seas, and as many coffee shops as her money and her bladder could manage.
James F. Olwell organised New York City’s Irish Arts Center(1972-78) where he was seduced by W. B. Yeats. Community organiser by profession, community volunteer by conviction, poet by pre-destination and passion. Published Irish Arts Center (1977), American Poetry Anthology (1983), Poetry Québec (2012), QWFwrites (2014).
Pre-occupied by social issues, human relations and communication.
J. Jacob Potashnik is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker who prefers to write prose. Sedalia, Missouri, was helped along through a Quebec Writers Federation workshop lead by the insightful Larrisa Andrusyshyn. Jacob lives in Montreal with Pascale Landry, Ph.D.
Joe Renzler grew up in downtown New York City. After living and working there for many years, he now calls Montreal home, where he continues to enjoy his career as a creative director in the advertising world.
Biographies October 2014
Meghan Rose Allen has a PhD in Mathematics from Dalhousie University. In a previous life, she was a cog in the military-industrial complex. Now she lives in New Brunswick and writes. Her work has appeared in FoundPress, The Puritan, and The Rusty Toque, amongst others. One can find her online at www.reluctantm.com.
Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer. He is a two time Pushcart nominee with work that has appeared in various print and electronic publications. He is the author of the book Chalk Lines, [FOWLPOX PRESS, cover art by Virgil Kay (2013)]
John Grey is an Australian born poet. Recently published in Paterson Literary Review, Southern California Review and Natural Bridge with work upcoming in the Kerf, Leading Edge and Louisiana Literature.
Sheryl Halpern is the author of the 2013 story collection Surviving Love and a Montreal journalist who switched into academia after earning a Ph.D. from l’Universite de Montreal. She has taught English literature at Dawson College since 1995. Her stories and poetry have been published in various Canadian literary journals.
Roxanne Hearn is a dance major and writing major from York University, Toronto, and have been published in Incendies magazine and the Wild Quarterly.
Steven Mayoff lives on Prince Edward Island. His story collection, Fatted Calf Blues (Turnstone Press 2009), won a PEI Book Award in 2010. His first novel, Our Lady Of Steerage will be published locally by Bunim & Bannigan Ltd. in 2015. He is currently finishing up his first poetry collection, Red Planet Postcards, to be published by Rufus Books in Toronto in 2016.
Kerri McCourt enjoys self expression through writing, and loves to read an abundance of interesting stories and perspectives from others. She writes from Edmonton, Alberta, where she shares her life with her husband and five children.
Andre Narbonne is a Windsor, Ontario writer. Since 2011, my writing has seen print in Prairie Fire, The Dalhousie Review, The Nashwaak Review, FreeFall, Wascana Review, CV2, Antigonish Review, Rampike, Windsor Review, Numéro Cinq, and carte blanche.
Harry Rajchgot has been co-editor of Harvest-HaAsif Literary Anthology since 2003, author of 3 Purim musicals (lyrics and book), and founding member of the Greene Writers Workshop. His work has been published in Harvest-HaAsif Literary Anthology, The Canadian Jewish News Literary Supplement, and Rain Party Disaster Society, as well as the research journals Teratology, the Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal, and Schizophrenia Research. He is a member of the attending staff of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.
Kate Sheckler has been writing fiction for thirteen years and publishing short stories and poems for the past nine, including nearly a dozen short stories and poems in the following literary reviews and anthologies: Carte Blanche, Qarrtsiluni, The Loose Cannon, the magazine Cahoots, Minority Report, When One Door Closes, and CAA Annual Anthology of Canadian Writers. Her awards include a position in the QWF Mentoring Award (2005) and Honourable Mention in the CBC/QWF Short Story contest (2009). Eight years ago, she returned to University for an MA in literature, and for the past six, I’ve taught literature and creative writing at Marianopolis College and ecole nationale du cirque. Previous to my present career, I owned and ran a millinery company, Kate Sheckler Designs, for twenty years.
Jill Talbot won 3rd place for the Aspiring Canadian Poets contest, runner up for the Little Bird Anthology short story contest and 1st place for Passion Poetry contest. She lives on Gabriola Island, British Columbia.
Blossom Thom’s poetry has appeared in the Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry; Writings: The Anthology of Montreal Writers, Volume 5, and elsewhere. Blossom is a writer living and thriving in Montreal. She appreciates good music, good food, and great friends.