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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Contributor Bios

Brandon Amico is from Manchester, NH. His poems have appeared in Midwest Literary Magazine, Borderline and Indigo Rising online, as well as a few print journals. He tries to incorporate as much of the world as he has experienced into his writing. As such, Brandon considers himself a writer, which is to say simply that he writes things: any inferences you make past that are your own and he will not be held responsible for them. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of New Hampshire.

George Bishop was raised on the Jersey Shore before moving to Florida where he lives and writes. Recent work has appeared in Melusine, Prick of the Spindle. Forthcoming work will be featured in The Burnt Bridge & Nova Scotia Review. His chapbook, Love Scenes, is available from Finishing Line Press & his new chapbook, Marriage Vows and Other Lies, has been released by Flutter Press.

Mike Cluff is a full-time professor of English and Creative at Norco (Community) College in Southern California. He also plans to take up sky-diving to take another item off his bucket list.

Jim Fuess works with liquid acrylic paint on canvas. Most of his paintings are abstract, but there are recognizable forms and faces in a number of the abstract paintings. He is striving for grace and fluidity, movement and balance. He likes color and believes that beauty can be an artistic goal. There is whimsy, fear, energy, movement, fun and dread in his abstract paintings. A lot of his abstract paintings are anthropomorphic. The shapes seem familiar. The faces are real. The gestures and movements are recognizable. More of his abstract paintings, both in color and black and white, may be seen at

Grace Marie Grafton’s new book of prose poems, Other Clues, 2010, was published by Latitude Press ( Her new chapbook, Chrysanthemum Oratorio, is now available from Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry has won first prize in the Soul Making contest (PEN women, San Francisco), in the annual Bellingham Review contest, and was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Poems recently appear in Volt, Edgz, Prism Review, Ambush Review,, and

John Grey: I’ve been published recently in the Georgetown Review, The Pinch, South Carolina Review and The Pedestal with work upcoming in Alimentum and Big Muddy.

Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA. He edits the NM poetry anthology Adobe Walls. To view his full biography, publishing credits and available books visit

Brian Guttman: I'm a man hell-bent on finding an answer wherever it may be. I'm a morally questionable philosopher with a warped and somewhat convincing doctrine. A naive soul on a futile quest for knowledge and understanding in a abstract dimension known only as here and now but commonly theorized as Earth, 2011.

Kyle Hemmings is the author of three chapbooks of poems: Avenue C (Scars Publications), Fuzzy Logic (Punkin Press), and Amsterdam & Other Broken Love Songs (Flutter Press). He lives and writes in New Jersey.

Jonathan Henderson: I'm a 25-year old professional online poker player who spends more time reading, writing, learning, watching films, and listening to music than earning money from his profession. I'm also a contributing film critic for the upstart website and the blog Forced Perspective at Poetry has become a passion over the last 3 years and I'm too busy imitating Donne, Milton, Keats, and other old greats to write something more hip and modern.

Denny E. Marshall lives in the Midwest and has had art and poetry recently published.

Gordon Mason has been a member of The School of Poets at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh and now divides his writing time between Scotland and Spain. His first collection of poetry entitled Catapult to Mars was published in 2006 by Poetry Monthly Press, and in 2010 further ebooks 'Black footprints in the frost' (Catapult Press) and Thunnerplump (The Red Ceilings Press) were published. He shares his poetry at and invites other poets to share some of their work here too.

Ryan Mattern, a 21-year-old native of Southern California, grew up immersed in a suburban x counter-culture of punk rock.. When he got older he picked up a book called Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno and it all clicked for him. He wanted to move to Chicago and become a writer. Although he did live in Chicago for a year, circumstance has brought him back to California where he is currently going to school and working on his first novel.

Matt Morgan is a writer of novels, essays, articles and other forms of opinion-venting disguised as 'art'. He can be found at

Ian Singleton writes in the morning on a train, sweaty from riding his bike. He has lived in Detroit, Birmingham, Boston, and now in San Francisco. He has degrees from the University of Michigan and Emerson College. For his daily bread, he is a librarian. Ian uses the English, German, and Russian languages. He has taught writing in a prison which he is not allowed to name. He has works of translation, fiction, essay, book review, and now poetry in publication in journals such as Conte, qarrtsiluni, The Houston Literary Review, Fringe, Ploughshares, Knock, and Word Riot. He is one of many people who have blogs.

Canadian poet, fiction writer, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka. While waiting, he has published fourteen books — ten short story collections, two novels, two poetry collections — along with five chapbooks, the most recent ones being Misshapenness (Poetry, Ekstasis Editions, 2009), A Fanciful Geography (Poetry Chapbook, erbacce-press, 2010), and A Glass Shard and Memory (Stories, Recliner Books, 2010). His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over forty of his one-act plays and a handful of full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States.

As a poet, visual artist, thespian, and musician, Sarah Anne Stinnett has plunged head-first into a multitude of disciplines of expression. As a senior at Berklee College of Music, Sarah has had her work published by FUSION Magazine and simultaneously, she has been actively involved with the community of poets at Emerson College. In the spring of 2011 she received the honor of representing Berklee’s student body by reading original works at the college’s convocation ceremony.

Mike Tager hails from Baltimore, MD. His work can be found if you look for it. He likes Buffy and Justin Timberlake.

Chloe Viner got her BA from Bates College in 2009 and is currently a second year law student at Vermont Law School. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental or animal law and writes poetry in her free time.

Sandy Yang is from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California and lives in Los Angeles. She received her MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Santa Monica Review, Weber: The Contemporary West and cold-drill.

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