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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Contributor Bios

Tyler Bigney was born in 1984. He lives, and writes in Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been nominated for two pushcart prizes. His work appears in The Meadow, Third Wednesday, Poetry New Zealand, and Iodine, among others.

Chris Bridges is a 39-year-old nurse who lives and works in the centre of England. He likes to think he doesn't have O.C.D. and just keeps a tidy house but his friends may argue against that point.

Don Kingfisher Campbell's poems have recently been published online in The Write Room, the L.A. Poetry Examiner, Amarinthine Muses, and Zouch Magazine & Miscellany; and in the print anthologies Epiphany and By The Overpass. He also won first prize in the 2011 Whittier Poetry Contest. And you can hear him interviewed on Poets Cafe (KPFK FM) and Dr. Andy's Poetry & Technology Hour (KDVS FM) by going to their archives.

Chris Castle is English but currently teaches in Greece. He has sent his work out this past year and been accepted over 100 times. His influences include Ray Carver, the films of PT Anderson, and Bill Murray. He can be reached at

Alec Cizak is a writer from Indianapolis.

Ashley Cline is originally from southeast Texas, and recently relocated from Chicago, IL to study comparative literature at the University of Oregon. She is fond of Amtrak trains, fried catfish, and is excited to be reunited with her dog Sal, an excessively spotted Dalmatian. This is her second publication.

Cody J. Deitz resides in Los Angeles, California, where he attends California State University, Northridge. He is poet, short story writer, and essayist, studying English with a focus on creative writing. He is either featured or forthcoming in several literary magazines including Heavy Hands Ink, Liebamour, and The Houston Literary Review.

Gabrielle DeMarre is an English student at Concordia University, St. Paul. She is published or forthcoming in The Toucan Magazine, Johnny America, The Survivor Chronicles, ken*again, and The Foliate Oak.

Jacob Edwards studied at the University of Queensland, graduating with a BA (English) and an MA (Ancient History). He lives with his wife and son in Brisbane -- Australia's river city -- where he continues to foster an almost pathological dislike of four-wheel drives.

Calvin Fantone received his BA in Creative Writing from CSU Long Beach. He is currently earning a teaching credential in order to drop some knowledge on high school kids. When not writing, he can be found daydreaming about flying, time travel, friendly monsters, outer space, and dinosaurs.

B.D. Fischer writes fiction, poetry, and non-fiction under the name 'B.D. Fischer,' some of which you can read at He lives in Wuhu, China. It is pronounced just like it looks, we swear.

Ashley Fisher was born in Cumbria, England and currently lives in East Yorkshire where he runs spoken word open mic nights and edits the poetry magazine "Turbulence".

Ryan P. Kennedy lives in Chicago. There are things. Some good. Some bad.

MaryAnne Kolton has been writing since she was six years old. She is currently working on a collection of related short stories. Married to the writer, James Lloyd Davis, they live with their dog, Cooper, and two cats in Ohio.

Mike Perkins lives, writes, and works in Columbia, Missouri. He is the father of four and teaches at a local liberal arts college.

Laavanya S. is an undergraduate student of Biotechnological Engineering in India. She takes to writing and art to let her creative juices flow when she's not geeking out. She believes in fairy dust.

Gary Sprague lives in Maine with his wife and two sons. His fiction has appeared in The Linnet's Wings, Spilling Ink Review, Raleigh Review, Matchbook, and The Mayo Review.

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.

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