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Monday, February 20, 2012

Contributors or Potential Suitors

Gale Acuff has taught English in many universities in the USA and China. His poems have appeared in dozens of journals, and he has authored three books of poetry. He now teaches in Mianyang, Sichuan, China.

Ryan Day is from Chicago. He currently lives in Madrid, where he writes and teaches. His work has been published in Spain and the US.

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.

Ricky Garni is a graphic designer living in North Carolina. He is presently at work condensing a 700 pg manuscript of poetry into a seven column 40 page book of lines: Buttterscotch Zero.

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

Malea Grubb resides in Raleigh, NC and earns her living as a professional ballet dancer with the Carolina Ballet. Outside of her life onstage, Malea can usually be found either reading or writing. Her first book-length poetry collection, Runaway Train, was published in April 2011 by Altus Publishing. Her short fiction and poetry pieces have appeared in numerous literary and commercial magazines including Short Fiction Library, Bard, Scifaiku, Poet’s Ink, Yippee Magazine!, and Teen Ink. In addition, Malea is a regular contributing writer to North Carolina’s Triangle Diversity Magazine.

Beau Johnson lives in Canada with his wife and three boys.  He has been published before, in the darker, seedier parts of town.  However, it is on Tuesdays that he and his family travel back through time in an attempt to correct that which once went wrong.

Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, California. He has published 250 short stories and poems, and his novel, Vow of Silence, was favorably reviewed by Publishers Weekly. His website is at

Adam Lizakowski received his BA in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. His lates book of poems is "Pieszyce Meadows" (2010) published in Poland. He has won numerous awards for poetry, including  bilingual book of poems titled “Chicago City of Belief”  (2008) was chosen by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Polish Division as the book of the year

Rory Margraf is an emerging poet and writer who is very close to throwing off the shackles of the English department at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His work has been featured in Heavy Hands Ink, Volumes Seven and Eight and he has much more collecting dust on various editors' desks. He hopes to continue his newfound success with fresh pens and a little help from good ol' Arthur Guinness.

Tim Pfau travels, reads and writes full time. His poetry has appeared in Canopic Jar, Concelebratory Shoehorn Review, Poefrika, The Gold Man Review, mixed media shows and won several contest prizes. He serves on the Board of the Oregon Poetry Association.

John L. Stanizzi’s books are Ecstasy Among Ghosts, and Sleepwalking( A former New England Poet of the Year (1998), his work has appeared in The New York Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, Rattle, Passages North, The Spoon River Quarterly, Poet Lore, The Connecticut River Review, and many others.   John teaches English at Bacon Academy in Colchester and at Manchester Community College, where he was also the Poet in Residence.  His new book, Dance Against the Wall, will be out later this year (2012).

Kristen Hamelin Tracey lives in New York City and works at an online education start-up. Besides The Toucan, her fiction has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Foundling Review, Bound Off, and The Raleigh Review.

Graham Tugwell is a writer and performer of Irish distraction. His work has appeared in over forty journals and he has lived his whole life in the village where his stories take place. He loves it with a very special kind of hate. His website is

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