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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Graduates of Issue 16

L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher, lawyer, lives in rural Georgia, has been published hundreds of times in print and online, and is the author of Peach Box and Verge (Little Poem Press, 2003), Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006), The Heat of Blooming (Pudding House Press, 2008), Torn Sky Bleeding Blue (erbacce-Press, 2010), and the forthcoming American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012).  He has just completed his latest poetry collection, The Crater.

Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature's Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has  been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles,Florida, Washington, Scotland,Wales, Ireland,Canada,Spain,Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations.

Tony Burnett is a member of the Writer's League of Texas and an award winning songwriter. His short fiction and poetry have appeared in national literary journals including, most recently, Tidal Basin Review, Fringe, Fiction 365, Red Dirt Review, The Vein and Connotation Press. He lives in the middle of Nowhere, TX. with his trophy wife where his hobbies include having philosophical conversations with melons, poking wasp nests with a short stick and wandering aimlessly about.

Nikki Dolson is still working on her BA at Columbia College Chicago. Her fiction has been published in StoryGlossia, Red Rock Review, and new work is forthcoming in Front Porch Review.

Michael Estabrook: Marketing Communications Manager
for a tiny division of a gigantic company,
and man, going into an office every day can be excruciating.
I should’ve stayed on Northfield Avenue instead where I belong
and learned to fix cars like my Daddy did.

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: Kenneth P. Gurney lives in Albuquerque, NM, USA with his beloved Dianne.  He edits the anthology Adobe Walls which contains the poetry of New Mexico.  His latest book is This is not Black & White.  To learn more visit

Kato Harris is currently an undergraduate of English studies at Florida Southern College. She's had her fingers in the proverbial writing pie since childhood and has finally decided to come clean and share her work. She resides in Florida with her mom, sister, grandmother, dog, and two cats.

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.

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.

Prairie L. Markussen lives and writes in Chicago. She likes poetry, wine, nature, and her husband, Joe.

Theodore D. Obourn has published stories in Natural Bridge and Whetstone, and has stories forthcoming in Subtle Fiction and Connotation Press. He lives happily with his wife in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

T.W. Townsend is a short fiction writer who is fueled by a constant and considerably sized supply of caffeine. He currently, although begrudgingly, resides on the south side of Chicago with his feline children: Mooka, Clu, and Fiona. He is an alumni of Columbia College Chicago.

Davide Trame: To really talk about myself is a hard thing to do. I say that I am Hamletic to the bone and at the root of my being doubts and lack of self-confidence predominate, even if as a teacher I feel determined and love teaching entertaining students and having fun with them. But maybe the only really good thing I have done in my life, besides marrying my wife, is to write poems in my second language, English, (my first is Italian). I started doing that in 1993 and luckily poems still keep coming although they never tell me about their intentions in the future.

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