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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Contributors' Bios

b. Alexander is an androgynous ghost witch residing in the Bay Area of California. They often wonder if they are themselves, or a talking tree. Obsessed with the cosmos as much as the cosmos is obsessed with them, adventuring into the void grasp of the apres-garde, they have appeared in screaming seahorse, Metazen, as well as co-editing the poetry magazine Red Skeleton.

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.

Beau Johnson lives in Canada with his wife and three boys.  He has been published before, in the darker, seedier parts of town.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  However, it is on Tuesdays that he and his family travel back through time in an attempt to correct that which once went wrong.

Peycho Kanev is the Editor-In-Chief of Kanev Books. His poems have appeared in more than 600 literary magazines, such as: Poetry Quarterly, Evergreen Review, Hawaii Review, The Monarch Review, The Coachella Review, DMQ Review, Black Market Review, The Cleveland Review, In Posse Review, Mascara Literary Review and many others. Peycho Kanev has won several European awards for his poetry and he is nominated for the Pushcart Award and Best of the Net. His poetry collection Bone Silence was released in September 2010 by Desperanto Publishing Group. A new collection of his poetry, titled Requiem for One Night, will be published by Desperanto Publishing Group in 2012.

Robert Laughlin lives in Chico, California. He has published 100 short stories, 200 poems and one novel, Vow of Silence. His website is at

Meghan McCarthy graduated from California State University of San Bernardino with a BA in English Creative Writing. She believes writing poems is like writing bombs. She will be attending CSUSB in the fall of 2012 for her MFA in poetry. 

Paula McGrath has a background in English Lit (BA, MA). She recently graduated from the Faber Academy novel writing course, and she has been accepted onto the MFA programme at University College Dublin where she will concentrate on her fourth novel, Michaelangelos.  Her third, Peter Peter, is under submission; the first two are under the bed.

Melanie Rees is a previously unpublished Welsh writer who works in social housing and lives in Derby, England. She loves exploring cities and is inspired by chance sightings and overheard conversations.

Jessica Rizkallah: I'm an English major at Lesley University in Boston. I want to be a writer when I grow up. I like Kurt Vonnegut and looking at the sky.  My work can be found at

James Sandham is a Toronto-based writer. His poems and short stories have appeared in various independent publications, and his novel, The Entropy of Aaron Rosclatt, was shortlisted for the Canadian Author Association's Emerging Writers Award. His sophomore novel, Bangtown Logic, comes out on September 18 through Spore Press.

J. J. Steinfeld: 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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