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Monday, October 1, 2012

Issue 18 Bios

My name is Anita Babcock and I am 25 years old. I have been accepted for publication by The Eclectic Eel and Life As An... before being accepted by the lovely Toucan. My goal is to touch at least one person with my stories and hopefully a novel in the future. I can be found at

Joan Colby is widely published in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, Gargoyle, etc. Her latest book "Dead Horses" is just out from Future Cycle Press.

Amy Ekins is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, a project manager for a publishing company, and is at the time of writing finishing up her MRes in Creative Writing at Northumbria University - for which she was awarded their fee-waiver scholarship. She tweets at @AmyEWrites.

Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school (remember, the hormonially-challenged?) English teacher living in Moreno Valley, California, with his wife of thirty-six years (poor soul, her, not him), their disabled daughter, one of their sons and his ex-wife and their two children, and twelve cats.  Yes, twelve!  He believes in the succinct, that the small becomes large; and, like the Transcendentalists and William Blake, that the instant contains eternity.  Given his “druthers,” if he’s not writing poetry, Rick would rather still be tailing plywood in a mill in Oregon.

Brian Kayser is a writer who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. Brian’s fiction has appeared in 34th Parallel Magazine, Alliterati Magazine, Down Dirty Word, Writing Raw, and Bursting Plethora and forthcoming in The Orris Journal, Bartleby Snopes, The Write Room, Crack the Spine, Shadows Express, and Eunoia Review. He has been editor-in-chief at since 2003, where he has interviewed and written about a variety of hip-hop artists. His writings about music have also appeared in The Source and various websites and magazines.

Denny E. Marshall has no art education or training, has never won or been nominated for an award, and has never had art shown in a gallery, public or private. After all the years still enjoys drawing by hand or computer. Has had art & poetry recently rejected and some recently published such as poetry in August 2012 issue of Yes, Poetry, cover art in the April 2012 issue of Eclectic Eel and art in Decades Review #4.

Dan Nawrocki is just this guy, you know? He can be found at

Afshan Shafi lives in Lahore, Pakistan and has studied English Literature and International Relations at The University of Buckingham and Regent’s college London. She has also worked previously at PEN Pakistan. Her poems have appeared recently in ditch, Inkwell and Quill and Full of Crow.

Alex Strong's poems have appeared in The Aberrant Parade Literary Review, his notebooks, and emails to friends. Recently, he wrote a thesis on early modern science fiction. He lives in Chicago, but has spent a lot of time in Iowa.

Clinton Van Inman - I am 65 and was born in Walton-on-Thames, England and graduated from San Diego State University in 1977 with a degree in philosophy. (Don’t laugh, so did TS Eliot)  Currently, I am still working as a high school teacher in Tampa.  I am one of the few last standing Beat poets. I am trying to get a collection of poems together for future publication called, “Far From Out” or “One Last Beat.” I have had many poems published over the years.  Recent publications include the Tower Journal, Essence, The Warwick, Journal of Victorian Poetry, Yes Poetry, Poetry, Out of Four, and Black Cat Poetry.  Also some of my poems have been recently read on YouTube by Janet K. of Down in the Dirt magazine, which publishes many of my poems.

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