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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Issue 19 Contributor Bios

A German-born UK national, Rose Mary Boehm now lives and works in Lima, Peru. Two novels and a poetry collection (TANGENTS) have been published in the UK. Her latest poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in US poetry reviews. Among others: Toe Good Poetry, Poetry Breakfast, Burning Word, Muddy River Review, Pale Horse Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Other Rooms, Requiem Magazine, Full of Crow, Poetry Quarterly, Punchnel’s, Verse Wisconsin, AVATAR... 

Mike Cluff is a professor of English and Creative Writing at Norco (Community) College in southern California. He recently published his ninth book of poetry Elegant Worry in late 2011. His poetry has also been published recently in Medusa's Kitchen, The Inlandia Journal, San Gabriel Valley Quarterly Poetry Journal and Valley Noir. In the summer of 2012, he co-lead a writer workshop for The Inlandia Institute based in Riverside.

Mitch Grabois’ poetry and short fiction has appeared in over seventy literary magazines, most recently The Examined Life, Memoir Journal, and Haggard and Halloo. His novel, Two-Headed Dog was published in April by Dirt e-books, founded by NY agent Gary Heidt. It can be bought here and here. He was born in the Bronx and now lives in Denver. 

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 eleven cats.  Yes, eleven!  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.

Alexander Kenney - I'm a junior in High School taking some writing classes. I wrote a novel and have written several short stories. I love writing as well as other things the average teen likes.

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 Autumn 2012 issue of Shelter of Daylight, cover art on the Summer 2012 issue of The Other Herald and art in Star*line 34.4 Oct/Dec 2012. His first article "Rejection Is A Good Thing, Stop Whining." was recently published online on the Eclectic Eel website All About Art page.

Lisa Mrock didn’t want to say.

My name is Mark Plummer. I'm twenty-five and live in Cornwall in the United Kingdom.

Miriam Sagan is the author of twenty-five books, including the poetry collection MAP OF THE POST (University of New Mexico Press.) She founded and directs the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College. Her blog is Miriam's Well. In 2010, she won the Santa Fe Mayor's award for Excellence in the Arts.

Danny Earl Simmons is an Oregonian and a proud graduate of Corvallis High School. He is a friend of the Linn-Benton Community College Poetry Club and an active member of Albany Civic Theater. A collection of his published poems can be found at

Stephanie Lane Sutton is a poet, performer, and arts organizer. Originally from Detroit, she graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2011 with degrees in Poetry and Television Writing. She is a writer-in-residence at the West Side School for the Desperate radical arts collective and has been mentoring slam poets in Chicago Public High Schools for several years. Her poems have appeared in Yes, Poetry Magazine, The Legendary, and The Albion Review, among others. She has performed her work all over the country and was a member of 2012 Mental Graffiti slam team. 

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