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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Issue 20 Contributors' Bios

Nina Bennett is the author of Forgotten Tears A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Nina's work has been nominated for the Best of the Net 2012.

Ariana D. Den Bleyker is a Pittsburgh native currently residing in a small town in New York where she is a wife and mother of two. Ariana is the author of the chapbooks, Forgetting Aesop (Bandini Books, LLC, 2011) and Naked Animal (Flutter Press, 2012) and the full length collection, The Trees are on Fire (ALL CAPS PUBLISHING, 2012). When she is not writing, she can be found editing Emerge Literary Journal or at

Rose Mary Boehm, a German-born UK national, 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... She is the creative eye behind the cover photos. Her photography can be found at

Chris Castle is an English teacher in Greece and has been published over 300 times. He is a fan of Ray Carver, Stephen King and PT Anderson. He can be reached at for feedback.

David Chorlton was born in Austria, grew up in England, and spent several years in Vienna before moving to Phoenix in1978. He pursued his visual art and had several shows as well as writing and publishing his poetry in magazines and collections, the latest of which is The Devil’s Sonata from FutureCycle Press. Reading copies of very old Arizona newspapers helped bring out some of the detail for the poem on the Phoenix past.

Emma Coates is an English writer whose work ranges from short stories, to novels and scripts. She started writing from an early age, and hasn't stopped since. She is currently working on a novel.

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.

Matt David, like most people with two first names, is a superhero. He is generally rude and dismissive of those without special powers and likes to brag about the time he saved a tree from a cat. He lives by the lake on Chicago's north side.

Joseph Farley edited Axe Factory from 1986 to 2010. His books and chapbooks include Suckers, For the Birds, Longing for the Mother Tongue, Waltz of the Meatballs, The True Color of You, and Her Eyes.

Brent Rankin: After having stumbled numerous times like a drunk monkey when younger, Brent Rankin finally decided to walk up-right.  After having published numerous flash fiction pieces in e-zines (Lingustic Erosion, Stars Farther than These, and Dailylove), Brent took his degree in English and wrote his novella, "The fisher man," available on Amazon, Booktango, and other e-book sellers. Brent lives with his antiquated Dell laptop in an alley behind a deserted church in Austin, Texas. 

Robert Strickland is a bassist, composer, and singer who reads books and writes poems, among other things.  He splits his time between Colorado and Florida.  His poetry has appeared in Pale Horse Review, Red Poppy Review, A Handful Of Stones, and Houseboat, where he was recently the featured poet. 
Brooke Williams is a registered nurse, a percussionist, and singer from the Denver area.  This is her first published poem.

Sally Zakariya, a former magazine editor, is a freelance writer in Arlington, Virginia. A student of publication design, she has turned out self-published illustrated alphabet books on food, literature, and anatomy. Her collection of poems, Arithmetic and other verses from late in life, was published in 2011 by Richer Resources Publications and is available in print and Kindle formats from 

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