Fausto Barrionuevo was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He will begin his work as an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in fall 2011. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including decomP, Blue Lake Review, The Literary Burlesque, and Sliver of Stone. Fausto is currently completing his first poetry chapbook.
Lisa Marie Basile is a Brooklyn-based poet and writer. She is the author of the forthcoming A Decent Voodoo (Červená Barva Press, 2012), and a chapbook, Diorama (Wisp Press, 2011). The Poetry Society of New York will release her chapbook, Andalusia, on Brothel Books. She is the founding editor and publisher of Patasola Press and currently reads poetry for Weave Magazine. She performs with the Poetry Brothel as Luna Liprari and is an M.F.A. candidate at The New School. She is a member of the Poetry Society of New York.
Kris Bigalk is the author of Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, a poetry collection forthcoming from NYQ Books. Her poetry has recently appeared in Silk Road, Mead: a magazine of literature and libations, and Hip Mama. She lives and works in the Twin Cities, where she serves as Director of Creative Writing at Normandale Community College and curates the Banfill-Locke Reading Series.
George Bishop spent most of his life on the Jersey Shore before moving to Florida in 1989. Currently, his work appears in Pirene's Fountain. Forthcoming poems will appear in The Medulla Review and Temenos. His e-book, The Perfect Dust, is online at Victorian Violet Press and Journal. Bishop attended Rutgers University.
Shome Dasgupta is the author of i am here And You Are Gone (Winner of the 2010 Outsider Writers Press Fiction Chapbook Contest) and Tentacles, Numbing (Black Coffee Press, 2013). His work has appeared or will appear in NANO Fiction, Mud Luscious, Drunken Boat, LIES/ISLE, H_NGM_N, Everyday Genius, and elsewhere. His fiction has been listed as a storySouth Million Writers Award Notable Story, and was also nominated for The Best Of The Net. His website can be found at www.shomedome.com, and he hosts the On Reading Series at The Laughing Yeti.
Lynn Domina is the author of two collections of poetry, Corporal Works (Four Way Books, 1995) and Framed in Silence (Main Street Rag, 2011), and the editor of a collection of essays, Poets on the Psalms (Trinity UP, 2008). Her recent work appears in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, The Valparaiso Poetry Review, and several other periodicals. She currently lives in the western Catskill region of New York.
Jerome Joseph Gentes has taught English literature and writing at Niagara University and Medaille College and has worked as a teaching artist with Just Buffalo Literary Center. He attended UC Berkeley and Columbia University, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, The Writer’s Compass, Publishers Weekly, Sightings, Out, Bandicoot, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Byzantium, and Fourteen Hills. He is back in California working on a book about that state’s culinary history, tentatively titled The Golden Plate.
Paula Hayes holds a doctorate in Textual Studies/Literature from the University of Memphis (2008) and an MA in Philosophy (concentration Comparative Religions) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2000). She teaches at Strayer University. Her poetry has appeared in Dead Mule and Hispanic Culture Review. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Rupkatha, MS Academic, Panchakot Essays, and Platte Valley Review. She resides in Memphis with her husband and their two-year-old son.
Marie Hendry is director of the Writing Center and pursuing her doctorate at
the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has a BA and an MA in Literature from the University of South Florida. Currently, she is the book review editor for Femspec and the editor and contributing author to the forthcoming Turning Points and Transformations: Essays on Language, Literature and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Press).
Casey Holman straddles the line between fiction and truth from her home in Long Beach, California. Her work has previously appeared or is upcoming in Nerve Cowboy, Full of Crow, Don’t Forget the Chapstick (Bank Heavy Press), and The Smoking Poet.
Amorak Huey recently left the newspaper business after fifteen years as a reporter and editor. He teaches professional and creative writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. His poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Rattle, Linebreak, and other journals, both print and online.
John Janovy, Jr. is a retired biological scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has written numerous books, including the leading textbook in his discipline, nearly a hundred scientific papers, a nationally-televised screenplay, and a software package. He is winner of the UNL Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Research and Creativity Award. “Burning Oil” is a chapter from a current book project entitled Bernice and John: Finally Meeting Your Parents Who Died a Long Time Ago. He and his wife Karen have three children; two are in journalism and the third is a real estate agent. Janovy can be found online at johnjanovy.com and talkparasites.blogspot.com.
Jonathan Lewis received his doctorate from the University of California at Riverside. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Troy University in Covington, Georgia, where he teaches literature and composition. He edited a collection of essays entitled Tomorrow Through the Past: Neal Stephenson and the Project of Global Modernization (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006), and he has published on Salinger, Tolkien, and Rowling's Harry Potter series.
Sharanya Manivannan was born in India in 1985. Her first book of poems was Witchcraft (Bullfighter Books, 2008). Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Drunken Boat, The Nervous Breakdown, Superstition Review, Killing the Buddha, Pratilipi, Dark Sky Magazine, and elsewhere. She can be found online at her web site: sharanyamanivannan.com.
Nicholas Rasche is a writer and performer based in Melbourne, Australia. His fiction has appeared in various print and online journals including Island, The Famous Reporter, Going Down Swinging, and Danse Macabre.
Noel Sloboda is the author of the poetry collection Shell Games (sunnyoutside, 2008) as well as three chapbooks. He teaches at Penn State York and frequently works as a dramaturg for the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company.
Rob Spiegel is a writer living in New Mexico. His poetry, fiction and journalism have appeared widely in publications such as Milk Money, Gargoyle, and Automation World.
Karen J. Weyant's most recent work can be seen in Blast Furnace, Cave Wall, Copper Nickel, Harpur Palate, and River Styx. Her chapbook, Stealing Dust, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2009. She lives in Warren, Pennsylvania, but commutes to teach at Jamestown Community College in Jamestown, New York.