Bio Notes
Millicent Borges Accardi's writing awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barbara Deming Foundation, and the California Arts Council, as well as residencies at Yaddo, Jentel and Vermont Studio.  Nimrod, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Tampa Review, and New Letters, are recent publications. 

Roberta Allen is the author of eight books, including two collections of short shorts: CERTAIN PEOPLE and THE TRAVELING WOMAN. She teaches at The New School and in private workshops.

Anny Ballardini lives in Bolzano, Italy. She grew up in New York, lived in New Orleans, Buenos Aires, Florence. A poet, translator and interpreter (simultaneous interpreter for English, French, Italian), she teaches high school; edits Poets' Corner - Fieralingue , an online poetry site; and writes a blog: Narcissus Works. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from UNO, University of New Orleans, Chair and Director Bill Lavender. Besides various full length publications of translations on the market, to be mentioned is her collection of poems, Opening and Closing Numbers , published by Moria Editions, 2005. Forthcoming with Otoliths Press, Editor Mark Young, her thesis: Ghost Dance in 31 Movements.

David Bowen runs New American Press and teaches at Colorado State University. His work has appeared previously in The Literary Review and Main Street Rag.

Sarah Browning is co-director of Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness and coordinator of DC Poets Against the War. She is the author of Whiskey in the Garden of Eden (The Word Works, 2007) and coeditor of D.C. Poets Against the War: An Anthology (Argonne House Press, 2004). A recipient of an artist fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and a Creative Communities Initiative grant, she hosts the Sunday Kind of Love poetry series at Busboys & Poets in Washington, DC.

Simon Peter Eggertsen writes: I was initially schooled in literature and language, but then took a law degree.  My professional work has been in the interesting field of international public health (reproductive health, HIV prevention and treatment).  I have lived or worked in more than 50 countries over the years. I would by all standards be considered an emerging poet, if even that.  Two years ago I began submitting for publication and have had modest success--so far four poems have been published.  One of my poems recently won 1st Prize for Poetry at the Whidbey Island Writers Conference (WA).

Sarah Freese has previously been published in Prick of the Spindle and Monkeybicycle. However, her very first publication was on her mom's refridgerator. She was two at the time. For more of her writing, mostly of the literary review type, please check out her blog at: http://iheartya.wordpress.com .

Terri Lee Hackman writes: I was born and raised in the middle of an orange grove in Southern California. The orange grove is no longer there and neither am I. I live in Harlech, North Wales, across the parking lot from a castle, with my computer geek husband and my overtly creative kids. Our dog is crazy. Our fish bemused. The dissertation for my MA in Creative Writing from Bangor University is due in September.

David Brendan Hopes is professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, an actor, painter, and widely produced playwright. He is the author of the Juniper Prize and Saxifrage Prize winning book, The Glacier’s Daughters, and of Blood Rose (Urthona Press, 1997), the Pulitzer and National-Book Award-nominated A Childhood in the Milky Way (Akron University Press), and the volumes of nature essays, A Sense of the Morning (1999) and Bird Songs of the Mesozoic, from Milkweed Editions. The latest, full-length poetry collection, A Dream of Adonis, appeared from Pecan Grove Press in 2007. His works has appeared in periodicals such as The New Yorker, Audubon, Christopher Street, Connecticut Review, The Sun.

Alvaro Leiva (Ph.D in Spanish), poet and photographer. Born in Santiago in 1967. He has published two books of poetry, Bienvenido a bordo (Santiago, 1990) and Exit only (Buenos Aires, 2001). His poems appear in a number of magazines and anthologies in Argentina, Chile, Spain, United States and Venezuela. He also teaches Hispanic American Literature and Culture in the United States.

Laura Jensen’s blog is Spice Drawer Mouse.  She has never owned a private car, uses public transportation, walks or rides a bicycle.  She has used the bicycle all the time since 1990.  Her MFA is from U of Iowa 1974

Rosemary Jones is an Australian living and teaching in the U.S.  She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. Her work has been published in Australian literary magazines, anthologized in Australian short story collections and was recently read on Radio Australia Writers Radio. She won the Cezanne's Carrot 2007 winter solstice short story competition for a story that was chosen as a Notable Story 2007 by StorySouth. Her work has also appeared in the Mad Hatters' Review, Bent Pin and is forthcoming in The Sleepers Almanac 5.

Charmi Keranen is a freelance writer and scopist/proofreader of court transcripts. She has a BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her feature articles have been published in the newspapers The Truth and The South Bend Tribune. She also has been published in Slow Trains Literary Journal and has work forthcoming at JMWW.

Eva Konstantopoulos lives and writes in Los Angeles. She received a double B.A. from Emerson College in Writing/Literature and Media Studies and is currently an MFA candidate at UC Riverside, where she is working on a novel. Her stories have appeared in Storyglossia, Word Riot, Rumble, and SLAB, among other literary journals. To find out more go to http://evakonstantopoulos.blogspot.com.

Gwyn McVay is the author of two chapbooks of poems and one full-length collection, Ordinary Beans (Pecan Grove Press, 2007). She teaches at Millersville University and at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she is involved in bringing poetry to the community at Third Friday events.

Ellen Birkett Morris is a writer and poet from Louisville, Kentucky.  Her fiction has been published in Mindprints, A Literary Journal, www.thepedestalmagazine.com and Alimentum. Her story, "The Cycle of Life and Other Incidentals," was selected as a finalist in the Glimmer Train Press Family Matters short story competition.  Her poetry has appeared in RHYME and REASON, Mindprints, The Centrifugal Eye, Juked, The Rambler, The Binnacle, The Pedestal Magazine Political Anthology and is forthcoming in Alimentum.  Her poem, "Origins," was nominated for the 2006 Pushcart Prize.

Most recently, Muriel Nelson's work has been published in The Beloit Poetry Journal, Ploughshares, The Massachusetts Review, Fourteen Hills, Heliotrope, and The Cortland Review, and posted on Poetry Daily.  In November, she will be the featured poet on The Beloit Poetry Journal's blog.  She invites you to join the conversation by taking a link from the home page to BPJPoet's Forum.

Paul Sampson has been writing professionally since the invention of movable type. More recently, he has published poems and essays in print and online journals, including Salt River Review, Eclectica.org, The Alsop Review, and 2River View. He is living in Texas and studying escape routes.

Ren Powell is the author of two books of poetry and ten books of translations. Her poetry has been translated into Spanish, Norwegian, Croatian, French and Farsi and has appeared in the International PEN's Magazine, Segue, Beacons, and Ice Flow, among others. She is the founding editor of Babel Fruit: writing under the influence and helped establish The International City of Refuge Network for persecuted writers. 

Katherine Salzmann has two chapbooks of poetry, Hemopoiesis (1995) and Prayer Ceremony (2007) both published by persian pony press. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.

Greg Simon has not ridden a bicycle since he loaned the one he got from Goodwill, and meticulously rebuilt, to his brother Jeff, who left it out in the rain for five years. Greg should have asked for it back when he noticed it was raining, but he lives in Portland, Oregon, and it rains a lot.
His brother is a landscape architect, and his sister Pam is a legal assistant who lives in Honolulu, where it rains at least once every day. His oldest daughter Natalie is a junior at a college in Eugene, Oregon where she lives in a very small house with two beautiful swimmers, a front porch, and a fish pond out back. She has to straighten her hair every morning if she wants it to be straight, and owns a white bicycle her father gave her with a basket on it for carrying her books. This week they are predicting rain.

Gavin Tierney grew up in Boulder, Colorado.  He has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize and The Best of the Net Anthology.  His writing has been published in The Boston Phoenix, WordRiot, Cross Currents, The Circle, Toasted Cheese, Icetongue, and SNReview.  Gavin is also founding member of Icetongue, Antarctica’s only literary magazine.  Gavin currently lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington and teaches at a small alternative high school.

Zhuang Yisa lives in Singapore. His poetry has been published or forthcoming in Yuan Yang (Hong Kong), Eight Octaves, Numinous, Houston Literary Review, Red River Review, The Smoking Poet, Lily Literary Review and SubtleTea, amongst others. He also reviews for The Substation Magazine, an online arts journal based in Singapore.