Bio Notes
Emmanuel Jakpa is currently living in Ireland. His poetry has been published in a number of online and print journals.

Laura Jensen has been working with family archives since the 1980s, about the time John Updike's “The Lovely Troubled Daughters of Our Old Crowd” appeared in The New Yorker.  The short story read like an acknowledgement of the category she was working within, like a really unusual affirmation.  Other pieces by Laura Jensen appear in SRR archives.

D. C. Lynn is originally from Alabama. He holds degrees from Auburn and Pepperdine. He is a university lecturer of English language and literature. He has lived and worked abroad for many years. His poetry, fiction, and graphic art has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Auburn Plainsman, Salt River Review, The Dead Mule, decomP, Nefarious Ballerina, Juked, and The Battered Suitcase. His chapbook of poems Jackson Street is scheduled for publication by The Dead Mule in early summer of 2009.

M's work has appeared in a number of journals, including Pedestal, Babelfruit, Word Riot, Prick of the Spindle, The Dirty Napkin, The Rose & Thorn, and Juked, and received recognition from the Oregon State Poetry Association. She has also served as an Associate Poetry Editor for the online magazine, Stirring: A Literary Collection since 1999.

Sergio Ortiz grew up in Chicago, studied English literature at Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico, and philosophy at World University. He was an ESL teacher most of his life but also worked with the elderly blind population as a Daily Living Skills Instructor for the El Paso Lighthouse for the Blind, and the Texas Lions Camp. He studied culinary art at The Restaurant School in Philadelphia and became a chef.

Tiffany Promise has self-published numerous chapbooks and a full-length collection of poetry and short fiction called Broken. She has performed in off-Broadway plays, and has also been the featured poet at many venues across the country. She was involved in the writing programs at both Sarah Lawrence College and Eugene Lang College. She graduated in 2006 with a B.A. in writing and literature. She is currently living in Los Angeles and is in the M.F.A. writing program at CalArts. She likes zombies, tattoos, and Hello Kitty. When she grows up, she aspires to be just like Little Edie Bouvier Beale from “Grey Gardens.” To contact her, go to www.myspace.com/pinkypromise. She loves sharing art, so if you want a chapbook, just send her a message.

Alexis Quinlan is a writer and teacher living in New York City. Her poems are in print in journals including Denver Quarterly and the Paris Review, and can be found on the web at Drunken Boat, Best Poem, and in Vol 10, No. 1 of The Salt River Review. Last year Finishing Line Press published Landloper, a chapbook of her poems on travel.

Doug Ramspeck writes: My poetry collection, Black Tupelo Country, was selected for the 2007 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and is published by BkMk Press (University of Missouri-Kansas City).   My chapbook, Where We Come From, is published by March Street Press.  Several hundred poems of mine have appeared in journals that include West Branch, Rattle, Confrontation Magazine, Connecticut Review, Nimrod, Hunger Mountain, and Hayden’s Ferry.  I direct the Writing Center and teach creative writing and composition at The Ohio State University at Lima.  I live in Lima with my wife, Beth, and our daughter, Lee.

Icy Sedgwick was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1980s and now lives in London.  By day, she works at a design consultancy in leafy west London.  By night, she sits hunched over a laptop, writing random works of fiction while listening to bad 80s rock.  She has been published on Bending Spoons, SilverBlade.net, Gloom Cupboard, and Fictionville.net.

Born and raised in New York City, Lynn Strongin has had fourteen books published including two anthologies The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy and Crazed By The Sun: Poems of Ecstasy. A five time-nominee for the Puschcart PRize, Strongin has just had her latest book of poems Cape Seventy nominated for the Griffin Award for Excellence in poetry. A biography of her, Elegant Necessities, is being written and her Selected Poetry & Prose is forthcoming this spring under the title Spectral Freedom as well as her novel Star Quilt: The 7th Jump. Her work has been translated into French, Italian and German.

Zachary Watterson grew up in New York City and New Jersey and earned his MFA at the University of Washington, where he was an assistant editor of The Seattle Review. He is the recipient of scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the winner of the 2007 Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction. He has taught writing in Michigan State Prisons. Zachary has been a visiting scholar at the Whiteley Center. He has published in The Sendero Literary Journal, Leviathan, and Struggle: A Magazine of Proletarian Revolutionary Literature.

Steven F. White teaches at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York and also at the National autonomous University of Nicaragua in León. His Selected Poems: Bajo la palabra de las plantas was introduced this month at the International Poetry Festival in Granada, Nicaragua, where he also presented an ecocritical study of the poetry of Alfonso Cortés.

Pudding House Publications published Richard Widerkehr's chapbook of poems, Mountain, and Radiolarian Press published his chapbook, Disappearances.  Tarragon Books published his novel about a geologist, Sedimental Journey.  His poems and stories have appeared in Chariton Review, Pontoon, Passages North, Northwest Poets and Artists Calendar, Crab Creek Review, Writers' Forum, and others.



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