Contributors:
Henry Avignon received an associates degree in Photo Journalism from SUNY Morrisville, New York, in 1992 and a degree in Literature/ Minor in Psychology SUNY Brockport in 2000. He is now nearing the completion of his Masters of Art, Creative Writing, Poetry, SUNY Brockport. His forthcoming books are Dirty Poem, a collection of poetry and art, and Amerikan Skumbags, art and collaborative literary texts. Both are due to be released in 2011 from Howling Dog Press. His visual works have been published in Ydrasil, Full of Crow, Red Bicycle, The Stark Electric Space, Naugatuck River Review, Metropolitan Magazine of Arts and Culture; Experiment-o; and Synchronized Chaos. He has also participated in group exhibitions in Philadelphia, Rochester, Denver and London and a solo exhibition of his art will appear in Paris this year. More of Henry's work can be seen here.

Jane Blue was born and raised in Berkeley, California. Her poems have appeared or will appear in many print and on-line magazines, such as River Oak Review, Umbrella, Stirring, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, Avatar Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Poetry International, and many others. Her most recent books are Turf Daisies and Dandelions, Rattlesnake Press, Sacramento, and The Persistence of Vision, Poet’s Corner Press, Stockton. She has taught creative writing at women's centers, colleges and prisons, and privately.  She lives near the Sacramento River with her husband, Peter Rodman.

Jill Burhans
writes, "Photography has opened my eyes to the simplest beauty..the light and texture of a maple leaf, the glint in the eyes of an old woman..a child's joy during play." Jill's photos have appeared in the following places: Photo Of The Day - Smithsonian Magazine September 27, 2010; Official Photographer - Arts On The Square; Featured Art Photographer - Huntsville Art Blog 2010; Lily Monthly Online Literary Review-2004-2006; Apogee Photo Magazine - First Runner Up-2005; Package Design CD cover Musician Terril Jordon; Featured Photographer - Press 1; Featured Photographer - The Rambler Magazine Nov/Dec 2008 edition; Digital Photo UK featurning "Birch Bark" October 2005. More of Jill's work can be seen here.

David Chauvin writes, "Growing up in the small town of Edgard, Louisiana with the Mississippi River at the front door and the swamps of Lac Des Allemands out the back, the natural world was a playground. Photography has been part of a natural progression from fishing, hunting and exploring as a youngster. Rods, guns and nets have been replaced with a camera and tripod. Instead of fish and game, beautiful light and unique behaviors are now the quarry. From the rivers, lakes and swamps to the marsh and coastlines, the rich and diverse ecosytems of south Louisiana have helped to shape the vision shared through the images displayed here. Subject matter usually takes a back seat to the quality of light when deciding whether or not to trip the shutter. Birds, bugs, landscapes and everything in between is fair game when the opportunity presents itself, but the quality of light is the primary factor in creating an image. Even though I enjoy traveling to other parts of the world to photograph the natural beauty found there, I feel that the best images are made in places intimately known." More of David's work can be seen here.

Lisa Gordon writes, "I am currently working on a manuscript entitled THE FREIGHTED PEDESTRIAN. To date I have puplished in online zines including Mipo, Poetry SZ, Writer's Hood, Junket, Denver Syntax and From east to west bicoastal verse. In print my work has appeared in The Women of the Web Anthology (The Sun Rising Poetry Press), Vallum, The Antigonish Review and Tears in the Fence (U.K.). I presently reside in Montreal with my philosopher husband..."

Luisa Giulianetti is a Bay Area native who currently lives in Berkeley. She works at UC Berkeley as an administrator and writing instructor. Her graduate work is in 20th Century American literature, with an emphasis in African American literature. She enjoys introducing students to poetry and helping them develop their voices as writers.

Monica A. Hand is a poet and book artist currently living in Harlem, USA.  Her manuscript, “me and Nina” received a 2010 Kinereth Gensler Award and her poems have appeared in Aunt Chloe, Black Renaissance Noire, The Sow’s Ear, Drunken Boat, Beyond the Frontier, African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and elsewhere. She holds a MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University, and is a founding member of Poets for Ayiti.

Lois P. Jones' poetry and photographs have been published in American Poetry Journal, Raven Chronicles, Qarrtsiluni, Rose & Thorn, Tiferet, and other print and on-line journals in the U.S. and abroad. She is co-founder of Word Walker Press and a documentarist of Argentina’s wine industry. Since 2008 she has hosted KPFK’s long-running radio series in Los Angeles, Poets Cafe (90.7 FM Pacifica Radio). Lois co-produces Moonday in the Village and is a co-host of Moonday’s east side poetry reading at Flintridge Books. She is the Poetry Editor of Kyoto Journal and a 2009/2010 Pushcart nominee as well as a 2010/2011 nominee for Best New Poets. Lois is a frequent and grateful participant in the yearly San Miguel Poetry Week, co-founded by Jennifer Clement and Barbara Sibley. In 2010 her poem “Ouija” was selected as Poem of the Year by judge Dana Goodyear and featured in Magma’s monthly newsletter.

Patricia Wallace Jones is a life-long artist and retired disability advocate who began writing poetry after retiring from the Midwest to the northern California coast. Her art is in private collections and her poems and/or art have appeared in The Avatar Review, Lily, Tilt, Lucid Rhythms, The Guardian, 14 by 14, Centrigufal Eye, The Shit Creek Review, The Flea and in regional shows and galleries. She loves responding to poetry with art as much as she loves trying to write it.

Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (Word Tech, 2009) and the forthcoming The Century of Travel (Word Tech, 2011). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, Notre Dame Review, The Journal, Parthenon West Review, and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and is the vice president of The Sacramento Poetry Center.

Daniel M. Shapiro is a schoolteacher who lives in Pittsburgh. His chapbooks are Trading Fours (forthcoming from Pudding House Press) and Teeth Underneath (Foothills Publishing).

Maja Trochimczyk
is a poet, music historian, photographer and non-profit director born in Poland, educated in Canada (Ph.D., McGill University), and living in California (www.trochimczyk.net). She published four books of music studies After Chopin: Essays in Polish Music; The Music of Louis Andriessen; Polish Dance in California; and A Romantic Century in Polish Music and three books of poetry: Rose Always – A Court Love Story, Miriam’s Iris and an anthology Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (2010). Her poetry and photography appear in The Houston Literary Review, Ekphrasis Journal, The Epiphany Magazine, Loch Raven Review, Magnapoets, Quill and Parchment, Phantom Seed, poeticdiversity, and other journals and anthologies. An author of hundreds of peer-reviewed and popular articles and essays on music and culture, she taught music history at USC and McGill University and is currently serving as the Sixth Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga.

Donna Vorreyer
writes, ""I am a teacher, a poet, and an amateur photographer. Although my poems have appeared in many journals (most recently in Rhino, Weave, and Referential Magazine), it is a pleasure to have the editors select a photograph. Other photos have appeared online in In the Mist and The Furnace Review."

Arisa White
is a Cave Canem fellow, MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the poetry chapbook Disposition for Shininess; her play Frigidare was staged for the 2011 PlayGround Festival at the Thick House Theatre (CA). Recipient of the inaugural Rose O’Neill Literary House summer residency at Washington College, she has also received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2005, her poetry appears in numerous journals and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet.


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